SPARC Open Access Meeting 2014 to Focus on Convergence

kansas-city-skylineimage © Matthew WhiteheadThe next SPARC Open Access Meeting, themed “Convergence,” will convene March 3–4, 2014, in Kansas City. The past year has seen growing momentum in the areas of open access, open data, and open educational resources. As the push for greater openness continues, these three fronts are converging in interesting and potentially transformative ways. Join us as leaders from the library community, academia, industry, student community, and other research avenues discuss how open access, open data, and open educational resources are intersecting, and the impact this convergence might have on research and discovery. The meeting is designed to emphasize collaborative actions that stakeholders can take to positively impact publishing, policy, digital repositories, author rights, and licensing.

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US National Archives Launches Founders Online

founders-online-screenshotYesterday the US National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), through its National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), along with the University of Virginia Press launched a beta version of the Founders Online website. Founders Online provides free, searchable access to over 119,000 letters and other documents written and received by George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams (and family), Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, and James Madison. 

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Assessment in Action Teams Selected by ACRL

assessment-in-action-logoThis spring the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) selected teams from 75 institutions, including 9 ARL member libraries, to participate in the first year of a new assessment program, Assessment in Action: Academic Libraries and Student Success (AiA). This is a three-year program funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and carried out by ACRL in partnership with the Association for Institutional Research and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities.

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Public Library in 2020 Explored by Clifford Lynch

free-to-the-people-above-carnegie-public-library-entrance-in-pittsburghimage © JanetandPhilCNI executive director Clifford Lynch discusses one possible future for American public libraries in a chapter of a new book edited by Joe Janes, Library in 2020: Today’s Leading Visionaries Describe Tomorrow’s Library. In his chapter, “The Public Library in 2020,” Lynch speculates about how public libraries will change over the next several years.

Also of interest is the recent interview of the book's editor, Joe Janes, by Andrew Richard Albanese for Publishers Weekly, “ALA 2013: The Library of 2020 Will Be…


Library Associations Support Nomination of Davita Vance-Cooks for Public Printer

davita-vance-cooksDavita Vance-Cooks, photo courtesy GPOOn June 11, 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 US Senate Committee on Rules & Administration supporting President Obama's nomination of Acting Public Printer Davita Vance-Cooks for Public Printer of the United States. The Public Printer oversees the US Government Printing Office (GPO). If confirmed, Vance-Cooks would be the first woman and first African American to head the GPO.

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Using LibQUAL+® and Other Evidence for Assessment, Evaluation, Resource Planning—ARL and CARL to Offer Workshop at EBLIP 7

u-saskatchewan-convocation-hallimage © Jordon CooperARL and the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) will sponsor a workshop on using evidence for assessment and evaluation as part of the Seventh International Evidence Based Library and Information Practice Conference (EBLIP 7) in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. This preconference session will be held on Monday, July 15, 2013, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

UPDATE: This workshop has been cancelled.

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ARL Joins 86 Orgs, Internet Companies Demanding Committee Investigation, End to Dragnet Spying

phone with sticker on it saying "this phone is tapped"image © François ProulxYesterday, ARL joined with a broad, bipartisan coalition of 86 organizations and Internet companies—including the Electronic Frontier Foundation, reddit, Mozilla, and the American Civil Liberties Union—to send a letter to Congress demanding swift investigation and reform in light of the recent revelations about unchecked global surveillance.

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Notes from Elliott Shore’s Listening Tour: Ontario, Canada

mcmaster-u-lib-staff-with-elliott-shoreMcMaster U Library staff with Elliott Shore, photo by John FinkARL executive director Elliott Shore has embarked on a "listening tour" of ARL member libraries. This is the sixth in a series of informal reports from his visits.

Last month my listening tour of ARL libraries took me to University of Toronto, York University, and McMaster University, where I met with Larry Alford, Cynthia Archer, and Vivian Lewis (a former ARL RLLF fellow) and their respective staffs.

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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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