Digital Archivist at University of Colorado Boulder Libraries

The University of Colorado Boulder Libraries are recruiting a Digital Archivist.

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This is a tenure-stream faculty position reporting to the Director of Archives & Special Collections (ASC). Duties for this critical position include leading efforts to preserve, describe, and provide access to born-digital archival and special collections materials; developing processes for archiving and preserving born-digital materials including email, Web sites, social media, and other digital primary materials acquired on a variety of current or legacy formats such as tape, floppy disks, hard drives, and mobile devices; acquiring and maintaining legacy hardware and software that may be necessary for providing access to digital materials; developing and documenting procedures (and building infrastructure) for the acquisition of born-digital collections and electronic records and for the routine migration of materials to maintain formatting compatibility with Libraries IT software and hardware; providing digital program development, guidance in best practices for data management, training and development for library personnel and campus departments as needed; and delivering born-digital content to external discovery and delivery mechanisms in collaboration with specialists in cataloging and metadata, information technology, and scholarly communications.

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Web Developer/Designer at Harvard Library

The Harvard Library is recruiting a Web Developer/Designer.

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The Web Developer/Designer serves as front end Drupal developer for Harvard Library web sites, electronic publications and designer for electronic resources and print materials. . . .

  • Plays key role in design, development, implementation and maintenance of new Library portal in Drupal 7.

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"Linking Information Seeking Patterns with Purpose, Use, Value, and Return on Investment of Academic Library Journals"

Donald W. King and Carol Tenopir have published "Linking Information Seeking Patterns with Purpose, Use, Value, and Return on Investment of Academic Library Journals" in the latest issue of Evidence Based Library and Information Practice.

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The emphasis of this paper is to demonstrate the relationship of how purposes of reading scholarly journals (e.g., research, teaching, current awareness, etc.) lead to the information seeking patterns used by them (e.g., how they identify articles that are read, where they obtain them, etc.), which dictates certain aspects of use (e.g., how much is read, age of articles read, format of the articles, etc.), which is related to the positive outcomes or value of reading (e.g., increased productivity, improved research or teaching, saving readers' time or money, etc.), which serves as return components of the ROI of academic library journal collections.

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Associate Director, Creation & Curation Services at Case Western Reserve University Kelvin Smith Library

The Case Western Reserve University Kelvin Smith Library is recruiting an Associate Director, Creation & Curation Services.

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There are two teams for which ADCC has direct responsibility: 1) Digital Learning and Scholarship. As a highly technology-driven organization, the ADCC is the key strategic officer responsible for defining, driving and administering all technology-related programs and services of the Kelvin Smith Library (KSL). The associate director assesses the strategic IT trends and innovations that could impact library directions, develops innovative and cost-effective solutions, and administers a staff to implement the vision. The ADCC provides services appropriate to a library serving as a world-class academic research university, including: (a) the development of the Kelvin Smith Library's digital strategies; (b) management of the library's digital scholarly services (including the Freedman Center and the Statistics and GIS Data Center); (c) developing, implementing and managing reliable technologies systems and infrastructure (including the integrated library system, Digital Case, and locally-developed software); and, (d) the library website and other social media, and computer and networking hardware and software]. In addition, the ADCC serves as the primary KSL officer responsible for interaction and collaboration with University ITS on joint initiatives such as the visualization center, collaborative learning facilities, etc. In addition, work with other key university partners such as UCITE to develop innovative library solutions in the areas of teaching and research. 2) CWRU Scholarly Resources and Special Collections, including library special collections and university archives, and print and media preservation, digitization and curation services (e.g., research data management, repository services).

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"Data Management in Scholarly Journals and Possible Roles for Libraries—Some Insights from EDaWaX"

Sven Vlaeminck has published "Data Management in Scholarly Journals and Possible Roles for Libraries—Some Insights from EDaWaX" in the latest issue of LIBER Quarterly.

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In this paper we summarize the findings of an empirical study conducted by the EDaWaX-Project. 141 economics journals were examined regarding the quality and extent of data availability policies that should support replications of published empirical results in economics. This paper suggests criteria for such policies that aim to facilitate replications. These criteria were also used for analysing the data availability policies we found in our sample and to identify best practices for data policies of scholarly journals in economics. In addition, we also evaluated the journals' data archives and checked the percentage of articles associated with research data. To conclude, an appraisal as to how scientific libraries might support the linkage of publications to underlying research data in cooperation with researchers, editors, publishers and data centres is presented.

