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E-News for ARL Directors

January–March 2013 E-News

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E-News for ARL Directors highlights 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 Elliott Shore, Kaylyn Groves, and Sue Baughman.

ARL Governance & Membership

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ARL Strategic Actions

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Law & Policy

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From the Field

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  • ARL Position Description Bank Launches
    The ARL Position Description (PD) Bank, developed by a team from the University of Florida Libraries and ARL, along with personnel officers from ARL member institutions, is now available to ARL members...

  • Sustainability of Digitized Special Collections: ARL & Ithaka S+R Release Findings
    On February 21, ARL and Ithaka S+R published Appraising our Digital Investment: Sustainability of Digitized Special Collections in ARL Libraries, a report on findings from an ARL-Ithaka S+R survey of ARL libraries...

  • Licensing E-Journal Bundles from Large Publishers: ARL Releases Pre-Pub
    In January, ARL released a pre-publication version of an article on “The State of Large-Publisher Bundles in 2012,” which will be featured in the forthcoming Research Library Issues (RLI) no. 282 (Spring 2013)...

  • Art & Artifact Management, SPEC Kit 333, Published by ARL
    This ARL SPEC Kit explores the scale and scope of art and artifact materials held by ARL member libraries; which tools and techniques the libraries currently use to manage these collections; and whether there is evidence of a convergence of library, archive, and museum practices...

  • Better Serving the Needs of Chemists: Ithaka S+R Issues Report
    With funding from JISC, Ithaka S+R researchers spent the last year interviewing chemists and science librarians across the UK, asking about their thoughts and experiences on everything from how they keep up with developments in their field...

  • IMLS Releases Public Libraries in the US Survey FY 2010 Report
    The Public Libraries in the United States Survey report published by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) analyzes data supplied annually by over 98% of public libraries across the country...

  • CNI Resources
    CNI’s 2012–2013 Program Plan
    Presentation materials from CNI’s Fall 2012 Membership Meeting
    Materials from the International Digital Curation Conference 2013
    Report and video from the "Transforming Opportunities in Scholarly Discourse" meeting

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ARL Membership to Convene May 1–3 in North Carolina

ARL President Wendy Pradt Lougee (Minnesota), will convene the 162nd ARL Membership Meeting in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, on Wednesday, May 1, at 3:30 p.m. The meeting will adjourn at noon on Friday, May 3. The Board of Directors and ARL committees will hold working sessions on Wednesday, May 1, before the Membership Meeting. The cutoff date for registering to attend the meeting and for securing hotel reservations at the ARL rate is Friday, April 5, 2013. For the meeting overview, schedule, and attendance questionnaire, visit the Membership Meeting website.

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Elliott Shore Reports on Listening Tour of ARL Libraries

ARL Executive Director Elliott Shore has embarked on a “listening tour” of ARL member libraries and is providing a series of informal reports from his visits. To date he has visited member libraries in southern California and in the Boston area. He is planning additional visits throughout the year. Read the notes from Elliott’s listening tour on the ARL website.

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ARL Commits to Accessibility

ARL, with a strong commitment to accessibility for people with disabilities, has engaged with Deque—a company that specializes in accessibility assessment—to develop a plan for ensuring that ARL’s website, publications, and other documents are accessible. This process is reviewing the extent to which ARL’s website is accessible, assessing staff skills and understanding of disability issues, and assisting with development of best practices and procedures for future production of materials. The project follows on the recommendations from ARL’s Joint Task Force on Services to Patrons with Print Disabilities. For more information, contact ARL's Communications Program Officer, Kaylyn Groves.

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Dale Askey's Bibliobrary blog screenshot
ARL & CARL support Askey & McMaster
image © Dale Askey

ARL & CARL Support Askey & McMaster, Urge Publisher to Drop Personal Suit

ARL and the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) share a commitment to freedom of opinion and expression of ideas and are strongly opposed to any effort to intimidate individuals in order to suppress information or censor ideas. The two associations further share the belief that a librarian must be able to offer his or her assessment of a publisher’s products or practices free from such intimidation. For these reasons, ARL and CARL issued a joint statement on February 14 in support of Dale Askey and McMaster University as they confronted the lawsuit brought against them by Edwin Mellen Press. On March 4, the press announced that they would drop the lawsuit against McMaster and Askey, but the press's founder and editor, Herbert Richardson, is continuing with a personal suit against Askey alone. ARL & CARL issued a second statement on March 11 urging Richardson to drop his suit against Askey.

