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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Governance and Membership Activities

1. ARL Membership to Convene in Houston

2. Financial Strategies Task Force Formed

Scholarly Communication

3. SCOAP3 FAQ Released by SPARC and ACRL

4. New SPARC Webcasts Online: U Michigan Open Access Week, U Nebraska Creative Strategies for Building IRs

5. Sparky Video Contest Goes Local, Adds People’s Choice Award

6. SPARC Hosts Oberlin Group Webcast on Harvard Policy

7. Open Access Directory Celebrates First Year Online

Public Policies Affecting Research Libraries

8. Google Book Search Settlement: ARL, ALA, ACRL File Comments

9. ARL and ALA Support GPO Project to Digitize Legacy Documents Collection

10. Strategic Directions for the FDLP: ARL Releases White Paper

11. ARL and ALA Submit Testimony on GPO FY 2010 Appropriations

12. Facilitating Access to Copyrighted Works for the Blind: ARL, ALA, ACRL File Comments

13. Expansion of Anti-Circumvention Exemption to DMCA Called for by ARL, ALA, ACRL

14. Alternative Models for Presidential Libraries: ARL et al. Respond to NARA Request for Information

15. Senators Lieberman and McCain Introduce Resolution to Make CRS Reports Publicly Available

16. Senator Specter Introduces Legislation to Limit Presidential Power

17. Chopra and Kundra Appointed US CTO and CIO

18. Obama Unveils FY 2010 Budget; Significant Increases for Science and Research, New NEH Grant Program

19. “Fair to Whom? New House Bill Challenges Public Access”

Transforming Library Roles in Research, Teaching, and Learning

20. Planning for New Library Roles: ARL Creates Resource Guide

21. Learning Spaces: Special Issue of EDUCAUSE Quarterly Released

22. Library of the Future: Oxford and Harvard Library Directors Discuss their Views

23. Next Generation of Digital Scholarship: CLIR Releases Report

24. EDUCAUSE Expands "Seven Things You Should Know" Series to General Campus IT

25. CNI Update

Diversity, Professional Workforce, and Leadership Development

26. National Diversity in Libraries Conference 2010: Call for Proposals by Oct. 2, 2009

27. ARL Selects Research Library Leadership Fellows for 2009–10

Library Statistics and Assessment

28. ARL Statistical Surveys and Publications Update

29. ARL Library Profiles Being Collected

30. Google Analytics Workshop to Be Held July 10, Chicago—Register by June 12

31. Library Assessment Conference 2008 Proceedings Now Available

32. LibQUAL+® Update

33. U Toronto Uses ARL and LibQUAL+® Data as Performance Indicators

34. NISO to Hold Forum on Performance Measures and Assessment for Libraries, June 1, Baltimore—Register by May 27

35. NCES Launches Online Tools to Improve Access to Higher-Ed Data

Other Items of Interest to ARL Directors

36. ARL Transitions

37. ARL Staff Transitions

38. Other Transitions

39. Grants

40. Honors


Downtown Houston, by telwink
Downtown Houston
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GOVERNANCE AND MEMBERSHIP ACTIVITIES

1. ARL Membership to Convene in Houston

The 154th ARL Membership Meeting will take place in Houston May 20–22. A program overview, schedule, and information about visiting Houston are available on the ARL Web site http://www.arl.org/events/currentmm/.

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2. Financial Strategies Task Force Formed

A Financial Strategies Review Task Force has been formed to review current policies guiding ARL’s financial strategies and to assess the extent to which the policies are adequate for achieving the directions in the soon-to-be-updated ARL strategic plan. The task force members are Brian Schottlaender (California, San Diego), Chair; Joyce Garnett (Western Ontario); Cliff Haka (Michigan State); Olivia Madison (Iowa State); and Carton Rogers (Pennsylvania). In addition, Brinley Franklin (Connecticut) and Charles Lowry (ARL) will serve as ex-officio members of the task force. For more information, contact Charles Lowry, clowry@arl.org.

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SCHOLARLY COMMUNICATION

3. SCOAP3 FAQ Released by SPARC and ACRL

Key details about the innovative proposal to change the dynamics of publishing in high-energy physics proposed by SCOAP3, the Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access in Particle Physics Publishing, are highlighted in a new FAQ from SPARC and ACRL. SCOAP3 depends on expressions of interest from the US library community before the experiment can move ahead. The proposal is currently supported by more than 100 US libraries, by the Canadian Research Knowledge Network, and by libraries, consortia, and funding agencies in 18 other countries. The FAQ aims to help US libraries evaluate their commitment to SCOAP3, and to clarify for all libraries details of the proposal and how the new model is intended to work. See http://www.arl.org/sparc/media/09-0428.shtml.

