Boycott Begins as Librarians Unite Against Edwin Mellen Press

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It was only a matter of time. Librarians who belong to the Ryerson Faculty Association have begun to boycott EMP and will not purchase any more titles until the press drops the lawsuit against Dale Askey.

While the fervor of Edwin Mellen Press’ lawsuit against librarian, Dale Askey has waned since EMP dropped the joint lawsuit against Askey and McMaster University, there is still the ongoing lawsuit pending against Askey. In response, the Association of Research Libraries and the Canadian Association of Research Libraries have issued a joint statement asking EMP to drop the the final lawsuit. The statement reads:
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Weekly Ed-Tech / Digital Scholarship Trends: March 13, 2013

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Besides transitioning to the Twitter account @dpla, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) announced it will provide copies of 1.2 million digital objects to the DPLA. If you’re interested in learning more about the non-profit, there’s a brief Q&A with the new DPLA Executive Director, Dan Cohen. The launch will take place April 18-19, 2013 at the Boston Public Library.

California Bill Demands Credit for Online Courses (MOOCs)

As reported in the New York Times and Inside Higher Ed, a new bill to be filed by California Senate President Darrell Steinberg “aims to create a ‘statewide system of faculty-approved, online college courses.'” [1] (more…)

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Digital Archivist at Washington University in St. Louis

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The Digital Archivist will assume management responsibilities in the area of archival processing of material regardless of format; lead the archives’ digital initiatives; and develop strategies for the management of digital assets/electronic records. These responsibilities involve working closely with the University Archivist and other University departments. This position will also provide some references services.
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Copyright and Digital Access Librarian at Washington University in St. Louis

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Contributes to the development, implementation and delivery of all digital projects, primarily in the broad areas of XML document modeling, imaging and oversight for assigned projects. Maintains a special focus on areas intersecting with legal content and issues, and scholarly communications where it intersects with digital collections and services. Monitors digital library encoding and imaging standards, delivery methods, and ensures compliance. Develops documentation on procedures and provides updates on the progress of digital projects. Provides training on digital library technologies, tools, digital asset production, and related issues in digital content creation, and standards for student assistants and staff.

Prepares and maintains information regarding copyright for library and university web documents, blogs, etc.; identifies training needs and delivers or arranges instruction about copyright issues for the library. Plans, designs, and delivers copyright information and education to library staff. Supports library staff with work-related copyright concerns. Assists librarians with copyright information, workflow suggestions, forms, etc. Works closely with the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and General Counsel (OGC) and other copyright education and management personnel in libraries on campus. Monitors current trends in copyright law affecting libraries and alerts staff to changes and opportunities related to library resources or services.

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