Archive for the 'Research Libraries' Category

"Knowledge Level of Library Deans and Directors in Copyright Law"

Posted in Copyright, Research Libraries on December 2nd, 2013

John Eye has published "Knowledge Level of Library Deans and Directors in Copyright Law" in the latest issue of the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication.

Here's an excerpt:

A random sample of academic library deans and directors was asked to complete a web-based survey articulating their level of copyright knowledge and perceptions associated with how they are able to apply it toward their work with policies. . . .

Deans and directors of academic libraries have a working knowledge of copyright law but more training is needed to provide library professionals with the tools necessary to carry out the work of effectively managing collections and services, especially in this new and emerging digital environment

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    "Cost Differentials between E-Books and Print in Academic Libraries"

    Posted in E-Books, Publishing, Research Libraries, Scholarly Books on October 31st, 2013

    College & Research Libraries has released an e-print of "Cost Differentials between E-Books and Print in Academic Libraries."

    Here's an excerpt:

    A survey conducted at Auburn University at Montgomery (AUM) has confirmed for academic libraries the work of Gray and Copeland on e-books being more expensive than print for public libraries. For AUM, the mean cost for e-books are significantly higher than for the print counterpart of those titles. The cost differentials between the two formats show e-books as being consistently higher than print in initial price. This consistency holds true across all LC classifications, regardless of whether or not the title is published by a university press or a commercial press.

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      Library Publishing Directory

      Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Research Libraries, Scholarly Books, Scholarly Journals on October 25th, 2013

      The Library Publishing Coalition has released the Library Publishing Directory.

      Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

      Published in October 2013, the Library Publishing Directory provides a snapshot of the publishing activities of 115 academic and research libraries, including information about the number and types of publications they produce, the services they offer authors, how they are staffed and funded, and the future plans of institutions that are engaged in this growing field. . . .

      Specifically it is hoped that this Directory will:

      • Introduce all readers to the emerging field of library publishing and help articulate its unique characteristics as a distinctive "publishing field."
      • Facilitate collaboration among library publishers and other publishing entities, especially the university presses and learned societies that share their values.
      • Alert authors of scholarly content to a range of potential publishing partners dedicated to supporting their experimentation with new forms of scholarly communication and open access business models.

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        "A Look at Altmetrics and Its Growing Significance to Research Libraries"

        Posted in Publishing, Research Libraries, Scholarly Communication, Scholarly Journals, Scholarly Metrics on September 20th, 2013

        Emily Puckett Rodgers and Sarah Barbrow have self-archived "A Look at Altmetrics and Its Growing Significance to Research Libraries" in Deep Blue.

        Here's an excerpt:

        This document serves as an informational review of the emerging field and practices of alternative metrics or altmetrics. It is intended to be used by librarians and faculty members in research libraries and universities to better understand the trends and challenges associated with altmetrics in higher education. It is also intended to be used by research libraries to offer guidance on how to participate in shaping this emerging field.

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          "Copyright in the Digital Age"

          Posted in Copyright, Libraries, Research Libraries on September 10th, 2013

          Kyle K. Courtney has self-archived "Copyright in the Digital Age" in SSRN.

          Here's an excerpt:

          The goal of this chapter is to provide the fundamental instruction for some of the most popular topics facing law libraries in the digital age. Whether it is scanning chapters for e-reserves or accessing databases online, knowledge of copyright law can help mitigate risk, and enhance our patron's services. As librarians, we want to provide whatever our patron's desire. But, we also must balance the law versus the patrons needs. Fortunately, copyright law does not always restrict a patron's uses. In many cases a solid understanding of copyright can help ease a patron's fears, or provide legal alternatives to a patron's request, or help educate the community at large.

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            New Roles for New Times: Transforming Liaison Roles in Research Libraries

            Posted in ARL Libraries, Copyright, Digital Humanities, Research Libraries, Scholarly Communication on September 9th, 2013

            ARL has released New Roles for New Times: Transforming Liaison Roles in Research Libraries.

            Here's an excerpt:

            The liaison role in research libraries is rapidly evolving. An engagement model in which library liaisons and functional specialists collaborate to understand and address the wide range of processes in instruction and scholarship is replacing the traditional tripartite model of collections, reference, and instruction. New roles in research services, digital humanities, teaching and learning, digital scholarship, user experience, and copyright and scholarly communication are being developed at research libraries across the country, requiring professional development and re-skilling of current staff, creative approaches to increase staff capacity, the development of new spaces and infrastructure, and collaborative partnerships within libraries, across campus units, and among research institutions.

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              Best of Both Worlds: Museums, Libraries, and Archives in a Digital Age

              Posted in Digital Archives and Special Collections, Libraries, Museums, Reports and White Papers, Research Libraries on August 28th, 2013

              The Smithsonian has released the Best of Both Worlds: Museums, Libraries, and Archives in a Digital Age by G. Wayne Clough.

