NSF Program Solicitation: Advancing Digitization of Biological Collections

Posted in Digitization, Grants on August 23rd, 2010

The NSF has issued a program solicitation for Advancing Digitization of Biological Collections. Total amount available across all awards: $10,000,000. Full proposal deadline: December 10, 2010.

Here's an excerpt:

This program seeks to create a national resource of digital data documenting existing biological collections and to advance scientific knowledge by improving access to digitized information (including images) residing in vouchered scientific collections across the United States. The information associated with various collections of organisms, such as geographic distribution, environmental habitat data, phenology, information about associated organisms, collector field notes, tissues and molecular data extracted from the specimens, etc. is a rich resource for providing the baseline from which to further biodiversity research and provide critical information about existing gaps in our knowledge of life on earth. The national resource will be structured at three levels: a national hub, thematic networks based on collaborative groups of collections, and the physical collections. This resource will build upon a sizable existing national investment in curation of the physical objects in scientific collections and contribute vitally to scientific research and technology interests in the United States. It will be an invaluable tool in understanding the biodiversity and societal consequences of climate change, species invasions, natural disasters, the spread of disease vectors and agricultural pests, and other biological issues.

Digitization in the Real World: Lessons Learned from Small to Medium-Sized Digitization Projects

Posted in Digitization on August 23rd, 2010

Chapters from Digitization in the Real World: Lessons Learned from Small to Medium-Sized Digitization Projects, which was published by the Metropolitan New York Library Council, are being made available from the book's blog in a series of posts.

Read more about it at "Collect Them All: Four Chapters from Digitization in the Real World Available For Free, Thirty More Coming Soon."

Harvard Library Lab Established

Posted in ARL Libraries on August 23rd, 2010

With the approval of the University Library Council, Harvard has established the Harvard Library Lab. It is managed by Harvard University Library's Office for Scholarly Communication.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

Harvard's Library Lab is designed to promote the development of projects in all areas of library activity and to leverage the entrepreneurial aspirations of people throughout the library system and beyond. Proposals from faculty and students from anywhere in the University will also be welcomed and the Lab will encourage collaboration with projects being developed at MIT. The Lab offers infrastructure and financial support for projects and establishes a venue for cooperation across projects. Projects will be able to avail themselves of technical staff to augment the home department's staff, as well as support for release time, equipment, or outsourced services.

Read more about it at "Harvard Library Lab."

Version 1, Open Access Journals Bibliography

Posted in Bibliographies, Digital Scholarship Publications, Open Access, Scholarly Communication, Scholarly Journals on August 22nd, 2010

Version one of the Open Access Journals Bibliography is now available from Digital Scholarship. Open access journals publish articles (typically peer-reviewed articles) that are free of charge and, depending on the journal, may be able to be reused under an open license (e.g., a Creative Commons license). This bibliography presents selected English-language scholarly works that are useful in understanding open access journals. It does not cover works about e-prints or works that include open access journals in a treatment of diverse types of research materials. Most sources have been published from 1999 to the present; however, a few key sources published prior to 1999 are also included. The bibliography primarily includes books and published journal articles. A limited number of magazine articles and technical reports that are deemed to be of exceptional interest are also included. The bibliography includes links to freely available versions of included works.

The following recent 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 version, and open access PDF file)
  4. Digital Curation and Preservation Bibliography, version 1

DigitalKoans Changes

Posted in Announcements on August 22nd, 2010

I'm working on several major projects, including a new book-length bibliography on open access (a follow-up to my 2005 Open Access Bibliography: Liberating Scholarly Literature with E-Prints and Open Access Journals). DigitalKoans posts will become a bit more selective; however, tweets are likely to remain at about the same level. Tweet summaries will now appear in DigitalKoans on a daily basis.

Recap of Digital Library and Library IT Jobs 7/20/10-8/20/10

Posted in Digital Library Jobs, Library IT Jobs on August 22nd, 2010

In case you missed the tweets, here are jobs from 7/20/10-8/20/10 during the DigitalKoans blog hiatus.

"Acknowledged Goods: Cultural Studies and the Politics of Academic Journal Publishing"

Posted in Author Rights, Open Access, Scholarly Journals on August 22nd, 2010

Ted Striphas has self-archived "Acknowledged Goods: Cultural Studies and the Politics of Academic Journal Publishing" in IU ScholarWorks.

Here's an excerpt:

This essay explores the changing context of academic journal publishing and cultural studies' envelopment within it. It does so by exploring five major trends affecting scholarly communication today: alienation, proliferation, consolidation, pricing, and digitization. More specifically, it investigates how recent changes in the political economy of academic journal publishing have impinged on cultural studies' capacity to transmit the knowledge it produces, thereby dampening the field's political potential. It also reflects on how cultural studies' alienation from the conditions of its production has resulted in the field's growing involvement with interests that are at odds with its political proclivities.

Library Technology Services Coordinator at Seattle Pacific University

Posted in Library IT Jobs on August 22nd, 2010

The Seattle Pacific University Library is recruiting a Library Technology Services Coordinator.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

  • Provides support services for technology used by library patrons and staff.
  • Manages the computer hardware and equipment in the library labs and classroom.
  • Hires, trains, schedules and supervises student employees.
  • Understands and implements library policies, procedures and operations, and the role of technology within the library.
  • Provides or assists with training and technology services to library patrons and staff. Installs and maintains computer hardware and software within the library, and especially for lab pool computers.
  • Identifies, obtains and manages end-user technology software and returnables, with special attention to the "Learning Commons" area on the library Lower Level.
  • Investigates, purchases and implements hardware and software products and services as directed.
  • Is the contact person between the library and CIS, ITS, University Services, and the other lab pool coordinators on common issues related to library technology.

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.

Last Week’s DigitalKoans Tweets 2010-08-22

Posted in Last Week's DigitalKoan's Tweets on August 22nd, 2010

Last Week’s DigitalKoans Tweets 2010-08-15

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