Archive for April, 2012

Social Metadata for Libraries, Archives, and Museums. Part 3: Recommendations and Readings

Posted in Digital Archives and Special Collections, Libraries, Metadata, Museums, Reports and White Papers, Social Media/Web 2.0 on April 23rd, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

OCLC Research has released Social Metadata for Libraries, Archives, and Museums. Part 3: Recommendations and Readings.

Here's an excerpt from the press release:

In the first report, the 21-member Social Metadata Working Group reviewed 76 sites relevant to libraries, archives, and museums that supported such social media features as tagging, comments, reviews, images, videos, ratings, recommendations, lists, links to related articles, etc. The results from a survey of site managers conducted in October-November 2009 were included in the second report. Social Metadata for Libraries, Archives and Museums, Part 3: Recommendations and Readings provides recommendations on social metadata features most relevant to libraries, archives, and museums and an annotated reading list of the literature consulted during this research. Social Metadata for Libraries, Archives and Museums: Executive Summary provides a high-level overview of all three reports. The group's final recommendation is that it is riskier to do nothing and become irrelevant to our user communities than to start using social media features.

Also available: Social Metadata for Libraries, Archives and Museums: Executive Summary."

| Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography 2010 | Digital Scholarship |

Director, Integrated Library Systems at University of Maryland Libraries

Posted in Library IT Jobs on April 23rd, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of Maryland Libraries are recruiting a Director, Integrated Library Systems.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The University of Maryland Libraries are seeking a Director for the Integrated Library Systems department, to provide leadership and support to the University System of Maryland and Affiliated Institutions (USMAI) Library Consortium in the integration, operation and maintenance efforts of the consortium's software and database applications. The ILS Director serves as a senior member of the College Park Libraries Information Technology Division (ITD), reporting to the Associate Dean of Information Technology at the University of Maryland Libraries. Reorganization within the division has created a structure in which the ILS Director will focus efforts to work closely and effectively with the leadership of the USMAI. The incumbent works directly with the Council of Library Directors (CLD) of USMAI and its administrative structure. He/she provides leadership and direct supervision to a professional technical staff. The ILS director will be responsible for developing and managing budgets for approved projects and initiatives of the USMAI. The director will also be responsible for developing annual budgets for the ILS team, for presenting that budget to the CLD and for executing budgets, once they are approved by the CLD.

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Harvard: "Faculty Advisory Council Memorandum on Journal Pricing: Major Periodical Subscriptions Cannot Be Sustained"

Posted in ARL Libraries, Open Access, Research Libraries, Scholarly Journals, Serials Crisis on April 23rd, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Harvard University's Faculty Advisory Council on the Library has issued "Faculty Advisory Council Memorandum on Journal Pricing: Major Periodical Subscriptions Cannot Be Sustained"

Here's an excerpt:

Since the Library now must change its subscriptions and since faculty and graduate students are chief users, please consider the following options open to faculty and students (F) and the Library (L), state other options you think viable, and communicate your views:

1. Make sure that all of your own papers are accessible by submitting them to DASH in accordance with the faculty-initiated open-access policies (F).

2. Consider submitting articles to open-access journals, or to ones that have reasonable, sustainable subscription costs; move prestige to open access (F).

3. If on the editorial board of a journal involved, determine if it can be published as open access material, or independently from publishers that practice pricing described above. If not, consider resigning (F).

4. Contact professional organizations to raise these issues (F).

5. Encourage professional associations to take control of scholarly literature in their field or shift the management of their e-journals to library-friendly organizations (F).

6. Encourage colleagues to consider and to discuss these or other options (F).

7. Sign contracts that unbundle subscriptions and concentrate on higher-use journals (L).

8. Move journals to a sustainable pay per use system, (L).

9. Insist on subscription contracts in which the terms can be made public (L).

| Transforming Scholarly Publishing through Open Access: A Bibliography: "This work gives an outstanding overview of scholarship relating to the growing Open Access movement." — George Machovec, The Charleston Advisor 12, no. 2 (2010): 3. | Digital Scholarship |

Library Fellow for Scholarly Publishing and Licensing at MIT Libraries

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on April 22nd, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The MIT Libraries are recruiting a Library Fellow for Scholarly Publishing and Licensing.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to the Program Manager, Office of Scholarly Publishing and Licensing (OSPL), this position will work with staff within the Libraries as well as the wider MIT community. Activities include:

  • Contribution to the work of the OSPL in the areas of copyright advocacy, intellectual property, open access, and rights retention;
  • Participation in building a repository collection of open access papers under the MIT Faculty Open Access Policy;
  • Examination and reporting on the effectiveness and impact of the Policy in the context of faculty publishing practices and publisher policies;
  • Contribution to implementing the next generation technical infrastructure for managing open access workflows.

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

"Citing Patterns in Open Access Journals: A Study of D-Lib Magazine"

Posted in E-Journals, Open Access, Scholarly Journals on April 22nd, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Moin Ahmad and Mohammad Nazim have self-archived "Citing Patterns in Open Access Journals: A Study of D-Lib Magazine" in E-LIS.

