Digital Library Services Developer at Northeastern University

Northeastern University is recruiting a Digital Library Services Developer.

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As a member of the Northeastern University Libraries' development team, you will have opportunities to participate in grant-funded research, collaborate on cutting-edge digital scholarship projects, and lead the development of new tools and services. You will get to contribute to the development and customization of key library systems, including our Samvera-based digital repository architecture, a digital humanities workflow system, integrated data management, preservation, analysis, and visualization systems, and real-time connections between the Library’s management system (Alma) and its Drupal-based website.

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"Searching Data: A Review of Observational Data Retrieval Practices"

Kathleen Gregory et al. have self-archived "Searching Data: A Review of Observational Data Retrieval Practices."

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A cross-disciplinary examination of the user behaviours involved in seeking and evaluating data is surprisingly absent from the research data discussion. This review explores the data retrieval literature to identify commonalities in how users search for and evaluate observational research data. Two analytical frameworks rooted in information retrieval and science technology studies are used to identify key similarities in practices as a first step toward developing a model describing data retrieval.

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Scholarly Communication Librarian at University of Chicago

The University of Chicago is recruiting a Scholarly Communication Librarian.

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The Scholarly Communication Librarian provides strategic leadership and direction for the development of the University of Chicago's growing scholarly communication services, including Knowledge@UChicago, the institutional repository (IR) being developed in collaboration with the University's IT Services.

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"Sci-Hub Provides Access to Nearly All Scholarly Literature"

Daniel S Himmelstein et al. have published "Sci-Hub Provides Access to Nearly All Scholarly Literature" in PeerJ.

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Since its creation in 2011, Sci-Hub has grown rapidly in popularity. However, until now, the extent of Sci-Hub's coverage was unclear. As of March 2017, we find that Sci-Hub's database contains 68.9% of all 81.6 million scholarly articles, which rises to 85.2% for those published in closed access journals. Furthermore, Sci-Hub contains 77.0% of the 5.2 million articles published by inactive journals. Coverage varies by discipline, with 92.8% coverage of articles in chemistry journals compared to 76.3% for computer science. Coverage also varies by publisher, with the coverage of the largest publisher, Elsevier, at 97.3%.

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Digital Art: June’s Pastel Drawings, Pen and Ink Drawings, and Oil Paintings

In June, I transformed photos into pastel drawings, pen and ink drawings, and oil paintings using a variety of Photoshop plug-ins and Topaz Impression. Full-size download images (8×10" or 8×12") and descriptions of the processing steps involved are available on Flickr. The artwork images are available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License.

Digital Oil Painting of the Beach at Ostend

Pen and Ink Drawing of the Grand Canal Seen from the Ca’ Rezzonico

Digital Oil Painting of Raquette Falls

Digital Oil Painting of Kirk Braddan in Douglas

Digital Oil Painting of an Old Mill Near Whitby

Digital Oil Painting of the Mission San Juan Capistrano

Digital Oil Painting of the Moon over the North Window in Arches National Park

Digital Oil Painting of Bread Sellers

Digital Pastel Drawing of Griffith Spring

Digital Oil Painting of Lockett Meadow in the Coconino National Forest

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Collection Services Specialist at HathiTrust

The HathiTrust is recruiting a Collection Services Specialist.

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The Collection Services Specialist is the primary contact for members, staff, and development partners regarding the deposit and ingest of collections and metadata. This is a special opportunity to support the continued growth of the largest digital book collection in the public sector. The successful candidate will have experience in operating aspects of digital libraries and enjoy its challenges. The individual who joins our team will be service-minded, excited to work with others to solve problems, communicate comfortably and clearly via various methods, have excellent focus and attention to detail, and enjoy wrangling data.

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"Open Source Software for Digital Preservation Repositories: a Survey"

Carlos André Rosa et al. have self-archived "Open Source Software for Digital Preservation Repositories: a Survey."

