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Google Analytics Workshop to Be Offered by ARL in October 2014

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The ARL Statistics and Measurement Program is offering a full-day, in-person workshop on Google Analytics, to be held on October 20, 2014, in partnership with LunaMetrics, a Google Analytics Certified Partner. Google Analytics is a tool that can help identify where website visitors are coming from and how they interact with web pages. Libraries can use this knowledge to improve their websites and overall user experience.

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ARL-SAA Digital Archives Specialist Courses at Syracuse: Early-Bird Deadline February 21

syracuse-u-carnegie-librarySyracuse University, Carnegie Library, image © Encyclopaedia Britannica, credit Kai BrinkerThis Friday, February 21, 2014, is the last day to register at early-bird rates for the Digital Archives Specialist (DAS) courses being offered by ARL and the Society of American Archivists (SAA) at Syracuse University, March 10–14. You do not need to work at an ARL library to register for the courses at this site—they are open to all librarians and archivists.

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LibQUAL+® Highlights from 2013, Canada Webcast Video Online

libqual-radar-chartLibQUAL+ radar chartDuring 2013, 165 libraries participated in LibQUAL+, and 202,000 respondents submitted valid surveys. Of these surveys, 72% were “LibQUAL+ Lite” questionnaires and 28% were long. Median survey completion times were 5 minutes, 22 seconds for the Lite questionnaire and 9 minutes, 5 seconds for the long version. For an overview of the 2013 survey results, download the two-page 2013 LibQUAL+ survey highlights (PDF). For more detail about the 2013 survey at ARL member libraries, the 2013 ARL LibQUAL+ notebook (PDF) summarizes the results from more than 48,000 faculty and students in 29 ARL libraries.

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Horizon Report 2014 Higher Education Edition Published

horizon-report-higher-ed-2014-coverHorizon Report: 2014 Higher Education EditionOn January 28, 2014, the New Media Consortium (NMC) and EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) jointly released the NMC Horizon Report: 2014 Higher Education Edition at a special session at the ELI Annual Meeting 2014 earlier this month. The annual report describes findings from the NMC Horizon Project, an ongoing research project designed to identify and describe emerging technologies likely to have an impact on learning, teaching, and creative inquiry in education. Six key trends, six significant challenges, and six emerging technologies are identified across three adoption horizons over the next one to five years.

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Anne Kenney Wins Hugh Atkinson Memorial Award

anne-r-kenneyAnne R. Kenney, photo by William Staffeld / Cornell AAPAnne R. Kenney, the Carl A. Kroch university librarian at Cornell University, has been named the 2014 winner of the Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award. The American Library Association (ALA) will present the award to Kenney at the ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas this summer. Kenney is being honored for her innovative achievements and service to the profession, especially her leadership on such projects as 2CUL, arXiv, Project Euclid, and Making of America; her work on large-scale digitization and digital preservation standards; and her global contributions in Myanmar, Cuba, China, and elsewhere.

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ARL/SAA Mosaic Program Call for Applications—Deadline April 1, 2014

19th-cent-stamped-envelopeimage © Clemson University LibraryThe Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the Society of American Archivists (SAA) are now accepting applications 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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Leading a Strategic Assessment Program in a Research Library: ARL to Offer Additional Session in November

two people sitting at a table in a libraryDue to high demand for the spring offering of “Leading a Strategic Assessment Program in a Research Library: An ARL Seminar for Recently Appointed Assessment Professionals,” ARL has opened registration with limited space for a second session to be held this fall. This two-day, in-person seminar is designed for librarians and coordinators who are new to the roles and responsibilities of assessment. The seminar will be supplemented with pre- and post-workshop webcasts (dates TBD) and independent learning activities, plus connection with a network of experienced colleagues who will provide ongoing support. The seminar will be held in Washington, DC, on November 6–7, 2014.

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The Day We Fight Back: NSA Reform Bills to End Mass Surveillance and Provide Greater Transparency

Benjamin Franklin with quote from paragraph 2Benjamin FranklinToday, February 11, 2014, individuals and groups are participating in “The Day We Fight Back,” a day of action protesting the US government’s mass surveillance programs. Revelations about the National Security Agency (NSA) programs, including the breadth and scope of bulk collection of data conducted under Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act (also known as the “library records provision”) have raised serious concerns regarding curtailment of civil liberties and the compatibility of these programs with the First and Fourth Amendments.

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Preservation Statistics FY 2012 Now Available, FY 2013 Data Collection Underway

preservation-statistics-logoPreservation StatisticsSixty-two cultural heritage institutions participated in the pilot FY 2012 Preservation Statistics Survey, a project of the Preservation and Reformatting Section (PARS) of the American Library Association (ALA) and the Association of Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS). All cultural heritage institutions—libraries, museums, archives, historical societies—in the United States with preservation activities were invited to complete the pilot version of the survey, which was open from April to August 2013. The FY 2012 Preservation Statistics Report provides analysis of the survey results, including an examination of preservation trends in academic and research libraries from 2007 to 2012 based on statistics supplied by the 34 Association of Research Library (ARL) members who participated in the pilot survey. The FY 2013 data collection is now open through April 15, 2014.

 

LibQUAL+® Workshops at ALA Midwinter: Slides Now Online

independence-hall-philadelphiaimage © Wally GobetzOn January 27 at the 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia, the LibQUAL+ team presented several workshops on the foundations of LibQUAL+, survey administration, and interpreting survey results. The team was joined by four guest speakers who presented a wealth of information about implementing the survey and acting on the results at their own libraries. Slides from these presentations are linked below: 

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