Archive for February, 2014

"Orphans in Turmoil: How a Legislative Solution Can Help Put the Orphan Works Dilemma to Rest"

Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars on February 24th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Vicenç Feliú has self-archived "Orphans in Turmoil: How a Legislative Solution Can Help Put the Orphan Works Dilemma to Rest" in SSRN.

Here's an excerpt:

The orphan works issue has continued to grow in the U.S. despite strong efforts to find a workable solution. Stake holders on both sides of the issue have proposed and opposed solutions and compromises that could have alleviated the problem, and we are still no closer to an agreement. This paper posits that the solutions offered in the proposed legislation of 2006 and 2008 provide a strong working foundation for a legislative answer to the issue. To make that answer workable, a new legislative effort would have to take into account the questions raised by stakeholders to the previous legislative attempts and provide workable answers. This paper also proposes those answers can be found in the working models used by other jurisdictions attempting to solve the orphan works dilemma.

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Digital Curation News (2/21/2014) #digitalpreservation

Posted in Digital Curation News on February 21st, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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Senior Programmer/Analyst at New York University Libraries

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on February 21st, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The New York University Libraries are recruiting a Senior Programmer/Analyst.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Design, plan, develop and implement high-level architecture and specifications for University-wide network information services and systems for the NYU Digital Library.

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Copyright Office Seeks Comments on Orphan Works and Mass Digitization

Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars, Legislation and Government Regulation, Mass Digitizaton on February 21st, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The US Copyright Office is seeking comments on orphan works and mass digitization and it will hold public roundtable discussions on these topics.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

The United States Copyright Office will host public roundtable discussions on potential legislative solutions for orphan works and mass digitization under U.S. copyright law on March 10-11, 2014, in Washington, D.C. Requests to participate should be submitted by February 24, 2014. For a participation request form, go to http://www.copyright.gov/orphan/participation-request-form.html.

The Office is also seeking public comments on potential legislative solutions for orphan works and mass digitization under U.S. copyright law. A comment form will be posted on the Copyright Office website at http://www.copyright.gov/orphan/ no later than March 12, 2014. Comments are due by April 14, 2014, and will be posted on the Copyright Office website.

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Head of Information Systems and Library Computing at Houston Academy of Medicine–Texas Medical Center Library

Posted in Library IT Jobs on February 21st, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Houston Academy of Medicine–Texas Medical Center Library is recruiting a Head of Information Systems and Library Computing.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Head of Information Systems and Library Computing provides leadership in the development and support of a reliable and secure information systems platform for library service delivery. The position supervises the work of Information Systems professionals responsible for server systems, storage, and library management technologies. In addition, the individual manages data and voice network operations including staff and public computing, application software and telecommunications, as well as specific facility and meeting room systems.

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APA/C-DAC International Conference on Digital Preservation and Development of Trusted Digital Repositories 2014 Proceedings

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Digital Repositories on February 21st, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The APA/C-DAC International Conference on Digital Preservation and Development of Trusted Digital Repositories 2014 proceedings have been released.

Presentations and session videos are also available.

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Digital Curation News (2/20/2014) #digitalpreservation

Posted in Digital Curation News on February 20th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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Digital Access and Systems Librarian at Champlain College Library

Posted in Library IT Jobs on February 20th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Champlain College Library is recruiting a Digital Access and Systems Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

This position provides administration, support and enhancement of a variety of library technology infrastructure, including the library management system, link resolver, and proxy server. With Champlain's primarily digital collection, the individual in this position is concerned with eliminating barriers to access of information including troubleshooting and maintaining e-resources and providing project management and oversight of technical services. S/he develops relevant training and documentation of processes for library staff. In addition to staying current in emerging professional trends relating to library automation, systems, and discovery, this position will have the opportunity to play a key role in planning and coordinating a transition to a new library management system within the next 18 months.

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"Copyright and Inequality"

Posted in Copyright on February 20th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Lea Shaver has self-archived "Copyright and Inequality."

Here's an excerpt:

The prevailing theory of copyright law imagines a marketplace efficiently serving up new works to an undifferentiated world of consumers. Yet the reality is that all consumers are not equal. The majority of the world's people experience copyright law not as a boon to consumer choice, but as a barrier to acquiring knowledge and taking part in cultural life. The resulting patterns of privilege and disadvantage, moreover, reinforce and perpetuate preexisting social divides. Class and culture combine to explain who wins, and who loses, from copyright protection. . . . This article highlights and explores these relationships between copyright and social inequality, offering a new perspective on what is at stake in debates over copyright reform on issues ranging from fair use to fashion and everything in between.

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Web Services Librarian at Ohio University Libraries

Posted in Library IT Jobs on February 20th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Ohio University Libraries are recruiting a Web Services Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to the Head of Web Services, the Web Services Librarian performs ongoing analysis of the Libraries' web presence to support continuous improvement of the user experience; participates in the development, operation, and maintenance of Libraries web sites and services; and works with library staff to develop knowledge and capability in the use of web sites and services.

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Net Neutrality: FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Issues Statement on FCC’s Open Internet Rules

Posted in Internet Regulation, Legislation and Government Regulation, Net Neutrality on February 20th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has issued a statement on the FCC's open internet rules.

Here's an excerpt from Public Knowledge's Sherwin Siy's analysis:

In short, the FCC is keeping all of its possible tools in play. From a legal standpoint, the obvious answer would be to follow the roadmap laid out by the D.C. Circuit's opinion and reclassify broadband as a telecommunications service. That would give the FCC all the authority it needs to preserve net neutrality. But the D.C. Circuit also acknowledged that section 706 gives the FCC broad power to do lots of other things, so long as they will encourage the deployment of broadband. . . .

Speaking of what you can do with section 706, the D.C. Circuit's opinion makes it pretty clear that, while you might not be able to do something that looks too much like traditional common carrier regulation with it, there's a heck of a lot you can do with it. For instance, Wheeler notes, the FCC would seem to have the power overturn state laws that ban communities from setting up their own broadband networks—laws passed with the lobbying muscle of ISPs that don't want the competition. The outer bounds of section 706 are now open for discussion—and they may provide a scope of regulatory power as broad as Title II might have (in some ways, potentially broader). That's another reason to have proceedings on section—ensuring that its authority is used to encourage deployment and competition, and not stray into more troubling areas like censorship or copyright filtering. This, too, should be a clue to the path ahead—one where Title II isn't a political polarizer, but instead a simple, direct application of the FCC's job to protect an open internet.

Read more about it at "FCC Thinks It Can Overturn State Laws That Restrict Public Broadband."

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Digital Curation News (2/19/2014) #digitalpreservation

Posted in Digital Curation News on February 19th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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