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Golan v. Holder: A Farewell to Constitutional Challenges to Copyright Laws

On January 13, 2012, the Supreme Court by a 6-2 vote affirmed the Tenth Circuit decision in Golan v. Holder. The case concerned the constitutionality of the Uruguay Round Agreements Act (URAA), which restored copyright in foreign works that had entered into the public domain because the copyright owners had failed to comply with formalities such as notice; or because the U.S. did not have copyright treaties in place with the country at the time the work was created (e.g., the Soviet Union)

pdf golan_summary_06feb12.pdf

 
 

The Law of Fair Use and the Illusion of Fair-Use Guidelines

Several "official" and formal guidelines that attempt to define the scope of fair use for specific applications—notably for education, research, and library services—have emerged in the years since passage of the Copyright Act of 1976. Although some interested parties and some governmental agencies have welcomed these guidelines, none of them ever has had the force of law. This article analyzes the origins of guidelines, the various governmental documents and court rulings that reference the guidelines, and the substantive content of the guidelines themselves to demonstrate that in fact the guidelines bear little relationship, if any, to the law of fair use.

pdf fair-use-code-crews.pdf

 
 

Code of Best Practices in Fair Use: Designing the Public Domain

This Note from the Harvard Law Review organizes research on pro-social motivation around the motivation-fostering effects of empowerment, community, and fairness. By incorporating these norms into the cultural architecture of the public domain, we can promote greater information production at less cost than by relying solely on the intellectual property system's traditional tools of exclusion.

pdf fair-use-code-harvard.pdf

 
 

Code of Best Practices in Fair Use: Fair Use and Research Libraries

Discusses copyright and its problems, why librarians need useable fair use, and the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries

pdf fair-use-code-slides-lib.pdf

 
     

ARL Statistics 2008-2009

This edition of the ARL Statistics describes the collections, staffing, expenditures, and service activities for the 124 members of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) in fiscal year 2008–2009.

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

Link to the online ARL Statistics 2008-2009 on the ARL Digital Publications website.

 
 

ARL Academic Law Library Statistics 2008-2009

ARL Academic Law Library Statistics 2008–2009 presents data that describe collections, expenditures, personnel, and services in 72 law libraries at ARL member institutions in the US and Canada.

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

Link to the online ARL Academic Law Library Statistics 2008-2009 on the ARL Digital Publications website.

 
 

ARL Academic Health Sciences Library Statistics 2008-2009

ARL Academic Health Sciences Library Statistics 2008–2009 presents data that describe collections, expenditures, personnel, and services in 62 medical libraries at ARL member institutions in the US and Canada.

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

Link to the online ARL Academic Health Sciences Library Statistics 2008-2009 on the ARL Digital Publications website.

 
 

GBS March Madness: Paths Forward for the Google Books Settlement

This chart attempts to diagram some of the possible paths forward following the fairness hearing on the Google Books Settlement.

pdf gbs-march-madness-diagram-final.pdf

 
 

Research Library Issues, no. 262 (Feb. 2009)

RLI issue 262 includes the following articles:

  • The University's Role in the Dissemination of Research and Scholarship: A Call to Action
  • ARL Statement to Scholarly Publishers on the Global Economic Crisis
  • Reinventing Science Librarianship: Themes from the ARL-CNI Forum
  • ARL Statistics: Redefining Serial Counts and Remaining Relevant in the 21st Century
 
 

MINES for Libraries Final Report

This final report of a ground-breaking study summarizes findings on 34,000 randomly captured uses of electronic resources over a 12-month period from the 21 members of the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL). The results show the increasing value derived from the use of digital content, the emerging use of digital resources in the humanities, and the soaring use of e-resources from off-campus locations.

pdf mines-for-libraries-final-report.pdf

 
 

Documents for a Digital Democracy: A Model for the Federal Depository Library Program in the 21st Century

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA) retained Ithaka S+R to propose a comprehensive framework for the Federal Depository Library Program ("FDLP" or the "Program") in response to changes in the environment for information dissemination and usage. For this project, Ithaka S+R staff interviewed nearly 90 individuals from 40 libraries, the Government Printing Office (GPO), and a number of other key organizations.

pdf documents-for-a-digital-democracy.pdf

 
 

Documents for a Digital Democracy: A Model for the Federal Depository Library Program in the 21st Century Interim Summary

