Systems Librarian at Radford University

Radford University is recruiting a Systems Librarian.

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The individual in this position is responsible for application administration, evaluation, coordination, and trouble-shooting of library specific technologies. The individual resolves problems, including but not limited to the following applications: WorldShare Management Services (WMS); ILLiad; EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS), and EZprox

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"Health Sciences Libraries Advancing Collaborative Clinical Research Data Management in Universities"

Tania P. Bardyn et al. have published "Health Sciences Libraries Advancing Collaborative Clinical Research Data Management in Universities" in the Journal of eScience Librarianship.

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Purpose: Medical libraries need to actively review their service models and explore partnerships with other campus entities to provide better-coordinated clinical research management services to faculty and researchers. TRAIL (Translational Research and Information Lab), a five-partner initiative at the University of Washington (UW), explores how best to leverage existing expertise and space to deliver clinical research data management (CRDM) services and emerging technology support to clinical researchers at UW and collaborating institutions in the Pacific Northwest.

Methods: The initiative offers 14 services and a technology-enhanced innovation lab located in the Health Sciences Library (HSL) to support the University of Washington clinical and research enterprise. Sharing of staff and resources merges library and non-library workflows, better coordinating data and innovation services to clinical researchers. Librarians have adopted new roles in CRDM, such as providing user support and training for UW's Research Electronic Data Capture (REDCap) instance.

Results: TRAIL staff are quickly adapting to changing workflows and shared services, including teaching classes on tools used to manage clinical research data. Researcher interest in TRAIL has sparked new collaborative initiatives and service offerings. Marketing and promotion will be important for raising researchers’ awareness of available services.

Conclusions: Medical librarians are developing new skills by supporting and teaching CRDM. Clinical and data librarians better understand the information needs of clinical and translational researchers by being involved in the earlier stages of the research cycle and identifying technologies that can improve healthcare outcomes. At health sciences libraries, leveraging existing resources and bringing services together is central to how university medical librarians will operate in the future.

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"Supporting the Proliferation of Data-Sharing Scholars in the Research Ecosystem"

Ali Krzton has published "Supporting the Proliferation of Data-Sharing Scholars in the Research Ecosystem" in the Journal of eScience Librarianship.

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Librarians champion the value of openness in scholarship and have been powerful advocates for the sharing of research data. College and university administrators have recently joined in the push for data sharing due to funding mandates. However, the researchers who create and control the data usually determine whether and how data is shared, so it is worthwhile to look at what they are incentivized to do. The current scholarly publishing landscape plus the promotion and tenure process create a "prisoner’s dilemma" for researchers as they decide whether or not to share data, consistent with the observation that researchers in general are eager for others to share data but reluctant to do so themselves. If librarians encourage researchers to share data and promote openness without simultaneously addressing the academic incentive structure, those who are intrinsically motivated to share data will be selected against via the promotion and tenure process. This will cause those who are hostile to sharing to be disproportionately recruited into the senior ranks of academia. To mitigate the risk of this unintended consequence, librarians must advocate for a change in incentives alongside the call for greater openness. Highly-cited datasets must be given similar weight to highly-cited articles in promotion and tenure decisions in order for researchers to reap the rewards of their sharing. Librarians can help by facilitating data citation to track the impact of datasets and working to persuade higher administration of the value of rewarding data sharing in tenure and promotion.

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Digital Production Services Manager at Duke University

Duke University is recruiting a Digital Production Services Manager.

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Under the direction of the Head of Digital Collections and Curation Services, the Digital Production Services Manager leads the operations of the Digital Production Center (DPC), a specialized unit which creates digital surrogates of primary resources from Duke University Libraries collections for the purposes of preservation and access. The Digital Production Services Manager schedules digitization projects, implements service models, reports on section statistics, manages digitization specialists plus student workers and temporary staff, and caries out selected digitization projects.

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"In Pursuit of Equity: Applying Design Thinking to Develop a Values-Based Open Access Statement"

Lillian Rigling, Emily Carlisle and Courtney Waugh have published "In Pursuit of Equity: Applying Design Thinking to Develop a Values-Based Open Access Statement" in In the Library with the Lead Pipe.

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We wanted to rethink how our library supported open access, so we attempted to ask ourselves and our staff why they supported "open" and how they defined "open". By unpacking our institutional and individual understandings of "open" using design thinking principles, we were able to not only create a strong and value-driven statement, but to also open the door for staff at all levels to engage in policy-making for the organization.

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Web Specialist III at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is recruiting a Web Specialist III.

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Under the direction of the Technology Librarian, the Web Specialist III will collaborate in the development, management, and assessment of the library's online presence, including but not limited to the library website, mobile accessibility and vendor-hosted digital products. Their primary focus will be on the design, creation, customization, and maintenance of LIS web pages and web application's user interfaces delivered through proprietary and open source technologies.

