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

E-Lert # 307 / Cyberavis numéro 307

Friday December 19, 2008 / le vendredi 19 décembre 2008

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 Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) has created an Ad Hoc Association Planning Committee. The members appointed to the Committee are Sylvie Belzile (Université de Sherbrooke), Bill Curran, Joyce C. Garnett (University of Western Ontario), Ernie Ingles (University of Alberta, and CARL Vice-President/President Elect), Carolynne Presser, Brent Roe (CARL, Executive Director), and Leslie Weir (University of Ottawa, and CARL President).


L’Association des bibliothèques de recherche du Canada a crée un Comité de planification ad hoc pour l’association. Les membres nommés au comité sont Sylvie Belzile (Université de Sherbrooke), Bill Curran, Joyce C. Garnett (University of Western Ontario), Ernie Ingles (University of Alberta, et Vice-président / Président désigné de l’ABRC), Carolynne Presser, Brent Roe (Directeur général de l’ABRC) et Leslie Weir (Université d’Ottawa et Présidente de l’ABRC).

Letter from CARL to the Honourable James M. Flaherty, Minister of Finance (December 19, 2008) PDF


Lettre de l’ABRC à L'honorable James M. Flaherty, Ministre des Finances (19 décembre 2008) PDF (en anglais)

Best wishes for the holidays from the CARL Office! The next issue of the CARL E-Lert will be posted on Friday January 9, 2009.


Meilleures vœux de la part du Secrétariat de l’ABRC pendant les fêtes ! La prochaine édition du Cyberavis de l’ABRC sera affichée le vendredi 9 janvier 2009.


Facilitating the future: Europe needs a better way to plan, prioritize and fund the next generation of research infrastructure
Nature, Volume 456, Issue 7224, December 17, 2008

A newly released 'roadmap' for Europe's future research infrastructure is, first, a reminder that the continent already has quite a lot of it. The list ranges from the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, the particle-physics laboratory near Geneva, Switzerland, to the five campuses of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory, to the Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes in the Canary Islands near Spain. Unfortunately, the roadmap is also a reminder that Europe still does not have any systematic way to plan, prioritize or fund these infrastructure projects. Each joint facility to date has been an ad hoc effort, with scientists often working for years to forge a coalition of nations willing to pay for it.*

Lectures gain electronic life in Egyptian library
Nature, Volume 456, Issue 7224, December 17, 2008

Scientists from around the world are donating their lectures to the Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Alexandria, Egypt. These 'golden PowerPoint' presentations will be available from January for any academic to download and use. The resource is primarily intended for teachers’ and scholars’ use in developing countries — provided they have Internet access. The goal is to gather 100,000 lectures on medicine, engineering, environmental sciences and agriculture within the project’s first year.*

Yahoo outdoes Google, will scrub search logs after 90 days
Nate Anderson
ars technical, December 17, 2008

It's a race to the bottom, but in a good way. Yahoo announced an "industry-leading approach" to online privacy under which it will anonymize its log data after 90 days. The move comes only months after Google cut its own retention period for personal data by 50 percent, and it gives Yahoo the strongest anonymization policy of the big three search engines.*

Google denies seeking privileged network access
Rosalie Marshall
Information World Review, December 16, 2008

Google has reaffirmed its commitment to net neutrality, following reports that it had been seeking preferential treatment from broadband providers to generate an internet 'fast lane' for its own content. The reports implied that Google had offered large US phone and cable companies money in return for privileged network access. The revenue gained by the broadband providers would help them cope with the growing cost of internet traffic, according to the reports.*

Google Wants 'Fast Lane' For Its Own Content
Reuters, December 15, 2008

In a move that would sidestep network neutrality, Google has proposed a plan, dubbed "OpenEdge," that would place its servers next to those operated by network carriers. That would give Google content preferential treatment, the Wall Street Journal said. And Google may not be alone.*

Google Deal or Rip-Off?
Francine Fialkoff
Library Journal, December 15, 2008

One public access terminal per public library building. Institutional database subscriptions for academic and public libraries that secure once freely available material in a contractual lockbox, already familiar to librarians who know too well from costly e-journal and e-reference database deals. No remote access for public libraries without approval from the publisher/author Book Rights Registry that will administer the program. And no copying or pasting from that institutional database, though one can print pages for a fee. Of course, the books are always available for purchase. Those are just a few of the stipulations from the 200-page settlement in the Association of American Publishers (AAP) and Authors Guild three-year-old suit against Google.*

ARL/ASERL Task Force to Investigate OCLC Policy Change
Library Journal, December 15, 2008

Taking a step likely to be welcomed by many in the cataloging community, the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL) and the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) have formed an ad hoc task force to study the recently disseminated OCLC policy governing the use and transfer of WorldCat records. The group has indicated that the study will not be a formal legal analysis, but will instead attempt to determine what changes in cataloging practice and policy will be required as a result of the update from OCLC.*

Firms Push for a More Searchable Federal [U.S.] Web
Peter Whoriskey
Washington Post, December 11, 2008

