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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Governance and Membership Activities

1. Vital Signs in Transformational Times

Scholarly Communication

2. Author Addenda, SPEC Kit 310, Published by ARL

3. OASIS Open Access Sourcebook Now Online

4. University Presses Receive Planning Grant for Collaborative E-Book Project

5. University of Kansas Faculty Senate Approves Open Access Policy

6. Elsevier Motion to Block License Release Denied in Open-Records Decision

7. MLA and AAHSL Issue Joint Statement on Journal Publishing Ethics

8. ACRL Adds Scholarly Communication 101 Materials to Online Toolkit

9. Relationship between Journals and Repositories Explored

Public Policies Affecting Research Libraries

10. Call to Action: Tell Congress You Support the Federal Research Public Access Act of 2009

11. Department of Justice Opens Investigation into Proposed Google Book Search Settlement

12. Budget Update: NSF, NEH, NARA

13. National Academies to Study American Research Universities

14. White House Calls for Volunteerism

15. Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement under Consideration Again

Transforming Library Roles in Research, Teaching, and Learning

16. Archive of Special Collections Web Conference Now Online; ARL Launches Blog

17. Rochester Releases User Study from eXtensible Catalog Project

18. IMLS Funds Training of E-Science Librarians

19. OCLC Issues Report on Metadata for Special Collections and Archives

20. Columbia Launches Project to Collect and Archive Digital Human Rights Content

21. CLIR Report Analyzes Digital Tools for Humanities Research

22. Study of UK Libraries Shows Deep Cuts Ahead

23. Libraries Invited to Engage Students in Award-Winning Digital Literacy Contest

24. CNI Update

Library Statistics and Assessment

25. ARL Statistical Surveys and Publications Update

26. Library Expenditures as a Percent of University Expenditures Declines

27. Call for Participation in ClimateQUAL™: Organizational Climate and Diversity Assessment 2010

28. LibQUAL+® Implements New Fee Structure

29. ARL Statistics and Assessment Events at ALA Annual Conference, Chicago

Other Items of Interest to ARL Directors

30. Call for Proposals for 2010 SPEC Surveys

31. Research Library Issues no. 264 Now Online

32. ARL Transitions

33. ARL Staff Transitions

34. Other Transitions

35. Grants


GOVERNANCE AND MEMBERSHIP ACTIVITIES

1. Vital Signs in Transformational Times

Audio recordings and presentation slides from the recent ARL Membership Meeting in Houston are now available on the ARL Web site. The program was characterized by candor as speakers proposed strategies that could keep research libraries moving forward in innovative ways especially in the face of growing financial challenges. Topics addressed include:

  • Redefining libraries as multi-institutional entities
  • Consolidating and collaborating with other libraries for local delivery of services
  • New and old directions in collective storage (print and digital)
  • Options for library discovery tools
  • Partnering with faculty and other constituencies to manage scientific data

See http://www.arl.org/resources/pubs/mmproceedings/154mm-proceedings/. For more information, contact Jaia Barrett, jaia@arl.org.

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SCHOLARLY COMMUNICATION

2. Author Addenda, SPEC Kit 310, Published by ARL

E-News July 2009: SPEC Kit 310

ARL has published Author Addenda, SPEC Kit 310, which explores how ARL member libraries are promoting the use of author addenda by researchers at their institutions. Respondents to this SPEC survey provided information on the use of author addenda at their institutions, which rights authors were encouraged to retain, and the methods by which libraries were conducting promotion and outreach efforts on the topic of author rights and addenda. Half of the 70 responding libraries indicated that authors at their institutions were using author addenda and 33 libraries indicated that they “did not know.” Over half (36) of the responding libraries reported that an author addendum had been endorsed by administrators or a governing body at their institution or by their consortia. This SPEC Kit includes documentation from respondents in the form of sample addenda, brochures, handouts, and author rights Web sites and slides from presentations to faculty and library staff. The table of contents and executive summary from this SPEC Kit are available online at http://www.arl.org/bm~doc/spec-310-web.pdf.

