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E-News for ARL Directors

July–August 2012 E-News

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In This Issue

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

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

ARL Governance & Membership

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ARL, CNI, SPARC Strategic Actions

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Law & Policy

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From the Field

  • Graduate Education Reform: Survey Participation Requested
    With support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Scholarly Communication Institute (SCI) at the University of Virginia Library is conducting a broad study to help move conversations about humanities graduate training from anecdote to data...

  • U Calgary Partners with NY Times on Serendipitous Browsing
    The research and development team at the New York Times has enlisted the University of Calgary as a partner in the quest for providing a serendipitous browsing experience for online readers of the Sunday Book Review...

  • SCOAP3 Tendering Process Completed
    On behalf of the Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics (SCOAP3), CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research) conducted the tender process to leading publishers of high-quality peer-reviewed journals...

  • European Library Launches Portal to Major Collections
    Researchers worldwide now have online access to the collections of national and university libraries from 46 European countries via the new European Library portal...

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  • ARL Transitions
    Laval; Nebraska–Lincoln...

  • Other Transitions
    LIBER; National Council on the Humanities; National Humanities Alliance...

  • Grants
    North Carolina State University Libraries...

  • Honors
    Winston Tabb; Ohio State University Library; ARL Diversity Scholars; Paul Evan Peters Fellowship...

  • Memorial
    Russell Shank, 1925–2012...

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ARL Membership to Meet Oct. 10–11: RSVP by Sept. 14

The 161st ARL Membership Meeting will convene at the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel in Washington, DC, on Wednesday, October 10, at 1:30 p.m. The Business Meeting will be held on Thursday, October 11, 8:30–10:30 a.m. ARL member representatives and invited guests are asked to RSVP to ARL and reserve hotel rooms by September 14. For details—including a preliminary schedule—and to RSVP, visit the meeting website.

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ARL Forum on 21st-Century Workforce to Convene Oct. 11–12

ARL will host a forum on the “Library Workforce for 21st-Century Research Libraries” on October 11–12 in Washington, DC, immediately following the ARL Membership Meeting. The forum is open to all. For more details and to register, visit the forum website.

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ARL Board Meets, Takes Action

The ARL Board of Directors convened in Washington, DC, in late July to consider ARL’s financial strategy for 2013 and to conduct other business of the Association. The Board approved a revised name and charge for the E-Science Working Group to reflect a broader emphasis on e-research across the sciences, social sciences, and humanities disciplines; the group is now the E-Research Working Group. Other actions of the Board included:

For more information about the Board actions, contact Sue Baughman.

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Project MUSE/UPCC E-Book Collections Special Offer Deadline Nears

ARL members are reminded that the deadline for the Project MUSE/UPCC E-Book Collections Special Offer is Friday, August 31, 2012. This offer is the result of the ARL agreement designating LYRASIS as an agent to negotiate licenses for online content on behalf of interested ARL member libraries. The goals of the licensing initiative are to influence the marketplace regarding licensing rights, technical specifications, and business terms that meet the needs of research libraries in the emerging e-book market. Moreover, the license is available to other academic libraries with whom ARL members have established consortial relations.

ARL members also should be aware that Project MUSE is working to resolve some specific issues for the coming 2013 product. Project MUSE expects to integrate the e-books into vendor approval plans, provide single-title purchase, and develop an arrangement for a short-term lending/access option to address ILL concerns. MUSE has just announced an agreement with Portico to preserve the content of the e-book collection. For further information, contact Celeste Feather.

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Library Investment Index Summarizes Relative Size of ARL University Libraries

ARL has released the Library Investment Index for 2010–2011, the latest in this annual summary measure of the relative size of the university library members of the Association. Beginning with data for 2005–2006, this index replaces the public availability of the ARL Membership Criteria Index. The Library Investment Index is highly correlated with the Membership Criteria Index and less affected by changes in the collections variables. Neither index attempts to measure a library's services, quality of collections, or success in meeting the needs of users. The Library Investment Index has been calculated retrospectively beginning with data from 2002–2003. For more information about the index and to download the latest data, visit the ARL website.

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LCA, EFF Defend Google Book Search in Amicus Brief

On August 1, ARL joined the other members of the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA)—ALA and ACRL—as well as the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) in filing a friend-of-the-court brief (PDF) in Authors Guild v. Google, Inc. The Authors Guild alleges that Google violated copyright by scanning books to create Google Book Search (GBS), a search tool similar to Google’s Internet search engine. The LCA/EFF brief defends GBS as permissible under the doctrine of fair use, a flexible right that allows copying without payment or permission when the public benefit strongly outweighs the harm to individual rights holders.

The LCA/EFF brief argues that Google Book Search is tremendously beneficial to the public, that this public benefit tilts the analysis firmly in favor of fair use, that a legislative “fix” is both unnecessary and unworkable, and that the Authors Guild should not be permitted to shut down Google Book Search after encouraging public reliance on the tool for years. By mid–August the Authors Guild filed a motion to deny the amicus and the LCA and EFF responded. Judge Denny Chen quickly issued an order accepting the filing of the LCA/EFF brief.

