ARL Academic Health Sciences Library Statistics 2007-2008

Posted in ARL Libraries on December 7th, 2009

The Association of Research Libraries has released ARL Academic Health Sciences Library Statistics 2007-2008 (print version also available).

Here's an excerpt from the press release:

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has published the ARL Academic Health Sciences Library Statistics 2007-2008, which presents data that describe collections, expenditures, personnel, and services in 64 medical libraries at ARL member institutions throughout North America.

In 2007-2008, the reporting health sciences libraries held a median of 240,955 volumes, spent a total of $240,019,298 and employed 2,304 FTE staff. Expenditures for materials and staff accounted for the bulk of total expenditures, at 49% and 42% respectively. Respondents reported spending a total of $81,986,136 for electronic materials, or an average of 76% of their total materials budgets; this includes a total of $76,921,558 for electronic serials.

See also ARL Health Sciences Statistics Tables 2007-08 (XLS file).

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    Director, Library Digital Initiatives at University of British Columbia

    Posted in Digital Library Jobs on December 7th, 2009

    The University of British Columbia Library is recruiting a Director, Library Digital Initiatives.

    Here's an excerpt from the ad:

    University of British Columbia Library is seeking an energetic, creative and experienced leader, capable of envisioning, developing and implementing the UBC Library's digital strategy and infrastructure all within the context of a rapidly changing environment.

    This work will include providing stewardship and leadership to creating and developing the Libraries' digital services program; providing conceptual direction to the library's existing and future digitization services and projects, and defining and shaping the work of staff engaged in digital initiatives.

    The position will collaborate with staff and departments to assess the appropriateness and applicability of digital initiatives projects and will steward the planning, development and implementation to ensure projects support the library's goals. Additionally, the position will provide leadership to the development of supporting metadata thereby enabling effective creation and management, search, discovery, and presentation as well as long term digital preservation.

    The Director will provide strategic leadership to specific activities involving copyright, standards, digital projects and cIRcle and will be involved with matters relating to usability studies, materials preparation,costing/budget analysis; proposals for digitization work. This position also participates in the work of the Library Operations Management Group. 

    The Director, Library Digital Initiatives will advocate for the program and give presentations locally, nationally and internationally. The Director will lead cooperative activities within the University and the Community essential to program development. The position will represent UBC Library nationally and internationally and undertake professional responsibilities which will foster long term relationships and support the goals of the UBC Library.

    This position reports to the University Librarian, works Library-wide and closely with all levels of staff to develop and implement digital initiatives strategies and projects and provides strategic leadership to staff involved in library wide digital activities and projects including cIRcle, Scholarly Communications, Copyright, Standards, Digitization Projects.

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      ARL Statistics 2007-2008

      Posted in ARL Libraries on December 7th, 2009

      The Association of Research Libraries has released ARL Statistics 2007-2008 (print version also available).

      Here's an excerpt from the press release:

      The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has published the ARL Statistics 2007-2008, the latest in a series of annual publications that describe the collections, staffing, expenditures, and service activities of ARL's 123 member libraries. Of these member libraries, 113 are university libraries (14 in Canada, 99 in the US); the remaining 10 are public, governmental, and private research libraries (2 in Canada, 8 in the US).

      ARL libraries are a relatively small subset of libraries in North America, but they account for a large portion of academic library resources in terms of assets, budgets, and the number of users they serve. The total library expenditures of all 123 member libraries in 2007-2008 was more than $4.1. billion; of that total, over $3.1 billion was spent by the 113 university libraries and $1 billion was spent by the 10 nonuniversity libraries.

      See also ARL Statistics Tables 2007-08 (XLS file).

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        File Formats for Preservation

        Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Digital Repositories on December 6th, 2009

        The Digital Preservation Coalition has released File Formats for Preservation.

        Here's an excerpt:

        File formats are the principal means of encoding information content in any computing environment. Preserving intellectual content requires a firm grasp of the file formats used to create, store and disseminate it, and ensuring that they remain fit for purpose. There are several significant pronouncements on preservation file formats in the literature. These have generally emanated from either preservation institutions or research projects and usually take one of three approaches:

        • recommendations for submitting material to digital repositories
        • recommendations or policies for long term preservation or
        • proposals, plans for and technical documentation of existing registries to store attributes of formats.

        More recently, attention has broadened to pay specific attention to the significant properties of the intellectual objects that are the subject of preservation. This Technology Watch Report has been written to provide an overview of these developments in context by comparative review and analysis to assist repository managers and the preservation community more widely. It aims to provide a guide and critique to the current literature, and place it in the context of a wider professional knowledge and research base.

