Fair Use Evaluator and Exceptions for Instructors eTool Released

Posted in Copyright on July 23rd, 2009

The ALA Office for Information Technology Policy has released the Fair Use Evaluator and the Exceptions for Instructors eTool.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

The Fair Use Evaluator is an online tool that can help users understand how to determine if the use of a protected work is a "fair use." It helps users collect, organize, and document the information they may need to support a fair use claim, and provides a time-stamped PDF document for the users' records. . . .

The Exceptions for Instructors eTool guides users through the educational exceptions in U.S. copyright law, helping to explain and clarify rights and responsibilities for the performance and display of copyrighted content in traditional, distance and blended educational models.

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    John Wiley & Sons to Use Attributor Anti-Piracy Service

    Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars, Publishing on July 22nd, 2009

    John Wiley & Sons will use Attributor's anti-piracy service to track illegal use of its digital publications.

    Here's an excerpt from the press release:

    Attributor announced today that global publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc . . . has selected its anti-piracy service as a tool to identify unlawful use of its books, e-Books, and other content online and prevent use of the infringed copies. Attributor's technology monitors more than 35 billion pages, including hosting sites and link farms, quickly identifying unauthorized copies and taking action to remove them.

    "When Wiley content appears, without permission, on Web sites where users share the content free of charge or sell it without authorization, authors are cheated of their rightful compensation for their work. This affects us all, since the loss of compensation is a disincentive to authors' creativity and innovation," said Roy Kaufman, Legal Director, Wiley-Blackwell. "Wiley's agreement with Attributor will greatly enhance our ongoing pursuit of anyone who willfully infringe upon our intellectual property and will enable us to cost-effectively scale our anti-piracy efforts across the Web."

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      Coordinator, Library Systems at Texas Woman's University

      Posted in Library IT Jobs on July 22nd, 2009

      Texas Woman's University Libraries are recruiting a Coordinator, Library Systems.

      Here's an excerpt from the ad:

      Performs responsible leadership and administers and supports daily operational requirements of the Libraries' information computer network system including hardware and software, online library system (ExLibris' Voyager), and web based technologies. Duties typically involve overseeing the installation of hardware, software, system upgrades, network security, web page design, interface and updates, planning and implementing a long-range automation plan, creating period reports, providing system documentation. Work is performed under administrative direction.

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        Rejecta Mathematica: Send Your Rejected Math Articles Yearning to Be Published

        Posted in Publishing, Scholarly Journals on July 22nd, 2009

        The first issue of Rejecta Mathematica, an open access journal that publishes papers that have been rejected by other math journals has been published.

        Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

        We are pleased to announce that the inaugural issue of Rejecta Mathematica is now available at math.rejecta.org! To recap our mission, Rejecta Mathematica is an open access, online journal that publishes only papers that have been rejected from peer-reviewed journals in the mathematical sciences. In addition, every paper appearing in Rejecta Mathematica includes an open letter from its authors discussing the paper's original review process, disclosing any known flaws in the paper, and stating the case for the paper's value to the community.

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          "Institutional Repositories: Investigating User Groups and Comparative Evaluation Using Link Analysis"

          Posted in Institutional Repositories on July 22nd, 2009

          Paul Wells has self-archived his MSc thesis "Institutional Repositories: Investigating User Groups and Comparative Evaluation Using Link Analysis" in E-LIS.

          Here's an excerpt:

          The aim of this investigation was to look at user groups of institutional repositories. Past research on repository users has focused on authors and depositors at the expense of other users, and little is known about what types of user groups are associated with institutional repositories. This investigation used the research techniques of link analysis and content analysis to investigate links to institutional repository websites and determine what types of user groups are using repositories. These techniques were also examined for their use in providing a comparative evaluation of institutional repositories.

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            Two Presentations from the ALA 2009 "Digital Library Hardware Showcase" Session

            Posted in Digitization on July 22nd, 2009

            Below are two presentations from the ALA 2009 "Digital Library Hardware Showcase" session.

