Peter Nürnberg Named as Chief Technology Officer of the Texas Digital Library

Peter Nürnberg has been named as the Chief Technology Officer of the Texas Digital Library.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

Peter comes to the TDL with extensive experience in both academic research and industry environments. Since 2001 he has helmed his own software consulting company (Xtructure), managing teams on a wide variety of development efforts, including projects for NASA and TeleAtlas. He also previously served as an Associate Professor in the Department of Software and Media Technology at Aalborg University in Esbjerg, Denmark, pursuing research in areas such as hypermedia, Web technologies, knowledge and information management, and digital libraries.

Digital Library Jobs: TDL Team Leader at Texas Digital Library

The Texas Digital Library is recruiting a TDL Team Leader (Senior Systems Analyst).

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Purpose of position: To supervise a team of 3 programmers engaged in the design, development, maintenance and testing of software in support of the programs of the Texas Digital Library (TDL), a 19 member consortium of universities throughout Texas.

Essential functions: Design operational and system improvements, research, implement, test and maintain new and deployed web and database applications. Consult with users to define application requirements. Recommend technical and procedural design for applications. Prepare documentation and present system studies. Compose documentation for procedures and guidelines for application users. Lead technical team to accomplish goals within deadlines. Produce reports for TDL co-Directors to keep them informed of the progress of TDL projects and activities.

UT Dallas Launches Institutional Repository Using Texas Digital Library

The McDermott Library at the University of Texas at Dallas has launched its institutional repository, Treasures @ UT Dallas, using the Texas Digital Library's DSpace system.

Read more about it at "Tools Helping Library Share its Wealth of Material."

Digital Library Jobs: Texas Digital Library Systems Administrator

The Texas Digital Library is recruiting a Texas Digital Library Systems Administrator.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Perform system administration using standard UNIX tools and utilities. Provide system support of applications and services running UNIX servers. Install, configure and maintain open source and proprietary applications. Configure and maintain network storage solutions and upgrades to operating systems as directed and in accordance with established IT policies and procedures. Respond to emergency situations involving system problems, downtime and security breaches. Perform basic scripting/programming to solve problems, optimize performance and automate tasks. Participate in best practice formulation and evaluating, implementing and managing as appropriate. Communicate effectively with technical and non-technical stakeholders.

Institutional Repositories at Texas University and Health Science Libraries

Below is a list of operational institutional repositories at Texas university and health science academic libraries.

Texas has 35 public universities, 9 public health-related institutions, 39 private universities, and 1 private health-related institution; however, only eight institutional repositories could be identified (one repository, the Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library, serves multiple health-related institutions).

The list was composed by consulting the following resources and then accessing repository sites to verify their existence: DSpace Repositories—Alphabetical, Fedora Commons Community Registry, Institutions Using the Digital Commons Platform, OpenDOAR, ROAR, and Repository 66.

Institution Repository Software
Baylor University (Baylor University Libraries) BearDocs DSpace
Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library DigitalCommons@The Texas Medical Center Digital Commons
Rice University (Fondren Library) Rice Digital Scholarship Archive DSpace
Texas A&M University (Texas A&M University Libraries) Texas A&M Repository DSpace
Texas State University (Alkek Library) eCommons@Texas State University Digital Commons
Texas Tech University (Texas Tech University Libraries) eScholarship Repository Digital Commons
University of Texas at Austin (University of Texas Libraries) University of Texas Digital Repository DSpace
University of Texas at El Paso (University of Texas at El Paso Library) DigitalCommons@UTEP Digital Commons

Texas also has the Texas Digital Library.

Texas Digital Library Hosts Second E-Journal

The Texas Digital Library is hosting the Journal of Virtual Worlds Research. The first issue is now available.

Articles in the Journal of Virtual Worlds Research are freely available in the PDF format, and they are under a Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License.

The journal is edited by Jeremiah Spence, a doctoral student at the University of Texas at Austin's College of Communication.

The Texas Digital Library also hosts the Journal of Digital Information. Articles in the Journal of Digital Information are freely available in the PDF or HTML formats, and authors retain the copyright to them. Supported by the Texas A&M University Libraries, it is edited by Cliff McKnight, Professor of Information Studies at Loughborough University, and Scott Phillips, Research and Development Coordinator at the Texas A&M University Libraries' Digital Initiatives department.

The Texas Digital Library Repository Is Live

Although there appears to have been no formal public announcement about its roll out, the DSpace-based Texas Digital Library Repository is available.

The TDL Repository contains some initial materials (mainly ETDs and Seventeenth-Century News) from three of the four founding TDL members (Texas A&M University at College Station, Texas Tech University at Lubbock, and the University of Texas at Austin; there are no materials from the University of Houston) as well as from the University of Texas at Arlington.

Using Open Journal Systems, TDL also provides access to the Journal of Digital Information, which is supported by the Texas A&M University Libraries.

The Texas Digital Library Shibboleth Federation has made progress in providing Shibboleth access to TDL for three of the four founding members (the status as of August 2007 was: Texas A&M University at College Station: fully deployed, Texas Tech University at Lubbock: agreement reached, and the University of Texas at Austin: fully deployed; there was no activity at the University of Houston). Progress was also being made for Shibboleth access for Baylor University, Texas State University, and the University of North Texas.