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Digital Curation News (3/12/2014) #digitalpreservation

Posted in Digital Curation News on March 12th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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Perl Programmer at Center for Research Libraries

Posted in Library IT Jobs on March 12th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Center for Research Libraries is recruiting a Perl Programmer.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

We are seeking a PERL Programmer to work with our existing team of librarians to further develop and maintain data projects critical to meeting our objective. Work primarily involves analyzing and manipulating data sets from library and commercial sources to pull out needed data and transform it into additional formats for ingest into existing databases or tools used for presentation of the data.

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Ithaka S+R US Library Survey 2013

Posted in Reports and White Papers, Research Libraries on March 12th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Ithaka S+R has released the Ithaka S+R US Library Survey 2013.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

In the Ithaka S+R US Library Survey 2013 report we examine how the leaders of academic libraries are approaching systemic changes in their environment and the opportunities and constraints they face in leading their organizations. While exploring key topics covered in our 2010 survey of library directors, such as strategic planning, collecting practices, and library services, in 2013 we also introduced a new emphasis on organizational dynamics, leadership issues, and undergraduate services.

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Copyright Officer at Penn State University Libraries

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on March 12th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Penn State University Libraries are recruiting a Penn State University Libraries.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Duties Serve as an expert in the University community for copyright, fair use, Teach Act, and other related issues. Consult with faculty and students on matters related to copyright in research, instruction, and scholarly communication. Develop an outreach and education program on these topics for students and faculty; provide training in the responsible conduct of research as it relates to copyright and intellectual property. Conduct workshops or provide course-related instruction to promote the understanding of intellectual property concepts in the curriculum. Enable the development of Libraries` and University policies on these and related issues. Liaise with Office of General Council to ensure consistent application of law and policy. Work with Information Technology Services to support development of online resources about copyright. Represent the Libraries as appropriate throughout the University and in the CIC, ARL or other professional venues.

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Open Access: SPARC Opposes Frontiers in Innovation, Research, Science and Technology Act

Posted in Legislation and Government Regulation, Open Access on March 12th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

SPARC has released a statement opposing the Frontiers in Innovation, Research, Science and Technology Act.

Here's an excerpt:

Specifically, Section 303 would:

  • Slow the pace of scientific discovery by restricting public access to articles reporting on federally funded research for up to three years after initial publication. This stands in stark contrast to the policies in use around the world, which call for maximum embargo periods of no more than six to 12 months.
  • Fail to support provisions that allow for shorter embargo periods to publicly funded research results. This provision ignores the potential harm to stakeholders that can accrue through unnecessarily long delays.
  • Fail to ensure that federal agencies have full text copies of their funded research articles to archive and provide to the public for full use, and for long-term archiving. By condoning a link to an article on a publisher's website as an acceptable compliance mechanism, this provision puts the long term accessibility and utility of federally funded research articles at serious risk.
  • Stifle researchers' ability to share their own research and to access the works of others, slowing progress towards scientific discoveries, medical breakthroughs, treatments, and cures.
  • Make it harder for U.S. companies — especially small businesses and start-ups — to access cutting-edge research, thereby slowing their ability to innovate, create new products and services, and generate new jobs.
  • Waste further time and taxpayer dollars by calling for a needless, additional 18-month delay while agencies "develop plans for" policies. This is a duplication of federal agency work that was required by the White House Directive and has, in large part, already been completed.
  • Impose unnecessary costs on federal agency public access programs by conflating access and preservation policies as applied to articles and data. The legislation does not make clear enough what data must be made accessible, nor adequately articulate the location of where such data would reside, or its terms of use.

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Digital Curation News (3/11/2014) #digitalpreservation

Posted in Digital Curation News on March 11th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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Life Sciences and Scholarly Communications Librarian at Iowa State University Library

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on March 11th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Iowa State University Library is recruiting a Life Sciences and Scholarly Communications Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

This position will be responsible for subject-based reference, instruction, collection development, and scholarly communications outreach; participating and sharing responsibilities with a team of science and technology subject librarians for delivering high quality in-depth programs, collections and services for faculty, students and staff; teaching a required one-credit undergraduate information literacy course; and providing general reference services.

