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Open Source Software, SPEC Kit 340, Published by ARL

spec-kit-340-coverOpen 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.

 
 

SPEC Kit 340: Open Source Software (July 2014)

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.

This publication is available for purchase in both print and online versions. Download the spec-kit-purchase-options-2014.pdf for complete pricing and purchase options information.

Link to the online SPEC Kit 340 on the ARL Digital Publications website.

 
 

LibQUAL+® Awards In-Kind Grants to Two Libraries for 2014 Survey

libqual-logoLibQUAL+®LibQUAL+ is pleased to announce that Mzumbe University and the San Diego Law Library are receiving in-kind grants in 2014. The selection of grantees was based on financial need, contribution to the growth of LibQUAL+, and potential for surfacing best practices in the area of library service improvements.

 
 

LibQUAL+® 2015 Registration Now Open: Join the Global Assessment Community

countries-of-libqual-mapCountries 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.

 
 

SPEC Kit 338: Library Management of Disciplinary Repositories (November 2013)

This SPEC Kit examines the ways in which research libraries are involved in the administration of disciplinary repositories. It explores the disciplinary scope of the repository, collection policies, funding models, assessment practices, and staffing, among other information. The SPEC Kit presents case studies of 12 disciplinary repositories that are managed entirely or in part by a library and includes examples of web pages for each one that describe the repository content, features, policies, organizational structure, and how to submit resources

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 338 on the ARL Digital Publications website.

 
 

ARL to Host Events at ALA Midwinter Meeting 2014

independence-hall-philadelphia-george-washington-statueimage © 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

 
 

ARL Liaison Program Heads Invited to Discuss New Roles at ALA Midwinter

Health sciences librarian with medical facultyARL’s Transforming Research Libraries initiative is sponsoring a meeting in conjunction with the upcoming American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting to convene ARL liaison program directors and continue the conversation around new roles for liaison librarians. The meeting will be led by Francine DeFranco, director of library research services at University of Connecticut, and Rita Vine, head of faculty and student engagement at University of Toronto.

 
 

LibQUAL+® to Launch Improvements in 2014—Register Now

map of LibQUAL+ countriesCountries of LibQUAL+ interactive mapARL invites libraries to join the global assessment community of LibQUAL+ by registering for the 2014 LibQUAL+ survey, which will feature several enhancements.

When the LibQUAL+ survey year opens in January, the team will introduce a mobile version of the survey. LibQUAL+ survey respondents will be automatically directed to the appropriate version of the survey based on the width of their browser window, so libraries will not need to distribute multiple survey URLs. The survey platform will also generate QR codes to use in promoting the mobile version.

 
 

Mainstreaming Special Collections: ARL Releases RLI 283

toy car from Syracuse University special collectionsToy sedan from Syracuse University Libraries (SUL) Plastics Collection, image © SULARL has published Research Library Issues (RLI) no. 283, a special issue on aligning, integrating, and mainstreaming special collections into broader library operations, guest edited by ARL visiting program officer Lisa Carter of the Ohio State University.

This issue of RLI includes six case studies from ARL member libraries that are incorporating special collections more holistically into library initiatives. The cases were selected by the ARL Working Group on Transforming Special Collections in the Digital Age after issuing a call for proposals in 2012. In an introduction to the issue, Lisa Carter provides an overview of themes that emerged from the case study submissions and she identifies areas for further investigation.

 
 

Research Library Issues, no. 283 (2013): Special Issue on Mainstreaming Special Collections

Research Library Issues (RLI) no. 283 is a special issue on aligning, integrating, and mainstreaming special collections into broader library operations, guest edited by ARL visiting program officer Lisa Carter of the Ohio State University.

RLI 283 includes:

 
 
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