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4. New SPARC Webcasts Online: U Michigan Open Access Week, U Nebraska Creative Strategies for Building IRs

On April 30, a SPARC webcast featured Molly Kleinman from the University of Michigan Library, who discussed why the library decided a comprehensive program on open access was important; how the program team secured administrative support and funding; how they attracted faculty, students, and others to events across campus; what they learned and would do differently next time; and what “Copyright Jeopardy” is, exactly. Viewing the webcast is recommended for all who may celebrate Open Access Week in October.

An April 15 SPARC webcast featured Joan Giesecke and Paul Royster from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln speaking on value-added services and practices for content recruitment and document preparation, policies and implementation, staffing requirements, and software customization and design. They also discussed the central role of the library’s IR in an overall campus strategy for scholarly communication and publication.

View both webcasts via http://www.arl.org/sparc/publications/media-pubs/.

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5. Sparky Video Contest Goes Local, Adds People’s Choice Award

The organizers of the popular Sparky Awards, which recognize the best new short videos on the value of information sharing, are calling on colleges and universities to organize their own campus video competitions in 2009 to get maximum benefit from the third-annual installment of the contest. Well-suited for adoption as a class assignment, the Sparky Awards invite contestants to submit videos of two minutes or less that imaginatively portray the benefits of the open, legal exchange of information. In addition to the international Grand Prize and Runner-up winners selected by a distinguished jury, the organizers are adding a People’s Choice Award this year, which will give visitors to the Sparky Web site a chance to vote for their favorite entry in the international competition. For more information, see http://www.arl.org/sparc/media/09-0409.shtml.

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6. SPARC Hosts Oberlin Group Webcast on Harvard Policy

In February, SPARC hosted a webcast for Oberlin Group liberal arts colleges about Harvard University’s open access policy. A number of Oberlin Group colleges are in various stages of discussing faculty open access policies similar to those that have been adopted at Harvard, MIT, and the Stanford University School of Education, and the webcast served to reinforce these ongoing conversations by answering key questions from librarians and faculty members. Both Trinity University and Oberlin College are now in advanced stages of policy development. For more information, see http://www.arl.org/sparc/publications/articles/oberlin_webcast.shtml.

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7. Open Access Directory Celebrates First Year Online

As growing appreciation of open access to research drives demand for resources about what open access is and how it benefits faculty, students, and researchers worldwide, the popular Open Access Directory (OAD) marked its first anniversary April 30. The OAD, hosted by Simmons College, is a wiki where community contributors create and maintain simple, factual lists about open access to science and scholarship. Operated entirely by an international corps of volunteers, the OAD has quickly blossomed from six to forty lists and has served more than 250,000 unique users. The OAD’s lists include a “Timeline of the Open Access Movement,” based on the work of Peter Suber; a “Bibliography of Open Access,” based on the work of Charles W. Bailey Jr.; “Events Celebrating Open Access Day”; and “Conferences and Workshops Related to Open Access.” For more information about the OAD, see http://www.arl.org/sparc/media/09-0430.shtml.

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PUBLIC POLICIES AFFECTING RESEARCH LIBRARIES

8. Google Book Search Settlement: ARL, ALA, ACRL File Comments

On May 4, ARL, ALA, and ACRL filed comments with the US District Court for the Southern District of New York for the judge to consider in his ruling on the proposed Google Book Search Settlement. The associations asked the judge to exercise vigorous oversight of the interpretation and implementation of the settlement to ensure the broadest possible benefit from the services the settlement enables. The associations asserted that, although the settlement has the potential to provide public access to millions of books, many of the features of the settlement, including the absence of competition for the new services, could compromise fundamental library values, including equity of access to information, patron privacy, and intellectual freedom. The court can mitigate these possible negative effects by regulating the conduct of Google and the Book Rights Registry the settlement establishes. Although the court recently extended the filing deadline, the associations believe it is important to present the views of the community well in advance of the deadline. The brief, along with additional information about the settlement, is on the ARL Web site http://www.arl.org/pp/ppcopyright/google/. Additionally, on May 6, the Chicago Tribune featured an article about the library associations' comments, "Libraries Urge Oversight of Google Books," http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-google-libraries_06may06,0,1595080.story.

