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Judge asked to rule on 'fair use' in HathiTrust case

The latest actions in the copyright infringement lawsuit against digital repository HathiTrust and five universities in the US could force a more specific legal definition of what constitutes 'fair use' of digitised literary works in libraries and archives.

The group of authors and societies--including the Australian Society of Authors (ASA)--that filed the lawsuit last year, has now asked the judge hearing the case to issue a 'partial judgement on the pleadings' and rule that the unauthorized digitisation carried out by the universities is not protected by 'fair use', according to Publishers Weekly.

The Authors Guild, also among the plaintiffs, said that the group was filing the motion because HathiTrust and the universities 'not only concede that they have engaged in the mass book digitization project at issue, but admit to acts that Congress has expressly prohibited under Section 108 of the Copyright Act'.

Lawyers for the Guild assert that Section 108 permits libraries and archives to reproduce copyright-protected literary works for two limited purposes: to maintain a library's existing collection and to fulfill the requests of readers and researchers using a library or, through interlibrary loan arrangements, to fulfill the requests of researchers using other libraries.

The motion, filed on 28 February, urges the court 'to hold that Defendants' mass book digitisation and orphan works projects are not protected by any defense recognized by copyright law'.

The original lawsuit filed late last year relates to Google's digitalisation of an estimated seven million books stored by the Trust.

While the plantiffs contend the digitised books are unauthorised scans of copyright-protected material, some libraries believe it is a fair and valuable way to distribute material to students and scholars.

'The problem is that if the judge accepts these arguments, it could be devastating for libraries,' said Kevin Smith, director of scholarly communications at Duke University. 'Whatever the ultimate decision about fair use may be, the defendants must be allowed to argue it if the structure of US copyright law is not to be grossly undermined.'

On 6 March Harvard University announced it would deposit approximately 200,000 public domain volumes in HathiTrust, in addition to the roughly 53,000 volumes it deposited last year.

Many are taking this as a sign of support for HathiTrust, which was formed in 2008 with a mission to 'contribute to the common good by collecting, organizing, preserving, communicating and sharing the record of human knowledge'.

Latest News

Call for entries: Library Board of WA Award for Excellence

Entries are now open for the Library Board of Western Australia Award for Excellence, which recognises excellence and innovation in the library sector by any person, library or organisation in Western Australia.

It is awarded for a particular service, event, program, piece of research or partnership. The judging panel considers the extent of the project, the audience it reaches, innovation, evaluation, collaboration with different groups, education or training aspects, and contribution to professional organisations.

The winner will be awarded $5,000 prize money during Library and Information Week 2012 (21 - 25 May).

Further information, including selection criteria and entry form for the Award, is available from the State Library website.

Call for applications: 2012 Community Heritage Grants

Community groups around the country are able to apply for grants of up to $15,000 to help preserve and manage locally held, nationally significant cultural heritage collections of documents and objects for future generations.

The 2012 Community Heritage Grants support projects including significance assessments of collections, preservation needs assessments of collections, conservation activities and collection management and training workshops.

Representatives from historical societies, museums, public libraries, archives and Indigenous and migrant community groups are encouraged to apply.

Since 1994 over $4 million has been awarded to community organisations throughout Australia.

CHG is funded by the Australian Government through the National Library of Australia; the Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport; the National Archives of Australia; the National Film and Sound Archive and the National Museum of Australia.

Find out more or apply online here.

Australia’s first feminist journal goes online

The National Library of Australia (NLA) has digitized and made available online Australia’s first feminist journal, The Dawn, (1888-1905).

The Dawn was published by Louisa Lawson, the mother of writer Henry Lawson, with the help of exclusively female employees. The banner of the publication proclaimed that, ‘A day, an hour of virtuous liberty is worth a whole eternity in bondage.’

Melbourne businesswoman Donna Benjamin was researching early examples of women working in information and communication technologies when she checked Trove’s online collection of digitized newspapers and realized it was not on the immediate schedule for digitization.

She asked the National Library how much it would cost and then fundraised the $7500 needed to digitize the publication. It is now available on Trove.

ALS Gold Medal 2012 shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 2012 ALS Gold Medal, presented 'for a work of outstanding literary merit published in 2011', has been announced.

