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Widely used U.S. government database delists cancer journal - Retraction Watch at Retraction Watch
readers who are familiar with the guidelines MEDLINE follows when deselecting journals “can draw their own conclusions.”

Here is some background information from MEDLINE:

Journals may be deselected from MEDLINE for various reasons including, but not limited to, extremely late publication patterns, major changes in the scientific quality or editorial process, and changes in ownership or publishers.

Backus added that since she’s worked with MEDLINE over the past few years, only “a handful” of journals have been removed from the index.

It’s not very many. It’s infrequent.

Oncotarget has been on our radar for some time. Besides a handful of retractions that we’ve covered, we’ve obtained emails that show an editor of the journal, Mikhail Blagosklonny, contacted colleagues of Jeffrey Beall at the University of Colorado Denver who had published in Oncotarget in 2015 after Beall added the journal to his (now inactive) list of possibly predatory publications.
sciencepublishing  reputation  beall  indexing  attention  library  politics  us  peerreview 
november 2017 by juliusbeezer
Around the Web: Saving Government Data from the Trumpocalypse – Confessions of a Science Librarian
While I’m working on a major update to my Documenting the Donald Trump War on Science: Pre-Inauguration Edition and preparing for the first of the post-inauguration posts, I thought I’d whet everyone’s appetite with a post celebrating all the various efforts to save environmental, climate and various kinds of scientific and other data from potential loss in the Trump presidential era.
openscience  opendata  canada  us  politics  library 
february 2017 by juliusbeezer
Library of Words
The Library of Words is a digital collection of pages filled with every possible combination of 320 words in the English language. The library starts with a page containing the single first word "a" and finishes with a page containing the last word "zyzzyvas", repeated 320 times. The dictionary used in the library contains 354939 words from the English language. This means that every book, thought, love story, news tragedy, war, biography, scientific discovery or truth about the universe which has ever been written with those English words, or is yet to be written, is already present in this library.

The concept of the Library of Words is based on the short story La biblioteca de Babel (Library of Babel) by Argentinian author and librarian Jorge Luis Borges.
library  attention  cool  corpus  screwmeneutics 
october 2015 by juliusbeezer
E-Journal Preservation Service – Portico
Since 2005, we have worked with publishers and libraries to preserve a rapidly increasing number of e-journals through our E-Journal Preservation Service. This service operates on a community model, through which both publishers and libraries help to defray the ongoing costs of operating the archive, including the IT infrastructure set up to ingest, archive, and migrate the content committed to the archive.

Portico provides access to its library participants when specific conditions or “trigger events” occur, which cause journal titles to no longer be available from the publisher or any other source:
archiving  library  journals  sciencepublishing 
october 2015 by juliusbeezer
How Canada's Tories destroyed the country's memory, and its capacity to remember / Boing Boing
Canada has a new underground of scientists and statisticians and wonks who've founded a movement called LOCKSS -- "Lots of copies, keep stuff safe" -- who make their own archives of disappeared data, from the libraries of one-of-a-kind docs that have been literally incinerated or sent to dumpsters to the websites that vanish without notice. There's an election this October -- perhaps we can call on them then to restore the country's lost memory.
archiving  library  economics  science  openness 
september 2015 by juliusbeezer
Book Banning: A Romance Heroine's Response | Laura Vivanco
"Then, shall we agree that in the future no book containing explicit sex, offensive language, references to improper relationships or perversion, graphic displays of violence, or themes that condone immoral behavior be admitted to the shelves, and that all such books as now occupy space on the shelves of our public library be immediately removed?" [...]

Jennifer stood slowly and placed a copy of the Bible on top of the stack of banned books. (241-5)
censorship  library  funny 
august 2015 by juliusbeezer
Caged Masterpieces: Chris Hoofnagle Reviews Arthur Leff’s Swindling and Selling | Authors Alliance
This wonderful book is out of print, and practically unavailable to new generations of lawyers and thinkers who focus on consumer protection. As of this writing, the least expensive used copy of it is $74 on The entire University of California library system has only two copies of this work. According to Google Scholar, despite Leff’s brilliance and masterful discussion, the book has only attracted 27 citations.

