Archive for August, 2012

Obituary: Lee Dirks

Posted in Obituaries on August 30th, 2012

Lee Dirks and his wife have died in a tragic automobile accident in Peru. Lee Dirks was the Director for Portfolio Strategy in Microsoft Research Connections.

Below are a few of the tributes to him:

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    Key Digital Preservation Standard Updated: Open Archival Information System (OAIS)

    Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on August 29th, 2012

    ISO has published ISO 14721:2012: Space Data and Information Transfer Systems—Open Archival Information System (OAIS)—Reference Model. A PDF version with marked changes is available from the Consultative Committee for Space Data Systems.

    Here's an excerpt:

    This reference model:

    • provides a framework for the understanding and increased awareness of archival concepts needed for Long Term digital information preservation and access;
    • provides the concepts needed by non-archival organizations to be effective participants in the preservation process;
    • provides a framework, including terminology and concepts, for describing and comparing architectures and operations of existing and future Archives;
    • provides a framework for describing and comparing different Long Term Preservation strategies and techniques;
    • provides a basis for comparing the data models of digital information preserved by Archives and for discussing how data models and the underlying information may change over time;
    • provides a framework that may be expanded by other efforts to cover Long Term Preservation of information that is NOT in digital form (e.g., physical media and physical samples);

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

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      Digital Projects Librarian/Archivist at University of Georgia Libraries

      Posted in Digital Library Jobs on August 29th, 2012

      The University of Georgia Libraries are recruiting a Digital Projects Librarian/Archivist.

      Here's an excerpt from the ad:

      The University of Georgia Libraries seeks a Digital Projects Librarian/Archivist who will be responsible for metadata, imaging, vendor relations, student hiring and supervision, quality control, and other duties related to the development of digital resources for Digital Library of Georgia initiatives including but not limited to the federally supported Georgia Historic Newspaper project and America's Turning Point, a collaborative Civil War digitization project between the Hargrett Library, Atlanta History Center, and the Georgia Historical Society. The incumbent performs imaging quality control, preservation metadata creation, and project management as a part of UGA's cost share for federally and other externally funded projects. The Digital Projects Librarian/Archivist reports to the Associate Director of the Digital Library of Georgia (DLG) and works as a member of the DLG's Metadata and Site Development unit.

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        Scholarly Communications Librarian at Iowa State University Library

        Posted in Digital Library Jobs on August 29th, 2012

        The Iowa State University Library is recruiting a Scholarly Communications Librarian.

        Here's an excerpt from the ad:

        This position will serve as the Scholarly Communications Librarian and have a key leadership role in coordinating the overall library scholarly communications program, which addresses issues such as open access, e-science, digital data management plans, data curation, copyright, fair use and author's rights; and includes the library digital repository.

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          DOJ Settlement with Sacramento Public Library about Alleged ADA Violations in Its E-Reader Loan Program

          Posted in E-Books, Legislation and Government Regulation, Libraries on August 29th, 2012

          The Justice Department and the National Federation of the Blind have reached a settlement with the Sacramento Public Library about alleged ADA violations in its e-reader loan program.

          Here's an excerpt from the press release:

          The Justice Department announced today that it and the National Federation of the Blind have reached a settlement with the Sacramento Public Library Authority in Sacramento, Calif., to remedy alleged violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The agreement resolves allegations that the library violated the ADA by using inaccessible Barnes & Noble NOOK electronic reader devices in a patron lending program.

          Under the settlement agreement, the library will not acquire any additional e-readers for patron use that exclude persons who are blind or others with disabilities who need accessible features such as text-to-speech functions or the ability to access menus through audio or tactile options. The library has also agreed to acquire at least 18 e-readers that are accessible to persons with disabilities. The settlement agreement also requires the library to train its staff on the requirements of the ADA.

          | Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography 2010 | Digital Scholarship |

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            Library System Manager at the Libraries of Middlesex Automation Consortium

            Posted in Library IT Jobs on August 28th, 2012

            The Libraries of Middlesex Automation Consortium are recruiting a Library System Manager.

            Here's an excerpt from the ad:

            1. Manages and assumes overall responsibility for the operation of the integrated library system (ILS) and all of its components including the public catalog interface, mobile and social media components.
            2. Oversees testing and troubleshooting of the ILS software; confers with member library staff on issues of software performance; develops the program to train member library staff in the operation of the system's various modules and updates and creates documentation for the use of library staff.
            3. Works with member libraries to develop policies and procedures to support interlibrary loan, reciprocal borrowing, common and institution-specific circulation.
            4. Assures timely testing and implementation of new modules and software upgrades.

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              Digital Repository Librarian at Texas A&M Libraries

              Posted in Digital Library Jobs on August 28th, 2012

              The Texas A&M Libraries are recruiting a Digital Repository Librarian.

              Here's an excerpt from the ad:

              Reporting to the Head of Digital Services & Scholarly Communication, the Digital Repository Librarian oversees the day-to-day services of the Texas A&M Digital Repository currently based on the DSpace system. The Librarian also provides basic user support for the digital publishing platforms supported by the Texas Digital Library, particularly the Open Journal System (OJS) and Open Conference System (OCS). The Librarian will maintain current knowledge of the functions and features of DSpace, OJS, and OCS and will educate both Library personnel and campus constituents about the functions and features of these systems.

