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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Governance and Membership Activities

1. ARL Membership to Convene in Washington DC, October 13–14

Influencing Public Policies

2. CARL Applauds Canadian Copyright Modernization Bill

3. ARL Joins OpenTheGovernment.org in Urging Public Access to Oil-Leak Data

4. ARL Joins Digital Due Process in Comments re E-Communications Privacy Act

5. Net Neutrality: ARL to Respond to FCC Request for Input

6. National Archives to Host Public Forum on Plan for Declassification Center

7. US House of Representatives Passes America COMPETES Reauthorization Act

8. US Department of Ed Releases Information on P2P Higher Ed Opportunity Act Requirements

Reshaping Scholarly Communication

9. State of Play: SPARC-ACRL Forum to Explore Expanding Access to Scholarly Research

10. SPARC Digital Repositories Meeting 2010 Registration Now Open

11. Open Access Week 2010 Kick-Off Planning Event: SPARC Webcast Archive Now Online

12. ICOLC Reissues Statement on Global Economic Crisis

13. U of California and Nature Publishing Group Licensing Discussion in Public Eye

14. Digital Repositories Making Their Mark

Transforming Research Libraries

15. Envisioning Library Futures: ARL to Offer Webcast

16. ARL E-Science Survey Findings Shared

17. Digital Preservation Practices Surveyed by Library and Archives Canada

18. UK Study Identifies Costs of Digital Preservation

19. CLIR Releases Reports on Transforming Research Collections

20. CNI Update

Diversity, Professional Workforce, and Leadership Development

21.ARL Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce Awarded IMLS Grant

22. ARL Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce

23. ARL Leadership & Career Development Program to Hold Closing Ceremonies for Class of 2009–10

24. Digital Access & Scholarly Publishing: ARL Webcast Archive Now Online

25. Register Now for National Diversity in Libraries Conference, July 14–16, Princeton

26. National Conference of African American Librarians to Convene August 4–8 in Birmingham

Library Statistics and Assessment

27. ARL Statistics & Assessment Events at ALA Annual Conference, Washington DC, June 24–July 2

28. ARL Annual Statistical Surveys Update

29. ARL to Offer Non-Members Subscriptions to ARL Statistics Analytics Interface

30. Register Now for Library Assessment Conference, Oct. 25–27, Baltimore

31. Call for Participation in ClimateQUAL®: Organizational Climate and Diversity Assessment 2011

32. LibQUAL+® Lite Offers Shorter Response Times, Higher Response Rates

33. The Condition of Education 2010: NCES Releases Report

Other Items of Interest to ARL Directors

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

35. ARL Transitions

36.ARL Staff Transitions

37. Other Transitions

38. Grants


GOVERNANCE AND MEMBERSHIP ACTIVITIES

1. ARL Membership to Convene in Washington DC, October 13–14

The 157th ARL Membership Meeting will be held October 13–14, 2010, at the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel in Washington DC. Meeting details will be announced in August. In the meantime, contact Sarah Segura with any questions.

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INFLUENCING PUBLIC POLICIES

2. CARL Applauds Canadian Copyright Modernization Bill

On June 2, the Canadian federal government announced the introduction of the Copyright Modernization Bill (Bill C-32). According to the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL), a number of the changes proposed for the Copyright Act will be very helpful for the provision of library services and the preservation of library collections through digital means. In a statement released by CARL, Ernie Ingles, President of CARL and Vice-Provost and Chief Librarian at University of Alberta, noted that CARL “especially applaud[s] the government for including education among the explicit fair dealing purposes in the Copyright Act, a bold and appropriate inclusion.” View the full statement on the CARL Web site. View the text of the bill on the Parliament of Canada Web site..

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3. ARL Joins OpenTheGovernment.org in Urging Public Access to Oil-Leak Data

ARL and over 35 organizations and academics joined OpenTheGovernment.org in a letter to President Obama urging him to give the public access to all monitoring data related to the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico. The data sets are crucial for scientists and the public to understand the extent of the problem and its future implications, and to plan for how to help the area recover and thrive. The letter stresses the President’s commitment to “disclose information rapidly in forms that the public can readily find and use.” For details, see the letter to President Obama.

