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Mark Puente Responds to LJ Editorial on Diversity Recruitment

mark-puenteMark A. PuenteARL's director of diversity and leadership programs, Mark A. Puente, submitted the following comments to Library Journal (LJ) in response to the May 23 editorial by Michael Kelley, "The MLS and the Race Line": Mr. Kelley provides some interesting and provocative comments about the effectiveness of diversity recruitment programs such as the collaboration between the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the Society of American Archivists (SAA) recently funded by IMLS. But as previous commenters have pointed out to him, no one strategy is going to be effective for every recruit and a variety of approaches should be used. ARL’s approach should be seen within a larger context of attempts to ameliorate this vexing problem.

 
 

ARL Annual Salary Survey 2011-2012

This report analyzes salary data for all professional staff working in the 126 ARL member libraries during 2011-2012. Data are reported for 9,910 professional staff in the 115 university libraries and for 4,046 professional staff in the 11 non-university libraries.

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

Link to the online ARL Annual Salary Survey 2011-2012 on the ARL Digital Publications website.

 
 

SPEC Kit 331: Changing Role of Senior Administrators (October 2012)

SPEC Kit 331 focuses on the professional, administrative, and management positions that report directly to the library director (or in some ARL member libraries the position that serves as the representative to the association), positions that have not been examined by a SPEC survey since 1984. It explores the responsibilities of these positions, and the skills, qualifications, and competencies necessary for these administrators to successfully lead a transforming 21st century research library. It looks at whether and how position requirements have changed in the past five years, whether the number of direct reports has changed, whether these administrators have assumed new areas of organizational responsibility, and how they acquire the new skills to fulfill those responsibilities. It includes documents that compare organization charts and position descriptions from 2007 and 2012.

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 331 on the ARL Digital Publications website.

 
 

Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce Call for Applications—Deadline June 14, 2013

irdw-diversity-scholars-2013-15ARL IRDW Diversity Scholars 2013-15, photo by Molly MageeARL is accepting applications for the Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce (IRDW), a program designed to recruit master of library and information science (MLIS) students from traditionally underrepresented ethnic and racial minority groups into careers in research libraries. The IRDW includes a stipend in support of MLIS education of up to $10,000 over two years, leadership and career development training, a site visit to the Purdue University Libraries, financial support for skills development, and a formal mentorship program.

 
 

ARL Membership Meeting Spring 2013 Slides Available Online

dogwood blossomsDogwood, image © tanakawhoSpeakers’ slides from the ARL Membership Meeting held May 1–3 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, are now on the ARL website. Available slides include:

 
 

Professional Competencies

Kathleen De Long, Associate University Librarian, Human Resources and Teaching/Learning, University of Alberta Libraries

Michael Brewer, Librarian, Team Leader for Instructional Services, University of Arizona Libraries

pdf 2012-hrsym-pres-brewer-and-delong.pdf

 
 

ARL Annual Salary Survey 2010-2011

This report analyzes salary data for all professional staff working in the 126 ARL member libraries during 2010–2011. Data are reported for 10,037 professional staff in the 115 university ARL libraries and for 3,709 professional staff in the 11 non-university ARL libraries.

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

Link to the online ARL Annual Salary Survey 2010-2011 on the ARL Digital Publications website.

 
 

New Roles for New Times: Research Library Services for Graduate Students

The report proposes that the growing number, and heterogeneity, of graduate students and programs presents opportunities for research libraries to provide segmented services targeted for students at different stages of their academic and demographic life-cycle.

Through their interviews, Covert-Vail and Collard found an enthusiasm for a broad range of new services, from advanced data manipulation and visualization to softer skills-based instruction in time management and writer’s block. They also report that new configurations of library space, housing aggregated services into research or scholarly commons, for example, can both create and leverage collaborations within the larger institution.

Finally, the authors present different strategies for staffing graduate student services, from dedicated positions and committees to more loosely structured teams comprising subject liaisons, technologists, data librarians, and others, who work together to deliver a suite of complex solutions to meet the needs of graduate students in research institutions.

 pdf nrnt-grad-roles-20dec12.pdf

 
 

Research Library Issues, no. 265 (Aug. 2009)

RLI issue 265: Special Issue on Liaison Librarian Roles includes the following articles:

  • Introduction: Positioning Liaison Librarians for the 21st Century
  • A Framework for Articulating New Library Roles
  • Amplifying the Educational Role of Librarians
  • The Last Mile: Liaison Roles in Curating Science and Engineering Research Data
  • Scholarly Communications: Planning for the Integration of Liaison Librarian Roles
  • New Roles of Liaison Librarians: A Liaison s Perspective
 
 

ARL Research Library Leadership Fellows Sponsors Selected for 2013-2015

new-york-public-libraryimage © Thomas HawkARL has selected the sponsor cohort for the fifth iteration of the Research Library Leadership Fellows (RLLF) Program, an 18-month executive leadership fellowship designed and sponsored by ARL member libraries that helps develop future senior-level leaders in large research libraries. The program exposes library staff who have the desire and potential for leadership in ARL libraries to important issues, peer institutions, and professional networks that will enhance their preparedness to take on senior-level roles.

 
 
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