Assessing Library Value Explored at ACRL Conference 2013

image © Christopher PorterThe ACRL Value of Academic Libraries blog notes that several papers and posters on library value assessment were presented at the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Conference in Indianapolis this spring.

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Ohio State Appoints Carol Pitts Diedrichs Vice Provost

Carol Pitts Diedrichs
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Carol Pitts Diedrichs has been named to the newly created position of vice provost and director of university libraries at Ohio State University (OSU), effective July 1, 2013. Diedrichs has served as director of university libraries at OSU since 2010. For details about her career, see the OSU website.


LibValue Project Featured in EBLIP Journal

An overview of the LibValue project and related ideas are eloquently summarized by Carol Tenopir, LibValue principal investigator, in “Building Evidence of the Value and Impact of Library and Information Services: Methods, Metrics and ROI,” published in Evidence Based Library and Information Practice (EBLIP vol. 8, no. 2).

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Super Wi-Fi Pilot Issues Call for Participants

image © Jeremy BrooksGigabit Libraries Network (GLN) has announced a call for US public libraries to join a national Super Wi-Fi Pilot project. Super Wi-Fi, also known as TV white space, has advantages over traditional Wi-Fi both in its range and in its ability to pass through walls, trees, and other obstructions, although Super Wi-Fi is currently capable of less data throughput than Wi-Fi. Like Wi-Fi, Super Wi-Fi is unlicensed radio spectrum, open and available to anyone with certified equipment to use with no fees or permissions attached.

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NEH Evaluates Impact of Humanities Collections and Reference Resources Program

image courtesy of St. Johnsbury AthenaeumLast month the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Division of Preservation and Access released a report on Humanities Collections and Reference Resources: An Evaluation 2000–2010. Projects from a number of ARL member libraries are highlighted and discussed in the report.

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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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