Wednesday, June 24, 2015

OBS/TS Joint Research Grant Contest has a winner




After a tightly contested race, the people have spoken. The contest to rename the OBS/TS-SIS Joint Research Grant closed on June 5, and the winner is OBS/TS FROG (Funding Research Opportunities Grant).

The winning entry was proposed by Karen Selden, who received an Amazon gift card for her efforts. The gifts of free SIS memberships, names drawn from the list of entrants, go to Calmer Chattoo (TS) and Kristina Alayan (OBS). With a hefty level of participation -- 50 proposed new names and 116 votes -- we are gratified that the grant has achieved some notoriety (Funding Research Opportunities Grant).

Please consider what you could do with a technical services research grant - no amount is too small and applications are considered on a rolling basis. More information and an application are available here!
http://www.aallnet.org/sections/obs/documents/research/researchinfo.html

Thanks again to all those who proposed new names and to all those who voted!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

FDLP Coordinator Certificate Program

The Federal Depository Library Program conducted a successful pilot of their FLDP Coordinator Certificate Program during the spring of 2015. This FLDP Academy virtual program is designed to educate FDLP coordinators on managing depository collections in compliance with the program requirements of the FDLP.

A webinar, FDLP Coordinator Certificate Program: Successful Flight of the Pilot, was presented and recorded Wednesday, June 17, 2015. The recording is available for viewing via the FDLP Academy Webinars and Webcasts page.

Sign-ups for two initial training cohorts have been announced. The fall 2015 FDLP Coordinator Certificate Program will run from October – December 2015, with weekly sessions scheduled for either Wednesdays or Thursdays. Participants must be available to attend all sessions of their cohort and complete all assignments and assessments to earn a certificate. The program is free, but registration is required and space is limited.

The FDLP plans to make recordings of the training materials presented available as webcasts via the FDLP Academy webcast site for depository personnel interested in selected topics, or not able to attend the full training sequence




Monday, June 15, 2015

Zepheira announces Libhub Initiative Early Adopter Program for academic libraries

Zepheira provides better Web visibility to libraries through Linked Data, and now offers a new program for academic libraries to reveal their resources and collections to the Web. The program builds on the successful Libhub Initiative Early Adopter Public Library Program launch with its Founding 12 Partners.

From Library Technology Guides,  http://librarytechnology.org/repository/item.pl?id=20689 

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Final vote - Name that grant contest



Please cast your vote in the NAME THAT GRANT CONTEST final vote at:


Posted on behalf of,
Frederick Chan
Member of OBS/TS Joint Research Grant Committee

Friday, May 22, 2015

Open Access Journals

Open access publications can be viewed as a partial way to ease library serial budget woes. There are many high quality open access publications, but predatory open-access publishers present a continuing issue. Predatory open access journals are defined as journals that exist for the sole purpose of profit. They can misrepresent their review process/board, location and/or affiliations.

Jeffery Beall, a librarian at the University of Colorado-Denver, maintains a blacklist of predatory publishers ("Beall's List").  The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) maintains a "white-list" of OA journals meeting base line criteria, such as being chiefly scholarly, providing quality control through an editor, editorial board or peer review, and having a registered ISSN. Another organization maintaining a white-list is the Open Access Scholarly Publisher's Association. Publishers must apply and pledge to adhere to a code of conduct to become members.

As librarians, we can take an advisory role, assisting our patrons as they navigate the OA landscape.

The following articles provide a more detailed, but still quick, overview of the issues surrounding OA publishing.


Berger, Monica and Cirasella, Jill, Beyond Beall's list: better understanding predatory publishers. College and research libraries news 76, no. 3 (March 2015)

Directory of Open Access Journals introduces new standards to help community address quality concerns. SPARC blog, March 5, 2015

Heller, Margaret, Educating your campus about predatory publishers. ACRL TechConnect, April 13, 2013

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Linked Data URIs and Libraries: The Story So Far

The linked data movement is a relatively new trend on the web that, among other things, enables diverse data providers to publish their content in an interoperable, machine-understandable way. Libraries around the world appear to be embracing linked data technologies that render their content more accessible to both humans and computers. This paper focuses on linked data URIs that refer to authority data.  The specific MARC fields that are capable of hosting linked data information are identified. Additionally, seven major national libraries are examined to determine to what degree they have adopted the fundamental linked data principles.

From  http://www.dlib.org/dlib/may15/papadakis/05papadakis.html
D-Lib Magazine, May/June 2015

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Fans of the RDA Toolkit index, rejoice!

There's good news for those who were dismayed at the removal of the index in the latest update of the RDA Toolkit. It was announced today on the RDA Toolkit blog (http://www.rdatoolkit.org/blog/7768) that the RDA print index has been reinstated! As stated in the blog post:

"In the weeks that followed the April 14 release to RDA Toolkit, we heard from a number of users who were unhappy about the removal of the index from the Toolkit. In response to that feedback, we have added a PDF of the RDA Print index to the Tools tab of RDA Toolkit. This PDF file contains the index that will be part of the 2015 revision of RDA in print. The index has been revised and updated to reflect the changes to the RDA standard that were made since the April 2014 release and through the April 2015 release. The PDF is not hyperlinked, but it is downloadable and may be printed for personal use."