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.


Ms. Leslie Weir, President of the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) announced the appointment of Mr. Brent Roe as Executive Director effective April 14, 2008. Brent Roe has held the post of Associate University Librarian, Information Services, York University since 2003. He has a MLIS from the University of Alberta as well as a BA in Psychology and MA in Ancient History. Brent is an alumnus of the Northern Exposure to Leadership Institute and the ACRL/Harvard Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians.



Mme Leslie Weir, présidente de l’Association des bibliothèques de recherche du Canada (ABRC) a annoncé la nomination de M. Brent Roe au poste de directeur général à compter du 14 avril 2008. Depuis 2003, Brent Roe a occupé le poste de bibliothécaire en chef adjoint, services de l’information, à la York University. Il détient une maîtrise en bibliothéconomie et en sciences de l’information de la University of Alberta, ainsi qu’un baccalauréat en psychologie et une maîtrise en histoire ancienne. Brent est aussi un ancien de la Northern Exposure to Leadership Institute et de l’ACRL/Harvard Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians.


On March 6, 2008 the Boards of the Canadian Institute for Historical Microreproductions (CIHM) and the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) concluded an historic agreement to merge the CIHM and the AlouetteCanada initiative to create a new body with the official name of Canadiana.org.



Le 6 mars 2008, les conseils d’administration de l’Institut canadien de microreproductions historiques (ICHM) et de l’Association des bibliothèques de recherche du Canada (ABRC) ont conclu une entente historique de fusion entre l’ICMH et l’initiative AlouetteCanada pour former un nouvel organisme portant le nom de Canadiana.org.



Rise of the Digital NEH

Andy Guess

Inside Higher Ed, April 3, 2008

With more and more humanities scholars embracing scholarship that is either conducted or published online, funding agencies and a network of “digital humanities centers” are stepping up to provide money and organizational structure for what has been a grassroots movement. Some of the most important leadership in the growing interdisciplinary subfield is coming from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the largest single supporter of humanities programs. Last week, the endowment announced that its two-year Digital Humanities Initiative was being formalized into a permanent Office of Digital Humanities as it awarded several new Transatlantic Digitization Collaboration grants (along with the Joint Information Systems Committee, a British higher education IT promotion organization) to boost scholarly exchange between American and European researchers.


Bell throttles its Internet competitors

Michael Geist

Toronto Star, April 1, 2008

Canada's broadcast regulator has long acknowledged that Canadians enjoy limited competition for high-speed Internet services. In response, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission has supported independent Internet service providers, or ISPs, by requiring incumbents such as Bell Canada to provide wholesale broadband Internet service at regulated rates. This important piece of the Canadian Internet connectivity puzzle learned its future viability has been put at risk due to Bell's plans to "throttle" its wholesale services.


U.S. Study Group Issues Report Recommending Changes in Copyright Law to Reflect Digital Technologies

The Section 108 Study Group, March 31, 2008

After nearly three years of intensive work, the independent Section 108 Study Group has issued its report and recommendations on exceptions to U.S. copyright law to address how libraries, archives and museums deal with copyrighted materials in fulfilling their missions in the digital environment. Section 108 is the section of the Copyright Act that provides limited exceptions for libraries and archives so that they may make copies to replace copyrighted works in their collections when necessary, preserve them for the long term and make them available to users.


Shakespeare goes digital : earliest printed versions of the Bard’s plays to go online

March 26, 2008

A U.S. and British library plan to reproduce online all 75 editions of William Shakespeare's plays printed in the quarto format before the year 1641. The Bodleian Library in Oxford and Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington DC have joined forces to download their collections, building on the work of the British Library which digitized its collection of quarto editions in 2004. The project is designed to make all of the earliest printed versions of Shakespeare's plays, many of which are only accessible to scholars, available to the wider public.


How the open net closed its doors

Clark Boyd

BBC News, March 25, 2008

A new book details the extent to which countries across the globe are increasingly censoring online information they find strategically, politically or culturally threatening. Access Denied: The Practice and Policy of Global Internet Filtering challenges the long-standing assumption that the internet is an unfettered space where citizens from around the world can freely communicate and mobilize. In fact, the book makes it clear that the scope, scale and sophistication of net censorship are growing.



