Archive for March, 2015

Ed Summers Wins 2015 Frederick G. Kilgour Award for Research in Library and Information Technology

Posted in ALA, People in the News on March 10th, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Ed Summers has won the 2015 Frederick G. Kilgour Award for Research in Library and Information Technology

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

Ed Summers is Lead Developer at the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH), University of Maryland. Ed has been working for two decades helping to build connections between libraries and archives and the larger communities of the World Wide Web. During that time Ed has worked in academia, start-ups, corporations and the government. He is interested in the role of open source software, community development, and open access to enable digital curation. Ed has a MS in Library and Information Science and a BA in English and American Literature from Rutgers University.

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Digital Archivist at UCLA

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on March 10th, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

UCLA is recruiting a Digital Archivist.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to the Head, Center for Primary Research & Training and Digital Initiatives, the Digital Archivist leads and supports LSC efforts to acquire, describe, preserve, and provide access to born-digital special collections material and to facilitate projects and programs that provide digital access to analog holdings. The Digital Archivist works in a highly collaborative manner with curatorial, professional, and technical staff in LSC and the UCLA Library, as well as with faculty and students, to enhance LSC digital services and operations, complete specific digital projects, and to lead the continuing development of a sustainable born-digital management program.

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"Beyond Beall’s List: Better Understanding Predatory Publishers"

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on March 10th, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Monica Berger and Jill Cirasella have published "Beyond Beall's List: Better Understanding Predatory Publishers" in College & Research Libraries News.

Here's an excerpt:

Although predatory publishers predate OA, their recent explosion was expedited by the emergence and success of fee-charging OA journals. No matter how strong our urge to support and defend OA, librarians cannot deny the profusion of predators in the OA arena; John Bohannon's recent "sting" made abundantly clear (despite methodological flaws) that there are many bad actors. Rather, we should seek to understand their methods, track their evolution, and communicate their characteristics to our patrons.

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Digital Curation News (3/9/2015) #digitalcuration #digitalpreservation #researchdata

Posted in Digital Curation News on March 9th, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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Web/Electronic Services Coordinator at George Washington University

Posted in Library IT Jobs on March 9th, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

George Washington University is recruiting a Web/Electronic Services Coordinator .

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Web/Electronic Services Coordinator at the Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library is a crucial member of the library staff. This position works closely with staff in the library operations department and the reference and instruction department in order to provide web-based access to the library's vast electronic collections and services, and integrate specialized library software. Other duties include responsibility for the library's mobile presence, instruction, currency with new technologies including web 2.0 applications, and membership on various library committees.

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"The OA Interviews: Alison Mudditt, Director, University of California Press"

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Books, Scholarly Journals, University Presses on March 9th, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Richard Poynder has published "The OA Interviews: Alison Mudditt, Director, University of California Press" in Open and Shut? in which Mudditt discusses the UC Press' Collabra and Luminos open access programs.

Here's an excerpt:

Collabra's model speaks to publishers, libraries, funders, and researchers who are seeking more cost transparency and greater recognition of the critical role that the academic and scientific community plays in journal publishing. In our model, the people who do the fundamental work of peer-review are recognized for this and are able to decide where to place that value.

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Digital Infrastructure Librarian at University of Idaho

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on March 9th, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of Idaho is recruiting a Digital Infrastructure Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The successful applicant will support the University of Idaho's mission by making information resources available, findable, and usable by: providing support for digital and data initiatives in the Library, primarily for metadata and associated technologies; developing, implementing, and refining metadata, ontologies, and controlled vocabularies to enhance information organization, discovery, and use; efficiently managing large sets of metadata records; overseeing interoperability of library systems (e.g., harvesting records for display in the library's discovery interface); and serving as a resource to library employees for questions concerning database maintenance, metadata standards, interoperability of systems, and workflow.

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You Didn’t Think It Was Over, Did You? New Motion in GSU Copyright Case

Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars, Publishing, Research Libraries, Scholarly Journals on March 9th, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

According to "Publishers' Move Could Mean 'Whole New Trial' in GSU Copyright Case," the plaintiffs have filed a motion to "reopen the trial record, and have asked that new evidence be used to determine whether some of the university's online e-reserve course readings are infringing copyright."

