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ARL Statistics 2012–2013 Published

arl-statistics-2012-2013-coverARL Statistics 2012–2013ARL has released the ARL Statistics 2012–2013, the latest in a series of annual publications that describe the collections, staffing, expenditures, and service activities of ARL’s 125 member libraries. Of these, 115 are university libraries (16 in Canada and 99 in the US); the remaining 10 are public, governmental, and nonprofit research libraries (1 in Canada, 9 in the US).

 
 

ARL Academic Health Sciences Library Statistics 2012–2013 Published

arl-health-sciences-library-statistics-2012-2013-coverARL Academic Health Sciences Library Statistics 2012–2013ARL has released ARL Academic Health Sciences Library Statistics 2012–2013, which presents data describing collections, expenditures, personnel, and services in 60 health sciences libraries at ARL member institutions in the US and Canada.

 
 

ARL Academic Law Library Statistics 2012–2013 Published

arl-law-library-statistics-2012-2013-coverARL Academic Law Library Statistics 2012–2013ARL has released ARL Academic Law Library Statistics 2012–2013, which presents data describing collections, expenditures, personnel, and services in 73 law libraries at ARL member institutions in the US and Canada.

 
 

Library Support for Faculty/Researcher Publishing, SPEC Kit 343, Published by ARL

spec-kit-343-coverLibrary Support for Faculty/Researcher PublishingARL has released Library Support for Faculty/Researcher Publishing, SPEC Kit 343, which explores ARL member libraries’ activities related to support of faculty and researcher publishing of scholarly works. The publication investigates the level and variety of services ARL libraries are providing to support, facilitate, and participate in the publishing activities of the faculty and researchers they serve, whether through the re-framing of existing traditional library services or the development of new services.

 
 

SPEC Kit 343: Library Support for Faculty?Researcher Publishing (October 2014)

By actively participating in the research and writing process, librarians can use their subject expertise to develop new roles for themselves and devise new modes of contributing to the scholarly communication cycle. This SPEC Kit explores ARL member libraries’ activities related to support of faculty and researcher publishing of scholarly works. It investigates the level and variety of services ARL libraries are providing to support, facilitate, and participate in the publishing activities of the faculty and researchers they serve, whether through the re-framing of existing traditional library services or the development of new services.

This SPEC Kit includes examples of publishing services offered by libraries, events that showcase faculty research and promote authors, author’s rights information, library support for repository deposits and public access policy compliance, author addenda, open access policies, and job descriptions.

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

Link to the online SPEC Kit 343 on the ARL Digital Publications website.

 
 

Introduction to ClimateQUAL® Lite

ARL’s Shaneka Morris and University of Maryland professor Paul Hanges present a half-hour web seminar on ClimateQUAL Lite, a shorter form of the conventional ClimateQUAL® survey that preserves data integrity while allowing institutions to assess library staff perceptions of the most essential aspects of the library's climate for diversity.

This webcast aired September 11, 2014.

 
 

Workforce Transformation: Communities of Practice as Tools for Organizational Change and Self-directed Professional Development

Last year, ARL’s New Role for New Times report, Transforming Liaison Roles in Research Libraries (PDF), by Janice M. Jaguszewski and Karen Williams, identified six trends in the organization and practices of leading research libraries and the changing work of liaison librarians. One of those trends is the effort by research libraries to “create and sustain a flexible workforce.” Building a flexible workforce includes a variety of methods to “transform” a library’s workforce, including hiring new staff with new expertise, as well as committing to develop a more agile “legacy workforce.” (p. 14)

 
 

New Workforce Transformation Story: Communities of Practice as Tools for Change

image © Tom SharlotARL’s Transforming Research Libraries (TRL) Steering Committee has published the fourth entry in its monthly column, Workforce Transformation Stories. Kelly Broughton, assistant dean for research and education services at Ohio University Libraries, contributed the September essay, “Communities of Practice as Tools for Organizational Change and Self-directed Professional Development.”

 
 

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.

 
 

Open Source Software, SPEC Kit 340, Published by ARL

spec-kit-340-coverOpen Source SoftwareARL has released Open Source Software, SPEC Kit 340, which investigates ARL member libraries’ adoption and/or development of open source software (OSS) for functions such as integrated library system (ILS), discovery layer, electronic resource management, interlibrary loan, digital asset management, institutional repository, course reserve, streaming media, study room scheduler, digital preservation, publishing, floor maps, data warehouse, or other library-related purposes. This SPEC Kit explores research libraries’ policies and practices on open sourcing their code, the frequency with which research libraries contribute to open source projects, whether research libraries are reluctant to make their code openly available, and the most common benefits and challenges encountered when research libraries open source their code.

 
 

SPEC Kit 340: Open Source Software (July 2014)

This SPEC Kit investigated ARL member libraries’ adoption and/or development of open source software (OSS) for functions such as ILS, discovery layer, electronic resource management, inter-library loan, digital asset management, institutional repository, course reserve, streaming media, study room scheduler, digital preservation, publishing, floor maps, data warehouse, or other library-related purposes. It explored research libraries’ policies and practices on open sourcing their code; the frequency with which research libraries contribute to open source projects; whether research libraries are reluctant to make their code openly available; and the most common benefits and challenges encountered when research libraries open source their code. This SPEC Kit includes examples of OSS contributor agreements, licenses, copyright notices, job descriptions, and organization charts.

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 340 on the ARL Digital Publications website.