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ARL Commends Obama Administration for Historic Action Opening up Access to Federally Funded Research

On February 22, John Holdren, Director of the US Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), released a historic memorandum on “Increasing Access to the Results of Federally Funded Scientific Research” (PDF). ARL applauded this critically important action. The Holdren memorandum was issued following extensive input from the public and private sectors on how best to increase and enhance access to the results of federally funded research. This is a major achievement and builds on years of investment by the government, research libraries, and the academy to advance scientific discovery, promote the nation’s innovation agenda, and expand the public’s ability to access and use critical research findings.

The memorandum includes many goals and objectives that are too numerous to list but does focus on long-term preservation of research results, enhancing access to and use of these results, sustaining the peer review process, promoting innovation, utilizing non-proprietary standard archival formats, and more. Highlights include the following:

  • Federal agencies with annual research and development budgets of $100 million or more are to provide the public with free and unlimited online access to the results of federally funded research—including both unclassified articles and digital data as defined in Circular A-21.

  • Each agency is required to develop a plan and submit the draft plan to OSTP within 6 months of publication of this Holdren memorandum.

  • Research manuscripts arising from publicly funded research are to be made available using 12 months as a guide after publication in a peer-reviewed scholarly journal.

  • Each agency plan will include a number of elements such as:

  • how best to leverage existing archives where appropriate

  • how to optimize search, archival, and dissemination features that promote accessibility

  • how to enhance and ensure interoperability and long term-stewardship of the results of federally funded research

  • issue guidance notifying grantees of new requirements and more.

  • Agency plans should be developed in consultation with stakeholders.

  • Federally funded research results can be maintained in repositories managed by a federal agency, library, publisher, or other party.

  • Federal grantees and contractors shall include data management plans in their grants as appropriate. These plans should include the costs of data management and encourage the deposit of data in publicly accessible databases where appropriate.

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LCA Submits Comments to Copyright Office on Orphan Works & Mass Digitization

On January 14, the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) filed comments (PDF) with the US Copyright Office in response to the office’s October 22 Notice of Inquiry (NOI) about the current state of play with orphan works and mass digitization. The Copyright Office was seeking comments on orphan works regarding “what has changed in the legal and business environments during the past few years that might be relevant to a resolution of the problem and what additional legislative, regulatory, or voluntary solutions deserve deliberation.”

In its comments, LCA explained that “significant changes in the copyright landscape over the past seven years convince us that libraries no longer need legislative reform in order to make appropriate uses of orphan works.” Specifically, two key developments make it possible for libraries to engage in mass digitization and other projects that involve orphan works: (1) court decisions have further solidified libraries’ rights under fair use and (2) libraries have successfully engaged in a range of projects involving orphan works and mass digitization.

LCA noted that while other communities may prefer greater certainty concerning what steps they would need to take to fall within a safe harbor, libraries can rely on their existing rights, including fair use. If Congress does consider legislation, LCA suggested that Congress abandon the overly complex arrangement it arrived at in 2008 and instead make a simple one-sentence amendment to the Copyright Act giving courts the discretion to reduce or remit statutory damages in appropriate circumstances.

In reply comments (PDF) filed on March 5, LCA reviewed all of the comments filed and concluded that “the significant diversity of opinion expressed in the initial comments submitted in the response to the Copyright Office’s Notice of Inquiry Concerning Orphan Works and Mass Digitization indicates that it will be extremely difficult to forge a consensus approach to these issues. In contrast, during the Copyright Office’s study that led to the Office’s 2006 Orphan Works Report, a consensus emerged concerning both the existence of an orphan works problem and the nature of an appropriate legislative solution…In light of these fundamental disagreements, LCA recommends that the Copyright Office pursue non-legislative solutions such as continuing to make the Copyright Office records more accessible. Moreover, the Office should seek to bolster fair use in both judicial and international fora. If the Copyright Office does decide to recommend a legislative solution, the only approach likely to achieve consensus is, as we suggested in our initial comments, a one sentence amendment to 17 U.S.C. § 504(c)(2) that grants courts the discretion to reduce or remit statutory damages if the user conducted a reasonably diligent search prior to the use.”

