"The Academic, Economic and Societal Impacts of Open Access: An Evidence-Based Review"

Posted in Open Access, Open Science, Publishing, Scholarly Journals, Self-Archiving on April 14th, 2016

Jonathan P. Tennant et al. have published an e-print for review of "The Academic, Economic and Societal Impacts of Open Access: An Evidence-Based Review" in F1000 Research.

Here's an excerpt:

This review presents published evidence of the impact of Open Access on the academy, economy and society. Overall, the evidence points to a favorable impact of OA on the scholarly literature through increased dissemination and reuse. OA has the potential to be a sustainable business venture for new and established publishers, and can provide substantial benefits to research- and development-intensive businesses, including health organisations, volunteer sectors, and technology. OA is a global issue, highlighted by inequalities beset at all levels between developing and developed nations, and largely fueled by financial inequality. Current levels of access in the developing world are insufficient and unstable, and only OA has the potential to foster the development of stable research ecosystems. While predatory publishing remains an ongoing issue, particularly in the developing world, increasing public engagement, development of OA policies, and discussion of sustainable and ethical publishing practices can remove this potential threat to OA.

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    Digitization and Preservation Projects Manager at Columbia University

    Posted in Digital Library Jobs on April 13th, 2016

    Columbia University is recruiting a Digitization and Preservation Projects Manager (3 year temporary position).

    Here's an excerpt from the ad:

    The Digitization and Preservation Projects Manager manages special projects, primarily larger digitization projects carried by vendors, of published materials, archival collections, and audiovisual materials; also as appropriate, inventory projects and projects to improve the content of CLIO that are related to digitization efforts. The incumbent reports to the Director, Preservation and Digital Conversion Division.

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      "Implementing Research Data Management Services in a Canadian Context"

      Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management on April 13th, 2016

      Tess Grynoch has published "Implementing Research Data Management Services in a Canadian Context" in the Dalhousie Journal of Interdisciplinary Management.

      Here's an excerpt:

      Research data management (RDM) has become an increasingly pressing issue for academic libraries as they strive to assist researchers in addressing new public funding requirements surrounding data dissemination and preservation. Briney, Goben, & Zilinski (2015) reviewed several characteristics of RDM service provision efforts by 206 American research universities. Following a similar methodology, the author reviewed RDM service development within Canadian research universities and compared the results to the American efforts. The main area requiring development in Canada is the provision of RDM services. Therefore, some current best practices for implementing RDM services were gathered through a literature review. The successful approaches highlighted in the literature include awareness of funder and institutional data policies, reaching out to data service providers on campus and beyond, understanding researcher data management needs and finding RDM champions, implementing research data services strategically, planning for growth in RDM services, marketing the RDM services, and creating incentives to create data management plans and utilize RDM services.

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        Digital Archivist at University of Nebraska-Lincoln

        Posted in Digital Library Jobs on April 13th, 2016

        The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is recruiting a Digital Archivist.

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        The Digital Archivist will be responsible for implementing the plans and enabling acquisition, description, preservation, and creation of secure discovery and access to both analog-to-digital collections and born-digital collections. Leads exploration, evaluation, and implementation of related standards, methods, tools and systems, developing migrations policies and will require an understanding of digital forensics methods. The individual will need both knowledge of and experience with various processes for transfer of data from physical media. She/he will migrate legacy data to current platforms, and coordinate web page capture.

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          "Dramatic Growth of Open Access March 31, 2016"

          Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Books, Scholarly Journals on April 13th, 2016

          Heather Morrison has published "Dramatic Growth of Open Access March 31, 2016 " in The Imaginary Journal of Poetic Economics.

          Here's an excerpt:

          There are now 150 publishers of peer-reviewed open access books listed in the Directory of Open Access Books, publishing more than 4,400 open access books. 620 books were published in this quarter alone, a 16% increase in just this quarter. The Directory of Open Access Journals has been adding titles at a net rate of 6 titles per day, 540 journals added this quarter for a total of over 11,000 journals.

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            Scholarly Communications Officer and Program Lead at University of California, Davis

            Posted in Digital Library Jobs on April 12th, 2016

            The University of California, Davis is recruiting a Scholarly Communications Officer and Program Lead.

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            Under the general guidance of the Associate University Librarian for Collection Services, the Scholarly Communications Officer serves as a primary spokesperson, presenting the Library's strategies and recommendations regarding all aspects of scholarly publishing, barrier-free access to knowledge, changing scholarly credit mechanisms, and new modes of knowledge creation. The Scholarly Communications Officer creates the vision, directs and manages program operations and personnel by setting the program goals, policies, best practices, and assessment metrics for program success and sustainability. In addition, the Scholarly Communications Officer partners with campus units and other library programs, such as the Archives and Institutional Assets and Research Data Management, to develop solutions for collecting, disseminating and preserving new forms of scholarly communication.

