Emtacl12 is held every two years. The first conference was held in 2010. Emtacl is a technology-oriented conference for information professionals working in higher education. Most of the participants work in libraries The NTNU Norwegian University of Science and Technology is one of the key sponsors for the event.The conference venue and hotel. Voted as having the best breakfast in Norway for the last six years.Trondheim feels like a frontier town. It’s close to the Artic circle, to oil fields out in Artic sea. The tourist season officially ended on 30 September. The city was already being to batten down and prepare for winter.
Guus says “Blog & Rss may be old school but used in this way, it can generate “Google Juice” & initiate awareness and constructive discussion in your organistion.
M-Libraries Small, focused conference Stimulating keynote speakers Workshops and many opportunities to share ideas and initiatives
Royal Palace in TrondheimTrondheim cathedral ‘Singing’ bridgeTrondheim’s famous wooden buildings Photos – the bad ones are mine. Thanks to Lukask Koster for the rest.
The conference had a number of themes. I’m focusing onthe research support theme.Videos, slideshares, pdfs, etc are available for all presentations athttp://emtacl.com/presentations/
Promotion of scientific output: made possible by your library Guus van den Brekel, University Medical Centre, Groningen, Netherlands. Guus is a Medical Information Specialist and is Coordinator electronic services at the UMCG Library. (UMCG 2011 Ranking ~130, 2012 89)Slideshare of Guus’s presentation http://www.slideshare.net/digicmb/promotion-of-scientific-output-made-possible-by-your-library Also check video at http://emtacl.com/presentations/Guus’s blog – DigiCMB: the Web, Research, Virtual and Social Networks in Health & Medicinehttp://digicmb.blogspot.com.au/p/library-tools-toolbox.html
Promotion of scientific output: made possible by your library • Guus & his team developed the atUMCG site to provide a research publication overview service for the university. It exposes the latest scientific output of UMCG to the general public as well updating UMCG staff. • The site uses RSS feed aggregators to populate the site such as FeedWordPress (an open-source aggregator). “Using blog & easy aggregation techniques is within every library’s reach!” • Guus estimates he spends 30 minutes a day ‘tidying’ the content from the feeds to the website.Norwegian crispbread
“Paint-Yourself–In-the-Corner Infrastructure”, Herbert Van deSompelHerbert is “the team leader of the Prototyping Team at the Research Library of theLos Alamos National Laboratory. His team have developed Memento – a productthat enables recovery of past versions of web based documents, websites,scholarly records (read more about Herbert and Momento herehttp://emtacl.com/invited-speakers/#Herbert)Herbert asked in his presentation “What is a scholarly record? Where does it startand where does it end? …Transforming from a stack of journals or a bunch of PDFfiles into a dynamic network of interconnected assets and actors”“An article about computational science in a scientific publication is not thescholarship itself, it is merely advertising of the scholarship. The actual scholarshipis the complete software development environment, [the complete data] and thecomplete set of instructions which generated the figures.” David Donoho, ‘Wavelab andreproducible research”. 1995Fixity is challenged… Should we consider the notion of the “state of thescholarly record at a specific moment in time.”Evolution from the version of record to a version of the record.Herbet’s Slideshare is at:http://www.slideshare.net/hvdsomp/painyourselfinthecorner-infrastructure Alsocheck video at http://vimeo.com/53076015
Memento – seamless navigation from a web resource to its prior/archivedversions available on the web. Introduction to Memento:http://www.mementoweb.org/guide/quick-intro/
Accessing & referencing scholarly items in time.• Increasing numbers of researchers lodge a copy of their article in their institutional repository and post a copy to social media sites such as wikis – DBPedia is an example. This version is not fixed. Other researchers can (and do) comment, add notes, tweet, link to related research.• Libraries cannot set back & archive an asset once. Any time there is an interaction with that asset (tweet, annotation, comment) it should be archived again and again.• SiteStory is an example of web transactional archiving tool http://mementoweb.github.com/SiteStory/ (uses DURI - date specific Uniform resource identifier• Searching the web across time to locate specific versions of an asset (article, image, book chapter) – a ‘new’ role for Libraries.• How should these various versions of assets be referenced?
