Digital Library Application Developer at Princeton Theological Seminary

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on April 8th, 2010

The Princeton Theological Seminary Library is recruiting a Digital Library Application Developer.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Princeton Theological Seminary Library is seeking a Digital Library Application Developer to join a small team of content and technical specialists building web-based digital collections of religious texts. The position reports to the Curator of Special Collections and is primarily responsible for developing XML-based applications in XQuery and XSLT on a MarkLogic Content Server.

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    American Society of Media Photographers and Others File Copyright Infringement Suit against Google

    Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars, E-Books, Google and Other Search Engines, Mass Digitizaton, Publishing on April 8th, 2010

    The American Society of Media Photographers, the Graphic Artists Guild, the Picture Archive Council of America, the North American Nature Photography Association, Professional Photographers of America, and others have filed a copyright infringement suit against Google in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

    Here's an excerpt from the press release:

    The suit, which was filed by Mishcon de Reya New York LLP, relates to Google’s illegal scanning of millions of books and other publications containing copyrighted images and displaying them to the public without regard to the rights of the visual creators. ASMP and the other trade associations, representing thousands of members, decided to file the class action after the Court denied their request to join the currently pending $125 million class action that had previously been filed primarily on behalf of text authors in connection with the Google Library Project. The new class action goes beyond Google’s Library Project, and includes Google’s other systematic and pervasive infringements of the rights of photographers, illustrators and other visual artists.

    This action by ASMP and its sister organizations was taken in order to protect the interests of owners of copyrights in visual works from the massive and organized copying and public display of their images without regard to their contributions and rights to fair compensation. According to ASMP Executive Director Eugene Mopsik, "Through this suit, we are fulfilling the missions of our organizations and standing up for the rights of photographers and other visual artists who have been excluded from the process up to now. We strongly believe that our members and those of other organizations, whose livelihoods are significantly and negatively impacted, deserve to have representation in this landmark issue." ASMP General Counsel Victor Perlman said, "We are seeking justice and fair compensation for visual artists whose work appears in the twelve million books and other publications Google has illegally scanned to date. In doing so, we are giving voice to thousands of disenfranchised creators of visual artworks whose rights we hope to enforce through this class action."

    Read more about it at "Artists and Photographers Sue over Google Book Search" and "Google a 'Brazen' Content Thief, Lawsuit Claims."

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      Faculty Survey 2009: Key Strategic Insights for Libraries, Publishers, and Societies

      Posted in Open Access, Scholarly Communication on April 7th, 2010

      ITHAKA has released Faculty Survey 2009: Key Strategic Insights for Libraries, Publishers, and Societies.

      Here's an excerpt:

      In the Ithaka S+R Faculty Survey 2009, we examined faculty attitudes and reported practices in three broad areas, finding that:

      • Basic scholarly information use practices have shifted rapidly in recent years, and as a result the academic library is increasingly being disintermediated from the discovery process, risking irrelevance in one of its core functional areas;
      • Faculty members' growing comfort relying exclusively on digital versions of scholarly materials opens new opportunities for libraries, new business models for publishers, and new challenges for preservation;
      • and Despite several years of sustained efforts by publishers, scholarly societies, libraries, faculty members, and others to reform various aspects of the scholarly communications system, a fundamentally conservative set of faculty attitudes continues to impede systematic change.

      Read more about it at "Faculty Survey 2009."

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        "Using Cloud Services for Library IT Infrastructure"

        Posted in Cloud Computing/SaaS, Libraries on April 7th, 2010

        Erik Mitchell has published "Using Cloud Services for Library IT Infrastructure" in the latest issue of the Code4Lib Journal.

        Here's an excerpt:

        Cloud computing comes in several different forms and this article documents how service, platform, and infrastructure forms of cloud computing have been used to serve library needs. Following an overview of these uses the article discusses the experience of one library in migrating IT infrastructure to a cloud environment and concludes with a model for assessing cloud computing.

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          Institutional Repository Librarian at Eastern Illinois University

          Posted in Digital Library Jobs on April 7th, 2010

          The Booth Library of Eastern Illinois University is recruiting an Institutional Repository Librarian. Salary: minimum of $55,992.

