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Associate University Librarian at Washington and Lee University Library

Washington and Lee University Library is recruiting an Associate University Librarian.

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Reporting to the University Librarian, the Associate University Librarian (AUL) works to advance the library's strategic agenda and foster a culture of collaboration and communication. The AUL provides library-wide leadership in budgeting, planning, assessment and management of information resources, metadata initiatives, discovery services, library systems, scholarly communication, and data management. The AUL will play a key role in improving collaborative user-focused information technology services that contribute to the success of W&L students, faculty, and staff through continuous evaluation of their impact and value in supporting the University's mission, its evolving academic programs, and user needs.

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British Library and Portico Collaborate on E-journal Preservation

British Library and Portico will collaborate on preserving the Library's e-journal collection.

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The partnership will help the British Library—along with five other legal deposit libraries—to meet regulations that recently became law in the United Kingdom and that extend the practice of legal deposit from traditional print publications to non-print publications such as e-journals, blogs and websites in the UK web domain.

Portico will utilize its established workflow and processes to create standardized and uniform journal content that can be exported to the British Library. They have started with 1,500 journals from three publishers that are already preserving content with Portico. As necessary, Portico will develop new tools for processing additional publisher content.

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Publishing Services Web Developer at Penn State University Libraries

The Penn State University Libraries are recruiting a Publishing Services Web Developer.

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The University Libraries is seeking a Publishing Services Web Developer to assist in building a program of service within a relatively new unit, Publishing & Curation Services. Activities may include support for faculty grant-funded web-based projects, journal or other publishing technology support, Omeka pilot projects, the ongoing development of the Hydra/ScholarSphere services, exploration of portal environments for scholarly collaboration and sharing, and expansion of data curation services. The Web Developer will participate in development and integration of software and web functionality for a range of library applications in the areas of publishing and original digital collections creation. Will perform needs assessment, benchmarking, prototype design, review, troubleshooting, and maintenance of digital products.

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White House to Honor arXiv’s Paul Ginsparg as Champion of Change

The White House will hold a ceremony today that will honor arXiv founder Paul Ginsparg as a Champion of Change.

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The White House will honor Cornell's Paul Ginsparg as a Champion of Change June 20. Ginsparg, professor of physics and of information science, is one of 13 people who promote and use open scientific data and publications to accelerate progress.

Ginsparg created the Internet e-Print Archive, familiarly known as the arXiv, where researchers share their research papers online prior to publication in professional journals. arXiv, now based at Cornell, serves as the primary daily information feed for global communities of researchers in physics, mathematics, computer science and related fields.

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The European Orphan Works Directive: An EIFL Guide

EIFL has released The European Orphan Works Directive: An EIFL Guide.

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This Guide sets out the background and key provisions of the Directive. It makes recommendations for libraries for implementation in EIFL partner countries that are members of the EU, and advises libraries in EIFL partner countries with EU bilateral agreements on crafting solutions that best meet their local circumstances and capacity.

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SPARC Call to Action for California Taxpayer Access to Publicly Funded Research Act (AB 609)

SPARC has issued a call to action for the California Taxpayer Access to Publicly Funded Research Act (AB 609).

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The California Taxpayer Access to Publicly Funded Research Legislation (AB 609) was introduced into the California State Legislature in April of 2013 by Assembly Member Brian Nestande. On May 30th, AB 609 was passed by the California State Assembly by a wide, bipartisan 71-7 margin. It will be heard in the California State Senate Committee on Governmental Organization on Tuesday, May 25th at 9:30am PST.

If you are a California resident, visit our Legislative Action Center to write your state representatives in support of AB 609.

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Digital Scholarship Librarian at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill University Library

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill University Library is recruiting a Digital Scholarship Librarian.

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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill University Library seeks a creative, forward-thinking, innovative individual for the position of Digital Scholarship Librarian in the Carolina Digital Library and Archives (CDLA) (http://cdla.unc.edu). The Digital Scholarship Librarian will provide sustainable and scalable services within the Library and on campus that facilitate the creation and dissemination of online digital content and new knowledge in digital form, focusing heavily on the humanities disciplines.

The successful candidate will bring a sense of inquisitiveness and strong problem-solving skills to the position, along with an aptitude for strategic thinking and sustainability planning, and a commitment to advancing the state of the art in digital scholarship in the humanities. The Digital Scholarship Librarian will manage a portfolio of digital scholarship (including digital humanities), digital collections, and library technology projects, in close collaboration with faculty, campus partners, and within the Library. Within the Library, the Digital Scholarship Librarian will actively partner with other CDLA staff, subject librarians, and staff from other Library departments such as Library and Information Technology and Special Collections.

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Digital Operations Librarian at University of Houston Libraries

The University of Houston Libraries are recruiting a Digital Operations Librarian.

