Assistant Director, Research Technology Services at New York University

New York University's Information Technology Services is recruiting an Assistant Director, Research Technology Services.

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Direct all aspects of University academic technology services used for research. Direct two teams: (1) team responsible for support of scientific systems such as High Performance Computing Services and applications; and (2) team responsible for delivering research computing services directly to faculty and students. In addition to oversight of NYC-based HPC services this position will coordinate with the group providing HPC systems and services in NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU Shanghai. Co-lead Data Services, a research area managed by ITS and NYU Libraries to support faculty and researchers all phases of the data lifecycle, including data creation, analysis, visualization and data management.

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"Reed Elsevier 2013 Results"

Reed Elsevier has released "Reed Elsevier 2013 Results."

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Commenting on the results, Anthony Habgood, Chairman, said:

"Reed Elsevier is continuing to deliver on its long term strategic and financial priorities. With underlying revenue growth across all major business areas, operating profit and earnings grew well in 2013. We made good progress on organic development and portfolio reshaping, and our strong cash flow enabled us to step up our share buyback programme whilst maintaining balance sheet strength. We are recommending a +7% increase in the full year dividend for Reed Elsevier PLC and +8% for Reed Elsevier NV, in line with growth in adjusted earnings per share at constant exchange rates."

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Digital Data Repository Specialist at Purdue University Libraries

Purdue University Libraries are recruiting a Digital Data Repository Specialist.

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The Digital Data Repository Specialist will oversee and provide support for the launch and subsequent day-to-day operation of the Purdue University Research Repository (PURR) service. The position will partner with colleagues to support the adoption and improvement of PURR, as well as lead the ISO 16363 certification process for PURR as a Trustworthy Digital Repository.

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The Web at 25 in the U.S.

The Pew Research Center has released The Web at 25 in the U.S..

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In a new national survey to mark the 25th anniversary of the Web, Pew Research finds further confirmation of the incredible spread and impact of the internet:

Adoption: 87% of American adults now use the internet, with near-saturation usage among those living in households earning $75,000 or more (99%), young adults ages 18-29 (97%), and those with college degrees (97%). Fully 68% of adults connect to the internet with mobile devices like smartphones or tablet computers. . . .

Impact: Asked for their overall judgment about the impact of the internet, toting up all the pluses and minuses of connected life, the public's verdict is overwhelmingly positive:

  • 90% of internet users say the internet has been a good thing for them personally and only 6% say it has been a bad thing, while 3% volunteer that it has been some of both.
  • 76% of internet users say the internet has been a good thing for society, while 15% say it has been a bad thing and 8% say it has been equally good and bad.

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Digital and Special Collections Specialist at James Madison University Libraries

James Madison University Libraries are recruiting a Digital and Special Collections Specialist .

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Entering and maintaining data related to incoming collections in various formats; organizing and rehousing physical collections; describing the archival material for online access through databases and collection guides; supporting the transition to new access technology and software through research and testing; digitizing rare and fragile materials in a variety of formats; describing digital objects according to established standards; perform quality control review of digitized materials; provide training on JMU Scholarly Commons and other repository services to faculty and staff and other duties as assigned.

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Associate Director for Library Information Technology at Stony Brook University Libraries

Stony Brook University Libraries are recruiting an Associate Director for Library Information Technology.

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The AD for Library IT will lead the development of information technology in support of the university's current and emerging research needs, and the advancement of scholarly literacy and instructional technologies. The library is an integral part of a world-class research university. The incumbent will have a deep understanding of the myriad and changing roles of the library on campus. The AD for Library IT will lead a talented team of Library faculty and staff in areas units such as: Core Services, Digital Library Production Services, and Learning Technology, Library Systems, User Experience, and Web Systems. Together these units are charged with the design, development, management, and maintenance of a flexible and reliable technology environment, specifically: the development and management of digital collections and access tools; the development of a fully accessible, feature and content rich library web presence that applies user experience principles and strategies; the development and support of server-based technologies for the delivery of library services; the maintenance of library management systems; and the delivery of frameworks and systems to support collaborative storage, delivery, and reservation of information resources.

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Participatory Design in Academic Libraries: New Reports and Findings

The Council on Library and Information Resources has released Participatory Design in Academic Libraries: New Reports and Findings.

