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Alternative Academic Careers: Potential Benefits to PhDs and the Academy

elizabeth-waraksaElizabeth WaraksaIn a post today on the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Re.Thinking blog, Elizabeth Waraksa, ARL strategic thinking and design research fellow and former CLIR postdoctoral fellow, reflects on how working with collaborative, interdisciplinary teams has changed her outlook on academic career options. She discusses her experiences working on three discrete projects: the open access UCLA Encyclopedia of Egyptology, CLIR’s Observations on Scholarly Engagement with Hidden Special Collections and Archives study, and ARL’s strategic thinking and design research work stream.

 
 

ARL Annual Salary Survey 2013–2014

This report analyzes salary data for all professional staff working in the 125 ARL member libraries during 2013-2014. Data are reported for 10,168 professional staff in the 115 university ARL libraries and for 3,791 professional staff in the 10 nonuniversity ARL libraries.

This publication is available for purchase in both online and print versions. Download the arl-salary-survey-purchase-options-2014.pdf for complete pricing and purchase options information.

Link to the online ARL Annual Salary Survey 2013-2014 on the ARL Digital Publications website.

 
 

New Workforce Transformation Story: Adding Value beyond Discovery

image © Tom SharlotARL’s Transforming Research Libraries (TRL) Steering Committee has published the second entry in its new monthly column, Workforce Transformation Stories. Tom Wall, university librarian at Boston College, wrote the July essay, “Adding Value beyond Discovery.”

 
 

Workforce Transformation: Adding Value beyond Discovery

For centuries, library work has been about building collections, and then managing them. More recently, the emphasis shifted to discovery and access, which in turn led to an emphasis on instruction and information literacy initiatives. In some sense, one could create a cogent argument that the combination of services and collections will sustain our work for the foreseeable future. However, it also seems that this same argument will not facilitate innovation or necessarily help us provide the much-needed shift to “value beyond discovery.”

 
 

ARL/DLF Forum Fellowships for Underrepresented Groups—Deadline Extended to July 17

georgia-tech-hotel-and-conference-centerimage © Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference CenterARL and the Digital Library Federation (DLF) are sponsoring up to four fellowships to promote racial/ethnic diversity at the Digital Library Federation Forum. The fellowship application deadline has been extended to 4:00 p.m. EDT, Thursday, July 17, 2014.

The fellowships will provide up to $1,250 each, to be applied towards travel, board, and lodging expenses associated with attending a DLF Forum. Additionally, the fellows will each receive a complimentary full registration to the forum ($475). Fellowship recipients will be required to write a blog post about their experience subsequent to the forum; this blog post will be published by DLF. 

 
 

ARL/MLA Diversity and Inclusion Initiative 2014–2016 Participants Chosen

piano-stringsimage © Kevin DooleyThe Association of Research Libraries (ARL) announces the selection of four master of library and information science (MLIS) students to participate in the 2014–2016 ARL/Music Library Association (MLA) Diversity and Inclusion Initiative (DII):

 
 

ARL Annual Salary Survey 2013–2014 Reports Data on 13,900 Staff in ARL Libraries

arl-annual-salary-survey-2013-2014-coverARL Annual Salary Survey 2013–2014The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has published the ARL Annual Salary Survey 2013–2014, which analyzes salary data for all professional staff working in the 125 ARL member libraries during 2013–2014. Data are reported for 10,168 professional staff in the 115 university ARL libraries and for 3,791 professional staff in the 10 nonuniversity ARL libraries. In the Salary Survey, data for university library staff are usually reported in three distinct groups: general library systems, health sciences libraries, and law libraries.

 
 

ARL/DLF Forum Fellowships for Underrepresented Groups—Apply by July 14

georgia-tech-hotel-and-conference-centerimage © Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference CenterARL and the Digital Library Federation (DLF) are sponsoring up to four fellowships to promote racial/ethnic diversity at the Digital Library Federation Forum. The fellowships will provide up to $1,250 each, to be applied towards travel, board, and lodging expenses associated with attending a DLF Forum. Additionally, the fellows will each receive a complimentary full registration to the forum ($475). Fellowship recipients will be required to write a blog post about their experience subsequent to the forum; this blog post will be published by DLF.

