Digital Initiatives Librarian at Salem State University

Salem State University is recruiting a Digital Initiatives Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manages the university library's institutional repository, including outreach to the campus community. Develops policies and procedures concerning digital objects and metadata, establishes workflows, implements appropriate standards and best practices, and conducts quality assurance for digital collections
  • Identifies campus digitization projects (i.e undergraduate and graduate symposium papers, community service project reports, student and faculty publications, born-digital materials, etc.) and liaises with stakeholders
  • Collaborates with the archivist and special collections librarian to identify and prepare significant items from special collections for digitization
  • Instructs the campus community in the use of the repository and digital collections. Advises and provides guidance on issues related to intellectual property, open access publishing, and fair use
  • Participates in digital library-related initiatives and projects with Massachusetts public higher education institutions and statewide and regional consortia
  • Works with the Center for Research and Creative Activities to develop digital projects relating to faculty research; collaborates with the center to recruit open access faculty scholarship for the repository

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Preparing the Workforce for Digital Curation

The National Academies Press has released Preparing the Workforce for Digital Curation .

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

The massive increase in digital information in the last decade has created new requirements arising from a deficit in the institutional and technological structures and the human capital necessary to utilize and sustain the abundance of new digital information. This National Research Council consensus study report focuses on the need for education and training in digital curation to meet the societal demands for access to and meaningful use of digital information, now and in the future. For the purposes of this study, digital curation is defined as: "The active management and enhancement of digital information assets for current and future use." This definition provided the committee with a shared understanding of the scope of digital curation. As discussed below, digital curation entails more than secure storage and preservation of digital information because curation may add value to digital information and increase its utility.

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Data Management Specialist at Johns Hopkins University

Johns Hopkins University is recruiting a Data Management Specialist.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Data Management Consultant will provide consultative data management planning support and training to JHU researchers. The primary duties and responsibilities of the job:

  • Manage inquiries from researchers for data management planning support.
  • Provide consultative support to PIs including evaluation of data planning needs, assessing options for sharing data, catering planning to specific granting agency or publisher requirements, and editing data management plans.
  • Track specific scientific domain areas building knowledge and expertise in data types, formats, and needs within domains.
  • Identify data standards, metadata standards, best practices for data management, etc. to continuously build expertise and improve provision of service.
  • Maintain knowledge on a broad range of data repositories including their submission, Intellectual Property, and use arrangements, and provide guidance on repository selection for deposit.
  • Develop and deliver data management training programs including training materials.
  • Proactively collaborate and coordinate with JHUDMS team to implement data management plans, including coordinating data deposits with researchers and preparing collections for archiving in the JHU Data Archive.

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Lisa B. German Named Dean of Libraries and Elizabeth D. Rockwell Chair by University of Houston

Lisa B. German has been named Dean of Libraries and Elizabeth D. Rockwell Chair by the University of Houston.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

At Penn State Libraries, German served as associate dean for collections, information, and access services, where she was responsible for planning, organization, policy development, implementation, assessment, and direction. She has also published extensively in these areas.

German has participated in the Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians at Harvard University, and the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Research Library Leadership Fellows Program. She is the recipient of several awards from the University of Illinois, Penn State University, and the American Library Association – Association for Library Collections and Technical Services. . . .

German earned a bachelor's degree in history and a master's degree in library science, both from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

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IT Technical Specialist II at University of Alabama

The University of Alabama is recruiting an IT Technical Specialist II.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

This position reports to an Associate Dean in the Libraries and works collaboratively with all personnel working in the Alabama Digital Humanities Center to provide technical guidance, development, and support for digital humanities projects undertaken at the University of Alabama. The person in this position will work collaboratively with others in various technology positions in the Libraries and elsewhere on campus being actively engaged with web development, software design and development, and various aspects of technology development and support. Work will frequently be team based and deadline driven.

