Joseph Salem Jr. Recommended to Michigan State University Board of Trustees as Director of Libraries/University Librarian

Joseph Salem Jr. has been recommended to the Michigan State University Board of Trustees as the Director of Libraries/University Librarian.

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Salem is currently the associate dean for learning, undergraduate services and commonwealth campus libraries at Penn State, a role he assumed in 2015.

In that role, he has led Penn State's open and affordable course content program, built the libraries' assessment effort, developed a programmatic approach to teaching and learning, developed the Diversity Librarian Residency program, created undergraduate internships and graduate assistantships within the libraries and led strategic and space planning.

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Senior Digital Library Software Engineer at Harvard University

Harvard University is recruiting a Senior Digital Library Software Engineer.

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Library Technology Services is seeking a senior software engineer to assist in the building of modern web systems for our digital library solutions. The ideal candidate will have skills in Angular, JavaScript, HTML and CSS to build modern web interfaces for our digital library solutions. . . . Working closely with our UI specialist to ensure conformance to library standards and accessibility requirements, will be part of ensuring that work meets organizational requirements.

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"An Ethical Framework for Library Publishing, Version 0.5 (Draft for Comment)"

Jason Boczar et al. have self-archived "An Ethical Framework for Library Publishing, Version 0.5 (Draft for Comment)." This document is under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) license.

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Background: At the Library Publishing Coalition (LPC) Membership Meeting at the 2017 Library Publishing Forum in Baltimore, Maryland, the community discussed how the LPC can respond to the current political climate. The discussion was wide-ranging, but kept coming back to the importance of library values and our responsibility as library publishers to center our publishing practice around them. A number of those present offered to devise a way for the conversation to continue beyond the Forum. That group included Marilyn Billings, Jason Boczar, Rebel Cummings-Sauls, Harrison W. Inefuku, Joshua Neds-Fox, Matt Ruen, Emily Stenberg, and Monica Westin, who proposed a task force to tackle the issues raised. This task force was charged with creating an Ethical Framework for Library Publishing . From July of 2017 to June of 2018, the task force members (listed on the title page as authors of this document) identified the topics to be covered in the framework, and then worked in subgroups to review the literature on those topics and identify existing resources of particular relevance to the community of library publishers. The subgroups then drafted the sections you see in this document. Throughout this process, they worked iteratively to devise a structure and format for the framework—a challenging task, and one for which there were many inspirations, but no clear models. In the end, they decided that the most effective structure for the document would break each section into an introduction, a scope statement, a review of existing resources, and a set of recommendations for library publishers. Some sections also include a note about new resources that are needed and/or further readings on the topic.

Context: library publishing and ethics: Academic libraries have entered the publishing space due to changes in ways of disseminating information and in response to faculty members’ desire to control their own publishing destiny. This work has been enabled by the emergence of open source or low-cost technologies for publishing, but the motivations for it are broad and deep—for example, library publishers are also deeply engaged with emerging forms of scholarship (and emerging disciplines) that do not yet have a voice within the traditional publishing environment. These motivations often include a desire for increased openness and sustainability in the scholarly communication landscape. Unlike commercial publishers and traditional presses, the work of library publishers is largely funded through existing library budgets without a profit motive. The goal is instead to increase the impact of scholarship created by faculty and students affiliated with an institution and to disseminate that scholarship as broadly as possible, by emphasizing open access as a means of distribution. Because these publishing activities for academic libraries are a relatively recent endeavor, education and training for librarians as publishers is not fully established and thus one of the objectives for preparing this guide. Publishing as a role for librarians is increasing in importance for all academic libraries and is not limited to just research libraries, but also includes community colleges and four-year undergraduate institutions. Library publishers are also uniquely positioned to look beyond traditional prestige publishing priorities to partner with faculty, students, and organizations in order provide services such as data preservation and engage in publishing as pedagogy. As relative newcomers to the world of publishing, libraries are able to draw on a wealth of resources and expertise developed by more established players. To avoid reinventing the wheel, this document is structured primarily around existing resources. The framework pulls together existing publishing codes of ethics (many of which are included in the Publishing Practice section), along with resources from librarianship and other related fields, and contextualizes them for library publishers. The recommendations in each section attempt to distill a wealth of knowledge and guidance into a small set of actionable steps meant to answer the question, "But how do I get started?" They are by no means the only steps to be taken in these areas, but they may help library publishers begin to incorporate these important ethical considerations into their work.

