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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Governance and Membership Activities

1. ARL Board Convened July 27–28

2. ARL Membership to Convene October 14–15; Visit to LC National Audiovisual Conservation Center Set for October 13

3. Results of 2008-09 ARL Survey on Library Base Budgets Reported in Multiple Venues

Scholarly Communication

4. Public Access Policies, SPEC Kit 311, Published by ARL

5. ARL Publishes Report on Library Performance Measurement in the UK and Ireland

6. Case Studies in Sustainability Published by Ithaka

7. The American Chemical Society (ACS) Changes Print Format

8. National Humanities Alliance Publishes Report on Article Costs in Humanities Journals

9. SPARC Calls On Campuses To Coordinate Open-Access Policy Efforts

10. A Voice for Change from Within the Publishing Establishment: Mike Rossner Honored as Latest SPARC Innovator

11. Now online: Video and Slides from the SPARC-ACRL Forum in July

12. Directory of Open Access Journals Receives SPARC Europe Award for Outstanding Achievements in Scholarly Communications, 2009

Public Policies Affecting Research Libraries

13. ARL, ALA, and ACRL Advise the Department of Justice on Proposed Google Book Search Settlement

14. ARL, ALA and ACRL Submit Amicus Brief in Salinger v. Colting

15. LC Proposes Change in Deposit of Digital Works

16. Letter to USTR Ambassador Kirk on ACTA

17. New Associated Press Policy Impacts Fair Use

18. Recent Court Decision Favors Fair Use

19. Network Neutrality Legislation Introduced

20. Report on Data Integrity, Stewardship, and Accessibility Published by NAS

21. SHLB Coalition Files Broadband Comments Before the FCC

22. New Copyright Book: “Moral Panics and the Copyright Wars”

Transforming Library Roles in Research, Teaching, and Learning

23. Resources for Outreach to Scholarly Society Leaders Published by ARL

24. ARL & CNI to Host a Forum on Distinctive Collections in the Digital Age, October 15–16

25. Archive of Special Collections Web Conference Available

26. ARL to Host Webcast on the Preservation Function of Research Libraries

27. LC Launches Cloud-Based Preservation Project

28. Web Archiving Service Releases First 17 Archives

29. Innovative Spaces in ARL Libraries: Survey Results Published

30. UK Libraries Initiates Service Sharing Study

31. Pew Study of Internet Access with Mobile Devices

32. CNI Update

Diversity, Professional Workforce, and Leadership Development

33. Career Enhancement Program Call for Applications

34. Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce Call for Applications—Deadline August 31

35. ARL Diversity Programs Participants Receive Grants

36. ALA Awards 2009 Diversity Research Grants

Library Statistics and Assessment

37. ARL Statistical Surveys and Publications Update

38. Best Practices Highlighted at ClimateQUAL+® Project Participants Meeting

39. Participants Discuss Upcoming Library Assessment Conference at Forum

40. LibQUAL+® Virtual Share Fair Now Available

Other Items of Interest to ARL Directors

41. Cloud Computing and New Research Services: ARL’s Beth Secrist to Present at EDUCAUSE in Denver, November 4

42. Managing News Feeds from ARL

43. Transitions of Note

44. Memorial


GOVERNANCE AND MEMBERSHIP ACTIVITIES

1. ARL Board Convened July 27–28

The ARL Board convened at the end of July to consider ARL's financial strategy for 2010 and to conduct other business of the association. The Board decided to recommend holding 2010 dues at the same level as 2009 and to freeze the staff salary budget line. The Board also endorsed a working draft of an ARL Strategic Plan for 2010–12. ARL Member Representatives will be asked to comment on the working draft during the late summer and early fall, and to vote on the 2010 dues at the Business Meeting on October 15. During the meeting, the Board met with Tom Allen, recently named President of the Association of American Publishers, in order to build stronger understanding and ties between the two associations and look for more collaborative opportunities. The Board also met with Deanna Marcum, Associate Librarian of Congress, to discuss a proposed Copyright Office regulation "Acquisition of Electronic Works Through Mandatory Deposit."

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2. ARL Membership to Convene October 14–15; Visit to LC National Audiovisual Conservation Center Set for October 13

The next Membership Meeting will be held at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC in October 14–15. Program sessions will address:

  • New Models for Federal Depository Library Collections

  • Potential Library Roles in Supporting U.S. Government Agencies’ Public Access Initiatives

  • The Science, Technology, and Innovation Agenda of the Obama Administration, and

  • The opening program sessions of the ARL-CNI Forum on The Age of Discovery: Distinctive Collections in the Digital Age (see item 24, below).

