Archive for July, 2012

Systems Librarian at Youngstown State University’s William F. Maag, Jr. Library

Posted in Library IT Jobs on July 17th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Youngstown State University's William F. Maag, Jr. Library is recruiting a Systems Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad (posting number: 0600225):

To be responsible for Maag Library's major computer based systems that support library functions, provide library services and/or store and provide access to information content. To administer computer servers, administer library applications on those servers, and design and administer databases that define the functionality of these systems. To report to Maag Library Executive Director, to serve with the Executive Director and the Electronic Services Librarian as a member of the Technology group and, as a member of the Technology group supports other Maag technical applications and equipment as needed.

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Open Access Status of Journal Articles from ERC-Funded Projects

Posted in Disciplinary Archives, Open Access, Publishing, Reports and White Papers, Scholarly Journals on July 17th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The European Research Council has released Open Access Status of Journal Articles from ERC-Funded Projects.

Here's an excerpt:

The main objective of this analysis is to estimate the extent to which journal articles from ERC funded projects are available in an open access. . . .

The results show that 62 % of journal articles from ERC funded projects are available in open access. The share of articles in open access varies across research domains. It is close to 70 % in Life Sciences, 65 % in Physical Sciences and Engineering and nearer 50 % in Social Sciences and Humanities. A comparison with the data on open access status provided by the grant holders in their mid-term reports shows that self-reporting leads to an underestimation of the proportion of open access articles.

| Open Access Bibliography: Liberating Scholarly Literature with E-Prints and Open Access Journals | Digital Scholarship |

Director, Library Technology at Lehigh University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs, Library IT Jobs on July 17th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Lehigh University is recruiting a Director, Library Technology.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

This position will plan, direct, and take a leadership role in the support of the digital library and library technology systems used by the Lehigh University Community.

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After UK’s RCUK Policy, European Commission Announces Another Major Open Access Policy

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Open Access, Open Science, Publishing, Scholarly Journals, Self-Archiving on July 17th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Yesterday DigitalKoans reported on the Research Councils UK's new open access policy. Today, the European Commission has announced another major open access policy.

Here's an excerpt from the press release:

The European Commission today outlined measures to improve access to scientific information produced in Europe. Broader and more rapid access to scientific papers and data will make it easier for researchers and businesses to build on the findings of public-funded research. This will boost Europe's innovation capacity and give citizens quicker access to the benefits of scientific discoveries. In this way, it will give Europe a better return on its €87 billion annual investment in R&D. The measures complement the Commission's Communication to achieve a European Research Area (ERA), also adopted today.

As a first step, the Commission will make open access to scientific publications a general principle of Horizon 2020, the EU's Research & Innovation funding programme for 2014-2020. As of 2014, all articles produced with funding from Horizon 2020 will have to be accessible:

  • articles will either immediately be made accessible online by the publisher ('Gold' open access)—up-front publication costs can be eligible for reimbursement by the European Commission; or
  • researchers will make their articles available through an open access repository no later than six months (12 months for articles in the fields of social sciences and humanities) after publication ('Green' open access).

The Commission has also recommended that Member States take a similar approach to the results of research funded under their own domestic programmes. The goal is for 60% of European publicly-funded research articles to be available under open access by 2016.

The Commission will also start experimenting with open access to the data collected during publicly funded research (e.g. the numerical results of experiments), taking into account legitimate concerns related to the fundee's commercial interests or to privacy.

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

Current News: Twitter Updates for 7/16/12

Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on July 16th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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Data Services/Metadata Librarian at Weill Cornell Medical College

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

Weill Cornell Medical College is recruiting a Data Services/Metadata Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The data services/metadata librarian supports the creation, discovery of and access to the institution's data and to the library's digital and print content through consultation, metadata creation, analysis, enrichment, and maintenance according to local and national cataloging and metadata standards.

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Project Archivist/ Digital Project Manager at University of California Berkeley

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

The University of California Berkeley is recruiting a Project Archivist/ Digital Project Manager.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The University of California, Berkeley, is seeking a Processing Archivist and Digital Project Manager whose primary responsibility will be the processing of two large architectural records collections. This is a full-time (1 FTE), temporary appointment for one year. The successful candidate will have experience with processing complex collections, demonstrated understanding of archival description and non-traditional materials, familiarity with archival standards (EAD, METS, MARC, MODS), and strong communication skills.

