27 يناير 2015

Sudan Open Archive

The Sudan Open Archive

A digital Library for Sudan: SOA 3.0

The Sudan Open Archive offers free digital access to knowledge about all regions of Sudan. It is an expanding word-searchable, full-text database of historical and contemporary books and documents. The current version SA 3.0 incorporates a comprehensive, interactive guide to internet resources on Sudan. It also includes two new special collections: the first thirty two volumes of Sudan Notes and Records, Sudan's flagship scholarly journal, and the collected papers of the late Sudan Scholar, Richard Gray.


The Sudan Open Archive

26 يناير 2015

Monographs and Open Access Project: hefce

Higher Education Funding Council for England:
Monographs and Open Access Project

The Monographs and Open Access Project was set up to consider the place of monographs in the arts, humanities and social science disciplines, and how they fit into the developing world of open access to research. The project was led by Geoffrey Crossick, Distinguished Professor of Humanities at the School of Advanced Study, University of London, and was commissioned by HEFCE in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

Evidence to support the project was gathered through an programme of consultations, surveys, data-gathering and research activities. The research was supported and shaped by an Expert Reference Group of publishers, academics, librarians, funders, open access experts in the UK and overseas.

For the findings and other details about this project follow the link


22 يناير 2015

21st Annual Conference & Exhibition of Special Libraries Association -- Gulf Chapter

21st Annual Conference & Exhibition of Special Libraries Association (Gulf Chapter) 

The Internet and the Positive Change to Librarians and Information Professionals: Creating Real Future Impact
from 17-19 March 2015 Abu Dabhi, United Arab Emirates


Important Dates

  1. The Conference Date 17-19/3/2015
  2. Abstracts Deadline 1/10/2014
  3. Response of Acceptance 15/9/2014
  4. Full Paper Deadline 1/12/2014
  5. Response of Acceptance 15/12/2014

Conference website: http://www.slaagc2015.org/





              

21 يناير 2015

Arabic and Middle Eastern Electronic Library

Arabic and Middle Eastern Electronic Library: AMEEL



AMEEL is a Web-based portal and a digital collection of information for the study of the Middle East, including its history, culture, development, and contemporary face. Within this portal, Yale University Library integrates existing scholarly digital content with newly digitized resources to make such materials easier to find and use efficiently and freely.
Currently, AMEEL holds approximately 350,000 pages of full text, indexed and searchable in the language of publication including Arabic and Western scripts. The full text in AMEEL has been extracted using Optical Character Recognition software (OCR) rather than re-keying all works. Our digitization team aimed for accuracy rates of higher than 90% when converting modern Arabic text.
What's in AMEEL?
  • Journals: a regional selection of academic journals from Tunisia to Saudi Arabia
  • Abstracts from Brill's Encyclopedia of Islam, THREE
  • Dictionaries: Lane's Lexicon, among others
  • Manuscripts: selections from Yale's Beinecke Rare Book Library and the Medical Historical collection at Yale's School of Medicine
  • Manuscript Catalogs
  • Gazettes: Syrian Gazette (الجريدة الرسمية (سورية)) and The Palestine Gazette. The digital copies for both gazettes span 1919 to 1948.
  • Manuscripts: selections from University of London - School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) 
You may search all materials listed. Please Note: "Y" next to a journal title indicates Yale campus only viewing.

20 يناير 2015

Open Access Manuscripts Library: King Saud University

Open Access Manuscripts Libraray: 
Makhtota

King Saud University Library

The manuscript digital library contains more than eleven thousands manuscripts where visitors can browse manuscripts, read and get copies in form of images or PDF files.


The Makhtota Manuscripts of King Saud University may be browsed or searched by following link




19 يناير 2015

A Free Archive of Biomedical and Life Sciences Journal Literature

Pub Med Central PMC 


PubMed Central® (PMC) is a free archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the U.S. National Institutes of Health's National Library of Medicine (NIH/NLM). In keeping with NLM’s legislative mandate to collect and preserve the biomedical literature, PMC serves as a digital counterpart to NLM’s extensive print journal collection. Launched in February 2000, PMC was developed and is managed by NLM’s National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI).

