User Experience Designer at University of California, Davis

Posted in Library IT Jobs on February 21st, 2017

The University of California, Davis is recruiting a User Experience Designer.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Under general direction of the Manager of Digital Applications, the UX Designer leads visual strategy and development in the design and creation of digital products, interactive exhibits in the Shields Library, websites and microsites, media, and other applications where campus users and Library staff will encounter a digital interface or experience.

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"Why We Read Wikipedia"

Posted in Digital Culture on February 21st, 2017

Philipp Singer et al. have self-archived "Why We Read Wikipedia."

Here's an excerpt:

The goal of this paper is to fill this gap by combining a survey of Wikipedia readers with a log-based analysis of user activity. Based on an initial series of user surveys, we build a taxonomy of Wikipedia use cases along several dimensions, capturing users' motivations to visit Wikipedia, the depth of knowledge they are seeking, and their knowledge of the topic of interest prior to visiting Wikipedia. Then, we quantify the prevalence of these use cases via a large-scale user survey conducted on live Wikipedia with almost 30,000 responses. . . . Finally, we match survey responses to the respondents' digital traces in Wikipedia's server logs, enabling the discovery of behavioral patterns associated with specific use cases.

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Digital Archivist at Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on February 21st, 2017

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is recruiting a Digital Archivist.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to the Associate Director of Digital Management Services (DMS), the Digital Archivist works cross-departmentally with Academy curators, preservationists and archivists to manage efforts to preserve, describe and make accessible digitized and born-digital archival materials.

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"Copyright: The Immoveable Barrier That Open Access Advocates Underestimated"

Posted in Copyright, Creative Commons/Open Licenses, Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on February 21st, 2017

Richard Poynder has published "Copyright: The Immoveable Barrier That Open Access Advocates Underestimated."

Here's an excerpt:

In calling for research papers to be made freely available open access advocates promised that doing so would lead to a simpler, less costly, more democratic, and more effective scholarly communication system. To achieve their objectives they proposed two different ways of providing open access: green OA (self-archiving) and gold OA (open access publishing). However, while the OA movement has succeeded in persuading research institutions and funders of the merits of open access, it has failed to win the hearts and minds of most researchers. More importantly, it is not achieving its objectives. There are various reasons for this, but above all it is because OA advocates underestimated the extent to which copyright would subvert their cause.

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Digital Services & Repository Librarian at Texas A&M University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on February 20th, 2017

Texas A&M University is recruiting a Digital Services & Repository Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Digital Services & Repository Librarian is responsible for supporting all aspects of scholarly communication, including existing collections on Texas A&M Law Scholarship, the law school’s institutional repository; planning and implementing new collections on the repository; and providing vision and direction for all aspects of the law library's website.

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EFF Submits Amicus Brief in Cambridge Press v. Georgia State University E-Reserves Copyright Case

Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars, E-Reserves, Publishing, Research Libraries on February 20th, 2017

The EFF has submitted an Amicus Brief in the Cambridge Press v. Georgia State University case.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

On behalf of three national library associations, EFF today urged a federal appeals court for the second time to protect librarians' and students' rights to make fair use of excerpts from academic books and research.

Nearly a decade ago, three of the largest academic publishers in the world—backed by the Association of American Publishers (AAP) trade group—sued Georgia State University (GSU) for copyright infringement . . . GSU argued that posting excerpts in the e-reserve systems was a "fair use " of the material, thus not subject to licensing fees. GSU also changed its e-reserve policy to ensure its practices were consistent with a set of fair use best practices that were developed pursuant to a broad consensus among libraries and other stakeholders. . . .

But that was not enough to satisfy the publishers. Rather than declare victory, they've doggedly pursued their claims. It seems the publishers will not be content until universities and libraries agree to further decimate their budgets. As we explain in our brief, that outcome would undermine the fundamental purposes of copyright, not to mention both the public interest, and the interests of the authors of the works in question.

