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E-News for ARL Directors

April 2012 E-News

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In This Issue

E-News for ARL Directors is a monthly publication highlighting the latest news and developments of interest to research library leaders. News from the ARL community and from the field calls attention to issues of strategic importance.

E-News is a collaboration of ARL program staff, compiled and edited by Charles Lowry, Kaylyn Groves, and Sue Baughman.

ARL Governance & Membership

  • IMPORTANT Reminder to ARL Members: Send ARL Your IP Ranges
    Access to the ARL Statistics Collection and ARL Annual Salary Survey Collection through the ARL Digital Publications website is free to ARL member institutions as a benefit of membership. E-mail your library IP ranges to pubs@arl.org to set up access to these two collections today...

  • ARL Membership to Convene in Chicago May 2–4
    ARL President Winston Tabb (Johns Hopkins) will convene the 160th ARL Membership Meeting on May 2 at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Hotel...

Upcoming Events

ARL Board & Membership Meetings
May 1–4
Chicago, Illinois

ARL Statistics® Webcast
June 5
1:00-2:00 p.m. EST

ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries
June 10–14
Washington, DC

ARL Statistics & Assessment at ALA Annual
June 22–25
Anaheim, California

ARL Board Meeting
July 26–27
Washington, DC

MINES for Libraries® Webcast
September 18
1:00-2:00 p.m. EST

ARL Board & Membership Meetings
October 9–12
Washington, DC

Library Assessment Conference
October 29–31
Charlottesville, Virginia

[View our complete calendar]

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ARL, CNI, SPARC Strategic Actions

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Law & Policy

  • Safe Harbor for ISPs Affirmed by Second Circuit in DMCA Appeal
    In a case where ARL joined a “friend of the court” brief filed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), the Second Circuit largely vindicated the rights of Internet service providers (ISPs) to offer services without ubiquitously monitoring their systems to stop user infringement...

  • First-Sale Case to Be Heard by US Supreme Court
    The US Supreme Court has agreed to hear John Wiley & Sons Inc. v. Supap Kirtsaeng, a case concerning the legality of purchasing copyrighted works abroad—in this case, textbooks—and bringing those works to the US for resale, without the permission of the copyright owner...

  • Public Access to Federally Funded Research: America COMPETES Report Completed
    In response to provisions included in the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010, the Obama administration has released, “Interagency Public Access Coordination...”

  • World Bank Announces Open-Access Policy
    On April 10, the World Bank announced that it will implement a new Open Access Policy for its research outputs and products...

  • Big-Data Initiative Announced by White House
    At the end of March, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) launched the Big Data Research and Development Initiative, which will coordinate big data efforts underway and planned within the federal government...

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From the Field

  • CRL, Linda Hall Library Form Global Resources Partnership
    The Center for Research Libraries (CRL) and the Linda Hall Library of Science, Engineering, and Technology have entered into a strategic partnership to preserve and develop historical research collections in the fields of science, technology, and engineering...

  • Directory of Open Access Books Launched
    The OAPEN Foundation has released the beta version of the Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB), a discovery service for peer-reviewed books published under an open-access license...

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Resources

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Opportunities

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Colleagues

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ARL GOVERNANCE AND MEMBERSHIP

IMPORTANT Reminder to ARL Members: Send ARL Your IP Ranges

Access to the ARL Statistics Collection and ARL Annual Salary Survey Collection through the ARL Digital Publications website is free to ARL member institutions as a benefit of membership. E-mail your library IP ranges to pubs@arl.org to set up access to these two collections today. This is important, because you and your staff will be blocked from access and asked to subscribe if the system cannot authenticate your institution’s IP address.

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ARL Membership to Convene in Chicago May 2–4

ARL President Winston Tabb (Johns Hopkins) will convene the 160th ARL Membership Meeting on May 2 at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Hotel. The final program has been mailed to member representatives and invited guests and is also available on the Membership Meeting website. Program highlights include a keynote address by Susan Hildreth, Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and a presentation about the Digital Preservation Network by James Hilton, Vice President and Chief Information Officer, University of Virginia, and Brenda Johnson, Ruth Lilly Dean of Libraries, Indiana University Bloomington.

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ARL, CNI, SPARC STRATEGIC ACTIONS

Code of Best Practices in Fair Use Endorsed by CAA, ARLIS/NA; Incorporated in U Texas Crash Course

The College Art Association (CAA) and the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) have joined the American Library Association (ALA) and the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) in formally endorsing the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries. Both art associations have also adopted the Visual Resources Association’s statement on fair use, a powerful document that presents consensus principles for fair use specifically of images.

