Prog/Analyst III at Cornell University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on October 5th, 2010

Cornell University Library Information Technologies is recruiting a Prog/Analyst III. Two-year appointment with possible extension dependent upon funding.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Cornell University Library Information Technologies (CUL-IT) is responsible for several repositories including (, Project Euclid (, our eCommons institutional repository (, and the CUL Archival Repository, which is in early development stages. The repository developer will work with the rest of the repositories group on all of these systems and related projects. At least initially, the primary responsibility will be to develop and maintain the repository.

The e-print repository has transformed scholarly communication in multiple fields. It contains over 600k articles, sees >30M downloads/year, and has >100k registered submitters. The repository developer will work to maintain and extend arXiv. They will be involved with planning and implementation of significant changes to the access platform (Python), an upgrade to the alerting system (we send about 20k emails to subscribers each day), development of reporting facilities to support arXiv's new business model (, and maintaining the newly developed submission system (Perl/Catalyst).

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    Impact Factor: "Nefarious Numbers"

    Posted in Scholarly Journals on October 5th, 2010

    Douglas N. Arnold and Kristine K. Fowler have self-archived "Nefarious Numbers" in

    Here's an excerpt:

    Despite numerous flaws, the impact factor has been widely used as a measure of quality for journals, and even for papers and authors. This has created a strong incentive to manipulate it. As we have demonstrated, it is possible to vastly increase impact factor without increasing journal quality at all. The actions of a few interested individuals can make a huge difference, yet require considerable digging to reveal. The cumulative result is that impact factor gives a very inaccurate view of journal quality. We primarily discussed one extreme example, but there is little reason to doubt that such techniques are being used to a lesser degree by many journals.

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        Metadata Librarians (2) at Cornell University

        Posted in Digital Library Jobs on October 4th, 2010

        The Cornell University Library is recruiting two Metadata Librarians.

        Here's an excerpt from the ad (requisition ID 13419):

        The successful candidates will work at the intersection of many user-focused services and projects, which may include technical services, archives, data curation, and digital libraries. One librarian will primarily work on projects related to the humanities and special collections, and the other position will include responsibilities related to e-science and research data. The successful candidates will be comfortable in exploring emerging technologies and standards for description and access, and they will welcome working in a collegial and collaborative environment. The positions will be an integral part of the newly merged Cataloging and Metadata Services division, a team evolving and expanding to meet users' needs for the discovery and delivery of resources. . . .

        • Participate in Cornell University Library initiatives related to the discovery of digital resources.
        • Consult with Cornell's faculty, staff, and community partners on a variety of metadata and information organization and access needs.
        • Recommend, design, and implement appropriate metadata schemes for digital library projects.
        • Draft metadata components of grant proposals.
        • Assist Cornell researchers in the preparation of data management plans.
        • Establish workflows for metadata creation or capture.
        • Suggest methods for streamlining or automating metadata creation and management, using various tools for metadata manipulation and scripting.
        • Collaborate with database management staff on batch processing projects.
        • Assess and work to improve access to resources such as e-books, CUL web sites, and locally-created digital collections.
        • Advise on digital preservation strategies, including metadata used for CUL digital repositories.
        • Serve as a resource to departments and staff on issues related to metadata and digital initiatives.
        • Create and maintain local documentation on metadata standards and metadata application guidelines.
        • Train cataloging and metadata staff to use tools and standards required for projects.
        • Actively participate in Central Library Operations, library-wide, 2CUL (partnership with Columbia University), and national working groups, task forces, and committees.
        • Monitor and contribute to the development of local, national, and international metadata standards and trends.
        • Actively seek to participate in library's role in digital humanities and/or research data projects when possible.
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          Preserving Virtual Worlds II Gets $785,898 IMLS Grant

          Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Grants on October 4th, 2010

          The Preserving Virtual Worlds II project has been awarded a $785,898 National Leadership Grant by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

          Here's an excerpt from the press release:

          Preserving Virtual Worlds II: Methods for Evaluating and Preserving Significant Properties of Educational Games and Complex Interactive Environments (PVW2) is led by GSLIS Assistant Professor Jerome McDonough in partnership with the Rochester Institute of Technology, the University of Maryland, and Stanford University. PVW2 plans to help improve the capacity of libraries, museums, and archives to preserve computer games, video games, and interactive fiction.

          The original Preserving Virtual Worlds project, funded by the Library of Congress’s National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIP), investigated what preservation issues arose with computer games and interactive fiction, and how existing metadata and packaging standards might be employed for the long-term preservation of these materials. PVW2 will focus on determining properties for a variety of educational games and game franchises in order to provide a set of best practices for preserving the materials through virtualization technologies and migration, as well as provide an analysis of how the preservation process is documented. PVW2 is a two-year project, to be conducted between October 2010 and September 2012.

          Read more about it at "Preserving Virtual Worlds 2 Funded."

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            Head of Digital Scholarship at the British Library

            Posted in Digital Library Jobs on October 4th, 2010

            The British Library is recruiting a Head of Digital Scholarship. Salary: £67,998 (more may be available for an exceptional candidate).

            Here's an excerpt from the ad:

            This is a unique role in one of the world's leading national research libraries. At a time of rapid change in scholarly communication, you'll be shaping the British Library's digital scholarship strategy to ensure that we offer the same high-quality support for researchers using digital resources as we do for those using traditional media. You will also be developing innovative ways to maximise access to our priceless collections for future generations of researchers. This includes resource discovery and delivery and integrating digital and digitised formats.

            You'll lead the digital curator team and the Library's collections digitisation strategy, developing sustainable models for providing digital content and services to scholars and enhancing our provision across visual arts, music, sound and moving image, e-manuscripts and cartographic and topographic materials. We'll also expect you to raise our profile on the international stage by contributing to the global debate on digital scholarship in the arts and humanities and social sciences.

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              Duke University Signs Compact for Open-Access Publishing Equity

              Posted in Open Access on October 4th, 2010

              Duke University has signed the Compact for Open-Access Publishing Equity (COPE). There are now 11 institutions that have signed COPE, including Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, MIT, the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Ottawa, Columbia University, the University of Michigan, the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and the Universitat de Barcelona.

              Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

              As part of its commitment to COPE, Duke has created a special fund to help pay for article processing fees. Beginning this month, any Duke faculty member, post-doctoral researcher, graduate or professional student whose article is accepted for publication in a peer-reviewed, open-access journal can apply to have associated article processing fees reimbursed. The fund, which will be administered by the Libraries' Office of Scholarly Communications, is supported by the Duke University Libraries and the Office of the Provost. . . .

              According to Provost Peter Lange, the aims of COPE are in keeping with Duke's continued emphasis on knowledge in the service of society. "By establishing this fund, we hope to support the university's commitment to promoting openness as an important value in scholarship," Lange said. "Increased open access means more opportunities for the research of our faculty and researchers to reach a wide audience and have a meaningful impact on the world."

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