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    Embracing Open Access: Self-Archiving with IUScholarWorks
    (2024-03-01) Cooke, Rivkah
    This session will introduce attendees to the benefits of open scholarship and show them how they can make their research open access by self-archiving in an institutional archive. Goals: Participants will be able to describe different types of open access, understand the different versions of scholarly articles, research publisher self-archiving policies, and deposit an article into IUScholarWorks. Audience: The intended audience for this session is faculty and graduate students.
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    A Fresh Take on JATS: Book Reviews as a Simple, Immediate, and Accessible Gateway to Full-Text Publishing
    ([Bloomington, Ind.] : Indiana University, 2023-05-09) Vaughn, Matthew; Higgins, Richard
    Even as JATS XML has become the standard format for academic publishing, the challenges involved in implementing a JATS XML-based publishing workflow have prevented many library publishers from moving beyond PDF-based publishing. The complicated apparatus of even the most basic scholarly articles complicates XML production considerably. In addition, most existing workflows are reliant on XML conversion tools or paid vendors to convert author submission documents into JATS XML. In either case, these XML documents are time-consuming to produce and often require additional editing and correction before publication. Book reviews, on the other hand, provide a less burdensome format for library publishers who wish to transition to XML publishing. With minimal training, editorial teams can format JATS XML book reviews in-house without resorting to paid vendors or conversion tools. This presentation outlines the successful onboarding of a JATS-only book review journal to the Open Journal Systems platform. To facilitate this, we created a simplified JATS XML template using the DAR tag subset specification to optimize machine readability, avoid redundancy, and ensure reusability. The onboarding process also required customization of the OJS interface and the creation of detailed documentation and training materials for the editorial team. Although the editorial team had no prior experience with OJS or JATS XML, they are now publishing full-text, machine-readable books reviews. As the result of our work, these book reviews will now be more easily indexed and permanently stored as markup in a digital preservation archive. The semantically tagged content will facilitate keyword searches and increase discoverability over the long term. Finally, as a machine-readable format, JATS XML is inherently accessible and includes elements that allow for accessibility tagging and for the creation of interfaces that are both Section 508 and WCAG compliant.
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    Building a Publishing Platform Crosswalk: A Documentation Month Case Study
    ([Bloomington, Ind.] : Indiana University, 2023-05-09) Guimont, Corinne; Ball, Cheryl E.; Vaughn, Matthew
    One of the challenges library publishers face is, with so many new academy-owned publishing platforms available, which one is right for their services or their author needs? We identified several common publishing/digital scholarship platforms — Fulcrum, Manifold, Scalar, OJS, Janeway, and a few others — and researched basic documentation on each of them across a specific set of user-needs criteria. Criteria included publication and content types, what’s possible to ingest or embed, hosting services, preservation and export options, and a few others. We also identified, when possible, what makes one platform stand out from another when they fell into similar publishing realms (i.e., books vs. journals vs. collections). Our presentation covers which platforms we chose, what documentation we looked for for each and why, and how we decided to design the final crosswalk. It also highlights how much we were able to accomplish with one hour a week during LPC’s documentation month.
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    Text Mining “Re-” in Victorian Poetry
    (2023-11-11) Mazel, Adam
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    Exploring the Advantages of Book Review Publishing as an Introduction to JATS XML Production
    ([Bloomington, Ind.] : Indiana University, 2022-11) Vaughn, Matthew
    While the JATS XML format is widely used in scholarly publishing, many library publishers have been slow to implement this standard in their article production workflows. Due to the challenges involved in converting, editing, and rendering conventional article submission files into full-text XML galleys, library publishers often lack the resources and experience to adopt JATS as a publishing format. The complicated apparatus of even the most basic scholarly articles, such as abstracts, images, graphs, footnotes, and references, complicate XML production considerably. Book reviews, however, provide a less complex format for library publishers who wish to gain experience publishing in XML. Drawing on a recent experience onboarding an online book review journal to the Open Journal Systems platform, this presentation offers a practical guide to developing a JATS publishing workflow that is accessible for both library publishers and editorial teams with minimal prior knowledge of XML.
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    Using Research Impact Tools to Create Scholarly Communication Reports for Humanities Librarians
    ([Bloomington, Ind.] : Indiana University, 2021-05) Tavernier, Willa; Vaughn, Matthew
    As subject-specialist librarians are increasingly expected to integrate scholarly communication competencies into their skillset, humanities specialists face the added challenge of addressing the insufficient coverage of humanities scholarship in the available citation databases. The purpose of this project was to develop and document an approach for creating discipline-specific scholarly communication reports for humanities liaison librarians. This methodology offers a practical way for liaisons to integrate bibliometric methods into their work while also creating a useful picture of scholarship at the departmental level.
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    OER Summer Sprint- Programming Materials
    (2023-01-09) Norris, Haley
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    Digital Collection Exploring Experiences Of Blacks Gaining Economic Independence | Good Morning SKN
    (Studio 327 Inc, 2022-04-27) Tavernier, Willa
    On Good Morning's SKNs Connections, Jamie and Kortensia connect with Willa Liburd Tavernier. Willa hails from our twin-island Federation. She is currently a Research Impact & Open Scholarship Librarian at Indiana University. Recently, Willa spearheaded the launch of an open-source digital resource collection called “Land, Wealth, Liberation,” She speaks more about it and her experiences with racism in this powerful and insightful interview.
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    Peer Review as Relationship
    (2021-10-26) Abebe, Megdi; Santiago, Kristina; Leung, Sofia
    This approach to peer review offers our contributors and reviewers agency in the process. We intentionally center the research, meditations and creative works by, for, and of BIPOC, as well as a publishing environment that prioritizes well-being.
