BioMed Central Presentations, Including "10 Years of Open Access at BioMed Central"

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on July 19th, 2009

BioMed Central has released presentations about its open access publishing activities that were made at a recent workshop for publishing consultants. Included was Matthew Cockerill's "10 Years of Open Access at BioMed Central" presentation.

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    Digital Repository Resident at University of Massachusetts Amherst

    Posted in Digital Library Jobs on July 19th, 2009

    The University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries are recruiting a Digital Repository Resident (one-year position).

    Here's an excerpt from the ad:

    The University of Massachusetts Amherst seeks candidates for the position of Digital Repository Resident. Under general supervision of the Scholarly Communication and Special Initiatives Librarian, the Digital Repository Resident Librarian explores, adapts, and implements emerging digital repository technologies in support of library and campus digital collections and publishing initiatives. Develops and manages repository projects, researches and recommends changes and enhancements, and works with other library staff to develop and implement metadata and preservation standards, and facilitates the development of workflows that accommodate new scholarly communication initiatives.

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      U.S. Copyright Office Proposes Rule Change for Mandatory Deposit of Electronic Works Published in the United States and Available Only Online

      Posted in Copyright on July 19th, 2009

      The U.S. Copyright Office is proposing a rule change for the mandatory deposit of electronic works that are published in the United States and are only available online. (Thanks to ResourceShelf.)

      Here's an excerpt from the notice of proposed rulemaking:

      The Copyright Office of the Library of Congress is proposing to amend its regulations governing mandatory deposit of electronic works published in the United States and available only online. The amendments would establish that such works are exempt from mandatory deposit until a demand for deposit of copies or phonorecords of such works is issued by the Copyright Office. They would also set forth the process for issuing and responding to a demand for deposit, amend the definition of a "complete copy" of a work for purposes of mandatory deposit of online-only works, and establish new best edition criteria for electronic serials available only online. The Copyright Office seeks public comment on these proposed revisions.

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        Program Coordinator for the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center at University of North Carolina

        Posted in Digital Library Jobs on July 19th, 2009

        The University of North Carolina Libraries are recruiting a Program Coordinator for the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center

        Here's an excerpt from the ad:

        The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Library seeks an experienced, creative, and collaborative individual for the position of Program Coordinator for the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center. This new position will have responsibility for general management of a center that will provide digitization and hosting services for cultural heritage materials held by libraries, archives, historical societies, and other institutions in the state of North Carolina. Housed in the North Carolina Collection at the University of North Carolina Library, the Center will provide broad and integrated access to digital representatives of these materials to the citizens of the state of North Carolina and to teachers, students, and researchers across the state and beyond.

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          Presentations from the ALA Annual 2009 Collecting for Digital Repositories Session

          Posted in Digital Repositories, Institutional Repositories on July 19th, 2009

          Presentations from the ALA Annual 2009 Collecting for Digital Repositories session are now available. (Thanks to Digital & Scholarly).

          Also see the session's annotated bibliography.

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            Copyright Program Librarian at University of Minnesota Libraries

            Posted in Digital Library Jobs on July 19th, 2009

            The University of Minnesota Libraries are recruiting a Copyright Program Librarian.

            Here's an excerpt from the ad:

            Consultation Services:

            • Develop advisory services to support decisions related to the use and ownership of copyrighted materials.
            • Working with the Office of General Counsel, assist in development of guidelines for informed decisions related to copyright and rights management.
            • Develop resources to assist the University community in taking full advantage of fair use.
            • Support compliance with open access deposit requirements of federal funding agencies.
            • In collaboration with the University Digital Conservancy, contribute to policy and program development related to digital archiving.
            • Provide counsel to the University Libraries on copyright issues as they relate to library services.

            Copyright Management:

            • Cultivate a knowledgeable community related to compliance with copyright law, University policy, and options for authors in managing their copyrights.
            • Contribute to the development of policies and procedures related to management of University copyrights
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              Scholarly and Research Communication Established

              Posted in E-Journals, Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Communication, Scholarly Journals on July 19th, 2009

              A new open access journal, Scholarly and Research Communication, has been established.

