Digital Services & Repository Librarian at Texas A&M University

Texas A&M University is recruiting a Digital Services & Repository Librarian.

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The Digital Services & Repository Librarian is responsible for supporting all aspects of scholarly communication, including existing collections on Texas A&M Law Scholarship, the law school’s institutional repository; planning and implementing new collections on the repository; and providing vision and direction for all aspects of the law library's website.

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EFF Submits Amicus Brief in Cambridge Press v. Georgia State University E-Reserves Copyright Case

The EFF has submitted an Amicus Brief in the Cambridge Press v. Georgia State University case.

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On behalf of three national library associations, EFF today urged a federal appeals court for the second time to protect librarians' and students' rights to make fair use of excerpts from academic books and research.

Nearly a decade ago, three of the largest academic publishers in the world—backed by the Association of American Publishers (AAP) trade group—sued Georgia State University (GSU) for copyright infringement . . . GSU argued that posting excerpts in the e-reserve systems was a "fair use " of the material, thus not subject to licensing fees. GSU also changed its e-reserve policy to ensure its practices were consistent with a set of fair use best practices that were developed pursuant to a broad consensus among libraries and other stakeholders. . . .

But that was not enough to satisfy the publishers. Rather than declare victory, they've doggedly pursued their claims. It seems the publishers will not be content until universities and libraries agree to further decimate their budgets. As we explain in our brief, that outcome would undermine the fundamental purposes of copyright, not to mention both the public interest, and the interests of the authors of the works in question.

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Digital Collections and Preservation Librarian at Boston College

Boston College is recruiting a Digital Collections and Preservation Librarian.

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Working closely with the Head of the Digital Library Program and in concert with team members and professionals across the libraries, he or she will consider all stages of the digital life cycle, from the point of capture through to repository ingest. S/he will establish and document policies; contribute to planning for projects and ongoing production; advise on equipment, metadata, standards and formats; and communicate broadly with collaborators and stakeholders within the library and externally.

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"Scholarly Journal Publishing in Transition—From Restricted to Open Access"

Bo-Christer Björk has self-archived "Scholarly Journal Publishing in Transition—From Restricted to Open Access."

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This article asks the question why Open Access (OA) to the output of mainly publicly funded research hasn’t yet become the mainstream business model. OA implies a reversal of the revenue logic from readers paying for content to authors paying for dissemination in form of universal free access. The current situation is analyzed using Porter’s five forces model. The analysis demonstrates a lack of competitive pressure in this industry, leading to so high profit levels of the leading publishers that they have not yet felt a strong need to change the way they operate. OA funded by article publishing charges (APCs) might nevertheless start rapidly becoming more common. The driving forces of change currently consist of the public research funders and administrations in Europe, which are pushing for OA by starting dedicated funds for paying the APCs of authors from the respective countries. This has in turn lead to a situation in which publishers have introduced "big deals" involving the bundling of (a) subscription to all their journals, (b) APCs for their hybrid journals and (c) in the future also APCs to their full OA journals.

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Developer at Northwestern University

Northwestern University is recruiting a Developer.

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The frontend developer designs and develops modern, usable interfaces for Northwestern University Libraries' Hydra-based digital repositories with input from end-users. A critical member of the software development and administration team in Repository and Digital Curation, this position will spearhead our usability initiatives translating requirements and concepts into mockups, developing frontend style guides to enable rapid development, conducting ad-hoc usability studies, and writing standards-compliant code.

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"Content-Based Video Retrieval in Historical Collections of the German Broadcasting Archive"

Markus Mühling et al. have self-archived "Content-Based Video Retrieval in Historical Collections of the German Broadcasting Archive."

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The German Broadcasting Archive (DRA) maintains the cultural heritage of radio and television broadcasts of the former German Democratic Republic (GDR). The uniqueness and importance of the video material stimulates a large scientific interest in the video content. In this paper, we present an automatic video analysis and retrieval system for searching in historical collections of GDR television recordings. It consists of video analysis algorithms for shot boundary detection, concept classification, person recognition, text recognition and similarity search. The performance of the system is evaluated from a technical and an archival perspective on 2,500 hours of GDR television recordings

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Countway Research Data Services Librarian at Harvard University

Harvard University is recruiting a Countway Research Data Services Librarian.

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The Countway Research Data Services Librarian is a newly defined position in the Countway Library of Medicine and will play a central role in the development and provision of HMS (Harvard Medical School) services for access, use, manipulation, and management of qualitative and quantitative datasets acquired or generated by researchers. Reporting to the Harvard Library RDM Program Manager, the Data Services Librarian will work closely with others within the Harvard Library to create a strong, new data services program throughout all stages of the research data life cycle.

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PLOS Releases Ambra Journal Publishing Software Under MIT License

PLOS has released its Ambra publishing journal software under the MIT License.

