Archive for January, 2009

Grants: TexTreasures Grants for Digitization and Other Purposes

Posted in Digitization, Grants on January 30th, 2009

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission has announced the availability of FY 2010 TexTreasures grants to members of the TexShare Library Consortium or non-profit organizations that are applying on behalf of TexShare members.

Here's an excerpt from the guidelines:

The TexTreasures grant program provides assistance and encouragement to libraries to provide access to their special or unique holdings, and to make information about these holdings available to all Texans. Applicants may propose projects designed to increase accessibility through a wide range of activities such as organizing, cataloging, indexing, or digitizing local materials. . . .

The maximum award for FY 2010 is $20,000 for a single institution and $25,000 for collaborative grant projects. While applicants are encouraged to provide support for the project with matching funds or in-kind resources, matching funds are not a requirement for TexTreasures grants.

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    Digital Library Jobs: Archivist for Digital Programs at Wyoming

    Posted in Digital Library Jobs on January 30th, 2009

    The American Heritage Center of the University of Wyoming is recruiting an Archivist for Digital Programs at Wyoming.

    Here's an excerpt from the ad:

    The Archivist will collaboratively plan, schedule, and implement the creation of digital collections. The Archivist will provide leadership in the creation and delivery of digital content that responds to the needs of the AHC’s collections and preservation priorities. These include digitization of archives and special collections and other materials in text, image, audio, and video formats; and participating in the development of a digital repository systems to preserve and make accessible the intellectual output of the University of Wyoming. The Archivist will oversee operating procedures and workflows; investigate and recommend appropriate standards (technical, metadata, etc.) and implement quality control procedures; prioritize and coordinate digitization production; investigate, plan, and manage format conversions and migrations; maintain awareness and develop in-depth knowledge of new technology.

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      Dutch Cultural Institutions and Rights Holders Reach Landmark Digitization Agreement

      Posted in Copyright, Digitization on January 30th, 2009

      FOBID (Netherlands Library Forum) and VOI©E (Netherlands Association of Organisations for the Collective Management of Intellectual Property Rights) have reached a digitization agreement.

      Here's an excerpt from the press release:

      Dutch libraries, archives, and museums recently reached agreement with right holders on the digitisation and accessibility of their heritage collections. The organisations representing the libraries (FOBID) and the right holders (VOI©E) reached agreement within the Digiti©E Committee (Digitisation of Cultural Heritage) that was set up when a Declaration of Intent was signed at the opening of Amsterdam World Book Capital in April 2008. The agreement is a major breakthrough in the discussion regarding the copyright aspects of digitising collections held by libraries and archives.

      As far as is known, this is the first agreement of this type anywhere in the world between libraries and right holders. There is concern in many other countries too regarding how to deal with the rights of right holders who cannot be traced, i.e. the holders of rights in “orphan works”. If the arrangement that has now been accepted in the Netherlands is imitated in other European countries, it will have an enormous effect on the availability of recent works in the “Europeana” digital library. . . .

      The essence of the agreement is that the libraries that are represented receive permission, on certain conditions, from virtually all right holders to digitise their collections and make them publically available on their own premises for teaching or research purposes. The works concerned must be part of the Dutch cultural heritage and no longer commercially available. The libraries do not need to pay the right holders as long as the works are only made available on their own premises.

      Separate consent is required, however, if the digitised works are made more widely available, for example by means of remote access or via the Internet. In that case, an agreed payment must be made; agreements in principle can be made regarding payment by the Digiti©E committee. Even then, the library will not need to go in search of the right holders because this will be done by collecting societies such as Lira and Pictoright.

      The organisations representing right holders will shortly be setting up a Registration Centre for digitisation where libraries and archives can register proposed projects and get in touch with right holders regarding how they should be implemented. . . .

      Kees Holierhoek, the chairman of the Lira copyright holders’ organisation and of the digital right holders working party, has this to say about the new agreement: “I’m very pleased about this agreement. It’s important for us that copyright should be respected, and that has been done in this case. At the same time, the agreement has done away with a major obstacle to making texts and photos accessible. Authors, freelance journalists, photographers, and publishers will all have a veto right if they do not wish to participate. If they do wish to participate, they can claim payment if their material is made accessible outside the institution’s own premises.”

      Martin Bossenbroek, the acting General Director of the National Library of the Netherlands, says: “This agreement is a real breakthrough. It’s extremely good news for libraries like the National Library of the Netherlands whose core task is to manage nationally important heritage collections and make them available. The agreement regulates digitisation and the availability of digitised collections on our own premises. But that is only the first step, because we naturally want to also make the digitised collections available online. I think the real benefit of this agreement is that it shows how all the various interested parties understand one another’s positions and arguments. That constructive attitude will also make it possible to arrive at good follow-up arrangements for provision of material on the Internet.”

