"WCAG 2.1 and the Current State of Web Accessibility in Libraries"

Posted in Libraries, Research Libraries, Standards on October 9th, 2019

Carli Spina has published "WCAG 2.1 and the Current State of Web Accessibility in Libraries " in Weave.

Here's an excerpt:

Ensuring the accessibility of web content is key to ensuring that users with disabilities have equal access to online information and services. However, as a review of the literature demonstrates, even in the face of legal requirements, accessibility problems persist across the web, including in the online content created and shared by libraries. This article examines the new success criteria in the recently released WCAG 2.1, considers the opportunity they present for libraries to improve the user experience for users with a broad range of disabilities, and proposes steps to improve compliance with WCAG and online accessibility more broadly.

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Associate University Librarian at Cornell University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on October 9th, 2019

Cornell University is recruiting an Associate University Librarian at Cornell University.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Supervises the directors or managers of services provided by the following units:

  • IT Operations
  • IT Project Management
  • Web Programming
  • Web Experience & Business Administration
  • Digital Lifecycle Services
  • Land Grant IT
  • Scholarly Communications

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"Open Access Monographs in the UK: A Data Analysis"

Posted in E-Books, Open Access, Publishing, Reports and White Papers, Scholarly Books on October 9th, 2019

Universities UK has released Open Access Monographs in the UK: A Data Analysis.

Here's an excerpt:

In 2018, fullstopp GmbH was commissioned to carry out an analysis of open access books. Specifically, we were asked to capture the specific challenges and barriers (perceived and real) from a range of stakeholders including (but not limited to): learned societies and subject associations, Pro-Vice-Chancellors (Research), research librarians, publishers (commercial, new university presses and academic-led presses) and funding organisations. In response to these concerns, we were also asked to (where possible) address these challenges by conducting a quantitative analysis of data available from publishers, funding organisations and HEIs (including libraries).

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"Copyright Clearance Center Announces RightsLink™ for Scientific Communications"

Posted in Copyright, Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on October 8th, 2019

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/copyright-clearance-center-announces-rightslink-130000400.html

"Library Receives $1M Mellon Grant to Experiment with Digital Collections as Big Data "

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Grants, Text and Data Mining on October 8th, 2019

https://www.loc.gov/item/prn-19-098/?loclr=ealn

Paywall Article: "Keep Trade Books out of Open Access Policy, Says Universities UK"

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Research Libraries, Scholarly Books on October 8th, 2019

https://www.timeshighereducation.com/news/keep-trade-books-out-open-access-policy-says-universitiesuk

"macOS 10.15 Catalina: The Ars Technica Review"

Posted in Techie on October 8th, 2019

https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2019/10/macos-10-15-catalina-the-ars-technica-review/

Project Manager, Library Systems Migration at University of Nevada, Reno

Posted in Library IT Jobs on October 8th, 2019

University of Nevada, Reno is recruiting a Project Manager, Library Systems Migration.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The University of Nevada, Reno seeks applications for a Project Manager, Library Systems Migration to lead a team planning and transitioning to Ex Libris' Alma/Primo from Innovative Interfaces' Sierra. This project is a major effort for the University of Nevada, Reno Libraries and will be a cooperative effort with involvement of library staff from all areas of the library, especially Technical Services and Access Services, and will require regular communication with the system vendor and library units. The project will involve a massive data migration, complex system configuration, revamping of many library workflows, and a comprehensive communications and training program for Library staff.

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JMLA: "New Data Sharing Policy"

Posted in Scholarly Communication on October 8th, 2019

JMLA has released "New Data Sharing Policy."

Here's an excerpt:

Starting on October 1, 2019, authors of Original Investigation and Case Study articles will be required to (1) place the de-identified data associated with the manuscript in a repository and (2) include a Data Availability Statement in the manuscript describing where and how the data can be accessed.

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Librarian for Core Systems and Digital Repository Administration at Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Posted in Library IT Jobs on October 8th, 2019

Worcester Polytechnic Institute is recruiting a Librarian for Core Systems and Digital Repository Administration.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to the Associate Director for Library Academic Strategies, the Librarian for Core Systems and Digital Repository Administration has primary responsibility for the daily management, configuration, and support of the library's core systems, principally the library’s discovery and Integrated Library System [ILS] services, currently Ex Libris Primo and Alma.

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"Moving Peer Review Transparency from Process to Praxis"

Posted in Publishing, Scholarly Communication, Scholarly Journals on October 8th, 2019

Emily Ford has published "Moving Peer Review Transparency from Process to Praxis" in Insights.

Here's an excerpt:

Scholarly publications often work to provide transparency of peer-review processes, posting policy information to their websites as suggested by the Committee on Publication Ethics' (COPE) Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Publishing. Yet this falls short in providing peer-review transparency. Using examples from an interview-based qualitative study, this article argues that scholarly publications should move from peer-review process transparency to a praxis of transparency in peer review. Praxis infers that values inform practices. Scholarly publications should therefore use clear communication practices in all matters of business, and bolster transparency efforts, delineating rights and responsibilities of all players in peer review. Moreover, the scholarly publishing community should offer improved and society-led referee and editor training, rather than leaving the commercial publishing industry to fill the gap which results in peer review as a service to industry’s needs&emdash;turning an efficient profit&emdash;and not the scholarly community’s needs for human-to-human discourse.

