We are pleased to announce the second in the webinar series being offered jointly by ASERL, the Boston Library Consortium, CIC, the California Digital Library, the Greater Western Library Alliance, the Triangle Research Libraries Network, and the Washington Research Library Consortium! WEBINAR: Helping Students Make Sense of Fair Use Date: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST Register via https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/737141314 After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.
U.S. Copyright Law grants a number of exclusive rights to copyright owners, but those rights have various limitations. One of those limitations, fair use, is both a blessing and a curse for educators. It’s a blessing because it gives us the right to use copyrighted materials without seeking permission from the copyright owner, but it can also be a curse due to misunderstandings and misinformation regarding fair use. Making matters worse is the circulation of various sets of classroom “guidelines” – on university and library websites – that have never been part of copyright legislation and are therefore, not legally binding. In fact, most classroom copyright guidelines are quite restrictive and, if followed to the letter, can erode and impair the educational mission of the University.
So if we’re confused about copyright, what about our students? How do we help them think critically about using copyrighted materials in their classroom assignments when we’re not even sure ourselves? This webinar will describe current fair use analysis and provide a framework to guide students in making sound decisions about using copyrighted material in their work.
Sue Kunda, Digital Scholarship Librarian for Oregon State University Libraries and Press, will be the lead presenter for this session.
- PC-based attendees: Required: Windows® 8, 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server
- Mac®-based attendees: Required: Mac OS® X 10.6 or newer
- Mobile attendees: Required: iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phone or Android tablet
The libraries of the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL), the Boston Library Consortium (BLC), the Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA), the Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN), and the Washington Research Library Consortium (WRLC) are pleased to kick-off the start of "Open Access Week 2013" with this Open Letter to our members, colleagues, and friends. Together we represent 62 research libraries across much of the US. It is our pleasure to work together to support the development of open access publishing models and the fair use of copyrighted content.
To support our members' ongoing interests in these areas, we are sponsoring a series of jointly-hosted webinars to explore and describe the current world of copyright, fair use, and open access. The first session will be "Copyright and Fair Use 101," hosted by ASERL and TRLN on November 13, 2013. These sessions are free and open to the public. Details can be found at http://bit.ly/1fFKVNu
Additional webinars hosted by other research library consortia are under development. Information about future webinars will be posted on each of our organizations' websites as it becomes available.
On behalf of our colleagues, our thanks for your consideration of our Open Letter, and for supporting Open Access Week 2013.
Joni Blake, Executive Director
Greater Western Library Alliancejoni@gwla.org
John Burger, Executive Director
Association of Southeastern Research Librariesjburger@aserl.org
Susan Stearns, Executive Director
Boston Library Consortiumsstearns@blc.org
Mona Couts, Executive Director
Triangle Research Libraries Networkmona@trln.org
Mark Jacobs, Executive Director
Washington Research Library Consortiumjacobs@wrlc.org
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An Open Letter in Observance of Open Access Week 2013October 18, 2013To our members, colleagues, and friends:The libraries of the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries, the Boston Library Consortium, the Greater Western Library Alliance, the Triangle Research Libraries Network, and the Washington Research Library Consortium, collectively representing 62 research libraries, believe it is crucial that our libraries and universities, and the faculty and students they serve, have access to balanced information about open access publishing, the fair use of copyrighted materials, and emerging forms of scholarly communication. We believe that it is vital that content creators, content users, and libraries work together to find common ground to ensure that copyright "promote[s] progress in science and the useful arts" while at the same time providing reasonable compensation for the intellectual efforts expended to create that content.We affirm that the principles of fair use are necessary to education and scholarship and that those principles provide a critical balance to the needs of rights holders. As advocates for effective library services, our members engage with faculty, students, and researchers to ensure they understand these principles and have ready access to the content they need.Many libraries use the services of the Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) to manage payment of copyright royalties. While the CCC is a useful tool, we want our members to be aware that, although founded in 1978 as a non-profit tax exempt organization, CCC was stripped of its federal tax exempt designation in 1982. The U.S. Tax Court ruled the CCC had no "interests of any substance beyond the creation of a device to protect their copyright ownership and collect license fees." We believe the CCC's continued marketing of itself today as "founded as a nonprofit organization" ignores the loss of its federal