Archive for October, 2011

Scholarly Electronic Publishing Weblog (October 31, 2011)

Posted in Bibliographies, Digital Scholarship Publications, Scholarly Communication on October 31st, 2011

The latest update of the Scholarly Electronic Publishing Weblog 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.

Visiting Scholarly Communications Librarian at Florida State University Libraries

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on October 31st, 2011

Florida State University Libraries are recruiting a Visiting Scholarly Communications Librarian. Required degree: "American Library Association accredited master's degree."

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Scholarly Communications Librarian will lead the FSU Libraries' outreach efforts to build a scholarly communications program in support of scholarly publication and Open Access (OA) activities. This includes educating the university community about OA resources and services at FSU, leading the development of DigiNole Commons, the FSU Institutional Repository (IR), and interfacing with faculty to determine intellectual property issues and their impact on scholarly inquiry and instruction. In this endeavor, the incumbent will coordinate efforts to recruit, collect, showcase, and preserve the scholarly output of The Florida State University. This position reports to the Associate Dean for Digital Scholarship and Technology Services.

| New: Institutional Repository and ETD Bibliography 2011 | Digital Scholarship |

A Bibliographic Framework for the Digital Age

Posted in Metadata, Reports and White Papers on October 31st, 2011

The Library of Congress has released A Bibliographic Framework for the Digital Age.

Here's an excerpt:

Although the MARC-based infrastructure is extensive, and MARC has been adapted to changing technologies, a major effort to create a comparable exchange vehicle that is grounded in the current and expected future shape of data interchange is needed. To assure a new environment will allow reuse of valuable data and remain supportive of the current one, in addition to advancing it, the following requirements provide a basis for this work. Discussion with colleagues in the community has informed these requirements for beginning the transition to a "new bibliographic framework". Bibliographic framework is intended to indicate an environment rather than a "format".

| Transforming Scholarly Publishing through Open Access: A Bibliography | Digital Scholarship |

Data Curation Librarian at University of New Mexico Libraries

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on October 31st, 2011

The University of New Mexico Libraries are recruiting a Data Curation Librarian. Required degree: "Master's degree earned by the appointment start date from an ALA-accredited Library/Information Science program."

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Working both collaboratively and independently in a dynamic, service-oriented environment, the Data Curation Librarian will provide operational oversight of the University Libraries research data repository and its allied services. Daily responsibilities will include working closely with the Data Librarianship faculty, coordinating the receipt of new data acquisitions, crafting repository policies and procedures, and providing user assistance to both clients and patrons. This position will also perform a key role in the creation of new data repository tools by gathering requirements and coordinating software development projects. As a member of the University Libraries data archives working group, the Data Curation Librarian will coordinate group meetings and help shape data curation plans and strategies. This position may also assist with other open access/open data projects as assigned.

| New: E-science and Academic Libraries Bibliography | Digital Scholarship |

Linked Data for Libraries, Museums, and Archives: Survey and Workshop Report

Posted in Linking, Linked Data, and Semantic Web, Reports and White Papers on October 31st, 2011

The Council on Library and Information Resources has released Linked Data for Libraries, Museums, and Archives: Survey and Workshop Report.

Here's an excerpt:

In June 2011, Stanford University hosted a group of librarians and technologists to examine issues and challenges surrounding the use of linked data for library applications. This report summarizes the activities and discussions that took place during the workshop, describes what came out of the workshop, outlines next steps identified by the participants, and provides contextual and background information, including preliminary reports and biographies of workshop participants. The workshop report was produced and edited by the participants and staff at Stanford University Libraries.

