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Washington, May 25 (Canadian-Media): A new proposed fee schedule for Copyright Office was announced yesterday to cover a variety of public services, such as filing applications for registration, recording documents, and researching and copying records, media reports said,
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The costs of services for the Office are reportedly reviewed every three to five years to assess new fees.
60 percent of the cost of running the Office comes through fees and the rest from congressional appropriations.
Public are charged much less fees, for a specific service, than the cost to the Copyright Office.
The difference in cost is made up by the U.S. government to support the copyright system.
The Office hired consultant Booz Allen Hamilton to help develop its new fee schedule by thoroughly assessing the actual cost of Office services, including looking at current and future costs.
Elasticity -- the percentage of participation the Office will lose depending on how much fees are increased -- is also analysed by the consultant.
It was found that 85 percent of the Office’s fees are elastic, meaning that changes to fees will impact the demand for many Office services.
After consideration of this analysis as well as critical policy, the Office is recommending certain fee increases to account for the increased costs of providing services.
Efforts are also made by the Office to modernize its processes and systems which would result in a more cost-efficient Office.
After striking a balance between expensive modernization costs and accessibility of useful resources, the Office proposed raising fees for its standard application from $55 to $75.
Written comments by the public must be received by the Office no later than July 23, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. eastern time.
This new fee schedule will allow the Office to achieve these goals and better promote creativity and innovation by protecting the rights of creators.
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Washington/Ottawa, May 4 (Canadian-Media): Winners of its national awards for federal librarianship was announced May 1 by the Federal Library and Information Network (FEDLINK) at the Library of Congress (LOC) at the FEDLINK Spring Exposition, in Washington, D.C., media reports said.
The 2017 FEDLINK award winners are recognized in the following three categories:
2017 Federal Libraries/Information Centers of the Year which acknowledges both a small library/information center with a staff of 10 or fewer employees and a larger library/information center with a staff of 11 or more employees.
Large Library/Information Center: The U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center Library (ERDC) at Vicksburg, Mississippi, is recognized for modernizing its knowledge-management services by collecting, digitizing and making rare and one-of-a-kind knowledge products of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) visible to common search engines.
Small Library/Information Center: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Library at Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, is recognized for its outstanding service as one of the lead library within EPA’s National Library Network. The library’s staff of five served a campus of 2,000 and maintained an overall customer-service rating of 98.8 percent.
The awards recognize the many innovative ways that federal libraries, librarians and library technicians fulfill the information demands of the government, business and scholarly communities and the American public.
Federal libraries and staff throughout the United States and abroad competed for the awards.
The names of the following winners will remain on permanent display in the FEDLINK offices at LOC
2017 Federal Librarian of the Year: Edward J. Poletti, chief of Learning Resources at the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System, John L. McClellan Memorial Veterans Hospital in Little Rock, Arkansas, is recognized for his dedication to work on behalf of federal medical librarians and contribute to patient quality of care as well as his current-awareness alert about articles written by Veteran Affairs authors and/or about veterans that appeared in PubMed MEDLINE articles..
2017 Federal Library Technician of the Year: Ozella Lee Gates, library technician at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Command in Fort Gordon, Georgia, is recognized for the library’s only reference services provider, her critical role in support for clinical training programs in allied heath, nursing and professional health care, for managing library, its holdings and internet site.
FEDLINK is an organization of federal agencies working together to achieve the optimum use of the resources and facilities of federal libraries and information centers by promoting common services, coordinating and sharing available resources, and providing continuing professional education for federal library and information staff.
FEDLINK serves as a forum for the discussion of the policies, programs, procedures and technologies that affect federal libraries and the information services they provide to their agencies, Congress, the federal courts and the American people.
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LOC is the world’s largest library offering access to the creative record of the United States and is the main research arm of the U.S. Congress.
LOC offers extensive materials from around the world, both on-site and online and is home of the U.S. Copyright Office.
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Toronto, May 4 (Canadian-Media): The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) today announced a record- breaking 1.44 million visitors for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2018— the highest attendance numbers achieved in the Museum’s 104-year history and the highest museum attendance in Canada.
Led by an expansive slate of ROM-original exhibitions and programs, this marks the third consecutive year that the institution has exceeded more than 1 million visitors, placing the ROM among the top 10 museums in North America.
