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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Governance and Membership Activities

1. ARL Board Convenes February 12–13, 2009

2. ARL Strategic Plan Review Update & Environmental Scan Released

3. UT–Austin Economist James Galbraith to Speak at May 2009 ARL Membership Meeting

4. ARL Committee & Task Force Members Appointed

Scholarly Communication

5. ARL, AAU, CNI, NASULGC Issue Joint Statement on Disseminating Research

6. The Research Library’s Role in Digital Repository Services: ARL Issues Report

7. SPARC Releases Videos on Digital Repository Development, Announces 2010 Meeting

8. Developing a Scholarly Communication Program in Your Library: ARL Provides New Guide

9. The Global Economic Crisis: ARL, ICOLC Release Statements

10. BU University Council Calls for Action to Advance Open Access

11. CDL Negotiates Open Access Rights for UC Authors Publishing with Springer

12. EDUCAUSE Advocates Openness

13. SERU Registry Growing Rapidly

14. Library-University Press Collaboration Aided by New SPARC Guide and Online Community

15. Sparky Award Winners Announced

16. LIS Editors Create Resource Site

Public Policies Affecting Research Libraries

17. Bill Negating US NIH Public Access Legislation Reintroduced; Ask Your Representative to Oppose H.R. 801

18. Google Book Search Settlement Discussed at Meeting Hosted by ARL, ACRL & ALA

19. ARL Recommends Community-Wide Process to Develop New OCLC Policy for Use & Transfer of WorldCat Records

20. President Obama Promotes Open & Transparent Government

21. US House Passes Legislation to Restore Transparency & Accountability of Government

22. GPO Releases Final Report on State of Regional Federal Depository Libraries

23. GPO Seeks Comments on the Future of the Federal Depository Library Program

Library Roles in Research, Teaching, and Learning

24. OCLC Report Highlights Scholarly Behavior in Virtual Environments

25. European Library Relaunches Web Site

26. ICSTI Conference to Focus on Managing Scientific Data

27. CNI Update

Diversity, Professional Workforce, and Leadership Development

28. UIUC's Mark A. Puente Appointed Director of ARL Diversity Programs

29. Research Library Leadership Fellows Program 2009-2010: Deadline March 6

Library Statistics and Assessment

30. ARL Statistical Surveys and Publications Update

31. Budget-Reduction Strategies Are Focus of January & July '09 Library Assessment Forums

32. Discuss Libraries and the Economy on Facebook

33. LibQUAL+® Update

34. ARL Assessment Activities at ACRL National Conference in Seattle

35. Google Analytics Workshop Full; Sign Up for Waiting List

Other Items of Interest to ARL Directors

36. ARL Transitions

37. ARL Staff Transitions

38. Grants

39. Honors


GOVERNANCE AND MEMBERSHIP ACTIVITIES

1. ARL Board Convenes February 12–13, 2009

ARL President Tom Leonard (California, Berkeley) convened a meeting of the ARL Board of Directors in Washington DC, February 12–13. Key discussions were held on reinventing and transformative strategies for research libraries, ARL's strategic plan review, and the development of the ARL budget for 2009. During the meeting, the Board held discussions with EDUCAUSE President Diana Oblinger and Association of American Universities (AAU) Vice President John Vaughn.

Actions taken by the Board at this meeting included:

a. Adopted a balanced budget for 2009.

b. Established a Financial Strategies Review Task Force 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 updated strategic plan.

c. Adopted a sponsorship policy that limits Membership Meeting sponsors to ARL member libraries. The policy continues the past practice of accepting other sponsors for topical conferences or special projects.

d. Accepted the report of the Ad Hoc Task Force on OCLC Policy for Use and Transfer of WorldCat Records and endorsed the task force's recommendation to share the findings with OCLC and the library community. See item 19, below.

e. Endorsed a Statement to Scholarly Publishers and Vendors on the Global Economic Crisis. See item 9, below.

f. In partnership with the American Library Association (ALA) and the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL), endorsed ARL support for preparation of an amicus brief to be filed in the Google Book Search Settlement. See item 18, below.

g. Accepted a report from the Special Collections Working Group and decided to devote the October 15-16, 2009, post–Membership Meeting forum to the topic of the future of special collections.

h. Decided to seek feedback from the three strategic direction Steering Committees on a report from the E-Science Working Group that defines the next phase of its work and the appropriate level of ARL support for this agenda.

i. Conducted the annual performance review of the ARL Executive Director.

j. Endorsed a change in the ARL Bylaws to clarify the number of votes needed for the election of Vice President/President-Elect. The change will come before all member representatives for a vote at the May 2009 Business Meeting.

k. Adopted the minutes of the Board’s October 2008 meeting. The minutes will be distributed to all member representatives in a separate e-mail.

