The value of critical appraisal

This week I am wrapping up my last evidence summary for the (open access) Evidence Based Library and Information Practice Journal. I'm feeling quite nostalgic about it. I joined the evidence summary team in mid-2012 and have completed two 2-year commitments. It's been a key writing activity for most of my pre-tenure time here at UL.

Updated Oct 07, 2016 by Digital Scholarship & Data Management Librarian

End of a metadata era

Changes are happening! Since 2009, I have had responsibility for all things metadata at University Library. During the last 7 years, the Digital Libraries Team has gone through two name changes and an enormous amount of growth to become the Center for Digital Scholarship. Though it is somewhat bittersweet for me, the current level of productivity and diversity of projects coming out of the Center made this the right time to hand off metadata management responsibilities to someone for whom metadata would be her sole responsibility.

Updated Sep 27, 2016 by Metadata Librarian

OJS 3.0 is here!

Updated Sep 09, 2016 by Social Sciences & Digital Publishing Librarian

Big Data & Data Science Training series

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) launched their Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) initiative in 2012. This fall, the BD2K Training Coordinating Center is offering a free weekly webinar series on Fridays at 12:00 ET.

Updated Sep 09, 2016 by Digital Scholarship & Data Management Librarian

Preprints in Poetry: Why am I doing this?

First, a confession:
Yes, I write poetry. In fact, I've written poetry slowly but persistently for more than three decades. Most of it is complete garbage; some of it has been published in literary journals. But a great deal more, of modest quality, has never been published, submitted or shared. The last fifteen or so years have been largely dedicated to a single form--five couplets, generally not rhyming; ghazals, loosely understood and (at times) loosely "after" Ghalib.

Updated Oct 17, 2016 by Webmaster

Indiana Memory DPLA Fest 2016

We hope you'll consider attending the first Indiana Memory Digital Public Library of America Fest, September 23, 2016. The Fest is for institutions at all levels of digital collection creation from "just beginning to think about it and need more information" to "long time creators looking at enhancements and with knowledge to share."

Updated Aug 12, 2016 by Associate Dean of Digital Scholarship

Chronicling Hoosier, Using Big Data to Answer Old Questions

IUPUI University Library Center for Digital Scholarship librarians have used the Library of Congressses Chronicling America API to take another look at the usage of the word hoosier through time and across geographies.  Chronicling Hoosier began as a technology driven pursuit of the long sought origin story of hoosier.

Updated Aug 23, 2016 by Associate Dean of Digital Scholarship

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