Archive for July, 2015

"A Library in the Palm of Your Hand: Mobile Services in Top 100 University Libraries"

Posted in Research Libraries, Social Media/Web 2.0 on July 24th, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Yan Quan Liu and Sarah Briggs have published "A Library in the Palm of Your Hand: Mobile Services in Top 100 University Libraries" in Information Technology and Libraries.

Here's an excerpt:

What is the current state of mobile services among academic libraries of the country's top 100 universities, and what are the best practices for librarians implementing mobile services at the university level? Through in-depth website visits and survey questionnaires, the authors studied each of the top 100 universities' libraries' experiences with mobile services. Results showed that all of these libraries offered at least one mobile service, and the majority offered multiple services. The most common mobile services offered were mobile sites, text messaging services, e-books, and mobile access to databases and the catalog. In addition, chat/IM services, social media accounts and apps were very popular. Survey responses also indicated a trend towards responsive design for websites so that patrons can access the library's full site on any mobile device. Respondents recommend that libraries considering offering mobile services begin as soon as possible as patron demand for these services is expected to increase.

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Associate University Librarian for Research and Scholarly Communication at Oregon State University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on July 24th, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Oregon State University is recruiting an Associate University Librarian for Research and Scholarly Communication.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The AUL for Research and Scholarly Communication supervises and works with department heads to implement the strategic directions for the Center for Digital Scholarship and Services, Emerging Technologies and Services, the Oregon Explorer Project, University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, and the Guin Marine Sciences Library located in Newport, Oregon, as part of the Hatfield Marine Science Center.

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"Engine Of Innovation: Building the High Performance Catalog"

Posted in OPACs/Discovery Systems on July 24th, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Will Owen and Sarah C. Michalak have published "Engine Of Innovation: Building the High Performance Catalog" in Information Technology and Libraries.

Here's an excerpt:

In our local consortium, the Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN), librarians have deployed the search and faceting services of Endeca to enrich the discovery interfaces. We have gone beyond augmenting the catalog through the addition of MARCIVE records for government documents, by including Encoded Archival Description (EAD) finding aids and selected (and ever-expanding) digital collections that are not easily discoverable through major search engines. We have similarly enhanced services related to the discovery and delivery of items listed in the bibliographic database, including not only common features like the ability to export citations in a variety of formats but also more extensive services such as document delivery, an auto-suggest feature that maximizes use of Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH), and the ability to submit cataloged items to be processed for reserve reading.

Both students and faculty have embraced e-books, and in adding more than a million such titles to the UNC-Chapel Hill catalog we continue to blend discovery and delivery, but now on a very large scale. Coupling catalog records with a metadata service that provides book jackets, tables of contents, and content summaries, cataloging Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data sets, and adding live links to the finding aids for digitized archival and manuscript collections have further enhanced the blended discovery/delivery capacity of the catalog.

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System Administrator/Digital Preservation Professional at University of Alaska

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on July 23rd, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of Alaska is recruiting a System Administrator/Digital Preservation Professional.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

  • Experience managing content management systems, institutional repositories, rights management, or other knowledge management systems.
  • Demonstrated familiarity with development and management of a digital preservation plan.
  • Proven ability to successfully initiate, track and management detail-oriented simultaneous projects.
  • Ability to draft and maintain clear documentations and policies.
  • Experience working with multiple metadata standards, frameworks, and controlled vocabularies.
  • Experience in basic software development and web related mark up languages.

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"NIH Approves Strategic Vision to Transform National Library of Medicine"

Posted in Reports and White Papers, Research Libraries on July 23rd, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

National Institutes of Health Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., today approved a federal report (PDF – 163KB) that lays out the long-term scientific vision for the NIH’s National Library of Medicine (NLM), the world’s largest biomedical library. This vision, presented today at the 110th meeting of the Advisory Committee to the Director (ACD), calls for NIH to position the NLM as a unifying force in biomedicine that promotes and accelerates knowledge generation, dissemination and understanding in the United States and internationally. The report also cites the need to make NLM the epicenter for biomedical data science, not just at NIH, but across the biomedical research enterprise. In addition, the report recommends dramatically expanding NLM’s activities to include research conducted beyond NIH’s walls to funded institutions, enabling it to have a greater and wider impact on data science than ever before. NIH plans to work with Congress to implement the necessary infrastructure changes to move this vision forward.

