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    Increasing Your Research Impact
    (2023-11-08) Alderete-Cruz, Gab; Zhou, Xuan
    Are you a graduate student eager to make a significant impact with your research? Join us for an engaging and informative webinar, presented by the University Libraries, as we explore effective strategies to increase your research impact and enhance your scholarly profile. In this webinar, we will guide you through a variety of practical tips, tools, and resources designed to help you navigate the complex world of academia and amplify the visibility and reach of your research findings.
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    TXST Dataverse Repository: Preserve, Publish, and Share Your Research Data
    (2023-11-14) Zhou, Xuan
    The Texas State University Dataverse Repository is hosted on the Dataverse platform, developed and used by Harvard University. It offers researchers a trusted repository to deposit, share, manage, and publish their research datasets. Researchers can also find and cite data across all research fields. In the workshop, you will be able to recognize appropriate data sharing practices in order to minimize data loss and maximize efficiency. You will also be able to use the TXST Dataverse Repository in order to manage, preserve, publish, and share data in an open access repository.
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    (2023-10-11) Zhou, Xuan
    A presentation for the Responsible Conduct of Research for the Division of Research at TXST. The goals of this presentation were to allow researchers to understand the research data life cycle​, know DMPTool to create a quality DMP, recognize the importance of Research Data Management, and know good practices and available resources of data management at TXST.
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    Where to Publish? Navigating the Journal Jungle and Avoiding Predators
    (2023-10-27) Van Diest, Kristin
    The world of scholarly publishing is changing and evolving in many directions. This workshop is designed to help authors find and use the library and other tools to navigate the complex publishing landscape. Topics covered in the workshop include: • Understanding open access journal options • Learning to evaluate journals • Identifying and avoiding “predatory publishers” • Determining the right publication for your work
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    Creating Research Data Management Plans Using DMPTool
    (2023-10-24) Zhou, Xuan
    Most funding agencies or other research supporters require a data management plan. The idea being that if they fund your research, the data resulting from that research must be Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Re-usable. Having a plan in place for storing, describing, and managing your data is important in every research project and especially when working with a team so that everyone is aligned on file formats, naming, storage, and sharing. In this webinar, you’ll be able to understand the basic principles of research data management, be aware of data management planning tools, support and guidance which are available to academic researchers, and be able to use DMPTool to develop a data management plan, and maintain it through the course of your research. This workshop is helpful for researchers in any discipline and stage in their career. Attendees currently planning or conducting research will benefit most from this workshop.
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    Friendly Feedback: Peer Review and the Research Process
    (2023-09-26) Van Diest, Kristin; Dorrell, Erin; Alderete-Cruz, Gab
    Are you thinking about achieving success in academia, or how to improve your research skills? Well, the peer-review process is a great way to tack both of those things. Going through the peer-review process can improve your skills as both a researcher and writer, while also impacting the rigor of your field. This presentation will cover the basics of peer-review and help you get started.
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    Creative Content Attribution in Digital Publishing
    (2023-09) Spies Smith, Tara; Van Diest, Kristin
    Do you frequently use images or other forms of creative content in your publications and presentations? Are you uncertain about whether or not you are giving proper attribution? Are you wondering if you need to get permission to use an image or video in your digital publications and presentations? Does all of this sound very mysterious to you? In this workshop we will discuss the open access publishing platforms you might frequently encounter at Texas State, as well as finding and using creative content, the basics of copyright and open licenses, public domain, fair use, and the ethics of attribution. We will also discuss what metadata is and how it can be used to give attribution to your own work and the work you are using. Finally, we will show you how to determine which Creative Commons license may be right for your work, and offer some resources for you to bookmark and return to in your research and creative endeavors.
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    Data Integrity: Acquisition, Management, Sharing, and Ownership
    (2023-01-18) Waugh, Laura
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    Open Journal Systems: A Look at Impact and Increased Visibility
    (2023-05-16) Park, Kristi; Van Diest, Kristin; Elkins, Susan; Hoover, Susan
    Open Journal Systems (OJS) is an open-source publishing software for the management of open access peer-reviewed academic journals, created and developed by the Public Knowledge Project. There are over 34,000 journals hosted in OJS around the world, including 75 journals hosted through the Texas Digital Library (TDL) OJS hosting service at member institutions. This poster presents data collected to show the prevelance of use of persistent identifiers, such as DOIs, ISSNs, and ORCID in TDL hosted journals. As well as where the journals are indexed, whether or not they use keywords and if so, how many, and the number of article downloads and abstract views. Recommendations are then made to increase journal visibility and use.
