Staffing for Effective Digital Preservation 2017: An NDSA Report

The National Digital Stewardship Alliance has released Staffing for Effective Digital Preservation 2017: An NDSA Report.

Here's an excerpt:

The 2017 Digital Preservation Staffing Survey provides a useful snapshot of the way digital preservation is accomplished in 2017 and how its practitioners feel about the effectiveness of their current organizational structures. It also builds on the 2012 survey and begins to establish data with which the digital preservation community can identify trends in staffing in the field.

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"Placements & Salaries 2017: Librarians Everywhere"

Suzie Allard has published "Placements & Salaries 2017: Librarians Everywhere" in Library Journal.

Here's an excerpt:

Overall, 2016 graduates have been successful in finding jobs, with 83% of those employed reporting that they have full-time positions. That is up slightly from last year and matches the level of the 2014 survey. Most of these are permanent rather than temporary positions. About 67% of these full-time professionals work in a library setting, markedly lower than last year.

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Digital Repositories Unit Head at Colorado State University

Colorado State University is recruiting a Digital Repositories Unit Head.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to the Coordinator of Digital Collection Services (DCS), this position serves as the head of the Digital Repositories Unit, and is responsible for the technical, bibliographic, and metadata management of the CSU Libraries' digital institutional repository system, including coordination of data files and workflows for collaborative processes.

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"The Evolution, Approval and Implementation of the U.S. Geological Survey Science Data Lifecycle Model"

John L. Faundeen and Vivian B. Hutchison have published "The Evolution, Approval and Implementation of the U.S. Geological Survey Science Data Lifecycle Model" in the Journal of eScience Librarianship.

Here's an excerpt:

This paper details how the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Community for Data Integration (CDI) Data Management Working Group developed a Science Data Lifecycle Model, and the role the Model plays in shaping agency-wide policies and data management applications. Starting with an extensive literature review of existing data lifecycle models, representatives from various backgrounds in USGS attended a two-day meeting where the basic elements for the Science Data Lifecycle Model were determined. Refinements and reviews spanned two years, leading to finalization of the model and documentation in a formal agency publication.

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Research Data Coordinator at Columbia University

Columbia University is recruiting a Research Data Coordinator.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to the Head, Research Data Services,the Research Data Coordinator is responsible, in partnership with colleagues across the University, to develop and implement robust services supporting faculty, students, and staff through the research data lifecycle. The Coordinator leads the Libraries' efforts in data management planning, discovery and access of research data, data sharing and publication, and data visualization.

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Digital Initiatives Librarian at Mount Saint Mary’s University

Mount Saint Mary's University is recruiting a Digital Initiatives Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Digital Initiatives Librarian manages the online user experience in the Mount Saint Mary's University Libraries, ensuring that the website and any mobile applications are up-to-date, comprehensive, and user-friendly. The Librarian develops and oversees new programs that support the information needs of faculty, students, and others in the MSMU community, such as consultations about research data management, copyright, and open access; instruction on data literacy; and/or workshops on data visualization.

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"The Next Stage of SocArXiv’s Development: Bringing Greater Transparency and Efficiency to the Peer Review Process"

Philip Cohen has published "The Next Stage of SocArXiv's Development: Bringing Greater Transparency and Efficiency to the Peer Review Proces" in LSE Impact of Social Sciences.

Here's an excerpt:

Looking ahead to the next stage of its development, Philip Cohen considers how SocArXiv might challenge the peer review system to be more efficient and transparent, firstly by confronting the bias that leads many who benefit from the status quo to characterise mooted alternatives as extreme. The value and implications of openness at the various decision points in the system must be debated, as should potentially more disruptive innovations such as non-exclusive review and publication or crowdsourcing reviews.

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Scholarly Communications Coordinator at Claremont University Consortium

The Claremont University Consortium is recruiting a Scholarly Communications Coordinator.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Scholarly Communications Coordinator (SCC) serves as the local expert concerning the evolving scholarly communications ecosystem and provides collaborative leadership regarding the planning, implementation, and assessment of the Claremont Colleges Library’s (CCL) suite of scholarly communications services. Working closely with key stakeholders, inside and outside of the library, the SCC will have the opportunity to recommend new initiatives, propose strengthening established protocols, or retire obsolete practices, all with the goal of ensuring that faculty and students from the seven Claremont Colleges (7Cs) have the resources, support, and training they need to conduct meaningful research and scholarship.

