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February 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

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ARL, CNI, SPARC Strategic Actions

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Law & Policy

  • US Budget Update
    On February 6, President Obama released the Administration’s budget proposal that calls for $3.8 trillion for FY 2013...

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From the Field

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ARL Membership to Convene in Chicago May 2–4; RSVP by April 6

The 160th ARL Membership Meeting will convene at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Hotel on Wednesday, May 2. The Board of Directors and ARL committees will hold working sessions on May 1 and 2. The ARL Business Meeting will be held on Thursday, May 3, 8:30– 10:30 a.m. By April 6, ARL member representatives are asked to RSVP online to ARL and to reserve hotel rooms. Details about the program will be added to the Membership Meeting website as they are developed. If you have questions, contact Sarah Segura.

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ARL Board Convenes February 9–10

ARL President Winston Tabb (Johns Hopkins) convened a meeting of the ARL Board of Directors in Washington, DC, February 9–10. The board adopted a balanced budget for 2012 and adopted the minutes of the Board’s October 2011 meeting. The minutes were distributed to all member representatives in President Tabb’s e-mail message to the membership. The Board also heard reports from committees reviewing the accomplishments of 2011 and plans for 2012. During the meeting, the Board held a discussion with Library of Congress Associate Librarian Roberta Shaffer. For more information, contact Sue Baughman.

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ARL to Redesign Website in 2012

To develop a more user-friendly and visually appealing website for the Association, ARL has signed a contract with the PICnet web development firm, a certified B corporation that uses open source software to help nonprofits implement creative technology solutions. The website redesign team will solicit input from ARL member representatives as well as ARL staff during the redesign process. The team plans to launch the new website by early fall 2012. For more information, contact Gary Roebuck.

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Support FRPAA

ARL, Others Support Federal Research Public Access Act

On February 9, Sens. Cornyn (R-TX), Wyden (D-OR), and Hutchinson (R-TX) and Reps. Doyle (D-PA), Yoder (R-KS), and Clay (D-MO) introduced the Federal Research Public Access Act (FRPAA, S 2096 and HR 4004), companion bills that would ensure free, timely, online access to the published results of research funded by 11 US federal agencies. FRPAA would require those agencies with annual extramural research budgets of $100 million or more to provide the public with online access to research manuscripts stemming from such funding no later than six months after publication in a peer-reviewed journal. The bill gives individual agencies flexibility in choosing the location of the digital repository to house this content, as long as the repositories meet conditions for interoperability and public accessibility, and have provisions for long-term archiving. The legislation seeks to extend and expand access to these federally funded research resources and importantly, spur and accelerate scientific discovery. Finally, this legislation reflects the growing trend by funders and campuses alike of adopting and implementing public access policies relating to federally funded research. ARL, with nine organizations, wrote to Congress in support of FRPAA. To read ARL’s letter and write one of your own telling Congress you support FRPAA, visit the ARL website.

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Research Works Act Dies in US House of Representatives after Significant Opposition

In late January, ARL joined nine organizations in a letter to members of the US House of Representatives that signaled strong opposition to the Research Works Act (HR 3699). The signatories noted that the “legislation would unfairly and unnecessarily prohibit federal agencies from conditioning research grants to ensure that all members of the public receive timely, equitable, online access to articles that report the results of federally funded research that their tax dollars directly support.” In February, ARL and 89 universities and organizations wrote to members of the US House expressing deep concerns with the legislation. They were joined by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities and the Association of American Universities, which detailed strong opposition to the bill. Finally, over 30 organizations of the Open Government community wrote in opposition to the Research Works Act.

In response to this extensive opposition to the Research Works Act, and in response to the grassroots Cost of Knowledge boycott of the business practices of scholarly publishing giant Elsevier, Elsevier withdrew its support of the legislation on February 27, although they “continue to oppose government mandates in this area.”

