Desktop Research: Challenges and Trends

The initial listing of news clippings was culled from a variety of sources we monitor on a regular basis.

We'd love to see your clippings here as well! Please use the edit this page button to add more, or add comments on how or why you think they may or may not be important. As is the convention throughout the Horizon Project Wiki, we ask you to identify items you think are of high interest to us, as I have done here by typing 4 tilde (~) characters-- - Sam Sam Apr 14, 2011 This will help us to sift through the articles and determine which ones resonate most strongly with the board as a whole.

Recommended Reading


  • An Academic Library Mobile App is Not a Technology of the Future: It’s a Necessity for Connecting with Students in the Present
    go.nmc.org/nece
    The author explores one of the most prevalent education trends— ubiquitous learning. Library mobile initiatives can help put vital resources in the hands of students. - DaveP DaveP Mar 29, 2015 Bootstrap and responsive design now mean that libraries should be designing UX this way rather than pursuing platform dependent apps. - mstephens7 mstephens7 Mar 29, 2015 - frank.scholze frank.scholze Mar 30, 2015 I agree! Very important concern for future development of Web services. - andreas.kirstein andreas.kirstein Mar 29, 2015 - rudolf.mumenthaler rudolf.mumenthaler Mar 30, 2015 I agree, it's no longer a question of digital natives but rather "mobile first" and "mobile only" access.- mylee.joseph mylee.joseph Mar 30, 2015 - paul.signorelli paul.signorelli Mar 30, 2015 - oren oren Mar 30, 2015 - g.payne g.payne Mar 31, 2015- lcshedd lcshedd Apr 10, 2015
  • As Researchers Turn to Google, Libraries Navigate the Messy World of Discovery Tools
    go.nmc.org/discov
    Libraries are beginning to offer one-step search boxes that comb entire collections rather than having users perform separate searches in each different specialized database.- DaveP DaveP Mar 29, 2015 Now ubiquitous in libraries great for discovery but the issue of seamless access remains remains an issue.Search is no longer the problem - access is. The myriad platforms, restrictive DRM, the cheshire cat appearance and disappearance 'now you see it now you dont' of ebooks in ebook collections for example remains a major problem for libraries. - Jacqueline.Fritz Jacqueline.Fritz Mar 29, 2015 - andreas.kirstein andreas.kirstein Mar 29, 2015 - Marwin.Britto Marwin.Britto Mar 29, 2015 - rudolf.mumenthaler rudolf.mumenthaler Mar 30, 2015 - cmkeithw cmkeithw Mar 30, 2015 - oren oren Mar 30, 2015- anthony.helm anthony.helm Apr 5, 2015- digicmb digicmb Apr 19, 2015 With discovery tools in libraries it's more about what the user does NOT see, instead of what is presented. Far from ideal... Breeding, Marshall. "The Future of Library Resource Discovery" ISQ: Information Standards Quarterly 27(1)(Spring 2015): 24-30. http://www.niso.org/apps/group_public/download.php/14869/NR_Breeding_Discovery_isqv27no1.pdf - mylee.joseph mylee.joseph Apr 30, 2015
  • Cal Tech Upgrades Library Search Platform
    http://campustechnology.com/articles/2015/03/17/cal-tech-upgrades-library-search-platform.aspx?admgarea=news
    The California Institute of Technology is rolling out EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) from EBSCO Information Services, to provide library users with high-quality search results from articles, e-books, the library catalog, institutional repositories and other sources. The technology creates a unified, customized index of an institution's information resources, accessible from a single search box. - Definitely not this. Think index based search/web scale discovery is pretty much accepted standard now. - aarontay aarontay Mar 25, 2015 - DaveP DaveP Mar 29, 2015 agreed- lcshedd lcshedd Apr 10, 2015
  • College Libraries Transition to High-Tech Learning Centers
    go.nmc.org/transi
