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E-News for ARL Directors

October-November 2012 E-News

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E-News for ARL Directors is a monthly publication highlighting the latest news and developments of interest to research library leaders. News from the ARL community and from the field calls attention to issues of strategic importance.

E-News is a collaboration of ARL program staff, compiled and edited by Charles Lowry, Kaylyn Groves, and Sue Baughman.

ARL Governance & Membership

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ARL & SPARC Strategic Actions

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Law & Policy

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From the Field

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  • Library Assessment Career Achievement Awards
    ARL presented the 2012 Library Assessment Career Achievement Awards on October 30 at the Library Assessment Conference in Charlottesville, Virginia...

  • ARL Transitions
    Alberta; BYU; California, Irvine; Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Miami...

  • Other Transitions
    Association of American University Presses; Canadian Research Knowledge Network...

  • Memorial
    Paul Vassallo, 1937–2012...

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ARL Membership Convenes, Elects New Board Members

Sunrise over DC, by Katie Harbath (ARL Membership Meeting, October 2012)
ARL Membership Meeting, Oct. 2012
photo © Katie Harbath

ARL president Winston Tabb (Johns Hopkins) convened the 161st ARL Membership Meeting October 10–11 in Washington, DC. At the meeting, 117 ARL member library representatives participated in sessions about services to the print disabled, 21st-century scholar and research services, data governance, and data mining for library operations. Staff from Penn State Public Broadcasting presented a video trailer for a new project, “Treasures of the Special Collections.”

At the ARL Business Meeting on October 11, member library representatives ratified the ARL Board of Directors’ election of Carol Pitts Diedrichs (Ohio State) as ARL vice president/president-elect and elected four new Board members: Larry Alford (Toronto), Connie Vinita Dowell (Vanderbilt), Thomas Hickerson (Calgary), and Olivia M. A. Madison (Iowa State). Members also approved the proposed ARL dues for 2013. Member representatives may download committee progress reports from the ARL members-only website.

At the conclusion of the Business Meeting, Winston Tabb presented the gavel to Wendy Pradt Lougee (Minnesota), who began her term as ARL president. For more information, contact Sue Baughman.

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ARL Membership Meeting, ARL Forum Slides Available Online

Speakers’ slides from the October ARL Membership Meeting and ARL Fall Forum, “Library Workforce for 21st-Century Research Libraries,” are now available on the ARL website. The audio recordings of the presentations will be added later in November. To view/download the slides, visit the proceedings sites for the Membership Meeting and the Fall Forum.

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Save the Dates: ARL Membership Meetings Scheduled for 2013

Dates are set for the 2013 ARL Membership Meetings: April 30–May 3 in Chapel Hill/Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, and October 8–11 in Washington, DC. View a complete calendar of future Membership Meeting dates.

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Services to Patrons with Print Disabilities: ARL Task Force Releases Report

ARL has published the report of its Joint Task Force on Services to Patrons with Print Disabilities. ARL formed the task force in May 2012 to expand upon the ongoing work of the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA), of which ARL is a member, in support of an international instrument for the print disabled that is under active consideration by the World International Copyright Organization (WIPO). Print disabilities prevent some users from effectively reading print information resources because of visual, physical, perceptual, developmental, cognitive, or learning disabilities. The ARL report contains nine recommendations for research libraries to better align their services with the mission to make information accessible to their full range of diverse users equitably. In particular, the report focuses on critical partnerships necessary to fully exploit the opportunities of digital information resources to open an unprecedented quantity of information to print-disabled patrons. For more information and to read the report, see the ARL press release.

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HathiTrust Prevails in Landmark Fair-Use Decision; Authors Guild Appeals; LCA Comments

In a landmark decision concerning fair use and accessibility issues, on October 10 Judge Baer of the District Court for the Southern District of New York ruled in favor of HathiTrust Digital Library (HDL) and the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) in the suit brought by the Authors Guild (AG). For several years, HDL and its member libraries have worked to index and preserve digitized works from library collections to foster research, teaching, and learning. The Authors Guild, with other associations and a handful of individual authors, sued HDL claiming that its mass digitization program, in collaboration with Google, constituted copyright infringement. The NFB and three individuals with print disabilities intervened in the case.

