Librarian (Systems and Technology) at Foothill-De Anza Community College District

Posted in Library IT Jobs on June 23rd, 2010

The Foothill-De Anza Community College District is recruiting a Librarian (Systems and Technology). Salary: $57,904-$95,099.

Here's an excerpt from the ad (Job #: 11-009):

Develop and coordinate a long-range plan for the library's systems, hardware, and software. Manage the integrated library system (SIRSI) and other library systems such as EZproxy, GoPrint, and library self checkout. Coordinate desktop management and academic computer lab technology. Provide technical support, problem solving, and staff training in these areas. Serve as a liaison with campus and district technology personnel on initiatives and projects that impact library operations. Collaborate with library faculty and staff in investigating leading-edge technologies, testing software, and recommending and implementing appropriate systems in support of library services. Provide reference and course-related library instruction. Participate in collection development.

Institutions from Sub-Saharan Africa and Former Soviet Republics Join World Digital Library

Posted in Digital Libraries on June 23rd, 2010

New institutions from Sub-Saharan Africa and the former Soviet Republics have joined the World Digital Library.

Here's an excerpt from the press release:

Under a $2 million grant awarded by Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Library of Congress has completed the first stages of a three-year effort to enable cultural institutions in sub-Saharan Africa and the countries of the former Soviet Union to join the World Digital Library (WDL), an award-winning project initiated by the Library in cooperation with the United Nations Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (UNESCO) to provide free, multilingual access to important cultural and historical documents from all 193 UNESCO member states.

The WDL now has 85 partners from 55 countries. More than 10 million users from every nation in the world have visited the WDL – – since its launch in April 2009.

In connection with the first official meeting of the WDL partners, to take place in Washington, DC on June 22-23, Carnegie Corporation of New York today will support a conference of directors and technical staff from libraries, archives, and museums in 11 countries of the former Soviet Union – Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan — to identify important documents and collections from these countries that should be added to the WDL. The conference will identify the personnel and infrastructural needs these nations must fulfill to participate in national and international digital library projects. It will also seek to map out a strategy to ensure that the cultural richness of the Central Asian and Caucasus countries as well as Ukraine, Moldova and Belarus are reflected in the WDL. Representatives of Russian libraries already participating in the WDL will take part in the conference as observers.

Under the same Carnegie Corporation of New York grant, which was awarded in July 2009, the Library of Congress worked with the National Library of Uganda (NLU) to establish a Digital Conversion Center at the NLU in Kampala. This center, the first of its kind in Uganda and one of very few in sub-Saharan Africa, is enabling the national library to digitize documents relating to the history and culture of Uganda for inclusion on its own website and on the WDL. The items digitized are from the NLU and other cooperating institutions in Uganda. They include such documents as those that led to the first constitution of Uganda and several related to the movement for independence; early accounts of missions to Uganda; and the original of the 1898 treaty between Great Britain and the Kingdom of Buganda.

The Library of Congress and Carnegie Corporation of New York provided digitization equipment and software to Uganda’s NLU and helped the institution in Kampala recruit a dedicated digital conversion staff. That staff was trained by a five-person team from the Library of Congress in content selection, preservation, digitization and metadata creation. Gertrude Kayaga Mulindwa, Director of the National Library of Uganda, will address the WDL partner meeting on her institution’s experience in establishing the digital conversion center and the experience gained and lessons learned for capacity-building in other developing country libraries. Future activities planned under the grant include efforts to build capacity at libraries in South Africa so they, too can contribute collections to the WDL.

Open Data: Panton Principles Authors Named SPARC Innovators

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Open Access on June 22nd, 2010

The authors of the Panton Principles have been named as SPARC Innovators.

Here's an excerpt from the press release:

Science is based on building on, reusing, and openly criticizing the published body of scientific knowledge. For science to effectively function, and for society to reap the full benefits from scientific endeavors, it is crucial that science data be made open.

That's the belief of four leaders who have put forth a groundbreaking set of recommendations for scientists to more easily share their data—The Panton Principles—and who have been named the latest SPARC Innovators for their work.

The authors of The Panton Principles are:

  • Peter Murray-Rust, chemist at the University of Cambridge;
  • Cameron Neylon, biochemist at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Didcot, England;
  • Rufus Pollock, co-founder of the Open Knowledge Foundation and Mead Fellow in Economics, Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge;
  • John Wilbanks, vice president for Science, Creative Commons, San Francisco.

The authors advocate making data freely available on the Internet for anyone to download, copy, analyze, reprocess, pass to software or use for any purpose without financial, legal or technical barriers. Through the Principles, the group aimed to develop clear language that explicitly defines how a scientist's rights to his own data could be structured so others can freely reuse or build on it. The goal was to craft language simple enough that a scientist could easily follow it, and then focus on doing science rather than law.

