"University of California Academic Council Statement on the University’s Negotiations with Elsevier Publishing"

The Academic Council of the Academic Senate of the University of California has released "University of California Academic Council Statement on the University's Negotiations with Elsevier Publishing."

Here's an excerpt:

The Academic Council of the Academic Senate of the University of California (UC), hereby signals its collective and resolute commitment to support UC's negotiating position with Elsevier in order to advance UC's mission as a public institution, make the products of our research and scholarship as freely and widely available as possible, and ensure that UC spends taxpayer money in the most ethically, morally, and socially-responsible way when entering into agreements with commercial publishers. . . .

At the present time, UC and Elsevier have reached an impasse in their negotiations and our contract has lapsed. Nonetheless, the Academic Council of the Academic Senate stands firm in its conviction that a comprehensive transformative agreement that covers all Elsevier titles is required to achieve the aspirations embodied in the Academic Senate's Open Access Policy, and articulated by the University Committee on Library and Scholarly Communication (UCOLASC) in its Declaration of Rights and Principles, and by the Systemwide Library and Scholarly Information Committee (SLASIAC) in its Call to Action. We support the unified strategies of the UC libraries to ameliorate the negative effects of the impasse on faculty, researchers, and students, and applaud their efforts to closely monitor alternative access along with the impacts it may have on research and teaching. . . .

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"UC Terminates Subscriptions with World’s Largest Scientific Publisher in Push for Open Access to Publicly Funded Research"

The University of California has released "UC Terminates Subscriptions with World's Largest Scientific Publisher in Push for Open Access to Publicly Funded Research."

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As a leader in the global movement toward open access to publicly funded research, the University of California is taking a firm stand by deciding not to renew its subscriptions with Elsevier. Despite months of contract negotiations, Elsevier was unwilling to meet UC's key goal: securing universal open access to UC research while containing the rapidly escalating costs associated with for-profit journals.

In negotiating with Elsevier, UC aimed to accelerate the pace of scientific discovery by ensuring that research produced by UC's 10 campuses — which accounts for nearly 10 percent of all U.S. publishing output — would be immediately available to the world, without cost to the reader. Under Elsevier's proposed terms, the publisher would have charged UC authors large publishing fees on top of the university's multi-million dollar subscription, resulting in much greater cost to the university and much higher profits for Elsevier. . . .

Elsevier was unwilling to meet UC's reasonable contract terms, which would integrate subscription charges and open access publishing fees, making open access the default for any article by a UC scholar and stabilizing journal costs for the university.

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Digital Projects Specialist at University of North Carolina Wilmington

The University of North Carolina Wilmington is recruiting a Digital Projects Specialist.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Digital Initiatives Program at Randall Library creates, preserves, and provides access to unique digital collections to support research and teaching. The Digital Projects Specialist oversees daily operations in converting a wide range of materials to digital formats, providing quality control, and ensuring that standards and best practices are followed.

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CNI Fall 2018 Membership Meeting Interviews, Slides, and Videos

CNI has released interviews, slides, and videos from its Fall 2018 Membership Meeting.

Here's a brief representative selection of videos:

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Scholarly Communication & Copyright Librarian at University of California, Berkeley

The University of California, Berkeley is recruiting a Scholarly Communication & Copyright Librarian .

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Library of the University of California, Berkeley seeks a creative, collaborative, and diligent individual to join a growing team of educators and service providers supporting UC Berkeley faculty, researchers, students, and staff with needs related to scholarly communication, copyright, and research-related information policy matters.

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"Memorial: William Gosling, 1943–2019"

ARL has released "Memorial: William Gosling, 1943–2019."

Here's an excerpt:

At University of Michigan (U-M), Gosling served as university librarian from 1997 to 2005. Under his leadership, U-M became one of the initial partners in the Google Books Project, which grew into the HathiTrust Digital Library. Before becoming university librarian, Gosling was assistant director for technical services and library systems at U-M from 1986 to 1997. Prior to that, he served as head of technical services at Duke University Libraries from 1976 to 1986.

Complete obituary from the Ann Arbor News.

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Library Digital Publishing Research Fellow at California Polytechnic State University –San Luis Obispo

California Polytechnic State University–San Luis Obispo is recruiting a Library Digital Publishing Research Fellow.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Under general direction of the Exhibits and Campus Art Curator, the Library Digital Publishing Fellow will help investigate, develop, and pilot digital publishing approaches for library assets with a primary focus on faculty exhibit catalogs. The fellow will contribute to new directions in the open dissemination of digital materials resulting from the Creative Works program’s exhibition, scholarship, research, and educational activities. The project’s expected outcomes include development of best practices, prototyping digital catalogs, and program recommendations for publishing digital projects.

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Final Text of the EU Copyright Directive Is Now Available

Julia Reda has published the final text of the EU Copyright Directive: Article 11, Article 13, and the entire document.

