VuFind 1.0 Released

Posted in Federated Searching, Open Source Software on July 18th, 2010

VuFind 1.0 has been released. VuFind is an open source resource discovery system.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

VuFind's long beta period is now over. Today, VuFind 1.0 has been released. In addition to improved stability, the new release includes several features missing from the previous release candidate: flexible support for non-MARC metadata formats, a mobile interface, Dewey Decimal support, integration with Serials Solutions' Summon, and more!

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    Web Services Librarian at University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

    Posted in Library IT Jobs on July 18th, 2010

    The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Library is recruiting a Web Services Librarian.

    Here's an excerpt from the ad:

    The University Library seeks a creative and innovative Web Services Librarian to provide leadership in the vision, design and implementation of the Library’s Web site. This position works both independently and collaboratively in managing the Library’s web site, explores web and technology trends, and identifies what is suitable for our library and its users to advance to the next level in its virtual presence. This librarian also takes an active role in the library’s instruction program, reference services, and collection development, and participates fully in scholarship and service as a tenure track library faculty member. The Web Services Librarian works collaboratively with library faculty to meet the mission and goals of the University Library.

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      ALA, ARL, and EDUCAUSE File Comments Supporting FCC’s "Third Way" Net Neutrality Proposal

      Posted in Net Neutrality on July 18th, 2010

      The American Library Association, the Association of Research Libraries, and EDUCAUSE have filed comments with the FCC supporting the FCC's "Third Way" proposal.

      Here's an excerpt from the press release:

      The American Library Association (ALA) filed comments(pdf) with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on the commission’s Notice of Inquiry (NOI) on the Framework for Broadband Internet Service, commonly referred to as the "Third Way." The ALA has a strong track record of advocating for an open, or neutral, Internet. The ALA sees the Third Way as the most appropriate level of oversight as it provides the flexibility needed by the Internet community and also provides key protections to guarantee the public has equal access to the wide variety of online content readily available today.

      The NOI proposes the FCC use a set of six provisions from Title II, two of which are particularly important to the library community. The ALA comments bring attention to the significance of Section 202, nondiscrimination, and Section 254, universal service. Including these sections is paramount to ensuring that libraries can continue to provide quintessential services to their patrons.

      The ALA has long supported the concept of nondiscrimination which treats all Internet content equally. Libraries across the country provide the public with access to high quality educational and recreational online content – at no fee to the patron. In fact, 75 percent of libraries offer access to online databases that include business journals, full-text news articles, and job certification exams. Libraries provide patrons with downloadable and streaming audio and video content, as well as E-books. The ALA cautions that without Section 202 on nondiscrimination, this educational and other content could be relegated to the Internet slow lane by service providers in favor of content from the private sector.

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        Virtual Library R&D Librarian at Texas Tech University (2 Positions)

        Posted in Digital Library Jobs on July 18th, 2010

        The Texas Tech University Libraries are recruiting two Virtual Library R&D Librarians.

        Here's an excerpt from the ad:

        This position reports to the Lead of the Library Technology Management and Services Research and Development Team. The position ensures maximum interoperability of applied virtual library systems, solutions, data, metadata, etc., while engaging in innovative virtual library research efforts, including relevant assessment activities, and may coordinate virtual library development efforts. The position also engages in strategic partnering and collaborations across traditional and non-traditional boundaries, and engages in relevant scholarly pursuit and other professional activities and service in accordance with Texas Tech Library’s standards for promotion and tenure.

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          Preserving Digital Public Television: Final Report

          Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Reports and White Papers on July 18th, 2010

          The NDIIPP-funded Preserving Digital Public Television project has released Preserving Digital Public Television: Final Report.

          Here's an excerpt:

          The goals of the PDPTV project were to:

          • Design and build a prototype preservation repository for born-digital public television content;
          • Develop a set of standards for metadata, file and encoding formats, and production workflow practices;
          • Recommend selection criteria for long-term retention;
          • Examine issues of long-term content accessibility and methods for sustaining digital preservation of public television materials, including IP concerns.
          • Introduce the importance of digital preservation to the public broadcasting community.
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            Last Week’s DigitalKoans Tweets 2010-07-18

            Posted in Last Week's DigitalKoan's Tweets on July 18th, 2010
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              MELIBEA: Directory and Validator of Open Access Policies

              Posted in Open Access on July 15th, 2010

              AccesoAbierto has made MELIBEA, a directory and validator of open access policies, available.

              Here's an excerpt from the About page:

              MELIBEA is a directory and validator of institutional open-access (OA) policies regarding scientific and academic work. As a directory, it describes the existing policies. As a validator, it subjects them to qualitative and quantitative analysis based on fulfilment of a set of indicators that reflect the bases of an institutional policy.

              Based on the values assigned to a set of indicators, weighted according to their importance, the validator indicates a score and a percentage of fulfilment for each policy analyzed. The sum of weighted values of each indicator is converted to a percentage scale to give what we have called the "validated open-access percentage," calculated as explained in the Methodology section.

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                Web Services Developer at University of Maryland, College Park

                Posted in Library IT Jobs on July 15th, 2010

                The University of Maryland Libraries are recruiting a Web Services Developer.

                Here's an excerpt from the ad (posting number: 0000470):

                The incumbent serves as the resident expert on Web design and Web interface matters and is charged with consulting services pertaining to existing and emerging Web technologies with library staff. The Application Interface Designer is responsible for creating and maintaining Web design style guidelines for the Web site. As part of the Information Technology Division, the incumbent assists in the coordination of Web services for the University System of Maryland libraries.

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