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Founded in 1914, ROM showcases art, culture and nature from around the world and across the ages.
Among the top 10 cultural institutions in North America, Canada’s largest and most comprehensive museum is home to a world-class collection of 13 million art objects and natural history specimens, featured in 40 gallery and exhibition spaces.
As the country’s preeminent field research institute and an international leader in new and original findings, the ROM plays a vital role in advancing our understanding of the artistic, cultural and natural world.
Combining its original heritage architecture with the contemporary Daniel Libeskind-designed Michael Lee-Chin Crystal, the ROM serves as a national landmark, and a dynamic cultural destination in the heart of Toronto for all to enjoy.
“We are delighted that the Museum continues to attract more and more people both from here and around the world,” said Josh Basseches, ROM Director & CEO. “The record attendance numbers speak to the relevance of our original exhibitions, collections and research in people’s lives, and the importance of the Museum not only as a steward of one of the most comprehensive collections in the world, but one that has become a crucial hub of engagement.”
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In addition to overall attendance growth, demand for memberships was close to 120,000 members, representing an 11 percent increase from the previous year.
Several factors for attendance growth and demand for memberships included: numerous exceptional exhibitions, ROM’s own Out of the Depths: The Blue Whale Story.
Newfoundland recovery story and subsequent exhibition became an international sensation, bringing in more than 285,400 visitors during its run
Christian Dior, featured display of rarely seen classic haute couture pieces drawn from the ROM’s own exclusive collection, was held over by popular demand and attracted nearly 128,000 visitors.
Other ROM-original exhibitions that generated visitor attention and acclaim were: Anishinaabeg: Art & Power, The Family Camera, and Here We Are Here: Black Canadian Contemporary Art.
VIKINGS: The Exhibition, organized by The Swedish History Museum and Museums Partner, also attracted close to 208,000 visitors and offered them unique perspective on Viking culture and history to the visitors.
Throughout the year, the ROM presented a robust lineup of exclusive and often sold-out programs Featured speakers, throughout the year included: Swedish chef Magnus Nilsson of the Michelin-starred restaurant Fäviken; and best-selling author and historian Timothy Snyder, whose lecture On Tyranny drew standing-room-only crowds.
Due to the record-breaking year of success, the ROM has scheduled another strong lineup of exhibitions and programs for the 2018/2019 season.
Some upcoming highlights include Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion, Philip Beesley: Transforming Space, Spiders: Fear & Fascination, and later in the year Zuul: Life of an Armoured Dinosaur, another ROM-original exhibition based on a newly discovered species of armoured dinosaur.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
Ottawa/Washinton, May 3 (Canadian-Media): Library of Congress (LOC), the world’s largest library celebrates 100th anniversary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth, and for the first time has made available
online musical manuscripts and scrapbooks from the legendary composer’s personal and professional archives housed in library, media reports said.
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LOC, the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office, offers access to the creative record of the United States—and extensive materials from around the world—both on-site and online. It is
Snapshot of Bernstein’s extensive collection at the Library would be revealed in its web presentation.
The public can now access for free more than 3,700 items, including photos, writings, correspondence, scripts, musical sketches, scrapbooks and audio recordings.
These digital offerings have nearly tripled the existing content in the LOC.
Music Division at LOC also contains an unparalleled collection of manuscripts, scores, books, libretti, music-related periodicals and microforms, copyright deposits and music instruments.
Manuscripts of note include those of European masters such as Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms and those of such American masters as George and Ira Gershwin, Aaron Copland, Samuel Barber and Charles Mingus.
“Bernstein arguably was the most prominent musical figure in America in the second half of the 20th century,” said Mark Horowitz, curator of the Leonard Bernstein Collection. “A polymath—a Renaissance man—he was a composer, conductor, pianist, educator and social activist. He composed musicals, ballets, operas, film scores, a mass, chamber music and symphonies.”
Materials from Bernstein’s involvement in the civil rights movement, his time as a student at Harvard and scripts for the “Ford Presents” and “Omnibus” programs are all included in the new online content.
