Archive for August, 2011

Associate University Librarian for Research and Scholarly Communication at Oregon State University Libraries

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on August 31st, 2011

The Oregon State University Libraries are recruiting an Associate University Librarian for Research and Scholarly Communication. Degree: “MLS from an ALA-accredited library program or foreign equivalent.”

Here's an excerpt from the ad (posting number: 0007879):

Oregon State University Libraries seeks an innovative, dynamic, and experienced library leader to join the organization's senior leadership team. The Associate University Librarian for Research and Scholarly Communication will shape the Libraries' digital library strategies as they advance the development and communication of scholarly research and further the University's goal of becoming a top ten land-grant institution. As a member of the senior management team, the AUL for Research and Scholarly Communication will contribute to long-range planning, program development and evaluation, resource development, budget formulation, and allocation of resources in support of the Libraries' mission. He/she will work with department heads to identify and implement the strategic directions for the Center for Digital Scholarship and Services, Emerging Technologies and Services, University Archives, and Special Collections. The AUL must demonstrate a strong commitment to the collaborative development and implementation of innovative digital and web initiatives and services that respond adroitly to all users' evolving needs as researchers and scholars.

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Scholarly Electronic Publishing Weblog (August 31, 2011)

Posted in Bibliographies, Digital Scholarship Publications, Scholarly Communication on August 31st, 2011

The latest update of the Scholarly Electronic Publishing Weblog 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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Digital Collections Coordinator at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Libraries

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on August 30th, 2011

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Libraries are recruiting a Digital Collections Coordinator.

Here's an excerpt from the ad (position number: 00870143):

The UWM Libraries currently hosts 27 digital collections via CONTENTdm, developed over the past several years. Digital collections include a wide variety of formats, such as rare books, maps, manuscripts, photographs, audiovisual materials, and born-digital materials. UWM has a large inventory of materials for future projects as well as commitments to current projects.

The ideal Digital Collections Coordinator requires a combination of excellent project planning and priority-setting skills, ability to communicate and work in a variety of environments with staff, faculty, administrators, colleagues in-depth knowledge and direct experience with digital collection building, copyright, and international standards and trends, solid technical skills, and an intellectual appreciation of special collections in all formats and the context of their organization and use. The Digital Collections staff consists of full-time and part-time staff and has traditionally included a number of students, interns, and field workers. This position is responsible for providing excellent customer service in a professional manner and serving as a model representative of UWM and the Libraries.

The Digital Collections Coordinator reports to the Assistant Director of Systems and Digital Initiatives.

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McIntyre Library at University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Open Access Declaration

Posted in Open Access on August 30th, 2011

The faculty of the McIntyre Library at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire have adopted an open access declaration.

Here's an excerpt:

It should come as no surprise that as librarians, we are not only committed to providing our student and researchers with open access to scholarly content, but equally focused on disseminating our own scholarship through open access options.

It is important, however, to point out that while we are committed to open access we also understand the costs associated with publishing scholarly works. It is our goal to work closely with publishers in order to carefully balance our rights as authors and copyright holders with the needs of publishers.

Be it therefore resolved that the undersigned faculty librarians of the W.D. McIntyre Library at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire are committed to open access and will strive to achieve open access for our own scholarly publications.

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Manton Digital Production Manager at Dartmouth College Library

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on August 30th, 2011

The Dartmouth College Library is recruiting a Manton Digital Production Manager. Degree: "A Masters degree in library science, information technology, or advanced certification in digitization or project management required."

Here's an excerpt from the ad (position number: 1011078):

The Dartmouth College Library seeks an innovator to design, build, and supervise digital production in support of the Library's mission to further teaching and research. As the Library embarks on an expanded program to digitize material from its collections and to support digital publishing, this job will offer a creative manager the opportunity to develop efficient production workflows for a variety of media. Reporting to the Head of Preservation Services, the position will work collaboratively and closely with library staff across the system, including Preservation, Cataloging, Special Collections, and the Digital Library Technologies Group.

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Institutional Repository and ETD Bibliography 2011

Posted in Bibliographies, Digital Repositories, Digital Scholarship Publications, Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs), Institutional Repositories, Open Access, Scholarly Communication on August 30th, 2011

Digital Scholarship has released the Institutional Repository and ETD Bibliography 2011. This 96-page book presents over 600 English-language articles, books, technical reports, and other works that are useful in understanding institutional repositories and ETDs. It covers institutional repository (IR) country and regional surveys, multiple-institution repositories, specific IRs, IR digital preservation issues, IR library issues, IR metadata strategies, institutional open access mandates and policies, IR R&D projects, IR research studies, IR open source software, and electronic theses and dissertations. Most sources have been published from 2000 through June 30, 2011; however, a limited number of key sources published prior to 2000 are also included. Many references have links to freely available copies of included works.

The Institutional Repository and ETD Bibliography 2011 is available as a $9.95 paperback (ISBN: 146377429X) and an open access PDF file. All versions of the bibliography are available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 United States License.

For further information about Digital Scholarship publications, see the "Digital Scholarship Publications Overview" and "Reviews of Digital Scholarship Publications."

