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June 2012 E-News

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In This Issue

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

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

ARL Governance & Membership

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ARL, CNI, SPARC Strategic Actions

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Law & Policy

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From the Field

  • UVa Library Preserves Record of President Sullivan's Resignation
    The University of Virginia (UVa) Library has issued a call for physical and digital materials directly related to the resignation and reinstatement of UVa President Teresa A. Sullivan...

  • GOKb to Provide Access to Data about E-Resources
    Kuali OLE—a US academic library software partnership that includes 10 ARL member libraries—and JISC in the UK announced that they will collaboratively develop an international, open, data repository that will make publication data about e-resources more easily available...

  • MLA Announces Open-Access-Friendly Author Agreements
    The journals of the Modern Language Association (MLA)—which include PMLA, Profession, and the ADE and ADFL bulletins—have adopted new author agreements that are compatible with open access...

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ARL Spring 2012 Membership Meeting Presentations Available

Audio recordings and slides of many of the presentations from the ARL Membership Meeting held in Chicago last month are now available on the ARL website. Presentation topics include: the Digital Preservation Network, Diversity and Leadership Initiatives, Open Scholarship, the Balanced Scorecard, Research Identifiers, and 21st-Century Collections.

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ARL Board to Convene in Washington, DC

The ARL Board of Directors will convene for its 180th meeting on Thursday, July 26, at the ARL office in Washington, DC. For more information about the meeting, contact Sue Baughman.

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ARL Fall Forum—Save the Dates

Planning is underway for the next ARL Fall Forum, to be held October 11–12, 2012, in Washington, DC. The program will focus on the changing dimensions of research libraries’ organizational strategy and workforce. Details about the program and registration will be released this summer. For more information about the meeting, contact Sue Baughman.

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Library Copyright Alliance Testifies for Exemptions to DMCA

Fellini's 8 1/2 on the projector
"Fellini's 8 ½ on the projector"
image © Missy & the Universe

In a US Copyright Office hearing on June 4, attorney Jonathan Band testified on behalf of the Library Copyright Alliance—ALA, ARL, ACRL—in favor of renewing selected exemptions to Section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). In particular, Band called for the renewal of the exemption for the creation of film-clip compilations for classroom and educational use by all college and university faculty, regardless of academic discipline. According to Section 1201(a)(1) of the DMCA, the Librarian of Congress is allowed once every three years to adopt exemptions to the anti-circumvention provisions that place technological protections on copyrighted works. This is a mechanism established by the DMCA to periodically check if the anti-circumvention provisions prevent users of copyrighted works from making lawful uses of works, such as fair use. For more information on the hearing, see Rebecca Tushnet’s 43(B)log entry from June 4.

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White House Petition for Public Access to Research Achieves Goal

In just two weeks, the White House petition for public access to federally funded research results garnered the necessary 25,000 signatures for the petition to be reviewed by the White House Chief of Staff. The next step is for the White House to issue an official response. The “We the People” petition was posted on May 21, 2012, by Access2Research, a group of advocates for open access.

A broad range of open-access supporters, including ARL and SPARC, spread the word about the petition using e-mail, blogs, Twitter, Facebook, and even YouTube. Tweets on the petition included endorsements from such thought-leaders as Jimmy Wales, Tim O’Reilly, and Lawrence Lessig. Many organizations endorsed the petition, including the Wikimedia Foundation, Patients Like Me, and the Avon Foundation. A variety of university libraries, commercial companies, and advocacy organizations also promoted the petition.

Additionally, the Washington Post published an opinion piece by Matt Cooper, President and CEO of the National Association of Graduate-Professional Students, and Elizabeth Wiley, National President of the American Medical Student Association, who call upon President Obama to support public access to federally funded research. Cooper and Wiley note, “If the president is serious about improving access to quality education, he should ensure that students and their professors have timely, open access to the fruits of our tax dollars—research that forms the basis of our understanding of the world, now and after graduation.” See “Keep the Library Open after Graduation,” in the Washington Post, June 7, 2012.

