Dr. Martin Halbert Receives 2014 TDL Award

Dean of UNT Libraries, Dr. Martin Halbert, received the 2014 Texas Digital Library (TDL) Scholarly Communications Award at the annual Texas Conference on Digital Libraries (TCDL). This award honors the work of an individual or group in a Texas academic library who has made significant advances in our understanding of the issues surrounding scholarly communications and/or in developing innovative solutions to address the current academic publishing system.

The contributions of Dr. Halbert to the landscape of scholarly communication and open access are significant and far-reaching, not just in Texas, but nationally and internationally. Local noteworthy accomplishments include his leadership in the adoption of the UNT Open Access Policy, our UNT Scholarly Works open access repository, and the annual UNT Libraries’ hosted Open Access Annual Symposium. Dr. Halbert has also played an instrumental leadership role with the MetaArchive, the Transatlantic Slave Trade Database, the DataRes research project on data management, the ETD Lifecycle Management project, and the Chronicles in Preservation project, as well as establishing the Aligning National Approaches to Digital Preservation (ANADP) international conference on digital preservation. These initiatives offer a sampling of Dr. Halbert's many achievements in the field of scholarly communication and open access.

    

We congratulate Dr. Halbert on the 2014 TDL Scholarly Communications Award and thank him for his tremendous efforts.  

Article by Laura Waugh

Photos by Daniel Alemneh

Librarians Ride in TLA's First Cycling for Libraries Event

UNT librarians Kris Helge and Susan Whitmer recently took part in the Texas Library Association's first Cycling for Libraries event in San Antonio.

The event helped to kick off the association's annual conference.

Cycling for Libraries is an international movement to raise awareness of libraries’ roles in community education and to provide networking opportunities for library professionals.

The event began at San Antonio’s Riverwalk bike trail with an itinerary that included two innovative libraries on a 20-mile route. The first destination was Bibliotech, the all-digital library. Bibliotech librarians highlighted the features of this born-digital facility: computers, e-readers, smart boards, interactive furniture, reading room, and café. Bibliotech's mission is to bring digital literacy to Bexar County.

To learn more, please see the full artice in UNT's InHouse: Librarians ride in TLA's first Cycling for Libraries event.

Authors Guild, Inc. v. Google, Inc., 954 F. Supp. 282 (S.D.N.Y 2013) and Fair Use Revisited

In revisiting this case, we remember that Google entered into agreements with numerous libraries such as Harvard University, the New York Public Library, and the Library of Congress to digitize millions of print books maintained in the collections of these libraries. Although most of the books Google scanned were out of print, the majority were still protected by copyright. However, each of the books protected by copyright and scanned by Google were only displayed via three snippet views as a result of a Google books search. Each snippet view also referred researchers to potential sellers of the books, such as Amazon.com. Google additionally created several limitations for each snippet view. Some of these limitations included only displaying one snippet view per page, no more than three snippet views were accessible regardless of how many times a user searched for a book, and at least one out of every ten pages of a book was redacted.

The Authors Guild objected to the scanning of the books in these various collections and sued Google alleging that Google committed copyright infringement by scanning the books, giving digital copies to the participating libraries (each partner library received a digital copy of each of their own books that was scanned), and by displaying portions of books via search engine results. The district court held that such scanning was not copyright infringement, served a social utility, and was instead fair use. This case is now on appeal.

In retrospect, some interesting insights manifested from this case. One of these interesting insights discussed at the Ball State Copyright Conference I attended last week was that the district court ruled in favor of fair use because Google used the copyrighted materials for a transformative purpose (for a purpose separate from the original creators’ purpose). The authors and publishers created these works to distribute information and to make money, whereas, Google used the works to create a searchable index and a location tool, which offered a new social value. Further, this transformative use created a transformative market, so it did not directly compete with the market served by the original creation. The court further noted that Google was really not directly benefiting monetarily from this transformative use. More importantly, this case and other recent cases indicated that when a court deemed a use of a copyrighted work as being transformative, the other three factors seemed to fall by the wayside. Why? The transformative purpose meets the first factor of fair use (purpose of use). Additionally, the transformative purpose creates a transformative market, thus the use complies with the fourth factor of fair use (the effect on the original market) and the transformative use does not directly compete with the original market; and the transformative use usually assuages any negative manifested issues in regard to how much of a work is used (the third factor), because the transformative nature of the use nullifies any lengthy use of the original item.

In sum, when a copyrighted item is used in a genuinely transformative manner, the judicial branch is consistently changing the way it analyzes fair use. The more transformative a use, the more the concerns with commercial effect and how much of an item is used becomes less important. Therefore, this is a reminder, that for now, fair use and transformative use is a fruitful tool for libraries to utilize when using copyrighted items. Although Congress is currently reviewing the modern Copyright Act, and it may issue a proposed new Act in one of the next sessions, the Judicial Branch’s current interpretation of fair use is greatly benefiting libraries in America. Therefore, it might not be a bad result for libraries if Congress leaves the current Copyright Act as-is. 

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.