Read her analysis at: "The Text of Article 13 and the EU Copyright Directive Has Just Been Finalised."

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Librarian–Data Visualization at University of Texas at Arlington

The University of Texas at Arlington is recruiting a Librarian–Data Visualization.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Data Visualization Librarian serves as data exploration and research partner for the UTA Community providing extraordinary customer experiences and professional data analytics, data visualization tools, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) skills. Reports to Director of Research Data Services within the Division of Scholarly Communication.

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3D/VR in the Academic Library: Emerging Practices and Trends

CLIR has released 3D/VR in the Academic Library: Emerging Practices and Trends.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

The volume seeks to prompt greater awareness for library professionals as they develop programs that use 3D and VR technologies and work to integrate changing scholarly demands and conventions with existing library services and policies. Eight chapters contributed by experts in a variety of fields cover 3D content creation, VR visualization and analysis, 3D/VR-based educational deployment, and 3D/VR data curation, providing a snapshot of professional objectives and workflows that have developed around 3D/VR. Together, the chapters highlight three critical approaches for librarians and digital curators to consider as they use 3D/VR to support their communities: (1) treat the academic outputs that use 3D/VR as scholarly products; (2) build a 3D/VR scholarly community to support knowledge exchange across a range of stakeholder groups; and (3) develop technical tools, training, and infrastructure to support a 3D/VR research ecosystem.

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"On the Value of Preprints: An Early Career Researcher Perspective"

Sarvenaz Sarabipour et al.have published "On the Value of Preprints: An Early Career Researcher Perspective" in PLOS Biology.

Here's an excerpt:

Peer-reviewed journal publication is the main means for academic researchers in the life sciences to create a permanent public record of their work. These publications are also the de facto currency for career progress, with a strong link between journal brand recognition and perceived value. The current peer-review process can lead to long delays between submission and publication, with cycles of rejection, revision, and resubmission causing redundant peer review. This situation creates unique challenges for early career researchers (ECRs), who rely heavily on timely publication of their work to gain recognition for their efforts. Today, ECRs face a changing academic landscape, including the increased interdisciplinarity of life sciences research, expansion of the researcher population, and consequent shifts in employer and funding demands. The publication of preprints, publicly available scientific manuscripts posted on dedicated preprint servers prior to journal-managed peer review, can play a key role in addressing these ECR challenges. Preprinting benefits include rapid dissemination of academic work, open access, establishing priority or concurrence, receiving feedback, and facilitating collaborations. Although there is a growing appreciation for and adoption of preprints, a minority of all articles in life sciences and medicine are preprinted. The current low rate of preprint submissions in life sciences and ECR concerns regarding preprinting need to be addressed. We provide a perspective from an interdisciplinary group of ECRs on the value of preprints and advocate their wide adoption to advance knowledge and facilitate career development.

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Digital Archivist at The New-York Historical Society

The New-York Historical Society is recruiting a Digital Archivist.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The New-York Historical Society seeks to hire a Digital Archivist for a three-year project funded by the Leon Levy Foundation to develop a repository of born-digital archival materials. The position is responsible for developing a sustainable infrastructure for collecting, processing, preserving, and making born-digital materials accessible to staff and researchers; deploying that infrastructure to bring historically important born-digital institutional records into the N-YHS Institutional Archive; and preserving, processing, and making accessible other born-digital materials currently in the library’s archival collections as well as newly acquired born-digital materials.

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"Quality Issues of CRIS [Current Research Information System] Data: An Exploratory Investigation with Universities from Twelve Countries"

Otmane Azeroual and Joachim Schöpfel have published "Quality Issues of CRIS Data: An Exploratory Investigation with Universities from Twelve Countries" in Publications.

Here's an excerpt:

Collecting, integrating, storing and analyzing data in a database system is nothing new in itself. To introduce a current research information system (CRIS) means that scientific institutions must provide the required information on their research activities and research results at a high quality. A one-time cleanup is not sufficient; data must be continuously curated and maintained. Some data errors (such as missing values, spelling errors, inaccurate data, incorrect formatting, inconsistencies, etc.) can be traced across different data sources and are difficult to find. Small mistakes can make data unusable, and corrupted data can have serious consequences. The sooner quality issues are identified and remedied, the better. For this reason, new techniques and methods of data cleansing and data monitoring are required to ensure data quality and its measurability in the long term. This paper examines data quality issues in current research information systems and introduces new techniques and methods of data cleansing and data monitoring with which organizations can guarantee the quality of their data.

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Library Application Developer at University of Wisconsin–Madison

The University of Wisconsin–Madison is recruiting a Library Application Developer.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

This position will work within the UW Madison General Library System's Shared Development Group to develop or enhance applications, processes, and service integrations. The developer will participate in requirements gathering and application design teams and will contribute to architectural design discussions.

