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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
 
   
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