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Digital Assets Manager at Glasgow Caledonian University

Glasgow Caledonian University is recruiting a Digital Assets Manager.

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Library Services at Glasgow Caledonian University wishes to appoint a Digital Assets Manager. The role holder will have responsibility for the maintenance, development and promotion of GCUStore, our multimedia repository, and will assist in the work of the Digital Development and Information Literacy (DDIL) section. This will include assisting in the development and maintenance of a range of library IT systems including the library management and discovery systems, web 2.0, portal and social media technologies.

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"Twenty-Five Shades of Greycite: Semantics for Referencing and Preservation"

Phillip Lord and Lindsay Marshall have self-archived "Twenty-Five Shades of Greycite: Semantics for Referencing and Preservation" in arXiv.org .

Here's an excerpt:

Semantic publishing can enable richer documents with clearer, computationally interpretable properties. For this vision to become reality, however, authors must benefit from this process, so that they are incentivised to add these semantics. Moreover, the publication process that generates final content must allow and enable this semantic content. Here we focus on author-led or "grey" literature, which uses a convenient and simple publication pipeline. We describe how we have used metadata in articles to enable richer referencing of these articles and how we have customised the addition of these semantics to articles. Finally, we describe how we use the same semantics to aid in digital preservation and non-repudiability of research articles

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Systems/Web Services Librarian at Georgia Perimeter College Libraries

Georgia Perimeter College Libraries are recruiting a Systems/Web Services Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Systems/Web Services Librarian is responsible for maintenance, management, support and training for the Ex Libris Voyager integrated library system in a multi-campus and statewide consortial environment. Runs Voyager maintenance and statistical reports on a regular schedule. Administers and provides support for various library software products in use by public services and library technical services staff. Serves as webmaster for GPC libraries, and is responsible for leading efforts toward a unified web presence in a college-wide environment. May assist with e-resource functions as needed, and with special projects as assigned by the Director of Library Technical Services.

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"Science Europe Position Statement: Principles on the Transition to Open Access to Research Publications"

Science Europe has released "Science Europe Position Statement: Principles on the Transition to Open Access to Research Publications." Science Europe is an "association of 51 European national research organisations."

Here's an excerpt:

Therefore the Science Europe Member Organisations:

  • will continue to support any valid approaches to achieve Open Access, including those commonly referred to as the "green" and "gold" routes; . . . .
  • stress that research publications should either be published in an Open Access journal or be deposited as soon as possible in a repository, and made available in Open Access in all cases no later than six months following first publication. In Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, the delay may need to be longer than six months but must be no more than 12 months; . . .
  • require that funding of Open Access publication fees is part of a transparent cost structure, incorporating a clear picture of publishers' service costs;. . . .
  • stress that the hybrid model, as currently defined and implemented by publishers, is not a working and viable pathway to Open Access. Any model for transition to Open Access supported by Science Europe Member Organisations must prevent "double dipping" and increase cost transparency;

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Systems Engineer, Library Technology at Harvard University Information Technology

Harvard University Information Technology is recruiting a Systems Engineer, Library Technology .

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Harvard University IT Library Technology Services (LTS) is seeking an Applications Platform Analyst to build, manage, and maintain scalable and robust application server environments for central library systems used in the academic and research mission of the University. This position supports a variety of library services, including home-grown, third party vended and open source applications. . S/he integrates applications into existing infrastructure, troubleshoots and resolves technical issues and manages technical projects. The Library Systems Engineer works collaboratively with developers, systems librarians, vendors, systems administrators, and HUIT Infrastructure staff to build and maintain stable applications for the Harvard Library.

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Library Copyright Alliance Files Brief in Georgia State University E-Reserves Case

The Library Copyright Alliance has filed a brief in the Cambridge U. Press et al. v. Mark P. Becker et al. e-reserves copyright case that was prepared by the EFF and Jonathan Band.

