Nature Communications Goes Full Open Access

Formerly a born-digital hybrid journal, Nature Communications will now be an open access only journal.

Here's an excerpt from the press release:

Nature Communications is to become the first Nature-branded open access only journal. The number one open access journal in multidisciplinary sciences, Nature Communications is Nature Publishing Group's (NPG) flagship open access title. Nature Communications will only accept open access research submissions from 20th October 2014. . . .

NPG is also making further policy moves with this development. Nature Communications now offers the CC BY 4.0 license as default, with other Creative Commons (CC) licenses available upon request. There is no price difference for the choice of CC license. APC waivers will be available for HINARI countries, and to others on a case-by-case basis.

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Researcher Support and Data Services, Department Head at Auraria Library

The Auraria Library is recruiting a Researcher Support and Data Services, Department Head.

Here's an excerpt from the ad.

The Researcher Support and Data Services, Department Head position will lead a team of librarians that provide a variety of services including: research/reference consultation, information discovery strategies, collection management and development, productivity and citation management tools, scholarly communications and copyright, grant support, data, GIS and visualization services. Researcher Support and Data Services department is housed within the Education, Research, and Access Services division.

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Toolkit: Equipment for Image Digitisation Projects

JISC has released Toolkit: Equipment for Image Digitisation Projects.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

This Jisc Digital Media toolkit sets out to look at each of these technologies in detail, outlining both the theory behind the technology, along with more practical insights. It looks at cameras and scanners in depth and provide the stakeholder with the knowledge required to make informed decisions when purchasing, what can be, very expensive items of equipment.

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Systems Librarian at Philadelphia University

Philadelphia University is recruiting a Systems Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad.

Manage, implement, and provide technical support for library software and systems, including the Sirsi/Horizon integrated library system, the library’s discovery tool, chat and interlibrary loan systems, LibGuides, and overall design and maintenance of the library’s Web page gateway. Performs information literacy instruction, reference service, cataloging, troubleshooting, and setup of electronic resources. Maintain currency with trends in library systems and take a major role in planning, implementing, and training for the adoption and integration of new library technologies.

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"Bill Introduced in Congress to Let You Actually Own Things, Even if They Contain Software"

Kit Walsh has published "Bill Introduced in Congress to Let You Actually Own Things, Even if They Contain Software in Deeplinks."

Here's an excerpt:

At last, someone in Congress has noticed how "intellectual property rights" are showing up in unexpected places and undermining our settled rights and expectation about the things we buy. Today, Representative Farenthold announced the introduction of the You Own Devices Act (YODA). If a computer program enables a device to operate, YODA would let you transfer ownership of a copy of that computer program along with the device. The law would override any agreement to the contrary (like the one-sided and abusive End-User License Agreements commonly included with such software). Also, if you have a right to receive security or bug fixes, that right passes to the person who received the device from you.

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Digital Projects Librarian at Wesleyan University

Wesleyan University is recruiting a Digital Projects Librarian .

Here's an excerpt from the ad.

Reporting to the Systems/Emerging Technologies Librarian, this position is responsible for heading the Library Digital Projects Lab, including the selection, prioritization, digitization, preservation and access to unique, world-class Wesleyan collections for the use of students, faculty and researchers.

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Guidelines for Planning the Digitization of Rare Book and Manuscript Collections

IFLA has released Guidelines for Planning the Digitization of Rare Book and Manuscript Collections.

Here's an excerpt:

These guidelines attempt to complement this body of knowledge by addressing the specific needs related to planning digitization projects for rare and special collections. They are written from the point-of-view of special collection managers, rare book librarians, curators, and researchers who study the physical object as an artefact bearing intrinsic historical evidence as much as for the intellectual content that it contains.

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Sr. Software Developer (Java/Web/Linux) at California Digital Library

The California Digital Library is recruiting a Sr. Software Developer (Java/Web/Linux).

Here's an excerpt from the ad.

Design and implement software components in support of UC3 technical services. Maintain and deploy as well as plan and develop the evolution and enhancements to the Web Archiving System (WAS). Work as needed on new functionality for key CDL systems, including Merritt, DMPTool, and DASH. Advise UC3 management on technical strategies, new micro-services, time constraints, cost savings, and when to buy vs. build. This position also provides UC3 technical leadership by helping guide developers in UC3 and CDL on technical solutions, efficiencies, new tools, languages, development and deployment paradigms, etc.

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Omeka Everywhere Development Funded by IMLS

The Institute of Museum and Library Sciences has funded the development of Omeka Everywhere.

