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June 2008 E-News

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To: ARL Directors

From: Duane Webster

Re: E-News for ARL Directors, June 23, 2008

These news notes are organized by the strategic directions identified in the ARL Strategic Plan: Scholarly Communication; Public Policies Affecting Research Libraries; and Library Roles in Research, Teaching, and Learning. In addition, there is an initial section for Governance and Membership Activities and complementary sections on Diversity, Professional Workforce, and Leadership Development; Library Statistics and Assessment; and Other Items of Interest to ARL Directors.

E-News for ARL Directors is a collaboration of ARL program staff, compiled and edited by Duane Webster (duane@arl.org) and Kaylyn Groves (kaylyn@arl.org).

You are encouraged to route the E-News to your staff and others in your institution.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Governance and Membership Activities

1. ARL Membership Convenes in Coral Gables, May 20–23

2. ARL Board Meets May 20 and 23

3. Webster Receives ARL Distinguished Service Award, Named ARL Executive Director Emeritus

Scholarly Communication

4. Brown-Bag Discussion Guides on Scholarly Communication Revised & Expanded

5. ARL/ACRL Institute on Scholarly Communication to Be Held December 1–3—Deadline August 15

6. Over 350 Librarians Contribute to Field Study on New Model Publications

7. New Outreach Tool Promotes Change in Scholarly Communication to Faculty

8. Mathematics Associations Critique Impact Factor and H-Index

9. Support for SCOAP3 Grows

10. SPARC-ACRL Forum Addresses Harvard Open Access Policy

11. UC Berkeley Steps forward with Bold Initiative to Pay Authors’ Open-Access Charges

12. Canadian Library Association Supports Open Access

Public Policies Affecting Research Libraries

13. Orphan Works Legislation Moves Forward

14. GPO Releases Draft Report on Changes to Regional Federal Depository Libraries

15. NIH Public Access Policy Update

16. NEH Appropriations Update

17. OSTP Distributes Principles for Release of Scientific Research Results

Library Roles in Research, Teaching, and Learning

18. Future of Science Librarianship to Be Explored in Forum, October 16–17

19. E-Science and Collaboration in the Research University Are Focus of CIC Conference

20. Curation of Scholars’ Personal Digital Archives Investigated in UK Study

21. CNI Update

Diversity, Professional Workforce, and Leadership Development

22. Planning for Research Library Leadership Fellows Program, 2009–10

23. ARL Diversity Initiatives Awarded IMLS Grant to Create Minority Fellowship Program

24. Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce Applications Due July 31

25. Leadership and Career Development Program Call for Applications

Library Statistics and Assessment

26. ARL Statistical Surveys and Publications Update

27. ClimateQUAL™ Phase III, Fall 2008/Spring 2009

28. LibQUAL+® Booth #549 at ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim

Other Items of Interest to ARL Directors

29. ARL Transitions

30. ARL Staff Transitions

31. Other Transitions

32. Honors

33. Grants


GOVERNANCE AND MEMBERSHIP ACTIVITIES

1. ARL Membership Convenes in Coral Gables, May 20–23

ARL President Marianne Gaunt (Rutgers University) convened the 152nd ARL Membership Meeting May 20–23 in Coral Gables, Florida. One hundred and seven member libraries were represented at program sessions examining “Institutional Strategies Supporting E-Scholarship and Multidisciplinary Research.” The program was complemented with briefings and informal discussions led by ARL library directors and others. The Business Meeting featured updates from the Board and key committees, including a report on implementing the new definition of "current serials" in the ARL Statistics. Member representatives and guests were hosted at receptions and dinners by the University of Miami, the University of Florida, Florida State University, and ARL. An overview of the program and discussion sessions, as well as speaker slides are being posted on the meeting Web site as they become available http://www.arl.org/resources/pubs/mmproceedings/152mm-proceedings.shtml.

