Archive for 2011

Librarian (Digital Projects) at National Agricultural Library

Posted in Library IT Jobs on December 1st, 2011

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

    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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      Current News: Twitter Updates for 11/30/11

      Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on November 30th, 2011

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        Software Developer at Pennsylvania State University’s Digital Library Technologies

        Posted in Digital Library Jobs on November 30th, 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.

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          IMLS Issues Call for Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries and Museums Proposals

          Posted in Grants on November 30th, 2011

          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.

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            Digital Production Unit Supervisor at Oregon State University Libraries

            Posted in Digital Library Jobs on November 30th, 2011

            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.

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              IMLS Issues Call for National Leadership Grants Proposals

              Posted in Grants on November 30th, 2011

              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.

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                LYRASIS to License E-resources for ARL Libraries

                Posted in ARL Libraries, Electronic Resources, Licenses on November 29th, 2011

                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.

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