UChicago’s new librarian wants to make data and research easier to share | University of Chicago News

“Reimer, who began his tenure as University Librarian and dean of the University Library on April 22, approaches his job by bearing in mind the needs of faculty, students, staff and other scholars. By incorporating this perspective, he champions a philosophy of a library as not only a service provider, but a research partner that offers its own expertise and intellectual agenda.

That includes prioritizing openness in scholarship to better share data and research….

Working with partners across the campus, we need to make it as easy as possible for faculty and students to manage and share their data and publications, reducing the complexity in areas like open access, funder reporting and research information management….

Possibly the most important contribution to scholarship is rethinking the library collection as open data, alongside the wider role libraries are playing in making content across the world findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable. Research libraries provide and support crucial infrastructure for knowledge sharing globally, and we enable open access to an ever-growing number of scholarly publications….

By focusing on improving workflows for and with faculty, we [at Imperial College London, under his leadership] achieved all these aims, for example, increasing the annual upload of open access publications to the university repository from around 300 in 2012 to about 11,000 in 2016. I’d love to see something similar at the University of Chicago! …”

UChicago Library awarded grant to digitize Chicagoland’s historical maps | University of Chicago News

“The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded the University of Chicago Library, in partnership with the Newberry Library and the Chicago History Museum, a grant to digitize historical maps of Chicago from the 19th century through 1940.

The grant of $348,930 to fund their proposal, “Mapping Chicagoland,” will also support the enrichment of the digital images with geographic information for use in spatial overlays and analyses, as well as the work to make them open to the public on the UChicago Library website. The maps will also be available through the BTAA (Big Ten Academic Alliance) Geoportal and Chicago Collections platforms….”

UChicago Library experts shape development of new open-source library management system – The University of Chicago Library News – The University of Chicago Library

“Experts from the University of Chicago Library have played a vital role in shaping the development of FOLIO, the new open-source library management system that is about to be implemented at the University of Chicago Library. Rachel Rosenberg spoke to Elisabeth Long, Interim Library Director and University Librarian and Associate University Librarian for IT & Digital Scholarship, about the ways UChicago staff have collaborated with colleagues internationally to ensure that the new system will meet the specific needs of University of Chicago faculty, students, and staff while also serving academic libraries around the world….”

Torsten Reimer appointed University Librarian and Dean of the University Library | University of Chicago News

“Torsten Reimer, Head of Content and Research Services at the British Library, has been named University Librarian and Dean of the University Library…

Reimer is the British Library’s strategic expert for scholarly communications, including open access, research data, and alternative publishing models.

Previously, Reimer served as Scholarly Communications Officer at Imperial College London, where he oversaw the development of open access and research data services….

“University libraries are increasingly becoming partners in the creation and open dissemination of knowledge, adding to their established role as information providers,” Reimer said.”

The University of Chicago selects TIND IR and TIND RDM

“TIND was selected by the University of Chicago to provide their cloud-based TIND Institutional Repository (TIND IR) and TIND Research Data Management (TIND RDM). TIND’s systems were chosen in order to better meet growing needs and interests around data sharing and preservation, open access, and reproducible research results. UChicago is migrating its existing research output from DSpace Direct. …”

Digitising archives, sharing knowledge | Interview | Nepali Times

“The South Asia Materials Project is now digitising as the means of preservation, and many of the resources are being made available online. Further, the newly formed South Asia Open Archives initiative is laying plans for massive efforts to digitise and make available important cultural resources for open access.”