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E-News for ARL Directors

September 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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Upcoming Events

ARL Board & Membership Meetings
October 9–11
Washington, DC

ARL Fall Forum
October 11–12
Washington, DC

Webcast on Kirtsaeng v. Wiley and the Threat to Library Lending
October 16
1:00-2:00 p.m. EDT

Open Access Week 2012 Kickoff Webcast
October 22
Washington, DC, and online
4:00-5:30 p.m. EDT

Library Assessment Conference
October 29–31
Charlottesville, Virginia

Human Resources Symposium
November 15–16
Washington, DC

CNI Membership Meeting
December 10–11
Washington, DC

Balanced Scorecard Webcast
December 11
1:00–2:00 p.m. eastern

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ARL & SPARC Strategic Actions

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Law & Policy

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From the Field

  • Columbia Announces Kennedy Prize for Drama
    Columbia University Libraries and Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith have announced the establishment of the Edward M. Kennedy (EMK) Prize for Drama Inspired by American History...

  • Columbia, MoMA Collaborate to Acquire Frank Lloyd Wright Archives
    Columbia University’s Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation announced that the archives of Frank Lloyd Wright have been jointly acquired by the university and the museum and will become part of their permanent collections...

  • Columbia Launches Open Conference Systems Website for International Symposium
    Ahead of the International Symposium on Design and Practice of Geosynthetic-Reinforced Soil Structures at Bologna University on October 14–16, 2013, Columbia University Libraries’ Center for Digital Research and Scholarship (CDRS) has built and launched an Open Conference Systems (OCS) website for the symposium...

  • Penn State Awards Early-Career Appointments
    Penn State University Libraries have awarded two Penn State librarians three-year endowments that will fund the librarians’ efforts in the first decade of their careers...

  • Case Western Reserve Receives $5 Million Gift
    The Kelvin Smith Library at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) has received the single largest commitment in its history, a $5 million gift from a donor who wished to remain anonymous...

  • Cornell Awarded Grant to Sustain arXive
    An operating grant from the Simons Foundation to Cornell University Library will help arXiv—a free repository for scientific information—take a major step toward sustainability...

  • U Cincinnati Receives Grant to Digitize Historic Subway, Street Project Photos
    The University of Cincinnati Libraries have been awarded a $60,669 Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant from the State Library of Ohio to digitize and make freely available on the web the photographic collection of Cincinnati’s subway and street changes archive...

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ARL Membership to Meet October 10–11: Program Details Released

ARL President, Winston Tabb, Sheridan Dean of University Libraries at Johns Hopkins University, will convene the 161st ARL Membership Meeting on Wednesday, October 10, in Washington, DC. The program will feature sessions on services to the print disabled, 21st-century scholar and researcher services, and data mining and governance. Penn State Public Broadcasting’s “Treasures of the Special Collections” will also be featured. The Membership Meeting is open to ARL member representatives and invited guests. For more information, visit the meeting website.

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LCA Comments on Copyright Exceptions and Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement

The Library Copyright Alliance (LCA), of which ARL is a member, sent a letter (PDF) to Ambassador Ron Kirk, United States Trade Representative, concerning the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement. ARL’s Prue Adler, on behalf of LCA, noted LCA’s appreciation for the “U.S. proposal for copyright exceptions and limitations” in the agreement. According to news reports, the TPP agreement includes the following language: “each Party shall seek to achieve an appropriate balance in providing limitations of exceptions, including those for the digital environment, giving due consideration to legitimate purposes such as, but not limited to, criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research.” In the letter to Ambassador Kirk, LCA welcomed inclusion of this language in the TPP agreement for several reasons. First, this language would “insure that nothing in TPP would in any direct or indirect way undermine the fair use right.“ Second, this language would enhance the ability of libraries overseas to serve their users. And finally, inclusion of this language demonstrates US leadership in the promotion of exceptions and limitations. Adler stated, “Fair use is critical to the operation of libraries and the activities of their users, and no international agreement should ever abridge it in any manner.” LCA did also note, however, that the only reason that it could comment on the language was because the text was leaked. LCA noted that the US Trade Representative “should encourage the other Parties to agree to make the entire draft IP chapter text publicly available for review and discussion.”

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ARL, Others Applaud Introduction of Crucial Update to Electronic Privacy Law

On September 17, ARL joined a diverse group of stakeholders in a letter (PDF) to Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) applauding his introduction of an amendment that would make important updates to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA). Among other things, the amendment would require a warrant for access to e-mail and other private electronic communications, which are currently available without a warrant in some circumstances. The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has declared that access to e-mail without a warrant is unconstitutional, adding to the need for an update. The update will bring the law’s protections, which have not been changed since they were originally passed in 1986, into line with 21st-century technology and expectations of privacy. The provision was endorsed by the Senate Judiciary Committee on September 20, but will not likely be considered by the full Senate until mid- to late November.

