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Assistant Dean for Collections & Digital Initiatives at Ohio University Libraries

The Ohio University Libraries are recruiting an Assistant Dean for Collections & Digital Initiatives.

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As a part of the senior management team, the Assistant Dean reports to the Dean of Libraries and works closely with the Assistant Dean for Research and Education on the development and evaluation of programs, staff, budget and other resources in support of the Libraries' mission. He or she works effectively with students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds, including nine librarians and 20 support staff in acquisitions, cataloging, circulation, digital initiatives, and preservation.

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"Where Have All the Scientific Data Gone? LIS Perspective on the Data-At-Risk Predicament"

College & Research Libraries has released an e-print of "Where Have All the Scientific Data Gone? LIS Perspective on the Data-At-Risk Predicament."

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Scientists produce vast amounts of data that often are not preserved properly or do not have inventories, placing them at risk. As part of an effort to more fully understand the data-at-risk predicament, researchers engaged in the DARI project at UNC's Metadata Research Center surveyed information custodians working in a range of settings. The survey collected information on the data characteristics and preservation plans. Forty-three information custodians completed the survey. The results indicate that at-risk data include a variety of formats, subject areas, and ownership status, as well as compliance with a variety of standards. Although a majority of respondents agree data preservation is important, they caution that time is the greatest barrier to sharing these data. The study has implications for data rescue and for training information custodians.

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Lead Digital Library QA Developer at Hesburgh Libraries, University of Notre Dame

The Hesburgh Libraries of the University of Notre Dame are recruiting a Lead Digital Library QA Developer.

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Under the direction of the Co-Director, Digital Initiatives and Scholarship Program, we are seeking an experienced quality assurance professional to establish a testing framework for our Digital Repository systems and coordinate the execution of tests by other technical staff. This position will focus on defining both manual and automated tests for a wide variety of systems to support archiving, describing, and sharing digital visual materials, documents, and research data. These include both back end services as well as public web interfaces and network clients on top of Fedora Commons and Solr including: Search Interface Tools; Digital Exhibits; Document, Data, Image, Audio, and Video viewers, User Workflows, Metadata Management Tools, Digital Collection Management, and Research Data Visualization Tools.

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"Identifying the Effect of Open Access on Citations Using a Panel of Science Journals"

Mark J. McCabe and Christopher M. Snyder have self-archived "Identifying the Effect of Open Access on Citations Using a Panel of Science Journals." in SSRN

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An open-access journal allows free online access to its articles, obtaining revenue from fees charged to submitting authors or from institutional support. Using panel data on science journals, we are able to circumvent problems plaguing previous studies of the impact of open access on citations. In contrast to the huge effects found in these previous studies, we find a more modest effect: moving from paid to open access increases cites by 8% on average in our sample. The benefit is concentrated among top-ranked journals. In fact, open access causes a statistically significant reduction in cites to the bottom-ranked journals in our sample, leading us to conjecture that open access may intensify competition among articles for readers' attention, generating losers as well as winners.

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Web Developer at University of Michigan Library

The University of Michigan Library is recruiting a Web Developer.

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Library Web Systems seeks an experienced and motivated 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. We are about to embark on a wholesale redesign of the public website. If you are a 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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"A Compendium of MOOC Perspectives, Research, and Resources"

Judith A. Pirani has published "A Compendium of MOOC Perspectives, Research, and Resources" in EDUCAUSE Review.

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Massive open online courses (MOOCs) remain higher education's hot and sexy topic, influencing discussion and media, and creating conjecture and controversy. Nearly every publication and pundit has offered a view on the subject, resulting in an avalanche of information for busy IT leaders and others who want to discern what all this means for their institutions.

This compendium attempts to lend a helping hand, recounting perspectives, research, and resources gleaned from a search of EDUCAUSE and other published sources. It is by no means absolute, but rather aims to provide a starting point of discovery for interested parties.

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Digital Project Manager at Hesburgh Libraries, University of Notre Dame

The Hesburgh Libraries of the University of Notre Dame are recruiting a Digital Project Manager.

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Reporting to Associate University Librarian, Digital Access, Resources and information Technology, the incumbent will be actively engaged in managing the Libraries' current portfolio of cross-programmatic technology projects, including software development projects and infrastructure projects. He or she will lead project planning, implementation, assessment, and improvement, as well as refine, optimize, and document on-going project management protocols and practices.

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"Going for Gold: An Investigation into Financial Models of Open Access Publishing in Biology"

Lucy van Dorp has self-archived her master's thesis "Going for Gold: An Investigation into Financial Models of Open Access Publishing in Biology"

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Using the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) as an entry point, this study considers the numbers of OA journals in the life and biological sciences along with the proportion using an author-pays model. It considers how impact factor is related to business model, in particular author fees2, using data from the 2011 Journal Citation Reports (JCR, 2011) and SCImago Journal and Country Rank (SCImago); data for year 2011; retrieved in 2012. The most prominent publishing organisations are considered in depth looking explicitly at the income sources making up revenue. The study concludes with comments from three industry specialists on their views on the future of academic publishing, the place of subscription-based journals and what their own organisation is doing to allow sustainable, barrier-free literature dissemination.

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Digital Scholarship Librarian at University of Toronto Libraries

The University of Toronto Libraries are recruiting a Digital Scholarship Librarian.

