Issue: 2020 - 6

So, we are already in June!

Summer is here and, luckily, we are moving gradually to more “normal” days. This month’s issue is devoted to archives, as June 04-08 is the International Archives Week. This year’s theme “Empowering Knowledge Societies” embraces Artificial Intelligence, Digital Preservation and Emerging Technologies.

International Archives Day Conference

KU Libraries International Archives Day Conference

Coinciding with the International Archives Week, we are hosting an online-conference on June 9th titled “Digital Transformations: Analyzing Archives from Multiple Aspects”. The event will be held through Zoom, bringing together people from different professions and introducing the various perspectives that the digitalization of archives encompasses. The three sessions will cover the role of education, the role of donation and archival practice and the role of users and legal aspects in digital transformation. Distinguished speakers will join from the US, the UK and Turkey, sharing their perspective on the archives world.

Take a look at the conference’s program and come join us!

COVID-19 Community Archive

COVID-19 Community Archive

Just like the whole world, KU community—faculty, students, administrators, staff, researchers – are experiencing a sudden, world-changing event: the COVID-19 outbreak and pandemic. That’s why we are launching a campus-wide project to encourage all of you to document your personal experiences during the coronavirus outbreak and contribute them to the University Archives.

Stay tuned for more details soon!

Meet Our Staff

Meet Our Staff!

The Reference Team: We have mentioned so many times about activities, services and projects being carried out by our Reference team. Time for you to meet (or refresh your memory) our Reference Librarians. In this issue we introduce to you two ladies.

Çiğdem Yıldırım Çiğdem Yıldırım
She has been working as a Senior Research Liaison & Reference Librarian at Suna Kıraç Library. She graduated from the department of Information Management and received her M.A degree on Istanbul Studies from Istanbul University. She serves Koç University members, particularly the College of Social Sciences, in the subjects of research support, e-resources, academic writing, open access publishing and research data, library trainings about reference management tools (Mendeley Advisor), Qualtrics Survey Platform (Advisor), bibliometric databases and altmetrics tools such as Web of Science, Scopus and SciVal. She also prepares research performance reports for the faculty members and researchers either individually or for groups or departments.

She is a member of the Library’s Open Access Team to help develop an Open Access policy, procedures and services for the community. Nowadays, she is working on the “Research Data Management” Project to be able to archive in the Koç University Institutional Repository (KUIR) the scholarly outputs and research datasets that belong to Koç University. She represents our university on research data studies in the sub-working group of “Turkey Research Data Task Force” under the Higher Education Council.

Naz Özkan Naz Özkan
She has been working as Reference and Outreach Librarian at Suna Kıraç Library since 2020. Previously, she was working as a Branch Librarian of Koç University’s Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations (ANAMED) and she acted as the representative of ANAMED Library in BiblioPera (Beyoğlu Research Centers Network) between 2016 - 2020. She graduated from the Department of History at Boğaziçi University. She likes teaching and she provides curriculum-based library instructions sessions for the College of Social Sciences on databases, SKL digital collections and libguides to help students navigate the best sources in specific subject areas and succeed in their research assignments.

Since February 2020, as a reference and outreach librarian of SKL, she has been organizing book exhibitions in different themes and she has been also teaching Academic writing LIB 101 trainings. In addition, she is responsible for the collection development process for the department of International Relations and the College of Social Sciences and Humanities (CSSH). She had created different types of Libguides for specific subjects such as Byzantine Constantinople, Archaeology, The Seljuks of Anatolia, Ancient Civilizations of Anatolia, Byzantine Art and Architecture. Last, she contributed to ANAMED Blog and SKL Blog pages with her blog writings on Byzantine History, Libguides and Fashion.

Research Data Management

“Research Data Management@Koç University” Libguide - NEW

Research data is the evidence that underpins answers to research questions, and which is necessary to validate research findings. Sharing and using research data can increase the impact, validity, reproducibility, efficiency, and transparency of scientific research.

The advancement of digital science thrives on the timely sharing and accessibility of digital data. Accordingly, the need for development of infrastructures and services that enable a systemic change of science practices to Open Science is now strongly advocated by both research and funding organizations.

Suna Kıraç Library has created a new libguide outlining the process of research data management, how to develop and share data management plans and FAIR data principles. Additionally, you can find information about the Koç University Open Science Policy and the Research Data Repository where you can deposit your research data since it provides a long-term, reliable archive that has been conducting by the Library since last year. For further reading about researh data management, please visit our new Libguide Research Data Management@Koç University.

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Summer Book Tender

Summer Book Tender

In case you haven’t done so yet, now it is the time to request publications (print or electronic) that you are interested in and they would make a good addition to our collection. Our 2nd book tender is on! Use the purchase request online form and send us your orders.

ANAMED Library Talk

ANAMED Library Talk

On June 2nd, dear Prof. Filiz Yenişehirlioğlu, director of VEKAM, along with prof. Billur Tekkok from Baskent University will engage the audience in a discussion about art: the Tekfur Palace Excavations and Museum Studies. The talk will be held remotely through Zoom and you can register here. The recordings of the previous talks (in Turkish) can be found in ANAMED Library’s SoundCloud account and a list of previous talks in ANAMED Library’s website.

ANAMED Library Podcasts

ANAMED Library Podcasts

ANAMED Library team initiated the “ANAMED Library Podcasts: Burada Konuşmak Serbest”, which intends to bring librarians, archivists and users together to discuss a variety of topics concerning the profession, research and curiosities. The aim of ANAMED Library Podcast is to share the developments, projects, innovations in the library and archives sector with more people. The podcast is open to anyone interested in library, archive and research. Follow us on Spotify.

Symposium on Philanthropy in Anatolia through the Ages

Symposium on Philanthropy in Anatolia through the Ages

The Symposium on Philanthropy in Anatolia through the Ages was organized jointly by three research centers of Koç University, namely the Suna & İnan Kıraç Research Center for Mediterranean Civilizations (AKMED), the Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations (ANAMED), and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Center for Late Antique and Byzantine Studies (GABAM). The symposium was held in Antalya between March 26-29, 2019 in the framework of the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Vehbi Koç Foundation.

The papers in this volume which are part of a growing body of research on philanthropy, were gathered in a tribute to its significant philanthropic achievements in Turkey. You can now view the exhibition’s online catalog.

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