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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Governance and Membership Activities

1. ARL Membership Convenes in Houston

Scholarly Communication

2. ARL Encourages Members to Refrain from Signing Nondisclosure or Confidentiality Clauses

3. Index of Campus-Based Publishing Partnerships Available from Columbia

4. University Press Directors Issue Open-Access Statement

5. SPARC-ACRL Forum in Chicago to Focus on the Economy, Feature ARL’s Charles Lowry and Columbia’s Jim Neal

6. Open Access Day 2008 at Duke: A SPARC Webcast, June 25, 2 PM EDT—Register by June 23

7. Host the Sparky Awards on Your Campus

8. Lessons from U of Maryland Vote on Open-Access Policy

9. National Student Organizations Call for Open Access to Research

Public Policies Affecting Research Libraries

10. A Guide for the Perplexed Part II: The Amended Google-Michigan Agreement

11. Library Copyright Alliance Makes Statement on Limitations and Exceptions at WIPO

12. ARL Joins Coalition Calling for Public Access to CRS Reports

13. Obama Administration Takes Further Steps to Promote Open Government

14. Wiretap Suits against Telecom Companies Dismissed

Transforming Library Roles in Research, Teaching, and Learning

15. Special Collections Web Conference to Be Held July 7--Register Now

16. Preservation Study Released, Webcast Planned for Sept. 15

17. CLIR Receives Second Year of Funding for Hidden Collections Program

18. Analysis of Student Interest in Library 2.0 Emphasizes Factors for Success and Failure

19. CNI Update

Diversity, Professional Workforce, and Leadership Development

20. Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce Call for Applications--Deadline August 31

21. Purdue Hosts ARL Diversity Scholars

22. Yale Hosts ARL Leadership & Career Development Program Fellows

23. UNC–Chapel Hill Provost Gray-Little on Diversity in Research Universities

Library Statistics and Assessment

24. ARL Statistical Surveys and Publications Update

25. Google Analytics Workshop July 10, Chicago—Registration Deadline Extended to July 3

26. Library Assessment Conference to Be Held October 25–27, 2010, Baltimore

27. LibQUAL+® Update

28. Consider Joining COUNTER

Other Items of Interest to ARL Directors

29. Call for Proposals for SPEC Survey Topics 2010--Deadline July 24, 2009

30. Research Library Issues no. 263 Now Online

31. Apply for "100 Books for Understanding Contemporary Japan"--Deadline June 30

32. ARL Transitions

33. Other Transitions

34. Honors

35. Memorial


GOVERNANCE AND MEMBERSHIP ACTIVITIES

1. ARL Membership Convenes in Houston

On May 20–22 in Houston, 102 ARL member library representatives participated in the 154th Membership Meeting. Attendees engaged with speakers and one another, primarily regarding strategies to keep research libraries moving forward in innovative ways in the face of growing financial challenges.

The program theme of "Transformational Times" was addressed at several levels, including:

  • "The Great Contraction" of our economy and historical lessons of economic theory that need to be heard in the public debate on recovery strategies (James Galbraith, Texas at Austin)

  • The terms and scope of the Google Book Settlement (Kenny Crews, Columbia; Dan Clancy with Alex Macgillivray, Google)

  • The readiness of our community to redefine libraries as multi-institutional entities (Carole Moore, Toronto; Wendy Lougee, Minnesota; Anne Kenney, Cornell; Kevin Guthrie, Ithaka)

  • Library leadership responses to disasters of Mother Nature's making (Nancy Baker, Iowa; Paula Mochida, Hawaii; Lance Query, Tulane)

  • Partnering with faculty and other constituencies to manage scientific data (Chris Greer, NITRD; Chuck Humphrey, Alberta; Clifford Lynch, CNI; Carol Tenopir, Tennessee)

  • Consolidating and collaborating with other libraries for local delivery of services (Paula Kaufman, Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Paul Courant, Michigan; Jim Michalko, RLG Programs/OCLC; Brian Schottlaender, California, San Diego; Jim Neal, Columbia; Anne Kenney, Cornell)

  • Options for library discovery tools (Lynne O'Brien, Duke; Betsy Wilson and Jennifer Ward, Washington; and Bob Gerrity, Boston College)

  • Research library roles in digital repository services (Carole Moore, Toronto)

Audio recordings and slides from speakers' presentations are being posted on the meeting Web site as they become available; see http://www.arl.org/resources/pubs/mmproceedings/154mm-proceedings.shtml. For more information, contact Jaia Barrett, jaia@arl.org.