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This report looks at how staff at eight academic institutions gained new insight about how students and faculty use their libraries, and how the staff are using these findings to improve library technologies, space, and services.

Participatory design is a relatively recent approach to understanding library user behavior. It is based on techniques used in anthropological and ethnographic observation. The report's editor, anthropologist Nancy Fried Foster, led several participatory design workshops for CLIR from 2007 to 2013.

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Mike Furlough Named Executive Director of HathiTrust

Mike Furlough has been named Executive Director of HathiTrust.

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The HathiTrust Board of Governors is pleased to announce the appointment of Mike Furlough as the Executive Director of HathiTrust. Furlough comes to HathiTrust from The Pennsylvania State University, where he is currently Associate Dean for Research and Scholarly Communications. Furlough has more than a dozen years of experience leading initiatives in digital scholarship, content stewardship, and scholarly communications, and has served for the last nine months as an inaugural member of HathiTrust's Program Steering Committee. Furlough will begin his tenure as Executive Director on May 19.

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Emerging Digital Services Librarian at Nassau Community College Library

Nassau Community College Library is recruiting an Emerging Digital Services Librarian.

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Responsibilities include: design and maintenance of the Library's website; creation of digital tutorials, expertise with applicable instructional, social media, and library-specific software, along with reference and instruction.

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PLOS Mandates Immediate Open Access to Article-Related Data

PLOS has mandated that author's provide immediate open access to article-related data upon publication.

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In an effort to increase access to this data, we are now revising our data-sharing policy for all PLOS journals: authors must make all data publicly available, without restriction, immediately upon publication of the article. Beginning March 3rd, 2014, all authors who submit to a PLOS journal will be asked to provide a Data Availability Statement, describing where and how others can access each dataset that underlies the findings. This Data Availability Statement will be published on the first page of each article.

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Digital Humanities Librarian at Ohio State University Libraries

Ohio State University Libraries are recruiting a Digital Humanities Librarian.

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The Digital Humanities Librarian will establish and grow a dynamic, multifaceted program that addresses the growing demand for digital arts and humanities support on campus. Working with arts and humanities scholars, faculty and students, the Digital Humanities Librarian will foster successful adoption and application of digital arts and humanities approaches to research, teaching, and learning. The librarian will engage deeply with the Digital Arts and Humanities Working Group, the Digital Media Collective, ACCAD (Advanced Computer Center for the Arts and Design), and other campus entities to identify innovative and evolving digital tools and resources that advance scholarly investigation, while building upon the traditional cornerstones of research methodologies in the arts and humanities disciplines. The librarian will be the liaison to the University's Humanities Institute and will collaborate with faculty participating in Institute projects and initiatives funded by the College of Arts and Sciences, and will collaborate with the Head of Digital Initiatives in the Libraries on projects originating in the Institute. The Digital Humanities Librarian will be a change agent, partner, and resource person for subject librarians and special collections curators involved in facilitating faculty and student digital projects and will be expected to conduct regular environmental scans of the campus environment to identify emerging areas of interest.

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Feet on the Ground: A Practical Approach to the Cloud—Nine Things to Consider When Assessing Cloud Storage

AudioVisual Preservation Solutions, has released Feet on the Ground: A Practical Approach to the Cloud—Nine Things to Consider When Assessing Cloud Storage.

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There is no all-in-one solution that will fulfill every archives' needs for preservation storage. Often, cloud storage services fulfill a portion of an organization's larger preservation infrastructure, providing secure back up for preservation copies or supporting delivery of access files from low-latency storage. Vetting and selection is therefore the alignment of organizational and collection needs with the offerings and functionality of a service. This means defining your acceptance criteria for optimal functionality and understanding how a service will fit in your preservation environment.

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Information Technology Specialist (Systems Analysis) at Library of Congress

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

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Temporary Not-to-Exceed 13 months . . .

The incumbent reports to the Project Manager for Digital Initiatives in repository development and works with a specialized group of programmers on complex, multi-faceted prototype and production systems, and assists with software analysis, design, development, documentation and implementation of these systems. The incumbent updates and modifies existing Library applications, designs and implements new applications, generates documentation, and is responsible for the maintenance and upgrades.

