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August 2008 E-News

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

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Governance and Membership Activities

1. ARL Board Takes Action in July

2. ARL Membership Meeting, October 14–16, Arlington VA--Deadline Sept. 12

Scholarly Communication

3. Publisher-Author Agreements Analyzed in Light of NIH Public Access Policy

4. Balanced Copyright Management Is Focus of C&RL News Column

5. Campus Publications Spread the Word re Public Access

6. Open Access Teaser Cards Promote SPARC's Right to Research Campaign

7. SPARC Europe and DRIVER Sign Agreement to Promote Repositories

8. NISO Releases Journal Article Version Recommended Practice

Public Policies Affecting Research Libraries

9. Orphan Works Legislation Fails to Move Forward in US

10. US House Judiciary Committee to Weigh in on NIH Public Access Policy

11. Higher Education Act Reauthorization Becomes Law

12. Court Supports Media Neutrality in Greenberg v. National Geographic Society

13. ARL Opposes FCC Content-Filtering Mandate

14. E-Mail Preservation Act Introduced in US House

Library Roles in Research, Teaching, and Learning

15. Reinventing Science Librarianship, an ARL/CNI Forum, Oct. 16–17--Deadlines Sept. 12 & 30

16. EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative Annual Meeting Call for Proposals--Deadline Sept. 9

17. Canadian Research Data Strategy Working Group to Establish Policies and Standards

18. EDUCAUSE Review Highlights Cyberinfrastructure

19. Library Assessment Conference Touches on Teaching and Learning

20. CNI Update

Diversity, Professional Workforce, and Leadership Development

21. ARL Diversity Scholars Offered Special Opportunity by OCLC Minority Librarian Fellowship Program--Deadline Aug. 29, '08

22. National Diversity in Libraries Conference, Oct. 1–4, '08, Louisville KY--Early-Bird Registration Ends Sept. 10

Library Statistics and Assessment

23. ARL Statistical Surveys and Publications Update

24. LibQUAL+® Session I 2008 Survey Complete--Highlights Available Online

25. Interest Group Forming re Analyzing LibQUAL+® Survey Comments

26. Library Assessment Conference Draws Hundreds of Attendees

Other Items of Interest to ARL Directors

27. ARL Transitions

28. Grants

29. Honors


GOVERNANCE AND MEMBERSHIP ACTIVITIES

1. ARL Board Takes Action in July

The ARL Board of Directors met July 28–29 in Washington DC, where--in addition to holding discussions with Molly Broad, the new President of the American Council on Education--the Board took the following actions:

A. Strategic Plan to Be Reviewed

The Board decided to begin the review of ARL's current strategic plan by engaging member library representatives at the October 2008 Business Meeting. A comprehensive planning process in 2004 led to adoption of a Strategic Plan for 2005–09. The goal of the upcoming review is to be sure the plan remains current in addressing research library strategic interests and is producing the desired outcomes identified as the preferred future for ARL.

B. Bylaws Revision Approved

The Board approved a proposed revision to the ARL Bylaws that, if accepted by the membership, will ratify recent practices of having the Executive Director and the chairs of strategic direction steering committees serve as ex-officio, non-voting members of the Board. The revision also prescribes that the Board adopt a policy providing guidance for Board and Executive Committee meetings conducted in Executive Session. Member library representatives will receive the proposed revisions and be asked to vote on the changes at the Business Meeting on October 16.

C. Dues Proposed for 2009

The Board agreed to recommend to membership a dues increase of 5.6% ($1,260) for 2009, bringing dues to $23,704 (USD). This action conforms to the financial principle adopted by the Board in 2004 of holding increases in the range of inflation. (The US Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the annualized average CPI-W covering all US cities as of June was 5.6%.) A proposal will be mailed to member representatives in advance of the vote on this dues proposal at the Business Meeting on October 16.

D. Nominating Committee Established

Sherrie Schmidt (Arizona State), ARL Past President and Chair of the 2008 Nominating Committee, sought input from the ARL Board on member representatives who might serve on the 2008 Nominating Committee, and on the criteria for the committee to consider in building their slate. The Nominating Committee was established following the July 2008 Board meeting and consists of--in addition to Schmidt--Shirley Baker (Washington in St Louis), Anne Kenney (Cornell), Gerry Munoff (California, Irvine), and Mike Ridley (Guelph).