              Here's an excerpt:

              The review in this document illustrates how many cultural institutions have already found innovative applications for digital technology, but it is more than just a matter of "using." Digital technology will also change the basics of how these institutions work as we move forward. Collections will be shared across institutions through the linked data cloud; the public will participate in the creative activities of cultural institutions through engagement platforms; and informal education will merge with formal education. Cultural change is never easy, and while an institution might be able to avoid it for a while, this time it will be so big that no one will escape in the long run.

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                "Mining for Gold: Identifying the Librarians’ Toolkit for Managing Hybrid Open Access"

                Posted in Libraries, Open Access, Publishing, Research Libraries, Scholarly Journals on August 28th, 2013

                Jill Emery has published "Mining for Gold: Identifying the Librarians' Toolkit for Managing Hybrid Open Access" in the latest issue of Insights: the UKSG Journal.

                Here's an excerpt:

                In 2012, the author and colleagues surveyed eight publishers that had been involved with the Publishing and the Ecology of European Research (PEER) project to learn about the state of hybrid journal publishing. At the same time, one of the key questions asked to a panel of librarians at the International Association of Scientific, Technical & Medical Publishers May 2012 Meeting was what role librarians would play if scholarly publishing shortly went open access (OA) across the board? From the survey of the market, and the rapid OA developments in the UK and EU that include hybrid OA, a picture has begun to emerge of what roles librarians can play with regard to supporting hybrid OA publishing at their institutions. This article focuses on developing new partnerships within a given institution, looks at new budgetary models and the tracking of local scholarship creation. Current pertinent standards are highlighted.

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                  "Are We Spending Too Much on Print STEM Monographs? A Method and Analysis for Improving Monograph Allocations Based on Circulation Statistics"

                  Posted in Research Libraries, Scholarly Books on August 27th, 2013

                  Jonathan Nabe has published "Are We Spending Too Much on Print STEM Monographs? A Method and Analysis for Improving Monograph Allocations Based on Circulation Statistics" in the latest issue of Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship.

                  Here's an excerpt:

                  Circulation studies provide evidence of demand for monographs, but it is necessary to determine the goal of any analysis in order to select which statistics will be used. The goal of this analysis was to determine the appropriateness of expenditures on monographs within the STEM fields at Morris Library over a ten-year period. Percentage of unique title circulation and average circulation per title are best suited for this purpose. Results show variation among disciplines, but over-expenditure in all. Analysis of disciplines can aid in determining appropriate allocations for monographs, and analysis of subdisciplines can aid in targeting monograph acquisitions within any discipline.

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                    Digital Image Collections and Services, SPEC Kit 335

                    Posted in ARL Libraries, Digital Media, Licenses, Reports and White Papers, Research Libraries on August 27th, 2013

                    ARL has released Digital Image Collections and Services, SPEC Kit 335.

                    Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                    ARL has published Digital Image Collections and Services, SPEC Kit 335, which examines how research libraries and their parent institutions have responded to the transition from analog to digital images and the growth of digital images available from commercial vendors and/or created within institutions or their libraries. The survey gathers information about current practices relating to the development and management of institutional digital image collections and the acquisition and use of licensed image databases.

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                      "New Frontiers in Open Access for Collection Development: Perspectives from Canadian Research Libraries"

                      Posted in Open Access, Research Libraries on August 23rd, 2013

                      IFLA has released "New Frontiers in Open Access for Collection Development: Perspectives from Canadian Research Libraries" by K. Jane Burpee and Leila Fernandez.

                      Here's an excerpt:

                      As the push for open access (OA) burgeons around the globe, it is important to examine OA as it relates to collection development practices. Canada has its own particular set of characteristics and approaches to service delivery based on its history and context. Like our global colleagues, opportunities for collection development in Canada include the support of OA journals, repositories, monographs and electronic theses. The strengthening of OA in Canada is tied closely with other issues. Political and educational realities as well as geographic spread are affecting the way the movement is strengthening and impacting collection development practices. In this context, we share the results of a study examining the scholarly communication landscape in Canadian research libraries. The results of interviews with librarians, who are leaders in scholarly communication activities at their own institutions, showcase the prominent role OA plays in enhancing collections at Canadian institutions. Collaboration and the role of cooperative collection development are covered. The paper concludes with recommendations for strengthening access to open scholarship in libraries regardless of their geographic location.

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                        Riding the Waves or Caught in the Tide? Insights from the IFLA Trend Report

                        Posted in Emerging Technologies, Libraries, Privacy, Research Libraries on August 20th, 2013

                        IFLA has released Riding the Waves or Caught in the Tide? Insights from the IFLA Trend Report.

                        Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                        In the global information environment, time moves quickly and there's an abundance of commentators trying to keep up. With each new technological development, a new report emerges assessing its impact on different sectors of society. The IFLA Trend Report takes a broader approach and identifies five high level trends shaping the information society, spanning access to education, privacy, civic engagement and transformation. Its findings reflect a year's consultation with a range of experts and stakeholders from different disciplines to map broader societal changes occurring, or likely to occur in the information environment.

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