The Panton Principles were publicly launched in February of 2010, with a Web site at to spread the word and an invitation to endorse. About 100 individuals and organizations have endorsed the Principles so far.

"This is the first time we're seeing diverse viewpoints crystallize around the pragmatic idea that we have to start somewhere, agree on the basics, and set the tone," says Heather Joseph, Executive Director of SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition). "The authors are all leading thinkers in this area—as well as producers and consumers of data. They each approached the idea of open data from different directions, yet with the same drive to open up science, and ended up on common ground."

According to Pollock, "It's commonplace that we advance by building on the work of colleagues and predecessors—standing on the shoulders of giants. In a digital age, to build on the work of others we need something very concrete: access to the data of others and the freedom to use and reuse it. That's what the Panton Principles are about."

To read the full June 2010 SPARC Innovator profile, visit

Special Projects Librarian at Bentley University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on June 22nd, 2010

The Bentley University Library is recruiting a Special Projects Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad (posting number: FY10131224):

The Special Projects Librarian is responsible for proposing and managing a variety of new projects in the library, such as designing and implementing a digital archives collection, exploring and potentially implementing a plan for copyright-compliant off-campus streaming of videos, exploring and doing analyses of Innovative's evolving product line, piloting an e-books/e-textbooks initiative, etc.

S/he serves as a standing member of the Bentley Library User Experience (BLUE) group, working closely with the Assistant Manager of Reference to further digital and online initiatives that require a more significant time commitment than BLUE team members can reasonably be expected to make. Of course, s/he will also work closely with and rely on both full-time and student Library Services, Reference, and Technical Services staff to ensure the timely completion of projects, and keep the Library Director apprised of progress, opportunities, and obstacles to be overcome.

Presentations from Computer Forensics and Born-Digital Content in Cultural Heritage Collections Meeting

Posted in Digital Archives and Special Collections, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on June 22nd, 2010

The Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities has released presentations from the Computer Forensics and Born-Digital Content in Cultural Heritage Collections meeting.

Here's an excerpt from the meeting's background document:

While such [computer forensics] activities may seem (happily) far removed from the concerns of the cultural heritage sector, the methods and tools developed by forensics experts represent a novel approach to key issues and challenges in the archives community. Libraries, special collections, and other repositories increasingly receive computer storage media (and sometimes entire computers) as part of their acquisition of "papers" from contemporary artists, writers, musicians, government officials, politicians, scholars, and other public figures. Cell phones, e-readers, and other data-rich devices will surely follow. The same forensics software that indexes a criminal suspect's hard drive allows the archivist to prepare a comprehensive manifest of the electronic files a donor has turned over for accession; the same hardware that allows the forensics specialist to create an algorithmically authenticated "image" of a file system allows the archivist to ensure the integrity of digital content once committed to an institutional repository; the same data recovery procedures that allow the specialist to discover, recover, and present as trial evidence an "erased" file may allow a scholar to reconstruct a lost or inadvertently deleted version of an electronic manuscript—and do so with enough confidence to stake reputation and career.

Systems Coordinator at Lamar University

Posted in Library IT Jobs on June 22nd, 2010

The Mary & John Gray Library at Lamar University is recruiting a Systems Coordinator.

Here's an excerpt from the ad (posting number: 0600239):

Provides management of the systems department of the library including the integrated library system (SirsiDynix Symphony), web development, and day to day management of the department including supervision of full time staff. Manages systems that support library functions including providing assistance and training to library staff in the use of the SirsiDynix ILS. This position can expect to be on call nights and weekends for systems issues. Coordinates library systems for the Gray Library serving Lamar University and the Lamar Institute of Technology and the Ron E. Lewis Library at Lamar State College-Orange. Participates in the reference rotation 2-4 hours a week. Contributes to library services and initiatives and participates in university and library committees. Shares in collection development duties.

2010 Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement

Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars on June 22nd, 2010

Victoria A. Espinel, U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator, has released the 2010 Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement.

Here's an excerpt:

The U.S. Government supports the free flow of information and freedom of expression over the Internet. An open and accessible Internet is critical to our economy. At the same time, the Internet should not be used as a means to further criminal activity. The Administration encourages cooperative efforts within the business community to reduce Internet piracy. The Administration believes that it is essential for the private sector, including content owners, Internet service providers, advertising brokers, payment processors and search engines, to work collaboratively, consistent with the antitrust laws, to address activity that has a negative economic impact and undermines U.S. businesses, and to seek practical and efficient solutions to address infringement. This should be achieved through carefully crafted and balanced agreements. Specifically, the Administration encourages actions by the private sector to effectively address repeated acts of infringement, while preserving the norms of legitimate competition, free speech, fair process and the privacy of users. While the Administration encourages cooperative efforts within the business community to reduce Internet piracy, the Administration will pursue additional solutions to the problems associated with Internet piracy, including vigorously investigating and prosecuting criminal activity, where warranted.

