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Presidential and Federal Records Act Amendments Passed by House

blue boxes of presidential recordsimage © Michael WallaceOn January 14, the US House of Representations unanimously approved the Presidential and Federal Records Act Amendments of 2014. The legislation, H.R. 1233, updates selected provisions of the Presidential Records Act and the Federal Records Act. For example, the bill imposes a time limit during which a former president must assert any claim of privilege to a record once the Archivist of the United States has decided to make that record available to the public. The amendments also call for a process to manage the release of records when such a claim of privilege is made.

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ARL Strategic Design Meeting Convenes at GWU

gwu-gelman-lib-entrance-floorimage © GWUARL’s strategic thinking and design process continues to make headway. Martha Kyrillidou reports on the regional design meeting hosted by the George Washington University (GWU) in Washington, DC, in December. She notes the Washingtonian nature of this group of participants, including staff from “federal library and archival agencies—such as the Smithsonian Libraries, National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), and National Institutes of Health (NIH)—as well as the DC Public Library, Montgomery College Libraries, and the libraries of such universities as GWU, Georgetown, Johns Hopkins, University of Maryland, and University of Virginia.” She observes:

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U Montréal Cancels Subscriptions to 76% of Serials in Wiley Online Library

u-montreal-pavillon-roger-gaudryimage © Université de MontréalOn January 14, the Université de Montréal (UdeM) libraries announced that they are cancelling their subscriptions to 1,142 of 1,510 periodicals in the Wiley Online Library at the end of the month. New issues of the cancelled titles will no longer be available online to the UdeM community, but access to earlier issues will be maintained. In a news release (English translation [PDF]), the libraries note that the cancellations are the result of several factors, including budget cuts imposed by the Québec government and annual subscription price increases between 3% and 6%.

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Strategies to Sustain Digitized Special Collections: Key Lessons from Ithaka S+R/ARL Report “Searching for Sustainability”

A A S Vigilantes of Montana posterVigilantes of Montana poster, courtesy American Antiquarian SocietyMuseums and libraries are taking advantage of advances in technology to move their rare and unique collections online.  What most institutions learn quickly is that digitization is the easy part. As grant funding rarely covers ongoing operations, the larger challenge is to develop a successful strategy to make sure the digitized collections remain accessible and relevant over time.

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Spring into LibQUAL+® with Conference Call Series—Register Now

desert-dandelionsimage © Dawn EndicoARL is offering a series of free Skype calls designed to support LibQUAL+ survey administrators and to help administrators share expertise with one another. Online registration for the “Spring into LibQUAL+” Skype series is now open for five calls to be held from January through March 2014.

The calls will be hosted by Martha Kyrillidou, senior director of ARL statistics and service quality programs, and Amy Yeager, library relations coordinator for statistics and assessment at ARL.

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Ghaouti, Ulmschneider Elected to SPARC Steering Committee

loubna-ghaouti-and-john-ulmschneiderLoubna Ghaouti and John Ulmschneider, images © Laval and VCUSPARC’s voting membership has selected two individuals to serve on the SPARC Steering Committee for three-year terms running from January 2014 through December 2016: Loubna Ghaouti of Université Laval and John Ulmschneider of Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). For more details, including a list of continuing members of the SPARC Steering Committee and a list of members whose terms concluded in 2013, see “2014 SPARC Steering Committee Election Results.”

 

ARL Disappointed with Court Ruling on Network Neutrality

electronic-superhighway-by-nam-june-paik“Electronic Superhighway” by Nam June Paik, image © The QOn January 14, the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit overturned the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Open Internet Order’s anti-discrimination and anti-blocking rules, a regulation governing network neutrality. The court’s ruling striking down the Open Internet Order could result in Internet service providers providing prioritized delivery for those willing to pay to promote their content, advancing commercial interests over research library and higher education interests. Although the DC Circuit rejected the Open Internet Order, the court upheld the FCC’s authority to regulate broadband services, thus leaving open the possibility of the FCC reclassifying broadband providers or redrafting its network neutrality rules in accordance with the opinion.

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Data Privacy and Security Bill Introduced in Senate

patrick-leahySenator Patrick Leahy, image © World BankOn January 8, US Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) reintroduced legislation that would protect Americans’ personal information and ensure their privacy. The Personal Data Privacy and Security Act of 2014 (S. 1897) is cosponsored by Senators Al Franken (D-MN), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT). Senator Leahy first authored and sponsored the Personal Data Privacy and Security Act in 2005, and he has reintroduced the legislation in each of the last four Congresses.

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SPARC Open Access Meeting 2014 Deadlines Extended for Proposals, Early-Bird Registration

Kansas City skylineimage © Matthew WhiteheadSPARC has extended the deadline for proposals for the SPARC Open Access Meeting 2014 Innovation Fair, as well as the deadline to register for the meeting at early-bird rates. Both deadlines have been changed to Friday, January 17. The meeting will take place in Kansas City, Missouri, on March 3–4, 2014.

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Press-Library Collaborations Explored in AAUP Report

split screen of young woman with laptop and young man with laptop facing each otherimage © Mitchell Joyce and Kristin MansonThe Association of American University Presses (AAUP) surveyed its members and ARL libraries in 2012 to identify elements of successful collaborations. The survey included questions on operational and financial structures and resulted in descriptions of the variety of existing relationships between presses and libraries. Follow-up interviews with some respondents were conducted in 2013. Today AAUP released a report, Press and Library Collaboration Survey, that includes a number of broad conclusions and recommendations for successful collaboration. For an overview and to read the full report, see the AAUP news release, “Successful Press-Library Collaborations Rely on Complementary Skills, Resources, and Missions.”

 
 
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