tax exempt status thirty years ago and is misleading as to its current business model.Moreover, the CCC is financially supporting a large portion of the lawsuit against our colleagues at Georgia State University, which our organizations find wholly objectionable. Our organizations are also dismayed at the recent marketing campaign by the CCC in the Chronicle of Higher Education, including links to "educational videos" available from CCC's website which we believe provide incomplete and inaccurate information about the balance of copyright and fair use. We believe the CCC's business model and its support of litigation against common library practices prevent it from providing impartial information about copyright and fair use. We urge our members to consider the CCC's business model and practices when deciding on a method for managing copyright payments in the future.In observance of Open Access Week 2013 and our longstanding support for open access and fair use, our organizations are partnering to create a series of webinars for our members that will examine the rapidly-evolving nature of intellectual property. Our goal is to ensure our librarians, faculty and staffs are well-informed on the rights and responsibilities of open access, copyright, and fair use. These webinars will be freely available to our members, starting with "Copyright and Fair Use 101" on November 13- see www.aserl.org for more information. Additional webinars focusing on various facets of copyright, fair use, open access, and their impacts on library services will be scheduled for the remainder of the 2013-14 academic year.We join colleagues around the world in celebrating Open Access Week! With our thanks for your support of our programming,John Burger, Executive DirectorAssociation of Southeastern Research Librariesjburger@aserl.orgSusan Stearns, Executive DirectorBoston Library Consortiumsstearns@blc.orgJoni Blake, Executive DirectorGreater Western Library Alliancejoni@gwla.orgMona Couts, Executive DirectorTriangle Research Libraries Networkmona@trln.orgMark Jacobs, Executive DirectorWashington Research Library Consortiumjacobs@wrlc.orgAbout ASERL (www.aserl.org): Founded in 1956, the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL) serves 38 research institutions in 11 states. ASERL operates numerous projects designed to foster a high standard of library excellence through inter-institutional resource sharing and other collaborative efforts.About the BLC (www.blc.org): The Boston Library Consortium, an association of 17 academic and research libraries located in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New Hampshire, is dedicated to sharing human and information resources to advance the research and learning of its constituency.About GWLA (www.gwla.org): The Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA) is a consortium of 33 research libraries collaborating across 17 central and western states. GWLA is a dynamic, effective, project-oriented consortium, nationally recognized as a leader in the transformation of scholarly communication, and a facilitator in the application of new information technologies.About TRLN (www.trln.org): Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN) is a collaborative organization of Duke University, North Carolina Central University, North Carolina State University, and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the purpose of which is to marshal the financial, human, and information resources of their research libraries through cooperative efforts in order to create a rich and unparalleled knowledge environment that furthers the universities' teaching, research, and service missions.About WRLC (www.wrlc.org): The Washington Research Library Consortium (WRLC) was established in 1987 to support and enhance the library and information services of universities in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Today, the WRLC enables the success of learning and scholarship among its nine partner universities by creating coordinated collections, creating a robust infrastructure for discovery and access, ensuring the long-term preservation of physical and digital information resources and sharing expertise.
Has your library taken a unique, creative, or particularly proactive approach to integrating and assessing student learning outcomes relating to information literacy? Consider submitting a proposal for a digital poster or roundtable discussion at the Symposium on Libraries Partnering for Student Learning: Leadership, Practices & Culture at:
Digital posters present content on a single page or slide, but do not have to be printed or physically displayed (rather they will be projected on big-screen monitors during the conference reception). Digital posters can be made using PowerPoint, Prezi, or any other software allowing you to create a visual image which can be displayed on a single page. A limited number of selected applicants will also be
invited to give a 3-5 minute mini-presentations explaining their poster projects during the conference reception on Thursday, November 14th. Please indicate on your submission form whether you or someone from your institution will be available to present your poster at the conference. You may still submit a proposal if you wish to have your poster displayed, but cannot be present to present it.
Roundtable discussion proposals should address at least one of the themes outlined below.
To apply, please submit a 150 word abstract by MONDAY, OCTOBER 7TH, 2013. Please follow this link to submit:
Your poster or roundtable proposal and abstract should highlight your library's assessment efforts related
to one or more of the following content areas:
• Proactivity: What strategies has your library employed to integrate information literacy learning outcomes at the program level?
