Archive for October, 2012

"Anatomy Of Open Access Publishing: A Study of Longitudinal Development and Internal Structure"

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on October 22nd, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Mikael Laakso and Bo-Christer Björk have published "Anatomy Of Open Access Publishing: A Study of Longitudinal Development and Internal Structure" in BMC Medicine.

Here's an excerpt:

The primary aim of this study was to measure the volume of scientific articles published in full immediate OA journals from 2000 to 2011, while observing longitudinal internal shifts in the structure of OA publishing concerning revenue models, publisher types and relative distribution among scientific disciplines. The secondary aim was to measure the share of OA articles of all journal articles, including articles made OA by publishers with a delay and individual author-paid OA articles in subscription journals (hybrid OA), as these subsets of OA publishing have mostly been ignored in previous studies.

| 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 |

"Issue Brief: Massive Open Online Courses: Legal and Policy Issues for Research Libraries"

Posted in ARL Libraries, Digital Culture, Research Libraries on October 22nd, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

ARL has released "Issue Brief: Massive Open Online Courses: Legal and Policy Issues for Research Libraries."

Here's an excerpt:

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) raise significant legal and policy questions for research libraries, which are often asked to support the development of MOOC courses. These questions involve information policy concerns that are central to research libraries, including the proper application of fair use, the transition to open access as the default mode of scholarly publishing, and the provision of equal access to learning materials for students with and without disabilities. Where possible, research libraries should engage in conversations around MOOCs and promote their core values. By doing so, they will also promote the continuing vitality of libraries as partners in the educational mission.

| Reviews of Digital Scholarship Publications | Digital Scholarship |

Research Environments Librarian at Virginia Tech Libraries

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

The Virginia Tech Libraries are recruiting a Research Environments Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to the Associate Dean for Research and Informatics, the Research Environments Librarian will participate in University Libraries efforts to integrate the library, its services and resources, to Virginia Tech’s research enterprise. Virginia Tech University Libraries is looking for a service oriented, energetic, motivated individual with an entrepreneurial spirit to work in a team-based environment to advance its strategic directions, goals, and objectives.

Virginia Tech's job system is down for an upgrade until 10/25/12.

| Digital Scholarship |

Research Data Librarian at Virginia Tech Libraries

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

The Virginia Tech Libraries are recruiting a Research Data Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to the Digital Repositories Librarian, the Research Data Librarian will participate in University Libraries efforts to map and integrate the library, its services and resources, to Virginia Tech's research enterprise. The incumbent will split time between supporting the library's digital services (e.g. virtual research communities, VTechWorks repository, data management) and applied research for externally funded research projects. Virginia Tech University Libraries is looking for a service oriented, energetic, motivated individual with an entrepreneurial spirit to work in a team-based environment to advance its strategic directions, goals, and objectives.

Virginia Tech's job system is down for an upgrade until 10/25/12.

| Digital Scholarship |

Open Access Now Launched

Posted in Open Access on October 22nd, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

A new digital publication, Open Access Now, has been launched.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

Open Access Now launched today, a resource for news and information about open access and scholarly publishing. The goal of OANow is to provide a centralized, regularly updated, curated news feed, accomplished through active monitoring of scholarly, popular and niche sources. Built on the PressForward platform, which aims to "produce vital, open publications scholarly communities can gather around," this project sees the current ramping up of open access initiatives around the globe as the opportunity to gather and re-present that knowledge to open access advocates.

With initial support from the Center for History and New Media, Open Access Now borrows the structure of Digital Humanities Now and the recently launched American History Now, utilizing a process of aggregation, curation, discovery and review to showcase the relevant and "need-to-know" items, while encouraging the progress of scholarship on the open web.

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

"Libraries, Scholars, and Publishers in Digital Journal and Monograph Publishing"

Posted in E-Books, Libraries, Publishing, Scholarly Journals, University Presses on October 22nd, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Rowland Lorimer has published "Libraries, Scholars, and Publishers in Digital Journal and Monograph Publishing" in the latest issue of Scholarly and Research Communication.

Here's an excerpt:

In the 1970s, research libraries developed data systems and expertise that, in the 1990s, led to new services such as institutional repositories and journal hosting and, in the 2000s, led to forays into monograph publishing. In contrast, also beginning in the 1970s, university presses found themselves being cast out of their traditional role as providers of research publishing services that created the public record of knowledge and into the marketplace. Continued development of information and communication technology (ICT) in library operations and in research activity stimulated entrepreneurship and scholar/library partnerships with scholar-controlled digital journal publishing. Again in contrast, the market orientation of university presses, combined with a lack of appreciation in the library community for the value added by professional publishers, hampered the extension of collaboration into three-way partnerships among scholars, libraries, and publishing professionals. Recognition of the roles of all parties holds the greatest promise for the evolution of digital scholarly publishing.

