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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Governance and Membership Activities

1. ARL Membership to Convene May 4–6 in Montreal

Influencing Public Policies

2. Judge Rejects Proposed Settlement In Google Books Dispute

3. US Supreme Court Rules on FOIA and Privacy

4. US Supreme Court to Hear Public Domain Case

5. USA PATRIOT Act Update

6. Budget Update

7. President Obama Awards National Humanities and Arts Medals

Reshaping Scholarly Communication

8. ARL Releases Report on Publishing Support for Small Print-Based Publishers

9. Cornell University Library Takes Stand on Nondisclosure Clauses

10. AAUP Issues Report on Business Models for University Presses

11. UC Berkeley Publishes Report on Peer Review

12. University Press Projects Merge

13. Call for Stories: Third Anniversary of the NIH Public Access Policy

14. SPARC Blog: Publishers Accommodate NIH-Funded Authors

15. March 2011 Issue of the SPARC Open Access Newsletter Now Online

16. SPARC and bepress Announce ACRL “Pre-Game” Event in March: Winning Strategies from the Institutional Repository All Stars

17. Call for Entries: Fourth Annual Sparky Awards

Transforming Research Libraries

18. Guide on NSF Data Policy Updated

19. ARL Releases Report on New Roles in Digital Curation and Preservation

20. ARL to Host Digital Curation and Preservation Webcast

21. TRLN Releases Intellectual Property Strategy for Digitizing Modern Special Collections

22. CNI Update

Diversity, Professional Workforce, and Leadership Development

23. LCDP Fellows Meet for Institute on Research Methodologies and Public Policy

24. Purdue University Libraries to Host 2010–2011 Diversity Scholars

25. Call for Applications: ARL Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce

Library Statistics and Assessment

26. ARL Annual Statistical Surveys Update

27. ARL to Hold Meeting on ARL Annual Surveys in the Digital Age

28. Call for Participation: ARL Balanced Scorecard 2011-2012

29. ARL Service Quality Evaluation Academy Held in Toronto

30. LibQUAL+® Update

31. CRL Article Uses ARL Statistics to Explore the Impact of the Academic Library on Student Persistence

Other Items of Interest to ARL Directors

32. Publications Recently Released by ARL

33. ARL Transitions

34. Honors


GOVERNANCE AND MEMBERSHIP ACTIVITIES

1. ARL Membership to Convene May 4–6 in Montreal

The 158th ARL Membership Meeting will convene in Montreal, Quebec on Wednesday, May 4, at 3:30 p.m. to engage in a series of program sessions on “Transcending National Borders.” This is also the occasion of a joint meeting with the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL).

The ARL Business Meeting will be held on Thursday, May 5, 8:30– 10:30 a.m. A preliminary meeting schedule is available on the ARL website. RSVP to ARL by April 11 and book your hotel room by April 11. If you have questions, contact Sarah Segura sarah@arl.org.

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INFLUENCING PUBLIC POLICY

2. Judge Rejects Proposed Settlement In Google Books Dispute

On March 22, Judge Denny Chin rejected the proposed settlement of the Google Books lawsuit. In a concise, 46-page opinion, Chin accepted nearly every objection that had been raised to the ambitious proposal, giving the most attention to the copyright issues. Judge Chin accordingly ruled that the settlement fell short of the legal requirement that a class action settlement be “fair, adequate, and reasonable.” He “urg[ed]” the parties to consider revising the agreement so that rightsholders would be required to “opt in” to be included in the program, rather than be included automatically unless they “opt out.” Chin scheduled a status conference with the parties for April 25. For more information, see the ARL Policy Notes blog or the GBS page on the ARL website.

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3. US Supreme Court Rules on FOIA and Privacy

On March 1, in a unanimous ruling, the US Supreme Court determined that corporations do not have a right to “personal privacy,” relating to records requested under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). In the ruling in the case, Federal Communications Commission v. AT&T, Chief Justice Roberts noted that “we trust that AT&T will not take it personally.” AT&T tried to block the disclosure of records concerning its contract work for the federal government, claiming that corporations have “personal privacy” rights and invoked FOIA exemptions. In November 2010, ARL joined Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), and four other organizations in filing an amicus brief [PDF] before the US Supreme because of the importance of this case to issues concerning government transparency and accountability. The full US Supreme Court opinion is available online.

