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LCA Submits Reply Comments to US Copyright Office Regarding Orphan Works NOI

lca-orphan-works-reply-commentsThe Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) today filed reply comments (PDF) with the US Copyright Office in response to the office’s October 22, 2012, Notice of Inquiry (NOI) about the current state of play with orphan works and mass digitization.

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ARL/Music Library Association Diversity and Inclusion Initiative Call for Applications

irdw-diversity-scholars-2011-2013ARL Diversity Scholars 2011-2013, photo by Holly KuperARL is now accepting applications for the ARL/Music Library Association (MLA) Diversity and Inclusion Initiative (ARL/MLA DII). This scholarship program, funded by a Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and by ARL member libraries, offers minority candidates an opportunity to pursue the master’s in library and information science (MLIS) degree while gaining valuable “hands-on” experience in a large academic music library environment. The initiative’s goal is to increase the number of underrepresented racial/ethnic minorities within academic music librarianship by providing support for the graduate education and the practical experience critical for successful entrance into the profession.

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Better Salaries through Better Data: Benchmarking with the ARL Salary Survey

salary-survey-coverIn this webcast to be held Tuesday, March 5, 1:00–2:00 p.m. EST, Martha Kyrillidou and Shaneka Morris of ARL’s Statistics and Assessment program will describe how to effectively use data from the ARL Annual Salary Survey to promote higher salaries for library professionals.

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Notes from Elliott Shore’s Listening Tour: Boston Area

boston-college-burns-libraryBoston College, Burns LibraryARL executive director Elliott Shore has embarked on a "listening tour" of ARL member libraries. This is the second in a series of informal reports from his visits.

I continue to visit ARL member libraries to meet and talk with staff and directors. During the first week of February, I had the pleasure of visiting the five ARL libraries that are located in the Boston area: Boston College, Boston Public, Boston University, Harvard, and MIT. I was able to spend at least half a day at each institution, meeting with all five directors as well as AULs at each library.

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Library Value: Conceptualizing, Capturing & Communicating Impact

chicago-theatre-marqueeimage © John SchniebelRegistration is now open for a workshop on library value, to be hosted by ARL on Monday, July 1, 2013, in conjunction with the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Chicago. Megan Oakleaf, associate professor in the iSchool at Syracuse University, will lead the half-day event, “Library Value: Conceptualizing, Capturing & Communicating Impact.”

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ARL Commends Obama Administration for Historic Action Opening up Access to Federally Funded Research

white-houseimage © Tom Lohdan Today, the Obama administration issued a historic Policy Memorandum that opens up access to the results of publicly funded research. ARL applauds the Obama administration for this critically important action. The memorandum calls upon federal agencies with annual research and development budgets of $100 million or more to provide the public with free and unlimited online access to the results of that research.

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Effectively Using ARL Salary and Demographic Data

salary-survey-coverARL is now offering a series of four webcasts illustrating effective uses of data from the ARL Annual Salary Survey. The webcasts will address what data are available through ARL, how these data can be used locally to make a case for better salaries, how to develop equitable salary structures, and how to analyze demographic information and trends about aging and other characteristics.

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ARL and Ithaka S+R Release Findings on Sustainability of Digitized Special Collections

jack-kerouac-manuscript-photo-by-thomas-hawkPhoto of Jack Kerouac manuscript, image © Thomas HawkARL and Ithaka S+R today released Appraising our Digital Investment: Sustainability of Digitized Special Collections in ARL Libraries (PDF), a report on findings from an ARL-Ithaka S+R survey of ARL libraries on the range of activities and expenses that libraries undertake to support their digitized special collections.

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LibQUAL+® Awards In-Kind Grants to Three Libraries for 2013 Survey

libqual-logoLibQUAL+ is pleased to announce that three libraries have been selected to receive in-kind grants in 2013. The selection of grantees was based on financial need, contribution to the growth of LibQUAL+, and potential for surfacing best practices in the area of library service improvements.

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Oklahoma Appoints Carl Grant Associate Dean & CTO

university-of-oklahoma-ou-logoThe University of Oklahoma (OU) Libraries have tapped Carl Grant to serve as their new associate dean for knowledge services and chief technology officer. Grant is currently an independent consultant and an executive advisor to the dean at Virginia Tech University Libraries. Today he posted on his blog about his new appointment at OU, his experience working with Tyler Walters at Virginia Tech, and the barriers he has encountered when trying to move from "the 'business' side of the library profession" back to "the library side."
 
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