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4. ARL Joins Digital Due Process in Comments re E-Communications Privacy Act

E-news June 2010: ECPA

ARL, as a member of Digital Due Process—a coalition of technology, communications, and other organizations focused on privacy issues in the Internet age—filed comments on June 14 with the US Department of Commerce, National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) regarding how best to update the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA). Technology has changed dramatically in the last 20 years but the ECPA has not. The traditional standard for the government to search one’s home or office and read one’s mail or seize one’s personal papers is a judicial warrant. The law needs to be clear that the same standard applies to e-mail and documents stored with Internet service providers, while at the same time the law needs to be flexible enough to meet the needs of law enforcement. For more information about this issue, see the Digital Due Process filing.

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5. Net Neutrality: ARL to Respond to FCC Request for Input

On June 17, the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a Notice of Inquiry (NOI) requesting input to guide the agency’s response to the recent court decision in the Comcast v. FCC dispute over whether the FCC can issue rules requiring Internet access providers to adhere to “network neutrality.” In a sweeping opinion issued in late April, a federal court rejected the FCC’s previous legal arguments in support of its authority over broadband access providers, calling into question not only network neutrality rules, but also a host of broadband-related initiatives at the Commission, including key aspects of the National Broadband Plan. The FCC NOI is the first step in a formal process that will culminate in implementing FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski's “third way” approach that would reestablish the Commission's authority using the more robust regulatory framework that applies generally to all “telecommunications providers,” while maintaining a “light touch” to encourage network operator investment. In the Notice of Inquiry, the FCC seeks comments on three questions:

  1. After Comcast, does the FCC have adequate authority to carry out its responsibilities?

  2. Should the FCC apply Title II of the Communications Act to some part of broadband Internet access?

  3. Is the Chairman's “third way” approach appropriate?

The Open Internet Coalition, of which ARL is a member, strongly supports the Chairman’s proposed solution and will be filing comments in response to the NOI. ARL and other groups are considering a separate filing to represent library and higher education perspectives. View the NOI on the FCC Web site.

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6. National Archives to Host Public Forum on Plan for Declassification Center

The US National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) recently released a Prioritization Plan for the National Declassification Center, a new center that will streamline the declassification of federal records, initially focusing on the backlog of over 400 million records requiring declassification by December 2013. The Prioritization Plan addresses the backlog and related issues concerning Presidential records. NARA invites the public to attend a forum and comment on the Prioritization Plan on Wednesday, June 23, at 2:00 p.m. EDT at the National Archives Building in Washington DC. Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero will moderate the forum. For more information about the forum and to view a copy of the Prioritization Plan, visit the NARA Web site.

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7. US House of Representatives Passes America COMPETES Reauthorization Act

On May 28, the US House of Representatives passed the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010 (H.R. 5116) by a vote of 262 to 150 following several previous attempts to pass the legislation. The bill promotes US competitiveness through a renewed focus on improvements in math and science education; a strong commitment to research; and reauthorization of programs and funding for several agencies including the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy Office of Science, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. For further information, visit the House Committee on Science and Technology Web site.

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8. US Department of Ed Releases Information on P2P Higher Ed Opportunity Act Requirements

The US Department of Education recently issued a "Dear Colleague letter" informing campuses that participate in Title IV of the Higher Education Act (HEA) programs of the legal obligations relating to "combating unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material by users of an institution's network." Campuses must comply with these new regulations by July 1. The Department of Education notes that provisions in the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA) give institutions flexibility in meeting the HEOA's requirements for addressing unauthorized peer-to-peer distribution of copyrighted resources. For example, the Department states, "In recognition of the diversity among institutions and how technology is continuously evolving, it is up to an institution's discretion to determine how many and what type of technology-based deterrents it uses as a part of its plans—although every institution must employ at least one. Technology-based deterrents include bandwidth shaping, traffic monitoring, accepting and responding to Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) notices, and commercial products designed to reduce or block illegal file sharing." For more details, see the "Dear Colleague letter" and the HEOA regulations.

