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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Governance and Membership Activities

1. ARL Membership Meeting, October 14–16, Arlington VA—Deadline Sept. 12

Scholarly Communication

2. Scholarly Communication Outreach: Crafting Messages That Grab Faculty Attention, March 11-12, 2009, Seattle--Early-Bird Registration Ends Oct. 15

3. ARL/ACRL Institute on Scholarly Communication Web Resources Updated & Reconfigured

4. Roundtable on University's Role in Publishing

5. Create Change Interview Features Scholar of Foreign Languages

6. SPARC Digital Repositories Meeting, November 17-18, 2008, Baltimore--Early-Bird Registration Ends Sept. 15

7. First Open Access Day to Be Held October 14, 2008

8. SPARC-ACRL Forum on Campus Open Access Policies: Video Now Online

9. New Web Tools Help Educators Use Sparky Video Awards in Courses

10. Harvard Arts and Sciences Faculty Recognized as Newest SPARC Innovators

11. Stanford University School of Education Passes Open Access Policy in Wake of Harvard's Action

12. NIH's Norka Ruiz Bravo Provides Succint Overview of NIH Public Access Policy

13. APA Reconsidering Controversial $2,500 Deposit-Fee Policy

14. Portico Announces New Preservation Services

Public Policies Affecting Research Libraries

15. New Partnership to Capture Government Web Sites

16. Memo on Revisions to Title 44 and Regional Federal Depositories Released

17. Library of Congress Releases International Study re Impact of Copyright Law on Digital Preservation

Library Roles in Research, Teaching, and Learning

18. Reinventing Science Librarianship, an ARL/CNI Forum, Oct. 16–17—Deadlines Sept. 8, 12 & 30

19. Nature Special Section on "Big Data" Available Free Online through Sept. 16

20. NSF Task Force on Cyberlearning Reports on Fostering Networked Learning

21. CLIR Publishes Essays on Core Functions of the Research Library in the 21st Century

22. Research-Oriented Social Networking Sites Rise in Popularity

23. OCLC's RLG Programs Create Archives and Special Collections Program

24. Ithaka Releases White Paper & Data Sets on Faculty & Librarian Views of Digital Transformation in Higher Education

25. CNI Update

Diversity, Professional Workforce, and Leadership Development

26. ARL Career Enhancement Program Applications Available--Deadline Oct. 1, '08

Library Statistics and Assessment

27. ARL Statistical Surveys and Publications Update

28. ClimateQUAL™ Phase III, Spring 2009

29. Using LibQUAL+® Effectively, October 27, Washington DC--Register by Sept. 29

30. LibQUAL+® 2009 Registration Now Open, Training Available

31. Service Quality Evaluation Academy Now Accepting Nominations for 2009--Deadline Oct. 27

32. ARL and TRLN Workshop Addresses Web Development with XML--Register by Dec. 1

Other Items of Interest to ARL Directors

33. ARL Publications

34. ARL Staff Transitions


GOVERNANCE AND MEMBERSHIP ACTIVITIES

1. ARL Membership Meeting, October 14–16, Arlington VA—Deadline Sept. 12

The 153rd ARL Membership Meeting will be held October 14–16, 2008, at the Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City, in Arlington, Virginia. September 12 is the deadline to reserve a hotel room at the ARL rate and to complete the Attendance Questionnaire.

ARL President Marianne Gaunt (Rutgers), will convene the opening session of the Membership Meeting on Wednesday, October 15, at 3:30 p.m., with a program celebrating the 10th anniversary of ARL’s Leadership and Career Development Program. The Business Meeting will be held Thursday, October 17, 9:00–11:00 a.m. The concluding program session of the Membership Meeting on Thursday, October 16, will welcome an expanded audience as it will also be the opening program of the ARL/CNI Forum on "Reinventing Science Librarianship" (see item 18, below). The Membership Meeting adjourns Thursday, October 16, at 5:00 p.m. Details and a preliminary schedule appear at http://www.arl.org/events/currentmm/mmoverview153.shtml.

