Current News: Twitter Updates for 5/1/11

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Digital Repository Coordinator at Emory University Libraries

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on May 1st, 2011 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Emory University Libraries are recruiting a Digital Repository Coordinator.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Emory Libraries seek applications for a new Digital Repository Coordinator to provide leadership, project management, and work in the development of repository services to promote access to the scholarship of the Emory community. In March 2011, the Emory Faculty passed an Open Access Policy calling upon the Libraries, partnering with a faculty advisory committee, to develop an open access repository (see http://guides.main.library.emory.edu/OA for more details). The open access repository will be the first project for this innovative and energetic individual, who will work collaboratively with colleagues on the faculty and in the libraries to develop and implement an open access repository in support of the Open Access Policy, including policies, procedures, workflows, metadata, recruiting and harvesting content, and marketing and outreach to the University community advocating for best practices in open access. Future projects may include data, multi-media content or learning objects. This is an exciting opportunity to work with multiple stakeholders employing a user-driven approach to launch new services for the Emory community.

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Subject Repositories: "arXiv Business Planning Update"

Posted in Digital Repositories, Disciplinary Archives on May 1st, 2011 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Cornell University Library has released "arXiv Business Planning Update."

Here's an excerpt:

It has been 15 months since we announced the collaborative arXiv business model. As we reported in our previous update, for 2010 we were pleased to receive support from 123 institutions, totaling to $360,000 in contributions and representing 11 countries. We are encouraged with the contributions for 2011 as we already have support from 101 institutions, totaling to $275,000 in pledges from 8 countries.

We are grateful for the coordinated international support from the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) Collections in the UK, SPARC-Japan, German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB), Helmholtz-Alliance Physics (Germany), and Denmark's Electronic Research Library (DEFF). We are currently contacting additional international library consortia for their possible leadership in coordinating support within some other countries. . . .

As part of our sustainability planning, we took a critical look at arXiv's technology infrastructure and prepared a high-level plan, which includes a major change to the discovery and access component of the platform. After having the proposal reviewed by four external colleagues with expertise in repository architectures, we decided to implement Invenio as the basis of a new display and access system. The move to Invenio will facilitate improved collaboration with our partners at NASA ADS and INSPIRE, and reduce the maintenance burden of in-house code. We anticipate the transition, which will include a number of user interface enhancements, to be completed by mid-2012. . . .

In collaboration with the NSF Data Conservancy project we have launched a pilot data upload interface for data associated with arXiv articles. Submission is unified through small extensions to arXiv's submission interface. While the article is announced and stored on arXiv, data is automatically deposited in the Data Conservancy repository and linked from the article (see http://arxiv.org/help/data_conservancy for more information). This is a pilot project, which will be re-evaluated in collaboration with the Data Conservancy by the end of this year.

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Scholarly Electronic Publishing Weblog (April 29, 2011)

Posted in Bibliographies, Digital Scholarship Publications, Scholarly Communication on April 29th, 2011 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The latest update of the Scholarly Electronic Publishing Weblog (SEPW) is now available. It provides information about new works related to scholarly electronic publishing, such as books, e-prints, journal articles, magazine articles, technical reports, and white papers.

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Sr. Programmer at University of Miami’s Richter Library

Posted in Digital Library Jobs, Library IT Jobs on April 28th, 2011 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of Miami's Richter Library is recruiting a Sr. Programmer. Pay band min/max: $48,356.50-$99,937.50.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to the Head of Web & Emerging Technologies, the Digital Technologies Programmer/Analyst provides leadership in the research, development and maintenance of the Libraries technical infrastructure. This includes web development, digital programs, user interfaces and other emerging technologies. The incumbent designs, develops, implements, and facilitates project management for the research and development of user-centered tools and applications to enhance operations and services. The DTPA is a member of the Digital Projects Team and supervises one programmer/analyst.

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Association of Research Libraries Sends Letter to FTC about Google Books Privacy Issues

Posted in ARL Libraries, E-Books, Google and Other Search Engines, Privacy on April 28th, 2011 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Association of Research Libraries has sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission regarding Google Books privacy issues.

Here's an excerpt:

This consent order presents a unique opportunity to shape best practices in reader privacy for a major online service provider. The marketplaces for e-books and for book search are both in formative stages, and the standards adopted by Google can be highly influential for other market participants. We urge the Commission to confirm that reader privacy deserves the same respect in the online world that it has long demanded in the physical world by insisting on strong protections for reader privacy in the comprehensive privacy program.

