Digital Initiatives Librarian at University of Nevada, Reno Libraries

The University of Nevada, Reno Libraries are recruiting a Digital Initiatives Librarian.

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The Digital Initiatives Librarian develops and builds digital collections on the Libraries' CONTENTdm platform; sets standards and policies and implements best practices for digital collections; collaborates with library units and university departments that have born-digital material and significant digital surrogates of analog material to establish effective workflows and procedures for digital projects of all kinds; participates in the evaluation and implementation of new technologies related to digital content across campus.

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Research Data Programmer at University of Michigan Library

The University of Michigan Library is recruiting a Research Data Programmer.

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The focus (approximately 75-80%) of the position will be to develop the technological aspects of this new library service, working with researchers and librarians to gather, transform, archive, and provide access to this important data. The system will use the open-source Hydra software, built on a Fedora digital archive and Blacklight browsing system. The Hydra/Fedora/Blacklight architecture is gaining popularity for similar projects at other peer universities, and we plan to develop collaborative relationships with those institutions as the project progresses.

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What Drives Academic Data Sharing?

RatSWD has released What Drives Academic Data Sharing?.

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Based on a systematic review of 98 scholarly papers and an empirical survey among 603 secondary data users, we develop a conceptual framework that explains the process of data sharing from the primary researcher’s point of view. We show that this process can be divided into six descriptive categories: Data donor, research organization, research community, norms, data infrastructure, and data recipients. Drawing from our findings, we discuss theoretical implications regarding knowledge creation and dissemination as well as research policy measures to foster academic collaboration.

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Comparative Analysis of Distributed Digital Preservation (DDP) Systems

The Educopia Institute has released Comparative Analysis of Distributed Digital Preservation (DDP) Systems.

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The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)-funded Chronicles in Preservation project (http://metaarchive.org/neh/) completed this Comparative Analysis of three Distributed Digital Preservation systems to analyze their underlying technologies and methodologies:

  • Chronopolis using iRODS (http://chronopolis.sdsc.edu/).
  • University of North Texas using Coda (http://www.library.unt.edu/).
  • MetaArchive Cooperative using LOCKSS (http://metaarchive.org/).

Chronicles in Preservation is a three-year effort to study, document, and model techniques for the preservation of digital newspaper collections. This Comparative Analysis is based on a series of test exchanges between academic libraries curating digital newspaper collections and the three above- mentioned DDP systems.

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Digital Curation News (5/1/2014) #digitalpreservation

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Head, Library Systems & Information Technology at University of Saskatchewan Library

The University of Saskatchewan Library is recruiting a Head, Library Systems & Information Technology.

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Reporting to the Associate Dean, University Library, the successful appointee will:

  • Provide visionary leadership and management for the development and delivery of library systems and technology products and services across the library
  • Contribute to library planning, including expertise relating to new and emerging services (e.g. the storage, retrieval and preservation of research data and scholarly outputs of the university; copyright management; GIS; etc.)
  • Provide leadership of LS&IT unit operations including the effective deployment of resources assigned to the unit

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The Evolution of Open Access: What Might Happen Next?

The University of Maryland Libraries have released a video of a presentation by Heather Joseph, The Evolution of Open Access: What Might Happen Next? Her presentation slides are also available.

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As Open Access becomes established as a permanent fixture in the scholarly communication area, the challenges and opportunities presented by the Open environment increase in scale and complexity. This talk will examine some of the key trends pointing towards additional opportunities for large-scale change in not only how we access and use scholarly research outputs – but also how they are disseminated, curated and evaluated. Heather Joseph serves as the Executive Director of the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), an international coalition of academic and research libraries working to expand the global, cost-effective digital communication of research results. As SPARC's Director since 2005, Ms. Joseph leads the strategic and operational activities of the organization, and has focused SPARC's efforts on supporting emerging publishing models, enabling digital archives, and establishing open access policies on the national and international levels.

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Head, Beinecke Library Digital Services Unit at Yale University Library

The Yale University Library is recruiting a Head, Beinecke Library Digital Services Unit.

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Under the direction of the Head of Technical Services and working in close collaboration with units across the Beinecke Library and the Yale University Library, the Head of Beinecke Digital Services leads a newly formed Digital Services Unit. As such, the Head coordinates the Beinecke Library's digitization program, its digital projects, and its user experience initiatives to enhance access to and use of Beinecke Library and its collections, including the Beinecke Digital Library, collection web pages, and online exhibits. The Head leads the investigation, development, and implementation of metadata and digitization workflows and standards as well as user interfaces and tools that affect the user experience.

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Supporting the Changing Research Practices of Art Historians

Ithaka S+R has released Supporting the Changing Research Practices of Art Historians.

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Having completed studies of historians and chemists, we turn in this report to art historians. This is a rich and diverse field of study, and the necessary support services must come from libraries, archives, museums, and technology providers. Digital technology has facilitated access to vast collections of resources that simply were not available before, and yet, the primacy of the actual art object has not diminished at all.

It would be unwise to draw conclusions from only three disciplines, but there are some interesting similarities among the three groups of scholars we have studied thus far. Scholars in the three fields have similar needs for assistance in managing and organizing non-institutional (i.e. personal or lab group) digital and digitized collections of primary source materials (digitized archival materials for historians, datasets for chemists, and image files for art historians). Meeting these needs will challenge support organizations to think differently about the services they provide and how they provide them.

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