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4. US Supreme Court to Hear Public Domain Case

Last week the US Supreme Court agreed to hear the case of Golan v. Holder. The case is a challenge to the Uruguay Round Agreement Act, legislation passed in 1994, which restored copyright protection to many foreign works that had risen into the public domain in the United States but continued to be protected in their home jurisdiction. The Act was passed to bring the United States into compliance with international treaty obligations under the TRIPS agreement, which requires signatories to offer reciprocal protection of co-signatories’ works.

The challengers argue that the Act is unconstitutional, saying that restoring copyright to works that had been in the public domain violates the First Amendment as well as the copyright clause of Article I, which gives Congress the power to protect creative works “for limited times.” The case raises a similar question to Eldred v. Ashcroft, in which the court rejected a challenge to copyright term extensions. The appeals court previously rejected the constitutional arguments, so the Supreme Court’s willingness to hear the case suggests that at least some Justices thought these arguments deserve another day in court. As Kevin Smith of Duke University has observed, the Golan case may involve a sufficiently dramatic interference with the “traditional contours of copyright,” that the Supreme Court may reach a different conclusion.

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5. USA PATRIOT Act Update

The US Senate Committee on the Judiciary approved changes to the USA PATRIOT Act on March 10. The bill, USA PATRIOT Act Sunset Extension Act of 2011 (S. 193), now awaits action by the full US Senate. Several sections of the USA PATRIOT Act, including section 215, commonly referred to as the “library provision,” are set to sunset on May 27. The USA PATRIOT Act, passed by Congress following 9/11, greatly expanded law enforcement’s counterterrorism authorities. Provisions in S. 193 would increase oversight of law enforcement activities and place more stringent requirements on law enforcement when requesting library and bookstore records. ARL and ALA wrote in support of S. 193. The ARL-ALA letter is available on the ARL website [PDF].

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6. Budget Update

Congress approved, and on March 18th President Obama signed, another stopgap measure that would fund the federal government for three more weeks (until April 8), averting a Government shutdown. This is the sixth continuing resolution to be approved as Congress struggles to achieve consensus on an FY 2011 budget. The legislation would cut $6 billion in additional funds from discretionary agency programs.

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7. President Obama Awards National Humanities and Arts Medals

Twenty individuals received the 2010 National Humanities Medals and the National Medal of Arts. In awarding the medals, President Obama stated, “The fact is that works of art, literature, works of history, they speak to our condition and they affirm our desire for something more and something better.” One recipient, Stanley Katz, was acknowledged for his devotion to fostering public support for the humanities. As director of the American Council of Learned Societies for more than a decade, he expanded the organization’s programs and helped forge ties between libraries, museums, and foundations. For more information, visit the White House website.

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RESHAPING SCHOLARLY COMMUNICATION

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8. ARL Releases Report on Publishing Support for Small Print-Based Publishers

ARL recently released the report “Publishing Support for Small Print-Based Publishers: Options for ARL Libraries [PDF].” The report summarizes a project funded by ARL to investigate how research libraries might provide support to print-only publishers in order to ensure long-term digital access to their content. The final report was prepared for ARL by project consultants, October Ivins and Judy Luther. For more information on the project, visit the ARL website. A free PDF of the report is also available to download.

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9. Cornell University Library Takes Stand on Nondisclosure Clauses

Cornell University Library announced that the library would no longer "enter into vendor contracts that require nondisclosure of pricing information or other information or other information that does not constitute a trade secret." This follows the position of ARL that its member libraries should not sign (or accept new or revised) agreements that include confidentiality or nondisclosure clauses. More information about the Library's position can be found on its website.