E. Two New Subgroups Endorsed

Two new subgroups have been established to carry out elements of ARL's agenda. An ad hoc Task Force on Best Practices for Counting Serial Titles was formed by the Statistics and Assessment Committee. The task force will identify best practices that can be applied to simplify the process of counting serials to conform with the newly implemented instructions for ARL Statistics. The task force is chaired by Sherrie Schmidt (Arizona State) and is composed of the following members: Paul Beavers (Wayne State), Colleen Cook (Texas A&M), Chuck Eckman (California, Berkeley), Brinley Franklin (Connecticut), Steve Hiller (Washington), Martha Hruska (California, San Diego), Sam Kalb (Queen's), Joyce McDonough (Columbia), Jim Mouw (Chicago), Carole Pilkinton (Notre Dame), Betsy Redman (Arizona State), and Mary-Jo Romaniuk (Alberta). ARL staff liaisons to the task force are Julia Blixrud and Martha Kyrillidou.

A Working Group on Regional Federal Depository Libraries (RFDL) was formed by the Public Policies Steering Committee. This working group is charged to identify the issues most critical for ARL regional depository libraries and recommend to the steering committee any policies that ARL should adopt or actions that should be considered. The group's initial focus will be on shared regional depositories, retrospective cataloging, and digitization strategies for RFDL collections. The working group is chaired by Joan Giesecke (Nebraska) and is composed of Brent Allison (Minnesota), Sarah Michalak (North Carolina at Chapel Hill), Judith Russell (Florida), and Ed Van Gemert (Wisconsin). Prue Adler is the ARL staff liaison to the task force.

F. Minutes of the May 2008 Board Meeting Adopted

The Board adopted the May 2008 Board Meeting minutes, which will be distributed to member representatives in a separate e-mail.

For more information about ARL Board actions, contact Charles Lowry, clowry@arl.org.

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2. ARL Membership Meeting, October 14–16, Arlington VA--Deadline Sept. 12

The 153rd ARL Membership Meeting will be held October 14–16, 2008, at the Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City, in Arlington, Virginia. ARL President Marianne Gaunt (Rutgers), will convene the opening session of the Membership Meeting on Wednesday, October 15, at 3:30 p.m. with a program celebrating the 10th anniversary of ARL's Leadership and Career Development Program. The Business Meeting will be held Thursday, October 17, 9:00–11:00 a.m. The concluding program session of the Membership Meeting on Thursday, October 16, will welcome an expanded audience as it will also be the opening program of the ARL/CNI Forum on "Reinventing Science Librarianship" (see item 15, below). The Membership Meeting will adjourn Thursday, October 16, at 5:00 p.m. Details and a preliminary schedule appear at http://www.arl.org/events/currentmm/mmoverview153.shtml.

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SCHOLARLY COMMUNICATION

3. Publisher-Author Agreements Analyzed in Light of NIH Public Access Policy

As authors whose research is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) consider their options for complying with the NIH Public Access Policy, a significant concern is the content of their author agreements with publishers. A new publicly maintained resource lists journal publishers' policies on author-rights management as they relate to the revised NIH Public Access Policy: http://oad.simmons.edu/oadwiki/Publisher_policies_on_NIH-funded_authors. Drawing on this resource, Ben Grillot, MLS (Maryland 2002), second-year student at the George Washington University Law School, and legal intern for ARL, developed an analysis of current options and trends based on a close examination of a set of 12 agreements--many from publishers that have been attracting attention lately. In "PubMed Central Deposit and Author Rights: Agreements between 12 Publishers and the Authors Subject to the NIH Public Access Policy," Grillot compares the policies with regard to the terms and procedures of deposit of the work, the length of any embargo period, and the rights of the author to use and share the work during the embargo period. The paper summarizes terms for all 12 publishers and considers their implications for NIH-funded authors. The work is freely available online at http://www.arl.org/bm~doc/grillot-pubmed.pdf. The paper was highlighted in the Chronicle of Higher Education on August 18; see http://chronicle.com/wiredcampus/article/3250/arl-report-wants-to-help-authors-deal-with-embargo-policies.

