Assistant Dean for Public Services Suzanne Sears Receives Two TLA Awards

Suzanne Sears, Assistant Dean for Public Services received two distinguished awards at this year’s Texas Library Association Conference in San Antonio.

The TLA GODORT/MARCIVE "Knowledge is Power" Award recognizes an individual who is an outstanding Government Documents Librarian and active supporter and advocate for the use of government information in education, research, and/or commerce. Active support of government information access can take the form of presentations, scholarly papers, Web resources, or any other appropriate creative activity. The award recognizes past as well as present government information involvement. MARCIVE, Inc., of San Antonio, very generously sponsors the award with $400 to express appreciation to the recipient.

Suzanne was nominated by Julie Leuzinger for the "Knowledge is Power" Award. Coby Condrey was chair of the committee and presented Suzanne with the TLA GODORT/MARCIVE "Knowledge is Power" Award.

Since 1960, the Texas Library Association has honored and recognized excellence in librarianship and outstanding contributions to Texas Libraries through awards presented annually at the TLA spring conference. The TLA Distinguished Service Award is given in recognition of demonstrated leadership and continuing service in one or more areas of the library profession.

Mary Ann Venner nominated Suzanne for the TLA Distinguished Service Award.

  

Featured image: Coby Condrey, Collection Development Librarian and Suzanne Sears, Assistant Dean for Public Services

Photographs by Joshua Sylve

University Libraries are Shifting Materials

The University Libraries are shifting materials in Willis Library and Eagle Commons Library (ECL) during the spring and summer semesters of 2014.

