VIVOweb Pilot Coordinator at Indiana University Digital Library Program

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on February 4th, 2010

The Indiana University Digital Library Program is recruiting a VIVOweb Pilot Coordinator (two-year position, with potential for renewal). (VIVOweb.)

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Performs project management and coordination as part of the VIVOweb project at Indiana University. Coordinates the setup, operation, and promotion of a pilot instance of the VIVOweb researcher information system at IU. Manages communication with internal data providers and pilot departments, schools, and centers. Works with the Digital Library Project Programmer and other IU staff to develop requirements for data importing mechanisms and for the core VIVOweb software. Communicates requirements for the core software to VIVOweb development leads at Indiana University, Cornell University, and the University of Florida. Maintains communication between the IU implementation team and implementation teams at other VIVOweb participant institutions. Develops user and technical documentation and conduct user training.

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    Hong Kong University Institutional Repository Uses Scopus API for Researcher Citation Data

    Posted in Institutional Repositories on February 4th, 2010

    Researcher pages in Hong Kong University's institutional repository will be updated with citation data generated by Elsevier's Scopus API.

    Here's an excerpt from the press release:

    The Scopus API offers users the opportunity to creatively interact with Scopus data by building mashups. It also allows access and usage of Scopus data inside and outside of the traditional library domain through applications based on the API. The API returns Scopus data in a format that easily integrates into an application or a web site. The majority of Scopus data is already available through the API, which can currently be used to request very specific information about article references, citations and affiliations.

    HKU is the first institution to show Scopus h-index, and counts of citations, documents, and co-authors for each current HKU author across the institution, in its local institutional repository, The HKU Scholars Hub (The Hub). These details are shown on The Hub ResearcherPages, an expert profiling system which showcases the research of each current HKU author. HKU uses the Scopus API to build these pages, and update them in real time.

    The Scopus search API draws on live data from Scopus, the world's largest abstract and citation database. By using the API, HKU is able to populate The Hub with real-time Scopus information, increasing accuracy and enriching data with valuable citation information. The API also enables HKU to highlight its overall performance and automate the process of keeping faculty publication lists up to date through continuous electronic tracking of individual researcher output. Research metrics cumulated by paper, and by author, are brought seamlessly into The Hub and displayed on appropriate records. This flexibility is a result of a recent enhancement to the Scopus API which allows for easier and more scalable ways of implementing citation counts to instantly enrich the content available on a given platform. . . .

    HKU plans to further enhance ResearcherPages to display other output and citation details and expects there will be new opportunities to leverage the results in key activities such as the grant application process. HKU is also using the additional bibliometric data from Scopus and others to prepare for an impending Research Assessment Exercise.

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      "Building a Sustainable Framework for Open Access to Research Data through Information and Communication Technologies"

      Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Open Access on February 3rd, 2010

      Gideon Emcee Christian has self-archived "Building a Sustainable Framework for Open Access to Research Data through Information and Communication Technologies" in SSRN.

      Here's an excerpt:

      The growth in information and communication technology (ICT) has brought about increased pace in information and knowledge exchange. This increased pace is being fueled in large part by the open exchange of information. The pressure for open access to research data is gaining momentum in virtually every field of human endeavour. Data is the life blood of science and quite unsurprisingly data repositories are rapidly becoming an essential component of the infrastructure of the global science system. Improved access to data will transform the way research is conducted. It will create new opportunities and avenues for improved efficiency in dealing with social, economic and scientific challenges facing humanity.

      Despite the admitted benefits of open access to research data, the concept is still weighed down by series of factors both legal and ethical which must be resolved in other to derive the maximum benefits arising from open access to data. The resolution of these issues will require the development of a sustainable framework to facilitate access to and use of research data by researchers, academics institutions, private individuals and other users. This research paper examines the legal and ethical issues affecting open access to research data. The research also examined various frameworks for enhancing open access to research data. Such frameworks include the open data contract, open content licenses as well as open data commons.

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        Web Services Librarian at SUNY Potsdam

        Posted in Library IT Jobs on February 3rd, 2010

        The SUNY Potsdam College Libraries are recruiting a Web Services Librarian. Salary: $45,000.