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10. AAUP Issues Report on Business Models for University Presses

Sustaining Scholarly Publishing: New Business Models for University Presses,” is a new report from the AAUP that gives a detailed snapshot of the approaches university presses are taking to address changes in scholarly communication. It examines new approaches to scholarly publishing being tested by presses and emphasizes the need for collaboration. The report is available on the AAUP website. An interactive version of the report encouraging comments is also available online.

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11. UC Berkeley Publishes Report on Peer Review

The Center for the Study for Higher Education at the University of California, Berkeley (CSHE), has published the report of its project on peer review and its role in academic tenure and review and in scholarly publishing. The report, “Peer Review in Academic Promotion and Publishing: Its Meaning, Locus, and Future” is authored by Diane Harley and Sophia Krzys Acord. The report includes (1) an overview of the state of peer review in the Academy at large, (2) a set of recommendations for moving forward, (3) a proposed research agenda to examine in depth the effects of academic status-seeking on the entire academic enterprise, (4) proceedings from the workshop on the four topics noted above, and (5) four substantial and broadly conceived background papers on the workshop topics, with associated literature reviews. The publication is available to download and view online.

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12. University Press Projects Merge

Two major university press e-book initiatives—Project MUSE Editions (PME) and the University Press e-book Consortium (UPeC)—have merged to form the University Press Content Consortium (UPCC). Planned for launch on January 1, 2012, the partnership is expected to include all e-books from an anticipated 60–70 university presses and non-profit scholarly presses, representing as many as 30,000 frontlist and backlist titles. For more information, see the press release on the Project MUSE website.

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13. Call for Stories: Third Anniversary of the NIH Public Access Policy

The Alliance for Taxpayer Access (ATA) is calling seeking personal stories relating to the NIH public access policy. April 7, 2011 will mark the 3rd Anniversary of the implementation of the policy opening up access to articles reporting on the results of NIH-funded research. The policy has shown tremendous signs of success. PubMed Central now contains more than 2 million full text articles reporting on the latest NIH-funded research, and nearly a half a million individuals access these articles each day. With this new wealth of information now available, we would like to hear about your experiences due to the opening up of access to information. Stories can be submitted to Heather Joseph heather@arl.org. For more information, visit the ATA website.

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14. SPARC Blog: Publishers Accommodate NIH-Funded Authors

On the new SPARC blog, Peter Suber discusses the question of whether publishers refuse to publish NIH-funded research on the grounds of the NIH public access policy. Read full post on the SPARC blog.

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15. March 2011 Issue of the SPARC Open Access Newsletter Now Online

In this issue, Peter Suber discusses recent watershed events affecting Open Access and looks at reader-submitted terms for author-side openness. The full issue is available online.

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16. SPARC and bepress Announce ACRL “Pre-Game” Event in March: Winning Strategies from the Institutional Repository All Stars

On March 30, leading up to the ACRL 2011 meeting in Philadelphia, SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) and Berkeley Electronic Press will host an “IR Tailgate,” a one-day session on the challenges and opportunities of implementing and sustaining an institutional repository. For more information, read the press release.

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17. Call for Entries: Fourth Annual Sparky Awards

The importance of the student stake in opening up access to scholarly research will be highlighted in Open Up!—the fourth installment of the annual Sparky Awards student video contest. Students are uniquely positioned to advance Open Access. Through their publishing, copyright, and policy choices, students—along with faculty and administrators—can make Open Access to institutional research outputs and wider access to the whole scholarly record a reality.

Open Up! calls on students to let the world know they support Open Access and to say why. This year, entries are invited to four categories: Animation, Speech, Remix, and People's Choice. For more information, read the press release.

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TRANSFORMING RESEARCH LIBRARIES

18. Guide on NSF Data Policy Updated

ARL’s popular publication, “Guide for Research Libraries: The NSF Data Sharing Policy" by Patricia Hswe and Ann Elisabeth Holt has been updated several times in recent weeks to incorporate new resources that are emerging to support the NSF Data Sharing Policy. Many of the linked items are broadly relevant to data sharing activities beyond the specific requirements of the NSF. The guide is freely available online.

