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IMLS Seeks Nominations for National Medal for Museum and Library Service 2015

national-medal-for-museum-and-library-serviceFor more than 20 years, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has recognized museums and libraries that make extraordinary contributions to their communities. The National Medal for Museum and Library Service is the US government’s highest honor for exemplary service by these institutions. IMLS is now accepting nominations for the 2015 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. Nomination forms are due October 15, 2014.

All types of nonprofit libraries and library organizations, including academic, research, archives, school, special, library associations, and library consortia, are eligible to receive this honor. Public or private nonprofit museums of any discipline (including art, history, science and technology, children’s, and natural history), as well as historic houses, nature centers, zoos, and botanical gardens, are eligible.

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Library, Higher Education Organizations File Net Neutrality Comments with FCC

electronic-superhighway-by-nam-june-paik“Electronic Superhighway” by Nam June Paik, image © The QToday, July 18, 2014, ARL, together with 10 other library and higher education groups, filed comments with the FCC on net neutrality (PDF). These comments largely expand on the points made in the Net Neutrality Principles jointly filed by library and higher education groups on July 10, going into greater detail and making specific suggestions to strengthen the proposals made in the FCC’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.

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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.

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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.”

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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. 

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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):

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ARL Strategic Thinking and Design Highlighted by Chronicle of Higher Education

strategic-design-domains-for-the-research-libraryA July 7, 2014, post by the Chronicle of Higher Education’s Ubiquitous Librarian blogger, Brian Mathews, calls out ARL’s strategic thinking and design work for its “optimistic and opportunistic, bold vision for the future.” In the post, “Shifting from a Knowledge Service Provider to a Collaborative Partner,” Mathews refers to the slide deck (PDF) from a presentation delivered at the May 2014 ARL Membership Meeting as “one of the most thought-provoking items I’ve seen from library-land in quite a while.” He goes on to list particular points in the presentation that intrigue him.

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NLM History of Medicine Blog Celebrates First Anniversary

nlm-circulating-now-screenshotCirculating Now blog Circulating Now, the blog of the US National Library of Medicine (NLM) History of Medicine Division, celebrated its one-year anniversary on July 1, 2014. Since its launch, Circulating Now has published over 350 posts about the historical collections and associated exhibitions, resources, and activities of the world’s largest biomedical library. The posts have covered a wide range of subjects, from the Nuremberg Chronicle, Andreas Vesalius and De Fabrica, Gene Kelly’s Combat Fatigue Irritability, Florence Nightingale, and a look back at NLM Librarians. The blog has featured stories on President Garfield’s assassination, 50 years of smoking and health, chocolate valentines, and “The Magic in Mold and Dirt,” as well as breaking news about recent acquisitions, exhibitions, research, and discoveries in the collection.

 

Authors Guild v. HathiTrust: Implications for Libraries

open-book-folded-pagesimage © Thomas HawkJonathan Band, policybandwidth and legal counsel to the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA), released on July 7, 2014, an analysis of the recent Authors Guild v. HathiTrust decision, “What Does the HathiTrust Decision Mean for Libraries?” (PDF). As Band notes, “The decision has implications for libraries that go far beyond the specific facts of the case. This paper offers some preliminary thoughts on what these implications may be.” The paper reviews several issues including mass digitization and storage, access to works, suggestions concerning other forms of access, and associational standing. Band concludes:

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Mary-Jo Romaniuk Named University Librarian at U Manitoba

mary-jo-romaniukMary-Jo Romaniuk,
image © ALISE
University of Manitoba (UM) has appointed Mary-Jo Romaniuk as university librarian for a five-year term effective October 1, 2014. Romaniuk is currently an adjunct faculty member at the University of Southern California, where she is helping the Marshall School of Business develop a combined library and management program. From 2010 to 2012, Romaniuk served as acting chief librarian at the University of Alberta, where she held positions of increasing responsibility since 1997.

As university librarian at University of Manitoba, Romaniuk succeeds Karen Adams, who retired on June 30, 2014, after six years as university librarian. Donna Breyfogle, associate university librarian at UM, is serving as acting university librarian from July 1 to September 30. For more information about Romaniuk and her appointment, see the July 2 UM announcement, “New Appointments for Dean of Science and University Librarian.”

 
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