Scholarly Electronic Publishing Weblog Update (May 26, 2010)

Posted in Bibliographies, Digital Scholarship Publications, Scholarly Communication on May 26th, 2010

The latest update of the Scholarly Electronic Publishing Weblog (SEPW) is now available. It provides information about new works related to scholarly electronic publishing, such as books, e-prints, journal articles, magazine articles, technical reports, and white papers.

JISC Call for Proposals for Impact & Embedding of Digitised Resources Grants

Posted in Digitization, Grants on May 25th, 2010

JISC has issued a call for proposals for e-Content and Digitisation Programme Impact & Embedding of Digitised Resources grants (maximum funding a project is £40,000).

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

The JISC invites institutions to submit funding proposals for projects to be funded through its e-Content and Digitisation Programme to address the impact and embedding of digitised resources. The purpose of this call is twofold:

  1. Firstly, to facilitate institutions in carrying out an analysis of the impact of their digitised resources/collections that have been live for at least one calendar year
  2. To develop strategies and practical solutions to ensure the increased use and impact of the resources in teaching, learning and research within higher education

Digital Project Librarian for the Beaux-Arts to Modernism Project at NCSU

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on May 25th, 2010

The North Carolina State University Libraries are recruiting a Digital Project Librarian for the Beaux-Arts to Modernism Project (one-year position). Salary: $50,000.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The NCSU Libraries invites applications and nominations for the temporary position of Digital Project Librarian for the Beaux-Arts to Modernism Project. The NCSU Libraries Special Collections Research Center is building an innovative, multidimensional special collections program in support of research and teaching at the university. The Center has been awarded a grant to create an online resource of North Carolina’s historic architecture materials from the Beaux-Arts to Modernism period (ca. 1900 – 1940).

Responsibilities: The Digital Project Librarian serves as coordinator for a grant-funded project to create digital surrogates of unique and rare primary source materials. Work will be performed at NC State and at offsite locations. The incumbent manages production workflow, trains and supervises student assistants, scans architectural drawings and photographs, oversees image quality control, and creates and reviews metadata. The Digital Project Librarian develops the project’s website and serves as facilitator for usability studies. He or she works in a highly collaborative process with colleagues in the Center and throughout the Libraries to create an innovative, sustainable, and accessible online resource. NCSU librarians are expected to be active professionally and to contribute to developments in the field. Reports to the Digital Program Librarian for Special Collections.

Presentations from the University of North Texas Open Access Symposium

Posted in Open Access, Texas Academic Libraries on May 25th, 2010

Presentations from the University of North Texas Open Access Symposium are now available.

Here are the PDF files:

Digital Content Services/Reference Services Librarian at Cleveland State University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on May 25th, 2010

The Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Library at Cleveland State University is recruiting a Digital Content Services/Reference Services Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad (requisition number: 0600246):

Provides research, reference and instructional services to a diverse group of patrons and staff. Organizes and provides access to materials in a variety of formats, with emphasis on electronic and visual resources. Develops, manages and organizes Law Library digital content programs, including special collections projects, College of Law publications archive, and College of Law Institutional Scholarship Repository.

University of Virginia Library Gets $870,000 Grant for Born-Digital Materials Preservation Study

Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Grants on May 25th, 2010

The University of Virginia Library has been awarded a $870,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to study how born-digital materials can be best preserved.

Here's an excerpt from the press release:

"Born-digital" materials include the works of contemporary writers and architects, as well as archives of current political figures and organizations. These materials are quickly becoming significant collections that require careful, planned stewardship to ensure their preservation and availability to scholars now and in the future, said Martha Sites, an associate University librarian and a principal investigator for the grant.

Programmers and archivists from U. Va. are working with counterparts at Stanford and Yale universities, as well as from England's University of Hull, to create a model for digital collection management that can be easily shared among research libraries and other institutions charged with preserving rare materials. . . .

The universities plan to use 13 "born-digital" collections as their test base for the project. Examples from the U.Va. Library include "papers" that are actually correspondence, drafts and other materials in digital form from former Virginia Sen. John Warner and from author and critic Alan Cheuse, who is also a book reviewer for National Public Radio, creative writing professor at George Mason University and a former U.Va. English professor. The results will make these collections accessible to researchers for the first time.

The grant also provides for four digital archivists and a programmer who will explore and test how to process, preserve and deliver different digital collections across multiple institutions. The common approaches devised to archive born-digital "papers" will not only be designed to be used by different institutions, but they will also be demonstrated and proven in practice by the four partner universities. The work will include the creation of Web-based tools and services to let librarians, archivists and eventually users themselves describe, link, preserve and deliver digital information.

