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"Evaluating an Open Access Publishing Fund at a Comprehensive University"

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Research Libraries, Scholarly Journals on February 8th, 2016

Sarah Beaubien, Julie Garrison, and Doug Way have published "Evaluating an Open Access Publishing Fund at a Comprehensive University" in the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication.

Here's an excerpt:

Wanting to learn how faculty have benefitted from an open access publishing fund, Grand Valley State University Libraries surveyed recipients of the fund. The survey asked authors why they chose an open access publishing option and whether the fund influenced this decision. Authors were also asked whether they perceived that selecting an open access option broadened exposure to their work and about their likelihood of choosing open access in the future.

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    "ARL Libraries and Research: Correlates of Grant Funding"

    Posted in ARL Libraries, Research Libraries on January 21st, 2016

    Ryan P. Womack has self-archived "ARL Libraries and Research: Correlates of Grant Funding."

    Here's an excerpt:

    This study focuses on U.S. members of the ARL, the Association for Research Libraries. Research success is measured by the total grant funding received by the University, creating an ordered set of categories. Combining data from the NSF National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics, ARL Statistics, and IPEDS, the primary explanatory factors for research success are examined. Using linear regression, logistic regression, and the cumulative logit model, the best-fitting models generated by ARL data, NSF data, and the combined data set for both nominal and per capita funding are compared. These models produce the most relevant explanatory variables for research funding, which do not include library-related variables in most cases.

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      Dean and Director of the University Libraries at University of Denver

      Posted in Research Libraries on January 19th, 2016

      The University of Denver is recruiting a Dean and Director of the University Libraries .

      Here's an excerpt from the ad:

      The University of Denver (DU) seeks an innovative and inspired leader to serve as the Dean and Director of the University Libraries. We are seeking a visionary who will advance the institution's research and educational missions, commitment to diversity, and development initiatives. The ideal candidate will be a thoughtful strategic leader who can facilitate.

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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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          "Publishing as Pedagogy: Connecting Library Services and Technology"

          Posted in ARL Libraries, Open Access, Publishing, Research Libraries, Scholarly Journals on January 18th, 2016

          Laurie Alexander et al. have published "Publishing as Pedagogy: Connecting Library Services and Technology" in EDUCAUSE Review.

          Here's an excerpt:

          In the following three case studies we profile three student publishing outputs (a journal, a book, and an exhibit) from the University of Michigan Library. Beyond describing the products themselves, we identify the opportunities that the librarians involved found to emphasize particular learning experiences during the creation process.

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            Dean of Libraries at University of Massachusetts Amherst

            Posted in ARL Libraries, Research Libraries on January 18th, 2016

            The University of Massachusetts Amherst is recruiting a Dean of Libraries.

            Here's an excerpt from the ad:

            The University of Massachusetts Amherst invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean of Libraries. This is an outstanding opportunity for a transformational leader to define the blueprint for the academic library of the future, building on the solid foundations of our current library system, which has been a trendsetter in the adoption of new services, new technologies, and new concepts of library space utilization.

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              Dean of Libraries at University of Virginia

              Posted in ARL Libraries, Research Libraries on December 2nd, 2015

              The University of Virginia is recruiting a Dean of Libraries.

              Here's an excerpt from the ad:

              The University Library includes twelve facilities, in addition to specialized libraries serving the Darden School, the Health Sciences, and Law. Additionally, the Library offers digital resources, specialized labs, and other services to support research and scholarship at all levels. These services include: Collections; Data Services; Digitization & Computing; Reference, Consultations, & Classes; Rooms, Equipment, & Reservations; and Scholarly Communication Services. The Dean of Libraries is the chief administrator of the Library and oversees 212 staff members and a $33 million budget.

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                "How to Use Crowdsourcing Effectively: Guidelines and Examples"

                Posted in Emerging Technologies, Research Libraries on December 1st, 2015

                Elena Simperl has published "How to Use Crowdsourcing Effectively: Guidelines and Examples" in LIBER Quarterly.

                Here's an excerpt:

                Crowdsourcing has become the mot du jour when it comes to resolving any types of problems, online or offline, that require sustained human involvement. We see it applied in order to motivate employees to engage with less rewarding daily routines, to attract the best possible ideas and approaches to boost innovation, or to complete data processing tasks that computing technology has yet to master quickly and accurately.

                In this paper we look at its various forms and flavors, from gamification to human computation and grand challenges, and discuss how it could be used to turn conventional content management applications into social machines in which tasks are performed as optimal combinations of human and computational intelligence. We introduce a framework for the analysis of the most important building blocks of such systems, as well as design and participation best practices that should guide their development.

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                  Office of Scholarly Communication: Scope, Organizational Placement, and Planning in Ten Research Libraries

                  Posted in ARL Libraries, Reports and White Papers, Research Libraries, Scholarly Communication on November 20th, 2015

                  Ithaka S+R has released Office of Scholarly Communication: Scope, Organizational Placement, and Planning in Ten Research Libraries.

                  Here's an excerpt:

                  The project was designed to gather basic information about these issues at some of the largest research-intensive university libraries. It finds categorical differences in the vision for the scholarly communications unit and its organizational placement, as well as associated differences in staffing and budget.

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                    "The History and Future of Academic Library Collecting in Eleven Pictures"

                    Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Research Libraries on November 18th, 2015

                    David W. Lewis has self-archived "The History and Future of Academic Library Collecting in Eleven Pictures."

                    Here's an excerpt:

                    In the digital world and using the strategy I have outlined what we have is more like an open checkbook that will purchase the books an articles any library user wants. It is the difference between a public park and giving citizens free ticket s to Disney Land whenever they need recreation. Or, like the difference between a soup kitchen and food stamps.

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                      "ARL Fall Forum Explores Research Partnerships in Digital Scholarship for the Humanities and Social Sciences—Overview and Slides Online"

                      Posted in ARL Libraries, Digital Humanities, Research Libraries on November 17th, 2015

                      ARL has released "ARL Fall Forum Explores Research Partnerships in Digital Scholarship for the Humanities and Social Sciences—Overview and Slides Online."

                      Here's an excerpt:

                      More than 170 librarians, publishers, scholars, and others spent an invigorating day discussing research partnerships in digital scholarship for the humanities and social sciences at the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Fall Forum in Washington, DC, on October 8, 2015. . . .

                      The 2015 recipient of the Julia C. Blixrud Scholarship is Liz Hamilton, permissions manager and assistant to the director at Northwestern University Press. As part of the scholarship, Hamilton wrote an overview of this year's forum, which includes links to presentation slides.

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                        "The Institution as E-Textbook Publisher"

                        Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Research Libraries, University Presses on November 12th, 2015

                        Andrew Barker has published "The Institution as E-Textbook Publisher" in Insights: the UKSG Journal.

                        Here's an excerpt:

                        Providing students with sufficient copies of core textbooks is an increasing challenge in an age of ever higher fees, economic realities and heightened student expectations regarding provision of library resources. This article outlines the partnership between the University of Liverpool Library and Liverpool University Press (LUP), which has progressed from the creation of a library advisory board to the co-creation of two bespoke and open access (OA) e-textbooks as part of a Jisc-funded project. It tells the story of why we have gone down this route at Liverpool and what we hope to gain from the creation of these e-textbooks.

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