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, 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.
image © 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&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.
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 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 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.
image © 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