ARL Urges FCC to Support E-Reader Accessibility

image © Terry MadeleyOn September 13, ARL submitted reply comments to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) opposing a petition filed by the Coalition of E-Reader Manufacturers. The manufacturers are requesting a waiver from the FCC that would exempt e-readers from the requirement that equipment used for advanced communication services (ACS) be accessible to, and usable by, individuals with disabilities.

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ARL/MLA Diversity and Inclusion Initiative 2013–2015 Participants Chosen

image © KmeronThe Association of Research Libraries (ARL) announces the selection of five master of library and information science (MLIS) students to participate in the 2013–15 ARL/Music Library Association (MLA) Diversity and Inclusion Initiative (DII):

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Radical Change in Library Assessment Called for by Elliott Shore at Northumbria Conference

Elliott Shore, photo by Jon EricksonElliott Shore, ARL executive director, delivered a clarion call in the opening keynote address at the 10th Northumbria International Conference on Performance Measurement in Libraries and Information Services, held in late July in York, England. Shore’s presentation, titled “The Role of the Library in the Transformative Higher Education Environment: Or Fitting Our Measures to Our Goals,” challenged the library assessment community to radically change the measures it collects and uses. He proposed that libraries shift their assessment focus from description to prediction, from inputs to outputs, from quantity to quality.

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Northumbria Conference Presentations on Library Service Quality Featured on LibQUAL+® Website

image © Mark DavisService quality issues were the focus of a series of papers and workshop activities at the 10th Northumbria International Conference on Performance Measurement in Libraries and Information Services, held July 22–25, 2013, in York, England. Slides from these presentations are now available on the LibQUAL+ website.

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Responsible Conduct of Research Training, SPEC Kit 336, Published by ARL

ARL has published Responsible Conduct of Research Training, SPEC Kit 336, which examines research libraries’ participation in institutional efforts to train faculty, staff, students, and other researchers in the principles of responsible conduct of research (RCR) and ethical research practices. The survey includes questions on the institution’s training activities, on training roles currently undertaken by librarians, and on librarians’ willingness to expand instruction into the arena of responsible conduct of research.

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Webcast for New Roles for New Times: Transforming Liaison Roles in Research Libraries

Health sciences librarian with medical facultyARL is offering a free webcast to further explore Transforming Liaison Roles in Research Libraries, the third report in the New Roles for New Times series. This series highlights the transformation of the library workforce to address new challenges for research libraries in serving 21st-century students, educators, schools, and researchers. The latest report proposes that evolving research library environments—including shifting technology, student learning, and scholarly practices—call for a fresh look into the role of research library liaisons.

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NYPL Opens Photo Booths to Document, Share Library Experiences

image © NYPLThe New York Public Library (NYPL) has installed photo booths in the Mid-Manhattan Library and the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building for visitors to document and share how they use the library. Visitors are encouraged to share their photo booth images on Instagram with the tags #NYPL and #NYPLphotobooth. Browse all of the photos on the NYPL Photo Booth account on Flickr. For more details, see the August 12 Inside NYPL blog entry by Denise Canniff, “Snapshots from NYPL.”


NCSU Shares Open-Source Software for Crowdsourcing Photos

My #HuntLibrary websiteNorth Carolina State University (NCSU) Libraries are making available a free, open-source solution—called lentil—that enables libraries and other organizations to build, moderate, administer, and display collections of photographs posted to Instagram. The software was inspired by the opening of the James B. Hunt Jr. Library in January 2013. The NCSU Libraries wanted to find a way for NC State students, researchers, and community members to share their reactions to the new building, a “library of the future” designed around collaborative spaces and visually inspiring work areas. The libraries created the My #HuntLibrary website, where the lentil software collects and displays Instagram photos tagged #HuntLibrary.

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COUNTER Offers Travel Awards to Promote International Collaboration

image © Ahmad HashimCOUNTER (Counting Online Usage of Networked Electronic Resources)—an international initiative serving librarians, publishers, and intermediaries by setting standards that facilitate the recording and reporting of online usage statistics—is offering two travel awards for 2014 conferences. As one of COUNTER's goals is to encourage publishers and librarians to collaborate internationally, it is offering the following awards to promote working across national boundaries:

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LibQUAL+® Workshop in Atlanta Oct. 22–23: Registration Deadline Extended

image © Rick AustinRegister by October 11 for the ARL workshop, “Using LibQUAL+ Effectively and Strategically,” to be held October 22–23, 2013, in conjunction with the Southeastern Library Assessment Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. This workshop about acting on LibQUAL+ survey results will be led by Martha Kyrillidou, ARL director of statistics and service quality programs; Lisa Hinchliffe, professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; and Raynna Bowlby, ARL consultant.

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