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ARL Contributes to Report on Open Government Partnership US National Plan

To mark the one-year anniversary of the Obama administration’s release of the Open Government Partnership US National Action Plan, and a team of organizations including ARL released a progress report (PDF) on the implementation of the plan. The action plan includes a variety of commitments aimed to further public participation, government transparency, and improve citizen access to government information. The administration does not intend to have enacted the plan in its entirety until January 2013—a date that will put the US in sync with the majority of countries participating in the Open Government Partnership. plans to release another report in January that “will represent the civil society’s assessment of whether the Administration met the letter of the commitment, if it took the recommendations made by civil society, and if the Administration stretched itself beyond the commitments to meet its expressed goals and make the effort more successful.” For more details, see the news release.

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ClimateQUAL® Offers Improved Analysis and Reports

Now that the entire ClimateQUAL® service—survey administration, data collection, and results reporting—is newly housed within the StatsQUAL® platform, ClimateQUAL® has the ability to deliver data analysis with a more robust set of tools. The new standard report that participating libraries now receive upon completing a ClimateQUAL® survey provides additional analysis to complement the existing inferential statistics and presents the data and analysis in a more visually appealing way. To learn more about ClimateQUAL®: Organizational Climate and Diversity Assessment or to express interest in participating, visit the ClimateQUAL® 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 are currently being collected.

  • ARL Statistics, Academic Health Sciences Statistics, Academic Law Statistics, Special Collections pilot: Mailing prepared and survey forms opened, data are currently being collected.

  • ARL Statistics, Academic Health Sciences Statistics, Academic Law Statistics, ARL Supplementary 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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Ten Years after Budapest Open Access Initiative New Recommendations Released

In response to the growing demand to make research free and available to anyone with a computer and an Internet connection, a diverse coalition including representatives from SPARC issued new guidelines that could usher in huge advances in the sciences, medicine, and health. The recommendations were developed by leaders of the open-access movement, which has worked for the past decade to provide the public with unrestricted, free access to scholarly research—much of which is publicly funded. Making the research publicly available to everyone—free of charge and without most copyright and licensing restrictions—will accelerate scientific research efforts and allow authors to reach a larger number of readers. The new recommendations are the result of a meeting hosted earlier this year by the Open Society Foundations, on the 10th anniversary of the landmark Budapest Open Access Initiative, which first defined open access. For more information, see the SPARC press release.

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US Budget Update

US Capitol, by Wally Gobetz
US Capitol
image © Wally Gobetz

The US Congress returned to Washington on September 10 following an August recess. Congress’s focus prior to heading back to home districts for election campaigning is to pass a continuing resolution to fund the federal government until March 27, 2013. The House of Representatives and the Senate agreed upon a spending cap of $1.047 trillion for FY 2013, which means that agencies will be operating within FY 2012 budget allocations, though some additional funds are targeted for disaster relief and war-related funding. President Obama has agreed to sign the legislation.

Congress will return for a lame-duck session after the fall elections. If Congress fails to address the pressing budgetary issues prior to January 2, 2013, automatic across-the-board reductions of $109 billion will be made to agency budgets. The Office of Management and Budget released a congressionally mandated report (PDF) that details the effects of the proposed across-the-board cuts. Over all, there would be an 8.2% reduction of discretionary programs, a 7.6% reduction for mandatory programs. In July, ARL joined nearly 3,000 organizations and institutions in a letter (PDF) urging policymakers to find a balanced approach to deficit reduction. The proposed cuts would have devastating effects on such areas as education, science and medical research, public safety, social services, and natural and cultural resources.

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FISA Reauthorized by US House, to Be Considered by Senate, Supreme Court

On September 13, the US House of Representatives passed the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Amendments Act, extending the law for an additional five years. FISA authorizes electronic surveillance of non–US persons and US persons who are believed to be outside the United States, while prohibiting the intentional targeting of persons in the US without a warrant.

The US Senate is expected to consider the reauthorization of the FISA Amendments Act following the November elections. Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), a critic of the legislation, has placed a hold on the bill in hopes of obtaining information from the Obama Administration on how many US communications have been collected.

On October 29, the US Supreme Court will hear the case Amnesty et al. v. Clapper, in which the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is challenging the FISA Amendments Act on constitutional grounds. For more details about FISA and Amnesty et al. v. Clapper, visit the ACLU website.

