Friday, December 18, 2015

FORCE11 and The Future we can’t Avoid

It gives me much pleasure to come across the FORCE11 movement. I call it a movement as this represents our collective will to embrace the inevitable future we all must come to. It is better believed on time that it is not going to be business as usual as technology continues to emerge and ravage our modern world. So, we must all be proactive and be ready not only to accept the challenge technology will throw at us but to see how we can adapt to make it work for us. Although, the newer models of research communication are emerging yet the pace remains slow as traditional models still hold sway. The Open access movement is gaining momentum but there is still much to be done. In my opinion, part of that much left to be done is what FORCE11 has come to achieve, taking head-on the future of research communication and e-scholarship to the center burner of scholarly discuss. And we all must join hands; librarians, researchers, publishers and all stakeholders to do this.

Information and communication technology (ICT) continues to exact its telling impact on virtually everything. It has not spared scholarship. Doing research and communicating same has been hugely affected. Going are the days one had to wait twice a year to see the articles of a biennial journal or wait a whole year to see the next conference of a scholarly society organized. The e (electronic-) is taking over. E-conferences, e-seminars (webinars), e-journals and lots more are taking over to further underscore the impact of ICT. In fact, with Open Access and complementary technologies like the Institutional Repository (IR) libraries are even becoming publishers themselves. The social networking technology has also added a new twist to the whole show. Academic Social Networks (Mendeley, ResearchGate, Academia.Edu, etc) gaining strength from open access are also expanding the frontier of research communication in the digital era.

But one other emerging technology that should be considered for the great impact it will have on e-scholarship and research communication in times to come are the Virtual Research Environments (VREs). The VREs are other areas of technology I will like to direct our attention to as we consider the future of research communication and e-scholarship. The VRE is like an amalgamation of several technologies like wikis, blogs, and lots more. The VRE handles well every stage of the research process, from conceptualization to communication. The VRE, allows, within a digital environment the collaboration of researchers beyond the limit of physical borders. 
The VRE like HubZero, Open Science Framework (OSF) and others gives room for collective research. They are good platforms for research collaboration and peer review. In fact, you can see the contribution of every collaborator to the project or research work within a VRE. And real life sharing of research findings is possible within the VRE. This is what I will desire we consider, how the VRE can be used with growing emerging technologies to take us to the future we are envisaging for research communication and e-scholarship. 

I am a librarian with interest in emerging technologies and anything e. I am also passionate about open access. I am a member of the Open Access Week and regular commemorator of the International Open Access Week since I know about it. I am equally a PhD student with interest in Institutional repository. I have gone through the FORCE11 manifesto and convinced that I have a movement to join. Attending the conference will in no small measure grant me first hand information on the future of research communication and enable me to abreast of global efforts being taken in e-scholarship. It will in no doubt enhance my advocacy skill as a librarian with interest in emerging technology in scholarship. It will also empower me to mobilize support for the movement in Nigeria and Africa at large.

I hereby desire to be part of the FORCE2016 in Portland and future activities of the FORCE11 movement.
Kindly consider me for the Travel Fellowship as this will greatly enhance my participation.
The future we can’t avoid is really here; let’s go and consider the FUTURE of research communication!
Thank you.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

IFLA 2016 Volunteer Opportunities!

The IFLA World Congress is a major event in the fields of libraries, information and access to 

knowledge. It’s an exceptional opportunity to highlight, showcase and reinforce the roles of American 

Become a volunteer!

The IFLA Columbus 2016 national committee is seeking 300 to 400 volunteers to assist our international delegate guests at the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) World Library and Information Congress (WLIC) in August  2016. 

We need you to participate in the success of this conference!
More than 4,000 professionals from 150 nations are expected to be in Columbus, Ohio for this worldwide event. We’re recruiting volunteers to welcome them and assist them during the conference. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to meet colleagues from all over the world, to discover international librarianship and to commit yourself at the global level.

Here are five good reasons to become an IFLA Columbus 2016 Volunteer:
1. Free registration (a significant $ value) if you commit three (3) half days of volunteering service during the conference. This gives you access to more than 200 sessions of the Congress.
2. Complimentary lunches on the Congress site on the days of service.
3. Opportunities to meet library professionals from many nations.
4. On-site training for the experience.
5. A certificate of appreciation for your efforts.

The basic requirements to become an IFLA Columbus 2016  Volunteer:

• You are available to be in Columbus from August 11-19, 2016.
• You are interested in international librarianship.
• You want to experience a major international congress at a lowered cost.

Support available for all Volunteers:
• A team is available on-site at all times to advise and guide volunteers.
• A group of volunteer co-coordinators will support, train and advise you prior to and during the event.
• Travel support may be available for early-career professionals.

Recruitment period: October 1, 2015 through May 1, 2016.

Should you decide to accept this challenge in Columbus, you will:

• Welcome and guide IFLA delegates.
• Prepare and distribute materials and documentation.
• Assist delegates, speakers and organizers at the Congress venues.
• Accompany guests on local and regional library visits.


Questions and other inquiries may be directed to Wes Boomgaarden, the IFLA
Columbus 2016 Volunteer Coordinator at or 614.688.1013.