Scholars’ Lab Managing Director at University of Virginia

The University of Virginia is recruiting a Scholars' Lab Managing Director.

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The University of Virginia Library seeks an innovative leader to help shape and steward our internationally respected Scholars' Lab. This individual will work closely with the Academic Director to develop and support the deep resources for digital scholarship within the vibrant intellectual community at UVA. The Managing Director will inform the vision of the Scholars' Lab and ensure its smooth and effective operation as a pan-university center within the Library, overseeing Scholars' Lab staff, resources, and budget. He or she will also help to integrate Scholars' Lab goals and activities into the service profile of the University Library.

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UK Survey of Academics 2015

Ithaka S+R has released UK Survey of Academics 2015.

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This report is the second Ithaka S+R / Jisc / RLUK survey of UK academics. It asks of the UK research community their views on resource discovery, their use of these resources (online and digital), attitudes to research data management, and much more. It provides a powerful insight into how researchers view their own behaviour and the research environment within the UK today.

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"Open Access Publishing Trend Analysis: Statistics Beyond the Perception"

Elisabetta Poltronieri et al. have published "Open Access Publishing Trend Analysis: Statistics Beyond the Perception" in Information Research.

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The purpose of this analysis was twofold: to track the number of open access journals acquiring impact factor, and to investigate the distribution of subject categories pertaining to these journals. As a case study, journals in which the researchers of the National Institute of Health (Istituto Superiore di Sanità) in Italy have published were surveyed.

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Analyst/Programmer 2 at University of New Mexico (2 Positions)

The University of New Mexico is recruiting two Analyst/Programmer 2's.

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We are looking for enthusiastic programmers who can maintain our existing websites, and also develop web applications that support the libraries' student services and promote online access to our special collections. Each position will be responsible for intensive web development, triage and troubleshooting, routine operational activities, and other developer and end-user support responsibilities.

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Web Applications Developer at Penn State University

Penn State University is recruiting a Web Applications Developer.

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This position will lead the design and development of applications that provide and enhance discovery of library resources, and contribute to other technology initiatives including digital library support, website components and web architecture. This role requires creativity and a commitment to the design, development, and implementation of solutions that maximize user experience and provide seamless resource discovery.

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"Transparency and Openness to Scientific Publishing: The Finnish Research Organisations Pay Millions of Euros Annually to the Large Publishers"

The Open Science and Research Initiative has released "Transparency and Openness to Scientific Publishing: The Finnish Research Organisations Pay Millions of Euros Annually to the Large Publishers."

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Open Science and Research Initiative announces the scientific publisher costs paid by Finnish universities and research organizations from 2010 to 2015. According to the data, the publisher costs have risen around ten percent per year. . . .

Publisher cost data is now available as open data licensed under CC BY 4.0 license. You are free to share and adapt the data for any purpose, with author attribution and indication if changes were made. Publisher cost details and a link to the web application can be found at openscience.fi/publisher_costs.

See also: "Scientific Journal Subscription Costs in Finland 2010-2015: A Preliminary Analysis."

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Digital Repository Analyst at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is recruiting a Digital Repository Analyst.

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Working with CDR development staff, the Analyst designs, implements, tests and supports software projects at all stages of their lifecycles; evaluates new technologies and services to implement or customize for use by the UNC Community; integrates systems and works with established frameworks to support technology and infrastructure for UNC Open Access initiatives. Given this focus and the rapidly evolving field of digital scholarship, tasks will be varied, presenting opportunities to learn new skills and to take on a range of technically challenging projects with support from senior staff.

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"The Economics of Book Digitization and the Google Books Litigation"

Hannibal Travis has self-archived "The Economics of Book Digitization and the Google Books Litigation."

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This piece explores the digitization and uploading to the Internet of full-text books, book previews in the form of chapters or snippets, and databases that index the contents of book collections. Along the way, it will describe the economics of copyright, the "digital dilemma," and controversies surrounding fair use arguments in the digital environment. It illustrates the deadweight losses from restricting digital libraries, book previews, copyright litigation settlements, and dual-use technologies that enable infringement but also fair use.

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Scholarly Communications and Licensing Librarian at MIT

MIT is recruiting a Scholarly Communications and Licensing Librarian.

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Reporting to the Department Head for Scholarly Communications and Collections Strategy, the Scholarly Communications and Licensing Librarian will manage the production demands of a licensing negotiation workflow, negotiate library content licenses, participate in the development and deployment of the license program strategy, and support open access and scholarly communications initiatives in the MIT Libraries.

