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What Are We Missing?
What Are We Missing?
This chapter provides an overview of web accessibility and critical issues related to accessibility in institutional repositories, contextualizing accessibility-related labor within the broader goals and values of academic libraries. Best practices for planning and executing an automated accessibility audit of an institutional repository (IR) are explored, including an examination of select automated accessibility checking tools. The final section includes a sample workflow developed by the authors to perform an accessibility audit of DigiNole, Florida State University’s institutional repository and digital library platform, that can be emulated or expanded upon by others wishing to perform a similar review., Web Accessibility, Digital Repositories, Open Access version of the full book can be found at https://www.ala.org/acrl/sites/ala.org.acrl/files/content/publications/booksanddigitalresources/digital/9798892555906_OA.pdf
What Should a Data Repository Do?
What Should a Data Repository Do?
FSU's Institutional Repository, DigiNole, recently re-launched on an extensible Open Source software platform. One of DigiNole's anticipated growth areas is in handling research data, but what does that really mean? Is there a shared common definition of what a data repository should be? What kinds of functionality do data repositories typically have, and how does this functionality differ from institutional repositories? What features are most desired by researchers, and what features are necessary to ensure compliance with funding agency data management mandates? In this session, we will explore emerging answers to these questions, sharing what we have learned about the state of data repositories and how it has affected our plans to implement one at FSU., Keywords: institutional repositories, data repositories, islandora, public access policies, Preferred Citation: Brown, B., & Soper, D. (2016). What Should a Data Repository Do? [PDF document]. Presentation at Mississippi State University Scholarly Communications Summit. Retrieved from [URL]
What is an Institutional Repository?
What is an Institutional Repository?
An institutional repository (IR) can be defined as "a set of services that a university offers to the members of its community for the management and dissemination of digital materials created by the institution and its community members" (Lynch, 2003). This presentation provides an overview of the origins and principles of IRs, in addition to exploring common IR collections, policies, users, and service models. The presentation was delivered at the Florida Virtual Campus Institutional Repository Camp on July 25, 2016. More information available here: https://fliirt.wiki.flvc.org/wiki/index.php/IR_Camp, Keywords: Institutional repositories, Open access
When in doubt, go to the library
When in doubt, go to the library
The paper is an extension of a previous study, which examined student perceptions of a unique freshman seminar offered to Criminology and Criminal Justice students at Florida State University. The seminar is characterized by a heavy focus on interactive library sessions in which students learn how to conduct research and write a scholarly paper. The previous article reported on student perceptions of research and writing skills developed in the seminar. This report, using Multivariate Regression and Propensity Score Matching reveals that compared to a carefully constructed comparison group, first time in college students enrolled in the seminar have statistically significantly higher cumulative grade point averages and percentages of graduation within four years. The seminar’s emphasis on the library as a research tool is thought to have contributed to the differences seen on academic outcomes between students who took the seminar and a matched comparison group., Publication Note: The version of record can be found at https://doi.org/10.1080/10511253.2017.1372498., Preferred Citation: Leslie Hill, Daniel Maier-Katkin, Roshni Ladny & Kirsten Kinsley (2018) When in Doubt, Go to the Library: The Effect of a Library-Intensive Freshman Research and Writing Seminar on Academic Success, Journal of Criminal Justice Education, 29:1, 116-136, DOI:10.1080/10511253.2017.1372498
Why Are All the Primary Sources in Special Collections?
Why Are All the Primary Sources in Special Collections?
Everyday students are sent to a Special Collections because they need to find "old" materials or this is where "all" the primary sources are housed. When discussing their research needs, you discover they don't have any real clue what a primary source is, nor do they actually understand how to find primary sources, or how primary sources are different from secondary sources for their research. By combing methods of a hands on approach (finding, describing and the interpretation of a primary source), with search strategies for online primary source materials and identifying more sources using a "lead" research method – using bibliographies and subject encyclopedias to identify more sources – I guide individuals and classes through the rich array of research materials in our library and beyond and that primary sources are not just kept in a Special Collections, but where, what they are and how to use them., Keywords: Rare books, Archives, Special collections
Win - Win Situation
Win - Win Situation
Society of Florida Archivists meeting presentation., Keywords: Archives, interns, volunteers

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