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E-News for ARL Directors

March 2012 E-News

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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

Upcoming Events

CNI Membership Meeting
April 2–3
Baltimore, Maryland

Orphan Works & Mass Digitization: Obstacles & Opportunities
April 12–13
Berkeley, California

ClimateQUAL® Webcast
April 17
1:00-2:00 p.m. EST

ARL Board & Membership Meetings
May 1–4
Chicago, Illinois

ARL Statistics® Webcast
June 5
1:00-2:00 p.m. EST

ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries
June 10–14
Washington, DC

ARL Statistics & Assessment at ALA Annual
June 22–25
Anaheim, California

ARL Board Meeting
July 26–27
Washington, DC

MINES for Libraries® Webcast
September 18
1:00-2:00 p.m. EST

[View our complete calendar]

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ARL, CNI, SPARC Strategic Actions

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Law & Policy

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From the Field

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IMPORTANT Reminder to ARL Members: Send ARL Your IP Ranges

IP access to the ARL Statistics Collection and ARL Annual Salary Survey Collection through the new ARL Digital Publications website is free to ARL member institutions as a benefit of membership. E-mail your library IP ranges to to set up access to these two collections today.

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ARL Membership to Convene in Chicago May 2–4; RSVP by April 6

ARL President Winston Tabb (Johns Hopkins) will convene the 160th ARL Membership Meeting on May 2 at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Hotel. In addition to the working sessions of the Board of Directors and ARL committees, program sessions are planned on a variety of topics including 21st-century collections, the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use, the Digital Preservation Network, open scholarship, e-science, diversity programs, scenario planning, and scholarly identity. Details are being added to the Membership Meeting website as the programs are finalized.

By April 6, ARL member representatives are asked to RSVP online to ARL and to reserve hotel rooms. If you have questions, contact Sarah Segura.

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ARL, Others Urge Transparency in Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations

ARL joined other members of the open-government community in requesting that President Obama increase the transparency of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Free Trade Agreement negotiating process. As the signatories noted, “Instead of new levels of transparency, the process has instituted unprecedented levels of secrecy. The subject matter now being negotiated extends significantly beyond tariffs and other traditional trade matters. …this process would establish policies binding on future U.S. Congresses and state legislatures on numerous non-trade subjects currently under the jurisdiction of these domestic legislative bodies. These include patent and copyright, land use, food and product standards, natural resources, professional licensing, government procurement, financial practices, healthcare, energy, telecommunications, and other service sector regulations, and more. Given these concerns and that draft texts for most chapters are completed, we urge you to mandate public access to these texts, and to establish a model for US transparency in all future negotiations of this sort.” Read the complete letter on the website.

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ARL Allays Fear of Liability for Patrons’ Misuse of Copyrighted Collections

On the ARL Policy Notes blog, Brandon Butler responds to a common concern of librarians: the fear of library liability for nefarious uses of copyrighted library collections material by patrons. Butler says, “Put simply, it is almost impossible that you or your library, when acting on the basis of your good faith beliefs about fair use, could be held responsible for the bad acts of your patrons who abuse the access you provide.” Read the complete blog post, “Should Libraries Fret over Mischievous Users?”

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ARL Leadership and Career Development Program Meets in Houston

The ARL Leadership and Career Development Program (LCDP) convened in Houston, Texas, March 20–23 for the Institute on Transforming Research Library Roles and Scholarly Communication. The program included a one-day site visit to the University of Houston Libraries hosted by Dean of Libraries Dana Rooks. The institute faculty included ARL program officers; Ranu Khator, President of the University of Houston; Lorraine Stewart, Archives Director at the Houston Museum of Fine Arts; and Mark McFarland, Head of the Texas Digital Libraries. The ARL LCDP is a mid-career leadership development program for library professionals from traditionally underrepresented groups. The 2011–2012 class of LCDP Fellows will celebrate the closing ceremonies for the program on June 23 during the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Anaheim. For more information about the LCDP, visit the ARL LCDP website.

