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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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Higher Ed Organizations Urge Budget Committee to Eliminate Sequestration, Support Research and Education

U S Capitol buildingimage © Wally GobetzOn Friday, November 1, ARL joined the American Council on Education (ACE) and more than 30 other organizations in a letter (PDF) to the chairs of the US congressional committee deliberating a budget agreement. The organizations are asking the budget committee to eliminate the FY 2014 sequestration spending reductions and to prioritize investments in research and education.

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ARL Joins Amicus Brief in Fisher v. University of Texas

U S Supreme Courtimage © Mark FischerOn Thursday, October 31, ARL joined more than 40 associations in signing an amicus brief (PDF) in support of the University of Texas in its appeal of the ruling in Fisher v. University of Texas. The case challenges the affirmative action admissions policy of the university. This summer, the US Supreme Court held that the Fifth Circuit had not applied the correct level of scrutiny to the policy and sent the case back to the Fifth Circuit for review.

In leading the effort of this amicus brief, the American Council on Education stated, “The Supreme Court held in Grutter v. Bollinger, 539 U.S. 306 (2003), and reaffirmed in this case, that higher education institutions have a compelling interest in the educational benefits that flow from a diverse student body. That interest can justify the narrowly tailored consideration of race in admissions.”

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LibQUAL+® to Launch Improvements in 2014—Register Now

map of LibQUAL+ countriesCountries of LibQUAL+ interactive mapARL invites libraries to join the global assessment community of LibQUAL+ by registering for the 2014 LibQUAL+ survey, which will feature several enhancements.

When the LibQUAL+ survey year opens in January, the team will introduce a mobile version of the survey. LibQUAL+ survey respondents will be automatically directed to the appropriate version of the survey based on the width of their browser window, so libraries will not need to distribute multiple survey URLs. The survey platform will also generate QR codes to use in promoting the mobile version.

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ARL Membership Meeting & Fall Forum 2013 Slides Online

young man bicycling on a university campusimage © University of DenverSpeakers’ slides from the ARL Membership Meeting and the ARL Fall Forum held October 9–10 and October 10–11 in Arlington, Virginia, are now on the ARL website. Several ARL Membership Meeting sessions built on recent discussions about strategic thinking and the future landscape for research libraries. This year’s ARL Fall Forum, “Mobilizing the Research Enterprise,” explored opportunities and collaborations in responding to the White House memorandum on “Increasing Access to the Results of Federally Funded Research.” Available slides include:

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ARL-SAA Digital Archives Specialist Courses in LA: Early-Bird Deadline Approaching

U C L A Young Library interiorUCLA Young Research Library, image © Peter LeonardTuesday, November 26, is the last day to register at early-bird rates for the Digital Archives Specialist (DAS) courses being offered by ARL and the Society of American Archivists (SAA) at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), December 16–20. You do not need to work at an ARL library to register for the courses at this site—they are open to all librarians and archivists.

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Higher Education Community Supports Access to Publicly Funded Research

grafitti spelling FASTRimage © Newtown graffitiSixty-six presidents and provosts of US universities and colleges sent a letter to Congress urging passage of public access legislation, Fair Access to Science and Technology Research, or FASTR. This legislation promotes the acceleration of scientific discovery by making articles reporting on publicly funded scientific research freely accessible online. The presidents and provosts stated, “we believe that this legislation represents a watershed and provides an opportunity for the entire U.S. higher education and research community to draw upon their traditional partnerships and collaboratively realize the unquestionably good intentions of the bill’s framers—broadening access to publicly funded research in order to accelerate the advancement of knowledge and maximize the related public good. By ensuring broad and diverse access to taxpayer-funded research the bill also supports the intuitive and democratic principle that, with reasonable exceptions for issues of national security, the public ought to have access to the results of activities it funds.”

 
 
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