"How Streaming Media Could Threaten the Mission of Libraries"

Steve Kolowich has published "How Streaming Media Could Threaten the Mission of Libraries" in Wired Campus.

Here's an excerpt:

Welcome to content licensing, a great source of anxiety for librarians in the digital era. In previous decades, the university librarians might have bought a CD of the Dudamel album for $25 and kept it in circulation it for as long as the disc remained viable. Here they were asked to pay the publisher 10 times that amount (plus a licensing fee that would probably exceed the processing fee) for access to a quarter of the album for two years.

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Programmer Analyst 2 at Yale University

Yale University is recruiting a Programmer Analyst 2 .

Here's an excerpt from the ad.

Reporting to the Manager of Digital Library and Programming Services, the Programmer Analyst 2 will work to deliver more library content and services to our users from our web applications by developing innovative tools that help patrons discover and use library collections and services. The incumbent plans, develops, implements, tests, and documents computer programs, applying knowledge of programming techniques and computer systems. Evaluates user requests for new or modified programs to determine feasibility, cost and time required, compatibility with current systems, and computer capabilities

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"Keeping Up With… Net Neutrality"

ACRL has released "Keeping Up With… Net Neutrality".

Network neutrality, a term coined by Columbia Law School professor Tim Wu in 2003[1], is the idea that an internet service provider (ISP) should treat all the data that travels through its network equally, regardless of the source, destination, or content of that data. In practice, this means that the data packets that make up streaming video, images from a digital archive, massively multiplayer online games, and class material in a course management system are all delivered from server to user indiscriminately, with minor modifications for network optimization. Discriminating against or blocking content from reaching an end user (e.g. slowing down certain websites like Netflix or blocking access to a service like Apple's FaceTime) violates the principle of net neutrality.

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E-Research and Digital Scholarship Services Librarian at University of California, Irvine

The University of California, Irvine is recruiting a E-Research and Digital Scholarship Services Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad.

The E-Research and Digital Scholarship Services Unit is being formed within the Collection Development Department to capitalize on digital services offered locally and throughout the UC system to assist in the research, publication, and teaching missions of the University. The Unit will perform outreach, advertise, educate, and collaborate with faculty and researchers directly, and through the assistance and education of subject liaisons across all library departments.

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NMC Horizon Report: 2014 Library Edition

NMC has released the NMC Horizon Report: 2014 Library Edition.

Here’s an excerpt from the press release:

The NMC Horizon Report: 2014 Library Edition, examines key trends, significant challenges, and emerging technologies for their potential impact on academic and research libraries worldwide. While there are many local factors affecting libraries, there are also issues that transcend regional boundaries and common questions; it was with these questions in mind that this report was created.

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Web Services Specialist at Towson University

Towson University is recruiting a Web Services Specialist.

Here's an excerpt from the ad.

Focusing on services that improve the user experience for the University's students, faculty, and staff, the Web Services Specialist collaborates with team members, other library staff, and university personnel to develop applications using appropriate web languages, techniques, and technologies.

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Digital Legal Deposit, An IPA Special Report

The International Publishers Association has released Digital Legal Deposit, An IPA Special Report.

Here's an excerpt from the press release:

A new IPA report reveals how policies and processes are being developed and implemented which allow digital content, whether in the form of e-books, journals, blogs or website content, to be collected and archived. It contains in-depth analysis of schemes in Germany, the Netherlands, the UK, France and Italy, as well as details from Japan, China, Brazil, the United States, Australia and Canada.

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Data Management Services Librarian at University of Florida

The University of Florida is recruiting a Data Management Services Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad.

The Data Management Services Librarian will serve as the primary liaison for and provide consulting support to identify, store, describe (curate), retrieve, and re-use data, particularly data not available in public or government repositories. The Data Management Services Librarian will be part of a team to build a full system (with training, outreach, liaison duties, policies, procedures, technologies, tools, workflows, etc.) of data curation to support faculty in fulfilling federal mandates and enhancing curation and accessibility of their research product and the even further integrated role of the Smathers Libraries with all research and teaching on campus.

