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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

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.

| Scholarly Electronic Publishing Weblog | Digital Scholarship |

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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

    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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      FOSS Accessibility Tools for Libraries: Step-by-Step Guide

      Posted in Electronic Resources, Reports and White Papers on November 6th, 2012

      EIFL has released the FOSS Accessibility Tools for Libraries: Step-by-Step Guide.

      Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

      Using technology appropriately can enhance the library experience for all users, but is particularly significant for users with disabilities. Creating electronic resources as accessibly as possible is a useful starting point, but for some users specific technologies will be needed to access those resources. There are many FOSS tools available to support library users with a variety of needs, ranging from those with visual impairment or blindness, to users with dyslexia or who have difficulty using a mouse, or simply users who have limited reading ability or prefer to listen to text than read it on-screen. Most librarians are not specialists in this area and can be discouraged by the sheer number and variety of FOSS tools available to support disabled users. This is why EIFL have created a step-by-step guide to some of the most helpful and easy-to-use tools.

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        How Teens Do Research in the Digital World

        Posted in Digital Culture, Reports and White Papers on November 5th, 2012

        The Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project has released How Teens Do Research in the Digital World.

        Here's an excerpt:

        • Virtually all (99%) AP and NWP teachers in this study agree with the notion that "the internet enables students to access a wider range of resources than would otherwise be available," and 65% agree that "the internet makes today's students more self-sufficient researchers."
        • At the same time, 76% of teachers surveyed "strongly agree" with the assertion that internet search engines have conditioned students to expect to be able to find information quickly and easily.
        • Large majorities also agree with the notion that the amount of information available online today is overwhelming to most students (83%) and that today's digital technologies discourage students from using a wide range of sources when conducting research (71%).
        • Fewer teachers, but still a majority of this sample (60%), agree with the assertion that today's technologies make it harder for students to find credible sources of information.

        | Reviews of Digital Scholarship Publications | Digital Scholarship |

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          Report of the ARL Joint Task Force on Services to Patrons with Print Disabilities

          Posted in ARL Libraries, Electronic Resources, Legislation and Government Regulation, Reports and White Papers, Research Libraries on November 5th, 2012

          The Association of Research Libraries has released the Report of the ARL Joint Task Force on Services to Patrons with Print Disabilities.

          Here's an excerpt from:

          This ARL task force report highlights emerging and promising strategies to better align research libraries with other institutional and related partners in ensuring accessibility to research resources while fully meeting legal requirements. The report addresses the technological, service, and legal factors relating to a variety of information resources with respect to print disability. These factors resonate closely with the existing research library agenda to make scholarly communication more open, to foster independence among its user base by teaching information literacy, to honor and invest in diversity, as well as to focus on the growing trend toward universal design in instruction.

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            E-books: Developments and Policy Considerations

            Posted in Copyright, E-Books, Licenses, Publishing, Reports and White Papers on November 1st, 2012

            The OECD has released E-books: Developments and Policy Considerations.

            Here's an excerpt:

            The essential distinction between permanent and effective ownership of a physical book, and conditional rights of access to the e-book, has, so far, been somewhat obscured by marketing strategies and use of visual images, which tend to present e-books as a superior, but also substitutable, version of the print book product. Given the virtual reality of "traditional books" presented by e-Book platforms, buyers of e-books are likely to confuse their rights (i.e. after purchase) with the property rights model for print books. Users may be surprised to find that they are prevented from doing certain things7 with their e-book, within their private/ personal sphere.

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              Measuring the Impact of Digital Resources: The Balanced Value Impact Model

              Posted in Digital Humanities, Digital Libraries, Electronic Resources, Reports and White Papers on October 31st, 2012

              King's College London has released Measuring the Impact of Digital Resources: The Balanced Value Impact Model.

              Here's an excerpt:

              This document synthesizes information from the whole Impact Assessment sector and then proposes the Balanced Value Impact Model as a means to effectively carry out an Impact Assessment relating to the benefits of digitization and digital resources in general. It seeks to help the communities identified above to provide a compelling argument for future work. Thus, you will find in this document information on:

              • Where the value and impact can be found in digital resources,
              • Who are the beneficiaries gaining from the impact and value,
              • How to measure change and impact for digital resources,
              • What makes for good indicators of change in people’s lives,
              • How to do an Impact Assessment using the Balanced Value Impact Model, and
              • How to present a convincing evidence-based argument for digital resources?

              | Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography 2010 | Digital Scholarship |

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                UNT Libraries: Open Access Fund Research Report

                Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Reports and White Papers, Research Libraries on October 30th, 2012

                The University of North Texas Libraries have released the UNT Libraries: Open Access Fund Research Report.

