Director of Integrated Technology Services at University of Kansas

Posted in Digital Library Jobs, Library IT Jobs on February 13th, 2011

The University of Kansas Libraries are recruiting a Director of Integrated Technology Services .

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Libraries' Integrated Technology Services (LITS) department is responsible for a results-driven approach to developing and delivering quality user experiences to those who connect to KU Libraries online. LITS members work closely with campus IT which maintains servers, network infrastructure, and staff and public workstations. LITS collaborates with library experts in all departments to plan and deliver library technology-based services and resources. LITS members develop and sustain effective partnerships to ensure that appropriate technical policies, infrastructure, and meet the needs of our user community. LITS is responsible for administering and developing several large-scale library applications which include DSpace, Voyager, Open Journal Systems, ILLiad, LUNA Insight, GFA's Library Annex System, the eXtensible Text Framework (XTF), EZProxy, and the library web presence.

The Director of Integrated Technology Services is a faculty librarian accountable for working closely with technology initiatives in all library departments. S/he provides leadership, vision, strategic direction, and planning for the work of the department. The Director oversees the daily operations of LITS, serves as a member of the Libraries' senior management team, and is a primary liaison with campus IT. S/he must be an agile leader, an adept manager, and an able partner in meaningful collaboration. This position offers an excellent opportunity for a librarian with a strong combination of leadership, technical, and people skills who can deliver results and work collegially inside and outside of the library organization to innovate and deliver new services in a research library environment.

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Digital Humanities Librarian at Brown University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on February 13th, 2011

The Brown University Library is recruiting a Digital Humanities Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad (job number: B01284 ):

As the Library's primary liaison to academic departments in the humanities, the Digital Humanities Librarian plays a central role in the integration of digital resources and methodologies with traditional resources and approaches into the research, teaching, and learning missions at Brown University. Together with other Scholarly Resources Librarians, the Center for Digital Scholarship and relevant library and campus partners, s/he will work to increase the understanding and application of digital scholarship among the institution's faculty and students. S/he is expected to introduce and keep abreast of digital methodologies and to use such tools and skills in the solution of humanities research problems. The successful candidate will contribute to the work of the Brown Digital Repository by helping to articulate the relationship between new technologies and humanities scholarship to the community of humanists; by advising teaching faculty on the creation of digital objects and providing technical support for use of analytical tools; and in serving as an agent between content providers and the Library's repository. S/he will maintain a strong level of competence in scholarly communications issues such as new forms of publication, copyright, open access, repositories, data curation, and licensing of online resources. S/he will also use his/her knowledge of available print and electronic resources to build appropriate collections in general collections and related Special Collections and to advocate for the fields to which he/she is assigned.

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Social Media: A Guide for Researchers

Posted in Reports and White Papers, Social Media/Web 2.0 on February 13th, 2011

The Research Information Network has released Social Media: A Guide for Researchers (see also "Web Materials 1: Links And Resources" and "Web Materials 2: Researcher Case Studies").

Here's an excerpt:

This guide will show how social media can change the ways in which you undertake research, and open up new forms of communication and dissemination. The researchers we interviewed in the development of this guide are using social media to bridge disciplinary boundaries, to engage in knowledge exchange with industry and policy makers, and to provide a channel for the public communication of their research.

The guide is rooted in the practical experience of its authors and of the ten social media users we interviewed as part of the project. We are not trying to present social media as the answer to every problem a researcher might experience; rather, we want to give a "warts and all" picture. Social media have downsides as well as upsides, but on balance we hope that you will agree with us that there is real value for researchers.

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Systems and Technology Development Librarian at Trinity College

Posted in Library IT Jobs on February 10th, 2011

The Trinity College Library is recruiting a Systems and Technology Development Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Systems and Technology Development Librarian provides the guidance to shape and sustain the Library’s use of technology to advance library services and operations. Responsibilities include overseeing the implementation, maintenance and development of all department-specific software, systems, and equipment. Acts as the Library’s primary liaison on information technology with other College departments, including the Computing Center. Provides ongoing training and support to library staff.

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Diane Parr Walker Named Edward H. Arnold University Librarian at the University of Notre Dame

Posted in ARL Libraries, People in the News on February 10th, 2011

Diane Parr Walker has been named as the Edward H. Arnold University Librarian at the University of Notre Dame. Walker is currently the Deputy University Librarian at the University of Virginia.

Here's an excerpt from the press release:

Since 2006, Walker has guided planning and coordination of all library services for the wide variety of disciplines represented at a large research institution. She has been responsible for Virginia's library administrative services, including finances and budget, human resources, facilities planning and maintenance, and management information services. She leads the library's strategic planning processes and directs the daily operations of a system with 12 locations, 230 faculty and staff and an operating budget of $23 million.

Among the initiatives Walker has led or in which she has played a key role were the planning and construction of a new special collections library, a major renovation of the Charles L. Brown Science & Engineering Library, opening a café in the lobby of the main library (Virginia's was among the first University libraries to do so), and long-range re-imagining of the physical facilities of the main library in preparation for a major renovation of a building that is more than 70 years old.

