Archive for February, 2012

Research Data Librarian at University of Maryland Libraries

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on February 16th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of Maryland Libraries are recruiting a Research Data Librarian (post-Master's program, two-year term).

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to the Manager, Digital Stewardship, the Research Data Librarian: actively participates in university-wide initiatives to develop and design policies, sustainable services, and infrastructure to enable faculty and students to preserve and make available their research data; partners with internal units (such as GIS and DRUM — Digital Repository of University of Maryland) and external units (such as Vice President for Research, Office of Information Technology (OIT) Enterprise Technical Infrastructure and Learning Technologies and Environments, and the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities) to develop a data-publishing model that leverages library services in support of data management and preservation; assists faculty with development of data management plans for grant applications; serves as an active member of the Information Technology Division, contributing to divisional initiatives and leading specific projects; incorporates support for data management and preservation into library services; and maintains close engagement with issues relating to scholarly communications such as copyright, open access, and data management and preservation.

| E-science and Academic Libraries Bibliography | Digital Scholarship |

Ithaka S+R Research Support Services for Scholars: History Project. Interim Report: Interviews with Research Support Professionals

Posted in Digital Humanities, Scholarly Communication on February 16th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Ithaka S+R has released the Ithaka S+R Research Support Services for Scholars: History Project. Interim Report: Interviews with Research Support Professionals.

Here's an excerpt:

Funded by the NEH, Ithaka S+R’s History Project, part of the Research Support Services for Scholars Program, will explore the information support needs and changing research practices of academic historians in the United States. The evolution of technology and its impact on scholarship in the humanities has sparked and sustained the wide-spread Digital Humanities movement. Historians in particular have engaged new technologies, and the subsequently enabled research methodologies and publication platforms are transforming the field. Consequently, many support service providers would like to better understand the evolving practices of historians and adapt their services to facilitate these new processes.

For the first phase of the Research Support Services for Scholars History Project, Ithaka S+R interviewed professionals who work in support of the scholarly life cycle of historians. Before interviewing faculty directly, it was important to establish an understanding of the breadth of support available to history faculty on campus, as well as the environment and institutions that support their research from concept to publication. The goal for this set of interviews was to explore the different types of service models currently engaged for supporting history research on campus and the challenges that research support professionals are facing in today’s rapidly evolving research environment.

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Digital Archivist at Florida State University Libraries

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on February 16th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Florida State University Libraries are recruiting a Digital Archivist.

Here's an excerpt ad:

The Florida State University Libraries seeks a Digital Archivist to develop, implement, and provide leadership for digital initiatives involving Special Collections materials and services. The Digital Archivist will be creative, dynamic, and articulate and be skilled in digitization, metadata, project and website management, and digital preservation. The Digital Archivist will report to the Associate Dean for Special Collections and Archives.

| Digital Curation and Preservation Bibliography | Digital Scholarship |

Open Definition Licenses Service Launched

Posted in Creative Commons/Open Licenses on February 16th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Open Knowledge Foundation has launched the Open Definition Licenses Service.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

The service is ultra simple in purpose and function. It provides:

  • Information on licenses for open data, open content, and open-source software in machine readable form (JSON)
  • A simple web API that allows you retrieve this information over the web — including using javascript in a browser via JSONP

In addition to the service there’s also:

  • A licenses git repo and project on github
  • An Open Licenses dataset on the DataHub. . . .

There's data on more than 100 open (and a few closed) licenses including all OSI-approved open source licenses and all Open Definition conformant open data and content licenses. Also included are a few closed licenses as well as "generics" — licensed representing a category (useful where a user does not know the exact license but knows, for example, that the material only requires attribution).

| Transforming Scholarly Publishing through Open Access: A Bibliography | Digital Scholarship Publications Overview |

Current News: Twitter Updates for 2/15/12

Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on February 15th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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Digital Technologies/Systems Librarian at Boston University’s Pappas Law Library

Posted in Library IT Jobs on February 15th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Boston University's Pappas Law Library is recruiting a Digital Technologies/Systems Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Provide technology and systems expertise to ensure that the Law Library optimally utilizes all existing digital technologies as well as investigates new technologies that enhance the discovery and delivery of legal information to faculty and students. Working collaboratively with managers and librarians from all units in the Library, as well as librarians at other Boston University libraries, the Digital Technologies & Systems Librarian continually implements new library technologies and online systems to improve workflow and services.

| Institutional Repository Bibliography | Digital Scholarship Publications Overview |

Journal of Digital Humanities to Launch in March

Posted in Digital Humanities, E-Journals, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on February 15th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Journal of Digital Humanities will launch this March.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

Digital Humanities Now is pleased to announce the Journal of Digital Humanities (ISSN 2165-6673), forthcoming in March 2012. In this comprehensive, peer-reviewed journal we will feature the best scholarship, projects, and tools produced by the digital humanities community in the previous quarter.

