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September 2011 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. With the July/August issue, we reorganized the E-News. News from the ARL community and from the field calls attention to issues of strategic importance. Feedback on this new format is welcomed. Please send comments to Kaylyn Groves.

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

ARL Governance & Membership

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Upcoming Events

ARL Board & Membership Meetings
October 11–13
Washington, DC

ARL-CNI Fall Forum on 21st-Century Collections
October 13–14
Washington, DC

Berlin 9 Open Access Conference
November 9–10
Washington, DC

International Digital Curation Conference
December 5–7
Bristol, UK

CNI Membership Meeting
December 12–13
Arlington, Virginia

ARL, LibQUAL+®, SPARC at ALA Midwinter
January 20–23
Dallas, Texas

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ARL, CNI, SPARC Strategic Actions

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Law & Policy

  • Google Settlement Remains Uncertain, Trial Date Set
    At a September 15 status conference before the Court, the parties in the lawsuit concerning the Google Book Search settlement informed Judge Chin that progress had been made between some of the parties, namely publishers and Google, but little comparable progress was achieved between Google and the Authors Guild...

  • US Senate Appropriations Committee Approves LC, GPO FY 2012 Funding
    Departing from some of the proposed recommendations from the US House of Representatives, the US Senate Committee on Appropriations approved FY 2012 funding requests for the Legislative Branch. Details about FY 2012 funding for the Library of Congress and the US Government Printing Office are below...

  • IMLS Awards $14.7 Million in National Leadership Grants
    The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announced $14.7 million—matched with $13 million of non-federal funds—in National Leadership Grants for 48 projects, including the following grants to ARL libraries...

  • White House Commits to New Open Government Initiatives
    On September 20, the Obama Administration released, “The Open Government Partnership: National Action Plan for the United States of America,” which builds on the Open Government Directive that was released in the early days of the Obama Administration...

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From the Field

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Resources

  • Collecting Global Resources, SPEC Kit 324, Published by ARL
    This new ARL SPEC Kit explores the trends, practices, and challenges in collecting global resources in North American research libraries at a time of political and economic change, on the one hand, and of significant change in scholarly communication and collection management strategies, on the other...

  • ARL RLI Features the Future of Universities, Collecting Small Data, Misleading Copyright Claims
    The September issue of ARL's Research Library Issues (RLI) features a speech on the future of the research university presented by McGill University Principal and Vice-Chancellor Heather Munroe-Blum at the May 2011 ARL Membership Meeting...

  • Access to Dangerous Knowledge: Peter Suber Reflects on 9/11
    In the September issue of the SPARC Open Access Newsletter, 10 years after 9/11, Peter Suber reflects on the problem of access to potentially dangerous information...

  • CNI Unveils Redesigned Website
    This month CNI launched its redesigned website, which continues to offer easy access to all the information the community has come to rely on from CNI, including the latest news on pressing issues, CNI membership meeting details, and publications by CNI staff...

  • CLIR Examines Cyberinfrastructure for Classical Studies
    A new CLIR report, Rome Wasn't Digitized in a Day: Building a Cyberinfrastructure for Digital Classics, looks at the use of digital technologies in classical studies, focusing on classical Greece, Rome, and the ancient Middle and Near East...

  • Ithaka S+R, Strategic Content Alliance Update Case Studies in Sustainability
    Ithaka S+R, with funding from the JISC–led Strategic Content Alliance, have revisited 12 digital projects first profiled in 2009 to understand the impact of the economic downturn on each project’s sustainability model...

  • OCLC Research Publishes Report on Single Search
    In late August, OCLC Research released Single Search: The Quest for the Holy Grail, by Leah Prescott and Ricky Erway, which summarizes the discussions from an OCLC Research Library Partnership working group of nine single-search implementers and highlights the emerging practices in providing single search access to library, archive, and museum collections...

  • ALA Study Shows Growth in Need for Academic Libraries
    The need for libraries on college and university campuses has increased, according to a study released by the ALA Office for Research and Statistics...

  • RIN/JISC Study Shows Value of Data Centers to Researchers
    A new report from the UK, Data Centres: Their Use, Value and Impact, presents the findings of a study of data-center usage among researchers and the impact of that use on their work...

