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New Workforce Transformation Story: Communities of Practice as Tools for Change

image © Tom SharlotARL’s Transforming Research Libraries (TRL) Steering Committee has published the fourth entry in its monthly column, Workforce Transformation Stories. Kelly Broughton, assistant dean for research and education services at Ohio University Libraries, contributed the September essay, “Communities of Practice as Tools for Organizational Change and Self-directed Professional Development.”

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Coalition Urges Congress to Ensure Fourth Amendment Protection for Digital Communication

Constitution Day ad re ECPA View/download PDF On Constitution Day, September 17, 2014, ARL joined a coalition of businesses and civil rights, privacy, and public interest organizations in running an advertisement in Roll Call urging Congressional leaders to bring two bipartisan bills, S. 607 and H.R. 1852, to the floor. These bills would update the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) and ensure that the warrant standard of the Fourth Amendment applies to private digital communication and information just as it applies to physical property. As an increasing amount of information is stored in cloud-based services and more communication takes place online, ensuring that the Fourth Amendment extends to the digital environment is critical. This coalition also sent letters to the leadership of the US House of Representatives and the US Senate urging passage of the ECPA legislation.

 
 

Career Enhancement Program Call for Applications—Deadline Nov. 3

student-with-laptop-and-notebookimage © CollegeDegrees360ARL is now accepting applications for the Career Enhancement Program. Master of library and information science (MLIS) 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 American Library Association (ALA)–accredited program, are encouraged to apply for this enriching experience.

The ARL Career Enhancement Program, funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and ARL member libraries, provides each fellow a rewarding compensation package with a potential value in excess of $10,000 per person.

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ARL/SAA Mosaic Program Fellows Selected for 2014–2016

19th-cent-stamped-envelopeimage © Clemson University LibraryThe selection committee for the Association of Research Libraries (ARL)/Society of American Archivists (SAA) Mosaic Program has chosen five master of library and information science (MLIS) students specializing in archival studies to participate in the 2014–2016 cohort. Funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), this program strives to promote much-needed diversification of the archives and special collections professional workforce.

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Next-Gen Learning Spaces, SPEC Kit 342, Published by ARL

spec-kit-342-coverNext-Gen Learning SpacesARL has released Next-Gen Learning Spaces, SPEC Kit 342, which explores the configuration and uses of learning spaces in ARL libraries, the developments and transformations that have occurred over the past 10 years, and future plans for learning spaces to determine where they are on a continuum between first-generation information commons and “next-gen” spaces. The publication covers five main areas related to learning spaces:

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SHARE Launches Brand Identity

share-logoThe SHared Access Research Ecosystem (SHARE) has unveiled a logo and brand that reflects the initiative’s values and goals. SHARE is a higher education and research community initiative to ensure the preservation of, access to, and reuse of research outputs. SHARE aims to make the inventory of research assets more discoverable and more accessible, and to enable the research community to build upon these assets in creative and productive ways.

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ARL Fall Forum on Scholarly Monograph—Register by September 26

open-hardcover-bookimage © Horia VarlanRegister by Friday, September 26, for the ARL Fall Forum 2014, “Wanted Dead or Alive—The Scholarly Monograph,” to be held in Washington, DC, on Thursday, October 9. The program will explore the future of the scholarly monograph. The forum will feature a keynote address by Laura Mandell, director of the Initiative for Digital Humanities, Media, and Culture at Texas A&M University. Additional sessions will cover the engagement of university leadership and faculty in creating new forms of scholarship and other strategies being employed to address the changing scholarly environment. See the program schedule for more details.

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Synergy: News from ARL Diversity Programs—Issue 11 Focuses on Professional Trends

synergy-11-coverSynergy, no. 11 (PDF) The 2014 issue of Synergy: News from ARL Diversity Programs features three brief articles on a range of topics around trends in the library and archival profession. The newsletter provides an opportunity for ARL diversity programs participants to share information about key issues and emerging trends in the workplace.

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Minority Representation in the 2012–2013 ARL Annual Salary Survey: Taking a Closer Look

lac2014-morris-kyrillidou-poster View/download PDF of poster A poster (PDF) analyzing trends in minority professional staff in US ARL university libraries through 2012–2013 was presented at the recent Library Assessment Conference by ARL’s Shaneka Morris and Martha Kyrillidou.

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XML and XSLT Workshops to Be Offered by ARL and DLF

screenshot of X M L codeThe Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Statistics and Assessment program and the Digital Library Federation (DLF), a program of the Council on Library and Information Resources, are pleased to offer two in-depth workshops focused on using XML and XSLT in the library environment: “An Introduction to XML and XML Applications” and “Transforming Library Metadata with XSLT.”

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