In addition, at the front end of the Membership Meeting, a visit is planned to the new state-of-the-art Library of Congress National Audiovisual Conservation Center. The center is in Culpeper, Virginia, about seventy miles southwest of Washington. LC's Deanna Marcum has arranged for a special tour of this extraordinary facility for all ARL directors and other guests at the Membership Meeting who choose to arrive in time to participate. Advance sign-up and payment of a fee is required. For background on the Center, see http://www.loc.gov/avconservation/packard/features.html and http://www.loc.gov/loc/lcib/06078/navcc.html.

For more information on the Membership Meeting, contact Jaia Barrett jaia@arl.org.

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3. Results of 2008-09 ARL Survey on Library Base Budgets Reported in Multiple Venues

In spring 2009, ARL surveyed member library representatives about the impact of the current economic environment on library budgets. The survey focused on ARL library plans and actions for the library’s base budget that were implemented in FY 2008–09. The results were reported by ARL Executive Director Charles B. Lowry at meetings of the ARL Membership, the Society for Scholarly Publishing, the Association of American University Presses, and the SPARC Forum at ALA. Interest has been high, especially from the publishing market. Dr. Lowry's presentation at the SPARC Forum ("Rough Waters: Navigating Hard Times in the Scholarly Communication Marketplace") was videotaped and is now available on the SPARC Web site, along with slides reporting the data. See http://www.arl.org/sparc/meetings/ala09/. The survey will be repeated this fall to collect information about library budget plans for 2009–10.

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SCHOLARLY COMMUNICATION

4. Public Access Policies, SPEC Kit 311, Published by ARL

ARL has published Public Access Policies, SPEC Kit 311, which explores the role ARL member libraries are playing in supporting public access policies at their institutions. Respondents to this SPEC survey provided information on staffing, partnerships, and resources and services developed for public access policy (PAP) compliance support, and the challenges related to providing such support. The majority of the 70 responding libraries provide, or plan to provide, resources and services that help authors affiliated with their institution (and/or their support staff) to comply with public access policies. The SPEC Kit includes documentation from respondents in the form of PAP Web sites, compliance FAQs and flowcharts, handouts and slides from presentations to faculty and library staff, and sample letters to publishers. The table of contents and executive summary are available online at http://www.arl.org/bm~doc/spec-311-web.pdf.

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5. ARL Publishes Report on Library Performance Measurement in the UK and Ireland

"Library Performance Measurement in the UK and Ireland," published by ARL, describes the state-of-the-art methods of performance measurement from the Society of College, National, and University Libraries (SCONUL) member libraries in the UK and Ireland. This survey was a joint initiative between SCONUL and ARL and was based on an ARL SPEC survey published as SPEC Kit 303, "Library Assessment," in December 2007. The intention of this survey was to produce a similar publication focused on activities in UK and Irish academic institutions, and reflects a matching SCONUL desire to provide tools, techniques, and data for performance measurement and improvement through its Working Group on Performance Improvement. This publication includes the complete survey results and documentation from respondents in the form of performance standards, survey Web sites, performance reports, and job descriptions. See http://www.arl.org/news/pr/lpmpub.shtml. For a PDF of the report, visit http://www.arl.org/bm~doc/LibraryperformanceUKIreland.pdf.

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6. Case Studies in Sustainability Published by Ithaka

“Sustaining Digital Resources: An On-the-Ground View of Projects Today,” is a report from the Ithaka Case Studies in Sustainability project, a multi-year, international exploration of the strategies being used to support digital initiatives over the long term. Twelve detailed case studies present the steps project leaders have taken to achieve sustainability, with special attention paid to strategies for cost management and revenue generation. These studies include financial data, and explore the decision-making process that project leaders undertake when experimenting with different strategies to find the best fit for their organization. To view the project, please visit http://www.ithaka.org/ithaka-s-r/strategy/ithaka-case-studies-in-sustainability. A PDF of the report is available at http://www.ithaka.org/ithaka-s-r/strategy/ithaka-case-studies-in-sustainability/report/SCA_Ithaka_SustainingDigitalResources_Report.pdf.

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7. The American Chemical Society (ACS) Changes Print Format

The American Chemical Society (ACS) Publications Division is pursuing a series of product, platform, and pricing initiatives in 2009–2010. Key changes include an immediate shift from traditional size print to a novel "rotated and condensed" print format that will be used for most of the Society's publications. Three ACS titles—the flagship Journal of the American Chemical Society, Chemical Reviews, and Accounts of Chemical Research—will retain their traditional format. The weekly magazine Chemical & Engineering News will also remain in its traditional format. To view the press release, please visit http://pubs.acs.org/page/press-release/publication-changes.html.

