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Nov. 2008 E-News: Part 1

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Governance and Membership Activities

1. ARL Membership Convenes, Elects New Board Members

Scholarly Communication

2. Library Publishing Services: EDUCAUSE Review Interviews ARL's Karla Hahn

3. Interviewing Researchers and Scholars: Jon Wergin to Lead Workshop Session--Register by Jan. 1, '09

4. SPARC Digital Repositories Meeting, Nov. 17–18, Baltimore

5. Open Access Day, Oct. 14, '08

Public Policies Affecting Research Libraries

6. Google, AAP, and Authors Guild Resolve Lawsuit

7. Orphan Works Legislation Approved by US Senate

8. Continuing Resolution Passed by US Congress: NEH Preservation & Access Budget, NIH Public Access Policy Not Cut

9. PRO IP Legislation Signed into Law by President Bush

10. NASULGC's McPherson Calls for New Focus on IP and Copyright Issues

11. US Copyright Office Initiates New DMCA Section 1201 Rulemaking

12. Restoring the Rule of Law to Ensure Citizens' Privacy: ARL and ALA File Statement

13. US Federal Agencies Collaborate on Guidelines for Digitizing Historical Materials

Library Roles in Research, Teaching, and Learning

14. ARL/CNI Forum Examines E-Science Trends, Implications for Libraries

15. E-Science Talking Points for ARL Deans and Directors

16. Planning a Learning Space in a Research Library: ARL Releases Pre-Programming Tool Kit

17. CNI Update

Diversity, Professional Workforce, and Leadership Development

18. New LCDP Class Selected; Career Coaches Needed

19. Career Enhancement Program Fellowship Applications Due Dec. 8, '08

20. Harvard & MIT Host Diversity Scholars

21. ARL Recruits for Diversity Program Officer

Library Statistics and Assessment

22. ARL Statistical Surveys and Publications Update

23. ARL Annual Salary Survey 2007-08 Published

24. LibQUAL+® Update

25. Upcoming Statistics Events

Other Items of Interest to ARL Directors

26. ARL Transitions

27. Other Transitions

28. Honors

29. Grants

30. Memorial


GOVERNANCE AND MEMBERSHIP ACTIVITIES

1. ARL Membership Convenes, Elects New Board Members

LCDP group photo, Oct. 15, 2008
LCDP Celebration at ARL Membership Meeting, Oct. 2008. Copyright © 2008 Frank Sciurba Photography.

ARL President Marianne Gaunt (Rutgers) convened the 153rd ARL Membership Meeting October 15-16 in Arlington, Virginia. The program featured remarks by two provosts, by ARL directors, and by other librarians who participated in ARL's leadership development programs: Leadership and Career Development Program (LCDP) and Research Library Leadership Fellows (RLLF) Program. The meeting sessions focused discussion around: diversity in higher education, the future for the work of extended arguments, leadership roles in research libraries, and trends in e-science. Speakers’ remarks and slides are added to the ARL Web site as they become available
http://www.arl.org/resources/pubs/mmproceedings/153mm-proceedings.shtml.

At the Business Meeting, member library representatives ratified the ARL Board’s election of Brinley Franklin (Connecticut) as ARL Vice President / President-Elect and elected three new members of the Board: Colleen Cook (Texas A&M), James Mullins (Purdue), and Sandra Yee (Wayne State). Members also approved ARL dues for 2009 and revisions to the Bylaws. Committee chairs provided progress reports and members received outlines of “Activities, Projects, and Priorities” in six ARL program areas: Scholarly Communication; Public Policies; Research, Teaching & Learning; E-Science; Diversity; Statistics & Measurement. These outlines are posted on the members-only section of the Web site http://www.arl.org/membersonly/cmterpts/.

At the conclusion of the Business Meeting, Marianne Gaunt presented the gavel to Tom Leonard (UC, Berkeley), who began his term as ARL President.

