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ARL Opposes STM Model Licenses, Recommends Creative Commons as Alternative

drosophila-epitheliaimage © Journal of Cell BiologyARL, along with almost 60 other organizations, joined in a letter opposing model licenses recently released by the International Association of Scientific, Technical & Medical Publishers (STM). The letter’s signatories are calling for STM to recommend to its member publishers that they work within the Creative Commons framework instead of offering their own customized open access licenses, which increase confusion and decrease interoperability with existing open licenses.

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ARL Position Description Bank: Poster Session at IFLA 2014

arl-pd-bank-poster-ifla-2014-croppedARL PD Bank poster
© Bonnie J. Smith
and Brian W. Keith
University of Florida Libraries’ assistant program director for human resources, Bonnie Smith, will present a poster about the ARL Position Description (PD) Bank at the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) World Library and Information Congress in Lyon, France, on August 18 and 19, 2014.

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Open Source Software, SPEC Kit 340, Published by ARL

spec-kit-340-coverOpen Source SoftwareARL has released Open Source Software, SPEC Kit 340, which investigates ARL member libraries’ adoption and/or development of open source software (OSS) for functions such as integrated library system (ILS), discovery layer, electronic resource management, interlibrary loan, digital asset management, institutional repository, course reserve, streaming media, study room scheduler, digital preservation, publishing, floor maps, data warehouse, or other library-related purposes. This SPEC Kit explores research libraries’ policies and practices on open sourcing their code, the frequency with which research libraries contribute to open source projects, whether research libraries are reluctant to make their code openly available, and the most common benefits and challenges encountered when research libraries open source their code.

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Stephen Town, Martha Kyrillidou Honored for Outstanding Performance Measurement and Metrics Paper

stephen-town-and-martha-kyrillidouStephen Town, Martha Kyrillidou (left to right)Emerald Group Publishing has selected “Developing a Values Scorecard” by University of York (UK) Library’s Stephen Town and ARL’s Martha Kyrillidou as the Outstanding Paper of 2014 for the Performance Measurement and Metrics journal. In the paper, which is freely available to download, Town and Kyrillidou propose a value scorecard that can be used alongside the balanced scorecard to draw a more value-oriented picture of library strengths and impact. Emerald presented the award to Town and Kyrillidou at the Library Assessment Conference in Seattle today, August 5, 2014. For more information about the awards program, visit the Emerald Literati Network website.

 
 

Catherine Davidson Named Interim University Librarian at York

catherine-davidsonCatherine Davidson,
image © York University
York University has appointed Catherine Davidson as interim university librarian, effective July 1, 2014. Davidson, a 2009–2010 ARL Research Library Leadership Fellow, has served as associate university librarian for collections at York since 2004. She is serving as interim while a search is conducted to replace Cynthia Archer, who retired July 1, after 13 years as university librarian at York. For more information about Davidson, see the July 22 YUL News article, “Catherine Davidson Appointed Interim University Librarian.”

 

ARL Leadership and Career Development Program 2013–2014 Celebrates Closing Ceremonies

lcdp-at-ala-las-vegas-june2014LCDP poster session,
image © Chimene Tucker
The closing ceremonies and poster session for the 2013–2014 cohort of the ARL Leadership and Career Development Program (LCDP) were held in Las Vegas, Nevada, June 28, 2014, during the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference. This marks the completion of the eighth iteration of the LCDP since its inception in 1997. The closing ceremonies included formal remarks from ARL president Carol Diedrichs, as well as reflections from 2013–2014 fellow Joel Thornton of the Texas A&M University Libraries. The poster session highlighted research projects conducted by the fellows during their 18-month fellowship. The event was attended by numerous ARL member library directors, LCDP alumni, and special guests.

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U Toronto Libraries Host ARL Leadership Fellows for Strategic Issues Institute

arl-leadership-fellows-at-u-torontoARL Leadership Fellows,
image © U Toronto,
click to enlarge
The University of Toronto Libraries and their chief librarian, Larry Alford, hosted the 2013–2015 cohort of 26 ARL Leadership Fellows for a Strategic Issues Institute on July 13–18, 2014. The Toronto institute included an array of rich programs, presentations, tours, and networking events, as well as opportunities for the fellows to meet numerous University of Toronto administrators and library staff. A recurring theme of the institute was collaboration, including external partnerships with the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) as well as on-campus collaborations.

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Closing the Innovation Deficit: Some Progress but Much More Needed

close-the-innovation-deficit-uncle-sam-graphicClose the Innovation Deficit One year after they launched a campaign to urge the US Congress and the President to close the nation’s innovation deficit, a group of prominent higher education, scientific, and business organizations, including the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), today renewed their call for increased federal investments in research to build a strong long-term economy, improve medical treatments, and strengthen national security. As Congress prepares to break for its August recess, leaving key FY 2015 funding decisions to be addressed in September, leaders from those organizations today are conducting a coordinated nationwide effort to communicate the need to close the innovation deficit.

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Coalitions Support Leahy’s USA FREEDOM Bill for Surveillance Reform

telephone with sticker that says image © François Proulx

This week, ARL joined two groups of organizations that engage on privacy and surveillance issues in letters to US Congressional leadership expressing support for the compromise version of the USA FREEDOM Act introduced by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) on July 29, 2014 (S. 2685). The July 29 letter focuses on the enhanced transparency provision (PDF) and the July 30 letter addresses the bill more comprehensively (PDF). Both letters urge Congress to act swiftly and pass the new version of the bill, without any dilution or amendment. 

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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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