Developer for Digital Scholarship at Wake Forest University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on June 14th, 2017

Wake Forest University is recruiting a Developer for Digital Scholarship.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

This position was created in part through an "Engaged Humanities" grant from the Andrew W. Mellon foundation, and is critical to the delivery of essential applications and service within Z. Smith Reynolds Library’s "Build.ZSR" framework (http://build.zsr.wfu.edu) for partnerships between the library and faculty to carry out digitally-enriched scholarship.. . . This position researches, recommends, tests, and subsequently implements innovative software applications that are well-suited for digital scholarship activities. In collaboration with the Digital Humanities Research Designer and Digital Initiatives Librarian, the Developer trains Z. Smith Reynolds Library faculty and staff as well as campus clients on how these cutting-edge applications can be applied within a specific discipline or field of study.

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"Raising the Library’s Impact Factor: A Case Study in Scholarly Publishing Literacy for Graduate Students"

Posted in Publishing, Research Libraries on June 14th, 2017

portal: Libraries and the Academy has released and e-print of "Raising the Library's Impact Factor: A Case Study in Scholarly Publishing Literacy for Graduate Students."

Here's an excerpt:

Graduate students across disciplines feel pressure to publish their scholarship, but they are often unsure how to go about it, partly due to a lack of explicit training in this area. This article discusses the collaborative development of a semester-long Publishing Academy, designed to promote knowledge of scholarly publishing and increase the library’s impact within the graduate student community. Demonstrating how librarians can draw on their unique skills to build a niche service addressing unmet needs on campus, the project also puts into practice a broader conception of scholarly publishing literacy, which can be linked to the Association of College and Research Libraries Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education.

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Digital Media Asset, Program Manager at University of Notre Dame

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on June 13th, 2017

The University of Notre Dame is recruiting a Digital Media Asset, Program Manager.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The successful candidate for this position will play a key role in the video asset management lifecycle of content created and/or stored in the Martin Digital Media Center. This position is responsible for the ingest workflow of incoming media materials including storage and retrieval from a storage area network, LTO tape library and cloud-based system.

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Martha Bedard, Vice Provost for the UConn Library to Retire

Posted in ARL Libraries, People in the News on June 13th, 2017

Martha Bedard, Vice Provost for the University of Connecticut Library, is retiring in July.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

Vice Provost Bedard has led the Library since 2013. During her tenure, she led the development of a new master plan for the Library that will secure its place as a central academic resource for years to come. She has worked to build donor relationships leading to high profile additions to the collection. She has championed open educational resources and supported their development and adoption here at UConn. She has brought all of the UConn Libraries, especially Storrs and the Health Center, closer together under the One Library initiative.

See also: "Holly Jeffcoat Appointed Interim Vice Provost for Libraries at University of Connecticut."

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Director of Data Education at Washington and Lee University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on June 13th, 2017

Washington and Lee University is recruiting a Director of Data Education.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Director of Data Education will establish a program to:

  • engage faculty and students in incorporating statistical and computational data analysis methods (data science) into the undergraduate curriculum and scholarship;
  • provide guidance for students in finding data sets as well as teaching students how to clean and manipulate data for use in analytical and statistical applications;
  • offer peer tutoring to students who need assistance with data and statistical applications.

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Final Version: Reimagining the Digital Monograph: Design Thinking to Build New Tools for Researchers

Posted in E-Books, Publishing, Reports and White Papers, Scholarly Books on June 13th, 2017

JSTOR has released the final version of Reimagining the Digital Monograph: Design Thinking to Build New Tools for Researchers .

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

This new version retains much of the structure of the previous one, and it still includes the ethnographic user profiles showing how six scholars do research with print and digital monographs. It also includes minor changes throughout addressing both specific and general questions we received and clarifying many points. We have gone from twelve to thirteen principles for the reimagined monograph. Most significantly, we have added as an appendix a new landscape review of related projects, which helps to situate our work on this project amongst a number of other important initiatives.

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User Experience Librarian at Harvard University

Posted in Library IT Jobs on June 12th, 2017

Harvard University is recruiting a User Experience Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

This position will develop and coordinate programs focused on improving the user experience of the Coutnway Library and will engage users in the assessment of our services and spaces. Working with students, library staff and faculty across Harvard Medical School the User Experience Librarian is responsible for conducting usability testing and user research, and applying findings and expertise to build a framework for iterative design, implementation, and review of learning objects. The User Experience Librarian will conceive, propose, and design user interfaces through which teaching, learning, and assessment is conducted over the Web, based on contemporary technologies and techniques and accounting for the multiple modes of interaction (personal and portable computers, tablets, and smartphones, etc.).

