From the Profession

LC Launches RSS Feeds

The Library of Congress is using the RSS (Really Simple Syndication) technology to offer bulletins on news and events, and to announce additions to their website. A news release is available at

OCLC Members Council Meets in Quebec City

The OCLC Members Council met in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, February 5–7 to explore issues facing libraries and OCLC. It was the first time in the council has held a meeting outside the United States. Ernie Ingles, President of the OCLC Members Council President and Vice-Provost and Chief Librarian, University of Alberta, presided over the meeting. The theme for the session was “OCLC Organizational Dissonance: The New Harmony.” Find a report of the meeting on the OCLC web site.

OCLC to Host Consortium of European Research Libraries (CERL) Hand Press Book

OCLC will host the CERL Hand Press Book Database, which includes more than 2 million catalog records from libraries for items with a European printing from the 15th century through the 1830s. The Research Libraries Group (RLG) previously hosted the database. Find the news release on the OCLC web site.

ARL Issues Brief Regarding Association of American Publishers’ PR Campaign Against Open/Public Access Initiatives

The Association of American Publishers has launched a public relations campaign against public access initiatives regarding access to federally funded research and open access. Internal documents leaked to reporters revealed that publishers planned to develop simple messages to be aimed at key decision makers. The AAP, in the interest of its Professional and Scholarly Publishing Division, has hired the public relations executive Eric Dezenhall to respond to the issue of growing support for public and open access initiatives. ARL has issued a brief regarding this matter providing talking points for libraries to use when approaching faculty about changes to the scholarly communication system and how this could potentially impact scholarly journal publishing. The brief, which was authored by Prue Adler, Associate Executive Director, Federal Relations and Information Policy, ARL, and Karla Hahn, Director, Office of Scholarly Communications, ARL, is available at

ARL Executive Director Duane E. Webster to Retire

ARL Executive Director Duane E. Webster has announced that he will retire from his position no later than May 2008. Webster began his career at ARL in 1970 as director of a newly created office of university library management studies. He was appointed in 1988 as Interim Executive Director, and became Executive Director in 1989.

ARL’s Board of Directors is appointing a search committee to be chaired by Brian E. C. Schottlaender, ARL Past President and the University Librarian at the University of California, San Diego. There will an open search for Webster’s replacement and a position description will be posted to ARL’s website following the February meeting of the Board. The Board’s goal is to conclude the search by the end of 2007 and make an appointment in early 2008.


Now Available

Analysis of Proposed CONSER Standard Record in the Context of RDA Now Available

An analysis of the proposed CONSER standard record in the context of RDA has been is available on the Joint Steering Committee (JSC) website. An analysis document is available at


Calls for Participation

ARL Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce Accepting Application for MLS Stipends

ARL’s Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce, which is funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and ARL member libraries, offers a stipend of up to $10,000 to attract students from underrepresented groups to careers in academic and research libraries. A professional librarian with a minimum of five years post-MLS experience will mentor successful candidates. Participants will attend an ARL Leadership Symposium held in conjunction with ALA Midwinter Meeting. An information packet that includes an overview of the program and application materials is available at The deadline for applications for the 2007–2009 program is June 18, 2007.

Special Issue Call for Papers in Library Review "Voices of the New Library Professionals"

Library Review celebrates its 80th anniversary in 2007. The celebration will feature publications from the journal’s archives on various aspects of librarianship through the years. The final issue of the anniversary year will provide a selection of papers from students of library and information science worldwide. Topics may focus on any aspect of modern librarianship. The journal is particularly interested in articles that discuss librarianship and views on its future from the future generation of professionals.

Possible topics can include: Libraries, information and society; Developing information services; Hybrid and digital libraries; Information literacy and e-learning; Metadata and distributed searching; Library collaboration and resource sharing; Library history; Training and professional development; Academic and public libraries; Special libraries and collections; Information strategy and knowledge management; and National and international policy.

The submission deadline is April 30, 2007. Notification of a successful submission will take place by June 15, 2007. Submissions should be between 2500–4000 words, and can be emailed directly to the editor, David McMenemy, Please state that your submission is for the special issue. Find more information on the Emerald Group web site.

Feedback Wanted on White Paper Issued by the Digital Library Federation’s ERMI Phase 2

The Digital Library Federation Electronic Resource Management Initiative (ERMI) Phase 2 Steering Group has been investigating interoperability between integrated library system acquisition modules and electronic resource management systems. The ERMI2 subcommittee charged with this work has released a draft white paper of their findings. The subcommittee consists of Norm Medeiros (Haverford College), Adam Chandler (Cornell University), Linda Miller (Library of Congress), and Angela Riggio (University of California Los Angeles).

The Steering Group is very interested in your comments. The amount and type of feedback received will help gauge whether there is sufficient support and energy in our community to warrant further research in this area. Comments can be made directly to the authors (email addresses in the paper) and are due by March 15, 2007.