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April 2008 E-News

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To: ARL Directors

From: Duane Webster

Re: E-News for ARL Directors, April 14, 2008

These news notes are organized by the strategic directions identified in the ARL Strategic Plan: Scholarly Communication; Public Policies Affecting Research Libraries; and Library Roles in Research, Teaching, and Learning. In addition, there is an initial section for Governance and Membership Activities and complementary sections on Diversity, Professional Workforce, and Leadership Development; Library Statistics and Assessment; and Other Items of Interest to ARL Directors.

E-News for ARL Directors is a collaboration of ARL program staff, compiled and edited by Duane Webster (duane@arl.org) and Kaylyn Groves (kaylyn@arl.org).

You are encouraged to route the E-News to your staff and others in your institution.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Governance and Membership Activities

1. ARL Membership to Convene in Florida, May 20–23

2. New E-Science Working Group Formed

Scholarly Communication

3. Report on Library Publishing Services Issued by ARL

4. ARL’s Innovative Publications Study Starts Campus Conversations

5. Archive of ARL/NASULGC Webcast on NIH Public Access Policy Now Available

6. Advice for Institutions Seeking to Manage Copyright for NIH Public Access Policy

7. SPARC, Science Commons, and ARL Offer Options for University Implementation of NIH Public Access Policy

8. Video Highlights the Benefits of Rights Management for Authors

9. CARL and SPARC Announce Create Change Canada

10. Create Change Interview Features Carolyn Kenny, for Music Therapy & Indigenous Studies

11. Physicists Plan to Make their Disciplinary Literature Open Access via SCOAP3

12. Purdue Adopts CIC Publishing Agreement Addendum

13. SPARC Sponsors Blog for Students

14. SPARC Digital Repositories Meeting to Be Held in Baltimore Nov. 17–18—Submission Deadline May 30

Public Policies Affecting Research Libraries

15. NIH Hosts Open Meeting on Revised Public Access Policy—Deadline for Comments Extended to May 31

16. Section 108 Study Group Report Released

17. ARL Joins with Others to Support FY 2009 Budget Requests for Key US Agencies

18. JCP Denies GPO Request for Shared Regional Depository Libraries

19. Federal Depository Library Program Biennial Survey Results Available

Library Roles in Research, Teaching, and Learning

20. ARL Launches E-Science Agenda

21. Study of Graduate Education and the Public Good to Be Released April 24

22. Mellon Grants CLIR $4.27 Million for Initiative to Catalog Hidden Special Collections

23. Directory of ARL Rare Book and Special Collections Librarians Released

24. Conference on Instruction in Library Use to Convene in British Columbia May 14–16

25. CNI Update

Diversity, Professional Workforce, and Leadership Development

26. ARL Diversity Initiatives Calls for Applications

27. Research Library Leadership Fellows Meet in Minnesota

Library Statistics and Assessment

28. ARL Statistics 2005–06 Published

29. ARL Preservation Statistics 2005–06 Published

30. ARL Statistical Surveys and Publications Update

31. LibQUAL+® Update

32. ClimateQUALTM Survey under Development

33. Library Assessment Conference to Be Held in Seattle August 4–7—Register by May 30

Other Items of Interest to ARL Directors

34. ARL Publications

35. ARL Transitions

36. Other Transitions

37. Honors

38. Memorials


GOVERNANCE AND MEMBERSHIP ACTIVITIES

1. ARL Membership to Convene in Florida, May 20–23

The 152nd ARL Membership Meeting will be held May 20–23, 2008, at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, Florida. ARL President Marianne Gaunt, University Librarian, Rutgers University, developed the program for this Membership Meeting to explore some of the ways that research institutions are encouraging and supporting innovative e-scholarship within and across disciplines. ARL hopes that this meeting will promote the development of leadership capacities that support change in the roles of libraries within the broader research and higher education communities. A meeting overview and preliminary schedule is on the ARL Web site http://www.arl.org/events/currentmm/. For more information, contact Jaia Barrett jaia@arl.org.