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Opportunities

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Colleagues

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ARL GOVERNANCE AND MEMBERSHIP

ARL Membership to Meet October 12–13: Program Details Released

ARL President Carol A. Mandel, Dean of the Division of Libraries, New York University, will convene the 159th ARL Membership Meeting on Wednesday, October 12, in Washington, DC. The program theme is "Expanding Capacity and Partnerships in the Digital World” and will feature sessions on open educational resources, orphan works, and the post–Google digital world. R. Michael Tanner, Vice President and Chief Academic Officer, Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), will present the luncheon keynote speech on Thursday, October 13. The Membership Meeting is open to ARL member representatives and invited guests. For more information, visit the meeting website.

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ARL, CNI, SPARC STRATEGIC ACTIONS

Authors Guild Sues HathiTrust, Five Research Libraries; LCA, Others Respond

Found Safe and Well
"Found Safe and Well"
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On September 12, the Authors Guild, together with authors’ associations from Australia and Quebec and eight individual authors, filed suit against HathiTrust and five universities claiming that the making of, storing, and providing access to digital scans of copyrighted works is illegal, objecting particularly to the Orphan Works Project. The suit targets the University of Michigan Orphan Works Project participants who are also library partners in the Google Books project. The suit not only asks a federal court to bar HathiTrust and its partners from going forward with the Orphan Works Project, but it goes much further, asking the court to “impound” all copyrighted works in the HathiTrust collection, placing them in a dark archive with no network connection pending any relevant legislation. This would affect roughly two-thirds of the works in the HathiTrust collection. The suit does not seek money damages, but it does ask the judge to award legal fees.

On September 26, the University of Michigan Library announced that it is continuing to operate its Orphan Works Project while improving the orphan works identification process, following the identification of several rights holders by people who were informed of the project by the Authors Guild blog. University Librarian and Dean of Libraries Paul Courant stated, “We knew that the knowledge base and outreach capacity of authors and publishers would help us better achieve the project goal of identifying copyright holders.” Courant also said the library “remain[s] as certain as ever that our proposed uses of orphan works are lawful and important to the future of scholarship and the libraries that support it.” Read the full announcement in the University of Michigan Record Update.

The Library Copyright Alliance (LCA)—ALA, ARL, ACRL—issued a statement noting that “[w]e are deeply disappointed by the Authors Guild’s decision to file a lawsuit, Authors Guild, Inc. et al. v. HathiTrust et al., against HathiTrust and its research library partners. The case has no merit, and completely disregards the rights of libraries and their users under the law, especially fair use.” Read the complete LCA statement.

For more information, see:

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Research Library Leadership Fellows Program Update

On August 31, CNI Executive Director Clifford Lynch led an informal webinar for the ARL Research Library Leadership Fellows (RLLF) about CNI’s program themes. To encourage sharing of ideas and resources across ARL leadership programs, this webinar was offered to ARL Leadership and Career Development Program participants and RLLF fellows.

Large numbers of RLLF fellows are also taking advantage of optional experiences offered by the program. The first invitational event for the current cohort was a site visit to OCLC headquarters in Dublin, Ohio, July 26–27; the second is a visit to the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, in New York City, September 30, hosted by Donald Waters, Senior Program Officer for Scholarly Communication. While in New York, the fellows have also been invited for an afternoon conversation on leadership with Jim Neal of Columbia University.

Upcoming RLLF program experiences include a session at the ARL Membership Meeting in Washington, DC, on October 13, and a Strategic Issues Institute hosted by the University of British Columbia, October 30–November 3.

For more information about the RLLF Program, visit the program website.

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ARL, MLA Highlight Need for Diversity Recruitment in Music, Performing Arts Libraries

ARL’s Mark A. Puente and Bowling Green State University’s Susannah Cleveland have co-authored an article that analyzes discrepancies between the racial and ethnic diversity of members of the Music Library Association (MLA) and the general population, as well as MLA’s patron base. The article, published in the September issue of Notes: Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association, builds upon the findings of the “MLA Survey of Personnel Characteristics, 2009.” Puente and Cleveland also survey diversity recruitment efforts being undertaken by other organizations and they make recommendations for MLA to develop a long-range strategy for addressing the issue. ARL and MLA are partners in a new Diversity and Inclusion Initiative, funded by an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Laura Bush 21st-Century Librarian grant. The ARL/MLA initiative seeks to recruit students from traditionally underrepresented ethnic and racial minority groups into careers in music and performing arts libraries. The full text of the Notes article, “Variation on a Traditional Theme: The Question of Racial and Ethnic Diversity in MLA” is available to subscribers via the Project MUSE website. For more information on the analysis published in Notes or on the ARL/MLA Diversity and Inclusion Initiative, contact Mark A. Puente.

