KAUST University Library Outreach Lecture 2018 held
KAUST University Library Outreach Lecture 2018 was delivered by Julia M. Gelfand,
KAUST University Library Outreach Lecture 2018 was delivered by Julia M. Gelfand, the Applied Sciences & Engineering Librarian with Distinction at the University of California, Irvine USA on Sunday 4 March 2018. Her topic was “Current Trends in Science Academic and Research Libraries: Responding to the Demands of Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Open Science”. She stated that academic research libraries are becoming less focused on collection holdings and need to be more oriented to developing services that provide access to resources, ability to manipulate and support data referenced or contained within scholarship and called for authors and scholars to be more engaged in research data management, curation, and stewardship. She stressed the importance of academic libraries to support their institutions via best practices in scholarly communication to demonstrate innovation in multiple ways and establish strong academic core values, reflecting more commitment to open access opportunities.. She suggested multiple ways to involve library staff and resources such as with local publishing initiatives including institutional repository hosting, creation and adoption of open textbooks, utilizing evaluation processes assessment metrics for scholarly output and institutional rankings, encouraging patent literature, technology transfer, management of research data and promoting Open Science. She advocated for the importance of responding to user expectations and understanding technological opportunities. Librarians from nearby Institutions and colleagues from other KAUST departments attended the lecture, along with KAUST Library staff.
Julia Gelfand has extensive experience as a distinguished Science Librarian and Bibliographer. She has a long affiliation with the University of California at Irvine, has heavily invested in the work of the California Digital Library, the consortia for the 10-campus system. She has published and presented widely on grey literature, collection development, information literacy, and scholarly communication in the sciences. A former Fulbright Fellow, she is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions and is well known internationally. She has an AB from Goucher College, MSLS & MA from Case Western Reserve University and is ABD from the University of Denver. She is active in numerous scholarly societies and associations including the American Library Association (ALA), Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL), the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences (AAAS), Society of Scholarly Publishing (SSP) and the International Federation of the Library Associations (IFLA) .