Archive for July, 2017

Systems Librarian at Tulane University

Posted in Library IT Jobs on July 21st, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Tulane University is recruiting a Systems Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Systems Librarian takes an innovative, service-centric approach to the oversight of several key information management and discovery systems (Voyager, Primo, ILLiad). S/he will be responsible for ensuring the optimal performance of these systems, which will include: enabling data integration across distributed and heterogeneous local and external data sources; providing statistical, usage, and collection reports in support of decision making for library collections and services; and promptly reporting issues/problems to vendor(s) with follow-through until resolution. Additionally, the Systems Librarian has secondary (back-up) responsibility for the link resolver (currently SFX), and proxy authentication systems.

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"EU Research Committee Wants to Gift Publishers New Rights to Restrict Access to Scientific Research"

Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars, Google and Other Search Engines, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on July 21st, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

COMMUNIA has released "EU Research Committee Wants to Gift Publishers New Rights to Restrict Access to Scientific Research."

Here's an excerpt:

Last week the Culture and Education Committee (CULT) and the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) voted on their final opinions on the Commission’s Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market. . . .

The introduction of a new right for press publishers (aka the “link tax”) to extract fees from search engines for incorporating short snippets of—or even linking to—their content in article 11 is one of the most controversial issues of the proposed directive. Adopting this type of ancillary right at the EU level would have a strong negative impact on all stakeholders, including publishers, authors, journalists, researchers, online service providers, and readers. . . .

In the votes last week in the CULT and ITRE committees, the press publishers right was also carried through – and even expanded. Both of the recent opinions remove the restriction that the right applies to digital uses only, meaning that if adopted it would cover all uses—both digital and in print. Even worse, ITRE—the committee responsible for policy relating to the promotion of research—voted to extend the press publishers right to cover scientific publications.

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Metadata Technologies Program Manager at Harvard University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on July 20th, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Harvard University is recruiting a Metadata Technologies Program Manager.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Harvard Library seeks a dynamic individual to take a leadership role in furthering the success of the libraries' digital presence by enhancing resource discovery and improving access to collections. As a member of the Information & Technical Services department management team, under the supervision of the Head of Metadata Management, the Metadata Technologies Program Manager will lead and collaborate with colleagues to develop a diverse metadata program focusing on incorporating emerging technologies, such as linked data, and experimenting with innovative approaches to creating discovery metadata. The incumbent will focus on expanding the range of options being employed to address library metadata needs by conceptualizing projects, developing project plans, identifying training for metadata staff to build the required skill set, developing solid working relationships and infrastructure plans with campus technology units, and participating in forward-looking collaborative projects with our peer institutions (e.g. the Linked Data for Libraries project).

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"Research Output Availability on Academic Social Networks: Implications for Stakeholders in Academic Publishing"

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Self-Archiving on July 20th, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Mikael Laakso, et al. have self-archived "Research Output Availability on Academic Social Networks: Implications for Stakeholders in Academic Publishing."

Here's an excerpt:

In an effort to map out factors related to ASN [Academic Social Networks] use this article provides a multi-method case study of one business school (Hanken School of Economics, Finland) that incorporates 1) a bibliometric analysis on the full-text availability of research output on ASNs for research published 2012–2014 by Hanken affiliated authors, 2) semi-structured interviews with faculty active in publishing in order to gain insight into motivations for use and use patterns, and 3) a survey distributed to all research-active faculty and doctoral students in order to gain a wider perspective on ASN use.

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Assistant Director for Scholarly Communication & Projects at Columbia University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on July 20th, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Columbia University is recruiting a Assistant Director for Scholarly Communication & Projects.

Here' an excerpt from the ad:

The Columbia University Libraries seek an Assistant Director for its newly formed Digital Scholarship division to help lead a team that is coordinating library-facilitated digital scholarship projects. This position also connects the library' efforts to emergent themes and approaches around scholarly communication. Reporting to the Director of Digital Scholarship, the Assistant Director develops and promotes programs, services, and relationships that advance the ability of Columbia scholars to communicate knowledge in impactful ways to essential audiences online. With oversight of key library staff, this position supports work in the digital humanities, in scholarly publishing, and in digital repository services. Further, the Assistant Director will be instrumental in designing digital scholarly projects and faculty partnerships within the libraries.