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ARL Statistics & Assessment Research Presented at Northumbria Conference

At the Northumbria International Conference on Performance Measurement in Libraries and Information Services held in the UK in August, 16 papers were presented featuring ARL–related research. The following three papers are available online; links to the other presentations will be included in the e-news as they become available.

  • Bruce Thompson and Martha Kyrillidou presented on LibQUAL+® Triads, the newest LibQUAL+® protocol following LibQUAL+® Long and LibQUAL+® Lite.
  • Thompson and Kyrillidou also used LibQUAL+® data to discuss facing Simpson’s Paradox in library assessment. (Simpson’s Paradox occurs when a statistical correlation present in two or more different groups is reversed when the groups are combined into one.)
  • Thompson, Kyrillidou, and Colleen Cook presented a paper on DigiQUAL, an adaptation of LibQUAL+® for digital library service quality assessment.

Additionally, the LibQUAL+® team led a pre-conference workshop and the ARL staff led an invitational post-conference workshop on the Balanced Scorecard. For more information about these events, contact Martha Kyrillidou.

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ARL Annual Statistical Surveys Update

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

  • ARL Annual Salary Survey 2010–2011: Final tables available on the ARL website; PDF of publication in production.
  • ARL Annual Salary Survey 2011–2012: Mailing posted on the ARL website and distributed electronically.
  • ARL Statistics, Academic Health Sciences Statistics, Academic Law Statistics 2009–2010: Data are being compiled.
  • ARL Supplementary Statistics 2009–2010: Data are closed and available only to member libraries via http://www.arlstatistics.org/.
  • All data are readily accessible via the “Analytics” tab and “Data Repository” link at http://www.arlstatistics.org/ (login required; your library’s primary ARL Statistics contact can approve your access to the system). New feature: The site’s directory of ARL Statistics contacts at member libraries is being enhanced to include links to key institutional information, such as organizational charts and strategic plans.

The ARL Statistics and Assessment Committee will be discussing recommendations from four subgroups on the future revisions to the annual surveys; the committee will provide an update at the October ARL Membership Meeting. A Survey Coordinators meeting is scheduled for Friday, January 20, 2:30–4:00 p.m., in Dallas, Texas. Read a summary of the June 2011 Survey Coordinators meeting provided by Kirsten Kinsley and Rachel Besara of Florida State University. For more information about the annual surveys, contact Martha Kyrillidou.

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CNI Conversations Cover Data Management, Digital Scholarship

In the September 6th CNI Conversations podcast, CNI director Clifford Lynch talked about his summer road trip, describing a range of issues related to research data management that were discussed at several summer meetings and conferences. CNI's associate director Joan Lippincott joined this podcast to talk about digital scholarship centers, with an emphasis on services for graduate students. For more information about the podcast and to listen, visit the CNI website.

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LAW & POLICY

Google Settlement Remains Uncertain, Trial Date Set

At a September 15 status conference before the Court, the parties in the lawsuit concerning the Google Book Search settlement informed Judge Chin that progress had been made between some of the parties, namely publishers and Google, but little comparable progress was achieved between Google and the Authors Guild. As a consequence, Judge Chin set what he called a “generous” schedule with the trial beginning in July 2012. Representatives of Google and the publishers indicated that “business principals” were engaged in discussions and were hopeful that a settlement between Google and the publishers could be achieved. If all three parties—Google, the publishers, and the Authors Guild—do not reach agreement, a separate lawsuit by the Authors Guild against Google would continue. During the status conference, an important issue of how the case would be framed during trial was raised: whereas Judge Chin indicated that the case would be about how Google displays “snippets,” publisher and author representatives noted that the issues go well beyond display to unauthorized “copying, scanning, and storing” of books. For a more detailed summary of the status conference, see James Grimmelmann’s Laboratorium blog entry.

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US Senate Appropriations Committee Approves LC, GPO FY 2012 Funding

Departing from some of the proposed recommendations from the US House of Representatives, the US Senate Committee on Appropriations approved FY 2012 funding requests for the Legislative Branch. Details about FY 2012 funding for the Library of Congress and the US Government Printing Office are below.