Countless works of enduring value and significance fall out of print and remain essentially off-limits, which not only denies their creators an intellectual legacy, but also stymies researchers, libraries, artists, and others whose work could be enriched by access.
copyright  bookselling  library  publishing  citation 
august 2015 by juliusbeezer
Trustworthiness: Self-assessment of an Institutional Repository against ISO 16363-2012
Preserving digital objects is more challenging than preserving items on paper. Hardware becomes obsolete, new software replaces old, storage media degrades. In recent years, there has been significant progress made to develop tools and standards to preserve digital media, particularly in the context of institutional repositories. The most widely accepted standard thus far is the Trustworthy Repositories Audit and Certification: Criteria and Checklist (TRAC), which evolved into ISO 16363-2012. Deakin University Library undertook a self-assessment against the ISO 16363 criteria.
repositories  linkrot  library  archiving 
march 2015 by juliusbeezer
Science Publishing: Sharing articles via academic networks | Synapse
Collaborative academic platforms like Mendeley, ResearchGate and have become very popular among scientists. ResearchGate alone has more than 4,000 members affiliated with UCSF. These platforms are useful not only for managing references and annotating PDF files, but also for connecting with other researchers.

Increasingly, researchers are using these platforms to share and find articles from scholarly publications. It’s common to see the full text of articles from journals or conference proceedings shared on a user’s profile for anyone to read or download. Often you see the PDF version that’s been downloaded from the publisher’s platform with their branding and all.

Is Article Sharing Allowed?

Given how expensive scientific and medical journal subscriptions can be, you might wonder, is it allowed to share your PDFs freely on these platforms? The short answer is: probably not.
scholarly  library  repositories  socialmedia  sciencepublishing 
march 2015 by juliusbeezer
about the site | libraries hacked
the site has two aims: to advertise and promote hacks within libraries, and to provide a directory of library data, hardware, and software tools that could be used in hacks.
library hacks

a public library (or any other library) is a perfect place to hold hack events, having the location, tools, invaluable information professionals, and available data sources.
library data

there is all sorts of data around the internet that could be used in hacks, but that data is extensive - making a website trying to cover it all would be impossible. this site compiles data directly relevant to libraries and library collections.
library  software  development  hardware 
february 2015 by juliusbeezer
Library workers under scrutiny | Local | The Register-Guard | Eugene, Oregon
Two University of Oregon librarians — who likely are also UO archivists — are under investigation in the leak of 22,000 documents sent and received by UO presidents between 2010 and 2014.

The presidential documents were placed in the library’s open archives without redacting student names, which the university assumes violates the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.

In early December, an unnamed professor requested — and received — a copy of the archives. So far, he has released only one document, which contained no student names but a revelation about an administrative proposal to disband the University Senate.

The university gave the professor until 5 p.m. Thursday to return the electronic file containing the trove of documents.
archiving  UO  library  security  confidentiality 
january 2015 by juliusbeezer
Cancelling Wiley? - Scholarly Communications @ Duke
libraries will need to move more and more of their spending away from the consumption side of scholarly production and do much more to support the creation and dissemination of knowledge directly. Commercial publishers hope to capture those dollars as well, but one of the real benefits of supporting open access can and should be more freedom from businesses addicted to 30% profits. I would like to challenge libraries to consider, when they have to cancel, using the money to support non-profit or lower profit open access projects. Work with a society to provide subvention for a scholarly journal to become OA. Work with your university press to support OA monographs. Finally, even if not compelled by immediate budget realities, think about making some strategic cancellations in order to take these kinds of steps.
openaccess  library  repositories  scholarly  sciencepublishing 
december 2014 by juliusbeezer
My thoughts on Generation Open - Ross Mounce
3) What can librarians do to support ECRs in regards to being open?

Go out into departments and speak to people. Give energetic presentations in collaboration with an enthusiastic researcher in that department (sometimes a librarian alone just won’t get listened to). Academics sorely need to know:

* the cost of academic journal subscriptions
* that using journal impact factors to assess an individual’s research is statistically illiterate practice
* the cost of re-using non-open research papers for teaching purposes (licencing)
* What Creative Commons licences are, and why CC BY or CC0 are best for open access
* new research tools that support open research: Zenodo, Dryad, Github, Sparrho, WriteLatex etc…
openaccess  politics  library  archiving  repositories 
december 2014 by juliusbeezer
The Code4Lib Journal – Jarrow, Electronic Thesis, and Dissertation Software
By far the most important aspect of designing a new software package is picking a good name. UNBC chose the name Jarrow for its ETD Module. Jarrow is the name of a monastery in England that boasted an enormous library and was a beacon of enlightenment in the middle ages (Yule 2012); a fitting name for a tool designed to assist with knowledge creation and dissemination.

