Archive for September, 2012

Current News: Twitter Updates for 9/13/12

Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on September 13th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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Digital Public Library of America Gets $250,000 Grant from IMLS for Digital Hubs Pilot Program

Posted in Digital Libraries, Grants on September 13th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Digital Public Library of America has been awarded a $250,000 grant by IMLS for its Digital Hubs Pilot Program.

Here's an excerpt from the press release:

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announced today a $250,000 grant to support the development of the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). The National Leadership Grant for Libraries in the Advancing Digital Resources category will help fund the launch of the DPLA's Digital Hubs Pilot Program, a project that will take the first steps to bring together existing U.S. digital library infrastructure into a sustainable national digital library system. . . .

Under the Digital Hubs Pilot Program, the DPLA will partner with existing statewide digital library projects (service hubs) and existing large content repositories (content hubs) to define, test, and implement digital services and participation agreements. Led by DPLA Director for Content Emily Gore, the Hubs Program will establish foundational sites in the DPLA, a distributed national network of connected service and content hubs.

This grant specifically will support the planning and implementation of a regional service hub pilot at the Mountain West Digital Library, including the set up and coordinated rollout of regional digital services, such as digitization services, metadata consultation, data aggregation, repository services, and community programming, as well as related workshops and meetings.

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European Parliament Passes Orphan Works Bill

Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars, Legislation and Government Regulation, Libraries on September 13th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The European Parliament has passed an orphan works bill.

Here's an excerpt from the press release:

Under the new rules, a work would be deemed to be "orphan" if a "diligent" search made in good faith failed to identify or locate the copyright holder. The legislation lays down criteria for carrying out such searches.

Works granted orphan status would be then be made public, for non-profit purposes only, through digitisation. A work deemed to be "orphan" in any one Member State would then qualify as "orphan" throughout the EU. This would apply to any audiovisual or printed material, including a photograph or an illustration embedded in a book, published or broadcast in any EU country.

MEPs agreed that the right holder should be entitled to put an end to the orphan status of a work at any time and claim appropriate compensation for the use made of it.

They nonetheless inserted a provision to protect public institutions from the risk of having to pay large sums to authors who show up later.

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Digital Archivist at Barnard College Library and Academic Information Services

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on September 13th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Barnard College Library and Academic Information Services is recruiting a Digital Archivist.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Under the direction of the Associate Director, Research & Instructional Services (RIS) and serving within the RIS division of the Barnard Library and Academic Information Services (BLAIS) department, the Digital Archivist will conceive, develop and implement technology related projects for the Barnard College Archives, in addition to providing support for collecting, organizing, maintaining, curating, and making accessible media materials, records and other primary sources relating to Barnard College and its alumnae.

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Software Engineer, Library Technology Services at Harvard University IT Library Technology Services

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on September 13th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Harvard University IT Library Technology Services is recruiting a Software Engineer, Library Technology Services.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Harvard University IT Library Technology Services is seeking a highly skilled software developer to design and develop digital repository and ancillary software for the Harvard Library Digital Repository Service and associated library web applications and web services for managing digital assets and for delivering them to users. May also develop software for interfacing with and supporting library data management and discovery applications. Developed software must be of high quality and reliability, supporting long term digital preservation and public access for critical library digital content that is accessed by thousands of users on a daily basis.

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Current News: Twitter Updates for 9/12/2012

Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on September 12th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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"Developing Humanities Collections in the Digital Age: Exploring Humanities Faculty Engagement with Electronic and Print Resources"

Posted in Digital Humanities, Electronic Resources on September 12th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

College & Research Libraries has released an eprint of "Developing Humanities Collections in the Digital Age: Exploring Humanities Faculty Engagement with Electronic and Print Resources."

Here's an excerpt:

This article is based on quantitative and qualitative research examining humanities scholars' understandings of the advantages and disadvantages of print versus electronic information resources. It explores how humanities' faculty members at [removed for review] use print and electronic resources, as well as how they perceive these different formats. It was carried out with the goal of assisting the authors and other librarians in choosing between electronic and print formats when performing collection development responsibilities.

