ETD+ Toolkit

The Educopia Institute’ has released the ETD+ Toolkit .

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The ETD+ Toolkit provides free introductory training resources on crucial data curation and digital longevity techniques. It has been designed as a training series to help students and faculty identify and offset risks and threats to their digital research footprints.

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Web Presentation Manager at University of South Carolina

The University of South Carolina is recruiting a Web Presentation Manager.

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Reporting to the Director of Library Technology Services, this position functions as the Libraries' web presentation manager. Collaborating with the software developer and graphic designer, this position oversees the presentation and functioning of the Libraries' web-based resource and service presentations. Guides and assists web content owners, authors and stakeholders. Assures consistent application of accepted standards and best practices for site design, function and usability while working within University defined guidelines, processes and procedures.

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"An Exploratory Sequential Mixed Methods Approach to Understanding Researchers’ Data Management Practices at UVM: Integrated Findings to Develop Research Data Services"

Elizabeth A. Berman has published "An Exploratory Sequential Mixed Methods Approach to Understanding Researchers' Data Management Practices at UVM: Integrated Findings to Develop Research Data Services" in the Journal of eScience Librarianship.

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This article reports on the integrated findings of an exploratory sequential mixed methods research design aimed to understand data management behaviors and challenges of faculty at the University of Vermont (UVM) in order to develop relevant research data services. The exploratory sequential mixed methods design is characterized by an initial qualitative phase of data collection and analysis, followed by a phase of quantitative data collection and analysis, with a final phase of integration or linking of data from the two separate strands of data. A joint display was used to integrate data focused on the three primary research questions: How do faculty at UVM manage their research data, in particular how do they share and preserve data in the long-term?; What challenges or barriers do UVM faculty face in effectively managing their research data?; and What institutional data management support or services are UVM faculty interested in?

See also: "An Exploratory Sequential Mixed Methods Approach to Understanding Researchers' Data Management Practices at UVM: Findings from the Qualitative Phase" and "An Exploratory Sequential Mixed Methods Approach to Understanding Researchers' Data Management Practices at UVM: Findings from the Quantitative Phase."

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GIS and Geospatial Data Coordinator at University of Texas at Austin

The University of Texas at Austin is recruiting a GIS and Geospatial Data Coordinator.

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Develop and implement centralized GIS services internally for UT Libraries, including infrastructure, policies, and procedures (e.g. metadata standards, file management, and data quality assurance and quality control). Collaborate with UT Libraries IT (LIT) to establish and evolve the infrastructure and related solutions required to support GIS-related digital projects, research, and teaching. Design and administer spatially-enabled databases to support use of and access to UT Libraries geospatial data collections (e.g. PCL Maps) and develop GIS services for the UT research community.

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LEARN Toolkit of Best Practice for Research Data Management

LEARN has released the LEARN Toolkit of Best Practice for Research Data Management.

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For research performing organisations, this deluge of data presents many challenges in areas such as policy and skills development, training, costs and governance. To help address these issues, today LEARN is publishing the final draft of its Toolkit of Best Practice for Research Data Management.

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Communications Specialist at Texas Digital Library

The Texas Digital Library is recruiting a Communications Specialist.

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Develop and implement communications and member recruitment plans targeting multiple audiences, in collaboration with Executive Director and other team members. Manage promotional campaigns from conception to completion. Manage the development, distribution and maintenance of all external-facing print and electronic collateral, including multiple web sites, social media channels, e-newsletters, brochures, and press releases.

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US Library Survey 2016

Ithaka S+R has released the US Library Survey 2016.

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Library directors are pursuing strategic directions with a decreasing sense of support from their institutions. There is evidence across the survey that library directors feel increasingly less valued by, involved with, and aligned strategically with their supervisors and other senior academic leadership. Compared with the previous survey cycle in 2013, fewer library directors perceive that they are a part of their institution’s senior academic leadership and that they share the same vision for the library with their direct supervisor. Only about 20% of respondents agreed that the budget allocations they receive from their institution demonstrates recognition of the value of the library.

