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.”


CNI Calls for Project Briefing Proposals for Spring 2014 Meeting

st-louis-gateway-arch-at-nightimage © Mr. NixterThe Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) is now accepting proposals for project briefings to be presented at the CNI Spring 2014 Membership Meeting in St. Louis, Missouri, March 31–April 1. Proposal submission is open to anyone, including non-members of CNI.

A project briefing is a 45-minute or one-hour session that focuses on a hot topic or a specific institutional/organizational project related to digital information. A limited number of project briefings are accepted. The deadline for submissions is Friday, February 14, 2014. For details and to submit a proposal, visit the CNI Spring 2014 Membership Meeting website.


Library Publishing Coalition to Host Inaugural Library Publishing Forum

Library Publishing Coalition logoThe Library Publishing Forum aims to bring together representatives of libraries engaged in or considering publishing activities. The first forum will be hosted by the Library Publishing Coalition in Kansas City, Missouri, on March 5–6, 2014. Registration is now open and a call for posters has been announced. Early-bird registration ends January 31. Poster proposals are due January 24.

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Copyright Week Explores Principles of Copyright Policy

copyright-week-logoThis week, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is hosting Copyright Week, with each day devoted to a different issue. Copyright Week will last six days, ending on Saturday, January 18, the two-year anniversary of the Internet blackouts protesting the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA). ARL and 16 other organizations are participating in Copyright Week. Throughout the week, the participants will discuss key principles that should guide copyright policy.

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