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Library Assessment Conference 2014 Registration Now Open—Deadline July 6

u-washington-suzzallo-libraryUW Suzzallo Library, image © Chris DubéRegistration is now open for the 2014 Library Assessment Conference: Building Effective, Sustainable, Practical Assessment, to be held August 4–6, in Seattle, Washington. The conference aims to build and develop a vibrant library community through invited speakers, contributed papers, posters, lightning talks, panels, workshops, and networking with those interested in assessment. The fifth Library Assessment Conference is co-sponsored by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the University of Washington (UW) Libraries.

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Heartbleed Bug Does Not Affect ARL Websites

"bleeding heart" flowersimage © Dawn HuczekAfter a comprehensive review of ARL’s hosted and operated websites, ARL has determined that its sites were not impacted by the Heartbleed OpenSSL bug. No ARL-hosted system—including the StatsQUAL® sites, such as http://libqual.org/, http://climatequal.org/, or http://arlstatistics.org/—utilized OpenSSL. ARL sites and services operated on third-party platforms (e.g., Google Apps for Business) were quickly patched by those third-party vendors. While it is not necessary to change passwords that you may have on any ARL-related site at this time, you may wish to go ahead and do so, as it is a good practice to change passwords periodically.

For more information about the Heartbleed bug, see “The Heartbleed Hit List: The Passwords You Need to Change Right Now,” published on Mashable.com on April 10, 2014.

 

LibQUAL+® Seeks Applicants for In-Kind Grant Program 2015

libqual-logoLibQUAL+®LibQUAL+ will award up to three institutions in-kind grants to participate in the 2015 LibQUAL+ survey, with a goal of offering one grant for every 50 libraries registered. This will be the 10th year LibQUAL+ has sponsored an in-kind grant program. There are two application deadlines for the 2015 grant program: June 13, 2014, and December 12, 2014. (The early deadline allows the LibQUAL+ team to plan for translations in new languages with an adequate planning cycle.)

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Fair Use Promoted at House of Representatives Copyright Hearing

james-neal-testifying-at-house-copyright-hearingJames Neal testifying at House copyright hearingJames G. Neal, Columbia University’s university librarian and vice president for information services, served as the voice of libraries to the US House of Representatives Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, when the subcommittee held a hearing on preserving and reusing copyrighted work. The hearing, “Preservation and Reuse of Copyrighted Works,” explored a variety of copyright issues, including orphan works, mass digitization, and specific provisions of the Copyright Act that concern preservation by libraries and archives.

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ARL/SAA Mosaic Program Application Deadline Extended

19th-cent-stamped-envelopeimage © Clemson University LibraryThe Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the Society of American Archivists (SAA) have extended the application deadline through Wednesday, April 16, 2014, for the second cohort of the ARL/SAA Mosaic Program. This program promotes much-needed diversification of the archives and special collections professional workforce by providing financial support, practical work experience, mentoring, career placement assistance, and leadership development to emerging professionals from traditionally underrepresented racial and ethnic minority groups. An important objective of the program is to attract and retain individuals who demonstrate excellent potential for scholastic and personal achievement and who manifest a commitment both to the archives and special collections profession and to advancing diversity concerns within it.

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ARL/Music Library Association Diversity and Inclusion Initiative Call for Applications

arl-mla-dii-video-jonathan-saucedaFormer DII fellow Jonathan Sauceda talks about DII benefitsARL is now accepting applications for the ARL/Music Library Association (MLA) Diversity and Inclusion Initiative (DII). This scholarship program, funded by a Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and by ARL and MLA, offers minority candidates an opportunity to pursue the master’s degree in library and information science (MLIS) while gaining valuable “hands-on” experience in a major music library. The initiative’s goal is to increase the number of underrepresented racial/ethnic minorities within music librarianship by providing support for master’s-level LIS education and the practical experience critical for successful entrance into the profession.

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Repository Infrastructure Initiatives Agree to Align Networks

aligning-repositories-meeting-participantsAligning Repository Networks meeting, image © COARIn a meeting in Rome, Italy, on March 20–21, 2014, representatives from several major regional repository networks came together to develop a strategy to better align their activities. The meeting convened delegates from Australia, Canada, China, Europe, Latin America, and the United States, including representatives from AOASG (Australian Open Access Support Group), CARL (Canadian Association of Research Libraries), COAR (Confederation of Open Access Repositories), LIBER (Ligue des Bibliothèques Européennes de Recherche), the National Science Library of Chinese Academy of Sciences, OpenAIRE (Open Access Infrastructure for Research in Europe), and SHARE (SHared Access Research Ecosystem).

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Columbia’s James Neal Testifies before US House Judiciary Subcommittee Hearing on Preservation and Reuse of Copyrighted Works

james-g-nealJames G. NealOn Wednesday, April 2, 2014, the US House Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet continued its copyright review. This hearing focused on “Preservation and Reuse of Copyrighted Works” with six panelists: Gregory Lukow (chief, Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation, Library of Congress), Richard Rudick (co-chair, Section 108 Study Group), James G. Neal (vice president for information services and university librarian, Columbia University), Jan Constantine (general counsel, the Authors Guild), Michael C. Donaldson (partner, Donaldson + Callif, LLP, on behalf of Film Independent and International Documentary Association), and Jeffry Sedlik (president and chief executive officer, PLUS Coalition). Written testimony from each witness is available on the House Judiciary Committee website.

James Neal’s statement (PDF), endorsed by the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA), provides that the “overarching point is that the existing statutory framework, which combines the specific library exceptions in Section 108 with the flexible fair use right, works well for libraries, and does not require amendment.” In reaching this point, the written statement goes through four issues: (1) the importance of library preservation, (2) how the library exceptions under Section 108 supplement rather than supplant fair use, (3) the diminished need for orphan works legislation, and (4) perspective on the HathiTrust case.

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IMLS, Sloan Foundation Jointly Award SHARE $1 Million to Develop Notification Service

computer keyboard with a image © Niklas Wikström

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has been awarded a joint $1 million grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to develop and launch the SHared Access Research Ecosystem (SHARE) Notification Service. SHARE is a collaborative initiative of ARL, the Association of American Universities (AAU), and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) to ensure the preservation of, access to, and reuse of research findings and reports.

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ARL/SAA Mosaic Program Application Deadline Approaching

19th-cent-stamped-envelopeimage © Clemson University LibraryThe Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the Society of American Archivists (SAA) are accepting applications through Tuesday, April 1, 2014, for the second cohort of the ARL/SAA Mosaic Program. This program promotes much-needed diversification of the archives and special collections professional workforce by providing financial support, practical work experience, mentoring, career placement assistance, and leadership development to emerging professionals from traditionally underrepresented racial and ethnic minority groups. An important objective of the program is to attract and retain individuals who demonstrate excellent potential for scholastic and personal achievement and who manifest a commitment both to the archives and special collections profession and to advancing diversity concerns within it.

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