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Dean of Libraries at University of Massachusetts Amherst

Posted in ARL Libraries, Research Libraries on January 18th, 2016

The University of Massachusetts Amherst is recruiting a Dean of Libraries.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The University of Massachusetts Amherst invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean of Libraries. This is an outstanding opportunity for a transformational leader to define the blueprint for the academic library of the future, building on the solid foundations of our current library system, which has been a trendsetter in the adoption of new services, new technologies, and new concepts of library space utilization.

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    Dean of Libraries at University of Virginia

    Posted in ARL Libraries, Research Libraries on December 2nd, 2015

    The University of Virginia is recruiting a Dean of Libraries.

    Here's an excerpt from the ad:

    The University Library includes twelve facilities, in addition to specialized libraries serving the Darden School, the Health Sciences, and Law. Additionally, the Library offers digital resources, specialized labs, and other services to support research and scholarship at all levels. These services include: Collections; Data Services; Digitization & Computing; Reference, Consultations, & Classes; Rooms, Equipment, & Reservations; and Scholarly Communication Services. The Dean of Libraries is the chief administrator of the Library and oversees 212 staff members and a $33 million budget.

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      "How to Use Crowdsourcing Effectively: Guidelines and Examples"

      Posted in Emerging Technologies, Research Libraries on December 1st, 2015

      Elena Simperl has published "How to Use Crowdsourcing Effectively: Guidelines and Examples" in LIBER Quarterly.

      Here's an excerpt:

      Crowdsourcing has become the mot du jour when it comes to resolving any types of problems, online or offline, that require sustained human involvement. We see it applied in order to motivate employees to engage with less rewarding daily routines, to attract the best possible ideas and approaches to boost innovation, or to complete data processing tasks that computing technology has yet to master quickly and accurately.

      In this paper we look at its various forms and flavors, from gamification to human computation and grand challenges, and discuss how it could be used to turn conventional content management applications into social machines in which tasks are performed as optimal combinations of human and computational intelligence. We introduce a framework for the analysis of the most important building blocks of such systems, as well as design and participation best practices that should guide their development.

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        Office of Scholarly Communication: Scope, Organizational Placement, and Planning in Ten Research Libraries

        Posted in ARL Libraries, Reports and White Papers, Research Libraries, Scholarly Communication on November 20th, 2015

        Ithaka S+R has released Office of Scholarly Communication: Scope, Organizational Placement, and Planning in Ten Research Libraries.

        Here's an excerpt:

        The project was designed to gather basic information about these issues at some of the largest research-intensive university libraries. It finds categorical differences in the vision for the scholarly communications unit and its organizational placement, as well as associated differences in staffing and budget.

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          "The History and Future of Academic Library Collecting in Eleven Pictures"

          Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Research Libraries on November 18th, 2015

          David W. Lewis has self-archived "The History and Future of Academic Library Collecting in Eleven Pictures."

          Here's an excerpt:

          In the digital world and using the strategy I have outlined what we have is more like an open checkbook that will purchase the books an articles any library user wants. It is the difference between a public park and giving citizens free ticket s to Disney Land whenever they need recreation. Or, like the difference between a soup kitchen and food stamps.

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            "ARL Fall Forum Explores Research Partnerships in Digital Scholarship for the Humanities and Social Sciences—Overview and Slides Online"

            Posted in ARL Libraries, Digital Humanities, Research Libraries on November 17th, 2015

            ARL has released "ARL Fall Forum Explores Research Partnerships in Digital Scholarship for the Humanities and Social Sciences—Overview and Slides Online."

            Here's an excerpt:

            More than 170 librarians, publishers, scholars, and others spent an invigorating day discussing research partnerships in digital scholarship for the humanities and social sciences at the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Fall Forum in Washington, DC, on October 8, 2015. . . .

            The 2015 recipient of the Julia C. Blixrud Scholarship is Liz Hamilton, permissions manager and assistant to the director at Northwestern University Press. As part of the scholarship, Hamilton wrote an overview of this year's forum, which includes links to presentation slides.

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              "The Institution as E-Textbook Publisher"

              Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Research Libraries, University Presses on November 12th, 2015

              Andrew Barker has published "The Institution as E-Textbook Publisher" in Insights: the UKSG Journal.

