An open letter to the AAAS

I signed this “Open Letter to The American Association for the Advancement of Science.”  I recently discovered that it got published as a paper in The Winnower with type: letter.  It even has a DOI: 10.15200/winn.140813.35294.


Passed the MOOC – “Copyright for Educators and Librarians”

I took the MOOC “Copyright for Educators and Librarians” which was taught from July 21 to August 18, 2014, and I passed with flying colors.  I am not exactly sure which colors, but I did pass.  Here is a blurb about the class.

Fear and uncertainty about copyright law often plagues educators and sometimes prevents creative teaching. This course is a professional development opportunity designed to provide a basic introduction to US copyright law and to empower teachers and librarians at all grade levels. Course participants will discover that the law is designed to help educators and librarians.

It was taught by Kevin Smith of Duke University, Lisa A. Macklin of Emory University, and Anne Gilliland of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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 ( and Collaborative Librarianship ( 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.