Archive for January, 2014

"Pixel Dust: Illusions of Innovation in Scholarly Publishing"

Posted in Digital Humanities on January 27th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Johanna Drucker has published "Pixel Dust: Illusions of Innovation in Scholarly Publishing" in the Los Angeles Review of Books.

Here's an excerpt :

In the end, no special effects, dazzling displays, augmented realities, or multimodal cross-platform designs substitute for content. Scholarship, good scholarship, the work of a lifetime commitment to working in a field—mapping its references, arguments, scholars, sources, and terrain of discourse—has no substitute.

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Digital Curation News (1/24/2014) #digitalpreservation

Posted in Digital Curation News on January 24th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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Integrated Library System Administrator at Saskatchewan Information and Library Services Consortium

Posted in Library IT Jobs on January 24th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Saskatchewan Information and Library Services Consortium is recruiting a Integrated Library System Administrator.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Integrated Library System Administrator is responsible for the support and administration of the Consortium's integrated library system (ILS) that provides a variety of services including circulation, cataloguing, acquisitions, serials, reports, external interface functions, and public access. Work is performed with considerable independent judgment and initiative.

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"Bringing Digital Science Deep Inside the Scientific Article: The Elsevier Article of the Future Project"

Posted in Publishing, Scholarly Journals on January 24th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The LIBER Quarterly has released a future article: "Bringing Digital Science Deep Inside the Scientific Article: The Elsevier Article of the Future Project."

Here's an excerpt:

In 2009, Elsevier introduced the"Article of the Future" project to define an optimal way for the dissemination of science in the digital age, and in this paper we discuss three of its key dimensions. First we discuss interlinking scientific articles and research data stored with domain-specific data repositories—such interlinking is essential to interpret both article and data efficiently and correctly. We then present easy-to-use 3D visualization tools embedded in online articles: a key example of how the digital article format adds value to scientific communication and helps readers to better understand research results. The last topic covered in this paper is automatic enrichment of journal articles through text-mining or other methods. Here we share insights from a recent survey on the question: how can we find a balance between creating valuable contextual links, without sacrificing the high-quality, peer-reviewed status of published articles?

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Internet Applications Systems Specialist at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library

Posted in Library IT Jobs on January 24th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library is recruiting a Internet Applications Systems Specialist.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Working under the direction of the Library Technical Architect for Web Content, the person in this position also provides the Library with the expertise and resources to work on enhancements and support of our Web Content Management Systems (CMS), including OpenCMS and Drupal.

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"Research Libraries’ New Role in Research Data Management, Current Trends and Visions in Denmark"

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on January 24th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The LIBER Quarterly has released a future article: "Research Libraries' New Role in Research Data Management, Current Trends and Visions in Denmark."

Here's an excerpt:

The first part of this paper presents the findings of a research project carried out under the auspices of DEFF. . . .This paper describes the various paths chosen by individual universities and research institutions, and the background for their strategies of research data management. Among the main reasons for the uneven practices are the lack of a national policy in this field, the different scientific traditions and cultures and the differences in the use and organization of IT-services. The second part of this paper presents perspectives of this development that are of particular relevance to research libraries. As they already curate digital collections and are active in establishing web archives,the research libraries become involved in research and dissemination of knowledge in new ways. This paper gives examples of how The State and University Library's services facilitate research data management with special regard to digitization of research objects, storage, preservation and sharing of research data. This paper concludes that the experience and skills of research libraries make the libraries important partners in a research data management infrastructure.

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Digital Curation News (1/23/2014) #digitalpreservation

Posted in Digital Curation News on January 23rd, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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Web Services Librarian at University of Houston—Victoria Library

Posted in Library IT Jobs on January 23rd, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of Houston—Victoria Library is recruiting a Web Services Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Provides vision and direction for all aspects of the library's website; work collaboratively with library staff to maintain quality online services and resources; and provides leadership in developing web-based applications.

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Open Access Publishing: A Literature Review

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Reports and White Papers on January 23rd, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

CREATe has released Open Access Publishing: A Literature Review.

Here's an excerpt:

Within the context of the Centre for Copyright and New Business Models in the Creative Economy (CREATe) research scope, this literature review investigates the current trends, advantages, disadvantages, problems and solutions, opportunities and barriers in Open Access Publishing (OAP), and in particular Open Access (OA) academic publishing. This study is intended to scope and evaluate current theory and practice concerning models for OAP and engage with intellectual, legal and economic perspectives on OAP. It is also aimed at mapping the field of academic publishing in the UK and abroad, drawing specifically upon the experiences of CREATe industry partners as well as other initiatives such as SSRN, open source software, and Creative Commons. As a final critical goal, this scoping study will identify any meaningful gaps in the relevant literature with a view to developing further research questions. The results of this scoping exercise will then be presented to relevant industry and academic partners at a workshop intended to assist in further developing the critical research questions pertinent to OAP.

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Web Developer and User Interface Designer at University of California, Riverside Libraries

Posted in Digital Library Jobs, Library IT Jobs on January 23rd, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of California, Riverside Libraries are recruiting a Web Developer and User Interface Designer .

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to the Associate University Librarian for Information Technology and Systems, the Web Developer and User Interface Designer will provide technology services to the UCR University Libraries organization and will have strong graphic design, website, and editorial skills. Duties include, but are not limited to, supporting, designing, and developing internal and public websites, web-based applications, social media sites, and multimedia content. Innovative applications will include new initiatives in digital collections, scholarly communication, and resource discovery.

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Université de Montréal Will Cancel about 75% of Wiley Online Library Periodicals

Posted in ARL Libraries, Publishing, Research Libraries, Scholarly Journals on January 23rd, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Université de Montréal will cancel about 75% of its Wiley Online Library periodicals.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

Out of 1510 periodicals in the Wiley Online Library, the Université de Montréal is cancelling subscriptions to 1142 titles at the end of January. As a result, and from this point on, the articles found in the cancelled titles will no longer be available on-line. However, access to earlier issues will be entirely maintained.

This action results from a process that started a long while ago. The financial cut-backs imposed by the Québec government only accelerated the decision process. The result of the analysis is simple: libraries have been driven to the wall because of the yearly rise of subscriptions to periodicals that hover between 3% and 6%. They cannot go on cutting back the acquisition of monographs to compensate for such price increases. As a result, this conclusion, as well as the adopted solution, would have been the same a few years down the line, independently of the financial context.

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Digital Curation News (1/22/2014) #digitalpreservation

Posted in Digital Curation News on January 22nd, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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