The latest revision of the Copyright Crash Course, a popular copyright information resource hosted by the University of Texas Libraries, incorporates lessons and principles from the Code of Best Practices. In addition to references expressly to the Code, Georgia Harper has updated the part of her popular site that addresses fair use to reflect the insights on transformativeness that underpin the best practices movement.

For more information, see:

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Library Copyright Alliance Files Brief Supporting Fair Use in HathiTrust Case

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In a “friend of the court” brief prepared by attorney Jonathan Band, the Library Copyright Alliance—ARL, the American Library Association (ALA), and the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL)—warned against a radical misinterpretation of the Copyright Act put forth by the Authors Guild in its lawsuit against HathiTrust and several partner libraries. In an audacious move, the Authors Guild has asked the federal district court to rule that libraries have no rights under Section 107 (the fair use provision) that go "beyond" the specific exceptions for libraries and archives in Section 108. In their brief, the Library Copyright Alliance points out that this view is inconsistent with the purpose and history of both Section 108 and 107, not to mention the plain text of Section 108, which includes an explicit savings clause to preserve libraries' fair use rights. For more details, see:

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Cyber-Intelligence Bill Raises Concerns from ARL, White House, Others

The US House of Representatives is poised to vote on H.R. 3523, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act of 2011 (CISPA). ARL joined with over 30 privacy-related organizations in a letter to Congress noting serious concerns with provisions in the legislation. The organizations stated that “this bill will allow companies that hold very sensitive and personal information to liberally share it with the government, which could then use the information without meaningful oversight for purposes unrelated to cybersecurity.”

ARL also joined with 40 members of the FOIA community in identifying significant flaws in the legislation. In that letter, the signatories stated, “in the interest of encouraging private companies to share cybersecurity threat information, the bill unwisely and unnecessarily cuts off all public access to cyber threat information before the public and Congress have the chance to understand the types of information that are withheld under the bill. Much of the sensitive information private companies are likely to share with the government is already protected from disclosure under the FOIA. Other information that may be shared could be critical for the public to ensure its safety. Any effort to expand the authority of the federal government to withhold information from the public should begin with careful consideration, including public hearings, by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which has jurisdiction over FOIA.”

On April 25, the White House issued a Statement of Administration Policy on CISPA. The two-page policy statement begins:

The Administration is committed to increasing public-private sharing of information about cybersecurity threats as an essential part of comprehensive legislation to protect the Nation's vital information systems and critical infrastructure. The sharing of information must be conducted in a manner that preserves Americans' privacy, data confidentiality, and civil liberties and recognizes the civilian nature of cyberspace. Cybersecurity and privacy are not mutually exclusive. Moreover, information sharing, while an essential component of comprehensive legislation, is not alone enough to protect the Nation's core critical infrastructure from cyber threats. Accordingly, the Administration strongly opposes H.R. 3523, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, in its current form...

The statement describes flaws in the legislation and concludes, "if H.R. 3523 were presented to the President, his senior advisors would recommend that he veto the bill."

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ARL, Ithaka S+R Study Sustainability of Digitized Special Collections

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On March 26, ARL and Ithaka S+R launched a three-part survey of the ARL membership to collect information critical to understanding the financial and organizational basis for sustaining digitized special collections. Part I asks ARL deans and directors for a brief institutional perspective on the role of digitized special collections within the organization. Part II surveys each organization’s activities, costs, and revenues associated with sustaining digitized special collections in the aggregate. Part III asks each organization for more details about a specific collection or project representing significant institutional investment. The deadline to complete all three parts of the survey has been extended to May 31. For more information, contact Judy Ruttenberg.

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Special Collections Case Studies to Be Published by ARL

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More than 20 ARL member libraries submitted case study proposals for a future issue of Research Library Issues (RLI) focusing on mission alignment and mainstreaming of special collections within the parent institution. Led by Tom Hickerson (University of Calgary) and Lisa Carter (Ohio State University, ARL Visiting Program Officer), the ARL Working Group on Transforming Special Collections for the Digital Age will select representative cases for RLI, highlighting such topics as unified discovery of special collections materials alongside other library resources; integration in the function, planning, and facilities of the library; and assessment. For more information, contact Judy Ruttenberg.

