Archive for August, 2010

Head of Library Technology and Systems at Coastal Carolina University

Posted in Library IT Jobs on August 31st, 2010

Coastal Carolina University's Kimbel Library is recruiting a Head of Library Technology and Systems.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The successful candidate will have experience in the management of library systems that support the essential functions of the library, including the library's integrated system and resource sharing software and systems. Knowledge of emerging technologies and trends in the provision of library resources is essential as this person will lead a small team consisting of electronic resources and systems together with emerging technologies and web design in the development of new and exciting ways to meet the needs of the faculty, students, and staff of Coastal Carolina University. He/she will be responsible for design and development of a dynamic web presence for the library that integrates resources and technology to achieve a user-friendly environment and efficient access to the library's services and resources.

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    Access to Knowledge: A Guide for Everyone

    Posted in Copyright, Creative Commons/Open Licenses, Open Access, Reports and White Papers on August 31st, 2010

    Consumers International has released Access to Knowledge: A Guide for Everyone.

    Here's an excerpt:

    Access to knowledge (A2K) is the umbrella term for a movement that aims to create more equitable public access to the products of human culture and learning.

    Fields of advocacy that it subsumes include most centrally copyright and patent law reform, open access, open data and open standards, but also access to public information, broader communications rights such as freedom of expression, and issues around ownership of and participation in public media.

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      Web Development Lead at Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center

      Posted in Library IT Jobs on August 31st, 2010

      The Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library is recruiting a Web Development Lead.

      Here's an excerpt from the ad:

      The HAM-TMC Library seeks an energetic, Web Development Lead (Librarian). This individual will be responsible for the development and management of the HAM-TMC Library’s websites both public/Intranet, and ensuring both sites meet accessibility standards. The Web Librarian will create and maintain mobile technologies for the website, chairs the Web Development Committee and conducts regular monthly meetings.


      • Creates and maintains the Library's websites, including the Intranet
      • Develops mobile and mash up technologies for the Library's website in mobile formats
      • Updates all Library websites in accordance with new technologies
      • Chairs the Library's Web Development Committee
      • Conducts annual user satisfaction surveys of the public website
      • Works with the Collection Development and Information Technology Departments to ensure that access to electronic resources through the website are dependable
      • Maintains current awareness of competing library websites and online services
      • Shares new developments and trends with other library staff
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        The State of Recorded Sound Preservation in the United States: A National Legacy at Risk in the Digital Age

        Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Reports and White Papers on August 31st, 2010

        The Council on Library and Information Resources and the Library of Congress have released The State of Recorded Sound Preservation in the United States: A National Legacy at Risk in the Digital Age.

        Here's an excerpt:

        The publication of The State of Recorded Sound Preservation in the United States is a landmark achievement in the history of the archival preservation of audiovisual materials. The authors, Rob Bamberger and Sam Brylawski, have produced a study outlining the web of interlocking issues that now threaten the long-term survival of our sound recording history. This study tells us that major areas of America’s recorded sound heritage have already been destroyed or remain inaccessible to the public. It suggests that the lack of conformity between federal and state laws may adversely affect the long-term survival of pre-1972-era sound recordings in particular. And, it warns that the continued lack of national coordination among interested parties in the public and private sectors, in addressing the challenges in preservation, professional education and public access, may not yet be arresting permanent loss of irreplaceable sound recordings in all genres.

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          Daily Tweets 2010-08-31

          Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on August 31st, 2010
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            OPDS Catalog 1.0 Specification

            Posted in E-Books, Standards on August 30th, 2010

            The OPDS Catalog 1.0 specification has been released.

            Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

            The open ebook community and the Internet Archive are pleased to announce the release of the first production version of the Open Publication Distribution System (OPDS) Catalog format for digital content. OPDS Catalogs are an open standard designed to enable the discovery of digital content from any location, on any device, and for any application. . . .

            Based on the widely implemented Atom Syndication Format, OPDS Catalogs have been developed since 2009 by a group of ebook developers, publishers, librarians, and booksellers interested in providing a lightweight, simple, and easy to use format for developing catalogs of digital books, magazines, and other content.

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              Automation Librarian at Augusta State University

              Posted in Library IT Jobs on August 30th, 2010

              The Augusta State University Library is recruiting an Automation Librarian. Salary range: Mid to high $50,000.

              Here's an excerpt from the ad:

              Provide strategic leadership in developing effective access to and use of electronic information sources. Participate in the ongoing development of automated library information systems and helps maintain the efficient operation of existing automated processes. Maintain, coordinate, plan, and implement applicable library-wide computer systems, including automation systems, digital projects, Internet-based resources, mobile device access, and locally produced databases. Report to Library Director and/or Associate Library Director.

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                Opening the Door: How Faculty Authors Can Implement an Open Access Policy at Their Institutions

                Posted in Open Access, Reports and White Papers on August 30th, 2010

                Science Commons has released Opening the Door: How Faculty Authors Can Implement an Open Access Policy at Their Institutions.

                Here's an excerpt:

                This White Paper is intended as a companion to the "Open Doors and Open Minds" SPARC/Science Commons White Paper of April 2008. The purpose of this companion paper is to provide the legal and statutory bases for implementation of an open access policy, as well as to explain best practices for implementation of that policy. It is intended to be used by faculty and administrators interested in implementing an open access policy at their own educational institutions.

                See also: Open Doors and Open Minds: What Faculty Authors Can Do to Ensure Open Access to Their Work through Their Institution.

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