"Back to the Past: On the Shoulders of an Academic Search Engine Giant"

Posted in Google and Other Search Engines, Scholarly Metrics on April 1st, 2016

Alberto Martin-Martin et al. have self-archived "Back to the Past: On the Shoulders of an Academic Search Engine Giant."

Here's an excerpt:

A study released by the Google Scholar team found an apparently increasing fraction of citations to old articles from studies published in the last 24 years (1990-2013). To demonstrate this finding we conducted a complementary study using a different data source (Journal Citation Reports), metric (aggregate cited half-life), time spam (2003-2013), and set of categories (53 Social Science subject categories and 167 Science subject categories). Although the results obtained confirm and reinforce the previous findings, the possible causes of this phenomenon keep unclear. We finally hypothesize that first page results syndrome in conjunction with the fact that Google Scholar favours the most cited documents are suggesting the growing trend of citing old documents is partly caused by Google Scholar.

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    Web Services Librarian at University of Montana

    Posted in Library IT Jobs on March 31st, 2016

    The University of Montana is recruiting a Web Services Librarian.

    Here's an excerpt from the ad:

    Reporting to the Head of the Information and Research Services Division, the Web Services Librarian will also provide research and instruction services to faculty, students, and staff, and will partner with faculty to develop and expand online library services to support research and the educational mission of the University.

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      "Transforming Roles: Canadian Academic Librarians Embedded in Faculty Research Projects"

      Posted in Research Libraries on March 31st, 2016

      College & Research Libraries has released an e-print of "Transforming Roles: Canadian Academic Librarians Embedded in Faculty Research Projects."

      Here's an excerpt:

      This article describes how a selected sample of Canadian academic librarians became embedded in faculty research projects and describes their experiences of participating in research teams. Conducted as a series of semi-structured interviews, this qualitative study illustrates the emerging opportunities and challenges of the librarian-researcher role and how it is transforming the Canadian university library.

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        Digital Projects Coordinator at Virginia Tech

        Posted in Digital Library Jobs on March 31st, 2016

        Virginia Tech is recruiting a Digital Projects Coordinator.

        Here's an excerpt from the ad:

        The Digital Projects Coordinator manages projects for the newly launched Digital Imaging Service serving the campus as well as regional museums and archives. . . . The successful candidate will have the opportunity to help establish and expand a nascent digitization program at a Carnegie R1: Research University and ARL member library, work with diverse collections such as historic archival materials and artifacts, fascinating biodiversity specimens such as fossils, insects, and minerals, while also exploring the application of new technologies such as 3D imaging and representation.

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          "Migrating 2 and 3D Datasets: Preserving AutoCAD at the Archaeology Data Service"

          Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on March 31st, 2016

          Katie Green, Kieron Niven, and Georgina Field have published "Migrating 2 and 3D Datasets: Preserving AutoCAD at the Archaeology Data Service" in the ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information.

          Here's an excerpt:

          The lessons learnt during the largescale CAD migration process presented in this paper provide an important insight into the digital preservation component of Research Data Management practice.

          While the overall migration process presented in this paper was not a strict migration according to the OAIS model and in many cases essentially involved "re-archiving" data, the exercise itself was necessary for the long-term preservation of the data and was undertaken in such a way as to achieve the best possible outcome for both the ADS and data consumers. While elements of the process were both laborious and time consuming (and therefore costly), as a result of having to reassess original files in the SIP, this highlights the benefits of normalizing data at the point of ingest and the production of homogenous AIPs to stable, reliable standards and formats, reaffirming the importance of professional Research Data Management and preservation practices.

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            Humanities and Digital Scholarship Librarian at MIT

            Posted in Digital Library Jobs on March 30th, 2016

            MIT is recruiting a Humanities and Digital Scholarship Librarian .