 
 

ClimateQUAL®: Organizational Climate and Diversity Assessment—Call for Participation 2014–2015

rainbow-over-peckham-libraryimage © Julian BurgessARL invites participation in the ClimateQUAL survey in 2014–2015. The online survey collects information about: (a) library staff perceptions of the organization’s commitment to the principles of diversity, (b) staff perceptions of organizational policies and procedures, and (c) staff attitudes. The survey addresses such issues as diversity, teamwork, learning, fairness, current managerial practices, and staff attitudes and beliefs.

 
 

LibQUAL+® 2015 Registration Now Open: Join the Global Assessment Community

countries-of-libqual-mapCountries of LibQUAL+ARL invites libraries to join the global assessment community of LibQUAL+ by registering for the 2015 LibQUAL+ survey.

LibQUAL+ is a suite of services that libraries use to solicit, track, understand, and act upon users’ opinions of service quality. The program’s centerpiece is a rigorously tested web survey paired with training that helps libraries assess and improve library services, change organizational culture, and market the library.

 
   

Call for Proposals for SPEC Survey Topics 2015—Deadline July 18, 2014

SPEC logoSPECARL is seeking proposals for 2015 SPEC survey topics. For 40 years ARL has gathered and disseminated data through the SPEC survey program to assist libraries in the continuous improvement of their management systems. Each year, ARL works with librarians in the US and Canada to develop surveys of the ARL membership on strategic topics related to research library policies and practices. (Survey authors do not need to work at an ARL member library, but only ARL libraries are surveyed.)

 
 

Using ARL Statistics in Budget Justification Analysis: An Example from U Florida

peer analysis bar chart from presentation by Brian Keith“Statistical Analysis of Library Budgets” by Brian Keith (PDF)Helping ARL member library staff understand their libraries’ budgets and make the case for their libraries is an important function of the data ARL collects. Brian Keith, associate dean for administrative services and faculty affairs at the University of Florida, demonstrated this in his presentation, “Statistical Analysis of Library Budgets” (PDF), at the ARL Survey Coordinators and SPEC Liaisons Meeting on January 24, 2014, in Philadelphia.

 
 

Edge Initiative for Public Library Technology Assessment Launches

free-to-the-people-on-carnegie-lib-pittsburghimage © JanetandPhilThe Edge Initiative, a new leadership and management tool for libraries that want to improve their public technology services, invites participation by public libraries across the United States. As of January 22, 2014, interested public libraries may sign up via the Edge website.

Participating libraries will use Edge to complete an assessment of their public access technology services. Edge provides additional tools and training for libraries to make improvements and better serve their communities.

 
 

U Montréal Cancels Subscriptions to 76% of Serials in Wiley Online Library

u-montreal-pavillon-roger-gaudryimage © Université de MontréalOn January 14, 2014, the Université de Montréal (UdeM) libraries announced that they are cancelling their subscriptions to 1,142 of 1,510 periodicals in the Wiley Online Library at the end of the month. New issues of the cancelled titles will no longer be available online to the UdeM community, but access to earlier issues will be maintained. In a news release (English translation [PDF]), the libraries note that the cancellations are the result of several factors, including budget cuts imposed by the Québec government and annual subscription price increases between 3% and 6%.

 
 

Innovation and R&D, SPEC Kit 339, Published by ARL

spec-kit-339-coverInnovation and R&DARL has released Innovation and R&D, SPEC Kit 339, which investigates the current state of both innovation and research and development (R&D) in research library organizations. This SPEC Kit examines what outward-facing commitments libraries have made to innovation and R&D, and what foundations are in place to support these activities. The SPEC survey asked who is involved in innovative activities; how libraries organize themselves to create, support, and sustain innovation; and how they measure the resulting outcomes. The survey also collected data on which research libraries support R&D, at what level, for what purposes, and how these activities are organized, funded, and assessed.

 
 

SPEC Kit 339: Innovation and R&D (December 2013)

This SPEC Kit investigates the current state of both innovation and R&D in research library organizations. It examines what outward-facing commitments libraries have made to innovation and R&D, and what foundations are in place to support these activities. It asked who is involved in innovative activities, how libraries organize themselves to create, support, and sustain innovation, and how they measure the resulting outcomes. It also collected data on which research libraries support R&D, at what level, for what purposes, and how these activities are organized, funded, and assessed. The SPEC Kit includes examples of strategic plans and other documents that describe library support for innovation and research and development activities, organization charts, descriptions of research awards, and job descriptions of staff responsible for innovation and R&D.

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

Link to the online SPEC Kit 339 on the ARL Digital Publications website.

 
 

ARL Salary and Demographics Webcast Series Videos Available on YouTube

salary-survey-cover-croppedARL salary and demographics webcast seriesVideos of four webcasts highlighting uses of data from the ARL Annual Salary Survey are now available on ARL’s YouTube channel. The webcasts address what data are available through ARL, how these data can be used locally to make a case for better salaries, how to develop equitable salary structures, and how to analyze demographic information and trends about aging and other characteristics.

 
 

Library Management of Disciplinary Repositories, SPEC Kit 338, Published by ARL

spec-kit-338-coverLibrary Management of Disciplinary RepositoriesARL has released Library Management of Disciplinary Repositories, SPEC Kit 338, which examines the ways in which research libraries are involved in the administration of disciplinary repositories. This SPEC Kit explores the disciplinary scope of the repository, collection policies, funding models, assessment practices, and staffing, among other information.

 
 

ARL to Host Events at ALA Midwinter Meeting 2014

independence-hall-philadelphia-george-washington-statueimage © Wally GobetzARL, LibQUAL+®, and SPARC are offering several events at the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting to be held in Philadelphia next month. Highlights include: 

ARL Annual Leadership Symposium (invitation only)
Thursday, January 23, 4:00 p.m.–Sunday, January 26, 3:00 p.m.
Four Seasons Hotel

 
 
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