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Text Creation Partnership Project Outreach Librarian at University of Michigan Library

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on June 9th, 2011

The University of Michigan Library is recruiting a Text Creation Partnership Project Outreach Librarian. Degree: ALA-accredited Master's degree, or an equivalent combination of a relevant advanced degree. Three year term-limited appointment with possibilities for extension.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

he University of Michigan Library and Oxford University Library have collaborated for several years with three corporate partners, ProQuest Information and Learning, Readex-Newsbank and Gale Cengage Learning, in an international effort to create structurally marked-up full-text transcriptions of early English and American printed books, dating from 1475 to 1800, on behalf of a large and growing academic consortium, the Text Creation Partnership (TCP) www.lib.umich.edu/tcp/. About 48,000 texts have been produced so far, towards a goal of 80,000, representing a substantial portion of the nearly 300,000 books contained in the subscription databases from which they are transcribed: Early English Books Online (EEBO), Evans Early American Imprints, and Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO). ProQuest, Readex, and Gale supply the page images; Michigan and Oxford oversee the keying and SGML/XML tagging; and the partner libraries own the resulting corpus. This is arguably the largest and most significant full-text project of its kind undertaken to date, not least in that it is being done under terms that reflect the needs and values of libraries and scholars. Through 2014, the primary focus of the TCP is to produce around 44,000 texts for a second phase of the EEBO-TCP partnership (the first phase, which ended in 2009, produced around 25,000 texts).

The Text Creation Partnership Project Outreach Librarian will be appointed as a Librarian (or equivalent professional classification) at the University Library and will work under the supervision of the Associate University Librarian for Publishing. The Outreach Librarian will be housed in the MPublishing division at the University of Michigan Library and will interact with a wide range of staff throughout the Library system. The University of Michigan is a national leader in digital library development and the Project Outreach Librarian will be working with skilled digital library and electronic publishing specialists as well as leading collection, service, and processing librarians at Michigan, Oxford, ProQuest, and the libraries funding and supporting the project.

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eBooks and eReaders in Public and Academic Libraries

Posted in E-Books on June 9th, 2011

The Poudre River Public Library, the Front Range Community College Library, and the Colorado State University Libraries have released eBooks and eReaders in Public and Academic Libraries.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

A joint Poudre River Public, Front Range Community College, and Colorado State University libraries committee has released a report on the state of eBooks and eReaders. The purpose of the study was to gain a better understanding of this rapidly-developing topic, and to make recommendations aimed at serving the customers of each library.

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Senior Technology Architect at Texas Digital Library

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on June 8th, 2011

The Texas Digital Library is recruiting a Senior Technology Architect. Salary: $7,500 per month, negotiable. Terminates on 08/31/2013.

Here's an excerpt from the ad (posting number: 11-06-07-01-9364):

Conceptualize, design, and lead the development of complex software systems deployed by the Texas Digital Library.

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"Evaluating Repository Annual Metrics for SCONUL"

Posted in Institutional Repositories, Research Libraries, Scholarly Metrics on June 8th, 2011

Gareth James Johnson has self-archived "Evaluating Repository Annual Metrics for SCONUL" in the Leicester Research Archive.

Here's an excerpt:

This report is a summarisation of the responses to a recent survey of the UKCoRR membership concerning the use of full-text downloads as a repository performance metric within the SCONUL annual statistical survey. It hopes to present a representative snapshot of the current opinions in this area from repository managers.

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Web Programmer/Jr Network Administrator at UC Davis University Library

Posted in Digital Library Jobs, Library IT Jobs on June 8th, 2011

The UC Davis University Library is recruiting a Web Programmer/Jr Network Administrator Salary: $3,316.00-$5,637.00/mo.

Here's an excerpt from the ad (requisition number: 03005527):

Under general supervision, reporting to the Unix Administrator, perform routine system and network administration tasks such as provisioning resources, monitoring availability, and troubleshooting access. Participate in special projects such as evaluating and designing solutions for systems projects and data migrations. Evaluate and implement open source programs and design advanced solutions to diverse problems. Provide support to other Systems Department projects by coding, debugging and testing programs, and updates existing programs to support software and hardware upgrades. Provide technical support for digital library initiatives. Function as an advanced web developer on the Web Services Team which is responsible for designing and influencing standards for coding and documenting of library web pages. Maintain current and accurate configuration tables for the Integrated Library System OPAC (Aleph), and link resolver (SFX).

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UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council Implements Open Access Policy

Posted in Open Access on June 8th, 2011

The UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council is implementing an open access policy. The EPSRC is "the main UK government agency for funding research and training in engineering and the physical sciences, investing more than £850 million a year in a broad range of subjects—from mathematics to materials science, and from information technology to structural engineering."

Here's an excerpt from the policy:

EPSRC Council has agreed to mandate open access publication, with the proviso that academics should be able to choose the approach best suited to their field of research. This mandate is now being implemented: EPSRC requires authors to comply with this mandate and ensure that all published research articles arising from EPSRC-sponsored research, and which are submitted for publication on or after 1st September 2011, must become available on an Open Access basis through any appropriate route. As now, publication costs may be recovered either as 'directly incurred costs' (if incurred before the end date of the relevant research project) or as indirect costs (and hence factored into the fEC indirect cost rate for the relevant research organisation).

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