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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Governance and Membership Activities

1. ARL Membership Convenes, Elects New Board Members

Influencing Public Policies

2. Federal Court Narrows Georgia State University Copyright Case

3. ARL Joins Appeal in Case re Licensing & First Sale Doctrine

4. ARL Board Endorses Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) Principles

5. ARL, ALA, EDUCAUSE File Comments with FCC on Net Neutrality

6. Legislation Closes FOIA Loophole

7. Obama Administration Requests Public Comment on Digital Copyright & Internet Policies

Reshaping Scholarly Communication

8. ARL Celebrates Open Access Week by Expanding Access to Publications

9. Open Access Week 2010 Greatly Extends Reach

10. Space Still Available in “Partnering to Publish: Innovative Roles for Societies, Institutions, Presses, and Libraries”

11. ARL-ACRL Institute on Scholarly Communication Webinar to Look toward the Future

12. SPARC Repositories Meeting Innovation Fair to Tackle Key Challenges

13. Nancy Eaton Appointed ARL Scholarly Communication Visiting Program Officer

14. UVa Scholarly Communication Institute Publishes Report on Emerging Genres

15. JISC Releases Scholarly Communications Action Handbook

16. Association of European University Presses (AEUP) Launches

Transforming Research Libraries

17. ARL 2030 Scenarios Released with User’s Guide

18. ARL to Offer Webcast on Using 2030 Scenarios

19. OCLC Releases Special Collections Survey Findings

20. CLIR, Tufts Launch Project Exploring Cyberinfrastructure for Classicists, Other Humanists

21. CNI Update

Diversity, Professional Workforce, and Leadership Development

22. Research Library Leadership Fellows (RLLF) Program 2011–2012 Invites Applications, Nominations

23. ARL Diversity Scholars Selected for 2010–2012

24. Diversity Plans and Programs, SPEC Kit 319, Published by ARL

Library Statistics and Assessment

25. ARL Annual Statistical Surveys Update

26. ARL Survey Coordinators, SPEC Liaisons to Convene at ALA Midwinter

27. Library Expenditures as a Percentage of University Expenditures Continues to Decline

28. Library Assessment Career Achievement Awardees Named for 2010

29. Library Assessment Conference Accelerates Assessment Agenda

30. LibQUAL+® 2011 Registration Opens

31. LibQUAL+® at ALA Midwinter: Training Sessions, Booth Consultations

32. METS Workshop: The Basics and Beyond, January 10–14, San Diego

33. XML Development: From Markup to Application, January 3–6, Washington, DC

Other Items of Interest to ARL Directors

34. Publications Recently Released by ARL

35. ARL Transitions

36. Other ARL Appointments

37. Other Transitions

38. Honors


GOVERNANCE AND MEMBERSHIP ACTIVITIES

1. ARL Membership Convenes, Elects New Board Members

ARL President Brinley Franklin (Connecticut) convened the 157th ARL Membership Meeting October 13–14 in Washington, DC. At the meeting, 116 ARL member library representatives participated in sessions examining: copyright and fair use best practices; scenario planning; mobile technologies; measuring library value; and models for leadership development. David E. Shulenburger, Vice President, Academic Affairs, Association of Public and Land-grant Universities presented the keynote address on “The Future of Research Libraries.” Speakers’ remarks and slides will be added to the ARL website in early November.

At the ARL Business Meeting on October 14, member library representatives ratified the ARL Board of Directors’ election of Winston Tabb (Johns Hopkins) as ARL Vice President/President-Elect and elected three new Board members: Deborah Carver (Oregon), Ernie Ingles (Alberta), and Anne Kenney (Cornell). Members also approved the proposed ARL dues for 2011. 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. Download these outlines from the members-only section of the ARL Directors’ Wiki. At the conclusion of the Business Meeting, Brinley Franklin presented the gavel to Carol Mandel (New York), who began her term as ARL President.

For more information, contact Sue Baughman.

