Digital Project Archivist at SUNY Maritime College

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on August 15th, 2017

SUNY Maritime College is recruiting a Digital Project Archivist.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Stephen B. Luce Library of Maritime College seeks to hire a digital project archivist to oversee the digitization process in conjunction with a National Parks Service Maritime Heritage grant, "Telling the Stories of Sailors' Snug Harbor." The two year grant will allow the library to digitize at least 4,000 items from the Sailors' Snug Harbor archives, making them accessible to students and the public. Sailors' Snug Harbor was the first non-denominational retirement home in the country, giving retired sailors a safe haven from the 1830s until 2008. Its archives have resided at Maritime College since the 1970s.

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"Persistence Statements: Describing Digital Stickiness"

Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on August 15th, 2017

John Kunze et al. have published "Persistence Statements: Describing Digital Stickiness" in Data Science Journal.

Here's an excerpt:

In this paper we present a draft vocabulary for making "persistence statements." These are simple tools for pragmatically addressing the concern that anyone feels upon experiencing a broken web link. Scholars increasingly use scientific and cultural assets in digital form, but choosing which among many objects to cite for the long term can be difficult. There are few well-defined terms to describe the various kinds and qualities of persistence that object repositories and identifier resolvers do or don’t provide. Given an object's identifier, one should be able to query a provider to retrieve human- and machine-readable information to help judge the level of service to expect and help gauge whether the identifier is durable enough, as a sort of long-term bet, to include in a citation. The vocabulary should enable providers to articulate persistence policies and set user expectations.

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Digital Scholarship Librarian at Binghamton University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on August 15th, 2017

Binghamton University is recruiting a Digital Scholarship Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Digital Scholarship Librarian leads the development and implementation of library initiatives in support of current and emerging research, teaching and creative activities in digital scholarship on campus. This includes designing and presenting workshops on digital tools, resources and best practices on digital scholarship; coordinating the development and expansion of sustainable digital scholarship services at the Libraries; building partnerships with library faculty and campus departments; and establishing a community of practice for digital scholarship across campus.

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"De-Centering and Recentering Digital Scholarship: A Manifesto"

Posted in Research Libraries, Scholarly Communication on August 15th, 2017

Carolyn Moritz et al. have self-archived "De-Centering and Recentering Digital Scholarship: A Manifesto."

Here's an excerpt:

Digital scholarship is an evolving area of librarianship. In this piece we propose 10 theses, statements about what this kind of work DOES, rather than trying to define with it IS. We believe that digitally-inflected research and learning, and the characteristics they employ, are essential to the recentering of our profession's position in/across the academy. We also believe that the "digital scholarship center" has served its time, and that the activities and models for digital scholarship work are core to librarianship. This manifesto is meant to serve as a starting point for a necessary discussion, not an end-all, be-all. We hope others will write and share counter-manifestos, passionate responses, or affirming statements.

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Digital Archivist at Space Telescope Science Institute

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on August 11th, 2017

The Space Telescope Science Institute is recruiting a Digital Archivist.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The STScI Library is seeking a Digital Archivist to lead the institute's efforts in capturing and curating records of enduring value that highlight the historic milestones and achievements of the institute and its flagship missions through interoffice coordination and archive scheduling. The Digital Archivist will work independently under the general direction of the Chief Librarian.

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Lessons From History: The Copyright Office Belongs in the Library of Congress

Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars, Reports and White Papers, Research Libraries on August 11th, 2017

ALA has released Lessons From History: The Copyright Office Belongs in the Library of Congress.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

Prompted by persistent legislative and other proposals to remove the CO from the Library in both the current and most recent Congresses, [Alisa] Holahan's analysis comprehensively reviews the history of the locus of copyright activities from 1870 to the present day. In addition to providing a longer historical perspective, the Report finds that Congress has examined this issue at roughly 20-year intervals, declining to separate the CO and Library each time.

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Digital Projects Librarian at Western Michigan University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on August 11th, 2017

Western Michigan University is recruiting a Digital Projects Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

  • Serve as a leader in making decisions about the future of digitization in University Libraries.
  • Coordinate cross-departmental digital project workflows, supervise digitization staff, and develop individual project plans that include preservation and assessment measures.

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The Fate of Online Trust in the Next Decade

Posted in Digital Culture on August 11th, 2017

The Pew Research Center has released The Fate of Online Trust in the Next Decade .

Here's an excerpt:

Many experts say lack of trust will not be a barrier to increased public reliance on the internet. Those who are hopeful that trust will grow expect technical and regulatory change will combat users’ concerns about security and privacy. Those who have doubts about progress say people are inured to risk, addicted to convenience and will not be offered alternatives to online interaction. Some expect the very nature of trust will change.

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Systems Engineer at Washington University

Posted in Library IT Jobs on August 10th, 2017

Washington University’s recruiting a Systems Engineer.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to the Head of Library Technology Services at Washington University Libraries West Campus Library, the Systems Engineer will be responsible for creating a customer-first approach to building and maintaining library services and applications supporting the University’s mission. Platforms to be supported range from repository applications to resource discovery layers to related library systems, as well as emerging technologies in libraries such as data visualization platforms and instructional technologies.

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"Scientific Data From and for the Citizen"

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Open Science on August 10th, 2017

Sven Schade et al. have published "Scientific Data From and for the Citizen" in First Monday.

Here's an excerpt:

Powered by advances of technology, today's Citizen Science projects cover a wide range of thematic areas and are carried out from local to global levels. This wealth of activities creates an abundance of data, for example, in the forms of observations submitted by mobile phones; readings of low-cost sensors; or more general information about peoples’ activities. The management and possible sharing of this data has become a research topic in its own right. We conducted a survey in the summer of 2015 in order to collectively analyze the state of play in Citizen Science. This paper summarizes our main findings related to data access, standardization and data preservation. We provide examples of good practices in each of these areas and outline actions to address identified challenges.

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Web & Library Application Developer II at Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on August 10th, 2017

Worcester Polytechnic Institute is recruiting a Web & Library Application Developer II.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

We are seeking a new, talented Web & Library Applications Developer II to work closely with the IT Web Developers and library staff to deploy and support a Samvera (Hydra) and Fedora Commons Digital Asset Management System, to preserve student projects and cultural and historical data and collections. You will provide technical expertise for integration of other custom or vendor software systems and data with the Digital Asset Management System, eProjects,

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"Reflections on ‘Elsevier Acquires bepress’: Implications for Library Leaders"

Posted in E-Prints, Institutional Repositories, Open Access, Publishing, Research Libraries, Self-Archiving on August 10th, 2017

Roger C. Schonfeld has published "Reflections on 'Elsevier Acquires bepress': Implications for Library Leaders" in the Ithaka S+R blog

Here's an excerpt:

If this is the case, libraries adopting standalone institutional repositories are moving in exactly the wrong direction strategically. Instead, thinking more in terms of a workflow as are Elsevier and the Open Science Framework (and to some degree Digital Science) may be the strongest strategy. If this is so, then the urgent question facing institutional repository managers and strategists is how quickly and thoroughly they can integrate into one (or more) such workflows. And, while such integration may not require the kind of platform-first multi-tenant approach to repositories that Digital Commons and OSF Preprints each seems to have developed, it seems like a strong design approach.

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