Scholarly Impact & Social Sciences Librarian at University of Texas at Arlington

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on October 28th, 2016

The University of Texas at Arlington is recruiting a Scholarly Impact & Social Sciences Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

1. Scholarly Impact and Digital Identity a. Outreaches to and advocates for faculty and graduate students on different tools to enhance their digital identity, such as unique scholarly identifiers, institutional repositories, blogs, and academic social networks b. Consults with faculty on the research metrics associated with their scholarship and on research metrics platforms like plumx c. Constructs data visualizations to display faculty research metrics d. Assesses the campus climate around altmetrics and other new research metrics

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The State of Open Data

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management on October 28th, 2016

Figshare has released The State of Open Data.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

The report gathers insights and narratives from leading professionals in the open data space from around the globe and a foreword from Sir Nigel Shadbolt, Chairman and co-founder of the Open Data Institute (ODI), UK.

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Digital Preservation Librarian at Northwestern University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on October 28th, 2016

Northwestern University is recruiting a Digital Preservation Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to the Head of Repository and Digital Curation, the Digital Preservation Librarian designs, coordinates and executes the day-to-day operations of repository preservation services for significant digitized and born-digital collections. The Digital Preservation Librarian will provide leadership and collaborate with library experts to help manage digitized and born digital collections for preservation and access, develop digital preservation policies, design and coordinate the implementation of and manage digital preservation workflows.

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Finding the Public Domain: The Copyright Review Management System

Posted in Copyright, Public Domain on October 28th, 2016

Ithaka S+R has released Finding the Public Domain: The Copyright Review Management System .

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

The project team documented these lessons in a book called Finding the Public Domain: Copyright Review Management System Toolkit. The Toolkit shares practical insights gained in this effort in the hope of supporting others interested in copyright review. This brief complements the practical toolkit. It explains the history of CRMS and introduces the basics of the CRMS procedure. It then discusses some of the lessons, successes, surprises, and challenges of the work.

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Senior Systems Administrator at Texas Digital Library

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on October 27th, 2016

The Texas Digital Library is recruiting a Senior Systems Administrator.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Overseeing the administration of systems, applications and other tools supporting scholarly communication activities as key services of the Texas Digital Library, including repositories, preservation systems, the Vireo Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Management System. Provide lead system administration for DSpace repository management. Provide operational management and oversight of applications and systems for TDL services.

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Research Data Services in Europe’s Academic Research Libraries

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Research Libraries on October 27th, 2016

LIBER has released Research Data Services in Europe's Academic Research Libraries by Carol Tenopir et al.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

Almost all of Europe's academic research libraries are working collaboratively, within and outside of their institutions, to help ensure that the scientific data of today is curated properly, so it can be accessed, shared and reused by future generations. . . .

The survey—which reflects answers from a representative sample of research libraries in 22 countries across Europe—also revealed that:

  • Libraries are currently offering more consultative-type RDS services (eg. how to find information on Data Management Plans, metadata standards, or data citation practices) than technological services (eg. own storage solutions);
  • Less than half of libraries say their institutions currently have policies relating to RDS;
  • Two-thirds of library directors express strongly that libraries need to offer RDS to remain relevant.

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Digital Publishing Specialist at Virginia Tech

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on October 27th, 2016

Virginia Tech is recruiting a Digital Publishing Specialist.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reports to the Director, Publishing Strategy: Virginia Tech's University Libraries seek a full-time Digital Publishing Specialist with a passion for scholarly communication and an eagerness to grow with the latest trends and best practices to help expand the libraries' publishing services into new and emerging areas of research and scholarship. Virginia Tech was an early leader in digital publishing, having hosted open access, peer-reviewed journals since 1989 and electronic theses and dissertations since 1996. The Digital Publishing Specialist will play a key role in shaping the libraries' publishing services as they grow to meet the evolving needs of the community.

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"Developments in Research Data Management in Academic Libraries: towards an Understanding of Research Data Service Maturity"

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Research Libraries on October 27th, 2016

Andrew M. Cox et al. have self-archived "Developments in Research Data Management in Academic Libraries: towards an Understanding of Research Data Service Maturity."

