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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Governance and Membership Activities

1. ARL Membership to Focus on Globalization, April 28–30, Seattle

2. M. Sue Baughman Appointed ARL Associate Deputy Executive Director

3. ARL Committee & Working Group Members Appointed

Influencing Public Policies

4. ARL, SPARC, ATA File Comments with OSTP for Extending Public Access to Federally Funded Research; Scholarly Publishing Roundtable Releases Report

5. ARL, EDUCAUSE, Internet2, ACUTA, NYSERNet File Comments with FCC on Network Neutrality

6. Secretary of State Clinton Announces Internet Freedom a Diplomatic Priority & Key Tool of 21st-Century Statecraft

7. US Lifts Ban on Foreign Scholars Habib & Ramadan

8. White House Issues Executive Order on Classified National Security Information

9. APLU to Expand Science & Math Teacher Education in Response to Obama “Educate to Innovate” Campaign

10. Science and Engineering Indicators Show Other Nations Catching Up with US

Reshaping Scholarly Communication

11. ARL-ACRL Institute on Scholarly Communication to Offer Webinar Series

12. SCOAP3 Needs Expression of Interest from US Libraries

13. David Carlson Elected Chair of SPARC Steering Committee

14. Optical Society of America Honored as Innovator in Scholarly Publishing

15. Cornell Enlists Research Community to Support arXiv

16. CRL Certifies Portico as Trustworthy Digital Repository

17. Consumer Magazine Publishers Make Exclusive Licensing Deal with EBSCO

Transforming Research Libraries

18. Horizon Report 2010 Identifies Technologies Likely to Impact Higher Ed

19. Library Responses to the Economy: CIBER & ALA Publish Survey Reports

20. CARL Releases Toolkit for Raising Awareness of Data Management Issues

21. Ithaka S+R Develops Tool to Address Preservation Concerns in Journal Weeding

22. How Students Seek Information: UW’s Project Information Literacy Releases Report

23. CNI Update

Diversity, Professional Workforce, and Leadership Development

24. Kent State to Host LCDP Feb. 16–20; Closing Ceremonies in DC June 26

25. Research Library Leadership Fellows Visit Boston College and U of Florida

26. Sixth Annual ARL Leadership Symposium Draws MLIS Students

27. ARL Programs Featured in JLA Special Issue on Leadership Development

Library Statistics and Assessment

28. ARL Annual Statistical Surveys Update

29. Research Library Leadership Fellows Engage ARL Library Profiles; Submission Deadline Jan. 31

30. ClimateQUAL™ Learning Community Update, Invitation to Join

31. Library Assessment Forum Presentations Online; Library Assessment Conference Proposals Due Feb. 15

32. LibQUAL+® Training Successful; LibQUAL+® Lite Dissertation Available

Other Items of Interest to ARL Directors

33. ARL Transitions

34. ARL Staff Transitions

35. Honors


GOVERNANCE AND MEMBERSHIP ACTIVITIES

1. ARL Membership to Focus on Globalization, April 28–30, Seattle

ARL President Brinley Franklin (Connecticut), will convene the 156th ARL Membership Meeting in Seattle on Wednesday, April 28, at 3:30 p.m. The meeting will adjourn at noon on Friday, April 30. The program theme is “Globalization of Higher Education and Research Libraries.” To provide a common thread to this complex set of issues, speakers are being asked to consider what kinds of relationships and collaborations will strengthen the ability of North American research libraries to deliver content and services to multi-country, virtual communities with global interests and constituencies. A general overview of the meeting is available on the ARL Web site http://www.arl.org/events/currentmm/. The meeting schedule and attendance questionnaire will be available in February. For details, contact Sarah Segura sarah@arl.org.

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2. M. Sue Baughman Appointed ARL Associate Deputy Executive Director

M. Sue Baughman, January 2010

ARL appointed M. Sue Baughman as Associate Deputy Executive Director. Baughman is currently Assistant Dean for Organizational Development at the University of Maryland, College Park. She will assume her role at ARL on March 29. The primary role of the Associate Deputy Executive Director is to promote and facilitate the strategic development of ARL policies and programs. For details, see the press release http://www.arl.org/news/pr/Baughman-27jan10.shtml.

