Coordinator, Web Services & Library Technology at McGill University

McGill University is recruiting a Coordinator, Web Services & Library Technology.

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Manages the McGill Library's web content management systems and physical technology offerings. Ensures user-facing technologies anticipate and effectively meet user needs.

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"DiiS: A Biomedical Data Access Framework for Aiding Data Driven Research Supporting FAIR Principles"

Priya Deshpande et al. have published "DiiS: A Biomedical Data Access Framework for Aiding Data Driven Research Supporting FAIR Principles " in Data (CC BY 4.0).

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In this paper, we introduce and describe an abstract framework that models these ideal [FAIR] goals, and could be a step toward supporting data driven research. We also develop a system instantiated on our framework called the Data integration and indexing System (DiiS). The system provides an integration model for making healthcare data available on a global scale. Our research work describes the challenges inhibiting data producers, data stewards, and data brokers in achieving FAIR goals for sharing biomedical data. We attempt to address some of the key challenges through the proposed system. We evaluated our framework using the software architecture testing technique and also looked at how different challenges in data integration are addressed by our system. Our evaluation shows that the DiiS framework is a user friendly data integration system that would greatly contribute to biomedical research.

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Systems and Application Specialist at Yale University

Yale University is recruiting a Systems and Application Specialist.

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Reporting to the Assistant Director of Technology and Innovation Services, the System and Application Specialist works with the rest of the Technology and Innovation Services team to design, develop, improve, maintain and secure the Medical Library’s systems and applications. . . . Using languages such as Ruby, JavaScript, or Python, the successful candidate produces code that turns user needs and creative ideas into intuitive tools.

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"Whose Research Is It Anyway? Academic Social Networks versus Institutional Repositories"

Nicole C. Eva and Tara A. Wiebe have published "Whose Research Is It Anyway? Academic Social Networks versus Institutional Repositories" in the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication.

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NTRODUCTION Looking for ways to increase deposits into their institutional repository (IR), researchers at one institution started to mine academic social networks (ASNs) (namely, ResearchGate and Academia.edu) to discover which researchers might already be predisposed to providing open access to their work. METHODS Researchers compared the numbers of institutionally affiliated faculty members appearing in the ASNs to those appearing in their institutional repositories. They also looked at how these numbers compared to overall faculty numbers. RESULTS Faculty were much more likely to have deposited their work in an ASN than in the IR. However, the number of researchers who deposited in both the IR and at least one ASN exceeded that of those who deposited their research solely in an ASN. Unexpected findings occurred as well, such as numerous false or unverified accounts claiming affiliation with the institution. ResearchGate was found to be the favored ASN at this particular institution. DISCUSSION The results of this study confirm earlier studies' findings indicating that those researchers who are willing to make their research open access are more disposed to do so over multiple channels, showing that those who already self-archive elsewhere are prime targets for inclusion in the IR. CONCLUSION Rather than seeing ASNs as a threat to IRs, they may be seen as a potential site of identifying likely contributors to the IR.

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"Jisc and Springer Nature Renew Transformational Deal Securing Open Access for UK Higher Education"

Springer Nature has released "Jisc and Springer Nature Renew Transformational Deal Securing Open Access for UK Higher Education ."

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Jisc and academic publisher Springer Nature have agreed a further 'read and publish' agreement that meets the aims of Plan S and offers researchers a funder compliant route to publishing in hybrid journals. Plan S requires that, from 2020, scientific publications funded by public grants must be published in Open Access journals or platforms.

Building on a previous arrangement, this transformational agreement limits the costs of publishing all UK articles open access (OA) while maintaining access to all of Springer's subscription articles. The deal converts the previous subscription agreement to one based on OA.

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Digital Library Software Engineer at Arizona State University

Arizona State University is recruiting a Digital Library Software Engineer.

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The selected candidate will be responsible for providing the programming and technical expertise needed for the development, integration, and support of our Ex Libris systems: Alma, Primo, and Leganto as well as our library Bento Search application. The candidate will develop custom library applications that enhance and improve the discovery user interfaces to library content.

