Scholarly Electronic Publishing Weblog (March 31, 2011)

The latest update of the Scholarly Electronic Publishing Weblog (SEPW) is now available. It provides information about new works related to scholarly electronic publishing, such as books, e-prints, journal articles, magazine articles, technical reports, and white papers.

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SPARC Subject Repositories Forum Launched

SPARC has launched the SPARC Subject Repositories Forum (SPARC-SR).

Here's an excerpt from the press release:

SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) has announced it will host a new discussion forum dedicated to the unique needs of the subject-based digital repository community. As repositories continue to grow as an engine for driving Open Access worldwide, new challenges and opportunities emerge and the demand for more focused conversations grows.

The SPARC Subject Repositories Forum ("SPARC-SR") will enable subject repository managers, both inside and outside libraries, to share procedures and best practices, discuss possible joint projects, and support each other in providing access to an important realm of scholarly literature. The email discussion list will aim to build on the momentum of recent meetings – including SPARC’s digital repositories meeting as well as those focused on subject repositories – and will be the first formal electronic platform for subject repository advocates to collaborate. The founders and community managers of the forum include:

  • Jessica Adamick, Ethics Clearinghouse Librarian at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
  • Julie Kelly, librarian at the University of Minnesota and a coordinator of AgEcon Search, a repository for agricultural and applied economics.
  • Rebecca Reznik-Zellen, Science Librarian at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and Project Manager for InterNano, an information portal and subject repository for nanomanufacturing.

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Information Technologist III at University of New Hampshire Library

The University of New Hampshire Library is recruiting an Information Technologist III. Salary range: $53,200-$82,070.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Web Applications Developer will be responsible for writing back-end code to support new web applications and search services for end users and Library staff under the direction of the Systems Librarian. Responsibilities include all aspects of web application development, including defining requirements, writing code, testing, deployment, maintenance, and security for the institutional repository and for other web-based applications used by the Library and its users; auditing existing Library code for adherence to University IT security policy; providing end user and Library staff technical support as part of a customer-service-oriented team. This individual will have the autonomy to select the tools and processes to achieve the ends cited above in accordance with best practices and standards.

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Current News: Twitter Updates for 3/30/11

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eScholarship Operations Coordinator at California Digital Library

The California Digital Library is recruiting an eScholarship Operations Coordinator.

Here's an excerpt from the ad (requisition number: 20110143):

Reporting to the Director of CDL Publishing Services, the eScholarship Repository Operations Coordinator is responsible for providing project management and service enhancement analysis in order to refine and extend the eScholarship technology and service infrastructure to meet user needs. In addition, the Coordinator is responsible for frontline provision of support services and coordination with eScholarship service providers. The eScholarship Repository is a core technology that provides a publishing platform for the UC community at large.

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Yahoo! Research: Who Says What to Whom on Twitter

Yahoo! Research has released Who Says What to Whom on Twitter.

Here's an excerpt:

We study several longstanding questions in media communications research, in the context of the microblogging service Twitter, regarding the production, flow, and consumption of information. To do so, we exploit a recently introduced feature of Twitter—known as Twitter lists—to distinguish between elite users, by which we mean specifically celebrities, bloggers, and representatives of media outlets and other formal organizations, and ordinary users. Based on this classification, we find a striking concentration of attention on Twitter—roughly 50% of tweets consumed are generated by just 20K elite users—where the media produces the most information, but celebrities are the most followed. We also find significant homophily within categories: celebrities listen to celebrities, while bloggers listen to bloggers etc; however, bloggers in general rebroadcast more information than the other categories. Next we re-examine the classical "two-step flow" theory of communications, finding considerable support for it on Twitter, but also some interesting differences. Third, we find that URLs broadcast by different categories of users or containing different types of content exhibit systematically different lifespans. And finally, we examine the attention paid by the different user categories to different news topics.

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Royal Society: Knowledge, Networks and Nations: Global Scientific Collaboration in the 21st Century

The Royal Society has released Knowledge, Networks and Nations: Global Scientific Collaboration in the 21st Century.

Here's an excerpt:

Knowledge, Networks and Nations reviews, based on available data, the changing patterns of science, and scientific collaboration, in order to provide a basis for understanding such ongoing changes. It aims to identify the opportunities and benefits of international collaboration, to consider how they can best be realised, and to initiate a debate on how international scientific collaboration can be harnessed to tackle global problems more effectively.

