News of the World

Search for GWLA Program Officer for Scholarly Communications Underway

The announcement for the GWLA Program Officer for Scholarly Communications closed at the beginning of May. A Search Committee was formed, including continuing GWLA staff, and representation from the GWLA Board, as well as from GWLA committees and task forces. Interviews have been conducted, and the results are under review by the committee and the board.

The Search Committee:
  • Joni Blake, GWLA Executive Director
  • Lars Hagelin, GWLA Communications Officer
  • Michael Levine-Clark, GWLA Board; Library Dean, University of Denver
  • Corrie Hutchinson, GWLA Collections Committee; Associate Director of ACTS Division & Head of Acquisitions, University of Missouri-Columbia
  • Cristi Macwaters, GWLA Resource Sharing and Document Delivery Committee; Coordinator ILL, Document Delivery and Electronic Reserves, Colorado State University
  • Corey Murata, GWLA Offsets Task Force; Director, Collections Analysis and Strategy, University of Washington.

GWLA Adopts Licensing Principles Document

An outgrowth of the work of the GWLA Task Force on Offsets and Transformative Agreements, the GWLA Board, on Friday, June 12, 2020, adopted a "GWLA Licensing Principles" document. The document was overwhelmingly endorsed by the GWLA membership.The document serves as a philosophical underpinning to the GWLA Model License. As stated in the introduction:

this time of change and uncertainty, it is important that we remind ourselves and declare the values and principles that bind us together. These licensing principles are an articulation of our values and priorities applied to all of our licenses and agreements for resources to support the teaching and research at our institutions. These licensing principles are a companion to the GWLA Model License and provide the scaffolding for negotiations and agreements going forward."

Student Learning Outcomes Task Force Goes on Hiatus

The Student Learning Outcomes (SLO) project is currently collecting data for the 2019-2020 academic year.  This marks the completion of the project's original goal, to collect and analyze data for a 6-year period. (It's hard to believe we've been working on this since 2014!) Institutions who have submitted incomplete data for prior years to Jade Winn <> can still do so.  Data files can also be uploaded directly to the SLO project site on Basecamp 3.

After the 2019-2020 academic year data sets are submitted and analyzed, the project and its very dedicated task force members will go on hiatus for a while.  COVID-19's impact on enrollment, pass/fail grading options, and all sorts of other unforeseen issues will make it difficult to integrate the 2020-2021 datasets into the study.

GWLA Dean and Director Comings and Goings

Baylor University
  • John Wilson has retired as University Librarian. John was also a GWLA Board At-Large Member. The Board will be working to find someone to fill the remainder of his term.
  • The new Dean of University Libraries at Baylor is Jeffry Archer, who assumes his duties June 1, 2020. Most recently, He has been Associate Dean of User Services at McGill University, Montréal, Québec, Canada.
University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Mary Case is retiring this summer. Mary has served GWLA in a number of capacities, including Board Chair.
  • It has been announced that Dr. Karen Colley, Dean of the UIC Graduate College will assume responsibilities as Interim Dean of Libraries beginning August 1, 2020.
University of Oklahoma
  • Carl Grant, Interim Dean of Libraries, has been named Managing Director of the Miles Collier Collections, Revs Institute, Naples, Florida.
  • Darin K. Fox has been named Interim Dean of Libraries, effective June 15, 2020. Fox is Associate Dean, Director of the Law Library, and Professor of Law in the OU College of Law.

Up and Coming

GWLA Events
  • GWLA Fall Membership Meeting
    The meeting was scheduled to be held September 13-15, hosted by the University of Delaware. HOWEVER-- In consultation with the University of Delaware Libraries, the GWLA Board has determined that an in-person meeting will not be feasible this fall. As an alternative, the meeting will be held in a virtual environment, and will include topical breakout sessions as well as a business meeting and social time.

    The board is currently studying platform options, soliciting program ideas, and entertaining the probability of expanding the meeting to other GWLA institution staff as a way to begin work on the recently adopted areas of strategic focus (Student Success; Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; Scholarly Communications; and, Collections).

    Dates, program topics, and connection information will be distributed as they become available.
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