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"What Cost and Usage Data Reveals About E-Book Acquisitions: Ramifications for Collection Development"

Posted in E-Books, Electronic Resources, Research Libraries on July 31st, 2015

Steven B. Carrico et al. have published "What Cost and Usage Data Reveals About E-Book Acquisitions: Ramifications for Collection Development" in Library Resources & Technical Services.

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To better determine how e-book acquisitions might affect future collection development decisions, a team of librarians from the University of Florida (UF) launched a project to assess cost and usage of e-books purchased using three different acquisitions methods: e-books acquired in large publisher packages; single-title e-books selected through firm orders; and e-books purchased through two patron-driven acquisitions (PDA) plans. . . . The authors compared the cost-usage data of e-books acquired by the acquisitions methods across the three subject areas and describe how the findings are affecting current and future acquisitions, traditional collection management, and budgeting at UF.

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    "’Total Cost of Ownership’ of Scholarly Communication: Managing Subscription and APC Payments Together"

    Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Research Libraries, Scholarly Journals on July 28th, 2015

    Stuart Lawson has self-archived "'Total Cost of Ownership' of Scholarly Communication: Managing Subscription and APC Payments Together."

    Here's an excerpt:

    Managing subscription journals and open access charges together has created challenges which may in part be dealt with by offsetting the two revenue streams against each other. In order to do this, it is necessary to have reliable financial data about the extent of the two interacting markets. Jisc Collections has been undertaking data collection regarding universities' article publication charge (APC) expenditure. This process is difficult without a standardized way of recording data, so Jisc Collections has developed a standard data collection template and is helping institutions to release data openly. If available data become more comprehensive and transparent, then all parties (libraries, publishers, research funders, and intermediaries) will have better knowledge of the APC market and can more accurately predict the effects of offsetting.

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      "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

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

        Posted in Reports and White Papers, Research Libraries on July 23rd, 2015

        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.

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          "Bigger on the Inside: Building Research Data Services at the University of Virginia"

          Posted in ARL Libraries, Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Research Libraries on July 20th, 2015

          Michele Claibourn has published "Bigger on the Inside: Building Research Data Services at the University of Virginia" in Insights: the UKSG Journal.

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          Every story has a beginning, where the narrator chooses to start, though this is rarely the genesis. This story begins with the launch of the University of Virginia Library's new Research Data Services unit in October 2013. Born from the conjoining of a data management team and a data analysis team, Research Data Services expanded to encompass data discovery and acquisitions, research software support, and new expertise in the use of restricted data. Our purpose is to respond to the challenges created by the growing ubiquity and scale of data by helping researchers acquire, analyze, manage, and archive these resources. We have made serious strides toward becoming 'the face of data services at U.Va.' This article tells a bit of our story so far, relays some early challenges and how we've responded to them, outlines several initial successes, and summarizes a few lessons going forward.

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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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              "Scholarly Communication as a Core Competency: Prevalence, Activities, and Concepts of Scholarly Communication Librarianship as Shown through Job Advertisements"

              Posted in Open Access, Research Libraries, Scholarly Communication on July 7th, 2015

              Craig Finlay et al. have published "Scholarly Communication as a Core Competency: Prevalence, Activities, and Concepts of Scholarly Communication Librarianship as Shown through Job Advertisements" in the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication.

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              INTRODUCTION The dynamic nature of the scholarly communication landscape has produced a need for the creation of positions specifically focused on these issues. Yet, no clear title or job description for scholarly communication librarianship has emerged. The lack of standardization in this area is problematic for educators, professionals, and prospective professionals. METHODS Analyzing 13,869 job advertisements published between 2006 and 2014, this study attempts to examine the prevalence of scholarly communication terms and activities and the types of positions in which these terms and activities appear. RESULTS This study finds an increase in the use of the term "scholarly communication" in the title or text of job advertisements over the last nine years, with more than 7% of positions in the most recent year containing the term. CONCLUSIONS An analysis of the levels of engagement with scholarly communication demonstrates that jobs with substantial levels of engagement are increasing; whereas those requiring passive knowledge or awareness of scholarly communication issues are decreasing. Jobs with scholarly communication as a primary job responsibility are differentiated by a focus on repositories, open access, copyright, authors' rights, and intellectual property differentiate core scholarly communication positions.

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                "The Impact of Open Access on Collection Management"

                Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Research Libraries, Scholarly Books, Scholarly Journals on May 28th, 2015

                Adelia Grabowsky has published "The Impact of Open Access on Collection Management" in Virginia Libraries.

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                This article examines if and how the integration of OA materials has changed collection and/or access management activities within academic libraries.

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                  Digital Video Recordings from the 2015 Conference: Creating and Supporting Sustainable Publishing Programs

                  Posted in Publishing, Research Libraries, Scholarly Books, Scholarly Journals on May 28th, 2015

                  The Library Publishing Coalition has released digital video recordings from the 2015 Conference: Creating and Supporting Sustainable Publishing Programs.

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                    Dean of Libraries at University of Alabama

                    Posted in ARL Libraries, Research Libraries on May 15th, 2015

                    The University of Alabama is recruiting a Dean of Libraries.

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                    The University of Alabama invites applications from, and nominations of, creative and dynamic candidates for the position of Dean of the University Libraries. As chief advocate for a library system with robust institutional support and proactive donor engagement, the Dean has overall responsibility for the collections, programs, and services of the libraries, as well as for planning and developing external sources of funding. Ultimately, the successful candidate will demonstrate a 21st-century vision for leadership in a thriving university library system.

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                      Andrew W. Mellon Director of the Research Libraries at New York Public Library

                      Posted in Research Libraries on May 15th, 2015

                      The New York Public Library is recruiting an Andrew W. Mellon Director of the Research Libraries.

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                      NYPL seeks a leader for one of the most prestigious positions in the research library community—the Andrew W. Mellon Director. The leader will ensure that the most democratically accessible of collections thrives and is well preserved, added to and curated, providing the best physical experiences and services for research, and developing innovative ways to increase our digital impact through curated and open collections, committed to access to and expansion of our expertise through community engagement to maximize use by writers, readers, students and creators throughout the world. The Mellon Director reports to the Chief Library Officer and is a member of the President's senior management team. He/she has oversight of the collections and staff of the iconic Schwarzman Building on 42nd street and Fifth Avenue, and the unparalleled collections and staff of the Library for Performing Arts, Schomburg Center for African American Studies, and the Science, Industry and Business Library, as well as the Cullman Center for Writers and other affiliated centers, for a total of 460+ staff and budget of $50M.

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                        "Robert Darnton Closes the Book"

                        Posted in ARL Libraries, People in the News, Research Libraries on May 13th, 2015

                        Corydon Ireland has published "Robert Darnton Closes the Book" in the Harvard Gazette.

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                        Early this summer, Robert Choate Darnton, Harvard's Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and University Librarian, will pack up his book-lined office on the second floor of Wadsworth House.

                        As of June 30, the celebrated historian, digital library pioneer, and champion of books will leave the University he first saw as an undergraduate in 1957. A scholar of Enlightenment France and of the history of the book, he returned to Harvard in 1965 to join the Society of Fellows, decamped to Princeton University in 1968 for 39 years, and came back to Harvard in 2007.

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