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3. ARL Committee & Working Group Members Appointed

The ARL Executive Committee—Brinley Franklin, ARL President (Connecticut); Carol Mandel, ARL Vice President/President-Elect (New York); Tom Leonard, ARL Past President (California, Berkeley); and Charles B. Lowry, ex officio (ARL)—has appointed member representatives to serve on ARL committees and working groups that had openings. Carole Moore (Toronto) was named chair of the Reshaping Scholarly Communication Steering Committee, filling a position left open when Jim Neal's term concluded in December 2009. Moore will also serve as an ex-officio member of the ARL Board, along with Sarah Michalak (North Carolina at Chapel Hill), who chairs the Influencing Public Policies Steering Committee, and Barbara Dewey (Tennessee), who chairs the Transforming Research Libraries Steering Committee. An up-to-date roster of Board, committee, task force, and working group members is on the ARL Web site http://www.arl.org/arl/governance/cmte.shtml.

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INFLUENCING PUBLIC POLICIES

4. ARL, SPARC, ATA File Comments with OSTP for Extending Public Access to Federally Funded Research; Scholarly Publishing Roundtable Releases Report

In response to a request for comment, ARL, SPARC, the Alliance for Taxpayer Access (ATA), and many ARL member libraries filed comments with the US Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) supporting the extension of public access to federally funded research to all science and technology agencies. In its comments, ARL noted that “ARL supports enhanced access to federally funded research resources because such policies are integrally tied to and support the mission of higher education and scholarship.” ARL called for the Obama Administration to issue an Executive Order or work with congressional leaders on a legislative approach to “mandate that all grantees who receive federal funds from an agency be required to deposit either the final, published version of a peer-reviewed journal article or the final electronic manuscript of such an article in a publicly available digital repository. The role of the digital archive would be to provide long-term curation and access to this literature and to be interoperable with other digital archives and institutions. There should be no restrictions placed on use of this literature, on who is able to use these federally funded information resources, and the embargo period, if there is one, should be as short as possible.” ARL’s comments are available online http://www.arl.org/bm~doc/ostp-15jan2010.pdf.

SPARC, in its comments to OSTP, noted, “The US government funds tens of billions of dollars in basic and applied research each year, with the goals of speeding the pace of scientific discovery, fueling innovation, and—ultimately—improving the public good. Because US taxpayers underwrite this research, they have a right to expect that its dissemination and use will be maximized, and—in particular—that they themselves will have ready access to it. With the recent investment of more than $15 billion in additional funding for scientific research provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, it is more important than ever to ensure that the investment of this money, and the subsequent reporting on the return on its investment, is as transparent and accessible as possible to the American public.” SPARC’s comments are available online http://www.arl.org/sparc/advocacy/rfi_10-0119.shtml.

The Alliance for Taxpayer Access (ATA)—of which ARL is a member and which is administered by SPARC—is a coalition of advocacy, academic, research, and publishing organizations that supports open public access to the results of federally funded research. In its comments to OSTP, ATA stated, “As a practical way forward, the Alliance supports building upon the proven success of the public access policy implemented by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which requires recipients of NIH funding to deposit articles resulting from their funded research into the agency’s online repository, so that they may be made openly accessible to the public no later than 12 months after publication in a peer-reviewed journal.” ATA goes on to recommend seven specific components of an expanded public access policy. ATA’s comments are available online http://www.taxpayeraccess.org/issues/access/access_action/ata_ostp_10-0121.shtml.

Finally, the Report and Recommendations from the Scholarly Publishing Roundtable was released. Convened by the US House of Representatives Committee on Science and Technology, members of the roundtable were charged with examining the current state of scholarly publishing and developing consensus recommendations for expanding public access to the journal articles arising from research funded by federal agencies. The roundtable made several recommendations, the “core recommendation” being: “Each federal research funding agency should expeditiously but carefully develop and implement an explicit public access policy that brings about free public access to the results of the research that it funds as soon as possible after those results have been published in a peer‐reviewed journal.” In addition, the roundtable focused on the need for interoperability between digital archives, systems, and standards, and recommended that government policies foster innovation in the use of scholarly publications and address preservation issues. The report is freely available online http://www.aau.edu/policy/scholarly_publishing_roundtable.aspx?id=6894.

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5. ARL, EDUCAUSE, Internet2, ACUTA, NYSERNet File Comments with FCC on Network Neutrality

On January 14, ARL, EDUCAUSE, Internet2, ACUTA, and NYSERNet filed comments with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in support of preserving “network neutrality”—keeping the Internet open—which is a priority for the Obama Administration. In the filing, the organizations stated, “The Association of Research Libraries, EDUCAUSE, Internet2, NYSERNet, and ACUTA welcome this rulemaking to preserve the openness of the Internet. Higher education institutions and research libraries rely on the open Internet to provide access to a myriad of content, applications, and services. Not only is the open Internet important to higher education and research libraries from a practical standpoint, but the principle of openness is one that higher education and research libraries have long championed as fundamental to a free and educated society. ARL, EDUCAUSE, Internet2, NYSERNet, and ACUTA support the codification of the six principles outlined in the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) and urge the Commission to adopt clear, enforceable rules to preserve the openness of the Internet as soon as possible.” ARL, as a member of the Open Internet Coalition (OIC), also joined in OIC’s comments to the FCC. Both sets of comments are available via http://www.arl.org/pp/telecom/. For more information, please contact Brandon Butler, brandon@arl.org.

