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Higher Ed Organizations Urge Budget Committee to Eliminate Sequestration, Support Research and Education

U S Capitol buildingimage © Wally GobetzOn Friday, November 1, ARL joined the American Council on Education (ACE) and more than 30 other organizations in a letter (PDF) to the chairs of the US congressional committee deliberating a budget agreement. The organizations are asking the budget committee to eliminate the FY 2014 sequestration spending reductions and to prioritize investments in research and education.

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ARL Joins Amicus Brief in Fisher v. University of Texas

U S Supreme Courtimage © Mark FischerOn Thursday, October 31, ARL joined more than 40 associations in signing an amicus brief (PDF) in support of the University of Texas in its appeal of the ruling in Fisher v. University of Texas. The case challenges the affirmative action admissions policy of the university. This summer, the US Supreme Court held that the Fifth Circuit had not applied the correct level of scrutiny to the policy and sent the case back to the Fifth Circuit for review.

In leading the effort of this amicus brief, the American Council on Education stated, “The Supreme Court held in Grutter v. Bollinger, 539 U.S. 306 (2003), and reaffirmed in this case, that higher education institutions have a compelling interest in the educational benefits that flow from a diverse student body. That interest can justify the narrowly tailored consideration of race in admissions.”

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LibQUAL+® to Launch Improvements in 2014—Register Now

map of LibQUAL+ countriesCountries of LibQUAL+ interactive mapARL invites libraries to join the global assessment community of LibQUAL+ by registering for the 2014 LibQUAL+ survey, which will feature several enhancements.

When the LibQUAL+ survey year opens in January, the team will introduce a mobile version of the survey. LibQUAL+ survey respondents will be automatically directed to the appropriate version of the survey based on the width of their browser window, so libraries will not need to distribute multiple survey URLs. The survey platform will also generate QR codes to use in promoting the mobile version.

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ARL Membership Meeting & Fall Forum 2013 Slides Online

young man bicycling on a university campusimage © University of DenverSpeakers’ slides from the ARL Membership Meeting and the ARL Fall Forum held October 9–10 and October 10–11 in Arlington, Virginia, are now on the ARL website. Several ARL Membership Meeting sessions built on recent discussions about strategic thinking and the future landscape for research libraries. This year’s ARL Fall Forum, “Mobilizing the Research Enterprise,” explored opportunities and collaborations in responding to the White House memorandum on “Increasing Access to the Results of Federally Funded Research.” Available slides include:

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ARL-SAA Digital Archives Specialist Courses in LA: Early-Bird Deadline Approaching

U C L A Young Library interiorUCLA Young Research Library, image © Peter LeonardTuesday, November 26, 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 the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), December 16–20. 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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Higher Education Community Supports Access to Publicly Funded Research

grafitti spelling FASTRimage © Newtown graffitiSixty-six presidents and provosts of US universities and colleges sent a letter to Congress urging passage of public access legislation, Fair Access to Science and Technology Research, or FASTR. This legislation promotes the acceleration of scientific discovery by making articles reporting on publicly funded scientific research freely accessible online. The presidents and provosts stated, “we believe that this legislation represents a watershed and provides an opportunity for the entire U.S. higher education and research community to draw upon their traditional partnerships and collaboratively realize the unquestionably good intentions of the bill’s framers—broadening access to publicly funded research in order to accelerate the advancement of knowledge and maximize the related public good. By ensuring broad and diverse access to taxpayer-funded research the bill also supports the intuitive and democratic principle that, with reasonable exceptions for issues of national security, the public ought to have access to the results of activities it funds.”

 
 

UC San Diego Library Launches UCTV Channel

Library Channel logoimage © University of CaliforniaIn partnership with the University of California’s (UC) television station, the UC San Diego (UCSD) Library has launched a Library Channel on UCTV. The new channel offers content on a wide range of UCSD Library and campus activities, including special events, faculty and author lectures, innovative programs, special and digital collections, and other library and university initiatives. The initial Library Channel lineup features videos of: the library’s recent Dinner in the Library event, with author Jay Parini discussing 13 books that changed America; UC San Diego psychiatrist Joel Dimsdale, who presented findings on the Rorschach tests administered to Nazi leadership at a Holocaust Living History Workshop; and the library’s efforts to build an archive documenting San Diego’s dynamic technology history. Programming from the Library Channel will be accessible from a portal on the library’s home page, from UCTV’s home page, on UCTV, and on iTunes and YouTube. For more details, see the October 29 UCSD news release, “UC San Diego Library Launches New Channel on UCTV.”

 

Two Bills Seek to Address NSA Surveillance Practices

phone with sticker that says This Phone Is Tappedimage © François ProulxThe continuous release of information concerning the US National Security Agency’s (NSA) surveillance practices has led to increased scrutiny by Congress. Two bills have been introduced that seek to address some of the NSA surveillance practices and address serious privacy concerns. First, Sen. Feinstein (D-CA) introduced the FISA Improvement Act of 2013 (PDF) that was approved by the Select Committee on Intelligence on October 31. The bill was not made publicly available until after the committee’s approval. The second, a bicameral and bipartisan bill, the USA Freedom Act of 2013 (PDF), was introduced by Rep. Sensenbrenner (R-WI) and Sen. Leahy (D-VT) on October 29. This bill seeks to rein in the NSA’s bulk collection, analysis, and storage of Americans’ electronic communications. ARL with others in the public and private sectors support the USA Freedom Act of 2013.

 
 

Library Publishing Coalition Releases First Edition of Directory

Library Publishing Coalition logoThe new Library Publishing Directory provides a snapshot of the publishing activities of 115 academic and research libraries (primarily in North America), including information about the number and types of publications they produce, the services they offer authors, how they are staffed and funded, and the future plans of institutions that are engaged in this growing sector of scholarly publishing. In documenting the breadth and depth of activities in this field, this resource aims to articulate the unique value of library publishing; establish it as a significant and growing community of practice; and raise its visibility within a number of stakeholder communities, including administrators, funding agencies, other scholarly publishers, librarians, and content creators. For more information and to download or order print copies of the directory, visit the Library Publishing Coalition website.

 

SCOAP3 Deadline for Participation Drawing Near

SCOAP3 logoSCOAP3The SCOAP3 model is built on redirecting funds currently used to pay for subscriptions to participating journals to support their conversion to open access, as well as to cover article-processing fees in existing open access journals. Launch of SCOAP3 is scheduled for January 1, 2014, and confirmation of participation is requested by November 15, 2013. SCOAP3 costs institutions no more than they are paying now for the subscriptions and has, due to unprecedented global negotiations, driven reductions in publisher article-processing fees when SCOAP3 goes live and will ensure the granting of CC-BY licenses for the articles. For US libraries that have not yet confirmed their participation, information can be found on the LYRASIS website or by contacting This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
 
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