Archive for September, 2012

"Linked Data Services for Theses and Dissertations"

Posted in Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs), Linking, Linked Data, and Semantic Web on September 9th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Thomas Johnson and Michael Boock have self-archived "Linked Data Services for Theses and Dissertations" in ScholarsArchive at Oregon State University.

Here's an excerpt:

This paper details work at Oregon State University to create a Linked Dataset covering the University's theses and dissertations. Using data from existing MARC and Qualified Dublin Core records, we have established a process and model for crosswalking data from existing records into a variety of Semantic Web vocabularies. Our approach is to create basic services on a dedicated thesis and dissertation interface, incrementally extending those available through our institutional repository. We describe services implemented, those in progress and plans for continued work. We also address the limitations of our existing metadata and resulting challenges in crosswalking and interoperability.

| Institutional Repository and ETD Bibliography 2011 | Digital Scholarship |

Computer Systems Analyst at Virginia Tech’s Newman Library

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on September 6th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Virginia Tech's Newman Library is recruiting a Computer Systems Analyst.

Here's an excerpt from the ad (posting number:0122286):

Virginia Tech's Newman Library is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Computer Systems Analyst. This position writes code to improve locally developed and community-driven software from application development through deployment. Automates metadata discovery, extraction, creation and/or migration. Supports digital preservation strategies (e.g., writing plugins, monitoring networked caches). Supports digital library, repository, publishing, and virtual community systems by writing and/or using programs, including Java, Python, Ruby, Perl, PHP, MySQL, CSS, HTML, and JavaScript. Performs project related work.

| Digital Scholarship |

Researcher Attitudes and Behaviour Towards the ‘Openness’ of Research Outputs in Agriculture and Related Fields

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on September 6th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Coherence in Information for Agricultural Research for Development has released Researcher Attitudes and Behaviour Towards the 'Openness' of Research Outputs in Agriculture and Related Fields.

Here's an excerpt:

An online worldwide survey of researchers in agriculture and related fields was carried out in March 2011 by the CGIAR, FAO and GFAR on behalf of the CIARD (Coherence in Information for Agricultural Research for Development) initiative. The aim of the survey was to gain greater understanding of researcher behaviours and attitudes in relation to communicating research outputs and making such outputs open and accessible. There were almost 1500 responses to the survey, with 50% of respondents identifying that they worked in Latin America and 33% in Africa. The survey analysis shows that, although researchers are driven in their work by many different and interacting motivations, institutional/organizational factors are very important and have much influence over individuals' behaviour. Often, making a research output freely and openly available can be in the hands of the individual, and some will act in this way. However, for many others there are perceived barriers to this, such as the lack of required resources and of institutional policies to drive these activities. Further, current behaviours in choosing routes to communicate research results are still strongly biased toward the traditional routes of publishing in journals and books and appearing at conferences, though the availability and increasing use of digital formats is starting to broaden the spread of communication pathways used. The paper ends with reference to the relevance and importance to the CIARD initiative of the results of the survey.

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

Programmer/Web Developer at Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries

Posted in Library IT Jobs on September 6th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries is recruiting a Programmer/Web Developer.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Software Programmer works to support consortial initiatives by designing, developing, implementing, and maintaining tools and applications for use in services such as the Prospector union catalog (http://www.coalliance.org/prospector), the Gold Rush serials/e-resource management system (http://goldrush.coalliance.org), database licensing initiatives and general Website development and support. Some of the software is commercially acquired and the programmer will develop or add-on related functionality, other software has been locally developed and is completely under local control. Open source tools and services are used when possible.

| Digital Scholarship |

"E-Content: Opportunity and Risk"

Posted in Electronic Resources on September 6th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Shelton Waggener has published "E-Content: Opportunity and Risk" in the latest issue of EDUCAUSE Review.

Here's an excerpt:

During the last eighteen months, first as the Associate Vice Chancellor and Chief Information Officer at the University of California-Berkeley and more recently as Senior Vice President at Internet2, I have been engaged in conversations with peers from around the country to determine the risks, challenges, opportunities, and best practices associated with a full e-content environment. Simply put, almost every institution is scrambling to develop and implement an e-content strategy. Even those schools that started early and thought they had a strong plan and a clear path forward are now revisiting their plans based on the rapid pace of change. The following guide has been developed as a quick reference "do and don't" checklist, providing a few observations from these discussions. Some of the recommendations are short-term strategies; others are better for a long-term approach. All can provide guidance during this time of momentous change.

