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Sr. Library Systems Analyst at Lehigh University

Lehigh University is recruiting a Sr. Library Systems Analyst.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

This position performs professional and technical duties in support of the digital library and library applications & systems. This position provides business analysis functions for library management applications, provides system administration for Linux-based application servers, and manages the Library's Drupal powered website. This position will serve as the technical contact for Kuali OLE and third-party library applications.

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"Fact Sheet: Big Data Across the Federal Government"

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy has released "Fact Sheet: Big Data Across the Federal Government."

Here's an excerpt:

Below are highlights of ongoing Federal government programs that address the challenges of, and tap the opportunities afforded by, the big data revolution to advance agency missions and further scientific discovery and innovation.

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Museum Manager (Archivist) at Harvard University’s Peabody Museum

Harvard University's Peabody Museum is recruiting a Museum Manager (Archivist).

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Develops and implements procedures to increase preservation and access to the collections. Proposes and manages digital initiatives and manages digital archive. Manages and carries out the day-to-day activities in the Peabody Museum's Archives Department including working with staff and researchers to access the archival photographic and paper collections.

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House Hearing on Federally Funded Research: Examining Public Access and Scholarly Publication Interests

The House Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight held a hearing today on Federally Funded Research: Examining Public Access and Scholarly Publication Interests.

Here are the documents that have been released for this hearing:

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"Will An Institutional Repository Hurt My SSRN Ranking? Calming the Faculty Fear"

James M. Donovan and Carol A. Watson have published "Will An Institutional Repository Hurt My SSRN Ranking? Calming the Faculty Fear" in the latest issue of AALL Spectrum.

Here's an excerpt:

Plans for a new IR project within the law school, however, can quickly find such worthy motives swept aside as faculty members invariably voice some version of the following comments: "Won't posting my articles elsewhere steal downloads away from SSRN? That would lower my rankings in SSRN and perhaps reduce my professional stature."

One can regret that law academics today reflexively cower at the thought of appearing to perform poorly on any new ranking system that crosses their path, no matter how dubious. Even so, there can be no denying that SSRN, or the Social Science Research Network, has earned a respectable cachet among the professoriate.

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New French Law: Digital Exploitation of 20th Century Unavailable Books

France has implemented a new law on the Digital Exploitation of 20th Century Unavailable Books.

Here's an excerpt from the Library of Congress' summary:

This Law adds a new chapter to the French Intellectual Property Code, comprising articles L.134-1 to L.134-9. Article L. 134-1 provides that an unavailable book is "a book published in France before January 1, 2001, which is commercially unavailable and is not currently published in paper or digital format." (Id.) The Law creates a public database specifically dedicated to unavailable books, accessible at no charge, which will list these titles. . . .

After a book has been registered in the database for six months without any opposition, a collective management society approved by the Ministry of Culture will be authorized to grant a publisher a non-exclusive license for digital exploitation of the book for a period of five years, which will be renewable (art. L.134-3). . . .

In addition, the Law provides an exception for libraries. It states that the collective management society must authorize libraries that are accessible to the public to digitally reproduce at no cost and distribute to their patrons unavailable books, where a holder of the right to reproduce the work in its paper format has not been found within ten years of the first authorization to reproduce, provided that the library does not receive any commercial profit. If the collective management society refuses to grant such a right, it has to state the grounds for that refusal (art. L.134-8). The holder of the right to reproduce the work in its paper format may at any time request that the collective management society withdraw the right granted to a library (id).

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Future Proofing: Enabling Practical Preservation of Born-Digital Records

JISC has released Future Proofing: Enabling Practical Preservation of Born-Digital Records.

Here's an excerpt:

The results show that is it possible to build a low-cost, practical solution that addresses immediate preservation problems, makes use of available open source tools, and requires minimal IT support. We think the results of the case study can feasibly be used by other Institutions facing similar difficulties, and scaled up to apply to the preservation of other and more complex digital objects. It will enable non-specialist information professionals to perform certain preservation and information management tasks with a minimum of preservation-specific theoretical knowledge.

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Systems/Assessment Librarian at the College at Brockport

The College at Brockport is recruiting a Systems/Assessment Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad (Item #: 00328):

  • Manage, configure and maintain the library's integrated library system (Ex Libris' Aleph 500) and web OPAC (AquaBrowser).
  • Maintain a working knowledge of technologies critical to the design and delivery of library services.
  • Investigate emerging technologies and communicate developments to library faculty, staff and students; works to implement appropriate Web 2.0+ technologies.
  • Assist in collaborative planning, analysis, and assessment of services. Identify and assess new technologies for use in the delivery of library services.

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"The Privacy Implications of Digital Preservation: Social Media Archives and the Social Networks Theory of Privacy"

Jasmine E. McNealy has self-archived "The Privacy Implications of Digital Preservation: Social Media Archives and the Social Networks Theory of Privacy" in SSRN.

Here's an excerpt:

This paper seeks to analyze whether SNS [Social Networking Sites] users can claim a right to privacy with respect to their online communications. To do so, this paper will examine the privacy implications of the LOC Twitter archive in light of Strahilevitz's social network theory of privacy. First, this article briefly discusses the LOC Twitter archive. Next, this article explores the online networking phenomenon and the privacy implications associated with social media. Third, this article examines privacy, in particular Strahilevitz's social networks theory of privacy. Part four analyzes whether a challenge to the LOC Twitter archive based on a theory of invasion of privacy by public disclosure of private facts or intrusion would succeed under the social network theory of privacy. This article concludes with considerations for digital archives in relation to protecting personal privacy.