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The Digital Scholarship Librarian's primary role will be to support and enable the use of digital content in new research, by connecting faculty and students to digital content held by the University of Toronto, using sustainable and scalable digital research tools, methods and frameworks.

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SciELO—15 Years of Open Access: An Analytic Study On Open Access And Scholarly Communication (Preliminary version)

SciELO has relaeased SciELO—15 Years of Open Access: An Analytic Study On Open Access And Scholarly Communication (Preliminary version).

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The 15 year path taken by the SciELO Program in bringing about the improvement of the academic journals which it indexes and publishes in Open Access—a path which it continues to follow to this day—is examined from various perspectives such as the rationale and objectives of the program, its origin in Brazil and expansion to 15 other countries, the results it has achieved, its quality control and production system, the technological platform and the impact that has been made by the Program.

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Science Informationist at University of Cincinnati Libraries

The University of Cincinnati Libraries are recruiting a Science Informationist.

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  • Develop and deliver innovative research services to the UC science and engineering community.
  • Identify, champion, and implement tools and services that meet evolving e-science and e-research needs. . . .
  • Play a lead role in the development and implementation of consultation services for scientific data access, management and preservation. Employ best practices to develop sustainable and domain-appropriate services and tools that support and enhance UC's research agenda.
  • Collaborate with other UC librarians to implement research data management services and support for scholarly communication and digital scholarship.

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Encouraging Digital Scholarly Publishing in the Humanities: White Paper

The University of North Georgia has released Encouraging Digital Scholarly Publishing in the Humanities: White Paper.

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This project, led by the University Press of North Georgia, and funded by a Digital Start-Up grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities focused on exploring the peer review process and increasing its usefulness to presses and scholars publishing digitally. By exploring this issues we have made recommendations for best practices in digital publishing, specifically for small academic presses. Through surveys and a workshop of key stakeholder groups (press directors, college administrators, humanities faculty, and library/technology center directors), we found a strong investment in the "gold standard" of double- or single-blind peer review. Working within the current academic publishing structure (including publishing in print) was a priority, even to presses and faculty members who were actively exploring digital publishing and open access models. On closer inspection, we realized that the various stakeholders valued the current peer review process for different reasons. And we found that the value of peer review goes beyond vetting the quality of scholarship and manuscript content. Based on these findings, we considered ways to obtain these benefits within the current academic structure through innovative peer review processes. At the same time, we looked for ways of offsetting potential risks associated with these alternative methods. We considered cost effective ways to accommodate the needs of the disparate constituencies involved in academic publishing while allowing room for digital publishing. While our findings focus primarily on small academic presses, they also have significant implications for the open access community.

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Temporary Digital Production Manager at North Carolina Digital Heritage Center

The North Carolina Digital Heritage Center is recruiting a Temporary Digital Production Manager.

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The Digital Production Manager will manage digitization and online publication of original materials from partner institutions for the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center. The successful candidate will oversee scanning and digital photography of historic photographs, scrapbooks, newspapers, manuscripts, and artifacts owned by cultural heritage institutions in North Carolina. He or she will also manage description of the digitized materials and the loading of digitized content into the Digital Heritage Center's content management system.

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"This American Copyright Life: Reflections on Re-Equilibrating Copyright for the Internet Age"

Peter S. Menell has self-archived "This American Copyright Life: Reflections on Re-Equilibrating Copyright for the Internet Age" in SSRN.

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This article calls attention to the dismal state of copyright's public approval rating. Drawing on the format and style of Ira Glass's "This American Life" radio broadcast, the presentation unfolds in three parts: Act I—How did we get here?; Act II—Why should society care about copyright's public approval rating?; and Act III—How do we improve copyright's public approval rating (and efficacy)?

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Data Research Librarian at Florida State University Libraries

The Florida State University Libraries are recruiting a Data Research Librarian.

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Florida State University Libraries seeks an energetic and innovative librarian to facilitate access to and use of data collections and to provide services to data users, focusing initially on the social sciences. The Data Research Librarian will be responsible for developing and providing consultative, instructional, and outreach services to faculty and students using data and for selecting data resources. This position will work closely with the government documents Librarian, technology staff, and subject librarians to develop a complementary suite of data collections and services.

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"Report on Data Management and Data-Management Plans for the History of Science Society Committee on Research and the Profession (September 6, 2013)"

Daniel Goldstein et al. have published "Report on Data Management and Data-Management Plans for the History of Science Society Committee on Research and the Profession (September 6, 2013)" in the History of Science Society Newsletter.

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The growing attention paid to data management by funding agencies reflects two additional trends. First is the idea that agencies that fund research ought to have some say in how that research is disseminated. Second is a growing trend in academia toward the increased sharing and broader dissemination of research data. In addition to these contexts, our report is also informed by the recognition that some historians of science are employing computational methods in their research for which the accumulation of and shared access to data is increasingly central. This report therefore considers what data mean in the context of history of science, when they should and should not be shared, and what mechanisms exist or could be developed for their access and preservation. In the process, the report raises pertinent questions that should be considered and, perhaps, addressed by applicants for NSF grants, but it does not provide a template for grant application plans. This report is intended to serve as a starting point for discussion, to identify issues and suggest possibilities.

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Scholarly Electronic Publishing Weblog (October 31, 2013)

The latest bimonthly update of the Scholarly Electronic Publishing Weblog is now available. It provides information about selected new works related to scholarly electronic publishing, such as books, e-prints, journal articles, technical reports, and white papers.

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