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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Governance and Membership Activities

1. ARL Board Meets Virtually February 12

2. ARL Membership to Convene April 28–30 in Seattle

Influencing Public Policies

3. Library Copyright Alliance Releases Issue Brief on Streaming Films for Educational Purposes

4. Google Book Search Settlement Update

5. ARL Joins EFF Amicus Brief on Licensing and First Sale

6. Library, Higher Ed Groups Call on FCC to Adopt Net Neutrality Principles

7. ARL Joins in Letter to State Department on Ideological Exclusion

8. US Federal Budget for FY 2011 Released

9. ARL & ALA Write in Support of GPO Appropriations for FY 2011

10. IMLS Solicits Thoughts on the Future of Museums and Libraries in “UpNext” Wiki

Reshaping Scholarly Communication

11. Register for ARL-ACRL Institute on Scholarly Communication Webinar “Building on Success”—Deadline March 15

12. Center for Studies in Higher Ed Publishes Report on Faculty Values & Needs

13. SPARC Announces Sparky Award Winners, Opens People’s Choice Contest—Deadline to Vote March 7

14. KU Faculty Senate Endorses Implementation Process for Open Access Policy

15. Online Guide to Publishing Open-Access Journals Launches

16. Save the Date for Open Access Week 2010: October 18–24

Transforming Research Libraries

17. ARL to Develop Scenarios of Future Environments for Research Libraries

18. CRL Releases List of Shared Print Projects

19. UK Report Analyzes Disciplinary Approaches to Data Sharing

20. NACUBO Endowment Study Shows 18.7% Decline in FY 2009

21. CNI Update

Library Statistics and Assessment

22. ARL Annual Statistical Surveys Update

23. ARL Statistics & Assessment Events at ALA Annual Conference 2010, Washington DC

24. LibQUAL+® Update

Other Items of Interest to ARL Directors

25. ARL Transitions

26. Grants

27. Honors


GOVERNANCE AND MEMBERSHIP ACTIVITIES

1. ARL Board Meets Virtually February 12

ARL President Brinley Franklin (Connecticut) convened a virtual meeting of the ARL Board of Directors on February 12. Winter storms prevented an in-person meeting, as originally planned. Essential business was conducted via e-mail followed by a two-hour conference call. A number of agenda items were postponed until the next Board meeting in April in Seattle but actions were taken on the 2010 budget and on two updated Financial Framework policy statements: Assumptions & Principles and Investment Policy. On February 22, ARL member representatives received an e-mail message from the ARL President reviewing the actions taken by the Board. For more information, contact Jaia Barrett jaia@arl.org.

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2. ARL Membership to Convene April 28–30 in Seattle

The 156th ARL Membership Meeting will convene in Seattle on Wednesday, April 28, at 3:30 p.m. to engage a series of program sessions on “Globalization of Higher Education and Research Libraries.” The Business Meeting will be held on Thursday, April 29, 8:30–10:00 a.m. A detailed schedule for the meeting is available on the ARL Web site http://www.arl.org/events/currentmm/. RSVP to ARL by March 26 and book your hotel room by April 9. If you have questions, contact Sarah Segura sarah@arl.org.

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INFLUENCING PUBLIC POLICIES

3. Library Copyright Alliance Releases Issue Brief on Streaming Films for Educational Purposes

The Library Copyright Alliance (LCA)—ALA, ARL, ACRL—recently released an issue brief that reviews the legal status of streaming entire films to students located outside of the physical classroom. The discussion was prompted by recent news of a disagreement between University of California, Los Angeles and a media equipment trade association over the streaming of films to students as part of an online courseware system. Innovations in secure streaming and online courseware systems hold significant promise for institutions serving faculty and students who demand increased access to institutional and library holdings. Many questions have been raised concerning the use of these technologies under copyright law; the LCA issue brief aims to dispel some of the mystery and uncertainty that surround this issue, and to foster a balanced discussion. The issue brief is available on the LCA Web site http://www.librarycopyrightalliance.org/bm~doc/ibstreamingfilms_021810.pdf.

