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Director of Library Information Technology at California State University Northridge’s Oviatt Library

California State University Northridge's Oviatt Library is recruiting a Director of Library Information Technology.

Here's an excerpt from the ad (job ID: 2435):

Under the general direction of the Dean, the Director of Library Information Technology is responsible for the conception, design, implementation, and operation of all systems and technology within and relating to the Library. This position provides creative vision and expertise in systems planning, using technologies that enhance operational effectiveness and improve access to library resources. This position also supervises employees who are responsible for creation and maintenance of the Library's web presence; the campus Institutional Repository; repair and maintenance of IT equipment; and staffing open computer labs. Serves as a member of the Library's Executive Group and on other Library committees as needed. Works on special projects, and performs other duties as assigned.

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Open Access: Online Survey on Scientific Information in the Digital Age

The European Commission has released the Online Survey on Scientific Information in the Digital Age.

Here's an excerpt:

Respondents were asked if there is no access problem to scientific publications in Europe: 84 % disagreed or disagreed strongly with the statement. The high prices of journals/subscriptions (89%) and limited library budgets (85%) were signalled as the most important barriers to accessing scientific publications. More than 1,000 respondents (90%) supported the idea that publications resulting from publicly funded research should, as a matter of principle, be in open access (OA) mode. An even higher number of respondents (91%) agreed or agreed strongly that OA increased access to and dissemination of scientific publications. Self-archiving ("green OA") or a combination of self-archiving and OA publishing ("gold OA") were identified as the preferred ways that public research policy should facilitate in order to increase the number and share of scientific publications available in OA. Respondents were asked, in the case of self-archiving ("green OA"), what the desirable embargo period is (period of time during which publication is not yet open access): a six-month period was favoured by 56% of respondents (although 25% disagree with this option).

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Information Resource Coordinator II at Clemson University Libraries

The Clemson University Libraries are recruiting an Information Resource Coordinator II.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Responsible for developing and implementing a strategy to rebuild the library's online presence, which includes redesign and migration of current main library web site (and related web sites) from Cascade to open-source content management system such as Drupal. Reporting to the Head of Digital Initiatives and Information Technology Unit, develops methods and web applications to market and deliver library services online, and implement user interfaces for a number of projects designed to interpret digital objects in Clemson's institutional repository.

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Scholarly Electronic Publishing Weblog (January 31, 2012)

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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Systems/Programmer III—Web Developer at University of Pittsburgh Library System

The University of Pittsburgh Library System is recruiting a Systems/Programmer III—Web Developer.

Here's an excerpt from the ad (position number: 0003830):

100% effort will be devoted to Web development and data transformation projects to support the ULS D-Scribe Digital Publishing Program (http://www.library.pitt.edu/dscribe) and other services. At various times, the incumbent will be expected to perform in the general areas of systems analysis; system design, data transformation, development, and needs assessment, resource planning and allocation, and independent execution of major projects. The incumbent will maintain communication with faculty, staff and students within libraries and throughout the University, with vendors and open source software developers and users worldwide.

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Faculty of 1000 to Launch F1000 Research Open Access Publishing Program

The Faculty of 1000 has announced that it will launch its F1000 Research open access publishing program later this year.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement :

F1000 Research will diverge from traditional journal publishing as follows:

  1. Immediate publication (beyond an initial sanity check) upon submitting to the repository. . . .
  2. Open, post-publication peer review. . . .
  3. Revisioning of work. . . .
  4. Raw data repository. . . .
  5. "Article" format is not predefined. . . .
  6. "Article" content is not predefined. . . .

Many questions remain as F1000 Research is fine-tuned to break new ground in scholarly publishing.

  • How much formal refereeing is required?
  • What is an article amendment versus an update?
  • What incentives are required to encourage post-publication refereeing, author response and revisions, and sharing of raw but template data?
  • What author fees are appropriate for the different types of content?

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Librarian, Digital Special Collections at University of Waterloo Library

The University of Waterloo Library is recruiting a Librarian, Digital Special Collections.

Here's an excerpt from the ad (job ID: 1561):

The University of Waterloo Library is seeking an innovative and dynamic professional librarian to fill a position in the Special Collections department. The successful candidate will, in collaboration with others, develop and implement the Library's digital preservation program, including policies, workflows and processes for the appraisal, acquisition, description, storage, preservation and discovery of University and Library academic and administrative digital assets, collections and archives.

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"Assessing the Value of Ebooks to Academic Libraries and Users"

Tina Chrzastowski has self-archived "Assessing the Value of Ebooks to Academic Libraries and Users" in IDEALS.

