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ARL Leadership Fellows programThe Association of Research Libraries has selected 28 individuals to participate in the 2016–2017 Leadership Fellows program. This executive leadership program facilitates the development of future senior-level leaders in large research libraries and archives. In response to a continued need to develop future leaders of ARL member institutions, this program is designed to build on self-assessment and reflection and to explore a personal/professional area of interest in the context of a group setting. During the course of the program, each fellow will construct a learning plan; engage in a customized, immersive experience to shadow a library director; participate in three weeklong institutes hosted by sponsoring ARL institutions; participate in online synchronous sessions; and attend semiannual Association Meetings.
Read more and view slides from the ARL Fall Forum >>
L’Enfant’s plan of Washington, DC, image by Library of CongressMore than 170 librarians, publishers, scholars, and others spent an invigorating day discussing research partnerships in digital scholarship for the humanities and social sciences at the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Fall Forum in Washington, DC, on October 8, 2015.
This year’s forum launched the Julia C. Blixrud Memorial Lecture along with the Julia C. Blixrud Scholarship, which supports the attendance of one master of library and information science (MLIS) student or recent graduate at the Fall Forum each year.
Read more and submit a proposal for the National Diversity in Libraries Conference 2016 >>
NDLC ’16: Bridges to InclusionThe National Diversity in Libraries Conference (NDLC ’16), cosponsored by the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Library and the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), will take place on the UCLA campus August 10–13, 2016. The NDLC ’16 Program Committee invites you to submit presentation proposals that address the conference’s theme of “Bridges to Inclusion,” highlighting issues related to diversity and inclusion that affect staff, users, and institutions in the library, archive, and museum (LAM) fields. NDLC ’16 aims to articulate the value of and develop strategies for diversity and inclusion in LAMs in order to improve organizational excellence and community engagement. Presentation proposals are due by Monday, November 30, 2015.
Read more about the Lingua protest and why we support it >>
image CC-BY-NC-ND by emdotFollowing in the footsteps of other editors and authors, the six editors and thirty-one editorial board members of the Elsevier journal Lingua resigned on October 27, 2015, in protest of Elsevier’s practices. The Lingua editors argued that the journal’s price has steadily increased year after year, far outpacing the cost of production. The editors also cited Elsevier’s refusal to transition the journal to a “fair open access” model that would charge low and transparent article processing fees for authors, while allowing authors to retain copyright to their articles.
Read more and regsiter for the Evolution of Library Liaisons webcast »
Evolution of Library LiaisonsARL 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.
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Evolution of Library LiaisonsARL has released Evolution of Library Liaisons, SPEC Kit 349, an exploration of the changing role of the library liaison, the shifting goals and strategies of liaison programs at ARL member libraries, and the factors that influence these changes on an institutional level. This study covers liaison services objectives and policies, assignment of liaison responsibilities, level of department participation, administration and evaluation of services, how liaisons are trained, and the benefits and challenges of offering such services.
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image CC-BY by KamrenB PhotographyThe Association of Research Libraries joined the American Council on Education (ACE) and 36 other higher education associations in filing an amicus brief (PDF) with the US Supreme Court in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin on Friday, October 30, 2015, as the court prepares to take a second look at the university’s diversity in admissions policy.
Read more and RSVP for the ARL Library Liaison Supervisors Meeting in Boston >>
image CC-BY-SA by Ben WEvolving research library environments—including changes in technology, student learning, and scholarly practices—call for a fresh look into the role of research library liaisons, the people who proactively connect the library with its users. The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is gathering liaison supervisors from ARL member libraries at the 2016 American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts, to continue the conversation around new roles for liaison librarians.
Read more and register for this webinar on IPEDS definition changes >>
image CC-BY-SA by Visha AngelovaThe Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) Academic Libraries Component is adopting revised definitions for FY 2015 as a result of recommendations made by a joint Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and Association of College & Research Libraries, American Library Association (ACRL, ALA) task force this summer. The task force is offering a free webinar on Tuesday, November 3, 2015, at 1:00 p.m. EST, to inform academic libraries of the changes and help the community prepare to complete the FY 2015 IPEDS Academic Libraries Component survey.
Read more about the Innovation Imperative >>
image CC-BY-NC-ND by Brian AuerNow is not the time for the United States to rest on its past successes as an international leader in advancements in science, technology, engineering, and innovation. That is the message that four industry leaders and key members of Congress delivered on Tuesday, October 20, 2015, at a public symposium on Capitol Hill.