Read more about the Scholarly Kitchen blog post on SHARE >>
On the Scholarly Kitchen blog today, August 27, 2015, Alice Meadows of ORCID writes about “Reasons to Be Cheerful: Some Thoughts on the SHARE Summer 2015 Meeting.” In her blog post, Meadows provides her perspective on the meeting and why it inspired her to be optimistic about SHARE, a higher education initiative that is building a free, open data set about research and scholarly activities across their life cycle.
Much of SHARE’s strength lies in its community participation and collaborative approach. As Meadows notes:
Read more about the ARL Fall Forum >>
L’Enfant’s plan of Washington, DC, image by Library of CongressRegistration is open for the ARL Fall Forum 2015, “Research Partnerships in Digital Scholarship for the Humanities and Social Sciences,” to be held in Washington, DC, on Thursday, October 8.
This daylong event launches the Julia C. Blixrud Memorial Lecture along with the Julia C. Blixrud Scholarship, which will support the attendance of one master of library and information science (MLIS) student or recent graduate at the ARL Fall Forum each year. The inaugural Blixrud Memorial Lecture will be presented by Tara McPherson, associate professor of critical studies in the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts.
Additional program sessions will explore emerging publishing models in the humanities and social sciences as well as funding strategies for research partnerships across institutions and across borders.
Read more about the ARL Library Investment Index >>
ARL has released the Library Investment Index for 2013–2014, the latest in this annual summary measure of the relative size of the university library members of the Association. Although similar to the ARL Membership Criteria Index in reflecting the investments made in research libraries, the ARL Library Investment Index is less affected by the electronic availability of content and, consequently, the rapidly changing context of library collections. Neither index attempts to measure a library’s services, quality of collections, or success in meeting the needs of users. The ARL Library Investment Index has been calculated beginning with data from 2002–2003.
Read more about the ARL Leadership Fellows program >>
The 2016–2017 cohort of the ARL Leadership Fellows program will begin in January 2016. ARL will release the call for applications in September with a deadline in early October 2015.
ARL’s Leadership Fellows program facilitates the development of future senior-level leaders in large research libraries and archives. This will be the sixth iteration of the program since its inception in 2004. To date, the program has involved more than 30 research libraries sponsoring 115 key staff in their development as an emerging cadre of ARL senior leaders.
Read more about ARL’s Web Accessibility in Research Libraries blog »
image CC-BY by Terry MadeleyIn a new Web Accessibility in Research Libraries blog post, ARL visiting program officer Katya Pereyaslavska writes about “what it takes to be an ‘Accessibility Librarian’”—an emerging position that is expected to use and share extensive knowledge of “accessibility standards, policies, regulatory requirements, industry best practices, and guidelines.” In her blog post, Pereyaslavska discusses the institutional benefits of having an in-house accessibility specialist and she reviews the key competencies that such a specialist should possess. She also notes, “While the accessibility librarian might be the expert in the field of specialization, it is critical that they are able to train and educate other library staff in this area in order to ensure that all library staff have basic competencies to handle entry-level queries from patrons or provide basic tech support to assistive technology users.” Read the blog post, “Accessibility Librarian Competencies.”
Read more about Quinn Galbraith's appointment >>
Quinn GalbraithARL has appointed Quinn Galbraith as a visiting program officer (VPO) for 2015–2016 to research salary trends using the ARL Annual Salary Survey data. Galbraith, a social science librarian and former human resources manager for the Harold B. Lee Library at Brigham Young University (BYU), is examining minority- and gender-based salary gaps. The ARL Assessment Committee will serve in an advisory capacity on the project.
Read more about the new ARL/MLA DII fellows >>
image CC-BY by Kevin DooleyThe Association of Research Libraries (ARL) announces the selection of four master of library and information science (MLIS) students to participate in the 2015–2017 ARL/Music Library Association (MLA) Diversity and Inclusion Initiative (DII):
Read more about the new ARL diversity scholars »
photo by Jennifer ChampagneMembers of the ARL Committee on Diversity and Leadership have selected 18 master of library and information science (MLIS) students to participate in the 2015–2017 Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce (IRDW) as ARL diversity scholars.
Underwritten by ARL member libraries, the Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce offers numerous financial benefits to program participants as well as leadership development provided through the ARL Annual Leadership Symposium, a formal mentoring program, career placement assistance, and an ARL research library visit. This program reflects the commitment of ARL members to create a diverse research library professional community that will better meet the challenges of changing demographics in higher education and the emphasis on global perspectives in the academy.
Read more about this effort supporting open educational resources »
image CC-BY-SA by opensource.comToday, August 4, 2015, ARL along with a broad coalition of more than 90 education, library, technology, public interest, and legal organizations, called on the White House to take administrative action to ensure federally funded educational materials are made available as open education resources (OERs) that are free to use, share, and improve.
Read more about the Marrakesh Treaty >>
image CC-BY-NC-ND by Dominique ArchambaultOn Sunday, July 26, 2015, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) celebrated its 25th anniversary. The ADA passed with strong bipartisan support in 1990 and prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability, including with respect to education and employment.
ARL has long supported the ADA and efforts to improve accessibility. People with visual or hearing impairments, for example, may face significant obstacles in attaining access to information or culture. Those with physical disabilities may face limitations in accessing physical spaces. The ADA helps promote greater accessibility and protect the rights of those with disabilities.