Bucknell University Adopts Open Access Policy

Bucknell University has adopted an open access policy..

Here's an excerpt:

The faculty of Bucknell University grant to Bucknell University limited use of their scholarly articles for the purpose of making these articles open access. Specifically, each faculty member grants Bucknell University a nonexclusive, paid-up, worldwide license for each of his or her scholarly articles for the purpose of making these articles openly accessible in an institutional repository, and grants Bucknell University permission to exercise all rights under copyright for this purpose, as well as to authorize other parties to do the same, provided that the articles are not sold for income or profit. A scholarly article is defined as a peer-reviewed scholarly work published in a journal or in another format that a faculty member determines to be appropriate for his or her particular discipline.

The policy applies to all scholarly articles authored or co-authored while the author is a faculty member of Bucknell University except for any articles completed before the adoption of this policy and any articles for which the faculty member entered into an incompatible licensing or assignment agreement before the adoption of this policy.

The license granted to Bucknell University by this policy will in no way interfere with the rights of a faculty member as the author of the work. Furthermore, the license granted to Bucknell University for an article will be automatically waived for any reason and without sanction at the sole discretion of the faculty member upon written/electronic notification to Bucknell University's scholarly communications officer.

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Resource Discovery Systems Fellowship at University of Houston Libraries

The University of Houston Libraries are recruiting a Resource Discovery Systems Fellowship holder. Required degree: "Master's degree that was obtained in the last twenty-four months from an ALA-accredited program." Salary: $48,000-$52,000.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Resource Discovery Systems Fellowship is a two-year fellowship that offers a recent graduate the opportunity to work in a research library on diverse projects involving emerging library technologies. The Fellow will report to the Head of Resource Discovery Systems in the University Libraries and will be principally assigned to initiatives for discovery systems, management of electronic resources, and the integrated library system. The Fellow may also be asked to develop and deliver technology training in specific areas for librarians and staff, as well as coordinate with Web Services to support development of web-based applications and discovery tools.

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Revenue, Recession, Reliance: Revisiting the SCA/Ithaka S+R Case Studies in Sustainability

The Strategic Content Alliance has released Revenue, Recession, Reliance: Revisiting the SCA/Ithaka S+R Case Studies in Sustainability.

Here's an excerpt:

In 2009, the JISC-led Strategic Content Alliance commissioned Ithaka S+R to investigate the sustainability strategies of twelve digital content projects in the higher education and cultural heritage sectors, located in the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany and Egypt, to see how their leaders were developing cost-management and revenue strategies to foster longterm growth for ongoing digital projects

Two years and one economic crisis later, Ithaka S+R, with the generous support of the JISC-led Strategic Content Alliance, conducted a new round of research and interviews with the leaders of the twelve projects that were the focus of our original case studies. Our goal was to see how their sustainability models had held up, where weaknesses might be starting to show, and what new strategies project leaders were adopting in response. How had budget cuts and other factors affected the projects? What had project leaders learned about making their resources valuable to users? Where did the resources—financial or non-financial—come from to make continued growth and innovation possible? And how could these lessons be useful to others?

The research is documented in updates to the original twelve case studies. The final report, Revenue, Recession, Reliance: Revisiting the SCA / Ithaka Case Studies in Sustainability, provides a summary and analysis of findings across all twelve projects profiled.

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e-Research Librarian (Post-Master’s Program) at University of Maryland Libraries

The University of Maryland Libraries are recruiting an e-Research Librarian (Post-Master's Program). Required degree: "A Master's degree in Library or Information Science from an ALA-accredited institution of higher education received December 2008 or later."

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Post-Master's Program, a hiring initiative of the University of Maryland Libraries, matches recent post-master's professionals with short-term positions aligned with the Libraries' strategic priorities. Both sides win. The post-graduate professional develops their skills in a professional workplace, and the University Libraries gain the expertise of recent graduates to respond to a rapidly changing environment. Post-Master's Program professionals and the University Libraries each make a 2 year commitment to the position. Relocation costs are not available for Post-Master's Program professionals. . . .

Reporting to the Director of Public Services, the e-Research Librarian: actively participates in university-wide initiatives to develop and design policies, sustainable services, and infrastructure to enable faculty and students to preserve and make available their research data; partners with internal units (such as GIS and DRUM—Digital Repository of University of Maryland) and external units (such as Vice President for Research, Office of Information Technology (OIT) Enterprise Technical Infrastructure and Learning Technologies and Environments, and the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities) to develop a data-publishing model that leverages library services in support of data management and preservation; assists faculty with development of data management plans for grant applications; serves as an active member of the Public Services Division, contributing to divisional initiatives and leading specific projects; working closely with subject librarians, incorporates support for data management and preservation into library services; maintains close engagement with issues relating to scholarly communications such as copyright, open access, and data management and preservation.