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ARL, Others Urge US Senate to Save the American Community Survey

ARL, with other open-government allies, is urging the Senate to reject the short-sighted decision by the US House of Representatives to defund the US Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS) and to include sufficient funding for ACS in FY 2013. The ACS is an annual survey that provides data on the social and economic needs of local communities. As noted by Rep. William Lacy Clay (D-MO), “in fiscal year 2008, 184 Federal domestic assistance programs used ACS–related data to help guide the distribution of $416 billion. This represents 29 percent of all Federal assistance.” Additionally, ACS’s rich data set on such neighborhood characteristics as income, education, and occupational skills is used by retailers to decide where they should open new locations. Manufacturers and service-sector firms also use ACS data to identify and understand the occupational skills of local labor markets. Download the letter to the Senate.

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ARL Joins Letter Raising Concerns over FISA Amendments Act

The FISA Amendments Act of 2008 (FAA), which authorized unprecedented surveillance of Americans with very little judicial process or oversight, is due to sunset in December 2012. Congress is trying to move early to reauthorize the FAA, and several civil liberties groups have raised concerns about the bill, urging key leaders in Congress to institute stronger safeguards for privacy. The New York Times has reported that the National Security Agency (NSA) abused the FAA to collect private e-mail messages and other information about US citizens far in excess of what the law is supposed to allow, but Congress has never required the NSA to disclose the nature and extent of these abuses. ARL joined a variety of civil liberties groups in demanding that reauthorization of the FAA be conditioned on tighter protections for privacy. For more details, see:

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E-Science Institute 2012–13 to Be Offered by ARL/DLF/DuraSpace

ARL, in partnership with DLF, has asked DuraSpace to host an E-Science Institute in the 2012-13 academic year. This institute will be offered to academic and research library audiences seeking opportunities to boost institutional support of e-research and the management and preservation of the scientific and scholarly record. The new Institute will include ongoing communication with the ARL/CLIR Connect E-Science/E-Research Community—an interactive website for ESI participants to maintain contact with one another, the ESI faculty, and experts and professionals in the fields of information and library science to build a community of emerging practice. ARL and DLF will work with DuraSpace to shape the new institute, building on the earlier successful program of creating a valuable learning experience and ongoing community collaboration among academic and research libraries. For more details, see the ARL press release.

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ARL Diversity Programs Win IMLS Grant to Fund Career Enhancement Program

The ARL Diversity Programs have been awarded a $481,751 grant by the IMLS Laura Bush 21st-Century Librarian Program to support the Career Enhancement Program (CEP). The ARL CEP is a minority fellowship program that recruits MLIS students from traditionally underrepresented racial and ethnic minority groups into careers in research and academic libraries. The CEP partners with eight ARL member libraries to provide each program participant with a six- to twelve-week paid internship, as well as a suite of other benefits. The full, eight-month fellowship experience includes a formal mentoring program, opportunities for leadership development, and career placement assistance. CEP application forms will be available in late summer 2012. For more details, including a list of the eight libraries that host the CEP internships, see the ARL press release.

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ClimateQUAL® 2012 Participation Update and Call

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

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ARL Annual Statistical Surveys Update

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

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

  • ARL Statistics, Academic Health Sciences Statistics, Academic Law Statistics, ARL Supplementary Statistics 2010–2011: The data-verification process is almost complete. All libraries have submitted data. The index will be calculated in the coming days.

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

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

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

The ARL Statistics and Assessment Committee and the Task Force on Reviewing the ARL Annual Salary Survey, the ARL Statistics, and the ARL Supplementary Statistics approved the survey revisions for the upcoming survey cycle during the May 2012 ARL Membership Meeting.

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

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Publishers, GSU File Dueling Relief Proposals in E-Reserves Case

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The plaintiff publishers (Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, and SAGE) and the defendant Georgia State University (GSU) have each filed documents with the federal district court in Atlanta arguing for their preferred remedy in the hotly contested fair-use dispute. Judge Evans found only five infringements (out of 99 alleged) in her May 11 opinion in the case, but she said these infringements were caused in part by GSU’s fair use policy. Judge Evans asked the parties to propose relief consistent with the reasoning in her opinion. Although the publishers continue to maintain that their original request (a more restrictive version of the 1976 Classroom Photocopying Guidelines) would be reasonable, they grudgingly offer an alternative order modeled closely on Judge Evans’ opinion, but with monitoring provisions that may give some professors pause. GSU’s filing notifies the judge that its fair-use policy has already been modified as of June 15 in response to the May 11 decision, and asks the judge for a simple declaration that the new policy is sufficient.

