Archive for February, 2013

Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates for 2/14/13

Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on February 14th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Bill Introduced

Posted in Legislation and Government Regulation, Open Access on February 14th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research bill has been introduced in the House and the Senate.

Here's an excerpt from Peter Suber's analysis how the bill compares to the Federal Research Public Access Act :

Here's how FASTR differs from FRPAA:

  • FASTR contains a provision on coordinating agency policies (4.a 2): "To the extent practicable, Federal agencies required to develop a policy…shall follow common procedures for the collection and depositing of research papers." This will reduce the burden on universities that need to comply with procedures at all the covered agencies, and should have no detrimental effect on OA. Indeed, it should improve compliance with agency OA policies.
  • FASTR contains three provisions calling for libre OA or open licensing:
    • FASTR includes a new "finding" in its preamble (2.3): "the United States has a substantial interest in maximizing the impact and utility of the research it funds by enabling a wide range of reuses of the peer-reviewed literature that reports the results of such research, including by enabling computational analysis by state-of-the-art technologies."
    • FASTR includes a formatting and licensing provision (4.b.5): the versions deposited in repositories and made OA shall be distributed "in formats and under terms that enable productive reuse, including computational analysis by state-of-the-art technologies."
    • FASTR requires that the annual report from each covered agency include a statement from the agency on "whether the terms of use applicable to such research papers are effective in enabling productive reuse and computational analysis by state-of-the-art technologies" (4.f.2.B.i) and the results of the agency's "examination of whether such research papers should include a royalty-free copyright license that is available to the public and that permits the reuse of those research papers, on the condition that attribution is given to the author or authors of the research and any others designated by the copyright owner" (4.f.2.B.ii).

The Alliance for Taxpayer Access has issued a call to action to support the bill.

| Transforming Scholarly Publishing through Open Access: A Bibliography (paperback, PDF file, and XHTML website; over 1,100 entries) | Digital Scholarship |

Research & Development Technology Librarian at Texas Tech University Libraries

Posted in Library IT Jobs on February 14th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Texas Tech University Libraries are recruiting a Research & Development Technology Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

As a member of the LTMS (Library Technology Management and Services) Research and Development Team, this tenure-track Library faculty position focuses on highly innovative library-technology-oriented assessment and other research with emphasis on projects involving programming or other software development; outreach, marketing, development activities and initiatives; and works closely with other LTMS staff, library faculty and staff, the TTU community (especially the Computer Science, Engineering, etc. departments), other academic institutions, and other partners in a variety of collaborative ways.

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Assistant University Librarian for Resource Services and Technology at Portland State University Library

Posted in Library IT Jobs on February 14th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Portland State University Library is recruiting a Assistant University Librarian for Resource Services and Technology.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The AULRST provides leadership, vision, planning, budgeting, assessment, and management for resource services and technology functions within the scope of the Portland State and Library policies, procedures, and strategic plans. Resource Services includes six faculty and thirteen additional employees within the Acquisitions, Cataloging, Preservation, Collection Development, and Electronic & Continuing Resources units. Library Technologies includes a Manager and five employees and provides technical support for the Library's staff and to users of existing systems, plans and implements new and upgraded applications and digital services, and partners with the Office of Information Technology to strengthen the Library and campus information technology infrastructure and access.

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Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates for 2/13/2013

Posted in Scholarly Communication on February 14th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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Presentations from the Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee’s State of the Net Conference

Posted in Copyright, Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Copyright Wars, Digital Culture on February 14th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee has released presentations from the State of the Net conference.

Here's a description of the conference:

Attracting over 600 attendees annually, the State of the Net Conference provides unparalleled opportunities to network and engage on key policy issues. The State of the Net Conference is the largest information technology policy conference in the U.S. and the only one with over 50 percent Congressional staff and government policymakers in attendance. The State of the Net Conference is the only tech policy conference routinely recognized for its balanced blend of academics, consumer groups, industry and government.

