Director, Information Technologies and Services at Virginia Tech

Posted in Library IT Jobs on April 22nd, 2016

Virginia Tech is recruiting a Director, Information Technologies and Services.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to the Assistant Dean and Chief of Staff, the Director of Information Technology Services (IT Services) is responsible for the planning and management of the department's activities and employees. The Director provides managerial leadership and expertise in strategic technology management to enhance the growth and effectiveness of the Libraries' services.

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"Fracking the Ecosystem: Periodicals Price Survey 2016"

Posted in Publishing, Scholarly Journals, Serials Crisis on April 22nd, 2016

Stephen Bosch and Kittie Henderson have published "Fracking the Ecosystem: Periodicals Price Survey 2016" in Library Journal.

Here's an excerpt:

Accordingly, we have measured the 2015 price increases of more than 5,000 e-journal packages handled by EBSCO. Our analysis indicates an average e-journal package price increase of 5.8% to 6.3%, down slightly from last year's average of 6.6%.

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Valerie Hotchkiss Named as University Librarian at Vanderbilt University

Posted in ARL Libraries, People in the News, Research Libraries on April 22nd, 2016

Valerie Hotchkiss, Andrew S.G. Turyn Endowed Professor and Director of the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has been named as the University Librarian at Vanderbilt University.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

At the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Hotchkiss built visibility for the collections and promoted the study of primary resources as an integral part of the school's curriculum. . . . In addition, she served as editor-in-chief of Women in Print, a digital humanities publishing project of the University of Illinois Press. . . .

From 1993 to 2005, Hotchkiss was the J.S. Bridwell Foundation Endowed Librarian and professor of medieval studies at Southern Methodist University, where she raised more than $16 million for the library's endowment and introduced many new community initiatives. . . .

She also served as library director for Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary and was employed by Yale University's Divinity School Library. She earned three degrees—master of arts, master of philosophy, and doctorate in medieval studies—all from Yale. In addition, she earned a master of library science from Southern Connecticut State University.

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Digital Curation News (4/21/2016) #digitalcuration #digitalpreservation #datamanagement #researchdata #rdm

Posted in Digital Curation News on April 21st, 2016

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Web Applications Programmer at University of Rochester

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on April 21st, 2016

The University of Rochester is recruiting a Web Applications Programmer.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

This position will be responsible for various web development projects that serve the evolving needs of the faculty and students of the University. The primary responsibility is to develop cutting-edge websites and digital projects, in close collaboration with the rest of the team. The position reports to the Director of the Information Discovery Team.

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"The Open Access Interviews: Sir Timothy Gowers, Mathematician"

Posted in Disciplinary Archives, Open Access, Open Science, Publishing, Scholarly Journals, Self-Archiving on April 21st, 2016

Richard Poynder has published "The Open Access Interviews: Sir Timothy Gowers, Mathematician " in Open and Shut?.

Here's an excerpt:

The idea of arXiv overlay journals was in the air for a long time. I think one impulse behind Discrete Analysis was the very hostile reaction from many people to the setting up of the open access journal Forum of Mathematics by Cambridge University Press, which (after a three-year free period) charges £750 per article.

It seems that a large proportion of mathematicians are implacably opposed to article processing charges, no matter what assurances are given that authors themselves will never be expected to pay out of their own pocket, and that ability to pay will not affect the choice of which articles to publish.

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Digital Collections Librarian at Swarthmore College

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on April 21st, 2016

Swarthmore College is recruiting a Digital Collections Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

As a member of the Digital Initiatives and Scholarship Department, the Digital Collections Librarian will provide strategic and innovative leadership for the burgeoning digital asset management and preservation program of the Swarthmore College Libraries. The Digital Collections Librarian will be responsible for the planning, operations, and management of this program, and will manage the lifecycle of our digital assets and projects, from the acquisition or creation of digital objects to their long-term preservation.

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"Comparing Published Scientific Journal Articles to Their Pre-print Versions"

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals, Self-Archiving on April 21st, 2016

Martin Klein et al. have self-archived "Comparing Published Scientific Journal Articles to Their Pre-print Versions."

