20 March 2014, Volume 7, Number 27

The world needs a new framework for scholarly communication through which research and other scholarly writings are created, evaluated for quality, disseminated to the scholarly community, and preserved for future. Soaring journal subscription prices, the time delay between acceptance and publication of an article, and barriers to full text access have precipitated a clarion call for a new framework.

Brian Nosek and his coauthor, Yoav Bar-Anan have put forth such a proposal in their open access journal article, Scientific Utopia: I. Opening Scientific Communication.  We hope you will read this article and become familiar with the issues so that you can help develop or support a new framework.

Their article abstract states, “We call for 6 changes”  (1) full embrace of digital communication; (2) open access to all published research; (3) disentangling publication from evaluation; (4) breaking the “one article, one journal” model with a grading system for evaluation and diversified dissemination outlets; (5) publishing peer review; and (6) allowing open, continuous peer review. We address conceptual and practical barriers to change and provide examples showing how the suggested practices are being used already. The critical barriers to change are not technical or financial; they are social. Although scientists guard the status quo, they also have the power to change it.”


alexander-street-press320I CANNOT LIVE WITHOUT VIDEOS
American History in Video  provides a rich collection of online video for the study of American history. The collection allows students and researchers to analyze historical events, and their presentation over time, through commercial and governmental newsreels, archival footage, public affairs footage, and important documentaries. The publisher, Alexander Street Press announced currently the service provide 5,986 titles, equaling approximately 1597 hours of viewing.


I-wish-i-knew-citing320ACE APA STYLE STARTING NOW!
The CLIC librarians have created this APA Style Guide, which is a one-stop-shopping resource for all your APA needs! 


map_europe_borders_1000yrsANIMATED MAP: 1,000 Years of Changing Borders 
In the wake of Russia’s latest annexation of the Crimea, this animated map  showing 1,000 years of changing European borders may be of interest.  As the American History Guys on the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities radio program,  Backstory,  are fond of reminding their listeners, if you think change  only happens today, you would be mistaken.  In the case of the Crimea, this map illustrates that point well.


Infographic showing information about the number of Wikipedians in Residence in museums.HARVARD’S WIKIPEDIAN IN RESIDENCE
On Tuesday, John Overholt, Houghton Library’s Curator of Early Modern Books & Manuscripts, posted a job listing. He’s hiring a Wikipedian in Residence — someone who can serve as a kind of liaison between Wikipedia and the academic, cultural, and intellectual institutions whose source material its entries rely on.

Houghton is operating, in other words, from the same impulse as its fellow archives: to share its treasures with as wide an audience as possible. Which also often means taking the knowledge that is stored on shelves that are scattered across the world and making it, as Overholt puts it, “openly accessible and usable.” Click this link to view a larger version of the graphic. 


TOPIC:  Degrees of Inequality: How the Politics of Higher Education Sabotaged the American Dream
DATE:   Friday, March 21, 2014
TIME:  12:30pm – 2pm
LOCATION:  Garrett Hall (Batten School) (map)
PRESENTER: Suzanne Mettler, Clinton Rossiter Professor of American Institutions in the Government Department at Cornell University
DESCRIPTION:  In her book, Degrees of Inequality, acclaimed political scientist Suzanne Mettler explains why the US higher education system has gone so horribly wrong and why the American Dream is increasingly out of reach for so many. In her eye-opening account, she illuminates how political partisanship has overshadowed America’s commitment to equal access to higher education. more
NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED. A light lunch is provided.


DESCRIPTION:  The UVa Student Virginia Education Association (SVEA) is hosting a MODEL teacher workshop.  In this workshop you will learn strategies to:
• Manage your time and classroom activities
• Organize your work and your students’ class work
• Differentiate your lessons
• Improve your communication skills
• Learn to reflect and accept
DATE: Saturday March 22, 2014
TIME: 10:00am – 2pm
LOCATION: Bavaro Hall-The CLIC, Room 306


TOPIC:  Prompts, Personalization, and Pay-offs: Using Behavioral Nudges to Help Students Navigate Complex Postsecondary Decisions
DATE:   Monday, March 24, 2014
TIME:  12:30pm – 2:00pm
LOCATION:  Holloway Hall (Rm 116), Bavaro Hall
PRESENTER: Ben Castleman, Assistant Professor of Education and Public Policy at the Curry School of Education, University of Virginia
Dr. Castleman will be discussing two working papers.
First, “Prompts, Personalization, And Pay-Offs: Strategies To Improve The Design and Delivery Of College and Financial Aid Information” and second, “Summer Nudging: Can Text Messages and Peer Mentors Increase College Going Among Low-Income High School Graduates?”


