Minnesota Institute for Early-Career Librarians Opens to Non-MLIS Library Professionals

u-minnesota-andersen-libraryUMN Andersen LibraryThe Minnesota Institute for Early Career Librarians from Traditionally Underrepresented Groups has broadened its application requirement for the graduate degree to include degrees in relevant areas—applicants must have either an ALA-accredited degree in library/information science or a relevant advanced degree.

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Brian Schottlaender Takes Ecosystem View of Digital Preservation

brian-e-c-schottlaenderBrian E. C. SchottlaenderThe latest issue of Library Resources & Technical Services features a guest editorial by Brian E. C. Schottlaender, the Audrey Geisel university librarian at University of California, San Diego, and an ARL Board member. In “The Digital Preservation Imperative: An Ecosystem View,” Schottlaender highlights the increasingly urgent need to preserve the digital record as more and more scholarly, cultural, and governmental information is produced in digital form.

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Close the Innovation Deficit—Business, Higher Education, Scientific Organizations Urge Congress with New Video

close-the-innovation-deficit-video-screenshotClose the Innovation Deficit videoWith President Obama’s fiscal year 2015 budget proposal due next week and the appropriations season starting on Capitol Hill, a coalition of 14 business, higher education, and scientific organizations launched on February 27, 2014, a creative video that urges Congress to Close the Innovation Deficit with strong federal investments in research and higher education. The four-minute video, featuring rapidly hand-drawn images and text, can be viewed at http://www.innovationdeficit.org/.

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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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