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"When a Repository Is Not Enough: Redesigning a Digital Ecosystem to Serve Scholarly Communication"

Robin R. Sewell et al. have published "When a Repository Is Not Enough: Redesigning a Digital Ecosystem to Serve Scholarly Communication" in the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication.

Here's an excerpt:

INTRODUCTION Our library's digital asset management system (DAMS) was no longer meeting digital asset management requirements or expanding scholarly communication needs. We formed a multiunit task force (TF) to (1) survey and identify existing and emerging institutional needs; (2) research available DAMS (open source and proprietary) and assess their potential fit; and (3) deploy software locally for in-depth testing and evaluation. DESCRIPTION OF PROGRAM We winnowed a field of 25 potential DAMS down to 5 for deployment and evaluation. The process included selection and identification of test collections and the creation of a multipart task based rubric based on library and campus needs assessments. Time constraints and DAMS deployment limitations prompted a move toward a new evaluation iteration: a shorter criteria-based rubric. LESSONS LEARNED We discovered that no single DAMS was "just right," nor was any single DAMS a static product. Changing and expanding scholarly communication and digital needs could only be met by the more flexible approach offered by a multicomponent digital asset management ecosystem (DAME), described in this study. We encountered obstacles related to testing complex, rapidly evolving software available in a range of configurations and flavors (including tiers of vendor-hosted functionality) and time and capacity constraints curtailed in-depth testing. While we anticipate long-term benefits from "going further together" by including university-wide representation in the task force, there were trade-offs in distributing responsibilities and diffusing priorities. NEXT STEPS Shifts in scholarly communication at multiple levels—institutional, regional, consortial, national, and international—have already necessitated continual review and adjustment of our digital systems.

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Media Preservation Librarian at University of Washington

The University of Washington is recruiting a Media Preservation Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to the Director of Preservation Services, the Media Preservation Librarian oversees and directs the preservation of audio, video, film, and other time-based media operations within the Preservation Services Department. In collaboration with other library departments and stakeholders, the Media Preservation Librarian works with the unique and diverse collections held throughout the Libraries to ensure and enhance access to the University of Washington Libraries’ media collections.

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"Strategies for Supporting OER Adoption through Faculty and Instructor Use of a Federated Search Tool"

Talea Anderson and Chelsea Leachman have published "Strategies for Supporting OER Adoption through Faculty and Instructor Use of a Federated Search Tool" in the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication.

Here's an excerpt:

INTRODUCTION Open educational resources (OER) are gaining traction in higher education and becoming accepted by academics as a viable means for delivering course content. However, these resources can be difficult to find and use, both due to low visibility and confusion about licensing. This article describes one university’s work with faculty members to identify barriers in their search process when they are looking to adopt OER. DESCRIPTION OF PROGRAM A scholarly communication librarian and science librarian partnered to collect faculty and instructor reactions to a particular OER search tool, with the intention of better understanding the difficulties encountered during the search process. Eight interviews were conducted as participants were asked about their preferences when it comes to locating OER, understanding licensing information, and adopting materials for class. NEXT STEPS From these interviews, the librarians identified practical recommendations for instruction/liaison librarians and technical services/systems librarians as they continue working to support faculty and instructors through the OER discovery and selection process. These recommendations relate to four themes uncovered in interviews with faculty and instructors: the need for increased transparency in search tools, the importance of intuitive narrowing and broadening features in search tools, the need for detailed and consistent metadata in OER records, and the need for clarity in intellectual property statements. The librarians note that these recommendations might best be pursued through wide-scale collaboration across library units and, more generally, between libraries, consortia, and institutions.

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Librarian – Data Management at University of Texas at Arlington

The University of Texas at Arlington is recruiting a Librarian – Data Management.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Data Management Librarian serves as a data manager and research partner for the UTA community providing extraordinary customer experiences and professional data management, curation, and collection development skills. Reports to Director of Research Data Services within the Division of Scholarly Communication.

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"Data Management Practices in Academic Library Learning Analytics: A Critical Review"

Kristin A. Briney has published "Data Management Practices in Academic Library Learning Analytics: A Critical Review" in the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication.

Here's an excerpt:

INTRODUCTION Data handling in library learning analytics plays a pivotal role in protecting patron privacy, yet the landscape of data management by librarians is poorly understood. METHODS This critical review examines data-handling practices from 54 learning analytics studies in academic libraries and compares them against the NISO Consensus Principles on User’s Digital Privacy in Library, Publisher, and Software-Provider Systems and data management best practices. RESULTS A number of the published research projects demonstrate inadequate data protection practices including incomplete anonymization, prolonged data retention, collection of a broad scope of sensitive information, lack of informed consent, and sharing of patron-identified information. DISCUSSION As with researchers more generally, libraries should improve their data management practices. No studies aligned with the NISO Principles in all evaluated areas, but several studies provide specific exemplars of good practice. CONCLUSION Libraries can better protect patron privacy by improving data management practices in learning analytics research.

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