Archive for 2017

Metadata Librarian at Columbia University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on November 16th, 2017

Columbia University is recruiting a Metadata Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The purpose of this position is to develop, document, maintain and apply standards and procedures for creating metadata used to manage, preserve, and provide access to digital content generated by the Libraries; to work with the Digital Library and Scholarly Technologies Group to ensure and coordinate integration of digital metadata with local and national systems, and to provide full original cataloging for resources in a variety of languages, formats and media.

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"Digital Music Libraries: Librarian Perspectives and the Challenges Ahead"

Posted in Digital Media, Libraries, Research Libraries on November 16th, 2017

Meghan Goodchild has published "Digital Music Libraries: Librarian Perspectives and the Challenges Ahead" in CAML Review.

Here's an excerpt:

This paper reports the results of a survey targeting current members of the Canadian Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres (CAML) that investigated the extent to which the current designs and structures of digital music libraries meet the needs of librarians in collecting, preserving, organizing, and disseminating diverse types of music documents. The challenges and barriers experienced in hosting digital collections are discussed. The gap between the current and ideal functionalities, as well as the future possibilities, are explored.

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Digital Archivist and Institutional Repository Librarian at Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on November 15th, 2017

Worcester Polytechnic Institute is recruiting a Digital Archivist and Institutional Repository Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Manages, plans, and develops WPI library’s digital archives and institutional repository, including collections of faculty and student scholarship, digital cultural and data collections, digital exhibits, and digital publishing systems and services.

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"Leading Across Boundaries: Collaborative Leadership and the Institutional Repository in Research Universities and Liberal Arts Colleges"

Posted in ARL Libraries, Digital Repositories, Institutional Repositories, Open Access, Research Libraries, Self-Archiving on November 15th, 2017

David M. Seaman has self-archived "Leading Across Boundaries: Collaborative Leadership and the Institutional Repository in Research Universities and Liberal Arts Colleges."

Here's an excerpt:

Two methodologies—content analysis of IR web pages and surveys of library directors and IR developers—were employed to determine if IRs revealed evidence of collaborative leadership. The study populations were those members of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the Oberlin Group of liberal arts colleges that operated IR services by July 2014 (146 institutions overall). The research examined if IR format, size, age, nomenclature, or technology platform varied between ARL and Oberlin Group members. It asked if there is any difference in the perception of collaborative leadership traits, perceived IR success, or collaborative involvement with stakeholder communities between ARL and Oberlin Group members or between library directors and IR developers. The study found evidence of all six collaborative leadership traits being examined: assessing the environment for collaboration, creating clarity, building trust, sharing power, developing people, and self-reflection.

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Data and Government Information Librarian at Rice University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on November 15th, 2017

Rice University is recruiting a Data and Government Information Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to the Head, Kelley Center for Government Information, Data and Geospatial Services, the Data and Government Information Librarian helps to lead the library’s data services, including the discovery, use, and management of locally created and externally available statistical data, and through a range of services, support the library’s membership in the FDLP.

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"CLIR Receives Sloan Foundation Grants for Software and Data Curation Fellows, Energy Fellows"

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Grants on November 15th, 2017

CLIR has released "CLIR Receives Sloan Foundation Grants for Software and Data Curation Fellows, Energy Fellows."

Here's an excerpt:

A $521,200 grant from Sloan's Energy and Environment program—its first to CLIR—will create a cohort of CLIR/Digital Library Federation (DLF) Postdoctoral Fellows in Data Curation for Energy Economics, a new area of focus for the postdoctoral fellowship program. Energy fellows will have joint appointments between energy research centers and libraries at four major universities for two years starting in 2018.

A $925,361 grant from Sloan's Digital Information Technology program, which has funded research data curation fellowships since 2012, will help support eight new scholar-practitioners to take leading roles in the development of sustainable approaches to software and research data curation in the sciences and social sciences.

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Caleb T. Winchester University Librarian at Wesleyan University

Posted in Research Libraries on November 14th, 2017

Wesleyan University is recruiting a Caleb T. Winchester University Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The University Librarian serves as the main public voice for the Library and participates actively in many collaborations both on and off campus. The University Librarian directly supervises the work of the Library leadership team of two Associate University Librarians, the Science Librarian, and the Director of Special Collections & Archives, who manage the day to day operations of their respective areas. The University Librarian also supervises the Archaeological Collections Manager and the Curator of the Davison Art Collection.

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"Faculty Attitudes toward Open Access and Scholarly Communications: Disciplinary Differences on an Urban and Health Science Campus"

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on November 14th, 2017

Jere Odell, Kristi Palmer, and Emily Dill have published "Faculty Attitudes toward Open Access and Scholarly Communications: Disciplinary Differences on an Urban and Health Science Campus" in the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication.

