"Open Access Institutional Archives: A Quantitative Study (2006-2010)"

Posted in Open Access on August 24th, 2011

Bhaskar Mukherjee and Mohammad Nazim have published "Open Access Institutional Archives: A Quantitative Study (2006-2010)" in the DESIDOC Journal of Library & Information Technology.

Here's an excerpt:

Open access publishing is growing in importance, and, in parallel, the role of institutional archives has come to the forefront of discussion within the library community. The present study is an attempt to analyse the present trend of institutional archives worldwide. The factual data of each individual repository was collected from various Directories of Institutional Repositories by using survey method. Data was analysed in terms of quantity of institutional archives increased during last six years, countrywise contents of institutional archives, types of materials archived, subject coverage, software used, language of interface of institutional archives, host domains, and policy of institutional archives. The results of the study suggest healthy growth in terms of quantity of institutional archives' increase worldwide, however, the development is more prevalent in developed countries than developing countries. The subject analysis of the institutional archives indicates that the contributors in the field of health and medicine are more interested to submit their materials in repositories. Currently the institutional archives mostly house traditional (print-oriented) scholarly publications and grey literature, using DSpace software and most of these materials were of English language. However, the policy of content inclusion, submission and preservation is yet to be well defined in institutional archives.

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Digital Projects and Outreach Librarian at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill University Library

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on August 23rd, 2011

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill University Library is recruiting a Digital Projects and Outreach Librarian. Degree: "ALA-accredited MLS or Master's degree in history, museum studies, public history, American studies or related discipline."

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill University Library seeks an experienced, creative, and collaborative individual for the position of Digital Projects and Outreach Librarian for the North Carolina Collection (NCC) Gallery. Located in the Louis Round Wilson Special Collections Library, the NCC Gallery offers exhibitions and related programs that interpret North Carolina history, literature, and culture.

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"Extracting, Transforming and Archiving Scientific Data"

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on August 23rd, 2011

Daniel Lemire and Andre Vellin have self-archived "Extracting, Transforming and Archiving Scientific Data" in arXiv.org.

Here's an excerpt:

It is becoming common to archive research datasets that are not only large but also numerous. In addition, their corresponding metadata and the software required to analyse or display them need to be archived. Yet the manual curation of research data can be difficult and expensive, particularly in very large digital repositories, hence the importance of models and tools for automating digital curation tasks. The automation of these tasks faces three major challenges: (1) research data and data sources are highly heterogeneous, (2) future research needs are difficult to anticipate, (3) data is hard to index. To address these problems, we propose the Extract, Transform and Archive (ETA) model for managing and mechanizing the curation of research data. Specifically, we propose a scalable strategy for addressing the research-data problem, ranging from the extraction of legacy data to its long-term storage. We review some existing solutions and propose novel avenues of research.

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Current News: Twitter Updates for 8/23/11

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

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Digital Scholarship Librarian at Haverford College Library

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on August 23rd, 2011

The Haverford College Library is recruiting a Digital Scholarship Librarian. Degree: "One of the following: M.S., M.L.S., or M.A."

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Participates in the development of digital projects and collections by providing a full range of reference, instruction, and collection development/management, and metadata services for all areas of digital scholarship. Provides for the development, long term stewardship and access to the Library's local digital collections by working collaboratively with faculty, subject specialists, students, and college staff to identify, evaluate and accession materials of significant cultural, academic or historical value. Supports and serves as a resource to colleagues in developing digital projects. Contributes to and supports the digital and online presence of the Library through the investigation, implementation and enhancement of tools that assist with research, instruction and scholarship. Participates in Web-development team. Actively participates in and contributes to the Tri-College Technology Advisory Group. Reports to Coordinator for Digital Scholarship and Services.

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Single Search: The Quest for the Holy Grail

Posted in Electronic Resources, Reports and White Papers on August 23rd, 2011

OCLC Research has released Single Search: The Quest for the Holy Grail .

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

This report highlights successful strategies in providing a single point of access to library, archive and museum collections. . . .