For more information, contact Jaia Barrett, jaia@arl.org.

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2. ARL Strategic Plan Review Update & Environmental Scan Released

The Board is undertaking a mid-course review of the ARL Strategic Plan to assure that the Association is focused properly and that strategies within programs meet needs. A Strategic Plan Review Task Force was formed to to collect and examine views of all members and to recommend to the Board an update and revision of ARL’s Strategic Plan with priorities for 2010–14. A survey of all ARL member representatives is currently underway. A preliminary report on the task force findings will be made at the May 2009 Business Meeting. Members of the task force are: Marianne Gaunt, Chair (Rutgers); Frank D’Andraia (Albany, SUNY); Joyce Garnett (Western Ontario); Brenda Johnson (California, Santa Barbara); Charles B. Lowry, ex officio (ARL); Olivia Madison (Iowa State); James G. Neal (Columbia); and Dana C. Rooks (Houston).

To support the work of the Strategic Plan Review Task Force, ARL senior staff identified trends that are likely to affect research libraries and the work of the Association. The assessment considers challenges and opportunities and includes findings prepared for this review by the Canadian Association of Research LIbraries. The resulting report is available on the ARL Web site. See "Transformational Times: An Environmental Scan,"
http://www.arl.org/arl/governance/plan-review.shtml.

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3. UT–Austin Economist James Galbraith to Speak at May 2009 ARL Membership Meeting

James K. Galbraith
© University of Texas at Austin

James K. Galbraith, a noted economist and the Lloyd M. Bentsen Jr. Chair in Government/Business Relations and Professor of Government at the University of Texas at Austin, will deliver remarks at the next ARL Membership Meeting, to be held in Houston on May 20–22. The overall theme of the ARL meeting program is “Transformational Times.” Hospitality will be provided by five ARL member libraries: the University of Houston, Rice University, the University of Texas at Austin, Texas A&M University, and Texas Tech University. For meeting information, contact Jaia Barrett, jaia@arl.org, or monitor
http://www.arl.org/events/currentmm/index.shtml.

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4. ARL Committee & Task Force Members Appointed

The ARL Executive Committee—Tom Leonard (California, Berkeley), Brinley Franklin (Connecticut), Marianne Gaunt (Rutgers), and Charles B. Lowry, ex officio (ARL)—made appointments to fill open slots on existing committees and to name members to the newly formed Strategic Plan Review Task Force. An up-to-date committee, task force, and working group roster is on the ARL Web site at
http://www.arl.org/arl/governance/cmte.shtml.

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SCHOLARLY COMMUNICATION

5. ARL, AAU, CNI, NASULGC Issue Joint Statement on Disseminating Research

Four leading higher education associations--ARL, AAU, CNI, and NASULGC--have jointly issued, "The University's Role in the Dissemination of Research and Scholarship--A Call to Action," which is addressed to campus leaders including presidents, provosts, chief information officers, heads of faculty governance bodies, deans, and other stakeholders. The statement offers a vision statement, key principles, and a number of strategies that institutions can pursue. The primary recommendation is: "Campuses should initiate discussions involving administration and faculty about modifying current practices and/or its intellectual property policies such that the university retains a set of rights sufficient to ensure that broad dissemination of the research and scholarly work produced by its faculty occurs." Read the full statement at
http://www.arl.org/bm~doc/disseminating-research-feb09.pdf.

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6. The Research Library’s Role in Digital Repository Services: ARL Issues Report

The ARL Digital Repository Issues Task Force has released its final report, "The Research Library’s Role in Digital Repository Services." The report provides a broad-brush overview of the state of digital repository services, important issues, and key strategies for service development. In addition, it includes a "Horizon Analysis" projecting key shifts in the digital repository landscape in the next seven years. The report identifies key areas for research library engagement and calls on research libraries to act to ensure an ongoing role in digital repository service development. The full text of the report is freely available at
http://www.arl.org/bm~doc/repository-services-report.pdf.

