Disciplinary Differences in Opening Research Data

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management on April 27th, 2016

PASTEUR4OA has released Disciplinary Differences in Opening Research Data .

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

This briefing paper presents the current state of open research data across academic disciplines. It describes disciplinary characteristics inhibiting a larger take-up of open research data mandates. Additionally it presents the current strategies and policies established by funders, institutions, journals and data service providers alongside general data policies.

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    Senior Grant Program Specialist at IMLS

    Posted in Digital Library Jobs on April 26th, 2016

    The Institute of Museum and Library Services is recruiting a Senior Grant Program Specialist.

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    This is the position of Senior Grant Program Specialist with responsibility for priorities within the national digital platform portfolio development within the Office of Library Services and common applications across the agency. Incumbent provides expert advice on significant aspects of digital infrastructure, services and policy matters, including issues relating to research, practice, and professional education.

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      "How to Party Like it’s 1999: Emulation for Everyone"

      Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on April 26th, 2016

      Dianne Dietrich, Julia Kim, Morgan McKeehan, and Alison Rhonemus have published "How to Party Like it's 1999: Emulation for Everyone" in the Code4Lib Journal.

      Here's an excerpt:

      Emulated access of complex media has long been discussed, but there are very few instances in which complex, interactive, born-digital emulations are available to researchers. New York Public Library has made 1980-90's era video games from 5.25? floppy disks in the Timothy Leary Papers accessible via a DosBox emulator. These games appear in various stages of development and display the work of at least four of Leary's collaborators on the games. 56 disk images from the Leary Papers are currently emulated in the reading room. New York University has made late 1990s-mid 2000's era Photoshop files from the Jeremy Blake Papers accessible to researchers. The Blake Papers include over 300 pieces of media. Cornell University Library was awarded a grant from the NEH to analyze approximately 100 born-digital artworks created for CD-ROM from the Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art to develop preservation workflows, access strategies, and metadata frameworks. Rhizome has undertaken a number of emulation projects as a major part of its preservation strategy for born-digital artworks. In cooperation with the University of Freiburg in Germany, Rhizome recently restored several digital artworks for public access using a cloud-based emulation framework. This framework (bwFLA) has been designed to facilitate the reenactments of software on a large scale, for internal use or public access. This paper will guide readers through how to implement emulation. Each of the institutions weigh in on oddities and idiosyncrasies they encountered throughout the process—from accession to access.

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        Associate Head, Digital Library Initiatives at North Carolina State University

        Posted in Digital Library Jobs on April 26th, 2016

        North Carolina State University is recruiting an Associate Head, Digital Library Initiatives.

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        The Associate Head, Digital Library Initiatives leads teams that advance library services through applied research and application development and oversees and manages the entire lifecycle of projects, from requirements gathering to deployment. Shares management responsibility for the Department; supervises librarians, staff, and student workers; represents the Department in the absence of the Head.

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          Simon Neame Named Dean of Libraries at University of Massachusetts Amherst

          Posted in ARL Libraries, People in the News, Research Libraries on April 26th, 2016

          Simon Neame has been named the Dean of Libraries at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

          Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

          At UBC, Neame oversees 33 professional librarians and 114 support staff as associate university librarian, learning and engagement. His budget responsibilities include the Barber Centre, the Walter C. Koerner Library for humanities and social sciences, the Woodard Library for health sciences, science and applied science, the Music, Art and Architecture Library, access services and the library's teaching, learning and community engagement programs. . . .

          He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Victoria and a master's of library and information studies from UBC.

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            Programmer Analyst III at University of Southern California

            Posted in Library IT Jobs on April 25th, 2016

            The University of Southern California is recruiting a Programmer Analyst III.

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            The Programmer Analyst III will be key in providing a variety of programming support to the USC Libraries. The successful candidates will be responsible for building plugins and applications that are needed to make various packages and systems compatible with the USC environment. These systems include: Aeon, Archivespace, the Digital Library, and the Libraries website.