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ARL Annual Statistical Surveys Update

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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 PDF publication is in production.

  • ARL Statistics, Academic Health Sciences Statistics, Academic Law Statistics, ARL Supplementary Statistics 2010–2011: Data are currently being collected and edited (90 libraries submitted data).

  • All data are readily accessible by ARL member libraries via the "Analytics" tab and "Data Repository" link at (login required; your library's primary ARL Statistics contact can approve your access to the system).

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

  • Available via “Data Repository”: 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 forwarded the proposed revisions to the annual surveys to member library directors and the survey coordinators for an open comment period until April 20. Final review of feedback received will be discussed at the May committee meeting in Chicago. The new survey forms will be more useful with fewer data elements. ARL aims to collect the annual data in a more timely fashion for member institutions to maximize their ability to use the information in budget decisions.

A meeting of ARL Survey Coordinators and SPEC Liaisons has been preliminarily scheduled for Friday, June 22, 3:30–5:00 p.m. (note new time), in Anaheim, California.

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

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SPARC Open Access Meeting a Success; Slides Online

On March 12–13, SPARC held a successful first-ever Open Access (OA) Meeting in Kansas City, Missouri. The meeting included presentations on institutional OA policies, digital repositories, author rights, and OA publishing. Slides from many of the presentations and from the Innovation Fair are on the SPARC website.

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Authors Guild Requests Sweeping Early Judgment against HathiTrust, Library Partners

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In a bold move that would bring early victory in Authors Guild et al. v. HathiTtust et al. if successful, the Authors Guild filed an unorthodox brief in late February asking the Court to declare that HathiTrust and its librarian partners do not qualify for protection under any of the exceptions and limitations in the Copyright Act. The brief argues that Section 108 of the Copyright Act defines the entire universe of unauthorized copying allowed by libraries, preempting Section 107 (fair use), Section 121 (which provides for access by the print-disabled), and any other provision libraries might otherwise invoke to justify the HathiTrust project. Most of the brief is dedicated to arguing that HathiTrust and its partners have "violated" Section 108 in the course of creating and maintaining a digital corpus of library books, while only a few pages are devoted to the more radical claim that other rights, most importantly fair use, are not available to libraries. Reaction to the brief has been universally skeptical. For more details, see:

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Wiley Sues Law Firms for Copying Articles in Patent Application Process

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Academic publisher John Wiley and Sons and the American Institute of Physicists (AIP) have filed suit against two patent law firms, claiming that the lawyers infringe copyright by making copies of scholarly articles in the process of preparing patent applications for their clients. The suit comes not long after the US Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) issued a compelling opinion affirming that use of scholarly articles in the patent application process was "transformative" and thus a fair use. Perhaps in an effort to avoid the US PTO arguments, Wiley and the AIP focus their complaint on internal copying done to facilitate the filings and to prepare records for the client and do not mention copies submitted to the government in accordance with legal requirements. Read the short, fairly generic complaint on the Scribd website. Download the USPTO opinion from the USPTO website.

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Public Access Bill Gains Two Dozen Bipartisan Supporters in US House

On March 20 in the House of Representatives, 24 new bipartisan co-sponsors joined the ranks of supporters of the Federal Research Public Access Act (FRPAA). The co-sponsors reflect the consistently broad and bipartisan appeal of this legislation, which would ensure that taxpayers are guaranteed free, online access to final, peer-reviewed e-manuscripts reporting the results of research that their tax dollars have funded. Please check to see if your representatives sponsor the Senate version of FRPAA (S. 2096) and the House version of FRPAA (H.R. 4004). If they don’t support FRPAA yet, please consider asking them to. For more information, see the ARL webpage about FRPAA.

