Digital Collections Librarian at University of Virginia Law Library

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on January 18th, 2011

The University of Virginia Law Library is recruiting a Digital Collections Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad (posting number: 0606957):

The University of Virginia Law Library invites applications for a newly created Digital Collections Librarian. The librarian will manage all aspects of digital content and delivery, supervise graduate students in their production of e-text, evaluate new technologies related to digital content and represent the law library in the development of the University repository. There will be opportunity to work with colleagues on technical aspects of research projects.

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    Wikipedia, Past and Present

    Posted in Reports and White Papers, Social Media/Web 2.0 on January 18th, 2011

    The Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project has released Wikipedia, Past and Present.

    Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

    The percentage of all American adults who use Wikipedia to look for information has increased from 25% in February 2007 to 42% in May 2010. This translates to 53% of adult internet users.

    Education level continues to be the strongest predictor of Wikipedia use. The collaborative encyclopedia is most popular among internet users with at least a college degree, 69% of whom use the site. Broadband use remains another predictor, as 59% of those with home broadband use the service, compared with 26% of those who connect to the internet through dial-up. Additionally, Wikipedia is generally more popular among those with annual household incomes of at least $50,000, as well as with young adults: 62% of internet users under the age of 30 using the service, compared with only 33% of internet users age 65 and older.

    In the scope of general online activities, using Wikipedia is more popular than sending instant messages (done by 47% of internet users) or rating a product, service, or person (32%), but is less popular than using social network sites (61%) or watching videos on sites like YouTube (66%).

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      Digital Librarian at Department of Transportation

      Posted in Digital Library Jobs on January 18th, 2011

      The Department of Transportation is recruiting a Digital Librarian. Salary: $74,872-$115,742.

      Here's an excerpt from the ad:

      This position is located in the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, National Transportation Library (NTL), Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA). As the Digital Collections Technology Librarian, you will be responsible for leading the development and enhancement of digital repository services, information organization, digital curation, and tools/software that facilitate discovery and use of NTL resources including leadership of the NTL Technical Services Team.

      The NTL Technical Services Team is responsible for web application design and maintenance cataloging, collection maintenance, and web site maintenance. Among other duties, the team maintains and enhances the functionality and provision of (a) the NTL Integrated Search System, including the NTL Digital Repository, (b) the Transportation Research Thesaurus (TRT), the NTL web site, and (c) other applications, most of which are homegrown, open source, and off-the-shelf software.

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        Digital Libraries: Europeana Strategic Plan 2011-2015

        Posted in Digital Libraries, Digitization, Mass Digitizaton on January 18th, 2011

        The Europeana project has released the Europeana Strategic Plan 2011-2015.

        Here's an excerpt:

        Launched as a proof of concept in 2008, with 2 million objects from 27 EU countries, Europeana spent 2009 and 2010 creating an operational service and ingesting a critical mass of data from some 1500 providers across Europe. Together with content partners and aided by Europe’s leading research universities, we now have a strong and vibrant network of museums, archives and libraries.

        We are achieving our objective as an aggregator, and aim to give access to all of Europe’s digitised cultural heritage by 2025. However, to remain successful in the future we need now to move from a centralised role to a more distributed model. Europeana will take its place in a wider European information space, collaborating with other aggregators of content. From the users’ perspective, Europeana’s content will be readily accessible in the places they frequent online—social networks, educational sites and cultural spaces. Our ambition is to provide new forms of access to culture, to inspire creativity and stimulate social and economic growth. To achieve this, Europeana and its stakeholders grapple with major challenges. Primary among these are the intellectual property barriers to digitisation. Europeana will become outmoded if it is not renewed through access to 20th and 21st century material. To ensure such access, more concerted efforts are needed at a European level to deal with orphan works and rights harmonisation. Secondly, it is vital that the digitisation of Europe’s cultural and intellectual record is accelerated. Thirdly, long-term funding needs to be secured for both Europeana and the ecosystem of content providers and aggregators that supplies its lifeblood.

        In this strategic plan we outline our approach to these challenges and to creating value for the stakeholders and users. Over the next five years, Europeana will focus on four strategic tracks:

        • aggregate content to build the open trusted source of European heritage
        • facilitate knowledge transfer, innovation and advocacy in the cultural heritage sector
        • distribute their heritage to users wherever they are, whenever they want it
        • engage users in new ways of participating in their cultural heritage

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          Daily Tweets 2011-01-18

          Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on January 18th, 2011
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            Digital Curation and Preservation Bibliography, Version 2

            Posted in Bibliographies, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Digital Scholarship Publications, Scholarly Communication on January 17th, 2011

            Version 2 of the Digital Curation and Preservation Bibliography is now available from Digital Scholarship as an XHTML website with live links to many included works. This selective bibliography includes over 500 articles, books, and technical reports that are useful in understanding digital curation and preservation. All included works are in English. It is available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 United States License.

