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Preservation, Trust and Continuing Access for e-Journals

The Digital Preservation Coalition has released Preservation, Trust and Continuing Access for e-Journals.

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This report discusses current developments and issues which libraries, publishers, intermediaries and service providers are facing in the area of digital preservation, trust and continuing access for e-journals. It also includes generic lessons and recommendations on outsourcing and trust learnt in this field of interest to the wider digital preservation community. It is not solely focused on technology, and covers relevant legal, economic and service issues.

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Director of Digital Experience (IT and Virtual Experience) at Pierce County Library

Pierce County Library is recruiting a Director of Digital Experience (IT and Virtual Experience) .

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The successful candidate will help shape the technological environment (both digital and physical) as our technology visionary in this newly created, executive level position.

Immediate work includes leading creation of a new department that integrates the work of the technical IT department and public service Virtual Services into one department. The Library’s strategic Technology Plan, created by staff with input from customers, will guide the vision of this vital department, which will provide a superior and up-to-date online and technology experience for customers and staff.

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Digital Library Applications Developer at Temple University Libraries

Temple University Libraries are recruiting a Digital Library Applications Developer.

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Reporting to the Senior Digital Library Applications Developer and working closely with others in the Digital Library Initiatives Department, the incumbent will develop web applications and help maintain the technological infrastructure for Temple University's digital library initiatives and services, which includes preserving and delivering large collections of digital objects and supporting digital humanities and scholarly communication initiatives throughout the Library. Performs other duties as assigned.

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"Cost Differentials between E-Books and Print in Academic Libraries"

College & Research Libraries has released an e-print of "Cost Differentials between E-Books and Print in Academic Libraries."

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A survey conducted at Auburn University at Montgomery (AUM) has confirmed for academic libraries the work of Gray and Copeland on e-books being more expensive than print for public libraries. For AUM, the mean cost for e-books are significantly higher than for the print counterpart of those titles. The cost differentials between the two formats show e-books as being consistently higher than print in initial price. This consistency holds true across all LC classifications, regardless of whether or not the title is published by a university press or a commercial press.

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Computer & Tech Specialist at Miami University Libraries

Miami University Libraries are recruiting a Computer & Tech Specialist.

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Responsible for distributed desktop support for the entire Library system including hardware and software troubleshooting, installation, upgrades, inventory and training. Provide essential support for Centralized Library IT functions including centralized desktop management and print services.

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"The Open Access Movement Grows Up: Taking Stock of a Revolution"

Heather Joseph has published "The Open Access Movement Grows Up: Taking Stock of a Revolution" in a special issue on open access of PLOS Biology.

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Overall, the story of the OA movement over the past ten years has been one of demonstrable progress. To be sure, the road has not been a smooth one. There have been stumbles, wrong turns, false starts, and bruising battles, particularly in the policy arena. But if we weigh the indicators of progress made by the OA movement against the intensity and complexity of the obstacles it has faced in the first decade, there's reason for great optimism as we head into the next ten years.

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Sr. Software Engineer at Emory University Libraries

Emory University Libraries are recruiting a Sr. Software Engineer.

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Identifies, designs, develops, implements, and revises software applications to meet business needs. Supports software applications and associated operating systems. Programs, analyzes and writes specifications. Devises solutions to system problems. Develops and tests applications; makes revisions to improve functionality. Develops and analyzes the effectiveness of new applications and test procedures. Writes and edits reports to provide recommendations, conclusions and other data.

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"The Librarian as Research Informationist: A Case Study"

Lisa Federer has published "The Librarian as Research Informationist: A Case Study" in the Journal of the Medical Library Association.

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Whereas traditional library services have generally focused on the "last mile" or finished product of the research process—the peer-reviewed literature—librarians have expertise that can help researchers create better research output in the form of more useful data. In the last several years, new policies from major funding bodies (such as the National Science Foundation's data management plan requirement and the NIH's public access policy) indicate that funders expect researchers to demonstrate the highest possible return on investment for their grant dollars. The need for better research data management has given rise to a new role for librarians: the "research informationist." Research informationists work with research teams at each step of the research process, from project inception and grant seeking to final publication, providing expert guidance on data management and preservation, bibliometric analysis, expert searching, compliance with grant funder policies regarding data management and open access, and other information-related areas.

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Metadata Librarian at Eastern Washington University Libraries

The Eastern Washington University Libraries are recruiting a Metadata Librarian.

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The position has professional responsibilities in librarianship, scholarship, and service. Responsibilities in librarianship focus on developing and maintaining the discovery engine used to find library resources; activities in cataloging, classification, and metadata creation for library resources; participating in production of archival digital collections and microfilm preservation; guiding the selection and use of metadata schemas, controlled vocabularies, and data dictionaries to facilitate use of digital collections and institutional repository as these develop; and communicating and consulting with others about the organization, description, and discovery of library resources.

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"Publishing Priorities of Biomedical Research Funders"

Ellen Collins has published "Publishing Priorities of Biomedical Research Funders" in BMJ Open.

