Assistant Dean for Technical Services and Library Systems at College of Charleston

Posted in Library IT Jobs on May 13th, 2010

The College of Charleston Library is recruiting an Assistant Dean for Technical Services and Library Systems.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The College of Charleston Libraries seek an innovative leader to serve as the Assistant Dean for Technical Services and Library Systems. The successful candidate should have several years of progressively responsible experience managing a collection development or cataloging department as well as experience managing library systems. The library seeks a leader with a keen sense of the evolving role of academic libraries. The position requires someone with strong analytical, budgeting and decision making skills, and an ability to achieve results by motivating staff and colleagues. A record of professional participation, knowledge of issues and trends, and the ability to represent the library at all levels is essential. A member of the senior management team, the Assistant Dean reports to the Dean of Libraries.

Linda Phillips Named Interim Dean of the University of Tennessee Libraries

Posted in ARL Libraries, People in the News on May 13th, 2010

Linda Phillips, Head of Scholarly Communication at the University of Tennessee Libraries, has been named the Interim Dean of that library effective 7/1/10.

Here's an excerpt from the press release:

"Linda has given exemplary service to the University Libraries in a variety of roles including, most recently, as a leader in the Libraries initiatives on open access and other developing trends in scholarly communications," said UT Knoxville Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor Susan Martin. "She brings a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to this critical position. I am grateful for her willingness to serve."

Phillips, an Alumni Distinguished Service Professor, is currently head of scholarly communication for the libraries. She came to UT from Ohio State University's Agricultural Technical Institute Library in 1977. Her work encompasses the creation of local digital collections, including digitization of library holdings; the launch of Newfound Press, the libraries' peer-reviewed digital imprint; and leading community outreach efforts about the libraries' scholarly and economic impact on society.

Phillips succeeds Barbara Dewey, who is leaving to become the dean of university libraries and scholarly communications at Penn State.

The search for a permanent dean will be under way shortly. Douglas Blaze, dean of the College of Law, will lead the effort.

Emerging Technologies Librarian at University of California, Berkeley

Posted in Library IT Jobs on May 13th, 2010

The University of California, Berkeley's Marian Koshland Bioscience and Natural Resources Library is recruiting an Emerging Technologies Librarian. Salary: $48,029 to $56,496 depending upon qualifications.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Develops and adapts technologically innovative services to meet the information needs of the campus life sciences research community. In coordination with the Head Librarian and the Head, Information Services, the Emerging Technologies Librarian is responsible for developing a program of web-based bibliographic instruction for the biological and natural resources. Coordinates the development and maintenance of the Bioscience and Natural Resources Library web site. Trains library staff in innovative uses of software. Administers Macintosh computer classroom, including investigation of Macintosh software products.

Open-Access Funds: Design and Implementation on Campus Webcast Available

Posted in Open Access on May 13th, 2010

SPARC has released a webcast about Open-Access Funds: Design and Implementation on Campus.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

SPARC consultant and author of a set of new SPARC resources, Greg Tananbaum, joined us to explore why institutions are launching open-access funds, what practical and policy issues go into such a decision, how faculty and administration have reacted to these funds, what the results to date have been, and what SPARC is doing to evaluate and track the impact of these funds. Members of the advisory group that helped to develop the guide and SPARC resource, and whose experience in operating funds on their campuses has been an essential resource for others in the space, were also available to field questions.

Draft of University of North Texas Policy on Open Access to Scholarly Works Released

Posted in Open Access, Texas Academic Libraries on May 13th, 2010

The UNT Open Access Policy Committee has released its draft "University of North Texas Policy on Open Access to Scholarly Works."

Here's an excerpt:

In support of long-term stewardship and preservation of UNT faculty members’ scholarly works in digital form, the UNT community members agree to the following:

  • Each UNT community member deposits a final version of his/her scholarly works in to which he or she made substantial intellectual contributions in the UNT Libraries Scholarly Works repository.
  • Some scholarly works may have access constraints that limit or preclude access to individual works.
  • The Provost’s Designate will work with community members who deposit works into repository to ensure an appropriate level of access to individual scholarly works.
  • UNT Libraries will be responsible for the secure storage (including appropriate access constraints), stewardship, and preservation of all deposited scholarly works.