• Scaling Assessment: How has your library designed and implemented program-level assessments for measuring information literacy learning?
• A Place at the Table: What strategies has your library employed to ensure that librarians are involved in discussions about student learning and curriculum?
• Impact: How has your library used data to demonstrate impact on student success?
Selected proposals will be notified of acceptance by October 14, 2013.
Librarians Partnering for Student Learning : Leadership, Practice & Culture
November 13-15, 2013
Las Vegas, Nevada The GWLA Student Learning Outcomes task force is pleased to announce that registration for the Librarians Partnering for Student Learning conference is now live. This conference is focused on bringing together GWLA instructional and assessment librarians and library instruction program leaders to focus on exemplary practices in teaching and assessment of information literacy and the impact of libraries on student learning. Attendees will participate in workshops and breakout sessions around student learning outcomes, learning assessment, campus collaborations and partnerships, as well as how GWLA institutions have demonstrated library impact on student learning. Participants will also have the opportunity to engage and network with their peers from across the alliance and to contribute to the development of a GWLA research question that aims to document the impact or value of libraries on student learning. We are requesting that no more than 3 representatives from each institution attend. To register, please follow this link : https://www.regonline.com/SLO
. A preliminary schedule is below. Hotel registration information:
Hyatt Place Hotel 4520 Paradise Road Las Vegas, NV 89169 Rate per night: $99/night (includes free wi-fi and hot breakfast) http://lasvegas.place.hyatt.com/en/hotel/home.html?corp_id=G-GWLA
GWLA had to guarantee this room block. It is important that no attendees book rooms in a different hotel.
Deadline for hotel registration is OCTOBER 16, 2013. Questions regarding the conference may be directed to: Anne E. McKee, M.L.S. Program Officer for Resource Sharing Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA) email@example.com 480-575-0340
GWLA Launches BorrowItNow
Monday, August 19, 2013
Today, the Greater Western Library
Alliance (GWLA) is excited to launch BorrowItNow, a
consortial borrowing system based on
the Relais International D2D product. BorrowItNow
allows patrons to discover library
materials via a virtual union catalog, which spans across all
participating members’ ILS systems.
BorrowItNow provides for unmediated requests,
transmitting real time availability
and call numbers to the lending library, while balancing
request loads across the consortium.
Joni Blake, Executive Director of
GWLA, said, “Resource sharing is GWLA's oldest program, and
one our members value greatly. This
project is in keeping with GWLA's core values of
leveraging our collective strength and
improving services through innovation and
experimentation. We are very excited
about the enhanced access to collections and faster
service that the Relais D2D platform
will bring to the patrons at our member libraries.”
“Relais developed a pricing model for
GWLA members that facilitated a very high level of
engagement for this three-year
project,” added Anne McKee, Program Officer for Resource
Sharing. “GWLA is very pleased to have
formed this dynamic partnership with Relais.”
Naomi Chow, Chair of the GWLA Resource
Sharing/Document Delivery Committee, is thrilled
with members’ adoption of the system. “The
response from the libraries within our consortia
has been very enthusiastic -- over 90%
of our partner libraries will be participating in the pilot
project during its first year! This is
in part due to great support for the project from the GWLA
Board of Directors. Our libraries are
eager to offer our patrons a streamlined and efficient
method of unmediated ILL requests. We
look forward to working with Relais during our threeyear
pilot, and hope that GWLA's project,
with its size and geographic complexity, will
contribute to further innovative
system enhancements of value to the library community at
Noted Ryan Litsey, Vice-Chair of the GWLA
Resource Sharing/Document Delivery Committee,
“GWLA continues to raise the bar for
ILL with the addition of the Relais D2D system. GWLA has
a long tradition of setting the
standard for turnaround times, consortial cooperation and
efficiency. The Relais D2D discovery
layer allows GWLA to increase their interconnectedness.
BorrowItNow is the largest
implementation of Relais D2D to date. Our patrons can now
efficiently access one of the most
complex and far reaching Relais D2D systems.”