In June 2009, the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA) retained Ithaka S+R to propose a comprehensive framework for the Federal Depository Library Program ("FDLP" or the "Program") in response to changes in the environment for information dissemination and usage. New approaches must take advantage of the opportunities presented by today's digital and networking technologies to deliver services to users more effectively, more broadly, and at lower cost. For this project, Ithaka S+R staff interviewed more than 80 individuals from 30 libraries, the Government Printing Office (GPO), and a number of other key organizations. The FDLP serves a variety of needs across a number of communities, and in this project Ithaka S+R has taken a systemwide perspective in an attempt to understand the needs of all stakeholders. This summary presents a high-level overview of the project's interim findings and recommendations.

pdf summary-ithaka-fdlp-09.pdf

 
 

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
 
 

ARL Statistics 2007-2008

This edition of the ARL Statistics describes the collections, staffing, expenditures, and service activities for the 123 members of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) in fiscal year 2007–2008.

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

Link to the online ARL Statistics 2007-2008 on the ARL Digital Publications website.

 
 

SPEC Kit 315: Leave and Professional Development Benefits (December 2009)

SPEC Kit 315 investigates two broad categories of benefit plans currently offered to professional library staff at ARL member libraries: leave time and support for professional development activities. Topics include benefits eligibility; holiday and intersession leave; plan designs and accrual rates for paid time off (PTO), vacation, and sick leave; and professional development leaves such as dedicated research time and sabbaticals. Other professional development topics include financial support and relief from duties for conference attendance; funding for professional association memberships; and financial and other support for college credit course work, internships, and certifications. It includes documentation from respondents in the form of policies on travel support, professional development leave and funding, sabbaticals, education, and tuition assistance and an example of an individual development award program.

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 315 on the ARL Digital Publications website.

 
 

A Guide for the Perplexed Part III: The Amended Settlement Agreement

On Friday, November 13, 2009, Google, the Authors Guild, and the Association of American Publishers filed an Amended Settlement Agreement (ASA) in the copyright infringement litigation concerning the Google Library Project. The amendments proposed by the parties are designed to address objections made by the U.S. Department of Justice and copyright holders to the original proposed settlement agreement. While many of the amendments will have little direct impact on libraries, the ASA significantly reduces the scope of the settlement because it excludes most books published outside of the United States. This paper describes the ASA's major changes, with emphasis on those changes relevant to libraries.

pdf guide-for-perplexed-part3-nov09.pdf

 
   

ARL Academic Law Library Statistics 2007-2008

ARL Academic Law Library Statistics 2007–2008 presents data that describe collections, expenditures, personnel, and services in 74 law libraries at ARL member institutions in the US and Canada.

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

Link to the online ARL Academic Law Library Statistics 2007-2008 on the ARL Digital Publications website.

 
 

ARL Academic Health Sciences Library Statistics 2007-2008

ARL Academic Health Sciences Library Statistics 2007–2008 presents data that describe collections, expenditures, personnel, and services in 64 medical libraries at ARL member institutions in the US and Canada.

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

Link to the online ARL Academic Health Sciences Library Statistics 2007-2008 on the ARL Digital Publications website.

 
   

SPEC Kit 314: Processing Decisions for Manuscripts & Archives (November 2009)

SPEC Kit 314 examines the current policies and practices for processing manuscript and archival collections in Special Collections. It is organized around four general areas: personnel, job responsibilities and training; processing policies, procedures, and priorities; impacts on processing decisions; and management tools. It includes documentation from respondents in the form of processing policies and procedures, processing worksheets, statistics, and job descriptions.

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 314 on the ARL Digital Publications website.

 
 

Letter to Julius Genachowski re: Open Internet (Oct. 21, 2009)

Letter expressing support for the recent announcement that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will begin a public proceeding that will ensure an open and nondiscriminatory Internet.

pdf lt-pubint-nn-21oct09.pdf

 
 

Library Associations Statement On The USA PATRIOT Amendments Act of 2009

On October 20, 2009, House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers (D-MI) and Representatives Jerrold R. Nadler (D-NY) and Bobby Scott (D-VA) introduced the USA PATRIOT Amendments Act of 2009 (H.R.3845). The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the American Library Association (ALA) believe that this bill contains necessary and important reforms to the powers created by the USA PATRIOT Act.

pdf us-patriot-statement-2009.pdf

 
 

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

 
   

Fall Forum 2009: Concluding Keynote Remarks

Presented at the ARL/CNI Fall Forum, "An Age of Discovery: Distinctive Collections in the Digital Age," October 2009.

mp3 ff09-wilson.mp3

 
   
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