Associate University Librarian for Research and Scholarly Communication at Oregon State University

Oregon State University is recruiting an Associate University Librarian for Research and Scholarly Communication.

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The AUL for Research and Scholarly Communication supervises and works with department heads to implement the strategic directions for the Center for Digital Scholarship and Services, Emerging Technologies and Services, the Oregon Explorer Project, University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, and the Guin Marine Sciences Library located in Newport, Oregon, as part of the Hatfield Marine Science Center.

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"Engine Of Innovation: Building the High Performance Catalog"

Will Owen and Sarah C. Michalak have published "Engine Of Innovation: Building the High Performance Catalog" in Information Technology and Libraries.

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In our local consortium, the Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN), librarians have deployed the search and faceting services of Endeca to enrich the discovery interfaces. We have gone beyond augmenting the catalog through the addition of MARCIVE records for government documents, by including Encoded Archival Description (EAD) finding aids and selected (and ever-expanding) digital collections that are not easily discoverable through major search engines. We have similarly enhanced services related to the discovery and delivery of items listed in the bibliographic database, including not only common features like the ability to export citations in a variety of formats but also more extensive services such as document delivery, an auto-suggest feature that maximizes use of Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH), and the ability to submit cataloged items to be processed for reserve reading.

Both students and faculty have embraced e-books, and in adding more than a million such titles to the UNC-Chapel Hill catalog we continue to blend discovery and delivery, but now on a very large scale. Coupling catalog records with a metadata service that provides book jackets, tables of contents, and content summaries, cataloging Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data sets, and adding live links to the finding aids for digitized archival and manuscript collections have further enhanced the blended discovery/delivery capacity of the catalog.

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System Administrator/Digital Preservation Professional at University of Alaska

The University of Alaska is recruiting a System Administrator/Digital Preservation Professional.

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  • Experience managing content management systems, institutional repositories, rights management, or other knowledge management systems.
  • Demonstrated familiarity with development and management of a digital preservation plan.
  • Proven ability to successfully initiate, track and management detail-oriented simultaneous projects.
  • Ability to draft and maintain clear documentations and policies.
  • Experience working with multiple metadata standards, frameworks, and controlled vocabularies.
  • Experience in basic software development and web related mark up languages.

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"NIH Approves Strategic Vision to Transform National Library of Medicine"

National Institutes of Health Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., today approved a federal report (PDF – 163KB) that lays out the long-term scientific vision for the NIH’s National Library of Medicine (NLM), the world’s largest biomedical library. This vision, presented today at the 110th meeting of the Advisory Committee to the Director (ACD), calls for NIH to position the NLM as a unifying force in biomedicine that promotes and accelerates knowledge generation, dissemination and understanding in the United States and internationally. The report also cites the need to make NLM the epicenter for biomedical data science, not just at NIH, but across the biomedical research enterprise. In addition, the report recommends dramatically expanding NLM’s activities to include research conducted beyond NIH’s walls to funded institutions, enabling it to have a greater and wider impact on data science than ever before. NIH plans to work with Congress to implement the necessary infrastructure changes to move this vision forward.

Associate University Librarian for Digital Technologies at Brown University

Brown University is recruiting an Associate University Librarian for Digital Technologies.

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This position provides strong leadership and strategic direction in the development, delivery, and integration of new and existing systems, technology services, and digital initiatives across the libraries. S/he supervises department heads for the following groups: Digital Scholarship Services (which includes oversight of spaces); Digital Preservation; Web Services; Integrated Technology Services; and Repository Services. S/he also manages the Center for Digital Scholarship in close collaboration with the Associate University Librarian for Research and Outreach Services. In addition, the incumbent will identify and oversee the implementation of new roles and technologies that improve, enhance, and extend Library services based on emerging needs of the campus community.

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"Emerald Group Publishing Tests ZEN, Increases Prices: What Does It Mean?"

Richard Poynder has published "Emerald Group Publishing Tests ZEN, Increases Prices: What Does It Mean?" in Open and Shut?

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So why has Emerald chosen to trial ZEN [Zero Embargo Now] with some of it library journals, what role did the LAG play in the decision, and what do members of the LAG feel about the associated 70% increase in the APCs of 32 engineering and technology journals?

In the hope of finding out I emailed Emerald and asked where I could find a list of advisory group members. It turns out that these are not publicly available.

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Web Archiving and Emerging Formats Librarian at Cornell University

Cornell University is recruiting a Web Archiving and Emerging Formats Librarian.

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The Web Archiving and Emerging Formats Librarian monitors and participates in external developments, standards development and changing needs to further CUL's initiatives. The position is expected to collaborate in CUL partnerships, such as 2CUL, and plays an active role in professional organizations inside and outside of the CUL community.

