"The Semantic Web, Linked and Open Data: A Briefing Paper"

Posted in Linking, Linked Data, and Semantic Web on July 12th, 2010

JISC CETIS has released "The Semantic Web, Linked and Open Data: A Briefing Paper."

Here's an excerpt:

This briefing paper will provide a high level overview of key concepts relating to the Semantic Web, semantic technologies, linked and open data; along with references to relevant examples and standards. The briefing is intended to provide a starting point for those within the teaching and learning community who may have come across the concept of semantic technologies and the Semantic Web but who do not regard themselves as experts and wish to learn more. The examples and links are intended as starting points for further exploration.

Information Technology Specialist at Texas Library Association

Posted in Library IT Jobs on July 12th, 2010

The Texas Library Association is recruiting an Information Technology Specialist. Salary: $55,000-$60,000.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

  • Oversees contract for technology support for the Association. Coordinates strategic technology planning. Troubleshoots and resolves technology problems.
  • Oversees the design and implementation of system security measures (e.g., backups, access control, and disaster recovery). Designs and implements plan for archiving TLA electronic internal and external materials and provides searchable archive of materials available to the public.
  • Monitors trends and recommends new technologies for internal operations and for member communications and education. Researches, recommends, and implements hardware and software upgrades.
  • Collaborates with members and staff to implement and constantly update short and long-term technology goals for the Association. Provides oversight for implementation of any adopted long-range technology plan.
  • Analyzes and evaluates existing and potential social media and their application to the library environment. Manages and oversees the successful implementation of social networking services for members and staff.

A Guide to Web Preservation

Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on July 12th, 2010

The JISC-funded PoWR project has releasd A Guide to Web Preservation.

Here's an excerpt:

The [JISC PoWR] project handbook was published in November 2008. Since then we have seen a growing awareness of the importance of digital preservation in general and in the preservation of web resources (including web pages, web-based applications and websites) in particular. The current economic crisis and the expected cuts across public sector organisations mean that a decade of growth and optimism is now over – instead we can expect to see reduced levels of funding available within the sector which will have an impact on the networked services which are used to support teaching and learning and research activities.

The need to manage the implications of these cutbacks is likely to result in a renewed interest in digital preservation. We are therefore pleased to be able to publish this new guide, based on the original PoWR: The Preservation of Web Resources Handbook, which provides practical advice to practitioners and policy makers responsible for the provision of web services.

Digital Repository Librarian at University of Texas at Austin

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on July 12th, 2010

The University of Texas at Austin Libraries are recruiting a Digital Repository Librarian. Salary: $54,996.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

To serve as the Project Manager for the University of Texas Digital Repository (UTDR) whose purpose is to collect, record, provide access to, and archive the scholarly and research works of the University of Texas at Austin, as well as works that reflect the intellectual and service environment of the campus. . . .

Coordinate the operations of the UT Digital Repository (UTDR), including planning workflow and administrative tasks involving programmatic and collaborative work for the UTDR team. Provide regular written and verbal communications with content providers, repository support team members, library staff, and collection curators. Plan and implement outreach efforts, including creating marketing and training materials that promote the use of and the deposit of content into the UT Digital Repository. Collaborate with faculty and teaching assistants to incorporate library resources into Blackboard or other course management systems. Contribute to the work of digital initiatives within the University of Texas Libraries. Maintain awareness of and engagement with national and international trends and developments for institutional repositories. Participate in library committees, task forces, and special projects, particularly those related to digital initiatives and institutional repositories. Engage in ongoing professional development and service to the library, university and the library profession.

"The Accessibility of Open Access Materials in Libraries"

Posted in Open Access on July 12th, 2010

Sigi Jöttkandt has self-archived "The Accessibility of Open Access Materials in Libraries" in E-LIS.

Here's an excerpt:

Librarians often champion open access (OA) as a sustainable alternative to the current scholarly communications system, which is widely accepted as being in a state of crisis. However, there has been little insight into how far libraries are making this support tangible by providing access to OA publications in their OPACs and other library pathways. This study conducted a large-scale survey of US library holdings to determine the extent that records of journals from the Directory of Open Access Journals are held by WorldCat-affiliated Academic libraries. It then followed up with a questionnaire inquiring into the attitudes and practices of librarians from 100 libraries that were ranked highest out of the total population in terms of their holdings of DOAJ journals. The main objective of the study was to develop a better understanding of the factors influencing the incorporation of OA materials into a university library’s holdings, where and by what means they typically appear on library websites, and how librarians feel about having these materials in their collections. Our findings suggest that the majority (54%) of WorldCat-affiliated US academic libraries have at least one record for a DOAJ journal in their holdings. It additionally suggests that librarians from institutions holding high numbers of DOAJ records generally have very positive attitudes towards OA, even though most of the respondents from these institutions were largely unaware that their holdings were more heavily weighted towards DOAJ records than at comparable institutions. Regarding library selection of OA titles, a journal’s subject matter was highlighted as a more important consideration than its access model. Additional findings suggest that large publishers of OA journals tend to have a higher representation in library holdings than smaller independent publishers.