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SCHOLARLY COMMUNICATION

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Copyright © 2008 EDUCAUSE

2. Library Publishing Services: EDUCAUSE Review Interviews ARL's Karla Hahn

In an interview published in the October 24 issue of EDUCAUSE Review, Karla Hahn discusses the findings of ARL’s recent report on publishing services in research libraries. The interview is freely available at http://connect.educause.edu/Library/EDUCAUSE+Review/PublishingServicesAnEmerg/47452. The original report, Research Library Publishing Services: New Options for University Publishing, is available at http://www.arl.org/bm~doc/research-library-publishing-services.pdf.

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3. Interviewing Researchers and Scholars: Jon Wergin to Lead Workshop Session--Register by Jan. 1, '09

Leading the first segment of the new ARL/ACRL Institute on Scholarly Communication workshop “Scholarly Communication Outreach: Crafting Messages that Grab Faculty Attention,” Dr. Jon Wergin will work with participants in developing their skills in initiating informative conversations with faculty members focusing on changing scholarly communication practices. A faculty member himself, Wergin is an expert on higher education change with significant experience in teaching interviewing methodologies. The workshop will be held March 11–12, 2009, in Seattle, Washington. Registration remains open until January 1, 2009. See http://www.arl.org/sc/institute/inst-events/0309workshop.shtml.

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4. SPARC Digital Repositories Meeting, Nov. 17–18, Baltimore

Highlights of the upcoming SPARC Digital Repositories Meeting to be held November 17–18, 2008, in Baltimore, include:

  • Interactive Marketing Session: Branding strategist Nicole Colovos will lead a module dedicated to addressing one of the most compelling questions of digital repository management: How do we grow our content? See http://www.arl.org/sparc/media/08-1028.shtml.

  • Innovation Fair: Diatomscapes, personal repositories, depositor reluctance, Amazon.com, and theses are a few of the themes repository champions will introduce at the Innovation Fair. Twenty presenters from four countries will voice the creative and innovative tactics used to cement local support and bolster repository growth to more than 1,100 sites worldwide. See http://www.arl.org/sparc/media/08-1016.shtml.

  • International Speaker Roster: Leaders, innovators, and practitioners from North America, Europe, and Asia will explore new frontiers in building and supporting online open archives. Four timely discussion tracks—New Horizons, Developing Value-Added Services, The Policy Environment, and Campus Publishing Strategies—bring together speakers with far-reaching experience. See http://www.arl.org/sparc/media/08-0911.shtml.

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5. Open Access Day, Oct. 14, '08

An amazing 120 campuses in 27 countries celebrated Open Access Day on October 14 by hosting events, distributing literature, blogging, and more. Sixty campuses in the US, Canada, and Australia joined live video broadcasts with speakers and noted scholars Dr. Rich Roberts and Dr. Phil Bourne. See http://www.arl.org/sparc/publications/enews/08oct.shtml.

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PUBLIC POLICIES AFFECTING RESEARCH LIBRARIES

6. Google, AAP, and Authors Guild Resolve Lawsuit

On October 28, 2008, after several years of legal wrangling, Google, the Association of American Publishers (AAP), and the Authors Guild reached a settlement agreement concerning Google’s scanning of copyrighted works. The scanning of these works has been done in cooperation with research libraries throughout the United States. The settlement agreement requires court approval because the case was brought as a class action suit on behalf of selected copyright owners.

In large part, the settlement focuses on in-copyright books that are not commercially available. Public domain works fall outside of the settlement and owners of commercially available, in-copyright books created prior to January 5, 2009, may opt-out of the settlement or opt-in to other terms with Google. As a part of the settlement agreement, Google will fund the establishment of the Book Rights Registry. The registry, jointly run by authors and publishers, will collect and distribute royalties including an up-front payment by Google of $45 million. Users will have several new opportunities to access scanned books, both free and fee-based, via public and university libraries and through institutional subscriptions for academic, corporate, and government libraries and organizations. ARL and ALA are working on an analysis of the settlement agreement that should be available shortly. For more information, contact Prue Adler prue@arl.org.

