Scholarly Communications Coordinator at Claremont University Consortium

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on October 17th, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Claremont University Consortium is recruiting a Scholarly Communications Coordinator.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Scholarly Communications Coordinator (SCC) serves as the local expert concerning the evolving scholarly communications ecosystem and provides collaborative leadership regarding the planning, implementation, and assessment of the Claremont Colleges Library’s (CCL) suite of scholarly communications services. Working closely with key stakeholders, inside and outside of the library, the SCC will have the opportunity to recommend new initiatives, propose strengthening established protocols, or retire obsolete practices, all with the goal of ensuring that faculty and students from the seven Claremont Colleges (7Cs) have the resources, support, and training they need to conduct meaningful research and scholarship.

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"Gray OA 2014-2017: A Partial Followup"

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on October 17th, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Walt Crawford has published "Gray OA 2014-2017: A Partial Followup" in Cites & Insights: Crawford at Large. A "grey journal" is a gold OA journal not in the Directory of Open Access Journals.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

It updates article-count and status-code information (but not APC/fee information) for gray OA journals not in DOAJ, adding full-year 2016 article counts and January-June 2017 counts, doubled for ease of comparisons. Journals in Gray OA 2012-2016 that have been added to DOAJ have been removed from the new report.

See also: "Gray OA 2012-2016: Open Access Journals Beyond DOAJ."

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Digital Initiatives Librarian at Lafayette College

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on October 16th, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Lafayette College is recruiting a Digital Initiatives Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The ideal candidate will 1) work with faculty, students, and other collaborators to generate digital assets as the raw materials of digital scholarship, and 2) consult on computational methods to analyze digital content.

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"Evolving Roles of Preservation Professionals: Trends in Position Announcements from 2004 to 2015"

Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Research Libraries on October 16th, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Mary M. Miller and Martha Horan have published "Evolving Roles of Preservation Professionals: Trends in Position Announcements from 2004 to 2015" in Library Resources & Technical Services.

Here's an excerpt:

As research libraries continue to expand the scope of content they acquire, manage, and make accessible, the preservation charge within organizations is broadening. Libraries and other cultural heritage institutions must balance the preservation of books, manuscripts, archives, and audiovisual materials with born-digital and digitized content. As preservation challenges and strategies evolve, professional positions in preservation must also evolve to meet the needs of academic and other cultural institutions. The ability to quantify how preservation positions are changing, and to identify the required skill sets and educational backgrounds needed for preservation professionals, is central to navigating this shift. To begin to address this, the authors collected and analyzed announcements for professional preservation positions in libraries and archives from 2004 through 2015. They compared the contents of announcements between earlier and more recent years to identify potential trends in preservation employment.

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Digital Repository Librarian at Lafayette College

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on October 16th, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Lafayette College is recruiting a Digital Repository Librarian .

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Department of Digital Scholarship Services (DSS) at Lafayette College Libraries seeks a curious, ambitious Digital Repository Librarian eager to grow professionally in the dynamic field of open-source digital repository implementation. As a Samvera partner institution, Lafayette College Libraries is committed to the values of open-source software development for academic libraries and digital scholarship. We are currently in the process of migrating our digital assets from an Islandora framework to a Samvera framework.

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Director of Digital Scholarship & Scholarly Communications at Vanderbilt University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on October 13th, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Vanderbilt University is recruiting a Director of Digital Scholarship & Scholarly Communications .

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Director of Digital Scholarship and Scholarly Communications identifies and accelerates the adoption of new and emerging forms of 21st century digital research and learning. These technologies include, but are not limited to, data visualization, digital text editing, geospatial analysis, linked data, network analysis, and the semantic web. In this role you will also promote fair use, open access, and open licensing to extend the reach of digital projects and publications.

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Simon Fraser University and Virginia Commonwealth University to Join ARL

Posted in ARL Libraries, Research Libraries on October 13th, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Simon Fraser University and Virginia Commonwealth University will Join ARL at the start of 2018.