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4. Balanced Copyright Management Is Focus of C&RL News Column

"Two New Policies Widen the Path to Balanced Copyright Management: Developments on Author Rights," by ARL's Karla Hahn, appeared in the July/August 2008 issue of C&RL News. Hahn offers a brief analysis of recent trends toward more active rights management by authors and the opportunities these trends afford. The complete article is available at http://www.ala.org/ala/acrl/acrlpubs/crlnews/backissues2008/july_aug08/authorrights.cfm.

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5.Campus Publications Spread the Word re Public Access

Several ARL member institutions are using campus papers and library magazines to educate faculty, staff, and others about recent developments advancing public access to research and laying out the basic concepts fundamental to productive discussion of open access and changes in scholarly communication. Two recent articles highlight the changing role of research libraries as they harness the potential of digital distribution and respond to shifting communication practices:

The most recent issue of the Washington University Libraries magazine, Off the Shelf, features a cover article on public access. A preface by Shirley Baker, Vice Chancellor for Scholarly Resources and Dean of University Libraries, introduces the issue. See http://library.wustl.edu/offtheshelf/.

The University Times, the faculty and staff paper of the University of Pittsburgh featured open access, as well, in the third article of an occasional series on the impact of the digital age on academic publishing. See http://mac10.umc.pitt.edu/u/FMPro?-db=ustory&-lay=a&-format=d.html&storyid=8225&-Find.

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6. Open Access Teaser Cards Promote SPARC's Right to Research Campaign

Eye-catching and inexpensive to distribute, SPARC's new Open Access teaser cards are designed to grab student attention where they roam. Order copies or print your own, tear apart, and place strategically around campus. Phrases like, "The article you couldn't read might have earned your paper an A+, but you'll never know," point readers directly to the problem of research access and invite them to check http://righttoresearch.org/. See http://www.arl.org/sparc/publications/brochures/index.shtml.

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7. SPARC Europe and DRIVER Sign Agreement to Promote Repositories

As part of the LIBER 37th Annual Conference held in Istanbul in July, SPARC Europe and DRIVER have agreed to work closely together on promoting repositories, signing a memorandum of agreement to take this collaboration forward. DRIVER is a joint initiative of European stakeholders, co-financed by the European Commission, setting up a technical infrastructure for digital repositories and facilitating the building of an umbrella organization for digital repositories. DRIVER relies on research libraries for the sustainable operation of repositories and provision of high-quality content through digital repositories. SPARC Europe and DRIVER share the vision that research institutions should contribute actively and cooperatively to a common, pan-European data and service infrastructure based on digital repositories. They will lobby at a national and international level to leverage change through the scholarly community within respective institutions and countries. For more information, see http://www.arl.org/sparc/media/08-0707.shtml.

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8. NISO Releases Journal Article Version Recommended Practice

The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) has released a new Recommended Practice for journal article versions. The publication is designed to provide a simple, practical way of describing the versions of scholarly journal articles that typically appear online before, during, and after formal journal publication. The Recommended Practice offers standard terms and definitions for various stages in the manuscript-to-article life cycle from "author's original" to "enhanced version of record." For more information and to download a free copy of the document, see http://www.niso.org/news/pr/view?item_key=8a7904a59c448610fac0949fcde7d7d1de9923d7.

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PUBLIC POLICIES AFFECTING RESEARCH LIBRARIES

9. Orphan Works Legislation Fails to Move Forward in US

Just prior to the August congressional recess, the US Senate tried to bring the Shawn Bentley Orphan Works Act of 2008 (S. 2913) to the floor for consideration. Several holds on the legislation derailed Senate passage at that time. Key issues remaining are inclusion of provisions concerning state sovereign immunity and concerns with bill language regarding "qualifying searches." The library and higher education communities offered language to resolve these remaining concerns but the recommended changes were not incorporated into the House and Senate legislation. With so little time remaining when Congress returns in early September, it is not clear if there will be additional activity on orphan works legislation during this Congress. For more information on the library–higher education proposed changes to orphan works legislation, see http://www.arl.org/pp/ppcopyright/orphan/index.shtml.

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10. US House Judiciary Committee to Weigh in on NIH Public Access Policy

On September 11, the US House Committee on the Judiciary will conduct a hearing on issues surrounding the new National Institutes of Health (NIH) Public Access Policy, whereby investigators funded by NIH are required to submit their final manuscripts to PubMed Central where they will be publicly accessible within 12 months after publication. Since the policy went into effect in April, deposit rates have increased to over 55%, a significant improvement from when the policy was voluntary. In addition, since January 2008, there has been a steady increase in the number of publishers depositing either author manuscripts or published articles on behalf of the investigators.

