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Describes the MyRI project which is a collaboration of 4 Irish academic libraries funded by NDLR the Irish learning objects repository initiative, which has produced an online tutorial and a suite of ...

Describes the MyRI project which is a collaboration of 4 Irish academic libraries funded by NDLR the Irish learning objects repository initiative, which has produced an online tutorial and a suite of other learning materials for bibliometrics, all on Open Access

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  • Good morning. MyRI Measuring your Research Impact is the project we will be talking about briefly, my name is Ros Pan I was the project leader and my colleague Ellen Breen work package leader for the online tutorial will take the second half of the presentation
  • Hope to offer 3 sections, intro slides and remarks about project from me, brief look at the online tutorial with Ellen and then show of our promotional video only 3 minutes long to round things off.
  • Firstly just a few words about what bibliometrics is:Bibliometrics is a complex area but basically is one of various quantitative measures widely used to assess research impact, based on analysis of publication and particularly citation counts Bibliometrics is being increasingly used at all levels: international and national benchmarking of universities and academic units within them; to assess particular research groups and their impact; and to assess individualsSome typical uses would be: a major element in world university rankings is based on citation impact; ranking of journals to decide where to aim individual or academic unit research output for publication; individuals including their own h-index which is one common metric in their CVs and grant applications.It is not a method that currently works well for research areas that are not based principally on journal articles as their channel of publication but is nevertheless applied widely and so it is crucial that all researchers are aware of the basics of bibliometrics and the full range of data sources, metrics and tools available to them to make the best showing.
  • A few words about some of the factors leading to the projectTraining and Awareness in bibliometricsVarious stakeholders in universities are typically working on bibliometrics such as: the research office; the head of college and school; the PI in a research group; and the individual As academic libraries have begun to extend their range beyond teaching and learning support and into research support activities this is one of a number of areas where demand for bibliometrics support has fallen onto librariesAt UCD for example this had started, already had working group considering the path to take, a range of materials and some training already delivered.Resources down and demand upThese extra demands on libraries are happening when as all know staffing is reducing, with significant numbers of professional library staff not being replaced.This is providing a catalyst for the academic library community to move into a collaborative mode. Collaboration suggests itself urgently and NDLR national projects are collaborativeIn all honesty this is long overdue. Much of the information skills training, as we call it, that libraries do is generic, in other words it is a bit wasteful for libraries across the land and beyond to all be churning out the same worksheets, posters, booklets and so on.  So, the total projectSo, putting all these factors together: the bibliometrics theme, the need for library support, the resourcing strains and the obvious benefits of collaboration we came to this project and put in a successful bid for national project funding under the NDLR LiNCS strand  
  • Here are the partners, 4 libraries (UCD Library being the lead and providing the project manager) and 2 academic departments CS at UCD and Geography at MaynoothThank Miriam Allen and Yvonne Diggins of NDLR who have provided lot of support and DIT CTL for giving regular use of their seminar and meeting rooms to the projectOnly 7 unis in republic of Ireland and this reps 3 of them plus DIT which is very large Inst of Tech really quite university like in level of courses and mode of operationWhat this represents strategically is attempt to take well established collaboration in things like training progreammes for librarians have at least 2 good systems in Ireland LIR and ANLTC plus others too some activer LAIreland groups hold good events.Take this into production of materials for info skills. Where could lead after would be shared DELIVERY of trainnig that would be a step further for places near each other… 
  • These are the main work packages, some at the start, some more at the end, some all through, variable in their demands and challenges. Can see that as well as the libraries had 2 academic partners Geography at NUIM and CS at UCD worked with them to produce materials that they particularly wanted, that academic tie in v important part of projectSplitting out to leaders had a lot of freedom and brought in staff locally. If I did another project I would keep a bit more central control: never quite knew who was involved in the project, one or two deliverables not quite what I expected, not a major problem but I think that is a balancing act centre v periphery and local empowerment, here as in other aspects of library management
  • Two key aspects of the deliverables are indicated here:Librarians don’t like using other people materials, trying to combat resistance in couple of ways;Firstly the materials are all Open Access. Available in the NDLR repository under CC sharealike non-commercial license. So people can edit it all, change look and feel of it to local needs. As long as acknowledge the source.And then the other key aspect is the small granular RLO. Not imposing a fixed approach to training materials. Have an online tutorial which is a single larger deliverable but surrounded by some 65 or so small items. The end-user can therefore choose exactly what they want to use and put together as they wish, as well as editing the materials.Two things together give people freedom hope will encourage them use our material as their structured starting point.
  • Can think of the deliverables as in 3 main areas.As I said it is a set of RLOS. The tutorial is a single large deliverable in 3 modules, but surrounding that are the other materials, the total presently will be in order of 65-70 items for the launch
  • Examples of the print materials a datasheet and worksheet here, available in pdf or editable ppt and word formats in the repositoryAround about 70 deliverables in all, said we would do 50 so quite pleased with that outcome.
  • Some of the videos that have been made, linked into the tutorial but also available as stand-alone items and these in our youtube channel as another route in
  • Some materials that could be used for poster displays and showcase events on bibliometrics

The MyRI project presentation The MyRI project presentation Presentation Transcript