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    FAAQ: Frequently Asked Archivematica Questions
    (2023-04) Goodley, Lauren; Banuelos, Chris; Scott, Bethany
    Are you a long-time Archivematica user with a deep understanding of digital preservation? This session is for you! Have you heard of Archivematica but don’t really understand what it does and why? This session is also for you! Each panelist will spend 15 minutes reviewing their experiences and highlights of the tool. We will be discussing all phases of Archivematica from choosing to use the system in the first place through active implementation and the challenges we faced along the way. We will also leave plenty of time for questions. Our hope is that the session will be interactive and promise to answer any and all questions, big and small. Digital preservation is complex at all levels of engagement, and we encourage participation from those who don’t identify as digital archivists, or who don’t typically do this type of work. This panel is intended to provide a safe and inclusive space for attendees as every archivist’s area of expertise is valuable. We welcome all archivists to join us in digital preservation discussions.
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    Migration from DSpace to Islandora Version 8
    (2022-05) Peters, Todd C.; Long, Jason
    This presentation will discuss the recent installation of an Islandora 8 repository at Texas State University. The University Libraries has maintained a Dspace repository serving as an Institutional Repository for several years. It contains not only scholarship such as electronic theses and dissertations and faculty publications, but also digitized items from special collections. There is general satisfaction with how Dspace supports Institutional Repository scholarship workflows and documents, however, the platform has limitations for support of special collections type material, such as images, audio and video. The University Libraries recently moved special collections materials into a newly established Islandora 8 repository. This presentation will discuss exporting and cross walking Dspace Dublin Core metadata into Islandora using the external Islandora tool, Workbench. Installation and setup of the Islandora 8 software using Docker and customizing Islandora to include searching and faceting will also be discussed.
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    An Attempt at Metadata Enhancement through Machine Learning
    (2022-05) Peters, Todd C.; Long, Jason
    This presentation will share what learned about machine learning and applicability to generate metadata to enhance discoverability during a pilot project. Object detection through neural networks is a rapidly developing field. Using machine learning large sets of images can be analyzed, objects detected and classified. We used the pretrained models COCO, Inception, ResNet, VGG19, and Xception to classify objects in images in our San Marcos Daily Record newspaper negative collection. Our initial use of these models did not yield usable metadata, however it did provide a useful first step into machine learning and knowledge to develop future research.
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    The Board of Regents Reports and Minutes: A Digitization Case Study
    (2017-05) Moore, Jeremy D.; North, Megan; Peters, Todd C.; Mazzei, Erin
    Alkek Library's Digital & Web Services Department at Texas State University is digitizing the University Archives' Board of Regents Reports and Minutes collection. The collection is comprised of an estimated 45,000 pages including bound books, most of which can be unbound for rapid sheet-feed scanning, and loose-leaf onion skin pages. This presentation will describe the project lifecycle starting with why it was prioritized for digitization, the development, testing, and validation of scanning workflows using FADGI standards, and the creation of custom software to automate processes. We will also explain why our student technicians were more than happy to rescan over 700 images and why it was the best decision to make for consistency, speed, and quality.
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    Developing a Long-Term and Large Scale Project to Digitize Photographic Negatives
    (2017-05) Moore, Jeremy D.; North, Megan; Peters, Todd C.
    Texas State University received a 2017 TSLAC TexTreasures Grant, funded by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, to digitize at-risk photographic negatives in the University Archives. For the initial stages of our long-term project we are focusing on the photographic negatives donated by the San Marcos Daily Record to the University Archives in January 2016. The SMDR negative collection includes an estimated 800,000 images and spans approximately 70 years, from the mid-1930s to the 2000s. When combined with the negatives already housed in the University Archives, the number of negatives is estimated at 1.5 million. This presentation will describe the first stages of the project including the on-going development of two custom-built film negative capture stations that are used to digitize negatives and special considerations in the process due to the large scale and long timeline.
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    A Geospatially Oriented Humanities Exhibit: Dick Reavis and the National Tour of Texas
    (2016-05) Peters, Todd C.; Dede-Bamfo, Nathaniel; Long, Jason
    On January 1, 1987 Texas Monthly writer Dick Reavis set out on a year-long journey to drive every road on the official map of Texas, and report his experiences in a series of articles. The Dick Reavis Papers at The Wittliff Collections at Texas State University holds a large collection of postcards, color slides, a travel log book, and several hundred pages of typewritten notes from the journey. The Digital and Web Services Department and The Wittliff Collections are building an innovative web exhibit using Reavis’ own shaded highway map to navigate digitized items from the collection by using ArcGIS, Google Maps and web scripting. This presentation will discuss the overall development of the project, digitization of materials, the use of ArcGIS to create shapefiles, and the creation and integration of the website with Google Maps.
