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 following two CARL-commissioned reports are available on the website:

E-Books in Research Libraries: Issues of Access and Use, prepared by the CARL Copyright Committee Task Group on E-Books


Final Report of the CARL Library Education Working Group



Les deux suivants rapports exécutés sur commande de l’ABRC sont disponibles sur le site web :

E-Books in Research Libraries: Issues of Access and Use, preparé par le Task Group on E-Books du Comité sur le droit d’auteur de l’ABRC (en anglais)


Rapport final du Groupe de travail sur la formation en bibliothéconomie de l’ABRC



McMaster University Library partners with Kirtas Technologies, Ristech and Lulu.com to unleash thousands of rare books to the world

May 21, 2008

Imagine owning a copy of Galileo’s 1632 book, Dialogo di Galileo Galilei (Galileo’s Dialogue), challenging the traditional thinking that the universe revolves around the earth. At the time, the book and its concepts were so controversial, that Galileo was convicted of heresy in 1633 and the book was placed on the Index of Forbidden Books. With the support of Kirtas’ Canadian reseller Ristech, McMaster University will be using the Kirtas APT BookScan 2400RA to digitize rare, out-of-print books. The world will be able to access McMaster’s unique collections online, and even purchase as print-on-demand books from Lulu.com.


An open-source software project could help unify every existing astronomical image into a single data set

Eric Hand

Nature, Volume 453, Number 7194, May 21, 2008

Astrometry.net is an open-source software project, run out of the University of Toronto and New York University, which aims to recognize any starscape and place it in its proper coordinates within seconds — specifying not just which patch of the sky is shown, but when. By using the small relative motions of stars over time, the project's designers hope to date any picture to within a year.


Flood shuts Canada's national archives

CBC News, May 20, 2008

A broken water pipe flooded the main building of Library and Archives Canada in Ottawa early Tuesday morning, closing the building and causing a small amount of damage to some books. Firefighters were called to the building shortly after 2 a.m. when a pipe broke near the men's washroom on the second floor of the Wellington Street building, setting off an alarm.


NSERC's core grants program receives solid endorsement from international review panel

RE$EARCH MONEY, Volume 22, Number 8, May 20, 2008

One of Canada's oldest and largest university research granting programs has received an important endorsement and recommendation for increased funding from an international review committee headed by Dr Peter Nicholson. The committee says the Discovery Grants Program (DGP) of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) is an exceptionally productive investment for Canada, encouraging a high degree of research excellence and affording researchers a base to lever internationally competitive levels of funding from other sources.

Cancer genome consortium enhances Toronto's image as life sciences centre

RE$EARCH MONEY, Volume 22, Number 8, May 20, 2008

The selection of Toronto's as the global and data headquarters for an ambitious $1-billion global genome consortium to combat cancer promises to dramatically increase the city's life sciences activity and profile, says the researcher who led the effort to attract the initiative to the region.

SSHRC invests $22 million in 11 knowledge clusters

RE$EARCH MONEY, Volume 22, Number 8, May 20, 2008

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) has awarded $22 million over seven years in 11 knowledge networks. The networks span the range of SSHRC disciplines and include the Research Network for Business Sustainability at the University of Western Ontario, an international entrepreneurship strategic knowledge cluster at the University of Waterloo, a sustainable prosperity research and policy network at the University of Ottawa and a Canadian prevention science cluster for children and youth at the University of Toronto.

CANARIE funds NEPTUNE ocean floor data link

RE$EARCH MONEY, Volume 22, Number 8, May 20, 2008

NEPTUNE Canada has received $2.2 million from the CANARIE Infrastructure Extension program for a dedicated high-speed Internet connection for 10 years. The line will be provided by Shaw Business Solutions and will run 200 km from Port Alberni to the campus of the University of Victoria, linking the ocean floor to NEPTUNE.

OCLC and Google to exchange data, link digitized books to WorldCat

May 19, 2008

OCLC and Google Inc. have signed an agreement to exchange data that will facilitate the discovery of library collections through Google search services. Under terms of the agreement, OCLC member libraries participating in the Google Book Search™ program, which makes the full text of more than one million books searchable, may share their WorldCat-derived MARC records with Google to better facilitate discovery of library collections through Google.


Democracy and the Web

The New York Times, May 19, 2008

Users of the Internet take for granted their ability to access all Web sites on an equal basis. That could change, however, if Internet service providers started discriminating among content, to make more money or to suppress ideas they do not like. A new “net neutrality” bill has been introduced in the House (U.S.), which would prohibit this sort of content discrimination.


CRTC orders Bell to prove Net 'shaping' needed

Matt Hartley

Globe and Mail, May 16, 2008

Federal regulators have ordered Bell Canada to provide tangible evidence that its broadband networks are congested to justify the company's Internet "traffic-shaping" policies. The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) laid out the process through which it will tackle the issue of how Internet providers manage the flow of content on their networks and those they lease to third-party providers, setting up a summer of debate over so-called net neutrality.


New Canadian copyright bill on downloading delayed

The Canadian Press, May 14, 2008

It looks like Canadians may have to wait at least a few more months to find out if they will be allowed to legally copy compacts discs, record television shows, or rip music to their MP3 players. With the clock running down on the spring session of Parliament, the federal government isn't committing to introducing its long-awaited copyright bill before the long summer break that starts next month.



The Library in the New Age

Robert Darnton

The New York Review of Books, Volume 55, Number 10, June 12, 2008

Information is exploding so furiously around us and information technology is changing at such bewildering speed that we face a fundamental problem: How to orient ourselves in the new landscape? What, for example, will become of research libraries in the face of technological marvels such as Google? How to make sense of it all? Mr. Darnton suggests one approach to it: look at the history of the ways information has been communicated.


