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Digital Content Specialist at Boston College Libraries

The Boston College Libraries are recruiting a Digital Content Specialist.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

This person plays a pivotal role in creating digital collections for the Boston College libraries, including metadata, digital objects, and the infrastructure to support discovery, access, dissemination, and preservation. Working collaboratively with other members of the digital library staff, they will be responsible for carrying out projects from start to finish, adhering to best practices and standards. They will execute plans as developed by both the Digital Program Planning and the Scholarly Communications teams. They will investigate and implement new technologies and troubleshoot technical issues as required in order to continuously improve our digital collections and institutional repository and associated services to the Boston College community.

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"The State of Large-Publisher Bundles in 2012"

ARL has released a pre-publication version of "The State of Large-Publisher Bundles in 2012."

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

In this article, authors Karla Strieb and Julia Blixrud report on the results of a recent survey of journal licenses in ARL member libraries. The authors conclude that there are "ongoing strains in libraries' relationships with publishers and in their ability to maintain electronic journal bundles in difficult financial times." They found that journal collections have become smaller and more tailored, and that stronger licensing language is needed in the clauses that are most important to research libraries. The authors note that licenses need to allow libraries to: make new uses of the licensed content, share information with peers about licensing terms, and rest assured that licensed content will be available in the future.

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Digital Repository Specialist at Boston College Libraries

The Boston College Libraries are recruiting a Digital Repository Specialist.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The incumbent will independently manage the workflow for deposit of materials to the eScholarship repository. The incumbent will interpret and make recommendations on intellectual property rights under the direction of the Scholarly Communication Librarian. The incumbent will communicate with faculty regarding their deposits, will prioritize workflow steps, and will make recommendations for improvements in procedures. The incumbent is charged with the safe handling of rare materials and operating sophisticated imaging equipment.

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The Web as Infrastructure For Scholarly Research and Communication (Video)

The Digital Curation Centre has released The Web as Infrastructure For Scholarly Research and Communication, a video of a keynote presentation by Herbert Van de Sompel at the 8th International Digital Curation Conference. His presentation slides are also available.

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Web Specialist at University of Nevada, Reno Libraries

The University of Nevada, Reno Libraries are recruiting a Web Specialist.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The position is responsible for the ongoing technical management, updating, and repair of all server-side and client-side code on which the libraries' website is built. This includes routine maintenance and content upkeep, as well as design and quality assurance activities. The position maintains public access to the databases underlying the libraries' various web services.

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Manager, Network and Systems Administration at Washington University Libraries

The Washington University Libraries are recruiting a Manager, Network and Systems Administration.

Here's an excerpt from the ad (job ID: 24553):

The Manager, Network and Systems Administration, leads a technology services team responsible for the operation, maintenance, and support of information systems supporting the Washington University Libraries and patrons both on and off campus.

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Library Services in the Digital Age

The Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project has released Library Services in the Digital Age.

Here's an excerpt:

The availability of free computers and internet access now rivals book lending and reference expertise as a vital service of libraries. . . .

Moreover, a notable share of Americans say they would embrace even wider uses of technology at libraries such as:

  • Online research services allowing patrons to pose questions and get answers from librarians. . . .
  • Apps-based access to library materials and programs. . . .
  • Access to technology "petting zoos" to try out new devices. . . .
  • GPS-navigation apps to help patrons locate material inside library buildings. . . .
  • "Redbox"-style lending machines or kiosks located throughout the community where people can check out books, movies or music without having to go to the library itself. . . .
  • "Amazon"-style customized book/audio/video recommendation schemes that are based on patrons' prior library behavior. . . .

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Scholarly Communications Application Programmer at University of Toronto Libraries

The University of Toronto Libraries are recruiting a Scholarly Communications Application Programmer.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

To provide ongoing technical leadership and support to the Institutional Repositories, Focus on Research faculty research profile service, Journal Publishing Service, Open Conference Service and related initiatives. This position has the primary technical responsibility for these various undertakings. The incumbent installs, monitors and upgrades the various software applications; ensures that the necessary infrastructure is in place; and together with the Scholarly Communications Publishing Coordinator librarian, works with involved students, faculty and staff.

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"Money from Music: Survey Evidence on Musicians’ Revenue and Lessons About Copyright Incentives"

Peter C. DiCola has self-archived "Money from Music: Survey Evidence on Musicians' Revenue and Lessons About Copyright Incentives" in SSRN.

