ARL Membership Meeting

ARL Board of Directors 2014–2015 Elected by ARL Membership

Deborah JakubsDeborah Jakubs,
ARL president,
image © Duke University
Deborah Jakubs, the Rita DiGiallonardo Holloway university librarian and vice provost for library affairs at Duke University, began a one-year term as president of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) on Wednesday, October 8, 2014, during the ARL Membership Meeting in Washington, DC. Jakubs succeeds Carol Pitts Diedrichs, vice provost and director of university libraries, the Ohio State University, as ARL president. Diedrichs continues to serve as a member of both the ARL Board of Directors and the ARL Executive Committee as past president.

Also on October 8, the ARL membership ratified the Board’s election of Larry Alford, chief librarian at the University of Toronto, as ARL vice president/president-elect.


Schedule for ARL Membership Meeting Fall 2014

Monday, October 6, 2014

9:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m.

Glover Park B Ballroom

ARL Executive Committee Meeting

Noon–5:30 p.m.

Glover Park A Ballroom

ARL Board of Directors Meeting I

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

7:00 a.m.–8:00 a.m.

Dupont Ballroom Foyer

Registration and Continental Breakfast

Note: By policy, all ARL committee, task force, and working group meetings are open for observation by other ARL member representatives or by member alternates who are attending the Membership Meeting in place of member representatives. Please keep in mind, these meetings are working, rather than programmatic, sessions.

8:00 a.m.–9:30 a.m.

Working Sessions


Foxhall B/C

Diversity and Leadership Committee

The committee will be provided status updates on all ARL diversity and leadership development programs and will be briefed on two assessment projects that will be led by the newly appointed visiting program officer. The committee will discuss policies concerning the selection processes for diversity recruitment and scholarship programs, as well as strategies for ensuring that diversity and inclusion are embedded in ARL programs within the new strategic framework.


Foxhall A

E-Research Working Group

The working group will be joined by guests from the Digital Library Federation (DLF). Participants will discuss a cohort of peer networking and mentoring among a group of ARL institutions that participated in the E-Science Institute and that worked with a CLIR/DLF data curation postdoctoral fellow to refine the strategic agendas created during the E-Science Institute. Other agenda items include discussion of e-research within the ARL Strategic Framework 2015+ and research data management programs.


Dupont B

Statistics and Assessment Committee

The committee will be provided status updates on all ARL statistics and assessment initiatives and will be briefed on the new facilities inventory, the supplementary budget survey, and the special collections impact stories. As part of the Strategic Thinking and Design process the committee will engage in imagining what assessment needs to look like for ARL in future years. A review of member-funded activities as well as the StatsQUAL suite of market-driven services will be conducted. The committee will engage the questions that the Strategic Thinking and Design transition team will present to the committee chairs.

9:30 a.m.–10:00 a.m.


10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m.

Working Sessions


Foxhall B/C

Influencing Public Policies Steering Committee, Part I (FDLP Working Group and Fair Use Working Group)

For the first hour of the Fair Use and Related Exemptions Working Group session, Jonathan Band, PLLC, Technology Law and Policy, will explore and engage with the working group and guests to identify “bright lines” where research libraries can undertake mass digitization as a result of the HathiTrust decision.

The Regional Federal Depository Library Working Group will discuss the status of the HathiTrust Digital Library project that seeks to build a comprehensive collection of US government documents. In addition, the working group will discuss the possibility of several regional collections in remote storage serving as long-term preservation access collections for the FDLP.


Dupont B

Membership Committee (closed meeting)


Foxhall A

Special Collections Working Group

The working group will review its current partnership with the Society of American Archivists (SAA) to provide Digital Archives Specialist (DAS) courses to ARL libraries, and then spend time talking about new kinds of job descriptions and domains for digital archivists within ARL libraries. As the working group reviews the ARL Strategic Framework 2015+ the discussion will focus on the collective collection, particularly in light of new directions for the CLIR/Mellon Hidden Collections program. CLIR program staff Christa Williford and Amy Lucko will join the meeting as guests.

11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Cafe Dupont

Lunch (no speaker)

12:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m.

Working Sessions


Kalorama (2nd Floor)

Advancing Scholarly Communication Steering Committee

The committee will review the status of ongoing program activities as well as consider how to address scholarly communication issues in ARL’s new strategic framework.