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"On Sponsorship, Transparency, Scholarly Publishing, and Open Access"

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on July 20th, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Richard Poynder has published "On Sponsorship, Transparency, Scholarly Publishing, and Open Access" in Open & Shut?

Here's an excerpt:

Sponsorship and lobbying (which often amount to the same thing), for instance, have assisted legacy publishers to co-opt open access. This has seen the triumph of the pay-to-publish model, which has been introduced in a way that has enabled publishers to adapt OA to their needs, and to ringfence and port their excessive profits to the new OA environment. Those researchers who do not have the wherewithal to pay article-process charges (APCs), however, are finding themselves increasingly disenfranchised.

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Institutional Repository Coordinator at University of Nebraska at Omaha

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

The University of Nebraska at Omaha is recruiting an Institutional Repository Coordinator.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

In a collaborative, team-based environment, under the direct supervision of the Digital Initiatives Librarian and the general direction of the Director of Archives & Special Collections, leads the institutional repository, DigitalCommons@UNO, and collaborates on other digital initiatives. Working collaboratively with the library team, this position is also responsible for developing outreach, instruction, and support for users of the institutional repository and other digital collections. Consistently provides exemplary customer service, working with a variety of patron groups.

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"A Practical Starter Guide on Developing Accessible Websites"

Posted in Weblogs/Websites on July 19th, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Cynthia Ng and Michael Schofield have published "A Practical Starter Guide on Developing Accessible Websites" in the Code4Lib Journal.

Here's an excerpt:

There is growing concern about the accessibility of the online content and services provided by libraries and public institutions. While many articles cover legislation, general benefits, and common opportunities to improve web accessibility on the surface (e.g., alt tags), few articles discuss web accessibility in more depth, and when they do, they are typically not specific to library web services. This article is meant to fill in this vacuum and will provide practical best practices and code.

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Digital Scholarship Futurist at Oklahoma State University

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

Oklahoma State University is recruiting a Digital Scholarship Futurist.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Digital Scholarship Futurist, will proactively study and apply emerging social, political, and technical trends and best practices in order to advance digital scholarship initiatives, develop tools and technologies to meet research and publication needs, and be a leader in the area of research data emerging trends and best practices.

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Ann Campion Riley Named Vice Provost for Libraries and University Librarian at University of Missouri

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

The University of Missouri has named Ann Campion Riley, Associate Director for Access, Collections and Technical Services and Acting Director, as Vice Provost for Libraries and University Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

Riley was formerly director for technical and access services at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville. She was library director at Saint Louis Community College, Meramec, where she twice served as an acting dean and one year as chief campus academic officer. Other academic libraries where Riley has served in a professional capacity include Maryville University, the University of Missouri-St. Louis and New Mexico State University. She earned her B.A. in English and her M.S. in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois. She has an M.A. in English from the University of Missouri and pursued a Ph.D. in English at Saint Louis University.

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Digital Art: May’s Color Pencil Drawings, Pastel Drawings, and Oil Paintings

Posted in Digital Art on July 18th, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

In May, I continued to transform public domain photos into color pencil drawings, pastel drawings, and oil paintings using a variety of Photoshop plug-ins and Topaz Impression. Full-size download images (8×10" or 8×12") and descriptions of the processing steps involved are available on Flickr. The images are available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License.

Digital Pastel Drawing of Shavers Fork

Digital Oil Painting of the Windows in the Arches National Park

Digital Oil Pastel Drawing of the Piazza San Marco in Moonlight

Digital Oil Painting of a Chinese Pharmacy

Digital Color Pencil Drawing of Center Basin

Digital Oil Sticks Painting of Mount Cleveland

Digital Oil Painting of Gondolas on the Rio de San Trovas

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Scholarly Communication and Data Curation Librarian at St. John’s University

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

St. John's University is recruiting a Scholarly Communication and Data Curation Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The successful candidate will be responsible for supporting library-led initiatives including the development and management of an institutional repository and development and implementation of an electronic theses and dissertations (ETD) program. The Librarian will provide leadership in the area of data curation on behalf of the Libraries and work with faculty researchers to identify, recruit, ingest and deposit data in the library’s digital repository. The successful candidate will play a significant role in outreach to the research community to deposit data in the digital repository and the creation of training programs, help guides and web resources to support this effort. The Librarian will also be responsible for providing leadership in areas related to digital publishing, copyright, intellectual property, open access, open education and other emerging trends in digital scholarship.

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