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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. 

 
 
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