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Application Developer Senior at University of Pennsylvania

The University of Pennsylvania is recruiting an Application Developer Senior.

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This position manages software development for multiple complex digital library projects that provide access to resources crucial for faculty, students, and staff, such as discovery and researcher profile systems. Acts as lead programmer and designer including evaluating software solutions, from commercial and community/open source projects, designing systems architecture and configuring and deploying software. Performs coding, database design, data management, and workflow analysis.

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"The Prehistory of Biology Preprints: A Forgotten Experiment from the 1960s"

Matthew Cobb has self-archived "The Prehistory of Biology Preprints: A Forgotten Experiment from the 1960s."

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In 1961, the NIH began to circulate biological preprints in a forgotten experiment called the Information Exchange Groups (IEGs). This system eventually attracted over 3600 participants and saw the production of over 2,500 different documents, but by 1967 it was effectively shut down by journal publishers’ refusal to accept articles that had been circulated as preprints. This article charts the rise and fall of the IEGs and explores the parallels with the 1990s and the biomedical preprint movement of today.

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Digital Humanities Specialist at Purdue University

Purdue University is recruiting a .Digital Humanities Specialist

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The successful candidate will work with the Libraries Digital Scholarship Council to establish a digital humanities program in the Libraries’ Division of Humanities, Social Science, Education and Business (HSSEB ) and will collaborate with others involved in the Libraries digital scholarship work including liaison librarians, GIS faculty and staff, and archivists. Work with the Archives and Special Collections will be an integral element of the responsibilities to make its unique resources deeply accessible and used by scholars. Other collaborative partners in the Libraries include the Research Data Management unit and the Scholarly Publishing Division .

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"Will Ruling in ReDigi Case Open the Door to a Used E-book Market?"

Andrew Albanese has published "Will Ruling in ReDigi Case Open the Door to a Used E-book Market?" in Publishers Weekly.

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Should there be a legal market for reselling "used" digital files, like the secondary market that currently exists for books or CDs in the analog world?

Read more about Capitol Records, LLC v. ReDigi Inc.

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Digital Curation News (8/23/2017) #digitalcuration #digitalpreservation #datamanagement #researchdata #rdm

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Digital Collections Management Librarian at Texas A & M University

Texas A & M University is recruiting a Digital Collections Management Librarian.

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The Texas A & M University Libraries seeks an innovative and collaborative professional to support our expanding programs in digital collections management. Reporting to the Dean through the Director of the Office of Scholarly Communications, this person will have an integral role in the development of the University Libraries’ emergent digital asset management ecosystem (DAME), including an existing DSpace institutional repository and a Fedora repository currently under development.

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"We Can Shift Academic Culture through Publishing Choices" (Version 2)

Corina J Logan has published "We Can Shift Academic Culture through Publishing Choices" (Version 2) in F1000Research.

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Researchers give papers for free (and often actually pay) to exploitative publishers who make millions off of our articles by locking them behind paywalls. This discriminates not only against the public (who are usually the ones that paid for the research in the first place), but also against the academics from institutions that cannot afford to pay for journal subscriptions and the ‘scholarly poor’. I explain exploitative and ethical publishing practices, highlighting choices researchers can make right now to stop exploiting ourselves and discriminating against others.

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Associate Librarian for Digital Strategies at Dartmouth College

Dartmouth College is recruiting a Associate Librarian for Digital Strategies.

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The Associate Librarian will have the opportunity to lead the development and implementation of an overarching digital strategy for the Library in close collaboration with and ever-mindful of the students and faculty whom the Library serves. The Associate Librarian will seek to have impact beyond the Library and even beyond the campus by helping to enrich and deepen connections between researchers and innovators, and by embracing the role of the Library in making available and preserving digital knowledge for all. S/he will identify and prioritize the tools, partnerships, and approaches that will most powerfully advance the teaching, learning, and research mission of Dartmouth in the largest sense. S/he will also seek to ensure that these resources are readily accessible to and useable by those who wish to use them. Finally, the Associate Librarian will also play a critical external role by establishing effective networks regionally, nationally, and globally to explore new partnerships, resources, and initiatives that support the Library’s strategic mission.

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"Prevalence and Citation Advantage of Gold Open Access n the Subject Areas of the Scopus Database"

Pablo Dorta-González and Yolanda Santana-Jiménez have self-archived "Prevalence and Citation Advantage of Gold Open Access n the Subject Areas of the Scopus Database."

