Teaching and learning is the core business of higher education institutions with significant percentage of academics engaged in teaching. Research in the Field of Research / Discipline of ‘Education’ (aka the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)) forms an important but poorly resourced / regarded area within many of our universities. As a specialist education library/librarian we are interested in how universities support those engaging in SoTL? What resources do you provide access to, where do you direct your researchers – particularly for Australian, open access research? A key source of Tier 1 Australian research in SoTL over the past decade was the Australian Government’s Office for Learning and Teaching (and previous incarnations) Resource Library at www.olt.gov.au – nearly 1000 cross-institutional research projects. Probably the highest priority research for Australian researchers in this area. With the demise of OLT we are involved in a project to rescue this material and ensure it is discoverable by researchers. The problem we face is our research that shows university library discovery services fail at exposing Australian open access research of this type. Does your discovery service pick up content from Trove, or from APO or other open access repositories? A survey of public access discovery services across universities shows that most do not. So we tested including this content in A+ Education via Informit, since everyone is subscribing to this. However some universities have set up their discovery service to exclude this open access content – even though they are paying for access to the content. Welcome discussion and encourage a conversation that addresses how to ensure our researchers have comprehensive access to the top research. This means the increasingly open access, grey literature – not just the research published in journals by the big publishers. Also encourage support for aggregators of niche subject areas focussed on Australian content, such as Informit.
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Death of a Phoenix, burning in the flames. From Aberdeen Bestiary. Public
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Arts West Cloisters University of Melbourne. By Pru Mitchell. CC-BY-SA
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