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6. Secretary of State Clinton Announces Internet Freedom a Diplomatic Priority & Key Tool of 21st-Century Statecraft

E-news Jan. 2010: Hillary Clinton

In a much anticipated and groundbreaking speech, Secretary of State Clinton announced that unrestricted use of the Internet is a top diplomatic priority for the Obama Administration, noting that such use plays an integral role in “21st-century statecraft.” Secretary Clinton said, "We stand for a single Internet where all of humanity has equal access to knowledge and ideas.…The freedom to connect is like the freedom of assembly, only in cyberspace….That’s why today I’m announcing that over the next year, we will work with partners in industry, academia, and nongovernmental organizations to establish a standing effort that will harness the power of connection technologies and apply them to our diplomatic goals. By relying on mobile phones, mapping applications, and other new tools, we can empower citizens and leverage our traditional diplomacy.” This announcement follows recent claims that China had interfered with the e-mail accounts of Google users in addition to censoring the Internet on an ongoing basis. The full text of Secretary Clinton’s speech is available via http://www.state.gov/statecraft/.

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7. US Lifts Ban on Foreign Scholars Habib & Ramadan

Secretary of State Clinton approved the reversal of Bush Administration policies that banned two foreign scholars from entering the United States due to alleged ties to terrorism; the State Department has now concluded that neither scholar represents a threat to the US. The scholars, Adam Habib of the University of Johannesburg in South Africa and Tariq Ramadan of Oxford University in England, may now apply for US visas. Both scholars had been denied visas in the past, requiring them to turn down requests for speaking engagements and preventing Ramadan from taking a tenured position at the University of Notre Dame. Many believed that the denial of visas was a form of censorship, as both scholars were critics of the US war with Iraq. For more information, see the State Department’s Daily Press Briefing, January 20, 2010, http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/dpb/2010/01/135454.htm.

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8. White House Issues Executive Order on Classified National Security Information

Following public input, an unusual approach relating to national security concerns, the White House released a new Executive Order on Classified National Security Information on December 29. A large and growing backlog of Federal records, some over 25 years old that were to be automatically declassified on December 31, 2009, led to the new Executive Order. New requirements in the Executive Order call for each executive branch agency that classifies information to perform “a comprehensive review” of its internal classification guides and “to identify classified information that no longer requires protection and can be declassified.” This constitutes a significant change in policy regarding classification of national security information and it is expected to lead to changes in government secrecy policies. In particular, this will lead to the declassification of and public access to over 400 million records by 2013. The Executive Order also establishes a National Declassification Center at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) to coordinate and promote changes to the declassification process. Importantly, the Executive Order promotes the principle that “no information may remain classified indefinitely.” The order is available on the White House Web site http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/executive-order-classified-national-security-information.

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9. APLU to Expand Science & Math Teacher Education in Response to Obama “Educate to Innovate” Campaign

The Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) has launched the Science and Mathematics Teacher Imperative (SMTI), which seeks to increase the “number and diversity of high-quality science and mathematics teachers we prepare, and to build better partnerships among universities, community colleges, school systems, state governments, business, and other stakeholders.” APLU launched SMTI in response to a new component of the “Educate to Innovate” campaign announced by President Obama that will now include partnerships with universities, companies, foundations, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies. For more information, see the APLU Web site http://www.aplu.org/NetCommunity/Page.aspx?pid=1436.

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10. Science and Engineering Indicators Show Other Nations Catching Up with US

The National Science Board recently released Science and Engineering Indicators 2010, a report that examines the "scope, quality, and vitality" of the nation's science and engineering enterprise and its position compared to that of other nations. One key conclusion of the report is that “in most broad aspects of S&T activities, the United States continues to maintain a position of leadership but has experienced a gradual erosion of its position in many specific areas. Two contributing developments are the rapid increase in a broad range of Asian S&T capabilities outside of Japan and the fruition of EU efforts to boost its relative competitiveness in R&D, innovation, and high technology.” Additionally, in regard to research outputs, “the number of research articles published in a set of international, peer-reviewed journals has grown from about 460,000 in 1988 to an estimated 760,000 in 2008. Researchers in the EU and the United States have long dominated world article production, but their combined world share of published articles decreased steadily from 69% in 1995 to 59% in 2008 as Asia’s output increased. In little more than a decade, Asia’s world article share expanded from 14% to 23%. The increase principally reflected China’s output volume, which expanded by about 14% annually over the period.” The report is available online http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/seind10/.