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SCHOLARLY COMMUNICATION

2. Scholarly Communication Outreach: Crafting Messages That Grab Faculty Attention, March 11-12, 2009, Seattle--Early-Bird Registration Ends Oct. 15

The ARL/ACRL Institute on Scholarly Communication is offering a new workshop on "Scholarly Communication Outreach" for implementers of faculty/researcher outreach activities promoting positive change in scholarly communication. Workshop participants will explore how to identify issues that will resonate with faculty at their institutions and how to present those issues in ways that generate positive engagement. The workshop will be held March 11–12, 2009, in Seattle, preceding the ACRL National Conference. An early-bird registration discount is available until October 15, 2008. For more information and to register, visit http://www.arl.org/sc/institute/inst-events/0309workshop.shtml.

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3. ARL/ACRL Institute on Scholarly Communication Web Resources Updated & Reconfigured

ARL has updated the FAIR (Freely Available Institute Resources) Web site, a component of the Institute on Scholarly Communication, which gathers outreach and program development tools created for institute events or developed by institute alumni. FAIR now offers four resource collections: outreach to faculty; program planning and development tools; staff development tools; and a collection of position descriptions with scholarly communication components. In addition, the collection of sample position descriptions has been significantly expanded with recent contributions from a range of academic institutions. Position titles range from Copyright Librarian to Digital Repository Coordinator, with many titles explicitly including the phrase "scholarly communication."

All FAIR resources are fully accessible online at http://www.arl.org/sc/institute/fair/.

Institutions with tools to contribute to FAIR may contact Karla Hahn, karla@arl.org.

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4. Roundtable on University's Role in Publishing

A small group of campus leaders met in August under the auspices of ARL, CNI, the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges (NASULGC), and the Association of American Universities (AAU) to discuss the "University's Role in Publishing Research and Scholarship." Attendees included provosts, chief research officers, chief information officers, press directors, and library directors. The conversation focused on the changing environment for making the products of faculty work available, and the changing role universities should play in ensuring that faculty work is disseminated as broadly as possible. A report including recommendations from the group will be released in the fall. For more information, contact Karla Hahn, karla@arl.org.

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5. Create Change Interview Features Scholar of Foreign Languages

A new interview has been added to the Create Change site's series of faculty interviews discussing changing practices in scholarly communication. Daniel Ferreras is a specialist in Spanish and French modern literature at West Virginia University. The Internet's ability to overcome barriers of geography has had especially profound effects on scholars who study the cultural products of other nations. West Virginia has also been an early adopter of electronic theses and dissertation. The interview is available at http://www.createchange.org/cases/scholars/languages.shtml.

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6. SPARC Digital Repositories Meeting, November 17-18, 2008, Baltimore--Early-Bird Registration Ends Sept. 15

The SPARC Digital Repositories Meeting 2008 will focus on effective engagement with scholars and scientists to expand the sharing of research outputs via open repositories. Librarians, researchers, funders, administrators, government officials, publishers, and technologists from around the world will share their experiences and best practices in building and supporting institutional and disciplinary digital repositories. The program will delve into four key areas: The Policy Environment, New Horizons, Campus Publishing Strategies, and Value-Added Services. These tracks will be supplemented with an Innovation Fair, where new technologies, strategies, and approaches will be highlighted, and a Practicum on marketing and advocacy. The meeting will be held November 17-18, 2008, in Baltimore. Register by September 15 at the early-bird rate. See http://www.arl.org/sparc/meetings/ir08/.

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7. First Open Access Day to Be Held October 14, 2008

SPARC, the Public Library of Science (PLoS), and Students for FreeCulture have jointly announced the first international Open Access Day. Building on the worldwide momentum toward open access to publicly funded research, Open Access Day will create a key opportunity for the higher education community and the general public to understand more clearly the opportunities of wider access and use of content.

Open Access Day will invite researchers, educators, librarians, students, and the public to participate in live, worldwide broadcasts of events. In North America, events will be held at 7:00 p.m. eastern and 7:00 p.m. pacific and feature appearances from Sir Richard Roberts, a biochemist, molecular biologist, and winner of a Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, and from UC San Diego's Professor Philip E. Bourne, Founding Editor-in-Chief of PLoS Computational Biology.

Librarians and student organizers are invited to host meetings around the broadcast. To see a list of participating campuses and to sign up, visit the Open Access Day Web site http://www.openaccessday.org/.