 
 

Workforce Transformation Stories: ARL Launches Monthly Column

image © Tom SharlotARL’s Transforming Research Libraries (TRL) Steering Committee is pleased to announce a new monthly column on the ARL website devoted to stories of research library workforce transformation.

The column, Workforce Transformation Stories, is the outgrowth of many conversations and ARL activities, including the New Roles for New Times reports, Scenario Planning, the 2012 Human Resources Symposium, and Strategic Thinking and Design.

 
 

Workforce Transformation: It’s about the Work

When University of Maryland professor of sociology Philip Cohen was asked recently to consult with a graduate student on a journal article revision, the student had two challenges to satisfy his reviewers. The first challenge had to do with the complex use of GIS and geocoding; the reviewers wanted to see a particular deployment of GIS in the student’s US Census tract maps. The second challenge involved the use of census data itself. Professor Cohen easily offered advice on the latter and tried to think where the student could find help with GIS. No need, the graduate student assured him. The student had visited the campus library and gotten exactly the consultation he needed to incorporate GIS in his article revision.
 
 

ARL-SAA Digital Archives Specialist Courses at U Minnesota: Early-Bird Deadline Approaching

u-minnesota-andersen-libraryU Minnesota, Andersen Library, photo by Elliott ShoreRegister by Monday, May 26, to receive the early-bird discount on the Digital Archives Specialist (DAS) courses being offered by ARL and the Society of American Archivists (SAA) at the University of Minnesota, June 9–13. You do not need to work at an ARL library to register for the courses at this site—they are open to all librarians and archivists.

 
 

Barbara Dewey Receives Multicultural Leadership Award

barbara-deweyBarbara I. Dewey, image © Penn StateThe Pennsylvania State University’s Council of College Multicultural Leadership (CCML) recently presented Barbara I. Dewey, dean of university libraries and scholarly communications at Penn State, the Award for University Administration at the 2014 Way Pavers Award Luncheon hosted by CCML. The award honors Dewey for supporting diversity initiatives that have positively enhanced student life and the climate throughout the college and local community, while maintaining a high level of character and leadership.

 
 

NCSU Hosts ARL Leadership Fellows for Site Visit

arl-leadership-fellows-at-ncsuARL Leadership Fellows at NCSU, April 2014, image © Pascal Calarco
The 2013–2015 ARL Leadership Fellows were hosted by the North Carolina State University (NCSU) Libraries and vice provost and director of libraries, Susan Nutter, for a four-day site visit, April 22–25, 2014. The program agenda included tours of the D. H. Hill Library as well as the newly constructed James B. Hunt Jr. Library. The tours were complemented by discussions with campus and library leaders about planning and designing campus and library spaces at NCSU. A reception was held with honorary guest James B. Hunt Jr., former governor of North Carolina. The program concluded with a series of elective sessions on various topics, including technology implementations, scholarly communication, digital library initiatives, and library planning, among others.

 
 

Purdue Hosts 10th Annual Site Visit for ARL Diversity Scholars

irdw-diversity-scholars-purdue-visit-2014-cropIRDW Diversity Scholars at Purdue, April 2014
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The Purdue University Libraries and their dean, James Mullins, hosted the 2013–2015 ARL Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce (IRDW) Diversity Scholars for an annual site visit, April 7–8, 2014. The two-day program was organized by a planning committee consisting of Purdue Libraries faculty and administrators and included formal presentations and discussions, networking events, tours of Purdue Libraries facilities, and other events. Highlights of the site visit included sessions on the topic of promotion and tenure in a research library setting (where librarians hold faculty status); emerging roles in a research-intensive context; and metrics and assessment as they relate to collections, electronic resources, and user experiences. This important and unique component of the ARL IRDW also included a poster session featuring research projects of numerous Purdue Libraries faculty, and a reception held at the home of Dean Mullins.

 
 

Travel Awards for Underrepresented Professionals Available for Library Assessment Conference 2014—Deadline May 30

u-washington-suzzallo-libraryUW Suzzallo Library, image © Chris Dubé

ARL is offering travel awards of up to $2,000 each for five individuals from historically underrepresented racial and ethnic groups to attend the 2014 Library Assessment Conference: Building Effective, Sustainable, Practical Assessment, to be held August 4–6 on the University of Washington (UW) campus in Seattle. ARL hopes to encourage a diverse group of emerging professionals to engage with this growing field and hopes to expose these new professionals to the rich perspectives of practitioners regarding organizational assessment needs, research, and evaluation.

