Finding a Way from the Margins to the Middle: Library Information Technology, Leadership, and Culture

Ithaka S+R has released Finding a Way from the Margins to the Middle: Library Information Technology, Leadership, and Culture.

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Unlike other recent library service program developments—namely, information literacy and scholarly communication, which also started on the margins—information technology has not found its way to the "middle" in most of our organizations. Information technology workers, not solely but in particular, experience a lingering divide between the culture of the information technology unit and the library culture at large as an unproductive chasm. As a result, libraries fail to develop the full potential in their technology-dependent service programs and, ultimately, library users are left without the kinds of programs and products that would create real value for them.

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Digital Scholarship Librarian at New York University

New York University is recruiting a Digital Scholarship Librarian.

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The ideal candidate will provide client service, technical expertise, training, and support for tools and practices used by faculty and researchers engaged with digital scholarship and publishing, with a particular focus on the digital humanities. . . .

This position reports to the Head of Digital Scholarship Services and will also work under the guidance of the Program Officer for Digital Scholarly Publishing. This position is a non-tenure-track faculty appointment.

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Tech Adoption Climbs Among Older Adults

The Pew Research Center has released Tech Adoption Climbs Among Older Adults .

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At the same time America is graying, recent Pew Research Center surveys find that seniors are also moving towards more digitally connected lives. Around four-in-ten (42%) adults ages 65 and older now report owning smartphones, up from just 18% in 2013. Internet use and home broadband adoption among this group have also risen substantially. Today, 67% of seniors use the internet—a 55-percentage-point increase in just under two decades. And for the first time, half of older Americans now have broadband at home.

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Head of Digitization at Internet Archive

The Internet Archive is recruiting a Head of Digitization.

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Reporting to the Digital Librarian, the Head of Digitization will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for Internet Archive's digitization staff in 4 countries and the management of all Internet Archive programs, program expansion and the execution of the group's mission.

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Knowledge Exchange Consensus on Monitoring Open Access Publications and Cost Data

The Knowledge Exchange has released Knowledge Exchange Consensus on Monitoring Open Access Publications and Cost Data .

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

The report gives a great deal of detail on the presentations from the different countries, as well as the keynote address from Stuart Lawson on the true costs of publishing, which coincides significantly with the excellent work he and Katie Shamash have done with the Total Cost of Ownership project in Jisc Collections. In addition, Kai Geschuhn from the Max Planck Digital Library spoke about the idea of moving from offsetting deals to pay-as-you-publish; Rachel Lammey discussed CrossREF and open access meta-data; and Graham Stone, from Jisc, focused on collecting information on APC cost data.

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Institutional Repository Content Manager at Case Western Reserve University

Case Western Reserve University is recruiting a Institutional Repository Content Manager.

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The IRCM will envision and execute the future for the institutional repository (Digital Case), including setting policies and standards for ingesting and management of digitized content. This position is responsible for managing a balanced portfolio of three key activities in support of the programs of the institutional repository content manager: (1) digital research and data management support, (2) repository client relationship management, and (3) instruction regarding digital scholarship.

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"Managing Data Management: Building a RDM Service at MIT Libraries"

The 2017 e-Science Symposium has released Managing Data Management: Building a RDM Service at MIT Libraries, a video of a presentation by Christine Malinowski and Phoebe Ayers.

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In this presentation, we will provide an overview of how the MIT Libraries DMS team works, some examples of our recent projects and consultations, our specific (but certainly generalizable) challenges of providing and expanding RDM services, and the tools that we use to meet those challenges and ensure speedy and accurate service. These include a wiki-based knowledgebase, dynamic project plans using Tableau software, a rotating on-call list, and biweekly RDM updates emails.

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Scholarly Communication & Copyright Librarian at University of California, Berkeley

The University of California, Berkeley is recruiting a Scholarly Communication & Copyright Librarian.

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The Library of the University of California, Berkeley seeks a creative, collaborative, and diligent individual to join a growing team of educators and service providers supporting UC Berkeley faculty, researchers, students, and staff with needs related to scholarly communication, copyright, and research-related information policy matters.

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"Social Science Data Repositories in Data Deluge: A Case Study at ICPSR Workflow and Practices"

Wei Jeng et al. have self-archived "Social Science Data Repositories in Data Deluge: A Case Study at ICPSR Workflow and Practices."