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"Gray OA 2014-2017: A Partial Followup"

Walt Crawford has published "Gray OA 2014-2017: A Partial Followup" in Cites & Insights: Crawford at Large. A "grey journal" is a gold OA journal not in the Directory of Open Access Journals.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

It updates article-count and status-code information (but not APC/fee information) for gray OA journals not in DOAJ, adding full-year 2016 article counts and January-June 2017 counts, doubled for ease of comparisons. Journals in Gray OA 2012-2016 that have been added to DOAJ have been removed from the new report.

See also: "Gray OA 2012-2016: Open Access Journals Beyond DOAJ."

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Digital Initiatives Librarian at Lafayette College

Lafayette College is recruiting a Digital Initiatives Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The ideal candidate will 1) work with faculty, students, and other collaborators to generate digital assets as the raw materials of digital scholarship, and 2) consult on computational methods to analyze digital content.

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"Evolving Roles of Preservation Professionals: Trends in Position Announcements from 2004 to 2015"

Mary M. Miller and Martha Horan have published "Evolving Roles of Preservation Professionals: Trends in Position Announcements from 2004 to 2015" in Library Resources & Technical Services.

Here's an excerpt:

As research libraries continue to expand the scope of content they acquire, manage, and make accessible, the preservation charge within organizations is broadening. Libraries and other cultural heritage institutions must balance the preservation of books, manuscripts, archives, and audiovisual materials with born-digital and digitized content. As preservation challenges and strategies evolve, professional positions in preservation must also evolve to meet the needs of academic and other cultural institutions. The ability to quantify how preservation positions are changing, and to identify the required skill sets and educational backgrounds needed for preservation professionals, is central to navigating this shift. To begin to address this, the authors collected and analyzed announcements for professional preservation positions in libraries and archives from 2004 through 2015. They compared the contents of announcements between earlier and more recent years to identify potential trends in preservation employment.

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Digital Repository Librarian at Lafayette College

Lafayette College is recruiting a Digital Repository Librarian .

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Department of Digital Scholarship Services (DSS) at Lafayette College Libraries seeks a curious, ambitious Digital Repository Librarian eager to grow professionally in the dynamic field of open-source digital repository implementation. As a Samvera partner institution, Lafayette College Libraries is committed to the values of open-source software development for academic libraries and digital scholarship. We are currently in the process of migrating our digital assets from an Islandora framework to a Samvera framework.

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Director of Digital Scholarship & Scholarly Communications at Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt University is recruiting a Director of Digital Scholarship & Scholarly Communications .

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Director of Digital Scholarship and Scholarly Communications identifies and accelerates the adoption of new and emerging forms of 21st century digital research and learning. These technologies include, but are not limited to, data visualization, digital text editing, geospatial analysis, linked data, network analysis, and the semantic web. In this role you will also promote fair use, open access, and open licensing to extend the reach of digital projects and publications.

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Simon Fraser University and Virginia Commonwealth University to Join ARL

Simon Fraser University and Virginia Commonwealth University will Join ARL at the start of 2018.

Read more about it at: "Simon Fraser University Becomes 124th Member of ARL" and "Virginia Commonwealth University Becomes 125th Member of ARL."

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Senior Electronic Resources Coordinator at University of Illinois

The University of Illinois is recruiting a Senior Electronic Resources Coordinator.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The University of Illinois seeks a Senior Electronic Resources Coordinator to support the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI), provide statewide digital/electronic information, database products and services to more than 730,000 students, faculty and staff in over 150 higher education institutions located throughout Illinois. In support of CARLI’s mission, the Senior Electronic Resources Coordinator provides technical services, coordination and assistance to participating institutions.

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"Q&A with PLOS Co-founder Michael Eisen"

Richard Poynder has published "Q&A with PLOS Co-founder Michael Eisen" in Open and Shut?.

Here's an excerpt:

ME [Michael Eisen]: The most important thing to do now is to get publishers—commercial and non-profit—out of the process. The whole industry is unnecessary and needlessly cumbersome and expensive. We should all just publish in places like bioRxiv (assuming its software gets better and produces finished documents people are happy to read) and do all peer review post publication. There should be little or no money transacted in the process—the infrastructure should be subsidized so it’s free to both publish and access all the content.

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"Authors Alliance & Creative Commons Launch New Termination of Transfer Tool"

The Authors Alliance has released "Authors Alliance & Creative Commons Launch New Termination of Transfer Tool."

Here's an excerpt:

Termination of transfer allows creators (or, in some cases, their family members) to regain copyrights to creative works they may have signed away decades ago. Our tool helps them understand if those termination rights exist, and if not, when they may exist in the future. With rights back in hand, authors have many options for getting their works in front of new audiences, from sharing their works with the public using a Creative Commons license to negotiating new agreements with publishers.