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"Keeping Up With… Augmented Reality"

ACRL has released "Keeping Up With… Augmented Reality."

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At a minimum, libraries will need to be prepared to support augmented reality if and when it becomes more prevalent in textbooks and other print materials. But, while these materials are certainly relevant to the work of academic libraries, there are also several interesting library-specific augmented reality tools in use at various institutions. ShelvAR, developed by the Miami University Library, is an excellent example of how augmented reality can increase the efficiency of libraries' existing workflows. Available for use with any iOS or Android device with a camera, this app can scan any tagged library materials and overlay a red X over any item that is out of place on the shelf.

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IT Programmer at University of North Texas Libraries

The University of North Texas Libraries recruiting an IT Programmer.

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As web-systems developer for the User Interfaces Unit in the Digital Libraries Division, you will undertake the functional planning, execution, testing, and documentation of software solutions that power the Libraries’ web publishing and resource discovery systems

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"E-Book Platforms for Academic Librarians"

Audrey Powers has self-archived "E-Book Platforms for Academic Librarians."

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The goal of this issue is to provide a succinct overview of e-book platforms for academic librarians as well as insights into where e-book platforms are headed in the future. Most of the authors work in academic libraries and their job responsibilities include developing, procuring, promoting, and educating users about e-books. The topics covered include an overview of e-book platforms including technical aspects and business models, lending platforms, aggregator platforms, commercial publisher platforms, and university press platforms. It is our hope that when you read these articles it will add to your knowledge base about the current and future state of e-book platforms in academic libraries.

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Digital Curation News (2/24/2014) #digitalpreservation

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Digital Projects Librarian at Florida State University Libraries

Florida State University Libraries are recruiting a Digital Projects Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad (faculty):

This position is for a one year period (March 1, 2014 through February 28, 2015) for expert services in conjunction with FSU's Islandora implementation and development project. FSU is currently involved in a project with FLVC to implement Islandora as a digital platform for FSU and other SUS libraries.

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The Benefits and Risks of the PDF/A-3 File Format for Archival Institutions

The NDSA has released The Benefits and Risks of the PDF/A-3 File Format for Archival Institutions.

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The report takes a measured look at the costs and benefits of the widespread use of the PDF/A-3 format, especially as it effects content arriving in collecting institutions. It provides background on the technical development of the specification, identifies specific scenarios under which the format might be used and suggests policy prescriptions for collecting institutions to consider.

For example, the report suggests that for memory institutions, the acceptance of embedded files in PDF/A documents would depend on very specific protocols between depositors and archival repositories that clarify acceptable embedded formats and define workflows that guarantee that the relationship between the PDF document and any embedded files is fully understood by the archival institution.

Additionally, the report notes that the complexity of the PDF format and the wide variance in PDF rendering implementations and creating applications suggests that PDF/A-3 may be appropriate for use in controlled workflows, but may not be an appropriate choice as a general-purpose bundling format.

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Information Technology Technical Associate at University of Illinois at Chicago Library

The University of Illinois at Chicago is recruiting an Information Technology Technical Associate (Senior Digital Library Applications Developer).

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Design information, research and storage systems to support the Library’s goal of providing quality resources and expertise to students, faculty and staff. Act as project manager in designing or modifying information systems. Reports to the Assistant University Librarian for Information Technology.

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"Orphans in Turmoil: How a Legislative Solution Can Help Put the Orphan Works Dilemma to Rest"

Vicenç Feliú has self-archived "Orphans in Turmoil: How a Legislative Solution Can Help Put the Orphan Works Dilemma to Rest" in SSRN.

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The orphan works issue has continued to grow in the U.S. despite strong efforts to find a workable solution. Stake holders on both sides of the issue have proposed and opposed solutions and compromises that could have alleviated the problem, and we are still no closer to an agreement. This paper posits that the solutions offered in the proposed legislation of 2006 and 2008 provide a strong working foundation for a legislative answer to the issue. To make that answer workable, a new legislative effort would have to take into account the questions raised by stakeholders to the previous legislative attempts and provide workable answers. This paper also proposes those answers can be found in the working models used by other jurisdictions attempting to solve the orphan works dilemma.

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