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Repository Librarian at University of North Texas

The University of North Texas is recruiting a Repository Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The UNT Libraries seeks an innovative leader with strong people skills to grow and maintain the UNT Scholarly Works repository at the University of North Texas (http://digital.library.unt.edu/scholarlyworks/). The Repository Librarian will lead the UNT Libraries' efforts to collect, describe and publicize the unique contributions of faculty, staff and students of UNT.

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Web Programmer/Analyst, Libraries at Indiana University

Indiana University is recruiting a Web Programmer/Analyst, Libraries.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Job Summary: Provides leadership in the development, testing, maintenance, and support of high-performance, interactive web-based applications to promote the Libraries' strategic initiatives, with an emphasis on the Drupal-based IU Libraries web site and other Drupal-based sites, including Open Folklore.

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"Crowdsourcing Metrics of Digital Collections"

LIBER Quarterly has released "Crowdsourcing Metrics of Digital Collections" by Tuula Pääkkönen.

Here's an excerpt:

In the National Library of Finland (NLF) there are millions of digitized newspaper and journal pages, which are openly available via the public website http://digi.kansalliskirjasto.fi. To serve users better, last year the front end was completely overhauled with its main aim in crowdsourcing features, e.g., by giving end-users the opportunity to create digital clippings and a personal scrapbook from the digital collections. But how can you know whether crowdsourcing has had an impact? How much crowdsourcing functionalities have been used so far? Did crowdsourcing work? In this paper the statistics and metrics of a recent crowdsourcing effort are analysed across the different digitized material types (newspapers, journals, ephemera). The subjects, categories and keywords given by the users are analysed to see which topics are the most appealing. Some notable public uses of the crowdsourced article clippings are highlighted.

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"Research Data Management: A Case Study"

Gary Brewerton has published "Research Data Management: A Case Study" in Ariadne.

Here's an excerpt:

In April 2014 Loughborough University launched an innovative cloud-based platform [1] to deliver long-term archiving and discovery for its research data. The platform was based upon the Arkivum/100 [2] digital archiving service from Arkivum and the figshare for institutions solution from Figshare [3]. This article discusses the background and implementation of this new platform at the University.

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"Extra Extra! Chronicling America Posts its 10 Millionth Historic Newspaper Page"

Erin Engle has published "Extra Extra! Chronicling America Posts its 10 Millionth Historic Newspaper Page" in The Signal.

Here's an excerpt:

Chronicling America, an online searchable database of historic U.S. newspapers, has posted its 10 millionth page today. Way back in 2013, Chronicling America boasted 6 million pages available for access online.

The site makes digitized newspapers (of those published between 1836 and 1922) available through the National Digital Newspaper Program. It also includes a separate searchable directory of US newspaper records, describing more than 150,000 titles published between 1690 to the present and listing libraries that have physical copies in microfilm or original print. The site now features more than 74 terabytes of total data – from more than 1,900 newspapers in 38 states and territories and the District of Columbia.

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Service Architect & Programmer at University of California, Berkeley

The University of California, Berkeley is recruiting a Service Architect & Programmer.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

This position entails software architecture, implementation, deployment management, development of best operational practices, testing and documentation of systems. Help automate and streamline our operations and processes. Build and maintain tools for deployment, monitoring and operations.

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Chair, Libraries Information Technology at University of Florida

The University of Florida is recruiting a Chair, Libraries Information Technology .

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Chair of the Libraries Information Technology (IT Chair) department is a tenure track library faculty position responsible for leading a service oriented department of approximately 20 staff members that research, develop, optimize and support advanced information systems and technology for the Smathers Libraries.

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Social Media Usage: 2005-2015

The Pew Research Center has released Social Media Usage: 2005-2015.

Here's an excerpt:

Nearly two-thirds of American adults (65%) use social networking sites, up from 7% when Pew Research Center began systematically tracking social media usage in 2005. Pew Research reports have documented in great detail how the rise of social media has affected such things as work, politics and political deliberation, communications patterns around the globe, as well as the way people get and share information about health, civic life, news consumption, communities, teenage life, parenting, dating and even people's level of stress.

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Web Developer at New York University

New York University is recruiting a Web Developer.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

New York University's Division of Libraries seeks a Web Developer to manage Libraries' web sites and ensure their accessibility and operation from conceptualization to launch, including, but not limited to, development of information infrastructure, oversight of database development, and content management solutions.

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"Maximizing the Benefits of Open Access: Strategies for Enhancing the Discovery of Open Access Content"

Maria Bonn has published "Maximizing the Benefits of Open Access: Strategies for Enhancing the Discovery 0f Open Access Content" in College & Research Libraries News.

Here's an excerpt:

To achieve some economies of scale in library acquisition of OA publications, we should leverage the library crown and work the library network. There's no point in libraries all over the world laboriously replicating the same work of evaluation, selection, and acquisition when they have the tools, methods, and community to work in collaboration. Subject specialists might organize themselves in clusters to share the initial work of discovery and establish criteria for evaluation that can be collectively trusted

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Requirements for the Technical Infrastructure for Standardized International Rights Statements

International Rights Statements Working Group has released Requirements for the Technical Infrastructure for Standardized International Rights Statements.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

Over the past fifteen months, representatives from the Europeana and DPLA networks, in partnership with Creative Commons, have been developing a collaborative approach to internationally interoperable rights statements that can be used to communicate the copyright status of cultural objects published via the DPLA and Europeana platforms.

The purpose of these rights statements is to provide end users of our platforms with easy to understand information on what they can and cannot do with digital items that they encounter via these platforms. Having standardized interoperable rights statements will also make it easier for application developers and other third parties to automatically identify items that can be re-used.

