February 17, 2018

Defending Inclusion | Editorial

North Carolina’s adoption of the so-called “bathroom bill” (House Bill 2, also known as the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act) on March 23 has been rightly denounced for building bias and discrimination into state law and barring cities from extending protections for transgender individuals. It should go without saying that wholesale bigotry against members of a group is unacceptable and unconstitutional. This legislation is a travesty and an assault on our civil liberties.

ALA, ARL Applaud FCC Vote on Net Neutrality

In a significant victory for supporters of Net Neutrality, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today reclassified broadband Internet as a public utility, and established a new Open Internet Order that applies to both fixed and mobile broadband. The new Open Internet Order includes three “bright line” rules, specifically banning broadband providers from blocking access to legal content, applications, and services; impairing access to content, applications, and services; and prioritizing Internet traffic in exchange for “consideration of any kind.”

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

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

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.