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ARL Joins 22 Groups in Urging US Attorney General to Release Reports on Telephone Surveillance

US DOJ, image © David KingYesterday ARL, along with 22 other good-government groups, sent a letter (PDF) to the US Department of Justice urging Attorney General Eric Holder to make public any reports by Inspector General Michael Horowitz regarding the collection of Americans’ telephone records under Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act. If the Office of the Inspector General has not previously conducted a full review of this program, the letter asks it to do so.

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ARL’s National Digital Stewardship Resident Cycles for Libraries

molly-schwartzMolly Schwartz, Cycling for LibrariesMolly Schwartz, the National Digital Stewardship Resident who will be hosted by ARL this fall, was chosen as cyclist of the day on Day 3 of the Cycling for Libraries tour last month. Cycling for Libraries is an international cycling un-conference for librarians and library supporters that aims to advocate for libraries and raise awareness of the valuable services and resources that libraries offer to the community. This year the tour rode from Amsterdam to Brussels, taking a message about the importance of public libraries in society to the EU Parliament.

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Notes from Elliott Shore’s Listening Tour: Delaware, Cincinnati, Ohio U, OSU, Case Western

case-western-reserve-u-smith-library-elevator-trompe-l-oeilCase Western Reserve, Smith Library, elevator trompe l'oeilARL executive director Elliott Shore has embarked on a "listening tour" of ARL member libraries. This is the seventh in a series of informal reports from his visits.

In late June, I visited University of Delaware and then four of the five ARL member libraries in Ohio—University of Cincinnati, Ohio University, Ohio State University, and Case Western Reserve University. At each library I met with the director—Susan Brynteson, Xuemao Wang, Scott Seaman, Carol Diedrichs, and Arnold Hirshon—and their staffs. There was not enough time to visit all five Ohio ARL libraries but Jim Bracken of Kent State University graciously volunteered to meet with us at Ohio State.

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U Kentucky Oral History Program Pioneers Access Technology

photo of three horses and ridersimage courtesy Kentucky Digital LibraryThe oral history program at the University of Kentucky (UK) was recently featured in the Lexington Herald-Leader for developing technology that inexpensively and efficiently enhances access to oral history online. The UK Libraries created the unique system, the Oral History Metadata Synchronizer, in 2008. The Institute of Museum and Library Services awarded the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History in UK Libraries’ Special Collections a National Leadership Grant in 2011 to continue developing the synchronizer.

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ARL’s Beth Secrist Accepts Consulting Position with NITLE

beth-secristBeth SecristBeth Secrist has resigned as program officer for IT services at ARL, effective June 30, 2013. She is taking an opportunity to consult for the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE), working on integrating digital literacy and scholarship into research, teaching, and learning.

 

Higher Ed Associations Reaffirm Commitment to Diversity after Fisher v. UT

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ARL and 36 other members of the Washington Higher Education Secretariat placed an advertisement (PDF) in yesterday's New York Times declaring that diversity in higher education remains a national priority. Last week, the US Supreme Court issued a decision in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin et al., a closely watched case challenging the University of Texas’s consideration of race as part of its admissions policy. The Supreme Court held that the Fifth Circuit had not applied the correct level of scrutiny to the policy and sent the case back to the Fifth Circuit for review. In its decision the Supreme Court maintained the legal principle that the educational benefits of a diverse student body are a compelling governmental interest.

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Arizona Appoints Karen Williams Dean of University Libraries

karen-williamsKaren Williams
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Karen Williams, associate university librarian for research and learning at University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, has been named dean of university libraries at University of Arizona, effective August 5, 2013. Williams will succeed Carla Stoffle, who is stepping down as dean after 22 years in the position to join the faculty of the School of Information Resources and Library Sciences, effective July 31. For more information about Karen Williams, see her profile on the University of Arizona website.

 

Supreme Court Sends Fisher v. UT Austin Back to Lower Court

us-supreme-courtimage © Mark FischerIn a decision issued Monday, June 24, the US Supreme Court avoided a final ruling in a closely watched case challenging the University of Texas’s consideration of race as part of its admissions policy. Instead, the court held that the Fifth Circuit had not applied the correct level of scrutiny to the policy.

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Chicago Collections Consortium Names First Executive Director

jaclyn-grahlJaclyn Grahl
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The Chicago Collections Consortium (CCC) has announced the appointment of its first executive director, Jaclyn Grahl. The CCC is a newly formed organization that aims to preserve, present, and promote the history and culture of the Chicago region by leveraging the collections, programs, and expertise of its members: libraries, museums, and other institutions with Chicago-focused archival collections. CCC members include three ARL members—Northwestern University, University of Chicago, and University of Illinois at Chicago—as well as the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago History Museum, Chicago Public Library, Columbia College Chicago, DePaul University, Illinois Institute of Technology, Loyola University Chicago, Newberry Library, and Roosevelt University. A major first initiative of the CCC is to develop a freely accessible, online portal to materials documenting the Chicago metropolitan area.

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Library Copyright Alliance Hails WIPO for Landmark Victory for the Blind

reading-a-braille-bookimage © Dominique ArchambaultThe Library Copyright Alliance applauds the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) for finalizing the Treaty for the Blind, a treaty that will allow nations to share or make accessible copies for the print disabled in other countries, who, more often than not, have little access to reading materials. The treaty was signed on June 27 in Morocco.

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