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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                  Congressional Research Service Electronic Accessibility Act of 2009 Introduced

                  Posted in Legislation and Government Regulation, Open Access on October 19th, 2009

                  Rep. Frank Kratovil and Rep. Leonard Lance have introduced The Congressional Research Service Electronic Accessibility Act of 2009 (HR 3762).

                  Here's an excerpt from the press release:

                  In an effort to make sure the public has access to the same research reports and analysis Members of Congress use to make decisions, Rep. Frank Kratovil today introduced HR 3762, The Congressional Research Service Electronic Accessibility Act of 2009. This bipartisan legislation, introduced with fellow freshman Rep. Leonard Lance (R-NJ), would make published Congressional Research Service (CRS) reports available to the public in an effort to increase transparency and help citizens become more informed and engaged advocates.

                  "Across the country, citizens are deeply and passionately engaged in debates about the future of our country and the significant challenges we face at home and abroad," said Rep. Kratovil. "As the public debate has become increasingly partisan and polarized, it is more important than ever for citizens to have full access to the same neutral, unbiased information that many of us rely on to help us formulate important decisions."

                  The lawyers, economists, reference librarians, and social, natural, and physical scientists of CRS offer invaluable research and analysis to Members of Congress on all current and emerging issues of national policy. CRS has a responsibility to ensure that Members of the House and Senate have available the best possible information and analysis on which to base the policy decisions.

                  CRS is governed by requirements for accuracy, objectivity, balance, and nonpartisanship — the very sort of analysis sought and valued by engaged constituents. As a dedicated congressional support agency, CRS is joined by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) in providing Congress with information and analysis that is unequaled by any other national legislature. While GAO and CBO reports are already available to the public, CRS reports are not.

                  "Making taxpayer-funded research available to the American people is good government," said Congressman Leonard Lance (R-NJ). "Our bill will allow for greater transparency and ensure that non-partisan, public policy reports that are prepared with taxpayer funds for members of Congress be available to educators, students, members of the news media and every citizen across the country." "When citizens are engaged and informed, we have a better chance of elevating our national discourse and cutting through the misinformation and spin that threatens progress," said Rep. Kratovil. "We must do everything we can to empower Americans to play an active role in the legislative process."

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                    Two Open Access Policies Adopted: NCAR and University of Salford

                    Posted in Open Access on October 19th, 2009

                    The National Center for Atmospheric Research and the University of Salford have adopted open access policies.

                    Here's an excerpt from the National Center for Atmospheric Research announcement:

                    The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) has passed an Open Access policy that requires that all peer-reviewed research published by its scientists and staff in scientific journals be made publicly available online through its institutional repository. The new policy has been put in place by the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), the governing body that manages NCAR. A national lab, NCAR is sponsored by the National Science Foundation. It has conducted research into the atmospheric sciences since 1960.

                    UCAR last month formalized the new policy and is developing an institutional repository known as OpenSky, which will include all published studies by NCAR and UCAR researchers in scientific journals. The repository will be free and available to the public, but access to the works it contains will depend upon the policies of their publishers. In support of copyright law and the health of the publishers that support NCAR and UCAR science, all publishing agreements will be honored. OpenSky will be managed by the NCAR Library and is expected to go live in 2010.

                    Read Peter Suber's take on this policy at "OA Mandate at a US National Lab."

                    Here's an excerpt from the University of Salford announcement:

                    The University has announced its intention to implement plans that will make free, easily accessible research knowledge available to a world wide audience via the University of Salford Institutional Repository (USIR) portal. . . .

                    For the last two years the University has been implementing systems to enable the University's research active staff to deposit their findings and research into the repository.

                    The University of Salford is pleased to now declare that from the 1st January 2010, it will be implementing a mandatory policy for all research active staff to deposit research information into the repository. This means that as of January 2010, the University of Salford will officially be an Open Access University.

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                      Institutional Repository Bibliography, Version 1

                      Posted in Bibliographies, Digital Scholarship Publications, Institutional Repositories, Open Access on October 18th, 2009

                      To celebrate Open Access Week, Digital Scholarship is releasing version one of the Institutional Repository Bibliography. This bibliography presents over 620 selected English-language articles, books, and other scholarly textual sources that are useful in understanding institutional repositories. Although institutional repositories intersect with a number of open access and scholarly communication topics, this bibliography only includes works that are primarily about institutional repositories.

                      Most sources have been published between 2000 and the present; however, a limited number of key sources published prior to 2000 are also included. Where possible, links are provided to e-prints in disciplinary archives and institutional repositories.

                      Table of Contents

                      1 General
                      2 Country and Regional Institutional Repository Surveys
                      3 Multiple-Institution Repositories
                      4 Specific Institutional Repositories
                      5 Institutional Repository Digital Preservation Issues
                      6 Institutional Repository Library Issues
                      7 Institutional Repository Metadata Issues
                      8 Institutional Repository Open Access Policies
                      9 Institutional Repository R&D Projects
                      10 Institutional Repository Research Studies
                      11 Institutional Repository Software
                      Appendix A. About the Author

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                        DigitalKoans Break

                        Posted in Announcements on October 14th, 2009

                        DigitalKoans postings will resume on 10/19/09.

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