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LIBLICENSE Model License Being Revised by North American Working Group

liblicense-screenshotUnder the auspices of the Center for Research Libraries (CRL), and with the support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the LIBLICENSE Model License for e-resources is undergoing a vigorous overhaul by a team of North American practitioners and experts. The model license has served as a negotiating framework and has been widely used by libraries and consortia for many years. An initial draft of the revised model license will be available in late spring 2014. Later in the year, the software that enables users to build their own agreements will be rewritten and released.

For more information, see the March 13, 2014, CRL news release, “North American Working Group to Revise Model License,” or contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
 

Elliott Shore Elected as Higher Education Association Representative to ACE Board

elliott-shoreElliott ShoreThe American Council on Education (ACE) has elected ARL executive director Elliott Shore to serve as a higher education association representative to the ACE board of directors for a one-year term ending March 2015. ACE represents the presidents of US accredited, degree-granting institutions of higher education, which include two- and four-year colleges, private and public universities, and nonprofit and for-profit entities. The ACE board of directors is primarily composed of presidents and chancellors of universities from across the US, including several ARL institutions. Shore’s appointment reflects his focus on strengthening relationships with organizations that share ARL’s goals and values.

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Strategies to Sustain Digitized Special Collections: Ithaka S+R/ARL Web Seminar Video and Q&A Online

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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Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce Call for Applications—Deadline April 28

ARL-leadership-symposium-resume-workshop-2013photo by Jennifer ChampagneARL is accepting applications for the Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce (IRDW), a program designed to recruit master of library and information science (MLIS) students from traditionally underrepresented ethnic and racial minority groups into careers in research libraries and archives. The IRDW includes a stipend in support of MLIS education of up to $10,000 over two years, leadership and career development training, a site visit to the Purdue University Libraries, financial support for skills development, and a formal mentorship program.

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Library Copyright Alliance Comments on EU Consultation on Copyright Rules

european-union-flagimage © Rock CohenOn March 3, 2014, the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) submitted a response (PDF) to the European Union (EU) consultation on the review of copyright rules. The EU website provided a list of 80 questions for stakeholders to answer; the LCA response focuses on those questions most relevant to the library community. The categories of questions to which LCA responded cover digital transmissions, term of protection, limitations and exceptions, preservation and archiving, e-lending, mass digitization, teaching, research, and access for persons with disabilities.

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White House Requests Public Comment on Big Data and Privacy

White Houseimage © Tom LohdanIn February 2014, ARL joined the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) and 23 other organizations in a letter (PDF) requesting that the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) solicit public comments regarding the White House review of “Big Data and the Future of Privacy.” On March 4, OSTP announced a public comment period that will end on March 31. OSTP is asking for comment on the following questions:

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ARL Membership to Convene May 6–8 in Columbus, Ohio

ohio-state-u-thompson-libraryimage © OSU, photo by Meera on Buckeyes BlogARL president Carol Pitts Diedrichs, vice provost and director of university libraries at Ohio State University (OSU), will convene the 164th ARL Membership Meeting with welcoming remarks and the introductions of guests on the afternoon of Tuesday, May 6, 2014. Several program sessions dedicated to discussion of ARL’s strategic thinking and design work are in development. The meeting will adjourn on Thursday, May 8, at noon. For more details about the meeting schedule, including information on the committee meetings to be held Tuesday morning before the Membership Meeting convenes, see the preliminary Membership Meeting schedule.

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Catherine Steeves Named Western University Librarian

catherine-steevesCatherine SteevesWestern University has appointed Catherine Steeves as university librarian for a five-year term, effective August 18, 2014. She is currently the deputy chief information officer and associate chief librarian at University of Guelph and was an ARL research library leadership fellow in 2009–2010. Steeves succeeds Joyce Garnett, who stepped down as university librarian in June 2013. Robin Keirstead, university archivist, has served as acting university librarian during the search process. For more information about Steeves and her appointment, see the March 12 Western News article, “Steeves Named New University Librarian.”

 

Boston Public Library Renovations Highlighted in New York Times

boston-public-library-johnson-buildingBPL Johnson building, image © David JonesThe New York Times recently published an article about the changing nature of libraries in the US, focusing on the current renovations to the Boston Public Library (BPL) Johnson building—originally designed by Philip Johnson—to demonstrate changes being seen in libraries across the country. The Times New England bureau chief, Katharine Q. Seelye, reports that library usage has risen dramatically over the past few years, possibly due to the recession, the availability of technology and Internet access, and “because libraries have been reimagining themselves.” Notably BPL’s central library—where the Johnson building is located—experienced a 40% increase in visits from 2012 to 2013.

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

u-alberta-rutherford-libraryU Alberta, Rutherford Library, image © Alexander AffleckTuesday, April 1, 2014, is the last day to register at early-bird rates for the Digital Archives Specialist (DAS) courses being offered by ARL and the Society of American Archivists (SAA) at University of Alberta, April 21–25. 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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