a. John Ober Appointed to Open Archives Initiative Steering Committee

John Ober (CDL Director for Education and Strategic Innovation) has been named to the steering committee of the Open Archives Initiative (OAI).  The OAI was originally sponsored by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), the Digital Library Federation, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, the Association of Research Libraries, and the Research Library of the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Its focus began on the interoperation of “e-print archives” (collections of electronic journal articles and preprints), defining an approach known as metadata harvesting. In this approach, there are data providers and service providers.  Data providers (such as individual e-print archives) support a simple harvesting protocol and provide extracts of metadata in a common, minimal-level format in response to requests from service providers.  Service providers use extracted metadata to build higher level, user-oriented services, such as catalogs and portals to materials distributed across multiple e-print sites.  There is considerable interest in extending the OAI concepts beyond their initial context in order to support metadata harvesting for a wider range of digital resources of academic and scholarly interest.

A press release and more information are available at www.openarchives.org.

b. Bob Brandriff Leaving the CDL

Bob Brandriff has accepted a position in the UCOP Information Resources & Communications department.  Bob has been a mainstay of library automation at UC for over 20 years; his contributions are countless.  He will be missed greatly.

Bob will continue to work 80% time for CDL-T through November 2000; primarily documenting and explaining the systems he has been responsible for, as well as helping with the RFP evaluation.

Several CDL positions are currently being recruited; the recruitment for Bob’s replacement will begin shortly.

For job vacancies please see: http://www.ucop.edu/humres/jobbull.html.