Archive for 2017

Collection Strategies & Scholarly Communications Librarian at California State University, Los Angeles

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on July 14th, 2017

The California State University, Los Angeles is recruiting a Collection Strategies & Scholarly Communications Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The librarian will provide leadership for the management, development and assessment of the library's collections, including the planning and implementation of the library’s institutional repository. The incumbent will bring a forward-thinking, innovative and strategic perspective in the library's approach to collection development that is both learner-centered and responsive to the University's curriculum. The librarian will lead and coordinate outreach efforts to raise awareness and educate the University on trends and issues in the areas of scholarly communication, open access, open education resources, copyright, and fair use.

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"Open Data: Accountability and Transparency"

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management on July 14th, 2017

Matthew S Mayernik has published "Open Data: Accountability and Transparency" in Big Data & Society.

Here's an excerpt:

Researchers' primary accountabilities are related to meeting the expectations of research competency, not to external standards of data deposition or metadata creation. Likewise, making data open in a transparent way can involve a significant investment of time and resources with no obvious benefits. This paper uses differing notions of accountability and transparency to conceptualize "open data" as the result of ongoing achievements, not one-time acts.

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Digital Projects Manager at University of Dayton

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on July 14th, 2017

The University of Dayton is recruiting a Digital Projects Manager.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Digital Projects Manager will coordinate activity of all digital project contributors from across University libraries. They will direct the workflow for the projects, manage daily scanning activities, and supervise a production team of student workers. They will collaborate with other staff in the University Libraries and with campus partners to ensure that technical standards and professional practices are followed, monitor production numbers, and work with contributors to meet project deadlines, resolve potential copyright or privacy concerns, review scanned items and metadata for quality control and upload the digital content to our institutional repository.

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Disaster Planning and Trustworthy Digital Repositories

Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Digital Repositories on July 14th, 2017

Rebecca D. Frank has self-archived Disaster Planning and Trustworthy Digital Repositories.

Here's an excerpt:

The goal of this study is to understand if digital repositories that have a preservation mandate are engaging in disaster planning, particularly in relation to their pursuit of trusted digital repository status. For those that are engaging in disaster planning, the study examines the creation of formal disaster response and recovery plans, finding that in most cases the process of going through an audit for certification as a trusted repository provides the impetus for the creation of formalized disaster planning documentation. This paper also discusses obstacles that repositories encounter and finds that most repositories struggle with making their documentation available

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Library Information Analyst at University of Arizona

Posted in Library IT Jobs on July 13th, 2017

The University of Arizona is recruiting a Library Information Analyst.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Library Information Analyst coordinates Access & Information Services (AIS) technology assessment activities, working in a 24/5 environment to support the technology needs of customers. This position will analyze and report quantitative and qualitative data gathered from various technology-related services including the iSpace (library maker space), equipment lending, and all public-facing user technology. Using this data, the incumbent will support strategic planning for improving and operationalizing technology-related services, provide analysis to support a wide variety of data to management, and makes recommendations for process improvements.

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"E-book Usage: Counting the Challenges and Opportunities"

Posted in E-Books, Publishing, Research Libraries, Scholarly Books on July 13th, 2017

Angela Conyers et al. have published "E-book Usage: Counting the Challenges and Opportunities" in Insights: the UKSG Journal.

Here's an excerpt:

This article summarizes how libraries and library consortia are acquiring and evaluating e-books, how usage statistics feature within library workflows, the issues faced in doing so and the resulting impact of these issues on understanding usage and informing purchasing of new titles. Discussions with publishers indicate how usage data are being used within the organization, the requirements of customers and the challenges involved in providing usage data for e-books. Assessing and evaluating e-book usage is a complex and challenging task with processes and workflows in development. A transition from print to e-books represents a significant change for libraries, and the availability of reliable usage statistics to support purchase decisions is vital.