        Here's an excerpt from the ad (posting #0600117):

        In this environment, the Web Services Librarian will manage the College Libraries' website, promote innovation and responsiveness in the Libraries' web design, coordinate all decision-making regarding the site, and maintain positive and collaborative working relationships with other campus technology staff. The Web Services Librarian will also have responsibility for staff-side maintenance of the Libraries' online information resources, which currently include research databases on multiple platforms, products in the SerialsSolutions suite, LibGuides, QuestionPoint, and others. As a holistic member of the library staff working in a team environment, secondary responsibilities of the Web Services Librarian may include reference, instruction, archives, and/or collection development. Specific work assignments will depend upon the strengths and interests of a successful candidate and the evolving needs of the institution.

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          EasyDeposit, Toolkit for Creating SWORD Deposit Interfaces, Released

          Posted in Digital Repositories, Institutional Repositories, Open Source Software, Self-Archiving on February 3rd, 2010

          Stuart Lewis has released EasyDeposit, a toolkit for creating SWORD deposit interfaces.

          Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

          EasyDeposit allows you to create customised SWORD deposit interfaces by configuring a set of 'steps'. A typical flow of steps may be: login, select a repository, enter some metadata, upload a file, verify the information is correct, perform the deposit, send a confirmation email. Alternatively a deposit flow may just require a file to be uploaded and a title entered. A configuration file is used to list the steps you require.

          EasyDeposit makes use of the CodeIgniter MVC PHP framework. This means each 'step' is made up of two files: a 'controller' which looks after the validation and processing of any data entered, and a 'view' which controls the web page that a user sees. This separation of concerns makes it easy for web programmers to edit the controllers, and web designers to tinker with the look and feel of the interface in the views.

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            Mellon Digital Initiatives Coordinator at Five Colleges of Ohio

            Posted in Digital Library Jobs on February 3rd, 2010

            The Five Colleges of Ohio are recruiting a Mellon Digital Initiatives Coordinator (two-year position).

            Here's an excerpt from the ad:

            The Five Colleges of Ohio consortium seeks nominations and applications for the position of Mellon Digital Initiatives Coordinator, a challenging and wide-ranging position with responsibilities to help lead the consortium in developing a collaborative infrastructure for our digital initiatives. This full-time, two-year position, funded as part of the Next-Generation Library project supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, will report to the NGL Project Director and the NGL Technical Infrastructure committee chair. To read about the grant, go here: The Mellon Digital Initiatives Coordinator will work closely with a NGL Infrastructure Committee and NGL Steering Committee in carrying out the goals of the grant, including: training and coordination of professional development opportunities for staff in digitization technologies, metadata creation, and digital project workflow management; recommending appropriate software and hardware purchases to support digitization projects; designing model workflows and documentation for local and consortial digitization projects; and working in collaboration with other project staff to customize existing digital collections and collection interfaces. The Mellon Digital Initiatives Coordinator will also collaborate with consortial staff to develop a NGL project web space to facilitate staff communication, project documentation, and training. The site will also serve as a public portal to showcase digital collections, project best practices, and pedagogical applications utilizing the collections. The home-base office for the position could be at any of the consortial colleges, although Oberlin College is the preferred location. Frequent travel to other consortial sites and extensive use of web-based communications, ensuring that all five campuses receive the support they need, will be essential parts of the position.

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              Wake Forest University Library Faculty Adopt Open Access Policy

              Posted in Libraries, Open Access on February 3rd, 2010

              The library faculty of the Z. Smith Reynolds Library, Wake Forest University have unanimously adopted an open access policy.

              Here's an excerpt from the policy:

              Each faculty member grants Wake Forest University the right to archive and make publicly available the full text of the author’s final version of scholarly works via the University’s open access institutional repository. This provides the University the nonexclusive, worldwide, irrevocable, royalty-free license to preserve and redistribute the work. When publisher agreements do not automatically grant permission to archive the author’s final version, the faculty commit to negotiating for such rights. Faculty members will submit an electronic version of the author’s final version in an appropriate format as soon as possible, respecting some publishers’ requests for embargo.

              Furthermore, the faculty endeavor to publish their scholarship in open access venues when possible, or alternately to seek the right to archive the final published version in lieu of the author's final version.