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First Sale: The Public View & Fast Facts for Libraries

Two organizations in which ARL partners have released resources about the first-sale doctrine, what is at stake in the Supreme Court case Kirtsaeng v. Wiley & Sons, and how this case could affect library lending:

For more information about the case, see ARL’s webpage on first sale.

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ARL Hosts Ninth Annual Leadership Symposium at ALA Midwinter

For the ninth consecutive year, ARL hosted its Leadership Symposium during the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting. The annual event brings together MLIS students participating in ARL’s diversity recruitment programs: the Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce (IRDW) and the Career Enhancement Program (CEP). Part of this year’s symposium also included other new professionals and Seattle–area MLIS students. The Leadership Symposium curriculum offers numerous presentations on topics related to the major strategic areas of ARL, as well as transitioning into, and building career networks in, research libraries. The program included presentations from ARL program officers as well as human resource professionals in ARL member libraries and offered opportunities for these students to network with ARL member representatives, library and information science professionals in member libraries, and others. This event was generously underwritten by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), OCLC, ExLibris, and the MIT Libraries. More information about ARL Diversity Programs can be found on the ARL website.

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ARL Leadership and Career Development Fellows Meet

The 2013–2014 class of the ARL Leadership and Career Development Program (LCDP) convened in Seattle, Washington, in January during the ALA Midwinter Meeting. The LCDP orientation was the first in a series of events that are part of this 18-month fellowship for midcareer librarians from traditionally underrepresented racial and ethnic minority groups. LCDP fellows attended presentations by ARL member representatives as well as ARL program officers and LCDP consultants. The LCDP addresses the need for research and academic libraries to identify and develop more diversity within leadership and management ranks within those organizations. These efforts contribute to library success in serving the research, teaching, and learning of increasingly diverse and global scholarly and learning communities. More information about the current class of LCDP fellows can be found on the LCDP website.

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LibQUAL+® Awards In-Kind Grants to Three Libraries for 2013 Survey

Three libraries have been selected to receive in-kind grants to participate in LibQUAL+ in 2013: Crafton Hills College, Marylhurst University, and Hong Kong Shue Yan University. 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. LibQUAL+ is guided by a steering committee that oversaw the grant selection process. Information about applying for a 2014 LibQUAL+ grant will be available in March. There are two deadlines for submitting a grant application: June 14, 2013, and December 13, 2013. For more details on the grantees, see the ARL news release.

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US Capitol, by Wally Gobetz
US Capitol
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FASTR Introduced in Congress to Expand Access to Federally Funded Research

On February 14, members of the US House of Representatives and the US Senate introduced the Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act of 2013, or FASTR. The bill, similar to the Federal Research Public Access Act (FRPAA), includes provisions that would enable digital reuse of publicly funded research and would ensure free, timely, online access to the published results of research funded by federal science and technology agencies. Provisions in this bill constitute an important step forward that reflects both how research is conducted and growing community practice in sharing research results.

FASTR would require those agencies with annual extramural research budgets of $100 million or more to provide the public with online access to research manuscripts (or final published articles under certain circumstances) stemming from such funding no later than six months after publication in a peer-reviewed journal. Within one year of enactment of FASTR, these agencies are to implement a public access policy and, to the extent practicable, agencies should follow common procedures for the collection and deposition of research papers. 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, public accessibility and long-term preservation. An important change from past bills includes the need for agencies to provide, “research papers…in formats and under terms that enable productive reuse, including computational analysis by state-of-the-art technologies.”

For more information, contact Prue Adler.

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DOJ Declines Filing Amicus Brief re GSU E-Reserves Case

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) has decided not to file an amicus brief on behalf of the US government in the appeal of the case Cambridge University Press v. Mark Becker. The case concerns the use at Georgia State University (GSU) of electronic course reserves and electronic course sites to make excerpts from academic books available online to students enrolled in particular courses. It was widely reported that the US Copyright Office requested that the DOJ file an amicus brief either on the side of the publishers or as a neutral party. The DOJ requested input from key agencies concerning whether to file an amicus brief and, if so, the nature of the filing. For more information, see the DOJ’s February 22 letter informing the court (PDF) of the DOJ’s decision not to file a brief in the case. Also see the DOJ’s earlier request for an extension (PDF) of the filing deadline.

