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Innovation Session

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Innovation sessions feature brief presentations on various subjects. I attended session 3 on scholarly publishing 

Multimodal Monographs: Content, Collaboration, Community

Sarah McKee from Emory University and Allison Levy from Brown University described Mellon’s digital monograph initiative: Grants were made to university-based models of support for faculty. Brown University studied publications. In April 2021 a Spring Summit on Enhanced and Interactive Publications occurred in Vancouver, BC. Three themes emerged: content, collaboration, and community. Connecting to audiences beyond academia was a theme that occurred repeatedly. Key outcomes focused on common priorities and common concerns. A report: “Multimodal Digital Monographs: Content, Collaboration, Community”was issued and is available at https://multimodal-digital-monographs.pubpub.org.

Teaching Data Science and Text Analysis in the library

Jen Ferguson (Northeastern University) & Amy Kirchhoff (ITHAKA) discussed the Constellate program which takes research further with text and data analysis skills by providing content and tools that users need together in one place (mainly JSTOR). It is publicly available to test. An online workshop, “Python and Text Analysis for Absolute Beginners” was conducted at the Northeastern University library. (Workshop materials are available here.)  It has been very successful and worth doing. Who attends: professional studies, engineering, computer science, science, business, and more. Teaching the workshop is not always easy because a significant time investment up front is required; questions are the toughest part; and success is a (gentle) trap.

Posters and Meeting Presentations: Collection and Delivery of Early Stage Research

David Parker (Underline Science) & Jennifer Goodrich (Morressier) discussed the need for early research. Today’s researcher requires access to all output across the research life cycle. Academic programs must meet high standards (which are not available on YouTube). Morressier and Underline Science support video enrichment and viewing experience for societies on an end-to-end platform that centers research integrity for early research.

Collaborating on Open Access Book Analytics

Niels Stern The OAPEN Foundation Library was launched in 2010 with data from over 400 publishers of over 25,000 full text OA books. Following that, the Directory of OA Books (DOAB), an index of peer reviewed OA books, was launched in 2013 with more than 60,000 titles from over 600 publishers. The OA Books Toolkit and OA Books Network are Dutch non-profit organizations, and under Dutch laws cannot be sold or acquired The Book Analytics Dashboard (BAD) depicts many different usage statistics from different platforms and gives publishers a comprehensive view of usage. Libraries want indicators for purchasing and acquisitions to help them make Informed decisions about OA book publishers and services, quantitative and qualitative data, and data for OA book publishing. Usage from geographical areas can be studied to determine what is going on around the campus.

Don Hawkins


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