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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Governance and Membership Activities

1. ARL Membership Convenes, Elects New Board Members

2. University of Calgary Becomes Newest Member of ARL

3. Board Adopts New ARL Strategic Plan

Influencing Public Policies

4. USA PATRIOT Act Reauthorization Update

5. Network Neutrality Update

6. GWLA Chief Academic and Research Officers Support FRPAA

7. Ithaka Releases Interim Summary of Findings re New Models for FDLP

8. Federal Budget Update

9. Ferriero Nomination Approved by Senate Homeland Security Committee

10. Proposed Google Book Search Settlement Update

11. Department of Education Releases P2P Rules

12. PCAST Focuses on Improving STEM Education

13. DMCA Rulemaking Delayed

14. IMLS National Leadership Grant Program Accepting Applications--Deadline Feb. 1

15. Cornell Publishes Manual on Digitization Projects in Libraries, Archives, Museums

Reshaping Scholarly Communication

16. Open Access Week Showcases Growing Momentum

17. Income Models for Open-Access Journals Reviewed in New SPARC Guide

18. Student Coalition for Open Access Grows to Five Million Worldwide

19. Potential Economic & Social Impacts of Open Access: New Reports Released

20. Wellcome Trust to Fund Open-Access Publication Models

21. UC Press & JSTOR Launch Current Scholarship Program

22. STM Journal Market Analyzed in New Report

Transforming Research Libraries

23. ARL-CNI Special Collections Forum Proceedings Available Online

24. New Roles for New Times: Reports Planned by ARL

25. ARL E-Science Survey Early Findings Available Online

26. OCLC Conducts Survey of Special Collections and Archives

27. Visual Resources Management: New Report Discusses Concerns & Scenarios

28. CNI Update

Diversity, Professional Workforce, and Leadership Development

29. ARL Selects 2009–2011 Diversity Scholars

30. National Diversity in Libraries Conference Accepting Poster Proposals--Deadline Jan. 4

31. U of Utah & BYU to Host ARL Research Library Leadership Fellows

Library Statistics and Assessment

32. ARL Annual Statistical Surveys Update

33. METS Workshop: The Basics and Beyond, Jan. 18–22, Boston--Register by Dec. 18

34. Library Assessment Conference Keynote Speakers Announced

35. LibQUAL+® Update

Other Items of Interest to ARL Directors

36. ARL Tests New Web-Based Publishing Platform

37. Publications Recently Released by ARL

38. ARL Transitions

39. ARL Staff Transitions


GOVERNANCE AND MEMBERSHIP ACTIVITIES

1. ARL Membership Convenes, Elects New Board Members

ARL President Tom Leonard (California, Berkeley) convened the 155th ARL Membership Meeting October 14–15 in Washington DC. At the meeting, 107 ARL member library representatives took part in sessions examining: new models for Federal Depository Library collections; potential library roles for supporting public access initiatives; the science, technology, and innovation agenda of the Obama administration; and the value and potential of distinctive collections in the digital age. Speakers’ remarks and slides are being added to the ARL Web site as they become available; audio recordings are also being added to the site http://www.arl.org/resources/pubs/mmproceedings/155mm-proceedings.shtml.

At the Business Meeting on October 15, member library representatives ratified the ARL Board’s election of Carol Mandel (New York University) as ARL Vice President / President-Elect and elected three new members of the Board: Carol Pitts Diedrichs (Kentucky/Ohio State), Deborah Jakubs (Duke), and Wendy Lougee (Minnesota). Members also approved ARL dues for 2010 and voted to extend a membership invitation to the University of Calgary (See item 2, below). Committee chairs provided progress reports and members received outlines of “Activities, Projects, and Priorities” in five ARL program areas: Public Policies; Scholarly Communication; Transforming Library Roles; Diversity; and Statistics & Assessment. These outlines are posted on the members-only section of the ARL Directors' Wiki http://directors.arl.org/wiki/Board, Commmittee, Task Force, Working Group Reports.

At the conclusion of the Business Meeting, Tom Leonard presented the gavel to Brinley Franklin (Connecticut), who began his term as ARL President.

