"Cobweb: Collaborative Collection Development for Web Archives"

The California Digital Library has released "Cobweb: Collaborative Collection Development for Web Archives."

Here's an excerpt:

A partnership between the CDL, Harvard Library, and UCLA Library has been award funding from IMLS to create Cobweb, a collaborative collection development platform for web archiving, https://github.com/CobwebOrg/cobweb.

See also the grant proposal.

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Web Specialist at University of the Pacific

The University of the Pacific is recruiting a Web Specialist.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to the Director of Library Technology and Digital Initiatives, this position will be responsible for designing, creating, and maintaining University Libraries websites; producing a variety of content for digital and print materials for a number of audiences, such as students, faculty, staff, and campus partners; updating and maintaining social media accounts; providing ongoing user support for Content Management System and related tools; and troubleshooting web-related technical issues

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"Publisher Revenues Up 1.6% to $1.05 Billion in May"

AAP has released "Publisher Revenues Up 1.6% to $1.05 Billion in May."

Here's an excerpt:

Professional Publishing was down 28.5% in May 2016 vs. May 2015. These categories include business, medical, law, scientific and technical books. University presses were up 4.4%. Year to date, professional books are down year-to-date, and university presses are flat.

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Director, Texas Digital Newspaper Program at University of North Texas

The University of North Texas is recruiting a Director, Texas Digital Newspaper Program.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The University of North Texas seeks an innovative leader with strong people skills to manage the Digital Newspaper Unit and to grow and maintain the digital newspapers collections of the UNT Digital Libraries Division. The Director of the Texas Digital Newspaper Program will be responsible for overseeing all digital newspaper program representation and activities for the Digital Libraries Division.

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"On the Cost of Knowledge: Evaluating the Boycott against Elsevier"

Tom Heyman Pieter Moors, and Gert Storms have published "On the Cost of Knowledge: Evaluating the Boycott against Elsevier" in Frontiers in Research Metrics and Analytics.

Here's an excerpt:

To get an idea about the success rate of the "won't publish" resolution, we checked signatories' publication history after they signed the petition. Using ResearchGate, Google Scholar, Academia.edu, LinkedIn, ScienceDirect, and lab or personal websites, we were able to compile a bibliography for a large sample of "won't publish" signatories. Due to the time-consuming nature of this research, we limited ourselves to two subject areas, Chemistry and Psychology, each with approximately 500 signatories.

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Assistant Manager for Audio and Moving Image Preservation at NYPL

NYPL is recruiting an Assistant Manager for Audio and Moving Image Preservation.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The New York Public Library audio and moving image preservation program safeguards the audio, video, and film research collection holdings through physical treatment and reformatting. In response to a recent Mellon-funded assessment, the Library is moving forward with an ambitious plan to digitize and preserve its critically at-risk media holdings over the next several years. . . .

The Assistant Manager for Audio and Moving Image Preservation reports to the Manager for Preservation Reformatting and Field Services within the Special Collections department. The position is responsible for daily lab operations, staff oversight, project management, and quality control for both vendor and in-house work. The position will play a key role in the development of the Library's preservation program, specifications, tools and software, and infrastructure expansion.

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"Understanding and Sustaining the Role of Academic Libraries in Research Data Management"

Ashley Sands has published "Understanding and Sustaining the Role of Academic Libraries in Research Data Management" in the UpNext Blog.

Here's an excerpt:

IMLS recently announced 41 awards made through the National Leadership Grants for Libraries program (NLG), the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian program (LB21), and Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries program (Sparks). Among these awards, we are pleased to support a number of projects seeking to understand and sustain the role of academic libraries in research data management. The three projects highlighted in this post represent a total investment of nearly $200,000.

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Digital Curation Librarian at Fort Hays State University

Fort Hays State University is recruiting a Digital Curation Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Digital Curation Librarian manages Forsyth Library's locally created digital materials residing in ContentDM, Digital Commons, and Omeka. The Librarian takes the lead in the creation, maintenance and ongoing stewardship of all library digital collections and exhibits and in recruiting new content for deposit.

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"Organizational Assessment Frameworks for Digital Preservation: A Literature Review and Mapping"

Emily Maemura et al. have self-archived "Organizational Assessment Frameworks for Digital Preservation: A Literature Review and Mapping."

