image © University of CaliforniaIn partnership with the University of California’s (UC) television station, the UC San Diego (UCSD) Library has launched a Library Channel on UCTV. The new channel offers content on a wide range of UCSD Library and campus activities, including special events, faculty and author lectures, innovative programs, special and digital collections, and other library and university initiatives. The initial Library Channel lineup features videos of: the library’s recent Dinner in the Library event, with author Jay Parini discussing 13 books that changed America; UC San Diego psychiatrist Joel Dimsdale, who presented findings on the Rorschach tests administered to Nazi leadership at a Holocaust Living History Workshop; and the library’s efforts to build an archive documenting San Diego’s dynamic technology history. Programming from the Library Channel will be accessible from a portal on the library’s home page, from UCTV’s home page, on UCTV, and on iTunes and YouTube. For more details, see the October 29 UCSD news release, “UC San Diego Library Launches New Channel on UCTV.”
image © François ProulxThe continuous release of information concerning the US National Security Agency’s (NSA) surveillance practices has led to increased scrutiny by Congress. Two bills have been introduced that seek to address some of the NSA surveillance practices and address serious privacy concerns. First, Sen. Feinstein (D-CA) introduced the FISA Improvement Act of 2013 (PDF) that was approved by the Select Committee on Intelligence on October 31. The bill was not made publicly available until after the committee’s approval. The second, a bicameral and bipartisan bill, the USA Freedom Act of 2013 (PDF), was introduced by Rep. Sensenbrenner (R-WI) and Sen. Leahy (D-VT) on October 29. This bill seeks to rein in the NSA’s bulk collection, analysis, and storage of Americans’ electronic communications. ARL with others in the public and private sectors support the USA Freedom Act of 2013.
The new Library Publishing Directory provides a snapshot of the publishing activities of 115 academic and research libraries (primarily in North America), including information about the number and types of publications they produce, the services they offer authors, how they are staffed and funded, and the future plans of institutions that are engaged in this growing sector of scholarly publishing. In documenting the breadth and depth of activities in this field, this resource aims to articulate the unique value of library publishing; establish it as a significant and growing community of practice; and raise its visibility within a number of stakeholder communities, including administrators, funding agencies, other scholarly publishers, librarians, and content creators. For more information and to download or order print copies of the directory, visit the Library Publishing Coalition website.
SCOAP3The 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
image © Terry MadeleyOn October 22, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau announced that the FCC needs more time to review a petition requesting a waiver for certain e-reader devices to be exempt from the FCC’s advanced communications accessibility requirements. The petition was filed by the Coalition of E-Reader Manufacturers. The Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau issued an order (PDF) granting a temporary waiver from the accessibility requirements for certain e-readers until January 28, 2014. During this temporary waiver period, the FCC will evaluate the merits of the petition and decide whether to grant or deny the waiver request. For more background, read about the reply comments ARL submitted to the FCC in September 2013 opposing the waiver.
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image © Quinn DombrowskiNew efforts are underway to eradicate the stigma associated with nonacademic careers for PhD graduates, according to a recent article in the Chronicle of Higher Education, “Scholarly Groups Chip Away at Taboo of Nonacademic Careers” (Chronicle login required). Reporter Lindsay Ellis describes initiatives at the Modern Language Association (MLA) and the American Historical Association (AHA) to raise awareness among PhD students—especially in the humanities—of alternative careers outside the academy.
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image © MITAnn J. Wolpert, director of the MIT Libraries since 1996, passed away at the age of 70 after a brief illness, MIT announced on October 2. Ann was a champion of digital preservation and open access to information. Under her leadership, the MIT Libraries developed DSpace, an open-source repository application now in use by more than 1,000 institutions around the world. She also played a key role in the passage of the MIT Faculty Open Access Policy, one of the first institution-wide open access policies in the US.
photo by Jose M. CabreraYolanda Cooper has been named university librarian at Emory University, effective January 15, 2014. Cooper is currently librarian associate professor, deputy university librarian, and acting dean and university librarian at University of Miami. The role of Emory university librarian has been redefined as part of an organizational restructuring that has combined Emory’s library and IT organizations. This restructuring has been led by Rich Mendola, enterprise CIO and senior vice provost of library services and digital scholarship. Mendola served as interim vice provost and director of the libraries from June 2012, when Rick Luce was named dean of libraries at University of Oklahoma. On January 15, 2013, Mendola was appointed to his current role, which was a newly created position. For more information about Cooper’s appointment, see the October 3 Emory news story, “Emory Names New University Librarian.”
Sarah Thomas, image courtesy of KT BruceSarah Thomas, vice president for the Harvard Library, has been appointed to the additional role of Roy E. Larsen librarian for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS), Harvard announced on September 25. In her new role, Thomas will oversee all FAS libraries, including Harvard College Library, and will report to the FAS dean. She will continue to report to the provost in her university-wide role of vice president for the Harvard Library. For details about Thomas’s new position, see the Harvard Crimson article, “Recently Appointed Harvard Library Vice President to Also Head FAS Libraries.”
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SPARC and the World Bank have announced the speakers for the Open Access Week 2013 kick-off event to be held Monday, October 21, starting at 3:00 p.m. EDT in Washington, DC: