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Letter to William F. Cavanaugh re: Google Library Project Settlement (Dec. 15, 2009)

The American Library Association, the Association of College and Research Libraries, and the Association of Research Libraries (the Library Associations) write to follow-up on our May 27, 2009 meeting with Antitrust Division staff concerning the proposed settlement of the Google Library Project litigation.

pdf lt-gbs-cavanaugh15dec09.pdf

 
 

Research Library Issues, no. 267 (Dec. 2009): Special Issue on Distinctive Collections

RLI issue 267 includes:

  • Introduction: A Special Issue on Distinctive Collections
  • Special Collections at the Cusp of the Digital Age: A Credo
  • Moving Special Collections Forward in an Age of Discovery: Themes from the ARL-CNI Forum
  • The Collaborative Imperative: Special Collections in the Digital Age
  • The Changing Role of Special Collections in Scholarly Communications
 
 

In the Matter of Mandatory Deposit of Published Electronic Works Available Only Online

Reply comments from ARL and ALA regarding certain concerns raised in initial comments from the Association of American Publishers (AAP) and the Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA).

pdf mandatory-deposit-reply-16oct09.pdf

 
             

Discussion Guide for Groups: Reaching Out to Leaders of Scholarly Societies at Research Institutions Webinar

This guide is designed to be used in conjunction with ARL's 2009 webcast to promote discussion among groups of librarians after the event. It can serve as a starting point for an ongoing discussion or program aimed at staff in member libraries' conscious connections with leaders of scholarly societies on their campus.

pdf sc-webinar-discussion-guide-06aug09.pdf

 
 

ARL Encourages Members to Refrain from Signing Nondisclosure or Confidentiality Clauses

Members Also Encouraged to Share Agreement Content

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Board of Directors voted in support of a resolution introduced by its Scholarly Communication Steering Committee to strongly encourage ARL member libraries to refrain from signing agreements with publishers or vendors, either individually or through consortia, that include nondisclosure or confidentiality clauses. In addition, the Board encourages ARL members to share upon request from other libraries information contained in these agreements (save for trade secrets or proprietary technical details) for licensing content, licensing software or other tools, and for digitization contracts with third-party vendors.

 
 

ARL Encourages Members to Refrain from Signing Nondisclosure or Confidentiality Clauses

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Board of Directors voted in support of a resolution introduced by its Scholarly Communication Steering Committee to strongly encourage ARL member libraries to refrain from signing agreements with publishers or vendors, either individually or through consortia, that include nondisclosure or confidentiality clauses. In addition, the Board encourages ARL members to share upon request from other libraries information contained in these agreements (save for trade secrets or proprietary technical details) for licensing content, licensing software or other tools, and for digitization contracts with third-party vendors. The Board adopted this position at the ARL Membership Meeting in Houston, Texas, on May 22, 2009. This statement was released June 5, 2009.

pdf arl-encourages-members-to-refrain-from-signing-nondisclosure-or-confidentiality-clauses-2009.pdf

 
 

Research Library Issues, no. 264 (June 2009)

RLI issue 264 includes the following articles:

  • ARL Encourages Members to Refrain from Signing Nondisclosure or Confidentiality Clauses
  • The Case for Regulating Google and the Proposed Book Rights Registry
  • Learning and Research Spaces in ARL Libraries: Snapshots of Installations and Experiments
  • A Different Kind of Conversation: The Sparky Awards and Fresh Views on Change in Scholarly Communication
  • ARL Selects Research Library Leadership Fellows for 2009 10
 
     

Transformational Times: An Environmental Scan Prepared for the ARL Strategic Plan Review Task Force

In 2009 the Association of Research Libraries is renewing its strategic plan. The plan that will result from this effort will guide the Association in setting priorities and organizing its activities for the next several years, a time that is expected to present unprecedented challenges and concomitant opportunities to research libraries. To support the work of the Strategic Planning Task Force, ARL senior staff have initiated an environmental scanning exercise to identify trends that are likely to affect research libraries and the work of the Association. The report considers not only challenges, but also opportunities.

pdf transformational-times-feb09.pdf

 
 

