Interoperable Annotation: Perspectives from the Open Annotation Collaboration

Posted in Scholarly Communication on February 9th, 2010

CNI has released a digital video of the Robert Sanderson's "Interoperable Annotation: Perspectives from the Open Annotation Collaboration" presentation at the CNI Fall 2009 Task Force Meeting.

Here's an excerpt from the project briefing abstract:

The Open Annotation Collaboration project (OAC), funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, is making progress towards the establishment of an interoperable annotation environment for scholarly artifacts. This environment will allow heterogeneous annotation clients to annotate distributed scholarly collections, and then share these annotations across clients and collections. While OAC's focus is on scholarly artifacts, the envisioned interoperability framework will be usable for a broad range of Web content, and is therefore based on Web architecture and concepts from the Semantic Web and Linked Data efforts. This presentation will give an overview of the core guiding principles followed, indicating why and how these differ from prior attempts. It will also introduce and motivate the evolving data model for interoperable annotation. An early draft of an interoperability specification, including a preliminary data model, will be released for public comment at the time of the CNI member meeting.

Here's the Open Annotation Collaboration website.

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    Integrated Library System Project Manager at Linda Hall Library

    Posted in Library IT Jobs on February 9th, 2010

    The Linda Hall Library is recruiting an Integrated Library System Project Manager (2-year appointment).

    Here's an excerpt from the ad:

    The ILS Project manager is responsible for coordinating the on-site day-to-day operations associated with the migration of the Linda Hall Library's Integrated Library System from the SirsiDynix Horizon platform to the Ex Libris Voyager platform. Additional support and discovery services including open URL resolution, federated search, and digital asset management systems are included in this implementation. The position reports directly to the President of the Linda Hall Library.

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      The Economic Downturn and Libraries: Survey Findings

      Posted in Libraries on February 9th, 2010

      CIBER has released The Economic Downturn and Libraries: Survey Findings.

      Here's an excerpt:

      This survey, of 835 libraries worldwide, confirms what many had expected, that the short-term outlook for libraries in all sectors is a challenging one, given the slow down in the economy in many parts of the world. It is clear that most libraries are already feeling the pinch, with budget settlements for the current financial year that are either stand still (i.e. no increase in absolute terms) or actually smaller than last year. Fortunes are however mixed, and some libraries are faring much better than the doom and gloom merchants would have us think. But the reality for the vast majority looking forward into the next two financial years is that recessionary pressures really are going to make an impact.

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        "Perspectives on DRM: Between Digital Rights Management and Digital Restrictions Management"

        Posted in Digital Rights Management on February 8th, 2010

        Rafal Kasprowski has published "Perspectives on DRM: Between Digital Rights Management and Digital Restrictions Management" in the Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science and Technology.

        Here's an excerpt:

        This report of a panel session organized by the author at the 2008 Annual Meeting of the American Society for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T) presents the DRM issue in four contexts: use restrictions in libraries, the anti-circumvention rules of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), commercial and academic licensing and DRM-free software alternatives. The four panelists were Kristin R. Eschenfelder, associate professor at the School of Library and Information Studies of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and recipient of multiple grants for her work on DRM; Kevin L. Smith, J.D., scholarly communications officer at Duke University and author of the highly regarded web log Scholarly Communications @ Duke; Bill Burger, vice president of marketing at the Copyright Clearance Center (CCC), a leading provider of content licensing solutions for corporations and academic institutions; and John Sullivan, operations manager at the Free Software Foundation, a nonprofit that promotes the development and use of free software and campaigns against DRM. The session was recorded in October 2008 and is complemented in this report with a 2009 update to the DMCA legislation.

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          U.S. National Archives Become Member of the Flickr Commons

          Posted in Copyright, Digital Archives and Special Collections, Public Domain on February 8th, 2010

          The U.S. National Archives have become a member of the Flickr Commons. To join the Commons, members must "claim 'no known copyright restrictions' on the content they share." Here's the National Archives' photostream.

