"Unwrapping the Bundle: An Examination of Research Libraries and the ‘Big Deal’"

Karla L. Strieb and Julia C. Blixrud have self-archived "Unwrapping the Bundle: An Examination of Research Libraries and the 'Big Deal'."

Here's an excerpt:

This study presents and analyzes the findings of a 2012 survey of member libraries belonging to the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) on publishers' large journal bundles and compares the results to earlier surveys. The data illuminate five research questions: market penetration, journal bundle construction, collection format shifts, pricing models, and license terms. The structure of the product is still immature, particularly in defining content and developing sustainable pricing models. The typical "bundle" is something less than the full publishers list. Neither market studies nor market forces have produced a sustainable new strategy for pricing and selling e-journals. Finally, a complex history of managing license terms is revealed in the data.

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Preservation Project Manager at Bay Area Video Coalition

The Bay Area Video Coalition is recruiting a Preservation Project Manager.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The role of the Preservation Project Manager is to coordinate BAVC's preservation activities, oversee the timelines and workflows of fee-for-service client projects as well as deliverables of grant-funded projects. The Preservation Project Manager is responsible for the supervision of on-call technicians, and works closely with the Director of Technology to ensure BAVC's preservation services are of the highest quality.

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World Wide Web Timeline

The Web turned 25 on 3/12/14. The Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project has released the World Wide Web Timeline.

Here's an excerpt:

1990

  • 42% of American adults have used a computer.
  • World's first website and server go live at CERN, running on Tim Berners-Lee's NeXT computer, which bears the message "This machine is a server. DO NOT POWER DOWN!"
  • Tim Berners-Lee develops the first Web browser WorldWideWeb.
  • Archie, the first tool to search the internet is developed by McGill University student Alan Emtage.

Want more Internet history? See the Hobbes' Internet Timeline 11 and the Timeline of the Open Access Movement.

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Head of Digital Initiatives at Utah State University Libraries

The Utah State University Libraries are recruiting a Head of Digital Initiatives.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Utah State University Libraries seeks an innovative, collaborative, and highly organized Head of Digital Initiatives to lead digital collection and scholarly communication services that support the research and teaching needs of the University. Reporting to the Director for Digital and Information Technology, the successful candidate will direct the Libraries' digital initiatives programs, including the Digital Library and Digital Commons institutional repository.

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Digital Life in 2025

The Pew Research Center has released Digital Life in 2025.

Here's an excerpt:

To a notable extent, the experts agree on the technology change that lies ahead, even as they disagree about its ramifications. Most believe there will be:

  • A global, immersive, invisible, ambient networked computing environment built through the continued proliferation of smart sensors, cameras, software, databases, and massive data centers in a world-spanning information fabric known as the Internet of Things.
  • "Augmented reality" enhancements to the real-world input that people perceive through the use of portable/wearable/implantable technologies.
  • Disruption of business models established in the 20 th century (most notably impacting finance, entertainment, publishers of all sorts, and education).
  • Tagging, databasing, and intelligent analytical mapping of the physical and social realms.

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Social Sciences Data Curation Specialist at University of Minnesota Libraries

The University of Minnesota Libraries are recruiting a Social Sciences Data Curation Specialist.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Responsibilities:

  • Provide strategic leadership for the University of Minnesota Libraries in development and sustaining support for social science data throughout its lifecycle.
  • Collect, manage, curate, provide access to and assist in the analysis of research data related to social sciences and professional program academic departments; refer researchers to disciplinary repositories as appropriate.
  • Identify and propose research projects at the University of Minnesota involving data capture, management, and related issues that focus on social science data needs with potential for deeper scholarly engagement specific areas related to the specialist's background.
  • Access current and/or develops innovative methods for data discovery, to enhance the library's delivery and discovery environment related to social sciences data.

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"Finch 18 Months On: A Review of Progress"

Michael Jubb has published "Finch 18 Months On: A Review of Progress: Based on a Paper Presented at the UKSG One-Day Conference, 'Open Access Realities', London, November 2013" in Insights: the UKSG Journal.

Here's an excerpt:

When the Finch Report was published in June 2012, it represented for me the culmination of nine months of intensive work as secretary to the Finch Group. But I was not allowed to rest on my laurels. The Group recognized that the task of implementation would be complex, involving work from many different stakeholders, and it pointed to the need for an implementation strategy that would involve all of them. Perhaps it should have been firmer in recommending how such a strategy should be developed and implemented. Nevertheless, the Group decided that it should as its final act meet in a year's time to assess progress. I was slightly apprehensive when I was asked to prepare a report for the Group to consider at that meeting. This paper—based on a presentation made at the UKSG conference in November 2013—considers the findings of that report, which was published the following week.

