Archive for 2012

Learning Curve: How College Graduates Solve Information Problems Once They Join the Workplace

Posted in Digital Culture, Reports and White Papers on October 15th, 2012

Project Information Literacy has released Learning Curve: How College Graduates Solve Information Problems Once They Join the Workplace.

Here's an excerpt:

Most graduates in our focus groups said they found it difficult to solve information problems in the workplace, where unlike college, a sense of urgency pervaded and where personal contacts often reaped more useful results than online searches. Graduates said they leveraged essential information competencies from college for extracting content and also developed adaptive information-seeking strategies for reaching out to trusted colleagues in order to compensate for what they lacked. At the same time, employers said they recruited graduates, in part, for their online searching skills but still expected and needed more traditional research competencies, such as thumbing through bound reports, picking up the telephone, and interpreting research results with team members. They found that their college hires rarely demonstrated these competencies. Overall, our findings suggest there is a distinct difference between today's graduates who demonstrated how quickly they found answers online and seasoned employers who needed college hires to use a combination of online and traditional methods to conduct comprehensive research.

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    Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on October 14th, 2012

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      Webmaster at University of Southern California Libraries

      Posted in Library IT Jobs on October 14th, 2012

      The University of Southern California Libraries are recruiting a Webmaster.

      Here's an excerpt from the ad:

      Among other related responsibilities, position duties are to:

      • Provide leadership and direction for the creation, organization and maintenance of content for the Libraries' web user interfaces, including public-facing web sites and Intranet
      • Oversee content for the Libraries' web sites to ensure it is relevant, up-to-date, user-centered and accessible; coordinate and collaborate with various content owners and stakeholders to update and maintain web content
      • Collaborate in the design, implementation, and management of a content management system for the Libraries, including responsibility for configuration, customization, and user support
      • Manage and coordinate staff and student workers to implement content updates and provide user support
      • Lead content migration activities for web redesign projects

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        Copyright Clearance Center Launches New Service for Publishers: Open Access Solutions

        Posted in Copyright, Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on October 14th, 2012

        The Copyright Clearance Center has launched a new service for Publishers called Open Access Solutions.

        Here's an excerpt from the press release:

        CCC helps publishers manage variable Open Access (OA) models through its RightsLink™ platform, which supports unique pricing rules, licenses and messaging for OA journals, encouraging compliance with funding agency requirements. . . .

        CCC makes it easier for publishers to charge different Open Access fees pre-publication based on variables such as author affiliation/membership, funding source and journal type; communicates publisher-specified reuse rights post-publication to users seeking permissions for all content including Open Access articles; captures valuable data about user interest in and reuse of publishers' Open Access publications; and provides the ability for publishers to add RightsLink to its content wherever it resides online, even in third-party repositories such as HighWire or PubMed Central.

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          Institutional Repository Specialist at San Jose State University Library

          Posted in Digital Library Jobs on October 14th, 2012

          The San Jose State University Library is recruiting an Institutional Repository Specialist.

          Here's an excerpt from the ad:

          The purpose of this position is to oversee all contributions (from SJSU faculty, offices, and students) to the San Jose State University ScholarWorks Institutional Repository; establish copyright permissions for publications; maintain submissions from contributors; provide expertise to campus faculty; create and uploads digital files; and create metadata in approved formats. The incumbent also hires and schedules student assistants and monitors annual student assistant budget allocation.

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            Intellectual Property Rights for Digital Preservation

            Posted in Copyright, Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Reports and White Papers on October 14th, 2012

            The Digital Preservation Coalition has released Intellectual Property Rights for Digital Preservation.

            Here's an excerpt:

            While a number of legal issues colour contemporary approaches to, and practices of, digital preservation, it is arguable that intellectual property law, represented principally by copyright and its related rights, has been by far the most dominant, and often intractable, influence. It is thus essential for those engaging in digital preservation to understand the letter of the law as it applies to digital preservation, but equally important to be able to identify and implement practical and pragmatic strategies for handling legal risks relating to intellectual property rights in the pursuit of preservation objectives. . . .

            This report is aimed primarily at depositors, archivists and researchers/re-users of digital works, but will provide a concise introduction to the subject matter for policymakers and the general public.

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              Committee Formed to Examine National-Scale Higher Education Digital Projects

              Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Digital Libraries, Mass Digitizaton on October 11th, 2012

              The Council on Library and Information Resources and Vanderbilt University have formed the Committee on Coherence at Scale for Higher Education to examine national-scale higher education digital projects.

              Here's an excerpt from the press release:

              The group, called the Committee on Coherence at Scale for Higher Education, comprises college and university presidents and provosts, deans, university librarians, and association heads. The committee will provide the leadership necessary to ensure that these projects are designed and developed as elements of a larger and encompassing digital environment. . . .

              The committee will focus on research and analysis of the large projects and their correlation; initial costs, operating costs and business plans for sustainability; and benefits and transformational aspects. Examples of these projects include the Hathi Trust, the Digital Public Library of America, the Digital Preservation Network, and data curation centers. Results of the committee's work will be publicized regularly.

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                Current News: Twitter Updates for 10/11/12

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