Scientific Data Management Specialist at Brown University Library

Brown University Library is recruiting a Scientific Data Management Specialist.

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In coordination with related faculty, the Center for Computing and Visualization (CCV), the Office of the Vice President for Research and the Library's Digital Technology team, the Scientific Data Management Specialist will develop and implement strategies for life-cycle management of science data, including the development of domain-appropriate data models and systems architectures that meet faculty needs, adhere to funding agency requirements, and enhance the overall research environment at Brown as well as that of the larger scientific research community.

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"Checking In With Google Books, HathiTrust, and the DPLA"

Naomi Eichenlaub has published "Checking In With Google Books, HathiTrust, and the DPLA" in Computers in Libraries.

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Google Books and HathiTrust have been making headlines in the library world and beyond for years now, while a new player, the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), has only recently entered the scene. This article will provide a "state of the environment" update for these digital library projects including project history and background. It will also examine some challenges common to all three projects including copyright, orphan works, metadata, and quality issues.

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Digitization Project Manager at American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee

The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee is recruiting a Digitization Project Manager.

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Manages all activities related to the digitization of material and data from the JDC Global Archives in New York and Israel.

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Peer Review: An Introduction and Guide

The Publishing Research Consortium has released Peer Review: An Introduction and Guide.

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The reader of this short Guide will be left with a coherent and forward-looking overview of the processes, the shortcomings, and the innovations around peer review, and a deeper understanding of why peer review is such a vital element of effective scholarship.

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Information Technology Specialist (System Analysis) at Library of Congress (Job 2 of 2)

The Library of Congress is recruiting an Information Technology Specialist (System Analysis).

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The position serves as a Solutions Architect and is responsible for strategically designing, developing and implementing efficient information technology solutions in support of core organizational functions. The incumbent provides technical expertise and leadership, and performs complex application analysis, design, and implementation duties. . . .

Provides technical and architectural leadership for systems and projects. Serves as technical leader on projects, and leads and participates in technical design sessions. Leads the design of new applications/solutions from conception to completion. Ensures that a maximally robust design is developed. Works closely with fellow team members to rapidly build and deploy technical solutions. Participates in the technical oversight of sub-systems design and development and integration into the overall enterprise solution. Verifies stability, interoperability, portability, security, and scalability of application architectures. Handles responsibility for overall performance of delivered applications and projects.

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Opening Science: The Evolving Guide on How the Internet Is Changing Research, Collaboration and Scholarly Publishing

An open access, editable version of Opening Science: The Evolving Guide on How the Internet Is Changing Research, Collaboration and Scholarly Publishing is available.

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This book will give researchers, scientists, decision makers, politicians, and stakeholders an overview on the basics, the tools, and the vision behind the current changes we see in the field of knowledge creation. It is meant as a starting point for readers to become an active part in the future of research and to become an informed party during the transition phase. This is pivotal, since research, as a sensitive, complex process with many facets and millions of participants, hierarchies, personal networks, and structures, needs informed participants.

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Information Technology Specialist (System Analysis) at Library of Congress (Job 1 of 2)

The Library of Congress is recruiting an Information Technology Specialist (System Analysis).

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The Information Technology Specialist is responsible for the definition and specifications of requirements, and the design and development, implementation and support of software for the Library, the Congress and other legislative agencies. They analyze user needs in processes related to bibliographic, copyright, inventory, legislative, reference research, finance, personnel, and preservation of library materials and develop Web sites related to Library subject areas. The work of this position involves computer systems analysis, design and programming, including analysis of subject matter processes or problems, and the design, implementation and support of Web-based systems for accomplishment of work through application of computer technology.

The position is located in the Research and Development Directorate, Information Technology Services, Office of Strategic Initiatives.

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Open Access Monographs in the Humanities and Social Sciences Conference 1 and 2 July 2013, The British Library, London

JISC has released Open Access Monographs in the Humanities and Social Sciences Conference 1 and 2 July 2013, The British Library, London.

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The conference report provides an overview of all the presentations and sessions and distils the key messages into four points:

  • Open access for monographs is not only possible but necessary if we want to be able to innovate, to communicate and disseminate humanities and social science research widely, and to build a sustainable future for the monograph.
  • Effective quality assurance is key to the successful adoption of OA publishing.
  • Collaboration throughout the supply chain and across national boundaries will be required
  • We must be flexible and willing to accommodate innovative models, not only to sustain the monograph, but for peer review, impact and reputation.

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Spatial Data Analyst/Curator at University of Minnesota Libraries

The University of Minnesota Libraries are recruiting a Spatial Data Analyst/Curator.

