ACS Launches ChemRxiv

ACS has launched ChemRxiv.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

ChemRxiv, a new chemistry preprint server for the global chemistry community, is now available in a fully functioning Beta version for use and feedback by researchers. The Beta launch has been undertaken with initial strategic input from the American Chemical Society (ACS), Royal Society of Chemistry, German Chemical Society and other not-for profit organizations, as well as other scientific publishers and preprint services. The free-of-charge service, originally announced late last year, is managed on behalf of the chemical science community by ACS and is powered by Figshare, an online digital repository for academic research.

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Digital Project Archivist at SUNY Maritime College

SUNY Maritime College is recruiting a Digital Project Archivist.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Stephen B. Luce Library of Maritime College seeks to hire a digital project archivist to oversee the digitization process in conjunction with a National Parks Service Maritime Heritage grant, "Telling the Stories of Sailors' Snug Harbor." The two year grant will allow the library to digitize at least 4,000 items from the Sailors' Snug Harbor archives, making them accessible to students and the public. Sailors' Snug Harbor was the first non-denominational retirement home in the country, giving retired sailors a safe haven from the 1830s until 2008. Its archives have resided at Maritime College since the 1970s.

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"Persistence Statements: Describing Digital Stickiness"

John Kunze et al. have published "Persistence Statements: Describing Digital Stickiness" in Data Science Journal.

Here's an excerpt:

In this paper we present a draft vocabulary for making "persistence statements." These are simple tools for pragmatically addressing the concern that anyone feels upon experiencing a broken web link. Scholars increasingly use scientific and cultural assets in digital form, but choosing which among many objects to cite for the long term can be difficult. There are few well-defined terms to describe the various kinds and qualities of persistence that object repositories and identifier resolvers do or don’t provide. Given an object's identifier, one should be able to query a provider to retrieve human- and machine-readable information to help judge the level of service to expect and help gauge whether the identifier is durable enough, as a sort of long-term bet, to include in a citation. The vocabulary should enable providers to articulate persistence policies and set user expectations.

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Digital Scholarship Librarian at Binghamton University

Binghamton University is recruiting a Digital Scholarship Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Digital Scholarship Librarian leads the development and implementation of library initiatives in support of current and emerging research, teaching and creative activities in digital scholarship on campus. This includes designing and presenting workshops on digital tools, resources and best practices on digital scholarship; coordinating the development and expansion of sustainable digital scholarship services at the Libraries; building partnerships with library faculty and campus departments; and establishing a community of practice for digital scholarship across campus.

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"De-Centering and Recentering Digital Scholarship: A Manifesto"

Carolyn Moritz et al. have self-archived "De-Centering and Recentering Digital Scholarship: A Manifesto."

Here's an excerpt:

Digital scholarship is an evolving area of librarianship. In this piece we propose 10 theses, statements about what this kind of work DOES, rather than trying to define with it IS. We believe that digitally-inflected research and learning, and the characteristics they employ, are essential to the recentering of our profession's position in/across the academy. We also believe that the "digital scholarship center" has served its time, and that the activities and models for digital scholarship work are core to librarianship. This manifesto is meant to serve as a starting point for a necessary discussion, not an end-all, be-all. We hope others will write and share counter-manifestos, passionate responses, or affirming statements.

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Digital Archivist at Space Telescope Science Institute

The Space Telescope Science Institute is recruiting a Digital Archivist.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The STScI Library is seeking a Digital Archivist to lead the institute's efforts in capturing and curating records of enduring value that highlight the historic milestones and achievements of the institute and its flagship missions through interoffice coordination and archive scheduling. The Digital Archivist will work independently under the general direction of the Chief Librarian.

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Lessons From History: The Copyright Office Belongs in the Library of Congress

ALA has released Lessons From History: The Copyright Office Belongs in the Library of Congress.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

Prompted by persistent legislative and other proposals to remove the CO from the Library in both the current and most recent Congresses, [Alisa] Holahan's analysis comprehensively reviews the history of the locus of copyright activities from 1870 to the present day. In addition to providing a longer historical perspective, the Report finds that Congress has examined this issue at roughly 20-year intervals, declining to separate the CO and Library each time.

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Digital Projects Librarian at Western Michigan University

Western Michigan University is recruiting a Digital Projects Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

  • Serve as a leader in making decisions about the future of digitization in University Libraries.
  • Coordinate cross-departmental digital project workflows, supervise digitization staff, and develop individual project plans that include preservation and assessment measures.

