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Dean of Libraries at University of Alabama

Posted in ARL Libraries, Research Libraries on May 15th, 2015

The University of Alabama is recruiting a Dean of Libraries.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The University of Alabama invites applications from, and nominations of, creative and dynamic candidates for the position of Dean of the University Libraries. As chief advocate for a library system with robust institutional support and proactive donor engagement, the Dean has overall responsibility for the collections, programs, and services of the libraries, as well as for planning and developing external sources of funding. Ultimately, the successful candidate will demonstrate a 21st-century vision for leadership in a thriving university library system.

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    "Robert Darnton Closes the Book"

    Posted in ARL Libraries, People in the News, Research Libraries on May 13th, 2015

    Corydon Ireland has published "Robert Darnton Closes the Book" in the Harvard Gazette.

    Here's an excerpt:

    Early this summer, Robert Choate Darnton, Harvard's Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and University Librarian, will pack up his book-lined office on the second floor of Wadsworth House.

    As of June 30, the celebrated historian, digital library pioneer, and champion of books will leave the University he first saw as an undergraduate in 1957. A scholar of Enlightenment France and of the history of the book, he returned to Harvard in 1965 to join the Society of Fellows, decamped to Princeton University in 1968 for 39 years, and came back to Harvard in 2007.

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      "Dana Rooks: A Retrospective"

      Posted in ARL Libraries, People in the News, Research Libraries on May 13th, 2015

      The University of Houston Libraries has released "Dana Rooks: A Retrospective."

      Here's an excerpt:

      After holding positions at the University of Oklahoma and the University of Missouri-St. Louis, she joined the University of Houston. At UH, she fulfilled the roles of business/economics reference librarian, coordinator of library instruction, library personnel coordinator, assistant director for administration, assistant director for public services and administration, and acting director. This year, Rooks will retire after 18 years as Dean of Libraries and Elizabeth D. Rockwell Chair.

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        ARL Signs The Hague Declaration on Knowledge Discovery in the Digital Age

        Posted in ARL Libraries, Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars, Research Libraries on May 7th, 2015

        ARL has signed The Hague Declaration on Knowledge Discovery in the Digital Age.

        Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

        More than 50 organizations around the world—including ARL—have signed the Hague Declaration on Knowledge Discovery in the Digital Age, which calls for immediate changes to intellectual property (IP) law and the removal of other barriers preventing widened and more equal access to data. . . .

        The declaration asserts that copyright was never designed to regulate the sharing of facts, data, and ideas—nor should it. The right to receive and impart information and ideas is guaranteed by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights but the modern application of IP law often limits this right, even when these most simple building blocks of knowledge are used.

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          Scholarly Output Assessment Activities, SPEC Kit 346

          Posted in ARL Libraries, OPACs/Discovery Systems, Reports and White Papers, Research Libraries on May 6th, 2015

          ARL has released Scholarly Output Assessment Activities, SPEC Kit 346 .

          Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

          This SPEC Kit explores current ARL member library activities that help authors manage their scholarly identities, provide options for creating and disseminating scholarly outputs, offer strategies to enhance discoverability of scholarly outputs, help authors efficiently track scholarly outputs and impact, provide resources and tools to help authors assess their scholarly impact, create publication reports and social network maps for reporting purposes, and offer guidance and training on new trends and tools for reporting of impact. This study covers library assessment services and resources, training, staffing models, partnerships with the parent institution, marketing and publicity, and future trends.

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            Ann D. Thornton Named as Columbia University’s University Librarian and Vice Provost

            Posted in ARL Libraries, People in the News, Research Libraries on May 4th, 2015

            Ann D. Thornton has been named as Columbia University's University Librarian and Vice Provost.

            Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

            "Columbia's library system is a dynamic academic resource that is at the very core of our teaching and research missions," [Columbia University President Lee] Bollinger said. "Ann's broad experience is ideally suited to the task of harnessing both digital technology and intellectual vision to expand our collections and enhance their long-term value not only to our university, but also to our society."

            Thornton has held a series of senior leadership positions at the New York Public Libraries, spanning the sciences, business, the humanities and social sciences. She has been responsible for collecting, preserving and presenting the institution's vast collections. She has also helped lead in the areas of electronic resources, reference and research services and public training. Before coming to New York, she was a systems librarian with the University of Houston Libraries. . . .

            After earning her bachelor's degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Thornton received her master's degree in information studies from Florida State University. She has published and spoken widely on the nexus of research, teaching, learning and leadership.

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              "ARL Joins New Re:Create Coalition to Promote Balanced Copyright"

              Posted in ARL Libraries, Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars on April 29th, 2015

              ARL has released "ARL Joins New Re:Create Coalition to Promote Balanced Copyright."