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This paper focuses on the state-of-the-art in open-source software solutions for the digital preservation and curation field used to assimilate and disseminate information to designated audiences. Eleven open source projects for digital preservation are surveyed in areas such as supported standards and protocols, strategies for preservation, methodologies for reporting, dynamic of development, targeted operating systems, multilingual support and open source license. Furthermore, five of these open source projects, are further analysed, with focus on features deemed important for the area. Along open source solutions, the paper also briefly surveys the standards and protocols relevant for digital data preservation. The area of digital data preservation repositories has several open source solutions, which can form the base to overcome the challenges to reach mature and reliable digital data preservation.

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Member Engagement and Communications Specialist at HathiTrust

he HathiTrust is recruiting a Member Engagement and Communications Specialist.

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The Member Engagement and Communications Specialist will lead and develop our efforts to engage our members more in HathiTrust's development and encourage them to take advantage of our services. The individual who joins our team will have the chance to help build our community and to develop and execute communications strategies to do so. The successful candidate will be service minded, dedicated to our mission, and excited to elucidate the mission, values, and services of HathiTrust for its members, for the library and academic community, and for the wider world.

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Changing Publishing Ecologies: A Landscape Study of New University Presses and Academic-Led Publishing

Jisc has released Changing Publishing Ecologies: A Landscape Study of New University Presses and Academic-Led Publishing.

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In 2016 we commissioned a research project focused on institutional publishing initiatives which includes academic-led publishing ventures (ALPs) as well as new university presses and library-led initiatives (NUPs). We are pleased to announce the publication of the report 'Changing Publishing Ecologies. A Landscape Study of New University Presses and Academic-led Publishing', which charts the outcomes of this research. . . .

The NUP and ALP strands of the research study were co-ordinated and run in tandem by [Janneke] [Graham] Stone and Adema. This study was informed by a desk top review of current library publishing ventures in the US, Europe and Australia and an overview of international academic-led initiatives and their existing and future directions. The NUP strand consisted of a survey, which collected 43 responses, where the ALP strand was informed by interviews with 14 scholar-led presses. Taking different approaches for these two types of press, the report captures the take-up, reasoning and characteristics of these initiatives, as well as their future plans.

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Software Developer at University of North Texas

The University of North Texas is recruiting a Software Developer.

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The University of North Texas Libraries are seeking to hire a Software Developer to join our Digital Libraries Division. The Software Developer will build applications in support of digital library initiatives.

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"DataCite as a Novel Bibliometric Source: Coverage, Strengths and Limitations"

Nicolas Robinson-Garcia et al. have self-archived "DataCite as a Novel Bibliometric Source: Coverage, Strengths and Limitations."

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This paper explores the characteristics of DataCite to determine its possibilities and potential as a new bibliometric data source to analyze the scholarly production of open data. Open science and the increasing data sharing requirements from governments, funding bodies, institutions and scientific journals has led to a pressing demand for the development of data metrics. As a very first step towards reliable data metrics, we need to better comprehend the limitations and caveats of the information provided by sources of open data. In this paper, we critically examine records downloaded from the DataCite's OAI API and elaborate a series of recommendations regarding the use of this source for bibliometric analyses of open data. We highlight issues related to metadata incompleteness, lack of standardization, and ambiguous definitions of several fields. Despite these limitations, we emphasize DataCite's value and potential to become one of the main sources for data metrics development.

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Systems Librarian at Tulane University

Tulane University is recruiting a Systems Librarian.

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The Systems Librarian takes an innovative, service-centric approach to the oversight of several key information management and discovery systems (Voyager, Primo, ILLiad). S/he will be responsible for ensuring the optimal performance of these systems, which will include: enabling data integration across distributed and heterogeneous local and external data sources; providing statistical, usage, and collection reports in support of decision making for library collections and services; and promptly reporting issues/problems to vendor(s) with follow-through until resolution. Additionally, the Systems Librarian has secondary (back-up) responsibility for the link resolver (currently SFX), and proxy authentication systems.

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"EU Research Committee Wants to Gift Publishers New Rights to Restrict Access to Scientific Research"

COMMUNIA has released "EU Research Committee Wants to Gift Publishers New Rights to Restrict Access to Scientific Research."