Institutions participating in the
• Arizona State University
• Baylor University
• Brigham Young University
• Colorado State University
• Iowa State University
• Kansas State University
• Oklahoma State University
• Oregon State University
• Southern Illinois University,Carbondale
• Southern Methodist University
• Texas A&M University
• Texas Tech University
• University of Arizona
• University of Arkansas
• University of Colorado
• University of Hawai’i at Mānoa
• University of Houston
• University of Illinois-Chicago
• University of Kansas
• University of Missouri-Columbia
• University of Nevada, Las Vegas
• University of New Mexico
• University of Oklahoma
• University of Oregon
• University of Southern California
• University of Texas
• University of Utah
• University of Wyoming
• Utah State University
• Washington State University
• Washington University in St. Louis
The Greater Western Library Alliance
(GWLA) is a consortium of 33 research libraries located
in the central and western United
States. GWLA is a dynamic, effective, project-oriented
consortium, nationally recognized as a
leader in the transformation of scholarly
communication, and a facilitator in
the application of new information technologies.
Relais International, Inc., based in
Ottawa, Ontario, provides solutions for all varieties of
libraries or groups of libraries, and
offers a full range of interlibrary loan, document delivery
and consortial resource sharing services.
The Oregon State University Faculty Senate has unanimously approved a Harvard-style Open Access policy. This is the culmination of advocacy and outreach, plus partnering with Faculty Senate Library Committee leadership and key OSU Libraries personnel. With this policy, faculty grant Oregon State University a non-exclusive license to exercise any and all rights under copyright relating to their scholarly articles, in any medium, and to authorize others to do the same, provided that the articles are not sold for a profit. According to the policy, faculty then submit an electronic copy of the accepted (post-peer review, pre-typeset) manuscript of their articles for dissemination via ScholarsArchive@OSU, the OSU institutional repository. An FAQ site, including a link to the policy text itself, is available at: http://cdss.library.oregonstate.edu/open-access
The GPN Big Data Summit is coming up!
Registration for the Wednesday, May 29, 2013 event is required, but admission is free. More information may be found in the flyer below. To register, visit http://www.dce.k-state.edu/conf/great-plains-network/registration
. This event is sponsored by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Kansas University Libraries, the Greater Western Library Alliance, and the Great Plains Network.
The keynote speaker will be William Michener of DataONE (http://www.dataone.org/
). Mr. Michener is Professor and Director of e-Science Initiatives for University Libraries at the University of New Mexico.
Registration is now open for the 12th Northwest Interlibrary Loan and Resource Sharing Conference! The conference will take place in Portland, Oregon on September 12th and 13th, 2013, at Portland Community College, Sylvania Campus. Preconference sessions will be held on September 11th.
This year's program includes:
*The Future: E-Books and Interlibrary Loan | Ryan Litsey & Occam's Reader Development Team
*WorldShare ILL: Migrating to the New World (or, What were we thinking!?!) | Karen Barnes & Martin Burgess
*Let the Numbers Speak: ILL Assessment | Ingrid Moisil from the Seattle Public Library
*Getting to the Core: What Centralized ILL Means for a Small Academic Library | Karen Hildebrandt & Bonita Bjornson
... and many more! The keynote this year is Xavier Helgesen, co-founder and Chairman of Better World Books.
Visit the website to view the full program, register for the conference, or apply for a scholarship: www.nwill.org.
The GWLA Student Learning Outcomes Task Force is organizing a member professional development event, to be held in Las Vegas, Nevada, November 13-15, 2013. (Please note that these dates are a change from the previously announced dates!)
Event content will be based on four themes that are drawn from in-depth interviews with 20 GWLA institutions. The themes for the event are:
- Being Proactive: Strategies for integrating information literacy student learning outcomes at the program level
- Scaling Assessment: Designing and implementing program-level assessments for measuring information literacy learning
- A Place at the Table: Strategies for ensuring librarians are members of discussion about student learning and curriculum
- Impact: How libraries are using data to examine their “impact” on “student success”
Efforts are being made to make the event as cost effective as possible to encourage maximum attendance. The Task Force suggests teams of at least three attendees from each institution, with the following prioritized organizational roles.
- Head of Instruction/Instruction Coordinator
- Whoever works with assessment of student learning – could be an assessment librarian
- Instruction Librarian that works with large programs for example: English Composition, First Year Seminar
- Assistant Dean or AUL working on campus educational partnerships
The University of Nevada, Las Vegas Libraries will host the event. Registration and lodging information will be available shortly!