Archive for June, 2017

DigitalKoans Posts Resume on 6/28/2017

Posted in Announcements on June 19th, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

DigitalKoans posts will resume on 6/28/2017.

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A Look Back at 28 Years as an Open Access Publisher

Posted in Digital Scholarship Publications, Open Access, Publishing, Research Libraries, Scholarly Books, Scholarly Journals on June 19th, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Imagine the Internet without the Web. Imagine that there is no Google or similar search engine. Imagine that the cutting edge Internet applications are e-mail, LISTSERV, FTP, and Telnet (terminal sessions). Imagine that the Internet is made up of a number of different networks, and that the connections between them are not always transparent. Imagine that no established publisher has even experimented with an e-journal. Imagine that the latest mid-range PC has a 6 MHz 16/32-bit 80386SX processor, a 30 MB hard drive, and 2 MB of RAM and costs about $3,900.

That was the situation in June 1989 when I launched PACS-L, a LISTSERV mailing list, after distributing some photocopied handouts at the ALA Annual meeting. PACS-L was one of the first library-oriented mailing lists, and it was unusual in that it had a broad subject focus (public-access computer systems in libraries). PACS-L was sponsored by the University of Houston Libraries. Walt Crawford and Roy Tennant have shared their thoughts about PACS-L in "Talking About Public Access: PACS-L's First Decade" and "Remembering PACS-L."

In August 1989, I launched and began editing The Public-Access Computer Systems Review, one of the first e-journals on the Internet and the first open access journal in the field of library and information science. It was freely available, allowed authors to retain their copyrights, and had special copyright provisions for noncommercial use. It was published by the University of Houston Libraries. Issues were announced via e-mail, and articles were distributed as ASCII files from a LISTSERV. You can find a history of the journal and links to articles and reviews about it in "The Public-Access Computer Systems Review."

In 1996, I established and began writing the Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography, an open access e-book, which was published in the HTML, PDF, and Word formats. It had 79 subsequent versions. This early e-book was published by the University of Houston Libraries until late 1996. My "Evolution of an Electronic Book: The Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography" article recounts the history of the e-book through 2001.

In 2005, I established Digital Scholarship, and I began to write and publish open access works under Creative Commons licenses. Since then, Digital Scholarship has published PDF books, inexpensive paperback books, XHTML bibliographies, weblogs, Twitter streams, and other works.

Back in 1989, I never thought that a wacky idea and a few handouts would lead to 28 years of digital publishing projects.

You can find a complete chronology of my digital publishing activities in A Look Back at 28 Years as an Open Access Publisher.

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Digital Curation News (6/19/2017) #digitalcuration #digitalpreservation #datamanagement #researchdata #rdm

Posted in Digital Curation News on June 19th, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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Project Manager at Columbia University

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

Columbia University is recruiting a Project Manager.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Digital Projects Management (DPM) division in the Columbia University Libraries (CUL) seeks a motivated, collaborative and creative temporary Project Manager to join our team. Reporting to the Senior Project Manager, the Project Manager oversees several multi-stakeholder, online-based digital scholarship projects produced in partnership with CUL. They are responsible for creating related schedule and resource requirements and managing the entire project lifecycle. In addition, they will provide administrative assistance and training as necessary, and identify potential projects and grants.

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Susan E. Parker Named as University of British Columbia University Librarian

Posted in ARL Libraries, People in the News, Research Libraries on June 19th, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Susan E. Parker has been named as the University of British Columbia's University Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

In September 2017, UBC will welcome Susan E. Parker as University Librarian for a five-year term. Ms. Parker currently holds the role of Deputy University Librarian at the University of California, Los Angeles where she leads operations, human resources, assessment, budgeting, strategic planning, capital project planning and fundraising

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Learning Technologies Specialist for Sciences at Harvard University

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

Harvard University is recruiting a Learning Technologies Specialist for Sciences.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Learning Technologies Specialist for the Sciences (LTSS) will lead the design and implementation of programs at the Discovery Bar, the Instruction Room and Media Studios. The LTSS needs to create new connections with research labs, academic departments and academic support providers throughout the sciences and engineering entities across campus. The LTSS will support faculty, staff, undergraduates and graduate students with instructional design, educational technology integration and pedagogical innovation. The LTSS reports to the Director of Science and Engineering Library Services and manages one full-time staff person as well as graduate and undergraduate student workers.

