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Web Archiving in the United States: A 2017 Survey

Description: From October 2 to November 20, 2017, a working group of individuals representing multiple NDSA member institutions and interest groups conducted a survey of organizations in the United States actively involved in, or planning to start, programs to archive content from the Web. This effort builds upon and extends a broader effort begun in three earlier surveys, which the NDSA Web Archiving Survey working group has conducted since 2011.The goal of these surveys is to better understand the landscape of Web archiving activities in the United States by investigating the organizations involved; the history and scope of their Web archiving programs; the types of Web content being preserved; the tools and services being used; access and discovery services being offered; and overall policies related to Web archiving programs. The responses from this survey document the current state of U.S. Web archiving initiatives and the comparison with the results of the 2011, 2013, and 2016 surveys enables an analysis of emerging trends. This report describes the current state of the field, tracks the evolution of the field over the last few years, and points to future opportunities and developments.
Date: October 2018
Creator: Farrell, Matthew; McCain, Edward; Praetzellis, Maria; Thomas, Grace & Walker, Paige
Partner: UNT Libraries

National Cyber Strategy of the United States of America

Description: With the release of this National Cyber Strategy, the United States now has its first fully articulated cyber strategy in 15 years. This strategy explains how the US will: Defend the homeland by protecting networks, systems, functions, and data; Promote American prosperity by nurturing a secure, thriving digital economy and fostering strong domestic innovation; Preserve peace and security by strengthening the ability of the United States — in concert with allies and partners — to deter and, if necessary, punish those who use cyber tools for malicious purposes; and Expand American influence abroad to extend the key tenets of an open, interoperable, reliable, and secure Internet. The new U.S. cyber strategy seeks to allay some of those concerns by promoting responsible behavior in cyberspace, urging nations to adhere to a set of norms, both through international law and voluntary standards. It also calls for specific measures to harden U.S. government networks from attacks, like the June 2015 intrusion into the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), which compromised the records of about 4.2 million current and former government employees. And the strategy calls for the U.S. to continue to name and shame bad cyber actors, calling them out publicly for attacks when possible, along with the use of economic sanctions and diplomatic pressure.
Date: September 2018
Creator: White House
Partner: UNT Libraries

National Digital Infrastructures and Initiatives: A Report on the 2017 National Digital Platform at Three Forum

Description: The report provides details on IMLS digital library funding since 2015 and explains three focal areas identified within the digital library infrastructures and initiatives portfolio of the National Leadership Grants for Libraries Program and the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program.
Date: June 2018
Creator: Rudersdorf, Amy; Reynolds, Emily; Sands, Ashley E.; Neal, James & Mayeau, Stephen
Partner: UNT Libraries

University of North Texas Willis Library MEP Renovations: Construction Documents

Description: Compilation of architectural drawings documenting planned construction and renovations for Willis Library as of May 2018. The first page includes an index to the rest of the schematics which outline the various components of the project including demolition and HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) work, mechanical piping, electrical and lighting, and fire sprinklers for each of the five floors (lower level and floors one through four). Each sheet includes technical details, schedules, notes, and other relevant technical information for the work.
Date: May 31, 2018
Creator: Yaggi Engineering, Inc.
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Partner: UNT Libraries

Making Fair Use Make More Sense: A White Paper

Description: This document is part of a series of white papers on various copyright issues. Fair use is a powerful tool for people who want to use and expand on copyrighted works. Fair use is special among the other copyright exceptions because it isn’t specifically targeted at one kind of use. Instead, fair use is purposely open ended to permit many different kinds of uses. One downside of this however, is that it can be difficult for anyone — lawyer and nonlawyer alike — to figure what is/isn’t fair use under the law. This white paper attempts to review the fair use statute, go over its famous “four factor test,” and offers some suggestions about how to think through each part.
Date: May 2018
Creator: Wolfson, Stephen M.
Partner: UNT Libraries

Corpus of News on the Web (NOW) - April 2018

Description: Dataset of words collected from newspapers and magazines from twenty different countries; the individual files include concordance information, parts-of-speech, and other arrangements of the data.
Access: This item is restricted to UNT Community Members. Login required if off-campus.
Date: April 2018
Creator: Davies, Mark
Partner: UNT Libraries

