News ARL Membership Convenes in Houston O n May 20–22 in Houston, 102 ARL member library representatives participated 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 proceedings.shtml. RLI 264 24 JUNE 2009 RESEARCH LIBRARY ISSUES: A BIMONTHLY REPORT FROM ARL, CNI, AND SPARC
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