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2. University of Calgary Becomes Newest Member of ARL

University of Calgary, Taylor Family Digital Library
Under construction: the University of Calgary's state-of-the-art Taylor Family Digital Library facility.
© University of Calgary

The membership of ARL voted in October to invite the Libraries and Cultural Resources of the University of Calgary to join as the 124th member. Located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, the university is a member of the Canadian research-intensive “G-13” institutions based on sponsored research and number of PhDs. Libraries and Cultural Resources (LCR) brings together the University Library, Archives and Special Collections, the Nickle Arts Museum, and the University of Calgary Press. H. Thomas Hickerson, Vice Provost (Libraries and Cultural Resources) and University Librarian, accepted the invitation. Information about the University of Calgary Libraries and Cultural Resources can be found at http://lcr.ucalgary.ca/.

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3. Board Adopts New ARL Strategic Plan

Following a year-long review involving several rounds of member input, the ARL Board has adopted an ARL Strategic Plan for 2010–2012. The new plan emphasizes advocacy in three strategic directions: Influencing Public Policies, Reshaping Scholarly Communications, and Transforming Research Libraries. The development of the new plan was led by members of the Strategic Plan Review Task Force: Marianne Gaunt (Rutgers), Chair; Joyce Garnett (Western Ontario); Brenda Johnson, (California, Santa Barbara); Olivia Madison (Iowa State); Jim Neal (Columbia); Dana C. Rooks (Houston); and Charles B. Lowry (ARL), ex officio. In addition, Frank D’Andria (SUNY, Albany) took an active part in phase one of the task force deliberations. The work of this task force resulted in a set of priorities that provide direction for ARL efforts over the next three years. The new Strategic Plan is available on the ARL Web site http://www.arl.org/arl/governance/strat-plan/. The report of the task force is available on the members-only section of the ARL Directors' Wiki http://directors.arl.org/file/show/arl-strategic-plan-reportfinal.pdf.

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INFLUENCING PUBLIC POLICIES

4. USA PATRIOT Act Reauthorization Update

Several provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act are set to expire on December 31, 2009, unless Congress reauthorizes them. This “sunsetting” provides lawmakers with an opportunity to revisit the USA PATRIOT Act and address the numerous shortcomings that have come to light in the years since its passage. Recently, the Senate Judiciary Committee took up these issues with disappointing results. Senator Feingold’s proposals for comprehensive reform, which ARL and ALA endorsed, were declined in favor of a minimal bill that would offer library patrons some limited protections for their offline activities, but does little else to address deep concerns with the original USA PATRIOT Act. The full Senate has yet to vote on the bill.

In the House of Representatives, members of the House Judiciary Committee recently introduced the USA PATRIOT Amendments Act of 2009, H.R. 3845. This bill includes several key reforms that restore important civil liberties without diminishing the government’s ability to conduct legitimate national security investigations. The Judiciary Committee began mark-up of H.R. 3845 on November 4. ARL with others in the public sector wrote in support of H.R. 3845. ARL and ALA also wrote a letter thanking the sponsors of H.R. 3845 for including strong library provisions in the bill. For more information, see http://www.arl.org/pp/pscl/patriot/.

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5. Network Neutrality Update

ARL joined in a letter with others in the public sector applauding the recent announcement by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that the agency will begin a public proceeding concerning how to ensure an open and nondiscriminatory Internet. As noted by the FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, “the rules are necessary to protect innovation on the Internet and preserve the openness that has allowed the Internet to blossom.” In addition to four principles approved by the agency in 2005, two additional principles relating to transparency and nondiscrimination have been added:

  • Consumers are entitled to access the lawful Internet content of their choice.

  • Consumers are entitled to run applications and use services of their choice, subject to the needs of law enforcement.

  • Consumers are entitled to connect their choice of legal devices that do not harm the network.

  • Consumers are entitled to competition among network providers, application and service providers, and content providers.

  • A provider of broadband Internet access service must treat lawful content, applications, and services in a nondiscriminatory manner.

  • A provider of broadband Internet access service must disclose such information concerning network management and other practices as is reasonably required for users and content, application, and service providers to enjoy the protections specified in this rulemaking.

The letter to the FCC is available online http://www.publicknowledge.org/pdf/pubint-nn-letter-20091021.pdf.

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6. GWLA Chief Academic and Research Officers Support FRPAA

The chief academic and research officers of 14 US research universities, representing the member universities of the Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA), declared their support for the Federal Research Public Access Act (FRPAA, S. 1373) in a letter to the Senate. The letter is the first issued by chief academic and research officers in partnership, jointly recognizing the value of greater accessibility and utility afforded by legislation for public access to federally funded research. This follows the Sept. 23 open letter by the presidents of 57 US liberal arts colleges, which was the first letter from higher education administrators to be issued in support of the bill. The GWLA letter is available online via http://www.gwla.org/Home/Announcements/gwlachiefacademicandresearchofficerssupportfrpaa. The earlier letter is available via http://www.taxpayeraccess.org/news/news_releases/09-0923.shtml.