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8. SPARC-ACRL Forum on Campus Open Access Policies: Video Now Online

Video is now online from the SPARC-ACRL Forum at the ALA Annual Conference in June, which explored the recent vote by Harvard's Faculty of Arts and Sciences to enable open access to their scholarly articles in an institutional repository. The forum discussion offers an exploration of the motivations behind the Harvard policy, the groundwork invested in its creation, reactions and outcomes to date, and the broader implications of this historic step. See http://www.arl.org/sparc/meetings/ala08/index.shtml.

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9. New Web Tools Help Educators Use Sparky Video Awards in Courses

The organizers of the Sparky Awards video contest have released several new resources to help college instructors and librarians engage students in an exploration of information sharing and copyright by encouraging their participation in the 2008 contest. The competition, which recognizes the best new short videos on the value of sharing, is well suited for use as a class assignment. Complete details are available on the Sparky Awards Web site at http://www.sparkyawards.org/.

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10. Harvard Arts and Sciences Faculty Recognized as Newest SPARC Innovators

SPARC has named the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University the newest SPARC Innovators for their unanimous vote in support of a policy that ensures open access to the faculty's published research results. A February 12 vote made the Harvard faculty the first in the US to embrace an open access directive and the first to grant permission to the university to make their articles openly available. For more information, see http://www.arl.org/sparc/media/08-0626.shtml.

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11. Stanford University School of Education Passes Open Access Policy in Wake of Harvard's Action

Faculty in the School of Education at Stanford University capitalized on the momentum of Harvard's new open access policies and, in June, unanimously adopted a policy requiring all their scholarly work be made available free to the public. See http://www.arl.org/sparc/innovator/stanford.shtml.

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12. NIH's Norka Ruiz Bravo Provides Succint Overview of NIH Public Access Policy

In a one-page article in the July issue of the newsletter of the American Society for Cell Biology, Norka Ruiz Bravo of the NIH Office of Extramural Research provides an overview of the NIH Public Access Policy. See http://www.ascb.org/files/July08P10.pdf.

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13. APA Reconsidering Controversial $2,500 Deposit-Fee Policy

In mid-July the American Psychological Association (APA) released a new policy (now under review) affecting authors who are reporting on NIH-funded research and are therefore subject to the NIH Public Access Policy. As posted originally, the APA policy announced that, if APA publishes a manuscript subject to the NIH policy, the author is not permitted to deposit the manuscript and the author's institution will be invoiced for a $2,500 deposit fee that would cover only the deposit of the author's final manuscript in PubMed Central, potentially subject to the full 12-month embargo. The published version of the article would otherwise be treated normally and only made available via subscription or pay-per-view. As originally written, the APA policy implied that the $2,500 fee was a pass-along from NIH, when, in fact, NIH charges neither authors nor publishers a deposit fee. Following brief coverage of the APA policy in the Chronicle of Higher Education, the policy was withdrawn from the APA Web site and replaced by a notice that the policy is under review with a reminder to authors that they are still required to have APA deposit their articles rather than doing it themselves. The APA policy originally appeared at http://www.apa.org/journals/authors/pubmed-deposit.html.

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14. Portico Announces New Preservation Services

Portico, best know for its digital preservation service for e-journals, recently announced three expansions of its preservation work: e-books, digitized newspapers ("d-newspapers"), and local library content. To preserve e-books and d-newspapers, publishers will sign a license agreement with Portico, pay a one-time set-up fee and an ongoing annual contribution, and deposit source files with Portico for long-term preservation. Elsevier is the first publisher to sign an e-book license agreement. Libraries will support e-book and d-newspaper preservation through their existing Portico agreements. To preserve locally created and digitized scholarly content, 15 colleges and universities have agreed to work with Portico to develop a new service allowing libraries to preserve locally created works within Portico's archive. Portico expects to open this service to interested libraries in mid-2009. For further information on Portico initiatives, see http://www.portico.org/news/preservation.html.

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PUBLIC POLICIES AFFECTING RESEARCH LIBRARIES

15. New Partnership to Capture Government Web Sites

A joint effort between the Library of Congress, the Internet Archive, the California Digital Library (CDL), the University of North Texas (UNT) Libraries, and the Government Printing Office (GPO) will capture snapshots of federal agencies' Web sites prior to the change in administration on January 20, 2009. The Internet Archive expects to harvest approximately 125 million pages and will capture snapshots of these pages three times: in August, late October prior to the presidential election, and before the presidential inauguration on January 20. The Library of Congress will lead the overall effort and also will focus on harvesting congressional Web sites. CDL and UNT Libraries have been capturing Web sites for some time and will assist in identifying Web content to harvest. GPO will assist with curation issues and garnering additional participation and assistance of federal depository libraries. Previously, the National Archives and Records Administration captured agency Web sites but recently announced that the agency would not capture all agency Web sites from the second term of the Bush administration. These new snapshots will be publicly available via the Internet Archive in February 2009. For more information, contact Prue Adler prue@arl.org.