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Joy Kirchner Named as York University’s University Librarian

Joy Kirchner has been named as York University's University Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

Ms. Kirchner brings to York University a breadth and depth of library experience and perspectives gained from positions in university libraries in Canada and the U.S. over the past twenty years. She holds a BA degree in English literature and a master's of library and information studies from the University of British Columbia. She joins York from the University of Minnesota Libraries in Minneapolis, where she has held the position of associate university librarian for content & collections and interim associate university librarian for research & learning. . . .

Prior to her appointment at the University of Minnesota, Ms. Kirchner held a number of increasingly senior positions at the University of British Columbia, most recently as head of the UBC Scholarly Communications & Copyright Office based in the UBC Library. . . She also previously held the position of Networked Electronic Resources Coordinator at the Columbia University Library in New York and various STEM librarian positions.

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Director, University of California Curation Center at University of California UCOP

The University of California UCOP is recruiting a Director, University of California Curation Center.

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Reporting to the California Digital Library (CDL) executive director, and consulting within the UC Libraries' ten-campus advisory structure, the UC3 director participates on the CDL senior leadership team in planning and implementing a comprehensive and coordinated suite of digital library services. Through active external engagement, the UC3 director represents and advocates for UC3, CDL, and UC within the national and international digital library and curation communities.

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University of Minnesota Press and GC Digital Scholarship Lab Get $732,000 Mellon Grant for Manifold Scholarship

The University of Minnesota Press and GC Digital Scholarship Lab of Graduate Center of the City University of New York have received a $732,000 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant for Manifold Scholarship.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

Moving beyond the digitization of scholarly books, based primarily in siloed, read-only analogues to print such as Adobe Acrobat PDF and Epub, Manifold will define and create the next phase of scholarly publishing: monographs that open the boundaries of separate formats like "print" and "e-book." Foreseeing an emerging hybrid environment for scholarship, Manifold will develop, alongside the print edition of a book, an alternate form of publication that is networked and iterative, served on an interactive, open-source platform. . . .

In Manifold, a digital scholarly work would not be a static replication of the print book. From the beginning it is dynamic, revised, and expanded to reflect the evolution of academic thought and research, incorporating access to primary research documents and data, links to related archives, rich media, social media, and reading tools. Manifold seeks to encompass the growth and refinement of academic work as it is discussed, reviewed, and analyzed.

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Digital Collections Archivist at NYC Department of Environmental Protection

The NYC Department of Environmental Protection is recruiting a Digital Collections Archivist.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The selected candidate will serve as the Digital Collections Archivist as part of the Records and Archives Management office. This newly created position will administer the recently acquired digital asset management system (Extensis Portfolio), direct digitization projects, acquire and describe born digital records, implement a strategy for preserving digital assets, and improve on ways to provide access to digital assets based on user needs. This position will monitor system hardware and storage needs and interface with the agency's Information Technology group on behalf of the unit.

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"New ‘Breaking Down Barriers to Innovation Act’ Targets Many of DMCA Section 1201’s Problems"

The EFF has released "Breaking Down Barriers to Innovation Act' Targets Many of DMCA Section 1201's Problems" by Mitch Stoltz.

Here's an excerpt:

On Thursday, Senator Ron Wyden and Representative Jared Polis introduced a new bill to fix many of the problems that Section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act causes for free speech, privacy, security research, and innovation. Called the "Breaking Down Barriers to Innovation Act," the bill would make it a little easier to get three-year exemptions to the DMCA's ban on circumventing digital restrictions. It also expands and clarifies the exemptions for encryption research, security testing, strengthening privacy, and reverse engineering. . . .

There's another bill that strikes at the root of the problem. Just a few weeks ago, Representative Zoe Lofgren, along with Representatives Massie, Polis, and Eshoo, re-introduced the Unlocking Technology Act. It makes a simple and straightforward change to Section 1201 of the DMCA: circumventing DRM would only be illegal if a person intends to infringe copyright. With that change, extracting video clips from digital media to make fair uses, as well as modifying our own digital devices and making work more accessible would all be free from legal threats under the DMCA.

