Open Access Week 2013 to Kick Off Oct. 21

SPARC and the World Bank have announced that they will cosponsor the kick-off event for Open Access Week 2013 on Monday, October 21, in Washington, DC. The live event will take place at the state-of-the-art World Bank facilities and will host a liveblog and webcast for those who cannot attend in person. The event will also be recorded, and will be available to the community for use during and after local Open Access Week events.

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SPARC Innovator Award Honors Creators of Declaration on Research Assessment

On July 22, SPARC recognized the creators of the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA)—which calls for an improvement in the way the output of scientific research is evaluated—with the July 2013 SPARC Innovator Award. DORA proposes that journal-based metrics should not be used as a surrogate measure of the quality of individual research articles; to assess an individual scientist’s contributions; or in making hiring, promotion, or funding decisions. Since it was issued two months ago, DORA has resonated with more than 8,700 individuals and 340 organizations who have pledged their support to the campaign by signing the online declaration.

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Clifford Lynch Presents Keynote at JCDL 2013

Clifford LynchVideo of CNI executive director Clifford Lynch's opening keynote from JCDL 2013, the Joint Conference on Digital Libraries, is available online. In his talk, Lynch speculates about the future of digital libraries, focusing on large-scale initiatives as well as national security. JCDL 2013 is taking place this week in Indianapolis.

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Library Publishing Coalition Debuts New Website

The Library Publishing Coalition (LPC)—a library led, two-year initiative to advance the field of library publishing—has launched its new website at http://www.librarypublishing.org/. Current LPC activities include development of a Shared Documentation Portal that hosts model documents, compilation of a Directory of Library Publishing Services, and planning for a forum to be held in March 2014.

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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

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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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