Library of Congress (LC)

The US Senate Appropriations Committee recommended $579.2 million for the Library of Congress for FY 2012, a decrease of $49.5 million (or 8%) from FY 2011. With receipts and reimbursements, the total funds available to the library in FY 2012 are expected to be approximately $784.5 million. The committee noted that, “the additional reduction in funding in fiscal year 2012 will require the Library to further reduce staffing to the point of causing major disruptions in the provision of all of the Library’s core services. The Committee understands that the Library will need to pursue additional cost reduction measures including furloughs and the possibility of a reduction-in-force. The reduction and/or elimination of critical positions will severely impact the timeliness of services to Congress and the public, while demand for these services already exceeds the Library’s capacity within current funding levels. These cuts will slow the Library’s acquisitions and preservation efforts, creating gaps in the collections that cannot be recovered, and will impede the Library’s ability to provide timely, authoritative, and in-depth research and analysis to the Congress and the public.” The committee requested that the library provide a report on how it will realign personnel and services.

US Government Printing Office (GPO)

Whereas the US House of Representatives called for $108.1 million in FY 2012 funding for the GPO, the US Senate Committee on Appropriations recommended $116.8 million. This includes $35 million for salaries and expenses of the Office of the Superintendent of Documents, which manages the Federal Depository Library Program. This amount is $4.8 million below the FY 2011 enacted level and $7.2 million below the request. Importantly, the committee noted its support for the “continued development of its Federal Digital System” (FDsys), which provides no-fee online access to official federal government publications.

For more details about FY 2012 appropriations for the Legislative Branch, see the Library of Congress THOMAS database.

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IMLS Awards $14.7 Million in National Leadership Grants

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announced $14.7 million—matched with $13 million of non-federal funds—in National Leadership Grants for 48 projects, including the following grants to ARL libraries:

Brown
Partner: Wheaton College
Award Amount: $249,509; Matching Amount: $117,205
Project: Offer a new shared repository and suite of publishing and preservation services for humanities scholars who wish to create e-texts using the TEI guidelines

Cornell
Partner: Washington in St. Louis
Award Amount: $249,495; Matching Amount: $105,080
Project: Conduct user needs analysis for selected scholars who wish to create and share research data sets with other scholars

Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Award Amount: $239,528; Matching Amount: $101,498
Project: Demonstrate a nontraditional approach to library services by working with students and taking a "bottom-up" collaborative design approach for mobile applications that support academic library users

Indiana Bloomington
Partner: Northwestern
Award Amount: $947,963; Matching Amount: $1,125,566
Project: Develop an open-source software system to help academic libraries and archives manage digital audio and video collections and provide enhanced access to these collections

Johns Hopkins
Partners: Tufts, Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Award Amount: $600,000; Matching Amount: $391,754
Project: Develop collaborative virtual work space, including collections and services, designed to support a new "collaborative lab culture"

Kentucky
Partners: Michigan State, Baylor, Oklahoma State, Cleveland State
Award Amount: $195,853; Matching Amount: $62,902
Project: Further develop the Oral History Metadata Synchronizer (OHMS) into an open-source software tool that will be more compatible and interoperable with a variety of digital library and content management systems

Michigan
Partners: Baylor, Columbia, Dartmouth, Duke, Indiana, Johns Hopkins, Northwestern, Penn State, Princeton, California Irvine, California Los Angeles, California San Francisco, Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Maryland, Minnesota
Award Amount: $948,122; Matching Amount: $2,443,334
Project: Determine the copyright status of US and foreign-published titles that constitute a significant portion of the scholarly works being digitized in projects such as the HathiTrust

Minnesota
Partner: Penumbra Theatre
Award Amount: $99,500; Matching Amount: $35,787
Project: Conduct a one-year collaborative planning project to assess interest in and barriers to archival preservation of a theater's full range of activities

North Texas
Partners: Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations, Educopia Institute/MetaArchive Cooperative, Virginia Tech, Rice, Boston College, Indiana State, Penn State, Arizona
Award Amount: $268,458; Matching Amount: $271,911
Project: Develop and share a toolkit of guidelines, educational materials, and a set of software tools for life-cycle data management and preservation of ETDs

Oregon
Partners: Orbis Cascade Alliance, Lewis & Clark College, Oregon State, Pacific U, Seattle Municipal Archives, Western Washington U, Washington State, U Montana
Award Amount: $249,904; Matching Amount: $120,602
Project: Build, evaluate, and demonstrate a new tool for searching across large numbers of collection descriptions from 36 different archives

Purdue
Partners: Stanford, Minnesota, Oregon
Award Amount: $249,391; Matching Amount: $221,767
Project: Develop a training program in data information literacy for graduate students who will become the next generation of scientists

Utah
Partners: Orbis Cascade Alliance, New Mexico, Utah Academic Library Consortium
Award Amount: $49,943; Matching Amount: $13,008
Project: Explore ways to improve the usability of software and systems designed to search groups of encoded descriptions of archival collections

Utah
Partners: OCLC, Digital Library Federation, Mountain West Digital Library
Award Amount: $439,142; Matching Amount: $439,678
Project: Test, evaluate, and publish a strategy for making library digital collections significantly more visible in common web search engines

For more details, see the IMLS press release.

