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Repository Collections Specialist at Virginia Tech Libraries

The Virginia Tech Libraries are recruiting a Repository Collections Specialist.

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The Repository Collections Specialist (RCS) assumes responsibility for the architecture and management of collections for the institutional repository, VTechWorks. Under the general supervision of the VTechWorks Librarian and according to relevant digital library and archival standards, the incumbent will process materials; create, submit, organize, and maintain collections; and oversee and conduct quality control for the repository. Processing may also entail describing materials following locally adopted metadata standards, linking files, and assessing copyright status. The RCS will assist with policy development and identify potential materials for the repository, design workflows for single and batch uploads, serve as a consultant to collection administrators and submitters—Virginia Tech faculty, students and staff, supervise a student assistant who helps process materials for the repository, and document policies, procedures, and repository activities.

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Technology Specialist at Digital Public Library of America

The Digital Public Library of America is recruiting a Technology Specialist.

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  • Report to the Director for Technology, working to design, develop, test, integrate, support, and document user-facing applications and back-end systems.
  • Support the philosophy of open source, shared, and community-built tools, scripts, and technologies.
  • Be conversant and comfortable with digital library technologies and engage cultural heritage communities and consortial efforts.
  • Support content management policies, process, and workflows, and contribute to the development of new ones.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of, and experience with, web application and software development and data modeling.

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Data Management Librarian at Montana State University Library

The Montana State University Library is recruiting a Data Management Librarian.

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Lead development of a data management services program to serve the needs of faculty and students across the University. Participate in university and library initiatives to develop policies and offer sustainable services and infrastructure that enable management of research data over the intended data lifecycle. Work with partners in the library and on campus to develop a data-publishing model for shared access to open data. Assist researchers in developing data management plans, including those mandated by funding agencies. Provide consultation services for faculty and students on data-related issues and challenges arising from their research. Develop training and documentation for MSU Library faculty and staff to enable effective data consultation services. Help build an open data-sharing platform using data management tools and RESTful APIs or web services. Participate in the library's liaison program to create data management opportunities and liaison work. Develop a research agenda that results in publications in peer-reviewed forums.

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Digital Projects Librarian at Boston University School of Theology Library

The Boston University School of Theology Library is recruiting a Digital Projects Librarian.

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Reporting to the Head Librarian, manage and develop the digital collections of the School of Theology Library. Take the lead in the development of digital initiatives. Identify and select items in the library's collections for digitization working with the university Information Services & Technology Department to select and/or procure appropriate technology for digitization. Act as a liaison with faculty to identify and develop digital projects related to faculty teaching and research. Manage student staff involved in digitization. Promote the use of library digital resources by library patrons. Work with the library archivist in assisting in the processing of archival collections, especially those related to digital projects.

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Drupal Developer at University of Michigan Library

The University of Michigan Library is recruiting a Drupal Developer.

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Library Web Systems seeks an experienced and motivated Drupal developer to manage and extend the University of Michigan Library's Drupal 7 and Drupal 6 websites. This position is part of a team of developers in Library Web Systems that creates new tools and sites for the library, including the public-facing library web site and a staff intranet. If you are a Drupal developer looking to work on interesting challenges and use your Drupal, PHP, MySQL, and Solr knowledge, this is the job for you.

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Best of Both Worlds: Museums, Libraries, and Archives in a Digital Age

The Smithsonian has released the Best of Both Worlds: Museums, Libraries, and Archives in a Digital Age by G. Wayne Clough.

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The review in this document illustrates how many cultural institutions have already found innovative applications for digital technology, but it is more than just a matter of "using." Digital technology will also change the basics of how these institutions work as we move forward. Collections will be shared across institutions through the linked data cloud; the public will participate in the creative activities of cultural institutions through engagement platforms; and informal education will merge with formal education. Cultural change is never easy, and while an institution might be able to avoid it for a while, this time it will be so big that no one will escape in the long run.

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Web Developer at University of California, Santa Barbara Library

The University of California, Santa Barbara Library is recruiting a Web Developer.

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Under the direction of the Programming Manager, has responsibility for the development, configuration, and maintenance of the Library website(s) and intranet. Develops dynamic web and mobile-enabled web applications, workflows, communication and collaboration tools, and web pages to meet departmental needs. Uses HTML, XML, CSS, XSLT, PHP, JavaScript, JQuery, XPath, SQL Databases, Drupal modules, and other technologies to implement new tools, user interfaces, and applications on the web. Designs and creates new site sections, develops custom Drupal modules, and modifies existing modules to provide new and/or improved functionality.

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"Mining for Gold: Identifying the Librarians’ Toolkit for Managing Hybrid Open Access"

Jill Emery has published "Mining for Gold: Identifying the Librarians' Toolkit for Managing Hybrid Open Access" in the latest issue of Insights: the UKSG Journal.

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In 2012, the author and colleagues surveyed eight publishers that had been involved with the Publishing and the Ecology of European Research (PEER) project to learn about the state of hybrid journal publishing. At the same time, one of the key questions asked to a panel of librarians at the International Association of Scientific, Technical & Medical Publishers May 2012 Meeting was what role librarians would play if scholarly publishing shortly went open access (OA) across the board? From the survey of the market, and the rapid OA developments in the UK and EU that include hybrid OA, a picture has begun to emerge of what roles librarians can play with regard to supporting hybrid OA publishing at their institutions. This article focuses on developing new partnerships within a given institution, looks at new budgetary models and the tracking of local scholarship creation. Current pertinent standards are highlighted.