In June, ARL joined a variety of civil liberties groups in a letter to Congress (PDF) demanding that reauthorization of the FISA Amendments Act be conditioned on tighter protections for privacy.

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Publishers, Associations, US Government File Briefs in Supreme Court’s Kirtsaeng v. Wiley

In early September, publisher Wiley & Sons filed its brief in the US Supreme Court case that will decide its dispute with Supap Kirtsaeng, a student who obtained cheap foreign editions of Wiley’s textbooks abroad and resold them in the US. Kirtsaeng claims the sales are protected by the first-sale doctrine, which generally allows for resale or lending of lawfully made individual copies of copyrighted works. Wiley argues that Section 109 of the US Copyright Law, which is where the first-sale doctrine is codified, does not apply to foreign-made material.

The Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) filed a friend-of-the-court brief (PDF) in July, arguing that first sale is an essential protection for libraries and that library lending of foreign-made material should be lawful. Content industry associations (including the Association of American Publishers, the Recording Industry Association of America, and the Motion Picture Association of America) submitted their own briefs in September supporting Wiley’s position that foreign-made material should be treated differently. The US Solicitor General also filed a brief in the case on behalf of the US government.

Notably, both Wiley and the Solicitor General make reference to the LCA brief in their own briefs. Wiley suggests that the Court should endorse one of the theories in the LCA brief, which would allow library lending without permitting Kirtsaeng’s reselling activity. The Solicitor General acknowledges the concerns raised by LCA regarding library lending of foreign-made materials, but also suggests that lending could continue even if the Court finds that resale of some foreign-made material is not allowed.

Kirtsaeng v. Wiley will be argued before the Supreme Court on October 29, with a decision likely to follow in early 2013. On Tuesday, October 16, 1:00–2:00 p.m. eastern, ARL is offering a free webcast for those who want to learn more about the case and its implications for libraries. For more details and to register, visit the event webpage.

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Publishers Appeal District Court’s GSU E-Reserves Decision

On September 10, the publisher plaintiffs began the process of appealing the district court’s decision in the Georgia State University (GSU) electronic reserves case. In a press release and in statements to reporters, publisher representatives said that the district court had made many errors in finding that GSU’s policies were largely effective and that GSU’s practices were generally lawful. As with the original trial, the appeal will be funded entirely by the Copyright Clearance Center and the Association of American Publishers. The appeal will be heard by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, which hears cases from Alabama, Florida, and Georgia, and sits in Atlanta.

Kevin Smith, Duke Scholarly Communications Officer, wrote a powerful response to the press statements of the publishers, arguing that they misrepresented both the law of fair use and the “razor thin” nature of their own profit margins.

The ARL Policy Notes blog post on the appeal includes a brief statement from ARL in response to this disappointing move by the publisher plaintiffs.

The appeal was covered fairly widely by the press, including by:

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Cautionary Tales about Collective Rights Organizations

Attorney and law professor Jonathan Band has released a paper, “Cautionary Tales about Collective Rights Organizations” (PDF), that reveals that the organizations that manage collective licenses often fail to live up to their potential. Collective licensing has the potential to reduce transaction costs when a large number of works are licensed to a large number of users, thereby benefiting both rights holders and users. However, Band finds that many collective rights organizations (CROs) serve their own interests at the expense of artists and the public. This compilation of cases involving CROs reveals “a long history of corruption, mismanagement, confiscation of funds, and lack of transparency that has deprived artists of the revenues they earned…While properly regulated CROs in some circumstances enhance efficiency and advance the interests of rights holders and users, policymakers must be aware of this history as they consider the appropriateness of CROs as a possible solution to a specific copyright issue.”

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Columbia Announces Kennedy Prize for Drama

Columbia University Libraries and Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith have announced the establishment of the Edward M. Kennedy (EMK) Prize for Drama Inspired by American History. The EMK Prize will be given annually through the libraries to a new play or musical of merit that “enlists theater’s power to explore the past of the United States, to participate meaningfully in the great issues of our day through the public conversation, grounded in historical understanding, that is essential to the functioning of a democracy.” Award-winning playwright and screenwriter Tony Kushner will serve on the EMK Prize Board. The EMK Prize consists of two parts: (1) the author of the winning work will receive a bursary award of $100,000 and (2) the Columbia University Libraries’ Center for New Media Teaching and Learning, working with the prize recipient, will create a website featuring study and teaching guides, including extensive historical research and scholarly discussion and interpretation of the prize-winning play or musical. For more information, see the Columbia news release.

