Joy Kirchner Named as York University’s University Librarian

Posted in People in the News, Research Libraries on April 22nd, 2015

Joy Kirchner has been named as York University's University Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

Ms. Kirchner brings to York University a breadth and depth of library experience and perspectives gained from positions in university libraries in Canada and the U.S. over the past twenty years. She holds a BA degree in English literature and a master's of library and information studies from the University of British Columbia. She joins York from the University of Minnesota Libraries in Minneapolis, where she has held the position of associate university librarian for content & collections and interim associate university librarian for research & learning. . . .

Prior to her appointment at the University of Minnesota, Ms. Kirchner held a number of increasingly senior positions at the University of British Columbia, most recently as head of the UBC Scholarly Communications & Copyright Office based in the UBC Library. . . She also previously held the position of Networked Electronic Resources Coordinator at the Columbia University Library in New York and various STEM librarian positions.

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    Director, University of California Curation Center at University of California UCOP

    Posted in Digital Library Jobs on April 22nd, 2015

    The University of California UCOP is recruiting a Director, University of California Curation Center.

    Here's an excerpt from the ad:

    Reporting to the California Digital Library (CDL) executive director, and consulting within the UC Libraries' ten-campus advisory structure, the UC3 director participates on the CDL senior leadership team in planning and implementing a comprehensive and coordinated suite of digital library services. Through active external engagement, the UC3 director represents and advocates for UC3, CDL, and UC within the national and international digital library and curation communities.

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      University of Minnesota Press and GC Digital Scholarship Lab Get $732,000 Mellon Grant for Manifold Scholarship

      Posted in Digital Humanities, E-Books, Publishing, Scholarly Books on April 22nd, 2015

      The University of Minnesota Press and GC Digital Scholarship Lab of Graduate Center of the City University of New York have received a $732,000 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant for Manifold Scholarship.

      Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

      Moving beyond the digitization of scholarly books, based primarily in siloed, read-only analogues to print such as Adobe Acrobat PDF and Epub, Manifold will define and create the next phase of scholarly publishing: monographs that open the boundaries of separate formats like "print" and "e-book." Foreseeing an emerging hybrid environment for scholarship, Manifold will develop, alongside the print edition of a book, an alternate form of publication that is networked and iterative, served on an interactive, open-source platform. . . .

      In Manifold, a digital scholarly work would not be a static replication of the print book. From the beginning it is dynamic, revised, and expanded to reflect the evolution of academic thought and research, incorporating access to primary research documents and data, links to related archives, rich media, social media, and reading tools. Manifold seeks to encompass the growth and refinement of academic work as it is discussed, reviewed, and analyzed.

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        Digital Collections Archivist at NYC Department of Environmental Protection

        Posted in Digital Library Jobs on April 21st, 2015

        The NYC Department of Environmental Protection is recruiting a Digital Collections Archivist.

        Here's an excerpt from the ad:

        The selected candidate will serve as the Digital Collections Archivist as part of the Records and Archives Management office. This newly created position will administer the recently acquired digital asset management system (Extensis Portfolio), direct digitization projects, acquire and describe born digital records, implement a strategy for preserving digital assets, and improve on ways to provide access to digital assets based on user needs. This position will monitor system hardware and storage needs and interface with the agency's Information Technology group on behalf of the unit.

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          "New ‘Breaking Down Barriers to Innovation Act’ Targets Many of DMCA Section 1201’s Problems"

          Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars on April 21st, 2015

          The EFF has released "Breaking Down Barriers to Innovation Act' Targets Many of DMCA Section 1201's Problems" by Mitch Stoltz.

          Here's an excerpt:

          On Thursday, Senator Ron Wyden and Representative Jared Polis introduced a new bill to fix many of the problems that Section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act causes for free speech, privacy, security research, and innovation. Called the "Breaking Down Barriers to Innovation Act," the bill would make it a little easier to get three-year exemptions to the DMCA's ban on circumventing digital restrictions. It also expands and clarifies the exemptions for encryption research, security testing, strengthening privacy, and reverse engineering. . . .

