ARL has issued a call for participation in the third Balanced Scorecard (BSC) Initiative cohort. The year-long initiative will engage a small number of research libraries in a systematic way to consider the benefits of applying a locally developed library scorecard. Libraries with a keen interest in continuous improvement and strategic assessment are invited to apply.
The Balanced Scorecard Initiative enables an organization to focus on a relatively small number of carefully chosen measurements aligned with library mission and strategies to provide a quick, but comprehensive, picture of organizational performance. The BSC examines the organization from four perspectives: User, Finance, Internal Processes, and Learning and the Future. ARL has worked with a number of libraries over the past four years in using the BSC framework to develop and implement strategy, measure and communicate success, and move the library organization forward during transformative times.
Offered in partnership with Ascendant Strategy Management, the 2013–2014 BSC Initiative will consist of three in-person workshops, 10 conference calls, and access to web-based program resources. The cost is $10,000 per library, plus travel costs for the three on-site meetings.
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 125 research libraries in the US and Canada. Its mission is to influence the changing environment of scholarly communication and the public policies that affect research libraries and the diverse communities they serve. ARL pursues this mission by advancing the goals of its member research libraries, providing leadership in public and information policy to the scholarly and higher education communities, fostering the exchange of ideas and expertise, facilitating the emergence of new roles for research libraries, and shaping a future environment that leverages its interests with those of allied organizations. ARL is on the web at http://www.arl.org/.