          Here's an excerpt from the press release:

          To mark the opening of its photostream in the Commons today, the National Archives is posting a new photo set containing more than two hundred photographs of the American West by renowned American photographer Ansel Adams. The photographs, taken between 1941 and 1942 as part of a Department of the Interior mural project, feature the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Glacier and Zion national parks, in addition to Death Valley, Saguero, and Canyon de Chelly national monuments.

          The Ansel Adams photographs join a larger selection of more than 3,000 National Archives images that are part of the National Archives' Flickr photostream. The photostream contains a variety of images from some of the National Archives most popular collections, including images of the Civil War by Mathew Brady and associates; images from the Environmental Protection Agency's 1970s photo-documentary project DOCUMERICA; images from the Records of the Women's Bureau depicting women in the war labor effort during World War II; and a grouping of favorite photos and documents from the National Archives, featuring among others the 1970 photograph of President Nixon shaking hands with Elvis Presley.

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            Computer Programmer Analyst II/Applications Developer at University of Connecticut

            Posted in Digital Library Jobs on February 8th, 2010

            The University of Connecticut Libraries are recruiting a Computer Programmer Analyst II/Applications Developer.

            Here's an excerpt from the ad:

            As a member of the Digital Programs Team and under the direction of the Digital Programs Team Leader, the Applications Developer provides programming support for UConn's local digital collections workflows, including data-driven planning, capture, metadata handling, efficient and effective discovery tools, and enabling archival master file storage toward a trusted digital repository, all conformant with the best practices of cultural heritage and higher education institutions. The incumbent provides programming, research, and development for digital collections, so that the UConn Libraries can fulfill related strategic objectives in support of the University's Academic Plan. Within a project management environment, the Applications Developer defines, develops, tests, analyzes, and maintains new software and Web applications that support the creation and maintenance of Library information resources and services. With growing collections of diverse digital content, including text, maps and geospatial data, photographs, and other information objects, the next level of growth for UConn will be significant progress toward semantically integrating these resources by means of creative—yet standards-compliant—applications, which the incumbent will play a critical role in developing. The incumbent is responsible for creating applications and for assisting others in developing and implementing Web resources and services that are well integrated into the current information server environment.

            The Applications Developer works with the Digital Projects Librarian, the Digital Integration Librarian, the Preservation Librarian, the Libraries' Webmaster, and the IT team to provide customized tools for creating and managing collection and access services in the University of Connecticut Libraries and to provide leadership in the collaborative process to develop innovative access and delivery of the Libraries' digital resources.

            The Libraries are also recruiting a second Computer Programmer Analyst II/Applications Developer (see the above URL for description).

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              "Recognizing Opportunities: Conversational Openings to Promote Positive Scholarly Communication Change"

              Posted in Open Access, Scholarly Communication on February 8th, 2010

              Adrian K. Ho and Daniel R. Lee have published "Recognizing Opportunities: Conversational Openings to Promote Positive Scholarly Communication Change" in College & Research Libraries News.

              Here's an excerpt:

              Librarians in the midst of conversations with members of the campus community are often hesitant to bring up scholarly communication issues. Numerous online resources have been created in the past few years to help campuses address these issues, but some of us, whether or not we are familiar with these resources and are comfortable with the relevant concepts, aren't quite ready to talk about the resources and translate the concepts into practices. This article aims to provide scenarios of how such resources can come in handy during day-to-day interaction with faculty and students to help our campuses manage change and achieve an information sharing environment that benefits everyone.

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                Associate Dean of Technology and Information Services at Grand Valley State University

                Posted in Library IT Jobs on February 8th, 2010

                The Grand Valley State University Libraries are recruiting an Associate Dean of Technology and Information Services.