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Assessing The Open Access Effect for Hybrid Journals

Springer Nature has released Assessing The Open Access Effect for Hybrid Journals.

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In partnership with Digital Science, we analysed a global sample of over 70,000 articles published in Springer Nature hybrid journals. Our new white paper, Assessing the open access effect for hybrid journals, examines the relationship between open access (OA) and impact, demonstrating the wider value hybrid journals bring to researchers, funders, institutions, and society more broadly.

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Want to Support Open Access? Volunteer for the Open Access Tracking Project

The Open Access Tracking Project (OATP) provides a constant stream of up-to-date information about open access issues in a primary feed and in a number of secondary feeds that focus on specialized OA subtopics. It offers the primary feed in a variety of distribution options, including email, Google+, HTML, RSS, Twitter, and others. It is an invaluable source of information for open access advocates, research data specialists, and scholarly communication specialists, and it provides important support for the open access movement as a whole.

Based at the Harvard Open Access Project, the OATP was launched by Peter Suber. Suber's SPARC Open Access Newsletter and his Free Online Scholarship Newsletter played an important part in getting the open access movement off the ground. The OATP continues the mission of those groundbreaking publications using the open source TagTeam software, which was developed for the OATP.

Launched with the help of grant funding, the OATP will enter a new an all-volunteer phase at the end of August 2018. To continue this crowd-sourced project, new volunteers are needed. You can help move the OA agenda forward by being one of them. This wiki page explains how you can join the team and start tagging.

By volunteering just a bit of time to the OATP, you can make a significant difference.

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Head of Electronic Resources and Serials Acquisitions at Harvard University

Harvard University is recruiting a Head of Electronic Resources and Serials Acquisitions.

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Applying their solid record of leadership and vision across Harvard's vast online and physical collections, the Head of Electronic Resources and Serials Acquisitions will guide the development of a unified strategy, best practices, and workflows for managing fee-based and open access online resources that encompass all library parties of the content ecosystem—collection development, technical services, and scholarly communication while maintaining the accurate and timely acquisition of a significant and robust collection of print serials.

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"A Funder-Imposed Data Publication Requirement Seldom Inspired Data Sharing"

Jessica L. Couture et al. have published "A Funder-Imposed Data Publication Requirement Seldom Inspired Data Sharing" in PLOS ONE.

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Growth of the open science movement has drawn significant attention to data sharing and availability across the scientific community. In this study, we tested the ability to recover data collected under a particular funder-imposed requirement of public availability. We assessed overall data recovery success, tested whether characteristics of the data or data creator were indicators of recovery success, and identified hurdles to data recovery. Overall the majority of data were not recovered (26% recovery of 315 data projects), a similar result to journal-driven efforts to recover data. Field of research was the most important indicator of recovery success, but neither home agency sector nor age of data were determinants of recovery. While we did not find a relationship between recovery of data and age of data, age did predict whether we could find contact information for the grantee. The main hurdles to data recovery included those associated with communication with the researcher; loss of contact with the data creator accounted for half (50%) of unrecoverable datasets, and unavailability of contact information accounted for 35% of unrecoverable datasets. Overall, our results suggest that funding agencies and journals face similar challenges to enforcement of data requirements. We advocate that funding agencies could improve the availability of the data they fund by dedicating more resources to enforcing compliance with data requirements, providing data-sharing tools and technical support to awardees, and administering stricter consequences for those who ignore data sharing preconditions./p>

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Director of Princeton Research Data Service at Princeton University

Princeton University is recruiting a Director of Princeton Research Data Service.

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The Director will have overall leadership responsibility for the establishment of a strong collaborative initiative with the campus research community, centered on facilitating access to, managing, stewarding and storing digital research data. The position will be responsible for spearheading the consultation and training service provided by professional research data specialists. . . . Reporting directly to the University Librarian, the Director will also work closely with the Dean for Research Office (DFR) and Office of Information Technology (OIT) to develop appropriate policies, data repository and storage infrastructure for the University. A Policy Advisory Committee consisting of senior personnel from OIT, the Library, DFR, and faculty from each division, will provide guidance and make appropriate recommendations on matters related to infrastructure, security, privacy, open access, preservation of codes, sensitive data, inter-institutional collaborations, etc.

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New OA Poliicy: "Johns Hopkins Open Access Policy"

The Sheridan Libraries of Johns Hopkins University have released "Johns Hopkins Open Access Policy."

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Johns Hopkins joins peer institutions, such as Harvard, MIT, and The University of California, by instituting a faculty open access policy. . . .

The Open Access website on the Provost’s site provides an FAQ, a background on Open Access, and a short history of the policy. It also provides a link to the Public Access Submission System, PASS, built by the library development team, to allow faculty to submit their author’s final version of their articles to JScholarship and PubMed Central, the repository for articles funded by NIH, ACL, ASPR, CDC, VA, FDA, HHMI, and NASA. More repositories will be added to PASS over time, saving faculty time and effort.

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