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    The Making of ...And The Earth Did Not Swallow Him, a Film by Severo Perez
    (2016-05) Peters, Todd C.
    Severo Perez’s 1995 film, …and the earth did not swallow him, is adapted from Tomás Rivera’s classic 1971 Chicano novel, …y no se lo tragó la tierra. It beautifully evokes the substance and spirit of Rivera’s work, and has won international critical acclaim, including top honors at film festivals worldwide. An online exhibit built on the Omeka platform was created from clips of the director discussing the making of the film and materials from the production archive for the film housed in The Wittliff Collections at Texas State University.
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    A Novel Workflow for Large Scale Thesis Digitization
    (2016-05) Peters, Todd C.; Moore, Jeremy D.; Long, Jason
    Texas State University recently began digitizing approximately 6,000 theses to create digital preservation copies and electronic versions that may eventually be used for patron access. This presentation will discuss our novel workflow that allows student workers to rapidly scan, process, and perform quality control on the images while managing the metadata necessary for future ingest into our institutional repository. In brief, the process begins with students debinding and scanning theses, downloading MARC records with MARCEdit, and using an in-house web application to sort images based on content. Students then process the images with a combination of BASH scripts, ImageMagick, and Adobe Photoshop as they perform quality control and fix any errors found. The resultant preservation TIFFs are OCR’d and combined into PDFs using ABBYY FineReader 12. A final quality control step is performed by the Digital Media Specialist at which point the electronic conversion has been completed. The workflow allows a student to process approximately 50 theses in a 20-hour work week.
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    Research Data Management Needs Assessment for Social Sciences Graduate Students: A Mixed Methods Study
    (PLOS One, 2023-02-23) Zhou, Xuan; Xu, Zhihong; Kogut, Ashlynn
    The complexity and privacy issues inherent in social science research data makes research data management (RDM) an essential skill for future researchers. Data management training has not fully addressed the needs of graduate students in the social sciences. To address this gap, this study used a mixed methods design to investigate the RDM awareness, preparation, confidence, and challenges of social science graduate students. A survey measuring RDM preparedness and training needs was completed by 98 graduate students in a school of education at a research university in the southern United States. Then, interviews exploring data awareness, knowledge of RDM, and challenges related to RDM were conducted with 10 randomly selected graduate students. All participants had low confidence in using RDM, but United States citizens had higher confidence than international graduate students. Most participants were not aware of on-campus RDM services, and were not familiar with data repositories or data sharing. Training needs identified for social science graduate students included support with data documentation and organization when collaborating, using naming procedures to track versions, data analysis using open access software, and data preservation and security. These findings are significant in highlighting the topics to cover in RDM training for social science graduate students. Additionally, RDM confidence and preparation differ between populations so being aware of the backgrounds of students taking the training will be essential for designing student-centered instruction.
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    Research Data Management Needs of Social Science Graduate Students
    (2023-03) Kogut, Ashlynn; Zhou, Xuan; Xu, Zhihong
    Research data management (RDM) training is an essential skill for future social sciences researchers, yet few training opportunities focus specifically on the needs of social sciences graduate students. This poster presents the findings of a mixed methods study that examined social sciences graduate students' RDM awareness and confidence implementing RDM. Find out which areas of RDM social sciences graduate students are unaware. Learn how confidence and preparedness for RDM differ by student's citizenship, race/ethnicity, and years in their program. Leave with knowledge of the RDM training needs of social sciences graduate students to enhance your instruction and consultations.
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    Academic Researcher Profiles: Getting Started and Tips for Success
    (2023-03-22) Zhou, Xuan; Van Diest, Kristin
    Are you publishing or presenting research in your discipline? Do you want to make your research more impactful? Develop an online researcher profile and make your research more discoverable by researchers globally.. Online tools such as ORCID, ResearchGate, Web of Science, and Google Scholar Citations can be useful for establishing a successful online academic profile. They can increase the impact of your research, ensure credit for your work, and streamline the publishing and grant-funding process. In this Shop Talks session, we will show some examples of successful online researcher profiles and the impact you can make by managing your online academic environment.