Archive for November, 2015

"Developing Best Practices in Digital Library Assessment: Year One Update"

Posted in Digital Libraries on November 17th, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Joyce Chapman, Jody DeRidder and Santi Thompson have published "Developing Best Practices in Digital Library Assessment: Year One Update" in D-Lib Magazine.

Here's an excerpt:

In the face of limited resources and increasing demand for online access to digital library content, we need to strategically focus our efforts and better understand users, impact, and associated costs. However, methods for assessment of digital libraries are not standardized. In an effort to address this crucial gap, the Digital Library Federation Assessment Interest Group has engaged the community over the past year in the development of best practices and guidelines. With this article, the authors provide an update on progress to date and solicit participation in an evolving effort to develop viable solutions.

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Digital Scholarship Librarian at DePaul University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on November 17th, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

DePaul University is recruiting a Digital Scholarship Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to the Coordinator of Reference, Instruction, and Academic Engagement, the Digital Scholarship Librarian will provide leadership for the integration of digital tools, resources and methodologies with traditional resources and approaches to research, teaching and learning. The Digital Scholarship Librarian will collaborate with members of the Library Administration and with Coordinators of Library Services and will serve as a resource person for faculty, students, and staff using digital scholarship tools and methods in their research and teaching. The position will also serve as a liaison to one or more academic departments.

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"ARL Fall Forum Explores Research Partnerships in Digital Scholarship for the Humanities and Social Sciences—Overview and Slides Online"

Posted in ARL Libraries, Digital Humanities, Research Libraries on November 17th, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

ARL has released "ARL Fall Forum Explores Research Partnerships in Digital Scholarship for the Humanities and Social Sciences—Overview and Slides Online."

Here's an excerpt:

More than 170 librarians, publishers, scholars, and others spent an invigorating day discussing research partnerships in digital scholarship for the humanities and social sciences at the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Fall Forum in Washington, DC, on October 8, 2015. . . .

The 2015 recipient of the Julia C. Blixrud Scholarship is Liz Hamilton, permissions manager and assistant to the director at Northwestern University Press. As part of the scholarship, Hamilton wrote an overview of this year's forum, which includes links to presentation slides.

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User Experience and Web Content Strategy Coordinator at University of Houston

Posted in Library IT Jobs on November 17th, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of Houston is recruiting a User Experience and Web Content Strategy Coordinator.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to the Head of Web Services, the User Experience and Web Content Strategy Coordinator leads the exploration of user behaviors and expectations in research and information environments. He or she works independently and collaboratively with other library personnel to understand the user experience (UX), conduct user research, make recommendations on the evolution of our services, and facilitate the enhancement of user success by improving the overall user experience.

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"Reminiscing About 15 Years of Interoperability Efforts"

Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Linking, Linked Data, and Semantic Web, Open Access on November 17th, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Herbert Van de Sompel and Michael L. Nelson have published "Reminiscing About 15 Years of Interoperability Efforts" in D-Lib Magazine.

Here's an excerpt:

Over the past fifteen years, our perspective on tackling information interoperability problems for web-based scholarship has evolved significantly. In this opinion piece, we look back at three efforts that we have been involved in that aptly illustrate this evolution: OAI-PMH, OAI-ORE, and Memento. Understanding that no interoperability specification is neutral, we attempt to characterize the perspectives and technical toolkits that provided the basis for these endeavors. With that regard, we consider repository-centric and web-centric interoperability perspectives, and the use of a Linked Data or a REST/HATEAOS technology stack, respectively. We also lament the lack of interoperability across nodes that play a role in web-based scholarship, but end on a constructive note with some ideas regarding a possible path forward.

