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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Governance and Membership Activities

1. ARL Membership Convenes May 4–6 in Montréal; Presentations Online

2. ARL Board Convenes, Takes Action

Influencing Public Policies

3. ARL Affirms International ILL/DD Practices

4. LCA Issues Statement on Copyright Reform

5. GSU E-Reserves Trial Begins

6. US Budget Update; ARL Joins CIE Letter on International Education Funding

7. FDLP Update: New Multi-State Regional Depository Proposed

8. Controversial PATRIOT Act Provisions Renewed for Four Years

9. NARA to Release Pentagon Papers—Minus 11 Words

10. Apple, Google Grilled on Mobile Privacy by US Senate Subcommittee

11. Senator Leahy Introduces Bill to Protect Internet Communication

12. Senators Leahy, Grassley, Hatch Introduce PROTECT-IP Act

Reshaping Scholarly Communication

13. SPARC-ACRL Forum at ALA to Focus on Berlin Open Access Declaration

14. Open Access Journal Publishing Resource Index Released by SPARC

15. OpenAIRE: What Libraries Need to Know—A SPARC Europe Webcast

16. Free Offline Access: A Primer on OA Prime, by SPARC’s Peter Suber

17. arXiv Business Planning Update

18. SCOAP3 Global Partnership to Move Ahead with Tender Process

Transforming Research Libraries

19. 2CUL Announces Results of Study on Supporting Humanities Doctoral Students

20. Preserving News in the Digital Environment: CRL Releases Report

21. National Digital Stewardship Alliance Establishes Coordinating Committee

22. Digitization of Special Collections: OCLC Research Publishes Report

23. Impact of Digitized Scholarly Resources: JISC & Oxford Release Report, Update Toolkit

24. Future of the Academic Library Symposium Held at McMaster University

25. CNI Update

Diversity, Professional Workforce, and Leadership Development

26. ARL Diversity Program Representatives to Present at ALA Diversity & Outreach Fair

27. ARL Diversity Program Participants Win Scholarships to Attend ALA

28. ARL Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce Application Deadline Imminent

29. Diversity on ARL Library Websites: JAL Publishes Study

30. ACRL Diversity Standards: Cultural Competencies for Academic Libraries—Comments Solicited on Draft

31. ARL Research Library Leadership Fellows Attend ARL Membership Meeting

Library Statistics and Assessment

32. ARL Statistics 2008–2009 Published

33. ARL Annual Statistical Surveys Update

34. Library Assessment Forum to Be Held June 24 in New Orleans

35. ClimateQUAL® Partners to Convene June 24 in New Orleans

36. LibQUAL+® Update

37. Northumbria Conference on Performance Measurement to Convene Aug. 22–25

38. ARL and Ascendant to Bring the Balanced Scorecard to 10 Libraries

39. Learning Outcomes Assessment to Be Featured at U Chicago Symposium

Other Items of Interest to ARL Directors

40. Publications Released by ARL

41. Grants


GOVERNANCE AND MEMBERSHIP ACTIVITIES

1. ARL Membership Convenes May 4–6 in Montréal; Presentations Online

The 158th ARL Membership Meeting convened in Montréal, Québec, May 4–6, with the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL). ARL President, Carol A. Mandel (New York) and CARL President, Ernie Ingles (Alberta) welcomed members and guests. Under the theme of “Transcending National Borders,” 173 ARL and CARL members and guests took part in program sessions examining a range of issues including emerging data policies, STM journal market trends, scholarly communication partnerships, international copyright, and legal issues in building 21st-century collections. Professor Heather Munroe-Blum, Principal at McGill University, gave the keynote presentation, “Ahead of the Storm: Research Libraries and the Future of the Research University.” Many of the speakers’ presentations are available on the proceedings webpage.

At the ARL Business Meeting on May 5, member library representatives heard reports from task forces on the following topics: review of the ARL Statistics, ARL Supplementary Statistics, and ARL Annual Salary Survey; development of a Conflict of Interest Policy; creation of a process to license e-book packages; and development of recommendations for international interlibrary loan and document delivery practices. ARL Executive Director Charles B. Lowry delivered two reports: a report on the ARL Financial Strategies Overview and a summary of the results of the survey on ARL Library Budgets. Committee chairs provided updates on projects and issues that committees are addressing. Documents from the Business Meeting are available on the Members-Only site (login required):

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2. ARL Board Convenes, Takes Action

ARL President Carol Mandel (New York) convened the ARL Board of Directors in Montréal, Québec, on May 3 and 6. The Board took action on a number of issues: adopted the minutes of the Board’s February 2011 meeting, accepted the FY2010 Year-End Audited Financial Report, approved the recommendations of the Task Force on International Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery Practices, and adopted the ARL Conflict of Interest Policy. For more information, contact Sue Baughman.

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INFLUENCING PUBLIC POLICIES

3. ARL Affirms International ILL/DD Practices

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At the spring 2011 ARL Membership Meeting, the ARL Board of Directors affirmed that it is the right of North American research libraries to participate in international interlibrary loan (ILL) and document delivery (DD) activities. Over the past year, questions have been raised concerning the current ILL practices of some US research libraries. In particular, the focus is on the delivery of resources from US libraries to non–US libraries. US copyright law supports the ability of domestic libraries to participate in ILL arrangements and to send copies of copyrighted works to foreign libraries provided the libraries meet the requirements of the law. The ARL Task Force Report on International Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery Practices is available in the June issue of Research Library Issues (RLI).