Here's an excerpt:

Access to scholarship in the health sciences has greatly increased in the last decade. The adoption of the 2008 U.S. National Institutes of Health Public Access Policy and the launch of successful open access journals in health sciences have done much to move the exchange of scholarship beyond the subscription-only model. One might assume, therefore, that scholars publishing in the health sciences would be more supportive of these changes. However, the results of this survey of attitudes on a campus with a large medical faculty show that health science respondents were uncertain of the value of recent changes in the scholarly communication system.

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Data Management Specialist at Colorado State University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on November 14th, 2017

Colorado State University is recruiting a Data Management Specialist.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

This position is responsible for the coordination and deployment of data services during the research life cycle. This includes advising researchers on creating and implementing data management plans at CSU; partnering with the College Liaison Librarians in outreach to CSU faculty, working with the Data Management Committee, the Information Science & Technology Center (ISTeC), and the Office of the Vice President for Research; and providing training and consulting services.

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"Cost Estimates of an Open Access Mandate for Monographs in the UK’s Third Research Excellence Framework"

Posted in E-Books, Open Access, Publishing, Research Libraries, Scholarly Books on November 14th, 2017

Martin Paul Eve et al. have published "Cost Estimates of an Open Access Mandate for Monographs in the UK's Third Research Excellence Framework" in Insights.

Here's an excerpt:

The recent ‘Consultation on the second Research Excellence Framework' (REF) in the UK contains an annex that signals the extension of the open access mandate to monographs. In the service of promoting discussion, rather than prescribing a forward route, this article estimates the costs of implementing such a mandate based on REF 2014 volume, taking the criteria signalled in the annex, and identifies funding sources that could support it. We estimate that to publish 75% of anticipated monographic submission output for the next REF would require approximately £96m investment over the census period. This is equivalent to £19.2m per year. Academic library budgets as they are currently apportioned would not support this cost. However, these sums are but a fraction of the total quality-related funding, Arts and Humanities Research Council and Economic and Social Research Council budgets. We close with a series of provocative suggestions for how the mandate could be implemented.

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DigitalKoans Posts Resume on 11/14/2017

Posted in Announcements on October 27th, 2017

DigitalKoans posts will resume on 11/14/2017.

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University Librarian at Boston University

Posted in ARL Libraries, Research Libraries on October 27th, 2017

Boston University is recruiting a University Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Boston University Libraries seeks a transformational leader who will re-envision a 21st century hybrid library with an advanced capacity to support research teaching and learning across geographic, language, and disciplinary borders, leveraging innovations in digital and information technology.

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"Journal Flipping or a Public Open Access Infrastructure? What Kind of Open Access Future Do We Want?"

Posted in Digital Repositories, Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals, Self-Archiving on October 27th, 2017

Tony Ross-Hellauer and Benedikt Fecher have published "Journal Flipping or a Public Open Access Infrastructure? What Kind of Open Access Future Do We Want?" in LSE Impact of Social Sciences.

Here's an excerpt:

Open access (OA) is advocated by science funders, policymakers and researchers alike. It will most likely be the default way of publishing in the not-so-distant future. Nonetheless, the dominant approach to achieve OA at the moment—journal flipping—could have adverse long-term effects for science. To try to stir debate, we here present two dichotomic scenarios for open access in 20 years' time [journal flipping vs. a public open access infrastructure].

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Digital Archivist at Stanford University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on October 27th, 2017

Stanford University is recruiting a Digital Archivist .

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Stanford Libraries is seeking an innovative Digital Archivist to develop and maintain a sustainable program for long-term curation of born-digital materials&mdashincluding appraisal, transfer, and processing, as well as collaborating with staff across the libraries to test and implement discovery and access solutions. They will report to the Head, Collection Services & Born-Digital Program.

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"Pay What You Want as a Pricing Model for Open Access Publishing?"

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on October 27th, 2017

Martin Spann et al. have published "Pay What You Want as a Pricing Model for Open Access Publishing?" in Communications of the ACM.

Here's an excerpt:

The observed payments from our experiment together with the preliminary results from other experiments (that is, Cogent OA) indicate that PWYW may work in the context of open access publishing. The results suggest that a substantial fraction of authors do pay APCs voluntarily, in some cases even more than regularly asked.

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Digital Library Software Engineer at Harvard University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on October 26th, 2017

Harvard University is recruiting a Digital Library Software Engineer (funded until June 30, 2018 with the possibility of renewal).

