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New Roles for New Times: ARL Publishes Report on Transforming Liaison Roles in Research Libraries

U Minnesota health sciences librarian Jonathan Koffel with medical facultyARL today released Transforming Liaison Roles in Research Libraries, the third report in the New Roles for New Times series. This series highlights the transformation of the library workforce to address new challenges for research libraries in serving 21st-century students, educators, schools, and researchers.

The new report, written by Janice M. Jaguszewski from University of Minnesota Libraries and Karen Williams from University of Arizona Libraries, presents findings from interviews and other research into current trends in liaison librarianship, surfacing several challenges to the established, overarching liaison structure.

 
 

Library Investment Index Summarizes Relative Size of ARL University Libraries for 2011–12

ARL has released the Library Investment Index for 2011–2012, 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.

 
 

Digital Image Collections and Services, SPEC Kit 335, Published by ARL

ARL has published Digital Image Collections and Services, SPEC Kit 335, which examines how research libraries and their parent institutions have responded to the transition from analog to digital images and the growth of digital images available from commercial vendors and/or created within institutions or their libraries. The survey gathers information about current practices relating to the development and management of institutional digital image collections and the acquisition and use of licensed image databases.

 
 

SPEC Kit 335: Digital Image Collections and Services (August 2013)

SPEC Kit 335 examines how research libraries and their parent institutions have responded to the transition from analog to digital images and the growth of digital images available from commercial vendors and/or created within institutions or their libraries. The survey gathers information about current practices relating to the development and management of institutional digital image collections and the acquisition and use of licensed image databases. It explores the infrastructure and support provided by research libraries and/or their institutions for the creation and use of digital images in teaching, learning, and research, including systems and platforms, cataloging and metadata, access and training, services and service points, and copyright and other rights issues. It also identifies collaborative strategies among ARL member institutions for providing digital images. The SPEC Kit includes examples of digital image collection websites, finding aids, image use training materials, copyright and use rights policies, selection policies, descriptions of digital image service points, and digital collection promotional materials.

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 335 on the ARL Digital Publications website.

 
 

ARL Releases RLI 282 on Library Budgets, Journal Bundles, Reference Staffing

rli282-coverARL has published Research Library Issues (RLI) no. 282, which features articles on ARL library budgets over the past two years, subscriptions to journal collections from large publishers, and the impact of the changing roles of librarians on reference staffing. A pre-publication version of the article about journal bundles was released earlier this year.

The complete table of contents with links to the articles follows:

 
   

ClimateQUAL®: Organizational Climate and Diversity Assessment—Call for Participation 2013

rainbow-over-peckham-libraryimage © Julian BurgessARL invites participation in the ClimateQUAL survey in 2013. 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.

 
 

Research Library Issues, no. 281 (Dec. 2012): Special Issue on Services to Patrons with Print Disabilities

rli281-coverThe ARL Joint Task Force on Services to Patrons with Print Disabilities released this report to bring much-needed attention to the challenges of print-disabled individuals who are seeking access to both print and digital library products and services. The report contains recommendations for research libraries to make information accessible to their full range of diverse users equitably. ARL believes that research libraries are poised to provide critical direction—along with academic leadership, IT, and disability services—on the service and technology planning, procurement, and licensing necessary to create a fully accessible information environment.

RLI issue 281 includes:

 
 

Better Salaries through Better Data: Webcast Video Online

salary-survey-coverThe video of the webcast “Using ARL Salary Data to Make the Case for Higher Salaries” presented on May 21, 2013, is now available on ARL's YouTube channel. This webcast examines how to use the ARL Annual Salary Survey beyond the published data. The speakers showcase how libraries have used ARL's custom report services, identify how to demonstrate salary issues that need to be addressed, and discuss strategies leaders have used to make the case for improved salaries. Webcast slides (PDF) are also available for download.

 
 

Library Assessment Conference 2014 to Convene August 4–6 in Seattle

seattle-skylineimage © Chris TarnawskiSave the dates August 4–6, 2014, for the next Library Assessment Conference: Building Effective, Sustainable, Practical Assessment, to be hosted in Seattle, Washington, by ARL and the University of Washington Libraries. The conference goal is to build and further a vibrant library assessment community by bringing together interested practitioners and researchers who have responsibility or interest in the broad field of library assessment. The conference provides a mix of invited speakers, contributed papers and posters, and workshops that stimulate discussion and provide workable ideas for effective, practical, and sustainable library assessment.

 
   

Membership Meeting 2013 (Spring): Doing Less with Less

Presented at the 162nd ARL Membership Meeting, May 2013, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, by Martha Whitehead

pdf mm13sp-whitehead.pdf

 
 

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:

 
 

Call for Proposals for SPEC Survey Topics 2014—Deadline July 12, 2013

spec-logoSPEC surveysARL is seeking proposals for 2014 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 six 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.)

 
       

ARL to Host National Digital Stewardship Resident: Apply by April 5

washington-dc-skyline-by-ed-uthman-newsimage © Ed UthmanARL has been selected as one of ten host institutions for the inaugural National Digital Stewardship Residency (NDSR) program, launched by the Library of Congress and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

 
 

Hiring the Next Wave of Multicultural Librarians

mark-puenteMark A. PuenteThis National Journal article about recruiting minority librarians into the profession features ARL’s Diversity Programs and Director of Diversity & Leadership Programs Mark A. Puente. “For the librarian workforce to reach parity with the nation’s demographics…Puente stresses, ‘we would have to hire tens of thousands of librarians of color...’”

 
   

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

 
 

SPEC Kit 333: Art & Artifact Management (December 2012)

SPEC Kit 333 explores the scale and scope of art and artifact materials held by ARL member libraries, which tools and techniques they currently use to manage these collections, including those used by library staff only and those used to make information about these collections available to the public, and if there is evidence of a convergence of library, archive, and museum practices in the management of these collections. It includes collection development policies, guidelines for arranging materials, and examples of how art and artifact collections are described.

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 333 on the ARL Digital Publications website.

 
 

Methods for Aligning HR into Institutional Goals

Brinley Franklin, Vice Provost, University Libraries, University of Connecticut

Vivian Lewis, Acting University Librarian, McMaster University

Elizabeth Mengel, Associate Director for Scholarly Resources and Special Collections, the Sheridan Libraries, Johns Hopkins University

pdf 2012-hrsym-pres-franklin-lewis-mengel.pdf

 
     

21st-Century Expertise in Academic Libraries

James G. Neal, Vice President for Information Services and University Librarian, Columbia University

pdf 2012-hrsym-pres-neal-j.pdf

 
   

New Roles, New Expertise, New Hiring Practices (K. Williams)

Karen Williams, Associate University Librarian for Research and Learning, University of Minnesota

pdf 2012-hrsym-pres-williams-k.pdf

 
     
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