  • MyRI: An bibliometrics toolkit – collaboration in research skills support
    Ros Pan & Ellen Breen
  • The presentation – LILAC 2011
    Introductory points and slides – 15 mins
    Demonstration of the online tutorial, a major project deliverable – 15 mins
    Promotional video – 3 mins
    Questions
  • Introductory slides
  • Bibliometrics is..
    Bibliometrics is one of various quantitative measures widely used to assess research impact, based on analysis of publication and particularly citation counts 
    Bibliometrics is being increasingly used at all levels: international and national benchmarking of universities and academic units within them; to assess particular research groups and their impact; and to assess individuals
    Some typical uses
    a major element in world university rankings is based on citation impact
    ranking of journals to decide where to publish
    individuals including metrics in their CVs and grant applications.
    It is not a method that currently works well for research areas that are not based principally on journal articles as their channel of publication but is nevertheless applied widely and so it is crucial that all researchers are aware of the basics of bibliometrics and the full range of data sources, metrics and tools
  • Various factors leading to the project
    A
    Libraries moving into higher end researcher support and bibliometrics is one such area
    B
    This new area of research skills support comes as library staffing and resourcing are declining – COLLABORATION is an obvious path to take
    c
    Bibliometrics skills are largely generic so lend themselves to collaboration
    NDLR LInCS projects are collaborative – at least 3 partners required
  • Academic libraries and units in partnership
  • Some project details
    Project is funded by NDLR (broadly equivalent to JORUM) under Learning Innovation Community Support Projects (LInCS) strand and we provide matching funding which is almost entirely from staff time.
    Well over 1,000 hours of staff time
    10k grant – software, professional design of branding, video production by professional company, PR and launch items and promotion items, printing
    UCD, DIT, NUIM and DCU are the partners, UCD is the lead partner
    Original timeline was July – December 2010 but that was extended to end of March 2011 – these things take a fair amount of time if not full time
    We set out milestones and divided the work up into work packages each with a leader who then formed up their own teams, brought in other staff as required and had local meetings – a lot of staff involved in the project overall
    We have managed the project with the Basecamp online environment and that has been overall a good thing – milestones set out, messages, writeboards, filestores etc
  • Basecamp - an online environment helps with 4 partners
  • Work packages and leaders
    Set up in dSpace and create web page front end
    Ros Pan (project leader)
    Branding
    Mary Antonesa (Maynooth)
    Upload all existing materials across partners to assess
    Kathryn Smith (UCD)
    Online tutorial development
    Ellen Breen (DCU)
    Workshop & presentation items
    Ros Pan/Kathryn Smith (UCD)
    Computer Science materials
    Julia Barrett (UCD)
    Geography materials
    May Antonesa/Ciaran Quinn (Maynooth)
    Launch/PR/marketing
    Ros Pan (project leader)
  • Shared production of materials for shared used
    Open Access
    Use a model which is
    Granular i.e. in small units that you can put together as you want to
    Allow editing so you CAN add your own touches, take out things you don’t have access to, customise the examples and so on
    RLO Reusable Learning Objects concept is very important
  • The Open Access bibliometrics toolkit
    Workshop and presentation materials
    70 items to pick and choose fromWorksheets, datasheets, posters, booklet, videosMost can be edited to suit local needsCreative Common license
    Materials forworkshops & presentations
    Online Tutorial
    BibliometricsToolkit
    Online tutorial
    OverviewJournal RankingPersonal bibliometricsArticulate used to create this tutorialRun HEAnet hosted version or download, customise and host locally
    Lesson plans
    Suggestions on how to pick materials and pressent them for different time periods and topics.
    Includes powerpoint slides
    Lesson Plans
  • Online tutorial look and feel
  • The online tutorial
  • Complementary print materials
  • Video content
  • Exhibition posters
  • The MyRI webpage – the main access route
    www.ndlr.ie/myri
  • dSpace presentation – the MyRI “Community”
  • The future
    User testing, feedback and adjustment
    Marketing and advocacy campaign over time
    Keep the material up to date – it is not task and finish! As we now realise..
    Extend the bibliometrics toolkit in various directions – more subject tailored content
    Build on a collaborative approach to academic library information skills work in general, beyond this project - deliverables
  • Developing the Online Tutorial
  • Software Platform?
    • Web-based…..use existing template?
    • Articulate Studio
    • Easy to use
    • Can create visually engaging content and interactions
    • Training available
  • Content Development
  • Video Interviews
    Employed graduate students
    6 interviewees
    4 main interviews covered 3 questions
    3.5 hours edited down to 11 short videos
  • Draft Build and Review
    MyRI Team Review
    User review
    Minor amendments (typos, links etc)
    Some suggestions not possible e.g. link between modules
    User feedback very positive
  • The online tutorial – Let’s take a look
  • Promotional video - 3 mins
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lkx3qAmutDs
  • Final points
    There is a workshop built around this set of materials
    Exploring the extent of current re-use
    Discussing the challenges of re-purposing Open Access information skills learning objects
    Build various lessons out of the MyRI materials
    Wednesday, 2.20, Alumni Theatre at LSE
    We are sponsors of pre-conference dinner drinks – samples and freebies will be available then – Tuesday evening
    QUESTIONS….