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FCC to Decide E-Reader Waiver Petition by January 28

image © Terry MadeleyOn October 22, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau announced that the FCC needs more time to review a petition requesting a waiver for certain e-reader devices to be exempt from the FCC’s advanced communications accessibility requirements. The petition was filed by the Coalition of E-Reader Manufacturers. The Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau issued an order (PDF) granting a temporary waiver from the accessibility requirements for certain e-readers until January 28, 2014. During this temporary waiver period, the FCC will evaluate the merits of the petition and decide whether to grant or deny the waiver request. For more background, read about the reply comments ARL submitted to the FCC in September 2013 opposing the waiver.

 
 

ASAP Award Recipients Announced

word cloud including words like clinician, educator, researcherThe three award recipients of the Accelerating Science Award Program (ASAP)  were announced October 21 in Washington, DC, at the Open Access Week kick-off event hosted by SPARC and the World Bank. ASAP recognizes the use of scientific research, published through open access, that has led to innovations benefiting society. Major sponsors include the Wellcome Trust, Public Library of Science (PLOS), and Google; ARL and SPARC are also among the program sponsors.

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Sloan Foundation Awards ARL Grant to Develop SHARE for Access to Publicly Funded Research

computer keyboard with a "SHARE" keyimage © Niklas Wikström

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has been awarded $50,000 from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to help develop the proposed 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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Mainstreaming Special Collections: ARL Releases RLI 283

toy car from Syracuse University special collectionsToy sedan from Syracuse University Libraries (SUL) Plastics Collection, image © SULARL has published Research Library Issues (RLI) no. 283, a special issue on aligning, integrating, and mainstreaming special collections into broader library operations, guest edited by ARL visiting program officer Lisa Carter of the Ohio State University.

This issue of RLI includes six case studies from ARL member libraries that are incorporating special collections more holistically into library initiatives. The cases were selected by the ARL Working Group on Transforming Special Collections in the Digital Age after issuing a call for proposals in 2012. In an introduction to the issue, Lisa Carter provides an overview of themes that emerged from the case study submissions and she identifies areas for further investigation.

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ARL-SAA Digital Archives Specialist Courses in Ohio: Register Now

Thompson Library at Ohio Stateimage © OZinOHThere are still seats available in the Digital Archives Specialist (DAS) courses being offered by ARL and the Society of American Archivists (SAA) at Ohio State University in Columbus, November 4–8. 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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Print Retention Decision Making, SPEC Kit 337, Published by ARL

SPEC Kit 337 coverPrint Retention Decision MakingARL has released Print Retention Decision Making, SPEC Kit 337, which examines research libraries’ print retention decision making strategies related to storage of materials in three different types of facilities or circumstances: on-site, staff-only shelving; remote shelving; and collaborative retention agreements. The survey also examined the decision making and practices surrounding the deaccessioning of library material. For each retention or deaccession strategy, the survey explored the on-going or project-based nature of the work, the involvement of stakeholders, the selection process and criteria for materials to be retained or deaccessioned, the communication strategy with internal and external audiences, and the responses from the libraries’ internal and external audiences to these endeavors.

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Career Enhancement Program Application Deadline Extended

Career Enhancement Program fellows 2013Career Enhancement Program fellows 2013, photo by Molly MageeThe application deadline for the 2014 ARL Career Enhancement Program has been extended to Wednesday, October 30, 2013. Master of library and information science (MLIS) students from racial and ethnic minority groups, who have successfully completed a minimum of 12 credit hours (or will complete 12 hours by the scheduled internship) in an American Library Association (ALA)–accredited program, are encouraged to apply for this enriching experience. The Career Enhancement Program, funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and ARL member libraries, provides each fellow a rewarding compensation package with a potential value in excess of $10,000 per person.

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ARL, Coalition Voice Support for Surveillance Transparency Legislation

phone with sticker that says This Phone Is Tappedimage © François ProulxOn September 30, ARL, together with 71 other privacy and civil liberties groups, sent a letter to the US Senate and House Judiciary Committees (PDF), calling on Congress to provide greater transparency around national security–related requests by the US government to Internet, telephone, and web-based service providers for information about users and subscribers. The coalition strongly supports the Surveillance Transparency Act of 2013 (S. 1452) and the Surveillance Order Reporting Act of 2013 (H.R. 3035), each of which would clarify that companies have the right to publish basic statistics about the government demands for user data that they receive.

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ARL/DLF Forum Fellows 2013 Announced

U T Austin conference centerimage © AT&T Conference Center, UT AustinThe Digital Library Federation (DLF) and the 2013 DLF Program Planning Committee have awarded five ARL-funded 2013 ARL/DLF Forum Fellowships for Underrepresented Groups. Each fellow will receive complimentary registration and up to $1,000 to cover travel costs to attend the 2013 DLF Forum in Austin, Texas, November 4–6, as well as complimentary registration to the Taiga Forum.

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Higher Ed Leaders Promote Alternative Careers for PhDs

button that says Hire Humanitiesimage © Quinn DombrowskiNew efforts are underway to eradicate the stigma associated with nonacademic careers for PhD graduates, according to a recent article in the Chronicle of Higher Education, “Scholarly Groups Chip Away at Taboo of Nonacademic Careers” (Chronicle login required). Reporter Lindsay Ellis describes initiatives at the Modern Language Association (MLA) and the American Historical Association (AHA) to raise awareness among PhD students—especially in the humanities—of alternative careers outside the academy.

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