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Perception Analysis of Scholarly E-Books in the Humanities at the Collegiate Level

Posted in Digital Humanities, E-Books, Publishing, Reports and White Papers, Research Libraries, Scholarly Books on April 15th, 2013

ACLS Humanities E-Book has released Perception Analysis of Scholarly E-Books in the Humanities at the Collegiate Level.

Here's an excerpt:

At present, there is significant market confusion regarding e-book selections in the academic marketplace, particularly in the humanities. University acquisition librarians, unsure of what the offerings actually are, have found themselves unsure of where to allocate funds, which has resulted in the postponement of e-book purchases. This paper provides a current assessment of the status of e-book offerings in the humanities.

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    "Academic Librarians and Research Data Services: Preparation and Attitudes"

    Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Research Libraries on April 15th, 2013

    Carol Tenopir, Robert J. Sandusky, Suzie Allard, and Ben Birch have published "Academic Librarians and Research Data Services: Preparation and Attitudes" in the latest issue of IFLA Journal.

    Here's an excerpt:

    Research funding bodies recognize the importance of infrastructure and services to organize and preserve research data, and academic research libraries have been identified as locations in which to base these research data services (RDS). Research data services include data management planning, digital curation (selection, preservation, maintenance, and archiving), and metadata creation and conversion. We report the results of an empirical investigation into the RDS practices of librarians in US and Canadian academic research libraries, establishing a baseline of the engagement of librarians at this early stage of widespread service development. Specifically, this paper examines the opinions of the surveyed librarians regarding their preparedness to provide RDS (background, skills, and education), their attitudes regarding the importance of RDS for their libraries and institutions, and the factors that contribute to or inhibit librarian engagement in RDS.

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      "The Copyright Axis of Evil: The Academic Library Must Confront Threats to User Rights"

      Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars, Research Libraries on April 11th, 2013

      ACRL has released "The Copyright Axis of Evil: The Academic Library Must Confront Threats to User Rights" as part of the ACRL 2013 Proceedings.

      Here's an excerpt:

      This paper will define the key copyright developments that will challenge academic libraries over the next two years (2013-15) as they seek to support teaching, learning and research at their institutions. American libraries have benefited in significant ways from the availability of fair use (section 107) and various exceptions (section 108) in the US copyright law. But a new library treaty in development at the World Intellectual Property Organization highlights the expanding influence of global copyright developments on national policies.

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        Ithaka S+R US Faculty Survey 2012

        Posted in Reports and White Papers, Research Libraries, Scholarly Communication on April 9th, 2013

        Ithaka S+R has released the Ithaka S+R US Faculty Survey 2012.

        Here's an excerpt:

        Major topics covered by the survey include:

        • Research processes: The processes through which scholars perform their research, focusing principally on the use of research materials in secondary and primary research.
        • Teaching practices: The pedagogical methods that faculty members are adopting and the ways that they draw on content and support services in their teaching.
        • Scholarly communications:Formal and informal methods by which scholars communicate with each other, the ways in which the types of materials and information exchanged in these processes are evolving, and needs for various kinds of publishing support services.
        • The library: How faculty members perceive the roles and value of their institutional library, touching on the roles the library plays in supporting many of the above activities.
        • Scholarly societies:How faculty members perceive the roles and value of their primary scholarly society, including in supporting both formal and informal communications between scholars.

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          Report on Research Libraries Readiness for Sustainable Digital Preservation

          Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Reports and White Papers, Research Libraries on March 26th, 2013

          APARSEN has released the Business Preparedness Report.

          Here's an excerpt:

          This report presents the results of a European-wide online survey for assessing the preparedness of research libraries (as represented by the members of LIBER) in regard to economically-sustainable digital preservation. The survey investigated the preparedness in accordance to the recommendations of the Blue Ribbon Task Force and the results have been mapped to these recommendations to identify Implementation Gaps. The further analyses of these Gaps will allow key stakeholders to intervene in a prioritized way and to facilitate progress of digital preservation to become an economically sustainable practice.

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            Fit for Purpose: Developing Business Cases for New Services in Research Libraries Webinar Recording

            Posted in Cyberinfrastructure/E-Science, Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Research Libraries on December 11th, 2012

            DuraSpace has released a recording of its Fit for Purpose: Developing Business Cases for New Services in Research Libraries webinar.

            Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

            Mike Furlough, Associate Dean of Research and Scholarly Communications, Penn State and David Minor Chronopolis Program Manager and Director of Digital Preservation Initiatives University of California San Diego Library/SDSC presented "Fit for Purpose: Developing Business Cases for New Services in Research Libraries" to participants in the DuraSpace/ARL/DLF E-Science Institute. In this webinar, the presenters discussed the CLIR/DLF-funded research project Fit for Purpose, which aims to present a structured, disciplined approach for making decisions about creating and maintaining new services in research libraries.

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              Academic Libraries and Research Data Services: Current Practices and Plans for the Future

              Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Reports and White Papers, Research Libraries on November 28th, 2012

              ARCL has released Academic Libraries and Research Data Services: Current Practices and Plans for the Future.

              Here's an excerpt:

              This study surveyed a cross section of academic library members of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) in the United States and Canada to provide a baseline assessment of the current state of and future plans for research data services in academic libraries in these countries.

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                Changing Role of Senior Administrators, SPEC Kit 331

                Posted in ARL Libraries, Reports and White Papers, Research Libraries on November 14th, 2012

                ARL has released the Changing Role of Senior Administrators, SPEC Kit 331.

                Here's an excerpt from the press release:

                The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has published Changing Role of Senior Administrators, SPEC Kit 331, which focuses on the professional, administrative, and management positions that report directly to the library director (or, in some ARL member libraries, the position that serves as the representative to the Association), positions that have not been examined by a SPEC survey since 1984. This SPEC Kit explores the responsibilities of these positions, and the skills, qualifications, and competencies necessary for these administrators to successfully lead a transforming 21st-century research library. The publication looks at whether and how position requirements have changed in the past five years, whether the number of direct reports has changed, whether these administrators have assumed new areas of organizational responsibility, and how they acquire the new skills to fulfill those responsibilities.

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