Movers & Shakers

That’s right, it’s that time of year again! Congrats to this year’s Movers & Shakers! First I want to congratulate my friends:

Movers & Shakers

Now, congrats to everyone else!! This is a great honor! Keep shaking up libraries – it’s the only way we’re going to get anything done :)

Thanks Jessamyn for putting all of the names next to the articles.

Code4Lib 2008: Code4Lib Journal

Jonathan Brinley, Edward M. Corrado, and Jodi Schneider talked to us about the Code4Lib Journal, a project that had been talked about for years but never implemented until recently. The moral of this story is stop talking and just do it.

They decided to use an agile development philosophy, which basically means don’t over-engineer complicated rules and procedures your might never need – just work on what you need now and the rest will come.

Blog v. Journal

So, why did they choose to do a Journal instead of a blog? In short they chose a journal because it comes with a bit of a stamp of approval that some people need in order to move up the ladder at their workplace – in particular among those in academia.

Where to start?

Get an ISSN – Code4Lib Journal – 1940-5758. They thought this was going to be a crazy process, but it’s just a one page form with a few questions. I’ve actually applied for a few ISSNs – two for work and one for my blog – which Ed Corrado suggested we all go out and do since it’s so easy – but I can tell you that they will turn you down! and if they don’t – let me know and I’ll try again.

Other details

They decided to have rotating coordinating editors so that not one person was in charge all of the time. They also decided to have a public listserv – – so that everyone can follow along with discussions about the journal.

Articles can be sent in several different formats – right now the editors have worked with almost all of them. They then use WordPress as a publishing tool because it has a flexible templating engine that allows you to make a site not look like a blog and allows for private posts, public posts and public pages. It also comes with stats and other neat plugins that make it the right tool for them to use now – because their agile it may not always be the tool they use.

They’ve gotten their journal listed is DOAJ & Ebsco and it is also being blogged about which is bringing traffic to the site (however – just a note to bloggers for some reason trackbacks aren’t working yet – so post comments on the articles as well). Along those lines, they’d like to see more comments on the journal site – Code4Lib is a community and they want the journal to reflect that.

Overall an interesting talk with some great ideas for publishing a journal online with free tools available on the web.

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Code4Lib Journal

The first issue of the Code4Lib Journal has been released and the TOC looks pretty enticing – now I just have to find time to read some of these articles.

Special Offer: Free Journal Access

I just read via Information Research Weblog that SAGE Publications if offering free access (through September 30th) to current and back issues of the following journals:

  • IFLA Journal
  • Journal of Information Science
  • Journal of Librarianship and Information Science
  • Information Development
  • Business Information Review
  • Journal of Health Informatics

If you’re curious, sign up for a free trial to find articles of interest to you.

Amazing Open Access Podcast

Today I’ve been listening to (and haven’t finished yet) the Open Access Podcast by Gavin Yamey at MediaBerkman.

What an amazing talk – can’t wait to listen to Part two. While we all have probably made the argument for Open Access to knowledge before, Gavin’s talk really renewed my excitement about it.

The best part – well, one of the best parts – of his presentation was that copyright was never meant to make journal publishers millions of dollars. It was meant to protect the rights of the author – so why not use creative commons licenses on academic papers to that everyone has access to the paper?

What a great way to bridge the information divide? There is no reason why people in poorer countries should have to suffer from lack of information because journals want to make millions.

I recommend listening to this podcast – I’ll fill you in on part two when I finally get around to listening to it.

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Oh Cool – More Ways to Find RSS Feeds for Journals

Christina quotes an email from Ulrich’s Web:

The new “RSS Available” Advanced Search limiter makes it possible for users to identify the growing number of periodicals that are providing headlines, recent issues or other content via RSS (Really Simple Syndication). An RSS feed provides content via XML files that are then read by an RSS reader or web browser. CSA is adding RSS availability data to thousands of individual Ulrich's records so that users can learn about the various frequencies, formats, and providers of these content-delivery feeds. Ulrich's records also display the URL of the RSS feed(s) for the periodical. Users may create their own lists of RSS feed URLs in, click on the URL to link to the RSS feed, or cut and paste the URL into their preferred RSS reader.

This is one of those tools I didn’t know about until library school (Ulrich’s that is – not RSS) – and it’s so very handy!!