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Cell Phone Unlocking: Jonathan Band Releases Legal Primer

Jonathan Band, of, has written an excellent legal primer on cell phone unlocking—the issues for consumers as well as US foreign policy. This issue has received a great deal of attention as the Librarian of Congress and the US Copyright Office recently determined that consumers could not unlock their cell phones to access other mobile networks. This decision was a part of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act section 1201 anti-circumvention rulemaking. In response, on March 4, the White House announced that it disagreed with the ruling and Senator Wyden (D-OR) introduced the Wireless Device Independence Act of 2013. Download “Cell Phone Unlocking: A Legal Primer” (PDF) from the ARL website.

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US Budget Update; Congressional Action Anticipated on Key Issues

The 113th Congress convened on January 3 with a long list of issues to tackle. Despite some agreement at the close of the 112th Congress, issues relating to the debt ceiling, forced budget reductions via sequestration, and completion of the 2013 appropriations bill loom large.

There are several upcoming fiscal deadlines. First, no agreement was reached by March 1 on sequestration and across-the-board cuts of $85 billion took effect on defense and non-defense agency budgets. In anticipation of potential cuts, on January 14, the Office of Management and Budget issued a memorandum (PDF) directing agencies to plan for major budget reductions. On February 27, OMB issued another memo (PDF) with additional details on how agencies should manage sequestration. For more details on the impacts of the sequester, see the White House fact sheet on the topic.

On February 11, ARL joined 3,200 organizations in a letter to Congressional leaders (PDF) calling for a balanced approach to deficit reduction that does not include further cuts to discretionary programs.

Currently, federal agencies are operating under a continuing resolution (CR) that provides funding at FY 2012 levels, as Congress failed to reach agreement on appropriations measures. The CR ends on March 27. To avoid a government shutdown when the CR ends, one option could be to extend the current CR through the end of FY 2013 and, in the interim, work on FY 2014 appropriations measures.

Beyond funding measures, there are a number of issues of importance to the research library community that may be addressed by the new Congress, including reauthorization of the America COMPETES Act, reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, legislation relating to first sale, FASTR relating to public access policies and possibly other copyright-related issues such as reform of section 121 of the Copyright Act.

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GPO Operations Reviewed by NAPA

The National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) recently released Rebooting the Government Printing Office [GPO]: Keeping America Informed in the Digital Age (PDF), which includes a broad operational review of GPO that was undertaken at the request of the US Congress. The report authors note that [NAPA] “believes that the federal government needs to establish a broad government-wide strategy to manage digital information through all stages of its lifecycle. The absence of such a strategy has resulted in a chaotic environment with significant implications for public access to government information—and, therefore, the democratic process—with some observers describing federal digital publishing as the ‘wild west.’ Now that approximately 97 percent of all federal documents are ‘born digital,’ many important documents are not being authenticated or preserved for the future, and the public cannot easily access them.”

The report contains 15 recommendations, including several concerning the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP). For example, the authors note, “to safeguard the historical documents of our democracy for future generations, GPO should work with depository libraries and other library groups to develop a comprehensive plan for preserving the print collection of government documents. This plan should include cataloging, digitizing, and preserving tangible copies of government publications, a timeline for completion, and options for supporting the effort financially, as well as a process for ingesting digitized copies into the Federal Digital System. Congress should appropriate funds for the purpose of cataloging, digitizing, and preserving the government collection.”

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NCSU’s “Library of the Future” Opens

The James B. Hunt Jr. Library at North Carolina State University (NCSU) opened its doors on January 2. The Hunt Library, aspiring to be “the best learning and collaborative space in the country,” features two learning commons, 100 group study rooms, dedicated areas for faculty and graduate students, and state-of-the art technology. For more details, see the Hunt Library Updates blog.

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Vanderbilt TV News Archive Wins Regional Emmy

Vanderbilt’s Television News Archive received the Governor’s Award for Lifetime Achievement from the MidSouth Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences during its awards ceremony January 26. TV News Archive, the world’s most extensive archive of national television news, received the Regional Emmy’s highest honor during the televised ceremony in Nashville. Dean of Libraries Connie Vinita Dowell accepted the award with TV News Archive Director John Lynch and Frank Grisham, former director of joint university libraries. For more information and to view a video of the award presentation, see the Vanderbilt news release.