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16. Memo on Revisions to Title 44 and Regional Federal Depositories Released

In a memorandum to ARL, Anthony Zagami, General Counsel Emeritus, Retired, US Government Printing Office (GPO) and General Counsel, Retired, Joint Committee on Printing, identifies changes needed to facilitate new regional models and the sharing of resources and collections in the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP). Zagami presents a number of conclusions.

First, Zagami concludes that, "Any legislative modification proposing to change publication retention requirements for federal regional depository libraries, or to create flexibilities to include the sharing of regional responsibilities and publication collections across state lines, should focus on both sections 1911 and 1912 of Title 44."

Second, he notes that as possible revisions to Title 44 are considered, there is another option that presents opportunities for change to the statutory authority of regional Federal depository libraries: "During my years as General Counsel to the Joint Committee on Printing, and later as the General Counsel for GPO, I had ample opportunity to review the legislative history surrounding Title 44. Those reviews led me to conclude that Congress reserved broad authority to the JCP to allow it to address contemporary issues and concerns that might arise in connection with Title 44 matters. As the Joint Committee on Printing considers modernizing sections of the statue that have become outdated or do not meet today's needs, I would encourage it to do so along with a thorough examination of its broad plenary authority under Section 103 of Title 44." Section 103 states, " The Joint Committee on Printing may use any measures it considers necessary to remedy neglect, delay, duplication, or waste in the public printing and binding and the distribution of Government publications."

Zagami's memo is available via http://www.arl.org/pp/access/fdlp/.

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17. Library of Congress Releases International Study re Impact of Copyright Law on Digital Preservation

The Library of Congress (LC) has released a report, "International Study on the Impact of Copyright Law on Digital Preservation," which was a joint effort of the LC National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program, the Joint Information Systems Committee, the Open Access to Knowledge (OAK) Law Project, and the SURFfoundation. The report focuses on legal obstacles to digital preservation--in particular, copyright and related rights issues. As the laws of the countries discussed in the report demonstrate, in many cases exceptions and limitations do not accommodate the actions required for digital preservation. The copyright and related rights issues, and various strategies to address them, are discussed in detail in the report. The report is available online at http://www.digitalpreservation.gov/news/2008/20080714news_article_copyright.html.

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LIBRARY ROLES IN RESEARCH, TEACHING, AND LEARNING

18. Reinventing Science Librarianship, an ARL/CNI Forum, Oct. 16–17—Deadlines Sept. 8, 12 & 30

ARL and CNI are cosponsoring a forum on “Reinventing Science Librarianship: Models for the Future,” to be held Thursday and Friday, October 16 and 17, 2008, following the 153rd ARL Membership Meeting. With guidance from the ARL E-Science Working Group, the forum’s focus is on the changing arena of science and engineering research and the library’s role in engaging and supporting needs in this arena. Details and a preliminary schedule are available at http://www.arl.org/events/fallforum/forum08/oct08schedule.shtml

Poster Session: ARL and CNI members are encouraged to participate in poster sessions at the forum that highlight relevant projects from their institutions. The scope is generously defined. For example, in addition to obvious interest in areas such as data services, planning efforts to address the challenges of e-science or projects to support specific scientific communities would be relevant. Other areas might include staff education programs or new organizational models for science librarianship. If you are interested in submitting a poster, send a brief description of the project/model/initiative to Julia Blixrud, jblix@arl.org, for review by September 8.

Hotel: The ARL/CNI Forum will be held at the Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City Hotel, 1250 South Hayes Street, Arlington, Virginia. The cut-off date for securing hotel reservations at the ARL rate of $259 is September 12.

Registration: The registration fee for ARL/CNI members is $275; the non-member fee is $325. Register by September 30 at http://www.arl.org/events/fallforum/forum08/oct08reg.shtml.

