Hindawi’s Open Access Journals Get Over 2,000 Submissions per Month

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on September 9th, 2010

Hindawi's open access journals now receive over 2,000 article submissions per month.

Here's an excerpt from the press release:

Hindawi is pleased to announce that its growing portfolio of open access journals have collectively received more than 2,000 monthly submissions for this first time this August, only a year and a half after having passed 1,000 monthly submissions in February 2009.

"Over the past couple of years we have seen very strong growth both from new journals that we have developed as well as from many of our more well-established journals" said Mohamed Hamdy, Hindawi's Editorial Manager. "Our five largest journals have grown to more than 700 annual submissions each, and at the same time, quite a few of the journals that we have developed within the past two years are already receiving more than 100 annual submissions."

"We are very pleased with the steady growth that we have seen in our submissions during the three and half years since we converted the last of our subscription-based journals to an open access model" said Paul Peters, Hindawi's Head of Business Development. "I believe that the success that we have seen comes from the high level of service that we provide to our authors, as well as the rigorous editorial standards of our journals. Over the past few years we have rejected about two thirds of the submissions that we receive across our journal collection, and these high standards have enabled our journals to establish strong reputations within the academic community."

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    Digital Initiatives/Metadata Librarian at Portland State University

    Posted in Digital Library Jobs on September 9th, 2010

    The Portland State University Library is recruiting a Digital Initiatives/Metadata Librarian. Salary minimum of $61,320.

    Here's the ad:

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      Guidelines for Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries and Museums Issued

      Posted in Grants, Libraries, Museums on September 9th, 2010

      The Institute of Museum and Library Services has released Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries and Museums guidelines.

      Here's an excerpt from the press release:

      This new grant program will provide one-year grants of $10,000 to $25,000 for innovative projects that respond to the challenges and opportunities facing cultural heritage institutions in a rapidly changing information environment. The submission deadline is November 15, 2010.

      Successful proposals will address problems, challenges, or needs of broad relevance to museums, libraries, or archives, will test innovative responses to these problems, and will make the findings of these tests widely and openly accessible. Grant funding may include all activities associated with planning, deploying, and evaluating the innovation, as long as the expenses are allowable under federal and IMLS guidelines. Examples of projects that might be funded by this program include, but are not limited to:

      • exploring the potential of highly original, experimental collaborations,
      • implementing new workflows or processes with potential for substantial cost savings,
      • testing new metrics or methods to measure the impact of promising tools or services,
      • rapid prototyping and testing of new types of software tools, or creating useful new ways to link separate software applications used in libraries, archives, or museums,
      • offering innovative new types of services or service options to museum, library, or archive visitors, or
      • enhancing institutions’ abilities to interact with audiences in new ways to promote learning or improve services, such as through the deployment of innovative crowd-sourcing techniques.

      Sparks! Ignition Grant funds may not be used for:

      • evaluation of an existing program or service,
      • projects that are only for planning or research (as distinguished from experimentation),
      • projects that are limited to existing and traditional approaches to exhibitions, performances, or other types of public programs,
      • projects that involve mainly digitization, unless the applicant is proposing an innovative method for digitization,
      • activities that will produce only incremental improvements in operational or business processes,
      • support of conferences or professional meetings, or
      • acquisition of equipment in excess of 50 percent of the total funds requested from IMLS.
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        Daily Tweets 2010-09-09

        Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on September 9th, 2010
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          Electronic Resources Librarian at Western Carolina University

          Posted in Electronic Resources Jobs on September 8th, 2010

          Western Carolina University’s Hunter Library is recruiting an Electronic Resources Librarian. Salary range: $40,000-$49,000.

          Here's an excerpt from the ad:

          This new position will activate and manage access to a wide range of licensed electronic resources such as databases, journals, and books. The position will also serve as the go-to person for all library staff for resolving problems related to access. Other responsibilities include supervising one full-time staff member; maintaining the Innovative Interfaces Web Access Management (WAM) table and WebBridge link resolver, and EBSCO's ERM Essentials; collecting and tracking usage data; database administration; coordinating tasks related to e-resources among all the various constituents; and working collaboratively within the Western North Carolina Library Network on e-resources issues.

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            Digital Preservation: PADI and Padiforum-L to Cease Operation

            Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on September 8th, 2010

            Established in 1997, the National Library of Australia's PADI subject gateway, which has over 3,000 resources on more than 60 topics, will be shut down at the end of this year.

            Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

            As is to be expected with any portal to Web based documents maintenance of web links becomes progressively more demanding over time. Websites are redesigned, migrated to new platforms, URL’s are changed, projects and their websites cease, so called persistent identifiers are not, and even when web documents or pages are archived in a web archive, questions arise as to which version of an archived page to link to (which date or even which archive as copies may be held in multiple web archives with different levels of completeness). The current structure of PADI requires the Library to commit around 0.5 of a fulltime staff member to locate, describe and enter links to new information sources and to maintain links to existing resources. Although originally conceived as a cooperative contribution model, increasingly the burden of adding material to PADI has fallen to the NLA as input from elsewhere has almost ceased.

