Archive for June, 2014

"The Determinants of Open Access Publishing: Survey Evidence from Countries in the Mediterranean Open Access Network (MedOANet)"

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Self-Archiving on June 26th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Thomas Eger et al. have self-archived "The Determinants of Open Access Publishing: Survey Evidence from Countries in the Mediterranean Open Access Network (MedOANet)."

Here's an excerpt:

We discuss the results of a survey conducted between April 2013 and May 2014 in six Mediterranean countries and covering 2,528 researchers from Spain (1,291), Portugal (142), France (380), Italy (596), Turkey (131) and Greece (130). We compare the results to our German survey with 1,913 respondents. We show that there are significant differences between the scientific disciplines with respect to researcher's awareness of and experience with both open access (OA) journals and self-archiving. Accordingly, the publishing culture (e.g. reputation, publishing language) but also other issues like age and certain policies (MedOANet) may explain why researchers make more frequent use of OA publishing in some countries and disciplines.

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Digital Initiatives Metadata Librarian at University of Miami

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on June 26th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of Miami is recruiting a Digital Initiatives Metadata Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Under the direction of the Head of the Cataloging & Metadata Services Department, the Digital Initiatives Metadata Librarian supports the discovery of and access to the Libraries' digital content through metadata creation, analysis, enrichment, and maintenance according to local and national cataloging and metadata standards. Working closely with the Digital Projects team, the core mission of this position is to apply, steward, and preserve metadata for the Libraries' digital collections, as well as explore collaborations and partnerships with other library departments, university partners, and external collaborators. The position will participate in or lead projects to enhance intellectual access to and discoverability of both digital and physical resources.

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Demand-Driven Acquisition (DDA) of Monographs

Posted in Standards on June 26th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

NISO has released Demand-Driven Acquisition (DDA) of Monographs.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

This is a new project to develop recommended practices for the Demand-Driven Acquisition (DDA) of Monographs. Many libraries have embraced DDA (also referred to as patron-driven acquisition) to present many more titles to their patrons for potential use and purchase than would ever be feasible under the traditional purchase model. If implemented correctly, DDA can make it possible to purchase only what is needed, allowing libraries to spend the same amount of money as they previously spent on monographs, but with a higher rate of use. However, this model requires libraries to develop and implement new procedures for adding titles to a "consideration pool", for keeping unowned titles available for purchase for some future period, often years after publication, for providing discovery methods of titles in the pool, establishing rules on when a title gets purchased or only temporarily leased, and how potential titles are discovered, and for handling of multiple formats of a title.

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Digital Curation News (6/25/2014) #digitalpreservation

Posted in Digital Curation News on June 25th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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Integrated Digital Services Librarian at University of Baltimore

Posted in Library IT Jobs on June 25th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of Baltimore is recruiting an Integrated Digital Services Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to the Head of Integrated Digital Services, the Integrated Digital Services Librarian maintains and supports Langsdale and USM library systems, hardware and software. She/he will participate in collaborative design and development of new library technology services. The successful candidate will also work on USM library initiatives such as the implementation of the next-generation consortia integrated library system, discovery services and other new technologies.

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Systems Librarian at University of Maryland

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on June 25th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of Maryland is recruiting a Systems Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to the Manager, Digital Programs and Initiatives, the Systems Librarian supports all aspects of the work of the Digital Programs and Initiatives department. The Systems Librarian actively works with staff throughout the UMD Libraries to gather requirements for development of new digital initiatives and programs and provides support and instruction to UMD Libraries' staff in the installation, development, and use of digital applications. The Systems Librarian collaborates closely with staff in the Software Systems Development and Research department to implement new and upgraded applications, perform quality assurance testing, and to communicate issues clearly.

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"The Price of Big Science: Saturation or Abundance in Scientific Publishing?"

Posted in Publishing, Scholarly Communication, Scholarly Journals on June 25th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Caroline S. Wagner and Dae Joong Kim have published "The Price of Big Science: Saturation or Abundance in Scientific Publishing?" in Policy and Complex Systems.

Here's an excerpt:

The rate of production of scientific publications appears to be continuing on an exponential growth curve against the prediction of Derek de Solla Price. (This article examines only publications, but it has been noted that scientific data (Borgman, Wallis, and Enyedy 2007) and e-Science (Hey and Trefethen 2005) are also growing phenomena, as well.) The growth of scientific publications has many possible causes, but the system itself appears to be operating efficiently. The networked nature of global science (Wagner and Leydesdorff 2005), the expansion of source materials and venues, the expansion of the practice of science to new places, the application of science to new problems (such as climate change), and the rise of China as a scientific power all may be contributing to the very rapid growth in output, increasing the complexity of the system.

