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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Governance and Membership Activities

1. ARL Membership to Convene in Washington, DC

2. Leadership of Research Institutions to Convene to Address “An Age of Discovery: Distinctive Collections in the Digital Age"

Scholarly Communication

3. Compact for Open-Access Publishing Equity Launched

4. Changing The Game: Pioneers Report On Efforts to Support Open-Access Publication

5. Usage Data Added to PLoS Article-Level Metrics

6. ACRL’s Scholarly Communication Toolkit Provides Cases to Begin Campus Scholarly Communication Discussions

7. RIN/JISC Report Examines Motivation and Behavior of UK Researchers

8. York Digital Journals Project Provides Example of Library-Supported Publishing Experience

9. New Media Innovators Head Up the 2009 Sparky Awards

10. SPARC T-Shirts Now Available for Open Access Week

11. Annual Report from PEER Provides Status on Green Open Access Project

Public Policies Affecting Research Libraries

12. Senate Committee Conducts Hearing on Archivist Nomination

13. NARA Releases Report on Presidential Libraries

14. Bills Introduced to Reauthorize Sunsetting Provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act

15. Proposed Google Book Search Settlement Discussions Reopened and House Hearing Conducted

16. Scholar Settles With Joyce Estate

17. Federal Budget Update

18. Cass Sunstein Confirmed as Head of OIRA

19. NEH Announces New Online Grants Database

20. IMLS Announces New Awards

21. 57 College Presidents Declare Support for Legislation to Ensure Public Access to Publicly Funded Research in the U.S.

Transforming Library Roles In Research, Teaching, And Learning

22. Preservation Webcast and Enhanced Q&A Available

23. Liaison Librarian Roles: New Special Issue of Research Library Issues Released

24. "Celebrating Research" Web Site Expands to Feature Montreal and Rice Collections

25. Updated Information on State Budget Cuts

26. New Report Considers Digitization and Print Withdrawal

27. Scientists Discuss Data Sharing

28. CNI UPDATE

Diversity, Professional Workforce, and Leadership Development

29. ARL’s Career Enhancement Program—Application Deadline extended to October 16

30. Research Library Leadership Fellows Visit Florida Libraries

31. Research Library Leadership Program hosts Webinar, "Sustainability of Digital Resources"

32. Call for Proposals—National Diversity in Libraries Conference, Deadline Extended to October 16

Library Statistics and Assessment

33. LibQUAL+® Update

34. ARL Statistical Surveys and Publications Update

35. IMLS Awards 3-Year Grant for "Value, Outcomes, and Return on Investment of Academic Libraries (Lib-Value)"

36. ARL Assessment Articles in Evaluation of Digital Libraries: an Insight into Useful Applications and Methods

Other Items of Interest to ARL Directors

37. Publications Recently Released by ARL

38. Grants

39. ARL Transitions

40. ARL Staff Transitions


GOVERNANCE AND MEMBERSHIP ACTIVITIES

1. ARL Membership to Convene in Washington, DC

The ARL membership will convene in Washington, DC at the 155th ARL Membership Meeting on October 14-15. Meeting folders were mailed to all ARL member library representatives on September 24. The committee and program schedule is on the Web site at http://www.arl.org/events/currentmm/index.shtml.

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2. Leadership of Research Institutions to Convene to Address “An Age of Discovery: Distinctive Collections in the Digital Age"

Representatives from research libraries, archives, and other cultural organizations will gather October 15-16 at the ARL-CNI Forum, “An Age of Discovery: Distinctive Collections in the Digital Age,” to be held immediately following the ARL Membership Meeting in Washington, DC. The goal is to identify strategies for making special and distinctive collections more accessible in the digital environment.

To see speaker and program details, visit the Forum Web site at http://www.arl.org/events/fallforum/forum09/index.shtml.

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SCHOLARLY COMMUNICATION

3. Compact for Open-Access Publishing Equity Launched

Five ARL members—Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the University of California, Berkeley—have announced their joint commitment to a compact for open-access publication. The compact for open-access publishing equity supports equity of business models by committing each university to "the timely establishment of durable mechanisms for underwriting reasonable publication charges for articles written by its faculty and published in fee-based open-access journals and for which other institutions would not be expected to provide funds." Information on the compact is at http://www.oacompact.org/ and a Q&A with the compact author Stuart Shieber can be found at http://hul.harvard.edu/news/2009_0914_shieber.html.

