Public Library Registration Package for Library Assessment Conference 2014

u-washington-suzzallo-libraryimage © Chris DubéARL and the University of Washington Libraries are offering a special $200 public library package for the 2014 Library Assessment Conference to be held August 4–6 in Seattle, Washington. The package includes conference attendance on Wednesday, August 6, and a choice of one workshop on Thursday, August 7. Traditionally, the conference has focused on academic libraries. This year, selected papers, panels, and workshops—especially those scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday during the conference—are of interest to public libraries.

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Controversial FIRST Bill Moves Forward

"first" rubber stampOn May 28, 2014, the US House of Representatives Science, Space, and Technology Committee passed the Frontiers in Innovation, Research, Science, and Technology (FIRST) Act of 2014, H.R. 4186. The bill seeks to reauthorize sections of the America COMPETES Act relating to the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the Office of Science and Technology Policy. The bill is highly controversial and opposed by many organizations and institutions.

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Call for Applicants for Paul Evan Peters Fellowship—Deadline June 24, 2014

paul-evan-petersPaul Evan Peters,
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The Paul Evan Peters Fellowship—sponsored by the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), and EDUCAUSE—was established to honor and perpetuate the memory of CNI's founding executive director. The fellowship is awarded every two years to students pursuing graduate studies in librarianship, the information sciences, or a closely related field, who demonstrates intellectual and personal qualities consistent with those of Paul Evan Peters, including:

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Future-Proofing the Research Library: Sarah Thomas Delivers Judith Nadler Vision Lecture

sarah-thomas-and-judith-nadlerSarah Thomas and Judith Nadler, image © American Library AssociationOn May 22, 2014, Sarah Thomas, vice president for the Harvard Library and Roy E. Larsen librarian for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard, presented the inaugural Judith Nadler Vision Lecture at the University of Chicago’s Joseph Regenstein Library. Thomas’s lecture, “Future-Proofing the Research Library,” explored the ways in which research libraries are adapting to change. As part of her presentation, she provided an overview of ARL's strategic thinking and design work.

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ARL Joins Coalition in Letter Supporting Surveillance Reform

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On June 4, 2014, ARL joined 23 public sector organizations that engage on privacy and surveillance issues in a letter (PDF) to US Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), and the chairs of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence regarding the USA FREEDOM Act, H.R. 3361 and S. 1599, a bill intended to limit the Government’s ability to conduct bulk collection of records. H.R. 3361 as passed by the US House of Representatives was significantly weakened and many provisions now lack clarity.

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ARL Membership Refines Strategic Thinking and Design at Spring 2014 Meeting

ohio-state-u-thompson-libraryimage © OSU, photo by Meera on Buckeyes BlogARL president Carol Pitts Diedrichs of The Ohio State University (OSU) convened the 164th ARL Membership Meeting in Columbus, Ohio, on Tuesday afternoon, May 6, 2014. Almost all of the program sessions at this meeting focused on the current ARL strategic thinking and design process, upon which the Association embarked in the fall of 2013 to define its role in higher education and to maximize ARL’s ability to be agile and responsive to changing priorities and member needs. The meeting also included a panel discussion of SHARE (SHared Access Research Ecosystem), a higher education and research community initiative to ensure the preservation of, access to, and reuse of research outputs.

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Libraries Applaud Landmark Copyright Ruling Affirming Fair Use

open-book-folded-pagesimage © Thomas HawkThe Library Copyright Alliance is extremely pleased with today’s decision by the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in Authors Guild v. HathiTrust, finding in favor of fair use. The Library Copyright Alliance filed an amicus brief (PDF) in the case, supporting HathiTrust’s position and the lower court’s finding of fair use.

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Call for Proposals for SPEC Survey Topics 2015—Deadline July 18, 2014

SPEC logoSPECARL is seeking proposals for 2015 SPEC survey topics. For 40 years ARL has gathered and disseminated data through the SPEC survey program to assist libraries in the continuous improvement of their management systems. Each year, ARL works with librarians in the US and Canada to develop surveys of the ARL membership on strategic topics related to research library policies and practices. (Survey authors do not need to work at an ARL member library, but only ARL libraries are surveyed.)

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U Calgary Libraries Recognized for Dedication to Students

tom-hickerson-receiving-u-calgary-students-union-presidential-citationTom Hickerson, photo courtesy U Calgary Students' UnionOn May 2, 2014, the University of Calgary Students’ Union presented a Presidential Citation to Tom Hickerson, vice-provost for Libraries and Cultural Resources (LCR) at Calgary, recognizing LCR for outstanding achievement in the area of student support. The Students’ Union credited a strong partnership between LCR and students with enhancing the learning experience.

Students’ Union president Raphael Jacob noted that LCR is “making the library as user-friendly as possible,” citing extended hours and other initiatives, such as Peer Roamers, student volunteers who give directions and provide assistance with writing and searching for library materials.

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Dana Rooks Honored by TXLA with Lifetime Achievement Award

dana-rooksDana C. Rooks,
photo by Mary Ann Emerson, © TXLA
The Texas Library Association (TXLA) presented its 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award to Dana C. Rooks during the TXLA Annual Conference in San Antonio in April. Rooks is dean of libraries and Elizabeth D. Rockwell chair at the University of Houston.

The award recognizes Rooks’s exemplary career in librarianship. Among her accomplishments is her leadership in establishing TexShare, a statewide program that delivers thousands of digital research journals and materials online through Texas libraries. She also founded the Texas Council of Academic Libraries and helped in the foundation of the Texas Digital Library, which works to secure a digital infrastructure to support a fully online scholarly community for institutions of higher education.

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