OCLC Releases "WorldCat Rights and Responsibilities for the OCLC Cooperative"

Posted in OCLC on June 21st, 2010

OCLC has released "WorldCat Rights and Responsibilities for the OCLC Cooperative." It will be effective August 1, 2010.

Here's an excerpt from the press release:

The new policy outlines the rights and responsibilities associated with stewardship of the WorldCat bibliographic and holdings database by and for the OCLC cooperative, including the use and exchange of OCLC member-contributed data comprising WorldCat.

The policy was drafted by the Record Use Policy Council, a group of 12 library leaders charged by the OCLC Board of Trustees to craft a replacement for the Guidelines for Use and Transfer of OCLC Derived Records, which was developed in 1987.

In April 2010, the Record Use Policy Council submitted to the library community and to the OCLC Board a draft policy that began a two-month period of community review and discussion. More than 275 comments were gathered via e-mail, phone, meetings and letters, in an online forum, and by monitoring blogs, listservs, and Twitter. At the end of May, community input was incorporated and a policy statement was submitted to the OCLC Board, which approved the revised document during its June meeting.

"We decided to emphasize a code of good practice for members of the cooperative, based on shared values, trust and reciprocity," said Jennifer Younger, Co-Chair of the Record Use Policy Council, President-Elect, OCLC Global Council and Chair, Board of Directors, Catholic Research Resources Alliance. "The focus of the new policy is on member rights and responsibilities—instead of data ownership issues, detailed provisions or restrictions—with the general aim of fostering innovation in our ever-changing information landscape."

The policy is based on the premise that OCLC members value WorldCat as a comprehensive, timely, and accurate reflection of the consolidated holdings of those members. The policy's intent is to encourage the widespread use of WorldCat bibliographic data while also supporting the ongoing and long-term sustainability and utility of WorldCat and of WorldCat-based services such as resource sharing, cataloging, and discovery.

"The new policy supports library choice in a hybrid environment of metadata types and content standards,” said Barbara Gubbin, Co-Chair of the Record Use Policy Council and Director, Jacksonville (Florida) Public Library. "It recognizes as essential the need for OCLC members to share and reuse their data with many partners, across many systems, sites, and applications."

The Record Use Policy Council was named in September 2009 to develop this new policy by providing a broad and inclusive set of perspectives and experiences, determining the current and future information needs of the library community, and gathering and including feedback from the library community.

Systems Librarian at Flatirons Library Consortium

Posted in Library IT Jobs on June 21st, 2010

The Flatirons Library Consortium is recruiting a Systems Librarian. Hiring Range: $52,350-$62,820.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Under limited supervision to administer the integrated library system for the Flatirons Library Consortium (Boulder Public Library, Louisville Public Library, and Maime Doud Eisenhower Public Library). Manages the web-based events calendar and virtual reference tools, and performs related duties as required for the Boulder Public Library and the City of Boulder.

Futures Thinking for Academic Librarians: Higher Education in 2025

Posted in Libraries, Reports and White Papers, Research Libraries on June 21st, 2010

The Association of College and Research Libraries has released Futures Thinking for Academic Librarians: Higher Education in 2025.

Here's an excerpt:

This document presents 26 possible scenarios based on an implications assessment of current trends, which may have an impact on all types of academic and research libraries over the next 15 years. The scenarios represent themes relating to academic culture, demographics, distance education, funding, globalization, infrastructure/facilities, libraries, political climate, publishing industry, societal values, students/learning, and technology. They are organized in a “scenario space” visualization tool, reflecting the expert judgment of ACRL members as to their expectations and perceptions about the probability, impact, speed of change, and threat/opportunity potential of each scenario. Finally, the study draws out implications for academic libraries.

Digital Projects Librarian/Archivist at Digital Library of Georgia

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on June 21st, 2010

The Digital Library of Georgia is recruiting a Digital Projects Librarian/Archivist. Salary: entry-level minimum $38,000; commensurate with experience.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Digital Projects Librarian/Archivist is responsible for metadata and authority control, student hiring and supervision, quality control, and other duties related to the development of digital resources for Digital Library of Georgia initiatives including but not limited to the federally supported Civil Rights Digital Library and the forthcoming ASERL Civil War era digital library portal being created through a partnership with 32 Southeastern research libraries. The Digital Projects Librarian/Archivist reports to the Associate Director of the Digital Library of Georgia (DLG) and works as a member of the DLG's Metadata and Site Development unit.

Digital Library Software: 2009 Greenstone User and Developer Survey

Posted in Digital Libraries, Open Source Software on June 21st, 2010

Laura Sheble et al. have released the 2009 Greenstone User and Developer Survey.

Here's an excerpt:

The 2009 Greenstone User and Developer Survey was designed to gather information about the organizational and technical contexts in which organizations and individuals use Greenstone Digital Library Software. A major component of the survey focused on how support resources are used and how current resources meet user needs.

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