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2. ARL Board Meets May 20 and 23

Highlights of actions at the May 20 and 23 ARL Board of Directors meetings were:

a) Confirmed that Duane Webster will continue as Executive Director until Charles Lowry begins the position on July 1, and decided to leave the Board position currently held by Charles vacant until the Board elections in October.

b) Proposed a revision in the Bylaws that ratifies the practice of the Executive Director as a non-voting, ex-officio member of the ARL Board. Member representatives will receive information and be asked to vote on the change at the October Membership Meeting.

c) Affirmed the current criteria and annual process for reviewing the performance of the Executive Director.

d) Accepted the audit of ARL's 2007 finances. The final audit is posted on the Members-Only section of the ARL Web site http://www.arl.org/membersonly/financial/audits.shtml.

e) Considered options for leadership development strategies and, with input from strategic direction steering committees, decided to give priority to an event that encourages the re-conception of science librarianship (see item 18 below) and to begin planning for a third class of Research Library Leadership Fellows for 2009–2010 (see item 22 below) as well as planning for a New Directors Institute.

f) Adopted minutes of the February Board meeting (to be distributed to members in a separate e-mail).

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3. Webster Receives ARL Distinguished Service Award, Named ARL Executive Director Emeritus

Duane E. Webster, ARL Executive Director, has been presented with the ARL Distinguished Service Award in honor of his outstanding 38-year career as an advocate for research libraries. ARL President Marianne Gaunt, University Librarian, Rutgers University, announced the award May 22 at the 152nd ARL Membership Meeting at a reception saluting Webster’s career. She also announced that the ARL Board of Directors awarded Webster the honorary title Executive Director Emeritus, a first in the 75-year history of the Association. Webster will retire June 30 and Charles Lowry begins his three-year term as ARL Executive Director on July 1. Lowry is currently Dean of Libraries and Professor at the University of Maryland and is completing a three-year term as a member of the ARL Board. For more information, see http://www.arl.org/news/pr/webster-award-30may08.shtml.

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SCHOLARLY COMMUNICATION

4. Brown-Bag Discussion Guides on Scholarly Communication Revised & Expanded

ARL’s popular series of discussion guides for organizing library staff conversations has been revised and expanded. Nearly all of the original six guides in the Library Brown-Bag Lunch Series on Issues in Scholarly Communication have been updated and two new guides have been added. Guides are now available on starting discussions of scholarly communication, talking with faculty, access to publicly funded research, author rights, institutional strategies for rights management, scholarly society roles, peer review, and new model publications. The guides, along with an overview for discussion leaders, are freely available at http://www.arl.org/sc/brownbag/.

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5. ARL/ACRL Institute on Scholarly Communication to Be Held December 1–3—Deadline August 15

Orbis Cascade Alliance will host the second regional ARL/ACRL Institute on Scholarly Communication December 1–3, 2008, in Portland, Oregon. In addition to serving Orbis Cascade members, the institute will offer 20 seats to applicants from outside the consortium to diversify the group’s experiences.

The institute uses a competitive application process as seats may be in high demand and demonstrated organizational commitment is a prerequisite of participation. Orbis Cascade will be accepting team applications until August 15. Further information on the institute and access to the application are available at http://www.orbiscascade.org/index/isc.

ARL and ACRL plan to continue to develop the regional model of the institute in 2009 by working with other consortia. Interested consortia should contact Julia Blixrud, Assistant Executive Director, External Relations, ARL, jblix@arl.org.

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6. Over 350 Librarians Contribute to Field Study on New Model Publications

The initial, field-study phase of ARL’s New Model Publications Study engaged librarian volunteers and partner librarians in structured conversations with faculty from a wide spectrum of disciplines on nearly 50 campuses. Between April 1 and June 15, the librarians engaged faculty in discussions of new kinds of scholarly works and communication practices that are currently contributing to research and scholarship. Eighteen partner institutions volunteered to work with all of their liaison librarians, seeding cross-campus discussions of how communication practices of scholars and researchers have shifted. These conversations led to the contribution of more than 200 records describing new kinds of scholarly works to the study database. ARL has contracted with Ithaka to write a final report based on analysis of the collected works, identifying patterns and trends in the evolution of these new models. Both the report and a database of the resources generated by the field study will be released in the fall of 2008. The study’s Web site is located at http://www.arl.org/sc/models/study.shtml.

