Associate University Librarian for Library Information Technology at Brigham Young University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on July 12th, 2016

Brigham Young University is recruiting an Associate University Librarian for Library Information Technology.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Associate University Librarian for Library Information Technology builds and mentors a team of IT professionals and impacts the vision and strategy of the library as an active member of the senior management group.

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"Developing SocArXiv—A New Open Archive of the Social Sciences to Challenge the Outdated Journal System"

Posted in Digital Repositories, Disciplinary Archives, Open Access, Self-Archiving on July 12th, 2016

Philip Cohen has published "Developing SocArXiv—A New Open Archive of the Social Sciences to Challenge the Outdated Journal System" in LSE Impact.

Here's an excerpt:

But there remains a need for a new general, open-access, open-source, paper server for the social sciences, one that encourages linking and sharing data and code, that serves its research to an open metadata system, and that provides the foundation for a post-publication review system. I hope that SocArXiv will enable us to save research from the journal system. Once it's built, anyone will be able to use it to organize their own peer-review community, to select and publish papers (though not exclusively), to review and comment on each other's work – and to discover, cite, value, and share research unimpeded. We will be able to do this because of a partnership with the Center for Open Science (which is already developing a new preprint server) and SHARE ("a free, open, data set about research and scholarly activities across their life cycle"). We are also supported by the University of Maryland, which hosts the initiative.

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Digital Technologies Librarian at Tulane University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on July 11th, 2016

Tulane University is recruiting a Digital Technologies Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Digital Technologies Librarian takes an innovative, service-centric approach to the oversight of several key information management and discovery systems (including Tulane's implementations of Primo, Islandora, and ArchivesSpace). . . .Additionally, the Digital Technologies Librarian has secondary (back-up) responsibility for the integrated library system (currently Voyager), link resolver (currently SFX), proxy authentication, and interlibrary loan (ILLiad) systems.

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"The Pathways of Research Software Preservation: An Educational and Planning Resource for Service Development"

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on July 11th, 2016

Fernando Rios has published "The Pathways of Research Software Preservation: An Educational and Planning Resource for Service Development" in D-Lib Magazine.

Here's an excerpt:

Research communities, funders, publishers, and academic libraries have put much effort towards ensuring that research data are preserved. However, the same level of attention has not been given to the associated software used to process and analyze it. As a guide to those tasked with preserving research outputs, a novel visual representation of preservation approaches relevant to research software, termed the Pathways of Research Software Preservation, is presented. The Pathways are discussed in the context of service development within the Data Management Services group at Johns Hopkins University.

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Director of Digital Projects at MIT

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on July 11th, 2016

MIT is recruiting a Director of Digital Projects.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

DIRECTOR OF DIGITAL PROJECTS, MIT Libraries, to direct the development, maintenance, and scaling of software applications and tools designed to dramatically increase access to research collections, improve service capabilities, and expand the library platform. Will be responsible for leading efforts on a variety of collaborative digital library projects aimed at increasing global access to MIT's collections and facilitating innovative human and machine uses of a full range of research and teaching objects and metadata; and lead a software development program and develop partnerships with external academic and commercial collaborators to develop tools and platforms with a local and global impact on research, scholarly communications, education, and the preservation of information and ideas.

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"Deploying Islandora as a Digital Repository Platform: a Multifaceted Experience at the University of Denver Libraries"

Posted in Digital Repositories, Institutional Repositories, Open Source Software, Research Libraries on July 11th, 2016

Shea-Tinn Yeh et al. have published "Deploying Islandora as a Digital Repository Platform: a Multifaceted Experience at the University of Denver Libraries" in D-Lib Magazine.

Here's an excerpt:

The Library Technology Department at the University of Denver was tasked with implementing an Islandora open-source framework for its Special Collections Department because the current host was being retired. Although Islandora's front-end is tailored for librarians, its back-end is complex, and built upon many subsystems. A failure in any of the subsystems guarantees a domino effect and a chain reaction which can obfuscate the root cause of the issue. Though product documentation and support communication channels exist, many of the problems we faced were unique to our specific hardware and software configuration. The development team had to learn fast, and be innovative, agile, and systematic in order to work with such a complicated system. This article describes the tactics used in this repository development effort, as well as the library's stakeholder relationship management.