          Here's an excerpt from the ad:

          Reporting to the University Archivist, the individual will be responsible for developing and managing an online institutional repository. Other duties may include collection development for one or more disciplines, service at the reference desk, and supervision of staff and student employees.

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            The Digital Information Seeker: Report of the Findings from Selected OCLC, RIN, and JISC User Behaviour Projects

            Posted in OCLC, Scholarly Communication on April 7th, 2010

            JISC has released The Digital Information Seeker: Report of the Findings from Selected OCLC, RIN, and JISC User Behaviour Projects.

            Here's an excerpt:

            There are numerous user studies published in the literature and available on the web. There are studies that specifically address the behaviours of scholars while others identify the behaviours of the general public. Some studies address the information-seeking behaviours of scholars within specific disciplines while others identify the behaviours of scholars of multiple disciplines. There are studies that only address undergraduate, graduate, or post graduate students or compare these individual groups' information seeking behaviours to those of scholars. Still other studies address the behaviors of young adults. . .

            In the interest of analyzing and synthesizing several user behaviour studies conducted in the US and the UK twelve studies were identified. These twelve selected studies were commissioned and/or supported by non- profit organizations and government agencies; therefore, they have little dependence upon the outcomes of the studies. The studies were reviewed by two researchers who analyzed the findings, compared their analyses, and identified the overlapping and contradictory findings. This report is not intended to be the definitive work on user behaviour studies, but rather to provide a synthesized document to make it easier for information professionals to better understand the information-seeking behaviours of the libraries' intended users and to review the issues associated with the development of information services and systems that will best meet these users' needs.

            Read more about it at the JISC announcement.

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              Digital Initiatives Librarian at Vassar College

              Posted in Digital Library Jobs on April 7th, 2010

              Vassar College is recruiting a Digital Initiatives Librarian.

              Here's an excerpt from the ad (posting number: 1000310 ):

              Vassar College seeks a Digital Initiatives Librarian. This is a new position reporting to the Library Director with dotted-line reporting to the Assistant Director of the Library for Technology. As a vital member of the library team, the Digital Initiatives Librarian will lead the College in the creation, delivery, preservation and on-going support of digital projects and collections in the broadest sense. This librarian will also provide vision, guidance and advocacy for a digital repository system that responds to the needs of the College community and is aligned with collections and preservation priorities.

              Working with colleagues in the Library and across the College, in particular computing professionals from Computing and Information Services, the Digital Initiatives Librarian will be responsible for initiating and developing a program that will involve the management, creation, preservation, and maintenance of digital projects and content in support of the educational, historical and scholarly needs of the College. The Digital Initiatives librarian will guide the development of a digital repository system to make accessible and to preserve the intellectual output of the College. Additionally, this librarian will recommend and implement appropriate technology solutions to support all aspects of the program.

              In collaboration with colleagues in the Library and in College Relations, the Digital Initiatives Librarian will also be responsible for coordinating the on-going development of the library website. In addition, the Digital Initiatives Librarian will be called upon for some research desk service. Depending on subject expertise, this librarian may participate in the liaison program and/or teach in the instruction program.

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                Net Neutrality: U.S. Court of Appeals for DC Rules FCC Lacks Authority to Regulate Comcast's BitTorrent Throttling

                Posted in Internet Regulation, Net Neutrality on April 7th, 2010

                The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has ruled in Comcast v. FCC that the Federal Communications Commission lacks the authority to require Comcast to stop throttling BitTorrent traffic.

                Here's an excerpt:

                Although the Commission once enjoyed broader authority over cable rates, see id. § 543(c)(4), its current authority is limited to setting standards for and overseeing local regulation of rates for "basic tier" service on certain cable systems. See id. § 543(b). In the Order, the Commission does not assert ancillary authority based on this narrow grant of regulatory power. Instead, the Order rests on the premise that section 1 gives the Commission ancillary authority to ensure reasonable rates for all communication services, including those, like video-ondemand, over which it has no express regulatory authority. . . .