Also on February 27, the co-sponsors of the Research Works Act, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), stated that they would not take legislative action on the bill. Reps. Issa and Maloney said, “The introduction of HR 3699 has spurred a robust, expansive debate on the topics of scientific and scholarly publishing, intellectual property protection, and public access to federally funded research. Since its introduction, we have heard from numerous stakeholders and interested parties on both sides of this important issue. As the costs of publishing continue to be driven down by new technology, we will continue to see a growth in open access publishers. This new and innovative model appears to be the wave of the future. The transition must be collaborative, and must respect copyright law and the principles of open access. The American people deserve to have access to research for which they have paid. This conversation needs to continue and we have come to the conclusion that the Research Works Act has exhausted the useful role it can play in the debate…” Read the full statement from Reps. Issa and Maloney.

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ARL Joins Amicus Brief Opposing Excessive Statutory Damages

In a “friend of the court” brief in the highly publicized file-sharing case of Capitol Records v. Jammie Thomas-Rassett, ARL joined the Electronic Freedom Foundation, the Internet Archive, the American Library Association, the Association of College and Research Libraries, and Public Knowledge in supporting the trial court's decision to reduce an astronomical damages award for copyright infringement. Although Thomas-Rassett "shared" fewer than 20 copyrighted works, the jury awarded Capitol Records and other record label plaintiffs over $1 million due to the Copyright Act's provision for "statutory damages" in copyright infringement cases. In their brief, the EFF, ARL, and others warn that such exorbitant damage awards are inconsistent with the purpose of copyright and could have a powerful chilling effect on legitimate uses, especially fair use. Download the brief from the EFF website.

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Website Archiving 2.0: Copyright Analysis Released by ARL

ARL released “A New Day for Website Archiving 2.0,” an updated analysis by copyright expert Jonathan Band of the legal arguments available to support website archiving by research libraries. Band’s analysis focuses on the fair use doctrine and takes account of key developments in the case law, as well as a helpful memo by the US Patent and Trademark Office, and the recent release of the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries. In his original 2006 analysis, Band argued that website archiving by libraries was strongly supported by fair use. The updated analysis concludes that the arguments in support of this practice have only gotten stronger, as practice in this area has gone unchallenged for six years, and the courts continue to endorse a progressive interpretation of fair use. For more details and to download the analysis, see the ARL news release.

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ARL Fall Forum to Explore 21st-Century Workforce

The 2012 ARL Fall Forum, to be held in Washington, DC, October 11–12, will focus on the 21st-century research library workforce by exploring a range of topics—new skills and expertise needed for next-generation research library services; the impact of organizational strategy in workforce development; recruitment, training, and reorganization of existing staff; and organizational models that help define new ways of working. For more information, contact Sue Baughman.

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ARL Research Library Leadership Fellows (RLLF) Complete Strategic Issues Institutes

The University of Miami hosted the final of three Strategic Issues Institutes for the 2011–2012 RLLF Program in mid–February. During the five-day intensive learning experience about “The Politics of Technology,” the fellows met with senior university administrators, including the Faculty Senate Chair, the Provost, and University President Donna Shalala. Library leaders, such as Judy Russell (Florida), Charles Lowry (ARL), and the group’s host Bill Walker (Miami), also contributed to the rich discussions.

Fellows are now selecting their site visit locations from among the remaining sponsor institutions. (The two previous Strategic Issues Institutes offered in this year’s Program were hosted by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of British Columbia.) Upcoming site visit options are:

  • University of Colorado Boulder, March 20–23, focused on “Librarians as Faculty on a Research Intensive Campus: The Colorado Experience”

  • University of Illinois at Chicago and Northwestern University, April 29–May 1, focused on facilities and the strategic issues surrounding them

  • Dartmouth College, July 11–13, focused on institutional planning and innovation

The culminating experience for the 2011–2012 RLLF Program is the October ARL Membership Meeting, in Washington, DC. At that time, the group will celebrate the completion of their Program year and share the outcomes of their research projects with the ARL membership. Information about the 2013–2014 RLLF Program will also be available in October for those ARL member libraries that may be interested in serving as sponsors.

