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  • Thumbnail for Toward improved discoverability of scholarly content : cross-sector collaboration essentials
    Toward improved discoverability of scholarly content : cross-sector collaboration essentials by Conrad, Lettie Y. , Somerville, Mary M.

    By way of follow-up to earlier work in understanding and improving discoverability of scholarly content, this article reports on recent data and reflections that led to clearer definitions of discovery and discoverability, as well as deeper cross-sector collaborations on standards, transparency, metadata, and new forms of partnerships. Recent advances in discoverability are also described - from enhanced library-based web-scale searching to serving researcher needs through the Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID) registry. The article points to a 2014 SAGE white paper that presents in greater detail opportunities for wider collaboration among libraries, publishers, service providers, and researchers in the inter-est of furthering discovery, access, and usage of scholarly writings and creative work.

  • Thumbnail for Discoverability challenges and collaboration opportunities within the scholarly communications ecosystem : a SAGE white paper up
    Discoverability challenges and collaboration opportunities within the scholarly communications ecosystem : a SAGE white paper up by Conrad, Lettie Y. , Somerville, Mary M.

    The prominence of mainstream search engines and the rise of web-scale, pre-indexed discovery services present new challenges and opportunities for publishers, librarians, vendors, and researchers. With the aim of furthering collaborative conversations, SAGE commissioned a study of opportunities for improving academic discoverability with value chain experts in the scholarly communications ecosystem. Results were released in January 2012 as a white paper titled Improving Discoverability of Scholarly Content in the Twentieth Century: Collaboration Opportunities for Librarians, Publishers, and Vendors. Following the white paper, this article explores the implications for these findings through review of commissioned studies, research reports, journal articles, conference papers, and white papers published in the ensuing twelve months. Sidebars highlight especially promising cross-sector initiatives for enhancing researcher discoverability of the scholarly corpus at appropriate points in their workflow, including the NISO Open Discovery Initiative (ODI) and the Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID). Concluding reflections highlight opportunities for librarians to contribute to cross-sector collaborations that sup-port discovery of quality peer-reviewed content by improving navigation, discoverability, visibility, and usage of the scholarly corpus.

  • Thumbnail for Rethinking libraries in terms of learning and working collaboratively : an interview with Mary Somerville
    Rethinking libraries in terms of learning and working collaboratively : an interview with Mary Somerville by Lee, Janet , Gaetz, Ivan , Somerville, Mary M.

    The interview discusses the context and basic assertions of the book, "Working Together: Collaborative Information Practices for Organizational Learning" by Mary Somerville.

  • Thumbnail for Yo soy Colorado : three collaborative Hispanic cultural heritage initiatives
    Yo soy Colorado : three collaborative Hispanic cultural heritage initiatives by Allen, Beverly , Gonzales, Rhonda , Montoya, Fawn-Amber , EchoHawk, Dana , Somerville, Mary M.

    Collaborative activities that reflect ‘ethnicity as provenance’ benefit from collaborative, interdependent relationships among archives, classroom, and community. Examples from Center for Colorado & the West at Auraria Library (University of Colorado Denver) and the Southern Colorado Ethnic Heritage and Diversity Archives and the Voices of Protest Oral History Project (Colorado State University-Pueblo) illustrate collection development practices that advance joint ownership of archival materials by the archives and the originating cultural population. Concluding reflections offer transferable principles for working collaboratively with cultural communities on creation, identification, interpretation, and preservation of photographs, videos, documents, oral histories and ephemeral material reflective of culture, achievements, conflict, and legacy.