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Chief, Digital Collections Management and Services at Library of Congress

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on July 13th, 2017

The Library of Congress is recruiting a Chief, Digital Collections Management and Services.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

This position reports to the Director, Technology Policy, in Library Services and is responsible for leading the newly established Digital Collections Management & Services Division. The division is responsible for providing support for the full lifecycle management of digital collections. This includes executing digitization projects using in-house or contractor digitization services. Digital Collection Management & Services staff collaborate with Library curatorial units, technical staff, and cross-service unit organizations to establish policies, implement new and streamline existing digital workflows, identify digital content management problems and propose solutions, provide training, and communicate best practices.

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"Availability of Open Reference Data Nears 50% as Major Societies and Influential Publishers Endorse the Initiative for Open Citations"

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on July 13th, 2017

eLife has released "Availability of Open Reference Data Nears 50% as Major Societies and Influential Publishers Endorse the Initiative for Open Citations."

Here's an excerpt:

Among the 20 publishers who contribute the largest amount of citation data, those who are making their citation data freely available now include: AIP Publishing, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the American Physical Society, De Gruyter, Emerald, and SciELO. They join Wiley, SAGE, Springer Nature, Taylor & Francis and many others who made their reference data available prior to, or as part of, the launch of I4OC. Out of the 20 largest contributors, 13 publishers have now moved their reference data into the public domain, and discussions are ongoing with several other publishers.

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Web Development Project Lead at University of Alabama

Posted in Library IT Jobs on July 12th, 2017

The University of Alabama is recruiting a Web Development Project Lead.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

This position will report to the Web Technologies and Development Manager, and will serve as project manager for assigned. web development projects. This position will play an important role in shaping the application and web development processes, and will be responsible for guiding developers to the successful completion of complex technology projects. The Web Development Projects Lead will actively engage in web project and application development work as directed by library needs, and the Manager of Web Technologies and Development.

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"Journal of Open Source Software (JOSS): Design And First-Year Review"

Posted in Open Access, Open Science, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on July 12th, 2017

Arfon M. Smith et al. have self-archived "Journal of Open Source Software (JOSS): Design And First-Year Review."

Here's an excerpt:

This article describes the motivation, design, and progress of the Journal of Open Source Software (JOSS). JOSS is a free and open-access journal that publishes articles describing research software. . . . JOSS publishes articles that encapsulate scholarship contained in the software itself, and its rigorous peer review targets the software components: functionality, documentation, tests, continuous integration, and the license. A JOSS article contains an abstract describing the purpose and functionality of the software, references, and a link to the software archive. The article is the entry point of a JOSS submission, which encompasses the full set of software artifacts. Submission and review proceed in the open, on GitHub. Editors, reviewers, and authors work collaboratively and openly. Unlike other journals, JOSS does not reject articles requiring major revision; while not yet accepted, articles remain visible and under review until the authors make adequate changes (or withdraw, if unable to meet requirements). Once an article is accepted, JOSS gives it a DOI, deposits its metadata in Crossref, and the article can begin collecting citations on indexers like Google Scholar and other services. Authors retain copyright of their JOSS article, releasing it under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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Senior System Administrator at MIT

Posted in Digital Library Jobs, Library IT Jobs on July 12th, 2017

MIT is recruiting a Senior System Administrator.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Will architect, monitor, maintain, and support the Libraries' production development and release environments; perform updates to deployed applications and supporting software libraries; monitor servers and applications and respond to system-level incidents and application-level events; codify–with stakeholders–service level agreements and uptime expectations; help provide and maintain testing infrastructure; and research, test, and make recommendations regarding new and emerging systems and server technologies.

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Elaine L. Westbrooks Named University Librarian and Vice Provost for University Libraries at UNC-CH

Posted in ARL Libraries, People in the News on July 12th, 2017

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has named Elaine L. Westbrooks as University Librarian and Vice Provost for University Libraries.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

At the University of Michigan [where she was Associate University Librarian for Research], Westbrooks led the library’s support of the research enterprise, facilitated the management of the operations and budget. Prior to her time in Ann Arbor, Westbrooks worked at research libraries at three other universities. She served as associate dean of libraries at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, held several positions in technical services at Cornell University Libraries and worked as a digital research and Latin American Cataloger at the University of Pittsburgh.

