ARL Leadership and Career Development Fellows 2013–2014 Selected

The ARL Committee on Diversity and Leadership has selected 21 fellows to participate in the 2013–2014 Leadership and Career Development Program (LCDP). The LCDP is an 18-month fellowship program that prepares mid-career librarians from traditionally underrepresented racial and ethnic minority groups to take on increasingly demanding leadership roles in research and academic libraries.

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Columbia Announces Inaugural Digital Centers Interns

low-library-columbia-u-by-wally-gobetzColumbia's Low Library, image © Wally Gobetz

Columbia University Libraries (CUL) has announced the recipients of the inaugural Digital Centers Internship Program, jointly funded by the libraries and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Six Columbia graduate students have been awarded internships aimed at facilitating the collaboration between grad students, librarians, and technologists. These positions are rooted in research support activities in the humanities, science, and social science digital centers.

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Organization of Scholarly Communication Services, SPEC Kit 332, Published by ARL

ARL has published Organization of Scholarly Communication Services, SPEC Kit 332, which explores how research institutions are currently organizing staff to support scholarly communication services, and whether their organizational structures have changed since 2007, when member libraries were surveyed about their scholarly communication education initiatives.

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ARL Career Enhancement Program 2013 Fellows Selected

The ARL Career Enhancement Program (CEP) Coordinating Committee has selected 10 fellows to participate in this competitive diversity recruitment program.

The ARL Career Enhancement Program, funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and ARL member libraries, gives master of library and information science (MLIS) students from underrepresented groups an opportunity to jump-start their careers in research libraries by providing a robust fellowship experience that includes an internship in an ARL member library.

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Ninth Annual ARL Leadership Symposium, January 26-27, 2013, Seattle, WA

ARL will host its Ninth Annual Leadership Symposium for master of library and information science (MLIS) students on Saturday and Sunday, January 26 and 27, 2013, in Seattle, Washington. The Leadership Symposium curriculum will focus on topics related to the major strategic areas of ARL, as well as transitioning into, and building career networks in, research libraries. The program will include presentations from ARL program officers as well as human resource professionals in ARL member libraries. Registration for this event is open to any MLIS student free of charge, but space is very limited.

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ARL Position Description Bank Demo to Be Held at ALA Midwinter

Would 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? Are you attending the 2013 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Seattle? Join us for a free demonstration of the forthcoming Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Position Description (PD) Bank on Saturday, January 26, 3:00-4:00 p.m., at Hotel 1000, Great Room on Level Four, 1000 First Avenue.

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ARL Applauds Judiciary Committee Action to Reform Privacy Laws

On Thursday, November 29, the US Senate Judiciary Committee took a crucial step toward fixing outdated privacy laws by endorsing a bill proposed by Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT), which includes vital reforms to give appropriate privacy protection to e-mail and cloud storage. 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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Changing Role of Senior Administrators, SPEC Kit 331, Published by ARL

ARL has published Changing Role of Senior Administrators, SPEC Kit 331, which focuses on the professional, administrative, and management positions that report directly to the library director (or, in some ARL member libraries, the position that serves as the representative to the Association), positions that have not been examined by a SPEC survey since 1984.

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LCA Issues Statement on Authors Guild’s Appeal of HathiTrust Decision

The Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) has issued the following statement regarding the appeal filed yesterday by the Authors Guild in its lawsuit against the HathiTrust and five partner libraries:

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ARL Publishes Report on Services to Patrons with Print Disabilities

ARL has released the report (PDF) of its Joint Task Force on Services to Patrons with Print Disabilities, scheduled for final publication later this month in Research Libraries Issues(RLI). ARL formed the task force in May 2012 to expand upon the ongoing work of the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA), of which ARL is a member, in support of an international instrument for the print disabled that is under active consideration by the World International Copyright Organization (WIPO).

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