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 response of the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) to the Draft Repository Library Agreement (June 17, 2008) is available on the CARL website. PDF


La réponse de l’Association des bibliothèques de recherche du Canada (ABRC) à l’ébauche d'entente pour les Bibliothèques de dépôt (17 juin 2008) est disponible sur le site web de
l’ABRC. PDF (en anglais)


BMJ converts to gratis OA
Peter Suber
Open Access News, October 20, 2008

The BMJ [formerly, the British Medical Journal] reiterated its commitment to open access publishing on the first international Open Access Day. After 10 years of providing free access to its peer reviewed research online, the BMJ is now officially an open access journal. The BMJ's unique business model means that all research articles are freely available immediately on publication, regardless of whether or not they are publicly funded, with no charges to authors or readers.

Launch of the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA)
October 14, 2008

The Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association, OASPA, announced its official launch in conjunction with an OA Day celebration [October 14, 2008] hosted by the Wellcome Trust in London. The mission of OASPA is to support and represent the interests of Open Access (OA) journals publishers globally in all scientific, technical, and scholarly disciplines through an exchange of information, setting of industry standards, advancing business and publishing models, advocating for gold OA journals publishing, education and the promotion of innovation.

Opening up resources for learning
Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE)
October 14, 2008

Students, academics and higher education institutions are to benefit from the combined experience and knowledge of educators throughout the country. An innovative project will significantly increase access to educational resources across the higher education sector. HEFCE has announced an initial £5.7 million of funding for pilot projects that will open up existing high-quality education resources from higher education institutions to the world.

In Win for Publishers, 'Textbook Torrents' Piracy Site Shuts Down for Good
Jeffrey R. Young
The Chronicle of Higher Education, October 14, 2008

A popular online directory of pirated textbooks for download has closed shop for good. The site, Textbook Torrents, came to the attention of publishers after being featured in a Chronicle article in July. Since then, publishers pressured the site’s founder — an anonymous college student who goes by the online name Geekman — to close, but he had refused, calling his site an act of “civil disobedience” meant to make a statement about the high cost of textbooks.

An Elephant Backs up Google’s Library
Miguel Helft
The New York Times, October 13, 2008

Google often says that it likes to take the long-term view of things. But Google’s idea of long term does not appear to be long enough for some librarians, who tend to equate long term with forever, at least when it comes to preserving books. [See also HathiTrust press release, and Library Journal interview with HathiTrust Executive Director John Wilkin.]

Newspapers’ Web Revenue Is Stalling
Stephanie Clifford
The New York Times, October 12, 2008

Newspapers, already facing a grim economic forecast, are digesting another piece of bad news: the growth in online advertising they saw as their salvation has slowed to a crawl. In the last few years, newspaper companies have been rapidly expanding their Web presence — adding blogs, photo slide shows and podcasts — in the belief that more features would bring more advertisers.


Contribution des provinces aux publications scientifiques du Canada
Jean Lebel et al
L’Observation S & T, Note no. 21, Septembre 2008

Avec 36 249 publications en 2006, le Canada maintient le 8ième rang mondial pour le nombre de publications scientifiques en sciences naturelles, en génie et en sciences de la santé (SNG). Les provinces de l’Ontario et du Québec contribuent à près des trois quarts des publications du Canada alors qu’on note également une progression importante de la production scientifique des provinces de l’Ouest du pays. Cette note examine la production scientifique des provinces selon les secteurs institutionnels et selon les disciplines des SNG.

Telling a different story in Open Access journals?
Helena Francke
ScieCom info – Nordic-Baltic Forum for Scientific Communication, Volume 4, Number 2, 2008

What happens to scholarly journals when they move online? This article explores the possibility that research will be narrated in different ways when untraditional tools are available for use as a result of a change of medium – a remediation of the scholarly journal takes place. The discussion is based on a study of 265 open access journals. An indication that new ways of communicating research may be emerging is identified, although they are so far fairly uncommon.

