ClimateQUAL®: Organizational Climate and Diversity Assessment—Call for Participation 2013

rainbow-over-peckham-libraryimage © Julian BurgessARL invites participation in the ClimateQUAL survey in 2013. The online survey collects information about: (a) library staff perceptions of the organization’s commitment to the principles of diversity, (b) staff perceptions of organizational policies and procedures, and (c) staff attitudes. The survey addresses such issues as diversity, teamwork, learning, fairness, current managerial practices, and staff attitudes and beliefs.

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Iowa Appoints John Culshaw University Librarian

john-culshawJohn P. Culshaw, photo by Tom Jorgensen, © University of IowaJohn P. Culshaw, senior associate dean of libraries at the University of Colorado Boulder and 2011–2012 ARL Research Library Leadership Fellow, has been named university librarian for the University of Iowa, effective August 1, 2013. His appointment is subject to approval by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa. Culshaw will succeed Nancy Baker, who has served as university librarian since 2000 and is retiring on July 5. Between July 5 and August 1, Paul Soderdahl, associate university librarian for information technology, will act as interim university librarian. For more information, see the June 3 Iowa Now article, “Culshaw Named University Librarian.”


Clifford Lynch Profiled as Digital Preservation Pioneer

clifford-lynchClifford Lynch, image © Cecilia PrestonThe Library of Congress blog The Signal: Digital Preservation featured CNI executive director Clifford Lynch in its Digital Preservation Pioneer series on May 29. The profile's author, Mike Ashenfelder, writes, “Clifford Lynch is widely regarded as an oracle in the culture of networked information. Lynch monitors the global information ecosystem for cultural trends and technological developments. He ponders their variables, interdependencies and influencing factors. He confers with colleagues and draws conclusions. Then he reports his observations through lectures, conference presentations and writings. People who know about Lynch pay close attention to what he has to say.” Read the complete profile, “Digital Preservation Pioneer: Clifford Lynch,” on the Library of Congress website. 


ARL's Brandon Butler Named Practitioner-in-Residence at AU Law School

brandon-butlerBrandon ButlerBrandon Butler has resigned as director of public policy initiatives at ARL, effective July 15, 2013. He is taking the position of practitioner-in-residence at the Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Law Clinic, Washington College of Law, American University (AU).


Better Salaries through Better Data: Webcast Video Online

salary-survey-coverThe video of the webcast “Using ARL Salary Data to Make the Case for Higher Salaries” presented on May 21, 2013, is now available on ARL's YouTube channel. This webcast examines how to use the ARL Annual Salary Survey beyond the published data. The speakers showcase how libraries have used ARL's custom report services, identify how to demonstrate salary issues that need to be addressed, and discuss strategies leaders have used to make the case for improved salaries. Webcast slides (PDF) are also available for download.

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Library Assessment Conference 2014 to Convene August 4–6 in Seattle

seattle-skylineimage © Chris TarnawskiSave the dates August 4–6, 2014, for the next Library Assessment Conference: Building Effective, Sustainable, Practical Assessment, to be hosted in Seattle, Washington, by ARL and the University of Washington Libraries. The conference goal is to build and further a vibrant library assessment community by bringing together interested practitioners and researchers who have responsibility or interest in the broad field of library assessment. The conference provides a mix of invited speakers, contributed papers and posters, and workshops that stimulate discussion and provide workable ideas for effective, practical, and sustainable library assessment.

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Mark Puente Responds to LJ Editorial on Diversity Recruitment

mark-puenteMark A. PuenteARL's director of diversity and leadership programs, Mark A. Puente, submitted the following comments to Library Journal (LJ) in response to the May 23 editorial by Michael Kelley, "The MLS and the Race Line": Mr. Kelley provides some interesting and provocative comments about the effectiveness of diversity recruitment programs such as the collaboration between the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the Society of American Archivists (SAA) recently funded by IMLS. But as previous commenters have pointed out to him, no one strategy is going to be effective for every recruit and a variety of approaches should be used. ARL’s approach should be seen within a larger context of attempts to ameliorate this vexing problem.

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Peter Suber Named Director of Harvard’s Office for Scholarly Communication

peter-suberPeter Suber, image © SPARCThe Harvard Library and the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University have appointed SPARC senior researcher Peter Suber as director of the Office for Scholarly Communication (OSC), which spearheads campus-wide initiatives to open, share, and preserve scholarship. Suber's appointment is effective July 1, 2013. He will continue his current activities with SPARC as well as his roles as director of the Harvard Open Access Project, as a Berkman Center faculty fellow, and as research professor of philosophy at Earlham College.

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Texas A&M, UT Open Joint Library Facility

tamu-ut-joint-library-facilityimage © TAMUToday the Texas A&M University (TAMU) and University of Texas (UT) systems are opening a Joint Library Facility at TAMU’s Riverside Campus. The $6.3 million, 18,000-square-foot facility will house more than 1 million books from the collections of the two universities and make them available for use by other academic or medical institutions.

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CARL Asks Prime Minister to Consult Community in Hiring Librarian & Archivist of Canada

library-archives-canada-preservation-centreLibrary and Archives Canada, image © LACOn May 21, the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) sent an open letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper asking him to consult with the library and archival community during the selection process for the next Librarian and Archivist of Canada. Daniel Caron resigned as Librarian and Archivist of Canada on May 15.

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