NARA Open Government Plan

Posted in Open Access, Public Domain, Research Libraries on July 9th, 2014

The National Archives and Records Administration has released its Open Government Plan.

Here's an excerpt:

NARA has been engaging the Wikipedia community since 2011, when we welcomed a Wikipedian in Residence and began holding events to build awareness of the records of the National Archives. In 2013, we welcomed a full-time employee devoted to engaging the Wikipedia community along with NARA staff members to promote greater access, reuse, and context for our records on Wikipedia.

Our work strengthening digitization and description fuels our ability to make records available on external platforms like Wikipedia. In 2012, we shared 100,000 digital images from our holdings to Wikimedia Commons. This work enabled digital copies of our records to be incorporated into Wikimedia projects and Wikipedia articles. The 4,000 Wikipedia articles featuring our records received more than one billion page views in Fiscal Year 2013. Over the next two years we will work to increase the number of National Archives records available on Wikimedia Commons, which furthers our strategic goal to "Make Access Happen" and expands re-use of our records by the public.

We are continuing our work to engage local communities of volunteer Wikipedians with on-site events, including skills-building workshops and "edit-a-thons" for improving Wikipedia content related to our holdings. In addition, we are establishing a model for "scan-a-thons" to enable citizen archivist stakeholder groups to digitize our records for access.

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    Web Developer at Dartmouth College

    Posted in Library IT Jobs on July 9th, 2014

    Dartmouth College is recruiting a Web Developer.

    Here's an excerpt from the ad:

    Working as a member of the Web Team within the Digital Library Technologies Group, the Web Developer position will help design, develop, and implement the library's website, custom web applications, and system user interfaces. This position works with other library departments to gather requirements, design, and implement custom web applications as needed. The Web Developer serves on the Web Steering Group and participates in library assessment groups, evaluating and improving the online user experience for students, faculty and staff. This position will also be assigned to work on other digital library projects as the need arises.

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      "Dealing with Data: Science Librarians’ Participation in Data Management at Association of Research Libraries Institutions"

      Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on July 9th, 2014

      Karen Antell et al. have published "Dealing with Data: Science Librarians' Participation in Data Management at Association of Research Libraries Institutions" in College & Research Libraries.

      Here's an excerpt:

      This study, a survey of science librarians at institutions affiliated with the Association of Research Libraries, investigates science librarians' awareness of and involvement in institutional repositories, data repositories, and data management support services at their institutions. The study also explores the roles and responsibilities, both new and traditional, that science librarians have assumed related to data management, and the skills that science librarians believe are necessary to meet the demands of data management work.

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        Digital Curation News (7/8/2014) #digitalpreservation

        Posted in Digital Curation News on July 8th, 2014

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          Data Services Librarian at George Washington University

          Posted in Digital Library Jobs on July 8th, 2014

          George Washington University is recruiting a Data Services Librarian.

          Here's an excerpt from the ad:

          The Data Services Librarian proactively collaborates and coordinates with teams to develop services relating to data management plans for faculty and researchers and supports students and faculty through appropriate research consultation, referrals and instruction. This position provides opportunities for programmatic development, initiating best practices in E-Research and investigating and implementing new technologies and research tools in support of data services initiatives.

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            "Librarians and Scholars: Partners in Digital Humanities"

            Posted in Digital Humanities, Research Libraries on July 8th, 2014

            Laurie Alexander et al. have published "Librarians and Scholars: Partners in Digital Humanities" in EDUCAUSE Review.

            Here's an excerpt:

            Key Takeaways

            • Libraries have numerous capabilities and considerable expertise available to accelerate digital humanities initiatives.
            • The University of Michigan Library developed a model for effective partnership between libraries and digital humanities scholars; this model contributes to both a definition and redefinition of this emergent field.
            • As the U-M experience shows, using the digital humanities as a key innovation tool can help libraries and their host institutions transform the way research, teaching, and learning are conceptualized.

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              Digital Projects Specialist at University of Notre Dame

              Posted in Digital Library Jobs on July 8th, 2014

              The University of Notre Dame is recruiting a Digital Projects Specialist.

              Here's an excerpt from the ad:

              The Digital Projects Specialist is responsible for the creation, supervision, planning, and management of the Architecture Library's growing digital collections and digital portal projects. Reporting directly to the head of the Architecture Library this position will plan and implement new digital projects based on Architecture Library collections and student and Architecture faculty projects or research. It will be responsible for creation of metadata and digitization standards, creating and managing digital surrogates, and training staff and students on various digital technologies.

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                Innovation in E-book Lending

                Posted in E-Books, Publishing, Scholarly Books on July 8th, 2014

                The International Publishers Association has released Innovation in E-book Lending.

                Here's an excerpt:

                This special report assesses recent developments in e-lending, both in the trade and the academic sector, studying innovative approaches from the US, France, Sweden and Brazil. What these different projects have in common is that they are based on licenses which provide libraries with the conditions to acquire and lending e-books while putting publishers in control of lending terms. This allows publishers not just to protect their revenue streams, but to expand them.

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