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Digital Curation News (1/31/2014) #digitalpreservation

Posted in Digital Curation News on January 31st, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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Digital Library Software Engineer at Stanford University Libraries

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on January 31st, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Stanford University Libraries are recruiting a Digital Library Software Engineer.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Software engineering for the Stanford Digital Library (60%)

Work with others on principally Ruby on Rails based applications and services incorporating a variety of custom and open-source software. . . .

Operations engineering (30%)

Promote robustness and sustainability by engineering for reliability and scale, from development through deployment. . . .

Community Engagement (10%)

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"Troubleshooting Public Data Archiving: Suggestions to Increase Participation"

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Publishing on January 31st, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Dominique G. Roche et al. have published "Troubleshooting Public Data Archiving: Suggestions to Increase Participation" in PLOS Biology.

Here's an excerpt:

An increasing number of publishers and funding agencies require public data archiving (PDA) in open-access databases. PDA has obvious group benefits for the scientific community, but many researchers are reluctant to share their data publicly because of real or perceived individual costs. Improving participation in PDA will require lowering costs and/or increasing benefits for primary data collectors. Small, simple changes can enhance existing measures to ensure that more scientific data are properly archived and made publicly available: (1) facilitate more flexible embargoes on archived data, (2) encourage communication between data generators and re-users, (3) disclose data re-use ethics, and (4) encourage increased recognition of publicly archived data.

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Website Administrator at Texas A&M University Libraries

Posted in Library IT Jobs on January 31st, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Texas A&M University Libraries are recruiting a Website Administrator.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

This Website Administrator position is responsible for the overall management of the Texas A&M University Libraries' websites, both web pages and applications, acts as the primary contact point for units in the Libraries that need assistance or guidance in developing web pages or deploying new applications and provides consulting, technical support, and training to content managers and creators and to technical staff and supervises two Web and Information Designers.

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SJSU School of Library and Information Science Offers Digital Curation Post-Master’s Certificate

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Information Schools on January 31st, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The San Jose State University School of Library and Information Science now offers a Digital Curation Post-Master's Certificate option.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

Students at the School of Library and Information Science at San José State University (SJSU) can now take courses that prepare them for a career in digital curation. The school recently added a new career pathway in digital curation for its Post-Master's Certificate program students. A similar career pathway will be available starting in fall 2014 for students enrolled in the school's Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) program.

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Digital Curation News (1/30/2014) #digitalpreservation

Posted in Digital Curation News on January 30th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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Web Services Librarian at Utah State University Libraries

Posted in Library IT Jobs on January 30th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Utah State University Libraries are recruiting a Web Services Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

This 12-month, tenure-track, entry-level faculty position with rank of Assistant Librarian reports to the Director of Library Digital and Information Technology Services and is responsible for a broad range of services and duties related to the libraries' web presence and digital content and services. In addition to providing leadership and managing the content and design of the libraries' web services, this person will take a user-centered approach to guide the library in implementing new technologies to enhance our patrons' experiences.

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"It’s the Neoliberalism, Stupid: Why Instrumentalist Arguments for Open Access, Open Data, and Open Science Are Not Enough"

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Open Access, Open Science on January 30th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Impact of Social Science has republished Eric Kansa's "It's the Neoliberalism, Stupid: Why Instrumentalist Arguments for Open Access, Open Data, and Open Science Are Not Enough."

Here's an excerpt:

Neoliberal universities primarily serve the needs of commerce. They need to churn out technically skilled human resources (made desperate for any work by high loads of debt) and easily monetized technical advancements. . . .

How can something so wonderful and right as "openness" further promote Neoliberalism? After all, aren't we the rebels blasting at the exhaust vents of Elsevier's Death Star? But in selling openness to the heads of foundations, businesses, governments and universities, we often end up adopting the tropes of Neoliberalism. As a tactic, that's perfectly reasonable. As a long-term strategy, I think it's doomed.

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Library Digital Archivist at Florida International University Libraries

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on January 30th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Florida International University Libraries are recruiting a Library Digital Archivist.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Creates original descriptive metadata (in a variety of schemas) for internal tracking system as well as various digital library systems.

Publishes and preserves Electronic Thesis and Dissertations by performing file processing, metadata embedding, performing quality control, uploading to the Institutional Repository and the Florida Digital Archive, and act as liaison to the University Graduate School for issues related to ETDs.

Performs quality assurance checks on digitized material and metadata.

Utilizes digital library and institutional repository software to associate metadata with digital images, video and/or sound files for online display.

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Fixing the Broken Textbooks Market: How Students Respond to High Textbook Costs and Demand Alternatives

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Reports and White Papers on January 30th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The U.S. PIRG Education Fund has released Fixing the Broken Textbooks Market: How Students Respond to High Textbook Costs and Demand Alternatives.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

Today, a survey released by the U.S. PIRG Education Fund shows that 65% of student consumers have opted out of buying a college textbook due to its high price, and of those students, 94% they suffer academically.

Over the past decade, college textbook prices have increased by 82%, or at three times the rate of inflation. . . .

Open textbooks are faculty-written and peer-reviewed like traditional textbooks, but they are published under an open license, meaning they are free online, free to download, and affordable in print. 82% of survey respondents said they would do significantly better in a course if the textbook were free online and a hard copy was optional, which is exactly how open textbooks work.

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Digital Curation News (1/29/2014) #digitalpreservation

Posted in Digital Curation News on January 29th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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Digital Services Librarian at College of Southern Nevada

Posted in Library IT Jobs on January 29th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The College of Southern Nevada Library is recruiting a Digital Services Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Under the direction of the Director of CSN Library Services and in coordination with the faculty librarians, the successful candidate will be responsible for the leadership, planning, and management of online library resources including the website and other digital content. S/he ensures interactive user engagement with library digital content and investigates new methods and tools for presenting content that support student learning and success. The librarian provides quality support and development for a variety of online services including the library's web site and provides reference/research assistance including virtual reference to students and faculty in a busy campus library environment.

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