Professors should embrace Wikipedia

Mark A. Wilson

Inside Higher Ed, April 1, 2008

Mark A. Wilson, Professor of Geology at the College of Wooster, makes a case for academics with “research specialties” proactively engaging the oft-maligned Wikipedia. M. Wilson suggests what could be some of the benefits of scholars enrolling as identifiable editors of the “online, anyone-can-edit” encyclopedia – new entries on topics that should be covered, an added element of quality control and authority, and more opportunities for participating scholars to connect when the come across new articles and edits for example. He also points out that their involvement can serve students “by improving the source they go to first for information.”


Lifecycle Librarianship

Bill Crowley

Library Journal, April 1, 2008

In a time when information self-service and enhanced competition have sent libraries of all types into an oftentimes desperate search for a renewed sense of purpose, a fundamentally important question takes center stage: How can libraries connect with the deepest aspirations of their service communities? Establishing such a connection will require looking beyond inadequate information models to adopt a renewed library approach to helping mayors and legislators, school boards and superintendents, and university presidents and higher education governing bodies solve critical problems faced by U.S. and Canadian national cultures. Such a vision of libraries, where the learning needs of every stage of life get addressed and support of reading is lifelong, will reinforce the foundations of the library.


Out of print: the death and life of the American newspaper

Eric Alterman

The New Yorker, March 31, 2008

Three centuries after the appearance of James Franklin’s New England Courant, it no longer requires a dystopic imagination to wonder who will have the dubious distinction of publishing America’s last genuine newspaper. Few believe that newspapers in their current printed form will survive. Newspaper companies are losing advertisers, readers, market value, and, in some cases, their sense of mission at a pace that would have been barely imaginable just four years ago.


La liberté d'expression se bute à des limites, même sur Internet

Bruno Guglielminetti

Le Devoir, 25 mars 2008

La liberté d'expression sur Internet. Voilà un sujet qui revient régulièrement à la surface. Une question fascinante et, surtout, fort intéressante à suivre pour ceux qui s'occupent de la défense des droits et liberté sur Internet. Car sur Internet, lois nationales, lois territoriales, lois internationales, bon goût et censure cohabitent dans une harmonie difficile à vivre pour ceux qui essaient de faire la promotion d'un message hors des grands thèmes de l'actualité populaire.



Research Library Publishing Services: New Options for University Publishing

April 2, 2008

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has published the results of a study of publishing services provided by ARL member libraries. To foster a deeper understanding of an emerging research library role as publishing service provider, in late 2007 ARL surveyed its membership about the publishing services they offer. Following the survey, publishing program managers at 10 institutions participated in semi-structured interviews to delve more deeply into several aspects of service development: the sources and motivations for service launch, the range of publishing services, and relationships with partners.


Towards Open Access Publishing in High Energy Physics

On February 29, 2008, the Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics (SCOAP3) held a US focal meeting at the University of California at Berkeley. Webcasts of the presentations from that event are available on the SCOAP3 website and on a YouTube playlist. SCOAP3 is an effort to convert to open access a core set of journals in high-energy physics (HEP). The initiative is based at CERN but is intended to be a worldwide effort.


The Diverse and Exploding Digital Universe: an Updated Forecast of Worldwide Information Growth Through 2011

John F. Gantz et al

International Data Corporation (IDC), March 2008

In this EMC-sponsored white paper, IDC researchers calibrate the size of the digital universe through 2011. The results of the study indicate that the digital universe is larger than was previously thought and growing faster than expected. The authors explore new dimensions of the digital universe (e.g., specific industries’ impact on the digital universe; one’s own digital shadow) and discuss the implications for individuals, organizations, and society.



ELPUB 2008 Open Scholarship

Toronto, Ontario, June 25-27, 2008

Scholarly communications, in particular scholarly publications, are undergoing tremendous changes. Researchers, universities, funding bodies, research libraries and publishers are responding in different ways, from active experimentation, adaptation, to strong resistance. The ELPUB 2008 conference will focus on key issues on the future of scholarly communications resulting from the intersection of semantic web technologies, the development of cyberinfrastructure for humanities and the sciences , and new dissemination channels and business models.


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