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RESHAPING SCHOLARLY COMMUNICATION

9. State of Play: SPARC-ACRL Forum to Explore Expanding Access to Scholarly Research

E-news June 2010: SPARC-ACRL Forum

On June 26 at the ALA Annual Conference in Washington DC, SPARC and ACRL will co-host a timely panel discussion on the state of play for recent developments that expand access to scholarly research, including federal policy changes and major campus-based initiatives to push for change and exert collective power. This SPARC-ACRL forum will also highlight actions that libraries can take to use current pressures to advance local momentum. The forum will be held Saturday, June 26, 4:00–5:30 p.m. at the Washington Convention Center, Room 206. For details, see the SPARC press release.

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10. SPARC Digital Repositories Meeting 2010 Registration Now Open

Register now for the 2010 SPARC Digital Repositories Meeting, to be held November 8–9 at the Renaissance Harborplace Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland. Four key trends have been identified by the program committee for deep exploration at the meeting:

  • Repository-based publishing strategies
  • Global repository networks
  • Open data
  • Making the case for financial sustainability

These tracks will be supplemented with an Innovation Fair, where new technologies, strategies, and approaches will be highlighted, and with a Sponsor Showcase. To register, visit the meeting Web site.

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11. Open Access Week 2010 Kick-Off Planning Event: SPARC Webcast Archive Now Online

On June 2, SPARC held an Open Access Week 2010 kick-off planning webcast to discuss this year’s plans and current resources, including the new openaccessweek.org Web site. Webcast participants also discussed how two teams worked successfully to capture the attention of policy makers, faculty, and others to advance change in 2009. The webcast archive is now available on SPARC’s blip.tv channel.

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12. ICOLC Reissues Statement on Global Economic Crisis

The International Coalition of Library Consortia (ICOLC) has reissued its statement on the global economic crisis and its impact on consortial licenses, which was originally issued in January 2009. The new preamble notes that cuts to libraries continue to be severe and that the worst may be still ahead. In addition, ICOLC members participated in a survey that revealed that only 38% of vendors and suppliers had contained prices from 2009 to 2010. The updated statement also includes a new principle that highlights the potential negative impact of exclusive content on both pricing and access. For more details, see the reissued statement.

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13. U of California and Nature Publishing Group Licensing Discussion in Public Eye

The California Digital Library (CDL), which negotiates University of California (UC) system-wide licenses with publishers, and the UC University Committee on Library and Scholarly Communication alerted all UC faculty members to concerns about a proposed increased license fee from Nature Publishing Group (NPG) that would substantially raise costs to UC libraries. The June 4 letter, June 9 public statement from NPG, and June 10 response from UC caught the attention of higher education news outlets. The result has been an intensified discussion of journal publisher bundles, license fees, and library budgets all within the context of the current economy. The issue has been widely discussed on a number of scientific and academic blogs and has precipitated discussions amongst scholars about open access and the impact of journal pricing on scholarly communications both within and beyond the sciences. UC faculty, and others, are now publicly weighing alternative approaches to the current scholarly communications model, along with associated business models and dissemination options.

News reports can be found on the Web sites of the Chonicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed, and Library Journal. Also see the Nature Publishing Group press release and all three documents on the University of California’s scholarly communication Web site.

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14. Digital Repositories Making Their Mark

The Chronicle of Higher Education recently published a feature story, “Digital Repositories Foment a Quiet Revolution in Scholarship,” which highlights the roles repositories are now playing in support of research. The article emphasizes the utility of repositories to make what might have been considered local or regional scholarship much more accessible. The story also discusses faculty’s increasing interest in depositing their materials, especially gray literature, in repositories. Read the full story on the Chronicle Web site (login required).

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TRANSFORMING RESEARCH LIBRARIES

15. Envisioning Library Futures: ARL to Offer Webcast

In July, ARL will sponsor a free webcast as part of its current scenario-planning project, Envisioning Research Library Futures. 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. Registration for the webcast will open later this week—watch ARL’s Web site, Facebook page, or Twitter stream for the announcement.

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16. ARL E-Science Survey Findings Shared

E-news June 2010: E-science survey

In anticipation of a forthcoming report, ARL’s Karla Strieb presented initial findings from a survey of ARL member libraries’ support of e-science at a June 3 symposium. The event, “The Changing Role of Libraries in Support of Research Data Activities,” was sponsored by the National Academies’ Board on Research Data and Information. Presentations were also made by the National Library of Medicine on its data activities and by the Library of Congress on its digital-data preservation and access strategies. All of the presenters’ slides are available on the symposium Web site.