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RESHAPING SCHOLARLY COMMUNICATION

11. ARL-ACRL Institute on Scholarly Communication to Offer Webinar Series

The ARL-ACRL Institute on Scholarly Communication (ISC) will be offering an eight-part webinar series throughout 2010 to help libraries continue developing their scholarly communication programs. Targeted to individuals from institutions that have sent representatives to previous ISC events or are in the midst of creating their own institutional scholarly communication program, this series will provide an opportunity for participants to develop and build on a network of colleagues. The series will identify how local successes and activities can grow into a comprehensive program plan and strengthen local planning. Featured guest speakers will provide practical perspectives on emerging areas in scholarly communication. The webinars will be offered monthly to allow time for incorporation of ideas within local environments. Registration will be open for the entire series and for individual webinars in February. For more information, contact Julia Blixrud jblix@arl.org.

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12. SCOAP3 Needs Expression of Interest from US Libraries

SCOAP3—a new model for the open-access dissemination of high-energy physics literature—needs US institutions to sign an expression of interest to make a non-binding commitment of their current expenditures for the subscriptions to high-energy physics literature.

SCOAP3 is building on a long tradition of open access in the field of high-energy physics. The project has three main objectives: converting the literature of an entire field to open access, stimulating competition in scientific publishing by linking quality and price, and enabling considerable medium- and long-term savings. Other fields directly related to high-energy physics could rapidly follow the example of SCOAP3, and the project’s success could offer a potential model for additional fields as well.

Expected contributions from countries throughout the world have been calculated and publishers have indicated a willingness to enter into negotiations when a threshold of commitments has been reached. The total expenditure base in these expressions of interest will serve as an initial base from which a tender process will begin. By signing, a library or institution is not bound to the outcome of the negotiation, but will be allowing it to proceed. ARL and SPARC encourage their members to give this project serious consideration. Expressions of interest to join the SCOAP3 project can be made at http://tinyurl.com/scoap3us and a detailed FAQ is at http://www.arl.org/sparc/publications/papers/SCOAP3_09april.shtml. For more information, contact Julia Blixrud jblix@arl.org.

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13. David Carlson Elected Chair of SPARC Steering Committee

David H. Carlson, Dean of Library Affairs at Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC), has been elected to the position of Chair of the SPARC Steering Committee. Carlson has served as member of the committee, which provides strategic advice and guidance to the SPARC staff, since 2008. SPARC’s voting membership, which includes representatives from over 150 academic libraries in the US and Canada, also elected three individuals to serve on the Steering Committee for three-year terms beginning January 1, 2010: Maggie Farrell, University of Wyoming; Rick Luce, Emory University; and Lorraine Haricombe, University of Kansas. For more details, see the press release http://www.arl.org/sparc/media/10-0125.shtml.

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14. Optical Society of America Honored as Innovator in Scholarly Publishing

For serving as a shining example of community-driven creativity and innovation in scholarly communication, the Optical Society of America (OSA) has been named the first SPARC Innovator of 2010. With the launch of Optics Express in 1997, OSA created an open-access journal that has stood the test of time to become both a scientific and a financial success. The journal, now entering its second decade of publication, is consistently ranked among the top titles in its field. And Optics Express has proved to be such a successful financial venture that OSA is rolling out in 2010 three more publications that follow the same open-access business model. SPARC recognizes the team at OSA that brought Optics Express into existence and nurtured its growth and sustainability. For more information, see the press release http://www.arl.org/sparc/media/10-0114.shtml.

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15. Cornell Enlists Research Community to Support arXiv

Cornell University Library is seeking to broaden the funding base of and develop a sustainable business model for the arXiv e-print server, an open-access repository currently holding close to 600,000 papers in the fields of physics, mathematics, non-linear science, computer science, quantitative biology, and statistics. Costs for running arXiv have been borne primarily by Cornell University Library since 2001. Use of arXiv will remain free for readers and submitters, but the library has established a voluntary, collaborative business model to engage institutions that benefit most from arXiv. For more information, see the press release http://www.library.cornell.edu/node/1985, the business model whitepaper http://arxiv.org/help/support/whitepaper, and an FAQ http://arxiv.org/help/support/faq.

