Research Collections and Support

Libraries are increasingly leveraging the raw materials of scholarship and knowledge formation by emphasizing the creation and curation of institutional research assets and outputs, including digitized special collections, research data, and researcher profiles. Our work informs current thinking about research collections and the emerging services that libraries are offering to support contemporary modes of scholarship. We are encouraging the development of new ways for libraries to build and provide these types of collections and deliver distinctive services. Our efforts are focused in the following three areas:

Presentations

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Total Cost of Stewardship: Responsible Collection Building in Archives & Special Collections

By Chela Scott Weber

Society of American Archivists Annual Meeting; Accessioning, Appraisal, and Acquisition Section
virtual

Developed by the OCLC Research Library Partnership’s (RLP) Collection Building and Operational Impacts Working Group, Total Cost of Stewardship is a framework that proposes a holistic approach to understanding the resources needed to responsibly acquire and steward archives and special collections. The Total Cost of Stewardship Framework responds to the ongoing challenge of descriptive backlogs in archives and special collections by connecting collection development decisions with stewardship responsibilities. 

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The Power of Archival Accessioning

By Chela Scott Weber

Society of American Archivists Annual Meeting; Accessioning, Appraisal, and Acquisition Section
virtual

Developed by the OCLC Research Library Partnership’s (RLP) Collection Building and Operational Impacts Working Group, Total Cost of Stewardship is a framework that proposes a holistic approach to understanding the resources needed to responsibly acquire and steward archives and special collections. The Total Cost of Stewardship Framework responds to the ongoing challenge of descriptive backlogs in archives and special collections by connecting collection development decisions with stewardship responsibilities. 

Open for all. Reusable for whom? A review of what data reusers want and how data repositories can deliver

Open for all. Reusable for whom? A review of what data reusers want and how data repositories can deliver

By Lisa R Johnston, Ixchel M Faniel, Katie Wissel

Open Repositories 2021
virtual

Understanding how data reusers seek and evaluate potential data for reuse will aid data curators, data managers, and developers in the open repository field. We will review past studies of data reusers, specifically a qualitative study of 105 researchers from three disciplinary communities: quantitative social science, archaeology, and zoology. The study identified 12 types of context information that data reusers mention needing when deciding whether to reuse data. Next, we will use the context types to create a feature set and assess how data repositories provide the needed context information to users. Finally, using findings from our assessment, we will showcase desirable features in use to prototype the design of a reuser-oriented data repository that developers can use to improve their data repository interface.

 

Topics: Research Data Management

Facilitating Successful Cross-Campus Partnerships to Further the University Research Enterprise

Facilitating Successful Cross-Campus Partnerships to Further the University Research Enterprise

By Rebecca Bryant

Australia New Zealand Partners Webinar
virtual

This presentation provides an introduction to the recent OCLC Research report, Social Interoperability in Research Support: Cross-Campus Partnerships and The University Research Enterprise. Bryant explains why this collaboration is important, who the stakeholders would be, identifies the categories of support-services this collaboration will likely surface, and provides strategies and practical advice about cross-campus relationship-building in research support.

Topics: Research Information Management, Research Support, Research Data Management

The Rapidly Changing Research Information Management Landscape

The Rapidly Changing Research Information Management Landscape

By Rebecca Bryant

Expert Finder Systems International Forum 2021
virtual

Expert finder systems are part of a larger ecosystem of research information management, comprising a variety of use cases, systems, practices, workflows, and stakeholders. This broad array of activities mirrors the complexity and decentralization so characteristic of U.S. higher education, but still reflects commonality in the core practice of aggregating, curating, and using metadata about institutional research activities. Bryant discusses the rapidly changing RIM landscape in the US, the focus of a current project at OCLC Research.

Topics: Research Information Management