Archive for 2011

Scholarly Electronic Publishing Weblog (December 19, 2011)

Posted in Bibliographies, Digital Scholarship Publications, Scholarly Communication on December 19th, 2011

The latest update of the Scholarly Electronic Publishing Weblog is now available. It provides information about new works related to scholarly electronic publishing, such as books, e-prints, journal articles, magazine articles, technical reports, and white papers.

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DigitalKoans Returns on 1/17/12

Posted in Announcements on December 7th, 2011

DigitalKoans postings will resume on 1/17/12. Happy holidays.

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Digital Scholarship Publication Activity in 2011

Posted in Bibliographies, Digital Scholarship Publications, Scholarly Communication on December 7th, 2011

Digital Scholarship published the below works in 2011. From January 1, 2011 through November 30, 2011, Digital Scholarship had over 2.4 million visitors from 211 counties and over 11.4 million file requests, including over 8.8 million page views.

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Web Initiatives Librarian at University of Ottawa Library

Posted in Library IT Jobs on December 7th, 2011

The University of Ottawa Library is recruiting a Web Initiatives Librarian. Required degree: "A Master's degree in Library and Information Studies (M.L.I.S.) from an ALA accredited institution."

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to the Head, Library Systems Division the incumbent monitors, identifies and communicates innovations in the uses of the web and recommends and implements new and emerging web-based technologies and services for our environment; provides creative and technical expertise to design, develop, manage and support innovative web-based information services and systems. Working collaboratively with Library staff, the Web Initiatives Librarian leads and coordinates the creation and enhancement of the Library Web site and the staff Intranet.

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"Is Free Inevitable in Scholarly Communication? The Economics of Open Access"

Posted in Open Access on December 7th, 2011

Caroline Sutton has published "Is Free Inevitable in Scholarly Communication? The Economics of Open Access" in College & Research Libraries News.

Here's an excerpt:

In this article I would like to make the case that a change in the delivery of scientific content and in the business models for delivering scholarly communication was inevitable from the moment journals moved online, even if much of this change is yet to come. By applying a thesis put forth by Chris Anderson in his 2009 book Free, I will argue that given that scholarly journals are now digital products, they are subject to very different economic principles and social forces than their print ancestors.

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Assistant/Associate Librarian (Metadata & Digital Curation) at Grand Valley State University Libraries

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on December 7th, 2011

The Grand Valley State University Libraries are recruiting an Assistant/Associate Librarian (Metadata & Digital Curation). Required degree: "Master of Library Science degree from an ALA accredited institution."

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Provides leadership and guidance in the development and implementation of data management strategies that will support discovery, access, management, and preservation of the Libraries' and University's physical and digital assets and resources. Advises all metadata creation activities throughout the libraries and selects, designs, adapts and maintains appropriate metadata schemas, controlled vocabularies and data dictionaries to facilitate access to resources in the libraries' catalog, digital collections and institutional repository; Performs original and complex metadata creation; Tracks developments in metadata schemas and leads the ongoing development and implementation of metadata standards and best practices within the libraries and across the university; Assists in setting policies, priorities and practices for the production, management and preservation of digital content; Develops best practices for authority control; Supports archival, e-records management and scholarly communication programs; Provides consultative support and expertise to GVSU faculty and academic units on research projects to address their data management needs, including the development of data management plans.

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"The Open Knowledge Foundation: Open Data Means Better Science"

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Open Access, Open Science on December 7th, 2011

Jennifer C. Molloy has published "The Open Knowledge Foundation: Open Data Means Better Science" in PLoS Biology.

Here's an excerpt:

Data provides the evidence for the published body of scientific knowledge, which is the foundation for all scientific progress. The more data is made openly available in a useful manner, the greater the level of transparency and reproducibility and hence the more efficient the scientific process becomes, to the benefit of society. This viewpoint is becoming mainstream among many funders, publishers, scientists, and other stakeholders in research, but barriers to achieving widespread publication of open data remain. The Open Data in Science working group at the Open Knowledge Foundation is a community that works to develop tools, applications, datasets, and guidelines to promote the open sharing of scientific data. This article focuses on the Open Knowledge Definition and the Panton Principles for Open Data in Science. We also discuss some of the tools the group has developed to facilitate the generation and use of open data and the potential uses that we hope will encourage further movement towards an open scientific knowledge commons.

