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Scholarly Communications Librarian at University of Kansas

The University of Kansas is recruiting a Scholarly Communications Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Scholarly Communications Librarian is a member of the Office of Scholarly Communication and Copyright in the Libraries Research and Learning Division. Reporting to the Head of the Office, the incumbent works closely with others in the Libraries and the University community and actively promotes author rights, as well as those of the creators, disseminators, and users of scholarly information, under fair use. In collaboration with colleagues, the Scholarly Communications Librarian assists in the promotion of the University's institutional repository and open access initiatives, seeking to build a sustainable program of outreach, consultation, and guidance on author rights, copyright and scholarly publishing issues.

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"Advancing Research Communication & Scholarship—An Interview with Robin Champieux and Jill Emery about This New Conference"

Alice Meadows has published "Advancing Research Communication & Scholarship—An Interview with Robin Champieux and Jill Emery about This New Conference" in The Scholarly Kitchen.

Here's an excerpt:

ARCS, Advancing Research Communication & Scholarship, is a new conference designed to provide a broad and collaborative forum for addressing and affecting scholarly and scientific communication. As organizers, we are working from the idea that supporting and improving knowledge communication in the digital age necessitates conversations and partnerships across communities, disciplines, and expertise. . . . Partnering with an organizing committee of librarians, technologists, humanists, scientists, and publishers we have built a conference program that addresses scholarly communication issues across the research cycle, through a diversity of stakeholder perspectives.

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Project Coordinator at Washington University

Washington University is recruiting a Project Coordinator.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

This is a 4-Year Grant Funded Position with full-time hours and is eligible for full-time benefits. . . . Reporting to the Digital Library Services Manager at Washington University Libraries, the Project Coordinator will be responsible for project management of digital initiatives within the Libraries' Scholarly Publishing unit. The incumbent will establish milestones, manage scheduling, track progress and coordinate contributors within and beyond the unit and university, for projects from software and web development to scholarly digital projects in publishing, digital libraries and digital humanities, initially focusing on the recently announced Newman Numismatic Portal project.

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"Fair Use Week 2015 Highlights"

ARL has released "Fair Use Week 2015 Highlights."

Here's an excerpt:

Each day, new blog posts and resource materials were produced. Daily recaps are available for each day of Fair Use Week and additional resources are available on the website. Over the course of the week, more than 90 blog posts, 13 videos, 2 podcasts, a comic book, an infographic, and several other great resources were released. Below are some highlights from the week.

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Copyright Consultant Librarian at Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Saskatchewan Polytechnic is recruiting a Copyright Consultant Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The primary responsibility for the position is to advise and support Library Services and all members of the Saskatchewan Polytechnic community on copyright and various licensing issues. Working in collaboration with the Copyright Consultant (South) and Librarians' Council, the incumbent is responsible for promoting compliance with Canadian copyright law and Saskatchewan Polytechnic's copyright policies and guidelines. The position will provide institutional leadership on copyright issues for the use of materials in a digital learning environment, on general copyright questions, and in providing information and interpretation of the fair dealing and educational exemptions.

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"Better Sharing Through Licenses? Measuring the Influence of Creative Commons Licenses on the Usage of Open Access Monographs"

Ronald Snijder has published "Better Sharing Through Licenses? Measuring the Influence of Creative Commons Licenses on the Usage of Open Access Monographs" in the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication.

Here's an excerpt:

The application of open licenses to books does not, on its own, lead to more downloads. However, open licenses pave the way for intermediaries to offer new discovery and aggregation services. These services play an important role by amplifying the impacts of open access licensing in the case of scholarly books.

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Web & Systems Management Librarian at Ursinus College

Ursinus College is recruiting a Web & Systems Management Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

This hybrid position will help guide our current Library systems toward a new generation of capability fueled by dramatic improvements in web technologies and cloud computing; the position will also provide additional outreach functions to academic departments in the Sciences, as our outreach, research, and teaching efforts are evolving. Reporting to the Director of Information Literacy & Instructional Technology, this librarian will be integral to a team of three librarians and one instructional technologist who are working to strengthen the organization's ties to the central educational mission of the College, which is to "enable students to become independent, responsible, and thoughtful individuals through a program of liberal education."

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Indiana University Libraries and Partners Get $931,000 in Mellon Grant Money

Indiana University Libraries and its partner libraries have received a total of $931,000 from two Mellon Foundation grants.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

The first of these grants provides $750,000 to the IU Libraries and Northwestern University Library to support continuing development of the Avalon Media System, an open-source software product designed to help libraries and archives provide long-term online access to audio and video collections for primarily academic audiences. . . .

