ARL to Host National Digital Stewardship Resident: Apply by April 5

washington-dc-skyline-by-ed-uthman-newsimage © Ed UthmanARL has been selected as one of ten host institutions for the inaugural National Digital Stewardship Residency (NDSR) program, launched by the Library of Congress and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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Cornell Displays Emancipation Proclamation

reading-the-emancipation-proclamation-by-h-w-herrick-1864"Reading the Emancipation Proclamation," engraving by J. W. Watte after drawing by H. W. Herrick (1864)To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, Cornell University Library is publicly displaying its original copy, which holds some little-known history. President Abraham Lincoln signed the library’s copy of the historic document, which was set to be entered into the official record—but the President noticed a mistake made by the clerk transcribing the document. A new copy was prepared and signed later in the day, but the original version with the clerical error had already been leaked and circulated in several newspapers.

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Tributes to Library Assessment Career Achievement Award Winners Now Online

video tribute to Sam KalbARL has released YouTube videos of presentations honoring the 2012 Library Assessment Career Achievement Award Winners, along with transcripts of the awardees’ acceptance speeches. These awards recognize individuals with substantial contributions to effective, sustainable, and practical library assessment as evidenced through presentations, publications, methods, service, advocacy, and other work. The 2012 awardees are Karin De Jager and Joan Rapp from South Africa, Sam Kalb from Canada, and Donald W. King from the United States.

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ARL Position Description Bank Launches

job-description-file-folderWould you like to search job descriptions at your peer libraries from a single interface? Could you use a digital archive of job descriptions from your own institution? The new ARL Position Description (PD) Bank—launched today—could be just the tool for you.

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Hiring the Next Wave of Multicultural Librarians

mark-puenteMark A. PuenteThis National Journal article about recruiting minority librarians into the profession features ARL’s Diversity Programs and Director of Diversity & Leadership Programs Mark A. Puente. “For the librarian workforce to reach parity with the nation’s demographics…Puente stresses, ‘we would have to hire tens of thousands of librarians of color...’”


Notes from Elliott Shore’s Listening Tour: Southern California

ucla-powell-libraryUCLA, Powell LibraryARL executive director Elliott Shore has embarked on a "listening tour" of ARL member libraries. This is the first in a series of informal reports from his visits.

When I was appointed the new executive director, I began visiting ARL libraries in order to learn more about the issues that interest member representatives, to talk with the library staff, and to see the libraries and collections that make up the membership of ARL.

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Balanced Scorecard Webcast Video Now Online

balanced-scorecard-webcast-screenshot-dec2012ARL has released a YouTube video of the Balanced Scorecard Webcast, held on December 11, 2012. The presentation covers the strategic aspects of the scorecard, its development and objectives, goals for its implementation, promoting its purpose, and analyzing results. It also describes ways to create improvement strategies based on the experiences of a number of ARL libraries engaged in the ARL Scorecard Initiative.

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First Sale: The Public View & Fast Facts for Libraries

ori-public-view-jan2012-newsTwo organizations in which ARL partners recently released informational resources about the first-sale doctrine and the Supreme Court case Kirtsaeng v. Wiley & Sons:

The Public View: Two-Minute “Person on the Street” Video by Owners’ Rights Initiative

First-Sale Fast Facts for Libraries: One-Page Summary by Library Copyright Alliance (PDF)


Vanderbilt TV News Archive Wins Regional Emmy

Frank Grisham, Connie Vinita Dowell, and John Lynch from VanderbiltFrank Grisham, Connie Vinita Dowell, and John Lynch, image © Steve Green / Vanderbilt

Vanderbilt’s Television News Archive received the Governor’s Award for Lifetime Achievement from the MidSouth Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences during its awards ceremony January 26, 2013. TV News Archive, the world’s most extensive archive of national television news, received the Regional Emmy’s highest honor during the televised ceremony in Nashville. Dean of Libraries Connie Vinita Dowell accepted the award with TV News Archive Director John Lynch and Frank Grisham, former director of joint university libraries.

For more details and for video of the ceremony, see the Vanderbilt University news release.


Deadline Approaching for Scholarly Communication Workshop on Strategic Skills

Offered by the ARL-ACRL Institute on Scholarly Communication (ISC), the workshop “Increasing the Effectiveness of Your Scholarly Communication Program: Strategic Skills for Success” helps librarians continue building and strengthening programs that resonate with their local institutions. This workshop is appropriate for librarians who have already established scholarly communication programs and are seeking to develop a deeper impact. Participants will think strategically about setting directions, plan appropriate next steps, and practice skills to influence campus partners.

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