Archive for June, 2010

University Library Systems Manager at Tufts University

Posted in Library IT Jobs on June 30th, 2010

University Library Technology Services at Tufts University is recruiting a University Library Systems Manager.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The University Library Systems Manager provides technical systems support for the shared technology services of the five Tufts Libraries including primary management and support of the libraries' Innovative Interfaces Millennium server. She/he:

  • Serves as system manager for Solaris, Oracle and Millennium (in collaboration with staff in the University Information Technology department.);
  • Oversees the implementation of new Millennium/Innovative system products under the supervision of the ULTS Director;
  • Works closely with cross-library teams on projects related to the Millennium system;
  • Assists with staff workstation configuration for the Millennium system, in collaboration with IT staff from the individual libraries;
  • Assists with trouble-shooting of all aspects of the library system;
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    User Behaviour Observational Study: Scholarly Digital Use and Information-Seeking Behaviour in Business and Economics

    Posted in E-Books, E-Journals, Electronic Resources, Reports and White Papers on June 30th, 2010

    JISC has released User Behaviour Observational Study: Scholarly Digital Use and Information-Seeking Behaviour in Business and Economics.

    Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

    The report covers the digital usage and information seeking behaviour of tens of thousands of business/economics/management students, researchers and academic staff. The intention was to inform and provide a context for the small-scale but detailed observational and interview studies undertaken by Middlesex University researchers for a JISC funded User Behaviour Observational Study (Business and Economics). Much of the data were mined from CIBER’s Virtual Scholar research programme and has not been previously published in this form. New data was also obtained from the studies CIBER are currently conducting, especially from the JISC national E-book Observatory project and the RIN funded E-journals study. Log data, the main source of information on usage and information seeking, covers a period of more than five years and the questionnaire data represents more than 5000 people so this probably represents the biggest and most comprehensive usage data set ever assembled on the subject. E-books and e-journals are covered and usage at the three JISC User Behaviour Observational Study case study institutions—LSE, Middlesex and Cranfield, are highlighted A whole variety of analyses are featured including: volume and, patterns of use (in terms of visits and page views), dwell time (session and page times), type of content viewed (PDF, abstracts etc), number of pages viewed in a session, methods of navigating towards content, age of material viewed, and number of searches conducted, names of titles used, user’s organization, age and gender, hardcopy v digital preferences, viewing/reading behaviour.

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      Library Technology Manager 2 at Los Alamos National Laboratory

      Posted in Digital Library Jobs on June 30th, 2010

      The Los Alamos National Laboratory Research Library is recruiting a Library Technology Manager 2. Minimum salary: $69,300.

      Here's an excerpt from the ad:

      The Research Library is seeking a lead for its Digital Library Development Team, a team of application programmers and technically inclined librarians, to provide vision regarding architecture and functionality through both coordination and direct involvement in the development of the technical infrastructure for preservation, management and delivery of scientific and institutional digital content. The incumbent will lead projects aimed at tackling challenges of information interoperability and integration across our large scale and complex digital collection, which includes > 95M bibliographic records, and numerous growing repositories of institutional digital content that align with the LANL national security science mission and build on emergent e-research needs of our community.

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        LITA Top Tech Trends Session Video

        Posted in Emerging Technologies on June 30th, 2010

        LITA has released a digital video of its Top Tech Trends session at ALA Annual.

        The participants were:

        • John Blyberg
        • Lorcan Dempsey
        • Jason Griffey
        • Monique Sendze
        • Cindi Trainor
        • Joan Frye Williams
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          Scholarly Electronic Publishing Weblog Update (June 30, 2010)

          Posted in Bibliographies, Digital Scholarship Publications, Scholarly Communication on June 30th, 2010

          The latest update of the Scholarly Electronic Publishing Weblog (SEPW) is now available. It provides information about new works related to scholarly electronic publishing, such as books, e-prints, journal articles, magazine articles, technical reports, and white papers.

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            Version 78, Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography

            Posted in Bibliographies, Digital Scholarship Publications, Scholarly Communication on June 29th, 2010

            Version 78 of the Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography is now available from Digital Scholarship. This selective bibliography presents over 3,750 articles, books, and other digital and printed sources that are useful in understanding scholarly electronic publishing efforts on the Internet. Where possible, links are provided to works that are freely available on the Internet, including e-prints in disciplinary archives and institutional repositories.