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US Budget Update

In August 2011, Congress approved the Budget Control Act that set FY 2013 discretionary spending levels at $1.047 trillion. With that approval, it was assumed that the FY 2013 budget deliberations would not lead to yet another round of contentious and acrimonious debate and, potentially, another looming government shutdown just prior to the November elections. But recently, some conservative Republican members of the US House of Representatives pressed for additional budget reductions and, on March 21, the House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) released a FY 2013 budget proposal that would further reduce domestic agency budgets by an additional $19 billion. The Ryan proposal would increase defense spending, cut spending on major programs for the poor including Medicaid, and the Pell Grant Program would be placed “on a sustainable path by limiting the growth of financial aid and focusing it on low-income students who need it the most.” Education programs would be cut by 22.1% or $16.38 billion.

Democratic and some Republican Senate leaders have indicated that they support the Budget Control Act level. As in past years, Congress may need to approve a short-term Continuing Resolution to avoid a government shutdown prior to the November elections and approve a FY 2013 budget during a lame-duck session following the elections. For more information, contact Prue Adler.

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US Homeland Security Academic Advisory Council Established

Secretary Janet Napolitano, US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), announced the formation of the Homeland Security Academic Advisory Council. The Council is comprised of university presidents and academic leaders and charged with advising the Secretary and senior leadership at DHS on issues relating to student and recent graduate recruitment; international students; academic research; campus and community resiliency, security, and preparedness; and faculty exchanges. Secretary Napolitano stated, “The formation of this Council represents an important milestone towards engaging the academic community in our homeland security efforts.” Wallace Loh, President of the University of Maryland, is chair of the Council. For more information, see the DHS press release.

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MIT Open-Access Policy Enables Worldwide Access

Three years ago this month, the MIT faculty established the first university-wide faculty open-access policy in the US, through which their scholarly articles are made openly available on the web. The policy has enjoyed tremendous success: downloads from the MIT Open Access Articles Collection have been initiated from nearly every country in the world. Only one-third of use has originated in the US, and while the top 20 countries have accounted for 85% of the use (including China, India, the UK, Germany, and the Republic of Korea), downloads have been widespread. For more details, including a map of article downloads by country, see the March 9 MIT Libraries News story by Ellen Duranceau.

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Happy 100th Birthday to UC Berkeley’s Doe Library

The Charles Franklin Doe Memorial Library at the University of California, Berkeley turns 100 this year. To celebrate the centennial, the library developed a commemorative website that includes an online exhibit about the history of the library, a photo gallery of (solicited) graffiti from the Doe Library Wall, and library stories submitted by the public via the website.

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Happy 225th Birthday to Pitt

This year, the University of Pittsburgh is celebrating the 225th anniversary of its founding. For the occasion, the university has created a special website, 225 Years of Building Better Lives: 1787–2012, which will offer a steady stream throughout the year of new stories about notable events and accomplishments at Pitt. Watch a short video that highlights the achievements of numerous Pitt graduates and faculty, such as Gene Kelly, Jonas Salk, and Mike Ditka.

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ALCTS Establishes Jan Merrill-Oldham Professional Development Grant

The Preservation and Reformatting Section (PARS) of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) has established the Jan Merrill-Oldham Professional Development Grant program. Jan Merrill-Oldham served as a consultant to the ARL Preservation of Research Libraries Materials Committee for 15 years, helping to shape a preservation agenda for ARL and guiding the development of standards for mature preservation programs in ARL libraries. She was a leader in the preservation profession and trained many of the preservation administrators now in ARL libraries. The grant program supports travel to the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference and is intended to encourage and support preservation librarians who are new to the field to become involved in the ALA conference. Each grant recipient will attend the Preservation Administrators Interest Group meeting and at least one other PARS interest group meeting, as well as write about the experience for ALCTS Newsletter Online. The grant is sponsored by the Library Binding Institute. The first recipient of the grant is Helen Bailey, preservation specialist at Dartmouth College Library. For more information, see the ALA news release.

