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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Governance and Membership Activities

1. ARL Membership to Convene in Washington, DC

2. Registration Open for Forum, “An Age of Discovery: Distinctive Collections in the Digital Age,” Fellowship Awards Available

Scholarly Communication

3. "Reaching Out to Leaders of Scholarly Societies" Web Conference Archive Available

4. SPARC Calls on Campuses to Coordinate Open-Access Policy Efforts

5. National Humanities Alliance Releases Scholarly Journal Publishing Study

6. Harvard Opens Digital Repository

7. LIS Editors Finalize Statement on Ethics and Best Practices

Public Policies Affecting Research Libraries

8. ARL, ALA, and ACRL File Supplemental Comments on Proposed Google Book Search Settlement

9. ARL and ALA Release Statement on Showing Films in the Classroom

10. ARL and ALA File On LC Proposed Change in Deposit of Digital Works

11. ARL Website Shares Information on H1N1

12. NARA Initiates Forum on Access to Research

13. NEH Publishes Guidelines for New "Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections" Program

14. Leach Discusses NEH Priorities in Podcast

15. NIH Holds “Town Meeting with Our Constituents”

16. Invitation to NAS Symposium on Scientific Data for Evidence Based Policy and Decision Making

Transforming Library Roles In Research, Teaching, And Learning

17. Registration Still Open for September Webcast on Preservation

18. 2010 SPEC Survey Topics Announced

19. ARL Surveys Members on E-Science Activities

20. New Study of Organizational Culture and Library Leadership

21. Digital Curation Conference Proceedings Available

22. CNI Update

Diversity, Professional Workforce, and Leadership Development

23. Call for Applications for Career Enhancement Program

24. Call for Proposals for National Diversity in Libraries Conference

Library Statistics and Assessment

25. ARL Statistics and Publications Update

26. E-Metrics: Statistics on E-Books Now Available Through ARL Supplementary Statistics

27. Register Now for LibQUAL+® Lite in 2010

28. ARL Participates in 8th Northumbria International Conference on Performance Measurement in Libraries and Information Services

Other Items of Interest to ARL Directors

29. ARL Transitions

30. ARL Staff Transitions

31. Governance Transition

32. Honors


GOVERNANCE AND MEMBERSHIP ACTIVITIES

1. ARL Membership to Convene in Washington, DC

ARL President Tom Leonard (UC, Berkeley) will convene the 155th ARL Membership Meeting this October 14-15 in Washington, DC. Program elements will address:

  • New Models for Federal Depository Library Collections
  • Potential Library Roles in Supporting U.S. Government Agencies’ Public Access Initiatives
  • The Science, Technology, and Innovation Agenda of the Obama Administration
  • An Age of Discovery: Distinctive Collections in the Digital Age, the opening program sessions of the ARL-CNI Forum

The Membership Meeting also includes an optional visit to the Library of Congress National Audiovisual Conservation Center located in Culpeper, Virginia. The visit will take place October 13, the day prior to the Membership Meeting. Advance sign-up is required by September 21. For Membership Meeting and Culpeper trip details, see the meeting Web site at http://www.arl.org/events/currentmm/index.shtml.

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2. Registration Open for Forum, “An Age of Discovery: Distinctive Collections in the Digital Age,” Fellowship Awards Available

ARL and CNI are co-hosting a Forum, “An Age of Discovery: Distinctive Collections in the Digital Age.” It will be held October 15–16, 2009, in Washington, DC, immediately following the ARL Membership Meeting. The co-hosts seek to bring together librarians, archivists, and others with responsibilities for stewarding special and distinctive resources, and to identify strategies for making these collections more accessible in the digital environment. The forum is open to all. In particular, directors of research and academic libraries, archives, and historical societies are encouraged to attend, along with other staff members who have responsibilities that encompass special collections.

Program sessions will address:

  • Why Are Special Collections Important? Exploring the Value Proposition
  • Collaborative Strategies to Build Cross-Institutional Collections
  • Special Collections as Laboratories for Researchers and Students
  • Integrating Special Collections into the Enterprise
  • What Changes with Digital Content?

