Associate Dean for Scholarly Resources at Northeastern University Libraries

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on November 16th, 2009

The Northeastern University Libraries are recruiting an Associate Dean for Scholarly Resources.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Responsibilities include the direction, co-ordination, and development of the University Libraries collections and information resources, including digital initiatives, and of the Libraries' technical services activities, in order to ensure their overall operational effectiveness. In these areas the Associate Dean takes the leading role in planning, policy, and budget development and administration, fiscal management, the recruitment and supervision of staff, and consortial activity. She or he also has key leadership responsibility for development of the Libraries' scholarly communications and publishing initiatives. The Associate Dean works in a collaborative mode with a team-centered approach to problem-solving. As a member of the senior Administrative Group, the Associate Dean shares responsibility for developing and implementing the mission, goals, and broad policy directions of the University Libraries and coordinating initiatives with other University and Library senior administrators and managers. The Associate Dean also participates in leading the dynamic process of change in the transition to the hybrid print/digital library in a rapidly evolving research environment.

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    Digitization Activities: Project Planning and Management Outline

    Posted in Digitization on November 16th, 2009

    The Federal Agencies Digitization Guidelines Initiative has released Digitization Activities: Project Planning and Management Outline.

    Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

    The aim of this document is to define activities relating to the digitization of original cultural materials, and to outline general steps for planning and management of this process. The activities described in this document address library/archival issues, imaging and conversion work, and IT infrastructure issues in particular, and were identified using project management outlines from several organizations with significant experience working with cultural materials. This document defines "digitization" as a complete process, and covers all project components from content selection through delivery of digitized objects into a repository environment.

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      Open Library Environment (OLE) Becomes Kuali Foundation Project

      Posted in ILS, Open Source Software on November 16th, 2009

      The Open Library Environment (OLE) project has become a Kuali Foundation project.

      Here's an excerpt from the press release:

      The Kuali Foundation, Inc., is pleased to announce that a group of leading academic research libraries is partnering in the Kuali Open Library Environment (OLE) (pronounced Oh-LAY) project to develop software created specifically for the complex business management and workflow operations of academic and research libraries. . . .

      More than 300 libraries, educational institutions, professional organizations, and businesses participated in some phase of planning for the OLE project, which was supported by a planning grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and led by Duke University. Based on that broad insight, OLE will create a next-generation library system that breaks away from print-based workflows and reflects the changing nature of library materials and new approaches to scholarly work. The project is designed to work well with other enterprise systems and to be easily modified to suit the needs of different institutions.

      Consistent with the values of the Kuali Foundation, the resulting software will be made freely available to libraries around the world, which will then also contribute their expertise and enhancements through community processes that work for the library community. The project will build on the far-reaching expertise of its current and future partners. . . .

      Integrated library systems, composed of relational databases and the application software to support them, are used to track materials within library collections, from ordering and paying for them to loaning them to library patrons. Because large academic research libraries are responsible for managing and providing access to millions of items, the need to be more proactive in software development is especially acute in light of the workflow needed to manage and curate a varied digital collection that includes leased electronic journal content and owned special collections. . . .

      Kuali OLE partners include Indiana University (lead); Florida Consortium (University of Florida representing Florida International University, Florida State University, New College of Florida, Rollins College, University of Central Florida, University of Miami, University of South Florida, the Florida Center for Library Automation); Lehigh University; Triangle Research Libraries Network, represented by Duke University and North Carolina State University; University of Chicago; University of Maryland; University of Michigan; and the University of Pennsylvania.

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        Online Catalogue and Repository Interoperability Study (OCRIS): Final Report

        Posted in Digital Repositories, Institutional Repositories, OPACs/Discovery Systems on November 15th, 2009

        JISC has released the Online Catalogue and Repository Interoperability Study (OCRIS): Final Report.

