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Sloan Foundation Awards ARL Grant to Develop SHARE for Access to Publicly Funded Research

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The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has been awarded $50,000 from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to help develop the proposed SHared Access Research Ecosystem (SHARE). SHARE is a joint initiative of ARL, the Association of American Universities (AAU), and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) to collaboratively build a cross-institutional coordination framework for the long-term management and preservation of—and expansion of access to—the results of academic research. The initiative was made urgent by the February 22, 2013, memorandum from the US Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) directing federal agencies to develop draft plans for the public deposit of research articles and data sets associated with federal funding.

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Mainstreaming Special Collections: ARL Releases RLI 283

toy car from Syracuse University special collectionsToy sedan from Syracuse University Libraries (SUL) Plastics Collection, image © SULARL has published Research Library Issues (RLI) no. 283, a special issue on aligning, integrating, and mainstreaming special collections into broader library operations, guest edited by ARL visiting program officer Lisa Carter of the Ohio State University.

This issue of RLI includes six case studies from ARL member libraries that are incorporating special collections more holistically into library initiatives. The cases were selected by the ARL Working Group on Transforming Special Collections in the Digital Age after issuing a call for proposals in 2012. In an introduction to the issue, Lisa Carter provides an overview of themes that emerged from the case study submissions and she identifies areas for further investigation.

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ARL-SAA Digital Archives Specialist Courses in Ohio: Register Now

Thompson Library at Ohio Stateimage © OZinOHThere are still seats available in the Digital Archives Specialist (DAS) courses being offered by ARL and the Society of American Archivists (SAA) at Ohio State University in Columbus, November 4–8. 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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Print Retention Decision Making, SPEC Kit 337, Published by ARL

SPEC Kit 337 coverPrint Retention Decision MakingARL has released Print Retention Decision Making, SPEC Kit 337, which examines research libraries’ print retention decision making strategies related to storage of materials in three different types of facilities or circumstances: on-site, staff-only shelving; remote shelving; and collaborative retention agreements. The survey also examined the decision making and practices surrounding the deaccessioning of library material. For each retention or deaccession strategy, the survey explored the on-going or project-based nature of the work, the involvement of stakeholders, the selection process and criteria for materials to be retained or deaccessioned, the communication strategy with internal and external audiences, and the responses from the libraries’ internal and external audiences to these endeavors.

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Career Enhancement Program Application Deadline Extended

Career Enhancement Program fellows 2013Career Enhancement Program fellows 2013, photo by Molly MageeThe application deadline for the 2014 ARL Career Enhancement Program has been extended to Wednesday, October 30, 2013. Master of library and information science (MLIS) students from racial and ethnic minority groups, who have successfully completed a minimum of 12 credit hours (or will complete 12 hours by the scheduled internship) in an American Library Association (ALA)–accredited program, are encouraged to apply for this enriching experience. The Career Enhancement Program, funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and ARL member libraries, provides each fellow a rewarding compensation package with a potential value in excess of $10,000 per person.

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ARL, Coalition Voice Support for Surveillance Transparency Legislation

phone with sticker that says This Phone Is Tappedimage © François ProulxOn September 30, ARL, together with 71 other privacy and civil liberties groups, sent a letter to the US Senate and House Judiciary Committees (PDF), calling on Congress to provide greater transparency around national security–related requests by the US government to Internet, telephone, and web-based service providers for information about users and subscribers. The coalition strongly supports the Surveillance Transparency Act of 2013 (S. 1452) and the Surveillance Order Reporting Act of 2013 (H.R. 3035), each of which would clarify that companies have the right to publish basic statistics about the government demands for user data that they receive.

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ARL/DLF Forum Fellows 2013 Announced

U T Austin conference centerimage © AT&T Conference Center, UT AustinThe Digital Library Federation (DLF) and the 2013 DLF Program Planning Committee have awarded five ARL-funded 2013 ARL/DLF Forum Fellowships for Underrepresented Groups. Each fellow will receive complimentary registration and up to $1,000 to cover travel costs to attend the 2013 DLF Forum in Austin, Texas, November 4–6, as well as complimentary registration to the Taiga Forum.

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Higher Ed Leaders Promote Alternative Careers for PhDs

button that says Hire Humanitiesimage © Quinn DombrowskiNew efforts are underway to eradicate the stigma associated with nonacademic careers for PhD graduates, according to a recent article in the Chronicle of Higher Education, “Scholarly Groups Chip Away at Taboo of Nonacademic Careers” (Chronicle login required). Reporter Lindsay Ellis describes initiatives at the Modern Language Association (MLA) and the American Historical Association (AHA) to raise awareness among PhD students—especially in the humanities—of alternative careers outside the academy.

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In Memory of Ann Wolpert

Ann Wolpert,
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Ann J. Wolpert, director of the MIT Libraries since 1996, passed away at the age of 70 after a brief illness, MIT announced on October 2. Ann was a champion of digital preservation and open access to information. Under her leadership, the MIT Libraries developed DSpace, an open-source repository application now in use by more than 1,000 institutions around the world. She also played a key role in the passage of the MIT Faculty Open Access Policy, one of the first institution-wide open access policies in the US.

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Emory Appoints Yolanda Cooper University Librarian

yolanda-cooperYolanda Cooper,
photo by Jose M. Cabrera
Yolanda Cooper has been named university librarian at Emory University, effective January 15, 2014. Cooper is currently librarian associate professor, deputy university librarian, and acting dean and university librarian at University of Miami. The role of Emory university librarian has been redefined as part of an organizational restructuring that has combined Emory’s library and IT organizations. This restructuring has been led by Rich Mendola, enterprise CIO and senior vice provost of library services and digital scholarship. Mendola served as interim vice provost and director of the libraries from June 2012, when Rick Luce was named dean of libraries at University of Oklahoma. On January 15, 2013, Mendola was appointed to his current role, which was a newly created position. For more information about Cooper’s appointment, see the October 3 Emory news story, “Emory Names New University Librarian.”

 
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