            The information-seeking and information-providing mechanisms of a community also change over time. After reviewing the gateway service the Library has concluded that the existing website, database and list no longer meet the current needs and that the Library’s resources are best invested elsewhere. While there may be more efficient ways of building a service like PADI today, using Web 2.0 tools, the Library is unable to make the investment in converting the existing service.

            Reluctantly—because we still find PADI useful ourselves—we believe we cannot sustain PADI, and have decided to cease maintaining it.

            A copy of the website has been archived in PANDORA, Australia’s Web Archive. The existing live website will remain available until the end of 2010; however no new resources have been added since the start of July 2010 and the existing links will not be actively managed. The archives of the padiforum-l list will continue to be available, however no new postings will be accepted from 30 September 2010.

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              Digital User Experience Librarian at Indiana University Kokomo

              Posted in Library IT Jobs on September 8th, 2010

              The Indiana University Kokomo Library is recruiting a Digital User Experience Librarian.

              Here's an excerpt from the ad:

              The Digital User Experience Librarian will take a leadership role in the continued development of the electronic resources collection and the Library’s Web presence in order to provide support for the teaching, learning, and research needs of our users. This work will include acquiring and providing access to electronic resources, and incorporating appropriate Web-based tools to support our users' information to knowledge experience. The position also includes some reference desk work.

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                Summary Findings of NEH Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants (2007–2010)

                Posted in Digital Humanities, Grants, Reports and White Papers on September 8th, 2010

                The Office of Digital Humanities at the National Endowment for the Humanities has released Summary Findings of NEH Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants (2007–2010) .

                Here's an excerpt:

                The bulk of this summary report reflects work done by the NEH's Kathy Toavs who got in touch with 51 of the project directors from the first two years of the program (2007 and 2008). We chose just the first two years because we wanted to talk to project directors who had concluded their work to find out more about outcomes. Kathy provides an overview of her research including a thorough discussion of the many publications, conferences, Web sites, and software tools that emerged from the first two years of the SUG program [Start-Up Grant program]. She also asked the project directors for their feedback on the program and Kathy provides an excellent summary of their thoughts.

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                  Daily Tweets 2010-09-08

                  Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on September 8th, 2010
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                    Information Technology Professional at Michigan State University

                    Posted in Library IT Jobs on September 7th, 2010

                    The Michigan State University Libraries are recruiting an Information Technology Professional.

                    Here's an excerpt from the ad (posting number: 4092):

                    Assists in the planning, installation, implementation, and maintenance of computer systems, networks, and software, heavily focused on the support of the Libraries' two Xsan storage area networks; works on developing and maintaining internal Web applications and relational databases; contributes as a team member within the Libraries' Systems unit working with librarians, staff, and students to support creation, preservation, access and maintenance of digital content; performs other duties as assigned.

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                      Helmholtz Association Signs with SpringerOpen

                      Posted in Open Access, Publishing on September 7th, 2010

                      The Helmholtz Association, a group of 16 German scientific-technical and biological-medical research centers, has signed an agreement with SpringerOpen to support its researchers' open access publishing efforts.

                      Here's an excerpt from the press release:

                      The Helmholtz Association has signed up for open access membership with Springer scientific publishing. The agreement means that the research centres in the Helmholtz Association will pay the fees charged to authors for articles published in SpringerOpen and BioMed Central journals. The Helmholtz Open Access Project assisted in the proceedings.

                      SpringerOpen journals are peer-reviewed open access journals in new, future-focused and interdisciplinary fields. They supplement Springer’s existing portfolio and that of BioMed Central, which offers over 200 open access journals from the life sciences and biomedicine. SpringerOpen journals appear exclusively online and are published under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which enables free dissemination of copyrighted content. The license does not give Springer exclusive rights to published content.

                      Authors pay an open access fee for articles they publish in SpringerOpen and BioMed Central journals, and their articles immediately appear in the relevant publication at www.springerlink.com. Dr Bernhard Mittermaier, head of the Central Library at Forschungszentrum Jülich, is enthusiastic about the agreement: "We believe that the open access journals offered by Springer are a good fit for the six research fields pursued by the Helmholtz Association. We are excited to be embarking on a partnership that will open up new possibilities for developing an open access forum for the findings of our researchers. This agreement is a step towards our goal of establishing sustainable mechanisms for ensuring fair publication fees for open access journals."

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                        Humanities Research Associate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

                        Posted in Digital Library Jobs on September 7th, 2010

                        The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is recruiting a Humanities Research Associate.

                        Here's an excerpt from the ad:

                        The Research Computing unit at UNC-Chapel Hill is seeking a Humanities Research Associate to provide technical leadership to spearhead our engagement with faculty researchers in the humanities. This position will be a technical contributor and a partner in defining, implementing and supporting technologies to advance humanities research at UNC-Chapel Hill. The research associate will provide programming and technical expertise in areas such as text encoding and metadata standards, database design and queries, software development, web programming, and digital project design. Possible initial projects include implementing and supporting the use of SEASR for text and data mining; developing document databases based on XML and XML tools; and assembling collections of open-source tools and development environments to advance digital humanities projects.

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