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7. SPARC Releases Videos on Digital Repository Development, Announces 2010 Meeting

SPARC Digital Repositories Meeting 2008, John Wilbanks
© The SPARC Videoblog

Experts and advocates examine the state of the art in digital repositories in a new series of videos now freely available online from SPARC. The video series was taped at the November 2008 SPARC Digital Repositories Meeting, and underscores the central role of repositories across library services. Particular emphasis is placed on the added value repositories contribute to the institution and on the importance of funding repository development even in lean economic times. Also, by popular demand, SPARC has announced it will host the third SPARC Digital Repositories Meeting on November 8 & 9, 2010, in Baltimore, Maryland. See http://www.arl.org/sparc/media/09-0223.shtml.

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8. Developing a Scholarly Communication Program in Your Library: ARL Provides New Guide

The ARL/ACRL Institute on Scholarly Communication has released a guide to "Developing a Scholarly Communication Program in Your Library" authored by Kris Fowler, Gail Persily, and Jim Stemper. The guide provides background information and outlines steps for setting up a scholarly communication program at your library and on your campus. This online guide offers both generic tools you can adapt locally under a Creative Commons license and examples of how these tools have been implemented at other schools. The guide provides you with help at your point of need, and leverages the expertise and experience of library colleagues everywhere. See http://www.arl.org/sc/institute/fair/scprog/.

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9. The Global Economic Crisis: ARL, ICOLC Release Statements

ARL and the International Coalition of Library Consortia (ICOLC) have contributed their separate perspectives on the ongoing economic crisis and its effects on research libraries. The "ARL Statement on the Global Economic Crisis and Its Effect on Publishing and Library Subscriptions," released February 19, reinforces key elements of the earlier ICOLC statement (see below) and describes the current budget situation and expectations for future funding for ARL member library collections. In addition, the ARL statement provides recommendations for publishers seeking to remain true to a commitment to promote the broad exchange of new scholarship and research. The recommendations address issues such as price discipline, contract terms, and preservation arrangements. The statement closes by calling on publishers--particularly small not-for-profit publishers, who are of particular concern to the ARL community--to "consult widely with research libraries." The ARL statement is online at http://www.arl.org/bm~doc/economic-statement-2009.pdf.

On January 19, ICOLC released a "Statement on the Global Economic Crisis and Its Impact on Consortial Licenses," endorsed by a long international list of library consortia. The ICOLC statement includes three forecasts of the effects of the global economic crisis on library budgets and offers two principles and five strategies for publishers to consider. Flexible pricing and creative solutions to retain licensed content are the main focus of the ICOLC statement's recommendations. See http://www.library.yale.edu/consortia/icolc-econcrisis-0109.htm.

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10. BU University Council Calls for Action to Advance Open Access

On September 16, 2008 the Boston University (BU) University Council approved a statement calling on the university to establish a Knowledge Base and Institutional Repository and promote open access. The statement seeks broad support for faculty in disseminating their work and in retaining the copyrights necessary to facilitate open access. It also encourages faculty to publish in open access journals and for journals published at the university to move to open access models. More information is available at
http://www.bu.edu/today/node/8320/.

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11. CDL Negotiates Open Access Rights for UC Authors Publishing with Springer

The California Digital Library (CDL) has announced that it has successfully negotiated with Springer for all University of California authors to automatically be published under Springer’s Open Choice program. The program normally requires authors to pay a fee for release with immediate, full, public access from the moment of publication in a Springer journal. The new agreement lays a foundation for Springer to make a smooth transition from a traditional subscription model to an author-side payment, open access model. More information is available at http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/news/article/19335/.

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12. EDUCAUSE Advocates Openness

EDUCAUSE has released its first individual value statement as part of an ongoing program to develop expressions of key values for its community. The statement notes, "As the higher education technology association, EDUCAUSE embraces the value of openness. EDUCAUSE will work with its community and others to facilitate discussions on where open technologies, applications, and approaches are needed and how best to achieve them. EDUCAUSE will also look for opportunities, consistent with its mission and member service obligations, to support such efforts and to itself adopt open approaches." The statement is online at http://connect.educause.edu/Library/EDUCAUSE+Review/EDUCAUSEValuesOpenness/47921/.

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13. SERU Registry Growing Rapidly

Less than a year after it was first released, the National Information Standards Organization's SERU (Shared E-Resource Understanding) has been publicly supported by 45 libraries and several consortia, most recently, the Greater Western Library Alliance. Where libraries and publishers agree to conduct business using SERU, they avoid signing a license agreement, saving time and resources on both sides of the transaction. Nearly 30 publishers have gone on record for their willingness to work with SERU and libraries. More information on SERU and the SERU Registry is available at http://www.niso.org/workrooms/seru.

