Librarian—Systems Support at Government and Heritage Library

The Government and Heritage Library is recruiting a Librarian—Systems Support.

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This is a time-limited position. The Government and Heritage Library is seeking an enthusiastic, innovative Systems Support Librarian to be part of the NCpedia team in the Digital Information Management Program. 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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"Scholars and Their Blogs: Characteristics, Preferences, and Perceptions Impacting Digital Preservation"

Carolyn F. Hank has self-archived "Scholars and Their Blogs: Characteristics, Preferences, and Perceptions Impacting Digital Preservation" in the Carolina Digital Repository.

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This descriptive study investigated scholars who blog in the areas of history, economics, law, biology, chemistry and physics, as well as attributes of their respective blogs. It offers an examination of scholars' attitudes and perceptions of their blogs in relation to the system of scholarly communication and their preferences for digital preservation.. . . Most feel their blogs should be preserved for both personal and public access and use into the indefinite, rather than short-term, future. Scholars who blog identify themselves as most responsible for blog preservation. Concerning capability, scholars perceive blog service providers, hosts, and networks as most capable. National and institutional-based libraries and archives, as well as institutional IT departments, are perceived as least responsible and capable for preservation of scholars' respective blogs.

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Digital Repository Software Developer at University of Cincinnati Libraries

The University of Cincinnati Libraries are recruiting a Digital Repository Software Developer.

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Full-time staff appointment responsible for developing, implementing, and maintaining software components and interfaces of the UC Libraries digital repository service, to support the storage and management of digital images, text, audio, video, data sets, and other content, plus a suite of tools and services to support ingestion, search and discovery, digital object presentation, preservation of digital content, and other workflows.

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"Access, Progress, and Fairness: Rethinking Exclusivity in Copyright"

Nicolas Suzor has self-archived "Access, Progress, and Fairness: Rethinking Exclusivity in Copyright" in SSRN.

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This Article examines models of supporting and coordinating cultural production without exclusivity, including crowdfunding, tips, levies, restitution, and service-based models. In their current forms, each of these models fails to provide a cohesive and convincing vision of the two main functions of copyright: instrumentally (how cultural production can be funded) and fairness (how authors can be adequately rewarded). This article provides three avenues for future research to investigate the viability of alternate copyright models: (1) a better theory of fairness in copyright rewards; (2) more empirical study of commons models of cultural production; and (3) a critical examination of the noneconomic harm limiting function that exclusivity in copyright provides

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Digital Metadata Librarian at Mountain West Digital Library

The Mountain West Digital Library is recruiting a Digital Metadata Librarian (funded through August 31, 2014).

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The Digital Metadata Librarian of the Mountain West Digital Library will support the improvement of metadata standards and metadata in digital collections from MWDL partners, including memory institutions in Utah, Nevada, Idaho, Arizona, Hawaii, and around the Mountain West region. Facilitate the ingestion of collections into MWDL and from there into the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). Work with new partners and repositories to resolve metadata issues and Open Archives Initiative (OAI) interoperability issues. Execute ingestion of new collections into Ex Libris Primo. Perform metadata audits of new collections and spot-check existing collections. Conduct metadata training for partner institutions. Describe new collections on website.

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"Developing Researcher Skills in Research Data Management: Training for the Future—A DataPool Project Report"

Dorothy Byatt, Mark Scott, F. Gareth Beale, Simon J. Cox, and Wendy White have self-archived "Developing Researcher Skills in Research Data Management: Training for the Future—A DataPool Project Report" in ePrints Soton.

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This report will look at the multi-level approach to developing researcher skills in research data management in the University of Southampton, developed as part of the training strand of the JISC DataPool project, and embedded into the University engagement with research data management.

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Assistant Director/Outreach Librarian at Mountain West Digital Library

The Mountain West Digital Library is recruiting an Assistant Director/Outreach Librarian (funded through August 31, 2014).

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The Assistant Director/Outreach Librarian of the Mountain West Digital Library develops and coordinates the partnership program of the MWDL, including outreach, promotion, and training. Develops partner relationships and facilitates cooperation with other memory institutions in Utah, Nevada, Idaho, Arizona, Hawaii, and around the Mountain West region. Assists partners in sharing collections with the Digital Public Library of America through MWDL. Develops partner on-boarding processes, including additional policies, forms, and agreements. Coordinates and conducts training in digital library curation tasks and perspectives, including both centralized training at periodic intervals and on-site training and support at partner locations.

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"A Systemic Approach to the Preservation of Audio Documents: Methodology and Software Tools"

Federica Bressan and Sergio Canazza have published "A Systemic Approach to the Preservation of Audio Documents: Methodology and Software Tools" in the Journal of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

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This paper presents a methodology for the preservation of audio documents, the operational protocol that acts as the methodology, and an original open source software system that supports and automatizes several tasks along the process. The methodology is presented in the light of the ethical debate that has been challenging the international archival community for the last thirty years. The operational protocol reflects the methodological principles adopted by the authors, and its effectiveness is based on the results obtained in recent research projects involving some of the finest audio archives in Europe. Some recommendations are given for the rerecording process, aimed at minimizing the information loss and at quantifying the unintentional alterations introduced by the technical equipment. Finally, the paper introduces an original software system that guides and supports the preservation staff along the process, reducing the processing timing, automatizing tasks, minimizing errors, and using information hiding strategies to ease the cognitive load. Currently the software system is in use in several international archives.

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Copyright Librarian/Adviser at Syracuse University Library

Syracuse University Library is recruiting a Copyright Librarian/Adviser.

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The Copyright Librarian/Adviser is the University Library's chief resource and consultant on issues that span copyright, information policy, and University Library services and initiatives. The Copyright Librarian/Adviser develops the University Library's copyright policies and coordinates their application to the University Library's mission and its educational, research, pedagogical, and scholarly communication activities.