To address this desire, OCLC Research facilitated a working group of nine single search implementers through discussions about the opportunities for, and obstacles to, integrating single search access across an institution. Members of this group told their stories, identified issues, and acknowledged similarities and differences in their approaches. This brief report summarizes those discussions and highlights the emerging practices in providing single search access to an institution's collections. The goal of the report is to foster successful single search implementations by sharing the experience of the working group with those who are just beginning to plan single search implementations

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Senior Systems Administrator at Wake Forest University’s Z. Smith Reynolds Library

Posted in Library IT Jobs on August 22nd, 2011

Wake Forest University's Z. Smith Reynolds Library is recruiting a Senior Systems Administrator. Degree: "Bachelor's degree with specialized training in the field of information technology."

Here's an excerpt from the ad (tracking code: 638-141):

The Senior Systems Administrator manages key information systems for the Library that support the academic needs of students, faculty and staff. Performs system administration including: system design, development, testing, implementation and regular system maintenance in a cloud-based environment. Consults and collaborates with staff and faculty on library Information Technology initiatives. Reports to the Assistant Director, Technology Services.

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ARL Executive Director Charles B. Lowry Announces His Retirement

Posted in ARL Libraries, People in the News on August 22nd, 2011

Association of Research Libraries Executive Director Charles B. Lowry has announced his retirement.

Here's an excerpt from the press release:

Charles B. Lowry has announced that he will retire from his position as Executive Director of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) at the end of December 2012. By announcing his retirement plans now, Lowry provides the ARL Board of Directors with time for a search and a seamless transition of leadership.

Lowry was appointed Executive Director in 2008 for a three-year term, which was extended for an additional two years at the request of the ARL Board. He has led ARL through significant expansion in membership and renewal of its strategic plan. During his tenure, ARL's capacities and offerings have been strengthened and expanded. Guided by Lowry's leadership, the Association:

  • gained three new members—University of Calgary, University of Ottawa, and the US National Archives and Records Administration;
  • renewed its strategic plan twice;
  • led the reshaping of the Library Copyright Alliance;
  • navigated the difficult economic downturn that began in 2008;
  • expanded ARL's Public Policies capacity, a vital strategic direction; and
  • conducted successful searches to replace three highly accomplished senior staff essential to the Association's mission.

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Current News: Twitter Updates for 8/22/11

Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on August 22nd, 2011

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Web Services and Emerging Technologies Librarian at Coastal Carolina University’s Kimbel Library

Posted in Library IT Jobs on August 22nd, 2011

Coastal Carolina University's Kimbel Library is recruiting a Web Services and Emerging Technologies Librarian. Degree: "MLIS degree or equivalent from an ALA-accredited school."

Here's an excerpt from the ad (department: LIBR – Library Services)

Reporting to the Head of Library Technology and Systems, this twelve month, tenure-track position at either the assistant or associate level, will serve as the primary developer and administrator for the Library website, web applications, social media, and mobile interfaces, and will coordinate and oversee ongoing development of the Library's website and web services.

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Library of Congress Releases Recollection Software for Creating Dynamic Interfaces to Cultural Heritage Collections

Posted in Open Source Software on August 22nd, 2011

The Library of Congress has released the open source Recollection software for creating dynamic interfaces to cultural heritage collections.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

We are happy to announce the full open source release of the Recollection software platform. Briefly, Recollection is a web application that enables librarians, archivists, curators, and historians to create dynamic interfaces to cultural heritage collections. If you are unfamiliar with the project, I blogged about how you can use the tool to explore cultural heritage collections last month. If you think Recollection might be useful to your organization, we encourage you to take a minute to request an account for the beta instance of the tool. . . .

You can find the source code on the loc-recollect project page on sourceforge. If you are curious about what it would take for you to set up the software you can take a look at the readme file which has some basic documentation for getting started.

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Systems Librarian at Franklin University Library

Posted in Library IT Jobs on August 21st, 2011

The Franklin University Library is recruiting a Systems Librarian. Degree: "Master's degree in Library Science from an ALA -accredited program."

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Franklin University in Columbus, Ohio is seeking a Systems Librarian who can manage and administer all III/Millennium operations. This includes all record loads, backups, software upgrades, password authorizations and database management. This person will design, develop, implement and maintain the library web presence in collaboration with university personnel and library colleagues. This individual serves as a business analyst to determine technologies needed for current system optimization and future planning and projects. In addition, this person will lead special projects, such as; the development of new record load tables, authentication integration and/or redesign and OPAC enhancements.

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