News and Announcements 5/23/12

US Supreme Court declines file sharing case; ACRL supports research access petition; Bloomsbury sales up; LYRASIS election results; and a new library dean for Florida State.

Supreme Court Declines to Hear Appeal in Long-Running File-Sharing Case

“The U.S. Supreme Court declined on Monday to hear an appeal by a former Boston University graduate student in one of the longest-running cases concerning illegal file sharing, The New York Times reported. Joel Tenenbaum, of Providence, R.I., admitted to downloading and sharing about 30 songs on an unlicensed file-sharing network…”

(See also: No Supreme Court Relief for Joel Tenenbaum’s $675K Piracy Fine)

ACRL Urges Librarians to Sign Research Access Petition

“The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) has urged librarians and other interested parties to sign a petition calling for public access to all federally funded research, which was posted on the White House’s “We the People” website on May 21. If the petition gets 25,000 signatures within 30 days, it will be considered for action by the White House staff…”

According to a report in Publishers Weekly “the sale of its German subsidiary at the end of its fiscal year plus the £19.2 million pound purchase of Continuum helped to make the fiscal year ended February 29 a transformational year the U.K.-based Bloomsbury Publishing reported Tuesday morning. Total sales rose 5%, to £97.4 million, and net income increased 55%, to £3.4 million…”

LYRASIS Members Elect New Members to the Board of Trustees

Atlanta, GA — May 17, 2012 — LYRASIS members elected four new Board of Trustees who will each serve a three-year term. The new Board members will start their terms at the beginning of the LYRASIS fiscal year on July 1, 2012.

  • Ann Watson, Dean of the Library, Shepherd University (WV) was elected to the Academic Library position.
  • Cynthia Henderson, Executive Director of the Louis Stokes Health Sciences Library at Howard University (DC) and Kathlin Ray, Dean of Libraries, University of Nevada, Reno (NV) were elected to the two At-Large positions.
  • Sandra Treadway, Librarian of Virginia (VA) was elected to the Group Member position.

Additionally, John Arnold, President of Linkage Systems, was selected by the nominating committee and appointed by the Board of Trustees, to serve a second 3-year term as Non-Member Trustee.

The LYRASIS 2012-2013 Member Election was open for two weeks, beginning on Monday, April 2 and closing on Friday, April 13. LYRASIS members voted on a number of topics, including candidates to fill the open Board positions, member dues and recommended amendments to the Bylaws. All recommended amendments to the LYRASIS Bylaws and the new proposed member dues and tiers were approved.

The Board of Trustees has selected new officers for fiscal year 2012-2013, including new Board Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer and Secretary from existing Board Trustees. Siobhan Reardon, President and Director of the Free Library of Philadelphia, will be the new Chair, replacing Beth Hammond, Dean of Libraries of Jack Tarver Library at Mercer University, who will continue to serve as Ex Officio for the next fiscal year, as stated in the approved Bylaw amendments voted on during the election. Ms. Reardon will be joined by MJ Tooey, Associate Vice President, Academic Affairs and Executive Director, Health Sciences and Human Services Library at University of Maryland in Baltimore, as the Vice Chair of the LYRASIS Board of Trustees. Jay Schafer, Director of Libraries at University of Massachusetts – Amherst, has been selected to serve as Treasurer. John Arnold, President of Linkage Systems and Non-Member Trustee, was re-appointed by the Board of Trustees, to serve as Secretary. All officers serve a one-year term.

UTA Libraries gets new dean

“A senior Florida State University library administrator will serve as the new dean of libraries at the University of Texas at Arlington.  Rebecca Bichel, an associate dean for public service at FSU since 2005, will start on July 16.

Bichel, who has expertise in academic services, organizational redesign and facility development, will oversee 115 employees and manage the university’s collection of more than 1.2 million print volumes and more than 275,000 electronic manuscripts as well as 72,000 serial titles…”

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