Digital Archivist at Columbia University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on February 2nd, 2011

The Columbia University Libraries are recruiting a Digital Archivist.

Here's an excerpt from the ad (requisition number: 0001678):

The Columbia University Rare Book & Manuscript Library (RBML) seeks a skilled and accomplished electronic records archivist to help design and implement a curatorial and archival program for born-digital materials. While this position is in the RBML, it will work with all of Columbia's special collections units in developing and coordinating a robust and consistent archival program for born digital materials.

Reporting to the Curator of Manuscripts and University Archivist, the Digital Archivist is responsible for identifying and managing born digital content in RBML collections.

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      Senior Manager for Web Initiatives at New York Public Library

      Posted in Digital Library Jobs, Library IT Jobs on February 2nd, 2011

      The New York Public Library is recruiting a Senior Manager for Web Initiatives.

      Here's an excerpt from the ad:

      The Senior Manager will have the following core areas of responsibility:

      • Directly responsible for NYPL.org, Digital Gallery, and the Library Intranet (LAIR).
      • Responsible for working with stakeholders from all parts of the Library (including Library Sites and Services, the Research Libraries, ITG, Communications, Marketing, Collections, EPE, Finance and Legal) to implement Web Projects, Evaluate their usability and impact, and continuously improve them.
      • Projects Include:
        • Public Interfaces of the NYPL Web Catalog (with the ILS team)
        • Digital Humanities projects (maps, menus) and on-line exhibitions
        • eAdvocacy
        • Migration of legacy content
        • Client requests for Website improvements
      • Chiefly responsible for implementing the Research Library 2.0 on-line Strategy, by overseeing the design and implementation of opt-in public profiles, social sharing layer, exposure of collections through APIs, and enabling crowdsourcing.
      • Oversees the implementation of the agile product management framework for the Library's Digital Staff.
      • Manages the continuous improvement of all Web Interfaces through design and development in response to patron and staff needs.
      • Analyzes patterns of Web use and develops strategies for increasing and optimizing traffic.
      • Partners with ITG to keep all sites up and running. This includes Security, Module, Code updates, and Bug Tracking.
      • Pitches the Steering Committee for funding and reports on business results.
      • Works with the Digital Project Mangers to allocate and Manage Developers  time across Digital Projects including those led by others (e.g. repository,certain ILS projects).  

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        Open Access: Report on the Implementation of Open Content Licenses in Developing and Transition Countries

        Posted in Creative Commons/Open Licenses, Digital Repositories, Open Access, Reports and White Papers, Scholarly Journals on February 2nd, 2011

        The EIFL-OA advocacy program has released Report on the Implementation of Open Content Licenses in Developing and Transition Countries.

        Here's an excerpt:

        The survey attempted to gather information from a broad spectrum of research institutions in developing and transition countries in order to get a better understanding of the current state of the implementation of open content licenses. We looked at the web sites of 2,489 open access journals and 357 open access repositories from EIFL network countries. And this report highlights the best practices in using open content licenses by open access journals and open access repositories in developing and transition countries.

        Some general findings of the survey:

        Using open content licenses by open access journals:

        • We identified 556 open access journals that are licensed under open content licenses.
        • There are four types of Creative Commons licenses, which are used – the most liberal Creative Commons Attribution license, Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial license, Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial Share Alike license and the most restrictive Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial No Derivative Works license.
        • 94% of the access journals we surveyed are licensed under Creative Commons Attribution license (524 open access journals in Armenia, Bulgaria, China, Egypt, Lithuania, Macedonia, Nigeria, Poland, Russia, South Africa and Thailand).
        • Nine open access journals in China, Russia and South Africa are licensed under Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial license.
        • Three open access journals in Ghana, Nigeria and Ukraine are licensed under Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial Share Alike license.
        • And twenty open access journals in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Estonia, Serbia, South Africa, Thailand and Ukraine are licensed under Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial No Derivative Works license.

