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Trevor A. Dawes Named May Morris Librarian and Vice Provost for Libraries and Museums at the University of Delaware

Posted in ARL Libraries, People in the News, Research Libraries on April 4th, 2016

Trevor A. Dawes, Associate University Librarian at Washington University, has been named as the May Morris Librarian and Vice Provost for Libraries snd Museums at the University of Delaware.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

At Washington University, Dawes has provided leadership, direction and guidance for scholarly services, diversity and outreach, scholarly communication, and collections and acquisitions.

Prior to joining the staff at Washington University, Dawes served as circulation services director of the Princeton University Library from 2004-13 and as head of the circulation and support services department of the Columbia University Libraries from 1999-2004.

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    "Transforming Roles: Canadian Academic Librarians Embedded in Faculty Research Projects"

    Posted in Research Libraries on March 31st, 2016

    College & Research Libraries has released an e-print of "Transforming Roles: Canadian Academic Librarians Embedded in Faculty Research Projects."

    Here's an excerpt:

    This article describes how a selected sample of Canadian academic librarians became embedded in faculty research projects and describes their experiences of participating in research teams. Conducted as a series of semi-structured interviews, this qualitative study illustrates the emerging opportunities and challenges of the librarian-researcher role and how it is transforming the Canadian university library.

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      How Readers Discover Content in Scholarly Publications

      Posted in Publishing, Reports and White Papers, Research Libraries, Research Tools, Scholarly Journals on March 30th, 2016

      Simon Inger Consulting Ltd has released How Readers Discover Content in Scholarly Publications.

      Here's an excerpt:

      This report is the output of a large-scale survey of readers of scholarly publications (n=40439) and their behaviour in the discovery of journal articles and online books. The survey was conducted during October, November, and December of 2015. While usage statistics and analytics gathered by publishers, libraries and intermediaries can give us a partial view of discovery behaviour, there are many gaps in the knowledge that these can provide which we have endeavoured to fill by aski ng readers what tools they use in discovery.

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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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          A Day in the Life of a (Serious) Researcher: Envisioning the Future of the Research Library

          Posted in ARL Libraries, Reports and White Papers, Research Libraries, Scholarly Communication on March 9th, 2016

          Ithaka S+R has released A Day in the Life of a (Serious) Researcher: Envisioning the Future of the Research Library .

          Here's an excerpt:

          Beyond this, the library is not even the best starting point for envisioning the library. A better starting point is to develop an understanding about the lives and information practices of the scholars and students who depend on the library in all its shapes and forms. Therefore, in this Cornell project, we looked at what academic researchers do day-to-day and how they acquire, use, and share information in the course of their daily activities. From our interpretations of these data we imagined new models.

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            "Making OA Monographs Happen: Library-Press Collaboration at the University of Ottawa, Canada"

            Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Research Libraries, Scholarly Books, University Presses on March 8th, 2016

            Tony Horava has published "Making OA Monographs Happen: Library-Press Collaboration at the University of Ottawa, Canada" in Insights: The UKSG Journal.

            Here's an excerpt:

            At the University of Ottawa, Canada, the UO Press and the UO Library have developed a strategic partnership to publish and disseminate selected new monographs as gold open access (OA). Starting in 2013, the Library agreed to fund three books at C$10,000 per book (a total of C$30,000 per year) in order to remove barriers to accessing scholarship and to align with scholarly communication goals of the University. In 2015 this agreement was renewed for another three years and the funding was increased to cover four books (a total of C$40,000 per year). Ten titles have so far been published under this model. The data reveals that there have been 12,629 downloads as well as 16,584 page views of these titles, as of September 2015. There have been over 4,700 copies (print and EPUB) sold in spite of the free availability of the PDF version.

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              Dean of Libraries at Dartmouth College

              Posted in ARL Libraries, Research Libraries on March 8th, 2016

              Dartmouth College is recruiting a Dean of Libraries.

              See the ad for details.