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4. Google Book Search Settlement Update

A. LCA Releases "March Madness" Diagram of Many Paths Forward

E-news March 2010: LCA diagram re GBS March Madness

On March 4, the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA)—ALA, ARL, ACRL—released "GBS March Madness: Paths Forward for the Google Books Settlement" (GBS). The diagram, developed by Jonathan Band, explores the many possible routes and outcomes of the Google Books settlement, including avenues into the litigation and appeals process. As the diagram shows, this is a very complex legal proceeding that could take a dozen more turns before reaching resolution. Band states, "the precise way forward is more difficult to predict than the NCAA tournament. And although the next step in the GBS saga may occur this March, many more NCAA tournaments will come and go before the buzzer sounds on this dispute." To view the diagram, visit http://www.arl.org/bm~doc/gbs-march-madness-diagram-final.pdf.

B. Court Conducts Fairness Hearing

On February 18, the Federal District Court in Manhattan conducted a fairness hearing on the amended settlement agreement between Google, the Author’s Guild, and the American Association of Publishers. Judge Denny Chin heard from a large number of individuals and entities, both supporting and opposing the amended agreement. Judge Chin announced that he would not rule immediately as, “there is just too much to digest.” For more information, contact Brandon Butler brandon@arl.org.

C. ARL Releases Summary of Second-Round Comments

On February 10, ARL released a summary by ARL Law and Policy Fellow Brandon Butler, which describes the second round of comments to the Court regarding the Google Book Search amended settlement agreement. The summary includes the main themes and trends of the comments. The most recent revisions to the settlement were designed to address concerns raised by the Department of Justice and other critics who advised the Court to reject the original agreement. The summary is available on the ARL Web site http://www.arl.org/bm~doc/gbs-pasa-summary.pdf.

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5. ARL Joins EFF Amicus Brief on Licensing and First Sale

ARL, ALA, and ACRL joined the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and a coalition of public interest and consumer groups in urging a federal appeals court to preserve consumers’ rights and the first-sale doctrine in a battle over an Internet auction of used computer software. In an amicus curiae brief filed with the US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit on February 11, the EFF et al. supported Timothy Vernor, an online software reseller who tried to auction four authentic packages of Autodesk’s AutoCAD software on eBay. Autodesk sent takedown notices to block Vernor’s auctions and threatened to sue him for copyright infringement, claiming that its software is only “licensed,” never sold. At the heart of the case is the first-sale doctrine, which allows legitimate purchasers to sell, lend, or trade copyrighted works freely. The amicus brief argues, in part, that the first-sale doctrine is well established, serves critical economic and democratic values, and promotes access to knowledge and the preservation of culture. The full brief is available on the EFF Web site http://www.eff.org/files/filenode/vernor_v_autodes/VernorAmicus.pdf.

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6. Library, Higher Ed Groups Call on FCC to Adopt Net Neutrality Principles

On March 1, ARL and 10 other library and higher education-related institutions and organizations sent a letter to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Julius Genachowski in support of preserving an open Internet. The groups assert that the Internet faces major threats as a result of deregulation. Internet service providers (ISPs) have strong incentives to degrade certain Internet services, and new technologies increasingly allow them to control Internet traffic without end-user knowledge. Simple, flexible policies are necessary to safeguard the open nature of the Internet and to protect the free flow of information and educational content, according to the letter.

The letter’s signatories urge the adoption of Internet (Net) neutrality principles, including non-discrimination and transparency, while allowing for reasonable practices to manage technical issues such as congestion and spam. These principles would give ISPs simple ground rules and guarantee that private network operators and end users remain free to use Internet access as they see fit. To view the letter, visit http://www.arl.org/bm~doc/ed-library-nn-principles-letter.pdf.

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7. ARL Joins in Letter to State Department on Ideological Exclusion

ARL joined others in the public sector in a February 16 letter to US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, thanking her for ending the ban on selected foreign scholars from entering the US and calling upon the State Department to end the practice of ideological exclusion for good. The letter states, “Agency‐wide policy guidance, as well as a systematic review of recent denials based on the applicants’ ideology, is necessary to ensure a vibrant global marketplace of ideas.” The letter is available on the ARL Web site http://www.arl.org/bm~doc/ideological-exclusion-021610.pdf.