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19. Nature Special Section on "Big Data" Available Free Online through Sept. 16

The September 4 issue of the journal Nature features a special section on "big data," which explores the implications of the contemporary flood of data for science as well as for researchers and their institutions. The special section includes a commentary by CNI Executive Director Clifford Lynch on data-curation issues. Other experts discuss such issues as cyberinfrastructure, e-science, data curation and management, and public policy. The special section is freely available online through September 16 at http://www.nature.com/news/specials/bigdata/.

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20. NSF Task Force on Cyberlearning Reports on Fostering Networked Learning

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Task Force on Cyberlearning recently released a report, Fostering Learning in the Networked World: The Cyberlearning Opportunity and Challenge, that addresses the current state of cyberlearning in the US. The authors note that the timely confluence of diverse information content, technologies, high-performance computing, networking, in-home electronics, and mobile communications create an ideal moment for leveraging these assets into new opportunities for enhanced education and learning. The report includes eight core strategies that NSF can pursue to effectively promote the growth of a cyberlearning infrastructure, along with seven recommendations for the greatest short-term payoff and long-term promise. A number of the report authors are familiar to the ARL community: Christine Borgman, Clifford Lynch, Diana Oblinger, and Alex Szalay, among others. The report is available online at http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf08204.

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21. CLIR Publishes Essays on Core Functions of the Research Library in the 21st Century

The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) has published a collection of essays that it commissioned earlier this year to provide context for a meeting on the future of the research library. In the essays, authors Paul Courant, Andrew Dillon, Richard Luce, Stephen Nichols, Daphnee Rentfrow, Abby Smith, Kate Wittenberg, and Lee Zia identify leading issues to be considered when imagining the roles and functions of the academic library in the 21st century. They address implications of online access to content, new forms of scholarly publishing, and evolving and leveraging digital library service frameworks. Other essays address new library roles in e-research; collaboration with and outreach to academic faculty, researchers, end users, and content providers; and educating "by design," or with an emphasis on undergraduate research methodologies. The recently published report, No Brief Candle: Reconceiving Research Libraries for the 21st Century, contains these background essays as well as a summary of the meeting. The report is freely available on the CLIR Web site http://www.clir.org/pubs/abstract/pub142abst.html.

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22. Research-Oriented Social Networking Sites Rise in Popularity

Two social networking sites that support awareness and connections among researchers with common interests--Graduate Junction and Research1--were recently announced, joining the Cornell site VIVO http://vivo.cornell.edu/ in a growing niche.

Graduate Junction, created by two graduate students at the University of Durham (England), focuses on reducing isolation and alienation of graduate researchers from around the world and any discipline via profile blogs, posting of research interests, e-mail correspondence, and other utilities. See http://www.graduatejunction.com/.

Research1, created by staff at the Office of UW Technology, University of Washington, is "an attempt to create new online communities involving widely scattered research teams . . . allowing the work of leading scientists to (more rapidly) be shared with a broader audience." It is also intended as a site for postdocs and graduate students to gain exposure for their research. The site is being constructed around "project hubs," which contain information about a team's research, its members, and granting organizations. Each project hub supports file sharing, blogs, e-mail, discussion forums, and chat. Research1 is expected to be promoted by NSF later this year. Beta participants are being recruited in this first phase. For more information, visit http://www.researchchannel.org/research1/.

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23. OCLC's RLG Programs Create Archives and Special Collections Program

OCLC's RLG Programs have launched a new program to achieve economies and efficiencies that permit special collections materials to be effectively described, properly disclosed, successfully discovered and appropriately delivered. Currently the program is focusing on identifying system-wide gaps in current operations--missing evidence, needed changes in practice, cumbersome processes, deficiencies in technology platforms that support description and disclosure, and required supporting services. For more information, see http://www.oclc.org/programs/ourwork/collectivecoll/archives/default.htm.

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24. Ithaka Releases White Paper & Data Sets on Faculty & Librarian Views of Digital Transformation in Higher Education

Ithaka recently released the full findings from their 2006 surveys of the behavior and attitudes of faculty members and academic librarians on the use of information services in the research and teaching processes. These complementary studies on the attitudes of faculty and librarians were co-sponsored by JSTOR and by Ithaka's incubated entities Portico, Aluka, and NITLE. The results of the study have been reported in a number of different forums, including CNI Task Force Meetings and the recent Library Assessment Conference. Ithaka recently deposited the data sets with ICPSR and released a white paper that provides analysis and recommendations based on these studies. The white paper, "Ithaka's 2006 Studies of Key Stakeholders in the Digital Transformation in Higher Education," may be found on the Ithaka Web site at http://tinyurl.com/5r5wb6. The raw data sets are available at http://tinyurl.com/6rm3df (faculty survey) and http://tinyurl.com/6hk6lg (librarian survey).

