Digital Archivist and Electronic Content Manager at Archives of the Episcopal Church

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on May 12th, 2011

The Archives of the Episcopal Church (Austin, TX) is recruiting a Digital Archivist and Electronic Content Manager.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Position Summary Digital Archivist and Electronic Content Manager is responsible for leading the development of digital content and web-based delivery systems for the historical records of The Archives of the Episcopal Church, and working with other curatorial staff to receive, organize, and manage the Church’s electronic records. The archivist for this area will collaborate to create born-digital documents for Church-wide access, preferably in open source formats, and to convert electronic and paper-based records to searchable online data sets. The individual will also define and develop industry standard descriptive data and metadata for archival preservation and digital data/document persistence. The Digital Archivist assists in shaping the Archives’ online presence and strategic marketing to Church audiences and the public.

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Yale Adopts Open Access Policy for Digitized Images

Posted in Digital Archives and Special Collections, Digitization, Open Access, Public Domain on May 12th, 2011

Yale University has adopted an open access policy for digitized images from its museums, archives, and libraries. Yale has also launched the Discover Yale Digital Commons, which has over 250,000 images.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

The goal of the new policy is to make high quality digital images of Yale's vast cultural heritage collections in the public domain openly and freely available.

As works in these collections become digitized, the museums and libraries will make those images that are in the public domain freely accessible. In a departure from established convention, no license will be required for the transmission of the images and no limitations will be imposed on their use. The result is that scholars, artists, students, and citizens the world over will be able to use these collections for study, publication, teaching and inspiration.

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Programmer Analyst at University of Chicago Library

Posted in Library IT Jobs on May 11th, 2011

The University of Chicago Library is recruiting a Programmer Analyst (two-year position) for its Integrated Library Systems unit. Degree: "Bachelor's degree or higher in computer science or a related field OR a Bachelor's degree with at least one year of professional programming experience required."

Here's an excerpt from the ad (requisition number: 087068):

The Programmer Analyst will maintain and develop software applications for use by library patrons and staff, especially the Library's resource discovery layer. Work under supervision with clearly defined goals, but is expected to be self-motivated, work well in a team, have strong analytical skills, be able to creatively solve problems, and communicate clearly.

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A Canadian Museum’s Guide to Developing a Digital Licensing Agreement Strategy

Posted in Copyright, Licenses, Museums on May 11th, 2011

The Canadian Heritage Information Network has released A Canadian Museum's Guide to Developing a Digital Licensing Agreement Strategy.

Here's an excerpt:

This book was written to provide information, from the unique perspective of Canadian museums, on how to develop a digital licensing agreement strategy. This second edition continues along this stream to provide a unique Canadian perspective as museums dive into the global scene of licensing their content. I hope to inform you about legal rights and obligations in licence agreements, creating your licensing agreement strategy, negotiating the best licences to meet your needs, lowering your legal liability when licensing and sharing content, and the variety of licensing arrangements which may be used.

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Automation Services/Application Specialist at Mary Riley Styles Public Library

Posted in Library IT Jobs on May 11th, 2011

The Mary Riley Styles Public Library (City of Falls Church) is recruiting an Automation Services/Application Specialist. Degree: MLS. Salary: $54,042 +.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

There is a full time Automation Services/Application Specialist position available with the City serving the Mary Riley Styles Public Library and providing General Government application support. This position is responsible for ensuring the availability of all critical tasks necessary to allow the library smooth operation of all automation components in its daily operations both for staff and the public (in house and remotely) and ensuring the availability of all critical application systems and overall technology production support of the General Government IT critical business application systems in conjunction with the IT network and desktop staffing. The work is performed under the general supervision of the General Government’s Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and library work delegation by the Library Director.

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Digitisation Audiovisual Materials Heritage Institutions: Models for Licenses and Compensations

Posted in Copyright, Digitization, Licenses on May 11th, 2011

Images for the Future has released Digitisation Audiovisual Materials Heritage Institutions: Models for Licenses and Compensations (English summary).

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

While digitising for preservation purposes has been permitted since 2004 under strict conditions in accordance with Art. 16n of the Dutch Copyright Act, for the reutilisation of digitized material (e.g. on websites or by means of retransmission by radio or television) permission must be sought and obtained from large numbers of rights holders. For large digitisation projects, such as Beelden voor de Toekomst (Images for the Future), this means a rights clearance operation of dizzying proportions. In addition, digitisation projects face great uncertainty with regard to the level of the copyright license fees due. Given this background the Images for the Future consortium has commissioned the Institute for Information Law (hereinafter IViR) to investigate models for licenses and fees for mass digitisation projects.