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7. Ithaka Releases Interim Summary of Findings re New Models for FDLP

Ithaka S+R has released an interim summary of a study that ARL and the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA) retained Ithaka to conduct. The study will propose a comprehensive framework for the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) in response to changes in the environment for information dissemination and usage. New approaches must take advantage of the opportunities presented by today’s digital and networking technologies to deliver services to users more effectively, more broadly, and at lower cost. For this project, Ithaka S+R staff interviewed more than 80 individuals from 30 libraries, the Government Printing Office (GPO), and a number of other key organizations. The FDLP serves a variety of needs across a number of communities and, in this project, Ithaka S+R has taken a systemwide perspective in an attempt to understand the needs of all stakeholders. The summary, which presents a high-level overview of the project’s interim findings and recommendations, is available via http://www.arl.org/pp/access/fdlp/.

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8. Federal Budget Update

The US Congress continues to tackle FY 2010 appropriations measures. Of the twelve appropriations bills, four have passed the House and Senate and been signed into law by President Obama. The House of Representatives and the Senate approved a second continuing resolution (CR) to fund federal agencies until Congress can complete all FY 2010 spending bills. The continuing resolution funds government agencies through December 18 at FY 2009 levels. The President signed the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies appropriations bill, which includes the CR, before the previous CR ran out on October 31. The Interior appropriations measure includes funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities. NEH will see an increase of $12.5 million for a total of $167 million with $17.116 million devoted to Preservation and Access, an increase of $1.116 million. For more information, contact Prue Adler prue@arl.org.

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9. Ferriero Nomination Approved by Senate Homeland Security Committee

On October 28, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee approved the nomination of David Ferriero (NYPL) to be Archivist of the United States. The full Senate has yet to act on the nomination. For more information, contact Prue Adler prue@arl.org.

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10. Proposed Google Book Search Settlement Update

At a recent status hearing before the Court on the proposed Google Book Search, the parties--the American Association of Publishers, Google, and the Authors Guild--expressed optimism that a new agreement that would satisfy the concerns of the Department of Justice (DOJ) could be negotiated by the court-ordered presentation date of November 9, 2009. The judge and the parties also agreed that future objections to the new settlement would be limited to the amended aspects. A spokesman for the publishers told reporters that he expected that the “core of the settlement” would be the same. Plaintiffs’ lawyer Michael Boni told the judge he hoped to seek final approval of a new settlement by December 2009 or early January 2010. For a more detailed update, see http://www.arl.org/pp/ppcopyright/google/.

In addition, ARL, with other organizations and individuals, wrote to Google concerning privacy issues relating to the Google Book Search. Calling for “enforceable privacy protections,” the signatories suggested that Google “commit to additional privacy protections and that such commitments be enforceable by the court presiding over the settlement.” The letter is available via http://www.arl.org/pp/ppcopyright/google/.

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11. Department of Education Releases P2P Rules

On October 29, the US Department of Education released final regulations concerning peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing on college and university networks. The rules were issued in response to provisions in the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008. The rules call for higher education institutions to educate their network users about copyright law, develop plans to combat illegal file sharing, and offer legal alternatives to downloading protected content. The new rules, effective July 2010, apply to all colleges and universities that accept federal financial aid. For more information, contact Prue Adler prue@arl.org.

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12. PCAST Focuses on Improving STEM Education

In a recent presentation to the President’s Council on Science and Technology (PCAST), US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan called for a new focus on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education because US students are lagging behind their international counterparts in these subjects. Duncan stressed the need for a national STEM innovation agenda and called upon states to enhance their STEM infrastructure in schools through greater cooperation with universities, private industry, and the research community. PCAST’s two-day meeting was devoted to STEM education. For more information, contact Prue Adler prue@arl.org.

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13. DMCA Rulemaking Delayed

The US Register of Copyrights did not meet the October 27 deadline for making recommendations to the Librarian of Congress concerning exemptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) Section 1201. As a result, current Section 1201 exemptions have been extended until the Librarian issues a new regulation. Every three years, the US Copyright Office conducts a rulemaking to consider possible exemptions for libraries, educational institutions, and users to legitimately circumvent technological protection measures when trying to access a copyrighted work. Members of the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) called for the current exemptions to be broadened by applying them to audiovisual works included in any college or university library, not just the library of the media studies department. In addition, LCA advocates that the exemption apply to classroom uses by instructors in all subjects, not just media studies or film professors. For more information about the DMCA, see http://www.arl.org/pp/ppcopyright/copystatutes/dmca.shtml.

