ORCID IDs provide a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes one researcher from another. More precisely, an ORCID identifier reliably and unambiguously links scholars with their complete, correct, and current scholarly output. It is also very useful when integrated into key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission since it supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities, thus ensuring that a researcher’s work is recognized. By integrating ORCID identifiers across the research workflow, the scholarly community will be better able to distinguish and track the unique contributions of individuals as authors, researchers, grantees, faculty, and inventors.
During 2016, a number of scholarly publishers have indicated that they will begin requiring ORCID IDs for corresponding authors at minimum. Publishers requiring ORCIDs include the Royal Society, IEEE, and the Science journals, to name a few. Further, a number of funding agencies have been requiring ORCID IDs since 2015 and include Autism Speaks, the Wellcome Trust, and the U.S. Department of Transportation. The potential exists for other publishers and funding agencies to follow suit and require researchers to have ORCID IDs. Additionally, over the last several years a number of grant and manuscript submission systems have adopted ORCID, providing researchers the opportunity to identify themselves with their ORCID ID.
It’s simple and fast to create one, and ORCID also connects to a variety of systems in the research workflow bringing the benefits of interoperability (i.e., savings of time and effort) to authors and researchers. So far, over two million researchers have registered for ORCIDs.
If you would like more information or assistance in creating an ORCID account, please contact Adam Townes, research support coordinator at the University of Houston Libraries, or your subject librarian.
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Join us at the Sponsored Projects (Grants) Workshop to be held on Friday, June 10 from 10 am – 12 noon in the MD Anderson Library, Room 10F. Denise McGuire of the UH Office of Contracts and Grants will discuss the process of pre- and post-awards.
The following database is now available from the University of Houston Libraries:
PolicyMap is a fully web-based online data and mapping application that gives you access to over 15,000 indicators related to demographics, housing, crime, mortgages, health, jobs and more. Data is available at all common geographies (address, block group, census tract, zip code, county, city, state, MSA) as well as unique geographies like school districts and political boundaries. Data comes from both public and proprietary sources.
Inside: New Digital Collections, Resource Wish List, Strategic Plan Goals (feature), Donor Profile, Collection Transformation, and Librarian News.
Workshops in EndNote, Excel 2013, Illustrator CS6, Google Docs, PowerPoint 2013, Photoshop CS6, Prezi, SPSS and Word 2013 are being held in June at the University of Houston Libraries.
The Technology Training program at UH Libraries offers free technology courses to current UH students, faculty and staff. Classes are held in the Learning Commons Training Labs on the first floor of the MD Anderson Library.
University of Houston Libraries and the UH Women and Gender Resource Center will co-sponsor the 2016 summer book club, which is open to all UH students, faculty and staff, and alumni.
Readers are invited to gather at the Resource Center, located in the University Center North Room 201, for a literary conversation. Readers may bring a lunch, and drinks and sweets will be provided.
On June 28 at noon, Asking For It by Louise O’Neill (fiction) will be discussed.
On August 18 at noon, Year of Yes (nonfiction) by Shonda Rhimes will be discussed.
The Mary F. Lopez Papers document the life and times of Mexican-American activist Mary F. Lopez (1921-2015), and to a lesser extent the war-time experience of her husband, Jose R. Lopez. Originally born in Brownsville, Texas, Mary Fernandez Lopez later moved to Houston in 1943, where she started a family and began her involvement in efforts to improve living conditions and rights of Latinos in the Houston area, specifically her neighborhood of Magnolia Park.
Of the 80 items in the collection, photographs, correspondence, publications, and clippings make up the bulk of the collection. Materials related to Mr. Lopez’s service in World War II and Mary’s work with Houston civic organizations are of particular interest.
The University of Houston Libraries has been accepted as a member of the National Digital Stewardship Alliance (NDSA).
The NDSA is a consortium of organizations committed to the long-term preservation of digital information. The mission of the NDSA is to establish, maintain, and advance the capacity to preserve our nation’s digital resources for the benefit of present and future generations.
The NDSA has established five Working Groups focusing on content, standards and practices, infrastructure, innovation, and outreach in digital preservation. As a member of NDSA, UH Libraries will collaborate and share expertise in activities associated with the advancement of digital preservation policies and practices.
The Association of Vision Science Librarians (AVSL) has been honored with the Louise Darling Medal for Distinguished Achievement in Collection Development in the Health Sciences by the Medical Library Association (MLA). Suzanne Ferimer, optometry library coordinator at the University of Houston Libraries, is a member of the AVSL Standards Work Group, which published the award-winning paper titled “Standards for Vision Science Libraries: 2014 Revision.”
AVSL is a SIG of both the MLA and the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO).
“It is with great pleasure that the Board of Directors of the Medical Library Association joins us in offering our heartfelt congratulations on Association of Vision Science Librarians selection as the recipient of the 2016 Louise Darling Medal for Distinguished Achievement in Collection Development in the Health Sciences, one of MLA’s highest honors,” wrote MLA president Michelle Kraft and executive director Kevin Baliozian. “The association’s contributions are laying the foundation for MLA’s second century of excellence and achievement in the health information profession.”
Along with Ferimer, members of the Standards work group are Karen Lamson of MCPHS University, C. Brooke Caldwell of Southern College of Optometry, Chris Nims of Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, and Kristen Motte of New England College of Optometry.
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