Digital Technologies Librarian at Springfield College

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

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"

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

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

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

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

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

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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Information Technology Specialist (DATAMGT) at the Library Of Congress

The Library Of Congress is recruiting an Information Technology Specialist (DATAMGT). Salary range: $89,033-$115,742.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Information Technology Specialist serves as an expert in database administration and management. Provides recommendations and performs related tasks for planning, management and administration of various database systems, like Oracle, Microsoft SQLServer, MySQL, and Sybase.

This position is located in the Database Administration Group, Research and Development, Information Technology Services, Office of Strategic Initiatives.

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Library of Congress Funds Omeka + Neatline Project

The Library of Congress has awarded $665,248 in funding to the Omeka + Neatline project.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

The Scholars' Lab at the University of Virginia Library and the Center for History and New Media (CHNM) at George Mason University are pleased to announce a collaborative "Omeka + Neatline" initiative, supported by $665,248 in funding from the Library of Congress.

The Omeka + Neatline project's goal is to enable scholars, students, and library and museum professionals to create geospatial and temporal visualizations of archival collections using a Neatline toolset within CHNM's popular, open source Omeka exhibition platform. Neatline, a "contribution to interpretive humanities scholarship in the visual vernacular," is a project of the UVa Library Scholars' Lab, originally bolstered by a Start-Up Grant from the Office of Digital Humanities at the National Endowment for the Humanities. Omeka is an award-winning web-publishing platform for the display of cultural heritage and scholarly collections and exhibits, funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and Samuel H. Kress Foundation.

This two-year initiative will allow CHNM and the Scholars' Lab to expand and regularize a partnership that developed informally between the two centers over the course of the past year. Collaboration has already resulted in improvements to the core functionality of Omeka by CHNM and has led the Scholars' Lab to produce a number of prototype plugins making Omeka a more attractive and viable option for scholarly partnerships with larger libraries and cultural heritage institutions. These include: improved data import (including EAD, a common archival standard); Solr-powered searching and browsing; and Fedora-based repository services. Further development will improve existing plugins, add preservation workflows, and refine the Neatline toolset for integration and sophisticated editing and scholarly annotation of historical maps, GIS layers, and timelines. Enhancements to Omeka's core APIs, improved documentation, regular "point" releases, and a new Exhibit Builder will strengthen Omeka's already large and robust user and developer communities.

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The Triangle Research Libraries Network’s Intellectual Property Rights Strategy for Digitization of Modern Manuscript Collections and Archival Record Groups

The Triangle Research Libraries Network has released The Triangle Research Libraries Network's Intellectual Property Rights Strategy for Digitization of Modern Manuscript Collections and Archival Record Groups.

Here's an excerpt from the OCLC press release:

This is the first formally published strategy for providing access to unpublished materials online based on an approach created by OCLC Research and the RLG Partnership.

This approach is described in a document titled, "Well-intentioned practice for putting digitized collections of unpublished materials online" and is the output of an "Undue Diligence" invitational seminar held in the spring of 2010. During this event, OCLC Research convened a group of RLG Partner experts from archives, special collections and the law to develop and define streamlined, community-accepted procedures for managing copyright in the digital age that would cut costs and boost confidence in libraries' and archives' ability to increase visibility of and access to unpublished materials online. The group acknowledged that, although there is risk in digitizing materials that may be in copyright, this risk should be balanced with the harm to scholarship and society inherent in not making collections fully accessible. Based on this premise, they identified a practical approach to selecting collections, making decisions, seeking permissions, recording outcomes, establishing policy and working with future donors, which OCLC Research staff outlined in the "Well-intentioned practice" document and posted online.

Since then, a community of practice has formed around these procedures and many professional organizations have publicly endorsed them, including the Rare Book and Manuscript Section (RBMS) of the American Library Association (ALA), and leading academic library professionals and scholarly communications officers.

Based on this ever-growing agreement within the profession, the Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN) member libraries created a Network's Intellectual Property Rights Strategy for Digitization of Modern Manuscript Collections and Archival Record Groups to specify the well-reasoned risk management practices to support their large-scale digitization project called "Content, Context, and Capacity: A Collaborative Digitization Project on the Long Civil Rights Movement in North Carolina." This project will present free and open online access to a total of forty digitized manuscript collections or archival record groups, accompanied by the broad summary descriptions and contents lists found in the finding aids created when the collections were processed. For the first time, these resources will cross the boundaries of the four libraries' reading rooms—bringing together a vast quantity of research material for the era between the 1930s and 1980s. This free and open online availability of full collections will facilitate new scholarly collaborations across institutions, and even nations, and will support the development of educational tools for students and the use of primary sources in classrooms.

Read more about it at "Well-Intentioned Practice for Putting Digitized Collections of Unpublished Materials Online."

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Digital Projects Librarian at Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research Northwest

The Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research Northwest is recruiting a Digital Projects Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad (job number: 067357):

The Digital Projects Librarian will develop, implement, lead, and manage a digital repository system for preservation, discovery, sharing, and integration of scientific information.