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7. Orphan Works Legislation Approved by US Senate

On September 26, the Senate approved the Shawn Bentley Orphan Works Act of 2008, S. 2913, which would enable the use of copyrighted works without permission when the owner cannot be found. Prior to passage, the Senate resolved several contentious issues, including concerns relating to state sovereign immunity and what constitutes a diligent search. The House failed to consider the Senate-passed bill. There is a small possibility that orphan works legislation could be considered during a lame duck session in late November or early December 2008. More likely, the House and Senate will reintroduce orphan works legislation once the new Congress convenes in 2009. S. 2913 is online http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d110:s.02913:.

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8. Continuing Resolution Passed by US Congress: NEH Preservation & Access Budget, NIH Public Access Policy Not Cut

Prior to their departure in early October, Congress passed a Continuing Resolution that will fund most federal agencies until early March 2009. The resolution provides most agencies with the previous year's appropriation levels. With the resolution in place, the proposed cuts to the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Preservation and Access Division will not occur. In addition, the provision revising the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Public Access Policy from voluntary deposit to mandatory deposit of final electronic manuscripts within 12 months of publication in a peer-reviewed journal remains in the Continuing Resolution. NIH recently released an analysis of comments received on the NIH Public Access Policy following months of public input; the report is available via http://publicaccess.nih.gov/comments.htm.

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9. PRO IP Legislation Signed into Law by President Bush

On October 13, President Bush signed the Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights Act of 2008, commonly known as the PRO-IP Act, into law. P.L. 110-403, which significantly changed prior to passage, creates a new intellectual property "czar" in the White House and includes a provision of concern to those entities that provide Internet access. Provisions in the law expand the offenses for which civil forfeiture is a remedy and permit civil forfeiture of property used to facilitate infringement. Internet companies expressed concern during the legislative debate that prosecutors might use the forfeiture provision to pressure Internet companies into cooperating with investigations and removing objectionable content. The act contains other technical provisions concerning counterfeiting, criminal violations, and Justice Department programs, including funding five more International Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinators in US embassies. For more information, contact Prue Adler prue@arl.org.

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10. NASULGC's McPherson Calls for New Focus on IP and Copyright Issues

In a presentation to the ARL community, Peter McPherson, President of the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges (NASULGC), noted the growing imbalance on intellectual property and copyright issues and that such an imbalance does not promote the constitutional purpose of copyright "to promote the Progress of Science and the useful Arts." To address these issues and concerns, McPherson proposes "that the academy develop a comprehensive set of positions on intellectual property. The positions should be supportive of our core mission of creating and distributing knowledge. As the process moves forward to develop a comprehensive set of positions, concrete plans need to be made for an adequately funded structure to advance this agenda in Washington and across the country." The full text of the presentation will be published in the forthcoming issue of the ARL Bimonthly Report and is available online via http://www.arl.org/bm~doc/mm152-mcpherson.pdf.

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11. US Copyright Office Initiates New DMCA Section 1201 Rulemaking

A provision in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA, section 1201) prohibits anyone from circumventing a "technological measure that effectively controls access to a work." Because there are no useful exemptions for libraries and educational institutions and users to circumvent these technological protection measures (TPMs), the US Copyright Office conducts a rulemaking proceeding every three years to determine whether users of copyrighted works are, or are likely to be, "adversely affected" in their ability to make non-infringing uses of a particular class of copyrighted works because they cannot legally circumvent TPMs. The Copyright Office recently announced the initiation of another section 1201 proceeding, with an initial filing date of December 2, 2008. Now is the time for the library and higher education community to decide what, if any, exemptions should be requested in this upcoming proceeding. Of particular interest is information concerning preservation activities that may not be possible due to the inability to circumvent TPMs. For additional information, see http://www.copyright.gov/ or contact Prue Adler prue@arl.org. For additional information on the impact of the DMCA on scientific research, innovation, and more, see http://www.eff.org/files/DMCAUnintended10.pdf.

