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Closing the Innovation Deficit: Some Progress but Much More Needed

close-the-innovation-deficit-uncle-sam-graphicClose the Innovation Deficit One year after they launched a campaign to urge the US Congress and the President to close the nation’s innovation deficit, a group of prominent higher education, scientific, and business organizations, including the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), today renewed their call for increased federal investments in research to build a strong long-term economy, improve medical treatments, and strengthen national security. As Congress prepares to break for its August recess, leaving key FY 2015 funding decisions to be addressed in September, leaders from those organizations today are conducting a coordinated nationwide effort to communicate the need to close the innovation deficit.

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Coalitions Support Leahy’s USA FREEDOM Bill for Surveillance Reform

telephone with sticker that says image © François Proulx

This week, ARL joined two groups of organizations that engage on privacy and surveillance issues in letters to US Congressional leadership expressing support for the compromise version of the USA FREEDOM Act introduced by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) on July 29, 2014 (S. 2685). The July 29 letter focuses on the enhanced transparency provision (PDF) and the July 30 letter addresses the bill more comprehensively (PDF). Both letters urge Congress to act swiftly and pass the new version of the bill, without any dilution or amendment. 

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Library Assessment Conference 2014 Travel Award Recipients Selected

u-washington-suzzallo-libraryUW Suzzallo Library, image © Chris DubéARL and the conference planning committee have awarded five outstanding individuals Library Assessment Conference Travel Awards for 2014. These grants are offered to students and early-career professionals from historically underrepresented racial and ethnic groups who have demonstrated a strong interest in assessment and have the potential to contribute to the profession by deploying and developing innovative assessment and evaluation methods and strategies. The awards cover attendance, travel, and meals at the Library Assessment Conference, which will be held at the University of Washington (UW) in Seattle, August 4–7, 2014.

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Elliott Shore Discusses ARL Strategic Thinking and Design in Europe, Canada, US

elliott-shoreElliott ShoreDuring the first three weeks of July, ARL executive director Elliott Shore travelled to Europe, Canada, and across the US to participate in five gatherings that focused on libraries, higher education, leadership, and innovation: the LIBER Conference, the Jisc-CNI Conference, the Breakthrough Models Academy, the ARL Leadership Fellows Institute, and the Aspen Institute’s Roundtable on Institutional Innovation. These events provided Shore with an opportunity to expand on the various initiatives informed by and resulting from ARL’s strategic thinking and design process.

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Library Copyright Alliance Urges Lawmakers to Update Statutory Damages Safe Harbor

boats in a calm harborimage © Mario LapidOn July 23, 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 a statement (PDF) with the US House of Representatives Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet for the subcommittee’s July 24 hearing on copyright remedies. The LCA statement focuses on problems with statutory damages. The statement notes that the existing safe harbor requiring a court to remit statutory damages when a library, archive, educational institution, or public broadcasting entity believed and had reasonable grounds to believe that its use of material constituted fair use applies only to the reproduction right. The statement recommends an update to reflect the digital era so that this safe harbor applies to any type of use, including uses implicating performance, display, distribution, or derivative work rights. 

 
 

Library Assessment Career Achievement Awardees Named for 2014

laca-awardees-2014Brinley Franklin,
Fred Heath, Jim Self,
Joan Stein (left to right)
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the Library Assessment Conference Planning Committee have selected the recipients of the 2014 Library Assessment Career Achievement Awards. These awards recognize individuals with substantial contributions to effective, sustainable, and practical library assessment as evidenced through presentations, publications, methods, service, advocacy, and other work. The 2014 awardees are Brinley Franklin, Fred Heath, Jim Self, and Joan Stein.

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IMLS Seeks Nominations for National Medal for Museum and Library Service 2015

national-medal-for-museum-and-library-serviceFor more than 20 years, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has recognized museums and libraries that make extraordinary contributions to their communities. The National Medal for Museum and Library Service is the US government’s highest honor for exemplary service by these institutions. IMLS is now accepting nominations for the 2015 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. Nomination forms are due October 15, 2014.

All types of nonprofit libraries and library organizations, including academic, research, archives, school, special, library associations, and library consortia, are eligible to receive this honor. Public or private nonprofit museums of any discipline (including art, history, science and technology, children’s, and natural history), as well as historic houses, nature centers, zoos, and botanical gardens, are eligible.

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Library, Higher Education Organizations File Net Neutrality Comments with FCC

electronic-superhighway-by-nam-june-paik“Electronic Superhighway” by Nam June Paik, image © The QToday, July 18, 2014, ARL, together with 10 other library and higher education groups, filed comments with the FCC on net neutrality (PDF). These comments largely expand on the points made in the Net Neutrality Principles jointly filed by library and higher education groups on July 10, going into greater detail and making specific suggestions to strengthen the proposals made in the FCC’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.

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Alternative Academic Careers: Potential Benefits to PhDs and the Academy

elizabeth-waraksaElizabeth WaraksaIn a post today on the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Re.Thinking blog, Elizabeth Waraksa, ARL strategic thinking and design research fellow and former CLIR postdoctoral fellow, reflects on how working with collaborative, interdisciplinary teams has changed her outlook on academic career options. She discusses her experiences working on three discrete projects: the open access UCLA Encyclopedia of Egyptology, CLIR’s Observations on Scholarly Engagement with Hidden Special Collections and Archives study, and ARL’s strategic thinking and design research work stream.

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Library Copyright Alliance Issues Statement Opposing Copyright Term Extension

U S Capitol buildingimage © Wally GobetzOn July 15, 2014, the US House of Representatives Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet continued its copyright review with a Hearing on Moral Rights, Termination Rights, Resale Royalty, and Copyright Term. The Library Copyright Alliance (LCA)—the American Library Association (ALA), Association of Research Libraries (ARL), and Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL)—filed a statement addressing copyright term (PDF), noting the negative effects that lengthy copyright terms have on the public domain.

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