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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Governance and Membership Activities

1. ARL Board to Convene in Washington DC

Influencing Public Policies

2. Library Copyright Alliance Files Brief on First-Sale Doctrine

3. District Court Rules in Favor of YouTube on DMCA Safe Harbor

4. US Supreme Court Rules for Academic Freedom in Christian Legal Society v. Martinez

5. National Academies Initiate Study on Future of Research Universities

6. Broadband Grants Announced by Obama Administration

7. US Senate, House Committee Approve NHPRC Reauthorization Bills

8. US House Bill Proposes Copyright Protection for Selected Government Works

Reshaping Scholarly Communication

9. ARL-ACRL ISC Webinar to Focus on Transitioning from Subscriptions to Open Access

10. Scientists for Open Data & Authors of Panton Principles Named SPARC Innovators

11. Library Journal: At SPARC-ACRL Forum, Catching Up on Cases and Legislation

12. SPARC Europe Honors CERN for Support of Open Access

13. AAUP Convenes in Salt Lake City

Transforming Research Libraries

14. Envisioning Library Futures: ARL to Offer Free Webcast, Releases Report

15. OCLC Research Explores Researchers’ Information-Support Needs

16. ACRL Report Promotes “Futures Thinking”

17. CNI Update

Diversity, Professional Workforce, and Leadership Development

18. ARL Releases Synergy: News from ARL Diversity Programs

19. ARL Diversity Scholar Awarded ALA Spectrum Scholarship

20. ARL’s Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce Commemorates 10th Anniversary

21. ARL’s Leadership & Career Development Program Celebrates “Vanguard Class”

22. ALA Awards 2010 Diversity Research Grants

Library Statistics and Assessment

23. ARL Annual Statistical Surveys Update

24. ARL Survey Coordinators & SPEC Liaisons Convene in Washington DC

25. ARL Library Assessment Forum Draws Standing-Room-Only Crowd

26. Register by Aug. 25 for Library Assessment Conference, Oct. 2010, Baltimore

27. LibQUAL+® Update

Other Items of Interest to ARL Directors

28. Call for Proposals for SPEC Survey Topics—Deadline July 25

29. ARL Publishes SPEC Kit 316, Evaluating E-resources

30. ARL Transitions

31. Other Transitions

32. Grants


GOVERNANCE AND MEMBERSHIP ACTIVITIES

1. ARL Board to Convene in Washington DC

The ARL Board of Directors will convene for its 173rd meeting on July 26–27 at the ARL office in Washington DC. For more information about the meeting, contact Sue Baughman sue@arl.org.

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INFLUENCING PUBLIC POLICIES

2. Library Copyright Alliance Files Brief on First-Sale Doctrine

The Library Copyright Alliance (LCA)—ALA, ARL, and ACRL—filed an amicus brief before the US Supreme Court in support of petitioner Costco Wholesale Corporation in Costco v. Omega, a case involving the Copyright Act’s first-sale doctrine. The Supreme Court’s decision in this case could impact libraries’ ability to import and circulate materials that are produced abroad because the case involves the applicability of the first-sale doctrine to such works. The first-sale doctrine is the exception to the Copyright Act that allows any purchaser of a legal copy of a copyrighted work to sell or lend that copy. Omega, a luxury watch manufacturer, claims Costco infringed its copyrights by importing authentic Omega watches from abroad rather than buying them from the US distributor at a higher price. The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit decided in favor of Omega, ruling that the first-sale doctrine applied only to copies manufactured in the US. In its amicus brief, LCA asks the Supreme Court to reverse the Ninth Circuit Court’s decision and apply the first-sale doctrine to all copies manufactured with the lawful authorization of the holder of a work’s US copyright. For more information and to view the amicus brief, see the press release.

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3. District Court Rules in Favor of YouTube on DMCA Safe Harbor

On June 23, the US District Court for the Southern District of New York rejected Viacom’s claim that YouTube was responsible for the posting of copyright-infringing material by some YouTube users. The court granted Google’s motion (as owner of YouTube) for summary judgment and noted that YouTube qualifies for “safe harbor” protections under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The DMCA established a vital safe harbor for online service providers such as YouTube, Craigslist, and other services that allow individuals to publish and transmit content on the Internet. The DMCA states that service providers are not responsible for their users’ online actions in most ordinary circumstances. This safe harbor has allowed for the creation of sites such as YouTube, Facebook, Flickr, and Twitter. Viacom sued YouTube over user-posted content on its site, claiming that YouTube could not seek shelter under the DMCA unless YouTube implemented filtering technology to police its networks on behalf of content owners. In the ruling, the judge noted, “The present case shows that the DMCA notification regime works efficiently, when Viacom over a period of months accumulated some 100,000 videos and then sent one mass take-down notice on February 2, 2007. By the next business day YouTube had removed virtually all of them." ARL joined the Electronic Frontier Foundation in an amicus brief supporting YouTube in the case. Viacom has announced that it will appeal the decision.