          There's another bill that strikes at the root of the problem. Just a few weeks ago, Representative Zoe Lofgren, along with Representatives Massie, Polis, and Eshoo, re-introduced the Unlocking Technology Act. It makes a simple and straightforward change to Section 1201 of the DMCA: circumventing DRM would only be illegal if a person intends to infringe copyright. With that change, extracting video clips from digital media to make fair uses, as well as modifying our own digital devices and making work more accessible would all be free from legal threats under the DMCA.

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            Repository Developer at University of Pittsburgh

            Posted in Digital Library Jobs on April 21st, 2015

            The University of Pittsburgh is recruiting a Repository Developer.

            Here's an excerpt from the ad:

            The University of Pittsburgh University Library System (ULS) is seeking an enthusiastic and talented key contributor to the growth, development and enhancement of a large ecosystem of digital repositories for scholarly content. This is a high-level, regular, full-time position reporting to the manager of Systems Development in the Information Technology department of the University Library System. Work will mainly consist of project management and programming tasks relating to the various repository systems run by the University Library System as well as contributing to collaborative Open Source software projects coordinated by other organizations for the benefit of the University Library System.

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              University of Arizona Launches School of Information

              Posted in Information Schools on April 21st, 2015

              The University of Arizona has launched its School of Information headed by Bryan Heidorn.

              Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

              The iSchool combines the School of Information Resources and Library Science, or SIRLS, located in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and the School of Information: Science, Technology, and Arts, or SISTA, located in the College of Science.

              The iSchool will include additional affiliate faculty from the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and the College of Science, as well as faculty from College of Fine Arts and the College of Humanities who have research interests in digital arts and humanities. . . .

              The Master of Arts in library and information science is accredited by the American Library Association and prepares students for careers in libraries, museums and archives, as well as in government and business information centers. . . .

              Students in the doctoral program in information learn to develop and apply computational methods to challenges that overlap multiple academic disciplines—from discovering signaling pathways in cells, to understanding musical improvisation, to training digital video cameras to understand what they see—and will be prepared for careers in academia, government and industry.

              A Master of Science in information is undergoing university approvals and is expected to be available for classes beginning in the fall.

              The iSchool also will offer a variety of certificates. Like most of the degrees, they will be offered face-to-face and online. They are:

              • The DigIn (Digital Information Management) graduate certificate, which trains professionals to create and manage large, complex digital collections.
              • The certificate in archival studies, which teaches students how archival practices affect the composition and meaning of cultural artifacts and the historical record.
              • The legal information and scholarly communication certificate, which prepares students to serve in various types of libraries, archives, government agencies and businesses where legal information is critical for success. For jobs where a Juris Doctorate is required, the school provides a law librarianship graduate certificate.
              • The certificate in medical and community health information, which will involve skills in the acquisition and dissemination of quality health information as well as training on providing culturally competent health information services.

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                Digital Curation News (4/20/2015) #digitalcuration #digitalpreservation #researchdata

                Posted in Digital Curation News on April 20th, 2015

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                  50 Universities or University Units Have Now Adopted Open Access Policies by Unanimous Faculty Votes

                  Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals, Self-Archiving on April 20th, 2015

                  With recent votes by Boston University and University of Delaware faculty, 50 universities or university units, such as schools, have now adopted open access policies by unanimous faculty votes.

                  Here's a list from Unanimous Faculty Votes. See the original document for omitted details, and see the recently revised (and praised) Registry of Open Access Repositories Mandatory Archiving Policies (ROARMAP) for a complete list of over 670 open access policies.