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7. New Outreach Tool Promotes Change in Scholarly Communication to Faculty

ARL and SPARC with ACRL have released a set of four bookmarks featuring faculty photos and quotes promoting positive change in scholarly communication systems as part of the Create Change program. The bookmarks feature scholars and researchers from the humanities, social sciences, and sciences who have full-length interviews on the Create Change Web site. Available as printable color PDFs and as editable Word files, the bookmarks can be modified to include a library’s logo or librarian contact information. The files are freely available for downloading at http://www.createchange.org/about/downloads.shtml.

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8. Mathematics Associations Critique Impact Factor and H-Index

Although many individuals have been critical of the use of impact factors and the h-index for academic promotion and tenure decisions, the volume of criticism has just been turned up by the International Mathematical Union, the International Council of Industrial and Applied Mathematics, and the Institute of Mathematical Statistics. The three groups have joined together to produce a report offering critical analyses of impact factors, citation counts, and the h-index. The report then concludes that these kinds of purportedly “objective” measures are anything but and are in no way appropriate substitutes for direct review of a scholarly work or body of research. “Citation Statistics” is freely available at http://www.euroscience.org/index.php?
module=media&action=Display&cmpref=24866&lang=en&width=&height=&format=&alt=
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9. Support for SCOAP3 Grows

The SCOAP3 project to provide open access to the peer-reviewed journals serving high-energy physics is continuing to attract supporters within the US and internationally. A growing number of consortia and research libraries are signing on in the US, including OhioLink and the California Digital Library. Internationally, consortia in Australia, the Netherlands, and the UK have signed on just in the last month. SCOAP3 participants are listed at http://scoap3.org/whoisscoap3.html.

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10. SPARC-ACRL Forum Addresses Harvard Open Access Policy

The SPARC-ACRL Forum during the 2008 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Anaheim will provide a timely look at “Campus Open Access Policies: The Harvard Experience and How to Get There.” Co-sponsored by the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services—Continuing Resources (ALCTS-CRS), the forum will give an up-close look at the recent vote by Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences enabling open access to their scholarly articles in an institutional repository. See http://www.arl.org/sparc/media/08-0422.shtml.

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11. UC Berkeley Steps forward with Bold Initiative to Pay Authors’ Open-Access Charges

In January, the University of California, Berkeley, launched the Berkeley Research Impact Initiative, a pilot program co-sponsored by the University Librarian and the Vice Chancellor for Research to cover authors’ publication charges for open-access journals. See http://www.arl.org/sparc/publications/articles/memberprofile-berkeley.shtml.

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12. Canadian Library Association Supports Open Access

On May 21 the Executive Council of the Canadian Library Association (CLA) approved a position statement strongly supportive of open access that “recommends that Canadian libraries of all types strongly support and encourage open access.” CLA has already made all of its own publications open access. The statement is available online http://www.cla.ca/AM/Template.cfm?
Section=Position_Statements&Template=/CM/ContentDisplay.cfm&ContentID=5306
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PUBLIC POLICIES AFFECTING RESEARCH LIBRARIES

13. Orphan Works Legislation Moves Forward

The US House and Senate are actively considering orphan works legislation. S. 2913 awaits Senate floor consideration and the House Committee on the Judiciary may mark up the legislation prior to the July recess. ARL, as a member of the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA), has written to members of the House and Senate expressing support for a well-crafted orphan works bill. Orphan works legislation is intended to enable the use of copyrighted works without permission when the copyright owner cannot be found. The inability to locate copyright owners to clear the rights in their works prevents libraries from providing broad public access to the information in their collections, and prevents library patrons from making transformative uses of these works. The LCA letter notes that there are “remaining concerns…that need to be addressed for the legislation to be truly effective in solving the orphan works problem.” These concerns are detailed in a position piece that LCA, the Association of American Universities, and the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges developed. This position paper can be found at http://www.arl.org/pp/ppcopyright/orphan/index.shtml.

