Copyright Librarian | Duke University Libraries

“The Copyright Librarian at Duke University Library has responsibility for supporting faculty and students across campus with questions and issues concerning all aspects of copyright in higher education instruction, research, and publishing. The underlying goal of this position is to help the campus community understand and navigate copyright and related legal systems so that they can more effectively teach, research, and disseminate their work to the world. It is grounded in Duke’s desire to make research and scholarship more open, equitable, and sustainable. The Copyright Librarian fills this role primarily by teaching the campus community about how copyright affects their work; by offering one-on-one and group consultations with faculty, students and other researchers and by creating resources such as webpage, videos, and other similar resources to help educate and answer questions.”

Compiling Jim Crow laws with Digital Research Services – UNC-Chapel Hill Libraries

“When a high school social studies teacher asked NC Research and Instructional Librarian Sarah Carrier for a comprehensive list of North Carolina’s Jim Crow laws in 2017, Carrier didn’t feel like she had the best answer: “States’ Laws on Race and Color” by Pauli Murray, published in 1951. This left out years of potential legislation — and manually searching through decades of volumes of N.C. General Statutes was no small task. But Carrier really wanted to help this teacher and others who might ask for this information in the future. 

Carrier knew an automated solution was needed, so she worked with her library colleagues in Digital Research Services to find one. Enter Amanda Henley, head of Digital Research Services, who engaged more than 30 people — including librarians, library staff, postdoctoral researcher Kimber Thomas and history professor William Sturkey — in a multi-year project using text mining and machine learning to identify racist language in legal documents. To date, they’ve discovered nearly 2,000 Jim Crow laws in North Carolina. 

“I think the collaborative nature of this project is one of the reasons why the University Libraries is a good home for it,” says Henley, principal investigator on the project. “Because of where we sit on campus, we know what other people are doing and who has different areas of expertise. We also have a broad range of expertise within the libraries. That’s what allowed us to be so successful.” 

In August 2020, the group released the project, called “On the Books: Jim Crow and Algorithms of Resistance,” to the public. Users can search through the laws, download their text files and view all of the North Carolina statues from 1866 to 1967. 

When the Mellon Foundation heard about On the Books, they contacted Henley about expanding it and have since provided additional funding for her team to do so. For the next two years, they will identify Jim Crow Laws within two additional states and will help research and teaching fellows learn how to use these data within their own projects and schools….”

Publishing & Open Access Support Librarian at East Carolina University – Code4Lib Job Board

“East Carolina University, Greenville, NC, invites applications for the position of Publishing & Open Access Support Librarian in Academic Library Services.  This position promotes and supports open access to the scholarship and educational resources produced by faculty and students at East Carolina University.  This highly collaborative position will be part of the Scholarly Communication Department in the Division for Collections and Scholarly Communication in Academic Library Services (ALS). …”

North Carolina invents math crimes against the state | Washington Examiner

“The math police told Nutt to keep his answers to himself. If he offers testimony that requires “engineering knowledge,” the state will bust him like a math outlaw because he lacks a professional engineering license — something he never needed during his career. Engineers at manufacturing firms such as DuPont have an exemption to the requirement….”

Expanding OER statewide – AACC 21st Century Virtual CenterAACC 21st Century Virtual Center

“Getting access to physical textbooks has become more difficult during the pandemic. Campuses are closed to students, and the cost of textbooks is a growing barrier.

The North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS) launched an online library of educational content in December to provide faculty and students with free digital materials to enhance teaching and learning.

The cloud-based openNCCC is an OER platform, also known as open education resources. The initiative enables educational entities to create, share and access a library of digital materials that can be modified to adjust to student and faculty needs. The platform will support new approaches to teaching and provide equitable access to quality educational materials throughout the state….”

NC Serials Conference • Call for Proposals

“The Planning Committee is currently accepting proposals for presentations for the 2021 conference. Please consider submitting a proposal addressing any aspect of the scholarly communications field, librarianship, the serials industry, or serials management. Submissions by any member of the community including librarians, support staff, students, publishers, and vendors are welcome.

Possible topics could include:
* Scholarly communications and the roles of libraries, publishers, and vendors
* Diversity, Equity and Inclusion work within libraries
* Open access publishing …”

University of North Carolina Wilmington Employment Opportunities | Scholarly Communications Librarian

“The Scholarly Communications Librarian is a part of Randall Library’s newly developed Scholarly Research Services team designed to support UNCW’s recently elevated status as a doctoral university and will serve as Randall Library’s functional expert on scholarly communications. This position works to inform and educate UNCW faculty, staff, and students on the evolving scholarly landscape and will coordinate the vision, planning, and implementation of the Library’s scholarly communications program. This position will coordinate the Library’s open access initiatives, serve as a campus resource on issues and trends relevant to intellectual property, copyright, fair use, and author rights, and collaborate with liaison librarians to assist faculty with articulating research impact and managing scholarly reputation utilizing appropriate research metrics.

The Scholarly Communications Librarian will also lead the Library’s institutional repository initiatives through promotion and solicitation of content from students and faculty by overseeing the ingest of scholarly content to NCDOCKS, UNCW’s institutional repository, including the creation of metadata, communication with authors, and development/administration of author profiles.

The Scholarly Communications Librarian identifies, develops, and promotes awareness of strategic scholarly communications initiatives through outreach, education, training, and collaborative projects. This position will develop and maintain collaborative relationships with faculty, students, and staff inside and outside of Randall Library….”

Community, collaboration, and the commons |

“When librarians, publishers, and academics talk about “scholarly communication,” we usually have a particular definition in mind: “the system through which research and other scholarly writings are created, evaluated for quality, disseminated to the scholarly community, and preserved for future use.” But “scholarly community” is curiously left undefined.

Who is part of this community, and do we really mean to limit scholarly communications dissemination to them? What about the “public”? What about the subjects of our research? Taxpayers? Industry? Students? Most academic authors probably imagine some or all of these as being relevant or important audiences for their work. Yet in many cases the processes, infrastructure, and economics of scholarly communication do not include them, and even when they do, it’s mainly as consumers or supposed beneficiaries of the scholarly work, and not as contributors to it or interlocutors with it.

For the 2020 Triangle Scholarly Communication Institute, we invite proposals from teams that aim to broaden the definition of “community” as it pertains to scholarly communication, and to develop projects and initiatives that will help activate these communities as valued participants in scholarly communication. What can the core constituencies of scholarly communication do to ensure that more of the process is open to collaboration with broader communities, and more of the outputs become part of a globally available commons?…”

Open Education Southern Symposium: Call for Proposals

“The Open Education Southern Symposium (OESS) is accepting proposals for its day and a half conference on Thursday, July 16 and Friday, 17, 2020 at the James B. Hunt Jr. Library on the beautiful North Carolina State University campus. …

We welcome proposals from faculty/educators, students, librarians, instructional designers, educational technologists, and administrators as well as institutions and organizations big and small involved in open education and open pedagogy. …”

Director of Copyright & Scholarly Communications | Duke University Libraries

“The Director of Copyright & Scholarly Communications will provide leadership and coordinate scholarly communication activities for Duke University. Working with library colleagues, s/he will offer training and consultative services for the university community about intellectual property issues and their impact on the nature and conduct of scholarly inquiry and instruction.  S/he will serve as an advisor to individuals and groups, analyzing specific situations in order to recommend creative solutions and help develop best practices. S/he will also be an advocate for innovation in scholarly publishing with individuals, as well as in regard to institutional and national policies….”