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SPEC Kit 307: Manuscript Collections on the Web (October 2008)

SPEC Kit 307 investigates how many manuscript collections are held in ARL member libraries; what percentage of these collections are represented on the Web; what types of information about the collections are available in finding aids and on the Web; what formats are used for finding aids on the Web; how many library staff are working on manuscript collections, the challenges and benefits of migrating collection information to the Web, and whether and how usage of manuscript collection information is tracked. It includes documentation from respondents in the form of manuscript collection Web sites, finding aid Web sites, arrangement and description guidelines, and Web processing procedures.

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 307 on the ARL Digital Publications website.

 
 

SPEC Kit 306: Promoting the Library (September 2008)

SPEC Kit 306 explores what promotional activities and objectives research libraries are pursuing, who organizes them, how are they evaluated, and what challenges they face. The survey results show which skills these staff need; how they decide which promotional activities to pursue; what their objectives are; how the activities are funded; and more. Descriptions of a wide variety of activities are included, as well. This SPEC Kit includes documentation from respondents in the form of marketing plans, job descriptions, and promotional materials.

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 306 on the ARL Digital Publications website.

 
 

SPEC Kit 305: Records Management (August 2008)

SPEC Kit 305 explores the state of records management in ARL member institutions. The survey results also show which staff manage records and how much time they spend on this activity; how staff are trained; who pays for records management; who makes policy decisions; what types of materials are included; where these materials are stored; procedures for adding and discarding materials; who may retrieve records from storage; and more. This SPEC Kit includes documentation from respondents in the form of records management unit Web pages, policies, retention schedules, job descriptions, transfer, retrieval, and destruction forms, and management of electronic records.

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.

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SPEC Kit 304: Social Software in Libraries (July 2008)

SPEC Kit 304 explores how many libraries are using social software and for what purposes, how those activities are organized and managed, and the benefits and challenges of using social software, among other questions. For this study social software was broadly defined as software that enables people to connect with one another online. The survey asked about ten types of applications: 1) social networking sites; 2) media sharing sites; 3) social bookmarking or tagging sites; 4) Wikis; 5) blogs; 6) sites that use RSS (Really Simple Syndication) to syndicate and broadcast content; 7) chat or instant messaging (IM) services; 8) VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) services; 9) virtual worlds; and 10) widgets. This SPEC Kit includes documentation from respondents of examples of Web sites that show how each of the ten types of social software is used.

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.

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Association of Research Libraries: Overview with a Focus on 2001-07

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a not-for-profit membership organization comprising over 120 libraries of North American research institutions. ARL influences the changing environment of scholarly communication and the public policies that affect research libraries and the diverse communities they serve. ARL pursues this mission by advancing the goals of its member research libraries, providing leadership in public and information policy to the scholarly and higher education communities, fostering the exchange of ideas and expertise, and shaping a future environment that leverages its interests with those of allied organizations. This account of association priorities and activities updates the entries in the first and second editions of the Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science and focuses on the years 2001 to 2007.

pdf arl-overview-2001-2007.pdf

 
 

SPEC Kit 303: Library Assessment (December 2007)

SPEC Kit 303 examines the current state of library assessment to provide a starting point for those seeking to develop a library assessment program at their own institutions. It includes documentation from respondents in the form of job descriptions, assessment mission statements, plans, reports, Web sites, and organization charts.

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.

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SPEC Kit 302: Managing Public Computing (November 2007)

SPEC Kit 302 explores the management of library public computing, i.e., those computers that are located in public spaces for use by patrons, as distinct from staff computers and servers. By jointly looking at the scale of the public computing operations, the staffing and organizational structure, budgets, upgrades, maintenance, security, polices, and assessment, the survey pulls together and expands on issues covered in several previous SPEC Kits. It includes documentation from respondents in the form of job descriptions, public computing policies and procedures, and organization charts.

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.

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SPEC Kit 301: Liaison Services (October 2007)

SPEC Kit 301 explores the current roles of liaisons in ARL libraries, any changes in focus in their interactions with academic departments, whether liaisons are being reactive to faculty and student needs, partners in providing teaching/library instruction, and pioneers in the new electronic world or have limited involvement with the academic departments. It documents how libraries mix the activities of traditional liaison responsibilities with the new trends that are fostered by the evolving needs of today’s library patrons. It includes documentation from respondents in the form of descriptions of liaison roles, responsibilities, and services offered, job descriptions, and training materials for liaisons.

