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Coalition Supports Leahy’s USA FREEDOM Bill for Progress toward Transparency in Surveillance

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Today, July 29, 2014, ARL joined OpenTheGovernment.org and 19 other organizations that engage on privacy and surveillance issues in a letter (PDF) to US Congressional leadership expressing support for the compromise version of the USA FREEDOM Act introduced by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT). The letter requests a floor vote on the bill, without changes to the text that would weaken the bill’s requirements.

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Library Assessment Conference 2014 Travel Award Recipients Selected

u-washington-suzzallo-libraryUW Suzzallo Library, image © Chris DubéARL and the conference planning committee have awarded five outstanding individuals Library Assessment Conference Travel Awards for 2014. These grants are offered to students and early-career professionals from historically underrepresented racial and ethnic groups who have demonstrated a strong interest in assessment and have the potential to contribute to the profession by deploying and developing innovative assessment and evaluation methods and strategies. The awards cover attendance, travel, and meals at the Library Assessment Conference, which will be held at the University of Washington (UW) in Seattle, August 4–7, 2014.

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Elliott Shore Discusses ARL Strategic Thinking and Design in Europe, Canada, US

elliott-shoreElliott ShoreDuring the first three weeks of July, ARL executive director Elliott Shore travelled to Europe, Canada, and across the US to participate in five gatherings that focused on libraries, higher education, leadership, and innovation: the LIBER Conference, the Jisc-CNI Conference, the Breakthrough Models Academy, the ARL Leadership Fellows Institute, and the Aspen Institute’s Roundtable on Institutional Innovation. These events provided Shore with an opportunity to expand on the various initiatives informed by and resulting from ARL’s strategic thinking and design process.

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Library Assessment Career Achievement Awardees Named for 2014

u-washington-suzzallo-libraryimage © Chris DubéThe Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the Library Assessment Conference Planning Committee have selected the recipients of the 2014 Library Assessment Career Achievement Awards. These awards recognize individuals with substantial contributions to effective, sustainable, and practical library assessment as evidenced through presentations, publications, methods, service, advocacy, and other work. The 2014 awardees are Brinley Franklin, Fred Heath, Jim Self, and Joan Stein.

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IMLS Seeks Nominations for National Medal for Museum and Library Service 2015

national-medal-for-museum-and-library-serviceFor more than 20 years, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has recognized museums and libraries that make extraordinary contributions to their communities. The National Medal for Museum and Library Service is the US government’s highest honor for exemplary service by these institutions. IMLS is now accepting nominations for the 2015 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. Nomination forms are due October 15, 2014.

All types of nonprofit libraries and library organizations, including academic, research, archives, school, special, library associations, and library consortia, are eligible to receive this honor. Public or private nonprofit museums of any discipline (including art, history, science and technology, children’s, and natural history), as well as historic houses, nature centers, zoos, and botanical gardens, are eligible.

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Library, Higher Education Organizations File Net Neutrality Comments with FCC

electronic-superhighway-by-nam-june-paik“Electronic Superhighway” by Nam June Paik, image © The QToday, July 18, 2014, ARL, together with 10 other library and higher education groups, filed comments with the FCC on net neutrality (PDF). These comments largely expand on the points made in the Net Neutrality Principles jointly filed by library and higher education groups on July 10, going into greater detail and making specific suggestions to strengthen the proposals made in the FCC’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.

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Alternative Academic Careers: Potential Benefits to PhDs and the Academy

elizabeth-waraksaElizabeth WaraksaIn a post today on the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Re.Thinking blog, Elizabeth Waraksa, ARL strategic thinking and design research fellow and former CLIR postdoctoral fellow, reflects on how working with collaborative, interdisciplinary teams has changed her outlook on academic career options. She discusses her experiences working on three discrete projects: the open access UCLA Encyclopedia of Egyptology, CLIR’s Observations on Scholarly Engagement with Hidden Special Collections and Archives study, and ARL’s strategic thinking and design research work stream.

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New Workforce Transformation Story: Adding Value beyond Discovery

image © Tom SharlotARL’s Transforming Research Libraries (TRL) Steering Committee has published the second entry in its new monthly column, Workforce Transformation Stories. Tom Wall, university librarian at Boston College, wrote the July essay, “Adding Value beyond Discovery.”

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ARL/DLF Forum Fellowships for Underrepresented Groups—Deadline Extended to July 17

georgia-tech-hotel-and-conference-centerimage © Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference CenterARL and the Digital Library Federation (DLF) are sponsoring up to four fellowships to promote racial/ethnic diversity at the Digital Library Federation Forum. The fellowship application deadline has been extended to 4:00 p.m. EDT, Thursday, July 17, 2014.

The fellowships will provide up to $1,250 each, to be applied towards travel, board, and lodging expenses associated with attending a DLF Forum. Additionally, the fellows will each receive a complimentary full registration to the forum ($475). Fellowship recipients will be required to write a blog post about their experience subsequent to the forum; this blog post will be published by DLF. 

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ARL/MLA Diversity and Inclusion Initiative 2014–2016 Participants Chosen

piano-stringsimage © Kevin DooleyThe Association of Research Libraries (ARL) announces the selection of four master of library and information science (MLIS) students to participate in the 2014–2016 ARL/Music Library Association (MLA) Diversity and Inclusion Initiative (DII):

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