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SCHOLARLY COMMUNICATION

2. ARL Encourages Members to Refrain from Signing Nondisclosure or Confidentiality Clauses

ARL has issued a statement strongly encouraging its members to refrain from signing agreements with publishers or vendors, either individually or through consortia, that include nondisclosure or confidentiality clauses. In addition, the statement encourages ARL members to share upon request from other libraries information contained in these agreements (save for trade secrets or proprietary technical details) for licensing content, licensing software or other tools, and for digitization contracts with third-party vendors. The statement is based on a resolution introduced by the Scholarly Communication Steering Committee and adopted by the ARL Board at its May 22 meeting in Houston, Texas. For more information, see http://www.arl.org/news/pr/nondisclosure-5june09.shtml.

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3. Index of Campus-Based Publishing Partnerships Available from Columbia

E-News June 2009: Columbia Index of Campus-Based Publishing Partnerships

The Scholarly Communication Program at Columbia University Libraries/Information Services now offers an index of campus-based publishing partnerships on its Web site, http://scholcomm.columbia.edu/campus-based-publishing-partnerships. Each entry includes a brief description, business- and funding-model information, links, and more. The index employs framework and data from "Campus-Based Publishing Partnerships: A Guide to Critical Issues" by Raym Crow, and is part of SPARC’s Campus-Based Publishing Resource Center, http://www.arl.org/sparc/partnering/. The resource center is maintained by an editorial board representing library and university press staff actively engaged in publishing partnerships.

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4. University Press Directors Issue Open-Access Statement

Ten university press directors have issued a statement in support of free access to scholarly journal articles. In the statement, the directors indicate their support for the broadest possible dissemination of scholarly research and they offer to work directly with libraries, faculty, scholarly societies, and government entities to achieve that goal. The statement was signed by directors of the following presses: University Press of Florida, University of Akron Press, University Press of New England, Athabasca University Press, Wayne State University Press, University of Calgary Press, University of Michigan Press, Rockefeller University Press, Penn State University Press, and University of Massachusetts Press. For more information, see http://www.earlham.edu/~peters/fos/2009/06/10-university-presses-endorse-oa.html.

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5. SPARC-ACRL Forum in Chicago to Focus on the Economy, Feature ARL’s Charles Lowry and Columbia’s Jim Neal

At the next SPARC-ACRL forum on emerging issues in scholarly communication—to be held at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, Saturday, July 11—library and publishing innovators will offer concrete data and strategies for “Rough Waters: Navigating Hard Times in the Scholarly Communication Marketplace.” While libraries have long been grappling with constrained collection budgets, they face a new urgency in continuing the transformation promised by open access and new technologies in today’s economy. Panelists will include Charles B. Lowry, Executive Director, Association of Research Libraries; Ivy Anderson, Director of Collection Development & Management, California Digital Library; Emma Hill, Executive Editor of the Journal of Cell Biology at Rockefeller University Press; and James Neal, Vice President for Information Services and University Librarian at Columbia University. For more information, see http://www.arl.org/sparc/media/09-0615.shtml.

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6. Open Access Day 2008 at Duke: A SPARC Webcast, June 25, 2 PM EDT—Register by June 23

In a free SPARC webcast on June 25 at 2:00 p.m. EDT, Pat Thibodeau, Associate Dean at the Duke Medical Center Library, and Kevin Smith, Scholarly Communications Officer, will describe the 2008 Open Access Day events at Duke University that featured law professor James Boyle and student, patient, and co-founder of the Chordoma Foundation Josh Sommer. In this one-hour webcast, Thibodeau and Smith will talk openly about the success and lessons learned from live events, as well as from participation in Web events simulcast by the Open Access Day organizers and using tables and videos to gain attention for the day. Participating in the webcast is a great way to share ideas and experience with others who plan to celebrate Open Access Week in October 2009. For more information and to register, visit http://www.arl.org/sparc/media/09-0611.shtml.

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7. Host the Sparky Awards on Your Campus

SPARC is calling on libraries to syndicate the Sparky Awards, a contest that recognizes the best new student videos on the value of information sharing. By hosting the Sparky Awards on your campus, students may submit their entries to the local contest as well as the national one. Randy Olsen, University Librarian at Brigham Young University, reports from last year: “At BYU…the experience was remarkable. Although our contest was open for less than a month, we received seven submissions prepared by 58 students. The night we screened the entries I invited the video producers to introduce their works. In every case the students spoke articulately, even passionately, about open access and it was obvious that they had become conversant with all of the issues we as librarians care so much about. By the end of the evening I felt that our investment in the awards--an iTouch and two $50 checks--was money well spent.”