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        Digital Library Jobs: Digital Content Specialist at Southern New Hampshire

        Posted in Digital Library Jobs on January 30th, 2009

        The Southern New Hampshire University Library is recruiting a Digital Content Specialist (two year position).

        Here's an excerpt from the ad:

        SNHU has received an Institute of Museum and Library Services Grant to build an institutional repository using DSpace starting with the digitization of student theses and working papers from the School of Community Economic Development. Reporting to the Electronic Resources Librarian, the Digital Content Specialist/CED Specialist has primary responsibility for reading archived School of Community and Economic Development theses and project reports and writing abstracts for these works. This position will also assist the Digital Initiatives Librarian with the development of metadata, securing copyright permissions, and setup of the SCED DSpace community. This is a grant funded position for up to a period of two years.

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          Digital Library Jobs: Programmer/Repository Web Developer at the Open University

          Posted in Digital Library Jobs on January 29th, 2009

          The Library and Learning Resource Centre of the Open University is recruiting a Programmer/Repository Web Developer (temporary contract until July 2011).

          Here's an excerpt from the ad:

          Would you like to contribute to a key role in the development of OU Library's systems, services & products to support all its business processes for both customers and Library staff. You will be part of the Library's Information Management and Innovation Group and provide technical input to projects and service developments, in particular to supporting the University's research activity and to support the Open Research Online repository and related repositories.

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            New from ARL: Developing a Scholarly Communication Program in Your Library

            Posted in ARL Libraries, Libraries, Scholarly Communication on January 29th, 2009

            The Association of Research Libraries has released a new guide: "Developing a Scholarly Communication Program in Your Library."

            Here's an excerpt from the press release:

            The guide provides background information and outlines steps for setting up a scholarly communication program at your library and on your campus.

            Scholarly communication initiatives can take many forms and focus on different issues, such as the University of California’s innovative recruitment of faculty publications into its eScholarship Repository, the University of Minnesota’s author’s rights education program, or SPARC’s student-focused "Right to Research" campaign. Whatever the issues particularly relevant to your institution, librarians can engage faculty members, students, and administrators to make a significant impact on the scholarly landscape.

            This online guide offers both generic tools you can adapt locally under a Creative Commons license and examples of how these tools have been implemented at other schools. The guide provides you with help at your point of need, and leverages the expertise and experience of library colleagues everywhere.

            The guide offers advice on the following stages of creating and managing a scholarly communication program:

            • Establish Structure
            • Build Knowledge
            • Scan Environment
            • Go Public
            • Evaluate Program
            • Learn More
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              ALA Office for Information Technology Policy Launches Google Books Settlement Site

              Posted in Copyright, Google and Other Search Engines, Mass Digitizaton, Publishing on January 29th, 2009

              The ALA Office for Information Technology Policy has launched a Google Books Settlement Web site.

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                Kate Wittenberg Named Project Director, Client and Partnership Development at Ithaka

                Posted in People in the News, Scholarly Communication on January 29th, 2009

                Kate Wittenberg, formerly Director of the Electronic Publishing Initiative at Columbia (EPIC), has been named Project Director, Client and Partnership Development at Ithaka.

                Here's an excerpt from the press release:

                In her new role, Wittenberg will focus on building partnerships among scholars, academic centers, publishers, libraries, technology providers, societies, and foundations with an interest in promoting the development of digital scholarship and learning. From proposal creation to market research, business development, and product planning, she will draw on her years of work with scholars and experience building online academic resources to help digital publishing stakeholders identify, build, and sustain innovative initiatives. . . .

                Wittenberg spent most of her career at Columbia, where she was the Editor-in-Chief of Columbia University Press until 1999, and went on to found and direct EPIC (the Electronic Publishing Initiative at Columbia) for the university. EPIC was a pioneering initiative in digital publishing, and a model publishing partnership for libraries, presses, and academic IT departments. Some of the ventures produced by EPIC include CIAO (Columbia International Affairs Online), Gutenberg-E (a reinvention of the monograph as an electronic work), and Jazz Studies Online. Wittenberg brings to Ithaka more than two decades of experience working with faculty, a deep understanding of libraries, first hand experience of digital projects centered within academic institutions, and a wide knowledge of the digital landscape and disciplinary trends. She has worked closely with a number of foundations, and has built a strong reputation in the community through her work at Columbia, her many speaking and consulting engagements around digital publishing, and her numerous publications.

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                  DFL's Aquifer Project Releases MODS and Asset Action Explorer

                  Posted in Metadata on January 29th, 2009

                  The Digital Library Federation's Aquifer American Social History Online project has released the MODS and Asset Action Explorer.

