Read more about Neal Kaske and Stephen Town »
Neal Kaske (left), Stephen Town (right). Click to enlarge.The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the Library Assessment Conference Planning Committee have selected Neal Kaske and Stephen Town as the recipients of the 2016 Library Assessment Career Achievement Awards. These awards recognize individuals who have made substantial contributions to effective, sustainable, and practical library assessment as evidenced through presentations, publications, methods, service, advocacy, and other work.
Read more and register for this event »
Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse, Baltimore, MD, image CC-BY-NC-ND by Jack LyonsIt is gratifying to see the growing number of academic institutions and private and public funding sources that now require open or public access to sponsored research publications and data. The library community has played an integral role throughout nearly two decades of advocacy work around open scholarship and it takes pride in these significant outcomes. However, the community recognizes that the tools, infrastructure, and services within higher education to support open scholarship have not kept pace with policy mandates. Now is the time to promote openness earlier and often throughout the research process by developing open workflow tools and by using open infrastructures.
Read more about the 2016–2017 ARL Board »
Mary Case, photo by Roberta Dupuis-DevlinMary M. Case, university librarian and dean of libraries at University of Illinois at Chicago, began a one-year term as president of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) on Wednesday, September 28, 2016, during the Association’s Fall 2016 Meeting in Washington, DC. Case succeeds Larry Alford, chief librarian at University of Toronto, as ARL president. Alford continues to serve as a member of both the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee as past president.
Also on September 28, the Association’s membership ratified the Board’s election of Mary Ann Mavrinac, vice provost and Andrew H. and Janet Dayton Neilly dean of River Campus Libraries at University of Rochester, as ARL vice president/president-elect.
Read more about Megan Potterbusch and her residency »
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) will serve as a second-time host to a National Digital Stewardship Resident (NDSR) in 2016–2017. ARL is one of five organizations in the Baltimore-Washington area that will host a recent master’s degree program graduate to complete a one-year project in digital preservation. The NDSR program, a partnership between the Library of Congress and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, offers recent graduates in specialized fields—library science, information science, museum studies, archival studies, and related technology—the opportunity to gain valuable professional experience in digital preservation. The Association of Research Libraries is proud to host Megan Potterbusch (MLIS Simmons College, 2016) this year to complete a collaborative project with the George Washington (GW) University, the GW Libraries, and the Center for Open Science (COS).
Lakota Harden, NDLC ’16 keynote speakerThe University of California, Los Angeles, hosted on August 10–13 the 2016 National Diversity in Libraries Conference (NDLC ’16), co-sponsored by the Association of Research Libraries. More than 450 library and information science professionals from throughout the United States and Canada attended the event. The conference, themed “Bridges to Inclusion,” included programs across a wide spectrum of topics related to diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice. April M. Hathcock, scholarly communications librarian at New York University, describes the event in a recent Library Journal article. More information about the conference can be found on the NDLC website. The event was generously sponsored by more than 50 institutions, the Association of College & Research Libraries, and OCLC.
Read more and apply for this position »
image CC-BY-NC by Paul GoddinThe Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is recruiting a program assistant for grants administration, a member of the administrative team that provides support for the organization.
Read more and register for the Collection Assessment SPEC webcast »
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is offering a series of free webcasts that present the findings from the latest SPEC surveys and allow webcast participants to discuss trends with the survey authors. A 45-minute webcast will follow the publication of each SPEC Kit in 2016.
Read and order print copies of the Collection Assessment SPEC Kit »
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has released Collection Assessment, SPEC Kit 352, an exploration of which collection assessment methods, measures, and practices ARL member libraries currently employ. This study gathered information on which library staff collect and analyze data, for what purposes the results are used, with whom data is shared, and how well assessment questions are answered. The survey also investigated whether the available methods, data, and tools are aligned with the purposes for assessing collections.
Catherine Davidson, image courtesy of York University
Read more about Catherine Davidson and her VPO appointment »
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has named Catherine Davidson as a visiting program officer (VPO) for scholarly communication initiatives from September 2016 through June 2017. Davidson, a 2009–2010 graduate of the ARL Leadership Fellows program, is the associate university librarian (AUL) for collections and research at York University in Toronto, Canada.
Read more about digital scholarship support at Illinois »
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library, Media CommonsThe Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has published the eighth profile in a series highlighting digital scholarship support at ARL member libraries. The latest installment in this series features the work of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library.