The Associate Director (1) coordinates the development of digital collections and digital scholarship projects and applications and (2) manages all processes involved in the production and organization of spatial data for those projects. In the former role, they oversee and coordinate the work of the Boatwright Library’s website design and development staff and work with the Director of the Digital Scholarship Lab. Head of Digital Engagement in selecting and prioritizing documents, and analyzes spatial data; oversees tasks including georeferencing and georectification of maps, particularly for the DSL’s historical mapping projects.
In November 2021, with the support of the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP) and cOAlition S, four ‘task and finish’ working groups were established. The authors facilitated and supported these groups. Each group was responsible for producing tools that will enable library consortia and small independent publishers to negotiate transformative agreements, which is to say, agreements that will enable the publisher to fully transition to open access. The first task and finish group developed shared principles for transformative agreements. The second developed a data template to enable smaller independent publishers to reach agreements with library consortia and libraries, while the third developed example licence agreements. These groups recognized that the implementation of a transformative agreement crosses a complex ecosystem of technology, processes, policies, automated functions and manual functions that relate to contract management, article submission and peer review, content hosting and dissemination as well as financial management. For this reason, a fourth group produced a workflow framework that describes the process in all its phases. The members of these four groups were volunteers from stakeholder communities including libraries, library consortia, smaller independent publishers and intermediaries. This article explains why these tools are needed and the process behind their creation. The authors have combined these tools into a freely available toolkit, available under a CC BY licence.
To support the Library Systems Team (LST) in delivering an exceptional digital library experience for the customers of the Lanchester Library and those across the whole University Group. To identify, develop, and support a range of customer focussed digital solutions which underpin the learning teaching and research remit of the university and provide an excellent Library and Learning Resources experience for our students.
The Library Systems Administrator III oversees software for the Libraries’ digital repository platforms, gathering stakeholders’ requirements and translating needs into application configuration/features. They will ensure the optimal performance of lslandora, Open Journal Systems (OJS) and WordPress software and evaluate applications to update and add new features.
Reporting to the Director of Collections and Access, the Systems and Applications Manager (SAM) provides technical support for the administration of and ensures effective utilization of the core library systems and integrations to provide excellent digital services to Kenyon’s students, faculty, and staff. The SAM serves as a principal contact with the library’s campus partners around systems integration projects and service improvements.
Under the direction of the Head of Learning, Research & Engagement, the OER Librarian will spearhead library-wide efforts to lower student course costs by advancing the adoption, adaptation, and creation of OERs by UCSC faculty. This newly-developed position has the option to be an on-campus, hybrid, or full-time remote-work position (with occasional required travel to Santa Cruz).
As part of a highly collaborative team in the Navari Family Center for Digital Scholarship, the Data Services Librarian provides instruction and outreach related to finding, accessing, creating, manipulating, managing, and visualizing quantitative/qualitative data to meet the diverse needs of the Notre Dame community. The position fosters relationships with departments, research institutes, and centers, and collaborates with a variety of partners in the Hesburgh Libraries, as well as experts and learners in a variety of fields across campus. This position is a key player in advancing the libraries’ efforts to become a leading campus resource for collaboration on grant-funded research projects.
This paper advocates for the value of open science in many areas of research. However, after briefly reviewing the fundamental principles underlying open science practices and their use and justification, the paper identifies four incompatibilities between those principles and scientific progress through applied research. The incompatibilities concern barriers to sharing and disclosure, limitations and deficiencies of overidentifying with hypothetico-deductive methods of inference, the paradox of replication efforts resulting in less robust findings, and changes to the professional research and publication culture such that it will narrow in favor of a specific style of research. Seven recommendations are presented to maximize the value of open science while minimizing its adverse effects on the advancement of science in practice.
