Print Retention Decision Making, SPEC Kit 337, Published by ARL

SPEC Kit 337 coverPrint Retention Decision MakingARL has released Print Retention Decision Making, SPEC Kit 337, which examines research libraries’ print retention decision making strategies related to storage of materials in three different types of facilities or circumstances: on-site, staff-only shelving; remote shelving; and collaborative retention agreements. The survey also examined the decision making and practices surrounding the deaccessioning of library material. For each retention or deaccession strategy, the survey explored the on-going or project-based nature of the work, the involvement of stakeholders, the selection process and criteria for materials to be retained or deaccessioned, the communication strategy with internal and external audiences, and the responses from the libraries’ internal and external audiences to these endeavors.

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Career Enhancement Program Application Deadline Extended

Career Enhancement Program fellows 2013Career Enhancement Program fellows 2013, photo by Molly MageeThe application deadline for the 2014 ARL Career Enhancement Program has been extended to Wednesday, October 30, 2013. Master of library and information science (MLIS) students from racial and ethnic minority groups, who have successfully completed a minimum of 12 credit hours (or will complete 12 hours by the scheduled internship) in an American Library Association (ALA)–accredited program, are encouraged to apply for this enriching experience. The Career Enhancement Program, funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and ARL member libraries, provides each fellow a rewarding compensation package with a potential value in excess of $10,000 per person.

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ARL, Coalition Voice Support for Surveillance Transparency Legislation

phone with sticker that says This Phone Is Tappedimage © François ProulxOn September 30, ARL, together with 71 other privacy and civil liberties groups, sent a letter to the US Senate and House Judiciary Committees (PDF), calling on Congress to provide greater transparency around national security–related requests by the US government to Internet, telephone, and web-based service providers for information about users and subscribers. The coalition strongly supports the Surveillance Transparency Act of 2013 (S. 1452) and the Surveillance Order Reporting Act of 2013 (H.R. 3035), each of which would clarify that companies have the right to publish basic statistics about the government demands for user data that they receive.

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ARL/DLF Forum Fellows 2013 Announced

U T Austin conference centerimage © AT&T Conference Center, UT AustinThe Digital Library Federation (DLF) and the 2013 DLF Program Planning Committee have awarded five ARL-funded 2013 ARL/DLF Forum Fellowships for Underrepresented Groups. Each fellow will receive complimentary registration and up to $1,000 to cover travel costs to attend the 2013 DLF Forum in Austin, Texas, November 4–6, as well as complimentary registration to the Taiga Forum.

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Higher Ed Leaders Promote Alternative Careers for PhDs

button that says Hire Humanitiesimage © Quinn DombrowskiNew efforts are underway to eradicate the stigma associated with nonacademic careers for PhD graduates, according to a recent article in the Chronicle of Higher Education, “Scholarly Groups Chip Away at Taboo of Nonacademic Careers” (Chronicle login required). Reporter Lindsay Ellis describes initiatives at the Modern Language Association (MLA) and the American Historical Association (AHA) to raise awareness among PhD students—especially in the humanities—of alternative careers outside the academy.

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In Memory of Ann Wolpert

Ann Wolpert,
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Ann J. Wolpert, director of the MIT Libraries since 1996, passed away at the age of 70 after a brief illness, MIT announced on October 2. Ann was a champion of digital preservation and open access to information. Under her leadership, the MIT Libraries developed DSpace, an open-source repository application now in use by more than 1,000 institutions around the world. She also played a key role in the passage of the MIT Faculty Open Access Policy, one of the first institution-wide open access policies in the US.

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Emory Appoints Yolanda Cooper University Librarian

yolanda-cooperYolanda Cooper,
photo by Jose M. Cabrera
Yolanda Cooper has been named university librarian at Emory University, effective January 15, 2014. Cooper is currently librarian associate professor, deputy university librarian, and acting dean and university librarian at University of Miami. The role of Emory university librarian has been redefined as part of an organizational restructuring that has combined Emory’s library and IT organizations. This restructuring has been led by Rich Mendola, enterprise CIO and senior vice provost of library services and digital scholarship. Mendola served as interim vice provost and director of the libraries from June 2012, when Rick Luce was named dean of libraries at University of Oklahoma. On January 15, 2013, Mendola was appointed to his current role, which was a newly created position. For more information about Cooper’s appointment, see the October 3 Emory news story, “Emory Names New University Librarian.”


ARL-SAA Digital Archives Specialist Courses in Albuquerque: Early-Bird Deadline Extended

image © Danae HurstMonday, October 14, is now 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 New Mexico in Albuquerque, October 21–25. 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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Notes from Elliott Shore’s Listening Tour: Yellow Brick, Red Brick, Limestone: Three Days in Indiana and on the East and West Banks of the Mississippi

University of Notre Dame, Architecture LibraryARL executive director Elliott Shore has embarked on a "listening tour" of ARL member libraries. This is the eighth in a series of informal reports from his visits.

After a summer’s pause, I went back on the road again to visit Diane Parr Walker at Notre Dame, Jim Mullins at Purdue, and Brenda Johnson at Indiana University on the continuation of my listening tour. I then headed north to visit ARL president Wendy Lougee at the University of Minnesota. The pause was a generative one: in the interim I could collect and synthesize my thoughts and my notes as we started the data collection and mining research project for the ARL strategic thinking and design process with the support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. At the same time, we began to put together the various pieces of the design studio that Ann Pendleton-Jullian is leading for us, also with grant support: her work and the regional meetings we are arranging are underwritten by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. A new ARL directors’ orientation in September—did you know that there have been 26 new directors appointed in the last 18 months?—afforded Ann and me the opportunity to have a productive session with 19 of the new directors as we geared up for the first design studio in Minneapolis (watch for that report soon).

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ARL Awarded IMLS and Mellon Grants for Strategic Thinking and Design

System of action exemplified by El SistemaARL has been awarded two grants to support a strategic thinking and design process in 2013–2014. This strategic process will frame the critical work of the Association and define the role ARL plays in higher education and research to maximize its ability to be agile and responsive to rapidly changing priorities and member institution needs. To accomplish this goal, the ARL membership and members of the higher education and library communities will engage in a three-part iterative process of strategic thinking:

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