                  Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                  The service allows anyone to upload MODS XML files, including modsCollection files, and verify that those records comply to the MODS XML Schema and also to check the uploaded records against the Aquifer project's MODS Levels of Adoption Guidelines . . . In addition to MODS records, the service also allows the upload of Asset Action Packages . . . which is another experimental format being developed by the DLF Aquifer project. An Asset Action Package is an XML file containing a defined set of actionable URIs for a digital resource that delivers named, typed actions for that resource.

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                    OCLC and HathiTrust to Collaborate on Enhancing Access to Digital Repository Materials

                    Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Digital Repositories, OCLC, Research Libraries on January 28th, 2009

                    OCLC and HathiTrust, a shared digital repository for research libraries, will collaborate on improving access to materials in HathiTrust's repository.

                    Here's an excerpt from the press release:

                    HathiTrust, a group of some of the largest research libraries in the United States collaborating to create a repository of their vast digital collections, and OCLC will work together to increase visibility of and access to items in the HathiTrust’s shared digital repository.

                    Launched jointly by the 12-university consortium known as the Committee on Institutional Cooperation and the 11 university libraries of the University of California system, HathiTrust leverages the time-honored commitment to preservation and access to information that university libraries have valued for centuries. The group's digital collections, including millions of books, will be archived and preserved in a single repository hosted by HathiTrust. Materials in the public domain and those where rightsholders have given permission will be available for reading online.

                    OCLC and HathiTrust will work together to increase online visibility and accessibility of the digital collections by creating WorldCat records describing the content and linking to the collections via and WorldCat Local. The organizations will launch a project in the coming months to develop specifications and determine next steps.

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                      Podcast: "The Law and Policy of Web 2.0: Much Old, Some New, Lots Borrowed, So Don’t Be Blue"

                      Posted in Copyright, Social Media/Web 2.0 on January 28th, 2009

                      EDUCAUSE has released a podcast of a presentation by Beth Cate, Associate General Counsel for Indiana University System, called "The Law and Policy of Web 2.0: Much Old, Some New, Lots Borrowed, So Don’t Be Blue."

                      Here's an excerpt from the abstract:

                      Social networking sites and other Web 2.0 technologies offer rich tools for creation, collaboration, and community building. As such they have generated great excitement among faculty, staff, and students as they explore incorporating these technologies into their teaching and learning. Some of the most compelling features of these technologies—how quickly and easily materials can be shared and repurposed, how large and fluid Internet communities tend to be, how many cheap third-party services are available—are the same ones that raise questions about whether and how law and policy affect how we use these technologies in support of learning.

                      In this session, Beth Cate reviews and answers questions commonly asked by faculty, staff, and university attorneys. She also talks about why, although technologies are continually evolving, the relevant legal and policy principles are generally quite familiar and not scary. She highlights a few new wrinkles and some unknowns and offers practical strategies for maintaining good communications with your campus counsel as you and your institution navigate these promising new technologies and look ahead to Web 3.0.

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                        JSTOR and Ithaka Merge

                        Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Scholarly Communication on January 28th, 2009

                        JSTOR and Ithaka Merge have merged and they are now known as Ithaka.

                        Here's an excerpt from the press release:

                        JSTOR was founded in 1995 by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation as a shared digital library to help academic institutions save costs associated with the storage of library materials and to vastly improve access to scholarship. Today, more than 5,200 academic institutions and 600 scholarly publishers and content owners participate in JSTOR. Ithaka was started in 2003 by Kevin Guthrie, the original founder of JSTOR, with funding from the Mellon Foundation as well as The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and Stavros S. Niarchos Foundation. Ithaka was established to aid promising not-for-profit digital initiatives and to provide research and insight on important strategic issues facing the academic community. Ithaka has become known for its influential reports including the 2007 University Publishing in A Digital Age and the 2008 Sustainability and Revenue Models for Online Academic Resources. It is the organizational home to Portico, a digital preservation service, and NITLE, a suite of services supporting the use of technology in liberal arts education.

                        The new combined enterprise will be called Ithaka and will be dedicated to helping the academic community use digital technologies to advance scholarship and teaching and to reducing system-wide costs through collective action.

                        This is a natural step for these organizations. JSTOR and Ithaka already work closely together, sharing a common history, values, and fundamental purpose. During 2008, the Ithaka-incubated resource Aluka was integrated into JSTOR as an initial step, further strengthening ties between the organizations. JSTOR will now join Portico and NITLE as a coordinated set of offerings made available under the Ithaka organizational name. . .

                        In addition to JSTOR, Portico, and NITLE, Ithaka's existing research and strategic services groups will remain important parts of the enterprise. The board will be composed of Ithaka and JSTOR Trustees, with Henry Bienen, President of Northwestern University, serving as Chairman and Paul Brest, President of the Hewlett Foundation as Vice Chairman.

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