University of Arizona Names Karen Williams as VP for Information Strategy and University Libraries

Posted in ARL Libraries, People in the News, Research Libraries on February 16th, 2017

The University of Arizona named Karen Williams as VP for Information Strategy and University Libraries.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

Karen Williams, who has been serving as the interim leader for University Information Technology Services in addition to her duties as dean of University Libraries, has been appointed to a new position that gives her oversight over both areas. . . .

Although Williams will oversee the two areas, UITS and University Libraries will not be merged into one unit.

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Manager of Digital Content Development and Strategy at California Digital Library

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on February 15th, 2017

The California Digital Library is recruiting a Manager of Digital Content Development and Strategy.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Working in a highly collaborative environment, this position is responsible for cultivating new opportunities and partnerships in shared digital collection development and web archiving across the ten campuses of the University of California and beyond. A key responsibility in Year 1 will be developing and implementing a communications and outreach plan for Cobweb, a one year grant funded project to develop a collaborative collection development platform for the creation of comprehensive web archives. Additional responsibilities include pursuing collaborative strategies and approaches for large scale digitization of general and special library collections, identifying and proposing strategies to address at-risk content and/or new content areas, and realizing the benefits of shared collection platforms such as HathiTrust.

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John Pollitz Named Dean of Library Affairs at Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Posted in ARL Libraries, People in the News, Research Libraries on February 15th, 2017

John Pollitz has been named the Dean of Library Affairs at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

Pollitz has held a number of higher education library administration positions. Most recently, he has served as the director of libraries for the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire since 2007. During his tenure there, he led a 30-member staff while overseeing a $3.8 million budget. . . .

Previously, Pollitz was the associate university librarian for public services and innovative technology at Oregon State University, O'Keefe Library Director at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa, and assistant director of library automated services at Augustana College in Illinois.

In other ARL mews, William Mischo has been named Acting Dean of Libraries at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Research Data Management Program Manager at University of California, Berkeley

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on February 15th, 2017

The University 0f California, Berkeley is recruiting a Research Data Management Program Manager.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The RDM Program Manager will be the lead position responsible for administering the RDM program and services for the campus. S/he will be a campus resource on local, national and international RDM developments, overseeing the program and its services to academic departments and service units. The RDM Program Manager will work closely with and lead a multi-departmental team and will be responsible for providing leadership and collaborative coordination to ensure the success of this university-wide program.

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"Research Data Services in European Academic Research Libraries"

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Research Libraries on February 15th, 2017

Carol Tenopir et al. have published "Research Data Services in European Academic Research Libraries" in LIBER Quarterly.

Here's an excerpt:

Research data is an essential part of the scholarly record, and management of research data is increasingly seen as an important role for academic libraries. This article presents the results of a survey of directors of the Association of European Research Libraries (LIBER) academic member libraries to discover what types of research data services (RDS) are being offered by European academic research libraries and what services are planned for the future. Overall, the survey found that library directors strongly agree on the importance of RDS. As was found in earlier studies of academic libraries in North America, more European libraries are currently offering or are planning to offer consultative or reference RDS than technical or hands-on RDS. The majority of libraries provide support for training in skills related to RDS for their staff members. Almost all libraries collaborate with other organizations inside their institutions or with outside institutions in order to offer or develop policy related to RDS. We discuss the implications of the current state of RDS in European academic research libraries, and offer directions for future research.

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Digital Art: January’s Ink Drawings, Pastel Drawings, Oil Paintings, and Watercolor Paintings

Posted in Digital Art on February 14th, 2017

In January, I continued to transform public domain photos and my own photos into ink drawings, pastel drawings, oil paintings, and watercolor paintings using a variety of Photoshop plug-ins and Topaz Impression. Full-size images (8×10" or 8×12") and descriptions of the processing steps involved are available on Flickr.

