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Authors Guild v. HathiTrust: Implications for Libraries

open-book-folded-pagesimage © Thomas HawkJonathan Band, policybandwidth and legal counsel to the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA), released on July 7, 2014, an analysis of the recent Authors Guild v. HathiTrust decision, “What Does the HathiTrust Decision Mean for Libraries?” (PDF). As Band notes, “The decision has implications for libraries that go far beyond the specific facts of the case. This paper offers some preliminary thoughts on what these implications may be.” The paper reviews several issues including mass digitization and storage, access to works, suggestions concerning other forms of access, and associational standing. Band concludes:

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Mary-Jo Romaniuk Named University Librarian at U Manitoba

mary-jo-romaniukMary-Jo Romaniuk,
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University of Manitoba (UM) has appointed Mary-Jo Romaniuk as university librarian for a five-year term effective October 1, 2014. Romaniuk is currently an adjunct faculty member at the University of Southern California, where she is helping the Marshall School of Business develop a combined library and management program. From 2010 to 2012, Romaniuk served as acting chief librarian at the University of Alberta, where she held positions of increasing responsibility since 1997.

As university librarian at University of Manitoba, Romaniuk succeeds Karen Adams, who retired on June 30, 2014, after six years as university librarian. Donna Breyfogle, associate university librarian at UM, is serving as acting university librarian from July 1 to September 30. For more information about Romaniuk and her appointment, see the July 2 UM announcement, “New Appointments for Dean of Science and University Librarian.”

 

Coalition Opposes Copyright Term Extension in Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement

container ship on oceanimage © ed_needs_a_bicycleOn July 9, 2014, ARL joined 34 other organizations in sending a letter to ministers of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiating parties, expressing opposition to the copyright term of life plus 70 years proposed by the United States. These organizations—representing libraries, archives, authors, educators, students, digital rights advocacy groups, and technological innovators—note that this extended copyright term threatens the public domain. The letter states: 

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Higher Education, Library Groups Release Net Neutrality Principles

electronic-superhighway-by-nam-june-paik“Electronic Superhighway” by Nam June Paik, image © The QToday, July 10, 2014, higher education and library organizations representing thousands of colleges, universities, and libraries nationwide released a joint set of Net Neutrality Principles (PDF) 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.

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LibQUAL+® Awards In-Kind Grants to Two Libraries for 2014 Survey

libqual-logoLibQUAL+®LibQUAL+ is pleased to announce that Mzumbe University and the San Diego Law Library are receiving in-kind grants in 2014. The selection of grantees was based on financial need, contribution to the growth of LibQUAL+, and potential for surfacing best practices in the area of library service improvements.

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Call for Proposals for SPEC Survey Topics 2015—Deadline Approaching

SPEC logoSPECARL is seeking proposals for 2015 SPEC survey topics by Friday, July 18, 2014. For 40 years ARL has gathered and disseminated data through the SPEC survey program to assist libraries in the continuous improvement of their management systems. Each year, ARL works with librarians in the US and Canada to develop surveys of the ARL membership on strategic topics related to research library policies and practices. (Survey authors do not need to work at an ARL member library, but only ARL libraries are surveyed.)

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ARL Annual Salary Survey 2013–2014 Reports Data on 13,900 Staff in ARL Libraries

arl-annual-salary-survey-2013-2014-coverARL Annual Salary Survey 2013–2014The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has published the ARL Annual Salary Survey 2013–2014, which 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. In the Salary Survey, data for university library staff are usually reported in three distinct groups: general library systems, health sciences libraries, and law libraries.

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Virginia Tech Open Access Fund Helps VT Students and Faculty Publish Research

virginia-tech-newman-librayVirginia Tech, Newman Libray, image © Eric T. GuntherIn August 2012, the Virginia Tech (VT) University Libraries, in partnership with VT’s Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost and the Office of the Vice President for Research, began subsidizing article-processing fees for Virginia Tech authors publishing in open access journals. Today, the Open Access Subvention Fund continues to help faculty and students publish and disseminate research.

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ARL/DLF Forum Fellowships for Underrepresented Groups—Apply by July 14

georgia-tech-hotel-and-conference-centerimage © Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference CenterARL and the Digital Library Federation (DLF) are sponsoring up to four fellowships to promote racial/ethnic diversity at the Digital Library Federation Forum. The fellowships will provide up to $1,250 each, to be applied towards travel, board, and lodging expenses associated with attending a DLF Forum. Additionally, the fellows will each receive a complimentary full registration to the forum ($475). Fellowship recipients will be required to write a blog post about their experience subsequent to the forum; this blog post will be published by DLF.

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ClimateQUAL®: Organizational Climate and Diversity Assessment—Call for Participation 2014–2015

rainbow-over-peckham-libraryimage © Julian BurgessARL invites participation in the ClimateQUAL survey in 2014–2015. The online survey collects information about: (a) library staff perceptions of the organization’s commitment to the principles of diversity, (b) staff perceptions of organizational policies and procedures, and (c) staff attitudes. The survey addresses such issues as diversity, teamwork, learning, fairness, current managerial practices, and staff attitudes and beliefs.

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