Archive for 2012

Head of Library Systems at St. Edward’s University Library

Posted in Library IT Jobs on October 2nd, 2012

The St. Edward's University Library is recruiting a Head of Library Systems.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Head of Library Systems provides leadership, management, and implementation to support all digital initiatives of the library. This position reports to the Director of the Library to identify strategic priorities for the library's digital presence, partners with the Head of Public Services to design a world-class library experience for the St. Edward's University community, and manages the work of the Digital Services Manager, all in the context of a collaborative library workplace. In addition, this position seeks out and cultivates partnerships with Information Technology in order to create innovative, useful, and efficient tools and resources for learning, services and scholarship in the context of a global campus, defines new projects and sets priorities, manages and schedules software development projects, coordinates deployment and management of production systems with others in the library and in Information Technology, estimates the time and resources required for such activities, and defines processes for quality assurance, programming standards, mentoring and assisting in the professional development of library staff, and directing and participating in requirements analysis, architecture, design, coding, testing, deployment, and support of software. This position reports to the Library Director and functions as a member of both the library and Information Technology management teams, participates in library planning initiatives, and develops the overall strategic plan and architectures for digital library systems.

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    "Digital Humanities: Where to Start"

    Posted in Digital Humanities on October 2nd, 2012

    Jennifer L. Adams and Kevin B. Gunn have published "Digital Humanities: Where to Start" in the latest issue of College & Research Libraries News.

    Here's an excerpt:

    As an emerging field, DH has, thus far, had a broad characterization. As technology and our understanding of it change, so do the limits of DH. There has been some debate as to whether DH constitutes a discipline of its own or is simply an application of new technologies to existing disciplines. In either case, DH can be understood as the place where traditional humanities research methodologies and media/digital technologies intersect. DH is more than the digitization of existing processes, documents, and artifacts. It is often data-driven, answering humanities research problems with multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary, and cross-disciplinary approaches within the digital/IT realm. The current challenge for DH lies in establishing itself in traditional academic environments. . . .

    There are many useful resources available online, including general sites as well as e-publications, tools, tutorials, and organizations. We have tried to include a representative sample of those we feel are most important or could be most useful for librarians getting started in the digital humanities.

    | Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography 2010 | Digital Scholarship |

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      Library Systems Programmer at University of Southern California Libraries

      Posted in Digital Library Jobs, Library IT Jobs on October 1st, 2012

      The University of Southern California Libraries are recruiting a Library Systems Programmer.

      Here's an excerpt from the ad:

      Reporting to the Associate Director, Library Systems, the Library Systems Programmer provides programming support for the technical infrastructure of systems such as the Integrated Library System( SirsiDynix), the Digital Library (ContentDM) and other applications-based services offered by the USC Libraries. Develops application design specifications and requirements based on analysis/assessment of user needs in support of the mission and strategic goals of the USC Libraries and makes recommendations on the software that enables services offered such as the USC Libraries Web site, Homer, the USC Libraries catalog, and the USC Digital Library.

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        Open Access: SCOAP3 Launched

        Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on October 1st, 2012

        The SCOAP3 open access initiative has been launched at a meeting at CERN, and it will become operational in 2014.

        Here's an excerpt from the press release:

        In the SCOAP3 model, libraries and funding agencies pool resources currently used to subscribe to journal content and use them to support the peer-review system directly instead. Journal publishers then make their articles Open Access, which means that anyone can read them. Authors retain the copyright, and generous licenses for re-use are used.

        Publishers of 12 journals, accounting for the vast majority of articles in the field, have been identified for participation in SCOAP3 through an open and competitive process, and the SCOAP3 initiative looks forward to establishing more partnerships with key institutions in Europe, America and Asia as it moves through the technical steps of organizing the re-direction of funds from the current subscription model to a common internationally coordinated fund.

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

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          Applications Analyst at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Libraries

          Posted in Digital Library Jobs on October 1st, 2012

          The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Libraries are recruiting an Applications Analyst.

          Here's an excerpt from the ad:

          The University Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is seeking an Applications Analyst to join the Carolina Digital Repository development team in the Library Systems department. The Carolina Digital Repository (CDR) is a digital archive for materials produced by members of the UNC community. It preserves and provides access to digital scholarly output, digitized and born-digital special collections, and university records of enduring value. The CDR uses open-source Fedora Commons repository software and iRODS data grid software for storage management. The work of the Digital Repository Analyst is highly collaborative in nature, requiring coordination with a team of developers, systems administrators, archivists, and external stakeholders. The Digital Repository Analyst develops tools supporting ingest, management, preservation, and delivery of digital content. The Analyst participates in the full-life cycle of application development, from design through implementation, testing, user acceptance,

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            "Beyond Open Access: An Examination of Australian Academic Publication Behaviour"

            Posted in Institutional Repositories, Open Access on October 1st, 2012

            Paul Mercieca has self-archived his Ph.D. theses, "Beyond Open Access: An Examination of Australian Academic Publication Behaviour," in the RMIT Research Repository.

            Here's an excerpt:

            This study explored the publication behaviour of academics from Australian universities and how this impacted on the adoption of open access models of scholarly publishing. . . .

            The outcome of this study was a number of theoretical models that suggested that the changing policies associated with research recognition have narrowed the publication behaviour of the Australian academic community and that this could be to the detriment of the adoption of alternative models of scholarly publishing.. . .

            The study also examined engagement with institutional repositories and highlighted the importance of mediation in populating the content of repositories. The process of permission-based mandates was supported as a means to develop repository content.

            | Open Access Bibliography: Liberating Scholarly Literature with E-Prints and Open Access Journals | Digital Scholarship |

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              "LOCKSS Boxes in the Cloud"

              Posted in Cloud Computing/SaaS, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on September 30th, 2012

              David S. H. Rosenthal and Daniel L. Vargas have self-archived "LOCKSS Boxes in the Cloud" at the LOCKSS website.

              Here's an excerpt:

              The 30-year history of raw disk costs shows a drop of at least 30% per year. The history of cloud storage costs from commercial providers shows that they drop at most 3% per year. Until there is a radical change in one or other of these cost curves it clear that cloud storage is not even close to cost-competitive with local disk storage for long-term preservation purposes in general, and LOCKSS boxes in particular.

              | Digital Curation and Preservation Bibliography 2010 | Digital Scholarship |

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                Web Services Librarian at Washington State University Libraries

                Posted in Library IT Jobs on September 30th, 2012

                Washington State University Libraries are recruiting a Web Services Librarian.

                Here's an excerpt from the ad (position number:42214):

                The librarian will lead the Libraries' effort to enhance its virtual spaces, across all devices used to access services. The Web Services Librarian will provide leadership in ongoing efforts to define the goals of the Libraries' virtual presence and to provide online services that match these goals. This tenure track position is based in the Systems Department.

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