Here's an excerpt:

In 2010, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) Library agreed to take part in a global study of Elsevier electronic books (ebooks) sponsored by Elsevier Publishing. Ultimately, 129 UIUC faculty and graduate students participated in a logbook study that examined the ebook discovery process, detailed the way in which this group of researchers used ebooks, and queried users on the value they assigned to Elsevier ebooks. Going beyond the Elsevier survey, this study examines the value of ebooks both to UIUC users and to libraries, and it reports on an assessment of the ebook collection at UIUC including cost and use statistics. The results show that UIUC users assigned a high value to Elsevier ebooks for research purposes; this paper also determines that, in the broadest sense and as a collective format, ebooks offer libraries a better economic value than print books (pbooks) when comparing the cost of activities such as processing, circulation, storage and preservation.

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Audiovisual Conservator at University of Virginia Library

The University of Virginia Library is recruiting an Audiovisual Conservator.

Here's an excerpt from the ad (posting number: 0609266):

The University of Virginia Library seeks a digitally savvy and energetic professional for the position of Audiovisual Conservator. . . .

The AV Conservator will direct the team of audiovisual stakeholders to determine the strategic direction for a comprehensive audiovisual stewardship program for a major research library system. This includes working with collection managers regarding audiovisual conservation treatment needs in order to establish priorities and to determine and evaluate long-range conservation planning for audiovisual materials; identifying and applying for potential sources of grant funding for conservation activities and writing narrative project reports; stabilizing, cleaning, housing, and evaluating the condition of audiovisual materials on physical media; performing in-house treatment and reformatting/digitization; managing outsourced audiovisual projects with vendors; determining and creating appropriate metadata; and processing large audiovisual collections and advising Special Collections staff on processing of audiovisual materials within larger archival collections.

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Digital Preservation: The Digital Dilemma 2: Perspectives from Independent Filmmakers, Documentarians and Nonprofit Audiovisual Archives

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has released The Digital Dilemma 2: Perspectives from Independent Filmmakers, Documentarians and Nonprofit Audiovisual Archives (registration required).

The Academy’s first report, The Digital Dilemma: Strategic Issues in Archiving and Accessing Digital Motion Picture Materials (registration required), is also available.

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Systems Librarian at Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries

The Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries are recruiting a Systems Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to the Integrated Systems Librarian in the Library Information Systems Department, the Systems Librarian will advance enterprise library applications through maintenance, customization, and professional vision. The successful candidate will work closely with team members, the Library Information Systems Department, library staff, professional colleagues, and vendors to deliver online services to the VCU community. The Systems Librarian will also provide systems administration support in both a local LAMP and an external cloud environment. He or she is responsible for exploring new technologies and identifying opportunities for their effective application, including the potential integration with other university and library systems. . . .

Although experience in certain areas is desirable, this is an entry-level position in which candidates who demonstrate excellent promise and a passion for developing superior academic library systems will be given the most serious consideration.

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Open Access: We the People Petition to Oppose the Research Works Act

A petition for the Obama administration to oppose the Research Works Act (H.R. 3699) is up at the White House's We the People website.

Here's an excerpt:

HR 3699, the Research Works Act will be detrimental to the free flow of scientific information that was created using Federal funds. It is an attempt to put federally funded scientific information behind pay-walls, and confer the ownership of the information to a private entity. This is an affront to open government and open access to information created using public funds.

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Technical Architect for Library Content Discovery and Delivery—Library Acquisitions at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library is recruiting a Technical Architect for Library Content Discovery and Delivery—Library Acquisitions.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to the Head of Acquisitions, the Technical Architect for Library Content Discovery and Delivery will collaborate with members of Library Information Technology, Content Access Management, Acquisitions, and Electronic Resource Support to plan and implement critical technology integration solutions between units that create the digital content and those that acquire, license, purchase, and provide for standardized access to it. He or she will participate in the technical and policy work necessary to bridge the gap between the infrastructure pieces and the public service and research components of online material access and use, and will provide technical mentoring to staff and assist in training and supervising the work of staff involved in e-resource management.

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Digital Preservation: Report on Decision Factors and Their Influence on Planning

The Scalable Preservation Environments project has released the Report on Decision Factors and Their Influence on Planning.

