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Senior Programmer/Analyst at New York University Libraries

The New York University Libraries are recruiting a Senior Programmer/Analyst.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Design, plan, develop and implement high-level architecture and specifications for University-wide network information services and systems for the NYU Digital Library.

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Copyright Office Seeks Comments on Orphan Works and Mass Digitization

The US Copyright Office is seeking comments on orphan works and mass digitization and it will hold public roundtable discussions on these topics.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

The United States Copyright Office will host public roundtable discussions on potential legislative solutions for orphan works and mass digitization under U.S. copyright law on March 10-11, 2014, in Washington, D.C. Requests to participate should be submitted by February 24, 2014. For a participation request form, go to http://www.copyright.gov/orphan/participation-request-form.html.

The Office is also seeking public comments on potential legislative solutions for orphan works and mass digitization under U.S. copyright law. A comment form will be posted on the Copyright Office website at http://www.copyright.gov/orphan/ no later than March 12, 2014. Comments are due by April 14, 2014, and will be posted on the Copyright Office website.

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Head of Information Systems and Library Computing at Houston Academy of Medicine–Texas Medical Center Library

The Houston Academy of Medicine–Texas Medical Center Library is recruiting a Head of Information Systems and Library Computing.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Head of Information Systems and Library Computing provides leadership in the development and support of a reliable and secure information systems platform for library service delivery. The position supervises the work of Information Systems professionals responsible for server systems, storage, and library management technologies. In addition, the individual manages data and voice network operations including staff and public computing, application software and telecommunications, as well as specific facility and meeting room systems.

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APA/C-DAC International Conference on Digital Preservation and Development of Trusted Digital Repositories 2014 Proceedings

The APA/C-DAC International Conference on Digital Preservation and Development of Trusted Digital Repositories 2014 proceedings have been released.

Presentations and session videos are also available.

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Digital Curation News (2/20/2014) #digitalpreservation

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Digital Access and Systems Librarian at Champlain College Library

The Champlain College Library is recruiting a Digital Access and Systems Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

This position provides administration, support and enhancement of a variety of library technology infrastructure, including the library management system, link resolver, and proxy server. With Champlain's primarily digital collection, the individual in this position is concerned with eliminating barriers to access of information including troubleshooting and maintaining e-resources and providing project management and oversight of technical services. S/he develops relevant training and documentation of processes for library staff. In addition to staying current in emerging professional trends relating to library automation, systems, and discovery, this position will have the opportunity to play a key role in planning and coordinating a transition to a new library management system within the next 18 months.

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"Copyright and Inequality"

Lea Shaver has self-archived "Copyright and Inequality."

Here's an excerpt:

The prevailing theory of copyright law imagines a marketplace efficiently serving up new works to an undifferentiated world of consumers. Yet the reality is that all consumers are not equal. The majority of the world's people experience copyright law not as a boon to consumer choice, but as a barrier to acquiring knowledge and taking part in cultural life. The resulting patterns of privilege and disadvantage, moreover, reinforce and perpetuate preexisting social divides. Class and culture combine to explain who wins, and who loses, from copyright protection. . . . This article highlights and explores these relationships between copyright and social inequality, offering a new perspective on what is at stake in debates over copyright reform on issues ranging from fair use to fashion and everything in between.

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Web Services Librarian at Ohio University Libraries

The Ohio University Libraries are recruiting a Web Services Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to the Head of Web Services, the Web Services Librarian performs ongoing analysis of the Libraries' web presence to support continuous improvement of the user experience; participates in the development, operation, and maintenance of Libraries web sites and services; and works with library staff to develop knowledge and capability in the use of web sites and services.

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Net Neutrality: FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Issues Statement on FCC’s Open Internet Rules

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has issued a statement on the FCC's open internet rules.

Here's an excerpt from Public Knowledge's Sherwin Siy's analysis:

In short, the FCC is keeping all of its possible tools in play. From a legal standpoint, the obvious answer would be to follow the roadmap laid out by the D.C. Circuit's opinion and reclassify broadband as a telecommunications service. That would give the FCC all the authority it needs to preserve net neutrality. But the D.C. Circuit also acknowledged that section 706 gives the FCC broad power to do lots of other things, so long as they will encourage the deployment of broadband. . . .