Despite the notable increase in deposits by investigators and publishers, some in the publishing community continue to oppose the NIH Public Access Policy. The Association of American Publishers has raised concerns about how the NIH Public Access Policy affects copyright law and US international treaty obligations. In response to these concerns, ARL and SPARC released an analysis of how the NIH Public Access Policy does not affect US copyright law, available via http://www.arl.org/pp/access/accessfunded/nihaccess/.

It is expected that members of the Judiciary Committee will introduce legislation concerning author rights and federal funding. For more information, contact Prue Adler, prue@arl.org.

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11. Higher Education Act Reauthorization Becomes Law

Following many years of active discussion and consideration, the US Congress passed and the President signed the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008. The legislation, almost 1,200 pages in length, was last reauthorized in 1998. The reauthorization includes 64 new programs and focuses on student aid, international education, and more. Of additional interest is language regarding peer-to-peer file sharing and new requirements concerning steps that higher education institutions should undertake or consider to better manage the sharing and use of what may be unauthorized copyrighted content. EDUCAUSE, the American Council on Education, the Association of American Universities, and the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges (NASULGC), recently released a memo summarizing what the law will require, what happens next, and what institutions can do now. The memo also includes the relevant portions of the act, as well as the report language that accompanies and clarifies the law http://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/epo0815.pdf. For further information concerning section 493 of HEA reauthorization, and HEA reauthorization generally, see http://chronicle.com/weekly/v54/i48/48a01901.htm (subscriber login required).

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12. Court Supports Media Neutrality in Greenberg v. National Geographic Society

In a decision that was closely watched by those who digitize back files of journals or other resources, the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ruled that the National Geographic Society (NGS) CD-ROM set, The Complete National Geographic, was a "privileged revision of a collective work," not a new collective work. This ruling reaffirms that digital versions of works are permitted (e.g., digitized print or microfilm) if no changes are made to them such as the order of materials or adding or deleting content. Greenberg, a photographer, sued the NGS for including his works in the NGS CD-ROM compilation, which contains the scanned images of every page of National Geographic magazine as they originally appeared in the magazine. This case has been under consideration by the courts for many years. An earlier ruling by the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ruled against the NGS. An appeal to the Supreme Court was rejected and the case was again before the Eleventh Circuit. This en banc ruling upheld the "long-embraced doctrine of media neutrality" that the "transfer of a work between media does not alter the character of that work for copyright purposes." An analysis of this decision is available via http://www.arl.org/pp/.

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13. ARL Opposes FCC Content-Filtering Mandate

ARL, with others in the public and private sectors, participated in a filing by the Center for Democracy and Technology opposing the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) proposal that would require certain service providers to block access to any text or video content that might harm a five-year-old child in any way. The filing notes that the mandate is unconstitutional and raises significant First Amendment issues. Participants in the filing noted that "the Commission should step back from its proposed mandate and should--as directed by the Supreme Court in Reno v. ACLU--allow parents and individual Internet users to decide for themselves whether to use filtering technology and what filtering scheme to use." The filing is available via http://www.arl.org/pp/telecom/.

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14. E-Mail Preservation Act Introduced in US House

ARL, with 24 other organizations, wrote in support of the Electronic Message Preservation Act (H.R. 5811), which directs the US Archivist to establish standards for the capture, management, and preservation of White House e-mails and other electronic communications. The legislation also directs the National Archives and Records Administration to issue regulations requiring agencies to preserve electronic communications in an electronic format. For more information, see http://www.arl.org/pp/access/accessresources/.