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4. US Supreme Court Rules for Academic Freedom in Christian Legal Society v. Martinez

In a closely watched case, the US Supreme Court ruled in favor of public institutions’ First Amendment right to academic freedom. In Christian Legal Society v. Martinez, involving University of California’s Hastings College of the Law, the Court ruled that public universities may require that officially recognized student organizations accept all students who want to join the organizations, and thus upheld Hastings’s nondiscrimination policy for recognized student organizations. Molly Broad, President of the American Council on Education (ACE), commented, “In affirming Hastings’s right to withhold funding and recognition from the Christian Legal Society because of its discriminatory membership requirements, the court reinforced the importance of protecting the institutional autonomy to make these important educational decisions.” ARL joined ACE and others in the higher education community in an amicus brief supporting the Hastings College of Law.

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5. National Academies Initiate Study on Future of Research Universities

At the request of the US Congress, the National Academies have established a committee of leaders from the higher education and business communities to consider what actions, especially on the part of government, are needed for research universities to excel in this century. Committee members will author a consensus report with findings and recommendations that answers the question: “What are the top ten actions that Congress, the federal government, state governments, research universities, and others could take to assure the ability of the American research university to maintain the excellence in research and doctoral education needed to help the United States compete, prosper, and achieve national goals for health, energy, the environment, and security in the global community of the 21st century?” Charles Holliday Jr., former Chairman and CEO of the DuPont chemical company, will chair the committee. View more information about the project, including the committee membership roster, on the National Academies Web site. For background on the project’s development, see “Corporate Chief to Head Review of University Research Support” in the Chronicle of Higher Education.

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6. Broadband Grants Announced by Obama Administration

The Obama Administration recently announced new American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 broadband projects, many of which will support community anchor institutions such as libraries, schools, and health care providers. The US Departments of Commerce and Agriculture are providing $780 million for 66 projects—with over $200 million coming in additional, private, matching investment—to bring broadband services to communities throughout the nation. The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) awarded over $62.5 million to a group of national research and education networking organizations including Internet2, National LambdaRail, Indiana University, and the Northern Tier Network Consortium to construct the US Unified Community Anchor Network (UCAN). The US UCAN will link regional networks across the nation and provide high-capacity bandwidth to anchor institutions. The NTIA grant will be supplemented with an additional $34.3 million in contributions from proposal partners and suppliers. For more information about the projects funded by the Departments of Commerce and Agriculture, see the USDA press release. For more information about the project funded by the NTIA, see the US UCAN press release.

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7. US Senate, House Committee Approve NHPRC Reauthorization Bills

On July 12, the US Senate passed an amended version of S. 2872, which authorizes appropriations for the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for FY2010–FY2014. The NHPRC, part of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), supports a wide range of activities to preserve, publish, and encourage the use of documentary sources relating to US history. In related action on July 1, the US House of Representatives Committee with oversight responsibilities for NARA approved H.R. 5616 reauthorizing appropriations for the NHPRC for FY 2010–2015. See the Library of Congress THOMAS database for more information on S. 2872 or H.R. 5616.

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8. US House Bill Proposes Copyright Protection for Selected Government Works

On July 1, Rep. Todd Russell Platts (R-PA) introduced H.R. 5704, which would amend title 10 of the US Code (Armed Forces) to allow faculty members at Department of Defense service academies and schools of professional military education to secure copyrights for certain scholarly works that they produce as part of their official duties, in order to submit such works for publication and for other purposes. Currently, there is no copyright protection for government works (with a few exceptions) including those prepared by an officer or employee of the US Government as part of that person's official duties. For more information about the bill, see the Library of Congress THOMAS database.

