Archive for 2017

"ARL Statistics 2014–2015 and Updated Trends Graphs Published"

Posted in ARL Libraries, Research Libraries on March 20th, 2017

ARL has released "ARL Statistics 2014–2015 and Updated Trends Graphs Published."

Here's an excerpt:

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has released the ARL Statistics 2014–2015 and updated its free series of graphs showing trends in the ARL Statistics data over time. These two publications present information describing the collections, staffing, expenditures, and service activities of the Association’s 124 member libraries in fiscal year 2014–2015. Of these, 114 are university libraries (15 in Canada and 99 in the US); the remaining 10 are public, governmental, and nonprofit research libraries (1 in Canada, 9 in the US).

See also: "ARL Academic Law Library Statistics 2014–2015 Published" and "ARL Academic Health Sciences Library Statistics 2014–2015 Published."

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"Leveraging Exceptions and Limitations for Digital Curation and Online Collections: The U.S. Case"

Posted in Copyright, Digital Archives and Special Collections, Digital Copyright Wars, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on March 17th, 2017

Patricia Aufderheide has published "Leveraging Exceptions and Limitations for Digital Curation and Online Collections: The U.S. Case" in Libellarium: Journal for the Research of Writing, Books, and Cultural Heritage Institutions.

Here's an excerpt:

Librarians wanting to use digital affordances for their patron’s and public benefit have increasingly found themselves frustrated by copyright law designed for a pre-digital era. In the U.S., this frustration has driven the nation’s most prestigious library group, the Association of Research Libraries, to explore the utility of the major exception to copyright monopoly rights, fair use, in order to accomplish basic curation and collection goals in a digital era. The ARL's efforts to clarify how libraries can employ fair use has resulted in sometimes-dramatic changes in how work is done, and has permitted innovation at some universities. Its approach demonstrates the power of consensus in a professional field to permit innovation within the law.

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Discovery Infrastructure Developer at Princeton University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on March 17th, 2017

Princeton University is recruiting a Discovery Infrastructure Developer.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The developer in this position will work with a variety of data and metadata formats, and will be part of the team that manages the library’s Blacklight-based discovery system. We are looking to expand the skills of our discovery team to include additional experience with geospatial and archival resources in particular, and, as such, developers with relevant experience in one of these areas who also meet the requirements listed below will be given the highest level of consideration.

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AAU, ARL, and AAUP Will Launch Open Access Monograph Publishing Initiative

Posted in ARL Libraries, Open Access, Publishing, Research Libraries, Scholarly Books on March 17th, 2017

AAU, ARL, and AAUP will launch the Open Access Monograph Publishing Initiative this spring.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

The universities and colleges directly participating in this initiative will incorporate three components into their digital monograph publishing projects: provide a baseline university publishing grant of $15,000 to support the publication of an open access, digital monograph of 90,000 words or less (with additional funding for works of greater length or complexity to be negotiated by the author, institution, and publisher); set a target of awarding at least three publishing grants per year; and commit to participating in this initiative for five years.

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Digital Curation News (3/16/2017) #digitalcuration #digitalpreservation #datamanagement #researchdata #rdm

Posted in Digital Curation News on March 16th, 2017

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Digital Infrastructure Developer at Princeton University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on March 16th, 2017

Princeton University is recruiting a Digital Infrastructure Developer (2 positions).

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

As a member of the growing Library Systems development team, reporting to the Library Application Development Manager, the developers in this position will implement, test, and document applications using the Hydra repository framework as well as other open source applications related to digital preservation, access, and associated workflows.

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"Open Access to Scientific Information in Emerging Countries"

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on March 16th, 2017

Joachim Schöpfel has published "Open Access to Scientific Information in Emerging Countries" in D-Lib Magazine.

Here's an excerpt:

Access to information plays a critical role in supporting development. Open access to scientific information is one solution. Up to now, the open access movement has been most successful in the Western hemisphere. The demand for open access is great in the developing world as it can contribute to solving problems related to access gaps. Five emerging countries, called BRICS — Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa — play a specific and leading role with a significant influence on regional and global affairs because of their large and fast-growing national economies, their demography and geographic situation. In order to better understand open access in each of the five countries, in this paper we take a look at specific conditions in each country, relying on data from information professionals and scientists from BRICS, with an empirical approach focused on country-specific characteristics and challenges. The paper is an updated and enriched synthesis of a recent work on open access in the BRICS countries published by Litwin, Sacramento CA.

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Data Management Analyst at University of California, Davis

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on March 16th, 2017

The University of California, Davis is recruiting a Data Management Analyst.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Under general direction of Social Science Data Service (SSDS) and the Associate Director of the University Library's Data Management Program provide leadership and expertise for research data management and analysis across a broad array of researchers in the Division of Social Sciences and other researchers working with survey-type and qualitative data.

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"The Landscape of Research Data Repositories in 2015: A re3data Analysis"

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Digital Repositories on March 16th, 2017

Maxi Kindling et al. have published "The Landscape of Research Data Repositories in 2015: A re3data Analysis" in D-Lib Magazine.

