Sr. Software Engineer at Welch Medical Library

Posted in Library IT Jobs on July 8th, 2016

The Welch Medical Library. is recruiting a Sr. Software Engineer.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Sr. Software Engineer is responsible for the creation, implementation, maintenance, performance, production support and documentation of various departmental and enterprise-wide application systems. . . .

He/she is responsible for all software, web services, web sites, mobile and desktop applications provided by the Welch Medical Library.

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"A Simple Proposal for the Publication of Journal Citation Distributions"

Posted in Publishing, Scholarly Journals, Scholarly Metrics on July 8th, 2016

Vincent Lariviere et al. have self-archived "A Simple Proposal for the Publication of Journal Citation Distributions."

Here's an excerpt:

Although the Journal Impact Factor (JIF) is widely acknowledged to be a poor indicator of the quality of individual papers, it is used routinely to evaluate research and researchers. Here, we present a simple method for generating the citation distributions that underlie JIFs. Application of this straightforward protocol reveals the full extent of the skew of distributions and variation in citations received by published papers that is characteristic of all scientific journals. Although there are differences among journals across the spectrum of JIFs, the citation distributions overlap extensively, demonstrating that the citation performance of individual papers cannot be inferred from the JIF. We propose that this methodology be adopted by all journals as a move to greater transparency, one that should help to refocus attention on individual pieces of work and counter the inappropriate usage of JIFs during the process of research assessment.

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Digital Preservation Specialist at University of Michigan

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on July 8th, 2016

The University of Michigan is recruiting a Digital Preservation Specialist.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Digital Preservation Specialist supports the development and implementation of several new digital preservation services to strengthen and expand our stewardship commitment to a range of content, including born-digital collections, licensed content, research data, and electronic publications. This is a two-year term appointment seeking a librarian or archivist committed to digital preservation.

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"Assessing the User Experience of E-Books in Academic Libraries"

Posted in E-Books, Research Libraries, Scholarly Books on July 8th, 2016

College & Research Libraries has released an e-print of "Assessing the User Experience of E-Books in Academic Libraries" by Tao Zhang, Xi Niu and Marlen Proman.

Here's an excerpt:

We report findings from an assessment of e-book user experience (search and information seeking) from usage data and user tests. The usage data showed that most reading sessions were brief and focused on certain pages, suggesting that users mainly use e-books to find specific information. The user tests found that participants tended to use default keyword search and browse the search results. Experience levels with e-books and features of e-book platforms influenced users' information seeking in e-books. The assessment results have significant implications for designing e-book features to support users' reading strategies and help libraries create a consistent user experience.

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Digital Research Architect at Stanford University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on July 7th, 2016

Stanford University is recruiting a Digital Research Architect.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Digital Research Architect works at the intersection of the digital library and digital scholarship as a lead architect in the design and development of digital library services in response to the research needs of scholars. The Digital Research Architect will orchestrate the integration of new and existing digital library tools into the research practices of Stanford scholars; lead the design and development of scholarly tools for the interpretation, computation, and augmentation of library resources; develop strategic partnerships within the Stanford community and with other institutions; and stimulate the wide use of SUL's digital research services both at Stanford and with partner institutions.

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Emory University Receives Grant for Digital Publishing Services for Humanities Faculty

Posted in Digital Humanities, Grants, Research Libraries on July 7th, 2016

Emory University has been awarded a $1.2 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for its Digital Publishing Services for Humanities Faculty project.

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Digital Projects Librarian at University of Alabama

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on July 7th, 2016

The University of Alabama is recruiting a Digital Projects Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to the Head of Web Services, this position is primarily responsible for development, implementation, and project management of technology projects in a collaborative environment, as well as supporting the development and management of the UA Libraries various web interfaces. This position will also act as primary administrator for LibApps and similar cloud-based library application suites.

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"Rewarding Open Access Scholarship in Promotion And Tenure: Driving Institutional Change"

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Research Libraries on July 7th, 2016

Jere Odell, Heather Coates, and Kristi Palmer have published "Rewarding Open Access Scholarship in Promotion And Tenure: Driving Institutional Change" in College & Research Libraries News.

Here's an excerpt:

Here we describe the efforts of one institution, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), to reward OA scholarship in the P&T process. With librarians as advocates, participants, and change agents, IUPUI has become one of the first to include OA as a value in its P&T guidelines.

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Web and Application Programmer at University of Pittsburgh

Posted in Library IT Jobs on July 6th, 2016

The University of Pittsburgh is recruiting a Web and Application Programmer.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Web and Application Programmer is a technical position which requires knowledge and skills in HTML, PHP, XML and MySQL. The ideal candidate would have exposure to a variety of platforms, operating systems and software solutions including content management systems such as Drupal and WordPress, information architecture principles and usability issues.

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"Measuring the Impact of Digitized Theses: A Case Study from the London School of Economics"

Posted in Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs), Open Access, Research Libraries on July 6th, 2016

Linda Bennett and Dimity Flanagan have published "Measuring the Impact of Digitized Theses: A Case Study from the London School of Economics" in Insights: the UKSG Journal.

Here's an excerpt:

This study tests the assertion that the online dissemination of theses has a positive impact on the research profile of the institution and sets out to gain a greater understanding of how digital theses fit into the scholarly resources landscape. The year-long study combined primary and secondary research and was undertaken with the London School of Economics, based on its programme of theses digitization. The paper outlines the types of metrics an institution may use to measure the impact of its corpus of digitized dissertations and examines how these metrics may be generated. Findings included: a higher volume of theses attracts more traffic; Google's strong indexing capabilities make it the most frequently used tool for discovery of digital theses; primary conclusions are that there is little correlation between downloads and citations of digitized theses; having a digital thesis collection enhances the reputation of the institution; although they recognize that digital theses are a valuable research tool, postgraduates and academics widely believe that making them available affects future publication opportunities; building and maintaining a digital thesis collection makes considerable 'hidden' work for librarians in terms of training about copyright and permissions. Some conclusions: better statistics are needed, especially of citations; institutions need to promote digital thesis collections better; more work needs to be done on whether digitizing theses impairs authors' chances of traditional publication and on how digital theses affect and are affected by the open access movement.

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Digital Library Architect at Emory University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on July 6th, 2016

Emory University is recruiting a Digital Library Architect.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to the Director of Library Technology and Digital Strategies, and partnering with the Digital Library Program Coordinator and central IT resources, the Digital Library Architect will provide technical leadership for Emory University's Digital Library. This position will assist in product development of a digital preservation repository based on the Hydra framework, transition of the repository into an operationalized service, and once operationalized will assume responsibility for the daily operations of the Digital Library's applications and technical infrastructure.

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"Gathering the Needles: Evaluating the Impact of Gold Open Access Content with Traditional Subscription Journals"

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Research Libraries, Scholarly Journals on July 6th, 2016

Alison Bobal and Jill Emery have published "Gathering the Needles: Evaluating the Impact of Gold Open Access Content with Traditional Subscription Journals" in Insights: the UKSG Journal.

Here's an excerpt:

Utilizing the Project COUNTER Release 4 JR1-GOA report, two librarians explore these data in comparison to journal package subscriptions represented via the JR1 reports. This paper outlines the methodology and study undertaken at the Portland State University Library and the University of Nebraska Medical Center Library using these reports for the first time. The initial outcomes of the study are provided in various Tables for 2014 and 2015. The intent of the study was to provide both institutions with a baseline from which to do further study. In addition, some ideas are given for how these reports can be used in vendor negotiations going forward.

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