    Many students come to campus today with multiple devices, including phones, tablets, notebooks, and MP3 devices. Bandwidth is of utmost importance for supporting media-rich activities. Libraries are now hosting workshops on how to use research and creative tools and software. - paul.signorelli paul.signorelli Mar 25, 2015- lcshedd lcshedd Apr 10, 2015Concise, wonderful overview of libraries as learning spaces; includes a passing reference to the role library staff plays in adding tech tools such as notebooks to circulating collections. Staffordshire University offer a weekly techlab and device workshop including app swaps - DaveP DaveP Mar 29, 2015 - Jacqueline.Fritz Jacqueline.Fritz Mar 29, 2015 - mstephens7 mstephens7 Mar 29, 2015~ This is a good one and illustrates the evolution that resonates with me: the "book warehouse" is giving way to an active collaborative space. Librarians must not take a sideline. - rudolf.mumenthaler rudolf.mumenthaler Mar 30, 2015 - oren oren Mar 30, 2015 another good example: University of Oklahoma Collaborative Learning Center, where students are encouraged to learn and share, using cool technologies https://plan4future.libraries.ou.edu/sites/default/files/OULibraries_ProgressReport.pdf
  • Developing a Prototype Library WebApp for Mobile Devices
    go.nmc.org/aria
    Based on a review of Loughborough University Library’s website traffic and statistics, the author provides recommendations for the creation of mobile-friendly web applications. - oren oren Mar 30, 2015 Library apps should be seen as part of a wider institutional goal of increasing student engagement via all digital touch-points, including mobile apps and mobile web
  • The "Digital" Scholarship Disconnect
    go.nmc.org/disc
    High-performance computing and networking, combined with visualization technologies, is contributing to changing scholarship practices. This article considers some of the challenges of this change, brings such as data management and long-term funding for data resources. - franziska.regner franziska.regner Mar 27, 2015 The wicked problem of RDM - DaveP DaveP Mar 29, 2015 see http://wickedways.group.shef.ac.uk/ - andreas.kirstein andreas.kirstein Mar 29, 2015 - rudolf.mumenthaler rudolf.mumenthaler Mar 30, 2015- frank.scholze frank.scholze Mar 30, 2015 There are some examples of libraries tackling the need for digital scholarship skills amongst mid career library staff eg. British Library Labs http://britishlibrary.typepad.co.uk/digital-scholarship/2015/02/what-would-library-carpentry-look-like.html and the University of Rochester http://humanities.lib.rochester.edu/institute/ - mylee.joseph mylee.joseph Mar 30, 2015 - cmkeithw cmkeithw Mar 30, 2015 - oren oren Mar 30, 2015 - g.payne g.payne Mar 31, 2015- escience escience Apr 27, 2015
  • Five Ways Academic Libraries Support Higher Education’s Reboot
    go.nmc.org/fivew
    Librarians are well-poised to help university faculty and students to adapt to some of the major infrastructural changes that are currently taking place in higher education. - paul.signorelli paul.signorelli Mar 25, 2015Thoughtful exploration, by Steven Bell (Associate University Librarian, Temple University), of some key topics for libraries and learning, including the importance of openness; engagement in online learning; "alt-librarians"; and focusing "on designing a learning experience that transforms students into smart, capable and intellectually curious professionals." - franziska.regner franziska.regner Mar 27, 2015 - DaveP DaveP Mar 29, 2015 - mstephens7 mstephens7 Mar 29, 2015 - Marwin.Britto Marwin.Britto Mar 29, 2015 - rudolf.mumenthaler rudolf.mumenthaler Mar 30, 2015 - erik.stattin erik.stattin Mar 30, 2015
    Libraries also need to support collaborations outside their own institutions and include the broader GLAM (galleries, libraries, archives and museums) linked data sets in scope for faculty and researchers - mylee.joseph mylee.joseph Mar 30, 2015
  • I Don’t Have Time to Teach That: The Benefits of Faculty-Librarian Collaborations
    go.nmc.org/dont
    This article describes how Lower Columbia College has integrated critical thinking and information literacy across the curriculum by bringing librarians into the classrooms to lead sessions on topics such as source evaluation and creating video casts. - lcshedd lcshedd Apr 10, 2015Another title that would work here is "I don't know how to teach that." Filling the instruction gap, in my case in multimedia production, is what I do. I am this librarian.
