Re-imagining the role of the librarian as an educator in the digita…

I will be presenting this today as a Library 2.013 pre-conference event,  Connected Librarians Day. Hope you see you online.


Blended Librarianship and Blended Librarian Presentation Overview based on the article Shank, John D., and Steven Bell. “Blended Librarianship.” Reference & User Services Quarterly 51, no. 2 (2011): 105-110.


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Leadership and Cooperation in Academia : Leadership and Cooperation in Academia Reflecting on the Roles and Responsibilities of University Faculty and Management

Across the world academic institutions are being questioned by their stakeholders and pressured to change. Answering these questions requires that academics and professional managers in universities think about their work, its value and organisation. The book highlights the need for space and stimulus to reflect on the responsibilities, roles and expectations that they identify for themselves, and that others place upon them – then, they might be better able to understand and to act. Similarly, policymakers and higher education commentators need the space and stimulus to reflect on the role of universities. This book will provide this space and an invaluable contribution to the stimulus.



Chapter 1: The university: a critical comparison of three ideal types

Chapter 2: The ‘form’ of ‘reform’. The postwar university in Britain, 1945–1992

Chapter 3: Balancing the core activities of universities: for a university that teaches

Chapter 4: Space in an inferno? The organization of modern universities and the role of academics

Chapter 5: Sense and sensibility in academia

Chapter 6: From state to market via corruption: universities in an era of privatization

Chapter 7: Marketization and alienation in academic activity

Chapter 8: Motivational resilience in the university system

Chapter 9: Peer review: the academic guild’s last stand or key to knowledge as a public good?

Chapter 10: Cooperation and leadership in academia: the roles of non-academics

Chapter 11: The global reach of universities: leading and engaging academic and support staff in the internationalization of higher education

Chapter 12: Funding higher education in the great recession: an international perspective

Chapter 13: Developing the ‘third place’: the collaborative roles of universities in territorial knowledge creation

Chapter 14: The development of action research processes and their impacts on socio-economic development in the Basque Country

Chapter 15: Where were you?

Chapter 16: On leadershp



Leadership and Cooperation in AcademiaReflecting on the Roles and Responsibilities of University Faculty and ManagementEdited by Roger Sugden, Marcela Valania and James R. Wilson

EE, 2013, DOI:10.4337/9781781001820



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✬✎The Challenge of Citation in Digital Media


We can pick up a style guide like those published by the MLA, APA or Chicago and expect that it will tell us exactly how to format our text, as well as how to formally credit the sources we are referring to.


These formats have become so ubiquitous in academic communication, particularly in the classroom, that they seem like divine Law set in stone, rules that we must follow or face the consequences.


How, then, do we handle digital media projects, where standards are not so clearly set, and where standard style guides do not seem to be clearly adaptable to visual or aural media?


This set-in-stone quality to citation style in print, writing researchers have found, may have some unintended consequences for students.


An ongoing research project led by Rebecca Moore Howard and Sandra Jameson, called the Citation Project, has collected essays from nearly 180 students from 16 institutions, and studied their habits of citation.


What the researchers have found in the first stage of their project is that students are generally disengaged with the sources that they cite, and that more often than not, students are engaged in “quotation mining” in order to superficially meet assignment requirements.




Instead of trying to impose a print standard format for citation on a medium for which it might not be appropriate, it is better to work from these wider principles and practices that underlie citation to develop formats that are:

Appropriate to the media in which students are composingAppropriate to the contexts and audiences of the assignmentsAppropriate to the forms of inquiry in which students are engaging



➤ The Role of Citation in Academic Inquiry

↨ Displaying knowledge of the topic…


↨ Establishing ownership of ideas…


↨ Positioning own ideas in relation to others’…


↨ Establishing a replicable methodology:..



➤ Adapting Citation Forms to New Media…



➤ Considerations for Developing Appropriate Citation Guidelines in New Media Assignments…

↨ Consider the affordances and constraints of the media in which your students are composin


↨ Consider the audience and genre of the assignment.


↨ Create communities of practice within your class.



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A better way to track citations ☕Open citation data is coming. It’s a matter of ⌚when⌚, not if

‘Open citation data is coming. It’s a matter of when, not if ‘In the beginning was the link…’ – Most of us know what a citation is, a relationship between two publications. But what is open citation data?

Unsurprisingly, its citation data that’s open, free to use, re-usable…and useful in ways you probably haven’t thought about yet. Over the years citations have become the key currency of academic reputation,

helping to measure the degree of influence any one scholar’s works have had on the academic community.

At the most basic level, there are two important aspects of citations associated with any one paper; who is cited in it and who it’s cited by.

The first is easy to establish, the information should be there in the document. However a crystal ball is needed to know who is doing the citing….

⌚ What can you do with Citation data (now and in the future)?



⌚ Is it really open and is it useful?

As more citations become openly available the citations themselves are becoming the subject of research with investigators examining the inter-relationships between disciplines, generating new knowledge. 

Making the data open and usable means that hitherto unimagined avenues of exploration can and will appear.

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Online Citation Wizards on 21st Century Information Fluency

This service currently offers three Citation Styles: APA, CSE, formerly known as CBE, and MLA.

All feature specific templates for citing online Journals, Web pages with and without authors, electronic Books and Databases.

>> Cool Micro-modules:

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