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Current News: Twitter Updates for 12/6/11

Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on December 6th, 2011

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Emerging Technology Services Librarian at North Carolina State University Libraries

Posted in Library IT Jobs on December 6th, 2011

The North Carolina State University Libraries are recruiting an Emerging Technology Services Librarian. Required degree: "ALA-accredited MLS or equivalent advanced degree in library or information science."

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Emerging Technology Services Librarian

  • provides frontline services for digital media and technology equipped spaces in the James B. Hunt Jr. Library, including the Technology Showcase, gaming lab, group studies, and media rooms
  • manages the technology-lending program at Hunt Library, working closely with students and faculty to identify emerging needs for new devices and software
  • recruits, trains, and supervises students who provide peer-to-peer support and instruction for related services
  • publicizes the Libraries' digital media resources and technology services and updates and maintains related information on the Libraries' website

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"Willingness to Share Research Data Is Related to the Strength of the Evidence and the Quality of Reporting of Statistical Results"

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Publishing on December 6th, 2011

Jelte M. Wicherts, Marjan Bakker, Dylan Molenaar have published "Willingness to Share Research Data Is Related to the Strength of the Evidence and the Quality of Reporting of Statistical Results" in PLoS ONE.

Here's an excerpt:

We related the reluctance to share research data for reanalysis to 1148 statistically significant results reported in 49 papers published in two major psychology journals. We found the reluctance to share data to be associated with weaker evidence (against the null hypothesis of no effect) and a higher prevalence of apparent errors in the reporting of statistical results. The unwillingness to share data was particularly clear when reporting errors had a bearing on statistical significance.

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arXiv Senior Administrator/Project Associate II at Cornell University Library

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on December 6th, 2011

The Cornell University Library is recruiting an arXiv Senior Administrator/Project Associate II. Duration: "three-year appointment with the possibility of renewal." Required degree: "Master's or doctorate degree and research experience in a physical science, engineering, computer science, mathematics, or information science."

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The arXiv Senior Administrator (SA) will be responsible for overseeing arXiv's moderation, administration, and user-support processes. Responsibilities include: help to ensure the appropriateness of submissions and the quality standards of arXiv; make moderation decisions based on arXiv policy and the specifics of any particular case; facilitate discussion of moderation questions or policy with subject experts; investigate appeals from users regarding moderation decisions; respond to all users and moderators in a timely and courteous fashion; liaise with subject advisory committees and recruit moderators when necessary; perform daily arXiv administration tasks and user-support activities as needed; provide oversight and support of the daily arXiv administration process and its administrators. The SA will ensure that arXiv administrative processes and procedures follow arXiv policy, and that policy is applied consistently and fairly; he/she will recognize gaps in arXiv policy, and initiate new policy development with others when needed, keeping policy up-to-date and in sync with arXiv's evolving governance model.

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Digital Humanities, SPEC Kit 326

Posted in Digital Humanities on December 6th, 2011

The Association of Research Libraries has released the Digital Humanities, SPEC Kit 326.

Here's an excerpt from the press release:

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has published Digital Humanities, SPEC Kit 326, which provides a snapshot of research library experiences with digital scholarship centers or services that support the humanities (e.g., history, art, music, film, literature, philosophy, religion, etc.) and the benefits and challenges of hosting them. The survey asked ARL libraries about the organization of these services, how they are staffed and funded, what services they offer and to whom, what technical infrastructure is provided, whether the library manages or archives the digital resources produced, and how services are assessed, among other questions. . . .

The table of contents and executive summary from this SPEC Kit are available online at http://www.arl.org/bm~doc/spec-326-web.pdf.

