Archive for July, 2017

"E-book Usage: Counting the Challenges and Opportunities"

Posted in E-Books, Publishing, Research Libraries, Scholarly Books on July 13th, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Angela Conyers et al. have published "E-book Usage: Counting the Challenges and Opportunities" in Insights: the UKSG Journal.

Here's an excerpt:

This article summarizes how libraries and library consortia are acquiring and evaluating e-books, how usage statistics feature within library workflows, the issues faced in doing so and the resulting impact of these issues on understanding usage and informing purchasing of new titles. Discussions with publishers indicate how usage data are being used within the organization, the requirements of customers and the challenges involved in providing usage data for e-books. Assessing and evaluating e-book usage is a complex and challenging task with processes and workflows in development. A transition from print to e-books represents a significant change for libraries, and the availability of reliable usage statistics to support purchase decisions is vital.

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Chief, Digital Collections Management and Services at Library of Congress

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

The Library of Congress is recruiting a Chief, Digital Collections Management and Services.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

This position reports to the Director, Technology Policy, in Library Services and is responsible for leading the newly established Digital Collections Management & Services Division. The division is responsible for providing support for the full lifecycle management of digital collections. This includes executing digitization projects using in-house or contractor digitization services. Digital Collection Management & Services staff collaborate with Library curatorial units, technical staff, and cross-service unit organizations to establish policies, implement new and streamline existing digital workflows, identify digital content management problems and propose solutions, provide training, and communicate best practices.

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"Availability of Open Reference Data Nears 50% as Major Societies and Influential Publishers Endorse the Initiative for Open Citations"

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

eLife has released "Availability of Open Reference Data Nears 50% as Major Societies and Influential Publishers Endorse the Initiative for Open Citations."

Here's an excerpt:

Among the 20 publishers who contribute the largest amount of citation data, those who are making their citation data freely available now include: AIP Publishing, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the American Physical Society, De Gruyter, Emerald, and SciELO. They join Wiley, SAGE, Springer Nature, Taylor & Francis and many others who made their reference data available prior to, or as part of, the launch of I4OC. Out of the 20 largest contributors, 13 publishers have now moved their reference data into the public domain, and discussions are ongoing with several other publishers.

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Web Development Project Lead at University of Alabama

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

The University of Alabama is recruiting a Web Development Project Lead.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

This position will report to the Web Technologies and Development Manager, and will serve as project manager for assigned. web development projects. This position will play an important role in shaping the application and web development processes, and will be responsible for guiding developers to the successful completion of complex technology projects. The Web Development Projects Lead will actively engage in web project and application development work as directed by library needs, and the Manager of Web Technologies and Development.

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"Journal of Open Source Software (JOSS): Design And First-Year Review"

Posted in Open Access, Open Science, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on July 12th, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Arfon M. Smith et al. have self-archived "Journal of Open Source Software (JOSS): Design And First-Year Review."

Here's an excerpt:

This article describes the motivation, design, and progress of the Journal of Open Source Software (JOSS). JOSS is a free and open-access journal that publishes articles describing research software. . . . JOSS publishes articles that encapsulate scholarship contained in the software itself, and its rigorous peer review targets the software components: functionality, documentation, tests, continuous integration, and the license. A JOSS article contains an abstract describing the purpose and functionality of the software, references, and a link to the software archive. The article is the entry point of a JOSS submission, which encompasses the full set of software artifacts. Submission and review proceed in the open, on GitHub. Editors, reviewers, and authors work collaboratively and openly. Unlike other journals, JOSS does not reject articles requiring major revision; while not yet accepted, articles remain visible and under review until the authors make adequate changes (or withdraw, if unable to meet requirements). Once an article is accepted, JOSS gives it a DOI, deposits its metadata in Crossref, and the article can begin collecting citations on indexers like Google Scholar and other services. Authors retain copyright of their JOSS article, releasing it under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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Senior System Administrator at MIT

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

MIT is recruiting a Senior System Administrator.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Will architect, monitor, maintain, and support the Libraries' production development and release environments; perform updates to deployed applications and supporting software libraries; monitor servers and applications and respond to system-level incidents and application-level events; codify–with stakeholders–service level agreements and uptime expectations; help provide and maintain testing infrastructure; and research, test, and make recommendations regarding new and emerging systems and server technologies.

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Elaine L. Westbrooks Named University Librarian and Vice Provost for University Libraries at UNC-CH

Posted in ARL Libraries, People in the News on July 12th, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has named Elaine L. Westbrooks as University Librarian and Vice Provost for University Libraries.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

At the University of Michigan [where she was Associate University Librarian for Research], Westbrooks led the library’s support of the research enterprise, facilitated the management of the operations and budget. Prior to her time in Ann Arbor, Westbrooks worked at research libraries at three other universities. She served as associate dean of libraries at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, held several positions in technical services at Cornell University Libraries and worked as a digital research and Latin American Cataloger at the University of Pittsburgh.

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Director of E-Resources at Florida Academic Library Services Cooperative

Posted in Electronic Resources Jobs on July 11th, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Florida Academic Library Services Cooperative is recruiting a Director of E-Resources.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Through a process of information gathering, data analysis, and market research, the Director develops strategies for he negotiation of multimillion dollar packages of online research content. This administrator oversees the FALSC budget for e-resources licensed to support the teaching, learning, and research needs of the Florida State University System (SUS) and Florida College System FCS).

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"Workflow Development for an Institutional Repository in an Emerging Research Institution"

Posted in Institutional Repositories, Open Access, Research Libraries, Self-Archiving on July 11th, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Jeanne Hazzard and Stephanie Towery have published "Workflow Development for an Institutional Repository in an Emerging Research Institution" in the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication.

Here's an excerpt:

We discovered that our faculty retain nearly none of their pre-print or post-print versions of their published articles, and so we are unable to archive those titles in the repository. Nearly 47% of the articles found were in green journals that allow only pre- or post-print copies. Most faculty were unable to produce versions of their work other than the publisher’s PDF, which many publishers restrict from upload into a repository.

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Director of Digital Services and Open Educational Resources at Florida Academic Library Services Cooperative

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on July 11th, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Florida Academic Library Services Cooperative is recruiting a Director of Digital Services and Open Educational Resources.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Digital services and applications under the Director’s oversight include the statewide digital library platform Islandora, Florida Online Journals (Florida OJ), Archon/ ArchivesSpace, the Florida Digital Archive (FDA) and Dark Archive in the Sunshine State (DAITSS), and the Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETD) program.

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"The Changing Role of Research Publishing: A Case Study from Springer Nature"

Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Open Access, Open Science, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on July 11th, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Steven Inchcoombe has published "The Changing Role of Research Publishing: A Case Study from Springer Nature" in Insights: the UKSG Journal.

Here's an excerpt:

Using Springer Nature as a case study this article explores the future of research publishing, with the guiding objective of identifying how such organizations can better serve the needs of researchers and those that support researchers (particularly academic institutions, institutional libraries, research funding bodies and academic societies) as we work together to help advance discovery for the benefit of all. Progress in four key areas is described: improving the publishing process, innovating across science communication, driving the growth and development of open research and adding value beyond publishing. The aim of this article is thus to set out a clear vision of what research publishers can achieve if they especially focus on addressing researchers’ needs and apply their considerable resources and expertise accordingly.

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DigitalKoans Posts Resume on 7/11/2017

Posted in Announcements on July 4th, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

DigitalKoans posts will resume on 7/11/2017.

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