            The bibliography has the following sections (revised sections are in italics):

            1 Economic Issues
            2 Electronic Books and Texts
            2.1 Case Studies and History
            2.2 General Works
            2.3 Library Issues
            3 Electronic Serials
            3.1 Case Studies and History
            3.2 Critiques
            3.3 Electronic Distribution of Printed Journals
            3.4 General Works
            3.5 Library Issues
            3.6 Research
            4 General Works
            5 Legal Issues
            5.1 Intellectual Property Rights
            5.2 License Agreements
            6 Library Issues
            6.1 Cataloging, Identifiers, Linking, and Metadata
            6.2 Digital Libraries
            6.3 General Works
            6.4 Information Integrity and Preservation
            7 New Publishing Models
            8 Publisher Issues
            8.1 Digital Rights Management and User Authentication
            9 Repositories, E-Prints, and OAI
            Appendix A. Related Bibliographies
            Appendix B. About the Author
            Appendix C. SEPB Use Statistics

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              The Internet Archive’s Open Library Offers E-Book Loans

              Posted in E-Books on June 28th, 2010

              The Internet Archive's Open Library is now offering e-book loans.

              Here's an excerpt from the press release:

              Checking out digital versions of books that are automatically returned after two weeks is as easy as logging onto the Internet Archive’s Open Library site, announced digital librarian and Internet Archive founder Brewster Kahle. By integrating this new service, more than seventy thousand current books—best sellers and popular titles—are borrowable by patrons of libraries that subscribe to's Digital Library Reserve. Additionally, many other books that are not commercially available but are still of interest to library patrons, are available to be borrowed from participating libraries using the same digital technology. . . .

              Currently, is making available:

              • More than one million digital versions of older books are now available for free download in a variety of formats.
              • Over 70,000 current digital books to those with a library card from many of the over 11,000 libraries that subscribe to the OverDrive service.
              • Genealogical books from the Boston Public Library.
              • How-to and technical book collection via the Internet Archive.
              • Marine life reference materials from the Marine Biological Laboratory and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.
              • Spanish texts from Universidad Francisco Marroquín in Guatemala.

              Read more about it at "Libraries Have a Novel Idea" and "Small Moves: Open Library Integrates Digital Lending."

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                Associate Director for Collections, Technical Services, and Scholarly Communications at Ohio State University

                Posted in Digital Library Jobs on June 28th, 2010

                The Ohio State University Libraries are recruiting an Associate Director for Collections, Technical Services, and Scholarly Communications.

                Here's an excerpt from the ad:

                The Associate Director for Collections, Technical Services, and Scholarly Communications provides leadership, vision, and strategic direction for collection development and management, acquisitions and cataloging, and collection access services of the Ohio State University Libraries. This position also has responsibility for scholarly communications initiatives, including the Knowledge Bank digital repository, e-publishing, and policy oversight for collections to be digitized. Reporting to the Director of University Libraries, the Associate Director will manage the evolution of the Libraries' information resources to match the needs and behaviors of users and enhance and promote access to the Libraries’ print and digital collections by Ohio State faculty, students, and staff and by scholars and other researchers worldwide.

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                  OCLC’s Web-Scale Library Management Services Available to Early Adopters on 7/1/10

                  Posted in Cloud Computing/SaaS, ILS, OCLC on June 28th, 2010

                  Early adopters will be able to implement OCLC's Web-Scale Library Management Services starting on 7/1/10.

                  Here's an excerpt from the press release:

                  Beginning July 1, OCLC will work with libraries that are interested and prepared to implement Web-based services for acquisitions and circulation. This will be followed by successive updates for subscription and license management, and cooperative intelligence—analysis and recommendations based on statistics and workflow evaluation among participating libraries. The cloud computing environment and agile development methodology will facilitate incremental updates while minimizing impact to library operations.