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Budapest Open Access Initiative Issues Recommendations for Next Ten Years of Open Access Development

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on September 12th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Budapest Open Access Initiative has issued recommendations for the next ten years of open access development.

Here's an excerpt:

Ten years ago the Budapest Open Access Initiative launched a worldwide campaign for open access (OA) to all new peer-reviewed research. It didn't invent the idea of OA. On the contrary, it deliberately drew together existing projects to explore how they might "work together to achieve broader, deeper, and faster success." But the BOAI was the first initiative to use the term "open access" for this purpose, the first to articulate a public definition, the first to propose complementary strategies for realizing OA, the first to generalize the call for OA to all disciplines and countries, and the first to be accompanied by significant funding. . . .

The problems that previously held up the adoption and implementation of OA are solved, and the solutions are spreading. But until OA spreads further, the problems for which OA is a solution will remain largely unsolved. In this statement, we reaffirm the ends and means of the original BOAI, and recommit ourselves to make progress. But in addition, we specifically set the new goal that within the next ten years, OA will become the default method for distributing new peer-reviewed research in every field and country.

| Transforming Scholarly Publishing through Open Access: A Bibliography | Digital Scholarship |

Metadata Librarian at William & Anita Newman Library of Baruch College

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on September 12th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The William & Anita Newman Library of Baruch College is recruiting a Metadata Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad (job ID: 6525):

The successful candidate will be responsible for the creation and application of metadata across a wide range of materials, including digital and physical collections. The position reports to the Head of Collection Management, but requires close collaboration with the College Archivist, Head of Cataloging, IT staff, and units of the College that produce digital assets. The Metadata Librarian has a leadership role in the development of the College's institutional repository, Digital Media Library, and other digital collections. This position is also responsible for managing the batch loading and updating of MARC records for e-books in the catalog, helping to troubleshoot access problems with electronic resources, and advising staff and faculty on metadata standards and appropriate schema.

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Librarian, Virtual Services at New York Institute of Technology Libraries

Posted in Library IT Jobs on September 12th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The New York Institute of Technology Libraries are recruiting a Librarian, Virtual Services.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

NYIT seeks a Virtual Services Librarian to coordinate the development of the library's web content division including: next-generation research guides, innovative tutorials, virtual tours, interactive web-based forms, integration of social networking platforms, and other initiatives to further develop our state-of-the-art online library services and resources. The successful candidate will train other librarians new and existing technologies, pedagogical techniques, and learning strategies; work with patrons and understand user needs and incorporate them into web services; design, implement and maintain an effective library website within a CMS framework; work with the library's Web Committee and serve as a point of contact for uniformity, consistency and development of website standards and policies.

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Digital Preservation: Swatting the Long Tail of Digital Media: A Call for Collaboration

Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on September 12th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

OCLC Research has released Swatting the Long Tail of Digital Media: A Call for Collaboration.

Here's an excerpt:

It is difficult to do much with digital media unless you can read its content and transfer that content to more stable media. Few institutions can be expected to manage all media types. In order to make real progress in preserving and providing access to born-digital content, libraries and archives need to leverage specialized resources and expertise across the community. In this paper I posit the need for SWAT (software and workstations for antiquated technology) sites: organizations or institutions that are willing to put their expertise to use for the benefit of the broader community by providing specialized services to institutions with limited resources.

| Digital Curation Bibliography: Preservation and Stewardship of Scholarly Works | Digital Scholarship |

Systems Integration Specialist at SWITCH Library Consortium

Posted in Library IT Jobs on September 11th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The SWITCH Library Consortium is recruiting a Systems Integration Specialist.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Systems Integration Specialist provides overall technical support and operation of all consortium systems to keep them at peak operating effectiveness and reliability. In addition, the Systems Integration Specialist acts as technical consultant to member libraries and collaborator to member institutions in their development and use of library related information technologies.

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