Libraries are Champions for Academic Freedom and Balanced Copyright (infographic)
This infographic by ARL illustrates the benefits of a balanced copyright system and the roles research libraries play in maintaining the balance of Copyright & IP.
SPEC Kit 343: Library Support for Faculty?Researcher Publishing (October 2014)
By actively participating in the research and writing process, librarians can use their subject expertise to develop new roles for themselves and devise new modes of contributing to the scholarly communication cycle. This SPEC Kit explores ARL member libraries’ activities related to support of faculty and researcher publishing of scholarly works. It investigates the level and variety of services ARL libraries are providing to support, facilitate, and participate in the publishing activities of the faculty and researchers they serve, whether through the re-framing of existing traditional library services or the development of new services.
This SPEC Kit includes examples of publishing services offered by libraries, events that showcase faculty research and promote authors, author’s rights information, library support for repository deposits and public access policy compliance, author addenda, open access policies, and job descriptions.
Download the spec-kit-purchase-options-2014.pdf for complete pricing and purchase options information.
Link to the online SPEC Kit 343 on the ARL Digital Publications website.
Introduction to ClimateQUAL® Lite
ARL’s Shaneka Morris and University of Maryland professor Paul Hanges present a half-hour web seminar on ClimateQUAL Lite, a shorter form of the conventional ClimateQUAL® survey that preserves data integrity while allowing institutions to assess library staff perceptions of the most essential aspects of the library's climate for diversity.
This webcast aired September 11, 2014.
SPEC Kit 342: Next-Gen Learning Spaces (September 2014)
This SPEC Kit explores the configuration and uses of learning spaces in ARL libraries, the developments and transformations that have occurred over the past 10 years, and future plans for learning spaces to determine where they are on a continuum between first-generation information commons and “next-gen” spaces. The publication covers five main areas related to learning spaces:
- What kinds of learning spaces currently exist
- How these spaces have changed since their inception
- Effects these spaces have had on other library operations
- Instruction, programming, and collaboration that take place in the learning spaces
- Current assessment methods for learning spaces and changes that have been made or are planned based on the results of these evaluations
This SPEC Kit includes examples of learning spaces and instruction spaces; floor plans and maps; marketing for spaces, programs, and instruction; space-use policies and procedures; job descriptions and organization charts; and planning and assessment documents.This publication is available for purchase in both print and online versions.
Download the spec-kit-purchase-options-2014.pdf for complete pricing and purchase options information.
Link to the online SPEC Kit 342 on the ARL Digital Publications website.
Video: "Authors Guild v. HathiTrust: What It Means for Libraries"
In this 16-minute video, copyright lawyer Jonathan Band discusses the 2014 decision in the Authors Guild v. HathiTrust case and the implications for libraries.
Synergy Issue 11, September 2014
This issue of Synergy features three brief articles on a range of topics around trends in the library and archival profession. Camille Salas reflects on a service-learning project that was implemented as a product of formal library and information science coursework on universal design, and the nexus with the “makerspace” movement in libraries. Harrison Inefuku provides an update about the ARL/Society of American Archivists (SAA) Mosaic Program, a collaborative diversity recruitment program entering its second year. The final article features three ARL/Music Library Association (MLA) Diversity and Inclusion Initiative (DII) fellows—Joy Doan, Rahni Kennedy, and Patrick Sifuentes—in a virtual fireside chat as they reflect on their experiences from the past year of their fellowships and the DII program.
Letter to GPO on "Government Publications Authorized for Discard by Regional Depository Libraries"
On August 28, 2014, ARL sent a letter to the US Government Printing Office in support of the proposed public policy statement on "Government Publications Authorized for Discard by Regional Depository Libraries."
SPEC Kit 341: Digital Collections Assessment and Outreach (August 2014)
This SPEC Kit investigates what methods ARL member libraries use to maintain the relevancy of their locally curated digital library collections, and to continue to sustain, grow, capture return on investment, and enhance existing resources through outreach and assessment. The publication also explores current practices for integrating digital resources into the research, teaching, and learning environment. This SPEC Kit includes examples of digital project selection criteria, outreach and assessment guides, assessment reports, marketing plans, lesson plans, job descriptions, and works created with material from digital collections.
