Library Applications Developer at Drexel University Library

Drexel University Library is recruiting a Library Applications Developer.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Library Applications Developer serves as a key member of the Drexel University Library Technologies department. Under the general supervision of the Head, Library Systems, this position is responsible for the design and development of innovative digital library projects, including institutional repositories, digital collections and asset management systems, discovery layers, data management systems, and related areas. This position works with the unit head to help define new projects and determine directions and priorities for development.

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"Practical Limits to the Scope of Digital Preservation"

Mike Kastellec has published the "Practical Limits to the Scope of Digital Preservation" in the latest issue of Information Technology and Libraries.

Here's an excerpt:

This paper examines factors that limit the ability of institutions to digitally preserve the cultural heritage of the modern era. The author takes a wide-ranging approach to shed light on limitations to the scope of digital preservation. The author finds that technological limitations to digital preservation have been addressed but still exist, and that non-technical aspects—access, selection, law, and finances—move into the foreground as technological limitations recede. The author proposes a nested model of constraints to the scope of digital preservation and concludes that costs are digital preservation’s most pervasive limitation.

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Chair of the Systems Department at Indiana State University Library

The Indiana State University Library is recruiting a Chair of the Systems Department.

Here's an excerpt from the ad (notice of vacancy number: F12-215):

The Chair of Systems is a 12-month, tenure-track position who serves as part of the senior library management team with leadership responsibility for planning, developing, implementing, managing, operating, and executing the entire library's expanding computing environment of web-based services, mobile applications, and electronic resources. The incumbent helps to define and articulate the vision, strategic directions, and priorities for information technology in a dynamic environment that values creativity, teamwork, and innovation. In addition, this position provides leadership in coordinating and defining system requirements and tasks for library-wide projects and initiatives.

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Open Access Publishing: PeerJ Announced

PeerJ has issued a press release about its open access publishing services.

Here's an excerpt:

PeerJ Inc. (, a new Open Access academic publishing company, formally announced itself today. Founded by seasoned academic publishing and technology professionals from PLoS ONE and Mendeley, PeerJ will publish a broad based, rapid, peer-reviewed journal ('PeerJ') and an innovative preprint server ('PeerJ PrePrints'). PeerJ will open for submissions in Summer 2012, and will publish its first articles in December 2012. . . .

PeerJ will publish all well reported, scientifically sound research in the Biological and Medical Sciences. The journal will operate a rigorous peer review process and will deliver the highest standards in everything it does. . . .

Unique among academic publishers, PeerJ provides authors with low cost lifetime memberships giving them the rights to publish their papers freely thereafter. Three membership plans exist—Basic, Enhanced and Investigator. All member plans confer lifetime rights, and the three tiers allow members to publish once, twice, or an unlimited number of times per year in PeerJ. Each author on a paper must be a member and the Basic membership plan is just $99.

Read more about it at "Scholarly Publishing 2012: Meet PeerJ."

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Digital Scholarship Librarian at Washington and Lee University Library

The Washington and Lee University Library is recruiting a Digital Scholarship Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Within a team environment, the Digital Scholarship Librarian (DSL) will provide vision and energy in designing discovery and delivery pathways that facilitate access to the university's digital resources and collections. The variety of digital content includes publications, images, video, and audio formats. The responsibilities include overall management of digital resources, including the library's licensed resources and growing digital repository. The successful candidate will guide development of digital initiatives and work with library and ITS colleagues and vendors to resolve complex issues relating to scholarly content systems.

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One Culture. Computationally Intensive Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences: A Report on the Experiences of First Respondents to the Digging Into Data Challenge

The Council on Library and Information Resources. has released One Culture. Computationally Intensive Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences: A Report on the Experiences of First Respondents to the Digging Into Data Challenge.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement, which includes links to additional case studies:

This report culminates two years of work by CLIR staff involving extensive interviews and site visits with scholars engaged in international research collaborations involving computational analysis of large data corpora. These scholars were the first recipients of grants through the Digging into Data program, led by the NEH, who partnered with JISC in the UK, SSHRC in Canada, and the NSF to fund the first eight initiatives. The report introduces the eight projects and discusses the importance of these cases as models for the future of research in the academy.

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Digital Repository Librarian at Alliant International University

Alliant International University is recruiting a Digital Repository Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Digital Repository Librarian, under the general direction of the University Librarian, works as a reference librarian assisting students, faculty and staff with finding information they need through basic and specific reference sources in all subject areas, and also assists at the circulation desk. In addition to this transactional work, The Digital Repository Librarian explores, adapts, and implements emerging digital repository technologies in support of library and campus digital collections and publishing initiatives. Develops and manages repository projects, researches and recommends changes and enhancements, and works with other library staff to develop and implement metadata and preservation standards, and facilitates the development of workflows that accommodate new scholarly communication initiatives.

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Repositories for Visual Arts Research Data: Kaptur Technical Report

The KAPTUR project has released the Kaptur Technical Report.

Here's an excerpt:

This report is framed around the research question: which technical system is most suitable for managing visual arts research data? . . . .

The Technical Manager selected 17 systems to compare with the user requirement document (Appendix B). Five of the systems had similar scores so these were short-listed. The Technical Manager created an online form into which the Project Officers entered priority scores for each of the user requirements in order to calculate a more accurate score for each of the five short-listed systems (Appendix C) and this resulted in the choice of EPrints as the software for the KAPTUR project.

