Digital Scholarship Librarian at DePaul University

DePaul University is recruiting a Digital Scholarship Librarian.

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Reporting to the Coordinator of Reference, Instruction, and Academic Engagement, the Digital Scholarship Librarian will provide leadership for the integration of digital tools, resources and methodologies with traditional resources and approaches to research, teaching and learning. The Digital Scholarship Librarian will collaborate with members of the Library Administration and with Coordinators of Library Services and will serve as a resource person for faculty, students, and staff using digital scholarship tools and methods in their research and teaching. The position will also serve as a liaison to one or more academic departments.

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"ARL Fall Forum Explores Research Partnerships in Digital Scholarship for the Humanities and Social Sciences—Overview and Slides Online"

ARL has released "ARL Fall Forum Explores Research Partnerships in Digital Scholarship for the Humanities and Social Sciences—Overview and Slides Online."

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More than 170 librarians, publishers, scholars, and others spent an invigorating day discussing research partnerships in digital scholarship for the humanities and social sciences at the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Fall Forum in Washington, DC, on October 8, 2015. . . .

The 2015 recipient of the Julia C. Blixrud Scholarship is Liz Hamilton, permissions manager and assistant to the director at Northwestern University Press. As part of the scholarship, Hamilton wrote an overview of this year's forum, which includes links to presentation slides.

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User Experience and Web Content Strategy Coordinator at University of Houston

The University of Houston is recruiting a User Experience and Web Content Strategy Coordinator.

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Reporting to the Head of Web Services, the User Experience and Web Content Strategy Coordinator leads the exploration of user behaviors and expectations in research and information environments. He or she works independently and collaboratively with other library personnel to understand the user experience (UX), conduct user research, make recommendations on the evolution of our services, and facilitate the enhancement of user success by improving the overall user experience.

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"Reminiscing About 15 Years of Interoperability Efforts"

Herbert Van de Sompel and Michael L. Nelson have published "Reminiscing About 15 Years of Interoperability Efforts" in D-Lib Magazine.

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Over the past fifteen years, our perspective on tackling information interoperability problems for web-based scholarship has evolved significantly. In this opinion piece, we look back at three efforts that we have been involved in that aptly illustrate this evolution: OAI-PMH, OAI-ORE, and Memento. Understanding that no interoperability specification is neutral, we attempt to characterize the perspectives and technical toolkits that provided the basis for these endeavors. With that regard, we consider repository-centric and web-centric interoperability perspectives, and the use of a Linked Data or a REST/HATEAOS technology stack, respectively. We also lament the lack of interoperability across nodes that play a role in web-based scholarship, but end on a constructive note with some ideas regarding a possible path forward.

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Associate Director, User Experience at University of Arizona

The University of Arizona is recruiting an Associate Director, User Experience.

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The Associate Director for the library's User Experience (UX) Department will oversee the library's technology operations, specifically focused on our server, network, and production infrastructure as well as workstation and user support (help desk), which will include analyzing server and workstation support services, identifying problem areas, and proposing solutions to enhance quality of service as well as leading the library's efforts to adopt cloud-based computing approaches where appropriate, including the development of DevOps approaches, enabling developers and system administrators to best coordinate their efforts.

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"Examining the Impact of the National Institutes of Health Public Access Policy on the Citation Rates of Journal Articles"

Sandra L. De Groote et al. have published "Examining the Impact of the National Institutes of Health Public Access Policy on the Citation Rates of Journal Articles" in PLoS One.

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Purpose

To examine whether National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded articles that were archived in PubMed Central (PMC) after the release of the 2008 NIH Public Access Policy show greater scholarly impact than comparable articles not archived in PMC. . . .

Results

A total of 45,716 articles were examined, including 7,960 with NIH-funding. An analysis of the number of times these articles were cited found that NIH-funded 2006 articles in PMC were not cited significantly more than NIH-funded non-PMC articles. However, 2009 NIH funded articles in PMC were cited 26% more than 2009 NIH funded articles not in PMC, 5 years after publication. This result is highly significant even after controlling for journal (as a proxy of article quality and topic).

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Digital Library Applications Administrator at Smith College

Smith College is recruiting a Digital Library Applications Administrator.