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LIBRARY ROLES IN RESEARCH, TEACHING, AND LEARNING

15. Reinventing Science Librarianship, an ARL/CNI Forum, Oct. 16–17--Deadlines Sept. 12 & 30

ARL and CNI are cosponsoring a forum on "Reinventing Science Librarianship: Models for the Future," to be held Thursday and Friday, October 16 and 17, 2008, following the 153rd ARL Membership Meeting. With guidance from the ARL E-Science Working Group, the forum's focus is on the changing arena of science and engineering research and the library's role in engaging and supporting needs in this arena. The agenda will cover such issues as data management/curation, supporting virtual organizations, and education in support of these new library roles. The program will highlight a few case studies of different scales to illustrate new, emerging models of library support. Details and a preliminary schedule are available at http://www.arl.org/events/fallforum/forum08/oct08schedule.shtml

Poster Session: ARL and CNI members are encouraged to participate in poster sessions at the forum that highlight relevant projects from their institutions. The scope is generously defined. For example, in addition to obvious interest in areas such as data services, planning efforts to address the challenges of e-science or projects to support specific scientific communities would be relevant. Other areas might include staff education programs or new organizational models for science librarianship. If you are interested in submitting a poster, send a brief description of the project/model/initiative to Julia Blixrud, jblix@arl.org, for review by September 8.

Hotel: The ARL/CNI Forum will be held at the Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City Hotel, 1250 South Hayes Street, Arlington, Virginia. The cut-off date for securing hotel reservations at the ARL rate of $259 is September 12.

Registration: The registration fee for ARL/CNI members is $275; the non-member fee is $325. Register by September 30 at http://www.arl.org/events/fallforum/forum08/oct08reg.shtml.

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16. EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative Annual Meeting Call for Proposals--Deadline Sept. 9

The EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) is seeking papers for its January 2009 Annual Meeting, "Participation and Collaboration: Social Learning for the 21st Century," to be held January 20–22 in Orlando, Florida. ELI hopes to engage research libraries in the program. The venue provides an opportunity to showcase innovative collaborations that focus on social learning and student success. Sessions will highlight:

  • Facilitating inquiry and innovation using Web 2.0 technologies, cyberinfrastructure, and social networks

  • Importance of collaboration--connecting with others and with content, in and outside the classroom

  • Developing communities for engagement, participation, and co-creation

  • Cultivating institutional cultures of collaboration, openness, and sharing

  • Collaboration skills--how they can help us build relationships across disciplines, both within and across institutions

The deadline for proposal submission is September 9. For more information and to submit proposals, visit http://net.educause.edu/eli091/.

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17. Canadian Research Data Strategy Working Group to Establish Policies and Standards

The Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information (CISTI) has convened a multidisciplinary working group to focus on the necessary actions, next steps, and leadership roles that researchers and institutions can take to ensure that Canada's research data is accessible and usable for current and future generations. The Research Data Strategy Working Group, chaired by CISTI's Director General Pam Bjornson, is composed of representatives of universities, institutes, funding agencies, research libraries, as well as scholars who recognize the pressing need to deal with data-management issues. Vast amounts of research data representing a significant proportion of scholarly activity in Canada are typically unavailable or unusable for successive scholars and researchers. The working group has divided its tasks into three areas: Policies, Funding, and Research; Infrastructure and Services; and Capacity (Skills, Training, Rewards System). For more information on the Research Data Strategy initiative, visit http://data-donnees.gc.ca/eng/about/backgrounder.html.

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18. EDUCAUSE Review Highlights Cyberinfrastructure

The July/August issue of EDUCAUSE Review addresses cyberinfrastructure, as it relates to research and education in science and engineering and in the liberal arts. Authors focus on implications for research support, technology deployment, and implications for teaching and learning, including opportunities to engage undergraduates. A special study reports on survey respondents' opinions regarding the importance of cyberinfrastructure technologies to research and teaching, and to learning now and in the near future. The issue is online at http://connect.educause.edu/Library/EDUCAUSE+Review/EDUCAUSEReviewMagazineVol/46965.

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19. Library Assessment Conference Touches on Teaching and Learning

A number of presentations and posters from the Library Assessment Conference held in Seattle, August 4-7, addressed assessment of instruction, student learning, and learning spaces. Presentations are available from the conference Web site http://www.libraryassessment.org/. The full proceedings will be published by ARL. See item 26, below, for more details about the conference.

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Elisabeth A. Jones

20. CNI Update

The Seventh International JISC/CNI Meeting was held at the Europa Hastings Hotel in Belfast, Northern Ireland, July 10–11. Keynote speakers included EDUCAUSE President and CEO Diana G. Oblinger, CNI Executive Director Clifford Lynch, and Sir David Melville, Chair of the UK Committee of Inquiry into the Student Experience. PowerPoint files from many sessions are available at http://www.ukoln.ac.uk/events/jisc-cni-2008/.

