Archive for July, 2017

"Open Access Publishing Models and How OA Can Work in the Humanities"

Posted in Digital Humanities, Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Books, Scholarly Journals on July 18th, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Martin Paul Eve has published "Open Access Publishing Models and How OA Can Work in the Humanities" in the Bulletin of the Association for Information Science and Technology.

Here's an excerpt:

Open access (OA) has been shaping and benefiting the scientific community for years now, but this new wave of disseminating research freely has not quite taken hold in the field of humanities. Though humanities publishers could also benefit from an OA model, many have been resistant, citing possible issues with plagiarism or appropriation of an author's work for less than ideal uses. There are also challenges with the cost of publishing OA content, which for humanities could be much higher than in the scientific community due to the length of works produced.

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Digital Humanities Librarian at Brown University

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

Brown University is recruiting a Digital Humanities Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Digital Humanities Librarian plays a central role in the integration of digital tools, resources, and methodologies with traditional resources and approaches to research, teaching, and learning in the humanities. As part of the core staff of the Center for Digital Scholarship, the Digital Humanities Librarian will report to the Center’s Director and work together with fellow CDS staff, colleagues within Research and Outreach Services and Digital Technologies, and other staff to promote digital humanities activities in the Library and the University.

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"14 Years of PID Services at the German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB): Connected Frameworks, Research Data and Lessons Learned from a National Research Library Perspective"

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Metadata on July 18th, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Angelina Kraft et al. have published "14 Years of PID Services at the German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB): Connected Frameworks, Research Data and Lessons Learned from a National Research Library Perspective" in Data Science Journal.

Here's an excerpt:

In an ideal research world, any scientific content should be citable and the coherent content, as well as the citation itself, should be persistent. However, today’s scientists do not only produce traditional research papers—they produce comprehensive digital resources and collections. TIB's mission is to develop a supportive framework for a sustainable access to such digital content—focusing on areas of engineering as well as architecture, chemistry, information technology, mathematics and physics. The term digital content comprises all digitally available resources such as audiovisual media, databases, texts, images, spreadsheets, digital lab journals, multimedia, 3D objects, statistics and software code.

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Senior Applications Developer at Ohio State University

Posted in Library IT Jobs on July 17th, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Ohio State University is recruiting a Senior Applications Developer.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Actively plans iterations with the project manager, communicate those plans to the developers, clarifies business requirements, monitors progress in meeting sprint goals, and provides status reports; acts as a liaison between Applications Development & Support and Infrastructure Support within the IT Division in commissioning, configuring, and monitoring server resources; architects solutions to optimize applications and systems for stability, reliability, reuse, security and performance; facilitates problem-solving and decision-making among developers in designing technical solutions; mentors developers through pair programming, code reviews, and refactoring exercises; develops internal development standards and procedures, based on engineering best practices, for source code control, change management, and deployment routines.

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"Massive Newspaper Migration—Moving 22 Million Records from CONTENTdm to Solphal"

Posted in Digital Archives and Special Collections, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on July 17th, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Alan Witkowski et al. have published "Massive Newspaper Migration—Moving 22 Million Records from CONTENTdm to Solphal" in D-Lib Magazine.

Utah Digital Newspapers is a pioneering digital newspapers program at the University of Utah J. Willard Marriott Library. Recently, a small project team completed a successful migration away from CONTENTdm onto a home-grown system called Solphal, built using open-source applications. The migration process is detailed along with examples of scripts used to prepare and enhance metadata. Transitioning away from a limiting vendor-based solution to a home-grown system has enabled the Utah Digital Newspapers program to be more responsive to user requests as well as realizing greater efficiencies in hardware and software. The platform has opened up new possibilities for the future as the collection continues to grow.

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LibraryPress@UF Coordinator at University of Florida

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on July 17th, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of Florida is recruiting a LibraryPress@UF Coordinator.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Coordinator supports production and development needs for all LibraryPress@UF imprint works (e.g., new publications, republications, expanded editions, digital works, etc.) for design, layout, creation, coordination on metadata (e.g., library records, CIP, and publisher information), developing and maintaining design files and processes, and overall production needs. The LibraryPress@UF focuses on works that are born digital, with print-on-demand options integrated with sole source production, and with digital files hosted as Open Access through the Libraries. The Coordinator provides support to academic faculty collaborating with the Libraries on publishing efforts, and provides support for scholars regarding enhanced monographs in collaboration with the UF Press.