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Information Technology Specialist (Application Development and Infrastructure) at Library of Congress

The Library of Congress is recruiting an Information Technology Specialist. Salary range:$74,872-$97,333.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The IT Specialist (Application Development and Infrastructure) will work independently, as well as in a team environment. The incumbent is responsible for managing the operation of the application development environment consisting of operating systems, virtualization strategies and source code management. Additional responsibilities include application development of new projects and troubleshooting of existing systems.

This position is located in the Web Services Division, Office of Strategic Initiatives. . . .

Administer a managed Linux based development application development environment utilizing automation tools such as puppet or chef. Working knowledge of web hosting configuration components, including firewalls, load balancers, web and database servers. Well versed in Apache web server, PHP, MySQL, and server Virtualization – ability to deploy, support, and diagnose issues for development environments. Plans and analyzes systems configuration and whether changes are needed to support the organization's program of work.

Conducts application design, programming and testing work encompassing the full range of applications development for major software projects. Has a working knowledge of the PHP language to participate in developing new web applications and maintaining existing applications. Designs and develops APIs to support creation of XML or JSON based REST or SOAP services. Ensures applications are consistent with a service based architecture and open data standards able to run in a clustered configuration. Familiar with search, indexing and crawling technologies such as Lucene, SOLR and Nutch.

Monitors implementation, maintenance, enhancement, and coordination of online systems and Web site(s) on the Internet and Intranet. Familiar with multiple third party web tools such as WordPress, Confluence, Omniture, OpinionLab and Teamsite. Supplies technical aid to resolve issues and problems related to loc.gov sites and applications. Oversees emerging web technologies and directions and makes recommendations accordingly.

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Current News: Twitter Updates for 3/29/11

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Web Services Specialist at Mississippi State University Libraries

The Mississippi State University Libraries are recruiting a Web Services Specialist.

Here's an excerpt from the ad (PARF number: 5835 ):

Maintains existing and create new web applications including database programming, multimedia development and web editing; assists the Library Web Sites Manager with concept design, content delivery and exploring/recommending emerging technologies and services that will benefit the library program; provides technical support, training and development for a variety of existing applications (Student Time Clock, Virtual Reference application, MAGNOLIA, Book Orders Online, Microsoft Sharepoint); develops and maintains mobile web applications; works with Library Web Team to ensure appropriate web site ADA compliance; supervises student workers and manages student payroll for Web Services team; tracks, analyzes and reports on current web usage statistics; performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

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E-Reserves and Copyright: Cambridge University Press et al. v. Patton et al. Trial Set for 5/16/2011

The Cambridge University Press et al. v. Patton et al. trial date has been set for 5/16/2011.

Here's an excerpt from ruling:

At trial, the parties will need to present evidence and argument that will allow the Court to rule on the question whether Plaintiffs may proceed under Ex Parte Younp or whether the case must be dismissed for lack of subject matter jurisdiction. Based on the pleadings alone, the Court cannot say that it lacks subject matter jurisdiction to hear the case. Dismissal under Rules 12(b) (1) and 12(c), Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, would be improper.

Accordingly, Defendants' Motion to Dismiss (Doc. 2393) is DENIED WITHOUT PREJUDICE. The parties are DIRECTED to file a proposed consolidated pretrial order no later than April 29, 2011. The trial is set for May 16, 2011 at 10:00 a.m.

Read more about it at "Judge Sets Trial Date in Georgia State University E-Reserves Lawsuit ."

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Jessica Litman: "Readers’ Copyright"

Jessica Litman, John F. Nickoll Professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law School, has self-archived "Readers' Copyright" in SSRN.

Here's an excerpt:

This essay is part of a project intended to help reclaim copyright for readers, listeners, and viewers. A system of copyright protection makes little sense unless it is designed to encourage the use and enjoyment of the works it induces authors to create and publishers to disseminate. I argue that a clear-eyed examination of copyright's history reveals that solicitude for readers and members of the audience is, in fact, deeply encoded in copyright's DNA. Recently, readers' interests have faded in apparent importance in the copyright scheme in ways that have unbalanced the copyright system, and undermined public support for copyright law. In response to growing criticism of copyright, some of copyright law's most ardent supporters have insisted that users have no rights, should have no rights, and have never had rights in the copyright scheme. That approach, I suggest, is making the problem worse, not better. Copyright seems out of whack because it has forgotten its most important constituents. In this essay, I take a series of very small baby steps in the direction of recognizing rights and liberties within the copyright system for readers, listeners, viewers and other members of the copyright audience.

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Head Library Systems Administrator at Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library

The Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library (Stow, OH) is recruiting a Head Library Systems Administrator.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Under general direction, the Head of Library Systems Administrators maintains the automation system for the library and trains staff and patrons on the use of computer hardware, on-line systems and software applications.