Here's an excerpt:

For most musicians, copyright does not provide much of a direct financial reward for what they are producing currently. The survey findings are instead consistent with a winner-take-all or superstar model in which copyright motivates musicians through the promise of large rewards in the future in the rare event of wide popularity. This conclusion is not unfamiliar, but this article is the first to support it with empirical evidence on musicians' revenue.

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Digital Public Library of America Coordinator at University of Georgia Libraries

The University of Georgia Libraries are recruiting a Digital Public Library of America Coordinator.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The University of Georgia Libraries seeks a Digital Public Library of America Coordinator who will be responsible to the Associate Director of the Digital Library of Georgia (DLG) for metadata aggregation, creation and upgrade; project management; staff supervision; rights management; vendor and partner relations; and other duties related to the DLG's participation in the Digital Public Library of America's (DPLA) Hubs Project. As a hub for the DPLA, DLG will provide digital services to Georgia institutions, such as digitization, metadata, data aggregation and storage services. In addition, the DLG will host community outreach programs to bring users in contact with digital content of local relevance. This position is a 24-month, grant-funded position.

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"Open Access Versus Traditional Journal Pricing: Using a Simple ‘Platform Market’ Model to Understand Which Will Win (and Which Should)"

Mark J. McCabe, Christopher M. Snyder, and Anna Fagin have self-archived "Open Access Versus Traditional Journal Pricing: Using a Simple 'Platform Market' Model to Understand Which Will Win (and Which Should)" in SSRN.

Here's an excerpt :

Economists have built a theory to understand markets in which, rather than selling directly to buyers, suppliers sell through a platform, which controls prices on both sides. The theory has been applied to understand markets ranging from telephony, to credit cards, to media. In this paper, we apply the theory to the market for scholarly journals, with the journal functioning as the platform between submitting authors and subscribing readers. Our goal is to understand the conditions under which a journal would prefer open access to traditional pricing and under which open access would be better for the scholarly community. Our new model captures much of the richness of the existing economic literature on journal pricing, and indeed adds some fresh insights, yet is simple enough to be accessible to a broad audience.

| Transforming Scholarly Publishing through Open Access: A Bibliography (XHTML version) | Digital Scholarship |

Data Management Librarian at Colorado State University Libraries

The Colorado State University Libraries are recruiting a Data Management Librarian .

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Data Management Librarian is part of a team that leads the development, management, and promotion of campus and cooperative digital collections and repository services. This position offers an exciting opportunity to support a scholarly communications program that will provide support services relating to organizing, preserving, and sharing of research data.

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"SOPA, PIPA, ACTA, TPP: An Alphabet Soup of Innovation-Stifling Copyright Legislation and Agreements"

Michael A. Carrier has published "SOPA, PIPA, ACTA, TPP: An Alphabet Soup of Innovation-Stifling Copyright Legislation and Agreements" in the Northwestern Journal of Technology and Intellectual Property.

Here's an excerpt:

In this article, I discuss the effects of four copyright proposals on innovation: the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), PROTECT IP Act (PIPA), Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), and Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP). These proposals contain provisions that would impose copyright liability in a vague and far-reaching manner that would harm innovators, dissuade venture capitalists, and ultimately stifle innovation.

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Digital Projects Librarian at New Mexico State University Library

The New Mexico State University Library is recruiting a Digital Projects Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Digital Projects Librarian manages digital projects as assigned, providing leadership and technical expertise to ensure their successful completion. The librarian works closely and collaboratively with a variety of individuals involved in the collections-based projects to plan and implement, including identifying resource needs, establishing and maintaining schedules, workflows, and procedures documentation. Working in conjunction with others, perform extension and outreach to the library's diverse constituencies to promote digital initiatives and develop partnership opportunities. The incumbent will also be expected to participate in library-wide projects and other duties as assigned. This position may supervise staff and student employees and reports to the Associate Dean of the Library.

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ODI Survey Report: Reflections and Perspectives on Discovery Services

NISO has released the ODI Survey Report: Reflections and Perspectives on Discovery Services.

Here's an excerpt:

The results of the NISO ODI survey demonstrate multiple complexities involved in the cross-sector teamwork required to support discovery of scholarly works. For a relatively new entrant into the academic technology space, discovery services have rapidly grown to provide researchers—as well as libraries and content providers—with many benefits. The various stakeholders, which produce and distribute the published product metadata that drives search and retrieval, have done fairly well to date with ad-hoc business and technical arrangements. Ultimately, the results of this survey support the work of the ODI, which aims to recommend streamlined and standard practices that might improve interactions across this complicated landscape.

