E-journals: Their Use, Value and Impact—Final Report

Posted in E-Journals, Reports and White Papers on January 20th, 2011

The Research Information Network has released E-journals: Their Use, Value and Impact—Final Report.

Here's an excerpt:

The objectives for this second phase of the study were:

  1. to establish a deeper understanding of what lies behind the patterns of use and information-seeking behaviour portrayed in the logs to answer questions such as:
    • why do users spend so little time on each visit?
    • why do researchers use gateway sites?
    • why do few researchers use advanced searching?
    • do high levels of use imply high levels of user satisfaction?
  2. to investigate reasons for the diversity in information-seeking behaviour and usage shown in the logs, especially with regard to research status and seniority, institutional size and research strength, and subject or discipline.
  3. to determine how online searching and use of e-journals relates to researchers' general behaviour in seeking and using information, and to scholarly and research workflows.
  4. to investigate further the relationships between levels of expenditure on journals, levels of use, and research outcomes (e.g., does good e-journal provision drive research outcomes, or do libraries benefit from the additional revenue that research success creates?).
  5. to analyse any trends in author referencing behaviour over a long period, and to investigate whether these have changed alongside the development of easier access to scholarly literature.

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    Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on January 19th, 2011
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      Scholarly Communication Librarian at Oregon Health & Science University

      Posted in Digital Library Jobs on January 19th, 2011

      The Oregon Health & Science University Library is recruiting a Scholarly Communication Librarian.

      Here's an excerpt from the ad (job: IRC32413):

      The Scholarly Communication Librarian will provide a leadership role within the OHSU Library and OHSU community in support of scholarly services and digital initiatives. The position will provide outreach and promotional activities pertaining to the scholarly work product of students, faculty and staff at OHSU, including the promotion of the Library's Digital Resources Library; explore new opportunities for publication; provide support services; and assist individuals in interacting with editors and publishers of their work; analyze and select alternative methods of providing access; support e-science initiatives; and provide community support regarding government deposit mandates. As a member of the Library Faculty, the Scholarly Communication Librarian participates in planning, policy formation and decision-making relating to health sciences services, collections and technologies. This position requires scholarship and service that contributes to the effectiveness of the Library, the University, and the profession

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        Turning the Page: The Future of eBooks

        Posted in E-Books, Reports and White Papers on January 19th, 2011

        PricewaterhouseCoopers has released Turning the Page: The Future of eBooks.

        Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

        This new study examines trends and developments in the eBooks and eReaders market in the United States, United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and Germany, and discusses major challenges and key questions for the publishing industry worldwide. It also identifies market opportunities and developments for eBooks and eReaders, and makes recommendations for publishers, traditional retailers, online retailers, and intermediaries.

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          Digital Services Librarian at Utah State University

          Posted in Digital Library Jobs on January 19th, 2011

          The Utah State University Libraries are recruiting a Digital Services Librarian.

          Here's an excerpt from the ad:

          This 12-month, tenure-track, entry level faculty position with rank of Assistant Librarian reports to the Associate Dean for Technical Services and is responsible for a broad range of services and duties related to the libraries' websites and digital content and services. In addition to providing leadership managing the content and design of the libraries' websites, this person will guide the library in implementing new technologies to enhance our patrons' experiences, especially USU's distance students, and will play an active role in library outreach activities. The successful candidate will participate in the development of a library plan for digital preservation and data curation.

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            Prototype WorldCat Local User interface for HathiTrust Digital Library

            Posted in Digital Libraries, Mass Digitizaton, OCLC on January 19th, 2011

            OCLC and the HathiTrust have created a prototype WorldCat Local user interface for HathiTrust Digital Library.

            Here's an excerpt from the press release:

            The WorldCat Local prototype (http://hathitrust.worldcat.org) for the HathiTrust Digital Library was designed and implemented by both organizations in close cooperation as a means to further develop a shared digital library infrastructure. The WorldCat Local interface for the HathiTrust Digital Library is based on the WorldCat database, and will run along with the current HathiTrust catalog during the prototype testing period.

            As a digital repository for the nation's great research libraries, the HathiTrust Digital Library brings together the massive digitized collections of partner institutions. HathiTrust offers libraries a means to archive and provide access to their digital content, whether scanned volumes, special collections, or born-digital materials. The representation of these resources in digital form offers expanded opportunities for innovative use in research, teaching and learning.

            OCLC and HathiTrust have been working together to increase online visibility and accessibility of the digital collections by creating WorldCat records describing the content and linking to the collections via WorldCat.org and WorldCat Local. The creation of the unique public interface through WorldCat Local is the next step to offer enhanced access to this vital collection.

            "HathiTrust benefits greatly from this partnership in that the collaborative development has enabled the creation of a new means of discovering HathiTrust holdings while simultaneously integrating these holdings into the larger world of library holdings made discoverable by OCLC," said John Wilkin, Executive Director of the HathiTrust.

            HathiTrust Digital Library records are discoverable through the separate WorldCat Local interface, as well as through WorldCat.org.

            "OCLC and the HathiTrust have been working together closely in this shared development project to facilitate access to these valuable digital materials," said Chip Nilges, OCLC Vice President, Business Development. "This collaboration leverages OCLC's extensive work in the area of resource discovery with the HathiTrust's considerable expertise and infrastructure with respect to the preservation of scholarly resources."

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              Head Integrated Library Information Systems at New York Public Library

              Posted in Library IT Jobs on January 18th, 2011

              The New York Public Library is recruiting a Head Integrated Library Information Systems.

              Here's an excerpt from the ad:

              Reporting to the Director of Software Development and Support, the Integrated Library Systems (ILS) Administrator:

              • Coordinates and implements all ILS system revisions and updates
              • Installs and tests all new software releases, customizations and new products
              • Handles all extractions, cleaning, manipulation and provisioning of metadata to a variety of internal and external clients
              • Develops and maintains procedures that contribute and adhere to system standards
              • Serves as the primary liaison to the vendor for problem resolution and enhancement requests
              • Manages the ticket queue for open requests and issues
              • Performs related duties as required

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                Unchartered Waters—The State of Open Data in Europe

                Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Open Access on January 18th, 2011

                CSC has released Unchartered Waters—The State of Open Data in Europe

                Here's an excerpt:

                This study analyses the current state of the open data policy ecosystem and open government data offerings in nine European Member States. Since none of the countries studied currently offers a national open data portal, this study compares the statistics offices’ online data offerings. The analysis shows that they fulfill a number of open data principles but that there is still a lot of room for improvement. This study underlines that the development of data catalogues and portals should not be seen as means to an end.

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