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NISO Publishes Recommended Practice on Promoting Transparency in Library Discovery Services

Friday, June 27th, 2014

The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) announces thepublication of a new recommended practice, Open Discovery Initiative:Promoting Transparency in Discovery (NISO RP-19-2014), which providesspecific guidelines on participation in the new generation of librarydiscovery services. The NISO Open Discovery Initiative (ODI) began work in2011 to develop recommendations that would increase transparency across allaspects of indexed discovery services. The group’s final publicationincludes guidelines to content providers on disclosure of level ofparticipation, the minimum set of metadata elements provided for indexing,linking practices, and technical formats.

Recommendations for discoveryservice providers address content listings, linking practices, file formatsand methods of transfer to be supported, and usage statistics. The documentalso provides background information on the evolution of discovery anddelivery technology and a standard set of terminology and definitions forthis technology area.

“An increasing number of libraries, especially those that serve academic orresearch institutions, have invested in the new generation of discoveryservices that use an aggregated central index to enable searching across awide range of library related resources,” explains Marshall Breeding, anindependent library consultant and Co-chair of the ODI Working Group. “Theselibraries expect their entire collection, including licensed and purchasedelectronic content, to be made available within their discovery service ofchoice. But it is often not clear which resources are available and whichare indexed in full text, by citations only, or both. Libraries deserve aclear explanation of the degree of availability of the content they licensein their discovery service-and they need usage statistics to help assess theeffectiveness of their discovery tool.”

“Index-based discovery services involve a complex ecosystem of interrelatingissues and interests among content providers.”

Check with NLM Before Discarding Journals

Friday, June 27th, 2014

NLM’s Journal Donation System makes it possible for libraries to determine whether NLM needs any volumes of the print journals they plan to discard.  The system can be used by DOCLINE and non-DOCLINE libraries to offer any title, including titles not owned by NLM.   The system can be accessed at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/journaldonation/ or by searching “Journal Donation System” on NLM’s home page.   In the system, click on “Help” for detailed instructions.  For additional assistance, contact NLM at (301) 496-0081 or NLMJournalDonation@mail.nlm.nih.gov.   NLM will pay shipping for volumes we need. To donate pre-1871 journal volumes to the History of Medicine Division, see http://www.nlm.nih.gov/hmd/about/donate.html.

Since the beginning of the online donation system in April 2009, over 10,000 gifts have been added to the collection.  With the help of libraries planning to discard journal volumes, NLM can build on the success achieved to date.

Karen Sinkule

Preservation and Collection Management Section

Journal Donation Unit

National Library of Medicine

8600 Rockville Pike

Bethesda, MD 20894

sinkulek@mail.nlm.nih.gov

MOOC Course on Copyright

Friday, June 20th, 2014

A short Coursera MOOC on copyright, designed for teachers and librarians at all levels, offered starting on July 21.  The MOOC is taught by three librarian/lawyers who all specialize in this area — Lisa A. Macklin, JD, MLS from Emory, Anne Gilliland from UNC Chapel Hill, and Kevin Smith from Duke University.

More information and enrollment are available at the course site — https://www.coursera.org/course/cfel

Copyright Issues

Saturday, June 14th, 2014

https://www.coursera.org/#course/cfel

Kevin Smith, the scholarly communication officer and copyright expert at Duke University and two colleagues are organizing a four-week MOOC on the basics of copyright.  Course is aimed at librarians and K-12 educators and offered on the Coursera platform.  Sounds like a great, free opportunity to learn from one of the best.  Let me know if there is any interest in doing this in a group.

Is it in the Public Domain?

The Samuelson Law Clinic at the University of California, Berkeley, has released a very cool handbook/set of visual tools to help researchers determine whether a work is still under copyright.  Article:  http://www.law.berkeley.edu/17178.htm

Handbook and Visuals:  http://www.law.berkeley.edu/files/Final_PublicDomain_Handbook.pdf

ORCID: The Universal Author Identifier (Boost Box session)

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

Presenter:          Andrea Ketchum, Reference Librarian, Health Sciences Library System, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

Summary:          Almost 25% of PubMed queries are author searches, yet 2/3 of authors in MEDLINE share the same last name and first initial with an average of eight other authors! This session will explore name ambiguity and introduce ORCID, the international registry that provides a persistent digital identifier to authors, useful throughout the scholarly communication lifecycle. Learn the benefits of ORCID to authors and researchers as well as publishers, funders, universities and professional societies, and how to get started with a new ORCID ID.

Date / Time:      Tuesday, June 10, 2014 / Noon – 1 pm (ET)

Where:               Online / No Registration Required

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MAR Will Be Out of the Office, Attending MLA

Friday, May 9th, 2014

All MAR staff will be attending MLA in Chicago, May 15th – May 21st. So we ask your patience while we’re out of the office. We hope that if you’re attending MLA, please stop to say hello or drop by to visit us at one of our presentations, meetings, etc. We’d love to see you!

