It’s been a while since we’ve blogged about ScholarSphere activities – but not for any lack of them! The service team has been incredibly busy since the release of ScholarSphere 1.0. Developers, especially, are coding away on ScholarSphere 2.0, for release this fall, when we will unveil – TADA! – a fabulous new user interface. In other words, we’ve been “ScholarSphering”! Below is what’s been happening of late.
ScholarSphere Collaborates with Zotero!
- Ever wanted to deposit to ScholarSphere via Zotero, the open-source citation management tool? This grant project will facilitate such integration. Read all about it!
- Ellysa Cahoy (Education Librarian at Penn State) developed the grant, in collaboration with Sean Takats (Associate Professor of History and Director of Research Projects at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media).
ScholarSphere 2.0 and the ScholarSphere Users Group
- In spring 2014 we launched the ScholarSphere Users Group (SUG), consisting of teaching faculty, librarians, and library staff. The SUG is one of the engines driving the 2.0 release!
- This is a lightweight commitment, since SUG interactions take place mainly in Yammer.
- Here’s our process:
- Michael Tribone, UI/UX designer, posts user interface designs to Yammer.
- SUG members offer feedback, generating ideas for improvements.
- A revised design goes up, and additional responses are gathered.
- Rinse. Repeat.
- We do a quick poll to decide on a design, and, once decided, it’s becomes the design for implementation.
- The service team will be conducting user interviews with a few SUG members in summer 2014, to help us get a fuller sense of what the UX needs to be like for researchers, what tools they currently use, and how ScholarSphere fits, or could fit, into that workflow.
- Interested in being an SUG member? Request to join our group in Yammer!
- Watch for a future blog post that will tell more about the SUG, its members, and its activities.
A Gentle Reminder of these Key Features in ScholarSphere
- Create sets, groups, or collections of files
- This has been a boon for collecting student scholarship and for showcasing particular types of research. The Penn State Hershey Medical Center Nursing research collection is a great example.
- Get large files (> 500MB) into ScholarSphere via Dropbox
- Allow you to give permission to others to deposit files on their behalf
- Enable you to transfer ownership of files (perhaps after you’ve give permission for another person to deposit those files)
Next blog post: On promoting and marketing ScholarSphere