For more information about the ARL RLLF Program, visit the RLLF website or contact Mark A. Puente.

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LibQUAL+® Awards In-Kind Grants for 2012

Three libraries have been selected to receive in-kind grants to facilitate their participation in the 2012 LibQUAL+® survey. The selection of grantees was based on financial need, contribution to the growth of LibQUAL+®, and potential for surfacing best practices in the area of library service improvements. The grant recipients are: Lincoln University of Missouri, University of West Indies, and University of Cyprus. Details about applying for a 2013 LibQUAL+® grant will be available in March; there are two deadlines for submitting a grant application: June 15, 2012, and December 14, 2012. For more information about the 2012 grant recipients, see the ARL news release.

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ARL Annual Statistical Surveys Update

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

  • ARL Statistics, Academic Health Sciences Statistics, Academic Law Statistics, ARL Supplementary Statistics 2009–2010: Data are currently being collected and edited (90 libraries submitted data).

  • All data are readily accessible by ARL member libraries via the “Analytics” tab and “Data Repository” link at (login required; your library’s primary ARL Statistics contact can approve your access to the system).

  • New feature this month: The “Analytics” section now includes non-university data in addition to the university data published in the ARL Statistics.

  • Note: The Data Repository link provides access to key institutional information, such as organizational charts and strategic plans. If your institution’s information is not current, please send updated information to

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 is preparing the proposed revisions to the annual survey to the membership in the coming weeks for an open comment period. Feedback will be incorporated appropriately with the goal of having the final version of the survey approved at the May committee meeting. The new survey forms will be more focused and useful with fewer data elements. ARL aims to make the data collection more valuable and timely for member libraries.

A meeting of ARL Survey Coordinators and SPEC Liaisons will be held on Friday, June 22, 2:30–4:00 p.m., in Anaheim, California.

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

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CNI Membership to Convene in Baltimore April 2–3

CNI’s Spring 2012 Membership Meeting will be held April 2–3 in Baltimore, Maryland. Proposal submissions are under review, and meeting registration is due by March 5. The opening plenary talk, “The Future of the American Research University,” will be presented by James Duderstadt, President Emeritus of the University of Michigan, chair of the US National Academies committee that authored the report Preparing for the Revolution: Information Technology and the Future of the Research University, and member of the current National Academies committee on the Future of the Research University. The closing talk will be presented by Phillip D. Long, professor and director of the Centre for Educational, Innovation & Technology at the University of Queensland, Australia. The Executive Roundtable discussion will be “Multiple Devices and Platforms: Institutional Strategies.” For more details, visit the meeting website.

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US Budget Update

On February 6, President Obama released the Administration’s budget proposal that calls for $3.8 trillion for FY 2013. As in past years, the Administration’s proposal emphasizes investments in science and education. The budget proposal also includes a welcome increase for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Agencies may see an across-the-board cut of up to 9% in FY 2013 as the Joint Deficit Reduction Committee failed to reach a budget reduction agreement last fall. Details on the budget requests for specific agencies are below.

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)

The President requested $386.8 million for the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), a reduction of $5.2 million from FY 2012. This request includes $371.7 million for Operating Expenses that includes support for the Electronic Records Archive (ERA) program. A reduction of $3 million (40%) is proposed for the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

National Agricultural Library (NAL)

The President has proposed just over $21 million in FY 2013 for the National Agricultural Library (NAL). This amount is level with the FY 2012 budget. NAL is undergoing a structural reorganization to focus on new digital product lines. These include an expanded AGRICOLA Index, digitization of items in the NAL collection, and the collection of scientific digital data. The proposed budget would reallocate $1.5 million for developing and providing unified and accessible sustainability and environmental databases for the scientific community including data sets on carbon sequestration and greenhouse gas emissions, tillage and management studies, and conservation program benefits.

