"STM’s New Publishing Licenses Raise Antitrust Concerns Amid Wider Efforts to Pollute Open Access Standards"

Posted in Copyright, Creative Commons/Open Licenses, Open Access, Publishing on August 25th, 2014

Ariel Katz has published "STM's New Publishing Licenses Raise Antitrust Concerns Amid Wider Efforts to Pollute Open Access Standards" in LSE Impact of Social Sciences.

Here's an excerpt:

For antitrust purposes, when a group of publishers adopts a set of uniform licenses, or when it recommends that its members adopt them, they tread in the area of antitrust law's core concern: "price fixing". In antitrust lingo the term price fixing is not limited to coordinating on price, but applies to any coordination that affects the quantity, quality, or any other feature of the product. Indeed, "[t]erms of use are no less a part of 'the product,'"[1] and competition between publishers is supposed to ensure optimal license terms just as it is expected to guarantee competitive prices. Therefore, when a group of publishers coordinates license terms, their concerted action is not conceptually different for antitrust purposes from a decision to coordinate subscription fees (downstream) or submission fees (upstream), and when the group represents the leading publishers and affects the majority of publications, antitrust concerns are further heightened.

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    Web Development Specialist at University of Akron

    Posted in Library IT Jobs on August 25th, 2014

    The University of Akron is recruiting a Web Development Specialist.

    Here's an excerpt from the ad.

    As the University Libraries Web Development Specialist you will be responsible for designing, writing, and editing complex web pages and templates, including those which incorporate media and forms. Most work will be done using web editing software and content management systems. Following usability standards and parameters set forth by the university, you will develop and maintain the University Libraries web presence, online library catalog interface, and related locally and remotely hosted systems. You will be responsible for designing and maintaining a seamless online user experience across multiple vendor and content management platforms. Using tools such as Microsoft SharePoint and WordPress, you will assist in the development and maintenance of the library's intranet.

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      "How Streaming Media Could Threaten the Mission of Libraries"

      Posted in Copyright, Libraries, Licenses, Research Libraries on August 25th, 2014

      Steve Kolowich has published "How Streaming Media Could Threaten the Mission of Libraries" in Wired Campus.

      Here's an excerpt:

      Welcome to content licensing, a great source of anxiety for librarians in the digital era. In previous decades, the university librarians might have bought a CD of the Dudamel album for $25 and kept it in circulation it for as long as the disc remained viable. Here they were asked to pay the publisher 10 times that amount (plus a licensing fee that would probably exceed the processing fee) for access to a quarter of the album for two years.

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        Programmer Analyst 2 at Yale University

        Posted in Digital Library Jobs on August 22nd, 2014

        Yale University is recruiting a Programmer Analyst 2 .

        Here's an excerpt from the ad.

        Reporting to the Manager of Digital Library and Programming Services, the Programmer Analyst 2 will work to deliver more library content and services to our users from our web applications by developing innovative tools that help patrons discover and use library collections and services. The incumbent plans, develops, implements, tests, and documents computer programs, applying knowledge of programming techniques and computer systems. Evaluates user requests for new or modified programs to determine feasibility, cost and time required, compatibility with current systems, and computer capabilities

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          "Keeping Up With… Net Neutrality"

          Posted in Net Neutrality on August 22nd, 2014

          ACRL has released "Keeping Up With… Net Neutrality".

          Network neutrality, a term coined by Columbia Law School professor Tim Wu in 2003[1], is the idea that an internet service provider (ISP) should treat all the data that travels through its network equally, regardless of the source, destination, or content of that data. In practice, this means that the data packets that make up streaming video, images from a digital archive, massively multiplayer online games, and class material in a course management system are all delivered from server to user indiscriminately, with minor modifications for network optimization. Discriminating against or blocking content from reaching an end user (e.g. slowing down certain websites like Netflix or blocking access to a service like Apple's FaceTime) violates the principle of net neutrality.

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            E-Research and Digital Scholarship Services Librarian at University of California, Irvine

            Posted in Digital Library Jobs on August 22nd, 2014

            The University of California, Irvine is recruiting a E-Research and Digital Scholarship Services Librarian.

            Here's an excerpt from the ad.

            The E-Research and Digital Scholarship Services Unit is being formed within the Collection Development Department to capitalize on digital services offered locally and throughout the UC system to assist in the research, publication, and teaching missions of the University. The Unit will perform outreach, advertise, educate, and collaborate with faculty and researchers directly, and through the assistance and education of subject liaisons across all library departments.

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              NMC Horizon Report: 2014 Library Edition

              Posted in Emerging Technologies, Libraries, Reports and White Papers, Research Libraries on August 22nd, 2014

              NMC has released the NMC Horizon Report: 2014 Library Edition.

              Here’s an excerpt from the press release:

              The NMC Horizon Report: 2014 Library Edition, examines key trends, significant challenges, and emerging technologies for their potential impact on academic and research libraries worldwide. While there are many local factors affecting libraries, there are also issues that transcend regional boundaries and common questions; it was with these questions in mind that this report was created.

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                Digital Curation News (8/21/2014) #digitalpreservation

                Posted in Digital Curation News on August 21st, 2014

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