NEH Grants: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Posted in Digital Humanities, Grants on May 12th, 2015

The National Endowment for the Humanities has released guidelines for Humanities Collections and Reference Resources grants.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

The Humanities Collections and Reference Resources (HCRR) program supports projects that provide an essential underpinning for scholarship, education, and public programming in the humanities. Thousands of libraries, archives, museums, and historical organizations across the country maintain important collections of books and manuscripts, photographs, sound recordings and moving images, archaeological and ethnographic artifacts, art and material culture, and digital objects. Funding from this program strengthens efforts to extend the life of such materials and make their intellectual content widely accessible, often through the use of digital technology. Awards are also made to create various reference resources that facilitate use of cultural materials, from works that provide basic information quickly to tools that synthesize and codify knowledge of a subject for in-depth investigation.

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    Systems Administrator at University of Texas at Arlington

    Posted in Library IT Jobs on May 11th, 2015

    The University of Texas at Arlington is recruiting a Systems Administrator.

    Here's an excerpt from the ad:

    1. Provide proactive systems management including system capacity planning, monitoring for security alerts and other critical updates and patches, and new software to enhance system functionality. 2. Perform tests, debugs, and maintain applications in client-server and Web-based environment. 3. Perform daily system checks, including the review of hardware and software error logs, system performance statistics, and other system status and activity reports. 4. Perform routine system administration, maintain system security, file system management, problem resolution, and address systems performance issues and crashes. 5. Ensure the integrity of server-based applications through application of appropriate security measures. 6. Install and upgrade server-based applications as needed. 7. Configure, manage, and debug MySQL database servers; configure, manage, and debug Apache web services.

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      "The Open Access Interviews: John Willinsky"

      Posted in Open Access, Open Source Software, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on May 11th, 2015

      Richard Poynder has published "The Open Access Interviews: John Willinsky" in Open and Shut?.

      Here's an excerpt:

      I was fortunate enough to draw together a wonderful team, led by the Associate University Librarian Brian Owen and technical wonder Alec Smecher at Simon Fraser University Library, who, through the research and development funds we were able to raise, created open source systems for scholarly workflow management and publishing. Together, we created Open Journal Systems (OJS) beginning in 2002, to answer the question of what will it cost to put a journal online. . . .

      Over the course of the next decade, the use of OJS has spread across the globe to the point where—with 8,000 journals actively using it in 2013—we now feel a considerable responsibility at PKP for ensuring that this system provides a high-quality editorial workflow and publishing environment, and all the more so with roughly half of those journals in the Global South.

      So in terms of your question on what PKP has developed into, I would say that it has become primarily but not entirely an open source software development and community support project in a global scale.

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        Scholarly Communications Librarian at Texas Tech University

        Posted in Digital Library Jobs on May 11th, 2015

        Texas Tech University is recruiting a Scholarly Communications Librarian.

        Here's an excerpt from the ad:

        The successful candidate will work with faculty, staff, and students to convey an understanding of the changing modes of scholarly communication, open access and copyright issues, and scholarly publishing. This tenure-track position reports directly to the Associate Dean of Libraries for Outreach and Information Services.

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          "Scholarly Social Media Profiles and Libraries: A Review"

          Posted in Scholarly Communication, Scholarly Metrics, Social Media/Web 2.0 on May 11th, 2015

          Judit Ward et al. have published "Scholarly Social Media Profiles and Libraries: A Review" in LIBER Quarterly.

          Here's an excerpt:

          This article aims to point out emerging roles and responsibilities for academic librarians with the potential of better integrating the library in the research process. In order to find out how to enhance the online reputation and discoverability of individual faculty members as well as their affiliated institutions, the authors worked side-by-side with researchers in the United States and Europe to explore, create, revise, and disambiguate scholarly profiles in various software applications. In an attempt to understand and organize scholarly social media, including new, alternative metrics, the authors reviewed and classified the major academic profile platforms, highlighting the overlapping elements, benefits, and drawbacks inherent in each. The consensus is that it would be time-consuming to keep one's profile current and accurate on all of these platforms, given the plethora of underlying problems, also discussed in detail in the article. However, it came as a startling discovery that reluctance to engage with scholarly social media may cause a misrepresentation of a researcher's academic achievements and may come with unforeseen consequences. The authors claim that current skills and competencies can secure an essential role for academic librarians in the research workflow by means of monitoring and navigating researcher profiles in scholarly social media in order to best represent the scholarship of their host institutions.

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            Assistant Manager, Digitization Services at New York Public Library

            Posted in Digital Library Jobs on May 8th, 2015

            New York Public Library is recruiting an Assistant Manager, Digitization Services.

            Here's an excerpt from the ad:

            The Digital Imaging Unit of NYPL Labs is seeking a knowledgeable and experienced Assistant Manager to help The New York Public Library to share its vast collections with the world through digitization. The Assistant Manager will help oversee the preservation-grade photography and reformatting of The New York Public Library's rare and unique holdings. The Assistant Manager will also work with the Digitization Services Manager and Head Photographer to initiate a range of new digitization streams with the goal of dramatically increasing the volume, speed, and range of NYPL's imaging activities with new equipment and experiments with new approaches. A key member of the DIU leadership team, this is a perfect opportunity for an enthusiastic, problem-solving individual interested in the full digitization lifecycle, from metadata and conservation to registrarial movements and preservation-quality imaging.

