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University of Chicago Names Brenda Johnson Library Director and University Librarian

Posted in ARL Libraries, People in the News, Research Libraries on October 20th, 2014

Brenda Johnson has been appointed Library Director and University Librarian at the University of Chicago for a five-year term.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

Johnson currently serves as Ruth Lilly Dean of University Libraries at Indiana University, Bloomington—a position she has held since 2010. She succeeds Judith Nadler, who retired in June after nearly five decades of service to UChicago.

Before coming to Indiana University, Johnson was University Librarian at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She spent more than 20 years at the University of Michigan, where she served as Associate University Librarian for Public Services, a position with responsibility over that institution's 19 libraries.

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    Does Discovery Still Happen in the Library? Roles and Strategies for a Shifting Reality

    Posted in Electronic Resources, ERM/Discovery Systems, Research Libraries on September 26th, 2014

    ITHAKA S+R. has released Does Discovery Still Happen in the Library? Roles and Strategies for a Shifting Reality.

    Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

    In this Issue Brief, Roger Schonfeld explores how the vision that the library should be the starting point for research-a vision many library directors hold-is often in conflict with the practices of faculty and students. As users migrate to other starting points, librarians could invest in ways to bring them back. But there is also an opportunity for librarians to re-think their role and perhaps pursue a different vision altogether.

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      The Changing Landscape of Library and Information Services: What Presidents, Provosts, and Finance Officers Need to Know

      Posted in Research Libraries on September 24th, 2014

      The Council on Library and Information Resources has released The Changing Landscape of Library and Information Services: What Presidents, Provosts, and Finance Officers Need to Know.

      Here's an excerpt:

      CIOs Richard Holmgren, of Allegheny College, and Gene Spencer, of Ursinus College, draw on the workshop discussions to summarize the key challenges and opportunities facing LITS organizations. Developments of the past decade-from the ubiquity of cell phones to the growth of virtual server infrastructure and the maturation of open-source software support models-have created new opportunities for LITS organizations to improve student outcomes, increase revenue, and manage costs. The authors discuss these opportunities and identify the core competencies that LITS organizations will need to support positive institutional change in the decade ahead.

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        Next-Gen Learning Spaces, SPEC Kit 342

        Posted in ARL Libraries, Research Libraries on September 17th, 2014

        ARL has released Next-Gen Learning Spaces, SPEC Kit 342.

        Here's an excerpt:

        This SPEC Kit explores the configuration and uses of library learning spaces, the developments and transformations that have occurred over the past ten years, and future plans for learning spaces to determine where they are on a continuum between first-gen information commons and next-gen spaces. It explores five main areas related to learning spaces: what kinds of learning spaces currently exist, how these spaces have changed since their inception, and the effects these spaces have had on other library operations; the instruction, programming, and collaboration that take place in the learning spaces; and the current assessment methods for learning spaces and changes that have been made or are planned based on the results of these evaluations.

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          Head of Special Collections at University of Houston

          Posted in Research Libraries on September 5th, 2014

          The University of Houston is recruiting a Head of Special Collections.

          Here's an excerpt from the ad.

          The position provides direction and oversight to a group of 6 librarians, 4 regular staff members, and 2 post-doctoral staff members curating archival collections and rare books. The Head oversees the ongoing development of archival collections, work with academic departments, preparation of collections for digitization, and a full calendar of exhibits. There is frequent contact with established donors and potential donors for acquisitions of unique collections, as well as fundraising and management of departmental endowments. The Head of Special Collections serves as a member of the Library Management Council, the Public Services Council, and the Digital Collections Management Committee. The Head of Special Collections holds the Emily Scott Evans Endowed Professorship.

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            "Who Publishes in Top-Tier Library Science Journals? An Analysis by Faculty Status and Tenure"

            Posted in Publishing, Research Libraries, Scholarly Journals on August 29th, 2014

            Quinn Galbraith, Elizabeth Smart, Sara D. Smith and Megan Reed have published "Who Publishes in Top-Tier Library Science Journals? An Analysis by Faculty Status and Tenure" in College & Research Libraries.

            Here's an excerpt:

            This study analyzes the status and background of authors publishing in high-impact library science journals. Twenty-three high-impact journals were selected in this study by both quantitative and qualitative measures, while the analysis of author background focuses on whether the author holds a faculty status position with a tenure track. This study finds that 76 percent of academic librarians have faculty status.

