Archive for February, 2011

Scholarly Electronic Publishing Weblog (February 28, 2011)

Posted in Bibliographies, Digital Scholarship Publications, Scholarly Communication on February 28th, 2011

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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    JISC Call for Grant Proposals for Four Digital Infrastructure Themes

    Posted in Grants on February 27th, 2011

    JISC has issued a call for grant proposals for four digital infrastructure themes: supporting usability practice, usability case studies and practical implementation, adaptable and learnable user interfaces for research tools, and campus-based publishing. A total of £500,000 is available to support funded projects. The proposal deadline is 12:00 noon (UK time) on 3/30/11.

    Here's an excerpt from the "Theme D: Campus based publishing" section:

    58. Projects will run for 6 months and their outputs should add value to journals by, for example:

    • Converting existing journals that are currently only available in print to electronic publication
    • Creating new infrastructure for existing e-journals by, for instance, using overlays on repositories or shared service provision
    • Implementing innovative models of publication.
    • Being open access
    • Being interactive (see Internet Archaeology for an example)
    • Building online communities around the journal to increase the speed and depth of scholarly exchange (see ChemSpider for an example)
    • Creating a digital preservation infrastructure for the journal
    • Introducing a new partnership or infrastructure to reduce publication costs

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      Head of Library Systems at University of Tennessee at Martin Library

      Posted in Library IT Jobs on February 27th, 2011

      The University of Tennessee at Martin Library is recruiting a Head of Library Systems.

      Here's an excerpt from the ad:

      The University of Tennessee at Martin invites applicants for a Head of Library Systems (This is an exempt position). The Head of Library Systems reports directly to the Library Director and provides a leadership role in the planning, development, and management of the Library’s technological infrastructure.

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        Current News: Twitter Updates for 2/27/11

        Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on February 27th, 2011

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          Web Designer/Manager at University of Florida Libraries

          Posted in Library IT Jobs on February 27th, 2011

          The University of Florida Libraries are recruiting a Web Designer/Manager.

          Here's an excerpt from the ad (requisition number: 0807356):

          The Web Designer/Manager is the Libraries lead in developing, optimizing and monitoring the Smathers Libraries' considerable web presence. An effective web presence supports the work of UF students, faculty, researchers and affiliates, and enhances their access to library information and resources. The Web Designer/Manager evaluates, trains and supervises a staff of two who help design, maintain, and update the Libraries' web site. Reporting to the Smathers Libraries' Director of Information Technology, this position will support collaboration with all units of the Libraries to redesign the web site, forming an advisory committee to approve and consider design alternatives.

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            "Standards for Web Applications on Mobile: February 2011 Current State and Roadmap"

            Posted in Emerging Technologies, Social Media/Web 2.0, Standards on February 27th, 2011

            W3C has released "Standards for Web Applications on Mobile: February 2011 Current State and Roadmap" by Dominique Hazaël-Massieux.

            Here's an excerpt:

            This document summarizes the various technologies developed in W3C that increases the power of Web applications, and how they apply more specifically to the mobile context, as of February 2011. . . .

            The features that these technologies add to the Web platform are organized under the following categories:

            • Graphics
            • Multimedia
            • Forms
            • User interactions
            • Data storage
            • Sensors and hardware integration
            • Network
            • Communication
            • Packaging
            • Performance & Optimization

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              Lasting Change: Sustaining Digital Scholarship and Culture in Canada

              Posted in Copyright, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Digital Humanities, Reports and White Papers, Scholarly Communication on February 24th, 2011

              The Sustaining Digital Scholarship for Sustainable Culture Group has released Lasting Change: Sustaining Digital Scholarship and Culture in Canada.

              Here's an excerpt:

              This report reflects the growing concern in the scholarly and cultural communities, and beyond, regarding the sustainability of Canada's digital knowledge and heritage. Canada's digital advantage is only of value if it can be carried into the future. Canadians must meet the challenge of preserving and enhancing scholarly and artistic knowledge production and our culture in a digital environment. This report reviews the current state of knowledge about the sustainability of digital scholarship and related cultural activity in Canada and identifies research opportunities that emerge from consideration of the literature.

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                Programmer/Analyst at McGill University

                Posted in Library IT Jobs on February 24th, 2011

                The McGill University Library is recruiting a Programmer/Analyst.

                Here's an excerpt from the ad:

                Working closely with Library Technology Service staff and other units to implement and support applications for data exchange across support systems. Plan, conduct, and supervise information systems assignments. Program, design, test, document, and support the automation of data loaders and other data exchange systems. Implement and support library web services. Communicate with Librarians, IT staff, vendors and suppliers to understand needs and objectives.

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                  Current News: Twitter Updates for 2/24/11

                  Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on February 24th, 2011

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                    Digital Archivist at Rutgers University

                    Posted in Digital Library Jobs on February 24th, 2011

                    The Rutgers University Libraries are recruiting a Digital Archivist.

                    Here's an excerpt from the ad:

                    The Rutgers University Libraries seek a Digital Archivist to lead the digital initiatives of the Libraries' Special Collections and University Archives based on the New Brunswick Campus. The position will also work with the Institute of Jazz Studies in the Dana Library on the university’s Newark campus. The position will be responsible for managing the creation and conversion of finding aids to the online environment, collaborating in the Libraries digital preservation efforts, and promoting the digitization of Special Collections resources, including converting analog material to digital. The Digital Archivist will also work closely with colleagues who are creating digital exhibits and managing born-digital material. This is a tenure-track faculty position, requiring research and publication, and active participation in professional associations. The Digital Archivist reports to the Interim Associate University Librarian for Collection Management and Development.

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                      Internet Archive and Library Partners Launch E-Book Lending Collection

                      Posted in Copyright, E-Books, Libraries on February 24th, 2011

                      The Internet Archive and a group of academic and public library partners have launched an e-book lending collection, which contains over 80,000 e-books. The majority of books were published in the 20th century.

                      Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                      Any OpenLibrary.org account holder can borrow up to 5 eBooks at a time, for up to 2 weeks. Books can only be borrowed by one person at a time. People can choose to borrow either an in-browser version (viewed using the Internet Archive’s BookReader web application), or a PDF or ePub version, managed by the free Adobe Digital Editions software. This new technology follows the lead of the Google eBookstore, which sells books from many publishers to be read using Google's books-in-browsers technology. Readers can use laptops, library computers and tablet devices including the iPad.

                      Read more about it at "Open Library Launches New 'Digitize and Lend' E-Book Lending Program."

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                        Final Guidelines on Copyright Clearance and IPR Management

                        Posted in Copyright, Digital Media, Reports and White Papers on February 23rd, 2011

                        The European Film Gateway project has released Final Guidelines on Copyright Clearance and IPR Management.

                        Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                        The report includes:

                        • an overview of legal frameworks in EU countries for the film sector
                        • guidelines how to successfully clear rights related to film works
                        • copyright basics (moral rights vs. exploitation rights, orphan works etc)
                        • diligent search guidelines for rights holders

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