Digital Initiatives/Metadata Librarian at Portland State University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on September 9th, 2010

The Portland State University Library is recruiting a Digital Initiatives/Metadata Librarian. Salary minimum of $61,320.

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    Guidelines for Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries and Museums Issued

    Posted in Grants, Libraries, Museums on September 9th, 2010

    The Institute of Museum and Library Services has released Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries and Museums guidelines.

    Here's an excerpt from the press release:

    This new grant program will provide one-year grants of $10,000 to $25,000 for innovative projects that respond to the challenges and opportunities facing cultural heritage institutions in a rapidly changing information environment. The submission deadline is November 15, 2010.

    Successful proposals will address problems, challenges, or needs of broad relevance to museums, libraries, or archives, will test innovative responses to these problems, and will make the findings of these tests widely and openly accessible. Grant funding may include all activities associated with planning, deploying, and evaluating the innovation, as long as the expenses are allowable under federal and IMLS guidelines. Examples of projects that might be funded by this program include, but are not limited to:

    • exploring the potential of highly original, experimental collaborations,
    • implementing new workflows or processes with potential for substantial cost savings,
    • testing new metrics or methods to measure the impact of promising tools or services,
    • rapid prototyping and testing of new types of software tools, or creating useful new ways to link separate software applications used in libraries, archives, or museums,
    • offering innovative new types of services or service options to museum, library, or archive visitors, or
    • enhancing institutions’ abilities to interact with audiences in new ways to promote learning or improve services, such as through the deployment of innovative crowd-sourcing techniques.

    Sparks! Ignition Grant funds may not be used for:

    • evaluation of an existing program or service,
    • projects that are only for planning or research (as distinguished from experimentation),
    • projects that are limited to existing and traditional approaches to exhibitions, performances, or other types of public programs,
    • projects that involve mainly digitization, unless the applicant is proposing an innovative method for digitization,
    • activities that will produce only incremental improvements in operational or business processes,
    • support of conferences or professional meetings, or
    • acquisition of equipment in excess of 50 percent of the total funds requested from IMLS.
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      Daily Tweets 2010-09-09

      Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on September 9th, 2010
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        Electronic Resources Librarian at Western Carolina University

        Posted in Electronic Resources Jobs on September 8th, 2010

        Western Carolina University’s Hunter Library is recruiting an Electronic Resources Librarian. Salary range: $40,000-$49,000.

        Here's an excerpt from the ad:

        This new position will activate and manage access to a wide range of licensed electronic resources such as databases, journals, and books. The position will also serve as the go-to person for all library staff for resolving problems related to access. Other responsibilities include supervising one full-time staff member; maintaining the Innovative Interfaces Web Access Management (WAM) table and WebBridge link resolver, and EBSCO's ERM Essentials; collecting and tracking usage data; database administration; coordinating tasks related to e-resources among all the various constituents; and working collaboratively within the Western North Carolina Library Network on e-resources issues.

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          Digital Preservation: PADI and Padiforum-L to Cease Operation

          Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on September 8th, 2010

          Established in 1997, the National Library of Australia's PADI subject gateway, which has over 3,000 resources on more than 60 topics, will be shut down at the end of this year.

          Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

          As is to be expected with any portal to Web based documents maintenance of web links becomes progressively more demanding over time. Websites are redesigned, migrated to new platforms, URL’s are changed, projects and their websites cease, so called persistent identifiers are not, and even when web documents or pages are archived in a web archive, questions arise as to which version of an archived page to link to (which date or even which archive as copies may be held in multiple web archives with different levels of completeness). The current structure of PADI requires the Library to commit around 0.5 of a fulltime staff member to locate, describe and enter links to new information sources and to maintain links to existing resources. Although originally conceived as a cooperative contribution model, increasingly the burden of adding material to PADI has fallen to the NLA as input from elsewhere has almost ceased.

          The information-seeking and information-providing mechanisms of a community also change over time. After reviewing the gateway service the Library has concluded that the existing website, database and list no longer meet the current needs and that the Library’s resources are best invested elsewhere. While there may be more efficient ways of building a service like PADI today, using Web 2.0 tools, the Library is unable to make the investment in converting the existing service.

          Reluctantly—because we still find PADI useful ourselves—we believe we cannot sustain PADI, and have decided to cease maintaining it.

          A copy of the website has been archived in PANDORA, Australia’s Web Archive. The existing live website will remain available until the end of 2010; however no new resources have been added since the start of July 2010 and the existing links will not be actively managed. The archives of the padiforum-l list will continue to be available, however no new postings will be accepted from 30 September 2010.

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            Digital User Experience Librarian at Indiana University Kokomo

            Posted in Library IT Jobs on September 8th, 2010

            The Indiana University Kokomo Library is recruiting a Digital User Experience Librarian.

            Here's an excerpt from the ad:

            The Digital User Experience Librarian will take a leadership role in the continued development of the electronic resources collection and the Library’s Web presence in order to provide support for the teaching, learning, and research needs of our users. This work will include acquiring and providing access to electronic resources, and incorporating appropriate Web-based tools to support our users' information to knowledge experience. The position also includes some reference desk work.

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              Summary Findings of NEH Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants (2007–2010)

              Posted in Digital Humanities, Grants, Reports and White Papers on September 8th, 2010

              The Office of Digital Humanities at the National Endowment for the Humanities has released Summary Findings of NEH Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants (2007–2010) .

              Here's an excerpt:

              The bulk of this summary report reflects work done by the NEH's Kathy Toavs who got in touch with 51 of the project directors from the first two years of the program (2007 and 2008). We chose just the first two years because we wanted to talk to project directors who had concluded their work to find out more about outcomes. Kathy provides an overview of her research including a thorough discussion of the many publications, conferences, Web sites, and software tools that emerged from the first two years of the SUG program [Start-Up Grant program]. She also asked the project directors for their feedback on the program and Kathy provides an excellent summary of their thoughts.

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                Daily Tweets 2010-09-08

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