This publication is available for purchase in both print and online versions. Download the spec-kit-purchase-options-2014.pdf for complete pricing and purchase options information.
Link to the online SPEC Kit 341 on the ARL Digital Publications website.
SPEC Kit 340: Open Source Software (July 2014)
This SPEC Kit investigated ARL member libraries’ adoption and/or development of open source software (OSS) for functions such as ILS, discovery layer, electronic resource management, inter-library loan, digital asset management, institutional repository, course reserve, streaming media, study room scheduler, digital preservation, publishing, floor maps, data warehouse, or other library-related purposes. It explored research libraries’ policies and practices on open sourcing their code; the frequency with which research libraries contribute to open source projects; whether research libraries are reluctant to make their code openly available; and the most common benefits and challenges encountered when research libraries open source their code. This SPEC Kit includes examples of OSS contributor agreements, licenses, copyright notices, job descriptions, and organization charts.
This publication is available for purchase in both print and online versions. Download the spec-kit-purchase-options-2014.pdf
for complete pricing and purchase options information.
Link to the online SPEC Kit 340
on the ARL Digital Publications website.
Letter in Support of USA FREEDOM Act (S. 2685)
On July 30, ARL and more than 40 other organizations signed a letter to Senate and House leadership in support of USA FREEDOM Act (S. 2685), which will prohibit "bulk" collection, strengthen transparency reporting provisions, and strengthen reforms to the FISA Court (FISC) process to provide more accountability.
USA FREEDOM Transparency Letter
On July 29, 2014, ARL joined OpenTheGovernment.org and 19 other organizations that engage on privacy and surveillance issues in a letter to US Congressional leadership expressing support for the compromise version of the USA FREEDOM Act introduced by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT).
Net Neutrality Comments Filed with FCC by Higher Education and Library Coalition
On July 18, 2014, a coalition of higher education and library organizations—including ARL—filed comments urging the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to protect and promote the open Internet.
ARL Annual Salary Survey 2013–2014
This report analyzes salary data for all professional staff working in the 125 ARL member libraries during 2013-2014. Data are reported for 10,168 professional staff in the 115 university ARL libraries and for 3,791 professional staff in the 10 nonuniversity ARL libraries.
This publication is available for purchase in both online and print versions. Download the arl-salary-survey-purchase-options-2014.pdf for complete pricing and purchase options information.
Link to the online ARL Annual Salary Survey 2013-2014 on the ARL Digital Publications website.
Net Neutrality Principles
On July 10, 2014, ARL along with 10 other higher education and library organizations released a joint set of Net Neutrality Principles they recommend form the basis of an upcoming Federal Communications Commission (FCC) decision to protect the openness of the Internet. The groups believe network neutrality protections are essential to protecting freedom of speech, educational achievement, and economic growth.
Letter to FCC in Protecting an Open Internet
A May 13, 2014 ex parte to the Federal Communications Commission concerning preserving a protecting the open Internet in support of education, research, and innovation.
White v. West Publishing 2014 Decision
In July 2014, the district court issued its full memorandum and order in White v. West Publishing, explaining that three of four fair use factors weighed in favor of a finding of fair use while the remaining factor was neutral.
Authors Guild v. HathiTrust Decision (June 2014)
On June 10, 2014, the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed the lower court decision in Authors Guild v. HathiTrust in favor of HathiTrust Digital Library.
LCA Amicus Brief in Authors Guild v. Google, Inc. Appeal
On July 8, 2014, the Library Copyright Association filed an amicus brief for Authors Guild v. Google, Inc. in the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
AAU-ARL Prospectus for an Institutionally Funded First-Book Subvention
The Association of American Universities (AAU) and the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) are working together, through a Task Force on Scholarly Communication, to ensure a robust system of scholarly communication in the humanities and qualitative social sciences. The task force seeks to address the economic challenges facing scholarly monograph publishing and to exploit digital communication technologies to move the academy towards a sustainable, innovative, and open system for supporting humanistic research.
