Director of Library Digital Services and Systems at Roberts Wesleyan College

Posted in Library IT Jobs on February 21st, 2011

The Roberts Wesleyan College's B. Thomas Golisano Library is recruiting a Director of Library Digital Services and Systems.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Roberts Wesleyan College invites applications for a full-time, 11-month Director of Library Digital Services & Systems, available immediately. This academic support faculty position is responsible to the Director of Library Services for leadership in selecting/developing, implementing, managing, maintaining, and assessing the library's digital services and systems. Responsibilities include providing leadership and advice regarding selection of the library's services and systems software; maintaining and managing the software and serving as liaison to the vendors; and managing access to and use of the library's electronic information resources, including reference and e-books/collections. In addition, the Director of Library Digital Systems and Services will serve as the primary liaison with the Information Technology Services (ITS) staff in maintaining and upgrading technology in multiple areas of the library; will coordinate with ITS, Creative Services, and the library faculty in maintaining and enhancing the library web site; and will strive to learn emerging technologies and technology-based strategies that enhance research, learning, and patron service.

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Digital Technologies Librarian at Springfield College

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on February 21st, 2011

The Springfield College Library is recruiting a Digital Technologies Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

This position has responsibility for the planning, maintaining, and troubleshooting all aspects of the technology infrastructure that supports Babson Library digital resources; works closely with all library managers to determine needs, maintain systems, and provide advice on emerging technologies; works closely with members of the Public Services Dept., ITS Dept. and vendors to assure digital services meet the needs of Springfield College students and faculty; works closely with the SC webmaster.

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Larry Alford Named as Chief Librarian of University of Toronto Libraries

Posted in ARL Libraries, People in the News on February 21st, 2011

Larry Alford has been named as the Chief Librarian of the University of Toronto Libraries.

Here's an excerpt from the press release:

Larry Alford, vice-provost for libraries, university librarian and dean of university libraries at Temple University in Philadelphia had been named to succeed Chief Librarian Carol Moore. He will take up his post no later than Aug. 1; the appointment ends June 30, 2018.

Alford has a long and distinguished library career. Prior to joining Temple in 2005, he spent 30 years with his alma mater, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While at North Carolina, he served in a variety of positions, including deputy university librarian and interim university librarian.

At Temple, he was responsible for a library system that includes the five libraries of the Paley library system, the Ginsburg Health Sciences Library, and the Podiatric Medicine Library and also for the Temple University Press which publishes approximately 60 scholarly monographs per year. During his tenure there, he has led a transformation of the Temple library system.

His engagement in numerous library operations, including the development of print and electronic collections, library services, and the renovation and building of libraries, has resulted in a superb vision for research libraries in the 21st Century. Alford has a lengthy and successful record of leadership in co-operative activities among libraries, first in North Carolina and then nationally and globally, culminating in his chairing for the last four years the board of trustees of OCLC (Online Computer Library Center), a global library cooperative that serves 72,000 libraries. . . .

He earned both his bachelor’s degree and his MLS at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and he received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the School of Information and Library Science in May 2005.

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"Bibliographic Indeterminacy and the Scale of Problems and Opportunities of ‘Rights’ in Digital Collection Building"

Posted in Copyright, Digitization, Public Domain on February 20th, 2011

The Council on Library and Information Resources has released "Bibliographic Indeterminacy and the Scale of Problems and Opportunities of 'Rights' in Digital Collection Building" as the first paper in its new "Ruminations" series.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

CLIR has launched a new publication series, "Ruminations." The series will feature short research papers and essays that bring new perspective to issues related to planning for and managing organizational and institutional change in the evolving digital environment for scholarship and teaching.

We inaugurate the new series with a report by John P. Wilkin that posits the scope of works in the public domain and probable extent of orphan works in our research library collections, based on an analysis of the HathiTrust book corpus. The question of rights status is critical since it governs how works can be used or reused, especially in the digital environment.

Recent research shows that HathiTrust's collection—which currently holds more than 5 million digitized books—is highly representative of research library collections. On this premise, Wilkin has analyzed HathiTrust's holdings and drawn preliminary conclusions about the proportion of works that are in-copyright, in the public domain, or are orphans—that is, works whose holders cannot be located.

