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Barbara 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.
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“Electronic Superhighway” by Nam June Paik, image © The QAt an open meeting held on May 15, 2014, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) considered the issue of “Protecting and Promoting the Open Internet,” or net neutrality. The FCC voted on—and passed by 3-2—a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), which proposes new rules in accordance with the decision of the Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit that overturned the FCC’s 2010 Open Internet Rules regarding anti-discrimination and anti-blocking. The FCC seeks comments, due July 15, 2014, on a wide range of topics including the appropriate scope of the rules, whether paid prioritization should be banned outright, and what legal authority provides the most effective path to protecting an open Internet.
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Council on Library and Information ResourcesThe board of the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) elected eight new members at the spring 2014 board meeting:
Dan Cohen, executive director, Digital Public Library of America
Darby English, Starr director of the research and academic program, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute
Emilie Gordenker, director of the Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis
James Hilton, dean of university libraries and professor, University of Michigan
Anne R. Kenney, Carl A. Kroch university librarian, Cornell University
Max Marmor, president, Samuel H. Kress Foundation
Daniel Weiss, president, Haverford College
Gene Wiemers, vice president for information and library services and librarian, Bates College
Stanley Wilder, image courtesy LSULouisiana State University (LSU) has appointed Stanley Wilder as dean of LSU Libraries, effective July 1, 2014, pending approval by the LSU Board of Supervisors. Wilder is currently university librarian at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He previously served at the University of Rochester as associate dean of information management services, following 10 years at LSU. As dean of LSU Libraries, he succeeds Jennifer Cargill, who retired in February 2013. Elaine Smyth has served as interim dean during the search process. For more information about Wilder and his appointment, see the May 5 LSU news release, “Stanley Wilder Named Dean of LSU Libraries.”
Diana G. Oblinger, image courtesy EDUCAUSEDiana G. Oblinger, EDUCAUSE president and CEO, announced that she will retire in March 2015. Oblinger joined EDUCAUSE, a higher education technology association, in 2004 as a vice president and was named president in 2008. The EDUCAUSE Board of Directors expects to announce a search for the new president soon. For more information, see the April 3 EDUCAUSE press release, “EDUCAUSE President and CEO Diana Oblinger to Retire in 2015 after a Career Advancing Education Technology Issues.”
UI Main Library, photo by Tom Jorgensen, © UI
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The University of Iowa (UI) Libraries has been named a “Library of the Year” by the US Government Printing Office (GPO). The UI is one of four libraries in the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) being recognized for leadership, educational outreach, and commitment to providing free public access to information available from the federal government.
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Main Street Bridge, Columbus, image © Dave SoldanoColumbus, Ohio, has been chosen as the site for the 2016 International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) World Library and Information Congress. More than 4,000 people from 120 countries are expected to attend the event, which will be held August 11–18, 2016, at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.
Richard W. Clement, image courtesy UNMThe University of New Mexico (UNM) has appointed Richard W. Clement as dean of the UNM College of University Libraries and Learning Sciences, effective July 1, 2014. Clement is currently dean of libraries and adjunct professor of history at Utah State University. At UNM, he succeeds Martha Bedard, who stepped down to take the position of vice provost for University of Connecticut Libraries in October 2013. Michael Kelly has served as interim dean of UNM libraries during the search process. For more information about Clement and his appointment, see the April 24 UNM news article, “Clement Appointed Dean of UNM College of University Libraries & Learning Sciences.”
Leveraging the Liaison ModelIn an issue brief published in March 2014 by Ithaka S+R, Anne R. Kenney, the Carl A. Kroch university librarian at Cornell University, explores how librarians can leverage the liaison model to demonstrate “that the library is more than a purveyor of content and that its expertise is an essential component of the academic knowledge infrastructure on and off campus.” Kenney notes, “We must be prepared to answer two key questions: what does the library do that promotes academic productivity and is it the most effective and efficient way to achieve that end?” Download the full issue brief, Leveraging the Liaison Model, from the Ithaka S+R website.
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“Electronic Superhighway” by Nam June Paik, image © The QThe Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is once again trying to propose network neutrality rules that would assure an open Internet, though early press reports based on a draft proposal indicate that more work needs to be done to achieve network neutrality. In its January 2014 decision in Verizon v. FCC, the DC Circuit Court of Appeals struck down previous FCC rules on network neutrality. The FCC will consider new rules on May 15. The proposed rules will then be subject to public comment and will be carefully reviewed by many communities, given the possible impact on free speech, innovation, online learning, and more. ARL, the American Library Association (ALA), and EDUCAUSE have been collaborating on network neutrality issues and will continue to work with the FCC and other communities as the proposed rules are publicly considered.