Digital Repository Librarian at University of British Columbia

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on July 8th, 2015

The University of British Columbia is recruiting a Digital Repository Librarian .

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The Digital Repository Librarian is responsible for developing, supporting, and assessing recruitment activities as well as managing the content in cIRcle, UBC's open access digital repository. The role is also responsible for managing the repository software and technical system administration of the cIRcle database; managing the development and implementation of content policies and procedures; ensuring copyright compliance of repository content; and undertaking promotion of cIRcle and open access.

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    "The Twitter Archive at the Library of Congress: Challenges for information Practice and Information Policy"

    Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on July 8th, 2015

    Michael Zimmer has published "The Twitter Archive at the Library of Congress: Challenges for information Practice and Information Policy" in First Monday.

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    In April 2010, the U.S. Library of Congress and the popular micro-blogging company Twitter announced that every public tweet, since Twitter's inception in March 2006, will be archived digitally at the Library and made available to researchers. The Library of Congress' planned digital archive of all public tweets holds great promise for the research community, yet, over five years since its announcement, the archive remains unavailable. This paper explores the challenges faced by the Library that have prevented the timely realization of this valuable archive, divided into two categories: challenges involving practice, such as how to organize the tweets, how to provide useful means of retrieval, how to physically store them; and challenges involving policy, such as the creation of access controls to the archive, whether any information should be censored or restricted, and the broader ethical considerations of the very existence of such an archive, especially privacy and user control.

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      Digital Curation News (7/7/2015) #digitalcuration #digitalpreservation #researchdatamanagement #rdm

      Posted in Digital Curation News on July 7th, 2015

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        Digital Initiatives Librarian at Emerson College

        Posted in Digital Library Jobs on July 7th, 2015

        Emerson College is recruiting a Digital Initiatives Librarian.

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        The Digital Initiatives Librarian works with the Executive Director of the Library to implement and maintain digital initiatives including: digital archives/repositories, digitization of analog records and digital curation. Coordinates with Head of Archives and Special Collections on digital preservation. As part of these initiatives, the DI Librarian is required to liaise with Library and IT staff, external vendors, and consortia. Core responsibilities will include identifying digitization projects, organizing teams to develop workflows, and liaising with stakeholders.

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          "Scholarly Communication as a Core Competency: Prevalence, Activities, and Concepts of Scholarly Communication Librarianship as Shown through Job Advertisements"

          Posted in Open Access, Research Libraries, Scholarly Communication on July 7th, 2015

          Craig Finlay et al. have published "Scholarly Communication as a Core Competency: Prevalence, Activities, and Concepts of Scholarly Communication Librarianship as Shown through Job Advertisements" in the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication.

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          INTRODUCTION The dynamic nature of the scholarly communication landscape has produced a need for the creation of positions specifically focused on these issues. Yet, no clear title or job description for scholarly communication librarianship has emerged. The lack of standardization in this area is problematic for educators, professionals, and prospective professionals. METHODS Analyzing 13,869 job advertisements published between 2006 and 2014, this study attempts to examine the prevalence of scholarly communication terms and activities and the types of positions in which these terms and activities appear. RESULTS This study finds an increase in the use of the term "scholarly communication" in the title or text of job advertisements over the last nine years, with more than 7% of positions in the most recent year containing the term. CONCLUSIONS An analysis of the levels of engagement with scholarly communication demonstrates that jobs with substantial levels of engagement are increasing; whereas those requiring passive knowledge or awareness of scholarly communication issues are decreasing. Jobs with scholarly communication as a primary job responsibility are differentiated by a focus on repositories, open access, copyright, authors' rights, and intellectual property differentiate core scholarly communication positions.

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            Metadata Technologies Program Manager at Harvard University

            Posted in Digital Library Jobs on July 7th, 2015

            Harvard University is recruiting a Metadata Technologies Program Manager.

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            As a member of the Information & Technical Services department management team, under the supervision of the Head of Metadata Management, the Metadata Technologies Program Manager will lead and collaborate with colleagues to develop a diverse metadata program focusing on incorporating emerging technologies, such as linked data, and experimenting with innovative approaches to creating discovery metadata. . . . Not solely a metadata technologist, the incumbent would also serve as a metadata consultant for the broader Harvard community, including performing outreach and advocacy to academic or administrative departments as appropriate for developing collaborations across campus (e.g. HarvardX or other high-profile initiatives where digital assets are being created from legacy collections in the libraries, museums or archives).

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              "Dutch Boycott of Elsevier—A Game Changer?"

              Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on July 7th, 2015

              Danny Kingsley has published "Dutch Boycott of Elsevier—A Game Changer?" in Unlocking Research.