As background for workshop participants, CLIR commissioned Jerry Persons, technology analyst at Knowledge Motifs and Chief Information Architect emeritus at Stanford, to produce a survey of the linked-data landscape, and the projects and individuals associated with it. The survey focuses on the practical aspects of understanding and applying linked data practices and technologies to the metadata and content of libraries, museums, and archives. There are numerous links in the report and the survey that lead readers to many other sources and examples regarding the use of linked data methods.

| Digital Curation and Preservation Bibliography 2010 | Digital Scholarship |

Version 80, Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography

Posted in Bibliographies, Digital Scholarship Publications, Scholarly Communication on October 30th, 2011

Version 80 of the Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography is now available from Digital Scholarship as an XHTML website with live links to many included works. This selective bibliography includes over 4,000 articles, books, technical reports, and other scholarly textual sources that are useful in understanding scholarly electronic publishing efforts on the Internet. The bibliography covers a wide range of topics, such as digital copyright, digital libraries, digital preservation, digital repositories, e-books, e-journals, license agreements, metadata, and open access. All included works are in English. It is available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 United States License.

This version marks the fifteenth year of publication of the bibliography, which was established on October 25, 1996.

Changes in This Version

The bibliography has the following sections (new/revised sections are marked with an asterisk:

Table of Contents

1 Economic Issues*
2 Electronic Books and Texts
2.1 Case Studies and History
2.2 General Works*
2.3 Library Issues*
2.4 Research*
3 Electronic Serials
3.1 Case Studies and History*
3.2 Critiques
3.3 Electronic Distribution of Printed Journals*
3.4 General Works*
3.5 Library Issues*
3.6 Research*
4 General Works*
4.1 Research (Multiple-Types of Electronic Works)*
5 Legal Issues
5.1 Digital Copyright*
5.2 License Agreements*
6 Library Issues
6.1 Digital Libraries*
6.2 Digital Preservation*
6.3 General Works*
6.4 Metadata and Linking*
7 New Publishing Models*
8 Publisher Issues*
8.1 Digital Rights Management and User Authentication*
9 Repositories, E-Prints, and OAI*
Appendix A. Related Bibliographies*
Appendix B. About the Author*
Appendix C. SEPB Use Statistics

The following recent Digital Scholarship publications may also be of interest:

  1. E-science and Academic Libraries Bibliography , Version 1
  2. Institutional Repository and ETD Bibliography 2011
  3. Google Book Search Bibliography, Version 7

See also: Digital Scholarship Publications Overview.

Digital Humanities Librarian at Rutgers University Libraries

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on October 27th, 2011

The John Cotton Dana Library of the Rutgers University Libraries is recruiting a Digital Humanities Librarian. Required degree: "ALA-accredited Master's degree in Library and Information Science. Degree in a humanities discipline, or strong humanities reference experience."

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to the Assistant Chancellor and Director of the John Cotton Dana Library and under the direction of the Head of Public Services for the Dana Library, the Digital Humanities Librarian will provide support to faculty and students through the integration of digital resources, methodologies, technologies, and analytical tools with traditional resources and approaches to research and instruction in the humanities. The position includes faculty liaison responsibilities, particularly with the Department of Arts, Culture and Media, for research assistance, information literacy, and collection development. The Digital Humanities Librarian will advise teaching faculty on the creation and curation of digital objects in a variety of image, audio, and video formats, fostering collaboration between scholars, technologists, and information specialists and will offer leadership in identifying, understanding, evaluating, and implementing emerging technologies based on their pedagogical, presentation, and research uses in the fields of visual and performing arts as well as writing and journalism. Will also work with the other Dana librarians to identify and shepherd digital projects involving Dana and the Institute of Jazz Studies collections from inception to completion.

| New: E-science and Academic Libraries Bibliography | Digital Scholarship |

"Federal Funding Agencies: Data Management and Sharing Policies"

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on October 27th, 2011

The California Digital Library has released "Federal Funding Agencies: Data Management and Sharing Policies."