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4. Changing The Game: Pioneers Report On Efforts to Support Open-Access Publication

Last year, the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Calgary were among a handful of institutions that established pools of money, through their libraries, to cover the cost of open-access journal fees. This approach—aimed at supporting a new academic publishing model that could ultimately relieve at least some of the burden of expensive journal subscriptions—has found a receptive audience among researchers on these two campuses. SPARC is highlighting two approaches to establishing and maintaining open-access funds in a new SPARC Member Profile. See http://www.arl.org/sparc/media/09-0924.shtml for more information.

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5. Usage Data Added to PLoS Article-Level Metrics

The Public Library of Science has debuted a new set of metrics to measure article value. Article usage statistics including HTML pageviews, PDF downloads, and XML downloads have been added to citations, social bookmarks, reader comments and notes, blog posts, and reader ratings. More information can be found at http://article-level-metrics.plos.org/.

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6. ACRL’s Scholarly Communication Toolkit Provides Cases to Begin Campus Scholarly Communication Discussions

ACRL's Scholarly Communication Toolkit now offers twelve cases, integrating information from throughout the Toolkit, to help librarians recognize naturally occurring opportunities to raise scholarly communication issues with faculty. The cases provide examples that librarians can follow to take advantage of chance encounters to start discussions leading to increased awareness and support for introducing changes in the institution’s strategies of disseminating locally generated scholarly content with faculty on scholarly communication issues. The cases are available at http://www.acrl.ala.org/scholcomm/node/43 and contributions are welcome.

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7. RIN/JISC Report Examines Motivation and Behavior of UK Researchers

A new report, "Communicating knowledge: how and why UK researchers publish and disseminate their findings," shows how researchers are concerned by what they perceive as mixed messages about the channels they should use to communicate research findings. Commissioned by the Research Information Network (RIN) in conjunction with JISC, this report investigates how researchers’ perceptions of how they are being assessed affects their decisions on when, where, and how to publish and disseminate their findings. It demonstrates the significant variations between researchers in different disciplines not only in the dissemination channels they use, but also in their patterns of collaboration (and how they acknowledge the contributions that members of a team have made), and in how they decide cite the work of others.

The report highlights the need for more consistent and effective guidance from funders and higher educational institutions regarding the dissemination of research. The report is available at http://www.rin.ac.uk/ourwork/communicating-and-disseminating-research/communicating-knowledge-how-and-why-researchers-pu.

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8. York Digital Journals Project Provides Example of Library-Supported Publishing Experience

In her article, “The York Digital Journals Project: Strategies for Institutional Open Journal Systems,” Andrea Kosavic describes how York University began its journal hosting initiative. She addresses policy and sustainability issues and reviews the development of their system using the Open Journal Systems (OJS) publishing capability. The article has been accepted for publication by College and Research Libraries and is freely available at http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/publications/crljournal/preprints/Kosavic.pdf.

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9. New Media Innovators Head Up the 2009 Sparky Awards

The organizers of the popular Sparky Awards, a contest that recognizes the best new short videos on the value of information sharing, have announced that Pat Aufderheide, Director of the Center for Social Media and professor at American University, and Ben Moskowitz, organizer of the Open Video Alliance and co-founder of the Berkeley Students for Free Culture chapter, will help select the winners of the 2009 international contest. These additions to the judges’ panel reflect how vital the open sharing of information is to both students and faculty, and that the Sparky Awards is a unique forum to bring together stakeholders from across campus to the discussion on access to research. Visit http://www.arl.org/sparc/media/09-0922.shtml for more information.

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E-News October 2009: SPARC Tees

10. SPARC T-Shirts Now Available for Open Access Week

Choose from SPARC, Open Access, or Author Rights designs in a variety of colors. Order online at http://www.arl.org/sparc/publications/apparel/.

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11. Annual Report from PEER Provides Status on Green Open Access Project

PEER (Publishing and the Ecology of European Research), supported by the EC eContentplus programme, is investigating the effects of the large-scale, systematic depositing of authors’ final peer-reviewed manuscripts (so called Green Open Access or stage-two research output) on reader access, author visibility, and journal viability, as well as on the broader ecology of European research. The Annual Report for the first year of the PEER project is now available at http://www.peerproject.eu/reports/. For additional information about PEER, see http://www.peerproject.eu/.