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Important Public Domain Case: Supreme Court Hears Golan v. Holder

The Supreme Court is now considering the Golan v. Holder case, which has significant implications for public domain works.

Here's an excerpt from the Supreme Court's Granted and Noted List entry that describes the case:

Section 514 of the Uruguay Round Agreements Act of 1994 (Section 514) did something unique in the history of American intellectual property law: It "restored" copyright protection in thousands of works that the Copyright Act had placed in the Public Domain, where they remained for years as the common property of all Americans. The Petitioners in this case are orchestra conductors, educators, performers, film archivists and motion picture distributors, who relied for years on the free availability of these works in the Public Domain, which they performed, adapted, restored and distributed without restriction. The enactment of Section 514 therefore had a dramatic effect on Petitioners' free speech and expression rights, as well as their economic interests. Section 514 eliminated Petitioners' right to perform, share and build upon works they had once been able to use freely. The questions presented are:

  1. Does the Progress Clause of the United States Constitution prohibit Congress from taking works out of the Public Domain?
  2. Does Section 514 violate the First Amendment of the United States Constitution?

Transcripts of the oral arguments are available. The first one has been made public.

Read more about it at "Supreme Court Weighs Legality of Putting Public Domain Works Back under Copyright."

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Analysis of the Authors Guild et al. v. HathiTrust et al. Case

Below are a selection of posts and other documents analyzing the Authors Guild et al. v. HathiTrust et al. case.

Read more about it at "Authors Guild v. HathiTrust et al. Resources."

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Digital Project Manager at George Washington University Libraries

The George Washington University Libraries are recruiting a Digital Project Manager. Required degree: "A Bachelor's degree in an appropriate area of specialization."

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Digital Project Manager will have key responsibility for managing all technical and operational aspects of digitization and/or digital reformatting projects undertaken by GWU's Cyberinfrastructure Center (CIC). The DP Manager will oversee projects from design through final project deliverables.

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Associate Director for Library Applications and Knowledge Systems at University of Maryland-Baltimore Health Sciences and Human Services Library

The University of Maryland-Baltimore Health Sciences and Human Services Library is recruiting an Associate Director for Library Applications and Knowledge Systems. Degree: "Masters degree in library or information sciences accredited by the American Library Association." Salary range: $55,000-$80,000.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs/Executive Director Health Sciences and Human Services Library (HS/HSL), this newly created faculty position will provide leadership for the library applications and knowledge systems integrating the resources, services and programs of the HS/HSL. Working in a highly collaborative environment, the Associate Director for Library Applications and Knowledge Systems will manage 7.5 staff consisting of an internal library network administrator, web developers, support staff, and an instructional technology/design team.

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Social Metadata for Libraries, Archives, and Museums, Part 1: Site Reviews

OCLC Research has released Social Metadata for Libraries, Archives, and Museums, Part 1: Site Reviews.

Here's an excerpt from the press release:

Traditionally, staff at libraries, archives, and museums (LAMs) create metadata for the content they manage. However, social metadata—content contributed by users—is evolving as a way to both augment and recontextualize the content and metadata created by LAMs. Many cultural heritage institutions are interested in gaining a better understanding of social metadata and also learning how to best utilize their users' expertise to enrich their descriptive metadata and improve their users' experiences.

In order to facilitate this, a 21-member RLG Partners Social Metadata Working Group reviewed 76 sites relevant to libraries, archives, and museums that supported such social media features as tagging, comments, reviews, images, videos, ratings, recommendations, lists, links to related articles, etc. In addition, working group members surveyed site managers, analyzed the survey results and discussed the factors that contribute to successful—and not so successful—use of social metadata. They also considered issues related to assessment, content, policies, technology, and vocabularies.

This report includes an environmental scan of 76 social metadata sites and a detailed review of 24 representative sites.

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Digital Projects Coordinator at Washington Research Library Consortium

The Washington Research Library Consortium is recruiting a Digital Projects Coordinator. Degree: "ALA accredited master's degree in library or information science or masters degree in related field."

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Digital Projects Coordinator plays a key role in the Washington Research Library Consortium (WRLC) by creating synergies among the partner universities to enable the success of learning and scholarship through the creation of digital collections. The Digital Projects Coordinator is responsible for leading, managing, coordinating and guiding the exceptional expertise and hardware resources to digitize the extraordinary collections available among the partners in the WRLC. This position will build a shared, sustainable infrastructure which facilitates sharing across the consortium and with other organizations that is cost-effective and efficient through collaboration. This position will work collaboratively with the WRLC Digital Practices Committee (DPC) to establish requirements and standards, provide expert guidance, interface with metadata and technology staff, coordinate the work of digitization service providers, and manage final processing and quality control.

