Monday, March 31, 2014

#CNI14S Notes from: Community-based Stewardship at Pennsylvania State University

Notes from: Community-based Stewardship at Pennsylvania State University  

Mike Furlough
Associate Dean for Research & Scholarly Communications
Pennsylvania State University

Patricia Hswe
Head, ScholarSphere User Services and Digital Content Strategist
Pennsylvania State University

Ben Goldman
Digital Records Archivist
Pennsylvania State University

Ecology more evocative than community in this context. However, it is harder to build an ecology than a community. Community implies a form of join ownership.

Penn State did this as a new system based around three community, have used Hydra for their ScholarSphere and implemented a way to bring in business records.

Built on HydraFedora, ScholarSphere includes tradition publication plus data, student work, presentations, etc. Patron driven for deposit, took a couple years to do.

Role of liaison librarians were a key, also having use cases for both librarians and faculty.

ScholarSphere is unusual in the amount of control it ceded to the users.

Systems should scale to the needs of the users and not the system managers.

ScholarSphere also serves as a digital preservation tool and manages file formats behind the scenes that is transparent to the users.

Q: how did you get buy in from liaison librarians?
A: started with does with a stake in it (science librarians), explained how this is an evolving service, started a users group. You can't force participation, some will embrace it and others will ignore it.

Q: How did you get button from upper management?
A: Barbara Dewey, UL, was a big super from the start and a cheerleader for the Library to be more than just "come read books in the library".

Q: How do you find it?
A: Infrastructure support is fairly easy, management has fought for appropriate be positions. Barbara Dewey noted that she had to fight for relocation of staff as positions came open.

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