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PUBLIC POLICIES AFFECTING RESEARCH LIBRARIES

12. Senate Committee Conducts Hearing on Archivist Nomination

On October 1, the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs conducted a confirmation hearing on the nomination of David S. Ferriero as Archivist of the U.S. Sen. Thomas Carper (D-DE), chair, Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management, Government Information, Federal Services, and International Security chaired the hearing. Sen. Carper’s questions to Mr. Ferriero focused on issues concerning Presidential Libraries, the preservation, access and security of electronic records, and the role of NARA in educating members of the public about U.S. history. The Senate is expected to consider Mr. Ferriero’s nomination later in the month. In a letter to the Chair and Ranking Member of the Committee, ARL noted its “strong support of the nomination of David Ferriero as Archivist of the United States. Mr. Ferriero’s extensive management experience in large, complex organizations, his familiarity with technology issues, particularly issues concerning preservation of and access to digital resources, and his deep understanding of the public policy issues that confront the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), make him an ideal choice for Archivist of the United States.” The letter is available via http://www.arl.org/bm~doc/ltferrieronara.pdf. A Webcast of the hearing and other resrouces are available at http://www.arl.org/pp/access/accessresources/ferrieronomination.shtml.

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13. NARA Releases Report on Presidential Libraries

Following a brief public comment period, NARA recently released “Report on Alternative Models for Presidential Libraries.” The report reviews and explores a diverse set of issues concerning Presidential Libraries, including cost-management, and improving preservation and public access to Presidential records. The report presents possible new approaches to preserving and accessing print, digitized, and born digital presidential records, including desclassification of many of these records. It is anticipated that more debate and consideration of the five models that NARA presents will occur in the months ahead. The report is available via http://www.archives.gov/index.html.

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14. Bills Introduced to Reauthorize Sunsetting Provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act

In anticipation of Congressional action to reauthorize selected provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act, ARL and ALA noted their support for the USA PATRIOT Act Sunset Extension Act of 2009 and the JUSTICE Act of 2009. Both bills, recently introduced in the Senate, would reauthorize selected provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act which will sunset on December 31, 2009. The USA PATRIOT Act Sunset Extension Act of 2009 and the JUSTICE Act of 2009 both reauthorize the sunsetting provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act with critical new protections for civil liberties and due process, including implementation of reasonable safeguards for National Security Letters, revised standards for "Section 215" orders more closely aligned with criminal law, enhanced review procedures for Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) gag orders, and increased reporting of FISA orders. It is expected that the Senate Judiciary Committee will consider the reauthorization legislation shortly. Additional resources and more information on the recent hearing on this legislation by the Senate Committee on the Judiciary is available via http://www.arl.org/pp/pscl/patriot/index.shtml.

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15. Proposed Google Book Search Settlement Discussions Reopened and House Hearing Conducted

Responding to concerns raised by the Department of Justice (DoJ) in its brief filed before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, the American Association of Publishers, Google, and the Authors Guild informed the Court that they will resume negotiations on the proposed Google Book Search settlement. These organizations informed the Court of their intent to resolve the key concerns raised by the DoJ, thus changing some of the terms of the settlement. As a result, the parties asked that the “fairness hearing,” originally scheduled for October 7, be postponed. Instead, Judge Chin has scheduled a status hearing for October 7 where only these parties may speak. ARL, ALA, and ACRL had asked to participate in the fairness hearing prior to it being postponed. The three associations neither support nor object to the settlement, instead raised concerns with it. A summary and analysis of all of the filings before the Court written by Brandon Butler, ARL Law and Policy Fellow, is available at http://www.arl.org/bm~doc/house-committee-summary-091009.pdf.

On September 10, 2009, the House Committee on the Judiciary held a hearing entitled “Competition and Commerce in Digital Books,” with testimony from eight witnesses about the proposed settlement between Google and class action plaintiffs representing authors and publishers (the Settlement). Given the Committee’s jurisdiction, the hearing examined two aspects of the Settlement: consistency with intellectual property law and anti-trust concerns. Concerns about privacy, intellectual freedom, and pricing for institutional users were not discussed. The interests of competing booksellers and individual end-users took center stage, while institutional users were not discussed and libraries were mentioned only in passing as the sources of Google’s texts. The two major developments in the hearing were the Copyright Office’s blistering critique of the Settlement and Google’s announcement that it would allow other booksellers to sell access to out-of-print works it scans under the terms of the Settlement. More information about the hearing is available at: http://www.arl.org/pp/ppcopyright/google/index.shtml.

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16. Scholar Settles With Joyce Estate

Following many years of legal wrangling, a Stanford scholar, Carol Loeb Shloss, settled claims against the estate of James Joyce. In the recent settlement, she received $240,000 which will cover her attorney’s fees for the years of legal maneuvering. An earlier settlement in 2007 allowed Shloss to publish online, the research and scholarship that the Joyce estate had forced her to remove in her book, Lucia Joyce: To Dance in the Wake. She was also allowed to include this material in a republished book in the United States. The Joyce estate is well known for challenging use of Joyce’s work, even uses that are clearly lawful. Shloss, represented by the Stanford Law School Center for Internet and Society’s Fair Use Project, sees this settlement as a critically important development for all scholars working with estates.