              Here's an excerpt:

              A long running dispute between Dutch universities and Elsevier has taken an interesting turn. Yesterday Koen Becking, chairman of the Executive Board of Tilburg University who has been negotiating with scientific publishers about an open access policy on behalf of Dutch universities with his colleague Gerard Meijer, announced a plan to start boycotting Elsevier.

              As a first step in boycotting the publisher, the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU) has asked all scientists that are editor in chief of a journal published by Elsevier to give up their post. If this way of putting pressure on the publishers does not work, the next step would be to ask reviewers to stop working for Elsevier. After that, scientists could be asked to stop publishing in Elsevier journals. . . .

              The 2015 Dutch boycott is significant. Typically negotiations with publishers occur at an institutional level and with representatives from the university libraries. This makes sense as libraries have long standing relationships with publishers and understand the minutiae of the licencing processes . However the Dutch negotiations have been led by the Vice Chancellors of the universities. It is a country-wide negotiation at the highest level. And Vice Chancellors have the ability to request behaviour change of their research communities.

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                Digital Curation News (7/6/2015) #digitalcuration #digitalpreservation #rdm #researchdatamanagement

                Posted in Digital Curation News on July 6th, 2015

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                  Library Technology Architect at Harvard University

                  Posted in Digital Library Jobs on July 6th, 2015

                  Harvard University is recruiting a Library Technology Architect.

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                  Reporting to the Managing Director of Library Technology Services (LTS), Harvard University Information Technology (HUIT) seeks a Library Technology Architect. This new role will be a member of a high performing leadership team which focuses on the development of powerful solutions to advance scholarship and teaching through the collection, creation, application, preservation, and dissemination of knowledge. LTS works in deep collaboration with the Harvard Library (HL), one of the premier research libraries in the world, as well as with HUIT's Academic Technology team to ensure that library materials and services are effectively embedded into the academic enterprise. The Library Technology Architect will also work in close collaboration with digital library software engineers and systems librarians on specific library technology projects which will support the Harvard Library strategic objectives.

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                    Public Knowledge Project Announces Open Access Publishing Cooperative Study

                    Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on July 6th, 2015

                    Public Knowledge Project has announced its Open Access Publishing Cooperative Study.

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                    The Public Knowledge Project is pleased to announce the launch of the Open Access Publishing Cooperative Study. This two-year initiative, in collaboration with the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) and other important stakeholders, will explore the feasibility of establishing publishing cooperatives that bring together libraries, journals, scholarly societies, presses, and others as a financially sustainable open access model for peer-reviewed scholarly publishing. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation is providing a grant of $460,000 to support the project.

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                      Director of Library Digital Strategies and Innovations at Harvard University

                      Posted in Digital Library Jobs on July 6th, 2015

                      Harvard University is recruiting a Director of Library Digital Strategies and Innovations.

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                      The Harvard Library seeks an innovative professional to lead the development of digital strategies and their implementation in Harvard's large and diverse library environment. Known for decades as a leader in digital library initiatives, Harvard Library today is building on this foundation to extend its reach in visualization, data management, and creative uses of technology throughout its enterprise. The Director of Library Digital Strategies and Innovations will lead in the formulation of library digital strategies, ensuring that the Library has a scalable and sustainable infrastructure; a user-friendly and effective web presence; and an environment which maximizes creative applications for the benefit of scholarship and learning. Working with talented colleagues throughout Harvard's libraries and Harvard University Information Technology, the Director of Library Digital Strategies and Innovations will identify and evaluate trends in IT and digital library development that are applicable to Harvard.

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                        Stewardship of the Evolving Scholarly Record: From the Invisible Hand to Conscious Coordination

                        Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Publishing, Reports and White Papers, Scholarly Communication on July 6th, 2015

                        OCLC Research has released Stewardship of the Evolving Scholarly Record: From the Invisible Hand to Conscious Coordination.

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                        Key highlights include:

                        • As the scholarly record continues to evolve, conscious coordination will become an important organizing principle for stewardship models.
                        • Past stewardship models were built on an "invisible hand" approach that relied on the uncoordinated, institution-scale efforts of individual academic libraries acting autonomously to maintain local collections.
                        • Future stewardship of the evolving scholarly record requires conscious coordination of context, commitments, specialization, and reciprocity.
                        • With conscious coordination, local stewardship efforts leverage scale by collecting more of less.
                        • Keys to conscious coordination include right-scaling consolidation, cooperation, and community mix.
                        • Reducing transaction costs and building trust facilitate conscious coordination.
                        • Incentives to participate in cooperative stewardship activities should be linked to broader institutional priorities.

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