Ithakas Impact at Illinois Sarah C Williams Context

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Ithaka’s Impact at Illinois Sarah C. Williams

Ithaka’s Impact at Illinois Sarah C. Williams

Context • Drawing on findings from University of Illinois and from other institutional reports

Context • Drawing on findings from University of Illinois and from other institutional reports • Serving in multiple roles at University of Illinois • Head, Funk ACES Library • Liaison to 5 of the 7 departments in the College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences (ACES) • Previously, Life Sciences Data Services Librarian

Notable Findings from My “Library Head” Perspective • Faculty workload increases when their students

Notable Findings from My “Library Head” Perspective • Faculty workload increases when their students have struggles beyond the agricultural content, like: • Poor data management skills • Poor writing skills “So at the beginning, I was not having so many controls with student data. And it was a disaster … that took me months and months of cleaning data and organizing. ” - Illinois interviewee

Notable Findings from My “Library Head” Perspective • Some reports identified student (and faculty)

Notable Findings from My “Library Head” Perspective • Some reports identified student (and faculty) writing as a challenge: • • • Connecticut Kansas State Oklahoma State Purdue Virginia Tech “… that’s the other challenge, I find. Students write, oh my gosh, so bad … the result is that I ended up writing everything again. ” - Illinois interviewee

Seek & Sustain Partnerships • Continued joint data management workshop with Research Data Service

Seek & Sustain Partnerships • Continued joint data management workshop with Research Data Service • Reached out to Director of the Writers Workshop • Welcomed to the Funk ACES Library the ACES Collaborative Learning Center (peer tutoring), which is managed by the College of ACES Office of Academic Programs

Notable Findings from My “Liaison Librarian” Perspective • Some faculty have strong opinions about

Notable Findings from My “Liaison Librarian” Perspective • Some faculty have strong opinions about open access publishing • Many faculty are confused or uncertain about open access publishing “I was a big open access enthusiast … but my enthusiasm for open access publishing has waned a bit. ” - Illinois interviewee “I’m not so sure about this open access though. I haven’t tried it, so I really have no idea of how the review process is being conducted. ” - Illinois interviewee

Notable Findings from My “Liaison Librarian” Perspective • Some reports mentioned faculty uncertainty and

Notable Findings from My “Liaison Librarian” Perspective • Some reports mentioned faculty uncertainty and lack of awareness about open access publishing as an issue, and identified open access education and guidance as a next step: • Clemson • Connecticut • Minnesota “There are some [open access journals] that are okay, and there’s some that are maybe not so okay … I’m not sure which ones are which. That’s probably a moving target as well. ” - Illinois interviewee

Increase Knowledge & Promotion • Read literature about open access • Initiated an Ithaka

Increase Knowledge & Promotion • Read literature about open access • Initiated an Ithaka follow-up study focused on the perspectives of agricultural researchers on open access and data sharing • Promoted the University Library’s open access expertise, workshops, and activities to my liaison departments