"The Winds of Change: Periodicals Price Survey 2013"

Stephen Bosch and Kittie Henderson have published "The Winds of Change: Periodicals Price Survey 2013" in Library Journal.

Here's an excerpt:

This year, the serials pricing data indicates that prices are increasing at about the same rate as last year. Increases seemed to have plateaued at about 6% for 2013. Data from the merged ISI indexes shows a 6% increase for 2013, unchanged from 2012. EBSCO's MasterFILE Premier and Academic Search Premier show similar results: average prices for titles in MSP increased 5% for 2013, while average prices for titles in ASP increased 6% in 2013, the same increase as for 2012. The Consumer Price Index (CPI), on the other hand, advanced 1.7% for 2012, which means serials inflation continues to far exceed general inflationary pressures and library budget adjustments.

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Web Services Librarian at Sonoma State University Library

The Sonoma State University Library is are recruiting a Web Services Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Web Services Librarian takes a leadership role in the vision, design, and management of an evolving library web presence to meet the needs of the students, faculty, and staff of the University. The successful candidate will be responsible for ongoing analysis of the web architecture, improving the user experience, and creating a holistic design to streamline access to services and resources.

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"House of Commons Oral Evidence Taken before the Business, Innovation And Skills Committee Open Access"

The UK Parliament has released an uncorrected transcript of "House of Commons Oral Evidence Taken before the Business, Innovation And Skills Committee Open Access."

Here's an excerpt (below comments by Alicia Wise, Director of Universal Access, Reed Elsevier):

With the Government's policy that we are all implementing, we will see an increase in the amount of hybrid open-access publishing done at scale. For the open-access components of that hybrid publishing, it is clear that the costs are sustainable through the article-publishing charges. For the subscription part of those titles, the costs continue to need to be covered through the subscription model. If the content is freely available too quickly, there will be no need for libraries to continue to pay those subscription costs. While we have not seen clear evidence of an undermining or cancellation of subscriptions at this point, there is evidence, such as that Audrey referred to, that librarians are watching this space very closely and are very mindful of it. We have also seen that where content is deposited at scale, there can be an erosion of transactional revenues-the pay-per-view business model. Those are very modest components of most of our revenue streams, but again it is a potential early-warning sign.

See also the video of the session.

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Assistant University Librarian for Technology Services at University of Georgia Libraries

The University of Georgia Libraries are recruiting an Assistant University Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The University of Georgia Libraries seeks a forward-thinking, results-oriented leader for the position of Assistant University Librarian (AUL) for Technology Services to help refine and implement the information technology vision of the UGA Libraries and the statewide GALILEO virtual library. The AUL serves as a part of the senior library management team. Reporting to the University Librarian and Associate Provost, the AUL administers and coordinates IT support services for the University of Georgia Libraries. The AUL also supervises the staff at the UGA Libraries who support GALILEO (Georgia's statewide virtual library) and GIL (the University System of Georgia's (USG) library management system) and coordinates their activities with the Executive Director for Library Services of the Board of Regents (BOR), USG. The AUL represents the UGA Libraries with campus Enterprise Information Technology Services (EITS), BOR Library Services, technology vendors, and at state and national library arenas focused on technology.

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House Judiciary Committee Chairman Announces Comprehensive Review of Copyright Law

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte has announced that his committee will undertake a comprehensive review of copyright law.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

There is little doubt that our copyright system faces new challenges today. The Internet has enabled copyright owners to make available their works to consumers around the world, but has also enabled others to do so without any compensation for copyright owners. Efforts to digitize our history so that all have access to it face questions about copyright ownership by those who are hard, if not impossible, to locate. There are concerns about statutory license and damage mechanisms. Federal judges are forced to make decisions using laws that are difficult to apply today. Even the Copyright Office itself faces challenges in meeting the growing needs of its customers—the American public.