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              Clifford Lynch's "Revisiting Institutional Repositories" Presentation

              Posted in Institutional Repositories on July 21st, 2009

              A digital video of Clifford Lynch's "Revisiting Institutional Repositories" presentation at the CNI Spring 2009 Task Force Meeting is now available.

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                Barnes & Noble's eBookstore Offers over 700,000 E-Book Titles

                Posted in E-Books, Publishing on July 21st, 2009

                The Barnes & Noble’s eBookstore now offers over 700,000 e-book titles at $9.99 each. It will market the Plastic Logic eReader device in the future.

                Here's an excerpt from the press release:

                Barnes & Noble's launch encompasses:

                • Barnes & Noble's eBookstore offering its customers seamless access to more than 700,000 titles, including hundreds of new releases and bestsellers at only $9.99, making it the world's largest selection of eBooks available in one place.  The company expects that its selection will increase to well over one million titles within the next year, inclusive of every available eBook from every book publisher and every available eBook original, which is a fast growing marketplace.  
                • More than a half-million public domain books from Google, which can be downloaded for free.  Readers can discover and explore this rich treasure trove, including everything from classic works by well-known writers to long-forgotten and obscure titles that are historically much harder to access.
                • An upgraded version of its eReader application, which was part of the company's Fictionwise acquisition earlier this year.  This device-agnostic eBook application supports both wireless and wired access to the new Barnes & Noble eBookstore.  Millions of internet-enabled devices are currently supported by eReader, including the nation's two leading smartphone device families from Apple and BlackBerry®, as well as most Windows® and Mac® laptops or full-sized computers.
                • First-time users of the eReader will have the opportunity to download free eBooks, including titles such as Merriam-Webster's Pocket Dictionary, Sense and Sensibility, Little Women, Last of the Mohicans, Pride and Prejudice, and Dracula.  See site for further details.
                • A strategic commerce and content partnership with Plastic Logic, whose eReader device is especially designed for business professionals. Barnes & Noble will power the eBookstore for the Plastic Logic eReader device. The ultra thin 8.5 x 11 inch wireless eReader is slated to debut in early 2010.
                • The free, full-featured B&N Bookstore app for iPhone and iPod touch users, which is now the #1 downloaded book app in Apple's App Store. In addition to enabling customers to easily place orders for books, movies, and CDs, the app also lets users search millions of products simply by snapping a photo. Using the iPhone's camera, customers can snap a photo of the front cover and within seconds get product details, editorial reviews, and customer ratings – even find and reserve a copy in the nearest store. The app also includes a store locator, bestseller lists, book recommendations, and a store events calendar.
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                  Web Collection Curator at Columbia University

                  Posted in Digital Library Jobs on July 21st, 2009

                  The Columbia University Libraries are recruiting a Web Collection Curator (job ends July 1, 2012 with possibility of extension).

                  Here's an excerpt from the ad:

                  Reporting to the Director of Original and Special Materials and directed by a multi-divisional Working Group, this new position will play a leading role in creating a new infrastructure for web content collection in the Libraries. Columbia has received a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, to develop and implement procedures and best practices for the acquisition, description and preservation of web content, initially in the field of human rights. Columbia University's Center for Human Rights Documentation and Research holds the print archives of major human rights organizations such as Amnesty International USA and Human Rights Watch.

                  The incumbent will work closely a second web collection curator, selectors, archivists, digital projects staff, senior managers, scholars and individuals in human rights organizations around the world to build a "Human Rights Electronic Reference Collection." Major activities will include securing archiving permissions from human rights organizations, analyzing, harvesting, and cataloging web content, and integrating web materials with the Libraries print, electronic and archival collections. The incumbent will play an active role in ensuring that the procedures developed are sustainable and transferable to other disciplines and collections.