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12. Restoring the Rule of Law to Ensure Citizens' Privacy: ARL and ALA File Statement

ARL and ALA filed a joint statement for the September 16, 2008 hearing by the Subcommittee on the Constitution of the Senate Judiciary Committee on "Restoring the Rule of Law." The hearing record was designed to be a resource for the next President and Congress concerning privacy, civil liberties and security issues. ARL and ALA’s statement focused on privacy and security issues such as National Security Letters (NSLs), the USA PATRIOT Act and Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act or FISA. The statement is available via http://www.arl.org/pp/pscl/.

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13. US Federal Agencies Collaborate on Guidelines for Digitizing Historical Materials

Since 2007, several federal agencies have been developing guidelines for digitizing historical materials including books, manuscripts, photographs, maps, and sound and video recordings. The Federal Agencies Digitization Guidelines Initiative expects to “articulate a common set of guidelines, methods, and practices for the digitization of historical content in a sustainable manner. The participating agencies share the belief that common digitization guidelines will enhance the exchange of research results and developments, encourage collaborative digitization practices and projects among federal agencies and institutions, and provide the public with a product of uniform quality. They will also serve to set common benchmarks for digitization service providers and manufacturers.”

This work, conducted under the auspices of the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program, will be undertaken by two working groups: one, the Federal Agencies Still Image Digitization Working Group, is focused on books, manuscripts, maps, photographic prints, and negatives; and the second, the Federal Agencies Audio-Visual Digitization Working Group, is focused on sound and video recordings and motion picture film.

The initiative has released two draft documents for public review and comment by November 15: "TIFF Image Metadata" and "Digital Imaging Framework." These documents and more information on the initiative is available via http://digitizationguidelines.gov/.

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LIBRARY ROLES IN RESEARCH, TEACHING, AND LEARNING

14. ARL/CNI Forum Examines E-Science Trends, Implications for Libraries

In a ballroom filled to capacity, the research institution community gathered in October to engage one another as well as scientists, data specialists, and educators in a review of e-science trends and strategies to reinvent science librarianship. The program was planned and delivered by ARL's E-Science Working Group and sponsored by ARL and the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI). Working group Chair Wendy Lougee (Minnesota) opened the forum by confirming that the working group believes that earlier models of library support for science are inadequate and that a realignment with e-science is essential. The program "Reinventing Science Librarianship: New Models for the Future" featured panels of speakers on: e-science trends, data-curation issues, supporting virtual organizations, the experience of health sciences libraries, and education for new roles. In addition, fifteen libraries contributed fourteen posters for display at the forum to showcase their organizations’ work in science librarianship. Audio and slides from forum speakers and a description of the poster sessions are available online http://www.arl.org/resources/pubs/fallforumproceedings/forum08proceedings.shtml.

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15. E-Science Talking Points for ARL Deans and Directors

Exactly what is meant by "e-science" and what are the most relevant areas for library involvement in e-science projects? These are two of the eight questions addressed in a background paper prepared in collaboration with ARL's E-Science Working Group. The paper provides brief commentaries on basic questions on the topic as well as a short list of readings for additional information. Unveiled initially at the ARL / CNI Forum (see item # 14 above), the paper is available on the ARL Web site http://www.arl.org/rtl/escience/eresource.shtml. Elisabeth Jones, doctoral candidate at the University of Washington iSchool, is working with Eric Celeste, consultant to the E-Science Working Group, to expand the paper to address additional questions about e-science. Updated versions of the paper will be posted on the ARL Web site as they become available.

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16. Planning a Learning Space in a Research Library: ARL Releases Pre-Programming Tool Kit

A tool kit by ARL's Crit Stuart enables library staff—without reliance on outside experts—to conduct pre-programming assessment in order to customize learning spaces to fit local circumstances. The kit includes an overview of the planning process for building a learning commons as well as easy-to-use, one- to two-page guides to implementing a dozen different pre-programming assessment techniques. The techniques have been tested in several libraries and consistently produce excellent data for developing informed building programs.

