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Lessons From History: The Copyright Office Belongs in the Library of Congress

Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars, Reports and White Papers, Research Libraries on August 11th, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

ALA has released Lessons From History: The Copyright Office Belongs in the Library of Congress.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

Prompted by persistent legislative and other proposals to remove the CO from the Library in both the current and most recent Congresses, [Alisa] Holahan's analysis comprehensively reviews the history of the locus of copyright activities from 1870 to the present day. In addition to providing a longer historical perspective, the Report finds that Congress has examined this issue at roughly 20-year intervals, declining to separate the CO and Library each time.

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"Reflections on ‘Elsevier Acquires bepress’: Implications for Library Leaders"

Posted in E-Prints, Institutional Repositories, Open Access, Publishing, Research Libraries, Self-Archiving on August 10th, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Roger C. Schonfeld has published "Reflections on 'Elsevier Acquires bepress': Implications for Library Leaders" in the Ithaka S+R blog

Here's an excerpt:

If this is the case, libraries adopting standalone institutional repositories are moving in exactly the wrong direction strategically. Instead, thinking more in terms of a workflow as are Elsevier and the Open Science Framework (and to some degree Digital Science) may be the strongest strategy. If this is so, then the urgent question facing institutional repository managers and strategists is how quickly and thoroughly they can integrate into one (or more) such workflows. And, while such integration may not require the kind of platform-first multi-tenant approach to repositories that Digital Commons and OSF Preprints each seems to have developed, it seems like a strong design approach.

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University Librarian at University of California, Santa Barbara

Posted in ARL Libraries, Research Libraries on August 9th, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of California, Santa Barbara is recruiting a University Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

UC Santa Barbara seeks an individual who exhibits strong and inspiring leadership, the ability to articulate a vision and provide strategic direction for libraries in the rapidly changing information environment, and to lead at regional and national levels on research library issues. The successful candidate will bring significant leadership experience and achievement in a research library.

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The Transformation of Academic Library Collecting: A Synthesis of the Harvard Library’s Hazen Memorial Symposium

Posted in ARL Libraries, Reports and White Papers, Research Libraries on August 5th, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

OCLC Research has released The Transformation of Academic Library Collecting: A Synthesis of the Harvard Library's Hazen Memorial Symposium.

Here's an excerpt:

Drawing from presentations and audience discussions at The Transformation of Academic Library Collecting: A Symposium Inspired by Dan C. Hazen, this publication examines of some central themes important to a broader conversation about the future of academic library collections, in particular, collective collections and the reimagination of what have traditionally been called "special" and archival collections (now referred to as unique and distinctive collections).

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"For Second Time, Appeals Court Hears GSU E-Reserves Case"

Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars, E-Reserves, Publishing, Research Libraries on August 5th, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Andrew Albanese has published "For Second Time, Appeals Court Hears GSU E-Reserves Case" in Publishers Weekly.

Here's an excerpt:

In the hearing, which went for just over an hour, a three-judge panel of the 11th Circuit in Atlanta, once again pressed attorneys for the fault lines in the decade-old copyright case, with much of the hearing focusing on whether Judge Orinda Evans correctly evaluated the fourth factor of the four factor fair use test (the effect on the market), and then properly weighted that factor in making her fair use determinations.

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The Role of Research Libraries in the Creation, Archiving, Curation, and Preservation of Tools for the Digital Humanities

Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Digital Humanities, Research Libraries on August 2nd, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

RLUK has released The Role of Research Libraries in the Creation, Archiving, Curation, and Preservation of Tools for the Digital Humanities.

Here's an excerpt:

The purpose of this report is to present and discuss the results of the 'Research Libraries and Digital Humanities Tools' project undertaken by RLUK. The project aimed to explore the role that libraries currently have or can potentially have in the creation, archiving, curation, and preservation of tools for Digital Humanities research; it is part of RLUK's goal to understand the role that research libraries play in digital scholarship, identify specific areas where they can add value as well as facilitate the sharing of existing best practice.

Therefore, a survey was conducted where professionals, mostly from research libraries within the RLUK membership, took part and reported on the variety of Digital Humanities projects they support and the different ways in which they engage with scholarly work in the area. Additional discussions with some of these participants not only shed further light into the collaborative activities formed in the context of various initiatives, such as the production and preservation of tools, but also into the different models of involvement in Digital Humanities scholarship.

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"50 Years of Social Science Data Services: A Case Study from the University of Wisconsin-Madison"

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Research Libraries on August 1st, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Chiu-chuang Lu Chou has published "50 Years of Social Science Data Services: A Case Study from the University of Wisconsin-Madison" in The International Journal of Librarianship.

