Digital Services Librarian at University of Minnesota, Morris

Posted in Library IT Jobs on October 25th, 2010

The University of Minnesota, Morris' Rodney A. Briggs Library is recruiting a Digital Services Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Rodney A. Briggs Library at the University of Minnesota, Morris invites an enthusiastic, creative and service oriented librarian to join our team. Recent graduates interested in working in a mentoring and collaborative environment are encouraged to apply.

Integral to this position are a familiarity with and enthusiasm for the integration of emerging technologies into library services. The successful candidate will have a knowledge of library automation systems, relevant hardware and software applications as well as a background in the management of digital environments. Responsibilities include: administering and maintaining the ILS as well as other library systems, managing the library's hardware and software applications, managing the link-resolving software and providing leadership for the library's digital environment.

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    Vision, Impact, Success: Mandating Electronic Theses

    Posted in Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs) on October 25th, 2010

    Josh Brown and Kathy Sadler have self-archived Vision, Impact, Success: Mandating Electronic Theses in UCL Eprints.

    Here's an excerpt:

    These case studies form part of the ‘Influencing the Deposit of Electronic Theses in UK HE' project, commissioned by the JISC and led by UCL. They were designed to explore the practicalities of introducing and administering an institutional e-thesis mandate, and to draw out the benefits and challenges of mandates for the institutions that adopt them.

    Each of the four institutions who made up the case studies was chosen because they offered a glimpse into the reality of a mandate at every stage.

    • The University of Sussex has just introduced a mandate, and staff there offered the benefit of their experiences of creating the systems and processes that support the new policy.
    • Aberystwyth University spent some time exploring what kind of mandate would be most effective, and their story shows how to get the best from the consultation process.
    • Brunel University has been developing its e-theses collection since 2006, and has been reaping the rewards, both in terms of research impact and benefits to scholarship.
    • The University of Glasgow was one of the earliest adopters of e-theses in the UK and its work showcases a mature service that is very much a part of the institution.

    Each of these institutions had experiences in common, and each faced similar questions from students and supervisors. In highlighting different aspects of best practice in each case study, the aim is to demonstrate an effective approach to meeting the challenges of e-theses. While these challenges can seem daunting, these case studies show that they can be overcome by a combination of communication, education and balanced policies.

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      Daily Tweets 2010-10-25

      Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on October 25th, 2010
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        The Charleston Advisor Gives Charles W. Bailey, Jr. Best Content by an Individual Award

        Posted in Digital Scholarship Publications on October 24th, 2010

        The Charleston Advisor has given Charles W. Bailey, Jr., publisher of Digital Scholarship, a special one-time Best Content by an Individual Award. The award is part of a "series of awards for the best and worst electronic services and databases of interest to libraries," which the The Charleston Advisor has been making annually for ten years.

        Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

        Best Content by an Individual (Special One Time Award)

        Charles W. Bailey Jr. for his excellent contributions over the years and most recently his "Transforming Scholarly Publishing through Open Access: A Bibliography." This work gives an outstanding overview of scholarship relating to the growing Open Access movement. By the way—it's free online <>.

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          In Praise of Copying

          Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars on October 24th, 2010

          In Praise of Copying by Marcus Boon has been published by the Harvard University Press. The book is under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported license, and it is available as a hardcover as well as a freely available PDF file.

          Here's an excerpt:

          My goal in this book is to account for our fear of and fascination with copying. I argue that copying is a fundamental part of being human, that we could not be human without copying, and that we can and should celebrate this aspect of ourselves, in full awareness of our situation. Copying is not just something human—it is a part of how the universe functions and manifests. The issue of regulating copying, of setting up laws restricting or encouraging copying, is secondary to that of recognizing the omnipresence and nature of copies and copying in human societies—and beyond.

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            IMLS Project Coordinator/Librarian

            Posted in Digital Library Jobs on October 24th, 2010

            The University of Michigan Library is recruiting an IMLS Project Coordinator/Librarian (two-year term appointment).

            Here's an excerpt from the ad:

            The University of Michigan Library seeks a Project Coordinator/Librarian to provide leadership in the gathering of data regarding the quality of images and full-text data comprising digitized books in the HathiTrust Digital Library. With new support from the Institute for Museum and Library Services, the University of Michigan's School of Information, in close collaboration with the University of Michigan Library and University of Minnesota Library, is conducting an innovative two-year (2011-13) research project designed to advance the science of information quality and establish mechanisms for validating the quality of books digitized on a large-scale. The overall design of the research project consists of two overlapping investigative phases. Phase one defines and tests a set of error metrics (a system of measurement) for digitized books and serials. Phase two applies those metrics to produce a set of statistically valid measures regarding the patterns of error (frequency and severity) in multiple samples of volumes drawn from strata of HathiTrust content. The project includes open evaluation processes that engage stakeholders and users in building, refining, and validating the use-case scenarios that emerge from the research findings. Paul Conway, Associate Professor, School of Information, is the Principal Investigator of the project, which will be physically based in the University of Michigan Hatcher Graduate Library's Technical Services Department. The incumbent reports directly to Professor Conway, but has important responsibilities for coordinating work with the University of Michigan's Center for Statistical Consulting and Research, the two participating research libraries, and programming support associated with the HathiTrust Digital Library.

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              Simon Fraser University Signs Compact for Open Access Publishing Equity (COPE)

              Posted in Open Access on October 24th, 2010

              Simon Fraser University has signed the Compact for Open Access Publishing Equity (COPE). Simon Fraser University is the thirteenth institution to sign COPE.

              Here's an excerpt from the press release:

              Today Simon Fraser University joins 12 other leading post-secondary institutions as a signatory to the Compact for Open Access Publishing Equity (COPE). Open access makes scholarly and other content freely available online to all users, without barriers, such as subscriptions or pay-per-view/use costs. Signatories to this Compact agree to support new business models for the publication of open access journals. Specifically, the Compact commits each signatory to developing ways of underwriting reasonable publication charges for articles written by its faculty and published in fee-based open-access journals and for which other institutions would not be expected to provide funds.

              Since February 2010, the SFU Library has operated an Open Access Fund. The Fund meets COPE requirements by covering many author-side fees for SFU researchers who publish in open access journals that charge such fees. The third such fund in Canada, SFU’s Open Access Fund has covered 22 articles to date. The SFU fund is part of a set of SFU-based programs that support open access. The Library hosts the SFU institutional repository where the digital scholarly output of the university is collected and maintained. The Library partners with the SFU-based Canadian Centre for Studies in Publishing, along with Stanford University and the University of British Columbia to develop and maintain the Public Knowledge Project (PKP) suite of software – Open Journal Systems (OJS), Open Conference Systems (OCS), Open Harvester Systems (OHS) and soon Open Monograph Press (OMP). The Library also hosts over 250 journals using OJS with many having adopted an open access publishing model.

              Dr Mario Pinto, Vice President for Research, articulates the philosophy underlying SFU’s commitment as follows: “SFU is a recognized leader in the use of innovative technologies and initiatives that enhance and simplify access to scholarly knowledge. We were one of the first Canadian universities to embrace open access publishing. By making the results of research freely available, we stand to gain the maximum benefit from publicly-funded research investment by facilitating the transfer of knowledge and stimulating creative thought.” Simon Fraser University consistently ranks among the top research universities in Canada in terms of sponsored research income, publication rates and impact factors. In 2010, SFU placed fourth in Canada and 66 out of 6000 higher education institutes from across the globe in the Webometrics Ranking of World Universities.

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                Daily Tweets 2010-10-24

                Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on October 24th, 2010
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