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9. ARL and ALA Support GPO Project to Digitize Legacy Documents Collection

In a May 4 letter to the Chair and Vice Chair of the Joint Committee on Printing, ARL and ALA wrote in strong support for a project that will digitize our nation’s historical public domain government works and make these broadly available to the American public. The US Government Printing Office (GPO) is seeking the approval of the Joint Committee on Printing to undertake a digitization project at no cost to the government and that will provide GPO with preservation and access copies of these important government information resources. The letter is on the ARL Web site http://www.arl.org/bm~doc/ltjcp-5-05-09.pdf.

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10. Strategic Directions for the FDLP: ARL Releases White Paper

ARL recently released “Strategic Directions for the FDLP,” a white paper that provides an environmental context for the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP), discusses the current opportunity to reframe the FDLP, presents selected regional cooperative initiatives that demonstrate new directions for the program, and suggests that reframing the FDLP presents a unique opportunity to explore cooperative print-management strategies. ARL notes that “the reframing of the FDLP presents the opportunity to create a new service model that will substantially increase and enhance access to and discovery of government information. The framework for the future will be based on access, discovery, management of the resources and tools, and delivery of these resources to users. Emerging social software, digital technologies, and broadband networks offer GPO, participating depository libraries, and other partners new ways to cooperate as they seek to build, sustain, and provide access to the digital collections of the future while preserving the print resources of historic importance.” The white paper is on the ARL Web site http://www.arl.org/bm~doc/arlwpfdlptrans.pdf.

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11. ARL and ALA Submit Testimony on GPO FY 2010 Appropriations

ARL and ALA filed a statement in support of FY 2010 appropriations for the Government Printing Office (GPO) with a particular focus on the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) and GPO technological initiatives. The associations “commend GPO for investing in technologies and systems to support enhanced access to electronic government information.… [S]everal important information technology projects…are designed to expand and improve public access to government information…[and] reduce internal GPO costs as well as improve efficiency of service to participating FDLs.” The ARL-ALA statement is on the ARL Web site http://www.arl.org/bm~doc/gpo-approps-24apr09.pdf.

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12. Facilitating Access to Copyrighted Works for the Blind: ARL, ALA, ACRL File Comments

On April 28, ARL, ALA, and ACRL filed comments on the US Copyright Office Notice of Inquiry concerning facilitating access to copyrighted works for the blind or persons with other disabilities. The associations noted that “the blind or persons with other disabilities should be afforded the same access to materials as sighted persons. While current copyright law goes a long way in meeting the information needs of the visually impaired, ARL, ACRL, and ALA also believe that more can be done to improve and expand access for the blind and persons with other disabilities.” The filing is on the ARL Web site http://www.arl.org/bm~doc/cofilingblindfinal.pdf.

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13. Expansion of Anti-Circumvention Exemption to DMCA Called for by ARL, ALA, ACRL

During a five-hour hearing on May 6, attorney Jonathan Band, representing ARL, ALA, and ACRL, testified in support of expanding a current exemption to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) Section 1201. Every three years, the US Copyright Office conducts a rulemaking to consider possible exemptions for libraries, educational institutions, and users to legitimately circumvent technological protection measures when trying to access a copyrighted work. Band called for the exemption to be broadened by applying it to audiovisual works included in any college or university library, not just the library of the media studies department. He also requested that the exemption apply to classroom uses by instructors in all subjects, not just media studies or film professors. At the same hearing, a witness representing the Special Libraries Association, the Medical Library Association, and the American Association of Law Libraries called for the exemption to be broadened but only to faculty of law and the health sciences. To read Band's testimony, visit http://www.arl.org/bm~doc/dmca-1201-testimony-6may09.pdf. For more information about the DMCA, see http://www.arl.org/pp/ppcopyright/copystatutes/dmca.shtml.

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14. Alternative Models for Presidential Libraries: ARL et al. Respond to NARA Request for Information

ARL, with 15 other not-for-profit organizations, filed comments with the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) on developing alternative models for presidential libraries. NARA requested public comment on alternatives that “may involve changing how records are processed and made available.” The joint letter notes that it is critically important that “NARA take full account of the effect any alternative model may have on the public’s ability to gain access to important historical documents and on NARA’s obligation to provide the public with timely access to important historical documents.” The letter is on the ARL Web site http://www.arl.org/bm~doc/nara-rfi-preslibraries-final.pdf.

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15. Senators Lieberman and McCain Introduce Resolution to Make CRS Reports Publicly Available

Senator Joe Lieberman (Chair, Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and ID-CT) and Senator John McCain (R-AZ) introduced S. Res. 118, which would provide for online, public access to Congressional Research Service (CRS) publications. Currently, CRS reports that are undertaken for individual members of Congress are only accessible electronically to members of Congress and their staff. There are numerous sites on the Internet that have harvested some of the CRS reports. S. Res. 118 would establish a centralized electronic system that would permit public access to CRS publications in addition to the creation of an index of CRS resources. For more information, contact Prue Adler, prue@arl.org.

