Archive for April, 2017

Scholarly Communications Outreach Librarian at Pennsylvania State University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on April 19th, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Pennsylvania State University is recruiting a Scholarly Communications Outreach Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Scholarly Communications Outreach Librarian will lead the Pennsylvania State University Libraries' efforts to support scholarly publication innovations and reforms, and supervise education and outreach activities related to Penn State`s open access resolution and policies; to support and promote Scholarsphere, the Penn State Institutional Repository; and to promote other Libraries scholarly communications initiatives.

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"Perseids: Experimenting with Infrastructure for Creating and Sharing Research Data in the Digital Humanities"

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Humanities on April 19th, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Bridget Almas has published "Perseids: Experimenting with Infrastructure for Creating and Sharing Research Data in the Digital Humanities" in the Data Science Journal.

Here's an excerpt:

The Perseids project provides a platform for creating, publishing, and sharing research data, in the form of textual transcriptions, annotations and analyses. An offshoot and collaborator of the Perseus Digital Library (PDL), Perseids is also an experiment in reusing and extending existing infrastructure, tools, and services. This paper discusses infrastructure in the domain of digital humanities (DH). It outlines some general approaches to facilitating data sharing in this domain, and the specific choices we made in developing Perseids to serve that goal. It concludes by identifying lessons we have learned about sustainability in the process of building Perseids, noting some critical gaps in infrastructure for the digital humanities, and suggesting some implications for the wider community.

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"Publisher Revenue for Trade Books Up 10.2% in November 2016"

Posted in Publishing, University Presses on April 18th, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

AAP has released "Publisher Revenue for Trade Books Up 10.2% in November 2016."

Here's an excerpt:

Professional Publishing was down 21.1% From Jan. – Nov. 2016 vs. the same time in 2015. These categories include business, medical, law, scientific and technical books. University presses were down 2.5% for the 11 months.

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Coordinator for Digital Archives and Records at University of Delaware

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on April 18th, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of Delaware is recruiting a Coordinator for Digital Archives and Records.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

  • Developing, implementing, and maintaining a digital asset management system to manage the electronic collections of the Archives Program,
  • Developing, implementing, and maintaining resources for the intake and archiving of the university’s electronic records, including documents, databases and data sets, file formats of all types, and web content,

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Digital Preservation and Electronic Records Analyst at University of Washington

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on April 18th, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of Washington is recruiting a Digital Preservation and Electronic Records Analyst.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Researches and develops a long term digital preservation plan for UW Medicine digital assets and electronic content. This includes identifying current assets at risk (including existing legacy systems), industry standards for digital preservation, a technology-neutral digital preservation infrastructure, the elements of a trustworthy repository, and RMS digital preservation services. This also includes developing digital preservation strategies and techniques related to ingesting, managing and accessing digital assets in long term storage (e.g., metadata, readability, migration). In addition, the position is responsible for collaborating with stakeholders to build consensus, in particular with UW Medicine ITS, UW Medicine RMS, and other subject matter experts, on long term digital preservation needs and web-based solutions.

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"Copyright Reform Is Never Happening"

Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars on April 18th, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Andrew Albanese has published "Copyright Reform Is Never Happening" in Publishers Weekly.

Here's an excerpt:

But here's what’s most troublesome to me: this bill [the Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act (H.R. 1695)] can so easily be seen as an attempt to keep Maria Pallante's views on copyright intact at the Copyright Office, that it could very well taint anything that might eventually come from the House Judiciary Committee review.

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Humanities Research Computing Specialist at Harvard University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on April 14th, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Harvard University is recruiting a Humanities Research Computing Specialist.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

A Humanities Research Computing Specialist advises Arts and Humanities faculty and students on efficient and supportable digital techniques for their research and teaching where it involves research technologies. They usually conduct training workshops on specific technologies during the academic year. They continually train and learn new technologies themselves to keep abreast of the latest developments in tools and research techniques. They develop strong working relationships with faculty, teaching staff, and instructional support and administrative colleagues. They help faculty make effective use of Harvard’s vast resources, technology and otherwise, by developing and maintaining a strong understanding of the university’s research environment, instructional support and other services.

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University of Hawai’i Awarded $90,000 Humanities Open Book Program Grant

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Books, University Presses on April 14th, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of Hawai'i has received a $90,000 Humanities Open Book Program grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded the University of Hawai‘i a $90,000 grant to digitize 100 out-of-print University of Hawai‘i Press books for open access.

The project is part of the Humanities Open Book Program, a joint initiative between the Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). . . .

Beginning in 2018, the digitized titles will be hosted on a custom open-access portal where readers will be able to download them in EPUB and PDF formats. A print-on-demand option will also be offered for select titles.