The Research Library's Role in Digital Repository Services: Final Report of the ARL Digital Repository Issues Task Force

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Digital Repository Issues Task Force was charged "to evaluate trends, contextualize repository activities among ARL libraries, and recommend leadership roles and activities for ARL." Institutional repositories are a common form of repository, but this report focuses more broadly on the full range of repositories. At the same time, it concentrates on repository services rather than repository technologies or content.

pdf repository-services-report-jan09.pdf

 
 

Current Models of Digital Scholarly Communication: Results of an Investigation Conducted by Ithaka for the Association of Research Libraries

In the spring of 2008, ARL engaged Ithaka to conduct an investigation into the range of online resources valued by scholars, paying special attention to those projects that are pushing beyond the boundaries of traditional formats and are considered innovative by the faculty who use them. This report profiles each of these eight types of resources, including discussion of how and why the faculty members reported using the resources for their work, how content is selected for the site, and what sustainability strategies the resources are employing.

pdf digital-sc-models-report-2008.pdf

 
   

ARL Field Team Interview Guide

A sample guide for conducting faculty field interviews about new and emerging scholarly publishing models.

pdf arl-field-team-interview-guide.pdf

 
 

Research Library Publishing Services: New Options for University Publishing

To foster a deeper understanding of an emerging research library role as publishing service provider, in late 2007 the Association of Research Libraries surveyed its membership to gather data on the publishing services they were providing. Following the survey, publishing program managers at ten institutions participated in semi-structured interviews to delve more deeply into several aspects of service development: the sources and motivations for service launch, the range of publishing services, and relationships with partners.

pdf research-library-publishing-services-mar08.pdf

 
 

The E-only Tipping Point for Journals: What's Ahead in the Print-to-Electronic Transition Zone

This report examines the issues associated with moves toward electronic-only publication of journals. It is based in large part on interviews with two-dozen academic librarians and journal publishers. Interviews were conducted with collection officers and others at a dozen ARL member libraries; the rest of the interviews were with publishing staff of societies and university presses, publishing platform hosts, and publishing production consultants.

pdf electronic_transition-2007.pdf

 
         

SPEC Kit 301: Liaison Services (October 2007)

SPEC Kit 301 explores the current roles of liaisons in ARL libraries, any changes in focus in their interactions with academic departments, whether liaisons are being reactive to faculty and student needs, partners in providing teaching/library instruction, and pioneers in the new electronic world or have limited involvement with the academic departments. It documents how libraries mix the activities of traditional liaison responsibilities with the new trends that are fostered by the evolving needs of today’s library patrons. It includes documentation from respondents in the form of descriptions of liaison roles, responsibilities, and services offered, job descriptions, and training materials for liaisons.

This publication is available for purchase in both online and print versions. Download the spec-kit-purchase-options-2013.pdf  for complete pricing and purchase options information.

Link to the online SPEC Kit 301 on the ARL Digital Publications website.

 
   

SPEC Kit 299: Scholarly Communication Education Initiatives (August 2007)

SPEC Kit 299 explores what kind of initiatives ARL member libraries have used or plan to use to educate faculty, researchers, administrators, students, and library staff at their institutions about scholarly communication issues. It includes documentation from respondents in the form of proposals for education initiatives, scholarly communication and copyright Web pages, job descriptions, and education materials.

This publication is available for purchase in both online and print versions. Download the spec-kit-purchase-options-2013.pdf  for complete pricing and purchase options information.

Link to the online SPEC Kit 299 on the ARL Digital Publications website.

 
 

The Humanist: "Dances with Wolves" or "Bowls Alone"?

This paper discusses informal scholarly communication in the humanities; ways in which information technology can influence the content of scholarly communication without necessarily changing its outward forms; and an emerging genre of scholarly communication in the humanities, one that is native to the Web, and raises some interesting challenges for the disciplines. Presented at "Scholarly Tribes and Tribulations: How Tradition and Technology Are Driving Disciplinary Change," October 17, 2003.

pdf scholarly-tribes-unsworth-17oct03.pdf

 
 
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