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Data Concepts Librarian at College of the Holy Cross

The College of the Holy Cross is recruiting a Data Concepts Librarian.

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Reporting to the Head of Research, Teaching & Learning, the Data Concepts Librarian will coordinate instructional and learning assessment initiatives within the library, working closely with the Office of Assessment and other pertinent offices. He/she will initiate projects surrounding Research, Teaching and Learning data collection and management, and serve as liaison to one or more departments on campus. . . .He/she will collaborate with other academic services to engage students and faculty with data needs, will serve on Library committees, task forces, and working groups that address long-term challenges and opportunities as well as shorter-term operational issues for the libraries.

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"The Rise of Reading Analytics and the Emerging Calculus of Reader Privacy in the Digital World"

Clifford Lynch has published "The Rise of Reading Analytics and the Emerging Calculus of Reader Privacy in the Digital World" in First Monday.

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This paper studies emerging technologies for tracking reading behaviors (“reading analytics”) and their implications for reader privacy, attempting to place them in a historical context. It discusses what data is being collected, to whom it is available, and how it might be used by various interested parties (including authors). I explore means of tracking what’s being read, who is doing the reading, and how readers discover what they read. The paper includes two case studies: mass-market e-books (both directly acquired by readers and mediated by libraries) and scholarly journals (usually mediated by academic libraries); in the latter case I also provide examples of the implications of various authentication, authorization and access management practices on reader privacy. While legal issues are touched upon, the focus is generally pragmatic, emphasizing technology and marketplace practices.

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Digital Curation News (4/3/2017) #digitalcuration #digitalpreservation #datamanagement #researchdata #rdm

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Digitization Project Manager at Atlanta University Center, Robert W. Woodruff Library

The Atlanta University Center, Robert W. Woodruff Library is recruiting a Digitization Project Manager.

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This is a newly created full-time grant-funded position. The incumbent will serve as a liaison with partner institutions Morehouse College, Spelman College, and the Digital Library of Georgia (DLG), to gather and prepare collections for digitization, preparing RFP’s, coordinating with vendors, working with DLG staff on metadata creation, creating online digital collection, and prepare promotion and marketing of the project. The grant is extended over a three year period.

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"Reference Rot in the Repository: A Case Study of Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs) in an Academic Library"

Mia Massicott and Kathleen Botter have published "Reference Rot in the Repository: A Case Study of Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs) in an Academic Library" in Information Technology and Libraries.

Here's an excerpt:

This study examines ETDs deposited during the period 2011-2015 in an institutional repository, to determine the degree to which the documents suffer from reference rot, that is, linkrot plus content drift. The authors converted and examined 664 doctoral dissertations in total, extracting 11,437 links, finding overall that 77% of links were active, and 23% exhibited linkrot. A stratified random sample of 49 ETDs was performed which produced 990 active links, which were then checked for content drift based on mementos found in the Wayback Machine. Mementos were found for 77% of links, and approximately half of these, 492 of 990, exhibited content drift. The results serve to emphasize not only the necessity of broader awareness of this problem, but also to stimulate action on the preservation front.

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Digital Scholarship Librarian at Baylor University

Baylor University is recruiting a Digital Scholarship Librarian .

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

  • Investigates and evaluates emerging tools and technologies related to digital scholarship (DS)
  • Plans and implements new services and maintains current services to support digitally-enriched scholarship across the university based on current standards, best practices, and user needs
  • Assists researchers in planning effective, innovative, and sustainable digital projects
  • Partners with faculty to develop strategies to integrate DS into the curriculum

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A Tour of the Research Data Management (RDM) Service Space. The Realities of Research Data Management, Part 1

OCLC Research has released A Tour of the Research Data Management (RDM) Service Space. The Realities of Research Data Management, Part 1.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

The Realities of Research Data Management is a four-part series that explores how research universities are addressing the challenge of managing research data throughout the research lifecycle.

In this introductory report, we provide some brief background on the emergence of RDM as a focus for research support services within higher education, and present a simple framework describing three major components of the RDM service space:

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