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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Governance and Membership Activities

1. UW Provost to Present Keynote at ARL Membership Meeting in Seattle

Influencing Public Policies

2. The Mellon Foundation Awards ARL Grant to Prepare Code of Best Practices in Fair Use

3. ARL Policy Notes Blog Launches

4. Leaked ACTA Text Elicits Concerns from ARL, LCA, Others

5. ARL, ALA, ACRL File Comments re PRO-IP Act

6. ARL Submits Testimony Supporting NEH FY 2011 Budget Request

7. Humanities Indicators Released

8. ARL Co-Hosts Sunshine Week Webcast on Governmental Transparency

9. ARL Joins Letter Calling for Hearings on Destruction of DOJ E-Mail

10. ARL Joins OpenTheGovernment.org in Support of Faster FOIA Legislation

11. Archivist of the US Creates Blog

12. White House Announces Student Initiative to Spur Innovation in Broadband Applications

13. Public Online Information Act Introduced in US House of Representatives

14. Electronic Message Preservation Act Passes in US House of Representatives

15. US House Passes Bill Prohibiting P2P Software on Federal Networks & Computers

Reshaping Scholarly Communication

16. SPARC Releases Guide to Implementing Campus-Based Open-Access Funds

17. E-Book Transition: Open-Access Monographs—Video from SPARC-ACRL Forum Online

18. Library-Press Partnerships: U of California Publishing Services—SPARC Webcast Archive Online

19. Duke University Adopts Open-Access Policy

20. U of British Columbia Hosts Publishing Symposium

21. OAPEN Reports on Open-Access Models for Humanities & Social Science E-Books

22. HighWire Presents Findings from E-Books Librarian Survey

Transforming Research Libraries

23. ARL Scenarios Project to Brief ARL Members in Seattle, April 28

24. ARL Special Collections Working Group Adopts New Charge

25. New Roles for New Times: Forthcoming Report Descriptions Available

26. Ithaka S+R Releases Faculty Survey 2009

27. Economics of Digital Preservation

28. CNI Update

Diversity, Professional Workforce, and Leadership Development

29. Kent State Hosts ARL Leadership & Career Development Program

30. Former ARL Diversity Scholar Named LJ Mover & Shaker

31. National Diversity in Libraries Conference Registration Open through June 9

32. Succession Planning: RLLF Program to Engage ARL Membership in Seattle

Library Statistics and Assessment

33. ARL Annual Statistical Surveys Update—Analytics Now Online

34. LibQUAL+® Seeks Applicants for In-Kind Grant Program 2011

35. ARL Statistics & Assessment Events at ALA Annual Conference, Washington DC, June 24–July 2

Other Items of Interest to ARL Directors

36. Use Social Media to Keep Up with ARL

37. ARL Publishes Special Issue of RLI re Strategic Plan

38. ARL Transitions

39. Other Transitions


GOVERNANCE AND MEMBERSHIP ACTIVITIES

1. UW Provost to Present Keynote at ARL Membership Meeting in Seattle

E-news April 2010: UW Provost Phyllis Wise
UW Provost Phyllis Wise

ARL President Brinley Franklin, University of Connecticut, will convene the 156th ARL Membership Meeting April 28–30, in Seattle. The program theme is “Globalization of Higher Education and Research Libraries.” University of Washington Provost and Executive Vice President Phyllis Wise will open the program with keynote remarks. All speakers have been asked to consider what kinds of relationships and collaborations will strengthen the ability of North American research libraries to deliver content and services to virtual communities with global interests and constituencies. In addition to sessions on globalization, two separate panels will address “Business Models for Interdependent Collections” and “Collaborative Planning for E-Books.” If you tweet about the upcoming Membership Meeting, please use the Twitter hashtag #ARL10spr. For a list of speakers, see the preliminary schedule.

