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Mark Puente Responds to LJ Editorial on Diversity Recruitment

mark-puenteMark A. PuenteARL's director of diversity and leadership programs, Mark A. Puente, submitted the following comments to Library Journal (LJ) in response to the May 23 editorial by Michael Kelley, "The MLS and the Race Line": Mr. Kelley provides some interesting and provocative comments about the effectiveness of diversity recruitment programs such as the collaboration between the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the Society of American Archivists (SAA) recently funded by IMLS. But as previous commenters have pointed out to him, no one strategy is going to be effective for every recruit and a variety of approaches should be used. ARL’s approach should be seen within a larger context of attempts to ameliorate this vexing problem.

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Peter Suber Named Director of Harvard’s Office for Scholarly Communication

peter-suberPeter Suber, image © SPARCThe Harvard Library and the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University have appointed SPARC senior researcher Peter Suber as director of the Office for Scholarly Communication (OSC), which spearheads campus-wide initiatives to open, share, and preserve scholarship. Suber's appointment is effective July 1, 2013. He will continue his current activities with SPARC as well as his roles as director of the Harvard Open Access Project, as a Berkman Center faculty fellow, and as research professor of philosophy at Earlham College.

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Texas A&M, UT Open Joint Library Facility

tamu-ut-joint-library-facilityimage © TAMUToday the Texas A&M University (TAMU) and University of Texas (UT) systems are opening a Joint Library Facility at TAMU’s Riverside Campus. The $6.3 million, 18,000-square-foot facility will house more than 1 million books from the collections of the two universities and make them available for use by other academic or medical institutions.

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CARL Asks Prime Minister to Consult Community in Hiring Librarian & Archivist of Canada

library-archives-canada-preservation-centreLibrary and Archives Canada, image © LACOn May 21, the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) sent an open letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper asking him to consult with the library and archival community during the selection process for the next Librarian and Archivist of Canada. Daniel Caron resigned as Librarian and Archivist of Canada on May 15.

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Public Libraries Survey Search & Compare Tools Updated with FY 2011 Data

pls-compare-public-libraries-screenshotThe Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has updated its Public Libraries in the United States Survey (PLS) search and compare tools with FY 2011 unimputed data. The survey collects descriptive statistics annually from more than 9,000 public libraries in the US.

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ARL to Host Events at ALA Annual Conference 2013

chicago-theatre-marqueeimage © John SchniebelARL, LibQUAL+®, and SPARC are offering several events at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference to be held in Chicago this summer. Highlights include: 

ARL/LibQUAL+ Booth
Friday, June 28, 5:30 p.m.–Monday, July 01, 2:00 p.m.
(during exhibit hours)
McCormick Place Convention Center, Booth 528

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ARL, Coalition Support NSF Merit Review Process

us-capitolimage © Wally GobetzThis week ARL joined 109 other organizations as part of the Coalition for National Science Funding in a letter (PDF) to the US House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, as well as the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, expressing concern about recent Congressional actions that call into question the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) merit review process for awarding research grants.

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ARL's Brandon Butler Discusses MOOCs, Copyright, and Libraries

cup of coffee with MOOC written in cream"Cuppa MOOC," image © Cikgu BrianOn May 15, Brandon Butler, director of public policy initiatives at ARL, spoke about “MOOCs and the Copyright Challenge: Fair Use in the Balance” as part of the Leading Voices in Higher Education lecture series at Dartmouth College. The lecture series has featured visits from prominent writers, university presidents, and other figures in higher education.

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ARL Releases RLI 280 on OERs, E-Book Licensing, Research Library Trends

RLI 280 coverARL has published Research Library Issues (RLI) no. 280, which features articles on open educational resources (OERs) as an alternative to traditional textbooks, ARL's e-book licensing effort, and research library trends as shown by the ARL Statistics. A pre-publication version of the article about OERs was released earlier this year.

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

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Harvard Appoints Sarah Thomas VP for Library

sarah-thomasSarah Thomas, image © Bodleian LibrariesSarah Thomas, Bodley's librarian and director of the Bodleian Libraries at University of Oxford, has been appointed vice president for the Harvard Library, effective August 2013. In this role, Thomas will have overall responsibility for the Harvard Library, and will collaborate closely with the Harvard Library Board, the Faculty Advisory Council, and the Library Leadership Team. For details, see the May 20 Harvard news release, "Sarah Thomas of University of Oxford Appointed Vice President for the Harvard Library."

 
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