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ARL Diversity Scholars Visit Purdue

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image © Purdue University Libraries

Participants in ARL’s Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce (IRDW) were hosted by the Purdue University Libraries and Dean of Libraries James Mullins for a two-day visit in April. Ten ARL Diversity Scholars attended programs on such topics as scholarly communication, archives and special collections, e-science, and Purdue University Learning Initiatives. The visit included tours of the newly renovated Parrish Library, social and networking events with Purdue University faculty and administrators, and a closing poster session featuring research projects of library faculty. This is the eighth consecutive year that the Purdue Libraries have hosted this event for ARL Diversity Scholars. For more information about the IRDW research library visits and a link to the agenda from the Purdue visit, see the IRDW website.

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ARL Research Library Leadership Fellows Convene in Boulder

The University of Colorado (CU) Boulder hosted the 2011–12 ARL Research Library Leadership Fellows (RLLF) for the first of three optional site visits in the two-year executive leadership development program. The visit focused on leadership within the context of librarians as tenure-track faculty. The program agenda included discussions with the library’s management team; a visit to the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and presentations by NCAR senior managers; a presentation by CU Boulder Chancellor Phil DiStefano; and an informal meeting with CU academic deans. The next event for the RLLF Program is a combined site visit with the University of Illinois at Chicago and Northwestern University, in conjunction with the ARL Membership Meeting in May. For more information about the RLLF, including a list of the current class of fellows, visit the RLLF website.

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ARL Annual Statistical Surveys Update

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StatsQUAL®

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

  • ARL Annual Salary Survey 2011–2012: Final tables in Excel are available on the ARL website. The PDF publication is in production.

  • ARL Statistics, Academic Health Sciences Statistics, Academic Law Statistics, ARL Supplementary Statistics 2010–2011: Data are currently being collected and edited (125 libraries submitted data).

  • All data are readily accessible by ARL member libraries via the "Analytics" tab and "Data Repository" link at http://www.arlstatistics.org/ (login required; all ARL library directors have been added to the system and your library's primary ARL Statistics contact can approve access to the system for any library staff member).

  • Available via “Analytics”: University data (1908–present), non-university data (1972–present), and university expenditures and indices. The http://www.arlstatistics.org/ website is being enhanced so that all information regarding the annual surveys will be available on this site by the end of the summer.

  • Available via “Directory”: Links to organizational charts and strategic plans. If your institution’s links are not current, please send updated links to stats@arl.org.

The ARL Statistics and Assessment Committee and the Task Force on Reviewing the ARL Annual Salary Survey, the ARL Statistics, and the ARL Supplementary Statistics forwarded the proposed revisions to the annual surveys to member library directors and the survey coordinators for an open comment period until April 20. Final review of feedback received will be discussed at the May committee meeting in Chicago. The new survey forms will be more useful with fewer data elements. ARL aims to collect the annual data in a more timely fashion for member institutions to maximize their ability to use the information in budget decisions.

A meeting of ARL Survey Coordinators and SPEC Liaisons has been preliminarily scheduled for Friday, June 22, 3:30–5:00 p.m. (note new time), in Anaheim, California.

For more information about the annual surveys, contact Martha Kyrillidou.

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CNI Spring Membership Meeting Held in Baltimore

CNI logo (white on blue)

The Spring 2012 CNI Membership Meeting, held April 2–3 in Baltimore, featured over 35 breakout sessions on varied topics, including the management of large-scale data sets, collections and tools being developed for researchers, and the Digital Public Library of America. University of Michigan President Emeritus James Duderstadt presented the opening keynote address “Reinventing the Research University to Serve a Changing World,” and Phillip Long, University of Queensland Director of the Centre for Educational Innovation and Technology, closed the meeting with his plenary talk “Key Trends in Teaching & Learning: Aligning What We Know About Learning to Today's Learners.” The executive roundtable discussion that took place during the meeting was on “Multiple Devices and Platforms: Institutional Strategies.” Various materials from the meeting, including presentation slides, videos of the keynotes and of selected breakout sessions, podcast interviews conducted by EDUCAUSE, and a report of the executive roundtable discussion, will be posted on the meeting website as they become available.

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CNI Hosts Scholarly Identity Workshop

“The Management of Scholarly Identity,” a CNI invitational workshop, was held in Baltimore on April 4, immediately following the CNI Spring Membership Meeting. Representatives from some 30 organizations and projects met to discuss the current state of identity management and to explore ways to improve interoperation among systems and standards. CNI plans to launch a workshop website, including personal statements by attendees and a meeting report.