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Due to the recent surge of interest in the age of the data deluge, the importance of researching data infrastructures is increasing. The Open Archival Information System (OAIS) model has been widely adopted as a framework for creating and maintaining digital repositories. Considering that OAIS is a reference model that requires customization for actual practice, this study examines how the current practices in a data repository map to the OAIS environment and functional components.

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Digital Infrastructure and Preservation Librarian at Washington State University

Washington State University is recruiting a Digital Infrastructure and Preservation Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

As part of a larger functional team, comprised of personnel from the Libraries Systems Office, the Center for Digital Scholarship and Curation, and Manuscripts, Archives and Special Collections at Washington State University, this position will be the primary technical advocate for the creation and curation of sustainable digital collections. This position will support existing digital repository software solutions including: CONTENTdm, Omeka, DSpace, Mukurtu, and Scalar. This position will also take a lead role in molding the overall digital infrastructure and preservation plans at the Washington State University Libraries.

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"The Software Preservation Network (SPN): A Community Effort to Ensure Long Term Access to Digital Cultural Heritage"

Jessica Meyerson et al. have published "The Software Preservation Network (SPN): A Community Effort to Ensure Long Term Access to Digital Cultural Heritage" in D-Lib Magazine.

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The Software Preservation Network (SPN) is a National Forum grant project funded by IMLS which seeks to gather cultural heritage community input and develop a roadmap for actionable steps towards a national software preservation strategy. To achieve this, the project team conducted a needs assessment, partnered with legal experts, and convened a Forum, all focused on software preservation for cultural heritage. After the Forum produced a Community Roadmap, several Forum attendees gathered around the Roadmap's areas of focus, and coalesced into functioning working groups. The authors wish to acknowledge everyone who has contributed to the project, whether they were study participants, email correspondents, Forum attendees, blog post authors, or working group members. At its heart, the SPN project was a community building effort to address a community-wide challenge.

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Director of Digital Initiatives and Technology at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is recruiting a Director of Digital Initiatives and Technology.

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The Director is a library faculty member who collaborates with and supports the work of the Library and Information Services faculty. Reporting to the Dean of Library and Information Services (LIS), the Director of Digital Initiatives and Technologies is a member of the administrative team responsible for providing strategies and expertise for digital library services and collections including SIUE's institutional repository services, web presence, and digital initiative projects in collaboration with other library departments.

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"The Digital Public Library of America and the National Digital Platform"

Emily Gore et al. have published "The Digital Public Library of America and the National Digital Platform" in D-Lib Magazine.

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The Digital Public Library of America brings together the riches of America's libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world. In order to do this, DPLA has had to build elements of the national digital platform to connect to those institutions and to serve their digitized materials to audiences. In this article, we detail the construction of two critical elements of our work: the decentralized national network of "hubs," which operate in states across the country; and a version of the Hydra repository software that is tailored to the needs of our community. This technology and the organizations that make use of it serve as the foundation of the future of DPLA and other projects that seek to take advantage of the national digital platform.

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Senior Web Developer at George Washington University

George Washington University is recruiting a Senior Web Developer.

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Manages all technical aspects and architecture of GW LAI's web presence. This includes responsibility for the CMS for the main site, which itself integrates library search/discovery tools and applications such as a room reservation system, web publishing of archival collections, custom-built CMS modules, and more.

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"Research Data Management And Services: Resources for Novice Data Librarians"

Sarah Barbrow, Denise Brush, and Julie Goldman have published "Research Data Management And Services: Resources for Novice Data Librarians" in College & Research Libraries News.

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As RDM services become more common, academic librarians are often asked by their library administrators to start offering these services locally. Most librarians have no experience in managing research data at any point in the research life cycle. They need ways to educate themselves on the job through targeted professional development programs and self-directed training. The purpose of this article is to point librarians to a variety of Internet resources, including training materials, courses, and social and online communities, to get up to speed on RDM.

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Digital Library Software Architect at University of Colorado at Boulder

The University of Colorado at Boulder is recruiting a Digital Library Software Architect.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Develop and maintain large-scale digital library systems and architectures that support scholarly research, digital asset management and preservation, publishing, and broad, open access to digital collections. Build applications, APIs and interfaces to manage creation, storage, retrieval, and archiving of a wide array

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Data Curation, SPEC Kit 354

ARL has released the Data Curation, SPEC Kit 354 .

