DigitalKoans Posts Will Resume on 8/29/2016: Unscheduled Tweets until Then

Posted in Announcements on July 26th, 2016

DigitalKoans posts will resume on 8/29/2016; however, there will be tweets on an unscheduled basis until then.

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Strategic Digital Initiatives Librarian at University of Southern California

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on July 25th, 2016

The University of Southern California is recruiting a Strategic Digital Initiatives Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Engaging with researchers, non-profits, and businesses and under the direction of the Director of the Digital Library, the Strategic Digital Initiatives Librarian will provide leadership in developing sustainable, unique digital collections and services for the USC Libraries including working to secure funding for projects and ongoing operations. This entails developing proposals, negotiating licenses with contributors, and identifying novel ways to fund the USC Digital Library.

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Scholarly Communications and Research Librarian at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on July 25th, 2016

The Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine is recruiting a Scholarly Communications and Research Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The position provides visible support for the College's scholarly communication program, which is built on our institutional repository (DigitalCommons@PCOM), along with a planned online open access publication framework and the College's growing research activities. As part of a dynamic and collaborative faculty research team, the position will assist with the development of the College's research activities through initiatives in research workflows including curation, publisher open-access policies and data persistence/storage. The position will serve as the primary liaison for and provide consulting support to identify, store, describe (curate), retrieve, and re-use the College's research data.

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"Substituting Article Processing Charges for Subscriptions: The Cure Is Worse than the Disease"

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on July 25th, 2016

ARL has released "Substituting Article Processing Charges for Subscriptions: The Cure Is Worse than the Disease by David Shulenburger."

Here's an excerpt:

The likely result of flipping the market to APCs is that the collective cost of scholarly communications would rise above the level that would prevail under the subscription-financed regime.

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Ruby on Rails Developer at University of Maryland

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on July 21st, 2016

The University of Maryland is recruiting a Ruby on Rails Developer.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The successful candidate will work with a team of in-house developers to build the applications and will also provide technical consultation and training on Ruby and Rails best practices. The initial contract duration is for six months with an option for extension based on performance and availability of additional projects.

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"Just as Open Competitor to Elsevier’s SSRN Launches, SSRN Accused of Copyright Crackdown"

Posted in Digital Repositories, Disciplinary Archives, Open Access, Publishing on July 21st, 2016

Mike Masnick has published "Just as Open Competitor to Elsevier's SSRN Launches, SSRN Accused of Copyright Crackdown" in Techdirt.

Here's an excerpt:

And perhaps this [SocArXiv announcement]came just in time, because just as that happened, Stephen Henderson, a law professor, noted that SSRN took down his paper saying that they didn't think he retained the copyright to it.

See also: "SocArXiv Debuts, as SSRN acquisition Comes Under Scrutiny."

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Web and Discovery Services Librarian at University of North Carolina at Wilmington

Posted in Library IT Jobs on July 21st, 2016

The University of North Carolina at Wilmington is recruiting a Web and Discovery Services Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

UNCW's Randall Library is seeking a service-oriented Web and Discovery Services Librarian who will lead the planning, management, development, implementation and continuous assessment of Randall Library's online presence, including search interfaces and discovery tools, ensuring that services provided meet users' information and research needs. This position supports the delivery and discovery of library collections, online information literacy and research tools by working with both library end users and staff from all library departments to enhance the user experience and support the Library's strategic plan.

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"From Digital Commons to OCLC: A Tailored Approach for Harvesting and Transforming ETD Metadata into High-Quality Records"

Posted in Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs), Metadata on July 21st, 2016

Marielle Veve has published "From Digital Commons to OCLC: A Tailored Approach for Harvesting and Transforming ETD Metadata into High-Quality Records" in Code4Lib Journal.

Here's an excerpt:

The library literature contains many examples of automated and semi-automated approaches to harvest electronic theses and dissertations (ETD) metadata from institutional repositories (IR) to the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC). However, most of these approaches could not be implemented with the institutional repository software Digital Commons because of various reasons including proprietary schema incompatibilities and high level programming expertise requirements our institution did not want to pursue. Only one semi-automated approach was found in the library literature which met our requirements for implementation, and even though it catered to the particular needs of the DSpace IR, it could be implemented to other IR software if further customizations were applied.

