Archive for January, 2012

Digital Preservation: The Digital Dilemma 2: Perspectives from Independent Filmmakers, Documentarians and Nonprofit Audiovisual Archives

Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Reports and White Papers on January 29th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has released The Digital Dilemma 2: Perspectives from Independent Filmmakers, Documentarians and Nonprofit Audiovisual Archives (registration required).

The Academy’s first report, The Digital Dilemma: Strategic Issues in Archiving and Accessing Digital Motion Picture Materials (registration required), is also available.

| Digital Curation and Preservation Bibliography 2010 | Digital Scholarship |

Systems Librarian at Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries

Posted in Library IT Jobs on January 29th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries are recruiting a Systems Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to the Integrated Systems Librarian in the Library Information Systems Department, the Systems Librarian will advance enterprise library applications through maintenance, customization, and professional vision. The successful candidate will work closely with team members, the Library Information Systems Department, library staff, professional colleagues, and vendors to deliver online services to the VCU community. The Systems Librarian will also provide systems administration support in both a local LAMP and an external cloud environment. He or she is responsible for exploring new technologies and identifying opportunities for their effective application, including the potential integration with other university and library systems. . . .

Although experience in certain areas is desirable, this is an entry-level position in which candidates who demonstrate excellent promise and a passion for developing superior academic library systems will be given the most serious consideration.

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Open Access: We the People Petition to Oppose the Research Works Act

Posted in Legislation and Government Regulation, Open Access, Self-Archiving on January 29th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

A petition for the Obama administration to oppose the Research Works Act (H.R. 3699) is up at the White House's We the People website.

Here's an excerpt:

HR 3699, the Research Works Act will be detrimental to the free flow of scientific information that was created using Federal funds. It is an attempt to put federally funded scientific information behind pay-walls, and confer the ownership of the information to a private entity. This is an affront to open government and open access to information created using public funds.

| Transforming Scholarly Publishing through Open Access: A Bibliography | Digital Scholarship |

Technical Architect for Library Content Discovery and Delivery—Library Acquisitions at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library

Posted in Library IT Jobs on January 26th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library is recruiting a Technical Architect for Library Content Discovery and Delivery—Library Acquisitions.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to the Head of Acquisitions, the Technical Architect for Library Content Discovery and Delivery will collaborate with members of Library Information Technology, Content Access Management, Acquisitions, and Electronic Resource Support to plan and implement critical technology integration solutions between units that create the digital content and those that acquire, license, purchase, and provide for standardized access to it. He or she will participate in the technical and policy work necessary to bridge the gap between the infrastructure pieces and the public service and research components of online material access and use, and will provide technical mentoring to staff and assist in training and supervising the work of staff involved in e-resource management.

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Digital Preservation: Report on Decision Factors and Their Influence on Planning

Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Reports and White Papers on January 26th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Scalable Preservation Environments project has released the Report on Decision Factors and Their Influence on Planning.

Here's an excerpt:

This report sheds light on the actual decision criteria and influence factors to be considered when choosing digital preservation actions. It is based on an extensive evaluation of case studies on preservation planning for a range of different types of objects with partners from different institutional backgrounds. We analyse objective trees from a number of real-world decision making instances and classify the objectives and decision criteria. We analyse the measurability and required information for decision criteria, and the objectives and decision factors contained in objective trees. We further discuss the mapping of different quality models and map decision criteria to standardised models for decision factors in the areas of software quality, format assessment, and object properties.

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Manager Software & Systems Engineering, Online Library Environment at University of Virginia Library

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on January 26th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of Virginia Library is recruiting a Manager Software & Systems Engineering, Online Library Environment.

