Moderating a session at the 2014 SLA Conference in Vancouver

It isn’t official yet, but I’ve been asked to moderate this session in Vancouver.

Monday, June 9 • 12:00pm – 1:30pm
Show All the Metrics: Uncovering and Rewarding the Broad Impact of Research

Speaking – Heather Piwowar, ImpactStory

Ambitious scholars have been including a few metrics on their CVs for years, for example indicating that a paper was recommended by Faculty of 1000, received a “Highly Accessed” badge on a journal website or SSRN, or was widely discussed in the media. New tools are starting to make it easy to track traditional and alternative metrics (altmetrics) at a large scale; we can expect it will become common to include impact data on CVs in the future. In this talk we’ll explore how this change will empower scholars and their publishing decisions, what opportunities and challenges exist for displaying and interpreting this data, what pitfalls we should avoid, and how libraries can help with the transition.


The ER&L Presentation – Walking the Walk: Starting Up and Cultivating Two Different Open Access Journals in LIS

Here it is.

Walking the walk for ER&L 2014 from Joseph Kraus

Interviewed by an LIS Student

Andrea Howland and I were interviewed by an LIS student at Clarion University concerning the social media presence for the Anderson Academic Commons.

Social Media at an Academic Library, Interview with University of Denver’s Anderson Academic Commons

Thanks Liz.


Presenting at ER&L in March of 2014

Marie Kennedy and I got a presentation accepted for the ER&L Conference in Austin, TX.

“Walking the Walk: Starting Up and Cultivating Two Different Open Access Journals in LIS.”

During this presentation you will hear from editors of two Open Access journals in library and information science. We will discuss lessons learned about marketing, financial support, and use of content from the older journal, Collaborative Librarianship, that have informed the development of the newer Journal of Creative Library Practice.

Abstract: The authors present an account of the founding, usage, marketing, and economic aspects for two different Open Access journals in the field of library and information science (LIS).  The two journals that will be discussed are the Journal of Creative Library Practice (http://creativelibrarypractice.org/) and Collaborative Librarianship (http://www.collaborativelibrarianship.org/). The Journal of Creative Library Practice (JCLP) started in 2013 based on discussions held by the editors in 2012.  The co-authors of the presentation are two of the five founding editors.  JCLP uses WordPress as the platform, and the articles are licensed CC-BY.  The editors use Google Analytics to monitor usage, and it has had over 13,000 pageviews. Twitter is the main platform for advertising new content.  The budget of this journal is very small.

Collaborative Librarianship was founded in 2009 based on discussions held by the editors in 2007 and 2008.  This journal uses a locally hosted OJS implementation at the server of a consortia, but there is discussion to have the journal hosted at OJS.  The articles are licensed CC-BY-NC-SA.  A variety of methods have been used to market the content.  This journal has more financial support than JCLP.  There have been over 150,000 article downloads from the journal server. Overall, Collaborative Librarianship has been around longer, and it has begun to establish a reputation, while the Journal of Creative Library Practice is a new entry to the LIS journal market.  We hope that JCLP will grow and expand over time as more readers and prospective authors learn about the journal.


Going to the 2013 SLA Conference in San Diego

Here is what I am going to be doing there.  I also hope to hit the San Diego Zoo, maybe Tuesday morning.

Glad that the Academic Division is considering the formation of a Scholarly Communication Section.  More news on that later.

Update: Yes, the SLA Board approved of the new Section. Yay.


Editor of the Journal of Creative Library Practice

The new OA and CC-BY journal is starting to take shape.  We published our first article today.  I put in the AddThis widget, put in a link to our Twitter feed, and did some other minor editing changes.

[Edit on 2/21] Got some good write ups about the journal:

http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2013/02/oa/six-questions-for-joseph-kraus-and-a-board-of-creative-librarians/ and

http://www.libfocus.com/2013/02/is-it-blog-is-it-journal-journal-of.html]


A Science Online Denver Watch Party Report

Over the weekend (February 2nd and 3rd), I was able to attend the Science Online Watch Party up at the NCAR Mesa Lab.  I had a great time learning from the videos and meeting other scientists, science writers, librarians, and public information officers.  I was able to take notes for one session, and I moderated another.   Below are my notes for the “Helping scientists ‘do’ outreach” session.

