"Measuring Scientific Impact Beyond Citation Counts"

Posted in Publishing, Scholarly Journals, Scholarly Metrics on September 16th, 2016

Robert M. Patton, Christopher G. Stahl and Jack C. Wells have published "Measuring Scientific Impact Beyond Citation Counts" in D-Lib Magazine.

Here's an excerpt:

The measurement of scientific progress remains a significant challenge exasperated by the use of multiple different types of metrics that are often incorrectly used, overused, or even explicitly abused. Several metrics such as h-index or journal impact factor (JIF) are often used as a means to assess whether an author, article, or journal creates an "impact" on science. Unfortunately, external forces can be used to manipulate these metrics thereby diluting the value of their intended, original purpose. This work highlights these issues and the need to more clearly define "impact" as well as emphasize the need for better metrics that leverage full content analysis of publications.

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Analyst Programmer 1 at University of Oregon

Posted in Library IT Jobs on September 15th, 2016

The University of Oregon is recruiting a Analyst Programmer 1.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to the Director, Library Systems, the purpose of this position is to provide programming expertise to develop, modify, and maintain programs and applications within a framework of established procedures and specifications. The incumbent applies judgment in devising programming logic and selecting and adapting standard programming procedures, obtaining advice and direction as needed.

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Walt Crawford: "Ethics and Access"

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on September 15th, 2016

Walt Crawford has released "Ethics and Access."

Here's an excerpt:

The last ETHICS AND ACCESS piece appeared in December 2015—not only a whole-issue essay but a long one at that. This one will also make up a whole issue (partly because I'm spending more time investigating "gray OA") but be shorter. As before, it will cover a lot of ground and may seem somewhat random. But no exclamation points.

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Digital Scholarship Outreach Librarian at Michigan State University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on September 15th, 2016

Michigan State University is recruiting a Digital Scholarship Outreach Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to the Head of the Digital Scholarship & Curation Unit, outreach, branding and coordination of digital scholarship services will be a significant and immediate focus for this position. Growth and assessment of services are longer-term goals.

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Public Knowledge Project: Report to the Community 2015/2016

Posted in Open Access, Open Source Software on September 15th, 2016

The Public Knowledge Project has released Report to the Community 2015/2016.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

Highlights include:

  • New grant awards from MacArthur, CIRA, and MediaX
  • Continued progress on Open Journal Systems 3.0
  • The release of Open Monograph Press 1.2
  • The integration of user experience design into our development workflow
  • Ongoing development and improvement of our XML parsing stack’s accuracy
  • Initiating the open access publishing cooperative study
  • Launching the new PKP Index and PKP LOCKSS Network
  • The 5th PKP Conference in Vancouver

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"State of the Union 2016: Commission Proposes Modern EU Copyright Rules for European Culture to Flourish and Circulate"

Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars on September 15th, 2016

The European Commission has released "State of the Union 2016: Commission Proposes Modern EU Copyright Rules for European Culture to Flourish and Circulate."

Here's an excerpt:

"I want journalists, publishers and authors to be paid fairly for their work, whether it is made in studios or living rooms, whether it is disseminated offline or online, whether it is published via a copying machine or commercially hyperlinked on the web."—President Juncker, State of the Union 2016

Read more about it at: "EU Announces Absolutely Ridiculous Copyright Proposal That Will Chill Innovation, Harm Creativity"; "EU Digital Copyright Reform Proposals Slammed as Regressive"; and "EU Copyright Plans a Big Win for Old Media, But Public Concerns Ignored."

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Project Management & Digital Collections Support at UC San Diego

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on September 14th, 2016

UC San Diego is recruiting a Project Management & Digital Collections Support staff member.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Responsible for digital library project management, including but not limited to project milestone tracking, budget management, timeline development, in-house digitization work and QA/QC processes. Participates actively in DLDP staff meetings, the Digital Library Operations Group, and other groups as needed.

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"Rachel Frick named Executive Director, OCLC Research Library Partnership"

Posted in OCLC, People in the News on September 14th, 2016

OCLC has released "Rachel Frick named Executive Director, OCLC Research Library Partnership."

Here's an excerpt:

Frick will lead the program of OCLC Research that undertakes significant, innovative, collective action to benefit scholars and researchers. In this role, she will direct a team of program officers who are widely recognized for their efforts to advance innovation, learning, and connecting libraries to the future.

Frick has nearly 20 years of broad-based library experience, most recently with the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) where she was Director of Business Development. In this position, she worked on DPLA's sustainability plan and forged new relationships and strategic partnerships to build DPLA's visibility and impact, such as the Open eBooks program. . . .

Prior to her work at DPLA, Frick served as the Digital Library Federation (DLF) Program Director at the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) for four years. In her capacity as DLF Director, she was instrumental in building a large and diverse community of practitioners, working to advance research, teaching and learning through the application of digital library research, technology and services.

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Applications Analyst at Triangle Research Libraries Network

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on September 14th, 2016

The Triangle Research Libraries Network is recruiting an Applications Analyst.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

This position will play a major role in the support of both established and emerging technology-focused projects. While the primary purpose of the position is development, implementation and maintenance, the Applications Analyst also will be involved in the design and evaluation of these projects, working with TRLN staff and programmatic councils to set priorities and to evaluate and communicate progress.

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"Hybrid Open Access—A Longitudinal Study"

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on September 14th, 2016

Mikael Laakso and Bo-Christer Bj√∂rk have published "Hybrid Open Access—A Longitudinal Study" in the Journal of Informetrics.

Here's an excerpt:

This study estimates the development of hybrid open access (OA), i.e. articles published openly on the web within subscription-access journals. Included in the study are the five largest publishers of scholarly journals; Elsevier, Springer, Wiley-Blackwell, Taylor & Francis, and Sage. Since no central indexing or standardized metadata exists for identifying hybrid OA an explorative bottom-up methodological approach was developed. The individual search and filtering features of each publisher website and a-priori availability of data were leveraged to the extent possible. The results indicate a strong sustained growth in the volume of articles published as hybrid OA during 2007 (666 articles) to 2013 (13 994 articles). The share of hybrid articles was at 3.8% of total published articles for the period of 2011-2013 for journals with at least one identified hybrid OA article. Journals within the Scopus discipline categorization of Health and Life Sciences, in particular the field of Medicine, were found to be among the most frequent publishers of hybrid OA content. The study surfaces the many methodological challenges involved in obtaining metrics regarding hybrid OA, a growing business for journal publishers as science policy pressures for reduced access barriers to research publications.

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Web Services Coordinator at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Posted in Library IT Jobs on September 13th, 2016

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is recruiting a Web Services Coordinator.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

This position is responsible for coordinating strategy and direction of the University Library's web content management platform as well as overarching Library web presence. Working with the Library Content and Web Teams, the Web Services Coordinator organizes integration of a variety of web-related technologies into a coherent Library user experience.

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"Collaborative Academic Library Digital Collections Post-Cambridge University Press, HathiTrust and Google Decisions on Fair Use"

Posted in Copyright, Digitization, Mass Digitizaton, Research Libraries on September 13th, 2016

Michelle M. Wu has published "Collaborative Academic Library Digital Collections Post-Cambridge University Press, HathiTrust and Google Decisions on Fair Use" in the Journal of Copyright in Education and Librarianship.

Here's an excerpt:

Academic libraries face numerous stressors as they seek to meet the needs of their users through technological advances while adhering to copyright laws. This paper seeks to explore one specific proposal to balance these interests, the impact of recent decisions on its viability, and the copyright challenges that remain after these decisions

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