First, the court held that fair use is a supplement to Section 108 of the Copyright Act, and, contrary to the AG’s arguments, libraries are entitled to a full fair-use defense and are not required to rely only on Sections 108 and 121 to preserve and provide access to library collections. Second, the court held that mass digitization for search, preservation, and accessibility is a fair use and two of HDL’s purposes (search and accessibility) are “transformative,” because the works are used for a different purpose from the original, intended purpose. The court found that use of the entire work is fair where appropriate to the purpose. Moreover, the court pointed to evidence showing that a market likely could not develop for licensing these kinds of uses, and that, because they are transformative, these uses cannot be subject to licenses. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires, and fair use and the Chafee Amendment allow, digitization for accessibility.

Finally, the court determined that making library collections equally accessible is required for equal access to education for the print disabled. The market will not satisfy the need. The court found that the Chafee Amendment applies because the ADA makes accessibility a “primary mission” for all libraries. And Judge Baer noted that, even if the Chafee Amendment does not apply, fair use does. This landmark ruling is powerful evidence that the law will strongly favor libraries when they do what is necessary—up to and including digitizing millions of books—in order to provide equitable access to materials.

The Library Copyright Alliance filed two amicus briefs before the court in support of HDL. Judge Baer cited LCA’s amicus briefs in his decision. For more information on the decision and its implications for libraries, see the LCA comments on the decision and watch the ARL webcast about the case.

In a subsequent filing, the HDL and its partner libraries have asked the court to award them $1.7 million in costs and attorneys’ fees.

On November 8, the Authors Guild appealed the court’s decision. The following day, the Library Copyright Alliance issued a statement about the appeal, noting that it was “deeply disappointed by the Authors Guild’s decision to appeal Judge Baer’s landmark opinion acknowledging the legality, and the extraordinary social value, of the HathiTrust Digital Library.” Read the complete LCA statement on the appeal.

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First-Sale Coalition Launches with ARL as a Founding Member

The new Owners’ Rights Initiative (ORI) represents a diverse set of retailers, libraries, educators, Internet companies, and associations—including ARL—to protect first-sale rights in the United States. ORI is committed to ensuring the right to re-sell legitimate goods, regardless of where they were manufactured. The “first-sale doctrine” is the provision in the Copyright Act that allows any purchaser of a legal copy of a book or other copyrighted work to sell or lend that copy. Libraries rely on the doctrine to protect many core activities, including lending books and other materials in their collections.

Several current court cases present challenges to the first-sale doctrine. For example, in the case Kirtsaeng v. Wiley & Sons, Wiley, a publisher of textbooks and other materials, claims Kirtsaeng infringed its copyrights by re-selling in the US cheaper foreign editions of Wiley textbooks that Kirtsaeng's family lawfully purchased abroad. First sale would ordinarily permit such re-selling, but the works were printed abroad and Wiley is asking the US Supreme Court to interpret Section 109 as applying only to domestically made copies. For more information on this issue, watch ARL’s recent webcast on Kirtsaeng v. Wiley.

ARL’s Prue Adler is a member of the ORI steering committee.

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MOOCs: ARL Releases Issue Brief on Legal and Policy Issues

In October, ARL published a 15-page issue brief, “Massive Open Online Courses [MOOCs]: Legal and Policy Issues for Research Libraries,” prepared by Brandon Butler, ARL’s director of public policy initiatives. The paper describes some of the ways that research libraries are supporting university engagement with MOOCs, the legal issues that libraries may be asked to wrestle with in these roles, and the policy questions and priorities that may be raised by MOOC teaching. For more information and to view/download the brief, see the ARL Policy Notes blog.

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Research Library Leadership Fellows Celebrate with Closing Ceremony

The 2011–2012 ARL Research Library Leadership Fellows Program (RLLF) celebrated the conclusion of the 18-month fellowship during the ARL Membership Meeting in Washington, DC, in October. During a closing ceremony, moderated by ARL president Wendy Lougee, RLLF fellows and their sponsor directors were formally recognized and presented with completion certificates. Susan Fliss of the Harvard College Library and current RLLF fellow offered reflections about the RLLF program, sharing comments collected from her RLLF colleagues based on their experiences over the preceding 18 months. This is the fourth iteration of the RLLF offered since 2004. Plans for the next iteration of the RLLF are in process, with a call for applications scheduled to be released in February 2013. For more information about the RLLF program and the most recent class of fellows, visit the RLLF website.