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          RADAR Repository Services Development Manager at Oxford Brookes University

          Posted in Digital Library Jobs on December 6th, 2009

          Oxford Brookes University's Directorate of Learning Resources is recruiting a RADAR Repository Services Development Manager.

          Here's an excerpt from the ad:

          Oxford Brookes has recently launched its blended institutional repository, RADAR (Research Archive and Digital Assets Repository). Based in the library, you will take the lead and co-ordinate the development of the RADAR research repository as a service across the university. You will also work closely with the e-Learning Systems Developer to provide advice on the development of the Brookes learning objects repository.

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            David Prosser Named Executive Director of RLUK

            Posted in People in the News, Research Libraries on December 6th, 2009

            David Prosser has been named the Executive Director of RLUK (Research Libraries UK).

            Here's an excerpt from the press release:

            RLUK is very pleased to announce that David Prosser has been appointed Executive Director. David joins us from SPARC Europe, where his leadership and advocacy skills have played a critical role in the success of the European Open Access movement.

            The Chair of RLUK, Dr Mark Brown of the University of Southampton said: "We are delighted that David will be joining us as our new Executive Director. David brings ten years' experience of shaping strategic thinking for an active membership organisation, and encouraging partnerships and collaborations which can bring together librarians, publishers, and funders. We look forward to David playing a key role in delivering our exciting new strategy."

            David Prosser said: "It is a great honour to join RLUK as the new Executive Director. These are exciting times for research libraries in terms of new delivery of content, use of physical space and the ways in which researchers and students use our collections. They are also potentially difficult times as public spending tightens and decisions need to be made on priorities for the future. Now, more than ever, the UK community needs to speak with a strong voice to ensure that the case for research libraries is heard. We also need to look for innovative collaborative solutions for budgetary issues. I look forward to working with the Board, members, and RLUK staff to address these issues and help fulfill the RLUK vision of ensuring that the UK should have the best research library support in the world."

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              University Library Systems Manager at Tufts

              Posted in Library IT Jobs on December 6th, 2009

              Tufts University is recruiting a University Library Systems Manager.

              Here's an excerpt from the ad:

              University Library Technology Services (ULTS) provides technology planning and systems infrastructure to support the services of all Tufts libraries at three campuses. Our primary mission is to provide highly available and secure systems to permit acquisition; cataloging and classification; identification; location and authorized access by the Tufts community to general shared physical and electronic collections, ultimately in support of the teaching, learning, and research mission of the University. Millennium is the library's integrated system which includes the university's library collections database, as well as acquisitions, cataloging and circulation functional modules. Our services are high-use, high-profile and extended to users with rare exceptions for 24/7 service.

              The University Library Systems Manager provides technical systems support for the shared technology services of the five Tufts Libraries including primary management and support of the libraries' Innovative Interfaces Millennium server.

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                "Citing and Reading Behaviours in High-Energy Physics. How a Community Stopped Worrying about Journals and Learned to Love Repositories"

                Posted in E-Prints, Open Access, Self-Archiving on December 6th, 2009

                Anne Gentil-Beccot, Salvatore Mele, and Travis Brooks have self-archived "Citing and Reading Behaviours in High-Energy Physics. How a Community Stopped Worrying about Journals and Learned to Love Repositories" in

                Here's an excerpt:

                Contemporary scholarly discourse follows many alternative routes in addition to the three-century old tradition of publication in peer-reviewed journals. The field of High- Energy Physics (HEP) has explored alternative communication strategies for decades, initially via the mass mailing of paper copies of preliminary manuscripts, then via the inception of the first online repositories and digital libraries.

                This field is uniquely placed to answer recurrent questions raised by the current trends in scholarly communication: is there an advantage for scientists to make their work available through repositories, often in preliminary form? Is there an advantage to publishing in Open Access journals? Do scientists still read journals or do they use digital repositories?

                The analysis of citation data demonstrates that free and immediate online dissemination of preprints creates an immense citation advantage in HEP, whereas publication in Open Access journals presents no discernible advantage. In addition, the analysis of clickstreams in the leading digital library of the field shows that HEP scientists seldom read journals, preferring preprints instead.

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                  Digging into Data Challenge Projects Funded

                  Posted in Digital Media, Grants, Mass Digitizaton on December 4th, 2009

                  JISC has announced that eight projects have been awarded Digging into Data Challenge grants.

                  Here's an excerpt from the press release:

                  "Data mining and analysis are not just for scientists" is the message coming strongly out of an international JISC-funded competition, the "Digging into Data Challenge."

