"NIH Approves Strategic Vision to Transform National Library of Medicine"

Posted in Reports and White Papers, Research Libraries on July 23rd, 2015

National Institutes of Health Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., today approved a federal report (PDF – 163KB) that lays out the long-term scientific vision for the NIH’s National Library of Medicine (NLM), the world’s largest biomedical library. This vision, presented today at the 110th meeting of the Advisory Committee to the Director (ACD), calls for NIH to position the NLM as a unifying force in biomedicine that promotes and accelerates knowledge generation, dissemination and understanding in the United States and internationally. The report also cites the need to make NLM the epicenter for biomedical data science, not just at NIH, but across the biomedical research enterprise. In addition, the report recommends dramatically expanding NLM’s activities to include research conducted beyond NIH’s walls to funded institutions, enabling it to have a greater and wider impact on data science than ever before. NIH plans to work with Congress to implement the necessary infrastructure changes to move this vision forward.

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    Associate University Librarian for Digital Technologies at Brown University

    Posted in Digital Library Jobs, Library IT Jobs on July 23rd, 2015

    Brown University is recruiting an Associate University Librarian for Digital Technologies.

    Here's an excerpt from the ad

    This position provides strong leadership and strategic direction in the development, delivery, and integration of new and existing systems, technology services, and digital initiatives across the libraries. S/he supervises department heads for the following groups: Digital Scholarship Services (which includes oversight of spaces); Digital Preservation; Web Services; Integrated Technology Services; and Repository Services. S/he also manages the Center for Digital Scholarship in close collaboration with the Associate University Librarian for Research and Outreach Services. In addition, the incumbent will identify and oversee the implementation of new roles and technologies that improve, enhance, and extend Library services based on emerging needs of the campus community.

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      "Emerald Group Publishing Tests ZEN, Increases Prices: What Does It Mean?"

      Posted in Libraries, Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on July 23rd, 2015

      Richard Poynder has published "Emerald Group Publishing Tests ZEN, Increases Prices: What Does It Mean?" in Open and Shut?

      Here's an excerpt:

      So why has Emerald chosen to trial ZEN [Zero Embargo Now] with some of it library journals, what role did the LAG play in the decision, and what do members of the LAG feel about the associated 70% increase in the APCs of 32 engineering and technology journals?

      In the hope of finding out I emailed Emerald and asked where I could find a list of advisory group members. It turns out that these are not publicly available.

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        Digital Curation News (7/22/2015) #digitalcuration #digitalpreservation #researchdatamanagement #rdm #museum

        Posted in Digital Curation News on July 22nd, 2015

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          Web Archiving and Emerging Formats Librarian at Cornell University

          Posted in Digital Library Jobs on July 22nd, 2015

          Cornell University is recruiting a Web Archiving and Emerging Formats Librarian.

          Here's an excerpt from the ad:

          The Web Archiving and Emerging Formats Librarian monitors and participates in external developments, standards development and changing needs to further CUL's initiatives. The position is expected to collaborate in CUL partnerships, such as 2CUL, and plays an active role in professional organizations inside and outside of the CUL community.

          This is a two-year academic-status term position with possibility for renewal.

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            Scopus Will Include Open Access Indicator for Indexed Journals

            Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on July 22nd, 2015

            As of July 29, Scopus will include an open access indicator for indexed journals.

            Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

            Out of the +21,000 active journals indexed in Scopus, 3,785 are currently (June 2015) registered as Open Access (OA) journals. . . .

            In Scopus, journals are registered as being OA journals only if they are registered as Gold OA or Subsidized OA at one or both of the following sources: Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) and the Directory of Open Access Scholarly Resources (ROAD).

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              Scholarly Communication Librarian at UCLA

              Posted in Digital Library Jobs on July 22nd, 2015

              UCLA is recruiting a Scholarly Communication Librarian.

