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"Deconstructing the Durham Statement: The Persistence of Print Prestige During the Age of Open Access"

Posted in Libraries, Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on July 15th, 2016

Sarah Reis has self-archived "Deconstructing the Durham Statement: The Persistence of Print Prestige During the Age of Open Access."

Here's an excerpt:

In the seven years following the promulgation of the Durham Statement on Open Access to Legal Scholarship, law journals have largely responded to the call to make articles available in open, electronic formats, but not to the call to stop print publication and publish only in electronic format. Nearly all of the flagship law reviews at ABA-accredited institutions still insist on publishing in print, despite the massive decline in print subscribers and economic and environmental waste. . . . The Durham Statement was drafted by law library directors from top law schools across the country. Law librarians today must assist in facilitating the transition if we ever expect to see a world of electronic-only publication of law journals. This paper argues that the Harvard Law Review, Yale Law Journal, and Stanford Law Review must be the first law reviews to transition to electronic-only publication, after which other law journals will follow suit.

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    "Rethinking Authentication, Revamping the Business"

    Posted in Authentication and Security, Libraries, Publishing, Research Libraries on June 23rd, 2016

    Roger C. Schonfeld has published "Rethinking Authentication, Revamping the Business" in The Scholarly Kitchen.

    Here's an excerpt:

    While I have heard these arguments on and off this year, the meeting hosted by CCC [Copyright Clearance Center] made abundantly clear that there is great dissatisfaction with IP-based authentication across the community. Publishers want to move away from it due to their piracy concerns, their desire to improve seamlessness for researchers, and their expectations about the value they can offer through greater personalization. . . . And at least some academic librarians want to move away from it because of the poor user experience, especially with off-site access. Taking aim at IP authentication and proxy servers has become all the rage. But what might supplant them?

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      State of America’s Libraries 2016

      Posted in Libraries, Reports and White Papers on April 12th, 2016

      ALA has released the State of America's Libraries 2016.

      Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

      Academic, school, and public libraries continue to face an uncertain economy as they shift resources and services to meet the needs of the 21st-century digital world. The American Library Association launched a new public awareness campaign, "Libraries Transform," to help shift the mindset that "libraries are obsolete or nice to have" to "libraries are essential." This and other library trends of the past year, including the Top Ten Most Challenges Books of 2015, are detailed in the American Library Association's 2016 State of America's Libraries report, released during National Library Week, April 10- 16, 2016

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        "Library Leadership for the Digital Age"

        Posted in Digital Libraries, Libraries, Research Libraries on March 29th, 2016

        Ithaka S+R has released "Library Leadership for the Digital Age."

        Here's an excerpt:

        Users think libraries are—or at least should be—digital. And yet, we in academic libraries are still counting how many of everything we have in our local collections. We brag about how big we are or how specialized we are. We advertise our job openings with language suggesting that our size is an indicator of greatness. But as libraries become digital, the language about size or subject strength seems slightly ridiculous.

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          "Movers & Shakers 2016"

          Posted in Libraries on March 15th, 2016

          Library Journal has released "Movers & Shakers 2016." The first group, advocates, was released yesterday and a new group will be released each day through 3/18.

          Here's an excerpt:

          Fifteen years old and now over 750 leaders strong, Library Journal's Movers & Shakers (M&S) proudly introduces the Class of 2016-54 individuals profiled in 50 stories, who are changing the face of libraries of all types and sizes.

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            "NYPL Shows Academic Libraries What ‘Public Domain’ Means"

            Posted in Copyright, Libraries, Public Domain, Research Libraries on January 19th, 2016

            Rick Anderson has published "NYPL Shows Academic Libraries What ‘Public Domain’ Means" in The Scholarly Kitchen.

            Here's an excerpt:

            In far too many libraries, public-domain documents and images are treated as if they were under copyright—and, even worse, in many cases the policies in question are written as if the holding libraries were themselves the copyright holders. Sometimes this is because the librarians who control access to those images genuinely don't understand copyright law: they believe that simply digitizing an image results in a copyrightable document (it doesn't), or that owning the physical item gives one legal say over how its intellectual content can be used (also untrue). The result is that in many academic libraries, intellectual content that the public has a right to access, copy, adapt, and generally reuse in any way we wish is being locked down and restricted by—ironically enough—librarians.