Here's an excerpt from the EFF announcement:

In the amicus brief filed today, EFF urges the appeals court to see what the district court saw: the vast majority of uses at issue were protected fair uses. Moreover, as a practical matter, the licensing market the publishers say they want to create for e-reserves will never emerge—not least because libraries can't afford to participate in it. Even assuming that libraries could pay such fees, requiring this would thwart the purpose of copyright by undermining the overall market for scholarship. Given libraries' stagnant or shrinking budgets, any new spending for licenses must be reallocated from existing expenditures, and the most likely source of reallocated funds is the budget for collections. An excerpt license requirement thus will harm the market for new scholarly works, as the works assigned for student reading are likely to be more established pieces written by well-known academics. Libraries' total investment in scholarship will be the same but resources will be diverted away from new works to redundant payments for existing ones, in direct contradiction of copyright's purpose of "promot[ing] progress."

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Library Systems Administrator at Pratt Institute Libraries

Pratt Institute Libraries are recruiting a Library Systems Administrator.

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Under moderate supervision, with a high degree of independent judgment, implements and maintains systems and networks in support of Libraries' computer information systems, including the ILS and web services. Individual will be responsible for the development, design, installation, maintenance and coordination of computer-based systems within the libraries. Participates in technology planning which supports the mission and services of the Pratt Institute Libraries.

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The Web Archiving Life Cycle Model

Archive-It has released the The Web Archiving Life Cycle Model.

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In order to address the lack of best practices and to increase awareness of the importance of web archiving as fundamental to digital preservation, the Archive-It team developed the Web Archiving Life Cycle Model (WALCM). This model is based on the team's experiences as well as lessons learned from countless partner institutions, including in-depth case studies of six of those institutions. The WALCM is an attempt to represent common workflows and create a measurable model for organizations to reference in order to create or improve their web archiving programs.

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Digital Collections Librarian at James Madison University Libraries & Educational Technologies

The James Madison University Libraries & Educational Technologies are recruiting a Digital Collections Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Digital Collections Librarian manages JMU Libraries' locally created digital materials, taking a lead role in the creation, maintenance and stewardship of digital collections, including the digitization of special collections. This position provides strategies for effective management and preservation of library digital assets, informs conversations on scholarly communications and advises students and faculty on best practices for preserving scholarship and digital projects. The Digital Collections Librarian also collaborates with other units in L&ET to plan and implement systems related to digital collections, including repositories and digital asset management systems.

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"Designing the W3C Open Annotation Data Model"

Robert Sanderson, Paolo Ciccarese, and Herbert Van de Sompel have self-archived "Designing the W3C Open Annotation Data Model" in arXiv.org.

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The Open Annotation Core Data Model specifies an interoperable framework for creating associations between related resources, called annotations, using a methodology that conforms to the Architecture of the World Wide Web. Open Annotations can easily be shared between platforms, with sufficient richness of expression to satisfy complex requirements while remaining simple enough to also allow for the most common use cases, such as attaching a piece of text to a single web resource. This paper presents the W3C Open Annotation Community Group specification and the rationale behind the scoping and technical decisions that were made. It also motivates interoperable Annotations via use cases, and provides a brief analysis of the advantages over previous specifications.

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Associate University Librarian, Information Resources and Scholarly Communication at Wilfrid Laurier University Library

The Wilfrid Laurier University Library is recruiting an Associate University Librarian, Information Resources and Scholarly Communication.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to the University Librarian, the Associate University Librarian for Information Resources and Scholarly Communication (AUL IRSC) works closely with other members of the Library Executive team to advance the strategic agenda of the Library and foster a culture of collaboration and communication. Integral to the success of the transformational change process, the AUL IRSC will be a champion and leader in articulating and implementing a vision for the 21st century Library. The AUL IRSC provides library-wide leadership, management, policy and planning responsibility in the areas of Information Resources, Metadata Initiatives, Scholarly Communication, Data and Government Information and Assessment and Evaluation, with an emphasis in advancing digital initiatives and services.

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"The Winds of Change: Periodicals Price Survey 2013"

Stephen Bosch and Kittie Henderson have published "The Winds of Change: Periodicals Price Survey 2013" in Library Journal.

