Archive for August, 2017

Digital Preservation Librarian at Indiana University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on August 22nd, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Indiana University is recruiting a Digital Preservation Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Digital Preservation Librarian will be an active participant in major university initiatives such as the Media Digitization and Preservation Initiative (https://mdpi.iu.edu/), which seeks to comprehensively digitize and preserve audio, video, and film holdings of value from across the university; and the Enterprise Scholarly Systems initiative, a collaboration between the IU Libraries in Bloomington, IUPUI University Library in Indianapolis, and IU's University Information Technology Services to establish enterprise-wide digital repository services for IU collections.

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"Sustainable Book Publishing as a Service at the University of Michigan"

Posted in ARL Libraries, Creative Commons/Open Licenses, Open Access, Publishing, Research Libraries, Scholarly Books on August 22nd, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Jason Colman has published "Sustainable Book Publishing as a Service at the University of Michigan" in the Journal of Electronic Publishing.

Here's an excerpt:

To solve this problem [publishing open access books], Michigan Publishing Services has developed both a house service publishing imprint, Maize Books, and a white-labeled book publishing program, branded by University units, all running on the same technical and financial infrastructure. With an emphasis on Open Access with flexible Creative Commons licensing and affordable Print on Demand and EBook options combine workflow efficiencies with a menu of chargeback services to cover the costs of their production and allow staffing to be scaled to meet emerging needs.

This brief case study details Michigan Publishing Services’s program for books as it stands today, explains its approach to sustainability, and offers a few thoughts about when this model is suitable and when it is not.

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Specialist V, Information Technology at Auburn University

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

Auburn University is recruiting a Specialist V, Information Technology.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Supporting library servers; primary web server; catalog and discovery layer; interlibrary loan system; proxy server for electronic resources (primarily for off-campus access); digital collections; digital preservation; internal tools (e.g. scheduling software, ticketing and documentation platforms); general file storage

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"Why Book Selection by Librarians No Longer Matters"

Posted in Research Libraries, Scholarly Books on August 18th, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

David W. Lewis has self-archived "Why Book Selection by Librarians No Longer Matters."

Here's an excerpt:

Prediction about the future use of a book and using this prediction as the basis for a purchase decision only matters if the time required to acquire the book is greater than the time the user who needs the book is willing to wait for it. . . .. With print-on -demand and overnight shipping most print books can be delivered in 24 to 48 hours, which meets the needs of many users. This means that prediction of possible future use whether by expert librarian selectors or by algorithms, such as approval plans, is unnecessary. No prediction is necessary if the needed books can be delivered quickly enough to satisfy the person needing the book.

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Digital Matters Lab Director Librarian at University of Utah

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

The University of Utah is recruiting a Digital Matters Lab Director .

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Digital Matters Lab Director will guide projects relating to Digital Humanities, digital scholarship, and digital fabrication, charting a course for the lab and the university. They will provide oversight of day-to-day operations of the Lab; help to plan and organize intellectual programming, grants, fellowships, pedagogical initiatives, and outreach.

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COAR Annual Report 2016/17

Posted in Digital Repositories, Institutional Repositories, Open Access, Open Science on August 18th, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Confederation of Open Access Repositories has released the COAR Annual Report 2016/17 .

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

The report contains information about strategy and outreach, annual meetings, activities of the Executive Board, Executive Director and Office as well as working and interest group accomplishments. Moreover, the report covers themes like marketing and communications, membership, publications and representation of COAR at major international and regional conferences.

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Head, Digital Scholarship and Data Services at Pennsylvania State University

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

Pennsylvania State University is recruiting a Head, Digital Scholarship and Data Service.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Head of Digital Scholarship & Data Services will provide leadership and management of the Digital Scholarship & Data Services Department. The head will advocate for the department to University Libraries administration. The Digital Scholarship & Data Services department includes a team of 11 faculty and staff in the areas of open publishing, digital humanities, data learning services and statistics support, GIS, maps, and research data management.

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An Empirical Investigation of the Impacts of Net Neutrality

Posted in Internet Regulation, Legislation and Government Regulation, Net Neutrality, Reports and White Papers on August 17th, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Internet Association has released An Empirical Investigation of the Impacts of Net Neutrality.

Here's an excerpt:

The empirical evidence shows that the implementation of NN rules has had none of the negative impacts theorized by its critics a decade ago. Far from a great strain on infrastructure investment, network capacity, and innovative activity, NN rules have had no negative effect on the telecommunications sector in these areas. The sector has thrived while edge services have opened an entirely new economy bringing millions of new jobs and hundreds of thousands of new businesses to our economy. Net neutrality has been crucial for that development.

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Dean of the University Library at University of Connecticut

Posted in ARL Libraries, Research Libraries on August 17th, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of Connecticut is recruiting a Dean of the University Library.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Dean will provide vision, strategic direction, and operational leadership for the libraries, working with talented and accomplished librarians, staff, faculty, and students to meet the University's educational mission and ambitious goals for growth. The Dean will create an environment and community that supports expert practice and research and assure that the University’s libraries continue to serve their faculty and students with programs of the highest quality and effectiveness.

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Red Light, Green Light: Aligning the Library to Support Licensing

Posted in Licenses, Publishing, Reports and White Papers, Research Libraries, Scholarly Books, Scholarly Communication, Scholarly Journals, Serials Crisis on August 17th, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Ithaka S+R has released Red Light, Green Light: Aligning the Library to Support Licensing.

Here's an excerpt:

There is widespread frustration within the academic library community with the seemingly uncontrollable price increases of e-resources, especially of licensed bundles of scholarly journals. The scholarly communications movement has vastly expanded academic and indeed public access to scholarly content. Yet prices for certain scholarly resources continue to outpace budget increases, and librarians do not feel in control of budgets and pricing. What if libraries found ways to bring together the whole library behind the objective of stabilizing or reducing what they pay?

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Web Services Librarian at Miami University

Posted in Library IT Jobs on August 16th, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Miami University is recruiting a Web Services Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Miami University Libraries seeks a creative and user-oriented colleague for the position of Web Services Librarian (three positions available). This position is part of a team that leads the Libraries’ efforts to enhance its virtual spaces, working closely with other Library departments to develop and expand online library services. This team will take leadership in setting direction for the Libraries’ web presence including design, implementation and maintenance; selection, implementation, and maintenance of web-based library tools; usability of web services and products and developing and delivering training for web based products and services.

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"Who is Actually Harmed by Predatory Publishers?"

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on August 16th, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Martin Paul Eve and Ernesto Priego have published "Who is Actually Harmed by Predatory Publishers?" in tripleC: Communication, Capitalism & Critique.

Here's an excerpt:

Predatory publishing refers to conditions under which gold open access academic publishers claim to conduct peer review and charge for their publishing services but do not, in fact, actually perform such reviews. Most prominently exposed in recent years by Jeffrey Beall, the phenomenon garners much media attention. In this article, we acknowledge that such practices are deceptive but then examine, across a variety of stakeholder groups, what the harm is from such actions to each group of actors. We find that established publishers have a strong motivation to hype claims of predation as damaging to the scholarly and scientific endeavour while noting that, in fact, systems of peer review are themselves already acknowledged as deeply flawed.

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