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2000–2004

Memorandum re: Removal or Destruction of Federal Depository Library Documents (Mar. 13, 2002)

In October 2001, the U.S. Geological Survey requested that the Government Printing Office instruct Federal Depository Libraries that received a CD-ROM on characteristics of large surface-water supplies in the United States to destroy their copies. Shortly thereafter, the Superintendent of Documents ordered those libraries participating in the Federal Depository Library Program to withdraw this item and immediately destroy it. Subsequently, the Federal Bureau of Investigation visited several Federal Depository Libraries to determine whether that order had been carried out. This occurred without consultation with the GPO or the Geological Survey (U.S.G.S.). This series of events, and the prospect that in the wake of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack there may be additional requests for removal or destruction of federal materials by Federal Depository Libraries (FDLs), raises a number of questions of interest and importance to librarians. This memorandum sets forth below, in a question-and-answer format, the answers to many of those questions.

pdf susman_fdlp_march02.pdf

 
 

Celebrating Seventy Years of the Association of Research Libraries,1932–2002

Compiled by Lee Anne George and Julia Blixrud • 2002 • ISBN 0-918006-95-3 • 40 pp.

This publication features a sweeping overview of the major issues addressed by ARL’s programs in its first seventy years. Also included are a reprint of the entertaining speech by David Stam of Syracuse University, “Plus ça Change: Sixty Years of the Association of Research Libraries;” a chronology of significant events; and a list of ARL members and leaders from 1932 to 2002.

pdf celebrating-seventy-years-arl.pdf

 
 

In the Matter of Digital Broadcast Copy Protection

Comments arguing that a broadcast flag rule adopted by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) could effectively limit the public's access to information, and impair its ability to use content in new and innovative ways.

pdf broadcast-flag-commentssept07.pdf

 
   

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

 
 

Scholarly Tribes and Tribulations: How Tradition and Technology Are Driving Disciplinary Change [annotated bibliography]

In 2003, ARL convened a group of scholars, librarians, information technologists, and administrators to explore how the disciplines and sub-disciplines are approaching the use of technology.

pdf scholarly-tribes-bibl-dec03.pdf

 
 

Global Changes in Scholarly Communication

This paper addresses some of the strategic issues that relate to the traditional system of scholarly communication by looking at changes in informal and formal communication between scholars and scientists and at emerging spaces that scholars are using to conduct and to disseminate the results of their research. Originally presented at e-Workshops on Scholarly Communication in the Digital Era, August 11-24, 2003. Feng Chia University, Taichung, Taiwan, it was preliminary reading for the Scholarly Tribes and Tribulations conference in October 2003.

pdf scholarly-tribes-thorin-17oct03.pdf

 
 

Special Collections in ARL Libraries

Until this 1998 survey, no systematic data had been collected on special collections in ARL libraries for nearly 20 years. The results of this survey provide a snapshot of these collections at the end of the twentieth century and identify areas for further investigation.

pdf special-collections-arl-libraries.pdf

 
 

Supplemental Comments of the American Association of Law Libraries, the American Library Association, the Association of Research Libraries and the Special Libraries Association on the Second Draft Consolidated Texts of the Free Trade Area of the America

Supplemental comments in response to the notice and request for public comments on the Second Draft Consolidated Texts of the Free Trade Area of the Americas Agreement (FTAA), December 27, 2002. These comments supplement those previously submitted by AALL, ALA and other organizations, and address, in particular, the FTAA provisions on copyright within the section on intellectual property rights

pdf ftaa-lib-assoc-supp-comments-nov03.pdf

 
   

Eldred v. Ashcroft: Amicus Brief in support of Eldred

The U. S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ("DC Circuit") erroneously held that Congress' grant of twenty additional years of copyright protection as set forth in the Copyright Term Extension Act (CTEA) 2 is constitutional.

pdf amicus-eldred-20may02.pdf

 
 

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios v. Grokster and Jerry Leiber Music v. Grokster: Amicus brief in support of Grokster

Brief of Amici Curiae American Civil Liberties Union, American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California, American Library Association, Association of Research Libraries, American Association of Law Libraries, Medical Library Association, Special Libraries Association, Internet Archive, and Project Gutenberg in Support of Defendants-Appellees and Urging Affirmance of The District Court's Grant of Partial Summary Judgment.

pdf amicus-grokster-26sep03.pdf

 
 