Free Access: A Core Principle of PMC

As an archive, PMC is designed to provide permanent access to all of its content, even as technology evolves and current digital literature formats potentially become obsolete. NLM believes that the best way to ensure the accessibility and viability of digital material over time is through consistent and active use of the archive. For this reason, free access to all of its journal literature is a core principle of PMC.
Please note, however, that free access does not mean that there is no copyright protection. As described on our copyright page publishers and individual authors continue to hold copyright on the material in PMC and users must abide by the terms defined by the copyright holder.

How Journal Articles are Provided to PMC

PMC is a repository for journal literature deposited by participating publishers, as well as for author manuscripts that have been submitted in compliance with the Public Access Policy mandated by NIH and similar policies of other research funding agencies. PMC is not a publisher and does not publish journal articles itself.
PMC offers publishers a number of ways in which to participate and deposit their content in the archive. Although free access is a requirement, publishers can delay the release of their material in PMC for a reasonable period after publication. Publishers may also obtain a copy of their deposit material at any time, at no cost.

PMC’s Integration with other Resources

In addition to its role as an archive, the value of PMC lies in its capacity to store and cross-reference data from diverse sources using a common format within a single repository. With PMC, a user can quickly search the entire collection of full-text articles and locate all relevant material. PMC also allows for the integration of its literature with a variety of other information resources that can enhance the research and knowledge fields of scientists, clinicians and others.

International Collaboration and Durability

NLM is collaborating internationally with other agencies that share the goals of PMC. Maintaining copies of PMC’s literature in other reliable international archives that operate on the same principles provides greater protection against damage or loss of the material. At the same time, the diversity of sites allows for the possibility of more and even greater innovation, ensuring the permanence of PMC over the long-term.

18 يناير 2015

GOAL: Global Open access List


GOAL -- Global Open Access List

The Global Open Access List (GOAL) is the successor of the American Scientist Open Access (AmSci) Forum, which was the first Open Access Forum, begun in 1998 and hosted for 13 years (1998-2011) by Sigma Xi. http://amsci-forum.amsci.org/archives/American-Scientist-Open-Access-Forum.html 

Open Access is no longer just an American or a Scientific Matter. It is a global movement with the goal of making all 2.5 million articles published annually in the planet's 25,000 peer-reviewed journals -- in all scholarly and scientific fields, and in all languages -- freely accessible online to anyone on the Web. 

GOAL is accordingly dedicated to the discussion of Open Access practice and policy-making by the worldwide research community (in no order: researchers, universities, research institutions, research funding agencies, governmental research policy-makers and commercial entities) with the aim of enabling concrete, practical steps to be taken to achieve Open Access. Chief among these goals are techniques for increasing the amount of Open Access, as well as metrics of research usage and impact. 

The new archive for GOAL is: http://mailman.ecs.soton.ac.uk/pipermail/goal/ 

List Moderator: Richard Poynder 

For discussion of other OA issues, there is also the Sparc Open Access Forum (SOAF) 

https://groups.google.com/a/arl.org/group/sparc-oaforum/topics 

and the BOAI Forum 

http://threader.ecs.soton.ac.uk/lists/boaiforum/


To see the collection of prior postings to the list, visit the GOAL Archives.

Subscribe to GOAL by sending a blank email to goal-join@eprints.org.