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ARL Statistics® Update

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

  • ARL Annual Salary Survey 2012–2013: Data have been collected from all but two libraries.

  • 2011–2012 ARL Statistics, Academic Health Sciences Statistics, Academic Law Statistics, Special Collections pilot: Data collection underway.

  • ARL Statistics 2010–2011: Published; see press release.

  • Academic Health Sciences Statistics and Academic Law Statistics 2010–2011: Publications are at the production and printing stage.

  • All data are readily accessible by ARL member libraries via the “Analytics” tab and “Data Repository” link at (login required; all ARL library directors have been added to the system and your library's primary ARL Statistics contact can approve access to the system for any library staff member).

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

  • Available via “Directory”: Links to organizational charts and strategic plans. If your institution’s links are not current, please send updated links to

A meeting of the ARL survey coordinators and SPEC liaisons will be held in Seattle on January 25, 2013. For more information about the annual surveys, contact Martha Kyrillidou.

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Open Access Week Reaches New Heights in 2012

Now in its sixth year, SPARC’s Open Access Week, an annual, global event that promotes the adoption of open access (OA) as the new norm in research and scholarship, is reaching new heights in terms of its breadth of participation and scope of events. This year’s activities took place October 22–28 in more than 100 countries worldwide. The week kicked off with a well attended live event and webcast co-sponsored by SPARC and the World Bank. The program featured perspectives from students, publishers, development organizations, federal agencies, and researchers, who explored the current status of open access and articulated their visions for its successful implementation. Similar events were held on campuses and in research institutions around the globe. For more information and links to videos and other OA Week resources, visit the SPARC website.

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SPARC Highlights SUNY Potsdam’s Stand against ACS Journal Prices

Jenica Rogers, director of libraries at the State University of New York at Potsdam, recently chose to unsubscribe from the American Chemical Society (ACS) e-journal package due to significant price increases. According to an in-depth profile by SPARC’s Caralee Adams, after five years of prices rising 48 percent, the cost of this year’s ACS package would have consumed more than 10 percent of Rogers’s total acquisitions budget. In May, Rogers and others from the SUNY system met with ACS representatives to negotiate a deal but they failed to reach an agreement. Rogers explained the situation to the chemistry faculty at SUNY Potsdam and gained their support in the decision to unsubscribe from the ACS package for 2013. For more details, see SPARC’s profile of Rogers.

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Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in Kirtsaeng First-Sale Case

textbooks, by Chrystal Parsons
Kirtsaeng v. Wiley & Sons
image © Chrystal Parsons

On October 29, the US Supreme Court heard oral argument in the case of Kirtsaeng v. Wiley & Sons, a case in which the key issue is the proper scope of the “first-sale doctrine” in copyright law. The first-sale doctrine is the provision in the Copyright Act that allows any purchaser of a legal copy of a book or other copyrighted work to sell or lend that copy. In this case, the first-sale doctrine is being challenged by a publisher who seeks to block re-sale in the US of the cheap editions of textbooks it authorized to be printed and sold abroad.

Three parties presented their cases to the Court at oral argument: Kirtsaeng, Wiley, and the US Government. Each party argued for a different version of first sale. The overall impression from those in attendance, which is supported by the transcript, is that more justices voiced concerns about the consequences of Wiley’s arguments, which would abolish the first-sale right for anything manufactured abroad, than were troubled by Kirtsaeng’s position, which would make it harder for rights holders to control prices of their goods. No one seemed satisfied with the middle path described by the US solicitor general. The case has been submitted for decision and we can expect an opinion before June 2013, but perhaps as soon as January.

For more information, see:

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Copyright Office Announces Notice of Inquiry on Orphan Works

The US Copyright Office has announced a Notice of Inquiry on issues concerning “orphan works,” works whose owners are not identifiable or locatable. The Office “is reviewing the problem of orphan works under U.S. copyright…in order to advise Congress as to possible next steps for the United States…The Copyright Office seeks comments regarding the current state of play for orphan works. It is interested in what has changed in the legal and business environments during the past few years that might be relevant to a resolution of the problem and what additional legislative, regulatory, or voluntary solutions deserve deliberation.” Comments are due by 5:00 p.m. EST on January 4, 2013, with reply comments due by 5:00 p.m. EST on February 4, 2013. For more information, see the Notice of Inquiry (PDF).

