EDUCAUSE Quarterly Special Issue on Cloud Computing

Posted in Cloud Computing/SaaS on July 11th, 2010

EDUCAUSE Quarterly has published a special issue on cloud computing.

Here are some representative articles:

Digital Repository Librarian at North Carolina State University

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on July 11th, 2010

The North Carolina State University Libraries are recruiting a Digital Repository Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Digital Repository Librarian explores, adapts, and implements emerging digital repository technologies and provides leadership for projects that advance continuing access to digital content of enduring value produced or maintained at North Carolina State University. Drawing upon a thorough understanding of current trends and new technologies for digital repositories, the incumbent leads the development of new digital repository services and associated technical infrastructure. Working with key stakeholder groups within the library and across the university, she or he contributes to the planning and development of the library's digital repository strategy. She or he will work closely with staff in the Digital Scholarship & Publishing Center, the Special Collections Research Center, Collection Management, and Metadata & Cataloging to assess needs and to develop and implement appropriate tools and workflows. The Digital Repository Librarian will play a leading role in developing the university's digital repository strategy and ensuring that digital repository services provided by the library align with the needs of the NCSU community. She or he participates in library planning, represents the Libraries on university and committees, task forces, and teams, as well as regional and national meetings, consortia, and associations. NCSU Librarians are expected to be active professionally and to contribute to developments in the field. The Digital Repository Librarian supervises a team of two technical staff and reports to the Head, Digital Library Initiatives.

Defending the First Sale Doctrine, Library Copyright Alliance, EFF, and Others File Amicus Curiae Briefs in Costco v. Omega

Posted in Copyright on July 11th, 2010

The Library Copyright Alliance, EFF, and others have filed amicus curiae briefs in Costco v. Omega, an important first sale doctrine case before the Supreme Court. The first sale doctrine is used to support libraries legal right to lend books and other materials.

Here's an excerpt from the Library Copyright Alliance brief:

By restricting the application of Section 109(a) to copies manufactured in the United States, the Ninth Circuit’s decision threatens the ability of libraries to continue to lend materials in their collections. Over 200 million books in U.S. libraries have foreign publishers. Moreover, many books published by U.S. publishers were actually manufactured by printers in other countries. Although some books indicate on their copyright page where they were printed, many do not. Libraries, therefore, have no way of knowing whether these books comply with the Ninth Circuit’s rule. Without the certainty of the protection of the first sale doctrine, librarians will have to confront the difficult policy decision of whether to continue to circulate these materials in their collections in the face of potential copyright infringement liability. For future acquisitions, libraries would be able to adjust to the Ninth Circuit’s narrowing of Section 109(a) only by bearing the significant cost of obtaining a "lending license" whenever they acquired a copy that was not clearly manufactured in the United States.

Read more about it at "Supreme Court Should Uphold the First Sale Doctrine."

Last Week’s DigitalKoans Tweets 2010-07-11

Posted in Last Week's DigitalKoan's Tweets on July 11th, 2010

Content Systems Manager at James Madison University

Posted in Library IT Jobs on July 8th, 2010

The James Madison University Libraries are recruiting a Content Systems Manager.

Here's an excerpt from the ad (request/posting number: 0403574):

This position will design, develop, administer, and enhance content management systems and related applications for the Libraries. The position will work with the Libraries Digital Services to promote resource discovery and improve access to the Libraries' online collections and lead the Libraries' staff in resolution of issues, improvement of work-flows, and optimal use of systems. . . .

  • Develop, administer, and enhance the Libraries' content management systems, including the LEO/Millennium, Electronic Resource Management, Check for Full Text reference linking, LOCKSS, and federated search software.
  • Promote resource discovery and improve access to the Libraries' collections.
  • Collaborate with others to analyze collection access and management needs and investigate new technologies, recommending system modifications or additional products where appropriate.

Assessment of the Orphan Works Issue and Costs for Rights Clearance

Posted in Copyright, Digitization, Reports and White Papers on July 8th, 2010

The European Commission has released Assessment of the Orphan Works Issue and Costs for Rights Clearance.

Here's an excerpt:

Orphan works form a significant part of any digitisation project and the survey shows high percentages of orphan works for almost all categories of works, especially among photographs, and audiovisual materials.

  • A conservative estimate of the number of orphan books as a percentage of in copyright books across Europe puts the number at 3 million orphan books (13 % of the total number of in-copyright books). The older the books the higher the percentage of orphan works.
  • When handling requests for using older film material, film archives from across Europe categorized after a search for right holders 129,000 film works as orphan which could therefore not be used. Works that can be presumed to be orphan without actually searching for the right holders augments the figure to approximately 225 000 film works.
  • A digitisation project in the UK found that 95 % of newspapers from before 1912 are orphan. Also, a survey amongst museums in the UK found that the rights holders of 17 million photographs (that is 90% of the total collections of photographs of the museums) could not be traced.

Lead Software Engineer/Software Development Manager at University of California, Santa Barbara

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on July 8th, 2010

The University of California, Santa Barbara Library is recruiting a Lead Software Engineer/Software Development Manager.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Lead Software Engineer/Software Development Manager provides directions and strategic leadership for the Programming Unit at the Davidson Library. Manages programming personnel of 5 full time programmers working in a variety of programming languages, including hiring, project management, and performance evaluations. Leads the programming unit by positive example in the practice of software engineering. Provide mentoring and leadership to programming personnel. Establishes reasonable goals for programming personnel and assures these goals are met. Acts as technical project manager, actively managing deadlines, deliverables, and programmer time. Under direction from the Acting Director of Library Technologies, determines priorities and sets goals for all software development activity in support of the Library's diverse constituency. Advises Acting Director of Library Technologies and other library personnel on feasibility and appropriateness of all software projects under consideration for the library. Responsible for identifying technical needs for the Library and implementing corresponding solutions. Performs full system design for unique solutions that must smoothly integrate with an existing, complex IT environment. Writes software in a variety of modern languages, working with an existing codebase of unique solutions. Responsible for continuing development and support of Digital Library/Repository/Archive initiatives, ensuring quick response times to issues and bug reports. Coordinates work with affiliates at other institutions across the nation. Performs System and Database administration tasks in a complex environment.