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17. Digital Preservation Practices Surveyed by Library and Archives Canada

The Library and Archives Canada (LAC) recently released a report, “Survey of Digital Preservation Practices in Canada,” which presents the result of a survey the LAC commissioned in 2008. The data collected in 2009 show widespread engagement by libraries in a variety of sectors in digital preservation, but also highlight the limited progress so far and the wide range of challenges faced. The report provides information on a variety of strategies and specific preservation practices, with off-site storage, replication, and reformatting predominating. However, more emergent preservation strategies are also reported. The report highlights important barriers to the development of a more coherent digital preservation capacity and argues for a central entity to provide leadership, foster investment, and generally “make the case” for this crucial library function. For more information, view the LAC report.

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18. UK Study Identifies Costs of Digital Preservation

Charles Beagrie Ltd. has released a new analysis of digital preservation costs, Keeping Research Data Safe 2, developed with support from JISC, OCLC Research, and the UK Data Archive. The report follows on the original 2008 Keeping Research Data Safe report with a larger, updated body of evidence. While the costs reported in this study may not be exactly equivalent to costs in a US environment, several important patterns are likely to hold. The study shows that the costs of archival storage and preservation planning are quite small in comparison to the costs of acquisition and ingest. Not only are digital preservation costs front-loaded, the study also finds that current researchers see significant benefits in the short term from data preservation. The authors offer eight recommendations for future work to enhance data preservation. For more details, see the summary and download the report on the JISC Web site.

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19. CLIR Releases Reports on Transforming Research Collections

A collection of three reports recently released by CLIR, The Idea of Order: Transforming Research Collections for 21st-Century Scholarship, explores several key questions that can inform the future of research collections. In the first of the three reports, profiles of seven libraries illuminate the current opportunities and limitations facing those seeking the all-digital research library. These rich descriptions illustrate and inform the analysis offered by the authors, Lisa Spiro and Geneva Henry. A different take on the investments demanded by maintaining physical book collections arises in the second report by Paul Courant and Matthew Nielsen. The authors analyze the cost of keeping print volumes in various storage situations common at research institutions (open and closed stack arrangements). The third report considers the value of large-scale text collections for humanistic inquiry. Assessments by four humanist scholars provide the foundation for the synthesis offered by Charles Henry and Kathlin Smith. Download the collection from the CLIR Web site.

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20. CNI Update

A. Upcoming Membership Meetings

CNI’s fall 2010 Membership Meeting will take place Dec. 13–14 in Washington DC. The spring 2011 Membership Meeting will be held in San Diego, California, April 4–5. For more information about CNI Membership Meetings, see the CNI Web site.

B. JISC/CNI Meeting 2010, Edinburgh, July 1-2

The JISC/CNI Meeting 2010, “Managing Data in Difficult Times,” will take place in Edinburgh, Scotland, July 1–2, 2010. The meeting will bring together data-management experts from the US and Europe to explore major developments that are happening on both sides of the Atlantic. Keynote speakers include:

  • Dan Atkins, Professor and Associate Vice President, University of Michigan and former Director, Office of Cyberinfrastructure, US National Science Foundation
  • Sayeed Choudhury, Associate Director for Library Digital Programs, John Hopkins University
  • Heather Joseph, Executive Director, SPARC
  • Liz Lyon, Director, UKOLN

For more details, see the JISC/CNI Meeting 2010 Web site.

C. CNI Conversations: May Podcast Available; Register for July Session Now

The archived podcast of the May session of CNI Conversations is available on the series Web site. (To subscribe to the audio feed add http://conversations.cni.org/feed to iTunes, or any podcatcher.) The May session includes discussion of computer forensics and cultural heritage, the Sage Bioinformatics Commons, and electronic theses and dissertations, among other topics.

The next session of CNI Conversations will take place on Thursday, July 15, 1:00–2:00 p.m. EDT and is open to individuals at CNI member institutions. If you are interested in participating in CNI Conversations, please contact Jackie Eudell jackie@cni.org.

