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    Digital Technologies Development Librarian at Georgia Tech

    Posted in Digital Library Jobs on February 10th, 2011

    The Georgia Tech Library and Information Center is recruiting a Digital Technologies Development Librarian.

    Here's an excerpt from the ad:

    Working both independently and in team settings, the Digital Technologies Development Librarian provides technical leadership and programming expertise to advance digital library infrastructures, collections, and services through application development and applied research. The person in this position identifies and develops new and existing technologies for these purposes. The position will play a key, strategic role in advancing the library's digital information infrastructure beyond its current status and significantly impact Georgia Tech's scholarly communication methods, digital library services, and the management and preservation of the Institute's digital intellectual output. The librarian will lead and contribute to developing new digital library services through processes that emphasize usability and infrastructure sustainability and will work with partners on campus and in library consortia to share solutions to mutual challenges. The person in the position will collaborate closely with personnel from several library departments to achieve the goals of the position and the library. The librarian also will select and/or develop tools that support the ongoing assessment of digital library initiatives and services. He or she will participate in library planning and serves on library-wide committees, task forces, and teams and will be expected to be active professionally and to contribute to developments in the field. The Digital Technologies Development Librarian will report to the Library's Systems Department with a "dotted-line" reporting relationship to the Associate Dean to assist in shaping overall technology development strategy and direction.

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      Managing Digital Collections: A Collaborative Initiative on the South African Framework

      Posted in Copyright, Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Digital Libraries, Metadata on February 10th, 2011

      The National Research Foundation has released Managing Digital Collections: A Collaborative Initiative on the South African Framework.

      Here's an excerpt:

      The objective of this Framework is to provide high-level principles for planning and managing the full digital collection life cycle. It aims to

      • provide an overview of some of the major components and activities involved in creating good digital collections
      • provide a sense of the landscape of digital collections management
      • identify existing resources that support the development of sound local practices
      • encourage community participation in the ongoing development of best practices for digital collection building
      • contribute to the benefits of sound data management practices, as well as the goals of data sharing and long term access
      • introduce data management and curation issues
      • assist cultural heritage organisations to create and manage complex digital collections
      • assist funding organisations who wish to encourage and support the development of good digital collections
      • advocate the use of internationally-created appropriate open community standards to ensure quality and to increase global interoperability for better exchange and re-use of data and digital content.

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        Digital Technology Innovation in Scholarly Communication and University Engagement

        Posted in Publishing, Reports and White Papers, Scholarly Communication on February 9th, 2011

        The Canadian Centre for Studies in Publishing has released Digital Technology Innovation in Scholarly Communication and University Engagement.

        Here's an excerpt:

        Beginning in the 1990s, a substantial number of innovation projects in scholarly communication began to emerge worldwide. Researchers began to adopt digital technologies for purposes of communication with colleagues and a variety of scholarly journals began making content available online. Digital humanists and scholars across the social science disciplines also began to expand their involvement with emerging technologies in their research and teaching activities. Building on these developments, researchers interested in knowledge mobilization and university engagement also began to augment their efforts with digital technologies. Finally, a certain level of experimentation with the electronic publication of monographs began to appear. The key players in these developments were private sector foundations (for example, the Wellcome Trust and the Andrew Mellon Foundation); innovation-oriented scholars; systems and head librarians; journal editors and publishers; university presses; and SSHRC with its support for scholarly communication and later, knowledge mobilization. Canada has earned worldwide attention for its general level of digital innovation in scholarly and research communication and particularly for innovation in journal publishing, where Open Journal Systems, Érudit and Synergies stand out as significant projects, combined with consortium buying of online content through the Canadian Research Knowledge Network. These and other leading achievements call for purpose-built policy and programs, which have lagged behind innovation. Such policy and programs need to be designed to provide stable funding for innovation-oriented constructivist social scientific and humanist inquiry and university engagement initiatives that have national and international long-term promise. Tied into the post-secondary education system, such investments would enormously increase the visibility and public value of Canadian social science and humanities research, multiplying the social benefit of this work through the development of digital technologies.

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          Digital User Services Librarian at Rutgers University Libraries

          Posted in Digital Library Jobs on February 9th, 2011

          The Rutgers University Libraries are recruiting a Digital User Services Librarian.

          Here's an excerpt from the ad:

          The Digital User Services Librarian is a new position within RUL and will be responsible for coordinating the implementation of new electronic products and services to enhance our digital users' experience. The person in this position will take a leadership role in the continued development of digital library resources, ensuring coordination between technical and public services in the implementation and delivery of services. Responsibilities will include but not be limited to evaluating emerging technology products for potential application, overseeing aspects of citation management software integration and support, developing plans for implementation of mobile services, and enhancing the library experience of distance learners. The Digital User Services Librarian will also participate in appropriate public service activities in order to understand the RUL user perspective and needs. This is a tenure-track position within the New Brunswick Libraries Faculty, and will require the development of a research agenda, publication, and professional participation. The position reports to the Associate University Librarian for Research and Instructional Services and interfaces with existing groups, e.g., the User Services Council and the Web Board.

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              Copyright and Licensing Librarian at Rutgers University

              Posted in Digital Library Jobs on February 9th, 2011

              The Rutgers University Libraries are recruiting a Copyright and Licensing Librarian.

              Here's an excerpt from the ad:

              The Copyright and Licensing Librarian, a member of the Rutgers University Libraries Faculty, provides leadership and expertise in matters of copyright, licensing, and other intellectual property issues for the Libraries and the university community. The Copyright and Licensing Librarian is responsible for library intellectual property policies and procedures and for advising library personnel on intellectual property issues relating to library collections, services, gifts, and digital projects. The Librarian works with library faculty and staff in public services, collection development, and digital initiatives to develop policy frameworks that facilitate digital initiatives and resource acquisition. The Librarian monitors legislative developments affecting copyright and other intellectual property matters; participates in appropriate library, university, regional, and national committees and programs; and performs other duties as requested and that fall within the scope of the duties of a member of the library faculty. Working closely with the Office of Vice President and General Counsel, the Copyright and Licensing Librarian serves as the university's primary resource on fair use and other copyright issues. The Librarian advises members of the university community about issues related to the works they write or otherwise create and appropriate use of works created by others. The librarian educates faculty, staff, and students about copyright, licensing, and other intellectual property issues through workshops, websites, consultations, etc. This is a tenure-track faculty position, requiring research and publications, and active participation in professional associations. This position reports to the Associate University Librarian for Planning and Organizational Research.

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                The Horizon Report: 2011 Edition

                Posted in Emerging Technologies, Reports and White Papers on February 9th, 2011

                The EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative and the New Media Consortium have released the The Horizon Report: 2011 Edition. The report is under a Creative Commons Attribution license.

                Here's an excerpt from the press release:

                The report identifies six technologies that are expected "to enter mainstream use in learning-focused organizations." Each of the six is assigned to one of three adoption horizons: one year or less, two to three years, and four to five years. For 2011, electronic books and mobiles are identified in the one-year horizon; augmented reality and game-based learning in the two- to three-year horizon; and gesture-based computing and learning analytics in the four- to five-year horizon.

                The advisory board for the project identified these technologies through comprehensive review, analysis, and discussion of research, articles, papers, and interviews. It then drafted a roster of over 100 candidate technologies, which it gradually refined to the six key technologies appearing in the 2011 report. This year, the advisory board consisted of 43 experts from numerous fields and was more internationally diverse than it has ever been. It included representatives from 10 countries: Australia, Brazil, China, Germany, Japan, New Zealand, Nigeria, Spain, United Kingdom, and the United States.

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