Metadata Specialist at Mount Holyoke College

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on May 6th, 2010

The Mount Holyoke College Library is recruiting a Metadata Specialist.

Here's an excerpt from the ad (posting number: 0444):

Reporting to the Head of Digital Assets and Preservation Services, the Metadata Specialist provides and maintains descriptive, technical, and structural metadata for digital content; supporting the Digital Assets and Preservation Services department responsible for the collaborative planning, implementation, integration, integrity, and continuous evaluation of the College's digital repository, including all policies, standards, and workflows. . . .

Provides and maintains descriptive, technical, and structural metadata for digital content (including but not limited to research data, sound, video, images, text, teaching materials), acquired or created by Mount Holyoke College; evaluates and maintains quality control of metadata operations; maintains documentation on best practices and tracks developments on standards of all types (descriptive, technical, preservation, and administrative) to recommend and design appropriate metadata schema for discovery and access.

Keeps abreast of new trends, tools, opportunities, and campus needs. Contributes to a continuous process of assessment to ensure the Digital Assets and Preservation Department's success in advancing the College's evolving goals in light of pedagogical, information, and technology changes. Assists the Department Head and works collaboratively with key members of LITS staff (Networking/Web Team, Research and Instruction, etc.) in identifying, planning, and implementing the best repository and/or discovery tool solutions for Mount Holyoke. Advises the Department Head and related LITS staff on metadata best practices as related to digital preservation.

Internet Archive Makes over a Million DAISY Standard Digital Books Freely Available to Blind, Dyslexic, and Visually Impaired Users

Posted in E-Books, Open Access on May 6th, 2010

The Internet Archive has made over one million digital books in the DAISY Standard for Digital Talking Books freely available to blind, dyslexic, and other visually impaired users.

Here's an excerpt from the press release:

More than doubling the number of books available to print disabled people of all ages, today the Internet Archive launched a new service that brings free access to more than 1 million books — from classic 19th century fiction and current novels to technical guides and research materials — now available in the specially designed format to support those who are blind, dyslexic or are otherwise visually impaired. . . .

The 1 million+ books in the Internet Archive’s library for print disabled, are scanned from hard copy books then digitized into DAISY — a specialized format used by blind or other persons with disabilities, for easy navigation. Files are downloaded to devices that translate the text and read the books aloud for the user to enjoy. To access books visit: http://openlibrary.org/subjects/accessible_book. . . .

Older books are available from the Internet Archive’s unencrypted DAISY library and modern books can be accessed by "qualified users" through their NLS key — an encrypted code provided by the Library of Congress' National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), that is dedicated to providing materials to the print disabled. Currently, over 800,000 people in the US are registered with the Library of Congress as being print disabled.

As of today, the Internet Archive offers over one million books for print disabled people. Other large libraries for the print disabled including NLS, Bookshare.org, and Reading for the Blind & Dyslexic.. . .

Most of the older books have been scanned from library collections, with newer books having been donated to the Internet Archive by companies such as the online bookseller Alibris, libraries and individuals.

The print disabled collection of books are now available through the Archive’s new Open Library site (www.openlibrary.org), which serves as a gateway to information about millions of hardcopy books and more than 1 million electronic books.

To access all books, a United States resident with print disabilities must register with the Library of Congress http://www.loc.gov/nls/signup.html.

Presentations from the CNI Spring 2010 Task Force Meeting

Posted in Digital Libraries, Digital Repositories on May 5th, 2010

Presentations and handouts from the CNI Spring 20010 Task Force Meeting are now available.

Here are a few example presentations:

Video Archive Project Manager at Yale

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on May 5th, 2010

The Yale University Library is recruiting a Video Archive Project Manager, Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies (3-year appointment) Salary: $48,000-$68,000.

Here's an excerpt from the ad (STARS no.: 9459BR):

Reporting to the Fortunoff Video Archive Archivist, the Video Archive Project Manager will join a dynamic group of archivists, information technology personnel, and vendors to assist in designing a plan for the digital migration of more than 12,000 legacy videotapes. Applying leadership, strategic thinking, and decision-making skills, the Video Archive Project Manager will implement the plan and manage timely completion of the migration project to preserve and provide improved access to the testimonies. . . .

  1. Participates in design of plan to migrate legacy videotapes (U-Matic, Betacam, and other formats in both NTSC and PAL standards) to preservation digital files (losslessly compressed MJPEG2K) on data tape library system (LTO5), and digital access files (mezzanine files – probably H.264), and streaming files (probably DV) on spinning disk storage (likely Isilon storage).
  2. Provides technical support for implementing migration plan in a complex video digital migration facility, including installation, trouble shooting, and maintenance of electronic and mechanical audio-video production equipment and technology distributions systems.
  3. Implements, supervises, and documents the day-to-day migration workflow for retrieval of legacy videotapes, inspection and cleaning, digitization, quality assurance, transmission of data files and metadata to permanent file locations, and return of legacy tapes to Library Shelving Facility. Troubleshoots and modifies workflow as needed to result in successful migration within project deadlines. Ensures adherence to productions schedules and quality standards.
  4. Partners with appropriate department and library colleagues and university offices and staff (Information Technology Services, Office of Digital Assets and Infrastructure) to develop institutional standards and best practices campus-wide for audio-video digital migration.

