"Developing Digital Scholarship Services on a Shoestring: Facilities, Events, Tools, and Projects"

Posted in Research Libraries, Scholarly Communication on April 3rd, 2014

Heather McCullough has published "Developing Digital Scholarship Services on a Shoestring: Facilities, Events, Tools, and Projects" in College & Research Libraries News.

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Libraries and academic technology divisions are increasingly developing and offering digital scholarship services. Yet, the term digital scholarship itself is quite fluid and seems to offer many interpretations depending on a particular university's culture, institutional organization, and environment. This article will outline how one university addressed a need for digital scholarship services at its campus.

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    Metadata Coordinator at Digital Public Library of America

    Posted in Digital Library Jobs on April 3rd, 2014

    The Digital Public Library of America is recruiting a Metadata Coordinator.

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    • serves as DPLA's metadata expert, responsible for DPLA MAP data model creation and maintenance and international standards compliance
    • is the staff expert for DPLA in best practices for metadata, metadata analysis and improvements,
    • will work to establish a best practices with our partners for data corrections and data sharing
    • works closely with technical staff to design/utilize community sourcing activities and tools around metadata improvement and enhancement
    • leads Linked Open Data (LOD) implementation for DPLA and our partners

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      "Ethics and Access 2: The So-Called Sting"

      Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on April 3rd, 2014

      Walt Crawford has published "Ethics and Access 2: The So-Called Sting" in Cites & Insights: Crawford at Large.

      Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

      John Bohannon wrote a news article in Science that either shows that many open access journals with APC charges have sloppy (or no) peer review…or shows almost nothing at all. This story discusses the article itself, offers a number of responses to it—and then adds something I don't believe you'll find anywhere else: A journal-by-journal test of whether the journals involved would pass a naive three-minute sniff test as to whether they were plausible targets for article submissions without lots of additional checking. Is this really a problem involving a majority of hundreds of journals—or maybe one involving 27% (that is, 17) of 62 journals? Read the story; make up your own mind.

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        Digital Curation News (4/2/2014) #digitalpreservation

        Posted in Digital Curation News on April 2nd, 2014

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          Library Systems Manager at Chapel Hill Public Library

          Posted in Library IT Jobs on April 2nd, 2014

          The Chapel Hill Public Library is recruiting a Library Systems Manager.

          Here's an excerpt from the ad:

          • Manages Library database of holdings and patrons—oversees system updates, data integrity, server maintenance and backups; approves/conducts all changes to file structure, data tables and system settings; manages all data loads and transfers; provides ILS training to library staff
          • Manages Library computers and software—manages in-house client servers network of public computers and catalog stations; maintains and upgrades RFID systems and equipment (i.e. self- check- out, self- payment technology, security gates, etc.); administers all Library systems for computer reservations, print management and meeting room bookings; assesses effectiveness of current systems, reviews new systems and recommends changes as necessary
          • Manages Library’s online presence and resources—manages online catalog interface; administers library website; oversees remote access to library databases, digital content and online resources; monitors software, database and digital content usage and trends

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            "Measuring the Value of Research Data: A Citation Analysis of Oceanographic Data Sets"

            Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on April 2nd, 2014

            Christopher W. Belter has published "Measuring the Value of Research Data: A Citation Analysis of Oceanographic Data Sets" in PLOS ONE.

            Here's an excerpt:

            Evaluation of scientific research is becoming increasingly reliant on publication-based bibliometric indicators, which may result in the devaluation of other scientific activities—such as data curation—that do not necessarily result in the production of scientific publications. This issue may undermine the movement to openly share and cite data sets in scientific publications because researchers are unlikely to devote the effort necessary to curate their research data if they are unlikely to receive credit for doing so. This analysis attempts to demonstrate the bibliometric impact of properly curated and openly accessible data sets by attempting to generate citation counts for three data sets archived at the National Oceanographic Data Center. My findings suggest that all three data sets are highly cited, with estimated citation counts in most cases higher than 99% of all the journal articles published in Oceanography during the same years. I also find that methods of citing and referring to these data sets in scientific publications are highly inconsistent, despite the fact that a formal citation format is suggested for each data set. These findings have important implications for developing a data citation format, encouraging researchers to properly curate their research data, and evaluating the bibliometric impact of individuals and institutions.

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              Digital Initiatives Librarian at Kenyon College Library and Information Services

              Posted in Digital Library Jobs on April 2nd, 2014

              The Kenyon College Library and Information Services is recruiting a Digital Initiatives Librarian.

              Here's an excerpt from the ad:

              The Digital Initiatives Librarian will develop and maintain digital conversion best practices for all formats, especially print, audio, and video. This role explores, adopts, and implements emerging digital repository technologies in support of library and campus digital collections and publishing initiatives. The successful candidate will guide development of digital initiatives and work with library and other LBIS colleagues and vendors to resolve complex issues relating to scholarly content systems in support of Kenyon's curricular mission.

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                "Student Embargoes within Institutional Repositories: Faculty Early Transparency Concerns"

                Posted in Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs), Institutional Repositories, Open Access, Self-Archiving on April 2nd, 2014

                David Stern has published "Student Embargoes within Institutional Repositories: Faculty Early Transparency Concerns" in the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication.

                Here's an excerpt:

                Libraries encourage students to utilize Institutional Repositories (IRs) to house e-portfolios that demonstrate their skills and experiences. This is especially important for students when applying for jobs and admission into graduate schools. However, within the academic sphere there are legitimate reasons why some faculty-student collaboration efforts should not be documented and openly shared in institutional repositories. The need for the protection of ideas and processes prior to faculty publication can be in direct conflict with the intention for institutional repositories to promote the excellent efforts of students. This is certainly true in laboratory situations where details of experiments and research areas are guarded for the lifetime of the exploration process. Librarians must work with others to develop guidelines and educational programs that prepare all stakeholders for these new information release considerations. One outcome of such deliberations could be the development of mutually beneficial publication guidelines which protect sensitive details of research yet allow students to submit selective research documentation into an IR. The other extreme, with no agreed upon partial embargo scenarios, could result in the removal of students from sensitive collaborations. Given the need for scientific laboratories to utilize student workers, and the benefit of real research experiences for students, the academy must find a balanced solution to this inherent conflict situation.

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