        Here's an excerpt:

        The aims and objectives of OCRIS were to:

        • Survey the extent to which repository content is in scope for institutional library OPACs, and the extent to which it is already recorded there;
        • Examine the interoperability of OPAC and repository software for the exchange of metadata and other information;
        • List the various services to institutional managers, researchers, teachers and learners offered respectively by OPACs and repositories;
        • Identify the potential for improvements in the links (e.g. using link resolver technology) from repositories and/or OPACs to other institutional services, such as finance or research administration;
        • Make recommendations for the development of possible further links between library OPACs and institutional repositories, identifying the benefits to relevant stakeholder groups.
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          Copyright Watch Launched

          Posted in Copyright on November 15th, 2009

          An international group of copyright experts have launched Copyright Watch, which is hosted by the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

          Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

          A single country's copyright law can be truly byzantine (the United States' seems to be the longest at around 130,000 words, although we're pretty sure Afghanistan has the shortest, lacking as it does any copyright regulations at all). And right now, every one of the 184 countries in Copyright Watch's database is struggling to reform their regulations to fit the difficulties and opportunities of the digital age.

          It's a real challenge to map all of these laws, and all of these changes. But it's vital that we do so. Every shift in any of those countries might spread: whether it's for good or ill, maximalist or reforming. Lawmakers eagerly look for track records in other nations, or are obliged to adopt another's bad laws through treaty or trade agreement. Japan decides to model their new law's exceptions on the United State's broad fair use principles; politicians see France's three strikes laws, and decide to import them wholesale. We're hoping Copyright Watch will give the public as powerful a tool for monitoring the global copyright outlook as any private interest.

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            Web and Digital Library Specialist at the Center for Research Libraries

            Posted in Digital Library Jobs on November 15th, 2009

            The Center for Research Libraries is recruiting a Web and Digital Library Specialist.

            Here's an excerpt from the ad:

            Essential Duties:

            • Conduct development and system administration on the Drupal content management system: evaluate and implement modules, implement and monitor work flows, develop site wide theming, templates, content types, etc.
            • Develop and update web applications with database driven and/or XML based dynamic content
            • Conduct interface design, integration and customization of Web applications and products acquired from third parties, including open source products
            • Develop and implement applications to integrate web contents from multiple servers, including internal CRL web servers and those from partner institutions
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              Harvard Provost Issues Report of the Task Force on University Libraries

              Posted in ARL Libraries on November 15th, 2009

              Harvard Provost Steven E. Hyman has issued the Report of the Task Force on University Libraries.

              Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

              In March 2009 I appointed a University-wide Task Force to examine our library system and make recommendations that would put it on a footing that could sustain and ideally enhance its excellence long into the future. Today, I am pleased to share with you the Task Force’s findings and recommendations. A link to the report’s text can be found below.

              The report of the Task Force on University Libraries is a very thoughtful document about an extraordinary system. But it is also a stark rendering of a structure in need of reform. Our collections are superlative, and our knowledgeable library staff are central to the success of the University’s mission. The way the system operates, however, is placing terrible strain on the libraries and the people who work within them.

              Over time, a lack of coordination has led to a fragmented collection of collections that is not optimally positioned to respond to the 21st century information needs of faculty and students. The libraries’ organizational chart is truly labyrinthine in its complexity, and in practice this complexity impedes effective collective decision-making.

              Widely varying information technology systems present barriers to communication among libraries and stymie collaboration with institutions beyond our campus gates. Our funding mechanisms have created incentives to collect or subscribe in ways that diminish the vitality of the overall collection.

              Libraries the world over are undergoing a challenging transition into the digital age, and Harvard’s libraries are no exception. The Task Force report points us toward a future in which our libraries must be able to work together far more effectively than is the case today as well as to collaborate with other great libraries to maximize access to the materials needed by our scholars.

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                Google Book Search Settlement Amended

                Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars, E-Books, Google and Other Search Engines, Mass Digitizaton, Publishing on November 15th, 2009

                An amended version of the Google Book Search Settlement has been filed by the AAP, the Authors Guild, and Google with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

                The complete amended agreement is available from Google as a Zip file.

                Exhibit 1 provides the primary text of the amended settlement agreement.