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White House Commits to New Open Government Initiatives

On September 20, the Obama Administration released, “The Open Government Partnership: National Action Plan for the United States of America,” which builds on the Open Government Directive that was released in the early days of the Obama Administration. Two initiatives announced in the National Action Plan are of particular interest to the research library community: (1) reforming records management policies and practices across the Executive Branch and (2) publishing guidelines on scientific data. The latter initiative entails developing “Federal guidelines to promote the preservation, accessibility, and interoperability of scientific digital data produced through unclassified research supported wholly or in part by funding from the Federal science agencies.” Finally, the National Action Plan includes partnerships with other countries with a focus on promoting innovation through international collaboration. Patrice McDermott, Director of OpenTheGovernment.org, of which ARL is a member, commented on the National Action Plan: "The Administration, in a relatively short-time frame, crafted an agenda for its open government work that is impressive in its scope and breadth. We are pleased to see the plan includes several items of high-priority to the open government community, and look forward to working with the White House and others to ensure the promise becomes a reality.” View/download a PDF of the National Action Plan from the White House website.

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FROM THE FIELD

U Pitt Digital Collection Featured in Wikipedia’s “Did You Know…”

Did you know that the University of Pittsburgh’s D-Scribe Digital Publishing program has digitized the complete, double elephant folio set of Audubon’s Birds of America? You probably did if you visited the Wikipedia homepage on September 12, when the Pitt libraries’ open access e-publishing program was featured as the first article in the “Did You Know…” section. Read the Wikipedia article about D-Scribe.

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U Glasgow Uses LibQUAL+® Results to Improve Library Services

Jacqui Dowd, Library Management Information Officer, has highlighted recent changes at the University of Glasgow Library that were heavily influenced by their LibQUAL+® results, especially the comments that respondents provided when taking the survey. Improvements implemented by the library include changes to library access for students from other institutions during peak usage times and introduction of red, amber, and green zoning within the library for noise levels, food consumption, and PC-login times. For more information about the University of Glasgow’s LibQUAL+® results, see the university’s LibQUAL+® webpage.

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British Library, STM Publishers Agree to Framework License for International Document Delivery

The British Library and the International Association of Scientific, Technical & Medical Publishers (STM) have established a framework license agreement to be entered into directly between individual publishers and the British Library. The license agreement governs the supply of copies of articles from the British Library’s Document Supply Service to non-commercial end users via nonprofit libraries outside the UK. For more information, read the British Library press release.

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JSTOR Releases Free “Early Journal Content”

JSTOR is now making its journal content published prior to 1923 in the US and prior to 1870 elsewhere freely available to anyone, anywhere in the world. This “Early Journal Content” contains discourse and scholarship in the arts and humanities, economics and politics, and in mathematics and other sciences. Nearly 500,000 articles from more than 200 journals, representing 6% of the content on JSTOR, are included in the release. As new journals with early content are added to JSTOR, their early content will be released via this program. For more information, visit the JSTOR website.

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AAU Launches Effort to Improve Undergrad STEM Education

The Association of American Universities (AAU) is embarking on a new, five-year initiative to improve undergraduate education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The goals of the initiative are to help higher education institutions assess the quality of teaching in these fields, share best practices, and encourage departments and faculty members to use the most effective teaching methods in their classes. The initiative will develop a framework for assessing and improving the quality of STEM teaching and learning, create a demonstration program in some AAU universities to implement the framework, and develop mechanisms for recognizing and rewarding faculty who improve the quality of their teaching. For more details, see the AAU website.

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Ithaka S+R Announces New Program: Research Support Services for Scholars

Ithaka S+R has announced a new program, Research Support Services for Scholars, that will comprise a series of discipline-specific research projects aimed to provide critically needed research about the evolving behavior and needs of scholars to the information support service providers who work with them. Based on this research, Ithaka S+R will make recommendations regarding the future of support services for scholars and how information service providers—such as libraries, computing support centers, scholarly societies, and publishers—can support their needs. Ithaka S+R begins this international research program with two projects: a research project in chemistry, with support from JISC and an emphasis on the needs of UK chemists, and a research project in history, with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities and an emphasis on US historians. Ithaka S+R invites scholars and information providers in chemistry and history to provide feedback during the research process. For more details or to provide feedback, visit the project website.

