117 digitized public domain WWII films spanning the years 1940-1945.


In honor of the 70th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy, the IU Libraries Moving Image Archive (IULMIA) presents this exhibit of 117 digitized public domain WWII films spanning the years 1940-1945.

Films are arranged based on subject, and may also be browsed by item.

source: INFODocket

Proceedings of the 2013 Charleston Conference



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Serials resource management

Librarians in the post digital information era



We’d like to announce the launch of our Digital Research Reports, a new quarterly series of publications about research data and analytical possibilities in a practical, applied context.

A massive volume and diversity of data is associated with research. Most people are familiar with analyses of publications and citations (bibliometrics), especially around research performance benchmarking. They are aware that such analyses have both limitations and flaws and are often misused. But performance is only one part of the publication story and bibliometrics are only one part of the data portfolio.

This series will report on what publication analysis can tell us about other aspects of researcher activity and behaviour, such as collaboration and interdisciplinarity. In the first report, we look at what researchers choose to submit for assessment compared to what they say best represents leading research in their field.

We will also report on other parts of the research ecosystem. For example, what can we learn about research activity from data about data, figures, graphs and tables? How will the system respond to mandates to make all publicly funded research data openly available? And we will also look at the other ways in which people mention and alert one another to new research papers via Twitter, Facebook and blogs. Can this be a source of valid information about the social and economic impact of research?

Overall, we aim to address the challenge of better information for people engaged in research as well as sounder and more relevant information for policy and evaluation purposes. Our reports are written for all kinds of people who deal with ‘research’, to inform, to stimulate discussion and sometimes to provoke debate. And our focus is on how to use the available numbers to deliver more, better research as well as tracking what research has already been done.

source: STM Publishing News

JAAM to partner on open access Nature Partner Journal, npj Aging and Mechanisms of Disease


Nature Publishing Group (NPG) and the Japanese Society of Anti-Aging Medicine (JAAM) today announce the 2015 launch of npj Aging and Mechanisms of Disease. The online open access journal will go live on nature.com in Q1 2015, and will begin accepting submissions in September 2014.

npj Aging and Mechanisms of Disease is the fourth journal to be announced in the Nature Partner Journal portfolio, and the first with a society partner in Japan. The Nature Partner Journals bring Nature’s reputation for impact and excellence to open access and publishing partnerships. The portfolio of journals are characterized by landmark partnerships with institutions, foundations and academic societies.

npj Aging and Mechanisms of Disease will consider original research reviews and articles from all relevant disciplines: mechanistic understanding of, and intervention to, the aging process in humans, age-associated diseases, epidemiology of age-associated pathophysiology, and longevity. The new journal will also have an emphasis on emerging age-related medicine—stem cells, circadian rhythyms and metabolism—with clinical and translational insights into applications to humans.

The editorial team will be led by Editor in Chief Kazuo Tsubota, Professor and Chairman, Department of Ophthalmology, Keio University School of Medicine in Tokyo.

source: KnowledgeSpeak

Journal of library innovation Vol 5, No 1 (2014)


contents include:

  1. Open Education Resources: The New Paradigm in Academic Libraries
  2. Supporting the Next-Generation ILS: The Changing Roles of Systems Librarians
  3. The Innovative Academic Library: Implementing a Marketing Orientation to Better Address User Needs and Improve Communication


The Evolving Scholarly Record


Our new report, The Evolving Scholarly Record, written by Brian Lavoie, Eric Childress, Ricky Erway, Ixchel Faniel, Constance Malpas, Jennifer Schaffner, and Titia van der Werf, provides a high-level view of the categories of material the scholarly record potentially encompasses, as well as the key stakeholder roles associated with the creation, management, and use of the scholarly record. This conceptualization of the scholarly record and its stakeholder ecosystem can serve as a common point of reference in discussions within and across domains, and help cultivate the shared understanding and collaborative relationships needed to identify, collect, and make accessible the wide range of materials the scholarly record is evolving to include.

