Server and Systems Coordinator at Georgetown University Law Library

Posted in Library IT Jobs on November 30th, 2010

The Georgetown University Law Library is recruiting a Server and Systems Coordinator.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Coordinates application development for the Electronic Resources & Services section of the library, including support to create and manage web-based applications delivering library content and services.

Collaborates with the Law Center Information Systems Technology Department on server management, security and authentication issues, including:

  • Upgrades, patches, replacement, FTP software and accounts;
  • Analysis of statistics and server logs;
  • Security configurations for library servers;
  • Authentication for electronic subscriptions, the Law Library's intranet, and other electronic resources; and
  • Permissions for server software programs and applications.

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    RLUK Wants Serials Price Reductions to Avoid Cuts That Would "Fatally Compromise" Research

    Posted in Publishing, Research Libraries, Scholarly Journals, Serials Crisis on November 30th, 2010

    Research Libraries UK has issued a press release about needed serials price reductions.

    Here's an excerpt from the press release:

    At its recent conference, RLUK announced it would not support future journal big deals unless they showed real price reductions. With a cut to the teaching grant and research budgets flat at best, RLUK members believe that unless this happens they will be forced to cancel significant numbers of subscriptions which will fatally compromise the UK's capacity for research.

    For the past several years JISC Collections have negotiated with the publishers on behalf of UKHE. RLUK is so worried about the current situation that it has instructed JISC Collections to secure contracts which will not only rescind the unreasonable price rises of the last three years, but also offer affordable deals for the future. If reasonable deals cannot be struck RLUK libraries will be forced to provide information resources to their researchers and students in other ways.

    "The capacity of UK universities to continue to pay such large year-on-year increases for access to scholarly journals is not infinite," said Professor Michael Arthur, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leeds and Chair of the Russell Group of Universities. "To ensure the continued vitality of the UK's world-beating research base we need to reassess the costs of electronic access and find a new balance between the value added by publishers and the charges they make. We realise that finding such a balance may not be easy, but if we fail to address the problem now there will be serious long-term consequences for research and teaching in the UK."

    "The UK Higher Education sector now spends almost £200m per year on access to journals and databases," explained David Prosser, RLUK's Executive Director. "This is 10% of the total QR funding the sector receives and increases above inflation each year. We understand the value publishers add to the publication process, but publishers must also understand that they cannot continue to increase prices at a time when budgets are so tight. We do not wish to cancel big deals, but we shall have no alternative unless the largest publishers substantially reduce their prices."

    "Some RLUK members now pay over £1m a year to access journals from the largest publisher," said Phil Sykes, Chair of RLUK and Librarian at Liverpool University. "With annual journal price inflation running at double the rate of RPI since 2000, it has distorted the acquisition policies of libraries, with an ever-increasing proportion of budgets being spent on electronic big deals. This leads to diminishing funds for monographs, textbooks, and journals from smaller publishers, which cannot but damage scholarship and teaching in UKHE."

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        "MePrints: Building User Centred Repositories"

        Posted in Digital Repositories, EPrints, Institutional Repositories on November 29th, 2010

        David E. Millard et al. have self-archived "MePrints: Building User Centred Repositories" in the ECS EPrints Repository.

        Here's an excerpt:

        Teaching and Learning Repositories learning from the best practices of Web 2.0. Over this time we have successfully deployed a number of innovative repositories, including Southampton University EdShare, The Language Box, The HumBox, Open University’s LORO and Worcester Learning Box. A key part of this work has been the development of an extension for the EPrints repository platform, called MePrints, that enables configurable profile pages, and works alongside existing extensions such as IRStats and SNEEP in order to give users live feeds about repository events that matter to them. Through these deployments we have discovered that more sophisticated profile pages give users a home within a repository, act as a focus for their work, and help them feel more ownership of the work that they deposit. This increases the visibility of the repository and encourages more deposits.

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          Head of Electronic Resources at University of Houston (Revised)

          Posted in Electronic Resources Jobs on November 29th, 2010

          The University of Houston Libraries are recruiting a Head of Electronic Resources. Salary: $64,000 to $68,000 anticipated hiring range.

          Here's an excerpt from the ad:

          The Head of Electronic Resources will lead and manage a newly formulated department. Reporting to the Associate Dean for Access and Technical Services, this position is responsible for deploying and ensuring access to a wide range of electronic resources. The position will initially supervise one librarian and one staff member. Responsibilities include oversight of electronic resource management and discovery tools, and troubleshooting electronic resource access issues in conjunction with Acquisitions, Cataloging, Web Services and Systems departments. This position participates in the evaluation of electronic resources as a member of the Collection Management Committee.

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            E-Only Scholarly Journals: Overcoming the Barriers

            Posted in E-Journals, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on November 29th, 2010

            The Research Information Network has released E-Only Scholarly Journals: Overcoming the Barriers.

            Here's an excerpt:

            This study is prompted by a concern from publishers and librarians that the retention of both printed and e-journal formats adds unnecessary costs throughout the supply chain from publisher to library to user. In view of the many advantages of electronic journals, this report sets out to understand the barriers to a move to e-only provision of scholarly journals in the UK, and to investigate what various players within the scholarly communications system could do in order to encourage such a move.

            This study involved a thorough literature review, gathering and analysing information provided by publishers and librarians, and interviews with a range of publishers, librarians and academics. The results are presented in this report, along with some recommendations for action.

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              Electronic Theses and Dissertations Bibliography, Version 5

              Posted in Bibliographies, Digital Scholarship Publications, Scholarly Communication on November 29th, 2010

              Version five of the Electronic Theses and Dissertations Bibliography is now available from Digital Scholarship as an XHTML website with live links to many included works. This selective bibliography includes articles, books, conference papers, technical reports, unpublished e-prints and other scholarly textual sources that are useful in understanding electronic theses and dissertations. The bibliography does not cover digital media works (such as MP3 files), editorials, e-mail messages, interviews, letters to the editor, news articles, presentation slides or transcripts, or weblog postings. All included works are in English. It is available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 United States License.

              The following recent Digital Scholarship publications may also be of interest:

              See also: Reviews of Digital Scholarship Publications.

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