Assistant Dean, University Library Systems at University of South Alabama

Posted in Library IT Jobs on January 30th, 2011

The University of South Alabama Library is recruiting an Assistant Dean, University Library Systems.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

This is a twelve month library management position reporting to the Dean of University Libraries with the following responsibilities:

  • Oversees the University Libraries networked and microcomputer applications, including the ExLibris Voyager integrated automation system, print/copying system, and thin-client public workstations
  • Responsible for report generation and analyses, security profiles for operators
  • Manages University Library computer labs
  • Acts as liaison to library vendors
  • Collaborates with library staff regarding all computer hardware, software, network/telecommunication needs
  • Supervises two full-time staff
  • Coordinates related staff training and continuing education
  • Works closely with staff in the Computer Services and Telecommunications department
  • Responsible for identifying emerging technologies that will enhance library services

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    "Highlights from the SOAP Project Survey. What Scientists Think about Open Access Publishing"

    Posted in Open Access, Publishing on January 30th, 2011

    Suenje Dallmeier-Tiessen et al. have self-archived "Highlights from the SOAP Project Survey. What Scientists Think about Open Access Publishing" in arXiv.org.

    Here's an excerpt:

    The SOAP (Study of Open Access Publishing) project has run a large-scale survey of the attitudes of researchers on, and the experiences with, open access publishing. Around forty thousands answers were collected across disciplines and around the world, showing an overwhelming support for the idea of open access, while highlighting funding and (perceived) quality as the main barriers to publishing in open access journals. This article serves as an introduction to the survey and presents this and other highlights from a preliminary analysis of the survey responses. To allow a maximal re-use of the information collected by this survey, the data are hereby released under a CC0 waiver, so to allow libraries, publishers, funding agencies and academics to further analyse risks and opportunities, drivers and barriers, in the transition to open access publishing.

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      Twitter Updates for 1/29/11

      Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on January 28th, 2011

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        Twitter Updates for 1/28/11

        Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on January 27th, 2011

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          Coordinator of Digital Operations at the University of Houston

          Posted in Digital Library Jobs on January 27th, 2011

          The University of Houston Libraries are recruiting a Coordinator of Digital Operations. Salary: $52,000-$56,000.

          Here's an excerpt from the ad:

          Reporting to the Head of Digital Services, the Coordinator of Digital Operations explores, adapts and supports library information technologies for digital projects, including the application of standards, metadata, discovery interfaces, workflow design, production coordination, and quality controls appropriate to specific projects. Collaborates and coordinates with other staff, committees and other departments to shepherd digital projects from inception to completion, and develops policies and workflow for digital collections. Supervises the work of 1 Metadata Specialist, 1 Digital Photograph Technician, student workers and library student interns. Provides training and assistance to others in the department supporting metadata services; and participates in local, state and national metadata initiatives, including the metadata working group of the Texas Digital Library.

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            Three Chapters from Access-Right: The Future of Digital Copyright Law

            Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars on January 27th, 2011

            Zohar Efroni has self-archived three chapters from Access-Right: The Future of Digital Copyright Law in SSRN.

            • "Access." Here's an excerpt:

              This chapter scrutinizes the notion of "access to information" and attempts to translate it into a vocabulary property law can process and analyze. It turns out that very little about "access to information" as a property concept is self-explanatory.

            • "The Digital Reproduction Right." Here's an excerpt:

              It shall be posited that and explained why the reproduction right belongs to past chapters in copyright law's evolution; it has grown evidently unsuitable to lead the copyright system into the digital future.

            • "Anticircumvention Laws." Here's an excerpt:

              This chapter provides a broad overview and analysis on anticircumvention laws in the U.S. and Europe. . . . The statutory anticircumvention texts reviewed in this chapter do not provide straightforward answers to the nexus problem, that is, the relationship between anticircumvention bans and conventional copyright infringement.

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              Associate Librarian, Technology Initiatives at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

              Posted in Digital Library Jobs, Library IT Jobs on January 27th, 2011

              The Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center is recruiting an Associate Librarian, Technology Initiatives.

              Here's an excerpt from the ad (job ID: 22467 )

              The Associate Librarian, Technology Initiatives (ALTI) reports to the Director of Library Services and is responsible for providing leadership and expertise in designing, developing, and supporting the library's virtual presence, in particular, Synapse, a database and web interface to publications by MSK authors. This role also evaluates and assesses new and emerging technologies/applications to ensure the ongoing development of a state-of-the-art library and client services. Additionally, you will direct planning efforts for all software, systems and resources required for Library technology products, manage the collection & analysis of database and website usage metrics and reports, and create & implement a usability program to support Synapse, Library Website and related Library Services.

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                Over 1,000 DSpace Repositories in about 100 Countries Registered

                Posted in Digital Repositories, DSpace, DuraSpace, Institutional Repositories on January 27th, 2011

                There are now over 1,000 known DSpace repositories.

                Here's an excerpt from the DuraSpace announcement

                The DSpace user community has reached a major milestone. There are now over 1000 known instances of DSpace installed in almost 100 different countries worldwide. DSpace continues to be the most popular repository solution, with well over a third of the known institutional repositories using the DSpace software. Each month over the last year, the DSpace registry has added between 20-30 new repositories. Check out "Who's Using DSpace" to see the complete list. . . .

                Over the last year, DSpace repositories were launched in 25 new countries, including: Bulgaria, Cameroon, Cyprus, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Malawi, Malta, Mozambique, Nepal, Poland, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Romania, Senegal, Serbia, Sri Lanka, Tansania, Uruguay, Zambia.

                The countries that had the largest increase in the number of DSpace repositories were: Japan +33, Taiwan +28, USA +16, Spain +13, Brazil +12, Ecuador +11, China +10, Portugal +10, Ukraine +10, South Africa +8, Thailand +7, Vietnam +7.

                Also of interest is the number of highly ranked DSpace repositories listed in the January 2011 edition of the Ranking Web of World Repositories.

                Here's an excerpt from the DuraSpace announcement

                In overall, DSpace’s presence among the top 100 listed repositories has grown tremendously, with 51 repositories listed now, compared to 41 in July 2010, 45 in January 2010 and 43 in January 2009.

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