 
 

ARL-SAA Digital Archives Specialist Courses at Emory: Early-Bird Deadline Approaching

emory-u-woodruff-libraryEmory University, Woodruff Library, image © Nick NoakesRegister by Thursday, May 1, to receive the early-bird discount on the Digital Archives Specialist (DAS) courses being offered by ARL and the Society of American Archivists (SAA) at Emory University, May 19–23. You do not need to work at an ARL library to register for the courses at this site—they are open to all librarians and archivists.

 
 

ARL/SAA Mosaic Program Application Deadline Extended

19th-cent-stamped-envelopeimage © Clemson University LibraryThe Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the Society of American Archivists (SAA) have extended the application deadline through Wednesday, April 16, 2014, for the second cohort of the ARL/SAA Mosaic Program. This program promotes much-needed diversification of the archives and special collections professional workforce by providing financial support, practical work experience, mentoring, career placement assistance, and leadership development to emerging professionals from traditionally underrepresented racial and ethnic minority groups. An important objective of the program is to attract and retain individuals who demonstrate excellent potential for scholastic and personal achievement and who manifest a commitment both to the archives and special collections profession and to advancing diversity concerns within it.

 
 

ARL/Music Library Association Diversity and Inclusion Initiative Call for Applications

arl-mla-dii-video-jonathan-saucedaFormer DII fellow Jonathan Sauceda talks about DII benefitsARL is now accepting applications for the ARL/Music Library Association (MLA) Diversity and Inclusion Initiative (DII). This scholarship program, funded by a Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and by ARL and MLA, offers minority candidates an opportunity to pursue the master’s degree in library and information science (MLIS) while gaining valuable “hands-on” experience in a major music library. The initiative’s goal is to increase the number of underrepresented racial/ethnic minorities within music librarianship by providing support for master’s-level LIS education and the practical experience critical for successful entrance into the profession.

 
 

ARL Leadership and Career Development Program Convenes in New York

lcdp-2013-14-fellowsLCDP fellows 2013–14, photo by Molly MageeThe ARL Leadership and Career Development Program (LCDP) fellows came together in New York City, March 10–14, 2014, for an institute on the topics of scholarly communication and transforming research libraries. The institute included day-long site visits to two ARL member institutions: the New York University Libraries, hosted by dean of the division of libraries Carol Mandel, and the Columbia University Libraries/Information Services, hosted by vice president for information services and university librarian James Neal. The event also featured discussions led by ARL program directors Judy Ruttenberg and Julia Blixrud, and by Don Waters, program officer for scholarly communications and information technology at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Faculty for the institute included key library personnel from the greater New York City area as well as program consultant DeEtta Jones. 

 
 

Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce Call for Applications—Deadline April 28

ARL-leadership-symposium-resume-workshop-2013photo by Jennifer ChampagneARL is accepting applications for the Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce (IRDW), a program designed to recruit master of library and information science (MLIS) students from traditionally underrepresented ethnic and racial minority groups into careers in research libraries and archives. The IRDW includes a stipend in support of MLIS education of up to $10,000 over two years, leadership and career development training, a site visit to the Purdue University Libraries, financial support for skills development, and a formal mentorship program.

 
 

ARL-SAA Digital Archives Specialist Courses at U Alberta: Early-Bird Deadline Approaching

u-alberta-rutherford-libraryU Alberta, Rutherford Library, image © Alexander AffleckTuesday, April 1, 2014, is the last day to register at early-bird rates for the Digital Archives Specialist (DAS) courses being offered by ARL and the Society of American Archivists (SAA) at University of Alberta, April 21–25. You do not need to work at an ARL library to register for the courses at this site—they are open to all librarians and archivists.

 
 

ARL-SAA Digital Archives Specialist Courses at Syracuse: Register Now

syracuse-u-carnegie-librarySyracuse University, Carnegie Library, photo Kai Brinker, © Encyclopaedia BritannicaThere are still seats available in the Digital Archives Specialist (DAS) courses being offered by ARL and the Society of American Archivists (SAA) at Syracuse University, March 10–14, 2014. You do not need to work at an ARL library to register for the courses at this site—they are open to all librarians and archivists.