ARL and CNI are grateful to the following organizations for their contributions to the Forum:

  • The Library of Congress for making the Montpelier room available for the Thursday evening reception.
  • Preservation Technologies and Alexander Street Press for sponsoring the Friday lunch.
  • The Council on Library and Information Resources, OCLC, EBSCO, and Atlas Systems, Inc. for sponsoring Fellowship Awards for participants.

Forum Fellowship Awards: With the generous support of some of the sponsors noted above, we are able to offer a limited number of Fellowship Awards to assist Forum participants with the costs of their travel and accommodations to attend the Forum. See the Forum Website for information on Fellowship Awards. The deadline for applications is September 14.

Forum Registration is $275 per person for individuals affiliated with ARL or CNI member institutions; $325 for all others. The registration deadline is September 25. To see speaker and program details, and to register, see the Forum Web site at http://www.arl.org/events/fallforum/forum09/index.shtml.

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SCHOLARLY COMMUNICATION

3. "Reaching Out to Leaders of Scholarly Societies" Web Conference Archive Available

On August 6, ARL hosted a Web conference on "Reaching Out to Leaders of Scholarly Societies at Research Institutions." The event featured speakers Jason Jackson and Jennifer Laherty from Indiana University, who spoke about library and society partnerships in publishing, and Sayeed Choudhury and Robert Hanisch, who addressed collaborations in data management. The archive is available at http://www.youtube.com/arladmin#p/u/3/lmKPFCLSIfg.

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4. SPARC Calls on Campuses to Coordinate Open-Access Policy Efforts

Last month, the University of Kansas became the first public university in the U.S. to adopt a policy to ensure free and open access to the results of the institution’s research outputs. As a growing number of colleges and universities embark on the path toward an institutional open-access policy, SPARC invites libraries to take advantage of a new Web resource built to leverage experience gained in establishing such policies to date. For more information, please visit http://www.arl.org/sparc/media/09-0805.shtml.

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5. National Humanities Alliance Releases Scholarly Journal Publishing Study

Eight large humanities and social science societies participated in a pilot study funded by the Mellon Foundation to gather comparable data about their journal publishing and financing. The purpose of the study, “The Future of Scholarly Journals Publishing among Social Science and Humanities Associations,” was to better understand the current business models supporting the societies' flagship journals and how future changes in those models could be sustained. The data covered the years 2005-2007 and details of the findings and methodology are included in the final report. Download the report and read the original press release at http://www.nhalliance.org/research/scholarly_communication/index.shtml.

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6. Harvard Opens Digital Repository

Harvard University Library has launched DASH—Digital Access to Scholarship at Harvard. Visitors to DASH (http://dash.harvard.edu) can locate, read, and use current retrospective articles by Harvard scholars. DASH has its roots in a February 2008 open-access vote in the University's Faculty of Arts and Sciences. The full story can be found at: http://hul.harvard.edu/news/2009_0901.html.

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7. LIS Editors Finalize Statement on Ethics and Best Practices

The informal LIS Editors group has issued a final version of their document, "A Statement of Ethics and Guide to Best Practices for Editors of Library and Information Science Journals." The statement can be found at http://www.lis-editors.org/best-practices/index.shtml.

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PUBLIC POLICIES AFFECTING RESEARCH LIBRARIES

8. ARL, ALA, and ACRL File Supplemental Comments on Proposed Google Book Search Settlement

On September 2, ARL, ALA, and ACRL submitted a supplemental filing with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York to address developments that have occurred since the groups submitted their filing on May 4. While the library associations’ position has not changed since their initial filing, the groups believe that recent activity (such as an amended agreement reached between Google and the University of Michigan, the University of Texas-Austin, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison; Google’s recent blog regarding privacy; and the library associations’ communication with the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice), should be brought to the court’s attention. In their supplemental filing, the library associations call upon the court to address concerns with the pricing review, to direct Google to provide more detail on privacy issues, and to broaden representation on the Books Rights Registry. Finally, both the Urban Libraries Council and the International Federation of Library Associations filed letters before the Court echoing many of the concerns raised by ARL, ALA, and ACRL. For more information on the settlement, and to read the filings, please see http://www.arl.org/pp/ppcopyright/google/index.shtml.

