Duke Libraries Uses Mellon Grant to Support Digital Classics

duke-u-papyrus-collection-fragmentFragment from Duke's papyrus collection, image © DukeDuke University Libraries is establishing a new unit, Duke Collaboratory for Classics Computing (DC3), that will use digital technologies to analyze some of the world's oldest documents and artifacts. Funded by a $500,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the DC3 will be led by Joshua D. Sosin, associate professor of classical studies and history at Duke, who will also assume a joint appointment within the libraries.

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ARL Sponsors Accelerating Science Award Program (ASAP)

asap-nominate-nowARL today joined major sponsors Public Library of Science (PLOS), Wellcome Trust, and Google to launch the Accelerating Science Award Program (ASAP), which recognizes the use of scientific research, published through open access, that has led to innovations in any field that benefits society.

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U Alberta Appoints Gerald Beasley Vice-Provost and Chief Librarian

gerald-beasleyGerald Beasley, image © U AlbertaGerald Beasley, university librarian at Concordia University in Montreal and former ARL RLLF fellow, has been appointed vice-provost and chief librarian at the University of Alberta, effective July 1, 2013, for a five-year term. For details, see the May 1, 2013, news releases from Alberta, "New Chief Librarian Drawn by UAlberta's Leadership Profile," and Concordia, "Concordia University Librarian Heads to UAlberta."


ARL Research Library Leadership Fellows Sponsors Selected for 2013-2015

new-york-public-libraryimage © Thomas HawkARL has selected the sponsor cohort for the fifth iteration of the Research Library Leadership Fellows (RLLF) Program, an 18-month executive leadership fellowship designed and sponsored by ARL member libraries that helps develop future senior-level leaders in large research libraries. The program exposes library staff who have the desire and potential for leadership in ARL libraries to important issues, peer institutions, and professional networks that will enhance their preparedness to take on senior-level roles.

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Memorial: Edward R. Johnson, 1940–2013

edward-johnsonEdward R. Johnson, image © Oklahoma StateEdward R. Johnson, dean of the Oklahoma State University Library from 1987 to his retirement in 2003, passed away on April 25, 2013, at the age of 72. Johnson was an instrumental voice in defeating the passage of UCITA in Oklahoma. His efforts in this endeavor as well as his alliance with the Oklahoma attorney general had implications in the nationwide defeat of UCITA.

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LibQUAL+® to Offer Workshop at Northumbria Conference on Performance Measurement

York UK landscape York, UK, © Mark Davis ARL is sponsoring a LibQUAL+ Exchange of Experience workshop on Monday, July 22, 2013, in conjunction with the 10th Northumbria International Conference on Performance Measurement in Libraries and Information Services, to be held in York, UK. The half-day event will feature opportunities for LibQUAL+ participants and other interested parties to share experiences and discuss strategic uses of assessment results. The program will also include an update on the first UK implementation of the ClimateQUAL survey.

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GWU Appoints Geneva Henry University Librarian and Vice Provost

geneva-henryGeneva Henry, image © GWUGeneva Henry, executive director of digital scholarship services at Rice University and former ARL RLLF fellow, has been named the George Washington University (GWU) university librarian and vice provost for libraries, effective July 1, 2013. For details, see the April 29, 2013, GWU press release, "Geneva Henry Appointed University Librarian, Vice Provost for Libraries at the George Washington University."


Library Copyright Alliance Supports Georgia State University in Amicus Brief

georgia-state-university-libraryGSU Library
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The Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) filed a “friend of the court” brief (PDF) late yesterday in support of Georgia State University (GSU) in the appeal of Cambridge U. Press et al. v. Mark P. Becker et al. In its brief, LCA argues that GSU’s e-reserves policy is consistent with widespread and well-established best practices for fair use at academic and research libraries, and that these uses have no negative effects on scholarship. LCA was represented by Jonathan Band and attorneys from the Electronic Frontier Foundation. The case is on appeal with the US Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit.

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Boston Public Library President Amy Ryan Welcomes Patrons Back to Central Library

boston-public-library-courtyardBPL, image © Xavier de JuaréguiberryDear Friend of the Library,

On April 15, the Boston Marathon and the Commonwealth’s celebration of Patriots’ Day were suddenly and sadly overtaken by tragic events. In the days that followed, the people of Boston and beyond have responded with enormous courage, support, and resilience. These individuals make us proud to have “Boston” in our name and are an inspiration as our community begins to recover and heal.

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ARL Applauds Judiciary Committee Action to Reform Privacy Laws

patrick-leahySenator Patrick Leahy
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On Thursday, April 25, the US Senate Judiciary Committee took another crucial step toward fixing outdated privacy laws by endorsing a bill proposed by Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) that includes vital reforms to give appropriate privacy protection to e-mail and cloud storage. The committee passed a similar bill in November 2012, but the legislative session ended before the measure could reach the full Senate. The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) applauds Chairman Leahy and all members of the Senate Judiciary Committee for their strong, bipartisan support for reasonable privacy protections online.

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