Digital Curation News (1/23/2015) #digitalpreservation

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Folklife Specialist (Digital Assets Management) at Library of Congress

The Library of Congress is recruiting a Folklife Specialist (Digital Assets Management).

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The position serves as the Folklife Specialist (Digital Assets Management) and is located in the American Folklife Center (AFC) within Library Services and reports directly to the Head, Archive of Folk Culture. The purpose of this position is to oversee the administration of American Folklife Center's digital asset management program, including developing and managing born-digital and reformatted collection processing workflows.

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"Why Principal Investigators Funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health Publish in the Public Library of Science Journals"

Nancy Pontika has published "Why Principal Investigators Funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health Publish in the Public Library of Science Journals" in Information Research.

Here's an excerpt:

The Institutes-funded investigators submitted to the Public Library of Science journals because they favour the high impact factor, fast publication speed, fair peer-review system and the articles/ immediate open access availability.

Conclusions. The requirements of the National Institutes' public access policy do not influence the investigators' decision to submit to one of the Public Library of Science journals and do not increase their familiarity with open access publishing options.

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Digital Initiatives Librarian at Binghamton University

Binghamton University is recruiting a Digital Initiatives Librarian .

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

As a member of the Library Technology department, reporting to the Director of Library Technology, the Digital Initiatives Librarian provides quality service and support to library faculty, staff and patrons.

They collaborate in the planning, implementation, and monitoring of digital projects to enhance user experience and improve workflows within the library. This includes digital initiatives such as digital curation and preservation, digital exhibits, the Libraries' website, and search and discovery of library resources. Digital curation and preservation tasks include digital forensics, applying metadata schema for access and preservation, and investigating and developing submission workflows for digital content. They assist in training and supervising student assistants and serve as a project manager for processing materials for digital collections; working closely with metadata/cataloging, Special Collections and University Archives, and others to deploy and configure systems to fully leverage the potential of metadata and digital objects derived from disparate sources.

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Monographs and Open Access: A Report to HEFCE

The HEFCE has released Monographs and Open Access: A Report to HEFCE.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

  • Monographs are a vitally important and distinctive vehicle for research communication, and must be sustained in any moves to open access. The availability of printed books alongside the open-access versions will be essential.
  • Contrary to many perceptions, it would not be appropriate to talk of a crisis of the monograph; this does not mean that monographs are not facing challenges, but the arguments for open access would appear to be for broader and more positive reasons than solving some supposed crisis.
  • Open access offers both short- and long-term advantages for monograph publication and use; many of these are bound up with a transition to digital publishing that has not been at the same speed as that for journals.
  • There is no single dominant emerging business model for supporting open-access publishing of monographs; a range of approaches will coexist for some time and it is unlikely that any single model will emerge as dominant. Policies will therefore need to be flexible.

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Digital Curation News (1/22/2015) #digitalpreservation

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Digital Library Programmer at UCLA

UCLA is recruiting a Digital Library Programmer.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to the Digital Library Team Leader & System Architect the Digital Library Programmer (DLP) develops applications and services using the components of the Islandora application stack, a collection of open source software components. Incumbent defines and configures complex digital objects, comprised of data streams (e.g., image, sound, and video) and associated descriptive and technical metadata, for retention in the Fedora Commons repository; develops or modify existing object ingest procedures through the Islandora modules of the Drupal content management system; writes scripts to invoke micro services to transform objects and create derivative objects; develops procedures to create SOLR indexes that support faceted and geospatial searching; and assists Drupal content managers to publish collections.

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Associate Dean for Technology and Digital Strategies at Penn State

Penn State is recruiting an Associate Dean for Technology and Digital Strategies.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Associate Dean for Technology and Digital Strategies will provide leadership and advocacy for information technology, digital initiatives, repository services and resource discovery and access services. The position will serve as administrator for the Libraries' Department for Information Technologies, Publishing and Curation Services, and Media Technology and Support Services as well as for cross-organizational teams such as the Digital Preservation Strategies Team, ScholarSphere (institutional repository) Service Team, and Hydra Strategy Team.