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Reporting to the Head of Digital Services, the Digital Operations Librarian oversees day to day digitization activities of the Digital Services Department. The position coordinates with Special Collections, Metadata and Bibliographic Services, and other units to shepherd digital projects from inception to completion, and collaborates in the development of procedures and workflow for digital collections. The Digital Operations Librarian may also provide support to the Digital Collections Committee. The position supervises the work of 2 Digital Photograph Technicians, student workers and library student interns. The Digital Operations Librarian is a two year term appointment, with the potential for renewal.

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Incentives, Integration, and Mediation: Sustainable Practices for Populating Repositories

The Confederation of Open Access Repositories has released Incentives, Integration, and Mediation: Sustainable Practices for Populating Repositories.

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There is an active, thriving community of open access repositories worldwide and their visibility is rising as funding agencies and governments implement open access policies. Still, repositories must continue to adopt strategies that demonstrate their value to the wider research community. Therefore COAR has now published the report, "Incentives, Integration, and Mediation: Sustainable Practices for Population Repositories". It profiles a variety of successful practices for populating repositories from around the world. Aim of the report is to assist the global repository community in implementing sustainable methods for recruiting content. The profiles were gathered from organizations across the globe, and represent a mixture of approaches involving the introduction of incentives; integration of the repository with other institutional services; and/or mediation of the deposit process. The practices reflect a tradition of innovation and openness in the repository community, and are characterized by creative approaches to staffing, imaginative software developments, and adoption of novel policies.

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Research Data Management Training for Support Staff: A DaMaRO Project Survey

The DaMaRO Project has released Research Data Management Training for Support Staff: A DaMaRO Project Survey.

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A few weeks ago, in collaboration with our colleagues from the DataPool Project in Southampton, we ran a survey for staff involved in supporting researchers at the University of Oxford. . . .

The survey asked support staff about a range of different research data management tasks. For each task, we asked them how confident they personally felt to advise researchers on this. As it's clearly unrealistic to expect all support staff to advise on all topics, we also asked how confident they felt of their ability to refer researchers to the appropriate person, organization, or resources for advice.

The responses revealed that current average confidence levels are low to moderate at best. Respondents did in general seem slightly more confident about referring researchers elsewhere for advice, but there's still a lot of room for improvement here.

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Metadata Librarian at University of Kansas Libraries

The University of Kansas Libraries are recruiting a Metadata Librarian.

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Reporting to the Assistant Dean for Information Technology and Discovery Services, the Metadata Librarian is a member of the Metadata, Data, and Discovery Services department. The Metadata Librarian is oversees projects, workflow design and training involving metadata and use of metadata in digital repositories and other discovery systems. She/he works closely with colleagues in the Cataloging Department, the Distinctive Collections division and the Research and Learning division to support the discovery of and access to the Libraries’ digital content through metadata creation, analysis, enrichment, and maintenance in accordance with local and national cataloging and metadata standards. The Metadata Librarian is expected to provide consultation services for faculty on metadata and data in support of digital scholarship to enhance research, teaching, and learning at the University of Kansas.

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"arXiv E-prints and the Journal of Record: An Analysis of Roles and Relationships"

Vincent Lariviere, Cassidy R. Sugimoto, Benoit Macaluso, Stasa Milojevic, Blaise Cronin, and Mike Thelwall have self-archived "arXiv E-prints and the Journal of Record: An Analysis of Roles and Relationships" in arXiv.org.

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Since its creation in 1991, arXiv has become central to the diffusion of research in a number of fields. Combining data from the entirety of arXiv and the Web of Science (WoS), this paper investigates (a) the proportion of papers across all disciplines that are on arXiv and the proportion of arXiv papers that are in the WoS, (b) elapsed time between arXiv submission and journal publication, and (c) the aging characteristics and scientific impact of arXiv e-prints and their published version. It shows that the proportion of WoS papers found on arXiv varies across the specialties of physics and mathematics, and that only a few specialties make extensive use of the repository. Elapsed time between arXiv submission and journal publication has shortened but remains longer in mathematics than in physics. In physics, mathematics, as well as in astronomy and astrophysics, arXiv versions are cited more promptly and decay faster than WoS papers. The arXiv versions of papers – both published and unpublished – have lower citation rates than published papers, although there is almost no difference in the impact of the arXiv versions of both published and unpublished papers.

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Data Services Librarian at University of Kansas Libraries

The University of Kansas Libraries are recruiting a Data Services Librarian.