                  Faced with scarce resources, disparate systems and local maintenance issues during a time when demand for library services has never been higher, OCLC members have made it clear that new, innovative responses are needed to meet these challenges. For the past eight months, OCLC has worked with an Advisory Council and six libraries and library groups as pilots for Web-scale management services. These groups have provided advice to OCLC on an overall direction, offered new ideas that were not in the original development plan, and validated strategic positioning for the service. . . .

                  OCLC Web-scale Management Services offer a next-generation choice for traditional, back-office operations. Moving these functions to the Web alongside cataloging and discovery activities allows libraries to lower the total cost of ownership for management services, automate critical operations, reduce support costs and free resources for high-priority services. It will also allow libraries and industry partners to develop unique and innovative workflow solutions that can then be shared across the profession.

                  "OCLC is extending our well established metadata management, resource sharing and discovery services to include the back-office management components of acquisitions and circulation which will allow libraries to extend their use of WorldCat for full library management functions and improved workflow,” said Andrew Pace, Executive Director, OCLC Networked Library Services. “This is a natural extension of OCLC’s mission to help libraries share costs and extend the power of cooperation."

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                    Assistant Director for Information Technology at Ohio State University

                    Posted in Digital Library Jobs, Library IT Jobs on June 28th, 2010

                    The Ohio State University Libraries are recruiting an Assistant Director for Information Technology.

                    Here's an excerpt from the ad:

                    The Assistant Director for Information Technology provides leadership, vision, and strategic direction for a wide range of digital systems and services of the Ohio State University Libraries. This position has responsibility for the integrated library system; federated search software; deployment of search and discovery services, such as WorldCat Local and other research databases; library web development; a suite of digital publishing and repository tools; and desktop support. The Assistant Director coordinates support for staff and public computing services in the Libraries in conjunction with the Office of the Chief Information Officer. Reporting to the Director of University Libraries, the Assistant Director ensures robust library systems support for new and established technology services that meet the teaching, research and service needs of the university community.

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                      Springer to Offer New Open Access STM Journals

                      Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on June 28th, 2010

                      Springer will offer new open access science, technology, and medicine (STM) journals.

                      Here's an excerpt from the press release:

                      Springer is expanding its open access offering to all disciplines. SpringerOpen will cover all disciplines within the science, technology and medicine (STM) fields and will be offered in cooperation with BioMed Central. The entire content of SpringerOpen journals—including research articles, reviews, and editorials—are fully and immediately open access, and are accessible to anyone with an internet connection. No subscription is needed.

                      "We are seeing an increasing interest from our authors and from funders in all areas for open access publishing options and have responded to a need in the current market," said Wim van der Stelt, EVP Business Development, Springer. "We are happy to serve our authors and editorial boards with the publishing options they want and are also pleased to supply universities, research institutions and our other patrons with the ability to use this content online freely and conveniently."

                      SpringerOpen journals are e-only journals. Springer is committed to delivering high-quality articles and ensuring rapid publication as with its traditional journals, from online submission systems and in-depth peer review to an efficient, author-friendly production process. The final articles are not only published in a timely manner on Springer's online information platform SpringerLink, but are also distributed to archives such as PubMed Central and to institutional repositories as requested.

                      SpringerOpen journals are published under the Creative Commons Attribution license, which facilitates the open distribution of copyrighted work. According to this license, Springer will not reserve any exclusive commercial rights. The journals ask the authors to pay an article-processing charge, in accordance with market standards.

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                        EDUCAUSE: 7 Things You Should Know About Net Neutrality

                        Posted in Net Neutrality on June 27th, 2010

                        EDUCAUSE has released 7 Things You Should Know About Net Neutrality.

                        Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                        Net neutrality is the principle that broadband Internet providers will handle all network traffic in a nondiscriminatory manner. The Internet was conceived as an "open" service that would operate under "common carrier" regulations, which requires providers to serve any customers who seek their services and to do so "indifferently." The principle was conceived to protect consumers from transportation providers that had a monopoly on transport facilities such as roads or canals and, later, wirelines. In 2005, common carrier requirements for broadband providers were lifted, opening the door to the possibility that providers could discriminate against certain users and certain content. Entities including higher education, public interest groups, and content companies are calling for federal authorities to guarantee net neutrality; many broadband providers oppose new regulations.

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