Speaking of what you can do with section 706, the D.C. Circuit's opinion makes it pretty clear that, while you might not be able to do something that looks too much like traditional common carrier regulation with it, there's a heck of a lot you can do with it. For instance, Wheeler notes, the FCC would seem to have the power overturn state laws that ban communities from setting up their own broadband networks—laws passed with the lobbying muscle of ISPs that don't want the competition. The outer bounds of section 706 are now open for discussion—and they may provide a scope of regulatory power as broad as Title II might have (in some ways, potentially broader). That's another reason to have proceedings on section—ensuring that its authority is used to encourage deployment and competition, and not stray into more troubling areas like censorship or copyright filtering. This, too, should be a clue to the path ahead—one where Title II isn't a political polarizer, but instead a simple, direct application of the FCC's job to protect an open internet.

Read more about it at "FCC Thinks It Can Overturn State Laws That Restrict Public Broadband."

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Digital Curation News (2/19/2014) #digitalpreservation

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Digital Services Librarian at Sheldon Margen Public Health Library

The Sheldon Margen Public Health Library is recruiting a Digital Services Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Under the general direction of the Head of the Public Health Library and the Head of Library Applications and Publishing, the Digital Services Librarian will be responsible for managing the Public Health Library's enterprise IT services (40%) and engaging in instructional design and outreach to the Public Health community (60%). The management of IT services includes oversight of content and design, as well as close collaboration with University Library IT to ensure that the web services are in compliance with security, service continuity and service quality standards. The position will also serve a digital instruction role, creating and maintaining web content including digital learning objects and engaging in outreach efforts with Public Health patrons and communities.

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"Impact of Public Domain Resources On Public Libraries in the United States"

Anne Arendt and Dustin Fife have published "Impact of Public Domain Resources On Public Libraries in the United States" in the Journal of Librarianship and Information Science.

Here's an excerpt:

Ownership and rights issues relating to electronic resources can be a source of angst, confusion and litigation. This is due in part to the automatic copyright many individuals receive, including in the United States, upon creation of an original work. However, there are options available for relaxing these rights. One of these options is Creative Commons Zero. . . . Based on the above, this document researches the awareness, complexity and effects of Creative Commons Zero and related licenses on libraries as perceived by library directors and managers across the United States. In order to accomplish this, a quantitative survey was administered in an anonymous web-based format.

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Associate Dean for Digital Initiatives at San Jose State University Library

The San Jose State University Library is recruiting an Associate Dean for Digital Initiatives.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

This Associate Dean will provide leadership in conceptualizing and implementing new digital initiatives that best serve our students and faculty. We are looking for someone with a vision for incorporating leading-edge technology and services into the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. library. A priority for this position, is putting these advanced technologies directly into the hands of students to give them a competitive advantage in their work. The Associate Dean, as the digital initiatives leader for the library, will use his/her knowledge of current and emerging technologies and concepts to keep core systems and initiatives effective, evolving, and nimble; to take full advantage of innovative technical opportunities; to inform the library management, faculty, and staff of new technology options; and to continue expanding our digital initiatives.

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"E-Science as a Catalyst for Transformational Change in University Research Libraries"

Mary E. Piorun has self-archived her dissertaion "E-Science as a Catalyst for Transformational Change in University Research Libraries."

Here's an excerpt:

Changes in how research is conducted, from the growth of e-science to the emergence of big data, have lead to new opportunities for librarians to become involved in the creation and management of research data, at the same time the duties and responsibilities of university libraries continue to evolve. This study examines those roles related to e-science while exploring the concept of transformational change and leadership issues in bringing about such a change. Using the framework established by Levy and Merry for first- and second-order change, four case studies of libraries whose institutions are members in the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) are developed.

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Digital Curation News (2/18/2014) #digitalpreservation

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Application Programmer at Michigan Publishing

Michigan Publishing is recruiting an Application Programmer.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Michigan Publishing seeks an Application Programmer to design and develop a variety of software systems to transform the practices of scholarly publishing. As a member of the Publishing Technology team, you'll create new applications for web delivery of content and office productivity tools to enhance production workflow, maintain and improve existing systems, and take part in experiments with new, better, more open models for scholarly publishing.

This is a full-time, TWO YEAR, TERM-LIMITED position with the possibility for renewal.

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Columbia University’s School of Social Work Adopts Open Access Policy

Columbia University's School of Social Work has adopted an open access policy.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

Columbia University Libraries/Information Services' Center for Digital Research and Scholarship (CDRS) is pleased to announce that the School of Social Work at Columbia University has implemented an open access resolution, in which all faculty and staff have resolved that they commit to making their scholarly works accessible to the public. The policy went into immediate effect after Social Work faculty voted unanimously in favor of the resolution at their faculty meeting on December 2, 2013. . . .

The implementation of the School of Social Work open access resolution comes after the recent adoption of an open access resolution at Columbia's Mailman School of Public Health in May 2013, which was the first school at the university to make scholarly research available to the public and free online. The Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory became the first program at Columbia to adopt an open access resolution in January 2011, which was followed by Columbia University Libraries/Information Services' adoption of a policy in June 2011.

