Archive for December, 2015

Head, Design & Discovery at University of Michigan

Posted in Library IT Jobs on December 3rd, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of Michigan is recruiting a Head, Design & Discovery.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The unit's service and operational portfolio includes the library web site; in-house and vendor-based cross-platform search and discovery systems; user interface frameworks; library staff business work flow and content tools; and digital exhibits. Within its design portfolio, the unit promotes user-centered design while providing leadership and expertise in User Experience (UX) strategy, user research, assessment, content creation and management, and web accessibility.

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"Net Neutrality in Court This Week: The Story of How We Got Here"

Posted in Internet Regulation, Legislation and Government Regulation, Net Neutrality on December 3rd, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Harold Feld has published "Net Neutrality in Court This Week: The Story of How We Got Here" in Net Neutrality.

Here's an excerpt:

Earlier this year, the Federal Communications Commission adopted new rules to ensure the Internet remains an open platform for consumers and innovators. The new rules (adopted as part of the Open Internet Order) are a capstone to over a decade of policy battles and litigation over how the FCC regulates broadband Internet service. For close observers of the net neutrality saga, this Friday brings a sense of déjà vu,, as the agency again heads to Court to defend net neutrality rules at oral argument.

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Strategic Plan 2016-2020: Positioning the United States Copyright Office for the Future

Posted in Copyright, Reports and White Papers on December 2nd, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The United States Copyright Office has released Strategic Plan 2016-2020: Positioning the United States Copyright Office for the Future.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

Register of Copyrights Maria A. Pallante today released the Copyright Office's Strategic Plan, setting forth the Office's performance objectives for the next five years. This release follows a thirty-day comment period, during which the Office solicited feedback from stakeholders and the public on a draft of the plan. The Register is grateful for the comments received by the Office, which are reflected in the final Strategic Plan.

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"Open Access, Almost-OA, OA Policies, and Institutional Repositories"

Posted in Institutional Repositories, Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals, Self-Archiving on December 2nd, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Richard Poynder has published "Open Access, Almost-OA, OA Policies, and Institutional Repositories" in Open and Shut?. This is part one of a planned two-part post.

Here's an excerpt:

First, I want to discuss how many of the documents indexed in "open" repositories are in fact freely available, rather than on "dark deposit" or otherwise inaccessible

Second, I want to look at the so-called eprint request Button, a tool developed to allow readers to obtain copies of items held on dark deposit in repositories.

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Web and Digital Services Librarian at Winona State University

Posted in Library IT Jobs on December 2nd, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Winona State University is recruiting a Web and Digital Services Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

  • Analysis, design, development, implementation, maintenance, content coordination and evaluation of the Krueger Library web presence, user interfaces, integrated web applications, and all related mobile environments that enhance the educational experience and improve access to library resources and services.

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Roy Tennant: "Remembering PACS-L"

Posted in Libraries, Scholarly Communication on December 2nd, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Roy Tennant has published "Remembering PACS-L" in The Digital Shift.

Here's an excerpt:

For quite a while this list was where everything new in librarianship was happening. Despite its name, topics well beyond public access computer systems were discussed and debated. It was, in a nutshell, an essential place to hear and be heard. Its like was never to be again, as since then online communication channels have burgeoned and diversified.

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Dean of Libraries at University of Virginia

Posted in ARL Libraries, Research Libraries on December 2nd, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of Virginia is recruiting a Dean of Libraries.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The University Library includes twelve facilities, in addition to specialized libraries serving the Darden School, the Health Sciences, and Law. Additionally, the Library offers digital resources, specialized labs, and other services to support research and scholarship at all levels. These services include: Collections; Data Services; Digitization & Computing; Reference, Consultations, & Classes; Rooms, Equipment, & Reservations; and Scholarly Communication Services. The Dean of Libraries is the chief administrator of the Library and oversees 212 staff members and a $33 million budget.

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"Opening the Black Box of Scholarly Communication Funding: A Public Data Infrastructure for Financial Flows in Academic Publishing"

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on December 2nd, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Stuart Lawson et al. have self-archived "Opening the Black Box of Scholarly Communication Funding: A Public Data Infrastructure for Financial Flows in Academic Publishing."

Here's an excerpt:

In this paper we present work to trace and reassemble a picture of financial flows around the publication of journals in the UK in the midst of a national shift towards open access. We contend that the current lack of financial transparency around scholarly communication is an obstacle to evidence-based policy-making—leaving researchers, decision-makers and institutions in the dark about the systemic implications of new financial models. We conclude that obtaining a more joined up picture of financial flows is vital as a means for researchers, institutions and others to understand and shape changes to the sociotechnical systems that underpin scholarly communication.

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Metadata and Scholarly Publishing Librarian at George Washington University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on December 1st, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

George Washington University is recruiting a Metadata and Scholarly Publishing Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The George Washington University's Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library seeks a librarian to manage all cataloging and organization of the current collections and content of the library, including all types and formats of materials, and the institutional repository.

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"How to Use Crowdsourcing Effectively: Guidelines and Examples"

Posted in Emerging Technologies, Research Libraries on December 1st, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Elena Simperl has published "How to Use Crowdsourcing Effectively: Guidelines and Examples" in LIBER Quarterly.

Here's an excerpt:

Crowdsourcing has become the mot du jour when it comes to resolving any types of problems, online or offline, that require sustained human involvement. We see it applied in order to motivate employees to engage with less rewarding daily routines, to attract the best possible ideas and approaches to boost innovation, or to complete data processing tasks that computing technology has yet to master quickly and accurately.

In this paper we look at its various forms and flavors, from gamification to human computation and grand challenges, and discuss how it could be used to turn conventional content management applications into social machines in which tasks are performed as optimal combinations of human and computational intelligence. We introduce a framework for the analysis of the most important building blocks of such systems, as well as design and participation best practices that should guide their development.

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Digital Programs and Initiatives Manager at University of Maryland, College Park

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on December 1st, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of Maryland, College Park is recruiting a Digital Programs and Initiatives Manager.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Digital Programs and Initiatives (DPI) Manager is responsible for providing visionary leadership and oversight for the Digital Programs and Initiatives department. The DPI Manager initiates and is the first point of contact for all new digital projects and digital initiatives, and works with both internal and external project stakeholders to develop an achievable project plan guided by a clear project charter.

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"CHORUS Gets a Boost from Federal Agencies—But Will New Approaches Make It Harder to Implement?"

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on December 1st, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Angela Cochran has published "CHORUS Gets a Boost from Federal Agencies—But Will New Approaches Make It Harder to Implement?" in The Scholarly Kitchen.

Here's an excerpt:

Today, CHORUS and the National Science Foundation (NSF) announced an agreement to use CHORUS for facilitating the discovery of NSF funded works. . . .

With the NSF on board, CHORUS has been given a big boost. However, it seems many publishers, whose membership dues are the only source of financial support for CHORUS, have been hanging back to see which agencies will participate.

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