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INFLUENCING PUBLIC POLICIES

2. Federal Court Narrows Georgia State University Copyright Case

In a preliminary decision issued on September 30, US District Judge Orinda Evans in Georgia cleared up a host of key issues in a closely watched copyright lawsuit. A trio of academic publishers, two of which are university presses, brought suit in 2008 against administrators and trustees of Georgia State University (GSU). The publishers claim GSU infringed copyright using its electronic reserves and course management systems (CMS), while GSU contends (among other defenses) that their practices are protected by fair use. Judge Evans dismissed two of the publishers’ three claims, and narrowed the third claim in a way that likely favors GSU as the litigation goes forward. Importantly, Judge Evans’s ruling signals that the GSU Copyright Policy itself is not at issue; rather, at issue is how GSU implemented the Copyright Policy. GSU’s policy is similar to that found on many campuses so the potential need for a significant change in campus copyright practices is reduced. One of the more interesting pieces of information that surfaced in the ruling is that the Copyright Clearance Center is funding 50% of the publishers’ legal costs against GSU (see footnote 2, page 10 of the ruling). For more information, see the ARL Policy Notes blog entry about this decision and see Judge Evans’s ruling.

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3. ARL Joins Appeal in Case re Licensing & First Sale Doctrine

On October 12, ARL joined others in the library and public interest community in requesting an “en banc” review of the recent court decision concerning software licensing and the first sale doctrine in the case of Timothy S. Vernor v. Autodesk Inc. In September, a panel of the US Federal Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued a ruling in the case, holding that the software license agreement in this case was sufficient to make Vernor a licensee, not an owner, of AutoDesk software, and as a licensee Vernor was not entitled to re-sell the software. The first sale doctrine, codified as Section 109(a) of the Copyright Act, states that a lawful owner of a copy of a copyrighted work is free to resell, or otherwise dispose of, that copy without seeking permission from the rightsholder, but the doctrine only applies to owners, not licensees, of copyrighted works. The court’s opinion raises the possibility that, with the proper license language, any copyright holder could nullify the first sale doctrine and exercise extraordinary control over how copyrighted works are used. The court acknowledged policy concerns raised by this decision, including the possibility that sellers of books and music could use licenses to significantly impair the ability of libraries to obtain and circulate materials; while the court was sympathetic to these concerns, it said its reading of Ninth Circuit precedent required it to enforce the license agreement. Because the first sale doctrine is a cornerstone of library practice, ARL joined the Electronic Frontier Foundation and others in requesting a review of this decision. Download the amicus brief in support of petition for an en banc review from the Library Copyright Alliance website.

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4. ARL Board Endorses Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) Principles

The ARL Board of Directors unanimously voted on October 14 to endorse a set of seven principles regarding the Federal Depository Library Program. In the statement of principles, the ARL Board recognizes that the federal documents collections are valuable assets of the individual libraries, the states and regions where the collections are located, and for the nation as a whole. The statement also notes that the best means of providing broad public access to these collections is through online access to digital and digitized copies. Therefore, the management of these tangible collections should include efforts to support or participate in initiatives to create a comprehensive digital collection in the public domain. The seven principles address issues such as the services that participating Federal Depository Libraries undertake in support of the Federal Depository Library Program, issues concerning the building of retrospective collections by Regional Federal Depository Libraries, the long-term preservation of and access to digital federal documents, and more. Download the “ARL Statement of Principles on the Federal Depository Library Program” from the ARL website.

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5. ARL, ALA, EDUCAUSE File Comments with FCC on Net Neutrality

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently requested comment on two network neutrality issues: how to treat broadband “specialized services” and how to regulate wireless broadband access. On October 12, ARL, ALA, and EDUCAUSE filed comments with the FCC, focusing on several key points about these two issues.

First, the associations agree with the policy concerns that have been raised about “specialized services”—shorthand for broadband services that an ISP could offer that are not straightforward access to the Internet, but would come to a home or institution via the same network and technology that transports the Internet. The main concern with specialized services is that they could be used to avoid net neutrality policies by creating Internet “fast lanes” for corporations that could leave educational and scholarly content at a disadvantage. In addition, the associations ask the FCC to be careful that it does not inadvertently capture private educational networks operated by universities, research institutions, and some libraries in the category of specialized services. The associations are confident that, with proper care, the FCC will be able to protect the open Internet without adverse impacts on private educational networks.

On the second issue in the inquiry—the status of wireless broadband—ARL, ALA, and EDUCAUSE urged the FCC to apply the same basic principles of neutrality to all modes of broadband access. Students, teachers, and scholars of all kinds increasingly expect to access the same content and services by mobile devices as they do by wired connections.

For more information, see the ARL Policy Notes blog entry on the associations’ comments and download the associations’ comments from the ARL website.

