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.


Congratulations to Ms. Margaret Haines (Carleton University) and to Ms. Carol Hixson (University of Regina) on their election to the CARL Board of Directors. Their terms of office will be from May 2008 to June 2010. The new Board will meet for the first time on Thursday May 15, 2008.


Félicitations à Mme Margaret Haines (Carleton University) et à Mme Carol Hixson (University of Regina), élues au Conseil de l`ABRC. Leur mandat commencera en mai 2008 pour se terminer en juin 2010. Le nouveau Conseil tiendra sa première réunion le jeudi 15 mai 2008.


Five copyright myths and the countries that love them

Nate Anderson

Ars Technica, April 30, 2008

Law professor Michael Geist, one of the leading Canadian authorities on copyright, gave a talk this week to the Public Policy Forum in which he tackled five major copyright myths. All take aim at the idea that Canada needs a major new set of IP protections to "keep up" with the rest of world.


Les doctorants sont plus nombreux au Québec

Clairandrée Cauchy

Le Devoir, 30 avril 2008

Le doctorat a le vent dans les voiles depuis une quinzaine d'années au Québec, mais les emplois ne suivent pas nécessairement. Clairement en retard par rapport aux États-Unis dans les années 1970, le Québec a non seulement rattrapé le reste de l'Amérique du Nord au début des années 1990, mais il surpasse maintenant ses voisins au chapitre du nombre de diplômes de troisième cycle décernés annuellement au prorata de la population.

University of Waterloo recruits Arthur Carty to head up new institute in nanotechnology

RE$EARCH MONEY, Volume 22, Number 7, April 30, 2008

After 14 years in the bureaucracy of Ottawa, Dr Arthur Carty is returning to his roots. The former president of the National Research Council (NRC) and national science advisor has been tagged to head up the new Waterloo Institute of Nanotechnology (WIN) as its executive director for an initial two-year term. Reporting to the deans of science and engineering, Carty takes on a host of responsibilities including the development of a vision and research directions for WIN and establishing a graduate program in nanotechnology.

CANARIE's future focus of strategic study

RE$EARCH MONEY, Volume 22, Number 7, April 30, 2008

CANARIE's future beyond 2012 is the focus of a policy study to be undertaken by the firm of Hickling Arthurs Low. The study will be funded by CANARIE and Industry Canada and overseen by both organizations. It will focus on options for how the facilitator of next-generation research networks should evolve beyond its current five-year funding period in terms of mandate, funding and organizational models. Since its creation in 1993, CANARIE has been instrumental in pushing Canada to the forefront of cyberinfrastructure, particularly in the 1990s when it was acknowledged as the fastest research network in the world.

Google diving into 3D mapping of oceans

Elinor Mills

CNET News, April 30, 2008

We've got Google Earth and Google Sky. Next up will be a map of the world below sea level—Google Ocean. The company has assembled an advisory group of oceanography experts, and in December invited researchers from institutions around the world to the Mountain View, Calif., Googleplex. There, they discussed plans for creating a 3D oceanographic map, according to sources familiar with the matter.


Google's success may be its undoing

Fabrice Taylor

The Globe and Mail, April 30, 2008

‘Don't be evil” is Google's informal corporate motto, a subtle jab at Microsoft. As slogans go, it's brilliant: simple, touchy-feely and at once a compliment to Google and an attack against a rival with a reputation for monopolistic intentions. But Google has problems of its own. It's not the bully Microsoft was; it doesn't have to be. But like Microsoft, it's a virtual monopoly and eventually Google will suffer for its own success.


Un nouveau joueur s'ajoute en nanotechnologie

Martine Letarte

Le Devoir, 27 avril 2008

Généralement reconnue pour ses programmes de formation et ses recherches dans le domaine des sciences sociales et de communication, l'UQAM souhaite également faire sa place dans le monde des sciences pures et appliquées. Fondé il y a moins de deux ans, le Centre de recherche sur les nanomatériaux et l'énergie, NanoQAM, illustre bien cette réalité.


'Monotonous' page turning helps digitize books for Google

Associated Press, April 25, 2008

In a dimly lit back room on the second level of the University of Michigan library's book-shelving department, Courtney Mitchel helped a giant desktop machine digest a rare, centuries-old Bible. Mitchel is among hundreds of librarians from Minnesota to England making digital versions of the most fragile of the books to be included in Google Inc.'s Book Search. The manually scanning — at up to 600 pages a day — is much slower than Google's regular process.


Le consortium Érudit dévoile sa nouvelle plateforme web

23 avril 2008

Des dizaines de milliers de documents issus de la recherche universitaire sont disponibles, pour la plupart gratuitement, grâce au consortium interuniversitaire Érudit qui dévoilé sa nouvelle plateforme web. Grâce à cette plateforme, l’accès à une vaste collection de thèses, de revues savantes et d’ouvrages scientifiques est maintenant facilité pour les chercheurs, les étudiants et le grand public.


Canadian Library Association meets with MPs on Library Book Rate

April 8, 2008

The Canadian Library Association (CLA) today met with Conservative Members of Parliament to educate them on Canada Post’s Library Book Rate and to ask for their support to make the Rate more sustainable. The Library Book Rate is one of CLA’s major advocacy files, and the Association lobbies diligently for its continuation and expansion.



