If publishers have their way, libraries’ digital options will see major cuts | The Hill

“To many, controlled digital lending might sound obscure and disconnected from their own lives, and to be honest, I can see why. After all, controlled digital lending is based on the finer points of well-established U.S. copyright law — loaning books to people — it’s not something a lot of library patrons pay attention to. Moreover, when it’s working seamlessly, it’s a bit like one of those apps that runs unobtrusively in the background of your computer’s operating system. Patrons only notice it when it slows or stops working.  

If a pending lawsuit by major American book publishers challenging its legal limits succeeds, controlled digital lending’s absence might be a lot more noticeable to a lot more people. It will be harder to borrow digital books and other materials from the growing number of libraries that practice controlled digital lending or some form of it.

Combine that with other efforts by book publishers to curb access to digital content and there are troubling consequences for how an information-based society like ours continues to drive economic, social and political progress….”

Code4Lib 2022 Conference Stream – YouTube | 24-26 May 2022

Code4Lib 2022 Conference livestream, 24-26 May. About: “The conference for people who code for libraries. An annual gathering of technologists from around the world, who largely work for and with libraries, archives, and museums and have a commitment to open technologies.” Schedule: https://2022.code4lib.org/schedule/


UChicago’s new librarian wants to make data and research easier to share | University of Chicago News

“Reimer, who began his tenure as University Librarian and dean of the University Library on April 22, approaches his job by bearing in mind the needs of faculty, students, staff and other scholars. By incorporating this perspective, he champions a philosophy of a library as not only a service provider, but a research partner that offers its own expertise and intellectual agenda.

That includes prioritizing openness in scholarship to better share data and research….

Working with partners across the campus, we need to make it as easy as possible for faculty and students to manage and share their data and publications, reducing the complexity in areas like open access, funder reporting and research information management….

Possibly the most important contribution to scholarship is rethinking the library collection as open data, alongside the wider role libraries are playing in making content across the world findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable. Research libraries provide and support crucial infrastructure for knowledge sharing globally, and we enable open access to an ever-growing number of scholarly publications….

By focusing on improving workflows for and with faculty, we [at Imperial College London, under his leadership] achieved all these aims, for example, increasing the annual upload of open access publications to the university repository from around 300 in 2012 to about 11,000 in 2016. I’d love to see something similar at the University of Chicago! …”

Collaborating for Access: Book Challenges in a Digital World

“In this third in our Collaborating for Access series of webinars hosted by COSLA, DPLA, and ReadersFirst, we’ll look at what the current political environment of increased book challenges means for digital content. What opportunities are available for libraries to use digital materials to maintain access, and in what ways are digital content and the libraries providing it open to unique attacks across the political spectrum? We’ll bring together a panel of librarians and thought leaders to discuss the ramifications of challenges in the digital world and look at potential solutions digital access may provide.”

SCOAP3 reaches 50’000 articles milestone – SCOAP3

The Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics (SCOAP3)—the world’s largest disciplinary open access initiative—has reached the milestone of over 50’000 research articles published. Through partnerships with 11 leading journals, SCOAP3 has effectively transitioned the vast majority of research articles in the discipline to perpetual OA since 2014. These research papers include vital contributions from research organizations and institutions across the world: including the last paper published by Stephen Hawking and colleagues on Black Hole Entropy and a seminal paper from the CMS and ATLAS collaborations on the measurements of the Higgs boson production and decay rates, among the many thousands of others.

Seeding a Community of FORESTers | Educopia Institute

“How well do your policies and practices align with your values? And how well do your vendors’ and partners’ policies and practices align with your values?

Do you know? Would it change your investment choices if you did? 

We believe that if there were clearer ways to evidence and assess actions against values, it could.