Specifically, the task force intends to address the inability of a market model to adequately support research monograph publication based primarily on scholarly merit. This prospectus describes a faculty title subvention designed to ensure the long-term economic viability of foundational scholarly monographic publishing, while promoting the emergence of innovative digital models:
This prospectus is based on “A Rational System for Funding Scholarly Monographs,” a white paper prepared for the task force in November 2012 by Raym Crow of Chain Bridge Group:
Memo to ARL and SPARC Members re SPARC Administrative Agreement with New Venture Fund
Memo to ARL and SPARC members informing them of SPARC's new administrative agreement with New Venture Fund (NVF), a fiscal sponsorship organization located in Washington, DC
Letter to Senate Leadership on USA FREEDOM Process
Letter from ARL and 23 other organizations to US Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, Chairmen Patrick J. Leahy, and Dianne Feinstein, and Ranking Members Churck Grassley and Saxby Chambliss showing concern over the USA FREEDOM bill changes made in the House and the breadth of the surveillance that the bill could be read to authorize.
Membership Meeting 2014 (Spring): The 21st-Century Research Infrastructure and SHARE: Challenges and Opportunities
Presented at the 164th ARL Membership Meeting, May 2014, in Columbus, Ohio, by Kelvin K. Droegemeier
Membership Meeting 2014 (Spring): The SHARE Initiative—Value and Importance to Universities
Presented at the 164th ARL Membership Meeting, May 2014, in Columbus, Ohio, by R. Michael Tanner
Membership Meeting 2014 (Spring): Building a 21st-Century Research and Teaching Infrastructure
Presented at the 164th ARL Membership Meeting, May 2014, in Columbus, Ohio, by Rebecca Graham
Membership Meeting 2014 (Spring): Digital Scholarship, Global Responsibility, and the Scholarship and Learning Cycle Landscape
Presented at the 164th ARL Membership Meeting, May 2014, in Columbus, Ohio, by David Gift
Membership Meeting 2014 (Spring): ARL Strategic Thinking and Design
Presented at the 164th ARL Membership Meeting, May 2014, in Columbus, Ohio, by Ann Pendleton-Jullian, Wendy Pradt Lougee, Susan Gibbons, John Wilkin, and James Hilton
ARL Strategic Thinking and Design video montage
This montage provides an overview of the strategic thinking and design process undertaken by ARL in 2013–2014. The video includes clips from an interview with ARL executive director Elliott Shore and consultant Ann Pendleton-Jullian as well as selected footage from various design studio sessions and regional design meetings conducted across the US and Canada.
Design meeting participants featured in this video include Dan Atkins of University of Michigan, Adam Bouchard of McGill University, Meredith Evans of University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Catherine Davidson of York University, Justin Schell of University of Minnesota, Evan McGonagill of Bryn Mawr College, Jim Neal of Columbia University, and Carol Diedrichs of Ohio State University.
Video production by Dupont Studios
Testimonies for the June 2, 2014 House Committee First Sale Hearing
On June 2, 2014, Jonathan Band of the Owners' Rights Initiative and Greg Cram of the New York Public Library testified at the US House of Representatives Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet's Hearing on First Sale Under Title 17. These are their written testimonies.
Greg Cram, Associate Director, Copyright and Information Policy, The New York Public Library [PDF]
Jonathan Band, Counsel, Owners' Rights Initiative [PDF]
SHared Access Research Ecosystem EDUCAUSE Review Article
“SHared Access Research Ecosystem” article by Tyler Walters, dean of university libraries at Virginia Tech and co-chair of the SHARE Steering Group, and Judy Ruttenberg, program director at ARL, published in the March/April 2014 EDUCAUSE Review. View this article online on the EDUCAUSE Review website.
SHARE Notification Service Architectural Overview
The SHARE notification service will gather information about research release events through both a direct push protocol and a harvest strategy. The service will then notify consumers of these events through free subscriptions to predefined channels of notices and by allowing searches of its digest of research release events. The notification service is only the first step along the road to SHARE's long-term vision of a robust repository ecosystem for research output. This document describes the notification service in detail.