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                Webinar Recording: "VIVO plus SHARE: Closing the Loop on Tracking Scholarly Activity"

                Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Open Access, Open Science, Publishing, Research Libraries on March 1st, 2016

                DuraSpace has released "VIVO plus SHARE: Closing the Loop on Tracking Scholarly Activity."

                Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                On February 24, 2016, Rick Johnson (Program Co-Director, Digital Initiatives and Scholarship Head, Data Curation and Digital Library Solutions Hesburgh Libraries, University of Notre Dame; Visiting Program Officer for SHARE at the Association of Research Libraries) and Mike Conlon (VIVO Project Director, DuraSpace; Professor Emeritus, University of Florida) presented, "VIVO plus SHARE: Closing the Loop on Tracking Scholarly Activity."

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                  "A Library-Publisher Partnership for Open Access: Building an Innovative Relationship between Scholarly Publishers and Academic Libraries"

                  Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Research Libraries, Scholarly Journals on March 1st, 2016

                  Monica Ward and Joanie Lavoie have published "A Library-Publisher Partnership for Open Access: Building an Innovative Relationship between Scholarly Publishers and Academic Libraries" in LIBER Quarterly.

                  Here's an excerpt:

                  This article presents an overview of a strategic partnership undertaken by the Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN) and the Érudit Consortium (Érudit) to support the move towards open access for Canadian francophone scholarly journals.

                  CRKN and Érudithave had a relationship through a traditional commercial subscription model since 2008. In 2014, the two organizations recognized the need for a new relationship that would address two major challenges: the fragility of the Canadian not-for-profit scholarly publishing environment and the increasing pressure from libraries and funding agencies for scholarly journals to move towards open access. Érudit and CRKN have worked collaboratively to create an innovative partnership, which provides a framework for a new relationship between publishers and libraries, and helps to provide financial support to Canadian publishers during the transition to a fully open access model.

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                    Damon Jaggars Now Vice Provost and Director of Ohio State University Libraries

                    Posted in ARL Libraries, People in the News, Research Libraries on February 12th, 2016

                    Damon Jaggars became the Vice Provost and Director of Ohio State University Libraries on 2/1/2016.

                    Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                    Jaggars was interim vice provost and university librarian at Columbia and has significant, successful leadership experience supporting the evolving academic enterprise in the libraries both at Columbia and another top-tier research-intensive university, the University of Texas (UT) at Austin. His administrative work has included service planning, collection development and management, facilities planning and design, budgetary management and human resources.

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                      "OA in the Library Collection: The Challenges of Identifying and Maintaining Open Access Resources"

                      Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Research Libraries, Scholarly Journals on February 11th, 2016

                      Nathan Hosburgh and Chris Bulock have self-archived "OA in the Library Collection: The Challenges of Identifying and Maintaining Open Access Resources."

                      Here's an excerpt:

                      At this session, they [the authors] shared survey results, reflected on OA workflows at their own libraries, and updated audience members on relevant standards and initiatives. Survey respondents reported challenges related to hybrid OA, inaccurate metadata, and inconsistent communication along the serials supply chain. Recommended solutions included the creation of consistent, centralized article-level metadata and the development of OA collection development principles for libraries.

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                        Filling the Digital Preservation Gap: A Jisc Research Data Spring Project Phase Two Report—February 2016

                        Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Reports and White Papers, Research Libraries on February 11th, 2016

                        Jenny Mitcham et al. have released Filling the Digital Preservation Gap: A Jisc Research Data Spring Project Phase Two Report—February 2016.

                        Here's an excerpt:

                        Phase 1 of the project investigated the need for digital preservation as part of a wider infrastructure for research data management and looked specifically at how the open source digital preservation system Archivematica could fulfil this function. . . .

                        Work in phase 2 had the following aims:

                        • Work with Artefactual Systems to develop Archivematica in a number of areas (highlighted in our phase 1 report) in order to make the system more suitable for fitting into our infrastructures for research data management
                        • Develop our own detailed implementation plans for Hull and York to establish how Archivematica will be incorporated into our local infrastructures for research data
                        • Consider how Archivematica could work as an above campus installation
                        • Consider how digital preservation is addressed by the projects in phase 2 of Research Data Spring

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