The Next Generation Library Publishing (NGLP) team is excited to announce the release of the FOREST Framework for Values-Driven Scholarly Communication. This framework has been created to help scholarly communication organizations and communities to demonstrate, evaluate, and improve their alignment over time with six key values:  

Financial and Organizational Sustainability


Representative Governance

Equity, Accessibility, and Anti-Oppression

Sharing of Knowledge

Transparency …”

What Does My Library Need to Know about Ebook Laws? | American Libraries Magazine

“Minow and guest author Kyle K. Courtney discuss the library ebooks landscape and state-level efforts to institutionalize fair licensing terms….

In the short term, publishers and ebook aggregators are preventing libraries from acquiring ebooks with fair licensing (or purchasing) terms that would allow libraries to adequately provide continual access to them. Current ebook licenses offered to libraries come with many restrictions on use, are often prohibitively expensive, and sometimes are not available at any price.

In the long term, libraries do not own but lease ebook titles, which affects collection development and services like interlibrary loan and preservation as there are no legal terms in the licenses to make them a permanent part of the library collection….”

How the Open Book Collective works | Community-led Open Publication Infrastructures for Monographs (COPIM)

by Livy Onalee Snyder and Joe Deville

The Open Book Collective (OBC) is a non-profit membership organization that brings together Open Access (OA) publishers, service providers, librarians, and other supporters to collectively bring about a fairer, more sustainable model of open book publishing. 

Through the OBC’s online platform, publishers and service providers offer individual and collective membership packages which libraries and other potential supporters can pay to join.



A mapping review of literature on Blockchain usage by libraries: Challenges and opportunities – Muhammad Safdar, Saima Qutab, Farasat Shafi Ullah, Nadeem Siddique, Muhammad Ajmal Khan, 2022

Abstract:  The Library and Information Science (LIS) community has started discussing some possible uses of Blockchain (BC) technologies in solving library-related problems and increasing the overall efficiency of libraries. This study aimed to systematically collect and review the relevant literature to comprehend the scope of BC for libraries, its benefits, as well as the challenges, and implications related to its use. The authors explored six reputed databases (Web of Science, Scopus, LISTA (Library, Information Science and Technology Abstracts), LISA (Library and Information Science Abstracts), IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers), and Google Scholar) to conduct this review. This study was conducted using the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) guidelines. After the final data extraction, 21 documents were considered eligible for the systematic review. A systematic review of the selected works indicated that the usage of BC in libraries ranged from record-keeping to processing payments and ensuring security and transparency. Some of the opportunities that can be hunted from BC were the elimination of corruption, enhanced security, improved efficiency of services, and better time management. Literature also indicated that a lack of awareness of technology, unskilled staff, and financial constraints could impede the adoption of BC by libraries. It is hoped that this study would provide a holistic overview of BC technologies for libraries, thus improving the effectiveness of the decision-makers. This study is first that collected (systematically) and reviewed the literature on BC usage in libraries. The review will help educational institutions and library professionals understand the usage, challenges, and benefits of BC for libraries.


Controlled Digital Lending for resource sharing: Law and policy since 2018. – YouTube

“For more than a decade, libraries have engaged in a variety of digital lending practices that are now described as controlled digital lending (CDL). But only more recently, in 2018, were the foundational law and policy arguments for the practice of CDL articulated in what has become the widely cited White Paper on Controlled Digital Lending of Library books.” Since that time, the law, policy, and practice of CDL have evolved considerably.

In this session, the presenters—Dave Hansen and Kyle K. Courtney, both lawyers, librarians, and authors of the original CDL white paper—explain the basic framework for CDL. They will review recent developments in CDL law and policy, including integration in library norms such as reserves and interlibrary loan. They also will review international developments and the copyright infringement lawsuit filed by the ‘Big Five’ publishers against Internet Archive for CDL. Speakers: Kyle K. Courtney, Copyright Advisor, Harvard University Dave Hansen, Associate University Librarian for Research, Collections & Scholarly Communications, and Lead Copyright & Information Policy Officer, Duke University…”

Webcast: Open systems and library analytics – 1501970

“Open source software and interoperable services for library management and analytics provide libraries with more choice in how to deploy, support and develop mission-critical applications. Join this webinar to learn more about EBSCO’s support for FOLIO, the open source library services platform, and Panorama, an interoperable application for library analytics.”