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25. CNI Update

Proposals are now being accepted for project briefings to be delivered at the Fall 2008 CNI Task Force Meeting in Washington DC, December 8–9, 2008. At the meeting CNI Executive Director Clifford Lynch will report on developments over the past year and present the 2008–09 Program Plan, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will present the 2008 Mellon Awards for Technology Collaboration. The recently-issued report by the NSF Task Force on Cyberlearning, "Fostering Learning in the Networked World: The Cyberlearning Opportunity and Challenge," will be the focus of the closing plenary session, featuring the task force's chair, Professor Christine Borgman of UCLA. For more details, consult the meeting Web site http://www.cni.org/tfms/2008b.fall.

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

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DIVERSITY, PROFESSIONAL WORKFORCE, AND LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

26. ARL Career Enhancement Program Applications Available--Deadline Oct. 1, '08

Applications are now available for the ARL Career Enhancement Program (formerly announced as the ARL Minority Fellowship Program). MLS students from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups who have successfully completed a minimum of 12 credit hours by December 31, 2008, in an ALA-accredited MLS program are encouraged to apply for this enriching program experience. The ARL Career Enhancement Program has four main components: a six- to twelve-week fellowship experience in a host library, a mentoring relationship with a professional librarian, participation in the ARL Leadership Institute, and career placement assistance from ARL staff.

The fellowship host institutions are:

  • University at Albany, State University of New York
  • University of Arizona
  • University of California, San Diego
  • Columbia University
  • University of Kentucky
  • University of Michigan
  • National Library of Medicine
  • North Carolina State University
  • University of Washington

Applications are being accepted until October 1, 2008, and should be submitted online. More information about the program, the application process, timelines, and host institutions can be found at http://www.arl.org/diversity/cep/.

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LIBRARY STATISTICS AND ASSESSMENT

27. ARL Statistical Surveys and Publications Update

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

  • ARL Annual Salary Survey 2008-09: The mailing for the 2008-09 survey cycle has been sent to the directors of ARL libraries and it is also available at http://www.arl.org/stats/annualsurveys/salary/salform08.shtml.

  • ARL Annual Salary Survey 2007–08: Final tables are available at . The publication is at the printer and is also available for download at http://www.arl.org/bm~doc/ss07.pdf.

  • ARL Statistics 2006–07: Final publication tables are in production. The Library Investment Index (formerly called the Expenditures-Focused Index) was published in the Chronicle of Higher Education Almanac issue and also available at http://chronicle.com/weekly/almanac/2008/nation/0103301.htm (subscription login required). The Library Investment Index is publicly available on the ARL Web site at http://www.arl.org/bm~doc/libinv.xls.

  • ARL Preservation Statistics 2006–07: 103 libraries have returned their data. Data are being verified.

  • ARL Supplementary Statistics 2006–07: 105 libraries have returned their data. Data are being verified.

The ARL Ad Hoc Task Force on Best Practices for Counting Serial Titles has been working on recommendations for counting serials. The group met in Chicago on August 28 and (a) started working on best practice recommendations, (b) proposed some changes to the survey form for 2007-08, and (c) forwarded additional considerations for revisions to the expenditures items in the ARL Statistics survey to the ARL Statistics and Assessment Committee. The results of this task force will be disseminated through the annual ARL Statistics webcast later this fall.

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

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28. ClimateQUAL™ Phase III, Spring 2009

ARL is assuming primary administration of the ClimateQUAL™ survey for the Phase III implementation at 10 institutions in spring 2009. ClimateQUAL™, the latest StatsQUAL™ tool, focuses on organizational climate and diversity assessment and is currently led by the University of Maryland. Libraries participating in Phase III will be asked for the following support:

  • assistance with project funding of $5,000 per participant;
  • assignment of a contact person to work on the project;
  • commitment for the contact person to attend a meeting at the 2009 ALA Midwinter Meeting and the 2009 ALA Annual Conference; and
  • commitment to repeat the survey periodically to measure the impact of improvement strategies over time. 



