IT Analyst III at University of Tennessee Knoxville

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on July 9th, 2015

The University of Tennessee Knoxville is recruiting an IT Analyst III.

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In consultation with librarians and other library and university programmers, systems administrators, vendors, and end-users, responsibilities of this position include the customization and enhancement of a wide variety of digital library applications and systems that support digital preservation, digital asset management, and end-user discovery and access.

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    NDLTD Launches Global Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Search

    Posted in Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs) on July 9th, 2015

    NDLTD has launched Global ETD Search.

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    Global ETD Search—developed in partnership with the University of Cape Town, South Africa—is a free service that allows researchers to find ETDs based on keyword, date, institution, language and subject. Researchers may submit queries and view results using the familiar style of popular Web search engines. This new search service will allow researchers to locate relevant theses and dissertations far more effectively than current tools.

    Global ETD Search is based on a growing collection of approximately 4 million ETDs from more than 200 universities on all continents. Metadata records are automatically collected daily from individual institutions and consortia. These records form the basis of the search service. Once researchers have located the ETDs of interest, they are able to access the original documents from the originating institutions.

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      Digital Curation News (7/8/2015) #digitalcuration #digitalpreservation #researchdatamanagement #rdm

      Posted in Digital Curation News on July 8th, 2015

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        Digital Initiative Librarian at Idaho State University

        Posted in Digital Library Jobs on July 8th, 2015

        Idaho State University is recruiting a Digital Initiative Librarian.

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        Supports digital scholarship initiatives including: providing assistance in the digitization of special collections, managing existing digital library services, and informing the creation of new digital services. Reporting to the Head of Collection Management, the Digital Initiatives Librarian works with staff and faculty throughout the library to provide innovative digital library services.

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          "PLOS Recommended Data Repositories"

          Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Repositories on July 8th, 2015

          Daniella Lowenberg has published "PLOS Recommended Data Repositories" in EveryOne.

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          In line with our updated Data Policy, we are pleased to announce a PLOS Data Repository Recommendation Guide.

          To support the selection of data repositories for authors, PLOS has identified a set of established repositories, which are recognized and trusted within their respective communities. To develop the list, we consulted with editors, organizations running data repositories, and other publishers in order to cover the breadth of disciplines and subject areas published by PLOS.

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            Digital Repository Librarian at University of British Columbia

            Posted in Digital Library Jobs on July 8th, 2015

            The University of British Columbia is recruiting a Digital Repository Librarian .

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            The Digital Repository Librarian is responsible for developing, supporting, and assessing recruitment activities as well as managing the content in cIRcle, UBC's open access digital repository. The role is also responsible for managing the repository software and technical system administration of the cIRcle database; managing the development and implementation of content policies and procedures; ensuring copyright compliance of repository content; and undertaking promotion of cIRcle and open access.

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              "The Twitter Archive at the Library of Congress: Challenges for information Practice and Information Policy"

              Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on July 8th, 2015

              Michael Zimmer has published "The Twitter Archive at the Library of Congress: Challenges for information Practice and Information Policy" in First Monday.

              Here's an excerpt:

              In April 2010, the U.S. Library of Congress and the popular micro-blogging company Twitter announced that every public tweet, since Twitter's inception in March 2006, will be archived digitally at the Library and made available to researchers. The Library of Congress' planned digital archive of all public tweets holds great promise for the research community, yet, over five years since its announcement, the archive remains unavailable. This paper explores the challenges faced by the Library that have prevented the timely realization of this valuable archive, divided into two categories: challenges involving practice, such as how to organize the tweets, how to provide useful means of retrieval, how to physically store them; and challenges involving policy, such as the creation of access controls to the archive, whether any information should be censored or restricted, and the broader ethical considerations of the very existence of such an archive, especially privacy and user control.

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                Digital Curation News (7/7/2015) #digitalcuration #digitalpreservation #researchdatamanagement #rdm

                Posted in Digital Curation News on July 7th, 2015

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                  Digital Initiatives Librarian at Emerson College

                  Posted in Digital Library Jobs on July 7th, 2015

                  Emerson College is recruiting a Digital Initiatives Librarian.