                An overview of the amended settlement agreement is available, as is an FAQ.

                Read more about it at "Google Books Settlement Sets Geographic, Business Limits"; "Is the Google Books Settlement Worth the Wait?"; and "Terms of Digital Book Deal with Google Revised."

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                  DigitalKoans Break

                  Posted in Announcements on November 5th, 2009

                  DigitalKoans postings will resume on 11/16/09.

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                    Manager of Digital Lab at Harvard Law Library

                    Posted in Digital Library Jobs on November 5th, 2009

                    The Harvard Law Library is recruiting a Manager of Digital Lab.

                    Here's an excerpt from the ad:

                    The Harvard Law Library is seeking a creative and experienced innovator to provide strategic and operational leadership as the Manager of our Digital Lab. The Digital Lab is the Library's focal point for a wide range of activities, including developing internet tools to promote and enhance access to legal information and coordinating the library's digitization efforts. Reporting to the Associate Director for Collection Development and Digitization, the Manager of the Digital Lab leads the design, creation, and distribution of technological tools for delivering content and services in support of learning and research at the Harvard Law School and beyond; manages the Library's digitization projects, including those produced onsite and those outsourced to the University's Digital Imaging Group or other external entities; develops and implements division policies, plans, goals, and procedures; ensures appropriate staffing levels, staff skills, and output. The Manager will supervise a current full time staff of five; two Development Programmers, a Web Development Librarian, a Digital Preservation Librarian, and a Digital Projects Assistant, as well as project fellows.

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                      Academic Journal Publisher Brill Launches Brill Open

                      Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on November 5th, 2009

                      Brill, an international academic publisher located in Leiden and Boston, has launched Brill Open.

                      Here's an excerpt from the press release:

                      This new author service offers the option of making articles freely available upon publication. Brill Open enables authors to comply with research funding bodies and institutions which require open access.

                      The Brill Open option will be available for all 135 journals published under the imprints Brill, Martinus Nijhoff and VSP. Articles will be put in online open access in exchange for an article publishing fee to be arranged by the author.

                      Sam Bruinsma, Brill's Business Development Director, explains:"We are launching this new service in answer to a growing number of research funding bodies and universities announcing their compliance with the open access model. With Brill Open our journals are ready to meet the expected increase in contributions under this model."

                      In order to ensure that authors' funder requirements have no influence on the editorial peer review and decision-making, Brill Open will be made available to authors only upon acceptance of their paper for publication. Those authors who do not wish to use this service will be under no pressure to do so, and their accepted article will be published in the usual manner.

                      Brill's strategic intent is to adjust the future subscription price of a journal to reflect an increase in Brill Open fees. Sam Bruinsma comments: "Our view on open access developments is positive. We accept that over time an increasing part of our revenues will come through this new model. This will have an impact on the revenues from our library subscription service. The combination of these two business models will continue to support a healthy and sustainable journal program attractive to the best authors in the field."

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                        "Economies of Desire: Fair Use and Marketplace Assumptions"

                        Posted in Copyright on November 5th, 2009

                        Rebecca Tushnet has self-archived the "Economies of Desire: Fair Use and Marketplace Assumptions" in SSRN.

                        Here's the abstract:

                        At the moment that "incentives" for creation meet "preferences" for the same, the economic account of copyright loses its explanatory power. This piece explores the ways in which the desire to create can be excessive, beyond rationality, and free from the need for economic incentive. Psychological and sociological concepts can do more to explain creative impulses than classical economics. As a result, a copyright law that treats creative activity as a product of economic incentives can miss the mark and harm what it aims to promote. The idea of abundance—even overabundance—in creativity can help define the proper scope of copyright law, especially in fair use. I explore these ideas by examining how creators think about what they do. As it turns out, commercially and critically successful creators resemble creators who avoid the general marketplace and create unauthorized derivative works (fanworks). The role of love, desire, and other passions in creation has lessons for the proper aims of copyright, the meaning of fair use, and conceptions of exploitation in markets.

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