Publication profiles – presenting research in a new way, Urban Anderssonand Stina Johansson, Chalmers University. Video at http://emtacl.com/presentations/PDFhttps://dl.dropbox.com/u/1483254/emtacl12/Andersoon_johansson_presentation_ua_sj_emtacl122.pdfPublication profiles – presenting research in a new way, Urban Anderssonand Stina Johansson, Chalmers University.Video at http://emtacl.com/presentations/• “How can the Library use the extensive & well-structured data… in the institutional repository to attract the researchers’ attention & to promote the research outcome of the university?”• Chalmers has developed Publication profiles: the Institutional Repository’s ‘labs’ to create visualisations and aggregations of data in many different forms: • How international is Chalmers and its collaborations? Use GPS Visualiser & Google Maps co-authorship addresses to project collaborations across the world. • Use visualisations to present comprehensive overviews of the publishing habits of researchers (articles, conferences, monographs • Graphical visualisations of number of publications for faculties or individuals
An example of a visualisation of the Chalmers institutionalrepository data
Version 1(Beta) - Interactive map of Chalmers’ research collaborations. Eachcircle links to a description of the research. Version 2 – will include a link to theresearch documents in the institutional repository.
Think “Different” by Karen CoyleKaren asked some interesting questions:• Why do librarians care about alphabetical order? – it is just an accident of language• What is the future of page numbers in the world of ebooks & ereaders? An ereader shows the % of the book read. Do we look to the past and number every paragraph? (Wittingstein, the Bible)• The web doesn’t need our bibliographic data. Amazon, Google books do a better job. What do we offer that is unique? Our holdings.• Why do we need our own catalogues and discovery layers? Need to stop copying, start linking.• Her ‘dream’ - to search the web for a book title and for the results (from Amazon, Google Books, etc) to include in the rich snippet (the lines of text under ‘titles’ in Google search results) links to her libraries, their holdings & to be able to place a hold, access an ebook at that point – no need to go the library’s website.Have a look at:Books2Barcodes – converting great books to QR codes http://wonder-tonic.com/books2barcodes/OpenLibrary – one web page for every book. http://openlibrary.org/
What next for Libraries? Making sense of the Future,Brian KellyInvestigation of (Search engine optimisation) rankings of institutionalrepositories – Russell Group Universities. Data was collected 27-28August 2012 http://ukwebfocus.wordpress.com/2012/08/29/majesticseo-analysis-of-russell-group-university-repositories/Brian reported in his analysis of the results:“ Based on the information obtained in the survey itwould appear that two blog platforms, WordPress.comand Blogspot.com, are primarily responsible for drivingtraffic to institutional repositories, having both highAlexa rankings together with large numbers of links tothe repositories.”The Russell Group Libraries http://www.russellgroup.ac.uk/our-universities/ (include Oxford,Cambridge, Edinburgh, LSE)
Results of Investigation of rankings of institutional repositories – Russell Group Universities (Info about Alexa http://www.alexa.com/)No. Domains No. of links Alexa Ranking 1 Blogspot 176,625 5 2 WordPress 153,809 21 3 Wikipedia 7,230 8 4 BBC 2,811 36 5 Google 1,447 1 6 Ask 769 46 7 YouTube 460 3 8 Guardian 334 187 9 Reddit 261 143 10 Orange.fr 259 259 11 Typepad 250 212 12 CNN 135 43 13 Microsoft 89 26 14 Sourceforge 67 139 15 Ning 42 256 16 Oxford University 5 6,764
CERN: European Organization for NuclearResearch (since 1954) • The world leading HEP laboratory, Geneva (CH) • 2400 staff (mostly engineers) • 11000 users (mostly physicists) • 3 Nobel prizes (Accelerators, Detectors, Discoveries) • Operating the 27-km LHC accelerator • Observed the first scalar boson in July 2012
Some key messages about communication• Get outside your domain if you want to create traffic to the university’s research outputs, encourage more hits and readers?• Challenge your communication models. Find new ways to showcase research outputs.• Value add. Repositories are rich sources of data – publication trends, patterns, faculty & individual performance. Utilise tools like GPS and Google Maps to create visualisations of data (Chalmers)• Utilise tools (Google Scholar, Microsoft academic, etc) to showcase researchers’ citations, impact factors – see UMCG example• Share, expose. Many Emtacl12 speakers – posted their presentations or references to their presentations everywhere: *Institutional repository *Academic.edu *Netvibes *Slideshare, Sketchnotes *Lanyrd *Issuu *Vimeo *Youtube *Twitter*personal & institution’s blogs *LinkedIn *FriendFeed, *Scoop.it *Facebook *flickr *Pinterest, etc
International m-Libraries ConferenceOpen University, Milton Keynes, UK 24 – 26 September 2012 Keynote presentations available at: http://www.m- libraries.org/news/online-sessions
“Widening access & stimulating innovation: opening up NHS information forcreative mobile applications”, Bob Gann, Director of Partnerships & Strategy.Slideshare http://www.slideshare.net/bgann/mlibraries-presentation-bob-gann
Interesting fact: Twitter is now the first alerter of epidemics across the world.
