Archive for December, 2012

Digital Preservation Coalition Announces Winners of DCP Digital Preservation Awards

Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on December 5th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Digital Preservation Coalition has announced the winners of the 2012 DCP Digital Preservation Awards.

Here's an excerpt from the press release:

The Award for Teaching and Communications was presented by Oliver Morley, Chief Executive of the National Archives to a small team from the University of London Computer Centre who run the Digital Preservation Training Programme (DPTP)—an entry-level, introductory course that develops critical thinking about digital preservation. . . .

The Award for Research and Innovation was presented by Martyn Harrow, Chief Executive of JISC to the PLANETS project. PLANETS brought together memory institutions, small businesses, major technology providers, and research institutions from across Europe to build practical services and tools to help ensure long-term access to digital cultural and scientific assets. . . .

The DPC's most prestigious prize—the Decennial Prize—is awarded specially to mark the tenth anniversary of the founding of the DPC and it recognizes the most outstanding work over the decade that the DPC has existed. An intense international competition followed and finalists from New York, Washington and London were selected after a painstaking assessment by an expert panel. But when Dame Lynne Brindley announced the winner this evening, it was the Archaeology Data Service at the University of York that came out on top. The Archaeology Data Service is an innovative group based in the Archaeology Department of the University of York.

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Current News: Twitter Updates for 12/4/2012

Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on December 4th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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Current News: Twitter Updates for 12/3/12

Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on December 4th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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National Archives Announces Grant Awards for Historical Records Digitization Projects

Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Digitization, Grants on December 4th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The National Archives has announced its grant awards for historical records projects, including those for digitization and electronic records management and preservation.

Here's an excerpt from the press release:

Digitizing historical records grants, totaling $420,000, went to four projects: the University of Florida will digitize and make available more than 36,000 pages of diaries and manuscripts from the end of the Colonial period to the beginnings of the modern state; Princeton University will digitize more than 400,000 pages of six Cold War-related manuscript collections; Harvard University will digitize 189,074 pages, covering four generations of the Blackwell Family from 1784 to 1981, that cover abolition, temperance, women's suffrage, and education; and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation in Springfield, Illinois, will digitize the records of Richard Yates, Sr., governor of Illinois 1861-1865.

Three Electronic Records grants, totaling $235,000, went to: the Council of State Archivists for a two-year project to strengthen the capacity of states and territories to manage and preserve electronic records; an electronic records start-up project at the Guggenheim Museum in New York; and a planning grant for the Missouri Office of the Secretary of State to establish an electronic records archives.

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Search Reopened: Web Services Librarian at Norwich University Library

Posted in Library IT Jobs on December 4th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Norwich University Library has reopened its search for a Web Services Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

This newly aligned position is designed to focus on enhancing and supporting the library's web services. The librarian will provide leadership for the library's web presence and associated activities and initiatives, working with the Digital Services team and other library faculty and staff. A user-centered approach will guide the librarian's work and the successful candidate will be encouraged to employ user testing and usability studies. Norwich is an early adopter of OCLC's WorldShare Management Services and in this capacity there is ample opportunity to develop web applications that improve library processes and services.

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IMLS Issues Call for Applications for National Leadership Grants-Libraries

Posted in Grants on December 4th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services has issued a call for applications for National Leadership Grants-Libraries.

Here's an excerpt from the press release:

The guidelines for National Leadership Grants-Libraries have changed this year. Because the program is no longer aligned with National Leadership Grants for Museums, it no longer includes a category for Library-Museum Collaboration. Museum applicants should see the National Leadership Grants for Museums guidelines on the IMLS website. Collaboration is still an important characteristic of successful grant applications, and partnerships with museums and other libraries and community organizations are encouraged, but not required. Collaborative partnerships can help demonstrate a broad need, field-wide buy-in and input, access to appropriate expertise, and sharing of resources.

