E-lert Archive / Archive du cyberavis

E-Lert # 462 / Cyberavis numéro 462

Friday March 9, 2012 / vendredi 9 mars 2012

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.


CARL’s updated brief on the Copyright Modernization Act ( PDF )


Mise à jour: mémoire de l’ABRC sur la loi de modernisation du droit d'auteur ( PDF )


Australia considers national digital archive - Copyright Act amendment could see all electronic publications in National Library

Publishers Oppose Bill on Scholarly Open Access

ACRL selects Scholarly Communication Road Show hosts

Conservatives’ controversial internet surveillance bill C-30 could be ‘a long time in purgatory’

12 Tech Innovators Who are Transforming Campuses

Paying for our own surveillance


Australia considers national digital archive - Copyright Act amendment could see all electronic publications in National Library
Simon Sharwood

The Register, March 8, 2012

Australia's Legal Deposit requirement, which compels publishers to send copies of all books to the National Library, may be extended to digital works. The potential extension of the Legal Deposit is discussed in a new Consultation Paper issued by the Federal Attorney General's Department. Australia's National Library already operates PANDORA, an archive of websites and other digital material that is selectively curated.*

Publishers Oppose Bill on Scholarly Open Access
Inside Higher Ed, March 6, 2012

A group of 81 scholarly journal publishers came out against the latest iteration of the Federal Research Public Access Act (FRPAA) -- a bill that would require federal research grantees to make their resulting academic papers freely available to the public. The Association of American Publishers (AAP) sent letters to prominent legislators in both chambers criticizing the bill for seeking to apply a “one-size-fits-all” deadline of six months before publishers, many of which charge for access to articles, must compete with a free version in a government database.*

ACRL selects Scholarly Communication Road Show hosts
March 6, 2012

The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Scholarly Communications Committee has selected five sites from 12 applications to host the “Scholarly Communication: From Understanding to Engagement” workshop this spring and summer, including the first host site outside the U.S.  Recognizing that scholarly communication issues are central to the work of all academic librarians and all types of institutions, ACRL is underwriting the bulk of the costs of delivering this proven content by sending expert presenters on the road.*
The institutions selected to host the 2012 road shows are:
Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library. Atlanta, Ga.
Colorado State University. Pueblo, Colo.
James Madison University. Harrisonburg, Va.
University of New Mexico. Albuquerque, N.M.
University of Toronto. Toronto, Ontario

Conservatives’ controversial internet surveillance bill C-30 could be ‘a long time in purgatory’
Bea Vongdouangchanh

The Hill Times, March 5, 2012

Massive public backlash against Bill C-30 forces Tories to backtrack, but opposition MPs say police require it to modernize their fight against organized crime. They just want the bill amended.*

GBS: Authors Guild Goes for an Early Knockout
James Grimmelmann

The Laboratorium, March 4, 2012

In December, HathiTrust moved for “partial judgment on the pleadings” on the issue of associational standing in the parallel case against Google’s library partners. Judgment on the pleadings is an early pretrial tactic: the party asking for it, in essence, says that there’s no need to move to the fact stage of the lawsuit. Even if every single thing the other side alleges turns out to be true, it wouldn’t make a difference: the law still favors the moving party.*

Librarians Feel Sticker Shock as Price for Random House e-books Rises as Much as 300 Percent
Michael Kelley

The Digital Shift, March 2, 2012

New prices for Random House’s ebooks took effect on Thursday, and as the details emerged a number of librarians across the country expressed dismay at the doubling and tripling in prices they are seeing. “We’re very concerned. These are tough times for libraries. It’s very tough here in Louisville,” said Debbe Oberhausen, manager of collection services, at the Louisville Free Public Library. “We want to provide this service, but this kind of pricing is really going to take a huge chunk of our budget,” she said.*

Google resserre son emprise sur les données des internautes
Fabien Deglise

Le Devoir, 2 mars 2012

Les craintes exprimées par les défenseurs des libertés civiles et les appels à la prudence lancés par plusieurs pays, dont le Canada, depuis le début de l'année n'y ont rien changé: Google a donné le coup d'envoi de sa nouvelle politique de confidentialité qui devrait lui permettre à terme de resserrer son emprise sur les données des internautes abonnés à ses services. Une mise à jour nécessaire, dit la multinationale américaine, pour aider ses fidèles à «tirer plus du Web», mais qui s'accompagne de plusieurs zones troubles, estime toutefois le Commissariat à la protection de la vie privée du Canada, comme bien d'autres gardiens de la vie privée dans le monde.*

EU commissioner says new Google privacy policy breaks the law
Jessica Guynn

Los Angeles Times, March 1, 2012

Google has rolled out its new privacy policy to renewed protests from data protection authorities in Europe. Those authorities have concluded that the new policy violates European law, European Union Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding told BBC Radio Four. France’s data protection authority has taken the lead in probing the new policy.*

