CLIR Gets Grant from Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to Study Data Curation Issues

Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Grants on April 12th, 2011

The Council on Library and Information Resources has received a $117,567 grant from Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to study data curation issues. CLIR's Digital Library Federation will administer the grant. Chuck Henry (CLIR), Rachel Frick (DLF), and Elliott Shore (Bryn Mawr College) will be the principal investigators.

Here's an excerpt from the press release:

Most graduate programs in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities are not well prepared to cultivate the data management skills of their students, or sometimes even to teach them why such skills are important to the survival of their fields of study. In every discipline, at least some professionals must come to grasp the complex demands related to the creation, access, reuse, and preservation of digital research data, which have been the purview of the library and information technology professions, and of schools of library, information, and computer science.

"Developing and maintaining skills in data curation must become central to the professional identities of specialists in each discipline if our educational institutions are to build robust, efficient, and appropriately integrated online environments for future research, teaching, and learning," said CLIR President Chuck Henry. "We are grateful to the Sloan Foundation for the opportunity to deepen our understanding of the landscape that is developing around digital curation practice and education."

The project will consist of three interrelated activities. The first will be an environmental scan of professional development needs, and of education and training opportunities for digital curation in the academy. The second will be an anthropological study of five sites where digital curation activities are under way. The third will be a report that analyzes the results of the two research efforts and includes a proposal, informed by the findings, for amending the curriculum for CLIR's Postdoctoral Fellowship in Academic Libraries program.

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Programmer/Analyst III at Thesaurus Linguae Graecae Project

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on April 12th, 2011

The Thesaurus Linguae Graecae Project at the University of California, Irvine is recruiting a Programmer/Analyst III. Salary: $57,936-$78,668.

Here's an excerpt from the ad (req no.: 2011-0095):

The Thesaurus Linguae Graecae Project (TLG) at the University of California, Irvine is currently seeking a Programmer/Analyst III to join its team. The TLG Project is Digital Library of Greek Literature containing one of the largest collections of electronic text in the world and covering almost all ancient Greek literary texts from Homer to the Byzantine period. The successful candidate will be primarily responsible for developing and maintaining web applications to search and retrieve the lexical and textual materials comprising the TLG digital library.

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NEH Humanities Collections and Reference Resources Grants Available

Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Digital Humanities, Digitization, Grants on April 12th, 2011

The National Endowment for the Humanities has announced the availability of Humanities Collections and Reference Resources grants. The maximum award is $350,000 (up to three years). The deadline is July 20, 2011.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

The Humanities Collections and Reference Resources program supports projects that provide an essential foundation for scholarship, education, and public programming in the humanities. Thousands of libraries, archives, museums, and historical organizations across the country maintain important collections of books and manuscripts, photographs, sound recordings and moving images, archaeological and ethnographic artifacts, art and material culture, and digital objects. Funding from this program strengthens efforts to extend the life of such materials and make their intellectual content widely accessible, often through the use of digital technology. Awards are also made to create various reference resources that facilitate use of cultural materials, from works that provide basic information quickly to tools that synthesize and codify knowledge of a subject for in-depth investigation.

Applications may be submitted for projects that address one or more of the following activities:

  • arranging and describing archival and manuscript collections;
  • cataloging collections of printed works, photographs, recorded sound, moving images, art, and material culture;
  • providing conservation treatment (including deacidification) for collections, leading to enhanced access;
  • digitizing collections;
  • preserving and improving access to born-digital sources;
  • developing databases, virtual collections, or other electronic resources to codify information on a subject or to provide integrated access to selected humanities materials;
  • creating encyclopedias;
  • preparing linguistic tools, such as historical and etymological dictionaries, corpora, and reference grammars (separate funding is available for endangered language projects in partnership with the National Science Foundation);
  • developing tools for spatial analysis and representation of humanities data, such as atlases and geographic information systems (GIS); and
  • designing digital tools to facilitate use of humanities resources.

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Cataloging and Metadata Librarian at Santa Clara University Library

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on April 11th, 2011

The Santa Clara University Library is recruiting a Cataloging and Metadata Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

This librarian will fill the newly redefined position of Cataloging and Metadata Librarian and play a significant role in the creation of new digital collections and the management of digitized and "born digital" content, managed by the Library. . . .

The successful candidate will be responsible for adapting national/international cataloging standards to the local environment; providing training and directing the work of paraprofessional staff and student employees; determining the best means for acquiring bibliographic records and/or metadata from vendors or other libraries/agencies and for monitoring contracted work of this type; working with other librarians to monitor evolving metadata standards for the creation of digital collections and a future institutional repository; and cataloging, supervising the cataloging of, or assisting in organizing for access and use, special materials, such as archives and manuscript collections.