University of Helsinki opens its research vaults: a few words on open access and the new research environment in Finland
Marjut Salokannel
ScieCom info – Nordic-Baltic Forum for Scientific Communication, Volume 4, Number 2, 2008

In May 2008 the Rector of the University of Helsinki made the historic decision to make available to the general public across the world all research results funded by the University. With its decision the University, for its part, is transforming the static archiving and publication culture into a new, open and dynamic one. Archives are no long static preservation facilities but dynamic facilitators of research. When publications, underlying research data and archives are all interlinked, the research cycle is accelerated, which saves both time and money.

Focus on the Interface
Edward Vielmetti
Library Journal, October 15, 2008

It's time for libraries to reevaluate systematically this attitude toward patrons who bring communications devices into the library and to see what they can do to engage patrons both inside the building and on the go with their collections and services. An investigation of what some pioneering library systems are doing to connect to patrons via their mobile devices reveals transcoded catalogs, SMS reminders, and other mobile-friendly Internet services. They represent a mere prelude to what the future of the mobile library might be.

CODATA 2008: Scientific information for society - from today to the future
National Technical University of Ukraine - Kyiv Polytechnic Institute
Kyiv, Ukraine, 5-8 October 2008

The theme of the 21st International CODATA Conference continued the emphasis on the information society that has emerged in the last few biennial meetings. The 2008 meeting took as its keynote the importance of engaging the younger generation of scientists to lead future developments in a world community increasingly dependent upon information and scientific data.

Institutional Repositories: Strategies for the Present and Future
Connie Foster et al
North American Serials Interest Group (NASIG) Conference Proceedings, 23rd Annual Conference, June 6, 2008

Institutional repositories are tools to support, disseminate and showcase the scholarly communications and intellectual life of an institution. A successful repository requires planning and a defined focus, as well as an attractive name and design. To achieve success, the IR must serve faculty on faculty’s terms; the librarian’s role is to collaborate with faculty and ensure that the services of the IR meet their needs. Foster, Bankier and Wiley offer strategies for success drawn from their work creating successful institutional repositories.

Acclaimed Colombian Institution Has 4,800 Books and 10 Legs
Simon Romero
The New York Times, October 19, 2008

In a ritual repeated nearly every weekend for the past decade here in Colombia’s war-weary Caribbean hinterland, Luis Soriano gathered his two donkeys, Alfa and Beto, in front of his home on a recent Saturday afternoon. Sweating already under the unforgiving sun, he strapped pouches with the word “Biblioburro” painted in blue letters to the donkeys’ backs and loaded them with an eclectic cargo of books destined for people living in the small villages beyond.


Latindex - Online Regional Information System for Scholarly Journals from Latin America, the Caribbean, Spain and Portugal

A network of institutions that gather and disseminate scholarly periodical literature produced in the region produces Latindex. Subject coverage includes the pure and applied sciences, the social sciences and the humanities. Latindex makes available to its users three basic information products: a periodical directory, a catalog and links to over 2,400 electronic journals.
Répertoire de revues académiques d'Amérique latine, des Caraïbes, d'Espagne et du Portugal, Latindex produit par un réseau d'institutions ibéro-américaines. Les disciplines couvertes sont les sciences humaines et sociales, les sciences exactes et de la vie. Le site offre trois rubriques distinctes : un répertoire de revues, un catalogue de périodiques issus du répertoire et un index de plus de 2400 périodiques électroniques accessibles en ligne.
Latindex -Sistema Regional de Información en Línea para Revistas Científicas de América Latina, el Caribe, España y Portugal- es producto de la cooperación de una red de instituciones para reunir y diseminar literatura científica producida en la región. Están consideradas todas las publicaciones seriadas en las disciplinas de las ciencias exactas, naturales, sociales y humanas. Latindex pone a disposición de sus usuarios tres productos básicos de información: un directorio de revistas , un catálogo y mas de 2,400 enlaces a revistas electrónicas.