For more information, see:

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Google Books Judge Allows Case to Proceed as Class Action; Google Appeals

In a victory for the Authors Guild, Judge Denny Chin granted two important procedural motions in the lawsuit over the Google Books project. Judge Chin agreed to let the Authors Guild sue on behalf of its members, rather than requiring each individual member to sue on their own. He also agreed to let the suit go forward as a class action on behalf of all authors of books digitized in the Google corpus. Google had argued that many authors did not actually object to their project, and commissioned an opinion poll showing that more than half the authors in a sample opinion poll felt that Google’s book-search tool did not harm them, and some felt it was more likely to help than harm their sales. A letter signed by a distinguished group of academic authors argued that the suit did not represent their interests. Nevertheless, Judge Chin found that the lawsuit could go forward on behalf of all authors; anyone who did not wish to be part of the suit could opt out. Google has appealed this decision to the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Unless the Second Circuit reverses Judge Chin, the suit should finally proceed to the core issue: whether it was fair use for Google to scan millions of books and serve snippets of those books as search results on the web.

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South Park Fair-Use Defense Affirmed by Appeals Court

On June 7, the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit affirmed a lower court’s ruling that the TV show South Park’s parody of a viral video is protected under fair use. The decision is significant because the fair-use determination was made at a very early stage in the litigation, before the often lengthy and expensive discovery process. Some practitioners have been hesitant to exercise fair use because of the potential expense of mounting a defense in court. This case is good news for content users because it shows that, for a sufficiently strong fair-use case, it may be possible to have the suit dismissed before litigation costs become significant. That said, legal scholar Rebecca Tushnet has pointed out that snap fair-use decisions may not always favor users—without evidence, a judge may fail to understand how a particular use is transformative for its audience community, especially if the community is sufficiently different from the judge’s own background.

For more information about this case, see:

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White House Releases Science, Tech Priorities for FY 2014

On June 6, the White House Office of Management and Budget and Office of Science and Technology Policy released a memorandum outlining the Obama administration’s science and technology priorities for the FY 2014 budget. The importance of data is emphasized in this memo, which gives federal agencies guidance for writing budget requests.

Regarding R&D for informed policy making and management, the memo states:

Agencies, especially those with primary missions other than R&D, should give priority to R&D that strengthens the scientific basis for decision-making, particularly with regard to health, safety, and environmental impacts. This includes efforts to enhance the accessibility and usefulness of data and tools for decision support.…

In discussing information technology R&D, the memo highlights “big data,” analytics, and data management:

Within the interagency Networking and Information Technology Research and Development initiative, agencies should give priority to investments that address the challenges of, and tap the opportunities afforded by, the Big Data revolution—the fast growing volume of large and complex collections of digital data—to advance agency missions and further scientific discovery and innovation. Within the initiative, agencies should give priority to investment in data analytics and management.…

For more information and a link to the memo, see “OMB Asks Agencies to Set Science, Tech Priorities in FY 2014 Budgets” by Ross Wilkers on, June 11, 2012.

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US Budget Update

House Passes FY 2013 Budget for Legislative Branch including LC, GPO

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US Capitol
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On June 8, the US House of Representatives passed the FY 2013 budget for the legislative branch that provides funding levels for the member offices and committees, the Library of Congress, the Government Printing Office, and for other legislative branch agencies and activities.

The House provided $592,642,000 for the operations of the Library of Congress. This is $5,298,000 above the FY 2012 enacted level and $10,947,000 below the budget request, and it represents a reduction of 189 FTEs.