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Columbia, MoMA Collaborate to Acquire Frank Lloyd Wright Archives

Columbia University’s Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation announced that the archives of Frank Lloyd Wright have been jointly acquired by the university and the museum and will become part of their permanent collections. The Frank Lloyd Wright archives include some 23,000 architectural drawings, 44,000 historical photographs, large-scale presentation models, manuscripts, extensive correspondence and other documents. Avery Library will be the repository for all paper-based archival contents. MoMA will house all three-dimensional works. The joint acquisition and stewardship agreement signals a ground-breaking collaboration between the two institutions to ensure long-term access and preservation of the materials, at the same time providing opportunities to celebrate the collections through public programs, exhibitions, and publications. For more details, see the Columbia news release.

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Columbia Launches Open Conference Systems Website for International Symposium

Ahead of the International Symposium on Design and Practice of Geosynthetic-Reinforced Soil Structures at Bologna University on October 14–16, 2013, Columbia University Libraries’ Center for Digital Research and Scholarship (CDRS) has built and launched an Open Conference Systems (OCS) website for the symposium. Open Conference Systems is open-source conference management software developed, supported, and freely distributed by the Public Knowledge Project under the GNU General Public License. CDRS Director Rebecca Kennison noted that the OCS site’s setup under a Creative Commons BY 3.0 license “will enable authors submitting to the conference to retain copyright over their work, while allowing others to freely access, use, and share their unpublished work, with an acknowledgement of the work’s authorship and its initial presentation at this conference.” For more details and a link to the OCS site for the symposium, see the CDRS news release.

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Penn State Awards Early-Career Appointments

Penn State University Libraries have awarded two Penn State librarians three-year endowments that will fund the librarians’ efforts in the first decade of their careers. Emily Rimland, Information Literacy Librarian, has accepted the Sally W. Kalin Early Career Librarianship for Learning Innovations, and Dawn Childress, Humanities Librarian, has accepted the Sally W. Kalin Early Career Librarianship for Technological Innovations at Penn State. The award program, now in its inaugural year, was established by Librarian Emeritus and alumna Sally W. Kalin and her husband, attorney Richard L. Kalin. For more details, see the Penn State Live news story.

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Case Western Reserve Receives $5 Million Gift

The Kelvin Smith Library at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) has received the single largest commitment in its history, a $5 million gift from a donor who wished to remain anonymous. The funds will be used to create an unrestricted endowment to support library services and the purchase of library materials. A major transformation is under way at the library to achieve its vision to be the information laboratory for knowledge collection, connection, creation, and curation. This gift will allow the library to improve its collaborative research and learning spaces, provide up-to-date print and electronic library collections, and incorporate state-of-the-art technology. For more details, see the CWRU Daily article.

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Cornell Awarded Grant to Sustain arXive

An operating grant from the Simons Foundation to Cornell University Library will help arXiv—a free repository for scientific information—take a major step toward sustainability. Beginning in January and running through 2017, the foundation will provide up to $300,000 per year as a matching gift for the funds generated through arXiv’s membership fees. The grant also provides $50,000 per year as an “unconditional gift” that recognizes the library’s stewardship of arXiv. For more details, see the Cornell press release.

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U Cincinnati Receives Grant to Digitize Historic Subway, Street Project Photos

The University of Cincinnati Libraries have been awarded a $60,669 Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant from the State Library of Ohio to digitize and make freely available on the web the photographic collection of Cincinnati’s subway and street changes archive. The approximately 8,000 negatives and prints, which date from 1920 to 1956, include both interior and exterior shots of private residences and city scenes. The photos were taken as part of a failed subway development project in Cincinnati and also as documentation during various street projects. The digitization project is slated for completion in October 2013, at which time the collection will be fully available for research and study on the web. For more information, see the University of Cincinnati press release.

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Managing Born-Digital Special Collections and Archival Materials: SPEC Kit 329 Published by ARL

ARL has released SPEC Kit 329, Managing Born-Digital Special Collections and Archival Materials, which explores the tools, workflow, and policies that special collections and archives staff use to process, manage, and provide access to born-digital materials they collect. The management of born-digital materials is still relatively new for ARL libraries, and the survey results show that good practices and workflows are still evolving. To order printed copies or online access to this publication, see the news release. The table of contents and executive summary are freely available online.

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MINES for Libraries® Webcast Recording Now Available

ARL has released a free recording of the "MINES for Libraries® Webcast," held September 18. The webcast provides potential and current participants with vital information about the MINES for Libraries® service, an online, transaction-based survey that collects data on the reasons people use electronic resources and on the demographics of users. Terry Plum (Simmons College Graduate School of Library & Information Science), one of the original developers of MINES along with Brinley Franklin (University of Connecticut), explains the survey, survey questions, and methods. Three case studies from Catherine Davidson (for the Ontario Council of University Libraries and for York University) and Margaret Martin Gardiner (Western Ontario University) describe the rationale for using the service and how MINES has been implemented in consortial and individual library settings. Gary Roebuck (ARL) provides an overview of the data and reports produced for MINES, and Martha Kyrillidou (ARL) hosts and facilitates the webcast.

