Information Technology Specialist (SYSANALYSIS) at Library of Congress

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on July 7th, 2010

The Library of Congress is recruiting an Information Technology Specialist (SYSANALYSIS). Salary: $89,033-$115,742.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

This position is located in the Office of Strategic Initiatives at the Library of Congress, and reports to the Project Manager for Digital Initiatives. We are seeking a qualified individual to join us in our efforts to build library and repository systems of the future. The incumbent works with a specialized group of programmers on complex, multi-faceted prototype and production systems, and assists with software analysis, design, development, documentation and implementation of these systems. The successful candidate will work as a member of a team to design, develop, document, and support new or existing software systems within a repository development program. These systems will support acquisition, preservation, and access for a large number of digital collections spanning a wide variety of content types and formats.

Evaluating E-Resources, SPEC Kit 316

Posted in Electronic Resources on July 7th, 2010

ARL has released Evaluating E-Resources, SPEC Kit 316 .

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has published Evaluating E-resources, SPEC Kit 316, which re-examines the ways in which ARL member libraries have (re)structured themselves to identify the availability of new e-resources in the market; evaluate them as candidates for acquisition; decide to acquire/purchase the e-resources; evaluate them prior to their renewal to determine their continued utility; and publicize or market the new e-resources. Nearly identical questions were posed regarding purchases/licensing by consortia and by individual libraries, enabling comparisons in process to be made.

By the March deadline, responses had been submitted by 73 of the 124 ARL member libraries for a response rate of 59%. The survey results indicated that both consortia and libraries deploy large amounts of staff resources to build e-resource collections and that identification and assessment activities are conducted as communal activities among consortia staff and librarians from across the organization.

There is a strong and somewhat surprising correlation between the ways in which research libraries use consortia to acquire and evaluate e-resources and the ways in which they directly acquire and evaluate e-resources. There is also a strong correlation in the ways in which these libraries are acquiring and evaluating highly specialized and multidisciplinary e-resources. Yet, despite considerable and widespread involvement of staff, the survey uncovered weaknesses in the procurement processes, policies, and procedures. These shortcomings not only open the potential for wasted staff time and poor decision making, they also carry potential legal ramifications, due to the nature of contractual licensing. The findings of the survey should be considered a call for concerted communication, organization, and action among those responsible for the acquisition and assessment of e-resources in ARL libraries.

This SPEC Kit includes documentation from respondents in the form of e-resource selection policies, e-resource request and evaluation procedures, descriptions of library and consortia e-resource selectors, job descriptions, and promotional methods.

The table of contents and executive summary from this SPEC Kit are available online at

Technology Development Librarian at SUNY College at Oneonta

Posted in Library IT Jobs on July 7th, 2010

The James M. Milne Library at SUNY College at Oneonta is recruiting a Technology Development Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Assist in creating and supporting a feature-rich, intuitive technology environment for a diverse population of patrons and staff. Participate in maintenance and development of the library's website consistent with campus web strategies. Provide support for new e-content, web programming, and assess technology trends to determine their application to and suitability for the Library. Serve as liaison to academic departments and participate in reference services. The successful candidate will report to the Head of Library Technologies.

Digital Videos of ALA Panel Discussion on Life after the Google Book Search Settlement

Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars, E-Books, Google and Other Search Engines, Mass Digitizaton, Publishing on July 7th, 2010

The ALA Washington Office has released digital videos of the Panel Discussion on Life after the Google Book Search Settlement at ALA Annual.

Here's an excerpt from the panel announcement:

The ALA Washington Office is hosting the ALA ad hoc Google Task Forces' breakout session titled "Panel Discussion on Life after the Google Book Search Settlement (GBS)" which will explore the possible court rulings – approval, denial or permutation there in – and how libraries would be impacted.. . .

