Coordinator of Scholarly Communication at Miami University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on July 13th, 2016

Miami University is recruiting a Coordinator of Scholarly Communication.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Coordinator of Scholarly Communication leads the planning, coordination, implementation and assessment of scholarly communication services for the University community. The Coordinator provides expertise and leadership for educating the campus community about emerging models of scholarly publishing, open access and open scholarship initiatives, and connections between information literacy and scholarly communication. The Coordinator also works with the University Office of General Counsel to provide guidance and advocacy on issues of copyright, fair use, and intellectual property to the university community.

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"ACRL Issues Policy Statement on Open Access to Scholarship by Academic Librarians"

Posted in Open Access, Research Libraries, Self-Archiving on July 13th, 2016

Kara Malenfant has published "ACRL Issues Policy Statement on Open Access to Scholarship by Academic Librarians" in ACRL Insider.

Here's an excerpt:

In support of broad and timely dissemination of library and information science scholarship, the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) encourages academic librarians to publish in open access journals. When academic librarians choose to publish in subscription-based journals, ACRL recommends a standard practice of depositing the final accepted manuscript in a repository to make that version openly accessible.

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Digital Repository Coordinator at University of the Pacific

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on July 13th, 2016

The University of the Pacific is recruiting a Digital Repository Coordinator.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Digital Repository Coordinator oversees the growth and management of Scholarly Commons, a University of the Pacific digital repository based in University Libraries, including development and oversight of workflows. Curated repository content includes scholarly and creative works, publications, presentations, and reports contributed by faculty, students, staff, and administrative units. In addition, a University Libraries publishing program utilizes the repository platform to publish journals, conference proceedings, monographs, open educational resources, and other curated content.

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"A Two-Sided Academic Landscape: Portrait of Highly-Cited Documents in Google Scholar (1950-2013)"

Posted in Google and Other Search Engines, Open Access, Scholarly Communication, Scholarly Metrics on July 13th, 2016

Alberto Martin-Martin et al. have self-archived "A Two-Sided Academic Landscape: Portrait of Highly-Cited Documents in Google Scholar (1950-2013)."

Here's an excerpt:

Since the existence of a full-text link does not guarantee the disposal of the full-text (some links actually refer to publisher's abstracts), the results (40% of the documents had a free full-text link) might be somewhat overestimated. In any case, these values are consistent with those published by Archambault et al. (2013), who found that over 40% of the articles from their sample were freely accessible; higher than those by Khabsa and Giles (2014) and Björk et al. (2010), who found only a 24% and 20.4% of open access documents respectively; and much lower than Jamali and Nabavi (2015) and Pitol and De Groote (2014), who found 61.1% and 70% respectively.

The different nature of the samples makes it difficult to draw comparisons among these studies. Nonetheless, the sample used in this study (64,000 documents) is the largest ever used to date.

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Digital Projects and Metadata Librarian at American Philosophical Society

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on July 12th, 2016

The American Philosophical Society is recruiting a Digital Projects and Metadata Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

As a member of a small team, the Digital Projects & Metadata Librarian will work closely with the Head of Technology to complete digital projects by assisting in project planning, content creation, digitization, data management, and metadata standardization.

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"U.S. Publishing Industry’s Annual Survey Reveals Nearly $28 Billion in Revenue in 2015"

Posted in E-Books, Publishing on July 12th, 2016

The Association of American Publishers has released "U.S. Publishing Industry's Annual Survey Reveals Nearly $28 Billion in Revenue in 2015."

Here's an excerpt:

Revenues and unit volume were essentially flat with a decrease of 0.6% from $27.96 billion in revenue from 2014, and a 0.5% increase in units from 2.70 billion units in 2014 (chart below). . . .

eBooks: After peaking in 2013 at $3.24 billion, eBook revenue declined to $3.20 billion in 2014 and again in 2015 by 11.3% to $2.84 billion. Unit sales also declined by 9.7%, with eBooks now making up 17.3% of the trade book market. . . .

Publishers saw increased revenue from trade book sales at physical retail stores for the second year in a row. In 2015, physical store sales grew 1.8% from $4.08 billion to $4.15 billion.

