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ARL Membership Convenes in Houston
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n May 20–22 in Houston, 102 ARL member library representatives
in the 154th Membership Meeting. Attendees engaged with
speakers and one another, primarily regarding strategies to keep research libraries
moving forward in innovative ways in the face of growing financial challenges.
The program theme of “Transformational Times” was addressed at several
levels, including:
“The Great Contraction” of our economy and historical lessons of economic
theory that need to be heard in the public debate on recovery strategies
(James Galbraith, Texas at Austin)
The terms and scope of the Google Book Settlement (Kenny Crews,
Columbia; Dan Clancy with Alex McGillivray, Google)
The readiness of our community to redefine libraries as multi-institutional
entities (Carole Moore, Toronto; Wendy Lougee, Minnesota; Anne Kenney,
Cornell; Kevin Guthrie, Ithaka)
Library leadership responses to disasters of Mother Nature’s making (Nancy
Baker, Iowa; Paula Mochida, Hawaii; Lance Query, Tulane)
Partnering with faculty and other constituencies to manage scientific data
(Chris Greer, NITRD; Chuck Humphrey, Alberta; Clifford Lynch, CNI; Carol
Tenopir, Tennessee)
Consolidating and collaborating with other libraries for local delivery of
services (Paula Kaufman, Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Paul Courant,
Michigan; Jim Michalko, RLG Programs/OCLC; Brian Schottlaender,
California, San Diego; Jim Neal, Columbia; Anne Kenney, Cornell)
Options for library discovery tools (Lynne O’Brien, Duke; Betsy Wilson and
Jennifer Ward, Washington; and Bob Gerrity, Boston College)
Research library roles in digital repository services (Carole Moore, Toronto)
Audio recordings and slides from speakers’ presentations are being posted on
the ARL Web site as they become available. See
http://www.arl.org/resources/pubs/mmproceedings/154mm-
proceedings.shtml.
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JUNE 2009 RESEARCH LIBRARY ISSUES: A BIMONTHLY REPORT FROM ARL, CNI, AND SPARC
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