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3. OASIS Open Access Sourcebook Now Online

The Open Access Scholarly Information Sourcebook (OASIS) highlights open-access developments and initiatives from around the world, with links to additional resources and case studies. Materials are presented according to specific focus areas, to reflect diverse interests in wider access to research. The OASIS focus areas are Researchers, Librarians, Publishers, Administrators, the Public, and Students. See http://www.arl.org/sparc/media/09-0625.shtml.

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4. University Presses Receive Planning Grant for Collaborative E-Book Project

The Mellon Foundation awarded a planning grant to fund multifaceted research into the feasibility of developing a consortium of university presses to deliver e-books to libraries on a shared platform. The grant will be administered by NYU Press on behalf of collaborating presses at the University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, and Rutgers University. The initiative will differ from existing e-book ventures in that it will be run by and for scholarly publishers, with a primary focus on the needs of university presses and their library customers. See http://www.fromthesquare.org/?p=563.

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5. University of Kansas Faculty Senate Approves Open Access Policy

The University of Kansas announced the passage of an open access policy by their Faculty Senate. Approval of the policy makes Kansas the first public university to pass such a faculty-initiated policy. Similar to policies passed by Harvard and MIT, the policy calls for faculty members to grant the university a nonexclusive license to make scholarly articles available in the university's institutional repository and to exercise copyright for those articles. An implementation plan will be developed during the 2009–10 academic year. See http://www.news.ku.edu/2009/june/26/openaccess.shtml.

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6. Elsevier Motion to Block License Release Denied in Open-Records Decision

An injunction filed by Elsevier to block release of information included in a licensing contract between the publisher and Washington State University (WSU) was denied by a court in the state of Washington last month. A public-records request for contract terms had been submitted to the university by researchers gathering data on the terms of large-publisher bundled contracts. See http://www.arl.org/news/pr/elsevier-wsu-23jun09.shtml.

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7. MLA and AAHSL Issue Joint Statement on Journal Publishing Ethics

Responding to recent news reports regarding industry-sponsored journals published primarily for marketing purposes, the the Medical Library Association (MLA) and the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) jointly endorsed the need for transparency with regard to publication source and funding. See http://data.memberclicks.com/site/aahsl/AAHSL_MLA_Statement_on_Journal_Publishing_Ethics_06_09.pdf.

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8. ACRL Adds Scholarly Communication 101 Materials to Online Toolkit

Scholarly Communication 101 materials—including short videos, presentation templates, and handouts—were developed for a half-day workshop offered at the ACRL 14th National Conference in Seattle and will travel to five locations around the country this summer (see http://www.ala.org/ala/newspresscenter/news/pressreleases2009/april2009/acrlscroadshowhosts.cfm). These tools can be used for personal professional development or adapted to offer related workshops. The Scholarly Communication Toolkit is available online at http://www.acrl.ala.org/scholcomm/.

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9. Relationship between Journals and Repositories Explored

Author Stephen Pinfield proposes three possible models of interaction between repositories and journals in the July 2009 issue of Learned Publishing. He identifies key issues that need to be addressed in order for open access (OA) repositories and open access journals to form a coherent OA scholarly communication system. See http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/alpsp/lp/2009/00000022/00000003/art00002.

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PUBLIC POLICIES AFFECTING RESEARCH LIBRARIES

10. Call to Action: Tell Congress You Support the Federal Research Public Access Act of 2009

E-News July 2009: FRPAA Call to Action

On June 25, Senators Joe Lieberman (Chair, Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, I-CT) and John Cornyn (R-TX) introduced the Federal Research Public Access Act of 2009 (FRPAA), S. 1373. Provisions in the legislation would require that US Government agencies and departments with an annual extramural research budget of $100 million or more make final, electronic manuscripts of articles in peer-reviewed journals stemming from research funded by that agency publicly available over the Internet. The legislation seeks to extend and expand access to these federally funded research resources and accelerate scientific discovery. This legislation reflects the growing trend by funders and campuses alike of adopting and implementing public access policies relating to federally funded research. The proposed bill is welcomed by the Alliance for Taxpayer Access, a coalition of research institutions, consumers, patients, and others formed to support open public access to publicly funded research. For details on how to express your support, see http://www.taxpayeraccess.org/action/s1373_june2009.html. For more information, see http://www.arl.org/pp/access/frpaa2009.shtml.