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14. IMLS National Leadership Grant Program Accepting Applications--Deadline Feb. 1

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is accepting grant applications through February 1, 2010, for the agency's 2010 National Leadership Grant (NLG) program. Libraries may apply for one of two types of grants: Project Grants or Collaborative Planning Grants. Each of these types applies to the four funding categories: Advancing Digital Resources, Library-Museum Collaboration, Research, and Demonstration. Applications, guidelines, and examples of successful proposals can be found on the IMLS Web site. See http://www.imls.gov/news/2009/102809b.shtm.

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15. Cornell Publishes Manual on Digitization Projects in Libraries, Archives, Museums

Copyright and Cultural Institutions (Hirtle) cover
© Peter B. Hirtle, Emily Hudson, Andrew T. Kenyon

Cornell University Library has released a new book, Copyright and Cultural Institutions: Guidelines for Digitization for US Libraries, Archives, and Museums, to help cultural heritage institutions understand and comply with copyright law while improving access to their collections. The development of new digital technologies has led to fundamental changes in the ways that cultural institutions fulfill their public missions of access, preservation, research, and education. Many institutions are developing publicly accessible Web sites that allow users to visit online exhibitions, search collection databases, access images of collection items, and in some cases create their own digital content. Digitization, however, also raises the possibility of copyright infringement. It is imperative that staff in libraries, archives, and museums understand fundamental copyright principles and how institutional procedures can be affected by the law. For more information, see http://communications.library.cornell.edu/com/news/PressReleases/manual.cfm.

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RESHAPING SCHOLARLY COMMUNICATION

16. Open Access Week Showcases Growing Momentum

SPARC Open Access Week 2009 video
SPARC on the state of open access in the world today

The first International Open Access Week (October 19–23) may have just come to a close, but the broad spectrum of initiatives that it highlighted ensures that open access to research will play a central role in advancing the conduct of research and scholarship for years to come. Events took place on more than 300 sites worldwide, illustrating the dramatic growth of the global network that has emerged in support of open access. For more information, see http://www.arl.org/sparc/media/09-1029.shtml. See also a video of Heather Joseph and Jennifer McLennan of SPARC on the state of OA in the world today http://www.vimeo.com/7048906 and a SPARC animated video on "OA 101" http://vimeo.com/6973160.

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17. Income Models for Open-Access Journals Reviewed in New SPARC Guide

“Who pays for open access?” is a key question faced by publishers, authors, and libraries as awareness and interest in free, immediate, online access to scholarly research increases. SPARC examines the issue of sustainability for current and prospective open-access publishers in a timely new guide, “Income Models for Open Access: An Overview of Current Practice,” by Raym Crow. For more details and to read the guide, see http://www.arl.org/sparc/media/09-1008.shtml.

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18. Student Coalition for Open Access Grows to Five Million Worldwide

The student Right to Research Coalition--a group of national, international, and local student associations that advocate for governments, universities, and researchers to adopt open access practices--has now grown to include some of the most prominent student organizations from the US and across the world. The recent addition of eight new organizations brings the number of students represented by the coalition to over five million, demonstrating the broad, passionate support that open access enjoys from the student community. For more information, see http://www.arl.org/sparc/media/09-1015.shtml.

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19. Potential Economic & Social Impacts of Open Access: New Reports Released

The Committee on Economic Development, which represents senior corporate executives and university leaders, has released a draft report, “Harnessing Openness to Improve Research, Teaching, and Learning in Higher Education,” containing key recommendations related to open-access policies (see http://www.arl.org/sparc/bm~doc/dcc_opennessedu_10-19.pdf). The Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) in the UK released a comprehensive guide to its 15 years of research on open access, including data on the increased return on investment generated by opening access to the results of publicly funded research (see http://www.jisc.ac.uk/openaccess).

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20. Wellcome Trust to Fund Open-Access Publication Models

The Wellcome Trust, one of the world’s largest funders of biomedical research, announced they would provide an additional 2 million pounds over the next 12 months to support open-access publication models. The trust also issued a transparency challenge to journal publishers, calling on them to openly report uptake of the open-access option by authors and to adjust subscription rates to reflect increases in income from open-access fees. For more information, see http://www.wellcome.ac.uk/News/Media-office/Press-releases/2009/WTX057058.htm.

