Scholarly Electronic Publishing Weblog (November 30, 2012)

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

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Digital Collections Librarian at University of Chicago Library

The University of Chicago Library is recruiting a Digital Collections Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad (Posting Number: 01559):

Reporting to the Associate University Librarian for Digital Services, the Digital Collections Librarian leads the Library's collection-building activities for locally-created digital materials. Establishes priorities, manages projects, coordinates cross-departmental workflows, participates in identifying digital collection development opportunities, and ensures that our locally-digitized collections are integrated into the overall collections and services. Working with the Library's decentralized digital production environment, the Librarian facilitates communication between staff across the Library working on digital projects and ensures stakeholders remain informed and engaged.

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Systems Administrator, Libraries at Indiana University Libraries

The Indiana University Libraries are recruiting a Systems Administrator, Libraries.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Manages servers and related systems and services in the Library Technologies and Digital Libraries Division of the IUB Libraries; works closely with the Senior Systems Administrator and two senior Systems Engineers; and researches, evaluates, recommends for purchase, installs, and configures servers, storage area networks, backup solutions, networking hardware, peripherals, services, etc. in accordance with Libraries practices and project/operational requirements. Develops and maintains installation and configuration procedures and system standards; researches and recommends innovative and, where possible, automated approaches for system administration tasks; participates as a technical representative on cross-departmental and cross-Libraries project teams in the initiation and planning phases of major projects.

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Georgia Institute of Technology Adopts Open Access Policy

The Georgia Institute of Technology has adopted an open access policy.

Here's an excerpt:

Each Faculty member grants to Georgia Tech Research Corporation (hereinafter "GTRC") nonexclusive permission to make available his or her scholarly articles and to exercise the copyright in those articles for the purpose of open dissemination. In legal terms, each Faculty member grants to GTRC a nonexclusive, irrevocable, royalty-free, worldwide license to exercise any and all copyrights in his or her scholarly articles published in any medium, provided the articles are not sold or licensed for a profit by GTRC or any GTRC-granted licensee.

This policy applies to all published scholarly articles that any person authors or co-authors while appointed as a member of the Faculty, except for any such articles authored or co-authored before the adoption of this policy, or subject to a conflicting agreement formed before the adoption of this policy, or conducted under a classified research agreement. Upon notification by the author, the Provost or Provost's designate will waive application of this license for a particular article. At author request, access will be delayed for up to one year.

To assist in distributing the scholarly articles, each Faculty member will make available an electronic copy of his or her final version of the article at no charge to a designated representative of the Provost's Office in appropriate formats (such as PDF) specified by the Provost’s Office, no later than the date of publication.

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"Who’s Tracking Your Reading Habits? An E-Book Buyer’s Guide to Privacy, 2012 Edition"

The EFF has released "Who's Tracking Your Reading Habits? An E-Book Buyer's Guide to Privacy, 2012 Edition."

Here's an excerpt:

As we've done since 2009, again we've taken some of the most popular e-book platforms and combed through their privacy policies for answers to common privacy questions that users deserve to know. In many cases, these answers were frustratingly vague and long-winded. In nearly all cases, reading e-books means giving up more privacy than browsing through a physical bookstore or library, or reading a paper book in your own home. Here, we've examined the policies of Google Books, Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, Kobo, Sony, Overdrive, Indiebound, Internet Archive, and Adobe Content Server for answers to the following questions:

  • Can they keep track of searches for books?
  • Can they monitor what you're reading and how you're reading it after purchase and link that information back to you? Can they do that when the e-book is obtained elsewhere?
  • What compatibility does the device have with books not purchased from an associated eBook store?
  • Do they keep a record of book purchases? Can they track book purchases or acquisitions made from other sources?
  • With whom can they share the information collected in non-aggregated form?
  • Do they have mechanisms for customers to access, correct, or delete the information?
  • Can they share information outside the company without the customer's consent?

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Senior Digital Library Developer at Northeastern University Libraries

The Northeastern University Libraries are recruiting a Senior Digital Library Developer.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Senior Digital Library Developer will develop and maintain the core technical infrastructure for a comprehensive digital library/repository service. Typical activities include: working with open-source and commercial applications to develop an OAIS compliant infrastructure that supports the ingestion, storage/preservation, and distribution of digital assets.

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Digital Repository Services Manager at California State University, Office of the Chancellor

The California State University, Office of the Chancellor, is recruiting a Digital Repository Services Manager.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The California State University, Office of the Chancellor, is seeking a Digital Repository Services Manager to be responsible for the design, development, implementation, maintenance, and expansion of systemwide institutional repository and digital asset management services in support of campus-led digital library initiatives. The Manager will work closely with campus libraries and academic technology departments to define needs, set out best practices, and develop and maintain systems and tools to support institutional repository projects. The Manager will additionally work with other SDLS staff in support of discovery projects and initiatives.

