MIT Open Access Articles Collection Launched in DSpace@MIT

Posted in ARL Libraries, DSpace, Institutional Repositories, Open Access on October 22nd, 2009

MIT has launched a new collection of authors' final submitted manuscripts in DSpace@MIT, the MIT Open Access Articles Collection.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

The launch of the "MIT Open Access Articles" collection coincides with International Open Access Week to reflect the spirit of an MIT faculty policy established in March 2009.

The policy affirms the faculty's commitment "to disseminating the fruits of its research and scholarship as widely as possible."

The collection consists of the authors' final submitted manuscripts. Published versions may also appear where the publisher's policy allows for such posting. Both versions are identified for readers.

MIT authors are encouraged to send their papers to or use a web form for inclusion in the collection.

The MIT Libraries are administering the policy under the guidance of the Faculty Committee on the Library System, and are maintaining a list of publishers who are fully cooperating with the policy.

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    Concordia University Launches Spectrum: Concordia University Research Repository

    Posted in Institutional Repositories, Research Libraries on October 22nd, 2009

    Concordia University has launched Spectrum: Concordia University Research Repository.

    Here's an excerpt from the announcement

    Concordia University Libraries is proud to mark international Open Access Week (October 19-23) with the launch of Spectrum: Concordia University Research Repository. Spectrum is a new digital resource which, in keeping with the university's strategic plan to develop community engagement and social responsibility, can make Concordia scholarship freely accessible to everyone via the internet.

    Spectrum currently contains the full text of over 6000 theses and dissertations produced at the university from 1967 to 2003. It also offers Concordia faculty and researchers an additional venue for sharing their research using a simple process of self-submission. The name Spectrum reflects the variety of original research and creative activity that characterizes the scholarly output of Concordia University. The database, in development since 2007, is an initiative of the Concordia University Libraries supported by the Office of the Vice-President, Research & Graduate Studies.

    "I am delighted to see the launch of this significant new resource," said Louise Dandurand, Vice-President, Research and Graduate Studies. "The creation of a Research Repository speaks to Concordia's commitment to increase its contribution to world knowledge and promote public access to the results of publicly funded research."

    "Research deposited in Spectrum is highly visible, because the site will be searchable using popular search engines such as Google and Google Scholar," added Jocelyn Godolphin, Associate University Librarian for Collection Services. "Concordia University now joins some 1200 other repositories round the world in providing a university-wide open access repository which will increase accessibility and preserve the scholarship produced by Concordia University researchers."

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      Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography: 2008 Annual Edition Kindle Edition

      Posted in Bibliographies, Digital Scholarship Publications, Scholarly Communication on October 21st, 2009

      The Kindle edition of the Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography: 2008 Annual Edition is now available from

      The bibliography presents over 3,350 English-language articles, books, and other printed and electronic sources that are useful in understanding scholarly electronic publishing efforts on the Internet (see the table of contents for details). Most sources have been published between 1990 and 2008; however, a limited number of key sources published prior to 1990 are also included. Where possible, links are provided to works that are freely available on the Internet, including e-prints in disciplinary archives and institutional repositories.

      The bibliography is also available from as a 372-page, 6" by 9" paperback book on white paper (ISBN: 1448624908, EAN: 139781448624904), from CreateSpace (identical to the edition), and from Lulu (same page length and size, but it is printed on cream paper and it does not have an ISBN or EAN.)

      Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography: 2008 Annual Edition

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        Scholarly Electronic Publishing Weblog Update (10/21/09)

        Posted in Bibliographies, Digital Scholarship Publications, Scholarly Communication on October 21st, 2009

        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.