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Provide technical support and for the systems and services used by the Office for Scholarly Communications as well as services provided to scholars to support open access policies and system infrastructure.

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"Building a Culture of Data Sharing: Policy Design and Implementation for Research Data Management in Development Research"

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Open Access, Open Science, Publishing on October 26th, 2017

Cameron Neylon has published "Building a Culture of Data Sharing: Policy Design and Implementation for Research Data Management in Development Research" in Research Ideas and Outcomes.

Here's an excerpt:

The project had two core findings. First that the shift from an aim of changing behaviour, to changing culture, has both subtle and profound implications for policy design and implementation. A particular finding is that the single point of contact that many data management and sharing policies create where a Data Management Plan is required at grant submission but then not further utilised is at best neutral and likely counter productive in supporting change in researcher culture.

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Digital and Media Archives Coordinator at San Francisco Symphony

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on October 26th, 2017

The San Francisco Symphony is recruiting a Digital and Media Archives Coordinator.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Digital and Media Archives Coordinator works closely with the Archivist and is responsible for migration of obsolete media into archival formats, digitization projects that promote access and use of analog text and image collections, and long term preservation of born-digital heritage in all formats.

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"Dissertation to Book? A Snapshot of Dissertations Published As Books in 2014 and 2105, Available in Open Access Institutional Repositories"

Posted in Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs), Open Access, Open Science, Publishing, Scholarly Books, Self-Archiving on October 26th, 2017

Anna Marie Johnson et al. have published "Dissertation to Book? A Snapshot of Dissertations Published As Books in 2014 and 2105, Available in Open Access Institutional Repositories" in the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication.

Here's an excerpt:

Only a small percentage of books published as dissertations were found in ProQuest and then subsequently in IRs. The number of libraries holding book titles with corresponding dissertations in IRs dropped between 2014 and 2015.

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Systems Librarian at University of North Carolina at Pembroke

Posted in Library IT Jobs on October 25th, 2017

The University of North Carolina at Pembroke is recruiting a Systems Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Systems Librarian provides leadership in administering the varied specialized systems (ILS, etc.) unique to the library. This position also enables collaborative efforts with other university partners (DoIt, Web Administrator, etc.) to ensure cooperative efforts.

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OCLC 2016-2017 Annual Report Released

Posted in OCLC on October 25th, 2017

OCLC has released its 2016-2017 annual report.

Here's an excerpt:

OCLC's revenues from library services in FY17 increased by $5 million over the prior year as more than 450 libraries worldwide are now using WorldShare Management Services. . . .

Although OCLC's operating results in FY17 reported a loss before portfolio activity, our financial results improved significantly from the previous year, reflecting the impact of higher revenues, completion of facility renovations, and major technology projects, as well as our ongoing efforts to minimize general and administrative cost increases.

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Programmer Analyst III at University of California, Irvine

Posted in Library IT Jobs on October 25th, 2017

The University of California, Irvine is recruiting a Programmer Analyst III.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Under the general supervision of the DevOps Unit Supervisor, this position will provide technical support for the Library Services Platform (LSP) and serve as application developer. Additionally, the incumbent will coordinate activities with other members of the Information Technology (IT) Department in support of the Libraries IT infrastructure and collaborate with other LSP and technical staff in the UCI Libraries, on campus and system-wide as appropriate.

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"’Let the Community Decide’? The Vision and Reality of Soundness-Only Peer Review in Open-Access Mega-Journals"

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on October 25th, 2017

Valerie Spezi et al. have published "'Let the Community Decide'? The Vision and Reality of Soundness-Only Peer Review in Open-Access Mega-Journals" in the Journal of Documentation.

Here's an excerpt:

Findings suggest that in reality criteria beyond technical or scientific soundness can and do influence editorial decisions. Deviations from the original OAMJ model are both publisher supported (in the form of requirements for an article to be “worthy” of publication) and practice driven (in the form of some reviewers and editors applying traditional peer review criteria to OAMJ submissions). Also publishers believe post-publication evaluation of novelty, significance and relevance remains problematic.

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Records Manager/Digital Archivist at Brown University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on October 24th, 2017

Brown University is recruiting a Records Manager/Digital Archivist.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to the University Archivist and Assistant Director of the John Hay Library, the Records Manager/Digital Archivist will develop and implement a records management program for institutional records in both analog and digital formats.

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The State of Open Data Report 2017

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Repositories, Open Access, Open Science, Publishing, Self-Archiving on October 24th, 2017

Figshare has released The State of Open Data Report 2017.

Here's an excerpt:

Its key finding is that open data has become more embedded in the research community—82% of survey respondents are aware of open data sets and more researchers are curating their data for sharing.

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