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9. ARL and ALA Release Statement on Showing Films in the Classroom

ARL and ALA recently released a statement, “Performance of or Showing Films in the Classroom.” This statement provides guidance on the digital delivery of content to the “physical” classroom. When the Technology, Education and Copyright Harmonization (TEACH) Act was enacted in 2002, librarians hoped that it would provide some clarity on copyright exceptions for the digital delivery of content for distance education. In reality, understanding what is permitted under the TEACH Act in combination with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and existing exceptions like fair use have become more confusing to many practioners. The statement was written by Jonathan Band legal counsel to ALA and ARL, Peter Jaszi, Professor of Law, Faculty Director of the Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Clinic at American University Washington College of Law and Kenneth D. Crews, Director of the Copyright Advisory Office at Columbia University. The statement is available at http://www.arl.org/pp/ppcopyright/webdigitalpsa.shtml.

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10. ARL and ALA File On LC Proposed Change in Deposit of Digital Works

On August 31, ARL and ALA filed comments with the Copyright Office in response to the request for comments concerning the Library of Congress’ interest in changing the current practice of not mandating deposit of electronic works. The new regulation would establish a process for mandatory deposit of electronic works, beginning with serials that are only available digitally. In the filing ARL and ALA noted that, “significant technological advances have been made and as such…this initiative to preserve and provide access to journal literature is extremely important, especially in light of the increasing number of journals being published only online. The Associations also noted that the “Library of Congress has a unique responsibility for building a national collection of works….Thus we note that this proposed policy is ‘unique’ to the Library of Congress, especially given the conservative nature of the proposed exemption that allows for simultaneous access of the electronic works by only two on-site users. ALA and ARL understand the nature of this approach; however, we caution that this should not be considered precedent setting.” The filing is available via http://www.arl.org/bm~doc/locdeposit.pdf.

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11. ARL Website Shares Information on H1N1

ARL has created a Web page that provides information and links to Web sites related to H1N1. This page is intended as a resource for libraries as they respond to institutional policies and national concerns regarding the H1N1 flu virus. As the Fall 2009 term begins on many campuses, issues of health and illness prevention are at the forefront of campus-wide discussion. ARL libraries are invited to share Web sites detailing their institutional policies. Please e-mail tricia@arl.org. Visit http://www.arl.org/pp/otherissues/h1n1/index.shtml for more information.

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12. NARA Initiates Forum on Access to Research

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has initiated an online forum, NARAtions, in which the Archives plans to post questions concerning online public access to NARA resources. It is also designed to encourage researchers and members of the public to share their opinions and ideas. Examples of questions to be considered on the forum include:

  • Should we allow the public to tag descriptions in our online catalog? Why or why not?
  • What groups of photographs should we post on Flickr next, and why?
  • Do you have a favorite NARA photograph or document? Is it already available in our catalog or on our Web site?

Access is available at http://blogs.archives.gov/online-public-access/.

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13. NEH Publishes Guidelines for New "Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections" Program

The National Endowment for the Humanities has published guidelines for a new NEH Program "Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections." The program offers two kinds of awards: grants of up to $40,000 to support planning and evaluation projects and grants of up to $400,000 to help an institution implement a preventive conservation project. The deadline for applications is December 1. Prior to submitting a proposal, applicants are encouraged to contact NEH program officers, who can offer advice about preparing the proposal and review preliminary proposal drafts if they are submitted at least six weeks before the deadline. The guidelines are available at http://www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/SCHC.html.

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14. Leach Discusses NEH Priorities in Podcast

In a podcast from "Inside Higher Ed," Jim Leach, newly confirmed Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, discusses his priorities for the NEH. The interview covers a broad range of topics, including open access issues. The podcast is available at http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2009/09/02/leach.

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15. NIH Holds “Town Meeting with Our Constituents”

On September 9th, NIH conducted its first ever “Town Meeting with Our Constituents" featuring newly appointed NIH Director Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D. Noting that NIH fully supports the Obama Administration’s open and transparent agenda, data sharing and an expectation that NIH will be at the “forefront” of this agenda, Dr. Collins outlined 5 “opportunities” that he envisions for the agency.

  • Opportunity 1: Applying unprecedented opportunities in genomics and other high throughput technologies to understand fundamental biology, and to uncover the causes of specific diseases.
  • Opportunity 2: Translating basic science discoveries into new and better treatments.
  • Opportunity 3: Putting science to work for the benefit of health care reform.
  • Opportunity 4: Encouraging a greater focus on global health.
  • Opportunity 5: Reinvigorating and empowering the biomedical research community.

