effective June 1. Knowledge River is a program for the study of library and informa-
tion issues, services, and technologies related to Hispanics and Native Americans.
National Archives and Records Administration: Allen Weinstein resigned as
Archivist of the United States, effective December 19, 2008, noting health concerns
as the reason for stepping down. Deputy Archivist Adrienne Thomas has been
named Acting Archivist until a new appointment is named and confirmed.
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH): President Obama appointed
Carole M. Watson to serve as Acting Chairman of the NEH. She most recently
served as NEH Assistant Chairman for Partnership and National Affairs.
Watson succeeds Bruce Cole, who resigned effective January 2009.
Minnesota won an Association of College and Research Libraries 2009 Excellence
in Academic Libraries Award, which recognizes the staff of a college, university,
and community college library for programs that deliver exemplary services and
resources to further the educational mission of the institution.
Randy Olsen (Brigham Young) received the inaugural BioOne-SPARC Howard
Goldstein Award to Advance Scholarly Communication on April 16 at a special
ceremony in conjunction with BioOne’s annual meeting of publishers, librarians,
and partners. The award was created in 2008 to recognize and encourage efforts
to enhance the sustainability of communication within the scholarly community.
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APRIL 2009 RESEARCH LIBRARY ISSUES: A BIMONTHLY REPORT FROM ARL, CNI, AND SPARC
Recent Reports from ARL
Transformational Times: An Environmental Scan Prepared
for the ARL Strategic Plan Review Task Force, February 2009
by Charles B. Lowry, Prudence Adler, Karla Hahn, and Crit Stuart
Identifies trends that are likely to affect research libraries and the work of ARL over the
next several years and considers related challenges as well as opportunities.
The Research Library’s Role in Digital Repository Services: Final Report
of the ARL Digital Repository Issues Task Force, February 2009
Identifies key issues surrounding repository development, explores common strategies that libraries
are using, analyzes relevant environmental trends, discusses issues where ARL and its member libraries
should focus attention, and recommends actions for research libraries to take.