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11. Department of Justice Opens Investigation into Proposed Google Book Search Settlement

In a letter to District Judge Chin, US District Court, Southern District of New York, the Department of Justice acknowledged that they are investigating the competitive impact of the proposed Google book search settlement. William Cavanaugh, Deputy Assistant Attorney General noted that, “the United States has reviewed public comments expressing concern that aspects of the settlement agreement may violate the Sherman Act. At this preliminary stage, the United States has reached no conclusions as to the merit of those concerns or more broadly what impact this settlement may have on competition. However, we have determined that the issues raised by the proposed settlement warrant further inquiry.” Under the proposed 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. Individuals and organizations may file comments before the Court until September 4. District Judge Chin will conduct a fairness hearing on October 7. For more information, see http://www.arl.org/pp/ppcopyright/google/index.shtml.

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12. Budget Update: NSF, NEH, NARA

Prior to the July 4 recess, members of the US House and Senate Appropriations Committee acted on several appropriations measures in hopes of moving 12 appropriations bills prior to the end of the fiscal year. The House of Representatives has approved four bills and three more have been approved by the House Committee on Appropriations. The Senate, following the House, has approved four appropriations bills at the Committee level.

National Science Foundation: The House of Representatives approved a total of $6.937 billion for the National Science Foundation in FY 2010. This is $68.5 million below the President’s request for the agency. In considering NSF’s FY 2010 request, the Senate Committee on Appropriations approved a budget of $6.917 billion.

National Endowment for the Humanities: The House of Representatives approved an increase of $15 million for the National Endowment for the Humanities for a total of $170 million for FY 2010. $17.442 million is allocated to the Division of Preservation and Access, an increase of $1.442 million. This FY 2010 budget also includes additional funding for Digital Humanities for a total of $5.138 million.

National Archives and Records Administration: The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government approved an increase of $10 million for the National Archives and Records Administration for FY 2010. The total amount would be $457 million. This includes a total of $85 million for the Electronic Records Archives (ERA), an increase of $18.5 million. The ERA will provide online public access to the electronic records of NARA and is a key component of the Federal Government’s preservation strategies for electronic resources.

Funding for the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) would increase by $1.75 million to $13 million in FY 2010 as approved by the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government.

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

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13. National Academies to Study American Research Universities

In a letter to the Presidents of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine, four members of Congress asked the Academies to conduct a study on the competitive position of public and private research universities. Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) and Reps. Bart Gordon (D-TN) and Ralph Hall (R-TX) requested that the Academies “assemble a distinguished group of individuals to assess the competitive position of American research universities, both public and private.” The group is to respond to the following question: "What are the top ten actions that Congress, state governments, research universities, and others could take to assure the ability of the American research university to maintain the excellence in research and doctoral education needed to help the United States compete, prosper, and achieve national goals for health, energy, the environment, and security in the global community in the 21st century?” This report is seen as an important follow-up to the 2005 report, Rising Above the Gathering Storm. Congress enacted many recommendations from that report in the America Competes Act in 2007. For more information, contact Prue Adler, prue@arl.org.

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14. White House Calls for Volunteerism

President Obama announced United We Serve, a call for community service in areas of education, health care, energy independence, economic renewal, and more. The initiative will run from June 22 until September 11. It is expected that United We Serve will extend beyond this summer leading to a long-term effort focused on public service. The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is working with the Corporation for National & Community Service with a focus on museum and library community engagement. For more information, see http://www.nationalservice.gov/about/initiatives/summer.asp.

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15. Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement under Consideration Again

On June 12, the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) indicated that negotiations on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) will resume. Last year, the USTR engaged with other countries to draft a treaty focused on combating counterfeiting and the infringement of copyrighted works. Unfortunately, to date the discussions have been conducted with no public input and treaty documents have not been made publicly available. Additional negotiations are anticipated in Morocco in mid-July and in Korea in October. For more information, contact Prue Adler, prue@arl.org.

