Monday
Nov052018

Project ReShare Launches: Community-owned Library Resource Sharing Platform Attracts Significant Contributions

A group of leading library and information organizations has come together to create Project ReShare - a new and open approach to library resource sharing systems. ReShare aims to inject new life into this space by developing a community-owned resource sharing platform.

ReShare’s open source software will be built with a modular architecture focused on user-centric design. Organizations can adapt the system to their specific needs and experiment with new service models. Users will have the option to install the platform locally or select a preferred vendor for hosting and support. ReShare’s Apache 2.0 software license will allow libraries, developers, and vendors to innovate freely. Project ReShare is currently seeking membership in the Open Library Foundation, which will own the project’s intellectual property.

The greatest asset of Project ReShare is its robust community. Libraries, consortia, developers, vendors, and open information advocates are collaborating with a shared vision of strengthening the health of libraries’ resource sharing ecosystem. The community’s structure and governance minimizes barriers hindering innovation in current resource sharing solutions, and gives equal voice to all stakeholder groups.

Project ReShare’s Steering Committee includes representatives from Duke University Libraries, the Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA), Index Data, Ivy Plus Libraries, Knowledge Integration, the Mozilla Foundation, the National Széchényi Library (Hungary), North Carolina State University Libraries, Northwestern University Libraries, the Open Library Environment, the Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium, Inc. (PALCI), the Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN), the University of Chicago Library, the University of Houston, and the University of Pennsylvania.

Members of the community are contributing leadership, expertise, and resources to the ReShare project. PALCI is providing $100,000 to kickstart UX design and development. Index Data adds several staff to lead project planning and software development. Other partnering organizations are dedicating developer time, infrastructure support, and in-kind contributions. The Steering Committee will soon announce ways for other organizations to contribute toward ReShare’s vision.

To all involved, ReShare represents a unique opportunity to solve today’s problems and tomorrow’s challenges. “The only way libraries can address all our patrons’ information needs is through partnerships with each other,” says Jill Morris, Associate Director of PALCI and Project ReShare’s Steering Committee Chair. “This partnership is about re-imagining how we work together. ReShare opens up channels for strategic collaboration among libraries, across consortia, and with vendors and other organizations, which simply didn’t exist before.”

“A community-based, open platform for library resource sharing – and for deep collaboration around collections and discovery – has been the Holy Grail of interlibrary lending for well over a decade,” shares Joe Lucia, Dean of Libraries at Temple University and member of PALCI’s Board of Directors. “ReShare carries the promise of becoming that system, and of engaging the library community broadly, both in technical innovation and in opening up the wealth of our holdings to students and scholars in powerful ways.”

That enthusiasm is shared by Index Data co-founder Sebastian Hammer. “Resource sharing is central to the future of libraries, both in terms of managing access to print, and in new models for digital services. Project ReShare is bringing together a dream team of partners in a mutual commitment to open innovation and collaboration. We are thrilled to be a part of it.”

Work on Project ReShare is underway. The Steering Committee has outlined the functional requirements for ReShare’s software, and defined the community’s expectations and structure. Software development will continue through the next year with plans for implementation and the first round of testing in the fall of 2019.

For more information about Project Reshare, please contact Jill Morris, Project ReShare Steering Committee Chair at info@projectreshare.org.

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Media Contact: 
Jill Morris
Associate Director, PALCI

Sunday
Feb252018

Learn about Becoming a PA Digital Contributor on March 1st!

Are you or your institution interested in learning more about how to participate in the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA)? If so, please join us for our orientation session for the PA Digital, the DPLA service hub for Pennsylvania. Currently we have helped over 50 Pennsylvania institutions contribute over 240,000 pieces of content to the DPLA. We would love to help you become part of this growing effort.


We will review the basics for participation including an overview of the onboarding process. A current participating institution representative will be on hand to talk about their experience contributing data to PA Digital. The PA Digital Metadata Team and project managers will also be there to answer your questions.


PA Digital: A welcome and orientation session to the Pennsylvania DPLA hub.

Date: March 1, 2018

Time: 1:00pm-2:00pm

Please register for the webinar by clicking here.

Sunday
Feb252018

Position Opening -- Assistant Dean of the Library, University of Scranton

The University of Scranton is currently accepting applications for Assistant Dean of the Library. This is a full-time, nine month (Aug-Dec; Feb-May) professional position, which is responsible for overseeing Library services for Circulation; Interlibrary Loan; and Media Resources; and supporting Research & Instruction. The Assistant Dean directly supervises the work of 3 paraprofessional staff, works closely with Faculty Librarians, and is a part of the Library administrative planning team.

Regular hours are Mon-Fri, 8:00am-4:00pm, and the anticipated start date is August 6th, 2018.

For more details, please visit https://universityofscrantonjobs.com, and search “staff jobs” with the keyword “library”.

Sunday
Feb182018

EBSCO Solar Grants Announced - Deadline 4/30/2018

EBSCO Solar is a grant program that funds solar installations at libraries worldwide.  They provide three $100,000 grants to fund library solar projects. 

Applications will be accepted until April 30, 2018, with the winners announced online and at ALA-Annual on June 22nd.

Click the website linked HERE for more information and to apply. Interested libraries are encouraged to submit questions by March 16 to ebscosolar@ebsco.com.

Shine on!

 

Thursday
Feb152018

Position Opening - Vice Provost & Director of Libraries, University of Pennsylvania

The University of Pennsylvania seeks nominations for and expressions of interest in the position of Vice Provost and Director of Libraries. The full announcement is located here: https://upenn.box.com/s/qrakz368fcrkmnb3uwvtewquv3bpilz2

Tuesday
Feb132018

Position Opening - Head Arts, Humanities & Media, Temple University

Temple University Libraries seeks candidate for the position of Head Arts, Humanities & Media to lead a subject specialist librarians unit in the exploring, planning, delivering, assessing and continuous refinement of forward-looking services.
 
Successful candidate will:
  • Seek out teaching and research partnerships in support of students and faculty in the arts and humanities in a rapidly evolving university environment.
  • Providesleadership, vision and initiative for embedding unit members in the discipline specific programs of the university.
  • Foster an environment that promotes exploration and implementation of new approaches to reference, research, instruction, and outreach services that support creative practice, scholarly communication, digital scholarship, and working with data that is unique to the arts and humanities.
  • Guides development of unit members by identifying priorities in light of evolving information technologies, professional practice, library-wide strategic initiatives and University academic programs. Monitors, supervises, and evaluates unit members.
  • Coordinates with Collections Unit Leader to ensure development of collections in the arts and humanities.
  • Contributes to the formulation of Libraries-wide policies and procedures and to the definition of goals and priorities.

The full description is available here: https://temple.taleo.net/careersection/tu_ex_staff/jobdetail.ftl?job=18000080&tz=GMT-05%3A00