Archive for August, 2012

Digital Archivist at College of William & Mary’s Earl Gregg Swem Library

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on August 19th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The College of William & Mary's Earl Gregg Swem Library is recruiting a Digital Archivist.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Digital Archivist will serve as the SCRC's [Special Collections Research Center] expert relating to all aspects of digital collections and activities. The position will take a lead role in the creation, maintenance, and stewardship of digital collections in the SCRC and will coordinate the SCRC's archival management system, discovery tools, and online presence via the web and social media. This position will perform other regular archival duties including reference service, outreach activities, and instructional activities with classes visiting the SCRC.

| Digital Scholarship |

Copyright: "Adverse Possession of Orphan Works"

Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars on August 19th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Katherine M. Meeks, has self-archived "Adverse Possession of Orphan Works" in SelectedWorks.

Here's an excerpt:

This paper proposes that Congress could adapt the real property doctrine of adverse possession to clear the muddy rights to these orphan works. Adverse possession is a mechanism for resolving competing claims to land that arise where an owner has failed to assert his rights for many years, allowing a hostile trespasser to assume control of the land as if it were his own. . . Although Congress would need to modify the black letter test before it could be applied to intangible property, the policy rationale behind adverse possession applies with equal or greater force in the orphan works context. Where the holder of a copyright has failed both to exploit his product and to register his whereabouts with the Copyright Office, such that others might seek permission to use his creative expression, his intellectual property rights should not shackle libraries, museums, or other institutions that perceive a scholarly or commercial demand for the work.

| Google Books Bibliography | Digital Scholarship |

Digital Initiatives Project Manager at Yale University Library

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on August 19th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Yale University Library is recruiting a Digital Initiatives Project Manager.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to the Manuscripts and Archives (MSSA) Head of Digital Information Systems while working in close collaboration with Library IT, the Fortunoff Video Archives (FVA) Senior Archivist, the Director of Digitization Initiatives, the Digital Preservation Librarian, and other Library stakeholders, the Digital Initiatives Project Manager will have a dual responsibility: (1) to provide technical support and project management for the ongoing Fortunoff Video Archive mass digitization project; and (2) to provide support for digital repository development to ensure long-term preservation of, and access to, digital audio and video collections.

| Digital Scholarship |

Digital Preservation: SiteStory Released

Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Open Source Software on August 19th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Herbert van de Sompel has announced the release of SiteStory.

Here's an excerpt:

I am very pleased to announce the open source release of our SiteStory transactional web archiving solution. The solution is compatible with the Memento "Time Travel for the Web" framework and its current implementation can be used to archive Apache web servers.

Read more about it at Memento: Adding Time to the Web.

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

Current News: Twitter Updates for 8/16/12

Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on August 16th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.
  • Apple, Publishers File Opposition to Proposed DOJ Settlement, http://t.co/hYEbprHG
  • Google's Pain if It Loses the Book Scanning Case Hint Less Than You Think, http://t.co/imJUJxkf
  • Library Investment Index 2010-2011 Summarizes Relative Size of ARL University Libraries (XLS), http://t.co/hfNG4xZC
  • A Selection of Findings from The Survey of Institutional Digital Repositories, 2012-13 Report, http://t.co/OAeJAuEB

| Digital Scholarship |

Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Posted in Digital Humanities, Grants on August 16th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The National Endowment for the Humanities is accepting applications for Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants. The application deadline is September 25, 2012 for projects that begin in May 2013.

Here's an excerpt announcement:

Proposals should be for the planning or initial stages of digital initiatives in any area of the humanities. Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants may involve

  • research that brings new approaches or documents best practices in the study of the digital humanities;
  • planning and developing prototypes of new digital tools for preserving, analyzing, and making accessible digital resources, including libraries' and museums' digital assets;
  • scholarship that focuses on the history, criticism, and philosophy of digital culture and its impact on society;
  • scholarship or studies that examine the philosophical or practical implications and impact of the use of emerging technologies in specific fields or disciplines of the humanities, or in interdisciplinary collaborations involving several fields or disciplines;
  • innovative uses of technology for public programming and education utilizing both traditional and new media; and
  • new digital modes of publication that facilitate the dissemination of humanities scholarship in advanced academic as well as informal or formal educational settings at all academic levels.

| Scholarly Electronic Publishing Weblog | Digital Scholarship |

"Do Bad Things Happen When Works Enter the Public Domain?: Empirical Tests of Copyright Term Extension"

Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars, Public Domain on August 16th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Christopher J. Buccafusco and Paul J. Heald have self-archived "Do Bad Things Happen When Works Enter the Public Domain?: Empirical Tests of Copyright Term Extension" in SSRN.