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21. UC Press & JSTOR Launch Current Scholarship Program

University of California (UC) Press and JSTOR have initiated the Current Scholarship Program, which brings complete journal runs from multiple publishers together in one place. The program aims to create an improved online work environment for faculty and students, to ease the burden on librarians of negotiating separate license agreements with a multitude of publishers and independent titles, and to promote a more cost-effective publishing environment for the scholarly community. Starting in 2011, publishers who participate in the Current Scholarship Program will have both current and historical content from their published journals available on a redesigned JSTOR platform. The University of Illinois Press recently joined the program and the program encourages other publishers to join. For more information, see http://www.jstor.org/page/info/about/programs/currentScholarship.jsp.

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22. STM Journal Market Analyzed in New Report

The International Association of Scientific, Technical, and Medical Publishers has released, "The STM Report: An Overview of Scientific and Scholarly Journal Publishing." The report states that scholarly communication is undergoing profound changes driven by technology and economic factors, while authors' "core motivations to publish remain stable." Annual revenues generated from English-language scientific, technical, and medical (STM) journal publishing are estimated at $8 billion in 2008, up 6-7% from 2007. There were about 25,400 active peer-reviewed STM journals in early 2009, collectively publishing about 1.5 million articles a year. The number of articles published each year and the number of journals have both grown steadily for over two centuries, by about 3% and 3.5% per year respectively. For more information and to download the report, see http://www.stm-assoc.org/news.php?id=255.

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TRANSFORMING RESEARCH LIBRARIES

23. ARL-CNI Special Collections Forum Proceedings Available Online

On October 15–16, ARL and CNI co-hosted “An Age of Discovery: Distinctive Collections in the Digital Age” in Washington DC to focus attention on opportunities available in the digital environment for leveraging the strengths of special collections. The forum brought together a standing-room-only crowd of librarians, archivists, and others with responsibilities for stewarding special and distinctive resources. Text, slides, and audio recordings from presentations delivered at the forum are being added to the ARL Web site as they become available http://www.arl.org/resources/pubs/fallforumproceedings/forum09proceedings.shtml.

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24. New Roles for New Times: Reports Planned by ARL

A new series of invited reports addressing emerging roles for research libraries will begin publication with five reports in 2010. These New Roles for New Times reports will identify and delineate emerging roles for research library staff and present research on early experiences among ARL member libraries in developing the roles and delivering services. The series will highlight existing work; report authors’ findings; and offer analysis of trends, best practices, and key issues. The reports will be freely available as PDF files on ARL’s New Roles for New Times Web site http://www.arl.org/rtl/plan/nrnt/index.shtml. Print versions of the reports will be available for $25 each.

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ARL E-Science Survey, Oct. 2009 cover slide

25. ARL E-Science Survey Early Findings Available Online

Early findings of a recent survey of e-science activities at ARL member institutions were presented by Wendy Lougee at the October ARL Membership Meeting. Members reported on a wide range of institution-level and library-based activities that promote management and curation of scientific research data. Brief information on institutional planning and library strategies and activities is provided in the slides from the briefing. See http://www.arl.org/resources/pubs/mmproceedings/155mm-proceedings/index.shtml#esci.

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26. OCLC Conducts Survey of Special Collections and Archives

In early November OCLC Research will launch a special collections survey that will update and expand upon a similar ARL survey done in 1998, the outcomes of which catalyzed the special collections community and led directly to numerous high-profile initiatives to "expose hidden collections." New data is necessary to gauge progress within the ARL community and to create baseline data for a broader survey population of more than 300 libraries in the US and Canada. Data will be captured in the areas of collections, user services, cataloging and metadata, archival management, digitized and born-digital special collections, staffing, and funding. OCLC Research will publish the survey results in mid-2010, and a seminar will be presented at the RBMS Preconference in Philadelphia in June 2010. More information is available on the project Web site http://www.oclc.org/research/activities/hiddencollections/.

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27. Visual Resources Management: New Report Discusses Concerns & Scenarios

The Visual Resources Association has released a white paper, “Advocating for Visual Resources Management in Educational and Cultural Institutions,” that articulates the growing value of image resources and their evolving role in teaching and learning. The white paper discusses six key concerns: multiple sources for images, integrating institutional and personal image collections, social computing, metadata, rights management, and visual literacy. The report also analyzes five administrative scenarios for 21st-century visual resources management, including one scenario for library management of visual resources. The report is freely available at http://www.vraweb.org/resources/general/vra_white_paper.pdf.

