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Director, University Libraries Enterprise Technology at University of Minnesota Libraries

Posted in Digital Library Jobs, Library IT Jobs on March 20th, 2011

The University of Minnesota Libraries are recruiting a Director, University Libraries Enterprise Technology.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Campus Libraries seek a visionary and experienced information technology leader to imagine, define, implement, and support the next generation of library information systems for one of the leading research institutions and libraries in the country. The newly redefined position of Director of Enterprise Technology emphasizes innovative library service delivery as supported by large-scale system deployments and collaborations. Reporting to the Associate University Librarian for Information Technology, the Director oversees the staff and application support functions of the library's enterprise systems, while collaboratively creating and realizing a broadened vision for the University's enterprise library and data management systems. In this capacity, the Director collaborates with all sectors of the Libraries, the University's coordinate campuses libraries, and the University's Office of Information Technology. The Director also fosters and sustains operational and strategic relationships with peer institutions, consortia, and information system vendors.

The Director of Enterprise Technology envisions plans, and implements collaborative strategies for current and future library enterprise applications to achieve ambitious organizational goals within budgets and timescales. The Director assigns, coordinates, directs, and supervises the staff in the department responsible for several production-deployed enterprise systems, and works with a newly instantiated Data Management and Architecture unit (within Enterprise Technology) and its unit head to shape strategy and operations in response to increasing demands for data processing, data architecture and modeling, and decision-support reporting, all activities that rely heavily on data within enterprise systems. The Director sees that established data standards and IT best practices are supported to ensure interoperability and efficient operations, and to minimize risk. The Director supports numerous relationships within the Libraries, the institution, with peer institutions and with vendors to determine functional and technical requirements and in support of change management. The Director is a member of the Libraries Leadership Council, which shares responsibility for Libraries planning, budget allocation, and strategic program development, and has a critical responsibility for collaboration and building strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders. The Director is also a member of the Libraries IT Directors group, and the Libraries IT Council, and leads the Libraries' Enterprise Technology Advisory Council, which includes representation from the University Libraries (Twin Cities), the Law Library, and the University's coordinate campus libraries.

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Director of Scholarly Technology at George Washington University Libraries

Posted in Digital Library Jobs, Library IT Jobs on March 20th, 2011

The George Washington University Libraries are recruiting a Director of Scholarly Technology.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

  • The Director envisions plans, and implements collaborative strategies for current and future digital library applications to achieve organizational goals within budgets and timescales.
  • The director plans, manages, administers, and is accountable for CIC areas and digital library operations, specifically: user interface development, virtual exhibits, digital repositories, digital library development, and digitization systems.
  • Direct the development of library systems, web presence and usability, library automated operations, online services, and discovery systems.
  • The director will work closely with the Director of Library Information Technology and with the Director, Content Management who is in charge of CIC outreach and business development.
  • He or she will be expected to liaise heavily with all library entities including Library Public Services, Special Collections, Content Management, the Library Information Technology team, and other library stakeholders.
  • The director collaborates with the University Division of IT and Academic Technologies. The Director also fosters and sustains operational and strategic relationships with peer institutions, consortia, and information system vendors.
  • The director participates in Library planning, serves on Library, University-wide and Washington Research Library Consortium committees.
  • The Director is a member of the advisory group, which shares responsibility for Libraries planning, budget allocation, and strategic programs.
  • The director is expected to be active in the national digital library environment, and contribute to developments in the field.
  • Reporting to the Director of Scholarly Technology are: The digital library programmer analyst, the web developer, the library systems coordinator and the digitization operations manager. 
  • The Director of Scholarly Technology will report to the Associate University Librarian for Digital Initiatives and Content Management.

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College & Research Libraries Becomes Immediate Open Access Journal

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on March 20th, 2011

Joseph J. Branin, Editor of College & Research Libraries, has announced in the journal's current issue that C&RL will "lift its six-month embargo on recently published online articles and become a fully open access journal."

The announcement is an major step for the Association of College & Research Libraries, bringing its open access advocacy positions and its publication practices into alignment.

Librarians were pioneers in publishing scholarly "gold" open access journals. The first library open access journal was the The Public-Access Computer Systems Review, established in 1989 with the first issue published in 1990. It was soon followed by LIBRES (1991), Issues in Science & Technology Librarianship (1991), and MC Journal— Journal of Academic Librarianship (1993).

However, over twenty years later, most scholarly library journals still restrict access to their published PDF and/or HTML articles, although most permit self-archiving of author eprints (they may restrict where the eprints can be self-archived).

There are some fine exceptions: Ariadne, Code4Lib Journal, D-Lib Magazine, Information Research: An International Electronic Journal, the International Journal of Digital Curation, the Journal of Digital Information, the Journal of Electronic Publishing, the Journal of the Medical Library Association, Law Library Journal, and LIBER Quarterly come quickly to mind (117 open access library journals are listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals). However, scholarly library journals from most major commercial publishers and library association publishers remain restricted access.

Consequently, ACRL's decision to go "gold open access" is an important and welcome one. Hopefully, it will encourage other divisions of the American Library Association to follow suit, providing open access to their journals without embargo periods or other access restrictions.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

On January 10, 2011, the ACRL Board of Directors unanimously passed the following resolution:

Whereas ACRL supports open scholarship and access to scholarly work;

Whereas ACRL publishes C&RL, the premier journal for academic librarians; Whereas ACRL has made successive changes to increase access to the research found in C&RL;

Whereas ACRL member groups support making C&RL an open access journal;

Be it resolved, that ACRL provide open access to the electronic version of College & Research Libraries journal as of April 2011; and,

Be it further resolved, that ACRL, through this action, continues to play a leading role in advocating for new models of scholarly communication in all of the disciplines.

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DigitalKoans Returns on 3/21/11

Posted in Announcements on March 13th, 2011

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Preserving Our Digital Heritage: The National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program 2010 Report

Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on March 10th, 2011

The Library of Congress has released Preserving Our Digital Heritage: The National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program 2010 Report.

Here's an excerpt from the press release:

It documents the achievements of the Library of Congress and its NDIIPP partners working together to create sustainable long-term access to digital materials.

Since NDIIPP was founded in 2000 by an act of Congress, a network of over 185 partners in 44 states and 25 countries have developed a distributed technical infrastructure, preserved over 1400 at-risk collections, and have made strides to support a legal environment conducive to digital preservation.

The report describes a decade of action in digital preservation and outlays the short- and long-term plans to ensure libraries, archives and other heritage institutions in the United States can collect and provide long-term access to the resources of the 21st Century, and beyond.

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Managing Librarian (Digital Services) at University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey’s University Libraries

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on March 10th, 2011

The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey's University Libraries are recruiting a Managing Librarian (Digital Services).

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to the Associate Director for Administration and Special Projects, the Digital Services Librarian will have broad responsibility for administering and overseeing the libraries' larger-scale centralized technology based systems, working collaboratively to meet the evolving electronic information needs of UMDNJ's students, faculty and staff. This management level position will have direct involvement with the specific technologies of metadata cataloging and digitization projects. This position will represent the AVP for Scholarly Information/University Librarian on higher level IST groups.

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