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              Roy Tennant: "Remembering PACS-L"

              Posted in Libraries, Scholarly Communication on December 2nd, 2015

              Roy Tennant has published "Remembering PACS-L" in The Digital Shift.

              Here's an excerpt:

              For quite a while this list was where everything new in librarianship was happening. Despite its name, topics well beyond public access computer systems were discussed and debated. It was, in a nutshell, an essential place to hear and be heard. Its like was never to be again, as since then online communication channels have burgeoned and diversified.

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                "OCLC Prints Last Library Catalog Cards"

                Posted in Libraries, Metadata, OCLC on October 2nd, 2015

                OCLC has released "OCLC Prints Last Library Catalog Cards."

                Here's an excerpt:

                OCLC printed its last library catalog cards today, officially closing the book on what was once a familiar resource for generations of information seekers who now use computer catalogs and online search engines to access library collections around the world.

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                  Libraries at the Crossroads

                  Posted in Libraries, Reports and White Papers on September 16th, 2015

                  The Pew Research Center has released Libraries at the Crossroads.

                  Here's an excerpt:

                  A new survey from Pew Research Center brings this complex situation into stark relief. Many Americans say they want public libraries to:

                  • support local education;
                  • serve special constituents such as veterans, active-duty military personnel and immigrants;
                  • help local businesses, job seekers and those upgrading their work skills;
                  • embrace new technologies such as 3-D printers and provide services to help patrons learn about high-tech gadgetry.

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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

                    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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                      "Barriers to Initiation of Open Source Software Projects in Libraries"

                      Posted in Libraries, Open Source Software, Research Libraries on July 16th, 2015

                      Curtis Thacker and Charles Knutson have published "Barriers to Initiation of Open Source Software Projects in Libraries" in the Code4Lib Journal.

                      Here's an excerpt:

                      Libraries share a number of core values with the Open Source Software (OSS) movement, suggesting there should be a natural tendency toward library participation in OSS projects. However Dale Askey's 2008 Code4Lib column entitled "We Love Open Source Software. No, You Can't Have Our Code," claims that while libraries are strong proponents of OSS, they are unlikely to actually contribute to OSS projects. He identifies, but does not empirically substantiate, six barriers that he believes contribute to this apparent inconsistency. In this study we empirically investigate not only Askey's central claim but also the six barriers he proposes. In contrast to Askey's assertion, we find that initiation of and contribution to OSS projects are, in fact, common practices in libraries. However, we also find that these practices are far from ubiquitous; as Askey suggests, many libraries do have opportunities to initiate OSS projects, but choose not to do so. Further, we find support for only four of Askey's six OSS barriers. Thus, our results confirm many, but not all, of Askey's assertions.

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                        "How to Hack it as a Working Parent"

                        Posted in Digital Culture, Libraries, Research Libraries on April 20th, 2015

                        Jaclyn Bedoya et al. have published "How to Hack it as a Working Parent" in Code4Lib Journal.

                        Here's an excerpt:

                        The problems faced by working parents in technical fields in libraries are not unique or particularly unusual. However, the cross-section of work-life balance and gender disparity problems found in academia and technology can be particularly troublesome, especially for mothers and single parents. Attracting and retaining diverse talent in work environments that are highly structured or with high expectations of unstated off-the-clock work may be impossible long term. . . .

                        We present some practical solutions for those in technical positions in libraries. Such solutions involve strategic use of technical tools, and lightweight project management applications. Technical workarounds are not the only answer; real and lasting change will involve a change in individual priorities and departmental culture such as sophisticated and ruthless time management, reviewing workloads, cross-training personnel, hiring contract replacements, and creative divisions of labor. Ultimately, a flexible environment that reflects the needs of parents will help create a better workplace culture for everyone, kids or no kids.

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