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  • We’re Hiring: Digital Publishing Manager

    • Posted on: 24 March 2022
    • By: digitalscholar

    MTSU Walker Library is hiring a Manager, Digital Publishing to work in the DSI unit. The Digital Publishing Manager (DPM) manages established and forthcoming production services for open access publishing and digital archiving in the library, including e-journal and e-book hosting platforms such as OJS, PressBooks, print-on-demand services, and others through effective project management, production workflow, and user support. The application closes on 4/25/22.

    Apply and view full posting details at


    Manager - Digital Publishing

    Apply Now Job Number: P356
    Work Type: Administrative
    Location: Murfreesboro, Tennessee
    Categories: Publications and Editing, Library


    $44,492 - $55,392; commensurate with experience

    Job Summary/Basic Function

    The Digital Publishing Manager (DPM) manages established and forthcoming production services for open access publishing and digital archiving in the library, including e-journal and e-book hosting platforms such as OJS, PressBooks, print-on-demand services, and others through effective project management, production workflow, and user support. The DPM is responsible for managing the daily publishing operations and seeing projects to completion including tasks such as document modelling, text-structure cleanup processes and metadata creation. Monitors and integrates emerging trends and best practices in the digital publishing environment; and assists in developing and administering innovative and sustainable publishing services that support the sharing and preservation of digital scholarship. Collaborates across the library and with MTSU campus partners, journal editors, and potential authors to create, disseminate, and preserve digital scholarly materials. Serves as a subject matter expert in digital publishing and provides continuous evaluation of processes to increase efficiency and operational practices. Provides consultation and publishing software technical support for editors and creators of digital content. Provides support and training for journal editors, repository coordinators, and authors on their respective publishing platforms.

    Required Education

    Bachelor's degree.

    Required Related Experience

    Two years of project management experience and/or in a publishing environment (print or digital). One year experience using design or publishing tools.

    Desirable Related Experience

    Advanced degree in library science, information science, English, journalism, art/design, educational technology, user experience, or related degree. One year of editorial experience in book or journal publishing including experience with editorial processes such as copy-editing, proofreading, typesetting, format conversion, peer review process, etc. Prior experience with accessibility, universal design, and or inclusive design. Experience with open educational resources and citation styles of Chicago, MLA and/or APA. Experience managing projects in an academic library, publisher, or knowledge institution.

    Documents Needed to Apply

    Cover Letter & CV/Resume Required

    Special Instruction to Applicants 

    If available, we encourage applicants to share links within their resume or cover letter to works created, edited or published that reflect their digital or publishing skills.

    MTSU offers a comprehensive benefits package, including but not limited to the following:  

    • Vacation and Sick Leave  
    • 13 paid University holidays
    • Medical, dental, vision, and life insurance
    • Retirement plans
    • Optional 401K and 403B Deferred Compensation Plans
    • Educational benefits for the employee and their spouse and dependents

    Click here for additional information. 


    MTSU is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer that values diversity in all its forms. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

    Proof of U.S. citizenship or eligibility for U.S. employment will be required prior to employment (Immigration Control Act of 1986). Clery Act crime statistics for MTSU are available at or by contacting MTSU Public Safety at (615) 898-2424.

    MTSU is a Tobacco & Drug-Free campus.

    This position requires a criminal background check. Therefore, you may be required to provide information about your criminal history in order to be considered for this position.

    For individuals requiring a reasonable accommodation to apply: In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA), if you have a disability and would like to request an accommodation in order to apply for a position with MTSU, please call 615-898-2929 or email

    Application Review Date: April 25, 2022

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  • CFP Now Open: Digital Seed Grants 2022-2023

    • Posted on: 21 March 2022
    • By: digitalscholar

    Announcing the call for Digital Seed Grants

    The Digital Seed Grant competition for 2022-2023 is now open. Walker Library Digital Scholarship Initiatives invites proposals for seed grants to support individual or collaborative digital scholarship projects in research, teaching, or public outreach from any discipline or area at MTSU. The call for proposals (CFP) is open to MTSU faculty, staff, researchers and graduate students pursing digital scholarship projects (from the arts to sciences and everything in between). Projects run from July 1 to June 30. Applications for the 2022-2023 cycle are due April 18, 2022.


