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Archive June 2008

Portico and Ithaka Digital Preservation Survey of U.S. Library Directors Results Released

Friday, 27 June 2008 2:46:43 p.m.

In September 2005, library directors from 17 universities and colleges met to discuss the current state of electronic journal preservation and endorsed a statement calling for “Urgent Action” to preserve scholarly e-journals. Over two years later in January 2008, in the Portico and Ithaka invited 1,371 library directors of four-year colleges and universities in the United States to respond to a survey examining current perspectives on preservation of e-journals. A strong response has yielded interesting findings that we now share with the community in the hope they will spark useful discussion among library directors, funders, and administrators regarding strategic library priorities.

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The Need to Formalize Trust Relationships

Friday, 27 June 2008 2:41:47 p.m.

Fran Berman, Ardys Kozbial, Robert H. McDonald, and
Brian E. C. Shottlaender
Many disparate groups—data managers, university administrators, computer scientists, technology educators, and librarians—are concerned about the deluge of digital data brought about by the Information Age. And well they might be. An EMC-sponsored research team from International Data Corporation (IDC) posits that 281 exabytes (281 billion gigabytes) of digital information existed in the world in 2007 and that by 2011, the aggregate amount of digital data will be 1.8 zettabytes (1,800 exabytes).1

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The Seamless Cyberinfrastructure: The Challenges of Studying Users of Mass Digitization and Institutional Repositories

Friday, 27 June 2008 2:38:36 p.m.

Dawn Schmitz
In recent years, academic libraries have launched major initiatives to make their resources more easily available to users. But with this increasingly sophisticated infrastructure comes a user environment that is challenging for libraries to assess because it can often appear seamless from the user’s perspective, making it difficult for users to report back on their experiences in a meaningful way. This creates the conundrum: How can we learn who is using these new resources and how well are they meeting users’ needs?

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Great expectations of ICT: how HE institutions are measuring up

Friday, 27 June 2008 2:32:24 p.m.

The research re-visits a cohort of the school and college students who participated in phase one of the research in June 2007 to explore how their current experiences of ICT in their first year of higher education match up with their expectations. A representative sample of first year students from across the UK was also surveyed to identify whether findings emerging from the cohort were reflected across the wider student population. Over 1,000 students were researched using quantitative and qualitative techniques.

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RSP Briefing Paper on Repository Policies

Friday, 27 June 2008 2:25:30 p.m.

Planning and maintaining a repository involves asking and answering questions on an ongoing basis. A policy framework gives a structure to
defining and recording decisions resulting from this process and ensures consistency in applying them. Defining policy is therefore a basic building
block in setting up a repository. This briefing paper identifies the benefits of a comprehensive policy framework and explores the different types
of policy that a repository should develop.


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Leo Waaijers Receives SPARC Europe Award for Outstanding Achievements in Scholarly Communications, 2008

Friday, 20 June 2008 4:25:55 p.m.

Leo Waaijers was formerly IATUL Treasurer and was convenor of the 22nd IATUL Conference in 2001.

LUND, Sweden – As part of the Fourth Nordic Conference on Scholarly Communications, held at the University of Lund in Sweden, Dr Leo Waaijers has been presented with the 2008 SPARC Europe Award for Outstanding Achievements in Scholarly Communications.

SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) Europe initiated the Award in 2006 to recognise the work of an individual or group within Europe that has made significant advances in our understanding of the issues surrounding scholarly communications and/or in developing practical means to address the problems with the current systems. In making the Award to Dr Waaijers the judging panel noted his tireless support for new models of scholarly communication and his innovative approach to repositories and their promotion, especially as initiator of the DARE programme and manager of DAREnet.

As manager of the SURF Platform ICT and Research, Dr Waaijers has initiated a number of important projects within the Netherlands, including the original DARE programme, the Keur der Wetenschap (Cream of Science) initiative and the honDAREduizend - or HunDAREdthousand – project. In addition, his influence as been felt throughout Europe and beyond as a widely-travelled advocate, initiator of the 2007 petition to the European Commission, and an important player in the DRIVER and DRIVER II programmes.

Wim Liebrand, director of SURF commented “Leo Waaijers deserves this tangible recognition for his work in the world of libraries, information technology and Open Access. We all know that Leo has been highly effective in his energetic attempts to improve the easier dissemination of knowledge. And that has had a direct and beneficial impact on both research and educational environments. Leo has guided the Netherlands to a lead position in supporting the fast changing world of scholarly communication and we, at SURF, are proud of that.”

Leo Waaijers said “Open Access is also about sharing inspiration, best practices and knowledge within the OA community itself. This has been the key success factor of DAREnet. For me, the SPARC Europe Award is recognizing exactly this. It is a great stimulus to proceed with this modus operandi.’

This is the third time the SPARC Europe Award for Outstanding Achievements in Scholarly Communications has been made. The first Award, in 2006, went to the Wellcome Trust and the second in 2007 to the SHERPA Group.

SPARC Europe is an alliance of 110 research-led university libraries from 14 European countries. It is affiliated with SPARC based in Washington, D.C., which represents over 200 institutions, mainly in North America. SPARC Europe and SPARC work to develop and promote new models of scholarly communication that increase the access to and utility of the research literature.

About SURF
SURF is the collaborative organisation for academic universities, universities of applied sciences and research institutions aimed at breakthrough innovations in ICT. SURF supports higher education and research in taking optimum advantage of the possibilities offered by ICT to improve the quality of education and research. SURF provides the foundation for the excellence of higher education and research in the Netherlands.

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