D. Video and Podcasts from CNI's Spring 2010 Membership Meeting

E-news June 2010: CNI videos

Video recordings of several sessions from the CNI 2010 Spring Membership Meeting are now available on CNI's YouTube channel and CNI’s Vimeo channel:

  • “Codes, Clouds, and Constellations: Open Science in the Data Decade,” Liz Lyon, (UKOLN)
  • “As Lives are Documented Digitally: Strategies for Cultural Memory Organizations,” Clifford Lynch (CNI)
  • “VIVO: Enabling National Networking of Scientists,” Dean Krafft (Cornell) and Valrie Davis (U of Florida)
  • “DuraCloud: Preservation Infrastructure in the Cloud,” Andrew Woods (DuraSpace)

Podcast interviews with speakers and attendees conducted by EDUCAUSE during the Membership Meeting are available on the EDUCAUSE Web site.

E. Lynch Lectures on Developments in Scholarship & Scholarly Communication

Video of “Developments in Scholarship and Scholarly Communication,” presented by Clifford Lynch at the TERENA Networking Conference 2010, is now available on the conference proceedings 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

21. ARL Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce Awarded IMLS Grant

ARL has been awarded a grant by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Laura Bush 21st-Century Librarian Program in the amount of $543,014 to fund the next iteration of the Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce (IRDW). The IRDW will provide support for graduate school in library and information science and other professional development opportunities to 30 students from traditionally underrepresented racial and ethnic minority groups over the next three years. Recruitment for the program will focus on students with academic training in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines. Participants in the IRDW, known as ARL Diversity Scholars, receive a generous compensation package worth, potentially, more than $13,000 over the course of two years. In addition, Diversity Scholars participate in a formal mentoring program, research library visits, and numerous other program components. This is the third grant awarded by IMLS in support of ARL’s diversity recruitment programs since 2003. To date, ARL’s Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce has supported the MLIS education of over 125 students. For more information, visit the IRDW Web site.

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22. ARL Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce

This year ARL is celebrating 10 years of its Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce (IRDW), one of the most successful minority-recruitment programs in the library and information science profession. Since 2000, the ARL IRDW has supported the library and information science education of over 125 students from traditionally underrepresented ethnic and racial groups. ARL will celebrate this milestone on Saturday, June 26, in Washington DC with a special event featuring keynote speaker Claudio Sanchez, National Public Radio education correspondent. Attendance at the celebration is by invitation only. For more information about the special event, contact Mark A. Puente. Additional information about the IRDW is available on the program’s Web site.

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23. ARL Leadership & Career Development Program to Hold Closing Ceremonies for Class of 2009–10

Members of the 2009–10 “Vanguard Class” of ARL’s Leadership and Career Development Program (LCDP) will celebrate the closing ceremonies of their 18-month fellowship experience during the ALA Annual Conference this week in Washington DC. The ARL LCDP prepares midcareer librarians from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups to take on increasingly demanding leadership roles in ARL libraries. Attendance at the closing ceremonies is by invitation only. For more information about the ceremonies, contact Mark A. Puente. For additional information about the LCDP, visit the program Web site. A call for applications for the 2011–12 LCDP is forthcoming.

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24. Digital Access & Scholarly Publishing: ARL Webcast Archive Now Online

E-news June 2010: LCDP webcast

On May 27, the ARL Leadership and Career Development Program (LDCP) hosted a webcast on “Digital Access and Scholarly Publishing: Re-envisioning the Research Library Future.” Presenting for the LCDP fellows were three University of Michigan Library administrators: Paul Courant, University Librarian and Dean of Libraries; Maria Bonn, Associate University Librarian for Publishing; and John Wilkin, Associate University Librarian for Information Technology and Director of the HathiTrust. View an archive of the webcast online.

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25. Register Now for National Diversity in Libraries Conference, July 14–16, Princeton

Registration will close soon for the 2010 National Diversity in Libraries Conference (NDLC) to be held July 14–16 at Princeton University. The NDLC is a biennial event that serves as a regional meeting for library staff members and interested parties to discuss diversity issues, especially issues common to the host region’s culture. The theme for this year’s conference is “From Groundwork to Action.” For details and to register, visit the conference Web site. Also of interest is the ACRL Residency Interest Group podcast about the conference.