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17. Federal Budget Update

Since Congress returned in early September, health care reform has dominated much of the debate leaving many appropriations measures unfinished. The House of Representatives and the Senate approved a continuing resolution to fund federal agencies until Congress can complete all FY 2010 spending bills. The continuing resolution funds government agencies through October 31 at FY 2009 levels with the exception of the U.S. Census Bureau which was provided additional funds to keep the Census preparations on track.

On September 24, the Senate approved the spending bill that includes funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The Senate bill includes an increase of $6.3 million for the NEH for a total of $161.3 million for FY 2010. The House of Representatives has already approved its spending bill and approved $170 million for NEH. A House-Senate conference will resolve the differences in the two versions. To view the congressional letter in support of NEH, http://www.nhalliance.org/bm~doc/fy10-neh-conf-funding-ltr_9-29-09.pdf.

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18. Cass Sunstein Confirmed as Head of OIRA

On September 10, Cass R. Sunstein was confirmed as Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA). Housed in the Office of Management and Budget, OIRA is responsible for reviewing and, in some instances, drafting federal regulations and information practices. In addition to tackling federal paperwork issues, surveys and regulations, OIRA is the agency responsible for setting many of the “rules of the road” for federal information policy. Sunstein was confirmed in a vote of 57-40. Prior to joining the Federal Government, Sunstein was a member of the faculty of the Harvard Law School and the University of Chicago Law School.

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19. NEH Announces New Online Grants Database

Reflecting an interest in transparency of Government and at the National Endowment for the Humanities in particular, on September 21, NEH initiated an online database that permits users to search online for information on NEH-funded projects since 1980. The new database is available at https://securegrants.neh.gov/publicquery/main.aspx. NEH intends to update the database on a quarterly basis to reflect new awards. An FAQ concerning the database is available via http://www.neh.gov/grants/FundedProjectsFaqs.html.

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20. IMLS Announces New Awards

On September 24, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), announced the awarding of $17,894,475 to 51 institutions receiving National Leadership Grants (NLG). Funded projects are targeted at preservation and enhancing educational roles of museums and libraries. A complete listing of the projects is available at: http://www.imls.gov/news/2009/092409b_list.shtm.

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21. 57 College Presidents Declare Support for Legislation to Ensure Public Access to Publicly Funded Research in the U.S.

The Presidents of 57 liberal arts colleges in the U.S., representing 22 states, have declared their support for the Federal Research Public Access Act (S. 1373) in an Open Letter released September 23. The letter is the first from higher education administrators to be issued in support of the 2009 bill, and further reinforcement that support for the Act exists at the highest levels of the higher education community. For more information, see http://www.taxpayeraccess.org/news/news_releases/09-0923.shtml.

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TRANSFORMING LIBRARY ROLES IN RESEARCH, TEACHING, AND LEARNING

E-News October 2009: Preservation Webcast

22. Preservation Webcast and Enhanced Q&A Available

So many questions were submitted during the free ARL Webcast “Preservation: Evolving Roles and Responsibilities of Research Libraries” that the presenters prepared responses to several of the questions that were not answered during the event. Both the supplemental Q&A and a free archive of the Webcast with the original discussion are available at http://www.arl.org/preserv/preservationwebcast/.

The Webcast was held on September 15. It offered a brief overview of the key findings in the recently released report by Lars Meyer, “Safeguarding Collections at the Dawn of the 21st Century: Describing Roles & Measuring Contemporary Preservation Activities in ARL Libraries,” and focused on how research libraries are working to ensure ongoing access to collections in all formats. The Webcast featured two reactors to the report: James Neal, Columbia, and Deborah Jakubs, Duke.

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E-News October 2009: RLI 265

23. Liaison Librarian Roles: New Special Issue of Research Library Issues Released

While research libraries may agree on the importance of the liaison role, how to reconfigure liaison work has become a topic of broad concern. The authors of the five articles in the latest Research Library Issues—Karen Williams (Minnesota), Beth Dupuis (Berkeley), Tracy Gabridge (MIT), Joy Kirchner (British Columbia), and Kara Whatley (NYU)—reflect on their experiences and offer insights to fellow travelers from libraries mapping out their own routes to a new vision of liaison work.

