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Strategies for OSTI Support of National Laboratory Libraries -2009 and Beyond-

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Strategies for OSTI Support of National Laboratory Libraries -2009 and Beyond-


National Laboratory Libraries Coalition Meeting
28-30 October 2009 – Argonne National Laboratory 
Erin C. Anderson
Office of Scientific & Technical Information
U. S. Department of Energy

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You asked – we answer:


• What does OSTI do for the DOE Laboratories and what are OSTI’s strategies for connecting with the labs? 

First a little review…

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OSTI Works In Partnership with DOE Laboratories to Fulfill STI-related Requirements Under the Laboratories’ Contract


• DOE’s STI Program Managed by OSTI

  – Provides accountability and historical record by creating a central, authoritative collection of DOE STI for long-term use and access

  – Fulfills statutory mandates

  – Enhances transparency of DOE research

  – Saves research dollars by reducing duplication and enabling reuse of previous research

• OSTI Responsibility Has Been Established In:

  – Atomic Energy Acts of 1946 and 1954

  – Energy Reorganization Act of 1974

  – Department of Energy Act of 1977

  – Energy Policy Act of 2005

  – America COMPETES Act of 2007


…OSTI does this while also providing a host of products to assist librarians and researchers

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Successes: The Importance of Partnership


• As a collaborative partnership comprised of representatives from Headquarters Programs, DOE Operations Offices, DOE Laboratories and technology centers STIP is both a success and the key to success by providing a framework for routine communication and information exchange.

• OSTI and the Labs are partners in making scientific and technical information available. 

• Increased use/visibility of DOE R&D: from 1995 to 2008, web transactions increased from 300,000 to 84,000,000 – a 28,000% increase. 

14.2 million Full-Text Downloads in FY08

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Strategies for OSTI Support of Laboratory Libraries

• Connection: OSTI and National Laboratory Libraries

– New Technologies

– Breakthroughs and Enhancements

– Digitization

– Outreach

• STI Finder

• New Media Working Group

• Collaboration from Laboratory Libraries

• Strategies to Support Laboratory Libraries

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New Technologies: OSTI Homepage www.osti.gov

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New Technologies: Tabbed Widgets

OSTI Widgets: http://www.osti.gov/widgets.html

Plain Search Box Widget

Customizable Tabbed Widgets

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Breakthroughs and Enhancements (Information Bridge)

FY09 Enhancements:

• Provides Free public access to more than 211,973 full-text DOE documents (last year 10/2008 188,139 full-text)

• Expanding in full text digitization efforts via multiple approaches (30,000-35,000 legacy documents were digitized as result of INIS microfiche digitization project)

• Search results:

– possible alternative spelling suggestions,

– clustering of authors and subjects,

– capacity to create Alerts on the fly,

– capability to export citations using Endnote or Zotero

• Web 2.0: Widgets and Share features added

• Spell check when using Basic Search: when a word is spelled incorrectly, offers options to the spelling used

• News features and ability to participate in Document Discussions

Future Enhancements:

• Web 2.0 capabilities

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Breakthroughs and Enhancements (Energy Citations Database)

FY09 Enhancements:

• Free public access to more than 2,629,847 citations with over 223,563 full-text DOE documents (last year 10/2008 2,351,671)

• Expanding in full text digitization efforts via multiple approaches (30,000-35,000 legacy documents were digitized as result of INIS microfiche digitization project)

• Search results: possible alternative spelling suggestions, clustering of authors and subjects, capacity to create Alerts on the fly, capability to export citations using Endnote or Zotero

• Web 2.0: Widgets and Share features added

• Adopt-A-Doc link though which individuals can sponsor digitization of DOE documents

• News features

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Breakthroughs and Enhancements (Science Research Connection)

FY09 Enhancements:

• 1,975 requests fulfilled for digitized full-text

• 808 registered users

• SRC was migrated to a new search engine during FY 09 – enabling faster search and retrieval results

Future Enhancements:

• Wideview - a tool for enhancing global discovery

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Breakthroughs and Enhancements (Energy Technology Data Exchange)

FY09 Enhancements:

• South Africa joined in November 2008.