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Virginia Tech, Research Libraries in General Highlighted by Roanoke Times

On March 4, the Roanoke Times published an article about the Virginia Tech Libraries and research libraries in general, “Libraries Stack up in New Digital World.” The piece focuses on new services and spaces that “are being developed to serve the needs of scholars, scientists and students working in the digital age.” The article quotes ARL’s Judy Ruttenberg as well as Virginia Tech Libraries’ Tyler Walters, Brian Mathews, and Margaret Merrill.

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SCOAP3 Issues Mid–March Deadline for US Participation

ARL has encouraged the development of SCOAP3, a consortium that facilitates open-access publishing in high-energy physics by redirecting subscription money. Many ARL institutions previously submitted an expression of interest and now libraries are being re-contacted to calculate their current subscriptions in order to plan for the redirection of funds. SCOAP3’s goal is to finalize arrangements in time to start with articles published in January 2014.

The Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN) is the Canadian lead national contact organization for SCOAP3 and LYRASIS serves that role for the United States. For US participation details, visit the SCOAP3USA page on the LYRASIS website. To ensure that the SCOAP3 activities continue moving forward, US libraries are asked to confirm their participation with Ann Okerson at LYRASIS by mid–March. For further information, contact Julia Blixrud.

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OCUL’s Scholars Portal Certified as Trustworthy Digital Repository

The Center for Research Libraries (CRL) has designated the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) Scholars Portal as the first certified Trustworthy Digital Repository in Canada. OCUL, which has been acquiring and managing digital content since 2002, is committed to the long-term preservation of scholarly resources for the benefit of future students and researchers. CRL issued the certification—the only generally recognized certification for digital archives—following an audit of the Scholars Portal Journals repository conducted between January and July 2012. The CRL audit measured the compliance of Scholars Portal with internationally established criteria for trusted digital repositories, including the Trustworthy Repositories Audit & Certification: Criteria and Checklist1 (TRAC). For more details and a link to the final audit report, see the OCUL news release.

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Hiring the Next Wave of Multicultural Librarians

This National Journal article about recruiting minority librarians into the profession features ARL’s Diversity Programs and Director of Diversity & Leadership Programs Mark A. Puente. “For the librarian workforce to reach parity with the nation’s demographics…Puente stresses, ‘we would have to hire tens of thousands of librarians of color.’”

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ARL Position Description Bank Launches

The ARL Position Description (PD) Bank, developed by a team from the University of Florida Libraries and ARL, along with personnel officers from ARL member institutions, is now available to ARL members. This tool fosters the sharing of information through a browsable and searchable database for job descriptions and allows for the archiving of previous versions of descriptions. For the next six months, ARL will monitor usage, assess impact, and report to the Board of Directors in October 2013. For more information, see the ARL Position Description Bank announcement.

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Sustainability of Digitized Special Collections: ARL & Ithaka S+R Release Findings

On February 21, ARL and Ithaka S+R published Appraising our Digital Investment: Sustainability of Digitized Special Collections in ARL Libraries (PDF), a report on findings from an ARL-Ithaka S+R survey of ARL libraries on the range of activities and expenses that libraries undertake to support their digitized special collections. ARL and Ithaka S+R also presented the study findings in a March 7 webcast, the video of which is available on ARL’s YouTube channel. For more details about the report, see the ARL news release.

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Licensing E-Journal Bundles from Large Publishers: ARL Releases Pre-Pub

In January, ARL released a pre-publication version of an article on “The State of Large-Publisher Bundles in 2012,” which will be featured in the forthcoming Research Library Issues (RLI) no. 282 (Spring 2013). In this article, authors Karla Strieb and Julia Blixrud report on the results of a recent survey of journal licenses in ARL member libraries. The authors conclude that there are “ongoing strains in libraries’ relationships with publishers and in their ability to maintain electronic journal bundles in difficult financial times.” They found that journal collections have become smaller and more tailored, and that stronger licensing language is needed in the clauses that are most important to research libraries. The authors note that licenses need to allow libraries to: make new uses of the licensed content, share information with peers about licensing terms, and rest assured that licensed content will be available in the future. The final version of this article will be published in the spring, in the complete issue of RLI 282.