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Library Publishing Services Project Releases Final Report

SPARC—on behalf of the libraries of Purdue, Georgia Tech, and University of Utah—has published the findings and recommendations of the project on Library Publishing Services: Strategies for Success. The project investigated the extent to which publishing has become a core activity of North American academic libraries. The report suggests three broad ways in which further capacity could be built: develop best practices for library publishing, collaborate to create community-based resources, and formalize skills and training. View the comment-enabled, web version of the report on the SPARC website. Download a PDF of the report from the Purdue University Press website.

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Reflections on Berlin 9 Open Access Conference

SPARC Executive Director Heather Joseph reflects on the recent Berlin 9 Open Access Conference and the impact of open access on research and scholarship, in the February issue of College & Research Library News. Joseph highlights three roles of open access that emerged during the meeting—open access is a key element of the research infrastructure, a driver of scientific productivity, and an accelerator for innovation and commercialization. She also discusses the need to reconsider the evaluation of research merit and she outlines opportunities for action on the open access front. Read the complete article.

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SURFfoundation Assesses Tools for Tracking Online Publications

A new report, Users, Narcissism, and Control: Tracking the Impact of Scholarly Publications in the 21st Century, commissioned by SURFfoundation offers an assessment of 16 current tools for tracking online publications. The report authors Paul Wouters and Rodrigo Costas show to what extent it is possible to follow in real-time how research results are being downloaded, read, cited, and applied. The authors conclude that most current online tracking tools are not sufficient for formal research assessments. They therefore recommend the establishment of a concerted research program in the dynamics, properties, and potential use of new web-based metrics, which relates these new measures to the already established indicators of publication impact. For more details and to download the free report, visit the SURF website.

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Videos from CNI Fall 2011 Membership Meeting Now Online

All videos from CNI's December 2011 Membership Meeting are now available on CNI's YouTube channel and Vimeo channel:

  • “Crowd Sourcing Metadata” (Barbara Taranto)

  • “Paying for Long-Term Storage” (David S.H. Rosenthal)

  • “An Overview of the NSF DataNet Funded SEAD Project” (Margaret Hedstrom, Robert H. McDonald)

  • “Online Video Creation by Undergraduates: Consequences for Media Literacy” (Anu Vedantham, Renee Hobbs)

  • “Preservation Status of e-Resources: A Potential Crisis in Electronic Journal Preservation” (Oya Y. Rieger, Robert Wolven)

  • “Five New Paradigms for Science & Academia & an Intro to DataOne” (Closing Plenary, William Michener)

  • “Big Data Becomes Fashionable, Mobile Devices Reshape the Information Ecology: CNI’s View on 2011 and 2012” (Opening Plenary, Clifford Lynch)

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CNI Conversations Cover Upcoming CNI Meeting, Recent Conferences

The March 7 CNI Conversations podcast features a preview of CNI's spring Membership Meeting, to be held April 2-3 in Baltimore. The February 28 podcast includes reports on recent conferences and reports, including the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) 2012 meeting, the recent Personal Digital Archiving meeting, and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) conference, as well as much more. To listen, visit the CNI Conversations website.

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Call for Story Ideas: Public TV Series to Highlight Special Collections

Penn State Public Broadcasting (WPSU) is developing a national public television series called Treasures of the Special Collections—that the producers see as a cross between History Detectives and Antiques Roadshow—to tell stories found in the special collections of research libraries. The producers are currently developing a funding proposal and are seeking help to identify story ideas to be cited in a written description of a hypothetical first season.

Stories could come from a number of angles. They could be researcher driven, e.g., a mysterious artifact’s purpose is revealed; perhaps an author uncovers a piece of information that sheds new light on a famous discovery; or a totally new line of discovery is initiated due to previously unused sources. A story could be curator driven—showing off myriad wonders in a single collection—with artifacts as old as medieval manuscripts or as contemporary and spontaneous as the "Africa Responds to Obama" collection of artifacts/memorabilia at Northwestern University that sprang up in the wake of the 2008 election. There could be a story about how a collection came into being—perhaps a profile of someone even now in the process of donating his or her life’s work or personal collection to a library.