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INFLUENCING PUBLIC POLICIES

2. The Mellon Foundation Awards ARL Grant to Prepare Code of Best Practices in Fair Use

ARL has received a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to develop a code of best practices in fair use for academic and research libraries. ARL will undertake the three-year project with the Center for Social Media at American University and the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property in American University’s Washington College of Law. The project is based on prior codes of best practice for fair use in other fields prepared by professors Peter Jaszi and Patricia Aufderheide, who are part of the project team. ARL Law and Policy Fellow Brandon Butler will be coordinating the project with Prudence Adler, ARL Associate Executive Director. The project will be undertaken in three phases: a research phase, in which the project team will conduct interviews with members of the library and legal communities; a development phase, in which the project team, with members of the academic and research library community, will draft and publish the code of best practices; and an outreach phase, in which the project team will distribute and publicize the code of best practices. The project will operate between April 2010 and March 2013. If you have any questions about the project, or if you would like to participate in the research phase, please contact fairuseproject@arl.org.

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3. ARL Policy Notes Blog Launches

E-news April 2010: Policy Notes Blog

ARL’s Influencing Public Policies Strategic Direction has launched a blog, ARL Policy Notes. The blog will report on public policy issues and their impact on the research library community, from copyright and intellectual property issues—such as the Google Book Search Settlement—to access to federally funded research and the Federal Depository Library Program. The blog posts will usually be authored by Brandon Butler, ARL’s Law and Policy Fellow. In addition, guest bloggers will be asked to contribute their insight and understanding of specific policy issues. As is common practice on the Web, the blog will also collect interesting quotes, images, video, and audio from all over the Web to reflect the broader conversation on these issues. Please visit the Policy Notes blog.

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4. Leaked ACTA Text Elicits Concerns from ARL, LCA, Others

Recent leaks of full-text drafts of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) have provided ammunition to those who believe that negotiating treaties and agreements in secret can have damaging effects on US and other countries’ intellectual property law and innovation. On March 22, ARL joined in a letter to Ambassador Kirk, the US Trade Representative, that notes, “Now that details of the text of the proposed ACTA, and comments and proposals of national participants have apparently but unofficially been made public, the undersigned are more certain than ever that an open, public discussion of substance is essential. This recent leak of a full text heightens our concern that this negotiation is not primarily about counterfeiting or piracy; nor is it all about trade law. The public rationale that the treaty would not impinge on domestic law has been placed in doubt—particularly when one considers whose domestic law would be endangered. As Google executives have recently experienced, it is not only US domestic law that has consequences for US technologists and service providers.” Download the letter from the ARL Web site.

In addition, ARL joined with other nonprofits in identifying and analyzing the concerns with the proposed ACTA as it relates to the Internet. The March 24 paper, “Concerns with the Leaked Internet Chapter of ACTA,” notes that, “the draft is inconsistent with US law in several significant, troubling respects. The common thread of these inconsistencies is that the draft does not reflect the balance in US copyright law. This lack of balance is at odds with the Obama Administration’s recently announced policy concerning balanced international copyright law….” Download the paper from the ARL Web site.

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5. ARL, ALA, ACRL File Comments re PRO-IP Act

On March 24, ARL, ALA, and ACRL filed comments with the US Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC) concerning the development of a Joint Strategic Plan as called for in the Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property Act of 2008 (PRO-IP Act). The IPEC requested information from the public on a wide array of topics regarding the US Government’s strategy for enforcing intellectual property rights and addressing copyright infringement. The letter notes, “We expect that some rightsholders will submit comments seeking new protections for their aging business models, but we encourage you to consider the members of the public and the entities that serve them, such as libraries, before recommending changes that would disturb the delicate balance of copyright law. Instead, the government should focus its limited time and resources on enforcement that has unambiguous public benefits (health and safety) and that targets clear bad actors (counterfeiters who defraud the public into using and consuming unsafe goods).” Download the library associations’ filing from the ARL Web site.

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6. ARL Submits Testimony Supporting NEH FY 2011 Budget Request

In a statement to Chairman Moran and Ranking Member Simpson of the US House Appropriations Subcommittee responsible for funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), ARL noted that, “with NEH’s support, libraries engage in numerous activities to preserve and provide access to our local, state, national, and international cultural heritage.” ARL urged the Representatives to support the overall funding for NEH at $232.5 million, an increase of $65 million over FY 2010. The March 22 statement notes, “Additional appropriations would permit the agency to address the high level of unmet needs by supporting a greater number of humanities projects including those focused on preserving our heritage.” Download the statement from the ARL Web site.