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Director of E-Resources at Florida Academic Library Services Cooperative

Posted in Electronic Resources Jobs on July 11th, 2017

The Florida Academic Library Services Cooperative is recruiting a Director of E-Resources.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Through a process of information gathering, data analysis, and market research, the Director develops strategies for he negotiation of multimillion dollar packages of online research content. This administrator oversees the FALSC budget for e-resources licensed to support the teaching, learning, and research needs of the Florida State University System (SUS) and Florida College System FCS).

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"Workflow Development for an Institutional Repository in an Emerging Research Institution"

Posted in Institutional Repositories, Open Access, Research Libraries, Self-Archiving on July 11th, 2017

Jeanne Hazzard and Stephanie Towery have published "Workflow Development for an Institutional Repository in an Emerging Research Institution" in the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication.

Here's an excerpt:

We discovered that our faculty retain nearly none of their pre-print or post-print versions of their published articles, and so we are unable to archive those titles in the repository. Nearly 47% of the articles found were in green journals that allow only pre- or post-print copies. Most faculty were unable to produce versions of their work other than the publisher’s PDF, which many publishers restrict from upload into a repository.

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Director of Digital Services and Open Educational Resources at Florida Academic Library Services Cooperative

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on July 11th, 2017

The Florida Academic Library Services Cooperative is recruiting a Director of Digital Services and Open Educational Resources.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Digital services and applications under the Director’s oversight include the statewide digital library platform Islandora, Florida Online Journals (Florida OJ), Archon/ ArchivesSpace, the Florida Digital Archive (FDA) and Dark Archive in the Sunshine State (DAITSS), and the Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETD) program.

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"The Changing Role of Research Publishing: A Case Study from Springer Nature"

Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Open Access, Open Science, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on July 11th, 2017

Steven Inchcoombe has published "The Changing Role of Research Publishing: A Case Study from Springer Nature" in Insights: the UKSG Journal.

Here's an excerpt:

Using Springer Nature as a case study this article explores the future of research publishing, with the guiding objective of identifying how such organizations can better serve the needs of researchers and those that support researchers (particularly academic institutions, institutional libraries, research funding bodies and academic societies) as we work together to help advance discovery for the benefit of all. Progress in four key areas is described: improving the publishing process, innovating across science communication, driving the growth and development of open research and adding value beyond publishing. The aim of this article is thus to set out a clear vision of what research publishers can achieve if they especially focus on addressing researchers’ needs and apply their considerable resources and expertise accordingly.

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DigitalKoans Posts Resume on 7/11/2017

Posted in Announcements on July 4th, 2017

DigitalKoans posts will resume on 7/11/2017.

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Software Preservation Program Manager at Yale University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on July 3rd, 2017

Yale University is recruiting a Software Preservation Program Manager.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to the Digital Preservation Manager, the Software Preservation Program Manager is responsible for growing and overseeing the implementation of software preservation and emulation related infrastructure and services within the University. A core focus of the Program Manager’s work will be contributing to the development of one or more grant applications for growing software preservation and emulation infrastructure and services within the university. The Program Manager will also contribute significantly to the management of the Software Preservation Network (SPN) including exploring and/or planning for the potential transition of SPN from decentralized hosting to institutional hosting at Yale. A secondary responsibility of the role will be to oversee the implementation of the Emulation as a Service (EaaS) Technology for use in providing access to general collections materials within the Library System.

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"Economics and Access 2017"

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on July 3rd, 2017

Walt Crawford has published "Economics and Access 2017" in Cites & Insights: Crawford at Large.