In the latest issue of Research Library Issues, the authors of the guide discuss the “new, leading roles libraries can adopt in the provision of data services” in light of the NSF requirements.

To join the discussion, see ARL’s Google group for data management.

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19. ARL Releases Report on New Roles in Digital Curation and Preservation

ARL recently released the first report in the New Roles for New Times series, “Digital Curation and Preservation [PDF],” authored by Tyler Walters and Katherine Skinner. The report explores a “promising set of new roles that libraries are currently carving out in the digital arena,” describing emerging strategies for libraries and librarians and highlighting collaborative approaches through a series of case studies of key programs and projects. It also provides helpful definitions and offers recommendations for libraries considering how best to make or expand their investments in digital curation. To read the press release, visit the ARL website. Further information about the program, planned reports, and report authors is also available online.

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20. ARL to Host Digital Curation and Preservation Webcast

ARL will host a free webcast on April 7 from 1:00–2:00 p.m. EDT to explore ARL’s recent report on digital curation and preservation. Tyler Walters, co-author of the new report “Digital Curation and Preservation [PDF],” will moderate a panel of reactors who will explore and expand on key issues. Time will be available for audience questions. For more information and to register for the webcast, please visit the ARL website.

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21. TRLN Releases Intellectual Property Strategy for Digitizing Modern Special Collections

The Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN) has released a public strategy explaining and publicizing their three-part strategy for dealing with intellectual property (IP) rights in large special collections they will be digitizing. The document also addresses how complaints will be handled. The context provided for the strategy is the immanent digitization project for materials relating to the Civil Rights movement. A free PDF of the report is available to download.

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22. CNI Update

March 2011 E-News: San Diego
Photo © Gary J. Wood

A. Spring Membership Meeting

The Spring 2011 CNI Membership Meeting will be held April 4-5 in San Diego, CA. The Paul Evan Peters Award will be presented to UCLA professor Christine Borgman, who will give the talk “Information, Infrastructure, and the Internet: Reflections on Three Decades in Internet Time.” UCLA professor Todd Presner, founder and director of the collaborative, digital mapping platform HyperCities, will be the closing plenary speaker. Information about project briefing sessions to be presented at the meeting is available from the meeting site.

B. New CNI Conversations Podcasts Available

The latest podcasts from CNI feature extensive coverage of the upcoming Spring CNI Membership Meeting: Clifford Lynch and Joan Lippincott, CNI director and associate director, provide a preview of the CNI Spring 2011 Membership Meeting, including discussion of general meeting themes, and descriptions of selected project briefings. Clifford also talks about the session he will present on the e-book, which will include a look back at his 2001 article in the open access journal First Monday, “The Battle to Define the Future of the Book in the Digital World,” an analysis of how the issues have played out in the decade since the piece first appeared, and a consideration of where they are headed. The 2011 Personal Digital Archiving conference and recent announcements dealing with consortial arrangements and data management planning are also discussed, along with other issues.

CNI Conversations is available at (to subscribe to the audio feed add http://conversations.cni.org/feed to iTunes, or any podcatcher).

For the Latest from CNI

CNI-ANNOUNCE: cni-announce-subscribe@cni.org
CNI News: http://news.cni.org/
Follow CNI: http://twitter.com/cni_org

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DIVERSITY, PROFESSIONAL WORKFORCE, AND LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

23. LCDP Fellows Meet for Institute on Research Methodologies and Public Policy

The ARL Leadership and Career Development Program met March 15–20 in Washington, DC for a five-day leadership institute with curricula focused on public policy issues and research methodologies. The event included site visits hosted by the Georgetown University Libraries and the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). The institute is the first of two multi-day institutes that are part of the 18-month fellowship experience designed to prepare mid-career librarians from traditionally underrepresented racial and ethnic minority groups to take on leadership roles in research libraries. For more information about the LCDP, visit the ARL website.

