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January/February 2012
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In Print

Point to Point

Calls for Participation

Goings On

Deadline Reminders


C L I P S   A N D   P O I N T E R S

January/February 2012


In Print

  • Linked Data for Libraries, Museums, and Archives: Survey and Workshop Report, CLIR Pub 152, compiled by Michael A. Keller, Jerry Persons, Hugh Glaser, and Mimi Calter, and published by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), October 2011.

    From the Abstract: "In June 2011, Stanford University hosted a group of librarians and technologists to examine issues and challenges surrounding the use of linked data for library applications. This report summarizes the activities and discussions that took place during the workshop, describes what came out of the workshop, outlines next steps identified by the participants, and provides contextual and background information, including preliminary reports and biographies of workshop participants. The workshop report was produced and edited by the participants and staff at Stanford University Libraries."

  • Supporting Humanities Doctoral Student Success: A Collaborative Project between Cornell University Library and Columbia University Libraries, by Gabriela Castro Gessner, Damon E. Jaggars, Jennifer Rutner, and Kornelia Tancheva, published by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), October 2011.

    "To investigate the needs of their institution's doctoral students in the humanities and determine whether the library can influence student success, the Cornell University Library and Columbia University Libraries conducted a collaborative ethnographic user needs study. The study was supported by grants from the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, the Council on Library and Information Resources, and funding from the two universities' graduate schools."

  • Library Publishing Services: Strategies for Success. Research Report, Version 1.0, James L. Mullins, Catherine Murray-Rust, et al., Libraries Research Publications. Paper 136, November 1, 2011 (Draft Version - For comment).

    From the Forward to the report: "The results of this study will inform the larger academic library community, especially the members of the Association of Research Libraries, the Oberlin Group, and the University Libraries Group. It has sparked dialogue in multiple forums, within the workshops and in the larger community through the publication of this report. We hope that the recommendations will also catalyze the further development and professionalization of library publishing services, and will advance the community's further articulation of the important role in the scholarly communication ecosystem that these operations hold."

  • Legal Issues in Mass Digitization: A Preliminary Analysis and Discussion Document, Office of the Register of Copyrights, Library of Congress, October 2011.

    From the Executive Summary: "This Preliminary Analysis and Discussion Document (the 'Analysis') addresses the issues raised by the intersection between copyright law and the mass digitization of books. The Copyright Office (the 'Office') has prepared this Analysis for the purpose of facilitating further discussion among the affected parties and the public – discussions that may encompass a number of possible approaches, including voluntary initiatives, legislative options, or both."

  • Culture on the Go, CIBER Research Limited, 30 September 2011.

    "This report explores how Europeana is actually used by millions of online visitors, with particular reference to the thousands of people that access it via mobile devices, like smart phones and iPads. The data upon which the report is based comes from the digital 'footprints' that people routinely leave behind them when they use the website, whatever platform they use to access Europeana."

  • Redefining the Academic Library: Managing the Migration to Digital Information Services, University Leadership Council, © 2011 The Advisory Board Company, Washington, DC.

    From 'Top Lessons from the Study': "While predictions of radical change in library and information services are by no means new, a confluence of shifts in technology, changing user demands, and increasing budget pressures are now forcing academic libraries to either adapt or risk obsolescence. The library's traditional role as a repository for physical books and periodicals is quickly fading, with important implications for space utilization, resource acquisition, and staffing."

  • Digital Humanities, SPEC Kit 326: Executive Summary, by Tim Bryson, Miriam Posner, Alain St. Pierre, and Stewart Varner, published by the Association of Research Libraries, November 2011.

    "The ARL escience survey in 2009 confirmed how profoundly and quickly technology has transformed research in the sciences. Research in the humanities is being transformed as well. Digital humanities is an emerging field which employs computer-based technologies with the aim of exploring new areas of inquiry in the humanities."

  • Using Archives: A Guide to Effective Research, by Laura Schmidt, published by the Society of American Archivists, 2011.

    "This guide outlines the functions and procedures of archives, and is designed both for first-time archives users and scholars who have already conducted research in archives. The content covers how archives function, how to identify appropriate archives for your research, and how to access historical materials and research at an archives. Repositories and their collecting scopes and practices may differ, but the principles in this guide should assist you in accomplishing your research goals at any archival institution."

  • Guidelines for a Graduate Program in Archival Studies, by Amber Cushing, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, published by the Society of American Archivists, 2011.

    From the Introduction: "The current guidelines recognize the growth and maturation of archival studies programs and serve as a benchmark against which graduate programs in archival studies may be measured. These guidelines establish minimum standards for archival education programs in terms of mission, curriculum, faculty, and infrastructure."

