Open 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.
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.
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image © 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.
Countries 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.
Presented at the 164th ARL Membership Meeting, May 2014, in Columbus, Ohio, by Rebecca Graham
SPECARL 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.)
“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.
image © 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, 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.
image © Université de MontréalOn January 14, 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&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.