Archive for August, 2012

Technical Associate/Digital Repository Developer at Northern Illinois University Libraries

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

The Northern Illinois University Libraries are recruiting a 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.

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Publisher Plaintiffs Issue Statement on Order in Georgia State University E-Reserves Copyright Case

Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars, E-Reserves, Publishing on August 15th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The publisher plaintiffs have issued a statement on Judge Orinda Evans' order in the Georgia State University e-reserves copyright case.

Here's an excerpt:

The District Court's decision is marred by a number of serious legal errors. The fair use exception cannot be stretched beyond recognition simply because course materials are delivered in a digital format by an educational institution. The ruling excuses copyright violations by GSU and endorses unauthorized copying and distribution of academic works well beyond what the law allows and what universities across the country consider reasonable. The decision devalues academic scholarship by treating such work as 'factual' compilations. . . .

As with the initial decision to bring suit, the decision regarding an appeal will be based on a considered assessment that takes into account the extent to which this ruling, which we believe to be legally vulnerable on multiple grounds, endangers the creation and dissemination of high-quality academic work

Georgia State University has also issued a statement about the order.

| Scholarly Electronic Publishing Weblog | Digital Scholarship |

Current News: Twitter Updates for 8/14/12

Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on August 14th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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Web Services Librarian at University of Mississippi Libraries

Posted in Library IT Jobs on August 14th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of Mississippi Libraries are recruiting a Web Services Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Web Services Unit at the University of Mississippi Libraries seeks applicants for the position of Web Services Librarian. This is an entry-level web related position for a service-oriented individual who possesses creativity, curiosity, and a good foundational web skill set. This position reports to the Head of Web Services; working as part of a team to design, develop and maintain all aspects of the University Libraries' web presence and library web applications. The position is a twelve-month, tenure track, assistant professorship.

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"De-Mystifying the Data Management Requirements of Research Funders"

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Grants on August 14th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Dianne Dietrich, Trisha Adamus, Alison Miner, and Gail Steinhart have published "De-Mystifying the Data Management Requirements of Research Funders" in the latest issue of Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship.

Here's an excerpt:

Research libraries have sought to apply their information management expertise to the management of digital research data. This focus has been spurred in part by the policies of two major funding agencies in the United States, which require grant recipients make research outputs, including publications and research data, openly available. As many academic libraries are beginning to offer or are already offering assistance in writing and implementing data management plans, it is important to consider how best to support researchers. Our research examined the current data management requirements of major US funding agencies to better understand data management requirements facing researchers and the implications for libraries offering data management services for researchers.

| Research Data Curation Bibliography | Digital Scholarship |

Systems Librarian—Web, Communications and Interface Design at Carleton University Library

Posted in Digital Library Jobs, Library IT Jobs on August 14th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Carleton University Library is recruiting a Systems Librarian—Web, Communications and Interface Design.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Under the direction of the Head of the Systems Department, the incumbent is responsible for the coordination, continuing development and maintenance of the Library web and overall interface design. Applying a user-focused perspective which incorporates testing and established best practice, the incumbent takes a leading role in the development of information architecture, guidelines and procedures for Library web services and interfaces. This position has a significant role in the planning and implementation of web technologies, digital projects (including support for scholarly communications and digital repositories), and service initiatives that support a diverse population of students, faculty and staff.

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Wiley Open Access Program Adopts Creative Commons Attribution Licence

Posted in Copyright, Creative Commons/Open Licenses, Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on August 14th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Effective immediately, journals in the Wiley Open Access program will use the Creative Commons Attribution Licence for articles.

Here's an excerpt from the press release:

Rachel Burley, Vice President and Director, Open Access, commented, "Wiley is committed to meeting the evolving needs of the authors who wish to provide open access to the published articles that convey the results of their research."

Burley continued, "Our announcement today concerns Wiley’s fully open access journals. We are also reviewing the licensing arrangements for our hybrid program OnlineOpen, our open access option for individual articles published in subscription journals. In consultation with our publishing partners, we aim to continue to develop and deliver sustainable open access products providing author choice and high levels of service."

In the first instance, the journals moving to the CC-BY licence are Brain and Behavior, Ecology and Evolution, MicrobiologyOpen, Cancer Medicine, Food Science & Nutrition, Evolutionary Applications, Geoscience Data Journal and EMBO Molecular Medicine.

