Library Assessment Conference 2014—Save the Date

u-washington-suzzallo-libraryUniversity of Washington, Suzzallo Library, image © Chris DubéMark your calendars for the upcoming Library Assessment Conference: Building Effective, Sustainable, Practical Assessment, to be held in Seattle, Washington, August 4–6, 2014. Sponsored by ARL and the University of Washington Libraries, the conference aims to build and further a vibrant library assessment community by bringing together interested practitioners and researchers who have responsibility or interest in the broad field of library assessment. A record number—254—of proposals for papers, posters, lightning talks, and panels were submitted this year; the peer-review process is underway and notification will go out by mid-March. Conference registration will open in April.


Dana Rooks to Step Down as U Houston Dean of Libraries

dana-rooksDana Rooks, image courtesy Daily CougarDana Rooks, dean of libraries and the Elizabeth D. Rockwell chair at the University of Houston (UH), has announced that she will resign after 17 years as dean, effective upon the appointment of her successor. After stepping down as dean, she will continue to serve UH by assisting the provost “on several new initiatives in a new role in the provost office.” Details about the new initiatives and new position are not yet public. For more information about Rooks’s career, see the January 23, 2014, UH Daily Cougar article, “Dean of Libraries Resigns After 17-Year Commitment.”


Andrea Malone Named Fulbright Specialist in Library Science

andrea-maloneAndrea Malone, photo by Molly MageeThe Fulbright Scholar Program has selected Andrea Malone—an ARL Leadership & Career Development Program fellow and the University of Houston (UH) foreign language and ethnic studies librarian—to serve as a Fulbright specialist in library science for a five-year term. The Fulbright Specialist Program awards grants to US scholars and professionals to engage in short-term, collaborative projects at universities in over 140 countries. Malone’s research focus will be matched with an overseas host institution, where she will work on a cross-national topic that aims to strengthen institutional development needs. Through this opportunity, Malone hopes to develop new strategies for better serving international students at UH by “explor[ing] the different types of libraries they experience in their home countries” and learning from the various cultures she encounters.

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Mary Ann Mavrinac Wins OCULA Lifetime Achievement Award

mary-ann-mavrinacMary Ann Mavrinac, photo by Adam Fenster, © U RochesterThe Ontario College and University Library Association (OCULA) presented its 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award to Mary Ann Mavrinac on January 30, 2014, during the Ontario Library Association Super Conference in Toronto. Mavrinac is vice provost and the Andrew H. and Janet Dayton Neilly dean of River Campus Libraries at University of Rochester, an ARL Board member, and a former ARL leadership fellow.

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Memorial: William Carl Highfill, 1935–2013

auburn-u-samford-hallimage © Jimmy EmersonWilliam Carl Highfill, dean of libraries at Auburn University from 1973 to 1995, passed away at the age of 77 on July 10, 2013, in Opelika, Alabama. Under Highfill’s leadership the libraries’ collections almost tripled in size, the Ralph Brown Draughon Library doubled in size through a building addition completed in 1991, and Auburn became the 120th member of ARL in 1992. Prior to his time at Auburn, Highfill served as director of libraries at East Texas State University.

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ARL, ALA, EDUCAUSE Urge FCC to Develop Net Neutrality Policies; FCC Issues Statement, Calls for Comment

electronic-superhighway-by-nam-june-paik“Electronic Superhighway” by Nam June Paik, image © The QOn February 13, 2014, in a letter (PDF) to the Chairman and the Commissioners of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the American Library Association (ALA), and EDUCAUSE signaled their disappointment with the recent DC Circuit Court of Appeals decision in Verizon v. FCC to vacate the “no blocking” and “no discrimination” rules for public Internet access set forth by the FCC in 2010. At the same time, the associations noted that the court’s recognition of the FCC’s legal authority under Section 706 to protect consumers and the public’s access to Internet services was a positive outcome. The associations stated:

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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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