Pamela Samuelson: "Legislative Alternatives to the Google Book Settlement"

Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars, E-Books, Google and Other Search Engines, Mass Digitizaton, Publishing on April 26th, 2011 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Pamela Samuelson has self-archived "Legislative Alternatives to the Google Book Settlement" in SSRN.

Here's an excerpt:

In the aftermath of Judge Chin's rejection of the proposed Google Book settlement, it is time to consider legislative alternatives. This article explores a number of component parts of a legislative package that might accomplish many of the good things that the proposed settlement promised without the downsides that would have attended judicial approval of it. It gives particular attention to the idea of an extended collective licensing regime as a way to make out-of-print but in-copyright books more widely available to the public. But it also considers several other measures, such as one aimed at allowing orphan works to be made available and some new privileges that would allow digitization for preservation purposes and nonconsumptive research uses of a digital library of books from the collections of major research libraries.

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Information Technology Librarian at University of Maine Farmington’s Mantor Library

Posted in Library IT Jobs on April 25th, 2011 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of Maine Farmington's Mantor Library is recruiting an Information Technology Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Mantor Library at the University of Maine at Farmington seeks a creative, knowledgeable, and service-oriented professional to play a pivotal role in the development and maintenance of its information technology systems and endeavors. Reporting to the Library Information Services Manager, the Information Technology Librarian’s responsibilities include (but are not limited to): maintaining and troubleshooting library technology, investigating and implementing emerging technologies (including e-resources), assisting with the development and maintenance of the library’s online web presence, and providing technological support for library users and staff. Additionally, as a member of the professional staff, the Information Technology Librarian is part of the Information Literacy Program education team and provides regular reference assistance.

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Institutional Repository Project Summary Report Sept 2007-Sept 2010

Posted in Institutional Repositories, Reports and White Papers on April 25th, 2011 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Cal Poly Library Services has released Institutional Repository Project Summary Report Sept 2007-Sept 2010.

Here's an excerpt:

This final project report to the Provost summarizes the work of the Digital Repository Librarian and Digital Repository Assistant (LAII) during the three-year Provost-funded DigitalCommons@CalPoly service, during Academic Year (AY) 2007-2010. It is based on the subtask and annual reports that have been established during the project. Recommendations for future activities are also included.

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Current News: Twitter Updates for 4/25/11

Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on April 25th, 2011 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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Library Systems Administrator at Pacific University Library

Posted in Library IT Jobs on April 25th, 2011 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Pacific University Library is recruiting a Library Systems Administrator

Here's an excerpt from the ad (classification: #654 faculty):

Pacific University Library is seeking an innovative and creative information professional for the position of Library Systems and Applications Administrator. The successful candidate will provide enthusiastic and passionate leadership in technology applications and support, with a strong commitment to service. The primary responsibility of the Library Systems and Applications Administrator is to identify, implement, and support computer applications and technology that enhance the Library's ability to deliver its core services in both local and global networked environments. This individual provides technical and application support for the Library catalog, Interlibrary Services, Summit Borrowing, electronic resource management, online collections, and digital services projects. The position requires strong analytical and communications skills to develop and implement successful technology strategies for Library operations and functions. The Systems and Applications Administrator reports to the University Librarian.

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Lawrence Lessig Video: The Architecture of Access to Scientific Knowledge: Just How Badly We Have Messed This Up

Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars, Open Access on April 25th, 2011 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

CERN has released The Architecture of Access to Scientific Knowledge: Just How Badly We Have Messed This Up.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

In this talk, Professor Lessig will review the evolution of access to scientific scholarship, and evaluate the success of this system of access against a background norm of universal access.

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Emerging Technologies Librarian at Cochise College

Posted in Library IT Jobs on April 24th, 2011 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Cochise College is recruiting an Emerging Technologies Librarian (10-month work year).

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

This position works primarily at the Sierra Vista Campus but has district-wide responsibilities. The position manages and supervises Library/IMS technological systems including data bases, webpages, and servers; teaches information literacy classes; develops, adapts, and implements innovative technological services to meet the information needs of the Library and College; supports academic research and reference for students, faculty, staff, and the local community; takes part in the evaluation and selection of materials and services.

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Digital Preservation: JHOVE2 2.0.0 Released

Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on April 24th, 2011 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The JHOVE2 project team has released version 2.0.0 of JHOVE2. JHOVE2 is "open source software for format-aware characterization of digital objects."

Here's an excerpt from the press release:

This release supports all the major technical objectives of the project, including a more sophisticated, modular architecture; signature-based file identification; policy-based assessment of objects; recursive characterization of objects comprising aggregate files and files arbitrarily nested in containers; and extensive configuration and reporting options. It provides a stabile interface against which developers can code new format modules.

Format modules included in this release are:

  • ICC color profiles
  • SGML
  • Shapefile
  • TIFF
  • UTF-8
  • WAVE
  • XML
  • Zip

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Current News: Twitter Updates for 4/24/11

Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on April 24th, 2011 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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Emerging Technologies Librarian at University of Arizona Health Sciences Library

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on April 24th, 2011 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of Arizona Health Sciences Library is recruiting an Emerging Technologies Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad (job number: 47346):

Incumbent will work in partnership with librarians, staff and clientele to design, develop and implement technologically innovative services and web-based access to information resources. The successful candidate will explore and propose new technologies to support library instruction, website design, delivery of information, enhanced communication with users and digitization projects, etc. The librarian is responsible for identifying, assessing and implementing new technologies, evaluating the effectiveness of these new technologies after they have been implemented as well as finding innovative ways to use existing applications as a means for delivering information services and resources. Supports and trains librarians, staff and users in the use of these technologies.

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"STM Statement on Negotiating Rights for Institutional Repository Postings and Author Rights"

Posted in Author Rights, Copyright, Institutional Repositories, Open Access on April 24th, 2011 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

STM has released the "STM Statement on Negotiating Rights for Institutional Repository Postings and Author Rights."

Here's an excerpt:

Recently some advocates for institutional repositories have noted that, in connection with the responsibilities that academic and research libraries may have for coordinating the scholarly output of author-researchers at their institutions, there are efficiencies to be gained in negotiating at an institutional level with journal publishers. . . .

STM publishers are of the view that content license negotiations deal appropriately with questions about the scope of content that will be accessible for each institutional subscriber as well as the scope of usage rights and relative costs for such accessibility and rights. These negotiations are often complex, especially given that in recent years efforts have been made to manage negotiations through procurement processes of different kinds. We hold the view that conflating author rights issues and institutional content licenses serves only to add greater complexity and possible legal uncertainty to such licenses without adding meaningful benefits for authors.

SPARC, SPARC Europe and COAR have issued a "Public Response on Behalf of SPARC, SPARC Europe and COAR Regarding Publishers Self-Deposit Policies."

Here's an excerpt:

We have recently noted that some journal publishers have sought to negotiate individually with universities and research institutes, seeking to increase embargo periods for authors depositing pre-prints of their articles into repositories, and requesting embargo periods that go beyond what is already stated in the publishers' own policies.

We strongly urge institutions not to enter into individual agreements with publishers that supersede the existing policies of the publisher or any previous licensing agreements.

We also call on the publishers not to further hinder the deposit—and accessibility—of pre-prints with additional restrictions, regulations and policies. Proliferation of this practice will result in an environment that is confusing to navigate for end users, and increasingly difficult for individual institutions to effectively maintain.

Read more about it at "Double Talk."

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DigitalKoans Returns on 4/25/11

Posted in Announcements on April 17th, 2011 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

DigitalKoans postings will resume on 4/25/11.

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