The Journal of Digital Humanities will offer expanded coverage of the digital humanities in three ways. First, we publish scholarly work beyond the traditional research article. Second, we select content from open and public discussions in the field. Third, we encourage continued discussion through peer-to-peer review.

The journal will be comprised of individual works that were selected as Editors' Choice in Digital Humanities Now. These works range from written texts, to visual arguments, to audio-visual presentations. In order to promote the peer review of non-traditional scholarship, each issue will include solicited reviews of digital tools. When the community focuses extensively on a particular topic, a special section of the issue will feature the broader conversation. In our inaugural issue, Natalia Cecire, a postdoctoral fellow at the Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry at Emory University, will introduce and guest edit a special section about theory and the digital humanities.

| Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography, Version 80 | Digital Scholarship |

Associate University Librarian—Collections and Library Information Systems at University of California, Santa Cruz Library

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on February 15th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of California, Santa Cruz Library is recruiting an Associate University Librarian—Collections and Library Information Systems.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Assistant/Associate University Librarian Collections and Library Information Systems (AUL/CLIS) is a member of the Library's senior management team and has overall responsibility for Library collections, including collection development, the collection budget; acquisitions, cataloging, metadata creation, and serials management; digitization projects, preservation, and scholarly communication; and information systems. In addition, this position provides leadership for the Digital Library Program (DLP) which is dedicated to the production, maintenance, delivery, and preservation of a wide range of high-quality networked resources for scholars and students.

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"A Study of Open Access Journals Using Article Processing Charges"

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on February 15th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

David J. Solomon and Bo-Christer Björk have self-archived "A Study of Open Access Journals Using Article Processing Charges".

Here's an excerpt:

Article Processing Charges (APCs) are a central mechanism for funding Open Access (OA) scholarly publishing. We studied the APCs charged and article volumes of journals that were listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals as charging APCs. These included 1,370 journals that published 100,697 articles in 2010. The average APC was 906 US Dollars (USD) calculated over journals and 904 US Dollars USD calculated over articles. The price range varied between 8 and 3,900 USD, with the lowest prices charged by journals published in developing countries and the highest by journals with high impact factors from major international publishers. Journals in Biomedicine represent 59% of the sample and 58% of the total article volume. They also had the highest APCs of any discipline. Professionally published journals, both for profit and nonprofit had substantially higher APCs than society, university or scholar/researcher published journals. These price estimates are lower than some previous studies of OA publishing and much lower than is generally charged by subscription publishers making individual articles open access in what are termed hybrid journals.

| Transforming Scholarly Publishing through Open Access: A Bibliography | Digital Scholarship Publications Overview |

Data Processing Automation Programmer at University of Michigan Library

Posted in Digital Library Jobs, Library IT Jobs on February 14th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of Michigan Library is recruiting a Data Processing Automation Programmer (3-year term position with the possibility for renewal).

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

DLPS is looking for a talented, resourceful programmer to develop, maintain, document, and monitor software systems. Primary focus will be placed on developing highly reliable software tools for routine data processing on a large scale. Specific processing tasks include file format conversion, optical character recognition (OCR), metadata insertion, transformation, validation, and transfer. Work includes assessing needs and specifying software requirements. Development of web interfaces for process management may be needed as well. Other tasks will vary but include, for example, preparing documentation and the development of digital library access systems.

| Electronic Theses and Dissertations Bibliography | Digital Scholarship |

"How the Scientific Community Reacts to Newly Submitted Preprints: Article Downloads, Twitter Mentions, and Citations"

Posted in Open Access, Scholarly Communication, Scholarly Metrics, Self-Archiving on February 14th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Xin Shuai, Alberto Pepe, Johan Bollen have self-archived "How the Scientific Community Reacts to Newly Submitted Preprints: Article Downloads, Twitter Mentions, and Citations" in arXiv.org.

Here's an excerpt:

We analyze the online response of the scientific community to the preprint publication of scholarly articles. We employ a cohort of 4,606 scientific articles submitted to the preprint database arXiv.org between October 2010 and April 2011. We study three forms of reactions to these preprints: how they are downloaded on the arXiv.org site, how they are mentioned on the social media site Twitter, and how they are cited in the scholarly record. We perform two analyses. First, we analyze the delay and time span of article downloads and Twitter mentions following submission, to understand the temporal configuration of these reactions and whether significant differences exist between them. Second, we run correlation tests to investigate the relationship between Twitter mentions and both article downloads and article citations. We find that Twitter mentions follow rapidly after article submission and that they are correlated with later article downloads and later article citations, indicating that social media may be an important factor in determining the scientific impact of an article.

| Transforming Scholarly Publishing through Open Access: A Bibliography| Digital Scholarship Publications Overview |

Two Consultants for the Research Collections and Preservation Consortium (ReCAP)

Posted in Library IT Jobs on February 14th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The New York Public Library is recruiting two consultants two consultants for Research Collections and Preservation Consortium (ReCAP).

