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Ithaka S+R US Library Survey 2013

Posted in Reports and White Papers, Research Libraries on March 12th, 2014

Ithaka S+R has released the Ithaka S+R US Library Survey 2013.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

In the Ithaka S+R US Library Survey 2013 report we examine how the leaders of academic libraries are approaching systemic changes in their environment and the opportunities and constraints they face in leading their organizations. While exploring key topics covered in our 2010 survey of library directors, such as strategic planning, collecting practices, and library services, in 2013 we also introduced a new emphasis on organizational dynamics, leadership issues, and undergraduate services.

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    Dean of Libraries and Elizabeth D. Rockwell Chair at University of Houston

    Posted in ARL Libraries, Research Libraries, Texas Academic Libraries on March 4th, 2014

    The University of Houston is recruiting a Dean of Libraries and Elizabeth D. Rockwell Chair.

    Here's an excerpt from the ad:

    The University of Houston invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean of Libraries and Elizabeth D. Rockwell Chair. The Dean of Libraries leads the University Libraries and advances the University's mission of research and teaching by ensuring the provision of outstanding library services. The University Libraries comprises the M.D. Anderson Library and three branch libraries (Music, Optometry, and Architecture and Art). The Dean of Libraries serves as the chief executive of the Libraries, with responsibility for oversight of all administrative activities, including budget and personnel management. The Dean provides programmatic and strategic leadership to the Libraries and plays a critical role in the Libraries' development activities. The Dean represents the Libraries within the University, and at the local, state, and national levels. The Dean reports directly to the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost and is a member of the Council of Deans. . . .

    The University Libraries employs over 69 professionals and 135 support staff. Overall, the campus libraries provide access to over 3.1 million volumes. The UH Libraries are a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Greater Western Library Alliance, the Hathi Trust, the Council on Library and Information Resources, the Digital Library Federation, and the Texas Digital Library. The Libraries enjoy an endowment of over $7 million, including three endowed chairs.

    The Libraries actively supported the University's Tier One effort and continues to focus on UH System's Strategic Initiatives. The Libraries' 2013-2016 Strategic Directions reflect the University's top priorities and position the Libraries to be a contributor to these priorities.

    The University of Houston is a publicly supported university, enrolling nearly 40,000 students. The University of Houston campus comprises 13 colleges and schools offering close to 80 degree programs. The University holds the classification of research university with very high activity, the highest Carnegie Foundation designation. Reflecting the multicultural community of metropolitan Houston, UH is one of the most ethnically diverse research university campuses in the nation.

    An overview of the UH Libraries and a video are available. Short biographies of Paula Myrick Short (Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, UH System, and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, UH) and Renu Khator (Chancellor, UH System, and President, UH) are available on UH's leadership page. Information about the UH System and its four component universities is available at its website.

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      Participatory Design in Academic Libraries: New Reports and Findings

      Posted in Reports and White Papers, Research Libraries on February 27th, 2014

      The Council on Library and Information Resources has released Participatory Design in Academic Libraries: New Reports and Findings.

      Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

      This report looks at how staff at eight academic institutions gained new insight about how students and faculty use their libraries, and how the staff are using these findings to improve library technologies, space, and services.

      Participatory design is a relatively recent approach to understanding library user behavior. It is based on techniques used in anthropological and ethnographic observation. The report's editor, anthropologist Nancy Fried Foster, led several participatory design workshops for CLIR from 2007 to 2013.

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        Université de Montréal Will Cancel about 75% of Wiley Online Library Periodicals

        Posted in ARL Libraries, Publishing, Research Libraries, Scholarly Journals on January 23rd, 2014

        The Université de Montréal will cancel about 75% of its Wiley Online Library periodicals.

        Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

        Out of 1510 periodicals in the Wiley Online Library, the Université de Montréal is cancelling subscriptions to 1142 titles at the end of January. As a result, and from this point on, the articles found in the cancelled titles will no longer be available on-line. However, access to earlier issues will be entirely maintained.

        This action results from a process that started a long while ago. The financial cut-backs imposed by the Québec government only accelerated the decision process. The result of the analysis is simple: libraries have been driven to the wall because of the yearly rise of subscriptions to periodicals that hover between 3% and 6%. They cannot go on cutting back the acquisition of monographs to compensate for such price increases. As a result, this conclusion, as well as the adopted solution, would have been the same a few years down the line, independently of the financial context.

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          SCOAP3 High-Energy Physics Open Access Publishing Initiative Launches on 1/1/2014

          Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Research Libraries, Scholarly Journals on December 9th, 2013

          The SCOAP3 High-Energy Physics open access publishing initiative will launch on 1/1/2014.

          Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

          After intense preparations and consensus building, CERN1 has today confirmed that the SCOAP3 Open Access publishing initiative will start on 1 January 2014. With the support of partners in 24 countries2, a vast fraction of scientific articles in the field of High-Energy Physics will become Open Access at no cost for any author: everyone will be able to read them; authors will retain copyright; and generous licenses will enable wide re-use of this information.

          Convened at CERN this is the largest scale global Open Access initiative ever built, involving an international collaboration of over one thousand libraries, library consortia and research organizations. SCOAP3 enjoys the support of funding agencies and has been established in co-operation with leading publishers. . . .

          The objective of SCOAP3 is to grant unrestricted access to scientific articles appearing in scientific journals, which so far have only been available to scientists through certain university libraries, and generally unavailable to the wider public. Open dissemination of preliminary information, in the form of pre-peer-review articles known as preprints, has been the norm in High-Energy Physics and related disciplines for two decades. SCOAP3 sustainably extends this opportunity to high-quality peer-review service, making final version of articles available, within the Open Access tenets of free and unrestricted dissemination of science with intellectual property rights vested in the authors and wide re-use opportunities. In the SCOAP3 model, libraries and funding agencies pool resources currently used to subscribe to journals, in co-operation with publishers, and use them to support the peer-review system directly instead.

          The SCOAP3 initiative looks forward to establishing further partnerships in the Asia-Pacific region, the Americas, Europe, Africa and the Middle East, where scientists will enjoy the advantages of Open Access and many libraries and library consortia will benefit from reductions in their subscription costs. . . .

          More information–publishers and scientific societies participating in SCOAP3:
          Chinese Academy of Sciences
          Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft
          Elsevier
          Hindawi
          Institute of Physics Publishing
          Jagellonian University
          Oxford University Press
          Physical Society of Japan
          SISSA Medialab
          Springer
          Società Italiana di Fisica

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            "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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