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6. Legislation Closes FOIA Loophole

On October 5, President Obama signed S. 3717, legislation to strike the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) exemptions created for certain records provided to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in the recently passed Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Act). ARL, as a member of OpenTheGovernment.org, supported S. 3717 because the new FOIA exemptions, if interpreted broadly, could have restricted the public’s ability to access information relating to the SEC’s oversight activities. In a letter to Senator Patrick Leahy (Chair, Senate Judiciary Committee), ARL and other members of OpenTheGovernment.org noted, “This bill [S. 3717] sends a clear message that public access is vital to accountability and that the existing FOIA exemptions can adequately protect confidential business information provided by newly regulated entities. In the aftermath of the recent financial crisis, the need for greater transparency in our financial system and in regulatory oversight is all too apparent.” Download the letter from the OpenTheGovernment.org website.

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7. Obama Administration Requests Public Comment on Digital Copyright & Internet Policies

President Obama’s administration is seeking comment on two issues of interest to the research library and higher education communities. First, the Department of Commerce Internet Policy Task Force requests comment on government policies that restrict the flow of information on the Internet. The Notice is available in the Federal Register (Sept. 29, 2010). Comments are due by November 15 via e-mail to freeflow-noi-2010@ntia.doc.gov.

Second, the Department of Commerce, the US Patent and Trademark Office, and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) are seeking comment on “the challenges of protecting copyrighted works online and the relationship between copyright law and innovation in the Internet economy.” The Internet Policy Task Force is also requesting information concerning higher education practice and is seeking responses to the question, “What are the experiences of universities in raising general awareness with their communities about the harms of digital piracy?” The task force will issue a report based on comments, which will then be an input into administration policy. The Notice is available in the Federal Register (Oct. 5, 2010). Comments are due by November 19 via e-mail to copyright-noi-2010@ntia.doc.gov.

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RESHAPING SCHOLARLY COMMUNICATION

8. ARL Celebrates Open Access Week by Expanding Access to Publications

To date, ARL has made almost 400 of its titles 100% viewable in Google Book Search and over 400 titles 100% viewable in HathiTrust. This has largely been possible because many ARL titles have been scanned through the Google Library Partners Program and, since ARL is a Google Books Partner, bibliographic data for ARL content has been exposed in Google Book Search. Using a report generated by HathiTrust, ARL staff identified over 400 ARL publications that have been scanned and made 394 of those titles fully viewable in Google Book Search. ARL used the HathiTrust permissions agreement to provide complete access to over 400 of the scanned publications in HathiTrust. Between August 29 and October 17 there were 5,531 “book visits” to the ARL publications that are 100% viewable in Google Book Search, and 55,049 pages have been viewed. ARL will continue to open more of its titles in the future. For more information, contact Lee Anne George.

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Open Access Week 2010

9. Open Access Week 2010 Greatly Extends Reach

In a letter to the community on the close of Open Access Week 2010, SPARC Executive Director Heather Joseph and Program Director for Open Access Week Jennifer McLennan write, “With just under 900 participants in 94 countries, this year’s event was no less than three times larger than it was just a year ago.” Joseph and McLennan also note that Open Access Week has successfully extended its reach to involve not only students and librarians but academic faculty, other researchers, administrators, and funders, as well. SPARC invites you to watch for more Open Access Week round-up materials, including more videos, and look forward to Open Access Week 2011. Read the letter on the SPARC website.

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10. Space Still Available in “Partnering to Publish: Innovative Roles for Societies, Institutions, Presses, and Libraries”

ARL is co-sponsoring a seminar with the Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) on November 10 in Washington, DC, to provide research libraries, small society publishers, and federal agency librarians and research staff an opportunity to learn about current partnerships and explore new opportunities for cost-effective and innovative joint ventures. The all-day seminar will be held at the American Geophysical Union and is part of the annual SSP Fall Seminar series. For more information and to register, visit the SSP website.

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11. ARL-ACRL Institute on Scholarly Communication Webinar to Look toward the Future

The final ARL-ACRL Institute on Scholarly Communication (ISC) webinar will feature Joyce Ogburn (Utah) and Heather Morrison (BC Electronic Library Network) in a discussion about using trends in scholarly communication to create long-term program planning. This webinar will be held November 15, 1:00–2:30 p.m. EST. Register by November 10. For more information and to register, visit the ARL website.

