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"The Copyright Axis of Evil: The Academic Library Must Confront Threats to User Rights"

Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars, Research Libraries on April 11th, 2013

ACRL has released "The Copyright Axis of Evil: The Academic Library Must Confront Threats to User Rights" as part of the ACRL 2013 Proceedings.

Here's an excerpt:

This paper will define the key copyright developments that will challenge academic libraries over the next two years (2013-15) as they seek to support teaching, learning and research at their institutions. American libraries have benefited in significant ways from the availability of fair use (section 107) and various exceptions (section 108) in the US copyright law. But a new library treaty in development at the World Intellectual Property Organization highlights the expanding influence of global copyright developments on national policies.

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    Ithaka S+R US Faculty Survey 2012

    Posted in Reports and White Papers, Research Libraries, Scholarly Communication on April 9th, 2013

    Ithaka S+R has released the Ithaka S+R US Faculty Survey 2012.

    Here's an excerpt:

    Major topics covered by the survey include:

    • Research processes: The processes through which scholars perform their research, focusing principally on the use of research materials in secondary and primary research.
    • Teaching practices: The pedagogical methods that faculty members are adopting and the ways that they draw on content and support services in their teaching.
    • Scholarly communications:Formal and informal methods by which scholars communicate with each other, the ways in which the types of materials and information exchanged in these processes are evolving, and needs for various kinds of publishing support services.
    • The library: How faculty members perceive the roles and value of their institutional library, touching on the roles the library plays in supporting many of the above activities.
    • Scholarly societies:How faculty members perceive the roles and value of their primary scholarly society, including in supporting both formal and informal communications between scholars.

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      Report on Research Libraries Readiness for Sustainable Digital Preservation

      Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Reports and White Papers, Research Libraries on March 26th, 2013

      APARSEN has released the Business Preparedness Report.

      Here's an excerpt:

      This report presents the results of a European-wide online survey for assessing the preparedness of research libraries (as represented by the members of LIBER) in regard to economically-sustainable digital preservation. The survey investigated the preparedness in accordance to the recommendations of the Blue Ribbon Task Force and the results have been mapped to these recommendations to identify Implementation Gaps. The further analyses of these Gaps will allow key stakeholders to intervene in a prioritized way and to facilitate progress of digital preservation to become an economically sustainable practice.

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        Fit for Purpose: Developing Business Cases for New Services in Research Libraries Webinar Recording

        Posted in Cyberinfrastructure/E-Science, Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Research Libraries on December 11th, 2012

        DuraSpace has released a recording of its Fit for Purpose: Developing Business Cases for New Services in Research Libraries webinar.

        Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

        Mike Furlough, Associate Dean of Research and Scholarly Communications, Penn State and David Minor Chronopolis Program Manager and Director of Digital Preservation Initiatives University of California San Diego Library/SDSC presented "Fit for Purpose: Developing Business Cases for New Services in Research Libraries" to participants in the DuraSpace/ARL/DLF E-Science Institute. In this webinar, the presenters discussed the CLIR/DLF-funded research project Fit for Purpose, which aims to present a structured, disciplined approach for making decisions about creating and maintaining new services in research libraries.

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          Academic Libraries and Research Data Services: Current Practices and Plans for the Future

          Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Reports and White Papers, Research Libraries on November 28th, 2012

          ARCL has released Academic Libraries and Research Data Services: Current Practices and Plans for the Future.

          Here's an excerpt:

          This study surveyed a cross section of academic library members of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) in the United States and Canada to provide a baseline assessment of the current state of and future plans for research data services in academic libraries in these countries.

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            Changing Role of Senior Administrators, SPEC Kit 331

            Posted in ARL Libraries, Reports and White Papers, Research Libraries on November 14th, 2012

            ARL has released the Changing Role of Senior Administrators, SPEC Kit 331.

            Here's an excerpt from the press release:

            The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has published Changing Role of Senior Administrators, SPEC Kit 331, which focuses on the professional, administrative, and management positions that report directly to the library director (or, in some ARL member libraries, the position that serves as the representative to the Association), positions that have not been examined by a SPEC survey since 1984. This SPEC Kit explores the responsibilities of these positions, and the skills, qualifications, and competencies necessary for these administrators to successfully lead a transforming 21st-century research library. The publication looks at whether and how position requirements have changed in the past five years, whether the number of direct reports has changed, whether these administrators have assumed new areas of organizational responsibility, and how they acquire the new skills to fulfill those responsibilities.