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16. CRL Certifies Portico as Trustworthy Digital Repository

The Center for Research Libraries (CRL) Certification Advisory Panel (CAP) has released a report certifying Portico as a trustworthy digital repository. Using criteria from Trustworthy Repositories Audit and Certification (TRAC) Criteria and Checklist, the panel conducted an audit of Portico’s services and operations and concluded that they conform to basic requirements. The audit is conducted with reference to generally accepted best practices in the management of digital systems, and with reference to the interests of CRL's community of research libraries and the practices and needs of scholarly researchers. The panel did identify some areas of concern, and Portico has agreed to disclose information to CRL periodically in order to ensure continued certification. The report is available on CRL's Web site http://www.crl.edu/archiving-preservation/digital-archives/certification-and-assessment-digital-repositories/portico.

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17. Consumer Magazine Publishers Make Exclusive Licensing Deal with EBSCO

Publishers of Time, Forbes, and other consumer magazines have reportedly signed exclusive licensing agreements with EBSCO. Gale issued an open letter to the library community expressing concerns about exclusivity, stating it had also bid for the content. ProQuest issued a statement that it, too, had pursued a non-exclusive agreement. For details, see ”EBSCO and Gale Trade Barbs over Exclusive Contracts and Rights to Distribution,” Library Journal, January 28, 2010, http://www.libraryjournal.com/article/CA6716858.html.

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TRANSFORMING RESEARCH LIBRARIES

18. Horizon Report 2010 Identifies Technologies Likely to Impact Higher Ed

E-news Jan. 2010: Horizon report

The New Media Consortium and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative have released the Horizon Report: 2010 Edition. The report describes key trends, critical challenges, and six technologies likely to impact “teaching, learning, or creative inquiry on college and university campuses within the next five years.” The emerging technologies identified in the report are mobile computing, open content, e-books, simple augmented reality, gesture-based computing, and visual data analysis. Released in draft form in fall 2009, the final report is now freely available at http://wp.nmc.org/horizon2010/.

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19. Library Responses to the Economy: CIBER & ALA Publish Survey Reports

Two recent reports provide quantitative data on the effects of the global economic downturn on libraries. Based on a Web-based survey of libraries, CIBER has released “The Economic Downturn and Libraries: Survey Findings.” The report, by David Nicholas and Ian Rowlands, presents findings on library budgets in various sectors, including the academy, and provides information on a variety of strategies for responding to the admittedly dismal situation. Loaded with graphics, the report considers issues relating to staff and collections as well as broader strategies aimed at capturing opportunities inherent in the situation. The report is available on the CIBER Web site http://www.ucl.ac.uk/infostudies/research/ciber/charleston-survey.pdf.

ALA has also released a freely available report, by Denise M. Davis, “The Condition of US Libraries: Trends, 1999–2009.” The report gathers regularly collected library statistics and presents shifts in the data over time. Due to reporting lags, little data reflecting responses to the economic situation are included, but the leading trends going into the crisis suggest the context in which institutions are attempting to respond. To view the report, visit http://www.ala.org/ala/research/initiatives/Condition%20of%20Libraries%201999.2009_all.pdf.

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20. CARL Releases Toolkit for Raising Awareness of Data Management Issues

The Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) has released “Research Data: Unseen Opportunities,” a toolkit for library leaders to use in raising awareness of data management issues. The document provides case studies and lays out arguments for research data management, sharing, and reuse in a Canadian context. The toolkit is freely available online http://www.carl-abrc.ca/about/working_groups/pdf/data_mgt_toolkit.pdf.

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21. Ithaka S+R Develops Tool to Address Preservation Concerns in Journal Weeding

Ithaka S+R has released a new “Print Collections Decision-Support Tool” to inform decisions about journal withdrawal when high-quality digital surrogates exist. This is a spreadsheet-based tool that analyzes JSTOR titles and assesses the existence of page-verified archives. The tool was created to help librarians “apply the logic of the What to Withdraw report,” which was disseminated by Ithaka S+R in September 2009. The tool and the report are available on the Ithaka Web site http://www.ithaka.org/ithaka-s-r/research/what-to-withdraw/print-collections-decision-support-tool.

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22. How Students Seek Information: UW’s Project Information Literacy Releases Report

A new paper from Project Information Literacy at the University of Washington, “How College Students Seek Information in the Digital Age,” reports on a study of over 2,000 students at three universities and three community colleges in five states. The study found that, although the students turned first to course readings and then to Google and Wikipedia, most students also used library resources, especially scholarly databases. Engagement with librarians was a very minor element in the students’ search strategies. Although there is a good deal of information on what resources students use, the report is probably most useful for offering insight into how students approach research, use resources, and manage course assignments. The paper is freely available online http://projectinfolit.org/pdfs/PIL_Fall2009_Year1Report_12_2009.pdf.