  • Instructional and Research Technologies Librarian
    go.nmc.org/instru
    The J. Edgar & Louise S. Monroe Library in Loyola University New Orleans had to realign the job duties of their librarians to meet the increasing technology demands of students and faculty. The new Instructional and Research Technologies Librarian position works with professors to integrate technology-based assignments. - Jacqueline.Fritz Jacqueline.Fritz Mar 29, 2015 - mstephens7 mstephens7 Mar 29, 2015 I'm always interested in new job titles, roles, descriptions. This may feed into what we did last year with Roles. - andreas.kirstein andreas.kirstein Mar 29, 2015 yes! - lcshedd lcshedd Apr 10, 2015 And it's also important for the education of librarians - rudolf.mumenthaler rudolf.mumenthaler Mar 30, 2015 At Alabama, we have a new "Academic Technologies Instruction Librarian" that serves a similar role.- lcshedd lcshedd Apr 10, 2015- digicmb digicmb Apr 19, 2015
  • Library as a Verb: Technological Change and the Obsolescence of Place in Research
    go.nmc.org/verb
    The author argues that libraries are a process rather than a place; evolving technologies have clarified the roles of libraries and librarians, proving that research is not relegated to a single building and that the librarian is more of an educator than a gatekeeper.- DaveP DaveP Mar 29, 2015 - andreas.kirstein andreas.kirstein Mar 29, 2015 - Marwin.Britto Marwin.Britto Mar 29, 2015
  • Library Success: A Best Practices Wiki
    go.nmc.org/m-li
    This collaborative and regularly updated wiki compiles resources, tools, and examples of libraries that are offering mobile interfaces or applications.
  • Making Your Publications Open Access
    go.nmc.org/yourpubs
    The Budapest Open Access Initiative created a guide to help researchers and librarians make the transition to open access.
  • Mobile Strategy or ‘Online’ Strategy? An Introduction to Responsive Design
    go.nmc.org/respo
    There are many benefits of responsive web design for publishers, including the ability to fluidly maintain and update just one site while providing full functionality for all devices and screen sizes.- DaveP DaveP Mar 29, 2015 - mstephens7 mstephens7 Mar 29, 2015 - edlef edlef Mar 30, 2015
  • Now You Can Print 3D Models of Your Internal Organs
    go.nmc.org/nowyou
    The National Institutes of Health launched 3D Print Exchange, a website that allows users to download, edit and share models of anatomy, bacteria and lab equipment. The goal is to provide a platform where people from all walks of life can advance medical research. - andreas.kirstein andreas.kirstein Mar 29, 2015- digicmb digicmb Apr 19, 2015
  • Online Scholarly Communications: Van De Sompel and Treloar Sketch the Future Playing Field of Digital Archives
    go.nmc.org/scholcom
    Digitization means that the research process is becoming more exposed, objects are no longer static, and machines are joining humans as co-creaters of research objects. However, the scholarly record is not all digital; there are plenty of physical objects that must be archived as well. - andreas.kirstein andreas.kirstein Mar 29, 2015 - frank.scholze frank.scholze Mar 30, 2015 - oren oren Mar 30, 2015
  • Open Publishing Can Improve Access to Knowledge
    go.nmc.org/impro
    Several initiatives in publishing aim to improve data transparency and avoid publication bias. Many journals are collaborating to develop data policies to ensure that data are hosted in a suitable and stable location, with appropriate access controls. - rudolf.mumenthaler rudolf.mumenthaler Mar 30, 2015 - mylee.joseph mylee.joseph Mar 30, 2015
  • Promoting Interoperability: Working on Rights
    go.nmc.org/rights
    The Digital Public Library of America recently teamed up with Europeana and Kennisland to promote global interoperability of their metadata. - franziska.regner franziska.regner Mar 27, 2015 - andreas.kirstein andreas.kirstein Mar 29, 2015 - rudolf.mumenthaler rudolf.mumenthaler Mar 30, 2015 - oren oren Mar 30, 2015
  • Refocusing our Efforts: Why Have a Digital Initiatives Program
    go.nmc.org/refo
    The Ohio State University Libraries is examining their digital initiatives program to identify the core business functions necessary to support the libraries’ digital programs.