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28. CNI Update

A. Fall CNI Membership Meeting--Registration Deadline Nov. 13

Final preparations are underway for the Fall 2009 CNI Membership Meeting, to be held December 14–15 in Washington DC. During the meeting, Clifford Lynch will present the 2009–2010 CNI Program Plan, and Bernard Frischer, Director of the Virtual World Heritage Laboratory of the University of Virginia, will deliver the closing keynote address, "Beyond Illustration: New Dimensions of 3D Modeling of Cultural Heritage Sites and Monuments." A list of project briefings to be presented at the meeting will be announced shortly. Register by November 13. For the latest meeting information, see http://www.cni.org/tfms/2009b.fall/.

B. CNI Conversations Audio Feed (Podcast)

Audio recordings of CNI's latest outreach initiative, CNI Conversations, is now available as an audio feed. To automatically receive the latest audio recordings of discussions on current topics between CNI Director Clifford Lynch and participants from member institutions and organizations, simply add http://conversations.cni.org/feed/ to iTunes, or to any podcatcher. The October 6 session included discussion of Internet2, the NDIIPP storage systems symposium, the Bamboo Project, and University libraries and presses. If you are interested in participating in a future session of CNI Conversations, please contact one of your organization’s CNI representatives.

C. New CNI News & Information Feed

CNI News screenshot Nov 2009

In order to improve the timeliness, accessibility, and discoverability of the latest information of interest to the community, CNI has launched a news and information feed, CNI News. This resource has been developed to replace and improve upon the original CNI RSS feed. As a feed, readers can subscribed to CNI News using any feed reader or aggregator, or postings can be read (and searched) online at http://news.cni.org/. CNI News is an alternative access method for the same information that has always been available from the CNI home page and from CNI-Announce e-mail list postings. NOTE: the CNI RSS news feed (http://www.cni.org/rssfeed.xml) has been discontinued; please update your readers accordingly.

D. New Publication by Clifford Lynch

Clifford Lynch has written a chapter for a new book published by Microsoft Research and dedicated to the memory of Jim Gray: "Jim Gray’s Fourth Paradigm and the Construction of the Scientific Record" appears in The Fourth Paradigm: Data Intensive Scientific Discovery and is available for download under a Creative Commons license http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/collaboration/fourthparadigm/contents.aspx.

E. For the Latest From CNI

CNI-ANNOUNCE: Send an e-mail to cni-announce-subscribe@cni.org
CNI News: Visit http://news.cni.org/

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DIVERSITY, PROFESSIONAL WORKFORCE, AND LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

29. ARL Selects 2009–2011 Diversity Scholars

The ARL Diversity Working Group has selected 20 MLIS students to participate in the 2009–2011 Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce as ARL Diversity Scholars. The initiative offers stipend funding in support of MLIS education of up to $10,000 over two years to students from underrepresented groups who are interested in careers in research libraries. The program is funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and by voluntary contributions from 52 ARL member libraries. To view the list of the 2009–2011 Diversity Scholars and learn more about the initiative, visit http://www.arl.org/news/pr/diversityscholars09.shtml.

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30. National Diversity in Libraries Conference Accepting Poster Proposals--Deadline Jan. 4

The 2010 National Diversity in Libraries Conference, "NDLC2010: From Groundwork to Action," scheduled for July 14–16, 2010, in Princeton NJ, is accepting proposals for poster sessions until January 4, 2009. The NDLC is a biennial event that serves as a regional meeting for library staff members to discuss diversity issues, especially issues common to the host region’s culture. For further information about selection criteria and submission guidelines, consult the NDLC wiki https://qed.princeton.edu/main/NDLC2010.

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31. U of Utah & BYU to Host ARL Research Library Leadership Fellows

The libraries of the University of Utah and Brigham Young University (BYU) will host an ARL Research Library Leadership Fellows (RLLF) institute in Salt Lake City and Provo on November 7–13, 2009. The institute curriculum contains an array of formal programs, tours, discussions with library directors and university administrators, and social events aimed at providing the RLLF fellows with opportunities to explore the operations of the two host institutions and some of the major strategic issues they are facing. For more information on the RLLF program and the participants, see http://www.arl.org/leadership/rllf/.

