Archive for June, 2012

"How Fair Use Can Help Solve the Orphan Works Problem"

Posted in Copyright, Digitization on June 26th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Jennifer M. Urban has self-archived "How Fair Use Can Help Solve the Orphan Works Problem" in SSRN.

Here's an excerpt:

This Article argues that legislation is not necessary to enable some uses of orphan works by nonprofit libraries and archives. Instead, the fair use doctrine in United States copyright law provides a partial solution. The Article addresses three basic questions: first, does fair use provide a viable basis on which libraries might digitize orphans? Second, does fair use provide a viable basis on which to make these orphans available to patrons or the public? Third, more generally, can or should fair use do any additional work in infringement analysis where the copyrighted work in question is an orphan?

| Google Books Bibliography | Digital Scholarship |

Music Librarian for Audio and Digital Services at University of South Carolina Libraries

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

The University of South Carolina Libraries are recruiting a Music Librarian for Audio and Digital Services.

Here's an excerpt from the ad (requisition number: 004964):

Reporting to the head of the music library, this librarian will be responsible for:

  1. digital projects including digital preservation of print and audio special collections
  2. maintaining audio equipment
  3. performing triage on music library's computer hardware and software
  4. working with the webmaster to maintain and update the Web presence for the Music Library
  5. liaison to the University Libraries' Systems Department for the Music Library
  6. working closely with the University Libraries Web Development Office and with the Digital Collections Department

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"What is Transformative? An Explanatory Synthesis of the Convergence of Transformation and Predominant Purpose in Copyright Fair Use Law"

Posted in Copyright on June 26th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Michael D. Murray has self-archived "What is Transformative? An Explanatory Synthesis of the Convergence of Transformation and Predominant Purpose in Copyright Fair Use Law."

Here's an excerpt:

The lessons of the transformative test for those engaged in creative, artistic, or literary pursuits may be summed up in the following: if you copy an original work, use it for a different purpose than the purpose for which the original work was created. Modify the contents, function, and meaning of the original work through alteration of the original expression or the addition of significant new expression.

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Digital Projects Librarian at New York Botanical Garden

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

The New York Botanical Garden is recruiting a Digital Projects Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Digital Projects Librarian will scan (digitize) Library material. Scan and ingest image files into the online digital library and perform image correction as needed. The candidate must be able to meet challenging deadlines and work within complex workflows and schedules for a large number of simultaneous imaging projects and contribute significantly to the creation of the Library's digital resources repository.

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League of European Research Universities Releases The LERU Roadmap towards Open Access

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Reports and White Papers, Scholarly Journals, Self-Archiving on June 25th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The League of European Research Universities has released The LERU Roadmap towards Open Access.

Here's an excerpt:

  • The idea of Open Access is not new; the first major international statement on Open Access was set out in the Declaration of the Budapest Open Access Initiative in 2002.4 However, 'the pathway' to Open Access is not a smooth one. Many parties are involved and there are many competing interests. There are costs and there are advocates, agnostics and critics. There are gains and impacts which need to be carefully assessed.
  • This Roadmap traverses some of this landscape and aims to assist LERU members who wish to put in place structures, policies and practices to facilitate Open Access. Whilst the Roadmap is primarily intended for LERU members, other European universities may find it useful.

| Open Access Bibliography: Liberating Scholarly Literature with E-Prints and Open Access Journals | Digital Scholarship |

Digital Initiatives Librarian at Cleveland State University Library

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

The Cleveland State University Library is recruiting a Digital Initiatives Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad (requisition number: 0600871):

Contributes to the creation and maintenance of the library's digital initiatives. Coordinates the integration of metadata creation, use and practices throughout the library. Provides outreach and leads a program of scholarly information management and retrieval for faculty and students. Contributes to library decision making; serves on teams to carry out library goals as specified in assignments. Keeps up-to-date in librarianship and information technology, applying current information technologies in carrying out assigned responsibilities. Engages in scholarly, professional and service activities. Interacts professionally with all internal and external customers using strong interpersonal skills.