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Jon E. Cawthorne Appointed Dean of Wayne State University’s School of Library and Information Science and the University Libraries

Posted in ARL Libraries, People in the News on June 12th, 2017

Jon E. Cawthorne has been appointed Wayne State University's School of Library and Information Science and the University Libraries.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

Cawthorne comes to Wayne State from West Virginia University (WVU), where he has served as dean of libraries since 2014. In this role, he is responsible for seven libraries and 132 library, faculty and staff members. During his tenure, several significant research collections were obtained by WVU, including the Pearl S. Buck manuscripts, the Jay Rockefeller Senatorial Archives and the Rahall Congressional Papers.

Prior to joining WVU, Cawthorne was interim dean at San Diego State University, Library and Information Access; interim deputy director at the Detroit Public Library; and reference librarian and coordinator for outreach services at the University of Oregon.

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Digital Archivist at Carnegie Mellon University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on June 12th, 2017

Carnegie Mellon University is recruiting a Digital Archivist.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

In this role, you will work closely with existing Archives faculty and staff to create policies, procedures, and workflows for processing, preserving, and managing born-digital and hybrid collections. As part of the University Archives team, you will advise departments and donors on the management of electronic records, as well as orchestrate the transfer of electronic assets to the Archives. Importantly, you will immediately be involved with the transfer, appraisal, and processing of born-digital records from the Office of the President.

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NCSU’s Susan K. Nutter to Retire

Posted in ARL Libraries, People in the News on June 12th, 2017

Susan K. Nutter, Vice Provost and Director of Libraries at North Carolina State University, will retire this fall.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

When Nutter arrived at NC State in 1987, the Libraries ranked near the bottom of academic libraries in every significant category. Through her decades of innovative work, including the conception and construction of the "library of the future"—the James B. Hunt Jr. Library—on Centennial Campus in 2013, the NCSU Libraries stands among the best academic libraries in the nation.

In addition to the long list of Hunt Library honors, Nutter has also garnered the triple crown of national libraries awards during her tenure, being named the 2016 Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Academic/Research Librarian of the Year and the 2005 Library Journal "Librarian of the Year," and leading the first university library to win the ACRL "Excellence in Academic Libraries Award" in 2000. Last spring, Nutter accepted the IMLS National Medal for Museum and Library Service on the Libraries' behalf from First Lady Michelle Obama in a White House ceremony.

See also: "Greg Raschke Named Interim Vice Provost and Director of Libraries at North Carolina State University."

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Digital Curation Coordinator at University of Wisconsin–Madison

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on June 9th, 2017

The University of Wisconsin–Madison is recruiting a Digital Curation Coordinator.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to the Associate University Librarian for Technology Strategy and Data Services, the Digital Curation Coordinator will work in close collaboration with the AUL, the Assistant Director for Digital Library and Preservation Strategy, the Director of Scholarly Communication, and other library stakeholders to provide programmatic leadership pertaining to a variety of digital library services including digital curation, research data management, digital scholarship and digital preservation.

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"Wide-Open: Accelerating Public Data Release by Automating Detection of Overdue Datasets"

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Open Science on June 9th, 2017

Maxim Grechkin, Hoifung Poon, and Bill Howe have published "Wide-Open: Accelerating Public Data Release by Automating Detection of Overdue Datasets" in PLOS Biology.

Here's an excerpt:

Open data is a vital pillar of open science and a key enabler for reproducibility, data reuse, and novel discoveries. Enforcement of open-data policies, however, largely relies on manual efforts, which invariably lag behind the increasingly automated generation of biological data. To address this problem, we developed a general approach to automatically identify datasets overdue for public release by applying text mining to identify dataset references in published articles and parse query results from repositories to determine if the datasets remain private. We demonstrate the effectiveness of this approach on 2 popular National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) repositories: Gene Expression Omnibus (GEO) and Sequence Read Archive (SRA). Our Wide-Open system identified a large number of overdue datasets, which spurred administrators to respond directly by releasing 400 datasets in one week.

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