Front End Web Developer at Ohio State University

Ohio State University is recruiting a Front End Web Developer.

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As a member of the AD&S team, the front-end web developer will design and build discovery and access interfaces for the digital library, content management systems, library catalogs, digital exhibits, learning resources, and other systems.

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Institutional Repository Librarian at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is recruiting an Institutional Repository Librarian.

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The Institutional Repository Librarian manages institutional repository collections, systems and the community of users. This individual will work closely with other members of the Library and Information Technology, Scholarly Communications, and Metadata units to implement infrastructure and services that support the Carolina Open Access Policy.

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"A ‘Gold-Centric’ Implementation of Open Access: Hybrid Journals, the ‘Total Cost Of Publication,’ and Policy Development in the UK and Beyond"

Stephen Pinfield, Jennifer Salter, and Peter A. Bath have published "A 'Gold-Centric' Implementation of Open Access: Hybrid Journals, the 'Total Cost Of Publication,' and Policy Development in the UK and Beyond" in the Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology.

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This paper reports analysis of data from higher education institutions in the UK on their experience of the open-access (OA) publishing market working within a policy environment favoring "Gold" OA (OA publishing in journals). It models the "total cost of publication"—comprising costs of journal subscriptions, OA article-processing charges (APCs), and new administrative costs—for a sample of 24 institutions. APCs are shown to constitute 12% of the "total cost of publication," APC administration, 1%, and subscriptions, 87% (for a sample of seven publishers). APC expenditure in institutions rose between 2012 and 2014 at the same time as rising subscription costs.

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Digital Art: February’s Charcoal and Ink Drawings

In February, I continued to transform public domain photos into charcoal and ink drawings 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 Chalk and Charcoal Drawing of a Street Musician

Digital Chalk and Charcoal Drawing of Farmers with Cattle

Digital Ink Drawing of a Hansom Cab in London

Digital Chalk and Charcoal Drawing of a Samurai

Digital Chalk and Charcoal Drawing of Pierrot

Digital Charcoal Drawing of a Bird Hunter in the Norfolk Broads

Digital Charcoal Drawing of Street Musicians in Paris

Digital Charcoal Drawing of an English Farmer Sharpening a Scythe

Digital Chalk and Charcoal Drawing of Men Stacking Reeds in the Norfolk Broads

Digital Charcoal Drawing of an English Fisherman and His Wife

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

Head, Open Scholarship Services at Queen’s University

Queen's University is recruiting a Head, Open Scholarship Services.

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Reporting to an Associate University Librarian and working with colleagues across the library and the university, the Head leads the division in developing a culture and services that encourage the sharing, as openly as possible, and preservation of Queen’s scholarly output, including research publications, research data and related computer code, student digital scholarship, and open course materials. The division also encompasses services supporting access to and use of data-intensive resources outside Queen’s, including maps and geospatial data, Statistics Canada data and other government information.

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"A Pilot Competency Matrix for Data Management Skills: A Step toward the Development of Systematic Data Information Literacy Programs"

Megan R. Sapp Nelson has published "A Pilot Competency Matrix for Data Management Skills: A Step toward the Development of Systematic Data Information Literacy Programs" in the Journal of eScience Librarianship.

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This article describes a significant innovation upon existing competencies by identifying a scaffolding (built upon existing competencies) that moves students progressively from undergraduate training through post graduate coursework and research to post-doctoral work and into the early years of data stewardship. The scaffolding ties together existing research that has been completed in research data management skills and data information literacy with research into the outcomes that are desirable for individuals to present in data management at each of the levels of education. Competencies are aligned according to application (personal, team, research enterprise) in such a way that the skills attained at the undergraduate level give students moving on to graduate work greater familiarity with data management and therefore greater likelihood of success at the graduate and then post graduate and data steward levels.

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Open Access Librarian at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is recruiting an Open Access Librarian.

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The individual in this position will assist in implementing and maintaining open access work at UNC-Chapel Hill with activities that include formulating and managing a plan to open up relevant content that is behind paywalls; doing outreach and coordinating events related to open access, such as group events for repository deposit and talks and presentations about open access; and answering specific questions and solving problems about open access for students, faculty, and staff.

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"Web Interface Security Vulnerabilities of European Academic Repositories"

Matus Formanek and Martin Zaborsky have published "Web Interface Security Vulnerabilities of European Academic Repositories" in LIBER Quarterly.

