Happy One Year Anniversary to me! It has most definitely been a whirlwind of a year! I’ve been thinking a lot this past week about how I wanted to write this blog. The obvious thing to do would be to highlight all our accomplishments over the last year (and, of course, subtly take credit for all of them…), but really all I’ve been able to think about is how much more we still need to accomplish. We’re fine tuning a new workflow management system in Trello, Lorrie and I are working on overhauling the setup of our participating faculty list, the list of projects goes on and on!
Last week, Harrison and I had the pleasure of attending the Digital Commons + Great Lakes User Group (DC+GLUG) meeting at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. This was my first time attending, and having heard rave reviews from Susan and Lorrie, I was really excited to learn more about how other repositories are handling many of the issues we encounter.
Looking back at my first year in the Digital Repository: Well it started on May 19, 2014 at 1pm in the afternoon….alright, I promise I am not going to give you play by play of each day! My time here did start on that lovely sunny day and I am still very happy I made this jump into the Digital Repository. As I said, time flies by and I feel on one level I have learned so much and on another level I know I still have so much more to learn.
Before joining Digital Repository @ Iowa State University, I worked for several years in the Library IT. You might wonder how the duties in IT could possibly relate to work in our DR. Continue reading
On Wednesday, April 16, the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) brought their Scholarly Communication Road Show to Ames at the Reiman Gardens on the Iowa State University campus. Colleges and universities from all over the Midwest sent representatives to have a discussion about scholarly communication and copyright in our age of information and technology. The whole Digital Repository unit was able to attend and engage in what was an informative and collaborative gathering.
I love Sherlock Holmes. I have read all the novels and short stories, seen almost every movie (maybe missed a couple of Basil Rathbone entries), and really like Benedict Cumberbatch’s modern turn on the detective. And THAT is the operative word.
I am a detective of many things. I find obscure articles from obscure journals and even more obscure conferences. I locate publishers who have gone on to other existences or just went out like a candle flame. I can track a Russian publisher through its various name changes when I don’t know the language and still find the object of my hunt. I dig large holes to find little things, but those little things are important links in a chain of research and knowledge.
Working in Interlibrary Loan was a natural step from having worked in Cataloging, Public Service, and Acquisitions. I knew cataloging metadata well enough that I could search in WorldCat to find the right book, right translation, right journal so that I could order the book, the report, the article that our patron needed. I read well enough in a foreign language to know if I was on the right track or if I needed to look elsewhere. Dates, volume numbers, places of origin, these can all point to the publication that the researcher requests.
Although I rarely have to use the cataloging metadata to locate items in the Digital Repository, the skills in sleuthing still come into play almost every day. Finding permission to publish a journal article or a book chapter is usually fairly easy. We in the DR are familiar with most of the publishers and what the publishers will allow. However, there are a number of publishers that allow publication, but finding a copy of the item requires detective work. Another good situation that requires looking deep into search engines is when the publisher has changed hands or the conference has a new committee every year and you just need that one person to give permission. Finesse. Like a good game of bridge.
Hunting for items, hunting for permissions, it’s a game in many ways but it is important in how it affects the world. If my search finds the right article for another researcher and leads to newer knowledge, then what I do is successful.
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A couple weeks ago, Hope Mitchell and I were lucky enough to attend a presentation by University Marketing Director, Carole Custer. Since we are in the process of developing marketing and promotional materials for DR@ISU, this was a great opportunity for us to
learn more about how we can align our marketing with the universities’. So let me tell you folks all about what I am learning regarding marketing and
what it can do for us here in the Digital Repository.
Nameplate = Primary Identifier = Digital Repository @ Iowa State University
Typography = Conveys your Message = Open Access Scholarship
Color = Foundation for your Communication = Cardinal/Gold (also known as Pantone 186 and Pantone 142)
Photography = Draws Attention to your Message = Logo? Or the Download Map?
University Seal = Official Recognition = ISU Nameplate
Editorial = Tone of Message = Knowledgeable & Accessible
Brand = Public Image = Still refining..
This whole presentation got us think a lot about not only all the details that go into marketing, but the emotional appeal of marketing as well. We all have a favorite commercial that made us laugh or cry; while we certainly, don’t want to make anyone cry, we also don’t have the budget to create some big catchy commercial, which makes our marketing materials and branding message all the more important! What do we want people to think of when talking about DR@ISU? What is the best way to convey all of that information in a short amount of time and really make it stick in their memories? These are the questions we will be pondering as we continue to work on developing marketing materials for DR@ISU.
Lastly, we would like to give a big thank you to Carole Custer for taking the time out of her busy schedule to come and meet with us at the library! We truly appreciate all her advice and insight!
Back in December, I wrote about my summer project of organizing and uploading the proceedings of the International Conference on the Epidemiology and Control of Biological, Chemical and Physical Hazards in Pigs and Pork (Safe Pork) conferences for Iowa State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM). Now, I am back to write about another project I undertook for the College of Veterinary Medicine—albeit a much smaller one. After completing Safe Pork, I picked up work for a campus student journal, the Iowa State University Veterinarian. Beginning in the Fall semester of 1938 and up until the Spring of 2001, the students of the College of Veterinary Medicine published a veterinary student journal for the CVM community, which was the first of its kind in the nation when it began as “The Veterinary Student”. In 1950 (vol. 12) the journal’s name changed to “Iowa State College Veterinarian”, and in 1960 (vol. 22) the name changed for a final time to “Iowa State University Veterinarian”.