Libraries’ OPN Team Featured

OPN-Logo-Vertical-ColorThe Open Parks Network was covered in the Greenville Journal – http://greenvillejournal.com/2016/08/25/clemson-technologists-create-digital-archive-national-parks/.

As part of the 100th anniversary celebration of the National Parks Service, the OPN team spoke to the Greenville Journal about some of the work that went into developing the Open Parks Network project, including how they collected, digitized, and described materials from their park partners.

Check out this great article!

Funds Available for Open Access Publishing

OALogoInterested in Open Access publication but concerned about the cost? We’re here to help.

Clemson Libraries is committed to supporting Open Access publishing models. As part of this commitment, we will help underwrite the reasonable journal processing fees of Clemson authors who choose to publish their research articles in reputable peer-reviewed Open Access journals. All Clemson faculty, adjunct faculty, researchers, post-docs as well as graduate students, are eligible to apply. Applications must be made on submission or acceptance, as all payments must be routed through the Libraries.

More information and an application form may be found here: http://bit.ly/1Ul2RSB.

Support Open Scholarship? Make your Voice Heard!

GraphIn February of 2013, the Obama administration issued a memorandum directing all federal funding agencies with R&D (research and development) expenditures greater than $100 million per year to develop plans to make the scholarly articles and other publications supported by federal funds openly available to the public within 12 months of publication. Research that is shared openly online is disseminated more broadly, cited faster, and more frequently over time. As such, this was a huge step forward in accelerating the development of new knowledge, enhancing global collaboration, and ensuring that taxpayers have access to the research their investment funded.

The directives of any executive administration, however, can be overturned by any future administration. So, in an effort to codify this important directive, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee is currently debating the Fair Access to Science and Technology (FASTR) Act. More information on FASTR may be found here: http://www.sparc.arl.org/advocacy/national/fastr/faq.

If you support broadening the distribution of scholarship, increasing its impact, and ensuring public access to publicly funded research, make your voice heard! You can tweet your support at #FASTR, call your Senator, or write your Senator with this easy to use template.

For additional information, contact Andrew Wesolek (awesole@nullclemson.edu, 656-0317)

TigerPrints surpasses 500,000 downloads!

Launched in October of 2013, TigerPrints, Clemson’s institutional repository now contains greater than 8,000 scholarly articles, conference proceedings, posters, books, theses and dissertations, and more. This platform makes Clemson scholarship freely available online for researchers across the globe. In fact, Clemson scholarship has been downloaded over a half of a million times, from every continent on Earth.

Check it out:

Adding your work to TigerPrints is easy. Simply contact Andy Wesolek (awesole@nullclemson.edu) and we’ll handle the rest.

Open Education Presentation

Cable visitDr. Cable Green, Director of Global Learning at Creative Commons, will be speaking about the business and policy case for open educational resources (OERs):

Tuesday, November 18th
Hendrix Student Center, McKissick Theatre
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Dr. Cable Green works with the global open community to leverage open licensing, open content, open policies, and the affordances of digital things to significantly improve access to quality, affordable, education, and research resources so everyone in the world can attain all the education they desire. His career is dedicated to increasing access to educational opportunities for everyone around the world by helping to develop sustainable open business models with open policies: public access to publicly funded resources.

OERs maximize the benefits of digital publication by ensuring authors can distribute their works rapidly and globally while receiving proper attribution. They also allow teachers to have the rights to tailor existing resources to meet the specific needs of their classes, such as in online courses where these changes are prohibited by traditional “all rights reserved” textbooks. Perhaps most importantly, the adoption of OERs reduces or eliminates textbook costs for students. This cost savings could lead to better student success and retention, assuring that performance in the classroom will not suffer due to an inability to purchase required textbooks.

In his presentation, Dr. Cable Green will discuss specific examples where institutions, provinces/states, and nations have built effective business cases for OER. He will also explore how to build effective teams for institution/system-wide OER projects in a way that both builds high quality OER and takes institutions through the cultural shift to open.

For more information or to register for this event, please visit: http://www.clemson.edu/online/open-education/

This event is co-sponsored by Clemson University Libraries and Clemson Online.

Library Depot By the Numbers

We’ve mentioned the Library Depot before when our Records Management unit moved there.

The Library Depot houses our Digital Initiatives, Offsite Shelving, and Records Management units.

But now that we’re done moving and all settled, let us tell you some cool statistics about what’s over there.

  • The high bay storage area is approximately 9500 sq ft.
  • The shelving units are 19 ft high with 230 ladders. There are 4140 shelves.
  • They have 5300 records boxes, 1400 archival boxes, and 13,400 book trays holding 145,000 items.
  • They also have 39 microfilm cabinets with 23,000 rolls of microfilm.

The number stencils used in the aisles are 6ft tall and borrowed from the Death Valley! (Those are the same stencils they use to paint the football field!)

Library Receives Grant To Digitize National Park Materials

Clemson University Libraries along with PRTM and CCIT are collaborating with the Purdue University Libraries; the Southeast Region of the National Park Service; and the state parks in Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina to develop an information gateway for parks information.

The grant will make more than 3 million pages of resources held by the parks — 150,000 artifacts, photographs and other objects — and selections from the National Park Service directors’ papers in the Libraries’ Special Collections available digitally.

The principal investigator for the project is Emily Gore, director of digital initiatives and information technology for Clemson Libraries. Co-principal investigators are Elizabeth Baldwin, assistant professor in PRTM at Clemson, and Michael Witt of the Purdue University Libraries.

Read more information about the grant here.