Digital Access and Systems Librarian at Champlain College Library

Posted in Library IT Jobs on February 20th, 2014

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

    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

      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 Legislation and Government Regulation, Net Neutrality on February 20th, 2014

        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

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            Digital Services Librarian at Sheldon Margen Public Health Library

            Posted in Library IT Jobs on February 19th, 2014

            The Sheldon Margen Public Health Library is recruiting a Digital Services Librarian.

            Here's an excerpt from the ad:

            Under the general direction of the Head of the Public Health Library and the Head of Library Applications and Publishing, the Digital Services Librarian will be responsible for managing the Public Health Library's enterprise IT services (40%) and engaging in instructional design and outreach to the Public Health community (60%). The management of IT services includes oversight of content and design, as well as close collaboration with University Library IT to ensure that the web services are in compliance with security, service continuity and service quality standards. The position will also serve a digital instruction role, creating and maintaining web content including digital learning objects and engaging in outreach efforts with Public Health patrons and communities.

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              "Impact of Public Domain Resources On Public Libraries in the United States"

              Posted in Copyright, Creative Commons/Open Licenses, Libraries, Public Domain on February 19th, 2014

              Anne Arendt and Dustin Fife have published "Impact of Public Domain Resources On Public Libraries in the United States" in the Journal of Librarianship and Information Science.

              Here's an excerpt:

              Ownership and rights issues relating to electronic resources can be a source of angst, confusion and litigation. This is due in part to the automatic copyright many individuals receive, including in the United States, upon creation of an original work. However, there are options available for relaxing these rights. One of these options is Creative Commons Zero. . . . Based on the above, this document researches the awareness, complexity and effects of Creative Commons Zero and related licenses on libraries as perceived by library directors and managers across the United States. In order to accomplish this, a quantitative survey was administered in an anonymous web-based format.

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                Associate Dean for Digital Initiatives at San Jose State University Library

                Posted in Digital Library Jobs on February 19th, 2014

                The San Jose State University Library is recruiting an Associate Dean for Digital Initiatives.

                Here's an excerpt from the ad:

                This Associate Dean will provide leadership in conceptualizing and implementing new digital initiatives that best serve our students and faculty. We are looking for someone with a vision for incorporating leading-edge technology and services into the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. library. A priority for this position, is putting these advanced technologies directly into the hands of students to give them a competitive advantage in their work. The Associate Dean, as the digital initiatives leader for the library, will use his/her knowledge of current and emerging technologies and concepts to keep core systems and initiatives effective, evolving, and nimble; to take full advantage of innovative technical opportunities; to inform the library management, faculty, and staff of new technology options; and to continue expanding our digital initiatives.

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