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XML and XSLT Workshops to Be Offered by ARL and DLF

screenshot of X M L codeThe Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Statistics and Assessment program and the Digital Library Federation (DLF), a program of the Council on Library and Information Resources, are pleased to offer two three-day in-depth workshops focused on using XML and XSLT in the library environment: “An Introduction to XML and XML Applications” and “Transforming Library Metadata with XSLT.”

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ARL to Host Events at ALA Midwinter Meeting 2014

independence-hall-philadelphia-george-washington-statueimage © Wally GobetzARL, LibQUAL+®, and SPARC are offering several events at the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting to be held in Philadelphia next month. Highlights include: 

ARL Annual Leadership Symposium (invitation only)
Thursday, January 23, 4:00 p.m.–Sunday, January 26, 3:00 p.m.
Four Seasons Hotel

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Notes from Elliott Shore’s Listening Tour: Brown, Dartmouth, UMass, UConn, Yale

Brown University, Robinson HallBrown University, Robinson Hall (Old Library)

ARL executive director Elliott Shore has embarked on a "listening tour" of ARL member libraries. This is the ninth in a series of informal reports from his visits.

The week before Thanksgiving in the US, I had the pleasure of touring New England as their crisp fall was beginning to turn into winter. I visited five ARL libraries in five days, reprising in a slightly larger territory my first visit to Boston’s five ARL libraries. The concentration of fine institutions of higher education located within an easy drive of Boston is quite stunning—10 ARL libraries and many of the country’s finest liberal arts colleges populate this cradle of US American higher education. I started in Providence, Rhode Island, at Brown University, made my way north and west to Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, then south to the University of Massachusetts Amherst, farther south to the University of Connecticut, in Storrs, and ended my trip at Yale University in New Haven. This trip was characterized by gorgeous campuses, finely and faithfully restored and expanded libraries, deep engagement with the intellectual life of venerable institutions, and the exuberance of the land-grant flagships of Massachusetts and Connecticut. Coming at a time when we are deeply engaged in the strategic thinking and design process, each of these libraries demonstrated ways forward in consonance with what we are finding throughout the community of ARL.

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Library Community Encourages FCC to Make Materials Accessible via FDsys

F C C website screenshotFCC websiteOn Monday, December 2, ARL joined others in the library community in a letter (PDF) requesting that the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) make its primary legal materials and publicly available comments accessible via the Government Printing Office (GPO) Federal Digital System, FDsys. The signatories noted that, “In doing so, the Commission stands not only to improve the public’s access to official government information and ability to participate in critical governmental processes during periods of crisis, but serve as a model for other agencies to implement the principles of President Obama’s Open Government Initiative.”

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National Organizations Urge Congress to Stop Sequestration

U S Capitol buildingimage © Wally GobetzOn Wednesday, December 4, ARL joined 469 national organizations in a letter (PDF) urging the US Congress to replace sequestration with a bipartisan, balanced approach to deficit reduction. The organizations stated, “the budget conference opens a critical window to finally enact a responsible fiscal year (FY) 2014 budget that replaces sequestration and reinvests in our eroding national priorities…The deficit reduction enacted over the past few years has come overwhelmingly from discretionary spending cuts at ratios far beyond those recommended by bipartisan, deficit reduction groups of experts…relief from sequestration must be equally balanced between NDD (nondefense discretionary) and defense programs, as strong investments in both NDD and defense programs are necessary to keep our country competitive, safe, and secure.”

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ARL Liaison Program Heads Invited to Discuss New Roles at ALA Midwinter

Health sciences librarian with medical facultyARL’s Transforming Research Libraries initiative is sponsoring a meeting in conjunction with the upcoming American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting to convene ARL liaison program directors and continue the conversation around new roles for liaison librarians. The meeting will be led by Francine DeFranco, director of library research services at University of Connecticut, and Rita Vine, head of faculty and student engagement at University of Toronto.

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ARL Strategic Design Meeting Convenes in Toronto

U Toronto Robarts Library 4th floorimage © University of TorontoARL’s strategic thinking and design process continues apace. Julia Blixrud reports on the regional design meeting hosted by the University of Toronto in November. She notes:

Some of the themes subsequently drawn from the small group discussions included preparation for new competencies and skills, innovation, leverage and collaboration, partnering with others, community engagement, and library space as a means for socialization. By themselves, the words sound familiar—it will be the application and articulation that stretch the imagination for the future role of the research library.

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Succeed Awards 2014 Nominations Due February 15

blue networked stars from Succeed websiteSucceedThe Succeed Awards are seeking nominations for 2014. The awards will recognize successful implementation of digitization programs, especially those exploiting the latest technology and the output of research for the digitization of historical text. The winners will be invited to the awards ceremony during the Digitisation Days event in Madrid, Spain, May 19–20, 2014. The Succeed Awards will not convey an additional cash prize, the focus being on the recognition of leading initiatives and the worldwide dissemination of these achievements.

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ARL Joins Day of Action to Demand ECPA Reform

White House image © Tom LohdanToday ARL is joining a nationwide day of action calling for reform of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), which allows the US government to access e-mail and documents in the cloud without a warrant.

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Google Books Case Dismissed—Victory for Fair Use and Libraries

screenshot of Mrs Dalloway in Google BooksGoogle BooksOn November 14, Judge Denny Chin of the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled that the digitization of millions of books from research library collections was a fair use and dismissed the Authors Guild case against Google and its Library Project, saying that the project “advances the progress of the arts and sciences, while maintaining respectful consideration of the rights of authors and other creative individuals, and without adversely impacting the rights of copyright holders.” In his decision, Judge Chin cited a November 2012 amicus brief (PDF) submitted by the Library Copyright Alliance (comprised of the Association of Research Libraries, the American Library Association, and the Association of College and Research Libraries). The Authors Guild has stated that they disagree with the decision and plan to appeal.

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