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.
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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.
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).
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.
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.
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Link to the online ARL Annual Salary Survey 2013-2014 on the ARL Digital Publications website.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 informing them of SPARC's new administrative agreement with New Venture Fund (NVF), a fiscal sponsorship organization located in Washington, DC
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.
Presented at the 164th ARL Membership Meeting, May 2014, in Columbus, Ohio, by Kelvin K. Droegemeier
Presented at the 164th ARL Membership Meeting, May 2014, in Columbus, Ohio, by R. Michael Tanner
Presented at the 164th ARL Membership Meeting, May 2014, in Columbus, Ohio, by Rebecca Graham
Presented at the 164th ARL Membership Meeting, May 2014, in Columbus, Ohio, by David Gift
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
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
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” 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.
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.
In April 2014, the Association of Research Libraries signed on to the Garcia v. Google amicus brief. In the brief, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) urges a federal appeals court to reconsider its decision to order Google to take down a controversial video while a copyright lawsuit is pending as the decision sets a dangerous precedent that could have disastrous consequences for free speech.
April 11, 2014 EFF Press Release
James G. Neal, Vice President for Information Services and University Librarian for Columbia University in the City of New York, testified at the April 2, 2014 Hearing on Preservation and Reuse of Copyrighted Works for the Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet. This is his supplemental testimony, which expands upon some issues that came up in the hearing.
On April 1, 2014, the Association of Research Libraries joined over 40 other organizations in signing a letter on bulk collection to Congress. The letter states that any legislation should prohibit bulk collection of all types and expresses support of the USA FREEDOM Act.
James G. Neal, Vice President for Information Services and University Librarian for Columbia University in the City of New York, testified at the April 2, 2014 Hearing on Preservation and Reuse of Copyrighted Works for the Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet. This is his written testimony.
On March 24, 2014, the Open Access Working Group (OAWG) sent a letter to the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology in opposition to Secion 303 of the Frontiers in Innovation, Research, Science, and Technology Act of 2014 (FIRST Act). The OAWG believes the language in Section 303 runs counter to the intent of the goals set forth in the original bill.
In February 2014, ARL joined the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) and 23 other organizations in a letter requesting that the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) solicit public comments regarding the White House review of “Big Data and the Future of Privacy.”
On February 13, 2014, in a letter to the Chairman and the Commissioners of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the American Library Association (ALA), and EDUCAUSE signaled their disappointment with the recent DC Circuit Court of Appeals decision to vacate the “no blocking” and “no discrimination” rules for public Internet access set forth by the FCC in 2010.
The SHared Access Research Ecosystem (SHARE) Notification System Project Plan, released February 6, 2014, details the first in a series of activities to be undertaken by SHARE to ensure that scholarly research outputs are discovered and built upon in a manner that facilitates and accelerates the research process.