Library Solutions Analyst (Information Analyst II) at University of Rochester

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on October 17th, 2016 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of Rochester is recruiting a Library Solutions Analyst (Information Analyst II).

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Based in the Information Discovery Team, the Library Solutions Analyst will use a project management framework to design and implement specific technical/computer related aspects of solutions to improve staff workflows, including but not limited to digital document management and tools to support RCL's teaching and learning activities and online scholarly resources (LibGuides, LibCal, AIMS, Omeka, Islandora, etc.). This staff member works closely with the stakeholders to ensure cost effective technology solutions meet the needs of staff, and that solutions are aligned with RCL strategic priorities.

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"New University Presses in the UK: Accessing a Mission"

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Research Libraries, Scholarly Books, Scholarly Journals, University Presses on October 17th, 2016 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Andrew Lockett and Lara Speicher have published "New University Presses in the UK: Accessing a Mission" in Learned Publishing.

Here's an excerpt:

In the space of just a year, five new university presses were launched in the UK. Although very different in size and stages of development, all but one were launched first and foremost as open access presses, based in or supported by their university's library. Why should there have been such a significant flurry of activity in such a short space of time, and what can the stated objectives and activities of these presses tell us about the current UK scholarly publishing environment? To answer some of those questions, this article looks back to the original mission of the founding university presses, examines the policy and funding environments in which the new presses are operating, looks at overseas developments in recent years for comparison, and concludes with a review of the challenges these young presses face as well as the benefits all university presses, but particularly open access ones, can confer to their institutions.

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Digital Repository Application Developer, Library at Drexel University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on October 17th, 2016 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Drexel University is recruiting a Digital Repository Application Developer, Library.

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Drexel University Libraries seeks a collaborative and creative professional to develop solutions for managing digital collections, research data, university records, and digital scholarship. Working primarily with our Islandora implementation, this position will play a key role as the Libraries advance preservation services and public access for a wide array of digital content including books, articles, images, journals, newspapers, audio, video, and datasets.

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"Why Marriage Matters: A North American Perspective on Press/Library Partnerships"

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Research Libraries, Scholarly Books, Scholarly Journals, University Presses on October 17th, 2016 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Charles Watkinson has published "Why Marriage Matters: A North American Perspective on Press/Library Partnerships" in Learned Publishing.

Here's an excerpt:

Key points

  • Around 30% of campus-based members of the Association of American University Presses now report to libraries, more than double the number 5 years ago.
  • Beyond reporting relationships, physical collocation and joint strategic planning characterize the most integrated press/library partnerships.
  • The main mutual advantages of deep press/library collaboration are economic efficiency, greater relevance to parent institutions, and an increased capacity to engage with the changing needs of authors in the digital age.
  • There is emerging interest in collaboration at scale among libraries and presses that may extend the impact of press/library collaboration beyond single institutions.

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Digital Projects Librarian at New Mexico State University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on October 14th, 2016 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

New Mexico State University is recruiting a Digital Projects Librarian.

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The Digital Projects Librarian manages digital projects as assigned, providing leadership and technical expertise to ensure their successful completion. The librarian works closely and collaboratively with a variety of individuals involved in the collections-based projects to plan and implement, including identifying resource needs, establishing and maintaining schedules, workflows, and procedures documentation. Working in conjunction with others, perform extension and outreach to the library's diverse constituencies to promote digital initiatives and develop partnership opportunities.

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Investigating OA Monograph Services: Final Report

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Reports and White Papers, Scholarly Books on October 14th, 2016 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Jisc has released Investigating OA Monograph Services: Final Report.

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Overall, the project 'Investigating OA monographs services' has produced some extremely valuable guides in areas where no information (specifically for OA monographs) existed and identified some very strong areas where collaboration and experimentation could simultaneously bring real value to OA monograph publishers and the authors and readers of monographs.

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Conservator (Digitization) at National Archives and Records Administration

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on October 14th, 2016 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The National Archives and Records Administration is recruiting a Conservator (Digitization).

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In this position, you will serve as a Conservator with a focus on conservation digitization coordination with Research Services, Preservation Programs Division, Conservation Branch, located in College Park, MD.

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"Library Collections in the Life of the User: Two Directions"

Posted in Research Libraries on October 14th, 2016 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Lorcan Dempsey has published "Library Collections in the Life of the User: Two Directions" in .

Here's an excerpt:

The paper considers how the changing nature of research in digital environments is reshaping the nature of library collections and services in academic and research libraries. It describes two central directions, each a response to the centrality of the user in a network environment. First, the library has an increasing role in managing the research and other outputs of the university (the inside-out collection). Second, the library is facilitating access to a broader range of local, external and collaborative resources organized around user needs (the facilitated collection).

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Health Information Technology Librarian at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Posted in Library IT Jobs on October 13th, 2016 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is recruiting a Health Information Technology Librarian.

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The Health Information Technology Librarian will expand the library's support of health informatics and analytics, mHealth, electronic medical records, and related fields to advance teaching and learning, research, and clinical care. This position will play a key role in investigating current and future needs within health affairs, taking stock of our current services, and finding new ways to assist our partners in these rapidly growing and evolving fields.

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"Undercounting File Downloads from Institutional Repositories"

Posted in Digital Repositories, Institutional Repositories, Open Access, Scholarly Metrics, Self-Archiving on October 13th, 2016 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Patrick Obrien et al. have published "Undercounting File Downloads from Institutional Repositories" in the Journal of Library Administration.

