- Why Boycott Elsevier?, http://bit.ly/AokAjk
- Elsevier Publishing Boycott Gathers Steam among Academics, http://bit.ly/zwO49k
- Academics Call for Boycott of Elsevier, http://bit.ly/ww6i8J
- VuFind 1.3 Released, http://bit.ly/zG47OT
- ASPB [American Society of Plant Biologists] Does Not Endorse the Research Works Act, http://bit.ly/zXdkQd
Archive for January, 2012
Director of Library Information Technology at California State University Northridge’s Oviatt LibraryPosted in Digital Library Jobs, Library IT Jobs on January 31st, 2012
California State University Northridge's Oviatt Library is recruiting a Director of Library Information Technology.
Here's an excerpt from the ad (job ID: 2435):
Under the general direction of the Dean, the Director of Library Information Technology is responsible for the conception, design, implementation, and operation of all systems and technology within and relating to the Library. This position provides creative vision and expertise in systems planning, using technologies that enhance operational effectiveness and improve access to library resources. This position also supervises employees who are responsible for creation and maintenance of the Library's web presence; the campus Institutional Repository; repair and maintenance of IT equipment; and staffing open computer labs. Serves as a member of the Library's Executive Group and on other Library committees as needed. Works on special projects, and performs other duties as assigned.
The European Commission has released the Online Survey on Scientific Information in the Digital Age.
Here's an excerpt:
Respondents were asked if there is no access problem to scientific publications in Europe: 84 % disagreed or disagreed strongly with the statement. The high prices of journals/subscriptions (89%) and limited library budgets (85%) were signalled as the most important barriers to accessing scientific publications. More than 1,000 respondents (90%) supported the idea that publications resulting from publicly funded research should, as a matter of principle, be in open access (OA) mode. An even higher number of respondents (91%) agreed or agreed strongly that OA increased access to and dissemination of scientific publications. Self-archiving ("green OA") or a combination of self-archiving and OA publishing ("gold OA") were identified as the preferred ways that public research policy should facilitate in order to increase the number and share of scientific publications available in OA. Respondents were asked, in the case of self-archiving ("green OA"), what the desirable embargo period is (period of time during which publication is not yet open access): a six-month period was favoured by 56% of respondents (although 25% disagree with this option).
The Clemson University Libraries are recruiting an Information Resource Coordinator II.
Here's an excerpt from the ad:
Responsible for developing and implementing a strategy to rebuild the library's online presence, which includes redesign and migration of current main library web site (and related web sites) from Cascade to open-source content management system such as Drupal. Reporting to the Head of Digital Initiatives and Information Technology Unit, develops methods and web applications to market and deliver library services online, and implement user interfaces for a number of projects designed to interpret digital objects in Clemson's institutional repository.
The latest update of the Scholarly Electronic Publishing Weblog is now available. It provides information about new works related to scholarly electronic publishing, such as books, e-prints, journal articles, magazine articles, technical reports, and white papers.
- Announcing the SMU [Southern Methodist University] Digital Repository, http://bit.ly/wzu3G9
- Bamboo Newsletter, Winter 2012 [Project Bamboo], http://bit.ly/zAn8F3
- Kindle Fire Dwarfs Other Android Tablets in Market Share after Just Three Months, http://t.co/gOtYrPCN
- Scholars Seek Better Ways to Track Impact Online, http://bit.ly/zkcdCV
- As Anonymous Protests, Internet Drowns in Inaccurate Anti-ACTA Arguments, http://bit.ly/wvgS1l
The University of Pittsburgh Library System is recruiting a Systems/Programmer III—Web Developer.
Here's an excerpt from the ad (position number: 0003830):
100% effort will be devoted to Web development and data transformation projects to support the ULS D-Scribe Digital Publishing Program (http://www.library.pitt.edu/dscribe) and other services. At various times, the incumbent will be expected to perform in the general areas of systems analysis; system design, data transformation, development, and needs assessment, resource planning and allocation, and independent execution of major projects. The incumbent will maintain communication with faculty, staff and students within libraries and throughout the University, with vendors and open source software developers and users worldwide.
The Faculty of 1000 has announced that it will launch its F1000 Research open access publishing program later this year.
Here's an excerpt from the announcement :
F1000 Research will diverge from traditional journal publishing as follows:
- Immediate publication (beyond an initial sanity check) upon submitting to the repository. . . .
- Open, post-publication peer review. . . .
- Revisioning of work. . . .
- Raw data repository. . . .
- "Article" format is not predefined. . . .
- "Article" content is not predefined. . . .
Many questions remain as F1000 Research is fine-tuned to break new ground in scholarly publishing.
- How much formal refereeing is required?
- What is an article amendment versus an update?
- What incentives are required to encourage post-publication refereeing, author response and revisions, and sharing of raw but template data?
- What author fees are appropriate for the different types of content?
The University of Waterloo Library is recruiting a Librarian, Digital Special Collections.
Here's an excerpt from the ad (job ID: 1561):
The University of Waterloo Library is seeking an innovative and dynamic professional librarian to fill a position in the Special Collections department. The successful candidate will, in collaboration with others, develop and implement the Library's digital preservation program, including policies, workflows and processes for the appraisal, acquisition, description, storage, preservation and discovery of University and Library academic and administrative digital assets, collections and archives.
Tina Chrzastowski has self-archived "Assessing the Value of Ebooks to Academic Libraries and Users" in IDEALS.
Here's an excerpt:
In 2010, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) Library agreed to take part in a global study of Elsevier electronic books (ebooks) sponsored by Elsevier Publishing. Ultimately, 129 UIUC faculty and graduate students participated in a logbook study that examined the ebook discovery process, detailed the way in which this group of researchers used ebooks, and queried users on the value they assigned to Elsevier ebooks. Going beyond the Elsevier survey, this study examines the value of ebooks both to UIUC users and to libraries, and it reports on an assessment of the ebook collection at UIUC including cost and use statistics. The results show that UIUC users assigned a high value to Elsevier ebooks for research purposes; this paper also determines that, in the broadest sense and as a collective format, ebooks offer libraries a better economic value than print books (pbooks) when comparing the cost of activities such as processing, circulation, storage and preservation.
- The Research Works Act: A Damaging Threat to Science [Lancet editorial], http://bit.ly/wWGdFG
- As USTR Insists ACTA Doesn't Need Congressional Approval, Wyden Asks State Dept. for a Second Opinion, http://bit.ly/AFy4U2
- Elsevier Needs to Get Out More, http://bit.ly/wpCq0E
- Most EU Members Sign ACTA; SOPA-Style Protests Building, http://bit.ly/zQqmzV
- UK Court Says You Can Copyright the Basic Idea of a Photograph, http://bit.ly/zXkYDi
The University of Virginia Library is recruiting an Audiovisual Conservator.
Here's an excerpt from the ad (posting number: 0609266):
The University of Virginia Library seeks a digitally savvy and energetic professional for the position of Audiovisual Conservator. . . .
The AV Conservator will direct the team of audiovisual stakeholders to determine the strategic direction for a comprehensive audiovisual stewardship program for a major research library system. This includes working with collection managers regarding audiovisual conservation treatment needs in order to establish priorities and to determine and evaluate long-range conservation planning for audiovisual materials; identifying and applying for potential sources of grant funding for conservation activities and writing narrative project reports; stabilizing, cleaning, housing, and evaluating the condition of audiovisual materials on physical media; performing in-house treatment and reformatting/digitization; managing outsourced audiovisual projects with vendors; determining and creating appropriate metadata; and processing large audiovisual collections and advising Special Collections staff on processing of audiovisual materials within larger archival collections.