The members of LCA have a long-held commitment to supporting libraries’ interest in the Google Book Search litigation, including the proposed (and now rejected) settlement agreement. For more information, including past guides to understanding the settlement, see the ALA Washington Office GBS blog and the ARL Google Books resource page.

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LCA Supports Lending Rights in First-Sale Case

In July, ARL joined ALA and ACRL, who all work collectively as the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA), in filing an amicus curiae brief (PDF) with the US Supreme Court in support of petitioner Supap Kirtsaeng in the case Kirtsaeng v. Wiley & Sons. Wiley, a publisher of textbooks and other materials, claims that Kirtsaeng infringed its copyrights by re-selling in the US cheaper foreign editions of Wiley textbooks that Kirtsaeng’s family lawfully purchased abroad. The LCA believes that an adverse decision in this case could affect libraries’ right to lend books and other materials manufactured abroad. In its friend-of-the-court brief, the LCA asks the Supreme Court to reverse the Second Circuit ruling and apply the first-sale doctrine to all copies manufactured with the lawful authorization of the holder of a work’s US copyright. Winston Tabb, ARL President and the Sheridan Dean of University Libraries and Museums at the Johns Hopkins University said, “[L]ibraries are standing up for common sense as well as their own rights and the rights of their patrons.” He stated, “It simply makes no sense that the law would treat lawful owners of legitimate copies differently depending on where their copies were printed. Why would Congress impose this arbitrary limit on the fundamental rights of libraries and our patrons—to reward publishers who send printing jobs overseas?” For more information, see the LCA press release.

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LCA, EFF File Second Amicus Brief in Authors Guild v. HathiTrust

On July 6, the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA)—ALA, ARL, ACRL—and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed a friend-of-the-court brief (PDF) in Authors Guild v. HathiTrust, urging a federal court to find that the fair use doctrine permitted the creation of a valuable digital library. The brief argues four main points:

  • The HathiTrust Digital Library (HDL) is serving the public interest.

  • The HDL’s tremendous public benefit tilts the analysis firmly in favor of fair use.

  • A legislative "fix" is both unnecessary and unworkable.

  • The plaintiffs helped foster public reliance on the HathiTrust project, which the public should not be deprived of now.

LCA members have filed in this case to defend the rights of all libraries, as well as the extraordinary value of the HathiTrust collection. This amicus brief follows a previous brief (PDF) submitted by members of the LCA on April 20, 2012.

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LCA Advocates for Copyright Exceptions at WIPO

In July at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) 24th Copyright and Related Rights Standing Committee session, the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA)—ALA, ARL, ACRL—was represented by international copyright advocate and librarian Lori Driscoll. She carried the message that copyright exceptions for libraries ensure a vibrant arena for the creation and use of creative works as well as the advancement of learning. Throughout the WIPO deliberations, Driscoll worked closely with members of IFLA and with other library advocates. WIPO, known for its pro-rightsholder inclination, devoted more than half of its program to advance balanced international copyright law by discussing exceptions and limitations for libraries, education, and for people with print disabilities. Because US copyright law is one of the most flexible copyright laws in the world, member nations of WIPO were eager to hear from US libraries about their experiences. For more details and to download Driscoll’s statement, see the July 19 District Dispatch blog entry.

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ARL Joins ACE, Others in Affirmative Action Amicus before US Supreme Court

ARL joined the American Council on Education (ACE) and 38 other higher education associations in an amicus brief (PDF) to the US Supreme Court in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, supporting the University of Texas (UT) concerning affirmative action. ACE urged the court to reaffirm the constitutionality of the university’s use of race and ethnicity in its admissions process. ACE argues that UT’s narrowly tailored admissions plan is part of a “holistic” applicant-by-applicant review designed to achieve the educational benefits that result from a diverse student body. Previously, UT’s admissions plan has been upheld by lower courts and the ACE brief urges the Supreme Court to follow its ruling in the 2003 University of Michigan affirmative action case, Grutter v. Bollinger. Central to Grutter is the holding that universities can consider race or ethnicity as a “plus” factor in the context of individualized consideration of each and every applicant. The brief concludes that, “This Court should affirm the Court of Appeals, reaffirm Grutter, and protect colleges’ and universities’ freedom to pursue their respective missions.” For more information, see the ACE press release.

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ARL Joins 3,000 Others in Response to Upcoming US Budget Cuts

ARL joined nearly 3,000 organizations and institutions in a letter (PDF) urging US policymakers to avoid sequestration and find a balanced approach to deficit reduction that includes no further cuts to the nondefense discretionary (NDD) portion of the federal budget. The proposed sequestration will have devastating effects on such areas as education, science and medical research, public safety, social services, and natural and cultural resources. Signatories to the letter noted that “NDD programs support our economy, drive our global competitiveness, and provide an environment where all Americans may lead healthy, productive lives. Only a balanced approach to deficit reduction can restore fiscal stability, and NDD has done its part.”