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Assistant Dean of Libraries for Systems & Technologies at Indiana University of Pennsylvania Libraries

Posted in Library IT Jobs on December 4th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Indiana University of Pennsylvania Libraries are recruiting an Assistant Dean of Libraries for Systems & Technologies.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Assistant Dean of Libraries for Systems & Technology will provide leadership and direction for the libraries' technology infrastructure and systems, including library management systems, network integrity and security, support of enterprise library applications and services and advancing library systems and technologies.

What Did "Library Automation" Look Like in 1968?

Posted in ILS on December 4th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Information Technology and Libraries has made the 1968 volume of the Journal of Library Automation available.

Check out "The Development and Administration of Automated Systems in Academic Libraries" to see how far we have come.

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Analyst Programmer 1 at University of Oregon Library

Posted in Library IT Jobs on December 3rd, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of Oregon Library is recruiting a Analyst Programmer 1.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

This position provides lead technical support and management of the library's Web sites and intranet. Duties include:

… providing technical support and management of the library Web presence and assisting library staff who are responsible for creating Web content; monitoring and implementing appropriate standards and guidelines, including 508 compliant web design standards and communicating these with staff; maintaining web analytics for Web sites.

… installing and configuring Web applications in both development and production environments; installing software updates and patches for blogs, wikis, other content management systems, and other Web based applications.

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General Cost Analysis for Scholarly Communication in Germany: Results of the "Houghton Report" for Germany

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Self-Archiving on December 3rd, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Goethe University has released General Cost Analysis for Scholarly Communication in Germany: Results of the "Houghton Report" for Germany.

Here's an excerpt:

This analysis of the potential benefits of more open access to research findings suggests that different publishing models can make a material difference to the benefits realised, as well as the costs faced. It seems likely that more Open Access would have substantial net benefits in the longer term and, while net benefits may be lower during a transitional period, they are likely to be positive for both 'author-pays' Open Access publishing and the 'over-lay journals' alternatives ('Gold Open Access'), and for parallel subscription publishing and self-archiving ('Green Open Access'). The NLP returns substantial benefits and savings at a modest cost, returning one of the highest benefit/cost ratios available from unilateral national policies during a transitional period (second to that of 'Green Open Access' self-archiving). Whether 'Green Open Access' self-archiving in parallel with subscriptions is a sustainable model over the longer term is debateable, and what impact the NLP may have on the take up of Open Access alternatives is also an important consideration. So too is the potential for developments in Open Access or other scholarly publishing business models to significantly change the relative cost-benefit of the NLP over time.

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Systems Librarian (Web and Digital Initiatives) at University of Texas Arlington Libraries

Posted in Digital Library Jobs, Library IT Jobs on December 3rd, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of Texas Arlington Libraries are recruiting a Systems Librarian (Web and Digital Initiatives).

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

This position is part of a 2 year fellowship program. The Systems Librarian (Web and Digital Initiatives) is responsible for the technical leadership, management and development of UT Arlington Libraries, portfolio of websites, digital collections, web applications and other innovative digital initiatives.

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Harvard School of Public Health Adopts Open Access Policy

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Self-Archiving on December 3rd, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Harvard School of Public Health has adopted an open access policy. It is the eighth Harvard school to do so.

Here's an excerpt:

Each Faculty member grants to the President and Fellows of Harvard College permission to make available his or her scholarly articles and to exercise the copyright in those articles. More specifically, each Faculty member grants to the President and Fellows a nonexclusive, irrevocable, worldwide license to exercise any and all rights under copyright relating to each of his or her scholarly articles, in any medium, provided that the articles are not sold for a profit, and to authorize others to do the same. The policy applies to all scholarly articles authored or co-authored while the person is a member of the Faculty except for any articles completed before the adoption of this policy and any articles for which the Faculty member entered into an incompatible licensing or assignment agreement before the adoption of this policy. The Dean or Dean's designate will waive application of the license for a particular article or delay access for a specified period of time upon express direction by a Faculty member.

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