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"JISC CETIS 2011 Informal Horizon Scan"

Posted in Emerging Technologies, Reports and White Papers on April 11th, 2011

JISC CETIS has released the "JISC CETIS 2011 Informal Horizon Scan."

Here's an excerpt:

This report outlines some technology trends and issues of interest and relevance to CETIS. It should be seen as a set of un-processed perceptions rather than the product of a formal process; a great deal of ground is not scanned in this paper and it should be understood that no formal prioritisation process was undertaken.

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Web Designer at Rutgers University Libraries

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on April 11th, 2011

The Rutgers University Libraries are recruiting a Web Designer.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reports to the Rutgers University Libraries IT Manager (Director of Integrated Information Systems (IIS)). Designs, develops, tests, and implements online solutions to support digital library initiatives following an established timeline. Works on multiple programming projects simultaneously, while maintaining a high level of work and meeting project deadlines. Designs and develops visual look-and-feel for webpages, mobile applications, and other online communication channels. Creates user interfaces for web applications based on accessibility and usability standards. Analyzes, validates, and improves existing solutions under the direction of the supervisor. Creates and updates documentation associated with programming projects that can be shared with other software designers and system administrators. Participates in testing of development projects, and actively participates in departmental, team, and committee meetings by sharing knowledge, learning from others, and training.

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OCLC Research Library Partnership to Launch in July 2011

Posted in OCLC, Research Libraries on April 11th, 2011

The OCLC Research Library Partnership will launch on 7/1/11.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

The OCLC Research Library Partnership is a new entity that will replace the RLG Partnership on 1 July 2011 and is a locus for OCLC's increased support of the research library community. It is an organization born out of the successful merger of RLG and OCLC in 2006, when expert staff from the two organizations were blended into one team with a combined effort directed toward supporting research libraries and archives. The merger created a venue where affiliated institutions could collectively identify, analyze, prioritize and design scalable solutions to shared information challenges. . . .

OCLC recognizes the valuable contribution that research libraries play in the cooperative and wants to provide a specific venue for engagement around shared issues. This venue is the OCLC Research Library Partnership, and it represents OCLC's renewed commitment to the research library community. OCLC's increased investment in the Partnership enables a significant reduction in the annual Partnership dues, which will, in turn, enable a greater range of institutions to participate in the Partnership in the future.

Read more about it at "Introducing the OCLC Research Library Partnership" and "OCLC Research Library Partnership Frequently Asked Questions."

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Coordinator of Information Technology (IT) Services at Birmingham Public Library

Posted in Library IT Jobs on April 10th, 2011

The Birmingham Public Library is recruiting a Coordinator of Information Technology (IT) Services. Salary range: $55,265.60-$63,897.60.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

This is a professional position requiring knowledge of library principles, practices and policies along with five years of supervisory experience with information systems management. The Coordinator for Information Technology (IT) administers, plans, and coordinates day-to-day operations of the IT Services Department of the Birmingham Public Library System. Work involves planning, organizing and directing all activities of personnel in the Library IT Department responsible for providing information systems and services to all Library locations; coordinates Data Processing functions including computer operations, development and maintenance of computer programs and information center; plans, budgets, staffs, operates and monitors systems to ensure satisfaction of user departments. Supervises all personnel assigned to the IT Department including Network System Administrators, PC/Network Technicians, Library Assistants and Clerks; develops operational budget, policies and procedure recommendations. Works under the general guidance and direction of the Associate Director.

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Open Access: Journal Tendering for Societies: A Brief Guide

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on April 10th, 2011

The Association for Learning Technology has released Journal Tendering for Societies: A Brief Guide.

Here's an excerpt:

Hundreds of societies publish journals in collaboration with publishers. Some may be considering how and whether to renegotiate or go out to tender. Some may be considering whether they can/should/wish to change the business model of the journal (e.g. by a move to Open Access). Other societies may be considering using an external publisher for the first time. This guide, based on our experience, is written for all of these. . . .

In mid October 2010 we issued a request for proposals (RFP) for a new publisher. We had interest from six publishers who asked questions about our intentions. We then received four proposals: one which offered an Open Access model only, one which offered both Open Access and conventional publishing as discrete alternatives, and two which offered approaches that included an Open Access component. Three of the proposals were from big publishers. After evaluating the proposals, ALT's Trustees decided in December 2010 to make the journal, which has been renamed Research in Learning Technology, a fully Open Access journal with effect from 1st January 2012.

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