Here's an excerpt from the ad (posting number: 0609299):

The Manager of Software and Systems Engineering is responsible for leading the design and implementation for the Library's priorities for access, retrieval, and use of digital content within the Online Library Environment. The position works closely with Library directors, selectors, and other stakeholders to assure a high level of coordination/communication regarding these efforts and to ensure work is aligned with Library priorities and policies. The Manager of Software and Systems Engineering manages a team of engineers and leads project teams in digital library development.

| Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography, Version 80 | Digital Scholarship |

Ten Library, Publishing, and Advocacy Organizations Oppose the Research Works Act in Letter

Posted in Legislation and Government Regulation, Open Access, Self-Archiving on January 26th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Ten library, publishing, and advocacy organizations have opposed the Research Works Act in a letter sent to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Here's an excerpt:

We fully respect copyright law and the protection it affords content creators, owners, and users. The NIH Public Access Policy operates fully within current U.S. Copyright law as articles reporting on NIH funded research are copyrightable, and the copyright belongs to the author. The NIH Policy requires only the grant of a non-exclusive license to NIH, fully consistent with federal policies such as Circular A-110 and Circular A-102. The author is free to transfer some or all of the exclusive rights under copyright to a journal publisher or to assign these anywhere they so choose—a freedom crucial to the authors of scientific articles, who rightly want to determine where and how their work is distributed.

Under H.R. 3699, authors of articles reporting on federally funded research would face a new restriction. The proposed bill requires authors to seek the permission of a publisher before their work can be distributed through an online, networked government channel such as NIH’s PubMed Central, even if they themselves—as the author of the work and the relevant rights holder—have already consented to do so, potentially limiting the authors ability to distribute their work as widely as they may wish.

| Transforming Scholarly Publishing through Open Access: A Bibliography | Digital Scholarship |

Current News: Twitter Updates for 1/25/12

Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on January 25th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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Digital Assets Librarian at Morton Arboretum Library

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on January 25th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Morton Arboretum Library is recruiting a Digital Assets Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Digital Assets Librarian is responsible for the day-to-day management of The Morton Arboretum's digital resources across the organization. The Librarian will be responsible for the production and organization of a growing collection of digital resources serving visitors, staff, and the education and scientific communities and will assist in the organization and curation of the Arboretum's archives. . . . This position is funded in whole or in part by grant or other restricted funding and is expected to conclude by September 2014.

| E-science and Academic Libraries Bibliography | Digital Scholarship |

Survey on Open Access in FP7

Posted in Open Access, Reports and White Papers on January 25th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The European Commission has released Survey on Open Access in FP7

Here's an excerpt:

In May 2011, the Commission identified the 811 projects designated at the time with Special Clause 39 in their grant agreement and sent a questionnaire to all project coordinators in order to collect feedback on experiences of both the implementation of the pilot and the reimbursement of open access publishing costs. The objective was to provide input for the future of the open access policy and practices in Horizon 2020, which is the future EU framework programme for research and innovation, and for the preparation of a communication from the Commission and a recommendation to Member States on scientific publications in the digital age.

The online questionnaire was open between 29 June and 26 August 2011 and enabled the collection of a total of 194 responses (success rate: 24 %). Many respondents used the possibility to answer ‘no opinion’ to some questions, but this constitutes valuable information. The final report was prepared in October/November 2011. Annexes include tables of statistical results in each FP7 research area.

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Information Technology Specialist (Automation Specialist) at Library of Congress

Posted in Library IT Jobs on January 25th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Library of Congress is recruiting an Information Technology Specialist (Automation Specialist) .

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Automation Specialist supports the development and operation of automated activities of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS). The incumbent works under the direction of the NLS Automation Officer to ensure that the NLS IT infrastructure is appropriate to allow NLS staff to fulfill their mission now and in the future. The incumbent is responsible for the oversight of the READS integrated library management software.

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Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries

Posted in Copyright on January 25th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Association of Research Libraries, the Center for Social Media at the School of Communication of American University, and the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property at the Washington College of Law of American University have released the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries.

Here's an excerpt:

This is a code of best practices in fair use devised specifically by and for the academic and research library community. It enhances the ability of librarians to rely on fair use by documenting the considered views of the library community about best practices in fair use, drawn from the actual practices and experience of the library community itself.

It identifies eight situations that represent the library community's current consensus about acceptable practices for the fair use of copyrighted materials and describes a carefully derived consensus within the library community about how those rights should apply in certain recurrent situations.

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