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Scholarly Communication

Where Libraries Go From Here

June 14th, 2016 by Mary Wood

New%20Librarianship%20Field%20GuideQ&A with author of book on how librarians can better serve higher education

Inside HigherEd
June 8, 2016
Carl Straumsheim interviews author R. David Lankes

“New book explores how academic libraries can shape their services to better serve higher education — and what librarians should do to make it happen.

Q: You present five ideas for how libraries can “proactively speed the scholarly conversation”…

A: There are some great examples where academic libraries are becoming true publishers of the whole universities. The clearest example is the large number of academic presses that have been folded into or governed by academic libraries. However, this is only part of the story. Academic libraries are expanding decades of work digitizing resources and providing institutional repositories…”

Workshop: Increasing openness & reproducibility in quantitative research

March 24th, 2016 by Mary Wood

4 May 2016 Workshop hosted by the Center for Open Science

Increasing openness & reproducibility inquantitative research


There are many actions researchers can take to increase the openness and reproducibility of their work.
Please join us for a workshop, hosted by the Center for Open Science, to learn easy, practical steps
researchers can take to increase the reproducibility of their work. The workshop will be hands-on.

Topics covered include Project documentation | Version control | PreAnalysis plans | Open source tools like the Center for Open Science’s Open Science Frameworkindex

Attendees will need to bring their own laptop in order to fully participate.

Date: Wednesday, May 4th, 2016
Time: Two Sessions 9am – 12pm OR 1pm – 4pm
Location: Shields Library, DSI Classroom, room 360
Pizza lunch will be provided at noon for attendees from both sessions.


Authorship and the Promises of Digital Dissemination: Panel

February 29th, 2016 by Mary Wood

Authors Alliance event, with Pam Samuelson

March 9, 4:00- 5:45 pm
UC Davis School of Law, King Hall, Rm 2100A

A cross-disciplinary panel discussion on authorship in the digital age, with a focus on the specific goals and needs of academic authors. Authors who write to be read care about how their works are published and what that means for reader access. While traditional options and copyright arrangements still predominate in many fields, there are ever-increasing ways to share works of authorship. What works best to get textual and visual works out there and under what circumstances? Join us for this panel discussion with Authors Alliance, where we will explore the opportunities and challenges authors face in maximizing the reach of their work, both in and outside of academia.


Pam Samuelson (Authors Alliance)
Mario Biagioli (Law, STS)
Stephanie Boluk (English)
Jonathan Eisen (Biology)
Alexandra Lippman (STS)
Rick Prelinger (UCSC and director of the Prelinger Archive)
Kim Stanley Robinson (Mars Trilogy)
MacKenzie Smith (Library)
Madhavi Sunder (Law)

NIH BD2K Funding Opportunity

July 27th, 2015 by Mary Wood

Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K)

funding opportunity (FOA)

Development of Software Tools and Methods for Biomedical Big Data in Targeted Areas of High Need

NIH has issued a new Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) with the purpose of soliciting development of software tools and methods in the three topic areas of data privacy, data repurposing, and applying metadata, all as part of the overall BD2K initiativeFurther details



Digital Science visit June 11

June 5th, 2015 by Mary Wood

Digital Science Research Tools presentation 6/11

UC Davis Office of Research and University Library welcome Digital Science, featuring products for collaborative writing and publishing, research management for life science labs, to help analyze and understand the research funding landscape and altmetrics.

Lunch / presentations
Thursday, June 11
12:00 – 1:15 pm
Shields Library, Instruction Room (2nd floor)

Overleaf is a collaborative science publication system that makes the whole process more open and more transparent by bringing the whole scientific process into one place, from idea to writing to review to publication

Labguru marries the electronic lab notebook with project and logistics management. It offers an easy means of tracking projects, protocols, biological collections & materials.

Dimensions for Universities is a funding data aggregator that provides a view on funding resources where the funding has been allocated. The system shows historical awarded grant data from over 70 funders back to 1965 and active grant data up to 2024 and allows institutions to identify emerging areas into which research funding is being channeled

Altmetric tracks article level outputs for your institution. The data in this tool can be used to show faculty, staff and students a richer picture of their online research impact & it allows users to track and measure online activity around academic research.


