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E-News for ARL Directors

January 2012 E-News

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In This Issue

E-News for ARL Directors is a monthly publication highlighting the latest news and developments of interest to research library leaders. News from the ARL community and from the field calls attention to issues of strategic importance.

E-News is a collaboration of ARL program staff, compiled and edited by Charles B. Lowry, Kaylyn Groves, and Sue Baughman.

ARL Governance & Membership

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ARL, SPARC Strategic Actions

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Law & Policy

  • National Science Board Releases Report on Digital Data
    In late December, the National Science Board (NSB) released, Digital Research Data Sharing and Management, which builds upon several previous reports by the NSB and the National Research Council...

  • Supreme Court Ruling Affects Public Domain
    In a disappointing ruling, the US Supreme Court ruled in favor of the US Government in Golan v. Holder, a case that challenged the constitutionality of the Uruguay Round Agreements Act...

  • Groups Petition Supreme Court to Hear First Sale Appeal
    In a brief filed early this year, several public interest groups, including Public Knowledge and the Electronic Frontier Foundation, asked the US Supreme Court to hear an appeal of the recent decision in John Wiley & Sons Inc. v. Kirtsaeng...

  • Massive Online Protests Prompt Reset for Piracy Bills
    After unprecedented activism from online communities and websites such as Wikipedia, Google, and Reddit, two bills to ratchet up online copyright enforcement have been shelved indefinitely...

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From the Field

  • Researchers’ Boycott of Elsevier Gathers Momentum
    British mathematician Timothy Gowers stated publicly on his blog on January 21 that he was “refus[ing] to have anything to do with Elsevier journals from now on,” in protest of Elsevier’s business practices...

  • SCOAP3 Identifies Publishing Partners
    On January 20, the Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics (SCOAP3) announced several publishing partners who will participate in implementing the SCOAP3 open access initiative...

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ARL Membership to Convene May 2–4 in Chicago

ARL President Winston Tabb (Johns Hopkins), will convene the 160th ARL Membership Meeting in Chicago on Wednesday, May 2, at 3:30 p.m. The meeting will adjourn at noon on Friday, May 4. The Board of Directors and ARL committees will hold working sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 1 and 2, before the Membership Meeting. The meeting overview, schedule, and attendance questionnaire will be available in February. For details, contact Sue Baughman.

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ARL Committee & Working Group Members Appointed

The ARL Executive Committee—Winston Tabb, ARL President (Johns Hopkins); Wendy Pradt Lougee, ARL Vice President/President-Elect (Minnesota); Carol A. Mandel, ARL Past President (New York); and Charles B. Lowry, ex officio (ARL)—has appointed member representatives to serve on ARL committees and working groups that had openings. An up-to-date roster of Board, committee, task force, and working group members is on the ARL website.

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Reminder to ARL Members: Send ARL Your IP Ranges

IP access to the ARL Statistics Collection and ARL Annual Salary Survey Collection through the new ARL Digital Publications website is free to ARL member institutions as a benefit of membership. E-mail your library IP ranges to to set up access to these two collections today.

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ARL Releases Code of Best Practices in Fair Use

Code of Best Practices in Fair Use (cover)

On January 26, ARL released the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries, a clear and easy-to-use statement of fair and reasonable approaches to fair use developed by and for librarians who support academic inquiry and higher education. The Code was developed in partnership with the Center for Social Media and the Washington College of Law at American University and supported by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The Code addresses eight recurring scenarios in which librarians found a useful role for fair use:

  • Supporting teaching and learning with access to library materials via digital technologies
  • Using selections from collection materials to publicize a library’s activities, or to create physical and virtual exhibitions
  • Digitizing to preserve at-risk items
  • Creating digital collections of archival and special collections materials
  • Reproducing material for use by disabled students, faculty, staff, and other appropriate users
  • Maintaining the integrity of works deposited in institutional repositories
  • Creating databases to facilitate non-consumptive research uses (including search)
  • Collecting material posted on the web and making it available

For each situation, a Principle describes the general category of uses that librarians found to be fair, while Limitations describe the outer bounds of the principle, and Enhancements list measures that, although not required for a strong fair use case, are above-and-beyond to show good faith. Like other codes of best practices, the librarians’ code is not meant to be used as “guidelines”—it does not provide quantitative limits or maximums, but rather suggests ways of thinking through specific recurring issues to find answers tailored to each situation.

