Archive for November, 2012

Gold Open Access in High Energy Physics: SCOAP3 Progress Report

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on November 15th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Kara Malenfant has posted an update on SCOAP3 in ACRL Insider.

Here's an excerpt from a quote in the post by Ann Okerson:

After an intense period of behind-the-scenes effort, CERN's open access, library, purchasing, and legal staff, along with the SCOAP3 global Steering Committee and Technical Working Group, secured with leading publishers the participation in principle of 12 HEP (full or partial) journals; developed a project governance structure; crafted a framework for performing calculations for subscription reduction and re-direction; and are putting into place a series of National Contact Persons (NCPs), who are responsible for securing participation from libraries, library consortia, research institutions, and funding agencies in their countries.

SCOAP3 is happening NOW. Participating libraries and institutions are being contacted to begin the process of commitment and planning for funds re-direction. The goal is that arrangements will be in place for SCOAP3 go-live with articles published beginning January 2014. For the United States, the LYRASIS consortium is the chosen National Contact Organization, with Ann Okerson as the NCP.

Open Access Bibliography: Liberating Scholarly Literature with E-Prints and Open Access Journals Cover

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Digital Curator at British Library

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on November 15th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The British Library is recruiting a Digital Curator.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The work will involve tracking developments in digital scholarship, creating partnerships which can support the Library's strategic objectives and encouraging, supporting and assisting curators to realise their vision for integrating digital content into a seamless research experience.

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How Readers Discover Content in Scholarly Journals: Summary Edition

Posted in Electronic Resources, Reports and White Papers, Scholarly Journals on November 15th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Renew Training has released How Readers Discover Content in Scholarly Journals: Summary Edition.

Here's an excerpt:

This summary report is the output of a large scale survey of journal readers (n=19064) about journal content discovery conducted during May, June and July of 2102.

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Data Librarian at University of Rochester Libraries

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on November 14th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of Rochester Libraries are recruiting a Data Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The River Campus Libraries at the University of Rochester seeks an innovative and collaborative Data Librarian to design and establish a new research data support service at a leading research university. Reporting to the Associate Dean for Public Services, the Data Librarian plays a key role in developing services and policies to collect, manage, curate, provide access to, and assist in the analysis of data. The Data Librarian will work collaboratively with faculty, graduate students, reference librarians, metadata librarians, and information technology staff to develop and implement a campus-wide data program.

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"Green or Gold? Open Access after Finch"

Posted in Legislation and Government Regulation, Open Access, Publishing, Self-Archiving on November 14th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Martin Hall has published "Green or Gold? Open Access after Finch" in the latest issue of Insights.

Here's an excerpt:

he Working Group on Expanding Access to Published Research Findings reported to the UK's Minister of Universities and Science in mid-2012. This was followed by a new policy for open access (OA) publishing by Research Councils UK (RCUK) as well as a commitment from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) to require that research submitted to future research evaluation exercises—after the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF)—be open access. These initiatives build on a broad consensus, that includes for-profit publishers, that open access is the way of the future. Here, I give a perspective on these issues, both as the head of an institution with particular interests in the future of scholarly publication and also as a member of the Working Group on Expanding Access. The continuing development of informed debate will be critical for the future of the scholarly publishing system.

Transforming Scholarly Publishing through Open Access: A Bibliography Cover

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Digitization and Technology Librarian at Duke University Divinity School Library

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on November 14th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Duke University Divinity School Library is recruiting a Digitization and Technology Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

To capture and preserve both the original intellectual capital and resources produced or licensed/purchased by the Duke Divinity School in digital format and oversee the dissemination of these digital holdings.

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Changing Role of Senior Administrators, SPEC Kit 331

Posted in ARL Libraries, Reports and White Papers, Research Libraries on November 14th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

ARL has released the Changing Role of Senior Administrators, SPEC Kit 331.

Here's an excerpt from the press release:

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has published Changing Role of Senior Administrators, SPEC Kit 331, which focuses on the professional, administrative, and management positions that report directly to the library director (or, in some ARL member libraries, the position that serves as the representative to the Association), positions that have not been examined by a SPEC survey since 1984. This SPEC Kit explores the responsibilities of these positions, and the skills, qualifications, and competencies necessary for these administrators to successfully lead a transforming 21st-century research library. The publication looks at whether and how position requirements have changed in the past five years, whether the number of direct reports has changed, whether these administrators have assumed new areas of organizational responsibility, and how they acquire the new skills to fulfill those responsibilities.

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UNC at Chapel Hill Offers Post-Masters Certificate in Data Curation

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Information Schools on November 13th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is now offering a Post-Masters Certificate in Data Curation.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

With a two-week intensive kick-off on the UNC at Chapel Hill campus during summer session (May 2013), the remainder of the program will be taught online and includes guided projects that arise from a student's work experience. The 30 credit program can be completed in two years.

Defined by Drs. Helen Tibbo, alumni distinguished professor, and Christopher (Cal) Lee, associate professor at SILS, "Digital/data curation involves selection and appraisal by creators and archivists; evolving provision of intellectual access; redundant storage; data transformations; and, for some materials a commitment to long-term preservation. Digital/data curation is stewardship that provides for the reproducibility and re-use of authentic digital data and other digital assets. Development of trustworthy and durable digital repositories; principles of sound metadata creation and capture; use of open standards for file formats and data encoding; and the promotion of information management literacy are all essential to the longevity of digital resources and the success of curation efforts."

Digital Curation Bibliography: Preservation and Stewardship of Scholarly Works Cover

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Computer Services Associate—Library Automation at Valdosta State University Library

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on November 13th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Valdosta State University Library is recruiting a Computer Services Associate—Library Automation.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

This position reports to the Odum Library Automation Department, and is assigned to work with the VSU Archives and Special Collections Department. This position is responsible for managing the development of metadata, textual encoding, as well as the day-to-day progress of a wide variety of digital reformatting projects including scanning, optical character recognition, image and text editing, This person is responsible for maintaining items in the Vtext Institutional Repository and the VSU Archives web sites and its databases. This person directly supervises all student digital projects in Archives and Special Collections.

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Open Access: "The Rapid Rout of RWA"

Posted in Legislation and Government Regulation, Open Access, Publishing on November 13th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Walt Crawford has published "The Rapid Rout of RWA" in the latest issue of Cites & Insights: Crawford at Large.

Here's an excerpt:

Seven weeks—from January 5, 2012 to February 27, 2012. That's all it took to get from AAP/PSP endorsing HR 3699, the Research Works Act, to Elsevier withdrawing its support and the bill disappearing. By today's legislative standards, it was all over before it started and scarcely worthy of a story here (except maybe a paragraph in The Back).

But it's not that simple, and I'd like to believe it's not really over—that this rapid rout is one in a series of events that will eventually change the landscape of scholarly publishing for the better. That makes the story worth telling. Well, that and my personal sense that it leads into a story that's not directly related but has similar resonances.

Open Access Bibliography: Liberating Scholarly Literature with E-Prints and Open Access Journals Cover

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Digital Copyright: Google Asks Court to Reverse Class Certification Decision in The Authors Guild et al. v. Google Inc.

Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars, E-Books, Google and Other Search Engines, Mass Digitizaton, Publishing on November 13th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

In a brief, Google has asked the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals to reverse the class certification decision by the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York in The Authors Guild et al. v. Google Inc. case.

Here's the brief.

Read more about it at "Google Asks Court to Ax Book-Scanning Suit from Authors Guild."

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Presentations from the October 2012 Preservation & Archiving Special Interest Group (PASIG) Meeting Now Available

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on November 12th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Presentations from the October 2012 PASIG Meeting are now available.

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