CNI Executive Director Clifford Lynch participated in a workshop on international author ID management hosted by the Knowledge Exchange on March 13–14 in London. For details about the Knowledge Exchange workshop, including a link to the workshop report, visit the workshop website.

Clifford Lynch will also present a session on Scholarly Identity on Friday, May 4, at the ARL Membership Meeting in Chicago.

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LAW & POLICY

Safe Harbor for ISPs Affirmed by Second Circuit in DMCA Appeal

In a case where ARL joined a “friend of the court” brief filed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), the Second Circuit largely vindicated the rights of Internet service providers (ISPs) to offer services without ubiquitously monitoring their systems to stop user infringement. At the heart of this controversy is the following question: Does an ISP that knows that some of its users are probably infringing copyright lose its protection under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) unless it takes action to monitor and stop the infringement? Rightsholders would like to impose a duty on ISPs to monitor proactively and stop infringers based on this generalized knowledge, while ISPs point out that this would undermine the very purpose of the DMCA safe harbors, which is to enable ISPs to operate without the burden of comprehensive surveillance of their services. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has already sided decisively with the ISPs, ruling in recent cases that the DMCA does not punish generalized awareness of infringement. On April 5, the Second Circuit issued its opinion in the epic case brought by Viacom against YouTube, largely agreeing with the Ninth Circuit on the central question and affirming the ISPs' view of the safe harbors. The decision was not a total victory for YouTube, however, as evidence has surfaced showing that, in the company's early days, its founders may have had knowledge of particular infringements. That fact is an issue for the jury, so the appeals court returned the case to the district court for resolution of that and a few other issues. Download the amicus brief that ARL joined in 2011 from the EFF website. Read a detailed analysis of the recent decision by Internet law scholar Eric Goldman.

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First-Sale Case to Be Heard by US Supreme Court

The US Supreme Court has agreed to hear John Wiley & Sons Inc. v. Supap Kirtsaeng, a case concerning the legality of purchasing copyrighted works abroad—in this case, textbooks—and bringing those works to the US for resale, without the permission of the copyright owner. In Kirtsaeng, the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held that works manufactured outside the US are not subject to the “first-sale” doctrine. First-sale allows lawful purchasers to re-sell or lend copyrighted works without the copyright holder’s permission. Libraries rely in part on this doctrine to engage in lending activities.

As past editions of the ARL E-News have highlighted, Kirtsaeng is one of a series of cases involving the first-sale doctrine and works made abroad. In Costco v. Omega, the Ninth Circuit came to the same basic conclusion, but created an exception for works made abroad and imported with the authorization of the rights holder. Justice Kagan recused herself from the Omega decision (she had participated in the government’s brief supporting Omega in her role as Solicitor General), resulting in a 4-4 tie that left the issue unresolved for circuits other than the Ninth. The Kirtsaeng opinion does not recognize the Ninth Circuit’s exception, creating a split in the Circuits and presenting the Supreme Court with a chance to resolve the issue with all nine justices participating. The Library Copyright Alliance has participated in previous first-sale cases by filing amicus briefs.

For more details, see “A Textbook Case,” by Steve Kolowich in Inside Higher Ed.

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Public Access to Federally Funded Research: America COMPETES Report Completed

Interagency Public Access Coordination report cover, April 2012

In response to provisions included in the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010, the Obama administration has released, “Interagency Public Access Coordination: A Report to Congress on the Coordination of Policies Related to the Dissemination and Long-Term Stewardship of the Results of Federally Funded Scientific Research.” The report notes, “The Administration has long recognized the importance of improving the management of and access to the results of federally funded scientific research including digital data and peer-reviewed publications. Since 2008, OSTP [the Office of Science and Technology Policy] has been working to coordinate with agencies to develop policies that assure widespread public access to and long-term stewardship of the results of federally funded unclassified research.” In November 2011, OSTP issued two requests for information (RFIs) soliciting public input on public access to the results of federally funded research, specifically peer-reviewed scholarly publications and digital data. OSTP is still analyzing the responses to those RFIs, but reports that “initial results show strong public support for increasing access to scholarly publications describing the results of federally funded research and for improving scientific data management and access.” ARL filed comments in both the scholarly publications RFI and the digital data RFI.