This position works closely with the Scholarly Communications Team in developing and promoting the Library Scholarly Communications Program including Iowa State University Digital Repository and issues such as open access, data management, copyright, fair use, and author rights for the campus community; and stays current with emerging scholarly communication issues, new technologies and service trends.

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"Coherence of ‘Open’ Initiatives in Higher Education and Research: Framing a Policy Agenda"

Posted in Open Access on March 11th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The "Coherence of 'Open' Initiatives in Higher Education and Research: Framing a Policy Agenda" by Sheila Corrall and Stephen Pinfield is available in IDEALS.

Here's an excerpt:

Within this context, our purpose here is to map out the current Open landscape from a policy development perspective, considering in particular the potential for greater coordination between different Open approaches. We first identify the main characteristics of the various Open domains, deploying a broad definition of "Open" to capture the present range of Open initiatives. We next advance and elaborate a high-level typology of Open to inform policy development, and discuss whether the different Open initiatives can be approached in a coordinated way as part of a single coherent policy agenda. We suggest that a framework put forward by Willinsky (2005) for understanding the convergence of open source, OA, and open science can extend to other Open domains. We then outline the potential shared benefits of the different Open approaches, which we argue strengthen the case for convergence, while also commenting on some limits of openness, and we conclude with our observations on the policy implications of our findings.

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Faculty Director of Libraries Information Technology at University of Colorado Boulder Libraries

Posted in Digital Library Jobs, Library IT Jobs on March 11th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of Colorado Boulder Libraries are recruiting a Faculty Director of Libraries Information Technology.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Faculty Director of Libraries Information Technology (LIT) reports to the Senior Associate Dean of Libraries and serves as a member of the Libraries Management Team which works collaboratively to articulate the vision and strategic direction of the Libraries. As a member of the faculty, this position supervises a department of two FTE faculty, 11.5 FTE professional and technical staff, and student assistants. This position plays a key role in developing strategies to support next generation library services and resources in conjunction with Libraries and campus colleagues. The faculty director assumes multifaceted roles and manages a department that provides webmaster functions, web development, coordination and support of digital user experience testing, digitization services, audio-visual media production, and desktop and server support. Providing technical support for Libraries' faculty research goals is also a component of the directors responsibilities. In addition, in the campus IT community, the faculty director maintains a leadership role that advocates for the Libraries' needs in the development of the campus IT infrastructure.

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LJ 2014 Movers & Shakers

Posted in Libraries on March 11th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Library Journal has released its 2014 list of Movers & Shakers.

Here's an excerpt:

Welcome to the 2014 LJ Movers & Shakers. The 50 individuals recognized here are passionate about what all types of libraries can do to enhance lives—for adults, teens, schoolchildren, infants, and toddlers. If there's a common theme among their profiles, it's that as much as the library is a place to go, it is also a place on the go—to wherever patrons or potential patrons are.

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Digital Curation News (3/10/2014) #digitalpreservation

Posted in Digital Curation News on March 10th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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American History/Digital Humanities Librarian at Hesburgh Libraries, University of Notre Dame

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on March 10th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Hesburgh Libraries, University of Notre Dame are recruiting an American History/Digital Humanities Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Serves as the primary liaison to faculty, students and researchers in the areas of American History and American Studies; works closely with these scholars to insure the Libraries have the resources and services needed for successful research and learning. . . . In addition to subject specialist duties, this position serves as a digital humanities librarian in the Center for Digital Scholarship, responsible for expanding services in response to growing demand for digital arts and humanities support and educating others within the Libraries about digital scholarship in this area. Reporting to the Director of Digital Production and Outreach within the Digital Initiatives and Scholarship Program, this position has the potential to supervise other staff and librarians.

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