Training in scholarly communication

This page aims to list links to training opportunities in open access, repository management and scholarly communication.

The Open Access Directory (OAD) wiki maintains a page on Courses about OA but it does not appear to have been updated recently. The UK Digital Curation Centre has a comprehensive page listing Data management and curation education and training.

Repository management courses

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA), in conjunction with TAFE NSW offered a course called Catching the Third Wave – maintaining digital repositories in October 2013.

bepress has run a Repository Manager Certification Course in 2013 and 2014.

The notes from the Electronic Document and Records Management course includes modules on: Introduction to Electronic Data Management; Information management; Information content publishing; Business analysis; Electronic Document Formats and others.

Subjects offered within Information Science courses in Australia

No Australian university library courses have units focused on open access or repository management, although a few do offer some information about these topics within broader units.

Scholarly communication training initiatives (international)

Facilitate Open Science Training for European Research (FOSTER) aims to support different stakeholders, especially young researchers, in practicing open access, open data sharing and open science. FOSTER supports community training actions in two annual open calls for events. In 2014 these are June-December 2014 . A call will be made in October 2014 for events in 2015.

Open Science Training Initiative (OSTI) is intended to be included in the formal curriculum to teach young scientists about Open while they are still young and learning about the scientific method. “Students from the inaugural OSTI came out strongly in favour of receiving training in licensing and engaging debate on development of the publication process: furthermore they’ve shown that while lectures are handy, hands-on experience is the best way to learn about how to license, how to release data, how to communicate science”.

The US Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) has been sponsoring a Scholarly Communication: From Understanding to Engagement program for the past six years. The workshop has four themes: Access; Emerging opportunities; Intellectual property and Engagement. The goal is to connect complex issues like the relationship between the open movement, copyright, and economics in a coherent way. There is a book chapter on how it evolved.

The DIY Research Data Management Training Kit for Librarians is designed to contain everything needed to complete a similar training course on your own (in small groups) and is based on open educational materials from the UK. Modules include: Data management planning; Organising and documenting data; Data storage and security; Ethics & copyright; and Data sharing.

Measuring Your Research Impact (MyRI)- is a series of online tutorials created by four Irish universities. The style is a series of online slides and the modules include: Introduction to Bibliometrics; Tracking your Research Impact and Journal Ranking and Analysis.

Metadata for Digital Collections: Online Learning Workshop, hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Information Studies Professional Development Institute is an introductory-level continuing education workshop for those new to metadata and those with some experience who want a solid overview and grounding in basic descriptive metadata concepts and practice.

Repository management skill sets

The 2012 Research Libraries UK report “Re-skilling for research” investigated the role and skills of subject and liaison librarians required to effectively support the evolving information needs of researchers. It concluded that there were some areas where there was very limited (less than 20%) availability for training, including data management & curation and in the open access requirements of funders.

A couple of studies have demonstrated that the skill sets for repository managers are often gathered ‘on the job’, and indeed, that they are ill-defined:

A 2009 study undertaken by the University of Nottingham resulted in the ‘Institutional Repositories: Staff and Skills Set’ 

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