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14. Library-University Press Collaboration Aided by New SPARC Guide and Online Community

SPARC recently released "Campus-based Publishing Partnerships: A Guide to Critical Issues," by Raym Crow, which is the core of a new Web site, the Campus-based Publishing Resource Center. The site was designed by a panel of advisers from the library and university press communities to support successful publishing partnerships.
See http://www.arl.org/sparc/media/09-0122.shtml.

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15. Sparky Award Winners Announced

Four student productions are winners of the second annual Sparky Awards, a contest organized by SPARC and adopted by campuses nationwide that calls on entrants to creatively illustrate in a short video the value of sharing ideas. Selected by a distinguished panel of media scholars, educators, librarians, students, and others, the winning videos offer potent and colorful glimpses of how students see sharing of knowledge spurring innovation, solving problems, and improving lives. See http://www.arl.org/sparc/media/09-0203.shtml.

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Library & Information Science Editors screenshot
© Library & Information Science Editors

16. LIS Editors Create Resource Site

A self-organized group of editors of Library and Information Science (LIS) Journals have created a new Web site that provides resources for editors, authors, and peer reviewers in the discipline. The group is open to any editor of an LIS journal and is working on a statement of ethics and best practices for editors in the discipline. See http://www.lis-editors.org/.

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PUBLIC POLICIES AFFECTING RESEARCH LIBRARIES

17. Bill Negating US NIH Public Access Legislation Reintroduced; Ask Your Representative to Oppose H.R. 801

Chairman Conyers (Committee on Judiciary and D-MI) reintroduced the "Fair Copyright in Research Works Act," H.R. 801, which would, in essence, both negate the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) Public Access Policy and prohibit other federal agencies from implementing similar policies. The NIH Public Access Policy mandates that investigators funded by NIH submit their peer reviewed final manuscripts to PubMed Central where they will be publicly accessible within 12 months after publication. Provisions in H.R. 801 would prohibit federal agencies from conditioning funding agreements to require that works resulting from federal support be made publicly available if those works are either: (a) funded in part by sources other than a US agency or (b) the result of "meaningful added value" to the work from an entity that is not party to the agreement.

Provisions in the legislation would also have significant impacts on federal procurement law by prohibiting federal agencies from obtaining a license to publicly distribute, perform, or display works by, for example, placing them on the Internet. The legislation would also repeal the longstanding "federal purpose" doctrine, under which all federal agencies that fund the creation of a work reserve the "royalty-free, nonexclusive right to reproduce, publish, or otherwise use the work" for any federal purpose. This will severely limit the ability of US federal agencies to use works that they have funded to support and fulfill agency missions and to communicate with and educate the public. ARL and SPARC joined with nine other organizations in a letter opposing H.R. 801 http://www.arl.org/bm~doc/oawg_to_judiciary-09-feb.pdf.

All supporters of public access--researchers, libraries, campus administrators, patient advocates, publishers, and others--are asked to contact their representatives to express support for public access to taxpayer-funded research and ask that he or she oppose H.R. 801. Please act now, visit http://www.taxpayeraccess.org/action/HR801-09-0211.html.

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18. Google Book Search Settlement Discussed at Meeting Hosted by ARL, ACRL & ALA

Members of the library community discussed the implications of the Google Book Search settlement in a meeting hosted on February 9, 2009, in Washington DC by ARL, the American Library Association (ALA) Washington Office, and the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL). Under the settlement, Google and the American Association of Publishers and Authors Guild resolved their legal dispute over the scanning of millions of books provided by research libraries. The settlement still requires approval of the presiding judge. Although this is a private settlement, the result has very real implications for public policy and the way libraries of all types will operate. Because of the complexity of the agreement, its potential long-term impact on libraries (thus user interests), and the enormity of the book collection involved, many librarians have raised questions about the settlement’s impact. Issues raised at the meeting that members believe are of key concern to libraries include access, privacy, intellectual freedom, equitable treatment, and terms of use. ARL, ALA, and ACRL will be filing an amicus brief before the court to explain the key concerns of the library community with the Google settlement agreement. For more information, contact Prue Adler, prue@arl.org, and see http://www.arl.org/pp/ppcopyright/google/.

