Archive for June, 2012

"Copyright Risk Management: Principles and Strategies for Large-Scale Digitization Projects in Special Collections"

Posted in Copyright, Digital Archives and Special Collections, Digitization, Mass Digitizaton on June 21st, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Association of Research Libraries has released a pre-publication version of "Copyright Risk Management: Principles and Strategies for Large-Scale Digitization Projects in Special Collections."

Here's an excerpt:

Copyright law often seems unmanageably complex, leading librarians to focus too much on a single aspect of a project and, when that aspect proves inapplicable, to give up the proposed digitization. But the multifaceted nature of the law, especially its variety of limitations and exceptions, should really be seen as an invitation to a holistic evaluation that focuses on risk and considers how each facet can contribute to a risk reduction strategy. If this is done consistently as digitization projects are undertaken, the risk of infringement litigation will usually be seen to be much more manageable, and a great deal of unnecessary self-censorship will be avoided.

See also the pre-publication version of "Digitization of Special Collections and Archives: Legal and Contractual Issues."

| Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography 2010 | Digital Scholarship |

Assistant Director for Discovery Services at Furman University’s James B. Duke Library

Posted in Digital Library Jobs, Library IT Jobs on June 21st, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Furman University's James B. Duke Library is recruiting an Assistant Director for Discovery Services.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The James B. Duke Library at Furman University, a top-ranked liberal arts university, seeks an energetic and innovative individual to lead its newly created Discovery Services division. This division works to enhance patron resource discovery and create, enrich and curate digital collections used for instruction and research. The successful candidate will demonstrate both collaborative leadership and technical skills to provide direction for the library's web presence, discovery tools and management of digital assets.

The newly created Discovery Services Division consists of Web Services and Emerging Technology, The DigiCenter, Cataloging/Metadata, and Systems.

| Digital Scholarship |

Science as an Open Enterprise

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Open Access, Open Science, Reports and White Papers on June 21st, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Royal Society has released Science as an Open Enterprise.

Here's an excerpt:

This report analyses the impact of new and emerging technologies that are transforming the conduct and communication of research. The recommendations are designed to improve the conduct of science, respond to changing public expectations and political culture and enable researchers to maximise the impact of their research. They are designed to ensure that reproducibility and self-correction are maintained in an era of massive data volumes. They aim to stimulate the communication and collaboration where these are needed to maximise the value of data-intensive approaches to science. Action is needed to maximise the exploitation of science in business and in public policy. But not all data are of equal interest and importance. Some are rightly confidential for commercial, privacy, safety or security reasons. There are both opportunities and financial costs in the full presentation of data and metadata. The recommendations set out key principles. The main text explores how to judge their application and where accountability should lie.

| Research Data Curation Bibliography | Digital Scholarship |

Head of Library Systems and Technology at Catawba College’s Corriher-Linn-Black Library

Posted in Library IT Jobs on June 20th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Catawba College's Corriher-Linn-Black Library is recruiting a Head of Library Systems and Technology.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Corriher-Linn-Black Library at Catawba College seeks an innovative, collaborative and service-oriented librarian to manage the library's systems and provide vision and leadership in library technology planning and implementation. The goal of this position is to find innovative ways to use technology to provide patron access to library materials and services, improve library functions and workflows, integrate library materials and services with other curricular services on campus, and otherwise assist the library in fulfilling its mission of service to students and faculty.

| Digital Scholarship |

Jay Jordan Will Continue as President and CEO of OCLC

Posted in OCLC, People in the News on June 20th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Jay Jordan will continue as President and CEO of OCLC.

Here's an excerpt from the press release:

The OCLC Board of Trustees has concluded that rather than moving forward with the appointment of Jack B. Blount as its President and CEO, it is in the best interest of OCLC to have Jay Jordan continue serving in these capacities. Mr. Jordan has agreed to postpone his retirement to continue leading OCLC.

