British Library Labs Technical Lead

The British Library is recruiting a British Library Labs Technical Lead.

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We are looking for a new Technical Lead who is interested, excited and motivated to take on this challenging but extremely rewarding and fascinating role. You will work with research questions from scholars who want to carry out innovative and often inspiring experiments with the Library’s digital collections and data.

Over previous years, the BL Labs Technical lead has supported projects that involved user experience, content management, uploading to open and free platforms such as data.bl.uk, Flickr Commons, Tumblr, Wikimedia Commons. Labs has worked on visualisation, text and data mining, natural language processing, machine learning, using APIs for datasets and implementing Geographical Information Systems (GIS).

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Toward an Open Monograph Ecosystem: "Cornell Joins TOME Open Monograph Initiative as 15th University Member"

ARL has released "Cornell Joins TOME Open Monograph Initiative as 15th University Member."

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The Association of American Universities (AAU), the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), and the Association of University Presses (AUPresses) welcome Cornell University to the Toward an Open Monograph Ecosystem initiative. This pilot effort aims to support the digital publication of peer-reviewed scholarly books by participating university presses, allowing the free publication of these works online and broadly improving access to these works by scholars and the public.

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Geospatial Data Services Librarian, Digital Initiatives at University of Alberta

The University of Alberta is recruiting a Geospatial Data Services Librarian, Digital Initiatives .

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Bringing strength in knowledge of geographic information systems, geospatial data and print map collections, and how spatial literacy integrates to a wide variety of research questions across the academy, the successful candidate will work as a core member of the University of Alberta Libraries Data Services Team to provide geospatial data services. This includes providing consultation and support for methods of geospatial research, the location of geospatial data, determination of data ‘fit’ to research questions, and overall research support to the University of Alberta community.

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ITHAKA: "Bruce Heterick Named Senior VP of Open Collections & Infrastructure"

ITHAKA has released "Bruce Heterick Named Senior VP of Open Collections & Infrastructure."

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In his new role, Bruce will lead our efforts to work with libraries and consortia to accelerate the availability and utility of openly accessible collections by enabling them to digitize, upload, catalogue, publish, and preserve their materials on the JSTOR platform. Our goal is to help libraries leverage the community-wide investment in JSTOR by placing their own collections on one of the most heavily used research platforms in the world. This will create new opportunities for research and learning by assembling related content from across institutional boundaries, together with the vast collection of high-quality books, journals, and images already available on JSTOR.

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"Digitization and the Future of Natural History Collections"

Brandon Hedrick et al. have self-archived "Digitization and the Future of Natural History Collections."

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Natural history collections (NHCs) are the foundation of historical baselines for assessing anthropogenic impacts on biodiversity. Along these lines, the online mobilization of specimens via digitization–the conversion of specimen data into accessible digital content–has greatly expanded the use of NHC collections across a diversity of disciplines. We broaden the current vision of digitization (Digitization 1.0)–whereby specimens are digitized within NHCs–to include new approaches that rely on digitized products rather than the physical specimen (Digitization 2.0). Digitization 2.0 builds upon the data, workflows, and infrastructure produced by Digitization 1.0 to create digital-only workflows that facilitate digitization, curation, and data linkages, thus returning value to physical specimens by creating new layers of annotation, empowering a global community, and developing automated approaches to advance biodiversity discovery and conservation. These efforts will transform large-scale biodiversity assessments to address fundamental questions including those pertaining to critical modern issues of global change.

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North Carolina Cardinal Application Administrator/Developer at State Library of North Carolina

The State Library of North Carolina is recruiting an North Carolina Cardinal Application Administrator/Developer.

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  • The NC Cardinal Administrator/Developer will provide technical expertise in managing and developing the NC Cardinal Evergreen Integrated Library System (ILS) application.
  • Will identify technical needs; evaluate and modify existing software; and participate in long-range software development.
  • Will advise and collaborate with public library staff to effectively resolve complex technical issues regarding NC Cardinal services.

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"Xuemao Wang Named Vice Provost of Digital Scholarship for University of Cincinnati"

ARL has released "Xuemao Wang Named Vice Provost of Digital Scholarship for University of Cincinnati."

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This new role of vice provost will cover a wide range of areas, from digital scholarship, digital media, and research data management to digital archives and preservation, digital records and assets management, and scholarly communication and digital publishing, as well as open science, open educational resources, open data, and open access. As dean, Wang will continue to provide leadership of University of Cincinnati Libraries.

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Digitization Manager at Internet Archive

The Internet Archive is recruiting a Digitization Manager.

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The Digitization Manager manages the business and staffing of professional, high-quality scanning center(s) and works with developers on deploying new scanning technologies.

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"Roles and Jobs in the Open Research Scholarly Communications Environment: Analysing Job Descriptions to Predict Future Trends"

Nancy Pontika has published "Roles and Jobs in the Open Research Scholarly Communications Environment: Analysing Job Descriptions to Predict Future Trends" in LIBER Quarterly.