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19. ARL Recommends Community-Wide Process to Develop New OCLC Policy for Use & Transfer of WorldCat Records

The ARL Ad Hoc Task Force to Review the Proposed OCLC Policy for Use and Transfer of WorldCat Records has issued its final report, which calls on OCLC to develop a new policy to replace the one released in November 2008. OCLC’s release of the policy elicited serious concern from the ARL community, as well as the broader library community. As a result, ARL established an ad hoc task force to review the policy and identify issues of particular interest to research libraries. The task force report includes a brief overview of the policy and the task force’s understanding of the policy’s intent. This is followed by an explication of specific issues and the task force’s findings regarding both the policy itself and the implementation process. The report concludes with recommendations for OCLC and the library community. The report is available online at http://www.arl.org/bm~doc/oclc-report-jan09.pdf.

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20. President Obama Promotes Open & Transparent Government

Signaling significant changes in policy from the Bush Administration, on January 21, President Obama issued two memoranda and one executive order focused on the openness and transparency of government. Executive Order 13,489 revoked the previous policy implemented by President George W. Bush regarding public access to presidential records. Importantly, the new order permits only the incumbent president to assert claims of executive privilege. The Bush Executive Order permitted former vice presidents and former presidents’ heirs or designees the ability to withhold information from the public.

In addition, President Obama issued two presidential memoranda; one memorandum on the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and the second on Transparency and Open Government. The FOIA memorandum upends the previous government policy on disclosure so that disclosure of government records is now presumed and directs the Attorney General to issue new FOIA guidelines. The second memorandum 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 yet-to-be-appointed Chief Technology Officer in coordination with the Office of Management and Budget to coordinate a 120-day review by agencies that will culminate with recommendations for an Open Government Directive. This directive would instruct agencies and departments to implement specific steps to better achieve a more open and transparent government.

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

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21. US House Passes Legislation to Restore Transparency & Accountability of Government

With an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 359-58, on January 7, 2009, the US House of Representatives passed the Presidential Records Act Amendments of 2009, H.R. 35. The legislation reverses Executive Order 13,233 implemented by President Bush and puts in place procedures to ensure the timely release of presidential records. There are a number of other key provisions in the legislation including establishing deadlines for the review of records by the current and former presidents, limiting the authority of former presidents to withhold presidential records and granting authority to the sitting president to reject claims to withhold records by other presidents, limiting the right to claim executive privilege to current and former presidents and not to heirs or designees, and reversing the Bush Executive Order so that vice presidents cannot claim executive privilege over vice presidential records.

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

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22. GPO Releases Final Report on State of Regional Federal Depository Libraries

The US Government Printing Office (GPO) released its long-awaited assessment of the state of regional federal depository libraries on January 6, 2009. The GPO was asked by its oversight committee, the Joint Committee on Printing, to "determine the extent to which public access via the FDLP [Federal Depository Library Program] may be impaired by current or projected organizational, financial, technological, or other conditions affecting regional depository libraries." GPO made the following recommendations to the oversight committee:

  1. support continued appropriations for GPO’s initiative to create machine-readable bibliographic records for the tangible collection of pre-1976 depository publications to ensure its completion in a timelier manner;

  2. undertake a more in-depth look at the organizational, financial, and technological issues affecting the FDLP in its entirety, regionals and selectives alike, and analyze the results to develop recommendations for policy and/or statutory revision that will provide for effective operation of the FDLP in the 21st century; and

  3. continue to support GPO’s initiatives to authenticate the government’s digital information dissemination products.

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

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23. GPO Seeks Comments on the Future of the Federal Depository Library Program

FDLP Desktop screenshot

The Federal Depository Library Program is engaging in a strategic planning process, “Federal Depository Library Program Strategic Plan, 2009-2014: Creating an Informed Citizenry and Improving Quality of Life.” This process follows discussion within the Depository Library Council over the past year. The Government Printing Office has posted a draft plan on the FDLP Desktop for comment. Comments may be submitted via
http://www.fdlp.gov/component/content/article/19-general/248-strategicplan-comments.

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LIBRARY ROLES IN RESEARCH, TEACHING, AND LEARNING

24. OCLC Report Highlights Scholarly Behavior in Virtual Environments

OCLC report: Scholarly Information Practices in the Online Environment (cover)
© OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc.

In January, OCLC released "Scholarly Information Practices in the Online Environment: Themes from the Literature and Implications for Library Service Development" by Carole Palmer, Lauren Teffeau, and Carrie Pirmann. OCLC commissioned the report to review studies that have characterized the scholarly information practices of faculty in various disciplines, and to stimulate discussion of the implications of these findings for the research library community. The report is comprised of a comprehensive literature review of the topic that lays out differences among and between disciplines, and which "provides an empirical basis for identifying promising directions...and priorities for development of digital information services to support and advance scholarship." The literature on scholarly information work is framed around five topics: searching, collecting, reading, writing, and collaborating. Two kinds of service contributions from libraries may bear the best results: that which advances the conduct of research by simplifying difficult tasks or by supporting new kinds of analysis with digital content, and services that provide economies of scale across institutions, disciplines or genres of information. The report is available on the OCLC Web site via
http://www.oclc.org/programs/news/2009-01-23.htm.

