unpacking_booksARL publishes issue brief on the US Copyright Office’s Report on Orphan Works;  *ALA president calls for digital transformation of Copyright Office;  *New Workforce Transformation Story: Changes in Hiring Accelerate and Enhance Culture Change; *U.S. State Department Launches Redesigned ForeignAssistance.gov Website;  *World Flora Online: Plant Biologists Build First Online Database Of All The World’s Plant Species; *Library of Congress Releases Three New Interactive Ebooks For iPad Featuring Primary Sources;  *More than 200 grants nationwide announced for ‘Latino Americans: 500 Years of History’ program; *Academic Publishing Giant Fights to Keep Science Paywalled;  *Wikipedia adopting HTTPS secure connection; and even more corporate and publishing news from a variety of sources.

KnowledgeSpeak reports that “the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has published an issue brief on the US Copyright Office’s June 4, 2015, Report on Orphan Works and Mass Digitization, which includes recommendations for legislation on orphan works – copyrighted works whose owners are impossible to identify or contact – and the creation of an extended collective licensing (ECL) regime for mass digitisation. ARL’s ‘Issue Brief: Copyright Office Report on Orphan Works’ focuses only on the Copyright Office’s recommendations regarding orphan works…”

The full “Issue Brief: Copyright Office Report on Orphan Works” is available online.

ALA news reports that  ALA president “Courtney Young responded to the introduction of the Copyright Office for the Digital Economy Act (CODE Act) by Representatives Judy Chu (D-CA) and Tom Marino (R-PA):

“For more than 20 years, content creators, rights holders, legislators and public users alike have acknowledged that the U.S. Copyright Office needs to modernize its technological capabilities for the 21st century. Unfortunately, the recently introduced Copyright Office for the Digital Economy Act does little to address significant technology challenges impacting the U.S. Copyright Office.

“The bill’s proposal to make the Copyright Office an independent agency does not address the longstanding problems facing the agency, specifically that the Copyright Office’s information technology systems are woefully inadequate in serving both rights holders and the public in the digital environment…”

“ARL has published the latest entry in its Workforce Transformation Stories column. Joyce E.B. Backus, associate director for Library Operations, and Kathel Dunn, program coordinator of the Associate Fellowship Program, at the US National Library of Medicine (NLM), contributed the June essay “Changes in Hiring Accelerate and Enhance Culture Change.”
Backus and Dunn describe the influence on NLM of a large cohort of recent master of library and information science graduates hired through the Obama Administration’s Pathways for Recent Graduates to Federal Careers program…”


According to InfoDOCKET “the Department of State is proud to announce the redesigned ForeignAssistance.gov. The redesigned website provides users with a simplified and more user-friendly experience…

Visitors to ForeignAssistance.gov will notice a marked difference in the layout to help a diverse audience navigate to high-level country, agency, and sector statistics quickly through the “Explore” function, while data-driven users can download data through the one-click “Download” function…”

InfoDOCKET also reports that “four of the world’s leading botanical gardens… have been working toward building a free online database called World Flora Online of the world’s plant species – all 350,000 of them – so that scientists can more easily identify plants and share information about them… With a fresh new round of funding this spring including a $1.2 million grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and a $600,000 commitment from Google accompanied by a pledge to provide cloud storage for the project, the consortium has expanded to include 35 affiliates from around the world.A 1300+ word article about the World Flora Online database project.

In addition, InfoDOCKET notes that the Library of Congress’ “latest Student Discovery Sets are available now for the iPad and can be downloaded free of charge on iBooks. These sets cover Women’s Suffrage, Japanese American Internment, and Political Cartoons and Public Debates. They join nine previously published sets on the U.S. Constitution, Symbols of the United States, Immigration, the Dust Bowl, the Harlem Renaissance, Understanding the Cosmos, the Industrial Revolution, Jim Crow and Segregation, and Children’s Lives at the Turn of the 20th Century…”

ALA news “reports that “the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and American Library Association (ALA) have announced that 203 libraries, museums and other nonprofit organizations across the country are to receive Latino Americans: 500 Years of History programming grants.

The Latino Americans: 500 Years of History grantees represent 42 states and the District of Columbia, and comprise 78 public libraries, 68 college/university libraries and organizations, 19 community college libraries, 10 state humanities councils, 12 museums and a variety of other nonprofit organizations. Fifty-five organizations will receive $10,000 grants, and 148 will receive $3,000 grants, totaling more than $1 million. View a full list of the recipients.

According to GIZMOTO “one of the world’s largest academic publishing companies wants to scrub the internet of pirated science. That’d be Elsevier, which recently filed a complaint at a New York district court against Library Genesis and SciHub.org, two massive online hubs for scientific research articles…

Most of the content on Libgen and SciHub was probably uploaded using borrowed or stolen student or faculty university credentials. Elsevier is hoping to shut both sites down and receive compensation for its losses, which could run in the millions…”

GMA News reports that “open-source encyclopedia Wikipedia is beefing up its security and protecting users from third-party snooping and censorship by adopting the HTTPS connection standard, its parent foundation Wikimedia Foundation said.Wikimedia said this means all traffic on Wikimedia sites will be encrypted, with Wikipedia users sharing in the world’s knowledge more securely…”


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