Preprints in Poetry: Why am I doing this?

First, a confession:
Yes, I write poetry. In fact, I've written poetry slowly but persistently for more than three decades. Most of it is complete garbage; some of it has been published in literary journals. But a great deal more, of modest quality, has never been published, submitted or shared. The last fifteen or so years have been largely dedicated to a single form--five couplets, generally not rhyming; ghazals, loosely understood and (at times) loosely "after" Ghalib.

Updated Aug 23, 2016 by Scholarly Communications Librarian

Indiana Memory DPLA Fest 2016

We hope you'll consider attending the first Indiana Memory Digital Public Library of America Fest, September 23, 2016. The Fest is for institutions at all levels of digital collection creation from "just beginning to think about it and need more information" to "long time creators looking at enhancements and with knowledge to share."

Updated Aug 12, 2016 by Associate Dean of Digital Scholarship

Chronicling Hoosier, Using Big Data to Answer Old Questions

IUPUI University Library Center for Digital Scholarship librarians have used the Library of Congressses Chronicling America API to take another look at the usage of the word hoosier through time and across geographies.  Chronicling Hoosier began as a technology driven pursuit of the long sought origin story of hoosier.

Updated Aug 23, 2016 by Associate Dean of Digital Scholarship

How do you tweet about research?

One of the fun things about working in a center for digital scholarship are the unexpected and creative questions. Although I spend less time doing reference than I used to, I often use reference questions as an opportunity to take a deep dive into a topic I haven't had time to explore. Recently, someone asked us how to tweet about research. After thinking about it, I realized I do actually have a formula. On the flip side, I get annoyed when journalists and media professionals fail to point to the original research they are discussing. Don't be that person!

Updated Jun 06, 2016 by Webmaster

An Open Digital Archive as a Transition to OA

Back in March, the Harvard Library Office of Scholarly Communication ( published a preliminary draft of a literature review ( on methods for converting subscription-based journals to open access (OA).* The report was open for public comment, and while the public comment period has passed, it is definitely worth a read for anyone interested in the future of scho

Updated May 24, 2016 by Webmaster

Visualizing Presidential Candidacy Announcement Speeches

I wanted to play with a new web-based text visualization tool called, textexture. Easy to use. Enjoy. Will let you draw your own conclusions.

Bernie Sanders

Updated May 13, 2016 by Webmaster

UX testing in library instruction

I believe that there is no clear boundary between digital and physical when evaluating user experience as these two notions are intertwined. In the context of an academic library, digital presence such as library’s website can affect a positive or negative impact on services provided in a physical environment like research consultation and vice versa.

Updated May 03, 2016 by Webmaster

Open access isn’t the end of resource sharing

IUPUI University Library’s mission is to Inform, Connect, and Transform. The work I do as a resource sharing librarian is the literal fulfillment of our mission to Connect. My entire career as a librarian has focused on providing our users with access to the information resources they need to be successful in their teaching, research, and learning. I am, in fact, a self-proclaimed librarian devoted to resource sharing. As such, my interest in open access is no surprise.

Updated Apr 19, 2016 by Webmaster

The IUPUI Open Access Policy: A Short Report on Implementation

The IUPUI Faculty Council adopted a rights retention, “opt out” open access policy about 18 months ago. Adopting a policy, however, was just an initial step toward honoring the campus's commitment to the broad and open dissemination of research and scholarship created by its authors. Building a culture of open access requires willing participants, technology, and dedicated effort from academic libraries. Here's a short summary of our implementation efforts to date and the current level of policy participation from faculty on the IUPUI campus.

Updated Apr 15, 2016 by Scholarly Communications Librarian

Dear Authors, Don't Feed the Beast

If you're reading this, you probably already know that scholarly publishing is broken. Yes, it "works" for some people, some of the time. If you're a for-profit publisher you're probably raking in a 30-40% profit margin (Taylor). I doubt you think that's a "broken" model. But if you're an employee of a university, it's broken and you're broke ... even if you don't know it.

Updated Mar 26, 2016 by Scholarly Communications Librarian