    Examples of digital projects, past winners, and application guidelines are available at


    Seed Grants (up to $2,000)

    The number of grants available each year will vary, with each at a maximum of $2,000. A list of the awarded projects are available by year: 2021-2022, 2020-2021, 2019-2020, 2018-2019 and 2017-2018.

    Example Uses of Seed Grant

    ·  Hiring a student worker to perform data collection or analysis, text encoding, or data entry*

    ·  Digitizing materials not held at Walker Library

    ·  Purchasing specialized equipment for digitization or analysis

    ·  Digital textbook, edition, archive or exhibit

    ·  Media-rich narratives or interactive storytelling

    ·  Use of games, 3D, AR/VR, or maker projects for research or teaching

    ·  Applying geospatial methods to literary texts, historical problems, or scientific discoveries

    ·  Textual, network, audio, or visual analysis

    ·  Pedagogical focus on civic or public humanities


  • Author Guidelines

    • Posted on: 1 February 2022
    • By: digitalscholar

    This page is dedicated to the authors who have been selected to submit chapters for the upcoming book: Privacy and Safety in Remote Learning Environments.

    For reference, the original CFP details are at, and once finished, the book will be published on the MTSU Pressbooks site.

    Congratulations on the tenative acceptance of your book chapter!


    Author Guidelines

    Please carefully follow the guidelines below as you write. Any manuscripts not meeting these guidelines will be returned to the author(s) for correction, which can cause significant delays in the publication.

    Submissions Link:

    In the meantime, please look over and adhere to Author Guidelines below:

    Chapter Requirements

    1. 3,000-5,000 words (not including tables/figures and references)
    2. The manuscript/chapter should be submitted in .docx format.
    3.  Manuscripts should be double-spaced and use 12-point Times New Roman font with 1-inch margins.
    4. On a title page, include the chapter title, all author names and institutions, and email addresses. Do not place author names on any other pages.
    5. All references and citations must follow the style of APA 7th edition.
    6. Submissions should be in the English language.
    7. All equations must be formatted with LaTeX or MathML.
    8. All visual elements such as figures, tables, charts, etc. must be clear and legible.
    9. The manuscript must be free of plagiarism and all sources must be properly and accurately cited.
      1. Acquire permission for copyrighted images (see Image Permissions section)
      2. Caption a figure that is not the author’s
      3. Use image permission form
    10. Image size and resolution
      1. 300 dpi
      2. TIFF or JPG file type
      3. To check the resolution size of an image, right click on the image file and select “Properties”
      4. Font size within image must be at least 6pt. (minimum)
      5. Color: Please note that while images may appear in color in the electronic version of your manuscript, images will appear in grayscale (black and white only) in the printed version.
        • Make sure the images are clear when printed in color, or submit altered image files in black and white for the print version
      6. Color: Please do not make reference to color in image captions.
    11. Number of figures
      1. Most chapters of this size have 0-4 images (screenshots, figures, tables, etc) and not more than 8. Make sure you are only selecting images that make a significant contribution to the chapter. Contact the editors if you want to use more than 8.
      2. List figures in order as they appear: Figure 1, Figure 2, etc.
      3. List tables in order as they appear: Table 1, Table 2, etc.
      4. Make sure all figure/table numbers are in BOTH the captions and within the name of each image file
    12. Captions
      1. With the chapter, clearly indicate where images should be placed and include a caption in the text. For example:

    Figure 1: This is the caption for the figure.

    1. Captions should not be in the table/figure itself.
    2. Do not use “the Figure below” or “in the following table” type of language. Please provide the exact number of the figure/table within the text.