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World Bank Announces Open-Access Policy

On April 10, the World Bank announced that it will implement a new Open Access Policy for its research outputs and products. Effective July 1, 2012, the policy builds on recent efforts to increase access to information at the Bank and to make its research as widely available as possible. The policy will be rolled out in phases and formalizes the Bank’s practice of making research and knowledge freely available online. In announcing the policy, the Bank launched an Open Knowledge Repository and adopted Creative Commons copyright licenses. For more details, see the Ars Technica story from April 13, “World Bank Decides to Make Its Research Open Access.”

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Big-Data Initiative Announced by White House

At the end of March, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) launched the Big Data Research and Development Initiative, which will coordinate big data efforts underway and planned within the federal government. The initiative has several goals, including:

  • Advance state-of-the-art core technologies needed to collect, store, preserve, manage, analyze, and share huge quantities of data.

  • Harness these technologies to accelerate the pace of discovery in science and engineering, strengthen our national security, and transform teaching and learning.

  • Expand the workforce needed to develop and use big data technologies.

For more information, see the OSTP Blog post from March 29, “Big Data is a Big Deal.”

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FROM THE FIELD

CRL, Linda Hall Library Form Global Resources Partnership

The Center for Research Libraries (CRL) and the Linda Hall Library of Science, Engineering, and Technology have entered into a strategic partnership to preserve and develop historical research collections in the fields of science, technology, and engineering. The partnership will build upon the rich holdings of print serials in those fields assembled by the two institutions during the past six decades. CRL and Linda Hall will now combine human, technical, and financial resources to further develop these collections, actively promote their visibility and use, and preserve them for future generations of scholars and researchers. The combined CRL and Linda Hall serials will be available electronically to CRL libraries in the US, Canada, and Hong Kong through on-demand digitization and traditional document delivery through the RapidILL service. The Linda Hall Library will be the locus for maintaining, developing, and providing access to the collections. Linda Hall’s recently expanded collections facility will provide ample, optimum environmental conditions for the growing paper-based collections. For more details, see the CRL news release.

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Directory of Open Access Books Launched

The OAPEN Foundation has released the beta version of the Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB), a discovery service for peer-reviewed books published under an open-access license. DOAB provides a searchable index to information about these books, with links to the full texts of the publications at the publishers’ websites or repositories. At the start of the service, there are just over 20 publishers participating with about 750 open access books. For more information, see the OAPEN press release.

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RESOURCES

ClimateQUAL® Webcast Recording Now Available

A free recording of the ClimateQUAL® webcast held on April 17 is now available on the ARL YouTube channel. The webcast provides potential and current participants with practical information for administering the ClimateQUAL® survey, helps participants with interpreting the data and its analysis, and shares best practices in using the results. The webcast features Paul Hanges (Maryland), the lead researcher of the ClimateQUAL® protocol, and David Green (ARL), who highlights important implementation steps. Jay Schafer and Dianna Williams (Massachusetts Amherst), Jean Zanoni (Marquette), and Sue Baughman (ARL) discuss the drivers of this assessment and follow-up actions based on the survey results. Martha Kyrillidou (ARL) hosts and facilitates the event. Q&A is interspersed throughout the webcast. The ClimateQUAL® webcast is part of the 2012 ARL Statistics & Assessment Webcast Series. For more information, see the ARL press release.

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Signed the Boycott, Now What? A SPARC Guide for Campus Action

Over the past few months, a growing number of scholars have signed the boycott on the Cost of Knowledge website, expressing frustration with the status quo in scholarly publishing. SPARC has prepared a brief document that suggests next steps for concrete action to effect positive change. The document can help librarians engage faculty and researchers in conversations about options for taking such action. Read the SPARC Guide for Campus Action.

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Article-Level Metrics: SPARC Webcast Slides Online

On April 12, SPARC hosted Peter Binfield, Publisher of PLoS One, for an in-depth look at the current status of article-level metrics. The webcast covered what has been learned to date as well as a glimpse at what is on the horizon for further development and wider adoption. Download the slides from the webcast.

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OPPORTUNITIES

Call for Proposals for 2013 SPEC Survey Topics

Do you have an idea for a survey of research libraries? ARL is seeking proposals for 2013 SPEC survey topics. For 40 years ARL has gathered and disseminated data through the SPEC survey program to assist libraries in the continuous improvement of their management systems. Each year, ARL works with librarians in the US and Canada to develop six surveys of the ARL membership on “hot topics” related to research library policies and practices. Survey authors do not need to work at an ARL member library, but only ARL libraries are surveyed. Proposals for 2013 topics are due July 22, 2012. For more details, see the ARL news release.

