Students are Knowledge Creators, Not Just Consumers

Information literacy—the ability to recognize when information is needed and find, evaluate, and use the needed information—is essential to our higher education goals. We want our students to leave college with the ability to direct their own learning and teach themselves, especially since it will be impossible for them to learn everything about their discipline in four years.

Information literacy outcomes addressed in the classroom often focus on where to find information and how to evaluate it. In other words, information literacy skills, when they are taught, usually position the student as an information consumer. But students are also content creators—they write papers, create poster presentations, compose works of art. But, rarely are they told the story of how knowledge is shared in their discipline and why. And rarely do they recognize themselves as creators of new knowledge. Thus, it is our job as educators to make sure they feel invited into the conversation.

Updated Feb 21, 2014 by Editor Name Missing

Developing a DPLA Hub in Indiana

The Beginnings

In Spring 2013 a survey was sent to organizations in Indiana that were known to already be creating digital collections related to Indiana history.  Responding were libraries, museums, historical societies, and archives.  The overwhelming feedback indicates that Indiana cultural heritage institutions are highly interested in continuing to talk about a Digital Public Library of America Service Hub in Indiana.

What is DPLA?

Updated Feb 14, 2014 by Associate Dean of Digital Scholarship

"Open Access," is it a Proper Noun?

Recently I've noticed a tendency in my prose to capitalize the words "Open Access." Somehow my mind turned a concept into a brand. I had some help, of course. For a shorthand, many that write about open access use the initialism "OA." It's easy to see how that might introduce capitalization when it comes time to spell out both words--so, "open access" becomes "OA" which is reborn as "Open Access." And, then, many fine OA advocates have worked to make Open Access a brand. With manifestos, conferences, books, and the ever present icon, Open Access is a brand--and that's a good thing too. Without all of this attention (scholarly articles, library flyers, t-shirts, and Internet marketing) many would fail to consider the benefits of open access practices; many more would assume that OA is merely something offered by big name publishers at the steep price tag of $3,000 per article. (Yes, even the subscription publishers are cashing in on the Open Access brand.)Open Access Icon    

Updated Dec 17, 2015 by Webmaster

Tracking the Rise of Open Access? Try Web of Science

The new Web of Science interface has a feature that allows one to refine search results by the category of “Open Access”.  This opens up some interesting possibilities for analysis for researchers as well as for librarians.  For example, a quick search can help shed light on general trends in open access publishing by subject area. Searching the topic of bird migration in the Web of Science (1987-present) yields approximately 5,500 records, of which about 300 (or 5%) were published in an open access resource.  Looking at the last 15 years in 5-year increments reveals an upward trend in open access for this subject area. In years 1999-2003, just about 1% of the records in Web of Science on this topic were published in open access sources.  In the next 5-year period, 2004-2008, 5% were open access.  In years 2009-2013, 10% of the search results came from open access sources.  It will be interesting to replicate this search in 5 more years to see where the numbers fall.

-Eric Snajdr

Updated Feb 07, 2014 by Sciences Librarian

What's Hot on IUPUIScholarWorks: Looking at a Year (2012-2013)

IUPUIScholarWorks serves as the institutional repository for open access to works by IUPUI's faculty, students and community. If you're at IUPUI and you have something you want to post, join, look us up or send us a note.

Now that six months have passed since the end of the 2012/2013 school year, I thought it would be fun to see what we made available last year and how people are using it. Last year (July 1, 2012 - June 30, 2013) IUPUIScholarWorks collected 513 articles, theses, dissertations, posters, learning objects, reports and historical items. During that year, the repository received 57,995 unique visitors and 198,031 pageviews. The hottest submissions for the year currently include, by unique pageviews (PVs):

Updated Mar 27, 2016 by Scholarly Communications Librarian

Open House at the Center for Digital Scholarship: November 22, 2013

Center for Digital ScholarshipTo celebrate the launch of the Center for Digital Scholarship we will also host a special open house in November for the campus and the community to learn more about our work. The event will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, on the ground floor of the University Library.

The center works to provide open access to IUPUI scholarship, research data and the cultural heritage of our communities. With Kristi L. Palmer as director, the center disseminates unique scholarship, data and artifacts created by IUPUI faculty, students, staff and community partners; advocates for the rights of authors, fair use and open access to information and publications; implements best practices for the creation, description, preservation, sharing and reuse of digital collections; and provides digital scholarship consultations and literacy services.

Updated Mar 27, 2016 by Scholarly Communications Librarian

Race Back in Time: Indianapolis Motor Speedway Collection Adds Oral Histories

Chet MillerAlmost four years ago the Center for Digital Scholarship at IUPUI University Library and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway formed a partnership. The goal of this partnership was simple: to digitize large portions of the expansive photographic racing history contained within IMS’ negative collection, and by doing so, provide access to the masses. It took a lot of work and was not always easy. Many of the negatives had decayed over time and the sheer amount of negatives was often overwhelming. But in the end, the partnership was successful, and thousands of previously unavailable images depicting the vast racing history of the IMS can now be viewed by not only employees of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, but race fans and scholars all over the world.

Updated Mar 27, 2016 by Scholarly Communications Librarian

Repository for Data Sharing Available to IUPUI

The Center for Digital Scholarship recently launched IUPUI DataWorks. As a supplement to the Center's Data Services Program, IUPUI DataWorks provides a tool whereby researchers may share data for reuse. IUPUI DataWorks is a great way to make your data available to a world of researchers. This data repository helps you keep track of how people use your data and ensures that you will have a stable link to provide to potential collaborators. For more information about our Data Services or about IUPUI DataWorks, contact us at DataWorks

Updated Mar 27, 2016 by Scholarly Communications Librarian

University Library and campus partners jump-start open access publishing at IUPUI

Open Access logoThe University Library and key campus partners have started a fund to support the publication of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis scholarship in peer-reviewed open access journals. A pilot program that encourages diverse participation across schools on the campus will make $47,000 available to IUPUI faculty over the next two years.

The IUPUI Open Access Fund will underwrite reasonable publication charges for articles published in fee-based, peer-reviewed journals that are openly accessible. This fund addresses changes in scholarly communications while increasing the impact of and access to scholarship created by IUPUI faculty. Key campus stakeholders, including the IUPUI University Library, the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, IU School of Dentistry and the Robert H. McKinney School of Law, are providing the financial backing for the fund.

Updated Mar 27, 2016 by Scholarly Communications Librarian

State Fair 1917

The Indiana State Fair has been around since 1852. See what the fair was like in 1917 through the Indianapolis News State Fair Special.

Much has changed and much has stayed the same at the fair over the years.

Patriotism at the State Fair

Even the advertisements are fascinating.

Updated Dec 14, 2015 by Webmaster