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12. SPARC Repositories Meeting Innovation Fair to Tackle Key Challenges

Marketing, partnerships, small-scale subject repositories, customer service, multidimensional image data, curation micro-services, and liberating folklore journals are just a few of the topics to be tackled in two minutes or less at the SPARC 2010 Digital Repositories Meeting Innovation Fair. SPARC, in partnership with SPARC Europe and SPARC Japan/National Institute of Informatics, is hosting this popular meeting November 8–9 at the Renaissance Harborplace Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland. The Innovation Fair is a highlight of the conference where new technologies and strategies are showcased in engaging, informative, rapid-fire presentations by librarians, technologists, and publishers. For more information and to register for the meeting, visit the SPARC website.

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13. Nancy Eaton Appointed ARL Scholarly Communication Visiting Program Officer

Nancy Eaton, Dean Emeritus, Penn State University Libraries, has begun serving as an ARL Visiting Program Officer on behalf of the Steering Committee on Reshaping Scholarly Communication. In this role, she will be investigating and developing a white paper characterizing economic models both in use and in development that are serving to sustain scholarly communication activities in research libraries. The study will provide a useful overview for ARL and for individual libraries. For more information, contact Julia Blixrud.

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14. UVa Scholarly Communication Institute Publishes Report on Emerging Genres

The Scholarly Communication Institute at the University of Virginia Library has issued a report on its July 2010 meeting to assess current trends and identify a quartet of emerging genres that are quickly moving into the mainstream of scholarly production. These genres—the digital collection or curated database, the scholarly blog, the multimedia argument, and media-based sound studies—were analyzed in terms of their full range of scholarly production and use, from authoring to publication and dissemination, stewardship and preservation, and reuse. Institute participants found that four elements of scholarly production—authorship, dissemination, stewardship, and use—remain core, but how they are done and by whom has shifted significantly. Download the full 25-page report and a 3-page summary from the institute’s website.

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15. JISC Releases Scholarly Communications Action Handbook

The JISC Scholarly Communications Working Group has released the JISC Scholarly Communications Action Handbook, which provides guidance and suggested actions that individuals can take to address researchers’ concerns with scholarly communications and improve current practices. The actions are targeted for use by key stakeholders, such as researchers, librarians, research mangers, and senior managers, and can also be used by advocates to recommend actions to those they are lobbying. Navigate the extensive handbook on the JISC website.

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16. Association of European University Presses (AEUP) Launches

On October 7, the Association of European University Presses (AEUP) was officially launched at the Frankfurt Book Fair. AEUP is a network of scholarly presses from across Europe who are affiliated with a university or academic institution. AEUP aims to enhance the visibility of member presses and facilitate communication between them, to share knowledge and to strengthen their common mission to support scholarly publishing. For more information, visit the AEUP website.

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TRANSFORMING RESEARCH LIBRARIES

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17. ARL 2030 Scenarios Released with User’s Guide

ARL has released The ARL 2030 Scenarios: A User’s Guide for Research Libraries. The product of a year-long project to promote visioning and scanning activities among research libraries, this publication includes the “ARL 2030 Scenario Set” and an accompanying user’s guide.

The “ARL 2030 Scenario Set” is a rich description of four possible futures. As a set, the four scenarios are designed to tell widely divergent stories that collectively explore a broad range of possible developments over time. The scenarios were developed for ARL members to use to enhance organizational planning for their local institutional settings. The scenario set was created by representatives from member institutions to ensure its usefulness to ARL members seeking to engage in a strategic conversation on the futures of research libraries.

The user’s guide builds on the scenarios by identifying several strategic implications for research libraries and provides extensive “how-to” resources for library leaders, planners, and facilitators who want to use the scenarios for visioning and planning.

Download a free, interactive PDF of The ARL 2030 Scenarios: A User’s Guide for Research Libraries or purchase a bound copy from ARL.

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18. ARL to Offer Webcast on Using 2030 Scenarios

Register now for a free webcast on “An Introduction to Using the ARL 2030 Scenarios for Research Library Planning” scheduled for November 4, 1:00–2:30 p.m. EDT. This webcast will highlight the ways in which leaders and planners can use the recently released ARL 2030 Scenarios: A User’s Guide for Research Libraries to enhance their own thinking about the dynamics that shape the future of research libraries. Participants will also learn how to integrate scenario-planning techniques into their libraries’ planning activities. For more details and to register, see the ARL press release.