The second of these grants, providing $181,000 to the IU Libraries and the University of Michigan Library, is a key component in a range of investigations underway to analyze the viability of alternative sustainable financial models for university presses and other nonprofit book publishers.

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Digital Applications Librarian at Washington State University

Washington State University is recruiting a Digital Applications Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Digital Applications Librarian is part of the CDSC's long term project aimed at providing educational opportunities around digital curation, preservation and content management, specifically to underserved communities. The CDSC is the home for core digital scholarship and curation projects across campus with a special eye toward building out the libraries role and Mukurtu's capabilities. This position will provide an exciting space for collaboration, innovation, and open-source tool building through the continued development of Mukurtu CMS within a team environment. The Digital Applications Librarian will work directly with CDSC and Library staff to add features, update systems and integrate Mukurtu CMS into the core Library systems and projects including supporting several tribal communities nationwide in their use of the platform.

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Ed Summers Wins 2015 Frederick G. Kilgour Award for Research in Library and Information Technology

Ed Summers has won the 2015 Frederick G. Kilgour Award for Research in Library and Information Technology

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

Ed Summers is Lead Developer at the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH), University of Maryland. Ed has been working for two decades helping to build connections between libraries and archives and the larger communities of the World Wide Web. During that time Ed has worked in academia, start-ups, corporations and the government. He is interested in the role of open source software, community development, and open access to enable digital curation. Ed has a MS in Library and Information Science and a BA in English and American Literature from Rutgers University.

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Digital Archivist at UCLA

UCLA is recruiting a Digital Archivist.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to the Head, Center for Primary Research & Training and Digital Initiatives, the Digital Archivist leads and supports LSC efforts to acquire, describe, preserve, and provide access to born-digital special collections material and to facilitate projects and programs that provide digital access to analog holdings. The Digital Archivist works in a highly collaborative manner with curatorial, professional, and technical staff in LSC and the UCLA Library, as well as with faculty and students, to enhance LSC digital services and operations, complete specific digital projects, and to lead the continuing development of a sustainable born-digital management program.

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"Beyond Beall’s List: Better Understanding Predatory Publishers"

Monica Berger and Jill Cirasella have published "Beyond Beall's List: Better Understanding Predatory Publishers" in College & Research Libraries News.

Here's an excerpt:

Although predatory publishers predate OA, their recent explosion was expedited by the emergence and success of fee-charging OA journals. No matter how strong our urge to support and defend OA, librarians cannot deny the profusion of predators in the OA arena; John Bohannon's recent "sting" made abundantly clear (despite methodological flaws) that there are many bad actors. Rather, we should seek to understand their methods, track their evolution, and communicate their characteristics to our patrons.

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Web/Electronic Services Coordinator at George Washington University

George Washington University is recruiting a Web/Electronic Services Coordinator .

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Web/Electronic Services Coordinator at the Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library is a crucial member of the library staff. This position works closely with staff in the library operations department and the reference and instruction department in order to provide web-based access to the library's vast electronic collections and services, and integrate specialized library software. Other duties include responsibility for the library's mobile presence, instruction, currency with new technologies including web 2.0 applications, and membership on various library committees.

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"The OA Interviews: Alison Mudditt, Director, University of California Press"

Richard Poynder has published "The OA Interviews: Alison Mudditt, Director, University of California Press" in Open and Shut? in which Mudditt discusses the UC Press' Collabra and Luminos open access programs.

Here's an excerpt:

Collabra's model speaks to publishers, libraries, funders, and researchers who are seeking more cost transparency and greater recognition of the critical role that the academic and scientific community plays in journal publishing. In our model, the people who do the fundamental work of peer-review are recognized for this and are able to decide where to place that value.

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Digital Infrastructure Librarian at University of Idaho

The University of Idaho is recruiting a Digital Infrastructure Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The successful applicant will support the University of Idaho's mission by making information resources available, findable, and usable by: providing support for digital and data initiatives in the Library, primarily for metadata and associated technologies; developing, implementing, and refining metadata, ontologies, and controlled vocabularies to enhance information organization, discovery, and use; efficiently managing large sets of metadata records; overseeing interoperability of library systems (e.g., harvesting records for display in the library's discovery interface); and serving as a resource to library employees for questions concerning database maintenance, metadata standards, interoperability of systems, and workflow.

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You Didn’t Think It Was Over, Did You? New Motion in GSU Copyright Case

According to "Publishers' Move Could Mean 'Whole New Trial' in GSU Copyright Case," the plaintiffs have filed a motion to "reopen the trial record, and have asked that new evidence be used to determine whether some of the university's online e-reserve course readings are infringing copyright."

