Archive for April, 2012

Senior Web Development and User Experience Technician at Queen’s University Library

Posted in Library IT Jobs on April 18th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Queen's University Library is recruiting a Senior Web Development and User Experience Technician.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Within the framework of established policies, regulations and procedures, in consultation with the Systems Coordinator, the Division Head of Discovery Systems and other Discovery Systems staff, the incumbent provides technical expertise and support for the Library's web presence. Duties include development of new web applications and maintenance and enhancement of existing web applications from simple to complex; ensuring the smooth operation of designated Library web software systems (eg. Drupal, WordPress, DokuWiki, and in-house web applications) with appropriate documentation, back-up, maintenance and upgrades; diagnosis, research and troubleshooting of problems with the Library's web presence, escalating issues as necessary, and documenting solutions; exploring new web software systems; providing user support for web systems; assisting in development of web analytics tracking reports and in implementing analytics and usability driven web page modifications; providing back-up for other senior Discovery Systems technicians in the areas of user support, database administration, and user support.

| Digital Scholarship |

Rice University Faculty Senate Approves Open Access Policy

Posted in Open Access, Rice University, Scholarly Communication, Texas Academic Libraries on April 18th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

According to a tweet today by Geneva Henry, Executive Director of the Center for Digital Scholarship at Rice University’s Fondren Library, Rice University’s Faculty Senate has approved an open access policy.

Here's an excerpt from the Rice University Open-Access Mandate Position Paper (2/12/2012):

To assist Rice in distributing the scholarly publications, as of the date of publication, each faculty member will make available an electronic copy of his or her final version of the publication at no charge to a representative designated by the Provost's Office in an appropriate format (such as PDF) specified by the Provost's Office. The Provost's Office will make the scholarly publication available to the public in an open-access repository, the Rice Digital Scholarship Archive. Upon request, the scholarly publication will not be made available to the public for an agreed upon embargo period.

| Transforming Scholarly Publishing through Open Access: A Bibliography: "This work gives an outstanding overview of scholarship relating to the growing Open Access movement." — George Machovec, The Charleston Advisor 12, no. 2 (2010): 3. | Digital Scholarship |

Director, Information Technology Production Services at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library

Posted in Library IT Jobs on April 18th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library is recruiting a Director, Information Technology Production Services.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to the Associate University Librarian for Information Technology Planning and Policy, the successful candidate will oversee the staff, technology support, networking, infrastructure, and applications support for Library enterprise IT systems, including Infrastructure Management and Support (IMS), Workstation and Network Support (WNS), and Help Desk (HD) services.

| Digital Scholarship |

Analysis of Results from the Research Data Preservation Survey

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on April 18th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The London School of Economics and Political Science Digital Communication Enhancement project has released Analysis of Results from the Research Data Preservation Survey.

Here's an excerpt from "Results of Researcher Survey":

The survey showed the general lack of awareness amongst LSE [London School of Economics and Political Science] researchers of digital data preservation: this isn't a criticism, if we had found a good awareness we would probably have to stop the project! We also found that there are cultural challenges to address as well as the need for more technical training if researchers are to send their research data and materials into the future with confidence.

| Digital Curation and Preservation Bibliography 2010 | Digital Scholarship |

ACRL Establishes Digital Humanities Discussion Group

Posted in ALA, Digital Humanities on April 17th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Association of College & Research Libraries has established a Digital Humanities Discussion Group.

Read more about it at "New ACRL Discussion Groups."

| Reviews of Digital Scholarship Publications | Digital Scholarship |

ALA Action Alert: Cybersecurity Information Sharing and Protection Act of 2011

Posted in ALA, Legislation and Government Regulation, Privacy on April 17th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The American Library Association has issued an action alert regarding the Cybersecurity Information Sharing and Protection Act of 2011.

Here's an excerpt:

Please call and ask your U.S. Representative to OPPOSE H.R. 3523, The Cybersecurity Information Sharing and Protection Act of 2011 or CISPA, one of several bills to be considered in the U.S. House of Representatives during "Cybersecurity Week" starting April 23, 2012.

ALA is concerned that essentially all private electronic communications could be obtained by the government and used for many purposes—and not just for cybersecurity activities. H.R. 3523 would permit, even require ISPs and other entities to monitor all electronic communications and share personal information with the government without effective oversight just by claiming the sharing is for "cybersecurity purposes"

| Digital Scholarship |

"You’ve Signed on to the Boycott, Now What? A SPARC Guide for Campus Action"

Posted in Open Access, Publishing on April 17th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

SPARC has released "You've Signed on to the Boycott, Now What? A SPARC Guide for Campus Action."