It’s simple to host your own Sparky Awards. Make the national contest your template; all the fine print is done. Set a deadline that works for you, sometime in advance of the national deadline on December 6, 2009; name a panel of judges who will help attract attention on your campus; and offer your own prizes—such as video cameras or iPods. More details on how to syndicate are available at http://www.sparkyawards.org/syndicate/.

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8. Lessons from U of Maryland Vote on Open-Access Policy

On April 23, the University Senate at the University of Maryland voted 37-24 to reject a proposed open-access (OA) policy. The defeated policy would have encouraged green OA (deposit in the institutional repository), encouraged gold OA (submission to OA journals), and required neither. Is the Maryland vote ominous or anomalous? Read the full article by Peter Suber in the June issue of the SPARC Open Access Newsletter, http://www.arl.org/sparc/publications/articles/lfmd_news.shtml.

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9. National Student Organizations Call for Open Access to Research

On June 10, a coalition of national and regional college student associations issued a “Student Statement on the Right to Research,” calling on universities, research funders, and researchers to take action in support of open access to research. The American Medical Student Association, the Student PIRGs, Students for Free Culture, and Universities Allied for Essential Medicines, as well as the California Institute of Technology Graduate Student Council and the Trinity University Association of Student Representatives, have signed the statement. Additional student organizations are invited to sign the statement at http://www.righttoresearch.org/.

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PUBLIC POLICIES AFFECTING RESEARCH LIBRARIES

10. A Guide for the Perplexed Part II: The Amended Google-Michigan Agreement

In “A Guide for the Perplexed Part II: The Amended Google-Michigan Agreement,” attorney Jonathan Band reviews the recently revised agreement between Google and the University of Michigan that allows Google to scan books from the University of Michigan Library for inclusion in Google’s search database. The amended agreement addresses the provisions of the proposed settlement between Google and the plaintiffs in the Google Book Search litigation (the Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers). Band’s review is available at http://www.arl.org/bm~doc/google-michigan-12jun09.pdf.

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11. Library Copyright Alliance Makes Statement on Limitations and Exceptions at WIPO

The Library Copyright Alliance (LCA)—whose members include ARL, ALA, and ACRL—made a statement on copyright limitations and exceptions for libraries and archives at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights 18th Session, Geneva, May 27. In its statement, LCA noted that, “Copyright law has supported the essential functions of libraries, but in many nations, copyright law has not been updated sufficiently to allow for adequate uses of digital information. The absence of effective provisions addressing access to digital information constrains libraries from performing functions that copyright law has previously facilitated. At a time of dramatic technological change, the role of copyright limitations and exceptions has become unacceptably unbalanced.”

Also at the WIPO meeting, LCA, Electronic Information for Libraries (eIFL), and the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) offered a longer “Statement of Principles on Copyright Limitations and Exceptions for Libraries and Archives.” Both statements are available at http://www.wo.ala.org/districtdispatch/?p=2972.

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12. ARL Joins Coalition Calling for Public Access to CRS Reports

On May 14, ARL joined over 40 open-government advocates in a letter to the US Senate Rules Committee requesting “public hearings on open government issues and to mark-up and pass S.R. 118,” a resolution that would improve public access to reports by the Congressional Research Service (CRS). Senate Resolution 118 would provide for online, public access to 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. The letter is available via http://www.openthegovernment.org/article/subarchive/14#section3.

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13. Obama Administration Takes Further Steps to Promote Open Government

E-News June 2009: Open Government Web Site

The Obama administration has initiated a new process to garner additional public input for the Open Government Directive. The President’s Memorandum on Transparency and Open Government calls for greater transparency of government and notes the importance of civic engagement in government and the value of participatory democracy. The President directed the Chief Technology Officer in coordination with the Office of Management and Budget to organize a 120-day review by agencies that will culminate with recommendations for an Open Government Directive. This directive will instruct agencies and departments to implement specific steps to better achieve a more open and transparent government. This latest phase seeks public engagement on identifying and refining recommendations to be included in the directive. For more information, see http://www.whitehouse.gov/open/.

