Archive for October, 2014

Digital Curation News (10/17/2014) #digitalpreservation

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

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Systems Analyst/Programmer, UITS at Indiana University, Bloomington

Posted in Library IT Jobs on October 17th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Indiana University, Bloomington is recruiting a Systems Analyst/Programmer, UITS.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Provides expertise in the development of detailed functional requirements for the library systems (such as IUCAT and other library information delivery systems), establishes regression testing scripts, and coordinates the participation of Academic and Faculty Services in quality assurance testing of these systems. Consults with the Indiana University user community in the review of system requirements and designs, and collaborates with the open source user community in forming consensus on requirements and designs.

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"Tweets as Impact Indicators: Examining the Implications of Automated Bot Accounts on Twitter"

Posted in Publishing, Scholarly Metrics, Social Media/Web 2.0 on October 17th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Stefanie Haustein et al. have self-archived "Tweets as Impact Indicators: Examining the Implications of Automated Bot Accounts on Twitter."

Here's an excerpt:

This brief communication presents preliminary findings on automated Twitter accounts distributing links to scientific papers deposited on the preprint repository arXiv. It discusses the implication of the presence of such bots from the perspective of social media metrics (altmetrics), where mentions of scholarly documents on Twitter have been suggested as a means of measuring impact that is both broader and timelier than citations. We present preliminary findings that automated Twitter accounts create a considerable amount of tweets to scientific papers and that they behave differently than common social bots, which has critical implications for the use of raw tweet counts in research evaluation and assessment. We discuss some definitions of Twitter cyborgs and bots in scholarly communication and propose differentiating between different levels of engagement from tweeting only bibliographic information to discussing or commenting on the content of a paper.

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Head of Science Library and eScience Initiatives at University of Kentucky

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

The University of Kentucky is recruiting a Head of Science Library and eScience Initiatives.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The candidate will serve as an academic liaison in one or more STEM-related disciplines including active participation in information literacy, assessment, outreach initiatives, collection development, and research and data support services. The candidate will work collaboratively with other STEM librarians and foster partnerships with faculty, students, and researchers on campus.

The candidate will serve as a leader in eScience initiatives for UK Libraries and related areas including supporting university researchers and working collaboratively with the Director for Digital Scholarship to advance UKnowledge as the university institutional repository. In collaboration with the Director of the UK Libraries Research Data Center, the candidate will coordinate efforts of faculty and staff in the development, implementation, and assessment of research support services for faculty, students, and research centers in the sciences.

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International Trade Commission and Digital Data Regultation: "Brief of PK and EFF in ClearCorrect v. ITC"

Posted in Internet Regulation, Legislation and Government Regulation on October 17th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The EFF has released "Brief of PK and EFF in ClearCorrect v. ITC."

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

In the sweeping and unprecedented decision below, the International Trade Commission found that its authority to regulate trade extends to pure "electronic transmission of digital data" untied to any physical medium. Generally, by statute, the Commission's jurisdiction is limited to oversight of "importation . . . of articles." However, the Commission expansively construed the term "articles" to potentially include anything "bought and sold in commerce," thereby leading to its conclusion that digital data was an article of importation. This broadly sketched statutory construction fails to indicate clearly any limiting principles on the Commission's power.

Among other things, the Commission's decision leaves open the question of whether all transmissions of telecommunications data are within the scope of its authority.

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Digital Curation News (10/16/2014) #digitalpreservation

Posted in Digital Curation News on October 16th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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Science/Data Services Librarian at Lewis & Clark College

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on October 16th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Lewis & Clark College is recruiting a Science/Data Services Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Science/Data Services Librarian is an entry-level position that:

  • Provides leadership in the planning, implementation, and assessment of library research and data services in support of the natural sciences and other data-related disciplines.
  • Develops liaison partnerships with science faculty, staff, and students to support teaching, learning, and research and incorporates new approaches and technologies into existing and future services.

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"Freedom of Information Requests Uncover the Lack of Transparency in Journal Subscription Costs"

Posted in Publishing, Scholarly Journals, Serials Crisis on October 16th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Stuart Lawson and Ben Meghreblian have published "Freedom of Information Requests Uncover the Lack of Transparency in Journal Subscription Costs" in The LSE's Daily Blog on American Politics and Policy.

Here's an excerpt:

Making use of the UK's Freedom of Information (FOI) law we sent FOI requests to over 100 higher education institutions via the website whatdotheyknow.com asking them to release their data. Using this website has the dual benefit of making the process simple to scale up when sending multiple requests and also ensuring that the responses are in the public domain.

In two rounds of requests we asked for the amount of money that these institutions had paid to six of the largest academic publishers—Wiley, Springer, Taylor & Francis, Sage, Oxford University Press, and Cambridge University Press—over a period of five years. The results have been collated and over £80m of subscription expenditure has been openly released. This process was for the most part straightforward and just required a lot of persistence and a little knowledge of library processes, which allowed us to know how to phrase the request and how to respond to any queries from the institutions.

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Digital Services Librarian at School of Visual Arts

Posted in Library IT Jobs on October 16th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The School of Visual Arts is recruiting a Digital Services Librarian .

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

This technologically adept, service-oriented librarian integrates quality information resources and services via Web programming. Manages electronic resources, integrates discovery service, maintains library website and blog. Assists with development of library content within course management system. Directs team of librarians providing reference via in-person consultation, email and chat.

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"Placements & Salaries 2014: Renaissance Librarians"

Posted in Libraries on October 16th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Stephanie L. Maatta has published "Placements & Salaries 2014: Renaissance Librarians" in Library Journal.

Here's an excerpt:

The overall average starting salary improved 2.6%, moving above $45,000 for the first time, to $45,650. Other pointers toward an improving job market were revealed in a decline in the rate of unemployment, dropping to 4.3% of those reporting employment status, and an increase in the rate of permanent professional positions, 69.6% of the job placements in 2013, up from 61.2% in 2012.

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Digital Curation News (10/15/2014) #digitalpreservation

Posted in Digital Curation News on October 15th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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Assistant Professor (Digital Curation) at University of Alabama

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on October 15th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of Alabama is recruiting an Assistant Professor (Digital Curation).

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The successful candidate will have an opportunity to shape the character and direction of the School as it continues to integrate the traditions of librarianship, archives, and information studies in the context of new and emerging technologies. This faculty member will be expected to maintain an active role in advising master's and doctoral students and to contribute to professional organizations at the state, national, and international levels. The school has nationally ranked on-campus and online degree programs with a teaching load of two graduate courses per semester with an option to teach during the summer. All faculty members are expected to work with diverse constituencies, teach in the core curriculum, and maintain a rigorous research agenda. Participation in interdisciplinary scholarship and community engagement initiatives are strongly encouraged.

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