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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ARL Fall Forum on Mobilizing the Research Enterprise: Registration Deadline Approaching

image © University of DenverFriday, September 20, is the last day to register for the ARL Fall Forum 2013, “Mobilizing the Research Enterprise,” to be held in Arlington, Virginia, October 10–11. The program will explore the opportunities and collaborations in responding to the White House memorandum on “Increasing Access to the Results of Federally Funded Research.” The forum will open with a keynote address by Richard McCarty, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, Vanderbilt University.

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LibValue Webcast Series Available on YouTube

LibValue webcast series on YouTubeVideos of six webcasts about assessing library value are available on ARL’s YouTube channel. The webcasts highlight results from the LibValue project, a three-year study funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services to define and measure ways in which academic libraries create value through research; teaching and learning; and social, professional, and public engagement.

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APTrust Appoints Suzanne Thorin Program Director

Suzanne Thorin, image © APTrustSuzanne Thorin has been named the first program director for Academic Preservation Trust (APTrust), effective August 19, 2013. Thorin was previously dean of libraries and university librarian at Syracuse University. APTrust—a consortium of 11 US research universities—is committed to the creation and management of a preservation repository that will aggregate academic and research content from many institutions. For more details about Thorin’s appointment, see the August 1 APTrust update, “Welcome Suzanne Thorin as APTrust Director.”


U Washington Names Betsy Wilson Vice Provost for Digital Initiatives

Betsy Wilson, image © U WashingtonLizabeth (Betsy) Wilson, dean of university libraries at University of Washington (UW), has been appointed to the additional role of vice provost for digital initiatives, effective August 2013. This is one of several new appointments at UW designed to bring further expertise into the provost’s office. For details about Wilson’s new position, see the August 30 UW Libraries news release, “Dean Lizabeth (Betsy) Wilson Is Appointed Vice Provost for Digital Initiatives.”


U Miami Appoints Charles Eckman Dean of Libraries

Charles D. Eckman, image © U MiamiCharles D. Eckman has been named dean of libraries at University of Miami (UM), effective December 1, 2013. Eckman is currently dean of library services and university librarian at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada. At UM he will succeed William D. Walker, who served as dean of libraries from 2003 through May of this year when he stepped down to rejoin the faculty. For more information about Eckman’s appointment, see the September 4 UM news release, “Charles Eckman Appointed Dean of Libraries at University of Miami.”


Joseph Walker Appointed ARL Information Technology Assistant

Joseph D. WalkerARL has appointed Joseph D. Walker as information technology assistant, effective today. Walker most recently served as a help-desk engineer at the Institute of Museum and Library Services. He can be reached at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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ARL Seeks Director of Public Policy Initiatives

washington-dc-skylineimage © Ed UthmanARL is recruiting an individual to be the director of public policy initiatives. ARL is a nonprofit, member-driven institutional organization representing 125 research and academic libraries in the US and Canada. ARL’s mission is to influence the changing environment of scholarly communication and the public policies that affect research libraries and the diverse communities they serve.

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Career Enhancement Program Call for Applications: Deadline October 15

Career Enhancement Program fellows 2013, photo by Molly MageeARL is now accepting applications for the ARL Career Enhancement Program for 2014. Master of library and information science (MLIS) students from racial and ethnic minority groups, who have successfully completed a minimum of 12 credit hours (or will complete 12 hours by the scheduled internship) in an American Library Association (ALA)–accredited program, are encouraged to apply for this enriching experience. The Career Enhancement Program, funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and ARL member libraries, provides each fellow a rewarding compensation package with a potential value in excess of $10,000 per person.

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