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4. LCA Issues Statement on Copyright Reform

On May 16, the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA)—ALA, ARL, ACRL—released a statement describing the key features that copyright reform proposals should include in order to constitute significant improvement over current law for libraries and their users. In the wake of the rejection by Judge Chin of the Google Books settlement, interested parties are discussing with renewed vigor the issues of orphan works, mass digitization, and even modernization of Section 108 of the Copyright Act. The LCA statement, which represents the needs of library stakeholders in these debates, should provide helpful guideposts for these discussions.

Libraries have always advocated for reasonable copyright policy, in courts as well as in the US Congress, and the LCA welcomes renewed interest in these issues. At the same time, library activities already benefit from broad, flexible protection under the fair use doctrine and related provisions in current law. Therefore, only a clear improvement over the status quo is worth the substantial investment and risk associated with legislative change. The LCA statement describes the status quo for libraries as well as the policies that would constitute substantial improvement. Download the statement from the ARL website.

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5. GSU E-Reserves Trial Begins

On May 16, the trial began in the copyright infringement case against Georgia State University (GSU) by the Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, and Sage, with 50% of the publishers’ legal fees being funded by the Copyright Clearance Center. The plaintiffs submitted their proposed injunction order, which presumably represents what they believe is a reasonable limitation on university copying going forward. This is the order that they believe the judge should issue if the publishers win the suit. The proposed order is extraordinary in many respects, but one of its most striking features is that it would require GSU to limit its fair use copying to activities described in the 1976 “Agreement on Guidelines for Classroom Copying in Not-for-Profit Educational Institutions with Respect to Books and Periodicals.” The order would impose additional limits that are even more draconian than the 1976 guidelines. As Kevin Smith, Director of Scholarly Communications, Duke University Libraries, has explained, the proposed order represents an unworkable nightmare scenario for universities. Indeed, it is nothing less than a frontal assault on academic fair use. For more information, see the blog posts by ARL Policy Notes, Kevin Smith, and Nancy Sims.

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6. US Budget Update; ARL Joins CIE Letter on International Education Funding

The Obama Administration, US Senators, and US Representatives continue to propose radically different approaches to the FY 2012 federal budget and deficit reduction. These discussions are now linked to increasing the US debt ceiling. Led by Vice President Biden, House and Senate leaders are trying to find solutions on a bipartisan basis. In addition, a bipartisan Senate “Gang of Six”—now a “Gang of Five” since Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) left the group earlier this month—continues to engage in discussion in hopes of finding long-term solutions to deficit reduction. On April 15, the House of Representatives approved an FY 2012 budget resolution that would cut discretionary funding by $30 billion from FY 2011 levels.

On April 19, ARL joined with 40 other higher education and related organizations in a letter to US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan expressing deep concerns about the $50.2 million, or 40%, cuts to the Department of Education’s Title VI/Fulbright-Hays International Education programs in FY 2011. The letter coordinated by the Coalition for International Education (CIE), asks Secretary Duncan to “proportionately and equitably” administer the final funding levels for these international education programs. ARL libraries have been and are currently participating in the Department of Education Technological Innovation and Cooperation for Foreign Information Access (TICFIA) HEA-Title VI, Sec. 606 program. The signatories of the letter to Secretary Duncan noted that, “In making these tough choices, we urge your consideration of the important federal role played by international and foreign language education programs in supporting our nation’s long-term national security, global leadership, economic competitiveness, as well as mutual understanding and collaboration around the world.” Download the CIE letter.

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7. FDLP Update: New Multi-State Regional Depository Proposed

The University of Minnesota Libraries have proposed to establish a multi-state regional Federal Depository Library (FDL) for the states of Minnesota, South Dakota, and Michigan. This proposal comes in response to an announcement by the Library of Michigan that it was evaluating its designation as a regional FDL for the state. Since it made the announcement last year, the Library of Michigan has been consulting with other libraries in Michigan and beyond to identify how best to provide regional depository services to libraries in Michigan in the future.

Under the proposal, the University of Minnesota Libraries would expand its service portfolio from serving 31 selective depository libraries in Minnesota and South Dakota to incorporate services for an additional 43 selective depository libraries in Michigan. This includes providing training, reference assistance, interlibrary loan service, and collection disposal support. Importantly, the development of a new multi-state regional site offers a potential model for future re-structuring of the FDLP library system. Creating a multi-state regional FDL requires consultation and approval by the Senators of Michigan and Minnesota; that process is underway. For more information, contact Prue Adler.