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"Research Object for Scholarly Communication (ROSC) Community Group Charter"

Jun Zhao of the University of Oxford has released the "Research Object for Scholarly Communication (ROSC) Community Group Charter." ROSC is a W3C group.

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The primary goal of the Community Group is to provide a platform for scholars, librarians, publishers, archivists and policy makers to exchange requirements and expectations for supporting a new form of scholarly communication, i.e. making the actual research assets available as first-class objects to enable better reuse and reproduce of research results and knowledge. These research assets, including data used and generated in an investigation, methods used for producing the data, as well as people and organisations involved in the study, are what we call Research Objects.

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Digital Initiatives Librarian at University of San Diego’s Copley Library

The University of San Diego's Copley Library is recruiting a Digital Initiatives Librarian.

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Reporting to the University Librarian and working under the direction of the University Archivist/Special Collections Librarian, the Digital Initiatives Librarian is responsible for assisting librarians and faculty with digital projects and developing and managing the University's institutional repository based in Copley Library. He/she plans services and standards for digital projects and repository projects and prepares related workflow, long-term preservation and perpetual access documentation and procedures. . . . He/she works closely with the library faculty and teaching faculty to identify and to advise on issues related to intellectual property and open access of scholarly output at the University.

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"Digital Scholarship: Exploration of Strategies and Skills for Knowledge Creation and Dissemination"

Cristobal Cobo and Concepcion Naval have self-archived "Digital Scholarship: Exploration of Strategies and Skills for Knowledge Creation and Dissemination" in SSRN.

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Widespread access to digital technologies has enabled digital scholars to access, create, share, and disseminate academic contents in innovative and diversified ways. Today academic teams in different places can collaborate in virtual environments by conducting scholarly work on the Internet. Two relevant dimensions that have been deeply affected by the emergence of digital scholarship are new facets of knowledge generation (wikis, e-science, online education, distributed R&D, open innovation, open science, peer-based production, online encyclopedias, user generated content) and new models of knowledge circulation and distribution (e-journals, open repositories, open licenses, academic podcasting initiatives, etc.). . . . This paper address some of the key challenges and raise a set of recommendations to foster the development of key skills, new models of collaboration and cross-disciplinary cooperation between digital scholars.

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Interface Designer at University of Michigan Library

the University of Michigan Library is recruiting an Interface Designer.

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The Interface Designer will focus on interface design but also take part in the full range of departmental duties, including user research/usability, accessibility, and web analytics. The Interface Designer works in a collaborative team environment and participates in all stages of development from concept to implementation. . . .

This position will be a full-time, two-year term appointment with the possibility of renewal and may be filled in the Information Technology or Librarian job family.

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"Expanded Public Access: A New Era with New Challenges"

The Association of American Universities, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, and the Association of Research Libraries have released "Expanded Public Access: A New Era with New Challenges."

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During a short six-month period, agencies will develop draft plans for how this long-term preservation and access will occur ["Increasing Access to the Results of Federally Funded Scientific Research"]. Research universities have a significant stake in the plans the Director ultimately approves—universities are responsible to federal research funding agencies for compliance with the regulations attendant to the grants received by their researchers. If we are faced with different deposit requirements for manuscripts and data by each of the 15 and possibly more agencies subject to the directive, the compliance bill could be very expensive and might not reflect the interests of the academy. Given that PubMed Central has established a useful model for deposit of and access to research manuscripts, we can hope that the example of good practice established by them will be drawn upon by other funding agencies as they establish their own public access policies, and that the resultant products interconnect across and between agencies and external stakeholders that promote effective, seamless public access.

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Web Content Strategist at University of Michigan Library

The University of Michigan Library is recruiting a Web Content Strategist.

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The User Experience (UX) Department at the University of Michigan Library is seeking a Web Content Strategist to support a multi-year initiative to redesign the library's web presence, and to take the lead on developing and managing an overall web content strategy.

Working under the direction of the Head of the UX Department, the Web Content Strategist will collaborate closely with UX, the Communications Department, and the Web Committee, as well as library content creators, and stakeholders. . . .

This position will be a full-time, two-year term appointment with the possibility of renewal and may be filled in the Information Technology or Librarian job family.

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Digital Curation Preparation: A Survey of Contributors to International Professional, Educational, and Research Venues

The UNC at Chapel Hill School of Information and Library Science has released Digital Curation Preparation: A Survey of Contributors to International Professional, Educational, and Research Venues.

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The article centers on the contexts of digital curation research as framed by the educational, professional, and research interests of a diverse group of national and international stakeholders. Flexible, holistic, and inherently interdisciplinary, digital curation initiatives depend upon a lifecycle approach. Thus the administered survey culled information about respondents' educational degrees and the academic disciplines in which they were earned, their employment options, job titles, professional association memberships, professional event attendance, and professional publications read. Finally, the paper discusses results, implications, and directions for future research.

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Rare Books, Manuscripts and Digital Projects Librarian at Colgate University Libraries

Colgate University Libraries are recruiting a Rare Books, Manuscripts and Digital Projects Librarian.

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The individual in this position manages rare books, manuscripts, and other non-University Archives materials in the Special Collections and University Archives, including their development, organization, description, accessibility, digitization, preservation, promotion and assessment. S/he engages in educational planning and instruction, reinforcing the significance of primary source materials as curricular resources, and explores the use of technology to advance teaching, learning and research with special collections materials. S/he manages the Libraries' major digital projects involving Special Collections materials (student newspaper, yearbooks, alumni magazine, course catalogs, etc.) including digital outsourcing, quality control, preservation, and storage and creates and describes resources digitized locally.

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