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Administer digital library applications used by faculty, staff, and students, such as web content management, digital collection repositories, and archives information management and other tools used in support of teaching and learning with library content and services. Consult with content and technology specialists in the Libraries, Information Technology Services and other campus constituencies to design, develop, test and support programs. Recommend and implement additional functionality for systems related to the digital library.

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"Fair Use in the Digital Age: Reflections on the Fair Use Doctrine in Copyright Law"

The Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property at the American University Washington College of Law has released a digital video of Judge Pierre N. Leval's "Fair Use in the Digital Age: Reflections on the Fair Use Doctrine in Copyright Law" lecture.

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At the Fourth Annual Peter A. Jaszi Distinguished Lecture in Intellectual Property, Judge Pierre N. Leval of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit will present a lecture on the role of the fair use doctrine within the structure of copyright law. Judge Leval is responsible for introducing the concept of transformative use to United States fair use jurisprudence and will discuss the development of the doctrine to date. He is the author of the court's opinion in Authors Guild Inc., et al. v. Google, Inc. (October 16, 2015) in which the court held that Google's digitization of copyright-protected works, creation of a search functionality, and display of snippets from those works are non-infringing fair uses. Judge Leval also authored Toward a Fair Use Standard, 103 HARV. L. REV. 1105 (1990).

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Web Project Manager at University of Houston

The University of Houston is recruiting a Web Project Manager.

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This position manages complex web projects within the University of Houston Libraries to streamline and integrate access to library resources and services in support of the teaching, research, and the learning needs of the University of Houston community as well as provide innovative resources and tools to librarians and staff. The person in this position should have advanced skills in web development, interface design, and application integration. This position reports to the Head of Web Services.

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The Future of the Monograph in the Digital Era: A Report to the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Michael Elliott has self-archived The Future of the Monograph in the Digital Era: A Report to the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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Over the course of six months, our working group endeavored to consider whether a model of university-funded monograph publication could improve the publishing landscape for scholars in the humanities and facilitate the "digital transition" that Berkery foresees. Under such a model, a university would bear a high percentage of the publication costs through an initial contract. The university press would produce a high quality, open-access digital publication, as well as make the book available in print form—possibly through print-on-demand.

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Research Data Librarian at Oakland University

Oakland University is recruiting a Research Data Librarian.

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The University Libraries seek a dynamic and service-oriented librarian to lead us in advancing student and faculty research and curricular innovation through the creation of new data support services. Working with library colleagues and other campus constituents, the successful candidate will facilitate the development of an infrastructure and services to support data discovery, curation, preservation and sharing; design programs to educate the campus community on data management requirements and best practices; and guide faculty and students in the discovery and use of existing data sets.

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"ARL, Higher Education Groups Support Lingua Editors, Open Access"

ARL has released ""ARL, Higher Education Groups Support Lingua Editors, Open Access."

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Following in the footsteps of other editors and authors, the six editors and thirty-one editorial board members of the Elsevier journal Lingua resigned on October 27, 2015, in protest of Elsevier's practices. The Lingua editors argued that the journal's price has steadily increased year after year, far outpacing the cost of production. The editors also cited Elsevier's refusal to transition the journal to a "fair open access" model that would charge low and transparent article processing fees for authors, while allowing authors to retain copyright to their articles.

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Software Engineer at The University of Texas at Austin

The The University of Texas at Austin is recruiting a Software Engineer.

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Manages the repository and other systems of the Texas Digital Library, developing code toward digital asset access and preservation, and is involved in many digital scholarly publishing endeavors.

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"UCL Press: The UK’s ‘First Fully Open Access’ University Press"

Paul Ayris and Lara Speicher have published "UCL Press: The UK's 'First Fully Open Access' University Press" in Insights: the UKSG Journal.

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UCL Press first came into existence as a commercial publisher in 1991, reaching its zenith as a publisher in around 1996. After that, activity diminished and publishing effectively came to an end. UCL Press was relaunched in June 2015 as 'the first fully OA university press in the UK'. It forms a substantial contribution to the UCL 20344 strategy to deliver UCL as an accessible and publicly engaged organization. It also feeds the wider global move towards open science. UCL has a reputation as a disruptive innovator, and the relaunch of UCL Press carries on that noble tradition into the 21st century.

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Program Coordinator, North Carolina Digital Heritage Center at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is recruiting a Program Coordinator, North Carolina Digital Heritage Center.

