December 2014 Newsletter 

Hello CAUL-CBUA Community,

December is here and bearing the gifts of final exams, stressed students, and unpredictable weather. With a new year on the horizon, I would like to highlight a few of CAUL-CBUA’s activities in 2014, and update you all on
 several ongoing projects
The Killam Memorial Library Book Tree

License agreement details for Historical Newspapers: The Globe and Mail and GeoScienceWorld have been distributed via the CAUL-CBUA Collections List. These are the final licenses to renew in 2014, with start dates of January 1, 2015. 

In 2015, CAUL-CBUA aims to pursue new licenses, based on a product list being compiled by the Collections Committee. Feedback on resources is always welcome. 
*The image above was taken in the Killam Memorial Library, where students and staff built a book tree to celebrate the holiday season! Cape Breton University also built a book tree this year.

The upgrade of Relais production software to v2014 has been implemented at a number of the Document Delivery Group suites and is an ongoing process for other suites. The DDG continues to access Relais through remote desktops while the Relais ILL Hosted client is being tested at UNBSJ. The DDG Working Group has determined that Relais’ newly offered third party reporting system meets the requirements of the Group. This product will allow all members to access Relais reports and invoices. Following a trial period, the DDG Working Group will evaluate the effectiveness of this product. 

The Digital Preservation and Stewardship Committee is working on a list of recommendations for data management services, which will be included in their interim report. The Working Group tasked with the creation of this report will be meeting in Halifax in March 2015, to finalize the structure and contents.

The Copyright Committee is working on a list of questions for Institutions to consider when signing a model license agreement. This will complement the list being compiled by the Collections Committee, offering recommendations from multiple perspectives.  The Committee continues to make progress on the copyright literacy training videos, intended for staff and faculty use.

The Scholarly Communications Committee is bidding a fond farewell to long-time member Lisa Goddard, from Memorial University. The Committee continues to actively research and discuss a variety of topics, including: open textbooks initiatives, author funds, research data management, creating a guide to evaluating journals, surveying faculty about scholarly communications topics, and forming an Atlantic Islandora users’ community. The Committee would also like to remind members that the Tri-Agency's Open Access mandate announcement has been postponed and will likely be released in December 2014, so libraries should continue to plan their Institutional repository options.

The Collections Committee is off to a running start, with several exciting projects already underway. A list of the digital resources purchased at each member library is being compiled. This list will help identify common products to pursue on the consortium level. The Committee is also working on a list of considerations for model licenses, while select members are examining the journal titles within CAUL-CBUA packages, to ensure that resolvers show the correct number of titles. Finally, the Last Copy Working Group will be meeting in December to create a written report, outlining the goals and timeline for the project.

The Collaborative Research and Innovation Grant Award Committee has announced that the Grant will go unawarded this year, due to a lack of suitable proposals.

The Board of Directors welcomes Sandy Dwyer, from Dalhousie University, in her role as the Interim University Librarian at King’s University, as Tasya Tymczyszyn went on maternity leave in early November. The Directors wish to congratulate Tasya and her family on the safe arrival of their healthy baby girl! The Fall Board Meeting was held on the UNB Fredericton Campus on Tuesday, October 28, 2014. The next meeting will take place in Halifax at Dalhousie University on February 20, 2015. 
Student Art at Stress Busters
The Angus L. Macdonald Library at StFX University has introduced Stress Busters, a program designed to help students combat the stress of final exams. Suzanne van den Hoogen and Laurinda Matheson spearheaded this project, which will be available from December 1st to December 16th. Students are encouraged to drop by the Stress Busters tables to colour, solve puzzles, play card games, knit, and make origami. The photo shows a drawing created at the colouring table.
Take a minute to check out the new Library websites at Acadia University and Mount Allison University, as well as Memorial University's beta site. Why not have a look at the Statistics Canada Beta Site, too?

In other fun news, the new mobile device charging stations at NSCC Libraries have proven to be extremely popular with the students! 
A procedure document outlining the use of CAUL borrowing cards is being drafted. The borrowing cards are part of the Canadian University Reciprocal Borrowing Agreement (CURBA).  

The Terms of Reference for each CAUL-CBUA Committee are being reviewed. The goal is to establish a procedure for renewing committee membership and outlining committee goals.

Just a reminder that the call for proposals for CLA 2015 and APLA 2015 will soon be announced.

A Strategic Planning Day was held in February 2014 at Saint Mary’s University. The day resulted in the approval of CAUL-CBUA's 2014-2016 Strategic Plan.

On May 9, 2014, CAUL-CBUA hosted an Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Roadshow entitled “Scholarly Communication: From Understanding to Engagement”. The event was held on the UNB Fredericton Campus, and was praised as an excellent opportunity for professional development. The Roadshow was made possible thanks to the efforts of Lisa Goddard from Memorial University and 
the former CAUL-CBUA Manager, Gillian Byrne.

The Document Delivery Group held their 2014 AGM at Dalhousie University’s Killam Memorial Library on May 22, 2014. The meeting was well attended and feedback from the group highlighted the benefits of meeting in-person, annually.

CAUL-CBUA hosted a breakfast at the Atlantic Provinces Library Association (APLA) 2014
 Conference, held on the morning of June 4. During the breakfast, the Chair gave a brief presentation about CAUL-CBUA, highlighting recent accomplishments and committee projects.

The new CAUL-CBUA By-Laws were approved and submitted to Corporations Canada in July, 2014.

At the 2014 AGM, held in September, the Board of Directors elected Marthe Brideau, from Université de Moncton, as the new CAUL-CBUA Treasurer.

In collaboration with John Teskey, the former Director of Libraries at UNB Fredericton, CAUL-CBUA hosted a Collection Analysis workshop. The workshop was held during the afternoon of October 27, 2014, at the Wu Centre. There were two guests from OCLC invited to speak at the session. Cathy De Rosa, Vice President of OCLC, presented on her latest report entitled “At the Tipping Point”. Constance Malpas, a Research Scientist with OCLC, presented on “Right-scaling Stewardship: Atlantic Canadian resources in perspective”. 
Contact me at kreddy@caul-cbua with any news or events that you would like included in the next newsletter.

Enjoy your holidays! 

Kathryn Reddy
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