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Reporting to the Assistant Dean for Information Technology and Discovery Services, the Data Services Librarian works in a team environment as a member of the Metadata, Data, and Discovery Services department and in close collaboration with colleagues in Research and Learning and other divisions to build, support, and help users with numeric data research collections; to market the use of data services to the university community including faculty and students; to provide specialized instruction, consultation and outreach services to a diverse campus; and to create new strategic services and programs that embed the work of the libraries into an environment of rapidly changing information technologies, and scholarly communication models with emphasis on an interdisciplinary approach. The Data Services Librarian also works closely with other specialists in KU Libraries who manage and analyze data, including Government Information, Geographic Information Systems, and Statistical Consulting.

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Linked Data Technologist at Stanford University Libraries

Stanford University Libraries are recruiting a Linked Data Technologist.

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The primary duty of the Linked Data Technologist will be the transformation of metadata from multiple metadata schemas into approved RDF models for ingestion into appropriate data stores (triple store, etc.). More specific duties include the automated remediation and augmentation of ingested metadata to meet the model’s standard including both the development of various mechanisms for data manipulation and the processing itself, as well as the identification and scoping of both local and external sources of metadata that can be remediated through semi-automated means. Candidate metadata will need to be analyzed for technical conformance to its metadata schema so that conversion to RDF can take place accurately. The incumbent will also be responsible for the investigation and selection of key technologies to meet program objectives and the combination, integration, and tracking of provenance of ingested metadata.

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Hacking the Academy: New Approaches to Scholarship and Teaching from Digital Humanities

digitalculturebooks has released Hacking the Academy: New Approaches to Scholarship and Teaching from Digital Humanities, edited by Daniel J. Cohen and Tom Scheinfeldt.

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Hacking the Academy both explores and contributes to ongoing efforts to rebuild scholarly infrastructure for a new millennium. This book poses important and timely questions about scholarship in the digital age.

  • Can an algorithm edit a journal?
  • Can a library exist without books?
  • Can students build and manage their own learning management platforms?
  • Can a conference be held without a program?
  • Can Twitter replace a scholarly society?

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Emerging Technology and System Librarian at Shapiro Library at Southern New Hampshire University

The Shapiro Library at Southern New Hampshire University is recruiting a Emerging Technology and System Librarian.

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The Emerging Technology and Systems Librarian reports directly to the Library Dean and provides leadership in building staff awareness of new and emerging technologies to improve library services and workflow. This faculty rank position provides oversight and planning for library systems, including Millennium and ILLiad, and assists the Electronic Resources Librarian in administering the electronic resource management system. This position also leads the development and management of the Shapiro Library portal site and keeps the library public website up-to-date.

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Research Data Curation Bibliography, Version 3

Digital Scholarship has released version 3 of the Research Data Curation Bibliography. This selective bibliography includes over 230 English-language articles and technical reports that are useful in understanding the curation of digital research data in academic and other research institutions.

The "digital curation" concept is still evolving. In "Digital Curation and Trusted Repositories: Steps toward Success," Christopher A. Lee and Helen R. Tibbo define digital curation as follows:

Digital curation involves selection and appraisal by creators and archivists; evolving provision of intellectual access; redundant storage; data transformations; and, for some materials, a commitment to long-term preservation. Digital curation is stewardship that provides for the reproducibility and re-use of authentic digital data and other digital assets. Development of trustworthy and durable digital repositories; principles of sound metadata creation and capture; use of open standards for file formats and data encoding; and the promotion of information management literacy are all essential to the longevity of digital resources and the success of curation efforts.

Most sources have been published from January 2000 through June 2012; however, a limited number of earlier key sources are also included.

The bibliography includes links to freely available versions of included works. If such versions are unavailable, italicized links to the publishers' descriptions are provided.

It is available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 United States License.

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Associate Systems Engineer at Columbia University Libraries/Information Services

Columbia University Libraries/Information Services are recruiting an Associate Systems Engineer.

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The incumbent assists in deploying Unix server and storage systems, performs maintenance and applies security updates, documents and provides support for Library/Information Services projects and services, and collaborates on projects with other departments as needed. Reporting to the Senior Systems Engineer, responsibilities include:

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"The HathiTrust Case and Appeal: A Policy Brief"

The EDUCAUSE Policy Office has released "The HathiTrust Case and Appeal: A Policy Brief."

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On October 10, 2012, Judge Harold Baer of the U.S. District Court in New York ruled in favor of the HathiTrust Digital Library (HDL) and its university partners in a copyright infringement suit brought by the Authors Guild (AG) and other groups. This policy brief outlines why this decision was important for higher education, what impact the February 2013 appeal might have, and next steps.

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Database/Web Developer at University of Colorado Libraries

The University of Colorado Libraries recruiting a Database/Web Developer.

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Are you looking for an exciting opportunity to get in on website migration to Drupal from the ground floor? The University Libraries is planning a complete overhaul of our information architecture in conjunction with such a migration and this position will play a leadership role in planning the architecture and migration as well as working with content authors to streamline and migrate our content-rich website.

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