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National Parks Metadata Specialist at Clemson University Libraries

Clemson University Libraries are recruiting a National Parks Metadata Specialist.

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Responsible for creation, analysis, and workflow management of metadata and data structures for unique materials digitized through the Open Parks Network (OPN), a large-scale project funded through an IMLS National Leadership Grant. . .

This is a full-time, temporary 2-year appointment.

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"Linking Things on the Web: A Pragmatic Examination of Linked Data for Libraries, Archives and Museums"

Ed Summers and Dorothea Salo have self-archived "Linking Things on the Web: A Pragmatic Examination of Linked Data for Libraries, Archives and Museums" in arXiv.org.

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The Web publishing paradigm of Linked Data has been gaining traction in the cultural heritage sector: libraries, archives and museums. At first glance, the principles of Linked Data seem simple enough. However experienced Web developers, designers and architects who attempt to put these ideas into practice often find themselves having to digest and understand debates about Web architecture, the semantic web, artificial intelligence and the philosophical nature of identity. In this paper I will discuss some of the reasons why Linked Data is of interest to the cultural heritage community, what some of the pain points are for deploying it, and characterize some pragmatic ways for cultural heritage organizations to realize the goals of Linked Data with examples from the Web we have today.

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Metadata Librarian for Continuing Resources, Scholarship and Data at Rutgers University Libraries

Rutgers University Libraries are recruiting a Metadata Librarian for Continuing Resources, Scholarship and Data.

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The individual will provide leadership, management, and strategic planning for bibliographic access to print and electronic continuing resources, scholarly papers and presentations, and research data in all formats, ensuring effective and accurate access to these resources in the library's catalog, institutional repository and forthcoming webscale discovery layer environments. This position will provide metadata for resources in the scholarly information cycle, from research data to scholarly articles and published journals

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"Competencies Required for Digital Curation: An Analysis of Job Advertisements"

Jeonghyun Kim, Edward Warga, and William Moen have published "Competencies Required for Digital Curation: An Analysis of Job Advertisements" in the latest issue of the International Journal of Digital Curation.

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With digital curation's increasingly important role in the fast-paced and data-intensive information environment, there is a need to identify a set of competencies for professionals in this growing field. As part of a curriculum development project funded by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, a total of 173 job advertisements posted between October 2011 and April 2012 were collected from various sources to take into account varying types of professionals in the field of digital curation across North America. Position title, institution types and location, educational background, experience, knowledge and skills, and duties were examined and analyzed. The results of the analysis show that digital curation jobs are characterized by a complex interplay of various skills and knowledge. The findings of this study present emerging requirements for a qualified workforce in the field of digital curation.

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Associate University Librarian at Washington and Lee University Library

Washington and Lee University Library is recruiting an Associate University Librarian.

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Reporting to the University Librarian, the Associate University Librarian (AUL) works to advance the library's strategic agenda and foster a culture of collaboration and communication. The AUL provides library-wide leadership in budgeting, planning, assessment and management of information resources, metadata initiatives, discovery services, library systems, scholarly communication, and data management. The AUL will play a key role in improving collaborative user-focused information technology services that contribute to the success of W&L students, faculty, and staff through continuous evaluation of their impact and value in supporting the University's mission, its evolving academic programs, and user needs.

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British Library and Portico Collaborate on E-journal Preservation

British Library and Portico will collaborate on preserving the Library's e-journal collection.

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The partnership will help the British Library—along with five other legal deposit libraries—to meet regulations that recently became law in the United Kingdom and that extend the practice of legal deposit from traditional print publications to non-print publications such as e-journals, blogs and websites in the UK web domain.

Portico will utilize its established workflow and processes to create standardized and uniform journal content that can be exported to the British Library. They have started with 1,500 journals from three publishers that are already preserving content with Portico. As necessary, Portico will develop new tools for processing additional publisher content.

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Publishing Services Web Developer at Penn State University Libraries

The Penn State University Libraries are recruiting a Publishing Services Web Developer.

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The University Libraries is seeking a Publishing Services Web Developer to assist in building a program of service within a relatively new unit, Publishing & Curation Services. Activities may include support for faculty grant-funded web-based projects, journal or other publishing technology support, Omeka pilot projects, the ongoing development of the Hydra/ScholarSphere services, exploration of portal environments for scholarly collaboration and sharing, and expansion of data curation services. The Web Developer will participate in development and integration of software and web functionality for a range of library applications in the areas of publishing and original digital collections creation. Will perform needs assessment, benchmarking, prototype design, review, troubleshooting, and maintenance of digital products.

