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ARL Academic Law Library Statistics 2011–2012 Published

ARL Academic Law Library Statistics 2011-2012 coverARL Academic Law Library Statistics 2011-2012ARL has released ARL Academic Law Library Statistics 2011–2012, which presents data describing collections, expenditures, personnel, and services in 74 law libraries at ARL member institutions in the US and Canada.

In 2011–2012, the reporting law libraries held a median of 438,034 volumes, spent a total of $224,500,879, and employed 1,957 FTE staff. Expenditures for materials and staff accounted for the bulk of total expenditures, at approximately 49% and 45% respectively. Respondents reported spending a total of $19,074,157 in one-time resource purchases and $83,484,120 in ongoing resource purchases.

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ARL Leadership Fellows Institute at Vanderbilt: Fellows and Connie Dowell Talk about the Program

projected word cloud at Vanderbilt University LibraryReal-time projection of search terms at Vanderbilt University Library, courtesy Vanderbilt UniversityLast week the new cohort of ARL leadership fellows convened on Vanderbilt University’s wooded campus in Nashville, Tennessee, for the first of three strategic issues institutes. The ARL Leadership Fellows program, designed and sponsored by ARL member libraries, helps develop future executive-level leaders of large research libraries and archives.

The institute—hosted by Connie Vinita Dowell, dean of libraries at Vanderbilt, and facilitated by Elliott Shore and Mark A. Puente of ARL—featured a full week of sessions with such leaders as Richard McCarty, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at Vanderbilt; John Lutz, vice chancellor for information technology at Vanderbilt; Beth Fortune, vice chancellor for public affairs at Vanderbilt; and Charles Henry, president of the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR).

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How Are Digital Collections Being Sustained? New Evidence-Based Report and Case Studies from ARL and Ithaka S+R Provide Answers

A A S Vigilantes of Montana posterVigilantes of Montana poster, courtesy American Antiquarian SocietyThe Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the not-for-profit research and consulting group Ithaka S+R released today Searching for Sustainability: Strategies from Eight Digitized Special Collections. The report aims to address one of the biggest challenges facing libraries and cultural heritage organizations: how to move their special collections into the 21st century through digitization while developing successful strategies to make sure those collections remain accessible and relevant over time.

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ARL Annual Salary Survey 2012–2013 Reports Data on 13,900 Staff in ARL Libraries

Salary Survey publication coverARL Annual Salary Survey 2012–2013The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has published the ARL Annual Salary Survey 2012–2013, which analyzes salary data for all professional staff working in the 125 ARL member libraries during 2012–2013. Data are reported for 10,072 professional staff in the 115 university ARL libraries and for 3,823 professional staff in the 10 non-university ARL libraries. In the Salary Survey, data for university library staff are usually reported in three distinct groups: general library systems, health sciences libraries, and law libraries.

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GSU Copyright Case: Post-Argument Panel to Be Held, Webcast Nov. 19

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In 2012, the North Georgia District Court ruled largely in favor of Georgia State University (GSU) in the ongoing copyright lawsuit initiated by Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, and SAGE Publishers. The decision was the first US federal court decision specifically addressing fair use and electronic reserves. Plaintiff publishers appealed on many points of the ruling.

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Libraries Applaud Dismissal of Google Book Search Case

screenshot of Mrs Dalloway in Google BooksGoogle BooksAfter eight years of litigation, the US District Court for the Southern District of New York today upheld the fair use doctrine when the court dismissed Authors Guild v. Google, a case that questioned the legality of Google’s searchable book database.

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Library Assessment Conference 2014: Call for Proposals

u-washington-suzzallo-libraryUniversity of Washington, Suzzallo Library, image © Chris DubéARL, the University of Washington Libraries, and the conference planning committee invite proposals for the 2014 Library Assessment Conference: Building Effective, Sustainable, Practical Assessment, to be held in Seattle, Washington, August 4–6, 2014. The deadline for submissions has been extended to January 21, 2014.

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ARL Strategic Design Process Launches

Thomas W Lawson clipper shipARL’s strategic thinking and design process kicked off with a regional design meeting led by consultant Ann Pendleton-Jullian and hosted by the University of Minnesota on October 1. There have been three subsequent regional design meetings to date: in Los Angeles on October 17, in Chicago on October 22, and in Toronto today. ARL staff are reporting on selected meetings as they happen.

 
 

Broad Coalition Urges Senate to Reauthorize COMPETES Act

neon sign outside R and D Kitchen restaurantimage © Muy YumARL joined more than 300 universities and businesses; higher education associations; and nonprofit, industry, and research organizations in a letter (PDF) to US Senate Commerce Committee leadership supporting reauthorization of the America COMPETES Act. The COMPETES Act promotes innovation through research and development to improve the competitiveness of the United States. The legislation is focused on the activities and programs of several agencies, such as the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

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E-Science Institute Registration Open—Deadline November 25

drosophila epithelia under microscopeimage © Journal of Cell BiologyThe next offering of the DuraSpace/DLF E-Science Institute—designed to help academic and research libraries develop a strategic agenda for e-research support, with a particular focus on the sciences—will run December 2013 through April 2014. The institute is limited to 25 institutions and the registration deadline is Monday, November 25, 2013.

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