Canadian Association of Research Libraries
Association des bibliothèques de recherche du Canada

E-Lert # 310 / Cyberavis numéro 310

Friday January 23, 2009 / le vendredi 23 janvier 2009

E-lert / Cyberavis is a weekly alerting service commissioned for CARL Directors. Coverage is principally: research, innovation, scholarly publishing, scholarly communication, scholarly journals, electronic journals, copyright and access to published government information.

E-lert / Cyberavis est un service de signalement hebdomadaire à l’intention des membres de l’ABRC. Il porte principalement sur les domaines suivants : recherche, innovation, édition savante, communication savante, périodiques savants, périodiques électroniques, droit d’auteur et accès aux informations gouvernementales rendues publiques.


CARL President Leslie Weir has been invited to nominate individuals as candidates for various committees of IFLA. More than one nomination for each position can be submitted. Any CARL Director interested in being nominated for any of these positions or in nominating someone else should contact the CARL office by the end of January. Information on the available positions is on the members’ only distribution site.
http://www.carl-abrc.ca/members/members-e.html#ifla nominations


La présidente de l’ABRC Leslie Weir a été invitée à proposer des candidats pour être siéger aux comités de l’IFLA. Plus qu’une proposition à chaque poste est possible. Les membres de l’ABRC qui sont intéressés d'être proposé comme candidat, ou qui veulent proposer quelqu’un d'autre, sont priés de contacter le secrétariat de l’ABRC d'ici la fin janvier. Plus de renseignements sur les postes sont disponibles sur le site de distribution réservé aux membres.
http://www.carl-abrc.ca/members/members-e.html#ifla nominations

The Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) was invited to a meeting at the office of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, on January 22, 2009. Brent Roe (CARL Executive Director) and Margaret Haines (Carleton University) met with the Minister’s aide and a staff member of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada to discuss CARL's Brief to the Finance Committee on Budget 2009.


L’Association des bibliothèques de recherche du Canada (ABRC) a été invitée à une réunion au secrétariat de l’honorable Diane Finley, ministre des Ressources humaines et du Développement des compétences, le 22 janvier 2009. Brent Roe (Directeur général de l’ABRC) et Margaret Haines (Carleton University) ont rencontré l’aide de la ministre ainsi qu’un membre du personnel du Ressources humaines et Développement des compétences Canada pour discuter le mémoire de l’ABRC au Comité des finances au sujet du Budget 2009.


Ottawa announces $10.7-million digital media project
Globe and Mail, January 22, 2009

Ottawa is spending $10.7-million to support a private-sector high-tech research initiative in southwestern Ontario.The funding will help establish what's being called a “Corridor for Advancing Canadian Digital Media” with hubs in Kitchener and Stratford. The corridor will include a Digital Media Convergence Centre in Kitchener and a research institute at Stratford campus of the University of Waterloo.“The Waterloo region has the critical mass of expertise, leading tech companies and educational institutions that can drive this global revolution in the years to come,” stated Tom Jenkins, executive chairman and chief strategy officer of software company Open Text Corp., one of the high-tech players in the region.*

McMaster University Library Acquires Resistance Collection - Offers Multinational Perspectives of War
Jane Christmas, January 22, 2009

McMaster University has acquired a remarkable collection relating to the Resistance movement, underground literature, concentration camps, anti-Semitism, and propaganda during the Second World War. The concentration camp material includes many poignant letters written or received by those interned in the camps. The collection was unveiled at Convocation Hall, in a ceremony marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day. The creation of a Virtual Museum of the Holocaust and the Resistance and the establishment of a post-doctoral fellowship were announced at the event.*
[Story also covered in the Hamilton Spectator on January 21 and 22]

SSHRC achieving greater recognition with emphasis on its contribution to economy
RE$EARCH MONEY, Volume 23, Number 1, January 22, 2009

Midway into a five-year term and on the eve of a federal Budget, Dr Chad Gaffield remains a man on a mission to achieve greater recognition — and resources — for the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). With an emphasis on accountability and value-for-money, the SSHRC president says that emphasizing the economic impact of the social sciences and humanities (SSH) is likely the most persuasive way to make the case for SSHRC as an equal among its peers. Gaffield says SSHRC should be a key part of the Budget's proposed stimulus package. Many critical issues in the economic crisis — global legal frameworks, intellectual property, management and global engagement — all fall into SSHRC's purview.*

AUCC appoints André Dulude as VP national affairs
RE$EARCH MONEY, Volume 23, Number 1, January 22, 2009

The AUCC has appointed André Dulude as VP national affairs in its Ottawa office, effective January 5th. He replaces Robert Best who is retiring after 19 years with the university lobby association. Dulude has held a number of senior positions in the federal public service, most recently serving as assistant DM policy, partnerships and corporate affairs at Human Resources and Skills Development Canada. He holds a BA and MA in labour relations from the University of Montreal and a BA in journalism from Université Laval.

