Monthly Archives: August 2007

LJ Webcast: ROI on Scholarly Journals Acquisitions & Publishing

1 p.m., Sept. 13
1-210 Daley Library

Join Library Journal Technology Editor Jay Datema and a panel of librarians and publishers Sept. 13 at 1 p.m. for an hour-long discussion of the rising demand for electronic information and the corresponding rise in pricing; methods to establish prices other than impact factor, citation analysis, usage, etc.; discount opportunities for archiving; open access and metrics for value; for-profit publishers maintaining acceptable margin in a value-based pricing world; quantifying the academic contribution to the scholarly publishing process; and more.

For those unable to visit Daley, registration for this Webcast is free.

New public interfaces appearing

Several libraries have been implementing new interfaces to their online catalogs. For a look at some of these new products, see:

  • AquaBrowser – Oklahoma State
  • Primo – Vanderbilt
  • WorldCat Local – University of Washington [use the single search box on the front page to get a result set in WorldCat Local]

UIC is exploring these new systems with UIUC, UIS, and CARLI. We’ll keep you posted on our findings.

Sabbatical leaves of absence for 2008-09

Instructions for Sabbatical Leaves of Absence for 2008-2009 are now available on the Provost’s Web site.
Applications for sabbaticals for any interested Library faculty must be submitted to Jessica Canlas in the Administrative Office by Monday, Oct. 1.
If you are thinking about submitting a proposal, Mary Case is requesting that she be notified by Sept. 14.

Carnegie-Whitney Awards up to $5,000


The American Library Association Publishing Committee’s Carnegie-Whitney Award provides a grant of up to $5,000 for the preparation of print or electronic reading lists, indexes, or other guides to library resources that promote reading or the use of library resources at any type of library.

Funded projects have ranged from popular, general-reader proposals such as “ReadMOre,” a reading list for Missouri’s state-wide reading program, to more specialized, scholarly proposals such as “Librarianship and Information Science in the Islamic World, 1966-1999: An Annotated Bibliography.”

Applications must be received by November 5, 2007. Recipients will be notified by the end of February 2008.

For more information and guidelines, contact Mary Jo Bolduc, Grant Administrator, American Library Association,  312-280-5416.

Recent conference

UIC Library was represented at the First International Public Knowledge Project (PKP) Conference on Scholarly Publishing held in Vancouver this summer. Nancy John, Digital Publishing Librarian, Ed Valauskas, editor of First Monday, Mark Mattaini, editor of Behavior and Social Issues and a faculty member in the School of Social Work, and Mary Case, University Librarian, presented a panel on UIC’s implementation of the Open Journal Systems (OJS), an open source journal-publishing software developed by the PKP. Over 200 people attended the conference including librarians, technologists, researchers, and editors.

Papers from the conference will be published in a special issue of First Monday this fall. If you haven’t seen our journal publishing program, please take a look at Journals@UIC.

Interesting reading

I just wanted to call your attention to a couple of interesting articles that appeared recently. “An Anthropologist in the Library” in the August 17th Chronicle gives a preview of the work of Anthropologist Nancy Fried Foster at the University of Rochester where she examines how students go about doing their research and school work. While perhaps not directly relevant to our own students, it does give one pause about some of the assumptions we make when designing our library services and communication strategies.

In the August 22 Inside Higher Education, there is an article on the Anthropological Society of America’s moving of its journals from the University of California Press to Wiley-Blackwell. “Publishing and Values” is a good summary of the key issues facing scholarly societies in the conduct of their publishing operations and the growing support among their members for open access.

Read anything of interest lately?