Selling out Canada's knowledge in the knowledge-based economy

Adam Chowaniec

RE$EARCH MONEY, Volume 22, Number 7, April 30, 2008

The current controversy over the sale of Macdonald Dettwiler & Associates Ltd's Radarsat technology has focused a spotlight on the value of intellectual property in the knowledge-based sector. MDA's situation is unique in many ways, but we should be equally concerned about the acquisition of Canadian anchor technology companies such as Cognos Inc, ATI Technologies Inc and a plethora of small players such as the sale in recent weeks of Meriton and Sirific.

That Book Costs How Much?

New York Times, April 25, 2008

Right now, textbook publishers are calling the tune. They add as many bells and whistles as they can and pump out new editions as quickly as possible — as a way of making perfectly good textbooks obsolete. Not every book can be cheap. A specialized text that only a few people know how to write and that reaches a small audience will be costly by definition. But there is no reason for an introductory textbook to carry a price tag of, say, $140 in an area like economics where the information changes little from year to year.


Georgia State University Sued Over E-Reserves

Library Journal, April 17, 2008

One of the most contentious issues between libraries and publishers in the digital age landed in court this week, as a group of publishers filed suit in Atlanta against Georgia State University over the university's use of electronic course content, including its e-reserves system. The suit, filed by Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, and SAGE Publications, and supported by the Association of American Publishers (AAP), charges GSU with "pervasive, flagrant, and ongoing unauthorized distribution of copyrighted materials."


Reality Checks

Andrew Richard Albanese

Library Journal, April 15, 2008

This article explores the current publishing (and by association, library) landscape with ten "reality checks" serving as broad observations about the web, libraries, and publishers, where there is value to be found or added, where there is danger, and, of course, where users are going.



Survey of Library Special Collections Digitization Efforts Seeks Participants

Primary Research Group, April 2008

Primary Research Group is planning an international survey of Library & Museum special collections digitization efforts and seeks participants among academic, public and special libraries and museums worldwide. Participants receive a free PDF copy. Participants are listed in an appendix but responses are aggregated and confidential.


Primary Research Group has published Library Use of E-books, 2008-09 Edition

April 2008

Data in the report is based on a survey of 75 academic, public and special libraries. Librarians detail their plans on how they plan to develop their e-book collections, what they think of e-book readers and software, and which e-book aggregators and publishers appeal to them most and why.


JISC & SCONUL Library Management Systems Study

Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) & Society of College, National and University Libraries (SCONUL), April 2008

This is a period of uncertainty and change for HE libraries in terms of institutional priorities, user perceptions, globalization of services and communities and new technologies. Users expect ease of discovery, workflow and delivery influenced by major web companies such as Google and Amazon and Web2.0. In this context, JISC is working towards an Information Environment for learning, teaching and research, involving deep integration of services and resources within the personal, institutional, national and global landscape. As central service providers, HE libraries are raising questions about the role, interoperability and value of their systems.


Open Doors and Open Minds: What faculty authors can do to ensure open access to their work through their institution

A SPARC / Science Commons White Paper, April 2008

Inspired by the example set by the Harvard faculty, this White Paper is addressed to the faculty and administrators of academic institutions who support equitable access to scholarly research and knowledge, and who believe that the institution can play an important role as steward of the scholarly literature produced by its faculty. This paper discusses both the motivation and the process for establishing a binding institutional policy that automatically grants a copyright license from each faculty member to permit deposit of his or her peer-reviewed scholarly articles in institutional repositories, from which the works become available for others to read and cite.


Libraries Unleashed: Colleges, universities and the digital challenge

The Guardian in association with the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC), April 22, 2008

Academic libraries are changing faster than at any time in their history. Information technology, online databases, and catalogues and digitized archives have put the library back at the heart of teaching, learning and academic research on campus. This special supplement in the Guardian contains 18 articles highlighting a number of contemporary library-related topics, including information literacy, learning spaces, open access, library 2.0, digitization, and the evolving roles

and skills of users and librarians.



3rd annual Canadian Learning Commons Conference: Building on Success

Fredericton, New Brunswick, June 8-10, 2008

This conference will bring together speakers from universities and community colleges in the Atlantic Region, all of whom share an interest in bringing critical research services into one venue for students. Keynote speaker Richard Sweeney will discuss what research says about Millennials and their communication, consumer, and learning preferences, as well as their behaviors and attitudes. Following this discussion, Richard will conduct a live focus group with 12 to 14 local Millennials to prove or disprove the research. The audience will also have the opportunity to ask the Millennials questions.


11th International Symposium on Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Aberdeen, Scotland, June 4-7, 2008

The purpose of "ETD 2008: Spreading the Light" will not only be to present research outcomes and demonstrate new developments and initiatives in the field of electronic theses and dissertations, but also to encourage even more universities around the world to become a part of the NDLTD and to promote free, open and long-term access to online scholarship. For institutions and individuals that are at the early stages of investigating how to operate and promote an ETD project or programme, the conference will also offer a range of learning and networking opportunities within an international collegial atmosphere of a premier university for graduate professional education.


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