"DataStaR: A Data Sharing and Publication Infrastructure to Support Research"

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Metadata on April 5th, 2011

Gail Steinhart has published "DataStaR: A Data Sharing and Publication Infrastructure to Support Research" in AgInfo Worldwide.

Here's an excerpt:

DataStaR, a Data Staging Repository (http://datastar.mannlib.cornell.edu/) in development at Cornell University's Albert R. Mann Library (Ithaca, New York USA), is intended to support collaboration and data sharing among researchers during the research process, and to promote publishing or archiving data and high-quality metadata to discipline-specific data centers and/or institutional repositories. Researchers may store and share data with selected colleagues, select a repository for data publication, create high quality metadata in the formats required by external repositories and Cornell's institutional repository, and obtain help from data librarians with any of these tasks. To facilitate cross-domain interoperability and flexibility in metadata management, we employ semantic web technologies as part of DataStaR's metadata infrastructure. This paper describes the overall design of the system, the work to date with Cornell researchers and their data sets, and possibilities for extending DataStaR for use in international agriculture research.

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Head of Digital, Reformatting & Vendor Services at Yale University Library

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on April 5th, 2011

The Yale University Library is recruiting a Head of Digital, Reformatting & Vendor Services (three-year term).

Here's an excerpt from the ad (STARS requisition number: 12617BR):

Under the direction of the Director, Preservation Department and Chief Preservation Officer, the Head of Digital, Reformatting & Vendor Services (DRVS) plans and directs the activities of DRVS, including, but not limited to: microfilming, scanning text and conversion of audio and visual materials; overseeing the monograph binding and mass deacidification operation; and is an integral and collaborative member of the Preservation Management Team (PMT). . . .

  1. Facilitates access and long-term preservation of materials for format conversion.
  2. Plans, manages, and oversees the planning and performing of format conversion activities.
  3. Sets format conversion priorities on the full range of library and archival materials, in conjunction with subject specialists/selectors and curators.
  4. Establishes vendor relations and negotiates contracts for the full range of format conversion activities, commercial binding, and mass deacidification contracts.
  5. Works in close collaboration with the Library’s information technology offices, Cataloging and Metadata Services, and members of the University’s Office of Digital Assets & Infrastructure (ODAI), in development of metadata, monitoring of digital preservation metadata trends, and the ongoing development and updating of technical specifications regarding digital information capture.
  6. Works with Preservation Management Team (PMT) members to provide information and recommendations to subject specialists/selectors and curators regarding preservation implications on the acquisition of fragile paper and multi-media items, commercial binding, and mass deacidification.
  7. Trains and supervises a team of support Clerical & Technical (C&T) staff, students, and interns.
  8. Manages the Digital Reformatting & Vendor Services (DRVS) budget.

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Visiting Digital Preservation Coordinator at University of Illinois Library

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on April 5th, 2011

The University of Illinois Library is recruiting a Visiting Digital Preservation Coordinator.

Here's an excerpt from the ad (click "Search Jobs"):

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign seeks applications for a Digital Preservation Coordinator. The incumbent will provide a range of preservation services for digital content as well as support for digital products produced through other preservation reformatting functions. The Digital Preservation Coordinator reports to the Head of Preservation and serves all of the University Libraries by coordinating digital preservation and access services. This is a full-time, regular, academic professional position. . . .

This position plays a key role in preserving the University of Illinois Library's valuable and unique collections by enhancing the University's capacity to preserve and provide access to digital documents, programs, and data sets, as well as images and media materials preserved through the Preservation Unit, by supporting the Preservation Librarian in all digital preservation efforts. The incumbent will report to the Head of Preservation, and maintains a number of critical working relationships with units and groups that are engaged in preservation, curation, and access to digitized content; including Library units such as Digital Content Creation, Content Access Management, the University Archives, Visual Resources, the Systems Office and appropriate campus units.

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Reinventing Research? Information Practices in the Humanities

Posted in Digital Humanities, Reports and White Papers on April 5th, 2011

The Research Information Network has released Reinventing Research? Information Practices in the Humanities.

