How do you tweet about research?

One of the fun things about working in a center for digital scholarship are the unexpected and creative questions. Although I spend less time doing reference than I used to, I often use reference questions as an opportunity to take a deep dive into a topic I haven't had time to explore. Recently, someone asked us how to tweet about research. After thinking about it, I realized I do actually have a formula. On the flip side, I get annoyed when journalists and media professionals fail to point to the original research they are discussing. Don't be that person!

Updated Jun 06, 2016 by Webmaster

An Open Digital Archive as a Transition to OA

Back in March, the Harvard Library Office of Scholarly Communication ( published a preliminary draft of a literature review ( on methods for converting subscription-based journals to open access (OA).* The report was open for public comment, and while the public comment period has passed, it is definitely worth a read for anyone interested in the future of scho

Updated May 24, 2016 by Webmaster

Visualizing Presidential Candidacy Announcement Speeches

I wanted to play with a new web-based text visualization tool called, textexture. Easy to use. Enjoy. Will let you draw your own conclusions.

Bernie Sanders

Updated May 13, 2016 by Webmaster

UX testing in library instruction

I believe that there is no clear boundary between digital and physical when evaluating user experience as these two notions are intertwined. In the context of an academic library, digital presence such as library’s website can affect a positive or negative impact on services provided in a physical environment like research consultation and vice versa.

Updated May 03, 2016 by Webmaster

Open access isn’t the end of resource sharing

IUPUI University Library’s mission is to Inform, Connect, and Transform. The work I do as a resource sharing librarian is the literal fulfillment of our mission to Connect. My entire career as a librarian has focused on providing our users with access to the information resources they need to be successful in their teaching, research, and learning. I am, in fact, a self-proclaimed librarian devoted to resource sharing. As such, my interest in open access is no surprise.

Updated Apr 19, 2016 by Webmaster

The IUPUI Open Access Policy: A Short Report on Implementation

The IUPUI Faculty Council adopted a rights retention, “opt out” open access policy about 18 months ago. Adopting a policy, however, was just an initial step toward honoring the campus's commitment to the broad and open dissemination of research and scholarship created by its authors. Building a culture of open access requires willing participants, technology, and dedicated effort from academic libraries. Here's a short summary of our implementation efforts to date and the current level of policy participation from faculty on the IUPUI campus.

Updated Apr 15, 2016 by Scholarly Communications Librarian

Dear Authors, Don't Feed the Beast

If you're reading this, you probably already know that scholarly publishing is broken. Yes, it "works" for some people, some of the time. If you're a for-profit publisher you're probably raking in a 30-40% profit margin (Taylor). I doubt you think that's a "broken" model. But if you're an employee of a university, it's broken and you're broke ... even if you don't know it.

Updated Mar 26, 2016 by Scholarly Communications Librarian

Digital Humanities Resource: The Programming Historian

Lately, I have fallen into deep digital humanities love with The Programming Historian (TPH). TPH is an excellent first step for those interested in learning more about digital humanities but do not know where to start. TPH has peer-reviewed lessons on different digital humanities research methodologies.

Updated Mar 21, 2016 by Webmaster

Making Maps in R

Updated Mar 15, 2016 by Social Sciences & Digital Publishing Librarian