Library Copyright Alliance Hails WIPO for Landmark Victory for the Blind

reading-a-braille-bookimage © Dominique ArchambaultThe Library Copyright Alliance applauds the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) for finalizing the Treaty for the Blind, a treaty that will allow nations to share or make accessible copies for the print disabled in other countries, who, more often than not, have little access to reading materials. The treaty was signed on June 27 in Morocco.

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Coalition Urges Senate to Protect Americans’ Privacy in Cybersecurity Legislation

cybersecurity-iconimage © Free PressYesterday ARL joined 37 other privacy and civil liberties organizations and companies in a letter (PDF) urging the US Senate to adhere to a basic set of principles to protect Americans’ privacy when drafting its cybersecurity legislation.

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Utah Appoints Alberta Comer Dean & Director of Marriott Library, University Librarian

alberta-davis-comerAlberta Davis Comer
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Alberta Davis Comer, dean and associate dean of library services at Indiana State University, has been named dean and director of the J. Willard Marriott Library and university librarian for the University of Utah, effective August 19, 2013. Comer will succeed Joyce Ogburn, who served as dean at Utah from 2007 to 2012 and recently accepted the position of dean of libraries at Appalachian State University. For more details about Comer's appointment, see the June 24 University of Utah news release, “University of Utah Names Dean for Marriott Library.”


Library Assessment Conference 2010 Papers Featured in EBLIP

eblip-journal-logoEBLIPFifteen articles about a range of assessment activities in academic libraries are featured in the latest issue of Evidence Based Library and Information Practice (EBLIP vol. 8, no. 2). An editorial by Martha Kyrillidou and Damon Jaggars summarizes the themes of these papers selected from the 2010 Library Assessment Conference proceedings.

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Clifford Lynch to Speak at ALA Annual Conference in Chicago

clifford-lynchClifford Lynch
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Next weekend at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Chicago, CNI executive director Clifford Lynch will participate in two panel discussions about libraries and technology. He will take part in the Digital Content Working Group (DCWG) panel “ALA, E-Books & Digital Content: What’s Next?” on Saturday, June 29, 1:00-2:30 p.m., in the McCormick Place Convention Center room S502. He will also participate in “LITA’s Top Technology Trends Panel” on Sunday, June 30, at 1:00 p.m., in convention center room S105a-c.


LibValue Webcast on Success in Teaching & Research: Video Online

webcast-screenshotThe video of the webcast “LibValue: Success in Teaching & Research” presented on June 13 is now available on ARL's YouTube channel. This webcast describes research examining faculty members' views on the value of scholarly collections in academic libraries. The presenters are Carol Tenopir, professor in the School of Information Sciences and director of the Center for Information and Communication Studies at the University of Tennessee, and Rachel Fleming-May, assistant professor in the School of Information Sciences at the University of Tennessee. Webcast slides (PDF) are also availble for download. 

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ARL, SAA Partner to Offer Digital Archives Specialist Courses at ARL Libraries

digital-archives-specialist-das-logoDigital Archives SpecialistARL is working with the Society of American Archivists (SAA) to offer Digital Archives Specialist (DAS) courses targeted for staff in ARL member institutions. ARL and SAA will deliver four DAS courses back-to-back in a single week, traveling across 11 different ARL host libraries over the next 18 months.

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U Miami Appoints Yolanda Cooper Acting Dean and University Librarian

yolanda-cooperYolanda Cooper
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Yolanda L. Cooper, deputy university librarian and a librarian associate professor at University of Miami, was named acting dean and university librarian, effective June 1, 2013. Cooper will serve in her interim role until a permanent replacement is appointed for William D. Walker, who stepped down as dean and university librarian on May 31 after 10 years in the position. For more information about Yolanda Cooper, see her staff profile on the University of Miami website.


Over 100 Civil Liberties Organizations and Internet Companies Demand Full-Scale Congressional Investigation of NSA Surveillance

phone with sticker on it saying "this phone is tapped"image © François ProulxToday, dozens of civil liberties organizations and Internet companies—including the Electronic Privacy Information Center, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, ThoughtWorks, and Americans for Limited Government—have joined the coalition demanding that Congress initiate a full-scale investigation into the National Security Agency (NSA)’s surveillance programs. The coalition includes ARL, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the American Civil Liberties Union, and many other organizations and companies concerned with privacy and civil liberties. 

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National Digital Stewardship Residents Selected by LC and IMLS

washington-dc-skylineimage © Ed UthmanThe Library of Congress (LC), in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), has selected 10 candidates for the inaugural class of the National Digital Stewardship Residency (NDSR) program. The nine-month program begins in September 2013.

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