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ARL Seeks SHARE Technical Project Manager

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The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is recruiting a project manager for an 18-month project to build the SHared Access Research Ecosystem (SHARE) Notification Service (PDF). SHARE (www.arl.org/share) is a collaborative initiative among ARL, the Association of American Universities, and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. The technical project manager is a full-time position with standard ARL benefits for 18 months with the possibility of extension. This position is also eligible for telecommuting.

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ARL Leadership and Career Development Program Convenes in New York

lcdp-2013-14-fellowsLCDP fellows 2013–14, photo by Molly MageeThe ARL Leadership and Career Development Program (LCDP) fellows came together in New York City, March 10–14, 2014, for an institute on the topics of scholarly communication and transforming research libraries. The institute included day-long site visits to two ARL member institutions: the New York University Libraries, hosted by dean of the division of libraries Carol Mandel, and the Columbia University Libraries/Information Services, hosted by vice president for information services and university librarian James Neal. The event also featured discussions led by ARL program directors Judy Ruttenberg and Julia Blixrud, and by Don Waters, program officer for scholarly communications and information technology at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Faculty for the institute included key library personnel from the greater New York City area as well as program consultant DeEtta Jones. 

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Research Libraries and the Big Deal: Author Version of Study Available

bound-journalsimage © diylibrarianUnwrapping the Bundle: An Examination of Research Libraries and the ‘Big Deal’,” by Karla L. Strieb of the Ohio State University (OSU) and Julia C. Blixrud of ARL has been added to the OSU Knowledge Bank. The authors’ final version has been accepted for publication in portal: Libraries and the Academy. Based on the findings of a 2012 survey of ARL member libraries about journal bundles, this article compares results to earlier studies and examines the product structure, pricing models, and license terms.

 
 

LIBLICENSE Model License Being Revised by North American Working Group

liblicense-screenshotUnder the auspices of the Center for Research Libraries (CRL), and with the support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the LIBLICENSE Model License for e-resources is undergoing a vigorous overhaul by a team of North American practitioners and experts. The model license has served as a negotiating framework and has been widely used by libraries and consortia for many years. An initial draft of the revised model license will be available in late spring 2014. Later in the year, the software that enables users to build their own agreements will be rewritten and released.

For more information, see the March 13, 2014, CRL news release, “North American Working Group to Revise Model License,” or contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
 

Elliott Shore Elected as Higher Education Association Representative to ACE Board

elliott-shoreElliott ShoreThe American Council on Education (ACE) has elected ARL executive director Elliott Shore to serve as a higher education association representative to the ACE board of directors for a one-year term ending March 2015. ACE represents the presidents of US accredited, degree-granting institutions of higher education, which include two- and four-year colleges, private and public universities, and nonprofit and for-profit entities. The ACE board of directors is primarily composed of presidents and chancellors of universities from across the US, including several ARL institutions. Shore’s appointment reflects his focus on strengthening relationships with organizations that share ARL’s goals and values.

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Strategies to Sustain Digitized Special Collections: Ithaka S+R/ARL Web Seminar Video and Q&A Online

A A S Vigilantes of Montana posterVigilantes of Montana poster, courtesy American Antiquarian SocietyMuseums and libraries are taking advantage of advances in technology to move their rare and unique collections online. What most institutions learn quickly is that digitization is the easy part. As grant funding rarely covers ongoing operations, the larger challenge is to develop a successful strategy to make sure the digitized collections remain accessible and relevant over time.

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Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce Call for Applications—Deadline April 28

ARL-leadership-symposium-resume-workshop-2013photo by Jennifer ChampagneARL is accepting applications for the Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce (IRDW), a program designed to recruit master of library and information science (MLIS) students from traditionally underrepresented ethnic and racial minority groups into careers in research libraries and archives. The IRDW includes a stipend in support of MLIS education of up to $10,000 over two years, leadership and career development training, a site visit to the Purdue University Libraries, financial support for skills development, and a formal mentorship program.

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Library Copyright Alliance Comments on EU Consultation on Copyright Rules

european-union-flagimage © Rock CohenOn March 3, 2014, the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) submitted a response (PDF) to the European Union (EU) consultation on the review of copyright rules. The EU website provided a list of 80 questions for stakeholders to answer; the LCA response focuses on those questions most relevant to the library community. The categories of questions to which LCA responded cover digital transmissions, term of protection, limitations and exceptions, preservation and archiving, e-lending, mass digitization, teaching, research, and access for persons with disabilities.

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White House Requests Public Comment on Big Data and Privacy

White Houseimage © Tom LohdanIn February 2014, ARL joined the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) and 23 other organizations in a letter (PDF) requesting that the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) solicit public comments regarding the White House review of “Big Data and the Future of Privacy.” On March 4, OSTP announced a public comment period that will end on March 31. OSTP is asking for comment on the following questions:

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ARL Membership to Convene May 6–8 in Columbus, Ohio

ohio-state-u-thompson-libraryimage © OSU, photo by Meera on Buckeyes BlogARL president Carol Pitts Diedrichs, vice provost and director of university libraries at Ohio State University (OSU), will convene the 164th ARL Membership Meeting with welcoming remarks and the introductions of guests on the afternoon of Tuesday, May 6, 2014. Several program sessions dedicated to discussion of ARL’s strategic thinking and design work are in development. The meeting will adjourn on Thursday, May 8, at noon. For more details about the meeting schedule, including information on the committee meetings to be held Tuesday morning before the Membership Meeting convenes, see the preliminary Membership Meeting schedule.

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