Scholarly Repository Librarian at University of Florida

The University of Florida is recruiting a Scholarly Repository Librarian.

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The Scholarly Repository Librarian will provide leadership for the full range of scholarly repository services, including seeking out ways to leverage the UF Institutional Repository (IR@UF) as a hosting and preservation system and as an incubator for new scholarly digital collections and digital scholarship projects.

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"CLOCKSS Formalizes Long-Standing Commitments from Four Leading Universities to Ensure Perpetual Preservation"

CLOCKSS has released "CLOCKSS Formalizes Long-Standing Commitments from Four Leading Universities to Ensure Perpetual Preservation."

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Four of CLOCKSS's twelve library nodes have agreed to continue to preserve the digital content that is preserved in CLOCKSS, if the organization were to cease to exist. In that unlikely event, Stanford Libraries (U.S.), Humboldt University (Germany), the University of Edinburgh (U.K.), and the University of Alberta Libraries (Canada) would take over the responsibility and the organization for running the LOCKSS software across the CLOCKSS content, to continue preservation for the future.

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Head of Scholarly Communication at UCLA

UCLA is recruiting a Head of Scholarly Communication.

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Reporting to the Associate University Librarian for Collection Management & Scholarly Communication, the Head of Scholarly Communication develops and implements the strategic vision for the Scholarly Communication unit. The incumbent represents the Library’s strategies and recommendations regarding all aspects of scholarly publishing, barrier-free access to knowledge, and new modes of knowledge creation, dissemination, and evaluation in all appropriate venues, and actively contributes to fruitful campus initiatives, activities, and discussions.

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"The Rights Provisions of a Book Publishing Contract"

Melody Herr has published "The Rights Provisions of a Book Publishing Contract" in the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication.

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When signing a publishing contract, an author makes decisions which directly affect the book's availability. In order to decide judiciously which rights to retain and which to transfer to a publisher, she needs an understanding of U.S. copyright law and the author-publisher partnership. In this article, Melody Herr, PhD, a scholarly communications professional who has over 16 years of experience in academic publishing and who has authored six books herself, explains the rights provisions of a book contract. First, she discusses copyright ownership and describes the ways in which copyright's components apply to scholarly books. After enumerating the benefits and drawbacks of allocating specific rights to a publisher, she highlights contract wording to watch for and suggests the rights an author may wish to retain by negotiating an addendum. She then explains how an author may reclaim rights granted to a publisher through reversion or termination of transfer. In the conclusion, she recommends that outreach programs target scholars at critical moments when they face decisions regarding publication of their work.

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