Archive for May, 2014

"Teaching an Old University Press Publisher New Tricks: Living in the Present and Preparing for the Future of Scholarly Communications"

Posted in Publishing, Scholarly Books, Scholarly Metrics, University Presses on May 28th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Patrick H. Alexander has published "Teaching an Old University Press Publisher New Tricks: Living in the Present and Preparing for the Future of Scholarly Communications" in the Journal of Electronic Publishing.

Here's an excerpt:

University presses currently exist in the dual worlds of print and digital publishing. Current staffing needs require that they hire personnel with skills and experience that mirror that present duality. Training and maintaining a skilled workforce requires a commitment to flexibility and an openness to the ever-changing nature of scholarly communication. As the scholarly publishing ecosystem continues to evolve, university presses will need to look to a future workforce that has additional training, knowledge, and experience beyond the traditional skills associated with academic publishing, one that fully embraces the realities of a digital world, the habits of new generations of researchers, and the increasing role of technology in scholarly communication. This article looks at what the future might look like, what skills might be required, and how one might prepare for that future.

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Head, Mason Publishing Group 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 Head, Mason Publishing Group.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

George Mason University Libraries seek an experienced professional who is attuned to the changing landscape of publishing, knowledgeable about relevant and emerging technologies, able to successfully integrate a university press with a robust digital library publishing program and effectively serve as advocate for the initiative across the university. Successful candidate will provide leadership in planning, business management, contract administration, staffing, and external relations for Mason Publishing”a new library-based publishing enterprise at George Mason University.

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Learned Society Attitudes towards Open Access: Report on Survey Results

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on May 28th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

EDP Open has released Learned Society Attitudes towards Open Access: Report on Survey Results.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

Key findings include:

  • Learned societies overwhelmingly agree that Open Access will inevitably place some learned societies' journals into financial jeopardy.
  • Competing with large Open Access specialist publishers was also considered a significant challenge for learned societies.
  • Gold Open Access is the Open Access method that is least offered by learned society journals, however nearly two-thirds of learned societies indicated that they would like to be offering this option.
  • More than ever before, with so many journals being published Open Access of dubious origin, learned societies should look to endorse content with a stamp of quality and authority.
  • Collaboration between learned societies could help in the transition to Open Access, by pooling resources and sharing complex tasks.
  • Two-thirds of all learned societies are also looking for support on best approach to OA, and compliance with funder mandates.

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Digital Curation News (5/27/2014) #digitalpreservation

Posted in Digital Curation News on May 27th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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Information Technology Specialist (Operating Systems) at Library of Congress

Posted in Library IT Jobs on May 27th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Library of Congress is recruiting an Information Technology Specialist (Operating Systems).

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The primary focus of this position will be Linux server administration in a large, heterogeneous data center. The ideal candidate will have a working knowledge in Tuning Linux operating systems for various workloads, fully understand volume management concepts, including storage (SAN and NAS) and x86 computing platforms (rack mounted and/or blade server).

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"Empirical Evidences in Citation-Based Search Engines: Is Microsoft Academic Search Dead?"

Posted in Google and Other Search Engines, Scholarly Metrics on May 27th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Enrique Orduna-Malea et al. have self-archived "Empirical Evidences in Citation-Based Search Engines: Is Microsoft Academic Search Dead?"

Here's an excerpt:

The goal of this working paper is to summarize the main empirical evidences provided by the scientific community as regards the comparison between the two main citation based academic search engines: Google Scholar and Microsoft Academic Search, paying special attention to the following issues: coverage, correlations between journal rankings, and usage of these academic search engines. Additionally, selfelaborated data is offered, which are intended to provide current evidence about the popularity of these tools on the Web, by measuring the number of rich files PDF, PPT and DOC in which these tools are mentioned, the amount of external links that both products receive, and the search queries frequency from Google Trends. The poor results obtained by MAS led us to an unexpected and unnoticed discovery: Microsoft Academic Search is outdated since 2013.

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Librarian—Digital Repository/Archivist/Special Collections at California State University, Long Beach Library

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on May 27th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The California State University, Long Beach Library is recruiting a Librarian—Digital Repository/Archivist/Special Collections .

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

  • Oversee and manage the University's digital institutional repository, Scholarship @ the Beach (S@tB).
  • Oversee the University Library's Special Collections and Archives unit.
  • Oversee and manage the digitization of several archival collections.
  • Collaborate with library Technical Services staff and Academic Technology staff to make the digitized collections available via the library's web portal.

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Guidance on Cloud Storage and Digital Preservation: How Cloud Storage Can Address the Needs of Public Archives in the UK

Posted in Cloud Computing/SaaS, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on May 27th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The National Archives (UK) has released Guidance on Cloud Storage and Digital Preservation: How Cloud Storage Can Address the Needs of Public Archives in the UK.

Here's an excerpt:

This Guidance is focussed on the cloud and its potential role in archival storage. It aims to help public archives in the UK develop an understanding of cloud storage and its potential contribution to their digital preservation activities, and to provide a balanced overview allowing archives to understand potential benefits and risks involved and the range of options available (including not using cloud if it does not meet your requirements).

Whilst primarily targeted at public archives, the aim is to provide information that will be useful within a range of organisational contexts, and overarching advice that can be translated into the private sector where relevant.

See also the case studies.

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Digital Curation News (5/26/2014) #digitalpreservation

Posted in Digital Curation News on May 26th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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Digital Collections Coordinator at East Carolina University Libraries

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on May 26th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The East Carolina University Libraries is recruiting a Digital Collections Coordinator.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to Academic Library Services' Assistant Director for Special Collections, the Digital Collections Coordinator will provide innovative and sustainable solutions for the presentation, maintenance, and promotion of ECU Libraries' digital collections. ECU Libraries consists of Academic Library Services (Joyner and Music Libraries), as well as the William E. Laupus Health Sciences Library.

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Open WiFi and Copyright: A Primer for Network Operators

Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars on May 26th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

EFF has released Open WiFi and Copyright: A Primer for Network Operators.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

At EFF, we are big fans of open wireless. But we also know that operators of open networks sometimes worry that they could be legally responsible if people use their networks to engage in copyright infringement. We've put together a short white paper that generally explains the scope and limits of operator liability for the acts of users, and additional steps network operators may choose to take to further limit their legal risk. As we explain in the paper, copyright liability for the acts of your users is less likely than you might think, as long as you (1) simply provide a means of transmission; and (2) act reasonably and responsibly.

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Web Developer and User Interface Designer at University of California, Riverside Libraries

Posted in Library IT Jobs on May 26th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of California, Riverside Libraries is recruiting a Web Developer and User Interface Designer.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to the Associate University Librarian for Information Technology and Systems, the Web Developer and User Interface Designer will provide technology services to the UCR University Libraries organization and will have strong graphic design, website, and editorial skills. Duties include, but are not limited to, supporting, designing, and developing internal and public websites, web-based applications, social media sites, and multimedia content. Innovative applications will include new initiatives in digital collections, scholarly communication, and resource discovery.

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