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16. Senator Specter Introduces Legislation to Limit Presidential Power

Senator Arlen Specter (D-PA) introduced the Presidential Signing Statement Act of 2009 (S. 875), which would prohibit a state or federal court from “relying on or deferring to a presidential signing statement as a source of authority when determining the meaning of any Act of Congress.” In commenting on the use of presidential signing statements--which are issued when the President signs a bill into law--Specter noted, “the use of signing statements has risen dramatically in recent years. President Clinton issued 105 signing statements; President Bush issued 161. What is more alarming than the sheer numbers, is that President Bush's signing statements often raised constitutional concerns and other objections to several provisions of a law. The President used those statements in a way that threatened to render the legislative process a virtual nullity, making it completely unpredictable how certain laws will be enforced.” Specter concluded, “it is even more outrageous that Congress has done nothing to protect its constitutional powers.” For more information, contact Prue Adler, prue@arl.org.

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17. Chopra and Kundra Appointed US CTO and CIO

President Obama has appointed Aneesh Chopra, currently Virginia’s Secretary of Technology, to a newly established post, Chief Technology Officer. The focus of the CTO position is promotion of technological innovation across a wide range of priority issues such as reducing the cost of health care, improving cybersecurity, and more. Obama also appointed Vivek Kundra, Washington DC’s former CTO, as Chief Information Officer. The CIO position is focused on technology acquisition by the government and how agencies employ information technologies. For more information, contact Prue Adler, prue@arl.org.

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18. Obama Unveils FY 2010 Budget; Significant Increases for Science and Research, New NEH Grant Program

President Obama has released the FY 2010 budget that calls for $3.4 trillion in spending by the federal government. In a speech before the National Academy of Sciences, the President committed to increasing spending on science and research to unprecedented levels--to exceed three percent of the GDP. Reflecting this commitment, the President’s budget proposes a $30.9 billion budget for the National Institutes of Health and $7 billion for the National Science Foundation (in addition to $3 billion in economic stimulus funding).

The FY 2010 budget also provides an increase to the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) for a total of $171.315 million. This constitutes an increase of $16.3 million from FY 2009 funding. The budget includes $16.250 million for the Division of Preservation and Access, an increase of $250,000 from FY 2009. In addition, NEH will establish a new grant program, “Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections.” This program will permit “institutions to plan or implement preventative conservation measures that prolong the useful life of humanities collections. NEH also will reintroduce preservation research and development grants for projects that address major challenges in preserving and maintaining access to humanities collections and resources.”

President Obama requested $265.556 million for FY 2010 for the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The request represents an increase of $1.453 million over FY 2009. Of this amount, $213.240 million will support library programs, 80 percent of which is channeled via the Grants to States Program. The remaining 20 percent is devoted to National Leadership Grants, Native American and Native Hawaiian Library Services Grants, and the Laura Bush 21st-Century Librarian grants.

The FY 2010 budget for the Library of Congress is $658.409 million, an increase of $51.6 million over FY 2009. An increase of $3.6 million is proposed for the National Library of Medicine, bringing its budget to $334.347 million. A budget of $22 million is proposed for the National Agricultural Library. The proposed FY 2010 budget for the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is $466.9 million, an increase of $7.6 million over FY 2009; NARA will receive $10 million for the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, an increase of $1 million over FY 2009.

For more information, contact Prue Adler, prue@arl.org.

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19. “Fair to Whom? New House Bill Challenges Public Access”

SPARC Executive Director Heather Joseph provides a succinct overview of the Fair Copyright in Research Works Act, H.R. 801, in the April issue of C&RL News. She urges the library community to pay close attention to this bill because it “carves out a subclass of copyrighted works—specifically, those works that are the result of taxpayer funding—and makes it illegal for the government to require that these works be made freely available to taxpayers as a condition of the federal support researchers receive.” The article is freely available online http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/publications/crlnews/2009/apr/fairtowhom.cfm.

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TRANSFORMING LIBRARY ROLES IN RESEARCH, TEACHING, AND LEARNING

20. Planning for New Library Roles: ARL Creates Resource Guide

ARL’s Research, Teaching, and Learning program has compiled a selection of resources for libraries engaged in planning for new roles. The guide provides a convenient, annotated collection of recent documents from various organizations that analyze trends and developments relevant for library leaders focused on preparing for the future. The guide is available on the ARL Web site http://www.arl.org/rtl/plan/.