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7. Humanities Indicators Released

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences has released the Humanities Indicators, a resource that provides data on a wide range of topics regarding the role of humanities in the US. Within this resource, Indicator IV-11 addresses research libraries’ support for humanities research, and draws heavily on data and analysis supplied by ARL. Additionally, the indicators provide data on primary and secondary humanities education, undergraduate and graduate education in the humanities, the humanities workforce, levels and sources of program funding, and public understanding and impact of the humanities. View the indicators and commentary on the data on the American Academy of Arts and Sciences Web site.

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8. ARL Co-Hosts Sunshine Week Webcast on Governmental Transparency

ARL joined OpenTheGovernment.org and seven other nonprofit organizations in hosting a discussion on open government at the Center for American Progress in Washington DC on March 19. Leading experts on transparency issues from inside and outside government discussed if and how the Obama Administration’s Open Government Directive and related initiatives have made the federal government more open, and what remains to be done. Watch the archived webcast on the Center for American Progress Web site.

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9. ARL Joins Letter Calling for Hearings on Destruction of DOJ E-Mail

ARL joined OpenTheGovernment.org and 44 other organizations in a March 10 letter to leaders of the US House of Representatives and Senate calling for hearings on the “apparent destruction of e-mails in the Department of Justice.” The Federal Records Act (FRA) is intended to prevent the loss of legal, financial, evidentiary, and historically significant records. The letter signatories noted, “The disappearance of e-mails that are required to be saved under current law raises serious concerns about government transparency….” Download the letter from the OpenTheGovernment.org Web site.

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10. ARL Joins OpenTheGovernment.org in Support of Faster FOIA Legislation

ARL and 32 other organizations joined OpenTheGovernment.org in a March 17 letter to the US Senate supporting the Faster FOIA Act, which would result in recommendations on how to reduce delays in processing Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. The legislation, S. 3111, establishes an advisory commission to examine agency practices, such as FOIA fees and backlogs. Download the letter from the OpenTheGovernment.org Web site. Read the bill and status updates on the Library of Congress THOMAS Web site.

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11. Archivist of the US Creates Blog

Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero has started a blog, AOTUS: Collector in Chief, in which he intends to focus on "Transparency, Collaboration, and Participation at the National Archives." In his inaugural blog post, Ferriero discusses leading change at the National Archives in the digital age, when "we have the opportunity to work and communicate more efficiently, effectively, and in completely new ways." Visit the AOTUS: Collector in Chief blog.

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12. White House Announces Student Initiative to Spur Innovation in Broadband Applications

Noting that “[s]tudents have contributed some of the most important advances in information and communications technologies,” the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) announced a new initiative to encourage students to focus on developing broadband applications. The OSTP stated that “universities, companies, and students could work together under such an initiative, which would serve as a sort of ‘Petri dish’ where new ideas could incubate and grow.” For more information, see the March 25 OSTP Blog entry “The Role of Student-Led Innovation in ‘Killer Apps’ for Broadband Networks.”

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13. Public Online Information Act Introduced in US House of Representatives

Introduced on March 16 during Sunshine Week, the Public Online Information Act (POIA) seeks to improve public access to federal online information resources. The legislation, H.R. 4858, requires federal agencies to post publicly available Government information on the Internet. Read the bill and status updates on the Library of Congress THOMAS Web site.

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14. Electronic Message Preservation Act Passes in US House of Representatives

On March 17, the US House of Representatives passed the Electronic Message Preservation Act, H.R. 1387, which requires the Archivist of the United States to issue regulations governing the preservation of electronic messages by the President and federal agencies. The Senate has yet to act on H.R. 1387. Read the legislation and status updates on the Library of Congress THOMAS Web site.

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15. US House Passes Bill Prohibiting P2P Software on Federal Networks & Computers

On March 24, the US House of Representatives passed the Secure Federal File Sharing Act, which requires the Office of Management and Budget to issue guidance prohibiting government employees or contractors from downloading, installing, or using open-network peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing software on all federal computers, computer systems, and networks. The bill does include provisions that permit agencies to use P2P software for legitimate purposes on a case-by-case basis. To date, the Senate has not acted on H.R. 4098. Read the bill and status updates on the Library of Congress THOMAS Web site.

