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ARL Applauds Judiciary Committee Action to Reform Privacy Laws

patrick-leahySenator Patrick Leahy
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On Thursday, April 25, the US Senate Judiciary Committee took another crucial step toward fixing outdated privacy laws by endorsing a bill proposed by Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) that includes vital reforms to give appropriate privacy protection to e-mail and cloud storage. The committee passed a similar bill in November 2012, but the legislative session ended before the measure could reach the full Senate. The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) applauds Chairman Leahy and all members of the Senate Judiciary Committee for their strong, bipartisan support for reasonable privacy protections online.

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Notes from Elliott Shore’s Listening Tour: Penn State, Rochester, Cornell, a New York Minute, Kansas, Memphis, Vanderbilt

columbia-university-low-memorial-libraryColumbia University, Low Memorial LibraryARL executive director Elliott Shore has embarked on a "listening tour" of ARL member libraries. This is the fifth in a series of informal reports from his visits.

During the week of April 8 my listening tour of ARL libraries took me to Penn State University, Rochester, and Cornell, where I met with Barbara Dewey, Mary Ann Mavrinac (a former ARL RLLF fellow), and Anne Kenney and their respective staffs. The following week I had a “New York Minute” on April 16 and visited Columbia, NYU, and NYPL with a side-trip to NYPL’s processing center in Queens. I met with Jim Neal, Carol Mandel, and Ann Thornton and their AULs in their buildings all between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. that day. And this week I am spending time with Lorraine Haricombe at Kansas and Connie Dowell at Vanderbilt, with an appearance at the ASERL meeting in Memphis sandwiched in between.

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ARL and Society of American Archivists Awarded IMLS Grant for Mosaic Program

purple mosaicimage © Jim BumgardnerARL and the Society of American Archivists (SAA) have been awarded a $487,652 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program in support of the new ARL/SAA Mosaic Program—a diversity recruitment program that seeks to attract students to the archives and special collections profession and provide support for them during graduate school. The program will provide a full suite of financial benefits and career development and placement support to 15 students from traditionally underrepresented racial and ethnic minority groups entering academic studies in archival science, special collections librarianship, or similar graduate programs.

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UCLA Appoints Virginia Steel University Librarian

virginia-steelVirginia Steel, image © University of CaliforniaVirginia "Ginny" Steel, university librarian at University of California (UC) Santa Cruz, has been appointed university librarian at UC Los Angeles, effective July 15, 2013. For details, see the April 19, 2013, UCLA news release, "UC Santa Cruz's Virginia Steel Named UCLA University Librarian."

 

Expanded Public Access to Federally Funded Research: AAU, APLU, ARL Issue Call to Action

white-houseimage © Tom LohdanToday the Association of American Universities (AAU), Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), and Association of Research Libraries (ARL) released a two-page statement by David E. Shulenburger calling on the research university community to provide input to the US Government for increasing access to the results of federally funded research.

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DPLA Appoints New Board Members, Announces New Committees

dpla-logoThe Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) has announced the appointment of four new members to its Board of Directors: Robert Darnton, the Carl H. Pforzheimer university professor and university librarian at Harvard and former DPLA Steering Committee member; Jamie Hollier, president of Anneal and partner in Commerce Kitchen; Amy Ryan, president of the Boston Public Library and former DPLA Steering Committee member; and Siva Vaidhyanathan, the Robertson professor in media studies and chair of the Department of Media Studies, University of Virginia.

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Notes from Elliott Shore’s Listening Tour: Texas

u-texas-austin-castaneda-libraryUniversity of Texas at Austin, Perry-Castañeda LibraryARL executive director Elliott Shore has embarked on a "listening tour" of ARL member libraries. This is the fourth in a series of informal reports from his visits.

Last week my listening tour of ARL member libraries took me to four of our five Texas members while I was in the south-central part of the state for the CNI Membership Meeting. I visited UT Austin, Texas A&M, the University of Houston, and Rice University.

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Temple University Appoints Joseph P. Lucia Dean of Libraries

joseph-luciaJoseph Lucia, image © Temple University Joseph P. Lucia, university librarian and director of Falvey Memorial Library at Villanova University, has been named Temple University's dean of university libraries, effective July 1, 2013. For details, see the April 10, 2013, Temple news release, "Joseph P. Lucia Appointed Dean of Temple University Libraries."

 

Open Educational Resources as Learning Materials: ARL Releases Pre-Pub from RLI 280

bookstore in amsterdamimage © MorBCNARL has released a pre-publication version of an article on “Open Educational Resources as Learning Materials: Prospects and Strategies for University Libraries,” which will be featured in the forthcoming Research Library Issues (RLI) no. 280.

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Visit ARL in the ACRL Exhibit Hall, Booth 535

indianapolis-skylineimage © MCC IndianapolisARL’s booth at the ACRL 2013 Conference, April 10-12 at the Indianapolis Convention Center, will highlight a variety of tools that demonstrate the value of libraries:

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