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SPARC Webcast on Open Access & Open Educational Resources: Video Now Online

A free recording of the September 27 SPARC webcast, “Connecting the Dots between Open Access and Open Educational Resources,” is now online. In the webcast, Cable Green of Creative Commons and Nicole Allen at Student PIRGs give an overview of open educational resources (OERs), discuss the relevance of OERs to the library community, and talk about the intersections of OER and open access.

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CNI Resources

Excerpts from an interview with CNI Executive Director Clifford Lynch conducted during the EDUCAUSE 2011 Annual Conference appear in the video “Analytics Examined,” published recently by EDUCAUSE Review Online. The video also features conversation with W. Gardner Campbell of Virginia Tech.

“Linked Data for Libraries: Why Should We Care? Where Should We Start?” a project briefing presented by Jennifer Bowen (Rochester) and Philip E. Schreur (Stanford) at CNI’s Spring 2012 Membership Meeting, is now available on video from CNI’s YouTube and Vimeo channels.

The Educopia Institute has published the proceedings of the “Aligning National Approaches to Digital Preservation” (ANADP) conference, held in Tallinn, Estonia, on May 23–25, 2011. Participants from over 20 countries gathered to explore how to create and sustain international collaborations to support the preservation of our collective digital cultural memory. The event was organized and hosted by the Educopia Institute, the National Library of Estonia, the Library of Congress, the University of North Texas, and Auburn University. The proceedings contain a collection of peer-reviewed essays that were developed by conference panels and attendees in the months following ANADP, including a summary essay by Clifford Lynch, based on his remarks at the end of the conference.

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Kirtsaeng v. Wiley and the Threat to Library Lending: ARL to Host Webcast

ARL will host a webcast on Tuesday, October 16, 1:00–2:00 p.m. eastern time, to discuss the Kirtsaeng v. Wiley case, the first-sale doctrine, and what’s at stake for libraries and others. The US Supreme Court’s eventual decision in Kirtsaeng v. Wiley, a dispute over the importation and re-sale of cheap foreign editions of textbooks, could have profound effects for libraries because the case calls into question whether materials printed abroad can circulate legally in the US. The webcast will be moderated by ARL’s Brandon Butler and will feature discussion from copyright experts Jonathan Band, Carrie Russell, and Kevin Smith. Registration is free and open to the public. For more details and to register, visit the event webpage.

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ARL-ACRL Institute on Scholarly Communication to Offer Strategic Skills Workshop

The Institute on Scholarly Communication (ISC), a coordinated effort by ARL and the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), is hosting a two-day workshop, “Increasing the Effectiveness of Your Scholarly Communication Program: Strategic Skills for Success,” April 9–10, 2013, in Indianapolis, Indiana. This event will help participants think strategically about strengthening their scholarly communication programs. Register by Thursday, November 15, to qualify for the early-bird rate. For more information and to register, visit the workshop webpage.

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Register for ARL-ACRL Human Resources Symposium by Oct. 11

The registration deadline is approaching for the ARL-ACRL Human Resources Symposium, to be held at the Dupont Circle Hotel in Washington, DC, on November 15–16, 2012. The symposium will feature three keynote speakers: Christopher Collins, Associate Professor of Human Resource Management and Director of the Center for Advanced Human Resource Studies, ILR School, Cornell University; James Neal, Vice President for Information Services and University Librarian, Columbia University; and Stanley Wilder, University Librarian, University of North Carolina at Charlotte. The meeting agenda includes both strategic and practical programming for human resources professionals and library administrators. Register by Thursday, October 11. For more details and to register, visit the HR Symposium website.

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Leadership & Career Development Program 2013–2014: Call for Nominations & Applications

ARL is seeking nominations and applications for the 2013–2014 Leadership and Career Development Program (LCDP). The LCDP is an 18-month fellowship program that prepares mid-career librarians from underrepresented racial and ethnic minority groups to take on increasingly demanding leadership roles in ARL libraries. Applications are due Friday, October 19.