In a related effort, under the leadership of OpenTheGovernment.org, ARL joined in a letter on June 3 to the US Office of Personnel Management asking that the agency engage key stakeholders in a review of personnel practices for Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) professionals. As noted in the letter, for the Obama administration’s commitment to an open and transparent government to be successful, it is dependent “on qualified, committed Freedom of Information Act personnel.” The letter is available via http://www.openthegovernment.org/article/subarchive/14#section3.

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14. Wiretap Suits against Telecom Companies Dismissed

On June 3, Chief Judge Walker of the Federal District Court, Northern California, dismissed dozens of lawsuits that claimed telecommunications companies illegally assisted in the domestic surveillance of American citizens. Judge Walker ruled that Congress had provided the companies with retroactive immunity with the passage of the FISA Amendments Act, which permits dismissal of the lawsuits if the Attorney General certifies that the telecom companies’ actions in the warrantless surveillance program were legal, authorized by the President, or did not occur. Then–Attorney General Mukasey filed the needed certification with the Court in September 2008, leading to dismissal of the cases. The Electronic Frontier Foundation and the American Civil Liberties Union have announced that they will appeal this decision. For more information, contact Prue Adler, prue@arl.org.

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TRANSFORMING LIBRARY ROLES IN RESEARCH, TEACHING, AND LEARNING

15. Special Collections Web Conference to Be Held July 7--Register Now

ARL is hosting a Web conference on “Transformative Issues for Special Collections in ARL Libraries,” July 7, 2009, at 1:00 p.m. EDT. This event offers an interactive opportunity to discuss and provide feedback on the recently released report “Special Collections in ARL Libraries: A Discussion Report from the ARL Working Group on Special Collections,” http://www.arl.org/bm~doc/scwg-report.pdf. Alice Prochaska (Yale and Chair of the Working Group) will moderate a short discussion by an expert panel drawn from leaders in the special collections community. Participants will have the opportunity to ask the panelists questions and offer their own feedback.

The Web conference is intended to interest research library staff and administrators with responsibility for managing and providing access to unique collections in all formats. The event will be appropriate for group participation and institutions may want to organize post-event discussions among interested staff.

The Web conference is free, but advance registration is required. To register individuals or groups, visit http://www.visualwebcaster.com/event.asp?id=59581.

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16. Preservation Study Released, Webcast Planned for Sept. 15

ARL has released a report that provides a current picture of preservation activities in ARL member libraries and makes recommendations about how libraries should characterize and measure those activities. The report was prepared by ARL Visiting Program Officer Lars Meyer (Emory). “Safeguarding Collections at the Dawn of the 21st Century: Describing Roles & Measuring Contemporary Preservation Activities in ARL Libraries” considers activities traditionally captured by ARL’s Preservation Statistics, as well as a host of emerging activities largely, but not exclusively, centered on developing digital collections and involving collaborative efforts. “Safeguarding Collections” is freely available on the ARL Web site at http://www.arl.org/bm~doc/safeguarding-collections.pdf.

ARL is also planning a webcast to provide an opportunity for the community to discuss the “Safeguarding Collections” report with Meyer. In the webcast, Meyer will review his findings and the implications for preservation programs in individual libraries. The webcast is scheduled for September 15, 1:00-2:00 p.m. EDT. Registration information will be released on the ARL Web site in the coming weeks.

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17. CLIR Receives Second Year of Funding for Hidden Collections Program

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has granted the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) additional funding to continue the program, “Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives.” The new funding matches the initial $4 million awarded to 15 institutions in 2008 and will be awarded to new applicants in 2009. Pre-proposals were required by June 15. More information is available at http://www.clir.org/hiddencollections/.

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E-News June 2009: Informing Innovation by Char Booth
Copyright © 2009 American Library Association

18. Analysis of Student Interest in Library 2.0 Emphasizes Factors for Success and Failure

ACRL has released Informing Innovation: Tracking Student Interest in Emerging Library Technologies at Ohio University by Char Booth. This report discusses Ohio University’s recent experiences in conducting an environmental scan of student behaviors related to emerging and social technologies. The report also details the local research with students as a case study of potential value for other institutions undertaking similar work. The report is freely available at http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/publications/digital/ii-booth.pdf.