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RESHAPING SCHOLARLY COMMUNICATION

16. SPARC Releases Guide to Implementing Campus-Based Open-Access Funds

E-news April 2010: SPARC Guide to Open-Access Funds

SPARC has released a new guide and Web resource, authored by consultant Greg Tananbaum, exploring campus-based open-access publishing funds. These timely new resources survey the current North American landscape of open-access funds and explore key emerging questions on how such funds are considered and developed on college and university campuses. View the guide and Web resource on the SPARC Web site.

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17. E-Book Transition: Open-Access Monographs—Video from SPARC-ACRL Forum Online

Three initiatives to deliver free online access to scholarly monographs were featured at the January installment of the SPARC-ACRL forum, “The Ebook Transition: Collaborations and Innovations behind Open-Access Monographs.” Many nonprofit publishers, including university presses, are actively exploring new publishing models to support scholarly monographs, including open-access distribution and collaborative initiatives with university libraries. This SPARC-ACRL forum highlighted opportunities for libraries to support innovations in this area. Watch the video on the SPARC Web site.

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18. Library-Press Partnerships: U of California Publishing Services—SPARC Webcast Archive Online

In February, Catherine Mitchell of the California Digital Library (CDL) and Laura Cerruti of the University of California (UC) Press presented a SPARC webcast on the new UC Publishing Services (UCPubS), a collaboration of CDL and the UC Press. UCPubS brings the complementary services of the press and the library together to offer a suite of open-access, digital and print, book-publishing tools to the UC system. Watch the webcast on SPARC’s blip.tv channel.

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19. Duke University Adopts Open-Access Policy

On March 18, the Academic Council at Duke University unanimously adopted an Open Access Policy for scholarly articles written by the Duke faculty. The policy was developed by the Digital Futures Taskforce, which included representatives from the university faculty, libraries, and press. It was modeled after similar policies adopted by Harvard, MIT, and the University of Kansas. The policy provides the legal basis for Duke to provide free Web access to, and preserve for the long-term, the work of its scholars in a permanent digital repository. Read the Duke Open Access Policy, along with an FAQ, on DukeSpace, the university’s online digital repository.

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20. U of British Columbia Hosts Publishing Symposium

On March 21–22, the University of British Columbia hosted a symposium on “Canadian University Publishing in a Digital Age.” Included in the resources for the symposium are two recent reports addressing the Canadian publishing environment: Kathleen Shearer, A Review of Emerging Models in Canadian Academic Publishing (University of British Columbia: March 2010), and Andrea Kwan, Open Access and Canadian University Presses: A White Paper (Association of Canadian University Presses: 2010). View these resources and more details on the symposium Web site.

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21. OAPEN Reports on Open-Access Models for Humanities & Social Science E-Books

Open Access Publishing in European Networks (OAPEN), a consortium of university-based academic publishers, has released the results of a survey of open-access book publishing that confirms a wide variety of approaches, as well as a continuing search for optimal publishing and business models. The survey of an international range of publishing initiatives compares publishing and business models, while examining reasons for engaging in open access. While it is too early to confirm with certainty which models will be the most viable in the long term, it is clear that sustainable long-term business models require a measure of external funding, along with cutting costs and creating efficiencies through the use of shared resources, digitized production process, and a new range of revenue sources. Download the report, Overview of Open Access Models for eBooks in the Humanities and Social Sciences, from the OAPEN Web site.

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22. HighWire Presents Findings from E-Books Librarian Survey

HighWire Press has released the results of a fall 2009 survey of librarians’ attitudes and practices regarding e-books. The survey responses—collected from 138 librarians from 13 countries—were analyzed by Michael Newman, Stanford University’s Head Biology Librarian. The survey surfaced familiar topics: the importance of simplicity and ease of use, the library catalog and search engines both serve as discovery tools for users, PDF is currently the preferred format, printing capabilities are critical, DRM is a hindrance for users, and purchase along with perpetual access is the library’s preferred business model. Download the report from the HighWire Web site.

