Thursday, September 30, 2010

Why Should Academics Blog?

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Monday, September 27, 2010

iPad and Archaeology

The Apple site has an interesting overview of how the iPad cane be used for fieldwork at Pompeii. Are there other examples?

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Friday, September 24, 2010

Ancient Rome and Google Street View

The BBC has a short video on Google Street View and ancient Rome (click here).
Google's Street View programme, which takes photographs of public roads and puts them online as a navigation tool, has an ambitious new project, to capture the archaeological sites of Rome.
A team has already photographed the Colosseum with their hi-tech camera system and are now working on the Roman Forum.

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Yale seeking a Classics Librarian

Classics Librarian
Classics Library
Yale University
Phelps Hall, 344 College St
New Haven, CT
Rank:  Librarian I-III

Schedule:  Full-time (37.5 hours); Standard Work Week (M-F, 8:30-5:00)

The University and The Library
The Yale University Library, as one of the world's leading research libraries, collects, organizes, preserves, and provides access to and services for a rich and unique record of human thought and creativity. It fosters intellectual growth and is a highly valued partner in the teaching and research missions of Yale University and scholarly communities worldwide. A distinctive strength is its rich spectrum of resources, including more than 12.5 million volumes and information in all media, ranging from ancient papyri to early printed books to electronic databases. The Library is engaged in numerous digital initiatives designed to provide access to a full array of scholarly information. Housed in the Sterling Memorial Library and twenty school and departmental libraries, it employs a dynamic, diverse, and innovative staff of over 500 who have the opportunity to work with the highest caliber of faculty and students, participate on committees, and are involved in other areas of staff development.  For additional information on the Yale University Library, please visit the Library's web site at

The Classics Library

The Classics Library, located adjacent to the Department of Classics, serves the research and instructional needs of the Department’s faculty and students, as well as the entire Yale community. For more information, please visit online at

Position Desc-ription
Reporting to the Director of the Arts Library, and in concert with Sterling Memorial Library’s Classics subject specialists, the Classics Librarian provides leadership for building print-based and online collections, provision of on-site library services, and library research education in support of the Classics Department’s academic program. Instills the highest service standards and administers the department's resources to provide excellent services. Fosters a creative, collaborative, and team-oriented work-environment; and facilitates communication and coordination among other units of the Library. The Classics Librarian plays a lead role in maintaining the Classics Library's web pages, facilitating design, and content planning. Working collaboratively with Library and systems staff, the Classics Librarian initiates new projects and explores innovative technologies to improve services as appropriate. Contributes expertise to improve coordination of service procedures, and understanding of reader expectations.

Plans, monitors and evaluates services of the Classics Library including: information services, document & Library Shelving Facility materials delivery, interlibrary loan, electronic and print course reserves, stacks maintenance, security and facilities maintenance, annual inventory, and the Classics Library web site.  Supervises and coaches 5-8 student assistants; establishes, monitors and incorporates performance indicators to assess and improve the quality of services provided to the department; and participates in general planning for future programs and services of the Classics Library.  Provides general oversight of the Classics Library web site including: facilitating design and content planning in coordination with other librarians and Yale Classics Library constituencies; routine maintenance; and coordinating with the Library Access Integration Services (LAIS) Dept. for web technology support and implementation of centrally developed standards.  Works with vendors or other on-campus units that support Library operations, such as photocopying, print management, facilities maintenance, and security.  Participates in the delivery of Classics reference and research education services.

Contributes to the development of system-wide policies and procedures, and continues to be professionally active both at Yale and in the field.  May participate in and contribute to library long-term planning and is professionally active in library, scholarly, and/or academic organizations. Represents the Library and the University in the academic and professional community by serving on various committees and task forces.  May be required to assist with disaster recovery efforts.  May be assigned to work at West Campus location in West Haven, CT.

Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program for library and information science and advanced degree in classics or related disciplines; or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and education. Appointment to the rank of Librarian II requires a minimum of two years of professional experience and demonstrated professional accomplishments appropriate to the rank, as well as ongoing engagement in professional development, research, or services. Appointment to the Librarian III rank requires at least five years of professional experience and demonstrated professional accomplishments appropriate to the rank. 

Experience and success in supervising and leading in a unionized and diverse staff team environment.  Excellent analytical, organizational, management, customer service, oral and written communications, and interpersonal skills.  Experience with web design and development and electronic information resources.  Ability to effectively build partnerships and promote the benefits of change in an academic culture that often values ambiguity, diversity of opinion, and historic precedent.  Ability to work both independently and collegially in a demanding and rapidly changing environment and to effectively build partnerships and promote benefits of changes. 

Preferred: Demonstrated ability with HTML and XML; reading knowledge of two or more Western European languages.

Salary and Benefits
We invite you to discover the excitement, diversity, rewards and excellence of a career at Yale University. One of the country's great workplaces, Yale University offers exciting opportunities for meaningful accomplishment and true growth. Our benefits package is among the best anywhere, with a wide variety of insurance choices, liberal paid time off, fantastic family and educational benefits, a variety of retirement benefits, extensive recreational facilities, and much more.  Applications consisting of a cover letter, resume, and the names of three professional references should be sent by creating an account and applying online at for immediate consideration - the STARS req ID for this position is 11002BR.  Please be sure to reference #11002BR in your cover letterReview of applications will begin immediately and continue until position is filled.

Background Check Requirements
All external candidates for employment will be subject to pre-employment background screening for this position, which may include motor vehicle and credit checks based on the position desc-ription and job requirements. All offers are contingent on successful completion of a background check. Please visit for additional information on the background check requirements and process.

Yale University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.  Yale values diversity in its faculty, staff, and students and strongly encourages applications from women and members of underrepresented minority groups.

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Thursday, September 2, 2010

Consideration of a Memorandum of Understanding with Greece (the Hellenic Republic)

Help Preserve Archaeology in Greece: Join the AIA in writing to the Cultural Property Advisory Committee (CPAC)
August 30, 2010

On October 12, 2010, the State Department's Cultural Property Advisory Committee (CPAC) will consider establishing a Memorandum of Understanding with Greece (the Hellenic Republic) by which the United States would help preserve the country's rich archaeological heritage. CPAC has called for written comments and it is extremely important that archaeologists, students and the general public send in letters showing their support. The deadline for submitting a letter is September 22, 2010 so please act quickly! This page gives you information about CPAC, lets you download templates for letters, and gives a few suggestions for further reading.

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