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Preservation Statistics FY 2012 Now Available, FY 2013 Data Collection Underway

preservation-statistics-logoPreservation StatisticsSixty-two cultural heritage institutions participated in the pilot FY 2012 Preservation Statistics Survey, a project of the Preservation and Reformatting Section (PARS) of the American Library Association (ALA) and the Association of Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS). All cultural heritage institutions—libraries, museums, archives, historical societies—in the United States with preservation activities were invited to complete the pilot version of the survey, which was open from April to August 2013. The FY 2012 Preservation Statistics Report provides analysis of the survey results, including an examination of preservation trends in academic and research libraries from 2007 to 2012 based on statistics supplied by the 34 Association of Research Library (ARL) members who participated in the pilot survey. The FY 2013 data collection is now open through April 15, 2014.

 

LibQUAL+® Workshops at ALA Midwinter: Slides Now Online

independence-hall-philadelphiaimage © Wally GobetzOn January 27 at the 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia, the LibQUAL+ team presented several workshops on the foundations of LibQUAL+, survey administration, and interpreting survey results. The team was joined by four guest speakers who presented a wealth of information about implementing the survey and acting on the results at their own libraries. Slides from these presentations are linked below: 

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U Minnesota to Offer Institute for Early-Career Librarians in July

u-minnesota-andersen-libraryUMN Andersen LibraryThe University of Minnesota (UMN) Libraries is accepting applications for its ninth biennial Institute for Early Career Librarians from Traditionally Underrepresented Groups to be held July 19–July 25, 2014, at UMN Twin Cities. The institute focuses on the development of academic library leaders from diverse backgrounds. Participants will work on developing specific leadership abilities proven to be critical for organizational success. The 2014 program builds on the institutes offered every other year since 1998, with nearly 200 graduates participating from universities and colleges across the US and Canada. 

For more information and to apply, visit the Institute for Early Career Librarians website. The application deadline is March 14, 2014.

 

FCC Grants One-Year Waiver of E-Reader Accessibility Requirement

image © Terry MadeleyOn January 28, 2014, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) granted a one-year waiver exempting e-readers from the requirement that equipment used for advanced communication services (ACS) be accessible to, and usable by, individuals with disabilities. The FCC granted the waiver in response to a petition filed by the Coalition of E-Reader Manufacturers, but limited the waiver to only one year despite the coalition’s request for an indefinite waiver. In the order granting the waiver (PDF), the FCC stated:

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SHARE Releases Notification System Project Plan

computer keyboard with a image © Niklas Wikström

The SHared Access Research Ecosystem (SHARE)—a joint initiative of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Association of American Universities (AAU), and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU)—released on February 6, 2014, the SHARE Notification System Project Plan (PDF). The plan details the first in a series of activities to be undertaken by SHARE to ensure that scholarly research outputs are discovered and built upon in a manner that facilitates and accelerates the research process. The SHARE notification system is consistent with higher education’s ongoing mission to encourage community-driven solutions that increase public access to research and maximize knowledge creation.

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ARL-SAA Digital Archives Specialist Courses at Syracuse: Early-Bird Deadline Approaching

syracuse-u-carnegie-librarySyracuse University, Carnegie Library, image © Encyclopaedia Britannica, credit Kai BrinkerFriday, February 21, 2014, is the last day to register at early-bird rates for the Digital Archives Specialist (DAS) courses being offered by ARL and the Society of American Archivists (SAA) at Syracuse University, March 10–14. You do not need to work at an ARL library to register for the courses at this site—they are open to all librarians and archivists.

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NLM Director Donald A. B. Lindberg to Receive Paul Evan Peters Award

donald-lindbergDonald A. B. LindbergThe Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), and EDUCAUSE are pleased to announce that Donald A. B. Lindberg, director, National Library of Medicine, has been named the 2014 recipient of the Paul Evan Peters Award. The award recognizes notable, lasting achievements in the creation and innovative use of network-based information resources and services that advance scholarship and intellectual productivity.

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ARL Hosts MLIS Students in Leadership Symposium at ALA Midwinter

curtis-small-and-camila-alire-at-2013-leadership-symposiumARL Annual Leadership SymposiumARL hosted its 10th Annual Leadership Symposium for master of library and information science (MLIS) students participating in ARL diversity recruitment programs during the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, January 23–26, 2014. The ARL Leadership Symposium curriculum focuses on topics related to the major strategic areas of ARL, as well as transitioning into, and building career networks in, research libraries and archives. This year, 38 students participated in the three-day event, which provided them with valuable networking opporunities as well as professional development.

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ARL-SAA Digital Archives Specialist Courses 2014 Open for Registration

digital-archives-specialist-das-logoRegistration is open for the Digital Archives Specialist (DAS) courses being offered by ARL and the Society of American Archivists (SAA) at several ARL member libraries in 2014. You do not need to work at an ARL library to register for these courses—they are open to all librarians and archivists.

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Scope of Fair Use: Library Copyright Alliance Submits Statement for House Judiciary Hearing

fair-use-infographicYesterday, the US House of Representatives Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet held another hearing on copyright review. This hearing focused on the scope of fair use and included five witnesses: Peter Jaszi (professor, American University), June Besek (professor, Columbia University), Naomi Novik (author and co-founder, Organization for Transformative Works), David Lowery (singer/songwriter and lecturer, University of Georgia), and Kurt Wimmer (general counsel, Newspaper Association of America). In advance of the hearing, the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) submitted a written statement (PDF) discussing how libraries rely on fair use in order to serve their users and meet their mission, how the federal government relies on fair use for photocopying and in the patent examination process, and how rights holders rely on fair use in developing new works. The LCA statement concludes that no changes are needed to the fair use doctrine.

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