Archive for January, 2010

Assessing the Future Landscape of Scholarly Communication: An Exploration of Faculty Values and Needs in Seven Disciplines

Posted in Scholarly Communication on January 31st, 2010 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Center for Studies in Higher Education has released Assessing the Future Landscape of Scholarly Communication: An Exploration of Faculty Values and Needs in Seven Disciplines.

Here's an excerpt:

We describe here the results of our research conducted between 2007 and 2010. In the interest of developing a deeper understanding of how and why scholars do what they do to advance their academic fields, as well as their careers, our approach focused on finegrained analyses of faculty values and behaviors throughout the scholarly communication lifecycle, including career advancement, sharing, collaborating, informal and formal publishing, resource generation, and engaging with the public. The report is based on the responses of 160 interviewees across 45, mostly elite, research institutions in seven selected academic fields: archaeology, astrophysics, biology, economics, history, music, and political science. We concentrated on assessing scholars’ attitudes and needs as both producers and users of research results. The report is divided into eight chapters, which include a document synthesizing our research results plus seven detailed disciplinary case studies.

Library of Congress Establishes Procedures to Release Open Source Software

Posted in ARL Libraries, Open Source Software on January 31st, 2010 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Library of Congress has established procedures to release open source software.

Here's an excerpt from the press release:

"The overall effect will be to clarify and streamline the process for releasing software as open source," said Michelle Springer, a digital initiatives project manager at the Library, "allowing the Library and its partners to more fully participate in the open source development community."

The Library has been especially active in developing tools that support digital preservation processes, including the secure transfer of digital files. This includes the release of a full suite of digital content transfer tools that support the Bagit specification.

These tools marked the first release of Library-authored open source software to a public repository. The tools were first registered on SourceForge in December 2008 and are available at While Sourceforge was the first external repository to host Library code, other repositories may be used in the future.

Source code originating from the Library may only be distributed as open source if developed by Library staff or under a contract granting the Library the necessary distribution rights. Additionally, the code cannot be based or dependent on any proprietary software and must be releasable without restrictions or cost.

Works created by Library of Congress staff will be designated in the code comments as a work within the public domain. The addition of the public domain notation in the code comments serves the function of letting developers know that section of the code is free for reuse even if the Library's code is incorporated into a software project with a more restrictive license.

Not all software repositories offer the option of a public domain designation. Under those circumstances the Library will apply the most permissive license possible. BSD-style licenses are being used by multiple National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program partners.

Lead Developer at NCSU

Posted in Library IT Jobs on January 31st, 2010 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The North Carolina State University Libraries are recruiting a Lead Developer.

Here's an excerpt from the ad (position #40024):

Design and develop large-scale library web applications using a variety of technologies including Java, JavaScript, PHP, Python, PostgreSQL, MySQL and XML. Help manage development projects through full life cycle from requirements definition to deployment and support. Maintain and upgrade existing applications; lead implementation of new software packages. Provide technical mentorship for developers in department. Research and recommend integration of new technologies.

Gary Marchionini Named Dean of School of Information and Library Sciences at UNC Chapel Hill

Posted in Information Schools, People in the News on January 31st, 2010 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Dr. Gary Marchionini, Cary C. Boshamer Professor at the School of Information and Library Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has been appointed Dean of that school effective April 1, 2010.

Here's an excerpt from the press release:

"Gary Marchionini is a distinguished faculty member whose extraordinary academic background is internationally renowned," said Chancellor Holden Thorp. "He is the ideal person to lead our School of Information and Library Science into this new decade when information and technology have never been more important in our society."

Added Bruce Carney, interim executive vice chancellor and provost, "Gary Marchionini knows the School of Information and Library Science and our University exceedingly well. He has the support from within the school to keep it a national leader."

A Carolina faculty member since 1998, Marchionini heads the school's Interaction Design Laboratory and chairs its personnel committee. He serves on the Campus Research Computing Committee and has helped lead numerous campus initiatives since arriving at Carolina. Last spring, he was nominated by his students and selected as the school's Outstanding Teacher of the Year.