  • July 28: The oversized Juvenile collection is now located on the Willis Library Third Floor. The bound journals in Willis Library are being moved to the compact shelving on the Lower Level.
  • July 11: The Juvenile collection is now located on the Willis Library Third Floor. The oversized Juvenile collection is being moved from the Willis Library Lower Level to the Third Floor.
  • July 9: The CMC (Curriculum Materials Collection) is now located on the Willis Library Third Floor. The Juvenile collection and CMC Kit collection is being moved from the Willis Library Lower Level to the Third Floor.
  • July 8: The A - AZ collection (General Works) and B - BX collection (Philosophy, Psychology, and Religion) is now located on the Willis Library Third Floor.
  • July 7: The C collection (Auxiliary Sciences of History) and D collection (World History) is now located on the Willis Library Third Floor. The B - BX collection (Philosophy, Psychology, and Religion) is being moved from the Willis Library Second Floor to the Third Floor.
  • July 3: The D collection (World History) is being moved from the Willis Library Second Floor to the Third Floor.
  • June 30: The E - F collection (History) is now located on the Willis Library Third Floor.
  • June 26: The GN - GV collection (Anthropology and Recreation) is now located on the Willis Library Third Floor. The F collection (History) is being moved from the Willis Library Second Floor to the Third Floor.
  • June 25: The HM - HX collection (Sociology and Socialism/Anarchism) is now located on the Willis Library Third Floor.
  • June 24: The HM - HX collection (Sociology and Socialism/Anarchism) is being moved from the Willis Library Second Floor to the Third Floor.
  • June 20: The H collection (General Social Science) is now located on the Willis Library Third Floor. The HA - HJ collection (Statistics, Economics, Transportation/Communication, and Business/Finance) is now located in Eagle Commons Library. The HM - HX collection (Sociology and Socialism/Anarchism) is located on the Willis Library Second Floor.
  • June 17: The L collection (Education) is now located on the Willis Library Third Floor. The BF collection (Psychology) is now temporarily located in the southwest corner of the Willis Library Third Floor.
  • June 12: The BF collection (Psychology) is being moved from ECL to the Willis Library Third Floor. The collection will be temporarily located in the southwest corner. The G - GF collection (Geography) and HA - HJ collection (Statistics, Economics, Transportation/Communication, and Business/Finance) is being moved from the Willis Library Second Floor to ECL.
  • June 11: The N collection (Fine Arts) is now located on the Willis Library Third Floor. The L collection (Education) is being moved from the Willis Library Second Floor to the Third Floor.
  • June 3: The P collection (Language and Literature) has been moved from the Willis Library Third Floor south side to the north side. The N collection (Fine Arts) is being moved from ECL to the Willis Library Third Floor.
  • May 21: All bound journals published before 2009 have been processed for remote storage. Volumes may be requested through the Online Holds service. Articles may be requested through ILLiad. The empty shelves on the lower level are being moved to the third floor. The third floor carrels are in the process of being moved to the lower level. The P collection (Language and Literature) continues to be moved from the Willis Library Third Floor south side to the north side. All Government Documents Service Desk materials are now located in ECL.
  • May 9: The Government Documents Service Desk on the third floor of Willis Library will close at 6:00 p.m. The Government Documents staff will begin working at the Eagle Commons Library (combined) Service Desk on Monday, May 12.
  • May 8: Temporary call number signage has been added to the third floor of Willis Library to help patrons locate items that have recently been moved.
  • April 30: The J collection (Political Science) is now located in Eagle Commons Library.
  • April 28: The P collection (Language and Literature) is being moved from the Willis Library Third Floor south side to the north side (formerly Government Documents Collection).
  • April 23: The Q collection is now located on the third floor of Willis Library. The locations in the library catalog are being updated.
  • April 15: The T (Technology), S (Agriculture), and R (Medicine) collections are now located on the third floor of Willis Library.
  • April 2: The T (Technology), S (Agriculture), and R (Medicine) collections are being moved from ECL to Willis Library Third Floor. The J (Political Science) and K (Law) collections are being moved from Willis Library Third Floor to ECL.
  • March 31: The Abstracts & Indexes, Business Reference, Tax Library, and Docs Reference materials are being moved this week from the Willis Library Third Floor to Eagle Commons Library. The bound journals on the Lower Level continue to be moved toward the southwest corner (formerly CMC Kits).
  • March 27: The U (Military Science), V (Naval Science), and Z (Bibliography) collections have been moved from the Willis Library Third Floor south side to the north side (formerly Government Documents Collection).
  • March 21: The bound journals in Willis Library are currently located on the Lower Level. Journals published before 2009 will be sent to Remote Storage. Volumes may be requested through the Online Holds service. Articles may be requested through ILLiad.
  • March 18: The Curriculum Materials Collection (CMC) kits are currently being moved from the Willis Library Lower Level to the Second Floor reshelving area across from the LibTACO offices.
  • Over spring break (March 10 - 16) the Texas Documents collection and the majority of the United States Government Documents collection was moved from the third floor of Willis Library to the Eagle Commons Library.
  • Through the later part of spring, the remaining Government Documents collection will also be moved to ECL.
  • Once the Government Documents collection has moved, collections including law, political science, geography, and business will also move to the ECL.
  • Over the next few months, collections including technology, agriculture, medicine, and science will be moved from ECL to Willis Library and a complete shift of collections on Willis second & third floors will occur. Most, if not all materials on the second floor of Willis Library will be moving to the third floor.

If you have questions about the shifting process or need help with a collection item, please contact the Eagle Commons Library, Eagle Commons Library Service Desk (940-565-2194),  Government Documents, or the Willis Library Services Desk (940-565-2413).
 
We will continue to update this page with any additional information during the semester.

A Hearing Regarding Fair Use and Baby Steps Toward Open Access

Subcommittee Hearing Regarding Fair Use

Yesterday, the Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet of the Judiciary Committee heard testimony regarding fair use. This testimony was in response to the actions of some members of Congress currently considering whether to propose a bill to statutorily expand or minimize fair use. The individuals who testified at the hearing yesterday included Professor Peter Jaszi, the faculty director of the Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Clinic at the American University Washington College of Law; Professor June Besek, the Executive Director of the Kernochan Center for Law, Media and the Arts at the Columbia Law School; Ms. Naomi Novik an author and co-founder of the Organization for Transformative Works; Mr. David Lowery, a singer, songwriter, and lecturer at the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia; and Mr. Kurt Wimmer, the General Counsel at the Newspaper Association of America. Each of these individuals offered written and oral testimony that covered the full gamut of how numerous individuals believe how fair use should be applied to new digital technologies.