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25. European Library Relaunches Web Site

The European Library has relaunched its free and increasingly comprehensive meta-site for identifying resources held by the national libraries of 38 countries, and with extensions to 400 academic collections. Functionality has been enhanced to reflect feedback from early users. North American scholars may find the European Library meta-catalog a useful tool for research. Identifying and adding digital content will receive special impetus in the coming years. Visit http://www.TheEuropeanLibrary.org/.

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26. ICSTI Conference to Focus on Managing Scientific Data

The International Council for Scientific and Technical Information (ICSTI) announced its 2009 Summer Public Conference: Managing Data for Science, June 9-10, 2009, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario.

The conference is organized by the National Research Council Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information (NRC-CISTI).

This conference will be of interest to researchers; scientific, technical, and medical (STM) publishers; IM/IT professionals; chief information officers; and librarians in the academic, public, and private sectors.

The event will be structured around the following topics:

  • How eScience affects the way librarians, publishers and scientists relate to each other.

  • How the era of "big data" will enable enhanced experimentation and collaboration in science.

More information on the conference's program, speakers, and more is available via the ICSTI conference Web site http://www.icsti2009.org/. Early-bird registration rates are available until March 31.

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27. CNI Update

The Tower and the Cloud (cover)
© EDUCAUSE

The Spring 2009 CNI Task Force Meeting will be held April 6-7 at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis Hotel in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The registration deadline is Friday, March 6. For regular updates on the program, consult http://www.cni.org/tfms/2009a.spring/.

CNI Executive Director Clifford Lynch will be speaking at the NSF-sponsored invitational workshop on Cyberinfrastructure Software Sustainability and Reusability, to be held at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, March 26-27, 2009. The event will focus on issues involving sustainability and reuse of software to support science and scholarly work. Information is available at http://cisoftwaresustainability.iu-pti.org/.

Lynch was recently featured in a Talis podcast interview on the role of universities in disseminating and preserving scholarship, continuing the discussion he began in his essay in the recent EDUCAUSE book, The Tower and the Cloud. The recording is available at http://blogs.talis.com/xiphos/2009/02/05/cliff-lynch-talks-about-the-role-of-universities-in-disseminating-and-preserving-scholarship/.

Lynch can also be heard in the podcast of "Open Access in the Humanities," a panel discussion held February 3, 2009, http://www.humanities.uci.edu/SOH/bin/display_news_detail.php?recid=963. In addition to Lynch, panelists included University of Michigan Vice Provost for Academic Information John King and Stanford Professor of Education John Willinsky. The event was moderated by Elizabeth Losh, Writing Director of Humanities Core at University of California Irvine.

More videos and sound recordings featuring Clifford Lynch are available from the CNI Web site, http://www.cni.org/staff/clifford_talks.html.

CNI Associate Executive Director Joan Lippincott recently spoke on the role of information professionals in e-research at the Ninth International Bielefeld Conference in Bielefeld, Germany. Presentation slides are available from the conference Web site, http://conference.ub.uni-bielefeld.de/2009/programme/.

Interviews conducted during the Fall 2008 CNI Task Force Meeting are now online, http://connect.educause.edu/blog/gbayne/podcastsfromcnifall2008ta/48153/. The podcasts include a conversation with Vinton Cerf, Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist for Google, who presented the 2008 Mellon Technology Awards for Technology Collaboration (MATC). Interviews were also conducted with several of the MATC winners. These recordings are designed to function as an extension of the meeting, complementing the standard program, and providing an opportunity for the broader CNI community to hear from some of our key presenters and attendees. The meeting was held December 8-9, 2008, in Washington DC.

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DIVERSITY, PROFESSIONAL WORKFORCE, AND LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

28. UIUC's Mark A. Puente Appointed Director of ARL Diversity Programs

Mark A. Puente

ARL has appointed Mark A. Puente as Director of Diversity Programs, effective March 16, 2009. He is currently Coordinator of Digital Projects and Special/Gift Collections for the Music and Performing Arts Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). As Director of Diversity Programs at ARL, Puente will provide leadership for a range of initiatives that recruit people from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups into careers in research libraries and that prepare and advance minority librarians into leadership positions in ARL libraries. For more details, see http://www.arl.org/news/pr/puente-22jan09.shtml.

