Data Curation Librarian at Louisiana State University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on February 2nd, 2015

Louisiana State University is recruiting a Data Curation Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to the Director of the Institutional Repository (IR), the Data Curation Librarian is responsible for maintaining and managing LSU's IR for both research data and scholarly works. The Data Curation librarian will be responsible for setting up "virtual research environments," or the equivalent, as needed by externally funded research projects using the Islandora framework. This position will manage the Electronic Theses and Dissertations workflows and will work in collaboration with the Graduate School in these efforts. The Data Curation librarian will also provide technical assistance to all digital initiative projects using the IR software.

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    "Who Should We Trust?"

    Posted in Open Access, Publishing on February 2nd, 2015

    Kevin Smith has published "Who Should We Trust?" in Scholarly Communications @ Duke.

    Here's an excerpt:

    It is not that we exactly trust commercial publishers, nor do we exactly distrust them. We may recognize that the values and goals of the commercial publishing business are different from, and even in conflict with, the best interests of scholarly authors and of scholarship itself. Perfectly nice people, working to advance their own interests as best they can, come in to conflict as the conditions for research and teaching change. And a real ambivalence is created because of how interwoven the parts of the academic enterprise are. More than just inertia is a work; important aspects of the academic enterprise remain interlocked with traditional forms of publication.

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      "PeerJ—A PLOS ONE Contender in 2015?"

      Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals, Self-Archiving on February 2nd, 2015

      Phil Davis has published "PeerJ—A PLOS ONE Contender in 2015?" in The Scholarly Kitchen.

      Here's an excerpt:

      In my last post, I reported that PeerJ was growing, publishing more papers and attracting more authors, although it was not clear whether the company was moving toward financial stability. In a crowded market of multidisciplinary open access journals, I argued that the success (or failure) of PeerJ would be determined when it received its first Impact Factor, which will be announced in mid-June with the publication of Thomson Reuters' Journal Citation Report. The purpose of this post is to estimate PeerJ's first Impact Factor and discuss its implications.

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        Digital Curation News (1/30/2015) #digitalcuration #digitalpreservation #researchdata

        Posted in Digital Curation News on January 30th, 2015

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          "Starting a Research Data Management Program Based in a University Library"

          Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management on January 30th, 2015

          Margaret Henderson and Teresa L. Knott have self-archived "Starting a Research Data Management Program Based in a University Library."

          Here's an excerpt:

          As the need for research data management grows, many libraries are considering adding data services to help with the research mission of their institution. The Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Libraries created a position and hired a director of research data management in September 2013. The position was new to the libraries and the university. With the backing of the library administration, a plan for building relationships with VCU faculty, researchers, students, service and resource providers, including grant administrators, was developed to educate and engage the community in data management plan writing and research data management training.

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            Retirement Planning: "The 4 Percent Rule Is Not Safe in a Low-Yield World"

            Posted in Investing and Retirement on January 30th, 2015

            Michael S. Finke, Wade D. Pfau, and David Blanchett have self-archived "The 4 Percent Rule Is Not Safe in a Low-Yield World."

            Here's an excerpt:

            The safety of a 4% initial withdrawal strategy depends on asset return assumptions. Using historical averages to guide simulations for failure rates for retirees spending an inflation-adjusted 4% of retirement date assets over 30 years results in an estimated failure rate of about 6%. This modest projected failure rate rises sharply if real returns decline. As of January 2013, intermediate-term real interest rates are about 4% less than their historical average. Calibrating bond returns to the January 2013 real yields offered on 5-year TIPS, while maintaining the historical equity premium, causes the projected failure rate for retirement account withdrawals to jump to 57%. The 4% rule cannot be treated as a safe initial withdrawal rate in today's low interest rate environment. . . . The success of the 4% rule in the U.S. may be an historical anomaly, and clients may wish to consider their retirement income strategies more broadly than relying solely on systematic withdrawals from a volatile portfolio.

            The widely used 4 percent rule is based on "Determining Withdrawal Rates Using Historical Data" by William P. Bengen, which was written in 1994. See his 2006 Conserving Client Portfolios During Retirement for a detailed treatment and a further refinement of the rule. Under the rule, a first-year retiree could safely withdraw $40,000 from a $1 million dollar 50/50 stock/bond portfolio.

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              Web Developer at University of Texas at Arlington

              Posted in Digital Library Jobs, Library IT Jobs on January 30th, 2015

              The University of Texas at Arlington is recruiting a Web Developer.

              Here's an excerpt from the ad:

              The Web Developer position is responsible for the technical leadership, management and development of UT Arlington Libraries' websites, including online digital collections, web applications and other innovative digital initiatives.

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                Data, Science and Systems Librarian at Mount Allison University

                Posted in Digital Library Jobs, Library IT Jobs on January 30th, 2015

                Mount Allison University is recruiting a Data, Science and Systems Librarian.

                Here's an excerpt from the ad:

                Science

                • Provision of subject liaison support, including in-depth research assistance, for the Sciences (Aviation, Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Environmental Science, Mathematics and Computer Science, Physics and Astronomy, and Psychology). . . .

                Systems

                • Overseeing the configuration, implementation, maintenance and upgrading of library systems, including the Integrated Library System, authentication and link resolving systems, discovery tools, archiving and repository systems, and other library and archival resources and databases
                • Monitoring and compiling usage data of electronic resources. . . .

                Data

                • Playing a leadership role in exploring and implementing options for archiving, preservation, and access to research data
                • Serving as the primary resource person in the Libraries for use and analysis of data
                • Provision of in-depth assistance and instruction on data management and analysis
                • Acting as the Libraries' Data Liberation Initiative (DLI) / Nesstar contact
                • Working with colleagues on digitization initiatives and digital library collections

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