ClimateQUAL®: Organizational Climate and Diversity Assessment—Call for Participation 2014–2015

rainbow-over-peckham-libraryimage © Julian BurgessARL invites participation in the ClimateQUAL survey in 2014–2015. The online survey collects information about: (a) library staff perceptions of the organization’s commitment to the principles of diversity, (b) staff perceptions of organizational policies and procedures, and (c) staff attitudes. The survey addresses such issues as diversity, teamwork, learning, fairness, current managerial practices, and staff attitudes and beliefs.

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Workforce Transformation Stories: ARL Launches Monthly Column

image © Tom SharlotARL’s Transforming Research Libraries (TRL) Steering Committee is pleased to announce a new monthly column on the ARL website devoted to stories of research library workforce transformation.

The column, Workforce Transformation Stories, is the outgrowth of many conversations and ARL activities, including the New Roles for New Times reports, Scenario Planning, the 2012 Human Resources Symposium, and Strategic Thinking and Design.

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SHARE Launches Monthly E-Newsletter—Sign Up and Share

share-update-screenshotSHARE Update
(June 2014)
We are pleased to publish the inaugural issue of the SHARE Update. As you may know, SHARE (SHared Access Research Ecosystem) is a higher education and research community initiative to ensure the preservation of, access to, and reuse of research outputs. The monthly e-newsletter is designed to provide stakeholders and other interested individuals with updates on our progress. The newsletter is also designed to make it easier for you to engage your own community—librarians, campus administrators, faculty, and others—to help them get a better sense of how SHARE can add structure and clarity to the research ecosystem.

The first issue of the SHARE Update includes an introduction by ARL executive director Elliott Shore, a roundup of what’s new and what’s next, and pointers to a few useful resources for learning more about SHARE.

Please subscribe to the SHARE Update and share (pun intended) it with anyone who might be interested.


Copyright MOOC To Be Offered by Duke, Emory, and UNC Chapel Hill

copyright-for-educators-and-librarians-video-screenshotCopyright for Educators and Librarians Copyright for Educators and Librarians is a new four-week MOOC (massive open online course) designed to provide a basic introduction to US copyright law and to empower teachers and librarians at all grade levels. The course aims to begin to demystify the law and help educators and librarians do their jobs more effectively. The first offering of the MOOC will run July 21–August 18, 2014. The instructors are Kevin Smith of Duke University, Lisa Macklin of Emory University, and Anne Gilliland of the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill.

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ARL Joins Coalition in Advocating for Surveillance Reform

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On June 18, 2014, ARL joined 36 organizations that engage on privacy and surveillance issues in a letter (PDF) to US Senate leadership expressing concerns with the version of the USA FREEDOM Act passed by the US House of Representatives on May 22 (H.R. 3361). The legislation was originally intended to limit the Government’s ability to conduct bulk collection of records. The letter notes that, before a vote on the House floor, last-minute changes were made that resulted in half of the bill’s co-sponsors withdrawing their support and voting against the bill because it was significantly weakened and lacked clarity.

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Adriene Lim Named Dean of Libraries at U Oregon

adriene-limAdriene Lim,
image © UO
University of Oregon (UO) has appointed Adriene Lim as the Philip H. Knight dean of libraries, effective July 28, 2014. Lim has served as dean of libraries at Oakland University in Michigan since 2011. She was previously interim university librarian at Portland State University in Oregon. As dean of libraries at University of Oregon, Lim succeeds Deborah Carver, who retired on April 30, after 24 years with the UO Libraries and 12 years as dean. For more information about Lim and her appointment, see the June 4 UO Libraries news article, “Oakland University Dean Named to Lead UO Libraries.”


LibQUAL+® to Offer Free Training at ALA Midwinter Meeting in Chicago

chicago-theatre-marqueeimage © John SchniebelLibQUAL+ will offer a series of free workshops for current and potential participants in conjunction with the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting in Chicago on Monday, February 2, 2015.

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Email Privacy Act Cosponsored by Majority of House of Representatives; ARL Applauds Milestone in ECPA Reform

e-mail-iconimage courtesy gezegenARL is pleased that on June 17, 2014, the Email Privacy Act, H.R. 1852, reached a milestone of 218 cosponsors, representing support from a majority of the members of the US House of Representatives.

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LibQUAL+® 2015 Registration Now Open: Join the Global Assessment Community

countries-of-libqual-mapCountries of LibQUAL+ARL invites libraries to join the global assessment community of LibQUAL+ by registering for the 2015 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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Toby Graham Named University Librarian and Associate Provost of UGA Libraries

Toby GrahamToby Graham,
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University of Georgia (UGA) has appointed Toby Graham as university librarian and associate provost of UGA Libraries, effective September 1, 2014. Graham has served as deputy university librarian at UGA since 2009. He also directs the university’s Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library and oversees the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries. He came to UGA in 2003 as director of the Digital Library of Georgia. As university librarian and associate provost of UGA Libraries, Graham succeeds William Gray Potter, who will retire on August 31 following a 25-year career at UGA. For more information about Graham and his appointment, see the June 17 UGA news release, “Toby Graham Named Head of UGA Libraries.”

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