President Carol Folt has outlined a bold set of moonshot initiatives that include a dramatic investment in the "Frontiers of Computing" and an expansion of the university’s health science efforts, and the next Dean will ensure the USC Libraries are aligned with these strategic initiatives while continuing to serve the expansive needs of USC’s equally expansive academic community. The Dean must recognize the Libraries’ existing strengths while building on its success, further elevating its national and international profile. With the strong support of the university administration, the next Dean will lead the USC Libraries into an exciting new era, in which traditional resources remain vital while digital technologies are re-defining the role of academic libraries.
Previously, the most recent six issues of LRTS were embargoed behind a login for subscribers and Core members, which has been removed. This change makes the complete contents of the journal from 1996 to the present freely available on the LRTS site.
Galter Health Sciences Library seeks an innovative and energetic data professional to join our team to support and advance research data management and sharing. The Data Librarian will join a strong and supportive team of collaborative data professionals in the Galter DataLab working on the Zenodo project through the National Institutes of Health’s Generalist Repository Ecosystem Initiative (GREI). The Data Librarian will provide focused support to the program through development and delivery of training, outreach, and use case support for the GREI program and provide curation and advisory services for research data management, FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable) Principles, and enhanced dissemination of training and research products.
Most likely, it seems, ChatGPT-style bots will be paired with existing search engines to offer a user interface that serves both traditional search engine queries and chatbot prompts. That’s the model that was adopted by You.com, a boutique search engine that launched its own GPT-like chatbot in December. Rather than replacing the traditional You.com search experience, the new "YouChat" feature merely appears as a link beneath the search bar. The innovation here is putting two very different AI-powered apps on the same page. It’s probably safe to assume that Microsoft will do something similar when it integrates ChatGPT into Bing this spring.
Reporting to the Dean of the University Library, the AUL has oversight of the Center for Digital Scholarship, the Digital Library Development Center, the Dissertation Office, the Integrated Library Systems and Administrative & Desktop Systems teams (25 employees, 4 direct reports). The AUL provides leadership for the Library’s IT services, including the design, development, and maintenance of a robust, integrated, secure library infrastructure as part of the University’s digital ecosystem. The portfolio includes the open-source library management (FOLIO) and discovery (VuFind) systems, Knowledge@UChicago, the Invenio-based repository and research data management platform, and the digital preservation service.
We are excited to share that María R. Estorino has been appointed vice provost for University Libraries and university librarian, effective Jan. 30. She has held this role in an interim capacity since May and will continue to provide collaborative and community-focused leadership on our campus.
Estorino has been a leader in academic libraries for more than 20 years. She joined the University Libraries in 2017 as associate university librarian for special collections and director of the Louis Round Wilson Special Collections Library.
Reporting to the Digital Preservation Manager, the Software Preservation Program Manager is responsible for managing and growing the Emulation as a Service Infrastructure (EaaSI) Program of work (https://eaasi.info). EaaSI is a world-leading program of work providing open-source software and services that make emulation practical for use in long term digital preservation workflows. . . . The position has grant-based funding through June 2024 with a strong possibility of moving to organizational funding following this.
They even had a little humanoid version—shaped like a Lego figure—melt to escape a little prison cell, seeping through the bars and re-forming on the other side in homage to a scene from the movie Terminator 2.
The publishers of thousands of scientific journals have banned or restricted contributors’ use of an advanced AI-driven chatbot amid concerns that it could pepper academic literature with flawed and even fabricated research.
Eight years ago, a patient lost her power of speech because of ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, which causes progressive paralysis. . . .Now, after volunteering to receive a brain implant, the woman has been able to rapidly communicate phrases like "I don’t own my home" and "It’s just tough" at a rate approaching normal speech. . . .Philip Sabes, a researcher at the University of California, San Francisco, who was not involved in the project, called the results a "big breakthrough" and said that experimental brain-reading technology could be ready to leave the lab and become a useful product soon.
