Transforming Scholarly Publishing through Open Access: A Bibliography

Posted in Bibliographies, Digital Scholarship Publications, Open Access, Scholarly Communication on September 12th, 2010

Transforming Scholarly Publishing through Open Access: A Bibliography is now available from Digital Scholarship.

This bibliography presents over 1,100 selected English-language scholarly works useful in understanding the open access movement's efforts to provide free access to and unfettered use of scholarly literature. The bibliography primarily includes books and published journal articles. A limited number of book chapters, conference papers, dissertations and theses, magazine articles, technical reports, and other scholarly works that are deemed to be of exceptional interest are also included (see the "Preface" for further details about selection criteria). The bibliography includes links to freely available versions of included works. Most sources have been published from January 1, 1999 through August 1, 2010; however, a limited number of key sources published prior to 1999 are also included. The bibliography is available as a paperback and an open access PDF file.

The following Digital Scholarship publications may also be of interest:

  1. Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography, version 78
  2. Digital Scholarship 2009 (paperback and open access PDF file)
  3. Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography: 2008 Annual Edition (paperback, Kindle e-book, and open access PDF file)
  4. Digital Curation and Preservation Bibliography, version 1
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        Web Initiatives Librarian at Wilfrid Laurier University

        Posted in Library IT Jobs on September 9th, 2010

        Wilfrid Laurier University Library is recruiting a Web Initiatives Librarian. Minimum salary of $52,531 (Librarian I) or $57,784 (Librarian II).

        Here's an excerpt from the ad:

        Duties & Responsibilities • Initiates, develops, evaluates, and supports the delivery of user-centred web initiatives • Leads and coordinates the Library’s web site design and development, and chairs the Library Web Advisory Committee • Works to extend the Library's presence into external sites (e.g. the University's learning management system, social media) • Works with consortial and internal partners to customize interfaces for externally hosted resources and services • Explores and keeps abreast of trends in technology and their potential impact on library services • Promotes the awareness and use of emerging technologies • Provides advice, training, and support for Library staff involved in web content creation • Serves as a liaison with campus ITS on electronic services and web development issues • Provides reference service (in-person and/or virtual) • Serves on Library, University, and external committees as appropriate, and participates in scholarly and professional activity

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          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.

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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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