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TRANSFORMING LIBRARY ROLES IN RESEARCH, TEACHING, AND LEARNING

16. Archive of Special Collections Web Conference Now Online; ARL Launches Blog

E-News July 2009: Special Collections Blog

The archive of a July 7 ARL Web conference on “Transformative issues for Special Collections in ARL Libraries” and a related blog are now online. The Web conference featured a panel of experts discussing the recent report by the ARL Special Collections Working Group on the key issues facing special collections. The blog is an opportunity for the special collections community to continue the conversation sparked by the Web conference. For more information and links to the conference archive, the blog, and the working group report, visit http://www.arl.org/rtl/speccoll/SCwebcastjuly07.shtml.

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17. Rochester Releases User Study from eXtensible Catalog Project

The eXtensible Catalog project has conducted extensive user studies with research partners Cornell, Ohio State, Yale, and the University of Rochester with support from the Mellon Foundation. This first report from the project treats the user-research portion of the study and includes a list of desirable features that emerged from the analysis of those results. See the eXtensible Catalog Web site at http://www.eXtensibleCatalog.org/ for more information about the overall project.

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18. IMLS Funds Training of E-Science Librarians

Syracuse University has received funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to work in partnership with Cornell University Libraries on a new program, "Building an eScience Librarianship Curriculum for an eResearch Future." Designed to develop a new generation of science librarians, the program will create a digital curation curriculum emphasizing the management and preservation of science-related information. The program will recruit students with science backgrounds and provide them with scholarship support. For more information, contact Karla Hahn, karla@arl.org.

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19. OCLC Issues Report on Metadata for Special Collections and Archives

User research forms the basis of the recent OCLC report, "The Metadata Is the Interface: Better Description for Better Discovery of Archives and Special Collections." Author Jennifer Schaffner synthesizes a diverse set of user studies of special collections to highlight important gaps between users’ expectations and special collections’ historical descriptive practices. See http://www.oclc.org/programs/news/2009-05-19.htm.

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20. Columbia Launches Project to Collect and Archive Digital Human Rights Content

Columbia University Libraries has announced a project to establish best practices for collecting, managing, preserving, and providing access to at-risk digital content, specifically in the area of human rights. Building on an earlier planning grant and with three years of Mellon funding, the libraries will create new models for collecting and preserving Web content. The project will be broadly and fully integrated into the work of the library. For more information, contact Karla Hahn, karla@arl.org.

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21. CLIR Report Analyzes Digital Tools for Humanities Research

Research by Katie Shilton identifies key characteristics of the tools used in humanities cyberinfrastructure, particularly relating to sustainability. “Supporting Digital Tools for Humanists: Investigating Tool Infrastructure,” published by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), considers 38 tools and identifies 5 particularly successful tools. The report also identifies best practices for Web site design and professionalism and suggests next steps for assisting digital humanities tools in achieving sustainability. The report is freely available at http://www.clir.org/pubs/archives/ShiltonToolsfinal.pdf.

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22. Study of UK Libraries Shows Deep Cuts Ahead

A recent study of UK higher ed libraries found that the combination of the global economic crisis and the declining value of the pound is having a profound impact on collecting. Times Higher Education reports, “The survey shows that nearly 40 per cent of libraries plan cuts to books and serial purchases from next year. One in five plans to cancel one or more so-called big deals with publishing houses to access bundles of journals online.” See http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/story.asp?sectioncode=26&storycode=406612&c=1.

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23. Libraries Invited to Engage Students in Award-Winning Digital Literacy Contest

The Digital Literacy Contest (DLC) was created by in 2007 by undergraduate students at Purdue University to find and evaluate information in library databases and online. Since then, libraries across North America have engaged the DLC team to organize similar events on their campuses, including Brown University, Cornell University, Indiana University, Northwestern University, and the University of Florida. The competition has proven that it helps libraries engage students and promote resources. In addition, the DLC team was recently honored by the MacArthur Foundation with its Young Innovator award. For more information about hosting a DLC on your campus, visit http://www.gnic.org/dlc/ or contact daniel.poynter@gnic.org.