Walker also collaborated with colleagues in the university's information technology division on an incentive and training program for humanities faculty to help them incorporate technology in their classrooms, and more recently to coordinate a strategic institutional shift from providing computer labs to making it easier for students to use their own laptops throughout the libraries and across campus. She also developed and helped to redirect collection development and management strategies as the balance has shifted increasingly from all print and physical formats to digital.

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Digital Technologies Development Librarian at Georgia Tech

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on February 10th, 2011

The Georgia Tech Library and Information Center is recruiting a Digital Technologies Development Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Working both independently and in team settings, the Digital Technologies Development Librarian provides technical leadership and programming expertise to advance digital library infrastructures, collections, and services through application development and applied research. The person in this position identifies and develops new and existing technologies for these purposes. The position will play a key, strategic role in advancing the library's digital information infrastructure beyond its current status and significantly impact Georgia Tech's scholarly communication methods, digital library services, and the management and preservation of the Institute's digital intellectual output. The librarian will lead and contribute to developing new digital library services through processes that emphasize usability and infrastructure sustainability and will work with partners on campus and in library consortia to share solutions to mutual challenges. The person in the position will collaborate closely with personnel from several library departments to achieve the goals of the position and the library. The librarian also will select and/or develop tools that support the ongoing assessment of digital library initiatives and services. He or she will participate in library planning and serves on library-wide committees, task forces, and teams and will be expected to be active professionally and to contribute to developments in the field. The Digital Technologies Development Librarian will report to the Library's Systems Department with a "dotted-line" reporting relationship to the Associate Dean to assist in shaping overall technology development strategy and direction.

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Managing Digital Collections: A Collaborative Initiative on the South African Framework

Posted in Copyright, Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Digital Libraries, Metadata on February 10th, 2011

The National Research Foundation has released Managing Digital Collections: A Collaborative Initiative on the South African Framework.

Here's an excerpt:

The objective of this Framework is to provide high-level principles for planning and managing the full digital collection life cycle. It aims to

  • provide an overview of some of the major components and activities involved in creating good digital collections
  • provide a sense of the landscape of digital collections management
  • identify existing resources that support the development of sound local practices
  • encourage community participation in the ongoing development of best practices for digital collection building
  • contribute to the benefits of sound data management practices, as well as the goals of data sharing and long term access
  • introduce data management and curation issues
  • assist cultural heritage organisations to create and manage complex digital collections
  • assist funding organisations who wish to encourage and support the development of good digital collections
  • advocate the use of internationally-created appropriate open community standards to ensure quality and to increase global interoperability for better exchange and re-use of data and digital content.

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Digital Technology Innovation in Scholarly Communication and University Engagement

Posted in Publishing, Reports and White Papers, Scholarly Communication on February 9th, 2011

The Canadian Centre for Studies in Publishing has released Digital Technology Innovation in Scholarly Communication and University Engagement.

Here's an excerpt:

Beginning in the 1990s, a substantial number of innovation projects in scholarly communication began to emerge worldwide. Researchers began to adopt digital technologies for purposes of communication with colleagues and a variety of scholarly journals began making content available online. Digital humanists and scholars across the social science disciplines also began to expand their involvement with emerging technologies in their research and teaching activities. Building on these developments, researchers interested in knowledge mobilization and university engagement also began to augment their efforts with digital technologies. Finally, a certain level of experimentation with the electronic publication of monographs began to appear. The key players in these developments were private sector foundations (for example, the Wellcome Trust and the Andrew Mellon Foundation); innovation-oriented scholars; systems and head librarians; journal editors and publishers; university presses; and SSHRC with its support for scholarly communication and later, knowledge mobilization. Canada has earned worldwide attention for its general level of digital innovation in scholarly and research communication and particularly for innovation in journal publishing, where Open Journal Systems, Érudit and Synergies stand out as significant projects, combined with consortium buying of online content through the Canadian Research Knowledge Network. These and other leading achievements call for purpose-built policy and programs, which have lagged behind innovation. Such policy and programs need to be designed to provide stable funding for innovation-oriented constructivist social scientific and humanist inquiry and university engagement initiatives that have national and international long-term promise. Tied into the post-secondary education system, such investments would enormously increase the visibility and public value of Canadian social science and humanities research, multiplying the social benefit of this work through the development of digital technologies.

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Digital User Services Librarian at Rutgers University Libraries

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on February 9th, 2011

The Rutgers University Libraries are recruiting a Digital User Services Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Digital User Services Librarian is a new position within RUL and will be responsible for coordinating the implementation of new electronic products and services to enhance our digital users' experience. The person in this position will take a leadership role in the continued development of digital library resources, ensuring coordination between technical and public services in the implementation and delivery of services. Responsibilities will include but not be limited to evaluating emerging technology products for potential application, overseeing aspects of citation management software integration and support, developing plans for implementation of mobile services, and enhancing the library experience of distance learners. The Digital User Services Librarian will also participate in appropriate public service activities in order to understand the RUL user perspective and needs. This is a tenure-track position within the New Brunswick Libraries Faculty, and will require the development of a research agenda, publication, and professional participation. The position reports to the Associate University Librarian for Research and Instructional Services and interfaces with existing groups, e.g., the User Services Council and the Web Board.

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