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This isn’t the first time Ambra was available to those looking for a journal publishing platform. Under continuous development since 2009, Ambra was a monolithic Struts webapp offered as open source since its beginning. In 2012, PLOS began a project to re-architect Ambra as a service-oriented, multi-component stack. PLOS has been actively using, testing, and improving these new components in its journal platform since 2013, and in early 2016 we replaced the legacy Ambra webapp in its entirety. Having sorted through some minor license incompatibilities and put together documentation and quickstart guides, we’re proud to release Ambra under the MIT License

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Assistant Head and Digital Technologies Development Librarian at Harvard University

Harvard University is recruiting an Assistant Head and Digital Technologies Development Librarian.

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S/he will provide technical leadership and hands-on programming expertise for digital library projects; identifying emerging technologies that have potential for new and improved library services; and develop new digital library services through an iterative process that emphasize performance, sustainability, and usability. S/he will also troubleshoot technical issues and provide technical and project leadership for library information discovery and delivery systems development.

NMC Horizon Report: 2017 Higher Education Edition

NMC and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative have released the NMC Horizon Report: 2017 Higher Education Edition.

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This 14th edition describes annual findings from the NMC Horizon Project, an ongoing research project designed to identify and describe emerging technologies likely to have an impact on learning, teaching, and creative inquiry in education. Six key trends, six significant challenges, and six important developments in educational technology are placed directly in the context of their likely impact on the core missions of universities and colleges. The three key sections of this report constitute a reference and straightforward technology-planning guide for educators, higher education leaders, administrators, policymakers, and technologists.

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Digital Technologies Librarian at Vassar College

Vassar College is recruiting a Digital Technologies Librarian .

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The incumbent will work alongside faculty members, students, librarians, and IT colleagues across campus and within open-source communities on projects that advance research, teaching, and learning. This position is an excellent opportunity to work within a team to develop and maintain tools, systems, and applications that enhance scholars' ability to pursue new avenues for learning and research using the Library's resources and expertise. The incumbent will also help to implement systems and services that bring library resources to our faculty and student scholars in innovative ways.

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University of Arizona Names Karen Williams as VP for Information Strategy and University Libraries

The University of Arizona named Karen Williams as VP for Information Strategy and University Libraries.

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Karen Williams, who has been serving as the interim leader for University Information Technology Services in addition to her duties as dean of University Libraries, has been appointed to a new position that gives her oversight over both areas. . . .

Although Williams will oversee the two areas, UITS and University Libraries will not be merged into one unit.

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Manager of Digital Content Development and Strategy at California Digital Library

The California Digital Library is recruiting a Manager of Digital Content Development and Strategy.

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Working in a highly collaborative environment, this position is responsible for cultivating new opportunities and partnerships in shared digital collection development and web archiving across the ten campuses of the University of California and beyond. A key responsibility in Year 1 will be developing and implementing a communications and outreach plan for Cobweb, a one year grant funded project to develop a collaborative collection development platform for the creation of comprehensive web archives. Additional responsibilities include pursuing collaborative strategies and approaches for large scale digitization of general and special library collections, identifying and proposing strategies to address at-risk content and/or new content areas, and realizing the benefits of shared collection platforms such as HathiTrust.

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John Pollitz Named Dean of Library Affairs at Southern Illinois University Carbondale

John Pollitz has been named the Dean of Library Affairs at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

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Pollitz has held a number of higher education library administration positions. Most recently, he has served as the director of libraries for the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire since 2007. During his tenure there, he led a 30-member staff while overseeing a $3.8 million budget. . . .

Previously, Pollitz was the associate university librarian for public services and innovative technology at Oregon State University, O'Keefe Library Director at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa, and assistant director of library automated services at Augustana College in Illinois.

In other ARL mews, William Mischo has been named Acting Dean of Libraries at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Research Data Management Program Manager at University of California, Berkeley

The University 0f California, Berkeley is recruiting a Research Data Management Program Manager.

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The RDM Program Manager will be the lead position responsible for administering the RDM program and services for the campus. S/he will be a campus resource on local, national and international RDM developments, overseeing the program and its services to academic departments and service units. The RDM Program Manager will work closely with and lead a multi-departmental team and will be responsible for providing leadership and collaborative coordination to ensure the success of this university-wide program.

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"Research Data Services in European Academic Research Libraries"

Carol Tenopir et al. have published "Research Data Services in European Academic Research Libraries" in LIBER Quarterly.

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Research data is an essential part of the scholarly record, and management of research data is increasingly seen as an important role for academic libraries. This article presents the results of a survey of directors of the Association of European Research Libraries (LIBER) academic member libraries to discover what types of research data services (RDS) are being offered by European academic research libraries and what services are planned for the future. Overall, the survey found that library directors strongly agree on the importance of RDS. As was found in earlier studies of academic libraries in North America, more European libraries are currently offering or are planning to offer consultative or reference RDS than technical or hands-on RDS. The majority of libraries provide support for training in skills related to RDS for their staff members. Almost all libraries collaborate with other organizations inside their institutions or with outside institutions in order to offer or develop policy related to RDS. We discuss the implications of the current state of RDS in European academic research libraries, and offer directions for future research.