This special issue addresses such themes as the need for new forms of relationship building, particularly with faculty, to respond to the changing work of faculty and researchers and to constantly evolving learning outcomes, research processes, and communication practices. As the range of activities addressed through liaison work grows, liaison librarians increasingly need the ability to acquire new skills and leverage more specialized expertise among their library colleagues in service of their clients. Just as researchers are often working in teams to leverage compatible expertise, liaison librarians will need to be team builders among library experts where this advances client research.

New liaison roles are not emerging de novo, but rather in continuity with established roles. Consequently, the articles describe developmental processes from the perspective of particular roles and institutions. While there may be growing consensus on where to go, how to make the journey is the pressing question this special issue begins to answer. The special issue of RLI #265 is freely available at http://www.arl.org/resources/pubs/rli/archive/.

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E-News October 2009: Celebrating Research

24. "Celebrating Research" Web Site Expands to Feature Montreal and Rice Collections

"Celebrating Research: Rare and Special Collections from the Membership of the Association of Research Libraries" is a book and Web site profiling selected rare and special collections in major research libraries of North America. Originally published in 2007 on the occasion of ARL's 75th anniversary, the Web site was recently expanded with the addition of profiles of collections from the Bibliothèques de l’Université de Montréal and Rice University.

Montreal contributed a profile of the Gilles-Rioux Collection about Surrealism, a collection focused not only on surrealism, but on other themes affiliated with this cultural movement. The collection profile can be viewed at http://www.celebratingresearch.org/libraries/montreal/gilles-rioux.shtml.

Rice contributed a profile of their collection, the Robert L. Patten Research Materials on George Cruikshank, the man best known as the original illustrator of many of Charles Dickens’ novels. To view the profile, visit http://www.celebratingresearch.org/libraries/rice/patten-cruikshank.shtml.

The Celebrating Research Web site compendium now includes 120 collection profiles, each from a different ARL member library. The content of Celebrating Research, including image previews, is freely available on the Web at http://www.celebratingresearch.org/.

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25. Updated Information on State Budget Cuts

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities released a new analysis of the budgets of U.S. states on September 3, 2009. Nearly all states continue to experience budget deficits in the new fiscal year and the report, “New Fiscal Year Brings No Relief From Unprecedented State Budget Problems” looks at the impacts on key areas of state spending, including spending on higher education. Details on current and future budget cuts, as well as the effect of federal stimulus funding are included. The report is freely available at http://www.cbpp.org/cms/index.cfm?fa=view&id=711.

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26. New Report Considers Digitization and Print Withdrawal

A new report from Ithaka S+R looks at the preservation issues raised by the growing opportunity to reduce duplicated print holdings where digitized versions are available. The report looks at community level issues, local perspectives, and potential thresholds for withdrawal of different types of materials in various circumstances. Journals are the main focus of discussion although implications for mass digitization of monographs are also considered. The report is freely available at http://www.ithaka.org/ithaka-s-r/research/what-to-withdraw.

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27. Scientists Discuss Data Sharing

Nature News has published a special on data sharing that includes a range of content including editorials, opinion pieces, and ongoing discussion. Authors consider both prepublication and post-publication data sharing. Most content is freely available although the main feature article requires a subscription to Nature. See http://www.nature.com/news/specials/datasharing/ for more information.

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E-News October 2009: CNI Conversations

28. CNI UPDATE

Fall Membership Meeting: Preparations are underway for the Fall 2009 CNI Membership Meeting, to be held December 14-15 in Washington, DC. During the meeting Clifford Lynch will present the 2009-2010 Program Plan, and Prof. Bernard Frischer, Director of the Virtual World Heritage Laboratory of the University of Virginia, will give the closing keynote.

Proposals for project briefings to be presented at the meeting will be accepted until October 23; the registration deadline is November 13. See .

CNI Conversations: As part of an ongoing effort to explore additional ways to connect with our members, CNI has launched a program we are calling CNI Conversations, a series of sessions in which participants from member institutions take part in discussions on current topics with CNI Director Clifford Lynch and others. The first event, which was done in audio-conference format, took place on Sept. 15 and included discussion of the Google Books proposed settlement, DataNet, and library responses to the financial crisis. The recorded archive of that session is now available via http://www.cni.org/cni_conversations.

Real-time participation in upcoming CNI Conversations events requires pre-registration. Registration is open only to those at member institutions. Dates for upcoming CNI Conversations were recently sent to the CNI representatives at our member institutions; if you are interested in participating in a future session of CNI Conversations, please contact one of your organization’s CNI representatives. We plan to continue to make audio or other records of these sessions generally available after the event; look for announcements on the CNI-ANNOUNCE electronic mailing list.

