The matters on my mind today span the library, the university, the region and the country – not an unusual combination – with the added element of an international learning experience.
Locally, it’s a pleasure at this time of year to begin reflecting on the past academic year and the accomplishments visible in annual reports across the system. In the Library Leadership Team we’re seeing the work of divisions, working groups and project groups move us forward in significant ways. You’ll see an update from the Public Services Renewal project group next week. I met with Advancement colleagues earlier this week, and had a follow-up discussion with the Provost, about LAMP project plans and campaign support. There are a few more conversations to come, for example about the steering group, and then we should launch into our implementation phase in the spring months.
Regionally and nationally, OCUL and CARL continue to support our local strategic priorities in ways that touch most of my weeks. Last Thursday and Friday were filled with nice examples. On the 5:30 a.m. train into Toronto I was working virtually with colleagues across the country on Project ARC (the project to develop a national research data management network), which is intersecting nicely with a variety of Research Data Canada initiatives. Thursday and Friday morning, I participated with several Queen’s colleagues in the OCUL Collaborative Futures Summit, and Friday afternoon I met with three separate groups on separate but interrelated topics – shared print storage, governance processes for collaborative initiatives, and potential collaborative approaches to supporting scholarly journals.
The OCUL Collaborative Futures Summit resulted in many ideas for projects that will support a number of possible directions in the ways we support access to information resources. I encourage you to have a look at the documentation on SPOT Docs: OCUL Collaborative Futures Summit 2014. The next steps are a report that will summarize the Summit, including ten potential projects with work plans, as well as further thoughts. The report will be provided to OCUL Directors for consideration of priorities for moving forward, at our May 1-2 meeting. More information will be posted to the Summit wiki space and the OCUL Collaborative Futures wiki space (accessible to all OCUL members) as it becomes available.
On the international front, I’m embarking on a major professional development experience tomorrow, a study tour in Brazil with CARL colleagues. My advance work has included learning about a variety of Queen’s interactions with institutions in Brazil, such as exchanges of faculty, post-doctoral fellows and graduate students for research in various fields. I’ll look forward to telling you more about what I learn about those projects, and about the institutions and association groups we’re visiting. For a sense of the information landscape in Brazil here’s a snapshot (with thanks to the CARL office for providing the details):
University of São Paulo (USP): USP is a public university, maintained by the State of São Paulo. USP is one of the largest institutions of higher education in Latin America, with approximately 90,000 enrolled students. It has eleven campuses, four of them in São Paulo.
Brasiliana USP/Mindlin Library: Biblioteca Brasiliana Guita and José Mindlin Library, inaugurated in March 2013, is a modern, 20,000-square-meter building in the centre of Universidade de São Paulo’s campus. It was projected by Eduardo de Almeida and Rodrigo Mindlin Loeb (the couple’s grandson) with the assistance of USP’s Architecture and Urbanism School.
Scientific Electronic Library Online: SciELO is a cooperative decentralized platform for electronic publishing of scientific journals, with national focal points in 15 countries from Latin America and the Caribbean. Scielo provides open access to more than 750 journals from the region, allowing searches in article and journal level, by subject or country, to view and download abstract, full-text, and citation information.
Latin-American and Caribbean Center on Health Sciences Information: BIREME coordinates and conducts technical cooperation activities on the management of scientific information and knowledge with the aim of strengthening and expanding the flow of scientific health information in the region as a key condition for the development of health, including its planning, management, promotion, research, education, and care.
University of Campinas Libraries: The Library System of Unicamp (SBU) comprises a central library and more than 20 other libraries located in its various colleges. The library system is fully automated and its collections may be accessed and searched on the Internet. Its Digital Library section supports a database with more than 25,000 dissertations presented in the university, in full text, as well access to the largest electronic libraries of academic journals in the world.
Edgard Leuenroth Archive: Arquivo Edgard Leuenroth is a historical and media archive that is maintained by the Brazilian State University of Campinas. It was started by a donation of the media collection assembled by Brazilian anarchist journalist and publisher Edgard Leuenroth (1881–1968).