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Senior Web Site Designer/Developer at University of Arizona Libraries

The University of Arizona Libraries are recruiting a Senior Web Site Designer/Developer.

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As a part of the libraries' web team, you will design useful, usable and accessible web products. You will also be involved in user research, process development and improvement, and communication with stakeholders.

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Director of IT Services at J. Willard Marriott Library

The University of Utah's J. Willard Marriott Library is recruiting a Director of IT Services.

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The successful candidate will have the opportunity to build on a long history of strategic and sustained technological innovations, and to coordinate their operations and assessment. IT Services is a new department of the Marriott Library and consists of a variety of services including client and server administration, website development, computer classrooms and labs, desktop support, media collections and services, and programming. The Director of IT Services will play a key role in expanding and improving user-focused information technology services that contribute to the success of Marriott Library employees and University of Utah students, faculty, and staff.

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"Are We Spending Too Much on Print STEM Monographs? A Method and Analysis for Improving Monograph Allocations Based on Circulation Statistics"

Jonathan Nabe has published "Are We Spending Too Much on Print STEM Monographs? A Method and Analysis for Improving Monograph Allocations Based on Circulation Statistics" in the latest issue of Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship.

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Circulation studies provide evidence of demand for monographs, but it is necessary to determine the goal of any analysis in order to select which statistics will be used. The goal of this analysis was to determine the appropriateness of expenditures on monographs within the STEM fields at Morris Library over a ten-year period. Percentage of unique title circulation and average circulation per title are best suited for this purpose. Results show variation among disciplines, but over-expenditure in all. Analysis of disciplines can aid in determining appropriate allocations for monographs, and analysis of subdisciplines can aid in targeting monograph acquisitions within any discipline.

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Digital Image Collections and Services, SPEC Kit 335

ARL has released Digital Image Collections and Services, SPEC Kit 335.

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ARL has published Digital Image Collections and Services, SPEC Kit 335, which examines how research libraries and their parent institutions have responded to the transition from analog to digital images and the growth of digital images available from commercial vendors and/or created within institutions or their libraries. The survey gathers information about current practices relating to the development and management of institutional digital image collections and the acquisition and use of licensed image databases.

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"Open Science: One Term, Five Schools of Thought"

Benedikt Fecher and Sascha Friesike have self-archived "Open Science: One Term, Five Schools of Thought" in SSRN.

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Open Science is an umbrella term that encompasses a multitude of assumptions about the future of knowledge creation and dissemination. Based on a literature review, this paper aims at structuring the overall discourse by proposing five Open Science schools of thought: the infrastructure school (which is concerned with the technological architecture), the public school (which is concerned with the accessibility of knowledge creation), the measurement school (which is concerned with alternative impact measurement), the democratic school (which is concerned with access to knowledge) and the pragmatic school (which is concerned with collaborative research).

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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. The successful candidate will collaborate with library and academic faculty to describe and facilitate access to faculty publications and complex research data resulting from grants and other research activities, using the libraries' RUcore cyberinfrastructure.

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"Digital Copyright and Public Access: Why the Knowledge Principle Dictates a Fair Access Right for Public Libraries"

Jenny Lynn Sheridan has self-archived "Digital Copyright and Public Access: Why the Knowledge Principle Dictates a Fair Access Right for Public Libraries" in SSRN.

Here's an excerpt:

This Article proposes an alternative model to the conventional copyright theories, focusing on the critical role that access to knowledge resources plays in the dynamic processes at work in the production of knowledge and the creation of new works. This Article proposes a non-waivable "fair access" right exercisable by public libraries in order to realign copyright with its Constitutional justification, and more importantly to support the knowledge creation process for the future of our democratic society.

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Digital Preservation Analyst at University of Minnesota Libraries

The University of Minnesota Libraries are recruiting a Digital Preservation Analyst.

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The Analyst holds responsibilities in the Digital Preservation and Repository Technologies (DPRT) department in the Data & Technology Division of the University of Minnesota Libraries. The department's mission is to preserve and ensure continuing access to objects under the digital preservation stewardship of the University Libraries. This work is accomplished through the implementation and support of robust high quality discovery, access and preservation systems and applications, achieved in coordination with relevant Data & Technology departments, the Office of Information Technology (OIT), the Minnesota Digital Library (MDL), and other partners and collaborators

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Martha Bedard Named Vice Provost for University of Connecticut Libraries

Martha Bedard has been appointed as the Vice Provost for University of Connecticut Libraries.

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Martha Bedard has been appointed the Vice Provost for University of Connecticut Libraries, effective October 14. She is currently Dean of University Libraries at the University of New Mexico, a position she has held since 2007. . . .

Prior to New Mexico, Bedard held positions at Texas A&M University (TAMU) and the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. At TAMU, she served in various leadership roles beginning in 2000, including Associate Dean for Information and Collection Services. Her previous positions at TAMU also included Associate Dean and Director of the Medical Sciences Library, Associate Dean for Advanced Studies, and Associate Dean for Digital Initiatives.

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