Foxhall B/C

Influencing Public Policies Steering Committee, Part II

The committee will discuss several policy issues, including the growing concerns of many in the higher education community with the TEACH Act, a bill that seeks to ensure that students with disabilities have equal access to instructional technology used by a postsecondary institution. The committee will also discuss and consider a new initiative to promote institutional digital rights management in response to funder mandates on public access to research resources. Related to that initiative, the committee will discuss the federal agency public access policies and ARL’s engagement with agencies. Finally, there will be a discussion of Canadian policy issues, network neutrality and copyright reform activities prior to a joint session with the Transforming Research Libraries Steering Committee on accessibility and the introduction of Katya Pereyaslavska, Scholars Portal, and new ARL visiting program officer for accessibility and universal design.


Foxhall A

Transforming Research Libraries (TRL) Steering Committee

The committee will review its current activities supporting library workforce transformation, including its new monthly column Workforce Transformation Stories on the ARL website as well as expansion and uptake of the ARL Position Description Bank. The committee will hear a report from a small group meeting on October 6 about research library liaisons, in which the group will explore the creation of collective tools for external engagement. The meeting will conclude with a joint session with the Influencing Public Policies Steering Committee on activities to support library collaboration for accessible content and technology.

2:30 p.m.–3:00 p.m.


ARL Membership Meeting Convenes

3:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m.

Dupont Ballroom

Welcome and Introductions

Carol Pitts Diedrichs, ARL President and Vice Provost and Director of University Libraries, The Ohio State University

3:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.

Dupont Ballroom

Reports on ARL Initiatives

  • Strategic Thinking & Design

    Wendy Pradt Lougee, ARL Past President; University Librarian and McKnight Presidential Professor, University of Minnesota; and Chair of the ARL Strategic Thinking & Design Work Group

    Brian E. C. Schottlaender, Audrey Geisel University Librarian, University of California (UC), San Diego

  • SHARE Initiative

    Tyler Walters, Dean of Libraries, Virginia Tech and Co-Chair, SHARE Steering Committee

  • Fearless Future—Rebranding of ARL

    Mary Evangliste, Co-Owner, Fearless Future

    Jonathan Silberman, Co-Owner, Fearless Future

  • 10th Anniversary of the ARL Leadership Fellows Program

    Martha Bedard, Vice Provost for University Libraries, University of Connecticut

6:30 p.m.–8:00 p.m.

Glover Park Ballroom

Reception at the Dupont Circle Hotel


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

7:30 a.m.–8:30 a.m.

Dupont Ballroom Foyer

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m.–9:15 a.m.

Dupont Ballroom

ARL Business Meeting

(ARL member representatives only)

9:15 a.m.–9:30 a.m.

Dupont Ballroom

Tributes to Retiring ARL Directors

9:30 a.m.–10:00 a.m.


10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m.

Dupont Ballroom

The New Digital Landscape of Government Information: Implications for Research Libraries

While providing access to scholarly literature is a core mission, research libraries have historically played another key role: ensuring the survival of critical primary evidence and documentation produced outside of academia. This role has been particularly important in preserving government information. In 1998, for example, Yale, Cornell, and the Center for Research Libraries (CRL) were able to preserve the files of the murderous Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia, documentation that figured prominently in the subsequent prosecution of the surviving Khmer Rouge leadership for genocide.

The advent of big data and digital technologies is fundamentally altering the life cycle of such documentation, and calls for a “new system of action” to ensure the long-term integrity of this kind of societal evidence. Ironically, while digital media offer the potential for unprecedented government transparency, they also pose real threats to the survival and accessibility of government records, even in the United States and Canada.

This program will explore these threats in the realm of US government information, in light of the recent controversial losses—and unauthorized disclosures—of US government records. Speakers will bring three different perspectives to bear on access to “born digital” government information.

Bernard F. Reilly Jr., President, Center for Research Libraries

Charles A. Barth, Director of the Federal Register, US National Archives and Records Administration

Thomas S. Blanton, Executive Director of the National Security Archive, George Washington University

William B. McAllister, diplomatic historian and Director of Special Projects in the Office of the Historian, US Department of State

11:30 a.m.–12:45 p.m.