              Here's an excerpt from the ad:

              The UCLA Library seeks a dynamic, energetic, innovative leader to join its Scholarly Communication and Licensing (SCL) team as UCLA's Scholarly Communication Librarian. Reporting to the Head of SCL, the successful candidate will lead efforts to design systematic and sustainable approaches to outreach, and design new services that support the broadest possible dissemination of scholarly output. The Scholarly Communication Librarian will work closely with faculty, researchers, students, staff, and librarians to assist in scholarly communication endeavors initiated by the Library and to that end, will develop educational materials and instructional sessions and programs. The Scholarly Communication Librarian will liaise with campus partners on the development of targeted outreach and programs that promote scholarly communication, open access, and develop open education strategies to further the campus mission of research, teaching, and public service.

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                "Accelerating Scientific Publication in Biology"

                Posted in Open Science, Publishing, Scholarly Journals, Self-Archiving on July 22nd, 2015

                Ronald D Vale has self-archived "Accelerating Scientific Publication in Biology."

                Here's an excerpt:

                Our analysis suggests that publication practices have changed considerably in the life sciences over the past thirty years. Considerably more experimental data is now required for publication, and the average time required for graduate students to publish their first paper has increased and is approaching the desirable duration of Ph.D. training. Since publication is generally a requirement for career progression, schemes to reduce the time of graduate student and postdoctoral training may be difficult to implement without also considering new mechanisms for accelerating communication of their work. The increasing time to publication also delays potential catalytic effects that ensue when many scientists have access to new information. The time has come for the life scientists, funding agencies, and publishers to discuss how to communicate new findings in a way that best serves the interests of the public and scientific community.

                See also: "Thoughts on Ron Vale's 'Accelerating Scientific Publication in Biology'" by Michael Eisen.

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                  Digital Projects Lab Manager at University of North Texas

                  Posted in Digital Library Jobs on July 21st, 2015

                  The University of North Texas is recruiting a Digital Projects Lab Manager.

                  Here's an excerpt from the ad:

                  The Digital Projects Lab Manager is responsible for the general operation of the Digital Projects Lab and works to complete internally- and externally- funded digitization projects in a cost effective manner with high-quality output. The librarian will collaborate with internal and external stakeholders to plan, coordinate, and execute digitization and other digital projects as part of the mission of the UNT Libraries.

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                    Who Needs Open Access? Greek Academic Libraries Do

                    Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on July 21st, 2015

                    The Hellenic Academic Libraries Link (HEAL-Link) has ended its contracts with all e-journal publishers due to the financial crisis.

                    Here's an excerpt from the announcement (news item link scrolls on banner):

                    HEAL-Link informs you of the termination of the agreements with all publishers as of 01.07.2015 due to the inability to collect the remaining half of the budget for the current year, despite the efforts that have been made and are continued, in cooperation with the Board of Rectors and the Ministry of Education. A

                    See also: "Greek Scientists Lose Access to Digital Journals."

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                      Digital Archivist at Cornell University

                      Posted in Digital Library Jobs on July 21st, 2015

                      Cornell University is recruiting a Digital Archivist.

                      Here's an excerpt from the ad:

                      (RMC), the Digital Archivist provides oversight and management of RMC's digital collections, with a particular focus on born-digital materials. The Digital Archivist will take the lead on developing and documenting workflows for accessioning, stabilizing, arranging, and describing born-digital collections. The Digital Archivist will work closely with colleagues in RMC and other Cornell University Library (CUL) units, in particular Digital Scholarship and Preservation Services (DSPS) and CUL-IT, to ensure coordination and communication around issues of shared interest.

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                        "DPOE Interview with Danielle Spalenka of the Digital POWRR Project"

                        Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on July 21st, 2015

                        Barrie Howard has published "DPOE Interview with Danielle Spalenka of the Digital POWRR Project" in The Signal.

                        Here's an excerpt:

                        Our review of the landscape of digital preservation instruction was that it is largely aimed at an audience beginning to come to grips with the idea that digital objects are subject to loss if we don't actively care for them. There are lots of offerings discussing the theory of digital preservation—the "why" of the problem—and we found that there were limited opportunities to learn the "how" of digital preservation, both on the advocacy and technical sides. We also found that other great offerings, like the Digital Preservation Management Workshop Series based at MIT, had a tuition fee that was unaffordable for many prospective attendees, especially from under-funded institutions. Our goal in this phase is to make the workshops free to attend.

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