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ARL Publishes Report on Services to Patrons with Print Disabilities

ARL has released the report (PDF) of its Joint Task Force on Services to Patrons with Print Disabilities, scheduled for final publication later this month in Research Libraries Issues(RLI). ARL formed the task force in May 2012 to expand upon the ongoing work of the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA), of which ARL is a member, in support of an international instrument for the print disabled that is under active consideration by the World International Copyright Organization (WIPO).

 
 

Report of the ARL Joint Task Force on Services to Patrons with Print Disabilities (Nov. 2, 2012)

Research libraries have a responsibility to make library collections and services universally accessible to their patrons. And as research libraries provide more content electronically to students, faculty members, researchers, and others, the role of libraries and other partners in their institutions and beyond is changing in the provision of information resources and services to patrons with disabilities.

pdf print-disabilities-tfreport02nov12.pdf

 
 

SPEC Kit 332: Organization of Scholarly Communication Services (November 2012)

SPEC Kit 332 explores how research institutions are currently organizing staff to support scholarly communication services, and whether their organizational structures have changed since 2007, when member libraries were surveyed about their scholarly communication education initiative. It covers who leads scholarly communication efforts inside and outside the library, the scholarly communication related services that are offered to researchers, and which staff support those services. It also looks at how the library measures the success of its scholarly communication services, including demonstrable outcomes of these services. It includes position descriptions for library leaders of scholarly communication efforts, charges for SC committees, organization charts, descriptions of SC services, assessment tools, open access policies, and SC resolutions.

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 332 on the ARL Digital Publications website.

 
         

SPEC Kit 328: Collaborative Teaching and Learning Tools (July 2012)

SPEC Kit 328 gathers information about what collaborative teaching and learning tools are currently being offered to users in ARL member libraries. It covers questions on which kinds of tools are offered, how many, and why, where they are located, who may use them, the sources of funding, who provides training and support, and what techniques are used to promote and evaluate the tools. For the purpose of this survey, “collaborative teaching and learning tools” are limited to the equipment, devices, or systems being offered to research library users in a self-service environment including, but not limited to, the following: interactive whiteboards (IWBs, e.g., SMART Board), touchscreen tablet computers (e.g., iPads), classroom/audience response system (e.g., clickers), interactive learning centers (e.g., TouchTables), and Wii gaming systems. This SPEC Kit includes documentation from respondents that describe available equipment and services, loan policies, instructions for using equipment, and materials promoting the services.

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 328 on the ARL Digital Publications website.

 
 

Research Library Issues, no. 279 (June 2012)

RLI issue 279 includes:

  • Digitization of Special Collections and Archives: Legal and Contractual Issues
  • Model Deed of Gift
  • Model Deed of Gift, including Mixed IP Rights
  • Model Digitization Agreement
  • Copyright Risk Management: Principles and Strategies for Large-Scale Digitization Projects in Special Collections
 
 

LibQUAL+ Webcast

This webcast from February 14, 2012, provides potential and current LibQUAL+® participants with vital information on the LibQUAL+® service. This one-hour webcast provides practical information for administering a survey, helps participants with interpreting the data and its analysis, and shares best practices in using the results.Key members of the LibQUAL+® team, Martha Kyrillidou and David Green, hosted the webcast. Our guest presenters were:

  • Sandra Phoenix, Executive Director of the HBCU Library Alliance,
  • Carla Stoffle, Dean, University Libraries and Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona, and
  • Chestalene Pintozzi, Director of Project Management & Assessment, University of Arizona
 
 

Research Library Issues, no. 277 (Dec. 2011)

RLI issue 277 includes:

  • Rebalancing the Investment in Collections
  • Experimenting with Strategies for Crowdsourcing Manuscript Transcription
  • Keeping the Doors Open: Exploring 24-Hour Library Access at Washington University in St. Louis
 
 

SPEC Kit 327: Reconfiguring Service Delivery (December 2011)

SPEC Kit 327 investigates whether and how ARL member libraries have reconfigured staffed service delivery points in the main library and in any branches that report to the main library. It explores whether service points and/or branches have been added, closed, or consolidated; the drivers for those decisions; the impacts on staff; the changes in delivery methods; and whether there have been any collaborations with other institutions or consortia, or outsourcing of service delivery. It also explores user involvement in the planning for service changes and whether the effectiveness of new service configurations has been assessed. The survey used a case study approach to reveal developing patterns, unique applications, and anticipated changes in the physical or organizational arrangement of service delivery that may be widely adaptable in other libraries so that they can continue to be the primary information providers for their constituents. This SPEC Kit includes documentation from respondents that describes the service philosophy, services offered, planning process, and communications about service changes. Also included are floorplans and images of redesigned spaces.

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 327 on the ARL Digital Publications website.

 
 

SPEC Kit 326: Digital Humanities (November 2011)

SPEC Kit 326 provides a snapshot of research library experiences with digital scholarship centers or services that support the humanities (e.g., history, art, music, film, literature, philosophy, religion, etc.) and the benefits and challenges of hosting them. The survey asked ARL libraries about the organization of these services, how they are staffed and funded, what services they offer and to whom, what technical infrastructure is provided, whether the library manages or archives the digital resources produced, and how services are assessed, among other questions. This SPEC Kit includes documentation from respondents that describes the mission or purpose of digital humanities centers, the services offered, policies and procedures, examples of digital projects, fellowship and grant opportunities, promotional materials, and repositories for digital projects.