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2. New E-Science Working Group Formed

In February the ARL Board of Directors endorsed recommendations from the earlier Library Support for E-Science Task Force, including the establishment of a new Working Group on E-Science to advise on ARL’s e-science agenda (see item #20 below). The new Working Group on E-Science has been formed and consists of: Wendy Lougee (Minnesota), Chair; Pam Bjornson (CISTI); Clifford Lynch (CNI); Becky Lyon (NLM); Carol Mandel (NYU); Jim Mullins (Purdue); Gary Strong (UCLA); and Betsy Wilson (Washington). The working group’s ARL staff liaison is Neil Rambo, University of Washington Director of Cyberinfrastructure Initiatives and ARL Visiting Program Officer for Library Support of Research and E-Science neil@arl.org.

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SCHOLARLY COMMUNICATION

3. Report on Library Publishing Services Issued by ARL

In “Research Library Publishing Services: New Options for University Publishing,” ARL Office of Scholarly Communication Director Karla Hahn explores the rapidly emerging role of research libraries as publishing service providers. Based on data from a survey of ARL members and interviews with program managers, the report describes current library publishing services and explores the environment in which they are emerging. The study looked at service details like publishing software and business models but also related institutional factors such as partner relationships, related library services, and faculty engagement. The report provides valuable context for librarians and campus leaders considering the opportunities offered by this emerging library role. It is freely available at http://www.arl.org/resources/pubs/reports/.

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4. ARL’s Innovative Publications Study Starts Campus Conversations

At least twelve institutions have joined three founding institutional partners in engaging their faculty liaison librarians in ARL’s study of New Model Publications. Currently in its field-study phase, the study will engage librarians in talking with faculty on their campuses about innovative kinds of scholarly works being used in their research field. The resources that are identified in those interviews will be captured in a central database and will provide the basis for an analysis and report commissioned from Ithaka. Individual librarians as well as institutions have volunteered to participate and talk to at least one faculty member on campus in April or May. The University of British Columbia Libraries, Cornell University Libraries, and University of Washington Libraries pilot tested the interview process and tools for liaison librarians. The final report will be released in fall 2008. More information on the study is available at http://www.arl.org/sc/models/study.shtml.

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5. Archive of ARL/NASULGC Webcast on NIH Public Access Policy Now Available

ARL and the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges (NASULGC) are making available an archived version of their March 7, 2008, webcast on "Institutional Compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy: Ensuring Deposit Rights."

The webcast explored options for institutional responses to the new Public Access Policy adopted by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and focused particularly on the need for institutions to develop strategies for ensuring the retention of deposit rights by investigators. There is no charge to view the archived webcast, although registration is required. The archive is available at http://www.arl.org/sc/implement/nih/webcast/.

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6. Advice for Institutions Seeking to Manage Copyright for NIH Public Access Policy

Duke University Scholarly Communications Officer Kevin L. Smith offers pragmatic strategies that authors and their institutions can use to manage authors’ copyrights to fulfill the requirements of the new NIH Public Access Policy. Smith's article, “Managing Copyright for NIH Public Access: Strategies to Ensure Compliance” explores three strategic options for authors and institutions to retain and manage the rights needed to comply with the new policy. Although the three strategies are focused on meeting the NIH’s article deposit requirement, they could also be employed to accomplish a more comprehensive strategy for public dissemination of research. The article includes a sample letter that authors can use to notify publishers that an article they are submitting for consideration is based on NIH-funded research and therefore must be made accessible to the public under NIH’s new policy. See the ARL Web site for a preprint of the article, which will be published in the forthcoming ARL: A Bimonthly Report, no. 258 (June 2008), http://www.arl.org/resources/pubs/br/br258.shtml.

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7. SPARC, Science Commons, and ARL Offer Options for University Implementation of NIH Public Access Policy

SPARC, Science Commons, and ARL have jointly released a white paper to help university and medical school administrators ensure that their institutions comply with public access requirements that are a new condition of NIH funding.

Effective April 7, 2008, investigators must deposit articles stemming from NIH funding into the agency’s PubMed Central online archive, to be made publicly available no later than 12 months after publication in a journal. “Complying with the National Institutes of Health Public Access Policy: Copyright Considerations and Options” will help provosts, research administrators, and campus counsel understand their institution’s copyright-related obligations and options under the new congressionally mandated policy, which was announced in January and replaces an earlier voluntary approach.