Here's an excerpt:

The international debate over copyright term extension for existing works turns on the validity of three empirical assertions about what happens to works when they fall into the public domain. Our study of the market for audio books and a related human subjects experiment suggest that all three assertions are suspect. We demonstrate that audio books made from public domain bestsellers (1913-22) are significantly more available than those made from copyrighted bestsellers (1923-32). We also demonstrate that recordings of public domain and copyrighted books are of equal quality.

| Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography 2010 | Digital Scholarship |

Digitization Project Manager at Gilcrease Museum

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on August 16th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Gilcrease Museum is recruiting a Digitization Project Manager.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Gilcrease Museum, operated through The University of Tulsa, seeks a qualified individual that can successfully implement and direct the museum's digitization and electronic cataloguing efforts that will ensure the museum's collection of archival material, fine art and anthropology objects are preserved for future generations and made increasingly accessible to the public. The successful candidate will be responsible for developing and implementing an operations plan for digitizing collection material, establish and maintain a categorization methodology that allows key-word and subject search and retrieval from the digital asset management system, supervise paid and volunteer staff, provide monthly progress reports, and manage the day-to-day operations of the digitization project, and periodically teaches a class for The University of Tulsa's Master's degree course in Museum Science and Management.

| Digital Scholarship |

Minimum Digitization Capture Recommendations (Draft)

Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Digitization, Reports and White Papers on August 16th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Association for Library Collections and Technical Services Preservation and Reformatting Section has released a draft of its Minimum Digitization Capture Recommendations. The comment period ends on 12/31/2012.

Here's an excerpt:

This document was created as a guideline for libraries digitizing content with the objective of producing a product that will not be re-digitized at a later point. Institutions can feel secure that if an item has been digitized at, or above, these specifications, they can depend on it to continue to be viable in the future. These guidelines only speak to the technical specifications of the digitized content itself and not to the larger issue of digitally preserving said content. In some cases, institutions may want to request a digital copy to preserve themselves further safeguarding materials by preserving them in multiple locations.

| Digital Curation Resource Guide | Digital Scholarship |

Current News: Twitter Updates for 8/15/12

Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on August 15th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

| Digital Scholarship |

University Library Systems Manager—Web & Mobile Based Systems Specialty at City University of New York

Posted in Library IT Jobs on August 15th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The City University of New York is recruiting a University Library Systems Manager—Web & Mobile Based Systems Specialty.

Here's an excerpt from the ad (job id: 6354):

Reporting to the CUNY Director of Library Systems, the University Systems Librarian Web & Mobile Specialty is responsible for assisting in the planning, implementation, and management of systems and software supporting CUNY-wide library services. Installs, configures, maintains, and optimizes commercial and open source application software products and services for library digital projects, programs, and initiatives while ensuring developed solutions fit with existing library systems and IT infrastructures.

| Digital Scholarship |

Aligning National Approaches to Digital Preservation

Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Reports and White Papers on August 15th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Educopia Institute has released Aligning National Approaches to Digital Preservation.

Here's an excerpt:

On May 23-25, 2011, more than 125 delegates from more than 20 countries gathered in Tallinn, Estonia, for the "Aligning National Approaches to Digital Preservation" conference. . . .

This publication contains a collection of peer-reviewed essays that were developed by conference panels and attendees in the months following ANADP. Rather than simply chronicling the event, the volume intends to broaden and deepen its impact by reflecting on the ANADP presentations and conversations and establishing a set of starting points for building a greater alignment across digital preservation initiatives. Above all, it highlights the need for strategic international collaborations to support the preservation of our collective cultural memory.

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


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