Recent Submissions

  • How ORCID Facilitates Open Access at KAUST​

    Grenz, Daryl M.; Baessa, Mohamed A. (2022-10-25) [Presentation]
  • Libraries’ Role in Improving an Institution’s Scholarly Communication Impact

    Baessa, Mohamed A.; Tomic, Nevena; Grenz, Daryl M. (2022-05-18) [Presentation]
    Scholarly communication services are an essential part of a university library. These services help scholars navigate shifting publishing, intellectual property, copyright, and information policy landscapes in ways that promote research dissemination, accessibility, and impact. In this workshop, we will begin by discussing a range of scholarly communication services offered by academic and research libraries, tools and skills required by librarians to be able to offer these services to their community, as well as the open access movement and different approaches to supporting open access.
  • Using Persistent Identifiers to Enhance Thesis and Dissertation Services

    Grenz, Daryl M.; Karsou, Rawan M.; Alsaedi, Yasmeen; Baessa, Mohamed A. (2021-11-16) [Presentation]
    In the 10 years since the first student completed a thesis at the then newly founded King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, the university library has developed our thesis and dissertation archiving service from a temporary home in Sharepoint into the foundation of a healthy and expanding institutional repository using DSpace. This presentation will introduce the steps in this progression, with the primary focus on two initiatives to better weave our theses and dissertations into the scholarly web through the use of persistent identifiers. The first of these was the decision in 2014 to become an early adopter of ORCID identifiers and to require an ORCID iD be attached to the student author on all new thesis and dissertation submissions. Through ORCID membership, this integration also supported posting metadata about the ETD to the student’s ORCID record, connecting it to their publication record as they start their careers. In combination with this work, we also enabled searching faculty advisors and committee members to ETDs on the basis of their ORCID iD, allowing repository users to easily identify all the items in the repository related to a professor, not only the items where they were listed as authors. Secondly, while we have used Handle identifiers to provide persistent links to ETDs since 2012, in 2018 we decided to also register DataCite DOIs for each thesis or dissertation. Through registration of metadata with DataCite we can make additional connections between the ETD and the student’s ORCID iD, as well as to related items such as datasets and cited publications. In addition, we will show how the use of DOIs can make our ETDs more discoverable, while also providing more avenues to track the resulting usage. To conclude, we will also discuss areas where we are working to further improve our thesis and dissertation archiving service, ranging from supporting research data management by students to connecting with additional external systems such as Wikidata and Semantic Scholar.
  • Using a DSpace repository as an institutional hub for identifier services

    Grenz, Daryl M. (2021-06-01) [Presentation]
    Summarizes the approach taken to supporting use of persistent identifiers, specifically ORCIDs and DOIs, at KAUST through the development of intermediary services that connect DSpace to external identifier services. Part of the workshop: "Brokerage Event Towards a FAIR Compliant Commons in the ASREN Region".
  • Leveraging Open Services to Enhance Institutional Research Tracking Workflows

    Alsaedi, Yasmeen; Grenz, Daryl M.; Baessa, Mohamed A. (2021-06) [Presentation]
  • The IOI App: How and why to establish an institutional ORCID integration outside of your repository platform

    Alsaedi, Yasmeen; Grenz, Daryl M.; Baessa, Mohamed A. (2021-06) [Presentation]
    This presentation introduces the structure and functionality of the IOI application, and demonstrates how it can be configured for reuse by other institutions with a variety of needs. We also explain why we foresee continuing to maintain an institutional ORCID integration as a service closely connected to, but separate from, the main institutional repository platform.
  • ORCID, DSpace and the KAUST Approach

    Grenz, Daryl M. (2021-05-25) [Presentation]
    Introduction to the current state of ORCID integration in DSpace and the KAUST approach of developing an intermediary application called the Institutional ORCID Integration (IOI). Also shows how the code can be configured for use by institutions that are not ORCID members.
  • Managing institutional open access publishing deals: experiences of KAUST,  Saudi Arabia

    Vijayakumar, J.K.; Tomic, Nevena (2021-03-10) [Presentation]
    KAUST is a research intensive graduate STEM institution with extensive research publishing output. Our commitment to open access is well-established through the first open access policy in the Middle East and continues with efforts to align with global Open Access initiatives, in addition to our research repository services, Seven Read and Publish contracts for hybrid journals were signed in 2019and aiming to increase doubling this number. We will explain the whole journey from making decisions to negotiate the deal, through promoting and managing the deal, and to assessing annual progress.
  • Open Access global trends and CMU experiences: KAUST University Library Outreach Lecture 2021