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Adriene Lim Named University of Oregon’s Philip H. Knight Dean of Libraries

Posted in ARL Libraries, People in the News on June 25th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of Oregon has named Adriene Lim as its Philip H. Knight Dean of Libraries.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

Lim has served as Oakland University's chief administrative officer for the school's main Kresge Library and Medical Library since 2011. Before that, she was at Portland State University since 2005, holding positions that included interim university librarian, associate university librarian and head of library technologies.

Lim earned a bachelor of fine arts degree and a master's degree in library and information science from Wayne State University in Detroit, Mich. She received a doctorate in library and information science from Simmons College in Boston, Mass., where she was in the managerial leadership in the information professions program.

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Library Systems and Data Strategist at University of Wisconsin—Madison

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on June 24th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of Wisconsin—Madison is recruiting a Library Systems and Data Strategist.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Data Strategist will work closely with library and technical staff, integrated library system vendors, application developers, researchers and campus partners to further the discovery and delivery of Library and other data. The Data Strategist will leverage deep knowledge of Library and other data to develop strategies for organizing and integrating many disparate data types. The Data Strategist will develop and maintain a thorough understanding of the functional, operational, and service needs of the Library as well as a provide a creative, dynamic perspective on provisioning data and services through other systems.

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"The Multidimensional Assessment of Scholarly Research Impact"

Posted in Publishing, Scholarly Journals, Scholarly Metrics on June 24th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Henk F. Moed and Gali Halevi have self-archived "The Multidimensional Assessment of Scholarly Research Impact."

Here's an excerpt:

This article introduces the Multidimensional Research Assessment Matrix of scientific output. Its base notion holds that the choice of metrics to be applied in a research assessment process depends upon the unit of assessment, the research dimension to be assessed, and the purposes and policy context of the assessment. An indicator may by highly useful within one assessment process, but less so in another. For instance, publication counts are useful tools to help discriminating between those staff members who are research active, and those who are not, but are of little value if active scientists are to be compared one another according to their research performance. This paper gives a systematic account of the potential usefulness and limitations of a set of 10 important metrics including altmetrics, applied at the level of individual articles, individual researchers, research groups and institutions. It presents a typology of research impact dimensions, and indicates which metrics are the most appropriate to measure each dimension. It introduces the concept of a meta-analysis of the units under assessment in which metrics are not used as tools to evaluate individual units, but to reach policy inferences regarding the objectives and general setup of an assessment process.

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Scholarly Communications Outreach Coordinator at Grand Valley State University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on June 24th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Grand Valley State University is recruiting a Scholarly Communications Outreach Coordinator.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Scholarly Communications Outreach Coordinator is responsible for the overall management and direction of the Libraries' scholarly communication program and repository services. The person in this position provides outreach to GVSU community on scholarly communications issues and services and leads the Libraries' efforts to support new models of scholarly communication. Responsibilities include advocating for alternatives to traditional publishing models, working with faculty and liaison librarians in identifying and adding materials to the repository, serving as a primary point of contact on copyright issues, and developing and providing University-wide educational opportunities for sharing information about scholarly communications, open access, copyright and institutional repositories. Promotes and administers the Libraries' Open Access Publishing Support Fund.

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Library of Congress Recommended Format Specifications 2014-2015

Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Digitization on June 24th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Library of Congress has released the Library of Congress Recommended Format Specifications 2014-2015.

Here's an excerpt:

The creation and publication of these recommended format specifications is not intended to serve as an answer to all the questions raised in preserving and providing long-term access to creative content. They do not provide instructions for receiving this material into repositories, managing that content or undertaking the many ongoing tasks which will be necessary to maintain this content so that it may be used well into the future. Tackling each of those aspects is a project in and of itself as each form of content has a unique set of facets and nuances. These specifications provide guidance on identifying sets of formats which are not drawn so narrowly as to discourage creators from working within them, but will instead encourage creators to use them to produce works in formats which will make preserving them and making them accessible simpler. Following these specifications helps make it realistic to build, grow and save creative output for our individual and collective benefit for generations to come.

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