Internet Archive Makes 1.6 Million E-Books Available to One Laptop Per Child Foundation Users

Posted in E-Books, Mass Digitizaton on October 27th, 2009

The Internet Archive has made 1.6 million digitized e-books freely available to children who have laptops from the One Laptop Per Child Foundation.

Read more about it at "Internet Archive Opens 1.6 Million E-Books to Kids with OLPC Laptops."

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    HathiTrust Will Release Search Engine Indexing 1.5 Billion Pages from Digitized Books and Other Materials

    Posted in E-Books, Google and Other Search Engines, Mass Digitizaton, Print-on-Demand on October 27th, 2009

    Next month, the HathiTrust will release a full-text search engine indexing 1.5 billion pages from digitized books and other materials from 25 member research libraries.

    An experimental version of the search engine is now available.

    Read more about it at "HathiTrust Launching Full-Text Library of Books."

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      Presentations from Throwing Open the Doors: Strategies and Implications for Open Access

      Posted in Open Access on October 26th, 2009

      Presentations by Tracy Mitrano and Heather Joseph from "Throwing Open the Doors: Strategies and Implications for Open Access" are now available from EDUCAUSE.

      Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

      n the past decade, the proliferation of Web 2.0 tools for sharing and creating knowledge, coupled with the creation of open-access journals, databases, and archives across the web, has begun to redefine the concept of "openness" in higher education. Advocates of the open-access campaign argue that free, virtual access to scholarly works and research advance scientific discovery and lead to faster knowledge dissemination and richer research collaborations, throwing open the doors that once restricted knowledge sharing and exploration. Critics of the movement have doubted its economic sustainability and raised concerns about its impact on peer review. Regardless, open access requires a new examination of campus copyright and publishing policy.

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        Interim Head Librarian of Systems and Technical Services at St. Olaf College

        Posted in Library IT Jobs on October 26th, 2009

        The St. Olaf College Libraries are recruiting an Interim Head Librarian of Systems and Technical Services (full-time through December 31, 2010 with the possibility of an extension through May 31, 2011).

        Here's an excerpt from the ad (position #0100299):

        The Interim Head Librarian of Systems and Technical Services (a) plans, organizes, and oversees the libraries' acquisition, organization, and distribution of information (including books, serials, and electronic resources), and (b) serves as the point person for technology and digital initiatives in the libraries.

        This position oversees the technical services department, including acquisitions, cataloging, serials, and digital initiatives. Serves with other departmental heads on the libraries' administrative council. Actively contributes to library-wide planning, policy-making, goal-setting and the development of new services and initiatives. Works with counterparts at Carleton College to manage and improve the shared library system. Supports the College Librarian in vetting new ideas, initiatives, and strategic plans.

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          Boston University Launches Digital Common Institutional Repository

          Posted in ARL Libraries, Institutional Repositories, Open Access on October 26th, 2009

          Boston University has launched its Digital Common institutional repository. In February, the BU University Council approved a Scholarship, Libraries, and Open Access Archiving Initiative.

          Here's an excerpt from the press release:

          Boston University now has a Digital Common—a place where research and other academic materials can be stored, shared, and discovered.

          The Digital Common is an example of an institutional repository, and it is yours to use. The launch comes just in time to help celebrate Open Access Week. It already contains about a thousand scholarly works, and library staff are currently working with others, such as the Philosophy Department and the School of Public Health, to add more


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            University of Michigan to Distribute Over 500,000 Digitized Books Using HP BookPrep POD Service

            Posted in ARL Libraries, Cloud Computing/SaaS, Mass Digitizaton, Print-on-Demand, Publishing on October 26th, 2009

            The University of Michigan Library will distribute over 500,000 rare and hard-to-find digitized books using HP BookPrep POD service.

            Here's an excerpt from the press release:

            HP BookPrep — a cloud computing service that enables on-demand printing of books — brings new life to the traditional publishing model, making it possible to bring any book ever published back into print through an economical and sustainable service model.

            As part of a growing movement to preserve and digitize historic content, major libraries are partnering with technology leaders to scan previously hard-to-find works using high-resolution photography. HP's process transforms these scans prior to printing by cleaning up some of the wear and tear that often is present in the originals.

            HP BookPrep significantly drives down the cost of republishing books by eliminating the manual cleanup work that would otherwise be required. Based on imaging and printing technology from HP Labs, the company's central research arm, HP BookPrep automates the creation of high-quality, print-ready books from these raw book scans by sharpening text and images, improving alignment and coloration, and generating and adding covers.

            People can now purchase high-quality print versions of public-domain, out-of-print books from the University of Michigan Library through HP BookPrep channels, including traditional and online retailers such as

            "People around the world still value reading books in print," said Andrew Bolwell, director, New Business Initiatives, HP. "HP BookPrep technology allows publishers to extend the life cycle of their books, removes the cost and waste burdens of maintaining inventory, and uses a full spectrum of technologies to deliver convenient access to consumers."