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ARL Supports Bill to Increase Congressional Transparency

In July, ARL joined many open-government groups in support of the Congressional Research Service Electronic Accessibility Resolution of 2012 (H.R. 727). Reps. Mike Quigley (D-IL) and Leonard Lance (R-NJ) introduced this legislation to increase transparency and access to Congressional Research Service (CRS) reports. “The Congressional Research Service is invaluable to lawmakers, who rely on its non-partisan work to help inform the policy decisions we make every day,” said Congressman Mike Quigley. “Their policy reports are funded by American taxpayers and should be accessible to American taxpayers. This legislation will put more power in the hands of the public and increase transparency, so that every day citizens can continue being the government’s best watchdog.” The resolution calls for the CRS reports, which are routinely cited by members of Congress, the media and others, to be publicly available on a website maintained by the House Clerk. For more information, see the Sunlight Foundation July 10 blog post about the bill.

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SPARC, ATA Urge White House to Expand Public Access

SPARC and the Alliance for Taxpayer Access (ATA), of which ARL is a member, sent a letter to President Obama asking his administration to expand public access policies in the US to keep pace with Europe. The letter states that public access is quickly becoming the “default mode” for countries that want to remain competitive. SPARC and ATA urge the administration to act on the recent “We the People” petition calling for the expansion of the successful NIH public access policy to all other US federal science agencies. Download the letter (PDF) from the SPARC website.

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SPARC Honors World Bank for Open-Access Policies

First, the World Bank made its data freely available. Then, it launched its Open Knowledge Repository and began using Creative Commons licenses. On July 1, it implemented a new open-access policy for all of its research outputs and knowledge products. For being a pioneer in sharing research on such a global scale, SPARC recognized the World Bank as its June 2012 SPARC Innovator. For more details, see the SPARC news release.

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SPARC Europe Responds to Finch Report on Open Access

SPARC Europe has issued a detailed response to the recent report of the UK Working Group on Expanding Access to Published Research Findings, known as the Finch report because the working group was chaired by Dame Janet Finch. SPARC Europe “welcomes the UK Government’s positive interest in open access” and is “pleased that the issue has gained recognition for its importance and the benefits it can bring.” However, SPARC Europe has “some serious concerns about the conclusions and the direction that the report recommends,” as well as questioning some of the data on which the report is based. Read the complete response on the SPARC Europe website.

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Leadership and Career Development Program 2011–2012 Holds Closing Ceremonies

The 2011–2012 class of ARL Leadership and Career Development Program (LCDP) Fellows participated in closing ceremonies for their class during the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim in June. The event included a poster session in which LCDP Fellows presented results of the research projects they completed during the course of the 18-month fellowship. The closing ceremonies were attended by numerous ARL library directors, many of them career coaches for LCDP Fellows—a formal component of this professional development program that prepares mid-career librarians from racial and ethnic minority groups to take on increasingly demanding leadership roles in ARL libraries.

A call for applications for the next iteration of the ARL LCDP will be released in early September 2012. For more information about the LCDP and the 2011–2012 Fellows, visit the LCDP website.

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Research Library Leadership Fellows Visit Dartmouth

In July, the Dartmouth College Library and its director, Jeffrey Horrell, hosted a two-day site visit for the ARL Research Library Leadership Fellows (RLLF). The event focused on institutional planning and featured several provocative sessions on such topics as the library’s role in campus-wide strategic planning, budget planning and investment, and innovation and change. The group attended presentations by Dartmouth College President Carol Folt, who served as Provost and Chair of the Strategic Planning Leadership Committee for the college, and Steve Kadish, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Dartmouth. A highlight of the visit was a session presented by noted author, Ron Adner. Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, who exposed the Fellows to new models for approaching innovation in the library context.

The 2011–2012 RLLF Fellows will conclude their program this October during the ARL Membership Meeting. For more information about this executive leadership program for developing senior-level leaders of large research libraries, visit the RLLF website.

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ClimateQUAL® Update

Service Improvements

The ARL Statistics and Assessment program recently completed the process of housing the entire ClimateQUAL® service—survey administration, data collection, and results reporting—within the StatsQUAL® platform. This major step allows the ClimateQUAL® team to build a more robust set of tools for analyzing data and provides a single, powerful platform for growing what is already a strong community of partners. The team is currently working on a new standard report that focuses on the most useful data to partners, provides additional analysis to complement the existing inferential statistics, and presents all of the data and analysis in a more visually appealing way. For more information, e-mail

2012 Participation

Eleven academic libraries have completed ClimateQUAL® surveys this year, including two repeat participants (Arizona and Massachusetts). Another four libraries are scheduled to administer the survey in 2012, including another repeat participant (Kansas). The ClimateQUAL® project continues to seek institutions to participate this year. Please note that participants need to survey at least 50 part-time or full-time employees, possibly including student workers. For more information or to express interest in participation, e-mail

Check out the 2012 ClimateQUAL® Webcast.

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ARL Annual Statistical Surveys Extensively Revised

This year marks ARL’s first use of the extensively revised annual statistical surveys. For details about the recent revisions to the ARL Statistics and the ARL Annual Salary Survey and for recommendations on how to use these data effectively, view the 2012 ARL Statistics® Webcast on ARL’s YouTube channel. The webcast informs survey coordinators and library staff about the nature of descriptive research library statistics, demonstrates how ARL members and nonmember libraries can access the ARL Statistics® data, and shares how data can be used to make a case for your library. Steve Hiller (Washington) and Jim Self (Virginia) present case studies on applying ARL Statistics® data at their institutions for budget justification. Q&A is interspersed throughout the webcast.