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"Digital Forensics on A Shoestring: A Case Study from the University of Victoria"

John Durno and Jerry Trofimchuk have published "Digital Forensics on A Shoestring: A Case Study from the University of Victoria" in Code4Lib Journal.

Here's an excerpt:

While much has been written on the increasing importance of digital forensics in archival workflows, most of the literature focuses on theoretical issues or establishing best practices in the abstract. Where case studies exist, most have been written from the perspective of larger organizations with well-resourced digital forensics facilities. However organizations of any size are increasingly likely to receive donations of born-digital material on outdated media, and a need exists for more modest solutions to the problem of acquiring and preserving their contents. This case study outlines the development of a small-scale digital forensics program at the University of Victoria using inexpensive components and open source software, funded by a $2000 research grant from the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL).

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Digital Curation News (1/21/2015) #digitalpreservation

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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). . . .

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

See also the Isaacson, Miller ad.

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"Macmillan + Springer: Some Lessons to Learn, Some Twists to Watch"

Kent Anderson has published "Macmillan + Springer: Some Lessons to Learn, Some Twists to Watch" in The Scholarly Kitchen.

Here's an excerpt:

The competition this merger creates at the top of the market—turning a two-billionaire race into a three-billionaire race—is unlikely to trickle down in any helpful way. More Big Deals will leave fewer scraps for others. Some top-end titles may benefit from the increased competition on the acquisitions front, but I don't think a general bidding war will break out.

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DSpace 5 Released

DuraSpace has released DSpace 5.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

With a new, modern look and feel for every device, the ability to auto-upgrade from older versions of DSpace, to batch import content and more, the release of DSpace 5 offers its far-flung global community of developers and stakeholders an even easier-to-use and more efficient institutional repository solution.

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Research Data Management Service Design Analyst at University of California, Berkeley

The University of California, Berkeley is recruiting a Research Data Management Service Design Analyst.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Library and Research IT at UC Berkeley seek a Research Data Management Service Design Analyst to help them define and develop a UC Berkeley Research Data Management service.

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Debra Hanken Kurtz Named as DuraSpace CEO

Debra Hanken Kurtz has been named as DuraSpace's CEO.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

It brings us great pleasure to announce that the DuraSpace Board of Directors has chosen Debra Hanken Kurtz to serve as the new CEO for the Organization. Kurtz is currently the Executive Director of the Texas Digital Library. She will begin in her new role on February 16, 2015 and establish an office in Austin, Texas to manage DuraSpace business operations.

Kurtz brings key relevant experience and skills to DuraSpace. As Executive Director of the Texas Digital Library, she managed and grew membership, operations, and services. She participates in working and planning groups for DPN and SHARE. At both Duke University and UNC Chapel Hill Libraries, Kurtz provided leadership and direction for digital collections, public websites, and early planning efforts for both libraries' institutional repositories. She was an active partner within the Triangle Research Libraries Network and has been a voice for Kuali OLE, an open-source integrated library system built by and for academic and research libraries. Kurtz's complete background can be found on linkedin.

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Digital Curation News (1/20/2015) #digitalpreservation

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Digital Initiatives Librarian at Indiana University

Indiana University is recruiting a Digital Initiatives Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Indiana University Libraries seeks a dynamic, innovative and collaborative individual to support digital scholarship initiatives including: providing guidance for the digitization of special collections, managing existing digital library services and informing the creation of new services, and fostering digital research projects. Reporting to the Head of Digital Collections Services, the Digital Initiatives Librarian leverages expertise across the Indiana University Libraries, bridges various subject domains and communities of practice across the Bloomington campus, and coordinates team members across the broad spectrum of activities required to produce digital resources, from selection and conversion of content to the design of the online resource.

