Weblog Archive (June 2004)

June 28, 2004

Next Weblog update on 7/12/04.

"Still Crazy After All These Years," Paul Simon

It was about fifteen years ago that I began my "no profit" (as opposed to "nonprofit," where you actually make money) electronic publishing activities on the Internet. On June 29, 1989, I posted the first official welcome message on the brand-new PACS-L mailing list. As amazing as it sounds today, a mailing list was innovative technology at the time. Excited by the possibility of publishing an electronic journal by using a list server to distribute ASCII files, I announced the establishment of The Public-Access Computer Systems Review on August 16, 1989. On January 3, 1990, the first issue of the PACS Review was published. Also that year, Dana Rooks and I started Public-Access Computer Systems News, an electronic newsletter that included news items from vendors and other sources. In 1995, the PACS News ceased publication when it was no longer needed to deal with the early "noncommercial" nature of the Internet. As I finished my tenure as PACS Review Editor-in-Chief in late 1996, I established the Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography, which was built upon the foundation of a bibliography I had previously updated 25 times in the PACS Review. In 2000, the PACS Review ceased publication (by the end of 2000 there had been close to 1.3 million file retrievals from its Web and Gopher sites). In 2001, I added the Scholarly Electronic Publishing Weblog to SEPB.

All of this activity would have been impossible without the strong and unwavering support of the former Director of the University of Houston Libraries (Robin N. Downes) and the current Dean (Dana C. Rooks) as well as the efforts of many talented UH Libraries staff members and, in the case of the PACS Review, hardworking editorial board members from many institutions.

Back in 1989, electronic publishing on the Internet just seemed like a crazy experiment. Who knew?

The Acquisitions Librarian, no. 30 (2003): Includes "Pricing and Acquisitions Policies for Electronic Resources: Is the Market Stable Enough to Establish Local Standards?" and other articles.

ARL: A Bimonthly Report on Research Library Issues and Actions from ARL, CNI, and SPARC, no. 234 (2004): Includes "Libraries Dealing with the Future Now," "Libraries Investing in the Future First—Some Practical Suggestions," and "Serials Trends Reflected in the ARL Statistics 2002-03."

Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science and Technology 30, no. 5 (2004): Includes "Becoming Digital," "Museum Information Professionals as Providers and Users of Online Resources," and other articles.

Cites & Insights: Crawford at Large 4, no. 9 (2004): Walt Crawford continues his incisive commentary on current issues, new articles worth reading, and other topics. Highly recommended.

Collection Management 28, no. 4 (2003): Includes "Usage Statistics for Electronic Journals: An Analysis of Local and Vendor Counts" and other articles.

D-Lib Magazine 10, no. 6 (2004): "Comparing the Impact of Open Access (OA) vs. Non-OA Articles in the Same Journals," "DAFFODIL—Strategic Support for User-Oriented Access to Heterogeneous Digital Libraries," "Implementing an Open Jurisdictional Digital Repository—The STORS Project," "Should Commercial Publishers Be Included in the Model for Open Access through Author Payment?," and other articles.

Esanu, Julie M., and Paul F. Uhlir, eds. Open Access and the Public Domain in Digital Data and Information for Science: Proceedings of an International Symposium. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 2004: Background papers for the World Summit on the Information Society.

Jackson, Mary E., comp. The Current State of Portal Applications in ARL Libraries: Results of a Survey Conducted by the ARL Portal Applications Working Group. Washington, DC: ARL, 2004: "Recognizing that there are many definitions and views of library portals, the ARL survey sought responses from libraries that offered portals that include (1) search engine tools that offer the user the capability to search across multiple sources and integrate the results of those searches, and (2) at least one kind of supporting service for the user (such as requesting retrieval or delivery of non-digital material, online reference help, etc.)."

Nature Web Focus: Access to the Literature: The Debate Continues: Includes "An Evidence-Based Assessment of the 'Author Pays' Model," "PNAS and Open Access," and other articles.

Open Access: New brochure from ACRL, ARL, SPARC, and SPARC Europe.

Research Information (May/June 2004): Includes "New Legal Deposit Laws Include Digital Data," "Should We Be Prepared to Face a Future Without Digital Curation?," "Will Learned Societies Signal the Change?," and other articles.

RLG DigiNews 8, no. 3 (2004): Includes "Web Archive Activities in Denmark" and other articles.

Serials Review 30, no. 2 (2004): Includes "Binding in the Electronic Environment," "Cornell and the Future of the Big Deal: An Interview with Ross Atkinson," "Digital Infrastructure Development within a Nonprofit Polymer Science Library: An Analysis of the Transition to Digital Serials at the Michigan Molecular Institute," "The Innovative Electronic Resource Management System: A Development Partnership," "Which Route Do I Take? A Viewpoint on Locally Developed versus Commercially Available Journal Management Solutions," and other articles.