Having thoroughly investigated existing options for ETD submission, UNBC determined that building its own Drupal module to integrate with Islandora was the only way to satisfy the requirement to handle the entirety of the submission process as well as deal with any varying processes in place.
library  repositories  tools  openaccess  open  scholarly 
december 2014 by juliusbeezer
Asserting Rights We Don’t Have: Libraries and “Permission to Publish” | Peer to Peer Review
Special rules for special collections:

"these strike me as remarkably weak justifications for imposing an entirely artificial restriction on our patrons’ legal reuse of public domain content—for acting, in short, as if our ownership of physical copies of these documents entitles us to limit and control the use of those documents’ intellectual content. Again: this isn’t an issue of legal rights, strictly speaking—if we own a copy of a document, there’s nothing technically illegal about denying someone physical access to that copy for any reason we care to come up with, even if the document’s intellectual content is in the public domain. This is an issue of professional standards and ethics. As a profession that proclaims loudly and often its support for the free and open sharing of information—one that, in fact, regularly calls for the free distribution and unrestricted reuse of documents arising from publicly funded research—how can we, with a straight face, make people ask our permission to exercise the rights of redistribution and reuse that the law provides them, whether for private, public, commercial, or noncommercial purposes? And as a profession that proclaims its support for principles of intellectual freedom, how can we justify asking patrons to tell us, ahead of time, in what kind of publications and for what purposes they intend to republish public domain content
library  archiving  copyright  publishing 
september 2014 by juliusbeezer
SciTechSociety: Textbook Economics
The market should be vastly different now, but textbooks have remained stuck in the paper era longer than other publications. Moreover, the first stage of the move towards digital, predictably, consists of replicating the paper world. This is what all constituents want: Librarians want to keep lending books. Researchers and students like getting free access to quality books. Textbook publishers do not want to lose the risk-reducing revenue stream from libraries. As a result, everyone implements the status quo in digital form. Publishers produce digital books and rent their collections to libraries through site licenses. Libraries intermediate electronic-lending transactions. Users get the paper experience in digital form. Universities pay for site licenses and the maintenance of the digital-lending platforms.

After the disaster of site licenses for scholarly journals, repeating the same mistake with books seems silly. Once again, take-it-or-leave-it bundles force institutions into a false choice between buying too much for everyone or nothing at all. Once again, site licenses eliminate the unlimited flexibility of digital information. Forget about putting together a personal collection tailored to your own requirements. Forget about pricing per series, per book, per chapter, unlimited in time, one-day access, one-hour access, readable on any device, or tied to a particular device. All of these options are eliminated to maintain the business models and the intermediaries of the paper era.
openaccess  sciencepublishing  scholarly  bookselling  library 
march 2014 by juliusbeezer
Paperless at last | Trading Knowledge
1 January 2014 marks a watershed moment for my library: I have cancelled the last of our print journal subscriptions.

Back in 1995 we subscribed to our first online journal, Journal of Biological Chemistry, from Highwire Press.
sciencepublishing  library  business 
january 2014 by juliusbeezer
Henry H. Barschall - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In addition to his scientific work, he was noted for an article he published in Physics Today[6] discussing the cost of scientific journals. In this article he demonstrated the dramatically lower costs associated with publishing in non-profit society journals as compared to those of commercial publishers. This article provoked a lawsuit from Gordon and Breach, one of the publishers discussed—the one with the highest costs. The company sued Barschall, the American Physical Society, and the American Institute of Physics, in the United States and in several countries in Europe. The eventual decision fully supported Barschall.[7]
openaccess  archiving  science  sciencepublishing  scholarly  library 
january 2014 by juliusbeezer
The Art of Google Books Scans : The New Yorker
One of those was Paul Soulellis, the proprietor of the Library of the Printed Web, which is housed in a pristine industrial space in Long Island City. Earlier this year, Soulellis, a graphic designer turned book artist, began to build his library, which consists entirely of stuff pulled off the Web and bound into paper books.
ebooks  repositories  archiving  web  internet  library 
december 2013 by juliusbeezer
SciTechSociety: Where the Puck won't be
The academic library has, by default, tied its destiny to a service with no realistic prospects of long-term survival. It has become a systems integrator that stitches together outsourced components into a digital recreation of a paper-based library. This horseless carriage provides the same commodity service to an undergraduate student majoring in chemistry, a graduate student in economics, and a professor of literature. Because it overwhelms the library's budget, organizational structure, and decision-making processes, this expensive and inefficient service hampers innovation in areas that are the library's best hope for survival.
library  openaccess 
november 2013 by juliusbeezer
SciTechSociety: Annealing the Library
By gradually converting acquisition budgets into grant budgets, libraries could become open-access patrons. They could organize grant competitions for the production of open-access works. By sponsoring works and creators that further the goals of its community, each library contributes to a permanent open-access digital library for everyone.
library  openaccess  crowdfunding 
november 2013 by juliusbeezer
Economics of scholarly communication in transition | Morrison | First Monday
There is more than enough revenue if library acquisition budgets were redeployed to fund an open access scholarly publishing system. Transitioning the major source of support for scholarly journal publishing, library journal subscriptions, will be key to a successful transition. A prudent transition seeking affordable scholarly journal publishing has the potential to provide academic libraries with significant savings, which could fund redistribution of economic support for scholarly publishing, particularly to reinvest in scholarly monograph publishing. A key metric in understanding affordability in scholarly publishing in an open access environment is the cost per article or cost per book.
openaccess  scholarly  library  economics  OASPA 
june 2013 by juliusbeezer
Welcome · Digital Public Library of America
Supposedly public sector answer to google books: we shall see.
library  archiving 
april 2013 by juliusbeezer
What happened to the books abandoned by Palestinians in 1948? - The National
The story Brunner uncovered is an intricate one. In the course of the 1948 war, Israeli soldiers entered freshly abandoned Palestinians villages, towns and neighbourhoods and found a strange stillness. Homes which were so recently full of life stood empty with nothing but physical possessions. At first, the furniture, musical instruments and even the water pipes were taken by the state in a programme of mass looting. Palestinian wealth was taken as well, as Israel emptied the natives of historic Palestine of every worldly possession they held. In the course of the looting, soldiers quickly realised that houses were not just full of furniture but books as well.

