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.


The minutes (members only) and the summary of the 2007 Fall General Meeting are available on the CARL Web site.


Le procès-verbal (accès réservé aux membres) et le résumé de l’assemblée générale de l’automne 2007 sont disponibles sur le site Web de l’ABRC.


Digital copyright rules still in limbo

Guy Dixon

Globe and Mail, March 6, 2008

The digital copyright issue just won't go away. With recording, broadcasting, podcasting and forecasting experts in Toronto for the industry side of the Canadian Music Week convention today through Saturday, topic No. 1 will be the limbo state of Canadian copyright legislation. With unauthorized downloading still legal in Canada, a digital copyright bill remains indefinitely delayed. Graham Henderson, president of the Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA) representing the major labels, says new legislation is needed simply to bring Canada up to speed with other countries. The aim isn't to sue teens and grannies indulging in a little downloading (as seen in the United States), but to go after the Bit Torrent sites enabling mass unauthorized file-sharing.


Lawrence Adrian Moore receives 2008 Haycock Award

March 4, 2008

Larry Moore, executive director of the Ontario Library Association, a post he held for 24 years until his retirement in February of this year, has been named the recipient of the 2008 American Library Association (ALA) Ken Haycock Award for Promoting Librarianship, which honors an individual for contributing significantly to the public recognition and appreciation of librarianship through professional performance, teaching, and/or writing. Among the achievements specially noted is his ability to think strategically and to apply that strategic thinking in his relationships with government. During his 40 years of devotion to making the world a better place through libraries of all types he participated in creating the document “Partners-in-Action: the School Library Resource Centre in the Curriculum.” It influenced a movement that has worldwide support to this day.


Publishers Phase Out Piracy Protection on Audio Books

Brad Stone

The New York Times, March 3, 2008

Some of the largest book publishers in the world are stripping away the anticopying software on digital downloads of audio books. The trend will allow consumers who download audio books to freely transfer these digital files between devices like their computers, iPods and cell phones — and conceivably share them with others. Dropping copying restrictions could also allow a variety of online retailers to start to sell audio book downloads. The publishers hope this openness could spark renewed growth in the audio book business, which generated $923 million in sales last year, according to the Audio Publishers Association.


Abandoning Print, Not Peer Review

Scott Jaschick

Inside Higher Ed, February 28, 2008

Those tracking the move toward open access publishing look for milestones such as the new federal law that will make much research supported by the National Institutes of Health available online and free or the recent move by Harvard University’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences to place professors’ scholarly papers in an open repository. A recent announcement out of Indiana hasn’t received the same attention, but may represent a larger challenge in the end to the traditional model of scholarly publishing, which has evolved to a system with expensive print and online publications and limited access for readers. A professor at Indiana University who is editor of an anthropology journal published traditionally has started a new journal — online and free — using tools made available by the library. After a one-year experiment, the journal is now officially launched and is already attracting many more readers than the establishment print model ever did.


In Norway, Global Seed Vault guards genetic resources

Elisabeth Rosenthal

International Herald Tribune, February 28, 2008

With plant species disappearing at an alarming rate, scientists and governments are creating a global network of plant banks to store seeds and sprouts - precious genetic resources that may be needed for man to adapt the world's food supply to climate change. This week, the flagship of that effort, the Global Seed Vault, received its first seeds - millions of them. Bored into the middle of a snow-topped Arctic mountain, the seed vault has as its goal the storing of every kind of seed from every collection on the planet. While the original seeds will remain in ordinary seed banks, the seed vault's stacked gray boxes will form a backup in case natural disaster or human error erase the seeds from the outside world.


Canadian University Offers Students Ability to Highlight Lecture Videos

Dian Schaffhauser

Campus Technology, February 26, 2008

Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada has deployed an online video portal that lets students view, index, annotate, remix, search, and share class lectures. Although the school has been offering streaming video for three years, the new portal, run on the Gotuit platform, implements more interactive features. The program, named VideoNotes by the university, will initially include the full-length video from each lecture, uploaded shortly after class. Lectures from an introductory psychology course will be the first set available. Students will be able to index the video by marking key segments and adding their own information, such as note title, description, and keywords. The metadata is searchable by the community, allowing others to search inside the lectures to find particular segments of interest.



What to do with Wikipedia

William Badke

Online, Volume 32, Number 2, March/April 2008

If you want to get five opinions from four information professionals, just mention Wikipedia. Often banned by professors, panned by traditional reference book publishers, and embraced by just about everyone else, Wikipedia marches on like a great beast, growing larger and more commanding every day. With no paid editors and written by almost anyone, it shouldn’t have succeeded, but it has. In fact, it’s now emerged as the No. 1 go-to information source in the world. It’s used not only by the great unwashed but also by many educated people as well. ONLINE reported on the Pew Internet & American Life Project’s findings that 36% of the American population regularly consult Wikipedia.


Les bibliothèques académiques européennes: brève synthèse prospective

Frédéric Blin

Bulletin des Bibliothèques de France, tome 53, numéro 1, 2008

Bien que très diverses, les bibliothèques d’enseignement supérieur et de recherche européennes connaissent dans leur ensemble, avec les ressources électroniques, une mutation accélérée qui se traduit par un fonctionnement en réseau et une coopération accrus à l’échelle nationale et internationale, notamment via les nombreuses associations européennes. De plus, bibliothèques et communautés de chercheurs se rapprochent, autour du concept d’information scientifique, sur des problématiques communes : archives ouvertes et institutionnelles, publications scientifiques, archivage et préservation des ressources électroniques et importance de la formation, problématiques qui conduisent la bibliothèque à s’interroger sur l’évolution de son positionnement au sein de l’université.


