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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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                    University of Chicago Names Brenda Johnson Library Director and University Librarian

                    Posted in ARL Libraries, People in the News, Research Libraries on October 20th, 2014

                    Brenda Johnson has been appointed Library Director and University Librarian at the University of Chicago for a five-year term.

                    Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                    Johnson currently serves as Ruth Lilly Dean of University Libraries at Indiana University, Bloomington—a position she has held since 2010. She succeeds Judith Nadler, who retired in June after nearly five decades of service to UChicago.

                    Before coming to Indiana University, Johnson was University Librarian at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She spent more than 20 years at the University of Michigan, where she served as Associate University Librarian for Public Services, a position with responsibility over that institution's 19 libraries.

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                      Does Discovery Still Happen in the Library? Roles and Strategies for a Shifting Reality

                      Posted in Electronic Resources, ERM/Discovery Systems, Research Libraries on September 26th, 2014

                      ITHAKA S+R. has released Does Discovery Still Happen in the Library? Roles and Strategies for a Shifting Reality.

                      Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                      In this Issue Brief, Roger Schonfeld explores how the vision that the library should be the starting point for research-a vision many library directors hold-is often in conflict with the practices of faculty and students. As users migrate to other starting points, librarians could invest in ways to bring them back. But there is also an opportunity for librarians to re-think their role and perhaps pursue a different vision altogether.

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                        The Changing Landscape of Library and Information Services: What Presidents, Provosts, and Finance Officers Need to Know

                        Posted in Research Libraries on September 24th, 2014

                        The Council on Library and Information Resources has released The Changing Landscape of Library and Information Services: What Presidents, Provosts, and Finance Officers Need to Know.

                        Here's an excerpt:

                        CIOs Richard Holmgren, of Allegheny College, and Gene Spencer, of Ursinus College, draw on the workshop discussions to summarize the key challenges and opportunities facing LITS organizations. Developments of the past decade-from the ubiquity of cell phones to the growth of virtual server infrastructure and the maturation of open-source software support models-have created new opportunities for LITS organizations to improve student outcomes, increase revenue, and manage costs. The authors discuss these opportunities and identify the core competencies that LITS organizations will need to support positive institutional change in the decade ahead.

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