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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New Roles for New Times: ARL Publishes Report on Transforming Liaison Roles in Research Libraries

U Minnesota health sciences librarian Jonathan Koffel with medical facultyARL today released 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 new report, written by Janice M. Jaguszewski from University of Minnesota Libraries and Karen Williams from University of Arizona Libraries, presents findings from interviews and other research into current trends in liaison librarianship, surfacing several challenges to the established, overarching liaison structure.

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ARL Joins ACE, Other Higher Ed Groups in Amicus Brief on Diversity in Admissions

image © Scott LengerOn August 30, ARL joined the American Council on Education (ACE) and 47 other organizations in submitting an amicus brief (PDF) to the US Supreme Court in Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action. In the brief, the amici urge the Supreme Court to overturn Michigan’s ban on considering race in college and university admissions. 

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Accessibility Summit to Be Held in Ottawa in 2014

image © Carleton UniversityCarleton University has announced the first International Summit on Accessibility, to be held July 12–15, 2014, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. This is the first international conference to promote access and inclusion in all aspects of life for persons with disabilities.

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LibQUAL+® 2014 Registration Now Open: Join the Global Assessment Community

Countries of LibQUAL+ interactive mapARL invites libraries to join the global assessment community of LibQUAL+ by registering for the 2014 LibQUAL+ survey.

LibQUAL+ is a suite of services that libraries use to solicit, track, understand, and act upon users’ opinions of service quality. The program’s centerpiece is a rigorously tested web survey paired with training that helps libraries assess and improve library services, change organizational culture, and market the library.

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