Database Copyright: Limited Protections

Description: This document is part of a series of white papers on various copyright issues. This white paper discusses the copyright status of databases and addresses how the US and European copyright applies to these kinds of works.
Date: April 2018
Creator: Wolfson, Stephen M.
Partner: UNT Libraries

Corpus of News on the Web (NOW) - March 2018

Description: Dataset of words collected from newspapers and magazines from twenty different countries; the individual files include concordance information, parts-of-speech, and other arrangements of the data.
Access: This item is restricted to UNT Community Members. Login required if off-campus.
Date: March 2018
Creator: Davies, Mark
Partner: UNT Libraries

Music Copyright: Unraveling the Weirdness

Description: This document is part of a series of white papers on various copyright issues. A copyright license is a contract to use a work in certain limited ways. Because copyright grants authors a “bundle of rights” over their works, rights holders can choose how other people can use any or all of those 11 rights without giving away their entire copyrights. They use licenses to do this. This section will address several ways that licensing is unique for music copyright and introduce four licenses that are common in this space.
Date: March 2018
Creator: Wolfson, Stephen M.
Partner: UNT Libraries

17 USC 109: The First Sale Doctrine

Description: This document is part of a series of white papers on various copyright issues. One statute, 17 USC § 109, provides a number of exceptions specifically for libraries. In addition to fair use, there are a variety of other exceptions built into the copyright law that don’t get as much attention.This paper argues that as there is no digital first sale, libraries can continue to use 17 USC ​§ ​109 for physical collections and are safe to lend the books they own without worrying about copyright problems.
Date: January 2018
Creator: Wolfson, Stephen M.
Partner: UNT Libraries

Electronic Course Reserves, Copyright Law, and Cambridge University Press v. Becker

Description: This document is part of a series of white papers on various copyright issues. This section revisit the current e-course reserves policy, which allows faculty members to make some readings available for electronic reserve. It uses the case from the 11th Circuit which may clarify how schools can use electronic course reserves.
Date: January 2018
Creator: Wolfson, Stephen M.
Partner: UNT Libraries

Environmental Scan of Government Information and Data Preservation Efforts and Challenges

Description: This report is an output of the "Preserving Electronic Government Information (PEGI)" project.and it describes the landscape of initiatives within and outside of the federal government that aim to disseminate and preserve government information. It first describes government-led initiatives, from dissemination through official agency websites to publication on third-party platforms. Next, it considers the range of initiatives that have emerged in recent years outside of government to address perceived gaps and vulnerabilities in the federal government’s curation initiatives and to add value to publicly available information and datasets. It briefly touches upon initiatives that focus on advocacy, awareness, or education, rather than on directly providing preservation and access. The report goes on to address the policies and infrastructures undergirding both government-led and non-government initiatives. It concludes with a brief summary of gaps and recommendations for collective action. Each section contains representative examples, but does not contain an exhaustive list of initiatives relevant to federal government information.
Date: 2018
Creator: Lippincott, Sarah K.
Partner: UNT Libraries

News on the Margins: Surfacing Marginalized Voices in the News Collections of Libraries, Archives, and Museums

Description: This report documents the design, methods, results, and recommendations of News on the Margins, a Fall 2017 pilot project funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and undertaken by the Educopia Institute in partnership with the Digital Public Library of America. The News on the Margins project takes as its primary concern the accessibility and survival of historically significant news records created by and for marginalized communities.
Date: 2018
Creator: Skinner, Katherine
Partner: UNT Libraries

17 USC 108(h): The “Last Twenty Years” Exception

Description: This document is part of a series of white papers on various copyright issues. One statute, 17 USC § 108, provides a number of exceptions specifically for libraries. In addition to fair use, there are a variety of other exceptions built into the copyright law that don’t get as much attention.This paper specifically addresses one of 108’s lesser-used provisions and the value it may hold for libraries and archives: 108(h).
Date: December 2017
Creator: Wolfson, Stephen M.
Partner: UNT Libraries

Next Generation Repositories: Behaviours and Technical Recommendations of the COAR Next Generation Repositories Working Group