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16. Invitation to NAS Symposium on Scientific Data for Evidence Based Policy and Decision Making

One of the stated priorities of the Obama Administration is to promote transparency and openness in governance, including in the dissemination and use of scientific data and information, and the use of factual scientific information in the formation of government policy and official decisions. As the President emphasized in his speech at the National Academy of Sciences annual meeting on April 27, it is important to “ensure that federal policies are based on the best and most unbiased scientific information.” The National Academies Board on Research Data and Information (http://www.nas.edu/brdi) will hold a public symposium on “Scientific Data for Evidence Based Policy and Decision Making” on the afternoon of Thursday, September 24, to provide a more detailed understanding of the policies and programs of the current Administration that support this policy priority. This symposium will feature presentations by high-level Administration officials on: the use of scientific data in federal regulations and policymaking, new mechanisms for public access to federal data, and examples of high-value applications of scientific data for drug approval and for environmental policy and decision making. The meeting is open to the public and will be webcast. For additional information, visit http://sites.nationalacademies.org/PGA/brdi/PGA_052920.

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TRANSFORMING LIBRARY ROLES IN RESEARCH, TEACHING, AND LEARNING

17. Registration Still Open for September Webcast on Preservation

Registration remains open for the free webcast, “Preservation: Evolving Roles and Responsibilities of Research Libraries” on September 15, 2009, from 1:00–2:00 p.m. EDT, hosted by ARL.

The webcast will offer 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 focus on how research libraries are working to ensure ongoing access to collections in all formats.

In addition, the webcast will showcase comments from two reactors to the report: James Neal, Columbia University Libraries, will offer his perspectives on community level preservation challenges; and Deborah Jakubs, Duke University Libraries, will discuss aligning preservation activities with institutional and inter-institutional concerns. Participants will have the opportunity to ask the panelists questions at the end of the session. Individuals and groups can register for the webcast at http://www.visualwebcaster.com/event.asp?id=59604.

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18. 2010 SPEC Survey Topics Announced

This summer the SPEC survey program began a new process for managing the submission of proposals for survey topics related to research library policies and practices. The program set up an online submission form and issued a call for proposals for the 2010 survey cycle. Twenty proposals were received for the six survey slots. Criteria for selecting a survey topic included its 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.

The six topics selected and the survey authors are:

  • Special Collections & Archives Engagement Activities
    Adam Berenbak, North Carolina State University
  • Impact Measures in Research Libraries
    Zsuzsa Koltay and Xin Li, Cornell University
  • Library Services for Disabled Persons
    Myra S. Brown, University of Florida
  • Diversity Plans and Minority Recruitment
    Toni Anaya and Charlene Maxey-Harris, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Networked Information Resources
    Richard Bleiler and Jill Livingston, University of Connecticut
  • Core Benefits
    Brian Keith and Cathleen Martyniak, University of Florida

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19. ARL Surveys Members on E-Science Activities

The ARL E-science Working Group has developed a new survey intended to assist research libraries in understanding their involvement with e-science support. The survey is also intended to surface models for e-science programs that would be of interest to our broader community. Data collection is ongoing until mid-September.

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20. New Study of Organizational Culture and Library Leadership

Four former ARL Research Library Leadership Fellows have written an article, available in preprint form, on the perspectives of future leaders on the current organizational culture in research libraries and its ability to foster disruptive change. The article, “Future Leaders’ Views on Organizational Culture,” has been accepted for publication in College and Research Libraries but is freely available at http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/publications/crljournal/preprints/Maloney-Antelman-Arl.pdf. The article reports findings that future leaders are frequently dissatisfied with important elements of their current organizational culture and most feel at least somewhat thwarted in their leadership by the current organizational culture. The study also suggests that the broadly desired organizational culture profiles correspond closely with those currently experienced by leaders who feel “not at all thwarted” in their leadership. The fellows presented preliminary results of their research at the October 2008 ARL Membership Meeting.

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21. Digital Curation Conference Proceedings Available

Proceedings of the 2009 DigCCurr Conference held April 1-3 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are now freely available at http://stores.lulu.com/DigCCurr2009. "Digital Curation: Practice, Promise, and Prospects" includes a number of invited presentations on digital curation tools as well as a wide range of articles on other digital curation topics. Many of the articles address the issue of developing new professionals with digital curation expertise or promulgating new skills among existing practitioners.