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Web and Information Designer at Texas A&M University Libraries

Posted in Library IT Jobs on August 29th, 2011

The Texas A&M University Libraries are recruiting a Web and Information Designer. Degree: "Bachelor's degree or any equivalent combination of training and experience (one year of experience may substitute for one year of education)." Salary: $43,000-$48,000.

Here's an excerpt from the ad (N.O.V. number: 111022):

Design, create, format, and produce high-quality, original, web-based designs for the Libraries' open-source and commercial subscription resources, including: the website, single search, federated search, Open URL link resolver, library catalogs, interlibrary loan, intranet, etc. Work in a team environment to assist in all facets of work supporting the Libraries' web services, including information architecture, web standards, and trend research. Collaborate with on-campus clients and web developers to develop user interface requirements. Define, prototype (with wire frames), and document highly usable, accessible, and mobile-friendly interfaces to meet those requirements. Support the Libraries digital signage system—both displays and touch screens. Other duties as required.

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An Open Access Future? Report from the Eurocancercoms Project

Posted in Open Access, Reports and White Papers on August 29th, 2011

The European Association for Cancer Research has released An Open Access Future? Report from the Eurocancercoms Project.

Here's an excerpt:

A second survey picking up on the issue of Open Access publishing has now been completed. This paper shares the results of that survey, which was again conducted across the European membership of EACR, and cross references responses with selected data from the Study of Open Access Publishing (SOAP) 2011 [2] which was undertaken across all academic disciplines. The SOAP data is freely accessible and can be mined for information by anyone who wishes to use it. A number of questions were included in the survey that mirrored those used by SOAP, allowing the direct comparison of results. In this article a comparison has been made between the responses provided by cancer researchers and the 7,433 respondents to the SOAP survey from the Biological Sciences. (Over 43,000 responses were received across all disciplines to the SOAP survey.)

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Unix Systems Administrator at Virginia Tech Libraries

Posted in Library IT Jobs on August 29th, 2011

The Virginia Tech Libraries are recruiting a Unix Systems Administrator. Degree: "Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or related field or equivalent level training and/or working experience in systems analysis, design and support of a library Online Public Access Catalog and/or Web Gateway." Salary range: $43,000-$49,000.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Responsible for systems administration of the UNIX servers, web server and associated services, management of UNIX servers and workstations in Library Systems, and training of library personnel using them. Provides support to information providers, assisting them in publishing their information on the various available platforms. Develop database solutions to specifications for various library needs.

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The Digital Revolution and Higher Education

Posted in Digital Culture, Reports and White Papers on August 29th, 2011

The Pew Research Center has released The Digital Revolution and Higher Education.

Here's an excerpt:

  • The Future of Online Learning. College presidents predict substantial growth in online learning: 15% say most of their current undergraduate students have taken a class online, and 50% predict that 10 years from now most of their students will take classes online.
  • Digital Textbooks. Nearly two-thirds of college presidents (62%) anticipate that 10 years from now, more than half of the textbooks used by their undergraduate students will be entirely digital. . . .
  • College Presidents and Technology. The leaders of the nation's colleges and universities are a tech-savvy group. Nearly nine-in-ten (87%) use a smartphone daily, 83% use a desktop computer and 65% use a laptop. And they are ahead of the curve on some of the newer digital technologies: Fully half (49%) use a tablet computer such as an iPad at least occasionally, and 42% use an e-reader such as a Kindle or Nook.

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Digital Projects Librarian II at Boston Public Library

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on August 28th, 2011

Boston Public Library is recruiting a Digital Projects Librarian II. Degree: "Master's Degree in Library and Information Science or equivalent degree from an accredited library school."

Here's an excerpt from the ad (job ID: 341214):

Under supervision and within the framework of goals, policies and procedures of the Library, supports all aspects of digital production workflow and participates in outreach and instructional activities pertaining to digital library services and related technologies. This position is part of the Division of Resource Services/Information Technology.

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WorldCat’s 40th Anniversary

Posted in OCLC on August 28th, 2011

WorldCat is now 40 years old.

Here's an excerpt from the press release:

On August 26, 1971, the OCLC Online Union Catalog and Shared Cataloging system (now known as WorldCat) began operation. That first day, from a single terminal, catalogers at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, cataloged 133 books online. Today, WorldCat comprises more than 240 million records representing more than 1.7 billion items in OCLC member libraries worldwide.

"We congratulate the thousands of librarians and catalogers around the world who have helped to build WorldCat over the past 40 years keystroke by keystroke, record by record," said Jay Jordan, OCLC President and CEO. "We who work at OCLC are proud to have been a part of this remarkable story, and I want to thank our member institutions and employees for the years of dedicated effort that helped build this unique resource. Fred Kilgour's vision—improving access to information through library cooperation—is every bit as vital today as it was in 1971. This anniversary is an important milestone in a shared journey that, I believe, will continue for many decades to come." . . .

The first OCLC cathode ray tube terminal was the Irascope Model LTE, which was manufactured by Spiras Systems. OCLC deployed 68 LTES, one of which is now on permanent display in the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C., and another in a new OCLC Museum dedicated today in Dublin, Ohio. The LTE was connected to OCLC via a dedicated, leased telephone line from AT&T; message traffic moved at the rate of 2400 baud (2,400 symbols per second).

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