CRL to Audit CLOCKSS Archive

The Digital Distributed Community Archive (the CLOCKSS Archive) has engaged the Center for Research Libraries (CRL) to undertake an in-depth audit of the CLOCKSS preservation archive. CLOCKSS (Controlled LOCKSS) is a not-for-profit joint venture between the world’s leading academic publishers and research libraries. The mission of CLOCKSS is to build a sustainable, geographically distributed, dark archive to ensure the long-term survival of web-based scholarly publications for the benefit of the greater global research community. The CLOCKSS Archive employs the LOCKSS (Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe) technology to manage the preservation of content across the CLOCKSS global network of archive nodes.

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HathiTrust Research Center UnCamp 2013 Registration Now Open

HathiTrustRegistration is open until August 31 for the second annual HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC) UnCamp, to be held September 8–9, 2013, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The UnCamp is a dynamic un-conference that is part hands-on coding and demonstration, part inspirational use-cases, part community building, and part informational. The HTRC UnCamp is targeted to digital humanities and informatics tool developers, researchers and librarians, and graduate students.

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Library Value in the Developing World: Report Published by SAGE

image © Book Aid InternationalRaising awareness of how the library supports teaching and research staff is key to demonstrating librarian value in developing countries, concludes a new SAGE report on Library Value in the Developing World. The findings are the result of a six-month research study with 12 developing-country institutions conducted by SAGE, exploring perceptions of the value of academic libraries by teaching and research staff.

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Comments on IPEDS Changes Sought by US Department of Education

image © CollegeDegrees360The US Department of Education has issued a request for comments on planned changes to the Integrated Post-Secondary Education Data System (IPEDS) surveys. The 30-day Federal Register notice was published on August 8 and the public comment period ends September 9. The relevant documents can be viewed by the public and comments can be submitted via the IPEDS docket page on the regulations.gov website. The Academic Libraries Survey will be part of the IPEDS surveys in future years.


National Agenda for Digital Stewardship Released by NDSA

The National Digital Stewardship Alliance (NDSA), a consortium of more than 150 institutions committed to the long‐term preservation of digital information, recently released the 2014 National Agenda for Digital Stewardship. Organized into four broad areas—Organizational Roles, Policies, and Practices; Digital Content Areas; Infrastructure Development; and Research Priorities—the Agenda outlines the challenges and opportunities related to digital preservation activities. The report provides funders and executive decision makers insight into emerging technological trends, gaps in digital stewardship capacity, and key areas for funding, research, and development to ensure that today's valuable digital content remains accessible and comprehensible in the future, supporting a thriving economy, a robust democracy, and a rich cultural heritage. Read more and download the report from the NDSA website.

Library and Repository Communities Join Together to Identify New Competencies for Academic Librarians

image © Tom SharlotThe Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL), the Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR), and the Association of European Research Libraries (LIBER) are pleased to announce the launch of a Joint Task Force on Librarians’ Competencies in Support of E-Research and Scholarly Communication.

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Library Copyright Alliance Releases User Guide to Marrakesh Treaty for Blind

image © Dominique ArchambaultOn June 27, a Diplomatic Conference of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) held in Marrakesh, Morocco, adopted the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired, or Otherwise Print Disabled. The Library Copyright Alliance has issued a new “User Guide to the Marrakesh Treaty” (PDF) by Jonathan Band. Read a condensed version of the user guide on the ARL Policy Notes blog.

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ARL Statistics® 2011–2012 Data Now Available in Analytics

Total library expenditures, multiple institutions
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ARL has released the 2011–2012 ARL Statistics dataset through ARL Statistics Analytics, a subscription-based service for nonmember libraries, vendors, commercial parties, and others interested in accessing the final, verified ARL Statistics data through an interactive interface. (ARL member institutions enjoy free access to the analytics as a benefit of membership.) ARL Statistics is a series of annual data-collection activities that describe the collections, expenditures, staffing, and service activities for the member libraries of the Association of Research Libraries.

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McMaster Appoints Vivian Lewis University Librarian

Vivian Lewis
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Vivian Lewis has been named university librarian for McMaster University, announced the university on August 1. Lewis served as acting university librarian from May 2012, when Jeffrey Trzeciak stepped down to serve as university librarian at Washington University in St. Louis. Lewis had served as associate university librarian at McMaster since 2003. For more information, see the August 1 McMaster Daily News article, “Vivian Lewis Appointed University Librarian.”


Research Data Management Services, SPEC Kit 334, Published by ARL

ARL has published Research Data Management Services, SPEC Kit 334, which surveys ARL member libraries on their activities related to access, management, and archiving of research data at their institutions. The survey explores the organization of research data management services (including a few questions on broader data support services), how they are staffed and funded, and what services they offer and to whom, among other questions.

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