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19. OCLC Releases Special Collections Survey Findings

OCLC Research has reported the findings of a special collections survey that collected information from 86 ARL libraries along with 83 non-ARL libraries affiliated with four other organizations. The study updated and expanded a similar survey administered by ARL in 1998, the outcomes of which catalyzed the special collections community and led directly to numerous high-profile initiatives to “expose hidden collections.” While the new data suggest that ARL collections have expanded by up to 300% for some formats since 1998, half of archival collections still have no online presence. The report details progress in a variety of forms, but also highlights numerous challenges. Action recommendations are interwoven through the report. For more details and to download the free report, Taking Our Pulse: The OCLC Research Survey of Special Collections and Archives, see the OCLC news release.

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20. CLIR, Tufts Launch Project Exploring Cyberinfrastructure for Classicists, Other Humanists

The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) and Tufts University are engaging scholars and academic librarians in a project to examine “Infrastructure for Humanities Scholarship,” focusing especially on the classics. CLIR is seeking comments by December 1 on an extensive report examining issues, describing existing resources and infrastructure development, and identifying key challenges. For more information and to download the report, "Rome Wasn't Digitized in a Day”: Building a Cyberinfrastructure for Digital Classicists, visit the CLIR website.

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21. CNI Update

A. Fall Membership Meeting

Preparations are underway for CNI's fall 2010 Membership Meeting, which will take place December 13–14 in Arlington, Virginia. CNI Executive Director Clifford Lynch will present an overview of the 2010–11 CNI Program Plan during the meeting's opening plenary session, and Professor Daniel Cohen, Director of the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University, will deliver the closing plenary address. A list of project briefings to be presented at the meeting will be announced shortly. The meeting registration deadline is November 12, and the Twitter hashtag for the meeting is #cni10f. For more information and for the latest updates, visit the meeting website.

B. CNI Conversations: October Podcast Now Online

In the October CNI Conversations podcast, CNI's Clifford Lynch discussed the NSF data-management requirements, as well as the National Academies’ report, Rising Above the Gathering Storm, Revisited: Rapidly Approaching Category 5, and The ARL 2030 Scenarios: A User’s Guide for Research Libraries. CNI's Joan Lippincott discussed coordination between space-planning initiatives and curriculum and learning objectives, and PKAL’s new program, the Learning Spaces Collaboratory. Listeners posed queries about the organization The Quilt and the proposed budgetary cuts to higher education in the UK. These monthly conference-call style discussions are open to individuals at CNI member institutions. The next call will take place November 17, 1:00–2:00 p.m. EST; to register for the November call, contact Jackie Eudell. To listen to the archived podcasts, visit the CNI Conversations website.

C. International Digital Curation Conference to Be Held Dec. 6-8 in Chicago

CNI is co-sponsoring the Sixth International Digital Curation Conference (IDCC) with the UK Digital Curation Centre and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This year's conference, "Participation and Practice: Growing the Curation Community through the Data Decade," will be held in Chicago, Illinois, December 6–8. For more information and to register, visit the conference website.

D. Forthcoming Publication

Look for a new article by CNI’s Clifford Lynch: "Imagining a University Press System to Support Scholarship in the Digital Age" will appear in the November issue of the Journal of Electronic Publishing.

E. Digital Pioneers Project Interviews Clifford Lynch

CNI's Clifford Lynch has been interviewed for the Digital Pioneers project. Digital Pioneers documents “a period of time (c.1994–2005) and a type of project (i.e., one that transformed analog cultural materials into digital form) that explored the possibilities of digitization of material that was commonly held by libraries, museums, archives, and historical societies in the words of the people who were an integral part of it all.” View the interview or read a summary on the project website.

For the Latest from CNI

CNI-ANNOUNCE: cni-announce-subscribe@cni.org
CNI News: http://news.cni.org/
Follow CNI: http://twitter.com/cni_org

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DIVERSITY, PROFESSIONAL WORKFORCE, AND LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

22. Research Library Leadership Fellows (RLLF) Program 2011–2012 Invites Applications, Nominations

Applications and nominations for participation in the 2011–2012 class of the Research Library Leadership Fellows (RLLF) Program are being accepted until December 1. The RLLF Program is an executive leadership program that offers an opportunity for development of future senior-level leaders in large research libraries. The 2011–2012 program is jointly sponsored and designed by directors of seven ARL libraries, who will be directly involved in offering the core experience of the program: three five-day institutes, a series of site visits to sponsor libraries, and mentoring opportunities. In addition, the fellows will be invited to participate in ARL Membership Meetings, CNI Membership Meetings, a series of webinars on key issues, and a number of optional events over the 18-month duration of the program. For the first time, applications will be accepted from non-ARL member institutions for two of the appointments to the program if the applicants meet established criteria. For more details and to apply, see the call for applications.

