Archive for 2010

Scholarly Electronic Publishing Weblog (December 29, 2010)

Posted in Bibliographies, Digital Scholarship Publications, Scholarly Communication on December 29th, 2010

The latest update of the Scholarly Electronic Publishing Weblog (SEPW) is now available. It provides information about new works related to scholarly electronic publishing, such as books, e-prints, journal articles, magazine articles, technical reports, and white papers.

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    DigitalKoans Returns on 1/17/11

    Posted in Announcements on December 13th, 2010

    DigitalKoans postings will resume on 1/17/11. Happy holidays.

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      Digital Scholarship’s 2010 Publications

      Posted in Bibliographies, Digital Scholarship Publications, Open Access, Scholarly Communication on December 13th, 2010

      Digital Scholarship's 2010 publications are listed below:

      Digital Scholarship publications are under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License.

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        Daily Tweets 2010-12-13

        Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on December 13th, 2010
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          NISO Will Make Information Standards Quarterly Open Access in 2011

          Posted in Open Access, Scholarly Journals on December 12th, 2010

          The National Information Standards Organization has announced that Information Standards Quarterly will become open access in 2011.

          Here's an excerpt from the press release:

          "ISQ has undergone a significant transformation over the past three years as it moved from a newsletter to a full-color magazine," states Cynthia Hodgson, NISO Managing Editor. "With the support of a new ISQ Editorial Board and guest content editors, the contributed content has expanded significantly. Our goal with ISQ is to educate and inform our readers on standards, present practical and replicable implementations of standards-based technologies and best practices, and identify areas where standards could help to solve problems."

          "ISQ provides a unique perspective with its overlapping interests to the library, publisher, and information systems and services audience," explains Todd Carpenter, NISO Managing Director and Publisher of ISQ. "NISO's Board of Directors strongly believes that providing the information in ISQ via open access will enhance the visibility and reach of the work of our community. We also intend to migrate the archives to open access and convert much of the backfile to electronic format."

          The print version of ISQ will still be available by subscription or free to NISO members who opt-in to receive it in print. This approach, combined with the open access of the electronic version, will reduce the environmental impact and costs of print publishing while increasing the accessibility of the magazine to everyone in the NISO community and in related standards and technology arenas.

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            Virginia Commonwealth University Resolution Supporting Open Access Publishing in Tenure Decisions

            Posted in Open Access on December 12th, 2010

            The Virginia Commonwealth University Faculty Senate has passed a resolution supporting recognition of open access publishing in the tenure process.

            Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

            Whereas, the faculty of Virginia Commonwealth University are dedicated to achieving the greatest public good by making their research and scholarship as widely available as possible;

            Whereas, commercial publishers of scholarly journals have drastically increased subscription prices to many of the journals where VCU faculty now publish their research and scholarship beyond the affordability of many individuals and institutions; and

            Whereas, faculty have many options for publishing their research and scholarship in open access journals, hybrid journals, or in open access repositories so that the world can have free access to it if they negotiate to retain their copyright of their work;

            Therefore, the Faculty Senate of Virginia Commonwealth University recommends:

            VCU Promotion and Tenure committees should recognize that publication and editorial effort in open access, peer-reviewed journals or republication of peer-reviewed articles in an open access repository offers added value and greater public good than scholarship made only available in expensive journal publications.

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              Library Web Developer/Designer at Princeton University Library (Revised)

              Posted in Digital Library Jobs, Library IT Jobs on December 12th, 2010

              The Princeton University Library is recruiting a Library Web Developer/Designer.

              Here's an excerpt from the ad:

              The Web Developer position will help the Library Web Development Manager on specific projects to deliver more library content and services to our users from our web sites. Specific projects may include designing new sites, or using new web services technologies to improve the user experience in discovering, searching, finding, or acquiring library materials and content. Additionally, the position will assist in implementing the Drupal CMS, customizing the interface for the latest version of the OPAC, and creating mobile ready versions of the library web site and catalog. Customization tasks for the new NextGen Discovery system will be a large component of the work. Projects will also likely include implementation of open source code created in other libraries, using various API's made available by Google, OCLC, or Code4Lib members, as well as various library vendors. This position will also be assigned other digital library projects as the need arises. Conducting user-centric usability studies is highly desirable, so experience in this area will be preferred.

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                National Historical Publications and Records Commission Grants

                Posted in Digitization, Grants on December 12th, 2010

                The National Historical Publications and Records Commission has funded 53 grant proposals, including seven digitization projects.

                Here's an excerpt from the press release:

                DIGITIZATION
                Grants for digitizing entire archival collections of historical importance.

                Georgia State University
                Atlanta, GA                                            $90,102
                The PATCO Records Digitization Project.
                A 20-month project to digitize eight series—approximately 179,000 scans—of  the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization (PATCO) records from the union's national office.

                Getty Research Institute
                Los Angeles, CA                                  $100,790
                Living the American Dream: Housing and Urban Development in Los Angeles, 1936-1997. 
                A two year project to digitize and make available online approximately 60,500 images from the Leonard Nadel Papers and the Julius Shulman Photography Archive. 

                Library of Virginia
                Richmond, VA                                     $150,000
                Augusta County, VA, Chancery Records, 1745-1912.
                A two year project to digitize the Augusta County Chancery Court records, consisting of 460 cubic feet totally approximately 900,000 images representing 10,437 cases. .

                Marist College
                Poughkeepsie, NY                                $103,979
                Lowell Thomas Papers Digitization Project.
                A project to digitize 36,164 images, including 8,000 glass plate negatives, 6,500 lantern slides, 13,000 photographic prints, 300 stereopticon cards, 1,800 film negatives, and more items in the Graphic Materials Series in Lowell Thomas Papers, a collection drawn from the works of the 20th century American writer and broadcaster.

                Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
                Rutgers, NJ                                            $57,390
                Housing Law and Policy Digital Archive.
                A project to digitize two collections of materials, totaling 94,000 pages, in the areas of public housing law and urban history.

                University of Illinois, Chicago
                Chicago, IL                                            $47,099
                Chicago: Photographic Images of Change.
                A two year project to digitize approximately 30,275 photographs of historic Chicago sites, streets, neighborhoods and buildings contained within the James S. Parker collection (1900-2003) and the Chicago Photographic collection (ca. 1890-1970). 

                University of North Texas
                Denton, TX                                           $30,509
                The Civil War and Reconstruction.
                Aone year project to digitize and make available online a group of eight 19th century collections totaling 22,412 pages.  The records span from 1823-1919, but the bulk of the records date from the period of the Civil War and Reconstruction.

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