Archive for 2011

Digital Projects Librarian II at Boston Public Library

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on August 28th, 2011 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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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Current News: Twitter Updates for 8/28/11

Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on August 28th, 2011 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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Systems Librarian at University of Maryland Libraries

Posted in Library IT Jobs on August 28th, 2011 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of Maryland Libraries are recruiting a Systems Librarian. Degree: "ALA-accredited Master's degree in Library and Information Sciences or related field."

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The UM Libraries' Information Technology Division supports the library automation needs of the University System of Maryland and Affiliated Institutions (USMAI). The Integrated Library Systems (ILS) team is responsible for acquisition of library systems and databases, developing and configuring software, and monitoring and improving performance of library systems. Working in a team environment, the successful candidate will help support library systems and electronic resources, install software, train staff, and create written documentation. A primary responsibility for this position is managing acquisition of library resources using library systems and applications. The incumbent will act as the coordinator of acquisitions for USMAI campuses and will troubleshoot systems, configure and customize applications, and coordinate with support providers to fix problems.

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65% of Online Adults Use Social Networking Sites

Posted in Reports and White Papers, Social Media/Web 2.0 on August 28th, 2011 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project has released 65% of Online Adults Use Social Networking Sites.

Here's an excerpt:

Two-thirds of adult internet users (65%) now say they use a social networking site like MySpace, Facebook or LinkedIn, up from 61% one year ago. That's more than double the percentage that reported social networking site usage in 2008 (29%). And for the first time in Pew Internet surveys it means that half of all adults (50%) use social networking sites. The pace with which new users have flocked to social networking sites has been staggering; when we first asked about social networking sites in February of 2005, just 8% of internet users — or 5% of all adults — said they used them.

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Librarian, Technology and Digital Services at Monroe Community College Library Services

Posted in Library IT Jobs on August 25th, 2011 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Monroe Community College Library Services is recruiting a Librarian, Technology and Digital Services. Degree: "Master's degree in Library Science or equivalent from an ALA accredited institution."

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

This position coordinates activities and services that relate to existing and emerging technologies. The individual will work to support library efforts in web/portal services, digital services and technologies, social networking and online learning. Responsibilities include providing support and back-up for library systems and initiatives; advancing the Library's integration of new technologies through cooperative efforts with other college departments; supporting the training and development of the Library staff's technical capabilities; and participating in curriculum-related instruction and other teaching activities.

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"Rome Wasn’t Digitized in a Day": Building a Cyberinfrastructure for Digital Classicists

Posted in Digital Humanities, Reports and White Papers on August 25th, 2011 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Council on Library and Information Resources has released "Rome Wasn't Digitized in a Day": Building a Cyberinfrastructure for Digital Classicists.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

The author provides a summative and recent overview of the use of digital technologies in classical studies, focusing on classical Greece, Rome, and the ancient Middle and Near East, and generally on the period up to about 600 AD. The report explores what projects exist and how they are used, examines the infrastructure that currently exists to support digital classics as a discipline, and investigates larger humanities cyberinfrastructure projects and existing tools or services that might be repurposed for the digital classics.

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Associate Digital Content Specialist at Colonial Williamsburg’s John D. Rockefeller Library

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on August 25th, 2011 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Colonial Williamsburg's John D. Rockefeller Library is recruiting an Associate Digital Content Specialist. Degree: "Advanced degree in architectural history, archaeology, American studies, or related field."

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

  • Works as a member of a team of technical and subject specialists to advance digital initiatives in the Digital History Center of the John D. Rockefeller Library.
  • Examines research questions about eighteenth-century Williamsburg in innovative ways by bringing current research data into new technological environments.
  • Creates and designs digital applications such as websites, mobile web features and smart phone apps.
  • Manages Digital History Center (DHC) and Research and Historical Interpretation (RHI) division websites and all related files, including databases and geodatabases. . . .
  • Identifies and digitizes relevant research materials for online applications; may include scanning, digital photography, transcription/OCR conversion of text/data, text encoding, and cataloging in The Museum System (TMS) or other project databases.

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Four Universities and UC Libraries Join Orphan Works Project

Posted in Copyright on August 25th, 2011 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Cornell University, Duke University, Emory University, and Johns Hopkins University have joined the Orphan Works Project.

Here's an excerpt from the press release:

Leaders at Cornell, Duke, Emory and Johns Hopkins universities jointly announced today that they would begin making the full text of thousands of "orphan works" in their library collections digitally accessible to students, faculty and researchers at their own institutions. . . .

With the announcement, the four institutions formally join the University of Michigan, the University of Wisconsin, and the University of Florida in a collaborative Orphan Works Project, which aims to identify orphan works that have been scanned and archived in the HathiTrust Digital Library. HathiTrust is a partnership of more than 50 major research institutions working to share, archive and preserve their combined collections of digitized books and journals.

Currently, more than 9 million digitized volumes are held by the HathiTrust. No one knows exactly how many of those are orphans, but HathiTrust executive director John Wilkin has estimated that it could be as many as half. Of those, most are unlikely to have any surviving person or entity who can claim them. . . .

Only books that are identified as orphans through a careful process and also held in print format by the individual institutions will be accessible through the HathiTrust website, and they will only be accessible to members of their respective communities. Just as most academic libraries only allow authorized patrons to check out books from their print collections, so will online access be restricted to users who can authenticate with their university ID and password. However, if a university library is open to the public, visitors will have access through library computers.

The University of California Libraries have also joined the project.

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Digital Archivist at the Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on August 24th, 2011 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas is recruiting a Digital Archivist. Degree: "Master's degree in Library Science or History with archival coursework."

Here's an excerpt from the ad (position number: 00065636):

The Robert J. Dole Archive and Special Collections department is responsible for overseeing research and museum functions at the Dole Institute of Politics. Our collections include one of the largest congressional manuscript collections in the country which attracts researchers from around the world. In addition the collections include over 25,000 photographs, hundreds of videos and several thousand objects accumulated by Senator Dole over the course of his 35 year political career.

Under the supervision of the Senior Archivist, the Digital Archivist will hold primary responsibility for preservation, management and access to digital collections.

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"Access to the Agreement between Google Books and the British Library"

Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars, E-Books, Google and Other Search Engines, Mass Digitizaton, Publishing on August 24th, 2011 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

In "Access to the Agreement between Google Books and the British Library," Javier Ruiz of the Open Rights Group analyzes the Google Books contract between Google and the British Library (includes a link to contract).

Here's an excerpt:

The British Library recently announced to much fanfare a deal with Google to make available online a quarter of a million books no longer restricted by copyright, thus in the public domain.

The deal is presented as a win-win situation, where Google pays for the costs of scanning the books, which will be available on both Google and BL's websites. This sounds very philanthropic from Google, however the catch is in the detail:

"Once digitised, these unique items will be available for full text search, download and reading through Google Books, as well as being searchable through the Library's website and stored in perpetuity within the Library's digital archive."

In order to find out what this really means we asked the British Library for a copy of the agreement with Google, which was not uploaded to their transparency website with other similar contracts, as it didn't involve monetary exchange.

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Current News: Twitter Updates for 8/24/11

Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on August 24th, 2011 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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