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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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            Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on February 10th, 2011

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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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