                It is true that "Congress gave the [Commission] broad and adaptable jurisdiction so that it can keep pace with rapidly evolving communications technologies." Resp't's Br. 19. It is also true that "[t]he Internet is such a technology," id., indeed, "arguably the most important innovation in communications in a generation," id. at 30. Yet notwithstanding the "difficult regulatory problem of rapid technological change" posed by the communications industry, "the allowance of wide latitude in the exercise of delegated powers is not the equivalent of untrammeled freedom to regulate activities over which the statute fails to confer . . . Commission authority." NARUC II, 533 F.2d at 618 (internal quotation marks and footnote omitted). Because the Commission has failed to tie its assertion of ancillary authority over Comcast's Internet service to any "statutorily mandated responsibility," Am. Library, 406 F.3d at 692, we grant the petition for review and vacate the Order.

                The FCC issued the following statement about the ruling:

                The FCC is firmly committed to promoting an open Internet and to policies that will bring the enormous benefits of broadband to all Americans. It will rest these policies—all of which will be designed to foster innovation and investment while protecting and empowering consumers—on a solid legal foundation.

                Today's court decision invalidated the prior Commission’s approach to preserving an open Internet. But the Court in no way disagreed with the importance of preserving a free and open Internet; nor did it close the door to other methods for achieving this important end.

                Read more about it at "Comcast 1, FCC 0: What to Look For in the Inevitable Rematch"; "Court Rejects FCC Authority Over the Internet"; "Is Net Neutrality Dead? (FAQ)"; and "Public Knowledge Explains: The Comcast-BitTorrent Decision."

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                  Fedora Repository Committers Meet to Discuss Software's Future Development

                  Posted in Digital Repositories, DuraSpace, Fedora, Institutional Repositories on April 6th, 2010

                  Fedora Repository committers held a meeting at the Waterloo Campus of Kings College, London on February 23-24 of this year to discuss the software's future development. DuraSpace has released Chris Wilper's detailed summary of the meeting as well as presentations from it.

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                    Web Services Librarian at University of Alabama

                    Posted in Library IT Jobs on April 6th, 2010

                    The University of Alabama Libraries are recruiting a Web Services Librarian.

                    Here's an excerpt from the ad:

                    This faculty position reports to the Head of the Web Services Department and works in a team environment with other faculty and staff. The position has numerous responsibilities that include developing interactive web pages that enhance access to collections, providing seamless user services, and facilitating the work of library employees; maintaining existing, and developing new, web applications and software tools; supporting the Drupal Content Management System. The successful candidate will gather, report, and evaluate web statistics and data as well as facilitate the use of assessment and other tools; maintain currency with cutting edge web and mobile technologies, software, tools, and solutions and participate in evaluation and assessment efforts. This position will also provide training and technical support to content providers for Drupal and other web-based software.

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                      NDIIPP Podcast: Babak Hamidzadeh Discusses the Library of Congress' Digital Repository

                      Posted in Digital Repositories, Research Libraries on April 6th, 2010

                      The National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program has released a podcast (MP3 file) of Babak Hamidzadeh discussing the Library of Congress' digital repository.

                      Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                      Mike Ashenfelder from the Library of Congress talks with Babak Hamidzadeh, Director of Repository Development at the Library of Congress, about the challenges of building an efficient, scalable digital repository. Hamidzadeh describes how the Library's repository works, future plans for the repository and its tools and what will be expected of IT professionals and digital librarians as their roles grow increasingly interdependent.

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                        Web Content Manager at Johnson County Library

                        Posted in Library IT Jobs on April 6th, 2010

                        The Johnson County Library is recruiting a Web Content Manager. Salary: $44,897-$64,851.

                        Here's an excerpt from the ad:

                        Do you love designing effective, elegant, user-friendly Web sites and online experiences? Does the idea of launching a new interface without usability testing make you cringe? Do you often find yourself discussing interaction design and information architecture philosophies at dinner parties?

                        Do words like Kindle, Nook, and iPad cause your heart to thump at the excitement of possibility?

                        Would you jump at the chance to lead a team of clever and talented Web Content Developers and Designers in developing the next generation of fully integrated and engaging Library Web sites?

                        Johnson County Library, a vibrant, award-winning public library, seeks a dynamic, creative, committed individual to serve as Web Content Manager to provide vision and leadership for the Library’s entire public Web enterprise and guide the work of the Web Content Team. 

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