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8. Controversial PATRIOT Act Provisions Renewed for Four Years

On Thursday, May 26, the US House of Representatives and the US Senate voted to renew three expiring provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act for four more years, until June 1, 2015. Due to expire were the "lone wolf" provision, the roaming wiretaps provision, and the "library provision" (Section 215). Majority leaders in both chambers described the move as a “compromise” despite the lengthy extension and total absence of reform and oversight provisions. The bill passed by large bipartisan majorities in the House of Representatives and the Senate, though the number of votes against renewal was higher (and also more bipartisan) than in previous years.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) did not allow full debate on the USA PATRIOT Act extension, trying several procedural maneuvers to force a vote without debate. Reid was frustrated by Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), who used procedural moves to block voting on the bill, threatening to let the provisions expire unless debate was allowed. Finally, Senate leaders agreed to allow debate on two Paul–sponsored amendments to the bill in exchange for his letting the US Senate proceed to a vote Thursday. Both amendments failed, and the bill passed. President Obama, who advocated reform as a Senator, signed the extension into law late Thursday night.

For the latest on this issue, follow the ARL Policy Notes blog. Also see the roll-call vote for the Senate and the roll-call vote for the House. Please consider contacting your representatives to let them know how you feel about their votes.

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9. NARA to Release Pentagon Papers—Minus 11 Words

In June 1971, the New York Times published excerpts of the "Pentagon Papers," a study of US involvement in Vietnam sponsored by then Secretary of Defense, Robert McNamara. On June 16, 40 years later, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) will publicly release a declassified version of the Pentagon Papers—minus 11 words still deemed to be classified. Steven Aftergood, Director of the Project on Government Secrecy at the Federation of American Scientists, noted that David S. Ferriero, Archivist of the United States, said "the redactions would lend themselves to an entertaining game of 'Mad Libs,' in which players suggest humorous possibilities for filling in the blanks in a sentence." The Pentagon Papers will be available both digitally and in print. For more information, see NARA's National Declassification Center (NDC) blog post of May 26.

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10. Apple, Google Grilled on Mobile Privacy by US Senate Subcommittee

On May 11, the US Senate Judiciary Committee’s newly formed Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology, and the Law, held its first hearing, appropriately titled “Protecting Mobile Privacy: Your Smartphones, Tablets, Cell Phones and Your Privacy.” The committee questioned six witnesses—including representatives from Apple, Google, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and the Department of Justice (DOJ)—on the privacy implications and the potential cyber-security threats posed by the use of mobile devices and applications as well as the ability of mobile application providers to collect, store, and share consumer location data. The hearing was conducted as Congress considers updating federal privacy laws. While lawmakers noted that they would be cautious before drafting laws that hinder innovation and openness, several Subcommittee members appeared skeptical of the companies’ dedication to protecting consumer data. For a summary of the witnesses’ testimony, read the ARL Policy Notes blog post by Kristen Riccard.

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11. Senator Leahy Introduces Bill to Protect Internet Communication

On May 17, Senator Patrick Leahy (Chairman, Senate Judiciary Committee and D-VT) introduced a bill that would update the privacy protections currently available for Internet communications such as e-mail. Under current law—the Electronic Communication Privacy Act, written by Senator Leahy in 1986—material stored in the cloud, including e-mail, loses much of its privacy protection after it has been stored for 180 days. Government agents can gain access to such information without a traditional court order.

Leahy's bill would do away with this arbitrary expiration date, replacing it with a uniform standard for all stored communications: no access to content without a warrant supported by probable cause. In addition, Leahy's bill would require law enforcement agents to notify the owner that his or her communications were being accessed subject to a warrant, and provide a copy of the warrant. The bill embodies several recommendations made by the Digital Due Process coalition, of which ARL is a member. However, the bill is not perfect. Although it requires a warrant for real-time tracking of someone's location using cell phone data, it does not require a warrant for retrospective location information. Still, the bill represents significant improvement over the status quo.

For more details, see the websites of Senator Leahy and the Digital Due Process coalition.

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12. Senators Leahy, Grassley, Hatch Introduce PROTECT-IP Act

On May 12, US Senators Leahy (Chairman, Senate Judiciary Committee and D-VT), Grassley (R-IA), and Hatch (R-UT), introduced the Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act, or the PROTECT IP Act, S. 968. This bill is similar to legislation considered by the Senate last year (the Combating Online Infringements and Counterfeits Act). The PROTECT IP Act is designed to counter websites “dedicated to infringing activities.” According to Senator Leahy, the bill will provide law enforcement with important tools to stop websites dedicated to online piracy and the sale of counterfeit goods. S. 968 would allow the Justice Department to obtain court orders against these sites and require third parties to “either prevent access to the Internet site (in the case of an Internet service provider or search engine), or cease doing business with the Internet site (in the case of a payment processor or advertising network).” As noted by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, “requiring search engines to remove links to an entire website raises serious First Amendment concerns considering the lawful expression that may be hosted on the same domain.” The text of the legislation is available in the Library of Congress THOMAS database.