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19. CNI Update

Proposals are being accepted until July 24 for the Fifth International Digital Curation Conference, "Moving to Multi-Scale Science: Managing Complexity and Diversity." The conference, which is jointly sponsored by CNI and the British Digital Curation Centre, will be held December 2–4, 2009, in London, England. Details are available at http://www.dcc.ac.uk/events/dcc-2009/.

Clifford Lynch, CNI Executive Director, will participate in the plenary panel discussion "Google as Library Redux" on June 19 as part of the 2009 Joint Conference on Digital Libraries, to be held in Austin, Texas, http://www.jcdl2009.org/.

On June 22, Lynch will deliver a keynote address on e-research and new challenges in knowledge structuring in London, England, at the International Society for Knowledge Organization UK Conference, "Content Architecture: Exploiting and Managing Diverse Resources," http://www.iskouk.org/conf2009/.

The Fall 2009 CNI Task Force Meeting will take place December 14–15 in Washington DC, during which the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will present its Awards for Technology Collaboration, http://matc.mellon.org/.

On June 3, Lynch was the featured speaker in an ACRL Springboard Event, an interactive webcast to discuss cultural memory in an era of financial instability. An archived version of this session is available from http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/events/springboard.cfm.

Joan Lippincott, CNI Associate Executive Director, was a featured speaker in the Library Journal webcast "Understanding the Next-Gen User" on June 4. An archived version of this session is available from http://www.libraryjournal.com/webcastsDetail/2140374033.html?q=Understanding+the+Next-Gen+User+lippincott.

"Opening Up Learning: From Spaces to Environments" by the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative Advisory Board, of which Clifford Lynch is a member, appeared in the May/June 2009 issue of EDUCAUSE Review, and "Learning Spaces: Involving Faculty to Improve Pedagogy," by Joan Lippincott, was published in the March/April 2009 issue. Both articles are available from http://www.educause.edu/er/.

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DIVERSITY, PROFESSIONAL WORKFORCE, AND LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

20. 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.

Successful applicants will meet the following criteria:

  1. Member of an underrepresented racial or ethnic group (Note: Racial and ethnic group membership is based on the categories outlined in the US Census. Racially and ethnically underrepresented groups include: American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian, Black or African American, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, Hispanic or Latino.)

  2. Acceptance into an ALA-accredited LIS graduate program

  3. Interest in pursuing a career in a research library

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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21. Purdue Hosts ARL Diversity Scholars

E-News June 2009: Purdue Hosts Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce Diversity Scholars
Photo credit: Kayla Gregory, Marketing Associate, Purdue University Libraries

In mid-April, the 2008–10 ARL Diversity Scholars from the Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce were guests of the Purdue University Libraries and Dean Jim Mullins for a two-day visit. The Diversity Scholars toured the libraries and participated in multiple sessions on topics such as the “embedded librarianship” model at Purdue, new areas in academic librarianship, the role of special collections in research, and the tenure process for librarians in research institutions. The scholars were given ample time to meet and network with library faculty and administration as well as attend presentations and social events where they met university administrators, including Provost Randy Woodson. For more information about the Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce, see http://www.arl.org/diversity/init/.

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22. Yale Hosts ARL Leadership & Career Development Program Fellows

The ARL Leadership & Career Development Program (LCDP) Institute on Research, Teaching, and Learning was held in New Haven, Connecticut, April 25–29. Yale University Librarian Alice Prochaska and the Yale Library's Diversity Committee hosted a day packed with tours, programs, and opportunities to meet and network with the library staff. Highlights of the day at Yale included tours of the Sterling Memorial Library, the Beineke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, and the Divinity Library. The institute curriculum included presentations on the transforming roles in research, teaching, and learning by ARL’s Karla Hahn and an informative session with Yale Human Resources Librarian Diane Turner-Young. The LCDP fellows also spent an entire day with Nancy Busch from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln discussing research methodologies. The next LCDP Institute, on Public Policy and Scholarly Communication, will be held in February of 2010 in collaboration with Kent State University. The LCDP will conclude in the summer of 2010 with a closing ceremony and poster presentations on the participants’ research topics to be held during the ALA Annual Conference in Washington DC. For more information about the LCDP, see http://www.arl.org/diversity/lcdp/.

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23. UNC–Chapel Hill Provost Gray-Little on Diversity in Research Universities

The latest issue of ARL's bimonthly publication Research Library Issues (RLI) features an essay on diversity in research universities by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Provost Bernadette Gray-Little. The author presented her essay as the keynote address at the 153rd ARL Membership Meeting in Arlington, Virginia, October 15, 2008. Provost Gray-Little's essay is followed by a brief overview of ARL Diversity Programs. The issue is freely available from the ARL Web site http://www.arl.org/resources/pubs/rli/. For more information about this issue of RLI, see item #30 below.