              Here's an excerpt from the journal's home page:

              Scholarly and Research Communication is a peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary, Open Access, online journal that publishes original contributions to the understanding of production, dissemination, and usage of knowledge. It emphasizes the dynamics of representation and changing organizational elements, including technologically mediated workflows, ownership, and legal structures. Contributions are welcomed in all media and span formal research and analysis; technical reports and demonstration; commentary, and review.

              Also see Rowland Lorimer's presentation "Scholarly and Research Communication: A Journal and Some Founding Ideas."

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                Director for Digital Library Services at Indiana University

                Posted in Digital Library Jobs on July 19th, 2009

                The Indiana University Libraries are recruiting a Director for Digital Library Services.

                Here's an excerpt from the ad:

                The Indiana University Bloomington Libraries are seeking an experienced, visionary, and creative leader for the position of Director for Digital Library Services. This position reports to the Associate Dean for Library Technologies and manages the project and collection building services of the Indiana University Digital Library Program (DLP) (http://www.dlib.indiana.edu/), one of the nation’s premier organizations for the creation and support of digital library resources and infrastructure, with production level support for locally produced digital library collections and responsibility for advancing the state of the art in digital library research.

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                  Presentations from JISC Digital Content Conference 2009

                  Posted in Digitization, Electronic Resources on July 19th, 2009

                  Presentations from the JISC Digital Content Conference 2009 are now available.

                  Here's an excerpt from the conference page:

                  In the context of the completion of Phase 2 of the JISC Digitisation Programme the JISC Digital Content Conference aims to discuss and decide the next steps that need to be taken to ensure the sustained integration of digitised content into research and education and is one of the most important events of 2009. It will consider the issues facing the UK's universities as they deal with creating, delivering, sustaining and using a whole range of digital content as well as looking into future opportunities and challenges. The following thematic strands will run throughout the conference: Managing Content; Content Development Strategies; Content In Education; User Engagement; Looking Into The Future.

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                    Harvard University Press and University of Chicago Press Ramp Up E-Book Publishing Efforts

                    Posted in E-Books, Publishing, University Presses on July 19th, 2009

                    The Harvard University Press will release almost 1,000 e-books on Scribd. The University of Chicago Press has released 700 e-books on its own site using Adobe's Digital Editions software.

                    Read more about it at "Harvard University Press to Sell Nearly 1,000 Digital Books on Scribd," "New Digital Editions from the University of Chicago Press," and "University Presses Stepping Up e-Book Efforts."

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                      Proceedings of DigCCurr2009: Digital Curation: Practice, Promise, and Prospects

                      Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on July 17th, 2009

                      Helen R. Tibbo has published Proceedings of DigCCurr2009: Digital Curation: Practice, Promise, and Prospects on Lulu.

                      Here's the ad:

                      DigCCurr2009 was held on April 1-3, 2009 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina as part of the Preserving Access to Our Digital Future: Building an International Digital Curation Curriculum (DigCCurr) project. DigCCurr is a three-year (2006-2009), Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)-funded project to develop a graduate-level curricular framework, course modules, and experiential components to prepare students for digital curation in various environments. Contributions to DigCCurr2009 take the form of long and short papers, posters and panels. Potential contributions were submitted for peer review by a rich and diverse panel of international experts. Reviewers evaluated the submissions based on clarity and organization of presentation and writing; originality, creativity and potential for new contributions to the field; and engagement (topics addressed would be appropriate for and engaging to the diverse audience of DigCCurr2009 participants).

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                        "SPARC-ACRL Forum: Doomsday Clock Countdown for Scholarly Communications?"

                        Posted in Publishing, Scholarly Journals, Serials Crisis on July 17th, 2009

                        In "SPARC-ACRL Forum: Doomsday Clock Countdown for Scholarly Communications?," Josh Hadro reports on the 2009 SPARC-ACRL Forum, including libraries' new "zero tolerance for price increases."

                        Here's an excerpt:

                        "It’s time to give up the kumbaya of librarianship," [James] Neal said as he approached his last few proposals, and "radicalize our approach to collaboration."

                        We are just a few minutes from midnight, he said as he invoked the Doomsday Clock metaphor to dramatically portray the relationship between libraries and publishers. We are, he warned, quickly headed "toward potentially explosive conditions."

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