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Repository Developer at University of Pittsburgh

The University of Pittsburgh is recruiting a Repository Developer.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The University of Pittsburgh University Library System (ULS) is seeking an enthusiastic and talented key contributor to the growth, development and enhancement of a large ecosystem of digital repositories for scholarly content. This is a high-level, regular, full-time position reporting to the manager of Systems Development in the Information Technology department of the University Library System. Work will mainly consist of project management and programming tasks relating to the various repository systems run by the University Library System as well as contributing to collaborative Open Source software projects coordinated by other organizations for the benefit of the University Library System.

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University of Arizona Launches School of Information

The University of Arizona has launched its School of Information headed by Bryan Heidorn.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

The iSchool combines the School of Information Resources and Library Science, or SIRLS, located in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and the School of Information: Science, Technology, and Arts, or SISTA, located in the College of Science.

The iSchool will include additional affiliate faculty from the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and the College of Science, as well as faculty from College of Fine Arts and the College of Humanities who have research interests in digital arts and humanities. . . .

The Master of Arts in library and information science is accredited by the American Library Association and prepares students for careers in libraries, museums and archives, as well as in government and business information centers. . . .

Students in the doctoral program in information learn to develop and apply computational methods to challenges that overlap multiple academic disciplines—from discovering signaling pathways in cells, to understanding musical improvisation, to training digital video cameras to understand what they see—and will be prepared for careers in academia, government and industry.

A Master of Science in information is undergoing university approvals and is expected to be available for classes beginning in the fall.

The iSchool also will offer a variety of certificates. Like most of the degrees, they will be offered face-to-face and online. They are:

  • The DigIn (Digital Information Management) graduate certificate, which trains professionals to create and manage large, complex digital collections.
  • The certificate in archival studies, which teaches students how archival practices affect the composition and meaning of cultural artifacts and the historical record.
  • The legal information and scholarly communication certificate, which prepares students to serve in various types of libraries, archives, government agencies and businesses where legal information is critical for success. For jobs where a Juris Doctorate is required, the school provides a law librarianship graduate certificate.
  • The certificate in medical and community health information, which will involve skills in the acquisition and dissemination of quality health information as well as training on providing culturally competent health information services.

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50 Universities or University Units Have Now Adopted Open Access Policies by Unanimous Faculty Votes

With recent votes by Boston University and University of Delaware faculty, 50 universities or university units, such as schools, have now adopted open access policies by unanimous faculty votes.

Here's a list from Unanimous Faculty Votes. See the original document for omitted details, and see the recently revised (and praised) Registry of Open Access Repositories Mandatory Archiving Policies (ROARMAP) for a complete list of over 670 open access policies.

  1. February 12, 2008. Harvard University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences
  2. April 27, 2008. Macquarie University
  3. May 7, 2008, Harvard University, School of Law
  4. June 10, 2008, Stanford University, School of Education
  5. October 2008, University College London (UCL)
  6. February 11, 2009. Boston University
  7. March 6, 2009, Oregon State University, Library Faculty
  8. March 18, 2009, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  9. May 2009. University of Calgary, division of Library and Cultural Resources
  10. May 2009. University of Pretoria
  11. May 7, 2009, University of Oregon, Library Faculty
  12. May 14, 2009, University of Oregon, Department of Romance Languages
  13. May 14, 2009, Gustavus Adolphus College, Library Faculty
  14. October 1, 2009, York University, librarians and archivists
  15. October, 2009. Universidad de Oriente (Venezuela)
  16. November 18, 2009, Oberlin College
  17. December 2, 2009, University of Northern Colorado, Library Faculty
  18. February 1, 2010, Wake Forest University, Library faculty
  19. February 9, 2010, California Polytechnic State University
  20. February 12, 2010, Oregon State University College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences (COAS)
  21. February 24, 2010, University of Virginia
  22. February 25, 2010, Rollins College Faculty of Arts and Sciences
  23. March 18, 2010, Duke University
  24. March 24, 2010, University of Puerto Rico School of Law
  25. April 19, 2010, San Jose State University
  26. September 27, 2010, University of Northern Colorado
  27. October 2010, Trinity College Dublin
  28. December 22, 2010, Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
  29. March 15, 2011, Emory University
  30. May 11, 2011, University of Pennsylvania
  31. September 2011, Princeton University
  32. October 19, 2011, Florida State University
  33. December 8, 2011, Pacific University
  34. January 27, 2012, Bifröst University
  35. February 15, 2012, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto
  36. April 2012, Utah State University
  37. May 21, 2012, University of California, San Francisco
  38. February 6, 2013, Wellesley College
  39. March 4, 2013, College of Wooster
  40. March 5, 2013, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Library faculty
  41. March 21, 2013, University of Rhode Island
  42. April 2013, Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University
  43. June 13, 2013, Oregon State University
  44. December 2013, Télé-université (TELUQ), Université du Québec
  45. December 2, 2013, Columbia University, School of Social Work
  46. June 18, 2014, Harvard Medical School
  47. October 7, 2014, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)
  48. October 9, 2014, Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University
  49. February 11, 2015, Boston University
  50. April 6, 2015, University of Delaware