                Here's an excerpt from the ad:

                Providing leadership in a team-based environment the person in this position will:

                • oversee library technology; web services; the library's ILS (Innovative Interfaces Millennium); technical services; electronic resource management; user services; and the libraries' service desks
                • provide leadership for transformational and effective user-centered services as the libraries work to define and implement delivery of basic reference, circulation, and all other services through a combined desk model
                • lead the libraries in the adaptation and integration of leading edge technology
                • direct the development, implementation, and evaluation of innovative tools, methods, and strategies for acquiring, cataloging, processing and preserving materials
                • ensure alignment between Technology and Information Services unit and overall library mission, goals, and values
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                  The Future of Research and the Research Library

                  Posted in Research Libraries on February 8th, 2010

                  Denmark's Electronic Research Library has released The Future of Research and the Research Library.

                  Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                  The report sets up a number of challenges and scenarios for the future of the research library. The libraries must take some strategic future choices. Should the library maintain its traditional role or should it become a knowledge center for research and learning?

                  For a long time Denmark's Electronic Research Library, DEFF, has wished to make a study of the future library service of researchers and scientists. By engaging The Lime Guild this job was done throughout 2009. The Lime Guild has done several analyses, which have had the purpose to predict future scenarios for the research libraries in relation to the development within the research system and to the future demands of the researchers.

                  An essential part of conducting this study was to do interviews with interested parties and the main stakeholders in DEFF. This group of people includes both vice-chancellors and deans at universities, library directors of development and also representatives from DEFF's steering committee and liaison group. Also key international experts have contributed generously to the study.

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                    The Online Guide to Open Access Journals Publishing

                    Posted in E-Journal Management and Publishing Systems, E-Journals, Open Access, Publishing on February 7th, 2010

                    Co-Action Publishing and Lund University Libraries have released The Online Guide to Open Access Journals Publishing.

                    Here's an excerpt from the press release:

                    The online guide is directed to small independent teams and provides practical information on planning, setting up, launching, publishing and managing an open access scholarly journal. Users can take advantage of additional resources in the form of links to related information, samples of applied practices and downloadable tools that can be adapted. The guide seeks to be interactive, allowing users to share their own best practices, tips and suggestions through a comment field. Although the guide contains some information that is specific to the Nordic region, most of its content can be applied internationally.

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                      Scholarly Communication Librarian at NYU

                      Posted in Digital Library Jobs on February 7th, 2010

                      New York University's Bobs Library is recruiting a Scholarly Communication Librarian (three-year position with possibility of extension).

                      Here's an excerpt from the ad:

                      The Scholarly Communication Librarian plays the central role in advising NYU faculty, students, librarians and information technologists about use, ownership and options for sharing of copyrighted materials in all information formats. Reporting to the Libraries Director of Public Services, this position works closely with a range of programs across the Division and NYU ITS .du Services. Work on the open courseware pilot will be coordinated by the Director of Academic Technologies in NYU ITS.

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                        Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research Establishes €2.5 Million Open Access Budget

                        Posted in Open Access on February 7th, 2010

                        The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) has established a €2.5 million open access budget. The NWO is "the largest financer of scientific innovation in the Netherlands and operates as an intermediary between researchers, (international) science centres and society."

                        Here's an excerpt from the press release :

                        Open Access—meaning free access to scientific and scholarly information—is winning ground, and more and more information is becoming freely accessible to the public. The parties concerned—including publishers—are increasingly accepting Open Access as the norm. At the Open Access seminar organised by SURF in Amsterdam, Prof. Jos Engelen, chairman of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), announced that his organisation would be providing a special Open Access budget of EUR 2.5m.

                        In "Nederland 'Open Access-Land'" (in Dutch), it is stated that the NWO will also establish a €2.5 million contingency fund and that researchers will apply for €5,000 project grants for open access publications.

                        The above press release also states that:

                        The Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU) has reached agreement with Springer that in 2010 all articles by Dutch researchers in Springer journals will be made available Open Access, subject to the author agreeing.

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