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Four ARL Libraries Awarded IMLS Sparks Ignition Grants

image © Caro SparkOn July 16, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announced 21 Sparks! Ignition Grant awards totaling $496,978 matched with $408,150 of non-federal funds. IMLS received 99 applications requesting just over $2.3 million. This year's Sparks grant awardees include four ARL member institutions: Cornell University, George Washington University partnering with Yale University and others, and Purdue University.

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NCSU to Host Designing Libraries II Conference Oct. 6–8

image © NCSU LibrariesThe second annual Designing Libraries for the 21st Century conference will be hosted by North Carolina State University (NCSU) Libraries in Raleigh, NC, October 6–8, 2013. Cosponsors are CNI and University of Calgary, who hosted the first Designing Libraries conference in 2012. The conference website provides a preliminary program, including information about the pre-conference on technology planning for academic libraries, tours of NCSU's new Hunt Library and the Hill Library, and conference session topics. Registration is scheduled to open on August 1. 

 

Jisc LAMP Project to Illuminate Library Data

image © JiscEarlier this year Jisc, along with Mimas (at University of Manchester) and University of Huddersfield, launched the Library Analytics and Metrics Project (LAMP) in the UK. LAMP aims to enable libraries to capitalize on the many types of data they capture in day-to-day activities, using the data to support the improvement and development of services and to demonstrate value and impact in new ways.

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LibQUAL+® to Offer Training at ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia

independence-hall-philadelphiaimage © Wally GobetzLibQUAL+ will offer a series of free workshops for current and potential participants in conjunction with the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on Monday, January 27, 2014. 

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ARL-SAA Digital Archives Specialist Courses 2013 Open for Registration

Digital Archives SpecialistRegistration is now open for the Digital Archives Specialist (DAS) courses being offered by ARL and the Society of American Archivists (SAA) at four ARL member libraries through 2013. Dates are being finalized for course offerings at seven additional ARL libraries in 2014.

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Public Libraries Survey FY 2011 Data Now Available from IMLS

free-to-the-people-above-carnegie-public-library-entrance-in-pittsburghimage © JanetandPhilThe Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has updated its Public Libraries in the United States Survey (PLS) website with final FY 2011 data. The survey collects descriptive statistics annually from more than 9,000 public libraries in the US.

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LC's Roberta Shaffer Discusses BIBFRAME at CNI Membership Meeting

Roberta Shaffer, image courtesy Library of CongressCNI has published a podcast of a presentation by Roberta Shaffer, associate librarian for library services at the Library of Congress (LC), discussing LC's new Bibliographic Framework Initiative (BIBFRAME) at the CNI Membership Meeting in San Antonio, Texas, this April. BIBFRAME is intended to develop a new communications vehicle for bibliographic data to better accommodate future needs. A major focus of the initiative will be to determine a transition path for the MARC 21 exchange format in order to reap the benefits of newer technology while preserving a robust data exchange that has supported resource sharing and cataloging cost savings in recent decades. Shaffer's presentation describes the BIBFRAME steps taken to date and the expectations for further development.

 

ARL/SAA Mosaic Program Call for Applications—Deadline August 23, 2013

SAA logoARL and the Society of American Archivists (SAA) are now accepting applications for the first cohort of the ARL/SAA Mosaic Program. This program promotes much-needed diversification of the archives and special collections professional workforce by providing financial support, practical work experience, mentoring, career placement assistance, and leadership development to emerging professionals from underrepresented racial and ethnic minority groups. An important objective of the program is to attract and retain individuals who demonstrate excellent potential for scholastic and personal achievement and who manifest a commitment both to the archives and special collections profession and to advancing diversity concerns within it.

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ARL, Coalition Request Public Report on Government Surveillance

phone-with-sticker-reading-this-phone-is-tappedimage © François ProulxYesterday ARL, together with 19 other privacy and civil liberties groups, sent a letter (PDF) to the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB), calling on the PCLOB to author a public report about surveillance authorities and risks to civil liberties. The coalition sent the letter in advance of the PCLOB's first-ever public workshop, held today, to discuss the National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance programs that collect phone records and monitor Internet traffic.

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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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