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We are pleased to announce that Jason Colman and Jonathan McGlone will be joining Digital Publishing Production (a unit of MPublishing) as Digital Publishing Project Managers beginning January 30. Digital Publishing Production manages both the work and the relationships of ongoing digital publication projects, including journal production and publication, as well as backlist conversion for ACLS Humanities e-books and the University of Michigan Press. The DPP team is also involved in the work of planning…

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Congratulations to Jill Dolan, author of The Feminist Spectator as Critic (1991), Presence and Desire (1994), and Utopia in Performance (2005) and editor of A Menopausal Gentleman (2011), for winning the prestigious 2011 George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism. The award, administered by Cornell University, carries a $10,000 prize and was bestowed upon Dolan for her insightful essays on her blog, The Feminist Spectator. This marks the first year the award has been given…

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Today the Association of Research Libraries has issued the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries. It is the culmination of two years of work within the academic library community, looking at the state of actual practices regarding fair use, which explicitly supports teaching, scholarship, and research fundamental to scholarly communication.. The Code is a set of eight high-level principles that are a synthesis of behavioral norms based on reasonable,…

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With last week’s flurry of activity over SOPA/PIPA, perhaps you missed the Supreme Court’s decision in Golan v. Holder [PDF]. The opinion makes it unequivocally clear that it is well within the purview of Congress to remove works from the public domain and reinforces the Court’s opinion in Eldred regarding Congress’s authority to extend copyright duration. In one fell swoop, the majority managed to express a legal opinion out of touch with technological and social…

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Students from the U-M School of Information and School of Education recently authored a book entitled Information Literacy in the Wild. The book contains a collection of essays based on the students’ experiences during their field work studies for SI 641/EDCURINS 575: Information Literacy for Teaching and Learning, taught by Clinical Assistant Professor Kristin Fontichiaro. Professor Fontichiaro compiled and edited the volume, which features a foreword by SI Dean Jeff MacKie-Mason. Initial plans were for…

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In April 2011, we announced that restrictions had been lifted from around 2,200 TCP texts from Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO). Within hours, we heard from many folks who were frustrated that our announcement didn’t seem to have any teeth: Although we could (and did!) distribute the raw encoded text files to anyone who asked, there was no publicly available site for users to interact with the texts through a web browser. I’m delighted to…

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Deep Blue has begun hosting video recordings of the Wallenberg Lectures, given in memory of University of Michigan alumnus and humanitarian Raoul Wallenberg. The first batch to be made available via Deep Blue are the 2008-2010 lectures by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, journalist Lydia Cacho, and Dr. Denis Mukwege. You can find them in the Wallenberg Lectures collection. Each Wallenberg Medal Recipient and Lecturer is selected because he or she exemplifies heroism, courage, self-sacrifice, and integrity….

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For the moment, SOPA (HR 3261: Stop Online Piracy Act) is on hold in the wake of a remarkable response from the blogosphere, organizations, and private citizens. The bill is dense, opaque, overreaching, and probably unenforceable. It manages to put a crimp on civil liberties and fail to actually help copyright holders who really do face problems with infringement. The timing of all this is worth examination as SOPA (and its counterpart in the Senate,…

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University of Michigan Press author Bill Talen presented his unique brand of evangelism last week at Busboys & Poets in Washington, DC. Previewing the event, where Talen discussed his Reverend Billy persona and recent book, The Reverend Billy Project: From Rehearsal Hall to Super Mall with the Church of Life After Shopping, the Washington Post’s free daily Express looked at Talen’s history as a performer.


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Ah, MLA. Your reputation for pre-interview angst, post-interview binging, self-important Q&A sessions, obtuseness and obscurantism has put you on many scholars’ non-grata list (at least those not professionally obligated to attend). This year, however, avoiders missed what felt like the stirrings of a sea change: the MLA’s heart (like a post-holiday Grinch) grew at least three sizes over the four days of the 2012 conference. (Luckily, anyone who missed the convention could follow sessions on…

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