The timely analysis was prepared by Michael W. Carroll, an attorney, copyright expert, and faculty member at Villanova University law school. Carroll reviews the policy and its background, explains the legal context, and presents six alternative copyright management strategies that will help grantee institutions assure they reserve the necessary rights for articles to be made available in PubMed Central. The analysis is available at http://www.arl.org/sparc/advocacy/nih/copyright.html.

Further details on the NIH policy, including SPARC comments related to the recent public meeting, are available on the SPARC Web site http://www.arl.org/sparc/advocacy/nih/.

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8. Video Highlights the Benefits of Rights Management for Authors

The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), ARL, and SPARC have released a short video to help librarians effectively engage disciplinary faculty and researchers on the topic of author rights. Starting a conversation with faculty researchers about securing their rights as authors is timelier than ever, given the new NIH Public Access Policy.

The two-minute video presentation explains in simple, graphic terms the potential for wider exposure of scholarly articles when authors retain key rights. Libraries are invited to download the video as is or to adapt and customize for their needs, using the video source files. Insert your logo and contact information, add examples from your faculty and their disciplines, or provide details about an author addendum used on your campus. View the video at http://blip.tv/file/743274/. Download the source files from http://www.arl.org/sc/institute/instres.shtml.

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9. CARL and SPARC Announce Create Change Canada

The Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) and SPARC have launched Create Change Canada, a Canadian version of the popular researcher-focused Web resource on scholarly communication. The original Create Change Web site was developed by ARL and SPARC, with support from ACRL.

The Create Change Web site outlines how faster and wider sharing of journal articles, research data, simulations, syntheses, analyses, and other findings fuels the advance of knowledge. It offers practical ways faculty can look out for their own interests as researchers. Create Change Canada introduces the Canadian voice on policy issues and highlights Canadian researcher experiences in English and in French. Visit http://www.createchangecanada.ca/.

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10. Create Change Interview Features Carolyn Kenny, for Music Therapy & Indigenous Studies

A new interview has been added to the Create Change site’s series of faculty interviews discussing changing practices in scholarly communication. Carolyn Kenny from Antioch University provides a fascinating perspective on two fields: Indigenous Studies and Music Therapy. She’s in a unique position to observe and comment on the different communication practices in the two fields. The interview is available at http://www.createchange.org/cases/scholars/music.shtml.

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11. Physicists Plan to Make their Disciplinary Literature Open Access via SCOAP3

SCOAP3 (Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics) offers a new model for scholarly communication. Physicists interested in expanding access to their literature have designed a novel approach to garner support from individual libraries, library consortia, research institutions, and even nation states to convert the literature published in high-quality journals in the high energy physics discipline into open access publications. "The Audacity of SCOAP3" by Ivy Anderson, Director of Collections, California Digital Library, describes the project and "Taking Action on SCOAP3" by Julia Blixrud identifies the next steps for libraries to take to enable the project to be successful. See the ARL Web site for a preprint of these articles, which will be published in the forthcoming ARL: A Bimonthly Report, no. 257 (April 2008), http://www.arl.org/resources/pubs/br/br257.shtml.

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12. Purdue Adopts CIC Publishing Agreement Addendum

Purdue University became the latest member of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) to endorse the CIC Provosts’ Author’s Copyright Contract Addendum. Faculty senates at the University of Illinois (Chicago and Urbana-Champaign); Indiana University; University of Iowa; University of Michigan; Michigan State University; University of Minnesota; Northwestern University; University of Wisconsin–Madison have also indicated their support for the model. Information is available at http://scholarly.lib.purdue.edu/blog/2008/03/18/
purdue-university-senate-passes-cic-authors-copyright-contract-addendum/
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13. SPARC Sponsors Blog for Students

Open Students, a new SPARC-sponsored blog for students, is seeking contributors and guest authors. Contributors will write regularly for fellow students about the latest news from the open access movement. Please share this opportunity. For more information, e-mail Gavin Baker at gavin@openstudents.org or visit SPARC’s student engagement program, The Right to Research, at http://www.arl.org/sparc/students/ or visit the blog at http://www.openstudents.org/.

