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.

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    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.

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      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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        Digital Curation News (9/2/2014) #digitalpreservation

        Posted in Digital Curation News on September 2nd, 2014

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          Digital Curation News (8/29/2014) #digitalpreservation

          Posted in Digital Curation News on August 29th, 2014

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            Director for Online Strategy at UC Davis

            Posted in Digital Library Jobs on August 29th, 2014

            UC Davis is recruiting a Director for Online Strategy.

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            As a key member of the Library's executive leadership team and under direction of the University Librarian, responsible for strategic planning, design and analysis; technology research and development; and administration to oversee the Library's overall online delivery strategy and related operations for its scholarly collections and academic services, both print and digital.

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              "Who Publishes in Top-Tier Library Science Journals? An Analysis by Faculty Status and Tenure"

              Posted in Publishing, Research Libraries, Scholarly Journals on August 29th, 2014

              Quinn Galbraith, Elizabeth Smart, Sara D. Smith and Megan Reed have published "Who Publishes in Top-Tier Library Science Journals? An Analysis by Faculty Status and Tenure" in College & Research Libraries.

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              This study analyzes the status and background of authors publishing in high-impact library science journals. Twenty-three high-impact journals were selected in this study by both quantitative and qualitative measures, while the analysis of author background focuses on whether the author holds a faculty status position with a tenure track. This study finds that 76 percent of academic librarians have faculty status.

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                Web Developer and User Interface Specialist at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

                Posted in Library IT Jobs on August 29th, 2014

                The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is recruiting a Web Developer and User Interface Specialist.

                Here's an excerpt from the ad.

                Working in the Library Information Technology unit under the direction of the Technical Architect for Web Content, the Web Developer and User Interface Specialist will develop and maintain data-driven and user-centered web pages and related internet applications. The Web Developer and User Interface Specialist will initially focus on the re-design of the general Library website but may also collaborate with other Library units and groups that maintain web pages; and will contribute to the Library's evolving user experience (UX) program.

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