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              Report of the ARL Joint Task Force on Services to Patrons with Print Disabilities

              Posted in ARL Libraries, Electronic Resources, Legislation and Government Regulation, Reports and White Papers, Research Libraries on November 5th, 2012

              The Association of Research Libraries has released the Report of the ARL Joint Task Force on Services to Patrons with Print Disabilities.

              Here's an excerpt from:

              This ARL task force report highlights emerging and promising strategies to better align research libraries with other institutional and related partners in ensuring accessibility to research resources while fully meeting legal requirements. The report addresses the technological, service, and legal factors relating to a variety of information resources with respect to print disability. These factors resonate closely with the existing research library agenda to make scholarly communication more open, to foster independence among its user base by teaching information literacy, to honor and invest in diversity, as well as to focus on the growing trend toward universal design in instruction.

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                UNT Libraries: Open Access Fund Research Report

                Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Reports and White Papers, Research Libraries on October 30th, 2012

                The University of North Texas Libraries have released the UNT Libraries: Open Access Fund Research Report.

                Here's the abstract:

                This report discusses Open Access (OA) funds created at universities in order to assist faculty authors with Article Processing Charges (APCs). Building on the research initiatives of the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), thirty North American universities' OA fund initiatives were reviewed on their sponsors, eligibility, reimbursement criteria, and stipulations related to the fund. In addition, fifteen OA journal funding models and twelve hybrid journal funding models were reviewed on their average APCs and their licensing policies. This report serves as a framework for building upon emerging best practices and outlining possible approaches and considerations for the University of North Texas.

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                  Librarians at McGill University Library Adopt Open Access Policy

                  Posted in ARL Libraries, Open Access, Research Libraries on October 29th, 2012

                  Librarians at the McGill University Library have adopted an open access policy.

                  Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                  McGill librarians are granting the McGill University Library a nonexclusive, irrevocable, worldwide license to exercise any and all rights under copyright relating to their scholarly articles, in any medium, and to authorize others to do the same, provided that the works are properly attributed to the authors and not sold for a profit.

                  Specifically, each librarian grants a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 Unported license for each of his or her scholarly articles.

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                    ARL Statistics 2010-2011

                    Posted in ARL Libraries, Research Libraries on October 25th, 2012

                    The Association of Research Libraries has released ARL Statistics 2010-2011.

                    Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                    ARL libraries are a relatively small subset of libraries in North America, but they account for a large portion of academic library resources in terms of assets, budgets, and the number of users they serve. The total library expenditures of all 126 member libraries in 2010-2011 was slightly more than $4.6 billion; of that total, roughly $3.2 billion was spent by the 115 university libraries and more than $1.3 million by the 11 nonuniversity libraries.

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                      "Issue Brief: Massive Open Online Courses: Legal and Policy Issues for Research Libraries"

                      Posted in ARL Libraries, Digital Culture, Research Libraries on October 22nd, 2012

                      ARL has released "Issue Brief: Massive Open Online Courses: Legal and Policy Issues for Research Libraries."

                      Here's an excerpt:

                      Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) raise significant legal and policy questions for research libraries, which are often asked to support the development of MOOC courses. These questions involve information policy concerns that are central to research libraries, including the proper application of fair use, the transition to open access as the default mode of scholarly publishing, and the provision of equal access to learning materials for students with and without disabilities. Where possible, research libraries should engage in conversations around MOOCs and promote their core values. By doing so, they will also promote the continuing vitality of libraries as partners in the educational mission.

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                        Fit for Purpose: Developing Business Cases for New Services in Research Libraries

                        Posted in Reports and White Papers, Research Libraries on October 18th, 2012

                        The Council on Library and Information Resources has released Fit for Purpose: Developing Business Cases for New Services in Research Libraries.

                        Here's an excerpt from the press release:

                        Sponsored by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) and the Digital Library Federation (DLF) program, Fit for Purpose presents a set of recommendations that libraries can adopt when developing any new service. The report attends closely to entrepreneurial activities such as library-based publishing and data stewardship because of the uncertainty and complexity of those services. . . .

                        Fit for Purpose provides a decision-making toolbox created from elements of social entrepreneurship and project management that are consistent with research library environments and values. It addresses organizational readiness and risk tolerance, business case development, piloting new services, and monitoring sustainability through the business planning lifecycle. The team is also conducting several case studies to explore how libraries have conducted business planning to support their new ventures. These will be published at a future date, followed by a concluding report that reassesses the initial recommendations.

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