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U.S. Department of Energy Public Access Plan

U.S. Department of Energy has released its Public Access Plan.

Here's an excerpt:

The Department proposes to host, a portal and a search interface tool, the Public Access Gateway for Energy and Science (PAGES), to enhance the discoverability of unclassified and otherwise unrestricted scholarly publications resulting from DOE funding. PAGES will provide metadata and abstracts for such publications in a way that is open, readable, and available for bulk download. The PAGES metadata catalog will be included in the Department's Enterprise Data Inventory and Public Data Listing. PAGES will also link to the full text VoR hosted by the publisher when the article is available on the publisher's site openly and without charge. In instances where this is not the case, PAGES will link to a full-text version of the accepted manuscript twelve months from the article publication date and then link to the VoR when and if it becomes available. Metadata accompanying the accepted manuscript, e.g., author name, journal title, and digital object identifier (DOI) for the VoR, ensures that attribution to authors, journals, and original publishers will be maintained.

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Dean of Libraries and Elizabeth D. Rockwell Chair at University of Houston

The University of Houston is recruiting a Dean of Libraries and Elizabeth D. Rockwell Chair.

Here's an excerpt from the ad.

The University of Houston invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean of Libraries and Elizabeth D. Rockwell Chair. The Dean of Libraries leads the University Libraries and advances the University's mission of research and teaching by ensuring the provision of outstanding library services. The University Libraries comprises the M.D. Anderson Library and three branch libraries (Music, Optometry, and Architecture and Art). The Dean of Libraries serves as the chief executive of the Libraries, with responsibility for oversight of all administrative activities, including budget and personnel management. The Dean provides programmatic and strategic leadership to the Libraries and plays a critical role in the Libraries' development activities. The Dean represents the Libraries within the University, and at the local, state, and national levels. The Dean reports directly to the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost and is a member of the Council of Deans. . . .

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

The University of Houston Libraries ranks 70th out of 115 research libraries in the latest ARL rankings.

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Data Curator at New York University

New York University is recruiting a Data Curator.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP) at New York University seeks a Data Curator: an information scientist who will work with faculty, researchers, and students in applied urban science to acquire and organize data related to New York City. CUSP is a dynamic research and academic center that requires a Data Curator to manage data ingest and access workflows, to catalog data using and maintaining controlled vocabularies, and to provide reference and data services to faculty, researchers, and students. The Data Curator will manage the Data Lifecycle from beginning to end to ensure that CUSP data is indexed, curated, and stored within the CUSP Data Warehouse for discovery and access. Strategy must be employed to scale for both data volume and data access growth.

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Senior Systems Engineer at Columbia University

Columbia University is recruiting a Senior Systems Engineer.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Columbia University Libraries Information Technology Office (LITO) seeks an experienced Senior Systems Engineer. The incumbent will design, develop and deploy Unix server systems, supervise other Unix Systems Engineering staff, perform maintenance and security as required, provide support for Library/IS projects and services, and collaborate on projects with various University divisions.

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"Integrating Approaches to Privacy Across the Research Lifecycle: Long-Term Longitudinal Studies"

Alexandra Wood et al. have self-archived "Integrating Approaches to Privacy Across the Research Lifecycle: Long-Term Longitudinal Studies."

Here's an excerpt:

The defining characteristics of a long-term longitudinal study—that such a study follows a large number of individuals over extended periods of time and collects vast quantities of sometimes very sensitive personal information from subjects—create a number of challenges for researchers working with longitudinal data. Over the course of a longitudinal study, data collection, uses of data, privacy expectations, and laws may change, leaving the scope of subjects' consent unclear. The use of contractors for data collection and the need to retain administrative data linked to records to recontact subjects over time may increase the risk of disclosure.

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Research Data Management Librarian at Boston University

Boston University is recruiting a Research Data Management Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Lead Boston University Libraries efforts to support faculty and students in the management of their research data throughout its lifecycle. Educate and lead subject librarians in providing data management services. Work with other relevant university offices to develop policies and workflows related to data management, and outreach directly to students and faculty through workshops, websites, and one- on-one consulting on data management issues. Represent Boston University Libraries in regional and national groups related to the topic, while keeping up-to-date on the latest developments. Study the specific data management needs of Boston University students and faculty, and will assess the impact of the library's data management services towards furthering the research efforts at the university.