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Finding the Public Domain: Copyright Review Management System Toolkit

The University of Michigan Library has released Finding the Public Domain: Copyright Review Management System Toolkit.

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This toolkit is divided into three main parts. It is primarily designed for copyright review of books, but it is also useful for a range of copyright review activities. The first part of the toolkit consists of a series of preplanning documents, one or more of which can be used in early-stage project meetings to build your team and plan your approach when faced with key questions. . . .

The second part of the toolkit dives deeper into the practical considerations facing a copyright review project, including project leadership, the legal fundamentals for copyright review, technical elements, and observations related to project personnel. . . .

The third part of the toolkit includes reports on pilot projects and a series of appendices. Together these form valuable documentation from the [Copyright Review Management System] project.

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IT Programmer Analyst I at University of North Texas

The University of North Texas is recruiting a IT Programmer Analyst I.

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The IT Programmer Analyst I will provide programming support for the development and maintenance of digital library initiatives, including The Portal to Texas History and the UNT Digital Library.

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"Measuring the Degrees of Openness of Scholarly Journals with the Open Access Spectrum (OAS) Evaluation Tool"

Xiaotian Chen and Tom Olijhoek have published "Measuring the Degrees of Openness of Scholarly Journals with the Open Access Spectrum (OAS) Evaluation Tool" in Serials Review.

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HowOpenIsIt is a guide created by SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), PLOS (Public Library of Science), and OASPA (Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association) to describe an array of policies a journal can have in the continuum between "Open" and "Closed." The OAS Evaluation Tool uses the HowOpenIsIt guide to measure the degree of openness of journals of all kinds with scores between 0 and 100. A total of 1,005 journal samples, both OA and non-OA journals in various languages and from various parts of the world, were evaluated and scored with the OAS Evaluation Tool by a team of information professionals in 2015 based on the policies posted on journals' websites. This article reports the findings of the OAS evaluation.

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Head, Research & Scholarship at University of Guelph

The University of Guelph is recruiting a Head, Research & Scholarship.

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The incumbent will provide strategic leadership and operational oversight for Research & Scholarship, including: program development and delivery; promotion and outreach initiatives; project management; workflow coordination and human resources management; monitoring and assessing projects, programs and services; and collaborative development and implementation of services and infrastructure to support digital scholarship projects on campus.

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"Cloud-Based Big Data Management and Analytics for Scholarly Resources: Current Trends, Challenges and Scope for Future Research"

Samiya Khan, Kashish A. Shakil, and Mansaf Alam have self-archived "Cloud-Based Big Data Management and Analytics for Scholarly Resources: Current Trends, Challenges and Scope for Future Research."

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With the shifting focus of organizations and governments towards digitization of academic and technical documents, there has been an increasing need to use this reserve of scholarly documents for developing applications that can facilitate and aid in better management of research. In addition to this, the evolving nature of research problems has made them essentially interdisciplinary. As a result, there is a growing need for scholarly applications like collaborator discovery, expert finding and research recommendation systems. This research paper reviews the current trends and identifies the challenges existing in the architecture, services and applications of big scholarly data platform with a specific focus on directions for future research.

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Digital Initiatives Librarian at Robert W. Woodruff Library, Atlanta University Center

The Robert W. Woodruff Library, Atlanta University Center is recruiting a Digital Initiatives Librarian.

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The Digital Initiatives Librarian will support the continued development, implementation and use of emerging technologies that enrich the teaching and learning landscape. S/he will partner with Reference Librarians, Archives, and Information Technology staff to identify, build, and maintain our rapidly growing digital library collections. They will support and maintain existing software solutions for library and archival open source and vendor applications including but not limited to, DigitalCommons, CONTENTdm, ArchivesSpace, Omeka, XTF (eXtensibe Text Framework).

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Senior Developer at University of Pennsylvania

The University of Pennsylvania is recruiting a Senior Developer.

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Working with an innovative blend of open-source and best-in-breed development tools, the Senior Application Developer creates software for multiple, complex digital library projects in the areas of discovery, repository systems, and researcher profile services.

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"Scholarly Communication and the Dilemma of Collective Action: Why Academic Journals Cost Too Much"

College & Research Libraries has released an e-print of "Scholarly Communication and the Dilemma of Collective Action: Why Academic Journals Cost Too Much" by John Wenzler.