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21. Learning Spaces: Special Issue of EDUCAUSE Quarterly Released

The inaugural online-only issue of EDUCAUSE Quarterly is a special issue on learning spaces. The issue includes a variety of articles of potential relevance to library space planners, who may wish to especially note “Creating Learning Spaces through Collaboration: How One Library Refined Its Approach” by Robert Fox and Crit Stuart. Embedded video and slideshow elements are particularly effective in demonstrating key strategies and decisions. The article is available on the EDUCAUSE Web site http://www.educause.edu/EQ/EDUCAUSEQuarterlyMagazineVolum/CreatingLearningSpacesThroughC/163850.

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22. Library of the Future: Oxford and Harvard Library Directors Discuss their Views

Sarah Thomas, Bodley’s Librarian and Director of Oxford University Library Services, and Robert Darnton, Professor and Director of the Harvard University Library, recently discussed their views on the library of the future in an interview distributed by JISC. The podcast is part of the capstone event of JISC’s recent campaign on libraries of the future. The campaign closed April 2 with a public debate on “What is the library of the future?” The debate is online at http://www.jisc.ac.uk/whatwedo/campaigns/librariesofthefuture/debate.aspx. The 12-minute Thomas-Darnton podcast can be heard at http://www.jisc.ac.uk/news/stories/2009/04/podcast77sarahthomasrobertdarnton.aspx.

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CLIR report: Working Together or Apart
© 2009 CLIR

23. Next Generation of Digital Scholarship: CLIR Releases Report

Based on a recent workshop examining key questions around the development of digital research in the humanities, the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) has published Working Together or Apart: Promoting the Next Generation of Digital Scholarship. Combining seven essays from scholars engaged with digital research and an introductory essay by the organizer, the report offers a collection of perspectives on such issues as research agendas for a digital age, knowledge representation, tool development, automated language processing, and social attention on the Web. The report is available on the CLIR Web site http://www.clir.org/pubs/abstract/pub145abst.html.

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24. EDUCAUSE Expands ”Seven Things You Should Know” Series to General Campus IT

EDUCAUSE has expanded its popular Learning Initiatives series, “Seven Things You Should Know,” to cover a broader range of IT developments. Each addition to the series is a two-page PDF that describes an emerging technology or application, providing a scenario for its use and highlighting seven questions of interest to potential users and service providers. The new series is available on the EDUCAUSE Web site http://www.educause.edu/Resources/Browse/EDUCAUSE7ThingsYouShouldKnow/34728.

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25. CNI Update

Presentation materials and handouts from the Spring 2009 CNI Task Force Meeting held in Minneapolis April 6–7 are now available on the meeting Web site http://www.cni.org/tfms/2009a.spring/. Attendees enjoyed 34 breakout sessions on a broad range of topics, including scholarly recommender services, institutional repositories, and collaborative filtering by ARTstor. An opening plenary address on digital preservation strategies was delivered by David Rosenthal of Stanford University; an extended version of the presentation and pointers to the slides are available at http://blog.dshr.org/2009/04/spring-cni-plenary-remix.html. During the closing session, Patricia Cruse of the University of California and Sayeed Choudhury of Johns Hopkins University gave the first major public presentations of the initial National Science Foundation DataNet program grant recipients: DataONE and the Data Conservancy.

The article "Opening Up Learning: From Spaces to Environments" by the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) Advisory Board, will appear in the May-June 2009 issue of EDUCAUSE Review. CNI Executive Director Clifford Lynch is a member of the ELI Advisory Board.

CNI Associate Executive Director Joan Lippincott wrote the chapter "Information Commons: Surveying the Landscape" in A Field Guide to the Information Commons, edited by Charles Forrest and Martin Halbert (Lanham MD: Scarecrow Press, 2009).

Clifford Lynch delivered the closing keynote address, "Challenges and Opportunities for Digital Stewardship in the Era of Hope and Crisis," at Archiving 2009 in Arlington, Virginia, May 7.

Joan Lippincott will present the keynote, "Today's College Students: Learning, Libraries, and Lessons to Contemplate," at the annual Penn State Libraries Public Services Retreat in State College, Pennsylvania, May 14.

CNI will co-sponsor the 2009 International Digital Curation Conference, to be held in London December 2–4, and Clifford Lynch will serve as conference co-chair. For details, see http://www.dcc.ac.uk/events/dcc-2009/.

