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Younger Americans and Public Libraries

Posted in Libraries on September 17th, 2014

The Pew Research Center has released Younger Americans and Public Libraries.

Here's an excerpt:

Younger Americans-those ages 16-29-especially fascinate researchers and organizations because of their advanced technology habits, their racial and ethnic diversity, their looser relationships to institutions such as political parties and organized religion, and the ways in which their social attitudes differ from their elders.

This report pulls together several years of research into the role of libraries in the lives of Americans and their communities with a special focus on Millennials, a key stakeholder group affecting the future of communities, libraries, book publishers and media makers of all kinds, as well as the tone of the broader culture.

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    "How Streaming Media Could Threaten the Mission of Libraries"

    Posted in Copyright, Libraries, Licenses, Research Libraries on August 25th, 2014

    Steve Kolowich has published "How Streaming Media Could Threaten the Mission of Libraries" in Wired Campus.

    Here's an excerpt:

    Welcome to content licensing, a great source of anxiety for librarians in the digital era. In previous decades, the university librarians might have bought a CD of the Dudamel album for $25 and kept it in circulation it for as long as the disc remained viable. Here they were asked to pay the publisher 10 times that amount (plus a licensing fee that would probably exceed the processing fee) for access to a quarter of the album for two years.

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      NMC Horizon Report: 2014 Library Edition

      Posted in Emerging Technologies, Libraries, Reports and White Papers, Research Libraries on August 22nd, 2014

      NMC has released the NMC Horizon Report: 2014 Library Edition.

      Here’s an excerpt from the press release:

      The NMC Horizon Report: 2014 Library Edition, examines key trends, significant challenges, and emerging technologies for their potential impact on academic and research libraries worldwide. While there are many local factors affecting libraries, there are also issues that transcend regional boundaries and common questions; it was with these questions in mind that this report was created.

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        EU Advocate General Issues Opinion on Library Digitization

        Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars, Digitization, Libraries, Mass Digitizaton, Research Libraries on June 6th, 2014

        The European Union's Advocate General has issued an opinion on library digitization.

        Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

        Here's an excerpt:

        Next, the Advocate General considers that the directive does not prevent Member States from granting libraries the right to digitise the books from their collections, if their being made available to the public by dedicated terminals requires it. That may be the case where it is necessary to protect original works which, although still covered by copyright, are old, fragile or rare. That may also be the case where the work in question is consulted by a large number of students and its photocopying might result in disproportionate wear.

        However, Mr Jääskinen makes clear that the directive permits not the digitisation of a collection in its entirety, but only the digitisation of individual works. It is particularly important not to opt to use dedicated terminals where the sole purpose of doing so is to avoid the purchase of a sufficient number of physical copies of the work.

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          Driving With Data: A Roadmap for Evidence-Based Decision Making in Academic Libraries

          Posted in Libraries, Research Libraries on May 29th, 2014

          Ithaka S+R has released Driving With Data: A Roadmap for Evidence-Based Decision Making in Academic Libraries.

          Here's an excerpt:

          Over the past decade, libraries have expanded their use of various types of service assessment. Initially popularized by the LibQUAL+ service, there is now a robust library assessment community, including dedicated assessment librarians and coordinators at many institutions, who are charged with examining existing services and user perceptions with the purpose of documenting the value of the academic library's collections and services and identifying opportunities for improvement. At some institutions, assessment has become an important element of how libraries establish their key priorities on a regular basis.

          Today library leaders must do more than build and manage collections, improve the quality of existing services, and find the funding to support this work. In addition, the library leader is called upon to reconsider or reassert the roles and objectives of the library in a changing information environment and to develop the strategy, services, spaces, and staffing to support these roles. In the remainder of this paper, therefore, we will be focusing on the use of data, including the types discussed in this section, to establish strategy and lead to a decision about future directions.

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            Web Accessibility Toolkit

            Posted in ARL Libraries, Libraries, Research Libraries, Weblogs/Websites on May 16th, 2014

            ARL has released the Web Accessibility Toolkit.

            Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

            On the third annual Global Accessibility Awareness Day (#GAAD), the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is proud to announce the availability of a new resource for the ARL membership and the library community—a Web Accessibility Toolkit for research libraries. ARL's toolkit shares the fundamental goal of GAAD, which is to "raise the profile" of digital accessibility and provide resources for improving access to information to "the broadest audience possible." The toolkit aims to:

            • Promote the principles of accessibility, universal design, and digital inclusion.
            • Help research libraries achieve digital accessibility.
            • Connect research libraries with the tools, people, and examples they need to provide accessible digital content.

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              "Four Facets of Privacy and Intellectual Freedom in Licensing Contracts for Electronic Journals"

              Posted in Electronic Resources, Libraries, Licenses, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on May 8th, 2014

              College & Research Libraries has released an eprint of "Four Facets of Privacy and Intellectual Freedom in Licensing Contracts for Electronic Journals."

              Here's an excerpt:

              This is a study of the treatment of library patron privacy in licenses for electronic journals in academic libraries. We begin by distinguishing four facets of privacy and intellectual freedom based on the LIS and philosophical literature. Next, we perform a content analysis of 42 license agreements for electronic journals, focusing on terms for enforcing authorized use and collection and sharing of user data. We compare our findings to model licenses, to recommendations proposed in a recent treatise on licenses, and to our account of the four facets of intellectual freedom. We find important conflicts with each.

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                WIPO Talks Collapse on Copyright Exceptions for Libraries Issue

                Posted in Copyright, Libraries on May 7th, 2014

                World Intellectual Property Organization talks on copyright exceptions for libraries have collapsed over EU concerns.

                Here's an excerpt from the press release:

                Discussions by the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) Standing Committee on Copyright & Related Rights (SCCR) broke down in the early hours of Saturday morning 3 May, after the European Union (EU) attempted to block future discussion of copyright laws to aid libraries and archives fulfill their missions in the digital environment. . . .

                The meeting ended in disarray at 1:30am on Saturday morning, after the EU tried to have crucial references to “text-based” work on copyright exceptions removed from the meeting conclusions—a move viewed by other Member States and library and archive NGOs present as an attempt to delay, if not derail, any progress on copyright exceptions at WIPO.

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