Here's an excerpt:

This paper reports an international study of research data management (RDM) activities, services and capabilities in higher education libraries. It presents the results of a survey covering higher education libraries in Australia, Canada, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand and the UK. The results indicate that libraries have provided leadership in RDM, particularly in advocacy and policy development. Service development is still limited, focused especially on advisory and consultancy services (such as data management planning support and data-related training), rather than technical services (such as provision of a data catalogue, and curation of active data). Data curation skills development is underway in libraries, but skills and capabilities are not consistently in place and remain a concern. Other major challenges include resourcing, working with other support services, and achieving 'buy in' from researchers and senior managers.

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Discovery Metadata Librarian at Yale University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on October 26th, 2016

Yale University is recruiting a Discovery Metadata Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Discovery Metadata Librarian will participate in the ongoing development of the library's Hydra/Fedora/Blacklight/Ladybird infrastructure, and will coordinate metadata activities and advise on metadata function improvement, enhancement, and troubleshooting in Ladybird. The incumbent will perform analysis, remediation, and normalization of metadata in the library's online catalogs, and Quicksearch discovery layer. The Discovery Metadata Librarian will also manage metadata projects, develop workflows, and provide training to staff in order to advance the library's metadata and discovery services. He/She will apply programming and scripting skills in support of the technical requirements and production needs for metadata creation, conversion, enhancement, and maintenance, and will develop and/or customize applications and tools for automation and innovation.

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"OSS4EVA: Using Open-Source Tools to Fulfill Digital Preservation Requirements"

Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Open Source Software on October 26th, 2016

Marty Gengenbach et al. have published "OSS4EVA: Using Open-Source Tools to Fulfill Digital Preservation Requirements" in Code4Lib Journal.

Here's an excerpt:

This paper builds on the findings of a workshop held at the 2015 International Conference on Digital Preservation (iPRES), entitled, "Using Open-Source Tools to Fulfill Digital Preservation Requirements" (OSS4PRES hereafter). This day-long workshop brought together participants from across the library and archives community, including practitioners, proprietary vendors, and representatives from open-source projects. The resulting conversations were surprisingly revealing: while OSS' significance within the preservation landscape was made clear, participants noted that there are a number of roadblocks that discourage or altogether prevent its use in many organizations. Overcoming these challenges will be necessary to further widespread, sustainable OSS adoption within the digital preservation community. This article will mine the rich discussions that took place at OSS4PRES to (1) summarize the workshop's key themes and major points of debate, (2) provide a comprehensive analysis of the opportunities, gaps, and challenges that using OSS entails at a philosophical, institutional, and individual level, and (3) offer a tangible set of recommendations for future work designed to broaden community engagement and enhance the sustainability of open source initiatives, drawing on both participants' experience as well as additional research.

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Assistant Dean for Digital Scholarship and Special Collections at Ball State University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on October 26th, 2016

Ball State University is recruiting an Assistant Dean for Digital Scholarship and Special Collections.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Lead, manage, develop, promote, and evaluate the Libraries' digital initiatives, scholarly communications program, archives, special collections, and geospatial resources and map collections to expand user access and resource discovery; serve as co-director of Digital Scholarship Lab to advance digitally-based faculty research; serve as a member of the Dean's Cabinet and advise on issues of the University Libraries' programs, services, technologies, and collections.

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"Overly Honest Data Repository Development"

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Repositories on October 26th, 2016

Colleen Fallaw et al. have published "Overly Honest Data Repository Development" in Code4Lib Journal.

Here's an excerpt:

After a year of development, the library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has launched a repository, called the Illinois Data Bank (https://databank.illinois.edu/), to provide Illinois researchers with a free, self-serve publishing platform that centralizes, preserves, and provides persistent and reliable access to Illinois research data. This article presents a holistic view of development by discussing our overarching technical, policy, and interface strategies. By openly presenting our design decisions, the rationales behind those decisions, and associated challenges this paper aims to contribute to the library community's work to develop repository services that meet growing data preservation and sharing needs.

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