Jonathan Band, intellectual property attorney and counsel for the ALA, will lead the discussion and pose questions to an expert group of panelists. Invited panelists include a representative from Google (Johanna Shelton-confirmed), a professor from the New York University Law School (James Grimmelmann-confirmed), a representative from the U.S. Copyright Office and a librarian from a GBS participating library.

Report on Open Repository Development in Developing and Transition Countries

Posted in Open Access, Reports and White Papers on July 6th, 2010

The eIFL-OA Program has released Report on Open Repository Development in Developing and Transition Countries.

Here's an excerpt:

This study was conducted with the cooperation of, the University of Kansas Libraries, the DRIVER project and Key Perspectives Ltd. The aim was to create an inventory of current digital repository activities in developing and transition countries at both the infrastructure and services level. This is the first attempt to collect such data about digital repository activity in developing and transition countries and we hope this will serve as a useful resource for promoting open access and repository development in these regions.

University Dissertation and Thesis Coordinator at George Mason University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on July 6th, 2010

The George Mason University Libraries are recruiting a University Dissertation and Thesis Coordinator.

Here's an excerpt from the ad (position number: FA600z):

The George Mason University Libraries seek a service-oriented and dynamic professional, skilled in communication and instruction, for the position of University Dissertation and Thesis Services (UDTS) Coordinator.

UDTS is the unit in University Libraries, within the Special Collections and Archives (SC&A) department, responsible for dissemination of official university information regarding requirements for completion of theses and dissertations, overseeing their timely submission, and ensuring their archiving and preservation. This position reports to the Head of SC&A.

The successful applicant initiates and maintains communication between UDTS and George Mason University graduate students, programs (36 doctoral and 78 master's programs), and other administrative offices related to the dissertation/thesis submission process. Primary responsibilities relate to student instruction in the proper formatting, completion, and submission of their dissertations/theses through meetings and class presentations/workshops, as well as by creating and using instructional aids. The coordinator oversees the following: final submission of dissertations/theses and all related documentation; processing of archival, stacks and electronic copies of dissertations/theses; university dissertations submission to UMI/ProQuest; and copyright releases and related paperwork for electronic thesis and dissertation (ETD) submission. Manages the ETD program and participates in other digital library initiatives, includes working regularly with the Digital Repository Services Librarian, the Head of the Copyright Resources Office and others on scholarly communications, particularly as they relate to ETDs. Prepares reports for internal use (e.g., the Graduate Council) and external use (e.g., Survey of Earned Doctorates administered by the National Opinion Research Center) as required.

Serials Crisis: "California against Nature"

Posted in Open Access, Scholarly Journals, Serials Crisis on July 6th, 2010

Peter Suber has published "California against Nature" in the SPARC Open Access Newsletter.

Here's an excerpt:

* If publishers have been accelerating into a brick wall for decades, and libraries have been warning about the inevitable collision for decades, then why hasn't there been a collision before now?

There are two answers. First, many collisions have already occurred, even if they came and went without the same media attention. Universities have been canceling titles by the hundreds—and in the case of big-deal cancellations, by the thousands—for years. Even when collisions are incremental and cumulative rather than sudden and explosive, they have the same finality. And they have the same catastrophic effect on access to the portion of new research that is metered out to paying customers.

Second, when universities renewed more titles than they could realistically afford, it's not because found previously undiscovered or undisclosed pots of money. It's because they made painful cuts in order to find the money. Most of these cuts came from their book budgets, extending a serials crisis in the sciences to a monograph crisis in the humanities. The long series of small collisions is a measure of the pain universities have endured to postpone a wider and larger one.

At some point there really isn't any money left, or the money can only be found through cuts more painful than journal cancellations. After several decades of hyperinflationary price increases, followed by a severe recession, continuing business as usual will bring a critical mass of universities to that critical point. Publishers aren't just witnesses to this impending crunch. Those that continue to charge hyperinflationary price increases are accelerating it. Those that won't survive the resulting shake-out, even if their own prices had been moderate and affordable, will be co-victims with researchers and research institutions.