Talk About Talking About New Models of Scholarly Communication

Karla L. Hahn

Journal of Electronic Publishing, Volume 11, Number 1, Winter 2008

Although many new forms of scholarly exchange have reached an advanced state of adoption, scholars and researchers generally remain remarkably naïve and uninformed about many issues involved with change in scholarly publishing and scholarly communication broadly. It is increasingly important that dialogue at research institutions involve a much wider group of researchers and scholars. Only active engagement by those undertaking research and scholarship can ensure that the advancement of research and scholarship takes priority in the development and adoption of new models. Research libraries have led in educating stakeholders about new models and are expanding their outreach to campus communities. In considering the effects of recent change, and looking to emerging trends and concerns, six dangers of the current moment are considered along with six topics ripe for campus dialogue.


Science 2.0: Great New Tool, or Great Risk?

M. Mitchell Wardrop

Scientific American, January 9, 2008

The explosively growing World Wide Web has rapidly transformed retailing, publishing, personal communication and much more. Innovations such as e-commerce, blogging, downloading and open-source software have forced old-line institutions to adopt whole new ways of thinking, working and doing business. Science could be next. A small but growing number of researchersand not just the younger oneshave begun to carry out their work via the wide-open blogs, wikis and social networks of Web 2.0. And although their efforts are still too scattered to be called a movementyettheir experiences to date suggest that this kind of Web-based "Science 2.0" is not only more collegial than the traditional variety, but considerably more productive.



Information Provider Creates Free Resource to Help Minimize the Impact Humans Have on the Environment

February 26, 2008

EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO) is one of the best known aggregators of information, and as a company that has explored its own environmental impact; EBSCO has decided to use its expertise to make it easier for others to go green. As such, GreenFILE™, a bibliographic database of information about environmental concerns, is being made freely available at www.greeninfoonline.com. Global warming, energy conservation, natural resources, and pollution are important issues for global citizens, and there is a growing awareness that the way people treat the environment today will have far-reaching effects in the future. GreenFILE allows anyone on the Web to access information about these important topics and many more.


Students Will Discover People Who Have Changed History With Three "History and the Headlines" Collections From ABC-CLIO
February 26, 2008

This spring, students can discover how people's lives can change the course of history — both as individuals and as part of a larger movement — with three new free "History and the Headlines" collections from ABC-CLIO. "History and the Headlines" is a free online resource from ABC-CLIO Schools and leading history organizations, such as National History Day. Each site is designed to provide authoritative and engaging information to help students dissect and understand important events. "Our spring 'History and the Headlines' collections were developed to help students build an understanding of the ways that people can and have altered the course of history," said Becky Snyder, president, ABC-CLIO. "The high-quality, online history resources that we have assembled for these collections will give students insights into how the lives and actions of these individuals are responsible for the world we live in today."


Investigative Study of Standards for Digital Repositories and Related Services

Muriel Foulonneau and Francis André

Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), 2008

The DRIVER project aims to build a “Europe-wide digital repository infrastructure”. It will consist of a virtual network of physically distributed and locally maintained repositories from all countries in Europe. This study is aimed at institutional repository managers, service providers, repository software developers and generally all players taking an active part in the creation of the digital repository infrastructure for eResearch. It aims to raise discussion and motivate initiatives for the integration and in some cases the development of new standards, in addition to the current interoperability mechanisms that have been implemented in digital repositories.


Building the infrastructure for data access and reuse in collaborative research: an analysis of the legal context

Dr. Anne Fitzgerald and Kylie Pappalardo

Open Access to Knowledge (OAK) Law Project

The Report provides an overview of the operation of copyright law, contract and confidentiality laws, as well as a range of legislation - privacy, public records and freedom of information legislation, etc – that is of relevance to research data. The Report considers how these legal rules apply to define rights in research data and regulate the generation, management and sharing of data. In any given research project there will be a multitude of different parties with varying interests – legal and otherwise – in the data produced. These parties include researchers, research funders, licensees and other users, for example members of the general public who access the data online. The Report examines the relationships between these parties and the legal arrangements that must be implemented to ensure that research data is properly and effectively managed, so that it can be accessed and used by other researchers.



Digital Humanities Summer Institute

Victoria, British Columbia, May 26-30, 2008

The Digital Humanities Summer Institute provides an environment ideal to discuss, to learn about, and to advance skills in new computing technologies influencing the work of those in the Arts, Humanities and Library communities. The institute takes place across a week of intensive coursework, seminar participation, and lectures. It brings together faculty, staff, and graduate student theorists, experimentalists, technologists, and administrators from different areas of the Arts, Humanities, Library and Archives communities and beyond to share ideas and methods, and to develop expertise in applying advanced technologies to activities that impact teaching, research, dissemination and preservation.


LIBER 37th Annual General Conference

Ligue des Bibliothèques Européennes de Recherche (LIBER)

Istanbul, 1-5 July 2008

The Conference will take place at Koç University, a campus university close to the city of Istanbul. There will be a varied Conference programme organized under the main theme of the Conference: Bridging the Digital Divide: Effective Library Partnerships in the Digital Age. There will also be an important Pre-Conference on the topic: Discovery to Delivery A European Resource Discovery Space? The Pre-Conference will deal with strategic questions that emerged from the LIBER/EBLIDA Workshop on the Digitization of Library Material in Europe held in Copenhagen in October 2007 on how to achieve integrated access to the digitized collections of libraries and archives across the EU.


Diego Argáez

Research Officer / Agent de recherche

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

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