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Is the World Digital Library Finally Coming? | Publishing Perspectives

Is the World Digital Library Finally Coming? | Publishing Perspectives | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Harvard's Robert Darton writes that we are coming closer to a truly international digital public library citing Open Access movements in the UK, UK and France.
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Librarians needed to facilitate Open Data, by Andrew Wesolek - Open Access Now

Librarians needed to facilitate Open Data, by Andrew Wesolek - Open Access Now | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Andrew Wesolek:

"Tim Poisot’s recent blog post on facilitating open data in ecology illustrates a desire to make ecology data open, while admitting that “there are so many peculiarities attached to datasets that sharing them is by nature a difficult task.” Mr. Poisot goes on to offer some interesting solutions to enhance the current practices in data formatting. Perhaps most interestingly, though, he does not mention engaging those who are specifically trained in the organization of information–librarians. This should provide further incentive for our efforts to effectively communicate the breadth of our value to our faculty.

In advocating for Open Access, we often focus on educating our colleagues to the benefits of making their research open, but how well are we supporting those who already want to make their research, or data in this case, open, but are unsure of how to share it effectively?"

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How #librarians can help researchers navigate open access choices #webinar #OA

How #librarians can help researchers navigate open access choices #webinar #OA | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Webinar: 

Open-access publishing has grown dramatically in the last five years. There have been many positive initiatives to help researchers communicate and access information in a sustainable way. However, as with many paradigm shifts, there are growing pains associated, including predatory journal practices and lack of clarity around terms and options.

In anticipation of Open Access Week October 21 to 27, Elsevier's Library Connect program is hosting a free webinar: "How librarians can help researchers navigate open access choices." In this live event, a surgeon/scholar, publisher and librarian will equip librarians and authors with the terminology, models and best practices of open access publishing and journal choices in general.

What metrics and standards should librarians and authors consider in determining in which journals to submit? Does the journal have an ethical publishing statement? How can you find journals that best fit the audience and research? What tools are out there to assist?

 
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Terminology, models and best practices for open access publishing!

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University libraries: 10 global portraits

University libraries: 10 global portraits | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
University library chiefs worldwide reveal the challenges they face, plans for the future, and their role in higher education (Uni librarians talk about their libraries > University libraries: 10 global portraits

 

America: New York University library

Well-designed space is one of the most important services an academic library can offer, says dean of library Carol Mandel

 

UK: University of Manchester library

The library is not being used less, it's just user needs that are changing, says university librarian Janet Wilkinson – so don't forget the wifi

 

Japan: Hachioji library, Tama Art University

A university library designed by a world-leading architect inspires and challenges in equal measure, says library head Hidemi Kondo

 

Nigeria: American University of Nigeria library

Open access and libraries centred around online learning and research are key in developing countries, says library director Amed Demirhan

 

UK: Bodleian library, University of Oxford

We need to shape the skills of library staff to meet user needs while maintaining specialist knowledge, says interim Bodley's librarian Richard Ovenden

 

Australia: Queensland University of Technology library

With 97% of its research downloads from outside Australia, the library's open access expertise is invaluable, says library director Judy Stokker

 

Singapore: Nanyang Technological University library

Finding information is not the problem, says university librarian Choy Fatt Cheong – libraries are now taking the lead on how to communicate it

 

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The state of university libraries! Interesting reviews!

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Publishing in Discipline-Specific Open Access Journals: Opportunities and Outreach for Librarians | LJ INFOdocket

Publishing in Discipline-Specific Open Access Journals: Opportunities and Outreach for Librarians | LJ INFOdocket | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Gary Price:

 

The following article appears in the Vol 39 No 1 (2013) issue of The Journal of Academic Librarianship.  This special issue of JAL is devoted to open access. and is available at no charge.

Title

Publishing in Discipline-Specific Open Access Journals: Opportunities and Outreach for Librarians

 

Abstract:

 

Open access (OA) journals promote the opportunity for peer-reviewed journal articles to be freely accessible. In recent years, the number of OA journals has exploded in all disciplines. Previous studies have identified print-based pedagogical discipline-specific journals outside the field of Library and Information Science (LIS) for librarians to consider as vehicles for publishing articles related to subject-based Information Literacy (IL). The present study explores the presence of discipline-specific pedagogical journals listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) and presents a table of OA journals with their acceptance rates and review times. Pedagogical OA journals are highlighted as a potential opportunity for librarians to pro-actively reach out to faculty within a discipline and contribute towards the OA movement.


Full text: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science?_ob=MiamiImageURL&_cid=272069&_user=10&_pii=S0099133312001760&_check=y&_origin=article&_zone=toolbar&_coverDate=2013-Jan-31&view=c&originContentFamily=serial&wchp=dGLzVlt-zSkWz&md5=25b1f0671652c3674fea4aa12b0093e1&pid=1-s2.0-S0099133312001760-main.pdf


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OA journals to consider for librarians in specific disciplines!!

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Africa must use digital libraries

Africa must use digital libraries | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Manka S Angwafo:

Making educational resources freely available will fast-track the continent's development.

 

Of more than 2 000 open access repositories worldwide, fewer than 3% are in Africa. And there are even fewer exclusively from sub-Saharan Africa.

Even though the availability of open access material is low, it is important to recognise the progress that has been made over the past decade: several institutions across the region have adopted and are implementing open access policies. However, in spite of these strides, only about 16% of African scholars claim to have a high awareness of e-resources. Much more advocacy is necessary for open access to become a reality across the continent.

Africa stands to gain the most from the open access movement. But factors such as the continent's regulatory environments, the changing role of librarians, weak commitment to institutionalising open access and problems of sustainability have made implementation slow and awareness limited.

 

 

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"Data skills & open access needed in Africa!"

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The impact of open access on librarians | by Fin Galligan, SwetsBlog

The impact of open access on librarians | by Fin Galligan, SwetsBlog | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Exploring the potential impact of open access on the librarian and their role within the institution.

 

"...the future of open access for libraries will involve:

More advanced discovery services
Communication, training and networking with own institutional community
Repository building and curation
And to further summarise the above, they all point at developing a strong(er) service culture to look at end-users’ needs directly, rather than focusing on pure collection building. Not by coincidence, these themes are echoed in a paper presented in May 2012 by Lorcan Dempsey (Vice President and Chief Strategist at OCLC), which are nicely summarized on the OCLC’s website. It is easy to apply each of these points to the current and future OA landscape:

“Education, local government, and publishing are being reshaped by economic and networking pressures. Changes here will increasingly drive library changes and libraries need to understand those environments.
Libraries continue to shift from a collection-based view to a service-based view, with deeper engagement with the research, learning and information behaviors of their users.
Community engagement drives the need for new skills, more responsive organizational structures, and a readiness to reallocate resources to important areas.”

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How Open is it? Open Access Toolkit #openaccess #OA

"This guide will help you move beyond the seemingly
simple question, “Is this journal open access?” and toward
a more productive alternative, “How open is it?”
Use it to:
• Understand the components that define Open Access
• Learn what makes a journal more open vs. less open
• Make informed decisions about where to publish

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SilviaArano's comment, October 23, 2012 3:24 AM
Thanks for this!