- ACTA in the EU: We Can't Call it Dead Yet, http://bit.ly/Im1tr7
- Methods for Enabling Open Access Content (OCLC), http://bit.ly/IBm2nz
- Microsoft Buys Stake in Nook, College Textbook Business, http://bit.ly/J6jUzs
- Scout—A New Free Alert System for Government Information, http://bit.ly/JvHJBz
- OAPEN-UK in the ALISS Quarterly, http://bit.ly/IhHN5I
Archive for April, 2012
The Temple University Libraries are recruiting a Digital Projects Librarian.
Here's an excerpt from the ad (job number: TU-15230):
Working under the direction of the Head of Digital Library Initiatives, the Digital Projects Librarian manages a portfolio of digital library projects, providing the project management framework and technical know-how needed to complete projects successfully. S/he works in close collaboration with other librarians and archivists, metadata specialists, IT staff, scanning/digitization staff, external vendors, and partnering faculty.
Richard Luce, Vice Provost and Director of Libraries for Emory University, has been named Dean of the University of Oklahoma Libraries.
Here's an excerpt from the press release:
Rick Luce, a librarian upon whose expertise the National Science Foundation has drawn to serve on four Blue Ribbon panels, has been selected to serve as dean of the University of Oklahoma Libraries, pending approval by the OU Board of Regents at its May meeting. Luce currently is vice provost and director of libraries at Emory University and previously was director at Los Alamos National Laboratory. He will fill the position being vacated by longtime OU library dean Sul Lee, who last year announced his plans to retire, effective June 30, after serving as dean for more than 30 years.
In addition to serving as University Libraries dean, Luce will hold appointments as a professor, as the Peggy V. Helmerich Chair and as associate vice president for research, OU Norman campus.
The University of Notre Dame Hesburgh Libraries are recruiting a Sr. Systems Administrator.
Here's an excerpt from the ad:
This position provides systems administration and some programming support for the Hesburgh Libraries. The bulk of the work is systems administration, and procures and maintains the infrastructure required for the Libraries to provide services to faculty, staff, and students of the University. This position is also responsible for the installation and maintenance of core applications the library employs in order to provide content and services to the University academic community. This position administers a wide variety of commercially licensed and open source technologies and software stacks and is responsible for the configuration, management, function, availability, and security for those systems.
Neil Chue Hong has self-archived "Where Does It Go from Here? The Place of Software in Digital Repositories" in the Edinburgh Research Archive.
Here's an excerpt:
The open repositories community has made great strides in recent years in addressing interoperability, policy and providing the arguments for open access and sharing. One aspect of open research which has come to prominence is the importance of software as a fundamental part of reproducible research, which in turn raises issues around the preservation of software. In this short paper, I will describe some of the work that the Software Sustainability Institute (SSI) has been doing to address the structural and policy issues which currently present a barrier to the deposit and use of software in open repositories.
- Harvard vs. Yale: Open-Access Publishing Edition, http://bit.ly/IBa1ve
- The New Harvard Library Open Metadata Policy, http://hvrd.me/JKRPS0
- 3M Launches Library E-book and E-reader Program, http://bit.ly/If2pvo
- Cloud Storage: A Pricing and Feature Guide for Consumers, http://bit.ly/KkWlBs
- Talking Open Access: Interview with LARR Editor in Chief, Philip Oxhorn, http://bit.ly/IGBLMm
The University of Illinois at Chicago Library is recruiting a Senior Digital Library Applications Developer
Here's an excerpt from the ad:
With general supervision, support the Library's goal to provide quality resources and expertise to students, faculty and staff by designing information, research and storage systems. Acts as project manager in designing or modifying information systems. Reports to the Assistant University Librarian for Information Technology.
Know Your Limits: Considering the Role of Data Caps and Usage Based Billing in Internet Access ServicePosted in Digital Culture, Net Neutrality, Reports and White Papers on April 29th, 2012
Public Knowledge has released Know Your Limits: Considering the Role of Data Caps and Usage Based Billing in Internet Access Service by Andrew Odlyzko, Bill St. Arnaud, Erik Stallman; and Michael Weinberg.
Here's an excerpt:
Regardless of the motivation driving its implementation, usage-based pricing has the potential to significantly impact how networks are designed and used. This, in turn, impacts the innovation that relies on those networks. Before deciding if and when usage-based pricing is desirable, it is critical to fully understand the history of usage-based pricing, how it impacts markets, and both the benefits and harms that such a model can bring.
This paper aims to explain the basic issues surrounding usage-based versus flat-rate pricing. Section I examines the trend towards usage-based pricing in both the wired and wireless markets. Section II then considers the benefits and justifications for using usage-based pricing. This is followed in Section III by a review of the history and economics of flat rate pricing. Since broadband access is central to so many national and societal goals, the penultimate section—Section IV—discusses the problems that might be caused by usage-based pricing. Finally, we end with a series of conclusions and recommendations for responsible implementation of usage-based pricing.