        Especially interesting are: "The 'Author Pays' Model of Open Access and UK-Wide Information Strategy"; "The Current Scenario of Open Access Journal Initiatives in India"; "Lending Kindle E-Book Readers: First Results from the Texas A&M University Project"; "If SWORD Is the Answer, What Is the Question?: Use of the Simple Web-Service Offering Repository Deposit Protocol"; "Institutional Repositories in Canadian Post-Secondary Institutions: User Interface Features and Knowledge Organization Systems"; "OA and IP: Open Access, Digital Copyright and Marketplace Competition"; "Publishing and the Digital Library: Adding Value to Scholarship and Innovation to Business"; "Rethinking Copyrights for the Library through Creative Commons Licensing"; "Ten Challenges for Open-Access Journals"; and "What Qualifications and Skills Are Important for Digital Librarian Positions in Academic Libraries? A Job Advertisement Analysis."

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          University of Calgary Libraries and Cultural Resources Join ARL

          Posted in ARL Libraries on October 20th, 2009

          The University of Calgary Libraries and Cultural Resources have joined the Association of Research Libraries.

          Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

          "It’s a great accomplishment for our young university to have built a great library in 43 years," said Tom Hickerson, vice-provost (libraries and cultural resources) and university librarian. . . .

          The ARL membership was the result of an 18-month campaign spearheaded by Hickerson. He believed that the U of C was a worthy candidate because of its ranking by the Libraries Investment Index of University Research Libraries. The index is an aggregate measure of a university’s investment in its library, including materials expenditures and professional and support staff.

          "Based on available statistical comparisons, the University of Calgary would rank among the top 50 university research libraries in North America and sixth in Canada," said Hickerson.

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            OpenDOAR Digital Repository Directory Now Lists 1,500 Repositories

            Posted in Digital Repositories, Institutional Repositories on October 20th, 2009

            With the addition of the UNDIP Institutional Repository at Diponegoro University, OpenDOAR now lists 1,500 digital repositories.

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              European Commission Adopts Communication on Copyright in the Knowledge Economy

              Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars, Google and Other Search Engines, Mass Digitizaton on October 20th, 2009

              The European Commission has adopted a Communication from the Commission: Copyright in the Knowledge Economy.

              Here's an excerpt from the press release:

              The European Commission today adopted a Communication on Copyright in the Knowledge Economy aiming to tackle the important cultural and legal challenges of mass-scale digitisation and dissemination of books, in particular of European library collections. The Communication was jointly drawn up by Commissioners Charlie McCreevy and Viviane Reding. Digital libraries such as Europeana ( http// ) will provide researchers and consumers across Europe with new ways to gain access to knowledge. For this, however, the EU will need to find a solution for orphan works, whose uncertain copyright status means they often cannot be digitised. Improving the distribution and availability of works for persons with disabilities, particularly the visually impaired, is another cornerstone of the Communication.

              On adoption, Commissioners McCreevy and Reding stressed that the debate over the Google Books Settlement in the United States once again has shown that Europe could not afford to be left behind on the digital frontier.

              "We must boost Europe as a centre of creativity and innovation. The vast heritage in Europe's libraries cannot be left to languish but must be made accessible to our citizens", Commissioner McCreevy, responsible for the Internal Market, stated.

              Commissioner Reding, in charge of Information Society and Media, said: "Important digitisation efforts have already started all around the globe. Europe should seize this opportunity to take the lead, and to ensure that books digitisation takes place on the basis of European copyright law, and in full respect of Europe's cultural diversity. Europe, with its rich cultural heritage, has most to offer and most to win from books digitisation. If we act swiftly, pro-competitive European solutions on books digitisation may well be sooner operational than the solutions presently envisaged under the Google Books Settlement in the United States."

              The Communication addresses the actions that the Commission intends to launch: digital preservation and dissemination of scholarly and cultural material and of orphan works, as well as access to knowledge for persons with disabilities. The challenges identified by the Commission today stem from last year’s public consultation on a Green Paper ( IP/08/1156 ), the Commission's High Level Group on Digital Libraries and the experiences gained with Europe's Digital Library Europeana ( IP/09/1257 ).

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                Internet Archive Launches BookServer

                Posted in E-Books, Publishing on October 20th, 2009

                The Internet Archive has launched BookServer.