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LibQUAL+® Participation Opportunities

2012 Registration Open

Past LibQUAL+® participants may register to participate in 2012 at http://www.libqual.org/. If your institution participated in 2011, your fee will be only $2,200. If your institution most recently participated in 2010, your fee will be only $2,700. For all others, the standard base fee of $3,200 applies. The registration fee also covers access to complete results from all of the institutions for the year you register. To access survey results from the years you don’t implement a survey, an annual membership subscription is available for a $1,000 fee.

New LibQUAL+® participants can set up an account for registration by e-mailing libqual@arl.org. With registration, you will receive access to a rich array of assessment resources, free training, and the standard analysis of your survey results.

Arabic Translation of Survey Coming Soon

The LibQUAL+® survey will soon be offered in Arabic. Martha Kyrillidou recently returned from Bahrain, where she conducted workshops on library assessment and discussed the translation of the survey into Arabic. This will be the newest LibQUAL+® language, adding to the growing list of almost 20 languages in which the survey is offered.

In-Kind Grant Applications Being Accepted

LibQUAL+® will award up to five institutions in-kind grants to participate in the 2013 survey, with a goal of offering one grant for every 50 libraries registered. This will be the eighth year LibQUAL+® has sponsored an in-kind grant program. There are two application deadlines for the 2013 grant program: June 17, 2012, and December 16, 2012. Selection of grant recipients will be based on financial need, contribution to the growth of LibQUAL+®, and improvements in local service and quality. For more information and to apply, see the LibQUAL+® news release.

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ClimateQUAL® Call for Participants

Eight academic libraries administered the ClimateQUAL® survey early this year, including two repeat participants (Arizona and Massachusetts) and six new participants. These eight implementations, along with planned implementations in Canada and the UK, highlight the growth potential of the ClimateQUAL®: Organizational Climate and Diversity Assessment project. ARL continues to seek US, Canadian, and UK institutions to participate in the project in 2012. Please note that participants need to survey at least 50 part-time or full-time employees, possibly including student workers. For more information or to express interest in participating in 2012, e-mail climatequal@arl.org.

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Call for Applicants: Paul Evan Peters Fellowship for Information Studies

CNI is accepting applications for the Paul Evan Peters Fellowship for Information Studies, an excellent opportunity for graduate students with creative vision for using technology. The Paul Evan Peters Fellowship was established to honor and perpetuate the memory of CNI’s founding Executive Director. The fellowship is awarded every two years to a student pursuing graduate studies in librarianship, the information sciences, or a closely related field, who demonstrates intellectual and personal qualities consistent with those of Paul Evan Peters, including:

  • commitment to use of digital information and advanced technology to enhance scholarship, intellectual productivity, and public life;

  • interest in the civic responsibilities of information professionals and a commitment to democratic values;

  • positive and creative approach to overcoming personal, technological, and bureaucratic challenges; and

  • humor, vision, humanity, and imagination.

The fellowship is in the amount of $5,000 per year, to be awarded two consecutive years to a student in a graduate program. Applications are due by May 10, 2012. For more information, see the CNI news release.

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Joint Conference on Digital Libraries 2012 Registration Open

Registration is now open for the ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL) 2012, which will be held at the George Washington University in Washington, DC, June 10–14. ARL and CNI have endorsed this year’s conference. JCDL is a major international forum focusing on digital libraries—in a broad sense—and associated technical, practical, organizational, and social issues. Attendance is expected to include several hundred researchers, practitioners, managers, and students. For more information and to register, visit the JCDL 2012 website.

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Evidence Based Library and Information Practice Conference to Be Held in Saskatoon

The University Library at the University of Saskatchewan will host the seventh International Evidence Based Library and Information Practice Conference (EBLIP7) on July 15–18, 2013. The main tenet of EBLIP is applying the best available research evidence, in addition to knowledge acquired from experience, to library and information practice. The conference will consist of one day of continuing education activities (July 15) followed by three days of keynotes, concurrent conference sessions, posters, and networking opportunities (July 16–18). In conjunction with the conference, the University of Saskatchewan plans to open a new Centre for Evidence Based Library and Information Practice. For more information, visit the EBLIP7 website.