He is president of the American Society of Information Science and Technology, an international organization of professionals who focus on improving access to information. Marchionini is the chair of the National Institutes of Health/National Library of Medicine's Biomedical Library and Informatics Review Committee. He previously was editor-in-chief of the Association for Computing Machinery's (ACM) "Transactions on Information Systems" from 2002 to 2008, has served on more than a dozen editorial boards and is editor of the Morgan-Claypool book series, "Information Concepts, Retrieval and Services."

Marchionini has published more than 200 articles, book chapters and technical reports on topics related to digital libraries, information seeking, usability of personal health records, multimedia browsing strategies and personal identity in cyberspace. He has been awarded numerous grants from the National Science Foundation and other foundations, as well as research awards from companies including Microsoft, IBM and Google. He is the author of "Information Seeking in Electronic Environments," part of a Cambridge University Press series.

Marchionini earned a doctorate in curriculum development, focusing on mathematics education in 1981, and a master's degree in secondary mathematics education from Wayne State University in 1974. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in mathematics and English from Western Michigan University in 1971.

Before arriving at UNC, he was a faculty member at the University of Maryland for 15 years. He served on the faculty and as a researcher at Wayne State from 1978 to 1983 and taught mathematics at the East Detroit Public Schools for seven years.

Library Application and Database Manager/Developer at Princeton

Posted in Library IT Jobs on January 31st, 2010 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Princeton University Library is recruiting a Library Application and Database Manager/Developer. Anticipated hiring range: $75,000-$85,000.

Here's an excerpt from the ad (Requisition #1000065):

Description: Princeton University Library seeks a Library Application Database Manager/Developer to maintain, enhance and create applications for Library users and staff. In addition, this person will help develop web based library services for patrons and help with implementation and enhancements to Library NextGen user interfaces.

Responsibilities: The primary function for this position is to maintain and enhance current locally developed library applications and to create new ones as new needs arise. The locally developed applications include various specialized catalogs, specialized user applications such as E-Reserves and Audio-Reserves, and internal workflow applications for managing staff travel, staff lists, and guest access to the libraries, and many more. This position will also help with library web services development, including maintaining and creating machine to machine interfaces, as well as user interfaces. This position will also be assigned other projects as needed.

The Ranking Web of World Repositories (January 2010 edition)

Posted in Digital Repositories, Institutional Repositories on January 31st, 2010 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Cybermetrics Lab of the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientóficas has released The Ranking Web of World Repositories (January 2010 edition).

Here's an excerpt:

As in previous edition we provide two global Rankings. One that covers all repositories (Top400) and another that focuses only on Institutional Repositories (Top 400 Institutional). We are considering to include in future editions portals of journals and papers (super repositories).

The composite index (World Ranking) is computed combining normalized values instead of ranks. The visibility is calculated giving extra importance to the external inlinks not coming from generic domains (.com, .org, .net). The figures for rich files (pdf, doc, ppt, ps, and new for this edition, xls) are combined and not treated individually.

Read more about it at "Ranking Web of World Repositories ."

Scholarships Available: 100% Online Digital Information Management Graduate Certificate Program

Posted in Digital Libraries, Information Schools on January 28th, 2010 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of Arizona School of Information Resources and Library Science is accepting applicants for the school's graduate certificate program in Digital Information Management (DigIn). IMLS-funded scholarships are available for students entering the program in 2010.

Here's an excerpt from the press release:

The DigIn program features hands-on experience and focused instruction supporting a wide range of professional careers involving digital systems and data. The certificate includes six three-credit courses designed to build students' hands-on technology skills, and to help students acquire the advanced knowledge needed to curate digital collections, manage digital projects, and to set policies for access and long-term preservation.

In 2009, the first cohort of DigIn graduates completed their certificate requirements with practical "capstone" field projects in a broad range of professional settings, including the Library of Congress, the Metropolitan New York Library Council, the College of William and Mary, UC Riverside, the New Mexico State Records Center and Archives, Phoenix Public Library, Cochise County (AZ) Historical Society, Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, and the Mohave Museum of History and Art. As one 2009 graduate noted:

"DigIn broadened my knowledge of the history, trends, and best practices for digital collections. It has also given me the practical experience to tackle hands-on projects that require a deeper understanding of technology and information management. My work in the DigIn program is most certainly what led to me landing a job in a technology-heavy environment."