In upcoming weeks, members of the Code’s team of co-facilitators will be traveling to regional meetings around the country to help librarians, administrators, and counsel’s offices understand the best ways to make the Code a useful part of their workflows.

More information about the Code—including a downloadable PDF of the Code, a calendar of Code-related events, FAQs, videos, slideshows, and briefings—is available at

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ARL, SPARC, JHU Respond to White House RFIs on Public Access

ARL submitted responses to two recent requests for information (RFIs) from the White House on public access to the results of federally funded research: one RFI pertained to scholarly publications, the other concerned digital data. ARL collaborated with the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) Libraries and SPARC on the digital data RFI.

In submitting comments on the scholarly publications RFI, ARL noted that, “enhancing public access to federally funded research results is a priority for ARL and its member libraries because such policies are integrally tied to and support the mission of higher education and scholarship. ARL believes that extending and enhancing public access policies to federally funded research to other science and technology agencies will drive scientific discovery and innovation, and promote economic growth.” Read ARL’s response to the scholarly publications RFI.

In responding to the RFI on digital data, JHU/ARL/SPARC noted that, “the most effective Federal policies [for encouraging public access to and the preservation of broadly valuable data] would mandate digital data deposit into publicly accessible repositories. In the absence of such policies, there are already cases of digital data which have been lost or remain inaccessible or accessible only with high barriers. … The Federal policy framework should move public access to digital data away from the current idiosyncratic environment to a systematic approach that lowers barriers to data access, discovery, sharing and re-use.” Read the JHU/ARL/SPARC response to the digital data RFI.

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ARL, Other Groups Oppose Research Works Act

On January 24, ARL and nine other library and advocacy organizations voiced strong opposition to the Research Works Act, HR 3699, in a letter to the US House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. The legislation was introduced in the House in mid-December by Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and has been referred to the committee. The Research Works Act would roll back the NIH Public Access Policy and block the development of similar policies at other federal agencies. Essentially, the bill seeks to prohibit federal agencies from conditioning their grants to require that articles reporting on publicly funded research be made accessible to the public online. In a January 10 op-ed in the New York Times, “Research Bought, Then Paid For,” Public Library of Science co-founder Michael Eisen commented, “If the bill passes, to read the results of federally funded research, most Americans would have to buy access to individual articles at a cost of $15 or $30 apiece. In other words, taxpayers who already paid for the research would have to pay again to read the results.”

Download ARL’s letter to Congress, read Michael Eisen’s op-ed, or find more details about the legislation in the Library of Congress THOMAS database.

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SPARC Honors Michael Nielsen as Innovator in Open Science

Michael Nielsen, a 37-year-old, Australian quantum physicist, recently completed a 17-city tour in seven countries, promoting the open sharing of data and research to advance science. On top of that, he spent a month traveling to promote his new book, Reinventing Discovery: The New Era of Networked Science. His talk of changing the culture of science has drawn audiences beyond typical academics. Nielsen’s passion, credibility as a scientist, and knack for storytelling has helped propel the issue of open science into the mainstream. SPARC honored Nielsen as the January 2012 SPARC Innovator. For more details, see the SPARC news release.

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TRL Steering Committee Holds Planning Retreat

The ARL Transforming Research Libraries (TRL) Steering Committee convened in the Chicago O’Hare Airport for a one-day planning retreat on January 30. The meeting sharpened the committee’s focus on its current portfolio of activities and the ARL Strategic Plan, defining next steps for its work on the 21st-century research library workforce, collections, and e-research. For more information, contact Judy Ruttenberg.