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Senior Programmer/Analyst II at Dartmouth College Library

The Dartmouth College Library is recruiting a Senior Programmer/Analyst II.

Here's an excerpt from the ad (position number: 1011453):

This position is the technical lead on a new multi-institutional digital publishing platform within the Dartmouth Digital Library Program. Installs, codes, documents, and maintains a digital publishing software system to deliver XML journal articles and associated supplemental files.

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Canadian Research Knowledge Network Will Cancel National License Agreement with American Chemical Society

The Canadian Research Knowledge Network will cancel a national license agreement for the American Chemical Society's Web Editions and Legacy Archives products.

Here's an excerpt from the press release:

Termination of the CRKN-ACS license will take effect at the end of 2013, at which time participating libraries may choose to contract directly with ACS or implement alternate arrangements. . . .

Under ACS's new pricing, costs for participant libraries will be determined solely by usage, using the average number of full-text downloads from the most recent three years, and with participating institutions organized into usage bands. Any growth in usage that would move a participating institution into a higher usage band would result in a prohibitive price increase that could double or triple the cost of the ACS content. This pricing regime represents a huge financial risk for those libraries that are most committed to promoting ACS resources, and will penalize those who are most successful in integrating ACS content into new web- and mobile-based discovery and access systems that are used increasingly by university researchers and students.

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Systems Librarian at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Library

The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Library is recruiting a Systems Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Systems Librarian will serve as a member of the Library's staff, under the direction of the Library Director. In addition to providing support for general Library functions, the Librarian will, in concert with other members of Library staff, administer various library systems and servers, provide web development support and provide website content maintenance for the Library and Shared Resources.

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"’The Way We Do It Here’: Mapping Digital Forensics Workflows in Collecting Institutions"

Martin J. Gengenbach A has self-archived his Master's theses "'The Way We Do It Here': Mapping Digital Forensics Workflows in Collecting Institutions."

Here's an excerpt:

The study presented in this paper used semi-structured interviews with archivists and curators to investigate the implementation of digital forensics practices for managing born-digital content in collecting institutions. . . . High-level workflow models based on the information gathered through those interviews provide additional documentation and context for archives and special collections seeking to develop their own processes

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Web Programmer/Developer (Applications Prog IV) at Cornell University Library

The Cornell University Library is recruiting a Web Programmer/Developer (Applications Prog IV).

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Cornell University Library, Information Technologies is seeking a Web Programmer/Developer. The selected candidate will provide advanced programming support for CUL-IT digital library, discovery systems and services through design, development, programming, production, and documentation of professional-quality Web applications for digital library collections and other technical projects. Develop Web services to deliver content from CUL digital collections and networked resources. Maintain evolving sites, including Drupal implementations. A

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Academic Libraries and Research Data Services: Current Practices and Plans for the Future

ARCL has released Academic Libraries and Research Data Services: Current Practices and Plans for the Future.

Here's an excerpt:

This study surveyed a cross section of academic library members of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) in the United States and Canada to provide a baseline assessment of the current state of and future plans for research data services in academic libraries in these countries.

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Associate University Librarian And Director of Digital Initiatives & Collaborative Services at University of California, Berkeley Library

The University of California, Berkeley Library is recruiting a Associate University Librarian And Director of Digital Initiatives & Collaborative Services.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

As the primary technology planner for the Library, the AUL sets policy and strategic directions to ensure the Library maintains a reliable, scalable, and sustainable technology infrastructure; robust computing services for library users and library staff; vibrant web services, and expanding digital initiatives. The AUL also provides leadership and direction for the policies and services related to other collaborations reaching beyond the Berkeley campus such as the UC Berkeley Library Interlibrary Services and the Northern Regional Library Facility shared by the five northern UC campuses. With the tools to shape access to both legacy collections and newly digitized ones, the AUL will be an architect of new models for networked information.

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The Potential Role for Intermediaries in Managing the Payment of Open Access Article Processing Charges (APCs)

JISC has released The Potential Role for Intermediaries in Managing the Payment of Open Access Article Processing Charges (APCs).

Here's an excerpt:

This report examines the operational challenges that universities, funders and publishers face in the UK relating to the payment of article processing charges (APCs)—the charges levied by the publishers of open access and hybrid journals to meet the costs of the publication process. It then examines the feasibility of using intermediaries of various kinds to provide services to aggregate payments as between universities and publishers, along with other services relating to the processes involved in ensuring that an article is published on open access terms. . . .

We conclude as a result of our work that with a very few exceptions, the systems and processes currently associated with the payment of APCs are sub-optimal, and could present a significant barrier to the wider adoption of open access publishing.