              Here's an excerpt:

              Today, April 28, 2015, ARL joined US technology companies, trade associations, and civil society organizations in the launch of Re:Create, a coalition that promotes balanced copyright policy. A balanced copyright system depends on limitations and exceptions, such as fair use. As technology advances, it is imperative that the copyright law is responsive to these changes, balancing the interests of creators of copyrighted information and products with the interests of users of those products.

              Re:Create promotes and defends the important balance of copyright. ARL's member institutions, as well as the general public, depend on balanced copyright that includes robust limitations and exceptions. A balanced system ensures that copyright does not limit or impede new and valuable technologies and uses.

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                Lisa B. German Named Dean of Libraries and Elizabeth D. Rockwell Chair by University of Houston

                Posted in ARL Libraries, People in the News, Research Libraries on April 23rd, 2015

                Lisa B. German has been named Dean of Libraries and Elizabeth D. Rockwell Chair by the University of Houston.

                Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                At Penn State Libraries, German served as associate dean for collections, information, and access services, where she was responsible for planning, organization, policy development, implementation, assessment, and direction. She has also published extensively in these areas.

                German has participated in the Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians at Harvard University, and the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Research Library Leadership Fellows Program. She is the recipient of several awards from the University of Illinois, Penn State University, and the American Library Association – Association for Library Collections and Technical Services. . . .

                German earned a bachelor's degree in history and a master's degree in library science, both from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

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                  Beth McNeil Named Dean of the Iowa State University Library

                  Posted in ARL Libraries, People in the News, Research Libraries on April 7th, 2015

                  Beth McNeil has been named Dean of the Iowa State University Library .

                  Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                  At Purdue, McNeil was responsible for managing 12 campus libraries, as well as the archives/special collections, technical services, digitization and the collections management units. She had oversight of nearly 90 faculty and staff and a $13.7 million annual collections budget.

                  McNeil previously served in leadership positions in the libraries at Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois; and University of Nebraska, Lincoln. . . .

                  McNeil earned a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in library and information science, both from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She completed a doctoral program in human sciences, with a focus on leadership studies, at Nebraska.

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                    "Geographic Information and Technologies in Academic Research Libraries: An ARL Survey of Services and Support"

                    Posted in ARL Libraries, Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Research Libraries on April 2nd, 2015

                    Ann L Holstein has published "Geographic Information and Technologies in Academic Research Libraries: An ARL Survey of Services and Support" in Information Technology and Libraries.

                    Here's an excerpt:

                    One hundred fifteen academic libraries, all current members of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), were selected to participate in an online survey in an effort to better understand campus use of geographic data and geospatial technologies, and how libraries support these uses. The survey was used to capture information regarding geographic needs of their respective campuses, the array of services they offer, and the education and training of geographic information services department staff members. The survey results, along with review of recent literature, were used to identify changes in geographic information services and support since 1997, when a similar survey was conducted by ARL. This new study has enabled recommendations to be made for building a successful geographic information service center within the campus library that offers a robust and comprehensive service and support model for all geographic information usage on campus.

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                      University of Rochester Libraries Get $100,672 Mellon Grant for Digital Humanities Institute for Mid-Career Librarians

                      Posted in ARL Libraries, Digital Humanities, Grants on March 19th, 2015

                      The University of Rochester Libraries has received a $100,672 Mellon Grant for a "21st Century Skills: Digital Humanities Institute for Mid-Career Librarians" pilot program.

                      Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                      The pilot institute will provide a three-day residential immersion experience and a yearlong online component for 20 mid-career librarians. Participants will develop proficiency in three core competencies-project management, copyright and fair use, and metadata literacy-while enhancing their technology toolkits and exploring diverse areas of digital humanities scholarship. University of Rochester faculty, River Campus Libraries staff, UR Mellon fellows in digital humanities, and CLIR postdoctoral fellows will serve as instructors. Interested mid-career librarians from across the United States and Canada are invited to apply to the institute through a competitive process.

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                        "Availability and Accessibility in an Open Access Institutional Repository: A Case Study"

                        Posted in ARL Libraries, Digital Repositories, Institutional Repositories, Research Libraries on March 18th, 2015

                        Jongwook Lee et al. have published "Availability and Accessibility in an Open Access Institutional Repository: A Case Study" in Information Research.

                        Here's an excerpt:

                        This study explores the extent to which an institutional repository makes papers available and accessible on the open Web by using 170 journal articles housed in DigiNole Commons, the institutional repository at Florida State University. . . .

                        Overall, the results confirm the contribution of the institutional repository in making papers available and accessible. The results also reveal some impediments to the success of open access, including impediments linked to contractual arrangements between authors and publishers, impediments linked to policies, practices and technologies governing the repository itself, and the low level of faculty participation in the repository.

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