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UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council Adopts Open Access Policy

The UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) has adopted an open access policy. EPSRC is "the main UK government agency for funding research and training in engineering and the physical sciences, investing more than £850 million a year in a broad range of subjects—from mathematics to materials science, and from information technology to structural engineering." Previously in the UK, the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, the Economic and Social Research Council, the Medical Research Council, the Natural Environmental Research Council, and the Science and Technology Facilities Council have adopted open access policies.

Here's an excerpt from the policy:

EPSRC Council has agreed to mandate open access publication, with the proviso that academics should be able to choose the approach best suited to their field of research. This mandate is now being implemented: EPSRC requires authors to comply with this mandate and ensure that all published research articles arising from EPSRC-sponsored research, and which are submitted for publication on or after 1st September 2011, must become available on an Open Access basis through any appropriate route. As now, publication costs may be recovered either as 'directly incurred costs' (if incurred before the end date of the relevant research project) or as indirect costs (and hence factored into the fEC indirect cost rate for the relevant research organisation).

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Assistant/Associate Librarian (Scholarly Communications) at Grand Valley State University Libraries

The Grand Valley State University Libraries are recruiting an Assistant/Associate Librarian (Scholarly Communications). Degree: "Master of Library Science degree from an ALA accredited institution."

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Develops and manages a program that seeks to collect, preserve and disseminate faculty, student and institutional scholarship and creative outputs; Assists liaison librarians with the identification and addition of materials to the Libraries institutional repository from within their subject areas; Identifies the scholarly communication support needs of liaison librarians and develops documentation and provides educational opportunities to meet those needs; Serves as a primary point of reference on copyright issues, coordinating with other stakeholders within the Libraries, developing resources and providing training and instruction; Develops and provides University-wide educational opportunities for sharing information about scholarly communications, open access, copyright and institutional repositories; Stays abreast of trends and issues in scholarly communication, open access, institutional repositories, copyright and related areas.

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"Copyfraud and Classroom Performance Rights: Two Common Bogus Copyright Claims"

Brandon Butler has published "Copyfraud and Classroom Performance Rights: Two Common Bogus Copyright Claims" in the latest issue of Research Library Issues.

Here's an excerpt:

Negotiating copyright law can be challenging even when basic facts are not in doubt. It becomes unnecessarily difficult when publishers, distributors, and even some libraries misrepresent basic facts: which works are under copyright, and which rights a library must purchase to support teaching and learning. Unfortunately such misrepresentations are widespread. This article will describe two common misrepresentations about copyright law: "copyfraud" and "public performance rights" for classroom uses.

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Assistant/Associate Librarian (Digital Initiatives) at Grand Valley State University Libraries

The Grand Valley State University Libraries are recruiting an Assistant/Associate Librarian (Digital Initiatives). Degree: "Master of Library Science degree from an ALA accredited institution."

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Anticipates future trends and maintains current awareness of national and international developments affecting knowledge management, digital scholarship and information retrieval; Responsible for identifying, assessing and implementing new technologies and exploring innovative ways to use existing applications as a means for delivering information services and resources; In collaboration with others, promotes, develops and supports the Library's technology-rich learning environments; Defines, develops, tests, analyzes, and maintains new software and Web applications that support the creation and maintenance of Library information resources and services; Provides training and outreach to the library and campus community about digital library initiatives and emerging technologies; Provides ongoing qualitative and quantitative assessment of digital library services and technologies; Works with the Head of Instructional Programs and others to develop and support new and innovative methods for delivering instruction; Collaborate with others to support faculty and students in the area of digital scholarship, and provide advice on technical best practices, standards, and processes for digitizing and archiving materials in a variety of formats.

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Open University Releases Full-Text Search Engine for UK Repositories

The Open University has released a full-text search engine for UK Repositories called CORE.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

Open access research is now more accessible as JISC has developed a new search engine to help academics, students and the general public navigate papers held in the UK's open access repositories.

JISC has funded the Open University's Knowledge Media Institute (KMi) to create an innovative new search facility which searches not just the abstract but the full text of the article.

When researchers use current systems like Google Scholar to search academic papers they can find themselves denied access to the full article, particularly when subscription fees are required. They also typically have to search across a number of open access repositories or use searches that harvest data from different sources.

But now, using the Connecting Repositories tool or CORE, people can search the full text of items held in all 142 approved Open Access repositories.

Once they've found what they're looking for, the CORE system stores these downloads, so that people can still get access to the papers they have found useful even if the original repository is offline. . . .

