Archive for December, 2011

Librarian (Digital Projects) at National Agricultural Library

Posted in Library IT Jobs on December 1st, 2011 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The National Agricultural Library is recruiting a Librarian (Digital Projects). Term: "not to exceed 13 months. Position may be extended up to a maximum total appointment time of 4 years." Salary: $51,630-$81,204.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

You will participate in the planning, development, implementation and maintenance of core digital initiatives. Duties include but are not limited to the following:

  • Create and/or add meta-data, classification, and search capabilities;
  • Recommend enhancements to NAL's web presence;
  • Seek creative solutions to leverage current technologies to integrate content and realize improvements in information management, such as Web 2.0, RSS feeds, wikis, and blogs;
  • Initiate the development of electronic library information tools and services for information delivery, such as Zotero, EndNotes, and RefWorks;
  • Collaborate with task forces and groups of diverse national and international members to forge information-sharing partnerships, enhance digital collections, and further database or other digital development initiatives;

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The Problem of the Yellow Milkmaid: A Business Model Perspective on Open Metadata

Posted in Metadata, Open Access on December 1st, 2011 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Europeana has released The Problem of the Yellow Milkmaid: A Business Model Perspective on Open Metadata

Here's an excerpt:

Europeana's extensive consultation with the heritage sector, including dozens of workshops, has explored in detail the risks and rewards of open data from different perspectives. The most helpful way of framing this discussion has proven to be around the business model of cultural heritage organisations. The findings in this white paper are drawn from a July 2011 workshop in which key actors from museums, libraries and archives evaluated their metadata within the context of their own business model. Placing metadata within their business models gave workshop participants the opportunity to assess the monetary and reputational utility of metadata to their respective cultural organisations.

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