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Digital Collections and Preservation Librarian at Boston College

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on February 20th, 2017

Boston College is recruiting a Digital Collections and Preservation Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Working closely with the Head of the Digital Library Program and in concert with team members and professionals across the libraries, he or she will consider all stages of the digital life cycle, from the point of capture through to repository ingest. S/he will establish and document policies; contribute to planning for projects and ongoing production; advise on equipment, metadata, standards and formats; and communicate broadly with collaborators and stakeholders within the library and externally.

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"Scholarly Journal Publishing in Transition—From Restricted to Open Access"

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on February 20th, 2017

Bo-Christer Björk has self-archived "Scholarly Journal Publishing in Transition—From Restricted to Open Access."

Here's an excerpt:

This article asks the question why Open Access (OA) to the output of mainly publicly funded research hasn’t yet become the mainstream business model. OA implies a reversal of the revenue logic from readers paying for content to authors paying for dissemination in form of universal free access. The current situation is analyzed using Porter’s five forces model. The analysis demonstrates a lack of competitive pressure in this industry, leading to so high profit levels of the leading publishers that they have not yet felt a strong need to change the way they operate. OA funded by article publishing charges (APCs) might nevertheless start rapidly becoming more common. The driving forces of change currently consist of the public research funders and administrations in Europe, which are pushing for OA by starting dedicated funds for paying the APCs of authors from the respective countries. This has in turn lead to a situation in which publishers have introduced "big deals" involving the bundling of (a) subscription to all their journals, (b) APCs for their hybrid journals and (c) in the future also APCs to their full OA journals.

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Developer at Northwestern University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on February 17th, 2017

Northwestern University is recruiting a Developer.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The frontend developer designs and develops modern, usable interfaces for Northwestern University Libraries' Hydra-based digital repositories with input from end-users. A critical member of the software development and administration team in Repository and Digital Curation, this position will spearhead our usability initiatives translating requirements and concepts into mockups, developing frontend style guides to enable rapid development, conducting ad-hoc usability studies, and writing standards-compliant code.

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"Content-Based Video Retrieval in Historical Collections of the German Broadcasting Archive"

Posted in Digital Archives and Special Collections, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Digital Media on February 17th, 2017

Markus Mühling et al. have self-archived "Content-Based Video Retrieval in Historical Collections of the German Broadcasting Archive."

Here's an excerpt:

The German Broadcasting Archive (DRA) maintains the cultural heritage of radio and television broadcasts of the former German Democratic Republic (GDR). The uniqueness and importance of the video material stimulates a large scientific interest in the video content. In this paper, we present an automatic video analysis and retrieval system for searching in historical collections of GDR television recordings. It consists of video analysis algorithms for shot boundary detection, concept classification, person recognition, text recognition and similarity search. The performance of the system is evaluated from a technical and an archival perspective on 2,500 hours of GDR television recordings

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Countway Research Data Services Librarian at Harvard University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on February 17th, 2017

Harvard University is recruiting a Countway Research Data Services Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Countway Research Data Services Librarian is a newly defined position in the Countway Library of Medicine and will play a central role in the development and provision of HMS (Harvard Medical School) services for access, use, manipulation, and management of qualitative and quantitative datasets acquired or generated by researchers. Reporting to the Harvard Library RDM Program Manager, the Data Services Librarian will work closely with others within the Harvard Library to create a strong, new data services program throughout all stages of the research data life cycle.

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PLOS Releases Ambra Journal Publishing Software Under MIT License

Posted in Open Access, Open Source Software, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on February 17th, 2017

PLOS has released its Ambra publishing journal software under the MIT License.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

This isn’t the first time Ambra was available to those looking for a journal publishing platform. Under continuous development since 2009, Ambra was a monolithic Struts webapp offered as open source since its beginning. In 2012, PLOS began a project to re-architect Ambra as a service-oriented, multi-component stack. PLOS has been actively using, testing, and improving these new components in its journal platform since 2013, and in early 2016 we replaced the legacy Ambra webapp in its entirety. Having sorted through some minor license incompatibilities and put together documentation and quickstart guides, we’re proud to release Ambra under the MIT License

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