Here's an example presentation: First Sale and No Resale: Could SCOTUS and the Internet Redefine Content Ownership? .

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The Library of Congress National Recording Preservation Plan

Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on February 14th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Library of Congress has released the The Library of Congress National Recording Preservation Plan.

Here's an excerpt:

In the digital age, new technology offers great promise for preservation initiatives. Transitioning to digital audio preservation, however, has created significant technical, organizational, and funding challenges for those institutions responsible for preserving recorded sound history for future generations.

The National Recording Preservation Plan has been devised to provide a blueprint to “implement a comprehensive national sound recording preservation program,†as mandated in the National Recording Preservation Act of 2000. . . .

The National Recording Preservation Plan’s recommendations for implementing a coordinated preservation effort fall into four interrelated categories: preservation infrastructure, preservation strategies, access challenges, and long-term national strategies for preservation and access.

| Digital Curation Bibliography: Preservation and Stewardship of Scholarly Works (EPUB file, PDF file, paperback, and XHTML website; over 650 entries) | Digital Scholarship |

Shared ILS Librarian at Reed College Library

Posted in Library IT Jobs on February 13th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Reed College Library is recruiting a Shared ILS Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

A full-time, 3-year limited duration position reporting to the library's director of collection services. Plans, organizes, and manages transition from the current Innovative Interfaces, Inc. integrated library system (ILS) to the new Ex Libris ILS to be shared by the libraries of the Orbis Cascade Alliance. Works with library staff to configure the system for optimal use by the library staff and the Reed community, prepare data for migration, and ensure optimal system performance.

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U.S. Public Libraries and BTOP [Broadband Technology Opportunities Program]

Posted in Digital Culture, Libraries, Reports and White Papers on February 13th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The American Library Association's Office for Information Technology Policy has released a draft of U.S. Public Libraries and BTOP. BTOP stands for the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program.

Here's an excerpt:

Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) awarded just over $4 billion to 233 Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) projects. . . .

This pre-publication report from the American Library Association presents state-level library projects underway across the country, and provides a broad (but not yet comprehensive) look at the library improvements and community impacts that are resulting from BTOP funding.

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Systems Administrator at Kansas State University Libraries

Posted in Digital Library Jobs, Library IT Jobs on February 13th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Kansas State University Libraries are recruiting a Systems Administrator.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Work will center on developing technical infrastructure on Linux/Solaris platform to support projects related to repository development, Web services, Scholarly publishing and content management systems.

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Research Data Management Survey: Report

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Reports and White Papers on February 13th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Thomas Parsons, Shirley Grimshaw, and Laurian Williamson have self-archived Research Data Management Survey: Report in Nottingham ePrints.

Here's an excerpt:

The ADMIRe project is a JISC funded project designed to create a sustainable Research Data Management infrastructure at The University of Nottingham. . . .

As part of the requirements gathering phases, a survey was designed and disseminated to researchers across the University. This served multiple purposes:

  1. To baseline current RDM practices
  2. To gather the researcher's requirements for RDM
  3. Raise awareness for the prospective service and gauge interest levels for the proposed service.

| Research Data Curation Bibliography, Version 2 (XHTML website; over 200 entries) | Digital Scholarship |

Emerging Technologies Coordinator at Grand Valley State University Libraries

Posted in Library IT Jobs on February 12th, 2013 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Grand Valley State University Libraries are recruiting an Emerging Technologies Coordinator.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

  • Explore future trends in evolving technologies and maintains awareness of current trends in the field.
  • Collaborate with departments to showcase technology achievements
  • Collaborates with the Digital Initiatives Librarian on emerging technology needs
  • Maintain close communication and knowledge of hybrid and online course development needs with Information Technology Instructional Design Specialists to research and provide technology solutions
  • Promotes, develops and supports the Library's technology-rich learning environments such as the Knowledge Market and Innovation Zone.
  • Provides and/or coordinates digital exhibits of emerging technologies

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