In the News: Another librarian threatened with lawsuit; a joint statement from ARL and CARL;University of Maryland joins Library Publishing Coalition; Rollins’ Olin Library Wins ACRL Award; Scholar sues over Sherlock Holmes copyright; nine state library associations partner with LSSC Program; and GPO joins Pinterest.
Inside Higher Ed reports that “the Canadian Center for Science and Education, publisher of numerous open-access journals charging several-hundred dollar author fees, sent a letter to Beall informing him that his inclusion of the company and several of its products on a list of a possible-to-probable “predatory” journals on his blog amounted to defamation and libel.
The letter requests that Beall remove the publisher’s name and those of its journals – Sciedu Press, Macrothink Institute and RedFame Publishing – from the blog immediately, due to their inclusion’s “natural tendency to injure our client’s reputation.” If Beall doesn’t comply in writing with such demands (including payment of $10,000 in lawyer fees and damages) by Monday, the publisher will subject him to “civil action” in a California court. (Note: This story has been updated from an earlier version.)
“The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) share a commitment to freedom of opinion and expression of ideas and are strongly opposed to any effort to intimidate individuals in order to suppress information or censor ideas. We further share the belief that a librarian must be able to offer his or her assessment of a publisher’s products or practices free from such intimidation…”
The Washington Post reports that “the University of Maryland has joined a two-year project to create the Library Publishing Coalition. The school will work in collaboration with more than 50 other academic libraries and the Educopia Institute, a nonprofit organization designed to coalesce libraries, museums and archives.
Officials say that the project emerged from conversations between Purdue University, the University of North Texas and Virginia Tech regarding the need for a community dedicated to advancing the field of library publishing…”
The staff of Olin Library at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, is all smiles after receiving the Association of College and Research Libraries’ 2013 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award. ACRL, in conjunction with YBP Library Service, recognized the library for delivering exemplary programs, services, and resources that further the college’s educational mission.
According to GalleyCat, “scholar Leslie S. Klinger has filed a civil suit in federal court against the Arthur Conan Doyle Estate, hoping to prove that “Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John H. Watson are no longer protected by federal copyright laws.” The suit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois…”
The Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) Program is proud to announce that, in cooperation with nine state-level library organizations, it will be offering Enrollment Assistance Awards (EAAs) this spring to library support staff applying for certification in the LSSC Program. The LSSC Program offers library support staff the opportunity to achieve recognition for their existing skills and knowledge, to gain new skills and knowledge, and to enhance their library’s service to the public.
According to Information Today, “the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) expanded its social media presence by joining Pinterest. Connecting people through “things” they find interesting is the founding principle of Pinterest and a natural fit with GPO’s core mission of Keeping America Informed on the three branches of the federal government. GPO will use Pinterest to share historic photos, videos, products, and government publications with the public. Pinterest joins GPO’s other social media platforms of Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Government Book Talk blog…”