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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