Given the fluidity of the situation, a spontaneous intelligence alliance was established between Israeli soldiers and the Hebrew University to transfer the books to the National Library. According to official Israeli state documents, uncovered by Brunner in the film, many books were simply lost in the haze of war, never to be returned to their owners.

Between April 1948 and February 1949, librarians from the National Library rounded up more than 30,000 books from abandoned Palestinian houses in West Jerusalem. According to the film, the collection was a joint operation between the Hebrew University and the Israeli army. All of the collected books were transferred to the National Library at the Givat Ram campus and given special index coding. Each of the books were assigned the letters "AP" for "Abandoned Property" and placed in the bowels of the National Library. Today, only 6,000 remain.
Palestine  ebooks  crime  library  archiving 
march 2013 by juliusbeezer
L'art préhistorique serait né grâce à la copie
Ce jeudi matin, le bibliothécaire et juriste Lionel Maurel donnait à Rezé, près de Nantes, une conférence sur le droit d'auteur et l'importance de la copie, en prélude à une copy party qui consiste à inviter les visiteurs d'une médiathèque à réaliser des copies pour eux-mêmes des oeuvres qui les intéressent. Au travers d'une présentation riche en références historiques et artistiques qui démontrent que l'art est indissociable de la possibilité de copie, et donc que vouloir interdire la copie jusqu'à la rendre matériellement impossible était une hérésie, Lionel Maurel a évoqué une découverte récente qui montre que même les toutes premières expressions visibles de l'art sont nées grâce à la possibilité de copier.
copyright  art  library  history 
march 2013 by juliusbeezer
Selection Policy | ACRL Choice
How do college librarians decide what to add to their collections?

"Founded in 1964, Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries is a publication of the Association of College and Research Libraries, a division of the American Library Association. Choice’s primary mission is to assist librarians who build collections at the undergraduate level by providing concise, critical reviews of current scholarly books and electronic resources. In addition, Choice serves faculty and students selecting resources that support work in the classroom.

Choice publishes approximately 7,000 reviews annually in print formats (the magazine and Choice Reviews on Cards) and online (Choice Reviews Online). Because most titles are reviewed within six months of their publication, Choice usually provides the first scholarly, post-publication commentary on academic resources."
library  publishing  ebooks 
january 2013 by juliusbeezer
The Library of Utopia | MIT Technology Review
Intellectual dwarves mired in respect for pre-internet copyright laws desperately scrabble to try to achieve some kind of contemporary relevance for the 100 million books no-one is now reading...
Bla bla bla
O volunteer poverty!
[Note added 23/6/13: musta been in a bad mood when I wrote this one!]
copyright  archiving  library  ebooks 
january 2013 by juliusbeezer
Oyster gets $3M to become the Spotify of books — Tech News and Analysis
There are still a lot of questions about Oyster and whether it can compete against Amazon and other competitors. A lot will come down to its book selection and how Oyster’s talks go with publishers. Stromberg said Oyster will try to focus on quality over quantity. With the success of access-related media providers like Spotify and Netflix, this might be a chance for publishers to test out a paid library model and also lessen their reliance on Amazon.
ebooks  library 
october 2012 by juliusbeezer
Canadian health librarians wiki. Huge! Home of UBC's Dean Giustini.
wiki  library  health  healthcare  medicine 
september 2012 by juliusbeezer
Have E-books Led You to Purge or Preserve Your Library? | Publishing Perspectives
And as I become more and more comfortable with the convenience of digital reading — and get older — I start to look at my bookshelves with a bit of suspicion? Will I ever really read that Joyce Carol Oates novel from six years ago? Or that book about the life cycle of garbage that sounds so interesting, but isn’t likely to be something I’d pick up in favor of a new episode of Breaking Bad?