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Last week the Culture and Education Committee (CULT) and the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) voted on their final opinions on the Commission’s Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market. . . .

The introduction of a new right for press publishers (aka the “link tax”) to extract fees from search engines for incorporating short snippets of—or even linking to—their content in article 11 is one of the most controversial issues of the proposed directive. Adopting this type of ancillary right at the EU level would have a strong negative impact on all stakeholders, including publishers, authors, journalists, researchers, online service providers, and readers. . . .

In the votes last week in the CULT and ITRE committees, the press publishers right was also carried through – and even expanded. Both of the recent opinions remove the restriction that the right applies to digital uses only, meaning that if adopted it would cover all uses—both digital and in print. Even worse, ITRE—the committee responsible for policy relating to the promotion of research—voted to extend the press publishers right to cover scientific publications.

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Metadata Technologies Program Manager at Harvard University

Harvard University is recruiting a Metadata Technologies Program Manager.

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The Harvard Library seeks a dynamic individual to take a leadership role in furthering the success of the libraries' digital presence by enhancing resource discovery and improving access to collections. As a member of the Information & Technical Services department management team, under the supervision of the Head of Metadata Management, the Metadata Technologies Program Manager will lead and collaborate with colleagues to develop a diverse metadata program focusing on incorporating emerging technologies, such as linked data, and experimenting with innovative approaches to creating discovery metadata. The incumbent will focus on expanding the range of options being employed to address library metadata needs by conceptualizing projects, developing project plans, identifying training for metadata staff to build the required skill set, developing solid working relationships and infrastructure plans with campus technology units, and participating in forward-looking collaborative projects with our peer institutions (e.g. the Linked Data for Libraries project).

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"Research Output Availability on Academic Social Networks: Implications for Stakeholders in Academic Publishing"

Mikael Laakso, et al. have self-archived "Research Output Availability on Academic Social Networks: Implications for Stakeholders in Academic Publishing."

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In an effort to map out factors related to ASN [Academic Social Networks] use this article provides a multi-method case study of one business school (Hanken School of Economics, Finland) that incorporates 1) a bibliometric analysis on the full-text availability of research output on ASNs for research published 2012–2014 by Hanken affiliated authors, 2) semi-structured interviews with faculty active in publishing in order to gain insight into motivations for use and use patterns, and 3) a survey distributed to all research-active faculty and doctoral students in order to gain a wider perspective on ASN use.

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Assistant Director for Scholarly Communication & Projects at Columbia University

Columbia University is recruiting a Assistant Director for Scholarly Communication & Projects.

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The Columbia University Libraries seek an Assistant Director for its newly formed Digital Scholarship division to help lead a team that is coordinating library-facilitated digital scholarship projects. This position also connects the library' efforts to emergent themes and approaches around scholarly communication. Reporting to the Director of Digital Scholarship, the Assistant Director develops and promotes programs, services, and relationships that advance the ability of Columbia scholars to communicate knowledge in impactful ways to essential audiences online. With oversight of key library staff, this position supports work in the digital humanities, in scholarly publishing, and in digital repository services. Further, the Assistant Director will be instrumental in designing digital scholarly projects and faculty partnerships within the libraries.

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"On Sponsorship, Transparency, Scholarly Publishing, and Open Access"

Richard Poynder has published "On Sponsorship, Transparency, Scholarly Publishing, and Open Access" in Open & Shut?

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Sponsorship and lobbying (which often amount to the same thing), for instance, have assisted legacy publishers to co-opt open access. This has seen the triumph of the pay-to-publish model, which has been introduced in a way that has enabled publishers to adapt OA to their needs, and to ringfence and port their excessive profits to the new OA environment. Those researchers who do not have the wherewithal to pay article-process charges (APCs), however, are finding themselves increasingly disenfranchised.

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Institutional Repository Coordinator at University of Nebraska at Omaha

The University of Nebraska at Omaha is recruiting an Institutional Repository Coordinator.