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DIVERSITY, PROFESSIONAL WORKFORCE, AND LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

26. National Diversity in Libraries Conference 2010: Call for Proposals by Oct. 2, 2009

The 2010 National Diversity in Libraries Conference (NDLC), "From Groundwork to Action," will take place July 14–16, 2010, in Princeton, New Jersey. The NDLC is a biennial event that serves as a regional meeting for library staff members to discuss diversity issues, especially issues common to the host region's culture. ARL is co-sponsoring the 2010 conference along with Columbia University Libraries, Ocean County (NJ) Library, Princeton Public Library, Princeton University Library, and Rutgers University Libraries. The 2010 NDLC Planning Committee invites proposals for presentations at the conference. Please consult the conference wiki for submission guidelines and further information on the event https://qed.princeton.edu/main/NDLC2010/Call_for_Proposals.

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27. ARL Selects Research Library Leadership Fellows for 2009–10

ARL has selected 21 individuals to participate in the 2009–10 ARL Research Library Leadership Fellows (RLLF) Program, an executive leadership program that meets the increasing demands for succession planning for research libraries with a new approach to preparing the next generation of deans and directors. This third offering of the RLLF Program is being designed and sponsored by seven ARL member libraries: Brigham Young, Florida, Georgia Tech, Houston, Michigan, Utah, and Western Ontario. The program begins with an orientation session May 18–19 in Houston, Texas, prior to the ARL Membership Meeting. The 2009–10 fellows will subsequently attend the Membership Meeting. The roster of 2009–10 fellows and additional information about the program are available on the ARL Web site http://www.arl.org/leadership/rllf/.

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LIBRARY STATISTICS AND ASSESSMENT

28. ARL Statistical Surveys and Publications Update

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

  • ARL Annual Salary Survey 2008–2009: Final tables are posted on the Web at http://www.arl.org/stats/annualsurveys/salary/sal0809.shtml; print publication is in production.

  • ARL Statistics, ARL Academic Health Sciences Library Statistics, ARL Academic Law Library Statistics, ARL Supplementary Statistics, and ARL Preservation Statistics, 2007–2008: Data collection is complete, verification is underway. A number of institutions are reporting large numbers of “Volumes Added Gross” due to large one-time additions (government document electronic collections, HathiTrust volumes, etc). Please note that in those cases ARL instructs institutions to adjust the base volume count from the previous year so that the numbers across ARL libraries can be comparable. Please promptly respond to data inquiries from ARL Statistics staff. All ARL institutions have ready access to the data that have been submitted through the interface powered by StatsQUAL® http://www.statsqual.org/.

  • ARL Preservation Statistics 2006–2007: Publication is in final production stages.

A meeting of ARL survey coordinators and SPEC liaisons will be held in Chicago, Friday, July 10, 3:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m. Meeting participants will take a close look at the ARL Statistics data-entry interface and its capabilities and how ARL Statistics data-collection activity will relate to potential LibQUAL+® data-collection activities. For more information on the ARL Survey Coordinators and SPEC Liaisons Meetings, see http://www.arl.org/stats/annualsurveys/surveycoord/survcoordmtg.shtml.

For additional information on the annual statistical surveys, contact Martha Kyrillidou, martha@arl.org.

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29. ARL Library Profiles Being Collected

For a decade the Association of Research Libraries has promoted innovative methods of describing and evaluating the value of research libraries through its New Measures Initiative. However, when ARL directors were interviewed in 2005 and asked to describe a research library in the 21st century, there was general sentiment that we need greater flexibility in describing the research library today in qualitative terms. Textual narrative descriptions of collections, services, collaborative relations, and other programs, as well as physical spaces were deemed necessary if the essence of a research library today is to be described and evaluated. A series of pilot activities led to a general call to the membership to provide profile descriptions of their libraries in 2009. The profiles stand alone as descriptive information and are currently being collected with a goal of having all ARL library profiles by the end of the summer. About a third of the member libraries have provided profile descriptions to date. The Statistics and Assessment Committee will use the profiles to identify similarities and differences among libraries and to identify elements that will be measured for the purposes of an alternative to the expenditure-focused Library Investment Index. For more information, contact Martha Kyrillidou, martha@arl.org.

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30. Google Analytics Workshop to Be Held July 10, Chicago—Register by June 12

The ARL Statistics and Measurement Program has added another offering to its slate of events at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago this July: a full-day workshop of Google Analytics training, to be held in partnership with LunaMetrics, a Google Analytics Authorized Consultant. Google Analytics is a tool that can help you learn where your Web site visitors are coming from and how they interact with your Web pages. Use this knowledge to improve your site and overall user experience. Register by June 12. For more information on this workshop, visit http://www.arl.org/news/pr/google-analytics-6may09.shtml. To see the complete listing of ARL events at the ALA Annual Conference, visit http://www.arl.org/events/arlala/.

