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ARL Opposes STM Model Licenses, Recommends Creative Commons as Alternative

drosophila-epitheliaimage © Journal of Cell BiologyARL, along with almost 60 other organizations, joined in a letter opposing model licenses recently released by the International Association of Scientific, Technical & Medical Publishers (STM). The letter’s signatories are calling for STM to recommend to its member publishers that they work within the Creative Commons framework instead of offering their own customized open access licenses, which increase confusion and decrease interoperability with existing open licenses.

 
 

Boston Library Consortium Calls Out Publishers on Price Gouging

paul-revere-statue-old-north-church-bostonimage © Sharon Somero

On May 27, 2014, the Chronicle of Higher Education published a letter to the editor entitled, “Ebook Pricing Hikes Amount to Price-Gouging.” As a result of announced price increases that appear to be “an experiment in predatory pricing,” the Boston Library Consortium has pledged to address these increases by rewarding those publishers whose prices remain reasonable.

 
 

Orphan Works and Mass Digitization Roundtables: Myths and Realities of Copyright and Fair Use

orphans-home-atchison-kansas-1911-postcardOrphans’ Home, Atchison, Kansas, 1911, image © Thiophene GuyOn March 10–11, 2014, the US Copyright Office convened roundtables on orphan works and mass digitization. Several participants attacked fair use and libraries, misstated the purpose of the copyright system in the United States, or inaccurately portrayed the activities of HathiTrust. An ARL Policy Notes blog post examines some of these misconceptions, or myths, cited at the roundtables and responds to these inaccuracies. An earlier ARL Policy Notes blog post recaps the roundtable discussions, which covered best practices, fair use, licensing solutions, and the issue of whether orphan works and mass digitization need to be treated separately.

 
 

Research Libraries and the Big Deal: Author Version of Study Available

bound-journalsimage © diylibrarianUnwrapping the Bundle: An Examination of Research Libraries and the ‘Big Deal’,” by Karla L. Strieb of the Ohio State University (OSU) and Julia C. Blixrud of ARL has been added to the OSU Knowledge Bank. The authors’ final version has been accepted for publication in portal: Libraries and the Academy. Based on the findings of a 2012 survey of ARL member libraries about journal bundles, this article compares results to earlier studies and examines the product structure, pricing models, and license terms.

 
 

LIBLICENSE Model License Being Revised by North American Working Group

liblicense-screenshotUnder the auspices of the Center for Research Libraries (CRL), and with the support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the LIBLICENSE Model License for e-resources is undergoing a vigorous overhaul by a team of North American practitioners and experts. The model license has served as a negotiating framework and has been widely used by libraries and consortia for many years. An initial draft of the revised model license will be available in late spring 2014. Later in the year, the software that enables users to build their own agreements will be rewritten and released.

For more information, see the March 13, 2014, CRL news release, “North American Working Group to Revise Model License,” or contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
 

U Montréal Cancels Subscriptions to 76% of Serials in Wiley Online Library

u-montreal-pavillon-roger-gaudryimage © Université de MontréalOn January 14, the Université de Montréal (UdeM) libraries announced that they are cancelling their subscriptions to 1,142 of 1,510 periodicals in the Wiley Online Library at the end of the month. New issues of the cancelled titles will no longer be available online to the UdeM community, but access to earlier issues will be maintained. In a news release (English translation [PDF]), the libraries note that the cancellations are the result of several factors, including budget cuts imposed by the Québec government and annual subscription price increases between 3% and 6%.

 
 

SCOAP3 Open Access Publishing Initiative to Launch January 1

simulated-particle-traces-in-higgs-bosonimage © CERN, credit Lucas TaylorUnder the leadership of CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, partners in 24 countries are participating in the largest-scale global open access initiative ever built—SCOAP3. Involving an international collaboration of more than 1,000 libraries, library consortia, and research organizations, SCOAP3 will make it possible for a significant percentage of scientific articles in the field of high-energy physics to become open access at no cost for any author and with a reduction of subscription fees for libraries. Everyone will be able to read the articles, authors will retain copyright, and generous licenses will enable wide re-use of this information.

