Archive for December, 2013

Programmer/Analyst 3 at Pennsylvania State University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on December 6th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Pennsylvania State University's Digital Library Technologies is recruiting a Programmer/Analyst 3.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

DLT performs this work in collaboration with the University Libraries and other units of ITS. DLT is looking for an enthusiastic software developer to work on the development team that created ScholarSphere and ArchiveSphere. Our team develops opensource Rails applications and Ruby gems to support repository services for content such as digital library collections, scholarly communications, electronic record archiving, and research data. This is an opportunity to work with an innovative team on building sustainable repository services for a multicampus institution, as an active member of the international Project Hydra community. The Developer will receive support for professional development and skill advancement in the form of training, facilitated code sprints, and conference participation. This position will have the opportunity to connect with established opensource communities, such as the Rails and Hydra communities, and leverage collective strengths; apply best practices around all phases of software development and deployment; and collaborate proactively with team members, sharing knowledge across multiple projects.

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"Opening the Dissertation: Overcoming Cultural Calcification and Agoraphobia"

Posted in Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs), Open Access on December 6th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Denise Troll Covey has published "Opening the Dissertation: Overcoming Cultural Calcification and Agoraphobia" in tripleC: Communication, Capitalism & Critique. Open Access Journal for a Global Sustainable Information Society.

Here's an excerpt:

This article places the struggle to open access to the dissertation in the context of the crisis in doctoral education and the transition from print to digital literacy. It explores the underlying cultural calcification and agoraphobia that deter engagement with openness. Solving the problems will require overhauling the curriculum and conventions of doctoral education. Opening access to dissertations is an important first step, but insufficient to end the crisis. Only opening other dimensions of the dissertation — the structure, media, notion of authorship, and methods of assessment — can foster the digital literacy needed to save PhD programs from extinction. If higher education institutions invested heavily in remedying obsolete practices, the remedies would reverberate throughout the academy, accelerate advancement in the disciplines, and revolutionize scholarly publishing. The article ends with a discussion of the significant role librarians could play in facilitating needed changes given appropriate institutional commitment.

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Digital Curation News (12/5/2013) #digitalpreservation

Posted in Digital Curation News on December 5th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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Research Data Services Manager at University of Michigan Library

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on December 5th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of Michigan Library is recruiting a Research Data Services Manager.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Research Data Services Manager will help build and enhance Research Data Services (RDS), which are responsible for strategic planning, coordination and deployment of research data services directed at facilitating the research lifecycle. This includes creating and implementing data management assistance for the campus, outreach to faculty in collaboration with subject specialists, training, and assessment of RDS programs and services. The Research Data Manager will provide leadership in the selection, creation and maintenance of the library data management solution, and participate in library-wide strategy and planning for data services and policies.

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"Cultures of Access: Differences in Rhetoric around Open Access Repositories in Africa and the United States and Their Implications for the Open Access Movement"

Posted in Digital Repositories, Institutional Repositories, Open Access, Self-Archiving on December 5th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Natalia T. Bowdoin has self-archived "Cultures of Access: Differences in Rhetoric around Open Access Repositories in Africa and the United States and Their Implications for the Open Access Movement."

Here's an excerpt:

For this study I examined the rhetoric used by OA institutional repositories and what this rhetoric may say about different "cultures of OA." I conducted textual analysis of 46 websites of OA repositories in the United States and 14 Sub-Saharan African nations. Analysis of the specific rhetoric used to present the OA repositories reveals differing views on the importance of OA in terms of cultural ideas about information control, access to information, and social capital.

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Associate Dean for IT Services at University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library

Posted in Library IT Jobs on December 5th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of Utah's J. Willard Marriott Library is recruiting a Associate Dean for IT Services.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to build on a long history of strategic and sustained technological innovations, and to coordinate their operations and assessment. IT Services is a new department of the Marriott Library and consists of a variety of units and services including client and server administration, website development, computer classrooms and labs, desktop support, media collections and services, and application development and system integration. The AD for IT Services will play a key role in continuous evaluation of the impact and value of these services in supporting the University's mission, its evolving academic programs, research interests and user needs. The AD for IT Services must possess significant personnel and project management skills to successfully garner the substantial strengths of the IT Services units to generate creative solutions for our technology future.