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TRANSFORMING RESEARCH LIBRARIES

23. ARL Scenarios Project to Brief ARL Members in Seattle, April 28

At the upcoming Membership Meeting in Seattle, ARL will present a briefing session on “Envisioning Research Library Futures: ARL's Scenario Thinking Project.” The session, sponsored by the Transforming Research Libraries Steering Committee, will provide an overview of plans for this new scenario-based visioning project, which intends to look decades into the future at potential interactions among key social, technological, economic, political/regulatory, and environmental forces that will shape research organizations and their libraries. All ARL members will have an opportunity to contribute to the scenario development this spring. Scenarios will be made available to ARL members in the fall and will be released publicly by the end of 2010.

The briefing session will be held Wednesday, April 28, 2:00–3:00 p.m. View the preliminary schedule for the Membership Meeting and more information about the scenario-based visioning project.

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24. ARL Special Collections Working Group Adopts New Charge

The Transforming Special Collections in the Digital Age Working Group will identify the issues distinctive to research libraries that are most critical for special collections in the digital age, and recommend any policies or actions that ARL is in a unique position to adopt. The renaming of the former Working Group on Special Collections (2007–09) corresponds to a revision of the group's charge. The choice of new directions for the group was informed by ARL’s adoption of its new strategic plan as well as the successful 2009 report, “Special Collections in ARL Libraries: A Discussion Report from the ARL Working Group,” and forum, “An Age of Discovery: Distinctive Collections in the Digital Age.” To view the new charge and related documents, visit the working group's Web site.

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25. New Roles for New Times: Forthcoming Report Descriptions Available

The ARL report series, New Roles for New Times, has made available descriptions of the emerging roles for research libraries that will be featured in the five invited reports planned for 2010. The series will present research on early experiences among member libraries in developing the roles and delivering related services. For more information, including report descriptions and authors, visit the series Web site.

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26. Ithaka S+R Releases Faculty Survey 2009

E-News April 2010: Ithaka S+R Faculty Survey 2009

Ithaka S+R has released results from its fourth faculty survey examining changes in faculty attitudes towards the academic library, information resources, and the scholarly communications system as a whole. In the survey report, Ithaka S+R analyzes responses from over 3,000 faculty members based at US four-year colleges or universities and compares these latest 2009 responses against responses to their previous surveys from 2000, 2003, and 2006. According to the report, key findings of the 2009 survey include:

  • Basic scholarly information use practices have shifted rapidly in recent years, and as a result the academic library is increasingly being disintermediated from the discovery process, risking irrelevance in one of its core functional areas.

  • Faculty members’ growing comfort relying exclusively on digital versions of scholarly materials opens new opportunities for libraries, new business models for publishers, and new challenges for preservation.

  • Despite several years of sustained efforts by publishers, scholarly societies, libraries, faculty members, and others to reform various aspects of the scholarly communications system, a fundamentally conservative set of faculty attitudes continues to impede systematic change.

The report references a forthcoming ARL report by Karen Williams on Transforming Liaison Roles in the New Roles for New Times series as potentially providing “valuable insight” into the implications the survey findings have for research libraries. The Ithaka S+R report also credits the 2009 ARL report, The Research Library's Role in Digital Repository Services: Final Report of the ARL Digital Repository Issues Task Force, with spurring “initiatives to better align [institutional] repository services with author and creator needs.”

Download the Ithaka S+R report, Faculty Survey 2009: Strategic Insights for Librarians, Publishers, and Societies, from the Ithaka Web site.

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27. Economics of Digital Preservation

The Blue Ribbon Task Force on Sustainable Digital Preservation and Access investigated the economics of what digital information we should preserve, who is responsible for preserving it, and who will pay. The task force identified problems intrinsic to all preserved digital materials and proposed actions that stakeholders can take to meet these challenges. The new report, Sustainable Economics for a Digital Planet: Ensuring Long-Term Access to Digital Information, discusses the task force’s major findings and imperatives for sustainable digital preservation. Download the report from the task force’s Web site.

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28. CNI Update

A. Spring Membership Meeting

Project briefing abstracts and “Cliff’s Roadmap” for the Spring 2010 CNI Membership Meeting, to be held April 12–13 in Baltimore, are now on the meeting Web site. The opening plenary session features a panel, moderated by CNI director Clifford Lynch, exploring institutional implementation strategies for open-access mandates. Liz Lyon, director of UKOLN, will explore developments in science at Web scale in the closing plenary, “Codes, Clouds and Constellations: Open Science in the Data Decade.”

