Assistant Manager, Digitization Services at New York Public Library

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on May 8th, 2015

New York Public Library is recruiting an Assistant Manager, Digitization Services.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Digital Imaging Unit of NYPL Labs is seeking a knowledgeable and experienced Assistant Manager to help The New York Public Library to share its vast collections with the world through digitization. The Assistant Manager will help oversee the preservation-grade photography and reformatting of The New York Public Library's rare and unique holdings. The Assistant Manager will also work with the Digitization Services Manager and Head Photographer to initiate a range of new digitization streams with the goal of dramatically increasing the volume, speed, and range of NYPL's imaging activities with new equipment and experiments with new approaches. A key member of the DIU leadership team, this is a perfect opportunity for an enthusiastic, problem-solving individual interested in the full digitization lifecycle, from metadata and conservation to registrarial movements and preservation-quality imaging.

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    Written Testimony of Maria A. Pallante, US Register of Copyrights and Director of the U.S. Copyright Office

    Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars on May 8th, 2015

    The House Judiciary Committee has released the 4/29/15 written testimony of Maria A. Pallante, United States Register of Copyrights and Director of the U.S. Copyright Office.

    Here's an excerpt:

    Related to the problem of orphan works, the Office is completing its analysis of copyright issues inherent to mass digitization projects. In our study, witnesses have described some of the difficulties presented by mass digitization projects under current copyright law, and proposed specific statutory solutions.

    As hearing testimony indicated, the problem with respect to mass digitization is not so much a lack of information as a lack of efficiency in the licensing marketplace. For a digitization project involving hundreds, thousands, or millions of copyrighted works, the costs of securing ex ante permissions from every rightsholder individually often will exceed the value of the use to the user. Thus, even where a library or other repository agrees that a use requires permission and would be willing to pay for a license (e.g., to offer online access to a particular collection of copyrighted works), the burdens of rights clearance may effectively prevent it from doing so. To the extent that providing such access could serve valuable informational or educational purposes, this outcome is difficult to reconcile with the public interest.

    While fair use may provide some support for limited mass digitization projects—up to a point—the complexity of the issue and the variety of factual circumstances that may arise compel a legislative solution. In the Office's view, the legitimate goals of mass digitization cannot be accomplished or reconciled under existing law other than in extremely narrow circumstances. For example, access to copyrighted works, something many view as a fundamental benefit of such projects, will likely be extremely circumscribed or wholly unavailable. For this reason, as part of its orphan works and mass digitization report, the Office will recommend a voluntary "pilot program" in the form of extended collective licensing ("ECL") that would enable full-text access to certain works for research and education purposes under a specific framework set forth by the Copyright Office, with further conditions to be developed through additional stakeholder dialogue and discussion. Such input is critical, we believe, because ECL is a market-based system intended to facilitate licensing negotiations between prospective users and collective management organizations representing copyright owners. Thus, the success of such a system depends on the voluntary participation of stakeholders.

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      Head, Digital Initiatives at University of Waterloo

      Posted in Digital Library Jobs on May 8th, 2015

      The University of Waterloo is recruiting a Head, Digital Initiatives.

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      Within the context of a rapidly evolving print and digital environment, the incumbent leads the creation and articulation of an evolving digital initiatives services and systems portfolio in alignment with the Library mission and Library strategic directions with ongoing input from throughout the Library and key stakeholders across campus. The Head, Digital Initiatives reports to the Associate University Librarian, Research & Digital Discovery Services.

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        University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Faculty Council Unanimously Adopts Open Access Policy

        Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Self-Archiving on May 8th, 2015

        The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Faculty Council has unanimously adopted an open access policy.

        Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

        Resolution 2015-9: On Endorsing a University Open Access Policy represented more than a year of work by a 35-member faculty Open Access Task Force. Chairs Todd Vision and Julie Kimbrough told the University Gazette that they worked diligently to craft a policy recommendation that could be applied differently according to the needs of various disciplines.

        UNC-CH is the 51st university or university unit to have adopted an open access policies by a unanimous faculty vote.

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          Digital Curation News (4/7/2015) #digitalcuration #digitalpreservation #researchdatamanagement

          Posted in Digital Curation News on May 7th, 2015

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            Systems Archivist at University of Texas at Austin

            Posted in Digital Library Jobs on May 7th, 2015

            The University of Texas at Austin is recruiting a Systems Archivist.

            Here's an excerpt from the ad:

            Shares knowledge and experience in software development to advance the efficiency and functionality of Briscoe Center digital information services. Familiarity with the Open Archive Information System standard and its trending implementations (Fedora/Islandora, Fedora/Hydra). Provides recommendations and support for migration from legacy data systems to DAMS and Archival collection Management System (ArchivesSpace, ICA-AtoM). Recommends methods for and assists in the implementation of linked open data/semantic web principles and methods of implementation (RDF). Applies strong analytical and troubleshooting skills to complex applications. Applies knowledge of scripting languages and unix development environment to create custom programmatic solutions to messy data problems. Applies experience using software version control system to contribute to institutional documentation and versioning practices.

