Presentations from the Changing Role Of Libraries in Support of Research Data Activities: A Public Symposium

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on June 8th, 2010

The Board on Research Data and Information has released presentations from the Changing Role Of Libraries in Support of Research Data Activities: A Public Symposium.

Presentations included:

  • Deanna Marcum, Library of Congress: The Role of Libraries in Digital Data Preservation and Access—The Library of Congress Experience
  • Betsy Humphreys, National Library of Medicine: More Data, More Use, Less Lead Time: Scientific Data Activities at the National Library of Medicine
  • Joyce Ray, Institute for Museum and Library Services: Libraries in the New Research Environment
  • Karla Strieb, Association of Research Libraries: Supporting E-Science: Progress at Research Institutions and Their Libraries
  • Christine Borgman, UC, Los Angeles: Why Data Matters to Librarians—and How to Educate the Next Generation

Read more about it at "National Academies Sees Libraries as Leaders in Data Preservation."

Executive Director at OhioLINK

Posted in Library IT Jobs on June 8th, 2010

OhioLINK is recruiting an Executive Director.

Here's an excerpt from the ad.

The Ohio Library and Information Network (OhioLINK), located in Columbus, Ohio, seeks nominations and applications for the position of Executive Director. OhioLINK is the premier, nationally renowned consortium of 16 public/research universities, 23 community/technical colleges, 49 private colleges and research universities, and the State Library of Ohio. OhioLink provides Ohio students, faculty, and other researchers with a wide array of online databases, electronic journals, e-books, and other electronic resources to support teaching, learning, and research. In addition, OhioLINK promotes resource sharing across its member organizations through an interlibrary delivery service that draws on the 48 million books and library material held by OhioLINK members. . . .

The Executive Director reports to the Chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents. (In turn, the Chancellor reports directly to the Governor of the State of Ohio.) The Executive Director works and consults with constituency organizations, advisory groups, and the management team of the other USO services provider organizations. The new Executive Director also works closely with the Library Advisory Council Coordinating Committee (LACCC) which is comprised of college and university library deans and directors from across the state.

RIAN, Ireland's National Portal for Open Access, Launched

Posted in Digital Repositories, Institutional Repositories, Open Access on June 8th, 2010

RIAN, Ireland’s national open access portal, has been launched by the Irish Universities Association Librarians' Group.

Here's an excerpt from the press release:

Ireland’s new national portal for Open Access to Irish published research goes live today. RIAN – will act as a single point of access to national research output, and contains content harvested from the institutional repositories of the seven Irish Universities and Dublin Institute of Technology. RIAN will significantly increase the visibility and impact of Irish research and will expand to harvest content from other Irish Open Access providers as the service develops.

A national network of institutional repositories will increase the exposure of national research output, and allows services, such as enhanced searching, and statistics generation, to be developed using economies of scale. RIAN will demonstrate the impact of research to potential funders, who recognise the value of wider research dissemination.

The Irish Government has identified growth in research as critical to its future as a knowledge economy. Raising the research profile is a key strategy in the Universities’ strategic plans, and the ability to showcase research output and identify institutional research strengths is extremely important in attracting new funding and high quality staff.

The development of RIAN was managed by the Irish Universities Association Librarians' Group and is supported by the Association. This three year project was equally funded by the Universities and the Irish Government’s Strategic Innovation Fund which is administered by the Higher Education Authority.

The Economics of Copyright and Digitisation: A Report on the Literature and the Need for Further Research

Posted in Copyright, Digitization, Reports and White Papers on June 7th, 2010

The Strategic Advisory Board for Intellectual Property Policy has released The Economics of Copyright and Digitisation: A Report on the Literature and the Need for Further Research.

Here's an excerpt:

The Strategic Advisory Board for Intellectual Property Policy (SABIP) has commissioned this report in order to inform its future research agenda. One task is to undertake a critical overview of the theoretical and empirical economic literature on copyright and unauthorised copying. On the basis of this literature, two further aims of this report are to: (1) identify the salient issues for copyright policy in the context of digitisation; and (2) formulate specific research questions that should be addressed in order to inform copyright policy.