The article also mentions a recent e-print by Brandon Butler, "Transformative Teaching and Educational Fair Use after Georgia State."

Here's an excerpt from the e-print:

The latest installment in the history of educational fair use, the 11th Circuit's opinion in the Georgia State e-reserves case, may be the last judicial word on the subject for years to come, and I argue that its import is primarily in its rejection of outdated guidelines and case law, rather than any affirmative vision of fair use (which the court studiously avoids). Because of the unique factual context of the case, it stops short of bridging the gap between educational fair use and modern transformative use jurisprudence. With help from recent scholarship on broad patterns in fair use caselaw, I pick up where the GSU court left off, describing a variety of common educational uses that are categorizable as transformative, and therefore entitled to broad deference under contemporary fair use doctrine. In the process, I show a way forward for vindicating fair use rights, and first amendment rights, by applying the transformative use concept at lower levels of abstraction to help practice communities make sense of the doctrine.

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Applications Developer at NYPL

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on March 6th, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

NYPL is recruiting an Applications Developer.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

  • Design and implement scalable, optimized, and maintainable database driven web applications.
  • Create workflows for processing petabyte-scale data including audio, video, text, images, etc
  • Collaborate with a larger team across the library to create new and innovative online experiences for our users.
  • Design and build APIs in order to extend our rich content and information to audiences spanning from NYC to the global community.
  • Employ object-oriented analysis and design techniques including use case analysis, object modeling, and database schema design.

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UC Press and the CDL Given a $750,000 Mellon Grant to Develop OA Monograph Publication System

Posted in E-Books, Grants, Publishing, Scholarly Books, University Presses on March 6th, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of California Press and the California Digital Library have been given a $750,000 grant by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation "to develop a web-based, open source content and workflow management system to support the publication of open access (OA) monographs in the humanities and social sciences."

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

The proposed system will increase efficiency and achieve cost reduction by allowing users to manage content and associated workflows from initial authoring through manuscript submission, peer review, and production to final publication of files on the open web, whether via a publishing platform or an institutional repository. The system will streamline production so publishers can redirect resources back into the editorial process and disseminate important scholarship more widely.

During this two-year period, the system will be designed and built to support the new open access models being pursued by UC Press as well as CDL's current publishing programs. Throughout the two-year grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, UC Press and CDL will engage other university presses and library publishing units to ensure the system will meet the needs of a range of organizations. UC Press and CDL have built in a plan for long-term sustainability to ensure that this resource will continue to serve these communities and will realize its potential to re-invigorate the domain of monographic publishing within the humanities and social sciences.

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Web Services Librarian at University of Oregon

Posted in Library IT Jobs on March 6th, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of Oregon is recruiting a Web Services Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Web Services Librarian is charged with leadership, project management, and technological work related to the planning, development, coordination, maintenance, and evaluation of the Library's web site and other major online user interfaces. In addition to monitoring and promoting new features and services related to the Library's Web presence, the Web Services Librarian will work with the Lead Web Developer to improve the Libraries' user interfaces, with input from the Web Services Team, the Online User Interfaces (OUI) Committee, Digital Scholarship Center (DSC) professionals, faculty colleagues, staff, and library constituents.

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"Research Data Explored II: the Anatomy and Reception of figshare"

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on March 6th, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Peter Kraker et al. have self-archived "Research Data Explored II: the Anatomy and Reception of figshare."

Here's an excerpt:

In this paper, we present an analysis of figshare, one of the largest multidisciplinary repositories for research materials to date. We analysed the structure of items archived in figshare, their usage, and their reception in two altmetrics sources (PlumX and ImpactStory). We found that figshare acts as a platform for newly published research materials, and as an archive for PLOS. Depending on the function, we found different bibliometric characteristics. Items archived from PLOS tend to be coming from the natural sciences and are often unviewed and non-downloaded. Self-archived items, however, come from a variety of disciplines and exhibit some patterns of higher usage. In the altmetrics analysis, we found that Twitter was the social media service where research data gained most attention; generally, research data published in 2014 were most popular across social media services. PlumX detects considerably more items in social media and also finds higher altmetric scores than ImpactStory.

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