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Information Technology Specialist (INET) at Library of Congress

The Library of Congress is recruiting an Information Technology Specialist (INET).

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Information Technology Specialist (INET) position serves the Office of Strategic Initiatives on Internet and Web projects. Major responsibilities include the organization, design, implementation, and maintenance of web and multimedia initiatives. Provides technical support in the planning and development of existing and new Library websites. Works collaboratively with web managers, architects, designers, programmers, and stakeholders to meet and maintain customer requirements and needs for the Library's multimedia and web initiatives.

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Associate University Librarian for Digital Strategies at Northwestern University

Northwestern University is recruiting an Associate University Librarian for Digital Strategies.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Leads all phases of the life cycle of technology systems to support first-class services and provide alignment with the business goals of the organization. • Oversees systems and resources including Alma/Primo, a Fedora repository, a Hydra partnership and other open source platforms in a mixed Linux/Windows environment, using Agile project management methodology and service-oriented architecture. • Develops methods for risk profile, gap and budgetary analysis to determine the diversification and investments in technology. • Applies IT resource management towards new capabilities to support and enable strategic initiatives while reducing investments in legacy systems and outmoded business processes. •

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"How to Hack it as a Working Parent"

Jaclyn Bedoya et al. have published "How to Hack it as a Working Parent" in Code4Lib Journal.

Here's an excerpt:

The problems faced by working parents in technical fields in libraries are not unique or particularly unusual. However, the cross-section of work-life balance and gender disparity problems found in academia and technology can be particularly troublesome, especially for mothers and single parents. Attracting and retaining diverse talent in work environments that are highly structured or with high expectations of unstated off-the-clock work may be impossible long term. . . .

We present some practical solutions for those in technical positions in libraries. Such solutions involve strategic use of technical tools, and lightweight project management applications. Technical workarounds are not the only answer; real and lasting change will involve a change in individual priorities and departmental culture such as sophisticated and ruthless time management, reviewing workloads, cross-training personnel, hiring contract replacements, and creative divisions of labor. Ultimately, a flexible environment that reflects the needs of parents will help create a better workplace culture for everyone, kids or no kids.

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DigitalKoans Marks Its Tenth Year of Publication

DigitalKoans, which was established by Charles W. Bailey, Jr. on April 20, 2005, has now been published for ten years. During that time, it has had over 11.1 million visitors, over 50.8 million file requests, and over 36.8 million page views. Excluding spiders, there have been over 6.8 million visitors, over 49.7 million file requests, and over 17 million page views. There have been over 7,100 DigitalKoans posts.

DigitalKoans was the first publication of Digital Scholarship, a digital press that was founded by Bailey on the same date. In its ten years of operation, Digital Scholarship has had over 14.9 million visitors from 231 counties, over 72 million file requests, and over 52 million page views. Excluding spiders, there have been over 9 million visitors from 231 counties, 43.4 million file requests, and over 24.1 million page views.

Digital Scholarship has primarily published e-books, low-cost paperbacks, digital bibliographies/webliograpies, and blogs. The publications have been under Creative Commons licenses, usually versions of the Attribution-NonCommercial license. The digital publications have been open access. Digital Scholarship has operated without advertising revenue or other external funding.