Workshop: Art of the Archive

May 12th, 2015 by Mary Wood


ICIS Innovating Communication in Scholarship Workshop

Art of the Archive

May 21, 2015 from 9:30 am – 5:45 pm

King Hall 2100A, UC Davis


Classical notions of the archive are in flux. The proliferation of born-digital and digitized cultural heritage and expressive culture opens up new modes of curation, circulation, collaboration and scholarly communication. Politics and poetics of collections are shaping access, use and re-appropriation. Bringing together perspectives from the humanities, arts, and social sciences, workshop will address the challenges and possibilities for an emerging art of the archive.



Jane Anderson (NYU)
Allison Fish (UC Davis)
Ramesh Srinivasan (UCLA)                    

Tarek Elhaik (San Francisco State University)
Erica Farmer (Smithsonian Institution)
Ilana Gershon (Indiana University, Bloomington)

Rick Prelinger (UC Santa Cruz)
Mary Murrell (University of Wisconsin, Madison)              

Nathalie Casemajor (Université du Québec en Outaouais)
Alessandro Delfanti (UC Davis)

Kim Christen Withey (Washington State University)
Tara McPherson (University of Southern California)
Alexandra Lippman (UC Davis)                      

Xan Chacko (UC Davis)
May Ee Wong (UC Davis)
Alexis Rossi (Internet Archive)

Alex Csiszar – The Scientific Journal: A Political History

May 11th, 2015 by Mary Wood

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Alex Csiszar
Asst. Professor, Harvard

The Scientific Journal: A Political History


Wednesday, May 13, 2015, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
2nd Floor Instruction Room, Shields Library

Lunch will be served – Please RSVP

Scientific journals are expected to do a lot of different things … The list of a researcher’s papers is a unit by which careers are measured and a dominant factor in decisions about hiring, tenure, and grants. Scientific journals are both permanent archive and breaking news, both complete record and painstaking selection, both public forum and the esoteric domain of experts.

This talk will explore how and why this improbable state of affairs came into being over the course of the nineteenth century. The shift whereby the authority of science came to be vested increasingly in serialized print did not come about through any deliberate decision taken by scientists based on the fitness of the periodical press to play this role …

Indelibly Davis available on eScholarship

May 1st, 2015 by Mary Wood



     Chancellor Emeritus Larry Vanderhoef‘s recently published book is available
… paper, as well as digitally on eScholarship


     Indelibly Davis: A Quarter-Century of UC Davis Stories and Backstories


Vanderhoef, who stepped down in 2009 after serving as chancellor for 15 years, and as provost and executive vice chancellor for 10 years before that, writes on such topics as the Mondavi Center’s development, Intercollegiate Athletics (and the Aggies’ move to Division I), academic diplomacy in Iran, tragedy in the Sea of Cortez in 2000 and the amazing transformation of the old Sacramento County Hospital into the UC Davis Health System.

The eScholarship digital version includes videos, listed under “Supporting Material”




Open access funds available

April 16th, 2015 by Mary Wood

Publishing in an open access journal?


Funds are available to offset the associated publishing fees.

Support is for Academic Senate, Academic Federation members, faculty, post-docs, residents, fellows, and graduate students who want to make their journal articles free to all readers immediately upon publication.

The OA Fund provides Davis authors reimbursement up to $1000/article for open access fees for those publishing in full open access journals  (journals in which all articles are published open access)

The fund is intended to subsidize reasonable open access publishing charges for researchers when funds are otherwise unavailable. Eligible charges include article processing fees for fully open access journals.


The UC Davis University Library is providing the funds in order to support Davis authors interested in reshaping models of scholarly publishing


additional information and application


Investigating sustainable model of OA APC

April 1st, 2015 by Mary Wood

Pay It Forward: Investigating a Sustainable Model of Open Access Article Processing Charges
for Large North American Research Institutions

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UC Davis, CDL to Lead Major Project to Build Open Access Financial Model

The University of California, Davis and the California Digital Library (CDL) will lead a major new project, with an $800,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, to help define the future of Open Access to scholarship.

Pay It Forward: Investigating a Sustainable Model of Open Access Article Processing Charges for Large North American Research Institutions is a year-long effort to study the implications of new funding models for scholarly communications, particularly the use of article processing charges, and determine their sustainability for research universities in the U.S. and Canada.The project partnership includes three major research libraries (Harvard University, Ohio State University and the University of British Columbia) as well as the ten University of California campuses.

The project will create a detailed, flexible, and publicly available financial model to help university administrators and librarians develop Open Access policies and strategies.

ICIS Innovating Communication in Scholarship
UC Davis and CDL Investigation of the Institutional Costs of Gold Open Access