Project Manager, Digital Lab at Harvard

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on April 18th, 2010

The Harvard Law Library is recruiting a Project Manager, Digital Lab.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Harvard Law Library is seeking an energetic and creative person to serve as Project Manager in our newly created Digital Lab. The Digital Lab is the Library's focal point for a wide range of activities including digitizing materials from the Library's collection, preserving born digital materials acquired by the Library or produced by the Law School, curating and exhibiting digital collections, and developing internet tools and new applications to promote and enhance access to legal and other information.

Reporting to the Associate Director for Collection Development and Digitization, the Project Manager, Digital Lab serves as chair of the Digital Stewardship team and chief curator for digital projects; coordinates the selection of materials for digitization projects; designs and coordinates production workflows for digitization and metadata application for both internal and external projects; serves as chief liaison to the Library's Historical and Special Collections unit to ensure proper care and curation of selected materials for digitization; advises on pre-digitization issues including arrangement, description, copyright assessment, and metadata strategies; oversees project timelines and budgets of all digitization projects; manages the operation of the Library's in-house digital production center; purchases, maintains and upgrades digitization hardware and software; oversees quality assurance of digital output; develops and implements policies and prodedures for the Library's digitization activities; develops and/or coordinates usability studies related to digital collections; coordinates strategies for publicity and dissemination of digital collections; identifies digital storage needs and recommends storage medium; provides written progress reports on digitization projects; maintains documentation of training, policies, procedures and guidelines.

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    Federal Research Public Access Act of 2010 (FRPAA) Introduced in House of Representatives

    Posted in Legislation and Government Regulation, Open Access on April 18th, 2010

    Rep. Mike Doyle (D-PA) and a bi-partisan host of co-sponsors (Rep. Rick Boucher, Rep. Gregg Harper, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and Rep. Henry A. Waxman) have introduced the Federal Research Public Access Act of 2010 (H.R. 5037) in the U.S. House of Representatives.

    Here's an excerpt from the Alliance For Taxpayer Access press release:

    The proposed bill would build on the success of the first U.S. mandate for public access to the published results of publicly funded research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and require federal agencies with annual extramural research budgets of $100 million or more to provide the public with online access to research manuscripts stemming from funded research no later than six months after publication in a peer-reviewed journal. . . .

    Like the Senate bill introduced in 2009 by Senators Lieberman (I-CT) and Cornyn (R-TX), H.R. 5037 would unlock unclassified research funded by agencies including: Department of Agriculture, Department of Commerce, Department of Defense, Department of Education, Department of Energy, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Transportation, Environmental Protection Agency, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the National Science Foundation.

    H.R. 5037 follows closely on the heels of a recent expression of interest in public access policies from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, which issued a request for public comment on mechanisms that would leverage federal investments in scientific research and increase access to information that promises to stimulate scientific and technological innovation and competitiveness.

    The Alliance For Taxpayer Access issued a call to action regarding the bill. Here's an excerpt:

    Here's how you can help support this legislation:

    1. Send thanks to the Bill's sponsors, also through the ATA Action Center.
    2. Ask your representatives in Congress to co-sponsor H.R.5037 or S.1373. Act now through the ATA Legislative Action Center.
    3. Express your organization's support to Congress for public access to taxpayer-funded research and for this bill. Send a copy of your letter to sparc [at] arl [dot] org.
    4. Issue a public statement of support from your organization and share it widely with members, colleagues, and the media. Send a copy to sparc [at] arl [dot] org to be featured on the FRPAA Web site.
    5. Share news about this bill with friends and colleagues.
    6. Post the "I support taxpayer access" banner on your Web site.
    7. See the ATA Web site at for more ways you can support public access to publicly funded research and this bill.
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      Last Week’s DigitalKoans Tweets 2010-04-18

      Posted in Last Week's DigitalKoan's Tweets on April 18th, 2010
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        "BioTorrents: A File Sharing Service for Scientific Data"

        Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, P2P File Sharing, Scholarly Communication on April 15th, 2010

        Morgan G. I. Langille and Jonathan A. Eisen have published "BioTorrents: A File Sharing Service for Scientific Data" in PLoS ONE.

