Recommendations for Implementation of Open Access in Denmark: Final Report from the Open Access Committee

Posted in Open Access on April 10th, 2011 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Danish Agency for Libraries and Media and Denmark's Electronic Research Library have released Recommendations for Implementation of Open Access in Denmark: Final Report from the Open Access Committee.

Here's an excerpt:

The consultation process about the Open Access Committee’s recommendations indicated wide support for the principle of open access to publicly funded research. There is an express desire for research results from a small country such as Denmark to become as visible as at all possible, nationally as well as internationally. Barriers to access must therefore be broken down, and this would contribute to ensuring that Denmark remains an interesting partner internationally. It is therefore the recommendation of the Open Access Committee that as far as possible there should be Open Access to the results of publicly funded research via green Open Access with built-in quality assurance in the form of peer review by the scientific journals. This means that research articles, after a peer review process in the existing journal system, will be published in parallel in an institutional or subject specific repository, to which there will be open access. This parallel publishing could be put into practice with a limited deferred period, during which the articles would solely be accessible in the journals.

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"Prospects for Systemic Change across Academic Libraries"

Posted in Libraries, Research Libraries on April 7th, 2011 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

James G. Neal has published "Prospects for Systemic Change across Academic Libraries" in the latest issue of the EDUCAUSE Review.

Here's an excerpt:

Similarly, we must raise the question of why the overwhelming majority of academic libraries in the United States continue to maintain a full suite of technical services operations. The acquisition, management, cataloging, preservation, and digitization of library resources—the mass-production aspects of library work—should be integrated into a network of regional service agencies. This would enable efficiencies and quality that may not be achievable on the local level. But more important, doing so would release staff resources to be focused more aggressively and productively on working with the user and on partnering in the learning and research work of the campus.

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Web Services Developer at University of Maryland Libraries

Posted in Library IT Jobs on April 7th, 2011 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The University of Maryland Libraries is seeking a web designer to join their Digital Technology & Interface Services (DTIS) department on the College Park campus. DTIS develops and supports web-based services designed to meet the research needs of students, faculty, and staff of the University of Maryland, as well as other libraries in the state of Maryland.

Responsibilities include designing interfaces and library applications for the web and mobile devices, creating design prototypes, and providing design expertise and consultation to Libraries' staff. Other responsibilities include support and oversight of the Libraries' website, investigating existing and emerging technologies, and administering ancillary web utilities such as traffic analysis and link checking.

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Current News: Twitter Updates for 4/7/11

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on April 7th, 2011 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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Malloy-Rabinowitz Preservation Librarian; Head of Preservation and Digital Imaging Services at Harvard Library

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on April 7th, 2011 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Harvard Library is recruiting the Malloy-Rabinowitz Preservation Librarian; Head of Preservation and Digital Imaging Services.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Harvard Library seeks a creative and forward-thinking professional to serve on the Library's senior leadership team in the new position of Head of Preservation and Digital Imaging Services, with responsibility for developing a seamless continuum for the long-term preservation of traditional collections and digital content across Harvard University's 21st century library system. . . .

Reporting to the Associate Director for Library Services, this role develops, leads, and administers programs and services that meet and anticipate the preservation and conservation needs of the Harvard Library's circulating, digital and special collections. . . .

Establish the strategic directions and consolidated, innovative programs and services for preservation, conservation, and digitization initiatives that enhance and align Harvard Library's diversified preservation and conservation functions to ensure long-term access to all collections throughout their life cycles.

Achieve a strategic balance in the care of traditional, physical collections and digital materials, including an emphasis on imaging services in the service of preservation reformatting.

Manage and develop levels of digital imaging services in response to requirements reflecting the University's many constituents.

Bring a demonstrated knowledge of and affinity for IT services and play a proactive role in the complex, multidisciplinary arena of digital preservation; lead in developing the Harvard Library's digital preservation strategy, establish protocols on all phases of the life cycle of digital content.

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Heading for the Open Road: Costs And Benefits of Transitions in Scholarly Communications

Posted in E-Prints, Institutional Repositories, Open Access, Reports and White Papers, Scholarly Journals on April 7th, 2011 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Research Information Network has released Heading for the Open Road: Costs And Benefits of Transitions in Scholarly Communications (annexes).

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

This new report investigates the drivers, costs and benefits of potential ways to increase access to scholarly journals. It identifies five different routes for achieving that end over the next five years, and compares and evaluates the benefits as well as the costs and risks for the UK.

The report suggests that policymakers who are seeking to promote increases in access should encourage the use of existing subject and institutional repositories, but avoid pushing for reductions in embargo periods, which might put at risk the sustainability of the underlying scholarly publishing system. They should also promote and facilitate a transition to open access publishing (Gold open access) while seeking to ensure that the average level of charges for publication does not exceed c.£2000; that the rate in the UK of open access publication is broadly in step with the rate in the rest of the world; and that total payments to journal publishers from UK universities and their funders do not rise as a consequence.