                  Entrants have been challenged to answer the question "what would you do with a million books? Or a million pages of newspapers? Or a million photographs of artworks?" That is, how can analysis done over immense quantities of digital data be employed in humanities and social science research? What would you do with a million books? Or a million pages of newspapers? Or a million photographs of artworks?

                  Eight international research teams from the UK, US and Canada will be using a variety of data analysis tools to demonstrate that techniques currently used in the sciences can leverage open, new avenues for scholarship in the humanities and social sciences.

                  The winners of the competition are announced today by the four leading research agencies sponsoring the competition: JISC, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF), both of the United States.

                  Investment from the four agencies together amounts to over a million pounds, allowing new links to be forged across the different countries, as well as breaking down disciplinary boundaries.

                  Here are the funded projects

                  • Data Mining with Criminal Intent: George Mason University, University of Alberta, and University of Hertfordshire
                  • Digging into Image Data to Answer Authorship Related Questions: Michigan State University, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and University of Sheffield
                  • Digging into the Enlightenment: Mapping the Republic of Letters: University of Oklahoma, University of Oxford, and Stanford University
                  • Harvesting Speech Datasets for Linguistic Research on the Web: McGill University and Cornell University
                  • Mining a Year of Speech: University of Oxford and University of Pennsylvania
                  • Railroads and the Making of Modern America—Tools for Spatio-Temporal Correlation, Analysis, and Visualization: University of Portsmouth and University of Nebraska-Lincoln
                  • Structural Analysis of Large Amounts of Music Information: University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, University of Southampton, and McGill University
                  • Towards Dynamic Variorum Editions: Mount Allison University, Imperial College, London, and Tufts University
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                    Webcast: "Memento: Time Travel for the Web"

                    Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on December 3rd, 2009

                    OCLC has made available a webcast of Herbert Van de Sompel's presentation "Memento: Time Travel for the Web."

                    You can find out more about Memento at Van de Sompel's e-print, "Memento: Time Travel for the Web."

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                      Research Program Manager, Sr. at Microsoft Research

                      Posted in Digital Library Jobs on December 3rd, 2009

                      Microsoft Research is recruiting a Research Program Manager, Sr.

                      Here's an excerpt from the ad:

                      Be a part of a dynamic team in Microsoft Research focused on improving Microsoft's engagement with researchers and academics worldwide-by advancing the state of the art in teaching, learning and scholarly communication. Our team designs, promotes, administers and evaluates projects that target how Microsoft products can evolve to better address the research needs of the higher education community. Through this work, we seek to establish Microsoft Research as a premier partner in advancing the frontiers of "eResearch"—with a specific role focus moving forward on digital humanities work with libraries, cultural institutions, educators and scholars on a global basis. This is accomplished by engaging with top researchers at universities and other non-profit organizations around the world to build proof-of-concept and prototype software based on Microsoft technologies enhancing the linkages between Microsoft software to the research lifecycle. Specifically, this program manager position will help identify important technical trends (focusing in the eHumanities), evangelize Microsoft's technologies, ensure interoperability and participate in activities with academic researchers and cultural institutions to improve our offerings tailored to these communities. This role will also provide support and close collaboration with related efforts in other Microsoft Research labs worldwide. Ideally, we seek a solid program manager with deep experience in using Microsoft platforms and applications to catalyze academic communication and computing. This position is worldwide in scope, so both domestic and international travel is expected.

                      Duties include: Primary responsibility is focused on overseeing multiple projects with universities and government organizations around the world and writing related specification documentation to support software development. This involves a broad range of activities, including: relationship building and engagement with a broad number of influentials in the education, research, and academic publishing world. Mapping to an existing strategy, this role helps develop and manage projects from initial set-up through to closure, including: concept refinement, negotiating terms and conditions, project set-up, regular progress tracking, detailed documentation of procedures/process, ensuring compliance (reporting, etc), as well as some basic financial tracking. Heavy focus on demonstrating the value of these projects both within the company (internally with product groups and the field sales organization), as well as externally (with government organizations and at academic conferences, etc)—namely external presentations, executive briefings, attendance at conferences as well as project/partner site visits. Domestic and international travel is required.

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                        Cornell University's eCommons Repository Policies

                        Posted in ARL Libraries, Institutional Repositories on December 3rd, 2009

                        Cornell University's eCommons Policies, which were developed during the last six months by Terry Ehling, Peter Hirtle, Eileen Keating, George Kozak, Oya Rieger, John Saylor, Kizer Walker, and Simeon Warner, are now available.

                        The following policies are currently in place

                        • Content Collection Policy
                        • Deposit Policy
                        • Access Policy
                        • Withdrawal Policy
                        • Alteration Policy
                        • Privacy Policy
                        • Preservation Support Policy
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