For information professionals already working in the field, or those considering career changes, the DigIn certificate offers a flexible path for graduate studies. The program is delivered 100% online and has no residency requirements. Students generally complete the certificate in four or six semesters (15 months or 27 months).

Deadline For Summer '10 admission: April 1

Deadline for Fall ‘10 admission: July 1

Deadline for Spring ‘11: Nov. 1.

DigIn was developed in cooperation with the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records and the University of Arizona Outreach College. Major funding for the program comes from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), which has also provided scholarship funding.

Additional details on the program including course descriptions, admissions requirements and application forms may be found on the program website:

Applicants may also contact the DigIn staff at:

digin at

Crowdsourcing and Social Engagement: Potential, Power and Freedom for Libraries and Users

Posted in Digital Archives and Special Collections, Libraries, Social Media/Web 2.0 on January 28th, 2010 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Rose Holley has self-archived Crowdsourcing and Social Engagement: Potential, Power and Freedom for Libraries and Users in E-LIS.

Here's an excerpt:

The definition and purpose of crowdsourcing and social engagement with users is discussed with particular reference to the Australian Newspapers service, FamilySearch, Wikipedia, the Distributed Proofreaders, Galaxy Zoo and The Guardian MP's Expenses Scandal These services have harnessed thousands of digital volunteers who transcribe, create, enhance and correct text, images and archives. The successful strategies which motivated users to help, engage, and develop the outcomes will be examined. How can the lessons learnt be applied more broadly across the library and archive sector and what is the future potential? What are useful tips for crowdsourcing? Users no longer expect to be passive receivers of information and want to engage with data, each other and nonprofit making organisations to help achieve what may seem to be impossible goals and targets. If libraries want to stay relevant and valued, offer high quality data and continue to have a significant social impact they must develop active engagement strategies and harness crowdsourcing techniques and partnerships to enhance their services. Can libraries respond to the shift in power and control of information and dare to give users something greater than power—freedom?

Academic Librarian, Automation Librarian at University of Wisconsin-Fond du Lac

Posted in Library IT Jobs on January 28th, 2010 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of Wisconsin-Fond du Lac Library is recruiting an Academic Librarian, Automation Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Automation Librarian will be responsible for the overall installation, operation, and maintenance of all automated library systems and services for the thirteen University of Wisconsin Colleges libraries, including Voyager, ILLiad, SFX and Metalib, and will assist the Director of Library Support Services with proxy server maintenance and on-campus access to over 100 licensed electronic databases. The UW Colleges is the two-year institution of the University of Wisconsin System, with campuses located throughout the state. Some travel will be required. The position is headquartered in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.

M. Sue Baughman Named ARL Associate Deputy Executive Director

Posted in ARL Libraries, People in the News on January 28th, 2010 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

M. Sue Baughman has been named Association of Research Libraries Associate Deputy Executive Director.

Here's an excerpt from the press release:

Baughman is currently Assistant Dean for Organizational Development at the University of Maryland, College Park. She will assume her role at ARL on March 29.

The primary role of the Associate Deputy Executive Director is to promote and facilitate the strategic development of ARL policies and programs. The position carries a mix of responsibilities revolving around issue analysis and program development, strategic positioning and message development, and practical management and coordination accomplished working closely with the ARL Executive Director and Board of Directors.

In her current position, Baughman works with over 200 library staff in every facet of the University of Maryland Libraries. Her duties focus on the development needs of individual staff, teams, and work groups, and the organization as a whole. She understands not only the work staff does and the services they provide but also the interrelationships that are in place across a large organization. This broad perspective has enabled her to be an effective change agent and leader. She has been at the University of Maryland since 1995 serving in a variety of roles including, Manager of McKeldin Library Public Services, Assistant Dean for Organizational Development, and Interim Director of Collection Development and Special Collections.

