The OLA Super Conference held last week in Toronto again included many speakers, convenors and organizers from Queen’s – kudos to all! One of my favourite parts of OLA is perusing the posters, always a good snapshot of what’s on minds across the library sector, and it was a pleasure to see Alex Cooper talking about data access using ODESI. Her poster illustrates “the cumbersome process that was necessary to obtain data 15 years ago and compares it with the quick, innovative way it is obtained today, thus freeing up the librarian’s time to educate the researcher in the intricacies of data literacy.”
Data was a strong focus of the Digital Infrastructure Summit held in Ottawa on January 28-29. With the wish for tri-council requirements for data management plans in the air, there’s an increased sense of urgency for research data management services and technical infrastructure that includes long-term storage and preservation, as well as computational space for data intensive research. Queen’s is in the fortunate and somewhat unusual position of having close working relationships amongst the three legs of the stool of institutional support for research data management – the VP Research, the CIO and the University Librarian. Steven, Bo and I were all at the Summit and will be meeting to follow up on the intersection of institutional and national initiatives.
At the Research Data Canada Steering Committee meeting on January 27, we heard reports from each of the subcommittees exploring key elements of research data management: education and training, infrastructure, policy and standards and interoperability. The work of the RDC is very promising, bringing together many issues, ideas and initiatives to help shape a new landscape.
The Library Leadership Team reviewed a LAMP implementation plan this week, and a draft of a library gifts-in-kind policy. Following meetings with Advancement, we’ll come back to the LAMP implementation plan to develop terms of reference for the advisory committee. For the gifts-in-kind policy, input will be sought from Advancement and all units. LLT also heard an update on the Public Services Renewal project, which is moving into the consultant RFP posting and evaluation phase.
Last week the Library’s strong connections with academic units helped ensure great enthusiasm from university partners for our interest in engaging in a response to a recent MTCU request for proposals to support the development of online courses. LLT reviewed the parameters for the proposals and followed up with the Queen’s leads and the chair of our Teaching and Learning Working Group (TLWG), Cory Laverty. The TLWG is working with people across the library system on an ‘inquiry checklist’ that could be used in the development of any form of course, including blended and online.
In the open access realm, it was good to see John Willinsky honoured last week as a SPARC Innovator; see our Library News item, which recalls the work that Kim Bell did on a project with John’s team at Stanford, with the support of Sharon Murphy and our friends at the Campus Bookstore.
Today I’m at a CARL meeting in Toronto, where the weather outside is frightful but the Board is so delightful. See you next week.