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RESHAPING SCHOLARLY COMMUNICATION

13. SPARC-ACRL Forum at ALA to Focus on Berlin Open Access Declaration

The SPARC-ACRL forum on emerging issues in scholarly communication, to be held June 25 at the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans, will focus on expanding support for the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities. The declaration, issued in 2003, outlines concrete steps to promote the Internet as a medium for disseminating global knowledge, including encouraging researchers and cultural heritage custodians to make materials openly available. The SPARC-ACRL forum will explore the motivations behind the declaration and its impact on the global research community. The forum will also present the opportunity for North American libraries to encourage their institutions to sign onto the document and become engaged in further advancing open access by promoting the statement’s call to action. Speakers will include Dieter Stein, Professor of English Language and Linguistics, Heinrich Heine University, and organizer of the Berlin 6 conference; Lorraine Haricombe, Dean of Libraries, University of Kansas; and Jennifer McLennan, SPARC Director of Programs and Operations and moderator of the Berlin 9 organizing coalition. For more details, see the SPARC news release.

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14. Open Access Journal Publishing Resource Index Released by SPARC

SPARC has introduced a free online Open Access Journal Publishing Resource Index with information and documents to support the launch and operation of open access journals. Materials in the index will help libraries, presses, and other academic units on campuses as they work together to make the work of their researchers more widely available. This new resource is launched in conjunction with the SPARC Campus-Based Publishing Resource Center. Visit the Open Access Journal Publishing Resource Index online.

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15. OpenAIRE: What Libraries Need to Know—A SPARC Europe Webcast

SPARC Europe is hosting a June 7 webcast for SPARC worldwide members to explore the OpenAIRE initiative. OpenAIRE (Open Access Infrastructure for Research in Europe) is a three-year project funded by the European Commission (EC) that creates a valuable opportunity for countries and academic institutions throughout Europe to collectively make the case for open access and support its realization. The webcast will explore project features, approaches, risks, challenges, and future directions, as well as ways libraries can be actively involved in the project. For more information, see the SPARC news release.

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16. Free Offline Access: A Primer on OA Prime, by SPARC’s Peter Suber

In the May issue of the SPARC Open Access Newsletter, Peter Suber discusses free offline access to digital literature, delving into pros and cons as compared to online access. Suber writes, “Imagine a body of literature that is OA in every respect except that it's offline. It's still digital, free of charge, and allows unrestricted use, but it's on a thumb drive rather than a network... If OA literature must be online, then this isn't OA. But it's interesting enough to name and discuss in its own right. Let's call it OA Prime (OA').” To read more, see the full article on the SPARC website.

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17. arXiv Business Planning Update

arXiv recently issued an update regarding its business plan. They report that they are “encouraged with the contributions for 2011 as we already have support from 101 institutions, totaling to $275,000 in pledges from 8 countries.” For 2010 they received contributions from 123 institutions, totaling $360,000 and representing 11 countries. The update focuses on arXiv’s sustainability planning, including the development of a new governance structure, a new high-level plan for technology infrastructure, and the 2011 budget, among other issues. Visit the arXiv website to read the complete update.

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18. SCOAP3 Global Partnership to Move Ahead with Tender Process

Representatives from institutions in the global SCOAP3 partnership—the Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics—met at CERN on April 6 and agreed to move the SCOAP3 initiative into an operational phase. The large publishers in the field indicated their intention to participate in a SCOAP3 tender that would convert to open access the high-quality peer-reviewed literature in the field, conditional on reassurances concerning the long-term sustainability of SCOAP3. The SCOAP3 partners reaffirmed the importance of a mutual understanding with the publishing industry on price reduction of large subscription packages for partner libraries in countries that are part of the initiative. A first concrete step will be the start of a tendering process, conditional on further countries and partners joining the SCOAP3 consortium. A steering committee, representing the broad cross-section of the SCOAP3 partnership, is being formed to steer the initiative through this and the following phases and a technical working group will assess opportunities for price reduction for partner libraries. All presentations, transcripts, and videos from the meeting are available on the SCOAP3 website.

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TRANSFORMING RESEARCH LIBRARIES

19. 2CUL Announces Results of Study on Supporting Humanities Doctoral Students

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The Columbia University Libraries and Cornell University Library (2CUL) have completed their first collaborative grant-funded, dual-site study focused on the experiences of humanities doctoral students at both universities. The primary goal of the study was to examine challenges presented to humanities doctoral students that lead to increased attrition and long time-to-degree completion rates. The data gathered will be used to develop strategies by which research libraries can address the issues of community, accessible space, research assistance, and development of a scholarly identity that were singled out by the study. For more information, including preliminary findings, visit the study’s website.

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20. Preserving News in the Digital Environment: CRL Releases Report

The Center for Research Libraries (CRL) recently released a report on Preserving News in the Digital Environment: Mapping the Newspaper Industry in Transition. This report, supported by the Library of Congress Office of Strategic Initiatives, outlines the “lifecycle” of news content. By understanding the lifecycle—news workflows and production systems—strategies for preserving news in the electronic environment can be created. CRL plans to expand the report and support the development of appropriate preservation and collections strategies. CRL is also offering a webinar on news preservation on July 13. For more details about the report and to download it, read the CRL news release.

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21. National Digital Stewardship Alliance Establishes Coordinating Committee

The National Digital Stewardship Alliance (NDSA), an initiative of the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program, has established a nine-member coordinating committee whose purpose is to advance NDSA activities and help NDSA working groups develop a long-term, strategic vision. The NDSA announced the election of the initial committee members—including Micah Altman of Harvard and Sayeed Choudhury of Johns Hopkins—with staggered appointments of one, two, or three years through December 31, 2013. For additional information about NDSA and a complete list of committee members, read the NDSA news release.