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Drupal Developer—Digital User Experience at Denver Public Library

Denver Public Library is recruiting a Drupal Developer—Digital User Experience.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Collaborate with the Digital User Experience team to build world-class websites for a world-class city. Develop and maintain dynamic public-facing websites. Consult with users and staff to identify user problems and design systems. Develop or modify new or existing web applications programs of moderate complexity and scope. Use software development standards to develop and test code and write documentation.

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"SCOAP3 Lifts Off: An Interview with Ann Okerson"

David Wojick has published "SCOAP3 Lifts Off: An Interview with Ann Okerson" in The Scholarly Kitchen.

Here's an excerpt:

Q: SCOAP3 seems pretty complicated to me. As I understand it they make deals with leading particle physics journals, so that when those libraries that participate in SCOAP3 pay the article publishing charges, everyone's subscription price is either lowered or eliminated, depending on whether some or all of the articles are paid for. Is that correct?

A: Roughly put, that's true. "They" are "we" in this case. Let me note here that without the interest and participation of the publishers, SCOAP3 would not have launched on January 1st, already with hundreds of 2014 articles in the SCOAP3 repository at CERN and now flowing in on a daily basis. The SCOAP3 Technical Working Group developed, in conjunction with the Steering Committee, a set of criteria that formed the basis for publisher participation. Publishers received the Invitation to Tender and responded by describing in detail the way in which they would participate and at what cost per article.

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Digital Curation News (2/17/2014) #digitalpreservation

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IT Specialist (Internet) at Smithsonian Institution

The Smithsonian Institution is recruiting an IT Specialist (Internet).

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Full-Time, Temporary, NTE 1 Year – This is not a Federal Position, but has similar requirements and benefits. . . .

–Collaborates with managers and content contributors to understand the goals and strategies behind unit web sites, to provide strategic analysis and recommendations pertaining to the disciplines of web construction, website platform migration, web analytics and search engine optimization, resulting in measurable improvements in website architecture, content delivery and web services performance, indexing strategies on major search engines, web security measures and user satisfaction.

–Serves as the technical lead in all project areas of web technology, assisting, guiding and training junior staff with development and deployment project issues.

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Assistant Director of Digital Strategies at Houston Public Library

Houston Public Library is recruiting an Assistant Director of Digital Strategies.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Houston Public Library (HPL) is seeking a dynamic information technology professional to provide visionary and transformational leadership in today's digital library environment while envisioning and preparing for the library of the future. This individual is strategic, creative, and results-driven with extensive experience in providing support for public services, especially in a system with multiple locations; and has deep knowledge in operational improvement and change management.

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Anne Kenney Given 2014 Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award

Anne Kenney has been given the 2014 Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

Anne R. Kenney, the Carl A. Kroch University Librarian at Cornell University, has been named the 2014 winner of the Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award. The American Library Association (ALA) will present the award to Kenney at the ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas this summer. Kenney is being honored for her innovative achievements and service to the profession, especially her leadership on such projects as 2CUL, arXiv, Project Euclid, and Making of America; her work on large-scale digitization and digital preservation standards; and her global contributions in Myanmar, Cuba, China, and elsewhere.

See also: "Anne R. Kenney Wins 2014 Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award."

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Only 20.56 % of Jounals in DOAJ Use CC BY or CC BY-SA License

The post "CC-BY Dominates under the Creative Commons licensed Journals in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)" analyzes the use of Creative Commons licences by journals in the Directory of Open Access Journals.

Here's an excerpt:

A total of 2,016 (or 20.56 %) of the guided journal in DOAJ therefore use a license (CC-BY or CC-BY-SA), which is compatible with the requirements of the Open Definition and allow a restriction-free use of the contents within the meaning of Open Access defined the Budapest Open Access Initiative, the RCUK Open Access policy and the Berlin Declaration.

If we consider the subset of journals that use any CC license that the claims of the Open Definition sufficient licenses dominate even slightly: About 54% of all journals that use a CC license , use either CC-BY ( 52.77 %) or CC-BY-SA (1.40 %). Surprisingly low is the proportion of journals which use the most restrictive CC license CC-BY-NC-ND : Only 737 journals (7.52 % of all journals and 19.80% under the CC-licensed journals). This license variant neither allows edits or allows to create derivative works (such as translations) nor a commercial use is possible. Surprisingly allow more than half (2,060, 55.35 %) of which is under a CC license Journals a commercial exploitation of the contents, only 44.65% (1662) prohibit this.

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