February 2015 Newsletter 

Hello CAUL-CBUA Community,

A new year and a new semester have arrived, bringing along exciting changes for the Council of Atlantic University Libraries. A lot has been happening at CAUL-CBUA, from new Board membership and procedures to more professional development opportunities, there's never a dull moment. The Atlantic region has been receiving its fair share of winter weather, so get cozy while you catch-up with CAUL-CBUA.
I Heart Libraries
CAUL-CBUA is pursuing a consortium license for several products, including EBSCO's Academic Search and Business Source. A big thank you to the Collections Committee Members who helped compile a list of digital resources purchased by member libraries, highlighting potential products to pursue at the consortium level. 
The CAUL-CBUA reconciliation invoices will be distributed later this month. 

The Board of Directors is preparing for the Winter Board Meeting, to be held at Dalhousie University on Friday, February 20th. If you wish to submit any documents to the Board for review at this meeting, please send them to 

The Collections Committee has completed a list of digital resources intended to identify products to pursue on the consortium level. The committee has also prepared a draft checklist of considerations for model licenses, to be finalized at the next committee meeting. The checklist will be made available on the CAUL-CBUA website. The Last Copy Working Group has drafted a document detailing the purpose and scope of its project, and is looking forward to starting this initiative after the Winter Board Meeting. 

The Copyright Committee is making progress on the creation of Copyright Literacy Training videos, intended for staff and faculty use. The committee is working on several exciting proposals focused on providing copyright guidance to CAUL-CBUA members.

In December, the Document Delivery Group began the process of moving Relais reports and invoices from servers hosted by RI to a commercial site called RePortal. Problems with access to these products via the Relais servers had been a long standing issue for members and the new, simpler service is proving to be far more consistent.  Useful reports continue to be updated when necessary and moved to RePortal as they are identified.

The Digital Preservation & Stewardship Committee is reviewing the structures of the DPSC working groups and revising the project scopes accordingly. The Research Data Working Group has completed a draft of its interim report and will be meeting in Halifax in March for final editing.

The Scholarly Communications Committee has prepared an infographic poster on “Approaching and Evaluating Open Textbooks” in conjunction with the upcoming Open Textbook Workshop (details below). The Committee is also developing an Open Textbook LibGuide, which can be customized and adapted for re-use by each CAUL institution. The Committee is continuing to work on a guide to evaluating open journals, and discussing various topics of interest, such as author funds, research data management, and Islandora.
Karen Keiller
The Board of Directors is bidding a fond farewell to Karen Keiller, CAUL-CBUA Chair. Karen has been the Director of Information Services and Systems at the University of New Brunswick's Saint John Campus since 2010. She has accepted the position of University Librarian at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario. 

CAUL-CBUA wishes to thank Karen for her tremendous efforts and contributions to the Council. While serving on the Executive Board since 2011, Karen helped lead CAUL-CBUA through various transitions and was heavily involved in designing and supporting our current Strategic Plan.  

The CAUL-CBUA 2014 Annual Report is now available on the website.   

The Council is working with Health Authorities from the Atlantic Provinces on a pilot project to create a shared Virtual Health Library.   

The call for proposals for the APLA 2015 Conference has been extended to February 20, 2015.
CAUL-CBUA will be hosting an Open Textbook Workshop, intended to raise awareness about Open Textbooks and how they are being implemented by institutions across Canada. The workshop will take place on Thursday, February 19 from 1:00 - 4:30 pm AST in the Kenneth C. Rowe Management Building on Dalhousie University Campus. 
Confirmed speakers include Amanda Coolidge, Manager of Open Education at BCcampus, Clint Lalonde, Senior Manager of Open Education at BCcampus, and Mark Leggott, University Librarian at the UPEI.

The workshop is free to attend, though seating is limited. Please register using this form
Positions at Member Libraries 

Mount Allison University Libraries and Archives invite applications for the position of Data, Science and Systems Librarian. This is a tenure track appointment at the rank of General Librarian and will be effective July 1, 2015. Learn more. 

Memorial University of Newfoundland invites applications for a 1 year contract position in Memorial University's Queen Elizabeth II Library as the Cataloguing and Metadata Librarian. Learn more. 

Contact me at kreddy@caul-cbua with any news or events that you would like included in the April Newsletter.

Kathryn Reddy
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