Open Educational Resources as Learning Materials: ARL Releases Pre-Pub from RLI 280

bookstore in amsterdamimage © MorBCNARL has released a pre-publication version of an article on “Open Educational Resources as Learning Materials: Prospects and Strategies for University Libraries,” which will be featured in the forthcoming Research Library Issues (RLI) no. 280.

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Visit ARL in the ACRL Exhibit Hall, Booth 535

indianapolis-skylineimage © MCC IndianapolisARL’s booth at the ACRL 2013 Conference, April 10-12 at the Indianapolis Convention Center, will highlight a variety of tools that demonstrate the value of libraries:

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LibQUAL+® Seeks Applicants for In-Kind Grant Program 2014

libqual-logoLibQUAL+ will award up to three institutions in-kind grants to participate in the 2014 LibQUAL+ survey, with a goal of offering one grant for every 50 libraries registered. This will be the ninth year LibQUAL+ has sponsored an in-kind grant program. There are two application deadlines for the 2014 grant program: June 14, 2013, and December 13, 2013. (The early deadline allows the LibQUAL+ team to plan for translations in new languages with an adequate planning cycle.)

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UC Berkeley's Tom Leonard Wins New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest

tom-leonard-new-yorker-cartoon-caption-april2013Tom Leonard, university librarian at University of California (UC), Berkeley, submitted a winning entry to the New Yorker’s weekly cartoon caption contest. The cartoon, by artist Joe Dator, shows a cat and a mouse sitting outside a mouse hole. The mouse is pointing a gun at the cat, who has his front left paw raised and his mouth slightly open. Leonard’s caption reads, “Six rounds. Nine lives. You do the math.” Leonard wins a signed copy of the cartoon with the caption. For more on this story, see the UC Berkeley news release, "One librarian. Eight words. One big win in New Yorker cartoon caption contest."


Notes from Elliott Shore’s Listening Tour: Chicago

u-chicago-mansueto-libraryUniversity of Chicago, Mansueto LibraryARL executive director Elliott Shore has embarked on a "listening tour" of ARL member libraries. This is the third in a series of informal reports from his visits.

The latest stop on my listening tour of ARL members was Chicago, where I visited four institutions during the week of March 11. This trip was organized by 2011–12 ARL Research Library Leadership Fellow (RLLF) Marianne Ryan of Northwestern University Library. At each institution, I met with the professional staff and director—Bernie Reilly at the Center for Research Libraries (CRL), Mary Case at University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), Judi Nadler at University of Chicago (UChicago), and Sarah Pritchard at Northwestern University. While I was in Chicago, I also met with the executive directors of ALA and ACRL, Keith Fiels and Mary Ellen Davis.

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Impact of Supreme Court Decision in Kirtsaeng v. Wiley: LCA Releases Issue Brief

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In "The Impact of the Supreme Court’s Decision in Kirtsaeng v. Wiley on Libraries" (PDF), Jonathan Band explains the recent copyright decision on the scope of the "first sale" doctrine, its context, and its likely consequences for libraries in the US. In short, the Supreme Court's opinion is a landmark victory that strengthens the legal foundation of library lending, and the Court's extensive reliance on the Library Copyright Alliance's amicus brief shows the importance of library engagement in policy debates. Continued vigilance will be necessary, Band explains, as rights holders disappointed with the Court's majority opinion could go to Congress for a change to the law.

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ARL Academic Health Sciences Library Statistics 2010–2011 Published

health-sciences-library-statistics-2010-2011-coverARL has released ARL Academic Health Sciences Library Statistics 2010–2011, which presents data describing collections, expenditures, personnel, and services in 63 health sciences libraries at ARL member institutions in the US and Canada.

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ARL Academic Law Library Statistics 2010–2011 Published

law-library-statistics-2010-2011-coverARL has released ARL Academic Law Library Statistics 2010–2011, which presents data describing collections, expenditures, personnel, and services in 74 law libraries at ARL member institutions in the US and Canada.

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CLIR Receives Sloan Grant for Data Curation Fellows

clir-logoThe Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has awarded the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) $1.3 million to expand CLIR's efforts to develop leaders in the profession of data curation in higher education, and to develop new models of institutional support for data curation. CLIR president Charles Henry, Digital Library Federation program director Rachel Frick, and ARL executive director Elliott Shore, will serve as the project's principal investigators. Shore is also lead instructor for the CLIR Postdoctoral Fellowship program and a CLIR presidential fellow.

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Western University's Joyce Garnett to Retire

joyce-garnettJoyce Garnett, image © Western UniversityJoyce Garnett, university librarian at Western University, has announced that she will retire after 15 years at Western. Her official retirement date is March 31, 2014, but she will step down from her role as university librarian on June 30, 2013, at which time she will begin an administrative leave. Robin Keirstead, university archivist, has been appointed acting university librarian effective July 1, 2013, for up to a one-year term.

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