Digital Curation News (4/7/2016) #digitalcuration #digitalpreservation #datamanagement #researchdata #rdm

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    Assistant Director for Strategic Research and Analysis at Virginia Tech

    Posted in Digital Library Jobs on April 7th, 2016

    Virginia Tech is recruiting an Assistant Director for Strategic Research and Analysis.

    Here's an excerpt from the ad:

    The Assistant Director for Strategic Research and Analysis provides support for strategic intra- and inter-university initiatives in key areas to aid library administrators in better decision-making. In collaboration with the Dean, appropriate department directors, and associate/assistant deans, the incumbent researches libraries and universities and their initiatives, as well as their economic, socio-technical, and cultural environments, including emerging trends, and service experiences. Specifically, the incumbent will seek and analyze new, innovative ways of providing information/ data/content services and operating new technology and human resource infrastructures.

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      "A Spiritual Successor to Aaron Swartz Is Angering Publishers All Over Again"

      Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars, Open Access, Publishing on April 7th, 2016

      David Kravets has published "A Spiritual Successor to Aaron Swartz Is Angering Publishers All Over Again" in Ars Technica.

      Here's an excerpt:

      Meet Alexandra Elbakyan, the developer of Sci-Hub, a Pirate Bay-like site for the science nerd. It's a portal that offers free and searchable access "to most publishers, especially well-known ones."

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        Assistant/Associate Director for Information Technology at Ohio State University

        Posted in Digital Library Jobs, Library IT Jobs on April 7th, 2016

        Ohio State University is recruiting an Assistant/Associate Director for Information Technology.

        Here's an excerpt from the ad:

        The Assistant/Associate Director of Information Technology (AD for IT) will craft a shared vision for and advance the strategic development and implementation of applications, systems, and technology services that enhance digital initiatives and library operations. Reporting to the Vice Provost & Director of University Libraries, the AD for IT sets and advances technology priorities for the Libraries that align with the educational and research missions and strategic directions of the University.

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          "The Costs of Open and Closed Access: Using the Finnish Research Output as an Example"

          Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on April 7th, 2016

          Jyrki Ilva et al. have published "The Costs of Open and Closed Access: Using the Finnish Research Output as an Example" in LIBER Quarterly.

          Here's an excerpt:

          As business models of Open Access publishing are still under development, the aim of our paper is to assess the statistical tools and data that the Finnish libraries currently have for comparing the costs associated with different modes of disseminating scientific publications. We will also analyse the potential costs associated with Open Access publishing models and compare them with the current cost structure of—mostly—paywalled (PW) access. . . . We will discuss the alternatives on how best to develop statistical tools to estimate the true costs of scientific publishing.

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            Coordinator of Library Technology Services at University of Nebraska Kearney

            Posted in Library IT Jobs on April 6th, 2016

            The University of Nebraska Kearney is recruiting a Coordinator of Library Technology Services.

            Here's an excerpt from the ad:

            Specific areas of responsibility include Web Services, Integrated Library System (currently III, Sierra), Electronic Resources, Workstation Support, and future Institutional Repository. The person in this position supervises two Managerial Professional staff members and provides backup when needed.

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              "Small Scholar-Led Scholarly Journals: Can They Survive and Thrive in an Open Access Future?"

              Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on April 6th, 2016

              Heather Morrison has published "Small Scholar-Led Scholarly Journals: Can They Survive and Thrive in an Open Access Future?" in Learned Publishing (open access article).

              Here's an excerpt:

              This article presents early results of a research project designed to further our understanding of how to ensure that small scholar-led journals can survive and thrive in a global open access knowledge commons. This phase of the research focuses on generation of ideas through interviews and focus groups with 15 participants involved in producing small scholar-led journals that either are or would like to become open access. Although a couple of journals reported that they could survive in an open access future based on existing resources, most were concerned about survival and none expressed confidence that they could thrive in an open-access future.

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                Assistant Director for Library Technologies and Metadata at Davidson College

                Posted in Library IT Jobs on April 6th, 2016

                Davidson College is recruiting an Assistant Director for Library Technologies and Metadata.

                Here's an excerpt from the ad:

                Serves as a member of the library's leadership team and manages and directly supervises librarians and staff performing the systems, cataloging, and metadata functions. Leads the development, implementation, and assessment of policies, procedures, and programs in these areas. Acts as the library's primary contact with ITS. Participates in the creation of, planning for, and implementation of strategic library initiatives including direct participation in creating and managing technical solutions.

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                  Cambridge Press v. Georgia State University: "Here We Go Again: Latest GSU Ruling an Odd Victory for Libraries"

                  Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars, Publishing, Research Libraries, Scholarly Journals on April 6th, 2016

                  Kevin Smith has published "Here We Go Again: Latest GSU Ruling an Odd Victory for Libraries" in Scholarly Communications @ Duke.

                  Here's an excerpt:

                  So this ruling, like each ruling in the case, is clearly a disaster for the plaintiff publishers. Once again it establishes that there is significant space for fair use in higher education, even when that use is not transformative. Nevertheless, it is a difficult victory for libraries, in the sense that the analysis it uses is not one we can replicate; we simply do not have access to the extensive data about revenue, of which Judge Evans makes such complex use.

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                    University of Arizona Faculty Senate Passes Open Access Policy

                    Posted in Open Access, Self-Archiving on April 6th, 2016

                    The University of Arizona Faculty Senate has passed an open access policy.

                    Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                    On April 4, 2016, the University of Arizona Faculty Senate passed an open access policy that calls on the faculty and university to distribute faculty-authored scholarly articles to the widest possible audience through the UA Campus Repository. The new policy was drafted by a faculty task force charged to "review how we as a faculty might act in order to expand access to our scholarly and research outputs."

                    The task force put forward a framework largely on open access policies previously passed by faculty bodies at universities including Harvard, MIT, Duke, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Penn State, Oregon State University, and the University of California system.

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                      JAVA Application Developer at Library of Congress

                      Posted in Library IT Jobs on April 5th, 2016

                      The Library of Congress is recruiting a JAVA Application Developer.

                      Here's an excerpt from the ad:

                      The Information Technology Specialist (JAVA Application Developer) serves as a technical expert in JAVA programming language and in the design, development, testing, implementation and support of software solutions for the Library, the Congress and other legislative agencies. The work of this position involves systems analysis, design, programming, testing, implementation and support of web-based applications supporting a wide range of business areas, including but not limited to: acquisition, bibliography access, collection services, copyright, finance, human resources, law, legislative research, partnerships & outreach, information technology and preservation.

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                        Coursera and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Launch MOOC-Based Master’s Degree in Data Science

                        Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management on April 5th, 2016

                        Coursera and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have launched a MOOC-based Master's Degree in Data Science.

                        Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                        Coursera, a leading online education company known for massive open online courses (MOOCs), today announced a professional data science master's degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Home to one of the top five computer science graduate programs in the United States, the University of Illinois will open access to its world-class data science curriculum at a fraction of the cost of a traditional on-campus or online master's degree through the Master of Computer Science in Data Science (MCS-DS) degree on Coursera.

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