Year in Review

Infographic: 2017 Year in Review
Infographic: 2017 Year in Review

Projects

Gaming Against Plagiarism (GAP)

As part of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Ethics Education in Science and Engineering (EESE) program, the Marston Science Library at the University of Florida received a two-year grant award to create an online game (Gaming Against Plagiarism) that engages STEM graduate students with research ethics. These online, self-directed, interactive games provide a role-adopting environment in which Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) graduate students will learn to recognize and avoid plagiarism.

Researching Students’ Information Choices

Investigators at the University of Florida (UF) George A. Smathers Libraries in partnership with researchers at OCLC and Rutgers University will participate in the three-year IMLS-funded research project titled, Researching Students’ Information Choices: Determining Identity and Judging Credibility in Digital Spaces. Our project team is composed of academic librarians, research scientists, an educational technology specialist, a school media researcher, and an advisory panel of practitioners. For this research study, we will consider whether students are format agnostic.

We will use webinars, workshops, and conferences to engage with the community and share the study results in venues targeted to public, school, and academic library professionals as well as educators. We will gather feedback that will help shape the development of student-centered STEM information literacy instruction through the construction of real-world exercises for the library and STEM education community that can accompany information literacy-related instruction. These customizable exercises will be placed in open educational resources (OER) repositories (e.g. OER Commons) for access and reuse.

Ithaka S+ R

In 2016, the University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries participated, with 19 other institutions, in the Ithaka S+R Research Support Services study. Within the UF team, three librarians collected qualitative data through 15 semi-structured interviews with UF faculty. The UF team went through the appropriate vetting processing with the UF Institutional Review Board (IRB) and participated in an Ithaka S+R training designed to encourage consistency across the institutions. The study is an in-depth qualitative analyses of the research practices of academics in agriculture in order to understand the resources and services these faculty members need to be successful in their teaching and research. This information will be used to articulate the research activities and needs of agriculture scholars including identifying improvements to pre-existing research support services at UF and opportunities for developing new research support services for agriculture more widely. This study also adds to the knowledge in library and information studies on user needs and activities by examining the specific needs of agriculture scholars, a group that has been previously under-represented in this literature.

Supporting the Changing Research Practices of Agriculture Scholars

How We Can Better Support Agriculture Scholars

Project Ceres

In 2012, CRL formed a partnership with the United States Agriculture Information Network (USAIN) and the Agriculture Network Information Collaborative (AgNIC) to support the ongoing preservation and digitization of collections in the field of agriculture.

UF Ceres projects:

Tech Fee Proposals

USAIN 2016

The United States Agricultural Information Network is an organization for information professionals that provides a forum for discussion of agricultural issues, takes a leadership role in the formation of a national information policy as related to agriculture, makes recommendations to the National Agricultural Library on agricultural information matters, and promotes cooperation and communication among its members.

The 2016 USAIN Biennial Conference was held in Gainesville, Florida, and hosted by the University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries from April 24-27th, 2016.

VIVO

The VIVO application enables the discovery of researchers across institutions. Participants in the network include institutions with local installations of VIVO or those with research discovery and profiling applications that can provide semantic web-compliant data. The information accessible through VIVO’s search and browse capability will therefore reside and be controlled locally, within institutional VIVOs or other semantic web-compliant applications.

VIVO is an open source semantic web application originally developed and implemented at Cornell. When installed and populated with content at an institution, it enables the discovery of research and scholarship across disciplines at that institution. VIVO supports browsing and a search function which returns faceted results for rapid retrieval of desired information. Content in any local VIVO installation may be maintained manually or brought into the database in automated ways from local systems of record, such as human resources, scholarships, grants, course, and faculty activity databases.