Information Technology and Libraries 2022-03-22T00:40:45-07:00 Ken Varnum Open Journal Systems <p><em>Information Technology and Libraries</em> publishes material related to all <strong>aspects of information technology in all types of libraries</strong>. Topic areas include, but are not limited to, library automation, digital libraries, metadata, identity management, distributed systems and networks, computer security, intellectual property rights, technical standards, geographic information systems, desktop applications, information discovery tools, web-scale library services, cloud computing, digital preservation, data curation, virtualization, search-engine optimization, emerging technologies, social networking, open data, the semantic web, mobile services and applications, usability, universal access to technology, library consortia, vendor relations, and digital humanities.</p> Letter from the Editors (March 2022) 2022-03-22T00:39:34-07:00 Kenneth J. Varnum Marisha C. Kelly <p>Welcome to ITAL's Assistant Editor, call for volunteers to serve on the Editorial Board, and summary of the issue's contents.</p> 2022-03-21T00:00:00-07:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Kenneth J. Varnum and Marisha C. Kelly Policy Before Technology 2022-03-22T00:39:44-07:00 Brady Lund <p>In the race to adopt the newest and best, practical considerations for emerging technologies are frequently overlooked. Technology can set an organization apart and, in the case of libraries, be instrumental in helping demonstrate value. Yet, all new technologies carry additional, potentially unpleasant consequences, whether it be threats to privacy and security, barriers to accessibility or risks to health, learning barriers, or exposure to misinformation. Organizations must consider these threats before introducing new technologies, rather than the other way around. To illustrate these threats and their policy implications, I will briefly discuss two popular technologies/innovations—virtual reality and data analytics—and the threats that are often overlooked by organizations and how they may be appropriately addressed by policy.</p> 2022-03-21T00:00:00-07:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Brady Lund Using DPLA and the Wikimedia Foundation to Increase Usage of Digitized Resources 2022-03-22T00:40:34-07:00 Dominic Byrd-McDevitt John Dewees <p>The Digital Public Library of America has created a process by which rights-free or openly licensed resources that have already been harvested can be copied over into Wikimedia Commons, thus creating a simple path for including those digital collections materials into Wikipedia articles. By meeting internet users where they already are, rather than relying on them to navigate to individual digital libraries, the access and usage of digital assets is dramatically increased, in particular to user groups that might otherwise not have a reason to interact with such digitized resources.</p> 2022-03-21T00:00:00-07:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Dominic Byrd-McDevitt and John Dewees ResearchGate Metrics’ Behavior and Its Correlation with RG Score and Scopus Indicators 2022-03-22T00:40:14-07:00 Saeideh Valizadeh-Haghi Hamed Nasibi-Sis Maryam Shekofteh Shahabedin Rahmatizadeh <p class="AbstractText"><strong>Objective</strong>: Social networking sites are appropriate tools for sharing and exposing scientific works to increase citations. The objectives of the present study are to investigate the activity of Iranian scholars in the medical sciences in ResearchGate and to explore the effect of each of the four ResearchGate metrics on the RG score. Moreover, the citation metrics of the faculty members in Scopus and the relationship between these metrics and the RG score were explored.</p> <p class="AbstractText"><strong>Methods:</strong> The study population included all SBMU faculty members who have profiles in ResearchGate (N=950). The data were collected through ResearchGate and Scopus in January 2021. The Spearman correlation coefficient was applied to examine the relationship between ResearchGate metrics and Scopus indicators as well as to determine the effect of each ResearchGate metric on the RG score.</p> <p class="AbstractText"><strong>Results: </strong>The findings revealed that the publication sharing metric had the highest correlation (0.918) with the RG score and had the greatest impact on it (p-value &lt;0.001), while the question asking metric showed the lowest correlation (0.11). Moreover, there was a significant relationship between the RG score and Scopus citation metrics (p-value &lt;0.05). Furthermore, all four RG metrics had a positive and significant relationship with Scopus indicators (p-value &lt;0.05), in which the number of shared publications had the highest correlation compared to other RG metrics.</p> <p class="AbstractText"><strong>Conclusion:</strong> Researchers’ participation in the ResearchGate social network is effective in increasing citation indicators. Therefore, more activity in the ResearchGate social network may have favorable results in improving universities’ ranking.