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8. National Humanities Alliance Publishes Report on Article Costs in Humanities Journals

According to the report, "The Future of Scholarly Journals Publishing Among Social Science and Humanities Associations," conducted for the National Humanities Alliance, the costs to publish in one of the eight scholarly society journals studied are much higher than than the average cost for STM article publication. The study cited low acceptance rates and longer articles as two reasons for the relatively high cost of the prominent publications in major humanities and social sciences disciplines. The full report will be made available on the NHA web site (http://www.nhalliance.org/). To view the article written for the Chronicle of Higher Education, please visit http://chronicle.com/article/Humanities-Journals-Cost-Mu/47477/.

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9. SPARC Calls On Campuses To Coordinate Open-Access Policy Efforts

Last month, the University of Kansas became the first public university in the US to adopt a policy to ensure free and open access to the results of the institution’s research outputs. As a growing number of colleges and universities embark on the path toward an institutional open-access policy, SPARC invites libraries to take advantage of a new Web resource built to leverage experience gained in establishing such policies to date. See http://www.arl.org/sparc/media/09-0805.shtml.

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10. A Voice for Change from Within the Publishing Establishment: Mike Rossner Honored as Latest SPARC Innovator

For creating forward-thinking publishing policies to expand access and verify scientific research, SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) has named Mike Rossner, executive director of the Rockefeller University Press (RUP) in New York the latest SPARC innovator. See http://www.arl.org/sparc/media/09-0702.shtml.

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11. Now online: Video and Slides from the SPARC-ACRL Forum in July

Library and publishing innovators offered concrete data and strategies for “Rough waters: Navigating hard times in the scholarly communication marketplace,” at the SPARC-ACRL forum at ALA in Chicago, July 2009. See http://www.arl.org/sparc/meetings/ala09/.

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12. Directory of Open Access Journals Receives SPARC Europe Award for Outstanding Achievements in Scholarly Communications, 2009

In making the Award to the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) the judging panel noted their ground-breaking promotion of open access journals, their work on setting copyright, metadata, and preservation standards, and their development of a sustainable model of support. Since its launch in 2003 the DOAJ has become a vital part of the OA infrastructure. See https://mx2.arl.org/Lists/SPARC-OAForum/Message/5029.html.

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PUBLIC POLICIES AFFECTING RESEARCH LIBRARIES

13. ARL, ALA, and ACRL Advise the Department of Justice on Proposed Google Book Search Settlement

ARL, ACRL, and ALA sent a letter to William Cavanaugh, Deputy Assistant Attorney General of the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Antitrust Division requesting the Division advise the court presiding over the Google Book Settlement to supervise the implementation of the settlement closely, particularly the pricing of institutional subscriptions and the selection of Book Rights Registry board members. The letter also recommended that the Division actively monitor the parties’ compliance with the settlement’s provisions. In particular, the library groups urged the Division to ask the court to review pricing of institutional subscriptions whenever the Division concludes that the prices do not meet the economic objectives set forth in the settlement. In order to evaluate the price of an institutional subscription, the groups believe the Division should have access to all relevant pricing information from Google and the Registry. See http://www.arl.org/pp/ppcopyright/google/googledoj.shtml.

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14. ARL, ALA and ACRL Submit Amicus Brief in Salinger v. Colting

ARL, ALA, and ACRL joined the Organization for Transformative Works and the Right To Write Fund in filing an amici curiae brief asking the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit to reverse the Federal District Court judge’s ruling in Salinger v. Colting. In July, the District Court ruled in favor of author J.D. Salinger, who claimed that Fredrik Colting, the author of “60 Years Later: Coming Through the Rye,” infringed his copyright on “Catcher in the Rye.” The District Court’s preliminary injunction prohibits the publication and distribution of the book in the U.S., which the groups believe implicates free speech rights of authors, publishers, and the public protected by the First Amendment. In their “friend of the court” filing, the groups also assert that the judge applied too narrow an interpretation of the “fair use” doctrine, which permits new, transformative works into the marketplace. The brief was written by Anthony Falzone, Executive Director, Fair Use Project, Stanford Law School. A PDF of the brief is available at http://www.arl.org/bm~doc/salingeramicusbrief.pdf.

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15. LC Proposes Change in Deposit of Digital Works

The Library of Congress is requesting that the Copyright Office propose a change to its regulations concerning the mandatory deposit of electronic works that are published in the U.S. The goal is to change the current practice of not mandating deposit of electronic works to permit mandatory deposit electronic works beginning with serials that are only available digitally. The proposal would require regulatory changes and eventually, amendments to the Copyright Act. The Federal Register Notice is available at http://www.copyright.gov/fedreg/. Comments on the proposed change in regulation must be filed with the Copyright Office prior to August 31.

