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Staff are a key strategic asset for research libraries. Recruiting staff, developing staff capacities to engage in new work and in working with users in new ways, and bringing new kinds of skills and expertise into research libraries are priorities for effective change and adaptation to the new information environment.

Current Workforce Initiatives

Society of American Archivists (SAA) Digital Archives Specialist (DAS) Program

The Society of American Archivists (SAA) offers a Digital Archives Specialist (DAS) program, which comprises both online and in-person courses. These courses provide “education and training to ensure that archivists adopt appropriate practices for appraising, capturing, preserving, and providing access” to born-digital special collections. ARL is partnering with SAA to package select DAS courses and deliver them as week-long workshops at regional ARL libraries.

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Proceedings from Events on Workforce Issues

Workforce Transformation Stories

This column will enable library leaders to point to evidence of trends and general truths, and to support organizational change. Collectively we will build a shared understanding of what it means to work in a research library and what skills and competencies are required. 

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