University Investment in the Library, Phase II: An International Study of the Library’s Value to the Grants Process

Posted in Libraries, Reports and White Papers, Research Libraries on August 22nd, 2010

Elsevier has released University Investment in the Library, Phase II: An International Study of the Library's Value to the Grants Process by Carol Tenopir (with other contributors).

Here's an excerpt:

The results demonstrate the value of the library to the institution in improving grant proposal and report writing and in helping to attract grant income. Library e-collections especially play a vital role in all aspects of grants, from proposal writing to final reports. The study across countries also shows how some specific factors within an institution (such as subject focus) or factors within a country (such as sources for grants funding) can influence the ROI for grants income. This report continues the ongoing discussion of ROI and academic libraries.

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            Scholarly Electronic Publishing Weblog Update (July 30, 2010)

            Posted in Bibliographies, Digital Scholarship Publications, Scholarly Communication on July 30th, 2010

            The latest update of the Scholarly Electronic Publishing Weblog (SEPW) is now available. It provides information about new works related to scholarly electronic publishing, such as books, e-prints, journal articles, magazine articles, technical reports, and white papers.

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                Posted in Announcements on July 19th, 2010

                DigitalKoans weblog postings will resume on 8/23/10.

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                  Technology Services Head at Mugar Memorial Library

                  Posted in Digital Library Jobs, Library IT Jobs on July 19th, 2010

                  Boston University's Mugar Memorial Library is recruiting a Technology Services Head.

                  Here's an excerpt from the ad:

                  Guide assessment of existing and emerging library and information technologies. Lead project and implementation planning for library technologies. Provide coordination and programmatic guidance for the library technology services group (LTS), a multi-unit team, comprised of members from the University Libraries and Information Services & Technology. The LTS plans, deploys and supports a wide range of digital systems and services, including an integrated library system, WorldCat Local, link resolver, federated search software, institutional repository, search and discovery services, library web development, interlibrary loan system, proxy server, and staff desktop support. Collaborate with administrators, department heads and managers throughout all the University libraries and Information Services and Technology to adapt library services to the changing needs of faculty, researchers, and graduate students of Boston University and work with senior managers on the Library's other two teams, the Graduate & Research Services and Undergraduate & Distance Services to implement initiatives consistent with the Libraries’ strategic plan.

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                    Presentations from the OAPEN Seminar

                    Posted in Open Access on July 19th, 2010

                    Presentations from the OAPEN seminar held on June 10, 2010 in Amsterdam are now available.

                    Here's an excerpt from the About OAPEN—Open Access Publishing in European Networks page:

                    OAPEN consists of a number of European university presses and universities, and is open to new partners. The publishing partners are all scholarly presses predominantly active in Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) and book publishing. Jointly the members have digital publishing programmes, conduct experiments with OA, make use of digital repositories, publish in different European languages, have a worldwide distribution network (including the USA), and cooperate closely with university libraries.

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                      Institutional Repository Librarian at Boston University

                      Posted in Digital Library Jobs on July 19th, 2010

                      Boston University's Mugar Memorial Library is recruiting an Institutional Repository Librarian.

                      Here's an excerpt from the ad:

                      Manage the Boston University Digital Common, Boston University’s institutional repository, including oversight of the repository, coordination with the Information Services and Technology (IS&T) staff that provides primary systems support for the hardware and software, outreach to faculty, content recruitment, documentation, publicity materials, training and supervision of support staff, and developing assessment measures for the repository's impact. Work with the Institutional Repository Steering Committee and with other staff to define and implement repository policies, workflows, and capabilities and with the AUL and IS&T staff to develop effective digital preservation policies and procedures. Responsible for ensuring that the Digital Common programs align with the needs of the BU community and that BU faculty, students, and staff are aware of and know how to utilize BU Digital Common services. Collaborate with the other department heads and managers on the Digital Initiatives & Open Access Team and with senior managers on the Library’s other two teams, the Graduate & Research Services and Undergraduate & Distance Services, to implement initiatives consistent with the Library's strategic plan.

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                        OpenURL Link Resolver: SFX 4.0 Released

                        Posted in Linking, Linked Data, and Semantic Web on July 19th, 2010

                        The Ex Libris Group has released SFX 4.0.

                        Here's an excerpt from the press release:

                        Ex Libris® Group . . . is pleased to announce the general release of version 4.0 of its SFX® OpenURL link resolver, already deployed at over 1800 institutions in 53 countries. With the updated and enhanced administrative interface and the redesigned structure of the SFX KnowledgeBase, librarians benefit from streamlined workflows, new functionality, and more frequent KnowledgeBase updates for both hosted and local SFX installations.

                        New administrative functions—many of which are the direct result of feedback from the customer community—further emphasize the importance that libraries attribute to maintaining full control over the way in which they expose their e-collection to their users and brand the library’s scholarly services. And what’s more, SFX has been keeping up with the times. As the scholarly environment has evolved, configurations have been added to SFX to accommodate changes in library services and the development of new ones, such as the bX article recommender service.

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