For years, the U.S. government, one of the world's largest depositories of data, has been unwilling or unable to make millions of its Web pages accessible. Eric Schmidt as an informal adviser to President-elect Barack Obama has a unique opportunity to change that with a Senate law dubbed "Google for government" because it aims to make federal information more accessible. A wide array of public information remains largely invisible to the search engines, and therefore to the public, because it is held in such a way that the Web search engines of Google, Yahoo and Microsoft can't find it and index it.*

Panel on Research Ethics Launches the Draft 2nd Edition of the TCPS for Public Consultation
December 4, 2008

The Panel on Research Ethics has released a draft of the 2nd edition of the “Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans.” The Panel has proposed substantial changes in the draft 2nd edition that include a new set of core principles, clarified definitions, simplified articles, and new chapters on qualitative research and research involving Aboriginal peoples.*


Nouvelles de l’ASTED
Vol. 27, No. 5, novembre/décembre 2008

Les dernières nouvelles en provenance de l'ASTED sont disponibles. À lire dans ce dernier volume : Le Sommet national sur les ressources humaines dans les bibliothèques ; Congrès des milieux documentaires québécois « Investir le monde numérique » (11-14 novembre 2009) ; Bilan 2007-2008 pour la liste de discussion du Réseau québécois des bibliothèques de la santé (RQBS).*
1er partie : http://www.asted.org/_uploadedcontent/medias/content_0774_0883.pdf
2e partie :

Library of Congress Digital Preservation Newsletter
December 2008

Two stories covered in this issue: UNC-Chapel Hill Releases YouTube Archiving Tool,
Digital Preservation Pioneer: Larry Carver.

21st-Century Skills Are Not a New Education Trend but Could Be a Fad
Andrew J. Rotherham
U.S. News and World Report, December 16, 2008

In public education today, "21st-century skills" are all the rage. Educators, business leaders, and elected officials are united around the idea that there are new skills students must have to be successful in today's economy. The American job market is changing, of course, and the nation does need more highly skilled workers than in the past. Most of the fastest-growing and highest-earning jobs do require more education and training. There are discrete new skills that students need because of advances in technology; however, none of these abilities is overall unique to the 21st century.*

We Love Open Source Software. No, You Can’t Have Our Code
Dale Askey
Code4Lib Journal, Issue 5, December 15, 2008

Librarians are among the strongest proponents of open source software. Paradoxically, libraries are also among the least likely to actively contribute their code to open source projects. This article identifies and discusses six main reasons this dichotomy exists and offers ways to get around them.*

Overload! Journalism’s battle for relevance in an age of too much information
Bree Nordenson
Columbia Journalism Review, November/December 2008

The information age is defined by output: we produce far more information than we can possibly manage, let alone absorb. There are more than 70 million blogs and 150 million Web sites today—a number that is expanding at a rate of approximately ten thousand an hour. Two hundred and ten billion e-mails are sent each day. Say goodbye to the gigabyte and hello to the exabyte, five of which are worth 37,000 Libraries of Congress. In 2006 alone, the world produced 161 exabytes of digital data, the equivalent of three million times the information contained in all the books ever written. By 2010, it is estimated that this number will increase to 988. Pick your metaphor: we’re drowning, buried, snowed under.*

A new beginning for open access publishing?
Tim Buckley Owen
Information World Review, December 3, 2008

It has been just over a decade since open access (OA) emerged as a radical new publishing model, challenging the long-established system of commercial scholarly journal publishing, and the OA movement has recently moved up a gear with the launch of the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association. But the OA landscape may itself be about to undergo a radical change with the acquisition of one of its most successful publishers, BioMed Central (BMC), by Springer Science and Business Media, one of the very commercial publishers the open access movement is supposed to challenge.*

People of the Screen
Christine Rosen
The New Atlantis, Fall 2008

The book is modernity’s quintessential technology—“a means of transportation through the space of experience, at the speed of a turning page,” as the poet Joseph Brodsky put it. But now that the rustle of the book’s turning page competes with the flicker of the screen’s twitching pixel, we must consider the possibility that the book may not be around much longer. If it isn’t—if we choose to replace the book—what will become of reading and the print culture it fostered? We have already taken the first steps on our journey to a new form of literacy—“digital literacy.” The fact that we must now distinguish among different types of literacy hints at how far we have moved away from traditional notions of reading.*


Manage and Share Data
UK Data Archive (UKDA)

It is a reality that most research data can be shared with other researchers. This suite of web pages aims to provide data creators, data managers and data curators with best practice strategies and methods for creating, preparing and storing shareable datasets. Advice has been divided into a number of key areas or modules providing detailed information on each topic.*

2008 International Internet Preservation Consortium (IIPC) Member Profile Survey Results

The survey responses cover topics such as what type of institutions belong to the IIPC and the maturity of their web archiving programs, the types of staff who are working on web archiving in their institutions. The survey asked questions about the scope of IIPC members' web archives, whether they publish selection guidelines, and what metrics they use to report on the archiving activities. The survey results also reports on what crawlers and curator tools are being used by IIPC members, whether they provide access and description for research use, and legal issues and policies related to copyright.*