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Front-End Web Developer/Designer, NYPL Labs

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on May 10th, 2011

The New York Public Library is recruiting a Front-End Web Developer/Designer, NYPL Labs. Degree: Bachelor's degree in Web Development, Computer Science, Digital Design, or a related field (or equivalent experience).

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Work will be situated in midtown Manhattan within NYPL's larger web group, but will focused on projects that break new ground in digital humanities research and/or facilitate new forms of networked participation in library activity. Projects may range from building crowdsourcing tools for enhancing library collections, rethinking established genres such as archival finding aids, or developing multi-modal (potentially cross-institutional) digital archives of special collections material.

Some projects will be proof-of-concept prototypes aimed at hatching ideas that might eventually be applied more broadly across the library, others will be fully realized applications that become staple resources in the NYPL web environment. All will place you at the intersection of scholarly, library and technological innovation taking place at one of the world' greatest public research institutions, tapped into one of the worlds largest and most creatively dynamic urban populations.

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Preserving Your Personal Digital Memories Webinar Released

Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on May 10th, 2011

The National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program and the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services have released a webinar on Preserving Your Personal Digital Memories. (Note that the gotowebinar codec is required.)

Here's an excerpt from the press release:

Many people want to keep their digital photographs, videos and other files as long-term personal and family memories. This is a fairly new challenge, as until recently most personal documentation was in a hard copy or other analog format. . . .

NDIIPP staff member Bill LeFurgy drew from the program's personal digital archiving guidance in providing practical tips for identifying, selecting, organizing and storing personal digital collections. Over 500 organizations and individuals participated in the webinar, which was held as part of national Preservation Week.

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Digital Archivist at MIT Libraries

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on May 10th, 2011

The MIT Libraries are recruiting a Digital Archivist. Degree: MLS/MLIS or master's in history or relevant subject/field. Salary: $51,000 minimum.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

DIGITAL ARCHIVIST, MIT Libraries, to join the innovative, service-oriented staff of the Institute Archives and Special Collections in support of acquisition, preservation, management, and access to digital collections. The focus of this position is a direct outcome of the Institute's 'Digital MIT' initiative and the Libraries' strategic direction that prioritizes MIT-produced content, unique material, and born-digital and digitized collections. Will define and apply the methodology and standards of archival best practices to born-digital and digitized archival collections in collaboration with other units within the Libraries and the Institute; and implement processes for acquisition, description, access, preservation, and future migration of digital collections and lead the effort to develop policies and technical standards for MIT digital content creators. Will also develop plans, specifications, procedures, and manuals to support the collection and management of digital archival content and work with library and Institute staff to define best practices and procedures related to archival digital content management and to determine specifications for a digital repository that meets the management, access, and preservation needs of archival collections, including administrative records.

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Library of Congress and Sony Music Entertainment Launch National Jukebox

Posted in Digital Archives and Special Collections, Digital Libraries, Digital Media on May 10th, 2011

The Library of Congress and Sony Music Entertainment have launched the National Jukebox.

Here's an excerpt from the press release:

The Library of Congress and Sony Music Entertainment today unveiled a new website of over 10,000 rare historic sound recordings available to the public for the first time digitally. The site is called the "National Jukebox" (www.loc.gov/jukebox/).

Developed by the Library of Congress, with assets provided by Sony Music Entertainment, the National Jukebox offers free online access to a vast selection of music and spoken-word recordings produced in the U.S. between the years 1901 and 1925. . . .

The agreement for the National Jukebox grants the Library of Congress usage rights to Sony Music’s entire pre-1925 catalog—comprising thousands of recordings produced by Columbia Records, OKeh, and Victor Talking Machine Co. among others – and represents the largest collection of such historical recordings ever made publicly available for study and appreciation online. . . .

Visitors to the National Jukebox will be able to listen to available recordings on a streaming-only basis, as well as view thousands of label images, record-catalog illustrations, and artist and performer bios. In addition, users can further explore the catalog by accessing special interactive features, listening to playlists curated by Library staff, and creating and sharing their own playlists. . . .

The website will showcase special interactive features as well, including a digital facsimile of the 1919 edition of the famous opera guide "Victrola Book of the Opera," which describes more than 110 operas, including illustrations, plot synopses and lists of recordings offered in that year. Features include the book’s original text, a comparison of the different interpretations of the most popular arias of the period, and streamed recordings of nearly every opera referenced in the book.

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