"Video Game Preservation in the UK: A Survey of Records Management Practices"

Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on November 7th, 2014

Alasdair Bachell and Matthew Barr have published "Video Game Preservation in the UK: A Survey of Records Management Practices" in the International Journal of Digital Curation.

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This study looked at the current attitudes towards preservation in the UK's independent ('indie') video games industry by examining current record-keeping practices and analysing the views of games developers. The results show that there is an interest in preserving games, and possibly a desire to do so, but issues of piracy and cost prevent the industry from undertaking preservation work internally, and from allowing others to assume such responsibility. The recommendation made by this paper is not simply for preservation professionals and enthusiasts to collaborate with the industry, but to do so by advocating the commercial benefits that preservation may offer to the industry.

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    Dean of the University Libraries at University of Maryland, College Park

    Posted in ARL Libraries, Research Libraries on November 7th, 2014

    The University of Maryland, College Park is recruiting a Dean of the University Libraries.

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    The University of Maryland, College Park invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the University Libraries. The University is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU) and is the flagship of the University System of Maryland. Located in the Baltimore-Washington corridor within easy commuting distance of both the nation's capital and the state capital, the University enjoys close proximity to the Library of Congress and National Archives as well as to numerous specialized libraries such as the Folger Shakespeare Library and the National Library of Medicine. The University ranks among the top 20 public universities, with over 35,000 students engaged in nationally and internationally recognized programs in undergraduate and graduate studies.

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      "Building Support for Research Data Management: Biographies of Eight Research Universities"

      Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on November 7th, 2014

      Katherine G. Akers et al. have published "Building Support for Research Data Management: Biographies of Eight Research Universities" in the International Journal of Digital Curation.

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      Academic research libraries are quickly developing support for research data management (RDM), including both new services and infrastructure. Here, we tell the stories of how eight different universities have developed programs of RDM support, focusing on the prominent role of the library in educating and assisting researchers with managing their data throughout the research lifecycle. Based on these stories, we construct timelines for each university depicting key steps in building support for RDM, and we discuss similarities and dissimilarities among universities in motivation to provide RDM support, collaborations among campus units, assessment of needs and services, and changes in staffing.

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        Posted in Digital Curation News on November 6th, 2014

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          "The Effect of Discovery Systems on Online Journal Usage: A Longitudinal Study"

          Posted in Publishing, Research Libraries, Scholarly Journals on November 6th, 2014

          Michael Levine-Clark et al. have published The Effect of Discovery Systems on Online Journal Usage: A Longitudinal Study in Insights: The UKSG Journal.

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          Many academic libraries are implementing discovery services as a way of giving their users a single comprehensive search option for all library resources. These tools are designed to change the research experience, yet very few studies have investigated the impact of discovery service implementation. This study examines one aspect of that impact by asking whether usage of publisher-hosted journal content changes after implementation of a discovery tool. Libraries that have begun using the four major discovery services have seen an increase in usage of this content, suggesting that for this particular type of material, discovery services have a positive impact on use. Though all discovery services significantly increased usage relative to a no discovery service control group, some had a greater impact than others, and there was extensive variation in usage change among libraries using the same service. Future phases of this study will look at other types of content.

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            Director for Online Strategy at UC Davis

            Posted in Digital Library Jobs on November 6th, 2014

            UC Davis is recruiting a Director for Online Strategy.

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            The Director for Online Strategy will act as the senior leader in charge of the Library's strategy, development, and operations for Web, mobile, and social media platforms, including locally and collaboratively developed, externally acquired, and cloud-based. Coordinate and oversee technology-related operations of the Library in close collaboration with the other members of the leadership team.

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              Director of Scholarly Communications at University of Texas Arlington

              Posted in Digital Library Jobs on November 6th, 2014

              The University of Texas Arlington is recruiting a Director of Scholarly Communications.

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              The Director of Scholarly Communication will serve in an important leadership role advancing central facets of the strategic plan of The University of Texas at Arlington. The Director will be the primary liaison to UTA faculty on emerging issues of scholarly publication and provide legal expertise to faculty, students and colleagues within University Libraries on intellectual property issues related to scholarly communication. The Director of Scholarly Communication will serve as an advocate for new and emerging practices in scholarly communication at the University, including playing a role in shaping policies and support for the creation, delivery, and preservation of original digital scholarship produced at UT Arlington. The librarian in this position leads education and outreach to faculty and provides guidance to all members of the UT Arlington community on issues related to scholarly publishing, including author rights, open access (OA) publishing, and current and emerging publishing trends. This position also serves as a resource on intellectual property issues related to copyright, open access and licensing. The Director of Scholarly Communication will work closely with allied positions in Digital Humanities, E-Science and GIS.

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                "A Perspective on Archiving the Scholarly Web"

                Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on November 6th, 2014

                Herbert Van de Sompel and Andrew Treloar have self-archived "A Perspective on Archiving the Scholarly Web."

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                As the scholarly communication system evolves to become natively web-based and starts supporting the communication of a wide variety of objects, the manner in which its essential functions —registration, certification, awareness, archiving—are fulfilled co-evolves. This paper focuses on the nature of the archival function based on a perspective of the developing future scholarly communication infrastructure.

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