DPLA, Creative Commons, Europeana, and Partners Launch RightsStatements.org

Posted in Copyright, Creative Commons/Open Licenses on April 15th, 2016

The Digital Public Library of America, the Creative Commons, Europeana, and other partners have launched RightsStatements.org .

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

In May 2015, the International Rights Statements Working Group released two white papers with our recommendations for establishing standardized rights statements for describing copyright and reuse status of digital cultural heritage materials, and the enabling technical infrastructure for those statements. After working for nearly a year to implement the recommendations of the white papers, the Digital Public Library of America and Europeana are proud to announce the launch of RightsStatements.org.

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    STEM Data and Research Librarian at Florida State University

    Posted in Digital Library Jobs on April 15th, 2016

    Florida State University is recruiting a STEM Data and Research Librarian.

    Here's an excerpt from the ad:

    The STEM Data and Research Librarian will investigate and develop new models of facilitating interdisciplinary STEM research beyond traditional librarian roles. The successful candidate will: 1) offer leadership in identifying emerging trends in science research and in the production and collection of scientific data; and 2) develop services accordingly to support STEM students and faculty within a distinctive collection of institutes and organizations that include the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering, the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, and the Center for Advanced Power Systems.

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      Building Blocks: Laying the Foundation for a Research Data Management Program

      Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management on April 15th, 2016

      OCLC Research has released Building Blocks: Laying the Foundation for a Research Data Management Program.

      Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

      Many research libraries are taking on a new role to support the research data management needs of their researchers and of their universities. In many cases, there are few resources to support the activity and a single librarian may have only the title or responsibility to get started. This document begins by suggesting very low-overhead ways to start a management program and goes on to describe services that can be added as possible to build out the program. References to many other resources are included.

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        Head of Library Information Technology Systems at Illinois State University

        Posted in Library IT Jobs on April 14th, 2016

        Illinois State University is recruiting a Head of Library Information Technology Systems.

        Here's an excerpt from the ad:

        The Head of Library Information Technology Services (LITS) is responsible for coordinating, managing, mentoring, and providing leadership for the LITS Department, consisting of 7 staff positions. The position integrates information technology knowledge and experience in the advancement of Milner Library's goals through existing and new initiatives.

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          Presentations from the 8th Annual University of Massachusetts and New England Area Librarian e-Science Symposium

          Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management on April 14th, 2016

          eScholarship@UMM has released presentations from the 8th Annual University of Massachusetts and New England Area Librarian e-Science Symposium.

          Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

          The theme for the 2016 University of Massachusetts and New England Area Librarian e-Science Symposium: "Library Research Data Services: Putting Ideas into Action"

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            Digital Scholarly Publishing Librarian at University of Pennsylvania

            Posted in Digital Library Jobs on April 14th, 2016

            The University of Pennsylvania is recruiting a Digital Scholarly Publishing Librarian

            Here's an excerpt from the ad:

            Under the leadership of the Digital Publishing and Repository Coordinator and in collaboration with the Digital Scholarship and Data Curation Librarian, the incumbent will manage the day-to-day operations of the ScholarlyCommons service including: ingestion of new content; analyses and metrics across a broad array of materials; and the development and support of guides and documentation for public and internal uses. As part of a collaborative unit, the incumbent will serve as the first point of contact for questions about the repository and will participate in the creation of new methods for supporting scholarly publishing across formats.

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              "The Academic, Economic and Societal Impacts of Open Access: An Evidence-Based Review"

              Posted in Open Access, Open Science, Publishing, Scholarly Journals, Self-Archiving on April 14th, 2016

              Jonathan P. Tennant et al. have published an e-print for review of "The Academic, Economic and Societal Impacts of Open Access: An Evidence-Based Review" in F1000 Research.

              Here's an excerpt:

              This review presents published evidence of the impact of Open Access on the academy, economy and society. Overall, the evidence points to a favorable impact of OA on the scholarly literature through increased dissemination and reuse. OA has the potential to be a sustainable business venture for new and established publishers, and can provide substantial benefits to research- and development-intensive businesses, including health organisations, volunteer sectors, and technology. OA is a global issue, highlighted by inequalities beset at all levels between developing and developed nations, and largely fueled by financial inequality. Current levels of access in the developing world are insufficient and unstable, and only OA has the potential to foster the development of stable research ecosystems. While predatory publishing remains an ongoing issue, particularly in the developing world, increasing public engagement, development of OA policies, and discussion of sustainable and ethical publishing practices can remove this potential threat to OA.

