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Using LibQUAL+® Effectively and Strategically: ARL to Offer Workshop Oct. 22–23 in Atlanta

libqual-arl-med-faculty-radar-chart-2012ARL will offer a workshop about acting on LibQUAL+ survey results, 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. “Using LibQUAL+® Effectively and Strategically” will be held over two half days, October 22–23, 2013, in conjunction with the Southeastern Library Assessment Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Open Access Empowers 16-Year-Old to Make Cancer Breakthrough

andraka-interview-screenshotimage © Right to Research CoalitionSPARC’s student initiative, the Right to Research Coalition, has released a video interview of Jack Andraka, a high school sophomore who won the 2012 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair with a breakthrough diagnostic for pancreatic cancer. Interviewed by Francis Collins, the director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Andraka discusses how open access articles and NIH’s PubMed Central played a key role in enabling his discovery.

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UIUC Appoints John P. Wilkin University Librarian, Dean of Libraries

john-p-wilkinJohn P. Wilkin
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John P. Wilkin, associate university librarian for publishing and technology at University of Michigan and executive director of HathiTrust, has been named university librarian and dean of libraries for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), effective August 16, 2013. His appointment is subject to approval by the university's board of trustees at its July 24 meeting. Wilkin will succeed Paula Kaufman, who has served as university librarian since 1999 and dean of libraries since 2007 and is stepping down on August 15. For more details, see the June 10 UIUC news article, “University of Michigan Associate Librarian to Lead U of I Libraries.”

 

SHared Access Research Ecosystem (SHARE) Proposed by ARL, AAU, APLU

share-button-on-mac-keyboardimage © Niklas WikströmARL, the Association of American Universities (AAU), and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) have drafted a proposal, “SHared Access Research Ecosystem (SHARE)” (PDF), in response to the recent White House directive on public access to federally funded research and data.

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Institute for Internet Culture, Policy & Law to Highlight Privacy, Accessibility

cornell-u-professional-studies-campusimage © CornellPrivacy and accessibility issues will be featured at this year's Cornell University Institute for Internet Culture, Policy, and Law (ICPL), to be held September 18–20, 2013, at Cornell. The oldest IT, law, and policy conference in the US, ICPL has broadened its reach to address rapidly evolving legal, policy, and social concerns related to Internet culture. The number of participants is limited to 50, allowing for in-depth exploration of topics. Faculty; higher ed administrators; academic librarians; and IT, legal, policy, and student life professionals debate, learn, and share ideas, experiences, and expertise at the three-day institute. 

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Article-Level Metrics Primer Released by SPARC

altmetric-for-scopusThis spring SPARC published a community resource, Article-Level Metrics: A SPARC Primer (PDF), by Greg Tananbaum. Article-level metrics (ALMs) are rapidly emerging as important tools to quantify how individual articles are being discussed, shared, and used. This SPARC primer provides an overview of what ALMs are, why they matter, how they complement established utilities and metrics, and how they might be considered for use in the tenure and promotion process.  

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E-Book Landscape Surveyed by Clifford Lynch

ebooks-in-2013-illustrationimage © American Library AssociationCNI executive director Clifford Lynch provides an overall assessment of the e-book situation in the latest American Libraries digital supplement, “Digital Content: What's Next?” In his article, “Ebooks in 2013: Promises Broken, Promises Kept, and Faustian Bargains,” Lynch discusses the promises of e-book technology, many of which are not coming to fruition, largely due to restrictions imposed by rights holders.

 

Library Associations Thank House Committee for Supporting Free Access to Government Documents

fdsys-logoOn May 30, ARL joined the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL), American Library Association (ALA), Medical Library Association (MLA), and Special Libraries Association (SLA) in a letter (PDF) to the Committee on House Administration, thanking the committee for rejecting the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) recommendation that the US Government Printing Office (GPO) consider charging public user fees for access to government documents via the Federal Digital System (FDsys).

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ARL Releases RLI 282 on Library Budgets, Journal Bundles, Reference Staffing

rli282-coverARL has published Research Library Issues (RLI) no. 282, which features articles on ARL library budgets over the past two years, subscriptions to journal collections from large publishers, and the impact of the changing roles of librarians on reference staffing. A pre-publication version of the article about journal bundles was released earlier this year.

The complete table of contents with links to the articles follows:

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LCA Files Amicus in HathiTrust Case, Joins Flood of Support from Higher Ed, Disability Groups, Nonprofits

hathitrust-logo-croppedHathiTrustOn June 3, the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) filed an amicus brief (PDF) in support of HathiTrust and its partners as they defend their district court victory on appeal in the Second Circuit. LCA consists of three major library associations—the American Library Association, ARL, and the Association of College and Research Libraries—that collectively represent over 300,000 information professionals and thousands of libraries of all kinds throughout the US and Canada.

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