  • Living the Future: Organizational Performance Assessment (Preprint Version), by Raynna Bowlby, Library Management Consulting Storrs, CT, USA and Graduate School of Library and Information Sciences Simmons College, Boston, MA, USA.

    Abstract: "Organizational performance assessment is a practice-based framework that builds on the synergy between planning and assessment, and results in the discernment of impact and value. It promotes a set of practices that enable the library to effectively integrate planning, strategy, performance, assessment, and organizational development in order to advance the parent institution's mission. This paper discusses some foundations of organizational performance assessment, useful practices, and examples from libraries that are 'living the future.'" The final version of this paper will appear in the Journal of Library Administration, vol. 51, no. 7/8, and will be available by subscription or purchase only.

  • Reconfiguring Service Delivery, SPEC Kit 327, Executive Summary, by Kay Vyhnanek and Christy Zlatos, published by the Association of Research Libraries, December 2011.

    "This SPEC Kit investigates whether and how ARL member libraries have reconfigured staffed service delivery points in the main library and in any branches that report to the main library. It explores whether service points and/or branches have been added, closed, or consolidated; the drivers for those decisions; the impacts on staff; the changes in delivery methods; and whether there have been any collaborations with other institutions or consortia, or outsourcing of service delivery. It also explores user involvement in the planning for service changes and whether the effectiveness of new service configurations has been assessed." Purchasing information for the full publication may be found here.

  • Issues in Science & Technology Librarianship, Fall 2011.

    This 20th anniversary issue also marks the 15th anniversary of the journal's publication on the Web. "Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship publishes substantive content of interest to science and technology librarians. It serves as a vehicle for sci-tech librarians to share successful initiatives and innovative ideas, and to publish peer-reviewed or board-accepted papers, including case studies, practical applications, theoretical essays, web/bibliographies, and research papers relevant to the functions and operations of science and technology libraries in all settings."

  • Library of Congress Digital Preservation Newsletter (December), Library of Congress, December 2011.

    "In this issue:

    • Information about how the Library of Congress is archiving the 2012 Election campaign websites
    • Updates from the National Digital Stewardship Alliance Standards and Outreach Working Groups
    • An article about saving the record of American business
    • A recent meeting discussed the Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act
    • Read about the National Digital Newspaper Program
    • How the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media is growing Open Source communities
    • Hashing Out Digital Trust: communicating and evaluating trustworthiness of electronic materials
    • Do you know what's the average span of a webpage?"
  • Information Standards Quarterly, Fall 2011, published by NISO.

    "This issue provides several specific examples of the benefits of implementing standards, ranging from savings in staff time to improved customer service and a way to attract new customers. Specific case studies are included for the NISO Circulation Interchange Protocol (NCIP), the Standardized Usage Statistics Harvesting Initiative (SUSHI), and the Shared Electronic Resource Understanding (SERU)."

  • ERCIM News, Special theme: Evolving Software, January 2012.

    "ERCIM News is the magazine of ERCIM. It reports on joint actions of the ERCIM partners, and aims to reflect the contribution made by ERCIM to the European Community in Information Technology. Through short articles and news items, it provides a forum for the exchange of information between the institutes and also with the wider scientific community. ERCIM News is published quarterly."

  • Journal of Electronic Publishing (JEP), Volume 14, No. 2.

    "The Journal of Electronic Publishing (JEP) is a forum for research and discussion about contemporary publishing practices, and the impact of those practices upon users. Contributors and readers are publishers, scholars, librarians, journalists, students, technologists, attorneys, and others with an interest in the methods and means of contemporary publishing."

  • LIBER Quarterly, Vol. 21 No. 1.

    "LIBER Quarterly covers all aspects of research librarianship: preservation, bibliographic control, document supply, library management, data processing, networking, digitisation, library architecture, etc. Special attention is given to library cooperation in Europe and to the comparative approach to librarianship."

  • What's New, Digital Preservation Coalition, Issue 40, December 2011.

    "In this issue:

    • What's On - Forthcoming events from December 2011 onwards
    • What's New - New reports and initiatives since the last issue
    • What's What - The Data Citation Community Gathers Pace - Monica Duke, DCC
    • Who's Who - Sixty second interview with Sally McInnes, National Library of Wales
    • Featured Project - The Irish General Election 2011: Web archiving at the National Library of Ireland
    • Your View? - comments and views from readers"

Point to Point

  • Open Access Africa 2011, presentation slides from the conference.

    "The conference, now in its second year, discussed open access publishing in an African context and the diverse programme offered insights from library, funding and technology perspectives as part of Open Access Africa, a collection of initiatives designed to increase the output and visibility of scientific research published by African learning institutes."


Calls for Participation

  • 7th International Conference on Open Repositories, 9 - 13 July 2012, Edinburgh, Scotland. Call for papers. The submission deadline is 20 February 2012.

