Action Alert: Proposed FY2011 Continuing Resolution Amendment Would Eliminate Institute of Museum and Library Services’s Funding

Posted in Grants, Legislation and Government Regulation, Libraries on February 15th, 2011

A proposed amendment (no. 35) to the FY2011 Continuing Resolution amendment by U.S. Rep. Scott Garret (R-NJ) would eliminate the Institute of Museum and Library Services’s funding.

You can use the ALA's "ADVOCACY URGENTLY NEEDED: House Considering Two Amendments Critical to the Future Of Libraries" web page to contact your Representative about this issue.

In related news, President Obama's budget requests $242,605,000 for fiscal year 2012 for the IMLS.

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    Net Neutrality Alert: Public Knowledge Announces the "Internet Strikes Back" Day

    Posted in Net Neutrality on February 14th, 2011

    Public Knowledge has announced the "Internet Strikes Back" Day (2/17/11) to support net neutrality.

    Here's an excerpt from the press release:

    Public Knowledge has set this Thursday, Feb. 17, as "Internet Strikes Back" day to counter Congressional opposition to a fair and open Internet.

    The day was chosen because it is one day after members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee hold a hearing to unveil legislation that would roll back current Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Net Neutrality rules and prohibit the Commission from enacting future rules.   On that day following the hearing, members of the public are being asked to call their member of Congress and oppose the legislation.

    PK has set up a Web site, www.theinternetstrikesback.org which will allow visitors to sign up for mobile action alerts, including a text message reminder, and download an Internet Strikes Back badge for web sites.

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      Digital Systems and Services Librarian at Goucher College (Search Extended)

      Posted in Digital Library Jobs on February 14th, 2011

      The Goucher College Library is recruiting a Digital Systems and Services Librarian.

      Here's an excerpt from the ad:

      The DSSL will provide leadership in the development and management of user-focused technology-based systems in the library. S/he will be the expert in how library systems relate to college systems and in the development of digital content initiatives, and will assist in the overall service program of the library including participating in reference and instruction, serving as liaison to one or more academic departments, and contributing to the promotion of the library and its services.

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        Current News: Twitter Updates for 2/14/11

        Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on February 14th, 2011

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          Systems Librarian at the Columbia University Law Library

          Posted in Library IT Jobs on February 14th, 2011

          The Arthur W. Diamond Law Library of Columbia University is recruiting a Systems Librarian.

          Here's an excerpt from the ad:

          This position has primary responsibility for leading the selection, migration and implementation of a new, preferably open source, library system while managing the existing library's systems.

          Reporting to the Head of Technical Services, the Systems Librarian will:

          • Lead the selection, migration and implementation of a new library system.
          • Ensure the effective administration, coordination and provision of support for all aspects of existing library automation and operating technology, including the integrated library system. Provide configuration advice and technical support for the library's departmental systems.
          • Coordinate the continued development and maintenance of a library website that responds to the needs of library patrons for the dynamic delivery of library content and services. Develop and integrate web-based services both as the front-end for the ILS and for use of other technologies as appropriate.
          • Supervise one non-librarian officer in e-resource management.
          • Act as the service/support contact for other information-technology systems within the library, as a liaison to law-school IT and where IT support is unavailable (ILL systems, desktop applications, etc.). Coordinate with IT the support of the library's web server.

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            How to License Research Data

            Posted in Copyright, Creative Commons/Open Licenses, Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management on February 14th, 2011

            The Digital Curation Centre has released How to License Research Data.

            Here's an excerpt:

            This guide will help you decide how to apply a licence to your research data, and which licence would be most suitable. It should provide you with an awareness of why licensing data is important, the impact licences have on future research, and the potential pitfalls to avoid. It concentrates on the UK context, though some aspects apply internationally; it does not, however, provide legal advice. The guide should interest both the principal investigators and researchers responsible for the data, and those who provide access to them through a data centre, repository or archive.

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              Creative Commons and Public Sector Information: Flexible Tools to Support PSI Creators and Re-Users

              Posted in Copyright, Creative Commons/Open Licenses, Open Access, Reports and White Papers on February 13th, 2011

              The European Public Sector Information (PSI) Platform has released Creative Commons and Public Sector Information: Flexible Tools to Support PSI Creators and Re-Users.

              Here's an excerpt:

              Public sector information (PSI) is meant for wide re-use, but this information will only achieve maximum possible impact if users understand how they may use it. Creative Commons tools, which signify availability for re-use to users and require attribution to the releasing authority, are ideal tools for the sharing of public sector information. There is also increasing interest in open licenses and other tools to share publicly funded information, data, and content, including various kinds of cultural resources, educational materials, and research findings; Creative Commons tools are applicable here and recommended for these purposes too.

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                Director of Integrated Technology Services at University of Kansas

                Posted in Digital Library Jobs, Library IT Jobs on February 13th, 2011

                The University of Kansas Libraries are recruiting a Director of Integrated Technology Services .

                Here's an excerpt from the ad:

                The Libraries' Integrated Technology Services (LITS) department is responsible for a results-driven approach to developing and delivering quality user experiences to those who connect to KU Libraries online. LITS members work closely with campus IT which maintains servers, network infrastructure, and staff and public workstations. LITS collaborates with library experts in all departments to plan and deliver library technology-based services and resources. LITS members develop and sustain effective partnerships to ensure that appropriate technical policies, infrastructure, and meet the needs of our user community. LITS is responsible for administering and developing several large-scale library applications which include DSpace, Voyager, Open Journal Systems, ILLiad, LUNA Insight, GFA's Library Annex System, the eXtensible Text Framework (XTF), EZProxy, and the library web presence.

                The Director of Integrated Technology Services is a faculty librarian accountable for working closely with technology initiatives in all library departments. S/he provides leadership, vision, strategic direction, and planning for the work of the department. The Director oversees the daily operations of LITS, serves as a member of the Libraries' senior management team, and is a primary liaison with campus IT. S/he must be an agile leader, an adept manager, and an able partner in meaningful collaboration. This position offers an excellent opportunity for a librarian with a strong combination of leadership, technical, and people skills who can deliver results and work collegially inside and outside of the library organization to innovate and deliver new services in a research library environment.

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