ARL Annual Salary Survey 2007-08
October 21, 2008

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has published the ARL Annual Salary Survey 2007-08, which analyzes salary data for all professional staff working in the 123 ARL member libraries during 2007-08. The 2007-08 data show that ARL librarians' salaries outperformed inflation for the fourth consecutive year. The combined median professional salary in US and Canadian ARL university libraries was $61,833—a 3.7% increase from the previous year. Over the same period, the Consumer Price Index rose 2.4% in the US and 2.5% in Canada.

E-Science Talking Points for ARL Deans and Directors
Elizabeth Jones et al
Association of Research Libraries (ARL), October 15, 2008

The term “e-science” is roughly—though not precisely—synonymous with “Cyberinfrastructure;” where the latter term is prevalent in the United States, e-science predominates in the United Kingdom and elsewhere in Europe. Both terms refer to the use of networked computing technologies to enhance collaboration and innovative methods in research. “e-science,” however, has a more specific focus on scientific research, whereas Cyberinfrastructure is more inclusive of fields outside the sciences and engineering, and incorporates greater emphasis on supercomputing resources and innovation. Some researchers favor a third term for similar efforts: “e-Research.” E-Research is more inclusive of the social sciences and humanities fields, which have also benefited from networked collaboration and investigative resources in recent years.

Embracing the Future: Embedding digital repositories in the University of London
Stijn Hoorens et al
RAND Corporation, 2008

Digital repositories can help Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) to develop coherent and coordinated approaches to capture, identify, store and retrieve intellectual assets such as datasets, course material and research papers. With the advances of technology, an increasing number of Higher Education Institutions are implementing digital repositories. The leadership of these institutions, however, has been concerned about the awareness of and commitment to repositories, and their sustainability in the future.

Statistiques générales des bibliothèques universitaires québécoises 2006-2007
Conférence des recteurs et des principaux des universités du Québec (CREPUQ)
14 octobre 2008

Les Statistiques générales des bibliothèques universitaires québécoises sont publiées annuellement par le Sous-comité des bibliothèques de la CREPUQ, depuis
1978-1979. Elles constituent un véritable portrait collectif quantitatif des ressources documentaires aussi bien que matérielles, financières et humaines des bibliothèques
universitaires québécoises, de même que de leurs activités et de leurs services.

France numérique 2012: plan de développement de l’économie numérique
Éric Besson
Secrétariat d’état chargé de la prospective, de la évaluation des politiques publiques et du développement de l’économie numérique, octobre 2008

L’économie numérique (télécommunications, audiovisuel, logiciel, services informatiques, services en ligne) représente le secteur le plus dynamique de l’économie mondiale. Dans la plupart des pays développés, son taux de croissance est le double de celui de l’économie. Elle représente désormais plus de 25 % de la croissance mondiale. Elle en représentera 30 % avant 5 ans. L’économie numérique est le principal facteur de gain de compétitivité des économies développées. Les investissements dans l’économie numérique sont identifiés comme les plus productifs, parce qu’ils accroissent la compétitivité de l’ensemble des autres secteurs de l’économie.

Academic journal publishers' policies and practices in online publishing, 3rd Edition
Laura Cox
Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP), October 2008

This is the third in a series of ALPSP surveys undertaken to establish current scholarly publishing practices, designed to track changes in policy and practice since 2000, as online publishing has matured. The survey was conducted of 400 journal publishers, both commercial and not-for-profit, consisting of ALPSP and other major association members. A response rate of over 65% was achieved including the majority of major journal publishers. Press Release (pdf)

eXtensible Catalog (XC) Project

The eXtensible Catalog (XC) Project is working to design and develop a set of open-source applications that will provide libraries with an alternative way to reveal their collections to library users. XC will provide easy access to all resources (both digital and physical collections) across a variety of databases, metadata schemas and standards. XC will also make library collections more web-accessible by revealing them through web search engines.