Government undermining its own S&T Strategy

Gary Cobett

RE$EARCH MONEY, Volume 22, Number 8, May 20, 2008

One of the goals of the federal government's science and technology strategy - Mobilizing Science and Technology to Canada's Advantage — is to foster government scientific excellence and attract top young scientists to the federal public service. But the pattern of events following the May 2007 release of the federal S&T strategy has done little to instill confidence in this government's commitment to federal science. Questions hanging over the support for and independence of public science come at a time when Canada faces serious challenges. Global warming, economic globalization and diverse threats to public health and safety are magnifying the importance of science to the government's ability to respond to the needs of Canadians.

Little Orphan Artworks

Lawrence Lessig

The New York Times, May 20, 2008

The problem of orphan works is real. It was caused by a fundamental shift in the architecture of copyright law. Before 1978, copyright was an opt-in system, granting protection only to those who registered and renewed their copyright, and only if they marked their creative work with the famous ©. But three decades ago, Congress (U.S.) created an opt-out system. Copyright protection is now automatic, and it extends for almost a century, whether the author wants or needs it or even knows that his work is regulated by federal law.


How Amazon Could Change Publishing

Sramana Mitra

Forbes, May 16, 2008

Technology has disrupted every industry. Now, it's book publishing's turn. The first major technology-enabled change in the industry came when digital print-on-demand presses started becoming affordable. For authors looking to gain serious readership, the big question still remains unanswered: How would they market and distribute their books? Enter Amazon.com. Some surveys suggest that online booksellers could become the largest channel for book sales by 2009, and Amazon is certainly the 800-pound gorilla in that market—it's the largest bookseller in the world.


Crown copyright is overdue for retirement

Michael Geist

Toronto Star, May 12, 2008

As Industry Minister Jim Prentice prepares to introduce new copyright legislation, Crown copyright is unlikely to be part of the reform package. According to documents obtained under the Access to Information Act, there may be a disturbing reason behind the government's reluctance to address it – Crown copyright costs Canadians hundreds of thousands of dollars while being used as a tool to suppress public criticism of government programs.



Activities, costs and funding flows in scholarly communications

Research Information Network, May 2008

In recent years, technological developments and the availability of information resources online have brought a sea-change in how research is done, and how its results are communicated to other researchers, and indeed to anyone else interested in those results. There is a considerable literature on the costs of some aspects of the system, such as the costs of journal publishing. However, there has been no attempt in the UK to produce estimates of the current costs, from a system-wide perspective, of the scholarly communications process as a whole. The purpose of this study is to attempt to fill that gap.


Library services for international students

Society of College, National and University Libraries (SCONUL)

It is well documented that international students face additional challenges to those faced by all new students. Difficulties experienced with academic and social aspects can adversely affect the outcome of their studies. International students bring cultural and intellectual diversity and, in times of decreased public funding, contribute essential income. Success in attracting large numbers of international students, in particular at postgraduate level, is also a source of prestige for universities by signaling their world-class status. The quality of library facilities and services can be one of the deciding factors in students’ choice of university, may influence whether they complete their studies, and will certainly contribute enormously to whether their experience of studying abroad is positive or negative.


Supreme Court of Canada's Journal Titles A to Z list

May 20, 2008

The Library is pleased to release the Supreme Court of Canada's Journal Titles A to Z available for use by all Libraries. Access is via the Library's home page. Journal Titles A to Z is a combined list of the periodicals in the Library's print and licensed electronic resources collections, and of legal journals openly available on the internet. A title may exist in multiple alternate formats. Access to the licensed electronic collections is only possible using your institution's authentication process.


ARL Publishes ARL Preservation Statistics 2005-06

May 19, 2008

The ARL Preservation Statistics started as a pilot project in 1984 to measure the preservation efforts of ARL member libraries. The latest edition includes data tables on personnel, expenditures, conservation treatment, preservation treatment, and preservation microfilming. An in-depth analysis of data by size of library is also provided.


Le Catalogue des bibliothèques du Québec est en ligne

15 mai 2008

Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ) annonce la mise en ligne du Catalogue des Bibliothèques du Québec permettant une recherche unique de plus de 60 catalogues de différentes bibliothèques publiques, collégiales et universitaires.



Documentation sur l’art: contenu local, contexte mondial

IFLA, Section des bibliothèques d’art, rencontre pré-congrès

Montreal, Quebec, 6 au 8 août 2008

Un comité spécial de la section d’ARLIS/NA (Art Libraries Society of North America) MOQ (Montréal-Ottawa-Québec) organise présentement trois jours d’activités liées aux arts. Ces activités réuniront des bibliothécaires en art du Canada et d’ailleurs sous forme déchange international, tout en enrichissant l’expérience de ceux qui participeront à la conférence annuelle de l’IFLA à Québec.


Satellite pre-IFLA conference : consortia and cooperative programmes

Quebec City, August 7, 2008

Free satellite event held in conjunction with the IFLA World Congress in Quebec City. Blackwells and British Columbia Electronic Library Network (BCELN) are sponsoring the session. The Speakers for this event are senior colleagues with great expertise in consortia and collaborative arrangements:

· Helena Assamoah-Hassan, from Ghana

· Deb DeBruijn, Canadian Research Knowledge Network

· Rima Kupryte, eIFL.net (Electronic Information for Libraries)

· Ann Okerson, NERL, USA

· David Swords, Blackwell

· Yao XiaoXia, CALIS, China

Please RSVP to Sue McKnight, Chair, Academic and research Libraries Section, for catering purposes by 28 July.

Diego Argáez

Research Officer / Agent de recherche

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

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