National Library of Medicine (NLM)

$372,651,000 is requested for the National Library of Medicine (NLM), an increase of approximately $7 million for FY 2013. Most of this increase will be devoted to intramural activities with the National Center for Biotechnology Information.

Library of Congress

The Library of Congress requested a budget of $643.5 million for FY 2013. This is an increase in funding of $14.3 million (2.3%) over fiscal year 2012.

Smithsonian Institution

The President has requested $10,165,000 for the Smithsonian Institution Libraries for FY 2013. This is an increase of $150,000 (1.5%) from FY 2012 and will address subscription inflation.

Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)

The President has requested a level budget of $231.9 million for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). This includes $156.365 million for LSTA Grants to States, $12 million for National Leadership Grants for Libraries, and $12.470 million for the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program. $29,448,921 is requested for museum services.

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

The President has requested $154,255,000 for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) for FY 2013. This is an increase of $8.2 million (5.6%) over FY 2012. Some of these additional funds would support program activities and upcoming relocation expenses. Each of the National/Core Programs including preservation would benefit from this increase. $15.7 million is requested for Preservation and Access (an increase of $.5 million) and $4.250 million is requested for Digital Humanities (an increase of $.1 million).

Department of Education, HEA Title VI, International Programs

The Administration proposes $75.7 million for international programs, a $1.7 million increase above FY 2012 and the same as FY 2011. The Technological Innovation and Cooperation for Foreign Information Access (TICFIA) Program, which received no funding in FY 2011 and FY 2012, was not mentioned in the budget proposal.

Government Printing Office (GPO)

The Government Printing Office (GPO) has requested level funding or $126.2 million for FY 2013, a 6.6% reduction from FY 2011. GPO is requesting $7.8 million for the Revolving Fund, which includes funding for the continued development of FDsys, GPO’s online public access system. GPO is also requesting $34.7 million for the Salaries and Expenses Appropriation of the Superintendent of Documents, who manages the Federal Depository Library Program. This is a decrease of approximately $300,000.

For more information about the federal budget, contact Prue Adler.

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UGA Opens New Special Collections Libraries

The University of Georgia (UGA) special collections libraries began 2012 in a new state-of-the-art facility and celebrated the opening of the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries with a dedication on Feb. 17. The recently named building houses the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, the Walter J. Brown Media Archives, and the Peabody Collection. The university broke ground for the $46-million, 115,000-square-foot structure in January 2010. UGA raised a third of the Russell Building’s cost from private sources, along with $7 million in gifts for program endowments. A highlight of the building that visitors will not see is a 30,000-square-foot Harvard-model high-density storage facility constructed largely below ground level. For more information, see the UGA news release.

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CLIR Announces 2011 Hidden Collections Awards

The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) awarded five ARL member libraries 2011 Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives awards:

The Gordon Hall and Grace Hoag Collection of Dissenting and Extremist Printed Propaganda, Part II

Undiscovered Printmakers: Hidden Treasures in Georgetown University's Library

North Carolina State
Acting for Animals: Revealing the Records of Animal Rights and Animal Welfare Movements

Cataloging Women in Jazz Collections at the Institute of Jazz Studies

Texas A&M
Discovering a New World: Cataloging Old and Rare Imprints from Colonial and Early Independent Mexico

For more details about the awards program and a complete list of recipients, see the CLIR press release.

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California Digital Library Formalizes Partnership with Public Knowledge Project

The California Digital Library (CDL), on behalf of the University of California system, is supporting open source publishing infrastructure through a major development partnership with the Public Knowledge Project (PKP). In an agreement announced February 7, the CDL will assist with PKP’s ongoing development and support of its open source software suite—Open Journal Systems (OJS), Open Conference Systems (OCS), and Open Harvester System (OHS), with Open Monograph Press (OMP) due for release in the coming year. For more details, see the PKP press release.

