- Current Cites (November 2011), http://bit.ly/tSvNwE
- What's New—Issue 40, December 2011 [Digital Preservation Coalition], http://bit.ly/szRfjn
- The PROTECT IP Act Is Very Real and Very Bad—Call Now to Block It, http://bit.ly/vjHQ72
- Obama Wants Feds to Digitize All Records, http://bit.ly/th1dD5
- PLoS Open Access Collection—Resources to Educate and Advocate, http://bit.ly/uOFe2G
- Fahrenheit 451 Becomes E-book Despite Author's Feelings, http://bbc.in/uCQDiG
Archive for November, 2011
Digital Library Technologies at Pennsylvania State University is recruiting a Software Developer. Required degree: "Bachelor's degree or higher in computer science, information science, or related field."
Here's an excerpt from the ad:
The software developer will participate in the development and integration of software and web applications for an institutional content stewardship program, working collaboratively with content curators and fellow technologists.
The Institute of Museum and Library Services has issued call for Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries and Museums proposals.
Here's an excerpt from Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries and Museums:
The Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries and Museums are a special funding opportunity within the IMLS National Leadership Grants program. These small grants encourage libraries, museums, and archives to test and evaluate specific innovations in the ways they operate and the services they provide. Sparks Grants support the deployment, testing, and evaluation of promising and groundbreaking new tools, products, services, or organizational practices. You may propose activities or approaches that involve risk, as long as the risk is balanced by significant potential for improvement in the ways libraries and museums serve their communities.
Successful proposals will address problems, challenges, or needs of broad relevance to libraries, museums, and/or archives. A proposed project should test a specific, innovative response to the identified problem and present a plan to make the findings widely and openly accessible.
To maximize the public benefit from federal investments in these grants, the Sparks Grants will fund only projects with the following characteristics:
Broad Potential Impact—You should identify a specific problem or need that is relevant to many libraries, archives, and/or museums, and propose a testable and measurable solution. Proposals must demonstrate a thorough understanding of current issues and practices in the project's focus area and discuss its potential impact within libraries, archives, and/or museums. Proposed innovations should be widely adoptable or adaptable.
Significant Innovation—The proposed solution to the identified problem must offer strong potential for non-incremental, significant advancement in the operation of libraries, archives, and/or museums. You must explain how the proposed activity differs from current practices or takes advantage of an unexplored opportunity, and the potential benefit to be gained by this innovation.
The Oregon State University Libraries are recruiting a Digital Production Unit Supervisor. Required degree; "Bachelor's degree or equivalent work experience."
Here's an excerpt from the ad (posting number: 0008394):
This is a key management position at OSU Libraries in an innovative and team oriented environment. The DPU Supervisor uses his/her knowledge of current and emerging trends to oversee the digitization of analog materials including books and serials, photographs, manuscripts and audio-visual resources. The position will manage the daily operations related to scanning, OCR and digital preservation, and supervise 4 FTE classified staff, interns and 4-6 student workers engaged in these activities. The position seeks, organizes and maintains copyright permissions for items that are to be digitized. The position works closely with the Digital Scholarship Librarian (ScholarsArchive@OSU repository manager), the Metadata Librarian (CONTENTdm digital asset management administrator), and the OSU Press to develop processes and workflows that support the scanning, availability, and use of digital resources.
The Institute of Museum and Library Services has issued a call for National Leadership Grants proposals.
Here's an excerpt from National Leadership Grants:
The National Leadership Grant program accepts applications under four main categories:
- Advancing Digital Resources—Support the creation, use, presentation, and preservation of significant digital resources as well as the development of tools to enhance access, use, and management of digital assets.
- Research—Support research that investigates key questions that are important to museum, library, and archival practice.
- Demonstration—Support projects that produce a replicable model or practice that is usable, adaptable, or scalable by other institutions for improving services and performance.
- Library Museum Collaboration Grants— Support collaborative projects (between museums and/or libraries and other community organizations) that address the educational, economic, cultural, or social needs of a community. In 2012, a funding priority will be projects that promote early learning.
Applicants may choose to submit a Project Grant, Planning Grant, or National Forum Grant proposal in any of the above categories.
- Project Grants support fully developed projects for which needs assessments, partnership development, feasibility analyses, prototyping, and other planning activities have been completed.
- Planning Grants allow project teams to perform preliminary planning activities that could lead to a subsequent full project, such as needs and feasibility analyses, solidifying partnerships, developing project work plans, or developing prototypes or proofs of concept. Applications for Planning Grants must include at least one formal partner in addition to the lead applicant.
- National Forum Grants provide the opportunity to convene qualified groups of experts and key stakeholders to consider issues or challenges that are important to libraries, museums, and/or archives across the nation. Grant-supported meetings are expected to produce widely disseminated reports with expert recommendations for action or research that address a key challenge identified in the proposal. The expert recommendations resulting from these meetings are intended to guide future proposals to the National Leadership Grant program.
Under a new agreement, LYRASIS will license e-resources for participating ARL libraries.
Here's an excerpt from the press release:
On November 18, 2011, the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and LYRASIS signed an agreement designating LYRASIS as an agent to negotiate licenses for online content on behalf of interested ARL member libraries. This is the culmination of an effort that began in 2010 to identify a strategy for ARL to influence the marketplace regarding licensing rights, technical specifications, and business terms to meet the needs of research libraries.
This activity has involved task forces, the Reshaping Scholarly Communication Steering Committee, and the ARL Board. The initial task force drafted a white paper outlining the potential areas of action that ARL could take and content that could be considered, and a second task force developed an RFP that went to prospective agents. The Board approved the recommendations, RFP, and agent decision. The license offerings identified for this initiative will not be exclusive to ARL members, but may include libraries with which they have established licensing relationships.
The Idaho State University Library is recruiting a Library Information Systems Administrator. Required degree; "Bachelor's degree."
Here's an excerpt from the ad (Posting Number: 2011185):
To administer the Library's Integrated System and other library information systems. Work in a collegial environment to implement emerging information technologies specific to library systems and resources.
The Fairfield University Library is recruiting a Systems Librarian. Required degree: "A Master's degree in library science or related field is required and relevant work experience may be substituted for some of the required education."
Here's an excerpt from the ad:
The Systems Librarian serves as the primary person to provide expertise and support a variety of library systems including but not limited to the integrated library system, proxy server, interlibrary loan system, self-check station, and mobile site; analyzes maintains and enhances systems for optimal productivity through functional support, staff training, and customization; performs database maintenance and ensures data integrity, ad-hoc scripting and report writing; assists Head of Digital Services and Technology Planning with strategic planning for library technology needs.