    Vijayakumar, J.K.; Webster, Keith (2021-01-28) [Presentation]
    The KAUST University Library Annual Outreach Lecture 2021 on "Open Access global trends and CMU experiences" was delivered by Prof. Keith Webster, Dean of University Libraries Carnegie Mellon University, the USA on 28th January 2021. This lecture reviewed the growth of open access in recent years and considered the position of major publishers as they adjust their business models. Key developments explained include the impact of Plan S, the shift towards transformative read and publish agreements and the impact of mergers and acquisitions on the commercial landscape. The lecture also illustrated the opportunities and challenges for individual institutions like CMU. While introducing the speaker, Dr. J. K. Vijayakumar, the KAUST Library Director has announced the transformative open access agreements established at KAUST. The slides used for the lecture can be downloaded from the CMU repository
  • Curating Local Bird Observation Records while Leveraging Global Citizen Science Platforms for Biodiversity

    Grenz, Daryl M.; Karsou, Rawan M.; Baessa, Mohamed A. (Zenodo, 2020-02-18) [Presentation]
    In 2009, KAUST opened as a new university and town built in the coastal desert along the shores of the Red Sea in western Saudi Arabia, significantly altering the local natural environment. Soon after, a birdwatcher began keeping private records of birds observed in the mix of new and old habitats being created in the university campus. In support of the institutional commitment to stewardship of its environment, this individual later took a position working for the university to record, conserve and enhance native biodiversity, while also networking with other community members to share observations. As this founding community member prepared to depart the university in 2019, the university library repository team worked with him to convert the collected data into a community resource that saves past records into a stable environment where they can be explored within the local context. In addition, by integrating with existing, globally recognized citizen science tools, we worked to provide a dynamic collection that will continue to grow with participation from new community members. This presentation will focus on the experiences of converting unstructured data into a standard, structured form with reference to the Darwin Core metadata standard, and of integrating with the eBird API for new observation records. We will also introduce some of the tools we relied on, such as the use of Knime for data extraction and conversion, and also discuss how this project is providing a basis for additional efforts to curate biodiversity information in our institution.
  • Open access panel discussion on preprints: introduction

    Vijayakumar, J.K.; Grenz, Daryl M.; Baessa, Mohamed A. (2019-11-19) [Presentation]
    This introductory talk provides back ground of preprint servers, its recent growth, usage of preprint servers by KAUST researchers, KAUST library's support on open access and open infrastrucutre initiatives world wide.
  • Introductory Remarks

    Vijayakumar, J.K. (2019-04-18)
  • An overview of e-resources acquisitions in KAUST

    Kabli, Ola A. (2019-04-18)
    Within a changing and flexible environment and in a digitally born library, this presentation will cover the library electronic resources acquisition lifecycle from receiving the request from the subject specialists until the access is provided going through acquiring quotations, invoices, getting the LA signed, and get it paid by finance in addition to the role we play to serve other university departments. It will address the best practices as well as the challenges throughout the process and how to keep a smooth workflow and highlight on the value of communication between library staff internally and with other departments to meet the patrons needs accurately and promptly. A glance on the number of e- resources, types and number of publishers we’re dealing with will be covered too. With a ‘dealing directly with publishers’ policy we of course are working collaboratively with them to maintain the productive professional relationship. It will also focus on the systems we use and the record keeping for all renewal information including license agreements and make it accessible to stakeholders. The effort of improving and enhancing e- resources acquisition is continuing. With a good future plan and a strategy, future can always be better.
  • Print Resources Acquisition Process

    Al Qahtani, Ali (2019-04-18)
  • The liaison librarian’s role in the acquisition process

    Han, Lee Yen (2019-04-18) [Presentation]
    As a born-digital user-centric library, KAUST University Library adopts a patron-driven acquisition model which allows patrons to recommend monographs and other resources to be added to the library collection. This presentation focuses on the role of the liaison librarian in this acquisition model and the process which takes place when a recommendation is first initiated by the patron (faculty, researcher, or student), to resource identification, review of license agreements, before the recommendation is handled over to the Acquisitions Team.
  • Variation on a Theme: Scoping our Institutional Repository Service Bundle