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22. CNI Update

Proposals are now being accepted for project briefings to be presented at the Fall 2009 CNI Membership Meeting, to be held December 14-15 in Washington, DC. At the meeting CNI Executive Director Clifford Lynch will present the 2009-10 Program Plan and Bernard Frischer, professor of art history and classics at the University of Virginia, will deliver the closing keynote address. For more information visit http://www.cni.org/tfms/2009b.fall/index.html.

Clifford Lynch was a panelist discussing the Google Books settlement and information quality at the UC Berkeley conference "The Google Books Settlement and the Future of Information Access" on August 28, 2009. Video from sessions will be available shortly at http://www.ischool.berkeley.edu/newsandevents/events/20090828googlebooksconference/schedule.

Joan Lippincott, CNI Associate Executive Director, will present the session "Information Commons 101: Principles and Good Practices on Sept. 22, 2009" (2:00 p.m. EDT, 1.5 hours) as part of the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) Live Webcast series. Registration (for a fee) is available at http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/events/elearning/courses/infocommons101.cfm. A follow-up session "Next Generation Information Commons: Retooling and Refining the Vision," will be offered October 13, 2009 (2:00 p.m. EDT, 1.5 hrs). Register (for a fee) by going to http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/events/elearning/courses/nextgeninfocommons.cfm.

On October 2, 2009, Joan Lippincott will deliver the opening keynote address at the Library & Information Technology Association (LITA) National Forum in Salt Lake City. She will discuss the use of mobile technologies in libraries.

Registration is now open for the Fifth International Digital Curation Conference, “Moving to Multi-Scale Science: Managing Complexity and Diversity.” The conference will be jointly sponsored by CNI and the UK Digital Curation Centre, and it will be held December 2–4, 2009 in London, England. Details are available at http://www.dcc.ac.uk/events/dcc-2009/.

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DIVERSITY, PROFESSIONAL WORKFORCE, AND LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

23. Call for Applications for Career Enhancement Program

ARL is accepting applications for the Career Enhancement Program (CEP), a program designed to provide LIS graduate students from traditionally underrepresented ethnic and racial backgrounds with practical work experience in an ARL library. LIS graduate students from underrepresented groups who have successfully completed a minimum of 12 credit hours (or will complete 12 credits by the scheduled internship) from an ALA accredited program are encouraged to apply for this enriching fellowship experience. Program components include: a paid internship in one of eight host ARL libraries; support to attend the ARL Leadership Institute; relocation and housing assistance; an academic stipend (for those who qualify); and other benefits.

Applications are due September 30, 2009. For details about the application process and the program see the complete Call for Applications at http://www.arl.org/diversity/cep/divcepapps.shtml.

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24. Call for Proposals for National Diversity in Libraries Conference

The 2010 National Diversity in Libraries Conference, "From Groundwork to Action," will take place from July 14-16 in Princeton, NJ. The National Diversity in Libraries Conference (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 2010 NDLC Planning Committee invites you to submit a proposal for presentation at the conference.

Please consult the NDLC wiki, https://qed.princeton.edu/main/NDLC2010, for further information regarding presentation formats, selection criteria, and submission guidelines. Deadline for submitting proposals is October 2, 2009

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LIBRARY STATISTICS AND ASSESSMENT

25. ARL Statistics 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 is September 30.

  • ARL Statistics 2008–09: due Oct 15

  • ARL Academic Health Sciences Library Statistics 2008–09: due Oct 15

  • ARL Academic Law Library Statistics 2008–09: due Oct 15

  • ARL Supplementary Statistics 2008–09: due Oct 15

  • ARL Preservation Statistics 2008–09: due Nov 30

Mailing is availale 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 under 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 our gateway were sent to all survey coordinators.

The ARL Investment Index appeared in the Chronicle of Higher Education in the Almanac issue that was mailed August 24, 2009.

The ARL Statistics 2008-09 survey includes a question regarding ‘titles held’ for those items previously reported as ‘volumes held.’ This is in line with the general guideline the committee has followed in the recent past emphasizing access to breadth and depth of intellectual content.