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8. US Federal Budget for FY 2011 Released

The White House released President Obama’s proposed FY 2011 federal budget on February 1. The proposed budget calls for a spending freeze for all discretionary non-defense and non-security programs, a freeze that is expected to continue through FY 2013. The Administration has proposed $147.7 billion for federal R&D, $61.6 billion of which is directed to civilian R&D, up 6.4% from FY 2010. Science and technology-focused agencies fared very well in the proposed budget, which includes increases of 3.2% for NIH, almost 4% for the Department of Energy’s Office of Science, and 11% for NASA. A summary of the FY 2011 budget requests for selected agencies follows.

GPO: President Obama requested $166.6 million for the Government Printing Office in FY 2011, with $40.9 million for the Superintendent of Documents, representing an increase of $2.2 million.

IMLS: The President proposed $265.9 million for the Institute of Museum and Library Services in FY 2011, the same as the current funding level. $213.5 million would support library funding and $35.2 million would support museums.

Library of Congress: The President requested $461 million for the Library of Congress in FY 2011, a $22 million increase.

NARA: The President requested $460.3 million for the National Archives and Records Administration in FY 2011, a 2% decrease from FY 2010. The National Historical Publications and Records Commission would receive $10 million, a proposed reduction of $3 million from FY 2010.

NEH: The President requested $161.3 million for the National Endowment for the Humanities in FY 2011, a 4% decrease or $6.2 million less than the FY 2010 level. The Divisions of Research, Preservation & Access, Education, and Public Programs and the Office of Digital Humanities would each be reduced by $866,000.

For more information, contact Prue Adler prue@arl.org.

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9. ARL & ALA Write in Support of GPO Appropriations for FY 2011

On February 25, ARL with ALA wrote in support of the FY 2011 budget request for the US Government Printing Office (GPO). ARL and ALA urged the House Subcommittee on Legislative Branch of the House Appropriations Committee to fully fund the Federal Depository Library Program and related technological infrastructure. In addition, the associations thanked the Subcommittee for “recognizing the importance of and need to digitize GPO’s legacy collection of federal documents.” The letter is available on the ARL Web site http://www.arl.org/bm~doc/ltgpo2011appropsfinal.pdf.

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10. IMLS Solicits Thoughts on the Future of Museums and Libraries in “UpNext” Wiki

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) invites individuals inside and outside of museums and libraries to help invent the future of these institutions through participation in UpNext: The Future of Museums and Libraries Wiki. The wiki will be a space for discussing, dissecting, expanding, and informing the issues outlined in the Future of Museums and Libraries: A Discussion Guide. IMLS will use the knowledge shared in the wiki to help shape the agency’s strategic plan, research directions, publications, convenings, and grant making. For details and to register, visit http://www.imls.gov/news/2010/022410.shtm.

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RESHAPING SCHOLARLY COMMUNICATION

11. Register for ARL-ACRL Institute on Scholarly Communication Webinar “Building on Success”—Deadline March 15

The "Building on Success" webinar—Program 1 in an eight-part series—intends to start the next phase of scholarly communication program planning with an overview of where we are. A series of speakers will discuss implementations of comprehensive scholarly communication programs. Participants will have an opportunity to discuss and assess their current programs and identify opportunities for building on current successes. The webcast is scheduled for March 22, 1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m. EDT. See details and register online by March 15 http://www.arl.org/sc/institute/iscwebseries/2010iscweb1.shtml.

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12. Center for Studies in Higher Ed Publishes Report on Faculty Values & Needs

E-news March 2010: CSHE report on faculty values

The Center for Studies in Higher Education (CSHE), with funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, has been conducting research since 2005 to understand the needs and practices of faculty for in-progress scholarly communication as well as archival publication. The final report of this study analyzes responses of 160 interviewees across 45, mostly elite, research institutions in seven selected academic fields: archaeology, astrophysics, biology, economics, history, music, and political science. Using a grounded theory approach, the researchers identify common patterns and themes. The results support their research premise that disciplinary conventions matter and that social influences and individual personalities affect how new practices are adopted by scholars. This has implications for how scholarly communication systems will or can be changed.

Diane Harley, Principal Investigator and Director, Higher Education in the Digital Age Project, has presented previous research results at ARL meetings and is scheduled to give a briefing session on this report on April 28 at the ARL Membership Meeting in Seattle.

