Archive for August, 2013

Martha Bedard Named Vice Provost for University of Connecticut Libraries

Posted in ARL Libraries, People in the News on August 26th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Martha Bedard has been appointed as the Vice Provost for University of Connecticut Libraries.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

Martha Bedard has been appointed the Vice Provost for University of Connecticut Libraries, effective October 14. She is currently Dean of University Libraries at the University of New Mexico, a position she has held since 2007. . . .

Prior to New Mexico, Bedard held positions at Texas A&M University (TAMU) and the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. At TAMU, she served in various leadership roles beginning in 2000, including Associate Dean for Information and Collection Services. Her previous positions at TAMU also included Associate Dean and Director of the Medical Sciences Library, Associate Dean for Advanced Studies, and Associate Dean for Digital Initiatives.

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Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates for 8/23/2013

Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on August 23rd, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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Posted in Digital Curation News on August 23rd, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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Teens and Mobile Apps Privacy

Posted in Digital Culture, Privacy on August 23rd, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project has released Teens and Mobile Apps Privacy.

Here's an excerpt:

Here are some of the key findings in a new survey of U.S. teens ages 12-17:

  • 58% of all teens have downloaded apps to their cell phone or tablet computer.
  • 51% of teen apps users have avoided certain apps due to privacy concerns.
  • 26% of teen apps users have uninstalled an app because they learned it was collecting personal information that they didn't wish to share.
  • 46% of teen apps users have turned off location tracking features on their cell phone or in an app because they were worried about the privacy of their information.

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Digital Initiatives Librarian at University of Toronto Libraries

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on August 23rd, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of Toronto Libraries are a recruiting a Digital Initiatives Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The incumbent will coordinate the digital projects team in carrying out the planning and execution of scalable and sustainable digital projects to make scholarly output and research resources available online. Responsibilities include providing leadership in setting goals, and implementing policies and priorities for digital project work in collaboration with the digital scholarship librarian, and other library and faculty stakeholders; coordinating project planning and ensuring technical project definition; overseeing creative and technical project execution; working in close consultation with stake holders to ensure completion of high-quality digital projects on time, within budget, and in accordance with established standards; cultivating and maintaining collaborative relationships with faculty, librarians and staff; contributing to the field through research, professional service, and participating in library, university and external committee and actively seeking out and engaging in opportunities for professional development.

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"New Frontiers in Open Access for Collection Development: Perspectives from Canadian Research Libraries"

Posted in Open Access, Research Libraries on August 23rd, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

IFLA has released "New Frontiers in Open Access for Collection Development: Perspectives from Canadian Research Libraries" by K. Jane Burpee and Leila Fernandez.

Here's an excerpt:

As the push for open access (OA) burgeons around the globe, it is important to examine OA as it relates to collection development practices. Canada has its own particular set of characteristics and approaches to service delivery based on its history and context. Like our global colleagues, opportunities for collection development in Canada include the support of OA journals, repositories, monographs and electronic theses. The strengthening of OA in Canada is tied closely with other issues. Political and educational realities as well as geographic spread are affecting the way the movement is strengthening and impacting collection development practices. In this context, we share the results of a study examining the scholarly communication landscape in Canadian research libraries. The results of interviews with librarians, who are leaders in scholarly communication activities at their own institutions, showcase the prominent role OA plays in enhancing collections at Canadian institutions. Collaboration and the role of cooperative collection development are covered. The paper concludes with recommendations for strengthening access to open scholarship in libraries regardless of their geographic location.

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Digital Programs Archivist at University of North Carolina at Charlotte Library

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on August 23rd, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The J. Murrey Atkins Library at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte is recruiting a Digital Programs Archivist.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Digital Programs Archivist will continue to evolve the Atkins Library's digital programs by developing and executing processes enabling effective and efficient acquisition, appraisal, ingest, preservation, and management of born-digital and reformatted archival collections. These programs include digitization of text, image, audio, and video formats in Special Collections, born-digital University content, metadata formation, digital preservation, and data curation. The archivist will provide leadership in creating structural and administrative metadata for all formats and the physical cataloging of rare books, maps, oral histories and digital collections.

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"Text & Data Mining—A Librarian Overview"

Posted in Emerging Technologies, Licenses on August 23rd, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

IFLA has released "Text & Data Mining—A Librarian Overview" by Ann Okerson.

Here's an excerpt:

Text and data mining offers exciting research opportunities over a broad range of fields. . . .

This paper reviews some of the possibilities for such work and outlines the challenges and the way ahead for librarians. One challenge lies in the terms by which data sets are licensed and made available to academic and other users; librarians need to be proactive in ensuring that these terms are favorable for the kind of use researchers will need and that the resources themselves are available in a format that allows innovative mining-based research. Another challenge is the need to support users who wish to engage in text and data mining with limited experience, especially when they approach data sets made available through library resources. Librarians should develop the expertise to support their users by making data resources available to them on favorable terms and supporting their mining efforts.

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Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates for 8/22/2013

Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on August 22nd, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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Posted in Digital Curation News on August 22nd, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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Director of Technology at Digital Public Library of America

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on August 22nd, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Digital Public Library of America is recruiting a Director of Technology.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Director of Technology will be responsible for the overall technology vision for the DPLA. As an early-stage organization, we expect substantial growth, including in unexpected areas. The Director of Technology must be able to plan and map this future, creating new initiatives as necessary in consultation with the DPLA team. The Director of Technology will report to the Executive Director.

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Science-Metrix Releases Three Reports on Open Access

Posted in Legislation and Government Regulation, Open Access, Open Science, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on August 22nd, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Science-Metrix has released three reports on open access: Proportion of Open Access Peer-Reviewed Papers at the European and World Levels—2004-2011, Open Data Access Policies and Strategies in the European Research Area and Beyond, and Open Access Strategies in the European Research Area.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

The first report measures the availability of scholarly publications in 22 fields of knowledge across the European Research Area, Brazil, Canada, Japan, and the United States, between 2004 and 2011. . . .

The second report, focusing on open access policies, showed a growing trend in the adoption of such policies by governments and other funding bodies. . . .

The third report found that open access to scientific data is less developed and more difficult to implement than open access to scholarly publications, both in terms of policies and infrastructure.

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