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Web Developer at University of Kansas Libraries

The University of Kansas Libraries are recruiting a Web Developer.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

This web development position develops and integrates applications that improve the user experience in discovering, accessing, and using library resources and services across the entire KU Libraries environment. S/he assists in gathering requirements, writes code, maintains documentation, and supports applications use. The web developer explores and analyses emerging technologies to support the Libraries' expanding services in digital scholarship and scholarly communication.

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Scholarly Electronic Publishing Weblog (March 26, 2012)

The latest update of the Scholarly Electronic Publishing Weblog 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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Current News: Twitter Updates for 3/25/12

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Web Developer 2 at University of Houston Libraries

The University of Houston Libraries are recruiting a Web Developer 2.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Works as a member of the Web Services Department to design, develop and maintain the many proprietary and open source web applications used within the University of Houston Libraries to enhance the Libraries' virtual presence and digital initiatives.

Job Duties:

  • Manages the customization of the user interface within the Digital Library and related applications
  • Incorporates appropriate design principles and branding consistent with guidelines established by the UH Libraries
  • Assists in the planning, designing, development, documentation and ongoing maintenance of the Libraries' internal and external web applications, database interfaces and mobile tools

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"Building the Ecology of Libraries—An Interview with Brewster Kahle"

The Open Knowlege Foundation Blog has published "Building the Ecology of Libraries—An Interview with Brewster Kahle."

Here's an excerpt:

What are the challenges faced by the Internet Archive regarding the digitization of books?

There are two big problems: there is going and building a digital collection, either by digitizing materials or buying electronic books. And the other is: how do you make this available, especially the in-copyright works? For digitizing books, it costs about 10 cents a page to do a beautiful rendition of a book. So, for approximately 30 dollars a book for 300 pages you can do a gorgeous job. Google does it much more quickly and it costs only about 5 dollars for each book. So it really is much less expensive in less quality, but they are able to do things at scale. We digitize about 1000 books every day in 23 scanning centers in six countries. We will set up scanning centers anywhere, or, if there are people that would like to staff the scanners themselves, we provide the scanners and all of the backend processing for free, until we run out of scanners and we've got a bunch of them. So we're looking either for people that want to scan their own collections by providing there own labour or they can employ us to do it and all told it is 10 cent a page to complete.

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Imaging Supervisor at University of Florida Libraries

The University of Florida Libraries are recruiting an Imaging Supervisor.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

This position is responsible for supervision and daily operations of the main imaging queue, requiring independent decision-making to assure critical workflows function properly and capacity levels are maximized. In the absence of the Operations Manager, this position interacts with customers and makes project level decisions as needed. It is a key position in Digital Library Center main production queue, and responsible for the coordination and management of a high volume of scanning materials with varying technical requirements.

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In AAP Meeting Video, RIAA Chairman Discusses How US ISPs Will Enforce Copyright Restrictions This July

At the Association of American Publishers' 2012 Annual Meeting, Cary Sherman, Chairman and CEO of the Recording Industry Association of America, discussed how US ISPs will begin a copyright enforcement program this July. (See the AAP's USTREAM page, Content Industries and Copyright entry.)

The ISPs will be acting in accordance with a "Memorandum of Understanding" that outlines a graduated response and "mitigation measures."

Read more about it at "As ISPs Prepare to Police Web Piracy, Questions of Efficacy and Motive Remain," "ISP Copyright Alerts: Your Questions Answered," "ISP Piracy Warnings: What You Need to Know," and "RIAA Chief: ISPs to Start Policing Copyright by July 1."

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Current News: Twitter Updates for 3/22/12

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Digital Initiatives Librarian at University of Northern Colorado Libraries

The University of Northern Colorado Libraries are recruiting a Digital Initiatives Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

This position is responsible for the coordination and management of the Libraries' digital initiatives, in particular the University of Northern Colorado's digital repository, Digital UNC [library.unco.edu/digitalunc]. Digital UNC, a Fedora-based repository with a Drupal-based user interface, is UNC's implementation of the collaboratively developed Alliance Digital Repository [adrresources.coalliance.org].

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Presentations from the Curation in the Cloud Workshop

Presentations from the Curation in the Cloud Workshop are now available.

Here's an excerpt from the conference web page:

The aim of this 2-day workshop is to assess the potential and practicalities of using cloud-based solutions for the curation and long-term preservation of digital materials, focusing particularly on data that originates from research or that supports research processes. What will particularly be of value is to engage stakeholders from a number of different types and scales of organisations, encompassing those that are able to rely on established and joined-up institutional infrastructures; alongside those who may have more fragmented or immature local measures in place to manage data.

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Scholarly Communication Librarian at Georgia Tech Library

The Georgia Tech Library is recruiting a Scholarly Communication Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Georgia Tech Library seeks a collaborative and innovative professional to take a lead role in user engagement for curating digital collections of locally created scholarly content, primarily SMARTech, Georgia Tech's institutional repository, and collections produced through the library's publishing services. Reporting to the Head of Scholarly Communication & Digital Curation Services, the Scholarly Communication Librarian will participate in a range of activities to advance the Library's strategic objectives for scholarly communication and digital publishing support. As a member of the cross-functional Scholarly Communication Collaborative, the incumbent will coordinate group meetings and help shape scholarly communication outreach plans and strategies.

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