Here's an excerpt:

This year, the serials pricing data indicates that prices are increasing at about the same rate as last year. Increases seemed to have plateaued at about 6% for 2013. Data from the merged ISI indexes shows a 6% increase for 2013, unchanged from 2012. EBSCO's MasterFILE Premier and Academic Search Premier show similar results: average prices for titles in MSP increased 5% for 2013, while average prices for titles in ASP increased 6% in 2013, the same increase as for 2012. The Consumer Price Index (CPI), on the other hand, advanced 1.7% for 2012, which means serials inflation continues to far exceed general inflationary pressures and library budget adjustments.

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Web Services Librarian at Sonoma State University Library

The Sonoma State University Library is are recruiting a Web Services Librarian.

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The Web Services Librarian takes a leadership role in the vision, design, and management of an evolving library web presence to meet the needs of the students, faculty, and staff of the University. The successful candidate will be responsible for ongoing analysis of the web architecture, improving the user experience, and creating a holistic design to streamline access to services and resources.

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"House of Commons Oral Evidence Taken before the Business, Innovation And Skills Committee Open Access"

The UK Parliament has released an uncorrected transcript of "House of Commons Oral Evidence Taken before the Business, Innovation And Skills Committee Open Access."

Here's an excerpt (below comments by Alicia Wise, Director of Universal Access, Reed Elsevier):

With the Government's policy that we are all implementing, we will see an increase in the amount of hybrid open-access publishing done at scale. For the open-access components of that hybrid publishing, it is clear that the costs are sustainable through the article-publishing charges. For the subscription part of those titles, the costs continue to need to be covered through the subscription model. If the content is freely available too quickly, there will be no need for libraries to continue to pay those subscription costs. While we have not seen clear evidence of an undermining or cancellation of subscriptions at this point, there is evidence, such as that Audrey referred to, that librarians are watching this space very closely and are very mindful of it. We have also seen that where content is deposited at scale, there can be an erosion of transactional revenues-the pay-per-view business model. Those are very modest components of most of our revenue streams, but again it is a potential early-warning sign.

See also the video of the session.

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Assistant University Librarian for Technology Services at University of Georgia Libraries

The University of Georgia Libraries are recruiting an Assistant University Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The University of Georgia Libraries seeks a forward-thinking, results-oriented leader for the position of Assistant University Librarian (AUL) for Technology Services to help refine and implement the information technology vision of the UGA Libraries and the statewide GALILEO virtual library. The AUL serves as a part of the senior library management team. Reporting to the University Librarian and Associate Provost, the AUL administers and coordinates IT support services for the University of Georgia Libraries. The AUL also supervises the staff at the UGA Libraries who support GALILEO (Georgia's statewide virtual library) and GIL (the University System of Georgia's (USG) library management system) and coordinates their activities with the Executive Director for Library Services of the Board of Regents (BOR), USG. The AUL represents the UGA Libraries with campus Enterprise Information Technology Services (EITS), BOR Library Services, technology vendors, and at state and national library arenas focused on technology.

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House Judiciary Committee Chairman Announces Comprehensive Review of Copyright Law

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte has announced that his committee will undertake a comprehensive review of copyright law.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

There is little doubt that our copyright system faces new challenges today. The Internet has enabled copyright owners to make available their works to consumers around the world, but has also enabled others to do so without any compensation for copyright owners. Efforts to digitize our history so that all have access to it face questions about copyright ownership by those who are hard, if not impossible, to locate. There are concerns about statutory license and damage mechanisms. Federal judges are forced to make decisions using laws that are difficult to apply today. Even the Copyright Office itself faces challenges in meeting the growing needs of its customers—the American public.

So it is my belief that a wide review of our nation's copyright laws and related enforcement mechanisms is timely. I am announcing today that the House Judiciary Committee will hold a comprehensive series of hearings on U.S. copyright law in the months ahead. The goal of these hearings will be to determine whether the laws are still working in the digital age. I welcome all interested parties to submit their views and concerns to the Committee.

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