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Orphan Works and Mass Digitization Roundtables: Myths and Realities of Copyright and Fair Use

orphans-home-atchison-kansas-1911-postcardOrphans’ Home, Atchison, Kansas, 1911, image © Thiophene GuyOn March 10–11, 2014, the US Copyright Office convened roundtables on orphan works and mass digitization. Several participants attacked fair use and libraries, misstated the purpose of the copyright system in the United States, or inaccurately portrayed the activities of HathiTrust. An ARL Policy Notes blog post examines some of these misconceptions, or myths, cited at the roundtables and responds to these inaccuracies. An earlier ARL Policy Notes blog post recaps the roundtable discussions, which covered best practices, fair use, licensing solutions, and the issue of whether orphan works and mass digitization need to be treated separately.

 
 

White House Releases Memorandum on Scientific Collections

white-houseimage © Tom LohdanOn March 20, 2014, the US Science Advisor and Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), John P. Holdren, released a memorandum on “Improving the Management of and Access to Scientific Collections” (PDF). In the memo, OSTP directs: 

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ARL Joins Amicus Brief in Garcia v. Google Copyright Case

film-reelimage © CoyauOn Friday, April 11, 2014, the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), along with the American Library Association, Association of College and Research Libraries, and other organizations, joined an amicus brief authored by the Electronic Frontier Foundation in Garcia v. Google. The brief urges the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to reconsider its decision in this copyright case in which a 2-1 panel ruled in favor of Cindy Lee Garcia, one of the actors in the film Innocence of Muslims. Garcia claimed a copyright interest in her performance after being tricked into appearing in a five-second clip of the film and subsequently sought takedown of the film from YouTube, which is owned by Google.

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SHARE Overview by Walters and Ruttenberg Published in EDUCAUSE Review

educause-review-e-content-logoTyler Walters, dean of university libraries at Virginia Tech and co-chair of the SHARE Steering Group, and Judy Ruttenberg, program director for transforming research libraries at ARL, provide an overview of the SHared Access Research Ecosystem (SHARE) in the “E-Content” column of the March/April 2014 issue of EDUCAUSE Review. SHARE is a higher education and research community initiative to ensure the preservation of, access to, and reuse of research outputs.

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Travel Awards for Underrepresented Professionals Available for Library Assessment Conference 2014—Deadline May 30

u-washington-suzzallo-libraryUW Suzzallo Library, image © Chris Dubé

ARL is offering travel awards of up to $2,000 each for five individuals from historically underrepresented racial and ethnic groups to attend the 2014 Library Assessment Conference: Building Effective, Sustainable, Practical Assessment, to be held August 4–6 on the University of Washington (UW) campus in Seattle. ARL hopes to encourage a diverse group of emerging professionals to engage with this growing field and hopes to expose these new professionals to the rich perspectives of practitioners regarding organizational assessment needs, research, and evaluation.

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ARL-SAA Digital Archives Specialist Courses at Emory: Early-Bird Deadline Approaching

emory-u-woodruff-libraryEmory University, Woodruff Library, image © Nick NoakesRegister by Thursday, May 1, 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 Emory University, May 19–23. 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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Library Assessment Conference 2014 Registration Now Open—Deadline July 6

u-washington-suzzallo-libraryUW Suzzallo Library, image © Chris DubéRegistration is now open for the 2014 Library Assessment Conference: Building Effective, Sustainable, Practical Assessment, to be held August 4–6, in Seattle, Washington. The conference aims to build and develop a vibrant library community through invited speakers, contributed papers, posters, lightning talks, panels, workshops, and networking with those interested in assessment. The fifth Library Assessment Conference is co-sponsored by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the University of Washington (UW) Libraries.

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Heartbleed Bug Does Not Affect ARL Websites

"bleeding heart" flowersimage © Dawn HuczekAfter a comprehensive review of ARL’s hosted and operated websites, ARL has determined that its sites were not impacted by the Heartbleed OpenSSL bug. No ARL-hosted system—including the StatsQUAL® sites, such as http://libqual.org/, http://climatequal.org/, or http://arlstatistics.org/—utilized OpenSSL. ARL sites and services operated on third-party platforms (e.g., Google Apps for Business) were quickly patched by those third-party vendors. While it is not necessary to change passwords that you may have on any ARL-related site at this time, you may wish to go ahead and do so, as it is a good practice to change passwords periodically.

For more information about the Heartbleed bug, see “The Heartbleed Hit List: The Passwords You Need to Change Right Now,” published on Mashable.com on April 10, 2014.

 

LibQUAL+® Seeks Applicants for In-Kind Grant Program 2015

libqual-logoLibQUAL+®LibQUAL+ will award up to three institutions in-kind grants to participate in the 2015 LibQUAL+ survey, with a goal of offering one grant for every 50 libraries registered. This will be the 10th year LibQUAL+ has sponsored an in-kind grant program. There are two application deadlines for the 2015 grant program: June 13, 2014, and December 12, 2014. (The early deadline allows the LibQUAL+ team to plan for translations in new languages with an adequate planning cycle.)

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Fair Use Promoted at House of Representatives Copyright Hearing

james-neal-testifying-at-house-copyright-hearingJames Neal testifying at House copyright hearingJames G. Neal, Columbia University’s university librarian and vice president for information services, served as the voice of libraries to the US House of Representatives Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, when the subcommittee held a hearing on preserving and reusing copyrighted work. The hearing, “Preservation and Reuse of Copyrighted Works,” explored a variety of copyright issues, including orphan works, mass digitization, and specific provisions of the Copyright Act that concern preservation by libraries and archives.

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