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Digital Services Manager at George Washington University

George Washington University is recruiting a Digital Services Manager.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The position is located within Special Collections and Archives, an area of strategic priority for the University Libraries, and reports to the Associate University Librarian for Special Collections and Archives. Working in close collaboration with appropriate individuals and units across the Libraries and the University, the Digital Services Manager coordinates the Libraries digitization program and projects, assists in preparation of grant proposals with significant digitization components, and consults with colleagues in metadata and digital preservation to develop effective workflows and implement appropriate standards.

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"Fair Use Rising: Full-Text Access and Repurposing in Recent Case Law"

Brandon Butler, has published "Fair Use Rising: Full-Text Access and Repurposing in Recent Case Law" in a special issue on copyright of Research Library Issues.

Here's an excerpt from the issue introduction:

In "Fair Use Rising: Full-Text Access and Repurposing in Recent Case Law," Brandon Butler, practitionerin- residence at the American University Washington College of Law, reviews six recent fair use decisions that cut across many socially important and beneficial purposes. He highlights the trend of courts finding in favor of allowing "the broad redistribution of unaltered, full-text documents for new purposes." Butler explains how this trend presents new opportunities for research libraries to use and re-purpose the full text of copyrighted works in their collections.

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Digital Preservation and Scholarship (DPS) Project Manager at Rhodes College

Rhodes College is recruiting a Digital Preservation and Scholarship (DPS) Project Manager .

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Rhodes College invites applications for a Digital Preservation and Scholarship (DPS) Project Manager. The DPS Project Manager will be a member of our Digital Preservation and Scholarship (DPS) Team, which provides planning and support services for College programs and projects in the areas of innovative pedagogies, engaged scholarship, and digital preservation and access. Services provided by the person in this position fall into 3 categories: (1) discovery and research, (2) project planning, management and assessment, and (3) working on project teams as technical lead.

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Perceptions 2014: An International Survey of Library Automation

Marshall Breeding. has released Perceptions 2014: An International Survey of Library Automation .

Here's an excerpt:

This eighth annual Library Automation Perceptions Report provides evaluative ratings submitted by individuals representing over three thousand libraries from 80 countries describing experiences with 154 different automation products, including both proprietary and open source systems. The survey results include 994 narrative comments providing candid statements—both positive and negative—about 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 Curation News (2/13/2015) #digitalcuration #digitalpreservation #researchdata

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"The Case of the Disappearing E-book: Academic Libraries and Subscription Packages"

College & Research Libraries has released "The Case of the Disappearing E-Book: Academic Libraries and Subscription Packages" by Helen Georgas.

Here's an excerpt:

This study begins with a one-year analysis of "disappeared" titles from ebrary's Academic Complete™ collection at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York (CUNY). Were certain subject areas particularly affected? Which publishers were removed? Were the removed titles mainly scholarly, or were they titles published by popular presses? Were the removed monographs older publications, or were recent titles deleted as well?

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Digital Curation News (2/12/2015) #digitalcuration #digitalpreservation #researchdata

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Interface Developer at University of Michigan

The University of Michigan is recruiting an Interface Developer.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The University of Michigan Library is seeking a talented and enthusiastic front-end developer whose primary responsibility will be the implementation and management of interfaces to the library's digital content management and presentation systems. The ideal candidate will have a passion for developing accessible interfaces to web resources, bring a clear sense of design to the job, and strong problem-solving skills.

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Digital Initiatives Librarian at Maryland Institute College of Art

The Maryland Institute College of Art is recruiting a Digital Initiatives Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Digital Initiatives Librarian provides expertise in creating and managing library digital collections, such as digital special collections, electronic theses, and other born-digital or retrospectively digitized materials. The Digital Initiatives Librarian participates in the planning, implementation, maintenance, expansion, communication and promotion of digital library and institutional repository services, collections and content. This librarian works closely with the other units of the library to determine how digital assets should be leveraged for both scholarly and popular audiences. Responsibilities also include budget management, database administration and implementing collection initiatives in collaboration with the Director of the Decker Library.

