Archive for September, 2012

Desktop Operations Manager at University of Pennsylvania Library

Posted in Library IT Jobs on September 11th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of Pennsylvania Library is recruiting a Desktop Operations Manager.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Desktop Operations Manager, under the general direction of the Operations Manager, ensures the successful operations of public and staff desktop computing in the Penn Libraries. This position directly supervises four desktop technicians that support over 1500 computing devices throughout the Libraries, including desktop, laptop, & mobile devices, printers and print servers, scanners, and media systems.

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Current News: Twitter Updates for 9/11/12

Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on September 11th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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"Linked Data Vocabulary Management: Infrastructure Support, Data Integration, and Interoperability"

Posted in Linking, Linked Data, and Semantic Web, Metadata on September 11th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Gordon Dunsire, Corey Harper, Diane Hillmann, and Jon Phipps have published "Linked Data Vocabulary Management: Infrastructure Support, Data Integration, and Interoperability" in a special issue of Information Standards Quarterly devoted to linked data issues.

Here's an excerpt:

Recently there has been a shift in popular approaches to large-scale metadata management and interoperability. Approaches rooted in semantic Web technologies, particularly in the resource description Framework (rdF) and related data modeling efforts, are gaining favor and popularity. In the library community, this trend has accelerated since the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) re-framed many of the Semantic Web's enabling technologies in terms of Linked Open Data (LOD)—a lightweight practice of using web-friendly identifiers, explicit domain models, and related ontologies to design graph-based metadata. As more and more RDF-based metadata become available, a lack of established best practices for vocabulary development and management in a Semantic Web world is leading to a certain level of vocabulary chaos. Strategies for vocabulary publishing, discovery, evaluation, and mapping have the potential to change the conversation significantly.

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Publishers Appeal Georgia State E-reserves Case

Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars, E-Reserves, Publishing on September 11th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, and Sage Publications have filed an appeal in the Cambridge University Press et al. v. Patton et al. case.

Here's an excerpt from the press release announcing the publishers' intent to appeal:

This case had the potential to mark a significant first step toward addressing the need for clarity around issues of copyright in the context of higher education, where current practices around fair use in a digital environment vary widely and could benefit from sound judicial guidance. Our hope was that the District Court would provide that guidance.

Instead, the Court's rulings, culminating in the August injunction decision, shift radically from long-accepted fair use principles and introduce, among other errors, unsustainable policies regarding the proportion of a work not readily available for digital licensing that can be digitally copied without restriction. We have no alternative but to appeal, to protect our authors' copyrights and advocate for a balanced and workable solution.

Read more about it at "Publishers Appeal Ruling in GSU E-Reserves Case."

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Current News: Twitter Updates for 9/10/2012

Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on September 10th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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Director of Digital Strategies & Services at Smith College Libraries

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on September 10th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Smith College Libraries are recruiting a Director of Digital Strategies & Services.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Lead the Libraries and the Libraries' Digital Strategies & Services group in collaboratively developing, integrating and supporting current and emerging technologies for all library services to enhance and improve the learning and research experience of our users. Facilitate and improve access to digital scholarly resources through a multitude of web services platforms. Lead the Libraries' collaborative efforts in campus digital initiatives in providing discovery, access and preservation for the college's unique scholarly assets. Collaborate with library leadership and staff to realize the vision and mission of the Libraries.

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"The Liblog Landscape: Where Are They Now?"

Posted in Libraries, Social Media/Web 2.0 on September 10th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Walt Crawford has published "The Liblog Landscape: Where Are They Now?" in the latest issue of Cites & Insights: Crawford at Large.

Here's an excerpt:

As I was preparing the two-part Words essay Thinking About Blogs, and specifically Part 2 with its emphasis on libraries and liblogs, I got to wondering: Where are they now? And I'd seen hints here and there that people were missing a reasonably comprehensive list of what's out there. . . .

The results come in two flavors. This essay offers the basic facts: How many have disappeared, how many appear to be moribund (or have officially closed) but are still visible, how recently each blog had been updated and some overall comments on longevity. The second flavor is a new page linked to from Walt at Random consisting of two lists of hyperlinked liblog names: One for blogs updated sometime within the past year (when checked—that is, sometime after July 30, 2011) that haven't explicitly closed, one for closed and apparently-moribund blogs. Blogs that disappeared entirely aren't in either list. You'll find that list at waltcrawford.name/liblogs.