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23. CNI Update

A. Spring Membership Meeting, April 12–13, Baltimore; Project Briefing Proposals Due Feb. 19

Preparations are underway for the Spring 2010 CNI Membership Meeting, to be held April 12–13 in Baltimore, Maryland. The opening plenary will feature a panel exploring institutional implementation strategies for open-access mandates, and Liz Lyon of UKOLN will explore developments in science at Web scale in the closing plenary. Proposals for project briefing sessions to be presented at the meeting are being accepted through February 19; submit a proposal online from the meeting Web site http://www.cni.org/tfms/2010a.spring/ or by e-mail to Joan Lippincott joan@cni.org.

B. December CNI Conversations Audio Recording Available; Register for Feb. 10 Session

The audio archive of the December 22 CNI Conversations session is now available online http://conversations.cni.org. The discussion featured a recap of the recent CNI Membership Meeting by Executive Director Clifford Lynch and Associate Director Joan Lippincott (see also Cliff's meeting follow-up, posted to CNI-ANNOUNCE: https://mail2.cni.org/Lists/CNI-ANNOUNCE/Message/113446.html). Cliff also discussed the Fifth International Digital Curation Conference, as well as the NSF-funded workshop “Scholarly Evaluation Metrics: Opportunities and Challenges.” The next session of CNI Conversations will take place on Wednesday, February 10, 2010, 1:00–2:00 p.m. EST and is open to individuals at member institutions. If you are interested in participating in CNI Conversations, please contact Jackie Eudell jackie@cni.org. Audio recordings of CNI Conversations are available as an audio feed. To automatically receive the latest audio recordings of discussions on current topics between CNI Director Clifford Lynch and participants from member institutions and organizations, simply add http://conversations.cni.org/feed/ to iTunes or to any podcatcher.

C. Videos from Fall 2009 CNI Membership Meeting Online

E-news Jan. 2010: Cliff Lynch at Fall 2009 CNI MM
Clifford Lynch at Fall 2009 CNI Membership Meeting

Several sessions from CNI's Fall 2009 Membership Meeting were recorded and are now available online, including Clifford Lynch's opening plenary address in which he discussed the CNI 2009–10 Program Plan; the closing plenary address by Bernard Frischer, "Beyond Illustration: New Dimensions of 3D Modeling of Cultural Heritage Sites and Monuments"; and project briefings "Memento: Time Travel for the Web" (H. Van de Sompel, et al.) and "Interoperable Annotation" (R. Sanderson, H. Van de Sompel). All CNI-produced videos are available from the CNI channel at http://vimeo.com/channels/cni. Subscribe to the CNI video channel feed to receive automatic updates when new material is available http://vimeo.com/channels/cni/videos/rss.

D. New Publications

CNI Associate Executive Director Joan Lippincott has published two articles recently: "Information Commons: Meeting Millennials' Needs," in the Journal of Library Administration 50, no. 1 (January 2010): 27–37, http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/content~db=all~content=a918535669; and "Mobile Reference: What Are the Questions?" in The Reference Librarian 51, no. 1 (January 2010): 1–11, http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/content~db=all~content=a918041054. (Subscription or purchase required to view full text of either article.)

E. For the Latest from CNI

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

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DIVERSITY, PROFESSIONAL WORKFORCE, AND LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

24. Kent State to Host LCDP Feb. 16–20; Closing Ceremonies in DC June 26

ARL’s Leadership and Career Development Program (LCDP) is anticipating two events this winter and spring: an LCDP Institute on Scholarly Communication and Public Policy to be hosted by Kent State University on February 16–20 and the closing ceremonies for the 2009–10 LCDP class to be held in Washington DC on June 26. Faculty for the institute include Lee Van Orsdel, Grand Valley State University; Michael Furlough, Penn State University; Donna Ferullo, Purdue University; and ARL staff. Details about the closing ceremonies are forthcoming. For more information about the LCDP, visit the program’s Web site http://www.arl.org/diversity/lcdp/.

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25. Research Library Leadership Fellows Visit Boston College and U of Florida

The 2009–10 Research Library Leadership Fellows (RLLF) are being hosted by two ARL member institutions early this year: the Boston College Libraries hosted a “mini site visit” on January 15 and the University of Florida Libraries will host an institute on February 14–19. The Boston College visit included discussions with University Librarian Thomas Wall and a visit by Provost Cutberto Garza. The curriculum for the Florida institute includes presentations by Dean of University Libraries Judith Russell and university administrators on the topics of fund development and donor relations. An overview of the RLLF program as well as a complete list of the fellows is available on the program's Web site http://www.arl.org/leadership/rllf/.