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ERCIM News Special Issue on Scientific Data Sharing and Re-use

ERCIM has released a special issue of ERCIM News on scientific data sharing and re-use.

Here's an excerpt from "Introduction to the Special Theme Scientific Data Sharing and Re-use":

This special issue features a keynote paper from an EU funding organization, an invited paper from a global organization that aims to accelerate and facilitate research data sharing and exchange, an invited paper from a prominent US scientist and an invited paper from a large Australian data organization. The core part of this issue presents several contributions of European researchers that address the different aspects of the data sharing and (re)use problem.

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NMC Horizon Report: 2015 Higher Education Edition

The NMC and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative have released the NMC Horizon Report: 2015 Higher Education Edition.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

This 12th 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 important developments in educational technology 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. The report aims to provide these leaders with more in-depth insight into how the trends and challenges are accelerating and impeding the adoption of educational technology, along with their implications for policy, leadership and practice.

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Digital Curation News (2/11/2015) #digitalcuration #digitalpreservation #researchdata

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Digital Scholarship & Publishing Librarian at University of South Florida

The University of South Florida is recruiting a Digital Scholarship & Publishing Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The USF Tampa Library invites applications for the position of Digital Scholarship and Publishing Librarian. Building on the current program in open-access publishing, digital scholarship, and data management, this position will coordinate scholarly communications activities across the campus and help guide the campus toward innovative and sustainable methods of dissemination and preservation of the university's scholarly output. The successful candidate will oversee and expand Scholar Commons, the institutional repository; collaborate with the Coordinator for Serials in managing the open-access publishing program; and have supporting roles in promoting both the open-access textbook initiative and data management services. This is a key leadership role that will advocate broadly for open access initiatives and the library's central role in expanding the impact of the research and creative activities of our students and faculty.

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"The Valuation of Unprotected Works: A Case Study of Public Domain Photographs on Wikipedia"

Paul J. Heald et al. have self-archived "The Valuation of Unprotected Works: A Case Study of Public Domain Photographs on Wikipedia."

Here's an excerpt:

We study the biographical Wikipedia pages of a large data set of authors, composers, and lyricists to determine whether the public domain status of available images leads to a higher rate of inclusion of illustrated supplementary material and whether such inclusion increases visitorship to individual pages. We attempt to objectively place a value on the body of public domain photographs and illustrations which are used in this global resource. . . . We find that the large majority of photos and illustrations used on subject pages were obtained from the public domain, and we estimate their value in terms of costs saved to Wikipedia page builders and in terms of increased traffic corresponding to the inclusion of an image. Then, extrapolating from the characteristics of a random sample of a further 300 Wikipedia pages, we estimate a total value of public domain photographs on Wikipedia of between $246 to $270 million dollars per year.

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Director of Technology Initiatives at Louisiana State University (Revised)

Louisiana State University is recruiting a Director of Technology Initiatives.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Director of Technology Initiatives develops innovative and effective strategies to support the Libraries' information technology operations including: Creating an adaptive and dynamic organizational structure to meet Libraries changing needs; recruiting, developing, and deploying staff for current and new positions; defining departmental goals and objectives aligned with Libraries' and university's strategic plans; securing administrative and/or external funding through grants and contracts to facilitate future growth.

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Digital Curation News (2/10/2015) #digitalcuration #digitalpreservation #researchdata

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Digital Initiatives Librarian at Rochester Institute of Technology

The Rochester Institute of Technology is recruiting a Digital Initiatives Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Digital Initiatives Librarian works collaboratively to: assess and implement initiatives related to digital content in the library, archives and special collections; develop and implement digital preservation strategies and policies; develop new digital library offerings; provide outreach to the campus on the library's digital projects and services; advance infrastructure supporting digital and archival library collections; and identify and help develop technologies for these purposes and in support of digital initiatives across campus.

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Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Adopts Open Access Mandate

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, an agency within the United States Department of Health and Human Services, has adopted an open access mandate.