Paul Evan Peters Award—Call for Nominations: The Paul Evan Peters Award recognizes the most notable and lasting international achievements related to high performance networks and the creation and use of information resources and services that advance scholarship and intellectual productivity. The deadline for nominations is October 12, 2009. For more information see the award Web site at http://www.educause.edu/PaulEvanPetersAward/852.

CNI Staff at Upcoming Events: October 2: Joan Lippincott, LITA National Forum, Salt Lake City, UT http://docs.lib.purdue.edu/lita2009/

October 9: Cliff Lynch, Sun PASIG meeting, San Francisco, CA https://meeting-reg.com/sunpasig/

October 15: Cliff Lynch, ARL/CNI Fall Forum, Washington, DC http://www.arl.org/events/fallforum/forum09/index.shtml

October 19: Joan Lippincott, PKAL Workshop on Undergraduate Learning Spaces, Durham, NC http://www.pkal.org/activities/RenovationOfSpacesForScience.cfm

October 22: Joan Lippincott, Librarians Association of the University of California, Berkeley Conference “Student Library Users,” Berkeley, CA http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/LAUC/2009conference/

October 30: Cliff Lynch, Kaplan Institute “Right to Information Access,” State College, PA. http://www.libraries.psu.edu/kaplan.html

For the latest news & information, subscribe to CNI-ANNOUNCE: send a message to cni-announce-subscribe@cni.org

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DIVERSITY, PROFESSIONAL WORKFORCE, AND LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

29. ARL’s Career Enhancement Program—Application Deadline extended to October 16

The application deadline for ARL’s Career Enhancement Program (CEP) has been extended to Friday, October 16, 2009. The CEP, funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and ARL member libraries, offers MLIS students from underrepresented groups an opportunity to jump-start their careers in research libraries by providing a robust internship experience in an ARL member library.

The Career Enhancement Program is comprised of the following:

  • a 6- to 12-week paid internship in an ARL partner library
  • a mentoring relationship with a professional librarian
  • an opportunity to attend the 2010 ARL Leadership Institute (held in conjunction with the ALA Midwinter Meeting
  • a potential academic stipend for MLIS coursework
  • career placement assistance

For more information about the program, eligibility requirements, and timeline for selection of participants, please visit http://www.arl.org/diversity/cep/divcepapps.shtml.

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30. Research Library Leadership Fellows Visit Florida Libraries

In mid-September, eight Research Library Leadership Fellows (RLLF) were the guests of The University of Florida and the George A. Smathers Libraries in Gainesville. The site visit included programs on library development and university relations, visits to campus museums, an event at the Center for Latin American Studies, and attendance at a Gators football game.

The next event is the first 2009-2010 RLLF Institute hosted by Brigham Young University and the University of Utah. The Institute will take place November 8-14, 2009. More information on the RLLF program can be found at http://www.arl.org/leadership/rllf/index.shtml.

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31. Research Library Leadership Program hosts Webinar, "Sustainability of Digital Resources"

E-News October 2009: Sustainability Webinar

The ARL Research Library Leadership Program presented the first in a series of webinars that will explore strategic concerns facing the long-term development of research libraries. The program addressed the topic of the "Sustainability of Digital Resources." The Webinar was held on September 30. An archive of the presentation is available at http://www.infiniteconferencing.com/Events/ARL/093009ARL/recording-playback.html.

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32. Call for Proposals—National Diversity in Libraries Conference, Deadline Extended to October 16

The 2010 National Diversity in Libraries Conference, NDLC2010: From Groundwork to Action, will take place July 14-16, 2010 in Princeton, NJ. 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.

The new deadline for submitting proposals is October 16, 2009. The new deadline for poster session proposals is December 22, 2009. Please consult the NDLC wiki, https://qed.princeton.edu/main/NDLC2010, for further information regarding presentation formats, selection criteria, and submission guidelines.

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LIBRARY STATISTICS AND ASSESSMENT

33. LibQUAL+® Update

ARL will hold several training sessions on January 18, 2010 at the 2009 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Boston, MA. This set of workshops is designed to provide potential and current participants with vital information to aid in the survey process.

LibQUAL+®:Survey Introduction, 8:30 a.m.–10:00 a.m.
The session provides potential and prospective new LibQUAL+® participants with information on the project's development and origins, with a good grounding on the theoretical and practical implications of the LibQUAL+® survey; practical information for getting started with the survey at your library is also available. A buffet breakfast will be served starting at 8:00 a.m.

