What does a digital archivist do?

  This post is a follow up to my previous one that described the overall landscape of current job ads for digital archivist positions (many of which are still open as of today). This post lists the range of duties and responsibilities that I’m seeing in these ads, half of which were posted by university libraries, …

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IMLS meeting, Libraries as Learning Spaces

On May 15th, I attended an IMLS meeting at San Francisco Public Library on “Libraries as Learning Spaces,” one of three stakeholder meetings devised to focus on broad themes and gather community feedback (the other two themes are digitization and STEM). There were around 60 people attending the meeting (in addition to a livestream audience). I …

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Wear Your LifeJacket to Work Day

Yes, it’s that time again! May 16, 2014 is “Wear Your LifeJacket to Work Day” [PDF]. Officially called “personal flotation devices” or PFDs for short, lifejackets are designed to keep your head out of water in case you end up in a river, lake, ocean, or anywhere there is a lot of water. The day is meant …

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Our upcoming meeting, Libraries and Research: Supporting Change/Changing Support

Those of us who work with institutions that are engaged with the OCLC Research Library Partnership are all abuzz about our upcoming meeting, Libraries and Research: Supporting Change/Changing Support. The meeting on 11-12 June (exclusively for OCLC Research Library Partners) will put a spotlight on how the evolving nature of academic research practices and scholarship places new …

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Researcher Identifiers

Researcher identifiers have been the focus of OCLC Research “Registering Researchers in Authority Files” Task Group since October 2012 (see my blog post soon after we started). We recently issued our draft Registering Researchers in Authority Files report for community review and feedback. One of the challenges in this work is that there are different …

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