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14. GPO Releases Draft Report on Changes to Regional Federal Depository Libraries

The US Government Printing Office (GPO) recently released a draft report Regional Depository Libraries in the 21st Century: A Time for Change? In a letter to GPO, ARL expressed strong support for the proposed GPO recommendations included in the draft report in order “…to ensure that regional depository libraries are able to provide unimpaired access to government information dissemination products for future generations.” GPO proposes that Chapter 19 of Title 44, which provides the statutory authority for the Federal Depository Library Program, be revised to “allow a more flexible structure.” GPO also recommends that the Kansas/Nebraska shared regional library proposal be approved as well as other intrastate and multi-state proposals be considered.
ARL also noted that, “while ARL believes that current law provides GPO with the needed authority to designate shared regionals and other designations as appropriate, we support the recommendation to affirm such authority in any revision to Title 44.” GPO is accepting comments on the draft report from the library community until June 30. The report is available at http://www.fdlp.gov/regionals/study.html. ARL comments are available at http://www.arl.org/pp/access/fdlp/index.shtml.

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15. NIH Public Access Policy Update

Since the revised National Institutes of Health (NIH) Public Access Policy became effective on April 7, the number of deposits of peer-reviewed final electronic manuscripts in PubMed Central has increased markedly. This increase in deposits can be attributed to the change in the policy from voluntary to mandatory, the higher number of journal publishers complying with the policy, and the successful local implementation of the policy by academic and research institutions. Many of these institutions responded to the latest Request for Information that closed on May 31, 2008. Almost 200 comments were filed, with a significant number noting support for the revised policy and detailing local implementation strategies. Comments may be found at http://publicaccess.nih.gov/comments.htm.

In response to the recent NIH Request for Information, SPARC submitted 15 pages of supporting comments and extensive citations. The letter outlines in detail the need for the NIH policy, the sufficiency of the policy development process, strengths of the current implementation, potential enhancements of the policy, and ideas for monitoring. See http://www.arl.org/sparc/bm~doc/sparc-nih-pa-rfi-final.pdf. ARL’s earlier comments on the policy are also available online http://www.arl.org/pp/access/accessfunded/nihaccess/arl-comments.shtml.

NIH has made significant revisions to its Public Access Policy Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Web page (http://publicaccess.nih.gov/FAQ.htm). These revisions were posted on May 2, 2008. For your reference, SPARC has detailed the revisions, which include one blanket change, a series of added questions and answers, and some revisions. The changes to the FAQ do not point to any changes in the policy or implementation procedures, but rather seem designed to provide additional clarity to those tasked with compliance. See http://www.arl.org/sparc/advocacy/nih/faqrevisions.shtml.

Nelson Pavlosky, George Mason University law student, co-founder of Students for Free Culture, and SPARC’s 2008 summer intern has written an introduction for students on the NIH Public Access Policy and an appeal to help oppose recent efforts to counteract the policy’s implementation. See http://www.openstudents.org/2008/06/13/the-nih-public-access-and-you/.

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16. NEH Appropriations Update

Although the US House Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies provided an overall increase of $15 million for FY 2009 to National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the subcommittee cut over $8 million with a recommendation of total funding of $10 million for the Division of Preservation and Access. The $160 million recommended by the subcommittee for NEH would increase funding for the 56 state humanities councils as well as provide additional funding to three NEH core programs: Research, Public Programs, and Education. In addition, funds were provided for the Office of Digital Humanities ($4.2 million) and the We the People program ($5.7 million). ARL and ALA have written to the Senate Committee on Appropriations requesting full funding for the Division of Preservation and Access. The letter is available online http://www.arl.org/bm~doc/neh-senate-ltr-08.pdf.