Here's an excerpt:

Academic publishers claim that they add value to scholarly communications by coordinating reviews and contributing and enhancing text during publication. . . . We have investigated the publishers' value proposition by conducting a comparative study of pre-print papers and their final published counterparts. This comparison had two working assumptions: 1) if the publishers' argument is valid, the text of a pre-print paper should vary measurably from its corresponding final published version, and 2) by applying standard similarity measures, we should be able to detect and quantify such differences. Our analysis revealed that the text contents of the scientific papers generally changed very little from their pre-print to final published versions.

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"Data Management Plan Requirements for Campus Grant Competitions: Opportunities for Research Data Services Assessment and Outreach"

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management on April 20th, 2016

Andrew M. Johnson and Shelley Knuth have published "Data Management Plan Requirements for Campus Grant Competitions: Opportunities for Research Data Services Assessment and Outreach" in the Journal of eScience Librarianship.

Here's an excerpt:

Objective: To examine the effects of research data services (RDS) on the quality of data management plans (DMPs) required for a campus-level faculty grant competition, as well as to explore opportunities that the local DMP requirement presented for RDS outreach. . . .

Results: Analyses showed that RDS consultations had a statistically significant effect on DMP scores. Differences between DMP scores for funded versus unfunded proposals and among disciplinary categories were not significant. The DMP requirement also provided a number of both expected and unexpected outreach opportunities for RDS services.

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John M. Unsworth Named as University of Virginia University Librarian and Dean of Libraries

Posted in ARL Libraries, People in the News, Research Libraries on April 20th, 2016

John M. Unsworth, Vice Provost, University Librarian, Chief Information Officer, and Professor of English at Brandeis University, has been named as the new University Librarian and Dean of Libraries at the University of Virginia .

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

He received his Ph.D. in English from UVA in 1988, and later in his career became a tenured associate professor of English at the University, as well the first director of UVA's Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities. Recognized as a pioneer in the field of digital humanities, he is the co-founder of the first peer-reviewed electronic journal in the humanities, Postmodern Culture.

Before going to Brandeis, Unsworth was dean of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he also held faculty appointments in library and information science, English, and library administration. His first faculty appointment was as an assistant professor in English at North Carolina State University.

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Digital Archivist at Stanford University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on April 20th, 2016

Stanford University is recruiting a Digital Archivist.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to the Digital Materials Manager, the Digital Archivist processes born-digital archival materials, helps develop a variety of digital workflows according to archival standards and methods, and supports the full range of functions of the digital curation and imaging lab.

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Digital Scholarship: 11 Years Later

Posted in Digital Scholarship Publications on April 20th, 2016

Digital Scholarship was established eleven years ago today by Charles W. Bailey, Jr. It has published open access digital and low-cost print works about digital copyright, digital curation, digital repository, open access, research data management, scholarly communication, and other digital information issues. All works have been under Creative Commons Attribution or Attribution-NonCommercial licenses.

From April 2005 through March 2016, Digital Scholarship has had over 16.4 million visitors from 232 counties, over 79 million file requests, and over 57.6 million page views. Excluding spiders, there have been over 9.9 million visitors from 232 counties, over 46.3 million file requests, and over 26 million page views.

DigitalKoans has been the most popular publication with over 12.3 million visitors, over 55.7 million file requests, and over 41 million page views. Excluding spiders, there have been over 7.5 million visitors, over 32.2 million file requests, and over 18.3 million page views. Over 7,800 DigitalKoans posts have been published, including over 375 Digital Curation News posts published since February 2013.

Bailey's Open Access Bibliography: Liberating Scholarly Literature with E-prints and Open Access Journals, which was originally published in 2005 by the Association of Research Libraries, has been another popular publication. Available as a paperback (from ARL), a PDF file, and a website with live links, it has had over 324,200 visitors, 690,900 file requests, and over 594,100 page views. Excluding spiders, there have been over 196,600 visitors, over 472,600 file requests, and over 386,200 page views.

The sequel to that book, Bailey's Transforming Scholarly Publishing through Open Access: A Bibliography (published in 2010 as a paperback, a PDF file, and a website with live links), has also been popular. it has had over 95,800 visitors, 689,000 file requests, and over 651,200 page views. Excluding spiders, there have been over 50,000 visitors, over 580,600 file requests, and over 550,500 page views.

For a complete list of Digital Scholarship's publications, see the Digital Scholarship Publications Overview.

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