Head, Learning Spaces & Services at North Carolina State University

North Carolina State University is recruiting a Head, Learning Spaces & Services.

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The Learning Spaces & Services department, part of the Libraries' newly formed Student Success division, provides dynamic services, spaces, and technologies to enable all forms of learning, discovery, and research. Through its workshops, programs, and activities, students and faculty in all disciplines can explore and apply tools and systems for data visualization, 3D modeling, virtual environments, and digital media creation in their research and study. The department has overall responsibility for learning spaces including Learning Commons, Makerspaces, Digital Media Studios, and the Creativity Studio, as well as several teaching labs.

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"Evaluating the Consortia Purchase: Journal Usage in a Multi-Institution Setting"

Elsa K. Anderson, Stephen Maher, and Bill Maltarich have published "Evaluating the Consortia Purchase: Journal Usage in a Multi-Institution Setting" in Collaborative Librarianship.

Here's an excerpt:

When two or more institutions share a license, how do they measure use and value? For over a decade, the Levy Library at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, the Sid and Ruth Lapidus Library at the New York University School of Medicine, and New York University Libraries at New York University have shared several publisher packages and journal title subscriptions. In this paper, we present our analysis of usage data to assess the value of some of these consortial arrangements in their totality and to each library. Based on this analysis, we were able to adjust how each institution contributes to consortial arrangements. The paper will discuss challenges in analyzing consortial arrangements based on usage data and offer suggestions for how consortia-based acquisitions can be an effective allocation of library funds and strengthen support for the library in its institution.

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Director of the Center for Digital Scholarship at Brown University

Brown University is recruiting a Director of the Center for Digital Scholarship.

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The Brown University Library is delighted to announce a new position: the Director of its Center for Digital Scholarship (CDS). CDS is a locus for digital activities at Brown, providing expertise and training in text analysis, text encoding, data management, geospatial analysis and data, digital publishing and scholarly project management. Members of CDS partner with faculty and students on developing and sustaining digital projects.

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"DPLA and Library of Congress Announce New Collaboration"

The Digital Public Library of America has released "DPLA and Library of Congress Announce New Collaboration."

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The Library of Congress today signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Digital Public Library of America to become a Content Hub and will ultimately share a significant portion of its rich digital resources with DPLA's database of digital content records.

The first batch of records will include 5,000 items from three major Library of Congress map collections—the Revolutionary War, Civil War, and panoramic maps.

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Digital Art: October’s Oil Paintings, Oil Stick Paintings, and Watercolor Paintings

In October, I continued to transform public domain photos into oil paintings, oil stick paintings, and watercolor paintings 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 Ca' Vendramin Calergi

Digital Oil Painting of an Italian Villa's Kitchen

Digital Watercolor Painting of the Lachine Rapids

Digital Watercolor Painting of the Arno River Near the Ponte Santa Trinita

Digital Oil Stick Painting of the French Market in New Orleans

Digital Oil Stick Painting of a Pushcart Vendor

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

Librarian—Systems at Long Beach Community College

Long Beach Community College is recruiting a Librarian—Systems.

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The primary assignment involves the development, management, maintenance and continuously updating the Library's Website and incorporating instructional technologies consistent with online access to library resources and services across all electronic devices for students on campus as well as distance learners;

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"Does Online Access Promote Research in Developing Countries? Empirical Evidence from Article-Level Data"

Frank Mueller-Langer et al. have self-archived "Does Online Access Promote Research in Developing Countries? Empirical Evidence from Article-Level Data."

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Universities in developing countries have rarely been able to subscribe to academic journals in the past. The "Online Access to Research in the Environment" initiative (OARE) provides institutions in developing countries with free online access to more than 5,700 environmental science journals. Here we analyze the effect of OARE registration on scientific output by research institutions in five developing countries. We apply a difference-in-difference estimation method using panel data for 18,955 journal articles from 798 research institutions. We find that online access via OARE increases publication output by at least 43% while lower-ranked institutions located in remote areas benefit less.

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Applications Programmer at University of Michigan

The University of Michigan is recruiting an Applications Programmer.

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The University of Michigan Library is seeking a skilled programmer to help create and maintain large scale digital library systems. The successful candidate will work as part of a team of programmers, librarians, and designers on major initiatives including development of a system architecture to serve the U-M Library and campus based on Hydra and Fedora.

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"The Digitized Archival Document Trustworthiness Scale"

Devan Ray Donaldson has published "The Digitized Archival Document Trustworthiness Scale" in the International Journal of Digital Curation.

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Designated communities are central to validation of preservation. If a designated community is able to understand and use information found within a digital repository, the assumption is that the information has been properly preserved. As judging the trustworthiness of information requires at least some level of understanding of that information, this paper presents results of a study aimed at developing a tool for measuring designated community members' perceptions of trustworthiness for preserved information found within a digital repository. The study focuses on genealogists at the Washington State Digital Archives who routinely interact with digitized genealogical records, including digitized marriage, death, and birth records. Results of the study include construction of an original Digitized Archival Document Trustworthiness Scale (DADTS). DADTS is a ready-made tool for digital curators to use to measure the trustworthiness perceptions of their designated community members. Implications of this study include the feasibility of engaging members of a designated community in the construction of a scale for measuring trustworthiness perception, thereby providing deeper insight into the understandability and usability of preserved information by that designated community.