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

Metadata and Digital Initiatives Librarian at Wichita State University Libraries

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on September 5th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Wichita State University Libraries are recruiting a Metadata and Digital Initiatives Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Wichita State University Libraries is seeking an enthusiastic, creative, and forward thinking librarian to join the Libraries as an active participant in providing support to the research and data management needs of our campus community. The Metadata and Digital Initiatives Librarian will work in a dynamic and flexible environment, focusing on creation and access management of digital collections, provision of metadata for diverse materials including print and digital collections, and training and supervision as assigned.

| Digital Scholarship |

"Tectonic Movements toward OA in the UK and Europe"

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals, Self-Archiving on September 5th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Peter Suber has published "Tectonic Movements toward OA in the UK and Europe" in the latest issue of the SPARC Open Access Newsletter.

Here's an excerpt:

Because this article is long, I'm including a table of contents:

1. Three major OA announcements from the UK on the same day

2. Some recent history as context for these announcements

3. Basics of the new RCUK policy

4. Basics of the Finch recommendations

5. General agreement between the RCUK policy and Finch recommendations

6. Appreciation of the large-scale shift to OA in the UK

7. Some consequences for journals and authors

8. Responding to publisher fears of green OA

9. Objections and recommendations

10. Announcements from Europe the day after the UK announcements

| Transforming Scholarly Publishing through Open Access: A Bibliography: "This bibliography is recommended for everyone interested in open access publishing." — M. Blobaum, Journal of the Medical Library Association 100, no. 1 (2012): 73. | Digital Scholarship |

Director, Systemwide Digital Library Services at California State University’s Office of the Chancellor

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on September 5th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The California State University's Office of the Chancellor is recruiting a Director, Systemwide Digital Library Services.

Here's an excerpt from the ad (job ID: 863):

The California State University, Office of the Chancellor, is seeking a Director of Systemwide Digital Library Services who is responsible for the entire life cycle of each system and project with a particular focus on open source systems from requirements gathering to deployment and maintenance. As the leader of a team actively engaged in applied research and development, the Director provides technology and design leadership, management of systemwide projects with 23 campus libraries, supervises staff, and oversees the work of external partners in the development of new systems and services.

| Digital Scholarship |

Middleware and Managing Data and Knowledge in a Data-Rich World

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Reports and White Papers on September 5th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Trans-European Research and Education Networking Association has released Middleware and Managing Data and Knowledge in a Data-Rich World.

Here's an excerpt:

This report explores the important aspects of data handling and storage in the context of future research networks and the associated services. The study encompasses networking requirements, storage, middleware, data policies, and data origin, each of which is considered from the standpoint of five disciplines: Genomics, High Energy Physics, Digital Cultural Heritage, Radio Astronomy, and Distributed Music Performance.

| Research Data Curation Bibliography | Digital Scholarship |

Data Services Specialist at Purdue University Libraries

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on September 4th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Purdue University Libraries are recruiting a Data Services Specialist.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Data Services Specialist will work with faculty and staff to integrate data services throughout the Libraries. The Data Services Specialist will work centrally to design, develop and implement resources, tools, and systems. S/he will assess Libraries faculty and staff needs for professional development and training in this area; advise in the use of effective data management tools and activities; collaborate with campus partners in support of data services; monitor and research new data curation approaches and technologies that may be applicable to data services; and facilitate the implementation of data service innovations. S/he will lead the Data Working Group, a Libraries-wide group which coordinates training and data services best practices.

| Digital Scholarship |

Moving Towards an Open Access Future: The Role of Academic Libraries

Posted in Libraries, Open Access, Reports and White Papers, Research Libraries on September 4th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Sage has released Moving Towards an Open Access Future: The Role of Academic Libraries.

Here's an excerpt:

On 26 April 2012, a group of 14 librarians and other industry experts met together at the British Library to discuss the role of the academic library in an open access (OA) future. The aims of the roundtable were to provide an international perspective on the likely impact of an open access future on librarians, to identify support and skills required for librarians in such a future, and to further current discussion on support for the library community from their institutions, publishers, funders and other parties.

The group discussed a number of key questions, beginning with setting parameters for what the likely shift towards OA might be in different disciplines and different geographic regions, then considering what the impact of such a shift would mean for the academic library community. This report is a summary of that discussion and the opinions of all participants.

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

Assistant University Librarian for Technology Services at University of Georgia Libraries

Posted in Digital Library Jobs, Library IT Jobs on September 4th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of Georgia Libraries are recruiting an Assistant University Librarian for Technology Services.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The University of Georgia Libraries seeks a forward-thinking, results-oriented leader for the position of Assistant University Librarian (AUL) for Technology Services to help refine and implement the information technology vision of the UGA Libraries and the statewide GALILEO virtual library. The AUL serves as part of the senior library management team and is responsible to the University Librarian and Associate Provost for the overall administration and coordination of IT support services for the University of Georgia Libraries. The AUL is also responsible for the staff at the UGA Libraries who support GALILEO (Georgia's statewide virtual library) and GIL (the University System of Georgia's (USG) library management system) and for coordinating their activities with the Executive Director for Library Services of the Board of Regents (BOR), USG.

| Digital Scholarship |


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