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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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FCC to Consider Revised Net Neutrality Rules

electronic-superhighway-by-nam-june-paik“Electronic Superhighway” by Nam June Paik, image © The QThe Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is once again trying to propose network neutrality rules that would assure an open Internet, though early press reports based on a draft proposal indicate that more work needs to be done to achieve network neutrality. In its January 2014 decision in Verizon v. FCC, the DC Circuit Court of Appeals struck down previous FCC rules on network neutrality. The FCC will consider new rules on May 15. The proposed rules will then be subject to public comment and will be carefully reviewed by many communities, given the possible impact on free speech, innovation, online learning, and more. ARL, the American Library Association (ALA), and EDUCAUSE have been collaborating on network neutrality issues and will continue to work with the FCC and other communities as the proposed rules are publicly considered. 

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Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce Applications Due April 28

ARL-leadership-symposium-resume-workshop-2013photo by Jennifer ChampagneMonday, April 28, 2014, is the application deadline for the ARL Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce (IRDW), a program designed to recruit master of library and information science (MLIS) students from traditionally underrepresented ethnic and racial minority groups into careers in research libraries and archives. The IRDW includes a stipend in support of MLIS education of up to $10,000 over two years, leadership and career development training, a site visit to the Purdue University Libraries, financial support for skills development, and a formal mentorship program.

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ARL, SPARC, Other Organizations Oppose FIRST Act

"first" rubber stampOn March 24, 2014, ARL, SPARC, and 14 other organizations sent a letter (PDF) to Chairman Smith (R-TX) and Representative Johnson (D-TX) urging them to modify the Frontiers in Innovation Research, Science, and Technology (FIRST) Act of 2014 (H.R. 4186), which reauthorizes parts of the America COMPETES Act. The bill includes many deeply problematic provisions relating to the National Science Foundation (NSF) and also includes restricted provisions for public access to research results.

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Orphan Works and Mass Digitization Roundtables: Myths and Realities of Copyright and Fair Use

orphans-home-atchison-kansas-1911-postcardOrphans’ Home, Atchison, Kansas, 1911, image © Thiophene GuyOn March 10–11, 2014, the US Copyright Office convened roundtables on orphan works and mass digitization. Several participants attacked fair use and libraries, misstated the purpose of the copyright system in the United States, or inaccurately portrayed the activities of HathiTrust. An ARL Policy Notes blog post examines some of these misconceptions, or myths, cited at the roundtables and responds to these inaccuracies. An earlier ARL Policy Notes blog post recaps the roundtable discussions, which covered best practices, fair use, licensing solutions, and the issue of whether orphan works and mass digitization need to be treated separately.

 
 

White House Releases Memorandum on Scientific Collections

white-houseimage © Tom LohdanOn March 20, 2014, the US Science Advisor and Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), John P. Holdren, released a memorandum on “Improving the Management of and Access to Scientific Collections” (PDF). In the memo, OSTP directs: 

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