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14. SPARC Digital Repositories Meeting to Be Held in Baltimore Nov. 17–18—Submission Deadline May 30

The SPARC Digital Repositories Meeting in Baltimore November 17–18, 2008, will enable stakeholders to explore next steps for the burgeoning open archiving movement.

Librarians, researchers, funders, administrators, government officials, publishers, and technologists from around the world will share their experiences and best practices in building and supporting institutional and disciplinary digital repositories. The focus will be on effective engagement with scholars and scientists to expand the sharing of research outputs via open repositories.

The program committee invites presentation proposals by May 30, 2008. For details on the program and to submit a proposal, visit the conference Web site http://www.arl.org/sparc/ir08/.

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PUBLIC POLICIES AFFECTING RESEARCH LIBRARIES

15. NIH Hosts Open Meeting on Revised Public Access Policy—Deadline for Comments Extended to May 31

On March 20, 2008, NIH conducted an open meeting to elicit further public comment on the revised NIH Public Access Policy. Presenters included librarians; institutional representatives; association representatives such as AAU, ARL, and NASULGC; commercial and not-for-profit publishers; and members of the public. Prue Adler spoke on behalf of ARL. In addition, 451 comments were filed online. NIH recently extended the public comment deadline from March 31 to May 31. NIH is requesting additional information concerning the following questions.

  1. Do you have recommendations for alternative implementation approaches to those already reflected in the NIH Public Access Policy?
  2. In light of the change in law that makes NIH’s public access policy mandatory, do you have recommendations for monitoring and ensuring compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy?
  3. In addition to the information already posted at http://publicaccess.nih.gov/communications.htm, what additional information, training, or communications related to the NIH Public Access Policy would be helpful to you?

For more information, please see http://www.arl.org/pp/access/accessfunded/nihaccess.shtml or contact Prue Adler prue@arl.org.

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16. Section 108 Study Group Report Released

Following three years of deliberation, The Section 108 Study Group Report was released on March 31, 2008. The Section 108 Study Group, comprised of librarians, archivists, publishers, lawyers, and representatives of entertainment entities, was established to explore issues concerning section 108 of the US Copyright Act in the digital environment. The study group's deliberations are presented in three distinct categories: recommendations, conclusions, and other outcomes. Whereas "Recommendations for Legislative Change" includes those issues or areas where there was consensus amongst the study group members on how to update selected provisions of section 108, "Conclusions on Other Issues" focuses on topics where there was agreement that legislative solutions might be appropriate but no recommendations were made. Finally, the study group discussed other issues such as e-reserves, licenses and other contracts, circumvention of technological protection measures, and more. The report is available via http://www.section108.gov/.

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17. ARL Joins with Others to Support FY 2009 Budget Requests for Key US Agencies

a. National Agricultural Library

ARL and the American Library Association (ALA) filed a statement in support of an increase in the FY 2009 budget request for the National Agricultural Library (NAL). The associations noted that "the President's FY 2009 budget request fails to provide the support needed to maintain current services at NAL and position the Library to serve our Nation in the years ahead. At a minimum, restoration of the proposed reductions is critically important if NAL is to maintain its leadership in the provision of long-term preservation and access to agricultural information and literature." The joint statement is available via http://www.arl.org/pp/fedfund/Natl_Agri_Lib.shtml.

b. National Endowment for the Humanities

ARL and the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) filed a statement in support of the FY 2009 budget request for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). ARL and CLIR requested that the Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies support a budget of $177 million for NEH in FY 2009, an increase of approximately $32 million above the President's request. ARL and CLIR noted that, "the NEH plays a vital leadership role in the cultural life of the Nation. The agency’s support for preservation of and access to key scholarly resources is critical to research and scholarship, to education at the elementary, secondary, college and graduate levels, to continuing professional training and development through workshops and seminars, and to lifelong learning. Importantly, we encourage the Subcommittee to consider full funding for the Division of Preservation and Access, which leads this important work at NEH." The ARL/CLIR statement is available at http://www.arl.org/pp/fedfund/Ntl_Endowmnt_Humanities.shtml.

c. Government Printing Office

ARL, ALA, MLA, and SLA submitted a statement in support of the FY 2009 budget request for the US Government Printing Office. The associations noted that, "The investment in systems and services to provide the public with government publications will ensure that valuable electronic government information created today will be available and preserved for future generations." The statement is available at http://www.arl.org/pp/fedfund/GPO.shtml.

d. Library of Congress

ARL, ALA, and the National Humanities Alliance (NHA) submitted a letter in support of the FY 2009 budget request of $645.8 million for the Library of Congress. Expressing concern about the impact of tight funding, the associations urged the Subcommittee on the Legislative Branch to "support full funding of this request as a necessary investment in one of the nation's greatest intellectual resources."

