Mike Furlough Named HathiTrust Executive Director

mike-furloughMike Furlough, image courtesy HathiTrustHathiTrust has announced the appointment of Mike Furlough as executive director, effective May 19, 2014. Furlough is currently associate dean for research and scholarly communications at Pennsylvania State University. He has more than a dozen years of experience leading initiatives in digital scholarship, content stewardship, and scholarly communications, and has served for the last nine months as an inaugural member of HathiTrust’s Program Steering Committee.

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Fair Use Proposed by Australian Law Reform Commission

copyright-and-the-digital-economy-by-alrc-coverOn February 13, 2014, the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) issued a 478-page report on Copyright and the Digital Economy, which made a number of positive recommendations for copyright reform in Australia. A significant portion of the report focused on limitations and exceptions, including a recommendation that Australia adopt fair use (or, failing that, to revise its current fair dealing provision), noting the benefits of a flexible standard. In addition to its numerous other recommendations, the ALRC report also examined the practice of using contracts to prohibit or hinder the use of particular limitations and exceptions and recommended an express prohibition against contractual provisions that would restrict specific libraries and archives exceptions.

Below are some highlights from the ALRC report, focusing on the two issues of fair use and contracts.

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ARL-SAA Digital Archives Specialist Courses at Syracuse: Register Now

syracuse-u-carnegie-librarySyracuse University, Carnegie Library, photo Kai Brinker, © Encyclopaedia BritannicaThere are still seats available in the Digital Archives Specialist (DAS) courses being offered by ARL and the Society of American Archivists (SAA) at Syracuse University, March 10–14, 2014. 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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E-Research Peer Network and Mentoring Group Offered to E-Science Institute Alumni

drosophila epithelia under microscopeimage © Journal of Cell BiologyThe Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) and the Digital Library Federation (DLF) are providing a new opportunity for E-Science Institute alumni:  the E-Research Peer Network and Mentoring Group course.

The seven-month course will help E-Science Institute alumni refine the strategic agendas that they began to develop during the institute and will assist alumni in taking the next steps. A select group of consultants will work with participants to assess each institution’s strategic agenda and offer suggestions about planning and implementing research data management services.

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Library Assessment Conference 2014—Save the Date

u-washington-suzzallo-libraryUniversity of Washington, Suzzallo Library, image © Chris DubéMark your calendars for the upcoming Library Assessment Conference: Building Effective, Sustainable, Practical Assessment, to be held in Seattle, Washington, August 4–6, 2014. Sponsored by ARL and the University of Washington Libraries, the conference aims to build and further a vibrant library assessment community by bringing together interested practitioners and researchers who have responsibility or interest in the broad field of library assessment. A record number—254—of proposals for papers, posters, lightning talks, and panels were submitted this year; the peer-review process is underway and notification will go out by mid-March. Conference registration will open in April.


Dana Rooks to Step Down as U Houston Dean of Libraries

dana-rooksDana Rooks, image courtesy Daily CougarDana Rooks, dean of libraries and the Elizabeth D. Rockwell chair at the University of Houston (UH), has announced that she will resign after 17 years as dean, effective upon the appointment of her successor. After stepping down as dean, she will continue to serve UH by assisting the provost “on several new initiatives in a new role in the provost office.” Details about the new initiatives and new position are not yet public. For more information about Rooks’s career, see the January 23, 2014, UH Daily Cougar article, “Dean of Libraries Resigns After 17-Year Commitment.”


Andrea Malone Named Fulbright Specialist in Library Science

andrea-maloneAndrea Malone, photo by Molly MageeThe Fulbright Scholar Program has selected Andrea Malone—an ARL Leadership & Career Development Program fellow and the University of Houston (UH) foreign language and ethnic studies librarian—to serve as a Fulbright specialist in library science for a five-year term. The Fulbright Specialist Program awards grants to US scholars and professionals to engage in short-term, collaborative projects at universities in over 140 countries. Malone’s research focus will be matched with an overseas host institution, where she will work on a cross-national topic that aims to strengthen institutional development needs. Through this opportunity, Malone hopes to develop new strategies for better serving international students at UH by “explor[ing] the different types of libraries they experience in their home countries” and learning from the various cultures she encounters.

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Mary Ann Mavrinac Wins OCULA Lifetime Achievement Award

mary-ann-mavrinacMary Ann Mavrinac, photo by Adam Fenster, © U RochesterThe Ontario College and University Library Association (OCULA) presented its 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award to Mary Ann Mavrinac on January 30, 2014, during the Ontario Library Association Super Conference in Toronto. Mavrinac is vice provost and the Andrew H. and Janet Dayton Neilly dean of River Campus Libraries at University of Rochester, an ARL Board member, and a former ARL leadership fellow.

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Memorial: William Carl Highfill, 1935–2013

auburn-u-samford-hallimage © Jimmy EmersonWilliam Carl Highfill, dean of libraries at Auburn University from 1973 to 1995, passed away at the age of 77 on July 10, 2013, in Opelika, Alabama. Under Highfill’s leadership the libraries’ collections almost tripled in size, the Ralph Brown Draughon Library doubled in size through a building addition completed in 1991, and Auburn became the 120th member of ARL in 1992. Prior to his time at Auburn, Highfill served as director of libraries at East Texas State University.

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ARL, ALA, EDUCAUSE Urge FCC to Develop Net Neutrality Policies; FCC Issues Statement, Calls for Comment

electronic-superhighway-by-nam-june-paik“Electronic Superhighway” by Nam June Paik, image © The QOn February 13, 2014, in a letter (PDF) to the Chairman and the Commissioners of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the American Library Association (ALA), and EDUCAUSE signaled their disappointment with the recent DC Circuit Court of Appeals decision in Verizon v. FCC to vacate the “no blocking” and “no discrimination” rules for public Internet access set forth by the FCC in 2010. At the same time, the associations noted that the court’s recognition of the FCC’s legal authority under Section 706 to protect consumers and the public’s access to Internet services was a positive outcome. The associations stated:

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