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Video Highlights Data Management; Library Launches New Service

May 27, 2016

New Video Highlights Why ‘Research Data Matters’

The UC Libraries Data Curation Common Knowledge Group recently debuted a video promoting awareness of the fundamental concepts and practices for managing research data.

The five-minute video incorporates testimonials and voices of University of California researchers who discuss the importance of good data management practices. A majority of the video footage was filmed at UC Merced, and Vice Provost and Graduate Dean Marjorie Zatz, a professor of sociology, is prominently featured discussing the importance of good research data collection measures.

The data curation group identified a shared need for reusable educational material on research data curation among UC campuses. At the end of the video, viewers are encouraged to complete a short feedback survey. Viewership and feedback will be used to assess and inform future development of a video series.

Questions or feedback also can be submitted directly to the project leads, UC Merced Library Digital Assets Librarian Emily Lin and UC Riverside’s Katherine Koziar.

Library Launches Course Resources Program

The UC Merced Library recently launched a new service, Course Resources Program (CRP), that allows faculty members to make books or completed published works available for limited circulation in the UC Merced Library.

A small group of faculty members piloted the new service during the 2015-16 academic year. The service will be available to all faculty members starting with the 2016 Summer Session.

CRP items are kept at the UC Merced Library’s Service Desk on the second floor and can be checked out for up to two hours for use in the library. Faculty members can request library-owned books or their personal copies be made available through CRP. For more information about item eligibility, please visit the CRP webpage.

Faculty members can submit CRP requests using the online request form or in person at the library’s second floor Services Desk. Faculty members are asked to include their course syllabi along with their requests.

If only a portion of a text is recommended, the library will work with its Supplemental Course Resources (SCR) team to determine if the materials can be digitized and placed in CatCourses.

Visit the CRP webpage for more information or send an email to crp@ucmerced.edu.