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Digital Curation News (7/8/2016) #digitalcuration #digitalpreservation #datamanagement #researchdata #rdm

Posted in Digital Curation News on July 8th, 2016

Research Data Curation Bibliography, Version 6. Over 560 works. Over 200 works added. Live links. Selected abstracts. OA. CC-BY License. Covers topics such as research data creation, acquisition, metadata, repositories, provenance, management, policies, support services, funding agency requirements, peer review, publication, citation, sharing, reuse, and preservation.

Sr. Software Engineer at Welch Medical Library

Posted in Library IT Jobs on July 8th, 2016

The Welch Medical Library. is recruiting a Sr. Software Engineer.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Sr. Software Engineer is responsible for the creation, implementation, maintenance, performance, production support and documentation of various departmental and enterprise-wide application systems. . . .

He/she is responsible for all software, web services, web sites, mobile and desktop applications provided by the Welch Medical Library.

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"A Simple Proposal for the Publication of Journal Citation Distributions"

Posted in Publishing, Scholarly Journals, Scholarly Metrics on July 8th, 2016

Vincent Lariviere et al. have self-archived "A Simple Proposal for the Publication of Journal Citation Distributions."

Here's an excerpt:

Although the Journal Impact Factor (JIF) is widely acknowledged to be a poor indicator of the quality of individual papers, it is used routinely to evaluate research and researchers. Here, we present a simple method for generating the citation distributions that underlie JIFs. Application of this straightforward protocol reveals the full extent of the skew of distributions and variation in citations received by published papers that is characteristic of all scientific journals. Although there are differences among journals across the spectrum of JIFs, the citation distributions overlap extensively, demonstrating that the citation performance of individual papers cannot be inferred from the JIF. We propose that this methodology be adopted by all journals as a move to greater transparency, one that should help to refocus attention on individual pieces of work and counter the inappropriate usage of JIFs during the process of research assessment.

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Digital Preservation Specialist at University of Michigan

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on July 8th, 2016

The University of Michigan is recruiting a Digital Preservation Specialist.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Digital Preservation Specialist supports the development and implementation of several new digital preservation services to strengthen and expand our stewardship commitment to a range of content, including born-digital collections, licensed content, research data, and electronic publications. This is a two-year term appointment seeking a librarian or archivist committed to digital preservation.

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"Assessing the User Experience of E-Books in Academic Libraries"

Posted in E-Books, Research Libraries, Scholarly Books on July 8th, 2016

College & Research Libraries has released an e-print of "Assessing the User Experience of E-Books in Academic Libraries" by Tao Zhang, Xi Niu and Marlen Proman.

Here's an excerpt:

We report findings from an assessment of e-book user experience (search and information seeking) from usage data and user tests. The usage data showed that most reading sessions were brief and focused on certain pages, suggesting that users mainly use e-books to find specific information. The user tests found that participants tended to use default keyword search and browse the search results. Experience levels with e-books and features of e-book platforms influenced users' information seeking in e-books. The assessment results have significant implications for designing e-book features to support users' reading strategies and help libraries create a consistent user experience.

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Digital Research Architect at Stanford University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on July 7th, 2016

Stanford University is recruiting a Digital Research Architect.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Digital Research Architect works at the intersection of the digital library and digital scholarship as a lead architect in the design and development of digital library services in response to the research needs of scholars. The Digital Research Architect will orchestrate the integration of new and existing digital library tools into the research practices of Stanford scholars; lead the design and development of scholarly tools for the interpretation, computation, and augmentation of library resources; develop strategic partnerships within the Stanford community and with other institutions; and stimulate the wide use of SUL's digital research services both at Stanford and with partner institutions.

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