PHP Developer & Application Support at BC Libraries Cooperative

The BC Libraries Cooperative is recruiting a PHP Developer & Application Support specialist.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

We are seeking a person with strong PHP skills to continue building out our numerous WordPress services, as well as a number of emerging Drupal-based services and other PHP-based applications. In addition to development work, this position will also help administer these applications and provide Tier 2 support to them.

This will be a full-time term position (35 hours/week), posted initially for 12 months with the possibility of renewal.

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E-print Copyright Debate Continues: "Its the Content, Not the Version!"

Kevin Smith has published "Its the Content, Not the Version!" in Scholarly Communications @ Duke.

Here's an excerpt:

Throughout this discussion, the proponents of the position that copyright is transferred only in a final version really do not make any legal arguments as such, just an assertion of what they wish were the situation (I wish it were too). But here is a legal point—the U.S. copyright law makes the difficulty with this position pretty clearly in section 202 when it states the obvious principle that copyright is distinct from any particular material object that embodies the copyrighted work. So it is simply not true to say that version A has a copyright and version B has a different copyright.

See also: "Where Copyrights Come from (Part I)—Copyediting Does–Not–Create a New Copyright" by Nancy Sims.

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eJournal Preservation Librarian at Columbia University Libraries

Columbia University Libraries are recruiting an eJournal Preservation Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

This is a temporary grant-funded position running through April 30, 2015 (with the possibility of extension) created to review titles within the 2CUL holdings that do not have adequate preservation plans. The goal of the position is to expand the number and extent of e-journal preservation coverage by supplying tested preservation strategies to selected categories of selected e-journals.

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Omeka 2.1.4 Released

The Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media has released Omeka 2.1.4.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

This maintenance release includes some style additions and corrections in the admin theme, as well as a fix to how records are sorted for newer versions of MySQL. . .

Updated versions of the COinS and Exhibit Builder plugins are also bundled with this release, fixing an error in COinS for PHP 5.2. The updated Exhibit Builder plugin improves many parts of the styling, especially across interaction with many plugins, and expands the data returned by the API.

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Digital Curation News (2/6/2014) #digitalpreservation

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Software Project Manager at BC Libraries Cooperative

The BC Libraries Cooperative is recruiting a Software Project Manager.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

One of our emerging services is the Canadian Accessible Library System (CALS) which the Co-op is developing to support the National Network for Equitable Library Service (http://nnels.ca/). CALS is a repository of accessible library resources for visually-impaired patrons, the first of its kind in Canada. . . .

The Co-op is hiring an experienced Software Project Manager to drive the development process and to improve and extend implementation of the Drupal-based (CALS) system. The Project Manager will liaise with stakeholders and service partners including designers, developers, alternate format producers and others in the public sector—especially members of the broader public library community.

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NMC Horizon Report > 2014 Higher Education Edition

The New Media Consortium and EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative have released the NMC Horizon Report > 2014 Higher Education Edition.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

This eleventh edition describes annual findings from the NMC Horizon Project, an ongoing research project designed to identify and describe emerging technologies likely to have an impact on learning, teaching, and creative inquiry in education. Six key trends, six significant challenges, and six emerging technologies are identified across three adoption horizons over the next one to five years, giving campus leaders and practitioners a valuable guide for strategic technology planning

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Senior Software Developer at Northwestern University Library

The Northwestern University Library is recruiting a Senior Software Developer.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Senior Software Developer is a 3-year term position that serves as the Library Services Platform software developer reporting to the Head of the Library Technology Division's Enterprise Systems department, and confers with the Library Collection Services Project Manager. This job includes working in a highly collaborative environment with Library colleagues and partners on the analysis, design, coding and testing of software in order to explore, adapt, and implement current and emerging technologies particularly with implementation, integration with campus Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and other systems, and developing software components in support of a Library Services Platform.

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Wellcome Library Releases Digital Asset Player and Timeline Software

The Wellcome Library has released a digital asset player and timeline software.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

What does it feel like to interact with a digital version of a book? How can we replicate the experience of working with physical collections&—on the web? What features will enhance a researcher's experience of using digital collections? . . .

We asked these big questions, along with innumerable others, during the development of the Wellcome Library's "digital asset player" and interactive timeline. Now we are offering the player and timeline software to you.

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Digital Curation News (2/5/2014) #digitalpreservation

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Digital Curatorial Assistant at New York Public Library

The New York Public Library is recruiting a Digital Curatorial Assistant.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The successful candidate will work closely with the Library's curators, permissions office, attorneys, and collections strategy department to: (i) assist the Library in its efforts to make its myriad collections more broadly available to researchers and to the public and (ii) work with rights holders to obtain permission to place in-copyright items on NYPL's website.

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Perceptions 2013: An International Survey of Library Automation

Marshall Breeding has released Perceptions 2013: An International Survey of Library Automation.

Here's an excerpt :

This seventh annual Library Automation Perceptions Report provides evaluative ratings submitted by individuals representing over three thousand libraries from 53 countries describing experiences with 136 different automation products, including both proprietary and open source systems. The survey results include 730 narrative comments providing candid statements—both positive and negative—bout the products and companies involved or statements of intent regarding future automation plans. This report analyzes the results of the survey, presents a variety of statistical tables based on the data collected, and provides some initial observations. It aims to provide information to libraries as they evaluate their options for strategic technology products and to the organizations involved in providing these products and services as constructive criticism to help guide improvements.