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16. Letter to USTR Ambassador Kirk on ACTA

ARL joined with others in the public and private sectors in writing a letter to the U.S. Trade Representative, Ambassador Ron Kirk, regarding concerns with the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Act (ACTA). The U.S., along with other countries, recently re-engaged in negotiations on ACTA. Signatories of the letter called for the Ambassador to delete the Internet-related provisions of ACTA given their complexity, called upon the USTR to make ACTA negotiation documents publicly available, and suggested that the USTR establish advisory committees to represent the interests of the Internet, civil society, and consumer constituencies. For a PDF of the letter, see http://copyrightalliance.org/files/acta_letter_to_ambassador_kirk_final.pdf.

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17. New Associated Press Policy Impacts Fair Use

In an attempt to establish new business models and practices for the news industry in the networked environment, over the next year, the Associated Press (AP) is rolling out a new licensing policy limiting the use and reuse of news articles. The policy is targeted at search engines, websites, and bloggers that link to and quote from news articles. The goal is to generate new revenue for the newspaper industry and to allow the industry to track how their content is being used. The AP intends to include a “wrapper” in each article, picture, and video that will permit the AP to track use of articles on the Web. This evolving policy has been highly criticized as contrary to the privileges available to users under fair use. As noted by Greg Beck of Public Citizen, “…the AP has no right to impose a tax on brief quotations from AP news stories for the purpose of referencing, discussing, or criticizing those stories and their authors. The right to quote a reasonable amount from a news story for purposes of commentary or criticism is guaranteed by the right of fair use in the Copyright Act, and by the First Amendment.” Finally, some in the newspaper industry have suggested the need to revise current law to provide intellectual property protection to facts.

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18. Recent Court Decision Favors Fair Use

In a favorable recent decision in the case, Warren Publishing Co. v. Spurlock, U.S. District Judge Michael Baylson found that the use of popular movie magazine covers in a new work was “transformative in nature,” thus a fair use. The publisher claimed that its copyrights were infringed by a book concerning the artwork of an artist whose paintings depicted Dracula, Frankenstein, the Mummy, the Creature from the Black Lagoon and more that appeared on its magazine covers. The book, Famous Monster Movie Art of Basil Gogos argued that including the magazine covers was fair use because the book focused on Gogos’ art and was a biography, not the original use of the artwork. The Judge noted in his opinion that, "the fact that the Gogos book is inherently biographical renders it so fundamentally transformative in nature, coupled with the fact that Spurlock utilized such a quantitatively and qualitatively minor portion of the magazines, requires this court to conclude that Spurlock's use is fair use.” For more information, please see: http://www.paed.uscourts.gov/documents/opinions/09D0945P.pdf and http://www.law.com/jsp/law/LawArticleFriendly.jsp?id=1202432899599.

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19. Network Neutrality Legislation Introduced

On July 31, Representatives Edward Markey (D-MA) and Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA) introduced H.R. 3458, the Internet Freedom Preservation Act. The bill seeks to establish a national broadband policy and ensure an open Internet for consumers and content providers alike. The bill would also require the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to examine whether carriers are blocking access to lawful content, applications, or services. Finally, the legislation calls for the FCC to conduct eight public broadband summits around the country within a year of the bill’s enactment. Markham Erickson, Executive Director of the Open Internet Coalition, of which ARL is a member, commented that “the bill is an important first step towards the goal of keeping the Internet open and free for speech and innovation.” See http://www.openinternetcoalition.com/.

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20. Report on Data Integrity, Stewardship, and Accessibility Published by NAS

The National Academies recently released, “Ensuring the Integrity, Accessibility, and Stewardship of Research Data in the Digital Age,” a report that examines the roles and responsibilities of research institutions, researchers, sponsors, publishers, and others in the creation, use, dissemination, and preservation of research data. The report notes that “researchers must take the lead in addressing new and pressing issues involving research data,” and focuses on three principles. These include:

Data Integrity: “Ensuring the integrity of research data is essential for advancing scientific, engineering, and medical knowledge and for maintaining public trust in the research enterprise.”

Data Access and Sharing: “Research data, methods, and other information integral to publicly reported results should be publicly accessible.”

Data Stewardship: "Research data should be retained to serve future users. Data that may have long-term value should be documented, referenced, and indexed so that others can find and use them accurately and appropriately.”

Richard Luce, Vice Provost and Director of University Libraries at Emory, was a member of the Committee producing the report. A free executive summary of the report is available at http://www.nap.edu/nap-cgi/report.cgi?record_id=12615&type=pdfxsum.