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LIBRARY STATISTICS AND DEVELOPMENT

24. 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. Please promptly respond to data inquiries from ARL Statistics staff. All ARL institutions have ready access to the data that have been submitted through http://www.arlstatistics.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. Colleen Cook (Texas A&M and Chair of the ARL Statistics & Assessment Committee) will speak about the latest analysis of the qualitative profiles from ARL member libraries; Gary Roebuck (Technical Operations Manager for ARL Statistics and Measurement) will present the ARL Statistics data-entry interface and its capabilities and how ARL Statistics data-collection activity will relate to potential LibQUAL+® data-collection activities; and the Survey Coordinators will discuss upcoming changes to the ARL Statistics annual survey. For more information on the ARL Survey Coordinators and SPEC Liaisons Meetings, see http://www.arl.org/stats/annualsurveys/surveycoord/survcoordmtg.shtml.

During the May ARL Membership Meeting in Houston, a proposal for the ARL Statistics to collect number of monograph titles instead of volumes held was aired. As a result, the upcoming ARL Statistics 2008–2009 questionnaire will ask libraries to report number of monograph titles. ARL does not plan to stop collecting number of volumes held at this point, but will consider further steps if libraries can successfully report number of titles.

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

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25. Google Analytics Workshop July 10, Chicago—Registration Deadline Extended to July 3

The ARL Statistics and Measurement Program has extended the registration deadline to July 3 for the Google Analytics workshop to be held at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, July 10. This full-day workshop will be presented 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. 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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26. Library Assessment Conference to Be Held October 25–27, 2010, Baltimore

E-News June 2009: Library Assessment Conference 2010

ARL, the University of Virginia, and the University of Washington will cosponsor the 2010 Library Assessment Conference in Baltimore, Maryland, October 25–27, 2010. This biennial event is the only conference in North America to focus solely on library assessment. All library and information professionals interested in assessment activities are encouraged to attend. For more information, see http://libraryassessment.org/.

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27. LibQUAL+® Update

A. 2009 Survey Information

The 2009 Session I LibQUAL+® survey closed on May 31, 2009, collecting over 100,000 responses from 127 surveys. Session I survey results notebooks, raw data files, user comments, and normative data (2001–05) are available online at http://www.libqual.org/Manage/Results/. Looking to drill down into your survey results? The LibQUAL+® team offers: (1) customized discipline analysis, a breakdown by localized discipline categories, and (2) library branch analysis, a breakdown by the options you input for the survey item, "The library you use most often." To order a customized analysis, send an e-mail to libqual@arl.org.

B. LibQUAL+® in the “Windy City,” ALA Annual Conference, Monday, July 13

LibQUAL+® has two events scheduled during the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, both on Monday, July 13:

  • The LibQUAL+® Share Fair will be held 8:30 a.m–10:30 a.m. on July 13. This informal gathering will feature brief presentations and poster sessions by past and current LibQUAL+® participants.

  • The "Working Effectively with LibQUAL+®" workshop will be held 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. on July 13. Martha Kyrillidou and Raynna Bowlby will speak about how staff who are responsible for administering the LibQUAL+® survey can develop work plans for their libraries to improve service quality. The agenda includes how to analyze and present results visually, how to identify actionable items, and much more.

For more information about either event or to register for "Working Effectively with LibQUAL+®," see http://www.libqual.org/Events/.

C. Meeting LibQUAL+® Users' Needs and Improving LibQUAL+® Services

During the next couple of months, the LibQUAL+® team plans to contact participants to gain a better understanding of how LibQUAL+® services can better meet their needs. The team is continually enhancing services; for example, all historical data is being migrated to a new platform that supports features like LibQUAL+® Lite. The LibQUAL+® team looks forward to continuing its work with participants and providing evidence that supports library improvements.

