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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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.

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