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21. SHLB Coalition Files Broadband Comments Before the FCC

The Schools, Health and Libraries Broadband Coalition (SHLB) filed comments on July 21, 2009 before the Federal Communications Commission regarding “A National Broadband Plan for Our Future.” The Coalition’s filing listed several steps that policy-makers could take to improve the quality of broadband delivered to anchor institutions such as libraries, schools, and health care providers. ARL recently joined the SHLB Coalition, whose mission is to improve the broadband capabilities of schools, libraries, and health care providers so that they can enhance the quality and availability of the essential services they provide to the public and serve underserved and unserved populations more effectively. For more information please see: http://www.arl.org/pp/telecom/shlbc/index.shtml.

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22. New Copyright Book: “Moral Panics and the Copyright Wars”

Bill Patry, a noted expert on copyright and intellectual property recently published, "Moral Panics and the Copyright Wars." The book discusses how the entertainment industry has created a "moral panic" about infringement that prevents reasoned discourse concerning copyright policy. Patry explains, "The argument of this book is that bad business models, failed economic ideologies, and the acceptance of inapposite metaphors have led to an unjustified expansion of our copyright laws." The book is available from Oxford University Press.

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TRANSFORMING LIBRARY ROLES IN RESEARCH, TEACHING, AND LEARNING

23. Resources for Outreach to Scholarly Society Leaders Published by ARL

To help promote successful campus outreach, ARL has released a new guide on outreach to scholarly society leaders to assist libraries in developing positive, supportive relationships with leaders, editors, and members of academic scholarly societies affiliated with their institutions.

In addition, ARL has compiled a list of resources useful to scholarly society leaders, editors, and members, and an archive of the August 6, 2009 Webcast “Reaching Out to Leaders of Scholarly Societies at Research Institutions” will be available later this month. To explore the full set of resources, please visit http://www.arl.org/sc/faculty/coi/index.shtml.

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24. ARL & CNI to Host Forum on Distinctive Collections in the Digital Age, October 15–16

Immediately following the ARL Membership Meeting, ARL and CNI are co-hosting a Forum on The Age of Discovery: Distinctive Collections in the Digital Age. The Forum builds on the work of the ARL Special Collections Working Group (see item 25, below). The overall goal is to focus attention on the opportunities available in the digital environment for leveraging the strengths of special collections, making them more widely accessible. The forum will have a registration that is open to all. In particular, directors of research and academic libraries, archives, and historical societies are encouraged to attend along with other staff members who have responsibilities that encompass special collections. Program sessions will address:

  • Why Are Special Collections Important? Exploring the Value Proposition

  • Collaborative Strategies to Build Cross-Institutional Collections

  • Special Collections as Laboratories for Researchers and Students

  • Integrating Special Collections into the Enterprise

  • What Changes with Digital Content?

Registration details will be available soon; for more information, contact Jaia Barrett jaia@arl.org.

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25. Archive of Special Collections Web Conference Available

The Webcast on Transformative Issues for Special Collections is now available as an archive. This Webcast, intended to interest research library staff and administrators with responsibility for managing and providing access to unique collections in all formats, reflects issues discussed in “Special Collections in ARL Libraries: A Discussion Report from the ARL Working Group on Special Collections”. To download the archive and the report, please visit http://www.arl.org/rtl/speccoll/SCwebcastjuly07.shtml.

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26. ARL to Host Webcast on the Preservation Function of Research Libraries

Registration is now open for the free Webcast “Preservation: Evolving Roles and Responsibilities of Research Libraries” on September 15, 2009, from 1:00—2:00 p.m., hosted by ARL.

The Webcast will offer a brief overview of the key findings in the recently released report by Emory's Lars Meyer, “Safeguarding Collections at the Dawn of the 21st Century: Describing Roles & Measuring Contemporary Preservation Activities in ARL Libraries,” and focus on how research libraries are working to ensure ongoing access to collections in all formats. For a PDF of the report, see http://www.arl.org/bm~doc/safeguarding-collections.pdf.

James Neal, Columbia, will offer his perspectives on community-level preservation challenges, and Deborah Jakubs, Duke, will discuss aligning preservation activities with institutional and inter-institutional concerns. Participants will have the opportunity to ask the panelists questions at the end of the session. Individuals and groups can register for the Webcast at http://www.visualwebcaster.com/event.asp?id=59604.

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27. LC Launches Cloud-Based Preservation Project

Working with Duraspace’s DuraCloud service, the Library of Congress National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP) has announced a pilot program to provide enduring access to digital materials from the New York Public Library’s digital image collections and the Biodiversity Heritage Library’s historical journal literature. DuraCloud will supply access and storage services for the demonstration project. See http://www.loc.gov/today/pr/2009/09-140.html.