              Here's an excerpt:

              Providing students with sufficient copies of core textbooks is an increasing challenge in an age of ever higher fees, economic realities and heightened student expectations regarding provision of library resources. This article outlines the partnership between the University of Liverpool Library and Liverpool University Press (LUP), which has progressed from the creation of a library advisory board to the co-creation of two bespoke and open access (OA) e-textbooks as part of a Jisc-funded project. It tells the story of why we have gone down this route at Liverpool and what we hope to gain from the creation of these e-textbooks.

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                "Research Data Management: A Case Study"

                Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Research Libraries on October 12th, 2015

                Gary Brewerton has published "Research Data Management: A Case Study" in Ariadne.

                Here's an excerpt:

                In April 2014 Loughborough University launched an innovative cloud-based platform [1] to deliver long-term archiving and discovery for its research data. The platform was based upon the Arkivum/100 [2] digital archiving service from Arkivum and the figshare for institutions solution from Figshare [3]. This article discusses the background and implementation of this new platform at the University.

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                  "Extra Extra! Chronicling America Posts its 10 Millionth Historic Newspaper Page"

                  Posted in Digitization, Research Libraries on October 9th, 2015

                  Erin Engle has published "Extra Extra! Chronicling America Posts its 10 Millionth Historic Newspaper Page" in The Signal.

                  Here's an excerpt:

                  Chronicling America, an online searchable database of historic U.S. newspapers, has posted its 10 millionth page today. Way back in 2013, Chronicling America boasted 6 million pages available for access online.

                  The site makes digitized newspapers (of those published between 1836 and 1922) available through the National Digital Newspaper Program. It also includes a separate searchable directory of US newspaper records, describing more than 150,000 titles published between 1690 to the present and listing libraries that have physical copies in microfilm or original print. The site now features more than 74 terabytes of total data – from more than 1,900 newspapers in 38 states and territories and the District of Columbia.

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                    Director, University Library System at University of Pittsburgh

                    Posted in ARL Libraries, Research Libraries on October 7th, 2015

                    The University of Pittsburgh is recruiting a Director, University Library System .

                    Here's an excerpt from the ad:

                    The director is responsible for the leadership and administration of the ULS, overseeing the innovation and development of the libraries in the areas of user services, collections and resources, management and infrastructure, cooperative initiatives and outreach, and support and funding. The new director will provide visionary leadership for the ULS and implement the libraries' strategic plan in support of the University's academic priorities, curricula, and research; keep the ULS collections vital and accessible for the University community; support and continue to develop open access initiative; increase awareness on campus of what the ULS has to offer; leverage and augment the resources of the ULS wisely; and lead and further develop a strong, service-oriented staff. The director reports to the provost of the University of Pittsburgh and sits on the Council of Deans.

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                      "Strategic Planning for a Data-Driven, Shared-Access Research Enterprise: Virginia Tech Research Data Assessment and Landscape Study"

                      Posted in ARL Libraries, Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Research Libraries on October 7th, 2015

                      College & Research Libraries has released an e-print of "Strategic Planning for a Data-Driven, Shared-Access Research Enterprise: Virginia Tech Research Data Assessment and Landscape Study."

                      Here's an excerpt:

                      The data landscape study at Virginia Tech addresses the changing modes of faculty scholarship and supports the development of a user-centric data infrastructure, management, and curation system. The study investigates faculty researchers' current practices in organizing, describing, and preserving data and the emerging needs for services and education. The results demonstrate the changing nature of faculty demands regarding data documentation, storage, and archiving and identify opportunities for libraries to develop a coherent service, research, and education system to address the evolving needs.

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                        "What Technology Skills Do Developers Need? A Text Analysis of Job Listings in Library and Information Science (LIS) from Jobs.code4lib.org"

                        Posted in Digital Libraries, Emerging Technologies, Research Libraries on September 25th, 2015

                        Monica Maceli has published "What Technology Skills Do Developers Need? A Text Analysis of Job Listings in Library and Information Science (LIS) from Jobs.code4lib.org " in Information Technology and Libraries.

                        Here's an excerpt:

                        Technology plays an indisputably vital role in library and information science (LIS) work; this rapidly moving landscape can create challenges for practitioners and educators seeking to keep pace with such change. In pursuit of building our understanding of currently sought technology competencies in developer-oriented positions within LIS, this paper reports the results of a text analysis of a large collection of job listings culled from the Code4lib jobs website. Beginning over a decade ago as a popular mailing list covering the intersection of technology and library work, the Code4lib organization's current offerings include a website that collects and organizes LIS-related technology job listings. The results of the text analysis of this dataset suggest the currently vital technology skills and concepts that existing and aspiring practitioners may target in their continuing education as developers.

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