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Scholarly Communications Librarian at University of Idaho Library

The University of Idaho Library is recruiting a Scholarly Communications Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

This position will serve as point of contact for scholarly publication at the university, with particular focus on academic library copyright issues, open access, and author rights. Working closely and collaboratively with library and university employees, the Scholarly Communications Librarian will manage the university's institutional repository, support open access publications, ensure compliance with federal mandates, and promote scholarly and professional achievements.

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Developing an Effective Market for Open Access Article Processing Charges

The Wellcome Trust has released Developing an Effective Market for Open Access Article Processing Charges.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

In their report, published in March 2014, Björk and Solomon set out a series of scenarios for how funders might develop their approaches for supporting APCs. These cover both full open access journals (which operate exclusively by this model) and so-called hybrid journals (which offer this service for individual articles, while continuing to operate via the subscription model). The authors appraised three combined scenarios, which they conclude to be the most promising for further consideration.

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Perl Programmer at Center for Research Libraries

The Center for Research Libraries is recruiting a Perl Programmer.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

We are seeking a PERL Programmer to work with our existing team of librarians to further develop and maintain data projects critical to meeting our objective. Work primarily involves analyzing and manipulating data sets from library and commercial sources to pull out needed data and transform it into additional formats for ingest into existing databases or tools used for presentation of the data.

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Ithaka S+R US Library Survey 2013

Ithaka S+R has released the Ithaka S+R US Library Survey 2013.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

In the Ithaka S+R US Library Survey 2013 report we examine how the leaders of academic libraries are approaching systemic changes in their environment and the opportunities and constraints they face in leading their organizations. While exploring key topics covered in our 2010 survey of library directors, such as strategic planning, collecting practices, and library services, in 2013 we also introduced a new emphasis on organizational dynamics, leadership issues, and undergraduate services.

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Copyright Officer at Penn State University Libraries

The Penn State University Libraries are recruiting a Penn State University Libraries.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Duties Serve as an expert in the University community for copyright, fair use, Teach Act, and other related issues. Consult with faculty and students on matters related to copyright in research, instruction, and scholarly communication. Develop an outreach and education program on these topics for students and faculty; provide training in the responsible conduct of research as it relates to copyright and intellectual property. Conduct workshops or provide course-related instruction to promote the understanding of intellectual property concepts in the curriculum. Enable the development of Libraries` and University policies on these and related issues. Liaise with Office of General Council to ensure consistent application of law and policy. Work with Information Technology Services to support development of online resources about copyright. Represent the Libraries as appropriate throughout the University and in the CIC, ARL or other professional venues.

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Open Access: SPARC Opposes Frontiers in Innovation, Research, Science and Technology Act

SPARC has released a statement opposing the Frontiers in Innovation, Research, Science and Technology Act.

Here's an excerpt:

Specifically, Section 303 would:

  • Slow the pace of scientific discovery by restricting public access to articles reporting on federally funded research for up to three years after initial publication. This stands in stark contrast to the policies in use around the world, which call for maximum embargo periods of no more than six to 12 months.
  • Fail to support provisions that allow for shorter embargo periods to publicly funded research results. This provision ignores the potential harm to stakeholders that can accrue through unnecessarily long delays.
  • Fail to ensure that federal agencies have full text copies of their funded research articles to archive and provide to the public for full use, and for long-term archiving. By condoning a link to an article on a publisher's website as an acceptable compliance mechanism, this provision puts the long term accessibility and utility of federally funded research articles at serious risk.
  • Stifle researchers' ability to share their own research and to access the works of others, slowing progress towards scientific discoveries, medical breakthroughs, treatments, and cures.
  • Make it harder for U.S. companies — especially small businesses and start-ups — to access cutting-edge research, thereby slowing their ability to innovate, create new products and services, and generate new jobs.
  • Waste further time and taxpayer dollars by calling for a needless, additional 18-month delay while agencies "develop plans for" policies. This is a duplication of federal agency work that was required by the White House Directive and has, in large part, already been completed.
  • Impose unnecessary costs on federal agency public access programs by conflating access and preservation policies as applied to articles and data. The legislation does not make clear enough what data must be made accessible, nor adequately articulate the location of where such data would reside, or its terms of use.

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Life Sciences and Scholarly Communications Librarian at Iowa State University Library

The Iowa State University Library is recruiting a Life Sciences and Scholarly Communications Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

This position will be responsible for subject-based reference, instruction, collection development, and scholarly communications outreach; participating and sharing responsibilities with a team of science and technology subject librarians for delivering high quality in-depth programs, collections and services for faculty, students and staff; teaching a required one-credit undergraduate information literacy course; and providing general reference services.