Read more about it at: "Simon Fraser University Becomes 124th Member of ARL" and "Virginia Commonwealth University Becomes 125th Member of ARL."

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Senior Electronic Resources Coordinator at University of Illinois

Posted in Electronic Resources Jobs on October 13th, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of Illinois is recruiting a Senior Electronic Resources Coordinator.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The University of Illinois seeks a Senior Electronic Resources Coordinator to support the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI), provide statewide digital/electronic information, database products and services to more than 730,000 students, faculty and staff in over 150 higher education institutions located throughout Illinois. In support of CARLI’s mission, the Senior Electronic Resources Coordinator provides technical services, coordination and assistance to participating institutions.

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"Q&A with PLOS Co-founder Michael Eisen"

Posted in Open Access, Open Science, Publishing, Scholarly Journals, Self-Archiving on October 13th, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Richard Poynder has published "Q&A with PLOS Co-founder Michael Eisen" in Open and Shut?.

Here's an excerpt:

ME [Michael Eisen]: The most important thing to do now is to get publishers—commercial and non-profit—out of the process. The whole industry is unnecessary and needlessly cumbersome and expensive. We should all just publish in places like bioRxiv (assuming its software gets better and produces finished documents people are happy to read) and do all peer review post publication. There should be little or no money transacted in the process—the infrastructure should be subsidized so it’s free to both publish and access all the content.

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"Authors Alliance & Creative Commons Launch New Termination of Transfer Tool"

Posted in Copyright, Publishing on October 13th, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Authors Alliance has released "Authors Alliance & Creative Commons Launch New Termination of Transfer Tool."

Here's an excerpt:

Termination of transfer allows creators (or, in some cases, their family members) to regain copyrights to creative works they may have signed away decades ago. Our tool helps them understand if those termination rights exist, and if not, when they may exist in the future. With rights back in hand, authors have many options for getting their works in front of new audiences, from sharing their works with the public using a Creative Commons license to negotiating new agreements with publishers.

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Lots of Institutional Repositories Keep E-prints Safe

Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars, Digital Repositories, Disciplinary Archives, Institutional Repositories, Open Access, Open Science, Publishing, Research Libraries, Scholarly Journals, Self-Archiving on October 12th, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The seductive allure of a commercial mega repository is two-fold: (1) everything is conveniently in one place, and (2) a company is taking care of the dreary and expensive business of running it.

Everything seems fine: problem solved! That is until something goes wrong, such as the repository being bought and controlled by a publisher or being threatened by lawsuits by a coterie of publishers.

Then it's important to remember: it's a company, and companies exist to make a profit.

Heh, companies are great. I wouldn't have just had that tasty cup of coffee without them. But, we should be very clear about what motivates companies and controls their behavior. And we shouldn't be shocked if they do things that aren't motivated by lofty goals.

I know: institutional repositories are hard work. The bloom is off the rose. But they exist to serve higher education, not make money, and they part of the academic communities they serve. And they can't be bought. And their universities don't often go out of business. And there are a lot of them. And they are not likely to be attractive targets for lawsuits unless something has gone very, very wrong at the local level.

Copyright is complicated. No one is advocating that we ignore it and just shove e-prints into IR's willy-nilly. Getting faculty to understand the ins and outs of e-print copyright is no picnic, nor is monitoring for compliance. But the battle is easier to fight at the local level where one-on-one faculty to librarian communication is possible.

For self-archiving to flourish in the long run, institutional repositories must flourish. By and large, librarians establish, run, and support them, and they are the quiet heroes of green open access who will continue to provide a sustainable and reliable infrastructure for self-archiving.

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Library Systems Analyst at Augusta University

Posted in Library IT Jobs on October 12th, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Augusta University is recruiting a Library Systems Analyst .

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The duties include but are not limited to: creating and maintaining web pages for Greenblatt Library. Collaborating and coordinating on web issues with Library Client Support Specialist at Reese Library.

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