Blogs selected for Week June 1 to June 7, 2020 -



1. Academia in flux: How will libraries change in 2021?

Academia was turned upside down in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, with stay-at-home orders and understandable health concerns across the world emptying out institutes of higher education essentially overnight. Suddenly cut off from regular and easy communication with students and faculty, librarians found it difficult to continue providing expected services, such as support for students, research assistance, course list consultation, and the like. They were also faced with technical and systemic challenges in their own systems, consortia and other academic networks, whether local, regional or global. The rapid, pervasive move to remote solutions across the global economy, including in academic settings, has irrevocably changed expectations.

The full entry can be read: Here.

2. Humanities research infrastructure is great ROI — Will we sell it short?

Infrastructure is what enables, whether for education, sanitation or transportation for example, the development and movement of ideas and goods and services. It is so obviously necessary that it is, perversely, regularly under-resourced. ‘Infrastructure week’ has become a political joke in that it is always just around the corner of everyone’s best intentions but rarely garners the necessary attention or funding. The American Society for Civil Engineering’s Infrastructure Report Card, reports from the National Academy of Engineering, and more illustrate just how short-sighted it is to under-invest in physical infrastructure such as bridges and dams. The infrastructure for producing and sharing knowledge — research infrastructure — is similarly vital.

The full entry can be read: Here.

3. Will the pandemic permanently alter scientific publishing?

The COVID-19 crisis has underlined just how fast and open science publishing can be — when scientists want it that way. Researchers working on the pandemic are sharing preliminary results on preprint servers and institutional websites at unprecedented rates, embracing the kind of early, public sharing that physicists and mathematicians have practised for decades. Journals have whisked manuscripts through to formal publication in record time, aided by researchers who have rapidly peer-reviewed the studies. And dozens of publishers and journals, including Elsevier, Springer Nature and the New England Journal of Medicine, have made coronavirus research — new and old — free to read. They have pledged to continue doing so for the duration of the outbreak, and have encouraged or, in some instances, required researchers to post their manuscripts on preprint servers. The push for rapid and open publishing could take off — although financial pressures lie ahead. This post is part 4 in a series on science after the pandemic.

The full entry can be read: Here.

4. The top trends in Knowledge and Information Management – and How to get ahead of the curve

Knowledge management is not a new process in business. Companies have always taken steps, both formal and informal, to preserve data, information, and expertise over time and across business stakeholders. The concept of information management isn’t new either; organisations have curated externally sourced information from sources like academic journals since well before the digital age. But in today’s R&D organizations, from a strategic point of view, there is a need to rethink how we deal with knowledge and information.

The full entry can be read: Here.

5. Why price transparency is important when buying academic journal access

cOAlition S, consisting of 22 research funding organisations including the Wellcome Trust and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), has announced that they will no longer fund publishing fees in journals, effective July 1, 2022, which do not adhere to one of two approved price transparency frameworks. It's often not clear how much a university needs to pay to access scholarly articles. For Anna Vernon, the move away from paywall publishing offers the opportunity to reexamine these costs.

The full entry can be read: Here.

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