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26. E-Metrics: Statistics on E-Books Now Available Through ARL Supplementary Statistics

Supplementary Statistics 2006-07 and 2007-08 publications are now available reporting data on e-books, virtual reference transactions, log-ins, virtual visits, digital collections, and other modern trends in ARL libraries. The ARL Supplementary Statistics is a testbed for new survey items in consideration for the annual ARL Statistics survey. The 2007-08 supplementary statistics publication reports that ARL libraries hold a total of 32 million e-book titles, an increase from 11 million e-book titles in 2003-04. A typical ARL library has about 285,000 e-book titles. Copies of the ARL Supplementary Statistics reports are available at http://www.arl.org/stats/annualsurveys/sup/index.shtml.

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27. Register Now for LibQUAL+® Lite in 2010

Register now for the 2010 LibQUAL+® survey cycle using our new platform. The new interface features enhancements like LibQUAL+® Lite. A short form of the LibQUAL+® survey, LibQUAL+® Lite uses item sampling methods to: (a) gather data on all 22 LibQUAL+® core items, while (b) each individual participant responds to only a subset of items. As a consequence, survey response times are roughly cut in half, while the library still receives data on every survey question.

In conjunction with LibQUAL+® Lite, ARL is set to release the new LibQUAL+® interface in 2010. The new interface features additional usability enhancements and features such as:

  • Multiple language surveys available in one interface

  • Unlimited survey contacts

  • Simplified online survey management process

  • Preview of Lite and full survey versions

  • A comprehensive set of user comments including comments from incomplete surveys

  • Option to complete and/or modify the Representativeness Questionnaire post-survey

  • Access to institutional reports and enhanced analytics for all survey years, with subscription

We are also introducing improved pricing starting in 2010. The standard base fee for the LibQUAL+® survey implementation is frozen in 2010 at $3,200. We are 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 will be “back-end loaded” meaning that fees in subsequent years will be reduced in recognition of participation on a scheduled periodic basis. To register go to http://www.libqual.org.

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28. ARL Participates in 8th Northumbria International Conference on Performance Measurement in Libraries and Information Services

The conference took place in Florence in August as a preconference to IFLA and featured a variety of interesting presentations. A description of the conference by Lynne Porat (U of Haifa, Israel) is available on the ARL Library Assessment blog at http://libraryassessment.info/?p=380. Porat highlights the LibQUAL+® Exchange and presentations featuring many key players from the ARL community. The latest research on LibQUAL+® Lite, ClimateQUAL, MINES for Libraries™, and the importance of the Effective, Sustainable and Practical Assessment Program were also part of the program. PowerPoint presentations are available and linked from http://www.libraryassessment.info/. As part of the conference, Stephen Town (U of York, UK) presented on the recent ARL/SCONUL publication "Library Performance Measurement in the UK and Ireland." For more information on this publication and access to its full text see the recent press release at http://www.arl.org/news/pr/lpmpub.shtml.

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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST TO ARL DIRECTORS

29. ARL Transitions

New York Public Library: Ann Thornton has been named Acting Andrew W. Mellon Director of The New York Public Libraries beginning in November.

Kent State: Mark Weber has announced that he will retire as Dean of University Libraries at Kent State effective July 1, 2010.

Indiana: Carolyn Walters has been appointed Interim Ruth Lilly Dean of University Libraries at Indiana University, Bloomington following Pat Steele's departure to University of Maryland Libraries on September 1.

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30. ARL Staff Transitions

Tiara Chaney was named ARL Receptionist/Office Assistant on August 24 taking the position vacated by Lillian Fields who retired at the end of July. In addition, Victoria Sanders began a two-year grant-funded assignment as Project Assistant on August 18. She will provide support for the ARL Career Enhancement Program and the Research Library Leadership Fellows program.

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31. Governance Transition

Canadian Association of Research Libraries: Ernie Ingles, Vice Provost and Chief Librarian, University of Alberta, assumed the position of President of CARL in May, at the Association Annual General Meeting in Montreal. His term as President extends through 2011.

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32. Honors

Ingrid Parent, received the 2009 CARL award for Distinguished Service to Research Librarianship. On the occasion of receiving the award last May she was Assistant Deputy Minister, Library and Archives Canada; she is currently University Librarian at the University of British Columbia.

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9/10/09

Charles B. Lowry
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