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              "Developing Library GIS Services for Humanities and Social Science: An Action Research Approach"

              Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management on April 25th, 2016

              College & Research Libraries has released an e-print of "Developing Library GIS Services for Humanities and Social Science: An Action Research Approach" by Ningning Kong, Michael Fosmire, and Benjamin Dewayne Branch.

              Here's an excerpt:

              In the academic libraries' efforts to support digital humanities and social science, GIS service plays an important role. However, there is no general service model existing about how libraries can develop GIS services to best engage with digital humanities and social science. In this study, we adopted the action research method to develop and improve our service model. Our results suggested that a library's GIS service can support humanities and social science from the research collaboration, learning support, and outreach perspectives, with different focuses according to the stages of learning and research. The research framework adopted in this study not only can serve as an efficient tool for developing GIS services, but also can be expanded to other library service areas.

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                Metadata Librarian at Mount Holyoke College

                Posted in Digital Library Jobs on April 25th, 2016

                Mount Holyoke College is recruiting a Metadata Librarian.

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                Reporting to the Associate Director of Discovery & Access (DnA), and positioned within the Digital Assets & Preservation Services (DAPS) department, this position supports the management and administration of metadata related to the discovery, access, and stewardship of library digital collections, primarily related to the College's digital cultural heritage.

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                  "How Large is the ‘Public Domain’?: A Comparative Analysis of Ringer’s 1961 Copyright Renewal Study and HathiTrust CRMS Data"

                  Posted in Copyright, Public Domain on April 25th, 2016

                  College & Research Libraries has released an e-print of "How Large is the 'Public Domain'?: A Comparative Analysis of Ringer's 1961 Copyright Renewal Study and HathiTrust CRMS Data" by John P. Wilkin.

                  Here's an excerpt:

                  The 1961 Copyright Office study on renewals, authored by Barbara Ringer, has cast an outsized influence on discussions of the U.S. 1923-1963 public domain. As more concrete data emerges from initiatives such as the large-scale determination process in the Copyright Review Management System project, questions are raised about the reliability or meaning of the Ringer data. A closer examination of both the Ringer study and CRMS data demonstrates fundamental misunderstandings and misrepresentations of the Ringer data, as well as possible methodological issues. Estimates of the size of the corpus of public domain books published in the U.S. from 1923-1963 have been inflated by problematic assumptions, and we should be able to correct mistaken conclusions with reasonable effort.

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                    Director, Library Data Management at California State University, Office of the Chancellor

                    Posted in Library IT Jobs on April 22nd, 2016

                    The California State University, Office of the Chancellor, is recruiting a Director, Library Data Management.

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                    The California State University, Office of the Chancellor, is seeking a Director, Library Data Management to be responsible for the system-wide implementation and operation of unified library systems that manage library electronic and print holdings, digital content and associated metadata. The Director provides administrative leadership and technical direction for use of these systems, manages and directs both Chancellor's Office and campus staff to support effective usage of such systems and liaises with CSU library deans, faculty, staff and vendors to ensure operational efficiencies and maximum uptime of such systems.

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                      Director, Information Technologies and Services at Virginia Tech

                      Posted in Library IT Jobs on April 22nd, 2016

                      Virginia Tech is recruiting a Director, Information Technologies and Services.

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                      Reporting to the Assistant Dean and Chief of Staff, the Director of Information Technology Services (IT Services) is responsible for the planning and management of the department's activities and employees. The Director provides managerial leadership and expertise in strategic technology management to enhance the growth and effectiveness of the Libraries' services.

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                        "Fracking the Ecosystem: Periodicals Price Survey 2016"

                        Posted in Publishing, Scholarly Journals, Serials Crisis on April 22nd, 2016

                        Stephen Bosch and Kittie Henderson have published "Fracking the Ecosystem: Periodicals Price Survey 2016" in Library Journal.

                        Here's an excerpt:

                        Accordingly, we have measured the 2015 price increases of more than 5,000 e-journal packages handled by EBSCO. Our analysis indicates an average e-journal package price increase of 5.8% to 6.3%, down slightly from last year's average of 6.6%.

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