Thursday, June 23, 2016

July/August 2016 Issue of AALL Spectrum

The July/August 2016 issue of AALL Spectrum, a monthly publication of the American Association of Law Libraries, is available.

From the Editor's Note:
"This issue of AALL Spectrum highlights 'best practices' in a variety of operational environments. Best practices save us time and resources. Th ey keep us from having to reinvent the wheel and allow us, instead, to simply adopt and modify practices and procedures for our own unique environments. As such, it is easy to view them as solutions. I regard a best practice as less of a solution and more as a platform from which to confront the next emerging challenge. A best practice solves the problem for today, but not the emerging or morphing problem."

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Most Recent Issue of Evidence Based Library and Information Practice

The most recent issue of Evidence Based Library and Information Practice, an open access, peer reviewed journal that is published quarterly and hosted at the University of Alberta.

Articles that caught my attention include:
  • Library Assessment and Quality Assurance - Creating a Staff-Driven and User-Focused Development Process: "Gothenburg University Library has implemented a process with the goal to combine quality assurance and strategic planning activities. The process has bottom-up and top-down features designed to generate strong staff-involvement and long-term strategic stability... In 2008 the library started implementing a system in which each library team should state a number of improvement activities for the upcoming year. In order to focus the efforts, the system has gradually been improved by closely coupling a number of assessment activities, such as surveys and statistics, and connecting the activities to the long-term strategic plan of the library."
  • Educating Assessors: Preparing Librarians with Micro and Macro Skills: "To examine the fit between libraries’ needs for evaluation skills, and library education and professional development opportunities. Many library position descriptions and many areas of library science education focus on professional skills and activities, such as delivering information literacy, designing programs, and managing resources. Only some positions, some parts of positions, and some areas of education specifically address assessment/evaluation skills... Four bodies of evidence were examined for the prevalence of assessment needs and assessment education: the American Library Association core competencies; job ads from large public and academic libraries; professional development courses and sessions offered by American Library Association (ALA) divisions and state library associations; and course requirements contained in ALA-accredited Masters of Library Science (MLS) programs. "
  • Evaluating Approaches to Quality Assessment in Library and Information Science LIS Systematic Reviews: A Methodology Review: "Systematic reviews are becoming increasingly popular within the Library and Information Science (LIS) domain. This paper has three aims: to review approaches to quality assessment in published LIS systematic reviews in order to assess whether and how LIS reviewers report on quality assessment a priori in systematic reviews, to model the different quality assessment aids used by LIS reviewers, and to explore if and how LIS reviewers report on and incorporate the quality of included studies into the systematic review analysis and conclusions."


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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Edinburgh Law Review Wins British Legal Journal of the Year Award

The Edinburgh Law Review has won the 2016 Legal Journals Award given out by the British and Irish Association of Law Libraries (BIALL).

In presenting the award, Karen Palmer, President of BIALL, said:
"This year’s winning title stood out for the scope and depth of its content, combining the very best in traditional academic legal journal publishing in editorial authority, layout and quality of indexing with a broad range of original contributions advancing contemporary scholarship in the law of its principal jurisdiction."
The Award was presented in Dublin on 9th June during the 2016 BIALL Annual Conference.

The aim of the Legal Journals Award is to reward the publishing profession for quality products and outstanding contributions in the field of legal serial titles whether online or in print.
The specific aims of the Legal Journals Award are to:
  • Recognise and reward excellence in legal serials publishing
  • Promote awareness of outstanding products
  • Encourage the highest quality of publishing
  • Set industry standards
BIALL is a sister association of the Canadian Association of Law Libraries.