                Here's the abstract:

                This report discusses Open Access (OA) funds created at universities in order to assist faculty authors with Article Processing Charges (APCs). Building on the research initiatives of the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), thirty North American universities' OA fund initiatives were reviewed on their sponsors, eligibility, reimbursement criteria, and stipulations related to the fund. In addition, fifteen OA journal funding models and twelve hybrid journal funding models were reviewed on their average APCs and their licensing policies. This report serves as a framework for building upon emerging best practices and outlining possible approaches and considerations for the University of North Texas.

                | Transforming Scholarly Publishing through Open Access: A Bibliography | Digital Scholarship |

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                  Curating for Quality: Ensuring Data Quality to Enable New Science

                  Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Reports and White Papers on October 30th, 2012

                  The UNC School of Information & Library Science has released Curating for Quality: Ensuring Data Quality to Enable New Science.

                  Here's an excerpt:

                  The National Science Foundation sponsored a workshop on September 10 and 11, 2012, in Arlington, Virginia on "Curating for Quality: Ensuring Data Quality to Enable New Science." Individuals from government, academic and industry settings gathered to discuss issues, strategies and priorities for ensuring quality in collections of data. This workshop aimed to define data quality research issues and potential solutions. The workshop objectives were organized into four clusters: (1) data quality criteria and contexts, (2) human and institutional factors, (3) tools for effective and painless curation, and (4) metrics for data quality. . . .

                  The workshop identified several key challenges that include:

                  • selection strategies—how to determine what is most valuable to preserve
                  • how much and which context to include—how to insure that data is interpretable and usable in the future, what metadata to include
                  • tools and techniques to support painless curation—creating and sharing tools and techniques that apply across disciplines
                  • cost and accountability models—how to balance selection, context decisions with cost constraints.

                  | Digital Curation Bibliography: Preservation and Stewardship of Scholarly Works | Digital Scholarship |

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                    The Current State of Open Access Repository Interoperability

                    Posted in Digital Repositories, Institutional Repositories, Open Access, Reports and White Papers on October 25th, 2012

                    The Confederation of Open Access Repositories has released The Current State of Open Access Repository Interoperability.

                    Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                    The report provides an overview of the current interoperability landscape in terms of the types of services that are now possible because of recent research and development efforts from throughout the Open Access community. The report covers seven areas of focus for current interoperability initiatives, and it provides overviews of nineteen key interoperability initiatives.

                    The intended audience includes institutions and repository managers operating at different points in terms of infrastructure, resources, and institutional support. For institutions new to Open Access and repositories, the report aims to provide guidance for getting started and indicates which interoperability initiatives are necessary to implement in order to achieve specific services. For institutions and repository managers already involved in OA and repositories, the report may provide ideas for additional functionality to add to your repository or further services that are possible to provide to your community.

                    | Institutional Repository and ETD Bibliography 2011 | Digital Scholarship |

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                      OAPEN-UK HSS Researcher Survey Results

                      Posted in E-Books, Open Access, Reports and White Papers on October 24th, 2012

                      The OAPEN-UK project has released the OAPEN-UK HSS Researcher Survey Results.

                      Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                      Here are some of the highlights:

                      • Only 50% of researchers are aware of OA and only 30% familiar with it.
                      • Around 50% of researchers think it is ok to make a profit from OA publishing as long as that profit goes back into supporting the discipline or making more OA content available — 20% think you can make a profit and use it however you like and 20% think that you can make a profit but only to cover costs.
                      • Almost 80% would prefer the most restrictive Creative Comms licence, but what is interesting is that the responses show that researchers are more concerned about protecting their work than it being used commercially.
                      • 60% had read a monograph in the last couple of days â 39% had bought it and 33% had got it via the library
                      • Early career academics are more willing to consider self-publishing than later career researchers.

                      | Transforming Scholarly Publishing through Open Access: A Bibliography | Digital Scholarship |

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                        Younger Americans’ Reading and Library Habits

                        Posted in Digital Culture, Libraries, Reports and White Papers on October 23rd, 2012

                        The Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project has released Younger Americans' Reading and Library Habits.

                        Here's an excerpt:

                        Among the main findings:

                        • 83% of Americans between the ages of 16 and 29 read a book in the past year. Some 75% read a print book, 19% read an e-book, and 11% listened to an audiobook.
                        • Among Americans who read e-books, those under age 30 are more likely to read their e-books on a cell phone (41%) or computer (55%) than on an e-book reader such as a Kindle (23%) or tablet (16%).
                        • Overall, 47% of younger Americans read long-form e-content such as books, magazines or newspapers. E-content readers under age 30 are more likely than older e-content readers to say that they are reading more these days due to the availability of e-content (40% vs. 28%).

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