The producers feel that this series holds great potential for increasing awareness and appreciation for special collections and research libraries and our mission—to preserve and protect primary sources and to make them accessible—fostering the notion that it is the use of special collections that makes them special. If you are interested in engaging this project, by April 20 please send brief descriptions of your story ideas (and links to related material) to WPSU producer Kristian Berg.

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Orphan Works Symposium to Be Held at Berkeley April 12–13

ARL and CNI are co-sponsors of a symposium on “Orphan Works & Mass Digitization: Obstacles & Opportunities,” to be held at the University of California, Berkeley Law School on April 12–13. The symposium will offer a fresh look at orphan works and mass digitization by examining the existing obstacles, including legal and practical concerns of both owners and potential users, and opportunities to enable greater access and new uses for these works. The event features an outstanding array of scholars and other experts from various disciplines. For more details and to register, visit the symposium website.

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Digital Libraries Conference to Convene in DC June 10–14

ARL and CNI have endorsed the ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL) 2012, which will be held in at George Washington University in Washington, DC, June 10–14. JCDL is a major international forum focusing on digital libraries—in a broad sense—and associated technical, practical, organizational, and social issues. The theme for JCDL 2012 is #sharing #linking #using #preserving. The program is being organized by an international committee of scholars and leaders in the digital libraries field and attendance is expected to include several hundred researchers, practitioners, managers, and students. Registration is expected to open by the end of March. For more information, visit the JCDL 2012 website.

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Designing Libraries for the 21st Century: Calgary to Host Conference May 16–18

The University of Calgary Library is hosting a conference that will explore the trends and concepts shaping the design and services of 21st-century libraries, learning centers, and specialized library spaces. Speakers will include library and university administrators, architects, designers, technologists, and campus planners from Calgary and across North America. The conference is being co-organized by Tom Hickerson, Vice Provost and University Librarian at University of Calgary, and Joan Lippincott, CNI Associate Executive Director. For more details and to register, visit the conference website.

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ClimateQUAL® 2012 Registration Open

ARL invites US, Canadian, and UK institutions to participate in the ClimateQUAL® survey in 2012. The ClimateQUAL®: Organizational Climate and Diversity Assessment project centerpiece is an online survey that collects information about staff perceptions concerning (a) the organization’s commitment to the principles of diversity, (b) organizational policies and procedures, and (c) staff attitudes. The survey addresses such issues as diversity, teamwork, learning, fairness, current managerial practices, and staff attitudes and beliefs. It provides a deep and rich understanding of the current “organizational health” that can lead to actionable goals in organizational development. ARL, in partnership with the University of Maryland Industrial/Organizational Psychology Program, offers this protocol to the library community. 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 participating in spring 2012, e-mail

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LibQUAL+® Participation Opportunities

Register for 2012

Past LibQUAL+® participants may register to participate in 2012 at If your institution participated in 2011, your fee will be only $2,200. If your institution most recently participated in 2010, your fee will be only $2,700. For all others, the standard base fee of $3,200 applies. The registration fee also covers access to complete results from all of the institutions for the year you register. To access survey results from the years you don’t implement a survey, an annual membership subscription is available for a $1,000 fee.

New LibQUAL+® participants can set up an account for registration by e-mailing With registration, you will receive access to a rich array of assessment resources, free training, and timely delivery of your survey results.

Apply for In-Kind Grant

LibQUAL+® will award up to five institutions in-kind grants to participate in the 2013 survey, with a goal of offering one grant for every 50 libraries registered. This will be the eighth year LibQUAL+® has sponsored an in-kind grant program. There are two application deadlines for the 2013 grant program: June 17, 2012, and December 16, 2012. Selection of grant recipients will be based on financial need, contribution to the growth of LibQUAL+®, and improvements in local service and quality. For more information and to apply, see the LibQUAL+® news release.

Submit Proposals for Share Fair

The 2012 LibQUAL+® Share Fair will coincide with this year’s Library Assessment Conference, to be held October 29–31 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Paper and poster proposals are invited and are due by March 30, 2012. For more information and to submit a proposal, please visit the Library Assessment Conference website.