Associate University Librarian for Digital Technologies at Brown University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs, Library IT Jobs on July 23rd, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Brown University is recruiting an Associate University Librarian for Digital Technologies.

Here's an excerpt from the ad

This position provides strong leadership and strategic direction in the development, delivery, and integration of new and existing systems, technology services, and digital initiatives across the libraries. S/he supervises department heads for the following groups: Digital Scholarship Services (which includes oversight of spaces); Digital Preservation; Web Services; Integrated Technology Services; and Repository Services. S/he also manages the Center for Digital Scholarship in close collaboration with the Associate University Librarian for Research and Outreach Services. In addition, the incumbent will identify and oversee the implementation of new roles and technologies that improve, enhance, and extend Library services based on emerging needs of the campus community.

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"Emerald Group Publishing Tests ZEN, Increases Prices: What Does It Mean?"

Posted in Libraries, Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on July 23rd, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Richard Poynder has published "Emerald Group Publishing Tests ZEN, Increases Prices: What Does It Mean?" in Open and Shut?

Here's an excerpt:

So why has Emerald chosen to trial ZEN [Zero Embargo Now] with some of it library journals, what role did the LAG play in the decision, and what do members of the LAG feel about the associated 70% increase in the APCs of 32 engineering and technology journals?

In the hope of finding out I emailed Emerald and asked where I could find a list of advisory group members. It turns out that these are not publicly available.

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Digital Curation News (7/22/2015) #digitalcuration #digitalpreservation #researchdatamanagement #rdm #museum

Posted in Digital Curation News on July 22nd, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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Web Archiving and Emerging Formats Librarian at Cornell University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on July 22nd, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Cornell University is recruiting a Web Archiving and Emerging Formats Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Web Archiving and Emerging Formats Librarian monitors and participates in external developments, standards development and changing needs to further CUL's initiatives. The position is expected to collaborate in CUL partnerships, such as 2CUL, and plays an active role in professional organizations inside and outside of the CUL community.

This is a two-year academic-status term position with possibility for renewal.

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Scopus Will Include Open Access Indicator for Indexed Journals

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on July 22nd, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

As of July 29, Scopus will include an open access indicator for indexed journals.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

Out of the +21,000 active journals indexed in Scopus, 3,785 are currently (June 2015) registered as Open Access (OA) journals. . . .

In Scopus, journals are registered as being OA journals only if they are registered as Gold OA or Subsidized OA at one or both of the following sources: Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) and the Directory of Open Access Scholarly Resources (ROAD).

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Scholarly Communication Librarian at UCLA

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on July 22nd, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

UCLA is recruiting a Scholarly Communication Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The UCLA Library seeks a dynamic, energetic, innovative leader to join its Scholarly Communication and Licensing (SCL) team as UCLA's Scholarly Communication Librarian. Reporting to the Head of SCL, the successful candidate will lead efforts to design systematic and sustainable approaches to outreach, and design new services that support the broadest possible dissemination of scholarly output. The Scholarly Communication Librarian will work closely with faculty, researchers, students, staff, and librarians to assist in scholarly communication endeavors initiated by the Library and to that end, will develop educational materials and instructional sessions and programs. The Scholarly Communication Librarian will liaise with campus partners on the development of targeted outreach and programs that promote scholarly communication, open access, and develop open education strategies to further the campus mission of research, teaching, and public service.

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"Accelerating Scientific Publication in Biology"

Posted in Open Science, Publishing, Scholarly Journals, Self-Archiving on July 22nd, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Ronald D Vale has self-archived "Accelerating Scientific Publication in Biology."

Here's an excerpt:

Our analysis suggests that publication practices have changed considerably in the life sciences over the past thirty years. Considerably more experimental data is now required for publication, and the average time required for graduate students to publish their first paper has increased and is approaching the desirable duration of Ph.D. training. Since publication is generally a requirement for career progression, schemes to reduce the time of graduate student and postdoctoral training may be difficult to implement without also considering new mechanisms for accelerating communication of their work. The increasing time to publication also delays potential catalytic effects that ensue when many scientists have access to new information. The time has come for the life scientists, funding agencies, and publishers to discuss how to communicate new findings in a way that best serves the interests of the public and scientific community.

See also: "Thoughts on Ron Vale's 'Accelerating Scientific Publication in Biology'" by Michael Eisen.

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