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‘I’ve Got a Hunch’

“Artist spaces for technologists. A Wikipedia editing takeover. Holograms. Those and other predictions about the future of research libraries came during “I’ve Got a Hunch,” a session held during this week’s fall membership meeting of the Association of Research Libraries. The association had plenty of serious topics on the agenda for its two-day meeting, including discussions about the challenges of digital preservation, inequality and bias, and the role of data analytics. But organizers also found 45 minutes in the schedule for what Thomas Wall, university librarian at Boston College, called the “first inaugural ‘hunchery’” — an opportunity for librarians to pitch ideas that were decidedly “pre-best practices, pre-implementation.” (via Inside Higher Ed)

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ARL Urges Elsevier to Revise Policy That Impedes Sharing of Scholarship

“In April 2015, Elsevier announced a new sharing and hosting policy for Elsevier journal articles, which imposes excessive restrictions on authors and institutions, employs embargo periods that are counter to the requirements established by the Canadian and US governments, and, more fundamentally, impedes the sharing of information by scholars that is so fundamental to the research process.” (via ARL)

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Copyright Office Report on Orphan Works: ARL Releases Issue Brief

“ARL has published an issue brief on the US Copyright Office’s June 4, 2015, Report on Orphan Works and Mass Digitization (PDF), which includes recommendations for legislation on orphan works—copyrighted works whose owners are impossible to identify or contact—and the creation of an extended collective licensing (ECL) regime for mass digitization. ARL’s “Issue Brief: Copyright Office Report on Orphan Works” (PDF) focuses only on the Copyright Office’s recommendations regarding orphan works.” (via ARL)

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ARL Joins New Re:Create Coalition to Promote Balanced Copyright

“Today, April 28, 2015, ARL joined US technology companies, trade associations, and civil society organizations in the launch of Re:Create, a coalition that promotes balanced copyright policy. A balanced copyright system depends on limitations and exceptions, such as fair use. As technology advances, it is imperative that the copyright law is responsive to these changes, balancing the interests of creators of copyrighted information and products with the interests of users of those products.” (via ARL®)

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At research library conference, speakers push for advocacy

“University libraries need to advocate for government openness and electronic record keeping, speakers during the Association of Research Libraries fall membership conference implored on Wednesday, or risk the digital landscape’s becoming a “digital landfill.” The call to action emerged from a day during which members of the association debated how libraries should involve themselves in producing accessible digital resources, managing institutional data and supporting campus innovation. Speakers, among them archivists, legal experts, federal workers and university librarians, urged a more proactive role that included advocacy beyond the boundaries of their institutions.” (via @insidehighered)

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