"Supply, Demand, and the Subscription Model in Scholarly Publishing—An Analysis"

Posted in Publishing, Research Libraries, Scholarly Journals on February 23rd, 2017

Kent Anderson has published "Supply, Demand, and the Subscription Model in Scholarly Publishing—An Analysis" in The Scholarly Kitchen.

Here's an excerpt:

5. Denials (turn-aways) to archival content remain high. Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the dataset comes with the percentage of denials to the backfile, which represented 60% of all denials (turn-aways). Even looking at content 10 years old or older, denials represented 49% of the total, dropping to 37% for content 20 years old or older. Archives and backfiles are still sought after, as these data and the abstract usage combined to illustrate.

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Clinical Data Research Specialist at University of Virginia

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on February 23rd, 2017

The University of Virginia is recruiting a Research Data Specialist.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

This position will support researchers (faculty, staff, and students) engaged in biomedical research by providing computational research support. The data specialist will provide consultations on cleaning, manipulating, visualizing and analyzing data by writing and/or optimizing programs and applications in R, Python, or other freely available products. The incumbent will also provide guidance on technical data management issues, including acquisition, transfer, and storage of data.

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Indiana University Bloomington Faculty Unanimously Adopt Open Access Policy

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on February 23rd, 2017

The Indiana University Bloomington faculty have unanimously adopted an open access policy.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

The Scholarly Communication staff will be available to help authors deposit their work—usually the final version of an article that has gone through peer review—in IUScholarWorks or another repository for archival purposes. Indeed, as Nazareth Pantaloni, Copyright Librarian for the IU Libraries, observed: "The Indiana University Libraries are delighted that the Bloomington Faculty Council has joined the over 300 U.S. colleges and universities who have decided to make their faculty’s scholarship more freely available under an Open Access policy. We look forward to working with them to accomplish that goal." Faculty members may also contact us to opt-out of the policy, a process that will be incorporated into a one-click form once the policy is fully implemented.

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Texas Digital Library Software Engineer at University of Texas at Austin

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on February 22nd, 2017

The University of Texas at Austin is recruiting a Texas Digital Library Software Engineer.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Working with university libraries across the state, the Software Engineer for the Texas Digital Library will design, code, test, and analyze the software and applications necessary for providing online access to the research data and scholarship of Texas while preserving digital content for future generations.

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"Building a Research Data Management Service at the University of California, Berkeley"

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Research Libraries on February 22nd, 2017

Jamie Wittenberg and Mary Elings have self-archived "Building a Research Data Management Service at the University of California, Berkeley."

Here's an excerpt:

University of California, Berkeley's Library and the central Research Information Technologies unit have collaborated to develop a research data management program that leverages each organization’s expertise and resources to create a unified service. The service offers a range of workshops, consultation, and an online resource. Because of this collaboration, service areas that are often fully embedded in IT, like backup and secure storage, as well as services in the Library domain, like resource discovery and instruction, are integrated into a single research data management program..

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Learning Technologies Specialist for Sciences at Harvard University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on February 22nd, 2017

Harvard University is recruiting a Learning Technologies Specialist.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Learning Technologies Specialist for the Sciences (LTSS) will lead the design and implementation of programs at the Discovery Bar, the Instruction Room and Media Studios. The LTSS needs to create new connections with research labs, academic departments and academic support providers throughout the sciences and engineering entities across campus. The LTSS will support faculty, staff, undergraduates and graduate students with instructional design, educational technology integration and pedagogical innovation. The LTSS reports to the Director of Science and Engineering Library Services and manages one full-time staff person as well as graduate and undergraduate student workers.

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"The Forbidden Forecast: Thinking About Open Access and Library Subscriptions"

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals, Self-Archiving on February 22nd, 2017

Rick Anderson has published "he Forbidden Forecast: Thinking About Open Access and Library Subscriptions" in The Scholarly Kitchen.

Here's an excerpt:

In light of all this, it's difficult to avoid the conclusion that those who advocate for Green OA as the preferred mode, and as the more or less universal solution towards which we should all be working, have simply failed to think through the implications of this goal. You cannot make something freely and easily available without undermining the commercial market for that thing.

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User Experience Designer at University of California, Davis

Posted in Library IT Jobs on February 21st, 2017

The University of California, Davis is recruiting a User Experience Designer.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Under general direction of the Manager of Digital Applications, the UX Designer leads visual strategy and development in the design and creation of digital products, interactive exhibits in the Shields Library, websites and microsites, media, and other applications where campus users and Library staff will encounter a digital interface or experience.

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"Why We Read Wikipedia"

Posted in Digital Culture on February 21st, 2017

Philipp Singer et al. have self-archived "Why We Read Wikipedia."

Here's an excerpt:

The goal of this paper is to fill this gap by combining a survey of Wikipedia readers with a log-based analysis of user activity. Based on an initial series of user surveys, we build a taxonomy of Wikipedia use cases along several dimensions, capturing users' motivations to visit Wikipedia, the depth of knowledge they are seeking, and their knowledge of the topic of interest prior to visiting Wikipedia. Then, we quantify the prevalence of these use cases via a large-scale user survey conducted on live Wikipedia with almost 30,000 responses. . . . Finally, we match survey responses to the respondents' digital traces in Wikipedia's server logs, enabling the discovery of behavioral patterns associated with specific use cases.

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Digital Archivist at Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on February 21st, 2017

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is recruiting a Digital Archivist.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to the Associate Director of Digital Management Services (DMS), the Digital Archivist works cross-departmentally with Academy curators, preservationists and archivists to manage efforts to preserve, describe and make accessible digitized and born-digital archival materials.

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"Copyright: The Immoveable Barrier That Open Access Advocates Underestimated"

Posted in Copyright, Creative Commons/Open Licenses, Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on February 21st, 2017

Richard Poynder has published "Copyright: The Immoveable Barrier That Open Access Advocates Underestimated."

Here's an excerpt:

In calling for research papers to be made freely available open access advocates promised that doing so would lead to a simpler, less costly, more democratic, and more effective scholarly communication system. To achieve their objectives they proposed two different ways of providing open access: green OA (self-archiving) and gold OA (open access publishing). However, while the OA movement has succeeded in persuading research institutions and funders of the merits of open access, it has failed to win the hearts and minds of most researchers. More importantly, it is not achieving its objectives. There are various reasons for this, but above all it is because OA advocates underestimated the extent to which copyright would subvert their cause.

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Digital Services & Repository Librarian at Texas A&M University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on February 20th, 2017

Texas A&M University is recruiting a Digital Services & Repository Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Digital Services & Repository Librarian is responsible for supporting all aspects of scholarly communication, including existing collections on Texas A&M Law Scholarship, the law school’s institutional repository; planning and implementing new collections on the repository; and providing vision and direction for all aspects of the law library's website.

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