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26. National Conference of African American Librarians to Convene August 4–8 in Birmingham

Registration is open for the seventh national meeting of the National Conference of African American Librarians (NCAAL) to be held in Birmingham, Alabama, August 4–8, 2010. The theme of the conference is “Culture Keepers VII: Bridging the Divide with Information Access, Activism, and Advocacy.” For more information, visit the conference Web site.

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LIBRARY STATISTICS AND ASSESSMENT

27. ARL Statistics & Assessment Events at ALA Annual Conference, Washington DC, June 24–July 2

ARL is offering the following statistics and assessment events at the ALA Annual Conference in Washington DC this week:

  • LibQUAL+®/StatsQUAL®/ARL exhibit booth (#3853)
  • Google Analytics Workshop
  • ClimateQUAL™ Partners Meeting
  • ARL Library Assessment Forum
  • ARL Survey Coordinators and SPEC Liaisons Meeting
  • Return on Investment (Lib-Value) Workshop
  • Value and Impact Workshop
  • METS Workshop: The Basics and Beyond

For details and a complete list of ARL events at the ALA Annual Conference, visit the ARL Web site.

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28. ARL Annual Statistical Surveys Update

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

  • ARL Annual Salary Survey 2009–10: Final tables are available 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.
  • 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/.

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29. ARL to Offer Non-Members Subscriptions to ARL Statistics Analytics Interface

ARL will be offering a subscription service to the ARL Statistics Analytics for organizations that are interested in accessing the final verified data through an interactive interface. (All ARL institutions have access to the ARL Statistics Analytics as soon as the data are submitted through the StatsQUAL® password-protected gateway at http://www.arlstatistics.org/.) The subscription fee will be $750 for for-profit organizations and $500 for non-profit organizations; this price will be discounted by one-third for those who subscribe to the product during 2010. Interested organizations may e-mail stats@arl.org.

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30. Register Now for Library Assessment Conference, Oct. 25–27, Baltimore

Registration is open 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. The conference will be held October 25–27 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.

The 2010 conference will feature five keynote speakers:

  • Fred Heath on Library Service Quality
  • Joe Matthews on Performance Measures and Balanced Scorecard
  • Danuta Nitecki on Assessment of Library Spaces
  • Megan Oakleaf on Learning Outcomes and the Library
  • Stephen Town on Value and Impact

Two full-day and four half-day pre- and post-conference workshops are being offered as well:

Full-Day Workshops, Sunday, October 24

  • Getting Started with Learning Outcomes Assessment: Purposes, Practical Options, and Impact

  • Working Effectively with LibQUAL+®

Half-Day Workshops, Wednesday, October 27

  • Best Practices in Graphical Data Presentation
  • Successful Current Practices: Getting Returns on Investment (ROI)
  • Successfully Managing Change with the Balanced Scorecard
  • Telling the Story

For more details and to register for the conference and workshops, visit the conference Web site.

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31. Call for Participation in ClimateQUAL®: Organizational Climate and Diversity Assessment 2011

ARL invites participation in the ClimateQUAL® survey in 2011. ClimateQUAL® helps participating libraries understand how their procedures and policies affect their organization's climate and service quality. The survey collects information about staff perceptions concerning the organization’s commitment to the principles of diversity, staff perceptions of organizational policies and procedures, and staff attitudes. ARL and the University of Maryland Industrial/Organizational Psychology program have partnered to offer this protocol to the library community. ClimateQUAL® is currently seeking eight to ten US or Canadian institutions to participate in 2011. Please note that participants need to survey at least 50 part-time or full-time employees. For more information, see the press release.

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32. LibQUAL+® Lite Offers Shorter Response Times, Higher Response Rates

The new LibQUAL+® Lite protocol, which asks fewer survey questions of a randomly selected subsample of users, is proving to be a popular choice among LibQUAL+® participants this year. To date, 147 institutions have collected over 165,000 complete surveys from undergraduate and graduate students and faculty in 2010. About 68% of all surveys presented to users have been of the Lite version. Individual libraries determine what percentage of their users are randomly assigned the traditional LibQUAL+® protocol and what percentage are assigned the LibQUAL+® Lite protocol. The median time for completing a LibQUAL+® Lite survey is five minutes, while the median time for completing the long version is nine and a half minutes. In addition to decreasing the response time, LibQUAL+® Lite appears to increase the response rate: 42% of long surveys garner complete responses, compared to 53% of Lite surveys.