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Lots of Institutional Repositories Keep E-prints Safe

The seductive allure of a commercial mega repository is two-fold: (1) everything is conveniently in one place, and (2) a company is taking care of the dreary and expensive business of running it.

Everything seems fine: problem solved! That is until something goes wrong, such as the repository being bought and controlled by a publisher or being threatened by lawsuits by a coterie of publishers.

Then it's important to remember: it's a company, and companies exist to make a profit.

Heh, companies are great. I wouldn't have just had that tasty cup of coffee without them. But, we should be very clear about what motivates companies and controls their behavior. And we shouldn't be shocked if they do things that aren't motivated by lofty goals.

I know: institutional repositories are hard work. The bloom is off the rose. But they exist to serve higher education, not make money, and they part of the academic communities they serve. And they can't be bought. And their universities don't often go out of business. And there are a lot of them. And they are not likely to be attractive targets for lawsuits unless something has gone very, very wrong at the local level.

Copyright is complicated. No one is advocating that we ignore it and just shove e-prints into IR's willy-nilly. Getting faculty to understand the ins and outs of e-print copyright is no picnic, nor is monitoring for compliance. But the battle is easier to fight at the local level where one-on-one faculty to librarian communication is possible.

For self-archiving to flourish in the long run, institutional repositories must flourish. By and large, librarians establish, run, and support them, and they are the quiet heroes of green open access who will continue to provide a sustainable and reliable infrastructure for self-archiving.

Library Systems Analyst at Augusta University

Augusta University is recruiting a Library Systems Analyst .

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The duties include but are not limited to: creating and maintaining web pages for Greenblatt Library. Collaborating and coordinating on web issues with Library Client Support Specialist at Reese Library.

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"Has the Open Access Movement Delayed the Revolution?"

Richard Poynder has published "Has the Open Access Movement Delayed the Revolution?" in Open and Shut?.

Here's an excerpt:

As I said, publishers are also co-opting green OA. They are doing this by buying up repository platforms like SSRN and bepress, for instance, and by imposing lengthy embargoes before green OA papers can be made freely available. Again, the OA movement has assisted in this by, for instance, advocating for and supporting OA policies that accept publisher-imposed embargoes as a given, and by partnering with publishers in initiatives that turn repositories into little more than search interfaces. This has the effect of directing users away from repositories to legacy publishers’ sites (see here for instance, and here).

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Senior Software Developer/Analyst at the University of Texas at Austin

The University of Texas at Austin is recruiting a Senior Software Developer/Analyst.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

In collaboration with LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections, design, develop, maintain, and enhance the Latin American Digital Initiatives (LADI) technical infrastructure in order to meet the goals outlined in the Mellon-funded project, "Cultivating a Latin American Post-Custodial Praxis."

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"Penn Libraries to End Partnership with bepress"

The University of Pennsylvania Libraries has released "Penn Libraries to End Partnership with bepress."

Here's an excerpt:

In August, bepress sold their company to Elsevier, a business with a history of aggressive confidentiality agreements, steep price increases, and opaque data mining practices. In their acquisition of bepress and other companies like SSRN and Mendeley, Elsevier demonstrates a move toward the consolidation and monopolization of products and services impacting all areas of the research lifecycle.

We are worried about the long-term impacts from these acquisitions and are concerned that such changes are not in the best interests of the library community. Therefore, we feel obligated to begin exploring alternatives.

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Digital Art: August’s Pastel Drawings and Oil Paintings

In August, I transformed photos into 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 artwork images are available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License.

Digital Oil Painting of Blackpool Central Pier

Digital Oil Painting of Artist Point

Digital Pastel Drawing of a Street in Candelario

Digital Pastel Drawing of a Joshua Tree

Digital Pastel Drawing of Anaktuvuk Pass

Digital Pastel Drawing of a Street in Montmartre

Digital Pastel Drawing of Mountains in Guoxing Township

Digital Oil Pastel Drawing of New Brighton Pier

Digital Oil Painting of a Shoemaker and His Family in Jerusalem

Digital Oil Sticks Painting of Lake Tekapo

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"Books from 1923 to 1941 Now Liberated!"

The Internet Archive has released "Books from 1923 to 1941 Now Liberated!."

Here's an excerpt:

The Internet Archive is now leveraging a little known, and perhaps never used, provision of US copyright law, Section 108h, which allows libraries to scan and make available materials published 1923 to 1941 if they are not being actively sold. Elizabeth Townsend Gard, a copyright scholar at Tulane University calls this "Library Public Domain." She and her students helped bring the first scanned books of this era available online in a collection named for the author of the bill making this necessary: The Sonny Bono Memorial Collection. Thousands more books will be added in the near future as we automate.

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