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29. Research Library Leadership Fellows Program 2009-2010: Deadline March 6

The ARL Research Library Leadership Fellows (RLLF) Program is now accepting applications for 2009-2010, with a deadline of March 6, 2009. The program offers an opportunity for development of future senior-level leaders in large research libraries. Application information and an online application form can be found at http://www.arl.org/leadership/rllf/.

This program is being jointly sponsored and designed by Brigham Young University, University of Florida, Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Houston, University of Michigan, University of Utah, and University of Western Ontario. We thank them for their support and commitment to the program. Questions should be directed to Julia Blixrud, jblix@arl.org.

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LIBRARY STATISTICS AND ASSESSMENT

30. 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: Preliminary tables were issued and distributed to the arl-directors and the arl-statsalary e-mail lists on January 23, 2009. Final verification and production of the publication is underway.

  • ARL Statistics, ARL Academic Health Sciences, ARL Academic Law Libary Statistics, ARL Supplementary Statistics, and ARL Preservation Statistics, 2007–2008: Data collection has been extended to the end of February. Libraries have access to all the data as they are submitted. The mailing for the annual surveys is available online http://www.arl.org/stats/annualsurveys/arlstats/08statmail.shtml.

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

During the January ARL Survey Coordinators and SPEC Liaisons meeting, Paul Hanges presented on ClimateQUAL, Bruce Thompson on LibQUAL+ Lite, and Julia Blixrud on the ARL Ad Hoc Task Force on Best Practices for Counting Serial Titles. A meeting is being planned for Friday, July 10, 2009, 3:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.; we plan to 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 surveys, contact Martha Kyrillidou, martha@arl.org.

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31. Budget-Reduction Strategies Are Focus of January & July '09 Library Assessment Forums

The Library Assessment Forum held on January 23 in Denver focused on the valuable role that assessment can play in providing information critical to support budget reduction and program review. The group discussed how libraries are using assessment results, statistics, performance measures/metrics, and other management information data to support planning and decision making related to budget cuts. The forum included an engaging discussion with perspectives from ARL library directors, Carol Diedrichs (Kentucky), Randy Olsen (Brigham Young), and Susan Gibbons (Rochester). PowerPoint presentations by Sharyn Ladner (Miami) and Steve Hiller (Washington) are now available at http://libraryassessment.info/?p=193.

Further discussion of budget plans and assessment strategies for 2009 and 2010 will follow in the next Library Assessment Forum scheduled for Friday, July 10, 2009, 1:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m., in Chicago. For more information, contact Martha Kyrillidou, martha@arl.org.

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32. Discuss Libraries and the Economy on Facebook

A discussion thread has been initiated in the ARL librarians group on Facebook about the library and the economy. Share your experiences at
http://www.facebook.com/topic.php?topic=6481&post=22834&uid=2353373902#post22834.

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33. LibQUAL+® Update

a. Presentations from ALA Midwinter 2009 Now Online

LibQUAL+® offered three training sessions at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Denver last month: (1) Survey Introduction, (2) Survey Administration, and (3) Survey Results. Presentations from these sessions and other workshops are available online (search "Publication Type: Presentation" and "Year: 2009"), http://www.libqual.org/Publications/.

During the January training sessions, Amy Hoseth (Colorado State) presented practical suggestions on how to maximize your survey results (see http://www.libqual.org/documents/admin/HosethDenver.ppt) and Karen Neurohr (Oklahoma State) presented on how to code comments using Nvivo software (see http://www.libqual.org/documents/admin/Coding_Oklahoma%20State_1_09.ppt).

Also at Midwinter, Colleen Cook (Texas A&M) presented on practical lessons drawn from Texas A&M's 10 years of experience in conducting LibQUAL+® surveys. She compared her institution's scores with ARL averages over the last decade. Texas A&M is one of a handful research libraries that have implemented the protocol annually. In response to why is it important to do the survey every year, Cook indicates that "the environment is changing so rapidly, LibQUAL+® is an easy way to keep track of the changes. Even if your organization may not be able to respond as quickly as you would like, it is key to have your finger on the pulse of faculty and student expectations for and perceptions of the library." See http://www.libqual.org/documents/admin/2009CookResults.ppt.

b. Upcoming LibQUAL+® Events

LibQUAL+® Share Fair, July 13, 2009, Chicago

For the Share Fair, the LibQUAL+® team is seeking entrants who will provide poster sessions, displays, or materials related to their marketing, administration, and use of LibQUAL+®. This event is open to all past, current, and potential LibQUAL+® participants. If you are interested in submitting an entry, send an e-mail to libqual@arl.org.