Here's an excerpt:

Humanities scholars are often perceived in very traditional terms: spending a lot of time working on their own and collaborating only informally through highly-dispersed networks. Unlike most scientists, they have no long tradition of working in formal, close-knit and collaborative research groups. Humanities scholars have also sometimes been presented as "depth" rather than "breadth" researchers, preferring to spend significant amounts of time with a few items, rather than working across a broader frame. In terms of information sources, text and images held in archives and libraries tend to dominate, with less of an association with new web-based technologies (although this is changing with the increasing visibility of digital humanities).

This report suggests that such perceptions may be out of date. In each of our case studies we found researchers working with new tools and technologies, in increasingly collaborative environments, and both producing and using information resources in diverse ways. There is a richness and variety within humanities information practices which must be recognised and understood if we are to provide the right kind of support for researchers.

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Duke University Press: Survey of Library E-Book Acquisitions

Posted in E-Books, Libraries, Reports and White Papers on April 4th, 2011

The Duke University Press has released the Survey of Library E-Book Acquisitions.

Here's an excerpt:

We e-mailed an online survey to all Duke University Press librarian contacts associated with electronic collections. Of these approximately 750 recipients, over 100 followed the link and completed the survey. We posted a different link to the same survey on the Liblicense (Licensing Digital Information: a Resource for Librarians) and ERIL (Electronic Resources in Libraries) e-mail listservs, as well as the Duke University Press Twitter feed, producing over 160 additional responses. This report compiles the results of these efforts, totaling 265 surveys.

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Consultant/Advisor II/Repository Administrator at Cornell University Library

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on April 4th, 2011

The Cornell University Library is recruiting a Consultant/Advisor II/Repository Administrator (three-year term appointment). Recruiting range: $49,630-$60,660.

Here's an excerpt from the ad (job no. 14436):

The Repository Administrator is primarily responsible for the daily administration and management of a range of repositories operated by Cornell University Library (CUL). Responsibilities include monitoring submission queues, processing and ingest of content, evaluating logs and audit messages, generating statistics and other reports, and engaging with a broad range of users and staff to meet service agreements, troubleshoot problems, and improve operations. Repositories that the Administrator will work with include: 1) arXiv.org, an automated and open electronic archive and distribution server for research papers serving physics, computer science, mathematics, and other scientific communities. Begun in 1991 and operated by CUL since 2001, arXiv is intensively used by researchers worldwide, currently receiving 6,000 submissions per month and some 5 million hits per week. 2) Project Euclid, an electronic publishing platform providing services to over 35 international publishers of mathematics and statistics literature. Euclid currently hosts 64 journals and nearly 1.5 million pages of content, both open access and subscription controlled. Euclid is a not-for-profit service operated jointly with Duke University Press. 3) eCommons, Cornell University's institutional repository, provides long-term access to a broad range of Cornell-related digital content of enduring value. eCommons currently uses the DSpace software. 4) CUL Archival Repository (CULAR), a preservation focused repository currently under development. CULAR will provide a reliable, cost-effective, scalable, and manageable way to store terabytes of digital content currently under the stewardship of CUL.

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Alliance for Taxpayer Access Sends Letters to U.S. Officials about Third Anniversary of NIH Public Access Policy

Posted in Open Access on April 4th, 2011

The Alliance for Taxpayer Access has sent letters to Francis Collins (Director, National Institutes of Health), John Holdren (Assistant to the President for Science and Technology Director, Office of Science and Technology Policy), and Kathleen Sebelius (Secretary of Health and Human Services U.S . Department of Health and Human Services) regarding the third anniversary of the National Institutes of Health's Public Access Policy.

Here's an excerpt from the letter to John Holdren :

To build on this achievement, and further enhance the value of the public's annual $60 billion investment in scientific research, we ask that you consider immediately expanding the NIH Public Access Policy to U.S. departments and agencies with extramural research budgets of $100 million or more.