The House approved $122,456,000 in FY 2013 for the Government Printing Office (GPO). This amount is $3,744,000 below the FY 2012 enacted level and the budget request. Of this GPO–wide allocation, $34,728,000 was allocated to the salaries and expenses of the Superintendent of Documents; this amount is $272,000 below the FY 2012 enacted level. In addition, funds available via the Revolving Fund will support Information Technology Projects ($3,000,000) and Federal Digital System Projects ($536,000). It was also recommended that a legislative branch–wide task force be established to examine issues relating to access to congressional information, in particular, increased dissemination of congressional information via bulk download in order to increase transparency and openness in the legislative process.

It is not clear when the Senate will act on legislative branch appropriations.

House Subcommittee Allocates $132 Million for NEH

On June 20, the US House of Representatives Subcommittee on Interior Appropriations marked up the draft FY 2013 spending bill for Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies. The bill provides $132 million in funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), a decrease of $14 million from the FY 2012 level of $146 million and $22.3 million less than President Obama’s budget request for FY 2013. Allocations for specific NEH programs and accounts are not publicly available at this time. The full House Appropriations Committee still needs to consider the bill.

House Committee Cuts NHPRC Funding; Senate Committee Holds Funding Steady

The US House and Senate Appropriations Committees have passed their versions of FY 2013 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bills, which provide annual funding for the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), the grant-making arm of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). The Obama administration requested only $3 million for NHPRC in FY 2013, a substantial reduction from the FY 2012 budget of $5 million. On June 14, the Senate Appropriations Committee allocated level funding of $5 million in FY 2013 for NHPRC. On June 20, the House Appropriations Committee approved a 50% reduction in funding ($2.5 million in appropriations) in FY 2013 for NHPRC. The measures will now be reported to both the full Senate and House for consideration.

For more information about federal appropriations, contact Prue Adler.

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Morrill Act Sesquicentennial Celebrated by US Senate

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On June 20, the US Senate approved S. 502, Celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the Signing of the First Morrill Act. The Senate resolution notes that the First Morrill Act, signed into law by President Lincoln on July 2, 1862, “granted public lands to States and territories to support colleges in promoting education as a means of economic advancement and intellectual pursuit.” The resolution affirms the continuing importance of the land-grant and public universities and encourages the American people to celebrate the sesquicentennial of the First Morrill Act. Senator Leahy (D-VT) led the effort to pass S. 502. Download the text of the resolution from the GPO website. For more information about the Morrill Act, including ideas for celebrating the anniversary on your campus, visit the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) website.

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UVa Library Preserves Record of President Sullivan's Resignation

The University of Virginia (UVa) Library has issued a call for physical and digital materials directly related to the resignation and reinstatement of UVa President Teresa A. Sullivan. The library is collecting such items as: signs, posters, other rally materials; notes, letters, materials created by students, staff, faculty, alumni; public Facebook events and groups; tweets using hashtags related to the controversy; blogs, photos, videos; and published articles from online newspapers. The collected materials will become a permanent part of the University Archives, which is housed in the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library at UVa. For more details, see the UVa Library website.

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GOKb to Provide Access to Data about E-Resources

Kuali OLE—a US academic library software partnership that includes 10 ARL member libraries—and JISC in the UK announced that they will collaboratively develop an international, open, data repository that will make publication data about e-resources more easily available. The effort, known as the Global Open Knowledgebase (GOKb) project, is funded in part by a $499,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. For more details, see the GOKb press release.

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MLA Announces Open-Access-Friendly Author Agreements

The journals of the Modern Language Association (MLA)—which include PMLA, Profession, and the ADE and ADFL bulletins—have adopted new author agreements that are compatible with open access. The revised agreements leave copyright with the authors and explicitly permit authors to deposit the final versions of their manuscripts in open-access repositories and post them on personal or departmental websites. For more information, see “MLA Shift on Copyright” by Scott Jaschik in Inside Higher Ed, June 6, 2012.

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RLI Focuses on Special Collections, Archives in Digital Age

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ARL has released a pre-publication version of Research Library Issues (RLI) no. 279, which is devoted to legal concerns and evolving professional practices around digitizing special collections and archival materials. RLI 279 includes a model digitization contract, model “deeds of gift” that can secure permission to make donated material accessible on the web, and an essay by Kevin L. Smith on a new way of thinking about copyright and risk management. The pre-publication version of RLI 279 is freely available from ARL Digital Publications.