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22. Digitization of Special Collections: OCLC Research Publishes Report

A new OCLC Research report, Rapid Capture: Faster Throughput in Digitization of Special Collections, provides examples of how to simplify and streamline digital capture of non-book collections. Nine case studies, including six conducted at ARL institutions, illustrate processes and procedures that institutions have adopted to speed up digitization of special collections. The intent in sharing these vignettes is to enable others to consider whether or not any of the approaches could be applied to their own initiatives to increase the scale of their digitization efforts. For more details and to download the report, visit the OCLC website.

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23. Impact of Digitized Scholarly Resources: JISC & Oxford Release Report, Update Toolkit

JISC and the University of Oxford have released a report, Splashes and Ripples: Synthesizing the Evidence on the Impacts of Digital Resources, that examines the impact of a variety of digital projects in which JISC has been involved. The report includes a range of recommendations for those involved in digital projects and is related to an updated version of the Toolkit for the Impact of Digitised Scholarly Resources. The toolkit is an interactive website that provides quantitative and qualitative measures for analyzing digital resources. Download the report and visit the toolkit website.

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24. Future of the Academic Library Symposium Held at McMaster University

On May 17, a symposium on “The Future of the Academic Library” was held at McMaster University. The topics covered in this one-day event included the role of the librarian in academic libraries of the future, educational requirements of LIS programs, and current hiring practices. The program also included opportunities for attendees to hear what students and faculty expect from their library. For a summary of the symposium, see the May 19 Library Journal article by Josh Hadro.

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25. CNI Update

Videos from the Spring 2011 CNI Membership Meeting are now available from CNI's channels on YouTube and Vimeo. Currently online are:

  • Christine Borgman's Paul Evan Peters Lecture, “Information, Infrastructure and The Internet: Reflections on Three Decades in Internet Time"
  • UCLA Professor Todd Presner's plenary presentation, "HyperCities: Using Social Media and GIS to Archive & Map Time Layers in Los Angeles, Berlin, Tehran, Rome & Cairo
  • University of Calgary’s Thomas Hickerson and Shawna Sadler on “Creating a Comprehensive Technology Model for a Converged Library, Archive, Art and Publishing Facility”
  • "E-Book Wars: Ten Years Later," a breakout session given by CNI Director Clifford Lynch

More videos of selected sessions will be added to CNI's channels soon, and podcast interviews, conducted by EDUCAUSE with key attendees and presenters, are also forthcoming.

A recent interview with Clifford Lynch, "A Pressing Issue: The Future of the Monograph," was published in the Spring 2011 issue of JISC Inform. Read the full interview on the JISC website.

CNI Conversations podcast: Open Access to Yale’s Image Collection, ORCID, and More. In the May 20 CNI Conversations podcast, CNI Executive Director Clifford Lynch discusses Yale University’s recent announcement to make its digital image collection freely available, the ORCID initiative to develop an open researcher ID, selected videos and presentations from CNI’s spring meeting, and a recent National Research Council meeting on data reuse. Cliff also shares some details about the Sage Bionetworks Commons 2011 Congress. To listen to the podcast, visit the [CNI Conversations website]](http://conversations.cni.org/).

CNI Associate Director Joan Lippincott spoke at the “Future of the Academic Library” symposium, organized by McMaster University in Burlington, Ontario, Canada, on May 17.

Open Repositories 2011 will be held in Austin, Texas, June 6-11. Clifford Lynch will be a keynote speaker at this event, which is co-sponsored by CNI. For details see the Texas Digital Library website.

Cliff Lynch will serve as a panelist on LITA Top Tech Trends Panel at ALA Annual Conference. The session will be held June 26 in New Orleans; consult the conference program for details.

Applications for participation are open for NSF–funded workshop on “Research Data Lifecycle Management,” which will take place July 18–20 at Princeton. To apply, visit the workshop website and follow the links to register; the deadline for applications is June 20. Cliff Lynch is serving on the planning committee for this event.

Call for Papers: Seventh International Digital Curation Conference. The IDCC11 program committee invites submissions on current concerns in digital curation and specific concerns arising from the conference theme, “Public? Private? Personal? Navigating the Open Data Landscape.” CNI is co-sponsoring this event, to be held December 5-7 in Bristol, UK. For details, see the call for papers.

Save the Dates: Upcoming CNI Membership Meetings
2011 Fall Meeting, Arlington, Virginia—December 12-13, 2011
2012 Spring Meeting, Baltimore, Maryland—April 2-3, 2012
2012 Fall Meeting, Washington, DC—December 10-11, 2012
2013 Spring Meeting, San Antonio, Texas—April 4-5, 2013
2013 Fall Meeting, Washington, DC—December 9-10, 2013

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DIVERSITY, PROFESSIONAL WORKFORCE, AND LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

26. ARL Diversity Program Representatives to Present at ALA Diversity & Outreach Fair

ALA Diversity and Outreach Fair

Representatives from ARL’s Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce (IRDW) and Career Enhancement Program (CEP) will present a poster during the upcoming ALA Diversity and Outreach Fair. The poster is about the IRDW and CEP and “Inclusive Recruitment Leading to Literacies in Research Libraries.” The Diversity and Outreach Fair, held in conjunction with the ALA Annual Conference, will take place on Saturday, June 25, 3:00–5:00 p.m. at the New Orleans Morial Convention Center, in the Special Exhibits Area, Hall G (note new location). For further details, visit the ALA website.

