Two Million Free Digital Texts Now Available from Internet Archive

Posted in Open Access on March 31st, 2010

The Internet Archive has announced that two million free digital texts are now available from the repository.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

The Internet Archive is pleased to announce an important manuscript, Homiliary on Gospels from Easter to first Sunday of Advent, as the 2,000,000th free digital text. Internet Archive has been scanning books and making them available for researchers, historians, scholars, people with disabilities, and the general public for free on archive.org since 2005.

"This 1,000 year old book which has only been seen by a select few people, can, with the technology of today, be shared with millions tomorrow," said Robert Miller, Director of Books of the Internet Archive. "Selecting this title for the 2 millionth text is a fitting tribute to the team of scanners who have been carefully working for the past 5 years."

The Homiliary manuscript was copied on parchment by at least three different scribes at the important medieval Abbey of St. Martin in Tours less than 100 years after having been composed by Heiric of Auxerre and is the oldest known copy of Heiric’s original text. . . .

Internet Archive partners with the University of Toronto and over 150 libraries and universities around the world to create a freely accessible archive of texts representing a wide range texts which include non-fiction and fiction books, research and academic texts, popular books, children's books and historical texts.

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    Web Services Librarian at University of Nebraska, Kearney

    Posted in Library IT Jobs on March 31st, 2010

    The Calvin T. Ryan Library at the University of Nebraska, Kearney is recruiting a Web Services Librarian. Salary: $52,000-$57,000.

    Here's an excerpt from the ad (requisition number: 5040875):

    This is a twelve-month, tenure track appointment reporting to the Coordinator of Collection Services. The Web Services Librarian oversees the development and maintenance of the library website, including web-based interfaces to the library catalog, services, and local collections. This position works both independently and collaboratively to provide expertise in the design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of current and future web interfaces and technologies that provide user access to the library's resources and services. The incumbent will stay informed of trends and scholarly communication in web technologies and library services. In addition, as with all the library staff, this librarian works to meet the library's goal of providing outstanding customer service to users, supports the general recruitment and retention goals of the University, and exhibits a commitment to the profession of librarianship.

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      NEH Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants Awards Announced

      Posted in Digital Humanities, Grants on March 31st, 2010

      The NEH Office of Digital Humanities has announced recent awards from its Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants program.

      The awards are:

      • City of Philadelphia, Department of Records—Philadelphia, PA: Historic Overlays on Smart Phones
      • Early Manuscripts Electronic Library—Rolling Hills Estates, CA: The Nyangwe Diary of David Livingstone: Restoring the Text
      • George Mason University—Fairfax, VA: Crowdsourcing Documentary Transcription: an Open Source Tool
      • Georgia Tech Research Corporation—Atlanta, GA: Gesture, Rhetoric, and Digital Storytelling
      • Pennsylvania State University, Main Campus—University Park, PA: Learning as Playing: An Animated, Interactive Archive of 17th-19th Century Narrative Media For and By Children
      • Sweet Briar College—Sweet Briar, VA: African-American Families Database: Community Formation in Albemarle County, Virginia, 1850-1880
      • University of Arizona—Tucson, AZ: Poetry Audio/Video Library Phase 2
      • University of California, Berkeley—Berkeley, CA: Berkeley Prosopography Services: Building Research Communities and Restoring Ancient Communities through Digital Tools
      • University of California, Los Angeles—Los Angeles, CA: Software Interface for Real-time Exploration of Three-Dimensional Computer Models of Historic Urban Environments
      • University of California, San Diego—La Jolla, CA: Interactive Visualization of Media Collections for Humanities Research
      • University of Chicago—Chicago, IL: Dictionnaire Vivant de la Langue Francaise (DVLF): Expanding the French Dictionary
      • University of Georgia Research Foundation, Inc.—Athens, GA: Telecollaborative Webcasting:Strengthening Acquisition of Humanities Content Knowledge through Foreign Language Education
      • University of Nebraska, Board of Regents—Lincoln, NE: Sustaining Digital History
      • University of New Mexico—Albuquerque, NM: Digital Documentation and Reconstruction of an Ancient Maya Temple and Prototype of Internet GIS Database of Maya Architecture
      • University of Virginia—Charlottesville, VA: ARTeFACT Movement Thesaurus
      • University of Virginia—Charlottesville, VA: New Digital Tools for Restoring Polychromy to 3D Digital Models of Sculpture
      • University of Virginia—Charlottesville, VA: Supercomputing for Digitized 3D Models of Cultural Heritage
      • Washington State University—Pullman, WA: Mukurtu: An Indigenous Archive and Publishing Tool
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        Ensuring Perpetual Access: Establishing a Federated Strategy on Perpetual Access and Hosting of Electronic Resources for Germany

        Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on March 30th, 2010

        Charles Beagrie Ltd has released Ensuring Perpetual Access: Establishing a Federated Strategy on Perpetual Access and Hosting of Electronic Resources for Germany.

        Here's an excerpt:

        This study was conducted as basis for all further steps towards a national hosting strategy. It was financed jointly by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation), the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, the Helmholtz Association, the Leibniz Association and the Max Planck Society. The study is intended to be the starting point from which to arrive at concrete ideas and activities related to a coordinated national hosting strategy. The intensive, often controversial but always constructive and continuing discussion now expands out of the working group into the public area to be continued there in the same manner. Invited for further discussion are all stakeholders with responsibility in the German science system to establish and finance sustainable structures for perpetual access as well as long-term preservation for electronic resources.

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          Web Librarian at Appalachian State University

          Posted in Library IT Jobs on March 30th, 2010

          The University Library at Appalachian State University is recruiting a Web Librarian. Salary: "Salary and rank are determined on the basis of qualifications and experience. Minimum salaries for the ranks are: Instructor $45,000, Assistant Professor $50,000, and Associate Professor $55,000."

          Here's an excerpt from the ad:

          Appalachian State University Library seeks a talented, innovative, and collaborative Web Librarian to have primary responsibility for the Library's web presence. The ideal candidate will be skilled in creating a virtual library environment that enhances the services to, and experience of, on-line users, while accurately reflecting the vision, goals and culture of the campus community. The Web Librarian will be a catalyst for advancing digital technology and will provide leadership in website policy.

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            Fred von Lohmann Wins ALA's L. Ray Patterson Copyright Award

            Posted in ALA, People in the News on March 30th, 2010

            Fred von Lohmann has won ALA's L. Ray Patterson Copyright Award.

            Here's an excerpt from the press release:

            The American Library Association (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) and its Copyright Advisory Subcommittee have named Fred von Lohmann, a senior staff attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) specializing in intellectual property matters, this year’s winner of the L. Ray Patterson Copyright Award.

            The annual award recognizes contributions of an individual or group that pursues and supports the Constitutional purpose of the U.S. Copyright Law, fair use and the public domain. The award is named after L. Ray Patterson, a key legal figure who explained and justified the importance of the public domain and fair use. Fair use is a key exception of the copyright law that allows for the use of a copyright without prior authorization and helps to promote learning, new creativity, scholarship and criticism.

            In his role at EFF, von Lohmann has represented programmers, technology innovators, and individuals in a variety of copyright and trademark litigation, including MGM v. Grokster, decided by the Supreme Court in 2005. He is also involved in EFF’s efforts to educate policy-makers regarding the proper balance between intellectual property protection and the public interest in fair use, free expression, and innovation. . . .

            An overview of von Lohmann’s work is available on EFF's Web site.

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              Web Developer at Columbia University

              Posted in Digital Library Jobs on March 30th, 2010

              The Center for Digital Research and Scholarship at Columbia University is recruiting a Web Developer.

              Here's an excerpt from the ad (job requisition number: 058098):

              The Center for Digital Research and Scholarship (CDRS) at Columbia University seeks a Web Developer to design, create, expand, and maintain Web applications, databases, and site functionality for CDRS' online projects.

              CDRS serves the digital research and scholarly communication needs of Columbia's faculty, graduate students, and scholars through the innovative adaptation and implementation of online tools and services.

              This Web Developer will work on multiple short-term and long-term projects to satisfy the requests of Columbia's research community.

