Archive for November, 2009

Armbruster and Romary Compare Four Repository Types

Posted in Digital Repositories, Disciplinary Archives, Institutional Repositories on November 30th, 2009

Chris Armbruster and Laurent Romary have self-archived "Comparing Repository Types: Challenges and Barriers for Subject-Based Repositories, Research Repositories, National Repository Systems and Institutional Repositories in Serving Scholarly Communication" in SSRN.

Here's an excerpt:

Four types of publication repository may be distinguished, namely the subject-based repository, research repository, national repository system and institutional repository.

Two important shifts in the role of repositories may be noted. With regard to content, a well-defined and high quality corpus is essential. This implies that repository services are likely to be most successful when constructed with the user and reader uppermost in mind. With regard to service, high value to specific scholarly communities is essential. This implies that repositories are likely to be most useful to scholars when they offer dedicated services supporting the production of new knowledge.

Along these lines, challenges and barriers to repository development may be identified in three key dimensions: a) identification and deposit of content; b) access and use of services; and c) preservation of content and sustainability of service. An indicative comparison of challenges and barriers in some major world regions such as Europe, North America and East Asia plus Australia is offered in conclusion.

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    Cornell's DigitalCommons@ILR Nears 2 Million Downloads

    Posted in Digital Commons, Digital Repositories, Institutional Repositories on November 30th, 2009

    Cornell's DigitalCommons@ILR repository, which serves the ILR School (also known as the School of Industrial and Labor Relations), has had nearly two million downloads and contains close to 10,000 documents.

    Here's an excerpt from the press release:

    Featuring the scholarship of ILR faculty and researchers, DigitalCommons@ILR also contains workplace-related collections selected by Catherwood staff. Collection items include collective bargaining agreements, records of Congressional commissions and archives of labor and globalization-related web sites. . . .

    The most downloaded items in the repository include works by ILR faculty, archived issues of the ILR Review and reports from the Congressional Research Service.

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      Presentations from the DSpace User Group Meeting 2009

      Posted in Digital Repositories, DSpace, Institutional Repositories on November 30th, 2009

      Presentations and other materials from the DSpace User Group Meeting 2009 are now available.

      Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

      Over 90 participants from 20 different countries attended the fall DSUG 2009 meeting. In addition to the European community, DSpace users from the United States, Brazil, New Zealand and Singapore were in attendance. Copies of the presentations and video recordings are now available for most of the sessions.

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        CMAJ to Cease Being an Open Access Journal in January 2010

        Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on November 30th, 2009

        CMAJ, which has been an open access journal since 1995, will cease being so in January 2010, when some content will be restricted to subscribers.

        Here's an excerpt from the "No Longer Free for All":

        The harsh economic reality is that CMAJ, like many others in the publishing industry, has experienced a considerable decline in advertising revenue over the past two years. This loss necessitated an extensive examination of other business models to adequately address today’s economic challenges.

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          University of Guelph's School of Environmental Sciences Adopts Open Access Policy

          Posted in Open Access on November 29th, 2009

          The University of Guelph's School of Environmental Sciences has adopted an open access policy.

          Here's an excerpt from the policy:

          Researchers in the School of Environmental Sciences commit to making the best possible effort to publish in venues providing unrestricted public access to their works. They will endeavour to secure the right to self-archive their published materials, and will deposit these works in the Atrium.

          The School of Environmental Sciences grants the University of Guelph Library the non-exclusive right to make their scholarly publications accessible through self-archiving in the Atrium institutional repository subject to copyright restrictions. . . .

          This policy applies to all appropriate scholarly and professional work produced as a member of the School of Environmental Sciences produced as of the date of the adoption of this policy. Retrospective deposit is encouraged. Co-authored works should be included with the permission of the other author(s). . . .

          Works should be deposited in the Atrium as soon as is possible, recognizing that some publishers may impose an embargo period.

          This policy is effective as of 11/05/2009 and will be assessed a year after implementation.

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            Head, Resource Sharing and Repository Services at University of Maryland Baltimore

            Posted in Digital Library Jobs on November 29th, 2009

            The Health Sciences & Human Services Library at the University of Maryland Baltimore is recruiting a Head, Resource Sharing and Repository Services

            Here's an excerpt from the ad:

            This faculty librarian plans, directs and leads the resource sharing services units: borrowing, lending, and document delivery in the Resources Division. He/she participates in establishing, implementing and monitoring goals, tasks, policies, procedures and services relating to the library's resources and their delivery, oversees the department's staff of library technicians, coordinates the department's statistics/reports management and participates in strategic planning for the division. The Head, Resource Sharing and Repository Services reports directly to the Associate Director for Resources.

            She/he serves as project manager for the institutional repository services to be offered to the campus by the library. The repository will promote the university's mission by applying state of the art technology to organize and present the intellectual work of the campus's scholarly community.

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              A Guide for the Perplexed Part III: The Amended Settlement Agreement

              Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars, E-Books, Google and Other Search Engines, Mass Digitizaton, Publishing on November 29th, 2009

              The American Library Association, the Association of Research Libraries, and the Association of College and Research Libraries have released A Guide for the Perplexed Part III: The Amended Settlement Agreement.

