“Robert W. Van Houten Library at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) seeks a collaborative, detailed-oriented, and tech-savvy Scholarly Communication Librarian to support and contribute to the university’s creative activities, innovative teaching, and robust research ecosystem. This position reports to the University Librarian and has a leading role in the workflows that establish and maintain the library’s scholarly communication lifecycle, digital humanities, open access, and open education. The position supports new models for research and scholarship by providing and managing digital tools and applications for content creation, delivery, discovery, and analysis. The position also educates faculty and students in copyright, creative commons licenses, and intellectual property to safeguard the library’s role in the scholarly communication lifecycle….”
The purpose of this paper is to share the experiences and to highlight lessons learned from the establishment of the institutional repository (IR) while collaborating in a state-wide initiative to showcase the scholarly output of New Jersey researchers.
The authors discuss how they used the case study method to collaborate with multiple stakeholders from across their university to establish an IR to support the University’s vision plan.
The authors found through strong relationship building and consistent outreach that they could launch a successful IR while enhancing the scholarly profile of their university faculty.
Abstract: State freedom of information laws are vital mechanisms for providing public access to government records and supporting civic engagement through the effectuation of a public policy of transparency at the state level within the United States, not unlike their federal counterpart, the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). New Jersey state law facilitates public access to government records under the Open Public Records Act (OPRA). Codified at N.J.S.A. 47:1A-1 et seq., OPRA applies to state, county and local public authorities but exempts the judicial and legislative branches from its disclosure requirements. Since OPRA took effect in 2002, it has been difficult to track the full extent of law’s impact across New Jersey’s 21 counties, 565 municipalities, and numerous state agencies, school districts and independent authorities, all of which must individually respond to requests under the law. To the best of the author’s knowledge, no official source has compiled detailed metadata tracking the content and disposition of OPRA requests at the state, regional and municipal levels within New Jersey using individual requests, and authorities rarely proactively disclose their responses to requests they receive, necessitating further data collection to support research into the impacts of this law. This article presents the OPRAmachine dataset: data containing detailed metadata on public records requests submitted to state & local public authorities in New Jersey since October 2017 collected through the implementation of information and communication technologies (ICT) to facilitate the freedom of information request process. The data was collected using an open-source web interface that allowed users to submit an OPRA request to public authorities, with responses stored in a database and made available via the internet. After their request received a response, users were asked to answer a single survey question describing the status of their request, with their answer used to classify the request. Descriptive statistics, tables and frequencies were produced for the dataset and are included in this article. These data will assist state policymakers and other interested parties with assessing trends in OPRA requests across multiple types of public authorities & geographic regions. These data can inform more efficient government records management procedures, foster civic engagement by increasing government transparency and can inform the development of possible reforms to the OPRA law by showing trends in requests & responses that can be used to evaluate the law’s implementation throughout the state.
“The bill (A-327-3254-1149) requires each institution of higher education to submit a plan to the Secretary of Higher Education to expand the use of open textbooks and commercial digital learning materials. “Open textbooks” are educational resources for college courses that are available online for free or at a reduced cost….”
“In this newly created position, the Director of Library Research Engagement and Scholarship (equivalent to an Associate Dean) will lead in identifying innovative partnerships and solutions by the Rowan University Libraries that support research and instruction. The successful candidate will provide leadership in creating a vision for library engagement with research and scholarship on the Glassboro campus….
Major Responsibilities: … Provide leadership for scholarly communications. This includes Open Education and Open Access resources, data management, digital projects and copyright. Identify strategies to acquire and support emerging research technologies….”
“Princeton University Library invites nominations and applications for the position of Head Librarian, Science Library and Director of Scholarly Communications….The Scholarly Communications Office, located in the Lewis Library and staffed by 1 librarian, collaborates with the Office of Information Technology to support the entire campus through management of the Princeton Open Access Repository and services for research data management and scholarly communications….”