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17. OSTP Distributes Principles for Release of Scientific Research Results

The US Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) distributed Principles for the Release of Scientific Research Results as required by Section 1009 of the America Competes Act. This section of the act called for guidance and direction to agencies regarding the release of scientific research. In announcing the Principles, John H. Marburger III, Director of OSTP, noted, “the underlying reason for these principles is simple: science, science policy, and the greater public interest all benefit from a culture that is as open and transparent as possible. Accordingly, the federal government should be committed to fostering such an open environment.” The principles are available online http://www.arl.org/bm~doc/ostp-scientific-research-28may08.pdf.

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LIBRARY ROLES IN RESEARCH, TEACHING, AND LEARNING

18. Future of Science Librarianship to Be Explored in Forum, October 16–17

ARL and CNI are sponsoring a forum to explore the future of science librarianship, to be held October 16–17, 2008, near Washington DC. The program is aimed at the leadership of libraries and enterprise-wide IT services; target audiences include directors or assistant directors of research libraries, campus IT services, science libraries, and health science libraries. Institutional teams comprised of people in these roles are encouraged, but not required, to attend the forum together. The goal is to broaden the understanding of trends in scientific research and support leadership in applying these trends in planning for the development of new library roles. The program will highlight a few case studies of different scales to illustrate new, emerging models of library support. "Re-inventing Science Librarianship: Models for the Future" will be held in Pentagon City, Virginia, a suburb of Washington DC, immediately following the ARL Membership Meeting in the same location. Save the dates; registration information will be available soon on the ARL and CNI Web sites.

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19. E-Science and Collaboration in the Research University Are Focus of CIC Conference

Purdue University hosted “Librarians and e-Science: Focusing towards 20/20,” a Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) conference held May 12–13 that explored several big-picture questions: What is e-science and why does it matter to libraries and librarians? What are the unique needs of scientists using large data sets? What new roles, engagements, and skills will facilitate librarian collaboration with, and support for, science researchers? The event featured presentations by scientists, scientist-librarian collaborators, government agencies, industry, and science labs. The full proceedings can be found online http://www.cic.net/libraryconference/program.shtml.

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20. Curation of Scholars’ Personal Digital Archives Investigated in UK Study

Early findings are available from a long-term study, “Digital Lives: Research Collections for the 21st Century,” which is investigating the nature and content of scholars’ personal digital collections and their implications for research repositories. The study is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK). The research reported in an early article discusses personal digital document acquisition and creation, organization, retrieval, and archiving, considering all applications and formats. The “Digital Lives” research project explores “not only how collections currently being deposited are changing, but also the fate of the research collections of the future being created now and implications for collection development and practice.”

The early findings from this study, “Digital Lives: Report of Interviews with the Creators of Personal Digital Collections,” will be of interest to special collections, archives, and institutional repository personnel, and can be found at http://ariadne.ac.uk/issue55/williams-et-al/.

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21. CNI Update

CNI Executive Director Clifford Lynch will speak at the forum “The Changing Standards Landscape: Creative Solutions to Your Information Problems,” July 27, 2008, in Anaheim. The event is a partnership between the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) and the Book Industry Study Group Inc. (BISG). For more information, visit http://www.niso.org/news/events/2008/ala08/nisobisg08/.

The Seventh International JISC/CNI Meeting will be held at the Europa Hastings Hotel in Belfast, Northern Ireland, July 10–11, 2008. Keynote speakers include EDUCAUSE President and CEO Diana G. Oblinger, CNI Executive Director Clifford Lynch, and Sir David Melville, Chair of the UK Committee of Inquiry into the Student Experience. Details are available at http://www.ukoln.ac.uk/events/jisc-cni-2008/.

Joan Lippincott, CNI Associate Executive Director, will co-present the preconference seminar “A Planning Process for Successful Learning/Information Commons” October 28, 2008, as part of the EDUCAUSE 2008 Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida (separate registration and payment are required to attend the seminar). The seminar is for those beginning or about to begin the planning process for a new or upgraded commons; it is not intended for those already well engaged in the planning process. Attendees will learn about trends and best practices, discuss ideas with peers, and explore applying these practices to planning at their home institutions. For registration information, see http://net.educause.edu/e08.