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Art & Artifact Management, SPEC Kit 333, Published by ARL

This ARL SPEC Kit explores the scale and scope of art and artifact materials held by ARL member libraries; which tools and techniques the libraries currently use to manage these collections; and whether there is evidence of a convergence of library, archive, and museum practices in the management of these collections. The SPEC Kit includes collection development policies, guidelines for arranging materials, and examples of how art and artifact collections are described. For more details and to order, see the SPEC Kit 333 news release.

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Better Serving the Needs of Chemists: Ithaka S+R Issues Report

With funding from JISC, Ithaka S+R researchers spent the last year interviewing chemists and science librarians across the UK, asking about their thoughts and experiences on everything from how they keep up with developments in their field and sharing and preserving their data, to reviewing the work of the students in their laboratories. In late February, Ithaka S+R released a report on the findings, Supporting the Changing Research Practices of Chemists. The report provides insights and recommendations, including specific concepts for new services. This is the second study by Ithaka S+R to understand the changing landscape of scholarly practices and to identify ways to more effectively serve faculty and their students across disciplines. A first report on historians was released in December 2012, and an additional study is underway in art history. For more details, see the Ithaka S+R news release.

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IMLS Releases Public Libraries in the US Survey FY 2010 Report

The Public Libraries in the United States Survey report published by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) analyzes data supplied annually by over 98% of public libraries across the country. This year’s report features nine performance indicators and examines differences in library service at the locality levels (city, suburb, town, rural and national). Nationally, public libraries have seen reductions in operating revenue, service hours, and staffing. Numbers for circulation, program attendance, and computer use continue to trend upward. For more information and to access the report and data, see the IMLS press release.

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CNI Resources

CNI’s 2012–2013 Program Plan, which was released in conjunction with CNI’s Fall Membership Meeting, is now available online. The document outlines CNI’s plans and priorities for the year.

Presentation materials from CNI’s Fall 2012 Membership Meeting are available on the meeting website. Several videos from the meeting are available on CNI’s video channels on YouTube and Vimeo.

Materials from the International Digital Curation Conference 2013 (IDCC13), “Infrastructure, Intelligence, Innovation: Driving the Data Science Agenda,” are on the meeting website. The event was organized by the Digital Curation Centre, UK, in partnership with CNI.

A report is now available from “Transforming Opportunities in Scholarly Discourse,” a July 2012 JISC/CNI meeting to explore developments in scholarly communications and their implications. Video clips of interviews with meeting participants are also on the JISC Inform website.

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ARL to Host National Digital Stewardship Resident: Apply by April 5

ARL has been selected as one of ten host institutions for the inaugural National Digital Stewardship Residency (NDSR) program, launched by the Library of Congress and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The NDSR program will enable ten recent graduates of master’s degree programs in relevant fields to complete a nine-month residency at various institutions in the Washington, DC, area. Beginning in September 2013, accepted residents will attend an intensive two-week digital stewardship workshop at the Library of Congress. Thereafter, residents will begin their experience at a host institution to work on significant digital stewardship projects. The resident selected to work with ARL will develop and promote policies and services to make digital assets of research libraries accessible. For more details and to apply by April 5, 2013, see the ARL news release.

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Sunshine Week Events Promote Open Government

March 11–16 is the 2013 Sunshine Week, an annual initiative of civil society organizations to promote and celebrate the values and benefits of open government, freedom of information, and public participation. Sunshine Week events are scheduled throughout the US, most of which are free and available via the web. On Friday, March 15, ARL is co-sponsoring the 2013 Sunshine Week conference co-hosted by and the First Amendment Center at the Newseum in Washington, DC. For details and to register, visit the website.