B. March CNI Conversations Podcast Available; Register for April Session Now

The archived podcast of the March 10 session of CNI Conversations is available on the series Web site. In this session, CNI Executive Director Clifford Lynch provides a preview of the Spring 2010 CNI Membership Meeting and discusses such topics as the recent Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR) meeting, the IMLS-sponsored WebWise conference, personal archives, and cloud computing in libraries.

The next session of CNI Conversations will take place on Thursday, April 15, 1:00–2:00 p.m. EDT and is open to individuals at CNI member institutions. If you are interested in participating, contact Jackie Eudell jackie@cni.org.

C. Videos on YouTube

CNI has launched a YouTube channel featuring full-length video recordings of selected sessions from CNI Membership Meetings. Current offerings include Bernard Frischer’s closing plenary address on 3-D modeling of cultural heritage sites and monuments (fall 2009); David Rosenthal’s discussion of the longevity of digital documents (spring 2009); and presentations by Clifford Lynch, Herbert Van de Sompel, and others. Recordings from future meetings will be made available via the YouTube channel.

D. CNI Tweets

CNI is now on Twitter to help keep the community informed about important issues and events. CNI’s Twitter stream will complement the CNI-ANNOUNCE listserv and CNI News feed services, and is not intended as a replacement for them. For the most complete information about CNI’s activities and programs, please continue to monitor either CNI-ANNOUNCE or CNI News. We will be posting updates regarding the upcoming spring membership meeting using the Twitter hashtag #cni10s and we encourage others to do the same.

E. Events & Publications

CNI will co-sponsor the “Research Data Access and Preservation Summit,” in cooperation with ASIS&T, in Phoenix, Arizona, on April 9–10. Visit the meeting Web site for details.

Clifford Lynch will present the 20th Annual Elizabeth W. Stone Lecture, “Scholarship, Cultural Memory, and Libraries in the 21st Century,” at the Catholic University of America in Washington DC on Tuesday, April 20, 7:00–9:00 p.m. RSVPs are encouraged. For more information and to RSVP, visit the ASIS&T Potomac Valley Chapter blog.

Joan Lippincott, CNI Associate Executive Director, published her article “Information Commons: Meeting Millennials’ Needs” in the January 2010 issue of the Journal of Library Administration. Download a preprint version from the CNI Web site.

For the Latest From CNI

CNI-ANNOUNCE: cni-announce-subscribe@cni.org
CNI News: http://news.cni.org/

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DIVERSITY, PROFESSIONAL WORKFORCE, AND LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

29. Kent State Hosts ARL Leadership & Career Development Program

ARL’s Leadership and Career Development Program (LCDP) fellows were guests of the Kent State University Libraries during the February Institute on Scholarly Communication and Public Policy. The program included presentations by Barbara Schloman, Associate Dean of Public Services, and Tom Sanville, Executive Director of OhioLINK. The closing ceremonies for the 2009–10 LCDP class will be held in Washington DC on June 26; further information is forthcoming. For more information about the LCDP, visit the program’s Web site.

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30. Former ARL Diversity Scholar Named LJ Mover & Shaker

Former ARL Diversity Scholar, Lisa Chow, was named a 2010 Library Journal “Mover & Shaker.” A recent graduate of the Pratt Institute, Lisa was cited for being a driving force behind the implementation of the Book-a-Librarian program at the Brooklyn Public Library. Lisa was a Diversity Scholar in ARL’s Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce (IRDW) in 2007–09. The IRDW provides stipends in support of MLIS education, leadership development training, a mentorship program, and other many other benefits. For more details about the IRDW, see the program's Web site. Read more about Lisa Chow in Library Journal.

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31. National Diversity in Libraries Conference Registration Open through June 9

E-news April 2010: NDLC 2010

Registration is now open for the National Diversity in Libraries Conference, “From Groundwork to Action,” to be held at Princeton University, July 14-16, 2010. The conference will feature keynote addresses by DiversityInc CEO Luke Visconti and performing artist/psychologist Michael (Mykee) Fowlin. For more information about the event and to the register, visit the conference Web site.