The disappearing virtual library
Christopher Kelty

Aljazeera, March 1, 2012

A website called "library.nu" recently disappeared. A coalition of international scholarly publishers accused the site of piracy and convinced a judge in Munich to shut it down. Library.nu (formerly Gigapedia) had offered, if the reports are to be believed, between 400,000 and a million digital books for free. And not just any books - not romance novels or the latest best-sellers - but scholarly books: textbooks, secondary treatises, obscure monographs, biographical analyses, technical manuals, collections of cutting-edge research in engineering, mathematics, biology, social science and humanities.*


Why should we care about the new iPad? Because it is the future of computing
Peter Nowak

CBC News, March 7, 2012

In the media's mad rush to cover every tiny detail of this newest iPad — how fast is its processor, what kind of screen resolution does it have? The most important question often tends to be forgotten: Why does any of this matter? Retina displays and A5X processors may sound like unimportant trivialities, but they are in fact small pieces of a puzzle that, when fitted together, point to the future of computing and where society is heading.*

Opening up peer review - As journals test the waters of open peer review, authors and editors remain divided over the merits of tinkering with a tried-and-true system
Rosanna Tamburri

University Affairs, March 5, 2012

Academics, as the saying goes, must publish or perish. And part and parcel of scholarly publishing is peer review, a centuries-old custom that’s undergoing some revolutionary experiments in the Internet age. As social media become more entrenched in daily life, academic journals and scholars are beginning to test the boundaries of the traditional review model and explore the merits of online “open peer review” – so far with mixed results.*
Ouvrir le processus d'examen par les pairs - Des revues scientifiques et des universitaires examinent les limites du modèle traditionnel
Rosanna Tamburri

Affaires universitaires, 5 mars 2012

Les universitaires doivent publier ou périr, dit l’adage. Et qui dit publication savante, dit examen par les pairs, une pratique vieille de plusieurs siècles soumise depuis l’avènement d’Internet à certaines expériences susceptibles de la révolutionner. Alors que les médias sociaux font de plus en plus partie de la vie quotidienne, des revues scientifiques repoussent peu à peu les frontières du modèle d’examen traditionnel et explorent le potentiel de l’« examen par les pairs ouvert ». Jusqu’à maintenant, les résultats sont mitigés.*

Talking Text Mining with Elsevier
Heather Piwowar

Research Remix, March 5, 2012

Piwowar writes: “I had a phone call with my university librarian and six (!) Elsevier employees. We discussed Elsevier’s text mining policies and whether my needs for text mining access could be better facilitated. The call was very positive, and I choose to be optimistic that my research projects — and those of others like me — will be better able to leverage the scientific literature. My goal is efficient and effective research progress.”*

Happy Webiversary!
Diane Rezendes Khirallah

Symmetry, March 2012

Twenty years ago, physicists, computer scientists, and a librarian at what is now SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory opened the first website in North America. In trying to solve one specific and vexing problem—how to share information among colleagues effectively and rapidly—a SLAC librarian and a small group of physicists and computer experts helped launch a medium whose impact may, in retrospect, usurp that of television and telephone. To understand why the World Wide Web took off so quickly at CERN, SLAC, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and other high-energy physics centers and then caught fire everywhere else, it helps to take an inside look at the world of the scientists who first used it.*

Struggling with Shakespeare? There's an app for that
Joseph Engelhardt

CBC News, March 2, 2012

Studying the bard has long been challenging — the 400-year-old Elizabethan English and verse patterns of his plays often confuse even the most dedicated English students. But now, a Nova Scotia-based university lecturer is bringing Shakespeare into the 21st century with a smartphone application he hopes will give his students a better understanding of at least one of Shakespeare's plays —Twelfth Night.*

12 Tech Innovators Who are Transforming Campuses

The Chronicle of Higher Education, February 26, 2012

You may have heard the word "disruption" lately. College leaders are trying new approaches to teaching and research with digital tools, and some of those approaches could be transformative. This feature in the Chronicle profiles a dozen of those leaders highlighting their ideas and the issues at stake. For example: Sal Khan is killing the lecture; Candice Thille is re-engineering courses; Dan Cohen is hacking scholarship; and John Wilkin is digitizing libraries.*

Values and Scholarship
11 Research university provosts

Inside Higher Ed, February 23, 2012

As provosts and chief academic officers, we take pride in knowing that our campus colleagues are motivated, first and foremost, by the opportunity to advance the public good. Toward that end, our scholars seek to share information broadly as the most effective way to assure excellence — not just for themselves, or for a particular university, but for the relevance of their disciplines and the world-changing outcomes each can produce.* http://www.insidehighered.com/views/2012/02/23/essay-open-access-scholarship