Cafe Dupont

Lunch (no speaker)

12:45 p.m.–1:45 p.m.

Glover Park Ballroom

Concurrent Sessions

Session I—Innovative Approaches: Services, Programs, and the Organization

What are innovative approaches to using scholarly resources and library expertise to support campus initiatives? How is a culture of innovation created in an organization? What is the long-term impact for the library, for the institution? M.J. D’Elia will talk about turning innovation from a core value to a core practice and share a blueprint for engendering creativity in the library. Mary Ann Mavrinac will talk about the creation of the iZone, a space within the library that will specialize in cultivating and supporting students’ creative and innovative ambitions.

Thomas Wall, University Librarian, Boston College

Mary Ann Mavrinac, Vice Provost and Andrew H. and Janet Dayton Neilly Dean of River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

M.J. D'Elia, Head, Learning and Curriculum Support, McLaughlin Library, University of Guelph

 Foxhall Ballroom

Session II—Elements of Successful Fundraising

This one-hour program is a brief look into three components of development: administrative placement of the library's development efforts; importance of collaboration between communication and development officers; and the opportunities and challenges of annual giving, campaigns, and gift planning. The panelists will also share their reflections on the role of the library director in development.

Deborah Jakubs, ARL Vice President/President-Elect and Rita DiGiallonardo Holloway University Librarian and Vice Provost for Library Affairs, Duke University

Megan Campbell, Director of Advancement, University of Toronto Libraries 

Deborah JakubsARL Vice President/President-Elect and Rita DiGiallonardo Holloway University Librarian and Vice Provost for Library Affairs, Duke University 

Karin Wittenborg, University Librarian and Dean of Libraries, University of Virginia

1:45 p.m.–2:15 p.m.


2:15 p.m.–3:30 p.m.

Dupont Ballroom

Accessible Technology and Content at Large-Scale: Opportunities for High-Impact Collaboration

Building on the strategies developed by the ARL Accessibility and Universal Design Working Group, including the launch of the Web Accessibility Toolkit, this program will address three new and ongoing efforts to help libraries fulfill their mission to enhance information access to all of their users. Presentations will cover the opportunities for services in the wake of the Authors Guild v. HathiTrust decision, the benefits and advantages of institutional self-assessment and accessibility plans, and the use of the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) Scholars Portal repository for digitized texts to serve patrons with print disabilities in Ontario. Paul Jaeger will moderate, setting the stage for how libraries can engage in greater collaborative accessibility work by understanding their changing user populations.

Resource for session:

Paul T. Jaeger, Associate Professor and Co-Director, Information Policy and Access Center (iPAC), University of Maryland College of Information Studies

Jonathan Band, PLLC, Technology Law and Policy

Irene Bowen, President, ADA One

Katya Pereyaslavska, Project Manager, Accessible Texts Repository, Ontario Council of University Libraries

3:30 p.m.–3:45 p.m.


3:45 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

Dupont Ballroom

Data-Management Programs—Getting to Concrete Results

Libraries, in concert with their institutions, are in different stages in the development of data-management programs. This session will explore the opportunities and challenges in the planning and implementation of programs.

John Wilkin, Juanita J. and Robert E. Simpson Dean of Libraries and University Librarian, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Paul Bracke, Associate Dean of Libraries for Research and Assessment, Purdue University

Heidi Imker, Director, Research Data Service, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Barbara E. Pralle, Head, Entrepreneurial Library Program, Johns Hopkins University

Membership Meeting Adjourns

5:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m.

Foxhall A

ARL Board of Directors Meeting II


ARL Membership Refines Strategic Thinking and Design at Spring 2014 Meeting

ohio-state-u-thompson-libraryimage © OSU, photo by Meera on Buckeyes BlogARL president Carol Pitts Diedrichs of The Ohio State University (OSU) convened the 164th ARL Membership Meeting in Columbus, Ohio, on Tuesday afternoon, May 6, 2014. Almost all of the program sessions at this meeting focused on the current ARL strategic thinking and design process, upon which the Association embarked in the fall of 2013 to define its role in higher education and to maximize ARL’s ability to be agile and responsive to changing priorities and member needs. The meeting also included a panel discussion of SHARE (SHared Access Research Ecosystem), a higher education and research community initiative to ensure the preservation of, access to, and reuse of research outputs.

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