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23. ARL Diversity Scholars Selected for 2010–2012

The ARL Committee on Diversity and Leadership has selected 15 master of library and information science (MLIS) students to participate in the 2010–2012 Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce as ARL Diversity Scholars. The ARL Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce offers stipend funding in support of MLIS education of up to $10,000 over two years to students from traditionally underrepresented racial and ethnic minority 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. 2010 marks the 10th anniversary of this successful minority recruitment program. For a full roster of the 2010–2012 Diversity Scholars and more information on the program, see the ARL press release.

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24. Diversity Plans and Programs, SPEC Kit 319, Published by ARL

ARL has published Diversity Plans and Programs, SPEC Kit 319, which explores the progress made in ARL member libraries to recruit and retain a diverse workforce. The study investigates the strategies ARL libraries use to increase the number of ethnically/culturally diverse librarians in the profession and in their libraries; the elements of programs that successfully support an inclusive workplace; the people, groups, and/or committees responsible for overseeing those programs; and how libraries are assessing the effectiveness and success of such programs. This SPEC Kit includes documentation from survey respondents in the form of diversity statements, diversity plans, and descriptions of diversity and recruitment programs. Download the table of contents and executive summary from this SPEC Kit or purchase a bound copy of the complete Kit from ARL.

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LIBRARY STATISTICS AND ASSESSMENT

25. ARL Annual Statistical Surveys Update

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

  • ARL Annual Salary Survey 2010–11: Data are currently being compiled and analyzed. The deadline for submitting data was October 1. The mailing is available on the ARL website.

  • ARL Statistics, Academic Health Sciences, Academic Law 2009–10: Data are currently being compiled and analyzed. The deadline for submitting data was October 15. The mailing is available on the ARL website.

  • ARL Supplementary Statistics 2009–10: Data are currently being compiled and analyzed. The deadline for submitting data was October 15. The mailing is available on the ARL website.

  • ARL Investment Index 2008–09: Data were published in the Chronicle of Higher Education Almanac issue that was mailed on August 24 and are also available on the ARL Web site.

  • ARL Preservation Statistics 2008–09: Data collection is closed and data are readily accessible via the “Analytics” tab and “Data Repository” link at http://www.arlstatistics.org/ (login required; your library’s primary Statistics contact can approve your access to the system). The ARL Preservation Statistics is being discontinued with future work in this area focusing on the development of a vision for 21st-century research library collections that will address strategic directions for preservation activities.

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

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26. ARL Survey Coordinators, SPEC Liaisons to Convene at ALA Midwinter

A meeting of the ARL Survey Coordinators and SPEC Liaisons will be held on January 7, 2011, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., in San Diego in conjunction with the ALA Midwinter Meeting. The discussion will focus on the upcoming work of the Task Force on Reviewing the ARL Statistics, the ARL Supplementary Statistics and ARL Annual Salary Survey. Gordon Fretwell has agreed to serve as consultant to the ARL Statistics and Assessment Committee to move this work forward. For more information, contact Martha Kyrillidou.

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E-News Oct 2010: E&G

27. Library Expenditures as a Percentage of University Expenditures Continues to Decline

Every year ARL calculates for its member libraries the proportion of the university budget devoted to libraries; this ratio continues to decline. For the 40 ARL libraries tracked since 1982, library expenditures as a percentage of university expenditures was 2.09% in 2007–08 (the most recent data set available), a slight decrease from 2.21% in the previous year. Possible explanations of this trend may include: the need for universities to invest more in technology and other infrastructure; the increased collaboration that is occurring in libraries through consortia and centralized purchasing; and the embedding of library functions within the teaching, learning, and research processes. These data are compiled using the ARL Statistics for library expenditures and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) finance form for university expenditures. Download updated graphs and machine-readable data files from the ARL website.

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28. Library Assessment Career Achievement Awardees Named for 2010

On October 25, Gordon Fretwell, Roswitha Poll, and Kendon Stubbs were presented with the Library Assessment Career Achievement Award for 2010 in conjunction with the Library Assessment Conference organized by ARL, the University of Virginia Library, and the University of Washington Libraries. The three librarians were instrumental in the definition and use of standardized and consistent statistical data for effective library management. For more details about the awardees, see the ARL press release.

