Association of Research Libraries Sends Letter to FTC about Google Books Privacy Issues

Posted in ARL Libraries, E-Books, Google and Other Search Engines, Privacy on April 28th, 2011

The Association of Research Libraries has sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission regarding Google Books privacy issues.

Here's an excerpt:

This consent order presents a unique opportunity to shape best practices in reader privacy for a major online service provider. The marketplaces for e-books and for book search are both in formative stages, and the standards adopted by Google can be highly influential for other market participants. We urge the Commission to confirm that reader privacy deserves the same respect in the online world that it has long demanded in the physical world by insisting on strong protections for reader privacy in the comprehensive privacy program.

Read more about it at "In Comments to FTC, ARL Suggests Privacy Oversight for Google Books."

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    Current News: Twitter Updates for 4/28/11

    Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on April 28th, 2011

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      Systems Librarian at Cleveland Museum of Art

      Posted in Library IT Jobs on April 28th, 2011

      The Cleveland Museum of Art is recruiting a Systems Librarian.

      Here's an excerpt from the ad:

      The museum’s IT department seeks a Systems Librarian to administer and maintain the museum’s library automation systems and archival collection management systems (currently including OCLC, the ExLibris applications suite, and a variety of open-source and custom LAMP applications), and maintain the library/archives website and local electronic resource repositories. He/She tracks technology advances and standards in library and information science, suggests appropriate solutions to improve the automated functionality of the library/archives, and leads implementation efforts. The Systems Librarian is part of the Information Technology team, and serves as the liaison between IT and the library/archives.

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        University of Virginia Library Launches Libra Institutional Repository

        Posted in ARL Libraries, Digital Repositories, Institutional Repositories on April 28th, 2011

        The University of Virginia Library has launched its Libra institutional repository.

        Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

        Save your work in perpetuity with a new tool called Libra. A joint project between ITC and the University Library System, and requested by the Faculty Senate, Libra allows any employee of the University who produces scholarly works to store their papers, and in the near future, theses and datasets, in a secure location. Libra was developed specifically as a repository for peer-reviewed, scholarly articles, although other works such as books may also be deposited, as long as sufficient rights have been retained by the authors.

        Read more about it at "LIBRA: University of Virginia's Hydra-based Fedora Repository for Open Access Materials."

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          Programmer/Systems Analyst at Historic New Orleans Collection

          Posted in Digital Library Jobs on April 27th, 2011

          The Historic New Orleans Collection is recruiting a Programmer/Systems Analyst.

          Here's an excerpt from the ad:

          Reports to the Director of Systems and is responsible for providing programming support as needed for the development of new and existing digital projects, as well as for the development of new functionality and features of The Collection’s website and online catalog .

          The programmer/systems analyst will assist the Digital Assets Manager in the design and implementation of digital asset repository technologies for digital preservation as well as the development of integrated digital exhibits on the institution’s website. The successful candidate will work with the Manager of Internet &Interactive Development to implement new functionalities into The Collection’s website. The position is responsible for researching, testing, making recommendations, designing and helping develop software solutions for The Collection’s collection management system, (MINT by MINISIS Inc.), digital preservation and institutional repositories, and web-based digital programs.

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            Institute of Museum and Library Services Issues "IMLS FY2011 Appropriations Allocation"

            Posted in Grants, Libraries, Museums on April 27th, 2011

            The Institute of Museum and Library Services has issued the "IMLS FY2011 Appropriations Allocation."

            Here's the announcement:

            In allocating the FY 11 appropriation, we have carefully reviewed our strategic priorities and our activities that have the greatest impact. IMLS supports a diverse portfolio of programs to meet the IMLS mission and bring high-quality library and museum services to the broadest possible public. In making these allocations IMLS balanced interests in supporting "what works" and also investing in "what's new" through innovation and research. In this way IMLS provides the leadership to help libraries and museums evolve their services to meet the public’s ever-changing needs for information and lifelong learning. In addition to making careful reductions to IMLS programs, we are also reducing our administrative budget and will be rigorously examining our operations for cost-efficiency measures.

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              Library Systems Analyst at California State University, Los Angeles’s John F. Kennedy Memorial Library

              Posted in Library IT Jobs on April 27th, 2011

              The California State University, Los Angeles's John F. Kennedy Memorial Library is recruiting a Library Systems Analyst. Salary Range: $4314-$8831 per month.

              Here's an excerpt from the ad (career, #100113 ):

              Under the general supervision of the Associate University Librarian, the incumbent is responsible for the administration, support, and ongoing maintenance of library technology for the Integrated Library Systems (ILS) at California State University, Los Angeles. responsibilities include: management and administration of all aspects of the ILS; advises the University Librarian; collaborates with the Library Information Technology Consultant, library web administrator, and electronic resources coordinator in library technology strategic planning and in the implementation of specialized library applications such as discovery layer technology, web applications and digital initiative; provides user support, performs assessment, research, and troubleshooting to resolve ILS related issues; assists in the investigation and implementation of new emerging technologies; and performs other duties as assigned.

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                NEH Office of Digital Humanities Awards 22 New Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

                Posted in Digital Humanities, Grants on April 27th, 2011

                The NEH Office of Digital Humanities has awarded 22 Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants.

                Here's an excerpt from the announcement.

                The Office of Digital Humanities is happy to announce twenty-two new awards from our Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant program from our October 5, 2010 deadline. These awards are part of a larger slate of 216 grants just announced by the NEH.

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