            Table of Contents

            1 General Works about Digital Curation and Preservation
            2 Digital Preservation Copyright Issues
            3 Digital Preservation of Formats and Materials
            3.1 General Works
            3.2 Digital Data
            3.3 Digital Media
            3.4 E-journals
            3.5 Other Digital Formats and Materials
            3.6 World-Wide Web
            4 Digital Preservation Metadata
            5 Digital Preservation Models and Policies
            6 Digital Preservation National and International Efforts
            7 Digital Preservation Projects and Institutional Implementations
            8 Digital Preservation Research
            9 Digital Preservation Services
            9.1 JSTOR
            9.2 LOCKSS
            9.3 Portico
            10 Digital Preservation Strategies
            11 Digital Repository Digital Preservation Issues
            Appendix A. Related Bibliographies
            Appendix B. About the Author

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            See also: Reviews of Digital Scholarship Publications.

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              Head, Digital Scholarship and Production Services at Duke University

              Posted in Digital Library Jobs on January 17th, 2011

              The Duke University Libraries are recruiting a Head, Digital Scholarship and Production Services.

              Here's an excerpt from the ad

              The Head of Digital Scholarship and Production Services provides leadership, vision, and strategic direction for the Duke University Libraries' services to support digital scholarship and the Libraries' production of digital content primarily from their distinctive holdings, both of which involve work by staff in multiple departments. She/he cultivates a forward-looking, collaborative environment and sets high user-centered service standards; works closely with faculty and students as well as other library staff; and directs the staff and administers the budget of the Digital Scholarship and Production Services Department.


              • Working with colleagues throughout the Libraries, develops a cohesive program and suite of services that support scholars engaged in creating, using, and disseminating scholarly materials in a wide range of digital media
              • Provides services that include the creation of digital content, project planning, project management, and the provision of tools for collecting, organizing, preserving, analyzing, and authoring digital information and generating new intellectual products. These services will draw on expertise throughout the Libraries in areas such as digitization standards, costs, and methods; rights management; usability issues; workflow and process management; quality control; and budget management.
              • Collaborates with other campus stakeholders, such as the university's signature institutes, to develop digital scholarship programs at Duke and to enhance the Libraries' participation in and contributions to those programs.
              • Develops capacity among library staff to support work in digital scholarship by providing instruction, training, demonstrations, and workshops.
              • Works with the Libraries' subject specialists, IT staff, Preservation Department, and other staff to meet collection development, data storage, preservation, stewardship, and access challenges related to digital content creation and knowledge management.
              • Facilitates connections and partnerships of faculty and students with librarians and technologists in supporting digital scholarship and developing new research projects.
              • Promotes and evaluates the use of existing digital content and scholarly tools at Duke and provides demonstrations of digital scholarship resources and tools to interested faculty, students, staff, librarians, and library supporters.
              • Leads the planning, implementation, and evaluation of the Libraries' program for digital content creation and the development of library policies regarding digitization.
              • Manages Digital Scholarship and Production Services staff, operating budget, and grant project budgets.
              • Advocates for digital scholarship and content creation technology support needs with Library ITS and with Duke OIT.
              • Engages with collaborative national and international digital scholarship initiatives that benefit Duke and the larger research community.
              • Actively pursues external funding for digital scholarship and content creation initiatives, including grants and corporate partnerships; serves as principal investigator for grants as appropriate and contributes to building capacity for other staff members to assume that role.
              • Manages workflows and projects to produce digital content, coordinating the work done in various departments, ensuring adequate communication among staff involved in the projects, and keeping projects on schedule.
              • Serves on and advises the Collections and User Services Council regarding priorities of the digital scholarship and production program.
              • Working with staff in other departments as appropriate, plans, implements, and monitors external contracts providing digitization, metadata creation, or other services related to the digital scholarship and production.
              • Monitors national trends regarding digital library initiatives, shares information with other staff as appropriate, and applies it to planning and program development at Duke.

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                Research Communications Strategy: 3rd Report to JISC—December 2010

                Posted in Open Access on January 17th, 2011

                The Research Communications Strategy project has released Research Communications Strategy: 3rd Report to JISC—December 2010.

                Here's an excerpt:

                Section 1 takes as its starting point the apparent reluctance of individual academics fully to embrace OA, and suggests that the potential offered by OA for various kinds of added value might be an effective tool in advocacy.

                Section 2 considers the relation of OA to services such as Mendeley, and wonders whether our established view of OA as a way to distribute traditional research outputs more efficiently might come to seem outmoded in the face of new, non-traditional ideas about how to conduct and disseminate research.

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