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

This SPEC Kit covers which data curation services are offered, who may use them, which disciplines use services most, library staffing levels, policies and workflows, and the challenges of supporting these activities.

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Digital Technologies Librarian at Trinity University

Trinity University is recruiting a Digital Technologies Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Digital Technology Librarian will assist librarians and teaching faculty with the use of emerging teaching technologies and other digitally based tools, in support of information literacy goals and curricular requirements . . . S/he also will assist with maintaining the library’s website, conducting usability studies and assessing technology-based teaching and access. Finally, the successful candidate will assist in the development of tools and systems that support digital scholarship, particularly in the humanities.

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"Journal Publishers’ Big Deals: Are They Worth It?"

Stéphani Gagnon has self-archived "Journal Publishers' Big Deals: Are They Worth It?."

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Following the initial Wiley's unbundling based on quantitative indicators, Université de Montréal refined its analysis methodology to incorporate qualitative indicators; i.e., the voice of its community. That methodology allowed identification of 5,893 periodicals deemed essential out of a possible 50,000 subscriptions. We realized that, at best, barely more than a third of the periodicals included in most Big Deals are truly of use.

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Library Analyst for Stewardship of Digital Assets at Harvard University

Harvard University is recruiting a Library Analyst for Stewardship of Digital Assets.

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The primary responsibilities of this role are to: 1) assist in building new services and tools for digital stewardship at Harvard, and 2) work with members of the Harvard community and their collaborators to achieve goals for online collections and exhibitions.

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Beth Sandore Namachchivaya Named University Librarian at University of Waterloo

Beth Sandore Namachchivaya has been named University Librarian at the University of Waterloo.

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The University of Waterloo has named Beth Sandore Namachchivaya university librarian, effective August 1, 2017. Sandore Namachchivaya is currently associate university librarian for research, associate dean of libraries, and professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

See also: "Beth Sandore Namachchivaya appointed University Librarian."

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Digital Collections Program Manager at Harvard University

Harvard University is recruiting a Digital Collections Program Manager.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Harvard Library seeks a skilled, innovative, and collaborative professional to serve as Digital Collections Program Manager at Houghton Library. The incumbent leads, coordinates, participates in, and/or collaborates on a series of initiatives and activities designed to build digital collections that facilitate access to and discovery of the library’s holdings, as well as new research and teaching methods utilizing digitized collections. This position will help conceive and implement an evolving strategy designed to expand the library’s digital presence and to make Houghton’s extraordinary collections available in digital form, and in new and innovative ways.

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Digital Curation News (5/11/2017) #digitalcuration #digitalpreservation #datamanagement #researchdata #rdm

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Data Services Librarian at University of Massachusetts Amherst

The University of Massachusetts Amherst is recruiting a Data Services Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The incumbent will lead the UMass Amherst Libraries' efforts to support faculty, researchers and students in the management of their research data throughout the research life-cycle. Coordinate instruction sessions related to research data management for faculty, researchers and students. Provide consultations with researchers and research groups in partnership with subject librarians.

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"Making Progress Toward Open Data: Reflections on Data Sharing at PLOS ONE"

Meg Byrne has published "Making Progress Toward Open Data: Reflections on Data Sharing at PLOS ONE" in the EveryONE Blog

Here's an excerpt:

PLOS ONE has published over 65,000 papers with a DAS in the three years since the open data policy was put in place. We were initially concerned we would not be able to consider a significant number of submissions because authors could not share data, but this did not turn out to be the case. Since the implementation of the updated policy, we estimate staff have rejected less than 0.1% of submissions due to authors’ unwillingness or inability to share data. What we have seen is a growing acceptance of data sharing and evolution of data sharing practices. For instance, there has been a steady growth in datasets available directly via public data repositories such as the NCBI databases, Figshare or Dryad. While the proportion of articles with a data availability statement linking to one of these repositories is still relatively low, at around 20% in 2016, the growth is encouraging.

Another 60% of articles include data in the main text and supplementary information. While we strongly recommend discipline-specific open repositories where they exist, we also deposit the supporting information files, figures, and tables included with every article to Figshare and give each of these its own DOI. Thus, in addition to being available via the PLOS ONE article, this content is also available through an external data repository. The remaining 20% of papers have data available upon request due to restrictions acceptable under our policy, including restrictions related to sensitive data or because the data are owned by and available from a third party.

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