Archive for January, 2014

Systems Librarian at Tulane University’s Howard-Tilton Memorial Library

Posted in Library IT Jobs on January 20th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Tulane University's Howard-Tilton Memorial Library is recruiting a Systems Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Systems Librarian is an innovative and service-oriented librarian with shared responsibility for the library integrated library system (Voyager), resource discovery tool (Primo), OpenURL link resolver (SFX), proxy authentication (EzProxy), digital repositories and interlibrary loan {ILLiad) systems, including but not limited to monitoring systems and ensure optimal performance, enabling data integration across distributed and heterogeneous local and external data sources, promptly reporting issues/problems to vender and follow-through until resolved, and providing statistical, usage and collection reports in support of decision making for library collections and services. As a systems liaison to library departments, participate in selected working groups to improve systems and services. Additionally, the librarian will assist with oversight for staff computers/equipment, including but not limited to ordering, deploying, recycling, troubleshooting problems and maintaining accurate inventory for equipment and software licensing. This position reports to the Senior Systems Librarian.

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"Have Digital Repositories Come of Age? The Views of Library Directors"

Posted in Digital Repositories, Institutional Repositories, Open Access on January 20th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

David Nicholas et al. have published "Have Digital Repositories Come of Age? The Views of Library Directors" in Webology.

Here's an excerpt:

This survey of approximately 150 repositories assessed the achievements, impact, and success of digital repositories. Results show that while the size and use of repositories has been relatively modest, almost half of all institutions either have, or are planning, a repository mandate requiring deposit and small gains have been made in raising the profile of the library within the institution. Repositories, then, have made a good deal of progress, but they have not quite come of age.

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Congress Madates Open Access for Labor, Health, and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies

Posted in Legislation and Government Regulation, Open Access, Open Science on January 17th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The passage of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014 mandates open access for federal agencies under the Labor, Health, and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Senate subcommittee with research budgets of $100 million or more.

Here's an excerpt from the bill:

SEC. 527. Each Federal agency, or in the case of an agency with multiple bureaus, each bureau (or operating division) funded under this Act that has research and development expenditures in excess of $100,000,000 per year shall develop a Federal research public access policy that provides for—

  • the submission to the agency, agency bureau, or designated entity acting on behalf of the agency, a machine-readable version of the author's final peer-reviewed manuscripts that have been accepted for publication in peer-reviewed journals describing research supported, in whole or in part, from funding by the Federal Government;
  • free online public access to such final peer-reviewed manuscripts or published versions not later than 12 months after the official date of publication; and
  • compliance with all relevant copyright laws.

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Digital Curation News (1/17/2014) #digitalpreservation

Posted in Digital Curation News on January 17th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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Dryad Librarian at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on January 17th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is recruiting a Dryad Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Dryad (http: datadryad.org) is a curated general-purpose repository that makes the data underlying scientific publications discoverable, freely reusable, and citable. The Dryad team works with stakeholders from journals and scientific societies to develop data sharing policies and ensure the long-term sustainability of the repository. The Dryad project is seeking a detail-oriented person with good analytical and communication skills. This position performs a variety of curatorial and metadata-specific tasks, manages assistant curators, collaborates with Dryad development team members to improve curatorial procedures, and advises on future design and testing of repository system functionalities.

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Keeping Up With… Altmetrics

Posted in Scholarly Metrics on January 17th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

ACRL has released Keeping Up With… Altmetrics.

Here's an excerpt:

Into this setting, enter altmetrics. Altmetrics is an emerging category of impact measurement premised upon the value of "alternative metrics," or metrics based distinctly on the opportunities offered by the 21st century digital environment. Originally defined in contrast to the more established field of bibliometrics, altmetrics is fast becoming a fluid area of research and practice, in which various alternative and traditional measures of personal and scholarly impact can be explored and compared simultaneously.

In this Keeping Up With… edition, we look at key points in the rapid development of altmetrics, from its 2010 origins to its more recent relevance to librarians and administrators.

If you are interested in altmetrics, also check out the Altmetrics Bibliography.

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Senior Technical Manager at New York University Libraries

Posted in Library IT Jobs on January 17th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The New York University Libraries are recruiting a Senior Technical Manager.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Senior Technical Manager for Emerging Information Technologies for Libraries Information Technology Services (LITS) reports to the Director of Libraries Information Technology Services and is a key member of the Libraries IT Services management team. The Senior Technical Manager will also serve as a project coordinator on selected minor projects and project manager on larger IT projects that involve IT staff and other departments in the Division of Libraries. The Senior Technical Manager will also manage special projects involving data gathering, analysis and research on current and emerging Library discovery systems and the technologies that support them, technology tools and solutions relevant to supporting the operations and functions of a large academic research library.

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E-Reading Rises as Device Ownership Jumps

Posted in E-Books, Electronic Resources, Publishing, Reports and White Papers on January 17th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project has released E-Reading Rises as Device Ownership Jumps.

Here's an excerpt:

The percentage of adults who read an e-book in the past year has risen to 28%, up from 23% at the end of 2012. At the same time, about seven in ten Americans reported reading a book in print, up four percentage points after a slight dip in 2012, and 14% of adults listened to an audiobook.

Though e-books are rising in popularity, print remains the foundation of Americans' reading habits. Most people who read e-books also read print books, and just 4% of readers are "e-book only." Audiobook listeners have the most diverse reading habits overall, while fewer print readers consume books in other formats.

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Digital Curation News (1/16/2014) #digitalpreservation

Posted in Digital Curation News on January 16th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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IT Administrator II—Digital Initiatives at University of Tennessee Libraries

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on January 16th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of Tennessee Libraries are recruiting an IT Administrator II—Digital Initiatives.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

This position will be a member of the Digital Initiatives department within the University of Tennessee Libraries. It will report to the Associate Professor and Head, Digital Initiatives and will work both independently and collaboratively to analyze and develop specifications for complex library information systems and software using accepted systems analysis and programming techniques and procedures. In consultation with librarians and other library and university analysts, programmers, systems administrators, technical support staff, vendors, and end users, these system specifications will be utilized to customize, enhance, and extend library information system and software functionality.

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Press and Library Collaboration Survey

Posted in ARL Libraries, Publishing, Reports and White Papers, University Presses on January 16th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The AAUP Library Relations Committee has released the Press and Library Collaboration Survey.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

The Library Relations Committee of the Association of American University Presses (AAUP) today issued a number of broad conclusions and recommendations for successful collaboration between presses and libraries. These conclusions are the product of extensive surveying and interviews with member institutions of both AAUP and the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), conducted through 2012-2013.

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Lead Software Engineer at OCLC

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on January 16th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

OCLC is recruiting a Lead Software Engineer.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

We have an immediate opening for a Lead Software Engineer to design and develop software solutions in a Hadoop cluster environment, with strong focus on support for Digital Repositories of historic documents, photographs, media, and Institutional Repositories of current theses, dissertations, and research documents and data. You will be challenged to design and develop large-scale, highly performant applications and services leveraging a wide variety of open source and commercial technologies.

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