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

  • ARL Annual Salary Survey 2011–2012: Final tables in Excel are available on the ARL website. The publication is in the printing stage.

  • ARL Statistics, Academic Health Sciences Statistics, Academic Law Statistics, ARL Supplementary Statistics 2010–2011: The data-verification process is complete. All libraries have submitted data.

  • All data are readily accessible by ARL member libraries via the “Analytics” tab and “Data Repository” link at (login required; all ARL library directors have been added to the system and your library's primary ARL Statistics contact can approve access to the system for any library staff member).

  • Available via “Analytics”: University data (1908–present), non-university data (1972–present), and university expenditures and indices.

  • Available via “Directory”: Links to organizational charts and strategic plans. If your institution’s links are not current, please send updated links to

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

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Judge Denies Publishers’ Request for Relief, Awards Legal Fees to GSU

Georgia State University (GSU) Library, by Jason Puckett
Georgia State University (GSU) Library
photo © Jason Puckett

On August 10, Judge Orinda Evans issued an order in the lawsuit against Georgia State University (GSU) by three academic publishers who claimed that GSU infringed their copyrights by using copyrighted material in electronic reserves. In a ruling in May of this year, Judge Evans found that only 5 of the 99 alleged copyright infringements violated the plaintiff’s copyrights when considering the four factors of fair use described in Section 107 of the US Copyright Act. The judge’s August 10 order denied the publisher plaintiffs’ request for injunctive and declaratory relief for the 5 infringement claims. In her new ruling, Judge Evans ordered the defendant, Georgia State University, to make sure that its copyright policies are “not inconsistent” with her May ruling. In a surprising move, the judge awarded GSU “reasonable attorney’s fees,” thus those funding the lawsuit—the Association of American Publishers and the Copyright Clearance Center—are to pay GSU’s legal fees.

For more information on the GSU case and its implications, read ARL’s Issue Brief (PDF) on the May ruling and visit the ARL Policy Notes blog.

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Canadian Supreme Court Strengthens Fair Dealing in Copyright Rulings

On July 12, the Canadian Supreme Court handed down a series of five copyright decisions that professor Michael Geist describes as “an undisputed win for fair dealing that has positive implications for education and innovation, while striking a serious blow to copyright collectives such as Access Copyright.” Among other things, the Court found that an instructor making copies for classroom use can be considered “research” under Canada’s new fair dealing provision. Other rulings involved whether and when the incorporation of music into new works required a license for public performance (for movies and video games, no license is required), whether downloading a song constitutes a public performance (it does not), and whether a license was required for giving 30 second previews of musical works (it is not). In each case, the Court found additional licenses were not required, dealing a significant blow to the collectives that manage licensing in Canada.

For more information, see:

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US Budget Update

Congressional Leaders Reach FY 2013 Budget Agreement

Leaders in the US Congress reached a short-term budget agreement on FY 2013 federal government spending on July 31. With the US Government fiscal year ending on September 30, this accord will prevent a Government shutdown prior to the November elections. The appropriations agreement will fund the Government for six months at a level of $1.047 trillion. Members of the House of Representative and the Senate will vote on this agreement in September following their August recess. This agreement, however, does not address the across-the-board cuts that will occur on January 2, 2013, as mandated in the Budget Control Act of 2011. If Congress fails to address debt-reduction concerns, automatic across-the-board cuts to federal spending ($1.2 trillion over nine years) will occur under sequestration and statutory caps will be placed on annual discretionary spending through FY 2021.

Senate Appropriations Committee Approves Funding for IMLS

On June 14, the US Senate Committee on Appropriations approved the Labor, Health, and Human Services, and Education (LHHS) FY 2013 spending bill. This bill contains funding for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) including the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grants. The committee approved $231.9 million for IMLS. Of this proposed FY 2013 funding, $184.7 million was allocated for LSTA. This includes $156.3 million for grants to States, $3.8 million for Native American and Native Hawaiian Library Services, $12 million for National Leadership Grants, and $12.4 million for the Laura Bush 21st-Century Librarians Program.

For more information about federal appropriations, contact Prue Adler.

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Cybersecurity Bill with New Privacy Protections Fails Key Senate Vote

The leading cybersecurity bill in the US Senate, S. 3414, sponsored by Senators Joe Lieberman (I-CT), Susan Collins (R-ME), Jay Rockefeller (D-WV), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), and Tom Carper (D-DE), encountered a significant defeat on August 2 when the bill failed to gain 60 votes for a key procedural vote. Amendments included in a July 19 version of the bill addressed some of the most important privacy concerns expressed by the library community and allied civil liberties groups, and ARL joined a series of letters to encourage the retention of these improvements as well as adoption of more protections for issues ranging from Freedom of Information Act requests to warrantless spying on e-mail. As amended, the bill was a significant improvement over the cybersecurity bill that has moved in the House of Representatives, known as CISPA. The Lieberman-Collins bill has the support of the White House, as well, but opposition from Senate Republicans and the Chamber of Commerce seems to have been decisive in its defeat. Observers have suggested the bill is unlikely to move until next year, although technically it could be taken up again as soon as September. There are just 12 legislative days left in the year, though, so it seems more likely that the Senate will not take the bill up again until 2013.

