Analyst/Programmer 2 at University of New Mexico (2 Positions)

Posted in Library IT Jobs on June 15th, 2016

The University of New Mexico is recruiting two Analyst/Programmer 2's.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

We are looking for enthusiastic programmers who can maintain our existing websites, and also develop web applications that support the libraries' student services and promote online access to our special collections. Each position will be responsible for intensive web development, triage and troubleshooting, routine operational activities, and other developer and end-user support responsibilities.

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Web Applications Developer at Penn State University

Posted in Library IT Jobs on June 15th, 2016

Penn State University is recruiting a Web Applications Developer.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

This position will lead the design and development of applications that provide and enhance discovery of library resources, and contribute to other technology initiatives including digital library support, website components and web architecture. This role requires creativity and a commitment to the design, development, and implementation of solutions that maximize user experience and provide seamless resource discovery.

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"Transparency and Openness to Scientific Publishing: The Finnish Research Organisations Pay Millions of Euros Annually to the Large Publishers"

Posted in Publishing, Scholarly Journals, Serials Crisis on June 15th, 2016

The Open Science and Research Initiative has released "Transparency and Openness to Scientific Publishing: The Finnish Research Organisations Pay Millions of Euros Annually to the Large Publishers."

Here's an excerpt:

Open Science and Research Initiative announces the scientific publisher costs paid by Finnish universities and research organizations from 2010 to 2015. According to the data, the publisher costs have risen around ten percent per year. . . .

Publisher cost data is now available as open data licensed under CC BY 4.0 license. You are free to share and adapt the data for any purpose, with author attribution and indication if changes were made. Publisher cost details and a link to the web application can be found at openscience.fi/publisher_costs.

See also: "Scientific Journal Subscription Costs in Finland 2010-2015: A Preliminary Analysis."

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Digital Repository Analyst at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on June 14th, 2016

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is recruiting a Digital Repository Analyst.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Working with CDR development staff, the Analyst designs, implements, tests and supports software projects at all stages of their lifecycles; evaluates new technologies and services to implement or customize for use by the UNC Community; integrates systems and works with established frameworks to support technology and infrastructure for UNC Open Access initiatives. Given this focus and the rapidly evolving field of digital scholarship, tasks will be varied, presenting opportunities to learn new skills and to take on a range of technically challenging projects with support from senior staff.

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"The Economics of Book Digitization and the Google Books Litigation"

Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars, Google and Other Search Engines, Mass Digitizaton on June 14th, 2016

Hannibal Travis has self-archived "The Economics of Book Digitization and the Google Books Litigation."

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

This piece explores the digitization and uploading to the Internet of full-text books, book previews in the form of chapters or snippets, and databases that index the contents of book collections. Along the way, it will describe the economics of copyright, the "digital dilemma," and controversies surrounding fair use arguments in the digital environment. It illustrates the deadweight losses from restricting digital libraries, book previews, copyright litigation settlements, and dual-use technologies that enable infringement but also fair use.

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Scholarly Communications and Licensing Librarian at MIT

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on June 14th, 2016

MIT is recruiting a Scholarly Communications and Licensing Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to the Department Head for Scholarly Communications and Collections Strategy, the Scholarly Communications and Licensing Librarian will manage the production demands of a licensing negotiation workflow, negotiate library content licenses, participate in the development and deployment of the license program strategy, and support open access and scholarly communications initiatives in the MIT Libraries.

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Finding the Public Domain: Copyright Review Management System Toolkit

Posted in Copyright, Public Domain on June 14th, 2016

The University of Michigan Library has released Finding the Public Domain: Copyright Review Management System Toolkit.

Here's an excerpt:

This toolkit is divided into three main parts. It is primarily designed for copyright review of books, but it is also useful for a range of copyright review activities. The first part of the toolkit consists of a series of preplanning documents, one or more of which can be used in early-stage project meetings to build your team and plan your approach when faced with key questions. . . .

The second part of the toolkit dives deeper into the practical considerations facing a copyright review project, including project leadership, the legal fundamentals for copyright review, technical elements, and observations related to project personnel. . . .

The third part of the toolkit includes reports on pilot projects and a series of appendices. Together these form valuable documentation from the [Copyright Review Management System] project.

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IT Programmer Analyst I at University of North Texas

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on June 13th, 2016

The University of North Texas is recruiting a IT Programmer Analyst I.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The IT Programmer Analyst I will provide programming support for the development and maintenance of digital library initiatives, including The Portal to Texas History and the UNT Digital Library.

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"Measuring the Degrees of Openness of Scholarly Journals with the Open Access Spectrum (OAS) Evaluation Tool"

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

Xiaotian Chen and Tom Olijhoek have published "Measuring the Degrees of Openness of Scholarly Journals with the Open Access Spectrum (OAS) Evaluation Tool" in Serials Review.

Here's an excerpt:

HowOpenIsIt is a guide created by SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), PLOS (Public Library of Science), and OASPA (Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association) to describe an array of policies a journal can have in the continuum between "Open" and "Closed." The OAS Evaluation Tool uses the HowOpenIsIt guide to measure the degree of openness of journals of all kinds with scores between 0 and 100. A total of 1,005 journal samples, both OA and non-OA journals in various languages and from various parts of the world, were evaluated and scored with the OAS Evaluation Tool by a team of information professionals in 2015 based on the policies posted on journals' websites. This article reports the findings of the OAS evaluation.

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Head, Research & Scholarship at University of Guelph

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on June 13th, 2016

The University of Guelph is recruiting a Head, Research & Scholarship.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The incumbent will provide strategic leadership and operational oversight for Research & Scholarship, including: program development and delivery; promotion and outreach initiatives; project management; workflow coordination and human resources management; monitoring and assessing projects, programs and services; and collaborative development and implementation of services and infrastructure to support digital scholarship projects on campus.

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"Cloud-Based Big Data Management and Analytics for Scholarly Resources: Current Trends, Challenges and Scope for Future Research"

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

Samiya Khan, Kashish A. Shakil, and Mansaf Alam have self-archived "Cloud-Based Big Data Management and Analytics for Scholarly Resources: Current Trends, Challenges and Scope for Future Research."

Here's an excerpt:

With the shifting focus of organizations and governments towards digitization of academic and technical documents, there has been an increasing need to use this reserve of scholarly documents for developing applications that can facilitate and aid in better management of research. In addition to this, the evolving nature of research problems has made them essentially interdisciplinary. As a result, there is a growing need for scholarly applications like collaborator discovery, expert finding and research recommendation systems. This research paper reviews the current trends and identifies the challenges existing in the architecture, services and applications of big scholarly data platform with a specific focus on directions for future research.

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Digital Initiatives Librarian at Robert W. Woodruff Library, Atlanta University Center

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on June 10th, 2016

The Robert W. Woodruff Library, Atlanta University Center is recruiting a Digital Initiatives Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Digital Initiatives Librarian will support the continued development, implementation and use of emerging technologies that enrich the teaching and learning landscape. S/he will partner with Reference Librarians, Archives, and Information Technology staff to identify, build, and maintain our rapidly growing digital library collections. They will support and maintain existing software solutions for library and archival open source and vendor applications including but not limited to, DigitalCommons, CONTENTdm, ArchivesSpace, Omeka, XTF (eXtensibe Text Framework).

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