Category: News

Report: Orphan Works: Definitional Issues

When discussing orphan works, two basic definitional questions arise: (1) exactly what is the “orphan works” problem?, and (2) what is the size of this problem? The answers to these two questions are central to understanding how proposed solutions work to remedy the situation. Though both questions have long been posed, the answer to the first (what is the “orphan works”; problem) can vary based on the type of work or the particular user, and the answer to the second (what is the size of the problem) remains difficult to state with precision. This paper explores both and identifies areas where further research is needed.

CFP: Epic Fail at Museums & the Web

We’re going to be shining a light on the failures that we individually and we collectively have had as project teams, institutions, and maybe even the sector as a whole.

Each Fail will present a short 7-10 minute slot followed by 10 minutes panel and open-mic discussion. Each Fail needs to be presented by someone who worked on the project – this isn’t a crit-room – and we want you to feel comfortable enough to be honest and open. We want you to explore the reasons why you thought the project was a failure, diagnose where it went wrong, what would you do differently, and then collectively discuss the key lessons for future projects of a similar nature or targeting similar people.

Report: Mapping Stories for Student Learning

How might projects combining digital storytelling and mapping help students learn?  Digital storytelling has become a prevalent pedagogy at small liberal arts colleges, as we explored in a previous impromptu videoconference discussion.  Aggregating and visualizing stories spatially, offers a layer of analysis and synthesis to the student learning experience.  Since residential liberal arts colleges often have a strong sense of place, this spatial aspect to storytelling seems especially promising. Yesterday, ten faculty and staff involved or interested in such projects joined me for a Google+ Hangout to discuss the challenges and benefits of place-based storytelling.

Job: English Dept. Assistant/Associate Professor – Digital Humanities – Ball State University

English: Assistant/Associate Professor, Digital Humanities, Department of English; Ball State University; Muncie, Indiana. Tenure-track faculty position available August 17, 2012. Responsibilities: teaching and developing undergraduate and graduate courses in rhetoric and writing and/or literature that have a digital humanities focus; submitting external grant proposals in digital humanities; contributing to Ball State’s and the department’s mission to engage students in digital and emerging media; teaching a wide array of classes in the department For more information, please go to http://www.bsu.edu/hrs/jobpostings. Ball State University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and is strongly and actively committed to diversity within its community.

Report: Open Access: PEER Economics Report

This study considers the effect of large-scale deposit on scholarly research publication and dissemination (sharing of research outputs), beginning with the analysis of publishers and institutions managing repositories and their sustainability. The study associates costs with specific activities, performed by key actors involved in research registration, certification, dissemination and digital management: authors, the scholarly community, editors, publishers, libraries, readers and funding agencies. Contrary to most of the existing literature, the study analyses cost structures of individual organizations. The focus of this study is therefore to provide context for the costs to specific organizations and to their choices in terms of scale and scope. . . .

Resource: With Liberty and File Naming for All

Our four-part tutorial explains (1) why file naming is important, (2) how to change a file name, (3) what not to do when naming files and (4) best practices for file naming. We tried to make these tutorials no-frills, brief and informative. We tried to present the information in a way that would make sense to folks who might only use one or two programs on their computer and who might not ever care about authenticity or obsolescence. We hope we succeeded.

Job: Digital Media Studies position at Trent University

The Cultural Studies Department at Trent University is looking for a versatile cultural theorist and active scholar in the area of Media Studies, with a specialization in Digital Media, to take up a tenure-stream position on July 1st 2012. The successful candidate will have: a completed Ph.D., an excellent teaching record, an active research program, and demonstrated ability in academic/administrative organisation. S/he will be asked to anchor “core” Media courses in the Cultural Studies Department; will be invited to participate in the two associated graduate programs; and will play a central role in a new Media Studies Program, scheduled to launch in September 2012.

Job: Digital Collections Librarian, East Carolina University

Job: Digital Collections Librarian, East Carolina University | laurie n. taylor.

J.Y. Joyner Library at East Carolina University (ECU) seeks a knowledgable, creative, and service-oriented colleague for the position of Digital Collections Librarian. Reporting to the Assistant Director of Library Technology, the Digital Collections Librarian will work closely and collaboratively with Special Collections, Library Technology, Collections and Technical Services, and others to ensure that Joyner Library’s digital collections are an integral part of the library’s collections and services. The individual in this position will serve as a member of a team of librarians and staff at ECU’s Joyner and Laupus Libraries committed to effectively managing the libraries’ growing digital collections.