Archive for October, 2010

DigitalKoans Back on 11/29/10

Posted in Announcements on October 27th, 2010

DigitalKoans postings will resume on 11/29/10.

Scholarly Electronic Publishing Weblog (October 27, 2010)

Posted in Bibliographies, Digital Scholarship Publications, Scholarly Communication on October 27th, 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.

Daily Tweets 2010-10-27

Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on October 27th, 2010

Discovery and Delivery Services Programmer at California Digital Library

Posted in Digital Library Jobs, Library IT Jobs on October 26th, 2010

The California Digital Library is recruiting a Discovery and Delivery Services Programmer. Salary: $66,900 minimum.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to the Technical Lead, Discovery and Delivery Services, this position is one of eight programmer/analyst positions in the Discovery and Delivery Services Group responsible for the technical design, implementation, maintenance, and operation of the CDL's bibliographic systems (the Melvyl Union Catalog, UC-eLinks, Request) as well as providing technical leadership in the design, development and implementation of new systems like ERMS (Electronic Resources Management System) and the HathiTrust a shared digital library being built by major research libraries.

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Thomson Reuters to Release Book Citation Index in 2011

Posted in Publishing on October 26th, 2010

Thomson Reuters plans to release a Book Citation Index in 2011.

Nancy Herther has interviewed Thomson Reuters' James Testa about the forthcoming product.

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Director of Engineering at Emory University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on October 26th, 2010

The Emory University Libraries are recruiting a Director of Engineering. Salary: $88,600-$124,600.

Here's an excerpt from the ad (job requisition ID: 19187BR):

The Director of Engineering will work with the Chief Technology Strategist and senior library managers to guide the organization in assessing key industry trends and defining technology strategy. This is a strategic leadership position within the team, with the opportunity to significantly influence the business, both in its daily operations and in its future direction. May design and implement specific projects such as digital repositories, image archives, and tools to support digital humanities.

Core Responsibilities include:

  • As the overall engineering leader within the library Digital Systems Division, work closely with library senior leadership to define a long-term operational vision, strategy and execution plans for the division
  • Lead teams of systems, software, and support engineers, with a balanced focus on products, processes and people leadership; and develop existing talent on the teams
  • Plan and execute complex development projects

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Institutional Repository Software: IR+ 2.0 Released

Posted in Institutional Repositories, Open Source Software on October 26th, 2010

The University of Rochester has released IR+ 2.0.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

The new version has many new features and updates. These include:

  • OAI-PMH harvestable
  • Dublin Core mapping features for Identifiers and contributors
  • Improved batch metadata manipulation – automated re-indexing enhancements (changing control lists forces re-indexing of all items that use changed data)
  • Sponsor browsing / statistics
  • Paging and Sorting for contributor pages
  • Improved Search Engine Optimization(SEO) for better indexing of researcher pages and content within the repository
  • Researcher page interface enhancements
  • Content type listing and filtering at the repository and collection levels
  • Content type counts at the repository and collection levels
  • Increased download information and removal options for more accurate download counts
  • Updated Help, Installation and User manuals
  • RSS feeds for Collections/Contributor Pages
  • Upgraded pdf/word/excel/power point text extraction libraries
  • Updated user account management features
  • Submission performance enhancements
  • Improved home page module placement
  • Improved change tracking

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Daily Tweets 2010-10-26

Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on October 26th, 2010

Director of Technical Services and Technology at University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Posted in Library IT Jobs on October 25th, 2010

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock's Ottenheimer Library is recruiting a Director of Technical Services and Technology.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Director of Technical Services and Technology is a faculty appointment with rank leading to tenure and will be required to meet the Library's criteria for promotion and tenure, which include librarianship, service and scholarship/research. The position reports directly to the Dean of the Library and works closely with the Directors of Public Services, Administrative Services and Archives/Special Collections. The successful candidate will be responsible for providing administrative oversight of technical services and information technology departments (acquisitions, cataloging, collection development, serials and IT).

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University of Oregon Libraries and Oregon State University Libraries Establish Open Access Journal Publishing Service

Posted in ARL Libraries, E-Journal Management and Publishing Systems, Open Access, Scholarly Journals on October 25th, 2010

The University of Oregon Libraries and Oregon State University Libraries have established an Open Access Journal Publishing Service.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

The University of Oregon Libraries and Oregon State University Libraries have joined forces to establish an Open Access Journal Publishing Service that will support the broader dissemination of scholarship and promote the advancement of both universities’ research. Open access journals represent an emerging academic publishing model that makes the results of scholarly research freely available online to all readers who have access to the Internet. . . .

The initiative will provide support to UO and OSU faculty members for the creation, management, distribution, and preservation of open access journals, primarily based on the Open Journal System (OJS) open source software. In addition to hosting journals on an OJS server, the initiative will assist in the migration of journal content from traditional print format to digital format. The OJS program supports the full cycle of journal publishing from article submission to archiving. . . .

Plans for creating new open access journal titles are already underway at both universities. For example, at the University of Oregon the first issue of the open access journal Humanist Studies and the Digital Age is expected to appear this winter. The journal will provide scholars and students with free and immediate online access to the results of humanities research conducted by scholars throughout the world. At Oregon State University, the Journal of the Transportation Research Forum is currently offered as an open access publication, and other titles are in the development stages. The website for the service at provides additional information on the new program and access to individual journals.

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Digital Services Librarian at University of Minnesota, Morris

Posted in Library IT Jobs on October 25th, 2010

The University of Minnesota, Morris' Rodney A. Briggs Library is recruiting a Digital Services Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Rodney A. Briggs Library at the University of Minnesota, Morris invites an enthusiastic, creative and service oriented librarian to join our team. Recent graduates interested in working in a mentoring and collaborative environment are encouraged to apply.

Integral to this position are a familiarity with and enthusiasm for the integration of emerging technologies into library services. The successful candidate will have a knowledge of library automation systems, relevant hardware and software applications as well as a background in the management of digital environments. Responsibilities include: administering and maintaining the ILS as well as other library systems, managing the library's hardware and software applications, managing the link-resolving software and providing leadership for the library's digital environment.

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Vision, Impact, Success: Mandating Electronic Theses

Posted in Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs) on October 25th, 2010

Josh Brown and Kathy Sadler have self-archived Vision, Impact, Success: Mandating Electronic Theses in UCL Eprints.

Here's an excerpt:

These case studies form part of the ‘Influencing the Deposit of Electronic Theses in UK HE' project, commissioned by the JISC and led by UCL. They were designed to explore the practicalities of introducing and administering an institutional e-thesis mandate, and to draw out the benefits and challenges of mandates for the institutions that adopt them.

Each of the four institutions who made up the case studies was chosen because they offered a glimpse into the reality of a mandate at every stage.

  • The University of Sussex has just introduced a mandate, and staff there offered the benefit of their experiences of creating the systems and processes that support the new policy.
  • Aberystwyth University spent some time exploring what kind of mandate would be most effective, and their story shows how to get the best from the consultation process.
  • Brunel University has been developing its e-theses collection since 2006, and has been reaping the rewards, both in terms of research impact and benefits to scholarship.
  • The University of Glasgow was one of the earliest adopters of e-theses in the UK and its work showcases a mature service that is very much a part of the institution.

Each of these institutions had experiences in common, and each faced similar questions from students and supervisors. In highlighting different aspects of best practice in each case study, the aim is to demonstrate an effective approach to meeting the challenges of e-theses. While these challenges can seem daunting, these case studies show that they can be overcome by a combination of communication, education and balanced policies.

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