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ARL Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce: Call for Applications

ARL is accepting applications for the Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce (IRDW), a program designed to recruit MLIS students from traditionally underrepresented racial and ethnic minority groups into careers in research libraries. The program benefits include a stipend up to $10,000 in support of MLIS education, leadership and career development training, a hosted visit to Purdue University Libraries, and a formal mentorship program. The current iteration of the IRDW focuses on recruitment of students with academic backgrounds in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines, although students with any academic background are encouraged to apply. The IRDW is funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and by ARL member libraries. The application deadline is May 1. For more information and to apply, visit the ARL IRDW website.

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ARL/MLA Diversity and Inclusion Initiative Accepting Applications

The ARL/Music Library Association (MLA) Diversity and Inclusion Initiative (DII) seeks to address the growing need for professional staff in music and performing arts libraries to better reflect the evolving demographics of students and faculty in those fields. With funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the ARL/MLA DII offers generous financial benefits in support of MLIS education as well as a paid internship in a partner library to students from traditionally underrepresented racial and ethnic minority groups who have academic training in music. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, but are contingent upon acceptance into the MLIS program affiliated with one of the five library partners: University at Buffalo, SUNY; University of California, Los Angeles; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; University of North Texas; and University of Pittsburgh. Applications for fall 2012 admissions are still being accepted at the University at Buffalo, SUNY (April 1), and University of North Texas (July 15). For more details and to apply, visit the ARL/MLA DII website.

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Joint Conference of Librarians of Color Registration Now Open

Register now for the second national Joint Conference of Librarians of Color (JCLC), to be held September 19–23, 2012, in Kansas City, Missouri. The JCLC is sponsored by the five ethnic caucuses of the American Library Association (ALA): the American Indian Library Association (AILA), the Asian Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA), the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA), the Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA), and REFORMA—the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking. For more information and to register, visit the JCLC website.

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ALA Diversity Research Grants: Call for Applications

The American Library Association (ALA) is currently accepting applications for its Diversity Research Grant program for 2012–2013. Established in 2002, the program seeks to address critical gaps in diversity research in the library and information science profession. Grant recipients are awarded a cash stipend of $2,000 in support of original research, as well as a $500 travel grant to attend the ALA Annual Conference where research results are reported. The deadline for proposals is April 30. For additional information and application instructions, visit the ALA website.

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Electronic Theses & Dissertations 2012: Call for Proposals

The 2012 conference on Electronic Theses & Dissertations (ETD), to be held September 12–14 in Lima, Peru, is accepting proposals for papers and posters. The conference theme is “Integrating Cultures for the Creation and Sharing of Knowledge—Providing Opportunities for the Future.” The event will explore and share opportunities between representatives from Ibero American and other countries around the world in order to exchange experiences and knowledge on scholarly communications projects related to the topics considered in the ETD 2012 program. CNI Associate Executive Director Joan Lippincott will be a keynote speaker at the conference. Proposals are being accepted until April 25. For details, see the ETD 2012 website.

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ARL Transitions

Brigham Young (BYU): H. Julene Butler has announced her plans to step down as University Librarian, effective September 1, 2012. During 2012–2013, she will research and write a history of the BYU Library. She plans to retire on September 1, 2013 after 42 years of service at BYU.

California, Los Angeles (UCLA): Gary E. Strong has announced his plans to retire as University Librarian, effective December 2012, after nine years leading the UCLA Library. For more information, see the UCLA announcement.

Guelph: Rebecca Graham has been named Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Chief Librarian. Her five-year term begins May 23, 2012. Associate Chief Librarian Catherine Steeves has been serving as Acting Chief Librarian and CIO since Mike Ridley completed his second term in January 2012. Most recently, Graham was the Associate Librarian for Preservation, Digitization, and Administrative Services at Harvard College Library. She was also a member of the inaugural cohort of the ARL Research Library Leadership Fellows in 2004. For more details, see the Guelph news release.