The shortlisted titles are:
  • People of Earth (Christopher Edwards, Vagabond Press)
  • All That I Am (Anna Funder, Hamish Hamilton)
  • Five Bells (Gail Jones, Vintage)
  • Foal's Bread (Gillian Mears, A&U)
  • The Street Sweeper (Elliot Perlman, Vintage)
  • Gig Ryan: New and Selected Poems (Gig Ryan, Giramondo).
The winner of this year's award will be announced on 4 July at the ASAL Conference in Wellington, New Zealand.

The Morgan seeks more Young Fellows

The Morgan Library and Museum in New York, USA, is seeking more members for its Young Fellows Program.

The Young Fellows are a group of professionals in their 20s and 30s who, for an annual membership fee of $500, are invited to participate in various social and cultural events to learn about the collections, to deepen their understanding of the arts and humanities, and to give service to the Morgan.

Other benefits include:
  • free admission;
  • a calendar of events;
  • advance notice of and discounts on lectures, concerts, and other public programs;
  • discounts at the Morgan Shop;
  • invitations to behind-the-scenes talks with curators, lecturers, and performers;
  • acknowledgment in the Report to Donors;
  • invitations to all preview cocktail receptions for major exhibitions;
  • a private docent-led tour with guests, by appointment; invitations to events planned exclusively for Young Fellows;
  • special ticket rates to The Morgan Library & Museum Benefit; opportunity to discuss collecting/conservation matters with curators;
  • priority access to the Reading Room and Drawing Study Center, by appointment;
  • eligibility to serve on the Young Fellows Steering Committee;
  • opportunity to participate in special volunteer programs; invitation to purchase special tickets to the Young Fellows Holiday Cocktail Party;
  • opportunity to participate in the Young Fellows Fund for Twentieth-Century Acquisitions;
  • opportunity to participate in Young Fellows Fund;
  • invitations to events planned exclusively for Young Fellows.

Nixon’s love letters on display

The love letters of former US President Richard Nixon to his future wife, Pat Ryan, are on display at his library in California. The letters written by hand between 1938 and 1940 follow their courtship from the time they met at tryouts for a community play to when they wed in 1940.

"Every day and every night I want to see you and be with you,” wrote Nixon in one of the letters. “Yet I have no feeling of selfish ownership or jealousy. In fact I should always want you to live just as you wanted - because if you didn't then you would change and wouldn't be you,"

"Let's go for a long ride Sundays;” he wrote in another, “let's go to the mountains weekends; let's read books in front of fires; most of all let's really grow together and find the happiness we know is ours."

Curator Bob Bostock said "what's so charming about these letters is that they are really from another time, because I think the writing of love letters has really become a lost art with technology."

Six of the letters will be on rotating display in the Nixon library in Yorba Linda, California, until September 3.

Nixon served as president from 1969 to 1974.


Library News transitions to Weekly Book News

As we recently advised, from next week all your library-related news, jobs and events will be delivered to your inbox as part of the highly respected Weekly Book Newsletter.

The new enhanced Weekly Book Newsletter is published each Wednesday (and is linked to the Bookseller+Publisher website, to which you will also have access).

We trust that you will enjoy getting even more industry news in this way.

Enjoy the last edition of Library News under its current masthead. We look forward to bringing you your first edition of the newly enhanced Weekly Book Newsletter.

What's On
Events coming up include:

Love and Devotion exhibition
State Library of Victoria
9 March -1 July

National Simultaneous Storytime - The Very Cranky Bear
Wednesday 23 May

Library and Information Week - Think Outside the Book.
May 20-26

Product Coordinator, DA Information Services, Mitcham, Victoria

DA Information Services is Australia's largest full-service academic, professional and specialist library supplier.  We are seeking a Product Coordinator to manage a portfolio of products, mainly electronic and online, for a number of major international publishers represented by DA in Australia and New Zealand.

