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OCLC Research Releases New Report on the Sustainability of Research Data Management by Libraries

OCLC Research Releases New Report on the Sustainability of Research Data Management by Libraries

“The new report is titled, “If You Build It, Will They Fund? Making Research Data Management Sustainable” and was written by Ricky Erway and Amanda Rinehart

From OCLC Research:

2016-01-19_17-30-22Some research libraries have been proactive in taking on the new role of supporting the research data management needs of researchers and the university, whereas others have been assigned this role without having sought it. Either way, additional financial or personnel resources rarely are in place to implement and sustain this activity. This brief document explores the pros and cons of seven possible funding sources. It also describes the current circumstances in seven countries outside the United States.

Highlights:

  • Because some research data is a valuable university asset, institutions should build ongoing funding into their base budgets to provide resources to the units responsible for managing that asset.
  • The seven funding strategies include obtaining institutional budgetary support, adding to grant budgets, charging data depositors, charging data users, establishing an endowment, using existing funding for data repository development and making do with existing budgets.
  • Another option is to outsource to external data repositories, although many make no effort to meet digital preservation standards.

Direct to Full Text Report (13 pages; PDF)

Stephen

Posted on: February 4, 2016, 6:06 am Category: Uncategorized

How Germany Made Higher Education Free

How Germany Made Higher Education Free

Germany_FreeEd

How Germany Made Higher Education Free

 

 

Stephen

 

Posted on: February 3, 2016, 7:00 am Category: Uncategorized

40 free things to do at your local public library

Check out this libraries slide show about:

40 free things to do at your local public library

http://www.timesunion.com/living/article/40-free-things-to-do-at-your-local-public-library-6758549.php#photo-8483530

Stephen

Posted on: February 3, 2016, 6:03 am Category: Uncategorized

Canadian anti-poverty advocates call for affordable Internet

Canadian anti-poverty advocates call for affordable Internet

The high cost of home Internet services is taking a bite out of food budgets for low-income Canadians, new survey shows.

http://www.metronews.ca/news/toronto/2016/02/02/canadian-anti-poverty-advocates-call-for-affordable-internet.html

Good information and stories here about the people who use libraries’ internet who don’t have it at home or work.

Some of the data from ACORN study:

Bridging the Digital Divide

58 Percentage of Canadian households with annual incomes of $30,000 or less with home Internet access.

98 Percentage of Canadian households with annual incomes of $120,000 or more with home Internet access.

83.5 Percentage of ACORN survey respondents who find high-speed Internet “extremely expensive.”

59 Percentage of survey respondents who pay for Internet by forgoing other household necessities.

71 Percentage who used food money to pay for Internet services.

64 Percentage who used recreation money to pay for Internet services.

13 Percentage who used rent money to pay for Internet services.

Source: ACORN Canada, Statistics Canada

 

Stephen

Posted on: February 2, 2016, 1:00 pm Category: Uncategorized

46 Expert Tips For Creating Addictive Content [INFOGRAPHIC & EBOOK]

46 Expert Tips For Creating Addictive Content [INFOGRAPHIC & EBOOK]

https://venngage.com/blog/46-expert-tips-for-creating-addictive-content-ebook/

Addictive Content Infographic

 

This comprehensive ebook is completely FREE and contains the in depth and exclusive statements of these 46 content marketing and SEO experts. Just download it using the button below. No email required!

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Stephen

Posted on: February 2, 2016, 6:30 am Category: Uncategorized

6 Design Resources for Librarians

6 Design Resources for Librarians

6 Design Resources for Librarians

COLOR
Swiss Style Color Picker.
ICONS
The Noun Project

INSPIRATION
Pinterest
FONTS
DaFont.
SHAPES
Philographics: Big Ideas in Simple Shapes by Genis Carreras 
IMAGES

NYPL Digital Collections site, they’ve even curated a collection with designers in mind.

 

Stephen

Posted on: February 2, 2016, 6:01 am Category: Uncategorized

Exciting UPDATE: Roncesvalles Refugee Relief Gala FUNdraiser

Here’s an update on our efforts (my neighbours and me) to hold a gala to build a fund to sponsor a refugee family in our neighbourhood for a year.

This is soooo exciting.  We have a HUGE success on our hands!
We have sold over 150 tickets as of today!  We believe we’re on track – with your help – to blast through 200 by Thursday with online and at-the-door sales.  (That’ll be $20,000 before revenue from the silent auction, additional bar sales, 50/50 draw, etc.)
With our group of volunteer labour, entertainers, a few local politicians, and a local press photographer for an article the following week we will really fill the room with laughter, song, and neighbourliness!
Visit the website I built to learn more . . . http://www.RoncyRefugeeRelief.org 
AND THERE’S MORE EXCITING NEWS!
1. We have a Grand Prize Announcement!  Our Grand Prize – a chance to win for every paid ticketholder – is amazing.  Imagine heading to a 5 Star Cap Maison Beach Resort in beautiful  St. Lucia! A 4 night stay in a 1 bedroom suite, worth up to $7500.00.  Your friends and contacts need a ticket to win…  http://www.slideshare.net/stephenabram1/rrr-gift-certificate
2. And OMG – we have the Greatest Silent Auction ever!  There are over 83 items to bid on with values ranging from $10 to $2400.  Check out the list and the slide show on our website to see pictures of everything! (http://www.roncyrefugeerelief.org/silent-auction–donors.html)  Due to great generosity of neighbours and business, every winning bid contributes 100% to our fund and they’re all things you may need anyway!
3. And, if your friends and contacts sadly can’t make it to our Toronto neighbourhood this Thursday night, we’re all set up for donations through CanadaHelps with instant tax receipts. (http://www.roncyrefugeerelief.org/donate.html)
4. And, we have the best food and drink!  Your first drink is free! Our donors and neighbourhood businesses have been very gracious and generous!  (http://www.roncyrefugeerelief.org/silent-auction–donors.html)
5. And where else are you going to be entertained so well this week?!  We have the four time winner of the International John Lennon Songwriting Prize, a fabulous award winning Spanish guitarist and accompaniment, and a great DJ. http://www.roncyrefugeerelief.org/feb-4th-fundraiser.html
6. We’re all set up to take cash, cheques, or credit cards too with our own Square accounts – so payments will be easy.
7. And we plan a few surprises too!  (Dress nice but probably not in a tuxedo or ball gown – 😉 – a press photographer is coming and we have a Photo Booth too!
This is THE event of the Roncy Winter Social Season so don’t let anyone miss out on a fabulous time this Thursday night, contribute to our great RRR cause, and avoid the February blahs!  This event has the potential to put us over the top and let us meet ‘our’ family sooner and get them out of a camp and into our great country.
So PLEASE, put out the word and encourage your friends to buy tickets and/or donate.  If you haven’t purchased your ticket yet – just follow this link and purchase them now! 😉

See you there!
 
Cheers,
Stephen

Posted on: February 1, 2016, 3:15 pm Category: Uncategorized