Here's an excerpt:

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular A-110 provides the federal administrative requirements for grants and agreements with institutions of higher education, hospitals and other non-profit organizations. In 1999 Circular A-110 was revised to provide public access under some circumstances to research data through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

Funding agencies have implemented the OMB requirement in various ways. The table below summarizes the data management and sharing requirements of primary US federal funding agencies.

| Digital Curation and Preservation Bibliography 2010 | Digital Scholarship |

Digital Curation Librarian at University of California, Merced Library

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on October 27th, 2011

The University of California, Merced Library is recruiting a Digital Curation Librarian. Required degree: "MLS from an ALA-accredited Library/Information Science program or equivalent experience or advance degree in information science or related field." Salary: $48,504-$54,444.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Digital Curation Librarian manages digital assets generated at UC Merced through the processes of creation, description, preservation, and publication/delivery. The Digital Curation Librarian will provide consultative support and expertise to UC Merced faculty and researchers to address their data management needs, including the development of data management plans. Communicating and liaising with researchers, partners, and service providers to develop opportunities and services will be a key aspect of this position. Additional responsibilities include library instruction and oversight of library exhibits.

| New: Institutional Repository and ETD Bibliography 2011 | Digital Scholarship |

Stop Online Piracy Act Introduced in House of Representatives

Posted in Copyright, Legislation and Government Regulation on October 27th, 2011

Representative Lamar Smith and others have introduced the H.R. 3261, the Stop Online Piracy Act in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Here's an excerpt from the press release:

A bipartisan group in the House today introduced legislation that expands protections for America's intellectual property (IP) and combats the illegal distribution of counterfeit goods via rogue websites. The Stop Online Piracy Act (H.R. 3261) allows the Attorney General to seek injunctions against foreign websites that steal and sell American innovations and products. The bill increases criminal penalties for individuals who traffic in counterfeit medicine and military goods, which put innocent civilians and American soldiers at risk. And it improves coordination between IP enforcement agencies in the U.S.

Gigi B. Sohn, president and co-founder of Public Knowledge issued a statement about the bill. Here's an excerpt:

The new House legislation (HR 3261) is an unwarranted expansion of government power to protect one special interest. The bill would overturn the long-accepted principles and practices of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act notice and takedown process in favor of a one-sided enforcement mechanism that is far more broad than existing law while not attempting to protect the rights of anyone accused of copyright infringement.

In addition, anyone who writes about, or links to, a site suspected of infringement could also become a target of government action. The bill also features the now well-known dangers to the engineering of the Internet domain-name system (DNS), endangering Internet security while requiring Internet Service Providers and search engines to take on vast new responsibilities to block access to suspected sites.

Read more about it at "House Version of Rogue Websites Bill Adds DMCA Bypass, Penalties for DNS Workarounds."

| Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography 2010 | Digital Scholarship |

Current News: Twitter Updates for 10/26/11

Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on October 26th, 2011

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Cornell University Library Gets Grant to Plan arXiv Governance Model

Posted in Digital Repositories, Disciplinary Archives, Grants, Open Access on October 26th, 2011

The Cornell University Library has received a grant from the Simons Foundation to plan a governance model for arXiv.

Here's an excerpt from the press release:

The Simons Foundation, which is based in New York City, has provided a $60,000 planning grant to support the development of a governance model that will guide the online repository's transition from interim to long-term governance. . . .

arXiv—a free scientific repository of research in physics, mathematics, statistics, computer science and related disciplines—allows scientists to share their research before publication. The repository now boasts 700,000 "preprint" articles, a million downloads a week and hundreds of thousands of contributors.

The work proposed in the planning grant has already begun, and it will continue through April 2012. The grant supports multiple goals:

  • Developing a set of arXiv operating principles and seeking input from key stakeholders;
  • Refining the institutional fee model and revenue projection;
  • Delineating a governance model and bylaws that clearly define roles and responsibilities for the Library and its partners; and
  • Establishing an initial governing board that reflects the financial contribution levels of major stakeholders and the scientific community.

| New: Institutional Repository and ETD Bibliography 2011 | Digital Scholarship |

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