News & Announcements 8/9/12

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Today’s news: ARL publishes salary study and the final version of Research Library Issues (RLI) no. 279;  the NEH announces awards for the National Digital Newspaper Program; Ingram announces advances in color print-on-demand technology; Amazon stops processing pledge payments for; and American Libraries reports on NCSL’s State Budget Update: Summer 2012.

ARL Publishes ARL Annual Salary Survey 2011–2012

“The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has published the ARL Annual Salary Survey 2011–2012, which analyzes salary data for all professional staff working in the 126 ARL member libraries during FY 2011–2012. Data are reported for 9,910 professional staff in the 115 university ARL libraries and for 4,046 professional staff in the 11 non-university ARL libraries. Data for university library staff are usually reported in three distinct groups: general library systems, health sciences libraries, and law libraries.

The 2011–2012 data show that Canadian ARL librarians’ salaries kept pace with inflation, but US ARL librarians’ salaries did not. The median salary for US ARL university libraries in 2011 was $66,467, an increase of 2.3% over the 2010–2011 median salary of $65,000…”

Special Collections and Archives in the Digital Age: ARL Releases Final Version of RLI 279

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has published the final version of Research Library Issues (RLI) no. 279, which is devoted to legal concerns and evolving professional practices around digitizing special collections and archival materials. A pre-publication version of this issue was released in June. The final version of issue 279 uses the streamlined layout that debuted yesterday with issue 278…

The complete table of contents with links to the articles follows:

Research Library Issues no. 279 (June 2012) is freely available from ARL Digital Publications.

NEH Announces $3.6 Million for 2012 National Digital Newspaper Program Awards, including 4 New States

According to this post from InfoDOCKET, “the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) announced awards totaling $3.6 million to 13 institutions representing their states in the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP). Four of these institutions – the State Historical Society of Iowa; the University of Maryland, College Park; Central Michigan University and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill – are new to the program this year. Nine other institutions – the Arizona Department of Libraries, Archives and Public Records; the University of Hawaii, Manoa; the State Historical Society of Missouri; the University of New Mexico; the Ohio Historical Society; Pennsylvania State University, Main Campus; the University of Tennessee, Knoxville; the Washington State Library and the University of Vermont – have received continuing awards to contribute additional content to the program…”

Ingram expands color POD through innovative technology

“Ingram Content Group Inc. today announced significant advances in color print-on-demand technology, allowing for a much greater range of color books to be quickly printed and distributed around the world.

“High-speed color inkjet printing is poised to be a real opportunity for publishers looking for more efficiency in book manufacturing and the print supply chain overall,” said Phil Ollila, Chief Content Officer, Ingram Content Group.  “Through our new inkjet color option, publishers can use print-on-demand for a whole new range of titles.” Will No Longer Process Pledge Payments for, Current “Ungluing” Campaigns Suspended

InfoDOCKET quotes from an Announcement that “Amazon Payments has informed us that they will no longer process pledge payments for, forcing us to suspend all active ungluing campaigns.” announced Eric Hellman, President of Gluejar, Inc., the company behind crowdfunding site  According to a Senior Account Manager at Amazon, Amazon has decided against “boarding fresh crowdfunding accounts at this time”. Amazon has been providing payment services for, as it does for the popular crowdfunding site Kickstarter…”

Louisiana Denied State Aid; Support Varies Elsewhere

According to this post in American Libraries “FY2012 has proven to be relatively stable,” the bipartisan National Council of State Legislatures (NCSL) said August 7 in its State Budget Update: Summer 2012 (PDF file). “Projected revenues and appropriations in FY2013 also are expected to rise moderately.” Although a sustained robust recovery still eludes state coffers, the NCSL report affirms that “new budget gaps are rare and confined to a few states.”

While progress is noted in a number of states in maintaining support for libraries, the article goes on to say that “‘libraries are faring poorly,… in Louisiana, where Gov. Bobby Jindal zeroed out the entire budget line of $896,000 for State Aid to Public Libraries for FY2013. Jindal eliminated the funding in his February budget proposal, which lawmakers declined to alter, and signed it into law June 15.”



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