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28. Web Archiving Service Releases First 17 Archives

The California Digital Library’s Web Archiving Service (WAS) now has an initial set of 17 Web archives publicly available. The WAS program allows librarians and scholars to capture and archive Web sites. A variety of institutions have used the system to create archives, including several University of California institutions, New York University, and Stanford. The archives are diverse, ranging from local governments in California through US labor unions and political sites in Africa and the Middle East, among many others. The digital collections are available at http://webarchives.cdlib.org.

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29. Innovative Spaces in ARL Libraries: Survey Results Published

Respondents to a survey conducted by ARL described their work to provide learning and research spaces for their constituents. The Innovative Spaces survey produced 98 instances of special or noteworthy projects being supported in ARL libraries. In a recently released series of reports prepared by Crit Stuart and Laura Iandoli, these instances are reported by 17 different subtopics. In addition, key-word searching can be applied to a PDF of the complete survey results. An article by Crit Stuart summarizing these initiatives is also available “Learning and Research Spaces in ARL Libraries: Snapshots of Installations and Experiments,” in Research Library Issues, no. 264 (June 2009): 7–18. The survey results and the article are available at http://www.arl.org/rtl/space/2008study/index.shtml.

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30. UK Libraries Initiate Service Sharing Study

Collaboration is a hot topic all over. As part of a new program on Shared Services, SCONUL recently surveyed UK academic libraries and has shared preliminary findings. The project’s blog (http://sconulss.blogspot.com/) reports on patterns of motivation and tangible benefits revealed in the survey. The survey found strong interest in “adopting digital solutions and electronic content to reduce physical holdings,” and developing shared services for licensing, shared software applications, and shared operations.

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31. Pew Study of Internet Access with Mobile Devices

A new Pew study of wireless Internet use provides a contemporary benchmark for the ongoing discussion of the “Net Generation.” Data on device ownership and usage is provided for different age groups and races, and trends are analyzed. Age, education, household income, and region are other breakdowns used. Laptops, mobile phones, e-book readers, and MP3 players are just some of the devices covered. Data on use and nonuse, frequency of daily use, and motivations are all detailed. See http://www.pewinternet.org/Reports/2009/12-Wireless-Internet-Use.aspx.

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32. CNI Update

Presentations from the CNI 2009 Spring Task Force Meeting are now available for streaming or downloading from http://vimeo.com/cni. Archived sessions include David Rosenthal's plenary presentation, "How Are We Ensuring the Longevity of Digital Documents?" and a project briefing by CNI Executive Director Clifford Lynch, "Revisiting Institutional Repositories."

Clifford will be a speaker at the invitational UC Berkeley conference The Google Books Settlement and the Future of Information Access on August 28, 2009.

Joan Lippincott, CNI Associate Executive Director, will present the session Information Commons 101: Principles and Good Practices on September 22, 2009 (2:00 p.m. Eastern; 1.5 hours) as part of the ACRL Live Webcast series. This presentation is for institutions that are in the planning phase of a library renovation or addition that includes a space that will serve as an information or learning commons; this Webcast will provide an overview of some of the key planning components to consider while developing a program for the facility. Registration (for a fee) is available at http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/events/elearning/courses/infocommons101.cfm.

Planning is underway for the Fall 2009 CNI Task Force Meeting, to be held December 14-15, 2009 in Washington, DC, during which Clifford Lynch will present the 2009-2010 Program Plan, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will announce its Awards for Technology Collaboration. Bernie Frischer from the University of Virginia will deliver the closing keynote address. Registration packets will be mailed to representatives in late August.

Registration opens September 3rd for the Fifth International Digital Curation Conference, “Moving to Multi-Scale Science: Managing Complexity and Diversity.” The conference will be jointly sponsored by CNI and the UK Digital Curation Centre, and it will be held December 2–4, 2009 in London, England. Details are available at http://www.dcc.ac.uk/events/dcc-2009/.

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DIVERSITY, PROFESSIONAL WORKFORCE, AND LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

33. Career Enhancement Program Call for Applications

ARL is now accepting applications for the ARL Career Enhancement Program. LIS graduate students from underrepresented groups, who have successfully completed a minimum of 12 credits hours (or will complete 12 hours by the scheduled internship) from an ALA accredited MLIS program, are encouraged to apply for this enriching program experience. Applications are being accepted until September 30, 2009, and should be submitted online. Information about the program, the application process, timelines, and host institutions can be found at http://www.arl.org/diversity/cep/index.shtml.

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34. Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce Call for Applications—Deadline August 31

ARL is accepting applications for the Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce (IRDW), a program designed to recruit LIS graduate students from traditionally underrepresented ethnic and racial backgrounds into careers in research libraries. The IRDW includes a stipend up to $10,000 over two years, leadership and career development training, and a formal mentorship program. This program is funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and ARL member libraries.