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The Fate of Online Trust in the Next Decade

The Pew Research Center has released The Fate of Online Trust in the Next Decade .

Here's an excerpt:

Many experts say lack of trust will not be a barrier to increased public reliance on the internet. Those who are hopeful that trust will grow expect technical and regulatory change will combat users’ concerns about security and privacy. Those who have doubts about progress say people are inured to risk, addicted to convenience and will not be offered alternatives to online interaction. Some expect the very nature of trust will change.

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Systems Engineer at Washington University

Washington University’s recruiting a Systems Engineer.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to the Head of Library Technology Services at Washington University Libraries West Campus Library, the Systems Engineer will be responsible for creating a customer-first approach to building and maintaining library services and applications supporting the University’s mission. Platforms to be supported range from repository applications to resource discovery layers to related library systems, as well as emerging technologies in libraries such as data visualization platforms and instructional technologies.

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"Scientific Data From and for the Citizen"

Sven Schade et al. have published "Scientific Data From and for the Citizen" in First Monday.

Here's an excerpt:

Powered by advances of technology, today's Citizen Science projects cover a wide range of thematic areas and are carried out from local to global levels. This wealth of activities creates an abundance of data, for example, in the forms of observations submitted by mobile phones; readings of low-cost sensors; or more general information about peoples’ activities. The management and possible sharing of this data has become a research topic in its own right. We conducted a survey in the summer of 2015 in order to collectively analyze the state of play in Citizen Science. This paper summarizes our main findings related to data access, standardization and data preservation. We provide examples of good practices in each of these areas and outline actions to address identified challenges.

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Web & Library Application Developer II at Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Worcester Polytechnic Institute is recruiting a Web & Library Application Developer II.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

We are seeking a new, talented Web & Library Applications Developer II to work closely with the IT Web Developers and library staff to deploy and support a Samvera (Hydra) and Fedora Commons Digital Asset Management System, to preserve student projects and cultural and historical data and collections. You will provide technical expertise for integration of other custom or vendor software systems and data with the Digital Asset Management System, eProjects,

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"Reflections on ‘Elsevier Acquires bepress’: Implications for Library Leaders"

Roger C. Schonfeld has published "Reflections on 'Elsevier Acquires bepress': Implications for Library Leaders" in the Ithaka S+R blog

Here's an excerpt:

If this is the case, libraries adopting standalone institutional repositories are moving in exactly the wrong direction strategically. Instead, thinking more in terms of a workflow as are Elsevier and the Open Science Framework (and to some degree Digital Science) may be the strongest strategy. If this is so, then the urgent question facing institutional repository managers and strategists is how quickly and thoroughly they can integrate into one (or more) such workflows. And, while such integration may not require the kind of platform-first multi-tenant approach to repositories that Digital Commons and OSF Preprints each seems to have developed, it seems like a strong design approach.

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Web Developer at Syracuse University

Syracuse University is recruiting a Web Developer.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Web Developer will participate in the design, implementation, and deployment of the Libraries’ various websites. Additionally, the Web Developer will collaborate with peers, librarians, and other staff to develop and implement integrating technologies to bridge various software systems deployed by the Libraries.

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University Librarian at University of California, Santa Barbara

The University of California, Santa Barbara is recruiting a University Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

UC Santa Barbara seeks an individual who exhibits strong and inspiring leadership, the ability to articulate a vision and provide strategic direction for libraries in the rapidly changing information environment, and to lead at regional and national levels on research library issues. The successful candidate will bring significant leadership experience and achievement in a research library.

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COUNTER Code of Practice, Release 5

COUNTER has released "COUNTER Code of Practice, Release 5 ."

Here's an excerpt:

Release 4 is the current Code of Practice and the requirement for COUNTER-compliance. The effective date for compliance with Release 5 is January 2019. The Transition Timeline and Transition Options graphics explains the detail.

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Librarian (Senior Digital Collections Specialist) at Library of Congress

The Library of Congress is recruiting a Librarian (Senior Digital Collections Specialist).

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Coordinates, determines, and manages projects for digital collections. Serves as a technical expert in the planning, management, and execution of digital collections workflow/lifecycle management projects. Acts as an expert on special projects, and advises management on issues. Plans, tests, and executes projects that involve acquiring, describing, storing, and providing access to digital content for which the section has curatorial responsibility. Serves as a project leader for content transfers and processing from varied acquisitions sources including, but not limited to, content on tangible media, web archived content, and data sets. Plans for new digital acquisition streams, and is responsible for their implementation using new or existing workflows. Identifies opportunities for improving the performance of existing streams and workflows, and implements new tools and processes as appropriate. Ensures that assigned projects are completed on time and achieve the desired objectives.

