ATG News & Announcements 2/23/16

by | Feb 23, 2016 | 0 comments

world-1195593_1280*Fair Use Week 2016 is Now Underway;   *Five Videos from ARL Libraries Celebrate Fair Use and Fair Dealing;  *ALA Supports Apple’s Decision to Uphold Privacy;   *University of Missouri libraries face cuts to academic journals because of budget shortfalls;   *Florida State University Faculty Senate passes university wide open access policy;    *Association of American Publishers announces new Center for Innovation & Digital Learning;   *Massive Database Measuring Legislative Effectiveness (U.S. Congress) to Expand, Project Receives $200,000 Grant;   *IMLS Announces Finalists For 2016 National Medal for Museum and Library Services;   *Australia: “Budget Cuts Will Have a ‘Grave Impact’ on the National Library, Staff Told”;   and  *The LOCKSS Program, Stanford University Libraries and The CLOCKSS Archive Support “Long-tail” Publishers plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources

Library Journal reports that Fair Use Week/Fair Dealing Week has just started. “The event includes participation from a number of organizations and institutions including ARL, ACRL, ALA, Internet Archive, and the Authors Alliance. A complete list of participating organizations is available here.…”

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) reports that “in honor of Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week 2016, five ARL member libraries have created videos celebrating the important doctrines of fair use and fair dealing—essential limitations and exceptions to copyright that allow the use of copyrighted materials without permission from the copyright holder under certain circumstances. Fair use and fair dealing are flexible doctrines, allowing copyright to adapt to new technologies and facilitate balance in copyright law…

Information Today reports that “the American Library Association (ALA) issued a statement in support of Apple’s opposition to building a “backdoor” into iPhones…

For more information, read the press release.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that “the failure of a proposed student library fee and a potential decline in enrollment means University of Missouri libraries will have to cut back on subscriptions to academic journals and databases, Rabia Gregory, chairwoman of the Campus Library Committee, wrote Friday in a memo to campus department heads.

The libraries have worked to find temporary solutions to a $1.3 million shortfall this year and anticipate another $1 million gap in the fiscal year that begins July 1…”

KnowledgeSpeak reports that “the Florida State University Faculty Senate, in consultation with its Library Committee and staff of the FSU Libraries, voted unanimously this week to adopt a university-wide Open Access (OA) policy. FSU joins a growing list of major universities with similar policies designed to create a safe harbour for faculty intellectual property rights and dramatically increase the visibility of FSU journal scholarship…”

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According to KnowledgeSpeakthe Association of American Publishers (AAP) has announced the creation of a Center for Innovation & Digital Learning, an initiative designed to promote new ideas in the digital learning space and to support the development of next-generation educational technologies. The center has several events scheduled, including its inaugural event- a panel on the challenges of bringing new products to market at SXSWedu in Austin this March…”

According to infoDOCKET “a massive database that measures the legislative effectiveness of members of Congress will substantially expand, funded by a $200,000 grant from The Madison Initiative.

The Legislative Effectiveness Project (LEP), created by Alan Wiseman of Vanderbilt University and Craig Volden of the University of Virginia, currently gives scores to members of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1973 to 2014, based on their lawmaking effectiveness. The new funding will allow Volden and Wiseman to expand the scope of the project to include members of the U.S. Senate from 1973 to 2014 and to continue to extend the project into future Congressional sessions…”

infoDOCKET also reports that “the Institute of Museum and Library Services today announced 30 finalists for the 2016 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. The National Medal is the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries for service to the community…”

Citing two separate reports infoDOCKET notes that “National Library of Australia has launched a major review of services, with key programs to be curtailed or cancelled amid staff cuts, as management struggles to deal with the Turnbull government’s efficiency dividend.

The library expects to shed more than 20 jobs by June 30 with additional redundancies to follow in 2017-18. The library will also reduce the number of international print and online subscriptions available to members…”

According to this press release “communities using the LOCKSS Software have collaboratively passed an important milestone and are now preserving over 1000 “long tail” journal publishers, smaller publishers who have ten or fewer journals. Content from these publishers are most at-risk for loss, making preservation vital to guarantee future access to the material for research and teaching…”

news-1074610_1280 More library and publishing news from a variety of sources

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