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32. Succession Planning: RLLF Program to Engage ARL Membership in Seattle

The current iteration of the Research Library Leadership Fellows (RLLF) Program—ARL’s executive leadership program for future senior-level leaders in research libraries—will conclude in October 2010 and plans are being explored to operate the fourth iteration in 2011–12. The RLLF Program advisors, DeEtta Jones Young and Duane Webster, will convene a briefing session on April 30 at the ARL Membership Meeting in Seattle to gauge interest in continuing the program. Since the RLLF Program launched in 2004, just over 60 professionals from research libraries have participated in the three cohorts; most of the fellows have been promoted since completing the program and a growing number are now directors of ARL and non-ARL academic libraries across North America. If you are interested in having your library serve as a sponsor for the 2011–12 RLLF Program, please contact Charles Lowry clowry@arl.org, DeEtta Jones Young djones@deettajones.com, or Duane Webster duane@arl.org. For more information about the RLLF Program, see “Our Collective Wisdom: Succession Planning and the ARL Research Library Leadership Program” in Journal of Library Administration, 49, no.8 (2009): 781–793 and visit the RLLF Web site.

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LIBRARY STATISTICS AND ASSESSMENT

33. ARL Annual Statistical Surveys Update—Analytics Now Online

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

  • ARL Annual Salary Survey 2009–10: Final tables are available online.

  • ARL Statistics, Academic Health Sciences, Academic Law 2008–09: Data verification is underway. Data are accessible to ARL institutions via the online ARL Statistics Analytics (see below for details).

  • ARL Supplementary Statistics 2008–09: Data verification is underway.

  • ARL Preservation Statistics 2008–09: 55 institutions pending submission.

All ARL institutions have access to all of the ARL Statistics data as soon as they are submitted through the StatsQUAL® password-protected gateway http://www.arlstatistics.org/. Primary contacts may add additional library staff members to the StatsQUAL® interface for wider accessibility to the data. ARL encourages all primary Statistics contacts to add their library director to the StatsQUAL® system. Once you log into the ARL Statistics system, all data for the past four years (2005–06 through 2008–09) are available in machine-readable form via the Data Repository link in the left-hand column.

Now an interactive interface to the ARL Statistics data is available to ARL institutions via the ARL Statistics Analytics tab at http://www.arlstatistics.org/. The Analytics have replaced the Interactive Edition of the ARL Statistics on the Web that was maintained by the University of Virginia. Data are accessible for 2005–06 through 2008–09; earlier years will be added in the coming weeks. The Analytics allow users to:

  • Generate rankings of institutions by selected criteria.
  • Create graphs from the data.
  • Generate summary statistics for all ARL libraries.
  • Download the data by year in spreadsheet format.
  • Review the ARL index and membership criteria.

ARL thanks Karin Wittenborg and the University of Virginia (UVa) staff who developed and supported the Interactive Edition of the ARL Statistics on the Web from 1995 to 2010. The UVa ARL Statistics Interactive Edition site was retired on March 15. We would not have been able to develop the same functionality within ARL without the leadership and support provided by UVa over the years.

Thanks are also due to Colleen Cook of Texas A&M and Fred Heath of University of Texas, who have enabled ARL to support data-curation services like the ARL Statistics Analytics through the pioneering technology-infrastructure investments they have made in LibQUAL+® and LibQUAL+® Analytics.

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

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34. LibQUAL+® Seeks Applicants for In-Kind Grant Program 2011

LibQUAL+® will award up to five institutions in-kind grants to participate in the 2011 LibQUAL+® survey, with a goal of offering one grant for every 50 libraries registered. This is the sixth year LibQUAL+® has sponsored an in-kind grant program. There are two application deadlines for the 2011 grants: June 15 and December 14, 2010. Selection of grant recipients will be based on the following criteria: financial need, contribution to the growth of LibQUAL+®, and potential for improvements in local service and quality. For more details, including application instructions, see the press release.

