Archive for May, 2012

Scholarly Electronic Publishing Weblog (May 30, 2012)

Posted in Bibliographies, Digital Scholarship Publications, Scholarly Communication on May 31st, 2012

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

| Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography 2010: "This bibliography portal demonstrates that citation lists continue to play a role in research, in spite of the availability of powerful Web and digital library search engines and the near-extinction of print bibliography publishing. Summing Up: Recommended." — J. A. Buczynski, Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries 45, no. 1 (1997): 58. | Digital Scholarship |

DigitalKoans Posts Resume on 6/11/2012

Posted in Announcements, Digital Scholarship Publications on May 20th, 2012

DigitalKoans posts will resume on 6/11/2012.

| Reviews of Digital Scholarship Publications | Digital Scholarship |

Data, Network, and Translational Research Librarian at University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Ebling Library

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on May 17th, 2012

The University of Wisconsin-Madison's Ebling Library is recruiting a Data, Network, and Translational Research Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

  • Implement a research network (VIVO or similar semantic web application) on campus and collaborate with developer community
  • Provide consultation services and assist faculty, staff, and students with devising data management strategies and writing data management plans
  • Work with campus Research Data Services to develop guides for best practices in regard to data management and provide training & instruction
  • Respond to queries about the NIH public access policy and assist faculty & staff with policy compliance

| Digital Scholarship |

Free a Book: Launches

Posted in Copyright, Creative Commons/Open Licenses, E-Books, Open Access on May 17th, 2012 has launched.

Here's an excerpt from the Frequently Asked Questions: is a place for individuals and institutions to join together to give their favorite ebooks to the world. We work with rights holders to decide on fair compensation for releasing a free, legal edition of their already-published books, under Creative Commons licensing. Then everyone pledges toward that sum. When the threshold is reached (and not before), we collect the pledged funds and we pay the rights holders. They issue an unglued digital edition; you're free to read and share it, with everyone, on the device of your choice, worldwide.

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

Scholarly Communications Officer at University of New Mexico Libraries

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on May 17th, 2012

The University of New Mexico Libraries are recruiting a Scholarly Communications Officer.

Here's an excerpt from the ad (posting number: 0815672):

Working in a team-oriented and highly electronic environment, the Scholarly Communications Officer will play an important role in an organization that is committed to re-conceiving the academic research library as a key partner in new modes of scholarly communications. The Scholarly Communications Officer will take full advantage of and contribute to the evolution of scholarly publishing practices within the academy, and will provide guidance, policy development, and advocacy on copyright issues, fair use, privacy rights, open access, and other information policy issues to the Office of University Counsel and the University and Library communities.

| Digital Scholarship |

"Issue Brief: 21st-Century Collections: Calibration of Investment and Collaborative Action"

Posted in ARL Libraries, Reports and White Papers, Research Libraries on May 17th, 2012

The Association of Research Libraries has released "Issue Brief: 21st-Century Collections: Calibration of Investment and Collaborative Action."

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

Carton Rogers, Vice Provost and Director of Libraries at the University of Pennsylvania, chairs the ARL Transforming Research Libraries Steering Committee, which originally requested the issue brief. According to Rogers, this paper provides directors with an excellent overview of emerging and horizon issues and the challenges of building 21st-century collections. "The paper's emphasis on networked resources, teamwork, and cross-institutional collaboration underscores the need for new roles and new competencies for our workforce, which is currently a key focus of the committee's agenda. We encourage discussions of the shared future projected in the report, its implications for library staff, and for the ongoing support of research, teaching, and learning on our campuses."

| Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography 2010 | Digital Scholarship |

Manager, Data Management Services at Johns Hopkins University’s Sheridan Libraries

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on May 16th, 2012

Johns Hopkins University's Sheridan Libraries are recruiting a Manager, Data Management Services.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Manager of Data Management Services manages a team that provides data management and planning services, including both data management consulting and technical staff. This position also provides consultative data management planning support to JHU Principle Investigators.

| Digital Scholarship |

Librarians at Miami University Libraries Adopt Open Access Policy

Posted in Open Access, Research Libraries, Self-Archiving on May 16th, 2012

Librarians at the Miami University Libraries have adopted an open access policy.