                Here's an excerpt from the home page:

                The BookServer is a growing open architecture for vending and lending digital books over the Internet. Built on open catalog and open book formats, the BookServer model allows a wide network of publishers, booksellers, libraries, and even authors to make their catalogs of books available directly to readers through their laptops, phones, netbooks, or dedicated reading devices. BookServer facilitates pay transactions, borrowing books from libraries, and downloading free, publicly accessible books.

                Read more about it at "Internet Archive's BookServer Could 'Dominate' Amazon," "Internet Archive Uncloaks Open Ebook Dream Machine: Will Google Play?," and "The Day It All Changed."

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                  Barnes & Noble Announces nook, Its Wireless E-Book Reader

                  Posted in E-Books, Publishing on October 20th, 2009

                  Barnes & Noble has announced nook, its wireless e-book reader, which will go on sale at end of November for $259.00

                  Here's an excerpt from the press release:

                  nook features many industry firsts as it is the first Android™-based eBook reader and the first to offer a color touch screen for navigation along with a best-in-class E Ink display for an immersive, enjoyable e-reading experience. For fast connectivity, nook is the first eBook reader to provide, at no additional costs to customers, both 3G wireless access on AT&T's mobile broadband network and access to Wi-Fi for Barnes & Noble in-store browsing and enjoyment. And to help friends share their joy of reading, nook is the first eBook reader to offer digital lending for a wide selection of eBooks. . . .

                  The centerpiece of Barnes & Noble's strategy to deliver any book, any time, anywhere, nook was created expressly with the reader in mind, with features and functionality to create an immersive, seamless and fun experience:

                  • A Gripping Read, by Design: nook's sleek, minimalist design puts the focus on the content, not the technology, and the combination of color and touch make navigation intuitive and simple. nook feels great in hand and features a contoured, easy-to-hold back. About the size and weight of a paperback book, nook is thin, small and portable. Its best-in-class E Ink Vizplex™ display is easy on the eyes with text as clear and crisp as a printed book. And with no glare or backlight and adjustable text size, you can read comfortably for hours without straining your eyes.
                  • Color Touch for Easy Navigation: The beautiful lower color touch screen offers an immersive experience, inviting you to virtually browse through brilliant cover art, flip through an expansive library, or search using a virtual keyboard. nook presents the controls, navigation and keyboard you need, only when you need them.
                  • Download eBooks Wirelessly: With fast 3G wireless and Wi-Fi access, nook is the most-connected eBook reader. Browse and instantly download eBooks, magazines and newspapers simply and seamlessly on AT&T's 3G wireless network, the nation's fastest, with no set-up required or additional wireless costs. Connect to the complimentary Wi-Fi, provided by the AT&T Wi-Fi network, in Barnes & Noble stores and download at broadband fast speeds.
                  • Lend eBooks to Friends: With nook's breakthrough LendMe™ technology, lend a wide selection of eBooks to friends free of charge, for up to 14 days at a time. Just choose the book you want to share and send it to your friend's nook or iPhone, iPod touch, select BlackBerry® and Motorola smartphones, PC or Mac® with Barnes & Noble eReader software.
                  • A Continuous Reading Experience: With "Reading Now" your virtual bookmark, nook brings you back to the last book you've read, right where you left off. And it works across a range of devices. If you forgot your nook at home, Barnes & Noble's free eReader software on your iPhone, select BlackBerry and Motorola smartphones or laptop lets you pick up where you left off, including annotations. And when you're reunited with your nook again, the Reading Now page will be updated and ready to go.
                  • A Wealth of Content, in the Palm of Your Hand: nook can hold up to 1,500 eBooks and other printed content, and the sky's the limit for your digital library when you use nook's expandable memory slot. A 16GB MicroSD card holds up to 17,500 eBooks.
                  • Portability and Personalization: You can also easily transfer PDF-format documents from your computer to access and read business documents, legal contracts and travel information on your nook. And transfer your photos to create custom screensavers. . . .

                  Over One Million eBooks, Newspapers and Magazine

                  As part of nook's introduction, Barnes & Noble has further expanded its wide selection of content to satisfy every reader.

