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Kristin Antelman Now University Librarian at Caltech Library

Posted in People in the News, Research Libraries on August 27th, 2014

On 8/11/2014, Kristin Antelman became the University Librarian at the Caltech Library.

Here's an excerpt from "Improving Access to Data Across the Board: An Interview with Kristin Antelman"

Antelman worked as the associate director of libraries at North Carolina State University before coming to Caltech. Originally from Chicago, she received a bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan and a master's degree from Columbia University, both in political science, before returning to Chicago to complete her master's degree in library science at the University of Chicago.

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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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        Dean of Libraries and Elizabeth D. Rockwell Chair at University of Houston

        Posted in ARL Libraries, Research Libraries, Texas Academic Libraries on August 20th, 2014

        The University of Houston is recruiting a Dean of Libraries and Elizabeth D. Rockwell Chair.

        Here's an excerpt from the ad.

        The University of Houston invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean of Libraries and Elizabeth D. Rockwell Chair. The Dean of Libraries leads the University Libraries and advances the University's mission of research and teaching by ensuring the provision of outstanding library services. The University Libraries comprises the M.D. Anderson Library and three branch libraries (Music, Optometry, and Architecture and Art). The Dean of Libraries serves as the chief executive of the Libraries, with responsibility for oversight of all administrative activities, including budget and personnel management. The Dean provides programmatic and strategic leadership to the Libraries and plays a critical role in the Libraries' development activities. The Dean represents the Libraries within the University, and at the local, state, and national levels. The Dean reports directly to the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost and is a member of the Council of Deans. . . .

        Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

        The University of Houston Libraries ranks 70th out of 115 research libraries in the latest ARL rankings.

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          "Spending by University Research Libraries, 2012-13"

          Posted in ARL Libraries, Research Libraries on August 20th, 2014

          Based on Association of Research Libraries data, The Chronicle of Higher Education has published "Spending by University Research Libraries, 2012-13."

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            What Does the HathiTrust Decision Mean for Libraries?

            Posted in Copyright, Mass Digitizaton, Research Libraries on July 14th, 2014

            The Library Copyright Alliance has released What Does the HathiTrust Decision Mean for Libraries?.

            Here's an excerpt:

            The decision also demonstrates how the fair use right applies in the context of a specific library activity: mass digitization. The decision clearly indicates that the acts of a library digitizing the works in its collection, and the library's storage of the resulting digital files, are fair uses under section 107 of the Copyright Act. The decision, however, provides less certainty concerning the permissible access to those digital files. The only form of full-text access it addresses directly is access by the disabled. To be sure, this is an incredibly important result for these individuals. But the court provides little specific guidance concerning the permissibility of other forms of access. Nonetheless, the court's more general pronouncements concerning fair use should be helpful to libraries trying to determine the range of permitted access to their mass digitization projects.

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              "Journal Collection Management and Open Access—Relationship Status: It’s Complicated"

              Posted in Open Access, Research Libraries on July 11th, 2014

              Miriam Lorenz has published "Journal Collection Management and Open Access—Relationship Status: It's Complicated" in IFLA WLIC 2014—Lyon.

              Here's an excerpt:

              The purpose of this study is to analyze how journal management in academic libraries (selection, cost organization and allocation) changes through the influence of Open Access and in what form the Open Access movement could be supported by established structures and processes of journal management. In the empirical part, the hypotheses will be verified through an international survey (Germany, Europe (mainly Great Britain), North America (mainly US)) of libraries' journal management staff in March and April 2014. . . . In this article, the first results of the survey will be presented and we will try to find out of how Open Access and journal collection management can be in a stable relationship and what challenges harmonic processes.

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                NARA Open Government Plan

                Posted in Open Access, Public Domain, Research Libraries on July 9th, 2014

                The National Archives and Records Administration has released its Open Government Plan.

                Here's an excerpt:

                NARA has been engaging the Wikipedia community since 2011, when we welcomed a Wikipedian in Residence and began holding events to build awareness of the records of the National Archives. In 2013, we welcomed a full-time employee devoted to engaging the Wikipedia community along with NARA staff members to promote greater access, reuse, and context for our records on Wikipedia.

                Our work strengthening digitization and description fuels our ability to make records available on external platforms like Wikipedia. In 2012, we shared 100,000 digital images from our holdings to Wikimedia Commons. This work enabled digital copies of our records to be incorporated into Wikimedia projects and Wikipedia articles. The 4,000 Wikipedia articles featuring our records received more than one billion page views in Fiscal Year 2013. Over the next two years we will work to increase the number of National Archives records available on Wikimedia Commons, which furthers our strategic goal to "Make Access Happen" and expands re-use of our records by the public.

                We are continuing our work to engage local communities of volunteer Wikipedians with on-site events, including skills-building workshops and "edit-a-thons" for improving Wikipedia content related to our holdings. In addition, we are establishing a model for "scan-a-thons" to enable citizen archivist stakeholder groups to digitize our records for access.

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