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University of Arizona Names Karen Williams as VP for Information Strategy and University Libraries

Posted in ARL Libraries, People in the News, Research Libraries on February 16th, 2017

The University of Arizona named Karen Williams as VP for Information Strategy and University Libraries.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

Karen Williams, who has been serving as the interim leader for University Information Technology Services in addition to her duties as dean of University Libraries, has been appointed to a new position that gives her oversight over both areas. . . .

Although Williams will oversee the two areas, UITS and University Libraries will not be merged into one unit.

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John Pollitz Named Dean of Library Affairs at Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Posted in ARL Libraries, People in the News, Research Libraries on February 15th, 2017

John Pollitz has been named the Dean of Library Affairs at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

Pollitz has held a number of higher education library administration positions. Most recently, he has served as the director of libraries for the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire since 2007. During his tenure there, he led a 30-member staff while overseeing a $3.8 million budget. . . .

Previously, Pollitz was the associate university librarian for public services and innovative technology at Oregon State University, O'Keefe Library Director at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa, and assistant director of library automated services at Augustana College in Illinois.

In other ARL mews, William Mischo has been named Acting Dean of Libraries at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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"Campus Shootings and Library Security Covered in Research Library Issues"

Posted in ARL Libraries, Research Libraries on December 12th, 2016

ARL has released "Campus Shootings and Library Security Covered in Research Library Issues."

Here's an excerpt:

How can research libraries handle and recover from "active shooter" incidents? The latest issue of Research Library Issues (RLI) features two articles that describe campus shootings and library response.

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Across the Great Divide: Findings and Possibilities for Action from the 2016 Summit Meeting of Academic Libraries and University Presses with Administrative Relationships (P2L)

Posted in ARL Libraries, Publishing, Reports and White Papers, Research Libraries, University Presses on December 7th, 2016

ARL has released Across the Great Divide: Findings and Possibilities for Action from the 2016 Summit Meeting of Academic Libraries and University Presses with Administrative Relationships (P2L).

Here's an excerpt:

P2L explored how these separate components of the scholarly communications ecosystem (e.g., libraries and publishers) might move beyond relationships often established for administrative convenience and think together, leveraging the skills and strengths of their distinctive enterprises to move toward a unified system of publication, dissemination, access, and preservation that better serves both the host institution and the wider world of scholarship. P2L was an important first step toward a shared action agenda for university presses and academic libraries that supports and updates traditional approaches to scholarly publishing, broader scholarly communication through established and emerging channels and practices, and digital scholarship services for faculty and students. This shared action agenda also must seek to adapt to the new challenges of the digital environment in commitments such as the preservation of the scholarly record.

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Two Reports on Disk Image Formats from the Harvard Library Digital Preservation Program

Posted in ARL Libraries, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Research Libraries on November 4th, 2016

The Harvard Library Digital Preservation Program has released Disk Image Content Model and Metadata Analysis ACTIVITY 1: Comparative Format Matrix Analysis and Disk Image Content Model and Metadata Analysis ACTIVITY 2: Metadata Analysis

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

Harvard Library collections include a variety of computer media that will be imaged using forensic disk imaging techniques and preserved in the Library's preservation and access repository—the Digital Repository Service (DRS). As a first step towards providing support for this material in the DRS, the Library contracted AVPreserve in late 2015 to assist with the analysis. The goals of the analysis were:

  • Recommended disk image formats to accept and prefer for the DRS
  • Recommended technical metadata schema(s) to use for disk image file formats
  • DRS content models for these objects
  • Recommendations for enhancing Harvard Library's FITS tool to better support these objects

See also: Disk Image Format Matrix spreadsheet.

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MIT: Institute-wide Task Force on the Future of Libraries: Preliminary Report

Posted in ARL Libraries, Research Libraries on November 2nd, 2016

MIT has released the Institute-wide Task Force on the Future of Libraries: Preliminary Report.

Here's an excerpt:

Recommendation 6: Through interdisciplinary institutional and external partnerships, the Libraries should generate open, interoperable content platforms that explore new ways of producing, using, sharing, and preserving knowledge and that promote revolutionary new methodologies for the discovery and organization of information, people, ideas, and networks. . . .

