Head, Digital Scholarship and Production Services at Duke University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on January 17th, 2011

The Duke University Libraries are recruiting a Head, Digital Scholarship and Production Services.

Here's an excerpt from the ad

The Head of Digital Scholarship and Production Services provides leadership, vision, and strategic direction for the Duke University Libraries' services to support digital scholarship and the Libraries' production of digital content primarily from their distinctive holdings, both of which involve work by staff in multiple departments. She/he cultivates a forward-looking, collaborative environment and sets high user-centered service standards; works closely with faculty and students as well as other library staff; and directs the staff and administers the budget of the Digital Scholarship and Production Services Department.

Responsibilities

  • Working with colleagues throughout the Libraries, develops a cohesive program and suite of services that support scholars engaged in creating, using, and disseminating scholarly materials in a wide range of digital media
  • Provides services that include the creation of digital content, project planning, project management, and the provision of tools for collecting, organizing, preserving, analyzing, and authoring digital information and generating new intellectual products. These services will draw on expertise throughout the Libraries in areas such as digitization standards, costs, and methods; rights management; usability issues; workflow and process management; quality control; and budget management.
  • Collaborates with other campus stakeholders, such as the university's signature institutes, to develop digital scholarship programs at Duke and to enhance the Libraries' participation in and contributions to those programs.
  • Develops capacity among library staff to support work in digital scholarship by providing instruction, training, demonstrations, and workshops.
  • Works with the Libraries' subject specialists, IT staff, Preservation Department, and other staff to meet collection development, data storage, preservation, stewardship, and access challenges related to digital content creation and knowledge management.
  • Facilitates connections and partnerships of faculty and students with librarians and technologists in supporting digital scholarship and developing new research projects.
  • Promotes and evaluates the use of existing digital content and scholarly tools at Duke and provides demonstrations of digital scholarship resources and tools to interested faculty, students, staff, librarians, and library supporters.
  • Leads the planning, implementation, and evaluation of the Libraries' program for digital content creation and the development of library policies regarding digitization.
  • Manages Digital Scholarship and Production Services staff, operating budget, and grant project budgets.
  • Advocates for digital scholarship and content creation technology support needs with Library ITS and with Duke OIT.
  • Engages with collaborative national and international digital scholarship initiatives that benefit Duke and the larger research community.
  • Actively pursues external funding for digital scholarship and content creation initiatives, including grants and corporate partnerships; serves as principal investigator for grants as appropriate and contributes to building capacity for other staff members to assume that role.
  • Manages workflows and projects to produce digital content, coordinating the work done in various departments, ensuring adequate communication among staff involved in the projects, and keeping projects on schedule.
  • Serves on and advises the Collections and User Services Council regarding priorities of the digital scholarship and production program.
  • Working with staff in other departments as appropriate, plans, implements, and monitors external contracts providing digitization, metadata creation, or other services related to the digital scholarship and production.
  • Monitors national trends regarding digital library initiatives, shares information with other staff as appropriate, and applies it to planning and program development at Duke.

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    Research Communications Strategy: 3rd Report to JISC—December 2010

    Posted in Open Access on January 17th, 2011

    The Research Communications Strategy project has released Research Communications Strategy: 3rd Report to JISC—December 2010.

    Here's an excerpt:

    Section 1 takes as its starting point the apparent reluctance of individual academics fully to embrace OA, and suggests that the potential offered by OA for various kinds of added value might be an effective tool in advocacy.

    Section 2 considers the relation of OA to services such as Mendeley, and wonders whether our established view of OA as a way to distribute traditional research outputs more efficiently might come to seem outmoded in the face of new, non-traditional ideas about how to conduct and disseminate research.

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      Technology Services Head at Boston University

      Posted in Digital Library Jobs, Library IT Jobs on January 17th, 2011

      Boston University's Mugar Memorial Library is recruiting a Technology Services Head.

