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ARL-SAA Digital Archives Specialist Courses at U Minnesota: Early-Bird Deadline Approaching

u-minnesota-andersen-libraryU Minnesota, Andersen Library, photo by Elliott ShoreRegister by Monday, May 26, to receive the early-bird discount on the Digital Archives Specialist (DAS) courses being offered by ARL and the Society of American Archivists (SAA) at the University of Minnesota, June 9–13. You do not need to work at an ARL library to register for the courses at this site—they are open to all librarians and archivists.

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Orphan Works and Mass Digitization: LCA Submits Comments to Copyright Office

orphans-home-atchison-kansas-1911-postcardOrphans’ Home, Atchison, Kansas, 1911, image © Thiophene GuyOn Friday, May 16, 2014, the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) submitted additional comments on orphan works and mass digitization (PDF) in response to the US Copyright Office’s notice of inquiry. These comments address the discussions from the March 10–11, 2014, public meeting, noting the complete lack of consensus on these issues, the concerns regarding extended collective licensing solutions, and the appropriateness of best practices developed by user communities. Transcripts of the first day (PDF) and the second day (PDF) of the public meeting are available on the Copyright Office website.

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Library Associations Select Robert Oakley Scholarship Winner

carla-myersCarla Myers, image courtesy CU Colorado SpringsOn May 13, 2014, the American Library Association (ALA) awarded Carla Myers the 2014 Robert L. Oakley Memorial Scholarship. The Library Copyright Alliance—which consists of ALA, the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), and the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL)—established the Robert L. Oakley Memorial Scholarship to support research and advanced study for librarians in their early-to-mid-careers who are interested and active in intellectual property, public policy, copyright, and their impacts on libraries.

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Barbara Dewey Receives Multicultural Leadership Award

barbara-deweyBarbara I. Dewey, image © Penn StateThe Pennsylvania State University’s Council of College Multicultural Leadership (CCML) recently presented Barbara I. Dewey, dean of university libraries and scholarly communications at Penn State, the Award for University Administration at the 2014 Way Pavers Award Luncheon hosted by CCML. The award honors Dewey for supporting diversity initiatives that have positively enhanced student life and the climate throughout the college and local community, while maintaining a high level of character and leadership.

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FCC Issues Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Net Neutrality

electronic-superhighway-by-nam-june-paik“Electronic Superhighway” by Nam June Paik, image © The QAt an open meeting held on May 15, 2014, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) considered the issue of “Protecting and Promoting the Open Internet,” or net neutrality. The FCC voted on—and passed by 3-2—a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), which proposes new rules in accordance with the decision of the Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit that overturned the FCC’s 2010 Open Internet Rules regarding anti-discrimination and anti-blocking. The FCC seeks comments, due July 15, 2014, on a wide range of topics including the appropriate scope of the rules, whether paid prioritization should be banned outright, and what legal authority provides the most effective path to protecting an open Internet.

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ARL to Host Events at ALA Annual Conference 2014

image © David SalafiaARL and SPARC are offering several events at the American Library Association (ALA) 2014 Annual Conference to be held in Las Vegas this summer. Highlights include: 

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Web Accessibility Toolkit for Research Libraries Launched by ARL

web-accessibility-toolkit-screenshotOn the third annual Global Accessibility Awareness Day (#GAAD), the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is proud to announce the availability of a new resource for the ARL membership and the library community—a Web Accessibility Toolkit for research libraries. ARL’s toolkit shares the fundamental goal of GAAD, which is to “raise the profile” of digital accessibility and provide resources for improving access to information to “the broadest audience possible.” The toolkit aims to:

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Call for Nominations: Library Assessment Career Achievement Awards

u-washington-suzzallo-libraryimage © Chris DubéARL and the Library Assessment Conference Planning Committee are now soliciting nominations for the 2014 Library Assessment Career Achievement Awards, which will be presented at the Library Assessment Conference in Seattle, August 4–6. These awards honor individuals with substantial contributions to the field of library assessment based on both of the following criteria:

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CLIR Board Elects New Members

clir-logoCouncil on Library and Information ResourcesThe board of the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) elected eight new members at the spring 2014 board meeting:

Dan Cohen, executive director, Digital Public Library of America

Darby English, Starr director of the research and academic program, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute

Emilie Gordenker, director of the Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis

James Hilton, dean of university libraries and professor, University of Michigan

Anne R. Kenney, Carl A. Kroch university librarian, Cornell University

Max Marmor, president, Samuel H. Kress Foundation

Daniel Weiss, president, Haverford College

Gene Wiemers, vice president for information and library services and librarian, Bates College

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Stanley Wilder Named Dean of LSU Libraries

stanley-wilderStanley Wilder, image courtesy LSULouisiana State University (LSU) has appointed Stanley Wilder as dean of LSU Libraries, effective July 1, 2014, pending approval by the LSU Board of Supervisors. Wilder is currently university librarian at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He previously served at the University of Rochester as associate dean of information management services, following 10 years at LSU. As dean of LSU Libraries, he succeeds Jennifer Cargill, who retired in February 2013. Elaine Smyth has served as interim dean during the search process. For more information about Wilder and his appointment, see the May 5 LSU news release, “Stanley Wilder Named Dean of LSU Libraries.”

 
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