"Towards Open Access Self Archiving Policies: A Case Study of COAR"

Bijan Kumar Roy et al. have published "Towards Open Access Self Archiving Policies: A Case Study of COAR" in LIBER Quarterly.

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This paper examines Open Access (OA) self archiving policies of different Open Access Repositories (OARs) affiliated to COAR (Confederation of Open Access Repositories) as partner institutes. The process of scrutiny includes three major activities—selection of databases to consult; comparison and evaluation of Open Access policies of repositories listed in the selected databases and attached to COAR group; and critical examination of available self archiving policies of these OA repositories against a set of selected criteria. The above steps lead to reporting the following results: key findings have been identified and highlighted; common practices have been analyzed in relation to the focus of this paper; and a best practice benchmark has been suggested for popularizing and strengthening OARs as national research systems. This paper may help administrators, funding agencies, policy makers and professional librarians in devising institute-specific self archiving policies for their own organizations.

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Digital Scholarship Associate at University of Florida

The University of Florida is recruiting a Digital Scholarship Associate.

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The DS Associate is responsible for coordinating and supporting Library West's web and social media presence, the Scott Nygren Scholars Studio, and trainings and activities related to digital humanities and digital scholarship as centered in Library West and across the Libraries, as well as providing support to academic faculty collaborating with the Libraries on digital humanities efforts.

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"Will Open Access Increase Journal CiteScores? An Empirical Investigation over Multiple Disciplines"

Yang Li et al. have published "Will Open Access Increase Journal CiteScores? An Empirical Investigation over Multiple Disciplines" in PLoS ONE.

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This paper empirically studies the effect of Open Access on journal CiteScores. We have found that the general effect is positive but not uniform across different types of journals. In particular, we investigate two types of heterogeneous treatment effect: (1) the differential treatment effect among journals grouped by academic field, publisher, and tier; and (2) differential treatment effects of Open Access as a function of propensity to be treated. The results are robust to a number of sensitivity checks and falsification tests. Our findings shed new light on Open Access effect on journals and can help stakeholders of journals in the decision of adopting the Open Access policy.

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Knowledge Services Librarian at Harvard University

Harvard University is recruiting a Knowledge Services Librarian.

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The Knowledge Services Librarian manages several projects and systems in support of the LKS digital initiatives strategy, including but not limited to identifying and implementing new business processes around the digital content lifecycle; managing digital course materials for Degree Programs and Executive Education and making recommendations on integrating with the Harvard community as practices and technology change; supporting the full lifecycle of LKS digital collections projects (such as ArchiveIt, DASH, DRS); supporting digital content initiatives (such as implementation of a RIM, data and usage analysis of the HKS website and taxonomy); training and supporting the HKS community in the front and/or the back-end of the various systems managed by LKS through the Knowledge Services team.

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"In Passing A.B. 2192, California Leads the Country in Open Access"

EFF has released "In Passing A.B. 2192, California Leads the Country in Open Access."

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Under A.B. 2192—which passed both houses unanimously—all peer-reviewed, scientific research funded by the state of California would be made available to the public no later than one year after publication. There’s a similar law on the books in California right now, but it only applies to research funded by the Department of Public Health, and it’s set to expire in 2020. A.B. 2192 would extend it indefinitely and expand it to cover research funded by any state agency.

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Digital Art: June’s Chalk and Charcoal Drawings, Oil Paintings, Pencil Drawings, and Pastel Drawings

In June, I transformed photos into chalk and charcoal drawings, oil paintings, pencil drawings, and pastel drawings using a variety of Photoshop plug-ins and Topaz Impression. Full-size download images (typically 8 x 10 in. or 8 x 12 in.) and descriptions of the processing steps involved are freely available on Flickr. The images are available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License.

Digital Pastel Drawing of South Cheyenne Canyon, Colorado

Digital Pencil Drawing of an English Farm

Digital Oil Painting of Lake San Cristobal

Digital Chalk and Charcoal Drawing of a Helmsman

Digital Oil Painting of Bullay

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Archivist, Digital Archives at Canadian Centre for Architecture

The Canadian Centre for Architecture is recruiting an Archivist, Digital Archives.

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The responsibilities of this job include the supervision, coordination and monitoring of the archival projects, and specifically the born-digital archives. The incumbent oversees and develops local practices for managing born-digital material held and acquired by the CCA and assists in the strategic direction of acquisition, preservation, and access to born-digital and paper-based archives. The incumbent serves as the local manager of Archivematica, and coordinate support and development of the CCA's digital repository with the IT department and Artefactual Systems.

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Instructional Design Librarian at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is recruiting an Instructional Design Librarian.

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This position designs, develops and curates digital learning objects and tutorials that form the infrastructure of the library’s information literacy teaching model. This position develops instructional tools that support library subject matter experts in all course types and all at all levels of the curriculum by developing learning activities and assessments in support of online and technology enhanced instruction modes.

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"Senator Markey and Congresswoman Eshoo Lead Members of Congress in Amicus Brief Challenging the FCC’s Net Neutrality Repeal"

Senator Edward J. Markey has released "Senator Markey and Congresswoman Eshoo Lead Members of Congress in Amicus Brief Challenging the FCC’s Net Neutrality Repeal."

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Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo (D-Calif.) and 27 U.S. Senators and 76 members of the House of Representatives filed an Amicus Brief with the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals challenging the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) December 2017 decision to eliminate net neutrality rules. The FCC’s decision repealed the 2015 Open Internet rules, which categorized broadband internet access as a telecommunications service and prohibited Internet Service Providers (ISPs) from engaging in discriminatory practices, such as blocking or throttling online content and establishing internet fast and slow lanes.

A copy of the Amicus Brief can be found HERE.

In their amicus brief, the members of Congress, several of whom were instrumental in enacting the Telecommunications Act of 1996, state that under the plain language of the Act, internet providers offer a telecommunications service. Congress also intended that the definition of "telecommunications service" be applicable to changing technologies and markets on a technologically neutral and forward-looking basis.

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Business Analyst, Library Systems and Integration Support (3 Positions) at Duke University

Duke University is recruiting three Business Analysts, Library Systems and Integration Support.

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The Library Systems and Integration Support Analyst will work within an applications management team that provides support and integrations for the Library Services Platform (LSP) and other applications. As a member of the Library Systems and Integration Support team, this position collaborates with Information Technology Services (ITS) and other library staff in support of library applications, services, and systems in accordance with departmental and university specifications.

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Search Results Ranking Using Machine-Learning Algorithms: "Best Match: New Relevance Search for PubMed"

Nicolas Fiorini et al. have published "Best Match: New Relevance Search for PubMed" in PLOS Biology.

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PubMed is a free search engine for biomedical literature accessed by millions of users from around the world each day. With the rapid growth of biomedical literature—about two articles are added every minute on average—finding and retrieving the most relevant papers for a given query is increasingly challenging. We present Best Match, a new relevance search algorithm for PubMed that leverages the intelligence of our users and cutting-edge machine-learning technology as an alternative to the traditional date sort order. The Best Match algorithm is trained with past user searches with dozens of relevance-ranking signals (factors), the most important being the past usage of an article, publication date, relevance score, and type of article. This new algorithm demonstrates state-of-the-art retrieval performance in benchmarking experiments as well as an improved user experience in real-world testing (over 20% increase in user click-through rate). Since its deployment in June 2017, we have observed a significant increase (60%) in PubMed searches with relevance sort order: it now assists millions of PubMed searches each week. In this work, we hope to increase the awareness and transparency of this new relevance sort option for PubMed users, enabling them to retrieve information more effectively.

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Audio-Video Preservation Specialist at Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum

The Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum (National Archives and Records Administration) is recruiting a Audio-Video Preservation Specialist.

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As an AUDIO-VIDEO PRESERVATION SPECIALIST, you will perform duties associated with digitizing original audio and video records, managing digital surrogates and derivatives, creating technical/administrative metadata, and producing physical media copies.

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