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27. ARL Diversity Program Participants Win Scholarships to Attend ALA

Three participants in ARL Diversity Programs have been awarded scholarships to attend the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans this June. The scholarship project—ALA REACH 21: Preparing the Next Generation of Librarians for Leadership—is funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Scholarship awardees receive funding to attend the 2011 Spectrum Leadership Institute and the ALA Annual Conference. The institute brings together LIS students and recent graduates from across the country to network, learn models of cross-cultural leadership, reaffirm professional values grounded in service to diverse communities, develop career skills, and connect with a wide range of leaders and potential mentors in the profession. ARL Diversity Program awardees include:

  • Myrna Morales, Simmons College (2010 Diversity Scholar)
  • Eugenia Kim, University at Albany, SUNY (2010 Career Enhancement Program Fellow)
  • Denise V. (Vickie) Toranzo Zacker, University of South Florida (2011 Career Enhancement Program Fellow)

For more information, contact Mark A. Puente.

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28. ARL Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce Application Deadline Imminent

June 1 is the application deadline for the Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce (IRDW), ARL’s longest-standing minority recruitment program. The IRDW offers financial support to master of library and information science (MLIS) students with career interests in research libraries. The program is funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and ARL member libraries. Participants receive stipend funding up to $10,000 over a two-year period, leadership development training offered through the ARL Leadership Symposium, a research library visit hosted the Purdue University Libraries, a formal mentoring program, and career placement assistance. The focus of this iteration of the IRDW is on students with academic training in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines, although students from all academic backgrounds will be considered. For more information about the IRDW and the application requirements, see the ARL press release.

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29. Diversity on ARL Library Websites: JAL Publishes Study

The Journal of Academic Librarianship (JAL) has published the findings of a study by Lori Mestre, Digital Learning Librarian at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, who surveyed the “visibility of diversity” on ARL library websites. Mestre examined the websites of 107 ARL libraries in the US to determine how prominently diversity content was displayed. Fewer than 25% of the websites dedicated pages to diversity committees, initiatives, etc. A greater number of the websites incorporated diversity into strategic plans and statements illustrating the dedication of ARL libraries to the promotion of diversity on an institutional level. Mestre argues for more prominent communication of diversity goals and initiatives on ARL library websites, both to promote efforts being made and to ensure that the library is seen as an inclusive environment for all. The full article is in the March 2011 issue of JAL and is available for purchase or by subscription through the Science Direct website.

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30. ACRL Diversity Standards: Cultural Competencies for Academic Libraries—Comments Solicited on Draft

ACRL has released a draft of a working paper, “ACRL Diversity Standards: Cultural Competencies for Academic Libraries,” upon which they are accepting comments until June 8. The document provides “a framework to support libraries in engaging the complexities of providing services to diverse populations, and recruiting and maintaining a diverse library workforce.” The document is also intended to aid the development of institutional diversity initiatives. Standards within the document include discussions of cultural awareness, cross-cultural knowledge, collection development, and delivery of services. The ACRL Racial and Ethnic Diversity Committee has been engaged in the project for the last two years and asserts that the development of cultural competencies among all library staff is critical to attracting and retaining new and diverse talent into the profession. ACRL is collecting comments on the draft. Download the full draft document and send feedback by June 8 to the ACRL Racial and Ethnic Diversity Committee Vice Chair Charlene Maxey-Harris.

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31. ARL Research Library Leadership Fellows Attend ARL Membership Meeting

In early May, the ARL Research Library Leadership Fellows (RLLF) attended their first of four possible ARL Membership Meetings as part of the program. Each fellow was hosted by an ARL library director, who helped the fellow feel welcome, provided context, and shared insights as they experienced various meeting sessions together. Fellows and hosts alike reported that the hosting relationships were incredibly successful. Another unique opportunity made available to fellows at the Membership Meeting was a panel and lively discussion with members of the professional community: Kevin Guthrie, President of ITHAKA; Chuck Henry, President of the Council on Library and Information Resources; and David Prosser, Executive Director of Research Libraries UK. The discussion focused on the nature of these three organizations and the relationship of their priorities to research library interests. For more information, visit the RLLF website or contact Mark A. Puente.