Future plans for the framework From the beginning of this project, the taskforce designed An Ethical Framework for Library Publishing to be an iterative document, more formal than a wiki but less so than a monograph or white paper. The founding group of authors worked on the framework with an understanding that every topic could not be covered, especially with a goal to create a document in less than a year. This framework was always envisioned as a starting place. In light of an iterative approach, we have decided to call this version 1 from the outset. The definitive version of An Ethical Framework for Library Publishing will always be the most current version. Versioning the document will also help make visible the historical transition. Version 2, the taskforce hopes, can be started by a new group of library publishing professionals with new views and ideas. In this way, we hope, An Ethical Framework for Library Publishing will never be a static, antiquated document created only from the viewpoint of a small group of people. It can, and should, be a community project.

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Programmer, Integrated Library System at George Washington University

George Washington University is recruiting a Programmer, Integrated Library System.

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The Programmer, ILS takes an innovative, service-centric approach to the management of the integrated library system and discovery systems. S/he will be responsible for managing the vendor-hosted ILS (Alma), discovery tool (Primo), and link resolver; and proxy authentication system (EZproxy). The Programmer, ILS will perform software development, front end design, and other tasks as required for the ongoing enhancement or maintenance of GWLAI custom software tools, primarily in support of information discovery.

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"Frictionless Data: Making Research Data Quality Visible"

Dan Fowler, Jo Barratt, and Paul Walsh have published "Frictionless Data: Making Research Data Quality Visible " in the International Journal of Digital Curation.

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There is significant friction in the acquisition, sharing, and reuse of research data. It is estimated that eighty percent of data analysis is invested in the cleaning and mapping of data (Dasu and Johnson,2003). This friction hampers researchers not well versed in data preparation techniques from reusing an ever-increasing amount of data available within research data repositories. Frictionless Data is an ongoing project at Open Knowledge International focused on removing this friction. We are doing this by developing a set of tools, specifications, and best practices for describing, publishing, and validating data. The heart of this project is the "Data Package", a containerization format for data based on existing practices for publishing open source software. This paper will report on current progress toward that goal.

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Data Librarian at Florida Institute of Technology

Florida Institute of Technology is recruiting a Data Librarian.

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  • Consults on grant requirements related to data management, data sharing, and publication. Participates on research teams providing data management consultation and research data services
  • Collects, organizes, analyzes, and creates visualizations of data related to publication and research impact
  • Engages the campus in broader conversations surrounding e-science and e-scholarship initiatives

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"Library Carpentry: Software Skills Training for Library Professionals"

Jez Cope and James Baker have published "Library Carpentry: Software Skills Training for Library Professionals" in the International Journal of Digital Curation.

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Much time and energy is now being devoted to developing the skills of researchers in the related areas of data analysis and data management. However, less attention is currently paid to developing the data skills of librarians themselves: these skills are often brought in by recruitment in niche areas rather than considered as a wider development need for the library workforce, and are not widely recognised as important to the professional career development of librarians. We believe that building computational and data science capacity within academic libraries will have direct benefits for both librarians and the users we serve.

Library Carpentry is a global effort to provide training to librarians in technical areas that have traditionally been seen as the preserve of researchers, IT support and systems librarians. Established non-profit volunteer organisations, such as Software Carpentry and Data Carpentry, offer introductory research software skills training with a focus on the needs and requirements of research scientists. Library Carpentry is a comparable introductory software skills training programme with a focus on the needs and requirements of library and information professionals. This paper describes how the material was developed and delivered, and reports on challenges faced, lessons learned and future plans.

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Digital Collections Manager at New York University

New York University is recruiting a Digital Collections Manager.

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The Digital Collections Manager will act as the service owner of our academic digital repository services. They will collaborate with staff across the Division of Libraries and the University to design and implement the enhanced repository services for a variety of materials and needs, such as faculty publications, research data, archival collections, and born-digital collections. The Digital Collections Manager will be an integral part of evaluating the library’s digital technology services through reporting and analyzing data.

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"Implementing a Research Data Policy at Leiden University "

Fieke Schoots et al. have published "Implementing a Research Data Policy at Leiden University " in the International Journal of Digital Curation.

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In this paper, we discuss the various stages of the institution-wide project that lead to the adoption of the data management policy at Leiden University in 2016. We illustrate this process by highlighting how we have involved all stakeholders. Each organisational unit was represented in the project teams. Results were discussed in a sounding board with both academic and support staff. Senior researchers acted as pioneers and raised awareness and commitment among their peers. By way of example, we present pilot projects from two faculties. We then describe the comprehensive implementation programme that will create facilities and services that must allow implementing the policy as well as monitoring and evaluating it. Finally, we will present lessons learnt and steps ahead. The engagement of all stakeholders, as well as explicit commitment from the Executive Board, has been an important key factor for the success of the project and will continue to be an important condition for the steps ahead.