• As of 30 July 2009, the database now provides users a choice of over a quarter of a million full text documents for free viewing and downloading in energy-related areas. These electronic documents are research reports, conference papers, and other energy-related publications that reside directly on the ETDEWEB server, typically in PDF format.

• ETDE's 250,000th full-text document is titled "What's driving energy efficient appliance label awareness and purchase propensity?" submitted by Germany.

• October 2009:

Total Bibliographic records available: 4,248,000

Total records with full text available: 262,000

Total records with Digital Object Identifier (DOI) links: 920,000

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Breakthroughs and Enhancements (DOE Data Explorer)

FY09 Enhancements:

• Nearly 400 collections of non-text information by end of FY09

• Web host (physical location) for each collection added for clarity (can be browsed or searched)

• Fields added to each record to clearly show which collections have specialized interfaces at the home source and which collections require user registration before access is granted.

• DDE now has its own search widget.

Future Enhancements:

• Exact phrase searching with quotes added to already existing word search (in production mid-November, 2009)

• Data Center crawl search will be released January, 2010

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Breakthroughs and Enhancements (Science Accelerator)

FY09 Enhancements:

• An array of new search and retrieval features and capabilities have been added to ScienceAccelerator.gov, providing new options for customizing the search experience:

– allows you to e-mail your search results

– offers the capability to export search results into your citation management software

– provides links to EurekAlert! Science News and Wikipedia information on your topic(s) of interest

– clusters results by related topics and/or by date in order to more easily target subsequent searches

– provides the capability to received Alerts about your selected topic(s)

Upcoming: Addition of DOE Data Explorer to the federated search

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Breakthroughs and Enhancements (Science.gov)

FY09 Changes:

• A major review of the subject categories was undertaken by the agencies. This was to bring terminology up to date (since launch in 2002) and add/subtract categories that may have changed significantly or subtly. Changes were implemented in September 2009.

• DOT joined Science.gov and is now a contributing member. The DOT Integrated Search was added to the deep web search.

• Additional databases added this year were USDA Food and Nutrition Center and EI A Publications.

Upcoming Enhancements and Changes (FY10):

• An aggregated RSS news feed, populated by the participating agencies is planned for this fall. This will likely be on the main page and provide a one stop for major science agency news feeds

• The Science.gov Internships and Fellowships section is very popular. It will be made more user friendly, and searchable, during the Fall/Winter.

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Breakthroughs and Enhancements (WorldWideScience.org)

FY09 Enhancements:

• Recent enhancements include the addition of Alerts and a quick share tool for use with social networking sites, clustering by Author and Publication, and increased speed and improved relevancy ranking.

• Continued growth - now covering over 400 million pages of STI from 61 databases/portals in more than 60 countries, representing over three-fourths of the world's population.

Upcoming Enhancements:

• Current research in multilingual translations technologies will enable searching of non-English databases, with planned incorporation into WWS in 2010.

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Digitization of DOE Report Collections

• Legacy Collection-Unclassified Vault contains 1.2 Million full-text scientific documents and approximately 400,000 microfiche. This represents the accumulated knowledge from DOE and predecessor agencies since the early 1940’s.

• Long-term plan to digitize entire collection-Funding is key limitation.

• 15% of legacy collection has been digitized.

• Establishment of partnerships (e.g. INIS) and other efforts (Adopt-A-Doc?) have been key to accelerate digitization efforts.

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Adopt-A-Doc? http://www.osti.gov/adoptAdoc/

• What?

– On-demand service—provides the option to sponsor digitization of full-text DOE technical reports making research broadly available

• When?

– Announced November 2008

• Result?

– Product has been well received

• How Many?

– 300,000+ full text reports available to digitize

– More than 30% of requests have been international

• Who?

