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Open Access Tenure: Out of My Hands Briefly

Posted November 30, 2015 By Abigail Goben

And with a link to a Box folder, the dossier is turned in once more. I have no more deadlines to meet for my 5Y year and that feels a little odd. Very nice–absolutely–but odd.

I’ve again made most of my dossier public, if you’d like to read or review any of it.

What is included:

  • my CV (always public, see the link to the live version on my About Me page)
  • a list of annotated publications and their impact (note the Altmetrics!)
  • my statements
  • my librarianship accomplishments (the things that comprise my day job)
  • the campus forms (teaching evals, lists of committees, etc)

What isn’t there:

  • a folder of PDFs of all of my published work. It’s all open, save one book chapter, but the committee requests PDFs of everything so each committee member need not go chasing it down.
  • research in draft– I’ve got some book chapters sitting with editors and a couple of papers underway. Anything submitted, P&T got a PDF, anything underway they got a one page summary.
  • anything written by anyone else. We don’t have/recruit external letters of support, so I don’t have those. My peer teaching evaluation and my evaluation of librarianship are written by colleagues here and while I have a copy, it is strongly preferred that I don’t post those externally.

So now you’re done, right?  If I had a dollar for each time on this question, my student loan balance would be a lot lower.

Not yet, though I am at something of a brief pause.  On January 28, the University Library Promotion and Tenure Committee will vote on my dossier. I’ll meet with my Dean a few weeks after that (calendar tetris, woohoo!) to discuss the outcome of the vote. That vote is the faculty’s confidence in whether I should be submitted for external review.**

Then my Paperwork person will spend the rest of spring with me fluffing things, sending out any more papers I can get finished and accepted, and the Library trying to identify who they’d like as my external reviewers–who will then have the summer to read my research and comment on it.  AFAIK, they get that folder of PDFs, my CV, and my research statement. Nothing else.

The letters come back in the fall and then on November 4 is the final internal vote (4 internal votes altogether). It’s the 5.5 vote, if you will, and is the last make or break before sending my dossier to campus. Then some further formatting etc etc etc and somewhere around the first of January 2017 my dean will send my dossier to campus for a vote by the University Promotion and Tenure Committee in February 2017.

Head spinning yet? Me too.

But today, it’s out of my hands. I might get a question or two from the committee but I don’t need to wallow over anything for a few weeks, just forward any particularly interesting updates to my paperwork person as she prepares to present my case. Now I just get to focus on writing the two papers I’ve been neglecting and a to-do list that keeps threatening to drown me.


**If I fail that or any other votes, I’ll get a one year terminal contract starting with the next academic year (Aug 2016 or 2017) and I’ll be actively job hunting. 



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NaNoReMo (Read)

Posted November 1, 2015 By Abigail Goben

November somehow is upon us and, having survived the majority of the fall semester, we’re headed into the home stretch. I’ve been working a lot of tenure paperwork and all of that goes in at the end of the month, more about that separately.

I have, several times, considered attempting to write a novel during NaNoWriMo. A few times I’ve tackled different writing things, most of which have not stuck. And I don’t see a particular point in making you all read a blog post every day, so NaNoBloMo is out.  The idea of getting a sweater done in the next couple of weeks is appealing–NaNoSweMo is certainly a thing on Ravelry, but I mentioned that tenure deadline.

So instead the plan is to do a little reading.

I have a To-Read folder in Box. It’s the equivalent of the piles that used to build up on my desk and it is no doubt all the more towering for being electronic. Currently it sits at 266 files and 585 MB.  There are two complete books, which adds to the file size, but mostly they are articles gathered from here and there.

My goal is to read 30 articles from that folder. Ideally, that will be one per day but I’m sure there will be a few days that I’ll need to play catch up or perhaps I’ll feel particularly ambitious and read two–one on the way to work and one on the way home. I saved these articles with good intentions and adding that knowledge into my brain, or at least getting through them and deleting should be a good thing.

I will try to do a summary or a batch list of citations or whatnot as I’m working on this and maybe once a week post what I have been reading in case you’re interested in playing along.

I’m also planning to get back to daily journal writing (good for the head and heart), tackle my Christmas knitting, finish my tenure dossier, and get the half dozen manuscripts in various stages moved much further along.

You know, the usual things.


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ALA Annual: Spot the Hedgehog

Posted June 25, 2015 By Abigail Goben

I’m flying out to San Francisco tomorrow and I’ll be there until Tuesday morning.  The Philosopher is holding down the fort at Chez Hedgehog and is on feline-feeding-and-spoiling-duty full time until I get home.  I’m sure my side of the bed will be extra full of cat fur by the time I get back.

If you’re looking for me…

Saturday morning– I’ll be at the LITA All Chairs Meeting and then the LITA All Committees Meeting. Look for the hat that I hopefully remembered to shove in my suitcase. (It’s green, trust me, you can’t miss it.)

Saturday afternoon — I’ll be speaking at the SPARC/ ACRL OA Panel. I’m so excited about this! I hope many people come.

