Systems Engineer at Columbia University

Columbia University is recruiting a Systems Engineer.

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The Library Information Technology Office (LITO) at Columbia University Libraries/Information Services seeks a Systems Engineer for its Unix Systems Group. The incumbent designs, develops and deploys Unix server systems, performs maintenance and security as required, documents and provides support for Library/IS projects and services, collaborates on projects and related activities with Library/IS and external units.

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Digital File Formats for Videotape Reformatting

The Federal Agencies Digitization Guidelines Initiative Audio-Visual Working Group has released Digital File Formats for Videotape Reformatting.

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The project to compare video formats for reformatting is being led by the National Archives and Records Administration with significant input from the Library of Congress. The resulting matrixes offer comparisons of the wrappers AVI, MOV (QuickTime), Matroska, MXF, and MPEG-2 (ad hoc file wrapper), and the following encodings: uncompressed (various types), lossless JPEG 2000, ffv1, and MPEG-2 (encoding). The Working Group's starting point is a useful 2011 report by George Blood for the Library of Congress titled Determining Suitable Digital Video Formats for Medium-term Storage. The inclusion of MXF means that the comparison will complement the FADGI Audio-Visual Working Group's active contributions to the finalization of the MXF AS-07 application specification for preservation and archiving, a "pre-version" of which has been adopted by the Library of Congress as their video preservation format. Nevertheless, as the finalization of AS-07 continues, members of the Working Group and others have expressed interest in evaluating alternate digital file formats. These alternate formats may be appropriate to certain classes of content, for use as interim measures, or suitable for organizations in modest technical circumstances.

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The Open Archival Information System (OAIS) Reference Model: Introductory Guide (2nd Edition)

The Digital Preservation Coalition has released The Open Archival Information System (OAIS) Reference Model: Introductory Guide (2nd Edition).

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Emphasising its flexibility and conceptual nature, the report describes the OAIS, its core principles and functional elements, as well as the information model which support long-term preservation, access and understandability of data – highlighting the in-built level of abstraction which makes it such a widely applicable foundation resource for digital preservation.

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Creating and Archiving Born Digital Video

The Born Digital Video subgroup of the Federal Agencies Digitization Guidelines Initiative Audio-Visual Working Group has released Creating and Archiving Born Digital Video.

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The born digital video exploration is being led by the Library of Congress. The documents that comprise Creating and Archiving Born Digital Video provide practical technical information for both file creators and file archivists to help them make informed decisions when creating or archiving born digital video files and to understand the long term consequences of those decisions. . . .

Eight case histories document aspects of the current state of practice in six federal agencies working with born digital video. These case histories not only document deliverables and specifications but also tell the story of each project, and provide background information about the institution and the collection, as well as lessons learned. As the case histories developed, a set of high level recommended practices emerged from the collective project experiences. These recommended practices are intended to support informed decision-making and guide file creators and archivists as they seek out processes, file characteristics, and other practices that will yield files with the greatest preservation potential.

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Fedora 4 Production Release

The international Fedora repository community and DuraSpace have released the Fedora 4 production release.

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This significant release signals the effectiveness of an international and complex community source project in delivering a modern repository platform with features that meet or exceed current use cases in the management of institutional digital assets. Fedora 4 features include vast improvements in scalability, linked data capabilities, research data support, modularity, ease of use and more.

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Director, VIVA (Virtual Library of Virginia)

George Mason University is recruiting a Director, VIVA (Virtual Library of Virginia).

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In concert with the VIVA Steering Committee, the Director will develop, evaluate, and assess VIVA's mission, vision, goals, policies, and priorities. S/he will be operationally responsible for the planning, implementation, and evaluation of VIVA's overall program, projects, and activities, including development of funding proposals, license negotiation and other vendor relations, promotion and representation of VIVA within the higher education community, and advocacy on behalf of VIVA within the Commonwealth.

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"Ensuring Research Integrity: The Role of Data Management in Current Crises"

Heather Coates has published Ensuring Research Integrity: The Role of Data Management in Current Crises in College & Research Libraries News.

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Acknowledging responsible data management as foundational for research integrity is not sufficient. We need to value the processes and products of research equally by: 1) creating incentives for responsible management of data, 2) developing standards and practices for peer review that balance evaluation of methodological quality and research integrity with potential impact, and 3) carefully considering the resources necessary to responsibly manage and preserve newly created data for five-to-ten years after publication.

