Open Access Advocate Robin Peek Retires

Posted in Open Access, People in the News on September 4th, 2014

Noted open access advocate Robin Peek has retired from the Simmons GSLIS.

Here's an excerpt from the press release:

"Robin Peek was one of the earliest advocates for open access to research, one of the first to write about it regularly, and one of the first to teach a course about it, which she taught at Simmons." said Dr. Peter Suber, Director of the Harvard Office for Scholarly Communication, the Harvard Open Access Project and co-founder of the Open Access Directory. "She is also the editor and co-founder of the Open Access Directory, a globally recognized encyclopedia of open access hosted by Simmons. The Open Access Directory is unique in that it is hosted and preserved by a library school, open to public contributions, edited for quality, and featured on every major list of essential resources on the topic." The six-year old Open Access Directory, a wiki managed by the OA community that provides reference lists about open access to scientists and scholars and has had more than four million views. Peek will continue to be the editor of the Open Access Directory.

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    Digital Curation News (9/3/2014) #digitalpreservation

    Posted in Digital Curation News on September 3rd, 2014

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      Systems Librarian at Florida Atlantic University

      Posted in Library IT Jobs on September 3rd, 2014

      Florida Atlantic University is recruiting a Systems Librarian.

      Here's an excerpt from the ad.

      Managing the FAU Libraries website and the FAU Libraries mobile-optimized website. Leading website initiatives including the migration of the website to the University content management system. Proxy server (EZproxy) configuration maintenance and support.

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        Digital Collections Assessment and Outreach, SPEC Kit 341

        Posted in Digital Archives and Special Collections, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on September 3rd, 2014

        ARL has released Digital Collections Assessment and Outreach, SPEC Kit 341.

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        ARL has released Digital Collections Assessment and Outreach, SPEC Kit 341, which investigates what methods ARL member libraries use to maintain the relevancy of their locally curated digital library collections, and to continue to sustain, grow, capture return on investment, and enhance existing resources through outreach and assessment. The publication also explores current practices for integrating digital resources into the research, teaching, and learning environment.

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          Digital Projects Coordinator at Library of Congress

          Posted in Digital Library Jobs on September 3rd, 2014

          The Library of Congress is recruiting a Digital Projects Coordinator.

          Here's an excerpt from the ad.

          The incumbent coordinates and facilitates the integration of digital and traditional library services through prototyping advanced systems related to digital reformatting and/or collecting original digital material to facilitate standards research. Individually and in collaboration with IT and digital media experts, the incumbent works with major program components that include archival facilities, new digital content policies, metadata and standards for content development, and new models for information access and delivery. The incumbent works with the library profession and information technology industry and various working groups throughout the Library involved in digital technologies and automated systems as they relate to standards for interoperability, especially of the digital media. These media span many forms of expression including text, graphic, photographic, moving image, cartographic, sound/audio, and mixed media to include web content. Standards projects may involve one or many of the digital material collections and are intended to establish and/or enhance standards for collecting, creating, and maintaining digital material online in a collaborative Internet-based environment.

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            From Theory to Action: Good Enough Digital Preservation for Under-Resourced Cultural Heritage Institutions

            Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on September 3rd, 2014

            POWRR has released From Theory to Action: Good Enough Digital Preservation for Under-Resourced Cultural Heritage Institutions.

            Here's an excerpt:

            Libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural heritage organizations collect, create, and steward a rapidly increasing volume of digital content. Both research conclusions and professionals' real-life experiences expose the inherent fragility of this content. The cultural heritage and information science communities have developed guidelines, best practices, policies, procedures, and processes that can enable an organization to achieve high levels of digital preservation. However, these protocols are often complex, leaving many practitioners attempting to address the challenge of preserving digital materials feeling overwhelmed. This is particularly true for professionals serving smaller institutions that are often operating with restricted resources like small staff sizes, a lack of specialized expertise, dated technical infrastructures, and/or limited budgets. This white paper is the result of a three year investigation, funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, of affordable, scalable digital preservation solutions that can be successfully implemented at under-resourced organizations. It reports the results of large-scale testing of several digital preservation tools and services, suggests pragmatic digital preservation options, including an incremental approach to digital preservation practices, and asserts that communities of practice are key to success.

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              Senior Web Developer at Yale

              Posted in Library IT Jobs on September 2nd, 2014

              Yale University is recruiting a Senior Web Developer.

              Here's an excerpt from the ad.

              Reporting to the Manager of User Experience in Library IT, the Senior Web Developer will provide leadership and technical expertise for the continued development of the Library's web presence. The User Experience Group within Library IT is a highly collaborative team overseeing the library's digital interfaces in the Drupal content management system, Blacklight, and Libguides. The Web Developer will serve as technical lead on Drupal and Libguides implementations, and will develop, design, maintain and enhance Web-based technology solutions for the Yale University Library. He/she will develop, communicate and implement web policy for the library, design best practice standards, style guides, documentation and required web page elements for the Library websites. He/she will monitor and support quality assurance, including validation of web pages and compliance with web accessibility and ADA guidelines; test cross-browser, cross-platform and cross-device compatibility.

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                Senior Software Engineer at Harvard

                Posted in Digital Library Jobs on September 2nd, 2014

                Harvard University is recruiting a Senior Software Engineer.

                Here's an excerpt from the ad.

                This is a fully benefited, full-time Harvard University position that has been funded for two years (through June 30, 2016). There is the possibility of renewal, contingent on funding, university priorities and satisfactory job performance. . . .

                LTS is seeking a creative java software engineer to enhance our digital repository to support new content types, initially focusing on digital video material. In close collaboration with the Harvard Library Media Preservation Lab and as part of an agile development team, the software engineer will design, implement, test, and deploy software enabling the deposit, preservation, management and presentation of video content, opening Harvard's diverse video collections to researchers, teachers and learners now and in the future.

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