Here's an excerpt:

Now here we are—and it’s time to catch up with a variety of thoughts on economics and access. Most items cited come from 2016 and 2015. As usual, the groupings are somewhat arbitrary and items within a group are usually chronological.

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Beinecke Information Technology Project Manager at Yale University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on July 3rd, 2017

Yale University is recruiting a Beinecke Information Technology Project Manager .

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to the Head of Technology, the Information Technology Project Manager performs a lead role in the planning, facilitation, management, and implementation of activities associated with information technology projects at the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library. Work will be focused on information technology projects in support of the Beinecke Library's strategic and operational goals. The Information Technology Project Manager will build and maintain relationships with stakeholders throughout the Beinecke, our colleagues elsewhere at Yale, external vendors, and consultants.

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Research Data Infrastructures in the UK

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Reports and White Papers on July 3rd, 2017

The Open Research Data Task Force has released Research Data Infrastructures in the UK.

Here's an excerpt:

This report is intended to inform the work of the Open Research Data Task Force, which has been established with the aim of building on the principles set out in Open Research Data Concordat (published in July 2016) to co-ordinate creation of a roadmap to develop the infrastructure for open research data across the UK. As an initial contribution to that work, the report provides an outline of the policy and service infrastructure in the UK as it stands in the first half of 2017, including some comparisons with other countries; and it points to some key areas and issues which require attention.

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Data Curation Librarian at University of New Mexico

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on July 2nd, 2017

The University of New Mexico is recruiting a Data Curation Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Data Curation Librarian will provide coordinated, full-lifecycle research data curation support to researchers across all main-campus disciplines at UNM. These support services include assisting researchers in locating existing data for use in their research; identifying appropriate software, data storage and computation tools for their research activities; assisting in data management planning and plan development; and delivering data acquisition, processing, analysis, visualization, documentation, sharing, and preservation support services.

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"Open Access and Promotion and Tenure Evaluation Plans at the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire"

Posted in Open Access, Open Science on July 2nd, 2017

Stephanie H. Wical and Gregory J. Kocken have published "Open Access and Promotion and Tenure Evaluation Plans at the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire" in Serials Review.

Here's an excerpt:

Department and program evaluation plans at the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire were examined to see if these documents provide evidence that could be used to justify supporting the publication of peer-reviewed open access articles toward tenure and promotion. . . .

The existing body of scholarship suggests that tenure-line faculty fear publishing in open access journals because it could adversely impact their chances of promotion and tenure. The authors of this current study sought to determine if department and program evaluation plans could influence negative perceptions faculty have of open access journals.

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Data Services Librarian at University of Colorado Boulder

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on July 2nd, 2017

The University of Colorado Boulder is recruiting a Data Services Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Data Services Librarian provides leadership and support for a range of services related to accessing, using, manipulating, and managing quantitative data. With a focus on science and engineering faculty and students, this position partners with users and producers of quantitative data and helps to identify, develop, implement, and assess services to meet the data needs of the CU Boulder community. The Data Services Librarian provides outreach, consultation, and instruction on such topics as finding and accessing particular types of data, using statistical software and tools (e.g., SPSS, SAS, R), and preparing data for analysis.

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Archives Unleashed Project Awarded $610,625 Grant by Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Grants, Research Libraries on July 2nd, 2017

The Archives Unleashed Project has been awarded a $610,625 Grant by Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

The University of Waterloo and York University have been awarded a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to make petabytes of historical internet content accessible to scholars and others interested in researching the recent past. . . .

The three-year Archives Unleashed project has three major thrusts: First, the project will build a software toolkit that applies modern big data analytics infrastructure to scholarly analysis of web archives. Second, the toolkit will be deployed in a cloud-based environment that will provide a one-stop portal for scholars to ingest their collections and execute a number of analyses with the click of a mouse. Finally, datathons—or hackathons—will build a cohesive and sustainable user community by bringing the core project team members together with librarians, archivists, and other interested researchers.

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