Archive for March, 2013

eBook Use and Acceptance in an Undergraduate Institution

Posted in E-Books, Electronic Resources, Publishing, Reports and White Papers on March 19th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Springer has released eBook Use and Acceptance in an Undergraduate Institution.

Here's an excerpt :

The survey finds high use of eBooks at Wellesley College, with 70% of the respondents indicating they have used eBooks. Other recent international surveys of eBook use have shown 52-64% of students or faculty responding that they have used eBooks (Figure 10). Within the general U.S. population 21% of adults reported having used eBooks in 2011. Some eBook use by Wellesley students and faculty may be non-academic, leisure reading, but half of Wellesley's eBook users report having used eBooks from the Wellesley College Library's collection.

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Data Curation Librarian at University of Tennessee, Knoxville Libraries

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on March 19th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville Libraries are recruiting a Data Curation Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to the Associate Dean for Research and Scholarly Communication, the data curation librarian will: strengthen the University's capacity to secure highly competitive grant funding; contribute to the development of long-term data management infrastructure; assist faculty in the discovery of relevant existing data sets and other information; serve as a PI, co-PI or grant team member on externally funded projects; and engage in research and professional activity at the national and international level. The librarian performs data management planning with PIs and researchers, serves as a consultant with researchers on research data issues, and trains researchers on the use of digital research and publishing tools, including UT's Trace digital repository.

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"F1000 Recommendations as a New Data Source for Research Evaluation: A Comparison with Citations"

Posted in Publishing, Scholarly Communication, Scholarly Journals, Scholarly Metrics on March 19th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Ludo Waltman and Rodrigo Costas have self-archived "F1000 Recommendations as a New Data Source for Research Evaluation: A Comparison with Citations" in arXiv.org.

Here's an excerpt:

F1000 is a post-publication peer review service for biological and medical research. F1000 aims to recommend important publications in the biomedical literature, and from this perspective F1000 could be an interesting tool for research evaluation. By linking the complete database of F1000 recommendations to the Web of Science bibliographic database, we are able to make a comprehensive comparison between F1000 recommendations and citations. We find that about 2% of the publications in the biomedical literature receive at least one F1000 recommendation. Recommended publications on average receive 1.30 recommendations, and over 90% of the recommendations are given within half a year after a publication has appeared. There turns out to be a clear correlation between F1000 recommendations and citations. However, the correlation is relatively weak, at least weaker than the correlation between journal impact and citations.

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Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates for 3/18/13

Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on March 18th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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Scholarly Communications Librarian at Montana State University Library

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on March 18th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Montana State University Library is recruiting a Scholarly Communications Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Managing the daily operation of the IR which involves adding and editing content, metadata creation, training other library staff in IR functions, etc. Working with appropriate parties and staff to maintain and develop new functionality for the IR. Creating and updating IR policies, procedures, and other necessary documentation. Maintaining and developing new partnerships with Library subject liaisons, MSU faculty, MSU departments and research units, and publications editors for adding content to the IR. Promoting the IR to the campus community. Advising and educating the campus community about authors' rights and other copyright issues related to scholarly communication. Promoting open access as a policy and philosophy on campus. Collecting and analyzing and reporting IR usage data. Coordinating and providing training in support of ScholarWorks and scholarly communication on campus.

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"A Mobile Interface for DSpace"

Posted in Digital Repositories, DSpace, Institutional Repositories, Open Source Software, Social Media/Web 2.0 on March 18th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Elías Tzoc has published "A Mobile Interface for DSpace" in the latest issue of D-Lib Magazine.

Here's an excerpt:

Academic libraries were among the first adopters of mobile websites in universities, but much of the early development was focused exclusively on traditional library content such as the library's homepage, catalog, contact information, etc. As libraries continue to work on new technology developments, a mobile interface for their institutional repositories can be a good new way to reach out to faculty and other interested parties. Miami University's Scholarly Commons runs on DSpace as part of a shared infrastructure administered by OhioLINK. DSpace is used at academic institutions, research and resource centers, museums, national libraries, and government and commercial organizations. With over a thousand installations in more than 90 countries, DSpace is the most widely used open source repository platform by any measure. The steady popularity of DSpace suggests that a lot of institutions will benefit from an out-of-the-box mobile interface. This article describes the development and implementation of the first mobile interface developed for DSpace using the jQuery Mobile Framework.

Note: Includes links to software.

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Digital Scholarship Librarian at Miami University Libraries

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on March 18th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Miami University Libraries are recruiting a Digital Scholarship Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Provide consulting to faculty and graduate students in defining and implementing digital scholarship projects; investigate new and innovative ways to create, organize, and deliver online content; serve as the developer in the building, maintenance and technical support of the Miami Digital Repository; design and teach credit/non-credit courses including activities such as developing effective teaching materials, teaching or co-teaching non-credit/credit classes both on and off campus, and engage in assessment of teaching methods and learning outcomes; design and teach workshops on digital technologies for graduate students and faculty; design and implement effective usability and assessment methods to evaluate effectiveness of digital scholarship products and services; participate in repository and technology development projects for the OhioLINK Digital Resource Commons and serve on committees and task forces as needed; work independently and with stakeholders to write grants to federal, state and local agencies to support digital scholarship activities and initiatives; demonstrate commitment to diversity in library and campus wide initiatives and serve as a liaison to the Center for American and World Cultures; participate in library and university teams and working groups.

Digital Curation Bibliography, 2012 Supplement

Posted in Bibliographies, Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Digital Scholarship Publications, Scholarly Communication on March 18th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Digital Scholarship has released the Digital Curation Bibliography: Preservation and Stewardship of Scholarly Works, 2012 Supplement, which presents over 130 English-language articles, books, and technical reports published in 2012 that are useful in understanding digital curation and preservation. This selective bibliography covers digital curation and preservation copyright issues, digital formats (e.g., media, e-journals, and research data), metadata, models and policies, national and international efforts, projects and institutional implementations, research studies, services, strategies, and digital repository concerns.

It is a supplement to the Digital Curation Bibliography: Preservation and Stewardship of Scholarly Works, which covers over 650 works published from 2000 through 2011.

The bibliography includes links to freely available versions of included works. If such versions are unavailable, italicized links to the publishers' descriptions are provided.

The bibliography is available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License.

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