    "The aim of the Open Repositories Conference is to bring those responsible for the development, implementation and management of digital repositories together with stakeholders to address theoretical, practical, and strategic issues: across the entire lifecycle of information, from the creation and management of digital content, to enabling use, re-use, and interconnection of information, and ensuring long-term preservation and archiving."

  • Distance Education of New Zealand (DEANZ) 2012: Shift Happens: Resilience, Relevance & Reform, 11 - 13 April 2012, Wellington, New Zealand. Call for papers. The submission deadline for non-refereed abstracts, workshops and posters is 20 February 2012.

    "The conference will be relevant to any individual or institution (private or public) with an interest in the most up to date research and practice for distance and open learning. This is an opportunity to meet with local and international thought leaders, learn new ideas and improve your own practice."

  • Eighth Spring Researchers Colloquium on Database and Information Systems (SYRCoDIS 2012), 31 May - 1 June 2012, Moscow, Russia. Call for papers. The submission deadline is 2 March 2012.

    "SYRCoDIS is an annual colloquium directed to researchers specializing in the area of databases and information systems. The goal of the colloquium is to help young researchers to be acquainted with the work of their colleagues, to exchange experiences and to practice in delivering reports at international conferences."

  • International Conference on Security and Cryptography (SECRYPT), 24 - 27 July 2012, Rome, Italy. Call for papers. The submission deadline is 5 March 2012.

    "The purpose of SECRYPT 2012, the International Conference on Security and Cryptography, is to bring together researchers, mathematicians, engineers and practitioners interested in security aspects related to information and communication."

  • 13th International Society for Music Information Retrieval Conference (ISMIR), 8 - 12 October 2012, Porto, Portugal. Call for tutorial proposals. The submission deadline is 12 March 2012.

    "The annual Conference of the International Society for Music Information Retrieval (ISMIR) is the world's leading research forum on processing, searching, organizing and accessing music-related data. The revolution in music distribution and storage brought about by digital technology has fueled tremendous research activities and interests in academia as well as in industry."

  • 15th International Conference on Text, Speech and Dialogue TSD 2012, 3 - 7 September 2012, Brno, Czech Republic. Call for papers. The submission deadline for abstracts is 15 March 2012.

    "The TSD series evolved as a prime forum for interaction between researchers in both spoken and written language processing from all over the world. Proceedings of TSD form a book published by Springer-Verlag in their Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence (LNAI) series."

  • International Conference on Dublin Core and Metadata Applications: 'Metadata for Meeting Global Challenges', 3 - 7 September 2012, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia. Call for papers. The submission deadline is 23 March 2012.

    "DC-2012 will explore the global, national and regional roles of metadata in addressing global challenges such as food security, the digital divide, and sustainable development. Metadata plays a significant role globally in information systems shaping how we know, monitor and change social and governmental systems affecting everything from the environment, human rights and justice to education and peace."

  • Chip-to-Cloud Security Forum, 19 - 20 September 2012, Nice, France. Call for papers. The submission deadline is 23 March 2012.

    "The Forum offers a high level international conference for researchers from Academia, Industry experts and engineers, Industry decision-makers, practitioners from standardization bodies and government professionals to share their vision, to figure out strategies for the future, to point out business opportunities and seek collaboration prospects, to present state-of-the-art research and discuss the most recent advances in embedded, mobile and cloud security at both hardware and software levels with regards to the dynamics of these technologies towards the Internet of Things challenges."

  • International Conference on Informatics & Applications (ICIA2012), 3 - 5 June 2012, Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia. Call for papers. The submission deadline is 1 April 2012.

    "The proposed conference...aims to enable researchers build connections between different digital applications. A list of suggested topics may be found at the conference web site."


Goings On

  • NFAIS Annual Conference, 26 - 28 February 2012, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.

    "NFAIS™ is a global, non-profit membership organization serving all those who create, aggregate, organize, and otherwise provide ease of access to and effective navigation and use of authoritative, credible information. To improve member capabilities and contribute to their ongoing success, NFAIS provides opportunities for education, advocacy, and a forum in which to address common interests."

  • 4th International Conference Wireless Information Networks & Business Information System (WINBIS 2012), 27 - 28 February 2012, Kathmandu, Nepal.

    "This conference will cover research on all theoretical and practical aspects related to wireless Information networks and business information systems. The aim of the conference is to provide a leading edge forum to foster interaction between researchers and developers with wireless networks and business systems, and to give attendees an opportunity to interact with experts in academia, industry, and governments."

  • IADIS International Conference on Information Systems 2012, 10 - 12 March 2012, Berlin, Germany.

    "[This conference] aims to provide a forum for the discussion of Information Systems (IS) taking a socio-technological perspective. It aims to address the issues related to design, development and use of IS in organisations from a socio-technological perspective, as well as to discuss IS professional practice, research and teaching."