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Digital Project Manager at Carnegie Hall

Carnegie Hall is recruiting a Digital Project Manager (3-year term).

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

We seek a Digital Project Manager to manage the day-to-day timeline and work flow for Carnegie Hall's Digital Archives Project, a comprehensive initiative that will digitize extensive paper and audio-visual holdings documenting the Hall's 120-year history, ensuring that they are preserved for future generations and made increasingly accessible to the public. Manage vendor relationships, perform quality control on results of digitization work, and monitor project outcomes. Serve as key team member participating in selection of new digital asset management system, taking the lead in developing taxonomy and metadata for digital materials.

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"National Licenses and Open Access in Germany"

The Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR) has released "National Licenses and Open Access in Germany."

Here's an excerpt:

Over the last years, a number of collaborative negotiations have taken place at a national level in order to push forward on conditions for Open Access within journal license agreements. In 2010, the National Licensing working group of the "Digital Information" initiative in Germany agreed on common guidelines and carried out licensing negotiations for current journals and databases. Special attention was paid to pricing models, archiving and "moving wall" conditions, including a condition for Open Access. The background to and outcomes of these negotiations are described in this paper, with particular emphasis on newly agreed licenses in the Alliance of German Science Organisations framework ("Alliance licenses"). Further contracts are under development.

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Utah State University Establishes Open Access Policy

Utah State University has adopted an open access policy.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

The new open access policy—officially known at USU as Policy 535—ensures that all employees at Utah State University retain the ability to share their publications with colleagues, students and the public upon their publication. The policy was first unanimously approved by USU's Faculty Senate in April, followed by approval by the President's Executive Committee with the endorsement of USU President Stan Albrecht.

Here's an excerpt from the policy:

All employees during their employment with the University grant to the University a nonexclusive license to exercise any and all rights under copyright relating to each of their scholarly articles, in any medium, provided that the articles are not sold for profit, and to authorize others to do the same. These articles will also be deposited in the University's Open Access Institutional Repository to ensure the widest possible dissemination. The nonexclusive license will be waived at the sole discretion of the author and will be administered on behalf of the Provost's Office by the Library.

Read more about it at "Open Access Policy Procedures."

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Scholarly Communication and Copyright Librarian at University of Toronto Libraries

The University of Toronto Libraries are recruiting a Scholarly Communication and Copyright Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The University of Toronto Libraries invites applications for the position of Scholarly Communication and Copyright Librarian. Reporting to the Chief Librarian through the Associate Librarian for Humanities and Social Sciences, the incumbent will provide leadership for the overall operation and administration of a newly created Scholarly Communication and Copyright Office. The Scholarly Communication and Copyright Librarian will be responsible for advising the University community and participating in the development of University policy on issues related to copyright, intellectual property rights and scholarly communications, including promoting fair dealing and other use rights, developing best practices, raising awareness and educating the University community regarding the many complex issues related to scholarly communication, open access and copyright.

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OCLC Names Jack B. Blountas Its President and CEO

OCLC has named Jack B. Blountas its President and CEO.

Here's an excerpt from the press release:

Jack B. Blount, an executive with experience leading several technology organizations in a career spanning 35 years, has been named OCLC President and CEO.

Mr. Blount was most recently President and CEO of Alpha Bay Corporation, a global technologies and services provider based in Salt Lake City, Utah. From 2002 to 2005, he was President and CEO of Dynix Corporation, a technology-based library services organization that was acquired by Sirsi in 2005 to form SirsiDynix. . . .

Mr. Blount founded Alpha Bay in 2005 and served as Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer from its inception through May 2012.

He began his career in enterprise systems with IBM more than 35 years ago. Since then, he has held numerous leadership positions with many of technology's most influential organizations, including IBM, Novell, Borland and JD Edwards. While at Novell, he expanded international operations, spending 80 percent of his time in Europe and Japan for several years. Mr. Blount has combined his technical background with expertise in management, operations, marketing and sales to deliver results as an executive with these influential organizations.

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Digital Services Librarian at Loyola University Chicago Libraries

The Loyola University Chicago Libraries are recruiting a Digital Services Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad (position #: 8101599):

The Digital Services Librarian provides expertise in creating and managing library digital collections, such as digital special collections, electronic theses and dissertations, and other born-digital or retrospectively digitized materials. This position assumes primary responsibility for the administration and development of university's institutional repository and participates in the management of library's web presence. This position also works collaboratively with electronic resources librarians to support access to online databases and full-text journals.

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Digital Curation Bibliography: Preservation and Stewardship of Scholarly Works

Digital Scholarship has released the Digital Curation Bibliography: Preservation and Stewardship of Scholarly Works.

In a rapidly changing technological environment, the difficult task of ensuring long-term access to digital information is increasingly important. This selective bibliography presents over 650 English-language articles, books, and technical reports that are useful in understanding digital curation and preservation. It covers digital curation and preservation copyright issues, digital formats (e.g., data, media, and e-journals), metadata, models and policies, national and international efforts, projects and institutional implementations, research studies, services, strategies, and digital repository concerns.

Most sources have been published from 2000 through 2011; however, a limited number of key sources published prior to 2000 are also included. The bibliography includes links to freely available versions of included works, such as e-prints and open access articles.

The Digital Curation Bibliography: Preservation and Stewardship of Scholarly Works is available as a paperback (98 pages, $9.95, ISBN 1477497692 and ISBN-13: 9781477497692) and an open access PDF file. All versions of the bibliography are available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License.

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