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RESOURCES

Collecting Global Resources, SPEC Kit 324, Published by ARL

spec-326-cover

This new ARL SPEC Kit explores the trends, practices, and challenges in collecting global resources in North American research libraries at a time of political and economic change, on the one hand, and of significant change in scholarly communication and collection management strategies, on the other. The publication covers global resources collections (including an overview of expenditures, collecting trends, sources of funding, and acquisition strategies), staff and organizational structure, preservation strategies, discovery, public service, and outreach. For information about ordering this SPEC Kit and to view/download the table of contents and executive summary, see the ARL press release.

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ARL RLI Features the Future of Universities, Collecting Small Data, Misleading Copyright Claims

The September issue of ARL's Research Library Issues (RLI) features a speech on the future of the research university presented by McGill University Principal and Vice-Chancellor Heather Munroe-Blum at the May 2011 ARL Membership Meeting. Also in this issue, Karen Hogenboom, Tom Teper, and Lynn Wiley from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign explore the challenges of collecting "small data" (as opposed to "big data"). Finally, ARL's Brandon Butler sheds light on two common misleading copyright claims. The complete issue is freely available online.

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Access to Dangerous Knowledge: Peter Suber Reflects on 9/11

In the September issue of the SPARC Open Access Newsletter, 10 years after 9/11, Peter Suber reflects on the problem of access to potentially dangerous information. He also provides links to the earlier entries in his “Reflections on 9/11” series for the newsletter. Read the newsletter.

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CNI Unveils Redesigned Website

This month CNI launched its redesigned website, which continues to offer easy access to all the information the community has come to rely on from CNI, including the latest news on pressing issues, CNI membership meeting details, and publications by CNI staff. CNI’s new site includes a “Browse by Topic” that provides thematic access to selected material produced by CNI staff or hosted on the site. The new site enables easy linking to social media, and both CNI News and the CNI Conversations podcast are now incorporated into the site, so please update news readers, podcatchers, and links accordingly:

CNI News

Browse online at http://www.cni.org/news/
Point your newsreader or aggregator to http://www.cni.org/category/news/feed/

CNI Conversations

Listen online at http://www.cni.org/resources/cni-conversations/
Point your podcatcher to http://www.cni.org/category/cni-conversations-2/feed/

CNI welcomes your comments and suggestions on the new site.

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CLIR Examines Cyberinfrastructure for Classical Studies

A new CLIR report, Rome Wasn't Digitized in a Day: Building a Cyberinfrastructure for Digital Classics, looks at the use of digital technologies in classical studies, focusing on classical Greece, Rome, and the ancient Middle and Near East. In the report, author Alison Babeu, digital librarian and research coordinator for the Perseus Project, explores recent projects in the digital classics and how these projects are used. She also examines the infrastructure that supports digital classics and investigates larger humanities cyberinfrastructure projects and tools or services that might be repurposed for the digital classics. Download the report from the CLIR website.

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Ithaka S+R, Strategic Content Alliance Update Case Studies in Sustainability

Ithaka S+R, with funding from the JISC–led Strategic Content Alliance, have revisited 12 digital projects first profiled in 2009 to understand the impact of the economic downturn on each project’s sustainability model. The cases covered include scholar-led initiatives, library and museum projects, and publishing projects with a diverse range of revenue models. Ithaka S+R will release a final report and a tool kit, and will also offer a series of free webinars in October. To download the individual case studies and to receive alerts on the October release, visit the project website.

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OCLC Research Publishes Report on Single Search

In late August, OCLC Research released Single Search: The Quest for the Holy Grail, by Leah Prescott and Ricky Erway, which summarizes the discussions from an OCLC Research Library Partnership working group of nine single-search implementers and highlights the emerging practices in providing single search access to library, archive, and museum collections. The report aims to foster successful single-search implementations by sharing the experience of the working group with those who want to create single search but don’t know where to start. For more details and to download the report, visit the OCLC Research website.

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ALA Study Shows Growth in Need for Academic Libraries

The need for libraries on college and university campuses has increased, according to a study released by the ALA Office for Research and Statistics. In Trends in Academic Libraries, 1998 to 2008, researcher Denise Davis analyzes data from the Academic Libraries Survey administered by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), identifying changes in the number of academic libraries, circulation and reserve collections, interlibrary loan transactions and documents received from commercial services, public service hours, volumes held and added, library staffing, library expenditures, electronic services, and information literacy activities. For more details and to download the report, see the ALA news release.