Session 2A: Helping scientists ‘do’ outreach (part II)

Denver Watch Party discussion after we viewed the video.
http://scio13.wikispaces.com/Session+2A

What were the important take-aways?

One attendee liked the mention of Mike Brotherton and the science fiction writers workshop in Wyoming. http://www.mikebrotherton.com/ and http://www.launchpadworkshop.org/

This is funded by NASA. Wish there was something like this for bioscience.  Does the NIH have a public outreach budget? (Maybe this, http://www.nih.gov/about/outreach.htm) How can we get more non-standard science writers interested.

Science pubs and science festivals

Big ones in the US are in New York and Washington DC. (http://www.worldsciencefestival.com/ and http://www.usasciencefestival.org/)

Colorado Springs has a science festival in October. The 2012 website is at http://www.csscp.org/csfestival2012/, and the 2013 Festival will be October 5-13, 2013.

Science Carnivals also happen on single days, such as this one, http://www.csscp.org/csfestival2012/index.php/festival-details/cool-science-carnival-day-at-uccs

With the festivals, there is a struggle to get more non-science people to attend.  They are getting around 5,000 people to attend the festival in Colorado Springs.  Have they saturated the market?

There is the Denver Science Cafe at the Wynkoop Brewery.   http://cafescicolorado.org/

There are also Geek meetups in Denver. http://geeks.meetup.com/cities/us/co/denver/

Citizen science projects

NEON Citizen Science Academy
http://www.neoninc.org/education
http://citizenscienceacademy.org/
Project Budburst http://budburst.org/

at NOAA
http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/brochures/Citizen_Scientist.pdf
http://oceanservice.noaa.gov/education/yos/activities/becitizenweatherreporter.pdf
http://www.nws.noaa.gov/skywarn/

Weather chasers use apps to report weather data.

With citizen science projects, organizations should do a small experiment to see what happens. NCAR had gotten a scientist to narrate an animation, and it has been well received by the public. The video is “Steroids, baseball, and climate change.” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MW3b8jSX7ec

This was a good experiment, but they do not have the capability to keep on pumping out more videos like that.

SOARS Project has been good. http://www.soars.ucar.edu/

Public Information Officers (PIO) do more than just talk to journalists.  They try to figure out the best audience for the information.

NEON provides a lot of data, but some of the data scientists may struggle to interact with the public.

There was an interesting question posed during the session.  Does one need to be a scientist to be a good science journalist?  It is difficult to learn science journalism on the job.  Most science journalists have a degree in science, but maybe not a Ph.D.

How can we get more scientists to understand the benefits of providing outreach to the public?  

Many scientists have not taken up social media all that well.  If scientists can see greater interactions with their papers with altmetrics, then they might see some benefit.  If they see greater citations of their work through greater social media interaction, then that would be a positive benefit.  One problem is that they have to go outside of their comfort zone.  It is difficult to explain why they should blog or tweet about their research.

One attendee talked about a social media workshop that went on at the 2011 AGU conference. It was probably this session, “How to Network Workshop” at http://fallmeeting.agu.org/2011/town-halls-and-workshops/workshops/

While it may be difficult to get a scientist to blog or tweet, they may give talks to local civic organizations like a Rotary club.  One could videotape the presentation and put it up onto YouTube.

We should try to foster greater communication among various groups in the rocky mountain region, such as:

  • http://co-labs.org/ This “is a consortium of federally funded scientific laboratories, universities, businesses, local governments, and community leaders organized to establish Colorado as a global leader in research, technology, and their commercialization.”
  • http://www.aaas-swarm.org/  The Southwestern and Rocky Mountain Division of the AAAS.

There are many other professional and scientific organizations in Colorado.  Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO is provided as an example.  It may be somewhat isolated in Southwestern Colorado, but it has a good science teaching reputation.  A chemistry professor won an award in 2009. (http://www.fortlewis.edu/news/Home/News/tabid/7467/entryid/129/Roger-Peters-Distinguished-Professor-Award-Dr-Ron-Estler.aspx)

How will we know when we have landed with social media and scientists?
What is the larger conversation?
Are we trying to reinvent the wheel in Colorado?

It is difficult to get scientists to open up to the public, since they may want to be secretive with their work.  They do not want to be scooped.


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