Here's an excerpt:

This report sheds light on the actual decision criteria and influence factors to be considered when choosing digital preservation actions. It is based on an extensive evaluation of case studies on preservation planning for a range of different types of objects with partners from different institutional backgrounds. We analyse objective trees from a number of real-world decision making instances and classify the objectives and decision criteria. We analyse the measurability and required information for decision criteria, and the objectives and decision factors contained in objective trees. We further discuss the mapping of different quality models and map decision criteria to standardised models for decision factors in the areas of software quality, format assessment, and object properties.

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Manager Software & Systems Engineering, Online Library Environment at University of Virginia Library

The University of Virginia Library is recruiting a Manager Software & Systems Engineering, Online Library Environment.

Here's an excerpt from the ad (posting number: 0609299):

The Manager of Software and Systems Engineering is responsible for leading the design and implementation for the Library's priorities for access, retrieval, and use of digital content within the Online Library Environment. The position works closely with Library directors, selectors, and other stakeholders to assure a high level of coordination/communication regarding these efforts and to ensure work is aligned with Library priorities and policies. The Manager of Software and Systems Engineering manages a team of engineers and leads project teams in digital library development.

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Ten Library, Publishing, and Advocacy Organizations Oppose the Research Works Act in Letter

Ten library, publishing, and advocacy organizations have opposed the Research Works Act in a letter sent to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Here's an excerpt:

We fully respect copyright law and the protection it affords content creators, owners, and users. The NIH Public Access Policy operates fully within current U.S. Copyright law as articles reporting on NIH funded research are copyrightable, and the copyright belongs to the author. The NIH Policy requires only the grant of a non-exclusive license to NIH, fully consistent with federal policies such as Circular A-110 and Circular A-102. The author is free to transfer some or all of the exclusive rights under copyright to a journal publisher or to assign these anywhere they so choose—a freedom crucial to the authors of scientific articles, who rightly want to determine where and how their work is distributed.

Under H.R. 3699, authors of articles reporting on federally funded research would face a new restriction. The proposed bill requires authors to seek the permission of a publisher before their work can be distributed through an online, networked government channel such as NIH’s PubMed Central, even if they themselves—as the author of the work and the relevant rights holder—have already consented to do so, potentially limiting the authors ability to distribute their work as widely as they may wish.

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Digital Assets Librarian at Morton Arboretum Library

The Morton Arboretum Library is recruiting a Digital Assets Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Digital Assets Librarian is responsible for the day-to-day management of The Morton Arboretum's digital resources across the organization. The Librarian will be responsible for the production and organization of a growing collection of digital resources serving visitors, staff, and the education and scientific communities and will assist in the organization and curation of the Arboretum's archives. . . . This position is funded in whole or in part by grant or other restricted funding and is expected to conclude by September 2014.

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Survey on Open Access in FP7

The European Commission has released Survey on Open Access in FP7

Here's an excerpt:

In May 2011, the Commission identified the 811 projects designated at the time with Special Clause 39 in their grant agreement and sent a questionnaire to all project coordinators in order to collect feedback on experiences of both the implementation of the pilot and the reimbursement of open access publishing costs. The objective was to provide input for the future of the open access policy and practices in Horizon 2020, which is the future EU framework programme for research and innovation, and for the preparation of a communication from the Commission and a recommendation to Member States on scientific publications in the digital age.

The online questionnaire was open between 29 June and 26 August 2011 and enabled the collection of a total of 194 responses (success rate: 24 %). Many respondents used the possibility to answer ‘no opinion’ to some questions, but this constitutes valuable information. The final report was prepared in October/November 2011. Annexes include tables of statistical results in each FP7 research area.

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Information Technology Specialist (Automation Specialist) at Library of Congress

The Library of Congress is recruiting an Information Technology Specialist (Automation Specialist) .

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Automation Specialist supports the development and operation of automated activities of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS). The incumbent works under the direction of the NLS Automation Officer to ensure that the NLS IT infrastructure is appropriate to allow NLS staff to fulfill their mission now and in the future. The incumbent is responsible for the oversight of the READS integrated library management software.

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Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries

The Association of Research Libraries, the Center for Social Media at the School of Communication of American University, and the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property at the Washington College of Law of American University have released the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries.

Here's an excerpt:

This is a code of best practices in fair use devised specifically by and for the academic and research library community. It enhances the ability of librarians to rely on fair use by documenting the considered views of the library community about best practices in fair use, drawn from the actual practices and experience of the library community itself.

It identifies eight situations that represent the library community's current consensus about acceptable practices for the fair use of copyrighted materials and describes a carefully derived consensus within the library community about how those rights should apply in certain recurrent situations.

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