So it is my belief that a wide review of our nation's copyright laws and related enforcement mechanisms is timely. I am announcing today that the House Judiciary Committee will hold a comprehensive series of hearings on U.S. copyright law in the months ahead. The goal of these hearings will be to determine whether the laws are still working in the digital age. I welcome all interested parties to submit their views and concerns to the Committee.

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Librarian—Systems Support at Government and Heritage Library

The Government and Heritage Library is recruiting a Librarian—Systems Support.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

This is a time-limited position. The Government and Heritage Library is seeking an enthusiastic, innovative Systems Support Librarian to be part of the NCpedia team in the Digital Information Management Program. NCpedia is the online North Carolina encyclopedia managed by the Library. Using a combination of XML, XHTML, CSS, Javascript, and PHP (or additional programming/scripting languages), this position manages and maintains the NCpedia's hosted Drupal installation which includes 20+ Drupal modules and continuous upgrades.

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"Scholars and Their Blogs: Characteristics, Preferences, and Perceptions Impacting Digital Preservation"

Carolyn F. Hank has self-archived "Scholars and Their Blogs: Characteristics, Preferences, and Perceptions Impacting Digital Preservation" in the Carolina Digital Repository.

Here's an excerpt:

This descriptive study investigated scholars who blog in the areas of history, economics, law, biology, chemistry and physics, as well as attributes of their respective blogs. It offers an examination of scholars' attitudes and perceptions of their blogs in relation to the system of scholarly communication and their preferences for digital preservation.. . . Most feel their blogs should be preserved for both personal and public access and use into the indefinite, rather than short-term, future. Scholars who blog identify themselves as most responsible for blog preservation. Concerning capability, scholars perceive blog service providers, hosts, and networks as most capable. National and institutional-based libraries and archives, as well as institutional IT departments, are perceived as least responsible and capable for preservation of scholars' respective blogs.

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Digital Repository Software Developer at University of Cincinnati Libraries

The University of Cincinnati Libraries are recruiting a Digital Repository Software Developer.

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Full-time staff appointment responsible for developing, implementing, and maintaining software components and interfaces of the UC Libraries digital repository service, to support the storage and management of digital images, text, audio, video, data sets, and other content, plus a suite of tools and services to support ingestion, search and discovery, digital object presentation, preservation of digital content, and other workflows.

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"Access, Progress, and Fairness: Rethinking Exclusivity in Copyright"

Nicolas Suzor has self-archived "Access, Progress, and Fairness: Rethinking Exclusivity in Copyright" in SSRN.

Here's an excerpt:

This Article examines models of supporting and coordinating cultural production without exclusivity, including crowdfunding, tips, levies, restitution, and service-based models. In their current forms, each of these models fails to provide a cohesive and convincing vision of the two main functions of copyright: instrumentally (how cultural production can be funded) and fairness (how authors can be adequately rewarded). This article provides three avenues for future research to investigate the viability of alternate copyright models: (1) a better theory of fairness in copyright rewards; (2) more empirical study of commons models of cultural production; and (3) a critical examination of the noneconomic harm limiting function that exclusivity in copyright provides

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Digital Metadata Librarian at Mountain West Digital Library

The Mountain West Digital Library is recruiting a Digital Metadata Librarian (funded through August 31, 2014).

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Digital Metadata Librarian of the Mountain West Digital Library will support the improvement of metadata standards and metadata in digital collections from MWDL partners, including memory institutions in Utah, Nevada, Idaho, Arizona, Hawaii, and around the Mountain West region. Facilitate the ingestion of collections into MWDL and from there into the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). Work with new partners and repositories to resolve metadata issues and Open Archives Initiative (OAI) interoperability issues. Execute ingestion of new collections into Ex Libris Primo. Perform metadata audits of new collections and spot-check existing collections. Conduct metadata training for partner institutions. Describe new collections on website.

