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ARL Special Collections Task Force Final Status Report

This is the final report of the ARL Special Collections Task Force, chaired by Joe Hewitt. The task force was charged with advancing a seven-point action plan. The final status report summarizes the task force’s activities. An addendum recommends further actions to be taken.
pdf special-collections-task-force-final-status-report-july2006.pdf

 
 

SPEC Kit 292: Institutional Repositories (July 2006)

SPEC Kit 292 collects baseline data about ARL member institutions’ institutional repository activities. For the purposes of this survey, an IR was simply defined as a permanent, institution-wide repository of diverse locally produced digital works (e.g., article preprints and postprints, data sets, electronic theses and dissertations, learning objects, and technical reports) that is available for public use and supports metadata harvesting. If an institution shares an IR with other institutions, it was within the scope of this survey. Not included in this definition were scholars’ personal Web sites; academic department, school, or other unit digital archives that are primarily intended to store digital materials created by members of that unit; or disciplinary archives that include digital materials about one or multiple subjects that have been created by authors from many different institutions (e.g., arXiv.org). This SPEC Kit includes documentation from respondents in the form of IR home pages, IR usage statistics, deposit policies, metadata policies, preservation policies, and IR proposals.

This publication is available for purchase in both online and print versions. Download the spec-kit-purchase-options-2013.pdf  for complete pricing and purchase options information.

Link to the online SPEC Kit 292 on the ARL Digital Publications website.

 
 

SPEC Kit 291: Spatial Data Collections and Services (December 2005)

A scanned version of SPEC Kit 291 is available full view through HathiTrust. pdf View the document here »

A print copy is available for $45.00 ($35.00 ARL members) plus shipping and handling.

 
     

Urgent Action Needed to Preserve Scholarly Electronic Journals

This statement arose out of a 2005 meeting of library leaders hosted by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and articulates four actions needed to support the development of qualified preservation archives for scholarly e-journals.

pdf ejournal-preservation-15oct05.pdf

 
 

Sound Savings: Preserving Audio Collections

Edited by Judith Matz • 2004 • ISBN 1-59407-663-4 • 158pp.

In July 2003, many of the key stakeholders in audiovisual preservation met at the University of Texas at Austin to share their experiences and discuss the challenges ahead, specifically in the area of preserving sound recordings. The program featured talks by experts on topics ranging from assessing the preservation needs of audio collections to creating, preserving, and making publicly available digitally reformatted audio recordings. Conference attendees--critical stakeholders of the future of audio preservation--articulated seven areas for future action to move the field effectively forward. In this publication, ARL presents the symposium papers and these recommendations for future action.

pdf sound-savings.pdf

Print copies are also available for $45.00 plus shipping & handling.

 
 

Education and Training for Careers in Special Collections: A White Paper Prepared for the Association of Research Libraries Special Collections Task Force

Responding to data gathered by the 1998 Survey of Special Collections in ARL Libraries and anecdotal evidence, the ARL Task Force on Special Collections investigated issuesrelated to education and training needs for careers in special collections. The resulting white paper considersthe scope of need, surveys the current environment, and proposes recommended strategies and action items for ARL and other organizations and groups.

pdf special-coll-career-training-nov04.pdf

 
   

SPEC Kit 284: Security in Special Collections (October 2004)

A scanned version of SPEC Kit 284 is available full view through HathiTrust. pdf View the document here »

A print copy is available for $45.00 ($35.00 ARL members) plus shipping and handling.

 
 

SPEC Kit 282: Managing Electronic Resources (August 2004)

A scanned version of SPEC Kit 282 is available full view through HathiTrust. pdf View the document here »

A print copy is available for $45.00 ($35.00 ARL members) plus shipping and handling.

 
 

ARL Endorses Digitization as an Acceptable Preservation Reformatting Option

ARL has endorsed digitization as an accepted preservation reformatting option for a range of materials. This endorsement comes from the work of the ARL Preservation Committee, and this statement was released on July 20, 2004.

pdf arl-endorses-digitization-as-an-acceptable-preservation-reformatting-option-2004.pdf

 
 

Library Print Preservation: An Administrative Briefing

George J. Soete with Janice Mohlhenrich Lathrop • 2003 • ISBN 0-918006-99-6 • 29 pp.

This publication responds to a need articulated by ARL library directors for a brief non-technical survey of preservation, preservation methods--their appropriate uses, advantages, and disadvantages--and preservation costs. It is intended to provide an overview and to help library administrators in their local planning for preservation and in their communication with preservation specialists.

pdf library-print-preservation.pdf

Print copies are also available for $15.00 plus shipping & handling.

 
   

Hidden Collections, Scholarly Barriers: Creating Access To Unprocessed Special Collections Materials Innorth America's Research Libraries

On behalf of the ARL Task Force on Special Collections, UIUC's Barbara Jones prepared this white paper that lays out the problem, the opportunities, and some recommendations for how ourcommunities might proceed to expose hidden special collections and encourage their use.

pdf hidden-colls-white-paper-jun03.pdf

 
 

Special Collections Statement of Principles: Research Libraries and the Commitment to Special Collections

This statement of principles, "Research Libraries and the Commitment to Special Collections," was prepared by the ARL Task Force on Special Collections in December 2002 and endorsed by the ARL Board of Directors on February 6, 2003.

pdf special-collections-statement-of-principles-2003.pdf

 
   

ARL: A Bimonthly Report 225 (Dec. 2002)

Special Issue: Collections & Access for the 21st Century Scholar: Changing Roles of Research Libraries: A Report from the ARL Collections & Access Issues Task Force

pdf arl-br-225.pdf

 
   

The Responsibility of Research Libraries for Preservation

In this statement, approved by the ARL Board of Directors on May 24, 2002, the members of ARL reaffirm their commitment to preservation as one of the fundamental responsibilities of the research library community.

pdf responsibility-of-research-libraries-for-preservation-2002.pdf

 
   

Building on Strength: Developing an ARL Agenda for Special Collections

This document contains the program and the text of selected presentations from "Building on Strength: Developing an ARL Agenda for Special Collections," a meeting hosted by Brown University on June 27–29, 2001.

pdf building-on-strength-developing-an-arl-agenda-for-special-collections-june2001.pdf

 
   

Membership Meeting 1999 (Spring): Strategic Issues in Digitization Initiatives in Special Collections

"Strategic Issues in Digitization Initiatives in Special Collections," by Frances Groen, presented at the 134th ARL Membership Meeting, Kansas City, Missouri, and Lawrence, Kansas, May 12–14, 1999.

pdf mm99sp-groen.pdf

 
 

SPEC Kit 236: Electronic Theses and Dissertations (October 1998)

A scanned version of SPEC Kit 236 (Transforming Libraries 7) is available full view through HathiTrust. pdf View document here »

 
     

SPEC Kit 228: Preserving Digital Information (December 1997)

A scanned version of SPEC Kit 228 (Transforming Libraries 5) is available full view through HathiTrust. pdf View document here »

 
     
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