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LIBRARY STATISTICS AND ASSESSMENT

32. ARL Annual Statistical Surveys Update

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

  • ARL Annual Salary Survey 2009–10: The mailing is available at http://www.arl.org/stats/annualsurveys/salary/salform09.shtml. Deadline for submissions was September 30. We have received 105 out of 123 surveys.
  • ARL Statistics 2008–09: due October 15--extended to November 25
  • ARL Academic Health Sciences Library Statistics 2008–09: due October 15--extended to November 25
  • ARL Academic Law Library Statistics 2008–09: due October 15--extended to November 25
  • ARL Supplementary Statistics 2008–09: due October 15--extended to November 25
  • ARL Preservation Statistics 2008–09: due November 30

Earlier deadlines were set this year at the request of ARL libraries that are ready to share the data as early as possible to allow more time for fiscal planning, given the current economic climate.

All ARL institutions have access to all the data as soon as they are submitted through the StatsQUAL password-protected gateway at http://www.arlstatistics.org/. Invitations to access the survey forms through this gateway were sent to all survey coordinators.

The ARL Statistics and SPEC Survey Liaisons meeting is scheduled to take place in Boston on January 15 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information, contact Martha Kyrillidou martha@arl.org.

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33. METS Workshop: The Basics and Beyond, Jan. 18–22, Boston--Register by Dec. 18

ARL is partnering with Nancy Hoebelheinrich and Rick Beaubien of the Metadata Encoding and Transmission Standard (METS) Editorial Board to offer a five-day workshop, "METS: The Basics and Beyond," in Boston, Jan. 18–22, 2010. This workshop is aimed at people who work in digital and physical libraries and would like to gain knowledge and skills for organizing the many disparate components of digital resources.

Although continuous, this hands-on workshop consists of three modules, any of which may be taken independently:

  • The first module (Monday) offers a thorough introduction to METS, including an overview of all of its high-level features.
  • The second module (Tuesday + Wednesday) delves deeply into the heart of METS: the flexible mechanisms it provides for encoding, organizing, and representing digital content of various kinds and for different purposes.
  • The third module (Thursday + Friday) explores strategies for implementing METS in a production environment, and reviews existing tools that can facilitate implementation.

For further details, including expanded module descriptions, instructor bios, and lodging information, see http://www.arl.org/stats/statsevents/METS-workshop.

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34. Library Assessment Conference Keynote Speakers Announced

Library Assessment Conference screenshot Nov 2009

ARL, the University of Virginia Library, and the University of Washington Libraries have announced the keynote speakers for the 2010 Library Assessment Conference: Building Effective, Sustainable, Practical Assessment, to be held in Baltimore, Maryland, October 25–27, 2010. The five keynote speakers and their themes are:

  • Fred Heath, University of Texas at Austin, on Library Service Quality
  • Joe Matthews, San Jose State University, on Performance Measures and Balanced Scorecard
  • Danuta A. Nitecki, Drexel University, on Library Assessment of Library Spaces
  • Megan Oakleaf, Syracuse University, on Learning Outcomes and the Library
  • Stephen Town, University of York (UK), on Value and Impact

Presentation proposals on the five keynote themes are encouraged. A call for proposals will be issued in December 2009. Conference registration will open in spring 2010. For more information, visit http://libraryassessment.org/.

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35. LibQUAL+® Update

A. Call for Submissions for Procedures Manual

LibQUAL+® is soliciting submissions for a new Procedures Manual to be issued in conjunction with the launch of a new Web site and platform in January 2010. Past and current LibQUAL+® participants are invited to submit their communications with users for consideration. The LibQUAL+® team will select three e-mail messages for publication in the Procedures Manual: one survey notification e-mail, one invitation to participate e-mail, and one reminder e-mail. Submissions not used in the manual will be placed on the new Web site. See the current Procedures Manual appendix for examples of past e-mail communications http://www.libqual.org/Manual/index.cfm. Interested in contributing? E-mail libqual@arl.org.

B. Study of Comment-Coding Practices Underway

Eric Ackermann (Radford University), Karen Neurohr (Oklahoma State University), Daniel P. O'Mahony (Brown University), and Lynda S. White (University of Virginia Library) are conducting a research study in cooperation with LibQUAL+®. This study will determine current practices in coding the open-ended comments obtained through administration of the LibQUAL+® survey in US and Canadian libraries. Survey questions ask LibQUAL+® administrators to describe how they analyzed the open-ended comments received from respondents to the LibQUAL+® survey. This study will help inform survey administrators of coding methods, local resources, and use of comments. The survey will close on November 16 and results will be made available to the LibQUAL+® community and beyond. For more information, e-mail libqual@arl.org.

