LEARN Toolkit of Best Practice for Research Data Management

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on April 5th, 2017

LEARN has released the LEARN Toolkit of Best Practice for Research Data Management.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

For research performing organisations, this deluge of data presents many challenges in areas such as policy and skills development, training, costs and governance. To help address these issues, today LEARN is publishing the final draft of its Toolkit of Best Practice for Research Data Management.

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Communications Specialist at Texas Digital Library

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on April 4th, 2017

The Texas Digital Library is recruiting a Communications Specialist.

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Develop and implement communications and member recruitment plans targeting multiple audiences, in collaboration with Executive Director and other team members. Manage promotional campaigns from conception to completion. Manage the development, distribution and maintenance of all external-facing print and electronic collateral, including multiple web sites, social media channels, e-newsletters, brochures, and press releases.

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US Library Survey 2016

Posted in Libraries, Reports and White Papers, Research Libraries on April 4th, 2017

Ithaka S+R has released the US Library Survey 2016.

Here's an excerpt:

Library directors are pursuing strategic directions with a decreasing sense of support from their institutions. There is evidence across the survey that library directors feel increasingly less valued by, involved with, and aligned strategically with their supervisors and other senior academic leadership. Compared with the previous survey cycle in 2013, fewer library directors perceive that they are a part of their institution’s senior academic leadership and that they share the same vision for the library with their direct supervisor. Only about 20% of respondents agreed that the budget allocations they receive from their institution demonstrates recognition of the value of the library.

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Data Concepts Librarian at College of the Holy Cross

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on April 4th, 2017

The College of the Holy Cross is recruiting a Data Concepts Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to the Head of Research, Teaching & Learning, the Data Concepts Librarian will coordinate instructional and learning assessment initiatives within the library, working closely with the Office of Assessment and other pertinent offices. He/she will initiate projects surrounding Research, Teaching and Learning data collection and management, and serve as liaison to one or more departments on campus. . . .He/she will collaborate with other academic services to engage students and faculty with data needs, will serve on Library committees, task forces, and working groups that address long-term challenges and opportunities as well as shorter-term operational issues for the libraries.

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"The Rise of Reading Analytics and the Emerging Calculus of Reader Privacy in the Digital World"

Posted in Libraries, Privacy, Research Libraries on April 4th, 2017

Clifford Lynch has published "The Rise of Reading Analytics and the Emerging Calculus of Reader Privacy in the Digital World" in First Monday.

Here's an excerpt:

This paper studies emerging technologies for tracking reading behaviors (“reading analytics”) and their implications for reader privacy, attempting to place them in a historical context. It discusses what data is being collected, to whom it is available, and how it might be used by various interested parties (including authors). I explore means of tracking what’s being read, who is doing the reading, and how readers discover what they read. The paper includes two case studies: mass-market e-books (both directly acquired by readers and mediated by libraries) and scholarly journals (usually mediated by academic libraries); in the latter case I also provide examples of the implications of various authentication, authorization and access management practices on reader privacy. While legal issues are touched upon, the focus is generally pragmatic, emphasizing technology and marketplace practices.

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Digital Curation News (4/3/2017) #digitalcuration #digitalpreservation #datamanagement #researchdata #rdm

Posted in Digital Curation News on April 3rd, 2017

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Digitization Project Manager at Atlanta University Center, Robert W. Woodruff Library

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on April 3rd, 2017

The Atlanta University Center, Robert W. Woodruff Library is recruiting a Digitization Project Manager.

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This is a newly created full-time grant-funded position. The incumbent will serve as a liaison with partner institutions Morehouse College, Spelman College, and the Digital Library of Georgia (DLG), to gather and prepare collections for digitization, preparing RFP’s, coordinating with vendors, working with DLG staff on metadata creation, creating online digital collection, and prepare promotion and marketing of the project. The grant is extended over a three year period.

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"Reference Rot in the Repository: A Case Study of Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs) in an Academic Library"

Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Institutional Repositories on April 3rd, 2017

Mia Massicott and Kathleen Botter have published "Reference Rot in the Repository: A Case Study of Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs) in an Academic Library" in Information Technology and Libraries.

Here's an excerpt:

This study examines ETDs deposited during the period 2011-2015 in an institutional repository, to determine the degree to which the documents suffer from reference rot, that is, linkrot plus content drift. The authors converted and examined 664 doctoral dissertations in total, extracting 11,437 links, finding overall that 77% of links were active, and 23% exhibited linkrot. A stratified random sample of 49 ETDs was performed which produced 990 active links, which were then checked for content drift based on mementos found in the Wayback Machine. Mementos were found for 77% of links, and approximately half of these, 492 of 990, exhibited content drift. The results serve to emphasize not only the necessity of broader awareness of this problem, but also to stimulate action on the preservation front.

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Digital Scholarship Librarian at Baylor University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on April 3rd, 2017

Baylor University is recruiting a Digital Scholarship Librarian .

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  • Investigates and evaluates emerging tools and technologies related to digital scholarship (DS)
  • Plans and implements new services and maintains current services to support digitally-enriched scholarship across the university based on current standards, best practices, and user needs
  • Assists researchers in planning effective, innovative, and sustainable digital projects
  • Partners with faculty to develop strategies to integrate DS into the curriculum

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A Tour of the Research Data Management (RDM) Service Space. The Realities of Research Data Management, Part 1

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Research Libraries on April 3rd, 2017

OCLC Research has released A Tour of the Research Data Management (RDM) Service Space. The Realities of Research Data Management, Part 1.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

The Realities of Research Data Management is a four-part series that explores how research universities are addressing the challenge of managing research data throughout the research lifecycle.

In this introductory report, we provide some brief background on the emergence of RDM as a focus for research support services within higher education, and present a simple framework describing three major components of the RDM service space:

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Librarian, Scholarly Communications and Learning Support at Royal Roads University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on March 31st, 2017

Royal Roads University is recruiting a Librarian, Scholarly Communications and Learning Support.

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As a part of the Library team, the Librarian, in close consultation and cooperation with other units as well as other library staff, will help develop, support, and advance a range of scholarly communication services provided by the Royal Roads University Library.

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"Organization and Delivery of Scholarly Communications Services by Academic and Research Libraries in the United Kingdom: Observations from Across the Pond"

Posted in Open Access, Research Libraries on March 31st, 2017

Christine Fruin has published "Organization and Delivery of Scholarly Communications Services by Academic and Research Libraries in the United Kingdom: Observations from Across the Pond" in the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication.

Here's an excerpt:

There are three primary takeaways from the experience of U.K. scholarly communication practitioners for U.S. librarians: increase collaboration with offices of research, reconsider current organization and delegation of scholarly communication services, and increase involvement in legislative and policy-making activity in the U.S. with respect to access to research.

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