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28. Consider Joining COUNTER

The ARL Statistics and Measurement program encourages libraries to consider joining COUNTER, an international initiative serving librarians, publishers, and intermediaries by setting standards that facilitate the recording and reporting of online usage statistics in a consistent, credible, and compatible way. In 2003, the first COUNTER Code of Practice enabled libraries around the world to compare the usage of different journals and databases across different subjects from different publishers. Now over 100 vendors provide COUNTER-compliant usage reports for over 15,000 full-text journals as well as for a growing number of online databases, books, and reference works. While COUNTER has greatly improved the reliability and usability of online vendor usage statistics, there is still much to do, not only to help vendors further improve their usage reports and to help librarians to make sense of them, but also to keep the COUNTER codes up to date with changes in the online delivery of information. For more information or to join COUNTER, visit http://www.projectcounter.org/.

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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST TO ARL DIRECTORS

29. Call for Proposals for SPEC Survey Topics 2010--Deadline July 24, 2009

ARL is seeking proposals for 2010 SPEC survey topics. Criteria for selecting a survey topic include the topic's currency and insightfulness, its importance to research libraries, its relevance to ARL’s three strategic directions (Scholarly Communication; Public Policies; and Transforming Library Roles in Research, Teaching, and Learning) or the Association’s programs that promote diversity and assessment, and whether documents that illustrate current policies and practices can be gathered. Examples of current developments of interest to research libraries that could fit the SPEC model include activities to increase discovery and access to “hidden collections,” digital image collections and services, digital preservation, and graduate student outreach, among many others.

Each author of a topic selected by ARL for inclusion in the 2010 SPEC survey cycle will work with ARL staff to design the survey and analyze the results for publication as a SPEC Kit. The complete survey process from design to publication takes about 18 months and authors are committing to complete the work within that time frame. Each author receives a modest honorarium for their contributions to the program.

To be considered for 2010, proposals must be submitted online by July 24, 2009. For more information, see the Call for Proposals at http://www.arl.org/news/pr/spec-11june09.shtml.

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30. Research Library Issues no. 263 Now Online

ARL has released issue 263 of Research Library Issues, which features an essay on diversity in research universities by UNC–Chapel Hill Provost Bernadette Gray-Little, a study of digital scholarly communication by Ithaka Analysts Nancy Maron and Kirby Smith, a discussion of incorporating author-rights language in library-publisher contracts for content licenses, and more. The complete issue is on the ARL Web site http://www.arl.org/resources/pubs/rli/.

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31. Apply for "100 Books for Understanding Contemporary Japan"--Deadline June 30

The Nippon Foundation has recently begun a book donation project entitled "100 Books for Understanding Contemporary Japan" as a means to provide books on contemporary Japan in English to a wide readership overseas. This year, the foundation intends to donate sets of books to 200–300 institutions throughout North America and is accepting applications from university and public libraries through June 30. For more information and to apply, see http://www.nippon-foundation.or.jp/eng/news/20090514BookDonationProject.html.

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32. ARL Transitions

Yale: Alice Prochaska announced her plans to resign as University Librarian, effective September 2010 with study leave beginning in January 2010. She has been appointed Principal of Somerville College, Oxford, England, effective September 2010.

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33. Other Transitions

International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA): Ingrid Parent (formerly Library and Archives Canada; University of British Columbia as of July 2009) was elected to serve as IFLA President-Elect for 2009–11 and President for 2011–13.

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH): President Obama has nominated former Congressman James Leach as Chairman of the NEH. Leach is currently the John L. Weinberg/Goldman Sachs and Co. 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.

Urban Libraries Council: Susan Benton has been named President and CEO. She was previously Research, Development, and Strategic Partners Executive at the International City/County Management Association.

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34. Honors

Jim Neal (Columbia) was chosen to receive ALA's 2009 Melvil Dewey Medal Award, which is given in recognition of creative leadership of high order. The 2009 Melvil Dewey Award will be presented at the ALA Award Ceremony and Reception on Tuesday, July 14, during the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

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35. Memorial

Edward Connery Lathem, 1926–2009

Edward Connery Lathem, Dartmouth College Librarian and Dean of the Libraries Emeritus, died unexpectedly on May 15, 2009, in his Dartmouth office at age 82. Lathem served as head librarian from 1968 to 1978. In 1973 he was accorded the rank of dean and he thereafter carried the dual title Librarian of the College and Dean of Libraries. Lathem was the editor or co-editor of several volumes of the poet Robert Frost’s work. While an ARL member representative, he was the Chairman of the Commission on Access to Resources (1973–74) and was elected to the ARL Board of Directors in 1975. He served as ARL President-Elect/Vice President in 1975–76 and President in 1976–77.

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6/18/09

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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