Archive for October, 2015

"Maximizing the Benefits of Open Access: Strategies for Enhancing the Discovery of Open Access Content"

Posted in OPACs/Discovery Systems, Open Access, Publishing, Self-Archiving on October 8th, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Maria Bonn has published "Maximizing the Benefits of Open Access: Strategies for Enhancing the Discovery 0f Open Access Content" in College & Research Libraries News.

Here's an excerpt:

To achieve some economies of scale in library acquisition of OA publications, we should leverage the library crown and work the library network. There's no point in libraries all over the world laboriously replicating the same work of evaluation, selection, and acquisition when they have the tools, methods, and community to work in collaboration. Subject specialists might organize themselves in clusters to share the initial work of discovery and establish criteria for evaluation that can be collectively trusted

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Library Web Developer at St. Edward’s University

Posted in Library IT Jobs on October 8th, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

St. Edward's University is recruiting a Library Web Developer.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The web developer is responsible for the development, evolution and analytics of the library's web properties. The position reports to the Library Director.

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Requirements for the Technical Infrastructure for Standardized International Rights Statements

Posted in Copyright, Creative Commons/Open Licenses, Reports and White Papers on October 8th, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

International Rights Statements Working Group has released Requirements for the Technical Infrastructure for Standardized International Rights Statements.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

Over the past fifteen months, representatives from the Europeana and DPLA networks, in partnership with Creative Commons, have been developing a collaborative approach to internationally interoperable rights statements that can be used to communicate the copyright status of cultural objects published via the DPLA and Europeana platforms.

The purpose of these rights statements is to provide end users of our platforms with easy to understand information on what they can and cannot do with digital items that they encounter via these platforms. Having standardized interoperable rights statements will also make it easier for application developers and other third parties to automatically identify items that can be re-used.

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Digitization and Special Projects Lead at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on October 7th, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh is recruiting a Digitization and Special Projects Lead.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Responsible for establishing new and refining existing practices in identifying, organizing and providing access to the digital aspects of our collections. Will provide leadership in clarifying the purpose and use of digital content within the context of all of CLP's collections. Will work with Collections, Public Services and internal support departments to describe and communicate the use and scope of digital content to staff and external audiences.

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"Academic Librarians in Data Information Literacy Instruction: A Case Study in Meteorology"

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management on October 7th, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

College & Research Libraries has released an e-print of "Academic Librarians in Data Information Literacy Instruction: A Case Study in Meteorology."

Here's an excerpt:

This research assessed perceptions of data information literacy and attitudes on its instruction for graduate students in meteorology. As academic librarians have traditionally provided information literacy instruction, the research determined if they were perceived as having a role in data information literacy instruction. The modified Delphi method was applied to obtain the perspectives of a panel of experts, representing students, librarians, professors, and researchers, for the purpose of forecasting and consensus-making.

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Director, University Library System at University of Pittsburgh

Posted in ARL Libraries, Research Libraries on October 7th, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of Pittsburgh is recruiting a Director, University Library System .

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The director is responsible for the leadership and administration of the ULS, overseeing the innovation and development of the libraries in the areas of user services, collections and resources, management and infrastructure, cooperative initiatives and outreach, and support and funding. The new director will provide visionary leadership for the ULS and implement the libraries' strategic plan in support of the University's academic priorities, curricula, and research; keep the ULS collections vital and accessible for the University community; support and continue to develop open access initiative; increase awareness on campus of what the ULS has to offer; leverage and augment the resources of the ULS wisely; and lead and further develop a strong, service-oriented staff. The director reports to the provost of the University of Pittsburgh and sits on the Council of Deans.

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"Strategic Planning for a Data-Driven, Shared-Access Research Enterprise: Virginia Tech Research Data Assessment and Landscape Study"

Posted in ARL Libraries, Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Research Libraries on October 7th, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

College & Research Libraries has released an e-print of "Strategic Planning for a Data-Driven, Shared-Access Research Enterprise: Virginia Tech Research Data Assessment and Landscape Study."

Here's an excerpt:

The data landscape study at Virginia Tech addresses the changing modes of faculty scholarship and supports the development of a user-centric data infrastructure, management, and curation system. The study investigates faculty researchers' current practices in organizing, describing, and preserving data and the emerging needs for services and education. The results demonstrate the changing nature of faculty demands regarding data documentation, storage, and archiving and identify opportunities for libraries to develop a coherent service, research, and education system to address the evolving needs.

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Digital Access Coordinator at University of Alabama

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

University of Alabama is recruiting a Digital Access Coordinator.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Digital Access Coordinator will focus on current and future access, and responsiveness to user needs. Incoming digital content from donors and creators will be protected, tested, and analyzed for security, access, preservation and use options. . . . The Digital Access Coordinator will also be involved in development and support of browse options or alternative access methods for both digitized and incoming digital content.

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Digital Library Architect at UCLA

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

UCLA is recruiting a Digital Library Architect.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to the Associate University Librarian for Digital Initiatives and Information Technology (DIIT), the Digital Library Architect (DLA) serves as design and programming lead for the technical infrastructure of an ecosystem of coordinated digital scholarship services. Digital Scholarship Services include a Digital Asset Management System, Streaming Media Systems, Geospatial Systems, Digital Preservation Services, and Image Server System.

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"Trade Officials Announce Conclusion of TPP—Now the Real Fight Begins"

Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars, Legislation and Government Regulation on October 6th, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The EFF has released "Trade Officials Announce Conclusion of TPP—Now the Real Fight Begins" by Maira Sutton.

Here's an excerpt:

Trade officials have announced today that they have reached a final deal on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Their announcement came after a drawn out round of negotiation in Atlanta, Georgia, which was mainly held up around disagreements over medicine patent rules and tariffs over autos and dairy.

We have no reason to believe that the TPP has improved much at all from the last leaked version released in August, and we won't know until the U.S. Trade Representative releases the text. So as long as it contains a retroactive 20-year copyright term extension, bans on circumventing DRM, massively disproportionate punishments for copyright infringement, and rules that criminalize investigative journalists and whistleblowers, we have to do everything we can to stop this agreement from getting signed, ratified, and put into force.

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BioMed Central Implements Author Contributorship Badges

Posted in Publishing, Scholarly Journals on October 6th, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

BioMed Central has implemented Author Contributorship Badges.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

To receive credit for their work, researchers must publish. However, the traditional author list on scientific research articles provides little clarification as to who actually did what on the project. Conventions around author order often mean that key contributors to research are either left off the author list entirely, or given a position that provides no real "credit" in the grant-awarding/career ladder ecosystem.

The introduction of Author Contributorship Badges is an effort to solve this problem by crediting authors for the specific ways in which they contributed to a study. For example, it might distinguish whether the author drafted the copy, verified the results or curated the data for the project. A visual badge which illustrates their full contribution will be made available on the article page and on the ORCID site.

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Applications Administrator at College of William and Mary

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on October 5th, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The College of William and Mary is recruiting a Applications Administrator.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Applications Administrator supports multiple open source and vendor systems, including but not limited to:

  • the library's web content management system (currently Drupal);
  • scholarly and archival digital collection systems and repositories (including DSpace and BEPress);
  • web applications (such as LibCal and LibAnalytics);
  • internal workflow applications (such as wikis and project management and tracking software).

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