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LIBRARY STATISTICS AND ASSESSMENT

32. ARL Statistics 2008–2009 Published

ARL Statistics 2008-2009

ARL has published ARL Statistics 2008–2009, ARL Academic Law Library Statistics 2008–2009, and ARL Academic Health Science Library Statistics 2008–2009. Total library expenditures of all 124 ARL member libraries in 2008-2009 were slightly more than $4 billion; of that total, roughly $3.1 billion was spent by the 114 university libraries and slightly more than $940 million by the 10 nonuniversity libraries. University libraries spent an average of approximately 56% of their total materials budgets on electronic resources, and nonuniversity libraries spent an average of approximately 26% of their total materials budgets on electronic resources. The 72 responding law libraries reported total expenditures of $213.6 million; these libraries spent an average of approximately 27% of their total materials budgets on electronic materials. The 62 responding health science libraries reported total expenditures of $235.8 million; these libraries spent an average of approximately 76% of their total materials budgets on electronic materials. The publications and the data files are available via the ARL website. A subscription to the ARL Interactive Edition is available through http://www.arlstatistics.org/. For more information, e-mail stats@arl.org.

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33. ARL Annual Statistical Surveys Update

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

  • ARL Annual Salary Survey 2010–2011: Preliminary tables have been issued and posted to the arl-directors and the arl-statsalary e-mail lists. Data verification is still underway; please respond to our questions as soon as possible.
  • ARL Statistics, Academic Health Sciences, Academic Law 2009–2010: Data are currently being verified. The mailing is available on the ARL website.
  • ARL Supplementary Statistics 2009–2010: Data are currently being verified. The mailing is available on the ARL website.
  • All data are readily accessible via the “Analytics” tab and “Data Repository” link at http://www.arlstatistics.org/ (login required; your library’s primary ARL Statistics contact can approve your access to the system). ARL Statistics® Interactive Analytics is now available on a subscription basis to nonmembers; for details, see the ARL press release.
  • ARL Preservation Statistics are being discontinued. Future work in this area will focus on the development of a vision for 21st-century research library collections that addresses strategic directions for preservation activities.

The ARL Survey Coordinators and SPEC Liaisons will meet at the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans on June 24, 2:30 p.m.–4:00 p.m., at the Loews New Orleans Hotel in the Terrebonne room. The discussion will focus on the recent analysis of feedback and charting of future directions that the ARL Statistics and Assessment Committee undertook in its May meeting. For details on the agenda for that meeting, see the ARL website.

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

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34. Library Assessment Forum to Be Held June 24 in New Orleans

At the upcoming Library Assessment Forum, Bruce Kingma (Syracuse U), Don King (U of Tennessee and Bryant U), and Ken Wise (U of Tennessee) will discuss the latest findings from the research being conducted under the Lib-Value grant. The forum will also feature a presentation by Joyce Chapman (North Carolina State U) on NCSU’s open-source tablet application for staff to use in assessing how patrons are using library services and spaces; the open-source release is coming this summer. And an update will be provided about the planning activities for the Library Assessment Conference to be held in Charlottesville in October 2012. The Library Assessment Forum will be held on June 24, 12:30–2:00 p.m., at the Loews New Orleans Hotel in the Terrebonne room. For more information, see the ARL website.

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35. ClimateQUAL® Partners to Convene June 24 in New Orleans

ClimateQUAL® Partner libraries and interested institutions will meet in New Orleans on June 24, 9 a.m.–noon, at the Loews New Orleans Hotel in the Terrebonne room. As in the past, the meeting will engage participants in discussion of the latest research, methods for using survey results, experiences from the field, and other community-building activities. Partners can find more information on the secure ClimateQUAL® blog. Interested parties may contact us at climatequal@arl.org.

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36. LibQUAL+® Update

In-Kind Grant Program

LibQUAL+® will award up to five institutions in-kind grants to participate in the 2012 LibQUAL+® survey, with a goal of offering one grant for every 50 libraries registered. This will be the seventh year LibQUAL+® has sponsored an in-kind grant program. There are two application deadlines for the 2012 grant program: June 17, 2011, and December 16, 2011.

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, see the LibQUAL+® news release.

Events at ALA Annual in New Orleans

The LibQUAL+® team will be available during the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans for individual consultations at booth #2162 at the following times:

Friday, June 24, 5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
Saturday–Sunday, June 25–26, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Monday, June 27, 9:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

Past LibQUAL+® participants are invited to join the LibQUAL+® team in greeting guests at the booth to share survey experiences and/or research. Please e-mail libqual@arl.org if you are interested in participating.

Also at ALA Annual in New Orleans, LibQUAL+® will host the 2011 Share Fair on June 27, 8:30–10:30 a.m., at the DoubleTree Hotel in room Nottoway A. This free, informal, science-fair style gathering features brief presentations/poster sessions by current and past LibQUAL+® survey participants highlighting examples of the quantitative and qualitative analysis they have performed using survey results. Entries are currently being accepted for presentations at the Share Fair. For more information, visit the LibQUAL+® website.

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37. Northumbria Conference on Performance Measurement to Convene Aug. 22–25

Register now to attend the Ninth Northumbria International Conference on Performance Measurement in Libraries and Information Services at the University of York, UK, August 22–25. The conference theme, “Proving Value in Challenging Times,” reflects the current global context in which library and information services are operating. Papers, posters, panels, and workshops are sought on, but not limited to, the theme and related topics in library performance measurement, assessment, and evaluation. The Northumbria Conference brings together practitioners, researchers, educators, and students interested in all aspects of performance and measurement in library and information services in any context. The conference is truly international and welcomes participants from all countries and continents. ARL, a conference partner, is offering workshops about LibQUAL+® and the Balanced Scorecard, as well as a presentation by ARL Executive Director Charles B. Lowry about ClimateQUAL®. Early-bird registration rates are available until June 10. For further details, to view the call for papers, and to register, visit the conference website.