Learning Space Pre-programming Took Kit
Crit Stuart
Association of Research Libraries (ARL), October 2008

The preparation and planning for a learning commons or related project, especially a collaboration with partners outside the library, must be carefully considered. The
process must result in a vision and goals, programming elements, outcomes, staff engagement, and customer insight that leads to the best possible built environment and

The Global Competitiveness Report 2008-2009
Michael E. Porter and Klaus Schwab
World Economic Forum, 2008

This year’s Report is characterized by the continued expansion of country coverage. Currently featuring 134 economies, it remains the most comprehensive assessment of its kind. The Report contains a detailed profile for each of the economies featured in the study as well as an extensive section of data tables with global rankings covering over 100 indicators.

Study on copyright limitations and exceptions for libraries and archives
Kenneth Crews
World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), August 26, 2008

This study of copyright exceptions for libraries and archives provides an overview of the nature and diversity of statutory provisions in the copyright law of the 184 countries that are WIPO members. It gathers library exceptions from nearly all WIPO countries and provides an analytical survey of the law. The statutory exceptions for libraries primarily address such issues as reproduction of copyrighted works for purposes such as private research and study, preservation and replacement of materials, and document supply and interlibrary lending. This study also encompasses library exceptions to the prohibition against circumvention of technological protection measures.

Long-term Preservation Results from a survey investigating preservation strategies amongst ALPSP publisher members
Sarah Durrant
Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP), July 2008

One of the most important issues facing publishers and their library customers is long-term preservation of digital content. More and more scholarly content is published electronically with an increasing amount 'born digital' with no print counterpart. This dramatic increase in electronic scholarly resources raises important questions about rights and responsibilities relating to long-term preservation.


Calling Canada's librarians - the Canadian Public Domain needs you!
October 15 - December 15, 2008

Access Copyright (The Canadian Copyright Licensing Agency) and Creative Commons Canada, in partnership with Creative Commons Corp. and the Wikimedia Foundation, invite Canada's library community to help us test the Canadian Public Domain Registry beta website. The ground-breaking project, the most comprehensive of its kind in Canada, will create an online, globally searchable catalogue of published Canadian literary works. The Registry's integrated rights calculator allows users to automatically determine each work's copyright status. Contact mailto:marcus@creativecommons.ca for details.

Renewing & Negotiating Licenses
ACRL OnPoint chat, October 30, 2008, 11:00 a.m. Pacific; 12:00 p.m. Mountain; 1:00 p.m. Central; 2:00 p.m. Eastern

Negotiating licenses for electronic content remains a dynamic process. While librarians responsible for these activities share many concerns, they take different approaches based on the norms at their institutions and the needs of their user communities. Some posit that copyright is increasingly non-relevant because it is being superseded by contract law and that license agreements will continue to guide us in what we can do with online databases, rather than copyright.

Research Data Management Forum Roles and Responsibilities for Effective Data Management
Manchester, U.K., November 26-27, 2008

The Workshop will include a mix of presentations, breakout groups and discussion and allow time for networking and collaboration. Objectives will be to:
• To describe the roles and responsibilities associated with data curation and good stewardship
• To identify the core skills required for these roles
• To explore ways in which the various stakeholders might acquire the required skills
• To examine different models and working practice to facilitate the exchange of skills
• To highlight next steps for the data community and the Digital Curation Centre (DCC) / Research Information Network (RIN)

Diego Argáez
Research Officer / Agent de recherche

Canadian Association of Research Libraries / Association des bibliothèques de recherche du Canada
Room / Pièce 238, Pavillon Morisset Hall, 65 University Private
Ottawa, Ontario K1N 9A5
Phone / Téléphone : (613) 562-5800 ext. 2427
Fax / Télécopieur : (613) 562-5297
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