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RESHAPING SCHOLARLY COMMUNICATION

9. ARL-ACRL ISC Webinar to Focus on Transitioning from Subscriptions to Open Access

Register by July 20 for “Transitioning from Subscriptions to Open Access: Article Processing Fees and Combined Licensing/Author’s Rights Approaches,” the fifth webinar in the ARL-ACRL Institute on Scholarly Communication (ISC) series. This webinar is scheduled for July 27, 1:00–2:30 p.m. EDT, and will focus on approaches to providing economic support for open access, ranging from payment of article-processing fees to combining licensing subscriptions with authors’ rights or other open access approaches. Scheduled speakers include: Ivy Anderson, Director, Digital Collection & Management, California Digital Library; Barbara DeFelice, Director, Digital Resources Program, Dartmouth College; and Andrew Waller, Licensing & Negotiating Librarian, Library & Cultural Resources, University of Calgary. For more information and to register, see the webinar press release.

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10. Scientists for Open Data & Authors of Panton Principles Named SPARC Innovators

E-news July 2010: Panton
Panton Principles authors with colleagues.
Photo: http://pantonprinciples.org/about/, with thanks to Cameron Neylon.

The four leaders who put forth a groundbreaking set of recommendations for scientists to more easily share their data—the Panton Principles—have been named the latest SPARC Innovators for their work. The authors of the Panton Principles are Peter Murray-Rust, chemist at the University of Cambridge; Cameron Neylon, biochemist at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Didcot, England; Rufus Pollock, co-founder of the Open Knowledge Foundation and Mead Fellow in Economics, Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge; and John Wilbanks, Vice President for Science, Creative Commons, San Francisco. The authors believe that science is based on building on, reusing, and openly criticizing the published body of scientific knowledge. For science to effectively function, and for society to reap the full benefits from scientific endeavors, it is crucial that science data be made open. For more details, see the SPARC news release.

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11. Library Journal: At SPARC-ACRL Forum, Catching Up on Cases and Legislation

“You know a session must have something to offer when it takes precedence over the World Cup: In a session punctuated by cheers from soccer fans in the hallway outside, academic librarians attending the [ALA] Annual Conference got an update on the major issues before the profession June 26 at the SPARC-ACRL forum…” Read Josh Hadro’s full report about the forum on the Library Journal Web site.

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12. SPARC Europe Honors CERN for Support of Open Access

The 2010 SPARC Europe Award for Outstanding Achievements in Scholarly Communications has been awarded to CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, for its comprehensive approach to Open Access, especially in respect to the SCOAP3 project. SCOAP3 (Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing) is an innovative open access initiative for publishing in high-energy physics. For more information, see the SPARC Europe Web site.

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13. AAUP Convenes in Salt Lake City

The Association of American University Presses (AAUP) held their annual meeting June 17–20 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The meeting theme, “Toward a Sustainable Future,” encompassed a mix of sessions on innovation, e-books, and collaborations. To get a flavor of the meeting, see the meeting’s Facebook page and Jennifer Howard’s report in the Chronicle of Higher Education.

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TRANSFORMING RESEARCH LIBRARIES

14. Envisioning Library Futures: ARL to Offer Free Webcast, Releases Report

E-news July 2010: scenarios report

ARL will offer a free webcast as part of its current project, “Envisioning Research Library Futures: A Scenario Thinking Project,” on July 19, 1:00–2:00p.m. EDT. The webcast will highlight the unique value of scenario planning and discuss how it differs from, but can complement, more traditional approaches to thinking about the future, such as forecasting or trend analysis. Progress to date and the project timeline will also be elaborated. For more details and to register, see the press release.

Additionally, ARL has released a summary of the initial internal data gathering for its scenarios project. Download the report by project consultant Susan Stickley, “Preparing for the Future—Scenario Planning Process: Findings From Internal Data Gathering.”

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15. OCLC Research Explores Researchers’ Information-Support Needs

OCLC Research has released a report that explores researchers’ needs in a variety of disciplines as they perform the complex tasks of creating new knowledge throughout the research life cycle. The report summarizes extensive interviews conducted with researchers, research assistants, graduate students, grants and other research administration specialists, and university administrators at Cornell University, Ohio State University, Vanderbilt University, and University of Washington. Download the report by Susan Kroll and Rick Forsman, A Slice of Research Life: Information Support for Research in the United States, from the OCLC Web site.