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White House to Honor arXiv’s Paul Ginsparg as Champion of Change

The White House will hold a ceremony today that will honor arXiv founder Paul Ginsparg as a Champion of Change.

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The White House will honor Cornell's Paul Ginsparg as a Champion of Change June 20. Ginsparg, professor of physics and of information science, is one of 13 people who promote and use open scientific data and publications to accelerate progress.

Ginsparg created the Internet e-Print Archive, familiarly known as the arXiv, where researchers share their research papers online prior to publication in professional journals. arXiv, now based at Cornell, serves as the primary daily information feed for global communities of researchers in physics, mathematics, computer science and related fields.

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The European Orphan Works Directive: An EIFL Guide

EIFL has released The European Orphan Works Directive: An EIFL Guide.

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This Guide sets out the background and key provisions of the Directive. It makes recommendations for libraries for implementation in EIFL partner countries that are members of the EU, and advises libraries in EIFL partner countries with EU bilateral agreements on crafting solutions that best meet their local circumstances and capacity.

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SPARC Call to Action for California Taxpayer Access to Publicly Funded Research Act (AB 609)

SPARC has issued a call to action for the California Taxpayer Access to Publicly Funded Research Act (AB 609).

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The California Taxpayer Access to Publicly Funded Research Legislation (AB 609) was introduced into the California State Legislature in April of 2013 by Assembly Member Brian Nestande. On May 30th, AB 609 was passed by the California State Assembly by a wide, bipartisan 71-7 margin. It will be heard in the California State Senate Committee on Governmental Organization on Tuesday, May 25th at 9:30am PST.

If you are a California resident, visit our Legislative Action Center to write your state representatives in support of AB 609.

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Digital Scholarship Librarian at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill University Library

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill University Library is recruiting a Digital Scholarship Librarian.

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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill University Library seeks a creative, forward-thinking, innovative individual for the position of Digital Scholarship Librarian in the Carolina Digital Library and Archives (CDLA) (http://cdla.unc.edu). The Digital Scholarship Librarian will provide sustainable and scalable services within the Library and on campus that facilitate the creation and dissemination of online digital content and new knowledge in digital form, focusing heavily on the humanities disciplines.

The successful candidate will bring a sense of inquisitiveness and strong problem-solving skills to the position, along with an aptitude for strategic thinking and sustainability planning, and a commitment to advancing the state of the art in digital scholarship in the humanities. The Digital Scholarship Librarian will manage a portfolio of digital scholarship (including digital humanities), digital collections, and library technology projects, in close collaboration with faculty, campus partners, and within the Library. Within the Library, the Digital Scholarship Librarian will actively partner with other CDLA staff, subject librarians, and staff from other Library departments such as Library and Information Technology and Special Collections.

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Digital Operations Librarian at University of Houston Libraries

The University of Houston Libraries are recruiting a Digital Operations Librarian.

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Reporting to the Head of Digital Services, the Digital Operations Librarian oversees day to day digitization activities of the Digital Services Department. The position coordinates with Special Collections, Metadata and Bibliographic Services, and other units to shepherd digital projects from inception to completion, and collaborates in the development of procedures and workflow for digital collections. The Digital Operations Librarian may also provide support to the Digital Collections Committee. The position supervises the work of 2 Digital Photograph Technicians, student workers and library student interns. The Digital Operations Librarian is a two year term appointment, with the potential for renewal.

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Incentives, Integration, and Mediation: Sustainable Practices for Populating Repositories

The Confederation of Open Access Repositories has released Incentives, Integration, and Mediation: Sustainable Practices for Populating Repositories.

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There is an active, thriving community of open access repositories worldwide and their visibility is rising as funding agencies and governments implement open access policies. Still, repositories must continue to adopt strategies that demonstrate their value to the wider research community. Therefore COAR has now published the report, "Incentives, Integration, and Mediation: Sustainable Practices for Population Repositories". It profiles a variety of successful practices for populating repositories from around the world. Aim of the report is to assist the global repository community in implementing sustainable methods for recruiting content. The profiles were gathered from organizations across the globe, and represent a mixture of approaches involving the introduction of incentives; integration of the repository with other institutional services; and/or mediation of the deposit process. The practices reflect a tradition of innovation and openness in the repository community, and are characterized by creative approaches to staffing, imaginative software developments, and adoption of novel policies.

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