In her career, Baughman has held positions at a variety of types of libraries and library systems and has served on committees of numerous library associations. In all of these positions, she has been committed to finding innovative solutions to challenging problems. Her skills and experiences in leadership, program coordination, and project management will be valuable assets for ARL.

DuraCloud Java Developer at DuraSpace

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on January 28th, 2010 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

DuraSpace is recruiting a DuraCloud Java Developer.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The DuraSpace organization is looking for an entry level java developer to join the team designing, building, and supporting its new cloud compute service and open technology named DuraCloud. DuraSpace is a 501(c)3 whose mission is to enable and support open source technologies and services for scholarship and research. DuraSpace currently supports several open source platforms including DSpace and Fedora. . . .

The java developer will join the team designing, building, and supporting the DuraCloud technology. The developer will be responsible for writing code and working with the larger team in defining requirements and creating the project roadmap. The position requires a knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and self-motivated individual with experience in integrating disparate code bases, Web services, API calls, wrappers, scripts or database synchronizations. The java developer will focus on best strategies for integrating DuraCloud and other DuraSpace systems as the underpinning for dynamic, collaborative Web-based applications. Other responsibilities include assisting the DuraSpace team in defining project goals, leading the software engineering process, and disseminating results (including software deployment, documentation, reports, journal articles, presentations at professional meetings/conferences).

Presentations from the Digital Repository Federation International Conference 2009

Posted in Cyberinfrastructure/E-Science, Digital Repositories, Institutional Repositories on January 28th, 2010 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Presentations from the DRF International Conference 2009: Open Access Repositories Now and in the Future—From the Global and Asia-Pacific Points of View are now available. The Digital Repository Federation is "a federation consisting of 87 universities and research institutes (as of February 2009), which aims to promote Open Access and Institutional Repository in Japan."

Here's a quick selection of presentations:

Copyright Office Issues Interim Regulation Giving U.S. Online-Only Works Deposit Exemption

Posted in Copyright on January 27th, 2010 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The U.S. Copyright Office has issued an interim regulation giving U.S. online-only works a copyright deposit exemption.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

The Copyright Office of the Library of Congress is adopting an interim regulation governing mandatory deposit of electronic works published in the United States and available only online. The regulation establishes that online-only works are exempt from mandatory deposit until a demand for deposit of copies or phonorecords of such works is issued by the Copyright Office. It also states that categories of online-only works subject to demand will first be identified in the regulations, and names electronic serials as the first such category for which demands will issue. In addition, the regulation sets forth the process for issuing and responding to a demand for deposit, amends the definition of a "complete copy" of a work for purposes of mandatory deposit of online-only works, and establishes new best edition criteria for electronic serials available only online.

Digital Collections Librarian at Columbia College Chicago

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on January 27th, 2010 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Columbia College Chicago Library is recruiting a Digital Collections Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Manages the digital assets and digital collections of Columbia College Chicago Library and works with staff, faculty and students to identify digital resource needs for the College community. Assists with the acquisition and implementation of new digital collections. Provides expertise and advice in the development, deployment, evaluation, and preservation of digital collections throughout the College. Responsible for the maintenance of web-based access to local and remote digital content. Participates in the evaluation and implementation of new technologies related to digital content.

Michael Geist Overviews Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA)

Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars on January 27th, 2010 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Michael Geist has written a series of posts that overview the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA).

Web Services Librarian at University of Memphis

Posted in Library IT Jobs on January 27th, 2010 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of Memphis University Libraries are recruiting a Web Services Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

This position provides leadership and direction for the design, development, and implementation of the University Libraries' web presence. The incumbent provides advice and consultation for departments and/or individuals involved in developing and/or maintaining library related web pages. Maintains University Libraries' web pages as well as the Web catalog pages, the EZ Proxy page, and other centrally supported pages. His/her efforts focus on identifying and implementing strategies to maximize the effective use of web based resources to meet the needs of library users and library personnel. The Web Services Librarian is a member of the Library Information Systems Department and participates fully in the programs and services of that department including managing appropriate servers.

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