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Owning and Using Scholarship: An IP Handbook for Teachers and Researchers

Posted in Copyright, Libraries, Research Libraries on December 11th, 2014

ACRL has released Owning and Using Scholarship: An IP Handbook for Teachers and Researchers by Kevin L. Smith. It is available in print and digital formats, including an open access PDF.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

Copyright and other types of laws regulating intellectual property create an increasing concern for contemporary scholarship. The digital environment has created exciting new opportunities and possibilities for scholars to work and distribute their work. But these new opportunities also create issues that did not arise in the analog world. Owning and Using Scholarship demystifies intellectual property, and especially copyright law, for academic authors and independent scholars who face these dilemmas. It also serves as a comprehensive resource for librarians who are asked to assist with these new and challenging decisions.

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    "Placements & Salaries 2014: Renaissance Librarians"

    Posted in Libraries on October 16th, 2014

    Stephanie L. Maatta has published "Placements & Salaries 2014: Renaissance Librarians" in Library Journal.

    Here's an excerpt:

    The overall average starting salary improved 2.6%, moving above $45,000 for the first time, to $45,650. Other pointers toward an improving job market were revealed in a decline in the rate of unemployment, dropping to 4.3% of those reporting employment status, and an increase in the rate of permanent professional positions, 69.6% of the job placements in 2013, up from 61.2% in 2012.

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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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