Tennant, Roy. "It's Opening Day for METS." Library Journal, 15 May 2004: "Digital Libraries" column from Roy Tennant.

June 14, 2004

Next Weblog update on 6/28/04.

Behavioral & Social Sciences Librarian 22, no. 2 (2004): Includes "Open Access Journals," "Web Site Demise and Graduate Research: Persistence of Web Pages Cited in Social Work Theses," and other articles.

Cites & Insights: Crawford at Large 4, no. 8 (2004): Walt Crawford continues his incisive commentary on current issues, new articles worth reading, and other topics. Highly recommended.

Collection Management 28, nos. 1/2 (2003): Includes "Academic and Commercial Roles in Building 'The Digital Library'"; "Collection Management Strategies in a Digital Environment"; "The Economics and Management of Digital Resources in a Multi-Campus, Multi-Library University: The Shared Digital Collection"; "The University of California's Collection Department Collaboration: A Campus Perspective"; "Uses and Abuses of Cooperation in a Digital Age"; and other articles.

Collection Management 28, no. 4 (2003): Includes "Usage Statistics for Electronic Journals: An Analysis of Local and Vender Counts" and other articles.

The Journal of Academic Librarianship 30, no. 3 (2004): Includes "Linking Course Web Sites to Library Collections and Services," "Measuring Consortium Impact on User Perceptions: OhioLINK and LibQUAL+," "Research on the Relationships between Chinese Journal Impact Factors and External Web Link Counts and Web Impact Factors," "A Statewide Information Databases Program: What Difference Does It Make to Academic Libraries?," and other articles.

Journal of Interlibrary Loan, Document Delivery & Information Supply 14, no. 3 (2004): Includes: "Legal Solutions in Electronic Reserves and the Electronic Delivery of Interlibrary Loan."

Journal of Library Administration 40, nos. 1/2 (2004): Includes "Licensed to ILL: A Beginning Guide to Negotiating E-Resources Licenses to Permit Resource Sharing," "Major Copyright Issues in Academic Libraries: Legal Implications of a Digital Environment," "When Terrabytes Meet Terra Firma: Scholarly Information Digitization and Distribution," and other articles.

Kranich, Nancy. The Information Commons: A Public Policy Report. New York: Free Expression Policy Project, Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law Democracy Program, 2004: "This report documents the information commons movement, explains its importance, and outlines the theories and 'best practices' that have developed to assist its growth."

Library Collections, Acquisitions, and Technical Services 28, no. 2 (2004): Includes "ETD2MARC: A Semiautomated Workflow for Cataloging Electronic Theses and Dissertations" and other articles.

Library Management 25, nos. (4/5) 2004: Includes "The Growth of Electronic Journals in Academic Libraries in Saudi Arabia," "OAI Compliant Institutional Repositories and the Role of Library Staff," and other articles.

Nature Web Focus: Access to the Literature: The Debate Continues: Includes "The Primacy of Authors in Achieving Open Access" and other articles.

Open Access Now, 7 June 2004: Includes "CERN Signs Berlin Declaration," "Lobbying for Open Access Legislation," and other articles.

The Serials Librarian 46, nos. 1/2 (2004): Includes "The Digital Preservation Conundrum, Part 1"; "The Digital Preservation Conundrum, Part 2: Preservation and Electronic-Archiving"; "Finding a Better Trail Through the Journals Forest"; "How Electronic Journals Are Changing Patterns of Use"; "Helping Manage the E-Journal Forest: Do You Need an Agent Any More? Part 1"; "Helping Manage The E-Journal Forest: Do You Need an Agent Any More? Part 2"; "The Information Resource Matrix: A Revolutionary Method to Present Relationships Among Online Serial Objects"; "Serial Aggregations, Multiple Versions, and the Virtual Union Catalog: The California Digital Library Catalog, SUNY, and Ex Libris Experiences"; "Usage Statistics: Taking E-Metrics to the Next Level"; and other articles

SPARC E-News (April-May 2004): News about the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC).

SPARC Open Access Newsletter, no. 74 (2004): News and commentary about the open access movement by Peter Suber.

Swan, Alma P., and Sheridan N. Brown. JISC/OSI Journal Authors Survey Report. London: JISC and the Open Society Institute, 2004: "The survey's aims were to investigate the authors' awareness of new open access possibilities, the ease of identification of and submission to open access outlets, their experiences of publishing their work in this way, their concerns about any implications open access publishing may have upon their careers, and the reasons why (or not) they chose to publish through an open access outlet."

ShelfLife, 10 June 2004: A weekly e-newsletter from RLG. Click on "Read Past Issues" to access the current issue.

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