Sunday afternoon — I’ll be at the President’s Program and then LITA Happy Hour.  Those are always excellent events, Midwinter in January saw me jumping up and down in a circle with glee.  Cindi Trainor can attest.

Monday morning — STS has a poster session that I want to make a pass through

Monday afternoon– I’m on the STS field trip to PLOS. Registration is closed but it’s going to be SO COOL.

I’m packing a boatload of knitting, so if I’m not running around like a chicken I’ll probably be tucked in a corner with some wool.  Please come and say hello and let me know if you have any tenure questions I can answer–always happy to try and give insight.

Open Access Tenure: Start the Checklists

Posted June 23, 2015 By Abigail Goben

I had a call with my new P&T paperwork mentor today. Depending on how you count, I’m on either my 3rd or 4th one, but one was only assigned to me for about 2 weeks so I think 3 is the number we’ll go with.

What does my P&T paperwork person do? Gives me deadlines mostly. They are assigned by the P&T committee to oversee the dossier preparation process and make sure that the files and forms are all completed and the t’s crossed and i’s dotted. This is in addition to my research mentor, who tries to keep my writing focused and me from losing my mind.

It’s a little easier this time, I’ve done the full dossier once and so I only have about 24 months of material to add on at this point. And I have two annual reviews to add to my 3Y documentation, which will hopefully trigger memories of what I’ve been doing.

So we’re on target to meet every two weeks until my 5Y paperwork goes in. I have my first assignment. The plan, I’m told, is to focus on one major piece at a time. And also she gets to sort out all of the strange questions I have–today’s was “I have had someone offer to write me a letter of recommendation, to whom should they address it (the Dean?) and to whom should they send it and by when?”  Letters aren’t a requirement for our dossiers but I’m told they certainly aren’t a bad thing.

Over the fourth of July weekend I’ll be updating my “list of accomplishments” –a bullet point list of all the major projects I’ve tackled, things I’m most proud of, and the shiniest sequins I’ve sprinkled around the place.  Right now I’ll make it as comprehensive as possible, we can always whittle it down.

I’m pleased to have someone else watching the deadlines for me. It’s just too easy to let my own work go to the bottom of the pile when emails are pouring in, meetings never seem to stop, and the only time I’ve had off recently was a couple of days where something of the sinus/chest persuasion meant I slept and coughed and not much else. Give me a deadline and I might not sleep the night before, but at least a draft will get done and we can work with that.

December 1 is coming awfully fast.

Open Access Tenure: Speak All the Words

Posted June 2, 2015 By Abigail Goben

I’m speaking a lot over the course of 30 days, in different locations and on different topics. I’m excited about all of them, though with everyday lots-of-work-to-do and a couple of writing deadlines and impending tenure stuff and I do find myself in front of the computer until wee hours most nights. It’s going to mean a June that doesn’t have a lot of lazy evenings strolling along Lake Michigan with the Philosopher, though we’re both hoping for a few of those in July after I get through these things and he finishes a work building move. Of course, that would require the weather to comply and warm up past 60 degrees midday…

So, where and when can you see me?

Oops, already past…

Last Friday I was at Northwestern for a meeting of the Chicago/Illinois Academic Library Marketing Group.  (Abby, is that the right title?)  Our topic for the day was outreach to faculty. I spoke about the challenges of working with health science faculty, which included their multiple foci (clinic, research, and education), time, not being sure what to do with a librarian and also the opportunities: very much need research data management support, assisting in meeting meaningful use, systematic reviews, and teaching evidence based practice. My top tips?  Remind users that interfaces change and that while they may not be in a database everyday, I am more likely to have been and I know where things are now that they’ve moved. (“It’s changed…”)  Also, facilitate serendipity.  Faculty and students who will never clutter up my inbox or walk over to my building will sidle over with a quick question if they see me in the hallway.

Coming up next?

I’ll be at IASSIST this Thursday for one day and one day only! I’m doing a turn around to Minneapolis to give a Pecha Kucha on my research with Kristin Briney and Lisa Zilinski about institutional research data policy.   I’m leaving as soon as the session is done (possibly sooner depending on how long it takes me to get from the airport to campus) so please catch me in the morning or early afternoon to say hi!

In two weeks, I’ve been invited to be part of a group at Purdue looking at barriers for researchers to research data management. I’ve got a general description of plans, a hotel room booked, and ALL THE IDEAS.  It should be a wonderful couple of days of conversation and at least one of the outputs should be a white paper.

Finally, I’ll be at ALA in San Francisco at the end of the month.  I’ve got a fair amount of LITA stuff as per usual and I have a rather exciting panel to sit on. I’ve been invited to speak for the SPARC and ACRL Forum on “Advancing ‘Open’ through Library Partnerships with Students and Early Career Researchers”  Specifically, I’ll be speaking about librarians as early career researchers and my open access tenure commitment. I had an initial meeting with the panel last week and it’s going to be a really excellent session, so I hope that you’ll join me at 3 p.m. on Saturday in San Francisco.

And that’s my June, along with finishing two book chapters by July 1, starting Paper 2 with Lisa and Kristin, and tackling some other research that’s been floating around for too long.