Presentations from the Texas Conference on Digital Libraries 2010

Posted in Digital Libraries, Digital Repositories, Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs) on June 1st, 2010

Presentations from the Texas Conference on Digital Libraries 2010 are now available.

Here's some representative presentations:

Web Developer/Designer at University of Kansas Medical Center

Posted in Library IT Jobs on June 1st, 2010

The University of Kansas Medical Center is recruiting a Web Developer/Designer.

Here's an excerpt from the ad (position number: J0184705):

This person will work closely with Dykes Library staff, faculty and other Information Resources units to raise the visibility of expertise, research, publications, grey literature, and collections on the KUMC web site. Requires one to work closely with librarians and library personnel to understand information requirement needs and to then seek solutions for meeting those required needs. Requires working with diverse web applications and data sources to provide seamless user services.

"Interview with Sarah Pritchard: The Changing Face of Academic Presses"

Posted in Publishing, University Presses on June 1st, 2010

Information Today has published "Interview with Sarah Pritchard: The Changing Face of Academic Presses." Pritchard is the University Librarian at Northwestern University.

Here's an excerpt:

Q: The model that many advocate for OA books is making the text freely available online but sell the print version, so that etext will drive print sales. Do you see it as a viable model for NUP [Northwestern University Press]?

A: Absolutely, I see that as a very logical model, and I would envisage us moving to that model before we move to a totally OA environment. By the way, we are currently in the process of moving one of our journals to OA, which we are very excited about . . . TriQuarterly.

Archivist For Metadata & Encoding (Digital Archivist) at East Carolina University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on May 31st, 2010

The J. Y. Joyner Library at East Carolina University is recruiting an Archivist For Metadata & Encoding (Digital Archivist).

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Digital Archivist is a member of the Special Collections Department and reports to the Assistant Director for Special Collections. The Digital Archivist will develop, in collaboration with other staff, internal encoding standards and evaluate and deploy software for use in encoding; work to ensure the online accessibility of finding aids through the design of the end-user interface and navigation for the EAD repository; coordinate training for Special Collections staff involved in the creation of EAD finding aids; work with Special Collections staff to select collections for digitization, taking into account factors such as scholarly impact, fragility of materials, copyright, and privacy; and maintain and expand the Special Collections Department Website using emerging web technologies and best practices that serve a growing online user community. The Digital Archivist will co-chair the Metadata Advisory Group, which will develop guidelines for metadata creation, identify core elements common to all projects, set standards for levels of detail and granularity for individual projects and repositories, and serve as consultants to the Metadata Librarian and metadata providers.

Digital Repositories: Multiple-Deposit Function Added to EasyDeposit SWORD Client

Posted in Digital Repositories, Institutional Repositories, Open Source Software, Self-Archiving on May 31st, 2010

Stuart Lewis has announced that a multiple-deposit function has been added to the EasyDeposit SWORD client.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

For those of you unfamiliar with EasyDeposit, it is an online tool that allows you to configure your own SWORD client. It is intended that you run multiple copies of EasyDeposit and configure each for a specific tailored use, such as thesis deposit, journal deposit, multiple deposit etc. The deposit process is made up of a set of 'steps' which you can configure and change into a preferred order to make your chosen client. . . .

The new multiple deposit functionality allows the administrator to 'hard code' the details of a set of repositories, and upon completion of the deposit process the item is deposited into each of those repositories. EasyDeposit has been designed with extensibility in mind, so if you wish to write your own 'steps,' for example to allow the depositor to select which repositories from a given list they would like to deposit into, this is easy and straightforward to write in PHP.

Systems Administrator-Digital Project Development at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on May 31st, 2010

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory is recruiting a Systems Administrator-Digital Project Development.

Here's an excerpt from the ad (Job ID #: 603):

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory is seeking a Systems Administrator to lead the implementation of new national and international projects as well as maintain and enhance all existing library web-based, digital and electronic projects; Assist with the development and maintenance of new and existing proprietary and non-proprietary databases; perform server level duties and support the library’s hardware and software needs; Work and coordinate with the IT department to maintain system functionality and integrity;

Participate in all Library and Archives digitization projects and act as a liaison with the IT department, our bioinformatics scientific community and external collaborators.

Digital Preservation: Open Planets Foundation Established

Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on May 31st, 2010

The four-year Planets (Preservation and Long-term Access through Networked Services) project is ending. To build on its work, the Open Planets Foundation has been established.

The initial members are:

  • Austrian Institute of Technology
  • The British Library
  • Det Kongelige Bibliotek (The Royal Library of Denmark)
  • Koninklijke Bibliotheek (The National Library of the Netherlands)
  • Microsoft Research Limited
  • Nationaal Archief (The Dutch National Archives)
  • Österreichische Nationalbibliothek (The Austrian National Library)
  • Statsbiblioteket (The State & University Library, Denmark)
  • Tessella plc

Read more about it at "Welcome to the Open Planets Foundation."

DigitalKoans Back on 6/1/10

Posted in Announcements on May 30th, 2010

DigitalKoans weblog postings will resume on 6/1/10.

Last Week’s DigitalKoans Tweets 2010-05-30

Posted in Last Week's DigitalKoan's Tweets on May 30th, 2010

Open Access in Italy: Report 2009

Posted in Open Access, Reports and White Papers on May 27th, 2010

SELL (Southern European Libraries Link) has released Open Access in Italy: Report 2009.

Here's an excerpt:

In Italy the OA movement has mainly pursued a "bottom up approach." Librarians, IT professionals, senior researchers, early adopters in individual universities and research centres have been actively involved in promoting awareness on OA issues, in implementing repositories, in planning projects, writing policies, developing tools. Initially, the academic institutional hierarchies failed to take any clear stand on the issue.

No specific national funding has been allocated for open access initiatives and in most cases the implementation of the Open Archive was financed with ordinary budget expenditures.

In a limited number of cases (i.e. University of Cagliari, University of Naples Parthenope, University of Sassari, and University of Trieste) the repositories were successfully funded under Regional spending. To date neither the government nor the Ministry of Education and Research have made any recommendations on this matter or provided any funding. Parliament has made no stand on the issue.

Manager, Digitization and Preservation at Toronto Public Library

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on May 27th, 2010

The Toronto Public Library is recruiting a Manager, Digitization and Preservation. Salary: $77,240.80-$95,804.80.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Toronto Public Library seeks a creative and highly motivated leader to manage its active and growing Preservation and Digitization Services Department. The position is suited to an individual with demonstrated and successful experience in library digitization, and an understanding of the requirements for the preservation of special and rare collections.

Under the general direction of the Manager, Special Collections, Archives and Digital Collections, the successful candidate will manage the daily operations and lead a team of 10.4 FTEs which includes a department head, digital technicians, professional conservators, and other support staff.

The successful candidate will have demonstrated experience in digital initiatives and knowledge of current best practices in digitization, metadata, storage, workflows, and management of digital assets, as well a familiarity with special collections materials, and collection preservation practices and strategies.

"EBSCO Library Collections and Budgeting Trends Survey"

Posted in ARL Libraries, Higher Education Budget Cuts, Libraries on May 27th, 2010

EBSCO has released the "EBSCO Library Collections and Budgeting Trends Survey," which was conducted in February of this year.

Here's an excerpt:

Eighty-three percent of librarians reported either budget cuts or no budget growth during the 2009-2010 year. ARL libraries were especially hard hit with 64 percent reporting budget decreases. Expectations for 2010-2011 are similar with a total of 85 percent of respondents expecting decreased or flat budgets.

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