In support of greater access to scholarly works, the UNT community members agree to the following for peer-reviewed, accepted-for-publication, journal articles:

  • Immediate Deposit: Each UNT community member deposits an electronic copy of his/her final edited version after peer review and acceptance of each article, no later than the date of its publication. Deposit is made into the UNT Libraries Scholarly Works repository. The author is encouraged to make the deposit available to the public by setting access to the deposit as Open Access Immediately Upon Deposit.
  • Optional Delayed Open Access: Upon express direction by a UNT community member for an individual article, the Provost or Provost’s designate will adjust the Open Access Immediately Upon Deposit requirement to align with publishers’ policies regarding open access of self-archived works or the wishes of the community member
  • Licensing: Where not prohibited by a publisher, each UNT community member grants to UNT permission to make scholarly peer-reviewed journal articles to which he or she made substantial intellectual contributions publicly available in the UNT Libraries Scholarly Works repository for the purpose of open dissemination. Each UNT community member grants to UNT a nonexclusive, irrevocable, worldwide license to exercise any and all rights under copyright relating to his or her scholarly articles, in any medium, and to authorize others to do so, provided that the articles are not sold. The Provost or Provost's designate will waive application of the license for a particular article upon express direction by a community member.
  • Who Deposits: In the case of multiple authors from multiple institutions, where a UNT community member has made substantial intellectual contributions to the article, the UNT community member will deposit a copy of the article. In the case of multiple UNT authors, and where the lead author is from UNT, the lead author (or designate) will deposit a copy of the article.

To ensure this policy is effective, the following apply:

  • The Provost’s office will be responsible for interpreting this policy, resolving disputes concerning its application, and recommending changes as necessary.
  • This policy will be reviewed by the Faculty Senate, in concert with the Provost’s office, every three years, and a report presented to the Faculty Senate.

Library Applications Programmer at Swarthmore College

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on May 13th, 2010

The Swarthmore College Library is recruiting a Library Applications Programmer. Salary: minimum of $3,651/month.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

This position works in a team-oriented environment to administer, support and enhance the library technology infrastructure of the Tri-College Libraries Consortium (Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and Swarthmore Colleges). The incumbent will be responsible for designing, implementing and testing the Tri-College Libraries' digital services, including integration of information search and retrieval across multiple applications; developing tools for digital content creation, access, and delivery; and administrative tools for library staff. The incumbent will supervise a systems-oriented intern position. Along with the intern, the incumbent will support core information systems for the Tri-College Libraries, including the integrated library system, inter-library loan/document delivery software and systems, digital asset management systems, institutional repositories, and other centrally-served technologies. The position will also actively explore new library technologies and tools for possible use by the Consortium.

"100 Million Hours of Audiovisual Content: Digital Preservation and Access in the PrestoPRIME Project"

Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Digital Media on May 13th, 2010

Matthew Addis et al. have self-archived "100 Million Hours of Audiovisual Content: Digital Preservation and Access in the PrestoPRIME Project" in the ECS EPrints Repository.

Here's an excerpt:

We report the preliminary results of PrestoPRIME, an EU FP7 integrated project, including audiovisual (AV) archives, academics and industrial partners, focused on long-term digital preservation of AV media objects and on ways to increase access by integrating media archives with European on-line digital libraries, specifically Europeana. Project outcomes will result in tools and services to ensure the permanence of digital AV content in archives, libraries, museums and other collections, enabling long-term future access in dynamically changing contexts. PrestoPRIME has a special focus on digital preservation in broadcast environments, where very large files of digital video must be preserved at high quality (suitable for future re-use in an AV production environment) in affordable distributed and federated archives. The adoption of standard solutions for digital preservation processes (metadata representation, content storage, digital rights government, search and access) enables the interoperability of the proposed preservation framework and guidelines. OAIS model was chosen for the reference architecture, METS is adopted as wrapper for metadata representation, while relevant standards (e.g. W3C, ISO/IEC and others) are used for content and rights description. Project outcomes will be delivered through a European networked Competence Centre, to gather knowledge and deliver advanced digital preservation advice and services in conjunction with Europeana and other initiatives.

