Twitter Updates for 2011-01-24

Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on January 24th, 2011

$500 Million in U.S. Department of Labor Grants Will Include Support for Open Educational Resources under Creative Commons BY License

Posted in Creative Commons/Open Licenses, Grants, Open Access on January 23rd, 2011

The White House has announced the solicitation of the initial grants in the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grant Program. About $500 million in grant funding will be available in the first round of grants.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan ushered in a new era of hope and opportunity for millions of Americans today when they revealed the innovative application criteria for the first $500 million in grants under the four-year, $2 billion Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grant Program. Grants will support the development and improvement of a new generation of free, post-secondary educational programs of two years or less that prepare students for successful careers in emerging and expanding industries.

This effort, which was developed and designed in consultation with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, sets the stage for what promises to become one of the most significant expansions in access to high-quality education and job training opportunities ever. These new investments will also play a major role in helping the Nation achieve the goal set by President Obama last year that by 2020 the United States will once again have the most highly educated workforce in the world.

But what matters most is what these new freely-available resources will mean to individuals.

By relying on evidence-based approaches and requiring that all materials produced be openly licensed for free use, adaptation, and improvement by others, this groundbreaking federal effort will bring free, high-quality curriculum and employment training opportunities within reach of anyone who has access to the Internet.

Open Educational Resources are learning materials that have been released under an intellectual property license that allows their free use by others. The materials produced as a result of these grants will carry the Creative Commons BY license, which also permits their free derivative use for commercial purposes. That means companies, schools, entrepreneurs, and others will be free to bundle,adapt, or customize the learning materials to create new offerings, products, and services. Schools will be able to affordably offer courses in subject areas and at levels of expertise previously beyond their reach. Students will be able to access free educational materials, including complete courses, and supportive services designed to help them accomplish their educational and job-training goals.

Millions of students around the world have already benefited from Open Educational Resources in the decade since then-Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) President Charles Vest established MIT's pioneering OpenCourseWare project, the first of its type, based on a proposal from members of his faculty. The goal, Vest explained in 2001, was to make all of the learning materials used by MIT's faculty in the school's 1,800 courses available via the Internet, where they could be used and repurposed as desired by others without charge.

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Web Applications Librarian at DePaul University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs, Library IT Jobs on January 23rd, 2011

The DePaul University Libraries are recruiting a Web Applications Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Librarian (2) will report to the Web Services Coordinator and under the general direction of the Associate Director for Library Information and Discovery Systems, will serve as an integral member of the DePaul Libraries Web Services team in developing cutting-edge online library services including a complex library website, mobile site, LibGuides, and content management systems including CONTENTdm and our Digital Commons institutional repository. In addition to supporting online development initiatives, the Librarian (2) will serve 4-6 hours per week as a reference librarian.

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Open Content Licensing Tool: Risk Management Calculator

Posted in Copyright, Creative Commons/Open Licenses, Open Access on January 23rd, 2011

The OER IPR Support Project has released the Risk Management Calculator.

Here's an excerpt from the press release :

As more and more open content finds its way online, licensing and rights have become a key issue on a global level.

Licensing is complex and the more open you make content under an end user licence the greater the risk if you haven't sought the necessary permissions. In partnership with the Higher Education Academy, JISC is funding a support project on IPR and licensing issues for Open Educational Resources. The latest addition to their suite of support resources is a new tool—the Risk Management Calculator—designed to help understand levels of risk associated with publishing open educational materials. Typical examples of this might include materials which are still in copyright, but for which the rights holders cannot be traced or are unknown (so called "Orphan Works"). The calculator helps those relatively new to licensing to make the right decisions when creating open content. . . .

More and more organisations are realising the benefits of releasing their content under Creative Commons Licences, or similar open content licences such as the Open Government Licence, which explicitly grant the end-user permission to use materials, modify or redistribute them. Institutions like the British Library are releasing their bibliographic records to be reused without attribution and Creative Commons Licences are increasingly used by developing countries to open up content.

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Data Curation Librarian at Northeastern University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on January 23rd, 2011

The Northeastern University Libraries are recruiting a Data Curation Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad (position number: 04012479):

Are you interested in applying your skills to a new area of information management and working alongside world-class researchers as you do so? Do you think about the future of libraries, open-access to research data, and digital repository services? If so, consider becoming our data curation librarian!

As part of the Digital Library Management department, the Data Curation Librarian provides a wide range of curatorial services, including data documentation, assistance with developing appropriate data management plans, and preparation of data for storage in Northeastern's digital repository service.

The successful candidate will work closely with colleagues in the Libraries and across campus to play a leading role in ensuring Northeastern's compliance with data curation mandates as well as promoting open access to Northeastern produced research data. He or she will be responsible for developing and maintaining a robust and integrated set of programs and activities that strengthen the Library's role in supporting data-intensive research and researchers at Northeastern as well as meeting the secondary data analysis needs across all disciplines.

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"Digital Preservation Outreach and Education (DPOE) Training Needs Assessment Survey: Executive Summary"

Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on January 23rd, 2011

The Library of Congress Digital Preservation Outreach and Education (DPOE) initiative has released the "Digital Preservation Outreach and Education (DPOE) Training Needs Assessment Survey: Executive Summary."

Here's an excerpt from the announcement :

The survey was conducted in summer and fall 2010 by the Library’s Digital Preservation Outreach and Education initiative which seeks to foster outreach, education and collaboration nationwide to encourage organizations to preserve their digital content, regardless of staff or budget size or location.