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The given analysis summarizes the status quo of the level of security of web interfaces of selected European academic repositories in the field of library and information science. It focuses on the presence and qualities of the secure HTTPS protocol via SSL/TLS protocols. The security of the transmitted data is particularly important in the network environment of the Internet, especially if log-in user data is transmitted. Disclosure may have a direct impact on saved digital objects and their metadata which together represent the most valuable parts of systems of digital libraries and repositories. Furthermore, the paper points to the most noticeable vulnerabilities of protocols of web interfaces and presents practical recommendations for the expert public. These may contribute to the increase of the level of security of the discussed systems.

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Digital Curator at Texas Woman’s University

Texas Woman's University is recruiting a Digital Curator.

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The Digital Curator provides highly responsible data curation and management of digital resources to include preservation and curation research and development activities and initiatives. Creates digital collections, enables discovery and retrieval, and promotes and preserves. The Digital Curator is responsible for the oversight and management of the Libraries content management system. Writes digital assets policies and procedures, including asset standards and management of asset permissions.

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Emory University Gets $1.2 million Grant for Open Access Humanities Publishing Program

Emory University has received a $1.2 million grant for an open access humanities publishing program.

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Emory College of Arts and Sciences has launched a $1.2 million effort that positions it to be a national leader in the future of scholarly publishing. The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation is funding the multiyear initiative to support long-form, open-access publications in the humanities in partnership with university presses. . . .

Led by the Bill and Carol Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry, the endeavor will bring together efforts in Emory College, Emory Libraries, the Center for Faculty Development and Excellence and the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship.

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Data Librarian at Yale University

Yale University is recruiting a Data Librarian.

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The incumbent supports the discovery, use, and management of locally created and externally available data. In consultation with subject librarians and the CSSSI Director of Collection Management, Technical Services, and Access Services, identifies and acquires data resources in the sciences, social sciences, and interdisciplinary fields that are relevant to research and teaching needs. Advises library IT, electronic resources, cataloging, and preservation departments on receiving data resources and preparing them for discovery and availability to users. Collaborates with colleagues on metadata and preservation issues related to data.

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"’Notice-and-Stay-Down’ Is Really ‘Filter-Everything’"

Elliot Harmon has published "'Notice-and-Stay-Down' Is Really 'Filter-Everything'" in Deeplinks.

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There's a debate happening right now over copyright bots, programs that social media websites use to scan users’ uploads for potential copyright infringement. A few powerful lobbyists want copyright law to require platforms that host third-party content to employ copyright bots, and require them to be stricter about what they take down. Big content companies call this nebulous proposal "notice-and-stay-down," but it would really keep all users down, not just alleged infringers. In the process, it could give major content platforms like YouTube and Facebook an unfair advantage over competitors and startups (as if they needed any more advantages). "Notice-and-stay-down" is really "filter-everything."

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Data and Visualization Librarian at Boston College

Boston College is recruiting a Data and Visualization Librarian.

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Working with Assessment and as part of a Digital Scholarship team in support of digital teaching and research, the Data and Visualization Librarian will play a central role in the development and provision of Library services for manipulation, visualization and management of qualitative and quantitative datasets.

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"Supply, Demand, and the Subscription Model in Scholarly Publishing—An Analysis"

Kent Anderson has published "Supply, Demand, and the Subscription Model in Scholarly Publishing—An Analysis" in The Scholarly Kitchen.

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5. Denials (turn-aways) to archival content remain high. Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the dataset comes with the percentage of denials to the backfile, which represented 60% of all denials (turn-aways). Even looking at content 10 years old or older, denials represented 49% of the total, dropping to 37% for content 20 years old or older. Archives and backfiles are still sought after, as these data and the abstract usage combined to illustrate.

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Clinical Data Research Specialist at University of Virginia

The University of Virginia is recruiting a Research Data Specialist.

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This position will support researchers (faculty, staff, and students) engaged in biomedical research by providing computational research support. The data specialist will provide consultations on cleaning, manipulating, visualizing and analyzing data by writing and/or optimizing programs and applications in R, Python, or other freely available products. The incumbent will also provide guidance on technical data management issues, including acquisition, transfer, and storage of data.

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Indiana University Bloomington Faculty Unanimously Adopt Open Access Policy

The Indiana University Bloomington faculty have unanimously adopted an open access policy.

