Academic Libraries

Defining Fair Use

Defining Fair Use.

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has released a “Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries” — a 32-page document, based on interviews with dozens of librarians, outlining the principles and limitations it believes are relevant to eight common scenarios. The guidelines also recommend additional actions libraries can take to insulate themselves against legal challenges.

Academic journals coercing professors for citations

Securiteam pointed the way to The Vancouver Sun (orginally from The Ottawa Citizen) on a new survey that says
Academic journals that decide which research discoveries count as important are practising widespread “coercion” to gain influence, at the expense of their own credibility. [A quick search for the actual study failed, so put this under the "it's on the internet so it's true file]

The End of Academic Library Circulation?

The End of Academic Library Circulation?
Aaron pointed the way to an interesting one from the ACRL TechConnect Blog with a shocking chart.

"This chart shows the upper/lower quartiles and median for circulation per FTE student. As you can see this data shows a much more dramatic drop in the circulation of library materials. Rising student populations hide this fact.

A Requst From Desiree Goodwin, the Harvard Library Worker Who Was Too Pretty

Remember Desiree Goodwin who sued Harvard Library and lost? She's still at Harvard and still looking for better working conditions (for the pretty?); here's her note:


I just signed the petition "HUCTW Harvard Union of Clerical and Technical Workers, Bill Jaeger: Stand Up for Workers' Rights!" and wanted to see if you could help by adding your name.

Our goal is to reach 100 signatures and we need more support. You can read more and sign the petition here:


Academic publishing is full of problems; lets get them right.

LISNEWS linked to this article earlier this month: Locked in the Ivory Tower: Why JSTOR Imprisons Academic Research

A librarian responds with this blog post: Academic publishing is full of problems; lets get them right.

BoingBoing was where I saw that one article was responding to the other.

Public checks out human library books at Utah State

Public checks out human library books at Utah State
Organizer Anne Hedrich, a USU reference librarian, said the goals of the Human Library [] event are to open dialogues between people who may think they are different. Hedrich sought out volunteers to represent different ethnicities, religions, nationalities, occupations, characteristics and hobbies.

Abbas Al Sharif and Roula Bachour, of Logan, presented themselves as a book on their homeland, Lebanon.

Why JSTOR Imprisons Academic Research

Why JSTOR Imprisons Academic Research
How could we make this academic research more accessible to the public? The challenge is finding a way to get research on the web by bypassing the publisher/JSTOR nexus. If academic journals skipped that needless step of providing a print version of their journals, they could stop this cycle. They could simply upload the papers to a website and take the publishers out of the process.

Libraries: championing digital information on campus

Libraries: championing digital information on campus
The Society of College, National and University Libraries (SCONUL) is working on a project to review the roles academic libraries are playing in developing the digital literacies within their own institutions, and across the information profession. Academic librarians have a long tradition of championing the effective use of information. The SCONUL project is designed to reveal how libraries and librarians are shaping their services to maximise the opportunities and benefits of working in a digital environment.

Protesters occupy campus library

Protesters occupy campus library
Around 70 Occupy Cal demonstrators clustered in the UC Berkeley anthropology library Thursday night, accompanied by one tent, with the aim of establishing an overnight encampment following a day of protests to coincide with the UC Board of Regents meeting.

Universities test buying e-books in bulk

Universities test buying e-books in bulk
Big Ten campuses in Wisconsin and Minnesota, along with four other major universities, will experiment with buying electronic textbooks in bulk.

The universities will pool their buying power and negotiate discounted prices from the textbook companies. Educators say it could help reduce the high cost of textbooks and bring e-textbooks into the mainstream.


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