Twitter Updates for 2/3/11

Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on February 3rd, 2011

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    Systems Librarian at Southern Connecticut State University

    Posted in Library IT Jobs on February 3rd, 2011

    Southern Connecticut State University's Library Services is recruiting a Systems Librarian.

    Here's an excerpt from the ad:

    The Systems Librarian provides leadership for planning, implementing, and managing library systems, digital services, and information technologies; serves on a variety of internal and external committees; maintains the library website and other library systems, and provides staff technology training. The Systems Librarian also works at the reference desk and serves as liaison to one or more academic departments, providing subject-specific instruction, creating instructional materials and developing collections.

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      Europeana Libraries Project Will Add 5 Million Digital Objects to Europeana

      Posted in Digital Libraries, Mass Digitizaton, Open Access, Research Libraries on February 3rd, 2011

      Europeana has launched the Europeana Libraries Project.

      Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

      Work begins this week to add over 5 million digital objects, ranging from Spanish civil war photographs and handwritten letters from philosopher Immanuel Kant, to Europeana from 19 of Europe's leading research and university libraries.

      The project is called Europeana Libraries and it will put many of these treasures online for the first time. It will also add extensive collections from Google Books, theses, dissertations and open-access journal articles to the 15 million items amassed in Europeana to date. Providers include some of Europe's most prestigious universities and research institutes, including the University of Oxford's Bodleian Library, Trinity College Dublin and Lund University.

      The assembled objects span centuries of European history. Manuscripts from Serbia date back as far as 1206 and relate to the Ottoman Empire's European territories. Written in Arabic, Ottoman Turkish and Persian, they are being digitised by the University Library of Belgrade. There will also be significant film additions. Footage of talks from 10 Nobel prize winners will be contributed by the University of Vienna and the Wellcome Trust Library in London will add 900 clips from medical science films produced over the past 100 years.

      Europeana Libraries is notable not only for the content it will make available online but also because this project brings together national, research and university libraries under one umbrella, to make their materials available via Europeana.

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        More Than 80% Energy Savings from Tiered Disk Storage Strategy: Planet Filestore: Final Report

        Posted in Reports and White Papers on February 2nd, 2011

        JISC has released Planet Filestore:Final Report.

        Here's an excerpt:

        Findings

        • By holding the majority of user files on storage which consumes lower amounts of energy, and which is accessed and backed-up less frequently, there were significant percentage energy (and financial) savings. Modelling indicates that moving 80% of files from RAID10 tier 1 storage to nonmirrored RAID5 tier 2 storage results in a 72% energy saving.
        • Cardiff University’s environment, 93% of files were not modified more than 60 days after they were first created. This means that tiered storage would benefit our environment significantly, with an 82% energy saving.
        • Hardware manufacturers' energy consumption statements were experimentally found to be a reasonable guide to maximum power consumption. This is useful to know when using modelling tools.
        • Idle disks may consume almost as much (approximately 90%) energy as busy disks. This means that unless a storage array has "spin-down" features, it is best to add disk capacity only as and when needed.

        Read more about it at "Moving Files, Saving Energy."

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          Digital Archivist at Columbia University

          Posted in Digital Library Jobs on February 2nd, 2011

          The Columbia University Libraries are recruiting a Digital Archivist.

          Here's an excerpt from the ad (requisition number: 0001678):

          The Columbia University Rare Book & Manuscript Library (RBML) seeks a skilled and accomplished electronic records archivist to help design and implement a curatorial and archival program for born-digital materials. While this position is in the RBML, it will work with all of Columbia's special collections units in developing and coordinating a robust and consistent archival program for born digital materials.

          Reporting to the Curator of Manuscripts and University Archivist, the Digital Archivist is responsible for identifying and managing born digital content in RBML collections.

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            Twitter Updates for 2/2/11

            Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on February 2nd, 2011

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              Senior Manager for Web Initiatives at New York Public Library

              Posted in Digital Library Jobs, Library IT Jobs on February 2nd, 2011

              The New York Public Library is recruiting a Senior Manager for Web Initiatives.

              Here's an excerpt from the ad:

              The Senior Manager will have the following core areas of responsibility:

              • Directly responsible for NYPL.org, Digital Gallery, and the Library Intranet (LAIR).
              • Responsible for working with stakeholders from all parts of the Library (including Library Sites and Services, the Research Libraries, ITG, Communications, Marketing, Collections, EPE, Finance and Legal) to implement Web Projects, Evaluate their usability and impact, and continuously improve them.
              • Projects Include:
                • Public Interfaces of the NYPL Web Catalog (with the ILS team)
                • Digital Humanities projects (maps, menus) and on-line exhibitions
                • eAdvocacy
                • Migration of legacy content
                • Client requests for Website improvements
              • Chiefly responsible for implementing the Research Library 2.0 on-line Strategy, by overseeing the design and implementation of opt-in public profiles, social sharing layer, exposure of collections through APIs, and enabling crowdsourcing.
              • Oversees the implementation of the agile product management framework for the Library's Digital Staff.
              • Manages the continuous improvement of all Web Interfaces through design and development in response to patron and staff needs.
              • Analyzes patterns of Web use and develops strategies for increasing and optimizing traffic.
              • Partners with ITG to keep all sites up and running. This includes Security, Module, Code updates, and Bug Tracking.
              • Pitches the Steering Committee for funding and reports on business results.
              • Works with the Digital Project Mangers to allocate and Manage Developers  time across Digital Projects including those led by others (e.g. repository,certain ILS projects).  

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                Open Access: Report on the Implementation of Open Content Licenses in Developing and Transition Countries

                Posted in Creative Commons/Open Licenses, Digital Repositories, Open Access, Reports and White Papers, Scholarly Journals on February 2nd, 2011

                The EIFL-OA advocacy program has released Report on the Implementation of Open Content Licenses in Developing and Transition Countries.

                Here's an excerpt:

                The survey attempted to gather information from a broad spectrum of research institutions in developing and transition countries in order to get a better understanding of the current state of the implementation of open content licenses. We looked at the web sites of 2,489 open access journals and 357 open access repositories from EIFL network countries. And this report highlights the best practices in using open content licenses by open access journals and open access repositories in developing and transition countries.

                Some general findings of the survey:

                Using open content licenses by open access journals:

                • We identified 556 open access journals that are licensed under open content licenses.
                • There are four types of Creative Commons licenses, which are used – the most liberal Creative Commons Attribution license, Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial license, Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial Share Alike license and the most restrictive Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial No Derivative Works license.
                • 94% of the access journals we surveyed are licensed under Creative Commons Attribution license (524 open access journals in Armenia, Bulgaria, China, Egypt, Lithuania, Macedonia, Nigeria, Poland, Russia, South Africa and Thailand).
                • Nine open access journals in China, Russia and South Africa are licensed under Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial license.
                • Three open access journals in Ghana, Nigeria and Ukraine are licensed under Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial Share Alike license.
                • And twenty open access journals in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Estonia, Serbia, South Africa, Thailand and Ukraine are licensed under Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial No Derivative Works license.

                Using open content licenses by open access repositories:

                • We identified nine open access repositories that are licensed under open content licenses.
                • A repository of open educational materials in South Africa is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution license
                • A repository of open educational materials in Kenya is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license.
                • One repository in China, two repositories in Poland and two repositories in Thailand are licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Non-commercial-Share Alike license.
                • A repository in South Africa is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial license.
                • A repository hosted in Argentina is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial No Derivative Works license.
                • Some repositories in Botswana, Poland and South Africa recommend the depositors to use Creative Commons licenses. As a result a number of publications in these repositories are licensed under Creative Commons licenses.

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