  • Six Libraries Poised and Ready to Save the Nation's Digital Memory
    go.nmc.org/sixlib
    The British Library, the National Library of Scotland, the National Library of Wales, the Bodleian Libraries, Cambridge University Library, and Trinity College Library Dublin are under new regulations known as legal deposit to ensure that temporary materials like websites can be collected and preserved for future generations of researchers. - mstephens7 mstephens7 Mar 29, 2015 - mylee.joseph mylee.joseph Mar 30, 2015
  • Structured Data by Default: Publishing Schema.org Metadata from Library Systems
    go.nmc.org/sche
    Open-source library systems such as Evergreen, Kaha, and Vufind allow researchers to publish highly structured data about library resources, library holdings, and even libraries themselves using the schema.org vocabulary. (Koha rather than Kaha) - DaveP DaveP Mar 29, 2015- rurik.greenall rurik.greenall Mar 29, 2015 - rudolf.mumenthaler rudolf.mumenthaler Mar 30, 2015 - mylee.joseph mylee.joseph Mar 30, 2015
  • Top Trends in Academic Libraries
    go.nmc.org/acrl
    The ACRL Research Planning and Review Committee found that the unifying theme of deeper collaboration is trending in higher education libraries deeper in areas including data, device-neutral digital services, and competency-based learning. - paul.signorelli paul.signorelli Mar 25, 2015Using "deeper collaboration" as an underlying framework for the discussion, this article goes to the heart of what we're exploring for the 2015 Horizon Report > Library Edition. Categories within the article (as mentioned above) include "data, device neutral digital services, evolving openness in higher education, student success initiatives, competency-based learning, altmetrics, and digital humanities." Great resource to help guide us through our explorations and discussions.- DaveP DaveP Mar 29, 2015 excellent list - Jacqueline.Fritz Jacqueline.Fritz Mar 29, 2015 - mstephens7 mstephens7 Mar 29, 2015 Amen! - andreas.kirstein andreas.kirstein Mar 29, 2015 - Marwin.Britto Marwin.Britto Mar 29, 2015- david.groenewegen david.groenewegen Mar 29, 2015 - rudolf.mumenthaler rudolf.mumenthaler Mar 30, 2015 - edlef edlef Mar 30, 2015 - oren oren Mar 30, 2015 The recently published "ACRL Environmental Scan 2015" builds and expands on the "Top Trends in Academic Libraries" - http://www.acrl.ala.org/acrlinsider/archives/10074 - g.payne g.payne Mar 31, 2015- digicmb digicmb Apr 19, 2015 Must read! - escience escience Apr 27, 2015
  • Trends in Digital Scholarship Centers
    go.nmc.org/cent
    This article discusses the approaches of Brown University and McMaster University to illustrate how universities are creating their digital scholarship centers to support high-end digital projects.
  • Using Digital Technologies to Support Research: JISC Digital Festival 2014
    go.nmc.org/tosupp
    The recent JISC Digital Festival covered research data management and ways to effectively meet the challenge of developing services that ensure researchers are supported in managing digital research outputs generated throughout their work. keynote speech on Research Data Management from Carol Groblehttp://www.jisc.ac.uk/events/jisc-digital-festival-2015-09-mar-2015/programme# - DaveP DaveP Mar 29, 2015 - mylee.joseph mylee.joseph Mar 30, 2015 - g.payne g.payne Mar 31, 2015
  • Text and Data Mining: Its importance and the need for change in Europe
  • http://libereurope.eu/blog/2013/04/25/text-and-data-mining-its-importance-and-the-need-for-change-in-europe/ LIBER (the Association of European Research Libraries), its library members and the researchers they support, are actively advocating for a more flexible copyright system that will allow Text and Data Mining to be used to its full potential. A new aspect of open data. - rudolf.mumenthaler rudolf.mumenthaler Mar 25, 2015 - aarontay aarontay Mar 25, 2015 Definitely seeing this rising in importance. - franziska.regner franziska.regner Mar 27, 2015- rurik.greenall rurik.greenall Mar 29, 2015- david.groenewegen david.groenewegen Mar 29, 2015 - frank.scholze frank.scholze Mar 30, 2015 - mylee.joseph mylee.joseph Mar 30, 2015
  • ALA: Trends relevant to Libraries