        Here's an excerpt:

        The transfer of scientific data has emerged as a significant challenge, as datasets continue to grow in size and demand for open access sharing increases. Current methods for file transfer do not scale well for large files and can cause long transfer times. In this study we present BioTorrents, a website that allows open access sharing of scientific data and uses the popular BitTorrent peer-to-peer file sharing technology. BioTorrents allows files to be transferred rapidly due to the sharing of bandwidth across multiple institutions and provides more reliable file transfers due to the built-in error checking of the file sharing technology. BioTorrents contains multiple features, including keyword searching, category browsing, RSS feeds, torrent comments, and a discussion forum. BioTorrents is available at

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          Lawrence Lessig: "Getting Our Values around Copyright Right"

          Posted in Copyright, Creative Commons/Open Licenses, Digital Copyright Wars on April 15th, 2010

          Lawrence Lessig has published "Getting Our Values around Copyright Right" in the latest issue of EDUCAUSE Review.

          Here's an excerpt:

          The existing system of copyright cannot work in the digital age. Either we will force our kids to stop creating, or they will force on us a revolution. Both options, in my view, are not acceptable. There is a growing copyright abolitionist movement—people who believe that copyright was a good idea for a time long gone and that we need to eliminate it and move on in a world where there is no copyright. I am against abolitionism. I believe copyright is an essential part of the cultural industries and will be essential in the digital age—even though I also believe it needs to be radically changed in all sorts of important ways and doesn't apply the same in science and in education. Copyright is essential to a diverse and rich (in all senses of that word) culture.

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            Programmer/Analyst (Software Developer) at Penn State

            Posted in Digital Library Jobs on April 15th, 2010

            Digital Library Technologies at the Pennsylvania State University is recruiting a Programmer/Analyst (Software Developer).

            Here's an excerpt from the ad:

            Digital Library Technologies, a unit of Information Technology Services at The Pennsylvania State University, has a vacancy for a software developer. The software developer will participate in the development and integration of software and web applications for an institutional content stewardship program, working collaboratively with content curators and fellow technologists. Successful candidates will be expected to: share advancements in standards, software development practices, and IT trends; constantly refine their skill set; and apply new knowledge and techniques. This is an opportunity to work with an innovative unit on building a sustainable, enterprise-level content stewardship program at a large, multi-campus institution recognized for its commitment to excellence.

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              Digital Services Library Associate at New York School of Interior Design

              Posted in Digital Library Jobs on April 15th, 2010

              The New York School of Interior Design is recruiting a Digital Services Library Associate.

              Here's an excerpt from the ad:

              The New York School of Interior Design (NYSID), the only institution of higher learning in New York devoted exclusively to the design of the interior environment, seeks an individual to support the technology infrastructure of the library, liaise directly with IT and academic computing, and assist faculty with digital images for teaching, as well as other technology needs.


              • Manage digital assets for the library, including images, archival collections, and electronic theses
              • Work directly with faculty to help them create, manage and use digital assets in teaching
              • Work closely with librarians to continuously update and keep library website design relevant and uniform in appearance across all platforms, including online resource subject guides and a library blog
              • Responsible for basic website development
              • Work with library staff to create and edit video tutorials for students and faculty
              • Manage electronic resources including indexes and full text databases to ensure off-campus access
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                "Seeking the New Normal: Periodicals Price Survey 2010"

                Posted in Libraries, Publishing, Scholarly Journals, Serials Crisis on April 15th, 2010

                Kittie S. Henderson & Stephen Bosch have published "Seeking the New Normal: Periodicals Price Survey 2010" in Library Journal.

                Here's an excerpt:

                A number of publishers upped prices for 2010. Springer announced a five percent increase. Elsevier price increases are also in the five percent range, with the notable exception of The Lancet. The 2010 price for The Lancet jumped nine percent over 2009 levels; that increase was still smaller than in previous years. In October, the library world reeled as Nature Publishing Group (NPG) announced a 640 percent price increase (from $39.95 in 2009 to $299 in 2010) for a print subscription to Scientific American. The cost for the digital site license also rose substantially, and a number of consortia, like the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) and the Oberlin Group, refused to renew. The announcement came only weeks after NPG bought the magazine.