Here's an excerpt from "Miami University Librarians Pass Open Access Policy":

On Monday, the librarians at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio affirmed their commitment to the principles of Open Access by voting in favor of an Open Access policy. The policy, based on Harvard University's Model Policy, will increase access to librarians' scholarly articles. Librarians will begin depositing their scholarly output in the Scholarly Commons, Miami's institutional repository. Miami University Libraries is the first department on Miami's campus to successfully pass an open access policy. "I am so proud to work at Miami today," said Jen Waller, Interdisciplinary Research Librarian and Chair of the Libraries' Scholarly Communication Working Group. "My colleagues' vote in favor of an open access policy allows the Miami University Libraries to be a leader in Open Access on the Miami campus. Additionally, the adoption of this policy will allow librarians here to gain first hand knowledge of how facets of open access work, which will greatly improve our outreach efforts to faculty on campus."

| Open Access Bibliography: Liberating Scholarly Literature with E-Prints and Open Access Journals | Digital Scholarship |

First Issue of the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication Published

Posted in E-Journals, Open Access, Scholarly Communication, Scholarly Journals on May 16th, 2012

The Pacific University Library has published the first issue of the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication, which is an open access journal under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license.

Here's an excerpt from the What is in a Name? Introducing the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication:

The Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication (JLSC) was founded to both recognize and embody this increasingly prominent role of libraries in shaping the future of scholarly communication. Recognize, in that we believe that scholarly communication librarianship has become a core service area for academic libraries, and is deserving of an intellectual home. The increase in seminars, articles and dedicated conferences—like the notable IMLS-funded Library Publishing Services: Strategies for Success10 project—all demonstrate the growing interest in library scholarly communication initiatives, and the need for a dedicated venue for exchange. Embody, in that this is a journal published by an academic library, with an editorial board of library scholar-practitioners, devoted to open, free and flexible communication of knowledge in our field. And in the interest of keeping the channels of communication as open as possible, we also recognize that there are other stakeholders, such as publishers, technologists, and research funders, who play an integral role in determining the future of scholarly communication. Our profession is best served by engaging in honest dialogue with them, and we hope that the work we publish will reflect these types of discussions and collaborations.

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

PREMIS Version 2.2 Released

Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Metadata, Standards on May 16th, 2012

The PREMIS Editorial Committee has released PREMIS Version 2.2. PREMIS is an acronym for “PREservation Metadata: Implementation Strategies.”

A document describing changes to the data dictionary was also released.

| Research Data Curation Bibliography | Digital Scholarship |

Association of American Publishers Issues Statement on Georgia State University E-Reserves Copyright Case Ruling

Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars, E-Reserves, Publishing on May 15th, 2012

The Association of American Publishers has issued a statement on the Georgia State University e-reserves copyright case ruling.

Here's an excerpt from the press release:

At the same time, we are disappointed with aspects of the Court's decision. Most importantly, the Court failed to examine the copying activities at GSU in their full context. Many faculty members have provided students with electronic anthologies of copyrighted course materials which are not different in kind from copyrighted print materials. In addition, the Court's analysis of fair use principles was legally incorrect in some places and its application of those principles mistaken. As a result, instances of infringing activity were incorrectly held to constitute fair use. . . .

The Court's ruling has important implications for the ongoing vitality of academic publishing as well as the educational mission of colleges and universities. Contrary to the findings of the Court, if institutions such as GSU are allowed to offer substantial amounts of copyrighted content for free, publishers cannot sustain the creation of works of scholarship. The resources available to educators will be fundamentally impaired.

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

Digital Resources Librarian at Sam Houston State University Library

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on May 15th, 2012

The Sam Houston State University Library is recruiting a Digital Resources Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Position will provide leadership in planning, selection and organizing digital projects for an institutional respository. Creates digital collections including metadata for applications such as photographic collections, archives, manuscripts, music and video; develops guidelines for access and use. Supervises the training of staff and students in imaging technology including image editing software and other digitization software and hardware.

| Digital Scholarship |

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