                  1. February 12, 2008. Harvard University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences
                  2. April 27, 2008. Macquarie University
                  3. May 7, 2008, Harvard University, School of Law
                  4. June 10, 2008, Stanford University, School of Education
                  5. October 2008, University College London (UCL)
                  6. February 11, 2009. Boston University
                  7. March 6, 2009, Oregon State University, Library Faculty
                  8. March 18, 2009, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
                  9. May 2009. University of Calgary, division of Library and Cultural Resources
                  10. May 2009. University of Pretoria
                  11. May 7, 2009, University of Oregon, Library Faculty
                  12. May 14, 2009, University of Oregon, Department of Romance Languages
                  13. May 14, 2009, Gustavus Adolphus College, Library Faculty
                  14. October 1, 2009, York University, librarians and archivists
                  15. October, 2009. Universidad de Oriente (Venezuela)
                  16. November 18, 2009, Oberlin College
                  17. December 2, 2009, University of Northern Colorado, Library Faculty
                  18. February 1, 2010, Wake Forest University, Library faculty
                  19. February 9, 2010, California Polytechnic State University
                  20. February 12, 2010, Oregon State University College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences (COAS)
                  21. February 24, 2010, University of Virginia
                  22. February 25, 2010, Rollins College Faculty of Arts and Sciences
                  23. March 18, 2010, Duke University
                  24. March 24, 2010, University of Puerto Rico School of Law
                  25. April 19, 2010, San Jose State University
                  26. September 27, 2010, University of Northern Colorado
                  27. October 2010, Trinity College Dublin
                  28. December 22, 2010, Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
                  29. March 15, 2011, Emory University
                  30. May 11, 2011, University of Pennsylvania
                  31. September 2011, Princeton University
                  32. October 19, 2011, Florida State University
                  33. December 8, 2011, Pacific University
                  34. January 27, 2012, Bifröst University
                  35. February 15, 2012, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto
                  36. April 2012, Utah State University
                  37. May 21, 2012, University of California, San Francisco
                  38. February 6, 2013, Wellesley College
                  39. March 4, 2013, College of Wooster
                  40. March 5, 2013, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Library faculty
                  41. March 21, 2013, University of Rhode Island
                  42. April 2013, Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University
                  43. June 13, 2013, Oregon State University
                  44. December 2013, Télé-université (TELUQ), Université du Québec
                  45. December 2, 2013, Columbia University, School of Social Work
                  46. June 18, 2014, Harvard Medical School
                  47. October 7, 2014, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)
                  48. October 9, 2014, Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University
                  49. February 11, 2015, Boston University
                  50. April 6, 2015, University of Delaware

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                    Information Technology Specialist (INET) at Library of Congress

                    Posted in Library IT Jobs on April 20th, 2015

                    The Library of Congress is recruiting an Information Technology Specialist (INET).

                    Here's an excerpt from the ad:

                    The Information Technology Specialist (INET) position serves the Office of Strategic Initiatives on Internet and Web projects. Major responsibilities include the organization, design, implementation, and maintenance of web and multimedia initiatives. Provides technical support in the planning and development of existing and new Library websites. Works collaboratively with web managers, architects, designers, programmers, and stakeholders to meet and maintain customer requirements and needs for the Library's multimedia and web initiatives.

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                      Associate University Librarian for Digital Strategies at Northwestern University

                      Posted in Digital Library Jobs on April 20th, 2015

                      Northwestern University is recruiting an Associate University Librarian for Digital Strategies.

                      Here's an excerpt from the ad:

                      Leads all phases of the life cycle of technology systems to support first-class services and provide alignment with the business goals of the organization. • Oversees systems and resources including Alma/Primo, a Fedora repository, a Hydra partnership and other open source platforms in a mixed Linux/Windows environment, using Agile project management methodology and service-oriented architecture. • Develops methods for risk profile, gap and budgetary analysis to determine the diversification and investments in technology. • Applies IT resource management towards new capabilities to support and enable strategic initiatives while reducing investments in legacy systems and outmoded business processes. •

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                        "How to Hack it as a Working Parent"

                        Posted in Digital Culture, Libraries, Research Libraries on April 20th, 2015

                        Jaclyn Bedoya et al. have published "How to Hack it as a Working Parent" in Code4Lib Journal.

                        Here's an excerpt:

                        The problems faced by working parents in technical fields in libraries are not unique or particularly unusual. However, the cross-section of work-life balance and gender disparity problems found in academia and technology can be particularly troublesome, especially for mothers and single parents. Attracting and retaining diverse talent in work environments that are highly structured or with high expectations of unstated off-the-clock work may be impossible long term. . . .

                        We present some practical solutions for those in technical positions in libraries. Such solutions involve strategic use of technical tools, and lightweight project management applications. Technical workarounds are not the only answer; real and lasting change will involve a change in individual priorities and departmental culture such as sophisticated and ruthless time management, reviewing workloads, cross-training personnel, hiring contract replacements, and creative divisions of labor. Ultimately, a flexible environment that reflects the needs of parents will help create a better workplace culture for everyone, kids or no kids.

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