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Emerging Roles Highlighted at ARL Leadership Symposium

Four outstanding speakers formed a panel on “emerging professional roles” at the Eighth Annual ARL Leadership Symposium, held in Dallas, January 19–22. Ameet Doshi (Georgia Tech), Marriane Stowell Bracke (Purdue), Sarah Shreeves (Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), and Alison Regan (Utah) spoke to a highly engaged group of symposium participants on user experience, integrating data services in subject liaison work, and trends and services in digital scholarship. The symposium also included presentations by ARL staff on the major strategic areas of the Association as well as a job-search skills workshop led by Brian Keith (Florida). Symposium participants included eight ARL Career Enhancement Program fellows, twelve ARL Diversity Scholars from the Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce, and many other MLIS students and new professionals from throughout the country. The event was generously underwritten by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), Innovative Interfaces, OCLC, EBSCO, and ARL member libraries. For more information about the ARL Leadership Symposium, visit the symposium website.

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E-Science Institute Capstone Events Conclude

The ARL/DLF E-Science Institute held its final two capstone events on January 9–12 in Phoenix, Arizona, and January 25–27 in Dallas. Nearly 70 ARL institutions have participated in the institute and drafted strategic agendas for the development of e-science and e-research services and infrastructure on their campuses. ARL and DLF will work to sustain the ongoing conversation and commitment of the institutions and individual participants as the strategic agendas and e-research services advance and new collaborations are developed. This work will include an assessment of the E-Science Institute, dialogue with ARL library directors whose institutions did or did not participate in the institute, and creation of a common set of tools in such areas as staff development and articulating the value proposition and business planning components of e-research services in the broader research enterprise. For more information about the E-Science Institute, visit the ARL website.

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ARL CEP Fellows Start Internships in ARL Libraries

2012 Career Enhancement Program (CEP) Fellows
ARL CEP Fellows, 2012
(with Mark A. Puente)
photo: Holly Kuper

Beginning in January, five ARL institutions are hosting MLIS students from traditionally underrepresented racial and ethnic minority groups as part of the ARL Career Enhancement Program (CEP). This competitive fellowship program, funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and ARL member libraries, provides MLIS students with a robust fellowship experience that includes a paid internship in an ARL member library, a mentor program, and support to attend the annual ARL Leadership Symposium held during the ALA Midwinter Meeting. The Career Enhancement Program reflects the commitment of ARL members to create a diverse research library community that will better meet the challenges of changing demographics in higher education and the emphasis on global perspectives in the academy. The 2012 ARL CEP Fellows are:

  • Lisa Hardman, University of Michigan (Hosted by Michigan)
  • Meredith (Molly) Higgins, University of Washington (Hosted by Washington)
  • Irlanda Jacinto, University of Arizona (Hosted by Arizona)
  • Axa Liauw, Rutgers University (Hosted by Columbia University)
  • Binwi Ngwa-Suh, University of Maryland (Hosted by National Library of Medicine)
  • Teresa Silva, Pratt Institute (Hosted by Columbia University)
  • Ayla Stein, University of Michigan (Hosted by Michigan)
  • Lindsay Wilson, University of Maryland (Hosted by National Library of Medicine)

For more information about the ARL Career Enhancement Program, visit the ARL website.

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ARL Research Library Leadership Fellows to Be Hosted by U of Miami

The University of Miami Libraries and University Librarian William Walker will host the ARL Research Library Leadership Fellows for the program’s third Strategic Issues Institute, February 13–17. The institute’s theme is “The Politics of Technology” and the agenda includes conversations with key University of Miami administrators, including Chief Information Officer Steve Cawley and Senior Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Education William Scott Green. The program includes a discussion of diversity in academe led by Vice President for Human Resources Nerissa Morris and ARL Executive Director Charles B. Lowry.

Upcoming events on the RLLF schedule include a site visit hosted by the University of Colorado Boulder Libraries in March, and visits to the libraries of the University of Illinois at Chicago and Northwestern University in conjunction with the ARL Membership Meeting in May.

