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Digital Curation News (3/31/2014) #digitalpreservation

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

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Associate University Librarian for Information Technology Services at Duke University Libraries

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

Duke University Libraries are recruiting an Associate University Librarian for Information Technology Services.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Associate University Librarian for Information Technology Services (AUL ITS) provides vision and leadership for information technology strategy, operations and innovation for the Duke University Libraries (DUL). The AUL ITS guides and oversees all of the library information systems ranging from infrastructure and network, to applications, user services and business process automation by leading the division that includes four departments: Digital Projects and Production, Discovery and Core Services, Digital Repository Services and Data/GIS Services. S/he also serves as the DUL's chief liaison with the University's Office of Information Technology (OIT) and with other technology units on campus and in the area. The AUL ITS is a member of the DUL Executive Group.

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"Response to Elsevier’s Text and Data Mining Policy: A LIBER Discussion Paper"

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on March 31st, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

LIBER has released "Response to Elsevier's Text and Data Mining Policy: A LIBER Discussion Paper."

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

LIBER believes that the right to read is the right to mine and that licensing will never bridge the gap in the current copyright framework as it is unscalable and resource intensive. Furthermore, as this discussion paper highlights, licensing has the potential to limit the innovative potential of digital research methods by:

  1. restricting the tools that researchers can use
  2. limiting the way in which research results can be made available
  3. impacting on the transparency and reproducibility of research results.

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Director of Libraries at MIT Libraries

Posted in ARL Libraries, Research Libraries on March 31st, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The MIT Libraries are recruiting a Director of Libraries.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Responsible for the MIT Libraries and oversight of the MIT Press, the Director of the MIT Libraries uses visionary leadership to guide both organizations through times of transformation in their respective industries. The Director is expected to leverage an increasingly networked and collaborative information environment as an important partner with MIT's academic and administrative units to advance the Institute's research, teaching, and global agendas in alignment with its mission and values. Reporting directly to the Provost, the Director secures the support and resources necessary for providing outstanding innovative and creative collections and services across a broad range of research disciplines to a world-class scholarly community. The Director will play a prominent role in shaping the larger scholarly communication landscape at MIT and beyond. S/he is expected to grow the Libraries resource development program. Key strategic opportunities for the Libraries include MIT's exploration of new modes of learning and global engagement, upcoming investments in reshaping library spaces, and advancing MIT's commitment and influence in the area of Open Access. S/he is expected to actively build and develop a diverse, skilled, and engaged workforce dedicated to an inclusive MIT community. As the senior officer at MIT with management responsibility for the MIT Press, the Director of Libraries provides strategic guidance to the Press in accordance with its goals, which include greater international engagement and a strong portfolio of evolving business models.

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ARL Awarded $1 Million Grant for Shared Access Research Ecosystem (SHARE)

Posted in ARL Libraries, Open Access, Publishing on March 31st, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

ARL has been awarded a $1 million grant for the Shared Access Research Ecosystem (SHARE).

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has been awarded a joint $1 million grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to develop and launch the Shared Access Research Ecosystem (SHARE) Notification Service. SHARE is a collaborative initiative of ARL, the Association of American Universities (AAU), and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) to ensure the preservation of, access to, and reuse of research findings and reports.

SHARE aims to make research assets more discoverable and more accessible, and to enable the research community to build upon these assets in creative ways. SHARE's first project, the Notification Service, will inform stakeholders when research results—including articles and data—are released.

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Digital Curation News (3/20/2014) #digitalpreservation

Posted in Digital Curation News on March 20th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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DigitalKoans Posts Resume on 3/31/2014

Posted in Announcements on March 20th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

DigitalKoans posts will resume on 3/31/2014.

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Senior Digital Library Software Engineer at Harvard University IT Library Technology Services

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on March 20th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Harvard University IT Library Technology Services is recruiting a Senior Digital Library Software Engineer.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

We are seeking a skilled java software developer to join an agile development team of developers, librarians, usability designers, testers, and product owners to design and develop core software using the J2EE software stack for a new version of Harvard Library Digital Repository Service. In collaboration with the Technical Lead for the DRS, the senior software engineer will develop software services and web applications for depositing, managing, and delivering digital objects and their metadata into and from the DRS, and migrating metadata to a new version of the repository. Developed software must be of highest quality and reliability, supporting long term digital preservation and public access for critical library digital content that is accessed by thousands of users on a daily basis.

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Current State of 3D Object Digital Preservation and Gap-Analysis Report

Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on March 20th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

DURAARK has released the Current State of 3D Object Digital Preservation and Gap-Analysis Report.

Here's an excerpt:

The gap analysis is approached through an in-depth analysis of two areas. One area is that of fundamental digital preservation tools and processes regardless of their content type. It describes processes and standards adapted by the global digital preservation community and implemented in archives of varying domains, e.g., archives dealing predominantly with e-publications as well as AV-archives. The second area is that of current existing processes for the digital preservation of 3D objects. It describes aspects and challenges which are uniquely tied to the long-term archiving process of this content-type and lists existing tools and standards. The gaps are identified through a comparison of the content type agnostic and the 3D-specific state of the art descriptions.

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Digital Repository Librarian at University of Waterloo Library

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on March 20th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of Waterloo Library is recruiting a Digital Repository Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Digital Repository Librarian:

  • Leads projects which design and develop technologies supporting the capture, description, delivery, and preservation of digital objects
  • Serves as a technical resource to liaison librarians and others across the Library to facilitate the Library's role in establishing and advancing scholarly communication, digital repositories, and publishing platforms
  • Provides ongoing development and support of repository infrastructures for digital collections
  • Assesses the technical requirements for digitization projects and drafts appropriate specifications and procedures

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“The Demand for Out-of-Print Works and Their (Un)Availability in Alternative Markets”

Posted in Copyright, Publishing on March 20th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Paul J. Heald has self-archived “The Demand for Out-of-Print Works and Their (Un)Availability in Alternative Markets.”

Here's an excerpt:

Prior studies demonstrate the shocking unavailability of most books published in the 20th Century, prompting The Atlantic Monthly headline: How Copyright Made Mid-Century Books Vanish. The unavailability of new editions of older works would be less problematic, however, if little consumer demand existed for those works. In addition, the lack of new editions would be much less troubling if the works were easily available in alternative forms or markets. Newly collected data provides evidence of the demand for out-of-print books and then charts the availability of out-of-print works in digital form (eBooks and .mp3), in used book stores, and in public libraries. The situation with books remains dismal, although music publishers on iTunes seem to be doing a much better job of digitizing older works and making them available than do book publishers. Some theories for this discrepancy are offered.

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Digital Curation News (3/19/2014) #digitalpreservation

Posted in Digital Curation News on March 19th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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