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UC Press and the CDL Receive $750K Grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

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The University of California Press (UC Press) and the California Digital Library (CDL), have received a grant of $750,000 from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to develop a web-based, open source content and workflow management system to support the publication of open access (OA) monographs in the humanities and social sciences. When complete, this system will be made available to the community of academic publishers, especially university presses and library publishers.

UC Press is committed to developing a thriving and sustainable ecosystem for the humanities and social sciences and to preserving the monograph as a key vehicle for original scholarship. Last month, UC Press announced Luminos (www.luminosoa.org), a new OA program that brings universal access and advanced digital delivery to the monograph. Development of a new Mellon-funded content and workflow management system will support Luminos, and other OA initiatives, by stripping out complexity—and cost—and enabling sustainable models to flourish.

For CDL, development of a content management solution represents the opportunity to extend its current publishing services to better support monographic series publications in eScholarship (www.escholarship.org), UC’s institutional repository and OA publishing platform. Academic units on the UC campuses are frequently home to innovative, faculty-led book publishing programs with limited staffing. Providing a flexible and efficient workflow management system on the back end of eScholarship will enable these programs to focus resources on the important work of acquiring and raising the visibility of their publications.

“We want to drive innovation that shapes—rather than merely responds to—how scholarship can thrive in a global, deeply networked, public sphere,” says UC Press Director Alison Mudditt. “Digital infrastructure is essential for us to publish traditional and innovative forms of research cost-effectively and ensure maximum global reach. This is not a problem for UC Press alone, however, and by developing an open source solution we believe our system can benefit all of university and library publishing.”

CDL Executive Director Laine Farley comments, “I’m delighted we can work with our colleagues at UC Press to contribute to the new infrastructure needed to move both library and press publishing into a more efficient and forward looking position. This project is an ideal blending of our expertise to realize a common vision.”

The proposed system will increase efficiency and achieve cost reduction by allowing users to manage content and associated workflows from initial authoring through manuscript submission, peer review, and production to final publication of files on the open web, whether via a publishing platform or an institutional repository. The system will streamline production so publishers can redirect resources back into the editorial process and disseminate important scholarship more widely.

During this two-year period, the system will be designed and built to support the new open access models being pursued by UC Press as well as CDL’s current publishing programs. Throughout the two-year grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, UC Press and CDL will engage other university presses and library publishing units to ensure the system will meet the needs of a range of organizations. UC Press and CDL have built in a plan for long-term sustainability to ensure that this resource will continue to serve these communities and will realize its potential to re-invigorate the domain of monographic publishing within the humanities and social sciences.

University of California Press is one of the most forward-thinking scholarly publishers in the nation. For more than 120 years, it has championed work that influences public discourse and challenges the status quo in multiple fields of study. At a time of dramatic change for publishing and scholarship, UC Press collaborates with scholars, librarians, authors, and students to stay ahead of today’s knowledge demands and shape the future of publishing. For more information contact, Lorraine Weston, Associate Director of Publicity, at lweston@ucpress.edu or (510) 883-8291 or visit our website at www.ucpress.edu.

The California Digital Library (CDL) was founded by the University of California in 1997 to take advantage of emerging technologies that transform the way digital information is published and accessed. Since then, in collaboration with the UC libraries and other partners, the CDL has assembled one of the world’s largest digital research libraries and changed the ways that faculty, students, and researchers discover and access information. For further information contact Catherine Mitchell, Director, Access & Publishing Program, at catherine.mitchell@ucop.edu or (510) 587-6132.

Last updated: February 22, 2016

Calisphere: Gearing up for DPLA in April

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DPLA/Calisphere bannerLast year, the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) welcomed the California Digital Library as a DPLA Content Hub, on behalf of the UC Libraries and with the endorsement of the Council of University Librarians.

In its role as DPLA Content Hub, CDL will be sharing metadata records from Calisphere, a website with approximately 250,000 digital primary source objects contributed by libraries, archives, and museums across the state.

