Archive for October, 2012

Fit for Purpose: Developing Business Cases for New Services in Research Libraries

Posted in Reports and White Papers, Research Libraries on October 18th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Council on Library and Information Resources has released Fit for Purpose: Developing Business Cases for New Services in Research Libraries.

Here's an excerpt from the press release:

Sponsored by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) and the Digital Library Federation (DLF) program, Fit for Purpose presents a set of recommendations that libraries can adopt when developing any new service. The report attends closely to entrepreneurial activities such as library-based publishing and data stewardship because of the uncertainty and complexity of those services. . . .

Fit for Purpose provides a decision-making toolbox created from elements of social entrepreneurship and project management that are consistent with research library environments and values. It addresses organizational readiness and risk tolerance, business case development, piloting new services, and monitoring sustainability through the business planning lifecycle. The team is also conducting several case studies to explore how libraries have conducted business planning to support their new ventures. These will be published at a future date, followed by a concluding report that reassesses the initial recommendations.

| Reviews of Digital Scholarship Publications | Digital Scholarship |

Systems Administrator (MOBIUS Evergreen)

Posted in Library IT Jobs on October 18th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

MOBIUS is recruiting a Systems Administrator.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

This professional information technology position is responsible for supporting and maintaining the Missouri Evergreen Integrated Library System. Responsibilities including extracting and migrating data to the Missouri Evergreen system, maintaining a Xen based VM platform for the Evergreen software, developing new application features, and defining, designing and writing code for custom applications. A high degree of interaction with people is involved; therefore sound customer service principles must be applied while fulfilling the technical function. Work includes a wide range of responsibility in providing high-level support.

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Numeric & Spatial Data Specialist at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Library

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on October 18th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Library is recruiting a Numeric & Spatial Data Specialist.

Here's an excerpt from the ad (requisition number: 102681):

Under the general direction of the Data Services Librarian, the Numeric and Spatial Data Specialist provides technical expertise and support for developing and evolving library services that assist students, staff and faculty with finding, using, managing, and visualizing numeric and spatial data.

| Digital Scholarship |

Current News: Twitter Updates for 10/17/12

Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on October 17th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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Good Practices For University Open-Access Policies

Posted in Author Rights, Open Access, Publishing, Self-Archiving on October 17th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Harvard Open Access Project has released Good Practices For University Open-Access Policies.

Here's an excerpt:

This is a guide to good practices for university open-access (OA) policies. It’s based on the type of policy adopted at Harvard, Stanford, MIT, U of Kansas, U of Oregon, Trinity, Oberlin, Rollins, Wake Forest, Duke, U of Puerto Rico, Hawaii-Manoa, Columbia, Strathmore U, Emory, Princeton, Jomo Kenyatta, Utah State, Bifrõst, Miami, California-San Francisco, and the U Massachusetts Medical School (listing some but not all, and in chronological order). However, it includes recommendations that should be useful to institutions with other sorts of OA policy as well.

The guide is designed to evolve. No early version will cover every point on which good practices would be desirable or might be discernible. We plan to revise and enlarge it over time, building on our own experience and the experience of colleagues elsewhere. We welcome suggestions.

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

SURA Research Data Management Group Releases "A Step-By-Step Guide to Data Management"

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management on October 17th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The SURA Research Data Management Group has released "A Step-By-Step Guide to Data Management."

Here's an excerpt from the press release:

SURA has launched an institutional tool for Research Data Management (RDM), developed by a working group formed with the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL). The working group brings together CIOs and library professionals from SURA member institutions to explore collaborations for improving their ability to manage the rapidly growing volume of research data.

The working group produced an institutional "Step-By-Step Guide to Data Management," which is being used to identify gaps in existing RDM processes and guide future efforts of the group. The group has also built a discipline specific metadata scheme directory to assist researchers in finding existing metadata models for their research data.

| Digital Curation Resource Guide | Digital Scholarship |

Thomson Reuters Launches Data Citation Index

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Publishing, Scholarly Metrics on October 17th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Thomson Reuters has launched the Data Citation Index within the Web of Knowledge.

Here's an excerpt from the press release:

This new research resource from Thomson Reuters creates a single source of discovery for scientific, social sciences and arts and humanities information. It provides a single access point to discover foundational research within data repositories around the world in the broader context of peer-reviewed literature in journals, books, and conference proceedings already indexed in the Web of Knowledge. . . .

The Thomson Reuters Data Citation Index makes research within the digital universe discoverable, citable and viewable within the context of the output the data has informed. Thomson Reuters partnered with numerous data repositories worldwide to capture bibliographic records and cited references for digital research, facilitating visibility, author attribution, and ultimately the measurement of impact of this growing body of scholarship.

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

Senior Technical Analyst/Programmer at University of Notre Dame Hesburgh Libraries

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

The University of Notre Dame Hesburgh Libraries are recruiting a Senior Technical Analyst/Programmer.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Sr. Technical Analyst/Programmer is responsible for developing, implementing, and administering applications in support of business process automation, shared information management, and resource discovery for the Michiana Academic Library Consortium (MALC—Notre Dame, Saint Mary's College, Holy Cross College, and Bethel College). The incumbent is responsible for cooperatively managing commercially licensed and locally developed applications, including but not limited to an Integrated Library Management System, an Information Discovery System, and other related systems. The incumbent is responsible for the development and administration of locally programmed productivity tools that help the organization operate more efficiently, including developing specialized databases in support of collections, preservation, and cataloging, writing programs that assist in the ingest of unique data formats into the local discovery system, and implementation of electronic data interchange processes for ordering and payment, to name a few.

| Digital Scholarship |

Systems Librarian at Tarleton State University Library

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

The Tarleton State University Library is recruiting a Systems Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to the Assistant Director for Collection Management, the Systems Librarian is responsible for planning, coordination, and administration of the Library Systems Department, providing all library network and technical support. Maintains knowledge of developing technologies, bibliographic resources and tools as appropriate to library operations. Monitors, directs, and evaluates the work of Systems staff to ensure quality, adherence to policies and procedures, accuracy and productivity, and a collaborative working environment.

| Digital Scholarship |

Current News: Twitter Updates for 10/16/12

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

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Systems and Emerging Technologies Librarian at Ferrum College Library

Posted in Library IT Jobs on October 16th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Ferrum College Library is recruiting a Systems and Emerging Technologies Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Stanley Library invites candidates to apply for this position who will provide leadership and expertise in managing the Stanley Library's electronic materials collections and its Web presence. This position is also responsible for identification, assessment, and implementation of emerging technologies that further the Libraries' mission.

| Digital Scholarship |

E-Books And Libraries: An Economic Perspective

Posted in E-Books, Libraries, Publishing on October 16th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

ALA has released E-Books And Libraries: An Economic Perspective.

Here's an excerpt:

This paper provides a preliminary economic analysis of how publishers provide digital content to libraries, focusing mainly on the value that libraries place on access to e-books and how that is affected by the various restrictions that publishers place on access and use. However, because publishers are just starting to adapt to the new environment, and appear uncertain as to how to adapt, we consider not only the behavior of publishers that we currently observe in the marketplace but also possible "models" of the library-publisher relationship that may come into existence in the future.

| Scholarly Electronic Publishing Weblog | Digital Scholarship |


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