HathiTrust to Partner with DPLA, Contributing 3.5 Million Books

open-book-with-folded-pagesimage © Thomas HawkToday the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) announced that the HathiTrust Digital Library will partner with DPLA to expand discovery and use of HathiTrust’s public domain and other openly available content. DPLA provides an online portal to freely available digital material held by libraries, archives, and museums across the United States. The HathiTrust Digital Library offers a collection of millions of titles digitized from academic and research institutions around the world. The new partnership doubles the size of the DPLA collection and provides a wider audience for the HathiTrust titles.

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CRL to Offer Tours during ALA Annual Conference in Chicago

center-for-research-libraries-exteriorimage © CRLLibrarians and library staff visiting Chicago for the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference later this month are invited to tour the Center for Research Libraires (CRL) collections and facility on Friday, June 28. This is an opportunity to see CRL's closed-stack library of rarely held material from around the world. CRL staff will be on hand to discuss new developments in their services, including digitization and offers for electronic resources, as well as expanded access to primary-source collections.

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MINES for Libraries®: Measuring the Impact of Networked Electronic Services—Call for Participation

mine-shaft-wheelimage © MacroMiracleARL invites participation in the MINES for Libraries survey in 2013–2014. Measuring the Impact of Networked Electronic Services (MINES for Libraries, or MINES) is an online, transaction-based survey that collects data on user demographics and the purpose of use of e-resources. The MINES project utilizes a point-of-use survey technique and integrates usage data about such electronic resources as digital collections, open access journals, pre-print and post-print servers, and institutional repositories to provide an inclusive picture of the library’s supported networked e-resources. MINES has been administered at more than 50 North American libraries since 2003, surveying more than 100,000 networked services users.

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SPARC Open Access Meeting 2014 to Focus on Convergence

kansas-city-skylineimage © Matthew WhiteheadThe next SPARC Open Access Meeting, themed “Convergence,” will convene March 3–4, 2014, in Kansas City. The past year has seen growing momentum in the areas of open access, open data, and open educational resources. As the push for greater openness continues, these three fronts are converging in interesting and potentially transformative ways. Join us as leaders from the library community, academia, industry, student community, and other research avenues discuss how open access, open data, and open educational resources are intersecting, and the impact this convergence might have on research and discovery. The meeting is designed to emphasize collaborative actions that stakeholders can take to positively impact publishing, policy, digital repositories, author rights, and licensing.

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US National Archives Launches Founders Online

founders-online-screenshotYesterday the US National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), through its National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), along with the University of Virginia Press launched a beta version of the Founders Online website. Founders Online provides free, searchable access to over 119,000 letters and other documents written and received by George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams (and family), Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, and James Madison. 

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Assessment in Action Teams Selected by ACRL

assessment-in-action-logoThis spring the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) selected teams from 75 institutions, including 9 ARL member libraries, to participate in the first year of a new assessment program, Assessment in Action: Academic Libraries and Student Success (AiA). This is a three-year program funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and carried out by ACRL in partnership with the Association for Institutional Research and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities.

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Public Library in 2020 Explored by Clifford Lynch

free-to-the-people-above-carnegie-public-library-entrance-in-pittsburghimage © JanetandPhilCNI executive director Clifford Lynch discusses one possible future for American public libraries in a chapter of a new book edited by Joe Janes, Library in 2020: Today’s Leading Visionaries Describe Tomorrow’s Library. In his chapter, “The Public Library in 2020,” Lynch speculates about how public libraries will change over the next several years.

Also of interest is the recent interview of the book's editor, Joe Janes, by Andrew Richard Albanese for Publishers Weekly, “ALA 2013: The Library of 2020 Will Be…


Library Associations Support Nomination of Davita Vance-Cooks for Public Printer

davita-vance-cooksDavita Vance-Cooks, photo courtesy GPOOn June 11, ARL joined the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL), American Library Association (ALA), Medical Library Association (MLA), and Special Libraries Association (SLA) in a letter (PDF) to the US Senate Committee on Rules & Administration supporting President Obama's nomination of Acting Public Printer Davita Vance-Cooks for Public Printer of the United States. The Public Printer oversees the US Government Printing Office (GPO). If confirmed, Vance-Cooks would be the first woman and first African American to head the GPO.

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Using LibQUAL+® and Other Evidence for Assessment, Evaluation, Resource Planning—ARL and CARL to Offer Workshop at EBLIP 7

u-saskatchewan-convocation-hallimage © Jordon CooperARL and the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) will sponsor a workshop on using evidence for assessment and evaluation as part of the Seventh International Evidence Based Library and Information Practice Conference (EBLIP 7) in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. This preconference session will be held on Monday, July 15, 2013, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

UPDATE: This workshop has been cancelled.

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ARL Joins 86 Orgs, Internet Companies Demanding Committee Investigation, End to Dragnet Spying

phone with sticker on it saying "this phone is tapped"image © François ProulxYesterday, ARL joined with a broad, bipartisan coalition of 86 organizations and Internet companies—including the Electronic Frontier Foundation, reddit, Mozilla, and the American Civil Liberties Union—to send a letter to Congress demanding swift investigation and reform in light of the recent revelations about unchecked global surveillance.

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