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 [...]
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.
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.
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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
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 [...]