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"Trends in Digital Preservation Capacity and Practice: Results from the 2nd Bi-annual National Digital Stewardship Alliance Storage Survey"

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management on July 17th, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Michelle Gallinger et al. have published "Trends in Digital Preservation Capacity and Practice: Results from the 2nd Bi-annual National Digital Stewardship Alliance Storage Survey" in D-Lib Magazine.

Here's an excerpt:

Research and practice in digital preservation requires a solid foundation of evidence of what is being protected and what practices are being used. The National Digital Stewardship Alliance (NDSA) storage survey provides a rare opportunity to examine the practices of most major US memory institutions. The repeated, longitudinal design of the NDSA storage surveys offer a rare opportunity to more reliably detect trends within and among preservation institutions rather than the typical surveys of digital preservation, which are based on one-time measures and convenience (Internet-based) samples. The survey was conducted in 2011 and in 2013. The results from these surveys have revealed notable trends, including continuity of practice within organizations over time, growth rates of content exceeding predictions, shifts in content availability requirements, and limited adoption of best practices for interval fixity checking and the Trusted Digital Repositories (TDR) checklist. Responses from new memory organizations increased the variety of preservation practice reflected in the survey responses.

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Collection Strategies & Scholarly Communications Librarian at California State University, Los Angeles

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

The California State University, Los Angeles is recruiting a Collection Strategies & Scholarly Communications Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The librarian will provide leadership for the management, development and assessment of the library's collections, including the planning and implementation of the library’s institutional repository. The incumbent will bring a forward-thinking, innovative and strategic perspective in the library's approach to collection development that is both learner-centered and responsive to the University's curriculum. The librarian will lead and coordinate outreach efforts to raise awareness and educate the University on trends and issues in the areas of scholarly communication, open access, open education resources, copyright, and fair use.

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"Open Data: Accountability and Transparency"

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management on July 14th, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Matthew S Mayernik has published "Open Data: Accountability and Transparency" in Big Data & Society.

Here's an excerpt:

Researchers' primary accountabilities are related to meeting the expectations of research competency, not to external standards of data deposition or metadata creation. Likewise, making data open in a transparent way can involve a significant investment of time and resources with no obvious benefits. This paper uses differing notions of accountability and transparency to conceptualize "open data" as the result of ongoing achievements, not one-time acts.

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Digital Projects Manager at University of Dayton

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

The University of Dayton is recruiting a Digital Projects Manager.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Digital Projects Manager will coordinate activity of all digital project contributors from across University libraries. They will direct the workflow for the projects, manage daily scanning activities, and supervise a production team of student workers. They will collaborate with other staff in the University Libraries and with campus partners to ensure that technical standards and professional practices are followed, monitor production numbers, and work with contributors to meet project deadlines, resolve potential copyright or privacy concerns, review scanned items and metadata for quality control and upload the digital content to our institutional repository.

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Disaster Planning and Trustworthy Digital Repositories

Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Digital Repositories on July 14th, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Rebecca D. Frank has self-archived Disaster Planning and Trustworthy Digital Repositories.

Here's an excerpt:

The goal of this study is to understand if digital repositories that have a preservation mandate are engaging in disaster planning, particularly in relation to their pursuit of trusted digital repository status. For those that are engaging in disaster planning, the study examines the creation of formal disaster response and recovery plans, finding that in most cases the process of going through an audit for certification as a trusted repository provides the impetus for the creation of formalized disaster planning documentation. This paper also discusses obstacles that repositories encounter and finds that most repositories struggle with making their documentation available

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Library Information Analyst at University of Arizona

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

The University of Arizona is recruiting a Library Information Analyst.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Library Information Analyst coordinates Access & Information Services (AIS) technology assessment activities, working in a 24/5 environment to support the technology needs of customers. This position will analyze and report quantitative and qualitative data gathered from various technology-related services including the iSpace (library maker space), equipment lending, and all public-facing user technology. Using this data, the incumbent will support strategic planning for improving and operationalizing technology-related services, provide analysis to support a wide variety of data to management, and makes recommendations for process improvements.

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