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Libraries Staff Publications

This collection contains publications of staff at the University of Alberta Libraries.
Items in this Collection
  1. e-Science and the Life Cycle of Research

    Title: e-Science and the Life Cycle of Research
    Creator: Chuck Humphrey
    Description: This background paper was prepared in conjunction with the e-Science working group for the Association of Research Libraries in 2006 and was referenced in the working group's final report, Agenda for Developing E-Science in Research Libraries ( http://www.arl.org/storage/documents/publications/escience-report-final-2007.pdf
    ). Some of its content also ended up in To Stand the Test of Time: Long-Term Stewardship of Digital Data Sets in Science and Engineering ( http://www.arl.org/storage/documents/publications/digital-data-report-2006.pdf
    ). The paper describes the importance of applying a lifecycle management approach to managing research data.
    Subjects: Research Lifecycle , Data Lifecycle, Scholarly Communication Lifecycle
    Date Created: 2006
  2. Data Basics: An Introductory Text

    Title: Data Basics: An Introductory Text
    Creator: Diane Geraci
    Description: This monograph emerged out of more than twenty years of teaching a one-week workshop at the Summer Program of the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) housed at the University of Michigan. The ICPSR is a major international social science data archive and has provided access to research data since the 1960's. When the three authors were invited in 1990 to teach the introductory workshop on archival data services, they shifted the focus from archiving data, which the ICPSR does very well, to providing local data services on individual campuses, which at the time generally was not being taught anywhere. Instead of training new data archivists, their goal was to prepare librarians, academic staff, and computing specialists in the fundamentals of offering local social science data services.
    Subjects: social science data services, data management services
    Date Created: 2012
  3. Integrating Discovery to Improve the User Experience

    Title: Integrating Discovery to Improve the User Experience
    Creator: Betz, Sonya
    Description: This chapter examines the effects of integrating APIs for academic library services through a case study examining the development of a seamless, responsive discovery environment at MacEwan University Library, a medium-sized Canadian university.
    Subjects: libraries, user experience, web design, discovery services, mobile applications
    Date Created: 2016
  4. Edmonton Japanese Community Association Library Evaluation and Plan 2008

    Title: Edmonton Japanese Community Association Library Evaluation and Plan 2008
    Creator: Sulz, David
    Description: There is no one right way to organize a library and its systems; so much depends on the organizers and the users, and the ongoing commitment of time, effort, and money is theoretically without limits. The benefits enjoyed by the EJCA library include a belief among members that a library is a good thing, a sizeable collection of materials that are not available elsewhere, a dedicated space, a good-sized population of potential users, similar libraries facing the same challenges and willing to co-operate, and various sources for acquiring new material. The challenges include a lull in member interest; no consistent access times; access to the centre only by automobile; a widely diverse user population in terms of age, language, and interests; a bilingual collection in probably the most difficult language to accommodate [Japanese]; many out-of-date materials; a lack of similar libraries with suitable models to follow; turnover and changing of expertise of volunteers; lack of consistent technology expertise; and no direct source of revenue for the library. The report outlines many of the issues relating to library organization, relates these to the EJCA situation, and suggests recommendations for both the short and long terms.
    Subjects: EJCA, Libraries
    Date Created: 2008
  5. Agile Open-Source Discovery: Blacklight with Ebsco Discovery Service

    Title: Agile Open-Source Discovery: Blacklight with Ebsco Discovery Service
    Creator: Sam Popowich
    Description: Book chapter preprint from Exploring Discovery: The Front Door to your Library's Licensed and Digitized Content, ed. Kenneth J Varnum (ALA, 2016).
    Subjects: library technology, library catalogues, discovery systems, project methodologies, case study
    Date Created: 2016
  6. A Curriculum for Introductory Systematic Review Searching for Researchers

    Title: A Curriculum for Introductory Systematic Review Searching for Researchers
    Creator: Campbell, Sandy
    Description: Systematic review searching is becoming an increasing part of the day-to-day work of health librarians. The University of Alberta John W. Scott Health Sciences Library offers a monthly three-hour “Introduction to Systematic Review Searching” workshop to researchers at the University of Alberta. Over the four years that the program has been offered, participants have completed evaluations at the end of each session. Based on these evaluations, the content and the delivery of the workshop have been refined, and the value of the sessions to the participants has been affirmed.
    Subjects: Systematic Review Searching - Instruction, Academic Health Libraries - Instruction, Systematic Review Searching - Curriculum Materials
    Date Created: 2016/04/01
  7. Bridging the Research Data Divide: Contemporary Research Data Workflows

    Title: Bridging the Research Data Divide: Contemporary Research Data Workflows
    Creator: Harrigan, Amanda
    Description: This presentation was an update to library staff on the progress that has been made on the CLIR-funded "Bridging the Research Data Divide." It outlines the initial processes taken to describe maternal, infant, and child health research data and engage researchers.
    Subjects: Research data, Health research data, Maternal infant child health research, Metadata, Data reuse
    Date Created: 2016/03/10
  8. Automating Metadata Creation: Enhanced Discovery and Description of Maternal Child Health Data

    Title: Automating Metadata Creation: Enhanced Discovery and Description of Maternal Child Health Data
    Creator: Vashishtha, Saurabh
    Description: This poster for the NADDI 2016 conference shows the processes we implemented to pre-populate parts of our DDI-compatible metadata schema with publicly and locally available information. We have developed in-house scripts to export and import the metadata from resources such as NCBI, clinicaltrials.gov, REDCap and Dataverse using APIs. Publicly unavailable data will also be accessed from research documents.
    Subjects: Metadata, Maternal infant child health research, Health research data, Research data, Application program interface (API), Data reuse
    Date Created: 2016/04/07
  9. Bridging the Research Data Divide: NADDI Presentation

    Title: Bridging the Research Data Divide: NADDI Presentation
    Creator: Harrigan, Amanda
    Description: This presentation for NADDI 2016 gives an overview of the processing work that has gone into research data description for the two types of collections being described in the "Bridging the Research Data Divide" project: special collections and contemporary research collections.
    Subjects: Health research data, Research data, Metadata, Hidden collections, Research data management, Maternal, infant, child health research , Archives, Special collections, History of medicine
    Date Created: 2016/04/07
  10. What to do When Everyone Wants You to Collaborate: Managing the Demand for Library Support in Systematic Review Searching

    Title: What to do When Everyone Wants You to Collaborate: Managing the Demand for Library Support in Systematic Review Searching
    Creator: Campbell, Sandy
    Description: The demand for systematic review support in academic health sciences libraries is increasing. To manage the demand, the John W. Scott Health Sciences Library at the University of Alberta has created an action plan consisting of eight strategies. The results of implementing these strategies have been varied. Some have shown immediate results, while others are long term strategies.
    Subjects: Health Libraries - Service Management, Systematic Review Searching
    Date Created: 2015/01