Requests have originated from:

– United States

– Sweden

– South Africa

– Israel

– United Kingdom

– Australia

– Colombia

– Belgium

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OSTI Staff and Outreach

• Valerie Allen

– Immediate past Director of the Special Library Association’s (SLA) Government Information Division (Served two consecutive one year terms)

• Erin Anderson

– 2009 Membership Chair, Tennessee Valley Chapter (formerly Southern Appalachian Chapter) of SLA

– 2010 President-Elect, Tennessee Valley Chapter, SLA

• Tim Byrne

– 2009 Chair of the Depository Library Council for the Federal Depository Library Program

• Presentation at the Federal Depository Library Program Conference-October 2009

• Exhibit at the ALA Annual Conference-June 2010

• Presentation at the Tennessee Library Association’s Government Documents Roundtable-October 2009

• Support of the Office of Science Exhibit at AAAS 2010

• CENDI (longtime interagency collaboration)

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You asked – we answer:

• There was a comment that OSTI seemed to be going directly to the researchers to get information, bypassing the designated Lab contacts. There is interest in understanding OSTI’s strategy.

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DOE Researchers

• OSTI does not go directly to researchers—OSTI coordinates with each sites’ STI Manager.

• Information submitted to OSTI goes thru a sites’ process for E-link submission; whether it is document by document or an established harvesting protocol.

• Ways in which individual DOE researchers may interact with OSTI:

– They register for Science Research Connection

– They receive an email (i.e. referred to as Author Notification) providing them with a link to their report's) in DOE’s InfoBridge database

– Based on their expertise, they may be contacted at the direction of Headquarters regarding a special project

– Their personal webpage is identified as appropriate for the E-Print Network—does not take the place of formal STI submission

– Ad hoc requests initiated by researcher are referred back to the STI Manger at that researcher’s laboratory

YOU MAY ASK, “WHAT ABOUT STI FINDER?”

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STI Finder

STI FINDER DOES NOT INVOLVE DIRECT INTERACTION WITH RESEARCHERS

BACKGROUND:

• Initially developed to assist GPO in locating federal documents not found within their system.

• Later the STI Finder tool was used to assist an STI manager in identifying obscure STI posted bypassing their STI process.

• Later STI Finder was used to look at several DOE laboratories websites identifying a significant amount of STI throughout the Department that hadn’t been submitted to OSTI.

• Worked with the STI Manager, 800+ items were identified to be added to E-Link

• KEY POINT: STI Finder is designed to assist STI Managers in identifying STI documents that may be bypassing the lab’s STI process. OSTI does not intend to use the STI Finder tool as a replacement for routine or existing STI submission options.

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You asked – we answer:

• How does the New Media Working Group tie into OSTI’s strategy for the Laboratory Libraries?

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STIP: New Media Working Group

• Revision of DOE Order 241.1 will explicitly include data and multimedia as STI formats that need to be submitted to OSTI

• Resulting in the ability to make additional R&D results broadly available.

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You asked – we answer:

• Last year the focus of OSTI’s presentation was on what OSTI does for libraries. Is OSTI looking for more collaboration from the Laboratory Libraries?

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Is OSTI Looking for More Collaboration with Laboratory Libraries?

• Links to OSTI Products from the Laboratory Library’s Web Page

• Provide Promotional Material to DOE Researchers and Other Library Users

• Educate Library Users About OSTI Products as well as Use and Placement of OSTI Widgets

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You asked – we answer:

• What additional strategies can OSTI utilize to support Laboratory Libraries?

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Additional Strategies OSTI Can Use to Support Laboratory Libraries

• Use of Open URL

• Spotlight Laboratory Libraries-Highlighting Accomplishments from OSTI’s Homepage

• Provide On-Site Overview and Training for DOE Researchers Regarding OSTI Products/Services

• Any other ideas?

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Please Stay In Touch and Let Us Hear Your Comments…

Karen J. Spence spencek@osti.gov (Assistant Director for Information Systems)

Erin Anderson andersone@osti.gov (Library & University Outreach, Web 2.0, Widgets)

Webmaster OSTIWebmaster@osti.gov (OSTI Homepage Comments & Feedback)

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