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DigitalKoans Tweets Have Been Posted Today

DigitalKoans tweets have been posted today. Regular posts will resume on 11/29/2016.

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DigitalKoans Posts Will Resume on 11/29/2016: Unscheduled Tweets until Then

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OCLC Releases Its 2015-2016 Annual Report

OCLC has released its 2015-2016 annual report.

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In FY16 we took on some big challenges. We advanced our shared mission. We undertook the largest technical upgrade in our history. We strengthened member engagement. We improved customer service. We saw a steady improvement in our financial results. And, we became the fastest-growing library services platform provider in the world.

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Ivy Plus Web Resources Collection Librarian at Columbia University Libraries (Three-Year Temporary Appointment)

Columbia University Libraries is recruiting an Ivy Plus Web Resources Collection Librarian.

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Columbia University Libraries seeks an experienced information professional to build, maintain and promote a collaborative web resources collection program supporting the Ivy Plus partnership of academic research libraries. Since starting exploratory web archiving activity in 2008, Columbia has established a permanent web resources collection program and built rich thematic web archives in human rights, historic preservation/urban planning, and New York City religious institutions, as well as preserving much of Columbia’s own content and web content related to existing special collections. Several other Ivy Plus partner institutions also have new or established web archiving programs, and the group now plans to collaboratively build some thematic web collections together, independent of (but informed by) each institution’s own web archiving activities.

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Program Head, Data Management Services at MIT

MIT is recruiting a Program Head, Data Management Services.

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Reporting to the Head of Data and Specialized Services (DSS) , the program head will lead an interdepartmental team that develops and supports research data services offered to the MIT Community. The program head will manage the development and operation of the DMS portfolio of projects and services. S/he will enable collaborative work and efficient group process among DMS team members, facilitate their professional development, and serve as the supervisor (direct and indirect) to team members.

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Two Reports on Disk Image Formats from the Harvard Library Digital Preservation Program

The Harvard Library Digital Preservation Program has released Disk Image Content Model and Metadata Analysis ACTIVITY 1: Comparative Format Matrix Analysis and Disk Image Content Model and Metadata Analysis ACTIVITY 2: Metadata Analysis

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

Harvard Library collections include a variety of computer media that will be imaged using forensic disk imaging techniques and preserved in the Library's preservation and access repository—the Digital Repository Service (DRS). As a first step towards providing support for this material in the DRS, the Library contracted AVPreserve in late 2015 to assist with the analysis. The goals of the analysis were:

  • Recommended disk image formats to accept and prefer for the DRS
  • Recommended technical metadata schema(s) to use for disk image file formats
  • DRS content models for these objects
  • Recommendations for enhancing Harvard Library's FITS tool to better support these objects

See also: Disk Image Format Matrix spreadsheet.

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Digital Scholarship Librarian at Boston College

Boston College is recruiting a Digital Scholarship Librarian.

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The Digital Scholarship Librarian will employ both experience with History research methods and technical expertise to advance the integration of library liaison responsibilities and digital humanities to the History Department. We are seeking a creative librarian familiar with History collections and instruction who is motivated to investigate new tools and collaborate with faculty, students, and other librarians to initiate and support digital projects. This Digital Scholarship Librarian / Bibliographer advances digital scholarship by providing research services, technical support, and project management assistance, focusing on applications in the humanities, as well as providing liaison services for the History Department.

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"The Durability and Fragility of Knowledge Infrastructures: Lessons Learned from Astronomy"

Christine L. Borgman, Peter T. Darch, Ashley E. Sands, and Milena S. Golshan have self-archived "The Durability and Fragility of Knowledge Infrastructures: Lessons Learned from Astronomy."

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Infrastructures are not inherently durable or fragile, yet all are fragile over the long term. Durability requires care and maintenance of individual components and the links between them. Astronomy is an ideal domain in which to study knowledge infrastructures, due to its long history, transparency, and accumulation of observational data over a period of centuries. Research reported here draws upon a long-term study of scientific data practices to ask questions about the durability and fragility of infrastructures for data in astronomy. Methods include interviews, ethnography, and document analysis. As astronomy has become a digital science, the community has invested in shared instruments, data standards, digital archives, metadata and discovery services, and other relatively durable infrastructure components. Several features of data practices in astronomy contribute to the fragility of that infrastructure. These include different archiving practices between ground- and space-based missions, between sky surveys and investigator-led projects, and between observational and simulated data. Infrastructure components are tightly coupled, based on international agreements. However, the durability of these infrastructures relies on much invisible work—cataloging, metadata, and other labor conducted by information professionals. Continual investments in care and maintenance of the human and technical components of these infrastructures are necessary for sustainability.

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