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In the present paper, an analysis of gold OA from across all areas of research -the 27 subject areas of the Scopus database- is realized. As a novel contribution, this paper takes a journal-level approach to assessing the OA citation advantage, whereas many others take a paper-level approach. Data were obtained from Scimago Lab, sorted using Scopus database, and tagged as OA/non-OA using the DOAJ list. Jointly with the OA citation advantage, the OA prevalence as well as the differences between access types (OA vs. non-OA) in production and referencing are tested. A total of 3,737 OA journals (16.8%) and 18,485 non-OA journals (83.2%) published in 2015 are considered. As the main conclusion, there is no generalizable gold OA citation advantage at journal level.

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Digital Projects Librarian at University of Oregon

The University of Oregon is recruiting a Digital Projects Librarian.

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Reporting to the Head of the Digital Scholarship Services (DSS), the Digital Projects Librarian plans, executes, and finalizes digital scholarship projects and other digital initiatives in the Libraries, as assigned. Projects may include creation of instruction-related tools, digital scholarship applications, digital collections, and digital systems implementation. The Digital Projects Librarian will work across Library departments and with University-wide clients to assess complex digital project requirements and provide quality technical solutions.

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"Sustainable Open Access Publishing: Preconditions, Dialog, and Continuous Adaptation: The Stockholm University Press Case"

Birgitta Hellmark Lindgren has published "Sustainable Open Access Publishing: Preconditions, Dialog, and Continuous Adaptation: The Stockholm University Press Case" in the Journal of Electronic Publishing..

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Given the demand for open access publishing in the context of expensive article processing charges and acquisition costs scholarly publishing needs to be transformed. I believe that university libraries are in a good position to contribute to this change. I begin with describing what Stockholm University Press is, what we do and how. I continue with describing why we do it and for whom. I conclude by pointing out some lessons learned.

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Digital Preservation Librarian at Indiana University

Indiana University is recruiting a Digital Preservation Librarian.

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The Digital Preservation Librarian will be an active participant in major university initiatives such as the Media Digitization and Preservation Initiative (https://mdpi.iu.edu/), which seeks to comprehensively digitize and preserve audio, video, and film holdings of value from across the university; and the Enterprise Scholarly Systems initiative, a collaboration between the IU Libraries in Bloomington, IUPUI University Library in Indianapolis, and IU's University Information Technology Services to establish enterprise-wide digital repository services for IU collections.

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"Sustainable Book Publishing as a Service at the University of Michigan"

Jason Colman has published "Sustainable Book Publishing as a Service at the University of Michigan" in the Journal of Electronic Publishing.

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To solve this problem [publishing open access books], Michigan Publishing Services has developed both a house service publishing imprint, Maize Books, and a white-labeled book publishing program, branded by University units, all running on the same technical and financial infrastructure. With an emphasis on Open Access with flexible Creative Commons licensing and affordable Print on Demand and EBook options combine workflow efficiencies with a menu of chargeback services to cover the costs of their production and allow staffing to be scaled to meet emerging needs.

This brief case study details Michigan Publishing Services’s program for books as it stands today, explains its approach to sustainability, and offers a few thoughts about when this model is suitable and when it is not.

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Specialist V, Information Technology at Auburn University

Auburn University is recruiting a Specialist V, Information Technology.

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Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Supporting library servers; primary web server; catalog and discovery layer; interlibrary loan system; proxy server for electronic resources (primarily for off-campus access); digital collections; digital preservation; internal tools (e.g. scheduling software, ticketing and documentation platforms); general file storage

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"Why Book Selection by Librarians No Longer Matters"

David W. Lewis has self-archived "Why Book Selection by Librarians No Longer Matters."

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Prediction about the future use of a book and using this prediction as the basis for a purchase decision only matters if the time required to acquire the book is greater than the time the user who needs the book is willing to wait for it. . . .. With print-on -demand and overnight shipping most print books can be delivered in 24 to 48 hours, which meets the needs of many users. This means that prediction of possible future use whether by expert librarian selectors or by algorithms, such as approval plans, is unnecessary. No prediction is necessary if the needed books can be delivered quickly enough to satisfy the person needing the book.

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Digital Matters Lab Director Librarian at University of Utah

The University of Utah is recruiting a Digital Matters Lab Director .