In particular, ARL, ALA and NHA supported an additional $6 million to strengthen the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP) network and continue technical collaborations that are essential to expanding the network over time. The associations expressed concerns that rising security costs and the weakness of the US dollar may force reduction of the Library of Congress's support for overseas offices and non-US acquisitions. They supported a $910,000 base increase for acquisitions in FY 2009 to help keep pace with increasing costs. The statement is available at http://www.arl.org/pp/fedfund/Library_of_Congress.shtml.

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18. JCP Denies GPO Request for Shared Regional Depository Libraries

The US Joint Committee on Printing (JCP), which has oversight responsibilities for the Government Printing Office (GPO), declined to approve a GPO request to designate regional federal depository libraries at the University of Kansas and the University of Nebraska as shared regional depository libraries. In turning down the GPO request, Chairman Brady (D-PA) directed GPO to "undertake a thorough examination of the current state of regional depositories nationwide. The purpose of the study will be to evaluate the extent to which public access via the FDLP may be impaired by current or projected organizational, financial, technological, or other conditions affecting these institutions." The study is to be completed by June 1, 2008. For more information, please contact Prue Adler prue@arl.org.

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19. Federal Depository Library Program Biennial Survey Results Available

Results of the 2007 Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) Biennial Survey are now available. The survey provides important information concerning the conditions of both individual depository libraries and the FDLP as a whole. The 2007 survey was sent to 1,257 depository libraries participating in the FDLP as of September 2007. The survey was conducted via the Web during the month of October 2007, requiring depository coordinators to submit their responses online. Required by law (44 USC §1909), the Biennial Survey gathers data from all of the depository libraries every two years. Since the data collected can be useful to various audiences, FDLP is disseminating the results summary and the raw data file via http://www.fdlp.gov/repository/bsurvey/2007.html.

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LIBRARY ROLES IN RESEARCH, TEACHING, AND LEARNING

20. ARL Launches E-Science Agenda

The ARL Board of Directors enthusiastically accepted the final report of the ARL Task Force on Library Support for E-Science at the February 2008 Board meeting. The report’s recommendations form the basis of the ARL e-science agenda for 2008. Included in the program plan is the development of resources to aid senior library leadership in understanding e-science concepts and in initiating discussion of library roles with campus leaders and other faculty. As part of this, the ARL e-science Web site will be revised to include a range of useful resources. Other program emphases will include offering relevant program sessions at ARL Membership Meetings and possibly other venues and seeking opportunities to work with allied organizations and agencies to advance the research library’s role in e-science.

Neil Rambo, University of Washington Director of Cyberinfrastructure Initiatives and ARL Visiting Program Officer for Library Support of Research and E-Science, is responsible for moving the program plan forward, with the advice of the newly formed ARL E-Science Working Group (see item #2 above).

To read the report of the Task Force on Library Support for E-Science, “Agenda for Developing E-Science in Research Libraries,” and for updates, see the ARL e-science Web site http://www.arl.org/rtl/escience/.

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21. Study of Graduate Education and the Public Good to Be Released April 24

A new study from the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) focuses on how the national investment in graduate education affects US society and the country’s standing in the world. “Graduate Education and the Public Good” addresses the link between graduate education, the production of knowledge, and economic and social prosperity. The report will become available to the public on April 24, 2008, coinciding with a legislative forum hosted at the Library of Congress. Copies may be ordered from the CGS Web site http://www.cgsnet.org/ beginning April 24, with a free PDF version to follow soon thereafter.