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Timothy Leary Papers—Digital Archival Processing Internship at New York Public Library

The New York Public Library is recruiting a Timothy Leary Papers—Digital Archival Processing Intern.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Manuscripts and Archives Division is offering an internship to aid the Digital and Project Archivists for the Timothy Leary Papers for the fall term to students from a Master's program in librarianship, archival studies, or preservation with an interest in the born digital materials in the papers.

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Long-Term Sustainability of Data Archives: EUDAT Sustainability Plan

The EUDAT project has released the EUDAT Sustainability Plan.

Here's an excerpt:

We survey the current provision of infrastructure and long-term data archival services in Europe and review recent efforts to assess the costs involved in preserving research data (Chapters 1 to 4). To focus and constrain sustainability planning, we introduce a number of candidate guiding principles for EUDAT (Chapter 5) and suggest an overall logical model of its future shape, and a number of possible mechanisms for realising this model (Chapter 6). We discuss possible mechanisms to define levels of service and provide funding for a future EUDAT CDI, and introduce our intent to measure actual costs of delivering EUDAT services through an activity-based cost modelling exercise (Chapters 7 and 8).

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Digital Archives Specialist at Abilene Christian University Library

The Abilene Christian University Library is recruiting a Digital Archives Specialist.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Digital Archives Specialist executes the plan of work developed and directed by the Associate Dean of Digital Initiatives, Special Collections, and University Archives to provide access through the West Texas Digital Archive to rare books and archival materials held in ACU's Special Collections in service to teaching and learning. . . . This position is grant funded, renewable annually for up to three years, with the possibility of extension.

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"ARL Member Library Directors on Putting the Code to Work"

The Association of Research Libraries has published "ARL Member Library Directors on Putting the Code to Work."

Here's an excerpt:

The Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries came out in January 2012, and we have been spreading the good news at events around the country ever since. . . . In the following video interviews, taped in October 2012, five dynamic leaders of ARL libraries describe how they are using the Code to inform new approaches to questions of copyright and fair use.

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Digital & Web Services Librarian at Temple University Libraries

Temple University Libraries are recruiting a Digital & Web Services Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to the Head of Digital Library Initiatives, the Digital and Web Services Librarian serves a dual role. S/he coordinates the Library's web presence, working collaboratively with staff throughout the library system; takes a leadership role in developing digital projects and services that serve the needs of faculty and students, particularly in the realm of digital objects publication and management, using tools like Omeka.

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Status and Outlook for University of Michigan Research Profile Data Strategy

Natsuko Nicholls has self-archived Status and Outlook for University of Michigan Research Profile Data Strategy in Deep Blue.

Here's an excerpt:

My investigation into various faculty expertise efforts and activities across institutions shows that many universities have not yet developed or adopted a centralized, comprehensive university-wide system for expertise data collection and activity reporting. There is still substantial variation in procedures across departments and colleges within institutions and considerable duplication of effort across campus units. However, it is indeed the recent trend that many institutions—including the University of Michigan—have actively engaged in campus-wide discussions about research profile data curation needs, concluding that a more centralized system would provide incentives for timely data-entry, guarantee currency of the expertise data, and increase overall efficiency and data quality. This study also sheds light on the role of the academic library as an important stakeholder in expertise data collection and management. My findings suggest that various attributes of an academic library make it an ideal driver for research profile data management. The academic library is a strong resource for information technology expertise as well as information management and dissemination at any institution. Further, it tends to be a neutral and trusted entity, especially with employees who regularly engage with researchers and have a good understanding of the academic landscape and the needs of the research community. In addition to providing an overview of the research landscape where profiling needs are quickly rising and where benefits from a well-managed profile data system are widely understood, this study also illuminates the conventional use of expertise databases and research networking/discovery tools as well as Current Research Information Systems (CRIS).

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Digital Archivist at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo Library

The California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo Library is recruiting a Digital Archivist (two-year position).

Here's an excerpt from the ad (requisition number: 102708):

Under the direction of the Director, Information Resources and Archives, and working closely with the Head, Special Collections and University Archives, the incumbent will lead the ongoing technical and programmatic development of digital university archives and special collections, and provide leadership and coordination to explore, adapt and implement digital asset technologies in support of campus digital media collections, programs and services.

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"Where Have All the Games Gone? An Exploratory Study of Digital Game Preservation"

Joanna Barwick has self-archived her doctoral thesis, "Where Have All the Games Gone? An Exploratory Study of Digital Game Preservation," in the Loughborough University Institutional Repository.

Here's an excerpt:

Investigating the relationship of games to culture; reviewing current preservation activities and drawing conclusions about the value of digital games and the significance of their preservation were the study's objectives. These have been achieved through interviews with key stakeholders—the academic community, as potential users of collections; memory institutions, as potential keepers of collections; fan-based game preservation experts; and representatives from the games industry. In addition to this, case studies of key game preservation activities were explored.

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