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                Digital Audio: What's New in Fedora 3.3 and DSpace 1.6

                Posted in Digital Repositories, DSpace, DuraSpace, Fedora, Institutional Repositories on March 30th, 2010

                DuraSpace has released What's New in Fedora 3.3 and DSpace 1.6.

                Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                On March 17, 2010 Chris Wilper and Stuart Lewis offered a one-hour overview of new features in Fedora 3.3 and DSpace 1.6. The session concluded with a lively question and answer period with some of the 55 participants from around the globe.

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                  Preservation and Curation in Institutional Repositories

                  Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Digital Repositories, DSpace, EPrints, Fedora, Institutional Repositories on March 29th, 2010

                  The Digital Curation Centre has released Preservation and Curation in Institutional Repositories.

                  Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                  The DCC has produced a report that provides a snapshot of the state of the art of preservation and curation in an institutional repository context in early 2010, noting areas of recent and current research and development. It should be of interest principally to institutional repository managers and others concerned with the strategic planning for these services. The report begins with a brief introduction to preservation and curation, followed in chapter 3 by a summary of the current provision for these activities in EPrints, DSpace and Fedora. Some repository models and architectures relevant to preservation and curation are presented in chapter 4 and chapter 5 respectively, while a selection of preservation planning tools of possible use in a repository context are described in chapter 6. Pertinent developments in metadata are reviewed in chapter 7, while tools for working with such metadata are presented in chapter 8. Technologies that assist in performing emulation, reverse engineering and migration are described in chapter 9. The issue of identifiers for repository materials is tackled in chapter 10. A selection of guidelines and tools for auditing curatorial aspects of institutional repositories is presented in chapter 11, and a selection of tools for calculating the costs and benefits of curation is presented in chapter 12. Finally, some conclusions are drawn in chapter 13.

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                    Programmer Analyst at University of Pennsylvania Library

                    Posted in Digital Library Jobs on March 29th, 2010

                    The University of Pennsylvania Library is recruiting a Programmer Analyst (one-year appointment with the possibility of extension).

                    Here's an excerpt from the ad (reference #100328159):

                    Reporting to the Digital Projects Librarian, the Digital Library Applications Programmer is responsible for applications programming for the Penn Library's developing Digital Library content repository and discovery system. In this capacity, the incumbent will develop methods for digital object ingestion into the repository, determine and execute indexing parameters, maintenance routines for digital objects including quality checks and administrative data, and develop of search and browse APIs for retrieval of digital objects all within an XML framework based on Lucene/Solr, Cocoon, and other Digital Library software. Develop tools (in Java or other languages) for end-users to manipulate and utilize the digital objects and metadata retrieved. Help determine and enable workflows for Library staff to utilize to populate and manage the repository. Code development is intended to be open or community source.

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                      Houghton and Oppenheim's "The Economic Implications of Alternative Publishing Models" with 5 Responses

                      Posted in Open Access, Publishing on March 29th, 2010

                      Prometheus Critical Studies in Innovation has published "The Economic Implications of Alternative Publishing Models" by John W. Houghton and Charles Oppenheim along with five responses to the paper in its latest issue. Access to these papers is free.

                      Here's an excerpt:

                      Building on previous work, this paper looks at the costs and potential benefits of alternative models for scientific and scholarly publishing, describing the approach and methods used and summarising the findings of a study undertaken for the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) in the United Kingdom. It concludes that different publishing models can make a material difference to the costs faced and benefits realised from research communication, and it seems likely that more open access to findings from publicly funded research would have substantial net benefits.

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                        Programmer/Analysts at University of British Columbia

                        Posted in Library IT Jobs on March 29th, 2010

                        The University of British Columbia is recruiting two Programmer/Analysts. Salary: $64,369.00-$77,274.

                        Here's an excerpt from the ad (job id: 7228):

                        Responsible for analysing requirement, designing, programming and leading the implementation of new systems and maintenance of a variety of automated systems (both vendor-supplied and locally developed) that support numerous, major online applications (Acquisitions, Cataloguing, Circulation, Public Access, Serials Management, eResource Management and others) used throughout the UBC Library. This includes providing ongoing operational and troubleshooting support required for these automated systems and all associated equipment and communications networks.

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