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Monday, June 20, 2016

Free Oxford University Press Resources on Brexit

Oxford University Press has made a number of resources freely available relating to this week's referendum in the United Kingdom on its continued membership in the European Union:
  • From Oxford Scholarly Authorities on International Law, leading commentary on the articles of the Vienna Conventions on the Law of Treaties on Termination and the Consequences of a Termination
  • From Oxford Handbooks Online, an overview of accession and withdrawal in the law of the EU
  • From Oxford Scholarship Online, a scholarly analysis of accession and withdrawal after the Lisbon Treaty 
  • the Brexit Debate Map will help readers keep track of recent commentary on and information about the legal consequences of a Brexit
[Source: Off the Shelf, Osgoode Hall Law School Library Blog]



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Sunday, June 19, 2016

Primary Research Group Report on Bundled Journals Package Contract Negotiations Benchmarks

New York-based Primary Research Group has published a report on Bundled Journals Package Contract Negotiations Benchmarks:
"The study presents data from 37 libraries and consortia, predominantly research university libraries, about their experiences in negotiating bundled packages of journal subscriptions with major publishers.  The report gives detailed information on which librarians by work title play the primary role in negotiations, the role of others in the organization, such as legal counsel, and spending on negotiation training.  The study also looks at the provisions of contracts, providing data on the percentage of contracts with financial distress cancellation clauses, with title swapping privileges, provisions for perpetual access, and use of non-disclosure agreements and other contract terms."
Print and PDF versions are available for $109(US). Site licenses are also available.

Earlier Library Boy posts about Primary Research Group include:

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Statistical Profiles of Library and IM Communities in the Federal Public Service

I found this on the Librarianship.ca website about two infographics about the Information Management (IM) and Library Science (LS) communities in the federal public service:
"The 2014 Public Service Employee Survey (PSES) IM Community infographic is based on the PSES responses of employees who indicated that they identify with the Information Management (IM) community in relation to their current job. The Library Science (LS) Population 2015 Infographic is based on the regional pay system and highlights key demographics for the 260 LS in the Core Public Administration (CPA)."

"There were 4,627 respondents from the 2014 PSES survey who self-identified as part of the IM Community (...)"

"The 2015 LS population infographic shows that the majority of LS are located in the NCR (73%), are women (77%), with their first official language being English (78%). Library and Archives Canada is the department with the largest number of people in the LS category with 19%. The largest group and level is LS-02 at 50%, followed by LS-03 at 33%. The LS group is older than the CPA with 74% over 40 years old compared with 65% in the CPA."

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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Supreme Court of Canada: New Library Titles

The list of new library titles added to the Supreme Court of Canada collection for June 1-15, 2016 is now available on the Court website.

 It is possible to subscribe via e-mail to receive the list.

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

LégisQuébec Official Legislative Website Now Free

LégisQuébec, the website that contains official versions of Quebec laws and regulations, today went totally free.

The site which offers access to current and former versions of Québec statutes and regulations often going back to the late seventies used to require a subscription for many of its more advanced features.

The revised site has documents in HTML, PDF or EPUB formats.

LégisQuébec is produced by l'Éditeur officiel du Québec, the official publisher of the provincial government.

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Survey for Law Library Benchmarks, 2016-17

New York-based Primary Research Group will soon publish a new edition of Law Library Benchmarks, a survey of law libraries.

US and Canadian law libraries that contribute through a survey will receive a free copy of Law Library Benchmarks, 2016-17 Edition:
"Participants receive a free pdf copy of the report when it is published. Your institution will be listed as a participant but the information that you provide is absolutely confidential; all data is amalgamated in a statistical package; no data is presented for individual institutions. Only law libraries from the USA or Canada are eligible for this particular study (though many of our studies are international in scope)."
Earlier Library Boy posts about Primary Research Group include:

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Monday, June 13, 2016

Bibliography on Lone Wolf Terrorism

Greta E. Marlatt from the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defence and Security (Monterey, California) has created a Lone Wolf Terrorism – A Brief Bibliography(updated to May 2016).

It is divided into sections for articles, books, reports, hearings (US Congress) and theses.

Material is international in scope and covers individuals motivated by radical right ideology, extreme religious fundamentalism as well as other violent ideas.