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Metadata Librarian at Texas A&M University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on February 20th, 2011

The Texas A&M University Libraries are recruiting a Metadata Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Metadata Librarian is responsible for providing metadata expertise and serves as the primary resource on non-MARC metadata design, structure, and standards (descriptive, technical, administrative/preservation) for the University libraries. The Metadata librarian assists in developing and implementing metadata strategies for discovery, access, management, and preservation of digital assets; evaluates projects slated for inclusion in the Texas A&M University digital library; and assesses user needs in order to develop appropriate metadata schemes for complex heterogeneous collections. The librarian is expected to consult with TAMU faculty regarding metadata for datasets and research collections, as well as provide metadata support for the digital repository and the Texas Digital Library Preservation Network. The librarian serves on Texas Digital Library committees and working groups as assigned. The librarian is expected to maintain awareness of national metadata and digital library standards in order to apply this knowledge in digital projects, make informed policy decisions, and serve as a general resource of knowledge for Texas A&M University and its affiliates, including providing consultation services, training, and participating on Texas A&M University committees as needed.

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Scholarly Communications & Institutional Repository Librarian at Utah State University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on February 20th, 2011

The Utah State University Libraries are recruiting a Scholarly Communications & Institutional Repository Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad (requisition number: 052535):

Utah State University Libraries seek an articulate, and well-organized person to assume management of the university's thriving DigitalCommons Institutional Repository (IR) and Scholarly Communication activities. The successful candidate will have a keen interest in scholarly communication and copyright issues and a willingness to learn and develop additional expertise through professional development opportunities in these areas.

Reporting to the Head of Digital Initiatives, the position is a 12-month, tenure track, faculty appointment with rank as assistant librarian. This position works both independently and in a collaborative environment to promote use of DigitalCommons as a repository for university research and publications (faculty and student works, online journals, USU press, etc.) and as an integrated tool in the scholarly communication process on campus. This position also leads the efforts to raise awareness of scholarly communication issues, such as open access, and actively participates on the USU Copyright Committee.

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House Passes H.R.1, Blocks Funding for Implementing FCC’s Net Neutrality Rules

Posted in Legislation and Government Regulation, Net Neutrality on February 20th, 2011

The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R.1—Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011. Sixty-seven of 583 proposed amendments passed, including number 404 by Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) that blocks funding to support the implementation of the FCC's net neutrality rules and number 196 by Rep. Tim Walberg (R-Mich.) that cuts funding for the National Endowment for the Arts by $20.5 million.

Read more about it at "Advocacy Works: Garrett Backs Down on Amendment to Zero Out IMLS," "Rogers: CR is a 'Monumental Accomplishment' for American Taxpayers," and "What Budget-Cutting Amendments Has the House Passed This Week?"

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Text-Image Linking Environment (TILE) 0.9 Released

Posted in Digital Archives and Special Collections, Digital Humanities, Open Source Software on February 17th, 2011

the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities and Indiana University have released the Text-Image Linking Environment (TILE) 0.9.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

We’re excited to announce the redesigned website for and public release of The Text-Image Linking Environment (TILE), a web-based tool for creating and editing image-based electronic editions and digital archives of humanities texts. This initial release of TILE 0.9 features tools for importing and exporting transcript lines and images of text, an image markup tool, a semi-automated line recognizer that tags regions of text within an image, and plugin architecture to extend the functionality of the software.

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Web Developer at the University of Texas at San Antonio

Posted in Library IT Jobs on February 17th, 2011

The University of Texas at San Antonio Library is recruiting a Web Developer.

Here's an excerpt from the ad (requisition number: 20110073):

Typical:

  • Provide support to dynamically generated Web pages with the design, maintenance, and development of databases using MySql or MS SQL and writing scripts in PHP, Perl, or Python.
  • Consult with library staff for their business needs and requirements in designing databases or other applications.
  • Collaborate with library staff in integrating various Web applications including Web 2.0 tools from the user's perspective looking for integrative solutions.
  • Troubleshoot and provide problem resolution to library users and staff on the use of web applications.
  • Research and evaluate alternative technologies to recommend the best options addressing the library needs and implement new technologies upon approval.

Periodic:

  • Provide support for database queries for library collections and usages in MS Access or SQL*Plus.
  • Provide training to other library staff and systems personnel.

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