Key responsibilities include:
  • Liaising with publishers to understand their strategic directions and their expectations in our market
  • Developing expert knowledge of publishers' products and services and dessiminating this knowledge within the business - sales, marketing and customer services
  • Initiating marketing plans and activities according to publishers' plans and expectations
  • Responding to customer requests for quotation and negotiating pricing and licence agreements
  • Researching and preparing proposals for consortia or group sales
  • Coordinating, recording and providing regular sales revenue and sales activity feedback to publishers
  • Representing DA at conferences, presentations and other events where required
  • Assisting with other initiatives and special projects as required
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • A good understanding of the Australian and New Zealand tertiary education system
  • Experience in publishing, marketing or selling electronic and online products (books, journals and databases) would be an advantage
  • Ability to present and demonstrate product to internal and external customers
  • Very high level of detail and accuracy
  • Ability to analyse and work with complex pricing models
  • High level of competence in the Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel and Outlook) is essential.
If this if the job for you, please contact our HR Manager, Di Phillips.

Job Details
Position: Product Coordinator
Company: DA Information Services
Location: Mitcham, Victoria
WorkType: Full-time
Closing Date for Applications: 31/03/2012

Contact Details
Name: Dianne Phillips

Customer Service Support Officer, DA Information Services, Mitcham, Victoria

DA Information Services is Australia's largest full-service academic, professional and specialist library supplier.  We are seeking an enthusiastic and competent person with a high level of Customer Service and Administration Skills.

Key responsibilities include:
  • Process subscriptions address changes/entry
  • Supplier Invoice processing in a timely manner
  • Distribution of system print outs
  • Printing and distributing of web claims
  • Checking/distribution of generic email accounts
  • Creation of supplier purchase orders
  • Processing credit card statements, monthly
  • Processing returned cheques in a timely manner
  • Processing publisher refunds
  • Answering incoming calls via phone queues
  • Communicate with Customer Service Officers
  • Update bibliographic data base with new and amended details
  • Very high level of detail and accuracy
  • Effective and courteous phone manner 
  • Database searching skills
  • Ability to prioritise, show initiative and self-reliance
  • Team player
  • Experience with Pronto software an advantage but not necessary 
  • Excellent communication skills 
  • High level of competence in the Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel and Outlook) is essential.
To be successful in this position, you will have proven experience in a similar role, have strong communication skills and enjoy working within a team.
If this if the job for you, please send your CV to our HR Manager, Di Phillips.

Job Details
Position: Customer Service Support Officer
Company: DA Information Services
Location: Mitcham, Victoria
WorkType: Full-time
Closing Date for Applications: 30/03/2012

Contact Details
Name: Dianne Phillips

Bestsellers Top 5
  1. Cabin Fever:Diary of a Wimpy Kid

    Jeff Kinney, Puffin

  2. Private Games

    James Patterson, Century

  3. The Help (film tie-in)

    Kathryn Stockett, Penguin

  4. Believing the Lie

    Elizabeth George, Hachette

  5. Jamie's 30-Minute Meals

    Jamie Oliver, Michael Joseph

©Nielsen BookScan 2011


In Brief
NLA fellowships and scholarships open for applications

Applications for the National Library of Australia’s annual Harold White Fellowships, Japan Fellowships and Minerals Council of Australia Fellowships close on 30 April.

Scottish literary guest to tour Australia
Ryan Van Winkle, the Scottish Poetry Library's Reader in Residence is coming to Australia to encourage reading. He will be in Melbourne early May, performing at Clunes Book Fair May 3-6, then flying to Canberra 6-9 and attending the National Poetry Festival in Darwin 10-13.

International In Brief
Toronto library workers rally

Around 100 public library workers rallied outside the Toronto Reference Library on Wednesday. Beginning at noon, the rally was expected to include speeches from several library workers and users protesting conditions for library workers.

Approximately 2,300 library workers represented by CUPE Local 4948 will be eligible to strike at midnight on Sunday after the Ontario Labour Relations Board approved their request for a ‘no board' report earlier this month. President of the union Maureen O'Reilly told local press that the rally was organized to inform the public of the challenges her union members face, particularly job security and the city's push to have part-time workers play a bigger role in running libraries.

Encyclopedia Britannica to stop printing
After 244 years, the Encyclopedia Britannica will stop publishing print editions of its encyclopedia. First published in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1768, print editions of the 32-volume set will stop being available when current stock runs out. The Chicago-based company will continue to offer digital versions.

Bestselling authors write a story
Six bestselling authors jointly composed a story to celebrate the Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award. Read the story and watch a video of the authors writing their sections here.


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