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                    eSciDoc Infrastructure Version 1.1 Released

                    Posted in Cyberinfrastructure/E-Science, Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Repositories, Open Source Software on July 21st, 2009

                    Version 1.1 of the eSciDoc Infrastructure has been released.

                    Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                    • Improved Ingest with support for pre-set states (e.g., ingest objects in status 'released'). Ingest performance has been improved significantly.
                    • Support for user preferences added
                    • Group policies extend the existing authorization options and allow for better support of collaborative working environments
                    • Support for Japanese character sets in full-text and metadata searches, including the extraction of Japanese text from PDF documents
                    • Support for OAI-PMH with dynamic sets based on filters
                    • Improved and extended functionality for the Admin Tool, which now comes with a web-based GUI

                    Here's a brief description of the eSciDoc Core Services, which are part of a larger software suite (see the General Concepts page for further information):

                    The eSciDoc Core Services form a middleware for e-Research applications. The Core Services encapsulate a repository (Fedora Commons) and implement a broad range of commonly used functionalities. The service-oriented architecture fosters the creation of autonomous services, which can be re-used independently from the rest of the infrastructure. The multi-disciplinary nature of the existing Solutions built on top of the Core Services ensure the coverage of a broad range of generic and discipline-specific requirements.

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                      University of Michigan to Offer Print-on-Demand Editions of Thousands of Public Domain Books via BookSurge

                      Posted in ARL Libraries, Digital Presses, Mass Digitizaton, Print-on-Demand, Publishing on July 21st, 2009

                      The University of Michigan will offer print-on-demand editions of thousands of public domain books via BookSurge for between $10 to about $45.

                      Here's an excerpt from the press release:

                      The agreement gives the public a unique opportunity to buy reprints of a wide range of titles in the U-M Library for as little as a few dollars. As individual copies are sold on Amazon.com, BookSurge will print and bind the books in soft-cover form.

                      "This agreement means that titles that have been generally unavailable for a century or more will be able to go back into print, one copy at a time," said Paul N. Courant, U-M librarian and dean of libraries.

                      "The agreement enables us to increase access to public domain books and other publications that have been digitized," Courant said. "We are very excited to be offering this service as a new way to increase access to the rich collections of the university library."

                      Maria Bonn, director of the U-M Library's scholarly publishing office, said the reprint program includes both books digitized by the U-M and those digitized through the U-M's partnership with Google. The initial offering on Amazon will include more than 400,000 titles in more than 200 languages ranging from Acoli to Zulu.

                      All of the books being offered on Amazon through BookSurge are titles that remain available in their original form at the U-M Library. The U-M has been offering a limited number of titles for reprint on demand with BookSurge and other distribution partners for the past five years. A reprint "best seller" might sell 100 copies, Bonn said.

                      The U-M will set the list price of each book. The agreement calls for a sharing of revenue between BookSurge and the university.

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                        "Should Copyright of Academic Works Be Abolished?"

                        Posted in Copyright, Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Communication on July 20th, 2009

                        Steven Shavell, Samuel R. Rosenthal Professor of Law and Economics at the Harvard Law School, has self-archived "Should Copyright of Academic Works Be Abolished?"

                        Here's an excerpt:

                        The conventional rationale for copyright of written works, that copyright is needed to foster their creation, is seemingly of limited applicability to the academic domain. For in a world without copyright of academic writing, academics would still benefit from publishing in the major way that they do now, namely, from gaining scholarly esteem. Yet publishers would presumably have to impose fees on authors, because publishers would not be able to profit from reader charges. If these publication fees would be borne by academics, their incentives to publish would be reduced. But if the publication fees would usually be paid by universities or grantors, the motive of academics to publish would be unlikely to decrease (and could actually increase)—suggesting that ending academic copyright would be socially desirable in view of the broad benefits of a copyright-free world. If so, the demise of academic copyright should be achieved by a change in law, for the 'open access' movement that effectively seeks this objective without modification of the law faces fundamental difficulties.

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