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ARL/MLA Diversity & Inclusion Initiative Call for Applications

ARL is now accepting applications for the ARL/Music Library Association (MLA) Diversity and Inclusion Initiative (DII). This scholarship program offers minority candidates an opportunity to pursue the MLIS degree while gaining valuable “hands-on” experience in a large academic music library environment. The ARL/MLA DII is funded by a Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and by ARL member libraries. The initiative’s goal is to increase the number of underrepresented racial/ethnic minorities within academic music librarianship by providing support for the graduate education and the practical experience critical for successful entrance into the profession. Students who have applied to or who are enrolled in an MLIS program with a concentration, certificate, or courses in music librarianship are eligible to apply for the ARL/MLA DII. ARL will accept applications on a rolling basis. For more details, see the ARL news release.

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Library Value Webcast Series Launched by ARL and LibValue Project

ARL is offering a series of six free webcasts in 2013 highlighting results from the LibValue project, a three-year study funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services to define and measure ways in which libraries create value through teaching and learning, research, and social, professional, and public engagement. The first webcast in this series was held on February 14 and discussed undergraduate student success; the video of the February 14 webcast is available on ARL’s YouTube channel. The next webcast in the series will be held on Thursday, March 21, and will feature the value of commons spaces. Later this spring and summer, four additional webcasts in the series will explore books and e-books, comprehensive approaches to defining library value, success in teaching and research, and digitized special collections. For more details and to register, see the announcement of the LibValue webcast series.

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Library Value: Conceptualizing, Capturing & Communicating Impact

Registration is now open for a workshop on library value, to be hosted by ARL on Monday, July 1, 2013, in conjunction with the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago. Megan Oakleaf, associate professor in the iSchool at Syracuse University, will lead the half-day event, “Library Value: Conceptualizing, Capturing & Communicating Impact.” Intended for librarians engaging an academic library value project, initiative, or research agenda, this half-day workshop will include mini-lectures, discussion, and hands-on activities to engage participants in answering four questions:

  • What is academic library value, when viewed through an institutional lens?

  • What library services, expertise, and resources have institutional value on your campus?

  • How can you capture evidence of that value?

  • What can you do with evidence of value once you have it? What decisions can you make? What actions can you take?

The registration deadline for this workshop is June 24, 2013. For more details, see the ARL news release.

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Effectively Using ARL Salary & Demographic Data: ARL to Present Webcasts

ARL is offering a series of four webcasts illustrating effective uses of data from the ARL Annual Salary Survey. The webcasts will address what data are available through ARL, how these data can be used locally to make a case for better salaries, how to develop equitable salary structures, and how to analyze demographic information and trends about aging and other characteristics. The first webcast in this series, introducing the ARL Annual Salary Survey, was held on March 5. The next three webcasts in the series will be held later this year. For more details and to register, see the announcement of the Effectively Using ARL Salary and Demographic Data webcast series.

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Cataloging Hidden Collections: CLIR Accepting Applications for 2013

Applications for the 2013 cycle of the Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives program are being accepted through 5:00 p.m. EDT on March 22, 2013. This program seeks to address the millions of uncataloged items held by libraries, archives, and cultural institutions by awarding grants for supporting innovative, efficient description of large volumes of material of high value to scholars. Most US–based nonprofit cultural heritage institutions are eligible for the program, and, beginning in 2013, Canadian cultural heritage institutions may participate as partners in US–led collaborative projects. The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) administers this program with the support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. For more details about the project and how to apply, visit the Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives website.

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Article-Level Metrics: COUNTER Seeks Feedback on Draft PIRUS Code of Practice

The Draft Release 1 of the PIRUS Code of Practice for recording and reporting usage at the individual article level is available for public comment until April 30, 2013. The PIRUS Code of Practice has been established as an outcome of the JISC–funded PIRUS (Publisher and Institutional Repository Usage Statistics) project, whose overall aim was to assess the feasibility of recording, reporting, and consolidating usage of individual journal articles hosted by publishers, aggregators, institutional repositories and subject repositories. PIRUS is consistent with the COUNTER Code of Practice and COUNTER will be responsible for its development, ongoing management, and implementation. For more details and to read and comment on the draft, visit the PIRUS page of the COUNTER website. Send comments on the draft to Peter Shepherd, COUNTER director.

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ARL Transitions

Arizona: Carla Stoffle announced that she will step down as dean of university libraries after 22 years in the position to join the faculty of the School of Information Resources and Library Sciences, effective July 1, 2013. For more information, see the University of Arizona Library news release.