                  Here's an excerpt from the ad:

                  The Digital Initiatives Librarian works with the Executive Director of the Library to implement and maintain digital initiatives including: digital archives/repositories, digitization of analog records and digital curation. Coordinates with Head of Archives and Special Collections on digital preservation. As part of these initiatives, the DI Librarian is required to liaise with Library and IT staff, external vendors, and consortia. Core responsibilities will include identifying digitization projects, organizing teams to develop workflows, and liaising with stakeholders.

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                    "Scholarly Communication as a Core Competency: Prevalence, Activities, and Concepts of Scholarly Communication Librarianship as Shown through Job Advertisements"

                    Posted in Open Access, Research Libraries, Scholarly Communication on July 7th, 2015

                    Craig Finlay et al. have published "Scholarly Communication as a Core Competency: Prevalence, Activities, and Concepts of Scholarly Communication Librarianship as Shown through Job Advertisements" in the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication.

                    Here's an excerpt:

                    INTRODUCTION The dynamic nature of the scholarly communication landscape has produced a need for the creation of positions specifically focused on these issues. Yet, no clear title or job description for scholarly communication librarianship has emerged. The lack of standardization in this area is problematic for educators, professionals, and prospective professionals. METHODS Analyzing 13,869 job advertisements published between 2006 and 2014, this study attempts to examine the prevalence of scholarly communication terms and activities and the types of positions in which these terms and activities appear. RESULTS This study finds an increase in the use of the term "scholarly communication" in the title or text of job advertisements over the last nine years, with more than 7% of positions in the most recent year containing the term. CONCLUSIONS An analysis of the levels of engagement with scholarly communication demonstrates that jobs with substantial levels of engagement are increasing; whereas those requiring passive knowledge or awareness of scholarly communication issues are decreasing. Jobs with scholarly communication as a primary job responsibility are differentiated by a focus on repositories, open access, copyright, authors' rights, and intellectual property differentiate core scholarly communication positions.

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                      Metadata Technologies Program Manager at Harvard University

                      Posted in Digital Library Jobs on July 7th, 2015

                      Harvard University is recruiting a Metadata Technologies Program Manager.

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                      As a member of the Information & Technical Services department management team, under the supervision of the Head of Metadata Management, the Metadata Technologies Program Manager will lead and collaborate with colleagues to develop a diverse metadata program focusing on incorporating emerging technologies, such as linked data, and experimenting with innovative approaches to creating discovery metadata. . . . Not solely a metadata technologist, the incumbent would also serve as a metadata consultant for the broader Harvard community, including performing outreach and advocacy to academic or administrative departments as appropriate for developing collaborations across campus (e.g. HarvardX or other high-profile initiatives where digital assets are being created from legacy collections in the libraries, museums or archives).

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                        "Dutch Boycott of Elsevier—A Game Changer?"

                        Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on July 7th, 2015

                        Danny Kingsley has published "Dutch Boycott of Elsevier—A Game Changer?" in Unlocking Research.

                        Here's an excerpt:

                        A long running dispute between Dutch universities and Elsevier has taken an interesting turn. Yesterday Koen Becking, chairman of the Executive Board of Tilburg University who has been negotiating with scientific publishers about an open access policy on behalf of Dutch universities with his colleague Gerard Meijer, announced a plan to start boycotting Elsevier.

                        As a first step in boycotting the publisher, the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU) has asked all scientists that are editor in chief of a journal published by Elsevier to give up their post. If this way of putting pressure on the publishers does not work, the next step would be to ask reviewers to stop working for Elsevier. After that, scientists could be asked to stop publishing in Elsevier journals. . . .

                        The 2015 Dutch boycott is significant. Typically negotiations with publishers occur at an institutional level and with representatives from the university libraries. This makes sense as libraries have long standing relationships with publishers and understand the minutiae of the licencing processes . However the Dutch negotiations have been led by the Vice Chancellors of the universities. It is a country-wide negotiation at the highest level. And Vice Chancellors have the ability to request behaviour change of their research communities.

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