Archive for December, 2017

Monitoring the Transition to Open Access: December 2017

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Reports and White Papers, Scholarly Journals on December 6th, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Universities UK has released Monitoring the Transition to Open Access: December 2017.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

The proportion of UK research which is available via open access is increasing at a considerable rate, with 37% of research outputs freely available to the world immediately at publication.

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Director of Information Technology Services at University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Posted in Digital Library Jobs, Library IT Jobs on December 5th, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of Maryland, Baltimore County is recruiting a Director of Information Technology Services.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) seeks an individual to provide vision, leadership and strategic direction for a wide range of digital systems and services including new technology and library legacy technologies. The position is responsible for ensuring quality and reliable delivery of library technology systems and services and should encourage exploration in support of teaching, research, learning and collaboration for current and a new generation of library users.

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"Open Access, Power, and Privilege: A Response to ‘What I Learned from Predatory Publishing’"

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on December 5th, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Shea Swauger has published "Open Access, Power, and Privilege: A Response to 'What I Learned from Predatory Publishing" in College & Research Libraries News.

Here's an excerpt:

In June 2017, Jeffrey Beall published an opinion piece in Biochemia Medica titled "What I Learned from Predatory Publishers."1 While there are several elements of this publication that I find inaccurate or problematic, I'm choosing four specific themes within his piece to critique. In the interest of full disclosure, I am Jeffrey Beall's direct supervisor at the University of Colorado-Denver’s Auraria Library and have been since I began working there in July 2015.

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Vice Provost, Libraries and Cultural Resources at University of Calgary

Posted in ARL Libraries, Research Libraries on December 5th, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of Calgary is recruiting a Vice Provost, Libraries and Cultural Resources.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to the Provost and Vice-President (Academic) and interfacing as a collaborative member of the Provost Team, the Vice Provost, Libraries and Cultural Resources is responsible for the overall leadership and management of the LCR unit, and for the effective use of its resources. The Vice Provost will develop and administer a vision, policies, and procedures to ensure a high level of service to the community of LCR users is achieved, in support of their research and learning needs.

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"Congress Shouldn’t Turn the Copyright Office into a Copyright Court"

Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars on December 5th, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Mitch Stoltz and Corynne McSherry have published "Congress Shouldn't Turn the Copyright Office into a Copyright Court" in Deeplinks.

Here's an excerpt:

The current bill, the "CASE Act of 2017" (H.R. 3945), would set up a "Copyright Claims Board" within the Copyright Office, staffed by three judges called "Claims Officers" and empowered to hear copyright complaints from all over the country. Proceedings at the Claims Board would be voluntary, but if a respondent fails to opt out, the proceedings become binding, and the outcome can be enforced in federal court. The Board can issue damages awards of up to $15,000 per work infringed, or $30,000 per proceeding. If the parties consent, it can also issue "agreements to cease infringing activity" that become binding injunctions.

Unfortunately, the Copyright Office has a history of putting copyright holders' interests ahead of other important legal rights and policy concerns. We fear that any small claims process the Copyright Office conducts will tend to follow that pattern.

See also: "CASE Act of 2017"

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"Debunking Chairman Pai’s Claims about Net Neutrality"

Posted in Internet Regulation, Legislation and Government Regulation, Net Neutrality on December 1st, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn has released "Debunking Chairman Pai's Claims about Net Neutrality."

Here's an excerpt:

As an unwavering champion of net neutrality, FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn believes in setting the record straight. Chairman Pai made a number of claims and predictions in his dissent from the FCC’s 2015 Open Internet Order.

Just how good were the Chairman's predictions?

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Section Head, DevOps Services at Duke University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on December 1st, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Duke University is recruiting a Section Head, DevOps Services.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Provide leadership and management of a team of Development Operations (DevOps) Analysts, providing support, design, and maintenance of complex application environments. S/He will collaborate with Library IT and business managers and project Product Owners in Agile Sprint or Kanban planning, developing work tasks and schedules for staff, prioritizing those tasks based on staff abilities and commitments, and executing on communication plans to keep product managers and stakeholders well informed.

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Big Deal Cancellation Tracking

Posted in ALA, Scholarly Communication on December 1st, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

SPARC has released Big Deal Cancellation Tracking.

Here's an excerpt:

The "big deal" has often been compared to a cable or satellite TV package, an apt analogy insofar as the customer cannot choose to pass on content that is of no interest, with initial price breaks quickly giving way to locked-in increases. Much like the millions of consumers who have chosen to "cut the cord", a growing number of libraries are electing to critically appraise these big deals by assessing their collections, the value for money they are receiving from these packages, and how they might more strategically spend their finite collections resources. . . .

Among the institutions that have cancelled big deals are the following. This list is by no means comprehensive.

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MorphoSource Repository Developer at Duke University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on December 1st, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Duke University is recruiting a MorphoSource Repository Developer.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The MorphoSource Repository Developer will lead the design and development of a technical infrastructure to support the management, preservation and appropriate access to 3D digital assets hosted by the MorphoSource repository. MorphoSource is designed for archiving, interactive sharing, and tracking 3D digital assets and associated metadata relating to museum specimens, primarily 3D scans of anatomical specimens. This repository is used by scientists to collaborate on and to publish 3D data used in research; by museum curators to increase access to museum collections; by educators to enrich classroom instruction with otherwise-unavailable specimens; and by the public to access the "raw data" of scientific research. . . . This is a 3-Year Term Appointment with possibility of renewal.

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The Evolving Landscape of Federated Research Data Infrastructures

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management on December 1st, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Knowledge Exchange has released The Evolving Landscape of Federated Research Data Infrastructures.

Here's an excerpt:

This report, commissioned from Knowledge Exchange (KE), is an overview and synthesis of the evolving landscape of Federated Research Data Infrastructures (FRDIs) in the six KE partner countries: Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. The fieldwork and study underlying the report were undertaken by InformAll CIC during the first half of 2017, on the basis of interviews with experts from a range of organisations that run federated infrastructures in the respective countries.

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