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              Written Testimony of Maria A. Pallante, US Register of Copyrights and Director of the U.S. Copyright Office

              Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars on May 8th, 2015

              The House Judiciary Committee has released the 4/29/15 written testimony of Maria A. Pallante, United States Register of Copyrights and Director of the U.S. Copyright Office.

              Here's an excerpt:

              Related to the problem of orphan works, the Office is completing its analysis of copyright issues inherent to mass digitization projects. In our study, witnesses have described some of the difficulties presented by mass digitization projects under current copyright law, and proposed specific statutory solutions.

              As hearing testimony indicated, the problem with respect to mass digitization is not so much a lack of information as a lack of efficiency in the licensing marketplace. For a digitization project involving hundreds, thousands, or millions of copyrighted works, the costs of securing ex ante permissions from every rightsholder individually often will exceed the value of the use to the user. Thus, even where a library or other repository agrees that a use requires permission and would be willing to pay for a license (e.g., to offer online access to a particular collection of copyrighted works), the burdens of rights clearance may effectively prevent it from doing so. To the extent that providing such access could serve valuable informational or educational purposes, this outcome is difficult to reconcile with the public interest.

              While fair use may provide some support for limited mass digitization projects—up to a point—the complexity of the issue and the variety of factual circumstances that may arise compel a legislative solution. In the Office's view, the legitimate goals of mass digitization cannot be accomplished or reconciled under existing law other than in extremely narrow circumstances. For example, access to copyrighted works, something many view as a fundamental benefit of such projects, will likely be extremely circumscribed or wholly unavailable. For this reason, as part of its orphan works and mass digitization report, the Office will recommend a voluntary "pilot program" in the form of extended collective licensing ("ECL") that would enable full-text access to certain works for research and education purposes under a specific framework set forth by the Copyright Office, with further conditions to be developed through additional stakeholder dialogue and discussion. Such input is critical, we believe, because ECL is a market-based system intended to facilitate licensing negotiations between prospective users and collective management organizations representing copyright owners. Thus, the success of such a system depends on the voluntary participation of stakeholders.

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                Head, Digital Initiatives at University of Waterloo

                Posted in Digital Library Jobs on May 8th, 2015

                The University of Waterloo is recruiting a Head, Digital Initiatives.

                Here's an excerpt from the ad:

                Within the context of a rapidly evolving print and digital environment, the incumbent leads the creation and articulation of an evolving digital initiatives services and systems portfolio in alignment with the Library mission and Library strategic directions with ongoing input from throughout the Library and key stakeholders across campus. The Head, Digital Initiatives reports to the Associate University Librarian, Research & Digital Discovery Services.

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                  University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Faculty Council Unanimously Adopts Open Access Policy

                  Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Self-Archiving on May 8th, 2015

                  The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Faculty Council has unanimously adopted an open access policy.

                  Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                  Resolution 2015-9: On Endorsing a University Open Access Policy represented more than a year of work by a 35-member faculty Open Access Task Force. Chairs Todd Vision and Julie Kimbrough told the University Gazette that they worked diligently to craft a policy recommendation that could be applied differently according to the needs of various disciplines.

                  UNC-CH is the 51st university or university unit to have adopted an open access policies by a unanimous faculty vote.

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                    Digital Curation News (4/7/2015) #digitalcuration #digitalpreservation #researchdatamanagement

                    Posted in Digital Curation News on May 7th, 2015

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                      Systems Archivist at University of Texas at Austin

                      Posted in Digital Library Jobs on May 7th, 2015

                      The University of Texas at Austin is recruiting a Systems Archivist.

                      Here's an excerpt from the ad:

                      Shares knowledge and experience in software development to advance the efficiency and functionality of Briscoe Center digital information services. Familiarity with the Open Archive Information System standard and its trending implementations (Fedora/Islandora, Fedora/Hydra). Provides recommendations and support for migration from legacy data systems to DAMS and Archival collection Management System (ArchivesSpace, ICA-AtoM). Recommends methods for and assists in the implementation of linked open data/semantic web principles and methods of implementation (RDF). Applies strong analytical and troubleshooting skills to complex applications. Applies knowledge of scripting languages and unix development environment to create custom programmatic solutions to messy data problems. Applies experience using software version control system to contribute to institutional documentation and versioning practices.

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                        "When Is an Article Actually Published? An Analysis of Online Availability, Publication, and Indexation Dates"

                        Posted in Publishing, Scholarly Journals on May 7th, 2015

                        Stefanie Haustein et al. have self-archived "When Is an Article Actually Published? An Analysis of Online Availability, Publication, and Indexation Dates."

                        Here's an excerpt:

                        With the acceleration of scholarly communication in the digital era, the publication year is no longer a sufficient level of time aggregation for bibliometric and social media indicators. Papers are increasingly cited before they have been officially published in a journal issue and mentioned on Twitter within days of online availability. In order to find a suitable proxy for the day of online publication allowing for the computation of more accurate benchmarks and fine-grained citation and social media event windows, various dates are compared for a set of 58,896 papers published by Nature Publishing Group, PLOS, Springer and Wiley-Blackwell in 2012. Dates include the online date provided by the publishers, the month of the journal issue, the Web of Science indexing date, the date of the first tweet mentioning the paper as well as the Altmetric.com publication and first-seen dates. Comparing these dates, the analysis reveals that large differences exist between publishers, leading to the conclusion that more transparency and standardization is needed in the reporting of publication dates. The date on which the fixed journal article (Version of Record) is first made available on the publisher's website is proposed as a consistent definition of the online date.

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