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National Organizations Urge Congress to Stop Sequestration

U S Capitol buildingimage © Wally GobetzOn Wednesday, December 4, ARL joined 469 national organizations in a letter (PDF) urging the US Congress to replace sequestration with a bipartisan, balanced approach to deficit reduction. The organizations stated, “the budget conference opens a critical window to finally enact a responsible fiscal year (FY) 2014 budget that replaces sequestration and reinvests in our eroding national priorities…The deficit reduction enacted over the past few years has come overwhelmingly from discretionary spending cuts at ratios far beyond those recommended by bipartisan, deficit reduction groups of experts…relief from sequestration must be equally balanced between NDD (nondefense discretionary) and defense programs, as strong investments in both NDD and defense programs are necessary to keep our country competitive, safe, and secure.”

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ARL Liaison Program Heads Invited to Discuss New Roles at ALA Midwinter

Health sciences librarian with medical facultyARL’s Transforming Research Libraries initiative is sponsoring a meeting in conjunction with the upcoming American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting to convene ARL liaison program directors and continue the conversation around new roles for liaison librarians. The meeting will be led by Francine DeFranco, director of library research services at University of Connecticut, and Rita Vine, head of faculty and student engagement at University of Toronto.

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ARL Strategic Design Meeting Convenes in Toronto

U Toronto Robarts Library 4th floorimage © University of TorontoARL’s strategic thinking and design process continues apace. Julia Blixrud reports on the regional design meeting hosted by the University of Toronto in November. She notes:

Some of the themes subsequently drawn from the small group discussions included preparation for new competencies and skills, innovation, leverage and collaboration, partnering with others, community engagement, and library space as a means for socialization. By themselves, the words sound familiar—it will be the application and articulation that stretch the imagination for the future role of the research library.

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Succeed Awards 2014 Nominations Due February 15

blue networked stars from Succeed websiteSucceedThe Succeed Awards are seeking nominations for 2014. The awards will recognize successful implementation of digitization programs, especially those exploiting the latest technology and the output of research for the digitization of historical text. The winners will be invited to the awards ceremony during the Digitisation Days event in Madrid, Spain, May 19–20, 2014. The Succeed Awards will not convey an additional cash prize, the focus being on the recognition of leading initiatives and the worldwide dissemination of these achievements.

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ARL Joins Day of Action to Demand ECPA Reform

White House image © Tom LohdanToday ARL is joining a nationwide day of action calling for reform of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), which allows the US government to access e-mail and documents in the cloud without a warrant.

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Google Books Case Dismissed—Victory for Fair Use and Libraries

screenshot of Mrs Dalloway in Google BooksGoogle BooksOn November 14, Judge Denny Chin of the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled that the digitization of millions of books from research library collections was a fair use and dismissed the Authors Guild case against Google and its Library Project, saying that the project “advances the progress of the arts and sciences, while maintaining respectful consideration of the rights of authors and other creative individuals, and without adversely impacting the rights of copyright holders.” In his decision, Judge Chin cited a November 2012 amicus brief (PDF) submitted by the Library Copyright Alliance (comprised of the Association of Research Libraries, the American Library Association, and the Association of College and Research Libraries). The Authors Guild has stated that they disagree with the decision and plan to appeal.

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Library Copyright Alliance Comments on Commerce Department Green Paper

green crop circles including copyright symbolremix of image by Patrick HoeslyThe US Department of Commerce is seeking comment on the recently released Green Paper on Copyright Policy, Creativity, and Innovation in the Digital Economy. In response, the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA), of which ARL is a member, provided comments (PDF) on a number of issues raised in the Green Paper. LCA commented on issues relating to statutory damages, online licensing, collective rights organizations, and contractual restrictions on copyright exceptions.

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SPARC Open Access Conference 2014 Registration Now Open

Kansas City skylineimage © Matthew WhiteheadSPARC has announced panel topics and invites participants to register for the SPARC Open Access Meeting set to take place in Kansas City on March 3–4, 2014.

Advances in the areas of open access, open data, and open educational resources have grown exponentially since the last SPARC Open Access Meeting was convened in 2012. As this push for greater openness continues, these three fronts are converging in interesting and potentially transformative ways. Join SPARC as leaders from the library community, academia, industry, the student community, and other research avenues discuss how open access, open data, and open educational resources are intersecting, and the impact this convergence will have on research and discovery. The meeting is designed to emphasize collaborative actions that stakeholders can take to positively impact publishing, policy, digital repositories, author rights, and licensing.

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Stanford Prize for Innovation in Research Libraries (SPIRL) 2014 Submissions Due January 15

Stanford University, Green Libraryimage © Jill ClardyStanford University Libraries has launched the second Stanford Prize for Innovation in Research Libraries (SPIRL), a prize to recognize and celebrate innovation through programs, projects, and/or new or improved services that directly or indirectly benefit readers and users. The goal of the prize is to single out for community attention and to celebrate functionally significant results of the innovative impulses in libraries anywhere in the world that support research.

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Rebecca Kennison Named Visiting Program Officer for SHARE

Rebecca KennisonRebecca KennisonARL has appointed Rebecca Kennison, Director of Columbia University Libraries’ Center for Digital Research and Scholarship, as a visiting program officer to help develop the SHared Access Research Ecosystem (SHARE). SHARE is a joint initiative of ARL, the Association of American Universities (AAU), and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) to collaboratively build a cross-institutional coordination framework for the long-term management and preservation of—and expansion of access to—the results of academic research. The initiative was made urgent by the February 22, 2013, memorandum from the US Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) directing federal agencies to develop draft plans for the public deposit of research articles and data sets associated with federal funding.

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