Here's an excerpt from the press release:

The Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University, in partnership with Ideum and the University of Connecticut's Digital Media Center, is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a National Leadership Grant for Museums from the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences to create Omeka Everywhere. Dramatically increasing the possibilities for visitor access to collections, Omeka Everywhere will offer a simple, cost-effective solution for connecting onsite web content and in-gallery multi-sensory experiences, affordable to museums of all sizes and missions, by capitalizing on the strengths of two successful collections-based open-source software projects: Omeka and Open Exhibits.

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Library Web Designer at Auburn University

Auburn University is recruiting a Library Web Designer.

Here's an excerpt from the ad.

Creates static, interactive, and database-driven Web pages within the framework of University-mandated design elements. Chairs and convenes regular meetings of the AUL Web Advisory Group. Designs and implements a comprehensive user experience (UX) testing program; conducts analyzes and incorporates user feedback into the website design. Facilitates the implementation of new Web-based services by creating templates and forms and by reviewing and recommending commercial or open-source utilities. Works closely with AUL faculty, staff, and other content providers to design and implement customized Web pages and Web exhibits. Analyzes Web-related problems, proposes solutions, and monitors results. Teaches and trains AUL faculty and staff in the use of Web editing and design tools. Monitors, identifies, and communicates to AUL faculty and staff innovative uses of the Web for the delivery of resources, services, and information.

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CERN and APS Announce Open Access Partnership

American Physical Society and The European Organization for Nuclear Research have formed a partnership to make CERN-authored articles published in APS journals open access.

Here's an excerpt from the press release:

Articles in APS' Physical Review Letters, Physical Review D, and Physical Review C in 2015 and 2016 will be covered by this agreement.

Thanks to this partnership, articles will be available free of charge for everyone to read. Copyright will remain with the authors and permissive Creative Commons CC-BY licences will allow re-use of the information (e.g. in books, review articles, conference proceedings and teaching material) as well as text- and data-mining applications.

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Digital Scholarship Librarian at Boston College

Boston College is recruiting a Digital Scholarship Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad.

Under the direction of the Head of Outreach and Digital Research, and in conjunction with subject librarians, systems and digital library staff, scholarly communications and repository librarians, and others, s/he works directly with clients (faculty, students, staff) in identifying and deploying appropriate tools and technologies to meet research or publication needs. The Digital Scholarship Librarian will assist clients with projects from start to completion, and will aid in promoting digital scholarship to the campus community. In addition to direct support at the project level, s/he will deliver training, group instruction, and workshops on Digital Scholarship topics with an emphasis on data visualization, text mining and encoding, mapping, and data analysis, and will maintain project documentation for a growing corpus of digital scholarly production. T

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"Open Access Infrastructure: Where We Are and Where We Need to Go"

Cynthia Hodgson has published "Open Access Infrastructure: Where We Are and Where We Need to Go" in Information Standards Quarterly.

Here's an excerpt:

There's no doubt that open access is here to stay, but the underlying infrastructure needed to support and sustain OA publishing is still very much in its development stages. This article, through a series of interviews with experts in the OA arena, highlights some of the major areas of infrastructure that are needed including institutional policies, compliance tracking and reporting, publishing tools, new economic models and licensing, and sustainability.

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Database & Metadata Management Coordinator at Rice University

Rice University is recruiting a Database & Metadata Management Coordinator.

Here's an excerpt from the ad.

The Database & Metadata Management Coordinator provides leadership in performing and managing bibliographic data quality control and database maintenance & problem resolution. This position coordinates authority control of both MARC and non-MARC metadata to ensure that they meet local and national standards. This position develops new and effective approaches to quality control, consulting with various stakeholders as appropriate. S/he serves as a liaison to authority and database enrichment vendors and manages the loading and quality control for all vendor supplied records and data. This position will collaborate with other staff to provide leadership in transitioning the department to a post-MARC communication format as we continue to contribute metadata to the local institutional repository and proactively explore linked data, the semantic Web and BIBFRAME.

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"The Need for Research Data Inventories and the Vision for SHARE"

Clifford Lynch has published "The Need for Research Data Inventories and the Vision for SHARE" in Information Standards Quarterly.

Here's an excerpt:

There is a major movement calling for public access to the results of funded research, both in the US and globally. In parallel with these developments has been a growing focus on the importance of research data management across all fields of scholarship- essentially the idea that appropriate stewardship of data used in or arising from research is essential to preserving, communicating, and replicating scholarship. SHARE (Shared Access Research Ecosystem) is a joint project of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the two key higher education presidential associations, the Association of American Universities (AAU) and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU); ARL, with generous grant funding from the Alfred P. Sloan foundation and the US Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS), is leading the implementation effort. This article briefly summarize the potential role of SHARE in the overall scheme of managing research data, with some emphasis on the importance of standards (both existing and to be developed) for making this vision a reality.