Description: The widespread deployment of repository systems in higher education and research institutions provides the foundation for a distributed, globally networked infrastructure for scholarly communication. However, repository platforms are still using technologies and protocols designed almost twenty years ago, before the boom of the Web and the dominance of Google, social networking, semantic web and ubiquitous mobile devices.In April 2016, COAR launched the Next Generation Repositories Working Group to identify the core functionalities for the next generation of repositories, as well as the architectures and technologies required to implement them. This report presents the results of work by this group over the last 1.5 years. The Next Generation Repositories Working Group has explicitly focused on the generic technologies required by all repositories to support the adoption of common behaviors. This report describes 11 new behaviors, as well as the technologies, standards and protocols that will facilitate the development of new services on top of the collective network, including social networking, peer review, notifications, and usage assessment. 1. Exposing Identifiers 2. Declaring Licenses at a Resource Level 3. Discovery through Navigation 4. Interacting with Resources (Annotation, Commentary and Review) 5. Resource Transfer 6. Batch Discovery 7. Collecting and Exposing Activities 8. Identification of Users 9. Authentication of Users 10. Exposing Standardized Usage Metrics 11. Preserving Resources The behaviors and technologies in this report are a snapshot of the current status of technology, standards and protocols available, but we are aware that technologies will continue to evolve.
Date: November 28, 2017
Creator: the Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR)
Partner: UNT Libraries

Performance and Accountability Report Fiscal Year 2017

Description: The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is an independent grant making agency and the primary source of federal support for the nation’s approximately 120,000 libraries and 35,000 museums and related organizations. IMLS helps ensure that all Americans have access to museum, library, and information services. The agency supports innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement, enabling museums and libraries from geographically and economically diverse areas to deliver essential services that make it possible for individuals and communities to thrive. The agency’s mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, learning, and civic engagement and to provide leadership through research, policy development, and grant making.Those goals are reflected in this year’s report as IMLS continues to be an outstanding steward of federal funds. IMLS will continue to look for ways to achieve even greater impact on library and museum services throughout the United States.
Date: November 15, 2017
Creator: Institute of Museum and Library Services (U.S.)
Partner: UNT Libraries

Open Digital Preservation Training and Professional Development Opportunities

Description: Interest in digital preservation training and professional development opportunities is extensive, however, a common understanding of the open materials – ones that are freely available for use online – and how they might be used most effectively is still limited. The digital preservation community, those who shepherd digital collections through the lifecycle for a variety of organizations, would benefit from a common understanding of freely available open training materials. Digital preservation continuing education is valuable to a number of organization types, from small to large, as well as a wide range of practitioners at various points in their careers. Museums, libraries, and archives of all sizes benefit greatly from freely available continuing educational materials on digital preservation topics, as do many other organizations with an interest in preserving digital content for future use. Frequently, learners new to the profession are uncertain as to where to acquire specific digital preservation knowledge, issues, and skills. Similarly, working professionals may need to expand their roles or desire to broaden their knowledge and skill-set. Training to meet these needs necessarily occurs outside of formal educational settings, relying on the learner’s ability to locate resources that are relevant to their goals. It is the purpose of this report to begin establishing a common understanding of the types of open digital preservation training materials available, to identify topics around which additional materials should be developed, and recommend ways to increase the effectiveness, use, and reuse of open training materials.
Date: October 2017
Creator: Institute of Museum and Library Services (U.S.)
Partner: UNT Libraries

State Library Administrative Agencies Survey: Fiscal Year 2016

Description: The State Library Administrative Agencies Survey: Fiscal Year 2016 report provides highlights of the Fiscal Year 2016 State Library Administrative Agencies (SLAA) Survey, which collects financial, staffing, and service information from every SLAA in the 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Date: October 2017
Creator: Institute of Museum and Library Services (U.S.)
Partner: UNT Libraries

NDP at Three

Description: The NDP at Three report describes grants and explores themes which emerged from the first three years of grant-making under the national digital platform (NDP) funding area in the IMLS Office of Library Services.
Date: September 2017
Creator: Owens, T.; Sands, A.E.; Reynolds, E.; Neal J. & Mayeaux, S.
Partner: UNT Libraries