Archive for May, 2015

University Systems Librarian, Digital Initiatives at CUNY

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on May 4th, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

CUNY is recruiting a University Systems Librarian, Digital Initiatives.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Office seeks a University Systems Librarian specializing in Digital Initiatives to provide technical expertise and guidance for CUNY's cloud-based Institutional Repository, digital collections and shared responsibility for CUNY's discovery service.

Reporting to the University Director of Library Systems, the Digital Initiatives Librarian will focus on data, platform, and workflow integration and interoperability, metadata extraction, transformation, and reuse, analytics and reporting, search strategies and services, and problem diagnosis and resolution.

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Ann D. Thornton Named as Columbia University’s University Librarian and Vice Provost

Posted in ARL Libraries, People in the News, Research Libraries on May 4th, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Ann D. Thornton has been named as Columbia University's University Librarian and Vice Provost.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

"Columbia's library system is a dynamic academic resource that is at the very core of our teaching and research missions," [Columbia University President Lee] Bollinger said. "Ann's broad experience is ideally suited to the task of harnessing both digital technology and intellectual vision to expand our collections and enhance their long-term value not only to our university, but also to our society."

Thornton has held a series of senior leadership positions at the New York Public Libraries, spanning the sciences, business, the humanities and social sciences. She has been responsible for collecting, preserving and presenting the institution's vast collections. She has also helped lead in the areas of electronic resources, reference and research services and public training. Before coming to New York, she was a systems librarian with the University of Houston Libraries. . . .

After earning her bachelor's degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Thornton received her master's degree in information studies from Florida State University. She has published and spoken widely on the nexus of research, teaching, learning and leadership.

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Librarian 1 (Digital Production) at Southern Methodist University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on May 1st, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Southern Methodist University is recruiting a Librarian 1 (Digital Production).

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Digital Production Librarian (a Librarian 1 position) supports the primary mission of the Norwick Center for Digital Services—the digitizing, annotating and presentation via the web of items from CUL special collections. Working with the Digital Collections developer as well as staff, student workers, curators, stakeholders, and partners, the Digital Production Librarian will play a prominent role in metadata creation, digitization, digital collections management, and digital archiving so that digital projects are completed in a timely manner.

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Director of Copyright Services at Cornell University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on May 1st, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Cornell University is recruiting a Director of Copyright Services.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

We are seeking a Director of Copyright Services who will lead a program of assistance,consultancy, training, and advocacy to promote effective sharing and use of scholarly resources, including issues such as fair use, open access, author's rights, and Creative Commons licensing. The target audience for this program is the broad Cornell community, including faculty, staff, and students. The position will be reporting to the Associate University Librarian for collections, digital scholarship, and preservation services. The incumbent will collaborate with a range of constituencies, including liaison librarians, selectors, and acquisition staff in understanding service and policy development needs in the program area and serve as liaison to the Office of University Counsel on legal-related issues. This position is expected to be 50% to 75% of full-time equivalent.

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USTR Releases 2015 Special 301 Report on Intellectual Property Rights

Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars on May 1st, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) has released its 2015 Special 301 Report.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

The "Special 301" Report is an annual review of the global state of IPR protection and enforcement. USTR conducts this review pursuant to Section 182 of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended by the Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act of 1988 and the Uruguay Round Agreements Act.

USTR reviewed seventy-two (72) trading partners for this year's Special 301 Report, and placed thirty-seven (37) of them on the Priority Watch List or Watch List.

In this year's Report, trading partners on the Priority Watch List present the most significant concerns this year regarding insufficient IPR protection or enforcement or actions that otherwise limited market access for persons relying on intellectual property protection. Thirteen countries—Algeria, Argentina, Chile, China, Ecuador, India, Indonesia, Kuwait, Pakistan, Russia, Thailand, Ukraine, and Venezuela—are on the Priority Watch List. These countries will be the subject of particularly intense bilateral engagement during the coming year.

See also “Error: Copyright Balance Not Found in United States’ Special 301 Report” from the EFF.

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"Fast and Made to Last: Academic Blogs Look to Ensure Long-Term Accessibility and Stability of Content"

Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Publishing, Social Media/Web 2.0 on May 1st, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Christof Schöch has published "Fast and Made to Last: Academic Blogs Look to Ensure Long-Term Accessibility and Stability of Content" in Impact of Social Sciences.

Here's an excerpt:

The advantage of blogs compared with such talks is that here, discussions can happen across geographical and temporal borders, and that they stay visible online in comments or companion posts. But aren't blog posts, ultimately, almost as fleeting as a talk at a workshop? Who makes sure the content stays online not just today and tomorrow, but in the long term? Who guarantees that the link to the post remains the same? Who ensures that the text will not be modified later on? These are issues that need to be resolved if blogs are to be reliable, trusted, citeable resources and receive academic recognition even in the absence of traditional pre-publication peer-review. . . . The research blogging platform hypotheses.org has understood this early on. This fact is undoubtedly a factor in the success of the platform, which is run by the French initiative OpenEdition and currently hosts 1006 (and counting) research blogs in French, Spanish, Portuguese, German and English coming from the Humanities and Social Sciences.

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