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Digital Scholarship and Scholarly Communication Librarian at Smith College

Smith College is recruiting a Digital Scholarship and Scholarly Communication Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad.

Lead digital scholarship initiatives for the Smith College Libraries' Teaching, Learning and Research (TLR) department, working closely with colleagues engaged in the development of digital scholarship at Smith. Promote the adoption of new models of scholarship at Smith by developing methodologies and tools of the digital humanities and social sciences for research, teaching and learning. Provide instruction and consultation services for digital projects, and serve on project teams. Facilitate the use of library content for digital scholarship creation by faculty and students. Serve as a resource for other TLR librarians who are engaged in digital scholarship; provides training and consultation. Keep abreast of new developments in digital scholarship and scholarly communication in the humanities and social sciences, and promote awareness among colleagues.

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Next-Gen Learning Spaces, SPEC Kit 342

ARL has released Next-Gen Learning Spaces, SPEC Kit 342.

Here's an excerpt:

This SPEC Kit explores the configuration and uses of library learning spaces, the developments and transformations that have occurred over the past ten years, and future plans for learning spaces to determine where they are on a continuum between first-gen information commons and next-gen spaces. It explores five main areas related to learning spaces: what kinds of learning spaces currently exist, how these spaces have changed since their inception, and the effects these spaces have had on other library operations; the instruction, programming, and collaboration that take place in the learning spaces; and the current assessment methods for learning spaces and changes that have been made or are planned based on the results of these evaluations.

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Digital Technologies Development Librarian at Montana State University

Montana State University is recruiting a Digital Technologies Development Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad.

The Digital Technologies Development Librarian has primary responsibility for the development and maintenance of the software that supports the library's data services and digital scholarship programs including data management, scholarly publishing, and data visualization. Located in the Library Informatics and Computing (LIC) department, the position is a 12-month, tenure track, faculty appointment with rank as Assistant Professor. Reporting to the head of the LIC department, the Digital Technologies Development Librarian is responsible for building and maintaining MSU's digital library systems and working with the MSU Research Computing Group to integrate current best practices in data management and preservation.

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Younger Americans and Public Libraries

The Pew Research Center has released Younger Americans and Public Libraries.

Here's an excerpt:

Younger Americans-those ages 16-29-especially fascinate researchers and organizations because of their advanced technology habits, their racial and ethnic diversity, their looser relationships to institutions such as political parties and organized religion, and the ways in which their social attitudes differ from their elders.

This report pulls together several years of research into the role of libraries in the lives of Americans and their communities with a special focus on Millennials, a key stakeholder group affecting the future of communities, libraries, book publishers and media makers of all kinds, as well as the tone of the broader culture.

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"A Scalable and Sustainable Approach to Open Access"

Alexis Seeley et al. have published "A Scalable and Sustainable Approach to Open Access" in D-Lib Magazine.

Here's an excerpt:

Funded by tertiary institutions rather than individual researchers, this new model seeks to provide open access not just to traditional academic publications but to all forms of scholarly output.

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Director, Digital Media Commons at University of Michigan

The University of Michigan is recruiting a Director, Digital Media Commons.

Here's an excerpt from the ad.

The Director is responsible for leading an innovative sandbox focused on discovery, learning, invention, innovation, demonstration, and deployment. Through studying and experimenting with new paradigms for teaching, learning, and research, the Director and the DMC staff offer campus leadership in identifying media and educational technologies that are likely candidates to move from experimentation to enterprise services. The outcomes include resources and services enabling faculty and student to know, to do, to become, to create, and to spin-off.

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"Library of Congress Recommended Format Specifications: Encouraging Preservation Without Discouraging Creation"

Theron Westervelt has published "Library of Congress Recommended Format Specifications: Encouraging Preservation Without Discouraging Creation" in D-Lib Magazine.

Here's an excerpt:

The Library of Congress has a fundamental commitment to acquiring, preserving and making accessible in the long term the creative output of the nation and the world. The Library has devised the Recommended Format Specifications to enable it to identify what formats will most easily lend themselves to preservation and long-term access, especially with regard to digital formats. The Library has done this to provide guidance to its staff in their work of acquiring content for its collection, but also seeks to share this with other stakeholders, from the creative community to vendors to other libraries, each of which has a need and interest in preservation and access. To ensure ongoing accuracy and relevancy, the Library of Congress will be reviewing and revising the specifications on an annual basis and welcomes feedback and input from all interested parties.

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