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Data Services Manager at Johns Hopkins University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on April 14th, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Johns Hopkins University is recruiting a Data Services Manager.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Data Services Manager manages the operations of the JHU Data Management Services (DMS) and Geographical Information Systems (GIS) unit including: a) team of four data management specialists and three GIS specialists that provide data management planning, training, archiving and geospatial data services and support to researchers across Johns Hopkins University, and b) new and ongoing collaboration and partnerships with other departments and units across JHU. In particular, the Manager must work closely with the Sheridan Libraries’ Academic Liaisons and the Digital Research and Curation Center and the Welch Medical Library.

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"What Are the Barriers to Post-Publication Peer Review?"

Posted in Publishing, Scholarly Journals on April 14th, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Jon Tennant has published "What Are the Barriers to Post-Publication Peer Review?" in the LSE Impact Blog.

Here's an excerpt:

Post-publication peer review emerged in response to increased calls for continuous moderation of the published research literature, consistent questioning of the functionality of the traditional peer review model, and a recognition that scientific discourse does not stop at the point of publication. However, uptake remains low overall. Jon Tennant sets out what the barriers to more widespread adoption of post-publication peer review have been and proposes potential solutions for each.

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Systems Librarian at Skidmore College

Posted in Library IT Jobs on April 13th, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Skidmore College is recruiting a Systems Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Systems Librarian will take a leadership role in implementing, maintaining, supporting, and enhancing a wide range of technologies and systems, and, in collaboration with key library staff and other campus partners, will investigate methods and best practices for assessing collections, patron experience, and library effectiveness.

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"Ready for the Future? A Survey on Open Access with Scientists from the French National Research Center"

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals, Self-Archiving on April 13th, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Joachim Schöpfel et al. have self-archived "Ready for the Future? A Survey on Open Access with Scientists from the French National Research Center."

Here's an excerpt:

The CNRS senior research managers (laboratory directors) globally share the positive opinion towards OA revealed by other studies with researchers from the UK, Germany, the USA and other countries. However, they are more supportive of open repositories (green road) than of OA journal publishing (gold). The response patterns reveal a gap between generally positive opinions about OA and less supportive behaviours, principally publishing articles with article processing charges (APCs). A small group of senior research managers does not seem to be interested in green or gold OA and reluctant to self-archiving and OA publishing.

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Data Services Librarian at San Jose State University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on April 13th, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

San Jose State University is recruiting a Data Services Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Data Services Librarian develops and promotes Library services related to the discovery, analysis, manipulation and visualization of data. S/he will collaborate with faculty, library staff and campus stakeholders to develop and implement innovative services to support data-intensive research, including data management plans. The Data Services Librarian serves as a liaison librarian in areas determined by candidate’s educational and research background and library needs.

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"The World’s Approach towards Publishing in Springer and Elsevier’s APC-Funded Open Access Journals "

Posted in Open Science, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on April 13th, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

College & Research Libraries has released an e-print of "The World's Approach towards Publishing in Springer and Elsevier's APC-Funded Open Access Journals.

Here's an excerpt:

The Netherlands, Norway and Poland ranked highest in terms of their OA shares. This can be attributed to the financial resources allocated to publication in general, and publishing in OA journals, in particular, by the countries. All developed countries and a large number of scientifically lagging and developing nations were found to publish OA articles in the APC journals. The OA papers have been exponentially growing across all the country scientific groups annually. Although the advanced nations published the lion share of the OA-APC papers and exhibited the highest growth, the under-development groups have been displaying high OA growth rates.

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Systems and Information Technology Librarian at Metropolitan Museum of Art

Posted in Digital Library Jobs, Library IT Jobs on April 12th, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is recruiting a Systems and Information Technology Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

This position administers and maintains the library’s integrated library system and ensures its optimal performance and continuous development; manages the library’s hardware and software applications; and plays an active role in the library’s digital initiatives. This librarian is an active member of several technical services teams and provides reference and research support to library patrons.

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"An Evidence-Based Review of Academic Web Search Engines, 2014-2016: Implications for Librarians’ Practice and Research Agenda"

Posted in Google and Other Search Engines on April 12th, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Jody C. Fagan has self-archived "An Evidence-Based Review of Academic Web Search Engines, 2014-2016: Implications for Librarians' Practice and Research Agenda."

Here's an excerpt:

While the fitness of Google Scholar for research purposes has been examined repeatedly, Microsoft Academic and Google Books have not received much attention. Recent studies have much to tell us about the coverage and utility of Google Scholar, its coverage of the sciences, and its utility for evaluating researcher impact. But other aspects have been understudied, such as coverage of the arts and humanities, books, and non-Western, non-English publications. User research has also tapered off. A small number of articles hint at the opportunity for librarians to become expert advisors concerning opportunities of scholarly communication made possible or enhanced by these platforms. This article seeks to summarize research concerning Google Scholar, Google Books, and Microsoft Academic from the past three years with a mind to informing practice and setting a research agenda. Selected literature from earlier time periods is included to illuminate key findings and to help shape the proposed research agenda, especially in understudied areas.

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