University of Washington student Elisabeth A. Jones is the 2008 recipient of the Paul Evan Peters Fellowship for graduate study in the information sciences or librarianship. More information is available at http://www.cni.org/pepfellowship/currentrecipient.html.

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DIVERSITY, PROFESSIONAL WORKFORCE, AND LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

21. ARL Diversity Scholars Offered Special Opportunity by OCLC Minority Librarian Fellowship Program--Deadline Aug. 29, '08

OCLC announced a new Minority Librarian Fellowship program designed to provide a unique opportunity for aspiring library professionals from historically underrepresented groups, with special consideration being given to ARL Diversity Scholars who apply to the program this year. The yearlong, paid fellowship offers the selected fellow two three-month assignments within specific divisions of OCLC and one six-month assignment with a specific operating unit within the OCLC organization.

In this inaugural year of the program, OCLC opened applications first to current and former ARL Diversity Scholars from the Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce. Former Diversity Scholars must have less than three years of post-graduate work experience to apply for the fellowship.

OCLC is accepting applications for the fellowship until August 29, 2008. More information is available on the OCLC Web site http://www.oclc.org/us/en/community/careerdevelopment/minorityfellows/.

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22. National Diversity in Libraries Conference, Oct. 1–4, '08, Louisville KY--Early-Bird Registration Ends Sept. 10

Registration is now open for the National Diversity in Libraries Conference, "Spectrum of the Future," to be held October 1–4, 2008, at the Louisville Marriott Downtown in Louisville, Kentucky. Early-bird registration rates are available until September 10.

The National Diversity in Libraries Conference (NDLC) is a biennial event that serves as a regional meeting for library staff members to discuss diversity issues, especially issues common to the host region's culture.

ARL is sponsoring a daylong post-conference on "Managing, Maintaining, and Creating Residency Programs" to be held Saturday, October 4, 2008, in the Clubhouse Room of the Louisville Marriott. There is a separate registration fee for the post-conference, payable when registering for the NDLC.

To register and learn more about the conference, visit http://www.librarydiversity.org/.

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LIBRARY STATISTICS AND ASSESSMENT

23. 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. The publication is at the printer and is also available for download at http://www.arl.org/bm~doc/ss07.pdf.

  • ARL Statistics 2006–07: Verification is complete and final publication tables are in production. The Library Investment Index (formerly called the Expenditures-Focused Index) has been distributed to the Chronicle of Higher Education for publication in its Almanac issue, to be mailed August 23 and posted on the Chronicle Web site August 25. The Library Investment Index is publicly available on the ARL Web site at http://www.arl.org/bm~doc/libinv.xls.

  • ARL Preservation Statistics 2006–07: 103 libraries have returned their data. Data are being verified.

  • ARL Supplementary Statistics 2006–07: 105 libraries have returned their data. Data are being verified.

A meeting of the ARL survey coordinators and SPEC liaisons was held at the ALA Annual Conference in June. Julia Blixrud led a discussion of the latest ARL Statistics data collection and the challenges and opportunities the new way of accounting for serials brings to our libraries.

An ad hoc ARL Task Force on Best Practices for Counting Serial Titles has been formed to develop recommendations for counting serials. The group met for the first time at the ALA Annual Conference and is holding a second meeting in August. The results of this task force will be disseminated through the annual ARL Statistics webcast later this fall.

For additional information on the annual surveys, contact Martha Kyrillidou, martha@arl.org.

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24. LibQUAL+® Session I 2008 Survey Complete--Highlights Available Online

The 2008 Session I LibQUAL+® survey closed on May 31 with over 108,000 responses collected from 153 surveys. Survey Highlights for the Session I survey are available online at http://www.libqual.org/documents/admin/LibQUALHighlights2008_SessionI.pdf.

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25. Interest Group Forming re Analyzing LibQUAL+® Survey Comments

An interest group is being formed to explore analyzing the qualitative comments collected by the survey, both in terms of locally relevant themes and in standardized themes across multiple libraries. This interest was sparked by work done by Brown University's LibQUAL+® User Assessment Group, which used NVivo software to code user comments collected during the 2005 LibQUAL+® survey and developed a master list of common themes. Follow-up meetings on this topic will take place at ALA Midwinter Meeting in January. For more information, contact Martha Kyrillidou, martha@arl.org.