Senior Software Developer at Northwestern University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs, Library IT Jobs on July 6th, 2010

The Northwestern University Library is recruiting a Senior Software Developer.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

This position works in a highly collaborative environment with Library colleagues and external partners on the analysis, design, coding and testing of software in support of the Library's enterprise applications. The position also explores, adapts, and implements emerging digital repository technologies—particularly in the areas of digital preservation, metadata, collections, discovery, and repository services.

Institutional Repository Deposit: SWORD v2.0: Deposit Lifecycle

Posted in Digital Repositories, Institutional Repositories, Reports and White Papers, Self-Archiving on July 6th, 2010

JISC has released SWORD v2.0: Deposit Lifecycle.

Here's an excerpt:

SWORD is a hugely successful JISC project which has kindled repository interoperability and built a community around the software and the problem space. It explicitly deals only with creating new repository resources by package deposit a simple case which is at the root of its success but also its key limitation. This next version of SWORD will push the standard towards supporting full repository deposit lifecycles by using update, retrieve and delete extensions to the specification. This will enable the repository to be integrated into a broader range of systems in the scholarly environment, by supporting an increased range of behaviours and use cases.

"Asking for Permission: A Survey of Copyright Workflows for Institutional Repositories"

Posted in Copyright, Institutional Repositories, Self-Archiving on July 5th, 2010

Ann Hanlon and Marisa Ramirez have self-archived their presentation "Asking for Permission: A Survey of Copyright Workflows for Institutional Repositories" in DigitalCommons@CalPoly.

Here's an excerpt:

Most survey respondents reported providing mediated deposit (material is deposited on behalf of the author by a third party, usually someone associated with the IR), whether it is completely mediated by the library or whether the author, in partnership with the library, deposits their work. The only respondents to report author self-deposit as the primary method of IR deposit were in Australia and Europe.

Digital Services Specialist at Palm Beach Atlantic University

Posted in Library IT Jobs on July 5th, 2010

The Warren Library at Palm Beach Atlantic University is recruiting a Digital Services Specialist.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Digital Services Specialist is responsible for the development and maintenance of the electronic environment in the library, including technical issues pertaining to deployment of digital resources, services, and systems (public access and staff computers, library website, IL'S, printing services, etc.). As a service-oriented practitioner, this person provides technical support for the learning activities of students and operational needs of library staff with respect to the use of computer software and hardware, and works collaboratively with other campus departments to provide an optimum technical environment.

THATCamp "Manifesto for the Digital Humanities"

Posted in Digital Humanities, Open Access on July 5th, 2010

THATCamp Paris 2010 issued a "Manifesto for the Digital Humanities." THATCamp is a "a user-generated 'unconference' on digital humanities."

Here's an excerpt:

9. We call for open access to data and metadata, which must be documented and interoperable, both technically and conceptually.

10. We support the dissemination, exchange and free modification of methods, code, formats and research findings.

11. We call for the integration of digital humanities education within social science and humanities curricula. We also wish to see the creation of diplomas specific to the digital humanities, and the development of dedicated professional education. Finally, we want such expertise to be considered in recruitment and career development.

12. We commit to building a collective expertise based upon a common vocabulary, a collective expertise proceeding from the work of all the actors involved. This collective expertise is to become a common good. It is a scientific opportunity, but also an opportunity for professional insertion in all sectors.

13. We want to help define and propagate best practices, corresponding to needs identified within or across disciplines, which should derive and evolve from debate and consensus within the communities concerned. The fundamental openness of the digital humanities nevertheless assures a pragmatic approach to protocols and visions, which maintains the right to coexistence of different and competing methods, to the benefit of both thought and practice.

14. We call for the creation of scalable digital infrastructures responding to real needs. These digital infrastructures will be built iteratively, based upon methods and approaches that prove successful in research communities.

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