For more information, visit the RLLF website.

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ARL Annual Statistical Surveys Update

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

  • ARL Annual Salary Survey 2011–2012: Final tables and publication are being prepared.
  • ARL Statistics, Academic Health Sciences Statistics, Academic Law Statistics, ARL Supplementary Statistics 2010–2011: Data are currently being collected and edited (79 libraries submitted data). All data are readily accessible by ARL member libraries via the “Analytics” tab and “Data Repository” link at (login required; your library’s primary ARL Statistics contact can approve your access to the system). Enhancement: The site’s directory of ARL Statistics contacts at member libraries is being enhanced to include links to key institutional information, such as organizational charts and strategic plans.

ARL Statistics and Assessment working groups are refining definition changes for the annual surveys. We expect the new survey forms to be available for public comment from March to early May and finalized at the ARL Membership Meeting in May. For more information about the annual surveys, contact Martha Kyrillidou.

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National Science Board Releases Report on Digital Data

National Science Board logo

In late December, the National Science Board (NSB) released, Digital Research Data Sharing and Management, which builds upon several previous reports by the NSB and the National Research Council. The NSB states that it, “believes that timely attention to digital research data sharing and management is fundamental to supporting U.S. science and engineering in the twenty-first century. This report recognizes the evolving role of data in science and society and strong and sustainable data sharing and management policies as a critical national need.” The report identifies a number of challenges and makes a series of recommendations. For example, recommendation 2 calls for NSF to “require grantees to make both the data and the methods and techniques used in the creation and analysis of the data accessible for the purposes of building upon or verifying figures, tables, findings, and conclusions in peer reviewed publications. Data should be shared using persistent electronic identifiers, which enable automatic attribution of authors and award funding.” Download the report from the NSF website.

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Supreme Court Ruling Affects Public Domain

In a disappointing ruling, the US Supreme Court ruled in favor of the US Government in Golan v. Holder, a case that challenged the constitutionality of the Uruguay Round Agreements Act. The Act restored copyright protection for foreign works that had previously been in the public domain in the US because the copyright owners had failed to comply with formalities such as notice, or because the US did not have copyright treaties in place with the country at the time the work was created (e.g., the Soviet Union). The US Supreme Court made clear that constitutional challenges against a copyright statute will not succeed so long as the provision does not have an unlimited term, and does not tread on the idea/expression dichotomy or the fair use doctrine. In June 2011, ALA, ARL, and ACRL joined an amicus brief written by the Electronic Frontier Foundation in support of reversal.

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Groups Petition Supreme Court to Hear First Sale Appeal

In a brief filed early this year, several public interest groups, including Public Knowledge and the Electronic Frontier Foundation, asked the US Supreme Court to hear an appeal of the recent decision in John Wiley & Sons Inc. v. Kirtsaeng. In Kirtsaeng, the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held that works manufactured outside the United States are not subject to the “first-sale” doctrine. First-sale allows lawful purchasers to re-sell or lend copyrighted works without the copyright holder’s permission. Libraries rely in part on this doctrine to protect their lending activities.

As past editions of the ARL E-News have highlighted, Kirtsaeng is one of a series of cases involving the first sale doctrine and works made abroad. In Costco v. Omega, the Ninth Circuit came to the same basic conclusion, but created an exception for works made abroad and imported with the authorization of the rights holder. Justice Kagan recused herself from the Omega decision (she had participated in the government’s brief supporting Omega in her role as Solicitor General), resulting in a 4-4 tie that left the issue unresolved for circuits other than the Ninth. The Kirtsaeng opinion does not recognize the Ninth Circuit’s exception, creating a split in the Circuits and presenting the Supreme Court with a chance to resolve the issue with all nine justices participating. It is widely believed that the Court will agree to review the case.

Read the non-profits’ petition for Supreme Court review on the Public Knowledge website.