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Associate University Librarian for Library Information Technology at Brigham Young University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on July 12th, 2016

Brigham Young University is recruiting an Associate University Librarian for Library Information Technology.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Associate University Librarian for Library Information Technology builds and mentors a team of IT professionals and impacts the vision and strategy of the library as an active member of the senior management group.

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"Developing SocArXiv—A New Open Archive of the Social Sciences to Challenge the Outdated Journal System"

Posted in Digital Repositories, Disciplinary Archives, Open Access, Self-Archiving on July 12th, 2016

Philip Cohen has published "Developing SocArXiv—A New Open Archive of the Social Sciences to Challenge the Outdated Journal System" in LSE Impact.

Here's an excerpt:

But there remains a need for a new general, open-access, open-source, paper server for the social sciences, one that encourages linking and sharing data and code, that serves its research to an open metadata system, and that provides the foundation for a post-publication review system. I hope that SocArXiv will enable us to save research from the journal system. Once it's built, anyone will be able to use it to organize their own peer-review community, to select and publish papers (though not exclusively), to review and comment on each other's work – and to discover, cite, value, and share research unimpeded. We will be able to do this because of a partnership with the Center for Open Science (which is already developing a new preprint server) and SHARE ("a free, open, data set about research and scholarly activities across their life cycle"). We are also supported by the University of Maryland, which hosts the initiative.

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Digital Technologies Librarian at Tulane University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on July 11th, 2016

Tulane University is recruiting a Digital Technologies Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Digital Technologies Librarian takes an innovative, service-centric approach to the oversight of several key information management and discovery systems (including Tulane's implementations of Primo, Islandora, and ArchivesSpace). . . .Additionally, the Digital Technologies Librarian has secondary (back-up) responsibility for the integrated library system (currently Voyager), link resolver (currently SFX), proxy authentication, and interlibrary loan (ILLiad) systems.

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"The Pathways of Research Software Preservation: An Educational and Planning Resource for Service Development"

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on July 11th, 2016

Fernando Rios has published "The Pathways of Research Software Preservation: An Educational and Planning Resource for Service Development" in D-Lib Magazine.

Here's an excerpt:

Research communities, funders, publishers, and academic libraries have put much effort towards ensuring that research data are preserved. However, the same level of attention has not been given to the associated software used to process and analyze it. As a guide to those tasked with preserving research outputs, a novel visual representation of preservation approaches relevant to research software, termed the Pathways of Research Software Preservation, is presented. The Pathways are discussed in the context of service development within the Data Management Services group at Johns Hopkins University.

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Director of Digital Projects at MIT

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on July 11th, 2016

MIT is recruiting a Director of Digital Projects.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

DIRECTOR OF DIGITAL PROJECTS, MIT Libraries, to direct the development, maintenance, and scaling of software applications and tools designed to dramatically increase access to research collections, improve service capabilities, and expand the library platform. Will be responsible for leading efforts on a variety of collaborative digital library projects aimed at increasing global access to MIT's collections and facilitating innovative human and machine uses of a full range of research and teaching objects and metadata; and lead a software development program and develop partnerships with external academic and commercial collaborators to develop tools and platforms with a local and global impact on research, scholarly communications, education, and the preservation of information and ideas.

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"Deploying Islandora as a Digital Repository Platform: a Multifaceted Experience at the University of Denver Libraries"

Posted in Digital Repositories, Institutional Repositories, Open Source Software, Research Libraries on July 11th, 2016

Shea-Tinn Yeh et al. have published "Deploying Islandora as a Digital Repository Platform: a Multifaceted Experience at the University of Denver Libraries" in D-Lib Magazine.

Here's an excerpt:

The Library Technology Department at the University of Denver was tasked with implementing an Islandora open-source framework for its Special Collections Department because the current host was being retired. Although Islandora's front-end is tailored for librarians, its back-end is complex, and built upon many subsystems. A failure in any of the subsystems guarantees a domino effect and a chain reaction which can obfuscate the root cause of the issue. Though product documentation and support communication channels exist, many of the problems we faced were unique to our specific hardware and software configuration. The development team had to learn fast, and be innovative, agile, and systematic in order to work with such a complicated system. This article describes the tactics used in this repository development effort, as well as the library's stakeholder relationship management.

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