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                Digitization and Preservation Projects Manager at Columbia University

                Posted in Digital Library Jobs on April 13th, 2016

                Columbia University is recruiting a Digitization and Preservation Projects Manager (3 year temporary position).

                Here's an excerpt from the ad:

                The Digitization and Preservation Projects Manager manages special projects, primarily larger digitization projects carried by vendors, of published materials, archival collections, and audiovisual materials; also as appropriate, inventory projects and projects to improve the content of CLIO that are related to digitization efforts. The incumbent reports to the Director, Preservation and Digital Conversion Division.

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                  "Implementing Research Data Management Services in a Canadian Context"

                  Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management on April 13th, 2016

                  Tess Grynoch has published "Implementing Research Data Management Services in a Canadian Context" in the Dalhousie Journal of Interdisciplinary Management.

                  Here's an excerpt:

                  Research data management (RDM) has become an increasingly pressing issue for academic libraries as they strive to assist researchers in addressing new public funding requirements surrounding data dissemination and preservation. Briney, Goben, & Zilinski (2015) reviewed several characteristics of RDM service provision efforts by 206 American research universities. Following a similar methodology, the author reviewed RDM service development within Canadian research universities and compared the results to the American efforts. The main area requiring development in Canada is the provision of RDM services. Therefore, some current best practices for implementing RDM services were gathered through a literature review. The successful approaches highlighted in the literature include awareness of funder and institutional data policies, reaching out to data service providers on campus and beyond, understanding researcher data management needs and finding RDM champions, implementing research data services strategically, planning for growth in RDM services, marketing the RDM services, and creating incentives to create data management plans and utilize RDM services.

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                    Digital Archivist at University of Nebraska-Lincoln

                    Posted in Digital Library Jobs on April 13th, 2016

                    The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is recruiting a Digital Archivist.

                    Here's an excerpt from the ad:

                    The Digital Archivist will be responsible for implementing the plans and enabling acquisition, description, preservation, and creation of secure discovery and access to both analog-to-digital collections and born-digital collections. Leads exploration, evaluation, and implementation of related standards, methods, tools and systems, developing migrations policies and will require an understanding of digital forensics methods. The individual will need both knowledge of and experience with various processes for transfer of data from physical media. She/he will migrate legacy data to current platforms, and coordinate web page capture.

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                      "Dramatic Growth of Open Access March 31, 2016"

                      Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Books, Scholarly Journals on April 13th, 2016

                      Heather Morrison has published "Dramatic Growth of Open Access March 31, 2016 " in The Imaginary Journal of Poetic Economics.

                      Here's an excerpt:

                      There are now 150 publishers of peer-reviewed open access books listed in the Directory of Open Access Books, publishing more than 4,400 open access books. 620 books were published in this quarter alone, a 16% increase in just this quarter. The Directory of Open Access Journals has been adding titles at a net rate of 6 titles per day, 540 journals added this quarter for a total of over 11,000 journals.

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                        Scholarly Communications Officer and Program Lead at University of California, Davis

                        Posted in Digital Library Jobs on April 12th, 2016

                        The University of California, Davis is recruiting a Scholarly Communications Officer and Program Lead.

                        Here's an excerpt from the ad:

                        Under the general guidance of the Associate University Librarian for Collection Services, the Scholarly Communications Officer serves as a primary spokesperson, presenting the Library's strategies and recommendations regarding all aspects of scholarly publishing, barrier-free access to knowledge, changing scholarly credit mechanisms, and new modes of knowledge creation. The Scholarly Communications Officer creates the vision, directs and manages program operations and personnel by setting the program goals, policies, best practices, and assessment metrics for program success and sustainability. In addition, the Scholarly Communications Officer partners with campus units and other library programs, such as the Archives and Institutional Assets and Research Data Management, to develop solutions for collecting, disseminating and preserving new forms of scholarly communication.

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