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CNI Executive Roundtable Report: E-Book Strategies

Posted in E-Books, Publishing, Reports and White Papers, Research Libraries, Scholarly Books on December 3rd, 2014

CNI has released CNI Executive Roundtable Report: E-Book Strategies .

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

During two separate convenings of this roundtable, we explored questions that these new directions raise for institutions, the strategies that institutions are using to make choices among the available paths, the stakeholders involved, and the new programs and projects that CNI’s members are planning or have implemented. Our emphasis was on breadth rather than deep explorations of very specific issues; often we were most interested in understanding how institutions were shaping the questions and how they were exploring them, since many of these questions are far from resolution. Roundtable participants included representatives from academic libraries and information technology units from research institutions and liberal arts colleges, library associations, publishers, and aggregators/intermediaries.

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    "The Adoption of Open Access Funds among Canadian Academic Research Libraries, 2008-2012"

    Posted in Open Access, Research Libraries on December 1st, 2014

    Crystal Hampson has published "The Adoption of Open Access Funds among Canadian Academic Research Libraries, 2008-2012" in Partnership: The Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Research.

    Here's an excerpt:

    To examine academic libraries' responses to OA publishing charges, this article explores the adoption of OA funds among Canadian academic research libraries from 2008 to 2012 by analyzing results from a series of previously published surveys. The findings are then examined in light of Everett Rogers' Innovation Diffusion Theory (IDT) to consider the question of whether or not OA funds are becoming a standard service in Canadian academic research institutions. Adoption in Canada is briefly compared to that in the United States and United Kingdom. The paper concludes that, as of 2012, OA funds were becoming common but were not a standard service in Canadian academic research libraries and that libraries were actively participating in the development of OA funding models.

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      "Privacy by Design and the Online Library Environment"

      Posted in Privacy, Research Libraries on November 20th, 2014

      Dan Blum has published "Privacy by Design and the Online Library Environment" in Information Standards Quarterly.

      Here's an excerpt:

      This paper focuses on ways that libraries can incorporate advanced identity management concepts within the Privacy By Design framework to meet their needs as they continue their transition from the brick, mortar, and paper era to an era of mixed physical and digital content. In order to add value over and above what researchers can find with search engines and freely available content on the Internet, libraries must excel at supporting both ordinary knowledge seekers and academic researchers in fulfilling their content-and collaboration-related needs. Increasingly, libraries must support a seamless, personalized, and collaborative experience for diverse audiences across the full lifecycle from content discovery to content delivery while at the same time protecting patrons' privacy and intellectual property prerogatives.

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        UC Shared Print RoadMap for 2014-2018: Recommended Activities to Pursue

        Posted in ARL Libraries, Research Libraries on November 14th, 2014

        The California Digital Library has released UC Shared Print RoadMap for 2014-2018: Recommended Activities to Pursue.

        Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

        Key projects and policies that our libraries will pursue and explore include:

        • Coordinated print serials archiving to UCs two Regional Library Facilities and a deduplication service
        • A retrospective shared print monographs program
        • Coordinated digitization and print retention of State Documents
        • Disclosure of UC shared print collections in union catalogs such as OCLC WorldCat and PAPR using the OCLC Shared Print Metadata Guidelines
        • Revision of UC Libraries' "persistence policy" to support extramural partnerships
        • Assessing existing shared print policies and projects and making adjustments to them

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          Dean of the University Libraries at University of Maryland, College Park

          Posted in ARL Libraries, Research Libraries on November 7th, 2014

          The University of Maryland, College Park is recruiting a Dean of the University Libraries.

          Here's an excerpt from the ad:

          The University of Maryland, College Park invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the University Libraries. The University is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU) and is the flagship of the University System of Maryland. Located in the Baltimore-Washington corridor within easy commuting distance of both the nation's capital and the state capital, the University enjoys close proximity to the Library of Congress and National Archives as well as to numerous specialized libraries such as the Folger Shakespeare Library and the National Library of Medicine. The University ranks among the top 20 public universities, with over 35,000 students engaged in nationally and internationally recognized programs in undergraduate and graduate studies.

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            "The Effect of Discovery Systems on Online Journal Usage: A Longitudinal Study"

            Posted in Publishing, Research Libraries, Scholarly Journals on November 6th, 2014

            Michael Levine-Clark et al. have published The Effect of Discovery Systems on Online Journal Usage: A Longitudinal Study in Insights: The UKSG Journal.

            Here's an excerpt:

            Many academic libraries are implementing discovery services as a way of giving their users a single comprehensive search option for all library resources. These tools are designed to change the research experience, yet very few studies have investigated the impact of discovery service implementation. This study examines one aspect of that impact by asking whether usage of publisher-hosted journal content changes after implementation of a discovery tool. Libraries that have begun using the four major discovery services have seen an increase in usage of this content, suggesting that for this particular type of material, discovery services have a positive impact on use. Though all discovery services significantly increased usage relative to a no discovery service control group, some had a greater impact than others, and there was extensive variation in usage change among libraries using the same service. Future phases of this study will look at other types of content.