            Here's an excerpt from the ad:

            Will help design and implement a skills-building educational program in research methods, new research tools, data management, collaborative scholarship platforms, and digital presentation/publishing; engage with library and scholarly organizations to further knowledge of trends and issues related to humanities scholarship in order to contribute to strategic change; serve as a liaison for history and selected other humanities subjects, delivering a program of services and products to support faculty and student success in research, teaching, and learning; provide instruction in research skills and strategies, collaborate and consult on digital projects, develop customized resources to support student learning, and ensure that constituencies can make effective use of library services and resources; and collaborate on selecting resources, providing reference services, and participating on cross-unit projects.

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              Knowledge Unbound: Selected Writings on Open Access, 2002-2011

              Posted in Scholarly Communication on March 30th, 2016

              The MIT Press has released Knowledge Unbound: Selected Writings on Open Access, 2002-2011 by Peter Suber.

              Here's an excerpt:

              This book is a selection of my writings on OA, mostly from the newsletter [Free Online Scholarship Newsletter/SPARC Open Access Newsletter]. The hardest part of putting it together was deciding what to omit. Our first whack at a selection was much too large for a single volume and we had to cut more than 20 whole essays. Our second whack was more feasible, but by the time we agreed on it I'd written half a dozen new articles and wanted to include a few of them.

              In the end, we selected these 44 pieces published between March 2002 and March 2011. I've abridged some to minimize repetition, but haven't otherwise modified the texts.

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                Digital Assets Specialist at Library of Congress

                Posted in Digital Library Jobs on March 30th, 2016

                The Library of Congress is recruiting a Digital Assets Specialist.

                Here's an excerpt from the ad:

                The position serves as the Digital Assets Specialist in the American Folklife Center (AFC) within Library Services and reports directly to the VHP Collections Head. The purpose of this position is to oversee the administration of VHP's digital asset management program, including developing and managing bom-digital and reformatted collection processing workflows.

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                  How Readers Discover Content in Scholarly Publications

                  Posted in Publishing, Reports and White Papers, Research Libraries, Research Tools, Scholarly Journals on March 30th, 2016

                  Simon Inger Consulting Ltd has released How Readers Discover Content in Scholarly Publications.

                  Here's an excerpt:

                  This report is the output of a large-scale survey of readers of scholarly publications (n=40439) and their behaviour in the discovery of journal articles and online books. The survey was conducted during October, November, and December of 2015. While usage statistics and analytics gathered by publishers, libraries and intermediaries can give us a partial view of discovery behaviour, there are many gaps in the knowledge that these can provide which we have endeavoured to fill by aski ng readers what tools they use in discovery.

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                    Digital Archive Project Librarian at University of Texas at Austin

                    Posted in Digital Library Jobs on March 29th, 2016

                    The University of Texas at Austin is recruiting a Digital Archive Project Librarian. Terminates on 11/30/2017.

                    Here's an excerpt from the ad:

                    The Digital Archive Project Librarian creates and manages the digital production and ingest for the project to digitize and make available online the papers of Gabriel Garcia Marquez via the Center's digital asset management system, CONTENTdm.

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                      "Digital Piracy Debunked: A Short Note on Digital Threats and Intermediary Liability"

                      Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars on March 29th, 2016

                      The Center for Internet and Society has released "Digital Piracy Debunked: A Short Note on Digital Threats and Intermediary Liability."

                      Here's an excerpt:

                      This short paper shows that the "digital threat" discourse is based on shaky grounds. Two related arguments might run against this approach. First, market conditions might incentivise piracy. Additionally, there are raising doubts over the argument that piracy is a threat to creativity, especially in the digital environment.

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                        Digital Library Software Developer at UCLA

                        Posted in Digital Library Jobs on March 29th, 2016

                        UCLA is recruiting a Digital Library Software Developer.

                        Here's an excerpt from the ad:

                        Under the direction of the Digital Library Architect, the Digital Library Software Developer (DLSD) provides systems analysis and programming to develop custom software programs with source data from a locally-developed legacy Digital Assets Management System (DAMS) and Fedora Commons open source DAMS.

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