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RIN/JISC Study Shows Value of Data Centers to Researchers

A new report from the UK, Data Centres: Their Use, Value and Impact, presents the findings of a study of data-center usage among researchers and the impact of that use on their work. The Research Information Network (RIN) and the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) commissioned Technopolis Ltd. to undertake the study. Interviews and surveys resulted in a set of case studies in which data centers had benefited researchers’ work. The study concluded that usage of data centers is high, with the data used in a variety of ways including for original research, for combination with other data, and for reference. Another conclusion of the study is that “data centres make research quicker, easier and cheaper, and ensure that work is not repeated unnecessarily.” Download the report from the RIN website.

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OPPORTUNITIES

Call to Action: Sign the Berlin Declaration on Open Access

Berlin 9

University and college presidents, chancellors, and provosts, as well as the directors of museums, archives, and nonprofit organizations, are encouraged to sign the Berlin Declaration on Open Access before the Berlin 9 Conference convenes on Wednesday, November 9. Over 300 leading international research, scientific, and cultural institutions from around the world have signed the declaration. However, the number of signatures from US and Canadian institutions remains quite small. In anticipation of the conference, please join us in recruiting signatures to the declaration from the leaders of your institutions and of the organizations to which you belong. For more details, see the Berlin 9 Call to Action.

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ARL, LibQUAL+®, SPARC to Host Events at ALA Midwinter 2012 in Dallas

Events scheduled for the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Dallas this January include the ARL Leadership Symposium, ARL Library Assessment Forum, LibQUAL+® Training Sessions, and SPARC-ACRL Forum on Emerging Issues in Scholarly Communication. Visit us at booth 1649 in the Dallas Convention Center. For more details, visit the “ARL at ALA” webpage.

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Join Free LibQUAL+® Triads Pilot

The LibQUAL+® Triads pilot project invites libraries to participate. The pilot is seeking a couple of libraries for this fall (RSVP to Martha Kyrillidou by Saturday, October 1) and a larger group for next spring (RSVP to Martha by Wednesday, November 30). Participation in this pilot is free and will actively engage in shaping another variation of the LibQUAL+® protocol. LibQUAL+® Triads is the third protocol option within the LibQUAL+® suite, joining the original LibQUAL+® long version and LibQUAL+® Lite. LibQUAL+® Triads benefits include:

  • Defining clear priorities for survey items that score close to one another so libraries can act on those priorities that are most important to users
  • Easing respondent burden, as this version takes less time to complete than the LibQUAL+® long form
  • Providing valid data by computing intraindividual score reliability coefficients to help screen out untrustworthy responses

Read a detailed description of the Triads protocol in “An Introduction to the LibQUAL+® Triads Protocol: Using Ipsative Measurement to Assess Highly Desired Outcomes,” a paper presented at the Northumbria Conference on Performance Measurement in August. For more information, contact Martha Kyrillidou.

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LibQUAL+® 2012 Registration Open until Nov. 1, 2012

Register by Thursday, November 1, 2012 [deadline corrected Oct. 3, 2011], to participate in LibQUAL+® 2012, with two new customizing features available: LibQUAL+® Lite and a User Subgroup Analysis.

The LibQUAL+® Lite version of the survey shortens response times and yields higher response rates: median response time for LibQUAL+® Lite is approximately 5 minutes, compared to over 9 minutes for the long version; the response rate (valid, completed surveys) for LibQUAL+® Lite is 51%, compared to 43% for the long version.

The new custom analysis by User Subgroup provides a breakdown of the positions selected by respondents. For example, survey results for Undergraduates will be broken down by First Year, Second Year, Third Year, etc.; results for faculty will be broken down by Professor, Associate Professor, Assistant Professor, etc.

Register for 2012 or view LibQUAL+® services and fees.

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LibQUAL+® Membership Subscription Provides Access to Data, Analytics

An annual membership subscription is now available from LibQUAL+®, providing access to the full Data Repository and Analytics tools. The Data Repository is an archive of all past participating institutions’ Results Notebooks (LibQUAL+®’s own analysis of results) and Data Summaries, as well as all consortium Results Notebooks. LibQUAL+® Analytics is an interactive tool that allows dynamic creation of institution-specific charts and tables for various subgroups across different survey years. For more details, visit the LibQUAL+® website.

