Digital Curation News (5/29/2014) #digitalpreservation

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    Theodore Roosevelt Center Digital Library Coordinator/Archivist at Dickinson State University

    Posted in Digital Library Jobs on May 29th, 2014

    Dickinson State University is recruiting a Theodore Roosevelt Center Digital Library Coordinator/Archivist.

    Here's an excerpt from the ad:

    The Digital Library Coordinator leads the development, maintenance, and promotion of the Theodore Roosevelt Digital Library. The Coordinator interacts with contributing entities to facilitate acquisition of materials for addition to the collection, and with staff and volunteers, to ensure the quality of collection metadata. The Coordinator also has primary responsibility for the social media outreach of the Theodore Roosevelt Center.

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      Driving With Data: A Roadmap for Evidence-Based Decision Making in Academic Libraries

      Posted in Libraries, Research Libraries on May 29th, 2014

      Ithaka S+R has released Driving With Data: A Roadmap for Evidence-Based Decision Making in Academic Libraries.

      Here's an excerpt:

      Over the past decade, libraries have expanded their use of various types of service assessment. Initially popularized by the LibQUAL+ service, there is now a robust library assessment community, including dedicated assessment librarians and coordinators at many institutions, who are charged with examining existing services and user perceptions with the purpose of documenting the value of the academic library's collections and services and identifying opportunities for improvement. At some institutions, assessment has become an important element of how libraries establish their key priorities on a regular basis.

      Today library leaders must do more than build and manage collections, improve the quality of existing services, and find the funding to support this work. In addition, the library leader is called upon to reconsider or reassert the roles and objectives of the library in a changing information environment and to develop the strategy, services, spaces, and staffing to support these roles. In the remainder of this paper, therefore, we will be focusing on the use of data, including the types discussed in this section, to establish strategy and lead to a decision about future directions.

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        Digital Archivist at New York Public Library

        Posted in Digital Library Jobs on May 29th, 2014

        The New York Public Library is recruiting a Digital Archivist.

        Here's an excerpt from the ad:

        Under the direction of the Head of the Archives Unit (AU), the Digital Archivist collaborates with curators, colleagues in the AU, donors, digital preservation staff, public service units, and NYPL staff that create and maintain access systems in order to evaluate possible acquisitions; acquire, accession, and transfer born digital material to preservation storage; stage materials for archival arrangement and description; and make materials accessible to researchers.

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          Big Deals: Beyond the Damage: Circulation, Coverage and Staffing

          Posted in Licenses, Publishing, Research Libraries, Scholarly Journals on May 29th, 2014

          Walt Crawford has published Beyond the Damage: Circulation, Coverage and Staffing.

          Here's an excerpt from chapter one:

          Big-Deal Serials Purchasing: Tracking the Damage looks almost entirely at four aspects of library spending and changes in that spending: total spending, current serials, "books" (all other acquisitions) and the remainder”what's left over for staff, automation, preservation, etc.

          This book looks at some other aspects of academic libraries and how they have changed from 2002 through 2012: circulation, coverage and staffing. It's designed to complement the LTR report. Indeed, I assume that readers will have access to the report, as it includes details on which academic libraries are included and excluded. This book uses exactly the same universe of libraries (2,594 in all) as the report. I believe this book (and the supplementary PDF) will provide useful additional insights into what's happened in academic libraries over a decade in which Big Deals supposedly improved serials pricing problems”but still had serials spending taking more and more of a sometimes-shrinking overall pie…

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            Digital Curation News (5/28/2014) #digitalpreservation

            Posted in Digital Curation News on May 28th, 2014

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              Digital Publishing Production Lead at George Mason University Libraries

              Posted in Digital Library Jobs on May 28th, 2014

              The George Mason University Libraries is recruiting a Digital Publishing Production Lead.

              Here's an excerpt from the ad:

              The George Mason University Libraries seeks an experienced professional to be responsible for the management of, and front-line user support for, digital publishing tools and platforms in use by the Mason Publishing Group.

              Mason Publishing is a new library initiative that unites the library’s existing digital publishing activity with the George Mason University Press to form a new set of publishing services for the university.

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                "Teaching an Old University Press Publisher New Tricks: Living in the Present and Preparing for the Future of Scholarly Communications"

                Posted in Publishing, Scholarly Books, Scholarly Metrics, University Presses on May 28th, 2014

                Patrick H. Alexander has published "Teaching an Old University Press Publisher New Tricks: Living in the Present and Preparing for the Future of Scholarly Communications" in the Journal of Electronic Publishing.

                Here's an excerpt:

                University presses currently exist in the dual worlds of print and digital publishing. Current staffing needs require that they hire personnel with skills and experience that mirror that present duality. Training and maintaining a skilled workforce requires a commitment to flexibility and an openness to the ever-changing nature of scholarly communication. As the scholarly publishing ecosystem continues to evolve, university presses will need to look to a future workforce that has additional training, knowledge, and experience beyond the traditional skills associated with academic publishing, one that fully embraces the realities of a digital world, the habits of new generations of researchers, and the increasing role of technology in scholarly communication. This article looks at what the future might look like, what skills might be required, and how one might prepare for that future.

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