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ARL Statistics® Webcast Now on YouTube

ARL has released a YouTube video of the ARL Statistics® Webcast presented on June 5 by Martha Kyrillidou (ARL), Shaneka Morris (ARL), Steve Hiller (Washington), and Jim Self (Virginia). The webcast informs survey coordinators and library staff about the nature of descriptive research library statistics, demonstrates how ARL members and nonmember libraries can access the ARL Statistics® data, and shares how data can be used to make a case for your library. The webcast also unveils some of the upcoming changes to the ARL annual surveys and discusses the benefits of these changes. For more details and to view the webcast, see the ARL press release.

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SPARC Open Access Week 2012 Kickoff Webcast Now on Vimeo

Open Access Week

The Open Access (OA) Week 2012 kickoff webcast hosted by SPARC on June 19 is now available to view anytime on Vimeo. The theme of this year's OA Week (October 22–28) is "Set the Default to Open Access." The webcast featured three speakers who discussed the state of open access in each of their countries: Reggie Raju, Director of IT Services and Communication, US Library and Information Service, Stellenbosch University, South Africa; Heather Joseph, Executive Director of SPARC in the US; and Iryna Kuchma, Program Manager at EIFL Open Access in Ukraine. View the webcast.

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ACRL Reviews Top Trends in Academic Libraries

The ACRL Research Planning and Review Committee has published a report on the top 10 trends affecting academic libraries. The committee organized a discussion forum at the 2012 ALA Midwinter Meeting to provide an opportunity for ACRL members to meet and discuss issues affecting academic libraries and higher education. Three leaders in academic librarianship were the catalysts for this discussion: Martin Halbert (University of North Texas), Joan Lippincott (CNI), and Mark A. Puente (ARL). The report includes a brief discussion of each of the top trends along with references to the literature. The report is freely available online in the June 2012 issue of C&RL News.

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Learning Space Toolkit Releases Content

Learning Space Toolkit

The first half of the Learning Space Toolkit has been released by North Carolina State University. Content in the “Roadmap,” “Needs Assessment,” and “Services” sections has been posted with the rest coming soon. The toolkit will be completed by November. CNI Associate Executive Director Joan Lippincott serves on the project’s advisory group.

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CNI Conversations Podcasts Feature DPN, ORCID, More

In the June 6 CNI Conversations podcast, CNI Director Clifford Lynch speaks with James Hilton, University of Virginia CIO, about the Digital Preservation Network (DPN), an initiative which aims to create a federated approach to preservation of academic content.

The May 23 CNI Conversations podcast includes discussion of several recent conferences: the International Workshop on Contributorship and Scholarly Attribution, an ORCID (Open Researcher & Contributor ID) Outreach Meeting, the Designing Libraries for the 21st Century conference in Calgary, and others.

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Research Universities and the Future of America: National Academies Release Report

The National Academies Press has published a new report on Research Universities and the Future of America. The report states that American research universities are essential for US prosperity and security, but the institutions are in danger of serious decline unless the federal government, states, and industry take action to ensure adequate, stable funding in the next decade. Congress requested the report, which was written by a committee that includes industry CEOs, university presidents, a former US senator, and a Nobel laureate. The report recommends 10 strategic actions that the US should take in the next decade to maintain top-quality research institutions. This report builds upon the 2005 and 2010 Rising above the Gathering Storm reports. Read the report for free online or order a print copy from the National Academies Press website.

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Call for Proposals for 2013 SPEC Survey Topics


Do you have an idea for a survey of research libraries? ARL is seeking proposals for 2013 SPEC survey topics. For 40 years ARL has gathered and disseminated data through the SPEC survey program to assist libraries in the continuous improvement of their management systems. Each year, ARL works with librarians in the US and Canada 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. Proposals for 2013 topics are due July 22, 2012. For more details, see the ARL news release.

