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Gaetz Selected as Dean of UW Libraries

“An experienced scholar and librarian has been named dean of University of Wyoming Libraries.Ivan Gaetz, currently the library director at Colorado College, will begin his new post at UW July 1, following his appointment by the UW Board of Trustees.“We are happy that Ivan will be joining us at the University of Wyoming,” Vice President for Academic Affairs David Jones says. “He had expressed a strong interest in our libraries, and we are confident that he will continue to build on the strong foundation that has been built over the last 10 years.” (via University of Wyoming)

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Students sweat it out and study on library exercise bikes

“Finding time to do both homework and exercise is getting easier for students at a growing number of schools thanks to the latest fitness trend: combination workout machines and laptop stations that are popping up in a handful of campus libraries.” (via USA TODAY College)

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Georgia Tech, Emory University begin work to tie libraries together

“If you take the books out of a library, is it still a library? That’s the question the Georgia Institute of Technology pondered — and eventually answered in the affirmative — when administrators, faculty members and librarians there in 2013 began to define their vision of what the institute’s library should look like by 2020.”(via Inside Higher Education)

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Tech-oriented college libraries offer greater resources

“Your father may not recognize the place with fewer books on the shelves and the demise of card catalogs, but experts say that college libraries today are just as vital to students’ success as they have ever been. Advances in technology are putting a wealth of online books and research out there for students, making paper books almost obsolete. Yet college libraries have not followed the dinosaur off to extinction, instead evolving and staying relevant as exemplified by two highly regarded university libraries: William Paterson University in Wayne and State University of New York, New Paltz campus.” (via North Jersey)

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Academic publishers reap huge profits as libraries go broke

“Think it’s hard to make money in publishing in the digital age? Well, huge profits are still to be had – if you’re a publisher of academic research journals. While traditional book and magazine publishers struggle to stay afloat, research publishing houses have typical profit margins of nearly 40 per cent, says Vincent Larivière, a researcher at the University of Montreal’s School of Library and Information Science.” (via CBC)

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Data Management Plans, Collaborative Research Governance, and the Consent to Share

“Libraries and library professionals are emerging as major stakeholders in the data management business and continue to position themselves as viable institutional custodians of large collections of research data and research records. In the push to promote open access initiatives and meet recent national funding agency data management planning requirements, academic research libraries are promoting data management education and open access to research outputs, including data. The intent of this post is to encourage library professionals to think about how data management planning and data sharing discussions might be tailored to the research context—in short, to explain how data management planning and sharing protocols can be used to support researcher workflows.” (via CLIR)

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Libraries Beyond Borders: Rethinking Community

“Like many academic libraries, mine is small and highly focused on an educational mission. Our faculty are engaged in research, but they learn from the day they interview for a position that the library offers an undergraduate collection and excellent interlibrary loan services. Whenever we think about budgeting our time and money, we ask “what’s in it for our students? How will this promote their learning?” (via insidehighered)

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Notre Dame begins renovation of iconic Hesburgh library

“A renovation project has begun to update the University of Notre Dame’s 52-year-old main library by adding new technology to support digital research. The $10 million initial phase of the $40 million project also will add a north entrance to the 14-story Hesburgh Library and increase natural light, The South Bend Tribune reports. “I suspect this north entrance will be the main entrance for much of the campus,” University Librarian Diane Walker said.” (via Journal Gazette)

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Rethinking the library proves a divisive topic at many liberal arts institutions

“Several library directors at liberal arts institutions have lost their jobs as they clash with faculty and administrators over how much — and how fast — the academic library should change. None of the dismissals, resignations or retirements are identical. Some have resulted from arguments over funding; others from debates about decision-making processes or ongoing personal strife. One common trend, however, is that several of the library directors who have left their jobs in recent years have done so after long-term disputes with other groups on campus about how the academic library should change to better serve students and faculty.” (via insidehighered)

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At OER conference, speakers push for academic libraries to promote adoption

“Academic libraries can help promote the adoption of open educational resources, but ultimately the push for open content has to be about more than textbooks, advocates said this week during the Open Ed Conference. The conference, which concludes today, comes on the heels of two reports suggesting that adoption of OER has the potential to grow dramatically in the next three years — if faculty members are able to discover the resources they need.” (via insidehighered)

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