Millennials Will Make Online Sharing in Networks a Lifelong Habit

Posted in Digital Culture, Reports and White Papers on July 11th, 2010

The Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project has released Millennials Will Make Online Sharing in Networks a Lifelong Habit.

Here's an excerpt:

In a survey about the future impact of the internet, a solid majority of technology experts and stakeholders said the Millennial generation will lead society into a new world of personal disclosure and information-sharing using new media. These experts said the communications patterns "digital natives" have already embraced through their use of social networking technology and other social technology tools will carry forward even as Millennials age, form families, and move up the economic ladder.

Scholarly Communications & IR Librarian at Utah State University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on July 11th, 2010

Utah State University's Merrill-Cazier Library is recruiting a Scholarly Communications & IR Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad (requisition number: 052174):

Utah State University's Merrill-Cazier Library seeks an energetic, articulate, and well-organized person to develop and manage the University's Digital Commons institutional Repository and Scholarly Communication activities. Reporting to the Head of Digital Initiatives, the position is a 12-month, tenure track, faculty appointment with rank as Assistant Librarian. This position works both independently and in coordination with subject liaison librarians to promote use of the IR as an online journal management system (EdiKit), a repository for faculty publications, and an integrated tool in the scholarly communication process on campus.

EDUCAUSE Quarterly Special Issue on Cloud Computing

Posted in Cloud Computing/SaaS on July 11th, 2010

EDUCAUSE Quarterly has published a special issue on cloud computing.

Here are some representative articles:

Digital Repository Librarian at North Carolina State University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on July 11th, 2010

The North Carolina State University Libraries are recruiting a Digital Repository Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Digital Repository Librarian explores, adapts, and implements emerging digital repository technologies and provides leadership for projects that advance continuing access to digital content of enduring value produced or maintained at North Carolina State University. Drawing upon a thorough understanding of current trends and new technologies for digital repositories, the incumbent leads the development of new digital repository services and associated technical infrastructure. Working with key stakeholder groups within the library and across the university, she or he contributes to the planning and development of the library's digital repository strategy. She or he will work closely with staff in the Digital Scholarship & Publishing Center, the Special Collections Research Center, Collection Management, and Metadata & Cataloging to assess needs and to develop and implement appropriate tools and workflows. The Digital Repository Librarian will play a leading role in developing the university's digital repository strategy and ensuring that digital repository services provided by the library align with the needs of the NCSU community. She or he participates in library planning, represents the Libraries on university and committees, task forces, and teams, as well as regional and national meetings, consortia, and associations. NCSU Librarians are expected to be active professionally and to contribute to developments in the field. The Digital Repository Librarian supervises a team of two technical staff and reports to the Head, Digital Library Initiatives.

Defending the First Sale Doctrine, Library Copyright Alliance, EFF, and Others File Amicus Curiae Briefs in Costco v. Omega

Posted in Copyright on July 11th, 2010

The Library Copyright Alliance, EFF, and others have filed amicus curiae briefs in Costco v. Omega, an important first sale doctrine case before the Supreme Court. The first sale doctrine is used to support libraries legal right to lend books and other materials.

Here's an excerpt from the Library Copyright Alliance brief:

By restricting the application of Section 109(a) to copies manufactured in the United States, the Ninth Circuit’s decision threatens the ability of libraries to continue to lend materials in their collections. Over 200 million books in U.S. libraries have foreign publishers. Moreover, many books published by U.S. publishers were actually manufactured by printers in other countries. Although some books indicate on their copyright page where they were printed, many do not. Libraries, therefore, have no way of knowing whether these books comply with the Ninth Circuit’s rule. Without the certainty of the protection of the first sale doctrine, librarians will have to confront the difficult policy decision of whether to continue to circulate these materials in their collections in the face of potential copyright infringement liability. For future acquisitions, libraries would be able to adjust to the Ninth Circuit’s narrowing of Section 109(a) only by bearing the significant cost of obtaining a "lending license" whenever they acquired a copy that was not clearly manufactured in the United States.

Read more about it at "Supreme Court Should Uphold the First Sale Doctrine."

Last Week’s DigitalKoans Tweets 2010-07-11

Posted in Last Week's DigitalKoan's Tweets on July 11th, 2010

Content Systems Manager at James Madison University

Posted in Library IT Jobs on July 8th, 2010

The James Madison University Libraries are recruiting a Content Systems Manager.

Here's an excerpt from the ad (request/posting number: 0403574):

This position will design, develop, administer, and enhance content management systems and related applications for the Libraries. The position will work with the Libraries Digital Services to promote resource discovery and improve access to the Libraries' online collections and lead the Libraries' staff in resolution of issues, improvement of work-flows, and optimal use of systems. . . .

  • Develop, administer, and enhance the Libraries' content management systems, including the LEO/Millennium, Electronic Resource Management, Check for Full Text reference linking, LOCKSS, and federated search software.
  • Promote resource discovery and improve access to the Libraries' collections.
  • Collaborate with others to analyze collection access and management needs and investigate new technologies, recommending system modifications or additional products where appropriate.

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