                  • Expanded eBookstore: From fiction to horror and romance to thrillers, with the launch of nook, Barnes & Noble's eBookstore now offers the most eBook titles—over one million—with most bestsellers and new releases for just $9.99.
                  • Your Daily Newspapers on nook: Read your "morning paper" any time, anywhere you go. Barnes & Noble now offers subscriptions to more than 20 newspapers, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and Los Angeles Times. Barnes & Noble expects to offer, in digital form, subscriptions to every major U.S. daily.
                  • Read Your Favorite Magazines: As the nation's second largest retailer of magazines, Barnes & Noble is now pleased to offer its customers digital subscriptions. Enjoy reading publications including Forbes, Newsweek and The Nation on your nook, at home or on the go.
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                    Omeka 1.1 Released

                    Posted in Digital Archives and Special Collections, Digital Asset Management Systems, Open Source Software on October 19th, 2009

                    Version 1.1 of Omeka has been released. Omeka is a "free and open source collections based web-based publishing platform for scholars, librarians, archivists, museum professionals, educators, and cultural enthusiasts."

                    Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                    In 1.1., users will have more control over their installation through the admin interface, such as:

                    • Toggling more easily between the public site and the item and collection pages by clicking on a new "View on Public Site" link;
                    • Browsing through more than 10 collections;
                    • Managing and upgrading plugins;
                    • Displaying only item fields containing metadata on the public site with a new setting in the theme panel (without needing to edit on the server).

                    Read more about it at "Release Notes for 1.1."

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                      eScholarship Relaunched with New Services and Enhanced Functionality

                      Posted in Digital Presses, Digital Repositories, E-Journal Management and Publishing Systems, Institutional Repositories, Publishing, University Presses on October 19th, 2009

                      The California Digital Library has relaunched eScholarship with new services and enhanced functionality.

                      Here's an excerpt from the press release:

                      Previously known as UC's eScholarship Repository, the new eScholarship offers a robust scholarly publishing platform that enables departments, research units, publishing programs, and individual scholars associated with the University of California to have direct control over the creation and dissemination of the full range of their scholarship.

                      "Our relaunch of eScholarship reflects the enormous value we see in recasting the institutional repository as an open access publisher," says Catherine Mitchell, Director of the Publishing Group at the California Digital Library. "There is significant need across the University of California campuses for a sustainable infrastructure to support the publication and dissemination of research. In our efforts to respond to this need, we have watched our institutional repository evolve into a dynamic platform for the original publication of scholarly work." . . .

                      The relaunch of eScholarship brings new opportunities for digital publishing to the University of California and offers substantially improved services for previously supported publication types. Books published in eScholarship are now eligible for a combined digital/print publication service, courtesy of UC Publishing Services (UCPubS), a joint program of UC Press and the California Digital Library. In addition, eScholarship now offers conference lifecycle support, including mechanisms for proposal submission, program display, and the ultimate publication of proceedings.

                      Much of the site redesign has been focused on improving the quality of access to eScholarship publications. The site is optimized for Google searches; PDFs can be viewed in their entirety without download; and research can be shared easily through third party social networking sites and RSS feeds. Likewise, the ability to locate relevant scholarship within the new site is greatly improved as a result of the implementation of:

                      1. a highly developed similar items finder
                      2. visual snippets of keywords within documents (KWIC Pics) accessible from the search results page
                      3. facets for narrowing search results by UC campus, discipline, and peer review– status
                      4. keyword search capability within documents
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                        Google to Launch Google Editions

                        Posted in E-Books, Google and Other Search Engines, Publishing on October 19th, 2009

                        At the Tools of Change conference, Google's Amanda Edmonds announced the launch of Google Editions by June 2010. In the service, e-books will be able to be accessed using a Web browser. Using Google Editions, customers will be able to purchase e-books from either Google, selected retailers, or publishers.

                        Read more about it at "Google Editions Ebook Platform to Challenge Amazon Kindle," "Google Plans 'Buy Anywhere, Read Anywhere' Offer," and "Google Takes on Amazon with Online E-Book Store."

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