The following paper presents an extension of this semi-automated approach originally created by Deng and Reese, but customized and adapted to address the particular needs of the Digital Commons community and updated to integrate the latest Resource Description & Access (RDA) content standards for ETDs. Advantages and disadvantages of this workflow are discussed and presented as well.

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LOCKSS Technical Manager at Stanford University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on July 20th, 2016

Stanford University is recruiting a LOCKSS Technical Manager.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The incumbent performs difficult or complex programming and analysis work typically involving multi-project leadership or broad responsibility. Contribute to all phases of a project, including systems analysis, program design, development, and implementation. Work on systems and programs typically covering two or more functions, large single functions, or major portions of large functions, interfacing with other complex systems and programs.

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"Write up! A Study of Copyright Information on Library-Published Journals"

Posted in Copyright, Creative Commons/Open Licenses, Open Access, Publishing, Research Libraries, Scholarly Journals on July 20th, 2016

Melanie Schlosser has published "Write up! A Study of Copyright Information on Library-Published Journals" in the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication.

Here's an excerpt:

INTRODUCTION Libraries have a mission to educate users about copyright, and library publishing staff are often involved in that work. This article investigates a concrete point of intersection between the two areas—copyright statements on library-published journals. METHODS Journals published by members of the Library Publishing Coalition were examined for open access status, type and placement of copyright information, copyright ownership, and open licensing. RESULTS Journals in the sample were overwhelmingly (93%) open access. 80% presented copyright information of some kind, but only 30% of those included it at both the journal and the article level. Open licensing was present in 38% of the journals, and the most common ownership scenario was the author retaining copyright while granting a nonexclusive license to the journal or publisher. 9% of the sample journals included two or more conflicting rights statements. DISCUSSION 76% of the journals did not consistently provide accurate, easily-accessible rights information, and numerous problems were found with the use of open licensing, including conflicting licenses, incomplete licenses, and licenses not appearing at the article level. CONCLUSION Recommendations include presenting full copyright and licensing information at both the journal and the article level, careful use of open licenses, and publicly-available author agreements. External Data or Supplements:

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STEM Data and Research Librarian at Florida State University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on July 20th, 2016

Florida State University is recruiting a STEM Data and Research Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The STEM Data and Research Librarian will investigate and develop new models of facilitating interdisciplinary STEM research beyond traditional librarian roles. The successful candidate will: 1) offer leadership in identifying emerging trends in science research and in the production and collection of scientific data; and 2) develop services accordingly to support STEM students and faculty within a distinctive collection of institutes and organizations that include the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering, the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, and the Center for Advanced Power Systems.

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"The Journal Article as a Means to Share Data: A Content Analysis of Supplementary Materials from Two Disciplines"

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Open Science, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on July 20th, 2016

Jeremy Kenyon, Nancy Sprague, and Edward Flathers have published "The Journal Article as a Means to Share Data: a Content Analysis of Supplementary Materials from Two Disciplines" in the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication.

Here's an excerpt:

INTRODUCTION The practice of publishing supplementary materials with journal articles is becoming increasingly prevalent across the sciences. We sought to understand better the content of these materials by investigating the differences between the supplementary materials published by authors in the geosciences and plant sciences. METHODS We conducted a random stratified sampling of four articles from each of 30 journals published in 2013. In total, we examined 297 supplementary data files for a range of different factors. RESULTS We identified many similarities between the practices of authors in the two fields, including the formats used (Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, PDFs) and the small size of the files. There were differences identified in the content of the supplementary materials: the geology materials contained more maps and machine-readable data; the plant science materials included much more tabular data and multimedia content. DISCUSSION Our results suggest that the data shared through supplementary files in these fields may not lend itself to reuse. Code and related scripts are not often shared, nor is much 'raw' data. Instead, the files often contain summary data, modified for human reading and use. CONCLUSION Given these and other differences, our results suggest implications for publishers, librarians, and authors, and may require shifts in behavior if effective data sharing is to be realized.

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