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29. Library Assessment Conference Accelerates Assessment Agenda

Over 460 people attended the third biennial Library Assessment Conference held October 24–27, 2010, in Baltimore, with a buzzing poster reception at the hotel and a vibrant conference reception at the Peabody Library. Keynote papers will be published as the January 2011 issue of Library Quarterly; download a preprint version of this collection of papers from the conference website. Also available for download are the conference program and poster abstracts.

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30. LibQUAL+® 2011 Registration Opens

Register now for LibQUAL+® 2011. Highlights for the coming year include LibQUAL+® Lite, a new fee structure, and free training. LibQUAL+® Lite is a shorter version of the survey that takes less time to complete. The new fee structure offers the LibQUAL+® survey at lower cost on an annual and biennial basis. Free training will be offered on Monday, January 10, 2011, in San Diego, California, in conjunction with the ALA Midwinter Meeting. For more information, see the ARL press release.

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31. LibQUAL+® at ALA Midwinter: Training Sessions, Booth Consultations

The LibQUAL+® team is offering the following events in conjunction with the ALA Midwinter Meeting in San Diego, California, January 2011:

  • Survey Introduction
    8:30 a.m.–10:00 a.m.

  • Survey Administration
    10:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

  • Survey Results
    2:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.

  • LibQUAL+® Consultations
    San Diego Convention Center, LibQUAL+® Booth #1030
    Friday, January 7, 5:30–7:30 p.m.
    Saturday–Sunday, January 8-9, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
    Monday, January 10, 9:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
    Contact the LibQUAL+® team to schedule a consultation.

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32. METS Workshop: The Basics and Beyond, January 10–14, San Diego

The ARL Statistics and Assessment program and the Digital Library Federation are offering a METS workshop on January 10–14 in San Diego, California. This workshop, taught by Nancy J. Hoebelheinrich of the METS Editorial Board, is aimed at people who work in digital and physical libraries and would like to gain knowledge and skills for organizing digital resources. Register by December 15. For more information, see the ARL press release.

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33. XML Development: From Markup to Application, January 3–6, Washington, DC

ARL is offering an in-depth workshop focused on web development with XML to be held January 3-6, 2011, in Washington, DC. Taught by Matthew Gibson, an experienced XML instructor/developer and Director of Digital Programs, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, University of Virginia, this 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. Participants should have a basic familiarity and some experience with markup (e.g., HTML, some XML). Register by December 15. For more details, see the ARL press release.

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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST TO ARL DIRECTORS

34. Publications Recently Released by ARL

The ARL 2030 Scenarios: A User’s Guide for Research Libraries
The ARL 2030 scenarios describe four possible futures and the accompanying user’s guide identifies strategic implications for research libraries and provides extensive “how-to” resources for library leaders, planners, and facilitators to use the scenarios for visioning and planning. Download a free, interactive PDF or purchase a bound copy from ARL.

Diversity Plans and Programs, SPEC Kit 319
by Charlene Maxey-Harris and Toni Anaya
This SPEC Kit explores the progress made in ARL member libraries to recruit and retain a diverse workforce. Download the table of contents and executive summary or purchase a bound copy of the complete SPEC Kit from ARL.

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35. ARL Transitions

McMaster: Jeffrey Trzeciak announced that he has retracted his resignation from the position of University Librarian, which was previously reported in the September issue of E-News for ARL Directors.

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36. Other ARL Appointments

National Museum and Library Services (NMLS) Board: On October 18, Winston Tabb (Johns Hopkins) was sworn in to serve on the NMLS Board, which advises the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) on policy and practices. For more information about all six new members of the NMLS Board, see the IMLS press release.

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37. Other Transitions

Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU): R. Michael Tanner, Provost at the University of Illinois at Chicago, has been appointed Chief Academic Officer and Vice President of APLU, effective January 10, 2011. Tanner will replace David Shulenburger, who retires December 31, 2010. For more details, see the APLU news release.

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38. Honors

Virginia: On October 28, the US Government Printing Office’s (GPO) Acting Superintendent of Documents Ric Davis honored the University of Virginia Alderman Library for a century of providing Americans free and public access to the documents of our democracy. For 100 years, Alderman Library has been a member of GPO’s Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP). For more information, see the GPO press release.

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10/29/10

Charles B. Lowry
Executive Director
clowry@arl.org

Kaylyn Groves
Communications Program Officer
kaylyn@arl.org

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