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Digital Curation News (4/7/2014) #digitalpreservation

Posted in Digital Curation News on April 7th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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Head of Metadata and Digitization, Medical School Library at LSU Health Shreveport

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on April 7th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

LSU Health Shreveport is recruiting a Head of Metadata and Digitization, Medical School Library.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The person in this position serves as the Head of Metadata and Digitization. Responsibilities include using knowledge of classification systems, subject thesauri, and cataloging rules to catalog print and electronic materials in the library. The person in this position establishes policies and procedures for the section, sets priorities and workflow for the section, supervises 2 FTE, and establishes bibliographic control for all library materials. Additionally, this person is responsible for development and maintenance of the LSUHSC-S Archives as well as the History of Medicine Collection, including content development of the library's web pages associated with historical collections. The incumbent also establishes procedures and workflows for digital initiatives of the library.

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"Internet Publicity of Data Problems in the Bioscience Literature Correlates with Enhanced Corrective Action"

Posted in Publishing, Scholarly Communication, Scholarly Journals, Social Media/Web 2.0 on April 7th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Paul S. Brookes has published "Internet Publicity of Data Problems in the Bioscience Literature Correlates with Enhanced Corrective Action" in PeerJ.

Here's an excerpt:

Several online forums exist to facilitate open and/or anonymous discussion of the peer-reviewed scientific literature. Data integrity is a common discussion topic, and it is widely assumed that publicity surrounding such matters will accelerate correction of the scientific record. This study aimed to test this assumption by examining a collection of 497 papers for which data integrity had been questioned either in public or in private. As such, the papers were divided into two sub-sets: a public set of 274 papers discussed online, and the remainder a private set of 223 papers not publicized. The sources of alleged data problems, as well as criteria for defining problem data, and communication of problems to journals and appropriate institutions, were similar between the sets. The number of laboratory groups represented in each set was also similar (75 in public, 62 in private), as was the number of problem papers per laboratory group (3.65 in public, 3.54 in private). Over a study period of 18 months, public papers were retracted 6.5-fold more, and corrected 7.7-fold more, than those in the private set. Parsing the results by laboratory group, 28 laboratory groups in the public set had papers which received corrective action, versus 6 laboratory groups in the private set. For those laboratory groups in the public set with corrected/retracted papers, the fraction of their papers acted on was 62% of those initially flagged, whereas in the private set this fraction was 27%. Such clustering of actions suggests a pattern in which correction/retraction of one paper from a group correlates with more corrections/retractions from the same group, with this pattern being stronger in the public set. It is therefore concluded that online discussion enhances levels of corrective action in the scientific literature. Nevertheless, anecdotal discussion reveals substantial room for improvement in handling of such matters.

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Director and University Librarian at University of Chicago Library

Posted in ARL Libraries, Research Libraries on April 7th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of Chicago Library is recruiting a Director and University Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Director will oversee a professional and support staff of 302 and will manage in a large and complex academic environment, engaging effectively with other university leaders and constituencies to advance the overall University mission. The Director oversees an annual operating budget of over $35M with over $18M in expenditures for acquisitions.

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"A Comparison of E-book and Print Book Discovery, Preferences, and Usage by Science and Engineering Faculty and Graduate Students at the University of Kansas"

Posted in E-Books, Electronic Resources, Scholarly Books on April 7th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Julie Waters et al. have published "A Comparison of E-book and Print Book Discovery, Preferences, and Usage by Science and Engineering Faculty and Graduate Students at the University of Kansas" in Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship.

Here's an excerpt:

The availability of science and technology e-books through the University of Kansas Libraries is growing rapidly through approval plans, e-book packages, and electronic demand-driven acquisitions. Based on informal conversations with faculty, questions still lingered as to the acceptance of books in the electronic format by faculty and graduate students in the STEM disciplines. To learn more about book format preferences, a survey was distributed via e-mail to 1,898 faculty and graduate students in science and technology at the University of Kansas. The survey included questions focused on print book use, e-book use, format preferences, and demographics. A majority of the 357 respondents indicated a preference for print books indicating many of the oft-repeated comments about the disadvantages of reading books on a computer. Patrons using tablets were more inclined to access e-books. The survey indicated a continuing need to purchase books in both print and electronic formats, and to market the availability of e-books to University of Kansas patrons.

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Digital Curation News (4/4/2014) #digitalpreservation

Posted in Digital Curation News on April 4th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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Digital Archivist at University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on April 4th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries are recruiting a Digital Archivist.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

In strong collaboration with Library Systems, the University Archivist, and Manuscripts Curator, the Digital Archivist will develop processes, procedures, and specifications for collecting, preserving, and providing access to born-digital records and hybrid collections; investigate, plan, and manage format conversions and migrations; plan, coordinate, and implement workflows for digital content creation, including quality control procedures, prioritization of production to develop high levels of productivity; provide training in processes and specifications for digital collection creation; coordinate and supervise special projects; and collaborate with the Web developer and other staff for online exhibits and other discovery tools, including social media services.

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Digital Public Library of America Gets $594,000 Grant

Posted in Digital Libraries, Grants on April 4th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Digital Public Library of America Gets received a $594,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) announced today $594,000 in new funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to research potential sustainability models and to pursue the most promising option (or options). This two-year grant will allow DPLA to expand its staff to target opportunities for further development and revenue, without compromising its mission of open access to the riches of America's libraries, archives, and museums.

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Programmer/Analyst I (Web and API Programmer) at Utah State University Libraries

Posted in Library IT Jobs on April 4th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Utah State University Libraries are recruiting a Programmer/Analyst I (Web and API Programmer).

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

This professional entry-level position 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' programming needs. The successful candidate will assist in the planning, development, testing, and documentation of applications and systems. Specific projects may include designing new sites and using web services technologies to improve the user experience in discovering, searching, finding, or acquiring library materials and content. The successful candidate will also work to create mobile ready versions of library web sites and services. Projects may require implementation of open source code, using various API's made available by library vendors. This position will manage the Libraries' web servers and support digital library projects as needed.

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The Value and Impact of Data Sharing and Curation: A Synthesis of Three Recent Studies of UK Research Data Centres

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Repositories, Reports and White Papers on April 4th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

JISC has released The Value and Impact of Data Sharing and Curation: A Synthesis of Three Recent Studies of UK Research Data Centres.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

The data centre studies combined quantitative and qualitative approaches in order to quantify value in economic terms and present other, non-economic, impacts and benefits. Uniquely, the studies cover both users and depositors of data, and we believe the surveys of depositors undertaken are the first of their kind. All three studies show a similar pattern of findings, with data sharing via the data centres having a large measurable impact on research efficiency and on return on investment in the data and services. These findings are important for funders, both for making the economic case for investment in data curation and sharing and research data infrastructure, and for ensuring the sustainability of such research data centres.

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Digital Curation News (4/3/2014) #digitalpreservation

Posted in Digital Curation News on April 3rd, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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Library Fellow for Digital Archives 2014-2016 at MIT Libraries

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on April 3rd, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The MIT Libraries are recruiting a Library Fellow for Digital Archives 2014-2016.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to the Digital Archivist, the activities of this position will expand and build upon already established foundations of our digital archives program. Work will provide opportunities to collaborate with Curation and Preservation Services; the Office of Scholarly Publishing, Copyright and Licensing; Information Technology and Discovery Services; Digital Library Application Development; Collections Strategy and Management; as well as the Digital Sustainability Lab.

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