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16. ACRL Report Promotes “Futures Thinking”

ACRL has released a report that prompts academic librarians to consider what trends may impact the future of higher education and to take strategic action now. The report presents 26 potential developments that may impact all types of academic libraries over the next 15 years. The developments represent a variety of themes relating to academic culture, demographics, distance education, funding, globalization, infrastructure/facilities, libraries, political climate, publishing industry, societal values, students/learning, and technology. Listen to a 12-minute ACRL Podcast overview of the report. Download the report by David Staley and Kara Malenfant, Futures Thinking for Academic Librarians: Higher Education in 2025, from the ACRL Web site.

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17. CNI Update

A. Upcoming CNI Membership Meetings

CNI's fall 2010 Membership Meeting will take place December 13–14 in Washington DC. The spring 2011 Membership Meeting will be held in San Diego, California, April 4–5. The spring 2011 meeting will include the Paul Evan Peters Award and Lecture. For general information about the CNI Membership Meetings, visit the CNI Web site.

B. JISC/CNI 2010 Meeting: Managing Data in Difficult Times

The JISC/CNI 2010 Meeting convened in Edinburgh, Scotland, July 1–2, and brought together experts from the US and Europe to explore and contrast major developments in data management that are happening on both sides of the Atlantic. Read session summaries and watch speaker interviews on the meeting Web site. View an archive of tweets related to the meeting.

C. CNI Conversations

The most recent session of CNI Conversations—an opportunity to talk with CNI's leaders and hear updates on the latest developments—took place on July 15. The conference-call style discussions are open to individuals at CNI member institutions; contact Jackie Eudell jackie@cni.org to register for future calls. Listen to archived podcasts of CNI Conversations on the CNI Web site.

For the Latest from CNI

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

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DIVERSITY, PROFESSIONAL WORKFORCE, AND LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

18. ARL Releases Synergy: News from ARL Diversity Programs

E-news July 2010: Synergy

The ARL Diversity Programs have released the latest issue of Synergy, an open access publication featuring news about ARL diversity and leadership programs and their participants. In this issue, three 2009 Diversity Program participants write about their experiences in programmatic activities and share insights about information learned, skills developed, and relationships forged as part of the process. Download a PDF of this issue.

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19. ARL Diversity Scholar Awarded ALA Spectrum Scholarship

One of the 2009–11 ARL Diversity Scholars, Emmanuel Faulkner, has been awarded an American Library Association (ALA) Spectrum Scholarship for 2010. Emmanuel is a master’s candidate at the University of Maryland, College Park, iSchool. Since 1997, the ALA Spectrum Scholarship Program has provided scholarships to racial/ethnic minority students pursuing graduate degrees in library and information studies. For more details about the Spectrum Scholarship program and the 2010 award winners, see the ALA news release.

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20. ARL’s Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce Commemorates 10th Anniversary

On June 26 in Washington DC, over 140 people attended a luncheon celebrating the 10th anniversary of ARL’s Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce (IRDW). The event was held during the ALA Annual Conference and was attended by numerous ARL directors, current and former IRDW Diversity Scholars, current and former mentors of the program, ARL staff, and many other supporters. The program included an address by National Public Radio correspondent, Claudio Sanchez, as well as presentations by 2004–06 Diversity Scholar, LaVerne Gray, and current Diversity Scholar, Jeffrey Cruz. Jim Williams, Dean of Libraries at University of Colorado at Boulder, moderated the program. View photos from the celebration on ARL’s Flickr stream. For more information about the IRDW, visit the program’s Web site.

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21. ARL’s Leadership & Career Development Program Celebrates “Vanguard Class”

ARL’s Leadership and Career Development Program (LCDP) held closing ceremonies for the 2009–10 class, the “Vanguard Class,” on June 26 in Washington DC. The event featured a poster session highlighting the research projects completed by the LCDP fellows during their 18-month fellowship. Since 2007 ARL has offered the LCDP to help prepare midcareer librarians from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups to take on increasingly demanding leadership roles in research libraries. The Vanguard Class is the sixth class to complete the program. View photos from the closing ceremonies on ARL’s Flickr stream. For more information about the LCDP, visit the program’s Web site.