Applications are due August 31, 2009. For details about the application process and the program, see the complete Call for Applications http://www.arl.org/diversity/init/call.shtml.

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35. ARL Diversity Programs Participants Receive Grants

Three ARL Diversity Programs participants were selected to receive ALA Reach 21 grants to attend the 2009 Spectrum Scholar Leadership Program held July 8–10, 2009 in Chicago. The grants are funded by the Institute of Library and Museum Services (IMLS) and the ALA Office for Diversity. The recipients include:

  • Camille Chesley, 2008–2010 Diversity Scholar (attending UIUC)

  • Bethany McGowan, 2009 Career Enhancement Program (CEP) Fellow (attending the University of South Carolina)

  • Christina Thach, 2007–2009 Diversity Scholar (attending Indiana University)

Three other ARL program participants, and 2008 ALA Spectrum Scholarship recipients, were also in attendance: George Gottschalk, 2007–2009 Diversity Scholar attending the University of Oklahoma, Harriett Green, 2009–2010 Diversity Scholar attending UIUC, and Yani Yancey, 2009 CEP Fellow attending the University of Maryland. For more information about the Spectrum Scholar Leadership Institute, please visit http://wikis.ala.org/spectrum/index.php/Main_Page#Spectrum_Leadership_Institutes.

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36. ALA Awards 2009 Diversity Research Grants

The American Library Association’s Office for Diversity has announced the recipients of the Diversity Research Grants for 2009. This year’s grant recipients are:

  • Clayton Copeland, a doctoral candidate and teaching fellow at the University of South Carolina’s School of Library and Information Science, for a study entitled "Library and Information Center Accessibility: The Differently-abled Patron’s Perspective."

  • Diana Tedone and Zoe Jarocki a of UCLA’s Department of Information Studies for their research project, "Bringing the Library to the People: Addressing the Job Related Information Needs of Day Laborers."

  • Stephanie Maatta Smith, Assistant Professor at the University of South Florida’s School of Library and Information Science; Laurie J. Bonnici, Assistant Professor at the University of Alabama’s School of Library and Information Studies; and Muriel K. Wells, librarian at the University of Alabama in Huntsville for their project, "ICT Readiness Index: Measuring the Preparedness of Libraries to Serve Patrons With Disabilities in the Context of Economic Challenge."

The Diversity Research Grant offers a one-time $2,000 annual award for original research and a $500 travel grant to attend and present at the ALA Annual Conference. This year’s award recipients will present the results of their study at the 2010 ALA annual conference in Washington, D.C. For more information on the Diversity Research Grants, please visit the ALA Office for Diversity at http://www.ala.org/diversity.

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LIBRARY STATISTICS AND ASSESSMENT

37. ARL Statistical Surveys and Publications Update

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

ARL Annual Salary Survey 2008–09: Final tables are posted on the Web at http://www.arl.org/stats/annualsurveys/salary/sal0809.shtml. A PDF formatted version is in production.

ARL Statistics, ARL Academic Health Sciences Library Statistics, ARL Academic Law Library Statistics, ARL Supplementary Statistics, and ARL Preservation Statistics, 2007–08: Data collection is complete and PDF formatted publications are in production. Final tables are available for:

All ARL institutions have access to all data that have been submitted through our StatsQUAL password protected gateway at http://www.arlstatistics.org/. The ARL Investment Index is scheduled to appear in the Chronicle of Higher Education on August 28.

ARL Preservation Statistics 2006–07: Excel tables are available at http://www.arl.org/bm~doc/pres08.xls. A PDF formatted version is in production.

IMPORTANT: Upcoming change in the ARL Statistics 2008-09 survey will include a question regarding 'titles held' for those items previously reported as 'volumes held.' This is in line with the general guideline the committee has followed in the recent past emphasizing access to breadth and depth of intellectual content.

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38. Best Practices Highlighted at ClimateQUAL+® Project Participants Meeting

ClimateQUAL+® participating libraries engaged in an exchange of best practices and an in-depth examination of the principles of the learning organization and how these principles can be applied in conjunction with the ClimateQUAL® survey instrument. Another meeting is scheduled for January 15 in Boston. ARL invites institutions to participate in the 2010 ClimateQUAL™ survey. ClimateQUAL™: Organizational Climate and Diversity Assessment (OCDA) is an online survey that collects information about staff perceptions concerning (a) the organization’s commitment to the principles of diversity, (b) staff perceptions of organizational policies and procedures, and (c) staff attitudes. ClimateQUAL™ is currently seeking eight to ten US or Canadian institutions to participate in 2010. Please note that participants need to survey at least 50 part-time or full-time employees. For more information, see http://www.arl.org/news/pr/climatequal-25jun09.shtml. To express interest in participating in spring 2010, e-mail climatequal@arl.org.