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22. Mellon Grants CLIR $4.27 Million for Initiative to Catalog Hidden Special Collections

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has granted CLIR $4.27 million to create a national program to identify and catalog hidden special collections and archives. CLIR President Chuck Henry notes, “Only a national program can effectively address the problem of hidden collections. The records and descriptions this program creates will be accessible through…the Web, exposing collections to a global audience of scholars, students, and teachers.” The program will establish a national competition to award funds to institutions with collections of high scholarly value that are difficult or impossible to locate through finding aids. CLIR will issue an RFP by early June, and decisions will be announced in fall 2008, awarding approximately $4 million in the first annual cycle, and with the potential for renewal over succeeding years. Henry will further elaborate on the hidden special collections program in a concurrent briefing on special collections at the May ARL Membership Meeting. For more information, see http://www.clir.org/news/pressrelease/08hiddenpr.html.

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23. Directory of ARL Rare Book and Special Collections Librarians Released

Terry Belanger, University of Virginia’s Honorary Curator of Special Collections and Director of the Rare Book School, has compiled a comprehensive directory of “the principal librarians, curators, and directors” of rare book and special collections in ARL member institutions. The directory is to be updated monthly and can be located via http://www.rarebookschool.org/directories/.

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24. Conference on Instruction in Library Use to Convene in British Columbia May 14–16

The 37th annual WILU Conference, themed “Information Literacy Uncorked,” will be held at the University of British Columbia Okanagan in Kelowna BC May 14–16, 2008. The conference centers on “original, edgy practices” in information literacy initiatives. Recurrent themes in this year’s program are assessment, new fluencies, information instruction embedded within course management systems, best practices, and emerging pedagogies. Registration information and abstracts of presentations can be found at http://www.library.ubc.ca/wilu2008/.

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25. CNI Update

The Spring 2008 CNI Task Force Meeting was held in Minneapolis April 7–8, 2008. Daniel Atkins, Director of the National Science Foundation Office of Cyberinfrastructure and Professor of Information, Electrical Engineering, and Computer Science at the University of Michigan, received the Paul Evan Peters Award during the opening plenary session. The closing plenary speaker was Vectors editor Tara McPherson of the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California. McPherson discussed the nature of scholarly publishing and scholarly communication in a networked, multimedia environment, focusing primarily on the humanities. Presentations from the meeting will be posted to the CNI Web site as they become available http://www.cni.org/tfms/2008a.spring/.

The Seventh International JISC/CNI Conference will be held at the Europa Hastings Hotel in Belfast, Northern Ireland, July 10–11, 2008. Parallel sessions will explore and contrast major developments on both sides of the Atlantic. This conference will be of interest to all senior library and information technology administrators involved in the education community and those responsible for delivering digital services and resources for learning, teaching and research. Keynote speakers include Diana G. Oblinger, EDUCAUSE President and CEO, and Sir David Melville, Chair of the UK Committee of Inquiry into the Student Experience. Details are available at http://www.ukoln.ac.uk/events/jisc-cni-2008/.

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DIVERSITY, PROFESSIONAL WORKFORCE, AND LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

26. ARL Diversity Initiatives Calls for Applications

The ARL Diversity Initiatives is seeking applicants for two programs:

The Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce aims to recruit MLS students from ethnic and racial backgrounds into careers in research libraries. The initiative includes a stipend up to $10,000, leadership and career development, mentor, and a visit to a research library. Applications for the 2008–10 program class are due by July 31, 2008. For more information, please visit http://www.arl.org/diversity/init/.

The Leadership and Career Development Program (LCDP) prepares librarians from underrepresented groups, with a minimum of three and a maximum of ten years of professional experience, for leadership roles in research libraries. The LCDP focuses on the ARL Strategic Directions: Scholarly Communication; Public Policies; and Research, Teaching, and Learning. The LCDP also incorporates leadership and career development theories throughout the program. The LCDP is an 18-month program and fellows are responsible for completing a research project at the closing of the program. Applications are due April 21, 2008. For more information, please visit http://www.arl.org/diversity/lcdp/.

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27. Research Library Leadership Fellows Meet in Minnesota

The third and final institute for the current Research Library Leadership Fellows (RLLF) Program participants was hosted by the University of Minnesota March 31–April 5, 2008. The institute focused on how the library has been both responding to the university's restructuring and positioning itself based on its own planning. Wendy Pradt Lougee arranged a rich set of experiences that provided the Fellows with a look at an institution that is strategically positioning itself for the future.