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The Digital Matters Lab Director will guide projects relating to Digital Humanities, digital scholarship, and digital fabrication, charting a course for the lab and the university. They will provide oversight of day-to-day operations of the Lab; help to plan and organize intellectual programming, grants, fellowships, pedagogical initiatives, and outreach.

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COAR Annual Report 2016/17

The Confederation of Open Access Repositories has released the COAR Annual Report 2016/17 .

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The report contains information about strategy and outreach, annual meetings, activities of the Executive Board, Executive Director and Office as well as working and interest group accomplishments. Moreover, the report covers themes like marketing and communications, membership, publications and representation of COAR at major international and regional conferences.

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Head, Digital Scholarship and Data Services at Pennsylvania State University

Pennsylvania State University is recruiting a Head, Digital Scholarship and Data Service.

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The Head of Digital Scholarship & Data Services will provide leadership and management of the Digital Scholarship & Data Services Department. The head will advocate for the department to University Libraries administration. The Digital Scholarship & Data Services department includes a team of 11 faculty and staff in the areas of open publishing, digital humanities, data learning services and statistics support, GIS, maps, and research data management.

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An Empirical Investigation of the Impacts of Net Neutrality

The Internet Association has released An Empirical Investigation of the Impacts of Net Neutrality.

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The empirical evidence shows that the implementation of NN rules has had none of the negative impacts theorized by its critics a decade ago. Far from a great strain on infrastructure investment, network capacity, and innovative activity, NN rules have had no negative effect on the telecommunications sector in these areas. The sector has thrived while edge services have opened an entirely new economy bringing millions of new jobs and hundreds of thousands of new businesses to our economy. Net neutrality has been crucial for that development.

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Dean of the University Library at University of Connecticut

The University of Connecticut is recruiting a Dean of the University Library.

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The Dean will provide vision, strategic direction, and operational leadership for the libraries, working with talented and accomplished librarians, staff, faculty, and students to meet the University's educational mission and ambitious goals for growth. The Dean will create an environment and community that supports expert practice and research and assure that the University’s libraries continue to serve their faculty and students with programs of the highest quality and effectiveness.

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Red Light, Green Light: Aligning the Library to Support Licensing

Ithaka S+R has released Red Light, Green Light: Aligning the Library to Support Licensing.

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There is widespread frustration within the academic library community with the seemingly uncontrollable price increases of e-resources, especially of licensed bundles of scholarly journals. The scholarly communications movement has vastly expanded academic and indeed public access to scholarly content. Yet prices for certain scholarly resources continue to outpace budget increases, and librarians do not feel in control of budgets and pricing. What if libraries found ways to bring together the whole library behind the objective of stabilizing or reducing what they pay?

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Web Services Librarian at Miami University

Miami University is recruiting a Web Services Librarian.

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Miami University Libraries seeks a creative and user-oriented colleague for the position of Web Services Librarian (three positions available). This position is part of a team that leads the Libraries’ efforts to enhance its virtual spaces, working closely with other Library departments to develop and expand online library services. This team will take leadership in setting direction for the Libraries’ web presence including design, implementation and maintenance; selection, implementation, and maintenance of web-based library tools; usability of web services and products and developing and delivering training for web based products and services.

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"Who is Actually Harmed by Predatory Publishers?"

Martin Paul Eve and Ernesto Priego have published "Who is Actually Harmed by Predatory Publishers?" in tripleC: Communication, Capitalism & Critique.

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Predatory publishing refers to conditions under which gold open access academic publishers claim to conduct peer review and charge for their publishing services but do not, in fact, actually perform such reviews. Most prominently exposed in recent years by Jeffrey Beall, the phenomenon garners much media attention. In this article, we acknowledge that such practices are deceptive but then examine, across a variety of stakeholder groups, what the harm is from such actions to each group of actors. We find that established publishers have a strong motivation to hype claims of predation as damaging to the scholarly and scientific endeavour while noting that, in fact, systems of peer review are themselves already acknowledged as deeply flawed.

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Associate University Librarian for Digital Services at n New Jersey Institute of Technology

The New Jersey Institute of Technology is recruiting an Associate University Librarian for Digital Services.

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The AUL reports to the University Librarian and has overall responsibility for the management, operations, and direction of technical services, including collection budget, acquisitions, cataloging, and metadata creation; digital initiatives including digitization projects, preservation, and scholarly communication; and library information systems.

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