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This position will be responsible for general management of a statewide digital library program that provides digitization, digital publishing, and consulting services for more than 180 cultural heritage institutions across North Carolina, and also serves as the statewide service hub for the Digital Public Library of America.

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"The Institution as E-Textbook Publisher"

Andrew Barker has published "The Institution as E-Textbook Publisher" in Insights: the UKSG Journal.

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Providing students with sufficient copies of core textbooks is an increasing challenge in an age of ever higher fees, economic realities and heightened student expectations regarding provision of library resources. This article outlines the partnership between the University of Liverpool Library and Liverpool University Press (LUP), which has progressed from the creation of a library advisory board to the co-creation of two bespoke and open access (OA) e-textbooks as part of a Jisc-funded project. It tells the story of why we have gone down this route at Liverpool and what we hope to gain from the creation of these e-textbooks.

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"Charles W. Bailey, Jr." (Interview with Bailey in Preservation, Digital Technology & Culture)

Michèle V. Cloonan has published "Charles W. Bailey, Jr." in Preservation, Digital Technology & Culture. (The image on the journal’s page for the article that appears instead of an abstract is one of Bailey’s digital pastel drawings.)

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A sea change seems to be occurring in the attitudes of research libraries and some academic libraries toward digital preservation: it's increasingly being seen as mission critical, rather than being simply desirable. This will lead to greater resource allocations to this function, and that will have beneficial secondary effects for other libraries, such as more open source systems and tools being developed (and enhanced) and more interest in the field by commercial vendors.

Someday digital curation and preservation may be completely routine library activities that can be easily performed primarily by support staff, who are following widely accepted and proven methodologies and are using full-featured digital curation systems that seamlessly integrate with related library, institutional, and cooperative systems. In the meantime, there is a lot of innovative and challenging work to do, which is what makes digital curation and preservation such an attractive field.

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Head of Digital Library Services at University of Utah

The University of Utah is recruiting a Head of Digital Library Services.

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Overseeing digital operations, metadata work related to digital projects, and digital preservation services and reporting to the Associate Dean for IT and Digital Library Services, the successful candidate will:

  • Provide strategic vision, leadership, and supervision of day-to-day activities in DLS.
  • Collaborate with library and campus units, faculty, and students in order to foster and integrate new digital library solutions that will shape the future of the university's information environment.
  • Work closely with the Library's Information Technology Departments to develop and maintain supporting infrastructure.
  • Develop policies and procedures for efficiently managing digital assets from digitization and metadata creation through ingestion into Marriott Library's digital repository and other systems.
  • Develop long-term preservation strategies and procedures.

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"Preparing to Accept Research Data: Creating Guidelines for Librarians"

Laura B. Palumbo et al. have published "Preparing to Accept Research Data: Creating Guidelines for Librarians" in the Journal of eScience Librarianship.

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In order to provide a better defined workflow and mission for research data services, in July 2014, the Rutgers University Librarian organized a Task Force to investigate the evaluation process for technical, legal, and confidential issues involved in research data acceptance, and to establish an administrative and evaluation framework for the deposit of research data. . . . This paper will discuss the issues addressed by the Task Force; acknowledging ownership of data through an institutional data policy, preventing exposure of confidential or sensitive data, establishing a reconfigured data team, requirements for storage capacity and funding, creating a workflow which includes collaboration with research offices, and offering guidance for both researchers and librarians working with research data.

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Director, Center for Digital Research and Scholarship at Columbia University

Columbia University is recruiting a Director, Center for Digital Research and Scholarship.

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The Columbia University Libraries seeks a motivated, collaborative, and forward-thinking professional to lead its Center for Digital Research and Scholarship (CDRS).

CDRS works to increase the utility and impact of research produced at Columbia by creating, adapting, implementing, supporting, and sustaining innovative digital tools and publishing platforms for content delivery, discovery, analysis, data curation, and preservation.

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Emulation & Virtualization as Preservation Strategies

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has released Emulation & Virtualization as Preservation Strategies.

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n this report commissioned by the Foundation, David Rosenthal describes current technology frameworks for emulation and virtualization, and outlines the issues and challenges in deploying these technologies to preserve both digital artefacts from the past and current digital material that will age into legacy status.

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