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Synergy, issue 8 (Jan. 2012) cover

Synergy Focuses on Professional Transitions in Research Librarianship

In the latest issue of Synergy: News from ARL Diversity Programs three former ARL Diversity programs participants reflect on what it is like to shift from one type of position to another within the library profession, and how their experiences in ARL programs informed their thinking and actions during those transitions. Denise Stephens (ARL Leadership and Development Program (LCDP) 1998–1999), University Librarian at the University of California, Santa Barbara, writes about the impact of the LCDP on her career trajectory, particularly from the perspective of someone who temporarily left the profession. Yale Law Librarian, Teresa Miguel (ARL Diversity Scholar 2004–2006), offers wise words about how to start positioning oneself early in one’s career to transition into library leadership. Finally, Brian Leaf (ARL Career Enhancement Program 2010), Instructional Design Librarian at Ohio State University, recounts his experience of moving from student life into a professional role in an ARL library. Download the complete issue from the ARL website.

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Library Expenditures as % of University Expenditures Continue to Fall

ARL has updated its charts of library expenditures as a percent of university expenditures with 2008–2009 data, which shows a continuing downward trend. New this year is a chart that includes data on Canadian ARL libraries. ARL tapped sources that reflect a similar trend in Canada, though the percent allocation in Canada is higher than in the US. On the Scholarly Kitchen blog, Phil Davis argues that the data “tells a mixed story of success and failure—success on the part of the library to live within its means, and failure for librarians to get a larger slice of a growing pie.” Davis discusses cost-control measures libraries have taken since the early 1980s in such areas as acquisitions and staffing. He says, “Whether or not you agree with these solutions, the last 10 years have witnessed massive centralization of the university library with the goal of increasing efficiency while minimizing duplicate work.” The story was also covered by Inside Higher Ed. To download the data and graphs, visit the ARL website.

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LibQUAL+® Webcast Recording Now Online

The LibQUAL+® webcast held on February 14 is now freely available on the ARL YouTube channel. The webcast provides potential and current LibQUAL+® participants with practical information for administering a survey, assistance with interpreting the data, and an opportunity to share best practices in using the results. LibQUAL+® team members, Martha Kyrillidou and David Green, hosted the webcast. The guest presenters were Sandra Phoenix, Executive Director of the HBCU Library Alliance; Carla Stoffle, Dean of University Libraries and Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona; and Chestalene Pintozzi, Director of Project Management & Assessment, University of Arizona. The LibQUAL+® webcast kicked off the 2012 ARL Statistics & Assessment Webcast Series. To view the LibQUAL+® webcast, visit ARL’s YouTube channel.

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Risk Management & Disaster Planning: A CNI Executive Roundtable Report

Teams from 10 higher education institutions described their experiences, concerns, strategies, and future plans for risk management and disaster planning during the CNI Executive Roundtable held in Arlington, Virginia, on December 12, 2011. Held at CNI’s membership meetings, each CNI Executive Roundtable brings together a group of campus partners, usually senior library and information technology leaders, to discuss a key digital information topic and its strategic implications. The roundtables build on the theme of collaboration that is at CNI’s foundation; they serve as a forum for frank, unattributed intra- and inter-institutional dialogue on digital information issues and their organizational and strategic implications. To read the report of the CNI Executive Roundtable on risk management and disaster planning, visit the CNI website.

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Videos from CNI Fall 2011 Membership Meeting Now Online

Several videos from CNI’s December 2011 Membership Meeting are now accessible from CNI’s YouTube channel and Vimeo channel with more coming soon. Videos already available include:

  • “Online Video Creation by Undergraduates: Consequences for Media Literacy” (Anu Vedantham, Renee Hobbs)

  • “Preservation Status of e-Resources: A Potential Crisis in Electronic Journal Preservation” (Oya Y. Rieger, Robert Wolven)

  • “Five New Paradigms for Science & Academia & an Intro to DataOne” (Closing Plenary, William Michener)