15 يناير 2015

International Conference on Information Management & Libraries: ICIML 2015




Important Dates :


Full paper submission deadline
15th April
Notification of acceptance
15th June 2015
Submission after revision
21st  June 2015
Camera ready final version
8th July, 2015
Early bird registration deadline
15th July 2015
Regular Registration
16th July to 30th October 2015
On Site Registration
10th November 2015

Call For Papers:

The key focus of the ICIML2015 is on Education and Research Trends in Management of Information, Knowledge, Libraries and similar organizations. We aim to look into the past, analyze the present and foresee the future. You are very cordially invited to disseminate your research and experience in any of the following tracks:
1.   Juried Full Paper (5000-7000)
2.   Research in-progress (short paper 2000-3000)
3.   Best practices and Lessons Learned: Oral presentations
Proposed Themes for Authors’ Guidance (though not limited to these):
  • Quality Assurance and Accreditation of Academic Programs
  • Curriculum Designing and Implementing in Evolving Scenario
  • Issues in National and International Collaborations
  • Job Market and Professional Education
  • Leadership Development Challenges for the Information Professionals
  • Social and Communication Skills for Information Professionals
  • Challenges to  Library Associations in Developing Countries
  • Electronic Scholarly Communication
  • Open Access
  • Information Behaviors in the Emerging Information Environment
  • Information and Digital Literacy
  • Information Storage and Retrieval
  • Digital Libraries
  • Social Media and Information Organizations
  • Library 2.0
  • Metadata Schemas and Ontologies
  • Big Data; Linked Data
  • E-science; E-government; E-learning
  • Digital Preservation
  • Disaster Management in Information Organizations
  • Bibliometrics, Informetrics, Webometrics
  • Health Informatics
  • Digital Humanities
  • Re-positioning Libraries and Information Organizations in Google Era
  • Freedom of Information and Copyright Issues in Developing Countries
  • Access Management in Information Organizations
  • Personal Knowledge Management
  • Marketing and Customer Focused Information Services  
  • Services Quality in Libraries and other Information Organizations
  • Human Resources Management for Information Organizations
  • Continuing Professional Development
  • Cloud Computing and Libraries
  • Re-defining Library as a Space
  • Media Librarianship
  • Archives and Record Management
  • Institutional Repositories
  • Professional Ethics

Author Guidelines:
Please follow APA Style Manual 6th edition, for preparing manuscript according to the following structure:
Structured Abstract; Keywords (4-6); Background/Introduction; Purpose/Problem Statement; Research Objectives/Research Questions; Hypotheses; Literature Review; Research Design/Methodology; Findings; Discussion; Recommendations and Conclusion; Research Implications.
Criteria for Selection:
All submissions will be double blind peer reviewed against the following criteria:
  • Relevance to conference theme
  • Clarity, coherence, organization of writing
  • Academic or professional merit
  • Originality and innovation of the work
  • Conference Website:           http://www.pu.edu.pk/iciml
    Conference Email:                iciml@pu.edu.pk
    Venue:  University Law College, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan

14 يناير 2015

Should Academic Journals Adopt Non-Profit Publishing Models

Should Academic Journals Adopt Non-Profit Publishing Models?

Should Academic Journals Adopt Non-Profit Publishing Models? 

Non-Profit Publishing Model

Avoiding subscription fees and allowing academic work to be disseminated as widely as possible are some of the main goals for those who defend the idea of adopting non-profit publishing models. Many insist in the fact that universities and research centers do not really need to play the big publishing houses’ game. However, is it practicable to shift away from for-profit publishing models and work to create a new and non-profitable one? 

13 يناير 2015

Dutch universities dig in for long fight over open access

Dutch universities dig in for long fight over open access

Institutions ‘unbending’ on fee-free demand as talks with Elsevier resume
Person digging in earth with shovel



Dutch universities have vowed not to soften their groundbreaking demands for publishers to permit all papers published by their academics to be made open access for no extra charge.
In January last year, Sander Dekker, the Dutch minister for education, culture and science, decreed that 60 per cent of Dutch research articles must be open access by 2019 and 100 per cent by 2024. Dutch university presidents responded by agreeing to make their renewal of subscription deals dependent on publishers taking steps to realise this goal.
Gerard Meijer, president of Radboud University and one of the lead negotiators for the Dutch universities, said that in addition to preserving access to their subscription journals, the universities wanted publishers to permit all future articles whose corresponding author has a Dutch affiliation to be published on an open access basis for no extra charge. He said universities were also unwilling to tolerate any more above-inflation price rises.
For further detail follow the link