Jennifer Paustenbaugh, photo from Oklahoma State University
Jennifer Paustenbaugh, BYU
image © Oklahoma State University

Brigham Young (BYU): Jennifer Paustenbaugh has been named university librarian effective March 25, 2013. She previously served as the associate dean of libraries for planning and assessment at Oklahoma State University.

California, Riverside (UCR): Steve Mandeville-Gamble was appointed university librarian on March 1, 2013. He succeeded Ruth Jackson, who retired on February 28, 2013. Mandeville-Gamble was formerly the associate university librarian at the George Washington University. For more details, see the Inside UCR article.

Louisiana State (LSU): Elaine Smyth, assistant dean of LSU Libraries, became interim dean on March 1, 2013. Jennifer Cargill retired as dean of libraries and the Kathleen and Joel Ory endowed professor on February 28, 2013. For more details, see the LSU news release.

Stony Brook: Daniel Kinney, associate director of libraries for resource management, was named interim dean of the Stony Brook University Libraries effective January 28, 2013. The former interim, Andrew White, accepted a new position as associate CIO for the health sciences at Stony Brook. For more details, see the announcement from Stony Brook.

Syracuse: Suzanne Thorin announced her decision to step down as dean of libraries and university librarian effective June 30, 2013. K. Matthew Dames, interim associate dean for research, collections, and scholarly communication and director of the copyright and information policy office, has been named interim dean-designate of the Syracuse University Libraries, effective July 1, 2013. For more information, see the Syracuse news release.

Wisconsin–Madison (UW): Ed Van Gemert was appointed vice provost for libraries and university librarian effective January 18, 2013. He served as interim director of the UW–Madison library system since December of 2011. For more information, see the UW Libraries news release.

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ARL Staff Transitions

Tiara Chaney rejoined the ARL staff as ARL Receptionist/Office Assistant effective January 2, 2013.

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Other Transitions

Digital Public Library of America: Dan Cohen has been named founding executive director, effective April 18, 2013. He is currently a tenured professor in the Department of History and Art History at George Mason University and the director of the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media. For more details, see the DPLA announcement.

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David S. Ferriero, Archivist of the United States, will receive an honorary degree from Duke University at the university’s commencement exercises on Sunday, May 12, 2013. For more details, see the Duke Today article.

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Service Quality Evaluation Academy Class of 2013

ARL and the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) are pleased to announce the participants in the 2013 Service Quality Evaluation Academy, being held March 11–15 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The academy is an intensive five-day program cosponsored by ARL and CARL that focuses on introductory qualitative and quantitative methods for collecting and analyzing library service quality data. It is designed for librarians across library types and organizational structures who have a strong commitment to service quality assessment efforts. For the 2013 class roster, see the ARL news release.

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Joseph A. Branin 1948–2012

Joe Branin, director of the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) Library in Saudi Arabia (2009–2012) died at the age of 65 on December 30, 2012, after a battle with cancer.

As the former director of the Ohio State University (OSU) Libraries, Branin led the $109 million renovation and expansion of the university’s highly acclaimed William Oxley Thompson Memorial Library as well as the creation of the Knowledge Bank. He was director of libraries at State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook from 1996 to 2000 and also held leadership positions at the University of Minnesota, the University of Georgia, and Kent State University.

Branin served on the ARL Board of Directors (2001–2004) and maintained extensive involvement in ARL’s committee structure, serving on the Research Collections Committee; the Preservation of Research Library Materials Committee; the Task Force on Collections and Access Issues; the Scholarly Communication Committee; the Future of Preservation in ARL Libraries Workshop Planning Task Force; and the Research, Teaching, and Learning Steering Committee.

As editor of College & Research Libraries, Branin advocated moving the journal to open access and worked with the ACRL staff in the transition to electronic publication. Branin’s work as editor is among his many significant service contributions and the quality of his editorship will be an enduring contribution to the discipline.

Branin received a bachelor’s in English literature at La Salle College in Philadelphia, and master’s degrees in English literature and library science at the University of Pittsburgh.

Donations in Branin’s memory can be made to the OSU Friends of the Libraries’ Designated Library Fund, fund #308498, for the Rare Books collection, either by mail, to the Ohio State University Foundation, 1480 West Lane Avenue, Columbus, OH 43221, or online at

For more information, see the OSU University Library news release.

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