C. Kyrillidou Defends Dissertation on "LibQUAL+ Lite"

ARL's Martha Kyrillidou successfully defended her PhD dissertation "Item Sampling in Service Quality Assessment Surveys to Improve Response Rates and Reduce Respondent Burden: The 'LibQUAL+ Lite' Randomized Control Trial (RCT)" at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS). Members of the dissertation committee include: Linda Smith (UIUC, GSLIS), Chair; Carole Palmer (UIUC, GSLIS); George Deltas (UIUC, Economics); Bruce Thompson (Texas A&M, Educational Psychology & Library Science). Detailed information about the findings will be available in December after the dissertation deposit process is completed. For more information, contact Martha Kyrillidou martha@arl.org.

D. Upcoming Deadlines

December 14: Application Deadline for LibQUAL+® In-Kind Grants 2010
January 11: Registration Deadline for LibQUAL+® Training, Boston, Monday, January 18
May 1: Registration Deadline for LibQUAL+® January–May 2010 Session

For more information on these deadlines, see http://www.arl.org/.

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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST TO ARL DIRECTORS

36. ARL Tests New Web-Based Publishing Platform

Tizra screenshot Nov 2009

ARL is offering improved search and new online capabilities to readers of its flagship publication Research Library Issues: A Bimonthly Report from ARL, CNI, and SPARC (RLI). Recent issues of RLI are now available on a test basis through Tizra™ Publisher, a Web-based publishing platform. The system’s features include:

  • Full-text search—Results are relevancy-ranked and lead directly to the exact page containing the search terms. Snippets and search-term highlighting make it easier to home in on relevant passages.
  • Page-at-a-time linking—Every page within every issue has its own URL, so you can bookmark it, e-mail it, and yes, even Tweet it. Links lead directly to the page you’ve referenced, including any search highlighting. Search results are linkable, too.
  • Compatibility with mobile devices—Page-at-a-time content delivery also improves access for iPhones, Netbooks, and other portable devices with small screens and limited bandwidth.

The software also allows you to zoom in if text is too small, and download full articles for printing or offline viewing via links available on every page.

The new Test Site for Research Library Issues is freely available at http://publications.arl.org/.

This service is introduced by ARL as a test to gauge user response and determine if such a platform could be used to distribute other ARL publications. Comments on the new platform should be directed to pubs@arl.org.

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37. Publications Recently Released by ARL

E-book Collections, SPEC Kit 313

Authors Catherine Anson and Ruth R. Connell examine the current use of e-books in ARL member libraries; their plans for implementing, increasing, or decreasing access to e-books; purchasing, cataloging, and collection management issues; and issues in marketing to and in usage by library clientele. For more information, to download the table of contents and executive summary, or to order a print copy, see http://www.arl.org/news/pr/spec313.shtml.

Processing Decisions for Manuscripts & Archives, SPEC Kit 314

Pam Hackbart-Dean and Elizabeth Slomba analyze the current policies and practices for processing manuscript and archival collections in Special Collections. This SPEC Kit is organized around four general areas: personnel, job responsibilities, and training; processing policies, procedures, and priorities; impacts on processing decisions; and management tools. For more information, to download the table of contents and executive summary, or to order a print copy, see http://www.arl.org/news/pr/spec314.shtml.

Research Library Issues, no. 266 (Oct. 2009)

This issue of RLI features articles on Cornell University Library’s new policy on use of public domain reproductions, the implications of broadening preservation activities to address digital content, income models for supporting open-access journals, and highlights from the 2008-09 ARL Salary Survey. The issue is freely available online at http://publications.arl.org/view/9ishf/default.

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38. ARL Transitions

Brigham Young: Randy J. Olsen has announced his resignation as University Librarian to accept the position of Director of Libraries in the Church History Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City beginning January 4, 2010. Julene Butler, Associate University Librarian, will serve as Interim University Librarian.

California, Irvine: Gerald Munoff announced his retirement as University Librarian effective April 1, 2010.

Louisville: Hannelore Rader announced her retirement as Dean of University Libraries effective December 31, 2009.

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39. ARL Staff Transitions

Kaylyn Groves, Managing Editor, Web Content, returned from maternity leave October 19, 2009. Her temporary replacement, Sarah Lippincott, is now an intern at Grove Press in New York City.

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11/6/09

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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