    Good example: The bar chart in Figure 1 presents the sales of computers from 2021.

    Poor example: The following bar chart presents the sales of computers from 2021.

    1. Tables
      1. Please create tables with Microsoft Office if possible (Word or Excel). If not, make the tables into image files with the same specifications as figures (resolution and color).
    2. Copyright agreements will be used for each chapter author.
    3. Plagiarism checks will be performed prior to official acceptance for publication. Please ensure that all information used from outside sources is properly cited and all thoughts are your own words.
    4. Heading names should be used within the body of your text (try to stay within three heading levels: H1, H2, H3)
    5. Key terms (5-10) should be used for each chapter.
    6. Editorial review is conducted for each chapter before the manuscript is officially accepted for publication.

    Author Requirements

    1. Biographical sketch (100-150) words. Please write the bio in a third-person narrative format.
    2. Affiliation
    3. Email address (should this change before the manuscript is published, update the editors).
    4. Submission of copyright agreement.
    5. Submission of Image Permission Forms (if applicable).
    6. Ensure all co-authors have completed the same requirements.
    7. Authors of book chapters may be expected to serve as reviewers for 2-3 chapters. Authors have a vested interest in ensuring the quality of chapters within the publication, as improving the quality of the publication as a whole will also improve the reception of their own work therein.


    Image Permissions

    It is your responsibility to obtain written permission to include any copyrighted images in your chapter. Citation of sources in figures is necessary for academic standards. However, please note that while citation is sufficient for reproducing brief quotations under fair use, citation alone is not sufficient for reproducing images.

    Permissions may be needed for:

    Screenshot of a company’s page, screenshot of a video game, screenshot of proprietary software, etc.

    Captioning a figure that is not the author’s:

    After obtaining permission, you are responsible to indicate the original source of the image in the caption and that is it is being used with permission:

    Figure 1: This is the caption. (© Year, Copyright holder name. Used with permission)

    If you create an image based on another copyrighted image:

    You must indicate this in the image caption, that it is adapted from elsewhere.

                    Figure 1: This is the caption. (Adapted from [source of copyright image]).

    Other considerations:

    • Trademark use. All trademark use within the chapter MUST be credited to its owner, or written permission to use the name must be granted.
    • If a fee is required to reproduce an object (article, figure, table, TM, etc), the chapter will not get published. The book publisher only accepts agreements which grant non-exclusive world rights with permission to publish in all languages and permission to publish in both print and electronic form in this publication and any subsequent publication, as long as the reproduction is within the context of the chapter and the original source is acknowledged.
    • Keep a log of the permissions you are seeking. You may use the Rights Log (optional) that is provided, or another form you create. Image permission request forms are available, ask the editors if needed.
  • Call for Proposals—Book Chapters--deadline extended to Feb 7!

    • Posted on: 21 December 2021
    • By: digitalscholar

    Working book title: Privacy and Safety in Remote Learning Environments  

    Proposal submission deadline extended: February 7, 2022 

    Interdisciplinary perspectives are highly encouraged 



    Online education is not a new phenomenon, but the Covid-19 pandemic caused a sudden and widespread shift online for many K-12 schools and higher education institutions that had little prior experience with it. Even as schools return to in-person classes, online platforms remain prevalent as backup and supplemental content delivery tools. While privacy issues related to education are not new, the sudden shift to online learning brought these concerns into sharp focus for many parents, educators, administrators, and researchers. 

    The objective of this book is to reflect on the unintended breaches of privacy, safety, and security that occurred during the rush to move classes online, and to examine and propose solutions for more responsible future use of the platforms.

    This book will document how educational institutions approach privacy regarding students and educators, describe privacy initiatives implemented in response to online learning, and contribute to the growing discussion of how privacy and surveillance impact our users, especially students from our most vulnerable populations. 