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22. ALA Awards 2010 Diversity Research Grants

The American Library Association (ALA) has awarded three Diversity Research Grants for 2010. Each grant consists of a one-time $2,000 award for original research and a $500 travel grant to attend and present the results of the research at the 2011 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. This year all three grants were awarded under the same topic, “Information Services and Collections for Diverse Children and Young Adults.” Of particular note is the grant awarded to Sandra Hughes-Hassell, associate professor, and Casey Rawson, master’s candidate, both at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Information & Library Science. Their project, “Promoting Equity in Literacy Instruction for Adolescent African American Males through the Use of Enabling Texts,” will identify contemporary young adult literature that engages African American male students with meaningful texts that could make a positive difference in their lives. They will also introduce and discuss those texts with a small group of African American adolescent males. For more information, see the award announcement in American Libraries.

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LIBRARY STATISTICS AND ASSESSMENT

23. ARL Annual Statistical Surveys Update

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

  • ARL Annual Salary Survey 2009–10: Final tables are available on the ARL Web site.

  • ARL Statistics, Academic Health Sciences, Academic Law 2008–09: Data verification is almost complete. Data are readily accessible to ARL institutions via http://www.arlstatistics.org/ (login required; your library’s primary contact can approve your e-mail access to the system). ARL Index data are calculated after the Statistics data are verified. Preliminary tables were distributed to the directors of ARL libraries and to primary contacts for ARL Statistics on June 24.

  • ARL Supplementary Statistics 2008–09: Data collection underway. Collected data are readily accessible via the “Data Repository” link at http://www.arlstatistics.org/.

  • ARL Preservation Statistics 2008–09: Data collection underway. Collected data are readily accessible via the “Data Repository” link at http://www.arlstatistics.org/.

For more information about the annual surveys, contact Martha Kyrillidou martha@arl.org.

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24. ARL Survey Coordinators & SPEC Liaisons Convene in Washington DC

The ARL survey coordinators and SPEC liaisons met in Washington DC on June 25. The meeting featured three presentations:

  • A group of ARL Research Library Leadership Fellows spoke about developing new metrics from the ARL member profiles.

  • Steve Hiller of University of Washington talked about using ARL Statistics to mitigate cuts to the library’s budget.

  • Lee Anne George of ARL discussed the latest developments in SPEC Kits.

Meeting participants also engaged in a discussion of the challenges of counting e-books. View slides from the RLLF fellows and Steve Hiller as well as a summary of the discussion.

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25. ARL Library Assessment Forum Draws Standing-Room-Only Crowd

On June 25 in Washington DC, the packed room of attendees at the ARL Library Assessment Forum focused on how libraries are using data to support budget reallocation and justifications, how data are driving our understanding of trends in funding higher education and libraries, and how libraries are surviving the tough economic climate. The meeting featured two presentations:

  • Rachel Besara and Kirsten Kinsley of Florida State University spoke about using assessment data to pursue alternative funding sources.

  • Jim Self of University of Virginia delivered an overview of the library’s budget.

A round-robin unveiled that some states’ institutions have been hit very hard by the economic downturn but other states have not experienced as drastic an impact. View the presentations from the meeting.

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26. Register by Aug. 25 for Library Assessment Conference, Oct. 2010, Baltimore

Register now for the 2010 Library Assessment Conference: Building Effective, Sustainable, Practical Assessment, the only conference in North America to focus solely on library assessment. This event covers a full range of assessment activities and is geared toward all library and information professionals interested in assessment. Two full-day and four half-day pre- and post-conference workshops are being offered as well. The conference and workshops will be held October 24–27 along the historic and scenic Inner Harbor of Baltimore, Maryland. ARL, the University of Virginia Library, and the University of Washington Libraries co-sponsor this event. For more details and to register for the conference and workshops, visit the conference Web site.

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27. LibQUAL+® Update

A. Session I 2010 Highlights

During Session I (January–May) 2010, the LibQUAL+® survey was completed by more than 150,000 faculty members and graduate and undergraduate students at 141 institutions in 10 different countries. The countries with the largest cohorts of participating libraries were the US, with 70 libraries, and Canada, with 46 libraries. The 2010 LibQUAL+® Canada effort was the second countrywide implementation in Canada; the first LibQUAL+® Canada effort took place in 2007. View highlights from Session I on the LibQUAL+® Web site.

B. Creative Marketing Attracts Record Number of Survey Responses

This year, the Bibliothèque Nationale et Universitaire de Strasbourg engaged in a creative marketing campaign that resulted in over 7,000 users responding to their 2010 LibQUAL+® survey, a record number among all institutions implementing the survey over the past 10 years. Read more about this marketing success in the Spring 2010 LibQUAL+® Update.