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In a collaborative, team-based environment, under the direct supervision of the Digital Initiatives Librarian and the general direction of the Director of Archives & Special Collections, leads the institutional repository, DigitalCommons@UNO, and collaborates on other digital initiatives. Working collaboratively with the library team, this position is also responsible for developing outreach, instruction, and support for users of the institutional repository and other digital collections. Consistently provides exemplary customer service, working with a variety of patron groups.

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"A Practical Starter Guide on Developing Accessible Websites"

Cynthia Ng and Michael Schofield have published "A Practical Starter Guide on Developing Accessible Websites" in the Code4Lib Journal.

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There is growing concern about the accessibility of the online content and services provided by libraries and public institutions. While many articles cover legislation, general benefits, and common opportunities to improve web accessibility on the surface (e.g., alt tags), few articles discuss web accessibility in more depth, and when they do, they are typically not specific to library web services. This article is meant to fill in this vacuum and will provide practical best practices and code.

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Digital Scholarship Futurist at Oklahoma State University

Oklahoma State University is recruiting a Digital Scholarship Futurist.

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The Digital Scholarship Futurist, will proactively study and apply emerging social, political, and technical trends and best practices in order to advance digital scholarship initiatives, develop tools and technologies to meet research and publication needs, and be a leader in the area of research data emerging trends and best practices.

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Ann Campion Riley Named Vice Provost for Libraries and University Librarian at University of Missouri

The University of Missouri has named Ann Campion Riley, Associate Director for Access, Collections and Technical Services and Acting Director, as Vice Provost for Libraries and University Librarian.

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Riley was formerly director for technical and access services at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville. She was library director at Saint Louis Community College, Meramec, where she twice served as an acting dean and one year as chief campus academic officer. Other academic libraries where Riley has served in a professional capacity include Maryville University, the University of Missouri-St. Louis and New Mexico State University. She earned her B.A. in English and her M.S. in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois. She has an M.A. in English from the University of Missouri and pursued a Ph.D. in English at Saint Louis University.

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Digital Art: May’s Color Pencil Drawings, Pastel Drawings, and Oil Paintings

In May, I continued to transform public domain photos into color pencil drawings, pastel drawings, and oil paintings using a variety of Photoshop plug-ins and Topaz Impression. Full-size download images (8×10" or 8×12") and descriptions of the processing steps involved are available on Flickr. The images are available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License.

Digital Pastel Drawing of Shavers Fork

Digital Oil Painting of the Windows in the Arches National Park

Digital Oil Pastel Drawing of the Piazza San Marco in Moonlight

Digital Oil Painting of a Chinese Pharmacy

Digital Color Pencil Drawing of Center Basin

Digital Oil Sticks Painting of Mount Cleveland

Digital Oil Painting of Gondolas on the Rio de San Trovas

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Scholarly Communication and Data Curation Librarian at St. John’s University

St. John's University is recruiting a Scholarly Communication and Data Curation Librarian.

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The successful candidate will be responsible for supporting library-led initiatives including the development and management of an institutional repository and development and implementation of an electronic theses and dissertations (ETD) program. The Librarian will provide leadership in the area of data curation on behalf of the Libraries and work with faculty researchers to identify, recruit, ingest and deposit data in the library’s digital repository. The successful candidate will play a significant role in outreach to the research community to deposit data in the digital repository and the creation of training programs, help guides and web resources to support this effort. The Librarian will also be responsible for providing leadership in areas related to digital publishing, copyright, intellectual property, open access, open education and other emerging trends in digital scholarship.

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"Open Access Publishing Models and How OA Can Work in the Humanities"

Martin Paul Eve has published "Open Access Publishing Models and How OA Can Work in the Humanities" in the Bulletin of the Association for Information Science and Technology.

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Open access (OA) has been shaping and benefiting the scientific community for years now, but this new wave of disseminating research freely has not quite taken hold in the field of humanities. Though humanities publishers could also benefit from an OA model, many have been resistant, citing possible issues with plagiarism or appropriation of an author's work for less than ideal uses. There are also challenges with the cost of publishing OA content, which for humanities could be much higher than in the scientific community due to the length of works produced.

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