Our 2016 Highlights
In 2016, the Library began development of a strategic research plan in response to institutional needs. The Fall 2015 launch of the rimes portal in collaboration with the UBC Okanagan Office of Research Services provided a location for one-stop access to research resources and tools in the context of a five stage “research lifecycle”: planning, implementation, publishing, discovery and impact, and preservation. 2016 efforts focused on further developing content, educational materials, and training opportunities for featured tools and resources.
The Library has taken a lead role on providing training and consultation on a variety of tools and resources, including:
- UNIWeb, which gives researchers the ability to collaborate with colleagues in secure and private networks, streamline funding applications with Canadian Common CV (CCV) syncing capabilities, and manage and track the outputs of research groups and projects.
- SciVal, which provides access to the research performance of 4,600 research institutions and 220 countries worldwide, allowing researchers to benchmark performance against other institutions or groups of researchers.
- PlumX, which can examine a wide range of research outputs including articles, monographs and chapters, presentations, datasets, videos, blogs, and other digital artifacts to examine usage (clicks, downloads, views, library holdings, video plays), captures (bookmarks, code forks, favourites, readers, watchers), mentions (blog posts, comments, reviews, Wikipedia links) and social media activity (+1s, likes, shares, tweets).
- Refworks, which can help to organize research, create in-text citations with the click of a button, and easily format and re-format bibliographies and in-text references, facilitating the change of formats for submission to different journals.
- Open Journal Systems (OJS), which is a journal management and publishing system that assists every stage of the refereed publishing process, from submissions through to online publication and indexing.
Developing supportive frameworks for open access, particularly in light of the Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications announced by Canada’s federal granting agencies was a primary strategic goal and major focus for 2016. The Library is working to create and promote more efficient ways to include publications in cIRcle, UBC’s institutional repository, and offer advice on review of publishing agreements to ensure retention of copyright and/or right to deposit publications.
2017 will see the Library further expand its campus role in digital asset creation and curation, and research data management and preservation, including open data requests and requirements. In addition, we are growing our capacity to provide consultation in interpreting a wide variety of traditional and alternative research metrics.