Web Archiving

Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on March 21st, 2010

The Digital Curation Centre has released Web Archiving.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

The DCC has produced a report that provides a snapshot of the state of the art of Web archiving in early 2010, noting areas of contemporaneous research and development. It should be of interest to individuals and organisations concerned about the longevity of the Web resources to which they contribute or refer, and who wish to consider the issues and options in a broad context. The report begins by reviewing in more detail the motivations that lie behind Web archiving, both from an organisational and a research perspective. The most common challenges faced by Web archivists are discussed in section 3. The following two sections examine Web archiving at extremes of scale, with section 4 dealing with full-domain harvesting and the building of large-scale collections, and section 5 dealing with the ad hoc archiving of individual resources and small-scale collections. The challenges associated with particular types of difficult content are summarised in section 6, while methods for integrating archived material with the live Web are reviewed in section 7. Finally, some conclusions are drawn in section 8.

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    Update on White House OSTP Public Access Policy Forum

    Posted in Open Access on March 21st, 2010

    The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy has issued an update on its Public Access Policy Forum.

    Here's an excerpt from "Public Access Policy Update":

    Today we are posting two valuable resources that are direct products of the Public Access Policy Forum. While we continue the process of analyzing the literature and comments, below you will find all of the blog posts and their respective comments, as well as never-before-seen submissions that were sent directly to our publicaccess@ostp.gov inbox.

    The past month-and-a-half has given OSTP staff the chance to sift through the mounds of fantastic input we received. We were very gratified by the amount of participation the forum generated and are diligently scouring through the data to find common themes, dissenting opinions, concerns, and suggestions that will ultimately help us craft policy recommendations. . . .

    Original blog posts with attached comments:

    PublicAccess@ostp.gov submissions:

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      Library Digital Services Manager at St. Edward's University

      Posted in Digital Library Jobs, Library IT Jobs on March 21st, 2010

      The Scarborough-Phillips Library at St. Edward's University is recruiting a Library Digital Services Manager. Salary: upper 50's to low 60's.

      Here's an excerpt from the ad:

      The Scarborough-Phillips Library at St. Edward's University seeks a creative, innovative individual to provide leadership in all things digital including but not limited to the library's web presence, digitization initiatives, integrated library systems, and cooperative ventures with other departments on campus and at other universities. This position reports to the Library Director.

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        Duke University Adopts Open Access Policy

        Posted in Open Access on March 21st, 2010

        Duke University has adopted an open access policy.

        Here's an excerpt from "New Policy to Ease Access to Faculty Works ":

        At the Academic Council meeting Thursday, faculty members passed the Duke Open Access policy proposed by the task force’s co-chairs, Cathy Davidson, Ruth F. Devarney Professor of English, and Paolo Mangiafico, director of digital information strategy. The proposal passed unanimously.

        The Open Access policy provides Duke scholars with the choice of giving the University the legal basis to publish articles on a database called DukeSpace, which will be available to anyone who seeks them.

        Read more about it at "Draft Discussion Document for Duke Open Access Policy" and "Open Access at Duke."

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          Last Week’s DigitalKoans Tweets 2010-03-21

          Posted in Last Week's DigitalKoan's Tweets on March 21st, 2010
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            Last Week’s DigitalKoans Tweets 2010-03-14

            Posted in Last Week's DigitalKoan's Tweets on March 14th, 2010
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              Last Week’s DigitalKoans Tweets 2010-03-07

              Posted in Last Week's DigitalKoan's Tweets on March 7th, 2010
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                DigitalKoans Break

                Posted in Announcements on March 5th, 2010

                DigitalKoans weblog postings will resume on 3/22/10.

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                  HighWire Press 2009 Librarian eBook Survey

                  Posted in E-Books on March 5th, 2010

                  HighWire Press has released HighWire Press 2009 Librarian eBook Survey.

                  Here's an excerpt from the press release:

                  The survey was conducted as part of HighWire's ongoing exploration of the fast-growing scholarly ebook market. The results and accompanying analysis draw together the input of 138 librarians from 13 countries. The responses underscore the significant growth librarians expect in ebook acquisitions and point to their current preferences and possible trends in this evolving area.

                  The survey data was analyzed by Michael Newman, Stanford University’s Head Biology Librarian, and the report presents his perspective on what his librarian colleagues had to say about ebooks. The report espouses some familiar and consistent themes:

                  • Simplicity and ease of use seem more important than sophisticated end-user features.
                  • Users tend to discover ebooks through both the library catalog and search engines.
                  • While users prefer PDFs, format preference will likely change as technology changes.
                  • DRM seems to hinder ebook use for library patrons; ability to print is essential.
                  • The most popular business model for librarians is purchase with perpetual access.
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                    Librarian for Digital Technologies and Learning at NCSU

                    Posted in Digital Library Jobs on March 5th, 2010

                    The North Carolina State University Libraries are recruiting a Librarian for Digital Technologies and Learning.

                    Here's an excerpt from the ad (position number: 03603):

                    The Librarian for Digital Technologies and Learning provides research and instructional support and reference service for the NCSU Libraries' clientele. He or she collaborates with faculty members, other librarians, and instructional technologists to explore, develop, promote, and assess innovative online tools and services, including those targeting off-campus learners. With the Instructional Services Librarian and others, this position supports the creation of course- and curriculum-integrated web resources and identifies new and creative ways to enhance student learning and research skills. He or she participates in departmental and library planning; and serves on library-wide committees, task forces, and teams. NCSU Librarians are expected to be active professionally and to contribute to developments in the field. Reports to the Principal Librarian for Digital Technologies and Learning.

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                      "GBS March Madness: Paths Forward for the Google Books Settlement"

                      Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars, E-Books, Google and Other Search Engines, Mass Digitizaton, Publishing on March 5th, 2010

                      The American Library Association, the Association of Research Libraries, and the Association of College and Research Libraries have released "GBS March Madness: Paths Forward for the Google Books Settlement."

                      Here's an excerpt from the press release:

                      This diagram, developed by Jonathan Band, explores the many possible routes and outcomes of the Google Books Settlement, including avenues into the litigation and appeals process.

                      Now that the fairness hearing on the Google Books Settlement has occurred, it is up to Judge Chin to decide whether the amended settlement agreement (ASA), submitted to the Court by Google, the Authors Guild, and the Association of American Publishers, is "fair, reasonable, and adequate." As the diagram shows, however, Judge Chin’s decision is only the next step in a very complex legal proceeding that could take a dozen more turns before reaching resolution. Despite the complexity of the diagram, it does not reflect every possible twist in the case, nor does it address the substantive reasons why a certain outcome may occur or the impact of Congressional intervention through legislation. As Band states, "the precise way forward is more difficult to predict than the NCAA tournament. And although the next step in the GBS saga may occur this March, many more NCAA tournaments will come and go before the buzzer sounds on this dispute."

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                        Systems and Electronic Services Librarian at Lebanon Valley College

                        Posted in Library IT Jobs on March 5th, 2010

                        The Lebanon Valley College Bishop Library is recruiting a Systems and Electronic Services Librarian.

                        Here's an excerpt from the ad:

                        Under direction of the Director of the Library, the Systems and Electronic Services Librarian provides oversight and leadership in the planning, implementation, integration, and maintenance of a broad range of library electronic services including the integrated library system (SirsiDynix Symphony), the Serials Solutions Knowledge base and 360 Suite, EZProxy, access to electronic databases, serials subscriptions and packages, and other third-party applications. The Systems and Electronic Services Librarian participates in the design and maintenance of the library web presence and also assists students, faculty, staff, and other library users with electronic systems and services and participates in reference service and library instruction.

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