Shaping the Higher Education Cloud

Posted in Cloud Computing/SaaS, Reports and White Papers on May 24th, 2010

EDUCAUSE has released Shaping the Higher Education Cloud.

Here's an excerpt:

In February 2010, chief information officers, chief business officers, and industry leaders gathered in Tempe, Arizona, for a two-day EDUCAUSE/NACUBO Cloud Computing Workshop to explore what shape a higher education cloud might take and to identify opportunities and models for partnering together.

One important option is the development of collaborative service offerings among colleges and universities. Yet, substantial challenges raise at least some near-term concerns including risk, security, and governance issues; uncertainty about return on investment and service provider certification; and questions regarding which business and academic activities are best suited for the cloud.

This white paper captures key findings from those two days of exploring, including recommendations for cloud action.

Technology and Digital Services Librarian at Barton College

Posted in Library IT Jobs on May 24th, 2010

The Hackney Library at Barton College is recruiting a Technology and Digital Services Librarian (10-month faculty appointment).

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

  • Maintaining the library's ILS Millennium software system as well as the library’s website
  • Serving as the library's liaison with the Office of Information Technology
  • Serving with other librarians as liaisons to academic departments for collection development
  • Assisting with the reference rotation
  • Participating in the instructional efforts of the library

Open Source OPAC: Blacklight 2.5 Released

Posted in OPACs/Discovery Systems, Open Source Software on May 24th, 2010

Blacklight 2.5 has been released.

Here's the announcement:

Here's an excerpt from the FAQ that describes Blacklight:

Blacklight is an open source OPAC (online public access catalog). That means libraries (or anyone else) can use it to allow people to search and browse their collections online. Blacklight uses Solr to index and search, and it has a highly configurable Ruby on Rails front-end. Currently, Blacklight can index, search, and provide faceted browsing for MaRC records and several kinds of XML documents, including TEI, EAD, and GDMS. Blacklight was developed at the University of Virginia Library and is made public under an Apache 2.0 license.

Lead Programmer at Johnson County Library

Posted in Library IT Jobs on May 24th, 2010

The Johnson County Library is recruiting a Lead Programmer.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The award-winning Johnson County Library seeks an innovative, customer-focused Lead Programmer interested in working with the Library’s Web Content Team, IT colleagues and Library staff to develop the next generation of library applications to enhance internal workflow, streamline processes, and delight patrons and staff.

The Lead Programmer is responsible for developing and implementing annual and long-range application and Web infrastructure development plans and practices to support the overall goals, objectives, and parameters established by the Johnson County Library. Successful candidates will demonstrate effective communication, complex decision making and project management skills—including organization, coordination of duties, accomplishments of goals. Applications received by June 8 will receive first consideration.

Digital Repository Software: DSpace 1.6.1 Released

Posted in Digital Repositories, DSpace, DuraSpace, Institutional Repositories, Open Source Software on May 24th, 2010

DuraSpace has released DSpace 1.6.1.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

DSpace 1.6.1 is primarily a bug-fix release, which means it does not introduce any new features but improves existing features and fixes bugs discovered in earlier versions of DSpace. This is also the first [minor] version of DSpace to use a “time-driven” approach to release, rather than a “feature-driven” approach: we set a deadline and worked towards releasing on that date, instead of releasing when a certain number of issues were resolved. DSpace 1.7 will be the first major time-driven release.

Open Data Study

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Open Access, Reports and White Papers on May 23rd, 2010

The Open Society Institute's Transparency and Accountability Initiative has released the Open Data Study.

Here's an excerpt:

There are substantial social and economic gains to be made from opening government data to the public. The combination of geographic, budget, demographic, services, education and other data, publicly available in an open format on the web, promises to improve services as well as create future economic growth.

This approach has been recently pioneered by governments in the United State and the United Kingdom (with the launch of two web portals – and respectively) inspired in part by applications developed by grassroots civil society organisations ranging from bicycle accidents maps to sites breaking down how and where tax money is spent. In the UK, the initiative was spearheaded by Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web.

This research, commissioned by a consortium of funders and NGOs under the umbrella of the Transparency and Accountability Initiative, seeks to explore the feasibility of applying this approach to open data in relevant middle income and developing countries. Its aim is to identify the strategies used in the US and UK contexts with a view to building a set of criteria to guide the selection of pilot countries, which in turn suggests a template strategy to open government data.

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