ARL Statistics 2006-2007 Published
December 18, 2008

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has published the ARL Statistics 2006–2007 that describe the collections, staffing, expenditures, and service activities of ARL’s 123 member libraries. Of these member libraries, 113 are university libraries (14 in Canada, 99 in the US); the remaining 10 are public, governmental, and private research libraries (2 in Canada, 8 in the US). The following ARL statistics for 2006-2007 are also available: Health Sciences Library Statistics and Law Library Statistics.*

Blue Ribbon Task Force Issues Report on Data Deluge
December 16, 2008

A blue ribbon task force, commissioned late last year to identify sustainable economic models to provide access to the ever-growing amount of digital information in the public interest, has issued its interim report. The report calls the current situation urgent, and details systemic pitfalls in developing economic models for sustainable access to digital data.*

New ACRL publication: Academic Library Research: Perspectives and Current Trends
December 16, 2008

Academic Library Research: Perspectives and Current Trends updates traditional topics that have undergone exceptional, and in some cases unexpected, change since 1990 as well as reaching into new areas. It combines theoretical scholarship with real world research, including case studies and user surveys, designed to inform practice.*

The Future of the Internet III
Janna Quitney Anderson and Lee Rainie
Pew Internet and American Life Project, December 14, 2008

Many futurists, scientists, and long-term thinkers today argue that the acceleration of technological change over the past decade has greatly increased the importance of strategic vision. Technology innovations will continue to impact us. The question is whether this process will reflect thoughtful planning or wash over us like an unstoppable wave. This survey is aimed at gathering a collection of opinions regarding the possibilities we all face.*

ticTOCs - Journal Tables of Contents Service
December 11, 2008

ticTOCs is a new scholarly journal tables of contents (TOCs) service. It’s free, its easy to use, and it provides access to the most recent tables of contents of over 11,000 scholarly journals from more than 400 publishers. It helps scholars, researchers, academics and anyone else keep up-to-date with what’s being published in the most recent issues of journals on almost any subject.*

Règlement européen sur les métadonnées géographiques
10 décembre 2008

Le règlement de la Commission européenne s’inscrit dans ce cadre en précisant les modalités d’application de la directive INSPIRE. Il porte sur la création et la maintenance des métadonnées avec un objectif d’interopérabilité dans un contexte multilingue. Il en détermine les éléments et définit la classification des thématiques et des services géographiques.*

Collections Security: Planning and Prevention for Libraries and Archives
Karen E. Brown et al
INFOcus, December 2008

Many archives and libraries fail to recognize the vulnerability of their collections to loss. Collections can be threatened not just by theft and vandalism, but also by disasters (e.g., fire or flood) and damage from careless handling or poor environmental conditions. Any repository seeking to provide the best possible security for its collections must have coordinated policies that address all of these threats. This article focuses on the problems traditionally associated with collections security: theft and vandalism.*

ARL SPEC Kit 308: Graduate Student and Faculty Spaces and Services
Vivian Lewis and Cathy Moulder
November 2008

Recently, ARL libraries have begun to experiment with an enriched set of spaces and services to meet the complex teaching, learning, and research needs of graduate students and faculty. Some libraries have introduced small sanctuaries (study rooms or lounges) for graduate students and faculty as distinctly separate from undergraduate spaces. Others are providing new suites of services like dissertation support, curriculum design, and learning object design.*

Statistiques de bibliothèques au 21e siècle : un nouveau modèle développé par l’Institut de la statistique de l’UNESCO (ISU), l’Organisation internationale de normalisation (ISO) et l’IFLA.
Congrès satellite de l’IFLA à Montréal , 18 et 19 août 2008

La convergence au niveau international des travaux de normalisation sur les indicateurs statistiques et les mesures de performance favorise les initiatives régionales et nationales autant au Québec et au Canada que dans d’autres pays développés et en émergence. La production collective d’études par étalonnage « benchmarking », l’analyse d’impacts « outcomes » et l’apparition de modèles intégrés d’évaluation comparative de la qualité des services dont les tableaux de bord sont certes des activités qui nécessitent une plus grande normalisation. Ce postcongrès satellite a été présenté à l’Université Concordia à Montréal dans le cadre du Congrès mondial des bibliothèques et de l'information 2008, 74e congrès et assemblée générale de l'IFLA. Les diaporamas des conférenciers sont disponibles.*
[English: press release; presentations]


CASLIS 2009 Seminar - Connecting with Our Clients: Marketing and Communications
Ottawa, Ontario, January 12, 2009

The CASLIS Government Library and Information Specialists Section is holding a one-day seminar to explore how we can connect with our clients through marketing and communications. Ulla de Stricker’s keynote speech will address ways our profession's practitioners can overcome the “yawn factor” and how we can effectively sell our value and activities to decision makers. Registration is open until Tuesday, December 23, 2008. *

NISO 2009 Webinar Series

Attendees can register for individual sessions or can purchase a subscription package for the webinar series. Those who have plans to participate in multiple webinars have the benefit of pre-paying for three and receiving admission to a fourth at no charge. Registration for the entire 2009 webinar schedule enables the participant to receive 50% off the registration price for the entire scheduled series of 12. The series includes among other topics: digital preservation; data movement and management; assessment and performance measurement.*

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