Other highlights include: “West Side Story” outlines, synopses and notes, including an early synopsis titled “Romeo and Juliet” in which the gangs pit Jews against Catholics as opposed to Anglos versus Hispanics; •
“West Side Story” audition notes, including Bernstein’s comments about Warren Beatty’s audition for the role of Riff (“Good voice – can’t open jaw – charming as hell – cleancut”);
All of Bernstein’s musical sketches for “Candide,” including “Glitter and Be Gay” (titled “Cunegonde’s Jewel Song”); “I Am Easily Assimilated” (originally titled “Old Lady’s Jewish Tango”) and “Overture”;
Materials relating to the Black Panther Party fundraiser that resulted in the famous Tom Wolfe article in New York Magazine, “Radical Chic: That Party at Lenny’s”; also included are letters from Coretta Scott King, Gloria Steinem and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis; A sound recording of Bernstein’s sermon, “Hope in the Nuclear Age,” presented at the All Souls Unitarian Church, Jan. 27, 1985.
Library’s Music Division consists of one of the largest and most varied of an estimated 400,000 items of Bernstein Collection
In addition to music and literary manuscripts, personal correspondence, audio and video recordings, fan mail, business papers, photographs and datebooks, there are unexpected items that range from passports and license plates to batons and the suit in which Bernstein conducted his New York Philharmonic debut in 1943.
The conductor’s collection is also one of the most heavily used in the Music Division. Among its researchers is Bernstein’s own daughter, who is working on a memoir. “It’s beyond gratifying to see that not only musicians and scholars can access these materials, but also students of all ages, and in fact virtually anyone on the planet with an internet connection,” said Jamie Bernstein. “The word I so often find myself using to describe my father is not a word he knew in his lifetime: broadband. The Bernstein collection has this same broadband quality.”
In addition to the expanded website, the Library will reportedly celebrate the Bernstein centennial with a spring mini-fest of activities May 12-19 drawn from the richness of the collection.
Excerpts from three of Bernstein’s major stage works—the musical “1600 Pennsylvania Avenue” and the operas “Trouble in Tahiti” and “A Quiet Place” and other rarities from the Library’s collection would be presented on Friday, May 18.
Rarely seen materials will be on display on Saturday, May 19, which would reportedly provide an illuminating portrait of Bernstein.
Included in the display would also be informal behind-the-scenes presentations and performances which will uncover fascinating details about “West Side Story,” “Candide” and “On the Town.”
Also included in the celebration would be film screenings, which include “On the Waterfront,” a National Film Registry classic scored by Bernstein.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
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Washington, Mar 8 (Canadian-Media): The Library of Congress (LOC) Office of Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity Programs will bring together prominent leaders in the field of accessibility for a discussion, media reports said.
LOC -- the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office -- is the world’s largest library and offers on-site and online access to the creative record of the United States (US) and extensive materials from around the world.
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The “International Disability Rights and Inclusive Society Through the Arts” discussion will be held Thursday, March 29, at 11:30 a.m. in room 119 of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE Washington, DC. The event is free and open to the public.
In this event LOC will highlight its current practices towards patrons and staff who have disabilities and its efforts to include people with disabilities in the arts and entertainment.
Travis Painter, Interpreting Services Program manager at the Library, will introduce the speakers, who are listed below:
Judy Dixon -- the 2005 recipient of the Francis Joseph Campbell Award from the American Library Association (ALA) and the 2009 recipient of the American Foundation for the Blind's Gallagher Award for his outstanding role model to people with vision loss -- is the consumer relations officer at the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLSBPH) at the LOC.
Besides publishing numerous articles, she edited the volume "Braille into the Next Millennium," published by the NLSBPH in 2000.
Betty Siegel is director of VSA and Accessibility at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
National and international disability, arts and education programs overseen by her including the VSA Intersections: Arts and Special Education conference; the VSA Network of organizations engaging in disability arts and education; and the Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability (LEAD) network of cultural arts administrators which address access to cultural experiences.
Kerry Thompson is founding executive director of Silent Rhythms, a nonprofit established in 2008 to improve the quality of life for individuals with disabilities through inclusion in the arts.
Beth Ziebarth, current director of the Smithsonian Institution’s accessibility program, develops and implements accessibility policy and guidelines for the Institution’s 19 museums, the National Zoo and nine research centers.
She also makes sure that the Smithsonian’s 30 million annual visitors experience a welcoming environment that accommodates individuals of all ages and abilities.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)