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Library of Congress Issues Latest Round of DMCA Exceptions

On October 26, the librarian of Congress issued the latest iteration of rules describing exceptions to the general rule in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) that it is unlawful to break digital locks, also known as technical protection measures (TPMs) or digital rights management (DRM). Every three years the US Copyright Office seeks information about non-infringing uses that are frustrated by digital locks, and based on submissions from the public, recommends exceptions to the librarian, who issues the final order. This time around, two rule changes should be of particular interest to libraries.

First, there is an updated exception to allow breaking digital locks on e-books in order to facilitate access for the print disabled. The new exception no longer requires that the e-book be inaccessible on all existing platforms, and it allows “authorized entities”—including libraries, according to the recent decision in Authors Guild v. HathiTrust—under the Chafee Amendment to break digital locks in order to make e-books accessible for qualified users.

Second, the exception for using video materials is significantly expanded. The rule in 2010 applied only to college professors and film students copying short clips from DVDs, but the new rule applies to all college students (not just film students) and adds K–12 teachers and authors of multimedia works of criticism, among other users, and applies to videos acquired online as well as to DVDs.

The complete rules and other relevant material can be found on the US Copyright Office website.

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Cornell Wins Grant to Start Preservation Training for Chinese Libraries

The Henry Luce Foundation has awarded Cornell University Library a $180,000 grant, which will help the library establish a preservation internship program for representatives from libraries in China. Beginning November 1, eight interns will come to Cornell from four academic libraries in Beijing to study with experts in the library’s Preservation and Conservation Services department. The interns will learn how to mitigate the immediate physical risks that threaten some of China’s most significant historical collections and greatly extend the life of their valuable books. By the end of the program, the interns will not only be able to implement preservation and disaster plans at their own libraries, but also help train other librarians, archivists, and technicians at other institutions in China. For more information, see the Cornell press release.

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U Mass Awarded Grant to Investigate Disciplinary Repository Development

The University of Massachusetts (U Mass) Amherst Libraries have received a $48,000 National Leadership Planning Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to investigate the development of a disciplinary repository for the ethical, legal, and social implications (ELSI) of nanoscience and emerging technologies research. In this planning project, the libraries will partner with the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) and the Centers for Nanotechnology and Society at Arizona State University (CNS-ASU) and at the University of California, Santa Barbara (CNS-UCSB). For more details, see the U Mass press release.

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Case Western Receives $1 Million for Library’s Freedman Center

At Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), Marian K. Freedman and her family recently funded a gift of $500,000 to the Samuel B. and Marian K. Freedman Library Endowment fund, conditional on matching gifts from other university contributors. Matching funds have been secured, making the total endowment $1 million. CWRU president Barbara R. Snyder took a leadership role in ensuring that the fundraising project reached its goal. Prior to this most recent gift, Samuel B. and Marian K. Freedman had provided over $775,000 to create and support the present Freedman Center at the Kelvin Smith Library at CWRU. With this additional funding, the new Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship will be rededicated with an expanded scope of services and capabilities. For more details, see the CWRU Daily article.

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Buffalo, WUSTL Named Federal Depository Libraries of the Year

The US Government Printing Office (GPO) has recognized ARL member libraries Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL) and University at Buffalo, State University of New York—as well as the Newark [NJ] Public Library—as Federal Depository Libraries of the Year for 2012. GPO selected these three libraries for their efforts to keep the public informed and to share their federal government expertise with other libraries in their regions and across the nation. WUSTL’s Olin Library is being honored for providing training opportunities to other depository librarians in the area and for collaborating with the regional depository to serve the needs of the populous St. Louis metro area. GPO is recognizing the University at Buffalo Libraries for maintaining several services that provide federal depository libraries valuable assistance in processing US government publications received through the FDLP. For more details, see the GPO press release (PDF).

