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NCSU Hosts ARL Leadership Fellows for Site Visit

arl-leadership-fellows-at-ncsuARL Leadership Fellows at NCSU, April 2014, image © Pascal Calarco
The 2013–2015 ARL Leadership Fellows were hosted by the North Carolina State University (NCSU) Libraries and vice provost and director of libraries, Susan Nutter, for a four-day site visit, April 22–25, 2014. The program agenda included tours of the D. H. Hill Library as well as the newly constructed James B. Hunt Jr. Library. The tours were complemented by discussions with campus and library leaders about planning and designing campus and library spaces at NCSU. A reception was held with honorary guest James B. Hunt Jr., former governor of North Carolina. The program concluded with a series of elective sessions on various topics, including technology implementations, scholarly communication, digital library initiatives, and library planning, among others.

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EDUCAUSE President and CEO Diana Oblinger to Retire

diana-oblingerDiana G. Oblinger, image courtesy EDUCAUSEDiana G. Oblinger, EDUCAUSE president and CEO, announced that she will retire in March 2015. Oblinger joined EDUCAUSE, a higher education technology association, in 2004 as a vice president and was named president in 2008. The EDUCAUSE Board of Directors expects to announce a search for the new president soon. For more information, see the April 3 EDUCAUSE press release, “EDUCAUSE President and CEO Diana Oblinger to Retire in 2015 after a Career Advancing Education Technology Issues.”

 

ARL Joins Coalition in Urging Senators to Close Innovation Deficit

close-the-innovation-deficit-video-screenshotClose the Innovation DeficitOn April 29, 2014, the US Senate Appropriations Committee conducted a hearing on the “innovation deficit” in which the heads of the nation’s major research agencies jointly testified on the need for federal research investments to drive innovation and economic growth. ARL joined a group of 50 leading business, higher education, scientific, and patient organizations in submitting written testimony (PDF) that urged members of the committee to make strong, sustained investments in research in order to close the innovation deficit.

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U Iowa Named a Library of the Year by US GPO

u-iowa-main-libraryUI Main Library, photo by Tom Jorgensen, © UIThe University of Iowa (UI) Libraries has been named a “Library of the Year” by the US Government Printing Office (GPO). The UI is one of four libraries in the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) being recognized for leadership, educational outreach, and commitment to providing free public access to information available from the federal government.
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IFLA Selects Columbus for 2016 World Congress

columbus-ohio-main-street-bridge-at-sunsetMain Street Bridge, Columbus, image © Dave SoldanoColumbus, Ohio, has been chosen as the site for the 2016 International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) World Library and Information Congress. More than 4,000 people from 120 countries are expected to attend the event, which will be held August 11–18, 2016, at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

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Richard Clement Named Dean of UNM University Libraries

richard-clementRichard W. Clement, image courtesy UNMThe University of New Mexico (UNM) has appointed Richard W. Clement as dean of the UNM College of University Libraries and Learning Sciences, effective July 1, 2014. Clement is currently dean of libraries and adjunct professor of history at Utah State University. At UNM, he succeeds Martha Bedard, who stepped down to take the position of vice provost for University of Connecticut Libraries in October 2013. Michael Kelly has served as interim dean of UNM libraries during the search process. For more information about Clement and his appointment, see the April 24 UNM news article, “Clement Appointed Dean of UNM College of University Libraries & Learning Sciences.”

 

ARL Strategic Design Meeting Convenes at Harvard

boston-strategic-design-meeting-apr2014photo by Lee Anne GeorgeOn the day after the 2014 Boston Marathon, 33 participants gathered at Harvard University for the 10th regional design meeting in ARL’s strategic thinking and design process. Lee Anne George reports on the meeting and notes that it represented the turning point from one phase of the design process to a second phase: creating systems of action to close the gap between the present and the library of 2033 envisioned through this process.

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Improving Library Service Quality by Using LibQUAL+® Effectively and Strategically—Register Now for August 7 Workshop

u-washington-suzzallo-lib-reading-roomimage © Curtis CronnA workshop on acting on LibQUAL+ survey results is being offered on August 7, 2014, in conjunction with the Library Assessment Conference in Seattle, Washington. Registration for the conference is not required to register for the workshop. The full-day workshop will be led by Martha Kyrillidou, ARL director of statistics and service quality programs; Lisa Hinchliffe, professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; and Raynna Bowlby, ARL consultant.

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Leveraging the Liaison Model Explored in Ithaka S+R Issue Brief

leveraging-the-liaison-model-coverLeveraging the Liaison ModelIn an issue brief published in March 2014 by Ithaka S+R, Anne R. Kenney, the Carl A. Kroch university librarian at Cornell University, explores how librarians can leverage the liaison model to demonstrate “that the library is more than a purveyor of content and that its expertise is an essential component of the academic knowledge infrastructure on and off campus.” Kenney notes, “We must be prepared to answer two key questions: what does the library do that promotes academic productivity and is it the most effective and efficient way to achieve that end?” Download the full issue brief, Leveraging the Liaison Model, from the Ithaka S+R website.

 

Purdue Hosts 10th Annual Site Visit for ARL Diversity Scholars

irdw-diversity-scholars-purdue-visit-2014-cropIRDW Diversity Scholars at Purdue, April 2014
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The Purdue University Libraries and their dean, James Mullins, hosted the 2013–2015 ARL Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce (IRDW) Diversity Scholars for an annual site visit, April 7–8, 2014. The two-day program was organized by a planning committee consisting of Purdue Libraries faculty and administrators and included formal presentations and discussions, networking events, tours of Purdue Libraries facilities, and other events. Highlights of the site visit included sessions on the topic of promotion and tenure in a research library setting (where librarians hold faculty status); emerging roles in a research-intensive context; and metrics and assessment as they relate to collections, electronic resources, and user experiences. This important and unique component of the ARL IRDW also included a poster session featuring research projects of numerous Purdue Libraries faculty, and a reception held at the home of Dean Mullins.

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