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31. Library Assessment Conference 2008 Proceedings Now Available

The proceedings of the 2008 Library Assessment Conference, “Building Effective, Sustainable, Practical Assessment,” held August 4–7 in Seattle, are now freely available on the Web and for purchase in print or on CD-ROM. This second Library Assessment Conference—following the successful 2006 conference in Charlottesville, Virginia—brought together over 375 participants from libraries, information schools, associations, library systems, and vendors for four days of assessment presentations, poster sessions, discussions, and workshops. The proceedings contain more than 60 papers spanning assessment activities in libraries, information literacy, library as place, organizational culture, management information, using assessment data for change, assessment methods, reference evaluation, LibQUAL+®, statistical data, program impact/evaluation, usability, e-metrics, and more. To view the online proceedings, visit http://libraryassessment.org/archive/2008.shtml. To order the proceedings in print or on CD-ROM, see http://www.arl.org/news/pr/lac-15apr09.shtml.

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32. LibQUAL+® Update

LibQUAL+® Share Fair, July 13, Chicago—Submit Entries by June 19

The LibQUAL+® team invites entries in the 2009 Share Fair to be held Monday, July 13, 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. in conjunction with the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, Illinois. Join the Share Fair by organizing a poster session, display, or materials related to marketing, administration, and use of LibQUAL+®. Stories about what your library did after administering the survey are encouraged. The Share Fair is a venue for learning and sharing practices. If you are interested in sharing information with colleagues from the LibQUAL+® community, describe your entry on the Participant Information Sheet available online at http://www.libqual.org/documents/admin/sharefair09form.doc. Please return your completed Information Sheet via e-mail to libqual@arl.org no later than June 19.

LibQUAL+® Presentation at Northumbria International Conference, August 17, Florence, Italy--Register by July 17

LibQUAL+® participants and other interested parties are invited to attend “Service Quality Measurement in Libraries: A LibQUAL+® Exchange,” to be held in conjunction with the Northumbria International Conference on Performance Measurement in Libraries and Information Services, August 17 in Florence, Italy. This event will feature speakers from LibQUAL+®-participating libraries, who will share their experiences with the survey and discuss how they have used the results. There will also be a discussion of the LibQUAL+® Lite protocol and recent international initiatives. The LibQUAL+® event is open to the public and is free of charge. Advance registration is required. For more information and to register, see http://www.libqual.org/Events/northumbria.cfm.

Special Issue of Performance Measurement and Metrics: LibQUAL+® and Beyond

The last 2008 issue of Performance Measurement and Metrics—“LibQUAL+® and Beyond: Library Assessment with a Focus on Library Improvement”--is a compilation of articles guest edited by Martha Kyrillidou that demonstrate how LibQUAL+® can be used for strategic planning and priority setting. The issue features articles by E. Stewart Saunders, Jocelyn S. Duffy et al., Eric Ackermann, Bruce Thompson et al., Sayeed Choudhury et al., and Steve Hiller et al. The issue is on the Emerald Web site (login required) http://tinyurl.com/qsss2g.

LibQUAL+® Survey Update

There are only three weeks left in Session I of the 2009 survey. To participate in Session II, please register by August 31.

Session I survey results are available online at http://www.libqual.org/Manage/Results/. Here, you have access to user comments, results notebooks, group notebooks (coming soon), raw data files, and norms (2001–2005). SPSS data files will be distributed two to three months after the close of the session.

Want to drill down into your results? The LibQUAL+® Analytics allows you to analyze results at an institutional level and across survey years. The tool contains data from 2004 to the present and can be manipulated to create downloadable, dynamic charts and tables to be used in reports, presentations, and other methods for communicating results to stakeholders. The LibQUAL+® Analytics is available online at http://www.libqual.org/Interactive/.

During the next couple of months the LibQUAL+® team plans to contact you to gain a better understanding of how the LibQUAL+® service can better provide you with evidence that supports your library improvements.

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33. U Toronto Uses ARL and LibQUAL+® Data as Performance Indicators

The University of Toronto has incorporated the ARL Library Investment Index and LibQUAL+® data into its annual “Performance Indicators for Governance,” which measure progress toward the university’s long-term goals in a range of teaching and research areas. The university uses the ARL and LibQUAL+® data to compare its library resources and services with those of peer institutions. The data are also used to identify quality of user experience across the three LibQUAL+® dimensions. The full report is on the Web http://www.provost.utoronto.ca/public/reports/performanceindicators/pi-2008/advancement-long-term-institutional-resources/library-it-resources.html.