Supervisory IT Specialist at the Library of Congress

Posted in Library IT Jobs on June 7th, 2010

The Library of Congress is recruiting a Supervisory IT Specialist. Salary: $105,211-$136,771.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

  • Provides administrative and technical supervision necessary for accomplishing the work of the unit.
  • Plans and/or accomplishes a range of information technology (IT) projects.
  • Creates and/or maintains agency Internet/intranet Web site(s), including Web applications, and services including those supporting e-Government usage.
  • Performs or participates in a range of IT management activities that extend or apply to an entire organization or major components of an organization. IT management activities include strategic planning, capital planning and investment control, workforce planning, policy and standards development, resource management, knowledge management, architecture and infrastructure planning and management, auditing, and information security management. Plans, develops, tests, and implements systems and IT policy changes.
  • Researches and/or analyzes information technology (IT) problems, issues, or program requirements relative to promoting products and services to agency mission area programs.

SPARC Webcast Released: Open Access Week 2010 Kick-Off Planning Event

Posted in Open Access on June 7th, 2010

SPARC has released a webcast of its Open Access Week 2010 Kick-Off Planning Event.

Here's an excerpt from the event's press release:

Open Access Week (OAW) 2010 has been declared for October 18th to 24th and promises to be the biggest event of its kind so far. Already, participation promises to exceed previous years', which included hundreds of campuses and research organizations in dozens of countries.

The success of the event is due to both the progress of Open Access in the world and the efforts and commitment of individuals at institutions across the world. And, every year, participants gather to share experiences, lessons, challenges, and opportunities in using Open Access Week to create change at the local level.

Please join us June 2nd for an Open Access Week 2010 kick-off planning session to learn about this year's plans and current resources, including the new Web site. We'll also discuss how two teams worked successfully to capture the attention of policy makers, faculty, and others to advance change in 2009. Presenters will include:

  • Andrew Waller, Licensing and Negotiations Librarian, Collections Services, University of Calgary—site of the first Canadian open-access publishing fund
  • Jamaica Jones, Special Projects Librarian, National Center for Atmospheric Research – the first NSF-funded agency to adopt an open-access policy
  • Jennifer McLennan, Open Access Week Program Director and Director of Programs & Operations for SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition)

Digital Collections Metadata Librarian at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on June 7th, 2010

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas Libraries are recruiting a Digital Collections Metadata Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

This faculty position, reporting to the Digitization Projects Librarian, is responsible for providing leadership for metadata creation and management in the face of changing standards, user expectations, and tools. The incumbent will be expected to work collaboratively in the planning and implementation of metadata provision for digital resources; including the selection of metadata schema, data elements, thesauri, and development of crosswalks. The incumbent will lead the formulation and documentation of Libraries' policies, procedures, and best practices for metadata use and will be responsible for training of metadata staff and the management of metadata workflows, including assisting with migration and/or harvesting of data between systems.

Creating a Digital Smithsonian: Digitization Strategic Plan

Posted in Digitization, Museums on June 7th, 2010

The Smithsonian has released Creating a Digital Smithsonian: Digitization Strategic Plan.

Here's an excerpt:

How long will digitization take? How much will it cost? Right now, we are not sure, and the plan’s number-one task is to determine timelines, cost parameters, and guidelines for setting priorities about what will be digitized when. While we will not digitize all of our collections, the price tag is still daunting, especially considering that many of our objects are three-dimensional and therefore more difficult to digitize. Added to the direct cost of digitization are the staff hours needed to find and research objects and data and the rights associated with them.

Regardless of the specific digitization strategies we pursue, the investment will be enormous. This accounts for a key goal in the digitization plan: securing additional financial and human capital. As noted, digitization is an ongoing process that will require ongoing resources. We have been digitizing, and will continue to do so as funds become available, but from now on we will work across the Institution from a single plan that outlines a comprehensive and systemic approach.

Canadian Copyright: Bill C-32, An Act to Amend the Copyright Act

Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars on June 6th, 2010

The Government of Canada has introduced Bill C-32, An Act to Amend the Copyright Act.

Here's an excerpt from the press release:

The Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Industry, and the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today announced the introduction of legislation to modernize the Copyright Act. This legislation is a key pillar in the government's commitment in the 2010 Speech from the Throne to position Canada as a leader in the global digital economy.

"Our government promised to introduce legislation that will modernize Canadian copyright law for the digital age while protecting and creating jobs, promoting innovation and attracting new investment to Canada," said Minister Clement. "This legislation will ensure that Canada's copyright laws are forward-looking and responsive in a fast-paced digital world.". . .