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Human Resources Symposium in DC—Save the Dates

In collaboration with the ACRL Personnel Administrators & Staff Development Officers Discussion Group, ARL is sponsoring a Human Resources Symposium to be offered November 15–16, 2012, at the Dupont Circle Hotel in Washington, DC. The symposium will be an opportunity for human resources (HR) professionals in academic and research libraries to convene around such issues as aligning HR practice with strategic planning; leadership development and succession planning; and emerging 21st-century expertise. More details, including registration cost and the program agenda, are forthcoming on the ARL website. For more information in the meantime, contact Mark A. Puente or Judy Ruttenberg.

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Library Assessment Conference 2012 Registration Now Open

Paramount Theater marquee, Charlottesville, Virginia, Library Assessment Conference 2012

Registration is open for the 2012 Library Assessment Conference: Building Effective, Sustainable, Practical Assessment, the only conference in North America to focus solely on library assessment. This fourth assessment conference will be held October 29–31 in the historic and beautiful town of Charlottesville, Virginia, and is co-sponsored by ARL, the University of Virginia Library, and the University of Washington Libraries. The conference is geared toward all library and information professionals interested in assessment and it covers a full range of library assessment activities. The registration deadline is August 25, but participants are encouraged to register early as registration for the previous conferences closed several weeks before the deadline due to high demand. For more details and to register, visit the Library Assessment Conference website.

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Library Assessment Seminar, LibQUAL+® Share Fair to Be Held at Lund University

Lund University Libraries and ARL invite you to contribute to the Library Assessment Seminar and LibQUAL+® Share Fair to be held at Lund University, Sweden, on September 20, 2012. The morning program will feature speakers from the US and the UK who will discuss how organizational strategy and metrics (including LibQUAL+®) work together. In the afternoon the Share Fair—an informal, science-fair-style gathering—will feature brief presentations/poster sessions by current and past LibQUAL+® survey participants highlighting analysis available from survey results and featuring marketing ideas. The deadline for presentation/poster proposals as well as event registration is July 30. For more details, visit the event page.

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Article-Level Metrics Webcast to Be Offered by SPARC Europe

SPARC Europe will host a free webcast on July 12 featuring Jennifer Lin, Product Manager of PLoS, for an in-depth look at the current status of article-level metrics. Lin will discuss PLoS efforts to reach out to institutions, publishers, and funders for wide-spread adoption. She will also provide a glimpse at what is on the horizon for further development. For more details and to register, visit the SPARC Europe website.

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DataWeb Forum for Data Exchange and Interoperability: Request for Comments

Chris Greer of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Alan Blatecky of the National Science Foundation (NSF) have prepared a concept paper outlining their thinking about what they call the DataWeb Forum, an organization to facilitate the exchange and interoperation of scientific data across disciplines and national boundaries. The authors welcome comments and expressions of interest on the paper, which is available on the CNI website.

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Pacific Neighborhood/Electronic Cultural Atlas Meeting to Be Held Dec. 7–9

The Pacific Neighborhood Consortium (PNC) Annual Conference, hosted by the Electronic Cultural Atlas Initiative (ECAI), will be held December 7–9, 2012, at the University of California, Berkeley. This year’s conference theme is “New Horizons: Information Technology Connecting Culture, Community, Time, and Place.” CNI Executive Director Clifford Lynch will deliver a keynote address at the meeting. Paper proposals are due July 31. For more information, see the conference website.

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ARL Transitions

Cincinnati: Xuemao Wang has been named Dean and University Librarian, effective August 31, 2012, pending approval by the university’s Board of Trustees. Wang is currently Associate Vice Provost of University Libraries at Emory and a 2011–12 ARL Research Library Leadership Fellow. For more details, see the University of Cincinnati news release.

Emory: Rich Mendola, Vice President for Information Technology and CIO, has been appointed Interim Vice Provost and Director of University Libraries, effective June 14. For more information, see the Emory news release.

George Washington (GWU): Jack Siggins announced that he will retire as University Librarian, after 17 years in the position, effective August 31, 2012. He will serve as special adviser to the Provost through December 31, 2013. For more details, see the GWU Libraries news release.

Iowa: Nancy Baker announced that she will retire as University Libraries, a position she has held since 2000, effective July 5, 2013.

