Ithaka S+R Library Survey 2010: Insights from U.S. Academic Library Directors

Posted in Libraries, Reports and White Papers, Research Libraries on April 4th, 2011

Ithaka S+R has released the Ithaka S+R Library Survey 2010: Insights from U.S. Academic Library Directors.

Here's an excerpt from the press release:

Ithaka S+R, a not-for-profit strategic consulting and research service for the academic and cultural heritage community, released today its Library Survey 2010: Insights from U.S. Academic Library Directors, offering a strategic analysis on the state of the library to help library leadership plan for the future. Over 200 library administrators from U.S. based four year colleges and institutions weighed in on issues related to the strategies they are pursuing for their libraries, the management of library collections, the development of new digital collections, and the creation of new services to meet changing user needs. . . .

The survey findings indicated that there is a consensus on key strategic issues, including the clear shift away from print to digital journals and the prioritization of teaching and instruction as core library functions. But, some findings suggest broad divergences not only among library directors but also among library directors and faculty members, as made evident through a comparison with data from the Ithaka S+R Faculty Survey 2009.

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    Web Developer 2 at University of Houston Libraries

    Posted in Digital Library Jobs, Library IT Jobs on April 3rd, 2011

    The University of Houston Libraries are recruiting a Web Developer 2.

    Here's an excerpt from the ad (posting number: 066088):

    Works as a member of the Web Services Department and in conjunction with the Digital Services Department to design, develop and maintain the many proprietary and open source web applications used within the University of Houston Libraries to enhance the Libraries' virtual presence and digital initiatives. . . .

    1. Manages the customization of the user interface within the Digital Library and related applications
    2. Incorporates appropriate design principles and branding consistent with guidelines established by the UH Libraries
    3. Assists in the planning, designing, development, documentation and ongoing maintenance of the Libraries' internal and external web applications, database interfaces and mobile tools
    4. Assists with quality assurance, accessibility and usability testing of web applications to ensure user satisfaction and compliance with UH Libraries' standards
    5. Acts as a creative team player within Web Services on projects and coordinates with colleagues in the Libraries and UH community as needed

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      Reader Privacy Act of 2011

      Posted in Legislation and Government Regulation, Privacy on April 3rd, 2011

      Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) has introduced the Reader Privacy Act of 2011 in the California State Senate.

      Here's an excerpt from the press release:

      Today, California Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) announced the Reader Privacy Act of 2011 – legislation that would require government agencies to seek a warrant or court order in order to access consumers' reading records from bookstores and online retailers.  SB 602 would establish consumer protections for book purchases similar to long-established privacy laws for library records.

      "Current law is completely inadequate when it comes to protecting one's privacy for book purchases, especially considering the increasing popularity of online shopping and electronic books," said Yee. "Individuals should be free to buy books without fear of government intrusion and witch hunts. If law enforcement has reason to suspect wrongdoing, they can obtain a warrant for such information."

      Many bookstores already collect information about readers and their purchases.  Digital book services can collect even more detailed information including which books are browsed, how long each page is viewed, and even digital notes made in the margins.

      Historically, sensitive reader information has come under fire. During the McCarthy hearings of the 1950s, Americans were questioned about whether they had read Marx or Lenin. In the years following September 11, 2001, the FBI sought patron information from more than 200 libraries.

      Just this past year, Amazon was asked by the North Carolina Department of Revenue to turn over 50 million purchase records including books, videos, and other expressive material. 

      SB 602 will update California state law to ensure that government and third parties cannot access Californians' reading records without proper justification. . . .

      SB 602 will receive its first hearing in Senate Judiciary Committee in April.

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        Current News: Twitter Updates for 4/3/11

        Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on April 3rd, 2011

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          Digital Repository Manager at Brown University Library

          Posted in Digital Library Jobs on April 3rd, 2011

          Here's an excerpt from the ad (job number: B01293):

          The Digital Repository Manager will be responsible for managing the Brown Digital Repository. He/she will oversee programming projects, data management, and the development of web services for working with repository materials.

          Supervise the on-going development of the Brown Digital Repository to meet the critical needs of University and Library stakeholders. Identify and prioritize programming projects based on stakeholder needs. Implement project management methodologies to ensure that repository services are deployed in a reliable and timely manner. Supervise the Digital Repository Programmer and coordinate assignments and with other digital library developers and project managers. Ensure that developers have sufficient information and resources to meet project goals. Facilitate the ongoing training and development of repository staff to address new technology requirements. Contribute to programming efforts as needed.

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            A Guide For the Perplexed Part IV: The Rejection of the Google Books Settlement

            Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars, E-Books, Google and Other Search Engines, Mass Digitizaton, Publishing on April 3rd, 2011

            The Library Copyright Alliance has released A Guide For the Perplexed Part IV: The Rejection of the Google Books Settlement.

            Here's an excerpt from the press release:

            This guide is the latest in a series prepared by LCA legal counsel Jonathan Band to help inform the library community about this landmark legal dispute.

            In the Guide Part IV, Band explains why the Court rejected the proposed class action settlement, which would have allowed Google to engage in a wide variety of activities using scanned books.

            As stated in the Guide, "The court concluded that the settlement was unfair because a substantial number of class members [i.e., authors and publishers] voiced significant concerns with the settlement.… However, the validity of the objections seemed less important to the court than the fact that many class members raised them."

            As for the impact of the decision on libraries, Band writes that while it is too early to say what the parties will do next, "it appears that both the challenges and the opportunities presented to libraries by the settlement when it was announced in the fall of 2008 are growing narrower and more distant."

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              Scholarly Electronic Publishing Weblog (March 31, 2011)

              Posted in Bibliographies, Digital Scholarship Publications, Scholarly Communication on March 31st, 2011

              The latest update of the Scholarly Electronic Publishing Weblog (SEPW) is now available. It provides information about new works related to scholarly electronic publishing, such as books, e-prints, journal articles, magazine articles, technical reports, and white papers.

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                SPARC Subject Repositories Forum Launched

                Posted in Digital Repositories, Disciplinary Archives on March 30th, 2011

                SPARC has launched the SPARC Subject Repositories Forum (SPARC-SR).

                Here's an excerpt from the press release:

                SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) has announced it will host a new discussion forum dedicated to the unique needs of the subject-based digital repository community. As repositories continue to grow as an engine for driving Open Access worldwide, new challenges and opportunities emerge and the demand for more focused conversations grows.

                The SPARC Subject Repositories Forum ("SPARC-SR") will enable subject repository managers, both inside and outside libraries, to share procedures and best practices, discuss possible joint projects, and support each other in providing access to an important realm of scholarly literature. The email discussion list will aim to build on the momentum of recent meetings – including SPARC’s digital repositories meeting as well as those focused on subject repositories – and will be the first formal electronic platform for subject repository advocates to collaborate. The founders and community managers of the forum include:

                • Jessica Adamick, Ethics Clearinghouse Librarian at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
                • Julie Kelly, librarian at the University of Minnesota and a coordinator of AgEcon Search, a repository for agricultural and applied economics.
                • Rebecca Reznik-Zellen, Science Librarian at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and Project Manager for InterNano, an information portal and subject repository for nanomanufacturing.

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