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Digital Art: January’s Ink Drawings, Pastel Drawings, Oil Paintings, and Watercolor Paintings

In January, I continued to transform public domain photos and my own photos into ink drawings, pastel drawings, oil 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 Motorboats on the Grand Canal

Digital Watercolor Painting of a Japanese Woman Being Carried in a Kago

Digital Pastel Drawing of a Street Food Stand in Peking

Digital Watercolor Painting of a Newsstand in Paris

Digital Ink Drawing of Paris Bridges

Digital Pen and Ink Drawing of Les Deux Magots

Digital Oil Painting of a Woman from Tyrol

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

Librarian (Automated Operations Coordinator) at Library of Congress

The Library of Congress is recruiting a Librarian (Automated Operations Coordinator).

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Manages special projects that have a significant impact on the delivery of customer support services. Represents the division in planning for the installation and implementation of new systems (e.g., upgrade to a new operating system). Leads efforts to define post-implementation support requirements. Develops and implements performance criteria to ensure that requirements are achieved. . . .

Serves as division expert for database management systems. Provides technical support to computer personnel and users throughout the Library of Congress engaged in the development and implementation of the systems and subsystems required to meet the data processing needs of the Library of Congress. Works with end users to establish and enforce database standards, procedures, and guidelines.

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"14 Million Books & 6 Million Visitors: HathiTrust Growth and Usage in 2016"

HathiTrust has released 14 Million Books & 6 Million Visitors: HathiTrust Growth and Usage in 2016 .

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The HathiTrust collection continues to grow steadily. As of January 1st, 2017, there are 14,816,187 volumes in the collection. Over one million volumes were added to the collection over the course of the preceding year, scanned from the library collections of 39 contributors. . . .

Within the HathiTrust certified trusted repository, 38% of the collection is available to users to access in full view, and the remaining 62% is made available in other ways: all users can search across and within those limited view books; researchers can now perform transformational, non-consumptive research within these books; and users with print disabilities can access the full text.

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Research Data Services Manager at University of Iowa

The University of Iowa is recruiting a Research Data Services Manager.

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The Research Data Services Manager plays a central role in the development and provision of Library services for access, use, manipulation, and management of qualitative and quantitative research datasets. The position is responsible for co-leading a library and campus-wide effort to build a research data management, curation and services infrastructure at the University of Iowa. The overarching goal is to develop services and policy to support the organization, dissemination, and preservation of data generated by Iowa’s research enterprise.

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"Fostering Effective Data Management Practices at Leiden University"

Peter Verhaar have published "Fostering Effective Data Management Practices at Leiden University" in LIBER Quarterly.

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To actively promote the stewardship of all the research data that are produced at Leiden University, a comprehensive, institution-wide programme was launched in 2015, which centrally aims to encourage its researchers to carefully plan the temporal storage, long-term preservation and potential reuse of their data. This programme, which is managed centrally by the Department of Academic Affairs, and which receives important contributions from academic staff, from Leiden University Libraries, and from the University’s central ICT organisation, basically consists of three parts. Firstly, a basic central policy has been formulated, containing clear guidelines for activities before, during and after research projects. . . . As a second part of the data management programme, faculties have organised workshops and meetings, concentrating on the rationale and on the technical and organisational practicalities of effective data management in order to bring about a discipline-specific protocol. . . . Thirdly, to ensure that scholars can genuinely make a reasoned selection among the many tools that are currently available, a central catalogue was developed which lists and characterises the most relevant data management services.

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Library Applications Developer at Drexel University

Drexel University is recruiting a Library Applications Developer.

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The successful candidate will have primary responsibility for the search and discovery applications that support student and faculty academic research, including the library catalog, Summon discovery service, and other tools.

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"No Scholar Is an Island: The Impact of Sharing in the Work Life of Scholars"

Carol Tenopir et al. have published "No Scholar Is an Island: The Impact of Sharing in the Work Life of Scholars" in .

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In an international survey of 1,000 published scholars, the Beyond Downloads project examined their sharing behaviours in order to gain a more contextualized and accurate picture of their usage beyond download patterns and citation counts. Scholars share published articles with others as a mode of content discovery and dissemination, particularly if they work in groups, and most expect to increase their sharing in the future.

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Digital Library Project Manager at University of Utah

The University of Utah is recruiting a Digital Library Project Manager.

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The Digital Library Project Manager is the library’s champion of Utah Digital Newspaper projects as well as helping to implement new digital initiatives for the library and our partners. While this position is housed within the Digital Library Services Department, it has the unique opportunity to work with partners throughout the library, state, and region.

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"What Does ‘Green’ Open Access Mean? Tracking Twelve Years of Changes to Journal Publisher Self-Archiving Policies"

Elizabeth Gadd and Denise Troll Covey have self-archived "What Does 'Green' Open Access Mean? Tracking Twelve Years of Changes to Journal Publisher Self-Archiving Policies."

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Traces the 12-year self-archiving policy journey of the original 107 publishers listed on the SHERPA/RoMEO Publisher Policy Database in 2004, through to 2015. Maps the RoMEO colour codes 'green', 'blue', 'yellow' and 'white') and related restrictions and conditions over time. Finds that while the volume of publishers allowing some form of self-archiving (pre-print, post-print or both) has increased by 12% over the twelve years, the volume of restrictions around how, where, and when self-archiving may take place has increased 119%, 190% and 1000% respectively.

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