Specialist V, Information Technology at Auburn University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs, Library IT Jobs on August 18th, 2017

Auburn University is recruiting a Specialist V, Information Technology.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Supporting library servers; primary web server; catalog and discovery layer; interlibrary loan system; proxy server for electronic resources (primarily for off-campus access); digital collections; digital preservation; internal tools (e.g. scheduling software, ticketing and documentation platforms); general file storage

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"Why Book Selection by Librarians No Longer Matters"

Posted in Research Libraries, Scholarly Books on August 18th, 2017

David W. Lewis has self-archived "Why Book Selection by Librarians No Longer Matters."

Here's an excerpt:

Prediction about the future use of a book and using this prediction as the basis for a purchase decision only matters if the time required to acquire the book is greater than the time the user who needs the book is willing to wait for it. . . .. With print-on -demand and overnight shipping most print books can be delivered in 24 to 48 hours, which meets the needs of many users. This means that prediction of possible future use whether by expert librarian selectors or by algorithms, such as approval plans, is unnecessary. No prediction is necessary if the needed books can be delivered quickly enough to satisfy the person needing the book.

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Digital Matters Lab Director Librarian at University of Utah

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on August 18th, 2017

The University of Utah is recruiting a Digital Matters Lab Director .

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Digital Matters Lab Director will guide projects relating to Digital Humanities, digital scholarship, and digital fabrication, charting a course for the lab and the university. They will provide oversight of day-to-day operations of the Lab; help to plan and organize intellectual programming, grants, fellowships, pedagogical initiatives, and outreach.

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COAR Annual Report 2016/17

Posted in Digital Repositories, Institutional Repositories, Open Access, Open Science on August 18th, 2017

The Confederation of Open Access Repositories has released the COAR Annual Report 2016/17 .

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

The report contains information about strategy and outreach, annual meetings, activities of the Executive Board, Executive Director and Office as well as working and interest group accomplishments. Moreover, the report covers themes like marketing and communications, membership, publications and representation of COAR at major international and regional conferences.

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Head, Digital Scholarship and Data Services at Pennsylvania State University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on August 17th, 2017

Pennsylvania State University is recruiting a Head, Digital Scholarship and Data Service.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Head of Digital Scholarship & Data Services will provide leadership and management of the Digital Scholarship & Data Services Department. The head will advocate for the department to University Libraries administration. The Digital Scholarship & Data Services department includes a team of 11 faculty and staff in the areas of open publishing, digital humanities, data learning services and statistics support, GIS, maps, and research data management.

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An Empirical Investigation of the Impacts of Net Neutrality

Posted in Net Neutrality, Reports and White Papers on August 17th, 2017

The Internet Association has released An Empirical Investigation of the Impacts of Net Neutrality.

Here's an excerpt:

The empirical evidence shows that the implementation of NN rules has had none of the negative impacts theorized by its critics a decade ago. Far from a great strain on infrastructure investment, network capacity, and innovative activity, NN rules have had no negative effect on the telecommunications sector in these areas. The sector has thrived while edge services have opened an entirely new economy bringing millions of new jobs and hundreds of thousands of new businesses to our economy. Net neutrality has been crucial for that development.

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Dean of the University Library at University of Connecticut

Posted in ARL Libraries, Research Libraries on August 17th, 2017

The University of Connecticut is recruiting a Dean of the University Library.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Dean will provide vision, strategic direction, and operational leadership for the libraries, working with talented and accomplished librarians, staff, faculty, and students to meet the University's educational mission and ambitious goals for growth. The Dean will create an environment and community that supports expert practice and research and assure that the University’s libraries continue to serve their faculty and students with programs of the highest quality and effectiveness.

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Red Light, Green Light: Aligning the Library to Support Licensing

Posted in Licenses, Publishing, Reports and White Papers, Research Libraries, Scholarly Books, Scholarly Communication, Scholarly Journals, Serials Crisis on August 17th, 2017

Ithaka S+R has released Red Light, Green Light: Aligning the Library to Support Licensing.

Here's an excerpt:

There is widespread frustration within the academic library community with the seemingly uncontrollable price increases of e-resources, especially of licensed bundles of scholarly journals. The scholarly communications movement has vastly expanded academic and indeed public access to scholarly content. Yet prices for certain scholarly resources continue to outpace budget increases, and librarians do not feel in control of budgets and pricing. What if libraries found ways to bring together the whole library behind the objective of stabilizing or reducing what they pay?

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Web Services Librarian at Miami University

Posted in Library IT Jobs on August 16th, 2017

Miami University is recruiting a Web Services Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Miami University Libraries seeks a creative and user-oriented colleague for the position of Web Services Librarian (three positions available). This position is part of a team that leads the Libraries’ efforts to enhance its virtual spaces, working closely with other Library departments to develop and expand online library services. This team will take leadership in setting direction for the Libraries’ web presence including design, implementation and maintenance; selection, implementation, and maintenance of web-based library tools; usability of web services and products and developing and delivering training for web based products and services.

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"Who is Actually Harmed by Predatory Publishers?"

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on August 16th, 2017

Martin Paul Eve and Ernesto Priego have published "Who is Actually Harmed by Predatory Publishers?" in tripleC: Communication, Capitalism & Critique.

Here's an excerpt:

Predatory publishing refers to conditions under which gold open access academic publishers claim to conduct peer review and charge for their publishing services but do not, in fact, actually perform such reviews. Most prominently exposed in recent years by Jeffrey Beall, the phenomenon garners much media attention. In this article, we acknowledge that such practices are deceptive but then examine, across a variety of stakeholder groups, what the harm is from such actions to each group of actors. We find that established publishers have a strong motivation to hype claims of predation as damaging to the scholarly and scientific endeavour while noting that, in fact, systems of peer review are themselves already acknowledged as deeply flawed.

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Associate University Librarian for Digital Services at n New Jersey Institute of Technology

Posted in Digital Library Jobs, Library IT Jobs on August 16th, 2017

The New Jersey Institute of Technology is recruiting an Associate University Librarian for Digital Services.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The AUL reports to the University Librarian and has overall responsibility for the management, operations, and direction of technical services, including collection budget, acquisitions, cataloging, and metadata creation; digital initiatives including digitization projects, preservation, and scholarly communication; and library information systems.

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ACS Launches ChemRxiv

Posted in Digital Repositories, Disciplinary Archives, EPrints, Publishing, Scholarly Journals, Self-Archiving on August 16th, 2017

ACS has launched ChemRxiv.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

ChemRxiv, a new chemistry preprint server for the global chemistry community, is now available in a fully functioning Beta version for use and feedback by researchers. The Beta launch has been undertaken with initial strategic input from the American Chemical Society (ACS), Royal Society of Chemistry, German Chemical Society and other not-for profit organizations, as well as other scientific publishers and preprint services. The free-of-charge service, originally announced late last year, is managed on behalf of the chemical science community by ACS and is powered by Figshare, an online digital repository for academic research.

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