Now they syndicate other (not for profit) providers to developproducts using their data and resources.
The Power of Mobile to Educate, Support and Engage, Steve Vosloo,UNESCO Programme Specialist, Mobile LearningSlideshare http://www.slideshare.net/fullscreen/stevevosloo/the-power-of-mobile-to/1
UNESCO offers an extensive range of ebooks for use onmobile phones – Nokia is the most common brand, notsmart phones.
Worth a look. Char includes some very interesting comparative data on device ownership & usage.Slideshare http://www.slideshare.net/fullscreen/charbooth/reexamining-library-mobility-the-analog-to-your-digital/1
Some interesting ideas:• University of Cardiff: printer balances & location of printersSlideshare: http://www.slideshare.net/JohnGreenaway/cardiff-uni-international-mlibraries-conference-2012
Some interesting ideas:• York University – Twitter account@LibrarySeats is helping students find a seat in the Library http://www.yorkvision.co.uk/news/tweet-for-a-seat/• NFC Near Field communication using RFID project at Waikato Institute of Education www.m-libraries.org/.../2D-1%20m-Libraries%202012%20Saravani.• Claremont Colleges US – Mobile calendar to promote classes
Library visits Open University – UK National Library – Oslo, Norway Trondheim Public Library, NorwayNTNU (Dragvoll campus) – Trondheim, Norway
Open University (UK)• Headquarters located at Milton Keynes, 80 km north of London.• There are 13 regional centres where students can meet tutors and each other.• 250,000 students enrolled worldwide – this includes partnerships with local institutions• Distance Education is the mode of study for UK students and many offshore students• The campus (pictured below) is unlike any other campus I have visited – no students bar a couple of reciprocal borrowers in the Library who live in the area and use the Library to study.
The Library building at Walton Hall isself-service, but Customer Servicesstaff are available to help withenquiries relating to borrowing,renewing and returning items andDocument Delivery during thepublicised hours.
Accessing Resources“For most modules, the wide range of online information resources availablevia this website will be sufficient. However, Open University students and staffsometimes need to use other libraries to borrow books, to use collections forreference, or as a quiet place to work or study.SCONUL Access allows current staff and students registered on modules ofmore than 15 points to borrow from permitted printed and audio-visual loancollections within participating libraries in their locality. There is no restrictionon the number of libraries that undergraduates and taught masters studentscan join.”http://www.open.ac.uk/libraryservices/m/?page=faqs&faq=1-DFBQB1
The Library utilises a number ofvery large freestanding displaystands to publicise theirresources and services.This example highlights the rangeof services and skillsdevelopment options availableonline.
Mobile Services – students choose the interface that suits their mobilephone http://www.open.ac.uk/libraryservices/m/?page=preferences
“The Digilab is a creative space on the ground floor of the Library,designed to inspire and support innovation in the development ofpedagogically effective learning materials.Digilab is intended to encourage exploration of new ideas andknowledge sharing. The room contains many examples of handheld,gaming and media technologies, which some staff may not be familiarwith, as well as literature showing how they could be exploited forlearning and teaching.Digilab aims to help people bridge the gap between their currentpractice and future aspirations, empowering them in theirprofessional development along the way.”http://www8.open.ac.uk/library/services/staff/digilab
The Digilab has a range of technologiesavailable for academics to explore.These include mobile devices and thisvery large touch screen device whichhas the functionality of a smartphoneand tablet. Library staff conduct smalltraining sessions for academicswanting to learn about touch screendevices. Alternatively academics cansimply visit the lab and ‘play’ with thedevice.