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Policy Recommendations for Open Access to Research Data

The RECODE project has released Policy Recommendations for Open Access to Research Data.

Here's an excerpt:

These policy recommendations are targeted at key stakeholders in the scholarly communication ecosystem, namely research funders, research institutions, data managers, and publishers. They will assist each of the stakeholders in furthering the goals of open access to research data by providing both over-arching and stakeholder-specific recommendations. These function, as suggestions to address and attend to central issues that RECODE identified through the research work.

The current report thus comprises:

  • summary of project findings
  • overarching recommendations
  • targeted policy recommendations for funders, research institutions, data managers, and publishers
  • practical guides for developing policies for funders, research institutions, data managers, and publishers
  • resources to expedite the process of policy development and implementation among stakeholders

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Website Administrator at Texas A&M University

Texas A&M University is recruiting a Website Administrator.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

This Website Administrator position is responsible for the overall management of the Texas A&M University Libraries' websites, both web pages and applications, acts as the primary contact point for units in the Libraries that need assistance or guidance in developing web pages or deploying new applications and provides consulting, technical support, and training to content managers and creators and to technical staff.

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Digital Curation News (1/19/2015) #digitalpreservation

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"Building Data Services from the Ground Up: Strategies and Resources"

Heather L. Coates has published "Building Data Services from the Ground Up: Strategies and Resources" in the Journal of eScience Librarianship.

Here's an excerpt:

There is a scarcity of practical guidance for developing data services in an academic library. Data services, like many areas of research, require the expertise and resources of teams spanning many disciplines. While library professionals are embedded into the teaching activities of our institutions, fewer of us are embedded in research activities occurring across the full life cycle. The significant challenges of managing, preserving, and sharing data for reuse demand that we take a more active role. Providing support for funder data management plans is just one option in the data services landscape. Awareness of the institutional and library culture in which we operate places an emphasis on the importance of relationships. Understanding the various cultures in which our researchers operate is crucial for delivering data services that are relevant and utilized. The goal of this article is to guide data specialists through this landscape by providing key resources and strategies for developing locally relevant services and by pointing to active communities of librarians and researchers tackling the challenges associated with digital research data.

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Digital Scholarship Librarian at College of Wooster

The College of Wooster is recruiting a Digital Scholarship Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

This newly created faculty position reports to the Director of Libraries and provides leadership in creating, organizing, promoting, and curating digital materials. The librarian will play a key role in supporting our Open Access resolution, our institutional repository (Open Works), digital projects developed under our current grant, institutional research data, born digital scholarship, and digitized content. The Digital Scholarship Librarian will serve as a liaison to one or more academic departments and participate in the Libraries research and instruction programs. The successful candidate will work collaboratively with a library staff focused on user needs and committed to developing an evolving library program that best supports the mission of the College.

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Making Open Access Work for Authors, Institutions and Publishers

The Copyright Clearance Center has released Making Open Access Work for Authors, Institutions and Publishers.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

Copyright Clearance Center, Inc. (CCC), a global licensing and content solutions organization, recently brought together institutions from the UK and publishers from both the US and UK for an Open Access roundtable discussion to explore the implications of managing Open Access fees on a large scale. During this meeting, held at University College in London, the attendees examined a number of issues related to fragmentation, approach and processes, including ways vendors can play an expanded role in addressing the challenges. CCC published the group's findings in a report written by Rob Johnson, Founder and Director of Research Consulting.

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Scholarly Communication Librarian at Washington State University

Washington State University is recruiting a Scholarly Communication Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The primary responsibility of this position is to implement plans and digital projects for moving the WSU Libraries forward in meeting the challenges of changing modes of scholarly communication. The position reports to the Head of Digital Scholarship and Curation (DSC). DSC is a new unit within the Libraries that encompasses all of the digital projects, assets and collections that the Libraries creates and maintains. In a broader context, the formation of DSC recognizes existing collaborations between the Libraries and the College of Arts and Sciences and signals an expanded relationship in the future.

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