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24. Purdue University Libraries to Host 2010–2011 Diversity Scholars

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IRDW Diversity Scholars Visit to Purdue University Libraries in 2009

The Purdue University Libraries will host a “Research Library Visit” from April 10–13 for Diversity Scholars from the ARL Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce (IRDW). This is the seventh consecutive year that the Purdue Libraries have hosted this group. The itinerary for the visit includes presentations on topics such as embedded librarianship, e-science and data curation, the promotion and tenure process in a research library, and many other topics aimed at providing an inside look at the operations and culture of a Midwestern research library. For additional information on this component of the IRDW, visit the ARL website.

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25. Call for Applications: ARL Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce

Applications are now being accepted for the ARL Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce (IRDW), a recruitment program aimed at encouraging those from traditionally underrepresented groups to consider careers in research libraries. The IRDW provides generous financial support, leadership development (delivered through the annual ARL Leadership Symposium), a mentor program, and other components intended to support minority students in master of library and information science programs. This initiative is funded by generous support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and ARL member libraries. Further details about the program, its benefits, and the application process can be found online.

The application deadline is June 1, 2011. The recruitment emphasis for the program is on students with academic backgrounds in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) subjects, but students across all academic disciplines are encouraged to apply.

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LIBRARY STATISTICS AND ASSESSMENT

26. ARL Annual Statistical Surveys Update

The status of the annual ARL statistical surveys is as follows:

  • ARL Annual Salary Survey 2010–11: Data are complete and currently being verified; please respond to the questions as soon as possible. Preliminary tables are forthcoming as soon as pending critical issues with the data are resolved.
  • ARL Statistics, Academic Health Sciences, Academic Law 2009–10: Data are currently being compiled and analyzed. The deadline has been extended to March 25. The mailing is available on the ARL website.
  • ARL Supplementary Statistics 2009–10: Data are currently being compiled and analyzed. The deadline has been extended to March 25. The mailing is available on the ARL website.
  • All data are readily accessible via the “Analytics” tab and “Data Repository” link at http://www.arlstatistics.org/ (login required; your library’s primary Statistics contact can approve your access to the system). The ARL Preservation Statistics is being discontinued. Future work in this area will focus on the development of a vision for 21st-century research library collections that addresses strategic directions for preservation activities.
  • ARL Statistics® Interactive Analytics is now available on a subscription basis to nonmembers. Read the press release on the ARL website.

For more information about the annual surveys, contact Martha Kyrillidou martha@arl.org.

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27. ARL to Hold Meeting on ARL Annual Surveys in the Digital Age

A meeting, "Regrounding the ARL Annual Surveys in the Digital Age: Revisiting Our Assumptions, Revising the Questions, and Incorporating Your Feedback," will take place at the U of Pennsylvania on March 30 from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. (the day prior to the ACRL Conference in Philadelphia). The meeting will be held in the Class of 1955 Conference Room on the second floor of the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center. Campus maps (note the Libraries tab) and VPDLC floor plans are available online. Registration is now open. This is part of the effort to collect grassroots feedback to inform the work of the Task Force Reviewing the Annual Surveys. The Task Force members are also interviewing ARL Directors to gather feedback and have almost finished all the interviews at this point. The Task Force will review the themes gathered from the discussions and the interviews and chart a direction at the upcoming May meeting in collaboration with all ARL member directors.

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28. Call for Participation: ARL Balanced Scorecard 2011-2012

A call for participation for a new cohort of libraries for a collaborative community based project has been distributed to the directors of ARL libraries. There is adequate interest to move forward with a group of five libraries but ARL would like to reach the desired goal of eight participating libraries. Libraries considering participation, please respond by the end of April to Martha Kyrillidou martha@arl.org. This effort is building upon the successful work with the Balanced Scorecard that Johns Hopkins, McMaster, and the U of Washington implemented in collaboration with ARL and the Ascendant Strategy Management, a consulting firm specializing in the application of the Balanced Scorecard framework in mission-driven organizations.

A recording of the ARL Balanced Scorebard Webinar, which provides perspectives from three of last year’s participating libraries, is now available on ARL’s YouTube Channel.

