Archive for October, 2012

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Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on October 31st, 2012

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    California Digital Library Launches eScholarship PLUS

    Posted in Open Access, Publishing on October 31st, 2012

    The California Digital Library has launched eScholarship PLUS.

    Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

    The California Digital Library is pleased to announce a new print-on-demand (POD) and ebook distribution/sales service for books and journals published in eScholarship, the University of California's open access (OA) publishing platform. This service will enable publishing units within UC to develop hybrid OA business models for their publications. Books and journals enrolled in this service will be freely accessible via eScholarship while simultaneously offered for sale in POD and ebook formats via self-branded ecommerce storefronts and through retail affiliates such as Amazon.com.

    In order to support this new publishing model, eScholarship has contracted with Lulu to provide a POD/ebook publishing and ecommerce platform. Working with the Lulu-powered platform will offer many significant advantages to publishing units.

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      Library Server Specialist at California State University, Northridge Library

      Posted in Library IT Jobs on October 31st, 2012

      The California State University, Northridge Library is recruiting a Library Server Specialist.

      Here's an excerpt from the ad:

      Under general supervision, the Library Server Specialist oversees the Linux servers run by the Oviatt Library; administers, programs, troubleshoots and maintains virtual servers provided by campus Information Technology; installs applications and patches; develops Bash, Perl, PHP and SQL scripts to automate tasks and monitor system performance; monitors servers for potential security issues/intrusion attacks; provides programming and other support to Library Systems staff; works with central Information Technology staff in managing the Library's virtual servers hosted by central IT; works on special projects, and performs other duties as assigned.

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        Coordinator of Discovery Services Librarian/Lecturer at University of North Carolina Wilmington Library

        Posted in Library IT Jobs on October 31st, 2012

        The University of North Carolina Wilmington Library is recruiting a Coordinator of Discovery Services Librarian/Lecturer.

        Here's an excerpt from the ad:

        The person in this position works in the Information Technology and Systems Division and coordinates the planning, management, development, implementation and continuous assessment of Randall Library's web presence, ensuring that services provided meet users' information and research needs and expectations, enhance the user experience, and support the Library's strategic plan.

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          Measuring the Impact of Digital Resources: The Balanced Value Impact Model

          Posted in Digital Humanities, Digital Libraries, Electronic Resources, Reports and White Papers on October 31st, 2012

          King's College London has released Measuring the Impact of Digital Resources: The Balanced Value Impact Model.

          Here's an excerpt:

          This document synthesizes information from the whole Impact Assessment sector and then proposes the Balanced Value Impact Model as a means to effectively carry out an Impact Assessment relating to the benefits of digitization and digital resources in general. It seeks to help the communities identified above to provide a compelling argument for future work. Thus, you will find in this document information on:

          • Where the value and impact can be found in digital resources,
          • Who are the beneficiaries gaining from the impact and value,
          • How to measure change and impact for digital resources,
          • What makes for good indicators of change in people’s lives,
          • How to do an Impact Assessment using the Balanced Value Impact Model, and
          • How to present a convincing evidence-based argument for digital resources?

          | Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography 2010 | Digital Scholarship |

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            Digital and Web Services Librarian at Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology

            Posted in Digital Library Jobs, Library IT Jobs on October 30th, 2012

            The Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology Digital and Web Services Librarian is recruiting a Digital and Web Services Librarian.

            Here's an excerpt from the ad:

            The Digital and Web Services librarian will have responsibility for the integrity, organization, and currency of the SIAST library web presence. The librarian will also provide training and guidance to website content editors across the library and create user-orientated documentation and reference guides to enable them to easily perform web-related functions; this includes ensuring that best practices for web content writing are followed. The librarian will: conduct training seminars and user group information sessions addressing website maintenance and policies, use of new technologies, etc.; provide support for library areas in organizing and presenting information. This librarian also coordinates digitization projects library-wide, works with other librarians in setting standards for the creation of content and metadata, and represents the library to other groups around SIAST.

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              UNT Libraries: Open Access Fund Research Report

              Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Reports and White Papers, Research Libraries on October 30th, 2012

              The University of North Texas Libraries have released the UNT Libraries: Open Access Fund Research Report.

              Here's the abstract:

              This report discusses Open Access (OA) funds created at universities in order to assist faculty authors with Article Processing Charges (APCs). Building on the research initiatives of the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), thirty North American universities' OA fund initiatives were reviewed on their sponsors, eligibility, reimbursement criteria, and stipulations related to the fund. In addition, fifteen OA journal funding models and twelve hybrid journal funding models were reviewed on their average APCs and their licensing policies. This report serves as a framework for building upon emerging best practices and outlining possible approaches and considerations for the University of North Texas.