Offering a single point of public access to millions of items from libraries, archives, and museums around the United States, the DPLA will afford Calisphere contributors broader visibility within a robust aggregation of digital resources for a national audience.

Over the course of the past year, we have been developing processes and a target timeframe to share Calisphere metadata records with DPLA on an automated basis.

Key information about the timeframe and process

  • Early April 2015: Calisphere metadata records will be exposed through DPLA in early April. Metadata records for any new digital items added to Calisphere will also be shared with DPLA on an ongoing basis.
  • No action is required on the part of Calisphere contributors: We are coordinating work with DPLA to harvest metadata records from Calisphere, for subsequent exposure through DPLA’s portal.
  • DPLA will provide broad public access to the metadata records: The metadata records will be openly available and searchable on DPLA’s public website (just as they already are on Calisphere). A Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication (CC0) will also be assigned to all metadata records.

For more information
You can find more specific information about the DPLA Content Hub launch — including FAQs and additional resources — on the following wiki:

https://wiki.library.ucsf.edu/display/DPLA

If you have questions about the launch or any of the processes associated with exposing metadata records to DPLA, please contact us at oacops@cdlib.org.

 

Last updated: November 14, 2019

The Consortium of California Herbaria (CCH) has its roots in the California Digital Library (CDL)

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By Staci Markos, UCB Jepson Herbaria (smarkos@berkeley.edu)

All over the world, dried plant collections are maintained in herbaria. Collections from California date from the early 1800s to the present. Each plant specimen is mounted on a sheet of acid-free paper along with a label that details where and when the plant was collected, who collected it, and other site-specific information. Botanical specimens are an irreplaceable, tangible record of biodiversity at a particular time and place.

Traditionally, herbaria have been used as a resource for the development of taxonomic and floristic treatments including the identification and description of new species. Specimens and their associated data are also used as powerful tools for researchers seeking to answer questions ranging from evolution and local patterns of diversity to larger scale questions like tracking invasive species, natural resource management, and global climate change.

What is the Consortium of California Herbaria (CCH)?
The Consortium of California Herbaria is a gateway to information from California vascular plant specimens that are housed in over 30 participating herbaria. Through a single interface, the CCH serves over 2 million specimen records, 70% of which are georeferenced (i.e., include latitude and longitude). With support from the California Digital Library, the CCH began in 2003 around botanical collections from University of California herbaria; it has quickly expanded into what the CCH is today, a truly collaborative network of herbaria from throughout the state (and beyond).

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Why is the CCH important?
Before the CCH existed, the only way for researchers to access plant specimens and their data was to personally visit a herbarium and go into the “stacks”. A few herbaria had online databases but any comparative research entailed accessing data in different formats that could not be readily combined.

The CCH has revolutionized the way these data can be accessed by collating a tremendous amount of information contained on specimen labels from large and small herbaria throughout California and serving these records online at a remarkable scale.

 

Last updated: February 12, 2015

UC Libraries Advisory Structure Report November-December

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To: UC Libraries Advisory Structure (via Rosalie Lack for information)

Users Council (via Jayne Dickson for information & distribution)

CoUL (for information)

LAUC (via Matt Conner for information & distribution)

From: Coordinating Committee, UC Libraries Advisory Structure

Date: 3 February 2015

UC Libraries Colleagues,

A detailed report of the UC Libraries Advisory Structure (UCLAS) activities is now available for the period of November and December 2014: http://libraries.universityofcalifornia.edu/groups/files/cc/docs/UCLAS_R...