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Systems Librarian/Instructor at McNeese State University’s Frazar Memorial Library

Posted in Library IT Jobs on April 6th, 2011 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

McNeese State University's Frazar Memorial Library is recruiting a Systems Librarian/Instructor (position readvertised).

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Systems Librarian/Instructor reports to the Library Director and provides leadership for planning, implementing, and managing library systems, digital services, and information technologies; cataloging department operations including the supervision of cataloging department staff; serves on a variety of internal and external committees; and provides staff technology training. The Systems Librarian/Instructor serves as liaison to one or more academic departments and serves as the Library’s LOUIS System Administrator.

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Open Access: What You Need to Know Now

Posted in Open Access on April 6th, 2011 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

ALA Editions has released Open Access: What You Need to Know Now by Walt Crawford.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

Crawford helps readers understand what OA is (and isn't), as he concisely

  • Analyzes the factors that have brought us to the current state of breakdown, including the skyrocketing costs of science, technology, engineering, and medicine (STEM) journals; consolidation of publishers and diminishing price competition; and shrinking library budgets
  • Summarizes the benefits and drawbacks of different OA models, such as "Green," "Gold," Gratis," "Libre," and various hybrid forms
  • Discusses ways to retain peer-review, and methods for managing OA in the library, including making OA scholarly publishing available to the general public

Peter Suber said of the book:

Walt Crawford has done something difficult and useful. He's written a short, accurate, independent introduction to open access. I recommend it to researchers and libraries everywhere, and hope it corrects misunderstandings that have held back this good idea for years.

An excerpt of the book is available.

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Current News: Twitter Updates for 4/6/11

Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on April 6th, 2011 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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Library Technology Specialist at Canisius College’s Andrew L. Bouwhuis Library

Posted in Library IT Jobs on April 6th, 2011 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Canisius College's Andrew L. Bouwhuis Library is recruiting a Library Technology Specialist.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Responsibilities:

  • Support the administration of the integrated online library system.
  • Support the library’s digital services, including website maintenance and web OPAC, online databases and campus portal.
  • Provide support to other online library systems as needed.
  • Support patron access to digital resources. Provide training and support for staff and be the point of contact for digital resource vendors.
  • Plan and implement website and digital resources usability studies.
  • Share in the management, oversight and contribution to the library’s social networking, mobile and electronic presence.

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Peter Suber Wins 2011 L. Ray Patterson Copyright Award

Posted in ALA, Copyright, Open Access, People in the News on April 6th, 2011 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Peter Suber has been named as the winner of the 2011 L. Ray Patterson Copyright Award by ALA's Office for Information Technology Policy's Copyright Advisory Subcommittee.

Here's an excerpt from the press release:

The annual award recognizes contributions of an individual or group that pursues and supports the Constitutional purpose of the U.S. Copyright Law, fair use and the public domain. The award is named after L. Ray Patterson, a key legal figure who explained and justified the importance of the public domain and fair use. Fair use is a key exception of the copyright law that allows for the use of a copyright without prior authorization and helps to promote learning, new creativity, scholarship and criticism.

Professor Suber is being recognized for his work in the open access movement that began in academia in response to increasing costs of scholarly journals. His goal is to provide free, public access to scientific information for the public good as well as provide an alternative venue for scientific publishing, one outside of the price-inflated research journal marketplace. Suber is a professor of philosophy at Earlham College, a senior researcher at Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), and a Fellow at Harvard University Library’s Office for Scholarly Communication. He also is member of the Board of Enabling Open Scholarshipand serves as Open Access Project Director at Public Knowledge.

Among his colleagues in our nation's capital, Suber is regarded as a leader in the quest to protect open access.

"There is no greater champion for open access than Peter Suber," Gigi B. Sohn, president and co-founder of Public Knowledge, said."The open access concept — that the public should have access to research that is paid for with tax dollars — may seem to be common sense, but it is not widely accepted in Washington. Peter has led a multi-year crusade to implement the idea, often in the face of determined corporate opposition. The American Library Association chose well in selecting Peter for this splendid award."

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"DataStaR: A Data Sharing and Publication Infrastructure to Support Research"

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Metadata on April 5th, 2011 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Gail Steinhart has published "DataStaR: A Data Sharing and Publication Infrastructure to Support Research" in AgInfo Worldwide.

Here's an excerpt:

DataStaR, a Data Staging Repository (http://datastar.mannlib.cornell.edu/) in development at Cornell University's Albert R. Mann Library (Ithaca, New York USA), is intended to support collaboration and data sharing among researchers during the research process, and to promote publishing or archiving data and high-quality metadata to discipline-specific data centers and/or institutional repositories. Researchers may store and share data with selected colleagues, select a repository for data publication, create high quality metadata in the formats required by external repositories and Cornell's institutional repository, and obtain help from data librarians with any of these tasks. To facilitate cross-domain interoperability and flexibility in metadata management, we employ semantic web technologies as part of DataStaR's metadata infrastructure. This paper describes the overall design of the system, the work to date with Cornell researchers and their data sets, and possibilities for extending DataStaR for use in international agriculture research.

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