One of the most popular e-books published by Digital Scholarship has been Transforming Scholarly Publishing through Open Access: A Bibliography. Excluding spiders, the PDF version has been requested over 475,000 times; with the addition of page views from the HTML version, total use is over 539,000 requests.

Prior to establishing Digital Scholarship, Bailey worked at the University of Houston Libraries, where he led the digital publishing program from 1989-2007 as Assistant Dean/Director for Systems and subsequently Assistant Dean for Digital Library Planning and Development. He established and acted as the first Editor-in-Chief of The Public-Access Computer Systems Review (1989-1996), the first open access journal in the field of library and information science. In 1996, he established the Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography, an open access e-book that had 79 subsequent versions (16 of which were published by Digital Scholarship). These two publications had over 9 million file requests while under Bailey's direction at the UH Libraries.

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Metadata Librarian, Librarian I at Michigan State University

Michigan State University is recruiting a Metadata Librarian, Librarian I.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to the Metadata Coordinator, this creative librarian will generate metadata for past and future digital projects covering a variety of media types. The librarian shall work collaboratively with staff across the Library, the University and beyond on services and projects that depend upon metadata for success. Utilizing standards and best practices the librarian will establish efficient workflows for data creation and maintenance, including descriptive, technical and administrative metadata. Emphasis will be placed on activities that facilitate user discovery, access and the long-term stewardship of Library collections.

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"Open Access Policy: Numbers, Analysis, Effectiveness"

A. Swan et al. have self-archived "Open Access Policy: Numbers, Analysis, Effectiveness".

Here's an excerpt:

The PASTEUR4OA project analyses what makes an Open Access (OA) policy effective. The total number of institutional or funder OA policies worldwide is now 663 (March 2015), over half of them mandatory. ROARMAP, the policy registry, has been rebuilt to record more policy detail and provide more extensive search functionality. Deposit rates were measured for articles in institutions' repositories and compared to the total number of WoS-indexed articles published from those institutions. Average deposit rate was over four times as high for institutions with a mandatory policy. Six positive correlations were found between deposit rates and (1) Must-Deposit; (2) Cannot-Waive-Deposit; (3) Deposit-Linked-to-Research-Evaluation; (4) Cannot-Waive-Rights-Retention; (5) Must-Make-Deposit-OA (after allowable embargo) and (6) Can-Waive-OA. For deposit latency, there is a positive correlation between earlier deposit and (7) Must-Deposit-Immediately as well as with (4) Cannot-Waive-Rights-Retention and with mandate age. There are not yet enough OA policies to test whether still further policy conditions would contribute to mandate effectiveness but the present findings already suggest that it would be useful for current and future OA policies to adopt the seven positive conditions so as to accelerate and maximise the growth of OA.

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Digital Library Programmer, Librarian I at Michigan State University

Michigan State University is recruiting a Digital Library Programmer, Librarian I.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to the Head of the Digital and Multimedia Center, we are looking for a creative Librarian who will plan, code, test, and implement technologies and systems that promote and advance the Library's mission of preservation, creation, transmission and application of knowledge. As part of a unified team, the incumbent shall work with and through the G.M. Kline Digital and Multi-media Center, Digital Curation, Collections, Systems and Public Service staffs to further develop or enhance application design and functionality for vendor supplied, open source or in-house applications, with an emphasis on collection stewardship and discovery.

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Understanding Rights Reversion: When, Why, & How to Regain Copyright and Make Your Book More Available

The Authors Alliance has released Understanding Rights Reversion: When, Why, & How to Regain Copyright and Make Your Book More Available.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

This guide is the product of extensive outreach to the publishing industry. In the process, we interviewed authors, publishers, and literary agents, ranging from a CEO of a major publishing house to contracts and rights managers of trade and academic presses, editorial assistants, novelists, and academic authors.

We were happily surprised by the consistency of publishers' responses: across the board, publishers told us that they want to work together with their authors and that they are often willing to give authors their rights back if its in the books' best interests.

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