The ARL LCDP engages fellows in six major experiences over an 18-month period:

  • A three-day orientation to the LCDP at the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting (January 23–26, 2013, Seattle, WA)
  • Two four-day LCDP Institutes
  • An ongoing relationship with a career coach and a personalized visit to the career coach’s library
  • Training in identifying, developing, and conducting a research project
  • Online facilitated discussions and webinars related to the ARL strategic directions
  • A Closing Ceremony, held during the ALA Annual Conference (tentatively scheduled for June 28, 2014, Las Vegas, NV)

Applications are encouraged from librarians and other professional staff from traditionally underrepresented groups who meet all four of the following qualifications:

  • Have three to ten years of professional post–MLIS experience, or its equivalent
  • Show potential for leadership in a research library
  • Currently employed in an academic or research library or have a strong desire to work in a research library
  • Citizen or permanent resident of the US or Canada

For additional information about the LCDP timeline and application process, visit the LCDP website.

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Career Enhancement Program: Applications Due Oct. 12

Students from racial and ethnic minority groups who have successfully completed a minimum of 12 credit hours (or will complete 12 hours by the scheduled internship) in an ALA–accredited MLIS program are encouraged to apply for the ARL Career Enhancement Program. Applications are due Friday, October 12.

The ARL Career Enhancement Program has three main components:

  • A 6- to-12-Week Paid Internship Experience
  • Leadership Development offered through the annual ARL Leadership Symposium
  • Career placement assistance

The Career Enhancement Program provides each fellowship participant with a rewarding compensation package with a potential value in excess of $10,000 per person.

Eligible applicants for the fellowship must:

  • Be accepted into an ALA–accredited library/information school program
  • Be a member of a racial/ethnic minority group as described by the US Census Bureau
  • Complete a minimum of 12 graduate-level credits in library and information science prior to beginning the internship

For more information about the application process, program timeline, and host institutions, visit the Career Enhancement Program website.

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LibQUAL+® Opportunities

2013 Registration Open

Join the global assessment community of LibQUAL+® libraries from 26 countries: register to administer the survey for your library in 2013. Now is the time to kick-start your assessment with the capability to benchmark against more than a million completed surveys.

Past participants may register at If your institution participated in 2012, your fee will be only $2,200. If your institution most recently participated in 2011, your fee will be only $2,700. For all others, the standard base fee of $3,200 applies.

The fee also covers access to all of the results from all of the institutions for the year you register. To access survey results from the years you don’t implement a survey, a LibQUAL+® Membership Subscription is available for an annual fee of $1,000.

New participants may set up a new account for registration by e-mailing With registration, you will receive access to a rich array of assessment resources, free training, and timely delivery of your survey results.

For more details, visit the LibQUAL+® website.

LibQUAL+® Training Sessions 2013

Free training will be offered on Monday, January 28, 2013, in Seattle, Washington, in conjunction with the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting. More details.

Additional training and consulting may be organized on a cost-recovery basis. If interested, e-mail with a brief description of your training needs.

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Advanced XML/XSLT Workshop: Register by Feb. 25

The ARL Statistics and Assessment program and the Digital Library Federation, a program of the Council on Library and Information Resources, are offering an in-depth workshop focused on using XSLT (Extensible Stylesheet Language Transformations) in digital library projects March 25–27, 2013, in Washington, DC. This workshop is designed for information professionals who are familiar with XML and would like to learn or expand their current knowledge of XSLT. The workshop, a mix of lecture and hands-on demonstration and experimentation, will be taught by experienced XML/XSLT instructors and developers Matthew Gibson and Christine Ruotolo of the University of Virginia. For more information and to register, see the XML workshop webpage.

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Service Quality Evaluation Academy Now Accepting Nominations for 2013

The 2013 Service Quality Evaluation Academy, co-sponsored by ARL and the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL), is accepting participant nominations, with a deadline of December 14, 2012. The academy, to be held March 11–15, 2013, in New Orleans, is an intensive program that focuses on introductory qualitative and quantitative methods for collecting and analyzing library service quality data. Although some of the training will be presented in the context of ARL assessment programs and activities (LibQUAL+®, ARL Profiles, etc.), the program will emphasize basic concepts and skills in measurement and data analysis that will be applicable to service quality evaluations in general. There will be some time spent on relevant software skills, including the use of ATLAS.ti to analyze text-based evidence like responses to open-ended surveys and the use of SPSS for quantitative data analysis. For more information, visit the Service Quality Evaluation Academy webpage.

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How Open Is It? Request from SPARC for Public Comment

SPARC, PLoS, and OASPA are seeking input on the accuracy and completeness of how open access is defined in a new guide they have developed, “HowOpenIsIt?” The guide identifies the core components of open access and how they are implemented across the spectrum between “open access” and “closed access.” The comment period closes on Monday, October 8. For more information and to read and comment on the guide, see the SPARC news release.