For more information, see:

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Graduate Education Reform: Survey Participation Requested

With support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Scholarly Communication Institute (SCI) at the University of Virginia Library is conducting a broad study to help move conversations about humanities graduate training from anecdote to data—with particular emphasis on "alternative" academic careers, or hybrid and non-professorial roles, for liberal arts PhDs in and around the academy. SCI anticipates that data collected during the study will contribute to a deeper understanding of the diversity of career paths that humanities scholars pursue after graduate studies, while also highlighting opportunities to better prepare students for a range of careers beyond the tenure track.

ARL member libraries hire individuals with a wide range of credentials. If your library has hired individuals with terminal humanities degrees, please complete the first of the study’s two surveys:

You are welcome to complete both surveys, if applicable to your circumstances, and you are encouraged to circulate this announcement widely. The surveys will remain open until October 1, 2012. Responses to both surveys are anonymous and confidential. Anonymized data and a report will be made available at a later date. For more information, visit the project website.

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U Calgary Partners with NY Times on Serendipitous Browsing

The research and development team at the New York Times has enlisted the University of Calgary as a partner in the quest for providing a serendipitous browsing experience for online readers of the Sunday Book Review. Collaborating on this project are Calgary’s Taylor Family Digital Library, the university’s Innovations in Visualization (InnoVis) research group, OCLC Research, and the New York Times. The project aims to enhance the experience of book exploration through visualization displays, both on library touch tables and in the online Sunday Book Review. For more details, see the University of Calgary news story.

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SCOAP3 Tendering Process Completed

On behalf of the Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics (SCOAP3), CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research) conducted the tender process to leading publishers of high-quality peer-reviewed journals carrying content in the field of high-energy physics who had previously agreed to the key SCOAP3 principles. On the basis of the bids submitted by publishers, 12 journals from seven publishers were identified for participation in SCOAP3. This open and competitive procedure took into account the quality of the journals (as measured by impact factor), the quality of the services provided (as measured by re-use licenses and delivery formats), and the unit price for publishing each article.

These 12 journals published over 6,600 articles in 2011 that would be eligible for inclusion in SCOAP3 and comprise the vast majority of the high-quality peer-reviewed literature in the field of high-energy physics. Articles funded by SCOAP3 will be open access in perpetuity, under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC–BY) license, while publishers will reduce their subscription fees accordingly.

Next steps include reconciling the subscription-fee reductions between publishers and SCOAP3 participating libraries, creating memoranda of understanding for participation and establishment of the governance structure, and developing a process for the redirection of subscription funds. More details will be forthcoming. For more information, see the SCOAP3 press release or contact Julia Blixrud.

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European Library Launches Portal to Major Collections

Researchers worldwide now have online access to the collections of national and university libraries from 46 European countries via the new European Library portal. The European Library provides a single point of access to over 200 million sources, including rare books, manuscripts, images, video, and full-text content. The new European Library is the result of a partnership between the Conference of European National Libraries and three other European library organizations: LIBER (the Association of European Research Libraries), the Consortium of European Research Libraries, and the Europeana Foundation.

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Research Library Issues 278, 279 Published by ARL

In August, ARL released two issues of Research Library Issues (RLI). Issue 278 unveils a new streamlined look for RLI. The issue features strategies for managing time from Shirley K. Baker, recently retired from Washington University in St. Louis. Also in this issue, several authors—including library staff from University of Kansas, McMaster University, and Johns Hopkins University—discuss the value of the ARL 2030 Scenarios in strategic planning.

RLI issue 279 is devoted to legal concerns and evolving professional practices around digitizing special collections and archival materials. A pre-publication version of this issue was released in June; the final version of issue 279 uses the new RLI layout. Issue 279 includes a model digitization contract for use with vendors, model "deeds of gift" that can secure permission from rights holders to make donated material accessible on the web, and a critical essay by Kevin L. Smith of Duke University on copyright and risk management.

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Collaborative Teaching and Learning Tools, SPEC Kit 328, Published by ARL

ARL has published Collaborative Teaching and Learning Tools, SPEC Kit 328, which gathers information about collaborative teaching and learning tools currently being offered to users in ARL member libraries. This SPEC Kit includes documentation from respondents that describe available equipment and services, loan policies, instructions for using equipment, and materials promoting the services. To order printed copies or online access to this publication, see the news release. The table of contents and executive summary (PDF) are freely available online.

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ARL Diversity Program Participants Discuss Workforce Trends

ARL has published issue 9 of Synergy: News from ARL Diversity Programs (PDF). In this issue, Eugenia Kim, 2010 ARL Career Enhancement Program Fellow, recounts her experience working as an intern supporting the Data Curation Profiles project led by the Purdue University Libraries. Kiyomi Deards, 2009 ARL Diversity Scholar, provides an update on ARL efforts to recruit students from diverse backgrounds into science and technology roles in academic and research libraries. And Steve Adams, former Leadership and Career Development Program Fellow, discusses a new area of practice and inquiry—the Science of Team Science—and how librarians can and should insinuate themselves into the research process.