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Current News: Twitter Updates for 3/28/11

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Web Services Developer at Radford University’s McConnell Library

Radford University's McConnell Library is recruiting a Web Services Developer.

Here's an excerpt from the ad (job posting number: 0800322):

Primary developer and administrator for Library website, web applications, social media, and mobile interfaces; administrator for EZproxy and ILLiad applications; backup administrator for Millennium ILS system, WordPress blogs, and Drupal intranet.

Coordinate, maintain, and oversee ongoing development of the Library's website and web services.

Incorporate appropriate design principles, information architectures, coding standards, and emerging technologies into the Library's various open source web-based systems and projects.

Contribute to processes that deliver Library content to external discovery and delivery mechanisms, such as: APIs and web services, search engine optimization, mobile application development, OAI harvesters, and integration with campus learning management systems and social sites.

Provide leadership in the development of the Library's overall web-based services; train and work directly with Library staff to help make them more effective content contributors and electronic service providers.

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Denise Stephens Named as UC Santa Barbara’s University Librarian

Denise Stephens has been named as the University of California, Santa Barbara's University Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

Denise is currently the Strategic and Organizational Research Librarian at the University of Kansas, where she previously had oversight of library and information technology activities as Vice Provost for Information Services and Chief Information Officer from 2005 to 2010. Her experience includes lead roles in library research, library administration and planning, information management and policy, and program assessment at the University of Virginia, the University of Kansas, and Syracuse University. She was the acting University Librarian at Syracuse before returning to the University of Kansas to assume the Vice Provost role. She holds a master's degree in library science from the University of Oklahoma and is an alumna of the Association of Research Libraries Leadership and Career Development Program. Her research interests include organizational and change leadership, an area in which she has produced several publications and presentations. Denise has served on numerous library and information technology advisory committees and boards, including the Depository Library Council of the U.S. Public Printer, BioOne, the Simmons College Ph.D. program in Managerial Leadership, the Great Plains Network, Educause, and the Kansas Research and Education Network. Her background makes her extremely well suited to lead our libraries into the future.

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Alliance for Taxpayer Access Call to Action: Expand the NIH Open Access Policy

The Alliance for Taxpayer Access has issued a call to action to expand the NIH Public Access Policy.

Here's an excerpt from the call (the call includes a form that you can use to contact indicated officials):

Incredibly, April 7, 2011 marks the third anniversary of the first U.S. policy to ensure public access to the published results of publicly funded research: that of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). In three short years, the policy has come to deliver free and open access to over two million full-text articles, which are accessed by nearly half a million PubMed Central users from all sectors of the public every day.

This milestone is a critical opportunity for public access supporters to press for the expansion of the successful NIH policy to other federal agencies. Please join us in calling on key policy makers to take advantage of this occasion and share letters (as an individual and/or on behalf of your organization) NO LATER THAN April 14, 2011.

As always, suggested talking points [click on links below] and contact information are linked below. We’re encouraging FAX AND EMAIL letters to three different offices:

  1. Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), Kathleen Sebelius, calling for the expansion of the policy to other agencies within HHS.
  2. Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), John Holdren, for the expansion of the policy to federal agencies with extramural research budgets of $100 million or more.
  3. Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Francis Collins, celebrating the success of the policy and encouraging a shorter embargo period.

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Digital Scholarship Books Available with Free Worldwide Shipping

Digital Scholarship's books are available from BetterWorldBooks.com with free worldwide shipping.

In other distribution news, Digital Scholarship's books are available in Australia from Fishpond.com.au, in Canada from McNallyRobinson.com, and in India from Flipkart.com. Depending on the book, other international retailers include AbeBooks.com, Amazon.ca, Amazon.co.jp, Amazon.de, and Amazon.fr. (See each book's Digital Scholarship web page (title links below) for known international purchase options.)

Digital Scholarship's books are also available from Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.com. Libraries can use CreateSpace's expanded distribution via Ingram and Baker & Taylor to acquire the books.