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              "Focusing on Student Research In The Institutional Repository DigitalCommons@USU"

              Posted in Digital Repositories, Institutional Repositories, Open Access, Research Libraries, Self-Archiving on November 5th, 2014

              Danielle Barandiaran et al. have published "Focusing on Student Research In The Institutional Repository DigitalCommons@USU" in College & Research Libraries News.

              Here's an excerpt:

              Student research is a significant and rapidly growing component of the institutional repository (IR) at Utah State University (USU). A briefing paper prepared for Open Access Scholarly Information Sourcebook (OASIS) points to student works as one of nine purposes for an IR.1 It is not uncommon to find undergraduate and graduate theses and dissertations in IRs. In 2013, an analysis of 283 U.S. repositories using the bepress or DSpsace platforms indicated 71% include this type of student research. However, other student research such as posters, presentations, or papers were only found in 38% of these repositories. Utah State University's IR actively solicits student research resulting from research groups and individuals, as well as posters and creative works featured in the university's Student Showcase symposium.

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                Hillman University Librarian and Director at University of Pittsburgh

                Posted in ARL Libraries, Research Libraries on November 4th, 2014

                The University of Pittsburgh is recruiting a Hillman University Librarian and Director.

                Here's an excerpt from the ad:

                The University of Pittsburgh invites nominations for this position of the Hillman University Librarian and Director, University Library System (ULS). This is an exceptional opportunity for an accomplished and innovative leader to continue to advance one of the nation's leading academic research libraries and serve as a strong advocate for the essential role of the library in learning, teaching, and research at Pitt. One of the top research universities in the country, Pitt is a state-related research university and part of the Commonwealth System of Higher Education in Pennsylvania. Current enrollment in Pitt's 16 undergraduate and graduate schools and 4 regional campuses is 34,934 (25,074 undergraduate and 9,860 graduate students). In 2013, the University's federally funded research summed to almost $700 million. Pitt is ranked 7th overall and 4th among public institutions in the most recent U.S. National Science Foundation's rankings of federally funded research at universities and colleges. A member of the Association of American Universities, Pitt is currently ranked 62nd among research universities nationally and 20th among public research universities by the US News & World Report.

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                  Registering Researchers in Authority Files

                  Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Metadata, Reports and White Papers, Research Libraries on October 28th, 2014

                  OCLC Research has released Registering Researchers in Authority Files.

                  Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                  Registering researchers in some type of authority file or identifier system has become more compelling as both institutions and researchers recognize the need to compile their scholarly output. The report presents functional requirements and recommendations for six stakeholders: researchers, funders, university administrators, librarians, identity management systems and aggregators (including publishers). It also provides an overview of the researcher identifier landscape, changes in the field, emerging trends, and opportunities.

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                    Arizona State University Names James J. O’Donnell as University Librarian

                    Posted in ARL Libraries, Research Libraries on October 28th, 2014

                    Arizona State University has named James J. O'Donnell as its University Librarian.

                    Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                    O'Donnell received his bachelor of arts degree at Princeton and doctorate from Yale. He served as provost and professor of classics at Georgetown University for a decade, after a career at Bryn Mawr, Cornell and the University of Pennsylvania. . . .

                    O'Donnell has also been engaged in digital innovation for almost 25 years, starting with the establishment of the oldest online open access journal in the humanities, "Bryn Mawr Classical Review." He taught the first MOOC in 1994, introducing 500 students around the world to the work and thought of St. Augustine. He served from 1996-2002 as the chief information officer of the University of Pennsylvania.

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                      Library Publishing Directory, Second Edition

                      Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Research Libraries on October 23rd, 2014

                      Library Publishing Coalition has released the Library Publishing Directory, second edition .

                      Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                      Published just in time for Open Access Week, the Directory illustrates the many ways in which libraries are actively transforming and advancing scholarly communications in partnership with scholars, students, university presses, and others.

                      In documenting the breadth and depth of activities in this field, this resource aims to articulate the unique value of library publishing; establish it as a significant and growing community of practice; and to raise its visibility within a number of stakeholder communities, including administrators, funding agencies, other scholarly publishers, librarians, and content creators.

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                        Vice Provost and University Librarian at Columbia University

                        Posted in ARL Libraries, Research Libraries on October 22nd, 2014

                        Columbia University is recruiting a Vice Provost and University Librarian.

                        Here's an excerpt from the ad:

                        The University is seeking a dynamic individual to lead a large, complex, globally recognized academic research library system with remarkable growth in its collections in recent years and highly talented staff undertaking an impressive range of innovative professional assignments.

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