 
 

ARL-SAA Digital Archives Specialist Courses at Syracuse: Early-Bird Deadline February 21

syracuse-u-carnegie-librarySyracuse University, Carnegie Library, image © Encyclopaedia Britannica, credit Kai BrinkerThis Friday, February 21, 2014, is the last day to register at early-bird rates for the Digital Archives Specialist (DAS) courses being offered by ARL and the Society of American Archivists (SAA) at Syracuse University, March 10–14. You do not need to work at an ARL library to register for the courses at this site—they are open to all librarians and archivists.

 
 

ARL/SAA Mosaic Program Call for Applications—Deadline April 1, 2014

19th-cent-stamped-envelopeimage © Clemson University LibraryThe Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the Society of American Archivists (SAA) are now accepting applications for the second cohort of the ARL/SAA Mosaic Program. This program promotes much-needed diversification of the archives and special collections professional workforce by providing financial support, practical work experience, mentoring, career placement assistance, and leadership development to emerging professionals from traditionally underrepresented racial and ethnic minority groups. An important objective of the program is to attract and retain individuals who demonstrate excellent potential for scholastic and personal achievement and who manifest a commitment both to the archives and special collections profession and to advancing diversity concerns within it.

 
 

ARL-SAA Digital Archives Specialist Courses at Syracuse: Early-Bird Deadline Approaching

syracuse-u-carnegie-librarySyracuse University, Carnegie Library, image © Encyclopaedia Britannica, credit Kai BrinkerFriday, February 21, 2014, is the last day to register at early-bird rates for the Digital Archives Specialist (DAS) courses being offered by ARL and the Society of American Archivists (SAA) at Syracuse University, March 10–14. You do not need to work at an ARL library to register for the courses at this site—they are open to all librarians and archivists.

 
 

ARL Hosts MLIS Students in Leadership Symposium at ALA Midwinter

curtis-small-and-camila-alire-at-2013-leadership-symposiumARL Annual Leadership SymposiumARL hosted its 10th Annual Leadership Symposium for master of library and information science (MLIS) students participating in ARL diversity recruitment programs during the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, January 23–26, 2014. The ARL Leadership Symposium curriculum focuses on topics related to the major strategic areas of ARL, as well as transitioning into, and building career networks in, research libraries and archives. This year, 38 students participated in the three-day event, which provided them with valuable networking opporunities as well as professional development.

 
 

ARL-SAA Digital Archives Specialist Courses 2014 Open for Registration

digital-archives-specialist-das-logoRegistration is open for the Digital Archives Specialist (DAS) courses being offered by ARL and the Society of American Archivists (SAA) at several ARL member libraries in 2014. You do not need to work at an ARL library to register for these courses—they are open to all librarians and archivists.

 
 

ARL Salary and Demographics Webcast Series Videos Available on YouTube

salary-survey-cover-croppedARL salary and demographics webcast seriesVideos of four webcasts highlighting uses of data from the ARL Annual Salary Survey are now available on ARL’s YouTube channel. The webcasts address what data are available through ARL, how these data can be used locally to make a case for better salaries, how to develop equitable salary structures, and how to analyze demographic information and trends about aging and other characteristics.

 
 

ARL/SAA Mosaic Program 2013–2015 Participants Chosen

rare-booksimage © Sophia HussainThe Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the Society of American Archivists (SAA) announce the selection of five master of library and information science (MLIS) students with specialization in archives to participate in the 2013–2015 ARL/ SAA Mosaic Program. Funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), this collaborative diversity recruitment program reflects the joint commitment of ARL and SAA to address the need for professional staff in archives and special collections to better reflect the evolving demographics of students and faculty in those fields.

 
 

ARL Career Enhancement Program 2014 Fellows Selected

student-with-laptop-and-notebookimage © CollegeDegrees360The ARL Career Enhancement Program (CEP) Coordinating Committee has selected 13 fellows to participate in this competitive fellowship program.

The Career Enhancement Program, funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and ARL member libraries, gives master of library and information science (MLIS) students from traditionally underrepresented racial and ethnic groups an opportunity to jump-start their careers in research libraries by providing a robust fellowship experience that includes an internship in an ARL member library. This program reflects the commitment of ARL members to create a diverse research library community that will better meet the challenges of changing demographics in higher education and other research institutions and the emphasis on global perspectives in the academy.

 
 
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