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James O’Donnell Named University Librarian at Arizona State

James O'DonnellJames O'Donnell,
photo by Phil Humnicky / Georgetown University
Arizona State University (ASU) has appointed James J. O’Donnell as university librarian and as a professor in the School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, effective February 3, 2015. O’Donnell served as provost and professor of classics at Georgetown University for a decade, after a career at Bryn Mawr, Cornell, and the University of Pennsylvania. As university librarian at ASU, O’Donnell will succeed Sherrie Schmidt, who retired on June 30, 2014, after more than 20 years as university librarian. For further information about O’Donnell and his appointment, see the October 27, 2014, news release from Arizona State University, “ASU Names Scholar, Innovator O'Donnell as University Librarian.”

 

In Memory of Julia Claire Blixrud, 1954–2014

julia-blixrudJulia Blixrud,
photo by Keith Russell
All of us at ARL, CNI, and SPARC are mourning the death of our dear colleague and friend Julia Blixrud, who lost her decade-long fight with cancer on Wednesday, October 29, 2014, at the age of 59. Julia’s greatest professional legacy is likely her work dedicated to opening up access to information for all. Her personal legacy includes the effervescent energy and uncommon kindness that she generously gave to her family, friends, and colleagues with her enduring optimism, resilient character, and contagious smile. These personal and professional legacies are intertwined in many ways, perhaps illustrated most powerfully in an interview Julia gave to NBC News in 2004, discussing the importance of open access to information in the context of her own serious health challenges.

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ARL Statistics 2012–2013 Published

arl-statistics-2012-2013-coverARL Statistics 2012–2013ARL has released the ARL Statistics 2012–2013, the latest in a series of annual publications that describe the collections, staffing, expenditures, and service activities of ARL’s 125 member libraries. Of these, 115 are university libraries (16 in Canada and 99 in the US); the remaining 10 are public, governmental, and nonprofit research libraries (1 in Canada, 9 in the US).

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ARL Academic Health Sciences Library Statistics 2012–2013 Published

arl-health-sciences-library-statistics-2012-2013-coverARL Academic Health Sciences Library Statistics 2012–2013ARL has released ARL Academic Health Sciences Library Statistics 2012–2013, which presents data describing collections, expenditures, personnel, and services in 60 health sciences libraries at ARL member institutions in the US and Canada.

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ARL Academic Law Library Statistics 2012–2013 Published

arl-law-library-statistics-2012-2013-coverARL Academic Law Library Statistics 2012–2013ARL has released ARL Academic Law Library Statistics 2012–2013, which presents data describing collections, expenditures, personnel, and services in 73 law libraries at ARL member institutions in the US and Canada.

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Brenda Johnson Named Library Director and University Librarian at U Chicago

brenda-johnsonBrenda Johnson,
image © Indiana U
The University of Chicago has appointed Brenda L. Johnson as library director and university librarian for a five-year term starting January 1, 2015. Johnson currently serves as the Ruth Lilly dean of university libraries at Indiana University Bloomington, a position she has held since March 2010. She also serves on the ARL Advancing Scholarly Communication Steering Committee. As library director and university librarian at Chicago, Johnson will succeed Judith Nadler, who retired on June 30, 2014, after 48 years with the University of Chicago Library and 10 years as director. For more information about Johnson and her appointment, see the October 16, 2014, news releases from the University of Chicago, “Brenda Johnson Named Library Director and University Librarian,” and from Indiana University Bloomington, “IU Libraries Dean Brenda Johnson Named Director of University of Chicago Library.”

 

ARL-SAA Digital Archives Specialist Courses at US National Archives: Early-Bird Deadline October 31

national-archives-statue-the-future-by-robert-aitkenimage © David KingRegister by Friday, October 31, 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 National Archives in Washington, DC, November 10–14. 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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Lorraine Haricombe Named Vice Provost and Director of Libraries at University of Texas at Austin

lorraine-haricombeLorraine Haricombe,
image © UT Austin
The University of Texas (UT) at Austin has appointed Lorraine J. Haricombe as vice provost and director of libraries, effective February 1, 2015. Haricombe currently serves as dean of libraries at the University of Kansas, a position she has held since August 1, 2006. She also has served for the past seven years as a mentor to mid-career librarians from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups as part of the ARL Leadership & Career Development Program (LCDP). As vice provost and director of libraries at UT Austin, Haricombe will succeed Fred Heath, who retired on August 31, 2014, after 11 years in the position. For more information about Haricombe and her appointment, see the October 2, 2014, news articles from UT Austin, “Lorraine Haricombe Named Vice Provost and Director of Libraries at UT Austin,” and from the University of Kansas, “KU Announces Departure of Dean of Libraries Lorraine Haricombe.”

 

Georgia State University E-Reserves Case: Eleventh Circuit Endorses Flexible Approach to Fair Use

Georgia State University LibraryGSU Library
image © Jason Puckett
On Friday, October 17, 2014, the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit issued its ruling in the Georgia State University (GSU) case concerning the use of excerpts of academic books for electronic course reserves. The Eleventh Circuit reversed and remanded the decision to the district court. In doing so, the court upheld the importance of the flexible application of fair use. Importantly, the Eleventh Circuit did not rule on whether each of the uses by GSU were fair uses or not, but instead found fault with the district court’s methodology, which used bright-line rules and an arithmetic approach (i.e., if three of the four factors favor fair use, then the use is fair). Assuming that litigation goes forward rather than the case being settled, the district court will need to revisit its fair use analysis, but could potentially again find that GSU’s uses were fair use for most of the works at issue.

For a more detailed analysis of the October 17 ruling, see “In Georgia State University E-Reserves Case, Eleventh Circuit Endorses Flexible Approach to Fair Use,” on the ARL Policy Notes blog.

 
 

Videos Show Value of Code of Best Practices in Fair Use

greg-cram-fair-use-code-videoGreg Cram on NYPL’s use of the CodeToday, October 21, 2014, ARL released three videos on the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries, a clear and easy-to-use statement of reasonable approaches to fair use of copyrighted material, developed by and for librarians who support academic inquiry and higher education. With generous support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the new videos capture how the Code has assisted many communities by providing helpful guidance about the scope of best practice when fair use comes into play.

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