"Better Sharing Through Licenses? Measuring the Influence of Creative Commons Licenses on the Usage of Open Access Monographs"

Posted in Creative Commons/Open Licenses, Open Access, Scholarly Books on March 11th, 2015

Ronald Snijder has published "Better Sharing Through Licenses? Measuring the Influence of Creative Commons Licenses on the Usage of Open Access Monographs" in the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication.

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The application of open licenses to books does not, on its own, lead to more downloads. However, open licenses pave the way for intermediaries to offer new discovery and aggregation services. These services play an important role by amplifying the impacts of open access licensing in the case of scholarly books.

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    Web & Systems Management Librarian at Ursinus College

    Posted in Library IT Jobs on March 11th, 2015

    Ursinus College is recruiting a Web & Systems Management Librarian.

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    This hybrid position will help guide our current Library systems toward a new generation of capability fueled by dramatic improvements in web technologies and cloud computing; the position will also provide additional outreach functions to academic departments in the Sciences, as our outreach, research, and teaching efforts are evolving. Reporting to the Director of Information Literacy & Instructional Technology, this librarian will be integral to a team of three librarians and one instructional technologist who are working to strengthen the organization's ties to the central educational mission of the College, which is to "enable students to become independent, responsible, and thoughtful individuals through a program of liberal education."

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      Indiana University Libraries and Partners Get $931,000 in Mellon Grant Money

      Posted in ARL Libraries, Grants on March 11th, 2015

      Indiana University Libraries and its partner libraries have received a total of $931,000 from two Mellon Foundation grants.

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      The first of these grants provides $750,000 to the IU Libraries and Northwestern University Library to support continuing development of the Avalon Media System, an open-source software product designed to help libraries and archives provide long-term online access to audio and video collections for primarily academic audiences. . . .

      The second of these grants, providing $181,000 to the IU Libraries and the University of Michigan Library, is a key component in a range of investigations underway to analyze the viability of alternative sustainable financial models for university presses and other nonprofit book publishers.

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        Digital Curation News (3/10/2015) #digitalcuration #digitalpreservation #researchdata

        Posted in Digital Curation News on March 10th, 2015

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          Digital Applications Librarian at Washington State University

          Posted in Digital Library Jobs on March 10th, 2015

          Washington State University is recruiting a Digital Applications Librarian.

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          The Digital Applications Librarian is part of the CDSC's long term project aimed at providing educational opportunities around digital curation, preservation and content management, specifically to underserved communities. The CDSC is the home for core digital scholarship and curation projects across campus with a special eye toward building out the libraries role and Mukurtu's capabilities. This position will provide an exciting space for collaboration, innovation, and open-source tool building through the continued development of Mukurtu CMS within a team environment. The Digital Applications Librarian will work directly with CDSC and Library staff to add features, update systems and integrate Mukurtu CMS into the core Library systems and projects including supporting several tribal communities nationwide in their use of the platform.

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            Ed Summers Wins 2015 Frederick G. Kilgour Award for Research in Library and Information Technology

            Posted in ALA, People in the News on March 10th, 2015

            Ed Summers has won the 2015 Frederick G. Kilgour Award for Research in Library and Information Technology

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            Ed Summers is Lead Developer at the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH), University of Maryland. Ed has been working for two decades helping to build connections between libraries and archives and the larger communities of the World Wide Web. During that time Ed has worked in academia, start-ups, corporations and the government. He is interested in the role of open source software, community development, and open access to enable digital curation. Ed has a MS in Library and Information Science and a BA in English and American Literature from Rutgers University.

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              Digital Archivist at UCLA

              Posted in Digital Library Jobs on March 10th, 2015

              UCLA is recruiting a Digital Archivist.

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              Reporting to the Head, Center for Primary Research & Training and Digital Initiatives, the Digital Archivist leads and supports LSC efforts to acquire, describe, preserve, and provide access to born-digital special collections material and to facilitate projects and programs that provide digital access to analog holdings. The Digital Archivist works in a highly collaborative manner with curatorial, professional, and technical staff in LSC and the UCLA Library, as well as with faculty and students, to enhance LSC digital services and operations, complete specific digital projects, and to lead the continuing development of a sustainable born-digital management program.

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                "Beyond Beall’s List: Better Understanding Predatory Publishers"

                Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on March 10th, 2015

                Monica Berger and Jill Cirasella have published "Beyond Beall's List: Better Understanding Predatory Publishers" in College & Research Libraries News.

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                Although predatory publishers predate OA, their recent explosion was expedited by the emergence and success of fee-charging OA journals. No matter how strong our urge to support and defend OA, librarians cannot deny the profusion of predators in the OA arena; John Bohannon's recent "sting" made abundantly clear (despite methodological flaws) that there are many bad actors. Rather, we should seek to understand their methods, track their evolution, and communicate their characteristics to our patrons.

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