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NCES Academic Libraries Survey to Be Reintegrated into IPEDS: Comments Due Mid-October

The US National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) is planning to reincorporate the Academic Libraries Survey (ALS) into the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and planning to make the ALS annual instead of biennial. The IPEDS Technical Review Panel met in August to focus on effective reintegration of ALS into IPEDS while maintaining the quality of the data. The panel hopes to streamline and ease the reporting burden while making the data more easily available and useful. For more details, download the "Report and Suggestions from IPEDS Technical Review Panel #35, Reintegrating the Academic Libraries Survey into IPEDS." There is an official comment period that ends Tuesday, October 18; if you would like to offer comments to be included in ARL’s comments, e-mail your comments to Martha Kyrillidou by Friday, October 14.

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CNI Membership Meeting: Proposals Due Oct. 21, Register by Nov. 11

The fall 2011 CNI Membership Meeting will convene December 12–13 in Arlington, Virginia. Presentation proposals are due by Friday, October 21, and the registration deadline is Friday, November 11. During the opening plenary, CNI director Clifford Lynch will present an overview of the 2011–12 CNI Program Plan. James Duderstadt, President Emeritus, University of Michigan, will present the closing plenary talk on the future of the research university. Visit the meeting website for details.

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Joint Conference of Librarians of Color 2012 Proposal Deadline Extended

The Joint Conference of Librarians of Color (JCLC) has extended its call for program proposals for the conference scheduled for September 19–23, 2012, in Kansas City, Missouri. Proposals must be submitted by Saturday, October 1, 2011. JCLC brings together a diverse group of librarians, library staff, library supporters, and community participants to explore issues of diversity in libraries and how they affect the ethnic communities libraries serve. The conference deepens connections across constituencies, creates spaces for dialogue on issues of diversity, and encourages the transformation of libraries into more democratic and diverse organizations. For more details, see the ALA news release.

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COLLEAGUES

ARL Visiting Program Officer Transition

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Jolie Ogg Graybill has been appointed as an ARL Visiting Program Officer (VPO), assisting with ARL Diversity Programs and Leadership Initiatives effective September 2011. Graybill currently serves as Image & Multimedia Collections Coordinator and Assistant Professor
 at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln Libraries. Throughout her career in academic libraries, Graybill has gained significant experience with diversity programs and has developed her strengths in leadership and communications, which she will exercise in her VPO role to enhance ARL’s diversity recruitment and career development efforts. While in library school, Graybill participated in ARL's Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce scholarship program and the University of Arizona's Knowledge River Program. She is currently working on her PhD through Simmons College in managerial leadership in the information professions. For more information about Graybill and her VPO appointment, see the ARL press release.

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ARL Staff Transitions

Kristin Riccard completed her one-year appointment as ARL Law and Policy Fellow at the end of August. Her fellowship was supported by her current employer, the Washington, DC, law firm Ropes & Gray.

Lindsay Sarin resigned as ARL Program Assistant in September to take a position as a reference librarian at the University of the District of Columbia. She recently earned her MLS from the University of Maryland.

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Other Transitions

IFLA Presidency: Ingrid Parent (British Columbia) transitioned into her role as President of IFLA at the 2011 IFLA World Library and Information Congress in Puerto Rico in August. Read her first Presidential Newsletter, which includes an item about new IFLA Governing Board members.

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Honors

Paula Kaufman (Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) has been named Illinois Academic Librarian of the Year for 2011 by the Illinois Association of College and Research Libraries. The award recognizes Kaufman’s extraordinary leadership in Illinois, her vision and strategic thinking for the future of libraries, and the generosity with which she shares her inspirations. For more details, see the UIUC news release.

Carlos Rodriguez (ARL Leadership and Career Development (LCDP) Fellow, 1997–98) has been awarded the Trejo Librarian of the Year Award by REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking. The annual Trejo Award recognizes a librarian who has distinguished him- or herself in the field of librarianship, promoted and advocated services to the Spanish–speaking and Latino communities, and made outstanding contributions to REFORMA. Rodriguez serves on the REFORMA Board of Directors and was a 2008 fellow of the Frye Leadership Institute. He is Associate Dean of Technology and Information Services at Grand Valley State University in Michigan. For more information about the Trejo Award, visit the REFORMA website.

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09/30/11

Charles B. Lowry
Executive Director
clowry@arl.org

Kaylyn Groves
Communications Program Officer
kaylyn@arl.org

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