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Sunday, June 12, 2016

Canadian Urban Library Council to Administer Library Materials Shipping Tool

The Canadian Library Association (CLA) announced last week that the Canadian Urban Library Council (CULC) is assuming the responsibility of administering the Library Materials Shipping Tool:
"This tool provided libraries across Canada access to affordable shipping rates. As a result of CLA's pending dissolution, it will no longer be administering this tool however we are delighted to share with you that the new administrator of this tool will be the Canadian Urban Libraries Council (CULC). CLA has been working with CULC to ensure that existing customer needs are met. More information will be provided through CULC on this transition."
In January, CLA members voted to dissolve the association and replace it with a new national library advocacy organization, the Canadian Federation of Library Associations. CLA has been gradually transferring its many responsibilities to other organizations and it will close its doors at the end of June.

You can find more information about the CULC on their website.

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Thursday, June 09, 2016

Upcoming Webinar on Capturing and Communicating the Value of IM Services in a Corporate Culture

The Library Connect Newsletter from Elsevier is hosting a webinar on June 21, 2016 with Ulla de Stricker on Capturing and communicating the value of information management services in a corporate culture:
"Ulla de Stricker shares tips and recommendations to inform the work information managers need to do in telling their value stories. Moving beyond usage statistics, Ulla will demonstrate how impact measurement is key to making the business case why it’s worth paying for Information Management services. Impact analysis in turn requires understanding of stakeholder groups’ projects and priorities. Strategic planning is required to maximize positive influence on business outcomes, and communication skills are essential in getting the word out. Come away from the webinar with insights you can put to use immediately to prove the value of information managers."

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Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Oyez Oral Archive of US Supreme Court Moving to Legal Information Institute at Cornell

Operations for the Oyez Project, a multimedia archive of US Supreme Court hearings going back to the 1950s, will be taken over by the Legal Information Institute (LII) at Cornell University:
Since we’ve never been very good at talking about ourselves, we thought we’d let the others do it for us this time. When he broke the story in a May 25th article titled "‘Oyez Project’ New Home Will Keep Supreme Court Audio Free to Public," Mr. Mauro [Tony Mauro of the National Law Journal] aptly noted that the United States Supreme Court “has taped oral arguments for the last 60 years and deposited them with the National Archives. Oyez makes the audio available on its website with additional information, including searchable transcripts that are synchronized to the audio.”
The Oyez Project is currently housed at the Chicago-Kent College of Law, part of the Illinois Institute of Technology. LII, based at the Cornell Law School in Ithaca, New York, was founded in 1992 with the goal of making American legal materials freely available on the Internet.

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Tuesday, June 07, 2016

HeinOnline Oral History of Law Librarianship

U.S. vendor HeinOnline has created a series of online interviews entitled An Oral History of Law Librarianship.

The interviews are part of the HeinOnline library Spinelli’s Law Library Reference Shelf and are viewable on the HeinOnline YouTube channel. There are more than 100 interviews available.

The interviews feature individuals in the profession as they discuss and reflect on their experiences.

The most recent blog item about the series presents Gretchen Van Dam, Circuit Librarian at the Library of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and Archivist for the Northern District Illinois Court Historical Association in Chicago, IL.

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Monday, June 06, 2016

New Paper on How Strategic Technologies Strengthen Libraries

This is a follow-up to the Library Boy post of May 8, 2016 entitled American Libraries Journal Publishes Library Systems Report 2016 .

That post described the Library Systems Report 2016, an annual report on trends in the library technology industry produced by Marshall Breeding, a well-known library tech expert who also edits the Library Technology Guides website and produces the annual International Library Automation Perceptions Surveys.

Breeding recently wrote a short paper on Strategic Technology strengthens the Capacity of Libraries to serve their Communities that he will present at the IFLA World Library and Information Congress 2016 taking place August 3-19, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio.

The paper provides an overview of resource management systems, discovery services, open source systems, and business trends in the library systems field.