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Open Access Week 2012 Kickoff Webcast Speakers Announced

SPARC and the World Bank have announced the speakers for their co-sponsored kickoff event for Open Access Week 2012. The event will take place Monday, October 22, 4:00–5:30 p.m. eastern time, at the World Bank in Washington, DC, and will host a live blog and webcast for those who cannot attend in person. The panel of speakers is comprised of experts from the broad range of stakeholders in the open-access movement: researchers, students, policy makers, publishers, and academics. The following speakers will discuss why open access is an imperative to them, and to their work:

  • Michael Carroll, Professor of Law, American University and founding Board Member, Creative Commons
  • Matt Cooper, President, National Association of Graduate-Professional Students
  • Maricel Kann, Assistant Professor, University of Maryland and member, PubMed Central National Advisory Committee, National Institutes of Health
  • Carlos Rossel, Publisher, World Bank
  • Neil Thakur, Special Assistant to the Deputy Director, Extramural Research, National Institutes of Health

Registration is only required for in-person attendance and can be done by e-mailing Andrea Higginbotham at SPARC by Thursday, October 18. To view the webcast and participate in the live blog, simply go to the World Bank’s Live portal. For more details, see the SPARC press release.

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CNI Opportunities

CNI’s Fall 2012 Membership Meeting will be held December 10–11 in Washington, DC. Project briefing proposals will be accepted through October 22, and registration is due by November 12. CNI Executive Director Clifford Lynch will present an overview of the 2012–13 CNI Program Plan during the opening plenary session; the closing plenary will be announced shortly. For more details, visit the CNI meeting website.

PASIG, the Preservation and Access Special Interest Group, is meeting in Dublin, Ireland, on October 16–18, 2012. Clifford Lynch will present a plenary talk on October 18. For more information, visit the PASIG website.

The 10th Imaging Science & Technology (IS&T) Archiving Conference will be held April 2–5, 2013, in Washington, DC. The deadline for submitting presentation abstracts is November 15. For more details, visit the IS&T Archiving Conference website. CNI is a cooperating organization for the event.

The Personal Digital Archiving 2013 conference will be held February 21–22, 2013, at the University of Maryland, College Park. Proposals are due November 2. For more information, visit the PDA 2013 website. CNI is a cooperating organization for this event.

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Hong Kong Library Conference on Consortial Collaboration, Competition: Call for Proposals

In celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), the University Library System at CUHK and the Joint University Librarians Advisory Committee—a consortium that joins together the eight publically funded Hong Kong institutions of higher learning—will hold a combined conference on May 30–31, 2013. The conference, “Academic Librarian 3: The Yin-Yang of Future Consortial Collaboration and Competition,” will be of interest to academic librarians and library administrators from around the world, as well as consortium directors and staff. Paper proposals are due Monday, October 8. For more details, see the conference website.

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ARL Transitions

George Washington (GWU): Andrea Stewart, Deputy University Librarian, was named Interim University Librarian, effective September 1, 2012. Jack Siggins retired as University Librarian on August 31, 2012, but he is serving as a special adviser to the Provost through December 31, 2013. For more details, see the GWU news item.

National Research Council Canada (NRCC): Pam Bjornson has been appointed Director General of Knowledge Management, a new branch within NRCC that includes Records Management, Foresight, Collaboration, and Competitive & Market Intelligence services. Bjornson will also continue to be responsible for the national science library (CISTI) and its services, which will continue unchanged, but now will be offered as part of this broader Knowledge Management branch.

Utah: Joyce Ogburn resigned as Dean of the J. Willard Marriott Library and University Librarian to accept a new appointment as Special Assistant to the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, focusing on, effective September 11, 2012. Rick Anderson has resumed his role as Interim Dean of the J. Willard Marriott Library.

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ARL Staff Transitions

Jennifer Champagne has been appointed full-time Program Coordinator for ARL Diversity and Leadership Programs, effective October 1, 2012. She previously held a part-time position at ARL as a Program Assistant working with these programs.

Tiara Chaney resigned as ARL Receptionist/Office Assistant, effective September 28, 2012.

Elliott Shore has been appointed Executive Director of ARL, effective January 1, 2013. Dr. Shore is currently Chief Information Officer, Constance A. Jones Director of Libraries, and Professor of History at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania. In announcing Dr. Shore’s appointment, ARL President Winston Tabb said, “Elliott’s extensive experience as a librarian and library director; his intense engagement in current research library leadership development programs; his experience as a CIO and active participant in EDUCAUSE; and his energy, enthusiasm, and strong commitment to collaboration with our members and strategic partners make him an ideal Executive Director for ARL at this point in our history.” For more details, see the ARL press release.