My visit to the National Library was a bit of amistake. I asked the taxi driver to take me to theNational University Library! The building still hasthe title of University Library – this refers to thedays when the Library was both the NationalLibrary & the University Library – confusing.
The National Library of Norway has two locations. The Oslo Library was formerly theUniversity of Oslo Library. The University Library took on many National Library functionswhen the union between Denmark and Norway ended in 1814. Norway became anindependent nation at that time.The Mo i Rana branch (located in central Norway) was established in 1989.In 1999 University Library functions were separated from the Oslo Library (and relocatedto the University campus).In 2005 the newly renovated and restored National Library of Norway (Oslo) was officiallyopened.Read more about the National Library of Norway http://www.nb.no/english/facts Photo – courtesy National Library of Norway
One of the reading rooms –this one is primarily usedfor accessing microfilms.Note the floor surface.Norwegians have a liking forbare floors –timber, vinyl,polished concrete.
One of the help desks.Glass surfaces are usedfor all desks, OPAC areas,consultation tables, etc.
The Library has acentral, coveredcourtyard (justglimpsed through thewindows in this image).
Very nice study spaces. Note thewonderful desk lamps. Another Information desk Photo (left) – Courtesy National Library of Norway
Digitising the collection of the National Library of Norway The National Library is in the process of digitising all of its collections. More information about this initiative is available at http://www.nb.no/english/facts For those of you who can read Norwegian the National Library has made 50,000 Norwegian titles. available onlineOslo Harbour (yes, it was very, very cold that day)
QR codes are dotted around theLibrary. I scanned this one andattempted to translate theNorwegian text. I think it says“Hungry? Here are some cookbooks.”
Trondheim Public Library (main branch) – this Library was close to the conferencevenue and I was able to squeeze in a visit during a lunch break.
The Library is a thoroughfareconnecting the town on oneside with the Cathedral andBishop’s Palace locatedbehind the Library.The Library Café is locatedoff this thoroughfaretowards the back of theLibrary.
Excavations during the buildingof the Library revealed theremains of a church completewith burials. Parts of thisstructure have beenincorporated into the design ofthe Library. Artefacts from theexcavations are displayed in theLibrary.
Some of the excavated area is opento the public. The day I was there asmall group of children and ateacher were exploring this space –a wonderful way to connect with thehistory of their town.
Furniture in Norwegian libraries isnever dull.
All loans and returns (with a few exceptions) areself serve.
NTNU (Norwegian University of Science & Technology) http://www.ntnu.edu/ub/branch-librariesThe NTNU Library has 11 branches. I chose to visit the Humanities library at Dragvoll campus as it hadbeen recently renovated.This campus is the site of most of the Humanities courses. It is an unusual campus. All of the buildingsare connected by soaring glass atriums. There are no external entrances to classrooms, cafes, the library,the bookshop, etc. All of these facilities are entered from within one of the atriums.Winters are cold in Trondheim. During my visit the average top temperature was around 7 C. FromDecember – February the maximum hovers between 0 – 2 C. I visited the campus on my last evening inTrondheim – it was 3 C.
Inside one of the atriums. Aseries of stairs, lifts andwalkways connect classrooms,the bookshop (ground floor onthe right), the Library (up thestairs on the left), a ‘learningcommons’ (on the ground floorbelow the Library).
The Library is located onthe second floor (Thisphoto is taken from the topof the stairs outside theentrance to the Library.The floor below the Library(on the left) is like aLearning Commons filledmainly with carrels. It isquite separate to theLibrary. (I wasn’t able toenter this space.)
The Library is staffed by studentsin the evening.
Some study spaces. Group study roomson the far wall of the photo above.
These helpful notices aredisplayed at the end of everyrow of shelves.
The Returns unit. Where possibleall loans are returned by thepatron using a unit like this. Thepatron pushes the book throughthe slot once the item is returned.There is a separate return chutefor items that could not bescanned.By the way I think the instructionsmake more sense in Norwegian.
The path from the Library to the bus stop.Back to the hotel to thaw out.