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SPEC Kit 342: Next-Gen Learning Spaces (September 2014)

This SPEC Kit explores the configuration and uses of learning spaces in ARL libraries, the developments and transformations that have occurred over the past 10 years, and future plans for learning spaces to determine where they are on a continuum between first-generation information commons and “next-gen” spaces. The publication covers five main areas related to learning spaces:
  • What kinds of learning spaces currently exist
  • How these spaces have changed since their inception
  • Effects these spaces have had on other library operations
  • Instruction, programming, and collaboration that take place in the learning spaces
  • Current assessment methods for learning spaces and changes that have been made or are planned based on the results of these evaluations

This SPEC Kit includes examples of learning spaces and instruction spaces; floor plans and maps; marketing for spaces, programs, and instruction; space-use policies and procedures; job descriptions and organization charts; and planning and assessment documents.This publication is available for purchase in both print and online versions.

Download the spec-kit-purchase-options-2014.pdf for complete pricing and purchase options information.

Link to the online SPEC Kit 342 on the ARL Digital Publications website.

 
 

Next-Gen Learning Spaces, SPEC Kit 342, Published by ARL

spec-kit-342-coverNext-Gen Learning SpacesARL has released Next-Gen Learning Spaces, SPEC Kit 342, which explores the configuration and uses of learning spaces in ARL libraries, the developments and transformations that have occurred over the past 10 years, and future plans for learning spaces to determine where they are on a continuum between first-generation information commons and “next-gen” spaces. The publication covers five main areas related to learning spaces:

 
 

SPEC Kit 341: Digital Collections Assessment and Outreach (August 2014)

This SPEC Kit investigates what methods ARL member libraries use to maintain the relevancy of their locally curated digital library collections, and to continue to sustain, grow, capture return on investment, and enhance existing resources through outreach and assessment. The publication also explores current practices for integrating digital resources into the research, teaching, and learning environment. This SPEC Kit includes examples of digital project selection criteria, outreach and assessment guides, assessment reports, marketing plans, lesson plans, job descriptions, and works created with material from digital collections.

 This publication is available for purchase in both print and online versions. Download the spec-kit-purchase-options-2014.pdf for complete pricing and purchase options information.

Link to the online SPEC Kit 341 on the ARL Digital Publications website.

 
 

Digital Collections Assessment and Outreach, SPEC Kit 341, Published by ARL

spec-kit-341-coverDigital Collections Assessment and OutreachARL has released Digital Collections Assessment and Outreach, SPEC Kit 341, which investigates what methods ARL member libraries use to maintain the relevancy of their locally curated digital library collections, and to continue to sustain, grow, capture return on investment, and enhance existing resources through outreach and assessment. The publication also explores current practices for integrating digital resources into the research, teaching, and learning environment.

 
 

Library Investment Index Summarizes Relative Size of ARL University Libraries for 2012–13

library-investment-index-2012-13-screenshotARL has released the Library Investment Index for 2012–2013, the latest in this annual summary measure of the relative size of the university library members of the Association. Although similar to the ARL Membership Criteria Index in reflecting the investments made in research libraries, the ARL Library Investment Index is less affected by the electronic availability of content and, consequently, the rapidly changing context of library collections. Neither index attempts to measure a library’s services, quality of collections, or success in meeting the needs of users. The ARL Library Investment Index has been calculated beginning with data from 2002–2003.

 
 

Workforce Transformation: Possible Library Futures

I have held a series of administrative positions at Oklahoma State University (OSU) since 1978 and have been dean of libraries since 2004. During that time we have experienced a number of changes and in 2012 the OSU Library looked to be thriving. We had adopted technology to enhance collections and improve services. We had been a development partner with Summon and were in a similar role with Intota. We consistently received positive survey results and comments for our services and collections. Our building was heavily used by students. For most of my staff and many of my librarians, the library looked healthy and robust. We were clearly not stagnant, but I had a strong sense that many librarians had not yet acknowledged how precarious our future was in research libraries. Staff members who did not have opportunities to attend professional meetings or the time to read the professional literature were unaware of the danger we were in. They did not fully comprehend how the transformations in technology, scholarly communication, and higher education would change their work, nor did they recognize how the competitive challenges from Google and others could make our traditional services irrelevant.

 
 

New Workforce Transformation Story: Possible Library Futures

image © Tom SharlotARL’s Transforming Research Libraries (TRL) Steering Committee has published the third entry in its monthly column, Workforce Transformation Stories. Sheila Grant Johnson, dean of libraries at Oklahoma State University (OSU), contributed the August essay, “Possible Library Futures.”

 
 

ARL Position Description Bank: Poster Session at IFLA 2014

arl-pd-bank-poster-ifla-2014-croppedARL PD Bank poster
© Bonnie J. Smith
and Brian W. Keith
University of Florida Libraries’ assistant program director for human resources, Bonnie Smith, will present a poster about the ARL Position Description (PD) Bank at the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) World Library and Information Congress in Lyon, France, on August 18 and 19, 2014.

 
 
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