The techniques covered in the tool kit are:

  • Surveys and Comments
  • Student and Faculty Advisory Groups
  • Lunch Invitations
  • Survey Tours (with Photographs)
  • Affinity Focus Groups
  • Structured Conversations
  • Videotaped Interviews
  • Design Charettes
  • Campus and Outside Experts
  • Sandboxing/Experiments
  • Learning Commons Oversight Council
  • Report Cards/Post-Occupancy Assessment

The tool kit is available for free download from the ARL Web site via http://www.arl.org/rtl/space/.

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17. CNI Update

A preliminary list of project briefings to be delivered at the Fall 2008 CNI Task Force Meeting in Washington DC, December 8–9, is now available from the meeting Web site http://www.cni.org/tfms/2008b.fall. Please note that session details are subject to change. Session abstracts and the full conference schedule will be added to the site soon. At the meeting, CNI Executive Director Clifford Lynch will report on developments over the past year and present the 2008–09 Program Plan, and Vint Cerf will present the 2008 Mellon Awards for Technology Collaboration (MATC) sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The recently issued report by the NSF Task Force on Cyberlearning, Fostering Learning in the Networked World: The Cyberlearning Opportunity and Challenge, will be the focus of the closing plenary session, featuring the task force's Chair, Professor Christine Borgman of UCLA.

Two pieces by Clifford Lynch have been published recently: "The Institutional Challenges of Cyberinfrastructure and E-Research" appears in the Nov./Dec. 2008 issue of EDUCAUSE Review (available online at http://connect.educause.edu/Library/EDUCAUSE+Review/TheInstitutionalChallenge/47446), and "A Matter of Mission: Information Technology and the Future of Higher Education" appears as a chapter in the EDUCAUSE e-Book The Tower and the Cloud, edited by Richard N. Katz (to obtain a copy of the chapter, see the table of contents at http://www.educause.edu/thetowerandthecloud/133998). Additionally, the September 3, 2008, issue of the journal Nature features a special section on "Big Data" that includes a commentary by Clifford Lynch on data curation issues.

Joan Lippincott, CNI Associate Executive Director, will present a session as part of the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) Live Webcast series: "Information Commons 101" is designed for institutions in the planning phase of a library renovation or addition that includes a space that will serve as an information or learning commons. The webcast will take place November 6, 2008, at 2:00 p.m. EST. Registration (for a fee) is available at http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/proftools/courses/infocommons101.cfm; On December 4, Lippincott will give a presentation in a second webcast, "Next Gen Information Commons," aimed at those institutions who have an information commons but are planning modifications. For details, see http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/proftools/courses/nextgeninfocommons.cfm.

The Fourth International Digital Curation Conference, "Radical Sharing: Transforming Science?" (in partnership with the National e-Science Centre and supported by CNI) will be held December 1–3, 2008, at the Hilton Grosvenor Hotel in Edinburgh, Scotland. Full details are available at http://www.dcc.ac.uk/events/dcc-2008.

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DIVERSITY, PROFESSIONAL WORKFORCE, AND LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

18. New LCDP Class Selected; Career Coaches Needed

Eleven promising research library leaders have been selected to participate in the 2009–10 class of the ARL Leadership and Career Development Program (LCDP) and career coaches are now being sought. The program prepares midcareer librarians from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups to take on increasingly demanding leadership roles in ARL libraries. The 18-month program includes: two LCDP Institutes, an opening and closing event held in conjunction with national professional meetings, a career-coaching relationship with an ARL library director or staff member, and a personalized visit to an ARL member library. The 10th anniversary of the LCDP was celebrated this year, most recently at the ARL Membership Meeting with a panel of speakers who addressed the positive impact of the program on individual careers as well as on the libraries that sponsored and/or mentored participants. To date, 100 librarians have participated in LCDP. ARL Directors or senior staff in ARL libraries who wish to serve as career coaches for the 2009–10 class of LCDP participants should contact DeEtta Jones djones@deettajones.com. For more information on the LCDP, see http://www.arl.org/diversity/lcdp/.

