"Highlights from the SOAP Project Survey. What Scientists Think about Open Access Publishing"

Posted in Open Access, Publishing on January 30th, 2011

Suenje Dallmeier-Tiessen et al. have self-archived "Highlights from the SOAP Project Survey. What Scientists Think about Open Access Publishing" in arXiv.org.

Here's an excerpt:

The SOAP (Study of Open Access Publishing) project has run a large-scale survey of the attitudes of researchers on, and the experiences with, open access publishing. Around forty thousands answers were collected across disciplines and around the world, showing an overwhelming support for the idea of open access, while highlighting funding and (perceived) quality as the main barriers to publishing in open access journals. This article serves as an introduction to the survey and presents this and other highlights from a preliminary analysis of the survey responses. To allow a maximal re-use of the information collected by this survey, the data are hereby released under a CC0 waiver, so to allow libraries, publishers, funding agencies and academics to further analyse risks and opportunities, drivers and barriers, in the transition to open access publishing.

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Twitter Updates for 1/29/11

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Twitter Updates for 1/28/11

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Coordinator of Digital Operations at the University of Houston

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on January 27th, 2011

The University of Houston Libraries are recruiting a Coordinator of Digital Operations. Salary: $52,000-$56,000.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to the Head of Digital Services, the Coordinator of Digital Operations explores, adapts and supports library information technologies for digital projects, including the application of standards, metadata, discovery interfaces, workflow design, production coordination, and quality controls appropriate to specific projects. Collaborates and coordinates with other staff, committees and other departments to shepherd digital projects from inception to completion, and develops policies and workflow for digital collections. Supervises the work of 1 Metadata Specialist, 1 Digital Photograph Technician, student workers and library student interns. Provides training and assistance to others in the department supporting metadata services; and participates in local, state and national metadata initiatives, including the metadata working group of the Texas Digital Library.

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Three Chapters from Access-Right: The Future of Digital Copyright Law

Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars on January 27th, 2011

Zohar Efroni has self-archived three chapters from Access-Right: The Future of Digital Copyright Law in SSRN.

  • "Access." Here's an excerpt:

    This chapter scrutinizes the notion of "access to information" and attempts to translate it into a vocabulary property law can process and analyze. It turns out that very little about "access to information" as a property concept is self-explanatory.

  • "The Digital Reproduction Right." Here's an excerpt:

    It shall be posited that and explained why the reproduction right belongs to past chapters in copyright law's evolution; it has grown evidently unsuitable to lead the copyright system into the digital future.

  • "Anticircumvention Laws." Here's an excerpt:

    This chapter provides a broad overview and analysis on anticircumvention laws in the U.S. and Europe. . . . The statutory anticircumvention texts reviewed in this chapter do not provide straightforward answers to the nexus problem, that is, the relationship between anticircumvention bans and conventional copyright infringement.

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Associate Librarian, Technology Initiatives at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

Posted in Digital Library Jobs, Library IT Jobs on January 27th, 2011

The Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center is recruiting an Associate Librarian, Technology Initiatives.

Here's an excerpt from the ad (job ID: 22467 )

The Associate Librarian, Technology Initiatives (ALTI) reports to the Director of Library Services and is responsible for providing leadership and expertise in designing, developing, and supporting the library's virtual presence, in particular, Synapse, a database and web interface to publications by MSK authors. This role also evaluates and assesses new and emerging technologies/applications to ensure the ongoing development of a state-of-the-art library and client services. Additionally, you will direct planning efforts for all software, systems and resources required for Library technology products, manage the collection & analysis of database and website usage metrics and reports, and create & implement a usability program to support Synapse, Library Website and related Library Services.

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Over 1,000 DSpace Repositories in about 100 Countries Registered

Posted in Digital Repositories, DSpace, DuraSpace, Institutional Repositories on January 27th, 2011

There are now over 1,000 known DSpace repositories.

Here's an excerpt from the DuraSpace announcement

The DSpace user community has reached a major milestone. There are now over 1000 known instances of DSpace installed in almost 100 different countries worldwide. DSpace continues to be the most popular repository solution, with well over a third of the known institutional repositories using the DSpace software. Each month over the last year, the DSpace registry has added between 20-30 new repositories. Check out "Who's Using DSpace" to see the complete list. . . .

