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The University of North Texas is preparing an open access policy for consideration by faculty. To facilitate this initiative, UNT "will become the first public university in the state to begin a focused discussion on an open access policy" when it hosts an Open Access Symposium in May. The Symposium "is intended to move UNT and other academic institutions in Texas forward in consideration of institutional open access policies."
Here's an excerpt from the press release:
Sponsored by UNT's Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, the College of Information and UNT Libraries, the symposium may be the catalyst to position UNT as a state leader in open access, said Dr. Martin Halbert, dean of the UNT Libraries.
Before becoming the dean last fall, Halbert was director of digital innovations for the libraries at Emory University in Atlanta, where the Faculty Council approved a motion last year to allow the Library Policy Committee and Center for Faculty Development and Excellence to embark on a series of open access conversations with faculty groups before developing an open access/rights retention policy for the university. . . .
Organizers of the Open Access Symposium said they hope that the draft of an open access policy for UNT, which will be written by a committee created by the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, will be ready for campuswide discussions soon. The policy will draw from policies already adopted by other universities, including Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Kansas.
The Boston University Alumni Medical Library is recruiting a Web Coordinator & Information Service Librarian.
Here's an excerpt from the ad (tracking code: 5197):
The position has primary responsibility for development, design, updating, maintenance, evaluation, and overall coordination of the Library's My SQL/Cold Fusion database-driven website. This position provides information skills education and participates in the development of the BUSM curriculum database and other curriculum-support in-class resources, online tutorials, online assessment and evaluation tools, and recommends and uses new software and technologies for the Library's website and web-based education support. This position will also be responsible for staffing the Reference desk and providing general reference services, and assisting patrons conducting literature searches.
ACRL, ALA, ARL, and other organizations have sent a letter about the secret ACTA negotiations to U.S. Trade Representative Ambassador Ron Kirk.
Here's an excerpt:
This recent leak of a full [ACTA] text heightens our concern that this negotiation is not primarily about counterfeiting or piracy; nor is at all about trade law. The public rationale that the treaty would not impinge on domestic law has been placed in doubt—particularly when one considers whose domestic law would be endangered. As Google executives have recently experienced, it is not only U.S. domestic law that has consequences for U.S. technologists and service providers. Similarly, domestic interests in other participating countries should consider themselves at risk from provisions that are novel or antithetical to their national law.
The leaked text reveals detailed substantive attention to core principles of any nation’s intellectual property law:
- Whether copyright plaintiffs may or shall have the option of receiving pre-established damage awards that have little or no relation to any harm that has been suffered.
- The extent to which principles of inducement, newly introduced by the U.S. Supreme Court in the Grokster case, are to be accepted as supporting a separate basis for copyright liability or are a gloss on existing principles of contributory and vicarious infringement. This is not yet clear even in the United States.
- The export of secondary liability principles to ACTA countries without simultaneously including the limitations and exceptions contained both in U.S. statutory law (e.g., fair use) and in the significant court decisions limiting secondary liability (e.g., Sony).
- How technological measure anti-circumvention provisions are to be interpreted and applied, whether they will apply to access to works, whether they are to be limited to circumventions for infringing purposes, and whether account will be taken of the variations in national law, practice, and context, such as U.S. adherence to fair use and the imposition of levies under other national law.
- The extent to which a "three strikes" approach and express or implied "filtering" mandates are to be imposed on ISPs.
U.S. negotiators have assured the Congress and the public that they cannot and will not agree to any provision that is contrary to domestic law. Other national negotiators have likely given similar assurances at home, publicly or privately. Hence the annotated documents appear rife with linguistic tugs and footnotes. To the extent compromise is achieved through ambiguity, no national of any participant nation will have assurance that domestic law will not be affected.
The time for public discussion as to exactly what this document will and won’t do is now.
DePaul University is recruiting a Web Services Coordinator, Teaching & Learning Resources.
