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ARL Joins ACE, Other Higher Ed Groups in Amicus Brief on Diversity in Admissions

image © Scott LengerOn August 30, ARL joined the American Council on Education (ACE) and 47 other organizations in submitting an amicus brief (PDF) to the US Supreme Court in Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action. In the brief, the amici urge the Supreme Court to overturn Michigan’s ban on considering race in college and university admissions. 

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Accessibility Summit to Be Held in Ottawa in 2014

image © Carleton UniversityCarleton University has announced the first International Summit on Accessibility, to be held July 12–15, 2014, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. This is the first international conference to promote access and inclusion in all aspects of life for persons with disabilities.

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LibQUAL+® 2014 Registration Now Open: Join the Global Assessment Community

Countries of LibQUAL+ interactive mapARL invites libraries to join the global assessment community of LibQUAL+ by registering for the 2014 LibQUAL+ survey.

LibQUAL+ is a suite of services that libraries use to solicit, track, understand, and act upon users’ opinions of service quality. The program’s centerpiece is a rigorously tested web survey paired with training that helps libraries assess and improve library services, change organizational culture, and market the library.

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ARL-SAA Digital Archives Specialist Courses in Albuquerque: Early-Bird Deadline Approaching

image © Danae HurstTuesday, October 1, is the last day to register at early-bird rates for the Digital Archives Specialist (DAS) courses being offered by ARL and the Society of American Archivists (SAA) at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, October 21–25. 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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Stephen Wolfram to Speak at Library of Congress Sept. 4

Stephen Wolfram
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Scientist, inventor, and author Stephen Wolfram will present the first lecture in the free Innovation Talks series at the Library of Congress, sponsored by the Federal Library and Information Network (FEDLINK). Wolfram is the founder and CEO of Wolfram Research, the creator of Mathematica and Wolfram Alpha, and the author of A New Kind of Science.

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Register Now for ARL Fall Forum: Mobilizing the Research Enterprise

image © University of DenverRegistration is open for the ARL Fall Forum 2013, “Mobilizing the Research Enterprise,” to be held in Arlington, Virginia, October 10–11. The program will explore the opportunities and collaborations in responding to the White House memorandum on “Increasing Access to the Results of Federally Funded Research.” The forum will open with a keynote address by Richard McCarty, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, Vanderbilt University.

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ARL Membership to Convene Oct. 9–10 in Arlington, Virginia

image © Milko RomeroARL President Wendy Lougee, university librarian at University of Minnesota, will convene the 163rd ARL Membership Meeting in Arlington, Virginia, on the afternoon of Wednesday, October 9. Several programs that build on recent discussions about strategic thinking and the future framework for ARL are in development. The meeting will adjourn on Thursday afternoon, October 10, just before the start of the ARL Fall Forum on “Mobilizing the Research Enterprise.” Please see the Membership Meeting schedule for complete details, including information on the committee meetings to be held Wednesday morning before the Membership Meeting convenes.

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Higher Ed Associations Form Joint Steering Group to Build Federated System for Publicly Funded Research

image © Niklas WikströmThe Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Association of American Universities (AAU), and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) today announced the formation of a joint steering group to advance a proposed network of digital repositories at universities, libraries, and other research institutions across the US that will provide long-term public access to federally funded research articles and data.

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Library Investment Index Summarizes Relative Size of ARL University Libraries for 2011–12

ARL has released the Library Investment Index for 2011–2012, the latest in this annual summary measure of the relative size of the university library members of the Association. Although similar to the ARL Membership Criteria Index in reflecting the investments made in research libraries, the ARL Library Investment Index is less affected by the electronic availability of content and, consequently, the rapidly changing context of library collections. Neither index attempts to measure a library’s services, quality of collections, or success in meeting the needs of users. The ARL Library Investment Index has been calculated beginning with data from 2002–2003.

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Digital Image Collections and Services, SPEC Kit 335, Published by ARL

ARL has published Digital Image Collections and Services, SPEC Kit 335, which examines how research libraries and their parent institutions have responded to the transition from analog to digital images and the growth of digital images available from commercial vendors and/or created within institutions or their libraries. The survey gathers information about current practices relating to the development and management of institutional digital image collections and the acquisition and use of licensed image databases.

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