Over the last year, DSpace repositories were launched in 25 new countries, including: Bulgaria, Cameroon, Cyprus, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Malawi, Malta, Mozambique, Nepal, Poland, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Romania, Senegal, Serbia, Sri Lanka, Tansania, Uruguay, Zambia.

The countries that had the largest increase in the number of DSpace repositories were: Japan +33, Taiwan +28, USA +16, Spain +13, Brazil +12, Ecuador +11, China +10, Portugal +10, Ukraine +10, South Africa +8, Thailand +7, Vietnam +7.

Also of interest is the number of highly ranked DSpace repositories listed in the January 2011 edition of the Ranking Web of World Repositories.

Here's an excerpt from the DuraSpace announcement

In overall, DSpace’s presence among the top 100 listed repositories has grown tremendously, with 51 repositories listed now, compared to 41 in July 2010, 45 in January 2010 and 43 in January 2009.

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Twitter Updates for 1/27/11

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Head of Library Technology Services at Central Washington University

Posted in Library IT Jobs on January 26th, 2011

The Central Washington University’s Brooks Library is recruiting a Head of Library Technology Services.

Here's an excerpt from the ad (posting number: 0400699):

To provide leadership/management of Library Systems and oversight of Cataloging, Collection Development, and Serials/E resources departments; to recommend changes/advances to the Dean; and to contribute to the internal governance of the Library.

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"Issue Brief: FCC’s Net Neutrality Rules and Implications for Research Libraries"

Posted in Net Neutrality, Research Libraries on January 26th, 2011

The Association of Research Libraries has released "Issue Brief: FCC's Net Neutrality Rules and Implications for Research Libraries."

Here's an excerpt:

FCC Votes to Enact "Net Neutrality" Rules: After years of debate and consideration, on December 21, 2010, the Federal Communications Commission ("FCC") voted 3-2 in favor of enacting a narrow set of net neutrality rules to regulate the practices of broadband providers. "Net neutrality" is the principle that Internet users should have the right to access and provide content and use services via the Internet as they wish, and that network operators should not be allowed to "discriminate"—slow, block, or charge fees—for Internet traffic based on the source or content of its message. . . .

The wording of the net neutrality rules, advanced by FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, appears to reflect an attempt at a compromise between network operators and advocates for strong net neutrality protections—including ARL, ALA, and EDUCAUSE. Ultimately, however, the limited scope of protection in the rules has not fully satisfied the concerns voiced by parties on both sides of the issue and thus has set the stage for further debate over regulation in the courts and in Congress.

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Systems & Emerging Technologies Librarian at Gettysburg College

Posted in Digital Library Jobs, Library IT Jobs on January 26th, 2011

The Gettysburg College's Musselman Library is recruiting a Systems & Emerging Technologies Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The successful candidate will provide leadership and share responsibility for planning, implementing, and maintaining Library digital systems and services, as well as being a key technology liaison with the College’s Information Technology division. We expect the Systems Librarian to establish a vision and protocol for technology services, which includes training and continual incorporation of emerging technologies as appropriate. The Systems Librarian’s primary focus will include (but not be limited to) our integrated library system (Innovative Interfaces) and interlibrary loan system (ILLiad/Ariel). We also require support for online course reserves and streaming video (Video Furnace), authentication (EZ Proxy), electronic resource discovery (EBSCOhost Discovery Service), journal holdings list and link resolver (Serials Solutions), special collections (PastPerfect), digital repository systems (CONTENTdm), and web architecture (our campus uses a content management system for its website).

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Presentations from the Marketplace: Open Access and the Changing State of Scholarly Publishing Meeting

Posted in Open Access, Publishing on January 26th, 2011

Presentations from the Marketplace: Open Access and the Changing State of Scholarly Publishing meeting on 1/8/11 are now available.

Here's an excerpt from the meeting announcement:

This forum will paint a picture of the rapidly changing – and maturing – open-access publishing sphere, illustrate the growing range of options and approaches that are emerging, and help the library community to make sense of what it all means for you and your campus. Guest presenters will include:

  • Caroline Sutton, President of the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA), and Publisher and Co-Founder, Co-Action Publishing
  • Wim van der Stelt, Executive Vice President of Corporate Strategy for Springer
  • Catriona McCallum, Senior Editor for PLoS Biology and Consulting Editor for PLoS ONE

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