Archive for April, 2017

Digitization Project Manager at Atlanta University Center, Robert W. Woodruff Library

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on April 3rd, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Atlanta University Center, Robert W. Woodruff Library is recruiting a Digitization Project Manager.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

This is a newly created full-time grant-funded position. The incumbent will serve as a liaison with partner institutions Morehouse College, Spelman College, and the Digital Library of Georgia (DLG), to gather and prepare collections for digitization, preparing RFP’s, coordinating with vendors, working with DLG staff on metadata creation, creating online digital collection, and prepare promotion and marketing of the project. The grant is extended over a three year period.

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"Reference Rot in the Repository: A Case Study of Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs) in an Academic Library"

Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Institutional Repositories on April 3rd, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Mia Massicott and Kathleen Botter have published "Reference Rot in the Repository: A Case Study of Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs) in an Academic Library" in Information Technology and Libraries.

Here's an excerpt:

This study examines ETDs deposited during the period 2011-2015 in an institutional repository, to determine the degree to which the documents suffer from reference rot, that is, linkrot plus content drift. The authors converted and examined 664 doctoral dissertations in total, extracting 11,437 links, finding overall that 77% of links were active, and 23% exhibited linkrot. A stratified random sample of 49 ETDs was performed which produced 990 active links, which were then checked for content drift based on mementos found in the Wayback Machine. Mementos were found for 77% of links, and approximately half of these, 492 of 990, exhibited content drift. The results serve to emphasize not only the necessity of broader awareness of this problem, but also to stimulate action on the preservation front.

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Digital Scholarship Librarian at Baylor University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on April 3rd, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Baylor University is recruiting a Digital Scholarship Librarian .

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

  • Investigates and evaluates emerging tools and technologies related to digital scholarship (DS)
  • Plans and implements new services and maintains current services to support digitally-enriched scholarship across the university based on current standards, best practices, and user needs
  • Assists researchers in planning effective, innovative, and sustainable digital projects
  • Partners with faculty to develop strategies to integrate DS into the curriculum

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A Tour of the Research Data Management (RDM) Service Space. The Realities of Research Data Management, Part 1

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Research Libraries on April 3rd, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

OCLC Research has released A Tour of the Research Data Management (RDM) Service Space. The Realities of Research Data Management, Part 1.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

The Realities of Research Data Management is a four-part series that explores how research universities are addressing the challenge of managing research data throughout the research lifecycle.

In this introductory report, we provide some brief background on the emergence of RDM as a focus for research support services within higher education, and present a simple framework describing three major components of the RDM service space:

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