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38. ARL and Ascendant to Bring the Balanced Scorecard to 10 Libraries

ARL and the Ascendant Strategy Management Group have agreed to begin development of balanced scorecards (BSCs) for a group of 10 libraries. The agreement marks an extension of a partnership between the two organizations that began in 2009 when Ascendant and ARL helped the libraries at Johns Hopkins University, McMaster University, the University of Virginia, and the University of Washington develop BSCs that would enable them to track and report on the execution of their strategic plans. This new development cohort will kick off in June with in-person workshops in Washington, DC, that will include multiple representatives from each of the 10 libraries. The initial workshops will be followed by two additional workshops and monthly teleconferences. For more details, see the ARL press release.

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39. Learning Outcomes Assessment to Be Featured at U Chicago Symposium

The second biennial Kathleen A. Zar Symposium, “We’re Teaching, but How Do We Know if They’re Learning?” will be held June 3 at the University of Chicago Library. The keynote speaker for the symposium will be Megan Oakleaf, Assistant Professor, Syracuse University iSchool. For more details and to register, visit the symposium website.

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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST TO ARL DIRECTORS

40. Publications Released by ARL

ARL Statistics 2008–2009

Martha Kyrillidou and Shaneka Morris, comps. and eds. For more information, including how to order print copies and to download the PDF, see the press release.

ARL Academic Health Sciences Library Statistics 2008–2009

Martha Kyrillidou and Shaneka Morris, comps. and eds. For more information, including how to order print copies and to download the PDF, see the press release.

ARL Academic Law Library Statistics 2008–2009

Martha Kyrillidou and Shaneka Morris, comps. and eds. For more information, including how to order print copies and to download the PDF, see the press release.

Research Library Issues, no. 275 (June 2011)

The June issue of RLI features the Report of the ARL Task Force on International Interlibrary Loan (ILL) and Document Delivery Practices.
View or download the full issue.

“Three Years and Counting—The Economic Crisis is Still with Us”

Charles B. Lowry, plenary speech at the UKSG Conference 2011 and Exhibition, April 4–6, 2011, Harrogate International Centre
The full text of the presentation is available on the ARL website. An abbreviated version of this talk is forthcoming in the July issue of portal: Libraries and the Academy.

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41. Grants

IMLS Sparks! Ignition Grants

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) awarded its first round of Sparks! Ignition Grants, which are designed to help libraries and museums solve challenging problems. Four ARL libraries are among the grant recipients:

  • Cornell
    Amount: $25,000
    Project: Collaborating with other campus partners to address high attrition rates among doctoral students in the humanities

  • New York Public
    Amount: $25,000
    Project: Crowdsourcing the transcription of a digital collection of historical menus

  • Purdue and Penn State
    Amount: $24,594
    Project: Creating Databib, an annotated online bibliography of research data repositories

For more details, see the IMLS press release.

NEH Grants

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) announced $18.8 million in grants for 216 humanities projects. This funding will support a wide variety of projects, including fellowships for scholarly research and the development of new undergraduate courses in the humanities, the preservation of and access to historic collections, production and development of films, the development and staging of major exhibitions, digital tools, and more. Ten ARL libraries are among the grant recipients:

  • California, Santa Barbara
    Amount: $300,000
    Project: Encyclopedic Discography of Victor Recordings (EDVR)
  • Kansas
    Amount: $70,939
    Project: Exploring the History of 19th-Century Ornithology and Scientific Illustration through the Works of John Gould
  • Minnesota
    Amount: $300,000
    Project: Revealing Maps: Preserving and Creating Access to the Bound Maps in the James Ford Bell Library Collection
  • New York Public
    Amount: $300,000
    Project: Shelley-Godwin Archive
    Amount: $50,000
    Project: Crowdsourcing Culinary History at the New York Public Library
  • Oregon
    Amount: $137,756
    Project: Northwest Digital Archives: Expanding Access to Northwest Archival Collections
  • Pennsylvania
    Amount: $300,000
    Project: Digitizing the University of Pennsylvania’s Early Modern, Western Manuscripts, 1601–1800
  • Rochester
    Amount: $300,000
    Project: Digitizing Public Domain Musical Scores and Books from the Sibley Music Library
  • South Carolina
    Amount: $300,000
    Project: An Open-Source Application for Image-Based Digital Reproduction of Optical Film Sound
  • Southern California
    Amount: $300,000
    Project: Invisible LA: Documenting the Early 20th Century in the Dick Whittington Photographic Collection
  • Washington
    Amount: $ 49,673
    Project: Advancing Information Design for Architectural Image Interfaces

For a complete list of the grants, see the NEH website.

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05/31/11

Charles B. Lowry
Executive Director
clowry@arl.org

Kaylyn Groves
Communications Program Officer
kaylyn@arl.org

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