May 2014 Crossroads – Beyond the Desk: Resources for Innovative Reference Services

Friday, May 9th, 2014

Available: http://visit.oclc.org/dm?id=EBED0BE547219A9910AD0EC7CC07DB09A7BB30A669E29F4E

Topics

  • Beyond the Desk: Resources for Innovative Reference Services
  • iFought the iPads (and iWon)
  • CE Institute Convenes Top Talents
  • Board in the Library: Act 4
  • Library Staff in Poland Learn with Webinars
  • Take Charge of Individual Learning
  • Don’t Reinvent the Wheel: Digital Literacy Resources
  • Minecraft and Water Buffalo: A Diversity of Stories

Dataset Collection Development Summary

Friday, May 9th, 2014

Back in February, I sent an inquiry regarding collection development policies for commercial datasets.  Thank you for all of your thoughtful responses.  This overview was presented as a poster at a regional conference, and I would like to share the results with you here.  Please find the poster, handout, and references at this link: http://www.slideshare.net/SarahYoung10/whattodoaboutdata

Sarah Young
Health Science and Policy Librarian
Albert R. Mann Library
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853
sy493@cornell.edu

NLM and Wellcome Library Establish Agreement to Make 150 Years of Biomedical Journals Freely Available Online

Saturday, April 26th, 2014

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/news/welcome_library_agreement.html

PIE-J Update and Request for Feedback

Saturday, April 26th, 2014

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has a deep interest in the publishing models used by scientific journals, from the viewpoints of practical and efficient use of titles that are indexed for MEDLINE, and the clear and accurate preservation of the scientific literature for use by future generations. You have the opportunity to participate in the development of a National Information Standards Organization (NISO) Recommended Practice that provides guidance on the presentation and identification of electronic journals!

PIE-J: The Presentation & Identification of E-Journals, a NISO (National Information Standards Organization) Recommended Practice, was published just over a year ago, having been approved on March 25, 2013. In just over 12 months, the full Recommended Practice document has received well over 4500 downloads, while two PIE-J brochures have received a total of more than 2000 downloads. All three documents can be accessed from the PIE-J website at http://www.niso.org/workrooms/piej.  This level of download activity suggests that PIE-J is meeting a need. For PIE-J to succeed, it is essential that librarians, publishers, and other e-journal providers be aware of its existence.

The PIE-J Standing Committee, co-chaired by Sally Glasser (Hofstra University) and Ed Cilurso (Taylor & Francis), is charged with responding to specific questions about the Recommended Practice, gathering comments for a full review of the Recommended Practice document, and promoting PIE-J. Help us gather feedback and spread the word.

We Want Your Feedback

If you are a librarian who has written publishers and providers about PIE-J, the Standing Committee would like to hear from you, whether the result was positive or negative. Likewise, the Committee would greatly appreciate hearing from publishers and providers who have made changes to their websites based on PIE-J and user feedback, intend to make changes based on PIE-J during a future website redesign, or feel that the recommended practices are not feasible. Please write the Committee at nisohq@niso.org with the subject “PIE-J feedback.”

Learn More at Upcoming Meetings

Standing Committee members have been busy making the rounds at various conferences and meetings (ALA Midwinter, ER&L, CEAL). Next up are NASIG (May 1-4, Fort Worth, TX), the Society of Scholarly Publishers (SSP) conference (May 28-30, Boston), and ALA Annual (June 28-July 1, Las Vegas). If you plan to attend any of these conferences, please look out for NISO’s PIE-J presentations!  Also, on Monday, May 12, 2014 at 3 pm EST co-chairs Sally Glasser and Ed Cilurso will be speaking about PIE-J at NISO’s monthly Open Teleconference.  Dial-in information is here: http://www.niso.org/news/events/2014/telecon/

Template for Contacting Publishers & Providers

The Standing Committee recently posted a template to the PIE-J website for librarians wishing to contact publishers and providers with concerns about the presentation of e-journals on their websites. The template includes suggested wording but is completely customizable. If you (or your users) have experienced an access or display issue that is due to the way in which e-journals are presented online, use the template to let publishers and providers know how PIE-J can help. Get it here:

http://www.niso.org/apps/group_public/document.php?document_id=12536&wg_abbrev=piej-sc.

Want More Information on PIE-J?

Regina Reynolds, who was on the original PIE-J Working Group and has continued on the Standing Committee, recently published the article, “PIE-J: Presentation and Identification of E-Journals: What’s the Point?” in Insights, the UKSG Journal, vol. 26, no. 3 (Nov. 2013). The article provides an excellent overview of PIE-J and is freely available at http://uksg.metapress.com/content/r432rnq607l7x1m6/?genre=article&volume=26&issue=3&spage=311&eissn=2048-7754.