Here's an excerpt:

This article provides a comprehensive descriptive and statistical analysis of metadata information on 1,381 research data repositories worldwide and across all research disciplines. The analyzed metadata is derived from the re3data database, enabling search and browse functionalities for the global registry of research data repositories. The analysis focuses mainly on institutions that operate research data repositories, types and subjects of research data repositories (RDR), access conditions as well as services provided by the research data repositories. RDR differ in terms of the service levels they offer, languages they support or standards they comply with. These statements are commonly acknowledged by saying the RDR landscape is heterogeneous. As expected, we found a heterogeneous RDR landscape that is mostly influenced by the repositories' disciplinary background for which they offer services.

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Research Data Management Librarian or Specialist at University of Arizona

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on March 15th, 2017

The University of Arizona is recruiting a Research Data Management Librarian or Specialist.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

This position will serve two major purposes. 1) Provide data management and curation support for research projects such as recommending data management technology and tools, metadata standards in collaboration with the metadata librarian, and assist researchers in depositing their data in disciplinary repositories or the Campus Repository. 2) Work with the data curation librarian to expand data management and curation services and programs focusing on reaching out to campus to provide a variety of educational support for data management and data curation, including engagement with graduate and diverse students around best practices.

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"’Just Google It’—The Scope of Freely Available Information Sources for Doctoral Thesis Writing"

Posted in Google and Other Search Engines, Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Books, Scholarly Journals on March 15th, 2017

Vincas Grigas et al. have published "'Just Google It'—The Scope of Freely Available Information Sources for Doctoral Thesis Writing" in Information Research.

Here's an excerpt:

Library collections and subscribed databases could cover up to 80 per cent of all information resources used in doctoral theses. Among the most significant findings to emerge from this study is the fact that on average more than half (57 per cent) of all utilised information resources were freely available or were accessed without library support. We may presume that the library as a direct intermediator for information users is potentially important and irreplaceable only in four out of ten attempts of PhD students to seek information.

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Digital Preservation Librarian or Specialist at University of Arizona

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on March 15th, 2017

The University of Arizona is recruiting a Digital Preservation Librarian or Specialist.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

This position will collaborate closely with colleagues across various programs, including digital projects teams in Special Collections, technologists working on digital preservation repository administration, as well as institutional repository staff regarding preservation planning. The Digital Preservation Specialist will monitor trends and best practices in digital preservation and incorporate corresponding workflows across the libraries. This role will guide best practices and workflow integration between systems across the libraries to enable long-lived digital objects. The incumbent will report to the head of ODIS.

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Web Archiving in the United States: A 2016 Survey

Posted in Digital Archives and Special Collections, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on March 15th, 2017

The National Digital Stewardship Alliance has released Web Archiving in the United States: A 2016 Survey .

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

From January 20 to February 16, 2016, a team representing multiple NDSA member institutions and interest groups conducted a survey of organizations in the United States actively involved in, or planning to start, programs to archive content from the Web. This effort built upon a similar survey undertaken by NDSA in late 2011 and published online in June 2012 and a second survey in late 2013 published online in September 2014.

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DigitalKoans Posts Resume on 3/15/2017

Posted in Announcements on March 3rd, 2017

DigitalKoans posts will resume on 3/15/2017.

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Humanities Research and Digital Instruction Librarian at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on March 3rd, 2017

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is recruiting a Humanities Research and Digital Instruction Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

This position will provide research consultations for both traditional and digital humanities research and projects in collaboration with the UNC Libraries’ Research Hub staff, facilitate digital scholarship projects and extend relationships with campus partners. The Humanities Research and Digital Instruction Librarian will develop training and serve as a resource for subject librarians who want to incorporate digital projects in teaching and learning.

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"New FCC Chairman Begins Attacks on Internet Privacy"

Posted in Legislation and Government Regulation, Privacy on March 3rd, 2017

The EFF has released "New FCC Chairman Begins Attacks on Internet Privacy."

Here's an excerpt:

Newly minted Republican FCC Chairman Ajit Pai just granted the telecom industry its wish: he has blocked new requirements that Internet service providers (ISPs) like Comcast apply common sense security practices to protect your private data. . . .

Republicans in Congress are planning a much bigger assault on the Internet, by making it illegal for the FCC to protect consumer privacy online. With heavy support from the cable and telephone industry, they are hoping to use a rare and far reaching tool known as a Congressional Review Act resolution, which would not only completely eliminate all of the FCC's broadband privacy rules (not just the data security rule), it would prohibit the FCC from ever enacting any "substantially similar" privacy rules in the future. Because of the current regulatory landscape, the Federal Trade Commission is also barred from policing ISPs, leaving no federal cop on the beat to protect consumer privacy in this space.

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Digital Scholarship Project Manager at Yale University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on March 3rd, 2017

Yale University is recruiting a Digital Scholarship Project Manager.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Responsible for the coordination and completion of projects for Digital Scholarship Services (DSS) in the Yale University Library. Oversees all aspects of digital scholarship project management. Sets deadlines, assigns responsibilities, and monitors and summarizes progress of projects. Prepares reports for upper management regarding status of projects.