Ensuring That 'E' Doesn't Mean Ephemeral: A Practical Guide to E-Journal Archiving Solutions

Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, E-Journals, Scholarly Journals on May 5th, 2010

JISC has released Ensuring That 'E' Doesn't Mean Ephemeral: A Practical Guide to E-Journal Archiving Solutions, which discusses CLOCKSS, Portico, and the UK LOCKSS Alliance.

Here's an excerpt:

This booklet provides a starting point for institutions interested in investigating e-archiving options. It gives a practical guide to the solutions offered by three of the main long-term preservation schemes and provides an overview of the distinguishing features of each solution.

Head of Emerging Technologies and Services at Oregon State University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs, Library IT Jobs on May 5th, 2010

The Oregon State University Libraries are recruiting a Head of Emerging Technologies and Services.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Head of Emerging Technologies and Services is a key administrative position at the OSU Libraries. As the primary technology architect and planner for the OSU Libraries, the Head of ETS uses his/her knowledge of current and emerging information technologies, protocols, and concepts to keep core application systems effective, evolving and nimble. He/she will position ETS to take advantage of innovative technical opportunities and inform the OSU Libraries' management and staff of new technology options. The Head of ETS sets the technology infrastructure directions and ensures that the library maintains reliable, scalable, and sustainable server and networking infrastructure, vibrant web services, and expanding digital initiatives. The Head of ETS represents the Libraries on information technology groups on the OSU campus and externally, is expected to establish and maintain effective partnerships and collaborations, and serves as the primary spokesperson on issues and policies related to information technology for the OSU Libraries.

The Fate of the Semantic Web

Posted in Emerging Technologies on May 5th, 2010

The Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project has released The Fate of the Semantic Web.

Here's an excerpt:

Some 895 experts responded to the invitation of the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project and Elon University’s Imagining the Internet Center to predict the likely progress toward achieving the goals of the semantic web by the year 2020. Asked to think about the likelihood that Berners-Lee and his allies will realize their vision, often called Web 3.0, these technology experts and stakeholders were divided and often contentious.

Some 47% agreed with the statement:

"By 2020, the semantic web envisioned by Tim Berners-Lee will not be as fully effective as its creators hoped and average users will not have noticed much of a difference."

Some 41% agreed with the opposite statement, which posited:

"By 2020, the semantic web envisioned by Tim Berners-Lee and his allies will have been achieved to a significant degree and have clearly made a difference to average internet users."

Experts generally agreed that progress will continue to be made in making the web more useful and information retrieval and assessment more meaningful. They recognized the fact that there are already elements and programs of the semantic web in place that are helping people more easily navigate their lives. While many survey participants noted that current and emerging technologies are being leveraged toward positive web evolution in regard to linking data, there was no consensus on the technical mechanisms and human actions that might lead to the next wave of improvements—nor how extensive the changes might be.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Faculty Senate Passes Resolution Supporting Institutional Repository

Posted in Open Access on May 4th, 2010

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Faculty Senate has passed a resolution supporting DigitalCommons@University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The repository contains more than 40,000 documents, and more than 500 faculty members have deposited documents in it.

Here's the resolution:

Resolution on Digital Commons Institutional Repository

The Research Council to the Faculty Senate:

Whereas — Many members of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln faculty from every college have taken advantage of services offered by the Libraries to create and populate a very successful institutional repository, the UNL Digital Commons, now containing more than 27,000 open-access items of faculty and student research, including articles, original monographs, and journals, as well as more than 11,000 dissertations, and

whereas — this repository is one of the largest academic institutional repositories in the United States, is accessed from more than 150 countries, and is indexed by Google and other major search engines, and

whereas — online open-access electronic dissemination of scholarship is an extremely effective way to enhance the visibility, recognition, and reach of faculty research,

be it resolved — that the participating faculty are to be congratulated for their support and use of the institutional repository and that all faculty are to be encouraged to take advantage of these services.

Read more about it at "University of Nebraska-Lincoln Faculty Senate Endorses Open Access."

Senior Systems Librarian at North Dakota State University

Posted in Library IT Jobs on May 4th, 2010

The North Dakota State University is recruiting a Senior Systems Librarian. Salary: $60,000+.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Senior Systems Librarian manages the day to day operations of the Systems Office; implements and operates the Libraries' information systems; liaises with Information Technology Services; and liaises with external groups associated with library information systems issues.