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ARL/MLA Diversity and Inclusion Initiative 2012–2014 Participants Chosen

In mid-September, ARL announced the selection of two MLIS students to participate in the 2012–2014 ARL/Music Library Association (MLA) Diversity and Inclusion Initiative (DII):

Yun Fan is a second-year student in the MLIS program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She holds two master’s degrees in musicology: the first from Xiamen University in China, the second from Wesleyan University in Connecticut.

Jonathan Sauceda is a dual-degree student at the University of North Texas in Denton, pursuing an MLIS and a PhD in musicology. He has extensive experience working in special collections and has an academic background in Latin American music.

The DII offers a generous suite of financial benefits to program participants as well as an internship in a partner music/performing arts library, a formal mentoring program, complimentary student membership in MLA, support to attend the MLA Annual Meeting, and career placement assistance. This collaborative diversity recruitment program is funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), ARL, and MLA.

Applications are currently being accepted on a rolling basis for the ARL/MLA DII. For application instructions and additional information, consult the DII website.

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Donald R. Hunt, 1921–2012

Don Hunt, former Dean and Director of the University of Tennessee (UT) Libraries in Knoxville (1976–1988), died at the age of 90 on September 16, 2012, in Corvallis, Oregon, where he and his wife retired in 1989. Don and Virginia had raised their three children in Corvallis while he worked at Oregon State University Libraries from 1955 to 1972. From 1972 to 1976, Hunt was Director of Libraries at San Jose State University in California. He left San Jose State to become Dean and Director at UT.

After serving in the US Navy from 1942 to 1946, Hunt earned a BA from the University of Colorado in 1949 and a master’s in 1950. He earned a master’s of library science from the University of Michigan in 1954.

Hunt’s family requests that remembrances be made to the USO at or by phone at 800-876-7469.

For more details about Hunt’s life, see the Corvallis Gazette-Times obituary.

Jay K. Lucker, 1930–2012

Jay Lucker, former Director of Libraries at MIT (1975–1995), died at the age of 82 on September 2, 2012. Lucker came to the MIT Libraries from Princeton University, where he was Associate University Librarian. During his 20-year career at MIT, Lucker guided the libraries through the beginning of the transition to digital library resources and services. He also oversaw the award-winning renovation and expansion of MIT’s Rotch Library of Architecture and Planning, completed in 1990. Throughout his career, Lucker’s knowledge and advice on library building and planning was highly sought-after. He served as a consultant to numerous universities, libraries, museums and research organizations, and continued consulting well after his retirement from MIT.

Lucker served on more than a dozen ARL groups, including the ARL Board of Directors (1976–1982) with a term as ARL President (1981). He served as chair of the following ARL groups: Committee on Interlibrary Loan (member 1975–1980, chair 1976–1978), Task Force on ARL Membership Criteria (chair, 1980), Committee on Nominations (chair 1980), and Committee on Management of Research Libraries (member 1982–1987, chair 1982–1984).

Lucker started his library career at the New York Public Library in 1954, following service in the US Army. He earned an AB degree from Brooklyn College, and an MS from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Library Service.

Lucker’s family requests that gifts and donations in his memory be made to the Jay K. Lucker Fund at the MIT Libraries, Planned Parenthood, the Nature Conservancy, ASPCA, and literacy organizations.

For more details about Lucker’s life, see the MIT News article.

William Joseph Welsh, 1919–2012

Bill Welsh, former Deputy Librarian of Congress (1976–1988) died at the age of 92 on July 13, 2012, in Madison, Wisconsin. Welsh came to the Library of Congress in 1947 and played important roles in the renovation of the historic Jefferson Building, the development of a process to lengthen the lifespan of books by de-acidifying the paper on which they were printed, supporting an intern program to develop new leaders, and overseeing a pilot project on the use of optical disk technology to store pictorial and textual material in compact formats. In 1983, the library presented Welsh with the Distinguished Service Award, the library’s highest honor.

Welsh’s service to ARL included membership on the ARL Task Force on the Future of the Card Catalog 1975–1976, the ARL/CRL Joint Committee for a National Periodicals Lending Library 1976–1977, and the ARL Task Force on National Library Network Development, 1976–1983.

Welsh earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame in 1940. He served in the US Air Force during World War II, rising to the rank of major before embarking on his career at the Library of Congress. Welsh’s alma mater, Notre Dame, conferred an honorary Doctor of Laws degree upon him in 1984.

For more details about Welsh’s life, see the Washington Post obituary.

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