  • “Big Data Becomes Fashionable, Mobile Devices Reshape the Information Ecology: CNI’s View on 2011 and 2012” (Opening Plenary, Clifford Lynch)

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CNI Conversations Cover E-Textbooks, Horizon Report, and More

In a recent CNI Conversations podcast, CNI Executive Director Clifford Lynch spoke with David Lewis, Dean of Libraries, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), about new developments in e-textbooks and the search for alternative economic models. In a later podcast, Clifford Lynch discussed the New Media Consortium Horizon Project megatrends report, the International Council for Science scenarios project, e-book self-publishing, and much more. CNI Associate Director Joan Lippincott talked about sessions on assessment and on innovative student projects at the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) meeting. Lippincott also discussed her recent participation on an ACRL–sponsored panel on academic libraries and trends in higher education. For more information about CNI Conversations, and to listen, visit the CNI website.

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Preserving E-mail Report Provides Advice on Ensuring Accessibility

The Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) has published a new Technology Watch Report, Preserving Email, which provides a comprehensive overview of managing an e-mail archive. The report, authored by Chris Prom, Assistant University Archivist at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, synthesizes the results of several research projects to provide a succinct overview of the legal, technical, and cultural issues involved in preserving e-mail. Also included are case studies from the Bodleian Library and the Medical Research Council. The report concludes with a set of pragmatic recommendations that individuals and institutions may apply to better manage their e-mail archives. For more details and to download the report, see the DPC news release.

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RLUK Reports on Role of Subject/Liaison Librarians in Transforming Research

Research Libraries UK (RLUK) has published a report, Re-Skilling for Research, that highlights critical 21st-century information skills and the need to improve those skills in the subject/liaison librarian workforce, particularly with regard to data management and curation. This report, written by Mary Auckland, will be a critical resource to ARL member libraries as they deeply examine 21st-century library services and workforce competencies. For more details and to download the report, visit the RLUK website.

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ARL Invites Nominations and Applications for Executive Director Position

Marianne Gaunt, Vice President for Information Services and University Librarian at Rutgers University, and Brinley Franklin, Vice Provost for University Libraries at University of Connecticut, encourage and invite nominations and applications from the research library community for the ARL Executive Director position. Gaunt and Franklin co-chair the ARL Search Committee, which was formed following the announcement of ARL Executive Director Charles B. Lowry's plans to retire on December 31, 2012. For more information and to apply, see the ARL news release.

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ARL Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce: Call for Applications

ARL is accepting applications for the Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce (IRDW), a program designed to recruit MLIS students from traditionally underrepresented racial and ethnic minority groups into careers in research libraries. The program benefits include a stipend up to $10,000 in support of MLIS education, leadership and career development training, a hosted visit to Purdue University Libraries, and a formal mentorship program. The current iteration of the IRDW focuses on recruitment of students with academic backgrounds in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines, although students with any academic background are encouraged to apply. The IRDW is funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and by ARL member libraries. The application deadline is May 1. For more information and to apply, visit the IRDW website.

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ARL/MLA Diversity and Inclusion Initiative Accepting Applications

The ARL/Music Library Association (MLA) Diversity and Inclusion Initiative (DII) seeks to address the growing need for professional staff in music and performing arts libraries to better reflect the evolving demographics of students and faculty in those fields. With funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the ARL/MLA DII offers generous financial benefits in support of MLIS education as well as a paid internship in a partner library to students from traditionally underrepresented racial and ethnic minority groups who have academic training in music. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, but are contingent upon acceptance into the MLIS program affiliated with one of the five library partners: University at Buffalo, SUNY; University of California, Los Angeles; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; University of North Texas; and University of Pittsburgh. Applications for fall 2012 admissions are still being accepted at the University at Buffalo, SUNY, and University of North Texas. For more details and to apply, visit the ARL/MLA DII website.

