Digital Collections Librarian at Swarthmore College

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on April 21st, 2016

Swarthmore College is recruiting a Digital Collections Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

As a member of the Digital Initiatives and Scholarship Department, the Digital Collections Librarian will provide strategic and innovative leadership for the burgeoning digital asset management and preservation program of the Swarthmore College Libraries. The Digital Collections Librarian will be responsible for the planning, operations, and management of this program, and will manage the lifecycle of our digital assets and projects, from the acquisition or creation of digital objects to their long-term preservation.

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    "Comparing Published Scientific Journal Articles to Their Pre-print Versions"

    Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals, Self-Archiving on April 21st, 2016

    Martin Klein et al. have self-archived "Comparing Published Scientific Journal Articles to Their Pre-print Versions."

    Here's an excerpt:

    Academic publishers claim that they add value to scholarly communications by coordinating reviews and contributing and enhancing text during publication. . . . We have investigated the publishers' value proposition by conducting a comparative study of pre-print papers and their final published counterparts. This comparison had two working assumptions: 1) if the publishers' argument is valid, the text of a pre-print paper should vary measurably from its corresponding final published version, and 2) by applying standard similarity measures, we should be able to detect and quantify such differences. Our analysis revealed that the text contents of the scientific papers generally changed very little from their pre-print to final published versions.

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      "Data Management Plan Requirements for Campus Grant Competitions: Opportunities for Research Data Services Assessment and Outreach"

      Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management on April 20th, 2016

      Andrew M. Johnson and Shelley Knuth have published "Data Management Plan Requirements for Campus Grant Competitions: Opportunities for Research Data Services Assessment and Outreach" in the Journal of eScience Librarianship.

      Here's an excerpt:

      Objective: To examine the effects of research data services (RDS) on the quality of data management plans (DMPs) required for a campus-level faculty grant competition, as well as to explore opportunities that the local DMP requirement presented for RDS outreach. . . .

      Results: Analyses showed that RDS consultations had a statistically significant effect on DMP scores. Differences between DMP scores for funded versus unfunded proposals and among disciplinary categories were not significant. The DMP requirement also provided a number of both expected and unexpected outreach opportunities for RDS services.

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        John M. Unsworth Named as University of Virginia University Librarian and Dean of Libraries

        Posted in ARL Libraries, People in the News, Research Libraries on April 20th, 2016

        John M. Unsworth, Vice Provost, University Librarian, Chief Information Officer, and Professor of English at Brandeis University, has been named as the new University Librarian and Dean of Libraries at the University of Virginia .

        Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

        He received his Ph.D. in English from UVA in 1988, and later in his career became a tenured associate professor of English at the University, as well the first director of UVA's Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities. Recognized as a pioneer in the field of digital humanities, he is the co-founder of the first peer-reviewed electronic journal in the humanities, Postmodern Culture.

        Before going to Brandeis, Unsworth was dean of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he also held faculty appointments in library and information science, English, and library administration. His first faculty appointment was as an assistant professor in English at North Carolina State University.

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          Digital Archivist at Stanford University

          Posted in Digital Library Jobs on April 20th, 2016

          Stanford University is recruiting a Digital Archivist.

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          Reporting to the Digital Materials Manager, the Digital Archivist processes born-digital archival materials, helps develop a variety of digital workflows according to archival standards and methods, and supports the full range of functions of the digital curation and imaging lab.

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            Digital Scholarship: 11 Years Later

            Posted in Digital Scholarship Publications on April 20th, 2016

            Digital Scholarship was established eleven years ago today by Charles W. Bailey, Jr. It has published open access digital and low-cost print works about digital copyright, digital curation, digital repository, open access, research data management, scholarly communication, and other digital information issues. All works have been under Creative Commons Attribution or Attribution-NonCommercial licenses.

            From April 2005 through March 2016, Digital Scholarship has had over 16.4 million visitors from 232 counties, over 79 million file requests, and over 57.6 million page views. Excluding spiders, there have been over 9.9 million visitors from 232 counties, over 46.3 million file requests, and over 26 million page views.

            DigitalKoans has been the most popular publication with over 12.3 million visitors, over 55.7 million file requests, and over 41 million page views. Excluding spiders, there have been over 7.5 million visitors, over 32.2 million file requests, and over 18.3 million page views. Over 7,800 DigitalKoans posts have been published, including over 375 Digital Curation News posts published since February 2013.