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Massive Online Protests Prompt Reset for Piracy Bills

After unprecedented activism from online communities and websites such as Wikipedia, Google, and Reddit, two bills to ratchet up online copyright enforcement have been shelved indefinitely. The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) (in the US House) and the PROTECT-IP Act (PIPA) (in the US Senate) would have given the Justice Department the power to blacklist websites from the Internet, and would have given new powers to rights holders to cut off funding to alleged “rogue websites” dealing in infringing content and products. The library and higher education communities expressed significant concerns about both bills, and several ARL member libraries wrote their congressional representatives to share concerns. Both bills underwent significant modifications in the weeks and days leading up to their undoing, including offers to omit the site-blocking power entirely. Mid-January protests went forward anyway, however, and millions of users of popular sites were met with censored or completely blacked-out versions of their favorite webpages along with tools to contact Congress and oppose the bills.

In response to these protests and objections from public interest groups, technology companies, scholars, and the library community, leaders in the Senate cancelled a planned floor vote on PIPA, and the sponsor of SOPA in the House postponed markup of the bill indefinitely. Proponents of the bills are saying they welcome a more open discussion, but are signaling that some sort of measure to block or defund “rogue sites” is still a high priority. In the meantime, the slowed momentum of SOPA and PIPA may allow Congress to consider an alternative proposal, the OPEN Act, which critics of SOPA and PIPA have suggested may provide a less controversial way to address foreign-based websites that infringe copyright and trademark.

The Library Copyright Alliance—ALA, ARL, ACRL—has written several letters to congress on these issues:

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Researchers’ Boycott of Elsevier Gathers Momentum

British mathematician Timothy Gowers stated publicly on his blog on January 21 that he was “refus[ing] to have anything to do with Elsevier journals from now on,” in protest of Elsevier’s business practices. His public stand inspired fellow mathematician Tyler Neylon to start an online petition for Elsevier to “radically change how they operate.” To date, more than 3,500 researchers have signed the petition saying they will refrain from publishing, refereeing, and/or conducting editorial work for Elsevier journals. For more details, see:

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SCOAP3 Identifies Publishing Partners

On January 20, the Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics (SCOAP3) announced several publishing partners who will participate in implementing the SCOAP3 open access initiative. The partners have agreed to the key SCOAP3 principles:

  • SCOAP3 content will be made available open access in perpetuity, with wide re-use licenses.
  • Subscription fees to journals carrying SCOAP3 content will be reduced (or eliminated if the journals become entirely open access) to allow libraries to re-direct these funds to SCOAP3, and package prices will be adjusted accordingly.

The publishing partners include: American Physical Society, Elsevier, Europhysics Letters Association, Hindawi Publishing Corporation, Jagiellonian University, Nature Publishing Group, the Physical Society of Japan/Oxford University Press, SIGMA, SISSA, Società Italiana di Fisica, and Springer.

SCOAP3 will invite the publishers to tender, with contracts to be signed in 2012 and services beginning in January 2013.

For more information, visit the SCOAP3 website.

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Reconfiguring Service Delivery, SPEC Kit 327, Published by ARL

This new SPEC Kit by Kay Vyhnanek and Christy Zlatos (Washington State) investigates how ARL member libraries have reconfigured staffed service delivery points in the main library and in any branches that report to the main library. The survey used a case study approach to reveal developing patterns, unique applications, and anticipated changes in the physical or organizational arrangement of service delivery that may be widely adaptable in other libraries. The table of contents and executive summary are freely available online. For more details, see the ARL press release.

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RLI Focuses on New Approaches to Collections, Access

The December issue of Research Library Issues (RLI) features a speech on reframing thinking about collections presented by Tom Hickerson (Calgary), at the 2011 ARL-CNI Fall Forum. Also in this issue, Nicole Saylor and Jen Wolfe (Iowa) discuss crowdsourcing the transcription of Civil War diaries and letters and Sarah Laaker (Washington in St. Louis) analyzes the Washington University Libraries’ exploration of 24-hour access. The complete issue is freely available from ARL Digital Publications.