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

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                Director—Library Technology Services at Middle Tennessee State University Library

                Posted in Library IT Jobs on October 30th, 2012

                The Middle Tennessee State University Library is recruiting a Director—Library Technology Services.

                Here's an excerpt from the ad:

                Contribute to the Walker Library strategic and operational plans through the development and implementation of effective technology systems that advance the capability for delivery of services and support of the productivity systems of the Walker Library. Direct the implementation and support of a wide variety of technology in the Library to include: hardware and software for public and staff computer use; server administration; support network architecture within the library; interfaces with the integrated library system (ILS) and other third-party enterprise systems. Consult with library professionals regarding placement of social media, web site support and the integration of web based library productivity software.

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                  Curating for Quality: Ensuring Data Quality to Enable New Science

                  Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Reports and White Papers on October 30th, 2012

                  The UNC School of Information & Library Science has released Curating for Quality: Ensuring Data Quality to Enable New Science.

                  Here's an excerpt:

                  The National Science Foundation sponsored a workshop on September 10 and 11, 2012, in Arlington, Virginia on "Curating for Quality: Ensuring Data Quality to Enable New Science." Individuals from government, academic and industry settings gathered to discuss issues, strategies and priorities for ensuring quality in collections of data. This workshop aimed to define data quality research issues and potential solutions. The workshop objectives were organized into four clusters: (1) data quality criteria and contexts, (2) human and institutional factors, (3) tools for effective and painless curation, and (4) metrics for data quality. . . .

                  The workshop identified several key challenges that include:

                  • selection strategies—how to determine what is most valuable to preserve
                  • how much and which context to include—how to insure that data is interpretable and usable in the future, what metadata to include
                  • tools and techniques to support painless curation—creating and sharing tools and techniques that apply across disciplines
                  • cost and accountability models—how to balance selection, context decisions with cost constraints.

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

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                    "Suing HathiTrust"

                    Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars, Mass Digitizaton, Publishing on October 29th, 2012

                    C.E. Petit has published "Suing HathiTrust" in Scrivener's Error: Warped Weft.

                    Here's an excerpt:

                    This is an initial review only of the third segment of the Google BookScan lawsuits, generally known as the "HathiTrust suit" and formally known as Authors' Guild, Inc. v. HathiTrust, No. 11-6351 (S.D.N.Y.) (Baer, J.). The first two segments were the Authors' Guild's lawsuit against Google, and the publishers' lawsuit against Google (which were later consolidated… and at this writing may be severing). As a side note, the HathiTrust matter was referred to Judge Chin for further consolidation with the existing GBS suits, but was rejected as not sufficiently related… and inconsistent with Judge Chin's elevation to the Second Circuit, although the rejection did not emphasize that issue.

                    | A Look Back at 23 Years as an Open Access Publisher | Digital Scholarship |

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                      Lead Programmer/Analyst at SUNY College at Cortland Library

                      Posted in Library IT Jobs on October 29th, 2012

                      The SUNY College at Cortland Library is recruiting a Lead Programmer/Analyst.

                      Here's an excerpt from the ad:

                      The Applications Administrator will provide support and development of all Library IT services including the library management system (Aleph), Libguides, Library portal and website, EZProxy, Interlibrary loan software (Illiad) and OCLC.

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                        "Digitization of Cultural Heritage—Standards, Institutions, Initiatives"

                        Posted in Digital Libraries, Digitization on October 29th, 2012

                        Kalina Sotirova, Juliana Peneva, Stanislav Ivanov, Rositza Doneva, and Milena Dobreva have self-archived "Digitization of Cultural Heritage—Standards, Institutions, Initiatives" in the NBU Scholar Electronic Repository.

                        Here's an excerpt:

                        The first chapter "Digitization of Cultural Heritage—Standards, Institutions, Initiatives" provides an introduction to the area of digitisation. The main pillars of process of creating, preserving and accessing of cultural heritage in digital space are observed. The importance of metadata in the process of accessing to information is outlined. The metadata schemas and standards used in cultural heritage are discussed. In order to reach digital objects in virtual space they are organized in digital libraries. Contemporary digital libraries are trying to deliver richer and better functionality, which usually is user oriented and depending on current IT trend. Additionally, the chapter is focused on some initiatives on world and European level that during the years enforce the process of digitization and organizing digital objects in the cultural heritage domain. In recent years, the main focus in the creation of digital resources shifts from "system-centred" to "user-centred" since most of the issues around this content are related to making it accessible and usable for the real users. So, the user studies and involving the users on early stages of design and planning the functionality of the product which is being developed stands on leading position.

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

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