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Systems Support Librarian at State Library of North Carolina

Posted in Library IT Jobs on December 5th, 2011

The State Library of North Carolina is recruiting a Systems Support Librarian. Hiring Range: $32,965-$49,607. Duration: three year period.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

NCpedia is the online North Carolina encyclopedia managed by the Library. Using a combination of XML, XHTML, CSS, Javascript, and PHP (or additional programming/scripting languages), this position manages and maintains the NCpedia s hosted Drupal installation which includes 20+ Drupal modules and continuous upgrades.

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HathiTrust Responds to First Amended Complaint in Authors Guild, Inc. et al. v. HathiTrust et al. Copyright Case

Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars on December 5th, 2011

HathiTrust has responded to the plaintiffs' First Amended Complaint in the Authors Guild, Inc. et al. v. HathiTrust et al. copyright case.

Read more about it at "HathiTrust Answers Authors Guild Lawsuit; Trial Schedule Set" and "Authors Guild v. HathiTrust et al. Resources."

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Web and Emerging Technologies Librarian at Oakland University Medical Library

Posted in Library IT Jobs on December 5th, 2011

The Oakland University Medical Library is recruiting a Web and Emerging Technologies Librarian. Required degree: "Masters degree from an ALA-accredited program."

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Web and Emerging Technologies Librarian has overall responsibility for the design, development and management of the Medical Library web site, web applications, social media and mobile interfaces. The primary goals of this position are to continuously improve web delivery of information to students, faculty, staff and the wider community and to support the integration of information technologies and resources into the curriculum.

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"Open Access Journals from Society Publishers"

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on December 5th, 2011

Peter Suber has published "Open Access Journals from Society Publishers" in the latest issue of the SPARC Open Access Newsletter.

Here's an excerpt:

How many scholarly societies publish OA journals, and how many OA journals do they publish? Four years ago (November 2007), Caroline Sutton and I released the first edition of our inventory answering those questions, and today we release the second edition.

Cutting to the chase: Our 2007 list turned up 425 societies publishing 450 full or non-hybrid OA journals. Our 2011 list shows 530 societies publishing 616 full OA journals. . . .

In 2007, only 15 (3%) society OA journals used CC licenses. In 2011, 92 (15%) do so, a small fraction but a distinct improvement. An additional 45 journals (7%) let authors retain copyright but do not publish under open licenses. Despite the improvement from four years ago, these are deeply disappointing numbers. As of last week (November 25, 2011) 1,727 or 24% of all the OA journals listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals used CC licenses. Hence, society OA journals use CC licenses at an even lower rate than OA journals in general.

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Current News: Twitter Updates for 12/4/11

Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on December 4th, 2011

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System Librarian at Louisiana State University Libraries

Posted in Library IT Jobs on December 4th, 2011

The Louisiana State University Libraries are recruiting a System Librarian. Required degree: "Master's degree in Library and Information Science from an ALA accredited program."

Here's an excerpt from the ad (position number: 002484):

The System Librarian reports to the Dean of Libraries or his/her designee and works closely with other library administrators and managers. The System Librarian is responsible for assisting in the management of the LSU Libraries' systems operation and has primary responsibility for administering LSU's Integrated Library System (ILS).

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SOPA/PIPA Alternative: "Fighting the Unauthorized Trade of Digital Goods while Protecting Internet Security, Commerce and Speech"

Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars, Legislation and Government Regulation on December 4th, 2011

Senator Ron Wyden and others have released a draft proposal, "Fighting the Unauthorized Trade of Digital Goods while Protecting Internet Security, Commerce and Speech," that presents an alternative to the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act of 2011 (PIPA).

Here's an excerpt:

We found that using trade laws to address the flow of infringing digital goods into the United States makes it possible to avoid many of the pitfalls that would arise from other legislative proposals currently being advanced to combat online infringement. Namely by putting the regulatory power in the hands of the International Trade Commission—versus a diversity of magistrate judges not versed in Internet and trade policy—will ensure a transparent process in which import policy is fairly and consistently applied and all interests are taken into account. When infringement is addressed only from a narrow judicial perspective, important issues pertaining to cybersecurity and the promotion of online innovation, commerce and speech get neglected. By approaching digital good infringement as a matter of regulating international commerce, we are able to take all of these factors into account.