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Digital Scholarship Librarian at University of Nevada Las Vegas

The University of Nevada Las Vegas is recruiting a Digital Scholarship Librarian.

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This position will provide oversight and leadership of UNLV Libraries' institutional repository Digital Scholarship@UNLV (http://digitalscholarship.unlv.edu/). The incumbent will establish consistent policies and best practices, engage campus content providers, and provide guidance on scholarly communication issues and concerns.

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"Notice of Funding Opportunity: Second Round of Funding for FY 2015 National Leadership Grants for Libraries"

IMLS has released a "Notice of Funding Opportunity: Second Round of Funding for FY 2015 National Leadership Grants for Libraries."

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The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announces the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the second round of FY 2015 National Leadership Grants for Libraries (NLG). The IMLS National Leadership Grants for Libraries program invests $12 million annually in projects that improve professional library and archive practice, drive innovation, and have a national impact.

This year, IMLS offered two opportunities to apply for FY 2015 National Leadership Grants for Libraries. This NOFO announces the February 2, 2015 deadline and is a call for two-page preliminary proposals. From the proposals, we will select applicants and invite them to submit full proposals in June. Applicants who were not invited to continue from the first round of funding are welcome to submit new preliminary proposals during this round.

We encourage applications that address two project categories. They were identified in a series of IMLS Focus meetings held earlier this year: 

  • National digital platform, with support to bridge gaps between disparate pieces of the existing digital library infrastructure for increased efficiencies, cost-savings, access, and services. Note: the program cannot support the digitization of content.
  •  Learning spaces in libraries, including work that builds institutional capacity, develops STEM learning, engages community, and encourages partnerships to support all types of learning and inquiry, including participatory and hands-on learning in libraries.

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Manager, Digital Assets at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is recruiting a Manager, Digital Assets.

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The manager oversees the day-to-day administration and use of the digital asset management system, while also working hands-on with assets, data, and the system by directly contributing, organizing, describing, and disseminating assets.

Working collaboratively with staff across the museum, the manager develops and supports sustainable practices around the digital asset lifecycle to ensure the availability and integrity of assets related to the museum and its history, collections, programs, and operations.

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DOAJ Journal Analysis: "Intersections: The Third Half"

Walt Crawford has published "Intersections: The Third Half" in Cites & Insights: Crawford at Large.

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Most of this essay (pp. 7-19) is the "Third Half" of the two-part Journals and "Journals" examination in the October/November and December 2014 issues-adding another 1,200-odd bio/med journals from DOAJ and looking at overall patterns. The essay also includes four briefer discussions related to DOAJ and gold OA journals.

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Digital Data Repository Specialist at Purdue University

Purdue University is recruiting a Digital Data Repository Specialist.

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Purdue University Libraries seeks a Digital Data Repository Specialist to join our team at the Distributed Data Curation Center (D2C2) and coordinate our cutting-edge research data repository service, PURR. The Purdue University Research Repository (http://purr.purdue.edu) provides a platform for campus researchers to develop and implement effective data management plans, collaborate on research online, publish datasets and tools, and archive them in a secure, reliable digital repository. This administrative/professional position will work with colleagues in the Office of the Vice President for Research, Information Technology at Purdue, and the Libraries to conduct the day-to-day outreach, operation, support, and improvement of the PURR system and service.

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CNI Executive Roundtable Report: E-Book Strategies

CNI has released CNI Executive Roundtable Report: E-Book Strategies .

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During two separate convenings of this roundtable, we explored questions that these new directions raise for institutions, the strategies that institutions are using to make choices among the available paths, the stakeholders involved, and the new programs and projects that CNI’s members are planning or have implemented. Our emphasis was on breadth rather than deep explorations of very specific issues; often we were most interested in understanding how institutions were shaping the questions and how they were exploring them, since many of these questions are far from resolution. Roundtable participants included representatives from academic libraries and information technology units from research institutions and liberal arts colleges, library associations, publishers, and aggregators/intermediaries.

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Digital Curation News (12/2/2014) #digitalpreservation

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Library Digital Services Manager at St. Edward’s University

St. Edward's University is recruiting a Library Digital Services Manager.