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Associate Director, User Experience at University of Arizona

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on November 16th, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of Arizona is recruiting an Associate Director, User Experience.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Associate Director for the library's User Experience (UX) Department will oversee the library's technology operations, specifically focused on our server, network, and production infrastructure as well as workstation and user support (help desk), which will include analyzing server and workstation support services, identifying problem areas, and proposing solutions to enhance quality of service as well as leading the library's efforts to adopt cloud-based computing approaches where appropriate, including the development of DevOps approaches, enabling developers and system administrators to best coordinate their efforts.

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"Examining the Impact of the National Institutes of Health Public Access Policy on the Citation Rates of Journal Articles"

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals, Scholarly Metrics on November 16th, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Sandra L. De Groote et al. have published "Examining the Impact of the National Institutes of Health Public Access Policy on the Citation Rates of Journal Articles" in PLoS One.

Here's an excerpt:

Purpose

To examine whether National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded articles that were archived in PubMed Central (PMC) after the release of the 2008 NIH Public Access Policy show greater scholarly impact than comparable articles not archived in PMC. . . .

Results

A total of 45,716 articles were examined, including 7,960 with NIH-funding. An analysis of the number of times these articles were cited found that NIH-funded 2006 articles in PMC were not cited significantly more than NIH-funded non-PMC articles. However, 2009 NIH funded articles in PMC were cited 26% more than 2009 NIH funded articles not in PMC, 5 years after publication. This result is highly significant even after controlling for journal (as a proxy of article quality and topic).

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Digital Library Applications Administrator at Smith College

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on November 16th, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Smith College is recruiting a Digital Library Applications Administrator.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Administer digital library applications used by faculty, staff, and students, such as web content management, digital collection repositories, and archives information management and other tools used in support of teaching and learning with library content and services. Consult with content and technology specialists in the Libraries, Information Technology Services and other campus constituencies to design, develop, test and support programs. Recommend and implement additional functionality for systems related to the digital library.

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"Fair Use in the Digital Age: Reflections on the Fair Use Doctrine in Copyright Law"

Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars, Google and Other Search Engines on November 16th, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property at the American University Washington College of Law has released a digital video of Judge Pierre N. Leval's "Fair Use in the Digital Age: Reflections on the Fair Use Doctrine in Copyright Law" lecture.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

At the Fourth Annual Peter A. Jaszi Distinguished Lecture in Intellectual Property, Judge Pierre N. Leval of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit will present a lecture on the role of the fair use doctrine within the structure of copyright law. Judge Leval is responsible for introducing the concept of transformative use to United States fair use jurisprudence and will discuss the development of the doctrine to date. He is the author of the court's opinion in Authors Guild Inc., et al. v. Google, Inc. (October 16, 2015) in which the court held that Google's digitization of copyright-protected works, creation of a search functionality, and display of snippets from those works are non-infringing fair uses. Judge Leval also authored Toward a Fair Use Standard, 103 HARV. L. REV. 1105 (1990).

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Digital Curation News (11/13/2015) #digitalcuration #digitalpreservation #datamanagement #researchdata #rdm

Posted in Digital Curation News on November 13th, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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Web Project Manager at University of Houston

Posted in Library IT Jobs on November 13th, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of Houston is recruiting a Web Project Manager.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

This position manages complex web projects within the University of Houston Libraries to streamline and integrate access to library resources and services in support of the teaching, research, and the learning needs of the University of Houston community as well as provide innovative resources and tools to librarians and staff. The person in this position should have advanced skills in web development, interface design, and application integration. This position reports to the Head of Web Services.

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The Future of the Monograph in the Digital Era: A Report to the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Reports and White Papers, Scholarly Books on November 13th, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Michael Elliott has self-archived The Future of the Monograph in the Digital Era: A Report to the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Here's an excerpt:

Over the course of six months, our working group endeavored to consider whether a model of university-funded monograph publication could improve the publishing landscape for scholars in the humanities and facilitate the "digital transition" that Berkery foresees. Under such a model, a university would bear a high percentage of the publication costs through an initial contract. The university press would produce a high quality, open-access digital publication, as well as make the book available in print form—possibly through print-on-demand.

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