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New Issue of Journal of eScience Librarianship

Friday, November 29th, 2013

The latest issue of the Journal of eScience Librarianship (JESLIB) has just been published! It is available at
Table of Contents

Volume 2, Issue 2 (2013)


Re-thinking Our Professional Identity in Light of New Responsibilities / Elaine R. Martin

Full-Length Papers

Common Errors in Ecological Data Sharing / Karina E. Kervin, William K. Michener, and Robert B. Cook

Opportunities and Barriers for Librarians in Exploring Data: Observations from the Data Curation Profile Workshops / Jake R. Carlson

The Political Economy of Federally Sponsored Data / Bart Ragon

E-Science in Action

Gathering Feedback from Early-Career Faculty: Speaking with and Surveying Agricultural Faculty Members about Research Data / Sarah C. Williams

Building an eScience Thesaurus for Librarians: A Collaboration Between the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, New England Region and an Associate Fellow at the National Library of Medicine / Kevin Read, Andrew T. Creamer, Donna Kafel, Robert J. Vander Hart, and Elaine R. Martin


Thoughts on “eResearch”: a Scientist’s Perspective / Amanda L. Whitmire

Are you interested in submitting to JESLIB? Please refer to author guidelines at


Elaine R. Martin, Editor, and the Editorial Team Journal of eScience Librarianship

PubMed Central (PMC) Releases New ID Converter

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

PMC has just released an upgrade to the ID converter, now dubbed the PMCID – PMID -Manuscript ID – DOI Converter ( This utility allows you to start with the unique identifier for an article that is in PMC, and find additional unique identifiers that may apply to the article.

Improvements include support for DOIs, auto-detection of the ID type based on its format, and enhanced output. It also provides output in any of several different formats: HTML, XML, JSON, or CSV.

This tool uses an underlying web service, that is also publicly available for those needing programmatic access to this data. See the ID Converter API documentation (

AAP Offers Open Access to Journals to Those Treating Children in the Philippines

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is allowing open access to several of its journals to aid in the care of children. Please see:

The AAP offers a comprehensive Children and Disasters website at as well.

NISO Publishes Recommended Practice PIE-J: Presentation and Identification of E-Journals

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

PIE-J (Presentation & Identification of e-Journals)

Conversation on Copyright (Boost Box session)

Saturday, November 9th, 2013

Presenter:                        Esther Dell, Associate Librarian, Interlibrary Loan, George T. Harrell Health Sciences Library, Penn State Hershey


Date:                                 November 12, 2013

Where:                              Online

Summary:  Librarians, along with the people we serve, are users and creators of copyrighted materials on a regular basis.  This is also an area where there are mostly questions and very few straight-forward answers.  During this session, Esther will review some copyright basics and share how we, as librarians, can be good copyright citizens.  She will also suggest helpful resources she has collected over time.

New England Collaborative Data Management Curriculum is Live!

Saturday, November 9th, 2013

We are pleased to announce that today the New England Collaborative Data Management Curriculum site is live at

The New England Collaborative Data Management Curriculum offers openly available materials that librarians can use to teach research data management best practices to students in the sciences, health sciences and engineering fields, at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The materials in the curriculum are openly available, with lecture notes and slide presentations that librarians teaching RDM can customize for their particular audiences. The curriculum also has a database of real life research cases that can be integrated into the curriculum to address discipline specific data management topics.

The New England Collaborative Data Management Curriculum (NECDMC) project has been led by the Lamar Soutter Library at the University of Massachusetts Medical School with funding from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine New England Region.

The Lamar Soutter Library developed the Frameworks for a Data Management Curriculum (See with Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 2011. Over the past year the Soutter Library has partnered with librarians from Tufts University, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Northeastern, and the Marine Biological Laboratory and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute to fully develop the curriculum’s lecture content, readings, activities, and slide presentations.

Some libraries will be piloting the curriculum at their institutions and conducting evaluations with students of the learning modules. If you are teaching or plan to teach RDM, we invite you to pilot the NECDMC. If you are interested in being a pilot partner, please contact Donna Kafel at

Best regards,
Elaine Martin, DA, PI, Editor-in-Chief
Andrew Creamer, M Ed, MSLIS, NECDMC Project Coordinator
Donna Kafel, RN, MLIS, NECDMC Project Coordinator

Lamar Soutter Library
University of Massachusetts Medical School
55 Lake Ave. North
Worcester, MA  01655

Evolving Value of Information Management

Saturday, November 9th, 2013

This report is the result of a research study commissioned by both the Financial Times and the Special Libraries Association (SLA), to explore the evolving value of information management in today’s society.

The evolving value of information management – And the five essential attributes of the modern information professional.

Once the custodians of dusty paper libraries, today’s information professionals work with digital tools in virtual repositories. This report explores the challenges and opportunities of this modern day knowledge specialist, working in times of widespread budget austerity, while evolving the value they provide to organizations.

There are many proprietary databases and resources that no one can access except members or librarians. The important concept to get across to administrators is that they do not know what they do not know,” explains an information professional in the healthcare sector. “I am concerned that healthcare will be a disaster if physicians using Google searches, even PubMed, will use only what they find and think it is the most evidence-based quality material available.” Many in other sectors share similar concerns.

MAC-MLA Papers and Posters Online

Monday, November 4th, 2013

Did you miss a paper talk?  Do you want more details on one of the posters?
PDFs of papers and posters presented at MAC 2013 are now available:


Post-Halloween Frankenstein Online

Monday, November 4th, 2013

The Shelley-Godwin Archive is now online with digitized manuscripts of Percy and Mary Shelley, as well as Mary Shelley’s parents (England’s “first family of literature”).

This page is particularly interesting, describing all the viewing options that are available:

National Academy BRDI Open Challenge on Research Data and Information

Monday, October 28th, 2013

As a way of raising awareness and stimulating thinking about the potential for new uses of research data and information, the US National Academy of Sciences Board on Research Data and Information (which I currently co-chair), has issued an open challenge for exemplary projects. The announcement is below. I hope that there will be some great submissions from members of the CNI community.

Clifford Lynch

Director, CNI

The National Academy of Sciences Board on Research Data and Information (BRDI; announces an open challenge to increase awareness of current issues and opportunities in research data and information. These issues include, but are not limited to, accessibility, integration, searchability, reuse, sustainability, perceived versus real value and reproducibility.

A Letter of Intent is requested by December 1, 2013 and the deadline for final entries is May 15, 2014.

Awardees will be invited to present their projects at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington DC as part of a symposium of the regularly scheduled Board of Research Data and Information meeting in the latter half of 2014.

More information is available at Please contact Cheryl Levey (<>) with any questions.