Before examining some of the testimony given by these individuals, let us quickly reexamine the doctrine of fair use. According to the doctrine of fair use, one may use another creator’s copyrighted work, or portion of their work when the subsequent user meets the standards laid out in the fair use test. Also remember, although originally created by case law, fair use is a statute that has been passed by Congress. In general, if one meets three or more of the four prongs in the statutory fair use test, he or she should feel confident in using a copyrighted work. If one meets only two prongs of the test, there is some risk involved. If one meets only one or less of the prongs of the fair use test, then one should look to similar items that meet the fair use test, that are licensed for use with a Creative Commons license, that are designated as open access, or one should return to the tabula rasa and commence a new path.

In reviewing the above-mentioned statute, some members of Congress recently stated they would like to either expand or contract the doctrine of fair use, hence the subcommittee hearing yesterday. As predicted, the testimony at this hearing varied as some quipped pro-expansion comments and others advocated for contraction in the utilization of fair use. For example, Kurt Wimmer’s testimony seemed to suggest he believed fair use was working well with the transition of print newspapers to a digital format. Naomi Novik, who co-founded the Organization for Transformative Works advocated that fair use should be expanded and strengthened to meet the needs of new digital technologies. Whereas, Professor June Besek at the Columbia Law School advocated for a contraction of fair use warning that interpreting the fair use doctrine with few boundaries to what a subsequent user may do with a copyrighted work is worrisome.

Despite the attention to the hearing yesterday, it is unlikely Congress will amend the fair use doctrine any time soon. For one thing, this current Congress does not have a stellar record of passing a lot of legislation. If an amendment did pass, it likely would be tacked on to a larger piece of legislation. However, not tweaking fair use, for now anyway, is probably positive for libraries. Remember when legislation is passed it is up to our courts to interpret the legislation, and that interpretation is usually to what citizens, libraries, and other entities are supposed to adhere. Today, despite various appeals and possible negative oral argument at the appellate level, it still appears that the progress of such cases as Cambridge University Press v. Becker and the Authors Guild v HathiTrust reveal positive headway for libraries and the academy’s use of materials for educational purposes via fair use. Further, for those who do not like the manner in which fair use is currently being implemented, have you ever heard the saying “the devil you know is better than the devil you do not know?” In other words, if Congress tweaks or issues a massive overhaul of the fair use doctrine the courts would ultimately be given a fresh stab at interpreting such newly revised legislation. Since the judicial progress of cases interpreting our current version of the fair use statute is mostly pro-use, if you will, it might behoove libraries if Congress leaves fair use as is, for now, and instead consider offering a more liberal approach to section 108 of title 17 of the United States Code. Such liberalization of this statute could offer more explicit latitude for libraries to digitize content and make it publicly available. Also, it would be helpful if Congress would give more consideration to passing legislation that strengthens open access without extended embargoes.

Omnibus Appropriations Bill

Speaking of open access, Congress recently passed an Omnibus Appropriations Bill that is a step in the right direction in improving access to taxpayer-funded research. This legislation directs federal agencies (with research budgets more than $100 million per year) within Labor, Health, and Human Services and Education to provide online access to articles funded by that research, however, these articles may be subjected to a 12 month embargo. This legislation is more legally robust than the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) Directive on Public Access issued by President Obama a few months ago, however, it is hopeful Congress will soon consider putting forth legislation that promotes open access and does not permit such extended embargoes. For example SPARC is currently calling for this law to be strengthened by decreasing the embargo period to 6 months, making access to these materials available via a centralized repository, and providing universal access to these materials.

Thank a Teacher Program @ UNT

Let your voice be heard with a thank you note!

Outstanding teachers at UNT do make a difference for students. They make learning challenging and fun; they are available when needed; and they weather many storms with students to foster bright futures. When teachers have made this kind of a difference, many students wish for a way to say “Thanks”.

UNT students have the opportunity to say "Thanks" through the Thank a Teacher Program @ UNT. You have until Friday, December 5, 2014 to complete the form to share your thanks with your teacher(s). You may complete as many of these forms as you wish (one for each teacher you wish to thank). You may also choose to remain anonymous. Your notes will be sent to your teachers as part of a letter of recognition form the Provost.

Book Delivery Service for Faculty

There is a new Book Delivery Service for Faculty!

The Access Services Department will deliver library books to your main department office.  Deliveries are made on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.  Book requests may be made through your ILLiad account .

Contact Access Services at 940-565-2413, e-mail us for more information, or visit the Faculty Delivery Service page.