Plus de 700 productions de l'ONF peuvent être visionnées en ligne
La Presse, 21 janvier 2009

Les internautes du pays peuvent maintenant profiter d'un cadeau de l'Office national du film, qui célèbre son 70e anniversaire cette année. Il s'agit d'un espace de visionnage accessible gratuitement dans les deux langues officielles. Les utilisateurs pourront ainsi visionner, à des fins d'utilisation privée, plus de 700 productions, films, bandes-annonces et extraits de la collection de l'ONF.* HTML

Comparing the Fine Print at the White House and PMO Websites
Michael Geist, January 21, 2009

The inauguration of President Barack Obama brought with it a complete overhaul of the whitehouse.gov site. While there has been some media coverage of the change (including the appointment of a Director of New Media for the White House), Michael Geist points out that it is worth comparing the copyright notices found on the White House site and the Prime Minister of Canada's site.*

University of California Libraries and Springer Sign Pilot Agreement for Open Access Journal Publishing
January 21, 2009

The University of California Libraries and Springer Science+Business Media (Springer) have reached an experimental agreement that will support open access publishing by UC authors. Articles by UC-affiliated authors accepted for publication in a Springer journal beginning in 2009 will be published using Springer Open Choice with full, immediate open access. There will be no separate per-article charges, since costs have been factored into the overall license agreement.*

University of Michigan will transfer OAIster to OCLC
Open Access News, January 21, 2009

The University of Michigan and OCLC announced a partnership to ensure continued public access to open-archive collections through the OAIster database. OCLC services will expand the visibility of these collections. OAIster was developed, in 2002, to test the feasibility of building a portal for open archive collections using the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH). OAIster has since grown to become one of the largest aggregations of records pointing to open archive collections in the world with over 19 million records 1,000 organizations worldwide have contributed.*

Historical Photos in Web Archives Gain Vivid New Lives
Noam Cohen
The New York Times, January 18, 2009

Photography has gone from a magical, even mystical process, to an afterthought in barely 100 years. Nothing better captures this notion than the seemingly banal miracle that is Flickr, the photo-sharing site containing more than three billion photographs online. Billion. Against this backdrop, there are the relics from the earlier age of photography, historical photographs that have been preserved in national libraries and archives or photo agencies and news media operations.*

Google Shutters Its Science Data Service
Alexis Madrigal
Wired Science, December 18, 2008

Google is shuttering its highly anticipated scientific data service in January, the company wrote in an e-mail to its beta testers. Once nicknamed Palimpsests, but more recently going by the staid name, Google Research Datasets, the service was going to offer scientists storage for massive amounts of data generated in an increasing number of fields. About 30 datasets — mostly tests — had already been uploaded to the site. The project appears to have fallen prey to belt-tightening at Silicon Valley's most innovative company.*


Google & the Future of Books
Robert Darnton
The New York Review of Books, Volume 56, Number 2, February 2009

Google has been digitizing millions of books, including many covered by copyright, from major research libraries’ collections, and making the texts searchable online. After lengthy negotiations with authors and publishers, the plaintiffs and Google agreed on a settlement, which will profoundly affect the way books reach readers for the foreseeable future. What will that future be? The settlement is so complex that it is difficult to perceive the legal and economic contours in the new lay of the land. Those who are responsible for research libraries do have a clear view of a common goal: to open up collections and make them available to readers everywhere. How to get there? The only workable tactic may be vigilance: seeing as far ahead as possible, keeping an eye on the road, and remembering to look in the rearview mirror.*

The Relevance of the Humanities
Gabriel Paquette
Inside Higher Ed, January 22, 2009

The deepening economic crisis has triggered a new wave of budget cuts and hiring freezes at America’s universities. Retrenchment is today’s watchword. For scholars in the humanities, arts and social sciences, the economic downturn exacerbates existing funding shortages. Even in prosperous times, securing funding for such research has been difficult and humanities scholars have often found themselves besieged by questions concerning the relevance of their enterprise, whether measured by social impact, economic value or other sometimes misapplied benchmarks of utility.*

Here Comes the Flood
Scott McLemee
Inside Higher Ed, January 21, 2009

In the January issue of The Journal of Scholarly Publishing, Lindsay Waters, an executive editor at Harvard University Press, imagines a world in which “the well-wrought, slowly gestated essay” replaces the monograph as the gold standard for scholarship in the humanities. In his book Enemies of Promise: Publishing, Perishing, and the Eclipse of Scholarship (University of Chicago Press, 2004) Waters suggests that the production of badly written monographs is an unfortunate failing of the system that could be fixed if different standards were adopted.*

Google Gears Down for Tougher Times
Jessica E. Vascellaro and Scott Morrison
The Wall Street Journal, December 3, 2008