Read more about it at "SOPA on the Ropes? Bipartisan Alternative to 'Net Censorship Emerges."

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Associate Archivist for Digital Initiatives and Records Management at American University Library

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on December 4th, 2011

The American University Library is recruiting an Associate Archivist for Digital Initiatives and Records Management. Required degree: "A Master's degree in Library or Archival Science from an ALA accredited program is required." Salary: $47,957-$50,000.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Associate Archivist manages the digital assets of the University Archives and Special Collections department according to professional best practices. The position facilitates the transfer of permanent records to the archives and coordinates digitization projects. The position manages the preservation of American University (AU) and library digital assets, supervises and evaluates personnel, and provides reference service. The Associate Archivist makes recommendations on policies and procedures regarding digital assets to ensure adherence to appropriate standards.

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Survey of Academic Attitudes to Open Access and Institutional Repositories—An RSP and UKCoRR Initiative

Posted in Digital Repositories, Institutional Repositories, Reports and White Papers on December 4th, 2011

The Repositories Support Project has released the Survey of Academic Attitudes to Open Access and Institutional Repositories—An RSP and UKCoRR Initiative.

Here's an excerpt:

Feelings about principles of OA: Participants were asked how they felt about the principles of OA. 1629 participants answered this question, and results showed that 63% (1026) were strongly in favour, 22% (358) were mildly in favour, 8% (132) were neutral, 3%(47) were mildly against, 2% (35) were strongly against, and 2% (31) did not know how they felt. . . .

Feelings about using OA repositories: Participants were also asked how they felt about using OA repositories. 1634 participants answered this question, and results showed that 56% (913) were strongly in favour, 24% (391) were mildly in favour,12% (197) were neutral, 3% (52) were mildly against, 2% (30) were strongly against, and 3% (51) did not know how they felt. . . .

If we collapse across those that responded they were strongly in favour with those that were mildly in favour, we find that the majority, 80% (1304), were in favour of using OA repositories.

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Current News: Twitter Updates for 12/1/11

Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on December 1st, 2011

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Web Services Librarian at Commonwealth Medical College Library

Posted in Library IT Jobs on December 1st, 2011

The Commonwealth Medical College Library is recruiting a Web Services Librarian. Required degree: "Master's degree in library and information science (MLS or MSLS) from an accredited program."

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The web services librarian is primarily responsible for developing, maintaining and supporting the TCMC Medical Library website. In addition, the web services librarian assists with the management of electronic resources. This position provides reference services, research assistance and library instruction.

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"Copyright Policy and Practice in Electronic Reserves among ARL Libraries"

Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars, E-Reserves on December 1st, 2011

College & Research Libraries has released a preprint of "Copyright Policy and Practice in Electronic Reserves among ARL Libraries."

Here's an excerpt:

This paper presents the results of a survey of 110 ARL institutions regarding their copyright policies for providing electronic reserves. It compiles descriptive statistics on library practice as well as coding responses to reveal trends and shared practices. Finally, it presents conclusions about policy-making, decision-making and risk aversion in ARL institutions.

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Librarian (Digital Projects) at National Agricultural Library

Posted in Library IT Jobs on December 1st, 2011

The National Agricultural Library is recruiting a Librarian (Digital Projects). Term: "not to exceed 13 months. Position may be extended up to a maximum total appointment time of 4 years." Salary: $51,630-$81,204.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

You will participate in the planning, development, implementation and maintenance of core digital initiatives. Duties include but are not limited to the following:

  • Create and/or add meta-data, classification, and search capabilities;
  • Recommend enhancements to NAL's web presence;
  • Seek creative solutions to leverage current technologies to integrate content and realize improvements in information management, such as Web 2.0, RSS feeds, wikis, and blogs;
  • Initiate the development of electronic library information tools and services for information delivery, such as Zotero, EndNotes, and RefWorks;
  • Collaborate with task forces and groups of diverse national and international members to forge information-sharing partnerships, enhance digital collections, and further database or other digital development initiatives;

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