Recommendation 7: The Task Force recommends that the Institute convene a new Ad Hoc Task Force on Open Access to review the current MIT Faculty Open Access Policy and its implementation with an eye toward revising and expanding current policies and practices, where appropriate, to further the Institute's mission of disseminating the fruits of its research and scholarship as widely as possible. . . .

Recommendation 10: The Task Force recommends that MIT establish an Initiative for Research in Information Science and Scholarly Communication, based in the MIT Libraries, to enable bold experimentation and to serve as a hub for best-in-class research on the great challenges in information science and scholarly communication.

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"ARL Membership Convenes in Washington, DC, for Fall 2016 Meeting"

Posted in ARL Libraries, Research Libraries on October 25th, 2016

ARL has released "ARL Membership Convenes in Washington, DC, for Fall 2016 Meeting. "

Here's an excerpt:

Association of Research Libraries (ARL) member representatives, ARL leadership fellows, staff, and guests gathered in Washington, DC, on Tuesday-Wednesday, September 27-28, 2016, for the 169th Association Meeting. All available presentation slides are linked from the speakers' names or session titles in the following summary of the meeting.

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Vice Provost & University Librarian at Washington University in St. Louis

Posted in ARL Libraries, Research Libraries on September 22nd, 2016

Washington University in St. Louis is recruiting a Vice Provost & University Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The Vice Provost and University Librarian oversees 142 staff members and is responsible for an annual budget of $23 million. The libraries' organization includes 6 Associate University Librarians, 28 subject librarians, and 8 curators/archivists.

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"Dr. Carla Hayden to Serve as the Next Librarian of Congress"

Posted in ARL Libraries, People in the News, Research Libraries on July 14th, 2016

ALA has released "Dr. Carla Hayden to Serve as the Next Librarian of Congress."

Here's an excerpt:

Today the Senate approved the nomination of Dr. Carla Hayden to serve as the nation's 14th Librarian of Congress. Dr. Hayden, American Library Association (ALA) past president and director of the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, Maryland, is the first female and the first African American to lead the Library of Congress. She also is the first professional librarian to be confirmed in more than 60 years.

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Hillman University Librarian and Director, University Library System at University of Pittsburgh

Posted in ARL Libraries, Research Libraries on June 6th, 2016

The University of Pittsburgh is recruiting a Hillman University Librarian and Director, University Library System.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

A member of the Association of American Universities, current enrollment in Pitt's 16 undergraduate and graduate schools and 4 regional campuses is 34,934 (25,074 undergraduate and 9,860 graduate students).

In 2015, the University's federally funded research summed to almost $600 million. . . .

The ULS is comprised of 11 libraries and holdings of nearly 7.2 million volumes and employs a total FTE count of 180. The director oversees the ULS budget, which in 2015 was approximately $32 million.

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Simon Neame Named Dean of Libraries at University of Massachusetts Amherst

Posted in ARL Libraries, People in the News, Research Libraries on April 26th, 2016

Simon Neame has been named the Dean of Libraries at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

At UBC, Neame oversees 33 professional librarians and 114 support staff as associate university librarian, learning and engagement. His budget responsibilities include the Barber Centre, the Walter C. Koerner Library for humanities and social sciences, the Woodard Library for health sciences, science and applied science, the Music, Art and Architecture Library, access services and the library's teaching, learning and community engagement programs. . . .

He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Victoria and a master's of library and information studies from UBC.

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Valerie Hotchkiss Named as University Librarian at Vanderbilt University

Posted in ARL Libraries, People in the News, Research Libraries on April 22nd, 2016

Valerie Hotchkiss, Andrew S.G. Turyn Endowed Professor and Director of the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has been named as the University Librarian at Vanderbilt University.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

At the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Hotchkiss built visibility for the collections and promoted the study of primary resources as an integral part of the school's curriculum. . . . In addition, she served as editor-in-chief of Women in Print, a digital humanities publishing project of the University of Illinois Press. . . .

From 1993 to 2005, Hotchkiss was the J.S. Bridwell Foundation Endowed Librarian and professor of medieval studies at Southern Methodist University, where she raised more than $16 million for the library's endowment and introduced many new community initiatives. . . .

She also served as library director for Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary and was employed by Yale University's Divinity School Library. She earned three degrees—master of arts, master of philosophy, and doctorate in medieval studies—all from Yale. In addition, she earned a master of library science from Southern Connecticut State University.

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