The OCLC Board of Trustees believes Mr. Jordan's strong track record, his skills as a leader, and his ability to identify and navigate emerging trends, make him uniquely qualified to serve the nearly 72,000 institutions that use OCLC services.

| Research Data Curation Bibliography | Digital Scholarship |

IT Programmer 2 at University of Chicago Library

Posted in Library IT Jobs on June 20th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of Chicago Library is recruiting an IT Programmer 2.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Integrated Library Systems (ILS) is seeking an experienced technical professional who will implement and customize the Metridoc reporting system for integration with Kuali OLE integrated library system. This is part of a larger project to implement and customize the Kuali OLE integrated library system as a replacement for current legacy library management systems. Candidate will assume responsibility for other projects and participate in all aspects of implementation of the Kuali OLE system. Candidate will help to maintain existing legacy production systems during transition to use of Kuali OLE. Candidate will have had experience in working with library or other academic environments.

| Digital Scholarship |

"Open Access Scientific Publishing and the Developing World"

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Self-Archiving on June 20th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Jorge L. Contreras has self-archived "Open Access Scientific Publishing and the Developing World" in SSRN.

Here's an excerpt:

Responding to rapid and steep increases in the cost of scientific journals, a growing number of scholars and librarians have advocated "open access" (OA) to the scientific literature. OA publishing models are having a significant impact on the dissemination of scientific information. Despite the success of these initiatives, their impact on researchers in the developing world is uncertain. This article analyses major OA approaches adopted in the industrialized world (so-called Green OA, Gold OA, and OA mandates, as well as non-OA information philanthropy) as they relate to the consumption and production of research in the developing world. The article concludes that while the consumption of scientific literature by developing world researchers is likely to be significantly enhanced through such programs, promoting the production of research in the developing world requires additional measures. These could include the introduction of better South-focused journal indexing systems that identify high-quality journals published in the developing world, coupled with the adjustment of academic norms to reward publication in such journals. Financial models must also be developed to decrease the reliance by institutions in the developing world on information philanthropy and to level the playing field between OA journals in industrialized and developing countries.

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

"A Look Back at 23 Years as an Open Access Publisher"

Posted in Digital Scholarship Publications, Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Communication on June 19th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

I've released "A Look Back at 23 Years as an Open Access Publisher."

Here's an excerpt:

On June 29, 1989, I established the PACS-L LISTSERV mailing list, and, shortly after, I established The Public-Access Computer Systems Review, a freely available scholarly journal that was initially distributed using the LISTSERV software and the mailing list. Other freely available digital publications followed, technology evolved, "open access" became a movement with the Budapest Open Access Initiative in 2002, and, 23 years later, I'm still publishing open access works.

To date, my major open access publications have been:

The Public-Access Computer Systems Review and Public-Access Computer Systems News were published by the University of Houston Libraries. The Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography and the Scholarly Electronic Publishing Weblog were also published by the University of Houston Libraries through version 64 of the bibliography (10/17/2006).

My digital press, Digital Scholarship, was established in April 2005. Digital Scholarship began publishing the Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography and the Scholarly Electronic Publishing Weblog starting with version 65 of the bibliography.

Other works listed above were published by Digital Scholarship.

From April 2005 through May 2012, Digital Scholarship had over 10.7 million visitors from 228 counties and over 51.5 million file requests, including over 35.1 million page views.

| Reviews of Digital Scholarship Publications | Digital Scholarship |

Digital Projects Librarian at State Library of North Carolina

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

The State Library of North Carolina is recruiting a Digital Projects Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

This position is time-limited full-time. The State Library of North Carolina is seeking an enthusiastic, innovative, and outgoing Digital Projects Librarian to serve as an integral member of the Digital Information Management Program (DIMP) team. The DIMP identifies and promotes solutions to ensure preservation and permanent public access to digital information produced by North Carolina state government. This position will play two important roles in the ongoing development of our digital collections. The primary role is to assist the Digital Collections Manager, and work in partnership with staff at the State Archives, to research and implement the Department of Cultural Resource's digital preservation program. As part of this effort, the Digital Projects Librarian will work closely with the (digital) Records Management Analyst to coordinate web harvesting of state agency web and social media sites using the Internet Archive's Archive-It system. This position's secondary responsibility is to work with NC state agency staff and contracted service providers to manage the digitization of state publications, typically in the range of 30,000 pages annually.