        Using open content licenses by open access repositories:

        • We identified nine open access repositories that are licensed under open content licenses.
        • A repository of open educational materials in South Africa is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution license
        • A repository of open educational materials in Kenya is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license.
        • One repository in China, two repositories in Poland and two repositories in Thailand are licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Non-commercial-Share Alike license.
        • A repository in South Africa is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial license.
        • A repository hosted in Argentina is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial No Derivative Works license.
        • Some repositories in Botswana, Poland and South Africa recommend the depositors to use Creative Commons licenses. As a result a number of publications in these repositories are licensed under Creative Commons licenses.

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          Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory Adopts Open Access Resolution

          Posted in Open Access on February 1st, 2011

          Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory has adopted an open access resolution.

          Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

          Columbia University is joining a growing movement among universities and research institutions to make scholarly research available free to the public online. Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory is the first program at the university to adopt an open access resolution, which calls for faculty and other researchers to post their scientific papers in online repositories such as Columbia's Academic Commons.

          The resolution was adopted by a unanimous vote of Lamont-Doherty's Executive Committee on Dec. 22, 2010, and will be effective on March 1. Similar resolutions have been adopted at Harvard, MIT, Duke, Stanford, and many other universities in the U.S. and several foreign countries.

          Lamont-Doherty researchers typically publish scores of articles annually in many of the leading scientific journals. One of the challenges for scientific research, however, is that articles are often available only to researchers at universities and other organizations that pay substantial subscription fees. By posting articles in an open-access repository, authors are able to make their works freely and widely accessible to anyone in the world with an Internet connection. . . .

          In addition to increasing the availability of research, the resolution has implications for agreements between authors and publishers regarding the copyrights of the individual articles. According to Dr. Kenneth Crews, director of Columbia's Copyright Advisory Office, the resolution underscores the connection between publication agreements and the ability to use and share one's own scholarly works. "While nothing in the resolution will upend publication conventions, the movement toward open access is raising awareness of the need to draft better agreements and for authors to be good stewards of their own copyrights," he observed. . . .

          Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory is a key component of the Earth Institute at Columbia University and is one of the world's leading research centers seeking fundamental knowledge about the origin, evolution and future of the natural world. More than 300 research scientists and students study the planet from its deepest interior to the outer reaches of its atmosphere, on every continent and in every ocean. From global climate change to earthquakes, volcanoes, nonrenewable resources, environmental hazards and beyond, observatory scientists provide a rational basis for the difficult choices facing humankind. For more on Lamont's research, visit the web site at http://www.ldeo.columbia.edu/.

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            Information Technology Manager at Cedar Rapids Public Library

            Posted in Library IT Jobs on February 1st, 2011

            The Cedar Rapids Public Library is recruiting an Information Technology Manager. Salary range: $64,875-$89,086.

            Here's an excerpt from the ad:

            The City of Cedar Rapids is currently recruiting for an Information Technology Manager for our Public Library. We are seeking a change agent, to assist us in reinventing the library. The CRPL lost its primary facility in the historic flooding of 2008. Now we have the rare and exciting opportunity to reinvent ourselves! The ideal candidate is an innovator and provocateur—the architect of new products and services. They are a team builder who finds practical solutions to business problems. They make everyone else’s game better. Come and change our culture, processes, and tools by translating mundane and emergent technologies into products and services prized by our customers.

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                Sr. Technical Analyst at the University of Notre Dame

                Posted in Library IT Jobs on February 1st, 2011

                The University of Notre Dame's Hesburgh Libraries are recruiting a Sr. Technical Analyst. Hiring range: $42,931-$73,956.

                Here's an excerpt from the ad:

                The Project Developer/Senior Technical Analyst is primarily responsible for support and ongoing development of CORAL (electronic resources management system developed in house using Object Oriented PHP, MySQL and JQuery/Ajax), Datamart (locally developed reporting system to facilitate management and statistical reporting of Aleph data using an open source ETL, shell scripting and Oracle), and Bibliographic Statistics database (locally designed MS SQL database for gathering statistics across the Libraries).

                The incumbent also provide support for electronic resources applications, including Metalib, SFX, and e-journals locator. The applications support includes systems upgrades, enhancement implementation, and code problems fixes. The position works closely with Senior Project/Application Developer, Senior Technical Consultant Analyst for SFX and electronic journals, Electronic Resources Librarian, and Systems administrator.

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