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19. Career Enhancement Program Fellowship Applications Due Dec. 8, '08

The ARL Career Enhancement Program (CEP) is accepting a second round of fellowship applications until December 8, 2008. Master’s of library science (MLS) students from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups who have successfully completed a minimum of 12 credit hours by June 1, 2009, in an ALA-accredited MLS program are encouraged to apply for this enriching fellowship experience. The CEP, funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and participating ARL member libraries, offers MLS students from underrepresented groups an opportunity to jump-start their careers in research libraries. For more information and to apply, visit http://www.arl.org/diversity/cep/.

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20. Harvard & MIT Host Diversity Scholars

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Copyright © 2008 President and Fellows of Harvard College

Harvard College Library and the MIT Libraries recently joined forces to co-host ARL Diversity Scholars and ALA Spectrum Scholars for "An Exploration of Academic Research Libraries in Cambridge," October 20-21, 2008. This two-day event was the first joint program of its kind and provided participants with an occasion to learn about the exciting initiatives and opportunities that exist for librarians serving research and teaching communities. Thirty-one guests, who are current or past participants of the ARL Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce and the ALA Spectrum Scholar Program, spent a full day at each host library, and were provided with a glimpse into the dynamic and distinctive environments of these two world-renowned institutions. Extensive staff participation from both libraries provided guests the opportunity to interact directly with those who have chosen academic librarianship and to hear some of the reasons so many professionals are drawn to these stimulating environments. Harvard and MIT librarians were grateful for the opportunity to meet and interact with this impressive group of new and soon-to-be librarians and were inspired by the level of interest, engagement, and enthusiasm that they brought to the program. For more information about the ARL Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce, see http://www.arl.org/diversity/init/.

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21. ARL Recruits for Diversity Program Officer

ARL invites nominations and expressions of interest for the position Program Officer for Diversity. ARL conceptualizes diversity issues broadly and encourages attention to them within all three of the Association’s strategic directions: scholarly communication; public policies; and new library roles in research, teaching, and learning. Within this broad framework, ARL has also adopted an action agenda that is focused on the development of a diverse research library workforce. The Program Officer for Diversity provides leadership for ARL initiatives that increase the "pipeline" as well as the preparation and advancement of librarians from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups into leadership positions in ARL libraries. Screening of applications is underway and will continue until the position is filled. A position description is available on the ARL Web site via http://www.arl.org/diversity/.

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LIBRARY STATISTICS AND ASSESSMENT

22. ARL Statistical Surveys and Publications Update

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

  • ARL Annual Salary Survey 2008-09: Surveys are currently being received. To submit your data, see http://www.arl.org/stats/annualsurveys/salary/salform08.shtml.

  • ARL Statistics, ARL Academic Law Library Statistics, and ARL Academic Health Sciences Library Statistics 2006–07: Final publication tables are in production.

  • ARL Preservation Statistics 2006–07: Publication is in production.

We are currently scheduling the ARL Statistics teleconference for Survey Coordinators to take place on December 10, 2008, at 1:00 p.m. eastern time.

For additional information on the annual surveys, contact Martha Kyrillidou martha@arl.org.

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23. ARL Annual Salary Survey 2007-08 Published

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ARL has published the ARL Annual Salary Survey 2007–08, which analyzes salary data for all professional staff working in the 123 ARL member libraries during 2007–08. Data are reported for 9,983 professional staff in the 113 university ARL libraries and for 3,797 professional staff in the 10 non-university ARL libraries. The data show that ARL librarians’ salaries outperformed inflation for the fourth consecutive year. The combined median professional salary in US and Canadian ARL university libraries was $61,833—a 3.7% increase from the previous year. Over the same period, the Consumer Price Index rose 2.4% in the US and 2.5% in Canada. For more information about the ARL Annual Salary Survey or to download a PDF of the publication, visit http://www.arl.org/stats/annualsurveys/salary/arl-annual-salary-survey-2007-08.shtml. To order print copies of the publication, visit http://www.arl.org/resources/pubs/pubsorderinfo.shtml.

