by Katina Strauch
At the College of Charleston we are working on Goals for this year. I am sure y’all are too! One of our goals is to figure out how to publicize our databases and resources more widely so that they get more use. I was intrigued by a recent article in portal: Libraries and the Academy, Volume 13, Number 3, July 2013, pp. 257-271 |10.1353/pla.2013.0019 — “Expanding Library Support of Faculty Research: Exploring Readiness” by Jeanne M. Brown and Cory Tucker which had several suggestions. Highly recommended reading! In academic libraries, students come and go, but faculty are more long-term library users. It seems that we need to focus on encouraging teaching faculty to help students to use our resources. Most students will use resources and do research that is assigned by a professor.
Along the same lines, I just registered for a free Webinar entitled “How Librarians are Raising Researchers’ Reputations: An Exploration of Academic Networks, Profiles, and Analysis” with Chris Erdmann, Head Librarian, John G. Wolbach Library and Information Resource Center, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics; Heather Chisholm, Programme Manager for Collaboration and Student Centric Streams, Information Technology and Service Department, Imperial College London; and Wouter Gerritsma, Subject Librarian – Plant Sciences, Wageningen UR (University and Research Centre) Library. The Webinar is an hour on September 12 and is sponsored by Elsevier.
BTW, have y’all used BrowZine? I have the app loaded on my iPad (the College of Charleston purchased it recently.) BrowZine was at the Charleston Conference and did a Tech Talk which was where we learned about it and decided to trial it. BrowZine works by organizing the articles found in Open Access and subscription databases, uniting them into complete journals, then arranging these journals on a common newsstand. The result is an easy and familiar way to browse, read and monitor scholarly journals across disciplines. I love it! This year we are having the same types of Tech Talks on Saturday, but we have changed the name and format. This year they will be called Charleston Previews and I have no doubt that we will be able to find more great new offerings! Upcoming issues of The Charleston Advisor and Against the Grain will each have reviews of BrowZine!
Speaking of which, are y’all visiting the ATG NewsChannel? “ATG is a content machine” is what one library professional dubbed it! Like Wow! Leah Hinds and Tom Gilson are running the Website some help from some fabulous freelancers!