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ARL/SAA Mosaic Program Call for Applications—Deadline April 1, 2014

19th-cent-stamped-envelopeimage © Clemson University LibraryThe Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the Society of American Archivists (SAA) are now accepting applications for the second cohort of the ARL/SAA Mosaic Program. This program promotes much-needed diversification of the archives and special collections professional workforce by providing financial support, practical work experience, mentoring, career placement assistance, and leadership development to emerging professionals from traditionally underrepresented racial and ethnic minority groups. An important objective of the program is to attract and retain individuals who demonstrate excellent potential for scholastic and personal achievement and who manifest a commitment both to the archives and special collections profession and to advancing diversity concerns within it.

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Leading a Strategic Assessment Program in a Research Library: ARL to Offer Additional Session in November

two people sitting at a table in a libraryDue to high demand for the spring offering of “Leading a Strategic Assessment Program in a Research Library: An ARL Seminar for Recently Appointed Assessment Professionals,” ARL has opened registration with limited space for a second session to be held this fall. This two-day, in-person seminar is designed for librarians and coordinators who are new to the roles and responsibilities of assessment. The seminar will be supplemented with pre- and post-workshop webcasts (dates TBD) and independent learning activities, plus connection with a network of experienced colleagues who will provide ongoing support. The seminar will be held in Washington, DC, on November 6–7, 2014.

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The Day We Fight Back: NSA Reform Bills to End Mass Surveillance and Provide Greater Transparency

Benjamin Franklin with quote from paragraph 2Benjamin FranklinToday, February 11, 2014, individuals and groups are participating in “The Day We Fight Back,” a day of action protesting the US government’s mass surveillance programs. Revelations about the National Security Agency (NSA) programs, including the breadth and scope of bulk collection of data conducted under Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act (also known as the “library records provision”) have raised serious concerns regarding curtailment of civil liberties and the compatibility of these programs with the First and Fourth Amendments.

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Preservation Statistics FY 2012 Now Available, FY 2013 Data Collection Underway

preservation-statistics-logoPreservation StatisticsSixty-two cultural heritage institutions participated in the pilot FY 2012 Preservation Statistics Survey, a project of the Preservation and Reformatting Section (PARS) of the American Library Association (ALA) and the Association of Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS). All cultural heritage institutions—libraries, museums, archives, historical societies—in the United States with preservation activities were invited to complete the pilot version of the survey, which was open from April to August 2013. The FY 2012 Preservation Statistics Report provides analysis of the survey results, including an examination of preservation trends in academic and research libraries from 2007 to 2012 based on statistics supplied by the 34 Association of Research Library (ARL) members who participated in the pilot survey. The FY 2013 data collection is now open through April 15, 2014.

 

LibQUAL+® Workshops at ALA Midwinter: Slides Now Online

independence-hall-philadelphiaimage © Wally GobetzOn January 27 at the 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia, the LibQUAL+ team presented several workshops on the foundations of LibQUAL+, survey administration, and interpreting survey results. The team was joined by four guest speakers who presented a wealth of information about implementing the survey and acting on the results at their own libraries. Slides from these presentations are linked below: 

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U Minnesota to Offer Institute for Early-Career Librarians in July

u-minnesota-andersen-libraryUMN Andersen LibraryThe University of Minnesota (UMN) Libraries is accepting applications for its ninth biennial Institute for Early Career Librarians from Traditionally Underrepresented Groups to be held July 19–July 25, 2014, at UMN Twin Cities. The institute focuses on the development of academic library leaders from diverse backgrounds. Participants will work on developing specific leadership abilities proven to be critical for organizational success. The 2014 program builds on the institutes offered every other year since 1998, with nearly 200 graduates participating from universities and colleges across the US and Canada. 

For more information and to apply, visit the Institute for Early Career Librarians website. The application deadline is March 14, 2014.

 

FCC Grants One-Year Waiver of E-Reader Accessibility Requirement

image © Terry MadeleyOn January 28, 2014, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) granted a one-year waiver exempting e-readers from the requirement that equipment used for advanced communication services (ACS) be accessible to, and usable by, individuals with disabilities. The FCC granted the waiver in response to a petition filed by the Coalition of E-Reader Manufacturers, but limited the waiver to only one year despite the coalition’s request for an indefinite waiver. In the order granting the waiver (PDF), the FCC stated:

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SHARE Releases Notification System Project Plan

computer keyboard with a image © Niklas Wikström

The SHared Access Research Ecosystem (SHARE)—a joint initiative of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Association of American Universities (AAU), and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU)—released on February 6, 2014, the SHARE Notification System Project Plan (PDF). The plan details the first in a series of activities to be undertaken by SHARE to ensure that scholarly research outputs are discovered and built upon in a manner that facilitates and accelerates the research process. The SHARE notification system is consistent with higher education’s ongoing mission to encourage community-driven solutions that increase public access to research and maximize knowledge creation.

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ARL-SAA Digital Archives Specialist Courses at Syracuse: Early-Bird Deadline Approaching

syracuse-u-carnegie-librarySyracuse University, Carnegie Library, image © Encyclopaedia Britannica, credit Kai BrinkerFriday, February 21, 2014, 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 Syracuse University, March 10–14. 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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NLM Director Donald A. B. Lindberg to Receive Paul Evan Peters Award

donald-lindbergDonald A. B. LindbergThe Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), and EDUCAUSE are pleased to announce that Donald A. B. Lindberg, director, National Library of Medicine, has been named the 2014 recipient of the Paul Evan Peters Award. The award recognizes notable, lasting achievements in the creation and innovative use of network-based information resources and services that advance scholarship and intellectual productivity.

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