This is a two-year academic-status term position with possibility for renewal.

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Scopus Will Include Open Access Indicator for Indexed Journals

As of July 29, Scopus will include an open access indicator for indexed journals.

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Out of the +21,000 active journals indexed in Scopus, 3,785 are currently (June 2015) registered as Open Access (OA) journals. . . .

In Scopus, journals are registered as being OA journals only if they are registered as Gold OA or Subsidized OA at one or both of the following sources: Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) and the Directory of Open Access Scholarly Resources (ROAD).

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Scholarly Communication Librarian at UCLA

UCLA is recruiting a Scholarly Communication Librarian.

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The UCLA Library seeks a dynamic, energetic, innovative leader to join its Scholarly Communication and Licensing (SCL) team as UCLA's Scholarly Communication Librarian. Reporting to the Head of SCL, the successful candidate will lead efforts to design systematic and sustainable approaches to outreach, and design new services that support the broadest possible dissemination of scholarly output. The Scholarly Communication Librarian will work closely with faculty, researchers, students, staff, and librarians to assist in scholarly communication endeavors initiated by the Library and to that end, will develop educational materials and instructional sessions and programs. The Scholarly Communication Librarian will liaise with campus partners on the development of targeted outreach and programs that promote scholarly communication, open access, and develop open education strategies to further the campus mission of research, teaching, and public service.

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"Accelerating Scientific Publication in Biology"

Ronald D Vale has self-archived "Accelerating Scientific Publication in Biology."

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Our analysis suggests that publication practices have changed considerably in the life sciences over the past thirty years. Considerably more experimental data is now required for publication, and the average time required for graduate students to publish their first paper has increased and is approaching the desirable duration of Ph.D. training. Since publication is generally a requirement for career progression, schemes to reduce the time of graduate student and postdoctoral training may be difficult to implement without also considering new mechanisms for accelerating communication of their work. The increasing time to publication also delays potential catalytic effects that ensue when many scientists have access to new information. The time has come for the life scientists, funding agencies, and publishers to discuss how to communicate new findings in a way that best serves the interests of the public and scientific community.

See also: "Thoughts on Ron Vale's 'Accelerating Scientific Publication in Biology'" by Michael Eisen.

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Digital Projects Lab Manager at University of North Texas

The University of North Texas is recruiting a Digital Projects Lab Manager.

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The Digital Projects Lab Manager is responsible for the general operation of the Digital Projects Lab and works to complete internally- and externally- funded digitization projects in a cost effective manner with high-quality output. The librarian will collaborate with internal and external stakeholders to plan, coordinate, and execute digitization and other digital projects as part of the mission of the UNT Libraries.

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Who Needs Open Access? Greek Academic Libraries Do

The Hellenic Academic Libraries Link (HEAL-Link) has ended its contracts with all e-journal publishers due to the financial crisis.

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HEAL-Link informs you of the termination of the agreements with all publishers as of 01.07.2015 due to the inability to collect the remaining half of the budget for the current year, despite the efforts that have been made and are continued, in cooperation with the Board of Rectors and the Ministry of Education. A

See also: "Greek Scientists Lose Access to Digital Journals."

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Digital Archivist at Cornell University

Cornell University is recruiting a Digital Archivist.

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(RMC), the Digital Archivist provides oversight and management of RMC's digital collections, with a particular focus on born-digital materials. The Digital Archivist will take the lead on developing and documenting workflows for accessioning, stabilizing, arranging, and describing born-digital collections. The Digital Archivist will work closely with colleagues in RMC and other Cornell University Library (CUL) units, in particular Digital Scholarship and Preservation Services (DSPS) and CUL-IT, to ensure coordination and communication around issues of shared interest.

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"DPOE Interview with Danielle Spalenka of the Digital POWRR Project"

Barrie Howard has published "DPOE Interview with Danielle Spalenka of the Digital POWRR Project" in The Signal.

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Our review of the landscape of digital preservation instruction was that it is largely aimed at an audience beginning to come to grips with the idea that digital objects are subject to loss if we don't actively care for them. There are lots of offerings discussing the theory of digital preservation—the "why" of the problem—and we found that there were limited opportunities to learn the "how" of digital preservation, both on the advocacy and technical sides. We also found that other great offerings, like the Digital Preservation Management Workshop Series based at MIT, had a tuition fee that was unaffordable for many prospective attendees, especially from under-funded institutions. Our goal in this phase is to make the workshops free to attend.

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Head of Library Computing and Information Service at University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center is recruiting a Head of Library Computing and Information Service.