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Reporting to the Head of the John R. Borchert Map Library, and working closely with the U-Spatial Data Core team, the Libraries Research Data Management/Curation Initiative, the University Digital Conservancy program, and other Libraries and campus geospatial information services, the Spatial Data Analyst/Curator holds primary responsibilities in these areas:

  • Consultation and Advocacy—consults with University faculty, staff, and students from across the University on policy and procedural issues related to the creation, management and dissemination of spatial data assets. . . .
  • Content Recruitment—Develop and execute a multi-year, community engagement strategy to acquire and build a corpus of digital spatial data for access and preservation via U-Spatial. . . .
  • Workflow Analysis and Process Development—analyzes user workflows and data flows to inform the design and development of low-barrier processes for content submission into the access and repository systems used by U-Spatial (i.e., geoportal federated web application access system, and a DPS-digital preservation repository management system). . . .
  • Metadata Management—standards, creation, transformation, ingest.

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Digital and Audio Archivist, Special Collections at Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is recruiting a Digital and Audio Archivist, Special Collections.

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The Digital and Audio Archivist provides departmental support for digital collection and content management, with an emphasis on project management and workflow. The Archivist will also manage the department's audio holdings consisting of more than 35,000 recordings.

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Preservation Librarian at Southern Illinois University Carbondale Library

The Southern Illinois University Carbondale Library is recruiting a Preservation Librarian.

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Under the general direction of the Associate Dean for Support Services and responsive to input from the Dean of Library Affairs, the Preservation Librarian is responsible for the administration of the Library Affairs' preservation program. The Preservation Librarian's responsibilities include: Collaborates with librarians and staff in Information Services, Special Collections Research Center, Cataloging, and Acquisitions on the planning, development, implementation, maintenance, and management of comprehensive physical and digital preservation and conservation programs for general and special collections in all formats.

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Systems Developer/Engineer at Ohio State University Libraries

The Ohio State University Libraries are recruiting two Systems Developer/Engineers.

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As a member of the AD&S team, the successful candidate will be responsible for designing, developing and managing innovative web-based applications that support, enhance, and extend the mission of The Ohio State University Libraries. With this goal in mind, the candidate will design, develop, implement, and test web applications, as a suite of products and services, for delivery via OSU Libraries public and private web sites, library catalog, and/or other web related systems that are in accord with industry best practices, the Libraries' and Ohio State's branding standards, and web accessibility guidelines.

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Analyst/Programmer at California State University San Marcos Library

The California State University San Marcos Library is recruiting an Analyst/Programmer.

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Under the direction of the Coordinator for Library Technology and Scholarly Systems and the general supervision of the Associate Dean, the incumbent will provide programming support for Library applications and systems. The incumbent will work closely with user departments to create technical application and system solutions to a wide variety of standard and non-standard functional problems. These applications and systems include open source, custom and vendor API-based that support the computing needs of the University.

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"Open Access Publishing from the Legal Point of View. Why Freedom of Information Rules and Other Legal Principles Matter. Towards A New Fair Open Access Model."

Jiří Kolman and Petr Kolman have published "Open Access Publishing from the Legal Point of View. Why Freedom of Information Rules and Other Legal Principles Matter. Towards A New Fair Open Access Model." in tripleC: Communication, Capitalism & Critique. Open Access Journal for a Global Sustainable Information Society.

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This article focuses on aspects that, as far as we know, have never been discussed in previous debates dealing with open access. The EU and national competition legal rules ensuring fair competition are a rather neglected aspect of open access. Another crucial topic is the unfairness of the current publication system. Why should commercial publishers be paid by publicly supported research such as EU or national research programmes? In the article a new publication model is suggested. The proposed model is trying to keep high research standards, to be fair to researchers and the public and to take into account the actual costs of the new open access model.

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Director, Digital Initiatives and Services at New York Public Library

The New York Public Library is recruiting a Director, Digital Initiatives and Services.

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Reporting to the Chief Library Officer of The New York Public Library, the Director, Digital Initiatives and Services leads the experimentation, implementation and portfolio management of the digital user experience. This person partners with internal and external stakeholders to identify, design, incubate and ensure delivery of an excellent user experience across all our digital properties. This position forms part of a senior team responsible for the digital strategy and customer service across the NYPL.

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"Rice University Press: Nascentis Fame"

Fred Moody has published "Rice University Press: Nascentis Fame" in the Journal of Electronic Publishing.

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Rice University Press (RUP), which began full operation in February 2007, proved a short-lived experiment. After three years of supporting one paid staff position and modest additional funding for contracted book design work, office expenses, and travel, Rice closed the press down as part of a larger, campuswide, budget-cutting effort. Faced with a choice between investing more financial and human capital in its press as a condition for gaining substantial foundation support or opting out of the experiment altogether, university administration chose the latter. Short-lived as the RUP experience was, it nevertheless offers some important lessons for people pondering the future of academic publishing and its inexorable move in a digital direction. There is no question that traditional printed-on-paper publishing is dying out and that it will be replaced by digital academic discourse distributed on a different economic model. There are, however, substantial questions about when and how this paradigm shift will come about, and the Rice University Press story may offer some answers.

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