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24. CNI Update

CNI Executive Director Clifford Lynch and Associate Executive Director Joan Lippincott will be speaking at the upcoming ALA Annual Conference in Chicago: On Sunday, July 12, 10:00 a.m.–noon, Clifford Lynch will participate in the panel discussion, "Net Neutrality and Its Implications for Libraries," sponsored by LITA. Lynch will also join LITA's "Top Technology Trends" roundtable discussion on Sunday, July 12, 1:30 p.m.–3:00 p.m. Joan Lippincott will speak as part of the ACRL University Libraries Section (ULS) program, "Millennials in Graduate School: How Do We Support Them?" Saturday, July 11, 1:30 p.m.–3:00 p.m.

Joan Lippincott presented the EDUCAUSE Live! webcast, "What to Do While Your Building or Renovation Project Is on Hold" on June 29. All EDUCAUSE Live! presentations are archived for later (re)viewing at http://net.educause.edu/Archives/2719. At the m-Libraries Conference in Vancouver, Lippincott gave the talk, "Why M-Libraries? Making the Case for Innovation" on June 23. PowerPoint slides from the presentation are available at http://bit.ly/dmtyQ.

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

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

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LIBRARY STATISTICS AND ASSESSMENT

25. ARL Statistical Surveys and Publications Update

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

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

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

All ARL institutions have access to all data that have been submitted through our StatsQUAL password protected gateway at http://www.arlstatistics.org/. The ARL Investment Index and the ARL Membership Criteria Index were distributed through the arl-directors e-mail list on July 6.

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

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26. Library Expenditures as a Percent of University Expenditures Declines

Every year ARL calculates for its member libraries the proportion of the university budget devoted to libraries; this ratio continues to decline. For the 40 ARL libraries tracked since 1982, this figure was 2.13% in 2006–07, a slight decrease from 2.21% in the previous year. For the 17 libraries tracked since 1966, this figure was 2.09% in 2006–07, down from 2.16% in the previous year. Possible explanations of this trend may include the need for universities to invest greater amounts in technologies and other infrastructure; the increased collaboration that is taking place in libraries through consortia and centralized purchasing; as well as the embedding of the library functions within the teaching, learning, and research processes through widespread availability of information. These data are compiled using the ARL Statistics for library expenditures and the IPEDS finance form for university expenditures. Updated graphs are available at http://www.arl.org/bm~doc/charts.xls. The machine-readable datafiles since 1982 are available on the ARL Web site, http://www.arl.org/stats/annualsurveys/eg/.

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27. Call for Participation in ClimateQUAL™: Organizational Climate and Diversity Assessment 2010

ARL invites institutions to participate in the 2010 ClimateQUAL™ survey. ClimateQUAL™: Organizational Climate and Diversity Assessment (OCDA) is an online survey that collects information about staff perceptions concerning (a) the organization’s commitment to the principles of diversity, (b) staff perceptions of organizational policies and procedures, and (c) staff attitudes. ARL and the University of Maryland (UM) Industrial/Organizational Psychology (I/OP) program have partnered to offer this protocol to the library community. ClimateQUAL™ is currently seeking eight to ten US or Canadian institutions to participate in 2010. Please note that participants need to survey at least 50 part-time or full-time employees. For more information, see http://www.arl.org/news/pr/climatequal-25jun09.shtml. To express interest in participating in spring 2010, e-mail climatequal@arl.org.

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28. LibQUAL+® Implements New Fee Structure

LibQUAL+® is freezing the standard base fee for the LibQUAL+® survey implementation. The project is also implementing a fee structure that will offer the LibQUAL+® survey for less on an annual and biennial basis. ARL's LibQUAL+® service operates on a “cost-recovery, not-for-profit” basis. The focus of the project is to foster a “culture of assessment” within libraries, and the LibQUAL+® team is increasingly recognizing the benefits of participating in LibQUAL+® on a regularly-scheduled basis. The project is therefore moving to a fee structure that rewards periodic, structured participation, and encourages libraries to make participation decisions strategically, rather than on an ad hoc, one-time basis.

The new fee structure is:

  • Annual Year 1: Standard base fee for 2010 is $3,200; Year 2: $2,200, and $2,200 every year thereafter, until a year is skipped, at which point the institution's fee reverts to the standard base fee, currently set at $3,200.

  • Biennial Year 1: Standard base fee for 2010 is $3,200; Year 3: $2,700, and $2,700 every scheduled participation year thereafter, until a scheduled year is skipped, at which point the institution's fee reverts to the standard base fee, currently set at $3,200.