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ARL Annual Salary Survey 2011–2012 Released by ARL

ARL has published the ARL Annual Salary Survey 2011–2012, which analyzes salary data for all professional staff working in the 126 ARL member libraries during FY 2011–2012. The 2011–2012 data show that Canadian ARL librarians' salaries kept pace with inflation, but US ARL librarians' salaries did not. The median salary for US ARL university libraries in 2011 was $66,467, an increase of 2.3% over the 2010–2011 median salary of $65,000. Median salaries in Canadian university libraries increased from $82,251 (Canadian dollars) to $85,551 (Canadian dollars), a rise of 4.0%. For more information and to order printed copies or online access, see the news release.

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ARL Library Assessment Forum Slides Now Online

This summer’s Library Assessment Forum featured two presentations on the Lib-Value project as well as an update on the upcoming Library Assessment Conference in Charlottesville, Virginia:

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SPARC Europe’s Article-Level Metrics Webcast Video Now Online

The video is now online from a SPARC Europe webcast featuring Jennifer Lin, Product Manager of PLoS, providing an in-depth look at the current status of article-level metrics. Lin discussed what has been learned to date and what is on the horizon for further development and wider adoption.

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Clifford Lynch, Tony Hey Discuss Fourth Paradigm for Scientific Research

In June, Clifford Lynch of CNI and Tony Hey of Microsoft Research discussed the emergence of the “fourth paradigm” for scientific research, involving the acquisition, management, and analysis of vast quantities of scientific data. The talk took place during the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) President’s Program at the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim. Video of the presentation is now online.

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CNI Project Briefings Now Online

Three project briefings from CNI’s spring 2012 Membership Meeting are now available on CNI’s YouTube and Vimeo channels:

“National Status of Data Management: Current Research in Policy and Education”
Martin Halbert (University of North Texas), Rachel Frick (Digital Library Federation), William Moen (University of North Texas), Spencer Keralis (University of North Texas)

“Archiving Large Swaths of User-Contributed Digital Content: Lessons from Archiving the Occupy Movement”
Howard Besser (New York University), David Millman (New York University), Sharon Leon (George Mason University)

“Building the Grateful Dead Archive Online: The Golden Road to Unlimited Devotion”
Virginia Steel and Robin Chandler (University of California, Santa Cruz)

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EDUCAUSE Report on Campus Cyberinfrastructure

The EDUCAUSE Advanced Core Technologies Initiative (ACTI) Campus Cyberinfrastructure Working Group has issued a white paper that takes a broad synthesizing look at reports issued by a series of task forces to the National Science Foundation Advisory Committee on Cyberinfrastructure last year: What’s Next for Campus Cyberinfrastructure? ACTI Responds to the NSF ACCI Reports. CNI Executive Director Clifford Lynch served on the Committee on Cyberinfrastructure Task Force that prepared the white paper.

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Royal Society Report Emphasizes Importance of Opening, Sharing Data

The Royal Society (UK) recently issued a report, Science As an Open Enterprise, that highlights the need for data to be open and treated as a public resource. The report identifies six key action areas, including the need for more experts who can manage and support the use of digital data and the need for publishing data in a reusable form to support findings. For more details and to download the report, see the Royal Society press release.

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DuraSpace/ARL/DLF E-Science Institute Registration Now Open

Register now for the fall 2012 offering of the DuraSpace/ARL/DLF E-Science Institute, designed to help academic and research libraries develop a strategic agenda for e-research support, with a particular focus on the sciences. The institute is managed by the DuraSpace organization in partnership with ARL and the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR)/Digital Library Federation (DLF) and is now open to all interested institutions.

The E-Science Institute consists of a series of interactive modules that take small teams of individuals from participating institutions through a dynamic learning process to strengthen and advance their strategy for supporting computational scientific research. The coursework begins with a series of exercises for teams to complete at their institutions and culminates with an in-person workshop. Local institution assignments help staff establish a high-level understanding of research-support needs and issues.

The institute was originally developed and funded by the sponsors and supporting institutions of ARL and CLIR/DLF, and it was previously only available to their members.

The fall 2012 E-Science Institute is limited to 25 institutions. For more information on costs, assignments, and to register, visit the E-Science Institute website.

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Career Enhancement Program Call for Applications

ARL is now accepting applications for the ARL Career Enhancement Program. MLIS students from racial and ethnic minority groups, who have successfully completed a minimum of 12 credit hours (or will complete 12 hours by the scheduled internship) from an ALA–accredited MLIS program, are encouraged to apply for this enriching program experience. The ARL Career Enhancement Program (CEP) has three main components: a 6-to-12-week internship, leadership development, and career placement. The CEP provides each fellowship participant with a rewarding compensation package with a potential value in excess of $10,000 per person. Applications are due by October 12, 2012. For more details and to apply, see the CEP website.