Archival description is often misunderstood by librarians, administrators, and technologists in ways that have seriously hindered the development of access and discovery systems. It is not widely understood that there is currently no off-the-shelf system that provides discovery and access to digital materials using archival methods. This article is an overview of the core differences between archival and bibliographic description, and discusses how to design access systems for born-digital and digitized materials using the affordances of archival metadata. It offers a custom indexer as a working example that adds the full text of digital content to an Arclight instance and argues that the extensibility of archival description makes it a perfect match for automated description. Finally, it argues that building archives-first discovery systems allows us to use our descriptive labor more thoughtfully, better enable digitization on demand, and overall make a larger volume of cultural heritage materials available online.
Reporting to the Digitization Manager, the Audiovisual Digitization Specialist is responsible for all in-house audio-visual digitization, and provides quality control and editing for outsourced digitization of audiovisual materials in the Washington University Libraries’ collections. The position provides expertise that informs strategies for long-term preservation of and access to these digital assets and their analog counterparts.
Reporting to the Assistant Dean of Information Technologies and Collections Services, the Digital Collections Infrastructure Developer performs advanced technical and creative work essential to the University Libraries collections, services, and digital initiatives. Develop and implement digital library applications across multiple environments and operating platforms, including: tools for the integrated library system (ILS), digital collection repositories, library web content management, and collection management. The Developer manages technical projects and assures that deadlines are met and deliverables achieved.
Data management plans (DMPs) are an essential part of planning data-driven research projects and ensuring long-term access and use of research data and digital objects; however, as text-based documents, DMPs must be analyzed manually for conformance to funder requirements. This study presents a comparison of DMPs evaluations for 21 funded projects using 1) an automated means of analysis to identify elements that align with best practices in support of open research initiatives and 2) a manually-applied scorecard measuring these same elements. The automated analysis revealed that terms related to availability (90% of DMPs), metadata (86% of DMPs), and sharing (81% of DMPs) were reliably supplied. Manual analysis revealed 86% (n = 18) of funded DMPs were adequate, with strong discussions of data management personnel (average score: 2 out of 2), data sharing (average score 1.83 out of 2), and limitations to data sharing (average score: 1.65 out of 2). This study reveals that the automated approach to DMP assessment yields less granular yet similar results to manual assessments of the DMPs that are more efficiently produced. Additional observations and recommendations are also presented to make data management planning exercises and automated analysis even more useful going forward.
Reporting to the Collections Services Archivist/Processing Manager, the Digital Content Management Archivist for Institutional Collections (DCM Archivist) manages born-digital content including institutional records transferred from administrative and academic departments and systems, email, student scholarly output such as theses and prize papers, and archived websites, from initial receipt through deposit in a preservation repository. The DCM Archivist works with Harvard University Archives (HUA) staff across all units to develop, implement, and adjust workflows for the long-term management and delivery of born digital content created at the University and in the related community during all phases of the records lifecycle.
Plan S was launched in 2018. At that time, cOAlition S recognised that transformative arrangements would provide a useful means to repurpose funds for journal subscriptions to publication fees, thus supporting legacy publishers in transforming paywalled to Open Access publication models. It was, however, also clear that the transformation would have to be completed at a definite point in time, by the end of 2024 at the latest. We maintain this timeline. We believe that the strategy of providing financial support for these arrangements—endorsed by many cOAlition S members—beyond 2024 would significantly increase the risk that these arrangements will become permanent and perpetuate hybrid Open Access, which cOAlition S has always firmly opposed.
The position leads the ULS’s Digital Scholarship Services (DSS) unit, an outward-focused, public-outreach unit, which serves as a front-end to the library’s resources, expertise, and services in support of a broad range of digital and data-intensive scholarly activities. In this capacity, the Head of DSS develops and maintains strategies, relationships, services, and project portfolios that enable meaningful library support of digital scholarship for faculty, students, and staff at the University of Pittsburgh. The Head of DSS also engages directly with digital scholarship practitioners through consultations, presentations, instruction, and project collaborations.