The full report, Assessing the Future Landscape of Scholarly Communication: An Exploration of Faculty Values and Needs in Seven Disciplines, is available online http://escholarship.org/uc/cshe_fsc.

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13. SPARC Announces Sparky Award Winners, Opens People’s Choice Contest—Deadline to Vote March 7

Three new student films on information sharing have been voted the best of 2009 by a panel of new-media experts, students, and librarians in the third annual Sparky Awards. Organized by SPARC and adopted by campuses everywhere, the Sparky Awards contest calls on entrants to creatively illustrate in a short video the value of openly sharing ideas. The winning videos offer another glimpse of the compelling student perspective on how open sharing fosters creativity, innovation, and solves problems. The organizers now invite students, faculty, librarians, and others on campus to vote for their favorite of all of the 2009 entries in the first installment of the Sparky People’s Choice Award; the deadline to vote is March 7. To learn more, view the videos, and vote, see the SPARC press release http://www.arl.org/sparc/media/10-0204.shtml.

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14. KU Faculty Senate Endorses Implementation Process for Open Access Policy

The University of Kansas (KU) Faculty Senate has approved a revised Open Access Policy for KU and endorsed an implementation process as of February 11. In April 2009, the KU Faculty Senate approved in concept an earlier version of the policy, which was then approved by the administration in May 2009. Details of the policy implementation were developed by a faculty senate task force. The policy asserts the rights of KU faculty regarding the provision of worldwide access to their scholarly peer‐reviewed journal articles. Participation in the policy is voluntary. The KU Provost will designate a unit and administrator responsible for developing the open-access activities; the task force recommended that the Dean of Libraries be so designated. Administration of implementation and support services are being led by the “KU Scholar Services” unit. For more information, see the KU Libraries Web site http://www.lib.ku.edu/public/ScholComm/OAgettingstartedshort.shtml.

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15. Online Guide to Publishing Open-Access Journals Launches

Co-Action Publishing and Lund University Libraries Head Office have launched an Online Guide to Open Access Journals Publishing, which provides information and tools to support the efforts of scholars and other small teams producing independent open-access journals. The guide includes information on planning, setting up, launching, publishing, and managing an open-access scholarly journal, as well as links to related information, samples of applied practices, and downloadable tools. The guide seeks to be interactive, allowing users to share their own best practices, tips, and suggestions. For more information and to view the guide, visit http://www.doaj.org/bpguide/.

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16. Save the Date for Open Access Week 2010: October 18–24

October 18–24 has been selected for International Open Access Week 2010. Open Access (OA) Week is an annual opportunity to broaden awareness and understanding of open access to research, including access policies from all types of research funders, within the international higher education community and the general public. In 2009, the event was expanded from a single day to accommodate widespread global interest in the movement toward open, public access to scholarly research results. OA Week is co-organized by SPARC, PLoS, Students for Free Culture, JISC, eIFL, OAD, OASIS, and SURF. Stay tuned to the OA Week Web site for updates on the program and registration http://www.openaccessweek.org/.

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TRANSFORMING RESEARCH LIBRARIES

17. ARL to Develop Scenarios of Future Environments for Research Libraries

ARL has launched a scenario-based visioning project to look decades into the future at potential interactions among key social, technological, economic, political/regulatory, and environmental forces that will shape research organizations and their libraries. Particularly in turbulent times, scenario development offers opportunities to move beyond environmental scanning, extrapolations of past trends, or individual forecasting. It challenges ingrained assumptions and focuses on a small set of drivers, exploring the implications and interactions of drivers to uncover previously unthinkable outcomes.

In collaboration with an experienced consultant with expertise working with leaders in diverse industries and sectors, the project will create high-level descriptions of a small number of potential future states that research libraries can use to inform their own planning and decision making. The set of scenarios should capture broad environmental drivers affecting research libraries—describing the situation of research libraries in the future.

All ARL members will have an opportunity to contribute to the scenario-development process during the spring of 2010. Scenarios will be made available to ARL members in the fall and will be released publicly by the end of 2010. For more information, contact Karla Hahn Strieb karla@arl.org.