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ARL Annual Salary Survey 2010–2011 Published

The latest ARL Annual Salary Survey analyzes salary data for all professional staff working in 125 ARL member libraries during 2010–2011. Data are reported for 10,037 professional staff in the 115 university ARL libraries and for 3,709 professional staff in the 10 non-university ARL libraries. The median salary for US ARL university libraries in 2010 was $65,000, an increase of 1.5% over the 2009–2010 median salary of $64,069. This modest salary increase compared favorably to the severe economic contraction of the same period, when the US CPI rose just 1.2%. The experience of academic librarians in Canada was more favorable. While the Canadian CPI rose 1.8%, median salaries in Canadian university libraries increased 2.0%, from $80,654 to $82,251. Online access to the ARL Annual Salary Survey from 2005–2006 to the present is now available through ARL Digital Publications.

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ARL Statistics 2009–2010 Published

ARL Statistics 2009-2010 cover

ARL Statistics 2009–2010 is the latest in a series of annual publications that describe the collections, staffing, expenditures, and service activities of ARL member libraries. Of the 125 ARL member libraries in 2009–2010, 115 were university libraries (18 in Canada and 107 in the US); the remaining 10 were public, governmental, and nonprofit research libraries (2 in Canada, 8 in the US). The total library expenditures of all 125 member libraries in 2009–2010 was slightly more than $4.2 billion; of that total, roughly $3.2 billion was spent by the 115 university libraries and slightly more than $990 million by the 10 non-university libraries. Online access to the ARL Statistics from 2004–2005 to the present is now available through ARL Digital Publications.

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E-Resource Usage from Off-Campus Locations Soars According to MINES for Libraries®

ARL has published the final report of a ground-breaking study of the usage of electronic resources: MINES for Libraries®: Measuring the Impact of Networked Electronic Services and the Ontario Council of University Libraries' Scholar Portal, Final Report 2011. The study summarizes findings on 34,000 randomly captured uses of e-resources over a 12-month period from the 21 members of the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL). ARL worked collaboratively with OCUL’s Scholars Portal staff to implement a second iteration of the Measuring the Impact of Networked Electronic Services (MINES for Libraries®) methodology that captures data on library user demographics, the purpose of use, and the location of the user at point of use when accessing electronic resources and services. The results show the increasing value derived from the use of digital content, the emerging use of digital resources in the humanities, and the soaring use of electronic resources from off-campus locations. ARL implemented this methodology in collaboration with OCUL in 2004–2005 and again in 2010–2011. The latest summary report focuses on the 2010–2011 findings and provides a description of the major differences between the two implementations. Download the report.

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Library Assessment Conference 2010 Proceedings Now Available

ARL has published the proceedings of the 2010 Library Assessment Conference held in Baltimore. The conference brought together more than 460 participants from 46 US states, 8 Canadian provinces, and 12 countries outside North America. The attendees—representing libraries, associations, library systems, and vendors—enjoyed a robust program offering presentations from more than 60 papers, 80 posters, and two full-day and four half-day workshops. The proceedings include contributed papers as well as the keynotes. Download a PDF or order a print or CD-ROM copy of the proceedings, or download individual presentations from the conference website.

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Library Assessment Forum 2012 Presentations Now Online

The ARL Library Assessment Forum held in Dallas on January 20 featured several presentations about the Lib-Value project as well as an update on the upcoming Library Assessment Conference. PDF versions of each presentation are linked below:

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LibQUAL+® Training Presentations Available

Many of the presentations delivered at the LibQUAL+® Training Sessions in Dallas on January 23 are now available online. PDF versions are linked below:

LibQUAL+® is also offering a free webcast on Tuesday, February 14, 1:00-2:00 p.m. EST. For details and registration, see the news release.

Presentations and audio files from past training sessions are available on the LibQUAL+® website.

