ARL-SAA Digital Archives Specialist Courses in Chicago: Early-Bird Deadline Approaching

image by C. William Brubaker, © UICTuesday, August 13, is the last day to register at early-bird rates for the Digital Archives Specialist (DAS) courses being offered by ARL and the Society of American Archivists (SAA) at the University of Illinois at Chicago, September 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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ARL Selects Leadership Fellows for 2013–2015

library interiorimage © Thomas HawkARL has selected 26 individuals to participate in the 2013–2015 ARL Leadership Fellows program—formerly the Research Library Leadership Fellows (RLLF) Program. This executive leadership program meets the increasing demands for succession planning for research libraries with a new approach to preparing the next generation of deans and directors. Library directors are seeking a cohort of well-trained and sophisticated candidates who possess the necessary experience and perspective to succeed in premier leadership positions in large, complex institutions. The ARL Leadership Fellows program provides such a cohort.

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U Nebraska–Lincoln Appoints Nancy Busch Dean of Libraries

Nancy Busch
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Nancy Busch has been named dean of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln (UNL) Libraries effective July 19, 2013, pending Board of Regents approval. Busch served as interim dean of libraries from August 2012, when Joan Giesecke stepped down to take a new role coordinating the university's preparation for a 2016 re-accreditation. For more information, see the July 19 UNL news release, “Nancy Busch Named Dean of University of Nebraska–Lincoln Libraries.”


U Hawai‘i at Mānoa Appoints Irene Herold University Librarian

Irene Herold
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Irene Herold has been named university librarian at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, effective August 1, 2013. Herold was previously the dean of Mason Library at Keene State College in New Hampshire. Gregg Geary has served as interim university librarian at University of Hawai‘i since Paula Mochida retired as interim on December 31, 2011. For more information, see the August 1 University of Hawai‘i press release, “Irene Herold to serve as University Librarian on Manoa Campus.”


Davita Vance-Cooks Confirmed as Public Printer of the US

davita-vance-cooksDavita Vance-Cooks, photo courtesy GPOThe US Government Printing Office (GPO) announced today that the US Senate unanimously confirmed Davita Vance-Cooks as Public Printer of the United States. Vance-Cooks has served as the Acting Public Printer since January 3, 2012. She is the first African American and the first woman to be nominated and confirmed for the leadership of the GPO, which was established in 1861. With the Senate’s approval, Vance-Cooks becomes the 27th Public Printer of the United States.

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US Patent and Trademark Office Issues Copyright “Green Paper”

remix of image by Patrick HoeslyOn July 31, the US Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) released a long-awaited “green paper” on Copyright Policy, Creativity, and Innovation in the Digital Economy (PDF), canvassing a host of copyright policy issues and making recommendations for action. The paper covers mostly familiar territory, raising issues that have been discussed by the US Copyright Office and House Judiciary Committee IP Subcommittee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) in their discussions of copyright reform. The PTO says it will support the Copyright Office’s efforts to determine appropriate updates to Section 108 and to determine whether and how to address the question of “orphan works” and mass digitization. The PTO also announced that it will seek comment for itself on a range of issues, including the DMCA notice-and-takedown regime, statutory damages, and remixes.

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ARL Joins Coalition in Urging Congress to Evaluate, Reform NSA Surveillance

image © François ProulxYesterday ARL, together with 59 other privacy and civil liberties groups, sent a letter (PDF) to the US Senate Judiciary Committee, calling on Congress to evaluate the National Security Agency's (NSA) surveillance programs and risks to civil liberties. Based upon such a review, the coalition urges Congress to enact critical reforms to ensure that government surveillance programs include robust safeguards for constitutional rights. Such reforms should include tightening the standards for collection and use of information, including communications metadata; increasing meaningful judicial authorization and review of such programs; and limiting the secrecy of such programs. The coalition sent the letter in advance of the Judiciary Committee's hearing today on the NSA surveillance programs.

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NISO Publishes Updated Metrics Data Dictionary for Libraries and Information Providers

On July 29, the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) released the fifth edition of the standard ANSI/NISO Z39.7, Information Services and Use: Metrics and Statistics for Libraries and Information Providers—Data Dictionary. The Z39.7 Data Dictionary assists the information community in the identification, definition, collection, and interpretation of statistical data used to describe the current status and condition of libraries in the US. The standard absorbs many of the de facto definitions established in various national surveys and data collection programs to provide a body of valid and comparable data on American libraries.

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UIC Opens Richard J. Daley Collection

Richard J. Daley, image UIC LibraryDocuments, photographs, and artifacts from Richard J. Daley’s six terms as mayor of Chicago (1955–1976) are available for review by researchers and the public, with the opening of the Richard J. Daley Collection at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) on July 25.

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Library Copyright Alliance Submits Statement to House Committee Regarding Copyright and Innovation

image © Thomas HawkYesterday, the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) submitted a statement on the role of copyright in innovation (PDF) to the US House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary. The committee has been conducting a series of hearings on copyright issues as a way to educate members and prepare for reform. Today, the committee is holding a hearing on innovation and copyright. Next week there will be a hearing on technology and copyright.

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