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Reminder: GLAM Cafe and Philly DH Meeting at the Paley Library Temple University Tuesday, August 11

The next meeting of GLAM Cafe and PhillyDH will take place at the brand new Temple University Digital Scholarship Center on the ground floor of Paley Library! The GLAM Cafe begins at 5 with the PhillyDH meeting starting at about 6. We will likely discuss issues related to THATCamp Philly.

Directions to Paley, just a short subway ride from center city or from the Temple regional rail stop.
http://library.temple.edu/about/locations/paley/directions


Upcoming Event: Workshop on the Music Encoding Initiative at the Kislak Center, Monday, July 20 and Tuesday, July 21

There will be a workshop by Dr. Laurent Pugin, co-director, Répertoire International des Sources Musicales, Switzerland next week, Monday morning and Tuesday afternoon, on the MEI (Music Encoding Initiative). The workshop is open to anyone interested in learning more about MEI. Please see full details below.

Title: The Music Encoding Initiative and Its Recent Developments

Organization: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts at the University of Pennsylvania

Time: Monday, July 20, from 10:00am to 12:00pm, and Tuesday, July 21, from 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Location: Vitale Media Lab 2, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts — Van Pelt Library, 3420 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6206

Description:

The Music Encoding Initiative is the correspondent to the Text Encoding Initiative. MEI, like TEI, is an umbrella term to simultaneously describe an organization, a research community, and a markup language. It brings together specialists from various research communities, including technologists, librarians, music historians and theorists, in a common effort to discuss and define best practices for representing a broad range of musical documents and structures. It is the standard now officially accepted for score submissions to the Library of Congress.

The first part of the workshop (7/20) will be devoted to the history of MEI and its design principles. Some issues that will be covered include: what is MEI’s standing within the landscape of digital humanities scholarship? What purposes can it serve? What is its role in defining how music documents should be represented? This part will also include discussions on how MEI is currently used and how is it evolving in the light of various projects that rely on it.

The second part of the workshop (7/21) is optional and will focus on applications, including a hands-on practice. One of these applications is Verovio, a fast, portable and lightweight library for engraving MEI music scores into SVG, developed by Dr. Pugin. This part will also be an opportunity to address participant-specific issues.


Nominations for C. Herbert Finch Award for Online Publications

 

The C. Herbert Finch Online Publication Award was established to honor the memory of C. Herbert Finch, former Assistant Director of Cornell University Libraries, who died on April 27, 2005.

The Finding Aids Award Committee will award a prize honoring online publications, including virtual exhibitions, web sites and web pages devoted to the promotion and use of archival materials, created by individuals or institutions in the MARAC region: the District of Columbia, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.

Call for Submissions
The Finding Aids Award Committee will accept submissions or nominations for the C. Herbert Finch Award. An online publication that is primarily a finding aid is not eligible for the Finch Award but may be nominated for the Finding Aids Award. To be eligible for the Finch Award, an online publication must have a stable internet address and must have been published between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015.

The committee encourages the submission of entries that use a variety of media. Submissions are judged on content, navigability, usability, functionality, and site design. One award will be given with a maximum value of $250.00. The 2015 award will be announced at the MARAC Fall 2015 conference.

Submission Deadline 
Entries must be received by July 31, 2015. Please e-mail URLs for each submission with a letter of nomination to the Senior Co-Chair of the Finding Aids Award Committee:Maureen Callahan maureen.callahan@yale.edu

 


Reminder: GLAM Cafe and Philly DH Meeting at the Paley Library Temple University Tuesday, July 14

The next meeting of GLAM Cafe and PhillyDH will take place at the brand new Temple University Digital Scholarship Center on the ground floor of Paley Library! The GLAM Cafe begins at 5 with the PhillyDH meeting starting at about 6. We will likely discuss fund raising and other issues related to THATCamp Philly. The past few meetings has also had a group working on the phillydh website, discussing where we want phillydh to do, and breaking off into their own projects.

This GLAM Cafe is the first event in the Digital Scholarship Center and Matt Shoemaker will give a brief tour and explanation of what Temple is doing for those in attendance who are interested.

Directions to Paley, just a short subway ride from center city or from the Temple regional rail stop.
http://library.temple.edu/about/locations/paley/directions

Our thanks to the Library Company of Philadelphia for hosting GLAM Cafe and PhillyDH in April, May, and June.


Study Group: Algorithms in Programming

Molly Des Jardin is convening a study group at the University of Pennsylvania library dedicated to learning algorithms in programming. The group is using a really accessible text with some exercises at the end of each chapter. It will be starting by discussing and doing exercises from the first chapter on Wednesday, July 15. The plan, since everyone in the group has some Python experience, is to work on implementing the solutions in Python to give a concrete example of how it would work in practice.

The group meets every Wednesday from 1:30-3 pm in 623 Van Pelt (Vitale II). We are quite small right now and welcome everyone. Some basic programming experience is recommended but not required to understand the material in theory.