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ClimateQUAL® Partners Meeting Presentations Now Online

The following presentations from the ClimateQUAL® Partners meeting held in Dallas on January 20 are available from the ClimateQUAL® website:

Gearing Up: Survey Configuration, Security, and Participation

  • ClimateQUAL@UNCG, Kathy Crowe (North Carolina at Greensboro)

  • WHY ClimateQUAL? Texas A&M’s Diversity Plan: Accountability, Climate, Equity, Michael Maciel (Texas A&M)

Moving the Organization Forward: Interpretation and Improvement Strategies

  • ClimateQUAL Results: Informing Our Strategic Planning, Meredith Taylor (Texas)

  • Using ClimateQUAL to Move the Organization Forward, Janice Welburn (Marquette)

ClimateQUAL® Latest Research

  • Subcultures and Values in Academic Libraries—What Does ClimateQUAL® Research Tell Us?, Charles B. Lowry (ARL)

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CNI Fall 2011 Membership Meeting Proceedings Available

Materials from CNI’s December 2011 Membership Meeting available online include videos of the opening plenary by Clifford Lynch and the closing plenary by William Michener; podcast interviews from EDUCAUSE; and project briefing presentation materials. The materials are accessible via the CNI website.

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CNI Conversations Cover Large Datasets, Identity, New Digital Scholarship

In the January CNI Conversations podcast, CNI Director Clifford Lynch provides a roundup of reports and events related to large datasets, identity, and new digital scholarship. Associate Director Joan Lippincott discusses digital humanities, teaching, and learning. For more details and to listen to the podcast, visit the CNI Conversations website.

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RIN Reports on Researcher Behavior in Physical Sciences

The Research Information Network (RIN) in the UK—along with the Institute of Physics, Institute of Physics Publishing, and Royal Astronomical Society—has published a set of case studies that analyze how researchers in the physical sciences discover, use, create, and manage their information resources. This project follows the previous RIN case studies in the life sciences and the humanities. The report finds that information practices in the physical sciences are highly discipline-specific. Researchers in the physical sciences only adopt new technologies if they “make life noticeably better.” The study notes a significant “difference between the complex approaches to computation in many disciplines, and the simple approaches to information management.” Download the report from the RIN website.

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PEER Publishes Economics Report on Effects of Open Access

Publishing and the Ecology of European Research (PEER) has published its final Economics Report, which investigates the effects of large-scale, systematic depositing of final peer-reviewed manuscripts (green open access or stage-two research output) on scholarly research publication and dissemination.

The PEER Economics Research Team headed by Professor Paola Dubini, ASK Research Center, Bocconi University, Milan, Italy, began the study with an analysis of the interaction between publishers and institutions managing repositories. The report includes: a comparison of cost structures for publishers and repositories; the identification of “make or buy” decisions available to publishers and repositories and how these affect cost structures; and a description of how the ecology of scholarly publishing exhibits characteristics of multi-sided market competition in which sustainability and competition for resources and reputation affects open access journals, repositories, and subscription-based publishers.

Download the final report from the PEER website.

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OCLC Research Releases Part 2 of Social Metadata Study

Social Metadata for Libraries, Archives, and Museums, Part 2: Survey Analysis—the second of three OCLC Research reports about social metadata—analyzes the results of a survey that focused on the motivations for creating a website, moderation policies, staffing and site management, technologies used, and criteria for assessing success. The survey was conducted in the fall of 2009, when over 70 percent of the responding sites had been offering social media features for two years or less. The success criteria most frequently used by respondents was “engaging new or existing audiences,” and the vast majority of respondents considered their sites to be successful.

The forthcoming third report will provide recommendations on social metadata features most relevant to libraries, archives, and museums as well as the factors contributing to success.

For more details about the study and to download the reports, visit the OCLC Research website.

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SPARC Open Access Meeting 2012

John Wilbanks, Bernadette Gray-Little to Speak at SPARC Open Access Meeting

At the upcoming SPARC Open Access Meeting, John Wilbanks, Fellow of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and recent Vice President of Science at Creative Commons, will deliver the opening keynote address. Bernadette Gray-Little, Chancellor of the first public US university to adopt a campus-wide open-access mandate, the University of Kansas, will be the feature speaker in the meeting’s opening ceremony. The meeting—which will showcase thought-leaders, publishers, faculty, technologists, and librarians—is expected to draw attention from policy makers on campus, as well as at the federal and international levels. The event is set for the Kansas City Intercontinental Hotel, March 12–13, 2012. For more details and to register, visit the meeting website.