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EDUCAUSE Horizon Report: 2019 Higher Education Edition

EDUCAUSE has released EDUCAUSE Horizon Report: 2019 Higher Education Edition .

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This report profiles six key trends, six significant challenges, and six developments in educational technology for higher education. These three sections of this report constitute a reference and technology planning guide for educators, higher education leaders, administrators, policymakers, and technologists.

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Sr. Digital Library Systems Developer at University of California, Santa Barbara

The University of California, Santa Barbara is recruiting a Sr. Digital Library Systems Developer.

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Under the general direction of the Library Information Technology Strategist, and operating in a large, complex, and heterogeneous computing environment, serves as an expert on digital library systems development. Acts as a technical leader to UCSB library developers and UC system-wide collaborators, with a high degree of knowledge in the overall field and recognized expertise in library software development.

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"Using AI to Solve Business Problems in Scholarly Publishing"

Michael Upshall has published "Using AI to Solve Business Problems in Scholarly Publishing" in Insights.

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Artificial intelligence (AI) tools are widely used today in many areas, and are now being introduced into scholarly publishing. This article provides a brief overview of present-day AI and machine learning as used for text-based resources such as journal articles and book chapters, and provides an example of its application to identify suitable peer reviewers for manuscript submissions. It describes how one company, UNSILO, has created a tool for this purpose, and the underlying technology used to deliver it. The article also offers a glimpse into a future where AI will profoundly change the way that academic publishing will work.

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Senior Applications Developer at New York Public Library

New York Public Library is recruiting a Senior Applications Developer.

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NYPL Digital is looking for a full-stack software engineer to join the SimplyE for Research team working on a groundbreaking, two-year project to build the premier gateway to the universe of digitized, research-oriented materials available online. You will collaborate and have significant impact on a small, but dedicated, cross-functional team to improve the digital ecosystem for research materials by connecting patrons with disparate or previously unavailable materials in the simplest way possible.

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"Memorial: Joe Hewitt, 1938–2018"

ARL has released "Memorial: Joe Hewitt, 1938–2018."

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Joe A. Hewitt, University Librarian Emeritus at The University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill, died on December 19, 2018, at age 80.

Hewitt served as associate provost for University Libraries, or university librarian, at UNC–Chapel Hill from 1993 until he retired in 2004. Under his leadership the libraries launched the renowned Documenting the American South project, initiated a publishing partnership with the UNC Press, and founded the Carolina Academic Library Associates program in partnership with the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS). Hewitt also oversaw, and helped raise $2 million toward, a full renovation of the R.B. House Undergraduate Library.

See also: "Remembering Dr. Joe Hewitt."

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Research & Scholarship Librarian at University of Guelph

University of Guelph is recruiting a Research & Scholarship Librarian.

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In this position, the Research & Scholarship Librarian will provide advanced support to researchers to support their scholarly publishing, data, and digital scholarship needs. This will include both appointment-based consultations and classroom instruction. The incumbent will also promote and support Open Access, specializing in research funder policies.

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Unit / Elsevier Deal: "What Are The Main Features of the Elsevier Agreement?"

Unit – The Norwegian Directorate for ICT and Joint Services in Higher Education and Research has published "What Are The Main Features of the Elsevier Agreement? in Open Access Is about the Free Availability of Scientific Research for Everyone (Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License).

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The agreement is referred to as a pilot agreement. It will run for two years and includes the following:

  • Full reading access to the entire Science Direct Freedom Collection.
  • Articles with Norwegian corresponding authors will be published openly with CC-BY license from January 2019. Authors who have already published at Elsevier in an approved journal are contacted by the publisher and offered to make the article openly available at no extra cost. If the article is published as Hybrid OA, the researcher / research group will be refunded the publication fee (APC).
  • The pilot will make sure that approx. 90% of the articles from Norwegian institutions in Elsevier journals are issued with an open license in gold and hybrid titles. . . .
  • There is no increase in costs, and no standard publishing fee.
  • Lasting access rights ("perpetual access") included on the same terms as before.
  • Significant savings for the institutions compared to earlier.

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