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26. Sixth Annual ARL Leadership Symposium Draws MLIS Students

Over 70 MLIS students attended the Sixth Annual ARL Leadership Symposium held in Boston, January 14–17. Program participants included 17 ARL Career Enhancement Program fellows, 19 Diversity Scholars, and other MLIS students from the Boston area and throughout the Northeast. Symposium curriculum included presentations by ARL staff on the major strategic areas of the Association, as well as on developing job-search skills and on the evolving professional roles of library and information professionals in ARL libraries. More information about the annual Leadership Symposium and about ARL’s Diversity Programs participants can be found online http://www.arl.org/diversity/.

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27. ARL Programs Featured in JLA Special Issue on Leadership Development

E-news Jan. 2010: Journal of Library Administration
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The November–December 2009 issue of the Journal of Library Administration (JLA) is devoted to the topic of developing leaders for academic and special libraries, with several articles about ARL’s diversity and leadership programs. Martha Bedard (New Mexico) provides an introduction to this issue of JLA. DeEtta Jones Young and Duane E. Webster discuss the design and experiences of the ARL Research Library Leadership Fellows (RLLF) program, an executive leadership program that offers an opportunity for development of future senior-level leaders in large research libraries. Four past participants in the RLLF program (German, et al.) report on the results of a survey of past RLLF cohorts and the sponsoring ARL library directors to determine the impact and value of the program. Teresa Y. Neely reports on the results of a study to assess the effectiveness of ARL’s Leadership and Career Development Program (LCDP), a leadership training program for ARL librarians from traditionally underrepresented minority groups. Additional articles discuss the National Library of Medicine/Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (NLM/AAHSL) Leadership Fellows Program, the Peabody Academic Library Leadership Institute, leadership programs for law libraries, and the Special Libraries Association’s involvement in leadership development. For more information, see the JLA Web site http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/title~db=all~content=g917383882 (subscription or purchase required to view full text).

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LIBRARY STATISTICS AND ASSESSMENT

28. ARL Annual Statistical Surveys Update

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

  • ARL Annual Salary Survey 2009–10: Final tables are available online http://www.arl.org/stats/annualsurveys/salary/sal0910.shtml.
  • ARL Statistics, Academic Health Sciences, Academic Law 2008–09: Five institutions pending submission.
  • ARL Supplementary Statistics 2008–09: Five institutions pending submission.
  • ARL Preservation Statistics 2008–09: Sixty institutions pending submission.

All ARL institutions have access to all of the data as soon as they are submitted through the StatsQUAL® password-protected gateway at http://www.arlstatistics.org/. Primary contacts may add additional library staff members to the StatsQUAL® interface for wider accessibility to the data.

ARL encourages all primary Statistics contacts to add their library director to the StatsQUAL® system. In the coming weeks, we will be making available an interactive edition of the ARL Statistics that will have functionality similar to the that of the ARL Interactive Statistics Edition currently hosted at the University of Virginia. This new functionality will be available through the "Analytics" link on the ARL Statistics Web survey interface.

The ARL Statistics and SPEC Survey Liaisons convened in Boston on January 15. Discussion focused on the ARL Supplementary Statistics data collection and definitions and on the new variable collected this year--number of titles for the equivalent number of volumes that has historically been reported in the ARL Statistics. Both of these items need further elaboration and clarification and will be part of the ARL Statistics and Assessment Committee meeting agenda in April.

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

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29. Research Library Leadership Fellows Engage ARL Library Profiles; Submission Deadline Jan. 31

To date, over 80 ARL member libraries have submitted profile descriptions of their institutions; analysis is underway and expected to be completed in early 2010, with a final report available to ARL members at the April Membership Meeting in Seattle. A small group of Research Library Leadership Fellows has expressed interest in engaging the profile activity. ARL is currently working with the fellows to identify actionable items for the coming year that would promote this activity. The first step for the fellows is to work on crafting a profile for their library. Libraries that have not yet submitted profiles might consider engaging a staff member in a leadership position to take a similar role.

ARL encourages all member libraries that have not provided a profile to do so by the end of January if possible. Profiles will be accepted after that date but they will not be incorporated in the analysis to be available at the April Membership Meeting. The profiles are narrative descriptions that provide a qualitative perspective of the character of research libraries that is parallel to the quantitative view given by the annual ARL Statistics. The narratives will: (a) stand on their own as well as complement the quantitative annual statistics; (b) help ARL identify possible new descriptive variables for the annual statistics that represent today’s research library; and (c) help ARL explore testing and development of an alternative, multi-factor index measuring and assessing collections, services, and collaborative relations using new data elements identified in the profiling process. Regular presentations have been delivered during the ARL Membership Meetings to update members of progress in this area. The profiles and information about them are available online http://directors.arl.org/wiki/institution-profiles.