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              "When Is an Article Actually Published? An Analysis of Online Availability, Publication, and Indexation Dates"

              Posted in Publishing, Scholarly Journals on May 7th, 2015

              Stefanie Haustein et al. have self-archived "When Is an Article Actually Published? An Analysis of Online Availability, Publication, and Indexation Dates."

              Here's an excerpt:

              With the acceleration of scholarly communication in the digital era, the publication year is no longer a sufficient level of time aggregation for bibliometric and social media indicators. Papers are increasingly cited before they have been officially published in a journal issue and mentioned on Twitter within days of online availability. In order to find a suitable proxy for the day of online publication allowing for the computation of more accurate benchmarks and fine-grained citation and social media event windows, various dates are compared for a set of 58,896 papers published by Nature Publishing Group, PLOS, Springer and Wiley-Blackwell in 2012. Dates include the online date provided by the publishers, the month of the journal issue, the Web of Science indexing date, the date of the first tweet mentioning the paper as well as the Altmetric.com publication and first-seen dates. Comparing these dates, the analysis reveals that large differences exist between publishers, leading to the conclusion that more transparency and standardization is needed in the reporting of publication dates. The date on which the fixed journal article (Version of Record) is first made available on the publisher's website is proposed as a consistent definition of the online date.

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                Web Site Designer/Developer, Senior at University of Arizona

                Posted in Library IT Jobs on May 7th, 2015

                The University of Arizona is recruiting a Web Site Designer/Developer, Senior.

                Here's an excerpt from the ad:

                As a part of the library's web team, you will design useful, usable and accessible web products. The team will support you in this by providing an agile workflow (currently based on Kanban) and foundational tools (Redmine for issue tracking, Git and Subversion for version control), and you will have the opportunity to contribute to this framework. You will also be involved in user research, process development and improvement, and communication with stakeholders.

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                  ARL Signs The Hague Declaration on Knowledge Discovery in the Digital Age

                  Posted in ARL Libraries, Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars, Research Libraries on May 7th, 2015

                  ARL has signed The Hague Declaration on Knowledge Discovery in the Digital Age.

                  Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                  More than 50 organizations around the world—including ARL—have signed the Hague Declaration on Knowledge Discovery in the Digital Age, which calls for immediate changes to intellectual property (IP) law and the removal of other barriers preventing widened and more equal access to data. . . .

                  The declaration asserts that copyright was never designed to regulate the sharing of facts, data, and ideas—nor should it. The right to receive and impart information and ideas is guaranteed by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights but the modern application of IP law often limits this right, even when these most simple building blocks of knowledge are used.

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                    "Who Needs Open Access, Anyway?"

                    Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on May 6th, 2015

                    Walt Crawford has published "Who Needs Open Access, Anyway?" in Cites & Insights: Crawford at Large.

                    Here's an excerpt:

                    That title is not my own opinion or question—but it feels like the appropriate title for this odd roundup, covering several dozen items I've tagged over the last two years (or so) as " oa-anti. " The tag doesn't necessarily mean the item was a flat-out attack on open access (even with the typical "some of my best friends are OA, but… " nonsense that's usually now phrased as "I am/this publisher is/a big proponent of OA, however… "). It means that, in skimming the item initially, it seemed to register as something that either seemed to undermine OA or could be used as an attack on OA—or, in some cases, it's discussing somebody else attempting to undermine OA. At the end of this mostly-unsorted set of items, I note a handful of " oa-pro " items for a little balance.

                    You can help support Cites & Insights: Crawford at Large and Crawford's open access research by donating as little as $2 per month via PayPal.

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                      Digital Initiatives Librarian at Xavier University

                      Posted in Digital Library Jobs on May 6th, 2015

                      Xavier University is recruiting a Digital Initiatives Librarian.

                      Here's an excerpt from the ad:

                      The librarian in this key position is a primary planner and coordinator for library digital initiatives, including emergent technologies. Leads a team approach in furthering library efforts with Digital Humanities. Coordinates the library's instance of Digital Commons, our Institutional Repository. Manages a planned technology-intensive library Makerspace.

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                        "Thumbs Down for the Freemium Model? Researchers Reject Nature’s Fast Track Peer Review Experiment"

                        Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Communication, Scholarly Journals on May 6th, 2015

                        David Crotty has published "Thumbs Down for the Freemium Model? Researchers Reject Nature's Fast Track Peer Review Experiment" in The Scholarly Kitchen.

                        Here's an excerpt:

                        NPG launched a four-week trial in their megajournal Scientific Reports. The journal features a Gold open access (OA) business model, where accepted authors pay a $1,495 article processing charge (APC). In the trial, authors willing to pay an additional $750 upfront would get their decision in three weeks. NPG would be able to offer this additional speed by outsourcing the peer review process to Rubriq, a service offered by the private company Research Square.

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