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34. NISO to Hold Forum on Performance Measures and Assessment for Libraries, June 1, Baltimore—Register by May 27

The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) is offering a forum on “Performance Measures and Assessment: Critical Tools During Challenging Times,” June 1 in Baltimore, Maryland. This one-day, in-person seminar will focus on quantitative measures by which libraries can measure their performance and compare it with others. Usage versus cost measurement, the impact of changing delivery methods, and end-user outcome satisfaction will be explored. The registration deadline is May 27. For more information and to register, visit http://www.niso.org/news/events/2009/assess09.

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35. NCES Launches Online Tools to Improve Access to Higher-Ed Data

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) has created two new online data tools— QuickStats and an IPEDS (Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System) Data Center—that make postsecondary education data sets easily accessible to the public.

NCES Datalab

QuickStats provides access to several different data sets, including Baccalaureate and Beyond, the Beginning Postsecondary Students Longitudinal Study, the National Postsecondary Student Aid Study, and the National Survey of Postsecondary Faculty. QuickStats users can create tables with a drag-and-drop process. Once tables are produced, users can choose to view their results as bar graphs, download the data into Microsoft Excel, create printer layouts, or save the results by generating a unique table ID for quick retrieval. QuickStats is online at http://nces.ed.gov/datalab/.

The new IPEDS Data Center is a "one-stop shop" that replaces the Peer Analysis System (PAS) and Dataset Cutting Tool (DCT) while maintaining all of the functionality of those tools. The IPEDS Data Center also has new features to improve the user experience and serves as an entry point to the Executive Peer Tool (ExPT) and IPEDS Data Analysis System (DAS). For more information and to access the Data Center, see http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/news_room/ana_4_6_2009.asp.

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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST TO ARL DIRECTORS

36. ARL Transitions

Albany, SUNY: Frank D'Andraia is stepping aside as Dean and Director of Libraries and beginning a transition from practitioner to professor. He will teach in the College of Computing and Information at Albany starting in the fall. Mary Casserly is Acting Dean and Director of Libraries. She was previously Assistant Director for Collections.

Library and Archives Canada: Daniel J. Caron was named Librarian and Archivist of Canada, effective April 25. He was previously Senior Assistant Deputy Minister, Corporate Management and Horizontal Integration Sector, Library and Archives Canada. Ian E. Wilson, the former Librarian and Archivist of Canada has retired and now holds the title of Librarian and Archivist of Canada Emeritus as President of the International Council on Archives.

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37. ARL Staff Transitions

MaShana Davis announced plans to resign as Technical Communications Liaison, Statistics and Measurement, effective at the end of the summer. She has been named a National Library of Medicine Associate Fellow for 2009–10, effective August 31.

David Green has been appointed Library Relations Coordinator, Statistics and Measurement, effective May 11. He is a recent MSLS graduate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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38. Other Transitions

Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU): NASULGC (National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges) changed its name to the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, effective March 30.

Digital Library Federation (DLF): The board of the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) voted to merge DLF into CLIR as a program of the council, effective July 1. DLF Executive Director Peter Brantley accepted a position as a Director with the Internet Archive; CLIR announced plans to hire a program officer to lead the DLF.

Knowledge River, University of Arizona School of Information Resources and Library Science: Sandra Littletree, currently a Fellow at North Carolina State University Libraries, has been appointed Knowledge River Program Manager, effective June 1. Knowledge River is a program for the study of library and information issues, services, and technologies related to Hispanics and Native Americans. See http://sirls.arizona.edu/KR/about/.

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39. Grants

UCLA, Harvard, and Yale have been awarded $5 million grants by Arcadia, a funding organization based in the UK whose mission is to protect endangered treasures of culture and nature. The grants provide flexible support for the libraries' core functions. For more information, see the Arcadia Web site http://www.arcadiafund.org.uk/.

North Carolina State's Digital Library Initiatives, along with four partner organizations, have been awarded a $2.18 million grant from the National Science Foundation to expand Dryad, a digital data repository. Dryad is designed to archive data that underlie published findings in evolutionary biology, ecology, and related fields and allow scientists to access and build on one another's findings. Dryad is online at http://www.datadryad.org/.

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40. Honors

Randy Olsen (Brigham Young) received the inaugural BioOne-SPARC Howard Goldstein Award to Advance Scholarly Communication on April 16 at a special ceremony in conjunction with BioOne’s annual meeting of publishers, librarians, and partners. The award was created in 2008 to recognize and encourage efforts to enhance the sustainability of communication within the scholarly community.

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5/13/09

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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