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Five Research Councils in Denmark Adopt Open Access Policy

Posted in Legislation and Government Regulation, Open Access, Self-Archiving on June 25th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Five research councils in Denmark (the Danish Council for Technology and Innovation, the Danish Council for Independent Research, the Danish National Advanced Technology Foundation, the The Danish National Research Foundation, and the Danish Council for Strategic Research) have adopted an open access policy.

Peter Suber has provided a Google translation of the policy.

Read more about it at "Researchers' Results to Be Free for All."

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

Digital Initiatives Librarian at Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s George C. Gordon Library

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on June 24th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute's George C. Gordon Library is recruiting a Digital Initiatives Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Digital Initiatives Librarian will provide the leadership and technical skills to develop further WPI's digital library. In collaboration with librarians, faculty, and administrators, the person in this position will improve access to currently fragmented digital collections such as digitized Theses, Dissertations, Project Reports, and Special Collections. The Digital Initiatives Librarian will develop and implement a forward-looking plan for WPI to archive digitized and born-digital materials collected by the library, including coordination of details such as researcher IDs, access to datasets, and management of metadata schemes. Responsibilities will include conceptual development, planning, and execution of current and future digital library projects in support of WPI's teaching and research mission.

| Digital Scholarship |

Open Data Dialogue: Final Report

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Open Science, Reports and White Papers on June 24th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Research Councils UK has released Open Data Dialogue: Final Report.

Here's an excerpt:

Undertaken on the behalf of the Research Councils UK in partnership with JISC, the Royal Society and Sciencewise-ERC, this public dialogue explored views on open data, data reuse and data management policies within research.

The public dialogue was designed to:

  • Provide insight on the business issues that the dialogue will support, at the research councils and JISC
  • Build on prior work in the area and account for the wider policy framework
  • Engage people meaningfully around this complex area, enabling the public to frame issues and test out any principles emerging across a range of research contexts.

The research comprised a number of elements:

  • an initial literature and policy review of the area
  • two reconvened discussion groups in Swindon and Oldham
  • a workshop involving key stakeholders conducted between the first and second wave of the public dialogues.

Read more about it at Evaluation of Public Dialogue on Open Data: Report to Research Councils UK.

| Digital Curation Bibliography: Preservation and Stewardship of Scholarly Works | Digital Scholarship |

IT Technical Associate/Digital Repository Developer at Northern Illinois University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on June 24th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Northern Illinois University is recruiting an IT Technical Associate/Digital Repository Developer.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Responsible for the research, development, and ongoing maintenance of the Fedora Commons digital repository and digital collections websites, running in Drupal with the Islandora module. The Digital Repository Developer works with the Digital Collections Curator to plan and design new websites and uses new web service technologies to improve the user experience in discovering, finding, or acquiring library content.

| Digital Scholarship |

Libraries, Patrons, and E-books

Posted in E-Books, Libraries, Reports and White Papers on June 24th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project has released Libraries, Patrons, and E-books .

Here's an excerpt:

Some 12% of Americans ages 16 and older who read e-books say they have borrowed an e-book from a library in the past year. . . .

But most in the broader public, not just e-book readers, are generally not aware they can borrow e-books from libraries. We asked all those ages 16 and older if they know whether they can borrow e-books from their library and 62% said they did not know if their library offered that service. Some 22% say they know that their library does lend out e-books, and 14% say they know their library does not lend out e-books.

| Digital Scholarship's Digital/Print Books | Digital Scholarship |

Systems Librarian at North Dakota State University Libraries

Posted in Library IT Jobs on June 21st, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The North Dakota State University Libraries are recruiting a Systems Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Systems Librarian manages the day to day operations of the Systems Office; implements and operates the Libraries' information systems; liaises with ILS system vendor (Millennium, ExLibris); liaises with Information Technology Services, as needed; and liaises with external groups associated with library information systems issues.

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