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Libraries Applaud Landmark Copyright Ruling Affirming Fair Use

open-book-folded-pagesimage © Thomas HawkThe Library Copyright Alliance is extremely pleased with today’s decision by the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in Authors Guild v. HathiTrust, finding in favor of fair use. The Library Copyright Alliance filed an amicus brief (PDF) in the case, supporting HathiTrust’s position and the lower court’s finding of fair use.

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Call for Proposals for SPEC Survey Topics 2015—Deadline July 18, 2014

SPEC logoSPECARL is seeking proposals for 2015 SPEC survey topics. For 40 years ARL has gathered and disseminated data through the SPEC survey program to assist libraries in the continuous improvement of their management systems. Each year, ARL works with librarians in the US and Canada to develop surveys of the ARL membership on strategic topics related to research library policies and practices. (Survey authors do not need to work at an ARL member library, but only ARL libraries are surveyed.)

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U Calgary Libraries Recognized for Dedication to Students

tom-hickerson-receiving-u-calgary-students-union-presidential-citationTom Hickerson, photo courtesy U Calgary Students' UnionOn May 2, 2014, the University of Calgary Students’ Union presented a Presidential Citation to Tom Hickerson, vice-provost for Libraries and Cultural Resources (LCR) at Calgary, recognizing LCR for outstanding achievement in the area of student support. The Students’ Union credited a strong partnership between LCR and students with enhancing the learning experience.

Students’ Union president Raphael Jacob noted that LCR is “making the library as user-friendly as possible,” citing extended hours and other initiatives, such as Peer Roamers, student volunteers who give directions and provide assistance with writing and searching for library materials.

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Dana Rooks Honored by TXLA with Lifetime Achievement Award

dana-rooksDana C. Rooks,
photo by Mary Ann Emerson, © TXLA
The Texas Library Association (TXLA) presented its 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award to Dana C. Rooks during the TXLA Annual Conference in San Antonio in April. Rooks is dean of libraries and Elizabeth D. Rockwell chair at the University of Houston.

The award recognizes Rooks’s exemplary career in librarianship. Among her accomplishments is her leadership in establishing TexShare, a statewide program that delivers thousands of digital research journals and materials online through Texas libraries. She also founded the Texas Council of Academic Libraries and helped in the foundation of the Texas Digital Library, which works to secure a digital infrastructure to support a fully online scholarly community for institutions of higher education.

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Sarah Thomas Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Sarah Thomas, image courtesy of KT BruceSarah Thomas, vice president for the Harvard Library and Roy E. Larsen librarian for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard, has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The academy is one of the nation’s most prestigious honorary societies and a leading center for independent policy research. Members contribute to academy publications and studies of science and technology policy; energy and global security; social policy and American institutions; and the humanities, arts, and education.

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Rikk Mulligan Appointed ARL Program Officer for Scholarly Publishing, ACLS Public Fellow

rikk-mulliganRikk Mulligan,
photo by Courtney Vogel, © Longwood University
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has named Rikk Mulligan program officer for scholarly publishing, effective July 14, 2014. His two-year fellowship position has been funded by the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) through their Public Fellows Program.

In this position, Mulligan will work with a joint task force of ARL and the Association of American Universities (AAU) to promote the use of the enhanced capabilities of digital technology to move the academy towards new, sustainable, affordable, innovative forms of scholarship. He will assist the initiation and development of the ARL/AAU task force work within ARL member libraries and facilitate the task force’s consultations with key sectors of higher education. Mulligan will also work on other collaborative scholarly communication activities with the academy.

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NYPL Represents Libraries at House Judiciary Subcommittee Copyright Hearing

nypl-fortitude-lion-sculptureNYPL, photo by Carol M. HighsmithToday, June 2, 2014, Greg Cram, associate director of copyright and information policy at the New York Public Library (NYPL), testified on the importance of the first sale doctrine to libraries at “First Sale under Title 17,” a field hearing held by the US House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet. The Library Copyright Alliance—which consists of the American Library Association, the Association of Research Libraries, and the Association of College and Research Libraries—endorsed Cram’s public support for the first sale doctrine.

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SHARE Selects Center for Open Science as Development Partner for Notification Service

SHARE (SHared Access Research Ecosystem)center-for-open-scienceimage © COS and the Center for Open Science (COS), a Charlottesville, Virginia–based nonprofit technology start-up, have agreed to form a partnership to build the SHARE Notification Service, which will provide notice that research is available to the public.

SHARE is a collaborative initiative of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Association of American Universities (AAU), and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), created to ensure the preservation of, access to, and reuse of research results. The Notification Service, to be built over the next 18 months, is SHARE’s first project.

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Boston Library Consortium Calls Out Publishers on Price Gouging

paul-revere-statue-old-north-church-bostonimage © Sharon Somero

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

telephone with sticker that says "this phone is tapped"image © François Proulx

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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