The Libraries’ Will Cross receives a Fulbright to study open knowledge and copyright across the EU | NC State University Libraries

“Will Cross, Director of the Libraries’ Open Knowledge Center (OKC) and Head of Information Policy, will be a 2022-2023 Fulbright-Schuman Innovation Fellow studying the future of copyright law and open knowledge practices and policies across the EU.

His project, titled “Community-Based Copyright Literacy in the European Union: Codes of Fair Practice as Core Open Knowledge Infrastructure,” will be centered in the Netherlands where he will study the copyright literacy practices of Dutch researchers, conduct comparative research across the EU and explore the Codes of Fair Practice model for knitting together national laws in order to create shared open knowledge practices. As a Fulbright-Schuman Fellow, Cross will work with partners including the Institute for Information Law (IViR) in the Netherlands and consortium members participating in the reCreating Europe Project. …”

Management and maintenance of research data by researchers in Zimbabwe | Emerald Insight

Abstract:  Purpose

The concept of research data management (RDM) is new in Zimbabwe and other developing countries. Research institutions are developing research data repositories and promoting the archiving of research data. As a way of creating awareness to researchers on RDM, the purpose of this paper is to determine how researchers are managing their research data and whether they are aware of the developments that are taking place in RDM.


A survey using a mixed method approach was done and an online questionnaire was administered to 100 researchers in thirty research institutions in Zimbabwe. Purposive sampling was done by choosing participants from the authors of articles published in journals indexed by Google Scholar, Scopus and Web of Science. Interviews were done with five top researchers. The data was analysed using NVIVO. The results were presented thematically. The questionnaire was distributed using the research offices of the selected 30 research institutions. There was a 75% response rate.


The findings indicated that all the researchers are aware of the traditional way of managing research data. A total of 70% of the respondents are not aware of the current trends in RDM services, as they are keeping their data on machines and external hard drives, while 97.3% perceive RDM services as useful, as it is now a requirement when applying for research grants. Librarians have a bigger role to play in creating awareness on RDM among researchers and hosting the data repositories for archiving research data.

Practical implications

Research institutions can invest in research data services and develop data repositories. Librarians will participate in educating researchers to come up with data management plans before they embark on a research project. This study also helps to showcase the strategies that can be used in awareness creation campaigns. The findings can also be used in teaching RDM in library schools and influence public policy both at institutional and national level.

Social implications

This study will assist in building capacity among stakeholders about RDM. Based on the findings, research institutions should prioritise research data services to develop skills and knowledge among librarians and researchers.


Few researches on RDM practices in Zimbabwe were done previously. Most of the papers that were published document the perception of librarians towards RDM, but this study focused mainly on researchers’ awareness and perception. The subject is still new and people are beginning to research on it and create awareness amongst the stakeholders in Zimbabwe.

Publisher Scoring System Wiki

“This system has gone through several revisions. Below are links to the current version, previous versions, and related files.

In brief, journal publishers earn points in this scoring system by engaging in practices that demonstrate partnership with libraries, educators, and researchers. Library Partnership (LP) certification is calculated using a method similar to the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification for architectural and building projects. In LEED certification, architectural projects “earn points for various green building strategies across several categories. Based on the number of points achieved, a project earns one of four LEED rating levels: Certified, Silver, Gold or Platinum” (https://www.usgbc.org/). Where LEED certification assesses a building project’s practices in “credit categories” such as water efficiency or indoor air quality, LP certification assesses a publisher’s practices in four categories: Access, Rights, Community, and Discoverability.

A publisher’s partnership score reflects an overall achievement of credits. This score places them in one of four levels or tiers, Tier 1 (highest partnership practices) through Tier 4 (lowest partnership practices)….”