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Why has the rise of the Internet—which drastically reduces the cost of distributing information—coincided with drastic increases in the prices that academic libraries pay for access to scholarly journals?This study argues that libraries are trapped in a collective action dilemma as defined by economist Mancur Olson in The Logic of Collective Action: Public Goods and the Theory of Groups. To truly reduce their costs, librarians would have to build a shared online collection of scholarly resources jointly managed by the academic community as a whole, but individual academic institutions lack the private incentives necessary to invest in a shared collection. Thus, the management of online scholarly journals has been largely outsourced to publishers who have developed monopoly powers that allow them to increase subscription prices faster than the rate of inflation. Many librarians consider the Open Access Movement the best response to increased subscription costs, but the current strategies employed to achieve Open Access also are undermined by collective action dilemmas. In conclusion, some alternative strategies are proposed.

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Digital Curation News (6/9/2016) #digitalcuration #digitalpreservation #datamanagement #researchdata #rdm

Research Data Curation Bibliography, Version 6. Over 560 works. Over 200 works added. Live links. Selected abstracts. OA. CC-BY License. Covers topics such as research data creation, acquisition, metadata, repositories, provenance, management, policies, support services, funding agency requirements, peer review, publication, citation, sharing, reuse, and preservation.

Director, Library Systems and Technology at University of North Florida

The University of North Florida is recruiting a Director, Library Systems and Technology.

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The director is responsible for the overall administration of systems in support of library operations, identifies and coordinates library computing needs in support of library and university users, sets the direction of the library's technology environment and develops strategic goals and objectives to meet the library's mission in a shared governance environment.

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Karger Publishers Agreement Allows Researchers at 9 UKB Members to Publish Up to 250 OA Articles per Year without APCs

Karger Publishers has reached an agreement with nine menders of the Dutch UKB consortium that allows affiliated authors to publish up to 250 open access articles per year without APCs.

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The consortial agreement grants the participating UKB libraries and their clients full perpetual access to all Karger journal content of 2016 and 2017 as before. The novel part is that affiliated authors may publish up to 250 OA articles per year with Karger without having to pay the usual OA Article Processing Charges (APCs). Authors are free to submit to any of the 100 plus peer-reviewed hybrid and full OA Karger journals; however, they are asked to mention their affiliation with a participating institution during submission.

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National Digital Stewardship Residents (Five)

The Library of Congress and the Institute of Museum and Library Services are recruiting five National Digital Stewardship Residents.

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The National Digital Stewardship Residency (NDSR) is a collaborative field experience program developed by The Library of Congress and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). This will be the third cohort of residents based in Washington, D.C. The program aims to develop a community of professionals in the dynamic field of digital stewardship.

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Open Access: The Beast That No-One Could—or Should—Control?

Stephen Curry has self-archived "Open Access: The Beast That No-One Could—or Should—Control?"

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To set the scene, I will begin with a brief description of the open access movement and recent policy initiatives before discussing their impact on the attitudes of scientists towards the broader open science agenda and public engagement. I will then consider the effects of open access (and allied moves) on the authority and independence of science—concepts that are perturbed by the increasingly blurred boundary between the academy and the public. Lastly, I will focus attention on the various publics that are actively seeking to engage with science and scientists, mainly through advocacy groups or the growing ranks of citizen scientists; here, while the impact of open access appears relatively modest, it has the capacity to spring surprises that point to future growth.

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Director, Georgia HomePLACE at University System of Georgia

The University System of Georgia is recruiting a Director, Georgia HomePLACE.

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  • Serves as the primary liaison between the Digital Library of Georgia and the state's public libraries.
  • Oversees the Georgia HomePLACE (Providing Library and Archives Collections Electronically) project and provides support in planning, budgeting, scheduling, facilitating, reporting and publicizing HomePLACE collaborative digitization projects.

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"A Vision for Open Cyber-Scholarly Infrastructures"

Costantino Thanos has published "A Vision for Open Cyber-Scholarly Infrastructures" in Publications.

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The characteristics of modern science, i.e., data-intensive, multidisciplinary, open, and heavily dependent on Internet technologies, entail the creation of a linked scholarly record that is online and open. Instrumental in making this vision happen is the development of the next generation of Open Cyber-Scholarly Infrastructures (OCIs), i.e., enablers of an open, evolvable, and extensible scholarly ecosystem. The paper delineates the evolving scenario of the modern scholarly record and describes the functionality of future OCIs as well as the radical changes in scholarly practices including new reading, learning, and information-seeking practices enabled by OCIs.

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