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"American ETD Dissemination in the Age of Open Access: ProQuest, NoQuest, or Allowing Student Choice"

Posted in Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs), Open Access, Publishing on December 5th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Gail P. Clement has published "American ETD Dissemination in the Age of Open Access: ProQuest, NoQuest, or Allowing Student Choice" in College & Research Libraries News.

Here's an excerpt:

A stark incongruity in the treatment of academic scholarship persists on many U.S. campuses today. Faculty authors are generally free to publish in whatever vehicle suits their needs and goals, while also expected (or mandated) to deposit their works in the open access university repository. By contrast, graduate students typically must send their scholarship to a single commercial publisher for toll-access, while also required to submit their works to the university repository.

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Digital Curation News (12/4/2013) #digitalpreservation

Posted in Digital Curation News on December 4th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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Information Technology Analyst at Syracuse University Libraries

Posted in Library IT Jobs on December 4th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Syracuse University Libraries are recruiting an Information Technology Analyst.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Under the general direction of Senior IT Analyst/Programmer and in collaboration with library staff, the IT Analyst/Programmer assists in architecting, designing, developing, and implementing customized database driven solutions for the Syracuse University Libraries in an effort to provide intuitive interfaces for users and automate processes. The IT Analyst/Programmer provides assistance with: assessing and extending available open source solutions, customizing current software systems utilized by the Libraries, building other customized stand-alone solutions in support of the Libraries' strategic directions. In addition, the IT Analyst/Programmer will play a role in expanding the Libraries' outreach through thoughtful and effective use of emerging technologies and will need to stay informed of cutting edge technical trends and solutions.

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"PeerJ—A Case Study in Improving Research Collaboration at the Journal Level"

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals, Self-Archiving on December 4th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Peter Binfield has published "PeerJ—A Case Study in Improving Research Collaboration at the Journal Level" in the latest issue of Information Services & Use.

Here's an excerpt:

PeerJ Inc. is the Open Access publisher of PeerJ (a peer-reviewed, Open Access journal) and PeerJ PrePrints (an un-peer-reviewed or collaboratively reviewed preprint server), both serving the biological, medical and health sciences.

The Editorial Criteria of PeerJ (the journal) are similar to those of PLOS ONE in that all submissions are judged only on their scientic and methodological soundness (not on subjective determinations of impact, or degree of advance). PeerJ's peer-review process is managed by an Editorial Board of 800 and an Advisory Board of 20 (including 5 Nobel Laureates).

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Web Services Librarian at Boston College Libraries

Posted in Scholarly Communication on December 4th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Boston College Libraries are recruiting a Web Services Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

As a member of the Library Systems Department, the Web Services Librarian will collaborate with Public Services managers and staff to ensure the smooth, reliable operation and usability of the libraries' key public-facing web content systems. He/she administers library web content management systems (e.g. LibGuides CMS and Drupal), working closely with web content owners and authors to make certain that library web pages are optimized to conform to indexing, design and stylistic standards. He/she conducts individual consultations, creates documentation, tutorials and other training materials to support staff users of Drupal, LibGuides CMS and other public-facing library web applications as required. He/She maintains CMS asset/shared content databases and ensures their continued accuracy and usability.

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Creative Commons 4.0 Licenses Released

Posted in Copyright, Creative Commons/Open Licenses on December 4th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Creative Commons has released version 4.0 of its licenses.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

We proudly introduce our 4.0 licenses, now available for adoption worldwide. The 4.0 licenses—more than two years in the making—are the most global, legally robust licenses produced by CC to date. We have incorporated dozens of improvements that make sharing and reusing CC-licensed materials easier and more dependable than ever before.

We had ambitious goals in mind when we embarked on the versioning process coming out of the 2011 CC Global Summit in Warsaw. The new licenses achieve all of these goals, and more. The 4.0 licenses are extremely well-suited for use by governments and publishers of public sector information and other data, especially for those in the European Union. This is due to the expansion in license scope, which now covers sui generis database rights that exist there and in a handful of other countries.

Among other exciting new features are improved readability and organization, common-sense attribution, and a new mechanism that allows those who violate the license inadvertently to regain their rights automatically if the violation is corrected in a timely manner.

You can find highlights of the most significant improvements on our website, track the course of the public discussion and evolution of the license drafts on the 4.0 wiki page, and view a recap of the central policy decisions made over the course of the versioning process.

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