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"CARL Members Release Journal Subscription Cost Data for 2017-2018 and 2018-2019"

Posted in License Agreements/Contracts, Publishing, Research Libraries, Scholarly Journals on October 7th, 2019

http://www.carl-abrc.ca/news/carl-members-release-journal-subscription-cost-data-for-2017-2018-and-2018-2019/

"Attackers Exploit 0-Day Vulnerability That Gives Full Control of Android Phones"

Posted in Security, Techie on October 7th, 2019

https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2019/10/attackers-exploit-0day-vulnerability-that-gives-full-control-of-android-phones/

Paywall Article: "The Context and State of Open Source Software Adoption in Us Academic Libraries"

Posted in Open Source Software, Research Libraries on October 7th, 2019

https://doi.org/10.1108/LHT-02-2019-0042

"Publishing in Predatory Open Access Journals: Authors’ Perspectives"

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on October 7th, 2019

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/335875316_Publishing_in_predatory_open_access_journals_Authors’_perspectives and https://doi.org/10.1002/leap.1261

Digital Archivist at Western University Campus-Pomona

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on October 7th, 2019

Western University Campus-Pomona is recruiting a Digital Archivist.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Under the direction of the University Archivist, the Digital Archivist's primary focus is to provide leadership and management of existing collections (such as photographs, newspaper articles, year books, videos, and museum items), including the ingestion, annotation, metadata schema and authority control, cataloging, storage, and retrieval of digital assets; and supervise the digitization and dissemination of information to patrons and the campus community.

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"From Persistent Identifiers to Digital Objects to Make Data Science More Efficient "

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on October 7th, 2019

Peter Wittenburg has published "From Persistent Identifiers to Digital Objects to Make Data Science More Efficient" in Data Intelligence.

Here's an excerpt:

In fact after 20 years of experience we can claim that there are trustworthy PID systems already in broad use. It is argued, however, that assigning PIDs is just the first step. If we agree to assign PIDs and also use the PID to store important relationships such as pointing to locations where the bit sequences or different metadata can be accessed, we are close to defining Digital Objects (DO) which could indeed indicate a solution to solve some of the basic problems in data management and processing. In addition to standardizing the way we assign PIDs, metadata and other state information we could also define a Digital Object Access Protocol as a universal exchange protocol for DOs stored in repositories using different data models and data organizations. We could also associate a type with each DO and a set of operations allowed working on its content which would facilitate the way to automatic processing which has been identified as the major step for scalability in data science and data industry. A globally connected group of experts is now working on establishing testbeds for a DO-based data infrastructure.

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Digital Scholarship Librarian at Harvard Medical School

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on October 7th, 2019

Harvard Medical School is recruiting a Digital Scholarship Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Digital Scholarship Librarian will provide services, support, and instruction to the Harvard Longwood Campus community as part of the Harvard Library’s wide-ranging efforts to advance access and dissemination of scholarship produced and consumed by Harvard University. Understanding and supporting the key digital technologies which are central to current trends in research production, publication, and dissemination, will be required attributes for the incumbent in this role. Furthermore, the Digital Scholarship Librarian will lead the Countway Library’s participation in the Harvard Library’s Institutional Repository (DASH), NIH PubMed Central deposits, open data initiatives, and research assessment tools.

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"Subscribe to Open: A Practical Approach for Converting Subscription Journals to Open Access"

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on October 7th, 2019

Raym Crow et al. have published "Subscribe to Open: A Practical Approach for Converting Subscription Journals to Open Access" in Learned Publishing .

Here's an excerpt:

  • OA business models must be sustainable over the long term, and article processing charge payments do not work for all; Subscribe to Open (S2O) is proposed, and being tested, as an alternative model.
  • The S2O model motivates subscribers to participate through economic self-interest, without reliance on institutional altruism or collective behaviour.
  • The S2O offer targets current subscribers, uses existing subscription systems, and recurs annually, allowing publishers to control risk and revert to conventional subscriptions if necessary.
  • An Annual Reviews pilot is currently testing the S2O model with five journals.

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Paywall Article: "Comprehensiveness and Uniqueness of Commercial Databases and Open Access Systems"

Posted in Google and Other Search Engines, Open Access, Scholarly Journals on October 4th, 2019

https://doi.org/10.1007/s11192-019-03252-3

Paywall Article: "Old Metadata in a New World: Standardizing the Getty Provenance Index for Linked Data"

Posted in Linking, Linked Data, and Semantic Web, Metadata, Museums on October 4th, 2019

https://doi.org/10.1017/alj.2019.24

"Just Updated to iOS 13? Change These Eight Settings Now"

Posted in Privacy, Security, Techie on October 4th, 2019

https://www.howtogeek.com/442550/just-updated-to-ios-13-change-these-settings-now/

"The Research Data Sharing Business Landscape"

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on October 4th, 2019

https://scholarlykitchen.sspnet.org/2019/10/02/research-data-sharing-business-landscape/

"Female Citation Impact Superiority 1996-2018 in Six out of Seven English-Speaking Nations"

Posted in Scholarly Communication, Scholarly Journals, Scholarly Metrics on October 4th, 2019

https://arxiv.org/abs/1904.12919

Licensed Content Development Coordinator at California Digital Library

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on October 4th, 2019

http://jobs.ucop.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=62048

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