Archive for June, 2014

"The Dark Side of Open Access in Google and Google Scholar: The Case of Latin-American Repositories"

Posted in Google and Other Search Engines, Institutional Repositories, Open Access on June 19th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Enrique Orduña-Malea et al. have self-archived "The Dark Side of Open Access in Google and Google Scholar: The Case of Latin-American Repositories."

Here's an excerpt:

The main objective of this study is to ascertain the presence and visibility of Latin American repositories in Google and Google Scholar through the application of page count and visibility indicators. For a sample of 137 repositories, the results indicate that the indexing ratio is low in Google, and virtually nonexistent in Google Scholar; they also indicate a complete lack of correspondence between the repository records and the data produced by these two search tools. These results are mainly attributable to limitations arising from the use of description schemas that are incompatible with Google Scholar (repository design) and the reliability of web indicators (search engines). We conclude that neither Google nor Google Scholar accurately represent the actual size of open access content published by Latin American repositories; this may indicate a non-indexed, hidden side to open access, which could be limiting the dissemination and consumption of open access scholarly literature.

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Information Technology Specialist (Application Development and Infrastructure) at Library of Congress

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on June 19th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Library of Congress is recruiting a Information Technology Specialist (Application Development and Infrastructure).

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The incumbent reports to the Project Manager for Digital Initiatives in repository development and works with a specialized group of programmers on complex, multi-faceted prototype and production systems, and assists with software analysis, design, development, documentation and implementation of these systems. The incumbent updates and modifies existing Library applications, designs and implements new applications, generates documentation, and is responsible for the maintenance and upgrades.

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Sustaining the Digital Humanities: Host-Institution Support beyond the Start-Up Phase

Posted in ARL Libraries, Digital Humanities, Research Libraries on June 19th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Ithaka S+R has released Sustaining the Digital Humanities: Host-Institution Support beyond the Start-Up Phase.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

In this study, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, Ithaka S+R explored the different models colleges and universities have adopted to support DH outputs on their campuses. . . .

Over the course of this study, Ithaka S+R interviewed more than 125 stakeholders and faculty project leaders at colleges and universities within the US. These interviews included a deep-dive phase of exploration focused on support for the digital humanities at four campuses”Columbia University, Brown University, Indiana University Bloomington, and the University of Wisconsin at Madison. This research helped us to better understand how institutions are navigating issues related to the sustainability of DH resources and what successful strategies are emerging.

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Digital Curation News (6/18/2014) #digitalpreservation

Posted in Digital Curation News on June 18th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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Digital Production Librarian at University of North Texas

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on June 18th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of North Texas is recruiting a Digital Production Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Digital Production Librarian is responsible for the general operation of the Digital Projects Lab and works to complete internally- and externally- funded digitization projects in a cost effective manner with high-quality output. The librarian will collaborate with internal and external stakeholders to plan, coordinate, and execute digitization and other digital projects as part of the mission of the UNT Libraries. The librarian will also work closely with other teams and units within the Digital Libraries Division to improve online tools and processes needed by the Lab.

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"Evaluating Big Deal Journal Bundles"

Posted in Publishing, Research Libraries, Scholarly Journals on June 18th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Theodore C. Bergstrom et al. have published "Evaluating Big Deal Journal Bundles" in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. An open access eprint is not available.

Read more about it at "How Much Did Your University Pay for Your Journals?" and "Universities 'Get Poor Value' from Academic Journal-Publishing Firms."

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Digital Media Librarian at Juilliard School

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on June 18th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Juilliard School is recruiting a Digital Media Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

  • Oversee digital preservation of archival audio and video collections, including metadata creation
  • Work closely with other departments that capture Juilliard performances, including Recording Department and Dance Division
  • Work closely with IT staff on digital file storage
  • Coordinate access to archival media with in-house Juilliard Concert Program Database, and JUILCAT online library catalog

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University of Georgia Names Toby Graham as University Librarian and Associate Provost

Posted in ARL Libraries, People in the News on June 18th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of Georgia has named Toby Graham as its new University Librarian and Associate Provost.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

Graham has served as deputy university librarian since 2009, a role in which he supported strategic planning, administration and resource allocation for the libraries and oversaw fundraising. He also directs the university's Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library and oversees the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries, which holds 70,000 cubic feet of archives, 200,000 volumes and 200,000 media items.

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Digital Curation News (6/17/2014) #digitalpreservation

Posted in Digital Curation News on June 17th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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Digital Scholarship Librarian at University of Northern Iowa

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on June 17th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of Northern Iowa is recruiting a Digital Scholarship Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Rod Library at the University of Northern Iowa seeks an innovative, self-motivated individual to serve in a newly created tenure-track position as the manager of an institutional repository being implemented at the University in 2014/2015. In addition, the individual will coordinate education and outreach for scholarly communication across campus.

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"The ‘Digital’ Scholarship Disconnect"

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Humanities, Emerging Technologies, Research Libraries on June 17th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Clifford Lynch has published "The 'Digital' Scholarship Disconnect" in EDUCAUSE Review.

Here's an excerpt:

Still, in all of these examples of digital scholarship, a key challenge remains: How can we curate and manage data now that so much of it is being produced and collected in digital form? How can we ensure that it will be discovered, shared, and reused to advance scholarship? We are struggling through the establishment of institutions, funding models, policies and practices, and even new legal requirements and community norms—ranging from cultural changes about who can use data (and when) to economic decisions about who should pay for what. Some disciplines are less contentious than others: for example, astronomy data is technically well-understood and usually not terribly sensitive. Reputation, rather than commercial reward, is wrapped up in astronomical discoveries, and there is no institutional review board to ensure the safety and dignity of astronomical objects. On the other hand, human subjects and their data raise an enormous number of questions about informed consent, privacy, and anonymization; when there are genetic markers or possible treatments to be discovered or validated, serious high-value commercial interests may be at stake. All of these factors tend to work against the free and convenient sharing of data.

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Digital Asset Coordinator at Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on June 17th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission is recruiting a Digital Asset Coordinator.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Digital Assets Coordinator oversees the digitization of archival materials, manage the digital assets of the State Archives and perform high resolution scans on archival collections. Working with the Assistant Director for Archives and division staff, explores and develops digital imaging opportunities within the division. Ensures the completeness and accuracy of digitized materials. May train and supervise the work of others. Works under limited supervision with moderate latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

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