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UIC’s IDEA Commons Wins AIA Design Awards

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Chicago chapter has awarded the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) two Design Excellence citations of merit for the library’s IDEA Commons, an interactive library space designed by David Woodhouse Architects that opened in November 2011. The citations were in the categories of distinguished building and interior architecture. Juries of renowned architects from around the country selected the winners from a field of more than 250 entries. The IDEA Commons—named for the acronym of “Information, Data, Expertise, Access”—was funded by private donations and student fees. For more information, see the UIC news release.

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SCOAP3 Open Access Initiative Launches, Identifies US & Canadian Liaisons

Over the summer, the steering committee for the Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics (SCOAP3) designed a formal governance structure in partnership with CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research. CERN will serve as the administrative host organization for SCOAP3. A draft memorandum of understanding (MOU) has been developed that outlines the governance structure and articulates the roles and responsibilities of the various partners. The major governing body will consist of proportional representation from each participating country and there will be an annual forum open to all SCOAP3 partners. An international launch meeting was held at CERN on October 1. For more details, see the Oct. 1 SCOAP3 news item.

The Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN) will serve as the SCOAP3 liaison for all the Canadian universities. By agreement with CERN, since the US does not have a national agency able to naturally fill the SCOAP3 contact role, LYRASIS will be the national contact for SCOAP3 in the US, with Ann Okerson serving as the primary outreach liaison on behalf of LYRASIS. Libraries will direct SCOAP3 participation fees to LYRASIS, which will then forward these as a single payment to CERN on behalf of SCOAP3. LYRASIS will also sign the SCOAP3 MOU on behalf of US SCOAP3 partner libraries; the libraries will only need to sign a simple instrument authorizing LYRASIS to sign the MOU on their behalf. All participating libraries will be SCOAP3 partners, benefiting from all of the terms of the MOU and eligible for full participation in governance and other activities. For more information about SCOAP3 in the US, see the Oct. 10 SCOAP3 news item or contact Ann Okerson.

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COUNTER Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Over the past decade, COUNTER has worked to improve the reliability and usability of online vendor usage statistics with the support of librarians and vendors worldwide. There are now more than 150 vendors who comply with the COUNTER Codes of Practice, providing online usage statistics for more than 15,000 full-text journals and hundreds of thousands of books, as well as databases. This year, in addition to turning 10, COUNTER reached two important milestones: the publication of Release 4 of the COUNTER Code of Practice, which is a single, integrated code for all types of e-resources, and the release of a draft Code of Practice for Usage Factors, which specifies the protocols that vendors must follow to calculate and report COUNTER–approved journal-usage factors. For more information, visit the COUNTER website.

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Library Contribution to Accreditation, SPEC Kit 330, Published by ARL

This new ARL SPEC Kit explores the scope of accreditation standards, the data provided by research libraries to meet the requirements of accrediting bodies, and which library staff participate in preparing reports and site visits. The survey results may help libraries identify and understand what standards exist, and how their contributions lead to successful accreditation and reaccreditation for their parent institutions. Additionally, this survey sought to identify how deeply ARL libraries are involved in the accreditation process at the institutional level. As libraries strive to establish their impact and value in higher education, this measure is one way to gauge how institutional leaders perceive their libraries’ contributions. For more details and to order, see the ARL news release.

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Changing Role of Senior Administrators, SPEC Kit 331, Published by ARL

ARL SPEC Kit 331 focuses on the professional, administrative, and management positions that report directly to the library director (or, in some ARL member libraries, the position that serves as the representative to the Association), positions that have not been examined by a SPEC survey since 1984. This SPEC Kit explores the responsibilities of these positions, and the skills, qualifications, and competencies necessary for these administrators to successfully lead a transforming 21st-century research library. The publication looks at whether and how position requirements have changed in the past five years, whether the number of direct reports has changed, whether these administrators have assumed new areas of organizational responsibility, and how they acquire the new skills to fulfill those responsibilities. For more details and to order, see the ARL news release.

