LAW LIBRARY level 3: JC599.V4 C362 2012
Canada, Parliament, House of Commons, Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development, The Situation of Human Rights in Venezuela: Report of the Standing Committee
on Foreign Affairs and International Development
(Ottawa: House of Commons Canada, 2012).
Online access: http://www.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?DocId=5690979&Language=E&Mode=1&Parl=41&Ses=1

LAW LIBRARY level 3: K4610 .K75 2012
Jacqueline D. Krikorian, International Trade Law and Domestic Policy: Canada, the United States, and the WTO (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2012).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KEA567.6 .A42 2012
Alberta Law Reform Institute, Arbitration Act: Stay and Appeal Issues: Report for Discussion (Edmonton: Alberta Law Reform Institute, 2012).
Online access: https://www.law.ualberta.ca/alri/docs/RFD24.pdf

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KEA584 .A42 2012
Alberta Law Reform Institute, Criminal Appeal Procedures: Queen’s Bench and Court of Appeal: Final Report (Edmonton: Alberta Law Reform Institute, 2012).
Online access: https://www.law.ualberta.ca/alri/docs/FR101.pdf

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KUQ2119 .N48 2012
New Zealand, Law Commission, The Public’s Right to Know: Review of the Official Information Legislation (Wellington: Law Commission, [2012]).
Online access: http://r125.publications.lawcom.govt.nz/

UBC Library has bolstered its standing as a top-tier research library, according to rankings from the U.S.-based Association of Research Libraries (ARL). 

Stained glass window in the Chapman Learning Commons, IKBLC

Photo credit Michelle Lamberson

UBC ranks 16 out of 115 ARL universities (compared to 24 last year), and third among Canadian academic institutions, in the recently released ARL Investment Index. The result reflects UBC Library’s investment in collections, services and resources – including a digitization centre, a Data/GIS (Geographic Information Systems) Lab, and new learning spaces such as the Canaccord Learning Commons.

ERIC continues to work on its PDF problem. Here is the latest news, plus an email address where you can order a copy of a PDF if you can’t get it elsewhere:

In early August, the ERIC management team and the U.S. Department of Education became aware that some full-text documents in the ERIC Collection contained personally identifiable information. Sensitive information was found in multiple documents in a way that could not be easily isolated. The accessibility of this information to modern Internet search engines increases the risk that these details could be discovered and used improperly. In order to safeguard individual privacy it was necessary to temporarily disable access to ERIC full-text documents.

We are working to restore access to full text as quickly as possible while protecting individual privacy. While the vast majority of documents do not contain sensitive information, it remains necessary to identify and address each of those that do.

Each document must be checked to verify that it does not contain sensitive information. Given that there are more than 340,000 full-text documents in ERIC, this represents a significant undertaking. The U.S. Department of Education is in the process of hiring a team to help restore access in a fast and responsive manner. We anticipate that it will be possible to begin restoring access to large numbers of ERIC documents on a rolling basis later this fall.

An initial wave of more than 20,000 documents has already been restored. This first restoration consists of peer-reviewed full-text documents such as Institute of Education Sciences (IES) publications and peer-reviewed journal articles (EJs). At this time, we cannot provide a precise estimate for complete restoration of full text.

Priority is being placed on documents requested by ERIC users. If you would like to request a PDF to be returned online, please email ERICRequests@ed.gov referencing the document’s ERIC number (EDxxxxxx). We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience as we work to resolve the situation.

ERIC is committed to keeping you informed as we move forward with this effort. Check the alerts and Spotlight area of the ERIC home page at eric.ed.gov for updates.

Temporary System Limitations:

There are several known search and display limitations caused by the temporary restrictions on full-text access. Specifically:

  • * PDF links continue to display in ERIC records, even when full text is currently not available.
  • * The ability to limit search results to only records with full text does not return reliable results.

As soon as the majority of full text is restored to the site, all features will return to normal operation.

Open Education has come of age. The tiny movement that began in the late 1990s as a desire to increase access to educational opportunity has blossomed into requirements in national grant programs, key strategies in state legislatures and offices of education, content sharing initiatives at hundreds of universities and high schools, and a wide range of innovation and entrepreneurship in both the commercial and nonprofit sectors.

For over a decade the focus of the open education community has been on open educational resources. As we celebrate the success of that work the Open Education 2012 Conference will also lay out a road map for the next decade where open education moves beyond content.

OpenEd12, the ninth annual Open Education Conference, will frame the conversation about the future of open education. Come be part of the discussion – we need your energy, brains, passion, and dedication!

Join us for the “annual reunion of the open education family,” spanning three stimulating days in Vancouver, BC, October 16-18.

~from the Open Education: Beyond Content Website. Further information and registration here

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