Read more about it at "In Comments to FTC, ARL Suggests Privacy Oversight for Google Books."

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Current News: Twitter Updates for 4/28/11

Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on April 28th, 2011 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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Systems Librarian at Cleveland Museum of Art

Posted in Library IT Jobs on April 28th, 2011 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Cleveland Museum of Art is recruiting a Systems Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The museum’s IT department seeks a Systems Librarian to administer and maintain the museum’s library automation systems and archival collection management systems (currently including OCLC, the ExLibris applications suite, and a variety of open-source and custom LAMP applications), and maintain the library/archives website and local electronic resource repositories. He/She tracks technology advances and standards in library and information science, suggests appropriate solutions to improve the automated functionality of the library/archives, and leads implementation efforts. The Systems Librarian is part of the Information Technology team, and serves as the liaison between IT and the library/archives.

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University of Virginia Library Launches Libra Institutional Repository

Posted in ARL Libraries, Digital Repositories, Institutional Repositories on April 28th, 2011 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of Virginia Library has launched its Libra institutional repository.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

Save your work in perpetuity with a new tool called Libra. A joint project between ITC and the University Library System, and requested by the Faculty Senate, Libra allows any employee of the University who produces scholarly works to store their papers, and in the near future, theses and datasets, in a secure location. Libra was developed specifically as a repository for peer-reviewed, scholarly articles, although other works such as books may also be deposited, as long as sufficient rights have been retained by the authors.

Read more about it at "LIBRA: University of Virginia's Hydra-based Fedora Repository for Open Access Materials."

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Programmer/Systems Analyst at Historic New Orleans Collection

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on April 27th, 2011 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Historic New Orleans Collection is recruiting a Programmer/Systems Analyst.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reports to the Director of Systems and is responsible for providing programming support as needed for the development of new and existing digital projects, as well as for the development of new functionality and features of The Collection’s website and online catalog .

The programmer/systems analyst will assist the Digital Assets Manager in the design and implementation of digital asset repository technologies for digital preservation as well as the development of integrated digital exhibits on the institution’s website. The successful candidate will work with the Manager of Internet &Interactive Development to implement new functionalities into The Collection’s website. The position is responsible for researching, testing, making recommendations, designing and helping develop software solutions for The Collection’s collection management system, (MINT by MINISIS Inc.), digital preservation and institutional repositories, and web-based digital programs.

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Institute of Museum and Library Services Issues "IMLS FY2011 Appropriations Allocation"

Posted in Grants, Libraries, Museums on April 27th, 2011 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services has issued the "IMLS FY2011 Appropriations Allocation."

Here's the announcement:

In allocating the FY 11 appropriation, we have carefully reviewed our strategic priorities and our activities that have the greatest impact. IMLS supports a diverse portfolio of programs to meet the IMLS mission and bring high-quality library and museum services to the broadest possible public. In making these allocations IMLS balanced interests in supporting "what works" and also investing in "what's new" through innovation and research. In this way IMLS provides the leadership to help libraries and museums evolve their services to meet the public’s ever-changing needs for information and lifelong learning. In addition to making careful reductions to IMLS programs, we are also reducing our administrative budget and will be rigorously examining our operations for cost-efficiency measures.

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Library Systems Analyst at California State University, Los Angeles’s John F. Kennedy Memorial Library

Posted in Library IT Jobs on April 27th, 2011 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The California State University, Los Angeles's John F. Kennedy Memorial Library is recruiting a Library Systems Analyst. Salary Range: $4314-$8831 per month.

Here's an excerpt from the ad (career, #100113 ):

Under the general supervision of the Associate University Librarian, the incumbent is responsible for the administration, support, and ongoing maintenance of library technology for the Integrated Library Systems (ILS) at California State University, Los Angeles. responsibilities include: management and administration of all aspects of the ILS; advises the University Librarian; collaborates with the Library Information Technology Consultant, library web administrator, and electronic resources coordinator in library technology strategic planning and in the implementation of specialized library applications such as discovery layer technology, web applications and digital initiative; provides user support, performs assessment, research, and troubleshooting to resolve ILS related issues; assists in the investigation and implementation of new emerging technologies; and performs other duties as assigned.

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