This expansion will provide connections to additional crucial resources that our nation's scientists require to carry out truly comprehensive scientific research in this digital age. With PubMed Central fully operational at the National Library of Medicine, the infrastructure is already in place to help facilitate implementation of an expanded policy, and it's proven to be extremely cost-effective. The NIH estimates that its annual operating costs for the system are about $3.5 million annually—which amounts to only ~1/100th of one percent of its overall annual operating budget.1 This is a small price to pay to ensure that all taxpayers have access to this body of information and increase our collective return on the taxpayer's investment in scientific research.

Economists who have studied the potential impact of providing greater access to publicly funded research outputs on the return on those investments have consistently concluded that economic benefits would be boosted. In a recent study focusing on U.S. R & D expenditures, economists noted that the return on each dollar spent on taxpayer—funded research could be increased by as much as 5% by making the results more broadly available.2 When applied to our annual collective $60 billion dollar investment in scientific research, this represents a significant benefit to the public and the nation's economy.

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Digital Projects Librarian at Auburn University Libraries

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on April 4th, 2011

The Auburn University Libraries are recruiting a Digital Projects Librarian. Minimum salary: $44,720.

Here's an excerpt from the ad.

Under the leadership of the Assistant Dean for Library Technology and Technical Services, and working in consultation with other Library departments in accordance with the Libraries' Strategic Plan, the Digital Projects Librarian will assist in coordinating the design, creation, and maintenance of the collections comprising the Auburn University Digital Library as well as other digital initiatives. The Digital Projects Librarian will work across Library departments to assess and develop appropriate standards, policies, and procedures for the Libraries' digital projects and to ensure continued development and maintenance of the Libraries' digital initiatives, which include projects with the Auburn University Special Collections & Archives Department, joint projects with other Auburn University departments, and a library-sponsored faculty digitization program. The Digital Projects Librarian will also represent the Libraries on projects with other institutions in Alabama and the southeast.

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Ithaka S+R Library Survey 2010: Insights from U.S. Academic Library Directors

Posted in Libraries, Reports and White Papers, Research Libraries on April 4th, 2011

Ithaka S+R has released the Ithaka S+R Library Survey 2010: Insights from U.S. Academic Library Directors.

Here's an excerpt from the press release:

Ithaka S+R, a not-for-profit strategic consulting and research service for the academic and cultural heritage community, released today its Library Survey 2010: Insights from U.S. Academic Library Directors, offering a strategic analysis on the state of the library to help library leadership plan for the future. Over 200 library administrators from U.S. based four year colleges and institutions weighed in on issues related to the strategies they are pursuing for their libraries, the management of library collections, the development of new digital collections, and the creation of new services to meet changing user needs. . . .

The survey findings indicated that there is a consensus on key strategic issues, including the clear shift away from print to digital journals and the prioritization of teaching and instruction as core library functions. But, some findings suggest broad divergences not only among library directors but also among library directors and faculty members, as made evident through a comparison with data from the Ithaka S+R Faculty Survey 2009.

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Web Developer 2 at University of Houston Libraries

Posted in Digital Library Jobs, Library IT Jobs on April 3rd, 2011

The University of Houston Libraries are recruiting a Web Developer 2.

Here's an excerpt from the ad (posting number: 066088):

Works as a member of the Web Services Department and in conjunction with the Digital Services Department to design, develop and maintain the many proprietary and open source web applications used within the University of Houston Libraries to enhance the Libraries' virtual presence and digital initiatives. . . .

  1. Manages the customization of the user interface within the Digital Library and related applications
  2. Incorporates appropriate design principles and branding consistent with guidelines established by the UH Libraries
  3. Assists in the planning, designing, development, documentation and ongoing maintenance of the Libraries' internal and external web applications, database interfaces and mobile tools
  4. Assists with quality assurance, accessibility and usability testing of web applications to ensure user satisfaction and compliance with UH Libraries' standards
  5. Acts as a creative team player within Web Services on projects and coordinates with colleagues in the Libraries and UH community as needed

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