    Grenz, Daryl M. (2019-04-11) [Presentation]
    Repository services at KAUST encompass a variety of activities ranging from maintaining a digital repository platform, implementing an open access policy, supporting use of scholarly persistent identifiers, managing metadata and content files, and developing system integrations in support of the above. This presentation will discuss all of this within the broader visions prevalent in the global repository landscape so as to illustrate the choices that we have made to pursue and devote resources to certain service opportunities over others. I will also look at how we measure the success of various services in achieving their stated aims. The overall goal is for audience members to have an improved framework for thinking about the scope and focus of similar services in their own institutions.
  • Institutional ORCID Integration: The KAUST Experience

    Grenz, Daryl M. (2019-04-10) [Presentation]
  • ePosters Replace Print Posters: KAUST Library Initiative to Better Prepare Students and Preserve Scholarly Resources

    Vijayakumar, J.K.; Hall, Garry; Afandi, Eman (2019-04-05) [Presentation]
    Scientific posters are popular in conferences run by professional organizations in the UK, Europe, and North America, with the majority focused on medicine and health care disciplines. Individual events may include hundreds (and even thousands) of posters with cumulative numbers from all events (including academia) estimated in the millions annually (1). Generally, posters are not retained, in spite of their value as scholarly resources; many are the first reporting of new research and contain information months in advance of peer-reviewed articles. Printed posters have been around for many years and, with recent digital advances can be transformed into dynamic displays through multimedia inclusion and zoom functionality, whilst being made available via the web to large, geographically distributed audiences. Electronic posters (ePosters) are environmentally friendly, they eliminate printing and transport problems, and they scale well for large conferences (e.g. American Society of Anesthesiologists has used ePosters since 2013, recently with over 3000 posters at multiple sites). Most importantly, they lend themselves to being easily captured and retained as scientific resources. Following successful pilot projects (for which data on student and faculty support and cost-effectiveness will be presented), KAUST University Library has introduced a campus-wide ePoster service for the University beginning in January 2019. This service replaces printed posters and better prepares students for ePoster presentation scenarios commonplace within professional organizations and provides open access via the KAUST Research Repository. Training overheads for both students and organizers are low and uptake has been high, with weekly events scheduled for the first four months of 2019. Academia is notably behind this practitioner-driven trend. KAUST Library believes that, by rolling out an ePoster system to the University, it is the first campus in the world to offer such a campus-wide solution, reflecting a digital smart campus vision of KAUST.
  • Using ePosters to promote scientific outcomes through Open Access

    Hall, Garry; Vijayakumar, J.K. (2018-10-10) [Presentation]
    King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), established in 2009 as an international research University in Saudi Arabia, has adopted the first Open Access mandate for scientific publications in the region and leads with a well-established research repository managed and promoted by the University Library. Having several scientific poster events annually at the campus, with hosting supported by the Library, printed posters have remained static, highly localized and short-lived. These characteristics are at odds with what is often the first formal communication of scientific research and, as such would be of great interest to other researchers. Addressing these limitations was a major motivator behind the trialing of an ePoster alternative at KAUST. This project was conceived, piloted and will be implemented and managed by the University Library, in collaboration with IT Services. In addition to digitally capturing research content for display and preservation, ePoster functionality changes the engagement dynamics whilst helping to bridge the gap between academia and professional practice. ePosters have been extensively embraced by international professional organizations, however, academic institutions remain bound to printed posters. This project identified a short-list of possible companies that responded to criteria identified by KAUST as requirements for its campus wide ePoster management system. The evaluation process included student and researcher participation, as well as webinars and demonstrations and culminated with site visits to the company headquarters of the two finalists. The preferred supplier was then involved with several pilot conferences at KAUST to demonstrate their system’s capabilities and, as importantly, to expose academic staff to ePosters in operational settings. Surveys were conducted of conference participants, academic staff, students and conference organizers to obtain feedback and reaction to this approach. Advantages were both obvious and embraced by respondents; they appreciated the functionality which included ongoing editing and/or updating of content by authors, the ability of organizers to monitor progress of submissions and control content display and statistics being available via a dashboard. ePoster presentations engage the audience better; they are more interactive, dynamic and informative as a result of incorporating high resolution images and videos (with associated zoom capabilities) and audio. In addition, the elimination of print and poster mounting aligns with KAUST commitment to environmental stewardship and open access to scientific output through a direct upload of content to the Research Repository. Interest in ePosters is expanding; this has seen the Library involved in associated skills training and outreach. Academia is notably behind this practitioner-driven trend. KAUST Library believes that, by rolling out an ePoster system to the University, it is the first campus in the world to offer this as a campus-wide solution, truly reflecting a digital smart campus vision of KAUST.

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