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Institutional Repository Librarian at California State University San Marcos

The California State University San Marcos Library is recruiting an Institutional Repository Librarian. Minimum salary of $57,084 for Assistant or $65,628 for Associate Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Library seeks an innovative leader with strong people skills to plan, develop, implement, grow, and maintain an institutional repository at California State University San Marcos. The library is committed to organizing, preserving, and presenting digital content on a campus with a dynamic research and creative activity environment. The successful candidate will work collaboratively with university faculty, colleagues in the library, and Instructional & Information Technology (IITS) to provide expertise and leadership in developing a successful institutional repository strategy.

Project management responsibilities include leading the planning, development and supervision of the repository, providing services including drafting policies and procedures, user support and training, conducting user-centered evaluations, and ongoing program and policy analysis. Liaison/outreach responsibilities include advocating and promoting use of the library's institutional repository, seeking out contributors, and serving as spokesperson to publicize the institutional repository's benefits and uses. Content management responsibilities include defining and managing the digital collections, working collaboratively with IITS on system and academic technology issues, and collaborating with library staff on metadata schemes appropriate for digital information. The successful candidate will also provide vision and direction for a growing suite of services supporting scholarship and will maintain a strong level of competence in scholarly communication issues such as open-access initiatives, intellectual property, data curation, and new forms of publication and research/creative activities.

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Author-Pays Open Access Option Using CC-By License Now Available for Many Physical Review Journals

Authors who publish in many Physical Review journals now have the option to pay an article-processing fee in order to have their articles published as open access articles under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License (CC-By License). Two Physical Review journals (Physical Review Special Topics—Accelerators and Beams and Physical Review Special Topics—Physics Education Research) have been fully converted to open access under the CC-By License. The APS announced a new open access journal in January, Physical Review X.

Here's an excerpt from the press release:

The new article-processing charges, which will cover all costs and provide a sustainable funding model, have been set at $1700 for papers in the Physical Review and $2700 for those in Physical Review Letters. The resulting open access articles will appear alongside and mixed in with subscription-funded articles, converting these journals into "hybrid" open access journals.

"The most selective of our journals must have higher article-processing charges for their open access articles," said Gene Sprouse, APS Editor in Chief. "Physical Review accepts about 60% of articles submitted and Physical Review Letters roughly 25%, so the costs are higher than in less selective journals."

Revenue from the article-processing charges will decrease the need for subscription income and help to keep the APS subscription price-per-article among the lowest of any physics journals. "We'd like to reduce the pressure on library subscriptions, while opening access more widely. Article-processing charges are a means to accomplish both," said Joseph Serene, APS Treasurer/Publisher.

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"The Durham Statement Two Years Later: Open Access in the Law School Journal Environment"

Richard A. Danner, Kelly Leong, and Wayne V. Miller have published "The Durham Statement Two Years Later: Open Access in the Law School Journal Environment" in the latest issue of the Law Library Journal.

Here's an excerpt:

The Durham Statement on Open Access to Legal Scholarship, drafted by a group of academic law library directors, was promulgated in February 2009. It calls for two things: (1) open access publication of law school–published journals; and (2) an end to print publication of law journals, coupled with a commitment to keeping the electronic versions available in "stable, open, digital formats." The two years since the Statement was issued have seen increased publication of law journals in openly available electronic formats, but little movement toward all-electronic publication. This article discusses the issues raised by the Durham Statement, the current state of law journal publishing, and directions forward.

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User Experience Director at the Johns Hopkins University

The Johns Hopkins University's Sheridan Libraries are recruiting a User Experience Director. Starting salary: $60,969-$83,806.

Here's an excerpt from the ad (requisition #: 46072):

The Sheridan Libraries of Johns Hopkins University seek a User Experience (UX) Director to build and lead a User Experience Group within the libraries. The User Experience Group is charged to develop an ongoing process for understanding the needs and requirements of the Sheridan Libraries' community, responding to their behaviors and evolving the library's content and services to create compelling, insight-driven user experiences. The UX Group will promote the understanding that the user experience, i.e. how we engage, respect and value people, is a part of our organizational culture and reaches beyond the exclusive responsibility or domain of a specific person or group. Reporting to the Associate Director for Library Services and Collections, the User Experience Director will participate on the division's leadership team and work collaboratively within and beyond the UX Group to address the community's experience using library content and services.

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Digital Scholarship and Data Management Librarian at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

The Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis University Library is recruiting a Digital Scholarship and Data Management Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Under the direction of the Digital Libraries Team Leader, this position will and be primarily responsible for enhancing University Library's Program of Digital Scholarship through the development of a robust data service plan. The individual will also assist with the continued support of IUPUI University Library's current digital scholarship tools and services including the institutional repository and journal publishing system. This librarian will have the following duties:

• Develop and support a robust data service plan in direct support of research faculty on campus

  • Ascertain campus research faculty data service needs
  • Develop data management plans for grant applications with faculty
  • Coordinate development of technology solution for data management, archive, and access
  • Actively participate in university-wide initiatives to develop and design sustainable services and infrastructure to enable faculty and students to preserve and make available their research data

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

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

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)

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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