If you are interested in participating and wish to get copies of the material, contact Molly at the Penn Library.


Grant Opportunity from the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance for Small Cultural Organizations — Information Session on Thursday, July 16

On Thursday, July 16 from 2 pm – 3 pm the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance will hold an information session for people interested in the TechniCulture Innovation Reidency Award.

The award will allow three cultural organizations to participate in micro-residencies with experienced technologists, who will help them assess and focus their immediate digital needs to most effectively serve their mission. The goal of the residencies, valued at $2,000 each, is for each organization to emerge with a clear understanding of what type of digital project or application is best suited for them at this time.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/techniculture-innovation-residency-award-information-session-tickets-17360270035?


Job Opportunity: Library Applications and Operations Developer for the Tri-College Library Consortiumat Swarthmore

The Tri-College Library Consortium (comprised of Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and Swarthmore Colleges) seeks an enthusiastic, innovative, and inquisitive Library Applications & Operations Developer to join our team and help move the Tri-Co Libraries forward as a leading academic library consortium.

Reporting to the Tri-College Library Technology Coordinator and based out of Swarthmore College, the Library Applications & Operations Developer works in a team-oriented environment to develop the applications and systems operation of the Tri-College Library Consortium, with the aim of connecting users to library content and extending and enhancing library services.

S/he designs, implements, administers, tests, and documents features and functionality for LAMP applications, chiefly the catalog discovery service, to facilitate access to library resources and to support consortial staff initiatives. S/he manages the configuration of Apache HTTP Servers, virtual servers, and library application development environments. S/he optimizes production environments, administers version control software and workflows, and documents deployment procedures. S/he develops, optimizes, and coordinates lifecycle development processes and strategies for redundancy, fail-over, and optimal caching. S/he provides technical leadership by helping guide the Consortium on technical solutions, efficiencies, new tools, languages, development environments, and deployment paradigms.

The full job posting and application details can be found at http://www.candidatemanager.net/cm/Micro/JobDetails.aspx?&mid=YEVUU&sid=GTGTF&jid=UUDFBW&site=Swarthmore

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Job Opportunity: Senior Digital Library Applications Developer at Temple University Library

Temple University Libraries’ software development team is growing! With engaging and exciting projects currently in development and on the horizon, this is an opportunity to work as part of a dynamic team on Open Source projects like Hydra, Fedora Commons, and Blacklight. We seek a creative and innovative individual to fill the position of Senior Digital Library Applications Developer, to work on a range of collaborative projects supporting digital collection search and discovery, repository services, e-journal publishing, and helping grow our participation in the budding Pennsylvania DPLA Hub. Temple University is a vibrant, urban research university with over 1,700 full-time faculty and a student body of 36,000 that is among the most diverse in the nation. For more information about Temple and Philadelphia, visit http://www.temple.edu/about/.
This position may telecommute up to 80% time.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

Reporting to the Head of Digital Library Initiatives and working in close collaboration with other developers and colleagues, the Senior Developer develops and maintains the technological infrastructure for digital library projects, which includes preserving and delivering large collections of digital objects with the Hydra repository framework, and supporting digital scholarship and digital publishing initiatives, with platforms like Omeka and OJS. The Senior Developer takes a substantial role in coordinating the development of the digital library architecture as a whole, and thinks strategically about IT infrastructure and software platform choices. Takes a significant leadership role in overall management of projects. Gathers requirements and develops specifications, architects, implements, tests, and deploys projects. When appropriate, contributes the code generated to the open source community. Maintains awareness of developments in the realm of digital library software and infrastructure. May supervise junior programmers (part-time student employees or full-time staff). Performs other related duties as assigned.

Required Education and Experience:

BS in Computer Science or related field and 3 years of relevant experience. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.

Required Skills and Abilities:

* Demonstrated experience with application development in at least one major programming language like Ruby on Rails, PHP, or Java.
* Demonstrated experience with web-based development and software integration, for instance using REST APIs, and JSON or XML for data interoperability.
* Demonstrated experience with Unix/Linux, including basic administration, shell scripting, working with protocols like NFS and CIFS, and basic data storage management, and authentication and authorization technologies, including LDAP.
* Demonstrated ability to perform effective code testing.
* Strong organizational skills and demonstrated ability to manage projects.
* Strong interpersonal skills, demonstrated ability to work in a collaborative team-based environment, and to communicate well with IT and non-IT staff.
* Demonstrated ability to write clear documentation.

Preferred Skills and Abilities:

* Experience with a repository system, such as Hydra, a CMS like Drupal or an exhibit curation system like Omeka.
* Familiarity with digital library standards, such as Dublin Core, MARC, METS, EAD, and OAI-PMH.
* Experience working with Open Source software; experience with version control, test-driven development, and continuous integration techniques.
* Experience managing junior programmers (full-time staff or student workers).
* Experience working in an Agile project management environment.
* Experience with software development in an academic library or higher education setting.

Compensation:

Competitive salary and benefits package.