Here's an excerpt from the ad for a Technology Consultant ReCap Discovery to Delivery Project:

NYPL seeks a Technology Consultant to support the work of the Workflow and Technology Subcommittee (WTS). The Technology Consultant will work closely with the Technology Architect and the Planning Consultant but will also provide deliverables directly to the WTS.

The Technology Consultant will be engaged to perform the following activities:

1. Prepare a technology environmental scan:

a. Identify current technologies available in the ReCAP partner libraries and the ReCAP facility to support discovery, request and delivery, collections management, and collections development

Describe the software systems currently in use to support these library functions at each of the three ReCAP partners and at the ReCAP facility. Include local and external systems that are used by these institutions.

b. In conjunction with the Technology Architect, identify options for software systems to support those four required elements of the shared collection (discovery, request and delivery, collections management, and collections development).

Based on research and domain knowledge, describe software systems (and related services) that could be used to support those functions in the context of a shared collection. Provide a general description of their functionality and their attributes e.g. propriety or open-source, perpetual license or subscription, and/or other attributes as advised by the Technology Consultant. Provide a preliminary assessment of the pros and cons of each system for use by ReCAP shared collections. Note: this activity is intended to describe potential technologies in general, not to recommend specific choices at this time.

Deliverable: A written report to the Technology Architect and the WTS due by April 31, 2012.

2. Make recommendations to the Technology Architect and the WTS about the design of systems infrastructure to support both user-facing and staff-facing services at each member institution to support shared collections.

Working as part of a team including the Technology Architect, the Workflow Consultant, and the Planning Consultant, incorporate information about new services, revised workflows, and system options to produce recommendations about the system infrastructure needed to support ReCAP shared collections. Specific tasks include:

  • Review findings and recommendations made by the Workflow Consultant, who will be engaged to evaluate current workflows associated with selection from the partner libraries for ingest into the ReCAP facility, and to recommend appropriate modifications to these workflows and related technology services necessary to support the shared collection. The Workflow Consultant’s initial report is expected to be available in summer 2012.
  • Consider findings by the Planning Consultant regarding desired organizational structure, governance, and cost-sharing (as available).
  • Assess existing software products applicable to shared collections (as identified in Activity #1) and recommend appropriate solutions for the ReCAP partners’ shared collections system architecture.
  • Identify any needed systems or functionality not currently available in existing software products, with recommendations about how best to fill gaps.
  • Assist the Technology Architect in gathering cost information for implementing or developing the recommended system solutions.

Deliverable: A report to the Technology Architect and the WTS due by September 30, 2012 describing the Technology Consultant’s recommendations for system solutions to support ReCAP shared collections. The report will include any recommendations with respect to priorities, development, or implementation scheduling.

For the complete RFP please contact Joseph Brucia at josephbrucia@nypl.org

Here's an excerpt from the ad for a Workflow Consultant ReCAP Discovery to Delivery Project:

NYPL seeks a Workflow Consultant to support the work of the Workflow and Technology Subcommittee (WTS). The Workflow Consultant will work closely with the Planning Consultant and the technology team but will provide deliverables directly to the WTS.

The Workflow Consultant will be engaged to perform the following activities:

1. Evaluate current workflows associated with transferring materials to and retrieving materials from the ReCAP facility

The Workflow Consultant will document existing workflows at the partner libraries necessary to perform these activities:

  • Select and prepare materials for transfer to ReCAP
  • Request, receive, and return materials needed from ReCAP

The Workflow Consultant will also document workflows at the ReCAP facility necessary to perform these activities:

  • Ingest and shelve new materials from each partner (including use of inventory control system)
  • Respond to request, retrieve, deliver, return and reshelve requested materials.

2. Recommend appropriate modifications to these workflows and related technology services necessary to support the shared collection Deliverables:

Deliverables:

  • An initial report to the WTS due by July 31, 2012 describing current workflows and the Workflow Consultant’s recommendations for workflow changes and system changes necessary to support ReCAP shared collections.
  • A final report due September 30, 2012 based on continued participation in planning discussions with the WTS and the project team, to incorporate modifications based on subsequent decisions about services, organization, or collection management.

For complete RFP please contact Joseph Brucia at josephbrucia@nypl.org

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