The popularity of Web 2.0, social media, and new technologies such as the MP3 player and digital books have changed the way Canadians create and make use of copyrighted material. This bill recognizes the many new ways in which teachers, students, artists, software companies, consumers, families, copyright owners and many others use technology. It gives creators and copyright owners the tools to protect their work and grow their business models. It provides clearer rules that will enable all Canadians to fully participate in the digital economy, now and into the future.

This legislation will bring Canada in line with international standards and promote home-grown innovation and creativity. It is a fair, balanced, and common-sense approach, respecting both the rights of creators and the interests of consumers in a modern marketplace. The Government of Canada is working to secure Canada's place in the digital economy and to promote a more prosperous and competitive Canada.

For more information, visit

Read more about it at "The Canadian Copyright Bill: Flawed But Fixable," "Canadian Library Association Gives Passing Grade to New Copyright Legislation, and "Moore's Strong Rejection of Three Strikes Model for Canada."

Systems Support Officer at Cambridge University

Posted in Library IT Jobs on June 6th, 2010

The Cambridge University Library is recruiting a Systems Support Officer (limit of tenure: 3 years from date of appointment). Salary: £25,751-£29,853.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The library is seeking to appoint a dynamic and imaginative professional to the post of libraries@cambridge Systems Support Officer within the Electronic Services and Systems division of the University Library who will to support the use of the University’s library management software (Voyager) in the departmental, faculty and college libraries of the University and assist them in the implementation of Voyager modules by examining data and analysing workflows. He or she will provide training, documentation and support (via telephone, email and site visits) in the use of the Voyager system and will take responsibility for troubleshooting system and client software problems when reported.

The role-holder will develop and maintain programs to apply Web 2.0 technologies to library support services, to automate routine tasks such as the provision of statistics, and to support the libraries@cambridge bibliographic standard.

Swiss National Library Launches eBooks on Demand, a Fee-Based Digitization-on-Demand Service

Posted in Digitization, E-Books, Publishing on June 6th, 2010

The Swiss National Library has launched eBooks on Demand.

Here's an excerpt from the press release:

The Swiss National Library (NL) now offers a digitisation on request service for out of copy-right books. This new paid service is known as "eBooks on Demand" (EOD). The NL already lists more than 100,000 books available for digitisation, which can be provided as a PDF to customers. . . .

To date, more than 100,000 books (mainly older publications, since only they are not under copyright) are available on request in digitised form, and can be delivered to users as an e-mail attachment, or by post on a CD.

Such works are marked in the online catalogue Helveticat ( with the EOD symbol, which serves as a link to the order form. Submitting a form triggers an invoice; once this is paid, the reader receives the eBook. On request, for a small supplement, a paperback may also be supplied.

"eBooks on Demand" is a project of the NL and over 20 other libraries in ten European countries (

Computer Programmer Analyst II at University of Connecticut (Reopened)

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on June 6th, 2010

The University of Connecticut Libraries are recruiting a Computer Programmer Analyst II.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The University of Connecticut Libraries is seeking an Applications Developer. As a member of the Digital Programs Team and under the direction of the Digital Programs Team Leader, the Applications Developer provides programming support for UConn's local digital collections workflows, including data-driven planning, capture, metadata handling, efficient and effective discovery tools, and enabling archival master file storage toward a trusted digital repository, all conformant with the best practices of cultural heritage and higher education institutions. The incumbent provides programming, research, and development for digital collections, so that the UConn Libraries can fulfill related strategic objectives in support of the University's Academic Plan. Within a project management environment, the Applications Developer defines, develops, tests, analyzes, and maintains new software and Web applications that support the creation and maintenance of Library information resources and services. With growing collections of diverse digital content, including text, maps and geospatial data, photographs, and other information objects, the next level of growth for UConn will be significant progress toward semantically integrating these resources by means of creative-yet standards-compliant-applications, which the incumbent will play a critical role in developing. The incumbent is responsible for creating applications and for assisting others in developing and implementing Web resources and services that are well integrated into the current information server environment.

The Applications Developer works with the Digital Projects Librarian, the Digital Integration Librarian, the Preservation Librarian, the Libraries' Webmaster, and the IT team to provide customized tools for creating and managing collection and access services in the University of Connecticut Libraries and to provide leadership in the collaborative process to develop innovative access and delivery of the Libraries' digital resources.

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