Yes, that’s me, waving to you from the 16th floor of the W.E.B. Du Bois Library at UMass Amherst where the Scholarly Communication team mostly is.
So, busy, busy, busy. I have 5 projects to work on. Two are definites and the other three are time and availability permitting:
- Metadata creation: create LCSH lists for the series included in each of the Community Engagement collections in ScholarWorks. Submit these lists to bePress (makers of Digital Commons, the software application used by UMass Amherst for ScholarWorks) to be added as drop-down lists in submission/upload forms.
- Research guides: work on updating and revising the team’s LibGuide page(s) on Scholarly Communication (and possibly Open Educational Resources). The sub-pages on the Scholarly Communication guide all need updating, and several new ones need to be researched and added (the scholarly publishing crisis, and citation advantage of open access).
- Selected Works: harvesting project to add faculty content to individual pages (from self-upload, subject repositories such as arXiv, and from aggregated databases like Thomson Reuters Web of Science – this last one requires the creation of a crosswalk by one of the team members).*
- Metadata creation: as for #1, but in this case for the Research Centers & Institutes collections on ScholarWorks.
- Events planning: Open Access Week (October), Scholarly Communication discussion series (ongoing).
*For this one I’m mostly an observer, though I may get to do a little bit of hands-on work.
Right now, I’ve started #1 and #2 and these will be ongoing for a little while. I’m working on finalizing a workflow for #1 to document the necessary steps (both my for own edification and for any other interns who may have to work on the same kind of project). I’ve already added quite a few links to the SC LibGuide and I’ve made a bunch of revisions for consistency across pages. Researching new resources to include and to link to on these pages has really given me a far better understanding of the many aspects of the team’s work. I’m not all the way there yet, but I’m on firmer ground than I was a week ago.
The team is wonderful to work with – they are giving me plenty to do and plenty of independence in doing so, but are very supportive and informative. Marilyn is a fantastic supervisor/mentor and is determined to expose me to as many of the doings of both the Scholarly Communication team and of the whole library community as possible.