Other RLLF activities in 2008 will include attendance at ARL and CNI meetings as well as site visits to Berkeley and Penn State.

Libraries interested in sponsoring future iterations of the RLLF should contact Duane Webster duane@arl.org or Julia Blixrud jblix@arl.org.

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LIBRARY STATISTICS AND ASSESSMENT

28. ARL Statistics 2005–06 Published

ARL has released the print publication of the ARL Statistics 2005–06. It is the latest in a series of annual publications that describe the collections, staffing, expenditures, and service activities of ARL's 123 member libraries. The total library expenditures of all 123 member libraries in 2005–06 was more than $3.7 billion; of that total, more than $2.8 billion was spent by the 113 university libraries and $866 million was spent by the 10 nonuniversity libraries. For more information about the ARL Statistics or to download the data files or a PDF of the publication, please visit http://www.arl.org/stats/arlstat/. To order print copies, e-mail pubs@arl.org.

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29. ARL Preservation Statistics 2005–06 Published

ARL has released the print publication of the ARL Preservation Statistics 2005–06. It is a compilation of data on the levels of preservation efforts in ARL libraries throughout North America. Highlights from the report suggest that preservation expenditures are in a steady state. For more information about the ARL Preservation Statistics or to download the data files or a PDF of the publication, please visit http://www.arl.org/stats/annualsurveys/pres/. To order print copies, e-mail pubs@arl.org.

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30. ARL Statistical Surveys and Publications Update

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

  • ARL Annual Salary Survey 2007–08: Final tables are available at: http://www.arl.org/bm~doc/tables2007-08.xls. Production of the print publication is underway.

  • ARL Statistics 2006–07: 113 libraries have returned their data. Preliminary tables will be issued as soon as all the data is in.

  • ARL Preservation Statistics 2006–07: 103 libraries have returned their data.

  • ARL Supplementary Statistics 2006–07: 104 libraries have returned their data.

  • Library Expenditures as a Percent of University Expenditures: The machine-readable datafile since 1982 is now available on the ARL Web site http://www.arl.org/stats/annualsurveys/eg/.

For additional information, contact Martha Kyrillidou martha@arl.org.

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31. LibQUAL+® Update

The LibQUAL+® team is hosting a workshop, "Using LibQUAL+® Effectively," in Washington DC June 3, 2008. The event is geared toward LibQUAL+® survey administrators and members of assessment groups interested in learning more about working with their survey results, including how to analyze and present results visually and identify actionable items. Key speakers are Raynna Bowlby, Consultant, and Martha Kyrillidou, Director, Statistics and Service Quality Programs, ARL. For more information, visit http://www.libqual.org/events/.

Visit the LibQUAL+® booth (#549) for individual consultations at the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, June 28–July 1, 2008.

The LibQUAL+® Lite pilot project was launched on April 9 with six libraries participating in testing whether randomly presented shortened surveys will produce higher numbers of responses. The pilot is taking place on a newly designed Web architecture. For more information, contact libqual@arl.org.

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32. ClimateQUALTM Survey under Development

The ClimateQUALTM Shared Workspace is now operational for the libraries utilizing this tool. ClimateQUALTM, the latest StatsQUALTM tool, focuses on organizational climate and diversity assessment and is currently led by the University of Maryland. Duke University, Emory University, and University of Massachusetts were the first three institutions that initiated the 2008 data-collection cycle. If you are interested in participating in this assessment activity in future years, please contact Kristina Justh kristina@arl.org. For more information, see http://www.climatequal.org/.

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33. Library Assessment Conference to Be Held in Seattle August 4–7—Register by May 30

Registration is now open for the second Library Assessment Conference: Building Effective, Sustainable, Practical Assessment, to be held August 4–7, 2008, at the University of Washington's Seattle campus. Co-sponsored by ARL, the University of Virginia Library, and the University of Washington Libraries, the event is geared toward all library and information professionals interested in assessment activities and will feature 60 papers and panels, and more than 30 poster presentations. The conference will include a keynote panel featuring Susan Gibbons (Rochester), Rick Luce (Emory), and Betsy Wilson (Washington). The deadline for registration is May 30, 2008. To register or learn more, visit http://www.libraryassessment.org/.