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29. ARL Service Quality Evaluation Academy Held in Toronto

Thirty individuals attended an intensive one-week workshop on qualitative and quantitative research methods, exploring the intricacies of quantitative analysis using SPSS and the details of qualitative text analysis using Atlas.ti. Colleen Cook (McGill University) also led the participants in an activity using nominal group technique to articulate a 2050 vision of the research library.

The group worked hard but also found time to enjoy the Yorkville district of Toronto including the Shoe Museum and restaurants. Some early arrivals to the Academy experienced the St. Patrick's Day parade on March 13. ARL will issue a call for nominations in early June 2011 for the next Academy.

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30. LibQUAL+(R) Update

A. Upcoming Events

The LibQUAL+® Team will be available during ACRL 2011 in Philadelphia for individual consultations at our Pennsylvania Convention Center booth (Booth #1037) at the following times:

  • Wednesday, March 30, 5:45–7:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 31, 9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
  • Friday, April 1, 9:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Past LibQUAL+® participants are invited to join the LibQUAL+® Team in greeting guests at the booth to share your survey experience and/or research. Please send an email to libqual@arl.org if you are interested in participating.

LibQUAL+® will host the 2011 Share Fair on June 27, 2011 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. in conjunction with the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA. This free, informal, science-fair style gathering features brief presentations/poster sessions by current and past LibQUAL+® survey participants highlighting examples of the quantitative and qualitative analysis they have performed using survey results. Entries are currently being accepted for presentations at the Share Fair. For more information, visit the LibQUAL+® website.

B. LibQUAL+® Training Sessions Recordings

Presentations and audio recordings from the recent LibQUAL+® Training Sessions in San Diego are now freely available online. Follow along with a full day of training without the hassle of flying!

C. Registration Open for 2011 Participation

Join over 100 institutions already registered to run a LibQUAL+® survey in 2011. With a new, improved website, the exciting customizing feature LibQUAL+® Lite, and a new fee structure that rewards periodic, structured participation with discounts, there has never been a better time to join this robust community with more than a million complete surveys of data! To register, visit the LibQUAL+® website.

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31. CRL Article Uses ARL Statistics to Explore the Impact of the Academic Library on Student Persistence

Using the annual ARL Statistics and IPEDS data on student persistence, Mark Emmons and Frances C. Wilkinson (University of New Mexico) answer affirmatively the question of whether the academic library impacts student persistence. The study, “The Academic Library Impact on Student Persistence,” “explores the relationship between traditional library input and output measures of staff, collections, use, and services with fall-to-fall retention and six-year graduation rates at Association of Research Libraries member libraries.” The authors found that “When controlling for race/ethnicity and socioeconomic status, a linear regression finds that a change in the ratio of library professional staff to students predicts a statistically significant positive relationship with both retention and graduation rates.” The study, published in the March 2011 issue of College and Research Libraries Journal, is freely available online.

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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST TO ARL DIRECTORS

32. Publications Recently Released by ARL

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Research Library Issues, no. 274
This issue features a reprisal of David Shulenburger’s October 2010 keynote address on the future of the US research university, and an article highlighting the roles libraries can play in data management planning. The issue is freely available online.

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33. ARL Transitions

UC Santa Barbara: Denise Stephens has been named University Librarian, effective July 1. Denise is currently the Strategic and Organizational Research Librarian at the University of Kansas. For more information, read the press release.

Yale: Susan Gibbons has been appointed as University Librarian at Yale, effective July 1. Susan is currently vice provost and the Andrew H. & Janet Dayton Neilly Dean of the River Campus Libraries at the University of Rochester. For more information, read the press release.

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34. Honors

Carol A. Mandel, Dean of the Division of Libraries at New York University and ARL President, will receive the Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award in June 2011 at the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services Award Program during the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans. Mandel is being honored for her leadership in shaping the future of academic libraries and as a “pioneer in developing user-centered service models for both the physical and the virtual library, based on assessment and research.”

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03/24/11

Charles B. Lowry
Executive Director
clowry@arl.org

Sarah Lippincott
Communications Program Associate
slippincott@arl.org

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