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"Government Response to the Finch Group Report: ‘Accessibility, Sustainability, Excellence: How to Expand Access to Research Publications’"

Posted in Creative Commons/Open Licenses, Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals, Self-Archiving on July 16th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

David Willetts, the UK Minister for Science and Universities, has issued "Government Response to the Finch Group Report: 'Accessibility, Sustainability, Excellence: How to Expand Access to Research Publications'."

Here's an excerpt:

The Government has listened carefully to what publishers, learned societies and the Finch Group collectively have had to say on this issue. We prefer the 'gold' over the 'green' model, especially where the research is taxpayer funded so the Government agrees with the sentiment expressed in the Finch Report. Embargo periods allowed by funding bodies for publishers should be short where publishers have chosen not to take up the preferred option of their receiving an Article Processing Charge (which provides payment in full for immediate publication by the 'gold OA' route). Where APC funds are not available to the publisher or learned society, for the publication of publicly-funded research, then publishers could reasonably insist on a longer more equitable embargo period. This could be up to 12 months for science, technology and engineering publications and longer for publications in those disciplines which require more time to secure payback. Even so, publications with embargo periods longer than two years may find it difficult to argue that they are also serving the public interest.

| Open Access Bibliography: Liberating Scholarly Literature with E-Prints and Open Access Journals | Digital Scholarship |

Research Councils UK Adopts New Open Access Policy

Posted in Creative Commons/Open Licenses, Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals, Self-Archiving on July 16th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Research Councils UK has adopted a new open access policy.

Here's an excerpt from the press release:

Research Councils UK (RCUK) has today, 16th July 2012, unveiled its new Open Access policy. Informed by the work of the National Working Group on Expanding Access to Published Research Findings, chaired by Professor Dame Janet Finch, the policy at once harmonises and makes significant changes to existing Research Councils' Open Access policies. . . .

The new policy, which will apply to all qualifying publications being submitted for publication from 1 April 2013, states that peer reviewed research papers which result from research that is wholly or partially funded by the Research Councils:

  • must be published in journals which are compliant with Research Council policy on Open Access, and;
  • must include details of the funding that supported the research, and a statement on how the underlying research materials such as data, samples or models can be accessed.

Criteria which journals must fulfill to be compliant with the Research Councils' Open Access policy are detailed within the policy, but include offering a 'pay to publish'; option or allowing deposit in a subject or institutional repository after a mandated maximum embargo period. In addition, the policy mandates use of 'CC-BY', the Creative Commons 'Attribution' license, when an APC is levied. The CC_BY licence allows others to modify, build upon and/or distribute the licensed work (including for commercial purposes) as long as the original author is credited.

The Research Councils will provide block grants to eligible UK Higher Education Institutions, approved independent research organisations and Research Council Institutes to support payment of the Article Processing Charges (APCs) associated with 'pay-to-publish'. In parallel, eligible organisations will be expected to set-up and manage their own publication funds. The Research Councils will work with eligible organisations to discuss the detail of the new approach to funding APCs and to ensure that appropriate and auditable mechanisms are put in place to manage the funds.

Along with HEFCE and other relevant Funding Bodies, we shall monitor these policies actively, both to review their effects and to ensure that our joint objectives on Open Access are being met.

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

Web Developer/Digital Content Specialist at St. Charles City-County Library District

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

The St. Charles City-County Library District is recruiting a Web Developer/Digital Content Specialist.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Web Developer responsible for technical aspects of the District's web services and digital content. Also develops and maintains District Mobile Apps and will be lead person for Electronic Media, including hardware/software troubleshooting and management.

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"Multi-Stage Open Peer Review: Scientific Evaluation Integrating the Strengths of Traditional Peer Review with the Virtues of Transparency and Self-Regulation"

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

Ulrich Pöschl has published "Multi-Stage Open Peer Review: Scientific Evaluation Integrating the Strengths of Traditional Peer Review with the Virtues of Transparency and Self-Regulation" in Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience.