In addition, this fall we are exploring the development of an Organizational Climate Improvement Service (OCIS), which involves onsite consultation after the implementation of ClimateQUAL™. In particular, we are interested in identifying institutions that want to hire a consultant for developing organizational improvement actions based on ClimateQUAL™ results. If after testing we deem this service to be successful, it will become available to all interested ClimateQUAL™ participants.

If you are interested in participating in this assessment activity in 2009, please contact, climatequal@arl.org. For more information, see http://www.climatequal.org/.

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29. Using LibQUAL+® Effectively, October 27, Washington DC--Register by Sept. 29

This workshop will enable staff responsible for administering the LibQUAL+® survey to develop work plans that they can apply in their libraries in order to analyze and present results visually, identify actionable items, and much more. The event is geared toward survey administrators and members of assessment groups/teams. The workshop will be led by Martha Kyrillidou, ARL, and Raynna Bowlby, ARL Consultant and Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Recruiting and Administrative Coordinator. For more information, see http://www.arl.org/news/pr/using-libqual-9may08.shtml.

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30. LibQUAL+® 2009 Registration Now Open, Training Available

Registration for the 2009 LibQUAL+® survey is now open and free training in LibQUAL+® survey administration is being offered on Monday, January 26, 2009, in Denver, Colorado. To register for the survey, visit http://www.libqual.org/Register/index.cfm. If you plan to participate in the 2009 survey, please consider registering for one of the recommended training sessions by completing the online form at http://www.libqual.org/Events/lqtraining.cfm.

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31. Service Quality Evaluation Academy Now Accepting Nominations for 2009--Deadline Oct. 27

The 2009 Service Quality Evaluation Academy, co-sponsored by ARL and the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL), is accepting participant nominations, with a deadline of October 27, 2008. The academy is an intensive five-day program that focuses on both qualitative and quantitative methods for collecting and analyzing library service quality data. Led by researchers, Colleen Cook, Bruce Thompson, and Dawn Thistle, the program emphasizes basic concepts and skills in measurement and data analysis that will be applicable to service quality evaluations. Time is also spent on relevant software skills. The event will be held March 16–20, 2009, in New Orleans. For more information, see http://www.arl.org/news/pr/service-quality-academy-5may08.shtml.

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32. ARL and TRLN Workshop Addresses Web Development with XML--Register by Dec. 1

ARL and the Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN) are offering a workshop on "Web Development with XML: Design and Applications," January 5–9, 2009, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Taught by experienced XML developers from the libraries of Brown University, the University of Virginia, and the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, this five-day workshop will explore XML with a specific focus on fundamentals of design, markup, and use. Participants will use XML and related technologies in the creation of a prototype digital publication. In addition, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Libraries will host a reception and tour of their new Carolina Digital Library and Archive. Presenters include: Matthew Gibson, Managing Editor, Encyclopedia Virginia; Christine Ruotolo, Digital Service Manager, University of Virginia Library; and Patrick Yott, Director, Center for Digital Initiatives, Brown University. Register by December 1, 2008. For more information, see http://www.arl.org/news/pr/web-xml-14aug08.shtml.

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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST TO ARL DIRECTORS

33. ARL Publications

Social Software in Libraries, SPEC Kit 304
Matthew Bejune and Jana Ronan
July 2008 * ISBN 1-59407-803-3 * 196 pp.
http://www.arl.org/resources/pubs/spec/complete.shtml

Records Management, SPEC Kit 305
Clark E. Center Jr.
August 2008 * ISBN 1-59407-804-1 * 198 pp.
http://www.arl.org/resources/pubs/spec/complete.shtml

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34. ARL Staff Transitions

Neil Rambo, of the University of Washington Libraries, has curtailed his part-time assignment as ARL Visiting Program Officer for Library Support for Research & E-Science upon assuming the duties of Acting Associate Dean of University of Washington Libraries and Acting Director of the University of Washington Health Sciences Libraries. Eric Celeste, formerly of the University of Minnesota Libraries and MIT Libraries, has been retained by ARL to work on priority projects identified by the ARL E-Science Working Group. Both Neil and Eric are participating in the planning for the ARL/CNI Forum on Reinventing Science Librarianship (see item 18, above) and will attend the meeting this October.

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9/4/08

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


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