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30. ClimateQUAL™ Learning Community Update, Invitation to Join

The ClimateQUAL™ Learning Community—which is composed of those libraries that have implemented or are interested in implementing an internal staffing survey on organizational culture, climate, and diversity issues—convened on January 15 in Boston. The group reviewed plans regarding upcoming participation in ClimateQUAL™ and research questions to be explored in 2010. A rich exchange of ideas took place, spurred by presentations from the participating libraries bringing a variety of perspectives regarding organizational improvement strategies. The discussion continues on the ClimateQUAL™ blog http://blog.climatequal.org/ (login required). Institutions interested in joining the ClimateQUAL™ Learning Community are invited to e-mail climatequal@arl.org and to consider reserving the morning of Friday, June 25, 2010, for a ClimateQUAL™ meeting at the ALA Annual Conference in Washington DC. For more information, see http://www.climatequal.org/.

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31. Library Assessment Forum Presentations Online; Library Assessment Conference Proposals Due Feb. 15

The Library Assessment Forum held in Boston on January 15 featured a rich discussion related to the recent IMLS grant to study the value of academic libraries awarded to the University of Tennessee, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and ARL. Carol Tenopir, Principal Investigator, led a discussion of the research that has taken place to date and engaged the participants to shape the return-on-investment methodology with their input. Her presentation is available on the ARL Web site http://www.arl.org/bm~doc/libvaluemidwinter2010.ppt. The forum also included a presentation by Linda Plunket of Boston University regarding their efforts to create a culture of assessment; see http://www.arl.org/bm~doc/plunket2010.ppt. An update and community discussion about the 2010 Library Assessment Conference to be held October 25–27 in Baltimore, Maryland, highlighted the upcoming deadline for proposal submissions—February 15. To submit a proposal, visit the conference Web site http://www.libraryassessment.org/.

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32. LibQUAL+® Training Successful; LibQUAL+® Lite Dissertation Available

On January 18 in Boston, well-attended LibQUAL+® training events covered research, application, and best practices. The training covered features of the new LibQUAL+® Web site, including: improved capability for managing survey languages and implementing the survey in as many languages as an institution wishes to offer; a streamlined customization process that allows libraries to implement a shorter version of the survey known as LibQUAL+® Lite; and the availability of all of the LibQUAL+® notebook analyses to all participants for all implementation years. Also of interest: Martha Kyrillidou's PhD dissertation on LibQUAL+® Lite is now available through the IDEALS repository at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign http://www.ideals.illinois.edu/bitstream/handle/2142/14570/Kyrillidou_Martha.pdf?sequence=3 and has been featured among the top 10 downloads for January. For more information, see http://www.libqual.org/.

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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST TO ARL DIRECTORS

33. ARL Transitions

Brigham Young: H. Julene Butler was named University Librarian, effective January 14, 2010. She was formerly Associate University Librarian and Interim University Librarian. Her appointment as University Librarian followed the departure of Randy J. Olsen, who accepted the position of Director of Libraries in the Church History Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, effective January 4, 2010.

McGill: Janine Schmidt is retiring from the position of Trenholme Director of Libraries, effective January 31, 2010. Diane Koen, Associate Director, Planning and Resources, University Libraries, has been appointed Interim Director of Libraries, effective February 1, 2010.

National Agricultural Library: Simon Y. Liu has been named Director, effective February 14, 2010. He is currently an Associate Director of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and Director of NLM Computer and Communications Systems.

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34. ARL Staff Transitions

M. Sue Baughman was appointed Associate Deputy Executive Director, effective March 29, 2010. She is currently Assistant Dean for Organizational Development at the University of Maryland, College Park. See item #2 above for details.

Les Bland resigned as Statistics Liaison, effective February 8, 2010, to accept a position as an Intelligence Analyst in the Office of Outreach, Bureau of Intelligence and Research, US State Department.

In January 2010, Mary Jane Brooks was promoted to Assistant Executive Director for Finance and Administration and Kaylyn Groves was promoted to Communications Program Officer.

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35. Honors

Indiana Bloomington was selected by ACRL to receive the 2010 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award in the university category. The award recognizes the staff of a college, university, and community college library for programs that deliver exemplary services and resources to further the educational mission of the institution. Indiana Bloomington was noted for its commitment to implementing a wide range of changes to improve student learning. For more information, see http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/awards/excellenceacademic.cfm.

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1/29/10

Charles B. Lowry
Executive Director
clowry@arl.org

Kaylyn Groves
Communications Program Officer
kaylyn@arl.org

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