Digital Oil Painting of Motorboats on the Grand Canal

Digital Watercolor Painting of a Japanese Woman Being Carried in a Kago

Digital Pastel Drawing of a Street Food Stand in Peking

Digital Watercolor Painting of a Newsstand in Paris

Digital Ink Drawing of Paris Bridges

Digital Pen and Ink Drawing of Les Deux Magots

Digital Oil Painting of a Woman from Tyrol

| Charles W. Bailey, Jr., Digital Artist |

Librarian (Automated Operations Coordinator) at Library of Congress

Posted in Library IT Jobs on February 14th, 2017

The Library of Congress is recruiting a Librarian (Automated Operations Coordinator).

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Manages special projects that have a significant impact on the delivery of customer support services. Represents the division in planning for the installation and implementation of new systems (e.g., upgrade to a new operating system). Leads efforts to define post-implementation support requirements. Develops and implements performance criteria to ensure that requirements are achieved. . . .

Serves as division expert for database management systems. Provides technical support to computer personnel and users throughout the Library of Congress engaged in the development and implementation of the systems and subsystems required to meet the data processing needs of the Library of Congress. Works with end users to establish and enforce database standards, procedures, and guidelines.

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"14 Million Books & 6 Million Visitors: HathiTrust Growth and Usage in 2016"

Posted in Digital Repositories, E-Books, Mass Digitizaton on February 14th, 2017

HathiTrust has released 14 Million Books & 6 Million Visitors: HathiTrust Growth and Usage in 2016 .

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

The HathiTrust collection continues to grow steadily. As of January 1st, 2017, there are 14,816,187 volumes in the collection. Over one million volumes were added to the collection over the course of the preceding year, scanned from the library collections of 39 contributors. . . .

Within the HathiTrust certified trusted repository, 38% of the collection is available to users to access in full view, and the remaining 62% is made available in other ways: all users can search across and within those limited view books; researchers can now perform transformational, non-consumptive research within these books; and users with print disabilities can access the full text.

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Research Data Services Manager at University of Iowa

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on February 14th, 2017

The University of Iowa is recruiting a Research Data Services Manager.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Research Data Services Manager plays a central role in the development and provision of Library services for access, use, manipulation, and management of qualitative and quantitative research datasets. The position is responsible for co-leading a library and campus-wide effort to build a research data management, curation and services infrastructure at the University of Iowa. The overarching goal is to develop services and policy to support the organization, dissemination, and preservation of data generated by Iowa’s research enterprise.

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"Fostering Effective Data Management Practices at Leiden University"

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Research Libraries on February 14th, 2017

Peter Verhaar have published "Fostering Effective Data Management Practices at Leiden University" in LIBER Quarterly.

Here's an excerpt:

To actively promote the stewardship of all the research data that are produced at Leiden University, a comprehensive, institution-wide programme was launched in 2015, which centrally aims to encourage its researchers to carefully plan the temporal storage, long-term preservation and potential reuse of their data. This programme, which is managed centrally by the Department of Academic Affairs, and which receives important contributions from academic staff, from Leiden University Libraries, and from the University’s central ICT organisation, basically consists of three parts. Firstly, a basic central policy has been formulated, containing clear guidelines for activities before, during and after research projects. . . . As a second part of the data management programme, faculties have organised workshops and meetings, concentrating on the rationale and on the technical and organisational practicalities of effective data management in order to bring about a discipline-specific protocol. . . . Thirdly, to ensure that scholars can genuinely make a reasoned selection among the many tools that are currently available, a central catalogue was developed which lists and characterises the most relevant data management services.

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Library Applications Developer at Drexel University

Posted in Library IT Jobs on February 13th, 2017

Drexel University is recruiting a Library Applications Developer.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The successful candidate will have primary responsibility for the search and discovery applications that support student and faculty academic research, including the library catalog, Summon discovery service, and other tools.

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"No Scholar Is an Island: The Impact of Sharing in the Work Life of Scholars"

Posted in Open Access, Open Science, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on February 13th, 2017

Carol Tenopir et al. have published "No Scholar Is an Island: The Impact of Sharing in the Work Life of Scholars" in .

Here's an excerpt:

In an international survey of 1,000 published scholars, the Beyond Downloads project examined their sharing behaviours in order to gain a more contextualized and accurate picture of their usage beyond download patterns and citation counts. Scholars share published articles with others as a mode of content discovery and dissemination, particularly if they work in groups, and most expect to increase their sharing in the future.

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