              This policy will apply to all scholarship created while a member of the WFU faculty, excluding works previously accepted for publication and works for which authors entered into incompatible licensing or assignment agreements prior to the adoption of this policy, and excepting books and book chapters as necessary. The Dean of the Library will waive the application of the policy for future scholarship upon written notification from the author, who informs the Dean of the reason.

              Read more about it at "ZSR Library Faculty Adopt Open Access Policy."

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                "The Long and Winding Road to the Google Books Settlement"

                Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars, E-Books, Google and Other Search Engines, Mass Digitizaton, Publishing on February 2nd, 2010

                Jonathan Band has published "The Long and Winding Road to the Google Books Settlement" in The John Marshall Review of Intellectual Property Law.

                Here's an excerpt:

                In its Library Project, Google is scanning millions of books from the world's leading research libraries to include in a searchable database. This scanning has occurred without the copyright owners' authorization, leading to the class action copyright infringement lawsuit, Authors Guild v. Google, Inc. The central legal issue in the litigation is whether copyright law's fair use doctrine provides Google with a defense against the authors' claims. Ultimately, the parties reached a settlement. The proposed Settlement Agreement is an extremely complex document which, if approved by the court, will govern the future of the Google Library Project. It creates a mechanism that allows Google to scan and display the full text of millions of books. In exchange, Google will pay fees to each book's rightsholder. The proposed settlement has precipitated a heated public debate over competition concerns, privacy, intellectual freedom, and the rights of authors and publishers. This article traces the history of the Google Library Project and discusses in-depth the original Google Library Project, the litigation, the original Settlement Agreement, debate concerning the approval of the Settlement Agreement, and the Amended Settlement Agreement.

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                  Web Services Librarian at University of Colorado, Denver

                  Posted in Library IT Jobs on February 2nd, 2010

                  The University of Colorado, Denver Medical Library is recruiting a Web Services Librarian. Salary: $48,000 minimum based on qualifications and experience.

                  Here's an excerpt from the ad (posting number 807432):

                  The successful candidate will coordinate, develop and maintain electronic resources for the library. These resources include web resources provided by vendors, the library's web site, the library's intranet, and other electronic resources as required. The WSL works closely with the rest of the IT Unit to administer the library web server(s), and serves as administrator and coordinator for the web interface to the library's web OPAC. The WSL leads the library's internal advisory Web Committee. In addition, the WSL works with the library's Access Services and Information, Research & Outreach departments in troubleshooting end-user access to web resources. Supervision: Reporting to the library's Head of Information Technology, the WSL supervises one IT staff position, the Web Applications Developer.

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                    Paula T. Kaufman Named 2010 Hugh C. Atkinson Award Winner

                    Posted in ARL Libraries, People in the News on February 2nd, 2010

                    Paula T. Kaufman, Juanita J. and Robert E. Simpson Dean of Libraries and University Librarian at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has won the 2010 Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award, which is sponsored by ACRL, ALCTS, LLAMA, and LITA.

                    Here's an excerpt from the press release:

                    Named in honor of one of the pioneers of library automation, the Atkinson Award recognizes an academic librarian who has made significant contributions in the area of library automation or management and has made notable improvements in library services or research. . . .

                    Kaufman has held a variety of positions over the course of her career. In addition to serving as head of the Business and Economics Library and director of the Library Services group at Columbia University, she was acting head of the East Asian Library in 1982 and acting vice-president for information technology and university librarian from 1987-88. During her tenure at Columbia, Kaufman was involved in the development of the university's Scholarly Information Center, a merger of the library and academic information technology. In 1987, Kaufman resisted the FBI's request to report on the reading habits of Columbia library patrons with last names or accents from "hostile countries." Her actions were instrumental in making the FBI's Library Awareness Program public. Kaufman additionally served as dean of libraries at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville from 1988-99.

                    In her current position at UIUC, Kaufman has worked with the library faculty and staff to re-envision the future, form new alliances and cultivate an environment of creative problem solving. Under her direction, the library launched a highly successful capital campaign, established a formal preservation and conservation program, led the state of Illinois in digitizing collections, celebrated the library's 11 millionth volume and addressed the issues of how to support scholarship and teaching in the digital age through developing new models to deliver 21st-century services. In 2006, the provost of the University of Illinois tapped Kaufman to serve as the university's interim chief information officer. In this assignment, she increased communication among technology staff and reconnected the information technology department with the rest of the campus through focusing on its service mission.