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24. LibQUAL+® Update

A. 2008 Session I SPSS Data Files

The 2008 Session I data files have been delivered to the primary contacts of those institutions that indicated in their survey management preferences that they wished to receive their data files.

B. 2008 Session II Status

The 2008 Session II survey will conclude on December 10. To date, the survey has collected over 26,700 responses from some 60 institutions participating in the session.

C. LibQUAL+® Beta: Fall 2008

We are conducting a pilot this fall for the new LibQUAL+® platform, which includes “LibQUAL Lite,” a customized feature that provides the ability to implement a condensed version of the current survey protocol. LibQUAL Lite contains: 11 core items (3 fixed, 8 randomly selected), 3 satisfaction items (1 fixed,2 randomly selected), 1 literacy outcomes item (randomly selected), 3 library usage items, and a comments box. The beta will run from October through mid-December.

D. 2009 Survey Registration Open

Registration for the 2009 survey is open online at http://www.libqual.org/Register/.

E. LibQUAL+® French Wiki Available

The LibQUAL+® French wiki, a new forum in which francophone libraries share information about LibQUAL+®, is now available thanks to the good efforts of Nicolas Alarcon from the University of Angers. Special thanks also to Suzanne Jouguelet, Dominique Wolf, and Carole Letrouit for coordinating this effort within ABDU and LIBER. See https://listes.cru.fr/wiki/libqual-fr/index.

F. Consortial Participation in LibQUAL+®: Outcomes and Benefits

Kathy Tomajko, Assistant to the Dean of Libraries at the Georgia Tech, presented a poster at the 2008 Library Assessment Conference in Seattle on the results of the Georgia Consortium participation in the 2006 LibQUAL+® survey. Of the 35 consortium members, 20 participated in the survey, which collected over 7,800 valid responses from 14 colleges/universities and 6 community colleges. Tomajko compares PhD, master's, and two-year institutions on a variety of variables such as printed materials, journals, access to computers, and services hours. She also compares the Georgia Consortium with four other consortia--Network of Alabama Academic Libraries, OhioLINK, University of Wisconsin Systems, and SCONUL in the UK--on printed materials and journals for undergraduates and faculty. The poster is available online http://libraryassessment.org/bm~doc/tomajko.pdf.

G. LibQUAL+® in the Sciences

A flyer prepared for the recent ARL / CNI Forum "Reinventing Science Librarianship" by ARL's Gary Roebuck, MaShana Davis, and Martha Kyrillidou highlights LibQUAL+® survey responses from faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates in science/math, engineering/computer science, and health sciences across 302 libraries (including 53 ARL libraries). The flyer reports library users’ perceptions and expectations of service quality and information literacy outcomes, such as contribution of the library to advancing in a discipline. It also reports use of the library premises, Web site, and non-library information gateways. Notably, ratings of information literacy outcomes have risen since 2004 across all user groups. The flyer is online http://www.libqual.org/documents/admin/LQ%20in%20Sciences.pdf.

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25. Upcoming Statistics Events

A. Web Development with XML: Design and Applications

January 5–9, 2009
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

This five-day workshop will explore XML with a specific focus on fundamentals of design, markup, and use. Participants will use XML and related technologies in the creation of a prototype digital publication. In addition, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Libraries will host a reception and tour of their new Carolina Digital Library and Archive. Register by December 1, 2008. For more information or to register, see http://www.arl.org/news/pr/web-xml-14aug08.shtml.

B. Library Assessment Forum: Effective, Sustainable and Practical Assessment

January 23, 2009, in conjunction with ALA Midwinter
1:30-3:00 p.m.
The Curtis Hotel, Room TBD
Denver CO

If you are interested in assessment and have attended the biennial Library Assessment Conference or plan to attend in the future, join us at this forum that keeps the community of interested practitioners in touch between conferences. For more information, contact Martha Kyrillidou martha@arl.org.