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Digital Publishing Specialist at Virginia Tech Libraries

The Virginia Tech Libraries are recruiting a Digital Publishing Specialist.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Manages and supports the publishing operations, web presence, and other digital initiatives for the Center for Digital Research and Scholarship (CDRS). With knowledge of 21st century libraries, evaluates technologies and implements improvements for digital publishing and hosting services. Installs and tests open source software on the library's development server in order to train faculty, staff and students in the university community to use it effectively and efficiently. Creates documentation and training materials, and supports journal editors, conference organizers, and their staffs. Evaluates user satisfaction with CDRS services and resources, recommending changes and/or new services. Hires and supervises editing student assistants, maintains their desktop computers and software. Assists in supporting other departmental technology. Periodically gathers data and reports CDRS digital initiatives.

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"Guest Post: Charles Oppenheim on Who Owns the Rights to Scholarly Articles"

Charles Oppenheim has published "Guest Post: Charles Oppenheim on Who Owns the Rights to Scholarly Articles" in Open and Shut.

Here's an excerpt:

Posting D [draft article] on an OA repository is the so-called "Harnad-Oppenheim" solution, first proposed by Stevan Harnad and me more than 10 years ago.

When the solution was first enunciated, publishers dismissed it for two reasons: firstly, why would anyone want to read a draft when the final perfect version can be obtained via the publisher? And secondly, it would be difficult to track down a copy of D anyway. Their comments remain valid today, though the second one is not as strong because of services such as Google Scholar. But no publisher suggested that the solution was illegal because publishers owned the copyright to D, and they were right not to do so. The law is clear that I own the copyright in D. That is why I am so puzzled that some recent non-publisher commentators seem to think publishers own the copyright in D.

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Digital Curation News (2/4/2014) #digitalpreservation

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Digital Library Software Engineer at Harvard University IT Library Technology Services

The Harvard University IT Library Technology Services is recruiting a Digital Library Software Engineer.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

This is a one year, term-limited appointment.

Harvard University IT Library Technology Services is seeking a skilled java software developer to design and develop software for the Harvard Library Digital Repository Service. Supervised by the Technical Lead for the DRS, the Software Engineer will develop software tools for migrating metadata from an Oracle database describing digital objects to new METS XML representations, as well as web based tools for managing, monitoring, and reporting on migration progress. May also develop software for the core repository service. Developed software must be of high quality and reliability, supporting long term digital preservation and public access for critical library digital content that is accessed by thousands of users on a daily basis.

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"Last Sale? Libraries’ Rights in the Digital Age"

Jennifer Jenkins has published "Last Sale? Libraries' Rights in the Digital Age" in College & Research Libraries News.

Here's an excerpt:

What's the difference between a sale and license? Normally, the law is skeptical of limitations on transfers of property. Can Snickers say you merely "licensed" that candy bar because there was fine print on the label? A court would be unlikely to agree. Can libraries argue that though e-books come with "a license," the library is nevertheless an "owner" with first sale rights? The answer at the moment is "probably not."

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Information Systems Coordinator at University of Miami Libraries

The University of Miami Libraries are recruiting an Information Systems Coordinator.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Under the direction of the Director for Information Management and Systems, the Information Systems Coordinator provides creative leadership, management, and support for core library information systems and applications at the University of Miami Libraries to provide library access and discovery services.

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"The Open Internet Preservation Act"

Several Democratic Senators have introduced "The Open Internet Preservation Act" in the House.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

Today, Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Ct.), Al Franken (D-Minn.), Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) introduced S. 1981, "The Open Internet Preservation Act", with House Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman (D-Calif.) and Communications and Technology Subcommittee Ranking Member Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) introducing companion legislation H.R. 3982, to protect consumers and innovation online. Last month, the D.C. Circuit struck down the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) Open Internet rules preventing broadband providers from blocking or discriminating against content online. The bill would restore these rules until the FCC takes new, final action in the Open Internet proceeding.

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Systems Developer/Engineer at Ohio State University Libraries

Ohio State University Libraries are recruiting a Systems Developer/Engineer.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

University Libraries are seeking an Applications Developer for the Applications Development & Support (AD&S) department in the Information Technology Division of the University Libraries. As a member of the AD&S team, the successful candidate will be responsible for designing, developing and managing innovative web-based applications that support, enhance, and extend the mission of The Ohio State University Libraries. With this goal in mind, the candidate will design, develop, implement, and test web applications, as a suite of products and services, for delivery via OSU Libraries public and private web sites, library catalog, and/or other web related systems that are in accord with industry best practices, the Libraries' and Ohio State's branding standards, and web accessibility guidelines.

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Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet Scope of Fair Use Hearing

The House Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet held a hearing on the scope of fair use on 1/28/14 (video).

Here's an excerpt from "Fair Use Takes Center Stage at Judiciary Committee Hearing": :

One area that got significant attention was the topic of mass digitization, which has been repeatedly determined by courts to be a fair and transformative use. Not only is it fair, but as Professor Peter Jaszi noted during the hearing it is also tremendously beneficial, enabling the indexing and searching of huge sets of works.

Several panelists, however, pointed to the legal status of mass digitization as evidence of "fair use creep," stressing its supposed lack of "transformative" quality over the other fair use considerations. That's a mistake. Mass digitization is absolutely the sort of thing fair use is supposed to enable. Fair use is a flexible doctrine, not a rigid list of exceptions, so that it can accommodate changes in practices or technology.

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Digital Archivist for Manuscript Collections at Ball State University Libraries

Ball State University Libraries are recruiting a Digital Archivist for Manuscript Collections.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Engage in acquisition, processing, preservation, digitization, promotion, and use of the unit's collections, programs, and services; contribute to the development, management, and promotion of the University Libraries' digital initiatives and transformation to a predominately digital environment.

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