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Expanded Public Access: A New Era with New Challenges

On April 17, 2013, the Association of American Universities (AAU), Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), and Association of Research Libraries (ARL) released this two-page statement by David E. Shulenburger calling on the research university community to provide input to the US Government for increasing access to the results of federally funded research.

pdf expanded-public-access-a-new-era-with-new-challenges-15apr13.pdf

 
 

Synergy Issue 10, April 2013

In this issue, Alexandra Rivera, Jade Alburo, Makiba Foster, Lisa Chow, and Latanya Jenkins reflect on their experiences at the 2012 Joint Conference of Librarians of Color in Kansas City, Missouri.

pdf synergy-issue-10.pdf

 
 

LibValue: Value of Commons Spaces webcast

This webcast, recorded March 21, 2013, describes research conducted at the University of Tennessee on the value of the information commons. Presenters include Steven Smith, Professor and Dean of Libraries; Gayle Baker, Professor and Electronic Resources Coordinator; and Teresa Walker, Associate Professor and Head of Integrated User Services.

The LibValue project (http://libvalue.cci.utk.edu/) is a three-year study funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services to define and measure ways in which libraries create value through teaching and learning, research, and social, professional, and public engagement. LibValue is a collaboration among the University of Tennessee, Knoxville; the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Libraries; and the Association of Research Libraries, with partners at Syracuse University and Bryant University.

This is the second in a series of six free webcasts on LibValue to be held in 2013.

 
 

Appraising Our Digital Investment: Sustainability of Digitized Special Collections: Webcast

This March 7, 2013, webcast presented by ARL and Ithaka S+R provides an overview of the recent report of the same name (PDF) as well as community responses to the findings. Speakers include Judy Ruttenberg (ARL), Nancy Maron (Ithaka S+R), Lisa Carter (Ohio State University), Anne Kenney (Cornell University), Ann Thornton (New York Public Library), and Sarah Pickle (Ithaka S+R).

 
 

ARL and CARL Urge Dropping of Remaining Lawsuit against Askey

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) commend Edwin Mellen Press’s decision to discontinue its lawsuit against McMaster University and academic librarian Dale Askey. Nevertheless, both associations urge Mr. Richardson, founder and editor of Edwin Mellen Press, to discontinue as well his personal lawsuit against Mr. Askey...

pdf arl-carl-urge-dropping-of-remaining-lawsuit-against-askey.pdf
 
   

Better Salaries through Better Data: Introduction to the ARL Salary Survey webcast

In this webcast held on March 5, 2013, Martha Kyrillidou and Shaneka Morris of ARL's Statistics and Assessment program describe how to effectively use data from the ARL Annual Salary Survey to promote higher salaries for library professionals. They highlight salary comparisons from a number of perspectives, including geographic region, type of library (public/private), rank structure, and position categories. The webcast also touches on the history of the ARL Annual Salary Survey and its data collection approach, provides information on the utility of the salary information in the annual ARL publication, and discusses some key changes made to modernize the job categories to reflect current job titles.

This is the first in a series of four webcasts illustrating effective uses of data from the ARL Annual Salary Survey, which reports salaries for more than 12,000 professional positions in ARL libraries in the United States and Canada.

 
 

Appraising our Digital Investment: Sustainability of Digitized Special Collections in ARL Libraries

While many research libraries have begun to digitize their collections and share best practices around the steps required to create digital content, much less is known about what happens post-launch. Building on previous research by Ithaka S+R that defined key aspects of sustainable digital content, Appraising our Digital Investment: Sustainability of Digitized Special Collections in ARL Libraries offers a first look at the practices, attitudes, costs, and revenues associated with caring for digitized special collections. The report shares results from a survey conducted on the sustainability of digitized special collections at ARL member institutions.

pdf digitizing-special-collections-report-21feb13.pdf

See also the March 7, 2013, webcast about this report.

 
 

ARL Statistics® Interactive Analytics

ARL Statistics® Interactive Analytics is a subscription-based service for non-ARL member libraries, for-profit and not-for-profit entities, and researchers who want interactive access to over 100 years’ worth of ARL Statistics® data. ARL Statistics® Interactive Analytics allows you to:

  • review the library data collected by ARL
  • generate rankings of institutions by selected criteria
  • create graphs from the data
  • generate summary statistics for all ARL libraries
  • download the data by year in spreadsheet format
  • review the ARL indices

ARL is offering this subscription service to non-member organizations and individuals who are interested in accessing the final verified data through an interactive interface. (All ARL member libraries have access to the ARL Statistics® Analytics as soon as the data are submitted through the StatsQUAL® password-protected gateway at arlstatistics.org).

The subscription fee is $750 for for-profit organizations and $500 for non-profit organizations. Download the arl-statistics-interactive-pricing-2013.pdf  for complete pricing and purchase options information.
 
 

ARL-CARL Joint Statement in Support of Dale Askey and McMaster University

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) share a commitment to freedom of opinion and expression of ideas and are strongly opposed to any effort to intimidate individuals in order to suppress information or censor ideas. We further share the belief that a librarian must be able to offer his or her assessment of a publisher’s products or practices free from such intimidation...

pdf arl-carl-statement-supporting-askey-mcmaster-feb2013-final.pdf
 
 
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