Archive for September, 2010

Library Application Administrator (Systems Specialist) at University of Kansas

Posted in Digital Library Jobs, Library IT Jobs on September 30th, 2010

The University of Kansas Libraries are recruiting a Library Application Administrator (Systems Specialist).

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

This position reports to the Manager, Library Applications and works as part of a team of library technology professionals who manage foundational library and scholarly systems and accompanying application services within KU Libraries.

KU Libraries' management and scholarly applications are built on both vendor and open source products that include Voyager, ILLiad, Luna Insight, DSpace, Open Journal Systems, XTF (the Extensible Text Framework), EZProxy, the CNRI Handles Server, web servers, and various applications developed in-house. These systems are core to the mission of KU Libraries and provide services to support teaching, learning and research at the university. Application support underpins a variety of services that our faculty, staff, and students depend on every day: the library catalog, interlibrary loan and document delivery services, KU ScholarWorks as our open access institutional repository, digital publishing and data services, and access to rich visual resources, online collections, and physical materials.

Application administration responsibilities include oversight for all aspects of application administration including systems planning, application upgrades, configuration, maintenance, integration, quality assurance and testing, and support for library staff responsible for service delivery. Teamwork is required. In some cases, this position will work closely with the other technology specialists in KU Libraries or campus IT staff to manage technology services effectively for KU Libraries.

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    Self-Archiving Study: PEER Annual Report—Year 2

    Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Reports and White Papers, Self-Archiving on September 30th, 2010

    The PEER (Publishing and the Ecology of European Research) project has released PEER Annual Report—Year 2.

    Here's an excerpt from the press release:

    Reporting on the past 12 months of activity in this ground breaking collaboration between publishers, repositories and the research community investigating the effects of Green Open Access, the PEER Annual Report highlights the complexity of the infrastructure required for PEER and the substantial progress achieved towards the project’s objectives.

    To simulate the large-scale, systematic depositing of authors’ final peer-reviewed manuscripts accepted for journal publication, 12 participating publishers are providing content and associated metadata from 241 participating journals. Half of the manuscripts are being submitted directly to PEER, while for the other half, authors are invited by publishers to self-deposit into the project.

    All submitted content is being received by the PEER Depot, a central repository created specifically for the project by INRIA, which undertakes filtering for EU research content, metadata matching and transformations, and embargo management prior to distribution to participating repositories.

    By the end of year 2 (August 2010), almost 25,000 unique publisher provided manuscripts had been processed by the PEER Depot, resulting in 10,000 EU manuscripts after processing (some still under embargo), with embargo expired manuscripts distributed to participating repositories.

    The three areas of usage, economic and behavioural research commissioned by PEER are well underway, with the Baseline Behavioural Report already publicly available from the PEER website.

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      New Shared Support Membership Option from BioMed Central

      Posted in Open Access, Publishing on September 30th, 2010

      BioMed Central now offers a Shared Support Membership option.

      Here's an excerpt from the press release:

      Today, BioMed Central officially announced the launch of Shared Support Membership — a new and innovative Membership package for institutions that want to provide financial support for their researchers open access publications, but at the same time manage their expenditure.

      Whilst many institutes encourage their researchers to publish in open access journals, with limited publication budgets, it is often a complicated process to apportion the right amount of funds to cover Article Processing Charges (APC’s). To alleviate some of the financial burdens, Shared Support combines the best of BioMed Central’s other Membership types (Prepay and Supporter) and splits the costs of publishing with BioMed Central down the middle — the institute pays 50% and the submitting author pays the remaining 50%.

      This new Membership type therefore offers a more balanced, easier way to handle the cost associated with open access publication. It also allows both parties to benefit from significant discounts of between 5-15% depending on how much funding the institute decides to pre-pay into their Membership account.

      There is no joining fee for Shared Support Membership. Members can also immediately benefit from the supply of automated repository feeds using SWORD, which ensure that any articles published in BioMed Central journals will be automatically deposited into their institutional repositories.

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        ARL and Ithaka S+R Get $464,286 IMLS Grant for Digitized Special Collections Research

        Posted in ARL Libraries, Digital Archives and Special Collections, Grants on September 30th, 2010

        ARL and Ithaka S+R have received a $464,286 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services National Leadership Grants Program “to study how libraries, archives, and museums are sustaining digitized special collections.”

        Here's an excerpt from the press release:

        "Our examination of digital resources through our case studies work showed us that project leaders need practical tools to help them ensure their project's long-term sustainability," says Laura Brown, Managing Director, Ithaka S+R. "This collaborative study will respond to that need by providing actionable recommendations, best practices, and planning tools to help project leaders in higher education, public libraries, museums, historical societies, and other organizations plan for sustaining their own special collections digitization projects."

        Project activities under this cooperative agreement will include a survey of digitized special collections and focused interviews with leaders and project staff in selected cultural heritage organizations who manage those collections. The study’s final report of lessons learned, recommendations, and case studies will be freely shared through the partners’ websites, through a webcast, and conference presentations.

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          Daily Tweets 2010-09-30

          Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on September 30th, 2010
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            "The Google Book Settlement as Copyright Reform"

            Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars, E-Books, Mass Digitizaton, Publishing on September 29th, 2010

            Pamela Samuelson has self-archived "The Google Book Settlement as Copyright Reform" in SSRN.

            Here's an excerpt:

            This Article explains why certain features of U.S. law, particularly copyright law, may have contributed to Google’s willingness to undertake the GBS project in the first place and later to its motivation to settle the Authors Guild lawsuit. It then demonstrates that the proposed settlement would indeed achieve a measure of copyright reform that Congress would find difficult to accomplish. Some of this reform may be in the public interest. It also considers whether the quasi-legislative nature of the GBS settlement is merely an interesting side effect of the agreement or an additional reason in favor or against approval of this settlement.

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              JISC e-Content Programme Grants Announced

              Posted in Digital Libraries, Grants on September 29th, 2010

              The JISC has announced the availability of up to £840,000 in 2011 e-Content Programme grant funds.

              Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

              Funding of up to £840,000 is available within two strands:

              Strand A–Enriching via Collaboration
              Using collaboration to cluster, repackage and re-present existing digital content.
              Total funding available £400,000. Up to 5 projects will be funded. Maximum funding for any one project is £100,000

              Strand B–Developing Community Content
              To develop new content and communities for educational and social purposes.
              Total funding available £440,000. Up to 6 projects will be funded. Maximum funding for any one project is £100,000,

              The deadline for receipt of proposals in response to this call is 12:00 noon UK time on Friday 10 December 2010. Projects should start by 1 March 2011 and may run for up to 7 months. All projects must be complete by 30 September 2011.

              Read more about it at "Grant Funding 11/10: JISC e-Content Programme."

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                Scholarly Electronic Publishing Weblog (September 29, 2010)

                Posted in Bibliographies, Digital Scholarship Publications, Scholarly Communication on September 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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