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"Developing Researcher Skills in Research Data Management: Training for the Future—A DataPool Project Report"

Dorothy Byatt, Mark Scott, F. Gareth Beale, Simon J. Cox, and Wendy White have self-archived "Developing Researcher Skills in Research Data Management: Training for the Future—A DataPool Project Report" in ePrints Soton.

Here's an excerpt:

This report will look at the multi-level approach to developing researcher skills in research data management in the University of Southampton, developed as part of the training strand of the JISC DataPool project, and embedded into the University engagement with research data management.

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Assistant Director/Outreach Librarian at Mountain West Digital Library

The Mountain West Digital Library is recruiting an Assistant Director/Outreach Librarian (funded through August 31, 2014).

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Assistant Director/Outreach Librarian of the Mountain West Digital Library develops and coordinates the partnership program of the MWDL, including outreach, promotion, and training. Develops partner relationships and facilitates cooperation with other memory institutions in Utah, Nevada, Idaho, Arizona, Hawaii, and around the Mountain West region. Assists partners in sharing collections with the Digital Public Library of America through MWDL. Develops partner on-boarding processes, including additional policies, forms, and agreements. Coordinates and conducts training in digital library curation tasks and perspectives, including both centralized training at periodic intervals and on-site training and support at partner locations.

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"A Systemic Approach to the Preservation of Audio Documents: Methodology and Software Tools"

Federica Bressan and Sergio Canazza have published "A Systemic Approach to the Preservation of Audio Documents: Methodology and Software Tools" in the Journal of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Here's an excerpt:

This paper presents a methodology for the preservation of audio documents, the operational protocol that acts as the methodology, and an original open source software system that supports and automatizes several tasks along the process. The methodology is presented in the light of the ethical debate that has been challenging the international archival community for the last thirty years. The operational protocol reflects the methodological principles adopted by the authors, and its effectiveness is based on the results obtained in recent research projects involving some of the finest audio archives in Europe. Some recommendations are given for the rerecording process, aimed at minimizing the information loss and at quantifying the unintentional alterations introduced by the technical equipment. Finally, the paper introduces an original software system that guides and supports the preservation staff along the process, reducing the processing timing, automatizing tasks, minimizing errors, and using information hiding strategies to ease the cognitive load. Currently the software system is in use in several international archives.

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Copyright Librarian/Adviser at Syracuse University Library

Syracuse University Library is recruiting a Copyright Librarian/Adviser.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Copyright Librarian/Adviser is the University Library's chief resource and consultant on issues that span copyright, information policy, and University Library services and initiatives. The Copyright Librarian/Adviser develops the University Library's copyright policies and coordinates their application to the University Library's mission and its educational, research, pedagogical, and scholarly communication activities.

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"Research Object for Scholarly Communication (ROSC) Community Group Charter"

Jun Zhao of the University of Oxford has released the "Research Object for Scholarly Communication (ROSC) Community Group Charter." ROSC is a W3C group.

Here's an excerpt:

The primary goal of the Community Group is to provide a platform for scholars, librarians, publishers, archivists and policy makers to exchange requirements and expectations for supporting a new form of scholarly communication, i.e. making the actual research assets available as first-class objects to enable better reuse and reproduce of research results and knowledge. These research assets, including data used and generated in an investigation, methods used for producing the data, as well as people and organisations involved in the study, are what we call Research Objects.

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Digital Initiatives Librarian at University of San Diego’s Copley Library

The University of San Diego's Copley Library is recruiting a Digital Initiatives Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Reporting to the University Librarian and working under the direction of the University Archivist/Special Collections Librarian, the Digital Initiatives Librarian is responsible for assisting librarians and faculty with digital projects and developing and managing the University's institutional repository based in Copley Library. He/she plans services and standards for digital projects and repository projects and prepares related workflow, long-term preservation and perpetual access documentation and procedures. . . . He/she works closely with the library faculty and teaching faculty to identify and to advise on issues related to intellectual property and open access of scholarly output at the University.

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