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Notes from Elliott Shore’s Listening Tour: Yellow Brick, Red Brick, Limestone: Three Days in Indiana and on the East and West Banks of the Mississippi

University of Notre Dame, Architecture LibraryARL executive director Elliott Shore has embarked on a "listening tour" of ARL member libraries. This is the eighth in a series of informal reports from his visits.

After a summer’s pause, I went back on the road again to visit Diane Parr Walker at Notre Dame, Jim Mullins at Purdue, and Brenda Johnson at Indiana University on the continuation of my listening tour. I then headed north to visit ARL president Wendy Lougee at the University of Minnesota. The pause was a generative one: in the interim I could collect and synthesize my thoughts and my notes as we started the data collection and mining research project for the ARL strategic thinking and design process with the support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. At the same time, we began to put together the various pieces of the design studio that Ann Pendleton-Jullian is leading for us, also with grant support: her work and the regional meetings we are arranging are underwritten by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. A new ARL directors’ orientation in September—did you know that there have been 26 new directors appointed in the last 18 months?—afforded Ann and me the opportunity to have a productive session with 19 of the new directors as we geared up for the first design studio in Minneapolis (watch for that report soon).

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ARL Awarded IMLS and Mellon Grants for Strategic Thinking and Design

System of action exemplified by El SistemaARL has been awarded two grants to support a strategic thinking and design process in 2013–2014. This strategic process will frame the critical work of the Association and define the role ARL plays in higher education and research to maximize its ability to be agile and responsive to rapidly changing priorities and member institution needs. To accomplish this goal, the ARL membership and members of the higher education and library communities will engage in a three-part iterative process of strategic thinking:

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PLOS Announces Finalists for Accelerating Science Award Program

PLOS, the Public Library of Science, today announced the six finalists for the Accelerating Science Award Program (ASAP). The program recognizes the use of scientific research, published through open access, that has led to innovations benefiting society. Major sponsors include the Wellcome Trust and Google; ARL and SPARC are also among the program sponsors. Three top awards of $30,000 each will be announced on October 21 in Washington, DC, at an Open Access Week kick-off event hosted by SPARC and the World Bank. As award finalists, these individuals and teams are being honored for addressing a real-world challenge either by reusing previously published open access research or by creating a new repository of freely available research data to assist current and future collaborative research projects.

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Harvard Names Sarah Thomas Faculty of Arts and Sciences Librarian

Sarah Thomas, image courtesy of KT BruceSarah Thomas, vice president for the Harvard Library, has been appointed to the additional role of Roy E. Larsen librarian for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS), Harvard announced on September 25. In her new role, Thomas will oversee all FAS libraries, including Harvard College Library, and will report to the FAS dean. She will continue to report to the provost in her university-wide role of vice president for the Harvard Library. For details about Thomas’s new position, see the Harvard Crimson article, “Recently Appointed Harvard Library Vice President to Also Head FAS Libraries.”

 

Open Access Week Kick-off Speakers Announced

SPARC and the World Bank have announced the speakers for the Open Access Week 2013 kick-off event to be held Monday, October 21, starting at 3:00 p.m. EDT in Washington, DC:

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U New Mexico Appoints Michael Kelly Interim Dean of University Libraries

Michael Kelly, image © UNMMichael Kelly has been named interim dean of the College of University Libraries and Learning Sciences at University of New Mexico (UNM), effective October 13, 2013. He is the associate dean for scholarly resources, special collections, and the Center for Southwest Research and Special Collections, and associate professor of librarianship. Kelly will serve as interim dean while a national search is conducted to replace Martha Bedard, who is stepping down to take the position of vice provost for University of Connecticut Libraries, effective October 14, 2013. For more information about Michael Kelly, see the September 19 Inside UNM article, “Kelly Named Interim Dean of University Libraries.”

 

CLIR Seeks Host Institutions for Data Curation Fellowships

image © NASAThe Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), in cooperation with its Digital Library Federation (DLF) program, is seeking academic libraries, data centers, or other research institutions interested in hosting a 2014–2016 CLIR/DLF postdoctoral fellow in data curation for the sciences and social sciences.

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CNI Calls for Project Briefing Proposals for Fall 2013 Meeting

image © Katie HarbathThe Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) is now accepting proposals for project briefings to be presented at the CNI Membership Meeting in Washington, DC, December 9–10, 2013. Proposal submission is open to anyone, including non-members of CNI. A limited number of project briefings are accepted. A project briefing is a 45-minute or 1-hour session that focuses on a specific institutional project related to digital information or discussion of a hot topic. The deadline for submissions is October 21, 2013. For details and to submit a proposal, visit the CNI Fall 2013 Membership Meeting website.

 

CLIR Postdoctoral Fellowship Program Accepting Applications

CLIR Postdoctoral Fellowship Program videosThe Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) is currently accepting applications for postdoctoral fellowships. CLIR postdoctoral fellows work on projects that forge and strengthen connections among library collections, educational technologies, and current research. The program offers recent PhD graduates the chance to help develop research tools, resources, and services while exploring new career opportunities. Host institutions benefit from fellows' field-specific expertise by gaining insights into their collections' potential uses and users, scholarly information behaviors, and current teaching and learning practices within particular disciplines.

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Stony Brook Appoints Constantia Constantinou Dean of University Libraries

Constantia Constantinou, image © Stony Brook UConstantia Constantinou has been named dean of university libraries at Stony Brook University, SUNY, effective October 1, 2013. Constantinou is currently library director and library department chair at the SUNY Maritime College Library. She will succeed Chris Filstrup, who stepped down as dean of university libraries at Stony Brook on November 30, 2009. (Andrew White served as interim dean of university libraries from 2009 through 2012; Daniel Kinney has served as interim dean since January 2013.) For more information about Constantinou’s appointment, see the September 17 Stony Brook news release, “SUNY Distinguished Librarian Constantia Constantinou Selected as Dean of University Libraries at Stony Brook University.”

 
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