"Freedom of Information Requests Uncover the Lack of Transparency in Journal Subscription Costs"

Posted in Publishing, Scholarly Journals, Serials Crisis on October 16th, 2014

Stuart Lawson and Ben Meghreblian have published "Freedom of Information Requests Uncover the Lack of Transparency in Journal Subscription Costs" in The LSE's Daily Blog on American Politics and Policy.

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Making use of the UK's Freedom of Information (FOI) law we sent FOI requests to over 100 higher education institutions via the website whatdotheyknow.com asking them to release their data. Using this website has the dual benefit of making the process simple to scale up when sending multiple requests and also ensuring that the responses are in the public domain.

In two rounds of requests we asked for the amount of money that these institutions had paid to six of the largest academic publishers—Wiley, Springer, Taylor & Francis, Sage, Oxford University Press, and Cambridge University Press—over a period of five years. The results have been collated and over £80m of subscription expenditure has been openly released. This process was for the most part straightforward and just required a lot of persistence and a little knowledge of library processes, which allowed us to know how to phrase the request and how to respond to any queries from the institutions.

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    Digital Services Librarian at School of Visual Arts

    Posted in Library IT Jobs on October 16th, 2014

    The School of Visual Arts is recruiting a Digital Services Librarian .

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    This technologically adept, service-oriented librarian integrates quality information resources and services via Web programming. Manages electronic resources, integrates discovery service, maintains library website and blog. Assists with development of library content within course management system. Directs team of librarians providing reference via in-person consultation, email and chat.

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      "Placements & Salaries 2014: Renaissance Librarians"

      Posted in Libraries on October 16th, 2014

      Stephanie L. Maatta has published "Placements & Salaries 2014: Renaissance Librarians" in Library Journal.

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      The overall average starting salary improved 2.6%, moving above $45,000 for the first time, to $45,650. Other pointers toward an improving job market were revealed in a decline in the rate of unemployment, dropping to 4.3% of those reporting employment status, and an increase in the rate of permanent professional positions, 69.6% of the job placements in 2013, up from 61.2% in 2012.

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        Digital Curation News (10/15/2014) #digitalpreservation

        Posted in Digital Curation News on October 15th, 2014

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          Assistant Professor (Digital Curation) at University of Alabama

          Posted in Digital Library Jobs on October 15th, 2014

          The University of Alabama is recruiting an Assistant Professor (Digital Curation).

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          The successful candidate will have an opportunity to shape the character and direction of the School as it continues to integrate the traditions of librarianship, archives, and information studies in the context of new and emerging technologies. This faculty member will be expected to maintain an active role in advising master's and doctoral students and to contribute to professional organizations at the state, national, and international levels. The school has nationally ranked on-campus and online degree programs with a teaching load of two graduate courses per semester with an option to teach during the summer. All faculty members are expected to work with diverse constituencies, teach in the core curriculum, and maintain a rigorous research agenda. Participation in interdisciplinary scholarship and community engagement initiatives are strongly encouraged.

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            "Estimating Open Access Mandate Effectiveness: I. The MELIBEA Score"

            Posted in Open Access, Self-Archiving on October 15th, 2014

            Philippe Vincent-Lamarre et al. have self-archived Estimating Open Access Mandate Effectiveness: I. The MELIBEA Score.

            Here's an excerpt:

            MELIBEA is a Spanish database that uses a composite formula with eight weighted conditions to estimate the effectiveness of Open Access mandates (registered in ROARMAP). We analyzed 68 mandated institutions for publication years 2011-2013 to determine how well the MELIBEA score and its individual conditions predict what percentage of published articles indexed by Web of Knowledge is deposited in each institution's OA repository, and when. We found a small but significant positive correlation (0.18) between MELIBEA score and deposit percentage. We also found that for three of the eight MELIBEA conditions (deposit timing, internal use, and opt-outs), one value of each was strongly associated with deposit percentage or deposit latency (immediate deposit required, deposit required for performance evaluation, unconditional opt-out allowed for the OA requirement but no opt-out for deposit requirement). When we updated the initial values and weights of the MELIBEA formula for mandate effectiveness to reflect the empirical association we had found, the score's predictive power doubled (.36). There are not yet enough OA mandates to test further mandate conditions that might contribute to mandate effectiveness, but these findings already suggest that it would be useful for future mandates to adopt these three conditions so as to maximize their effectiveness, and thereby the growth of OA.

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              Archivist/Digital Data Specialist at University of Pennsylvania

              Posted in Digital Library Jobs on October 15th, 2014

              The University of Pennsylvania is recruiting an Archivist/Digital Data Specialist.

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              Work with ASC librarian and ASC [Annenberg School for Communication] IT staff to manage the School's digital archives. Reports to the librarian. Consults with IT director and staff and other archivists at the University. Archivist will develop and implement a comprehensive archival program for the School's archives, evaluating new and existing collections and integrating them into the resource environment.

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                "Exposing the Predators: Methods to Stop Predatory Journals"

                Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on October 15th, 2014

                Margot Wehrmeijer has self-archived "Exposing the Predators: Methods to Stop Predatory Journals."

                Here's an excerpt:

                This thesis looks at three possible methods to stop predatory journals: black-and white-lists, open peer review systems and new metrics. Black- and white-lists have set up rules and regulations that credible publishers and journals should follow. Open peer review systems should make it harder for predatory publishers to make false claims about their peer review process. Metrics should measure more aspects of research impact and become less liable to gaming. The question is, which of these three methods is the best candidate to stop predatory journals.

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