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Library Copyright Alliance Files Amici Brief in Authors Guild v. Google

screenshot of Mrs Dalloway in Google BooksGoogle BooksOn July 8, 2014, the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA)—the American Library Association (ALA), Association of Research Libraries (ARL), and Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL)—filed an amici brief (PDF) in the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in Authors Guild v. Google in favor of Google’s transformative use in creating Google Book Search (GBS). The Southern District of New York previously ruled in favor of Google, finding that GBS provided significant public benefits and constituted fair use.

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New Workforce Transformation Story: Adding Value beyond Discovery

image © Tom SharlotARL’s Transforming Research Libraries (TRL) Steering Committee has published the second entry in its new monthly column, Workforce Transformation Stories. Tom Wall, university librarian at Boston College, wrote the July essay, “Adding Value beyond Discovery.”

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ARL/DLF Forum Fellowships for Underrepresented Groups—Deadline Extended to July 17

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 fellowship application deadline has been extended to 4:00 p.m. EDT, Thursday, July 17, 2014.

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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ARL/MLA Diversity and Inclusion Initiative 2014–2016 Participants Chosen

piano-stringsimage © Kevin DooleyThe Association of Research Libraries (ARL) announces the selection of four master of library and information science (MLIS) students to participate in the 2014–2016 ARL/Music Library Association (MLA) Diversity and Inclusion Initiative (DII):

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ARL Strategic Thinking and Design Highlighted by Chronicle of Higher Education

strategic-design-domains-for-the-research-libraryA July 7, 2014, post by the Chronicle of Higher Education’s Ubiquitous Librarian blogger, Brian Mathews, calls out ARL’s strategic thinking and design work for its “optimistic and opportunistic, bold vision for the future.” In the post, “Shifting from a Knowledge Service Provider to a Collaborative Partner,” Mathews refers to the slide deck (PDF) from a presentation delivered at the May 2014 ARL Membership Meeting as “one of the most thought-provoking items I’ve seen from library-land in quite a while.” He goes on to list particular points in the presentation that intrigue him.

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NLM History of Medicine Blog Celebrates First Anniversary

nlm-circulating-now-screenshotCirculating Now blog Circulating Now, the blog of the US National Library of Medicine (NLM) History of Medicine Division, celebrated its one-year anniversary on July 1, 2014. Since its launch, Circulating Now has published over 350 posts about the historical collections and associated exhibitions, resources, and activities of the world’s largest biomedical library. The posts have covered a wide range of subjects, from the Nuremberg Chronicle, Andreas Vesalius and De Fabrica, Gene Kelly’s Combat Fatigue Irritability, Florence Nightingale, and a look back at NLM Librarians. The blog has featured stories on President Garfield’s assassination, 50 years of smoking and health, chocolate valentines, and “The Magic in Mold and Dirt,” as well as breaking news about recent acquisitions, exhibitions, research, and discoveries in the collection.

 

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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