Laval: Charles Bérubé, Director of Administrative Services for the Library, has been appointed Interim Director of the Library, effective June 1, 2012.

Southern Illinois Carbondale (SIUC): Anne Cooper Moore, Dean of Libraries at the University of South Dakota, has been named Dean of Library Affairs at SIUC, effective July 16, 2012, pending approval by the university’s Board of Trustees. Susan Tulis, SIUC Associate Dean for Information Services, has been serving as Interim Dean of Library Affairs since April 30, 2012. For more information, see the SIUC news release.

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Other Transitions

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NISO Board: The membership of the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) has elected new leadership for the 2012–13 term that begins on July 1, 2012. Two ARL representatives were newly elected to the NISO board: Pat Steele (Maryland) and Tyler Walters (Virginia Tech). Wendy Pradt Lougee (Minnesota) continues her term on the board through 2012-13. For more details, including a complete board roster, see the NISO press release.

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Sul H. Lee, Dean of University Libraries and the Peggy V. Helmerich Chair at the University of Oklahoma (OU), has been selected as a 2012 inductee into the Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame, sponsored by the Oklahoma Higher Education Heritage Society. The honor recognizes Lee’s numerous contributions to higher education within the state. Lee has served as Dean of University Libraries for more than 30 years, during which time the libraries have experienced significant growth in terms of resources, space, and fundraising. The induction ceremony will take place on October 9, 2012, at the Jim Thorpe Museum and Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City. For more information about this honor, see the OU news release.

Sul Lee was also honored at a dinner hosted by OU President David Boren with over 170 guests on April 24. View the short video of tributes from leaders throughout the OU and library communities that was shown at that dinner.

Winston Tabb, the Sheridan Dean of University Libraries and Museums at Johns Hopkins University (JHU), is being honored by the university. The special collections reading room in the new Brody Learning Commons will be named the Winston Tabb Center for Rare Book, Manuscript and Archives Research. The gift was given by former JHU President William Brody and his wife Wendy; JHU Trustee Emeritus Champ Sheridan and his wife Debbie, for whom the Sheridan Libraries are named; and Richard Frary, Vice Chair of the JHU Board of Trustees, and his wife Irene. The Brody Learning Commons will open for the fall semester 2012.

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Basil Frederick Stuart-Stubbs, 1930–2012

Basil Stuart-Stubbs passed away at Marion Hospice in Vancouver, British Columbia, on May 29 at the age of 82. Professor Emeritus and University Librarian Emeritus at the University of British Columbia (UBC), he will be remembered as a bibliophile, scholar, and librarian.

Stuart-Stubbs earned a BA in philosophy from UBC and a BLS from McGill University. After working at the McGill Library for a few years, he returned to UBC and held positions specializing in collections and rare books. In 1964 he was appointed University Librarian. His 17 years as University Librarian coincided with the computer revolution and the rapid growth of the library staff and collections. Under his leadership, UBC was invited to become a member of ARL in 1967, bringing the total membership of ARL to 80 institutions. In 1981, Stuart-Stubbs moved to a faculty position when he was appointed Professor and Director of the School of Library, Archival, and Information Studies. He retired in 1992.

Stuart-Stubbs held a leadership role in many national and regional library and publishing activities. During his exceptional career, he took particular interest in the production and distribution of Canadian books, and was associated with several initiatives beneficial to authors and their readers, and Canadian publishing. He served on the ARL Board of Directors from 1970 to 1973. He also served on many ARL committees, including the Foreign Newspaper Microfilm Committee (1968–75), Commission on the Development of Resources (1973–76), Task Force on National Library Network Development (1977–78), Task Force on ARL Membership (1977–78), and Advisory Committee for the Bibliographic Control of Materials in Microform Planning Grant (1979–80).

There will be a gathering for family and friends of Basil Stuart-Stubbs on Sunday, September 16, at 2:00 p.m. at the Sage Bistro, 6331 Crescent Road, UBC, Vancouver. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider buying a book by a Canadian author or making a donation to your library.

For more details, see Stuart-Stubbs’s obituary.

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