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Copyright Management Officer at UC Office of the President

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on September 10th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of California Office of the President is recruiting a Copyright Management Officer.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to the Director of CDL Access & Publishing Services, the Copyright Management Officer will serve as the CDL expert and point of contact on copyright issues pertaining most specifically to the UCSF Open Access Policy (and others as they are implemented across the campuses), eScholarship open access publishing services, data-intensive research activities, as well as the use and reuse of copyrighted materials within UC's systemwide special collections services. This position will also consult collaboratively across the organization, coordinating with other CDL units that provide related services and policy guidance in regards to data management and licensed content. Tasked with educating librarians, faculty, staff and students in copyright matters, the incumbent will provide leadership in the development of copyright policies and best practices, as well as the development of systemwide resources designed to provide ongoing guidance in these issues. In addition, the Copyright Management Officer will monitor and participate in the development of national and international legislation and policies around copyright and will lead the effort to advise and consolidate systemwide responses to these initiatives.

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"Copyright and the Harvard Open Access Mandate"

Posted in Copyright, Open Access, Self-Archiving on September 10th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Eric Priest has self-archived "Copyright and the Harvard Open Access Mandate" in SSRN.

Here's an excerpt:

This Article argues that permission mandates can create legally enforceable, durable nonexclusive licenses. First, it argues that although there are important justifications, including academic freedom concerns, for recognizing the controversial “teacher exception” to the work for hire rules for scholarly articles, such an exception may be unnecessary because a strong argument also exists that much scholarship is produced outside the scope of employment for work for hire purposes. Second, it argues that permission mandates provide sufficient evidence of the grantor's intent and the rights granted to create effective nonexclusive licenses. Third, permission mandates satisfy the requirements of § 205(e) and establish the license's priority over the subsequent transfer of copyright ownership largely because they fulfill the underlying purposes of § 205(e) by providing sufficient evidence and notice of the license to potential copyright transferees (typically academic publishers).

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Digital Curation and the Cloud: Final Report

Posted in Cloud Computing/SaaS, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Reports and White Papers on September 9th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

JISC has released Digital Curation and the Cloud: Final Report. This is a revised version of the draft report that was released earlier this year.

Here's an excerpt:

Digital curation involves a wide range of activities, many of which may be suitable for deployment within a cloud environment. These range from infrequent, resource-intensive tasks which will benefit from the ability to rapidly provision resources, to day-to-day collaborative activities which can be facilitated by networked cloud services. Associated benefits are offset by risks such as loss of data or service level, legal and governance incompatibilities and transfer bottlenecks. There is considerable variability across both risks and benefits according to the service and deployment models being adopted and the context in which activities are performed. Some risks, such as legal liabilities, are mitigated by the use of alternatives, for example, private cloud models, but this is typically at the expense of benefits such as resource elasticity and economies of scale.

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

Senior Associate Library Director for Systems and Digital Projects at University of Texas at Dallas’s Eugene McDermott Library

Posted in Digital Library Jobs, Library IT Jobs on September 9th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of Texas at Dallas's Eugene McDermott Library is recruiting a Senior Associate Library Director for Systems and Digital Projects.

Here's an excerpt from the ad (Req ID: 102952):

Reporting to the Director of Libraries, this senior administrative position is responsible for envisioning and defining the services provided by the integrated library systems and discover services (Ex Libris' Voyager/SFX/Primo as well as the migration to Alma as an early adopter.)

The Senior Associate Library Director will be responsible for managing all activities related to information systems including implementation and maintenance of library software products (ILLiad, EZProxy) and equipment/servers. The position will require a working knowledge of systems administration (UNIX command structure, Oracle, Apache, and security standards) and programming languages (e.g. Perl, PHP, SQL, JAVA, XML), web services, and DSpace or other institutional repository software. The Senior Associate Library Director is responsible for managing all Library Systems Division personnel.

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UK Government Allocates £10 Million to Support Open Access

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Research Libraries, Scholarly Journals on September 9th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The UK Government has allocated £10 million to support open access in UK research universities.

Here's an excerpt from the press release:

The investment will enable a number of research-intensive UK institutions to kick-start the process of developing policies and setting up funds to meet the costs of article processing charges (APCs). This is in line with the recommendations of the Finch report on open access, published in June. . . .

The investment will be made to 30 institutions receiving funding through Research Councils and UK higher education funding councils. It is in addition to the contribution RCUK will be making to institutions to support payment of APCs associated with open access through block funding grants from 1 April 2013 onwards. More details of this will be announced in the autumn.

The UK Funding Councils will launch a consultation this autumn on implementing a requirement that research outputs submitted to any future Research Excellence Framework (REF) should be as widely accessible as possible.

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