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"Practicing What You Preach: Evaluating Access of Open Access Research"

Teresa Auch Schultz has self-archived "Practicing What You Preach: Evaluating Access of Open Access Research."

Here's an excerpt:

The open access movement seeks to encourage all researchers to make their works openly available and free of paywalls so more people can access their knowledge. Yet some researchers who study open access (OA) continue to publish their work in paywalled journals and fail to make it open. This project set out to study just how many published research articles about OA fall into this category, how many are being made open (whether by being published in a gold OA or hybrid journal or through open deposit), and how library and information science authors compare to other disciplines researching this field. Because of the growth of tools available to help researchers find open versions of articles, this study also sought to compare how these new tools compare to Google Scholar in their ability to disseminating OA research. From a sample collected from Web of Science of articles published since 2010, the study found that although a majority of research articles about OA are open in some form, a little more than a quarter are not. A smaller rate of library science researchers made their work open compared to non-library science researchers. In looking at the copyright of these articles published in hybrid and open journals, authors were more likely to retain copyright ownership if they printed in an open journal compared to authors in hybrid journals. Articles were more likely to be published with a Creative Commons license if published in an open journal compared to those published in hybrid journals.

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Digital Archivist at Princeton University

Princeton University is recruiting a Digital Archivist.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Digital Archivist's primary focus will be to participate in the continued development and evolution of an electronic records program at the Mudd Manuscript Library. This work will include building on the current program for effective acquisition, appraisal, ingest, description, preservation, access to and security of born-digital and hybrid archival collections as well as the day-to-day management of the Library's web archiving program.

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SSRN Launches ChemRN (Chemistry Research Network)

SSRN has launched ChemRN

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

Chemistry researchers can share ideas and other early stage research, including posting preprints and working papers on ChemRN. Users can quickly upload and read papers for free, across all of Chemistry, including the fields of Energy, Environmental and Materials Sciences.

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DigitalKoans Publication Changes

Although DigitalKoans has no formal publishing schedule, you may have noticed that I have been typically posting Monday through Friday for quite some time.

As you would imagine, the weekend is not a peak period for gathering the types of news items I post. In the future, the bulk of DigitalKoans posts will be published Tuesday through Friday.

It's been over 12 years since I established DigitalKoans and over 28 years since I established PACS-L at the University of Houston. I'm now in my late sixties and it's time to pay more attention to Yeats:

An aged man is but a paltry thing,
A tattered coat upon a stick, unless
Soul clap its hands and sing, and louder sing

"Singing," in this case, being spending a bit more time on digital art and other creative pursuits.

As usual, I'll continue to notify you of any anticipated DigitalKoans publication interruptions.

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Digital Asset Management Coordinator at Claremont University Consortium

The Claremont University Consortium is recruiting a Digital Asset Management Coordinator.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Digital Asset Management Coordinator (DAMC) will coordinate digital asset development and curation in close collaboration with content producers, providers, and selectors, such as the DH program, the editors of our eleven open access journals, individual faculty members, and librarians in the Research, Teaching, and Learning Services (RTLS) and Special Collections and Libraries (SCL) divisions. This position will lead the library’s digital publishing and preservation services by overseeing and managing the CCDL and S@C. In partnership with the OCMTL, the DAMC will coordinate training on creating descriptive, administrative, and preservation metadata for digital assets.

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The Transformation of Academic Library Collecting: A Synthesis of the Harvard Library’s Hazen Memorial Symposium

OCLC Research has released The Transformation of Academic Library Collecting: A Synthesis of the Harvard Library's Hazen Memorial Symposium.

Here's an excerpt:

Drawing from presentations and audience discussions at The Transformation of Academic Library Collecting: A Symposium Inspired by Dan C. Hazen, this publication examines of some central themes important to a broader conversation about the future of academic library collections, in particular, collective collections and the reimagination of what have traditionally been called "special" and archival collections (now referred to as unique and distinctive collections).

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Curator of Born-Digital Collections at Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt University is recruiting a Curator of Born-Digital Collections.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Curator of Born-Digital Collections will lead the University Library's curation, management, and preservation initiatives for born-digital materials in its three major special collections units: Biomedical Special Collections, Special Collections & University Archives, and the Television News Archive. The Curator of Born-Digital Collections manages the operations of the Television News Archive, the university library’s largest collection of born-digital materials.

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