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"Institutional Repositories as Infrastructures for Long-Term Preservation"

Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Digital Repositories, Institutional Repositories on June 19th, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Helena Francke et al. have published "Institutional Repositories as Infrastructures for Long-Term Preservation" in Information Research.

Here's an excerpt:

The study describes the conditions for long-term preservation of the content of the institutional repositories of Swedish higher education institutions based on an investigation of how deposited files are managed with regards to file format and how representatives of the repositories describe the functions of the repositories.

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Digital Repository Developer at Boston Public Library

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on June 16th, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Boston Public Library is recruiting a Digital Repository Developer.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Develops and maintains the core technical infrastructure for a digital object repository system used by Massachusetts libraries, archives, historical societies, and museums to store and deliver digital resources to users across the state and beyond. This position is part of the Communications Division.

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"AAP StatShot: Book Publisher Trade Sales Flat for 2016"

Posted in Publishing on June 16th, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

AAP has released "AAP StatShot: Book Publisher Trade Sales Flat for 2016."

Here's an excerpt:

For the first time in years, publisher revenue for all print formats saw growth: hardback books grew 2.2%, children’s board books grew 7.7% and paperback/mass market grew 4.1% compared to 2015 revenues. The news for digital books was mixed, as downloaded audio continued its double-digit growth from 2015, up 25.8% for 2016 vs 2015 and eBooks continued their decline, down 15.6%.

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Librarian for Digital Impact and Innovation at Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on June 16th, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute is recruiting a Librarian for Digital Impact and Innovation .

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to the Associate Director for Impact & Innovation, the Librarian for Digital Impact & Innovation will have primary responsibility for maintaining and enhancing the library’s discovery strategies across multiple web-based platforms, assuring users a consistent, high-impact experience as they use library systems, services, and content. In support of these goals the Librarian for Digital Impact & Innovation will support and advise on library metadata strategies and services that assure discoverability of library content and services; and support excellence in user experiences of the library’s systems and web site, through analysis, design, and support of the library’s use of content management systems. In collaboration with library research and instruction services, they will also have the opportunity to participate in providing direct consultative or instructional support to students and faculty, with an emphasis on supporting emerging digital scholarship.

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"Connecting the Persistent Identifier Ecosystem: Building the Technical and Human Infrastructure for Open Research"

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Metadata, Open Science on June 16th, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Angela Dappert et al. have published "Connecting the Persistent Identifier Ecosystem: Building the Technical and Human Infrastructure for Open Research" in the Data Science Journal.

Here's an excerpt:

This article draws on the work of the EU-funded THOR project to take stock of the current state of interoperability across the PID landscape and to discuss the next steps towards an integrated research record. Examples illustrate how this interconnectivity is facilitated technically, as well as social and human challenges in fostering adoption. User stories highlight how this network of persistent identifier services is facilitating good practice in open research and where its limitations lie.

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Specialist, Digital Humanities at University of Nevada, Reno

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on June 15th, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of Nevada, Reno is recruiting a Specialist, Digital Humanities.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The incumbent will build and maintain the library digital collections and support faculty, staff, and students to find innovative ways to organize and creatively curate research online. This position will be responsible for the digitization and interactive curation of digital collections and/or exhibits by using a variety of technologies and experiential online formats. The position will also create, edit, or enhance metadata for primary resources added to library digital collections which will require the candidate to have excellent researching skills.

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