Archive for January, 2011

"The Impact of the Supreme Court’s Decision in Costco v. Omega on Libraries"

Posted in Copyright, Libraries, Research Libraries on January 31st, 2011

The Library Copyright Alliance has released "The Impact of the Supreme Court's Decision in Costco v. Omega on Libraries."

Here's an excerpt:

On December 13, 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Costco v. Omega in a manner that eliminated none of the uncertainty caused by the lower court's ruling in that case. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit had ruled that the copyright law's "first sale doctrine" did not apply to copies manufactured abroad. This ruling cast doubt on a library's ability to circulate books and other materials manufactured outside of the United States. In a 4 to 4 vote, the Supreme Court affirmed the lower court's judgment "by an equally divided Court." This means that the Ninth Circuit's ruling stands within the Ninth Circuit, but is not a binding precedent on courts in the rest of the country. Libraries must now decide whether to change their purchasing and lending practices in light of the Supreme Court's decision. This memorandum suggests that a combination of defenses, including section 602(a)(3)(C) of the Copyright Act, the Ninth Circuit's Drug Emporium exception, implied license, and fair use, allow libraries throughout the country to continue their existing purchasing and circulation practices with a fair degree of confidence that they will not infringe copyright by doing so.

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    Librarian (Digital Projects) at National Agricultural Library

    Posted in Digital Library Jobs on January 31st, 2011

    The National Agricultural Library is recruiting a Librarian (Digital Projects). Note: "This is a term appointment not to exceed 13 months. Position may be extended up to a maximum total appointment time of 4 years."

    Here's an excerpt from the ad:

    You will participate in the planning, development, implementation and maintenance of core digital initiatives. Duties include but are not limited to the following:

    • Create and/or add meta-data, classification, and search capabilities;
    • Recommend enhancements to NAL’s web presence;
    • Seek creative solutions to leverage current technologies to integrate content and realize improvements in information management, such as Web 2.0, RSS feeds, wikis, and blogs;
    • Initiate the development of electronic library information tools and services for information delivery, such as Zotero, EndNotes, and RefWorks;
    • Collaborate with task forces and groups of diverse national and international members to forge information-sharing partnerships, enhance digital collections, and further database or other digital development initiatives; and
    • Provide formal and informal training and support in web-based and traditional formats to staff and customers to facilitate effective use of digital content and technologies.

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      Twitter Updates for February 1, 2011

      Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on January 31st, 2011

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        Systems Librarian at University of British Columbia

        Posted in Library IT Jobs on January 31st, 2011

        The University of British Columbia Library is recruiting a Systems Librarian.

        Here's an excerpt from the ad:

        We are seeking an innovative, experienced and professional librarian to contribute to the development and delivery for Library-wide information services and resources, in support of the university’s teaching and research programs. Key responsibilities will include: managing and coordinating independently or as part of a team, the Library's integrated library system (ILS), currently, Ex Libris/Voyager, and the Library's suite of utilities and applications supporting the ILS; involvement in the development, integration, customization, and maintenance of the Library's online infrastructure in relation to the ILS; liaising with Library Systems, Technical Services, Finance, and other Library staff regarding ILS services, electronic resource management, metadata, digitization and other initiatives; preparing systems-related documentation and supporting the production of statistical reports. This position will participate in the planning and implementation of relevant services, policies, and procedures and will also coordinate and supervises staff, services and special projects as required.

        This position will report to the Associate University Librarian, Library Systems & Information Technology and works collaboratively with colleagues in the Library, UBC, and beyond.

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          Scholarly Electronic Publishing Weblog (January 31, 2011)

          Posted in Bibliographies, Digital Scholarship Publications, Scholarly Communication on January 31st, 2011

          The latest update of the Scholarly Electronic Publishing Weblog (SEPW) is now available. It provides information about new works related to scholarly electronic publishing, such as books, e-prints, journal articles, magazine articles, technical reports, and white papers.

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            Twitter Updates for 1/31/11

            Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on January 30th, 2011

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              Digital Content Specialist at University of Bridgeport

              Posted in Digital Library Jobs on January 30th, 2011

              The University of Bridgeport is recruiting a Digital Content Specialist.

              Here's an excerpt from the ad:

              Reporting to the AVP Information Technology and CIO, the Digital Content Specialist supports initiates to create, disseminate, and archive electronic content across University enterprise platforms. These include: the ExLibris suite of library systems; Equella institutional repository; web; and Datatel sharepoint portal. The incumbent works closely with content managers across the University in academic and administrative departments to develop standards and policies; maintain metadata thesauri: maintain library web and portal presence; handle synchronous learning content; manage intellectual property and permissions; trouble shoot technical problems; and support content management system user groups. The Digital Content Specialist participates fully in developing the strategic direction of the University in managing digital content, and is responsible for researching emerging developments. He/she maintains relationships with the vendor community.

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                RePEc (Research Papers in Economics) Now Indexes One Million Documents

                Posted in Disciplinary Archives on January 30th, 2011

                RePEc (Research Papers in Economics) now has now indexed one million documents.

                Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                RePEc has reached over the last week-end a historic mark: one million works in Economics and neighboring sciences are now indexed, of which 87.5% are available for download. The bibliographic database is comprised by 59.2% of journal articles, 38.5% of working papers, 1.3% of book chapters, 0.8% of books, and 0.2% of software components. All this material has been indexed by volunteers maintaining close to 1300 archives.

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