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              State of America’s Libraries 2016

              Posted in Libraries, Reports and White Papers on April 12th, 2016

              ALA has released the State of America's Libraries 2016.

              Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

              Academic, school, and public libraries continue to face an uncertain economy as they shift resources and services to meet the needs of the 21st-century digital world. The American Library Association launched a new public awareness campaign, "Libraries Transform," to help shift the mindset that "libraries are obsolete or nice to have" to "libraries are essential." This and other library trends of the past year, including the Top Ten Most Challenges Books of 2015, are detailed in the American Library Association's 2016 State of America's Libraries report, released during National Library Week, April 10- 16, 2016

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                Head of Technology at Yale University

                Posted in Digital Library Jobs, Library IT Jobs on April 12th, 2016

                Yale University is recruiting a Head of Technology.

                Here's an excerpt from the ad:

                The Head is responsible for informing, advising, and facilitating Beinecke Library’s senior leadership in: establishing priorities for IT-related initiatives including investments in staff, hardware, and software; reviewing issues with existing infrastructure and software used by Beinecke including assessment of Beinecke’s return on its IT investments; assessing strategic opportunities and challenges presented by emerging technologies; understanding the implications of IT developments in the profession, at Yale, and within the University Library.

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                  Springer Will Automatically Deposit MIT-Authored Papers in DSpace@MIT

                  Posted in Open Access, Open Science, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on April 12th, 2016

                  Springer and MIT have reached an agreement that will result in Springer automatically depositing MIT-authored papers in DSpace@MIT nine months after publication.

                  Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                  The MIT Faculty Open Access Policy, one of the first initiatives of its kind in the United States, made a bold commitment to disseminate the results of MIT research and scholarship as widely and openly as possible. Recently, the MIT Libraries affirmed this commitment by signing an innovative agreement with Springer, one of the world's largest scholarly publishers. Springer will send manuscripts of MIT-authored scholarly papers directly to the Open Access Articles Collection of DSpace@MIT, the Institute's open access repository.

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                    Digital Art: March’s Digital Ink Drawings, Mixed Media Drawings, Oil Paintings, and Pastel Drawings

                    Posted in Digital Art on April 11th, 2016

                    In March, I continued to transform public domain photos from the late 19th century into ink drawings, mixed media drawings, oil paintings, and pastel drawings using a variety of Photoshop plug-ins and Topaz Impression. Full-size images (8×10") and descriptions of the processing steps involved are available on Flickr or 500px.

                    Ink Sketch of the Scuola Grande di San Marco in Venice

                    Digital Pastel Drawing of the Scala dei Giganti in the Doge's Palace

                    Digital Pastel Drawing of Cockington in Devon

                    Digital Oil Painting of a Cottage in Lee in Devon

                    Digital Pastel Drawing of Boscastle in Cornwall

                    Mixed Media Drawing of a Procession in Venice

                    Digital Oil Painting of Glenoe in Northern Ireland

                    Digital Pastel Drawing of a Canal in The Hague

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                      Digital Scholarship Librarian at University of Colorado Boulder

                      Posted in Digital Library Jobs on April 11th, 2016

                      The University of Colorado Boulder is recruiting a Digital Scholarship Librarian.

                      Here's an excerpt from the ad:

                      The Digital Scholarship Librarian will foster partnerships that encourage the exploration and adoption of evolving modes of digital research and pedagogy on campus, particularly in the humanities. The successful candidate will work with colleagues in the CU-Boulder Libraries and campus units to build a community around digital scholarship on campus and in the region, help lead in the creation of a campus digital scholarship initiative, and identify and foster adoption of digital tools and methods that advance scholarship and teaching.

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                        "Calculating All that Jazz: Accurately Predicting Digital Storage Needs Utilizing Digitization Parameters for Analog Audio and Still Image Files"

                        Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Digitization on April 11th, 2016

                        Krista White has published "Calculating All that Jazz: Accurately Predicting Digital Storage Needs Utilizing Digitization Parameters for Analog Audio and Still Image Files" in Library Resources & Technical Services.

                        Here's an excerpt:

                        Much has been written about digitization projects over the last two decades; digital storage has been highlighted as a central feature of any digitization project, especially the need to purchase additional storage mechanisms to house digitized collections. What is missing from the library science literature is a method for reliably calculating digital storage needs on the basis of parameters for digitizing analog materials such as documents, photographs, and sound recordings in older formats.

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