Archive for December, 2012

Senior Software Developer at George Washington University Libraries

Posted in Digital Library Jobs, Library IT Jobs on December 7th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The George Washington University Libraries are recruiting a Senior Software Developer.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

We are looking for a software developer to join our growing IT team. Our team works on digitization, technology, and development; it comprises full-time staff responsible for digitization operations, IT services, library systems, web development, software development, and project management.

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Amherst College Establishes Open Access Press

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, University Presses on December 7th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Amherst College has established an open access press, the Amherst College Press.

Here's an excerpt from the press release:

Conceived by Amherst College Librarian Bryn Geffert, Amherst College Press will be housed in the college's Frost Library and will solicit manuscripts from scholars who may be especially receptive to new publishing paradigms at a time when traditional academic presses are reducing the number of titles they publish. . . .

At the outset, Amherst College Press will publish solely in liberal arts disciplines such as political science, literary studies, history, economics and anthropology—areas for which Amherst is well known. The press will produce books in formats that will be suitable for most e-readers; print-on-demand may be available. The press will not focus on print production or distribution. . . .

Funding for the press will come from the Frost Library and from an endowed position for which the college is currently raising money. The college also expects that the content of the Amherst College-affiliated literary magazine The Common will be freely available online under the open-access model governing the press, while The Common will continue to use its own resources to produce the publication's print version.

Read more about it at "Frequently Asked Questions."

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Current News: Twitter Updates for 12/6/12

Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on December 6th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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Here’s A Problem E-Books Don’t Have: Bedbugs in Hardcover Library Books

Posted in Libraries on December 6th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The New York Times reports in "A Dark and Itchy Night" that bedbugs are infesting librarys' hardcover books and, subsequently, spreading the infestation to patrons' homes.

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Systems Librarian at Johnson C. Smith University Library

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

The Johnson C. Smith University Library is recruiting a Systems Librarian .

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Systems Librarian is responsible for the management, day-to-day operation, maintenance, testing, troubleshooting, and implementation of advanced functionalities and enhancements of the Library Innovative Management System. The ideal candidate will provide technology and computer support within the library. Serve as webmaster, coordinating the design and maintenance of the library's web page, and maintaining the library's online instructional curriculum in support of the University's instructional programs.

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"Contribution to the Definition of a Positive Agenda for the Public Domain: A Policy Paper by COMMUNIA International Association on the Public Domain"

Posted in Copyright, Public Domain, Reports and White Papers on December 6th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

COMMUNIA has released "Contribution to the Definition of a Positive Agenda for the Public Domain: A Policy Paper by COMMUNIA International Association on the Public Domain."

Here's an excerpt:

This policy paper proposes to contribute to defining a positive agenda for the Public Domain. It is grounded on a WIPO study by Professor Sèverine Dusollier, Communia policy recommendations and Communia previous WIPO statements. This work-in-progress document presents policy recommendations and strategies aimed at the trans-national level , namely WIPO CDIP and SCCR. Legal language will be drafted at a later stage.

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Systems Librarian at Xavier University of Louisiana Library

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

The Xavier University of Louisiana Library is recruiting a Systems Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

  • Manages and assumes overall responsibility for the operation of the integrated library system (ILS) and all of its components including the public catalog interface. This includes liaison work with library staff, remote server administrators, the university integrated library system vendor VTLS/VIRTUA; deployment and support for associated hardware and desktop client software for library staff.
  • Serves as the primary library technical support contact and liaison with the university IT department.
  • Is responsible for installing and maintaining library software.

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"Manipulating Google Scholar Citations and Google Scholar Metrics: Simple, Easy and Tempting"

Posted in Google and Other Search Engines, Scholarly Communication, Scholarly Metrics on December 6th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Emilio Delgado López-Cózar, Nicolás Robinson-García, and Daniel Torres-Salinas have self-archived "Manipulating Google Scholar Citations and Google Scholar Metrics: Simple, Easy and Tempting" in arXiv.org.

Here's an excerpt:

The launch of Google Scholar Citations and Google Scholar Metrics may provoke a revolution in the research evaluation field as it places within every researchers reach tools that allow bibliometric measuring. In order to alert the research community over how easily one can manipulate the data and bibliometric indicators offered by Google's products we present an experiment in which we manipulate the Google Citations profiles of a research group through the creation of false documents that cite their documents, and consequently, the journals in which they have published modifying their H index. . . . We analyse the malicious effect this type of practices can cause to Google Scholar Citations and Google Scholar Metrics. Finally, we conclude with several deliberations over the effects these malpractices may have and the lack of control tools these tools offer.

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Current News: Twitter Updates for 12/5/12

Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on December 5th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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Programmer/Analyst—User Interface Design and Development at NYU Digital Library Technology Services

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

NYU Digital Library Technology Services is recruiting a Programmer/Analyst—User Interface Design and Development.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Position is charged with working across a portfolio of projects to design, build, and maintain front end software for web-based systems that support and enhance accessibility and user experience for the Digital Libraries.

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"On the Impact of Gold Open Access Journals"

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals, Scholarly Metrics on December 5th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Christian Gumpenberger, María-Antonia Ovalle-Perandones, and Juan Gorraiz have self-archived "On the Impact of Gold Open Access Journals" in U: Scholar.

Here's an excerpt:

This study identified the current set of Gold Open Access journals featuring a Journal Impact Factor (JIF) by means of Ulrichsweb, Directory of Open Access Journals and Journal Citation Reports (JCR). The results were analyzed regarding disciplines, countries, quartiles of the JIF distribution in JCR and publishers. Furthermore the temporal impact evolution was studied for a Top 50 titles list (according to JIF) by means of Journal Impact Factor, SJR and SNIP in the time interval 2000-2010. The identified top Gold Open Access journals proved to be well-established and their impact is generally increasing for all the analyzed indicators. The majority of JCR-indexed OA journals can be assigned to Life Sciences and Medicine. The success-rate for JCR inclusion differs from country to country and is often inversely proportional to the number of national OA journal titles.

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Information Technology Analyst at Syracuse University Library

Posted in Library IT Jobs on December 5th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Syracuse University Library is recruiting an Information Technology Analyst.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Under the general direction of Senior Information Technology Programmer/Analyst and in collaboration with library staff, the Information Technology(IT)Analyst will assist in architecting, designing, developing, and implementing customized, complex database driven technical solutions for the Syracuse University Library in an effort to provide intuitive interfaces for users and automate processes where necessary. This position is responsible for high-end web and mobile application development efforts for but not limited to: the Library website, various third party research tool customization, and grant funded projects.

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