Systems Librarian/Instructor at McNeese State University’s Frazar Memorial Library

Posted in Library IT Jobs on April 6th, 2011

McNeese State University's Frazar Memorial Library is recruiting a Systems Librarian/Instructor (position readvertised).

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Systems Librarian/Instructor reports to the Library Director and provides leadership for planning, implementing, and managing library systems, digital services, and information technologies; cataloging department operations including the supervision of cataloging department staff; serves on a variety of internal and external committees; and provides staff technology training. The Systems Librarian/Instructor serves as liaison to one or more academic departments and serves as the Library’s LOUIS System Administrator.

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    Open Access: What You Need to Know Now

    Posted in Open Access on April 6th, 2011

    ALA Editions has released Open Access: What You Need to Know Now by Walt Crawford.

    Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

    Crawford helps readers understand what OA is (and isn't), as he concisely

    • Analyzes the factors that have brought us to the current state of breakdown, including the skyrocketing costs of science, technology, engineering, and medicine (STEM) journals; consolidation of publishers and diminishing price competition; and shrinking library budgets
    • Summarizes the benefits and drawbacks of different OA models, such as "Green," "Gold," Gratis," "Libre," and various hybrid forms
    • Discusses ways to retain peer-review, and methods for managing OA in the library, including making OA scholarly publishing available to the general public

    Peter Suber said of the book:

    Walt Crawford has done something difficult and useful. He's written a short, accurate, independent introduction to open access. I recommend it to researchers and libraries everywhere, and hope it corrects misunderstandings that have held back this good idea for years.

    An excerpt of the book is available.

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        Library Technology Specialist at Canisius College’s Andrew L. Bouwhuis Library

        Posted in Library IT Jobs on April 6th, 2011

        Canisius College's Andrew L. Bouwhuis Library is recruiting a Library Technology Specialist.

        Here's an excerpt from the ad:

        Responsibilities:

        • Support the administration of the integrated online library system.
        • Support the library’s digital services, including website maintenance and web OPAC, online databases and campus portal.
        • Provide support to other online library systems as needed.
        • Support patron access to digital resources. Provide training and support for staff and be the point of contact for digital resource vendors.
        • Plan and implement website and digital resources usability studies.
        • Share in the management, oversight and contribution to the library’s social networking, mobile and electronic presence.

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          Peter Suber Wins 2011 L. Ray Patterson Copyright Award

          Posted in ALA, Copyright, Open Access, People in the News on April 6th, 2011

          Peter Suber has been named as the winner of the 2011 L. Ray Patterson Copyright Award by ALA's Office for Information Technology Policy's Copyright Advisory Subcommittee.

          Here's an excerpt from the press release:

          The annual award recognizes contributions of an individual or group that pursues and supports the Constitutional purpose of the U.S. Copyright Law, fair use and the public domain. The award is named after L. Ray Patterson, a key legal figure who explained and justified the importance of the public domain and fair use. Fair use is a key exception of the copyright law that allows for the use of a copyright without prior authorization and helps to promote learning, new creativity, scholarship and criticism.

          Professor Suber is being recognized for his work in the open access movement that began in academia in response to increasing costs of scholarly journals. His goal is to provide free, public access to scientific information for the public good as well as provide an alternative venue for scientific publishing, one outside of the price-inflated research journal marketplace. Suber is a professor of philosophy at Earlham College, a senior researcher at Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), and a Fellow at Harvard University Library’s Office for Scholarly Communication. He also is member of the Board of Enabling Open Scholarshipand serves as Open Access Project Director at Public Knowledge.

          Among his colleagues in our nation's capital, Suber is regarded as a leader in the quest to protect open access.

          "There is no greater champion for open access than Peter Suber," Gigi B. Sohn, president and co-founder of Public Knowledge, said."The open access concept — that the public should have access to research that is paid for with tax dollars — may seem to be common sense, but it is not widely accepted in Washington. Peter has led a multi-year crusade to implement the idea, often in the face of determined corporate opposition. The American Library Association chose well in selecting Peter for this splendid award."

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            "DataStaR: A Data Sharing and Publication Infrastructure to Support Research"

            Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Metadata on April 5th, 2011

            Gail Steinhart has published "DataStaR: A Data Sharing and Publication Infrastructure to Support Research" in AgInfo Worldwide.

            Here's an excerpt:

            DataStaR, a Data Staging Repository (http://datastar.mannlib.cornell.edu/) in development at Cornell University's Albert R. Mann Library (Ithaca, New York USA), is intended to support collaboration and data sharing among researchers during the research process, and to promote publishing or archiving data and high-quality metadata to discipline-specific data centers and/or institutional repositories. Researchers may store and share data with selected colleagues, select a repository for data publication, create high quality metadata in the formats required by external repositories and Cornell's institutional repository, and obtain help from data librarians with any of these tasks. To facilitate cross-domain interoperability and flexibility in metadata management, we employ semantic web technologies as part of DataStaR's metadata infrastructure. This paper describes the overall design of the system, the work to date with Cornell researchers and their data sets, and possibilities for extending DataStaR for use in international agriculture research.

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              Head of Digital, Reformatting & Vendor Services at Yale University Library

              Posted in Digital Library Jobs on April 5th, 2011

              The Yale University Library is recruiting a Head of Digital, Reformatting & Vendor Services (three-year term).

              Here's an excerpt from the ad (STARS requisition number: 12617BR):

              Under the direction of the Director, Preservation Department and Chief Preservation Officer, the Head of Digital, Reformatting & Vendor Services (DRVS) plans and directs the activities of DRVS, including, but not limited to: microfilming, scanning text and conversion of audio and visual materials; overseeing the monograph binding and mass deacidification operation; and is an integral and collaborative member of the Preservation Management Team (PMT). . . .

              1. Facilitates access and long-term preservation of materials for format conversion.
              2. Plans, manages, and oversees the planning and performing of format conversion activities.
              3. Sets format conversion priorities on the full range of library and archival materials, in conjunction with subject specialists/selectors and curators.
              4. Establishes vendor relations and negotiates contracts for the full range of format conversion activities, commercial binding, and mass deacidification contracts.
              5. Works in close collaboration with the Library’s information technology offices, Cataloging and Metadata Services, and members of the University’s Office of Digital Assets & Infrastructure (ODAI), in development of metadata, monitoring of digital preservation metadata trends, and the ongoing development and updating of technical specifications regarding digital information capture.
              6. Works with Preservation Management Team (PMT) members to provide information and recommendations to subject specialists/selectors and curators regarding preservation implications on the acquisition of fragile paper and multi-media items, commercial binding, and mass deacidification.
              7. Trains and supervises a team of support Clerical & Technical (C&T) staff, students, and interns.
              8. Manages the Digital Reformatting & Vendor Services (DRVS) budget.

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