                    She has additionally played key roles in governance and policymaking at a number of organizations, including serving on or leading the boards of directors of the Center for Research Libraries, the Association of Research Libraries, the Council of Library and Information Resources, the Committee on Institutional Cooperation, the Digital Library Federation and the Society for Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition.

                    Kaufman received her AB in Economics from Smith College, MBA from the University of New Haven and MS in Library Service from the School of Library Service at Columbia University.

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                      Associate University Librarian for Digital Initiatives & Information Technology at UCLA

                      Posted in Digital Library Jobs, Library IT Jobs on February 2nd, 2010

                      The UCLA Library is recruiting an Associate University Librarian for Digital Initiatives & Information Technology.

                      Here's an excerpt from the ad (requisition number: 14178):

                      Reporting to the University Librarian, the Associate University Librarian for Digital Initiatives & Information Technology is a senior administrator in the UCLA Library. The AUL has leadership, management, and policy and planning responsibilities for all digital initiatives and information technology services and operations and direct supervisory responsibility for four enterprise-wide departments dedicated to digital initiatives and information technology [Digital Library Program (DLP), Library Computing Services (LCS), Library Information Technology (LIT), and Library Web Services (LWS)] and has responsibility for oversight of services, operations, and programmatic initiatives of multiple Research Commons within the UCLA Library System. As the primary technology architect and planner for the Library, the incumbent uses his/her knowledge of current and emerging information technologies, protocols, and concepts to keep core application systems effective, evolving and nimble; to take advantage of innovative technical opportunities; to inform the Library management and staff of new technology options; to set strategic technology infrastructure directions and to ensure that the Library maintains a reliable, scalable, and sustainable server and networking infrastructure, robust public and staff computing services, vibrant web services, and expanding digital initiatives. Represents the Library on information technology groups on the UCLA campus, within the UC System, and externally, is expected to establish and maintain effective partnerships and collaborations, and serves as the primary spokesperson on issues and policies related to digital initiatives and information technology for the UCLA Library.

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                        PEER Behavioural Research: Authors and Users vis-à-vis Journals and Repositories; Baseline Report

                        Posted in Disciplinary Archives, Institutional Repositories, Open Access, Self-Archiving on February 2nd, 2010

                        The Publishing and the Ecology of European Research (PEER) project has released PEER Behavioural Research: Authors and Users vis-à-vis Journals and Repositories; Baseline Report.

                        Here's an excerpt from the press release:

                        The PEER Behavioural Research Team from Loughborough University (Department of Information Science & LISU) has completed its behavioural baseline report, which is based on an electronic survey of authors (and authors as users) with more than 3000 European researchers and a series of focus groups covering the Medical sciences; Social sciences, humanities & arts; Life sciences; and Physical sciences & mathematics. The objectives of the Behavioural Research within PEER are to:

                        • Track trends and explain patterns of author and user behaviour in the context of so called Green Open Access.
                        • Understand the role repositories play for authors in the context of journal publishing.
                        • Understand the role repositories play for users in context of accessing journal articles.

                        The baseline report outlines findings from the first phase of the research and identifies the key themes to emerge. It also identifies priorities for further analysis and future work. Some interesting points to emerge from the first phase of research that may be of interest to a number of stakeholders in the scholarly communication system include:

                        • An individual's attitude towards open access repositories may change dependant on whether they are an author or a reader; readers being interested in the quality of the articles but authors also focused on the reputation of the repository itself
                        • Reaching the target audience is the overwhelming motivation for scholars to disseminate their research results and this strongly influences their choice of journal and/or repository
                        • Researchers in certain disciplines may lack confidence in making preprints available, and to some extent this is not only a matter of confidence in the quality of a text but also due to differences in work organisation across research cultures (e.g. strong internal peer review of manuscripts versus reliance on journals for peer review). Other factors are likely to include career stage and centrality of research to the parent discipline
                        • Value-added services, such as download statistics and alert services, would contribute to the perceived usefulness of repositories and could help them gain popularity in what is an increasingly competitive information landscape
                        • Readers often need to go through a variety of processes to access all the articles that they require and widespread open access may reduce the need for this time consuming practice.
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