The Fourth International Digital Curation Conference, “Radical Sharing: Transforming Science?” will be held in partnership with the National e-Science Centre and supported by CNI, December 1–3, 2008, at the Hilton Grosvenor Hotel in Edinburgh, Scotland. Full details are available at http://www.dcc.ac.uk/events/dcc-2008.

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DIVERSITY, PROFESSIONAL WORKFORCE, AND LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

22. Planning for Research Library Leadership Fellows Program, 2009–10

The ARL Board of Directors has supported planning for a third iteration of the Research Library Leadership Fellows Program (RLLF), an executive leadership and succession planning program sponsored and designed by ARL member leaders. Information on the current program can be found at http://www.arl.org/leadership/rllf/index.shtml. Libraries interested in either participating in or sponsoring the program for 2009–10 are encouraged to contact Julia Blixrud, jblix@arl.org.

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23. ARL Diversity Initiatives Awarded IMLS Grant to Create Minority Fellowship Program

The ARL Diversity Initiatives have been awarded a $728,821 grant by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Laura Bush 21st-Century Librarian Program to create the ARL Minority Fellowship Program (MFP). The MFP will partner with ARL libraries to provide 45 master’s of library science (MLS) students from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups with fellowships in research libraries. The program will also provide these ARL Minority Fellows with librarian mentors, opportunities for leadership development, and career placement assistance. Using a fellowship-cohort model, this program seeks to address recruitment and retention of minority librarians by providing them with a close network of peers, while at the same time providing these outstanding students with practical learning experiences to complement their library school coursework. For more information, see http://www.arl.org/news/pr/minority-fellowships-18jun08.shtml.

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24. Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce Applications Due July 31

The ARL Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce, a program that recruits MLS students from underrepresented ethnic and racial backgrounds into careers in research libraries, is accepting applications until July 31, 2008, for the 2008–10 class. The initiative includes a stipend of up to $10,000, leadership and career development, professional mentoring, and a hosted visit to a research library. For more information, see http://www.arl.org/diversity/init/index.shtml.

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25. Leadership and Career Development Program Call for Applications

The ARL Leadership and Career Development Program (LCDP), which prepares librarians from underrepresented groups with 3–10 years of professional experience for leadership roles in research libraries, is accepting applications. The LCDP focuses on the ARL strategic directions: scholarly communication; public policies; and research, teaching, and learning. The program also incorporates leadership and career development theories. The LCDP is an 18-month program and fellows are responsible for completing a research project by the closing of the program. For more information, contact Jerome Offord Jr., jerome@arl.org.

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LIBRARY STATISTICS AND ASSESSMENT

26. ARL Statistical Surveys and Publications Update

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

  • ARL Annual Salary Survey 2007–08: Final tables are available at http://www.arl.org/bm~doc/tables2007-08.xls. Production of the print publication is underway.
  • ARL Statistics 2006–07: Data have been collected. Verification is underway. All libraries have successfully reported serial titles though many figures are being scrutinized to ensure as valid and reliable reporting as possible. Preliminary tables were first issued in May and a final set is expected in June. 

  • ARL Preservation Statistics 2006–07: 103 libraries have returned their data.
  • ARL Supplementary Statistics 2006–07: 105 libraries have returned their data.

A meeting of the ARL Survey Coordinators and SPEC Liaisons is scheduled to take place on Friday, June 27, 2008, at the Doubletree Guest Suites Anaheim Resort, Tuscany D/E Room. Julia Blixrud will lead a discussion of the latest ARL Statistics data collection and the challenges and opportunities the new way of accounting for serials brings to our libraries.

