Virginia Commonwealth University Resolution Supporting Open Access Publishing in Tenure Decisions

Posted in Open Access on December 12th, 2010

The Virginia Commonwealth University Faculty Senate has passed a resolution supporting recognition of open access publishing in the tenure process.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

Whereas, the faculty of Virginia Commonwealth University are dedicated to achieving the greatest public good by making their research and scholarship as widely available as possible;

Whereas, commercial publishers of scholarly journals have drastically increased subscription prices to many of the journals where VCU faculty now publish their research and scholarship beyond the affordability of many individuals and institutions; and

Whereas, faculty have many options for publishing their research and scholarship in open access journals, hybrid journals, or in open access repositories so that the world can have free access to it if they negotiate to retain their copyright of their work;

Therefore, the Faculty Senate of Virginia Commonwealth University recommends:

VCU Promotion and Tenure committees should recognize that publication and editorial effort in open access, peer-reviewed journals or republication of peer-reviewed articles in an open access repository offers added value and greater public good than scholarship made only available in expensive journal publications.

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    Library Web Developer/Designer at Princeton University Library (Revised)

    Posted in Digital Library Jobs, Library IT Jobs on December 12th, 2010

    The Princeton University Library is recruiting a Library Web Developer/Designer.

    Here's an excerpt from the ad:

    The Web Developer position will help the Library Web Development Manager on specific projects to deliver more library content and services to our users from our web sites. Specific projects may include designing new sites, or using new web services technologies to improve the user experience in discovering, searching, finding, or acquiring library materials and content. Additionally, the position will assist in implementing the Drupal CMS, customizing the interface for the latest version of the OPAC, and creating mobile ready versions of the library web site and catalog. Customization tasks for the new NextGen Discovery system will be a large component of the work. Projects will also likely include implementation of open source code created in other libraries, using various API's made available by Google, OCLC, or Code4Lib members, as well as various library vendors. This position will also be assigned other digital library projects as the need arises. Conducting user-centric usability studies is highly desirable, so experience in this area will be preferred.

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      National Historical Publications and Records Commission Grants

      Posted in Digitization, Grants on December 12th, 2010

      The National Historical Publications and Records Commission has funded 53 grant proposals, including seven digitization projects.

      Here's an excerpt from the press release:

      Grants for digitizing entire archival collections of historical importance.

      Georgia State University
      Atlanta, GA                                            $90,102
      The PATCO Records Digitization Project.
      A 20-month project to digitize eight series—approximately 179,000 scans—of  the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization (PATCO) records from the union's national office.

      Getty Research Institute
      Los Angeles, CA                                  $100,790
      Living the American Dream: Housing and Urban Development in Los Angeles, 1936-1997. 
      A two year project to digitize and make available online approximately 60,500 images from the Leonard Nadel Papers and the Julius Shulman Photography Archive. 

      Library of Virginia
      Richmond, VA                                     $150,000
      Augusta County, VA, Chancery Records, 1745-1912.
      A two year project to digitize the Augusta County Chancery Court records, consisting of 460 cubic feet totally approximately 900,000 images representing 10,437 cases. .

      Marist College
      Poughkeepsie, NY                                $103,979
      Lowell Thomas Papers Digitization Project.
      A project to digitize 36,164 images, including 8,000 glass plate negatives, 6,500 lantern slides, 13,000 photographic prints, 300 stereopticon cards, 1,800 film negatives, and more items in the Graphic Materials Series in Lowell Thomas Papers, a collection drawn from the works of the 20th century American writer and broadcaster.

      Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
      Rutgers, NJ                                            $57,390
      Housing Law and Policy Digital Archive.
      A project to digitize two collections of materials, totaling 94,000 pages, in the areas of public housing law and urban history.

      University of Illinois, Chicago
      Chicago, IL                                            $47,099
      Chicago: Photographic Images of Change.
      A two year project to digitize approximately 30,275 photographs of historic Chicago sites, streets, neighborhoods and buildings contained within the James S. Parker collection (1900-2003) and the Chicago Photographic collection (ca. 1890-1970). 

      University of North Texas
      Denton, TX                                           $30,509
      The Civil War and Reconstruction.
      Aone year project to digitize and make available online a group of eight 19th century collections totaling 22,412 pages.  The records span from 1823-1919, but the bulk of the records date from the period of the Civil War and Reconstruction.

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        Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography, Version 79

        Posted in Bibliographies, Digital Scholarship Publications, Scholarly Communication on December 12th, 2010

        Version 79 of the Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography is now available from Digital Scholarship as an XHTML website with live links to many included works. This selective bibliography includes over 3,880 articles, books, technical reports, and other scholarly textual sources that are useful in understanding scholarly electronic publishing efforts on the Internet. All included works are in English. It is available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 United States License.

        Changes in This Version

        Two new sections have been added in this version: (1) Electronic Books and Texts: Research and (2) General Works: Research (Multiple-Types of Electronic Works).

        The bibliography has the following sections (new/revised sections are marked with an asterisk):

        Table of Contents

        1 Economic Issues*
        2 Electronic Books and Texts
        2.1 Case Studies and History*
        2.2 General Works*
        2.3 Library Issues*
        2.4 Research*
        3 Electronic Serials
        3.1 Case Studies and History*
        3.2 Critiques*
        3.3 Electronic Distribution of Printed Journals*
        3.4 General Works*
        3.5 Library Issues*
        3.6 Research*
        4 General Works*
        4.1 Research (Multiple-Types of Electronic Works)*
        5 Legal Issues
        5.1 Digital Copyright*
        5.2 License Agreements*
        6 Library Issues
        6.1 Digital Libraries*
        6.2 Digital Preservation*
        6.3 General Works*
        6.4 Metadata and Linking*
        7 New Publishing Models*
        8 Publisher Issues*
        8.1 Digital Rights Management and User Authentication*
        9 Repositories, E-Prints, and OAI*
        Appendix A. Related Bibliographies*
        Appendix B. About the Author*
        Appendix C. SEPB Use Statistics

        The following recent Digital Scholarship publications may also be of interest:

        1. Electronic Theses and Dissertations Bibliography, Version 5
        2. Institutional Repository Bibliography, Version 3
        3. Transforming Scholarly Publishing through Open Access: A Bibliography (a paperback, a PDF file, and an XHTML website)

        See also: Reviews of Digital Scholarship Publications.

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                Visiting Digital Library Research Programmers (3) at University of Illinois Library at Urbana-Champaign

                Posted in Digital Library Jobs on December 9th, 2010

                The University of Illinois Library at Urbana-Champaign is recruiting three Visiting Digital Library Research Programmers (various position lengths).

                Here's an excerpt from the ad:

                The successful candidates will be appointed to support current digital library grant-funded research projects being conducted at the Grainger Engineering Library Information Center. Appointees will report to the respective grant project’s principal investigators (PIs) and will be members of the University Library's Software Development Group. Specifically, these three positions will support and be funded by the following grant projects:

                • Emblematica Online: Emblem Digitization, The German Emblem Database, and The OpenEmblem Portal (funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities)
                • The Institute of Museum and Libraries Digital Collections & Content Project, 2-year extension: Advancing the IMLS DCC to Promote our Collective Cultural Heritage (funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services)
                • The Bamboo Technology Project, Phase I (funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation)
                • The Open Annotation Collaboration, Phase II: Demonstration & Refinement (funding request pending with the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation)
                • The National Ethics Resource Center Digital Library (funded by the National Science Foundation)

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