  • Other The standard base fee for that given year.

LibQUAL+® reserves the right to alter fees for both base and subsequent years in the future. However, the team hopes that it can use the new fee structure for the foreseeable future.

As this new fee structure is implemented, LibQUAL+® is also launching a new and improved platform in 2010 that offers a major enhancement to the protocol, a feature called “LibQUAL+® Lite.” LibQUAL+® Lite is a shorter version of the survey. For more information about LibQUAL+® Lite, see http://www.libqual.org/About/LQLite/index.cfm.

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29. ARL Statistics and Assessment Events at ALA Annual Conference, Chicago

Friday, July 10, 2009

9:00 a.m.–Noon
ClimateQUAL™ meeting
Project participants only
Contact: climatequal@arl.org

9:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Google Analytics Workshop
More information

1:30 p.m.–3:00 p.m.
ARL Library Assessment Forum
More information

3:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
ARL Survey Coordinators and SPEC Liaisons Meeting
More information

Monday, July 13, 2009

8:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m.
LibQUAL+® Share Fair
More information & registration

11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Working Effectively with LibQUAL+®
More information

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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST TO ARL DIRECTORS

30. Call for Proposals for 2010 SPEC Surveys

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

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

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

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RLI 264 (June 2009) cover

31. Research Library Issues no. 264 Now Online

ARL has released issue 264 of Research Library Issues, which features ARL's recent statement encouraging members to refrain from signing nondisclosure clauses, an article outlining the case for regulating Google and the proposed Book Rights Registry, the results of an ARL survey of learning and research spaces in member libraries, and more. The complete issue is on the ARL Web site http://www.arl.org/resources/pubs/rli/.

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32. ARL Transitions

Howard: Mod Mekkawi announced his intention to retire as Director of Libraries, effective upon the appointment of an interim or new director.

Maryland: Patricia A. Steele has been appointed Dean of University Libraries, effective September 1. She is currently the Ruth Lilly Dean of University Libraries at Indiana University Bloomington.

Ohio State: Raimund Goerler was named Interim Director in June 2009, following Joe Branin's departure to King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia.

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33. ARL Staff Transitions

Tricia Donovan joined the ARL staff as Administrative Assistant in support of ARL’s three strategic directions, effective June 29.

Kaylyn Groves, Managing Editor, Web Content, will be on maternity leave July 13–October 16, when she will return on a part-time schedule. During her leave, Kaylyn's editorial responsibilities for the Web site, the monthly E-News, and the bimonthly Research Library Issues will be carried out by Sarah Lippincott, who joined the ARL staff on a part-time temporary basis on June 18. Lee Anne George, Publications Program Officer, has assumed responsibility for announcements and press releases. Laura Iandoli, Administrative Assistant, has taken on some of the Web site maintenance that Kaylyn performed.

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34. Other Transitions

National Information Standards Organization (NISO): The NISO membership elected new leadership for its Board of Directors for 2009–10, effective July 1. Janice Fleming (American Psychological Association) is now Vice Chair of the board and will become Chair in 2010. Chuck Koscher (CrossRef) is now Chair. Five new board members were elected to join the other currently serving members on the board: Nancy Barnes (ARMA International), John Harwood (Pennsylvania State), Charles Lowry (ARL), Heather Reid (Copyright Clearance Center), and Winston Tabb (Johns Hopkins). Oliver Pesch (EBSCO) replaced James Neal (Columbia) as Past Chair.

National Institutes of Health (NIH): Francis Collins, a geneticist and physician who spearheaded the Human Genome Project, has been nominated by President Obama to become NIH Director, pending Senate confirmation. Collins will succeed Acting Director Raynard Kington and former Director Elias Zerhouni, who resigned last October.

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35. Grants

CLIR, New York Public Library, Oklahoma, and Syracuse and Cornell (see item #18 above) have been awarded Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Grants from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). For more information, see the IMLS Web site, at http://www.imls.gov/news/2009/061709b.shtm.

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7/9/09

Charles B. Lowry
Executive Director
Association of Research Libraries
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