Published on July 24, 2009
Beyond the University: The IR and Research Distribution Strategies Marilyn K. Moody Dean, University Library Boise State University July 11, 2009 http://works.bepress.com/marilyn_moody Photo :Boise State University Photographic Services
Research Distribution Strategy Overview Initial idea for the importance of research distribution strategies came from David Shulenburger’s (NASULGC) survey of provosts and his speech at ARL in Fall 2007. (David Shulenburger: University Research Publishing or Distribution Strategies?: http://www.arl.org/bm~doc/mm-f07-shulenburger.pdf)
Research Distribution Strategy Overview In February 2009, ARL,AAU, CNI, and NASULGC issued a joint report: “The University’s Role in the Dissemination of Research and Scholarship—A Call for Action.” http://www.arl.org/bm~doc/dissemin ating-research-feb09.pdf
A Vision Statement for the University’s Role In Dissemination The creation of new knowledge lies at the heart of the research university and results from by universities, federal and state governments, industry, foundations, and others. The products of that enterprise are created to benefit society. In the process, those products also , along with the teaching and service missions of the university. Reflecting its investments, the academy has a to the fruits of its work both in the short and long term by publics both local and global. “The University’s Role in the Dissemination of Research and Scholarship—A Call for Action” p.1.
Research Distribution Strategies Model Strengths • Emphasizes the campus mission, vision, priorities, and strategic plan. • Provides a far-reaching framework that supports a broad range of individual strategies. • Shifts the focus of efforts to institutional and faculty priorities of research and scholarship. • Emphasizes direct benefits to faculty and students. • Fits the changing publishing and scholarly communication environment.
Institutional Strategic Plan
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Library Strategic Plan
Framing the Conversation… • Focus on making research and scholarship available to an external audience. • Emphasize benefits to faculty and students. • Stress institutional strengths, such as undergraduate research. • Emphasize institutional priorities. Photo :Boise State University Photographic Services
The Provost: A Key Player Excerpt from e-mail from Sona Andrews, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Boise State University: “I want to share with you this speech by David E. Shulenburger, Vice President for Academic Affairs at NASULGC. In it he calls for every university that produces research to have a distribution strategy… He urges universities to shift from a passive role in research distribution to an active one. He also urges provosts to "set in motion on their campuses the appropriate process to have this important matter thoroughly considered.”
Boise State University ScholarWorks: Institutional Repository + • Digital Commons/Selected Works Platform • Open access for faculty publications • Publishing platform for university publications • Faculty profiles • Open access journal publishing • Undergraduate research • Electronic theses and dissertations • University documents
Description of Boise State University ScholarWorks: • ScholarWorks is a collection of services designed to capture and showcase all scholarly output by the Boise State University community. These services include: • Identifying and making available via the ScholarWorks web site documents and files produced by the faculty, research groups, and students of Boise State University. • Creation of Selected Works pages which highlight the scholarly accomplishments of each individual faculty member.
• Distribution of regular reports that provide data on the impact and usage of faculty publications. • Access to simple and inexpensive electronic publishing of original series, journals, and monographs. • Promotion of research efforts via a searchable database, reports to key administrators and stakeholders, and coordination with other research recognition activities.
What’s in it for Faculty? • Wider dissemination of individual research results; greater use and citation, greater visibility. • “Google Factor”—more easily found on open web. • Professional looking, centralized, easily maintained web site. • Easy way to showcase their student’s research. • Makes items not now readily accessible available—i.e. older items, grey literature, reports, data sets.
Electronic Theses and Dissertations
Final Thoughts… • What’s in it for me? (faculty, provost, students….). • Build support and buy-in as you go, not afterwards. • Research, Research, Research! • Build on institutional strengths such as undergraduate research. • Stress existing institutional priorities and plans. • No indication that “build it and they will come” works. • Involve your provost. • The Library must shift its priorities and resources to match campus priorities.
Contact Information Marilyn K. Moody Dean, University Library Boise State University firstname.lastname@example.org http://works.bepress.com/marilyn_moody
Research Distribution Strategy Overview Initial idea for the importance of research distribution strategies came from David Shulenburger’s (NASULGC
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