From the conclusion:
"The industry of companies involved in creating or supporting library technology products has seen dramatic consolidation. In stark contrast to the fragmented business environment of a decade or two ago where dozens of companies competed with overlapping and less differentiated products, the numbers of companies and products seem uncomfortably narrow (...)"

"This narrowed menu of choices also has a positive perspective. Rather than distributing development resources and talent among many similar products and projects, this consolidated environment focuses larger levels of resources on each one. As the complexity of libraries has multiplied, the systems and platforms needed must likewise be more sophisticated. In addition to software development, many of these new platforms require content components such as knowledge bases, bibliographic services, and large-scale discovery indexes which require enormous resources to create and maintain (...) The competition is also balanced through open source alternatives. The number of open source projects is likewise narrow, but with global communities of developers coalescing around each one."

"This phase of the realm of library technology is like no other that has come before. It is a time where there are fewer brands to choose from within each product genre, but one where the options are distinctive in their visions of functionality. The companies and products in place now are the survivors in an industry where many others have fallen through ruthless rounds of mergers and acquisitions.  The products now in play are sophisticated and increasingly specialized for the needs of specific types of libraries. Instead—or in addition—to implementing these new platforms, libraries can also lend their support to the open source projects with large-scale and coordinated development communities."

"Libraries today have opportunities to approach technology strategically. Instead of picking through many different brands of the same kind of product, libraries can choose among this smaller set of options with differing visions of resource management and discovery. Libraries can channel their technical expertise less at commodity tasks such as the administration of servers and operating systems and more on higher level activities such as working with the APIs of these new platforms to create new services."

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Sunday, June 05, 2016

Agreement of Library and Archives Canada and National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation to Safeguard Residential School Records

Library and Archives Canada (LAC) and the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR) announced last week that they have signed an agreement to ensure the preservation of, and public access to, the records of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) on residential schools:
"LAC will provide the NCTR with digital copies of the TRC’s records, on-site archival advice and technical expertise. NCTR will provide LAC with access to documents from the TRC that have not yet been transferred to LAC. The agreement also establishes areas of collaboration related to special initiatives including public engagement, exhibitions, events, and the ongoing sharing of records that are relevant to the issues of indigenous peoples."

"Both the NCTR and LAC are committed to preserving documents of national importance that bear witness to the Canadian experience. Making the records accessible to residential school survivors, their families, and the public is a key outcome of the agreement."
The NCTR is permanent home for all statements, documents, and other materials gathered by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. In 2015, the Commission released its findings after its years-long investigation into the many abuses against Aboriginal children at Church-run Indian Residential Schools in the 19th and 20th centuries.

The Centre hosts a massive database of its collections including:

  • the materials from the TRC
  • testimonials from survivors of the schools
  • millions of records from federal departments and from Library and Archives Canada (records detailing how the schools were created and run; school admissions; school histories; administration records; photographs; maps, plans and drawings)
  • records from churches that ran the schools (student records; photographs; school newsletters; cemetery records; religious records; administrative records)

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Library and Archives Canada Announces National Heritage Digitization Strategy

Last week, Dr. Guy Berthiaume, the Librarian and Archivist of Canada, today announced the launch of a National Heritage Digitization Strategy (NHDS) that will identify potential digitization projects that could be realized over the next ten years:
"The strategy will ensure the long-term viability of documentary heritage records by encouraging quality, standards-based efforts. It will complement the strategies developed by Canadian memory institutions and assist them in fulfilling their goals, while ensuring that a national plan of action is in place."

"The NHDS will cover published and unpublished analogue material of national, regional and local significance and will draw from the collections of public and private archives, libraries, museums, galleries, associations and other memory institutions."
The following digitization goals have been identified as being achievable in the 10-year timeframe:
  • 90% of all published heritage before 1917 and 50% of all monographs published before 1940;
  • All scientific journals published by and theses accepted by Canadian universities before 2000;
  • All microfilm from memory institutions;
  • Selected audio and audio-visual recordings;
  • Selected archival fonds and finding aids;
  • All historical maps;
  • All archival material of genealogical interest.

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