This position is responsible for collection development, and acts as liaison to academic departments in assigned subject areas. Also provides general specialized reference and instruction/information literacy services to the NDSU community and other constituencies.

Digital Video of Copyright, Content and Class Action Lawsuits: A Debate on the Google Book Search Settlement Meeting

Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars, E-Books, Google and Other Search Engines, Mass Digitizaton, Publishing on May 4th, 2010

The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation has released a digital video of its Copyright, Content and Class Action Lawsuits: A Debate on the Google Book Search Settlement meeting.

Participants included:

  • Daniel Castro, Senior Analyst, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
  • Allan Adler, Vice President of Government Affairs, Association of American Publishers,
  • Peter Brantley, Director of Access, Internet Archive
  • Dan Clancy, Engineering Director, Google Book Search
  • Alan Inouye, Director, Office for Information Policy, American Library Association

Community Digitization Librarian/Archivist at University of British Columbia

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on May 4th, 2010

The University of British Columbia Library is recruiting a Community Digitization Librarian/Archivist (two-year appointment).

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

We are seeking a two-year term professional librarian/archivist to coordinate the activities of the multi-sector BC Digitization Coalition. Working closely with Coalition members and stakeholders around the province, the Community Digitization Librarian/Archivist works to implement the goals identified at the BC Digitization Symposium around the development of a digitization strategy for BC. This position will advise libraries, archives, museums, historical societies and other cultural agencies on best practices around digitization projects and developing in-house digitization expertise. The incumbent will develop a central database of projects and will help to advocate and promote digitization as a strategy for the preservation and promotion of British Columbia's unique history and culture. Additionally, the Community Digitization Librarian/Archivist will be responsible for the administration of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre's (IKBLC) British Columbia History Digitization Program (BCHDP) and of IKBLC community digitization initiatives. This position will report to the Assistant Director, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre.

A detailed job description can be viewed at here and we welcome you to view the UBC Library Strategic Plan 2010–2015 www.library.ubc.ca/strategicplan/.   For more details on IKBLC, please visit http://www.ikebarberlearningcentre.ubc.ca/.  To learn more about the BC Digitization Coalition please visit http://wbtw.ca/.

Concordia University Senate Approves Open Access Policy

Posted in Open Access on May 4th, 2010

The Concordia University Senate has passed an open access policy. Concordia University has a "student body of almost 44,000 undergraduate, graduate and continuing education students from more than 150 countries, studying in over 500 programs."

Here's an excerpt from the press release:

Concordia University’s academic community has passed a landmark Senate Resolution on Open Access that encourages all of its faculty and students to make their peer-reviewed research and creative output freely accessible via the internet. Concordia is the first major university in Canada where faculty have given their overwhelming support to a concerted effort to make the full results of their research universally available. . . .

Gerald Beasley, Concordia’s University Librarian, was instrumental in the campus-wide dialogue on open access that began more than a year ago. "I am delighted that Senate voted to support the recommendations of all four Faculty Councils and the Council of the School of Graduate Studies. There are only a handful of precedents in North America for the kind of leadership that Concordia faculty have demonstrated by their determination to make publicly-funded research available to all rather than just the minority able to afford the rapidly rising subscription costs of scholarly databases, books and journals."

This past year, Concordia launched Spectrum, an open access digital repository that continues to grow beyond its initial 6,000 dissertations submitted at Concordia, and at its predecessors Sir George Williams University and Loyola College. The Senate Resolution encourages all of Concordia's researchers to deposit their research and creative work in Spectrum.

Here's the policy:

Whereas

Open access makes the results of publicly funded academic research and creative work accessible to everyone via the internet and succeeds by supplementing but not replacing peer-reviewed journals and other established publishing venues, and

whereas Concordia University wishes to take a leadership role in Canada and exemplify social responsibility by supporting the principles of open access and has recently launched Spectrum, an open access repository freely available to receive the refereed academic research output and creative work voluntarily deposited by Concordia faculty and others, with assistance from librarians and other library staff as required, thereby satisfying the requirements of a number of funding agencies in Canada and elsewhere without affecting the intellectual property rights, responsibilities and academic freedom of faculty members;

It was resolved that Senate recommends that Concordia University:

– from now on encourages all its faculty members to deposit an electronic copy of their refereed research output and creative work in Spectrum, along with nonexclusive permission to preserve and freely disseminate it; and

– furthermore, in the specific case of any scholarly article accepted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal, from now on requires all faculty members to deposit an electronic copy in Spectrum along with non-exclusive permission to preserve and freely disseminate it. This requirement is not binding in cases where publishers, co-authors or other rights holders disallow such a deposit. Faculty members may also, without prejudice, opt out of the requirement by notifying the University Librarian in writing that their work has appeared, or will appear in another Open Access format; or by citing other factors that currently discourage them from depositing their work in an Open Access repository


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