Library Systems Fellow at Harvard University

Posted in Library IT Jobs on December 5th, 2010

The Harvard University Library is recruiting a Library Systems Fellow (one-year position).

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to the Team Leader, Library System Support, and working with a team of OIS specialists, the Library Systems Fellow performs a variety of technical and support duties in the core areas of library staff support and training, system maintenance, troubleshooting, database management, and data loading. This is a paid, fully benefits eligible, one-year position for a recent MLS graduate who is motivated, energetic, support-focused and technology-savvy. The Library Systems Fellow will acquire experience and skills at one of the world’s greatest research libraries, and learn about an array of library systems supporting digital repositories, electronic resources, and other innovative technologies. The Library Systems Fellow will be involved in analyzing Library Systems Support tasks and processes and developing proposals to improve system efficiency and reliability.

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CERN Signs COPE (Compact for Open-Access Publishing Equity)

Posted in Open Access, Scholarly Journals on December 5th, 2010

CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, has signed the Compact for Open-Access Publishing Equity. CERN is the fourteenth institution to sign COPE.

Here's an excerpt from the press release:

As a publicly and internationally funded research institution, CERN believes everyone should get access to its results without any financial barrier. The most important tool to implement this vision in the high-energy physics community, which CERN embodies, is the SCOAP3 initiative, through which CERN and partners in over twenty countries are working to convert to open access existing high-quality high-energy physics journals. While waiting for SCOAP3 to be operational CERN and leading publishers in the field (the American Physical Society, Elsevier, SISSA, and Springer) have reached agreements to make the scientific publications from the flagship Large Hadron Collider available open access and under a Creative Common license, as suggested by the publication policy of the CERN Physics Department.

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Scholarly Communication Librarian at Syracuse University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on December 5th, 2010

The Syracuse University Library is recruiting a Scholarly Communication Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Syracuse University Library seeks an energetic and visionary librarian who is passionate about the challenges of digital scholarly communication. This librarian will have a deep knowledge of the scholarly process and an avid interest in the future of digital research. A main assignment will be to direct Surface, the university’s new institutional repository/research database at, with the goal of building it into a model, state-of-the-art online resource. The scholarly communication librarian will develop an understanding of the theory, principles, and evolving practice of scholarly communication in the academy in order to make available, facilitate, and extend the broadest access to resources needed by the Syracuse University community for teaching and learning. This position will bridge the gap between the library and the SU research community by advising, instructing, and advocating for best practices in open access, and digital resources and preservation. This position is part of the library’s Unit for Research, Collections, and Scholarly Communication (RCSC), and will work closely with the associate dean to communicate with faculty and graduate students.

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2011 IMLS National Leadership Grant Guidelines Released

Posted in Grants on December 5th, 2010

The Institute of Museum and Library Services has released grant program guidelines for its 2011 National Leadership Grant program.

Here's an excerpt:

Applications for Project or Collaborative Planning Grants may be submitted in the following categories:

  • Advancing Digital Resources: Support the creation, use, presentation, and preservation of significant digital resources as well as the development of tools to enhance access, use, and management of digital assets.
  • Research: Support projects that have the potential to improve museum, archival, and library practice, resource use, programs, and services. Both basic and applied research projects are encouraged.
  • Demonstration: Support projects that produce a replicable model or practice that is usable by other institutions for improving services and performance.
  • Library-Museum Collaboration Grants: Support collaborative projects that address the educational, economic, cultural, and social needs of a community.

Read more about it at "2011 National Leadership Grant Guidelines Now Available."

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Daily Tweets 2010-12-05

Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on December 5th, 2010

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Daily Tweets 2010-12-03

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Open Access Principles for Australian Collecting Institutions, Version 1

Posted in Digital Archives and Special Collections, Open Access on December 2nd, 2010

Opening Australia's Archives has released Open Access Principles for Australian Collecting Institutions, Version 1.

Here's an excerpt:

The internet, digital recording devices and the ready availability of content production software have together drastically changed the creative landscape. As a result, linear models of knowledge and cultural production are rapidly being supplanted by more distributed, collaborative, user-generated and open networking models. Yet Australians wishing to participate in this new digital culture have great difficulty gaining access to quality content from their own culture and history that can be legally and safely reused. This limits our ability to access the full benefits that could be provided by new technologies to fields such as education, the creative industries and business innovation.

The Opening Australia's Archives project aims to address this problem by working with Australia's collecting institutions to increase the public's ability to access and reuse our national collections. Run by the Innovation Law program of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation at Queensland University of Technology the project encourages the adoption of open access approaches through coordinated policy, implementation and advocacy initiatives across the collecting sector.

Opening Australia's Archives: Open Access Principles for Australian Collecting Institutions were prepared in consultation with representatives of the Australian collecting sector commencing with a series of meetings held nationally during 2009. For more information on the meetings, principles and project see the Opening Australia's Archives website.

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Partnering to Publish: Innovative Roles for Societies, Institutions, Presses, and Libraries Presentations

Posted in Publishing, Research Libraries, University Presses on December 2nd, 2010

ARL has released presentations from its Partnering to Publish: Innovative Roles for Societies, Institutions, Presses, and Libraries meeting.

Here's an excerpt:

The Partnering to Publish seminar, jointly sponsored by the Society for Scholarly Publishing and the Association of Research Libraries on November 10, 2010, provided an occasion to learn about current partnerships between librarians and publishers in an environment where traditional roles are changing and to explore new opportunities for cost-effective and innovative joint ventures.

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Digital Services Librarian at College of Charleston

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on December 2nd, 2010

The College of Charleston Library is recruiting a Digital Services Librarian. Salary range begins at $40,000.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

A member of the Library Systems Department, the Digital Services Librarian assists in the planning and implementation of the digital services at the College of Charleston Libraries. The Digital Services Librarian works closely with the Technical Services department to support and troubleshoot library services related to the following: ILS and catalog maintenance, electronic resource loading and management, remote access, OpenURL configuration, and resource sharing. The Digital Services Librarian is also responsible for maintaining and updating the College of Charleston Libraries' web site and serves as chair of the Web Committee. The Digital Services Librarian collaborates with the Lowcountry Digital Library staff to improve the user interface, test new delivery platforms, and assist with technical issues. The Digital Services Librarian actively participates in College-wide initiatives, committees, and governance, especially as they relate to institutional technology projects. The Digital Services Librarian reports to the Systems Librarian.

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Open Access in Southern European Countries

Posted in Open Access on December 2nd, 2010

Francisca Abad et al. have self-archived Open Access in Southern European Countries in E-LIS.

Here's an excerpt:

In order to move towards common policies for open access to science, experts in each country were asked to provide reports on the situation of open access. We used a common template including three main sections: scientific journals (number, format, quality, subject specialization, type of publishers, type of access, etc.); institutional repositories and harvesters; and policies supporting open access. Common data sources were used as far as possible (Ulrich's directory, OpenDOAR, DOAJ, ROAR, etc.), and were complemented in most cases by directories and other national sources.

Preliminary versions of the national reports were submitted and discussed at a conference held in Granada in May 2010, and served as a starting point for drafting a declaration of principles (the Alhambra Declaration) that aims to foster open access and the involvement of the various actors of the scientific communication process.

The published document contains updated and revised versions of the national reports, along with general conclusions, the Alhambra Declaration, and several appendices which offer more detailed information on journals and repositories in each of the countries. Statistical data included in the reports and in the appendices were updated as of May 2010. As such, this is the temporal reference for tables and figures if no other date is indicated.

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Daily Tweets 2010-12-02

Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on December 2nd, 2010

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