  • http://www.ala.org/transforminglibraries/future/trends The Center for the Future of Libraries works to identify trends relevant to libraries and librarianship. This trend library is available to help libraries and librarians understand how trends are developing and why they matter. - rudolf.mumenthaler rudolf.mumenthaler Mar 25, 2015 - paul.signorelli paul.signorelli Mar 25, 2015Unbelievably rich resource; may need to spend the rest of the week on this one site! - DaveP DaveP Mar 29, 2015 - andreas.kirstein andreas.kirstein Mar 29, 2015 - Marwin.Britto Marwin.Britto Mar 29, 2015- digicmb digicmb Apr 19, 2015
  • Top 10 Academic Library Issues for 2015 (LibraryJournal)
  • http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2015/02/opinion/steven-bell/top-10-academic-library-issues-for-2015-from-the-bell-tower/
  • Top 10 issues by Steven Bell - rudolf.mumenthaler rudolf.mumenthaler Mar 25, 2015 - paul.signorelli paul.signorelli Mar 25, 2015Another great piece from Steven Bell; among the issues documented are "transition to openness," "digital education," "library space," and "ebooks." - Jacqueline.Fritz Jacqueline.Fritz Mar 29, 2015 - digicmb digicmb Apr 19, 2015- Marwin.Britto Marwin.Britto Mar 29, 2015- anthony.helm anthony.helm Apr 5, 2015
  • How academic libraries may change when Open Access becomes the norm - My blog post arguing that the rise and eventual triumph of open access will disrupt academic libraries in almost every way. - aarontay aarontay Mar 25, 2015 - DaveP DaveP Mar 29, 2015 - andreas.kirstein andreas.kirstein Mar 29, 2015 - Marwin.Britto Marwin.Britto Mar 29, 2015 - edlef edlef Mar 30, 2015
  • "Never Invent here" — more common than "Not invented here" and possibly the most common tech trend in library organizations (including vendors)https://michaelochurch.wordpress.com/2015/03/25/never-invent-here-the-even-worse-sibling-of-not-invented-here/ - rurik.greenall rurik.greenall Mar 29, 2015 - Marwin.Britto Marwin.Britto Mar 29, 2015
  • iZone: Imagination-Ideas-Innovation - Specialized Learning Space for the 21st Century (University of Rochester)
  • http://www.arl.org/focus-areas/space-facilities-services/3436-membership-meeting-2014-fall-izone-specialized-learning-space-for-the-21st-century#.VRkZVFwkH8o
  • One example for the important challenge (and trend): creating new learning (or inspiration or innovation or communication...) areas and finding new roles for libraries as buildings and rooms. A presentation held at the ARL Membership Meeting in October 2014 by Mary Ann Mavrinac and Neilly Dean. - rudolf.mumenthaler rudolf.mumenthaler Mar 30, 2015 - mylee.joseph mylee.joseph Mar 30, 2015
  • Correlating library services and resources to Student success - https://www.educause.edu/sites/default/files/library/presentations/E14/FS12/EDUCAUSE%2B2014%2BOakleaf%2Bc.pdf - oren oren Mar 30, 2015
  • Bitcoin and mobile payment models may affect relationships with some vendors and students may seek different models for paying for some services (eg. copying / printing) - mylee.joseph mylee.joseph Apr 23, 2015
  • Software code as a form of academic communication eg. Elsevier starts publishing software code, making it officially a form of academic communication http://www.journals.elsevier.com/softwarex - mylee.joseph mylee.joseph Apr 23, 2015 resonates with data journals and other new publishing efforts - escience escience Apr 27, 2015
  • Beyond authorship: attribution, contribution, collaboration, and credit.
    http://informatics.mit.edu/publications/beyond-authorship-attribution-contribution-collaboration-and-credit
    As the number of authors on scientific publications increases, ordered lists of author names are proving inadequate for the purposes of attribution and credit. • A multi-stakeholder group has produced a contributor role taxonomy for use in scientific publications. • Identifying specific contributions to published research will lead to appropriate credit, fewer author disputes, and fewer disincentives to collaboration and the sharing of data and code.
    (Note - this taxonomy is gaining uptake with publishers, and connects to the trends of altmetrics and evaluation) - escience escience Apr 27, 2015
  • Integrating Approaches to Privacy Across the Research Lifecycle: When Is Information Purely Public

    http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2586158
    Discusses the breadth of research data that implicates privacy concerns.
    -- Relates to the emerging trend of information privacy - escience escience Apr 27, 2015
  • Library Publishing Directory 2015
    http://www.librarypublishing.org/resources/directory/lpd2015
    An inventory and review of the activities in library based publishing.
    -- must-read in this area - escience escience Apr 27, 2015