Here's an excerpt:

In light of the recent, failed attempt to abridge access to scholarly articles via the Research Works Act (RWA), a growing number of researchers have expressed their frustration with the status quo in scholarly publishing, and are interested in learning about concrete actions that they can take to effect positive change. SPARC has prepared this resource for our members, to help you to engage your faculty and researchers, and talk with them about options for taking such action.

| Transforming Scholarly Publishing through Open Access: A Bibliography: "This bibliography is recommended for everyone interested in open access publishing." — M. Blobaum, Journal of the Medical Library Association 100, no. 1 (2012): 73. | Digital Scholarship |

"How Institutionalized Are Model License Use Terms: An Analysis of E-journal License Use Rights Clauses from 2000-2009"

Posted in Copyright, Electronic Resources, Licenses on April 17th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

College & Research Libraries has released "How Institutionalized Are Model License Use Terms: An Analysis of E-journal License Use Rights Clauses from 2000-2009," a preprint by Kristin R. Eschenfelder et al.

Here's an excerpt:

This paper explored the degree to [which] use terms proposed by model licenses have become institutionalized across different publishers' licenses. It examined model license use terms in four areas: downloading, scholarly sharing, interlibrary loan and electronic reserves. Data collection and analysis involved content analysis of 224 electronic journal licenses spanning 2000-2009. Analysis examined how use terms changed over time, differences between consortia and site license use terms and differences between commercial and non-commercial publisher license use terms. Results suggest that some model license use terms have become institutionalized while others have not.

| Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography 2010 | Digital Scholarship |

Web and Digital Library Specialist at Center for Research Libraries

Posted in Library IT Jobs on April 16th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Center for Research Libraries is recruiting a Web and Digital Library Specialist.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Essential Duties

  • As technical lead for our Drupal content management system, responsible for full range of systems administration activities including: evaluating and implementing modules; monitoring work flows; developing site-wide theming, templates and content types.
  • Develop and update web applications with database-driven and/or XML based dynamic content.
  • Conduct interface design, integration and customization of Web applications and products acquired from third parties, including open source products

| Digital Scholarship |

NEH Humanities Collections and Reference Resources Grants

Posted in Digital Archives and Special Collections, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Digital Humanities, Digitization, Grants on April 16th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The National Endowment for the Humanities is accepting grant proposals for its Humanities Collections and Reference Resources program.

Here's an excerpt from the program guidelines:

Applications may be submitted for projects that address one or more of the following activities:

  • arranging and describing archival and manuscript collections;
  • cataloging collections of printed works, photographs, recorded sound, moving images, art, and material culture;
  • providing conservation treatment (including deacidification) for collections, leading to enhanced access;
  • digitizing collections;
  • preserving and improving access to born-digital sources;
  • developing databases, virtual collections, or other electronic resources to codify information on a subject or to provide integrated access to selected humanities materials; . . . .
  • developing tools for spatial analysis and representation of humanities data, such as atlases and geographic information systems (GIS); and
  • designing digital tools to facilitate use of humanities resources.

| Digital Curation and Preservation Bibliography 2010 | Digital Scholarship |

Current News: Twitter Updates for 4/16/12

Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on April 16th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

| Digital Scholarship |

Supreme Court to Hear First-Sale Doctrine Case Next Term

Posted in Copyright on April 16th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Supreme Court will hear an important first-sale doctrine case (Supap Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons) in its next term.

Here's an excerpt from the case summary:

The question presented is how these [first-sale doctrine] provisions apply to a copy that was made and legally acquired abroad and then imported into the United States. Can such a foreign-made product never be resold within the United States without the copyright owner's permission, as the Second Circuit held in this case? Can such a foreign-made product sometimes be resold within the United States without permission, but only after the owner approves an earlier sale in this country, as the Ninth Circuit held in Costco? Or can such a product always be resold without permission within the United States, so long as the copyright owner authorized the first sale abroad, as the Third Circuit has indicated?

Read more about it at "First Sale Goes to the Supreme Court, Again" and "Supreme Court Will Hear Case over Foreign Textbooks Imported and Resold in U.S."

| Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography 2010 | Digital Scholarship |


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