NISO Issues Altmetrics White Paper Draft for Comment


NISO Issues Altmetrics White Paper Draft for Comment Paper summarizes community input to development of potential standards and recommended practices for research assessment metrics

The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) has released a draft white paper summarizing Phase I of its Alternative Assessment Metrics

(Altmetrics) Project for public comment. The Initiative was launched in July 2013, with a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, to study, propose, and develop community-based standards or recommended practices for alternative metrics. In Phase 1 of the project, three in-person meetings were held and 30 in-person interviews conducted to collect input from all relevant stakeholders, including researchers, librarians, university administrators, scientific research funders, and publishers. The draft white paper is the summary of the findings from those meetings and interviews, along with the identification of potential action items for further work in Phase II of the project.

“Citation reference counts and the Journal Impact Factor have historically been the main metric used to assess the quality and usefulness of scholarship,” explains Martin Fenner, Technical Lead Article-Level Metrics for the Public Library of Science (PLOS) and consultant to NISO for the project. “While citations will remain an important component of research assessment, this metric alone does not effectively measure the expanded scope of forms of scholarly communication and newer methods of online reader behavior, network interactions with content, and social media. A movement around the use of alternative metrics, sometimes called ‘altmetrics,’ has grown to address the limitations of the traditional measures. With any new methodology, however, issues arise due to the lack of standards or best practices as stakeholders experiment with different approaches and use different definitions for similar concepts. NISO’s Altmetrics project gathered together the variety of stakeholders in this arena to better understand the issues, obtain their input on what issues could best be addressed with standards or recommended practices, and prioritize the potential actions. This white paper organizes and summarizes the valuable feedback obtained from over 400 participants in the project and identifies a road forward for Phase II of the project.”

source: NISO

“More than 250 ideas were generated by participants in the meetings and interviews,” states Todd Carpenter, NISO Executive Director. “We were able to condense these to 25 action items in nine categories: definitions, research outputs, discovery, research evaluation, data quality and gaming, grouping and aggregation, context, stakeholders’ perspectives, and adoption.

The highest priority items focused on unique identifiers for scholarly works and for contributors, standards for usage statistics in the form of views and downloads, and building of infrastructure rather than detailed metrics analysis. We are now soliciting feedback on the draft white paper from the wider community prior to its completion. The white paper will then be used as the basis for Phase II: the development of one or more of the proposed standards and recommended practices.”


The White Paper is open for public comment through July 18, 2014. It is available with a link to an online commenting form on the NISO Altmetrics Project webpage  www.niso.org), along with the detailed output documents and recordings from each of the meetings and related information resources.


eResearch Australasia eNewsletter – June 2014


In this issue:

  • eResearch Australasia 2014 – CFP closing 6th June
  • AARNet and RDSI
  • RDSI Story: Observing Earth from space
  • ANDS webinars on data citation and PLOS open data
  • Nominations are Now Open for the AARNet Excellence Awards
  • eResearch NZ 2014
  • RDSI Vendor Panel – Ongoing RFP
  • About this newsletter

The Determinants of Organizational Innovation: An Interpretation and Implications for Research Libraries


The research reported here is focused on a specific type of change in an organization – an innovation. In an empirical analysis of research libraries, it was found that five factors had a significant impact on the innovation performance of the library. These factors relate to the strategy, organizational structure, and leadership of the research library. The study sample consisted of 50 libraries that were members of the Association of Research Libraries. This paper will discuss the theoretical model, explain the effects of these five variables, highlight certain additional correlations that are meaningful, and discuss implications for research libraries.


The Impact of Library Resource Utilization on Undergraduate Students’ Academic Performance: A Propensity Score Matching Design


This study uses three cohorts of first-time, full-time undergraduate students (N=8,652) at a large, metropolitan, public research university to examine the impact of student use of three library resources (workstations, study rooms, and research clinics) on academic performance. To deal with self-selection bias and estimate this impact more accurately, we used propensity score matching. Using this unique approach allowed us to construct treatment and control groups with similar background characteristics. We found that using a given library resource was associated with a small, but also meaningful, gain in first-term grade point average, net of other factors.