Here's an excerpt:

A primary impact metric for institutional repositories (IR) is the number of file downloads, which are commonly measured through third-party Web analytics software. Google Analytics, a free service used by most academic libraries, relies on HTML page tagging to log visitor activity on Google's servers. However, Web aggregators such as Google Scholar link directly to high value content (usually PDF files), bypassing the HTML page and failing to register these direct access events. This article presents evidence of a study of four institutions demonstrating that the majority of IR activity is not counted by page tagging Web analytics software, and proposes a practical solution for significantly improving the reporting relevancy and accuracy of IR performance metrics using Google Analytics.

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Scholarly Communication Librarian at Indiana University Bloomington

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on October 13th, 2016 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Indiana University Bloomington is recruiting a Scholarly Communication Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to the Head, Scholarly Communications, this position provides operational oversight for specific areas of the Library's scholarly communications program. This is an IUB Libraries' assistant/associate librarian appointment with its attendant responsibilities and privileges and works directly with faculty and researchers to provide services focusing on publishing and disseminating scholarly materials and adopting practices that maximize the impact of faculty research and writing while protecting their intellectual property. Working in collaboration with liaison librarians, this individual will lead efforts to educate and advise the campus community on issues of open access, Creative Commons and other alternative licensing models, digital publication, open textbooks and other open educational resources, and alternative metrics for measuring research impact.

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"Data Management in the Long Tail: Science, Software, and Service"

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management on October 13th, 2016 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Christine L. Borgman et al. has published "Data Management in the Long Tail: Science, Software, and Service" in the International Journal of Digital Curation.

Here's an excerpt:

Scientists in all fields face challenges in managing and sustaining access to their research data. The larger and longer term the research project, the more likely that scientists are to have resources and dedicated staff to manage their technology and data, leaving those scientists whose work is based on smaller and shorter term projects at a disadvantage. The volume and variety of data to be managed varies by many factors, only two of which are the number of collaborators and length of the project. As part of an NSF project to conceptualize the Institute for Empowering Long Tail Research, we explored opportunities offered by Software as a Service (SaaS). These cloud-based services are popular in business because they reduce costs and labor for technology management, and are gaining ground in scientific environments for similar reasons. We studied three settings where scientists conduct research in small and medium-sized laboratories. Two were NSF Science and Technology Centers (CENS and C-DEBI) and the third was a workshop of natural reserve scientists and managers. These laboratories have highly diverse data and practices, make minimal use of standards for data or metadata, and lack resources for data management or sustaining access to their data, despite recognizing the need. We found that SaaS could address technical needs for basic document creation, analysis, and storage, but did not support the diverse and rapidly changing needs for sophisticated domain-specific tools and services. These are much more challenging knowledge infrastructure requirements that require long-term investments by multiple stakeholders.

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Digital Library Developer at Vassar College

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on October 12th, 2016 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Vassar College is recruiting a Digital Library Developer.

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The successful candidate will be a critical team member of the Digital Scholarship and Technology Services Department, creating and maintaining applications (particularly web applications) that provide current services and make feature-rich new ones come to life. Our department provides digital scholarship, digital library, repository, and technology services to the Libraries and the College and closely collaborates with IT and academic computing groups on campus.

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"SCOAP3 Journals Double Downloads"

Posted in Open Access, Open Science, Publishing, Research Libraries, Scholarly Journals on October 12th, 2016 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

SCOAP3 has released "SCOAP3 Journals Double Downloads."

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

The four largest journals participating in SCOAP3, two published by Elsevier and two by SpringerNature in partnership with the Italian Physical Society (SIF), and the Italian Institute for Advanced Studies (SISSA) have now analysed their logs to understand the impact of SCOAP3.

Elsevier announced that downloads to their two journals, Physics Letters B and Nuclear Physics B have doubled since they became Open Access at the start of SCOAP3 in January 2014. This increase is remarkable as SCOAP3 covers the most recent 3,500 articles in the journals, while most of the historic content of over 77,000 articles, is available to subscribers.

SpringerNature announced that since January 2014 they have observed a doubling of downloads across their two learned-society journals participating in SCOAP3: European Physical Journal C and the Journal of High Energy Physics.

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Digital Services & Technology Librarian at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on October 12th, 2016 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona University is recruiting a Digital Services & Technology Librarian .

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The California State Polytechnic University, Pomona University Library is seeking a dynamic and innovative librarian to play a leadership role in planning, implementing, and supporting digital collections and services including the coordinating and functioning of Bronco Scholar, the university's institutional repository; providing vision and direction for all aspects of the Library's website; and working collaboratively with library staff and others to design, develop, and provide ongoing maintenance for the library's digital resources and digital collections.

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"Libraries and Museums Advance the Digital Humanities: New Grant Opportunity"

Posted in Digital Humanities, Grants on October 12th, 2016 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

IMLS has released "Libraries and Museums Advance the Digital Humanities: New Grant Opportunity."

Here's an excerpt:

Through Libraries and Museums Advance the Digital Humanities, IMLS will be able to support innovative collaborations between museum or library professionals and humanities professionals to advance the preservation of, access to, use of, and engagement with, digital collections and services. Through this partnership, IMLS and NEH will jointly fund Digital Humanities Advancement Grant projects (link is external) that involve collaborations with museums and/or libraries in support of the National Digital Platform effort.

These projects will advance the IMLS mission of improving broad public access to knowledge, cultural heritage, and lifelong learning. Through this partnership, IMLS funds will support Level I and II projects that involve collaborations with museums and/or libraries. Level I projects (from $5,000 to $40,000) are small grants designed to fund exploratory sessions, workshops, early alpha-level prototypes, and initial planning. Level II projects (from $40,001 to $75,000) can be used for more fully-formed projects that are ready to begin implementation or demonstrate proofs of concept.

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