Systems Engineer at Johns Hopkins University

Posted in Library IT Jobs on February 22nd, 2011

The Johns Hopkins University's Sheridan Libraries are recruiting a Systems Engineer.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Systems Engineer will provide systems administration and, to a lesser extent, programming support for the Systems department's multi-platform—primarily Linux, but also some Windows and Solaris—environment. This position will support services provided by the Systems department, including, but not limited to, library catalog, search interface, federated search tools, library web sites, blogs, file and print shares, desktop applications and mobile interfaces. The Systems department shares server infrastructure with Digital Research and Curation Center (DRCC), and collaborates closely with DRCC systems administrator.

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    "Eprints Institutional Repository Software: A Review"

    Posted in Digital Repositories, EPrints, Institutional Repositories on February 22nd, 2011

    Mike Beazley has published "Eprints Institutional Repository Software: A Review" in latest issue of Partnership: the Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Research.

    Here's an excerpt:

    Setting up an institutional repository (IR) can be a daunting task. There are many software packages out there, some commercial, some open source, all of which offer different features and functionality. This article will provide some thoughts about one of these software packages: Eprints. Eprints is open-source, and the software is easy to modify. This presents clear advantages for institutions will smaller budgets and that have programmers on staff.

    Installation and initial configuration are straightforward and once the IR is up and running, users can easily upload documents by filling out a simple web form. Eprints is an excellent choice for any institution looking to get an IR up and running quickly and easily, although it is less clear that an institution with an existing IR based on another software package should migrate to Eprints.

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      "Comments Submitted to the U.S. Copyright Office Regarding Pre-1972 Sound Recordings"

      Posted in Copyright on February 21st, 2011

      Kenneth D. Crews has self-archived "Comments Submitted to the U.S. Copyright Office Regarding Pre-1972 Sound Recordings" in SSRN.

      Here's an excerpt:

      The U.S. Copyright Office solicited comments regarding the possibility of extending federal copyright protection to sound recordings fixed before February 15, 1972. Such recordings may have some state or common law copyright protection, but most are in the public domain. These comments outline some of the complications in lawmaking that often result from extending protection to works that were previously available to the public without copyright protection. Lessons are derived from such examples as the creation of new protection for architectural works and the restoration of foreign works.

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        Director of Library Digital Services and Systems at Roberts Wesleyan College

        Posted in Library IT Jobs on February 21st, 2011

        The Roberts Wesleyan College's B. Thomas Golisano Library is recruiting a Director of Library Digital Services and Systems.

        Here's an excerpt from the ad:

        Roberts Wesleyan College invites applications for a full-time, 11-month Director of Library Digital Services & Systems, available immediately. This academic support faculty position is responsible to the Director of Library Services for leadership in selecting/developing, implementing, managing, maintaining, and assessing the library's digital services and systems. Responsibilities include providing leadership and advice regarding selection of the library's services and systems software; maintaining and managing the software and serving as liaison to the vendors; and managing access to and use of the library's electronic information resources, including reference and e-books/collections. In addition, the Director of Library Digital Systems and Services will serve as the primary liaison with the Information Technology Services (ITS) staff in maintaining and upgrading technology in multiple areas of the library; will coordinate with ITS, Creative Services, and the library faculty in maintaining and enhancing the library web site; and will strive to learn emerging technologies and technology-based strategies that enhance research, learning, and patron service.

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          Current News: Twitter Updates for 2/21/11

          Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on February 21st, 2011

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            Digital Technologies Librarian at Springfield College

            Posted in Digital Library Jobs on February 21st, 2011

            The Springfield College Library is recruiting a Digital Technologies Librarian.

            Here's an excerpt from the ad:

            This position has responsibility for the planning, maintaining, and troubleshooting all aspects of the technology infrastructure that supports Babson Library digital resources; works closely with all library managers to determine needs, maintain systems, and provide advice on emerging technologies; works closely with members of the Public Services Dept., ITS Dept. and vendors to assure digital services meet the needs of Springfield College students and faculty; works closely with the SC webmaster.

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              Larry Alford Named as Chief Librarian of University of Toronto Libraries

              Posted in ARL Libraries, People in the News on February 21st, 2011

              Larry Alford has been named as the Chief Librarian of the University of Toronto Libraries.

              Here's an excerpt from the press release:

              Larry Alford, vice-provost for libraries, university librarian and dean of university libraries at Temple University in Philadelphia had been named to succeed Chief Librarian Carol Moore. He will take up his post no later than Aug. 1; the appointment ends June 30, 2018.

              Alford has a long and distinguished library career. Prior to joining Temple in 2005, he spent 30 years with his alma mater, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While at North Carolina, he served in a variety of positions, including deputy university librarian and interim university librarian.

              At Temple, he was responsible for a library system that includes the five libraries of the Paley library system, the Ginsburg Health Sciences Library, and the Podiatric Medicine Library and also for the Temple University Press which publishes approximately 60 scholarly monographs per year. During his tenure there, he has led a transformation of the Temple library system.

              His engagement in numerous library operations, including the development of print and electronic collections, library services, and the renovation and building of libraries, has resulted in a superb vision for research libraries in the 21st Century. Alford has a lengthy and successful record of leadership in co-operative activities among libraries, first in North Carolina and then nationally and globally, culminating in his chairing for the last four years the board of trustees of OCLC (Online Computer Library Center), a global library cooperative that serves 72,000 libraries. . . .

              He earned both his bachelor’s degree and his MLS at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and he received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the School of Information and Library Science in May 2005.

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                "Bibliographic Indeterminacy and the Scale of Problems and Opportunities of ‘Rights’ in Digital Collection Building"

                Posted in Copyright, Digitization, Public Domain on February 20th, 2011

                The Council on Library and Information Resources has released "Bibliographic Indeterminacy and the Scale of Problems and Opportunities of 'Rights' in Digital Collection Building" as the first paper in its new "Ruminations" series.

                Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                CLIR has launched a new publication series, "Ruminations." The series will feature short research papers and essays that bring new perspective to issues related to planning for and managing organizational and institutional change in the evolving digital environment for scholarship and teaching.

                We inaugurate the new series with a report by John P. Wilkin that posits the scope of works in the public domain and probable extent of orphan works in our research library collections, based on an analysis of the HathiTrust book corpus. The question of rights status is critical since it governs how works can be used or reused, especially in the digital environment.

                Recent research shows that HathiTrust's collection—which currently holds more than 5 million digitized books—is highly representative of research library collections. On this premise, Wilkin has analyzed HathiTrust's holdings and drawn preliminary conclusions about the proportion of works that are in-copyright, in the public domain, or are orphans—that is, works whose holders cannot be located.

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