Digital Initiatives Librarian at Salem State University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on April 23rd, 2015

Salem State University is recruiting a Digital Initiatives Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manages the university library's institutional repository, including outreach to the campus community. Develops policies and procedures concerning digital objects and metadata, establishes workflows, implements appropriate standards and best practices, and conducts quality assurance for digital collections
  • Identifies campus digitization projects (i.e undergraduate and graduate symposium papers, community service project reports, student and faculty publications, born-digital materials, etc.) and liaises with stakeholders
  • Collaborates with the archivist and special collections librarian to identify and prepare significant items from special collections for digitization
  • Instructs the campus community in the use of the repository and digital collections. Advises and provides guidance on issues related to intellectual property, open access publishing, and fair use
  • Participates in digital library-related initiatives and projects with Massachusetts public higher education institutions and statewide and regional consortia
  • Works with the Center for Research and Creative Activities to develop digital projects relating to faculty research; collaborates with the center to recruit open access faculty scholarship for the repository

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    Preparing the Workforce for Digital Curation

    Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Reports and White Papers on April 23rd, 2015

    The National Academies Press has released Preparing the Workforce for Digital Curation .

    Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

    The massive increase in digital information in the last decade has created new requirements arising from a deficit in the institutional and technological structures and the human capital necessary to utilize and sustain the abundance of new digital information. This National Research Council consensus study report focuses on the need for education and training in digital curation to meet the societal demands for access to and meaningful use of digital information, now and in the future. For the purposes of this study, digital curation is defined as: "The active management and enhancement of digital information assets for current and future use." This definition provided the committee with a shared understanding of the scope of digital curation. As discussed below, digital curation entails more than secure storage and preservation of digital information because curation may add value to digital information and increase its utility.

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      Data Management Specialist at Johns Hopkins University

      Posted in Digital Library Jobs on April 23rd, 2015

      Johns Hopkins University is recruiting a Data Management Specialist.

      Here's an excerpt from the ad:

      The Data Management Consultant will provide consultative data management planning support and training to JHU researchers. The primary duties and responsibilities of the job:

      • Manage inquiries from researchers for data management planning support.
      • Provide consultative support to PIs including evaluation of data planning needs, assessing options for sharing data, catering planning to specific granting agency or publisher requirements, and editing data management plans.
      • Track specific scientific domain areas building knowledge and expertise in data types, formats, and needs within domains.
      • Identify data standards, metadata standards, best practices for data management, etc. to continuously build expertise and improve provision of service.
      • Maintain knowledge on a broad range of data repositories including their submission, Intellectual Property, and use arrangements, and provide guidance on repository selection for deposit.
      • Develop and deliver data management training programs including training materials.
      • Proactively collaborate and coordinate with JHUDMS team to implement data management plans, including coordinating data deposits with researchers and preparing collections for archiving in the JHU Data Archive.

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        Lisa B. German Named Dean of Libraries and Elizabeth D. Rockwell Chair by University of Houston

        Posted in ARL Libraries, People in the News, Research Libraries on April 23rd, 2015

        Lisa B. German has been named Dean of Libraries and Elizabeth D. Rockwell Chair by the University of Houston.

        Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

        At Penn State Libraries, German served as associate dean for collections, information, and access services, where she was responsible for planning, organization, policy development, implementation, assessment, and direction. She has also published extensively in these areas.

        German has participated in the Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians at Harvard University, and the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Research Library Leadership Fellows Program. She is the recipient of several awards from the University of Illinois, Penn State University, and the American Library Association – Association for Library Collections and Technical Services. . . .

        German earned a bachelor's degree in history and a master's degree in library science, both from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

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          Digital Curation News (4/22/2015) #digitalcuration #digitalpreservation #researchdatamanagement

          Posted in Digital Curation News on April 22nd, 2015

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            IT Technical Specialist II at University of Alabama

            Posted in Digital Library Jobs on April 22nd, 2015

            The University of Alabama is recruiting an IT Technical Specialist II.

            Here's an excerpt from the ad:

            This position reports to an Associate Dean in the Libraries and works collaboratively with all personnel working in the Alabama Digital Humanities Center to provide technical guidance, development, and support for digital humanities projects undertaken at the University of Alabama. The person in this position will work collaboratively with others in various technology positions in the Libraries and elsewhere on campus being actively engaged with web development, software design and development, and various aspects of technology development and support. Work will frequently be team based and deadline driven.

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              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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