November 19, 2014

New Article: “The State of Large-Publisher Bundles in 2012″

The following article (pre-publication version) is scheduled to appear in the Spring 2013 issue of Research Library Issues published by ARL, CNI, and SPARC. Title The State of Large-Publisher Bundles in 2012 (Prepub Version) Authors Karla L. Strieb Associate Director for Collections, Technical Services and Scholarly Communications, Ohio State University Libraries Julia C. Blixrud Assistant [...]

Kirtsaeng v. Wiley | Backtalk

Jonathan Band

What if you had to ask permission before selling, lending, or even giving away your books? On October 29, the Supreme Court hears oral argument in the case of Kirtsaeng v. Wiley & Sons, a case that could change the way we own everything from books to watches. Libraries, who own books, movies, and other copyrighted works on behalf of all of us, could be hit especially hard.

Library Associations Defend Right to Lend Books Printed Abroad in Supreme Court Filing

The Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) today filed a friend of the court brief in the case of John Wiley & Sons v. Supap Kirtsaeng, which raises the issue of whether the first sale doctrine applies to books printed overseas and imported into the U.S. The LCA argues that, if the Supreme Court were to confirm that the first sale doctrine does not apply to books printed overseas, it would prevent libraries from lending major parts of their collections.

Hathi Trust, Library Associations Dispute Author’s Guild Motion

On April 20 the Hathi Trust filed a motion opposing the Author’s Guild’s latest move in the ongoing lawsuit between the two, in which the Guild filed for partial judgment on the pleadings on February 28. The Trust said the Guild’s argument defied common sense as well as Congressional intent in denying that libraries, like […]

Library Publishing Report Suggests Partnerships, Creating Positions

The final version of a report on library publishing services was issued on March 12. Titled  Library Publishing Services: Strategies For Success, the project was conducted primarily between October 2010 and September 2011, and  had four components: a survey of librarians, a report presenting best practice case studies of the publishing programs at the partner […]

Research Libraries Claim Smaller Piece of a Bigger Pie

According to the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), library expenditure as a percentage of total University expenditure steadily declined from 1984 to 2009. From a peak of about 3.7 percent of total spending, library budgets dropped to almost half that, at under 2 percent. Total university expenditures steadily increased during the same period.

UPDATED: ALA Midwinter 2012: Fair Use a Good Argument Even in an Age of Mass Digitization

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Librarians frequently do not apply their fair use rights under the Copyright Act in a robust manner when engaged in digitization projects, and they focus, instead, on risk aversion, to the detriment of scholarship and their patrons.

Supreme Court Upholds Law Restoring Copyright to Some Public-Domain Works

In a 6-2 ruling handed down yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court effectively asserted that works that fall into the public domain may be pulled back under copyright protection by an act of Congress.

ARL Salary Survey: U.S. Academic Librarians’ Salaries Up 1.5 Percent

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) released its annual salary survey today which showed academic librarians’ salaries in 2010-2011 increased 1.5 percent in the United States and two percent in Canada. In its ARL Annual Salary Survey 2010-2011, the organization reports that the median salary for U.S. ARL university libraries in 2010-2011 was $65,000, up […]

The Future of the FDLP: From Conversation to Confrontation

By Jim Jacobs and Melody Kelly Recent discussions about the state of the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) and the responsibilities of regional depository libraries have morphed from a conversation into a politicized confrontation. Sadly, this threatens to negatively affect not just depository libraries but all libraries and users who rely on a robust FDLP […]