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Maryland Copyright Symposium to Feature Lessig, Hoon, Temple Claggett, Butler

The University of Maryland University College (UMUC) Center for Intellectual Property (CIP) will hold its Biennial Symposium, “Adventures in Copyright: Navigating Your Way through Intellectual Property,” June 6–8, 2012, in Baltimore, Maryland. The symposium is designed for professionals involved in managing and disseminating creative works in the digital environment and will feature three keynote speakers: Lawrence Lessig, Harvard law professor and IP scholar; Peggy Hoon, Scholarly Communications Librarian for the University of North Carolina at Charlotte; and Karyn Temple Claggett from the US Copyright Office. ARL’s Brandon Butler will discuss the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries. For more information or to register, visit the symposium website.

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Open Access Symposium to Feature Gutmann, Schottlaender, Choudhury

The University of North Texas will offer the third annual Symposium on Open Access on May 21, 2012. Featured speakers include Myron Gutmann, Head of the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences Directorate of the National Science Foundation; Brian E. C. Schottlaender, University Librarian, University of California, San Diego; and G. Sayeed Choudhury, Associate Dean for Research Data Management and Hodson Director of the Digital Research and Curation Center at the Sheridan Libraries of Johns Hopkins University. This year’s conference will bring together key stakeholders from industry, academic research, funding agencies, and publishing to explore the implications of emerging trends in research data access, preservation, and management. For more details and to register, visit the symposium website.

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University Presses Invite Research Libraries to Annual Meeting

The 2012 Annual Meeting of the Association of American University Presses (AAUP) will be held June 18–20 in Chicago. According to organizers, the meeting’s theme, “Igniting the Future,” reflects the creative energy and destruction sweeping the industry: “The collision of crumbling business models and revolutionary innovation creates sparks of opportunity even as some of the traditions we hold dear go up in flames.” Scheduled speakers include experts from within AAUP and from the academic and library communities. This year the AAUP celebrates its 75th birthday and has extended an invitation to research libraries to join them for a full program of professional education and networking opportunities. For more information, visit the AAUP meeting website.

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COLLEAGUES

ARL Transitions

Georgia Tech: Catherine Murray-Rust, Dean of Libraries, was also named Vice Provost for Learning Excellence, effective January 1, 2012.

Oklahoma (OU): Rick Luce has been appointed Dean of University Libraries, pending approval by the OU board of regents at its May 2012 meeting. Luce currently is Vice Provost and Director of Libraries at Emory University. He will fill the position being vacated by Sul Lee, who plans to retire on June 30, 2012, after serving as Dean for over 30 years. In addition to serving as Dean of University Libraries, Luce will hold appointments as a professor, as the Peggy V. Helmerich Chair, and as Associate Vice President for Research for the Norman campus. For more details, see the OU news release.

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ARL Staff Transitions

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Mark A. Puente, ARL

Sue Baughman was promoted to Deputy Executive Director, effective April 1, 2012. She has served as Associate Deputy Executive Director since March 29, 2010.

Mark A. Puente was promoted to Director of Diversity and Leadership Programs, effective April 1, 2012. He has served as Director of Diversity Programs since March 16, 2009.

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Honors

Terry Birdwhistell, Dean of Libraries and William T. Young Endowed Chair at the University of Kentucky (UK), has been named the UK School of Library and Information Science Outstanding Alumnus for 2012. During Birdwhistell’s nearly four decades at UK, he has served as Associate Dean for Special Collections and Digital Programs, University Archivist, and Director of the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History. He helped found and now serves as Co-Director of the UK Libraries’ Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Research Center. For more details, see the UK news release.

Carla J. Stoffle, Dean of Libraries and the Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona, is the 2012 recipient of the Joseph W. Lippincott Award of the American Library Association (ALA). This prestigious award was established in 1938 and is given annually to an individual who has provided distinguished service to the profession of librarianship. For more details, see the ALA press release.

University of Waterloo Library was awarded second place in the 10th IFLA International Marketing competition for their creative buttons campaign. The library distributed over 23,000 buttons featuring 13 different designs to capture the visual identity of the six library locations. The buttons were also used on bookmarks, posters, brochures, Facebook, and library signage as an eye-catching branding device. For more information, see the IFLA announcement and the library’s buttons website.

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4/25/2012

Charles B. Lowry
Executive Director
clowry@arl.org

Kaylyn Groves
Communications Program Officer
kaylyn@arl.org

Sue Baughman
Associate Deputy Executive Director
sue@arl.org

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