C. TechQual+ for IT Organizations in Higher Ed

TechQual+, a service-quality assessment tool that builds on the SERVQUAL and LibQUAL+® protocols, is available now for IT organizations in higher education. The TechQual+ core survey is designed to measure the performance of three commitments for IT organizations: Connectivity and Access, Technology and Technology Services, and the End-User Experience. TechQual+ Principle Investigator Timothy M. Chester, Vice Provost for Academic Administration and CIO at Pepperdine University, recently presented a webinar entitled “Assessing What Faculty, Students, and Staff Expect from IT Organizations in Higher Education.” View the webinar on the TechQual+ Web site.

D. LibQUAL+® Training, San Diego, January 2011

The following LibQUAL+® training events will be offered at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in San Diego, California, on January 10, 2011:

  • LibQUAL+® Survey Introduction, 8:30–10:00 a.m.
    Required for all first-time survey administrators

  • LibQUAL+® Survey Administration, 10:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

  • LibQUAL+® Survey Results, 2:00–4:30 p.m.

This set of workshops is designed to provide potential and current LibQUAL+® participants with vital information to aid in the survey process. Each workshop covers a variety of topics, including the history of LibQUAL+®, developing objectives and goals for administering the survey, marketing the survey, managing the survey process via the LibQUAL+® Web site, analyzing survey results, and much more. Register for any or all of these three events.

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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST TO ARL DIRECTORS

28. Call for Proposals for SPEC Survey Topics—Deadline July 25

ARL is seeking proposals for 2011 SPEC survey topics. Each year, ARL works with librarians in North America to develop six surveys of the ARL membership on “hot topics” related to research library policies and practices. (Survey authors do not need to work at an ARL member library, but only ARL libraries are surveyed.) Criteria for selecting a survey topic include its currency and insightfulness, its importance to research libraries, its relevance to ARL’s three strategic directions or its programs promoting diversity or assessment, and whether resources that illustrate current policies and practices can be gathered from survey respondents. Proposals are due by July 25. For more information and to submit a proposal, see the ARL press release.

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E-news July 2010: SPEC Kit 316

29. ARL Publishes SPEC Kit 316, Evaluating E-resources

ARL has published Evaluating E-resources, SPEC Kit 316, by Richard Bleiler and Jill Livingston. This SPEC Kit reexamines the ways in which ARL member libraries have (re)structured themselves to identify, evaluate, and publicize e-resources. For more details and to order a copy of this SPEC Kit, see the press release.

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30. ARL Transitions

Case Western Reserve: Arnold Hirshon, Chief Strategist and Executive Consultant for LYRASIS, has been appointed University Librarian and Associate Provost, effective August 16, 2010. He succeeds Joanne Eustis, who retired in December 2009. For more information, see the Case Western Reserve news release.

Kent State: James K. Bracken has been appointed Dean of University Libraries, effective August 1, 2010. He is currently Assistant Director for Collections, Instruction, and Public Services at the Ohio State University Libraries. Bracken will replace Mark Weber, who retired July 1, 2010. For more details, see the Kent State news release.

Kentucky: Terry Birdwhistell, Associate Dean for Special Collections and Digital Programs at the University Libraries and Co-Director of the Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Research Center, was named Dean of Libraries, effective July 1, 2010. He served as Interim Dean following the departure of Carol Pitts Diedrichs to become Director of Ohio State University Libraries in January 2010. For more information, see the Kentucky news release.

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31. Other Transitions

Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU): David Shulenburger announced his intention to retire as Vice President for Academic Affairs, effective December 31, 2010. For more details, see the APLU press release.

National Museum and Library Services Board: On June 22, the US Senate confirmed five individuals to serve on the National Museum and Library Services Board, which advises the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) on policy and practices. The new board members are: John Coppola, a museum consultant; Carla Hayden, CEO of the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore; Lawrence J. Pijeaux Jr., President and CEO of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute; Winston Tabb, the Sheridan Dean of University Libraries and Museums at the Johns Hopkins University; and Robert Wedgeworth, the founding President of ProLiteracy Worldwide. For more information, see the IMLS press release.

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32. Grants

Two ARL member institutions—Notre Dame and Rutgers—are recipients of grants from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to host a Big Read project between September 2010 and June 2011. For more details, see the IMLS press release.

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7/16/10

Charles B. Lowry
Executive Director
clowry@arl.org

Kaylyn Groves
Communications Program Officer
kaylyn@arl.org

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