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Library Assessment Conference 2012: Call for Proposals

ARL, the University of Virginia Library, the University of Washington Libraries, and the Conference Planning Committee are accepting proposals for the 2012 Library Assessment Conference: Building Effective, Sustainable, Practical Assessment, to be held in Charlottesville, Virginia, October 29-31. Proposals are invited as either papers or posters that cover any aspect of library assessment. All proposals must be submitted by March 30. For more details and to submit a proposal, visit the conference website.

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Minnesota Institute for Early Career Librarians from Traditionally Underrepresented Groups: Call for Applications

Apply now for the 2012 Minnesota Institute for Early Career Librarians from Traditionally Underrepresented Groups to be held in Minneapolis–Saint Paul July 21–27. Sponsored by the University of Minnesota Libraries, this week-long intensive training experience offers participants the opportunity to develop leadership skills and gain important insights about organizational behavior in complex institutions. The program agenda includes in-depth workshops on professional writing, grant writing, and administration. The application deadline has been extended through March 16. For more information, visit the institute’s website](

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National Humanities Alliance to Hold Annual Meeting, Humanities Advocacy Day

The National Humanities Alliance (NHA) will hold its 2012 Annual Meeting and Humanities Advocacy Day in Washington, DC, March 19–20, with pre-meeting activities on March 18. Scholars and researchers, higher education representatives, association leaders, policymakers, and others will convene for the annual event. This year’s program includes: humanities grants overview with federal agency representatives; advocacy training; luncheon keynote address with Richard H. Brodhead, Duke University President; lightning-round presentations of current work in the humanities; discussion of the role of the humanities in undergraduate education; policy briefing; and Capitol Hill reception with Jim Leach, National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Chairman. Advocacy Day participants will also have the opportunity to communicate the value of the humanities to members of Congress and key Congressional staff as part of organized delegations. The deadline to register is March 1. For more information and to register, visit the NHA website.

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ARL Transitions

Howard University: Howard Dodson Jr. has been named the Director of the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center and Director of the Howard University Library System. He retired last year from his position as director of Harlem’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture after 27 years of service. For more details, see the Howard University press release.

Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL): Jeffrey G. Trzeciak, University Librarian at McMaster University, has been named University Librarian at WUSTL, effective July 1, 2012. He replaces Shirley K. Baker, Vice Chancellor for Scholarly Resources and Dean of University Libraries, who will retire after 23 years of service to WUSTL on June 30, 2012. For more information, see the WUSTL news release.

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SPARC Staff Transitions

Jennifer McLennan resigned from her position as SPARC Director of Programs and Operations, effective January 2012, to accept a position with eLife journal. Andrea Brusca Higginbotham has been appointed SPARC Communications Manager, also effective January 2012. She comes to SPARC with 10 years in academic book publishing in a variety of roles including marketing, rights, and permissions. For more information or to contact Andrea, visit the SPARC website.

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Robert Darnton, Harvard University Librarian, has been awarded a 2011 National Humanities Medal by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The medal honors individuals or groups whose work has deepened the nation’s understanding of the humanities, broadened citizens’ engagement with the humanities, or helped preserve and expand Americans’ access to important resources in the humanities. For more details about Darnton’s career and the other 2011 medalists, see the NEH website.

Lisa German, 2004–2006 ARL RLLF Fellow and Associate Dean for Collections, Information, and Access Services at Pennsylvania State University Libraries, has received the 2012 Harrassowitz Leadership in Library Acquisitions Award from the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS). The award honors a librarian in recognition of outstanding leadership and other contributions in the field of acquisitions. For more details, see the ALCTS press release.

Winston Tabb, Sheridan Dean of University Libraries and Museums at Johns Hopkins University, has been named the 2012 recipient of the American Library Association (ALA) L. Ray Patterson Copyright Award: In Support of Users’ Rights. The award recognizes contributions of an individual or group who pursues and supports the Constitutional purpose of the US Copyright Law, fair use, and the public domain. For more information about Tabb and the award, see the ALA press release.

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