 
 

SCOAP3 Deadline for Participation Drawing Near

SCOAP3 logoSCOAP3The SCOAP3 model is built on redirecting funds currently used to pay for subscriptions to participating journals to support their conversion to open access, as well as to cover article-processing fees in existing open access journals. Launch of SCOAP3 is scheduled for January 1, 2014, and confirmation of participation is requested by November 15, 2013. SCOAP3 costs institutions no more than they are paying now for the subscriptions and has, due to unprecedented global negotiations, driven reductions in publisher article-processing fees when SCOAP3 goes live and will ensure the granting of CC-BY licenses for the articles. For US libraries that have not yet confirmed their participation, information can be found on the LYRASIS website or by contacting This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
 

SPARC Open Access Meeting 2014 to Focus on Convergence

kansas-city-skylineimage © Matthew WhiteheadThe next SPARC Open Access Meeting, themed “Convergence,” will convene March 3–4, 2014, in Kansas City. The past year has seen growing momentum in the areas of open access, open data, and open educational resources. As the push for greater openness continues, these three fronts are converging in interesting and potentially transformative ways. Join us as leaders from the library community, academia, industry, student community, and other research avenues discuss how open access, open data, and open educational resources are intersecting, and the impact this convergence might have on research and discovery. The meeting is designed to emphasize collaborative actions that stakeholders can take to positively impact publishing, policy, digital repositories, author rights, and licensing.

 
 

ARL Releases RLI 282 on Library Budgets, Journal Bundles, Reference Staffing

rli282-coverARL has published Research Library Issues (RLI) no. 282, which features articles on ARL library budgets over the past two years, subscriptions to journal collections from large publishers, and the impact of the changing roles of librarians on reference staffing. A pre-publication version of the article about journal bundles was released earlier this year.

The complete table of contents with links to the articles follows:

 
     

ARL Releases RLI 280 on OERs, E-Book Licensing, Research Library Trends

RLI 280 coverARL has published Research Library Issues (RLI) no. 280, which features articles on open educational resources (OERs) as an alternative to traditional textbooks, ARL's e-book licensing effort, and research library trends as shown by the ARL Statistics. A pre-publication version of the article about OERs was released earlier this year.

The complete table of contents with links to the articles follows:

 
   

Licensing E-Journal Bundles from Large Publishers

magazine-stackimage © thebittenword.comARL has released a pre-publication version of an article on “The State of Large-Publisher Bundles in 2012,” which will be featured in the forthcoming Research Library Issues no. 282 (Spring 2013).

 
 

Research Library Issues, no. 279 (June 2012)

RLI issue 279 includes:

  • Digitization of Special Collections and Archives: Legal and Contractual Issues
  • Model Deed of Gift
  • Model Deed of Gift, including Mixed IP Rights
  • Model Digitization Agreement
  • Copyright Risk Management: Principles and Strategies for Large-Scale Digitization Projects in Special Collections
 
 

ARL and LYRASIS Sign Agreement for Licensing Initiative

On November 18, 2011, the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and LYRASIS signed an agreement designating LYRASIS as an agent to negotiate licenses for online content on behalf of interested ARL member libraries. This is the culmination of an effort that began in 2010 to identify a strategy for ARL to influence the marketplace regarding licensing rights, technical specifications, and business terms to meet the needs of research libraries.

 
 

Fall Forum 2011: Shaking Up the Norm:Journal Pricing and Valuation

Presented at the ARL/CNI Fall Forum, "21st-Century Collections and the Urgency of Collaborative Action," October 2011.

pdf ff11-anderson-ivy.pdf

 
 

Research Library Issues, no. 275 (June 2011): Report of the Task Force on International Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery Practices

RLI issue 275 includes:

  • Report of the Task Force on International Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery Practices
  • White Paper: International Interlibrary Loan
  • White Paper: US Law and International Interlibrary Loan
  • White Paper: Trends in Licensing
 
       

ARL E-Book Requirements

This is "Appendix C: Detailed Evaluation Requirements and Desirables" of the 2012 ARL e-book licensing agent RFP, more commonly known as the "ARL E-Book Requirements."

pdf arl-e-book-requirements-2012.pdf

 
 

Research Library Issues, no. 269 (April 2010): Special Issue on Strategies for Opening Up Content

RLI issue 269 includes:

  • Strategies for Opening Up Content: Laying the Groundwork for an Open System of Scholarship
  • Achieving Consensus on the University of Kansas Open-Access Policy
  • Improving Access with Open-Access Publishing Funds
  • Model Language for Author Rights in Library Content Licenses
  • Opening Up Content in HathiTrust: Using HathiTrust Permissions Agreements to Make Authors’ Work Available
 
 

Performance of or Showing Films in the Classroom

This piece was written in hopes of clarifying one aspect of the confusion on digital delivery of content to the "physical" classroom.

pdf films-in-classroom10sep09.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
 
 

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

 
   
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