Paying for our own surveillance
Leslie MacKinnon

CBC News, February 22, 2012

There's no way of knowing how much Bill C-30, colloquially known as the online snooping bill, will cost taxpayers, or boost monthly home internet and phone fees. For the internet service providers, the toll it will take on their bottom line could be significant, because of the investment in equipment needed to allow real-time interceptions of online conversations or for preserving huge amounts of data.*



With so much information available online today, it's increasingly difficult and time-consuming to find the content we want. That's where Zite comes in. Zite evaluates millions of new stories every day, looking at the type of article, its key attributes and how it is shared across the web. Zite uses this information to match stories to your personal interests and then delivers them automatically to your iPad or iPhone.*

Who needs access? You need access!

We have a problem. Our governments spend billions on funding research.  Scientists do the work, write up their results as papers, format the manuscripts, prepare figures, and send them to publishers.  Other scientists handle editing for the publishers (unpaid).  Yet other scientists review the manuscripts for the editor (also unpaid).  The result of all this is a honed and polished research paper.  But all too often the publisher demands the copyright, and locks the research behind a paywall.  The result is that the taxpayers who funded the research don’t have access to it. This site is run collaboratively by the @access working group — a loose coalition of academics in various fields. *

Change in School Librarian Staffing Linked with Change in CSAP Reading Performance, 2005 to 2011
Keith Curry Lance and Linda Hofschir

Library Research Service, January 2012

In fall 2011, LRS analyzed school library staffing data and Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP) reading scores over time. The findings indicated that Colorado schools that either maintained or gained an endorsed librarian between 2005 and 2011 tended to have more students scoring advanced in reading in 2011 and fewer students scoring unsatisfactory, compared with schools that either lost their librarians or never had one. In 2011, schools with at least one FTE endorsed librarian averaged significantly higher advanced CSAP reading scores and significantly lower unsatisfactory scores than schools with less than one FTE endorsed librarian. These findings remained significant when controlling for poverty.*


IFLA Presidential Programme: Libraries - A Force for Change
Vancouver, BC, Canada April 12-14, 2012

This meeting will be the opportunity for all those interested in Indigenous and traditional knowledge, its creation, organization and access, to better understand the local and global issues under discussion in various parts of the world and by many types of cultural, heritage, and community groups and organizations. The program includes distinguished speakers from around the world representing many viewpoints and interests. Through the sharing of knowledge and experiences, we hope to advance the understanding of traditional knowledge at both the local and international levels. The results will inform the development of legal instruments, policies and practices related to the organization of Indigenous and traditional knowledge around the world.*

OCULA - WNY/O ACRL Joint Spring Conference - Bring it On! Shaping the Future of Academic Libraries
Jordan, Ontario, Friday April 27, 2012

ACRL Western New York / Ontario Chapter is a regional chapter of international members of the Association of College and Research Libraries. The chapter is a professional organization for librarians that work in academic or specialized research libraries.*

Designing Libraries for the 21st Century
University of Calgary, May 17 - 18, 2012

The Taylor Family Digital Library, which opened in September 2011 at the University of Calgary, offered a unique opportunity to rethink the library’s physical space, technology infrastructure and program of services. This leadership symposium will explore the trends and concepts that shaped the design of the library and informed the development of new service models. Speakers will include library and university administrators, architects, designers, technologists and campus planners from Calgary and across North America.
For information, please contact:
Donna Livingstone, Communications Director
Libraries & Cultural Resources, University of Calgary
403-220-3511 livingsd@ucalgary.ca

2012 STLHE Annual Conference - Learning without boundaries?
Apprentissage sans limites?
Montreal, Quebec, June 19 – 22, 2012

The Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) is a unique, national organization whose primary focus is to promote the quality of learning at all levels of post-secondary educational institutions. The annual conference provides a forum for the exchange of ideas and information on post-secondary teaching and learning, and celebrates teaching excellence and educational leadership. In 2012, a consortium of Montreal institutions of higher education (McGill University, Concordia University, Université de Montréal and Champlain College Saint-Lambert) is co-hosting the 32nd Annual Conference.*

7th International Conference on Open Repositories
Edinburgh, Scotland, June 9-13, 2012

Repositories are established in many ways as systems, as services, and as infrastructure for many types of content in an increasingly varied range of institutions. They now demonstrate how action on a local scale can have global consequences – for the institutions hosting repositories, for those who deposit content in them, and for society as a whole. Some actions, however, are only effective when coordinated at national, domain or global scale. Understanding the change repositories can bring about, the changes they themselves need to undergo, and the areas in which local action is sufficient are key themes of this year’s conference.*


*Excerpted or adapted from the original source. / *Extrait tirée ou adaptée de la source originale.