Association of Research Libraries
Research Library Issues 291 2017
First-Year (2016) Projects
Project ideas for the first year were taken from the suggestions made
at the open meeting (referenced above). Project team members
were recruited from the library at large. The SCWG undertook
two projects for 2016: promote ORCID (Open Researcher and
Contributor ID) adoption, use, and integration on the Cornell
campus; and promote effective author rights management.
ORCID iDs are unique identifiers for researchers, and provide a
simple and standardized way to unambiguously link authors to their
publications.4 The library has a natural and long-standing interest in
supporting authority control as well as facilitating the flow of information
about Cornell scholarship between Scholars@Cornell5 (a Cornell-
developed web application, with a core built upon VIVO,6 that pulls
together work by Cornell faculty and researchers) and other systems,
such as those used for faculty reporting. The project’s two primary goals
were to promote adoption of ORCID iDs by Cornell researchers, and
to provide staff with the skills they would need to support new ORCID
users. The team did this by hosting multiple in-person and online training
sessions, presenting in various staff forums (such as the library-wide
Reference and Outreach forum), publishing a blog post7 that explained
the value of ORCID, hosting an open question-and-answer “brown bag,”
and developing information and outreach resources (a library guide8 and
print materials for distribution by liaisons and at service points). As of
March 31, 2017, the library guide had close to 1,500 views, documenting
impressive use within a span of several months. Library liaisons
presented on ORCID in faculty meetings, helped faculty and staff with
their ORCID records one-on-one, shared information about ORCID with
their departments via e-mail, and included ORCID as a topic in various
workshop and instruction sessions aimed primarily at graduate students.
The ORCID team also aimed to facilitate authorization of Cornell as
a “trusted party” by researchers, and investigated opportunities for
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