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image © JiscEarlier this year Jisc, along with Mimas (at University of Manchester) and University of Huddersfield, launched the Library Analytics and Metrics Project (LAMP) in the UK. LAMP aims to enable libraries to capitalize on the many types of data they capture in day-to-day activities, using the data to support the improvement and development of services and to demonstrate value and impact in new ways.
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image © JanetandPhilThe Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has updated its Public Libraries in the United States Survey (PLS) website with final FY 2011 data. The survey collects descriptive statistics annually from more than 9,000 public libraries in the US.
Roberta Shaffer, image courtesy Library of CongressCNI has published a podcast of a presentation by Roberta Shaffer, associate librarian for library services at the Library of Congress (LC), discussing LC's new Bibliographic Framework Initiative (BIBFRAME) at the CNI Membership Meeting in San Antonio, Texas, this April. BIBFRAME is intended to develop a new communications vehicle for bibliographic data to better accommodate future needs. A major focus of the initiative will be to determine a transition path for the MARC 21 exchange format in order to reap the benefits of newer technology while preserving a robust data exchange that has supported resource sharing and cataloging cost savings in recent decades. Shaffer's presentation describes the BIBFRAME steps taken to date and the expectations for further development.
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image courtesy Kentucky Digital LibraryThe oral history program at the University of Kentucky (UK) was recently featured in the Lexington Herald-Leader for developing technology that inexpensively and efficiently enhances access to oral history online. The UK Libraries created the unique system, the Oral History Metadata Synchronizer, in 2008. The Institute of Museum and Library Services awarded the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History in UK Libraries’ Special Collections a National Leadership Grant in 2011 to continue developing the synchronizer.
image © ACRLKaren Williams, associate university librarian for research and learning at University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, has been named dean of university libraries at University of Arizona, effective August 5, 2013. Williams will succeed Carla Stoffle, who is stepping down as dean after 22 years in the position to join the faculty of the School of Information Resources and Library Sciences, effective July 31. For more information about Karen Williams, see her profile on the University of Arizona website.
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image © CCCThe Chicago Collections Consortium (CCC) has announced the appointment of its first executive director, Jaclyn Grahl. The CCC is a newly formed organization that aims to preserve, present, and promote the history and culture of the Chicago region by leveraging the collections, programs, and expertise of its members: libraries, museums, and other institutions with Chicago-focused archival collections. CCC members include three ARL members—Northwestern University, University of Chicago, and University of Illinois at Chicago—as well as the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago History Museum, Chicago Public Library, Columbia College Chicago, DePaul University, Illinois Institute of Technology, Loyola University Chicago, Newberry Library, and Roosevelt University. A major first initiative of the CCC is to develop a freely accessible, online portal to materials documenting the Chicago metropolitan area.
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image © Indiana State UAlberta Davis Comer, dean and associate dean of library services at Indiana State University, has been named dean and director of the J. Willard Marriott Library and university librarian for the University of Utah, effective August 19, 2013. Comer will succeed Joyce Ogburn, who served as dean at Utah from 2007 to 2012 and recently accepted the position of dean of libraries at Appalachian State University. For more details about Comer's appointment, see the June 24 University of Utah news release, “University of Utah Names Dean for Marriott Library.”
image © Cecilia PrestonNext weekend at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Chicago, CNI executive director Clifford Lynch will participate in two panel discussions about libraries and technology. He will take part in the Digital Content Working Group (DCWG) panel “ALA, E-Books & Digital Content: What’s Next?” on Saturday, June 29, 1:00-2:30 p.m., in the McCormick Place Convention Center room S502. He will also participate in “LITA’s Top Technology Trends Panel” on Sunday, June 30, at 1:00 p.m., in convention center room S105a-c.
photo by Jose M. CabreraYolanda L. Cooper, deputy university librarian and a librarian associate professor at University of Miami, was named acting dean and university librarian, effective June 1, 2013. Cooper will serve in her interim role until a permanent replacement is appointed for William D. Walker, who stepped down as dean and university librarian on May 31 after 10 years in the position. For more information about Yolanda Cooper, see her staff profile on the University of Miami website.
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image © Ed UthmanThe Library of Congress (LC), in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), has selected 10 candidates for the inaugural class of the National Digital Stewardship Residency (NDSR) program. The nine-month program begins in September 2013.