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

"Brief of Digital Humanities and Law Scholars as Amici Curiae in Authors Guild v. Google"

Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars, Digital Humanities, E-Books, Google and Other Search Engines, Mass Digitizaton, Publishing on October 21st, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Matthew L. Jockers, Matthew Sag, and Jason Schultz have self-archived "Brief of Digital Humanities and Law Scholars as Amici Curiae in Authors Guild v. Google" in SSRN.

Here's an excerpt:

The brief argues that, just as copyright law has long recognized the distinction between protection for an author's original expression (e.g., the narrative prose describing the plot) and the public's right to access the facts and ideas contained within that expression (e.g., a list of characters or the places they visit), the law must also recognize the distinction between copying books for expressive purposes (e.g., reading) and nonexpressive purposes, such as extracting metadata and conducting macroanalyses. We amici urge the court to follow established precedent with respect to Internet search engines, software reverse engineering, and plagiarism detection software and to hold that the digitization of books for text-mining purposes is a form of incidental or intermediate copying to be regarded as fair use as long as the end product is also nonexpressive or otherwise non-infringing.

| Google Books Bibliography | Digital Scholarship |

Digital Services Librarian at Georgetown University Library

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

The Georgetown University Library is recruiting a Digital Services Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Digital Services Librarian participates in the planning, implementation, maintenance, expansion and communication of the digital library and institutional repository services, collections and content, including the design, deployment and maintenance of DigitalGeorgetown which includes but is not limited to digital repository and publishing services and collections (such as Digital Asset Management System, Archival Management System, Art Collections Management System and other digital library related services) and related tool sets, representations of digital content, digital conversion, interoperability of digital platforms, management and archiving of datasets, and integration of digital resources into learning management systems.

| Digital Scholarship |

"HowOpenIsIt?"

Posted in Open Access on October 21st, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

PLOS, SPARC and OASPA have released "HowOpenIsIt?"

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

In preparation for Open Access Week (October 22-28), we are issuing the final version today so that people can download and print it for their use next week and beyond. This resource outlines the core components of open access (e.g., reader rights, reuse rights, copyrights, author posting rights, etc.) across the continuum from "open access" to "restricted access." Its aim is to help authors make informed decisions on where to publish based on journal policies. It also provides a resource for funders and other organizations to help establish criteria for the level of Open Access required for their policies and mandates. Ultimately, the conversation must shift from "Is It Open Access?" to "HowOpenIsIt?" The phrase "HowOpenIsIt?" will be used for a family of offerings to foster and promote open access in research communications. The Open Access Spectrum is our first program with more to come.

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

Head of Library Systems at University at Albany Libraries

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

The University at Albany Libraries are recruiting a Head of Library Systems.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The University at Albany Libraries seek a creative, knowledgeable, dynamic Head of Library Systems who is committed to service to academic library users and provides vision and direction for library IT operations including: the Libraries' ILS (Ex Libris ALEPH 500); design and technical aspects of the Libraries' Web site; an in-house server farm that hosts Web sites and related applications; computers and associated peripherals for public and staff; and computer-equipped classrooms.

| Digital Scholarship |

Current News: Twitter Updates for 10/18/12

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

| Digital Scholarship |

ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) Launches Registry

Posted in Metadata, Publishing on October 18th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) has launched a researcher registry.

Here's an excerpt from the press release:

Understanding the "who" and "what" of research has been hampered by lack of data standards, and in particular a standard for identifying individuals. Universities and other research organizations, as well as membership organizations like the American Physical Society (APS) are working to integrate ORCID identifiers into their systems. "For scholars, ORCID provides a persistent identifier that unambiguously distinguishes you as the author or creator of your published works in systems that adopt ORCID. Through integration in workflows such as manuscript and grant submission as well as researcher profiles, ORCID promises to help scholars and institutions manage academic information and, ultimately, to provide both with more control over their own record of scholarship," said Amy Brand, Assistant Provost for Faculty Appointments and Information at Harvard University. Currently, Boston University, New York University Langone Medical Center, Cornell University, and the California Institute of Technology, and the research information system vendors Avedas, Symplectic, and Thomson Reuters are actively working on integration with the ORCID registry.

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


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