"Almost Halfway There: An Analysis of the Open Access Behaviors of Academic Librarians"

Posted in Open Access, Self-Archiving on September 20th, 2010

College & Research Libraries has released a preprint of Holly Mercer's forthcoming article "Almost Halfway There: An Analysis of the Open Access Behaviors of Academic Librarians."

Here's an excerpt:

Academic librarians are increasingly expected to advocate for scholarly communications reforms such as open access to scholarly publications, yet librarians do not always practice what they reach. Previous research examined librarian attitudes toward open access, whereas this article presents results of a study of open access publishing and self-archiving behaviors of academic librarians. Following an analysis of open access to library and information science literature in 2008, several strategies to encourage academic librarians to continue embrace open access behaviors are discussed.

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    Daily Tweets 2010-09-20

    Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on September 20th, 2010
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      Digital Repository Deposit: SWORD Course Videos

      Posted in Digital Repositories, Institutional Repositories, Open Source Software, Self-Archiving on September 19th, 2010

      The SWORD (Simple Web-service Offering Repository Deposit) project has released a series of tutorial videos.

      Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

      1. An Introduction to SWORD: Gives an overview of SWORD, the rationale behind its creation, and details of the first three funded SWORD projects
      2. SWORD Use Cases: Provides an introduction to use cases, and examines some of the use cases that SWORD can be used for
      3. How SWORD Works: A high level overview of the SWORD protocol, lightly touching on a few technical details in order to explain how it works
      4. SWORD Clients: The reasons for needing SWORD clients are shown, followed by a tour of some of the current SWORD clients
      5. Create Your Own SWORD Client: An overview of the EasyDeposit SWORD client creation toolkit, including the chance to try it out
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        "Research Data: Who Will Share What, with Whom, When, and Why?"

        Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Open Science on September 19th, 2010

        Christine L. Borgman has self-archived "Research Data: Who Will Share What, with Whom, When, and Why?" in SelectedWorks.

        Here's an excerpt:

        The deluge of scientific research data has excited the general public, as well as the scientific community, with the possibilities for better understanding of scientific problems, from climate to culture. For data to be available, researchers must be willing and able to share them. The policies of governments, funding agencies, journals, and university tenure and promotion committees also influence how, when, and whether research data are shared. Data are complex objects. Their purposes and the methods by which they are produced vary widely across scientific fields, as do the criteria for sharing them. To address these challenges, it is necessary to examine the arguments for sharing data and how those arguments match the motivations and interests of the scientific community and the public. Four arguments are examined: to make the results of publicly funded data available to the public, to enable others to ask new questions of extant data, to advance the state of science, and to reproduce research. Libraries need to consider their role in the face of each of these arguments, and what expertise and systems they require for data curation.

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          "Keeping Research Data Safe Factsheet"

          Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on September 19th, 2010

          Charles Beagrie Limited has released the "Keeping Research Data Safe Factsheet."

          Here's an excerpt:

          This factsheet illustrates for institutions, researchers, and funders some of the key findings and recommendations from the JISC-funded Keeping Research Data Safe (KRDS1) and Keeping Research Data Safe 2 (KRDS2) projects.

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            Systems/Emerging Technologies Librarian at Wesleyan University

            Posted in Library IT Jobs on September 19th, 2010

            The Wesleyan University Library is recruiting a Systems/Emerging Technologies Librarian.

            Here's an excerpt from the ad (job posting number: 8000177):

            Reporting to the University Librarian, this position provides dynamic leadership in the design, implementation and maintenance of user-centered library technology services at Wesleyan University Library and in the CTW Consortium, with partners Connecticut College and Trinity College. The person in this position will work collaboratively with a variety of library, campus, consortial and other partners to maintain and upgrade existing library systems and to develop new applications.

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              British Library: 2020 Vision

              Posted in Reports and White Papers, Research Libraries on September 19th, 2010

              The British Library has released 2020 Vision.

              Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

              2020 Vision is our 10-year vision, following 12 months of extensive and wide-ranging research and consultation. In today’s climate of significant technological change, it highlights what are likely to be the key trends and opportunities over the next decade, and indicates how we will develop as an organisation to increase access to the world’s knowledge base for our users.

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                Daily Tweets 2010-09-19

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