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

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27. ClimateQUAL™ Phase III, Fall 2008/Spring 2009

ARL is assuming primary administration of the ClimateQUAL™ survey for the Phase III implementation at 10 institutions in fall 2008 or spring 2009. ClimateQUAL™, the latest StatsQUAL™ tool, focuses on organizational climate and diversity assessment and is currently led by the University of Maryland. Libraries participating in Phase III will be asked for the following support:

  • assistance with project funding of $5,000 per participant;

  • assignment of a contact person to work on the project;

  • commitment for the contact person to attend a meeting at the 2009 ALA Midwinter Meeting and the 2009 ALA Annual Conference; and

  • commitment to repeat the survey periodically to measure the impact of improvement strategies over time. 



In addition, this fall we will be testing the development of an Organizational Climate Improvement Service (OCIS), which involves onsite consultation after the implementation of ClimateQUAL™. In particular, we are interested in identifying institutions that want to hire a consultant for developing organizational improvement actions based on ClimateQUAL™ results. If after testing we deem this service to be successful, it will become available to all interested ClimateQUAL™ participants.

If you are interested in participating in this assessment activity in 2009, please contact, climatequal@arl.org. For more information, see http://www.climatequal.org/.

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28. LibQUAL+® Booth #549 at ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim

The LibQUAL+® team will be available for individual consultations at the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim in June. Visit booth #549 in the Anaheim Convention Center at the following times:

Saturday, June 28: 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Sunday, June 29: 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Monday, June 30: 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Tuesday, July 1: 9 a.m.–11 a.m.

To reserve a time slot, e-mail libqual@arl.org and indicate your date and time preference.

Note: Introduction and Survey Results workshops will not be held at the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim. These workshops will be held during the 2009 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Denver on January 26. Register online at http://www.libqual.org/Events/.

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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST TO ARL DIRECTORS

29. ARL Transitions

Delaware: Susan Brynteson’s title will become Vice Provost and May Morris Director of Libraries, effective July 1, 2008. She is currently May Morris Director of Libraries.

Georgia Tech: Catherine Murray-Rust has been appointed Dean of Libraries, effective August 15, 2008. She was previously Dean of Libraries at Colorado State University.

Maryland: Desider Vikor, Director of Collection Management and Special Collections, has been named Interim Dean, effective July 1, 2008.

Montréal: Richard Dumont has been appointed Director of Libraries, effective August 4, 2008. He was previously Library Director at the École Polytechnique de Montréal.

Rutgers: Marianne Gaunt’s title will become Vice President for Information Services and University Librarian, effective July 1, 2008. She is currently University Librarian.

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30. ARL Staff Transitions

Les Bland was appointed Statistics Liaison effective May 30, 2008. Les has a background in sociology and the social sciences.

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31. Other Transitions

Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Library Alliance: Sandra Phoenix, former Executive Services Librarian at the Southeastern Library Network (SOLINET), was named Director of the HBCU Library Alliance, effective May 12, 2008.

National Science Foundation (NSF) Office of Cyberinfrastructure: Edward Seidel has been appointed Director, effective September 1, 2008. He is currently Floating Point Systems Professor in the Louisiana State University (LSU) Departments of Physics & Astronomy and Computer Science and also is director of the LSU Center for Computation & Technology.

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32. Honors

Cliff Haka, Director of Libraries, Michigan State University, has been named Librarian of the Year by the Michigan Library Association (MLA). He will be honored October 22, 2008, at the Awards Luncheon of the MLA Annual Conference in Kalamazoo.

Carole Moore, Chief Librarian, University of Toronto, won the 2008 Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) award for Distinguished Service to Research Librarianship. She received the award for her outstanding and dynamic contributions to the profession as a library leader in a vast digital expansion of access to research literature in Canadian universities.

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33. Grants

The ARL Diversity Initiatives have been awarded a $728,821 grant by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Laura Bush 21st-Century Librarian Program to create the ARL Minority Fellowship Program.

Three ARL member institutions have been awarded grants by the National Endowment for the Arts to host Big Read celebrations between September 2008 and June 2009:

University of Georgia/UGA Libraries
Bless Me, Ultima

Washington University in St. Louis
To Kill a Mockingbird

Columbia University
The Thief and the Dogs

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DEW 6/23/08

Duane Webster
Executive Director
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