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"The Development of Open Access Repositories in the Asia-Oceania Region: A Case Study of Three Institutions"

IFLA has released "The Development of Open Access Repositories in the Asia-Oceania Region: A Case Study of Three Institutions."

Here's an excerpt:

In recent years, open access models of publishing have transcended traditional modes thus enabling freer access to research. This paper takes a trans-regional approach to examining open access publishing in the Asia and Oceania region focusing on three institutions—Charles Darwin University in Australia, University of Hong Kong, and University of Malaya in Malaysia—reflecting on how each is rising, in its own individual way, to meet the range of challenges that its research communities are facing. Specifically, it focuses on open access and institutional repository development, and traces their development at each of the aforementioned institutions.

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Digital Infrastructure Librarian at Washington University

Washington University is recruiting a Digital Infrastructure Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Washington University Libraries is seeking a creative and enthusiastic individual to design and implement a new digital library application infrastructure using the Hydra repository framework and related technologies. Reporting to the Head of Scholarly Publishing, the Digital Infrastructure Librarian will work collaboratively with Libraries' staff and campus partners to lead all aspects of system design and implementation, including gathering requirements, establishing coding standards, and participating in system testing, resulting in the delivery of a functioning digital asset management system based on the Hydra repository framework. This position will participate in writing text and project plans that will be incorporated into grant submissions.

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eLife Research Advances Allows Authors to Update Their Papers

eLife has announced Research Advances, which allows authors to update their papers.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

The new article format, which we have named Research Advances, is for new results that build on previously published Research Articles or Short Reports in an important way. Authors will therefore be able to report progress in their research programs rapidly and efficiently when it is judged to be a substantial addition to the original work. These contributions might use a new technique or a different experimental design to generate results that strengthen, refine or even challenge the conclusions of the original research paper.

On a historical note, the University of Houston Libraries' e-journal The Public-Access Computer Systems Review began to offer authors the option of updating articles in 1995. For example, the 1995 "The Heinz Electronic Library Interactive Online System (HELIOS): Building a Digital Archive Using Imaging, OCR, and Natural Language Processing Technologies" and the 1998 "The Heinz Electronic Library Interactive Online System (HELIOS): An Update."

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Digital Services Specialist at Georgetown University

Georgetown University is recruiting a Digital Services Specialist.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Under the supervision of the Digital Services Librarian, the Digital Services Specialist participates in the addition, maintenance, and expansion of digital library and institutional repository collections and content. Responsible for digital production processes and quality assurance during the digital conversion process, and digital content management within traditional file systems as well as content management systems and digital access platforms such as DigitalGeorgetown. Leverages a variety of tools to ensure digital content integrity, and ingest content into various platforms.

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"A Current Snapshot of Institutional Repositories: Growth Rate, Disciplinary Content and Faculty Contributions"

Ellen Dubinsky has published "A Current Snapshot of Institutional Repositories: Growth Rate, Disciplinary Content and Faculty Contributions" in the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication.

Here's an excerpt:

Mean and median growth rates of IRs have increased since measured in 2007, with variance depending upon size and type of academic institution and age of the IR. Disciplinary content in IRs is unevenly distributed, with the Sciences predominantly represented. IR administrators remain actively involved in the submission process and in the promotion of their IRs. Personal contact with individuals or groups of faculty is the most used and successful interaction method.

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Digital Collections Librarian at University of Nevada Las Vegas

The University of Nevada Las Vegas is recruiting a Digital Collections Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

This faculty position, reporting to the Head, Digital Collections, is primarily responsible for managing digital library workflow as part of a fast-paced and highly collaborative team. The librarian is responsible for coordinating several functional areas of a growing digital library; including: management of a digitization lab and scanning operations, digital file management and digital preservation; metadata and linked open data creation, quality control for large scale production, and administration of specialized digital asset management software (currently CONTENTdm).

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