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

Manager, Digital Library Publication and Access at New York University Libraries

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on August 13th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The New York University Libraries are recruiting a Manager, Digital Library Publication and Access.

Here's an excerpt from the ad (posting number: 20093885):

Lead information technology projects to support the publication and use of digital scholarly materials: from DLTS digitization and preservation activities, partnerships with faculty or organizations, or other sources. Principal point of contact for scholars or groups partnering with DLTS in publication or scholarly communication projects. Principal point of contact for special collections / archives. Lead projects to research, develop and deploy software solutions to enable DLTS publication and access services to scale across a broad set of content types and partner requirements. As a member of the Digital Library Management Group, manage projects and contribute to the overall management of the Digital Library Program.

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Testing Software Tools of Potential Interest for Digital Preservation Activities at the National Library of Australia

Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Reports and White Papers on August 13th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The National Library of Australia has released Testing Software Tools of Potential Interest for Digital Preservation Activities at the National Library of Australia.

Here's an excerpt:

Four file format identification tools were tested: File Investigator Engine, Outside-In File ID, FIDO and file/libmagic. This represents a mix of commercial and open source tools. The results were analysed from the point of view of comparing the tools to determine the extent of coverage and the level of agreement between them.

Five metadata extraction tools were tested: File Investigator Engine, Exiftool, MediaInfo, pdfinfo and Apache Tika. The results were analysed in terms of the number and range of metadata items extracted for specific file subsets.

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

Research Data Manager at Columbia University Libraries/Information Services

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on August 13th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Center for Digital Research and Scholarship at the Columbia University Libraries/Information Services is recruiting a Research Data Manager.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to the Director of the Center for Digital Research and Scholarship (CDRS) (http://cdrs.columbia.edu/), a division of the Columbia University Libraries/Information Services, the Research Data Manager will work closely with the Office of the Executive Vice President for Research, staff within CDRS (particularly the Digital Repository Manager and the Head of the Scholarly Communication Program), data librarians and librarian subject specialists, and others within the Columbia University community on planning, outreach, and policy development to address the data life cycle needs of researchers at Columbia University and its affiliates. S/he will also work closely with the Libraries Digital Program Division staff and the Metadata Librarian on implementation of best practices in data curation, storage, archiving, and preservation.

Ebook Acquisition and Lending Briefing: Public, Academic and Research Libraries

Posted in E-Books, Libraries, Publishing, Reports and White Papers on August 13th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals has released Ebook Acquisition and Lending Briefing: Public, Academic and Research Libraries .

Here's an excerpt:

This paper presents some of the legal, strategic and technical problems that arise from the addition of scholarly and trade ebooks to library collections, together with possible solutions. Some of the most common business models are briefly set out. The latest data on ebook usage is also included.

Also of interest: ALA's recent Ebook Business Models for Public Libraries.

| Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography 2010 | Digital Scholarship |

Judge Issues Order in Georgia State University E-Reserves Copyright Case: GSU’s Defense Costs to Be Paid by Plaintiffs

Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars, E-Reserves, Libraries on August 12th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Judge Orinda Evans has issued an order in the Georgia State University e-reserves copyright case that says, in part, that the defendants's attorney's fees and other defense costs will be paid by plaintiffs.

Here's an excerpt from the order:

In this litigation, the Court limited Plaintiffs to claims arising in three semesters in 2009 but did not require Plaintiffs to pursue all claims. When the trial began, Plaintiffs chose to pursue 99 claims out of 126. They then dropped 25 claims (and added one) during the trial. As to the remaining 75 claims, no prima facie case was proven in 26 instances. Digital permissions were unavailable in 33 instances. Neither digital nor hard copy permissions were available in 18 cases. Although the Court does not doubt Plaintiffs' good faith in bringing this suit, and there was no controlling authority governing fair use in a nonprofit educational setting, Plaintiffs' failure to narrow their individual infringement claims significantly increased the cost of defending the suit.

For these reasons, the Court exercises its discretion to award to Defendants their reasonable attorneys' fees. Other costs will also be taxed in favor of Defendants and against Plaintiffs to the extent permitted by statute.

Read more about it at "Judge Denies Publishers' Request for Relief in Georgia State U. E-Reserves Case" and "The Prevailing Party."

| Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography 2010 | Digital Scholarship |


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