Research Data Librarian – Social Sciences at Pennsylvania State University

Pennsylvania State University is recruiting a Research Data Librarian – Social Sciences.

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his strategic position will lead the University Libraries' efforts in supporting social sciences data management and curation needs at Penn State. This is a tenure-track faculty position reporting to the Head, Research Informatics and Publishing. Major responsibilities include: leading the Data Learning Center, collaborating with colleagues across the Libraries in planning, delivering, and evaluating Library services and support for social sciences research data; collaborating with faculty on course-based instruction, consultations, and projects involving social sciences research data needs; support departmental data information literacy initiatives; and outreach to students, faculty, staff, and the broader academic community.

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"’Is the Library Open?’: Correlating Unaffiliated Access to Academic Libraries with Open Access Support"

Chloe Brookes-Kenworthy et al. have self-archived "'Is the Library Open?': Correlating Unaffiliated Access to Academic Libraries with Open Access Support."

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This paper explores the extent to which the ideals of 'openness' are being applied to physical knowledge resources and research spaces. The study investigates the relationship between academic library access policies and institutional positions on open access/open science publishing. Analysis of library access policies from twenty academic institutions in Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, Africa and the United Kingdom shows physical access to libraries for the affiliated public is often the most restricted category of access. Many libraries impose financial and security barriers on entry, limiting access to collections in print and other non-digital formats. The limits on physical access to libraries contrast with the central role institutions play in facilitating open access to research outputs through institutional repositories and open access publishing policies. Comparing library access policies and practices with open access publishing and research sharing policies for the same institutions finds limited correlation between both sets of policies. Open access policies have a direct association with narrow aspects of public access provided through online availability of publications, but are not necessarily with delivering on a broader commitment to public access to knowledge. Institutional mission statements and academic library policies may refer to sharing of knowledge and research and community collaboration, multiple layers of library user categories, privilege and fees can inhibit the realisation of these goals. This conflicts with global library and information commitments to open access to knowledge.

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Associate Director for Research and Learning at MIT

MIT is recruiting an Associate Director for Research and Learning.

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  • Provide leadership and vision for the MIT Libraries, particularly on the community-facing service portfolio of the Libraries, exploring, planning, and implementing a new balance between core and emerging library services aligned with MIT’s focus on computational research and with the Future of Libraries report.
  • Grow staff capacity to facilitate and guide community members to effectively and critically create, use, and share information;
  • Develop a service portfolio to support emerging digital forms of research, teaching, and learning specifically serving the unique scholarly environment at MIT;
  • Contribute to the transformation of library spaces for learning, community engagement, and creation of new knowledge; and
  • Build partnerships and shape the campus’s understanding of how research libraries can transform their work.

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"The Diverse Niches of Megajournals: Specialism within Generalism"

Kyle Siler et al. have self-archived "The Diverse Niches of Megajournals: Specialism within Generalism."

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We analyze how megajournals (PLOS ONE, Scientific Reports) are represented in different fields relative to prominent generalist journals (Nature, PNAS, Science) and 'quasi-megajournals' (Nature Communications, PeerJ). Our results show that both megajournals and prominent traditional journals have distinctive niches, despite the similar interdisciplinary scopes of such journals. These niches—defined by publishing volume and disciplinary diversity—are dynamic and varied over the relatively brief histories of the analyzed megajournals. Although the life sciences are the predominant contributor to megajournals, there is variation in the disciplinary composition of different megajournals.

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Associate Director of Collections at MIT

MIT is recruiting an Associate Director of Collections.

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  • Provide leadership, relationship building, and inspiration with a particular focus on advancing openness and equity in scholarly communications, expanding collective collections building, and supporting new computational uses for collections.
  • Work across MIT to advance the Open Access Task Force’s recommendations that intersect with the Libraries, including strategies for manifesting the principles for open science and scholarship in publisher contracts;
  • In keeping with MIT’s focus on computation and machine learning develop and lead a strategy to provide services and/or support for computational access to collections;
  • Innovate, collaborate, and experiment to realize the vision of scalable and standards-based approaches to metadata creation and management;
  • Focus the Libraries’ curatorial efforts on collecting and making available content generated at MIT, and provide more emphasis on building and making available unique and distinctive collections;
  • Shape and realize the vision of a scalable digitization program, as called for in the Future of Libraries Report.

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"SPARC Releases Connect OER Annual Report for 2018-2019"

SPARC has released "SPARC Releases Connect OER Annual Report for 2018-2019."

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This year's report examines the current state of OER activities featuring data from 132 institutions in the U.S. and Canada. Our intent is that these insights will help inform SPARC members, open education advocates, and the library community about current trends, best practices, and the collective impact being achieved through OER at participating institutions. Click here to download the report.

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