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33. The Condition of Education 2010: NCES Releases Report

The US Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) has published The Condition of Education 2010, which summarizes developments and trends in education using the latest data. The report presents 49 indicators on the status and condition of education, in addition to a special section on high-poverty schools. The indicators cover five areas: (1) participation in education, (2) learner outcomes, (3) student effort and educational progress, (4) the contexts of elementary and secondary education, and (5) the contexts of postsecondary education. Download the report from the NCES Web site.

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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST TO ARL DIRECTORS

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

E-news June 2010: SPEC Kits

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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35. ARL Transitions

Buffalo (SUNY): H. Austin Booth, Associate Director of University Libraries and Director of Collections, has been named Interim Associate Vice President for University Libraries, effective July 1. She succeeds Stephen Roberts, who will retire June 30.

California, Irvine: Gerald Lowell, Assistant Dean of the Claire Trevor School of the Arts at UC Irvine, was appointed Interim Library Director, effective June 1. Lowell succeeds Gerry Munoff upon his retirement. For details, see the UC Irvine news story.

Colorado State: Pat Burns, Vice President for Information Technology, was also named Dean of Libraries in May. He served as Interim Dean since May 2008, when Catherine Murray-Rust resigned to become Dean of Libraries at Georgia Tech. For more information, see the Colorado State press release.

Queen’s: Martha Whitehead, Associate University Librarian, has been named University Librarian for a three-year term, effective July 1. She succeeds Paul Wiens, who will step down June 30 to begin an administrative leave followed by retirement. Whitehead is an alumna of the 2007–08 ARL Research Library Leadership Fellows program. For details, see the Queen’s news story.

Tennessee (UT): Linda Phillips, Alumni Distinguished Service Professor and Head of Scholarly Communication for UT Libraries, has been appointed Interim Dean of UT Libraries, effective July 1. Phillips succeeds Barbara Dewey, who is leaving to become the Dean of University Libraries and Scholarly Communications at Penn State. For more information, see the UT press release.

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36. ARL Staff Transitions

Abbey Gerken was appointed as a part-time Program Assistant providing support for the Career Enhancement Program and other ARL Diversity Initiatives, effective June 9. She is a recent MSLS graduate from the Catholic University of America and holds a BA in English from the Ohio State University.

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37. Other Transitions

Boston Library Consortium (BLC): Melissa Trevvett, Vice President and Director of Programs and Services for the Center for Research Libraries, has been named Executive Director of the BLC, effective September 7. Trevvett succeeds Barbara Preece, who was Executive Director of the BLC from 2000 through 2009.

National Science Foundation (NSF): President Obama has announced his intent to nominate Subra Suresh, Dean of the MIT School of Engineering, to serve as the next Director of NSF. Suresh has made significant contributions to the emerging field of nanobiomechanics and is a vocal advocate for greater interdisciplinary collaboration. For details, see the MIT press release.

Research Libraries UK (RLUK): Phil Sykes, University Librarian at Liverpool University, has been elected Chair of the RLUK Board, effective July 1. He will succeed Mark Brown, who is stepping down after completing a double term as Chair since 2006. Brown will remain on the board until April 2011. For more information, see the RLUK press release.

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38. Grants

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has awarded 38 Laura Bush 21st-Century Librarian Program grants totaling $22,623,984. The grant recipients include ARL and the following ARL member libraries:

  • ARL: Award amount: $543,015; project: Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce (see item 22 above for details).

  • University of California, Riverside, in partnership with eight local libraries: Award amount: $974,259; project: Inland Empire LEADS—Librarians Educated to Advance Diversity and Service.

  • Case Western Reserve University, in partnership with the Kent State School of Library and Information Science, the Cleveland Art Museum, and 19 academic and special libraries: Award amount: $552,908; project: Exposure and Experience: Development of a Preprofessional Program to Recruit College Students to the Library.

  • Purdue University: Award amount: $187,242; project: Understanding Curation through the use of Data-Curation Profiles.

For more information about the grants and a complete list of grantees, see the IMLS press release.

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6/22/10

Charles B. Lowry
Executive Director
clowry@arl.org

Kaylyn Groves
Communications Program Officer
kaylyn@arl.org

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Washington DC 20036
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