</p> 2022-03-21T00:00:00-07:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Saeideh Valizadeh-Haghi, Hamed Nasibi-Sis, Maryam Shekofteh, Shahabedin Rahmatizadeh Balancing Community and Local Needs 2022-03-22T00:40:04-07:00 Daniel Coughlin <p>This paper examines the decision points over the course of ten years for developing an Institutional Repository. Specifically, the focus is on the impact and influence from the open-source community, the needs of the local institution, the role that team dynamics plays, and the chosen platform. Frequently, the discussion revolves around the technology stack and its limitations and capabilities. Inherently, any technology will have several features and limitations, and these are important in determining a solution that will work for your institution. However, the people running the system and developing the software, and their enthusiasm to continue work within the existing software environment in order to provide features for your campus and the larger open-source community will play a bigger role than the technical platform. These lenses are analyzed through three points in time: the initial roll out of our Institutional Repository, our long-term running and maintenance, and eventual new development and why we made the decisions we made at each of those points in time.</p> 2022-03-21T00:00:00-07:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Daniel Coughlin Using Open Access Institutional Repositories to Save the Student Symposium during the COVID-19 Pandemic 2022-03-22T00:39:55-07:00 Allison Symulevich Mark Hamilton <p class="AbstractText">In 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic, colleges and universities around the world were forced to close or move to online instruction. Many institutions host yearly student research symposiums. This article describes how two universities used their institutional repositories to adapt their student research symposiums to virtual events in a matter of weeks. Both universities use the bepress Digital Commons platform for their institutional repositories. Even though the two universities’ symposium strategies differed, some commonalities emerged, particularly with regard to learning the best practices to highlight student work and support their universities’ efforts to host research symposiums virtually.</p> 2022-03-21T00:00:00-07:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Allison Symulevich and Mark Hamilton Migration of a Research Library's ICT-Based Services to a Cloud Platform 2022-03-22T00:40:45-07:00 Francis Jayakanth Ananda T Byrappa Filbert Minj <p class="AbstractText">Libraries have been at the forefront in adopting emerging technologies to manage the library’s operations and provide information services to the user community they serve. With the emergence of cloud computing (CC) technology, libraries are exploring and adopting CC service models to make their own services more efficient, reliable, secure, scalable, and cost-effective. In this article, the authors share their experience migrating some of the library’s locally hosted ICT-based services onto the Microsoft Azure cloud platform. The migration of services to a cloud platform has helped the library significantly reduce the downtime of its services due to power or network or system outages.</p> 2022-03-21T00:00:00-07:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Francis Jayakanth, Ananda T Byrappa, and Filbert Minj Local Hosting of Faculty-Created Open Education Resources 2022-03-22T00:40:24-07:00 Joseph Letriz <p class="AbstractText">Rising costs of secondary education institutions, coupled with the inflated cost of textbooks, have forced students to make decisions on whether they can afford the primary materials for their classes. Publishers working to supply digital access codes, which limit the ability of students to copy, print, or share the materials, or resell the textbook after the course is over, have further pushed students into forgoing purchasing materials. In recent years, institutions have moved to support OER (Open Education Resources) initiatives to provide students a cost-free primary text or supplement to their materials. This allows students unfettered access to quality resources that help drive engagement in courses, from homework to discussions. While larger institutions or in-state partnerships with resource sharing consortiums, such as the MnPALS cooperation with the state of Minnesota, provide access to platforms like Pressbooks, smaller institutions and private colleges don’t always have the ability to negotiate these types of relationships. In this case study, I will cover the foundations necessary to start a low-cost, self-hosted solution to support faculty creation of OER material and the available resources that the University of Dubuque utilized in their development process. This overview will briefly cover the skills and knowledge needed to support the growth of this initiative with minimal complexity and as little jargon as possible.</p> 2022-03-21T00:00:00-07:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Joseph Letriz