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The Head of Library Computing and Information Services provides leadership in the planning, development and use of technology and the information access infrastructure. This position is responsible for investigating, acquiring and implementing a wide array of current and emerging technologies; serves as the administrator for a variety of library computing systems; establishes policy for all computing within the library, including access to electronic resources; and supervises the staff of the Non-Print Media and Computing departments.

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Mapping the Digital Divide

The Council of Economic Advisers, an agency within the Executive Office of the President, has released Mapping the Digital Divide.

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Overall, the evidence shows that we have made progress, with the largest gains occurring for those groups that started with the least. While this suggests the beginning of convergence toward uniformly high levels of access and adoption, there is still a substantial distance to go, particularly in our poorest neighborhoods and most rural communities, to ensure that all Americans can take advantage of the opportunities created by recent advances in computing and communications technology.

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Scholarly Communications and Digital Publishing Strategist at University of Cincinnati

The University of Cincinnati is recruiting a Scholarly Communications and Digital Publishing Strategist.

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The Scholarly Communications and Digital Publishing Strategist develops, coordinates, and oversees the growth of scholarly communications and publishing programs and services at UC, including: providing outreach, knowledge and support to faculty, students, and staff about copyright, licensing, and scholarly publishing, and about the dissemination and preservation of the scholarly, historical, and cultural record. The position will also participate in the development of university policies regarding access to scholarly work, including copyright and intellectual property issues, fair use, authors' rights, privacy rights, open access, and other information policy issues within the libraries and university.

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"Bigger on the Inside: Building Research Data Services at the University of Virginia"

Michele Claibourn has published "Bigger on the Inside: Building Research Data Services at the University of Virginia" in Insights: the UKSG Journal.

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Every story has a beginning, where the narrator chooses to start, though this is rarely the genesis. This story begins with the launch of the University of Virginia Library's new Research Data Services unit in October 2013. Born from the conjoining of a data management team and a data analysis team, Research Data Services expanded to encompass data discovery and acquisitions, research software support, and new expertise in the use of restricted data. Our purpose is to respond to the challenges created by the growing ubiquity and scale of data by helping researchers acquire, analyze, manage, and archive these resources. We have made serious strides toward becoming 'the face of data services at U.Va.' This article tells a bit of our story so far, relays some early challenges and how we've responded to them, outlines several initial successes, and summarizes a few lessons going forward.

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AV & Digital Processing Archivist at Computer History Museum

The Computer History Museum is recruiting an AV & Digital Processing Archivist.

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The AV & Digital Processing Archivist has primary responsibility for the Museum's moving and still image, and audio collections. The Archivist will also actively process the Museum's digital collection. Tasks include processing audiovisual (AV) materials, new digital object donations, and the Museum's in-house media productions.

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"Assessment of Data Management Services at New England Region Resource Libraries"

Julie Goldman et al. have published "Assessment of Data Management Services at New England Region Resource Libraries" in the Journal of eScience Librarianship.

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The focus of data management literature has been on programs at individual institutions and on higher-education initiatives as a whole (Reznik-Zellen et al. 2012). In contrast, this assessment distinctively surveys New England Region (NER) medical and biomedical libraries and their development of educational programs and appropriate services for research data management. Unique to this study, this group of special libraries shared their institution's status on offering data services, how their librarians are becoming educated on data management, and if their users are in need of these types of services.

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Head of Digital Media Software Development at Indiana University

Indiana University is recruiting a Head of Digital Media Software Development.

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Directly manages a team of programmer/analysts working in collaboration with developers at Northwestern University and other partner institutions to create the Avalon Media System; and plays a software architect, high-level technical design, and project management role on other projects as needed.

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SUSHI-Lite: Deploying SUSHI as a Lightweight Protocol for Exchanging Usage via Web Services (Draft for Comment)

NISO has released SUSHI-Lite: Deploying SUSHI as a Lightweight Protocol for Exchanging Usage via Web Services, a draft for comment.

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ANSI/NISO Z39.93-2014, also known as the SUSHI (Standardized Usage Statistics Harvesting Initiative) standard, is the key to automating the harvesting of COUNTER (Counting Online Usage of NeTworked Electronic Resources) usage statistics. SUSHI is a critical standard for librarians charged with measuring and monitoring the use of their online collections by eliminating hours of painstaking effort that would otherwise be spent locating, retrieving and loading usage reports. However, environmental requirements evolve and standards like SUSHI need to update to serve these requirements. The introduction of various applications into the marketplace which offer alternative metrics, the development of the COUNTER Journal Usage Factor, the flourishing of institutional repositories and need to capture usage from them, and continued progress towards open and integrated systems in general, have all made an impact on how usage is consumed and exchanged. There is now a need for more lightweight technologies that will allow smaller sets of usage data to be exchanged in real-time.

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