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SPEC Kit 300: Open Access Resources (September 2007)

SPEC Kit 300 gathers information on whether and how ARL member libraries are selecting, providing access to, cataloging, hosting, tracking usage of, and promoting the use of open access research literature for their patrons by using established library resources such as the OPAC and link resolvers. It includes documentation from respondents in the form of newsletter articles and blogs, open access and institutional repository Web pages, and collection development and cataloging policies.

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SPEC Kit 299: Scholarly Communication Education Initiatives (August 2007)

SPEC Kit 299 explores what kind of initiatives ARL member libraries have used or plan to use to educate faculty, researchers, administrators, students, and library staff at their institutions about scholarly communication issues. It includes documentation from respondents in the form of proposals for education initiatives, scholarly communication and copyright Web pages, job descriptions, and education materials.

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Link to the online SPEC Kit 299 on the ARL Digital Publications website.

 
 

SPEC Kit 298: Metadata (July 2007)

SPEC Kit 298 investigates how metadata is implemented in ARL member libraries: which staff are creating metadata and for what kinds of digital objects, what schemas and tools they use to create and manage metadata, what skills metadata staff need and how they acquire them, and the organizational changes and challenges that metadata has brought to libraries. It includes documentation from respondents in the form of mission statements, organization charts, job descriptions, and policies.

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Link to the online SPEC Kit 298 on the ARL Digital Publications website.

 
   

SPEC Kit 297: Library Development (December 2006)

SPEC Kit 297 investigates the staffing, reporting relationships, and duties of library development programs in ARL member libraries to provide a baseline for institutions as they work to create, refine, or advocate for library development programs in their institutions. It includes documentation from respondents in the form of mission statements, organization charts, job descriptions, budgets, and policies.

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Link to the online SPEC Kit 297 on the ARL Digital Publications website.

 
 

SPEC Kit 296: Public Services in Special Collections (November 2006)

SPEC Kit 296 explores public service staffing, reference and public services offered, methods of patron access, types of intellectual access tools used, patron registration, the reference interview process, and public service evaluation and promotion methodsin Special Collections. In addition, respondents were asked to comment on significant changes in reference and public services in the last few years, particularly those related to outreach, instruction, and learning. It includes documentation from respondents in the form of service policies, patron registration forms, job descriptions, and service prices.

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SPEC Kit 295: Remote Shelving Services (October 2006)

SPEC Kit 295 focuses on user services and how they have changed since the last survey in 1998 that was published in SPEC Kit 242 Library Storage Facilities, Management, and Services (May 1999). It includes documentation from respondents in the form of facility descriptions, service policies, service request forms, and operating policies.

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SPEC Kit 294: Managing Digitization Activities (September 2006)

SPEC Kit 294 investigates the purposes of ARL member libraries’ digitization efforts, the organizational structures these libraries use to manage digital initiatives, whether and how staff have been reassigned to support digitization activities, where funding to sustain digital activities originated and how that funding is allocated, how priorities are determined, whether libraries are outsourcing any digitization work, and how the success of libraries’ digital activities has been assessed. It includes documentation from respondents in the form of organization charts, mission statements, job descriptions, policies and procedures, and selection criteria.

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SPEC Kit 293: External Review for Promotion and Tenure (August 2006)

SPEC Kit 293 explores the policies and procedures that ARL member libraries use in the external review process for candidates who are eligible for promotion, tenure, or continuing appointment. It examines how external reviewers are identified and asked to participate in the review process, what instructions are given to reviewers, what materials are included in candidates’ portfolios, and the criteria for evaluating candidates’ portfolios, among other questions. It includes documentation from respondents for external review procedures and innstructions to external reviewers.

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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.

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In the Matter of Exemption to Prohibition on Circumvention of Copyright Protection Systems for Access Control Technologies: Comments from the Library Associations

Comments submitted in response to the US Copyright Office's Notice of Inquiry (NOI) dated October 15, 2002, on whether noninfringing uses of certain classes of works are likely to be adversely affected by section 1201(a)(1) of the Copyright Act, which prohibits the circumvention of measures that effectively control access to copyrighted works. These comments were submitted on behalf of five major library associations--American Association of Law Libraries (AALL), American Library Association (ALA), Association of Research Libraries (ARL), Medical Library Association (MLA), and Special Libraries Association (SLA).

pdf noi1201comments18dec02.pdf

 
 

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

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SPEC Kit 290: Access Services (November 2005)

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SPEC Kit 289: Managing Large Projects (October 2005)

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SPEC Kit 288: Scanning Services for Library Users (September 2005)

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SPEC Kit 287: Instructional Improvement Programs (August 2005)

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SPEC Kit 286: Collaboration for Distance Learning Information Literacy Instruction (July 2005)

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