Category: News

Opportunity: Feds Will Team up on Digital Curation Residency Program

Feds Will Team up on Digital Curation Residency Program | UpNext: The IMLS Blog.

The exponential growth of digital content has created a demand for library and information  professionals with new skills.  To meet this demand, IMLS, working in partnership with the Library of Congress, Office of Strategic Initiatives (OSI), is developing a national residency program in digital curation. (For the purposes of this program, “digital curation” means the act of collecting, selecting, managing, making accessible, and preserving digital assets over long periods of time.)

Planning for the project has just begun and the first residents should be in place beginning in the summer of 2013.

Jobs: Digital Stewardship Librarian at Texas Tech University Libraries (Two Positions)

Digital Stewardship Librarian at Texas Tech University Libraries (Two Positions).

As a member of the LTMS (Library Technology Management and Services) Research and Development Team, this tenure-track Library faculty position engages in highly innovative and sustainable digital library stewardship, to include preservation and curation research and development activities and initiatives, and digital library business continuity solutions; and works closely with library faculty and staff, the TTU community, other academic institutions, and other partners in a variety of collaborative ways.

Approaching Deadline – Apply Now to Attend a Digital Humanities Institute

NEH ODH Update: Apply Now to Attend a Digital Humanities Institute 

Attend An ODH Funded Institute

The NEH program Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities funds workshops and institutes on various topics in the digital humanities. For most institutes, attendance is free and includes reimbursement for travel and lodging. To sign up for an institute, please see below.

Resource: The Berkman Community Responds to SOPA/PIPA

The Berkman Community Responds to SOPA/PIPA | Berkman Center.

The Berkman Center for Internet & Society does not take an institutional position on matters of policy. However, it encourages its faculty, fellows, staff, and community members to express their viewpoints, and invites in-depth conversations on controversial issues. Our goals are to stimulate informed analysis and to catalyze the expression of diverse opinions.

Consistent with this policy, the Berkman Center’s website is not dark today. Also consistent with that policy, many members of our community are contributing to the call for action, and others have written on this subject. You can find links to their public comments below.

Resource: Spot visualizes tweet commonalities

Twitter is an organic online location, full of retweets, conversations, and link sharing. Jeff Clark tries to show these inner workings with his newest interactive, Spot. Enter a query in the field on the bottom left, and Spot retrieves the most recent 200 tweets. You then can choose among five views: group, words, timeline, users, and source.

Resource: Ushahidi: Free Software for Data Collection, Visualization & Mapping

[] is a non-profit tech company that develops free and open source software for information collection, visualization and interactive mapping. “Ushahidi” means “testimony” in Swahili. It was also the title of a website that mapped reports of violence in Kenya after the post-election fallout at the beginning of 2008. Accordingly, its slogan is “Changing the World – One Map at the Time”. Therefore, Ushahidi aims to empower organizations and people all over the world to increase public awareness around social events like elections, local crises or resources. It provides free and open access to tools that facilitate the aggregation, presentation and mapping of relevant datasets online. For instance, check the “Syria Tracker” website here.

Job: Department Head, Digital Library Services, Georgia State University Library

The department head sets direction for the library’s technology environment and services through strategic planning, resource allocation and management, assessment, and policy development. S/he encourages creativity in digital and information technology initiatives that respond to and anticipate user needs and ensures that the library’s technology programs, services, and infrastructure are responsive to the academic needs of the Georgia State University community.

Resource: Electronic Theses and Dissertations Bibliography, Version 6

Digital Scholarship has released the Electronic Theses and Dissertations Bibliography, Version 6. It includes selected English-language articles, books, conference papers, technical reports, unpublished e-prints and other scholarly textual sources that are useful in understanding electronic theses and dissertations. Most sources have been published from 2000 through 2011; however, a limited number of earlier key sources are also included. The bibliography includes links to freely available versions of included works. It is available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 United States License.

Resource: Three New Documents about Creative Commons Licenses for Data

We have done a lot of thinking about data in the past year. As a result, we have recently published a set of detailed FAQs designed to help explain how CC licenses work with data and databases.

These FAQs are intended to:

  1. alert CC licensors that some uses of their data and databases may not trigger the license conditions,
  2. reiterate to licensees that CC licenses do not restrict them from doing anything they are otherwise permitted to do under the law, and
  3. clear up confusion about how the version 3.0 CC licenses treat sui generis database rights.

Job: Digital Projects Manager/Processing Archivist at Boston University’s School of Theology Library

Responsible for managing and developing the digital collections and processing and maintenance of archival and special collections held by the School of Theology (STH) Library. Take the lead in the development of digitization initiatives and manage the library’s digital collections. Work with the Head Librarian to develop a comprehensive digitization plan for the STH Library. Liaise with School of Theology faculty to identify and develop digital projects relating to faculty research and teaching. Identify and select significant items from the library’s archival collections for digitization. Oversee the preparation of materials for digitization, including the creation of metadata and obtaining copyright permissions. Manage student and/or paraprofessional staff involved in digitization.