Archive for July, 2014

"EFF Urges Appeals Court to Keep Protecting Fair Use"

Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars, Google and Other Search Engines, Mass Digitizaton on July 15th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

EFF has released "EFF Urges Appeals Court to Keep Protecting Fair Use."

Here's an excerpt:

In this latest appeal, the Authors Guild (and its supporters) claim that fair use is being unjustly expanded, portraying Judge Chin's ruling and other recent court opinions as some kind of fair-use creep, stretching beyond the original intent of the doctrine. Specifically, the Guild argues that the first of the four statutory fair use factors—the purpose of the use, which asks whether the use of the copyrighted material is transformative and/or non-commercial—weighs against Google. The Authors Guild and its amici insist that a use cannot be transformative if it doesn't add new creative expression to the pre-existing work. But as Judge Chin so rightly recognized, a use can be transformative if serves a new and distinct purpose.

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Head, Library Systems & Information Technology at University of Saskatchewan

Posted in Library IT Jobs on July 15th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of Saskatchewan is recruiting a Head, Library Systems & Information Technology.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to the Associate Dean, University Library, the successful appointee will:

  • Provide visionary leadership and management for the development and delivery of library systems and technology products and services across the library
  • Contribute to library planning, including expertise relating to new and emerging services (e.g. the storage, retrieval and preservation of research data and scholarly outputs of the university; copyright management; GIS; etc.)
  • Provide leadership of LS&IT unit operations including the effective deployment of resources assigned to the unit

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"Estimates of the Continuously Publishing Core in the Scientific Workforce"

Posted in Publishing, Scholarly Communication on July 15th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

John P. A. Ioannidis et al. have published "Estimates of the Continuously Publishing Core in the Scientific Workforce" in PLOS ONE.

Here's an excerpt:

The proportion of the scientific workforce that maintains a continuous uninterrupted stream of publications each and every year over many years is very limited, but it accounts for the lion's share of researchers with high citation impact. This finding may have implications for the structure, stability and vulnerability of the scientific workforce.

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Digital Curation News (7/14/2014) #digitalpreservation

Posted in Digital Curation News on July 14th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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Emerging Technology Librarian at Rochester Institute of Technology

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on July 14th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Rochester Institute of Technology is recruiting an Emerging Technology Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

This position will identify and implement innovative uses of emerging information and web technologies to enhance the delivery of online content in a university setting including projects related to libraries, instruction, and student learning.

Specific projects may include piloting vendor applications, or using web services to improve the user experience in discovering, searching, or acquiring library materials and content. Additionally, the position will assist users in working with the Drupal CMS, customizing the interface for various applications, and integrating services from separate applications, including library databases and services supporting digital collections.

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What Does the HathiTrust Decision Mean for Libraries?

Posted in Copyright, Mass Digitizaton, Research Libraries on July 14th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Library Copyright Alliance has released What Does the HathiTrust Decision Mean for Libraries?.

Here's an excerpt:

The decision also demonstrates how the fair use right applies in the context of a specific library activity: mass digitization. The decision clearly indicates that the acts of a library digitizing the works in its collection, and the library's storage of the resulting digital files, are fair uses under section 107 of the Copyright Act. The decision, however, provides less certainty concerning the permissible access to those digital files. The only form of full-text access it addresses directly is access by the disabled. To be sure, this is an incredibly important result for these individuals. But the court provides little specific guidance concerning the permissibility of other forms of access. Nonetheless, the court's more general pronouncements concerning fair use should be helpful to libraries trying to determine the range of permitted access to their mass digitization projects.

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Digital Preservation Analyst at UC San Diego

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on July 14th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

UC San Diego is recruiting a Digital Preservation Analyst.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The UC San Diego Library is seeking an experienced digital preservation analyst to play a central role building and maintaining national digital preservation systems, to ensure future generations will have open access to our digital cultural materials. This person will be integral to several important digital preservation enterprises including Chronopolis, the Digital Preservation Network (DPN) and significant digital curation efforts on the UC San Diego campus. This position will also have the opportunity to work with, and influence, UC, national and international preservation developments.

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STM Releases Its Own Open Access Licenses

Posted in Copyright, Creative Commons/Open Licenses, Open Access, Publishing on July 14th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The International Association of Scientific, Technical & Medical Publishers (STM) has released its own collection of open access licenses.

Here's an excerpt:

STM believes that publishers should have the tools to offer a wide variety of appropriate licensing terms dependent on their economic model and business strategy. To that end, the Association has produced sample licences for a variety of uses within open access publishing.

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Digital Curation News (7/11/2014) #digitalpreservation

Posted in Digital Curation News on July 11th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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Digital Legal Resources and Systems Librarian at University of Maryland Carey School of Law

Posted in Library IT Jobs on July 11th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of Maryland Carey School of Law is recruiting a Digital Legal Resources and Systems Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to the Acting Director of the Law Library and working closely with the Resource Acquisitions & Metadata Services Librarian, this position will provide support for integrating resources, participate in the implementation and maintenance of a next generation library system, and engage in assessment of library practices and procedures.

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"Journal Collection Management and Open Access—Relationship Status: It’s Complicated"

Posted in Open Access, Research Libraries on July 11th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Miriam Lorenz has published "Journal Collection Management and Open Access—Relationship Status: It's Complicated" in IFLA WLIC 2014—Lyon.

Here's an excerpt:

The purpose of this study is to analyze how journal management in academic libraries (selection, cost organization and allocation) changes through the influence of Open Access and in what form the Open Access movement could be supported by established structures and processes of journal management. In the empirical part, the hypotheses will be verified through an international survey (Germany, Europe (mainly Great Britain), North America (mainly US)) of libraries' journal management staff in March and April 2014. . . . In this article, the first results of the survey will be presented and we will try to find out of how Open Access and journal collection management can be in a stable relationship and what challenges harmonic processes.

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Manager, Enterprise Library System, UITS at Indiana University Bloomington

Posted in Library IT Jobs on July 11th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Indiana University Bloomington is recruiting a Manager, Enterprise Library System, UITS.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Develops, in conjunction with the IU Libraries, long-range plans and strategies for systems development, implementation, and integration of enterprise library applications and services in use to acquire, describe, discover, circulate, and preserve print and electronic collections. Manages systems analysis and programming personnel for the Enterprise Library Systems Team (ELS).

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