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

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Information Technology Professional at Michigan State University Libraries

The Michigan State University Libraries is recruiting an Information Technology Professional.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Primary focus will be the administration of Linux and Windows servers as member of a team that supports the staff, librarians, and students within the Libraries. Responsibilities include: administration of MariaDB SQL servers including assisting developers with SQL related issues; will manage Windows domain; maintains SAN storage system and backups; will administer virtual machines in Hyper-V; will manage firewall policies; will perform other duties as assigned.

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"Copyright Roundup 3—Changes in UK Law"

Kevin Smith has published "Copyright Roundup 3—Changes in UK Law" in Scholarly Communications @ Duke.

Here's an excerpt:

Second, the British are now adopting an exception for text and data mining into their law. This is huge, and reinforces the idea I have expressed before that libraries should be reluctant about agreeing to licensing terms around TDM; the rights are likely already held by users in many cases, so those provisions really would have the effect, despite being promoted as assisting research, of putting constraints (and sometimes added costs) on what scholars can already do. This is probably true in the U.S., where fair use likely gets us further than vendor licenses would, and it has now been made explicit in the U.K.

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Director, Purdue University Press & Head, Scholarly Publishing Services

Purdue University is recruiting a Director, Purdue University Press & Head, Scholarly Publishing Services.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to the Dean of Libraries and an integral member of the Libraries' senior leadership team, the successful candidate will be responsible for a publishing division that is gaining international recognition for its success in combining skills and infrastructure from both library and publishing contexts to better serve the needs of academic authors in a changing scholarly communication environment. The position is responsible not only for Purdue University Press but also for Scholarly Publishing Services, which includes Purdue e-Pubs, the University's institutional repository.

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"Ebook Pricing Hikes Amount to Price-Gouging"

Boston Library Consortium has released "Ebook Pricing Hikes Amount to Price-Gouging" as a letter to the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Here's an excerpt:

Consequently, the BLC will lower the price ceiling below which individual titles are eligible to be included in our ebook program, we will reduce the availability of back-list titles at high price points, and we will increase the portion of our consortial budget that is allocated to those publishers whose pricing remains reasonable. In this way, we mean to reward what we regard as fair dealing, as we attempt to limit the budget impact of what appears plainly to be price-gouging.

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