Around the industry: Digital library materials lawsuit may go to Supreme Court

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  • Arizona: State leaders are concerned that budget problems will prevent the state from participating in President Obama's initiative to make community college free. Under Obama's proposal, states would be required to provide 25% of the plan's cost. According to one estimate, this would mean about $37 million in Arizona. But the state faces severe budget shortfalls that have already forced it to cut funding for community colleges by 50%, and it owes K-12 education alone over $300 million. State Senator Carlyle Begay says financing the initiative would be the "biggest obstacle" to enacting it there (Olgin, KJZZ, 1/12).
  • Georgia: A lawsuit over fair use of digital library materials at colleges may soon be heading to the U.S. Supreme Court. Three publishers are currently suing Georgia State University for violating copyright by allowing faculty to scan excerpts of physical books into the library's digital reserves for students to read. Last fall, the Court of Appeals ruled that colleges may create digital copies of their books, but refused to set out universal rules for fair use in these cases. The publishers asked the case to be reheard, but were denied, which means that they may decide to take their case to the Supreme Court (Button, Education Dive, 1/12).
  • New York: The State University of New York (SUNY) system's Board of Trustees named four new presidents this week: Alain Kaloyeros at SUNY Polytechnic Institute (SUNY Poly), Marion Terenzio at SUNY Cobleskill, Denise Battles at SUNY Genesco, and Cathleen McColgin at Herkimer County Community College. Kaloyeros has long served as chief executive officer and officer-in-charge at SUNY Poly. Terenzio was formerly at Bloomfield College in New Jersey. Battles was formerly at University of North Carolina Wilmington and brings experience as provost, vice chancellor, and dean. McGolgin, herself a community college graduate, has experience in several positions across SUNY's community colleges (Horn, Times Union, 1/13).

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