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18. CRL Releases List of Shared Print Projects

The Center for Research Libraries (CRL) has released a “Listing of Print Archiving Projects in North America.” This database provides such helpful information as the types of materials on which the project focuses, the type of archive involved, how selection occurs, along with a brief description and links to further information. The listing is available on the CRL Web site http://www.crl.edu/print/archiving-preservation/print-archives/north-american-projects.

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19. UK Report Analyzes Disciplinary Approaches to Data Sharing

The Digital Curation Centre (DCC) has released a report, Data Dimensions: Disciplinary Differences in Research Data Sharing, Reuse, and Long-Term Viability, by Key Perspectives, as one of the final outputs of the DCC SCARP project. The project investigated attitudes and approaches to data deposit, sharing and reuse, curation and preservation, over a range of research fields in differing disciplines. This synthesis report, which drew on the SCARP case studies plus a number of others, identifies factors that help explain how curation practices in research groups differ in disciplinary terms. The report is available on the DCC Web site http://www.dcc.ac.uk/projects/scarp/.

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20. NACUBO Endowment Study Shows 18.7% Decline in FY 2009

The National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) has released data gathered from 842 US institutions of higher learning participating in the 2009 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments (NCSE). The NCSE provides information on endowment value, performance, and asset allocation. On average, endowments were down 18.7% in FY 2009. Recent losses substantially undercut long-term performance for endowments; looking at the past 10 years, overall returns on endowments averaged only 4%. In addition to the data on the 842 US institutions participating in the full study, a table is available showing endowment market value in FY 2008 and FY 2009 for 864 Canadian and US institutions. For more information on the NCSE, including the publicly available tables, see the NACUBO Web site http://www.nacubo.org/Research/NACUBO_Endowment_Study/Public_NCSE_Tables_.html.

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21. CNI Update

E-news March 2010: CNI spring MM

A. Spring Membership Meeting—Register by March 12

The registration deadline for the Spring 2010 CNI Membership Meeting is March 12. The meeting, to be held April 12–13 in Baltimore, will feature an opening plenary panel exploring institutional implementation strategies for open-access mandates. In the closing plenary session, Liz Lyon of UKOLN will explore developments in science at Web scale. For more details, consult the meeting Web site http://www.cni.org/tfms/2010a.spring/.

B. February “CNI Conversations” Audio Recording

In the February 10th session of CNI Conversations CNI Executive Director Clifford Lynch discussed a report from UC Berkeley on faculty and scholarly communication and discussed subject repositories. Associate Director Joan Lippincott reported on the recent EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) meeting. Clifford also discussed the plenary sessions planned for the spring 2010 CNI Membership Meeting in April, and he talked about the landscape of gaming in higher education teaching and learning. The archived audio recording of this session is available on the CNI Web site http://conversations.cni.org/.

The next session of CNI Conversations will take place on Wednesday, March 10, 1:00–2:00 p.m. EST 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. Audio recordings of CNI Conversations are available as an audio feed. To automatically receive the latest audio recordings of discussions on current topics between CNI Director Clifford Lynch and participants from member institutions and organizations, simply add http://conversations.cni.org/feed/ to iTunes, or to any podcatcher.

C. Podcast Interviews from CNI's Fall Meeting

Interviews conducted by EDUCAUSE during the Fall 2009 CNI Membership Meeting are now online http://www.educause.edu/blog/gbayne/PodcastsFromtheCNI2009FallTask/197751. The podcasts include a conversation with plenary speaker Bernard Frischer, a leading digital humanist who discusses 3-D modeling in the humanities, and Brett Bobley, CIO for the National Endowment for the Humanities, on using supercomputers in humanities research. These recordings are designed to function as an extension of the meeting, complementing the standard program, and providing an opportunity for the broader CNI community to hear from some of the key presenters and attendees. The meeting was held December 14–15, 2009, in Washington DC.

D. CNI Videos Now on YouTube

CNI is pleased to announce the new CNI YouTube channel http://www.youtube.com/cnivideo, featuring full-length video recordings of selected sessions from CNI Membership Meetings. Current offerings include Bernard Frischer’s closing plenary address on 3-D modeling of cultural heritage sites and monuments (fall 2009); David Rosenthal’s discussion of the longevity of digital documents (spring 2009); and presentations by Clifford Lynch, Herbert Van de Sompel, and others. Recordings from future meetings will be made available on the channel.