Here's an excerpt:

The Data and Information Services Center (DISC), formerly known as the Data and Program Library Services (DPLS) has provided learning, teaching and research support to students, staff and faculty in social sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for 50 years. What changes have our organization, collections, and services experienced? How has DISC evolved with the advancement of technology? What role does DISC play in the current and future landscape of social science data services on our campus and beyond? This paper gives answers to these questions and recommends a few simple steps in adding social science data services in academic libraries.

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Changing Publishing Ecologies: A Landscape Study of New University Presses and Academic-Led Publishing

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Reports and White Papers, Research Libraries, Scholarly Books, Scholarly Journals on July 24th, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Jisc has released Changing Publishing Ecologies: A Landscape Study of New University Presses and Academic-Led Publishing.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

In 2016 we commissioned a research project focused on institutional publishing initiatives which includes academic-led publishing ventures (ALPs) as well as new university presses and library-led initiatives (NUPs). We are pleased to announce the publication of the report 'Changing Publishing Ecologies. A Landscape Study of New University Presses and Academic-led Publishing', which charts the outcomes of this research. . . .

The NUP and ALP strands of the research study were co-ordinated and run in tandem by [Janneke] [Graham] Stone and Adema. This study was informed by a desk top review of current library publishing ventures in the US, Europe and Australia and an overview of international academic-led initiatives and their existing and future directions. The NUP strand consisted of a survey, which collected 43 responses, where the ALP strand was informed by interviews with 14 scholar-led presses. Taking different approaches for these two types of press, the report captures the take-up, reasoning and characteristics of these initiatives, as well as their future plans.

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"E-book Usage: Counting the Challenges and Opportunities"

Posted in E-Books, Publishing, Research Libraries, Scholarly Books on July 13th, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Angela Conyers et al. have published "E-book Usage: Counting the Challenges and Opportunities" in Insights: the UKSG Journal.

Here's an excerpt:

This article summarizes how libraries and library consortia are acquiring and evaluating e-books, how usage statistics feature within library workflows, the issues faced in doing so and the resulting impact of these issues on understanding usage and informing purchasing of new titles. Discussions with publishers indicate how usage data are being used within the organization, the requirements of customers and the challenges involved in providing usage data for e-books. Assessing and evaluating e-book usage is a complex and challenging task with processes and workflows in development. A transition from print to e-books represents a significant change for libraries, and the availability of reliable usage statistics to support purchase decisions is vital.

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"Workflow Development for an Institutional Repository in an Emerging Research Institution"

Posted in Institutional Repositories, Open Access, Research Libraries, Self-Archiving on July 11th, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Jeanne Hazzard and Stephanie Towery have published "Workflow Development for an Institutional Repository in an Emerging Research Institution" in the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication.

Here's an excerpt:

We discovered that our faculty retain nearly none of their pre-print or post-print versions of their published articles, and so we are unable to archive those titles in the repository. Nearly 47% of the articles found were in green journals that allow only pre- or post-print copies. Most faculty were unable to produce versions of their work other than the publisher’s PDF, which many publishers restrict from upload into a repository.

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Archives Unleashed Project Awarded $610,625 Grant by Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Grants, Research Libraries on July 2nd, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Archives Unleashed Project has been awarded a $610,625 Grant by Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

The University of Waterloo and York University have been awarded a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to make petabytes of historical internet content accessible to scholars and others interested in researching the recent past. . . .

The three-year Archives Unleashed project has three major thrusts: First, the project will build a software toolkit that applies modern big data analytics infrastructure to scholarly analysis of web archives. Second, the toolkit will be deployed in a cloud-based environment that will provide a one-stop portal for scholars to ingest their collections and execute a number of analyses with the click of a mouse. Finally, datathons—or hackathons—will build a cohesive and sustainable user community by bringing the core project team members together with librarians, archivists, and other interested researchers.

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"HathiTrust Libraries Propose to Retain More Than 16 Million Volumes in Shared Print Program"

Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Digital Repositories, Publishing, Research Libraries on June 30th, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

HathiTrust has released "HathiTrust Libraries Propose to Retain More Than 16 Million Volumes in Shared Print Program."

Here's an excerpt:

Fifty HathiTrust member libraries have proposed to retain more than 16 million volumes for 25 years under the HathiTrust Shared Print Program. These volumes correspond to more than 4.8 million individual book titles held in the HathiTrust Digital Library (about 65% of all HathiTrust digital monographs). This is a significant step toward the primary goal of the program: to ensure that print copies of all HathiTrust digital holdings remain available to scholars for many years to come. The Shared Print Program is a core program of HathiTrust, supported by and benefiting all of the more than 120 HathiTrust members

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