            For publishers and content owners, HP BookPrep offers an opportunity to offer their full catalog of titles online, irrespective of demand. Because HP BookPrep is a web service that processes books as they are ordered, there is little upfront investment or risk as books are printed only after they are purchased, no matter the volume, eliminating the need for high carrying costs.

            Consistently ranked as one of the top 10 academic research libraries in North America, the University of Michigan Library is a true repository for the human record. The print collection contains more than 7 million volumes, covering thousands of years of civilization. HP is collaborating with the university to eliminate barriers and increase access to content as part of an ongoing effort to make the concept of "out of print" a thing of the past.

            "Our partnership with HP is a testament to the University of Michigan Library's commitment to increase public access to our library's collections and our continued innovative use of digitization," said Paul N. Courant, librarian and dean of libraries, University of Michigan. "We are excited that HP BookPrep can offer print distribution of the public domain works in our collection and help to provide broad access to works that have previously been hard to find outside the walls of our library."

            The collaboration also builds upon HP's existing relationship with Applewood Books, a publisher of historical, Americana books. The company, which has been using HP BookPrep for the last year to republish hundreds of titles, also will distribute HP BookPrep's best-selling titles from the University of Michigan Library.

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              Podcast: Open Access—Harvard's Success Story with Robert Darnton

              Posted in ARL Libraries, Open Access on October 26th, 2009

              JISC has released a podcast: Open Access—Harvard's Success Story with Robert Darnton.

              Here's the announcement:

              In October 2008 Harvard University in the US adopted an open access policy for all its research papers to be made available in their university repository, in an opt out basis. 12 months on, since the policy was adopted, JISC's Rebecca O'Brien speaks with Professor Robert Darnton, Director of Harvard University Library and trustee of New York Public Library and the Oxford University Press (USA), about the cultural change that is taking place at Harvard and the background to why professors at the university decided to share their knowledge in this way.

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                Publisher Self-Archiving Policies: Major SHERPA RoMEO Upgrade

                Posted in Author Rights, Copyright, Publishing, Self-Archiving on October 25th, 2009

                SHERPA has released a major upgrade of its RoMEO service, which lists publishers' self-archiving policies.

                Here's an excerpt from the press release:

                A major upgrade to RoMEO has been released today, giving:

                • Extra Category for the self-archiving of the Publisher's Version/ PDF
                • Expanded Journal Coverage
                • Extra Search Options for Journal Abbreviations and Electronic ISSNs
                • New Tabular Browse View for Publishers
                • Selective Display of Publishers' Compliance with Funding Agencys' Mandates . . . .

                Previous versions of RoMEO have concentrated on highlighting information on the use of the pre-print and post-print. There has been great support from the community for also providing clearly labelled information on the use of the publisher's version/PDF as a separate item. This feature has now been included and sits alongside information on self-archiving rights for Pre-prints and Authors' Post-prints. The information is available in both individual publisher entries and in the new Tabular Browse View.

                RoMEO now provides expanded journal coverage, enabling users to draw from both the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) and the Entrez journal list for the Life Sciences, along with the existing resource of the British Library's Zetoc service.

                In addition to searching for journals by Print ISSN, users are now able to search by Electronic ISSN. They can also search for journals using title abbreviations.

                The new Tabular Browse View enables users to display comparative charts of publishers, to quickly determine and compare what different Publishers allow them to deposit, and if the Publisher has a Paid OA Option.

                If you or your authors receive funding from any of the 50 plus agencies listed in JULIET, you will now be able to restrict your search results to display Publishers' compliance with any of the funding agencies' policies listed in JULIET.

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                  PALNI Systems Analyst at INCOLSA

                  Posted in Library IT Jobs on October 25th, 2009

                  INCOLSA is recruiting a PALNI Systems Analyst.

                  Here's an excerpt from the ad:

                  As a member of INCOLSA's Information Technology Department, the PALNI Systems Analyst will be responsible for system implementation, technical support, and user training/support for various library systems for the Private Academic Library Network of Indiana (PALNI) . Specific responsibilities may include project planning and management, systems design and implementation, development of detailed technical and user documentation, user training and support, library applications design and development, and Internet server administration.. The PALNI Systems Analyst will help to support existing computer-based library applications for PALNI, including an Ex Libris Aleph integrated library system, a MetaLib/SFX portal and OpenURL resolver system, a ContentDM Digital Library system, and various open-source and custom-developed applications. When assigned, the PALNI Systems Analyst will work with PALNI member libraries and other members of the Project Team to develop, implement, and provide on-going support for new library applications, systems, and services.

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                    DiSCmap: Digitisation in Special Collections: Mapping, Assessment, Prioritisation. Final Report.