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35. ARL Statistics & Assessment Events at ALA Annual Conference, Washington DC, June 24–July 2

ARL is offering the following statistics and assessment events at the ALA Annual Conference in Washington DC this summer:

LibQUAL+®/StatsQUAL®/ARL exhibit booth (#3853)

Washington Convention Center
Friday, June 25, 5:30–7:30 p.m.
Saturday–Sunday, June 26–27, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Monday, June 28, 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Contact: libqual@arl.org

Google Analytics Workshop

Thursday, June 24
9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Location TBD
More information & registration

ClimateQUAL™ Partners Meeting

Friday, June 25
8:00 a.m.–noon
Contact: David Green climatequal@arl.org

ARL Library Assessment Forum

Friday, June 25
1:30–3:00 p.m.
Location TBD
Contact: Martha Kyrillidou martha@arl.org

ARL Survey Coordinators and SPEC Liaisons Meeting

Friday, June 25
3:30–5:00 p.m.
Location TBD
Contact: Martha Kyrillidou martha@arl.org
Lee Anne George leeanne@arl.org

Return on Investment (Lib-Value) Workshop

Saturday, June 26
1:00–5:00 p.m.
Location TBD
Contact: Martha Kyrillidou martha@arl.org

Value and Impact Workshop

Monday, June 28
9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Location TBD
More information & registration

METS Workshop: The Basics and Beyond

Monday, June 28–Friday, July 2
9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. each day
Location TBD
More information & registration

View a complete list of ARL events at the ALA Annual Conference.

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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST TO ARL DIRECTORS

36. Use Social Media to Keep Up with ARL

Now you can find ARL on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Flickr, as well as in the blogsphere. Use the following channels to keep up with the latest from ARL:

Twitter Twitter: Follow @ARLnews on Twitter for general news from ARL, including announcements of new activities, resources, and events. Follow @ARLpolicy on Twitter for tweets from ARL’s Public Policies program covering such issues as copyright & IP, federally funded research, the FDLP, and Net neutrality. Please use the Twitter hashtag #ARL10spr in any tweets about the upcoming Membership Meeting in Seattle.

Facebook Facebook: Become a fan of ARL on Facebook to get our latest news and tell us what’s on your mind.

YouTube YouTube: Watch our archived webcasts on our YouTube channel.

Flickr Flickr: View photos from recent ARL events on our Flickr photostream.

Tumblr Blogs: Learn about public policy issues that impact the research library community on the Policy Notes Blog. See item #3 above for details about this new blog. Also join the discussion of library service assessment, evaluation, and improvement on the Library Assessment Blog.

Questions? Contact Kaylyn Groves kaylyn@arl.org.

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37. ARL Publishes Special Issue of RLI re Strategic Plan

E-news April 2010: Feb. RLI cover

A special issue of Research Library Issues focuses on the Association’s new Strategic Plan adopted in fall 2009 by the ARL Board of Directors. In an introductory essay accompanying the plan, ARL Executive Director Charles B. Lowry highlights some of the challenges that ARL will address during the next three years ”where ARL can play a role in finding a solution that can be achieved principally through collective action and with modest resources.” From ARL’s 2010 action agenda, Lowry provides examples of the Association’s efforts to address the challenges he highlights, efforts that tie directly to the Outcomes and Strategies targeted by the Strategic Plan. Read Research Library Issues, no. 268 (February 2010).

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38. ARL Transitions

Notre Dame: Jennifer Younger is stepping down as Edward H. Arnold Director of Hesburgh Libraries, effective at the end of the current academic year, to take on a new role with the Catholic Research Resources Alliance.

Penn State: Barbara I. Dewey, currently Dean of Libraries at the University of Tennessee, has been appointed Dean of University Libraries and Scholarly Communications at Penn State, effective August 1. She will succeed Nancy Eaton, who will continue her ties with Penn State in retirement as Dean Emerita.

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39. Other Transitions

Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS): Marsha Semmel, Deputy Director for Museums and Director for Strategic Partnerships, is serving as Acting Director, effective March 14, following the departure of IMLS Director Anne-Imelda M. Radice.

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4/08/10

Charles B. Lowry
Executive Director
clowry@arl.org

Kaylyn Groves
Communications Program Officer
kaylyn@arl.org

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