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"Data Science Programs in U.S. Higher Education: An Interview with the Authors"

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management on March 3rd, 2017

Rong Tang and Watinee Sae-Lim are featured in "Data Science Programs in U.S. Higher Education: An Interview with the Authors," a video article, in the Journal of eScience Librarianship. A transcript of the interview is also available.

Here's an excerpt:

Their exploratory content analysis of 30 randomly selected Data Science (DS) programs from eight disciplines revealed significant gaps in current DS education in the United States. These findings have implications for improving DS education in iSchools and across other disciplines.

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Assistant Professor of Library Media/Open Access Project Initiative Librarian at Southern Utah University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on March 2nd, 2017

Southern Utah University is recruiting an Assistant Professor of Library Media/Open Access Project Initiative Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

This position will be the driving force in the University’s open textbook initiative. This person will work with individual faculty and departments looking for opportunities to adopt open access textbooks across the curriculum with priority on general education courses. Will track adoptions, effect on student learning, and fiscal savings for students.

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"Open-Access Mega-Journals: The Future of Scholarly Communication or Academic Dumping Ground? A Review"

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on March 2nd, 2017

Valerie Spezi, et al. have published "Open-Access Mega-Journals: The Future of Scholarly Communication or Academic Dumping Ground? A Review" in the Journal of Documentation.

Here's an excerpt:

This paper represents the first comprehensive review of the mega-journal phenomenon, drawing not only on the published academic literature, but also grey, professional and informal sources. The paper advances a number of ways in which the role of OAMJs in the scholarly communication environment can be conceptualised.

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Digital Humanities Librarian at University of Kentucky

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on March 2nd, 2017

The University of Kentucky is recruiting a Digital Humanities Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to the Director of Digital Scholarship, the Digital Humanities Librarian will explore and promote new models for digital publishing, participate in research data management initiatives, and serve as a resource person for scholarly communication issues. Responsibilities will include working collaboratively with colleagues throughout UK Libraries and the campus to advance the content development and management of UKnowledge (http://uknowledge.uky.edu), the university's institutional repository.

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"Copyright Compliance and Infringement in ResearchGate Full-Text Journal Articles"

Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars, E-Prints, Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals, Self-Archiving on March 2nd, 2017

Hamid R. Jamali has self-archived "Copyright Compliance and Infringement in ResearchGate Full-Text Journal Articles."

Here's an excerpt:

This study aims to investigate the extent to which ResearchGate members as authors of journal articles comply with publishers' copyright policies when they self-archive full-text of their articles on ResearchGate. . . . The key finding was that 201 (51.3%) out of 392 non-OA articles infringed the copyright and were non-compliant with publishers' policy. While 88.3% of journals allowed some form of self-archiving (SHERPA/RoMEO green, blue or yellow journals), the majority of non-compliant cases (97.5%) occurred when authors self-archived publishers' PDF files (final published version).

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Librarian: Digital Collections at Texas State University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on March 1st, 2017

Texas State University is recruiting a Librarian: Digital Collections.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to the Head of Digital and Web Services, the Digital Collections Librarian will provide daily management and oversight of the university’s institutional repository, data repository and assistance with metadata on digital projects.

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"Public Funding and Open Access to Research: A Review of Canadian Multiple Sclerosis Research"

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on March 1st, 2017

Caitlin Bakker et al. have published "Public Funding and Open Access to Research: A Review of Canadian Multiple Sclerosis Research" in the Journal of Medical Internet Research.

Here's an excerpt:

Objective: The goal of the study was to determine the open access (OA) cost implications and repository policies of journals frequently used by a sample of MS researchers. This study benchmarked current publishing preferences by MS Society of Canada researchers by examining the OA full-text availability of journal articles written by researchers funded between 2009 and 2014. . . .

Results: There were 758 articles analyzed in this study, of which 288 (38.0%) were OA articles. The majority of authors were still relying on journal policies for deposit in PubMed Central or availability on publisher websites for OA. Gold OA journals accounted for 10.2% of the journals in this study and were associated with significantly lower APCs (US $1900) than in hybrid journals (US $3000). Review of the journal self-archiving options highlighted the complexity of stipulations that authors would have to navigate to legally deposit a version of their article.

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Head, Digital Collections and Preservation Systems at Columbia University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on March 1st, 2017

Columbia University is recruiting a Head, Digital Collections and Preservation Systems.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Columbia University Libraries (CUL) is seeking a dynamic library information professional to provide leadership in support of its expanding programs in digital collection building, digital archives and digital preservation. The acquisition, provision of access, and preservation of digitized and born-digital content and cultural heritage materials is a major programmatic area within the Libraries. CUL is engaged in a number of exciting, high-profile digital initiatives, grant-supported projects and software development and implementation programs, and is also involved in collaborative activities with other research libraries and colleague institutions.

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