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Digital Curation News (5/30/2014) #digitalpreservation

Posted in Digital Curation News on May 30th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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Archives and Digital Librarian II at Nova Southeastern University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on May 30th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Alvin Sherman Library, Research & Information Technology Center at Nova Southeastern University is recruiting an Archives and Digital Librarian II.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Support the goal to acquire, preserve, and make available the institutional archival records according to prevailing professional standards, and subject to relevant policies and procedures. Responsible for prioritizing archives projects, processing archives collections and creating finding aids. Implement best archival practices with respect to the care and conservation of collections and associated collections data in all mediums. Respond to research queries and facilitate on-site research with use of archives materials. Provide University and community-wide reference service to archives materials as needed. Manage digital library initiatives, and establish policies, procedures, and workflow for the digital library. Provide expertise in creating, managing, describing and preserving digital collections. Oversee the implementation of the content management system, digitization processes and metadata creation. Maintain the digital library website.

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De Gruyter Releases Its Books in ePub3 Format

Posted in Publishing, Scholarly Books on May 30th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

De Gruyter has released its frontlist titles in the ePub3 format.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

The ePub format supports variable font sizes as well as the dynamic adjustment of content to the device's screen size. EBooks in the ePub format are released as a single file, as opposed to the one-file-per-chapter format of PDF-based eBooks. De Gruyter is one of the first academic presses worldwide to offer customers the choice between the ePub and PDF formats when purchasing an eBook.

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Scholarly Communications Librarian at Office of Library Services, CUNY

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on May 30th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Office of Library Services at the Central Administrative Office of CUNY is recruiting a Scholarly Communications Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The position reports to the University Director of Library Systems and is responsible for managing and developing the newly instituted Digital Commons institutional repository (a cloud-based solution from bepress) of scholarly and creative works, publications, and digital objects by members of the CUNY community. The librarian will organize, oversee, and assess the processes (e.g., faculty outreach, copyright compliance) related to the repository's maintenance and development. S/he will collaborate with the vendor and CUNY-wide libraries to create, develop, and optimize publishing/ingest workflows, establish/codify best practices in repository management including reporting and optimizing metadata management related to the CUNY's nascent repository. The Scholarly Communications Librarian establishes communication procedures and platforms for campuses to use to work with contributing authors (faculty, staff, students, alumni)

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"PyRDM: A Python-Based Library for Automating the Management and Online Publication of Scientific Software And Data"

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management on May 30th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Christian T. Jacobs et al. have self-archived "PyRDM: A Python-Based Library for Automating the Management and Online Publication of Scientific Software And Data."

Here's an excerpt:

The recomputability and reproducibility of results from scientific software requires access to both the source code and all associated input and output data. However, the full collection of these resources often does not accompany the key findings published in journal articles, thereby making it difficult or impossible for the wider scientific community to verify the correctness of a result or to build further research on it. This paper presents a new Python-based library, PyRDM, whose functionality aims to automate the process of sharing the software and data via online, citable repositories such as Figshare. The library is integrated into the workflow of an open-source computational fluid dynamics package, Fluidity, to demonstrate an example of its usage.

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Digital Curation News (5/29/2014) #digitalpreservation

Posted in Digital Curation News on May 29th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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Theodore Roosevelt Center Digital Library Coordinator/Archivist at Dickinson State University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on May 29th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Dickinson State University is recruiting a Theodore Roosevelt Center Digital Library Coordinator/Archivist.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Digital Library Coordinator leads the development, maintenance, and promotion of the Theodore Roosevelt Digital Library. The Coordinator interacts with contributing entities to facilitate acquisition of materials for addition to the collection, and with staff and volunteers, to ensure the quality of collection metadata. The Coordinator also has primary responsibility for the social media outreach of the Theodore Roosevelt Center.

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Driving With Data: A Roadmap for Evidence-Based Decision Making in Academic Libraries

Posted in Libraries, Research Libraries on May 29th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Ithaka S+R has released Driving With Data: A Roadmap for Evidence-Based Decision Making in Academic Libraries.

Here's an excerpt:

Over the past decade, libraries have expanded their use of various types of service assessment. Initially popularized by the LibQUAL+ service, there is now a robust library assessment community, including dedicated assessment librarians and coordinators at many institutions, who are charged with examining existing services and user perceptions with the purpose of documenting the value of the academic library's collections and services and identifying opportunities for improvement. At some institutions, assessment has become an important element of how libraries establish their key priorities on a regular basis.

Today library leaders must do more than build and manage collections, improve the quality of existing services, and find the funding to support this work. In addition, the library leader is called upon to reconsider or reassert the roles and objectives of the library in a changing information environment and to develop the strategy, services, spaces, and staffing to support these roles. In the remainder of this paper, therefore, we will be focusing on the use of data, including the types discussed in this section, to establish strategy and lead to a decision about future directions.

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Digital Archivist at New York Public Library

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on May 29th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The New York Public Library is recruiting a Digital Archivist.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Under the direction of the Head of the Archives Unit (AU), the Digital Archivist collaborates with curators, colleagues in the AU, donors, digital preservation staff, public service units, and NYPL staff that create and maintain access systems in order to evaluate possible acquisitions; acquire, accession, and transfer born digital material to preservation storage; stage materials for archival arrangement and description; and make materials accessible to researchers.

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Big Deals: Beyond the Damage: Circulation, Coverage and Staffing

Posted in Licenses, Publishing, Research Libraries, Scholarly Journals on May 29th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Walt Crawford has published Beyond the Damage: Circulation, Coverage and Staffing.

Here's an excerpt from chapter one:

Big-Deal Serials Purchasing: Tracking the Damage looks almost entirely at four aspects of library spending and changes in that spending: total spending, current serials, "books" (all other acquisitions) and the remainder”what's left over for staff, automation, preservation, etc.

This book looks at some other aspects of academic libraries and how they have changed from 2002 through 2012: circulation, coverage and staffing. It's designed to complement the LTR report. Indeed, I assume that readers will have access to the report, as it includes details on which academic libraries are included and excluded. This book uses exactly the same universe of libraries (2,594 in all) as the report. I believe this book (and the supplementary PDF) will provide useful additional insights into what's happened in academic libraries over a decade in which Big Deals supposedly improved serials pricing problems”but still had serials spending taking more and more of a sometimes-shrinking overall pie…

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Digital Curation News (5/28/2014) #digitalpreservation

Posted in Digital Curation News on May 28th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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Digital Publishing Production Lead at George Mason University Libraries

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on May 28th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The George Mason University Libraries is recruiting a Digital Publishing Production Lead.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The George Mason University Libraries seeks an experienced professional to be responsible for the management of, and front-line user support for, digital publishing tools and platforms in use by the Mason Publishing Group.

Mason Publishing is a new library initiative that unites the library’s existing digital publishing activity with the George Mason University Press to form a new set of publishing services for the university.

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