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                  Europeana Publishes Public Domain Charter

                  Posted in Copyright, Digital Libraries, Mass Digitizaton, Public Domain on April 14th, 2010

                  The Europeana Foundation, the governing body of the Europeana service, has published its Public Domain Charter. The Europeana beta currently links users to around 6 million digital objects. About 10 million digital objects are expected to be available this year, when version 1.0 becomes operational.

                  Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                  Today Europeana officially publishes the Public Domain Charter. It takes a strong position in support of the Public Domain, saying that:

                  Europeana belongs to the public and must represent the public interest. The Public Domain is the material from which society creates cultural understanding and knowledge. Having a thriving Public Domain is essential to economic and social well-being. Digitisation of Public Domain content does not create new rights over it. Works that are in the Public Domain in analogue form continue to be in the Public Domain once they have been digitised. . . .

                  The Charter is published by the Europeana Foundation, our governing body (now completing its name change from the EDL Foundation). The Charter is a policy statement, not a contract. It doesn't bind any of Europeana's content providers. It recognises the dilemma in which heritage institutions find themselves. Our partners' drive to digitise and make Public Domain content accessible is tempered by a recognition of the costs involved, and the need to arrive at the most appropriate agreements with those who are willing and able to fund digitisation programmes—including the private sector.

                  We are developing plans to label the rights associated with a digitised item very clearly so that they are understood by Europeana's users, who will be able to exclude content from their results that requires payment or doesn't comply with the Public Domain Charter. Rights labelling will become a requirement when submitting content to Europeana by the end of this year.

                  While Public-Private Partnerships are an important means of getting content digitised, the Charter recommends that deals are non-exclusive, for very limited time periods, and don't take material out of the Public Domain.

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                    Digital Institutional Repository Archivist at California College of the Arts

                    Posted in Digital Library Jobs on April 14th, 2010

                    The California College of the Arts is recruiting a Digital Institutional Repository Archivist. Salary: $40-50,000.

                    Here's an excerpt from the ad:

                    he Archivist of CCA's Digital Institutional Repository is responsible for collecting and maintaining digital assets that document the creative and intellectual output of the college. The Archivist coordinates receipt of digital assets from academic departments, supervises processing of digital files, maintains organization of the files, performs or supervises assignment of metadata, and participates in the development of user access modalities. The Archivist will also assist with digitization of materials in the college archives.

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                      Astrid van Wesenbeeck Named SPARC Europe Director

                      Posted in Open Access, People in the News on April 14th, 2010

                      Astrid van Wesenbeeck has been named the Director of SPARC Europe.

                      Here's an excerpt from the press release:

                      Astrid van Wesenbeeck has been appointed and will initially start working with SPARC Europe part-time from 15th June and full-time from 12 July 2010. Astrid will take over from Dr David Prosser who was recently appointed Director of Research Libraries UK (RLUK).

                      The chair of SPARC Europe, Bas Savenije, says "It is with great pleasure that we announce the appointment of our new Director. We believe that Astrid has the necessary skills and background to continue SPARC Europe’s significant work for European research libraries, library organisations and research institutions. The SPARC Europe Board of Directors and I very much look forward to working with Astrid."

                      Astrid is currently Project manager and publishing consultant at IGITUR, Utrecht Publishing & Archiving Services at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. She has broad experience in the publishing of Open Access journals, as well as in project management. Astrid will be based at the SPARC Europe Secretariat, which is kindly hosted by the National Library of the Netherlands (Koninklijke Bibliotheek) in The Hague.

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                        Information Technology Manager at Fort Vancouver Regional Library District

                        Posted in Library IT Jobs on April 14th, 2010

                        The Fort Vancouver Regional Library District is recruiting an Information Technology Manager. Salary: $4,873 per month.

                        Here's an excerpt from the ad:

                        Plans, coordinates, and manages the operations and activities of the Fort Vancouver Regional Library District (FVRL) Information Technology department (IT). Coordinates technology projects and departmental activities with other internal departments. Supervises assigned personnel. Defines and implements departmental procedures, applying thorough knowledge of computer principles and practices with sound mid-management and administrative principles and techniques. Installs, repairs, configures, and maintain the FVRL network. This includes all technologies, both hardware and software, supporting the LAN, WAN and Windows AD based network. Works closely with the Technology Director in the planning of future technology direction and projects.

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