              Here's an excerpt from the press release:

              The guide describes the major changes in the amended settlement agreement (ASA), submitted to the Court by Google, the Authors Guild, and the Association of American Publishers on November 13, 2009, with emphasis on those changes relevant to libraries.

              While many of the amendments will have little direct impact on libraries, the ASA significantly reduces the scope of the settlement because it excludes most books published outside of the United States. In addition, the ASA provides the Book Rights Registry the authority to increase the number of free public access terminals in public libraries that had initially been set at one per library building, among other changes.

              Looking ahead, the Court has accepted the parties’ recommended schedule and set January 28, 2010, as the deadline for class members to opt out of the ASA or to file objections, and February 4, 2010, as the deadline for the Department of Justice to file its comments. The Court will hold the fairness hearing on February 18, 2010.

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                Shared OpenURL Data Infrastructure Investigation: Final Report

                Posted in Linking, Linked Data, and Semantic Web, Metadata on November 29th, 2009

                JISC has released the Shared OpenURL Data Infrastructure Investigation: Final Report.

                Here's an excerpt:

                The project team set out to gain a good understanding of the technical, legal, and administrative challenges and opportunities related to sharing and using OpenURL link server data and to assess the relative and complementary value of data from the OpenURL router and from OpenURL resolvers within institutions by gathering and inspecting those data. We also sought to explore potential uses of these data through consultation and through manipulating the sample data available. Our conclusions are organised by four themes: (1) the level of interest and viability of services based on aggregated OpenURL data; (2) libraries' willingness to share data; (3) the availability of OpenURL resolver usage data; and (4) the value of the OpenURL Router as a source of data on which useful services may be built.

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                  Harold B. Lee Library and Instructional Psychology and Technology Department at BYU Adopt Open Access Policies

                  Posted in ARL Libraries, Open Access on November 29th, 2009

                  David Wiley, Associate Professor of Instructional Psychology and Technology at Brigham Young University, reports in the Iterating toward Openness blog that faculty in the Harold B. Lee Library and the Instructional Psychology and Technology Department at BYU adopted open access policies in November.

                  Here's the Instructional Psychology and Technology Department policy from the post, which was based on the library policy:

                  The faculty of the Instructional Psychology and Technology Department adopts the following policy:

                  Each Instructional Psychology and Technology Department faculty member grants to Brigham Young University permission to make scholarly articles to which he or she has made substantial intellectual contributions publicly available as part of the Harold B. Lee Library's ScholarsArchive system, or its successor, and to exercise any associated copyright in those articles. This includes the right to deposit, use, reproduce, perform, publicly display, distribute, and publish the scholarly articles in the university's institutional repository or any other method or medium of delivery, whether now known or hereafter developed. Accordingly, the permission granted to the University by each faculty member is a nonexclusive, irrevocable, royalty-free, worldwide license to exercise the above-mentioned rights under copyright relating to each of his or her scholarly articles, in any medium, and to authorize others to do the same, provided that the articles are not sold for profit and are properly attributed to both the author(s) and the journal of first publication, if applicable.

                  This license is not meant to interfere in any way with the rights of the IP&T faculty author as the copyright holder of the work. The policy will apply to all scholarly articles authored or co-authored while the person is a member of the IP&T Faculty except for any articles completed before the adoption of this policy which have existing licensing commitments or copyright assignments which are inconsistent with the intent of this policy.

                  The term "scholarly articles" includes articles prepared for presentation or publication, whether in electronic or print media. Other scholarly works in connection with the faculty member's academic or professional activities may be included at the discretion of the faculty member.

                  The IP&T Department Chair or the Chair's designate shall waive application of the policy to a particular article upon written request by a Faculty member explaining the need. The IP&T Chair, in consultation with the faculty, will be responsible for interpreting this policy, resolving disputes concerning its interpretation and application, and recommending changes to the faculty. This policy will be formally reviewed two years after implementation, by September 30, 2011.

                  As of the date of publication, each faculty member will make available an electronic copy of his or her final version of the article at no charge to a designated representative of the University Librarian's Office in appropriate formats (such as PDF) specified by the University Librarian's Office.

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                    DigitalKoans Break

                    Posted in Announcements on November 22nd, 2009

                    DigitalKoans postings will resume on 11/29/09.

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                      Web Services Librarian at University of Arkansas at Fort Smith

                      Posted in Library IT Jobs on November 22nd, 2009

                      The University of Arkansas at Fort Smith Library is recruiting a Web Services Librarian.

                      Here's an excerpt from the ad:

                      Primary responsibilities of the Web Services Librarian will be to provide vision and direction for all aspects of the library's website; to work collaboratively with library staff in order to provide and maintain quality online services and resources; to create new and/or update the existing web pages; and to provide leadership in developing new web-based applications. Other duties will include exploring how new technologies can be implemented and used to the best advantage on the website; delivering instruction to students and faculty on the use of website and database content; serving as a liaison to a selected discipline; and performing other related duties as required and/or assigned. Candidate chosen must be available to work some evening and weekend hours.

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                        Digital Video: The Google Books Settlement: Issues and Options

                        Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars, E-Books, Google and Other Search Engines, Mass Digitizaton, Publishing on November 22nd, 2009

                        The UCLA Library has made The Google Books Settlement: Issues and Options, a digital video featuring copyright expert Jonathan Band, available on YouTube.

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