                    Posted in Digital Archives and Special Collections, Digitization on October 25th, 2009

                    JISC has released DiSCmap: Digitisation in Special Collections: Mapping, Assessment, Prioritisation. Final Report..

                    Here's an excerpt:

                    In its widest sense the project contributes towards preliminary evidence on user-driven priorities which could help in the process of allocation of funding for digitisation projects. It also can help to define the purpose, value and impact of digitisation not on institutional basis but on UK HE scale. By development of a framework of user-driven prioritisation criteria, DiSCmap contributes towards the longer-term goal of developing a quantifiable and adjustable system of metrics in the digitisation life cycle especially addressing the selection phase.

                    The amount of collections nominated to the long list [of 945 collections nominated for digitisation] reached beyond the expectations of the project team. This list itself is a valuable outcome which should be enriched further in order to provide a broad and trustworthy basis for the future digitisation decisions. DiSCmap surveyed over 1000 intermediaries and end users; this report presents in a very condensed form only a small proportion of the total evidence on user demand gathered by the project team. Yet in analysing and representing fully the range of end user priorities, DiSCmap has made a considerable advance in identifying the actual digitisation needs of end users. It has done so with the aim of removing the element of guesswork and assumption hitherto inherent in our understanding of user requirements in this area. The combination of intermediary' and end user' studies provides a richness of view points which highlight the many important different aspects related to the user dimension in digitisation.

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                      Canadian Association of Research Libraries and JISC Join Confederation of Open Access Repositories

                      Posted in Digital Repositories, Institutional Repositories, Open Access on October 25th, 2009

                      Both the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) and JISC have joined the Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR) as founding members.

                      Here's an excerpt from the CARL press release:

                      On October 21, CARL became a founding member of the Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR). COAR is an international association of organizations that have a common strategic interest in open access to scholarly communication. COAR was formed out of a need to work together at the international level to promote greater visibility and application of research outputs through global networks of open access digital repositories.

                      Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) has played a leadership role in the development of open access repositories in Canada. Through the CARL Institutional Repositories Program, the Association has assisted its members in setting up repositories on their campuses; and worked with other research organizations in Canada and internationally in support of open access. Participation in COAR is a natural extension of these activities. "We are delighted to announce our membership in COAR," said Tom Hickerson, chair of the CARL Institutional Repositories Working Group and Vice-President/President-Elect of CARL. "COAR membership offers CARL and Canadian research libraries the opportunity to have a greater influence on the direction and expansion of open access world-wide"

                      Here's an excerpt from the JISC press release:

                      Taking inspiration from the European DRIVER repositories project, which helps to enhance repository development, COAR takes this vision to an international scale; founding members of the Confederation include members from North America, China and Japan, as well as Europe. . . .

                      Neil Jacobs JISC's programme manager for digital repositories says, "JISC's work over the past few years in encouraging the growth of institutional repositories means that the UK now has a virtually unparalleled network of repositories that covers almost all of the research-base of UK higher education."

                      "Joining COAR at the early stage of its development means members will be able to contribute to shaping the organisation's objectives which will look at interoperability, raising awareness and promoting Open Access repositories, supporting the repository community and working with partners in closely related fields such as research management and publishing."

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                        Trinity University in San Antonio Adopts Open Access Policy

                        Posted in Open Access, Self-Archiving, Texas Academic Libraries on October 25th, 2009

                        Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas has adopted an open access policy.

                        Here's an excerpt from the press release:

                        Trinity University's faculty members today endorsed a measure to allow them to bypass some publication restrictions while sharing their scholarly research with the broader academic community.

                        Trinity becomes the first small, primarily undergraduate liberal arts institution to pass such a measure, known as Open Access. To date, the only U.S. universities to implement such policies are Harvard, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, and the University of Kansas. Diane Graves, Trinity University Librarian, professor, and chair of the Faculty Senate, said she hoped the Trinity model would be emulated by others in higher education.

                        "Members of Trinity's faculty have been studying imbalances in the scholarly communication system for several years now," Professor Graves said. "I am proud that the faculty as a whole came together to support change toward a more sustainable and equitable model for access to their scholarly output. My hope is that other institutions will see the broad range of universities that have taken this action – from Harvard, to the University of Kansas, to Trinity – and choose to join us." . . .

                        The new Open Access policy also would enable Trinity professors to post the author's version of the article in a freely-accessible digital repository. Such a repository already exists as part of the Liberal Arts Scholarly Repository, a collaboration among Trinity and other private liberal arts colleges, including Carleton College, Bucknell University, Grinnell College, University of Richmond, St. Lawrence University, and Whitman College. . . .

                        Trinity's Faculty Senate approved the proposal in late September. The vote by the full faculty on Friday, Oct. 23 was taken at an assembly during International Open Access Week.

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