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    Your Journals Are Spying On You: Research Surveillance in Library Products
    (2021-10-22) Lamdan, Sarah
    Our traditional journal vendors are transitioning from being publishers to being data analytics companies. A few of them, including RELX (Reed Elsevier + LexisNexis) have even become data brokers that sell dossiers of personal information to ICE. In this discussion, we’ll look at how companies’ research platforms are now part of larger data analytics systems, and what that means for our privacy and intellectual freedom. We’ll also think about open access projects and other efforts that could help ensure that people who use our libraries can do their research without being subjected to surveillance.
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    Diversity Residency Toolkit
    (ACRL Residency Interest Group, 2021-09) Adolpho, Kalani; Bergamasco, Maya; Corral, Ana; Peralta, Michelle; Rawls, Mallary; Tadena, Laura; Tavernier, Willa
    Although many factors contribute to a resident’s experience with their host institution, the lack of established standards and best practices for diversity residencies has led to a wide disparity of resident experiences. In order to reduce this disparity, the Diversity Residency Toolkit was developed to improve diversity residency programs through the tenets of responsible commitments, intentional planning, and responsive assessment that begin far in advance of a resident’s arrival.3 The Diversity Residency Toolkit has broad applications and is suitable for institutions that already have a residency program and as well as those who are considering developing a residency program. It may be used by current and prospective residents, residency coordinators, supervisors, library administrators, and other stakeholders of diversity residency programs. Although the toolkit is intended for diversity residencies hosted at academic institutions, it may be adapted for non-diversity residencies as well as non-academic organizations such as museums, public libraries, business libraries and archives, etc. Interested parties may complete the form at to participate.
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    Scholarly Communication Updates
    (2021-04) Liburd Tavernier, Willa; Quill, Theresa
    An update on open scholarship and open data services at IU Bloomington Libraries
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    IU Libraries Course Material Services
    (2020-10-28) Vaughn, Matthew; Hare, Sarah
    This video describes the options and services that instructors have for selecting course materials. These include Open Educational Resources, fair use analysis, scanning of print materials, and finding/ acquiring library databases and eBooks.
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    Scholarly Communication at the Library: Encouraging Open Access, Open Publishing, and Open Education
    (2020-08-27) Hoops, Jenny
    This presentation presents several strategies, services, and workflows to facilitate scholarly communication concepts at all levels of the library. This includes how to manage and encourage deposit to institutional repositories; how to provide support and consultations for faculty interested in making their work open access; and finally, how to help faculty find online open educational resources, especially with the recent shift to virtual teaching.
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    Web Accessibility in the Institutional Repository: Crafting User-Centered Submission Policies
    (NASIG 2020, 2020-06) McLaughlin, Margaret; Hoops, Jenny
    As web accessibility initiatives increase across institutions, it is important not only to reframe and rethink policies, but also to develop sustainable and tenable methods for enforcing accessibility efforts. For institutional repositories, it is imperative to determine the extent to which both the repository manager and the user are responsible for depositing accessible content. This presentation allows us to share our accessibility framework and help repository and content managers craft sustainable, long-term goals for accessible content in institutional repositories, while also providing openly available resources for short-term benefit.
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    Building a Foundation for Sustainable Library Publishing: Quantitative Tools & Practical Methods
    (Library Publishing Forum 2020, 2020-05-07) Hoops, Jenny; Tavernier, Willa
    As library publishing programs continue to expand, developing a sustainable framework for onboarding journals and publishing new content has become imperative. In 2019 the Indiana University Libraries open access publishing program reached over 50 journals. To cope with this workload, we recognized the need to develop a methodology for sustainable publishing. Up to that point, we onboarded new journals as soon as the editors were ready, and went to great lengths to accommodate new feature requests and technical changes. Meanwhile, library employees were spending a disproportionate amount of time on publishing maintenance and routine, repetitive editorial queries. To alleviate these issues, we developed a quantitative assessment for our journals that assigned points correlating to the number of work hours a given task took to complete. We then assessed all existing journals and decided on the amount of FTE workforce we could dedicate to journal publishing. This allowed us to calculate the number of points that could be added each quarter, and establish a queue system - any journals projected to exceed this amount would be onboarded in a future quarter. We also created new FAQs addressing common user issues. The strain on our department immediately lessened, and we have already seen a more consistent and sustainable workflow. This system also allowed us to set stable timelines to process requests, and focus on doing more collaborative work with editors rather than automatically completing tasks for them. This session will present a case study of the Indiana University Libraries Scholarly Communication department’s quantitative methods for onboarding and maintaining journals. Participants will have the opportunity to apply our methodology to their own programs, and brainstorm how to develop methodologies that would fit with their own needs and resources. We will also provide time to discuss long-term projections for library publishing programs.
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    The Open Access Policy in Action: Automating Author’s Rights
    (Indiana University Digital Collections Services, 2020-04-22) Hoops, Jenny; McLaughlin, Margaret
    This February was the third year anniversary of the Open Access Policy, authored to ensure the accessibility and availability of university scholarship to the public for future generations. When the policy was passed, the Scholarly Communication Department was tasked with encouraging several thousand faculty to annually deposit their work into a new institutional repository, IUScholarWorks Open. To facilitate the deposit process, developers in Library Technologies developed the Bloomington Research Information Tracking Engine, also known as BRITE. The BRITE application is able to check the open access and copyright status of articles, compile emails to faculty, and prepare metadata for batch deposit into IUScholarWorks Open. While some manual intervention is still necessary, BRITE has helped our team automate a normally extensive and time-consuming process. This session will walk through the process of development for the BRITE application, as well as the documentation that allows users and employees with little to no subject knowledge on copyright, metadata, or automation to successfully navigate the application. We will also discuss some of our plans for the BRITE application in the future, and look for insight into what development our users may need moving forward.