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ARL Statistics & Assessment Webcast Series

Registration is open for the 2012 ARL Statistics & Assessment Webcast Series, a set of free workshops designed to provide potential and current participants with vital information on the StatsQUAL® tools. Each workshop covers a variety of topics including the strategic aspects of a specific tool, the tool’s development, objectives and goals for its implementation, promoting its purpose, analyzing results, and creating improvement strategies. This series of workshops highlights the impact of these tools in individual libraries as well as the tools’ transformative agency in an environment where libraries are asked to demonstrate their value in new and innovative ways. Guest speakers and key members of each tool’s support team will host the webcasts, while providing first-hand context. A Q&A session will close each event. The first webcast in the series, to be held Tuesday, February 14, 1:00–2:00 p.m. eastern time, will cover LibQUAL+®. For more information and registration, see the ARL news release.

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Advanced XML: Further Adventures with XSLT

ARL and the Digital Library Federation are offering an in-depth workshop on using XSLT (Extensible Stylesheet Language Transformations) in digital library projects. Taught by experienced XML/XSLT instructors and developers Matthew Gibson and Christine Ruotolo of the University of Virginia, the workshop will be held April 9–11, 2012, in Gainesville, Florida. The workshop will be a mix of lecture and hands-on demonstration and experimentation. For more information and registration, see the ARL news release.

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Call for Proposals: Library Assessment Conference 2012

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

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Call for Project Briefing Proposals: CNI Spring 2012 Membership Meeting

CNI is accepting proposals for project briefings at the upcoming CNI Membership Meeting. Project briefings are one-hour breakout sessions that focus on a specific institutional project related to networked information or a discussion of a hot topic. The Spring 2012 CNI Membership Meeting will be held April 2–3 in Baltimore, Maryland. Proposals are due by Friday, February 17. For more details and to submit a proposal, visit the CNI website.

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ARL Transitions

Purdue: James Mullins, Dean of Libraries and Professor of Library Science, has been named the Esther Ellis Norton Professor of Library Science, effective December 17, 2011. For more information, see the Purdue news release.

Rochester: Mary Ann Mavrinac, Chief Librarian at University of Toronto’s Mississauga campus, has been appointed Vice Provost and Andrew H. and Janet Dayton Neilly Dean of River Campus Libraries at University of Rochester, effective June 1, 2012. For more details, see the Rochester news release.

Southern California: Catherine Quinlan, Dean of Libraries, has been named the first holder of the Valerie and Ronald Sugar Dean’s Chair of USC Libraries, effective January 25, 2012. For more information, see the USC news release.

Texas A&M: David H. Carlson, Dean of Library Affairs, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, has been appointed Dean of University Libraries at Texas A&M, effective July 1, 2012. For more details, see the TAMUtimes article.

Wisconsin–Madison: Ken Frazier retired after 19 years as Director of the General Library System, effective December 2011. Ed Van Gemert, Deputy Director, has been named Interim Director, effective January 1, 2012. For more information, see the university's news release.

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Other Transitions

National Humanities Alliance (NHA): Jessica Jones Irons is stepping down as Executive Director to relocate to the New York City area with her family. Duane Webster, ARL Executive Director Emeritus, has been appointed NHA Interim Director, effective February 1, 2012. For more information, contact Erin Smith Mosley.

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Paula T. Kaufman, Dean of Libraries and University Librarian, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has been named the 2012 Association of College and Research Libraries’ (ACRL) Academic/Research Librarian of the Year. The award recognizes an outstanding member of the library profession who has made a significant national or international contribution to academic/research librarianship and library development. For more details, see the ALA press release.

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Associate Deputy Executive Director

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