Scholarly Output Assessment Activities, SPEC Kit 346

ARL has released Scholarly Output Assessment Activities, SPEC Kit 346 .

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

This SPEC Kit explores current ARL member library activities that help authors manage their scholarly identities, provide options for creating and disseminating scholarly outputs, offer strategies to enhance discoverability of scholarly outputs, help authors efficiently track scholarly outputs and impact, provide resources and tools to help authors assess their scholarly impact, create publication reports and social network maps for reporting purposes, and offer guidance and training on new trends and tools for reporting of impact. This study covers library assessment services and resources, training, staffing models, partnerships with the parent institution, marketing and publicity, and future trends.

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Information Technology Analyst 1, 2 or 3 at Louisiana State University

Louisiana State University is recruiting an Information Technology Analyst 1, 2 or 3.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

LOUIS staff serve all state universities and colleges under five systems reporting to the LA Board of Regents; this position is part of a team that provides technical and customer service to the state members, and LSU entities, in all initiatives but works specifically with the Integrated Library Management System (ILS) and Library Services Platform; responsible for support of all ILS software and discovery issues, releases, use, and beta testing for state members; responsible for participating in all aspects of ILS/LSP support specifically dealing with web based and client software, incidents, specific modules, programming, and integration with the discovery layer and ancillary products used by state customers; . . . .

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"Stepping Back from Sharing"

Kevin Smith has published "Stepping Back from Sharing" in Scholarly Communications @ Duke.

Here's an excerpt:

Two major features of this retreat from openness need to be highlighted. First, it imposes an embargo of at least one year on all self-archiving of final authors' manuscripts, and those embargoes can be as long as four years. Second, when the time finally does roll around when an author can make her own work available through an institutional repository, Elsevier now dictates how that access is to be controlled, mandating the most restrictive form of Creative Commons license, the CC-BY-NC-ND license for all green open access.

See also: "Elsevier Updates Its Article-Sharing Policies, Perspectives and Services" and "GET IT IN WRITING: On Elsevier's Revised Sharing/Hosting Policies."

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Digital Scholarship Librarians at Kansas State University

Kansas State University is recruiting two Digital Scholarship Librarians.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

K-State Libraries invite applications and nominations for two Digital Scholarship Librarians. To support the university's goal of becoming a top-50 public research university by 2025, these positions will work collaboratively to grow the center's publishing, copyright, and data services; support the institutional repository, K-State Research Exchange (K-Rex), and online publishing imprint, New Prairie Press (NPP); engage campus content providers; and provide education and guidance on digital scholarship. These are forward-thinking, innovative roles for individuals with a desire to excel in a range of cutting-edge digital scholarship initiatives, including building and managing born-digital or digitized content; advocating for open access (OA); and identifying opportunities to support the research and publication lifecycle. We are seeking individuals with knowledge of contemporary digital library standards for all formats.

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"Global Scholarship: The Role of Subject Repositories in Advancing Research from the Developing World"

Julia Kelly and Linda Eells have published "Global Scholarship: The Role of Subject Repositories in Advancing Research from the Developing World" in College & Research Libraries News.

Here's an excerpt:

While subject repositories successfully fill a scholarly communication niche in particular disciplines, they have not been recognized for the important role they play in promoting global scholarship. Repositories such as AgEcon Search make valuable and unique contributions by increasing publishing options for researchers and thus exposing and distributing research produced in the developing world.

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Scholarly Communications Librarian at Memorial University of Newfoundland

The Memorial University of Newfoundland is recruiting a Scholarly Communications Librarian.

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Memorial University is seeking an energetic and resourceful librarian to provide leadership in developing, managing and promoting the Libraries' scholarly communications and copyright initiatives.

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Elsevier: "Unleashing the Power of Academic Sharing"

Elsevier has released "Unleashing the Power of Academic Sharing."

Here's an excerpt:

Elsevier's updated sharing and hosting policies explain how articles published with Elsevier may be shared and made available. These provide a more clear and consistent framework that is aligned with the rest of the publishing industry, and which is based on feedback from our authors and institutional partners. While we know the policy changes will not go as far as some would like, we believe they strike an appropriate balance between the rights and responsibilities of sharing.

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University Systems Librarian, Digital Initiatives at CUNY

CUNY is recruiting a University Systems Librarian, Digital Initiatives.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Office seeks a University Systems Librarian specializing in Digital Initiatives to provide technical expertise and guidance for CUNY's cloud-based Institutional Repository, digital collections and shared responsibility for CUNY's discovery service.

