Read more about ARL’s Web Accessibility in Research Libraries blog »
image CC-BY-NC-ND by Gyorgy WeilARL visiting program officer Katya Pereyaslavska writes about evaluating the accessibility of digital resources in a new Web Accessibility in Research Libraries blog post, “The Value of Comparing Oranges to Oranges.” In her post, Pereyaslavska highlights a few tools that can help libraries in their e-resource procurement decisions: the vendor-generated Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT), the VPAT Repository, and the forthcoming Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) vendor template. Read more about evaluating the accessibility of digital resources in “The Value of Comparing Oranges to Oranges.”
Read more and apply for the Career Enhancement Program »
image CC-BY-SA by CollegeDegrees360ARL is now accepting applications for the 2016 cohort of the ARL Career Enhancement Program (CEP). Master of library and information science (MLIS) students from racial and ethnic minority groups, who have successfully completed a minimum of 12 credit hours (or will complete 12 hours by December 31, 2015) in an American Library Association (ALA)–accredited program, are encouraged to apply for this enriching fellowship experience. Internships for this cohort will take place during the winter/spring 2016 academic term.
Read more and register for the Community-based Collections SPEC survey webcast »
Community-based CollectionsARL is offering a series of 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 2015.
The second webcast in this series will cover the Community-based Collections survey (SPEC Kit 347), an exploration of collections that have been amassed not by one individual but by a collective, which may take the form of a museum, ethnic or cultural organization, or other diaspora group active in the documentation of its past. In addition to more traditional roles such as caring for the physical collection, in working with community-based collections libraries are navigating new territory with the integration and stewardship of these active and directly connected communities. An ongoing commitment to community engagement—with some level of shared governance or other collaborative activity to build, process, or publicize the collection—is often a key part of acquiring community-based collections. This study covers ARL member library activities that support community groups in the collection, documentation, and stewardship of their shared heritage, including public outreach and educational initiatives relating to the collection.
Read more about this issue of Synergy »
Synergy, no. 12 (PDF)The July 2015 issue of Synergy: News from ARL Diversity Programs features three essays on advancement for library and information professionals at various stages in their careers, from library school students to midcareer librarians. Four former ARL diversity and leadership program participants offer advice on how to prepare for those transitions and, in one case, offer considerations for institutions developing and managing diversity residency programs to ensure the most welcoming and successful experiences.
Read more about collaboration among COAR, COS, LA Referencia, OpenAire, SHARE »
Center for Open Science, Charlottesville, VirginiaOn July 9 and 10, 2015, three major regional open access repository networks and aggregators (OpenAire, LA Referencia, and SHARE), along with the Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR) and Center for Open Science (COS) met in Charlottesville, Virginia, to discuss synergies and potential areas of collaboration.
Read more and apply for the Julia C. Blixrud Scholarship »
photo by Keith RussellTo honor the memory and extend the legacy of long-time ARL staff member Julia Blixrud, ARL has established 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, held in Washington, DC, in early October each year. The award recipient will receive a scholarship of up to $1,000 plus registration to attend the Fall Forum. This scholarship is supported by generous donations to the Julia C. Blixrud Memorial Fund.
Read more and register for LibQUAL+ »
Countries of LibQUAL+ ARL invites libraries to join the global assessment community of LibQUAL+ by registering for the 2016 LibQUAL+ survey.
LibQUAL+ is a suite of services that libraries use to solicit, track, understand, and act upon users’ opinions of service quality. The program’s centerpiece is a rigorously tested web survey paired with training that helps libraries assess and improve library services, change organizational culture, and market the library.
Read more about Gary Roebuck’s appointment »
Gary RoebuckARL has promoted Gary Roebuck to director of administration and operations, effective July 1, 2015. Roebuck has been with ARL since 2007, most recently as director of information technology. In his new role, he oversees the day-to-day operations of ARL and manages IT, fiscal, and human resources.
Read more about the ARL + DLF Forum fellows »
Jasmine Jones, Shaneé Yvette Murrain, T-Kay Sangwand, Yasmeen Shorish (clockwise from top left)In 2010, the Digital Library Federation (DLF) made a positive change and commitment to being an open organization, welcoming members from all parts of the digital library community, soliciting contributions to the annual DLF Forum from DLF members and non-members alike, and making every effort to connect conversations that extend beyond the organization’s borders. The DLF community grew as a result, and the DLF Forums have been enriched with new voices and perspectives that yield a more dynamic and exciting event.
Read more about the GPII and its application in libraries »
image CC-BY by Terry Madeley Jim Tobias, president of Inclusive Technologies, writes about the Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure (GPII) in a new post for ARL’s Web Accessibility in Research Libraries blog. As Tobias describes in his blog post, “Cloud-based Accessibility in Libraries (and Everywhere Else!),” GPII lets a user create a cloud-based personal profile that specifies the accessibility features she or he needs. The user will then be able to access that profile on any device, making those preferred interface features the default setting on public computer terminals or bank machines or point-of-sale registers, for example. The Raising the Floor Consortium launched the GPII project in 2011, with the participation of more than 100 academic, industry, and non-governmental organizations and individuals in 17 countries, and with funding from the US, Canada, and the European Commission.