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.


University of Calgary funds Open Access Authors Fund

June 24, 2008

University of Calgary professors and graduate students will now have access to a $100,000 Open Access Authors Fund designed to increase the amount of publicly available research. The new fund, announced today by Thomas Hickerson, Vice-Provost, Libraries and Cultural Resources and University Librarian, is the first of its magnitude in Canada. “I am proud that the University of Calgary is taking leadership in this movement to increase the worldwide accessibility of cutting-edge research,” said Hickerson.


Copyright lobby hunkering down, studying Bill C-61, and building alliances

Simon Doyle

The Hill Times, June 23, 2008

On the heels of the end of the House of Commons session, copyright lobby groups are slowly sinking their teeth into the Conservative government's new copyright bill, digesting its provisions, planning meetings with officials, and building alliances and campaigns. The Business Coalition for Balanced Copyright (BCBC), whose membership includes heavy-hitters such as Google, Yahoo! Canada, Rogers, Telus, and the Canadian Association of Broadcasters, held a conference call on Monday of last week to begin negotiations for the writing of a new position paper on the bill. The coalition issued a position in February that called for a "balanced approach" to copyright reform and warned the government not to introduce excessive new legal tools for rights holders.


Documents and Collections at Risk?

Andy Guess

Inside Higher Ed, June 20, 2008

Archivists from the nation’s libraries and museums are sounding the alarm over proposed cuts to the budget supporting the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Division of Preservation and Access. Despite an overall proposed increase to the budget, which a (US) House of Representatives appropriations subcommittee approved, the preservation division is facing cuts beyond the president’s budget request for fiscal year 2009, which the endowment suggests reflects changing priorities, an increased focus on digital humanities scholarship and the completion of a major archival program last year. At the same time, at least two people in the division have left.


Copyright reform must strike careful balance

Guy Mayson

Ottawa Citizen, June 20, 2008

Copyright reform is a highly contentious, but vitally important, public policy issue that requires striking a careful balance between the needs and rights of consumers of content with those of artists and creators. This new bill presents all stakeholders with a rare opportunity to engage in a meaningful discussion about how to create a legal environment that both protects the value of intellectual property and copyright, while enabling Canadians to have the greatest possible access to the tools, platforms and content of the digital age.


Digital locks, lack of consultation fuel anger at copyright bill

Scott Harris

Vue Weekly, June 19, 2008

Six months after widespread public outcry forced the federal government to back down on plans to introduce reforms to Canada’s copyright legislation, opponents of stricter rules governing everything from how people can listen to the music they buy to how educators are able to use the Internet in the classroom are once again raising alarm bells about proposed copyright changes. While Prentice has made changes to the legislation since December to allow consumers to legally time shift, make private copies of music and format shift, critics say that such rights are overruled by one of the most controversial elements of the bill: bans on consumers circumventing “digital locks,” also known as digital rights management (DRM), which producers can place on copyrighted content.


Angus Reid Poll: Canadians Evenly Split on Proposed Amendments to Copyright Act

June 19, 2008

With proposed amendments to the Copyright Act on the table, a new Angus Reid Strategies poll reveals a Canadian public that is on the fence when assessing the new regulations and the consequences they carry. In the online survey of a representative national sample, respondents answered a wide range of comprehensive questions regarding their views on the benefits and drawbacks of the proposed changes, as well as their perceptions on the existing copyright laws.


ACRL supports publishing experiment, encourages members to join

June 18, 2008

ACRL sent a letter to the organizers of SCOAP3, the Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics, expressing interest and support of their effort to facilitate open access publishing in High Energy Physics. The letter states that ACRL “welcomes this experiment in new funding models and recognizes its potential to inform scholarly publishing more globally” and “believes that SCOAP3 is a valuable addition to the heterogeneous mix of strategies being undertaken by scholars, publishers, libraries and others to ensure the future of high-quality journals.”