Using Sampling to Assess Library Collections

This 2001 document is designed to demonstrate the use of sampling to obtain accurate information about a library collection. Two research projects are explicitly described; the sampling methodology as described can be adapted for use in other situations and projects.

pdf sampling.pdf

 
 

ARL Survey of Regional and ARL Selective Depository Libraries: Summary of Likert Analysis

Use of the Likert scale in the ARL Survey of Regional and ARL Selective Federal Depository Libraries provides a current snapshot of Regional and Selective Depository Libraries. Regional respondents were asked to respond to 21 statements, Selectives were asked to respond to 19 statements.

pdf 2003fdlp-surveyfindings.pdf

 
 

In the Matter of Exemption to Prohibition on Circumvention of Copyright Protection Systems for Access Control Technologies: Comments from the Library Associations

Comments submitted in response to the US Copyright Office's Notice of Inquiry (NOI) dated October 15, 2002, on whether noninfringing uses of certain classes of works are likely to be adversely affected by section 1201(a)(1) of the Copyright Act, which prohibits the circumvention of measures that effectively control access to copyrighted works. These comments were submitted on behalf of five major library associations--American Association of Law Libraries (AALL), American Library Association (ALA), Association of Research Libraries (ARL), Medical Library Association (MLA), and Special Libraries Association (SLA).

pdf noi1201comments18dec02.pdf

 
 

Joint Letter in Support of LC FY2005 Budget Request (May 25, 2004)

Library association letter in support of the FY2005 budget request of the Library of Congress.

pdf lt-loc-house-05budget.pdf

 
 

Joint Letter in Support of LC FY2005 Budget Request (May 25, 2004)

Library association letter in support of the FY2005 budget request of the Library of Congress.

pdf lt-loc-senate-05budget.pdf

 
 

Letter to Jule L. Sigall re: Orphan Works Notice of Inquiry (Mar. 25, 2005)

College Art Association response to the Copyright Office's notice of inquiry concerning orphan works.

pdf caa-orphan-works-comments.pdf

 
 

ALA, et al. v. FCC: Reply Brief

Reply brief concerning the Federal Communications Commission broadcast flag mandate.

pdf broadcast-flag-reply-2004.pdf

 
         

Sound Savings: Preserving Audio Collections

Edited by Judith Matz • 2004 • ISBN 1-59407-663-4 • 158pp.

In July 2003, many of the key stakeholders in audiovisual preservation met at the University of Texas at Austin to share their experiences and discuss the challenges ahead, specifically in the area of preserving sound recordings. The program featured talks by experts on topics ranging from assessing the preservation needs of audio collections to creating, preserving, and making publicly available digitally reformatted audio recordings. Conference attendees--critical stakeholders of the future of audio preservation--articulated seven areas for future action to move the field effectively forward. In this publication, ARL presents the symposium papers and these recommendations for future action.

pdf sound-savings.pdf

Print copies are also available for $45.00 plus shipping & handling.

 
 

A New Day for the DMCA: The Chamberlain and Lexmark Decisions

Recent circuit-level decisions in Chamberlain v. Skylink and Lexmark v. Static Control Components interpreted the Digital Millenium Copyright Act in a manner that will prevent its use to restrict legitimate competition in after-market components. By placing on plaintiffs the burden of proving intent to infringe copyright, judges on both panels not only dictate the correct outcome in these cases, but also provided defendants in other cases a way to short-circuit litigation when infringement is nowhere to be seen. Published in Electronic & Commerce Law Vol. 9 No. 45 (November 2004).

pdf band-dmca-chamberlain-lexmark-24nov04.pdf

 
   

Education and Training for Careers in Special Collections: A White Paper Prepared for the Association of Research Libraries Special Collections Task Force

Responding to data gathered by the 1998 Survey of Special Collections in ARL Libraries and anecdotal evidence, the ARL Task Force on Special Collections investigated issuesrelated to education and training needs for careers in special collections. The resulting white paper considersthe scope of need, surveys the current environment, and proposes recommended strategies and action items for ARL and other organizations and groups.

pdf special-coll-career-training-nov04.pdf

 
 

SPEC Kit 285: Library Services in Non-Library Spaces (November 2004)

A scanned version of SPEC Kit 285 is available full view through HathiTrust. pdf View the document here »

A print copy is available for $45.00 ($35.00 ARL members) plus shipping and handling.

 
     
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