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26. Library Assessment Conference Draws Hundreds of Attendees

The 2008 Library Assessment Conference--cosponsored by ARL, the University of Virginia Library, and the University of Washington Libraries--convened in Seattle, August 4–7, 2008. The event, which built upon the success of the 2006 Charlottesville conference, attracted 375 professionals interested in library assessment. The robust program opened with a plenary session on the biggest challenges in library assessment, addressed by Betsy Wilson (Washington), Rick Luce (Emory), and Susan Gibbons (Rochester) and discussed by Joan Rapp (University of Cape Town) and Stephen Town (University of York, UK). A highlight picked up by bloggers was Gibbons's comment that only half of the ARL libraries' Web sites provide a phone number on the homepage--often a click too far for our emerging users. Luce emphasized the need for quality processes and Wilson stressed the need for accelerated relevance in our services and assessment efforts.

The program offered more than 60 papers and panels presented in eight parallel sessions, over 35 poster presentations, and six half-day workshops. The first Library Assessment Career Achievement awards were presented to three pioneers in the field--Amos Lakos, Shelley Phipps, and Duane Webster--during a spectacular reception in the Olympic Sculpture Park overlooking Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains. Multiple post-conference workshops focused on such issues as the Balanced Scorecard, visualization of data, usability, learning outcomes, and space planning.

Conference presentations and related materials are available on the conference Web site http://libraryassessment.org/. ARL plans to publish the conference proceedings later this year. The next Library Assessment Conference is being planned for fall 2010 in the Washington DC area.

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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST TO ARL DIRECTORS

27. ARL Transitions

Boston College: Monique Lowd was named Interim University Librarian, effective July 1, 2008.

Boston Public: Amy Ryan, Director of the Minneapolis and Hennepin County Library System, has been appointed BPL President.

Colorado State: Patrick Burns was named Vice President for Information Technology and Interim Dean of Libraries, effective July 2008.

Penn State: Nancy Eaton, Dean of University Libraries and Scholarly Communications, announced her intention to retire on August 31, 2009, or as soon thereafter as her successor has been named. After retirement, she will become Dean Emeritus.

Vanderbilt: Connie Vinita Dowell, Dean of the Library and Information Access at San Diego State University, has been named Dean of the Jean and Alexander Heard Library at Vanderbilt. Dowell succeeds Paul Gherman, who retired on June 30 after 12 years at Vanderbilt. Flo Wilson, Deputy University Librarian, is serving as Interim University Librarian during the transition process, details of which are being finalized.

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28. Grants

University of California, Los Angeles Library received a $750,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to catalog more than 55,000 rare books and make them more accessible to users.

Columbia University Libraries received a $371,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for a two-year project to preserve 820 recordings containing almost 1,200 hours of recorded interviews and memoirs from the Oral History Research Office's collection.

Duke University Libraries--in collaboration with University of Kansas, Lehigh University, the University of Pennsylvania, the National Library of Australia, Library and Archives Canada, Vanderbilt University, the Orbis Cascade Alliance, Rutgers University, the University of Florida, the University of Chicago, Columbia University, the University of Maryland, and Whittier College--received a $475,700 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to design a next-generation, open-source library system that is flexible, customizable, and able to meet the changing and complex needs of modern, dynamic academic libraries. For more information, see the Open Library Environment (OLE) Project Web site http://oleproject.org/.

Georgetown University Library and Washington University in St. Louis Libraries received the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Connecting to Collections Bookshelf. The bookshelf includes an essential set of books, online resources, and a user's guide to assist recipients in caring for their collections.

University of Texas Libraries received a $1.2 million grant from the Bridgeway Foundation to collect and preserve in digital form the fragile record--including Web sites, audio, and video--of genocide and human rights conflicts worldwide.

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29. Honors

Boston Public Library was awarded a Digital Pioneer Award, or "Digie," for digitizing music from Boston bands and providing them promotion and exposure to new audiences from their download catalog. The award was presented at Digipalooza '08, a library download service user conference, held July 24–27 in Cleveland.

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8/22/08

Charles B. Lowry
Executive Director
Association of Research Libraries
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Washington DC 20036
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