If I’m truly honest with myself, I’ll never live long enough to read all the books I already own.
ebooks  library  archiving 
august 2012 by juliusbeezer
The Library of Utopia - Technology Review
In his 1938 book World Brain, H.G. Wells imagined a time—not very distant, he believed—when every person on the planet would have easy access to "all that is thought or known."

... All that remains to be done is to digitize the more than 100 million books that have appeared since Gutenberg invented movable type, index their contents, add some descriptive metadata, and put them online with tools for viewing and searching.
It sounds straightforward. And if it were just a matter of moving bits and bytes around, a universal online library might already exist. Google, after all, has been working on the challenge for 10 years. But the search giant's book program has foundered; it is mired in a legal swamp.
google  library  ebooks  law  copyright  archiving 
july 2012 by juliusbeezer
Liber Quarterly - The Journal of European Research Libraries
Librarians need a new skillset: and there are no courses that offer it. Italian survey.
"Very early on, academic libraries were the organizational units that took up managing these repositories, and several studies show that most repository managers are in fact librarians. In 2006 a survey conducted by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) found that the majority of repositories of ARL members were run by library units (Bailey, 2006)."
library  sciencepublishing 
may 2012 by juliusbeezer
The Library of Utopia - Technology Review
If Google books can't succeed because we fear the man, can the DPLA? Quality article.
library  ebooks 
april 2012 by juliusbeezer
Harvard’s library can’t afford journal subscriptions « Sauropod Vertebra Picture of the Week #AcademicSpring
The world’s richest university can’t afford journal subscriptions. Mike Taylor on fine form.
openaccess  library 
april 2012 by juliusbeezer
Joining the Movement: A Call to Action | Peer to Peer Review
All of this leads me to wonder why on earth librarians continue to perpetuate the very system that we have been scolding scholars about for years. Many of our scholarly journals are published by the very corporations that supported the Research Works Act and which will continue to do what they can to maximize profits, which means making research in librarianship unavailable to many. Either we believe in open access, or we’re okay with the enclosure of knowledge. To preach open access without practicing it is baffling to me.
openaccess  library 
february 2012 by juliusbeezer
If this is as I remember it, you can locate the nearest library which houses the book for which you searched
publishing  library  search 
april 2011 by juliusbeezer
Welcome to SAFARI
More on my delicious if you like these, gathered since 2008
search  open  library  informationmastery 
april 2011 by juliusbeezer
Blog U.: The Great Disconnect: Scholars Without Libraries - Library Babel Fish - Inside Higher Ed
The fact is that for many researchers, the marketplace of ideas is essentially a black market, because it's not feasible to pay up front for every article one might need to examine, not when the articles cost thirty bucks a pop.
library  journals  economics  publishing  openaccess  scholarly  black 
october 2010 by juliusbeezer
Social Research Conference: Limiting Knowledge in a Democracy
twittered conference link, no clue if it's any good can't be bothered to read, material which I always swore I'd keep off my delicious account if humanly possible. But now it is not. I have cracked and posted this to "read later" (the most depressing tag on delicious i always think).
[update 05/01/12: only the title is interesting, nothing available to read]
conference  conferences  democracy  privacy  knowledge  government  education  library  security  transparency  agnotology 
may 2010 by juliusbeezer
Flavorwire » Mixtape: 10 Best Songs About Libraries and Librarians
the DJ of the future today: flavorwire makes a fine debut to my consciousness with 10 songs about libraries and librarians.

Left off the Lecturer's Lament, but that's OK on a list that features Nick Cave and Frank Zappa
internet  culture  music  funny  library  media  mixtape 
february 2010 by juliusbeezer

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