State Funding for Higher Education in FY 2009 and FY 2010

Posted in Higher Education Budget Cuts, Reports and White Papers on July 8th, 2010

The National Conference of State Legislatures has released State Funding for Higher Education in FY 2009 and FY 2010.

Here's an excerpt:

The following information summarizes the findings for FY 2010, including the impact of ARRA [American Recovery and Reinvestment Act] funds:

  • Thirty-nine of the 46 reporting states used fiscal stabilization funds to support higher education, resulting in a 2.3 percent increase in year-over-year higher education funding. Without ARRA, funding would have decreased 2.5 percent.
  • Ten states reported increases of more than 5 percent in FY 2010 higher education appropriations.
  • Even with the ARRA money, 23 states reported funding decreases from FY 2009 levels, with eight states reporting drops of more than 5 percent. Hawaii and Idaho reported declines of more than 10 percent.

If You Build It, Will They Come? How Researchers Perceive and Use Web 2.0

Posted in Reports and White Papers, Scholarly Communication, Social Media/Web 2.0 on July 7th, 2010

The Research Information Network has released If You Build It, Will They Come? How Researchers Perceive and Use Web 2.0.

Here's an excerpt:

Over the past 15 years, the web has transformed the way we seek and use information. In the last 5 years in particular a set of innovative techniques—collectively termed 'web 2.0'—have enabled people to become producers as well as consumers of information.

It has been suggested that these relatively easy-to-use tools, and the behaviours which underpin their use, have enormous potential for scholarly researchers, enabling them to communicate their research and its findings more rapidly, broadly and effectively than ever before.

This report is based on a study commissioned by the Research Information Network to investigate whether such aspirations are being realised. It seeks to improve our currently limited understanding of whether, and if so how, researchers are making use of various web 2.0 tools in the course of their work, the factors that encourage or inhibit adoption, and researchers’ attitudes towards web 2.0 and other forms of communication.

Information Technology Specialist (SYSANALYSIS) at Library of Congress

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on July 7th, 2010

The Library of Congress is recruiting an Information Technology Specialist (SYSANALYSIS). Salary: $89,033-$115,742.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

This position is located in the Office of Strategic Initiatives at the Library of Congress, and reports to the Project Manager for Digital Initiatives. We are seeking a qualified individual to join us in our efforts to build library and repository systems of the future. The incumbent works with a specialized group of programmers on complex, multi-faceted prototype and production systems, and assists with software analysis, design, development, documentation and implementation of these systems. The successful candidate will work as a member of a team to design, develop, document, and support new or existing software systems within a repository development program. These systems will support acquisition, preservation, and access for a large number of digital collections spanning a wide variety of content types and formats.

Evaluating E-Resources, SPEC Kit 316

Posted in Electronic Resources on July 7th, 2010

ARL has released Evaluating E-Resources, SPEC Kit 316 .

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has published Evaluating E-resources, SPEC Kit 316, which re-examines the ways in which ARL member libraries have (re)structured themselves to identify the availability of new e-resources in the market; evaluate them as candidates for acquisition; decide to acquire/purchase the e-resources; evaluate them prior to their renewal to determine their continued utility; and publicize or market the new e-resources. Nearly identical questions were posed regarding purchases/licensing by consortia and by individual libraries, enabling comparisons in process to be made.

By the March deadline, responses had been submitted by 73 of the 124 ARL member libraries for a response rate of 59%. The survey results indicated that both consortia and libraries deploy large amounts of staff resources to build e-resource collections and that identification and assessment activities are conducted as communal activities among consortia staff and librarians from across the organization.

There is a strong and somewhat surprising correlation between the ways in which research libraries use consortia to acquire and evaluate e-resources and the ways in which they directly acquire and evaluate e-resources. There is also a strong correlation in the ways in which these libraries are acquiring and evaluating highly specialized and multidisciplinary e-resources. Yet, despite considerable and widespread involvement of staff, the survey uncovered weaknesses in the procurement processes, policies, and procedures. These shortcomings not only open the potential for wasted staff time and poor decision making, they also carry potential legal ramifications, due to the nature of contractual licensing. The findings of the survey should be considered a call for concerted communication, organization, and action among those responsible for the acquisition and assessment of e-resources in ARL libraries.

This SPEC Kit includes documentation from respondents in the form of e-resource selection policies, e-resource request and evaluation procedures, descriptions of library and consortia e-resource selectors, job descriptions, and promotional methods.

The table of contents and executive summary from this SPEC Kit are available online at

Technology Development Librarian at SUNY College at Oneonta

Posted in Library IT Jobs on July 7th, 2010

The James M. Milne Library at SUNY College at Oneonta is recruiting a Technology Development Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Assist in creating and supporting a feature-rich, intuitive technology environment for a diverse population of patrons and staff. Participate in maintenance and development of the library's website consistent with campus web strategies. Provide support for new e-content, web programming, and assess technology trends to determine their application to and suitability for the Library. Serve as liaison to academic departments and participate in reference services. The successful candidate will report to the Head of Library Technologies.

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