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During the past two-decades academic libraries updated current staff job responsibilities or created brand new roles. This allowed them to adapt to scholarly communication developments and consequently enabled them to offer efficient services to their users. The global calls for openly accessible research results has shifted the institutional, national and international focus and their constant evolvement has required the creation of new research positions in academic libraries. This study reports on the findings of an analysis of job descriptions in the open research services as advertised by UK academic libraries.

METHOD: From March 2015 to March 2017, job advertisements relating to open access, repositories and research data management were collected.

RESULTS: The analysis of the data showed that the primary responsibilities of the open research support staff were: to ensure and facilitate compliance with funders’ open access policies, maintain the tools that enable compliance, create reports and collect statistics that measure compliance rates and commit to continuous liaising activities with research stakeholders.

DISCUSSION: It is clear that the open research services is a complex environment, requiring a variety of general and subject specific skill sets, while often a role may involve more than one area of expertise.

CONCLUSION: The results of this study could benefit prospective employees and universities that wish to embed open research skills in their curriculum.

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Visiting Librarian – Digital Asset Project at Emory University

Emory University is recruiting a Visiting Librarian – Digital Asset Project.

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Reporting to the Curator of Archives and Manuscripts, the Project Digital Asset Librarian (PDAL) will serve as the project leader on a 2-year project focused on curating and presenting the digital assets of Pitts Theology Library. The project goal is to make discoverable the library’s born digital content and digitized surrogates of its rare book and physical archives collections.

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"Academic Review Promotion and Tenure Documents Promote a View of Open Access That Is at Odds with the Wider Academic Community"

Juan Pablo Alperin, Esteban Morales and Erin McKiernan have published "Academic Review Promotion and Tenure Documents Promote a View of Open Access That Is at Odds with the Wider Academic Community" in the LSE Impact of Social Sciences Blog.

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In a recent study, analysing documents related to the review, promotion, and tenure (RPT) process at a representative set of 129 universities from the United States and Canada, only 5% of institutions mentioned Open Access. Just as fascinating as this lack of interest and support for making research OA, however, were the misconceptions we found surrounding the term itself. For example one document cautioned faculty against "publishing in journals that are widely considered to be predatory open access journals". Others equated OA with materials that are "self-published, inadequately refereed, open-access writing."

Given that the documents that govern the RPT process embed these misconceptions and false associations, we wanted to know how faculty themselves thought about OA. Do faculty commonly associate OA with low-quality, non-refereed, predatory content?

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Data Services Librarian at University of Maryland, Baltimore

The University of Maryland, Baltimore is recruiting a Data Services Librarian.

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The Health Sciences and Human Services Library (HS/HSL) at University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) seeks an innovative, forward-thinking Data Services Librarian to develop robust research data-related services for UMB faculty, staff, and students. This dynamic librarian advances the Library’s efforts in data management planning, discovery of and access to research data, and data sharing.

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"The CASE Act: The Road to Copyright Trolling is Paved with Good Intentions"

Stan Adams has published "The CASE Act: The Road to Copyright Trolling is Paved with Good Intentions " in the Center for Democracy & Technology Blog.

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The bill would establish a Copyright Claims Board (CCB) in the Copyright Office. This would not be a court and would be entirely separated from the court system. The only option to appeal any of the CCB's determinations, based on the CCB's legal interpretation, would be to ask the Register of Copyrights to review the decision. It would be theoretically possible to ask a federal court to review the determination, but only on the grounds that the CCB's determination was "issued as a result of fraud, corruption, misrepresentation, or other misconduct" or if the CCB exceeded its authority. So if you disagree with the CCB's legal interpretation, or even its competence to make a decision, you are out of luck. This raises red flags about potential due process and separation of powers problems under the Constitution.

The "small claims" part of the bill is also troubling, in that the CCB can award damages up to $30,000 per proceeding. This amount is only considered small in the context of copyright statutory damages, which range between $750-30,000 per work infringed, unless the infringement was willful, in which case, damages can be $150,000 per work. The $30K cap is a 2x-10x multiple of the maximum awards for small claims courts in 49 of 50 states. . . .

Even though the Supreme Court recently ruled that the registration process must be completed (either the Copyright Office granted or denied the application for registration) before filing infringement claims, registration is not required to bring an action under the CASE Act. This leaves everyone (other than the original author/photographer) with no guaranteed way to determine who holds the rights to unregistered works. Even if you identified someone as a potential rightsholder, it could be difficult or impossible to verify their claim of ownership without the official recognition by the Copyright Office. So even if you are acting in good faith and attempt to obtain permission before using a work, you may not be able to do so and there is no guarantee that you will have obtained permission from the correct party, leaving you exposed to claims via the CASE Act.

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