Search CORE with your research question.

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Director of Digital Initiatives and Technologies at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Library and Information Services

The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Library and Information Services is recruiting a Director of Digital Initiatives and Technologies. Degree: "Master's degree in Library Science or Information Science from an ALA accredited institution."

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to the Dean of Library and Information Services (LIS), the Director of Digital Initiatives and Technologies is a librarian faculty member and a member of the administrative team, responsible for providing direction and expertise in digital library applications, including web development, emerging technologies and digital initiatives, in collaboration with other librarians and library departments.

Primary responsibilities include: works both independently and in team settings across LIS units to develop new digital library services that emphasize service, performance, sustainability, and usability; leads other LIS departments in identifying and developing collaborative approaches in the creation of digital collections, data curation and digital scholarship; plans, implements and manages the library's website development and chairs the LIS Web Committee; develops tools that support ongoing assessment of library services and technology needs; teaches digital technology for library faculty and staff; encourages integration of technology into the library's physical and virtual presence; participates in team-teaching sessions with various subject librarians to meet student needs; creates and implements agreed upon library-wide policies, programs, and procedures related to digital initiatives and technologies; serves as the chief liaison for LIS with Information Technology Services and works with their staff to provide enhancements to existing digital library applications; represents LIS in campus-wide initiatives in knowledge management and serves on the University's Institutional Repository Committee.

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"ARL Library Investment Index 2009-2010"

The Association of Research Libraries has released the "ARL Library Investment Index 2009-2010" as an xls file.

Here's an excerpt:

ARL makes publicly available the ARL Library Investment Index (previously named the ARL Expenditures-Focused Index). Beginning with data for 2005-06, this Index replaces the public availability of the ARL Membership Criteria Index. This new Index is highly correlated with the ARL Membership Criteria Index and less affected by changes in the collections variables. The ARL Library Investment Index calculates principal component scores and the analysis is based on all university member libraries' data (as compared with the ARL Membership Criteria Index, which is based on the 34 founding members of the Association). It is a summary measure of relative size among the university members of the association and has also been calculated retrospectively beginning with data from 2002-03. The Index scores are rounded to two decimal places, which may give the appearance of identical scores (and thus ranks) for some institutions; in fact, when the complete principal component score is calculated, it is extended to higher precision decimal places. Each institution has a unique result and place in the rank order.

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Director of Digital Scholarship at University of Kentucky Libraries

The University of Kentucky Libraries are recruiting a Director of Digital Scholarship. Degree: "ALA-accredited Master's degree in Library & Information Science."

Here's an excerpt from the ad (requisition no. SM537479):

Reporting to the Associate Dean for Collections and Technical Services, the Director of Digital Scholarship leads an energetic and collaborative program that engages faculty, staff, and students in initiatives to maximize the dissemination, preservation and impact of the university's scholarship and research. This individual will oversee UK Libraries' new institutional repository, UKnowledge (http://uknowledge.uky.edu/), a Digital Commons based initiative. The Director will continue the development of repository policies, procedures and services. The Director will engage with faculty and students to secure content and develop partnerships. The Director will create promotional materials, actively advertise UKnowledge to the university community, and develop the UK Libraries' scholarly communications website. The Director will collaborate with UK Information Technology on the development of an enterprise repository for campus.

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Princeton University Adopts Open Access Policy

Princeton University has adopted an open access policy. The faculty unanimously approved the policy on 9/19/11. Previously, open access polices have been adopted by seven schools at Harvard University, Emory University, Duke University, MIT, the University of Kansas, the University of North Texas, and other U.S. academic institutions and units.

Here's an excerpt from the policy:

1) The members of the Faculty of Princeton University strive to make their publications openly accessible to the public. To that end, each Faculty member hereby grants to The Trustees of Princeton University a nonexclusive, irrevocable, worldwide license to exercise any and all copyrights in his or her scholarly articles published in any medium, whether now known or later invented, provided the articles are not sold by the University for a profit, and to authorize others to do the same. This grant applies to all scholarly articles that any person authors or co-authors while appointed as a member of the Faculty, except for any such articles authored or co-authored before the adoption of this policy or subject to a conflicting agreement formed before the adoption of this policy. Upon the express direction of a Faculty member, the Provost or the Provost's designate will waive or suspend application of this license for a particular article authored or co-authored by that Faculty member.

The University hereby authorizes each member of the faculty to exercise any and all copyrights in his or her scholarly articles that are subject to the terms and conditions of the grant set forth above. This authorization is irrevocable, non-assignable, and may be amended by written agreement in the interest of further protecting and promoting the spirit of open access.

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