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Library Assessment Career Achievement Award: Call for Nominations

Do you know someone who has made substantial contributions to library assessment? Consider nominating them for the 2012 Library Assessment Career Achievement Award, to be presented at the Library Assessment Conference in Charlottesville, Virginia this October. The criteria are simple:

  • Substantial contributions to effective, sustainable, and practical library assessment as evidenced through presentations/publications, methods, service, advocacy, and other work

  • Retired from full-time work or anticipated retirement by December 31, 2013

Nominations are due by Friday, August 24, 2012. For more details, see the call for nominations.

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LibQUAL+® Seeks Applicants for In-Kind Grants

LibQUAL+® will award up to five institutions in-kind grants to participate in the 2013 LibQUAL+® survey, with a goal of offering one grant for every 50 libraries registered. This will be the eighth year LibQUAL+® has sponsored an in-kind grant program. The deadline for applications is Sunday, December 16, 2012. For more details on application instructions and criteria for selection, visit the LibQUAL+® website.

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Library Assessment Seminar and LibQUAL+® Share Fair at Lund University

Lund University Libraries and ARL are hosting a Library Assessment Seminar and LibQUAL+® Share Fair on September 20 in Lund, Sweden. The morning program will feature speakers from the US and the UK who will discuss the contributions of LibQUAL+® to library assessment activities in libraries. In the afternoon an informal, science-fair style gathering will feature brief presentations/poster sessions by current and past LibQUAL+® participants. The registration deadline has been extended to Friday, August 24. For more details, see the event webpage.

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LibQUAL+® to Offer Training at ALA Midwinter

The LibQUAL+® team has announced three free training sessions scheduled in conjunction with the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Seattle, on Monday, January 28, 2013. The session topics are LibQUAL+® Survey Introduction, LibQUAL+® Survey Administration, and LibQUAL+® Survey Results. To register and learn more, see the news release.

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MINES for Libraries® Webcast to Be Offered Sept. 18

Registration is now open for the 2012 MINES for Libraries® Webcast, a free workshop designed to provide potential and current participants with vital information on the MINES for Libraries® service, an online, transaction-based survey that collects data on the reasons people use electronic resources and on the demographics of users. This one-hour webcast will introduce the MINES for Libraries® assessment protocol, share the benefits and results of participation, and present useful case studies. The webcast will be held September 18, 1:00-2:00 p.m. eastern time. For more details and to register, see the ARL news release.

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Research Data Management Meeting to Be Held Aug. 29–30

The US National Academies Board on Research Data and Information (BRDI), currently co-chaired by CNI Executive Director Clifford Lynch, will hold its next meeting in Washington, DC, August 29–30, 2012. Much of the meeting is open to the public and includes a wide range of updates on developments in data management and curation. A “Symposium on Global Scientific Data Infrastructure” will take place in the afternoon of August 29. To register and learn more, visit the meeting website.

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Joint Conference of Librarians of Color to Convene Sept. 19–23

The second national Joint Conference of Librarians of Color (JCLC), “Gathering at the Waters—Celebrating Stories, Embracing Communities,” will be held September 19–23, 2012, in Kansas City, Missouri. The conference includes:

  • Over 70 programs, 40 poster sessions, and preconference programs

  • Opening general session featuring Sonia Monzano

  • Youth author luncheons featuring Lauren Myracle and Sharon Flake

  • Adult author luncheons featuring Da Chen and David Treuer

  • Closing session speaker Jamal Joseph

  • Exhibits, social events, and tours

To register and learn more about the conference, visit the JCLC website.

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ARL Transitions

Laval: Loubna Ghaouti was appointed University Librarian, effective July 3, 2012. She was previously Director of the Humanities and Social Sciences Library at Laval. For more information, see the Laval news release (in French).

Nebraska–Lincoln (UNL): Joan Giesecke announced July 17, 2012, that she would step down after 16 years as Dean of Libraries. She is taking on an administrative position with the university, coordinating UNL’s preparation for the Higher Learning Commission accreditation. Associate Dean Nancy Busch was appointed Interim Dean of Libraries, effective August 12, 2012. For more details, see the UNL press release.

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Other Transitions

LIBER (Association of European Research Libraries): Izaskun Lacunza has been appointed Executive Director, effective September 2012. She is currently Head of Unit, Scientific Production and Open Access Promotion at FECYT (Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology). For more information, see the LIBER news release.

National Council on the Humanities: Camila A. Alire, Dean Emerita at both the University of New Mexico and Colorado State University, has been nominated by President Obama to serve on the council, pending confirmation by the Senate. If confirmed, Alire will join the group of 26 US citizens who advise the chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). For more details, see the July 2 District Dispatch blog post.

National Humanities Alliance (NHA): Stephen Kidd has been named Executive Director, effective September 4, 2012. He comes to NHA from the Smithsonian Institution, where he served as Director of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival and Associate Director of the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. For more information, see the NHA news release.

