Archive for November, 2008

Blogging Break

Posted in Announcements on November 24th, 2008

DigitalKoans postings will resume on 12/3/08.

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    NetLibrary UK Library Survey Shows Strong Interest in Increasing E-Book Holdings

    Posted in E-Books, OCLC on November 24th, 2008

    A survey of 300 UK libraries by NetLibrary indicates that three-fourths of academic libraries and half of public libraries plan to increase e-book holdings next year.

    Here's an excerpt from the press release:

    A massive 85% of public Libraries responding to the survey indicated that they were most interested in developing fiction eBook collections despite recent research that suggests eBooks are most often used for reference purposes. Possibly this trend is being fuelled by the growth in take up and availability of eBook reading devices among public library users such as Amazon’s Kindle and Sony’s Reader. . . .

    Of the academic libraries who responded to the survey, half indicated that their use of eBooks was to support their core reading lists in various subject areas—the main ones being Business/Management (13%), Medicine/Health (9%) Education (6%) and Engineering (5%).

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      Europeana Digital Library Gets 10 Million Hits Per Hour, Crashes

      Posted in Digital Archives and Special Collections, Digital Libraries on November 24th, 2008

      Europeana, Europe's digital library, museum and archive, crashed after launch under a tsunami of hits, which reached 10 million per hour.

      Read more about it at "Europeana Website Killed on 1st day by Interest of Millions of Users" and "New European Online Library Crashes under Weight of Interest."

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        Digital Video: Future of the Book: Can the Endangered Monograph Survive?

        Posted in Publishing, Scholarly Books on November 22nd, 2008

        The Columbia University Libraries' Scholarly Communication Program has released "Future of the Book: Can the Endangered Monograph Survive?," a digital video of the meeting of the same name. (Thanks to Adrian K. Ho of Digital & Scholarly: News about Research and Scholarship in the Digital Age.)

        Here's the abstract:

        Panelists Helen Tartar, Editorial Director at Fordham University Press; Sanford Thatcher, Director of Penn State University Press and past President of the Association of American University Presses; and Ree DeDonato, Director of Humanities and History and Acting Director of Union Theological Seminary's Burke Library of Columbia University Libraries/Information Services discuss the economics and process of scholarly publishing and the future of the monograph. Columbia's Deputy University Librarian and Associate Vice President for Digital Programs and Technology Services Patricia Renfro introduces the panel, which is followed by a question-and-answer session.

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          Report from the Enhancing Repositories for the Next Generation of Academics IMLS Grant Project

          Posted in Digital Repositories, Institutional Repositories on November 22nd, 2008

          The University of Rochester's River Campus Libraries' IMLS-funded Enhancing Repositories for the Next Generation of Academics grant project has released "The Next Generation of Academics: A Report on a Study Conducted at the University of Rochester."

          Here's the abstract:

          This document reports on the user research portion of "Enhancing Repositories for the Next Generation of Academics" (IMLS Grant No. LG-06-06-0051). We conducted user research from December 2006 through March 2008 to support development of a suite of authoring tools to be integrated into an institutional repository. Our understanding of the work practices of graduate students enabled us to design the authoring tools to meet their needs for individual and collaborative writing and to make it easy for them to move completed documents from the authoring system into the repository.

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            Sandy Thatcher, Director of the Penn State University Press, to Retire

            Posted in Publishing, University Presses on November 21st, 2008

            Sandy Thatcher, prolific author and vocal advocate for university presses, will retire from his position as Director of the Penn State University Press. The Press has posted an ad for his position, and Tony Sanfilippo has written a tribute posting on the Are You Loving Publishing Today? blog. Sanfilippo's posting says: "Sandy won't be leaving until sometime next year, and he’s likely to continue to freelance as an acquisitions editor after that."

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              JISC-PoWR Releases Preservation of Web Resources Handbook

              Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on November 21st, 2008

              JISC-PoWR has released the Preservation of Web Resources Handbook.

              Here's an excerpt:

              The Handbook is structured in two parts. The first part deals with web resources and makes practical suggestions for their management, capture, selection, appraisal and preservation. It includes observations on web content management systems, and a list of available tools for performing web capture. It concludes with a discussion of Web 2.0 issues, and a range of related case studies. The second part is more focussed on web resources within an Institution. It offers advice about institutional drivers and policies for web archiving, along with suggestions for effecting a change within an organisation; one such approach is the adoption of Information Lifecycle Management. There are separate Appendices covering Legal guidance (written by Jordan Hatcher) and records management.

              The Handbook also contains a bibliography and a glossary of terms. The Handbook is aimed at an audience of information managers, asset managers, webmasters, IT specialists, system administrators, records managers, and archivists.

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                Draft Creative Commons Licences—Briefing Paper Available

                Posted in Copyright, Creative Commons/Open Licenses on November 20th, 2008

                Naomi Korn and Professor Charles Oppenheim have written a draft Creative Commons Licences—Briefing Paper for inclusion in the upcoming Strategic Content Alliance IPR Toolkit, a collection of documents about intellectual property rights (JISC funds the SCA). The document explains Creative Commons Licenses, and it examines their pros and cons.

                The document, as well as other IPR Toolkit drafts, are now available.

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