Book BetterWorldBooks Fishpond Flipkart McNallyRobinson
Digital Curation and Preservation Bibliography 2010 X X X X
Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography 2010 X X X X
Transforming Scholarly Publishing through Open Access: A Bibliography X X X X
Digital Scholarship 2009 X X X X
Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography: 2008 Annual Edition X X X X

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Emerging Technologies Librarian at College of Wooster Libraries

The College of Wooster Libraries are recruiting an Emerging Technologies Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Emerging Technologies Librarian will provide leadership and expertise in the identification, assessment, and implementation of emerging technologies that further the Libraries’ mission. Ideal candidates will enjoy working with technology, but also have a passion for teaching users and training library colleagues in more advanced applications and web-based resources. As a member of the Digital Scholarship and Services Department, this librarian will also serve as a resource for the campus community on scholarly communications issues, from author rights to open access, e-publishing options, and copyright. The Emerging Technologies Librarian will serve as a liaison to one or more academic departments and participate in reference services, the instruction program, and outreach efforts. Andrews Library will be undergoing a renovation this summer to create a center for undergraduate research that complements and enhances The College of Wooster’s highly regarded Independent Study program; the Emerging Technologies Librarian will play a key role in helping the Libraries develop the services and resources to best support this center.

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Current News: Twitter Updates for 3/27/11

  • Data Management Workshop at UC Davis Center for Population Biology: Video Archive [Future of Data workshop, 3 videos], http://bit.ly/hySRyn
  • The University and its Digital Libraries. A Tale in Three Parts [Daniel Greenstein, video], http://bit.ly/hqjmRp
  • A Copyright Expert Who Spoke Up for Academic Authors Offers Insights on the Google Books Ruling, http://bit.ly/h5f7qv
  • Did File-Sharing Cause Recording Industry Collapse? Economists Say No, http://bit.ly/hhXgrF
  • With Google Settlement Rejected, Library Groups Keep Eye on Access, http://bit.ly/h891vw
  • Up and Running with DSpace, http://bit.ly/gOYSjt

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Digital Projects Developer, Analyst, IT at Duke University Library

The Duke University Library is recruiting a Digital Projects Developer, Analyst, IT.

Here's an excerpt from the ad (requisition number: 400484480):

Under the direction of the Head of the Digital Experience Services Department, the developer will explore, adapt, and support library information technologies for digital projects, including the application of standards, metadata, and discovery interfaces appropriate to specific projects. The developer is responsible for helping Library staff design user interfaces that successfully navigate and integrate various resources specific to research libraries.

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Four Reports and One Hearing on the Orphan Works Problem

In the wake of the recent Google Books Amended Settlement Agreement ruling, the orphan works problem has once again come front and center. Below are four reports and one Congressional hearing on the issue that may be worth revisiting.

Korn, Naomi. In from the Cold: An Assessment of the Scope of "Orphan Works" and Its Impact on the Delivery of Services to the Public. London: JISC, 2009.

Ricolfi, Marco et al. Final Report on Digital Preservation, Orphan Works, and Out-of-Print Works. Luxembourg: European Commission, Information Society and Media DG, Access to Information Unit, 2008.

United States Copyright Office. Report on Orphan Works. Washington, DC: United States Copyright Office, 2006.

U.S. Congress, House. Promoting the Use of Orphan Works: Balancing the Interests of Copyright Owners and Users, Hearing before the Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet, and Intellectual Property of the Committee on the Judiciary, 110 Congress, 2008.

Vuopala, Anna Assessment of the Orphan Works Issue and Costs for Rights Clearance. Luxembourg: European Commission, Information Society and Media DG, Access to Information Unit, 2010.

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"Joining in the Enterprise of Response in the Wake of the NSF Data Management Planning Requirement"

Patricia Hswe and Ann Holt have published "Joining in the Enterprise of Response in the Wake of the NSF Data Management Planning Requirement" in the latest issue of Research Library Issues.

Here's an excerpt:

This article affords an overview of the new, leading roles libraries can adopt in the provision of data services, thus blending appraisal with advocacy. How are libraries currently giving assistance in data management planning? What recommendations can libraries make that draw from, and build on, these efforts? The article also reports on new communities of practice forming around the challenges of digital data issues, bringing together much needed knowledge and expertise not only from libraries but also from various other sectors of a university, including IT divisions, grant administration offices, and research institutes.

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Information Technology Specialist (Systems Analysis) at Library Of Congress

The Library Of Congress is recruiting an Information Technology Specialist (Systems Analysis). Salary range: $89,033-$115,742.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Information Technology Specialist is responsible for the definition and specifications of requirements, and the design and development, implementation and support of software for the Library, the Congress and other legislative agencies. They analyze user needs in processes related to bibliographic, copyright, inventory, legislative, reference research, finance, personnel, and preservation of library materials and develop Web sites related to Library subject areas. The work of this position involves computer systems analysis, design and programming, including analysis of subject matter processes or problems, and the design, implementation and support of Web-based systems for accomplishment of work through application of computer technology.

The position is located in the Digital & Web Initiatives Group, Information Technology Services, Office of Strategic Initiatives.

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