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ARL Statistics 2010–2011 Released

ARL has published the ARL Statistics 2010–2011, the latest in a series of annual publications that describe the collections, staffing, expenditures, and service activities of ARL’s 126 member libraries in 2011. Of these 126, 115 are university libraries (16 in Canada and 99 in the US); the remaining 11 are public, governmental, and nonprofit research libraries (2 in Canada, 9 in the US). ARL libraries are a relatively small subset of libraries in North America, but they account for a large portion of academic library resources in terms of assets, budgets, and the number of users they serve. The total library expenditures of all 126 member libraries in 2010–2011 was slightly more than $4.6 billion. For more information and to order, see the ARL news release.

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ARL Library Investment Index Published in Chronicle

The Chronicle of Higher Education recently reported that the ARL Library Investment Index 2010–2011 shows that, for the first time in several years, research library spending is on the rise, especially expenditures on digital resources. The Library Investment Index is an annual measure of the relative size of the university library members of ARL. The index does not attempt to measure library services, quality of collections, or success in meeting the needs of users. The 2010–2011 data were published this summer on the ARL website.

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LibQUAL+® Presentations & Posters from Sweden Event Online

Presentations and posters from the Library Assessment Seminar and LibQUAL+ Share Fair held at Lund University in Sweden in September are available for download. The morning program featured speakers from the US and the UK who discussed the contributions of LibQUAL+ to library assessment activities in libraries. In the afternoon an informal, science-fair style gathering featured brief presentations/poster sessions by current and past LibQUAL+ survey participants highlighting examples of quantitative and qualitative analysis and marketing ideas, as well as strategy plans from participating libraries and their relation to metrics.

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How Open Is It? PLoS, SPARC, OASPA Release Guide to Open Access

After a two-week public-comment period, PLoS, SPARC, and OASPA released the final version of “HowOpenIsIt?” a guide to understanding the open access spectrum. The public-comment period generated 60 responses from 11 countries and included input from publishers, librarians, authors, editors, and research funders. The guide outlines the core components of open access (e.g., reader rights, reuse rights, copyrights, author posting rights, etc.) across the continuum from “open access” to “restricted access.” This resource helps authors make informed decisions on where to publish based on journal policies. It also helps funders and other organizations establish criteria for the level of open access required for their policies and mandates. To view/download the guide and the accompanying FAQ, visit the SPARC website.

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CNI Resources

“Networks and the Paradox of the Active Learner,” a project briefing session presented at CNI’s spring 2012 Membership Meeting by Gardner Campbell of Virginia Tech is now available on CNI’s YouTube channel and Vimeo channel.

New Initiatives in Open Research,” a plenary speech by Clifford Lynch and Lee Dirks at the 2011 Charleston Library Conference, has been published in Proceedings of the Charleston Library Conference.

Clifford Lynch has written “Lee Dirks: An Appreciation,” to be published in a forthcoming issue of Against the Grain.

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Scholarly Communication Workshop on Strategic Skills: Facilitators Announced, Deadline Extended

Do you want to develop a deeper impact for your scholarly communication program? Let expert facilitators Melanie Hawks and Paul Meyer guide you in a new ARL-ACRL Institute on Scholarly Communication workshop, “Increasing the Effectiveness of Your Scholarly Communication Program: Strategic Skills for Success,” to be held April 9–10, 2013, in Indianapolis, Indiana. On Tuesday afternoon, April 9, during a highly interactive session, participants will discuss how to strategically position their scholarly communication programs. Through small and large group interaction, participants will learn techniques and processes to strengthen, reengineer, and implement strategy. The following morning, Wednesday, April 10, participants will choose the influencing strategies that are most likely to move their programs forward. Participants will learn how to tailor messages to different audiences and deliver a clear call to action. The early-bird registration deadline has been extended to Friday, November 30. For more details and to register, visit the workshop webpage.

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ClimateQUAL® to Host Partners Meeting at ALA Midwinter

Past, current, and potential participants in ClimateQUAL are welcome to join the ClimateQUAL partners meeting in Seattle, Washington, on Friday morning, January 25, 2013, in conjunction with the ALA Midwinter Meeting. The meeting will include discussion of the latest ClimateQUAL research, methods for using survey results, experiences from the field, and other community-building activities. For details, contact

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SPARC-ACRL Forum to Focus on Article-Level Metrics at ALA Midwinter

Join SPARC and ACRL for a forum on “Life Beyond the Impact Factor: The Promise and Perils of Article-Level Metrics,” Saturday, January 26, at 3:00 p.m. in Seattle, Washington. A panel of experts will explore what these emerging alternative metrics look like, how they work, and how they are being used. They will also discuss both the promise and potential pitfalls of applying these measures in the research evaluation, tenure, and promotion processes. For more details, see the SPARC announcement.