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Department Head, Library IT Services at University of Rochester

The University of Rochester is recruiting a Department Head, Library IT Services.

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General Purpose: The River Campus Libraries (RCL) seeks an experienced IT professional to lead the Library IT Services Department (LITS). The successful candidate for this position will be responsible for leading all aspects of the RCL's desktop support, audiovisual (AV) support, and network services program. This team is responsible for managing hardware and software installation, maintenance, upgrades, and operational support for over 110 RCL employees.

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"How Valid is your Validation? A Closer Look Behind the Curtain of JHOVE "

Michelle Lindlar and Yvonne Tunnat have published "How Valid is your Validation? A Closer Look Behind the Curtain of JHOVE " in the International Journal of Digital Curation.

Here's an excerpt:

Validation is a key task of any preservation workflow and often JHOVE is the first tool of choice for characterizing and validating common file formats. Due to the tool’s maturity and high adoption, decisions if a file is indeed fit for long-term availability are often made based on JHOVE output. But can we trust a tool simply based on its wide adoption and maturity by age? How does JHOVE determine the validity and well-formedness of a file? Does a module really support all versions of a file format family? How much of the file formats’ standards do we need to know and understand in order to interpret the output correctly? Are there options to verify JHOVE-based decisions within preservation workflows? While the software has been a long-standing favourite within the digital curation domain for many years, a recent look at JHOVE as a vital decision supporting tool is currently missing. This paper presents a practice report which aims to close this gap.

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Digital Scholarship Librarian at Southern Methodist University

Southern Methodist University is recruiting a Digital Scholarship Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Digital Scholarship Librarian reports to the Director of Fondren Library and Head of Research Services and provides leadership for setting the vision and creating the underlying framework for collaboration, initiating new services, and developing expertise to support research, scholarly communication, and digital scholarship. Existent and emergent areas of support include: digital scholarship, data management, copyright, digital preservation, GIS, Open Access, and research impact metrics.

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"Conflicting Academic Attitudes to Copyright Are Slowing the Move to Open Access"

Francis Dodds has published "Conflicting Academic Attitudes to Copyright Are Slowing the Move to Open Access" in LSE Impact of Social Sciences.

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Moreover, many researchers are concerned to protect the integrity of their work by restricting its potential use by others. Some studies suggest that many academics across both the sciences and humanities are opposed to commercial reuse, adaptations or inclusion of their work in anthologies (a particular aspect of humanities publishing), whilst there are mixed views about allowing data mining of their work. An example of these contrasting views is the bioRxiv site which hosts preprint papers in biology. A study of the site by Lindsay McKenzie (2017) found that over a third of authors had selected the most restrictive Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-ND) license, which bars commercial use and “derivative” works, including translations and annotations. Another 29% had not selected any license which, by default, reserved all rights in the work, requiring permission from the author for copying and reuse. It is noticeable that the Scholarly Communications License has been criticised by both publishers and academics as being too inflexible.

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Digital Repository Unit Head at Colorado State University

Colorado State University is recruiting a Digital Repository Unit Head.

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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 management of the CSU Libraries' digital institutional repository system. The position also establishes and effectively manages projects and workflows for the creation, delivery, and ongoing preservation of digital objects.

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Net Neutrality: "Chairman Pai Statement on Restoring Internet Freedom Order Taking Effect"

The FCC has released "Chairman Pai Statement on Restoring Internet Freedom Order Taking Effect."

Here's an excerpt:

[FCC Chairman Ajit Pai] "Now, on June 11, these unnecessary and harmful Internet regulations will be repealed and the bipartisan, light-touch approach that served the online world well for nearly 20 years will be restored. The Federal Trade Commission will once again be empowered to target any unfair or deceptive business practices of Internet service providers and to protect American’s broadband privacy. Armed with our strengthened transparency rule, we look forward to working closely with the FTC to safeguard a free and open Internet."

"On June 11, we will have a framework in place that encourages innovation and investment in our nation’s networks so that all Americans, no matter where they live, can have access to better, cheaper, and faster Internet access and the jobs, opportunities, and platform for free expression that it provides. And we will embrace a modern, forward-looking approach that will help the United States lead the world in 5G, the next generation of wireless connectivity. For months, many politicians and special interests have tried to mislead the American people about the Restoring Internet Freedom Order. Now everyone will be able to see the truth for themselves."

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