Here's an excerpt from the ad (requisition #16182):
The Web Services Coordinator for Teaching & Learning Resources (TLR) will jointly report to the Director of Library Information & Discovery Systems and the Director of Instructional Design and Development. This position will lead the collaborative design and development of web-based services across all library, instructional design, and museum platforms and interfaces. S/he will collaborate with TLR colleagues as well as University Information Services (IS) technologists, among other stake holders, to coordinate technical implementations, integrate applications according to guidelines and standards for web content management, and conceptualize new user-centered designs, including the effective incorporation of Web 2.0 technologies that extend and enhance the University's diverse teaching and learning resources. Other responsibilities include support for faculty development in the use of technology in teaching and learning and active participation in local, state, regional, national, or international organizations related to interface design and academic computing.
ACRL, ALA, ARL, and other organizations have responded to the U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator's "Coordination and Strategic Planning of the Federal Effort against Intellectual Property Infringement: Request of the Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator for Public Comments Regarding the Joint Strategic Plan."
Here's an excerpt from the ALA, ACRL, and ARL letter:
ARL, ALA, and ACRL believe it is very important that the IPEC has asked that assertions about the costs of intellectual property infringement clearly identify the methodology used and any critical assumptions relied upon to calculate those costs, as well as a copy or citation to the source of any data. As the comments of CCIA and the NetCoalition make clear, industry-commissioned studies rarely, if ever, rise to a level of rigor that justifies emergency intervention along the lines that content industries routinely demand. Rather, they are shot through with fallacies and sleights of hand that have done more to confuse and confound this discussion than to contribute to it. We refer you to the comments of CCIA and the NetCoalition for a detailed discussion of the problems with these studies and the arguments that are made in connection with them.
The fundamental flaw of these studies is that they beg the question of whether a particular private business interest is entitled to government protection for perpetual, stable profits regardless of changing business conditions. The mere fact of declining profits in one business model does not constitute a cognizable harm that government must step in to remedy. Government intervention in any area has costs for taxpayers, and in this area there are added costs to the public when IP policy becomes further slanted in favor of rightsholders and against public access and use.
Thus, when determining enforcement priorities, the government should be guided by three principles. First, it should only seek to prevent private economic harms when the costs of enforcement do not exceed the harm caused. Second, it should pursue harms that meet the standards for criminal conduct. When society marks certain conduct as criminal, it authorizes public enforcement, recognizes that deterrent (as opposed to merely remedial) actions are more appropriate, and allows that in an individual case the cost of punishing the violation may outweigh the economic harm of the violation itself because of the moral wrong committed. Third, publicly funded enforcement resources should be reserved for clear violations of the law, rather than in "gray areas" characterized by uncertain and evolving legal or marketplace norms. The government should spend public funds on enforcement only when all three of these principles are met.
Read more about it at "ALA Calls for Openness in Copyright Negotiations and Enforcement Efforts," "Groups Ask Targeted Enforcement for Intellectual Property," and "Public Interest Groups Call on IP Czar to Get the Priorities Straight."
A consolidated draft of ACTA (Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement) has been leaked.
Here's an excerpt from "The Consolidated Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement Leaks":
Although this is not the most updated version, when combined with the earlier leaked table on the Internet and civil enforcement chapters (which include changes from the January Mexico meeting), the complete current ACTA text is now publicly available.
Here's a brief description of ACTA from Public Knowledge:
ACTA is the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement being negotiated by the US, the EU, Japan, South Korea, Canada, Mexico, Australia, and New Zealand. The stated goal of the agreement is the international enforcement of strong intellectual property rights through increased cooperation and coordination among international governmental agencies.
Read more about it at "Complete ACTA Text Finally Leaked" and "Full ACTA Draft Leaked. . . EU Wants Injunctions against the Possibility You Might Infringe."
The University of Michigan Library is recruiting a User Experience Mobile Developer (one-year term appointment).
Here's an excerpt from the ad (job ID: 38884):
- Develops user interfaces (with a focus on mobile web sites and mobile applications). Conducts a full range of programming tasks including program design, program coding, debugging and documentation.
- Conducts ongoing research into the development of new mobile interface capabilities, enhancements, and design trends.
- Collaborates with LIT colleagues to develop advanced web use statistics/log analysis mechanisms.
- Communicates with UX Department colleagues to help set user research and usability priorities to determine requirements for mobile interfaces.
- Participates, as needed, on library teams and committees related to mobile services & systems.