Working Effectively with LibQUAL+® Workshop, July 13, 2009, 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Chicago

This workshop is for staff responsible for administering the LibQUAL+® survey to develop work plans that they can apply in their librar­ies after they receive the survey results, including how to analyze and present results visually and identify actionable items. To register for this event, see http://www.libqual.org/Events/lqeffective2.cfm.

Service Quality Measurement in Libraries: A LibQUAL+® Exchange, August 17, 2009, Florence, Italy

This event is held in conjunction with the Eighth Northumbria International Conference on Performance Measurement in Libraries and Information Services. LibQUAL+® participants and interested parties are invited to participate and attend. To register, visit http://www.libqual.org/Events/northumbria.cfm.

c. LibQUAL+® International Participation

Keio University, Osaka University, and Kanazawa University launched surveys through the LibQUAL Japan consortium in 2008, collecting over 10,000 responses. ARL has established a partnership with Maruzen Corporation, a Japanese vendor, to increase the participation of universities and facilitate work on library assessment in Japan.

The Université Lyon 1, Université d’Angers, Université François Rabelais de Tours, Université Paris Decartes, and Université Toulouse 1 Sciences Sociales launched surveys through the LibQUAL France consortium, collecting over 8,900 responses.

The Institutio Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey and the University of Wales Bangor launched the first Spanish and Welsh surveys, respectively.

For more information, e-mail libqual@arl.org.

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34. ARL Assessment Activities at ACRL National Conference in Seattle

a. Booth Consultations, Booth #837, Washington State Convention & Trade Center

MINES for Libraries® Consultant, Raynna Bowlby, Library Management Consulting, will be available for individual consultations at the LibQUAL+® booth, Friday, March 13, 2:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. & Saturday, March 14, 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Library Scorecard Consultants, Ted Jackson and Laura Downing, Ascendant Man­agement, will be available to discuss developments of the ARL Library Scorecard project Friday, March 13, 2:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

To schedule a booth consultation, e-mail libqual@arl.org.

b. ClimateQUAL™ Presentations

ClimateQUAL™: Organization Climate and Diversity Assessment
Charles Lowry, Paul Hanges, and Martha Kyrillidou
Saturday, March 14, 2009
1:30 p.m.–2:00 p.m.
Washington State Trade & Convention Center, Room 615–617

ClimateQUAL™ and Other ARL Assessment Tools
Saturday, March 14, 2009
2:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m.
Sheraton Seattle Hotel, Cedar Room

For more information, e-mail climatequal@arl.org.

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35. Google Analytics Workshop Full; Sign Up for Waiting List

Please complete the registration form for the Google Analytics workshop being held by ARL in April if you are interested in being put on a waiting list for a second offering of this popular workshop. The workshop is 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 help improve your site and overall user experience. For more information about this event, see http://www.arl.org/news/pr/google-analytics-23jan09.shtml.

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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST TO ARL DIRECTORS

36. ARL Transitions

Ohio State: Joe Branin announced his resignation as Director of Libraries, effective late summer 2009. He has accepted a new position as the founding Director of the Library and Museum for King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia, effective September 1, 2009.

South Carolina: Thomas McNally has been named Dean of Libraries, effective February 2009. He served as Interim Dean of Libraries since 2007, prior to which he was Director of the Thomas Cooper Library beginning in 2003.

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37. ARL Staff Transitions

Kristina Justh resigned as Customer Relations Coordinator, Statistics and Measurement Program, effective February 12, 2009.

Mark A. Puente has been appointed Director of Diversity Programs, effective March 16, 2009. He is currently Coordinator of Digital Projects and Special/Gift Collections for the Music and Performing Arts Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). See item 28, above.

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38. Grants

Utah received an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Connecting to Collections: Statewide Planning Grant in the amount of $40,000 to oversee a project to improve the long-term care of Utah's material culture. Coordinated with six partners among Utah’s community of libraries, archives, and museums, the project will develop and implement the state's first formal preservation assessment.

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39. Honors

Minnesota won an Association of College and Research Libraries 2009 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award, which recognizes the staff of a college, university, and community college library for programs that deliver exemplary services and resources to further the educational mission of the institution.

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2/27/09

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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