Here's an excerpt:

As the field of digital preservation matures, there is an increasing need to systematically assess an organization's abilities to achieve its digital preservation goals, and a wide variety of assessment tools have been created for this purpose. To map the landscape of research in this area, evaluate the current maturity of knowledge on this central question in DP and provide direction for future research, this paper reviews assessment frameworks in digital preservation through a systematic literature search and categorizes the literature by type of research. The analysis shows that publication output around assessment in digital preservation has increased markedly over time, but most existing work focuses on developing new models rather than rigorous evaluation and validation of existing frameworks.

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User Experience Content Manager at University of Virginia

The University of Virginia is recruiting a User Experience Content Manager.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The User Experience Content Manager oversees Library web content, signage (digital and physical), and other channels as needed to ensure consistent, clear, and pleasant user experiences that span online and offline environments. This role is able to translate organizational goals into strategic media deliverables to achieve the Library's overall objectives.

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"EPUB 3.1 Now Proposed Specification"

IDPF has released "EPUB 3.1 Now Proposed Specification."

Here's an excerpt:

Work on EPUB 3.1 began in October of 2015, with a goal of simplifying the format and better aligning with the Open Web Platform. . . .

The EPUB 3.1 revision also introduces a new accessibility specification and techniques document. Although developed as part of EPUB 3.1 and to provide guidance on making conforming EPUB publications accessible, these new documents are designed to be equally applicable to older versions of the specification.

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Data Services and Technology Librarian at UCLA

UCLA is recruiting a Data Services and Technology Librarian. Two-year temporary position.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

  • Oversees needs assessment and program development to increase support for big data initiatives, such as skills in creating data management plans and helping scientific researchers find appropriate data repositories.
  • Oversees NN/LM PSR website structure and content, and ensures that resources included on the website are compliant with requirements in Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
  • Provides information and consultation on NN/LM PSR funding opportunities and proposal preparation, solicits funding applications from Network members, and monitors progress of ongoing awards.

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"Placements & Salaries 2016: Explore All the Data"

Suzie Allard has published "Placements & Salaries 2016: Explore All the Data" in Library Journal.

Here's an excerpt:

Dig through these tables to discover the details about where 2015 LIS grads are landing jobs, at what salaries, and in what kinds of roles, or see the full feature for all the analysis.

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Digital Art: September’s Oil Paintings, Pastel Drawings, Watercolor Paintings, and Other Types of Artworks

In September, I continued to transform public domain photos into oil paintings, pastel drawings, watercolor paintings, and other types of noncommercial artworks using a variety of Photoshop plug-ins and Topaz Impression. Full-size images (8×10" or 8×12") and descriptions of the processing steps involved are available on Flickr.

Digital Oil Painting of El Morro

Digital Pastel Drawing of the Place Tourny in Bordeaux

Mixed Media Drawing of Sixth Avenue

Digital Pastel Drawing of Mount Shasta

Digital Watercolor Painting of Snow Geese

Digital Pastel Drawing of a Sunset at Adak Island

Digital Mixed Media Drawing of Valley Gardens in Harrogate

Digital Pastel Drawing of the Annecy Harbor

| Charles W. Bailey, Jr., Digital Artist |

Library Solutions Analyst (Information Analyst II) at University of Rochester

The University of Rochester is recruiting a Library Solutions Analyst (Information Analyst II).

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Based in the Information Discovery Team, the Library Solutions Analyst will use a project management framework to design and implement specific technical/computer related aspects of solutions to improve staff workflows, including but not limited to digital document management and tools to support RCL's teaching and learning activities and online scholarly resources (LibGuides, LibCal, AIMS, Omeka, Islandora, etc.). This staff member works closely with the stakeholders to ensure cost effective technology solutions meet the needs of staff, and that solutions are aligned with RCL strategic priorities.

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"New University Presses in the UK: Accessing a Mission"

Andrew Lockett and Lara Speicher have published "New University Presses in the UK: Accessing a Mission" in Learned Publishing.

Here's an excerpt:

In the space of just a year, five new university presses were launched in the UK. Although very different in size and stages of development, all but one were launched first and foremost as open access presses, based in or supported by their university's library. Why should there have been such a significant flurry of activity in such a short space of time, and what can the stated objectives and activities of these presses tell us about the current UK scholarly publishing environment? To answer some of those questions, this article looks back to the original mission of the founding university presses, examines the policy and funding environments in which the new presses are operating, looks at overseas developments in recent years for comparison, and concludes with a review of the challenges these young presses face as well as the benefits all university presses, but particularly open access ones, can confer to their institutions.