      Here's an excerpt from the ad:

      Guide assessment of existing and emerging library and information technologies. Lead project and implementation planning for library technologies. Provide coordination and programmatic guidance for the library technology services group (LTS), a multi-unit team, comprised of members from the University Libraries and Information Services & Technology. The LTS plans, deploys and supports a wide range of digital systems and services, including an integrated library system, WorldCat Local, link resolver, federated search software, institutional repository, search and discovery services, library web development, interlibrary loan system, proxy server, and staff desktop support. Collaborate with administrators, department heads and managers throughout all the University libraries and Information Services and Technology to adapt library services to the changing needs of faculty, researchers, and graduate students of Boston University and work with senior managers on the Library’s other two teams, the Graduate & Research Services and Undergraduate & Distance Services to implement initiatives consistent with the Libraries’ strategic plan.

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        America COMPETES Act Establishes Interagency Public Access Committee

        Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Legislation and Government Regulation, Open Access, Publishing on January 17th, 2011

        The signing of the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010 by President Obama establishes a new Interagency Public Access Committee. The International Association of Scientific, Technical & Medical Publishers (STM) has issued a press release that "applauds the efforts of US legislators in crafting the charter of the Interagency Public Access Committee."

        Here's an excerpt from the Act:

        SEC. 103. INTERAGENCY PUBLIC ACCESS COMMITTEE.

        (a) ESTABLISHMENT.—The Director shall establish a working group under the National Science and Technology Council with

        the responsibility to coordinate Federal science agency research and policies related to the dissemination and long-term stewardship of the results of unclassified research, including digital data and peer-reviewed scholarly publications, supported wholly, or in part, by funding from the Federal science agencies.

        (b) RESPONSIBILITIES.—The working group shall—

        (1) identify the specific objectives and public interests that need to be addressed by any policies coordinated under (a);

        (2) take into account inherent variability among Federal science agencies and scientific disciplines in the nature of research, types of data, and dissemination models;

        (3) coordinate the development or designation of standards for research data, the structure of full text and metadata, navigation tools, and other applications to maximize interoperability across Federal science agencies, across science and engineering disciplines, and between research data and scholarly publications, taking into account existing consensus standards, including international standards;

        (4) coordinate Federal science agency programs and activities that support research and education on tools and systems required to ensure preservation and stewardship of all forms of digital research data, including scholarly publications;

        (5) work with international science and technology counterparts to maximize interoperability between United States based unclassified research databases and international databases and repositories;

        (6) solicit input and recommendations from, and collaborate with, non-Federal stakeholders, including the public, universities, nonprofit and for-profit publishers, libraries, federally funded and non federally funded research scientists, and other organizations and institutions with a stake in long term preservation and access to the results of federally funded research;

        (7) establish priorities for coordinating the development of any Federal science agency policies related to public access to the results of federally funded research to maximize the benefits of such policies with respect to their potential economic or other impact on the science and engineering enterprise and the stakeholders thereof;

        (8) take into consideration the distinction between scholarly publications and digital data;

        (9) take into consideration the role that scientific publishers play in the peer review process in ensuring the integrity of the record of scientific research, including the investments and added value that they make; and

        (10) examine Federal agency practices and procedures for providing research reports to the agencies charged with locating and preserving unclassified research.

        (c) PATENT OR COPYRIGHT LAW.—Nothing in this section shall be construed to undermine any right under the provisions of title 17 or 35, United States Code.

        (d) APPLICATION WITH EXISTING LAW.—Nothing defined in section

        (b) shall be construed to affect existing law with respect to Federal science agencies’ policies related to public access.

        (e) REPORT TO CONGRESS.—Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this Act, the Director shall transmit a report to Congress describing—

        (1) the specific objectives and public interest identified under (b)(1);

        (2) any priorities established under subsection (b)(7);

        (3) the impact the policies described under (a) have had on the science and engineering enterprise and the stakeholders, including the financial impact on research budgets;

        (4) the status of any Federal science agency policies related to public access to the results of federally funded research; and

        (5) how any policies developed or being developed by Federal science agencies, as described in subsection (a), incorporate input from the non-Federal stakeholders described in subsection (b)(6).

        (f) FEDERAL SCIENCE AGENCY DEFINED.—For the purposes of this section, the term ‘‘Federal science agency’’ means any Federal agency with an annual extramural research expenditure of over $100,000,000.

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          Daily Tweets 2011-01-17

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            Virginia Tech Names Tyler Walters as Dean of University Libraries

            Posted in ARL Libraries, People in the News on January 16th, 2011

            Virginia Tech has named Tyler Walters as its Dean of University Libraries.

            Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

            Tyler Walters, associate dean for technology and resource services at the Library and Information Center at Georgia Tech, has been named dean of University Libraries at Virginia Tech. . . .

            "Tyler Walters brings an outstanding vision to the university and will be an engaging and effective advocate for the libraries within the university and larger community," said Virginia Tech Senior Vice President and Provost Mark McNamee. "His view of librarians as authoritative guides and stewards of the intellectual record, coupled with his commitment to position the libraries as a strong partner in all of the academic endeavors of the university, fit exceptionally well with the needs articulated by faculty and staff when we initiated the search." . . .

            Walters began his career in 1987 as an assistant in the photographic archives unit of the North Carolina Division of Archives and History in Raleigh, N.C. From 1988 to 1992, he served as the assistant university archivist at the Northwestern University Library. In 1992, he went to the Iowa State University Library as assistant professor in the special collections department. He was promoted to associate professor and served as head of the special collections department from 1996 to 1998.

            In 1998, he was appointed director of the William R. Haselton Library and Knowledge Center at the Institute of Paper Science and Technology in Atlanta, now a unit of Georgia Tech. In 2002, he began as the associate director of digital and technical services at Georgia Tech, later as associate director for technology and resource services, and most recently as associate dean. . . .

            Walters has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, the Library of Congress, the National Archives and Records Administration, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. He has raised $3.3 million in grants and gifts while at Georgia Tech.

            Walters has co-founded new inter-institutional organizations such as the MetaArchive Cooperative (digital preservation services) and the GALILEO Knowledge Repository (Georgia’s statewide repository service).

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              Web Development Librarian at East Carolina University

              Posted in Digital Library Jobs, Library IT Jobs on January 16th, 2011

              East Carolina University's J.Y. Joyner Library is recruiting a Web Development Librarian.

              Here's an excerpt from the ad:

              Responsibilities: Reporting to the Assistant Director for Library Technology and Digital Initiatives, the Web Development Librarian will:

              • Provide vision and leadership in designing, developing and supporting the main library web site and integrating it with the larger library web presence which includes discovery tools, digital collections, and electronic resources
              • Lead, supervise, and direct the Web Development Team
              • Maintain and refine existing web services offered by the department
              • Develop and implement web applications and tools, particularly for mobile environments
              • Ensure that web services and applications are tailored for targeted user groups, including distance education students, on-site patrons, faculty members, and library staff
              • Evaluate local web resources through a variety of assessment methods
              • Actively explore current web technologies, recommending and implementing best practices for an academic library environment
              • Participate as a member of the library's technology team Dean's Council

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                The New Renaissance

                Posted in Copyright, Digital Libraries, Digitization, Mass Digitizaton on January 16th, 2011

                The European Commission's Comité des Sages has released The New Renaissance.

                Here's an excerpt from the press release:

                The report, called "The New Renaissance," key conclusions and recommendations are:

                • The Europeana portal should become the central reference point for Europe's online cultural heritage. Member States must ensure that all material digitised with public funding is available on the site, and bring all their public domain masterpieces into Europeana by 2016. Cultural
                • Works that are covered by copyright, but are no longer distributed commercially, need to be brought online. It is primarily the role of rights-holders to digitise these works and exploit them. But, if rights holders do not do so, cultural institutions must have a window of opportunity to digitise material and make it available to the public, for which right holders should be remunerated.
                • EU rules for orphan works (whose rights holders cannot be identified) need to be adopted as soon as possible. The Report defines eight fundamental conditions for any solution.
                • Member States need to considerably increase their funding for digitisation in order to generate jobs and growth in the future. The funds needed to build 100 km of roads would pay for the digitisation of 16% of all available books in EU libraries, or the digitisation of every piece of audio content in EU Member States' cultural institutions.
                • Public-private partnerships for digitisation must be encouraged. They must be transparent, non-exclusive and equitable for all partners, and must result in cross-border access to the digitised material for all. Preferential use of the digitised material granted to the private partner should not exceed seven years.
                • To guarantee the preservation of collections in their digital format, a second copy of this cultural material should be archived at Europeana. In addition, a system should be developed so that any cultural material that currently needs to be deposited in several countries would only be deposited once.

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