Head of Information Systems at SUNY New Paltz

Posted in Library IT Jobs on May 13th, 2010

The SUNY New Paltz Library is recruiting a Head of Information Systems.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to the Dean of the Library, the incumbent will train and supervise computer support staff in installing and maintaining library hardware and software, work collaboratively with library colleagues in planning and promoting new technologies, build partnerships with other IT staff on campus, communicate with vendors, and represent the library effectively on campus- and SUNY-wide technological initiatives. He or she will also participate in reference service and the library liaison program as a member of the Library Faculty.

This is a two-year appointment, renewable, tenure track position, which will be filled at the Senior Assistant Librarian or Associate Librarian level depending on qualifications and experience. Salary is commensurable with experience and qualifications.

The Digital Divide: Assessing Organizations' Preparations for Digital Preservation

Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on May 13th, 2010

Plants has released The Digital Divide: Assessing Organizations' Preparations for Digital Preservation.

Here's an excerpt:

  • The volume of digital content that organizations expect to archive will increase 25-fold over the next ten years.
  • While seventy per cent of organizations hold less than 20 terabytes (TB) of data now, by 2019 seventy per cent of organizations expect to hold over 100TB.
  • Digital information comes in a range of types, and while over 80% of organizations already need to preserve documents and images, by 2019 over 70% will need to preserve databases, websites, audio and video files as well.
  • Only 27% of organizations think that they have complete control over the file formats that they will accept and store in their digital archives. Since the choice of format affects how easy it is to preserve digital content, producers need to be more involved in digital preservation.
  • The digital preservation message has spread far and wide: 93% of respondents indicated that their organisation is aware of the challenges of managing digital information for the long-term.
  • Organizations are taking account of digital preservation: 76% include it in their operational planning, 71% in their business continuity planning and 62% in their financial planning.
  • By setting out a digital preservation policy, 48% of organizations are actively planning how to tackle digital preservation.
  • Organizations are only starting to commit to funding digital preservation, as just 47% have allocated a budget to it.

Read more about it at Survey Analysis Report.

Directory of Open Access Journals Tops 5,000 Journal Records

Posted in E-Journals, Open Access, Scholarly Journals on May 11th, 2010

The Directory of Open Access Journals now contains records for more than 5,000 journals.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

Directory of Open Access Journals reaches new milestones—now 7 years of operation, now more than 5,000 journals, now more than 2,000 journals searchable on article level, very soon more than 400,000 articles searchable! . . .

Head, Digital User Experience Department at Indiana University

Posted in Library IT Jobs on May 11th, 2010

The Indiana University Libraries are recruiting a Head, Digital User Experience Department.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Head of the Digital User Experience Department will be charged with the development of a holistic vision for the user's experience and implementation of a comprehensive digital strategy and operational plans for the IU Libraries Bloomington web presence. This position oversees the development of content, design, and integration of online library services with campus online environments including the course management system (Oncourse) and campus administrative portals (i.e., OneStart). Reporting to the Associate Dean for Library Academic Services, this position will lead a department of 1 librarian and 1 professional staff member as well as coordinate the work activities of 1.5 developers. Responsibilities will include effective integration of discovery tools for electronic resources; development of integrated resources in a variety of environments based on the principles of user-centered design; oversight of the web publishing infrastructure and ensuring compliance with the University and industry standards for security, privacy, and accessibility; implementation of transformative technologies (such as Web 2.0); ongoing user testing and redesign; and other assessments of the web-based services. The Head of the Digital User Experience Department will also serve as an active member of one of the Libraries' Discipline Focused Working Groups (Area Studies, Arts and Humanities, Sciences, or Social Sciences). The successful candidate must be able to selectively and strategically implement technology trends and solutions, have demonstrated experience with learning technologies, and possess a strong understanding of information technology environments in higher education. This position will work closely with Library Technologies and Digital Libraries and be a liaison to appropriate divisions within University Information Technology Services.

Open Harvester Systems 2.3.0 Released

Posted in Digital Repositories, Institutional Repositories, OAI-PMH on May 11th, 2010

The Public Knowledge Project has released Open Harvester Systems 2.3.0.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

This is a major rewrite of numerous parts of the Harvester code, including metadata storage and indexing. It increases indexing flexibility to support plugin-based indexing, including Lucene/SOLR support. It also adds OAI Data Provider support, including the potential to convert between metadata formats (currently from various formats into Dublin Core).

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