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Digital Initiatives Coordinator at Wheaton College Library

The Wheaton College Library is recruiting a Digital Initiatives Coordinator.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

In the context of teamwork and mutual support, the Digital Initiative Coordinator advances the above-stated missions as follows:

  • Proposes and implements digital innovations that advance faculty and students' discovery and use of library resources, including the creation of digital collections
  • Proposes and implements digital innovations to support the library's operations
  • In collaboration with others, maintains and enhances the library's Web presence and other electronic services

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Born Digital: Guidance for Donors, Dealers, and Archival Repositories

The MediaCommons Press has released a draft for comment of Born Digital: Guidance for Donors, Dealers, and Archival Repositories .

Here's an excerpt from the announcement :

Co-authored by a team of ten archivists and curators from the Beinecke, the Bodleian, the British Library, the Harry Ransom Center, Emory's Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, and the Rubenstein Library at Duke, the report is the outcome of a series of conversations about how born-digital materials are acquired and transferred to archival repositories.

The main body of the report surveys the primary issues and concerns related to born-digital acquisitions and is intended for a broad audience with varying levels of interest and expertise, including donors, dealers, and archival repositories, as well as scholars, students, and researchers. Appendices provide information about how to prepare for the unexpected and possible staffing costs, as well as ready-to-use checklists that incorporate recommendations from throughout the report.

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NCDHC Digital Projects Librarian at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Libraries

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Libraries are recruiting a NCDHC Digital Projects Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill seeks an organized, collaborative, and collegial individual for the position of Digital Projects Librarian in the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center (http: digitalnc.org ). The North Carolina Digital Heritage Center is a statewide digital library program housed in the North Carolina Collection at UNC-Chapel Hill. The Digital Heritage Center provides digitization and digital publishing services to cultural heritage institutions across North Carolina. The Center has worked with more than 100 institutions around the state on a wide variety of digital projects.

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Digital Forensics and Preservation

The Digital Preservation Coalition has released Digital Forensics and Preservation.

Here's an excerpt:

In recent years, digital forensics has emerged as an essential source of tools and approaches for facilitating digital preservation and curation, specifically for protecting and investigating evidence from the past. Institutional repositories and professionals with responsibilities for personal archives can benefit from forensics in addressing digital authenticity, accountability and accessibility. . . . .Forensic technology makes it possible to: identify privacy issues; establish a chain of custody for provenance; employ write protection for capture and transfer; and detect forgery or manipulation. It can extract and mine relevant metadata and content; enable efficient indexing and searching by curators; and facilitate audit control and granular access privileges. . . . The purpose of this paper is to provide a broad overview of digital forensics, with some pointers to resources and tools that may benefit cultural heritage and, specifically, the curation of personal digital archives.

| Digital Curation Bibliography: Preservation and Stewardship of Scholarly Works (EPUB, PDF, paperback, and XHTML) | Digital Scholarship |

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Director of Community at ORCID

ORCID is recruiting a Director of Community.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

ORCID (http://orcid.org) is an international non-profit organization that provides a registry of persistent unique researcher identifiers. . . .

We are seeking a Director of Community, who will have responsibility for executing ORCID's Outreach plan, including developing on-line materials and resources, planning events, supporting our Outreach Working Group, and developing regional programs to support understanding and integration of ORCID identifiers.

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"Institutional Repositories: Exploration of Costs and Value"

Sean Burns, Amy Lana, and John M. Budd have published "Institutional Repositories: Exploration of Costs and Value" in the latest issue of D-Lib Magazine.

Here's an excerpt:

Little is known about the costs academic libraries incur to implement and manage institutional repositories and the value these institutional repositories offer to their communities. To address this, the authors report the findings of their 29 question survey of academic libraries with institutional repositories. . . . The highlights of our findings, based on median values, suggest that institutions that mediate submissions incur less expense than institutions that allow self-archiving, institutions that offer additional services incur greater annual operating costs than those who do not, and institutions that use open source applications have lower implementation costs but comparable annual operating costs with institutions that use proprietary solutions. Furthermore, changes in budgeting, from special initiative to absorption into the regular budget, suggest a trend in sustainable support for institutional repositories.

| Institutional Repository and ETD Bibliography 2011 | Digital Scholarship |

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