Archive for March, 2009

Paying for Open Access Publication Charges: Guidance for Higher Education and Research Institutions, Publishers and Authors

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on March 31st, 2009

The Research Information Network has released Paying for Open Access Publication Charges: Guidance for Higher Education and Research Institutions, Publishers and Authors

Here's an excerpt:

This document provides advice and guidance on the arrangements for paying open access publication fees: that is, fees levied by some journals for the publication of scholarly articles so that they can be made available free of charge to readers, immediately upon publication. The guidance is directed to UK HEIs and other research institutions, to research funders, to publishers, and to authors. It is the practical outcome from a working group established by UUK and the RIN. It presents the advice from representatives of the library, publishing and research administrator communities on the practical issues to be addressed in establishing coordinated and strategic approaches to the payment of publication fees.

Library IT Jobs: Electronic Resources and Systems Librarian at Columbus State University

Posted in Library IT Jobs on March 31st, 2009

The Columbus State University Libraries are recruiting an Electronic Resources and Systems Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Columbus State University Libraries is seeking a knowledgeable, enthusiastic, service-oriented individual to serve as electronic resources and systems librarian. Duties focus on oversight of the libraries' computer technology environment and include providing advice, guidance and information on library computer technology needs; computer troubleshooting within the libraries; administering the library management system (Voyager); maintenance of the libraries' web site; handling of licensing, installation and implementation of electronic resources, and training of library faculty and others in the use of same; and compilation of statistics.

RIN Briefing Note: Scholarly Books and Journals at Risk: Responding to the Challenges of a Changing Economy

Posted in Publishing, Research Libraries, Scholarly Books, Scholarly Journals, Serials Crisis on March 31st, 2009

The Research Information Network has released Scholarly Books and Journals at Risk: Responding to the Challenges of a Changing Economy

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

The current economic difficulties across the globe bring serious risks to scholarly books and journals. In the UK, the recent dramatic fall in the value of sterling has seriously damaged university library purchasing budgets.

This briefing note aims to inform and motivate all key stakeholders—universities, funding bodies, researchers, librarians, and publishers—to work together to find creative, practical and sustainable solutions to this serious (and unforeseen) challenge to the vitality of the UK’s research base.

DPE Briefing Paper: The Myths and Fallacies of Digital Photographs and Their Preservation

Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on March 31st, 2009

DigitalPreservationEurope has released The Myths and Fallacies of Digital Photographs and Their Preservation

Here's an excerpt:

Digital photographs offer fasciniating new possibilities and seem to be easier to store and preserve for the future than their analog counterpart, promising incredibly valuable, massive photo archives available at your fingertips. However, securely storing massive amounts of data, as well as ensuring that the file formats produced by professional cameras can be read in the near and longterm future, is a significant endeavour. This briefing paper reviews some of the core challenges in preserving digital photographs to make sure that the value of a digital photo archive remains and grows for the benefit of the photographer.

E-Journals: Their Use, Value and Impact

Posted in E-Journals, Scholarly Communication, Scholarly Journals, Scholarly Metrics on March 31st, 2009

The Research Information Network has released E-Journals: Their Use, Value and Impact.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

The report was undertaken by the Centre for Information Behaviour and the Evaluation of Research (CIBER) at University College London for the RIN to provide a detailed analysis of how academic researchers in the UK have responded to the provision of e-journals, and how this has shaped their information seeking behaviour and their usage of e-journals. The project looked at:

  • investigating researchers behaviour: looking at levels and patterns of use, the content viewed and how they navigate to it
  • finding out how researchers' behaviours may vary by subjects and disciplines, and the type of university they study at
  • gathering and analysing evidence of relationships between researchers' behaviour and institutional spending on e-journals, and
  • gathering and analysing evidence of relations between researchers' behaviour and research productivity, outputs, including number of publications produced, citations attracted and the results of research evaluation.

Library IT Jobs: Head of Library Systems and Information Transfer Services

Posted in Library IT Jobs on March 31st, 2009

Muhlenberg College's Trexler Library is recruiting a Head of Library Systems and Information Transfer Services.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Muhlenberg College, Trexler Library is seeking a dynamic manager for the LSITS team providing services for access, linking, and automation services. A Master's degree from an ALA-accredited program OR Master's degree in an appropriate computer and information science field, and four years of professional systems (III Millennium preferred) experience in an academic library, or equivalent, required. Experience managing personnel, and providing direct automation and web design services is crucial to success. Knowledge of library functions, product integration, industry standards, and policy planning development is essential.

“Using OAI-ORE to Transform Digital Repositories into Interoperable Storage and Services Applications”

Posted in Digital Repositories, Institutional Repositories, OAI-ORE on March 31st, 2009

The latest issue of The Code4Lib Journal includes "Using OAI-ORE to Transform Digital Repositories into Interoperable Storage and Services Applications."

