Adriene Lim Named Dean of Libraries at U Oregon

adriene-limAdriene Lim,
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University of Oregon (UO) has appointed Adriene Lim as the Philip H. Knight dean of libraries, effective July 28, 2014. Lim has served as dean of libraries at Oakland University in Michigan since 2011. She was previously interim university librarian at Portland State University in Oregon. As dean of libraries at University of Oregon, Lim succeeds Deborah Carver, who retired on April 30, after 24 years with the UO Libraries and 12 years as dean. For more information about Lim and her appointment, see the June 4 UO Libraries news article, “Oakland University Dean Named to Lead UO Libraries.”


LibQUAL+® to Offer Free Training at ALA Midwinter Meeting in Chicago

chicago-theatre-marqueeimage © John SchniebelLibQUAL+ will offer a series of free workshops for current and potential participants in conjunction with the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting in Chicago on Monday, February 2, 2015.

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Email Privacy Act Cosponsored by Majority of House of Representatives; ARL Applauds Milestone in ECPA Reform

e-mail-iconimage courtesy gezegenARL is pleased that on June 17, 2014, the Email Privacy Act, H.R. 1852, reached a milestone of 218 cosponsors, representing support from a majority of the members of the US House of Representatives.

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LibQUAL+® 2015 Registration Now Open: Join the Global Assessment Community

countries-of-libqual-mapCountries of LibQUAL+ARL invites libraries to join the global assessment community of LibQUAL+ by registering for the 2015 LibQUAL+ survey.

LibQUAL+ is a suite of services that libraries use to solicit, track, understand, and act upon users’ opinions of service quality. The program’s centerpiece is a rigorously tested web survey paired with training that helps libraries assess and improve library services, change organizational culture, and market the library.

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Toby Graham Named University Librarian and Associate Provost of UGA Libraries

Toby GrahamToby Graham,
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University of Georgia (UGA) has appointed Toby Graham as university librarian and associate provost of UGA Libraries, effective September 1, 2014. Graham has served as deputy university librarian at UGA since 2009. He also directs the university’s Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library and oversees the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries. He came to UGA in 2003 as director of the Digital Library of Georgia. As university librarian and associate provost of UGA Libraries, Graham succeeds William Gray Potter, who will retire on August 31 following a 25-year career at UGA. For more information about Graham and his appointment, see the June 17 UGA news release, “Toby Graham Named Head of UGA Libraries.”


SPARC Enters Administrative Agreement with New Venture Fund

SPARC logoSPARC launched in 1998 as an ARL initiative and, over those years, both organizations have continued to vigorously pursue—and expand—policy advocacy programs that our community values deeply.

As our advocacy successes have accumulated, so have our opportunities for policy engagement, and we have found ourselves at a crossroads. SPARC currently operates as a “restricted budget” program area of ARL, with its finances reported on ARL’s Form 990 yearly tax filings. This means that SPARC’s lobbying activities are added to those of ARL’s for reporting purposes and, cumulatively, we are at the point where the volume of joint lobbying activities are coming close to the allowable limit for nonprofit organizations of our size.

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Public Library Registration Package for Library Assessment Conference 2014

u-washington-suzzallo-libraryimage © Chris DubéARL and the University of Washington Libraries are offering a special $200 public library package for the 2014 Library Assessment Conference to be held August 4–6 in Seattle, Washington. The package includes conference attendance on Wednesday, August 6, and a choice of one workshop on Thursday, August 7. Traditionally, the conference has focused on academic libraries. This year, selected papers, panels, and workshops—especially those scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday during the conference—are of interest to public libraries.

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Controversial FIRST Bill Moves Forward

"first" rubber stampOn May 28, 2014, the US House of Representatives Science, Space, and Technology Committee passed the Frontiers in Innovation, Research, Science, and Technology (FIRST) Act of 2014, H.R. 4186. The bill seeks to reauthorize sections of the America COMPETES Act relating to the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the Office of Science and Technology Policy. The bill is highly controversial and opposed by many organizations and institutions.

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Call for Applicants for Paul Evan Peters Fellowship—Deadline June 24, 2014

paul-evan-petersPaul Evan Peters,
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The Paul Evan Peters Fellowship—sponsored by the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), and EDUCAUSE—was established to honor and perpetuate the memory of CNI's founding executive director. The fellowship is awarded every two years to students pursuing graduate studies in librarianship, the information sciences, or a closely related field, who demonstrates intellectual and personal qualities consistent with those of Paul Evan Peters, including:

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Future-Proofing the Research Library: Sarah Thomas Delivers Judith Nadler Vision Lecture

sarah-thomas-and-judith-nadlerSarah Thomas and Judith Nadler, image © American Library AssociationOn May 22, 2014, Sarah Thomas, vice president for the Harvard Library and Roy E. Larsen librarian for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard, presented the inaugural Judith Nadler Vision Lecture at the University of Chicago’s Joseph Regenstein Library. Thomas’s lecture, “Future-Proofing the Research Library,” explored the ways in which research libraries are adapting to change. As part of her presentation, she provided an overview of ARL's strategic thinking and design work.

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