Daily Tweets 2010-12-02

Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on December 2nd, 2010

Web Systems Developer at Montana State Library

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on December 1st, 2010

The Montana State Library is recruiting a Web Systems Developer. Salary: $48,880-$56,996.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Web Developer is the primary web programmer for the Montana Natural Resource Information System (NRIS), a highly dynamic and technology focused program of the Montana State Library. As a very early adopter of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and the Internet, NRIS uses these tools to deliver valuable natural resource data to our patrons both locally and around the world. This position supports the agency’s information sharing mission through the efficient and responsible deployment of web applications and services.

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Public.Resource.Org Launches Yes We Scan

Posted in Open Access, Public Domain on December 1st, 2010

Public.Resource.Org, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, has launched its Yes We Scan campaign to digitize and make available 300 volumes of the First Series of the Federal Reporter.

Here's an excerpt:

Now, you too can help, by adopting one of the 300 volumes of the First Series of the Federal Reporter, which are all out of copyright. Your tax-deductible contribution of $1200 will pay to double-key 1,000 pages of Federal Appellate Opinions, and copies will be donated to the National Archives and the Government Printing Office.

Your name—and the link of your choice—will be inscribed on the Public Domain Wall of Fame and each case in your adopted volume will be a separate HTML file with a common footer

This volume of American Law was transcribed for use on the Internet through a contribution from [Your Name Here!!]

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"Selected Internet Resources on Digital Research Data Curation"

Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on December 1st, 2010

Brian Westra et al. have published "Selected Internet Resources on Digital Research Data Curation" in the latest issue of Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship.

Here's an excerpt:

In order to present a webliography of reasonable scope and length, the authors focused on resources applicable to the broader topic of digital research data curation as they relate to the natural sciences. Materials primarily or solely devoted to medical informatics, social sciences, and the humanities were not included. However, it should be noted that a number of the resources presented here are also applicable to research data curation in disciplines other than the sciences—for example, data repository software may be as useful to the social scientist as it is to a researcher in ecology. Additional scope specificity, when necessary, is provided in respective section listings below.

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Presentations from the 2010 Digital Library Federation Fall Forum

Posted in Digital Libraries on December 1st, 2010

Presentations from the 2010 Digital Library Federation Fall Forum are now available.

Here's the major presentations:

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Daily Tweets 2010-12-01

Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on December 1st, 2010

Systems Librarian at University of Michigan Law Library

Posted in Library IT Jobs on November 30th, 2010

The University of Michigan Law Library is recruiting a Systems Librarian. Salary: $49,000 minimum.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Systems Librarian, as a member of the Electronic & Systems Services Unit, cross-departmental work groups, and committees, is responsible for setting and achieving long range plans and short term goals in conjunction with library wide goals. The Systems Librarian works under the supervision of the Head of Electronic & Systems Services.

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Proceedings of the 157th ARL Membership Meeting

Posted in ARL Libraries, Copyright on November 30th, 2010

ARL has released Proceedings of the 157th ARL Membership Meeting.

Here's a brief selection of presentations:

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Server and Systems Coordinator at Georgetown University Law Library

Posted in Library IT Jobs on November 30th, 2010

The Georgetown University Law Library is recruiting a Server and Systems Coordinator.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Coordinates application development for the Electronic Resources & Services section of the library, including support to create and manage web-based applications delivering library content and services.

Collaborates with the Law Center Information Systems Technology Department on server management, security and authentication issues, including:

  • Upgrades, patches, replacement, FTP software and accounts;
  • Analysis of statistics and server logs;
  • Security configurations for library servers;
  • Authentication for electronic subscriptions, the Law Library's intranet, and other electronic resources; and
  • Permissions for server software programs and applications.

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RLUK Wants Serials Price Reductions to Avoid Cuts That Would "Fatally Compromise" Research

Posted in Publishing, Research Libraries, Scholarly Journals, Serials Crisis on November 30th, 2010

Research Libraries UK has issued a press release about needed serials price reductions.

Here's an excerpt from the press release:

At its recent conference, RLUK announced it would not support future journal big deals unless they showed real price reductions. With a cut to the teaching grant and research budgets flat at best, RLUK members believe that unless this happens they will be forced to cancel significant numbers of subscriptions which will fatally compromise the UK's capacity for research.

For the past several years JISC Collections have negotiated with the publishers on behalf of UKHE. RLUK is so worried about the current situation that it has instructed JISC Collections to secure contracts which will not only rescind the unreasonable price rises of the last three years, but also offer affordable deals for the future. If reasonable deals cannot be struck RLUK libraries will be forced to provide information resources to their researchers and students in other ways.

"The capacity of UK universities to continue to pay such large year-on-year increases for access to scholarly journals is not infinite," said Professor Michael Arthur, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leeds and Chair of the Russell Group of Universities. "To ensure the continued vitality of the UK's world-beating research base we need to reassess the costs of electronic access and find a new balance between the value added by publishers and the charges they make. We realise that finding such a balance may not be easy, but if we fail to address the problem now there will be serious long-term consequences for research and teaching in the UK."

"The UK Higher Education sector now spends almost £200m per year on access to journals and databases," explained David Prosser, RLUK's Executive Director. "This is 10% of the total QR funding the sector receives and increases above inflation each year. We understand the value publishers add to the publication process, but publishers must also understand that they cannot continue to increase prices at a time when budgets are so tight. We do not wish to cancel big deals, but we shall have no alternative unless the largest publishers substantially reduce their prices."

"Some RLUK members now pay over £1m a year to access journals from the largest publisher," said Phil Sykes, Chair of RLUK and Librarian at Liverpool University. "With annual journal price inflation running at double the rate of RPI since 2000, it has distorted the acquisition policies of libraries, with an ever-increasing proportion of budgets being spent on electronic big deals. This leads to diminishing funds for monographs, textbooks, and journals from smaller publishers, which cannot but damage scholarship and teaching in UKHE."

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Daily Tweets 2010-11-30

Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on November 30th, 2010

"MePrints: Building User Centred Repositories"

Posted in Digital Repositories, EPrints, Institutional Repositories on November 29th, 2010

David E. Millard et al. have self-archived "MePrints: Building User Centred Repositories" in the ECS EPrints Repository.

Here's an excerpt:

Teaching and Learning Repositories learning from the best practices of Web 2.0. Over this time we have successfully deployed a number of innovative repositories, including Southampton University EdShare, The Language Box, The HumBox, Open University’s LORO and Worcester Learning Box. A key part of this work has been the development of an extension for the EPrints repository platform, called MePrints, that enables configurable profile pages, and works alongside existing extensions such as IRStats and SNEEP in order to give users live feeds about repository events that matter to them. Through these deployments we have discovered that more sophisticated profile pages give users a home within a repository, act as a focus for their work, and help them feel more ownership of the work that they deposit. This increases the visibility of the repository and encourages more deposits.

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