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Library Copyright Alliance Statement on Supreme Court Decision in Kirtsaeng v. Wiley—Total Victory for Libraries and Their Users

textbook-stackimage © Chrystal ParsonsToday the US Supreme Court announced its much-anticipated decision in Kirtsaeng v. Wiley, a lawsuit regarding the bedrock principle of the “first sale doctrine.” The 6-3 opinion is a total victory for libraries and our users. It vindicates the foundational principle of the first sale doctrine—if you bought it, you own it. All who believe in that principle, and the certainty it provides to libraries and many other parts of our culture and economy, should join us in applauding the Court for correcting the legal ambiguity that led to this case in the first place. It is especially gratifying that Justice Breyer’s majority opinion focused on the considerable harm that the Second Circuit’s opinion would have caused libraries.

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NYPL Appoints Mary Lee Kennedy Chief Library Officer

mary-lee-kennedyMary Lee Kennedy, image © Harvard CollegeMary Lee Kennedy, senior associate provost for the Harvard Library, has been appointed chief library officer at New York Public Library (NYPL), effective May 15, 2013. This is a newly created position that is tasked with accelerating NYPL’s digital initiatives and strengthening the research and circulating divisions of the library through cooperation. For details, see the March 15 NYPL press release, "Mary Lee Kennedy Appointed as Chief Library Officer at NYPL."

 

Balanced Scorecard Initiative: ARL Issues Call for Participation

balanced-scorecard-woman-books-apple-crop-140x105ARL has issued a call for participation in the third Balanced Scorecard (BSC) Initiative cohort. The year-long initiative will engage a small number of research libraries in a systematic way to consider the benefits of applying a locally developed library scorecard. Libraries with a keen interest in continuous improvement and strategic assessment are invited to apply.

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ARL and CARL Urge Dropping of Remaining Lawsuit against Askey

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ARL and the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) commend Edwin Mellen Press’s decision to discontinue its lawsuit against McMaster University and academic librarian Dale Askey. Nevertheless, both associations urge Mr. Richardson, founder and editor of Edwin Mellen Press, to discontinue as well his personal lawsuit against Mr. Askey.

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Service Quality Evaluation Academy Class of 2013 Selected

french-quarter-window-david-ohmer-140x105image © David Paul OhmerARL and the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) are pleased to announce the participants in the 2013 Service Quality Evaluation Academy, to be held March 11–15 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The academy is an intensive five-day program cosponsored by ARL and CARL that focuses on introductory qualitative and quantitative methods for collecting and analyzing library service quality data. It is designed for librarians across library types and organizational structures who have a strong commitment to service quality assessment efforts. A talented group of colleagues are in the 2013 class:

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LCA Submits Reply Comments to US Copyright Office Regarding Orphan Works NOI

lca-orphan-works-reply-commentsThe Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) today filed reply comments (PDF) with the US Copyright Office in response to the office’s October 22, 2012, Notice of Inquiry (NOI) about the current state of play with orphan works and mass digitization.

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ARL/Music Library Association Diversity and Inclusion Initiative Call for Applications

irdw-diversity-scholars-2011-2013ARL Diversity Scholars 2011-2013, photo by Holly KuperARL is now accepting applications for the ARL/Music Library Association (MLA) Diversity and Inclusion Initiative (ARL/MLA DII). This scholarship program, funded by a Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and by ARL member libraries, offers minority candidates an opportunity to pursue the master’s in library and information science (MLIS) degree while gaining valuable “hands-on” experience in a large academic music library environment. The initiative’s goal is to increase the number of underrepresented racial/ethnic minorities within academic music librarianship by providing support for the graduate education and the practical experience critical for successful entrance into the profession.

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Better Salaries through Better Data: Benchmarking with the ARL Salary Survey

salary-survey-coverIn this webcast to be held Tuesday, March 5, 1:00–2:00 p.m. EST, Martha Kyrillidou and Shaneka Morris of ARL’s Statistics and Assessment program will describe how to effectively use data from the ARL Annual Salary Survey to promote higher salaries for library professionals.

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Notes from Elliott Shore’s Listening Tour: Boston Area

boston-college-burns-libraryBoston College, Burns LibraryARL executive director Elliott Shore has embarked on a "listening tour" of ARL member libraries. This is the second in a series of informal reports from his visits.

I continue to visit ARL member libraries to meet and talk with staff and directors. During the first week of February, I had the pleasure of visiting the five ARL libraries that are located in the Boston area: Boston College, Boston Public, Boston University, Harvard, and MIT. I was able to spend at least half a day at each institution, meeting with all five directors as well as AULs at each library.

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Library Value: Conceptualizing, Capturing & Communicating Impact

chicago-theatre-marqueeimage © John SchniebelRegistration is now open for a workshop on library value, to be hosted by ARL on Monday, July 1, 2013, in conjunction with the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Chicago. Megan Oakleaf, associate professor in the iSchool at Syracuse University, will lead the half-day event, “Library Value: Conceptualizing, Capturing & Communicating Impact.”

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