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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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        "Librarian, Heal Thyself: A Scholarly Communication Analysis of LIS Journals"

        Posted in Libraries, Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on April 28th, 2014

        Micah Vandegrift and Chealsye Bowley have published "Librarian, Heal Thyself: A Scholarly Communication Analysis of LIS Journals" in In the Library with the Lead Pipe.

        Here's an excerpt:

        This article presents an analysis of 111 Library and Information Science journals based on measurements of "openness" including copyright policies, open access self-archiving policies and open access publishing options. We propose a new metric to rank journals, the J.O.I. Factor (Journal Openness Index), based on measures of openness rather than perceived rank or citation impact. Finally, the article calls for librarians and researchers in LIS to examine our scholarly literature and hold it to the principles and standards that we are asking of other disciplines.

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          LJ 2014 Movers & Shakers

          Posted in Libraries on March 11th, 2014

          Library Journal has released its 2014 list of Movers & Shakers.

          Here's an excerpt:

          Welcome to the 2014 LJ Movers & Shakers. The 50 individuals recognized here are passionate about what all types of libraries can do to enhance lives—for adults, teens, schoolchildren, infants, and toddlers. If there's a common theme among their profiles, it's that as much as the library is a place to go, it is also a place on the go—to wherever patrons or potential patrons are.

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            "Keeping Up With… Augmented Reality"

            Posted in Emerging Technologies, Libraries on February 25th, 2014

            ACRL has released "Keeping Up With… Augmented Reality."

            Here's an excerpt:

            At a minimum, libraries will need to be prepared to support augmented reality if and when it becomes more prevalent in textbooks and other print materials. But, while these materials are certainly relevant to the work of academic libraries, there are also several interesting library-specific augmented reality tools in use at various institutions. ShelvAR, developed by the Miami University Library, is an excellent example of how augmented reality can increase the efficiency of libraries' existing workflows. Available for use with any iOS or Android device with a camera, this app can scan any tagged library materials and overlay a red X over any item that is out of place on the shelf.

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              "Impact of Public Domain Resources On Public Libraries in the United States"

              Posted in Copyright, Creative Commons/Open Licenses, Libraries, Public Domain on February 19th, 2014

              Anne Arendt and Dustin Fife have published "Impact of Public Domain Resources On Public Libraries in the United States" in the Journal of Librarianship and Information Science.

              Here's an excerpt:

              Ownership and rights issues relating to electronic resources can be a source of angst, confusion and litigation. This is due in part to the automatic copyright many individuals receive, including in the United States, upon creation of an original work. However, there are options available for relaxing these rights. One of these options is Creative Commons Zero. . . . Based on the above, this document researches the awareness, complexity and effects of Creative Commons Zero and related licenses on libraries as perceived by library directors and managers across the United States. In order to accomplish this, a quantitative survey was administered in an anonymous web-based format.

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                "Copyright in the Digital Age"

                Posted in Copyright, Libraries, Research Libraries on September 10th, 2013

                Kyle K. Courtney has self-archived "Copyright in the Digital Age" in SSRN.

                Here's an excerpt:

                The goal of this chapter is to provide the fundamental instruction for some of the most popular topics facing law libraries in the digital age. Whether it is scanning chapters for e-reserves or accessing databases online, knowledge of copyright law can help mitigate risk, and enhance our patron's services. As librarians, we want to provide whatever our patron's desire. But, we also must balance the law versus the patrons needs. Fortunately, copyright law does not always restrict a patron's uses. In many cases a solid understanding of copyright can help ease a patron's fears, or provide legal alternatives to a patron's request, or help educate the community at large.

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