The article also mentions a recent e-print by Brandon Butler, "Transformative Teaching and Educational Fair Use after Georgia State."

Here's an excerpt from the e-print:

The latest installment in the history of educational fair use, the 11th Circuit's opinion in the Georgia State e-reserves case, may be the last judicial word on the subject for years to come, and I argue that its import is primarily in its rejection of outdated guidelines and case law, rather than any affirmative vision of fair use (which the court studiously avoids). Because of the unique factual context of the case, it stops short of bridging the gap between educational fair use and modern transformative use jurisprudence. With help from recent scholarship on broad patterns in fair use caselaw, I pick up where the GSU court left off, describing a variety of common educational uses that are categorizable as transformative, and therefore entitled to broad deference under contemporary fair use doctrine. In the process, I show a way forward for vindicating fair use rights, and first amendment rights, by applying the transformative use concept at lower levels of abstraction to help practice communities make sense of the doctrine.

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Applications Developer at NYPL

NYPL is recruiting an Applications Developer.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

  • Design and implement scalable, optimized, and maintainable database driven web applications.
  • Create workflows for processing petabyte-scale data including audio, video, text, images, etc
  • Collaborate with a larger team across the library to create new and innovative online experiences for our users.
  • Design and build APIs in order to extend our rich content and information to audiences spanning from NYC to the global community.
  • Employ object-oriented analysis and design techniques including use case analysis, object modeling, and database schema design.

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UC Press and the CDL Given a $750,000 Mellon Grant to Develop OA Monograph Publication System

The University of California Press and the California Digital Library have been given a $750,000 grant by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation "to develop a web-based, open source content and workflow management system to support the publication of open access (OA) monographs in the humanities and social sciences."

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

The proposed system will increase efficiency and achieve cost reduction by allowing users to manage content and associated workflows from initial authoring through manuscript submission, peer review, and production to final publication of files on the open web, whether via a publishing platform or an institutional repository. The system will streamline production so publishers can redirect resources back into the editorial process and disseminate important scholarship more widely.

During this two-year period, the system will be designed and built to support the new open access models being pursued by UC Press as well as CDL's current publishing programs. Throughout the two-year grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, UC Press and CDL will engage other university presses and library publishing units to ensure the system will meet the needs of a range of organizations. UC Press and CDL have built in a plan for long-term sustainability to ensure that this resource will continue to serve these communities and will realize its potential to re-invigorate the domain of monographic publishing within the humanities and social sciences.

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Web Services Librarian at University of Oregon

The University of Oregon is recruiting a Web Services Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Web Services Librarian is charged with leadership, project management, and technological work related to the planning, development, coordination, maintenance, and evaluation of the Library's web site and other major online user interfaces. In addition to monitoring and promoting new features and services related to the Library's Web presence, the Web Services Librarian will work with the Lead Web Developer to improve the Libraries' user interfaces, with input from the Web Services Team, the Online User Interfaces (OUI) Committee, Digital Scholarship Center (DSC) professionals, faculty colleagues, staff, and library constituents.

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"Research Data Explored II: the Anatomy and Reception of figshare"

Peter Kraker et al. have self-archived "Research Data Explored II: the Anatomy and Reception of figshare."

Here's an excerpt:

In this paper, we present an analysis of figshare, one of the largest multidisciplinary repositories for research materials to date. We analysed the structure of items archived in figshare, their usage, and their reception in two altmetrics sources (PlumX and ImpactStory). We found that figshare acts as a platform for newly published research materials, and as an archive for PLOS. Depending on the function, we found different bibliometric characteristics. Items archived from PLOS tend to be coming from the natural sciences and are often unviewed and non-downloaded. Self-archived items, however, come from a variety of disciplines and exhibit some patterns of higher usage. In the altmetrics analysis, we found that Twitter was the social media service where research data gained most attention; generally, research data published in 2014 were most popular across social media services. PlumX detects considerably more items in social media and also finds higher altmetric scores than ImpactStory.

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Web Services Senior Developer at NYU

NYU is recruiting a Web Services Senior Developer.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Serve as a major collaborator with the User Experience department and other Libraries units to plan, design, program, test and implement web based library information and service initiatives in which vendor based systems—Primo Discovery, Aleph ILS (Ex Libris Group, Inc.)—and third party open source tools are core components. Work with Library staff to envision, design and implement library search, discovery, and delivery and research tools in an increasingly integrated online environment to meet the 21st century demands of students, faculty, scholars and researchers at NYU. The Senior Web Developer will work with a small group of developers to specify, program and test web based library services using current web based approaches such as Agile development techniques, cloud services, Ruby-on-Rails, etc.

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