CIRSS Publications and Presentations
"Scanning the scientific literature these days is more akin to flicking through TV channels and trying to watch everything at once. Often the outcome of the scan will not have located any specific paper and it is unlikely to have involved any in-depth reading, but it achieves an undefined "assimilation" of knowledge from a melange of titles and abstracts, tables, indexes, databases, and figures. Renear and Palmer (p. 828) review how scientists use new forms of the "literature" and how the ascendance of novel computing technologies will combine to revolutionize the way scientific data is accessed, synthesized, and turned to practical use." (Science Magazine 325, 791, 2009.)
Varvel, V. E. Jr., & Lei, X. (2009, March/April). Characteristics and trends: In the Public Library Data Service 2008 report. Public Libraries, 48(2). pp. 6-12. - Virgil and Xinrong present a summary of statistics highlighting last year PLDS Report.
CIRSS was commissioned by OCLC Research and the RLG Partnership to prepare a report synthesizing scholarly information practices in the digital environment:
Palmer, Carole L., Teffeau, Lauren C., and Pirmann, Carrie M. (2009). Scholarly Information Practices in the Online Environment: Themes from the Literature and Implications for Library Service Development. Report commissioned by OCLC Research. Published online at: www.oclc.org/programs/publications/reports/2009-02.pdf
Click here to read the OCLC Press Release.
CIRSS has completed a pilot study, Identifying Factors of Success in CIC Institutional Repository Development, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The comparative case study was initiated by the CIC and designed to learn about successes and challenges experienced by IR initiatives at university libraries. Based primarily on in-depth interviews with developers, librarians, faculty, and administrators, the analysis identifies key development strategies, examines emerging new roles for librarians, and includes faculty perspectives on the value of institutional repositories.
The project team members were CIRSS director Carole Palmer, project coordinator Lauren Teffeau, and affiliated researcher Mark Newton.
The final report can be accessed here.