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Higher Ed Associations Form Joint Steering Group to Build Federated System for Publicly Funded Research

image © Niklas WikströmThe Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Association of American Universities (AAU), and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) today announced the formation of a joint steering group to advance a proposed network of digital repositories at universities, libraries, and other research institutions across the US that will provide long-term public access to federally funded research articles and data.

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Library Investment Index Summarizes Relative Size of ARL University Libraries for 2011–12

ARL has released the Library Investment Index for 2011–2012, the latest in this annual summary measure of the relative size of the university library members of the Association. Although similar to the ARL Membership Criteria Index in reflecting the investments made in research libraries, the ARL Library Investment Index is less affected by the electronic availability of content and, consequently, the rapidly changing context of library collections. Neither index attempts to measure a library’s services, quality of collections, or success in meeting the needs of users. The ARL Library Investment Index has been calculated beginning with data from 2002–2003.

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Digital Image Collections and Services, SPEC Kit 335, Published by ARL

ARL has published Digital Image Collections and Services, SPEC Kit 335, which examines how research libraries and their parent institutions have responded to the transition from analog to digital images and the growth of digital images available from commercial vendors and/or created within institutions or their libraries. The survey gathers information about current practices relating to the development and management of institutional digital image collections and the acquisition and use of licensed image databases.

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U Connecticut Appoints Martha Bedard Vice Provost for Libraries

Martha Bedard, image © UConnMartha Bedard has been named vice provost for University of Connecticut (UConn) Libraries, effective October 14, 2013. Bedard is currently dean of university libraries at the University of New Mexico. At UConn she will succeed Brinley Franklin, who stepped down as vice provost for university libraries this summer. Franklin will conduct a library cost study for UConn in FY 2014 and will retire from the university on July 1, 2014. For more information about Bedard’s appointment, see the August 14 UConn Libraries news release, “Martha Bedard Named UConn Libraries’ Vice Provost.”

 

LibValue Webcast on Digitized Special Collections: Video Online

LibValue: Digitized Special Collections (video on YouTube)The video of the webcast “LibValue: Digitized Special Collections” presented on August 15 is now available on ARL's YouTube channel. This webcast describes how contingent valuation and Google Analytics can be used to measure the value of digitized special collections. The presenters are Ken Wise, associate professor, University of Tennessee Libraries; Gayle Baker, professor and electronic resources coordinator, University of Tennessee Libraries; and Martha Kyrillidou, senior director of statistics and service quality programs, ARL. Webcast slides (PDF) are also available for download. 

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ARL/DLF Forum Fellowship Available for Underrepresented Groups

image © AT&T Conference Center, UT AustinARL and the Digital Library Federation (DLF) are pleased to announce the new ARL/DLF Forum Fellowship for Underrepresented Groups. ARL and DLF are sponsoring up to five fellowships to promote racial/ethnic diversity at the Digital Library Federation Forum. Fellowships will provide up to $1,000 to cover travel costs and registration to the DLF Forum will be waived. The 2013 forum will be held on November 4–6 in Austin, Texas, and is open to all who are interested in playing an active role in the successful future of digital libraries, museum and archives services, and collections.

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ARL Diversity Scholars Selected for 2013–2015

ARL Leadership Symposium 2013, photo by Jennifer ChampagneThe ARL Committee on Diversity and Leadership has selected 15 master of library and information science (MLIS) students to participate in the 2013–2015 Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce (IRDW) as ARL Diversity Scholars.

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Infographic Shows Good News about Library Fair Use

Today ARL, American University's (AU) Washington College of Law, and AU's School of Communication released a new infographic that tells the story of library fair use and the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries in a clear and compelling way. The infographic is freely available as a full-size PDF, an embeddable PNG for blogs and website, and a print-ready 8.5” x 11” PDF to print and hand out at events.

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UVa Launches Archive of Local News Footage from Civil Rights Era

image © UVaOn August 2, the University of Virginia (UVa) Library released an online collection of historic news footage broadcast by Roanoke’s WSLS-TV from 1951 to 1971. According to an article by Lorenzo Perez in UVA Today, the archive is the result of a five-year initiative “to digitally preserve what is believed to be the only surviving TV news archive of original film clips from Virginia’s civil rights era.” The first 3,600 news clips of the WSLS-TV News Film Collection are publicly available through the library’s online catalog; the remaining 9,400 clips and 18,000 pages of anchor scripts are expected to be uploaded by the end of the year. The collection is searchable by keyword, subject, and date. For more details, see the August 2 UVA Today article “U.Va. Library Launches Online Archive of Historical TV News Footage.”

 

CRL to Audit CLOCKSS Archive

The Digital Distributed Community Archive (the CLOCKSS Archive) has engaged the Center for Research Libraries (CRL) to undertake an in-depth audit of the CLOCKSS preservation archive. CLOCKSS (Controlled LOCKSS) is a not-for-profit joint venture between the world’s leading academic publishers and research libraries. The mission of CLOCKSS is to build a sustainable, geographically distributed, dark archive to ensure the long-term survival of web-based scholarly publications for the benefit of the greater global research community. The CLOCKSS Archive employs the LOCKSS (Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe) technology to manage the preservation of content across the CLOCKSS global network of archive nodes.

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