Michigan: Paul N. Courant's term as University Librarian and Dean of Libraries will end August 31, 2013. He has announced that he plans to return to teaching and research in the fall of 2013.

New York Public (NYPL): Ann Thornton was named the Andrew W. Mellon Director of the New York Public Libraries, effective February 15, 2012. She had been serving as Acting Andrew W. Mellon Director since November 2009. Thornton was an ARL Research Library Leadership Fellow in 2009–10.

Utah: Joyce Ogburn announced that she is taking a five-month leadership leave, starting March 19, 2012, to complete her term as President of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). Rick Anderson, Associate Dean for Scholarly Resources and Collections and 2009–10 ARL Research Library Leadership Fellow, has been named Acting Dean. Kenning Arlitsch, Associate Dean for IT Services and 2007–08 ARL Research Library Leadership Fellow, is the library’s liaison with campus IT during Ogburn’s leave.

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Rachel DeLevie-Orey, ARL

ARL Staff Transition

Rachel DeLevie-Orey has been appointed ARL Administrative Assistant, Statistics and Assessment, effective March 19, 2012. Rachel is a recent graduate of American University with a BA in international studies focusing on Latin America.

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National Museum and Library Services Board Nomination

Suzanne E. Thorin, Dean of Libraries and University Librarian at Syracuse University, was nominated to the National Museum and Library Services Board by President Obama on March 12. She is one of three individuals nominated by the president to serve as an adviser to the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) on general policy and practices, and on selections for the National Medal for Museum and Library Service. For more details, see the Syracuse news release.

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Adrienne Lai, ARL Career Enhancement Program alumna, class of 2009; Anne Burke; and Adam Rogers of North Carolina State University (NCSU) Libraries have received the 2012 ProQuest Innovation in College Librarianship Award from the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). They received the award for their work on the NCSU Libraries Mobile Scavenger Hunt, which combines the use of the iPod Touch and the free app Evernote to create an interactive experience for students as they are oriented to the library and its services. For more details, see the NCSU news release.

Clifford Lynch, CNI Executive Director, has been named the winner of the 2012 Library and Information Technology Association (LITA)/Library Hi Tech Award for Outstanding Communication in Library and Information Technology. The award recognizes outstanding people or institutions for their long-term contributions in the area of library and information science technology and its application. Lynch will speak as part of the LITA President's Program at the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, California, where the award will be presented, and, also at ALA, he will participate in the LITA Top Tech Trends program on June 24, 2012. For more details, see the LITA news release.

Brian E. C. Schottlaender, Adele Barsh, and Tammy Dearie of the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Libraries have been awarded a UCSD Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action and Diversity Award for their participation in the ARL Career Enhancement Program (CEP). For the past three years, UCSD has been one of eight partner institutions participating in the ARL CEP. The program—funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and ARL partner institutions—offers MLIS students from racial or ethnic minorities the opportunity to spend a summer working at an ARL library. The CEP Fellows are prepared to work in research libraries through leadership training, development of practical experience, and extensive mentoring and networking opportunities drawing on the unique talents and experiences of professional librarians at their host institutions. Participation in the CEP by UCSD and other partner libraries has enlarged the pool of qualified candidates from diverse backgrounds who are interested in working in research libraries, and has raised the UCSD Libraries’ visibility nationally as a place that strives to create a more receptive and welcoming environment. For more details about the CEP, visit the ARL CEP website. For more information about the UCSD award program, visit the UCSD news website.

Scott Walter—ARL Research Library Leadership Fellow, class of 2007–08; Associate University Librarian for Services and Associate Dean of Libraries at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; and soon-to-be University Librarian at DePaul University—has received the 2012 Distinguished Education and Behavioral Sciences Librarian Award from the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS). The award honors a distinguished academic librarian who has made an outstanding contribution as an education and/or behavioral sciences librarian through accomplishments and service to the profession. For more details, see the ALCTS press release.

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Charles B. Lowry
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Associate Deputy Executive Director

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