To apply:

To apply for this position, please visit http://www.temple.edu/hr/departments/employment/jobs_within.htm, click on “Non-Employees Only,” and search for job number TU-19291. For full consideration, please submit your completed electronic application, along with a cover letter and resume. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Temple University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer with a strong commitment to cultural diversity.


Job Opportunity: Academic Information Technology and Support Technician, Temple University Library

Academic Information Technology and Support Technician, Digital Scholarship Center

Summary:

The Temple University Libraries are seeking a creative and energetic individual to fill the position of Academic Information Technology and Support Technician. This position is an opportunity to engage with the digital humanities, digital scholarship and open source software and hardware communities. Temple’s federated library system serves an urban research university with over 1,800 full-time faculty and a student body of 36,000 that is among the most diverse in the nation. For more information about Temple and Philadelphia, visit http://www.temple.edu.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

The Academic Information Technology and Support Technician , reporting to the Librarian/Coordinator of Digital Scholarship Service Development, is a customer service minded Linux systems administrator. This position is critical to the delivery of essential applications and services for Temple University Libraries’ newly created Digital Scholarship Center (DSC). The AITST is expected to keep abreast of new and developing technologies, track ongoing trends in digital scholarship, and communicate recommendations to the Temple University community. The incumbent researches, recommends, tests and subsequently implements innovative, open source software applications that are well suited for digital scholarship activities. The AITST assists in setting priorities and timelines for these projects, and then defines and implements strategy for the projects he/she manages. They assist patrons with the migration and transformation of complex data sets, both large and small. The AITST is expected to train other library staff as well as DSC patrons on how these cutting-edge applications can be applied within a specific discipline or field of study, as well as engage patrons and maintain software that is regularly updated via the open source community. Performs related duties as assigned.

Essential Functions:

Install, upgrade, manage, and troubleshoot hardware, software, and other types of equipment that constitute the DSC server environment
Keep abreast of new and developing technologies, track ongoing trends in digital scholarship, and communicate recommendations to the Temple University community
Assist in setting priorities and timelines for these projects, and then defines and implements strategy for the projects he/she manages
Clearly and accurately report on projects on a consistent basis
Test and evaluate new software applications, hardware, and other types of equipment for use in the DSC
Train patrons, DSC and other library staff in the use of software, hardware and equipment for digital scholarship use
Provide support for software, hardware and other equipment specially designated for a DSC
Supervise student workers who assist in supporting software, hardware and other equipment in the DSC
Assist in the migration and transformation of large and small data sets for DSC, library staff and patrons
Maintain a presence in and knowledge of the open source community for relevant open source software and hardware used in the DSC
· Provide occasional after-hours support for upgrades or to respond to technical issues

Required Education and Experience:

Bachelors in Computer Science or a related field and 2 years of experience working in an academic environment. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.

Required Skills and Abilities:

· System administration skills in Linux/Apache/MySQL/PHP environments
· Demonstrated familiarity with Mac and Windows operating systems
· Demonstrated understanding of the open source community, how to communicate with it, and how to work with and maintain installations of open source software
· Strong communication skills
· Excellent interpersonal skills; ability to work with and train individuals and small groups on use of software applications
· Ability to manage one’s time and organize small-scale projects
· Ability to work well in teams
· Ability to provide occasional after-hours support for upgrades or to respond to technical issues

Preferred Skills and Abilities:

· Familiarity with software used in a variety of digital scholarship areas
· Awareness of data management and data transformation issues
· Understanding of and ability to work with and troubleshoot a local area network with a variety of devices.
Compensation:

Competitive salary and benefits package.

To apply:

To apply for this position, please visit www.temple.edu, click on Careers at Temple, and reference TU-19298. For full consideration, please submit your completed electronic application, along with a cover letter and resume. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Temple University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer with a strong commitment to cultural diversity.


Job Opportunity: Consultant for Amish Studies Research Portal

The Hess Archives and Young Center for Anabaptist Studies at Elizabethtown College in Elizabethtown, PA (Lancaster County) is currently seeking the names of individuals who may be interested in serving as a paid, technical consultant in 2016. The College is applying for an NEH Humanities Collections and Reference Resources Foundations Grant, and if the grant is awarded, the consultant would help the planning team determine the technical requirements of an Amish Studies research portal. The portal will include a variety of formats, including photographs, periodicals, demographic data, and finding aids. The consultant would not be responsible for building the full site, but may be asked to assist with pilot testing.

Another component of the grant application is research on the ethical implications of documenting a group, the Amish, who selectively use technology. The technical consultant would have more limited involvement in that specific aspect of the grant but would hopefully be someone interested in this aspect.

If interested in serving as a paid, consultant on this grant, please send a message to Rachel Grove Rohrbaugh (grover@etown.edu), and include a copy of your résumé/C.V. as well as an estimate of your hourly/daily consulting fees. If the grant is awarded, the time commitment would begin in May 2016 and would require a few hours a month for several months.


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