E. New Publications

Clifford Lynch has published the article “Understanding Information Trustworthiness in the Networked Information Ecosystem” in the January 2010 issue of Library Connect, http://libraryconnect.elsevier.com/lcn/0801/lcn0801.pdf.

A preprint of Joan Lippincott’s article “Mobile Reference: What Are the Questions?” published in the January 2010 issue of the Reference Librarian, is now available on the CNI Web site http://www.cni.org/staff/joanpubs/mobile.RefLibn.final.pdf.

F. Upcoming Events & Speaking Engagements

Joan Lippincott will present the keynote address at the NISO Forum, “Discovery to Delivery: Creating a First-Class User Experience,” on March 23 in Atlanta. See http://www.niso.org/news/events/2010/d2d/.

Clifford Lynch will provide summary remarks at the symposium “A National Conversation on the Economic Sustainability of Digital Information,” to be held by the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Sustainable Digital Preservation and Access on April 1 in Washington DC. For more information, see http://brtf.sdsc.edu/symposium.html.

CNI will co-sponsor the Research Data Access and Preservation Summit, in cooperation with ASIS&T, in Phoenix, April 9–10. See http://www.asis.org/Conferences/IA10/ResearchDataAccessSummit2010.html.

For the Latest from CNI

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

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LIBRARY STATISTICS AND ASSESSMENT

22. 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 online http://www.arl.org/stats/annualsurveys/salary/sal0910.shtml.

  • ARL Statistics, Academic Health Sciences, Academic Law 2008–09: Data verification is underway.

  • ARL Supplementary Statistics 2008–09: Data verification is underway.

  • ARL Preservation Statistics 2008–09: Fifty-five institutions pending submission.

All ARL institutions have access to all of the data as soon as they are submitted through the StatsQUAL® password-protected gateway http://www.arlstatistics.org/. Primary contacts may add additional library staff members to the StatsQUAL® interface for wider accessibility to the data. ARL encourages all primary Statistics contacts to add their library director to the StatsQUAL® system. We have started work on the ARL Statistics Analytics and plan to migrate all of the content from the interactive edition of the ARL Statistics at the University of Virginia under ARL Statistics Analytics. Rank-order tables are currently available, including the latest data from 2008–09.

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

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23. ARL Statistics & Assessment Events at ALA Annual Conference 2010, Washington DC

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

LibQUAL+®/StatsQUAL®/ARL exhibit booth (#3853)

Washington Convention Center
Friday, June 25, 5:30–7:30 p.m.
Saturday–Sunday, June 26–27, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Monday, June 28, 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Contact: libqual@arl.org

Google Analytics Workshop

Thursday, June 24
9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Location TBD
More information & registration

ClimateQUAL™ Partners Meeting

Friday, June 25
8:00 a.m.–noon
Contact: David Green climatequal@arl.org

ARL Library Assessment Forum

Friday, June 25
1:30–3:00 p.m.
Location TBD
Contact: Martha Kyrillidou martha@arl.org

ARL Survey Coordinators and SPEC Liaisons Meeting

Friday, June 25
3:30–5:00 p.m.
Location TBD
Contact: Martha Kyrillidou martha@arl.org
Lee Anne George leeanne@arl.org

Value and Impact Workshop

Monday, June 28
9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Location TBD
More information & registration

METS Workshop: The Basics and Beyond

Monday, June 28–Friday, July 2
9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. each day
Location TBD
More information & registration

View a complete list of ARL events at the ALA Annual Conference on the ARL Web site http://www.arl.org/events/arlala/index.shtml.

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24. LibQUAL+® Update

A. 2009 Survey Wrap-up

The 2009 LibQUAL+® survey closed on December 10, collecting over 156,300 completed surveys from 174 institutions. Survey results—individual and group notebooks, raw data files, summary data and user comments—are available to participating libraries on the LibQUAL+® Web site http://libqual.org/SurveyInstruments/LibQual/DataRepository.aspx.

Highlights from the 2009 LibQUAL+® survey are publicly available online http://libqual.org/documents/admin/LibQUALHighlights2009_Full.pdf. Also be sure to download the supplementary document that contains standard deviations for the LibQUAL+® dimensions charts featured in the survey highlights http://libqual.org/documents/admin/LibQUALHighlights2009_Full_Supplement.pdf.