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The Scholarly Communication staff will be available to help authors deposit their work—usually the final version of an article that has gone through peer review—in IUScholarWorks or another repository for archival purposes. Indeed, as Nazareth Pantaloni, Copyright Librarian for the IU Libraries, observed: "The Indiana University Libraries are delighted that the Bloomington Faculty Council has joined the over 300 U.S. colleges and universities who have decided to make their faculty’s scholarship more freely available under an Open Access policy. We look forward to working with them to accomplish that goal." Faculty members may also contact us to opt-out of the policy, a process that will be incorporated into a one-click form once the policy is fully implemented.

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Texas Digital Library Software Engineer at University of Texas at Austin

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

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Working with university libraries across the state, the Software Engineer for the Texas Digital Library will design, code, test, and analyze the software and applications necessary for providing online access to the research data and scholarship of Texas while preserving digital content for future generations.

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"Building a Research Data Management Service at the University of California, Berkeley"

Jamie Wittenberg and Mary Elings have self-archived "Building a Research Data Management Service at the University of California, Berkeley."

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University of California, Berkeley's Library and the central Research Information Technologies unit have collaborated to develop a research data management program that leverages each organization’s expertise and resources to create a unified service. The service offers a range of workshops, consultation, and an online resource. Because of this collaboration, service areas that are often fully embedded in IT, like backup and secure storage, as well as services in the Library domain, like resource discovery and instruction, are integrated into a single research data management program..

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Learning Technologies Specialist for Sciences at Harvard University

Harvard University is recruiting a Learning Technologies Specialist.

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The Learning Technologies Specialist for the Sciences (LTSS) will lead the design and implementation of programs at the Discovery Bar, the Instruction Room and Media Studios. The LTSS needs to create new connections with research labs, academic departments and academic support providers throughout the sciences and engineering entities across campus. The LTSS will support faculty, staff, undergraduates and graduate students with instructional design, educational technology integration and pedagogical innovation. The LTSS reports to the Director of Science and Engineering Library Services and manages one full-time staff person as well as graduate and undergraduate student workers.

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"The Forbidden Forecast: Thinking About Open Access and Library Subscriptions"

Rick Anderson has published "he Forbidden Forecast: Thinking About Open Access and Library Subscriptions" in The Scholarly Kitchen.

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In light of all this, it's difficult to avoid the conclusion that those who advocate for Green OA as the preferred mode, and as the more or less universal solution towards which we should all be working, have simply failed to think through the implications of this goal. You cannot make something freely and easily available without undermining the commercial market for that thing.

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User Experience Designer at University of California, Davis

The University of California, Davis is recruiting a User Experience Designer.

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Under general direction of the Manager of Digital Applications, the UX Designer leads visual strategy and development in the design and creation of digital products, interactive exhibits in the Shields Library, websites and microsites, media, and other applications where campus users and Library staff will encounter a digital interface or experience.

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"Why We Read Wikipedia"

Philipp Singer et al. have self-archived "Why We Read Wikipedia."

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The goal of this paper is to fill this gap by combining a survey of Wikipedia readers with a log-based analysis of user activity. Based on an initial series of user surveys, we build a taxonomy of Wikipedia use cases along several dimensions, capturing users' motivations to visit Wikipedia, the depth of knowledge they are seeking, and their knowledge of the topic of interest prior to visiting Wikipedia. Then, we quantify the prevalence of these use cases via a large-scale user survey conducted on live Wikipedia with almost 30,000 responses. . . . Finally, we match survey responses to the respondents' digital traces in Wikipedia's server logs, enabling the discovery of behavioral patterns associated with specific use cases.

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Digital Archivist at Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is recruiting a Digital Archivist.

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Reporting to the Associate Director of Digital Management Services (DMS), the Digital Archivist works cross-departmentally with Academy curators, preservationists and archivists to manage efforts to preserve, describe and make accessible digitized and born-digital archival materials.

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"Copyright: The Immoveable Barrier That Open Access Advocates Underestimated"

Richard Poynder has published "Copyright: The Immoveable Barrier That Open Access Advocates Underestimated."

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In calling for research papers to be made freely available open access advocates promised that doing so would lead to a simpler, less costly, more democratic, and more effective scholarly communication system. To achieve their objectives they proposed two different ways of providing open access: green OA (self-archiving) and gold OA (open access publishing). However, while the OA movement has succeeded in persuading research institutions and funders of the merits of open access, it has failed to win the hearts and minds of most researchers. More importantly, it is not achieving its objectives. There are various reasons for this, but above all it is because OA advocates underestimated the extent to which copyright would subvert their cause.

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