Category Archives: Valerie

From the Chronicle of Higher Ed: Friends with Benefits

“Even in the humanities, where solitary study is revered, it’s better to work in collaboration. If only promotion-and-tenure committees could understand that.”

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More threats to policing the open access model

Publisher Threatens to Sue Blogger for $1-Billion from the [The Chronicle of Higher Education]

For more information, check out a previous newspost entry: “Predatory Open Access Publishers.”

“In 2012, Jeffrey Beall, a librarian at the University of Colorado at Denver, told The Chronicle that he keeps a list of “predatory” open-access publishers, whose main goal is to generate profits. Such publishers, says Mr. Beall, “add little value to scholarship, pay little attention to digital preservation, and operate using fly-by-night, unsustainable business models.””

http://scholarlyoa.com/individual-journals/

III’s New CEO Calls for Greater Collaboration

Library Journal Excerpt: “Without deprecating the company’s past, Massana sent a clear message that the culture of III is shifting toward greater accountability and client focus, and he also said the company is moving away from its black box reputation and embracing, as a corporate imperative, greater openness and collaboration.”  read more: http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2013/05/technology/iiis-new-ceo-calls-for-greater-collaboration/

Open Access Scams

We here at Collaborative Librarianship are all for open access, but all good things have a negative side.  We encourage you to follow Jeffrey Beall’s web page capturing “predatory Open Access Publishers.”

“In 2012, Jeffrey Beall, a librarian at the University of Colorado at Denver, told The Chronicle that he keeps a list of “predatory” open-access publishers, whose main goal is to generate profits. Such publishers, says Mr. Beall, “add little value to scholarship, pay little attention to digital preservation, and operate using fly-by-night, unsustainable business models.””

http://scholarlyoa.com/individual-journals/

NATIONAL ARCHIVES TO HELP LAUNCH THE DIGITAL PUBLIC LIBRARY OF AMERICA’S PILOT PROJECT

Excerpt“Washington, DC. . . Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero announced today that the National Archives, as a leading content provider to the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), will help launch its first pilot project.

The DPLA is a large-scale, collaborative project across government, research institutions, museums, libraries and archives to build a digital library platform to make America’s cultural and scientific history free and publicly available anytime, anywhere, online through a single access point.”

Evolution of libraries had emerged-collaboration was a key to survival

Excerpt “By the beginning of the 21st century, several trends in the evolution of libraries had emerged-collaboration was a key to survival; technology would play an integral role; library as “place” would supersede a warehouse function; and digitization would prevail.

In this article I want to explore two experiments that represent the perfect interweaving of these trends-HathiTrust (hathitrust.org) and the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA; dp.la). These experiments in shared systems, metadata, and digitized content represent projects of a grand and grander scale. While there is no guarantee that either of these projects will be around, at least in current manifestation, it is almost certain that within 15 years their models will provide guidance for any large-scale library ventures of the future.”

Second shoe drops: new White House Directive mandates OA

Information on historic open access decision!

http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/microsites/ostp/ostp_public_access_memo_2013.pdf

https://plus.google.com/109377556796183035206/posts/8hzviMJeVHJ

http://blogs.nature.com/news/2013/02/us-white-house-announces-open-access-policy.html

http://www.arl.org/news/pr/arl-commends-obama-administration-for-historic-action-opening-up-access.shtml