Beth McNeil Named Dean of the Iowa State University Library

Posted in ARL Libraries, People in the News, Research Libraries on April 7th, 2015

Beth McNeil has been named Dean of the Iowa State University Library .

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

At Purdue, McNeil was responsible for managing 12 campus libraries, as well as the archives/special collections, technical services, digitization and the collections management units. She had oversight of nearly 90 faculty and staff and a $13.7 million annual collections budget.

McNeil previously served in leadership positions in the libraries at Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois; and University of Nebraska, Lincoln. . . .

McNeil earned a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in library and information science, both from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She completed a doctoral program in human sciences, with a focus on leadership studies, at Nebraska.

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    Chief Information Officer at Library of Congress

    Posted in Digital Library Jobs, Library IT Jobs on April 6th, 2015

    The Library of Congress is recruiting a Chief Information Officer.

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    The incumbent serves as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the Library of Congress and the primary adviser to the Librarian of Congress on all information technology matters. The incumbent manages the development of policy changes and organizational changes driven by mission, information technology and/or other external factors. The CIO serves as a member of the Library's Executive Committee and, through subordinate managers, is responsible for all of the Library's information technology needs, and participates with the other senior staff of the Library in the overall management of the agency. Major areas of responsibility include IT Program Management, Strategic and Operational Planning, Policy Development and Management, providing Advice and Guidance and administering Supervisory and/or Managerial Authorities

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      "Sustaining Consistent Video Presentation"

      Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Digital Media on April 6th, 2015

      Dave Rice has published "Sustaining Consistent Video Presentation" in Tate Papers.

      Here's an excerpt:

      This technical paper addresses approaches to identifying and mitigating risks associated with sustaining the consistent presentation of digital video files. . . .

      Presenting digital video consistently is dependent on the design, coordination and quality of all aspects of both the video file and the video player. Specific factors such as what features of a codec are supported by the decoder, and how one colour space is converted to another affect how videos are presented. Media players are of course developed over time—new features are added and bugs are resolved—but while such changes may improve the quality of a player they also create scenarios where a digital media file may play differently in a new version of a player compared to an older one. As a result, the ever-evolving state of media playback technology creates challenges or technical complications for audio-visual conservators who are tasked with ensuring that digital video is presented consistently and as originally intended.

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        Scholarly Communication Officer at UC Berkeley

        Posted in Digital Library Jobs on April 6th, 2015

        UC Berkeley is recruiting a Scholarly Communication Officer.

        Here's an excerpt from the ad:

        Reporting to the Associate University Librarian & Director of Collections, the incumbent will lead the Library's program to disseminate and preserve scholarship produced by UC Berkeley faculty, students and researchers. S/he will work in close cooperation with campus librarians, academic departments, campus administrators, and the UC California Digital Library in order to develop educational materials, deploy technologies, and provide direct assistance to UC Berkeley scholars on topics related to scholarly publishing, intellectual property/copyright, and open access.

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          "Should I Stay or Should I Go? Alternative Infrastructures in Scholarly Publishing"

          Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on April 6th, 2015

          Carl Lagoze, et al. have published "Should I Stay or Should I Go? Alternative Infrastructures in Scholarly Publishing" in the International Journal of Communication.

          Here's an excerpt:

          For more than three-and-a-half centuries, the scholarly infrastructure—composed of commercial publishers, learned societies, libraries, and the scholars themselves—has provided the foundation functions of certification, registration, access, preservation, and reward. However, over the last two decades, the stability of this infrastructure has been disrupted by profound changes in the technological, economic, cultural, and political climate. We examine the actions of scholars in response to this infrastructure instability through the lens of Hirschman's "exit, voice, and loyalty" framework. We describe the motivations and actions by scholars, especially those with tenure, who have chosen exit from the mainstream scholarly communication infrastructure to a proliferation of newly available alternative infrastructures. However, this option is not practical for all scholars due to the "enforced loyalty" imposed by reward systems based on metrics that are intricately tied to the traditional infrastructure. We examine the alternative of voice exercised by these scholars, combined with the threat of exit that has changed policies that are the source of dissatisfaction with the system.

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            Digital Curation News (4/3/2015) #digitalcuration #digitalpreservation #researchdata

            Posted in Digital Curation News on April 3rd, 2015

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              Collections and Online Resources Coordinator at University of Houston

              Posted in Electronic Resources Jobs on April 3rd, 2015

              The University of Houston is recruiting a Collections and Online Resources Coordinator.

              Here's an excerpt from the ad:

              Reporting to the Head of Liaison Services for Collections and Research Support, the Collections and Online Resources Coordinator will collaborate with subject liaison librarians to support collection development and assessment, primarily of electronic materials such as e-books, online journals, databases, and other e-resources, in order to ensure data-informed decision-making. As a member of the Liaison Leadership Team, the Collections & Online Resources Coordinator will contribute to strategic planning and project management in the Liaison Services Department, a dynamic, collegial group of subject specialist and functional specialist librarians.

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                CHORUS Progress Report, April 2015

                Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on April 3rd, 2015

                CHORUS has released the CHORUS Progress Report, April 2015.

                Here's an excerpt:

                As of this month, CHORUS is providing access to and information about tens of thousands of articles reporting on federally funded research. CHORUS was also named by the US Department of Energy as part of its public-access solution. The significant progress we've made in the eight months since we moved into full production mode is a great foundation for CHORUS to build on for the benefit of the scholarly community. This report is a summary of our achievements during this pivotal period.

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                  Coordinator of Digital Projects at University of Houston

                  Posted in Digital Library Jobs on April 3rd, 2015

                  The University of Houston is recruiting a Coordinator of Digital Projects.

                  Here's an excerpt from the ad:

                  The Coordinator of Digital Projects reports to the Head of Special Collections. Primary responsibilities include managing the internal workflow for the department's digital library projects and supervising assigned personnel. The Coordinator leads departmental efforts, in collaboration with other UH Libraries departments to preserve, process, and provide access to audiovisual and digital materials, including born-digital materials. The Coordinator also serves as Special Collections Department liaison to the Metadata & Digitization Services, Digital Repository Services, and Web Services departments.

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                    Cogent OA Launches Experimental Freedom APCs Program Letting Authors Choose What to Pay

                    Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on April 3rd, 2015

                    Cogent OA has launched an experimental Freedom APCs Program.

                    Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                    Through Cogent OA's Freedom APC model, authors are requested to explore all avenues for funding the publication of their article, such as their funding agency, institution or company and to select a fee from a range of options based on their circumstances and how much they can afford to pay. The final decision rests with the author.

                    Further information: Article Publishing Charges (APCs).

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                      Digital Curation News (4/2/2015) #digitalcuration #digitalpreservation #researchdata

                      Posted in Digital Curation News on April 2nd, 2015

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                        Deputy Director of Scholarly Communications at University of North Texas

                        Posted in Digital Library Jobs on April 2nd, 2015

                        The University of North Texas is recruiting a Deputy Director of Scholarly Communications.

                        Here's an excerpt from the ad:

                        The Deputy Director of Scholarly Communications is a member of the UNT Libraries Scholarly Communications Unit within the Public Services Division. The librarian is responsible for completing general duties related to open access, data management, and ancillary matters associated with scholarly communications. This librarian works with other members of the library to engage and educate the UNT community about open access and data management quandaries that arise. The librarian also collaborates with the Center for Learning Enhancement, Assessment, and Design (CLEAR), faculty, students, university administration, and other UNT stakeholders regarding scholarly communications issues. This librarian exercises broad independent judgment and authority under the direction of the Director of Scholarly Communications.

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