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Boston Library Consortium Calls Out Publishers on Price Gouging

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On May 27, 2014, the Chronicle of Higher Education published a letter to the editor entitled, “Ebook Pricing Hikes Amount to Price-Gouging.” As a result of announced price increases that appear to be “an experiment in predatory pricing,” the Boston Library Consortium has pledged to address these increases by rewarding those publishers whose prices remain reasonable.

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ARL Disappointed by Version of USA FREEDOM Act Passed by US House of Representatives

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Today, May 22, 2014, the US House of Representatives voted 303 to 121 to pass H.R. 3361, the USA FREEDOM Act, after amending the bill twice in committees. The original version of the bill, which currently remains unaltered in the Senate, had 151 House co-sponsors. Some of these co-sponsors withdrew their support and opposed the version of H.R. 3361 reported out of the House Rules Committee on May 21 because of the significant changes made. Even several of those co-sponsors who voted in favor of H.R. 3361 expressed disappointment that the bill did not go far enough in curtailing the Government’s ability to conduct bulk collection of records and failed to protect privacy and civil liberties in the same manner as the prior versions.

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Closing the Loop: Evaluating Your Key Scholarly Communication Programs and Services

seattle-skylineAugust 7, 2014, in Seattle, image © Chris TarnawskiMany libraries have been operating scholarly communication programs or providing scholarly communication services for several years. We have identified what is important to our communities. We have thought strategically about what services we might best offer. We have discussed how we might organize ourselves to deliver those services. How can we maximize the impact of the scholarly communication programs and services we offer? How do we know we’ve achieved our intended outcomes for our target audiences? What tools can help us begin to measure those outcomes?

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SHARE Launches Knowledge Base

computer keyboard with a image © Niklas WikströmHave you heard about SHARE (SHared Access Research Ecosystem) and wondered exactly what it is? Do you need to explain SHARE to stakeholders, both on and off campus?

The new SHARE Knowledge Base succinctly answers the most frequently asked questions about SHARE and will continue to be expanded as the initiative grows.

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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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