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39. Participants Discuss Upcoming Library Assessment Conference at Forum

Held on July 10 in Chicago, the ARL Library Assessment Forum engaged participants in a planning discussion regarding the biennial Library Assessment Conference organized by ARL, the University of Virginia, and the University of Washington. An overview of the past conference held in Seattle was presented (slides are available at: http://libraryassessment.info/?p=369). Participants brainstormed themes, workshop topics, and keynotes, and engaged in planning the 2010 event to be held October 25–27 in Baltimore, MD. The planning committee welcomes input and engagement. The call for proposals will be issued in November 2009. Save the date for a most exciting library assessment conference! See for more information.

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40. LibQUAL+® Virtual Share Fair Now Available

The materials presented during the July 13 LibQUAL+® Share Fair are now available through a virtual Share Fair on the Web at http://www.libqual.org/Information/ShareFair/index.cfm, including presentations from Columbia, East Carolina University, McGill, Texas A&M, Towson, the Univeristy of Arkansas at Little Rock, the Univerisity of North Carolina at Greensboro, and the Univeristy of North Texas. Resources include examples of promotional and marketing materials and survey findings, as well as information on interpreting survey results and identifying trends and peer comparisons. We encourage all LibQUAL+® participants to share their results in future events and or during the Library Assessment Conference in Baltimore (see item 39, above).

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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST TO ARL DIRECTORS

41. Cloud Computing and New Research Services: ARL’s Beth Secrist to Present at EDUCAUSE in Denver, November 4

Beth Secrist, ARL Program Officer for IT Services, will present "Cloud Computing and New Research Services: A Case Study" at the EDUCAUSE 2009 Conference in Denver, November 4. Secrist will document her collaboration with ARL’s Karla Hahn and with Ithaka in support of the New Model Publications Study (http://www.arl.org/sc/models/model-pubs/pubstudy/index.shtml) using cloud services (form creation) to gather data for the field study; edit and share data amongst field-study participants and principal investigators; as well as repurpose data for Web publication with a searchable database (http://www.arl.org/sc/models/model-pubs/search-form.shtmlhttp://www.arl.org/sc/models/model-pubs/search-form.shtml). For details and conference schedule, please see http://net.educause.edu/ProgramOverview/1020918.&nbsp.

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42. Managing News Feeds from ARL

ARL distributes digital content through various channels. You can control the information you receive through E-mail news subscriptions from ARL and via RSS feeds from the ARL Web site. There is duplication across these channels of communication, but this can be adjusted to meet your need for currency and detail. See the ARL Web site for descriptions of the channels and a recommendation for those who want a minimum amount of email while still remaining up to date. See http://www.arl.org/news/feeds/index.shtml.

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43. Transitions of Note

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA): On July 28, President Obama nominated David S. Ferriero to be the 10th Archivist of the United States. He has been the Andrew W. Mellon Director and Chief Executive of the Research Libraries at the New York Public Library since 2004. Previously, he was the University Librarian and Vice Provost for Library Affairs at Duke. Prior to Duke, he had worked for 31 years in the Massachusetts Institute of Technologies libraries. Former Archivist Allen Weinstein, a historian, resigned in December.

National Endowment for the Humanities: On August 7 the Senate confirmed former Congressman Jim Leach as the ninth Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities. President Obama nominated Mr. Leach on June 3. Most recently he was Visiting Professor of Public and International Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton. While serving as a member of the House for the state of Iowa, he founded and co-chaired the Congressional Humanities Caucus.

National Endowment for the Arts: The Senate confirmed Rocco Landesman as the Chairman of the NEA.

National Institutes of Health: The Senate confirmed Francis Collins as Director of the NIH.

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44. Memorial

Richard Chapin 1925-2009

Dr. Richard Chapin, Director emeritus of the Michigan State University Libraries, passed away on July 30, 2009, at the age of 84. He served as the director of MSU libraries from 1959 to 1988, building the collections at Michigan State University from a modest 750,000 volumes to well over 3 million. Prior to MSU, he worked in the libraries at Florida State University, University of Illinois, and University of Oklahoma. He also served as Director of the MSU Press from 1985 to 1989. Dr. Chapin was an active member of the library community, serving as officer and board member of ARL as well as ALA, Michigan Library Consortium, the Ohio Library Consortium, and the Michigan Library Association.

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8/11/09

Charles B. Lowry
Executive Director
Association of Research Libraries
21 Dupont Circle
Washington DC 20036
v: (202) 296-2296
fax: (202) 872-0884
e-mail: clowry@arl.org


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