Reporting to the University Director of Library Systems, the Digital Initiatives Librarian will focus on data, platform, and workflow integration and interoperability, metadata extraction, transformation, and reuse, analytics and reporting, search strategies and services, and problem diagnosis and resolution.

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Ann D. Thornton Named as Columbia University’s University Librarian and Vice Provost

Ann D. Thornton has been named as Columbia University's University Librarian and Vice Provost.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

"Columbia's library system is a dynamic academic resource that is at the very core of our teaching and research missions," [Columbia University President Lee] Bollinger said. "Ann's broad experience is ideally suited to the task of harnessing both digital technology and intellectual vision to expand our collections and enhance their long-term value not only to our university, but also to our society."

Thornton has held a series of senior leadership positions at the New York Public Libraries, spanning the sciences, business, the humanities and social sciences. She has been responsible for collecting, preserving and presenting the institution's vast collections. She has also helped lead in the areas of electronic resources, reference and research services and public training. Before coming to New York, she was a systems librarian with the University of Houston Libraries. . . .

After earning her bachelor's degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Thornton received her master's degree in information studies from Florida State University. She has published and spoken widely on the nexus of research, teaching, learning and leadership.

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Librarian 1 (Digital Production) at Southern Methodist University

Southern Methodist University is recruiting a Librarian 1 (Digital Production).

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Digital Production Librarian (a Librarian 1 position) supports the primary mission of the Norwick Center for Digital Services—the digitizing, annotating and presentation via the web of items from CUL special collections. Working with the Digital Collections developer as well as staff, student workers, curators, stakeholders, and partners, the Digital Production Librarian will play a prominent role in metadata creation, digitization, digital collections management, and digital archiving so that digital projects are completed in a timely manner.

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Director of Copyright Services at Cornell University

Cornell University is recruiting a Director of Copyright Services.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

We are seeking a Director of Copyright Services who will lead a program of assistance,consultancy, training, and advocacy to promote effective sharing and use of scholarly resources, including issues such as fair use, open access, author's rights, and Creative Commons licensing. The target audience for this program is the broad Cornell community, including faculty, staff, and students. The position will be reporting to the Associate University Librarian for collections, digital scholarship, and preservation services. The incumbent will collaborate with a range of constituencies, including liaison librarians, selectors, and acquisition staff in understanding service and policy development needs in the program area and serve as liaison to the Office of University Counsel on legal-related issues. This position is expected to be 50% to 75% of full-time equivalent.

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USTR Releases 2015 Special 301 Report on Intellectual Property Rights

The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) has released its 2015 Special 301 Report.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

The "Special 301" Report is an annual review of the global state of IPR protection and enforcement. USTR conducts this review pursuant to Section 182 of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended by the Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act of 1988 and the Uruguay Round Agreements Act.

USTR reviewed seventy-two (72) trading partners for this year's Special 301 Report, and placed thirty-seven (37) of them on the Priority Watch List or Watch List.

In this year's Report, trading partners on the Priority Watch List present the most significant concerns this year regarding insufficient IPR protection or enforcement or actions that otherwise limited market access for persons relying on intellectual property protection. Thirteen countries—Algeria, Argentina, Chile, China, Ecuador, India, Indonesia, Kuwait, Pakistan, Russia, Thailand, Ukraine, and Venezuela—are on the Priority Watch List. These countries will be the subject of particularly intense bilateral engagement during the coming year.

See also “Error: Copyright Balance Not Found in United States’ Special 301 Report” from the EFF.

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"Fast and Made to Last: Academic Blogs Look to Ensure Long-Term Accessibility and Stability of Content"

Christof Schöch has published "Fast and Made to Last: Academic Blogs Look to Ensure Long-Term Accessibility and Stability of Content" in Impact of Social Sciences.

Here's an excerpt:

The advantage of blogs compared with such talks is that here, discussions can happen across geographical and temporal borders, and that they stay visible online in comments or companion posts. But aren't blog posts, ultimately, almost as fleeting as a talk at a workshop? Who makes sure the content stays online not just today and tomorrow, but in the long term? Who guarantees that the link to the post remains the same? Who ensures that the text will not be modified later on? These are issues that need to be resolved if blogs are to be reliable, trusted, citeable resources and receive academic recognition even in the absence of traditional pre-publication peer-review. . . . The research blogging platform hypotheses.org has understood this early on. This fact is undoubtedly a factor in the success of the platform, which is run by the French initiative OpenEdition and currently hosts 1006 (and counting) research blogs in French, Spanish, Portuguese, German and English coming from the Humanities and Social Sciences.

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