La France veut durcir les sanctions contre le téléchargement illégal

Pascale Mollard-Chenebenoit

Agence France-Presse, 18 juin 2008

Le gouvernement français a présenté un projet de loi visant à renforcer les sanctions contre le piratage sur internet qui prévoit des avertissements, puis la suspension temporaire des abonnements, un dispositif jugé trop répressif par certains. En 2006, un milliard de fichiers piratés d'oeuvres musicales et audiovisuelles ont été échangés en France. «Il n'y a aucune raison qu'internet soit une zone de non-droit», a déclaré lors du Conseil des ministres le président Nicolas Sarkozy, cité par le porte-parole du gouvernement Luc Chatel.


OECD Civil Society Declaration

June 16, 2008

A diverse group of civil society groups have worked on a joint Civil Society Declaration to the OECD 2008 Ministerial on the Future of the Internet Economy. It raises a number of issues of major importance to the civil society community and makes a number of recommendations to move us towards the future of the Internet that meets the essential needs of all the world's citizens.



Clickers, Pedagogy and Edtechtainment

Alan Groveman

Inside Higher Ed, June 20, 2008

The argument in favor of clickers is that they engage students and enhance class participation. Individual students can respond, or groups of students can discuss a problem and settle on a particular answer. Clickers may initially engage students. However, there is a risk that using clickers can foster an epistemology predicated on achieving a correct answer rather than challenging a student’s schema and insisting on some modicum of inductive thinking.


Not all sides are represented in debate on copyright bill

Giuseppina D'Agostino

Toronto Star, June 19, 2008

Welcome to the copyright combat zone. When it comes to copyright reform, stakeholders and their advocates from all sides insult, condemn, lobby and oversimplify. While it is great that copyright is finally the talk at the water cooler, how unfortunate that the debate in Canada is distilled to positional and hostile battles. Not even all sides are represented: creators are often lost in the mix of what is now a contest between users and owners. Sadly, Canadians suffer because they are left with misinformation and sound bites.


Google Books vs. BISON: Is the BISON catalog going the way of its namesake?

Mark J. Ludwig and Margaret R. Wells

Library Journal, June 15, 2008

Just as the Internet is likely to be one of the most disruptive overall technologies of our lifetimes, Google Books may become one of the most disruptive technologies for academic libraries. The immediate challenge is that Google Books' deeper indexing and more advanced relevancy ranking usually works better than that of our local catalogs—and it always returns results.


Richard Poynder talks to Leslie Chan, Associate Director of Bioline International

June 20, 2008

Every revolution has its unsung heroes: those people who contribute a great deal to a cause, but who are insufficiently recognized for it — sometimes because their efforts take place behind the scenes, sometimes because they are unduly modest, sometimes for a combination of such reasons. That would appear to be the role that Leslie Chan has played in the Open Access (OA) movement. Who is Leslie Chan, why is he so committed to OA, and why does he believe it to be so important for the developing world? To answer these questions we need to look more closely not just into Chan's background, but into the development of OA itself.


Developing Open Access Journals: A practical guide

David J. Solomon

June 19, 2008

This is an abridged version of the original book published by Chandos Publishing, Oxford England. It is organized in an outline format. Some of the issues covered in the guide: planning for an OA journal; hosting and data systems; backup and archiving strategies; resource and financing issues.


Shaping Policies for the Future of the Internet Economy

Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), June 2008

Promoting the Internet economy is a way to improve our ability to boost economic performance and social well-being, and to strengthen societies’ capacity to improve the quality of life for citizens worldwide. This report, based on analytical work by the OECD, recognizes that the dynamic nature of the Internet and its rapidly changing environment may lead to unforeseen – and unforeseeable – developments. An effective and innovative multi-stakeholder approach has to be developed for government, the private sector, the technical community, civil society and individual users to join forces in shaping the policy environment for the future of the Internet economy.



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.

IFLA Satellite Meeting on RDA

Quebec City, August 8, 2008

RDA - Resource Description and Access will be a new standard for resource description and access, designed for the digital world. “RDA will provide a comprehensive set of guidelines and instructions on resource description and access covering all types of content and media.”


ARL/ACRL Institute on Scholarly Communication
Portland, Oregon, December 1-3, 2008

This immersive learning experience prepares participants as local experts within their libraries. Participants, who are encouraged to attend in teams, will become fluent with scholarly communication issues and trends and begin developing outreach plans for their campuses.


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