            Bailey's Open Access Bibliography: Liberating Scholarly Literature with E-prints and Open Access Journals, which was originally published in 2005 by the Association of Research Libraries, has been another popular publication. Available as a paperback (from ARL), a PDF file, and a website with live links, it has had over 324,200 visitors, 690,900 file requests, and over 594,100 page views. Excluding spiders, there have been over 196,600 visitors, over 472,600 file requests, and over 386,200 page views.

            The sequel to that book, Bailey's Transforming Scholarly Publishing through Open Access: A Bibliography (published in 2010 as a paperback, a PDF file, and a website with live links), has also been popular. it has had over 95,800 visitors, 689,000 file requests, and over 651,200 page views. Excluding spiders, there have been over 50,000 visitors, over 580,600 file requests, and over 550,500 page views.

            For a complete list of Digital Scholarship's publications, see the Digital Scholarship Publications Overview.

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              Data Librarian at Michigan State University

              Posted in Digital Library Jobs on April 20th, 2016

              Michigan State University is recruiting a Data Librarian.

              Here's an excerpt from the ad:

              The librarian promotes collections, provides reference services, and delivers instructional sessions as well as contributes to the provision and expansion of research data management services. Reporting to the Head of the Kline Digital and Multimedia Center, the incumbent advocates for and develops services and infrastructure in support of evolving learning, teaching, research, and scholarly communication needs in the digital environment.

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                Anne Jarvis Named as University Librarian at Princeton University

                Posted in ARL Libraries, People in the News, Research Libraries on April 20th, 2016

                Anne Jarvis, University Librarian at the University of Cambridge, has been named as University Librarian at Princeton University.

                Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                Jarvis has a bachelor's degree from Trinity College Dublin, a diploma in library and information studies from University College Dublin, a master's degree in communication and cultural studies from Dublin City University and a master of arts from Cambridge.

                Her library career began in special libraries and included posts in Ireland and the United Kingdom. She began working in academic libraries in 1992 and spent some years at Dublin City University and Trinity College Dublin. In 2000 she was appointed deputy librarian at Cambridge.

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                  Library Technology Officer at Seattle Public Library

                  Posted in Library IT Jobs on April 19th, 2016

                  Seattle Public Library is recruiting a Library Technology Officer.

                  Here's an excerpt from the ad:

                  In consultation with the Director of LPSD, the LTO leads and participates in short-term and long-range strategic planning that addresses current and emerging service needs and develops and implements effective technological responses to those needs. The LTO directs, supervises and evaluates the activities and performance of Information Technology Division staff, vendors and project or consultant staff assigned to information technology projects or activities.

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                    "Requirements on Long-Term Accessibility and Preservation of Research Results with Particular Regard to Their Provenance"

                    Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management on April 19th, 2016

                    Andreas Weber and Claudia Piesche have published "Requirements on Long-Term Accessibility and Preservation of Research Results with Particular Regard to Their Provenance" in the ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information.

                    Here's an excerpt:

                    In this article we describe the considerations regarding the implementation of a local research data repository for the Collaborative Research Centre (CRC) 840. The main focus will be on the examination of requirements for, and an agenda of, a possible technical implementation. Requirements were derived from a more theoretical examination of similar projects and relevant literature, diverse discussions with researchers and project leaders, by analysis of existing publication data, and finally the prototypical implementation with refining iterations.

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                      Digital Processing Archivist at Computer History Museum

                      Posted in Digital Library Jobs on April 19th, 2016

                      The Computer History Museum is recruiting a Digital Processing Archivist.

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                      The Digital Processing Archivist will have primary responsibility for processing and reading the Museum's digital collection with an emphasis on historic software objects. Tasks include arranging, describing, and making accessible new and legacy digital objects, ingesting content into the digital repository, and monitoring internal digital workflows.

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                        Developments in the Authors Guild v. Google and Cambridge University Press v. Patton (GSU E-Reserves) Cases

                        Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars on April 19th, 2016

                        The Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal of the Authors Guild v. Google case, leaving in place the 2015 ruling by the United States Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit in favor of Google.

                        See: "Supreme Court Rejects Google Books Appeal."

                        Judge Orinda Evans has issued a remand decision in the Cambridge University Press v. Patton case that significantly reduces the number counts that the plaintiffs prevailed on.

                        See: "Publishers' Loss in GSU Copyright Case Just Got a Little Worse."

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