Archive for January, 2014

State of the Internet Report: Third Quarter, 2013

Posted in Digital Culture, Reports and White Papers on January 29th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Akamai Technologies, Inc. has released the State of the Internet Report: Third Quarter, 2013.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

This report includes data gathered from across the Akamai Intelligent Platform about attack traffic, broadband adoption, mobile connectivity and other relevant topics concerning the Internet and its usage, as well as trends seen in this data over time.

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Digital Collections Librarian at Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on January 29th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries are recruiting a Digital Collections Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to the Digital Collections Systems Librarian, the Digital Collections Librarian provides innovative and sustainable solutions for the maintenance and presentation of VCU Libraries digital assets. Working in a team environment across departments, the incumbent will be responsible for supervising, evaluating and optimizing digitization procedures, including capture, presentation, and preservation. The Digital Collections Librarian will manage the Digital Production Unit, which consists of one full-time staff member and student workers. The successful candidate will efficiently leverage digital asset management, institutional repository, and publishing systems to encourage discovery and use of digital assets by both the university and the larger scholarly community.

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"Setting the Record Straight about Elsevier"

Posted in Copyright, Publishing, Scholarly Journals, Self-Archiving on January 29th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Kevin Smith has published "Setting the Record Straight about Elsevier" in Scholarly Communications @ Duke.

Here's an excerpt:

Each [article] version is a revision of the original, and the copyright is the same for all these derivatives. When copyright is transferred to a publisher, the rights in the entire set of versions, as derivatives of one another, are included in the transfer. Authors are not allowed to use their post-prints because the rights in that version are not covered in the transfer; they are allowed to use post-prints only because the right to do so, in specified situations, is licensed back to them as part of the publication agreement.

Once a copyright transfer has been signed, all of the rights that the author may still have are because of specific contractual terms, which are usually contained in the transfer document itself. In short, these agreements usually give all of the rights under copyright to the publisher and then license back very small, carefully defined slivers of those rights back to the author. One of those slivers is often, but not always, the right to use a submitted version, or post-print, in carefully limited ways.

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Digital Curation News (1/28/2014) #digitalpreservation

Posted in Digital Curation News on January 28th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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Digital Resources Librarian at Arcadia University Library

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on January 28th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Arcadia University Library is recruiting a Digital Resources Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Digital Resources Librarian is responsible for managing the University's new Digital Repository, including soliciting exemplary student work from faculty, collaborating extensively with other University departments, and educating faculty about the benefits of open-access resources for research. He or she will also assist in implementing and providing instruction in the use of new digital technologies for library staff and Arcadia faculty.

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Dana C. Rooks to Step Down as Dean of the University of Houston Libraries

Posted in ARL Libraries, People in the News, Texas Academic Libraries on January 28th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Dana C. Rooks has announced her intention to step down as Dean of the University of Houston Libraries when her successor is appointed.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

"Dana has helped shape library services in the state of Texas," [Provost Paula] Short said in the email. "She is recognized as one of the founders of TexShare, an innovative model for statewide library resource sharing. She is also one of the founders of the Texas Digital Library and currently serves as chair of its governing board." . . .

"I am pleased that upon her stepping down, she has agreed to assist me on several new initiatives in a new role in the provost office," Short said in the email.

Among her many accomplishments, Rooks was active in the UH Libraries' pioneering digital publishing program, serving as an associate editor of The Public-Access Computer Systems Review, the first open access journal in the field of library and information science, founding co-editor of Public-Access Computer Systems News, an early electronic newsletter, and moderator of PACS-L, an early LISTSERV mailing list about public-access computers in libraries.

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Senior Systems Administrator at Texas Digital Library

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on January 28th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Texas Digital Library is recruiting a Senior Systems Administrator.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Act as leader of the TDL Systems team, overseeing the administration of systems including repositories, preservation systems, the Vireo Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Management System, and other tools supporting scholarly communication activities as key services of the Texas Digital Library. Develop an architecture for standardization, security, and back-up assurance for TDL services within the Amazon cloud for multiple client universities. Provide lead system administration for DSpace repository management. Support applications for data processing, remote database interfaces, and associated run-time environments and operate in a Linux environment at Amazon Web Service. Work with Director of Operations to design or integrate, code, test and deploy applications for support of services

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John Willinsky Gets SPARC Innovator Award

Posted in Open Access, People in the News, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on January 28th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

John Willinsky has received a SPARC Innovator Award.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

In the late 1990s, Willinsky founded the Public Knowledge Project and developed Open Journal Systems (OJS), a free, open source platform that allows journals to be more easily and affordably published online. The results speak for themselves—today, more than 1.5 million articles are published in journals using the OJS platform. In 2012 alone, over 5,000 journals published at least 10 articles using the software Willinsky and his team pioneered.

Because Willinsky is both a visionary and pragmatist who brings effective business teams together, SPARC honors Willinsky with its January 2014 Innovator Award.

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Digital Curation News (1/27/2014) #digitalpreservation

Posted in Digital Curation News on January 27th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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Chief Technology Strategist at Harvard Library

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on January 27th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Harvard Library is recruiting a Chief Technology Strategist.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Chief Technology Strategist (CTS) is a new senior staff position which reports directly to the Vice President for the Harvard Library. The CTS will be a member of the Library Leadership Team, and will work closely with the head of Library Technology Services (LTS). LTS is a unit of 30 staff which is part of Harvard University Information Technology, Harvard University's centralized IT organization. The Harvard Library is itself a new entity, encompassing an integrated shared services element of Access Services; Information and Technical Services; and Preservation, Conservation, and Digital Imaging, and uniting through shared vision and policy the 73 libraries of Harvard's 12 schools.

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"’Safe Harbor’ for the Innocent Infringer in the Digital Age"

Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars on January 27th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Tonya M. Evans has self-archived "'Safe Harbor' for the Innocent Infringer in the Digital Age" in SSRN.

Here's an excerpt:

The primary goal of this Article is three-fold: (1) to explore the role of the innocent infringer archetype historically and in the digital age; (2) to highlight the tension between customary and generally accepted online uses and copyright law that compromise efficient use of technology and progress of the digital technologies, the Internet, and society at large; and (3) to offer a legislative fix in the form of safe harbor for direct innocent infringers. Such an exemption seems not only more efficient but also more just in the online environment where unwitting infringement for the average copyright consumer is far easier than ever to commit, extremely difficult to police, and often causes little, if any, cognizable market harm.

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Director Digital Experience at New York Public Library

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on January 27th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The New York Public Library is recruiting a Director Digital Experience.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to the Chief Library Officer of The New York Public Library, the Director, Digital Experience leads the experimentation, incubation, implementation and portfolio management of the digital user experience. . . .

As part of our service offering, the qualified candidate will have direct oversight of the NYPL innovation program (includes NYPL Labs), the vision and direction of our digital user experience, new digital product and service incubation and implementation, and digital portfolio management.

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