| Digital Scholarship |

Green Open Access: PEER: Final Report

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Reports and White Papers, Self-Archiving on June 19th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The PEER (Publishing and the Ecology of European Research) project has released the PEER: Final Report.

Here's an excerpt:

PEER (Publishing and the Ecology of European Research), supported by the EC eContentplus programme2, has been investigating the potential effects of the large-scale, systematic depositing of authors' final peer-reviewed manuscripts (so called Green Open Access or stage-two research output) on reader access, author visibility, and journal viability, as well as on the broader ecology of European research. The project ran from 1 September 2008–31 May 2012. . . .

Collectively, the project has provided insights and evidence indicating:

  • How large-scale archiving may affect journals
  • Whether it increases access
  • How it will affect the broader ecology of European research
  • Which factors influence the readiness to deposit in institutional and disciplinary repositories
  • What the cost drivers are for publishers and repositories

The project also released PEER Usage Study—Descriptive Statistics for the Period March to August 2011 and PEER Usage Study—Randomised Controlled Trial Results.

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

Digital Library Developer at George Mason University Libraries

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

The George Mason University Libraries are recruiting a Digital Library Developer.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Duties include: Anticipating and investigating trends in digital library technology so we can respond quickly to new opportunities; and, providing primary support for new initiatives in resource discovery, digital preservation, knowledge management and scholarly communication. This position reports to the Associate University Librarian for Digital Programs and Systems.

| Digital Scholarship |

"Finch Group" Open Access Report: Accessibility, Sustainability, Excellence: How to Expand Access to Research Publications

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Reports and White Papers on June 19th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Research Information Network has released Accessibility, Sustainability, Excellence: How to Expand Access to Research Publications. Report of the Working Group on Expanding Access to Published Research Findings. For background on the report, see "Working Group on Expanding Access to Published Research Findings."

Here's an excerpt:

This report tackles the important question of how to achieve better, faster access to research publications for anyone who wants to read or use them. It has been produced by an independent working group made up of representatives of universities, research funders, learned societies, publishers, and libraries. The group's remit has been to examine how to expand access to the peer-reviewed publications that arise from research undertaken both in the UK and in the rest of the world; and to propose a programme of action to that end.

We have concentrated on journals which publish research results and findings. Virtually all are now published online, and they increasingly include sophisticated navigation, linking and interactive services. Making them freely accessible at the point of use, with minimal if any limitations on how they can be used, offers the potential

Our aim has been to identify key goals and guiding principles in a period of transition towards wider access. We have sought ways both to accelerate that transition and also to sustain what is valuable in a complex ecology with many different agents and stakeholders.

In "Finch Group report on OA in the UK," Peter Suber said of the report:

Bottom line: On the plus side, the Finch group wants a massive shift to OA. It prefers immediate to embargoed OA, and it prefers libre to gratis OA. Some of its reasons for preferring gold to green OA are based on real virtues of gold. On the minus side, most of its reasons for preferring gold to green OA are based on a distorted and jaundiced view of green. The group implies that green cannot be libre (8.9, 8.28), which is false. It implies that green cannot be peer reviewed (8.26) which is false. It implies that green cannot be immediate or must be embargoed (8.28), which is false. It virtually disregards the role of green OA in disseminating peer-reviewed research and values green primarily for providing access to data, and access to grey literature, and preservation. One can see the effect of publisher lobbying on the group's misinformed disparagement of green OA and the group's high priority to save incumbent publishers from risk.

Read more about it at "U.K. Panel Backs Open Access for All Publicly Funded Research Papers."

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


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