Additional details pertaining to the activities of the Council of University Librarians, and the advisory structure's Coordinating Committee, Strategic Action Groups and Collection Licensing Subgroup can be found in minutes regularly posted online: http://libraries.universityofcalifornia.edu/about/advisory-structure

Questions about advisory structure activities can be directed to campus and LAUC representatives on the Strategic Action Groups or directly to the Coordinating Committee at CCC-L@listserv.ucop.edu

Last updated: February 3, 2015

December UC3 Service Updates Summary

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CoUL (for information)
UCLAS (for information) via Rosalie Lack

Attached are service updates for DMPTool, Dash, Merritt, and WAS for December 2014. A few specific things to share include:

* Trisha Cruse Retirement. Trisha, UC3 Director, has retired from UC. More information on her career: http://www.cdlib.org/cdlinfo/2015/01/12/patricia-cruse-cdl. We wish her the best!

* Web Archiving Service (WAS) Transition to Archive-it. The CDL and the UC Libraries are partnering with Internet Archive's Archive-It Service; in the coming year, WAS collections and all core infrastructure activities will be transferred to Archive-It. The CDL remains committed to web archiving and is exploring opportunities with Harvard, MIT, Stanford, UCLA, and others to work closely with Archive-It to create an expanded roster of added-value tools and services.

* UCSC Dash Live. Joining UCB, UCI, UCLA, and UCM, UCSC Dash is now live.

* Hiring a Data Management Product Manager. The job requisition closes on Jan 28, 2015. More information here: http://datapub.cdlib.org/2014/12/17/we-are-hiring-a-dmptool-manager/

For more details please take a look at the updates, check out our web pages, or contact me, Perry Willett, or Rosalie Lack.

All for now,

Felicia Poe
Interim UC3 Director

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Last updated: January 16, 2015

SAG 3 Shared ILS/RMS Feasibility TF Report

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Date: 6 January 2015

To: Users Council (via Jayne Dickson for information & distribution)
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UC Libraries Advisory Structure (for information)

CC: CoUL (for information)

From: Diane Bisom, Chair, Strategic Action Group 3, UC Libraries Advisory Structure (via Rosalie Lack, UCLAS, Chair)

UC Library Colleagues,

CoUL is now discussing the SAG 3 Shared ILS/RMS Feasibility Task Fort Report. CoUL has made no decisions on the recommendations or actions in this report, but would like to share this report with UCLAS and campus library employees. The Executive Summary is publicly available on the SAG 3 website: http://libraries.universityofcalifornia.edu/sag3/shared-ilsrms-tf-documents under the "Shared ILS / Resource Management System Task Force" documents section.

The full Task Force Report is also available to UC Library employees on the SAG 3 website as a password protected document. Instructions for requesting a password are available there, as well.

Please direct questions to your University Librarian.

Thank you,
Diane Bisom
SAG 3 Chair

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Last updated: January 6, 2015

Call for Members: Library IT CKG

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To: UC Libraries Advisory Structure (via Marlo Young for information)
Users Council (via Jayne Dickson for information & distribution)
LAUC (via Matt Conner for information & distribution)
From: Coordinating Committee, UC Libraries Advisory Structure
Date: 4 December 2014

This memo serves as call for members interested in a newly established Library IT Common Knowledge Group (CKG).

Library IT CKG membership is open to all levels of staff interested in and responsible for IT business and operational processes, as well as software development and the integration between business process and IT operations. To participate in the Library IT CKG, please contact its chair, Shawn Duncan, UCSC, ashawn@ucsc.edu

All Common Knowledge Group charters, minutes, and general information about CKGs, is available online: http://libraries.universityofcalifornia.edu/ckg

As with all CKGs, membership is limited to staff who are directly engaged in and/or responsible for work that is under the purview of the CKG. Please obtain your supervisor's approval prior to participation.