Here's an excerpt:

In the digital age libraries are required to manage large numbers of diverse objects. One advantage of digital objects over fixed physical objects is the flexibility of ‘binding’ them into publications or other useful aggregated intellectual entities while retaining the ability to reuse them independently in other contexts. An emerging framework for managing flexible aggregations of digital objects is provided by the Open Archives Initiative (OAI) with its work on Object Reuse and Exchange (ORE). This paper will show how OAI-ORE is being used to manage content in digital repositories, in particular institutional repositories, and has the potential ultimately to transform the conception of digital repositories.

Special Issue of Library Trends on Institutional Repositories

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Digital Repositories, Institutional Repositories, Metadata on March 30th, 2009

The latest issue of Library Trends (57, no. 2, Fall 2008) is about institutional repositories.

Here are the articles (links are to article preprints):

  • "Introduction: Institutional Repositories: Current State and Future"
  • "Innkeeper at the Roach Motel"
  • "Institutional Repositories in the UK: The JISC Approach"
  • "Strategies for Institutional Repository Development: A Case Study of Three Evolving Initiatives"
  • "Perceptions and Experiences of Staff in the Planning and Implementation of Institutional Repositories"
  • "Institutional Repositories and Research Data Curation in a Distributed Environment"
  • "At the Watershed: Preparing for Research Data Management and Stewardship at the University of Minnesota Libraries"
  • "Case Study in Data Curation at Johns Hopkins University"
  • "Describing Scholarly Works with Dublin Core: A Functional Approach"
  • "The 'Wealth of Networks' and Institutional Repositories: MIT, DSpace, and the Future of the Scholarly Commons"
  • "Leveraging Short-term Opportunities to Address Long-term Obligations: A Perspective on Institutional Repositories and Digital Preservation Programs"
  • "Shedding Light on the Dark Data in the Long Tail of Science"

Digital Library Jobs: Systems Analyst at Kingston University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on March 30th, 2009

Kingston University Information Services is recruiting a Systems Analyst.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Infrastructure Team is seeking an additional Systems Analyst to assist with the management of existing services (particularly Linux/Unix) and to take responsibility for the technical development of new services, specifically our E-Prints Research Repository and our Federated Access solutions based on Shibboleth. You will be an excellent communicator, liaising with colleagues both across Kingston University as well as with external organisations.

Carolina Digital Library and Archives Fall-Winter 08/09 Newsletter

Posted in ARL Libraries, Digital Archives and Special Collections, Digitization on March 30th, 2009

The Carolina Digital Library and Archives at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Library has sent its Carolina Digital Library and Archives Fall-Winter 08/09 Newsletter out as an e-mail message on the DIGLIB list. It is not possible to directly link to this message; however, you can access the DIGLIB archive, and, after clicking the "I am not a spammer button," find the message "CDLA's Fall-Winter 08/09 Newsletter announcement."

Here's an excerpt:


Carolina Digital Library and Archives ( is the UNC Library's major new department established to improve Web access to the Library's rich collections and to help faculty with new digital projects, services, and tools, with the common goal of advancing scholarship. Among major highlights of our first year are establishment of three new units—the Digital Publishing Group, which includes the award-winning digital publishing program Documenting the American South (DocSouth); the Digital Production Center; and the Research and Development Group–as well as investigation of opportunities in large-scale digitization and implementation of the Scribe program. Most importantly, from our perspective, is that the initial organizational and technological infrastructure was built which now provides increasing digital support to UNC faculty, the Library, and other cultural institutions in North Carolina. We plan to keep friends informed about new digital collections, services, and opportunities through this newsletter, our renovated Web site (coming this spring), and other channels.

“Repository Software Survey, March 2009”

Posted in Digital Commons, Digital Repositories, DSpace, EPrints, Fedora, Institutional Repositories on March 30th, 2009

The Repositories Support Project has released the "Repository Software Survey, March 2009," which analyzes the CONTENTdm, Digital Commons, DigiTool, DSpace, EPrints, EQUELLA, Fedora, intraLibrary, Research-Output Repository Platform, Open Repository, and VITAL digital repository systems.

Library IT Jobs: Systems Librarian/Technologist at Union Institute & University

Posted in Library IT Jobs on March 30th, 2009

The Union Institute & University Gary Library is recruiting a Systems Librarian/Technologist.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Union Institute & University, a national university for adult learners offering programs of study leading to bachelor’s, master's and doctoral degrees is seeking an experienced individual for a combination Systems Librarian / Technologist position vacancy at its Montpelier Vermont academic center. Primary responsibilities include management and maintenance of library automation technologies, including proxy server, EOS integrated library system, research database web links, link resolver tools, and other electronic resources and utilities. This person will also share in the design and maintenance of the library website and will troubleshoot library software and network/server problems. S/he will work to bring new technologies to library users and will provide training in same. S/he will also serve as our university’s Computer Services staff liaison for its three Vermont academic centers by maintaining/updating computer lab pcs, staff and faculty office pcs, and related office productivity equipment.

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