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NCSU Awarded Grant to Digitize Primary Sources in Agricultural History

North Carolina State University (NCSU) Libraries has been awarded a $75,000 grant to be used for the second year of the digitization project, “Cultivating a Revolution: Science, Technology, and Change in North Carolina Agriculture, 1950-1979.” The project serves students, teachers, researchers, and the general public by digitizing and making available online an important body of primary documents about the evolution of agriculture in North Carolina during a critical period in its development. During the second year of this project, the NCSU Libraries will digitize 15,000 archival pages. Upon completion, the project will make 114 16mm films and over 30,000 archival pages available online. The funds to support this work were awarded by the State Library of North Carolina and are made possible through funding from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). For more details, see the NCSU Libraries news release.

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Tabb Honored at World Library and Information Congress

IFLA conferred Honorary Fellowship on Winston Tabb, ARL President and Sheridan Dean of University Libraries and Museums at Johns Hopkins University, at the World Library and Information Congress last week in Helsinki, Finland. Tabb received Honorary Fellowship—IFLA’s highest honor—for his 20 years of service in bringing light to the roles of libraries in international copyright discussions. Tabb is known for his work on the IFLA Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters and as an IFLA representative to the World Intellectual Property Organization. For details about the award criteria and for a list of past recipients, visit the IFLA website.

Ohio State University Library Named Landmark by LJ

Library Journal (LJ) has designated Ohio State University’s Thompson Memorial Library a New Landmark Library for 2012. LJ gave honorable mention to two additional ARL libraries: Columbia University’s Science & Engineering Library and University of Arizona’s Poetry Center.

In renovating the campus’s main library, Ohio State improved and refocused the library’s space and restored a historic east-west connection through the building to rejuvenate the library’s central position in the campus’s “oval.” After the renovation, library use tripled to 12,000 daily visitors and a love of the library was rekindled on campus, according to Library Journal.

LJ launched the New Landmark Libraries award in 2011 focusing on public libraries. This year LJ highlights US academic library building projects completed between 2007 and 2011, including new construction, expansions, and major renovations. Using six criteria, a panel of judges—a mix of library, architecture, and design professionals—chose five winners and two honorable mentions. For more details about each of the featured libraries as well as trends spotted in the designs, see the June 28 Library Journal article “New Landmark Libraries 2012”.

ARL Diversity Scholars Selected for 2012–2014

The ARL Committee on Diversity and Leadership has selected 14 MLIS students to participate in the 2012–2014 Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce (IRDW) as ARL Diversity Scholars. The IRDW offers numerous financial benefits to program participants as well as leadership development provided through the annual ARL Leadership Symposium, a formal mentor program, career placement assistance, and a research library visit hosted by the Purdue University Libraries. The program is funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and by voluntary contributions from 52 ARL member libraries.

The 2012–2014 ARL Diversity Scholars are:

  • Christina Chan-Park, University of North Texas
  • Sabrina D. Dyck, University of Alabama
  • Lisa Hardman, University of Michigan
  • Mario Macias, University of Washington
  • Ebony Magnus, University of British Columbia
  • Christian Minter, Catholic University of America
  • Peace Ossom, Texas Woman’s University
  • Thomas Padilla, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Na Qin, Indiana University Bloomington
  • Eva Rios-Alvarado, Simmons College
  • Bredny Rodriguez, University at Buffalo, SUNY
  • Camille Salas, University of Maryland
  • Amber Saundry, University of British Columbia
  • Curtis Small, Simmons College

For more information, see the press release.

Courtney Loder Named 2012 Winner of Paul Evan Peters Fellowship

The Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) has announced the selection of Courtney Loder, a PhD student in the Department of Informatics at the University of California at Irvine (UCI), as the 2012 recipient of the Paul Evan Peters Fellowship for graduate study in the information sciences or librarianship. The fellowship was established to honor the memory of CNI founding Executive Director Paul Evan Peters; it recognizes outstanding scholarship and intellectual rigor, a commitment to civic responsibility and democratic values, and imagination. Loder, who has a BA in history from Humboldt State University and a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh, was selected for the Peters Fellowship, in part, due to her work using social theory to investigate the relationship between technology and social activity. Loder’s extraordinary academic performance, creative investigative approaches, and her “quick wit” (like that of the award’s namesake), were all factors that contributed to her selection. For more information, see the press release.

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Russell Shank, 1925–2012

Russell Shank, Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Graduate School of Education and Information Studies and former University Librarian at UCLA, died at the age of 86 on June 26 of complications from a fall.

Shank was the first-ever Vice Chancellor for Library and Information Services Planning at UCLA Libraries, a post he accepted after having served as University Librarian from 1977 to 1988. He came to UCLA from the Smithsonian Institution Libraries (SIL), where he served as SIL’s first-ever Director of Libraries from 1967 to 1977. Under Shank’s leadership, SIL became an ARL member library in 1971. His earlier professional years included positions at UC Berkeley, University of Washington, University of Wisconsin, and Columbia University.

Among his many accomplishments, Shank was instrumental in forming FEDLINK (the Federal Library and Information Network) and in making Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights part of ALA policy. In 1990, he received the Freedom to Read Foundation Roll of Honor Award and the Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award.

He served in the US Navy during World War II, reaching the rank of Lieutenant Commander, and will be inurned at Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, Russell Shank’s family requests that those wishing to remember him in a special way make gifts in his memory to the Freedom to Read Foundation, 50 East Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611. For more details, see the obituary in the LA Times.

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