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              Kristin Antelman Now University Librarian at Caltech Library

              Posted in People in the News, Research Libraries on August 27th, 2014

              On 8/11/2014, Kristin Antelman became the University Librarian at the Caltech Library.

              Here's an excerpt from "Improving Access to Data Across the Board: An Interview with Kristin Antelman"

              Antelman worked as the associate director of libraries at North Carolina State University before coming to Caltech. Originally from Chicago, she received a bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan and a master's degree from Columbia University, both in political science, before returning to Chicago to complete her master's degree in library science at the University of Chicago.

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                "How Streaming Media Could Threaten the Mission of Libraries"

                Posted in Copyright, Libraries, Licenses, Research Libraries on August 25th, 2014

                Steve Kolowich has published "How Streaming Media Could Threaten the Mission of Libraries" in Wired Campus.

                Here's an excerpt:

                Welcome to content licensing, a great source of anxiety for librarians in the digital era. In previous decades, the university librarians might have bought a CD of the Dudamel album for $25 and kept it in circulation it for as long as the disc remained viable. Here they were asked to pay the publisher 10 times that amount (plus a licensing fee that would probably exceed the processing fee) for access to a quarter of the album for two years.

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                  NMC Horizon Report: 2014 Library Edition

                  Posted in Emerging Technologies, Libraries, Reports and White Papers, Research Libraries on August 22nd, 2014

                  NMC has released the NMC Horizon Report: 2014 Library Edition.

                  Here’s an excerpt from the press release:

                  The NMC Horizon Report: 2014 Library Edition, examines key trends, significant challenges, and emerging technologies for their potential impact on academic and research libraries worldwide. While there are many local factors affecting libraries, there are also issues that transcend regional boundaries and common questions; it was with these questions in mind that this report was created.

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                    Dean of Libraries and Elizabeth D. Rockwell Chair at University of Houston

                    Posted in ARL Libraries, Research Libraries, Texas Academic Libraries on August 20th, 2014

                    The University of Houston is recruiting a Dean of Libraries and Elizabeth D. Rockwell Chair.

                    Here's an excerpt from the ad.

                    The University of Houston invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean of Libraries and Elizabeth D. Rockwell Chair. The Dean of Libraries leads the University Libraries and advances the University's mission of research and teaching by ensuring the provision of outstanding library services. The University Libraries comprises the M.D. Anderson Library and three branch libraries (Music, Optometry, and Architecture and Art). The Dean of Libraries serves as the chief executive of the Libraries, with responsibility for oversight of all administrative activities, including budget and personnel management. The Dean provides programmatic and strategic leadership to the Libraries and plays a critical role in the Libraries' development activities. The Dean represents the Libraries within the University, and at the local, state, and national levels. The Dean reports directly to the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost and is a member of the Council of Deans. . . .

                    Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

                    The University of Houston Libraries ranks 70th out of 115 research libraries in the latest ARL rankings.

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                      "Spending by University Research Libraries, 2012-13"

                      Posted in ARL Libraries, Research Libraries on August 20th, 2014

                      Based on Association of Research Libraries data, The Chronicle of Higher Education has published "Spending by University Research Libraries, 2012-13."

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                        What Does the HathiTrust Decision Mean for Libraries?

                        Posted in Copyright, Mass Digitizaton, Research Libraries on July 14th, 2014

                        The Library Copyright Alliance has released What Does the HathiTrust Decision Mean for Libraries?.

                        Here's an excerpt:

                        The decision also demonstrates how the fair use right applies in the context of a specific library activity: mass digitization. The decision clearly indicates that the acts of a library digitizing the works in its collection, and the library's storage of the resulting digital files, are fair uses under section 107 of the Copyright Act. The decision, however, provides less certainty concerning the permissible access to those digital files. The only form of full-text access it addresses directly is access by the disabled. To be sure, this is an incredibly important result for these individuals. But the court provides little specific guidance concerning the permissibility of other forms of access. Nonetheless, the court's more general pronouncements concerning fair use should be helpful to libraries trying to determine the range of permitted access to their mass digitization projects.

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