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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST TO ARL DIRECTORS

34. ARL Publications

ARL Preservation Statistics 2005–06
Mark Young and Martha Kyrillidou, comps. and eds.
ISBN 1-59407-786-X • EAN 978-1-59407-786-9 • 2008 • 56 pgs.
See item #29 above
http://www.arl.org/stats/annualsurveys/pres/

ARL Statistics 2005–06 Martha Kyrillidou and Mark Young, comps. and eds.
ISBN 1-59407-785-1 • EAN 978-1-59407-785-2 • 2008 • 136 pgs.
See item #28 above
http://www.arl.org/stats/annualsurveys/arlstats/arlstats06.shtml

“The Audacity of SCOAP3
Ivy Anderson
Preprint from ARL: A Bimonthly Report, no. 257 (April 2008)
See item #11 above
http://www.arl.org/resources/pubs/br/br257.shtml

“Managing Copyright for NIH Public Access: Strategies to Ensure Compliance”
Kevin L. Smith
Preprint from ARL: A Bimonthly Report, no. 258 (June 2008)
See item #6 above
http://www.arl.org/resources/pubs/br/br258.shtml

“Research Library Publishing Services: New Options for University Publishing”
Karla L. Hahn
See item #3 above
http://www.arl.org/bm~doc/research-library-publishing-services.pdf

Synergy: News from ARL Diversity Initiatives, no. 5 (Feb. 2008)
Featuring call for applications to ARL Diversity programs
See item #26 above
http://www.arl.org/news/synergy/

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35. ARL Transitions

Cornell: Anne Kenney was appointed Carl A. Kroch University Librarian, effective March 31, 2008. Kenney served as Interim University Librarian since February 2007.

Indiana: Patricia A. Steele was named Ruth Lilly Dean of University Libraries, effective January 1, 2008. Steele served as Ruth Lilly Interim Dean since 2005.

Manitoba: Carolynne Presser announced that her term as Director of Libraries ends June 30, 2008.

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36. Other Transitions

Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL): Brent Roe was appointed Executive Director, effective April 14, 2008. Roe was formerly Associate University Librarian, Information Services, York University.

Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS): The US Senate has confirmed four presidential nominees to serve as members of the National Museum and Library Services Board, which advises IMLS. The new members are: Julia W. Bland, Executive Director of the Louisiana Children's Museum; Jan Cellucci, Commissioner on the US National Commission on Libraries and Information Science; William J. Hagenah, Chairman, Board of Directors of the Chicago Horticultural Society; and Mark Y. Herring, Dean of Library Services at Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC.

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37. Honors

Peggy Hoon, Special Assistant to the Provost for Copyright Administration at North Carolina State University and former ARL Visiting Scholar and developer of the Know Your Copy Rights initiative, is the 2008 recipient of the L. Ray Patterson Copyright Award: In Support of Users' Rights. The award is sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) and the OITP Copyright Advisory Committee. It recognizes the contributions of an individual who pursues and supports the Constitutional purpose of US copyright law, fair use, and the public domain.

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38. Memorials

Margaret Armstrong Beckman

Margaret Armstrong Beckman, 84, died in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, on February 28, 2008. She was hired by the University of Guelph as a documentation librarian in 1966 and became Chief Librarian of the university’s McLaughlin Library in 1971, the only woman leading a university library in Ontario at the time.

Donald E. Riggs

Donald E. Riggs, 65, died February 19, 2008. He was Vice President of Information Services and University Librarian at Nova Southeastern University from 1997 until December 31, 2007, when he retired due to poor health. He served as director of libraries at Arizona State University from 1979 to 1990 and the University of Michigan from 1991 to 1996.

Kenneth Eldridge Toombs

Kenneth Toombs, 79, died March 4, 2008. He began his library career at Louisiana State University in 1956 and later became Director of Libraries at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette. In 1967 he was named Director of Libraries at the University of South Carolina and retired as Director Emeritus of the USC Library System in 1988.

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DEW 4/14/08

Duane Webster
Executive Director
Association of Research Libraries
21 Dupont Circle
Washington DC 20036
v: (202) 296-2296
fax: (202) 872-0884
cell: (202) 251-4431
e-mail: duane@arl.org