This position works closely with the Scholarly Communications Team in developing and promoting the Library Scholarly Communications Program including Iowa State University Digital Repository and issues such as open access, data management, copyright, fair use, and author rights for the campus community; and stays current with emerging scholarly communication issues, new technologies and service trends.

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"Coherence of ‘Open’ Initiatives in Higher Education and Research: Framing a Policy Agenda"

The "Coherence of 'Open' Initiatives in Higher Education and Research: Framing a Policy Agenda" by Sheila Corrall and Stephen Pinfield is available in IDEALS.

Here's an excerpt:

Within this context, our purpose here is to map out the current Open landscape from a policy development perspective, considering in particular the potential for greater coordination between different Open approaches. We first identify the main characteristics of the various Open domains, deploying a broad definition of "Open" to capture the present range of Open initiatives. We next advance and elaborate a high-level typology of Open to inform policy development, and discuss whether the different Open initiatives can be approached in a coordinated way as part of a single coherent policy agenda. We suggest that a framework put forward by Willinsky (2005) for understanding the convergence of open source, OA, and open science can extend to other Open domains. We then outline the potential shared benefits of the different Open approaches, which we argue strengthen the case for convergence, while also commenting on some limits of openness, and we conclude with our observations on the policy implications of our findings.

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Faculty Director of Libraries Information Technology at University of Colorado Boulder Libraries

The University of Colorado Boulder Libraries are recruiting a Faculty Director of Libraries Information Technology.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Faculty Director of Libraries Information Technology (LIT) reports to the Senior Associate Dean of Libraries and serves as a member of the Libraries Management Team which works collaboratively to articulate the vision and strategic direction of the Libraries. As a member of the faculty, this position supervises a department of two FTE faculty, 11.5 FTE professional and technical staff, and student assistants. This position plays a key role in developing strategies to support next generation library services and resources in conjunction with Libraries and campus colleagues. The faculty director assumes multifaceted roles and manages a department that provides webmaster functions, web development, coordination and support of digital user experience testing, digitization services, audio-visual media production, and desktop and server support. Providing technical support for Libraries' faculty research goals is also a component of the directors responsibilities. In addition, in the campus IT community, the faculty director maintains a leadership role that advocates for the Libraries' needs in the development of the campus IT infrastructure.

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LJ 2014 Movers & Shakers

Library Journal has released its 2014 list of Movers & Shakers.

Here's an excerpt:

Welcome to the 2014 LJ Movers & Shakers. The 50 individuals recognized here are passionate about what all types of libraries can do to enhance lives—for adults, teens, schoolchildren, infants, and toddlers. If there's a common theme among their profiles, it's that as much as the library is a place to go, it is also a place on the go—to wherever patrons or potential patrons are.

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American History/Digital Humanities Librarian at Hesburgh Libraries, University of Notre Dame

The Hesburgh Libraries, University of Notre Dame are recruiting an American History/Digital Humanities Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Serves as the primary liaison to faculty, students and researchers in the areas of American History and American Studies; works closely with these scholars to insure the Libraries have the resources and services needed for successful research and learning. . . . In addition to subject specialist duties, this position serves as a digital humanities librarian in the Center for Digital Scholarship, responsible for expanding services in response to growing demand for digital arts and humanities support and educating others within the Libraries about digital scholarship in this area. Reporting to the Director of Digital Production and Outreach within the Digital Initiatives and Scholarship Program, this position has the potential to supervise other staff and librarians.

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MOOC Content Licensing Solution Launched

The Copyright Clearance Center has Launched the MOOC Content Licensing Solution.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

The MOOC Content Licensing Solution uses the current per-page or per-article academic-based pricing rightsholders have established through CCC's Electronic Course Content pay-per-use service. CCC offers digital rights from over 5,000 rightsholders around the world to public, private not-for-profit, and private for-profit U.S.-based institutions of higher education that conduct academic MOOCs.

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Copyright and Licensing Librarian at Hesburgh Libraries, University of Notre Dame

The Hesburgh Libraries, University of Notre Dame are recruiting a Copyright and Licensing Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Copyright and Licensing Librarian is the Hesburgh Libraries' coordinator and consultant on issues that span copyright, licensing, and information policies pertaining to library services and initiatives. In conjunction with the University of Notre Dame's Office of General Counsel, this individual is responsible for developing, managing, and analyzing intellectual property policies that pertain to the creation, addition, or use of copyrighted or licensed content.

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