The Internet of Things: A UKeiG White Paper

Posted in Emerging Technologies, Reports and White Papers on July 15th, 2016

UKeiG has released The Internet of Things: A UKeiG White Paper .

Here's an excerpt:

This White Paper presents an overview of some of the key issues surrounding the development and deployment of the collection of technologies commonly referred to as the Internet of Things (IoT).

The technological underpinnings of the IoT are discussed in the context of a rapidly developing new field of technology and with an acknowledgement that there is some way to go before commonly accepted standards are agreed upon and that the commercial case, particularly in the domestic sphere, for the IoT is yet to be made.

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The Best Software for Creating Digital Art from Photographs, Version 4

Posted in Digital Art on July 14th, 2016

Charles W. Bailey, Jr. has released The Best Software for Creating Digital Art from Photographs, Version 4.

It describes key software tools that run on desktop computers for turning photographs into works of digital art, such as cartoons, charcoal drawings, ink drawings, oil paintings, pastel drawings, pencil drawings, and watercolors. Unless otherwise noted they work in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements as plug-ins. Example artworks created by each tool are included. The particular strengths of each tool are noted.

Digital Oil Painting of the Sanctuary of Bétharram

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Scholarly Communications & Digital Scholarship Librarian at California State University Fullerton

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on July 14th, 2016

California State University Fullerton is recruiting a Scholarly Communications & Digital Scholarship Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Scholarly Communications & Digital Scholarship Librarian is responsible for developing and maintaining services to faculty, students and researchers through the implementation and maintenance of a scholarly digital repository and other publishing options involving targeted outreach and educational support to the Cal State Fullerton campus population; monitors current developments in scholarly communications, authors' rights, copyright law, Creative Commons licenses, open access, legislative initiatives, and institutional repositories; and shares that expertise with faculty, library staff, and students.

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"Open Access Archivangelist: The Last Interview?"

Posted in Open Access, People in the News, Self-Archiving on July 14th, 2016

Otwartanauka.pl has released "Open Access Archivangelist: The Last Interview?."

Here's an excerpt:

It seems, however, that the long era of [Stevan] Harnad's 'Archivangelism' for Open Access is coming to an end. Earlier this year, 22 years after the 'Subversive Proposal', Harnad made it quite clear via Twitter that he is about to quit Open Access Advocacy.

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Digital Projects Librarian at University of Texas at Austin

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on July 14th, 2016

The University of Texas at Austin is recruiting a Digital Projects Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Oversees digitization activities in the Digitization Lab. Develops and implements digitization workflows and quality control procedures for text, photographs, manuscripts, and other materials. Troubleshoots hardware and software issues. Manages production and ingest workflows of digital projects destined for CONTENTdm and other relevant delivery platforms. Maps EAD and other structured metadata for CONTENTdm and other online tools. Supervises one part-time library assistant.

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"Dr. Carla Hayden to Serve as the Next Librarian of Congress"

Posted in ARL Libraries, People in the News, Research Libraries on July 14th, 2016

ALA has released "Dr. Carla Hayden to Serve as the Next Librarian of Congress."

Here's an excerpt:

Today the Senate approved the nomination of Dr. Carla Hayden to serve as the nation's 14th Librarian of Congress. Dr. Hayden, American Library Association (ALA) past president and director of the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, Maryland, is the first female and the first African American to lead the Library of Congress. She also is the first professional librarian to be confirmed in more than 60 years.

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Coordinator of Scholarly Communication at Miami University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on July 13th, 2016

Miami University is recruiting a Coordinator of Scholarly Communication.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Coordinator of Scholarly Communication leads the planning, coordination, implementation and assessment of scholarly communication services for the University community. The Coordinator provides expertise and leadership for educating the campus community about emerging models of scholarly publishing, open access and open scholarship initiatives, and connections between information literacy and scholarly communication. The Coordinator also works with the University Office of General Counsel to provide guidance and advocacy on issues of copyright, fair use, and intellectual property to the university community.

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"ACRL Issues Policy Statement on Open Access to Scholarship by Academic Librarians"

Posted in Open Access, Research Libraries, Self-Archiving on July 13th, 2016

Kara Malenfant has published "ACRL Issues Policy Statement on Open Access to Scholarship by Academic Librarians" in ACRL Insider.

Here's an excerpt:

In support of broad and timely dissemination of library and information science scholarship, the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) encourages academic librarians to publish in open access journals. When academic librarians choose to publish in subscription-based journals, ACRL recommends a standard practice of depositing the final accepted manuscript in a repository to make that version openly accessible.

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Digital Repository Coordinator at University of the Pacific

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on July 13th, 2016

The University of the Pacific is recruiting a Digital Repository Coordinator.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Digital Repository Coordinator oversees the growth and management of Scholarly Commons, a University of the Pacific digital repository based in University Libraries, including development and oversight of workflows. Curated repository content includes scholarly and creative works, publications, presentations, and reports contributed by faculty, students, staff, and administrative units. In addition, a University Libraries publishing program utilizes the repository platform to publish journals, conference proceedings, monographs, open educational resources, and other curated content.

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"A Two-Sided Academic Landscape: Portrait of Highly-Cited Documents in Google Scholar (1950-2013)"

Posted in Google and Other Search Engines, Open Access, Scholarly Communication, Scholarly Metrics on July 13th, 2016

Alberto Martin-Martin et al. have self-archived "A Two-Sided Academic Landscape: Portrait of Highly-Cited Documents in Google Scholar (1950-2013)."

Here's an excerpt:

Since the existence of a full-text link does not guarantee the disposal of the full-text (some links actually refer to publisher's abstracts), the results (40% of the documents had a free full-text link) might be somewhat overestimated. In any case, these values are consistent with those published by Archambault et al. (2013), who found that over 40% of the articles from their sample were freely accessible; higher than those by Khabsa and Giles (2014) and Björk et al. (2010), who found only a 24% and 20.4% of open access documents respectively; and much lower than Jamali and Nabavi (2015) and Pitol and De Groote (2014), who found 61.1% and 70% respectively.

The different nature of the samples makes it difficult to draw comparisons among these studies. Nonetheless, the sample used in this study (64,000 documents) is the largest ever used to date.

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Digital Projects and Metadata Librarian at American Philosophical Society

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on July 12th, 2016

The American Philosophical Society is recruiting a Digital Projects and Metadata Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

As a member of a small team, the Digital Projects & Metadata Librarian will work closely with the Head of Technology to complete digital projects by assisting in project planning, content creation, digitization, data management, and metadata standardization.

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"U.S. Publishing Industry’s Annual Survey Reveals Nearly $28 Billion in Revenue in 2015"

Posted in E-Books, Publishing on July 12th, 2016

The Association of American Publishers has released "U.S. Publishing Industry's Annual Survey Reveals Nearly $28 Billion in Revenue in 2015."

Here's an excerpt:

Revenues and unit volume were essentially flat with a decrease of 0.6% from $27.96 billion in revenue from 2014, and a 0.5% increase in units from 2.70 billion units in 2014 (chart below). . . .

eBooks: After peaking in 2013 at $3.24 billion, eBook revenue declined to $3.20 billion in 2014 and again in 2015 by 11.3% to $2.84 billion. Unit sales also declined by 9.7%, with eBooks now making up 17.3% of the trade book market. . . .

Publishers saw increased revenue from trade book sales at physical retail stores for the second year in a row. In 2015, physical store sales grew 1.8% from $4.08 billion to $4.15 billion.

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