Emory University Receives Grant for Digital Publishing Services for Humanities Faculty

Posted in Digital Humanities, Grants, Research Libraries on July 7th, 2016

Emory University has been awarded a $1.2 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for its Digital Publishing Services for Humanities Faculty project.

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Digital Projects Librarian at University of Alabama

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on July 7th, 2016

The University of Alabama is recruiting a Digital Projects Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to the Head of Web Services, this position is primarily responsible for development, implementation, and project management of technology projects in a collaborative environment, as well as supporting the development and management of the UA Libraries various web interfaces. This position will also act as primary administrator for LibApps and similar cloud-based library application suites.

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"Rewarding Open Access Scholarship in Promotion And Tenure: Driving Institutional Change"

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Research Libraries on July 7th, 2016

Jere Odell, Heather Coates, and Kristi Palmer have published "Rewarding Open Access Scholarship in Promotion And Tenure: Driving Institutional Change" in College & Research Libraries News.

Here's an excerpt:

Here we describe the efforts of one institution, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), to reward OA scholarship in the P&T process. With librarians as advocates, participants, and change agents, IUPUI has become one of the first to include OA as a value in its P&T guidelines.

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Web and Application Programmer at University of Pittsburgh

Posted in Library IT Jobs on July 6th, 2016

The University of Pittsburgh is recruiting a Web and Application Programmer.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Web and Application Programmer is a technical position which requires knowledge and skills in HTML, PHP, XML and MySQL. The ideal candidate would have exposure to a variety of platforms, operating systems and software solutions including content management systems such as Drupal and WordPress, information architecture principles and usability issues.

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"Measuring the Impact of Digitized Theses: A Case Study from the London School of Economics"

Posted in Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs), Open Access, Research Libraries on July 6th, 2016

Linda Bennett and Dimity Flanagan have published "Measuring the Impact of Digitized Theses: A Case Study from the London School of Economics" in Insights: the UKSG Journal.

Here's an excerpt:

This study tests the assertion that the online dissemination of theses has a positive impact on the research profile of the institution and sets out to gain a greater understanding of how digital theses fit into the scholarly resources landscape. The year-long study combined primary and secondary research and was undertaken with the London School of Economics, based on its programme of theses digitization. The paper outlines the types of metrics an institution may use to measure the impact of its corpus of digitized dissertations and examines how these metrics may be generated. Findings included: a higher volume of theses attracts more traffic; Google's strong indexing capabilities make it the most frequently used tool for discovery of digital theses; primary conclusions are that there is little correlation between downloads and citations of digitized theses; having a digital thesis collection enhances the reputation of the institution; although they recognize that digital theses are a valuable research tool, postgraduates and academics widely believe that making them available affects future publication opportunities; building and maintaining a digital thesis collection makes considerable 'hidden' work for librarians in terms of training about copyright and permissions. Some conclusions: better statistics are needed, especially of citations; institutions need to promote digital thesis collections better; more work needs to be done on whether digitizing theses impairs authors' chances of traditional publication and on how digital theses affect and are affected by the open access movement.

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Digital Library Architect at Emory University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on July 6th, 2016

Emory University is recruiting a Digital Library Architect.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to the Director of Library Technology and Digital Strategies, and partnering with the Digital Library Program Coordinator and central IT resources, the Digital Library Architect will provide technical leadership for Emory University's Digital Library. This position will assist in product development of a digital preservation repository based on the Hydra framework, transition of the repository into an operationalized service, and once operationalized will assume responsibility for the daily operations of the Digital Library's applications and technical infrastructure.

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"Gathering the Needles: Evaluating the Impact of Gold Open Access Content with Traditional Subscription Journals"

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Research Libraries, Scholarly Journals on July 6th, 2016

Alison Bobal and Jill Emery have published "Gathering the Needles: Evaluating the Impact of Gold Open Access Content with Traditional Subscription Journals" in Insights: the UKSG Journal.

Here's an excerpt:

Utilizing the Project COUNTER Release 4 JR1-GOA report, two librarians explore these data in comparison to journal package subscriptions represented via the JR1 reports. This paper outlines the methodology and study undertaken at the Portland State University Library and the University of Nebraska Medical Center Library using these reports for the first time. The initial outcomes of the study are provided in various Tables for 2014 and 2015. The intent of the study was to provide both institutions with a baseline from which to do further study. In addition, some ideas are given for how these reports can be used in vendor negotiations going forward.

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DigitalKoans Posts Resume on 7/6/2016

Posted in Announcements on June 23rd, 2016

DigitalKoans posts will resume on 7/6/2016.

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"Towards Narrowing the Curation Gap—Theoretical Considerations and Lessons Learned from Decades of Practice"

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on June 23rd, 2016

Ana Sesartić, Andreas Fischlin, and Matthias Töwe ave published "Towards Narrowing the Curation Gap-Theoretical Considerations and Lessons Learned from Decades of Practice" in the ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information.

Here's an excerpt:

Research as a digital enterprise has created new, often poorly addressed challenges for the management and curation of research to ensure continuity, transparency, and accountability. There is a common misunderstanding that curation can be considered at a later point in the research cycle or delegated or that it is too burdensome or too expensive due to a lack of efficient tools. This creates a curation gap between research practice and curation needs. We argue that this gap can be narrowed if curators provide attractive support that befits research needs and if researchers consistently manage their work according to generic concepts consistently from the beginning. A rather uniquely long-term case study demonstrates how such concepts have helped to pragmatically implement a research practice intentionally using only minimalist tools for sustained, self-contained archiving since 1989. The paper sketches the concepts underlying three core research activities. (i) handling of research data, (ii) reference management as part of scholarly publishing, and (iii) advancing theories through modelling and simulation. These concepts represent a universally transferable best research practice, while technical details are obviously prone to continuous change. We hope it stimulates researchers to manage research similarly and that curators gain a better understanding of the curation challenges research practice actually faces.

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Digital Curation News (6/23/2016) #digitalcuration #digitalpreservation #datamanagement #researchdata #rdm

Posted in Digital Curation News on June 23rd, 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.

Systems Librarian at Boston Architectural College

Posted in Library IT Jobs on June 23rd, 2016

Boston Architectural College is recruiting a Systems Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The position of Systems Librarian is a full-time, exempt position of 40 hours per week providing technical support and oversight of library systems. The Systems Librarian manages all computer technology services, including the Voyager integrated library system.

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"Rethinking Authentication, Revamping the Business"

Posted in Authentication and Security, Libraries, Publishing, Research Libraries on June 23rd, 2016

Roger C. Schonfeld has published "Rethinking Authentication, Revamping the Business" in The Scholarly Kitchen.

Here's an excerpt:

While I have heard these arguments on and off this year, the meeting hosted by CCC [Copyright Clearance Center] made abundantly clear that there is great dissatisfaction with IP-based authentication across the community. Publishers want to move away from it due to their piracy concerns, their desire to improve seamlessness for researchers, and their expectations about the value they can offer through greater personalization. . . . And at least some academic librarians want to move away from it because of the poor user experience, especially with off-site access. Taking aim at IP authentication and proxy servers has become all the rage. But what might supplant them?

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