20 Jan 2024

Libfocus Link-out for January 2024

Welcome to the January edition of the Libfocus link-out, an assemblage of library-related things we have found informative, educational, thought-provoking and insightful on the Web over the past while.

7 images show: A young girl holding a book over her head; book pages folded into airplanes; a spiral staircase leading down to a person standing at the bottom; a man sitting in a chair smiling; the numbers 2023; A graphic of a spiral wheel beside the text IreL executive report 2022; a colourful graphic showing lit up pins over a geographical graph
Images featured in this month's link-out articles

You say you want a revolution! Could it finally be time to rethink scholarly communications?
An opinion piece by Elaine Sykes advocating for a collective approach to changing scholarly communications and collectively issuing a declaration to fair publishing.

American Library Association's Year in Review 2023
This piece takes a curated look back at news in 2023 that affected libraries and library workers and dominated discourse in the US.

Hidden victims of the British Library hack: 20,000 authors
The cyber attack on the British Library affects the payments authors receive from public library lending.

Large Language Publishing
Thought piece on the many effects that AI might have on the scholarly communications landscape.

How a Bay Area librarian became an Instagram star
In this article from the San Francisco Chronicle, Julie Johnson looks at how Solano County librarian Mychal Threets has become one of Instagram’s shining stars. 

Libraries for the future: Europe’s new wave of ‘meeting places for the mind’
From Ghent’s De Krook to Helsinki’s Oodi, recent civic constructions have shared a vision of the library as a living room for the modern city.

A report on the adoption of Irish open research practices
The latest analysis of publication data from IReL 2022 open access agreements.

Generative AI and the evolution of academic librarianship
A short reflection from an academic librarian on ways we can embrace and utilise AI in teaching.

Can reading really improve your life?
Research suggests that reading for pleasure is a key indicator in a child's future outcomes. In this BBC Radio 4 podcast author Julia Donaldson investigates how we can foster a love of reading in children.

‘The incentive to steal isn’t there’: the lost cause of tracking library theft
In this Guardian article, Daisy Dumas looks at the most popular and pilfered books in Australia's libraries. The article also looks at how libraries are adapting their spaces in response to changing user demographics, seasons and socioeconomic trends.

The State of Open Data Report Released
The eighth annual The State of Open Data report, developed by Digital Science, Figshare, and Springer Nature, has been released. The report shows that almost three quarters of surveyed researchers overwhelmingly said they are still not getting the support they need to share their data openly.

Rethinking Institutional Repositories: Innovations in Management, Collections, and Inclusion
ACRL announces the publication of Rethinking Institutional Repositories: Innovations in Management, Collections, and Inclusion, edited by Josh C. Cromwell (access the OA edition here). The book features a collection of ideas, scholarship, and examples that can inspire and reinvigorate how you engage with the repositories at your institution.

5 Jan 2024

The IOAP Diamond Open Access Awards

Jane Buggle (Institute Librarian at IADT, Co-Manager of the IOAP)

The IOAP (Irish Open Access Publishers) is a community of practice established by librarians and academics to support and promote Diamond Open Access Publishing. The aim of this dynamic community of practice is to promote publishing activity that is free of article processing charges (APCs), paywalls and publication embargoes, to further the dissemination of high-quality scholarly output to all in society. The IOAP’s international Advisory Board is comprised of key players in the area. The IOAP is a signatory of Science Europe’s Diamond OA Action Plan and it is a partner in a number of NORF-funded projects.

The IOAP held its inaugural webinar on 6th December at which Dr Graham Stone (Jisc/DIAMAS), Dr Bregt Saenen (Science Europe), and Katrine Sundsbø (DOAJ) spoke about the Challenges and Opportunities of Diamond OA Publishing. The recording and slides are here. Publish OA Ireland and the IOAP will co-host a DOAJ Sprint event, Demystifying the DOAJ Application with Judith Barnsby, on Thursday 29th February at 2pm.

Nominations are now open for the inaugural IOAP Diamond Open Access Awards. Diamond OA Publishers from across Ireland (including Northern Ireland) are invited to nominate/self-nominate in any of the following four categories:

  • Best Peer-Reviewed Open Access Journal
  • Best Peer-Reviewed Open Access Monograph
  • Best Open Educational Resource
  • Outstanding Contribution to Diamond Open Access Publishing in Ireland

The closing date for the submission of nominations is 1st February 2024. Winners will be announced at the IOAP Annual Conference on 12th March.  Each winner will receive an IOAP Medal and an accompanying electronic signature. The Awards will be adjudicated by a prestigious international panel of judges.  Full details of judges, judging criteria, nomination procedures, and the nomination forms are here.