The following posters have been selected for the 2014 ACRL/NY Symposium. The committee received 44 excellent applications this year, and we thank everyone who submitted a proposal.
Building an Open Repository/ Online Archives on a Shoestring | Poster
Hao Zeng, Daisy DeCoster, and Mary Kinahan-Ockay
Saint Peter’s University
This poster presents the experience of simultaneously establishing an institutional repository and an online archives at a small teaching-university with minimal monetary commitment and limited IT support. This collaboration between a Systems Librarian, Reference Librarian, and University Archivist utilizes a single open source solution—DSpace—to provide access to student work (dissertations and theses), in-house publications, and archival materials, including congressional papers. The poster focuses on the steps taken to build an institutional repository and a usable online archives at Saint Peter’s University, providing open access to a variety of content without placing a large demand on the institution’s resources. The poster will also exhibit challenges presented in customizing DSpace to correspond with archival description practices.
This presentation describes a 5 week University Honors module taught during the spring of 2014 at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. The module, designed to introduce students to open access from a social movements perspective, was titled “The Academic Spring: Student rights, faculty boycotts, and moral outrage.” Students examined economic, ethical, legal, political and social contexts which shape the production and distribution of peer-reviewed research and scholarship, investigated disparities in discovering and accessing this information, were required to critically evaluate the costs and benefits of OA, and were asked to consider the implications of OA at multiple levels from the individual to the global. The final projects, designed to educate VCU students and faculty about various aspects of OA, were presented during Open Access Week 2014. Students’ projects and evaluations suggest that this is a sound approach that can serve as a model for other settings.
If You’ve Got It, Flaunt It: Enhancing Discoverability through Wikipedia | Poster
William Blueher and Andrew Wong-Crocitto
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Thomas J. Watson Library has been collaborating with Wikipedia for two years to enhance access to our Digital Collections. In this time we’ve added citations to over 1,800 relevant Wikipedia articles that link to items in our Digital Collections. While this number sounds large, it has not been a particularly labor intensive project, requiring only about 2 hours of staff time per week. The impact, though, has been huge. In March 2012, we had just over 6,000 pageviews; by March 2014, we had over 107,000. This represents more than a 1,600 percent increase in pageviews—and it also means that 2014 could be the first year we get over one million pageviews. Perhaps most impressive of all, Wikipedia now drives over 50% of the traffic to our Digital Collections, which is an increase from literally 0% three years earlier. Open Access won’t mean a thing unless we make our OA material discoverable. Our work with Wikipedia is one example of how libraries can enhance discoverability.
A Librarian as a Managing Editor on an Open Access Journal | Poster
Four years ago, Binghamton University Libraries was presented with an unique proposal. The School of Nursing was planning to take ownership of the OA journal, Online Journal of Rural Nursing and Health Care, and the new editor asked if the Libraries would assist with the editorial and managerial process. Erin Rushton, Web Services and Nursing Librarian, was named Managing Editor. She helps support the publishing system and prepares the pdfs for publication. She also ensures the journal is indexed and preserved in the Libraries’ preservation system. Many research libraries support alternative publication models through membership and through scholarly communications programs. Few, however, actively assist in publishing. This project created an opportunity to innovate and explore a new service model. While there are challenges, the model aligns closely with the Libraries’ mission to support research through innovative thinking, open inquiry, and collaborative partnerships.
Open Doors to DSpace: Inviting New Paltz MFA Students to Enter Metadata in the SUNY Digital Repository | Poster
Madeline Veitch and Megan Coder
SUNY New Paltz
When authors generate their own metadata, richer and more discipline-specific description often results. In Spring 2014, SUNY New Paltz Cataloging and Metadata Librarians collaborated with the SUNY New Paltz Masters’ in Fine Arts program to pilot a DSpace submission workflow in which students would create accounts and enter documents and descriptions into the SUNY Digital Repository. We coordinated with faculty and the Office of Records and Registration to refine a paperless process. We created a training session and LibGuide for students with step-by-step instructions on submitting in DSpace, and as the submissions (and frantic questions!) came in, we took an editing and supporting role. The final records from the pilot cohort were found to have longer abstracts, and over three times the keyword or subject descriptions than those from the previous year.
Promoting Open Access in a Community College
Sheila Beck, William Blick, Connie Williams, and Sandra Marcus
Queensborough Community College, CUNY
Awareness of predatory publishing, author’s rights and open access possibilities is essential to successful public writing. This poster session will address our means of educating academic librarians and teaching faculty to maximize quality scholarly output and avoid inherent pitfalls, to the benefit of authors, potential readers and students. Activities to accomplish these goals have included an informative e-mail campaign to raise awareness of open access, as well as three events: an “Open Educational Resources” brain-storming session; an” Author’s Rights” seminar; and a “Predatory Publishing” seminar. This ongoing, interactive programming will be illustrated and explained in our presentation.
Small School, Big Reach: Open Access Outreach on a Liberal Arts College Campus | Poster
The liberal arts college environment provides opportunities for campus-wide engagement of open access issues that may differ from those at larger institutions. Because we support fewer campus authors, we are able to provide a high level of service. Librarians’ close connections with faculty and students allow us to move beyond articles and theses and solicit a wide range of scholarly and creative works to share in our repository. In addition, we’ve fostered conversations about open access, open textbooks, altmetrics, and copyright among faculty, staff, and students. This poster will present a snapshot of a variety of outreach and education strategies used at Gettysburg College, a small, private liberal arts institution.