C. Survey Coordinators and SPEC Liaisons Meeting

January 23, 2009, in conjunction with ALA Midwinter
3:30-5:00 p.m.
The Curtis Hotel, Room TBD
Denver CO

If you are responsible for completing the ARL Statistics or the ARL SPEC surveys for your institution, join us at this meeting to learn the latest development in these areas. For more information, contact Martha Kyrillidou martha@arl.org or Lee Anne George leeanne@arl.org.

D. LibQUAL+® at ALA Midwinter 2009

January 26, 2009
The Curtis Hotel, Room TBD
Denver CO

Survey Introduction**, 8:30 a.m.-10 a.m.

Will provide information about the project’s development and origins, and practical information for getting started with the survey.
[Recommended for all first-time survey administrators.]

Survey Administration, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Will provide practical information for administering the survey, including: goals setting, marketing the survey, creating assessment teams/groups, navigating the online system, etc.
[Recommended for both first-time and repeat survey administrators.]

Survey Results, 2:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

Will provide an overview of the latest survey iteration, report the latest research, demonstrate best practices using survey results, and engage participants in interpreting institutional results. In this session, Amy Hoseth, Instruction Librarian, Colorado State University (former LibQUAL+® team member), will present published findings that offer many practical suggestions for maximizing survey results.
[Aimed at survey administrators who participated in the survey in the past.]

Questions about the survey?

Visit the LibQUAL+® team for individual consultations at booth #2152 in the Colorado Convention Center, January 24-25, 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

For more information or to register for these events, see http://www.libqual.org/Events/index.cfm.

E. Service Quality Evaluation Academy

March 16–20, 2009
Hotel Monteleone
New Orleans LA

The Service Quality Evaluation Academy is an intensive five-day program that focuses on both qualitative and quantitative methods for collecting and analyzing library service quality data. Although some of the training will be presented in the context of LibQUAL+®, the program will emphasize basic concepts and skills in measurement and data analysis that will be applicable to service quality evaluations in general. There will be some time spent on relevant software skills, including the use of ATLAS.ti to analyze the content of interviews or responses to open-ended surveys and the use of SPSS for quantitative data analysis. Apply by January 5, 2009. For more information, see http://www.arl.org/stats/statsevents/sqacademy/.

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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST TO ARL DIRECTORS

26. ARL Transitions

New York State: Bernard A. Margolis has been appointed New York State Librarian and Assistant Commissioner of Education, effective January 2009.

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27. Other Transitions

National Institutes of Health (NIH): Elias A. Zerhouni stepped down as NIH Director in October 2008.

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28. Honors

Donald H. Dyal, Dean of Libraries, Texas Tech University, was confirmed by the US Senate in July 2008 as a member of the National Museum and Library Services Board (NMLSB). He will serve in the position through 2013. The NMLSB helps guide general policy and practices of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and helps select recipients of the National Medals for Museum and Library Service.

Clifford Lynch, Executive Director, Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), received the 2008 American Society of Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) Award of Merit at the ASIS&T Annual Meeting in October 2008. The award is ASIS&T's highest honor and is bestowed annually to an individual who has made a noteworthy contribution to the field of information science.

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29. Grants

In celebration of their groundbreaking Social Entrepreneurs Series, FRONTLINE/World, in cooperation with the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, selected 50 public and academic libraries to receive grants of $500 plus supporting program materials. The grant funds will promote the screening and discussion of one the series’ short documentary films on innovative social entrepreneurs around the world. Three ARL libraries were selected to receive the grant:

Case Western Reserve University
University of Florida
Florida State University

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30. Memorial

Jerrold Orne, 97, died July 13, 2008. He was University Librarian at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill from 1957 to 1972 and a faculty member of the UNC School of Library Science. During his tenure as University Librarian at UNC, he served on a number of ARL committees. In 1960 he reported on his delegation to survey CIA operations in relation to the Farmington Plan. For nearly a decade he was the North American Representative to the Standards Committee Z-39.

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11/6/08

Charles B. Lowry
Executive Director
Association of Research Libraries
21 Dupont Circle
Washington DC 20036
v: (202) 296-2296
fax: (202) 872-0884
e-mail: clowry@arl.org


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