  • IADIS International Conference on e-Society 2012, 10 - 13 March 2012, Berlin, Germany.

    "[This conference] aims to address the main issues of concern within the Information Society. This conference covers both the technical as well as the non-technical aspects of the Information Society. Broad areas of interest are eSociety and Digital Divide, eBusiness / eCommerce, eLearning, New Media and E-Society, Digital Services in ESociety, eGovernment /eGovernance, eHealth, Information Systems, and Information Management."

  • SPARC Open Access Meeting 2012, 11 - 13 March 2012, Kansas City, Missouri, USA.

    "The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) has announced it will host its first North American meeting on Open Access in 2012. The first of its kind, the event will expand on the successful biennial SPARC Digital Repositories meeting."

  • International MultiConference of Engineers and Computer Scientists 2012, 14 - 16 March 2012, Hong Kong.

    "The IMECS 2012 is organized by the International Association of Engineers (IAENG), a non-profit international association for the engineers and the computer scientists. The conference has the focus on the frontier topics in the theoretical and applied engineering and computer science subjects. The IMECS conferences serve as good platforms for our members and the entire engineering community to meet with each other and to exchange ideas."

  • Library and Information Professionals Summit (LIPS 2012), 16 - 17 March 2012, Delhi, India.

    "The principal objective of this event is to provide a platform for the exchange of knowledge and skills relevant to Information professionals. This conference will offer an opportunity to put forward innovative plans, debate classic ideas, and promote closer cooperation among colleagues."

  • AIIM (Association for Information and Image Management) Conference 2012: Managing Information in the Social, Local, and Mobile Era, 20 - 22 March 2012, San Francisco, California, USA.

    "When it comes to content management and social technologies, one size doesn't fit all. The AIIM Conference 2012 features three distinct conference tracks, each tailored to a set of similar usage scenarios.

    • Engage: Use content and social technologies to share knowledge and engage with customers.
    • Process: Automate and optimize the flow of content associated with operational and administrative processes.
    • Control: Manage information throughout its lifecycle in order to minimize risk and comply with regulations."
  • Social Media and Web Science: The Web as a living space, 22 - 23 March 2012, Dusseldorf, Germany.

    "While the presentations of the main conference will be held in German, it is planned to also organize a special research track in English language. This 'European Afternoon' will take place on March 22nd. Welcomed are researchers and practitioners interested in the social dimensions of Web developments and information technologies, e.g. from the fields of information science, library and documentation science, computer science, digital humanities, linguistics, psychology, political science, law and economics."

  • 7th International Conference on Information Warfare and Security ICIW-2012, 22 - 23 March 2012, Seattle, Washington, USA.

    "The conference will address elements of both theory and practice of all aspects of Information Warfare and Security, and offers an opportunity for academics, practitioners and consultants involved in the domain to come together and exchange ideas."

  • 3rd International Multi-Conference on Complexity, Informatics and Cybernetics: IMCIC 2012, 25 - 28 March 2012, Orlando, Florida, USA.

    "The purpose of the Organizing Committee of the International Multi-Conference on Complexity, Informatics and Cybernetics: IMCIC 2012 is to bring together scholars and professionals from the three fields, Complexity, Informatics and Cybernetics, in order to promote and foster inter-disciplinary communication and interactions among them; in order to make possible the intellectual humus required for inter-disciplinary synergies, inter-domain cross-fertilization and the production of creative analogies. Consequently, formal disciplinary oriented breakout sessions will be complemented with interdisciplinary presentations and informal conversational sessions."

  • 27th ACM Symposium On Applied Computing, 25 - 29 March 2012, Riva del Garda (Trento), Italy.

    "The mission of the SIG on Applied Computing (SIGAPP) is to further the interests of the computing professional engaged in the development of new computing applications and application areas and the transfer of computing technology to new problem domains."

  • Future Perfect Conference 2012: Digital Preservation by Design, 26 - 27 March 2012, Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington, New Zealand.

    "[This] conference seeks to stimulate discussion about how, when and why influencing the design of systems can support digital preservation and ultimately ensure that today's information is available tomorrow."

Deadline Reminders

  • ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries, 10 - 14 June 2012, Washington, DC, USA. Call for papers. The submission deadline for papers is 23 January 2012. Short Papers, Panels, Posters, Demonstrations, Workshops, and Tutorials are due 30 January 2012.
  • Bobcatsss, 23 - 25 January 2012, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • National Leadership Grants, Institute of Museum and Library Services. Call for proposals. The submission deadline is 1 February 2012.

(Unless otherwise noted, text above enclosed in quotation marks is quoted from the web sites for those items or events or from press releases received by D-Lib Magazine from the hosting or event-affiliated organizations.)

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