Here's an excerpt:

The traditional forms of scientific publishing and peer review do not live up to all demands of efficient communication and quality assurance in today's highly diverse and rapidly evolving world of science. They need to be advanced and complemented by interactive and transparent forms of review, publication, and discussion that are open to the scientific community and to the public. The advantages of open access, public peer review, and interactive discussion can be efficiently and flexibly combined with the strengths of traditional scientific peer review.

| Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography 2010 | Digital Scholarship |

Digital Collections and Metadata Lead at Mount Holyoke College’s Library, Information, and Technology Services

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

Mount Holyoke College's Library, Information, and Technology Services is recruiting a Digital Collections and Metadata Lead.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to the Head of Digital Assets and Preservation Services (DAPS), the Digital Collections and Metadata Lead manages digital repository systems and supports day-to-day operations of the department. Collaborates closely with other LITS departments and MHC units to develop rich local and unique digital collections, especially those that showcase the work of faculty and students and support the College's mission of teaching excellence.

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"A Study of Faculty Data Curation Behaviors and Attitudes at a Teaching-Centered University"

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on July 15th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Jeanine Marie Scaramozzino, Marisa L. Ramírez, and Karen J. McGaughey have published "A Study of Faculty Data Curation Behaviors and Attitudes at a Teaching-Centered University" in the latest issue of College & Research Libraries.

Here's an excerpt:

This paper describes information gathered from a survey distributed to the College of Science and Mathematics faculty at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly), a master's-granting, teaching-centered institution. There was a more than 60 percent response rate to the survey. The survey results provided insight into the science researchers' data curation awareness, behaviors, and attitudes, as well as what needs they exhibited for services and education regarding maintenance and management of data. It is important that professional librarians understand what researchers both inside and outside their own institutions know so that they can collaborate with their university colleagues to examine data curation needs.

| Digital Curation Bibliography: Preservation and Stewardship of Scholarly Works | Digital Scholarship |

Current News: Twitter Updates for 7/12/12

Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on July 12th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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Scholarly Communication Program Case Study: "Relational Communications: Developing Key Connections"

Posted in Author Rights, Open Access, Research Libraries, Scholarly Communication on July 12th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Micah Vandegrift and Gloria Colvin have published "Relational Communications: Developing Key Connections" in the latest issue of College & Research Libraries News.

Here's an excerpt:

Two years ago use of the terms scholarly communication and open access on the Florida State University (FSU) campus was limited primarily to library administrators and a few library and teaching faculty. But, in a relatively short time, we have dramatically increased awareness of these topics on our campus and accomplished many of our goals. Our focus has been on promoting authors' rights, the option to archive publications in open access repositories, and the evolution of scholarly publication in a digital environment, rather than a focus on the serials crisis facing libraries. Looking back over these past two years, the relationships that we developed along the way have been foundational to our success. Here, we discuss development of the FSU program and key steps we took, which we hope are instructive to others in developing a scholarly communication program.

| Open Access Bibliography: Liberating Scholarly Literature with E-Prints and Open Access Journals | Digital Scholarship |

"Taking Stock of the Creative Commons Experiment: Monitoring the Use of Creative Commons Licenses and Evaluating Its Implications for the Future of Creative Commons and for Copyright Law"

Posted in Copyright, Creative Commons/Open Licenses on July 12th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Giorgos Cheliotis, Warren Chik, Ankit Guglani, and Giri Kumar Tayi have self-archived "Taking Stock of the Creative Commons Experiment: Monitoring the Use of Creative Commons Licenses and Evaluating Its Implications for the Future of Creative Commons and for Copyright Law" in SSRN.

Here's an excerpt:

We provide data demonstrating the popularity of CC, examine which specific license types within the CC framework are most popular, and then identify contributing factors for the relative popularity of some of the license types. This includes individual author incentives, the consistency and aims of the online communities which adopt CC as a licensing model, the underlying medium (text, photography, audio, video or interactive
content), the intended use of the work, as well as the sociopolitical, legal and economic background of the jurisdictions where the works are being produced. We show that the spread of the licenses is global and encompasses both developed and developing nations with varied cultural and historical backgrounds, which we claim is indicative of a general social shift towards more open collaboration and the rise of a new global consciousness of sharing and participation across national borders. . . . In conclusion we examine to what extent copyright law and policy should be informed by the needs and choices of this new generation of authors adopting CC licenses, also taking into consideration the changing interests of society in the digital age.

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


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