Corporate austerity is reaching one of the most extravagant spenders of the boom years. Google Inc. has begun to tighten its belt. For much of its 10-year history, Google spent money at a pace that was the marvel of Silicon Valley. It hired by the thousands and dished out generous benefits. However, revenue growth has slowed dramatically over the past year, and with the U.S. economy in a recession, Google is ratcheting back spending and cutting new projects.*

Le rapport à l’information - Vers une expertise pédagogique
Franc Morandi
Textes des communications au Colloque « ERTé-Education à la culture informationnelle »,
Lille, France, 16-18 octobre 2008

Le déploiement des pédagogies dans les espaces numériques informationnels s'accompagne d'une redéfinition des « formes du savoir ». Institution pédagogique et espaces numériques de travail échangent leurs finalités. L'article développe une analyse des formes de savoir et des modèles pédagogiques associés au développement du numérique. Il interroge la place de l'expertise pédagogique dans la conception de projets. Cet examen conduit à la description de différents scénarios de savoirs et à la prise en compte de l'écologie complexe de la connaissance.*


Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Advocacy Resources

Academic library advocacy includes the concept of library staff-initiated, systematic action to improve the quality of resources and services in the campus environment. It is most successful when all library staff members are aware the roles they play. ACRL has produced a set of advocacy tools to help librarians articulate the value of the library to their constituents.*

Federal budget 2009: Items being tracked / Budget fédéral 2009: Éléments auxquels s’attardera l’AUCC
January 23, 2009 / 23 janvier 2009

The budget is expected to deliver an economic stimulus package that will address the current economic challenges facing Canada. Infrastructure spending will feature prominently in the budget. It is widely expected that the budget will predict a substantial federal deficit for the 2009-10 fiscal year. The government had announced a review of all federal program spending in its November economic statement. As well as economic stimulus measures, the budget could announce cuts to non-priority programs in an effort to limit the extent of a federal deficit.* PDF
Le budget devrait comprendre un ensemble de mesures de relance qui viseront les défis économiques auxquels le Canada doit faire face. Les dépenses en infrastructure occuperont une place prépondérante dans le budget et tout semble indiquer que le budget de 2009 prévoira un important déficit pour l’exercice 2009-2010. Dans son énoncé économique de novembre dernier, le gouvernement avait annoncé l’examen des dépenses liées à tous les programmes fédéraux. Ainsi, outre les mesures de relance économique, le budget pourrait prévoir des compressions dans les programmes non prioritaires, en vue de limiter l’ampleur du déficit.* PDF

Campus-based Publishing Partnerships: A Guide to Critical Issues
Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), January 2009

Campus-based publishing partnerships offer the academy greater control over the intellectual products that it helps create. Partnerships will need to evolve from informal working alliances to long-term, programmatic collaborations to realize their full potential. SPARC’s Campus-based Publishing Partnerships will help libraries, presses, and academic units to define effective partnerships capable of supporting sustainable, innovative approaches to campus-based publishing.*

2009 Horizon Report

The annual Horizon Report describes the continuing work of the New Media Consortium (NMC)’s Horizon Project, a long-running qualitative research project that seeks to identify and describe emerging technologies likely to have a large impact on teaching, learning, research, or creative expression within learning-focused organizations. The 2009 version is the sixth annual report in the series, and was produced as a collaboration between the New Media Consortium and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI), an EDUCAUSE program.
http://wp.nmc.org/horizon2009/ / PDF

Ten Trends & Technologies for 2009
Michael Stephens
Tame the Web, January 12, 2009

The author looks at the trends and technologies that he believes will affect what we do in libraries and information centers and will continue to influence library users and nonusers alike. A major issue that remains is how libraries can respond to turbulent economic times.*

Perceptions 2008: An International Survey of Library Automation
Marshall Breeding
Library Technology Guides, January 18, 2009

This report describes the results of a survey conducted to gather data regarding librarians’ perceptions toward their automation systems, the organizations that support them and the quality of support they receive. The survey also aimed to gauge interest in open source library automation systems. 1,450 responses were received from libraries in 51 different countries. The countries most strongly represented include the United States (1,150 responses), the United Kingdom (49), Canada (99), Australia (44).*


DSpace Foundation, Fedora Commons, Sun Microsystems and SPARC Present All About Repositories Webinar Series
Feb. 18 at 9:00 a.m. PT

DSpace Foundation, Fedora Commons, Sun Microsystems and SPARC (The Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition) offer a free About Repositories Webinar Series to provide professional learning opportunities for repository managers, developers, curators and decision makers. The seminar series kicks off with DSpace and Fedora: A Collaboration Update presented by Michele Kimpton, Executive Director, DSpace Foundation, and Sandy Payette, Executive Director Fedora Commons. Each month a new topic or issue of interest to repository communities will be presented in a one-hour online format. *

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