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                "Digital Copyright, ‘Fair Access’ and the Problem of DRM Misuse"

                Posted in Copyright, Digital Rights Management on August 28th, 2012

                Nicolo Zingales has published "Digital Copyright, 'Fair Access' and the Problem of DRM Misuse" in the Intellectual Property & Technology Forum & Journal at Boston College Law School.

                Here's an excerpt:

                This article points out one of the ways the development of these new technologies has altered the boundaries of copyright, specifically by enabling copyright holders to strategically expand the scope of protection through the strategic use of Digital Rights Management (hereinafter, DRM). After a brief overview of these technologies and their contribution to the development of online markets for copyrighted works, the article discusses the risks of using DRM as a means of stretching the legal protection conferred by Intellectual Property law.

                As a potential solution to such problem, the article looks at the role of the courts and the approach embraced vis a vis specific cases of abuse of DRM in the copyright context. . . . The article then concludes recommending a two-fold approach to the assessment of the legality of such practices, where antitrust analysis and IP principles are intermingled, proposing a legal test to facilitate this complex assessment.

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                  Simons Foundation Gives arXiv Multi-Year Operating Grant

                  Posted in Digital Repositories, Disciplinary Archives, Grants, Open Access on August 28th, 2012

                  The Simons Foundation has given arXiv a multi-year matching operating grant from 2013 through 2017.

                  Here's an excerpt from the press release:

                  Thanks to an operating grant from the Simons Foundation, Cornell University Library has helped arXiv take a major step toward sustainability. Beginning in January and running through 2017, the Simons Foundation will provide up to $300,000 per year as a matching gift for the funds generated through arXiv's membership fees. The grant also provides $50,000 per year as an "unconditional gift" that recognizes the Library's stewardship of arXiv. . ..

                  The Library has been steering arXiv toward sustainability since January 2010, when it launched an initiative to create a business model that would engage libraries and research laboratories that benefit most from arXiv's service. A 2011 planning grant from Simons Foundation helped arXiv's leaders develop operating principles and establish a governing board for the new model.

                  Annual membership fees, paid by voluntary contribution from these institutions, help cover arXiv's costs—and, now, will provide a sum for the Simons Foundation to match.

                  The newly established model has garnered partners all over the globe. To date, more than 120 member institutions in over a dozen countries have pledged their support, totaling $285,000. Among the 100 institutions that use arXiv most heavily, nearly three-quarters committed to five-year pledges.

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

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                    "The Inevitability of Open Access"

                    Posted in Open Access on August 27th, 2012

                    David W. Lewis has published "The Inevitability of Open Access" in the latest issue of College & Research Libraries.

                    Here's an excerpt:

                    Open access (OA) is an alternative business model for the publication of scholarly journals. It makes articles freely available to readers on the Internet and covers the costs associated with publication through means other than subscriptions. This article argues that Gold OA, where all of the articles of a journal are available at the time of publication, is a disruptive innovation as defined by business theorist Clayton Christensen. Using methods described by Christensen, we can predict the growth of Gold OA. This analysis suggests that Gold OA could account for 50 percent of the scholarly journal articles sometime between 2017 and 2021, and 90 percent of articles as soon as 2020 and more conservatively by 2025.

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

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                      Digital Initiatives Librarian at University of Northern British Columbia Library

                      Posted in Digital Library Jobs, Library IT Jobs on August 27th, 2012

                      The University of Northern British Columbia Library is recruiting a Digital Initiatives Librarian.

                      Here's an excerpt from the ad:

                      Responsibilities of this position also include, but are not limited to: supervising library IT support staff, providing leadership and direction with web design and usability, overseeing customization of access enhancements to web applications related to the library's integrated library system, e-resources, and online services and resources, providing leadership, assistance and support to library staff in the development of library related web-pages and web-based applications used in library instruction, administering the Library's web content management system, providing technical oversight and expertise for the development and managements of UNBC's digital institutional repository and electronic publishing platforms by coordinating activities of key library staff and the university community engaged in dissemination of scholarship in a variety of digital formats, providing technical expertise and liaising with the Archives in the continued development and enhancement of the Northern BC Archives digital infrastructure, and providing reference (evening and weekend work may be required), instruction, liaison, and collection development in designated subject areas.

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                        Copyright and the Digital Economy

                        Posted in Copyright, Reports and White Papers on August 27th, 2012

                        The Australian Law Reform Commission has released Copyright and the Digital Economy.

                        Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                        This Issues Paper is the first formal publication of the Inquiry, intended to help frame discussion and encourage public consultation at an early stage. It provides background information about copyright in the digital environment, highlights the issues so far identified in preliminary research and consultations, and outlines the principles that will shape the ALRC's proposals for reform. It asks more than 50 questions about how the current copyright framework is affecting both commercial and creative enterprise and how current exceptions and statutory licences are working in the digital environment.

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