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The kinds of things you'll likely do in this position:

  • Support the library's core systems — III's Millennium ILS and EBSCO's EDS search engine/discovery layer, as well as LibGuides, LibAnswers, ILLiad, and Ares.
  • Craft clean, maintainable, and tested code with the aid of modern MVC best practices, design patterns, and test frameworks.
  • Automate library processes, such as sending and receiving vendor data.
  • Build and support thoughtful integrations with multiple university systems.
  • Implement and support open source solutions such as Omeka, Islandora, Fedora Commons, or other similar institutional repositories.

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"A Living Open Book"

Peter Suber has published "A Living Open Book" in Ebooks in Education: Realising The Vision.

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This is a case study of my short book, Open Access (Suber 2012a). The book is not "enhanced" in the way that a growing number of digital academic books are enhanced. It has no graphics, no multimedia, and no interactivity beyond links, and does not offer different layers or pathways for readers at different levels. From that point of the view the book is conventional and text-oriented. But it has two other enhancements worth highlighting. First, the full text is open access, which benefits authors and readers, and sometimes also publishers. Second, the book has a companion web site of open-access updates and supplements, which benefits all three groups.

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Digital Initiatives Archivist at University of South Carolina

The University of South Carolina is recruiting a Digital Initiatives Archivist.

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This position will be responsible for developing and implementing policies for the accessioning, appraisal, preservation, and description of, and access to, born-digital records collected by SCPC. The Digital Initiatives Archivist will also assist with outreach, including digitization of audiovisual materials for use in online and on-site interactive exhibits, and maintaining online presence of finding aids via ArchivesSpace.

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Archival Electronic Records: President Barack Obama Signs the Presidential and Federal Records Act Amendments of 2014

President Barack Obama has signed H.R. 1233, the Presidential and Federal Records Act Amendments of 2014.

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Major updates to the Presidential and Federal Records Acts include:

  • Strengthening the Federal Records Act by expanding the definition of Federal records to clearly include electronic records. This is the first change to the definition of a Federal record since the enactment of the act in 1950.
  • Confirming that Federal electronic records will be transferred to the National Archives in electronic form.
  • Granting the Archivist of the United States final determination as to what constitutes a Federal record.
  • Authorizing the early transfer of permanent electronic Federal and Presidential records to the National Archives, while legal custody remains with the agency or the President.

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Digital Curation News (12/1/2014) #digitalpreservation

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Scholarly Communications Librarian at McGill University

McGill University is recruiting a Scholarly Communications Librarian.

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Provides scholarly communications services to the campus community, including preservation of and access to the research output of the McGill community, publishing, open access, and authors' rights.

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"The Adoption of Open Access Funds among Canadian Academic Research Libraries, 2008-2012"

Crystal Hampson has published "The Adoption of Open Access Funds among Canadian Academic Research Libraries, 2008-2012" in Partnership: The Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Research.

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To examine academic libraries' responses to OA publishing charges, this article explores the adoption of OA funds among Canadian academic research libraries from 2008 to 2012 by analyzing results from a series of previously published surveys. The findings are then examined in light of Everett Rogers' Innovation Diffusion Theory (IDT) to consider the question of whether or not OA funds are becoming a standard service in Canadian academic research institutions. Adoption in Canada is briefly compared to that in the United States and United Kingdom. The paper concludes that, as of 2012, OA funds were becoming common but were not a standard service in Canadian academic research libraries and that libraries were actively participating in the development of OA funding models.

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Coordinator, Data Curation and Scholarly Communications at McGill University

McGill University is recruiting a Coordinator, Data Curation and Scholarly Communications.

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Leads the formalization, expansion, and implementation of Library-based research data curation services to the campus, and provides these services to researchers. Supervises members of the Data Curation and Scholarly Communications team within Library Digital Initiatives.

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Open Access and the Humanities: Contexts, Controversies and the Future

Martin Paul Eve has published Open Access and the Humanities: Contexts, Controversies and the Future with Cambridge University Pres.

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I am extremely pleased to announce that my book, Open Access and the Humanities: Contexts, Controversies and the Future has today been published by Cambridge University Press. The book offers a background to open access and its specifics for the humanities disciplines, as well as setting out the economics and politics of the phenomenon. It also has a very fine preface by Peter Suber! You can download the book for absolutely free (under a CC BY-SA license) at the official website (click the green "open access" button). You can also buy an extremely good value paperback copy, with all my royalties going to Arthritis Research UK, from the usual suspects.

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