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Digitization and Special Projects Lead at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh is recruiting a Digitization and Special Projects Lead.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Responsible for establishing new and refining existing practices in identifying, organizing and providing access to the digital aspects of our collections. Will provide leadership in clarifying the purpose and use of digital content within the context of all of CLP's collections. Will work with Collections, Public Services and internal support departments to describe and communicate the use and scope of digital content to staff and external audiences.

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"Academic Librarians in Data Information Literacy Instruction: A Case Study in Meteorology"

College & Research Libraries has released an e-print of "Academic Librarians in Data Information Literacy Instruction: A Case Study in Meteorology."

Here's an excerpt:

This research assessed perceptions of data information literacy and attitudes on its instruction for graduate students in meteorology. As academic librarians have traditionally provided information literacy instruction, the research determined if they were perceived as having a role in data information literacy instruction. The modified Delphi method was applied to obtain the perspectives of a panel of experts, representing students, librarians, professors, and researchers, for the purpose of forecasting and consensus-making.

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Director, University Library System at University of Pittsburgh

The University of Pittsburgh is recruiting a Director, University Library System .

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The director is responsible for the leadership and administration of the ULS, overseeing the innovation and development of the libraries in the areas of user services, collections and resources, management and infrastructure, cooperative initiatives and outreach, and support and funding. The new director will provide visionary leadership for the ULS and implement the libraries' strategic plan in support of the University's academic priorities, curricula, and research; keep the ULS collections vital and accessible for the University community; support and continue to develop open access initiative; increase awareness on campus of what the ULS has to offer; leverage and augment the resources of the ULS wisely; and lead and further develop a strong, service-oriented staff. The director reports to the provost of the University of Pittsburgh and sits on the Council of Deans.

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"Strategic Planning for a Data-Driven, Shared-Access Research Enterprise: Virginia Tech Research Data Assessment and Landscape Study"

College & Research Libraries has released an e-print of "Strategic Planning for a Data-Driven, Shared-Access Research Enterprise: Virginia Tech Research Data Assessment and Landscape Study."

Here's an excerpt:

The data landscape study at Virginia Tech addresses the changing modes of faculty scholarship and supports the development of a user-centric data infrastructure, management, and curation system. The study investigates faculty researchers' current practices in organizing, describing, and preserving data and the emerging needs for services and education. The results demonstrate the changing nature of faculty demands regarding data documentation, storage, and archiving and identify opportunities for libraries to develop a coherent service, research, and education system to address the evolving needs.

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Digital Access Coordinator at University of Alabama

University of Alabama is recruiting a Digital Access Coordinator.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Digital Access Coordinator will focus on current and future access, and responsiveness to user needs. Incoming digital content from donors and creators will be protected, tested, and analyzed for security, access, preservation and use options. . . . The Digital Access Coordinator will also be involved in development and support of browse options or alternative access methods for both digitized and incoming digital content.

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Digital Library Architect at UCLA

UCLA is recruiting a Digital Library Architect.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to the Associate University Librarian for Digital Initiatives and Information Technology (DIIT), the Digital Library Architect (DLA) serves as design and programming lead for the technical infrastructure of an ecosystem of coordinated digital scholarship services. Digital Scholarship Services include a Digital Asset Management System, Streaming Media Systems, Geospatial Systems, Digital Preservation Services, and Image Server System.

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"Trade Officials Announce Conclusion of TPP—Now the Real Fight Begins"

The EFF has released "Trade Officials Announce Conclusion of TPP—Now the Real Fight Begins" by Maira Sutton.

Here's an excerpt:

Trade officials have announced today that they have reached a final deal on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Their announcement came after a drawn out round of negotiation in Atlanta, Georgia, which was mainly held up around disagreements over medicine patent rules and tariffs over autos and dairy.

We have no reason to believe that the TPP has improved much at all from the last leaked version released in August, and we won't know until the U.S. Trade Representative releases the text. So as long as it contains a retroactive 20-year copyright term extension, bans on circumventing DRM, massively disproportionate punishments for copyright infringement, and rules that criminalize investigative journalists and whistleblowers, we have to do everything we can to stop this agreement from getting signed, ratified, and put into force.

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BioMed Central Implements Author Contributorship Badges

BioMed Central has implemented Author Contributorship Badges.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

To receive credit for their work, researchers must publish. However, the traditional author list on scientific research articles provides little clarification as to who actually did what on the project. Conventions around author order often mean that key contributors to research are either left off the author list entirely, or given a position that provides no real "credit" in the grant-awarding/career ladder ecosystem.

The introduction of Author Contributorship Badges is an effort to solve this problem by crediting authors for the specific ways in which they contributed to a study. For example, it might distinguish whether the author drafted the copy, verified the results or curated the data for the project. A visual badge which illustrates their full contribution will be made available on the article page and on the ORCID site.

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Applications Administrator at College of William and Mary

The College of William and Mary is recruiting a Applications Administrator.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Applications Administrator supports multiple open source and vendor systems, including but not limited to:

  • the library's web content management system (currently Drupal);
  • scholarly and archival digital collection systems and repositories (including DSpace and BEPress);
  • web applications (such as LibCal and LibAnalytics);
  • internal workflow applications (such as wikis and project management and tracking software).

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"The Role of arXiv, RePEc, SSRN and PMC in Formal Scholarly Communication"

Xuemei Li has self-archived "The Role of arXiv, RePEc, SSRN and PMC in Formal Scholarly Communication."

Here's an excerpt:

The four major Subject Repositories (SRs), arXiv, Research Papers in Economics (RePEc), Social Science Research Network (SSRN) and PubMed Central (PMC), are all important within their disciplines but no previous study has systematically compared how often they are cited in academic publications. In response, this article reports an analysis of citations to SRs from Scopus publications, 2000 to 2013.

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