Here's an excerpt:

Publicly funded and large biomedical research funders are committed to open access publishing and are pleased with recent developments which have stimulated growth in this area. Smaller charitable funders are supportive of the aims of open access, but are concerned about the practical implications for their budgets and their funded researchers. Across the board, biomedical research funders are turning their attention to other priorities for sharing research outputs, including data, protocols and negative results. Further work is required to understand how smaller funders, including charitable funders, can support open access.

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Library Applications Specialist at University of Colorado Libraries

The University of Colorado Libraries are recruiting a Library Applications Specialist.

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The Library Applications Specialist is primarily responsible for the system administration and ongoing development of University Libraries' integrated library system (ILS) and related products; for application support of the Libraries' interlibrary loan system; and potentially for other library-specific applications. These systems provide services to both patrons and employees of the Libraries.

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"Google Scholar as Replacement for Systematic Literature Searches: Good Relative Recall and Precision Are Not Enough"

Martin Boeker, Werner Vach and Edith Motschall have published "Google Scholar as Replacement for Systematic Literature Searches: Good Relative Recall and Precision Are Not Enough" in BMC Medical Research Methodology.

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The objectives of this work are to measure the relative recall and precision of searches with Google Scholar under conditions which are derived from structured search procedures conventional in scientific literature retrieval; and to provide an overview of current advantages and disadvantages of the Google Scholar search interface in scientific literature retrieval. . . .

The reported relative recall must be interpreted with care. It is a quality indicator of Google Scholar confined to an experimental setting which is unavailable in systematic retrieval due to the severe limitations of the Google Scholar search interface. Currently, Google Scholar does not provide necessary elements for systematic scientific literature retrieval such as tools for incremental query optimization, export of a large number of references, a visual search builder or a history function. Google Scholar is not ready as a professional searching tool for tasks where structured retrieval methodology is necessary.

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Library Applications Development Manager at University of Massachusetts Boston Libraries

The University of Massachusetts Boston Libraries are recruiting a Library Applications Development Manager.

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The Library Applications Development Manager is responsible for working with the Dean of University Libraries and other campus leadership to identify, discover, develop, and define new library-specific technology-related projects, applications, and making recommendations regarding the priorities of these projects. Duties include, but are not limited to: administer existing library systems and applications such as the integrated library system, inter-library loan, electronic reserves, proxy server, link resolver and related applications; conduct requirements analysis, architecture, design, coding, testing, development and support of digital library services systems; lead in the exploration and design, testing, and integration of new systems and databases to re-develop, enhance, or modify existing systems;. . .

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Open Access Clauses in Publishers’ Licenses: Current State and Lessons Learned

COAR has released Open Access Clauses in Publishers' Licenses: Current State and Lessons Learned.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

As Open Access (OA) policies and laws are being adopted world-wide, the scholarly community is shifting its efforts from advocacy towards practical implementation and support. One of the major routes for making articles open access is through OA repositories. However the variety and lack of clarity of publishers' policies regarding article deposit can be a significant barrier to author compliance of OA policies.

In order to overcome this barrier, some organizations have successfully negotiated authors' or deposit rights with publishers in the context of purchasing content licenses. This report documents the existing OA licensing language that has been implemented by organizations around the world and presents some suggestions for their successful adoption. The report concludes that OA clauses offer a feasible option for institutions to address some of the obstacles to article deposit into repositories.

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Digital Repository Manager at Northeastern University Libraries

Northeastern University Libraries are recruiting a Digital Repository Manager.

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The Digital Repository Manager is responsible for the management and support of Northeastern's Digital Repository Service (DRS). Working with the Associate Dean for Digital Strategies and Services, the Director of the Digital Scholarship Group, and the Head of Library Technology Services, the Repository Manager guides the development of new functionalities and services based upon the DRS. The Repository Manager coordinates with other library units to develop workflows and standards for digitization projects.

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Issues in the Appraisal and Selection of Geospatial Data

The National Digital Stewardship Alliance has released Issues in the Appraisal and Selection of Geospatial Data.

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The report provides an illuminating background on the problem area, then suggests ways to establish criteria for appraisal and selection decisions for geospatial data. It then proposes some models and processes for appraisal and selection, including tools for the identification and evaluation of data resources and triggers for appraisal and selection, and finishes with further questions for the community to explore.

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Digital Curation Coordinator at University of Wisconsin–Madison Libraries

The University of Wisconsin–Madison Libraries are recruiting a Digital Curation Coordinator.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to the Libraries' Digital Preservation Officer, the Digital Curation Coordinator will be the principal liaison and technical support for the UWDCC's Institutional Repository and digital publication services to University faculty, departments, and other librarians. The successful candidate will consult with the campus community about their data curation needs, and work with them to preserve the scholarly output of the University. This person will collaborate extensively with liaison librarians, library technologists, and Digital Collections staff, as well as with the University's research support community. In addition, the Digital Curation Coordinator will participate in the development of preservation policies, procedures, and workflows, researching and recommending best practices related to digital content management and preservation.

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