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 326 on the ARL Digital Publications website.

 
 

Research Library Issues, no. 276 (Sept. 2011)

RLI issue 276 includes:

  • Ahead of the Storm: Research Libraries and the Future of the Research University
  • Collecting Small Data
  • Copyfraud and Classroom Performance Rights: Two Common Bogus Copyright Claims
 
 

SPEC Kit 322: Library User Experience (July 2011)

SPEC Kit 322 explores recent and planned user experience activities at ARL member libraries and the impact these efforts have on helping the libraries transform to meet evolving user needs. The survey elicited examples of successful user experience activities to serve as benchmarks for libraries looking to create or expand efforts in this area. It also explored whether libraries have created positions or entire departments focused on user engagement and the user experience. This SPEC Kit includes documentation from respondents that describe user experience planning and organization, specific projects, how volunteers are recruited, the role of advisory boards, and job requirements for user experience coordinators, among others.

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 322 on the ARL Digital Publications website.

 
 

SPEC Kit 321: Services for Users with Disabilities (December 2010)

SPEC Kit 321 explores what services are being provided and how users are made aware of them; what assistive technologies are being offered today and who maintains them; which library staff have responsibility for providing services and how are they trained; and what service policies and procedures are in place for users with disabilities. It includes documentation from respondents that describe the services offered, the assistive technology that is available, service policies, user needs assessment, staff training materials, and job requirements for service coordinators.

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 321 on the ARL Digital Publications website.

 
 

Research Library Issues, no. 272 (Oct. 2010): 21st-Century Research Library Workforce

RLI issue 272 includes:

  • Developing a Vital Research Library Workforce
  • Transforming Roles for Academic Librarians: Leading and Participating in New Partnerships
  • Restructuring at UCLA Library
  • Understanding the Organizational Value of Post–Master’s Degree Residency Programs
 
         

Partnering to Publish 2010: New Roles for Librarians as Editorial Consultants

Learn how the NIH Library is meeting the more complex research needs of its customers and is propelling researchers to publish through the Writing Center and Editing Service. Presented at the SSP/ARL "Partnering to Publish" Seminar, November 2010.

pdf partnering-to-publish-clark-nov2010.pdf

 
 

Research Library Issues, no. 267 (Dec. 2009): Special Issue on Distinctive Collections

RLI issue 267 includes:

  • Introduction: A Special Issue on Distinctive Collections
  • Special Collections at the Cusp of the Digital Age: A Credo
  • Moving Special Collections Forward in an Age of Discovery: Themes from the ARL-CNI Forum
  • The Collaborative Imperative: Special Collections in the Digital Age
  • The Changing Role of Special Collections in Scholarly Communications
 
   

Research Library Issues, no. 265 (Aug. 2009)

RLI issue 265: Special Issue on Liaison Librarian Roles includes the following articles:

  • Introduction: Positioning Liaison Librarians for the 21st Century
  • A Framework for Articulating New Library Roles
  • Amplifying the Educational Role of Librarians
  • The Last Mile: Liaison Roles in Curating Science and Engineering Research Data
  • Scholarly Communications: Planning for the Integration of Liaison Librarian Roles
  • New Roles of Liaison Librarians: A Liaison s Perspective
 
 

SPEC Kit 311: Public Access Policies (August 2009)

SPEC Kit 311 explores the role ARL member libraries are playing in supporting public access policies in their institutions. The survey respondents were asked to provide information on staffing, partnerships, and resources and services developed for public access policy (PAP) compliance support, and the challenges related to providing such support. This SPEC Kit includes documentation from respondents in the form of PAP Web sites, compliance FAQs and flowcharts, handouts and slides from presentations to faculty and library staff, and sample letters to publishers.

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 311 on the ARL Digital Publications website.

 
   

Membership Meeting 2009 (Spring): OLE Project: Progress Report and Next Steps

Presented at the 154th ARL Membership Meeting, "Transformational Times," May 2009.

pps mm09sp-obrien.pps

 
 

Research Library Virtual Resources & Instructional Initiatives: Subtopic: Collaboration with Campus Units

The Virtual Resources and Instructional Initiatives survey produced 230 instances of special or noteworthy projects being supported in ARL libraries. In order to assist readers with focused interests, 18 subtopics have been assigned that group only those survey responses that relate in whole or in part to that topic.

pdf vrii-collaborations-campus-dec08.pdf

 
 

Transformational Times: An Environmental Scan Prepared for the ARL Strategic Plan Review Task Force

In 2009 the Association of Research Libraries is renewing its strategic plan. The plan that will result from this effort will guide the Association in setting priorities and organizing its activities for the next several years, a time that is expected to present unprecedented challenges and concomitant opportunities to research libraries. To support the work of the Strategic Planning Task Force, ARL senior staff have initiated an environmental scanning exercise to identify trends that are likely to affect research libraries and the work of the Association. The report considers not only challenges, but also opportunities.

pdf transformational-times-feb09.pdf

 
 
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