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."


ARL, AAU, APLU Present Statements on Public Access to Data, Publications

white-houseimage © Tom LohdanThis week, the National Research Council (NRC) is hosting four days of discussion on the recent White House memo, “Increasing Access to the Results of Federally Funded Scientific Research” (PDF). NRC is conducting these sessions to garner input from a wide variety of perspectives on behalf of many federal agencies. ARL, the Association of American Universities (AAU), and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) presented joint statements on “Expanded Public Access to Data” (PDF) and “Expanded Public Access to Publications” (PDF).


U Michigan Appoints James Hilton Dean of Libraries

james-hiltonJames Hilton, image © University of VirginiaJames L. Hilton, vice president and CIO at University of Virginia, has been appointed dean of libraries and university librarian at the University of Michigan (U-M), effective September 1, 2013. He has also been appointed as a tenured professor in the U-M School of Information. Hilton's appointments are for a five-year term. He will succeed Paul N. Courant, who is stepping down after serving as dean of libraries and university librarian since 2007. For details, see the May 16 U-M news release, "James L. Hilton Will Return to U-M as Dean of Libraries."


OCLC Appoints Skip Prichard President and CEO

skip-prichardSkip Prichard, image © Skip PrichardSkip Prichard, consultant and former president and CEO of Ingram Content Group, has been appointed president and CEO of OCLC, effective July 1, 2013. Prichard will succeed Jay Jordan, who will retire June 30 after 15 years as OCLC president and CEO. For details, see the May 16 news release from OCLC, "Skip Prichard Named OCLC President and CEO," and Prichard's May 16 blog entry, "An Exciting Leadership Challenge."


ARL-ASSESS Google Group Invites Participation

arl-assess-screenshotAll staff working in ARL member libraries are encouraged to join the ARL-ASSESS Google Group. Library assessment—planning and implementing decisions based on good data—permeates the whole organization, and the biennial Library Assessment Conference attracts a diverse group of participants from across organizational structures. Even if you cannot attend the Library Assessment Conference, consider participating in the ARL-ASSESS discussions. The research library community can benefit from having all library staff members share their expertise and experience through this forum.


Research Library Leadership Fellows Program Call for Applications—Deadline June 14, 2013

library interiorimage © Thomas HawkARL invites applications and nominations for participation in the 2013–2015 class of the Research Library Leadership Fellows (RLLF) Program. The RLLF Program is an executive leadership program that offers an opportunity for development of future senior-level leaders in large research libraries and archives. This will be the fifth iteration of the RLLF since its inception in 2004. To date, the program has involved almost 30 research libraries sponsoring almost 90 key staff in their development as an emerging cadre of ARL senior leaders.

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Library Copyright Alliance Comments on Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

container-ship-on-the-atlanticimage © ed_needs_a_bicycleOn May 10, the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) submitted comments (PDF) on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), a trade agreement currently being negotiated between the US and the European Union (EU). While negotiations are still in their preliminary stages, LCA urges the inclusion of provisions to harmonize public access to the results of government-funded research. LCA also cautions against the inclusion of an intellectual property chapter in the agreement.

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