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Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries: Call for Papers, Posters, More

The 17th International Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries (TPDL) will be held in Valletta, Malta, September 22–26, 2013. TPDL is a leading scientific forum on digital libraries that brings together researchers, developers, content providers, and users in the field of digital libraries. CNI is a supporting organization for this conference. TPDL 2013, under the general theme “Sharing Meaningful Information,” invites submissions in the following categories: full papers, short papers, posters and demonstrations, workshops and tutorials, panels and doctoral consortium. Papers and proposals are due in March 2013. For details, see the TPDL 2013 website.

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Library Assessment Career Achievement Awards

ARL presented the 2012 Library Assessment Career Achievement Awards on October 30 at the Library Assessment Conference in Charlottesville, Virginia. These awards recognize individuals with substantial contributions to effective, sustainable, and practical library assessment as evidenced through presentations/publications, methods, service, advocacy, and other work. The 2012 awardees are Karin De Jager and Joan Rapp from South Africa, Sam Kalb from Canada, and Don King from the United States. For more information, see the ARL press release.

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ARL Transitions

Alberta: Ernie Ingles has announced that he will step down as vice-provost, effective June 30, 2013, at which time he will begin an extended administrative leave.

BYU: Scott Duvall, associate university librarian, was appointed interim university librarian, effective October 1, 2012.

California, Irvine (UC Irvine): Lorelei Tanji was appointed university librarian, effective October 1, 2012. She served as associate university librarian for collections since 2002 and as interim university librarian since April 2011. For more details, see the UC Irvine Libraries news release.

Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC): Paula Kaufman announced that she will step aside as university librarian and dean of the libraries, effective August 15, 2013. After a semester of leave, she will return to work in UIUC’s Mortenson Center for International Library Programs.

Miami: William D. Walker announced that he will step down as dean and university librarian, effective May 31, 2013. For more details, see the university’s e-Veritas story.

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Other Transitions

Association of American University Presses (AAUP): Peter M. Berkery Jr. has been named executive director, effective March 1, 2013. Berkery is currently vice president and publisher for the US law division of Oxford University Press. For more information, see the AAUP news release.

Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN): Clare Appavoo has been named executive director, effective December 1, 2012. Appavoo was previously director of sales and strategic support for Ingram, Coutts Information Services. For more details, see the CRKN press release (PDF).

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Paul Vassallo, 1937–2012

Paul Vassallo, former dean of library services and professor at the University of New Mexico, passed away at the age of 75 on September 30 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.

During his tenure as dean at the University of New Mexico (UNM) from 1974 to 1986, Vassallo successfully led UNM’s efforts to become a member of ARL, which occurred in 1979. Vassallo served on the ARL Board of Directors from 1983 to 1985 and, in 1984, he served on the ARL Public Services Project Advisory Committee. From 1985 through 1988 he directed computer and telecommunications services for UNM in his role as associate vice president for computer and information resources and technology.

In 1988 Vassallo was recruited to become the first president and CEO of the Washington [DC] Research Library Consortium. From 1993 to 2000 he served as director of the Office of Information Services for the National Institute of Standards & Technology. He provided consulting services following his retirement in 2000.

Vassallo began his career in librarianship at the Library of Congress (LC), holding positions of increasing responsibility from 1962 to 1974, when he moved to UNM. His positions at LC included chief of the Congressional Reference Division and director of the new National Serials Data Program. While at LC, he played a leading role in obtaining recognition of ISSN as an International Standards Organization standard.

Vassallo was born in Malta and immigrated to the US with his family after their home was destroyed by bombing in World War II. He graduated from Wayne State University with a BA in political science. He earned his MLIS from the University of Michigan in 1962, where he was also honored as distinguished alumnus in 1991.

The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to charitable organizations carrying out research on Parkinson’s disease (such as the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation or the Michael J. Fox Foundation) or a charity of the donor’s choice.

For more details about Vassallo’s life, see the Santa Fe New Mexican obituary.

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