Sao Paulo State University: Education, research and development services and activities in 23 cities throughout São Paulo State, Brazil Unesp was created in 1976. It has consolidated a project joining scientific, technological, economic, cultural and social development committed to democratic principles and clearly conscious of its status of a governmental institution, inserted and highly active in Brazilian society. Unesp´s actions are focused in nearly every field of experimental and theoretical sciences such as: engineering, health, communication, humanities, social sciences and arts, among others.
Mário de Andrade Public Library: It is the largest public library in São Paulo. Founded in 1925, with a donation of holdings by the library of the city’s Câmara Municipal, it became one of the most important cultural institutions in Brazil, as well as one of the leading research libraries in the country. It is named in honor of Mário de Andrade, one of the founders of Brazilian modernism.
Brazilian Federation of Library Associations: FEBAB was founded in 1959, it consists of member organizations – associations of librarians and information scientists, affiliated institutions and bodies.
Federal University of Sao Paulo Central Library: Until 2005, UNIFESP was exclusively for Health Sciences, but after that year the university became multisubject due to Brazilian Federal Government’s University Reform Program (REUNI). Now, the university has six campuses, the oldest in Vila Clementino, in São Paulo (Health) and four more in Guarulhos (Humanities area), Diadema (Science, Engineering and related), Santos (Health), São José dos Campos (computational area) and Osasco (Business and related).
Federal University of Rio de Janeiro Libraries: In 1983, the university implanted the System of Libraries and Information (SiBI), through which students and staff enjoy easy and speedy access to the entire collection of its forty-three libraries. General (i.e. non-affiliated to the institution) digital access to UFRJ’s libraries is made through the Minerva Base, a database that, much like the SiBI, gathers all university libraries into a single website.
Pontifical Catholic University in Rio: PUC-Rio is a major private and non-profit Catholic university. It is maintained by the Catholic Archdiocese of Rio de Janeiro and the Society of Jesus.
Rio de Janeiro State University: UERJ was created in 1950 and has, since then, grown and established itself as one of the main higher education institutions in Brazil. Several areas of knowledge are covered by 97 undergraduate courses, 346 research groups, almost 500 extension projects and artisticcultural activities, which put together teachers, administrative workers, students and the neighborhood community.
National Library of Brazil: The Biblioteca Nacional do Brasil is the depository of the bibliographic and documentary heritage of Brazil. It is located in Rio de Janeiro, at Cinelândia square.The largest library in Latin America and the 7th largest in the world, its collections include about 9 million items.
National Library of Brasilia: The National Library of Brasília occupies an area of 14,000 square metres (150,000 sq ft), consisting of reading and study rooms, auditorium and a collection of over 300,000 items.
University of Brasilia: UnB’s Central Library has the largest archive in midwestern Brazil and caters to the needs of the federal district and of researchers from across the nation.More than 260 research-groups work in more than 400 laboratories, investigating around 900 areas.
Luiz Viana Filho Academic Library: The Library of the Senate begins its story in May 18, 1826. It is among the first libraries arising at the time of the Brazilian Empire. The creation of the library was due to the Viscount of Cairo, who expressed the need to form a committee to create the Bookstore Senate.
Chamber of Deputies Library: The library integrates Pedro Aleixo Documentation and Information Centre of the Chamber of Deputies and has a collection of nearly 200,000 volumes, is one of the largest of Brasilia and the country’s own collection is specializing in Social Science with an emphasis in Law, Political Science , Economics and Public Administration. It features rich and valuable collection of rare books, totaling approximately 4700 volumes.
CAPES Portal de Periódicos: The Brazilian national electronic library consortium for science and technology was created in 2000 to make scientific knowledge more easily accessible in Brazil. It is a virtual library that aggregates high quality content, provided through publishers and international scientific associations.
It’s been hard to put aside time to think about this trip, but I’m now amazed at the opportunity as I review these destinations. I’m not the best photographer — why snap another picture when there are so many better ones online? — but some of my colleagues fall into the avid shutterbug category and I don’t mind writing, so I’m sure we’ll have great reports to share.
As we support our students in this last busy part of term, I know we’re also hoping that the ‘in like a lion’ days of March will soon give way to ‘out like a lamb’. It looks like things have melted down to the December ice storm layer now? Have a good weekend, and stay cozy.