In 2009, we added three new translations—Belge, Greek, and Hebrew. For 2010, we have added a Finnish translation, which increased our translation offerings to 20.

B. 2010 Survey Underway

LibQUAL+® 2010 is well under way with 149 institutions registered and over 50,000 surveys completed already. The LibQUAL+® Lite customization feature is a popular success: over 87% of all completed 2010 surveys are in the new Lite form. Using the Lite version of the survey, institutions continue to receive data on every question, while their users are spending only half the time in completion. It’s not too late to register for LibQUAL+® 2010.

To implement your survey between:

  • January 15 and May 31, 2010—register by May 1, 2010

  • July 1 and December 9, 2010—register by August 31, 2010

For more information and to register, please visit http://libqual.org/.

C. In-Kind Grants Awarded to Three Libraries for 2010 Survey

LibQUAL+® is pleased to announce that three libraries have been selected to receive in-kind grants to facilitate their participation in the 2010 LibQUAL+® survey. The selection of grantees was based on financial need, contribution to the growth of LibQUAL+®, and potential for surfacing best practices in the area of library service improvements. The 2010 LibQUAL+® grant recipients are:

  • Elizabeth City State University, G.R. Little Library, North Carolina

  • Castleton State College Library, Vermont

  • Capital Community College Library, Hartford, Connecticut

For details, see the press release http://www.arl.org/news/pr/LibQUAL-Grants-15feb10.shtml.

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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST TO ARL DIRECTORS

25. ARL Transitions

California, Santa Barbara (UCSB): Sherry DeDecker and Lucia Snowhill were named Co-Acting University Librarians, effective February 1, 2010, upon the departure of Brenda Johnson for Indiana University Libraries. Lucia Snowhill is Associate University Librarian for Collection Development and Sherry DeDecker is Associate University Librarian for User and Instructional Services. Lucia Snowhill is now UCSB’s representative to ARL.

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26. Grants

Cornell University Library and Columbia University Libraries—the 2CUL partnership—have been awarded grants from the Council on Library and Information Resources and the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation that will help support a collaborative study to discover if the library can help ameliorate high attrition and low completion rates for doctoral students in the humanities. For details, see the press release http://communications.library.cornell.edu/news/2cul-humanities-study.

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27. Honors

Paula T. Kaufman, the Juanita J. and Robert E. Simpson Dean of Libraries and University Librarian at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has been named the 2010 winner of ACRL’s Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award. Named in honor of one of the pioneers of library automation, the Atkinson Award recognizes an academic librarian who has made significant contributions in the area of library automation or management and has made notable improvements in library services or research. For details, see http://www.ala.org/ala/newspresscenter/news/pressreleases2010/february2010/atkinsonaward_acrl.cfm.

Olivia Marie A. Madison, Dean of Library Services, Iowa State University, has been selected by the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) to receive the 2010 Margaret Mann Citation presented by the ALCTS Cataloging and Classification Section. Madison is recognized for having exercised decisive leadership in the development and management of cataloging throughout a long and distinguished career. The Mann Citation includes a $2,000 scholarship donated in the recipient’s honor by OCLC Inc. to the library school of the winner’s choice. Madison has chosen the University of Missouri School of Information Science & Learning Technologies, Library Science Graduate Program to be the recipient of this year’s scholarship award. For more information, see http://www.ala.org/ala/newspresscenter/news/pressreleases2010/march2010/mann_alcts.cfm.

Brian E. C. Schottlaender, the Audrey Geisel University Librarian at the University of California, San Diego, has been chosen to receive ALA’s 2010 Melvil Dewey Medal Award. This honor is given in recognition of creative leadership of high order and is named after Melvil Dewey, who was actively interested in library management, library training, cataloging and classification, and the tools and techniques of librarianship. Schottlaender has excelled in each of these areas. For details, see http://www.ala.org/ala/newspresscenter/news/pressreleases2010/february2010/dewey_gov.cfm.

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3/04/10

Charles B. Lowry
Executive Director
clowry@arl.org

Kaylyn Groves
Communications Program Officer
kaylyn@arl.org

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