LibQUAL+®: Survey Administration, 10:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. (Required for first-time survey administrators and highly recommended for all participants as we are launching our new platform) The new LibQUAL+® platform including the LibQUAL+® Lite functionality will be featured during this segment. This session provides all participants registered for LibQUAL+® survey administration with practical information for administering the survey at your library, including: articulating survey objectives/desired outcomes, creating an assessment group or team, marketing your survey, navigating the LibQUAL+® online system (configurations, previewing, monitoring survey progress), and obtaining results.

LibQUAL+®: Survey Results, 2:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m. This session is aimed at library staff who have participated in LibQUAL+® in the past. The goals of this session are to (a) provide an overview of the latest round of LibQUAL+® participation, (b) report the latest research, (c) demonstrate best practices in using the results, and (d) engage participants in interpreting their institutional notebooks. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions related to the results, provide feedback on their survey experience, learn from other participants, and discuss how to put LibQUAL+® results into action.

You can register for the training sessions online at http://www.libqual.org/Events/lqtraining.cfm.

There will also be a booth (#2354) set up at the Boston Convention Center.

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34. ARL Statistical Surveys and Publications Update

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

ARL Annual Salary Survey 2009–10: Mailing is available at http://www.arl.org/stats/annualsurveys/salary/salform09.shtml. Deadline for submissions was September 30. We have received about half of the expected surveys.

ARL Statistics 2008–09: due October 15
ARL Academic Health Sciences Library Statistics 2008–09: due October 15
ARL Academic Law Library Statistics 2008–09: due October 15
ARL Supplementary Statistics 2008–09: due October 15
ARL Preservation Statistics 2008–09: due November 30

The ARL Statistics mailing is available at http://www.arl.org/stats/annualsurveys/arlstats/09statmail.shtml. Earlier deadlines were set this year at the request of ARL libraries who are ready to share the data as early as possible to allow more time for fiscal planning given the current economic climate.

All ARL institutions have access to all the data as soon as they are submitted through our StatsQUAL password-protected gateway at http://www.arlstatistics.org/. Invitations to access the survey forms through this gateway were sent to all survey coordinators.

The ARL Statistics and SPEC Survey Liaisons meeting is scheduled to take place on January 15 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information, please contact martha@arl.org.

ARL Annual Salary Survey 2008–2009: ARL Annual Salary Survey 2008–2009, which analyzes salary data for all professional staff working in the 123 ARL member libraries, reported that ARL librarians’ salaries did not keep pace with inflation. The combined median professional salary in US and Canadian ARL university libraries was $64,823—a 3.8% increase from the previous year. Over the same period, the Consumer Price Index rose 5.6% in the US and 3.4% in Canada. The ARL Annual Salary Survey 2008–2009 analyzes salary data from a number of different perspectives, including race, ethnicity, and gender. Minority librarians make up 14.1% of the professional staff in US ARL university libraries; the percentage of minorities in managerial or administrative positions is lower. Women comprise 69.1% of minority staff members. Gender-based salary differentials persist in ARL libraries. The overall salary for women in the 113 ARL university libraries is 96.2% of that paid to men. For more information or to download a PDF of the publication, visit http://www.arl.org/stats/annualsurveys/salary/.

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35. IMLS Awards 3-Year Grant for "Value, Outcomes, and Return on Investment of Academic Libraries (Lib-Value)"

The University of Tennessee (Lead-PI: Carol Tenopir) in collaboration with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Libraries (Co-PI: Paula Kaufman) and ARL (Martha Kyrillidou) were awarded an IMLS leadership grant entitled "Value, Outcomes, and Return on Investment of Academic Libraries (Lib-Value)". Lib-Value addresses academic librarians’ growing need to demonstrate the return on investment (ROI) and value of the library to the institution. Lib-Value will provide evidence and a set of tested methodologies and tools to assist academic librarians in these areas. The 3-year grant engages two well-known researchers in the library field as consultants: Bruce Kingma, Syracuse, and Donald W. King, North Carolina at Chapel-Hill. The project is also engaging an advisory committee of noted ROI researchers José-Marie Griffiths (UNC-Chapel Hill) and Michael Koenig (Long Island University); academic library directors Carol Mandel (NYU) and Colleen Cook (Texas A&M); and economists George Deltas (UIUC) and Nicolas Flores (U. of Colorado).

