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.


Mr. Richard Dumont is the new Director of libraries at Université de Montréal as of June 16, 2008. Mr. Dumont was formerly in charge of the Bibliothèque de l’École Polytechnique since 1998. He was the main driver of the new Polytechnique library that was inaugurated in 2005. He succeeds Mr. Jean-Pierre Côté, who retires after eight years as Directeur général, Direction générale des bibliothèques.



M. Richard Dumont sera responsable de la Direction des bibliothèques de l’Université de Montréal le 16 juin, 2008, effectivement. M. Dumont dirigeait la Bibliothèque de l’École Polytechnique depuis 1998. Il a été le principal maître d’œuvre de la nouvelle Bibliothèque de l’École, qui a été inaugurée en 2005. M. Dumont succède à M. Jean-Pierre Côté, qui prend sa retraite après avoir occupé le poste pendant huit ans.



The Holy Grail of archival collections
Elizabeth Renzetti
Globe and Mail, June 19, 2008

Pick a momentous event in the history of the Canadian West, from the Gold Rush to the building of the railway to the Red River uprisings, and Sir Sam Steele was there, like a law-enforcing Zelig. Now, one of the country's most famous Mounties is finally coming home, or at least his journals, letters, sword and uniform are. A remarkably rich, previously unseen trove of materials, this is "the Holy Grail of archival collections," according to Robert Desmarais of the University of Alberta, which bought the collection from Steele's family.


Copyright cock-up

Ivor Tossell

Globe and Mail, June 19, 2008

What a happy fuzz we've been in all these years. While Americans have been wrangling over gigantic recording-industry lawsuits, Canadians have been enjoying a pleasantly nebulous relationship with digital copyright. Nobody seems to know exactly what the letter of the law says (even lawyers say it's debatable in parts), so we laypeople have assumed that if our intentions are fair, everything will be all right. Enough of this reverie. The Tories' new copyright bill, unveiled last week, is a glass of cold water to the face. It spells out in meticulous detail what you can and cannot do with digital media. And unless it's exactly what the copyright holder says you can do, odds are you can't do it.


Allocation aux étudiants du premier cycle du privilège d'emprunt direct dans les différentes bibliothèques universitaires québécoises : projet pilote

19 juin 2008

Le Sous-comité des bibliothèques de la Conférence des recteurs et des principaux des universités du Québec (CREPUQ), au terme d’un projet pilote, est heureux d’annoncer une nouvelle entente entre les bibliothèques universitaires québécoises. Elle a pour objet l'allocation du privilège d'emprunt direct aux étudiants du premier cycle. Cette entente vient élargir celle déjà en vigueur pour l'octroi du même privilège, mais sur une base plus étendue et selon des modalités légèrement différentes, aux professeurs et aux étudiants de deuxième et de troisième cycles. Les deux ententes reposent sur le même principe de complémentarité de ressources documentaires des bibliothèques universitaires québécoises.


Canada's new copyright bill: More spin than 'win-win'

Jeremy De Beer

National Post, June 16, 2008

When Canada's reform copyright Bill C-61 was tabled last week, Industry Minister Jim Prentice called it a "win-win approach" that balanced the needs of users and creators. Anyone who actually reads the bill, however, will quickly realize that claims about balance are simply spin. To be fair, there are some interesting and promising principles buried in the bill. But sadly, the potential promise of these ideas is entirely negated by the technical limitations.


Le bulletin Nouvelles de l’ASTED est maintenant accessible directement en ligne.

Association pour l`avancement des sciences et des techniques de la documentation

28 mai 2008

Ce bulletin est publié cinq fois par année. Il était jusqu’à maintenant disponible qu’aux membres de l’ASTED en version imprimée. Le bulletin sera dorénavant produit en version électronique et rendu accessible sur son nouveau site portail. Ce nouveau mode de diffusion permettra de faire une économie importante sur les frais d’impression et d’envoi. Il permettra également de produire le bulletin plus rapidement et de le transmettre aux membres, par l’entremise dans un laps de temps beaucoup plus court.



The “I’m Feeling Lucky Syndrome”: Teacher-Candidates’ Knowledge of Web Searching Strategies

Corinne Laverty et al

Partnership: the Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Research, Volume 3, Number 1, 2008

This study examined the web searching strategies of 253 teachers-in-training using both a survey (247 participants) and live screen capture with think aloud audio recording (6 participants). The results present a picture of the strategic, syntactic, and evaluative search abilities of these students that librarians and faculty can use to plan how instruction can target information skill deficits in university student populations.


Key differences between Web 1.0 and Web 2.0

Graham Cormode and Balachander Krishnamurthy

First Monday, Volume 13 Number 6, June 2, 2008

Web 2.0 is a buzzword introduced in 2003-04 which is commonly used to encompass various novel phenomena on the World Wide Web. Although largely a marketing term, some of the key attributes associated with Web 2.0 include the growth of social networks, bi-directional communication, various 'glue' technologies, and significant diversity in content types. While most of Web 2.0 runs on the same substrate as 1.0, there are some key differences.


Who Will Rule The New Internet?

Josh Quittner

Time, June 6, 2008

The winners of the platform wars stand to make billions selling devices, selling eyeballs to advertisers, selling services such as music, movies, even computer power on demand. Yet the outcome here is far more important than who makes the most money. The future of the Internet—how we get information, how we communicate with one another and, most important, who controls it—is at stake.



Support for National Institutes of Health (NIH) Implementation of the Revised Public Access Policy

Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), May 30, 2008

The protracted and deliberative process leading to the NIH Public Access Policy that took effect on April 7, 2008 has resulted in an implementation approach that effectively balances the reasonable interests of all stakeholders. In the months since its announcement on January 11, 2008, NIH and its grantee institutions have made substantial headway in introducing the new policy to investigators. As a result, investigator deposits in PubMed Central have surged in 2008—nearly doubling in the short time the policy has been mandatory.


GPO Study of Regional Depositories

April 10, 2008

The U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) was directed by the Joint Committee on Printing (JCP) to determine the extent to which public access via the FDLP may be impaired by current or projected organizational, financial, technological, or other conditions affecting regional depository libraries. The study was to be delivered to the JCP on or before June 1, 2008.


Response from ARL : http://www.arl.org/bm~doc/ltgporegcom.pdf

The Survey of Academic Libraries, 2008-09 Edition

Primary Research Group

The study is based on data from 75 college libraries in the United States and Canada. Data is broken out by size and type of college, as well as for public and private institutions, to allow for easier benchmarking. The report's more than 300 tables of data present findings about trends in staffing and salaries, budgets, grants and endowments, special collections, content and materials spending, use of e-books and online services, capital budgets library building renovation and facilities management, information literacy, and many other issues of interest to academic librarians.



International Society for Knowledge Organization (ISKO) Conference

Montreal, Quebec, August 5th-8th, 2008

The conference will be hosted by the École de bibliothéconomie et des sciences de l'information (EBSI) at the Université de Montréal. The theme of the conference is: Culture and Identity in Knowledge Organization. The keynote address will be delivered by Jonathan Furner, Associate Professor at UCLA: "Interrogating ‘identity’: A Philosophical Approach to an Enduring Issue in Knowledge Organization"


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