Friday, August 28, 2009

New BLOG: Preservation & Conservation Administration News (PCAN)

Preservation & Conservation Administration News (PCAN)

Back in the day we had two great print publications, Conservation Administration News and the Abbey Newsletter. Before the internet and social networking, these were THE publications for news and information related to library and archives preservation and conservation. Now through the use of the internet, discussion groups, blogs, wikis, etc., we have more ways to communicate than ever, but you still need to be tuned in to the right place at the right time and have the rights to view the content.

We have two great online discussion groups, Conservation On Line (hosted by AIC) and Preservation Administration Discussion Group (ALA-Preservation and Reformatting Section) where we can post quick “how to” questions. We also have print publications such as Library and Research and Technical Services and the Journal of the American Institute for Conservation where academic research is published. While these resources are very useful, there is no “hot spot” for other relevant content such as editorials, essays, book reviews, etc., especially as they relate to preservation and conservation program administration which is where CAN and Abbey proved their usefulness.

With a nod to these two venerable publications, we introduce a new experiment: Preservation & Conservation Administration News or PCAN. We invite you to share in the experience. What would make this site fun and useful for you? What online resources do you follow and want to share? What are the hot topics that you talk about with your colleagues in the bar after the conference meetings are done? Some things we think may be interesting:
White papers
Book reviews
Conference reports
Videos (tours of your lab or recordings of your musings)
Links to preservation/conservation related social sites and web pages
Discussion boards (the things you don’t want to ask on CoOL or PADG)

So, here we are. We hope that PCAN will be successful but that will only happen if you find it interesting enough to participate. Please contact us if you have content to add or ideas for us to consider. We look forward to hearing from you!

PECAN Editors/Administrators
Beth Doyle, Collections Conservator
Holly Robertson, Conservation Administrator
September 2009

(from Janice Anderson's posting on the TS-SIS list, 8/28/09)

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

E-Resources Licensing: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

NISO Two-Part September Webinar: E-Resources Licensing: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly


Not many librarians are also lawyers, but they often need to have an understanding of legal issues to succeed in their jobs. Licensing, contract, and copyright law all have significant impacts on our community. NISO's September two-part webinar, to be held on September 9 and 16 from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.  (Eastern time), is your solution to the dilemma.

Part I of the webinar will provide an introduction to the basics of a license agreement as a legal contract. Participants will learn about basic legal terminology common to most licenses and what terms should be included or excluded as part of the negotiation. Mapping of the license terms to an ERM will be reviewed along with an introduction to the ONIX for Publication Licenses (ONIX-PL) schema as the mapping standard.

Part II of the webinar will review key terms in an agreement as highlighted in a sample license. The NISO Shared E-Resource Understanding (SERU) recommended  practice will be introduced and compared to the sample license. The terms from the sample agreement that need to be mapped to the ERM will be highlighted. Two different agreements will be compared to show the differences or overlap in license terms.

Speakers for both parts of the Licensing webinars will be:

    *  Trisha L. Davis, Associate Professor, Rights Management Coordinator, and Head, Serials & E-Resources Department, The Ohio State University Libraries

    *  Clinton Chamberlain, Professional Librarian, University of Texas Libraries

 You can register for either webinar or both. Register for both webinars <> and receive a 25% discount! Registration is per  site (access for one computer) and includes access to the online recorded archive of the webinar. NISO and NASIG members receive a discounted member rate. A  student discount is also available. Can't make it on the webinar date? Register and gain access to the recorded archive for one year.

For more information and to register, visit the event webpages: 

Part 1:

Part 2:

This announcement has been cross-posted.

Cynthia Hodgson

NISO Technical Editor Consultant

National Information Standards Organization


Phone: 301-654-2512