The survey received 868 responses. Of the respondents, 40% were libraries, 34% were archives and 16% were museums. The rest consisted of state and local governments, corporations, nonprofit organizations, parks, and churches.

Among the survey’s major findings:

  • Just over half of the organizations who responded to the survey have less than 25 employees.
  • Only about one-third of respondents had full-time or part-time paid staff dedicated to digital preservation duties. One-half of respondents assigned digital preservation to various staff on an as-needed basis, one-fifth had no staff for this function, and one-tenth used volunteers (figures have been rounded off).
  • Among potential subject areas for digital preservation training, the most important area to respondents was technical training. Management planning, project management and strategic training all tied for second place.
  • The most preferred format for receiving training was small, in-person workshops. Proximity was significant—onsite training was the first choice, with training within a 100-mile radius the second choice.
  • A half-day to a full day was the most preferred length for training.
  • Digital content holdings for almost 95 percent of respondents consisted entirely of digitized versions of already-held collections (typically, paper-based materials), and about 5 percent of holdings were "born digital" content.

Some general observations can be gleaned from the survey. Most organizations only work on digital preservation when it is needed; few devote a full-time staff member to such duties. Most are digitizing paper collections rather than preserving "born digital" data. Short sessions of practical training are most needed; training should be provided on-site because most respondents are small organizations with limited training budgets.

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Twitter Updates for 2011-01-23

Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on January 23rd, 2011

Twitter Updates for 2011-01-21

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

Twitter Updates for 2011-01-20

Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on January 20th, 2011

Supervisory IT Specialist at Library of Congress

Posted in Library IT Jobs on January 20th, 2011

The Library of Congress is recruiting a Supervisory IT Specialist. Salary: $105,211-$136,771.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Administers and manages information technology (IT) projects for major office or program issues of broad impact. Designs and implements novel initiatives and projects to strengthen, facilitate, and integrate programs. Initiates or participates in special projects, ongoing analyses, investigations and initiatives with high priority for high-level management. Projects and initiatives may involve producing complex analyses and written reports; organizing special committees, workshops, or other meetings; initiating program reviews; developing or fostering cross-agency activities.

Provides expert technical counsel and advice for implementing, maintaining, enhancing, and coordinating online systems and internet Web site(s) that manage and provide access to Library digital collections. Coordinates and participates in planning, designing, development, testing, and implementation of organizational Web site(s).

Designs and develops directives to implement high-level policy modifications impacting technology resource requirements. Evaluates statutory requirements against existing Library directives to assess and make necessary changes to ensure compliance with new requirements. Coordinates comments on revised directives as part of the review process and incorporates comments or resolves issues for final directives.

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Mary Alice Baish Named Assistant Public Printer, Superintendent of Documents

Posted in People in the News on January 20th, 2011

Mary Alice Baish has been named Assistant Public Printer, Superintendent of Documents for the U.S. Government Printing Office.

Here's an excerpt from the press release:

Public Printer Bill Boarman has named Mary Alice Baish Assistant Public Printer, Superintendent of Documents, for the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO). This position is the agency's lead in guaranteeing permanent public access to Government information published by the three branches of the Federal Government. Baish will oversee GPO's Library Services & Content Management unit, Publication & Information Sales unit and the management of GPO's Federal Digital System, which is a one-stop site to authentic, published Government information. In her role, Baish will work with more than 1,200 Federal depository libraries nationwide, through the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP), to ensure Government information is available in all forms to the public. . . .

Throughout Baish's career, she has worked with all sectors of the library community, testifying before Congressional committees on behalf of GPO, and has been a leading voice in developing electronic systems to disseminate Government information. Prior to her appointment at GPO, she previously served as the Director of Government Relations for the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL), a nonprofit educational organization that serves the information needs of the legal community. Baish has worked closely with Congressional committees, the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, Federal agencies and the Administration in developing policies and legislation that promote the needs of libraries, the legal community and the American public. She is among the founding members of (, an organization created to promote democracy and end Government secrecy. She has worked with, the White House and Office of Management and Budget in implementing President Obama's Open Government Directive and with auditing agency Open Government Plans. She has written and spoken extensively about egovernment information policy and is a past member of the Depository Library Council to the Public Printer.

She is a resident of Fairfax Station, VA, and holds a master's degree in Library and Information Studies from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and an Ed.M. from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

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Digital Services Librarian at Dickinson College Library

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on January 20th, 2011

The Dickinson College Library is recruiting a Digital Services Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad (posting number: 0600314):

The Digital Services Librarian will lead the Library in identifying and incorporating innovative uses of technology in all areas of library services. The ideal candidate is a librarian with 3-5 years of relevant experience who is equally comfortable with both traditional academic library services and with new and emerging technologies for libraries and higher education. We are seeking someone who enjoys experimenting with technology and who can envision and articulate innovative uses of technology in an academic library setting. The ideal candidate will possess the enthusiasm for exploring new products and processes in a rapidly changing environment; the ability to implement them; the analytical skills to critically assess their effectiveness; and the flexibility to adapt them as needed. Of necessity, this role requires someone who is a strong collaborator and who is able to communicate effectively with librarians, IT professionals, faculty, students, and staff. The ideal candidate will be proactive in recommending improvements in library services and resource delivery, and be effective in leading project teams. A well-established liaison librarian program underpins our strong information literacy and collection development initiatives. As a liaison to several academic departments, the Digital Services Librarian will possess the strong teaching and outreach skills necessary for success in these central activities.

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