Digital Archivist at Rutgers University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on February 24th, 2011

The Rutgers University Libraries are recruiting a Digital Archivist.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Rutgers University Libraries seek a Digital Archivist to lead the digital initiatives of the Libraries' Special Collections and University Archives based on the New Brunswick Campus. The position will also work with the Institute of Jazz Studies in the Dana Library on the university’s Newark campus. The position will be responsible for managing the creation and conversion of finding aids to the online environment, collaborating in the Libraries digital preservation efforts, and promoting the digitization of Special Collections resources, including converting analog material to digital. The Digital Archivist will also work closely with colleagues who are creating digital exhibits and managing born-digital material. This is a tenure-track faculty position, requiring research and publication, and active participation in professional associations. The Digital Archivist reports to the Interim Associate University Librarian for Collection Management and Development.

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    Internet Archive and Library Partners Launch E-Book Lending Collection

    Posted in Copyright, E-Books, Libraries on February 24th, 2011

    The Internet Archive and a group of academic and public library partners have launched an e-book lending collection, which contains over 80,000 e-books. The majority of books were published in the 20th century.

    Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

    Any OpenLibrary.org account holder can borrow up to 5 eBooks at a time, for up to 2 weeks. Books can only be borrowed by one person at a time. People can choose to borrow either an in-browser version (viewed using the Internet Archive’s BookReader web application), or a PDF or ePub version, managed by the free Adobe Digital Editions software. This new technology follows the lead of the Google eBookstore, which sells books from many publishers to be read using Google's books-in-browsers technology. Readers can use laptops, library computers and tablet devices including the iPad.

    Read more about it at "Open Library Launches New 'Digitize and Lend' E-Book Lending Program."

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      Final Guidelines on Copyright Clearance and IPR Management

      Posted in Copyright, Digital Media, Reports and White Papers on February 23rd, 2011

      The European Film Gateway project has released Final Guidelines on Copyright Clearance and IPR Management.

      Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

      The report includes:

      • an overview of legal frameworks in EU countries for the film sector
      • guidelines how to successfully clear rights related to film works
      • copyright basics (moral rights vs. exploitation rights, orphan works etc)
      • diligent search guidelines for rights holders

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        Head of Outreach and Consulting at University of Virginia

        Posted in Digital Library Jobs on February 23rd, 2011

        The University of Virginia Library's Scholars' Lab is recruiting a Head of Outreach and Consulting.

        Here's an excerpt from the ad:

        Are you an excellent and enthusiastic communicator with a strong background in technological approaches to humanities and social science scholarship? UVa Library seeks a Head of Outreach and Consulting to coordinate public services in our internationally-recognized Scholars' Lab. The ideal candidate is detail-oriented, eager to work collaboratively, and able to represent — to internal and external audiences — UVa Library's involvement in the digital humanities. This supervisory position is responsible for day-to-day operations in the Scholars' Lab (overseeing staff dedicated to geospatial, data-driven, and text-based research consultation) and plays a key role in our program for Graduate Fellows in the Digital Humanities. This position reports to the Library's Director of Digital Research & Scholarship.

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          Current News: Twitter Updates for 2/23/11

          Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on February 23rd, 2011

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            Results of the SOAP Survey: A First Overview of the Dutch Situation

            Posted in Open Access, Reports and White Papers on February 23rd, 2011

            Marnix van Berchum and Annemiek van der Kuil have released Results of the SOAP Survey: A First Overview of the Dutch Situation.

            Here's an excerpt:

            Based on the results above, the following conclusions can be made on the "Dutch situation"

            • A high number of researchers thinks the publishing of Open Access articles is beneficial to their discipline (90%)
            • Main reasons why Open Access publishing is beneficial are the scientific community benefit and benefit for outside the scientific community ("public good")
            • Quality, impact and prestige are still very important in making choices on Open Access publishing in journals
            • Publication fees for Open Access articles are for a large part covered by the institutions (40%)
            • There is no strong feeling on how easy or difficult it is to obtain funding

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              Web Applications Specialist at University of Virginia

              Posted in Digital Library Jobs on February 23rd, 2011

              The University of Virginia Library's Scholars' Lab is recruiting a Web Applications Specialist.

              Here's an excerpt from the ad:

              We're seeking someone passionate about tackling technical problems in the digital humanities – preferably a person with both a technical and humanities background, prepared to build next-generation DH interfaces and tools. Our new Web Application Specialist will also be able to take advantage of the "20% time" that all Department of Digital Research & Scholarship faculty and staff are granted to pursue professional development and their own (often collaborative) R&D projects. This is a full-time, permanent position at UVa. . . .

              As a Web Applications Specialist reporting to the Head of R&D for the Scholars' Lab, you will be responsible for building, testing, and debugging code. You should possess an extreme attention to detail and a high level of accountability and responsibility. We're looking for someone who enjoys technical challenges, likes to figure out how things work, and stays involved in the latest Web and digital humanities technologies. You will need to be able to fit in to a creative and collaborative environment.

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                Results of the SOAP Survey: A Preliminary Overview of the Situation in EIFL Partner Countries

                Posted in Open Access, Reports and White Papers on February 23rd, 2011

                EIFL has released Results of the SOAP Survey: A Preliminary Overview of the Situation in EIFL Partner Countries.

                Here's an excerpt:

                The SOAP (Study of Open Access Publishing) project has run a large-scale survey of the attitudes of researchers on, and the experiences with, open access publishing. In the SOAP Symposium on 13 January 2011 in Berlin, the results of the SOAP Survey were made publicly available. "Highlights from the SOAP project survey. What Scientists Think about Open Access Publishing" article is available in arXiv:1101.5260v2 presenting preliminary analysis of the survey responses. To allow a maximal re-use of the information collected by this survey, the data were released under a CC0 waiver, so to allow libraries, publishers, funding agencies and academics to further analyse risks and opportunities, drivers and barriers, in the transition to open access publishing. . . .

                We followed the approach of the SURFfoundation and made the first overview of the SOAP survey results, tailored to the situation in 11 EIFL partner countries: Bulgaria, China, Egypt, Nigeria, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, South Africa, Thailand and Ukraine.

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