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36. ARL Assessment Articles in Evaluation of Digital Libraries: an Insight into Useful Applications and Methods

Evaluation of Digital Libraries: an Insight into Useful Applications and Methods, edited by Giannis Tsakonas and Christos Papatheodorou (Oxford: Chandos Publishing, 2009) includes two articles featuring research related to ARL assessment efforts. Brinley Franklin, Martha Kyrillidou and Terry Plum describe efforts to analyze usage data and emphasize the user perspective in the evaluation of digital libraries and networked electronic resources and services in an article entitled "From usage to user: library metrics and expectations for the evaluation of digital libraries" (a preprint version is available at:http://www.libqual.org/documents/admin/UsageMetrics.doc). In the article "Digital Library Service Quality: What Does It Look Like?" Martha Kyrillidou, Colleen Cook and Yvonna Lincoln summarize the development of the DigiQUAL protocol within the National Science Digital Library Program. A preprint version is available at http://www.libqual.org/documents/admin/DigitalLibrary1.rtf. The volume includes many other interesting papers on the evaluation of digital libraries.

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E-News October 2009: SPEC Kit 312

OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST TO ARL DIRECTORS

37. Publications Recently Released by ARL

Public Engagement, SPEC Kit 312
ARL has published Public Engagement, SPEC Kit 312, which explores the ways in which traditional “outreach” programs in academic libraries are evolving to address the emergent concept of “public engagement” at the institutional level and the degree to which the library is integrated into campus-level efforts to promote public engagement. Of the 56 responding libraries, 49 (88%) reported providing such programs as part of their service profile. Respondents identified a wide variety of programs that they characterize as “public engagement.” The top four areas of library activity reported were programs in the areas of K-12 education (80%), cultural engagement (75%), government information/e-government (68%), and lifelong learning (66%). This SPEC Kit includes documentation from respondents in the form of mission statements, descriptions of library engagement programs, examples of awards programs, scholarship of engagement information, and job descriptions. The table of contents and executive summary from this SPEC Kit are available online at http://www.arl.org/bm~doc/spec-312-web.pdf.

ARL Annual Salary Survey 2008–2009
Martha Kyrillidou and Les Bland, comps. and eds.
2009 • ISBN 1-59407-843-2 • EAN 978-1-59407-843-9 • ISSN 0361-5669 • 119 pages

For more information about the ARL Annual Salary Survey or to download a PDF of the publication, .

ARL Supplementary Statistics 2007–2008
Les Bland and Martha Kyrillidou, comps. and eds.
2009 • ISBN 1-59407-842-4 • EAN 978-1-59407-842-2 • ISSN 1533-9335 • 54 pages

ARL Supplementary Statistics 2006–2007
Les Bland and Martha Kyrillidou, comps. and eds. 2009 • ISBN 1-59407-841-6 • EAN 978-1-59407-841-5 • ISSN 1533-9335 • 50 pages

For more information about the ARL Supplementary Statistics or to download a PDF of the publication, please visit http://www.arl.org/stats/annualsurveys/sup/.

ARL Preservation Statistics 2006–2007
Les Bland and Martha Kyrillidou, comps. and eds. 2009 • ISBN 1-59407-821-1 • EAN 978-1-59407-821-7 • ISSN 1050-7442 • 65 pages

For more information about the ARL Preservation Statistics or to download a PDF of the publication, please visit http://www.arl.org/stats/annualsurveys/pres/.

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38. Grants

Johns Hopkins: The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded the Sheridan Libraries $20 million to build a data research infrastructure for the management of digital information created for teaching and research. Beginning with the life, earth, and social sciences, project members will develop a framework to more fully understand current data practices currently and develop a model for curation that allows ease of access both within and across disciplines. The Libraries also received $300,000 for a feasibility study of developing, operating and sustaining an open access repository of articles from NSF-sponsored research.

CLIR, Georgia Tech, Penn State, and Washington University in St. Louis have been awarded IMLS National Leadership Grants. For more information, visit http://www.imls.gov/news/2009/092409b_list.shtm.

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39. ARL Transitions

Albany, SUNY: Mary F. Casserly was named Dean and Director of Libraries effective September 1. She has served as Acting Dean and Director since March and was previously the Assistant Director for Collections and Assistant Director for Collections and User Services.

Case Western Reserve: University Librarian Joanne Eustis has announced her retirement, effective December 31, 2009. Timothy Robson, currently deputy director, will serve as interim university librarian.

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40. ARL Staff Transitions

Jaia Barrett, ARL Deputy Executive Director, announced her retirement effective spring 2010. A recruitment for a successor will begin with an announcement on the ARL Web site.

Brandon Butler was named ARL Law and Policy Fellow in August. His one year assignment at ARL to work on Public Policies matters is being supported by the law firm Dow Lohnes.

Gary Roebuck, Technical Operations Manager, Statistics and Measurement, resigned as of September 18 to take a position in the private sector. Recruitment is underway.

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10/05/09

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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