Archive for March, 2015

David Walker Wins 2015 LITA/Library Hi Tech Award for Outstanding Communication in Library and Information Technology

Posted in ALA, People in the News on March 17th, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

David Walker has won the 2015 LITA/Library Hi Tech Award for Outstanding Communication in Library and Information Technology.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

Walker is being recognized for his dedication and commitment in developing open source library portal application Xerxes over the past decade. Originally designed as an improved interface to the Ex Libris Metalib federated search system in 2004, Xerxes now supports a variety of back-end search engines, including commercial library discovery systems, such as Primo, EDS, Summon, non-cost web service (EBSCO Integration Toolkit, Worldcat API), and other search engines (Solr, Google Appliance). Through this effort, Walker has worked with a variety of vendors to develop and test their application programming interfaces, and has been recognized by OCLC and Ex Libris for innovative uses of their services. In 2007 Walker released the system under an open source license, and today, Xerxes platform is implemented by over 40 institutions around the globe, with some also contributing code back to the project.

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Webmaster at University of South Carolina

Posted in Library IT Jobs on March 17th, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of South Carolina is recruiting a Webmaster.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to the Director of Library Technology Services, this position functions as the Libraries' webmaster and web developer. Leads and guides the Libraries Web Team, web content authors and all organizational web presence stakeholders. Assures consistent application of accepted standards and best practices for site and page design and creation. Works within University guidelines for design. Designs specialized web presentations and environments as needed, working closely with internal design staff. Assesses and recommends solution options for web and media development projects. Collaborates with various individuals and entities to plan, guide and develop media-related resources and services. Works with internal programming staff to define, plan and implement new online and media features as needed.

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"Storage is a Strategic Issue: Digital Preservation in the Cloud"

Posted in Cloud Computing/SaaS, Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on March 17th, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Gillian Oliver and Steve Knight have published "Storage is a Strategic Issue: Digital Preservation in the Cloud" in .

Here's an excerpt:

Worldwide, many governments are mandating a 'cloud first' policy for information technology infrastructures. In 2013, the National Library of New Zealand's National Digital Heritage Archive (NDHA) outsourced storage of its digital collections. A case study of the decision to outsource and its consequences was conducted, involving interviews of the representatives of three key stakeholders: IT, the NDHA, and the vendor. Clear benefits were identified by interviewees, together with two main challenges. The challenges related to occupational culture tensions, and a shift in funding models. Interviewees also considered whether the cultural heritage sector had any unique requirements. A key learning was that information managers were at risk of being excluded from the detail of outsourcing, and so needed to be prepared to assert their need to know based on their stewardship mandate.

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Digital Curation News (3/16/2015) #digitalcuration #digitalpreservation #researchdata

Posted in Digital Curation News on March 16th, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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Dean and Director of Libraries at University at Albany

Posted in ARL Libraries, Research Libraries on March 16th, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University at Albany is recruiting a Dean and Director of Libraries.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Key opportunities and challenges for the new dean will include providing visionary leadership for the UAlbany Libraries, being a strong advocate and spokesperson for the Libraries, leading and further developing a strong, service-oriented faculty and staff, leveraging the Libraries' financial resources wisely and generating additional funding to improve growth and services, valuing and advancing diversity and inclusion efforts, participating effectively in system-level and national collaborations, and guiding and evaluating the adoption of technology.

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"The Blurred Lines Copyright Verdict Is Bad News for Music"

Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars on March 16th, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

EFF has released "The Blurred Lines Copyright Verdict Is Bad News for Music."

Here's an excerpt:

Artists evoke elements of common culture all the time, to make their point or simply to entertain by putting their own twist on what has come before. This is what makes culture a conversation and not a series of disjointed soliloquies. Copyright law, though, is dangerously disconnected with the way culture gets made, and as a result it pushes entire genres and communities to the margins, such as those that involve sampling, remix, and other adaptations. A staggering amount of such work is generated noncommercially and available online, but the broad sweep of copyright exclusivity, the risk of disproportionate statutory damages, and the uneven application of the fair use doctrine mean that such authors are typically excluded from commercial opportunities. Far from being incentivized by copyright, such authors typically create in spite of the threats posed by copyright law.

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Executive Director, Triangle Research Libraries Network at TRLN

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on March 16th, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

TRLIN is recruiting a Executive Director, Triangle Research Libraries Network.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN), a consortial organization of Duke University, North Carolina Central University, North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, seeks a creative, dynamic, and committed leader to marshal the financial, human, and information resources of its member libraries. The focus of TRLN is to build cooperative efforts to create a rich information environment that furthers the universities' teaching, learning, research, and service missions.

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"ADS: The Next Generation Search Platform"

Posted in Digital Repositories, EPrints, Open Access, Scholarly Journals on March 16th, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Alberto Accomazzi et al. have self-archived "ADS: The Next Generation Search Platform."

Here's an excerpt:

Starting in 2011, the ADS started to systematically collect, parse and index full-text documents for all the major publications in Physics and Astronomy as well as many smaller Astronomy journals and arXiv e-prints, for a total of over 3.5 million papers. Our citation coverage has doubled since 2010 and now consists of over 70 million citations. We are normalizing the affiliation information in our records and, in collaboration with the CfA library and NASA, we have started collecting and linking funding sources with papers in our system. . . . We have rolled out and are now enhancing a new high-performance search engine capable of performing full-text as well as metadata searches using an intuitive query language which supports fielded, unfielded and functional searches. We are currently able to index acknowledgments, affiliations, citations, funding sources, and to the extent that these metadata are available to us they are now searchable under our new platform. The ADS private library system is being enhanced to support reading groups, collaborative editing of lists of papers, tagging, and a variety of privacy settings when managing one's paper collection.

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Digital Curation News (3/13/2015) #digitalcuration #digitalpreservation #researchdata

Posted in Digital Curation News on March 13th, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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Digital Studio Technology Specialist at NYU

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on March 13th, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

NYU is recruiting a Digital Studio Technology Specialist.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Digital Studio is NYU's gateway to digital services supporting scholarship and teaching. The Digital Studio Technology Specialist will manage the Digital Studio facility, provide client service, technical knowledge, technical development, and communications expertise in support of state-of-the-art computer technology used by faculty and researchers for teaching and research. Advise and consult with faculty and researchers in the design, development, and implementation of information technology services for teaching and research. Develop and deliver training programs including conducting seminars, training sessions, and workshops. Help support scholarly computing, in particular digital humanities, in collaboration with Digital Scholarship Services and Data Services.

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"What We Got Wrong about Books"

Posted in E-Books, Publishing, Scholarly Books on March 13th, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Joseph Esposito has published "What We Got Wrong about Books" in The Scholarly Kitchen.

Here's an excerpt:

This is where we have gotten into trouble. The apparent fixity of a book, the tendency to think of a book as something stuck inside an inflexible container, has led us to imagine that books are used the way they are written, or how we assume they are written—that is, from beginning to end. The prominence of the novel as a literary form over the past two centuries reinforces this. Who would want to break off in the middle of Tom Jones? The traditional novel is linear, which has created an expectation that all books are linear. That expectation is simply wrong, as Kobo and our own reading experience tell us.

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Digital Projects Manager at Harvard University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on March 13th, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Harvard University is recruiting a Digital Projects Manager .

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Under the direction of the Manager of Digital Content and Projects, the Digital Projects Manager will collaborate closely with members of Harvard Library Preservation Services, as well as curators, librarians, and archivists from across Harvard's libraries and archives to plan and manage projects to create digital library resources of enduring research value from original manuscripts and archives. Please note: This is a full time term appointment funded through June 30, 2016.

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