    We encourage a broad range of contributions, including original research, case studies, pedagogical approaches, and critical reflection papers. We especially encourage contributions from K-12 and higher education educators, research centers, museums, and libraries that facilitate online learning or online curriculum, and from underrepresented and historically marginalized racial, social, and/or class groups. Interdisciplinary perspectives are highly encouraged. 

    Topics may include but are not limited to: 

    • Privacy policies of 3rd party EdTech platforms (Google Classroom, Microsoft Teams, Schoology, etc) 
    • Parental “spying” and classroom privacy 
    • Family privacy and synchronous online schooling 
    • Online harassment among students (private chats, doxing, social media, etc) 
    • Cameras in student private spaces  
    • Surveillance of student online activities 
    • Exam proctoring software and privacy concerns  
    • Personally Identifiable Information in online learning systems and susceptibility to cybercriminals  
    • Privacy, storage, and deletion policies for recordings and data 
    • Handling data removal requests from students  
    • Appointing a privacy expert in schools, universities, or districts 
    • How and why to perform security/privacy audits 
    • Student attitudes about online privacy 
    • Instructor privacy/safety concerns 
    • Libraries: privacy policies of ebook platforms 
    • Libraries: online reference services and transcripts 
    • Identity authentication best practices 
    • Learning analytics and “big data” in higher education  

    Submission Procedures: 

    Potential contributors are invited to submit proposals of not more than 500 words for chapters of 3,000-5,000 words (not including tables/figures and references). All submitted chapters will be reviewed by at least two peer-reviewers on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project. Inquiries should be sent to the editors and proposals submitted via the submission form (link below). 

    Tentative timeline- (adjusted for deadline extension): 

    February 7, 2022 / Chapter proposals due

    February 21, 2022 / Authors notified

    May 21, 2022 / Final chapters due

    July 10, 2022 / Post peer-review, final edits from editors/authors due

    Fall 2022 / Book published 

    Submission form at (extended deadline of 2/7/2022) 


    About the Book 

    The book is published by Digital Scholarship Initiatives (DSI) at the James E. Walker Library, Middle Tennessee State University. DSI has been publishing peer-reviewed journals and hosting scholarly and creative works at MTSU since 2014. The book has no submission nor acceptance fees for manuscripts and will be published open access (free to read online), while also available as a print-on-demand option. Chapter contributions are published under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial license (CC BY-NC 4.0).

    About the Editors  

    Denise Quintel ( and Amy York ( are faculty librarians at the James E. Walker Library at Middle Tennessee State University. Collectively, the editors have a wide range of experience in web services and instructional technology. Please contact them with any questions.  

    Printable copy of the CFP (PDF)

  • Publication: Digital Scholarship Initiatives Highlights 20/21

    • Posted on: 1 October 2021
    • By: digitalscholar

    Announcing the recently published Digital Scholarship Initiatives Highlights 2020-2021: A Digital Scholarship Center Assessment


    The 7th annual DSI Highlights brochure summarizes the past year's development (2020-2021). The brochure highlights initiatives lead by the MTSU Walker Library for the creation, access, dissemination, and preservation of digital and scholarly initiatives. Digital Scholarship Initiatives (DSI) Programs include opportunities to:

    • learn and share digital tools and methodologies

    • create and preserve university scholarship

    • fund research and teaching opportunities through seed grants

    • encourage and support development of digital projects

    • provide and support open access publishing


    A pdf copy of the double-sided brochure is available at (click View/Open).

    A visual gallery of the brochure pages can be scrolled at



    More information:


    Digital Scholarship Initiatives began at Walker Library several years ago as a way to build out the library’s collections digitally. More recently, other initiatives have been added including library publishing through JEWLScholar and Journal Hosting services; the creation of a collaborative Digital Partners group; and a Digital Scholarship Lab (DSL) dedicated to faculty and advanced students who enhance research by using digital tools and methodologies learned in workshops, collaborating on digital projects, and disseminating research through digital platforms.


    All DSI publications, including previous years of the Highlights brochures are available at