Sketch of a potential web design using Cascading Style Sheets  (CSS) framework.SCHOLAR’S LAB WORKSHOP
TOPIC: Web Site Design and Development
TIME: 3:00pm–4:00pm
DATE: Wednesday, March 26, 2014
LOCATION: Alderman Library, Room 421
DESCRIPTION:  This workshop will help demystify the process of creating a web site by introducing some basic concepts and methods for web site design and development. By the end of the workshop, students will understand rudimentary HTML for web page markup and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) for web site presentation and design. Students should walk away from the class with a simple but tasteful “About Me” page they can publish to the web, and use as a foundation for building a larger web site. Comfort with a computer and web browser will make the workshop easier; prior experience with web design or development could be useful, but is not required.  
INSTRUCTOR: Jeremy Boggs
The image is from the website, duvien.com, and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution


rimm_kaufman_saraEileen Merritt YOUTH-NEX WORKS IN PROGRESS
TOPIC: Findings from a Youth-Adult Environmental Service Learning Program
DATE: Thursday March 27, 2014
TIME: 12:30pm – 1:45pm
LOCATION: Bavaro Hall in Holloway Hall, Room 116
PRESENTERS: Sara E. Rimm-Kaufman, Professor at the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia
Eileen Merritt, Assistant Professor at the Curry School of Education
DESCRIPTION: Sara Rimm-Kaufman and Eileen Merritt will present findings from a Youth-Nex funded mixed-methods study of a service-learning program. The research team spent eight weeks with a group of middle-school students at a local charter school studying a local environmental problem and working on a solution. Analyses from student and teacher interviews and surveys provide fresh perspectives on supports and barriers to student engagement in community service and in science learning.


TOPIC: Learning the City: Early Experiences with Travel and the Development of the Cognitive Map
DATE: Friday March 28, 2014
TIME: 11:00pm – 12:30pm
LOCATION: Bavaro Hall – Holloway Hall, room 116
PRESENTER: Andrew Mondschein, Assistant Professor of Urban and Environmental Planning at the University of Virginia School of Architecture.
DESCRIPTION: Information about opportunities in the city – jobs, services, recreation, etc. – is acquired through everyday travel, yet we understand relatively little about cognitive maps are shaped by factors such as transit and auto use, walkability, and neighborhood character. Spatial learning is likely to be particularly important as children and adolescents build persistent relationships to different environments and types of travel. Early urban engagement and exploration could facilitate improved access to a range of opportunities over the long term, particularly for populations impeded by limited auto access and sparse nearby opportunities.
Bagels and coffee will be served. Parking is available at the Central Grounds Parking Garage. This lecture is FREE and open to the public.


HOOS YOUR  datalights
Throughout the semester, we will be highlighting information about finding, organizing, analyzing, managing, displaying, and preserving research data. See this week’s featured data information below.


TOPIC: Introduction to Designing and Building Databases
DATE:   Thursday, March 27, 2014
TIME:  10:00am-11:30am
LOCATION:  Bavaro Hall – The CLIC, room 306
DESCRIPTION:  When data gets too unwieldy for storage in basic text files or spreadsheets, databases may be a good solution. This workshop will cover database fundamentals and guide you through the three steps of database design. Additionally, during this session we will give you hands-on opportunity to create a database using Microsoft Access. No prior experience with databases or database software is required. 
PRESENTERS: Sherry Lake, UVa Library Data Management Consulting Group  and Nancy Kechner, UVa Library StatLab
The image has a Creative Commons license and is from Wikipedia Commons.


TOPIC: Making Your First Map with QGIS
TIME: 10:00am–11:00am
DATE: Wednesday, March 26, 2014
LOCATION: Alderman Library, Room 421 (map)
DESCRIPTION: “Here’s your chance to get started with geographic information systems software in a friendly, jargon-free environment. This one-hour workshop introduces the skills you need to make your own maps. Along the way you’ll get a taste of Earth’s most popular open source GIS software (QGIS) and a gentle introduction to cartography. You’ll leave with your own cartographic masterpieces and tips for learning more in your pursuit of mappiness at UVa.”– Gist and Johnston

“All sessions assume attendees have no previous experience using GIS. Sessions will be hands-on with step-by-step tutorials and expert assistance. They are free to attend and are open to the UVa and larger Charlottesville community.”
PRESENTERS:  Chris Gist and Kelly Johnston, GIS Lab experts  


NCES State Reforms logoNEW DATA ADDED
New state-level data on Common Core State Standards and College- and Career-Ready Standards are now available on the State Education Reforms website. The State Education Reforms website, which draws primarily on data collected by organizations other than NCES, compiles and disseminates data on state-level education reform efforts.  The “Accountability” and “Assessment and Standards” sections of the site each had one table updated. In the “Staff Qualifications and Development” section, one table was added. These tables may be easily located by the “Updated!” and “New!” tags next to the table titles.


Cover of the IES guide, Five Steps for Structuring Data‑Informed Conversations and Action in EducationGUIDE ON USING DATA IN EDUCATION
This IES sponsored facilitation guide,  Five steps for structuring data‑informed conversations and action in education, shows education data teams how to move beyond simply reporting data to applying data to direct strategic action. It provides  users with a framework and the tools and vocabulary needed to support an informed conversation around the data they generate or acquire. It walks users through five key steps in using data for decision making and strategic action: setting the stage, examining the data, understanding the findings, developing an action plan, and monitoring progress and measuring success.


This newsletter is produced by the CLIC librarians, Kay Buchanan and Carole Lohman.

The newsletter is intended to support  faculty and students at the Curry School of Education who are engaged in scientifically based research, evaluation, and teaching by keeping them up-to-date on scholarly resources, trends, and opportunities so they can make a positive impact on education.

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