Here's an excerpt:

For scholarly publications, the AHRQ Public Access Policy will require that authors submit the final peer-reviewed accepted journal manuscripts to PubMed Central (PMC). In lieu of the final peer-reviewed manuscript, AHRQ will accept the final published article, provided the awardee can ensure AHRQ has the rights to make the published version public. AHRQ's Public Access Policy is subject to law; Agency mission; resource constraints; U.S. national, homeland, and economic security; and the objectives listed in the OSTP directive.

To the extent feasible and consistent with applicable law and policy; Agency mission; resource constraints; U.S. national, homeland, and economic security; and the objectives listed below, digitally formatted scientific data resulting from unclassified research supported wholly or in part by Federal funding should be stored and publicly accessible to search, retrieve, and analyze. For sharing of data in digital format, all AHRQ-funded researchers will be required to include a data management plan for sharing final research data in digital format, or state why data sharing is not possible.

Peter Suber has critiqued the mandate.

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Senior Software Engineer at Texas Digital Library

The Texas Digital Library is recruiting a Senior Software Engineer.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Design, develop, maintain and enhance systems that support the activities of the Texas Digital Library. This position manages the repository and other systems of the Texas Digital Library, developing code toward digital asset access and preservation, and is involved in many digital scholarly publishing endeavors.

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"Open Access Article Processing Charges: DOAJ Survey May 2014"

Heather Morrison et al. have published "Open Access Article Processing Charges: DOAJ Survey May 2014" in Publications.

Here's an excerpt:

As of May 2014, the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) listed close to ten thousand fully open access, peer reviewed, scholarly journals. Most of these journals do not charge article processing charges (APCs). This article reports the results of a survey of the 2567 journals, or 26% of journals listed in DOAJ, that do have APCs based on a sample of 1432 of these journals. Results indicate a volatile sector that would make future APCs difficult to predict for budgeting purposes. DOAJ and publisher title lists often did not closely match. A number of journals were found on examination not to have APCs. A wide range of publication costs was found for every publisher type. The average (mean) APC of $964 contrasts with a mode of $0. At least 61% of publishers using APCs are commercial in nature, while many publishers are of unknown types. The vast majority of journals charging APCs (80%) were found to offer one or more variations on pricing, such as discounts for authors from mid to low income countries, differential pricing based on article type, institutional or society membership, and/or optional charges for extras such as English language editing services or fast track of articles. The complexity and volatility of this publishing landscape is discussed.

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Digital Curation News (2/9/2015) #digitalcuration #digitalpreservation #researchdata

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Digital Preservation Software Specialist at University of Utah

The University of Utah is recruiting a Digital Preservation Software Specialist.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The DPS Specialist will administer the back office environment of the Library's digital preservation software (currently the Ex Libris product, Rosetta). Within the software, the DPS Specialist creates and assigns user roles, configures deposit procedures for various collections, assesses problem files in the technical workbench, manages users, manages plug-ins, works with the technical metadata extractor, risk extractor, migration tools, custom fixity, format identifier, etc. The DPS Specialist also regularly deposits files, assesses and approves files deposited by others throughout the organization, and trains clients to use the software. The DPS Specialist will also work closely with the Digital Preservation Archivist to introduce new clients to the software and implement preservation plans within the software.

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Public Domain: "Negotiators Burn Their Last Opportunity to Salvage the TPP by Caving on Copyright Term Extension "

Maira Sutton has published "Negotiators Burn Their Last Opportunity to Salvage the TPP by Caving on Copyright Term Extension" in DeepLinks.

Here's an excerpt:

New reports indicate that Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiators have agreed to language that would bind its 12 signatory nations to extend copyright terms to match the United States' already excessive length of copyright. This provision expands the reach of the controversial US Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act (or the "Mickey Mouse Act" as it was called due to Disney's heavy lobbying) to countries of the Pacific region. Nations including Japan, New Zealand, Malaysia, and Canada would all be required to extend their terms and grant Big Content companies lengthy exclusive rights to works for no empirical reason. This means that all of the TPP's extreme enforcement provisions would apply to creative works for upwards of 100 years.

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