Last updated: December 5, 2014

UC Libraries Advisory Structure Report September-October

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Users Council (via Jayne Dickson for information & distribution)

CoUL (for information)

LAUC (via Matt Conner for information & distribution)

From: Coordinating Committee, UC Libraries Advisory Structure
Date: 3 December 2014

UC Libraries Colleagues,

A detailed report of the UC Libraries Advisory Structure (UCLAS) activities is now available for the period of September and October 2014: http://libraries.universityofcalifornia.edu/groups/files/cc/docs/UCLAS_R...(1).pdf

Additional details pertaining to the activities of the Council of University Librarians, and the advisory structure's Coordinating Committee, Strategic Action Groups and Collection Licensing Subgroup can be found in minutes regularly posted online: http://libraries.universityofcalifornia.edu/about/advisory-structure

Questions about advisory structure activities can be directed to campus and LAUC representatives on the Strategic Action Groups or directly to the Coordinating Committee at CCC-L@ucop.edu

Last updated: December 3, 2014

UC Libraries Advisory Structure Launches Blog

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To: UC Libraries Advisory Structure (via Marlo Young for information)
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CC: Council of University Librarians
From: Coordinating Committee, UC Libraries Advisory Structure
Date: 21 November 2014

Colleagues,

In the spirit of enhancing communications, the Coordinating Committee is pleased to announce the launch and pilot of a new UC Libraries Advisory Structure blog: http://uclasblog1.wordpress.com/

The purpose of the blog is to serve as a web-based communication vehicle for systemwide advisory structure activity that is timely, organized by searchable categories and keywords, complements the use of email and supports multimedia communications. Our hope is that the blog encourages enhanced transparency, communication, information sharing and engagement, while organically preserving a historical record of UCLAS activity.

Content in the blog will include advisory structure communications and news items, Strategic Action Group portfolio and member profiles, project-specific updates and profiles, summaries of and links to reports, and more. The blog's comments feature is enabled for those interested in asking questions or adding additional commentary.

Bookmark, sign up for RSS feeds, or receive automatic email updates from the blog. The blog can also be accessed from the UC Libraries homepage under the Advisory Structure box in the bottom center of the homepage at http://libraries.universityofcalifornia.edu/

Last updated: November 21, 2014

UC Bibliographer/Collection Librarian Groups

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To: UC Libraries Advisory Structure (via Marlo Young for information)
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From: Diane Bisom, Chair, Strategic Action Group 3: Collection Building & Management (SAG 3)
Date: 17 November 2014

UC Libraries Colleagues,

In August the UC Libraries Advisory Structure's Strategic Action Group 3: Collection Building & Management (SAG 3) shared a "concept proposal" for a new vision of the UC bibliographer groups, requesting comments during September 2014. We received 19 responses from individuals, as well as groups that include Bibliographer Groups, divisional LAUC groups, and CDL.

Many responses acknowledged that the description of the current campus environments and evolution of responsibilities of UC librarians is accurate. There was support for improving elements of the current system, though equal concern that the proposed changes might dismantle relationships and processes that are perceived to be working well at least for some groups. Questions were raised about roles and reporting lines, scope of activities and authority, organizational alignments, size and nature of the groups, leadership responsibilities and prospects, and communication effectiveness. The points raised by respondents resonated with SAG 3, leading us to a major revision of the proposed next steps.

In place of the organizational plans suggested in the 'concept proposal,' over the next several months SAG 3 will:

1. Update the Guidelines for UC Bibliographer Groups, outlining expectations for roles, responsibilities, activities, and participation to ensure they remain vital and effective.
2. Work with current UC Bibliographer Groups to self-identify appropriate groupings such as mergers, separation, dissolutions or creations aligned with the academic needs and staffing across the UC Libraries.
3. Recommend support from CoUL to provide a common suite of resources and tools for use by all UC Bibliographer Group members as a building block to encouraging deeper collaboration between campuses (e.g. central hosting of wikis, web sites, rosters, listservs; collaboration tools for calls, collaborative documents and project sites).
4. Develop a toolkit to aid UC Bibliographer Groups' function and communication with other UC collection-related groups.
5. Encourage continued clarification and communication about the roles, responsibilities, and activities of UC collection-related groups to determine where modifications and new approaches are beneficial.

Thank you for your dedication to the UC Libraries and the feedback that helped determine what we believe are positive next steps. Further information will be provided by SAG 3 as progress is made.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you,
Diane
Chair, SAG 3

Last updated: November 19, 2014

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