Here's an excerpt:

The study was intended to investigate the pattern of citing references of research articles published in D-Lib Magazine during 2002-2008. A total of 4775 citations were collected from 295 articles published during the period. Articles classified as editorial materials, power point slides, book reviews, columns, reports and news items were excluded. References all articles were collected and Microsoft Office Excel 2007 was used for analyses. The aspects analysed focus on year-wise distribution of articles and cited references, types of documents cited, country and language of cited documents, file format and domain of cited references, etc.

| Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography 2010 | Digital Scholarship |

Library Fellow for Digital Curation and Preservation at MIT Libraries

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on April 22nd, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The MIT Libraries are recruiting a Library Fellow for Digital Curation and Preservation.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to the Head of Curation and Preservation Services, the activities of this position will span the full life-cycle of digital content management through collaboration with the Institute Archives and Special Collections, Specialized Content and Services, and structured interactions with other key units of the MIT Libraries. Activities include:

  • Engagement in a range of activities related to the long-term management of digital content types (e.g., video, web content, architectural or other design documentation, geospatial), including the development of principles of good practice, development of selection criteria, determination of archival storage rules, and definition of digital object packaging;
  • Contribution to monitoring prevailing community standards and practice for curation and preservation to enhance and extend life-cycle practice at the MIT Libraries;
  • Development of outreach materials and guides to raise awareness about the benefits and challenges of curation and preservation;
  • Initiation of an experiment to address a specific curation or preservation need.

| Digital Curation and Preservation Bibliography 2010 | Digital Scholarship |

University of Illinois at Chicago Library Faculty Approve Open Access Policy

Posted in Open Access, Research Libraries on April 22nd, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of Illinois at Chicago Library faculty have approved an open access policy.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

"An open access policy ensures the broadest possible access to the fruits of research and scholarship, and important goal of academic research libraries. We hope this action by the Library faculty will serve as a model to other college faculties at UIC," said University Librarian Mary Case.

The policy requires Library faculty to grant UIC a non-exclusive license to make copies of their articles available publicly in the UIC's open access institutional repository, INDIGO. The policy also encourages faculty to retain the copyright to their work. . . .

Drafted by the Scholarly Communication Committee, the policy also exhibits flexibility toward faculty pursuing tenure. The committee, understanding the importance for such faculty to publish in peer-reviewed journals that can require an author to sign over copyright to publish, will grant case-by-case waivers. When a faculty member must sign over copyright, he or she is encouraged to deposit a draft of their article in the UIC open access institutional repository, noted [Sandra] De Groote.

| Transforming Scholarly Publishing through Open Access: A Bibliography: "This bibliography is recommended for everyone interested in open access publishing." — M. Blobaum, Journal of the Medical Library Association 100, no. 1 (2012): 73. | Digital Scholarship |

Newspaper Digitization Project Librarian at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill University Library

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on April 19th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill University Library is recruiting a Newspaper Digitization Project Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill University Library seeks a knowledgeable, resourceful, and collaborative individual for the position of Newspaper Digitization Project Librarian. The Project Librarian will coordinate activities for the proposed, multi-year grant project, North Carolina Newspapers. In this project, the University Library will lead a collaborative effort with the North Carolina State Archives to digitize approximately 150 reels of microfilmed North Carolina newspapers in their entirety and make them available through the Library of Congress's Chronicling America website (http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/).

Under the supervision of the grant's principal investigator at the University Library, the Project Librarian will coordinate the day-to-day operations of the North Carolina Newspapers project. The Newspaper Digitization Project Librarian will work to ensure microfilm selected for the project meets required technical specifications, and will prepare metadata on newspaper titles and reels selected for digitization. The Project Librarian will also create and maintain a database to track the movement of microfilm and digital files, and will oversee review of digital files received from digitization vendor.

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LOCKSS (Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe) Awarded Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Grant

Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on April 19th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The LOCKSS (Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe) program has been awarded a two-year grant by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Here's an excerpt from the press release:

"LOCKSS was originally developed to preserve academic e-journals exactly as they were presented on publisher websites," according to Victoria Reich, Executive Director and co-founder of the LOCKSS Program. "At that time, most content was static, but with new technologies such as Web 2.0 and HTML 5, published content is increasingly dynamic and interactive. This makes long-term preservation much more challenging."

The Mellon Foundation grant will enable LOCKSS to develop new techniques for collecting dynamic digital content from modern publishing platforms, and ensuring its long-term preservation. Incorporating these techniques into future versions of the award winning, open-source LOCKSS digital preservation software will benefit the entire academic community.

| Digital Curation and Preservation Bibliography 2010 | Digital Scholarship |

Applications Analyst at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill University Library

Posted in Library IT Jobs on April 19th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill University Library is recruiting an Applications Analyst.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

As a member of the Web Unit in the University Library's Systems Department, the Applications Analyst provides applications programming, Web development expertise, and technical support for the UNC Library. The primary purpose of this position is to work with content creators to meaningfully express their content in a content management system (CMS). In doing so, they will support staff in the creation and organization of information to effectively present tools, services, and information on the web.

Additionally, the Applications Analyst will perform development work on new and existing projects using a variety of programming and markup languages and other tools, including XHTML, CSS, XML, Perl, PHP, Python, JavaScript, and RDBMSs.

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Special Issue of ERCIM News on Big Data

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management on April 19th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

A special issue of ERCIM News on Big Data has been published.

Here's a brief selection of articles in this issue:

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Current News: Twitter Updates for 4/18/2012

Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on April 18th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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