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Digital Repository Application Developer, Library at Drexel University

Drexel University is recruiting a Digital Repository Application Developer, Library.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Drexel University Libraries seeks a collaborative and creative professional to develop solutions for managing digital collections, research data, university records, and digital scholarship. Working primarily with our Islandora implementation, this position will play a key role as the Libraries advance preservation services and public access for a wide array of digital content including books, articles, images, journals, newspapers, audio, video, and datasets.

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"Why Marriage Matters: A North American Perspective on Press/Library Partnerships"

Charles Watkinson has published "Why Marriage Matters: A North American Perspective on Press/Library Partnerships" in Learned Publishing.

Here's an excerpt:

Key points

  • Around 30% of campus-based members of the Association of American University Presses now report to libraries, more than double the number 5 years ago.
  • Beyond reporting relationships, physical collocation and joint strategic planning characterize the most integrated press/library partnerships.
  • The main mutual advantages of deep press/library collaboration are economic efficiency, greater relevance to parent institutions, and an increased capacity to engage with the changing needs of authors in the digital age.
  • There is emerging interest in collaboration at scale among libraries and presses that may extend the impact of press/library collaboration beyond single institutions.

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Digital Projects Librarian at New Mexico State University

New Mexico State University is recruiting a Digital Projects Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Digital Projects Librarian manages digital projects as assigned, providing leadership and technical expertise to ensure their successful completion. The librarian works closely and collaboratively with a variety of individuals involved in the collections-based projects to plan and implement, including identifying resource needs, establishing and maintaining schedules, workflows, and procedures documentation. Working in conjunction with others, perform extension and outreach to the library's diverse constituencies to promote digital initiatives and develop partnership opportunities.

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Investigating OA Monograph Services: Final Report

Jisc has released Investigating OA Monograph Services: Final Report.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

Overall, the project 'Investigating OA monographs services' has produced some extremely valuable guides in areas where no information (specifically for OA monographs) existed and identified some very strong areas where collaboration and experimentation could simultaneously bring real value to OA monograph publishers and the authors and readers of monographs.

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Conservator (Digitization) at National Archives and Records Administration

The National Archives and Records Administration is recruiting a Conservator (Digitization).

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

In this position, you will serve as a Conservator with a focus on conservation digitization coordination with Research Services, Preservation Programs Division, Conservation Branch, located in College Park, MD.

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"Library Collections in the Life of the User: Two Directions"

Lorcan Dempsey has published "Library Collections in the Life of the User: Two Directions" in .

Here's an excerpt:

The paper considers how the changing nature of research in digital environments is reshaping the nature of library collections and services in academic and research libraries. It describes two central directions, each a response to the centrality of the user in a network environment. First, the library has an increasing role in managing the research and other outputs of the university (the inside-out collection). Second, the library is facilitating access to a broader range of local, external and collaborative resources organized around user needs (the facilitated collection).

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Health Information Technology Librarian at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is recruiting a Health Information Technology Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Health Information Technology Librarian will expand the library's support of health informatics and analytics, mHealth, electronic medical records, and related fields to advance teaching and learning, research, and clinical care. This position will play a key role in investigating current and future needs within health affairs, taking stock of our current services, and finding new ways to assist our partners in these rapidly growing and evolving fields.

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"Undercounting File Downloads from Institutional Repositories"

Patrick Obrien et al. have published "Undercounting File Downloads from Institutional Repositories" in the Journal of Library Administration.

Here's an excerpt:

A primary impact metric for institutional repositories (IR) is the number of file downloads, which are commonly measured through third-party Web analytics software. Google Analytics, a free service used by most academic libraries, relies on HTML page tagging to log visitor activity on Google's servers. However, Web aggregators such as Google Scholar link directly to high value content (usually PDF files), bypassing the HTML page and failing to register these direct access events. This article presents evidence of a study of four institutions demonstrating that the majority of IR activity is not counted by page tagging Web analytics software, and proposes a practical solution for significantly improving the reporting relevancy and accuracy of IR performance metrics using Google Analytics.

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Scholarly Communication Librarian at Indiana University Bloomington

Indiana University Bloomington is recruiting a Scholarly Communication Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to the Head, Scholarly Communications, this position provides operational oversight for specific areas of the Library's scholarly communications program. This is an IUB Libraries' assistant/associate librarian appointment with its attendant responsibilities and privileges and works directly with faculty and researchers to provide services focusing on publishing and disseminating scholarly materials and adopting practices that maximize the impact of faculty research and writing while protecting their intellectual property. Working in collaboration with liaison librarians, this individual will lead efforts to educate and advise the campus community on issues of open access, Creative Commons and other alternative licensing models, digital publication, open textbooks and other open educational resources, and alternative metrics for measuring research impact.

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