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Research Library Issues, no. 281 (Dec. 2012): Special Issue on Services to Patrons with Print Disabilities

rli281-coverThe ARL Joint Task Force on Services to Patrons with Print Disabilities released this report to bring much-needed attention to the challenges of print-disabled individuals who are seeking access to both print and digital library products and services. The report contains recommendations for research libraries to make information accessible to their full range of diverse users equitably. ARL believes that research libraries are poised to provide critical direction—along with academic leadership, IT, and disability services—on the service and technology planning, procurement, and licensing necessary to create a fully accessible information environment.

RLI issue 281 includes:

 
   

Balanced Scorecard Webcast

This webcast from Dec. 11, 2012, provides an overview of the balanced scorecard for research libraries. The webcast covers the strategic aspects of the scorecard, the tool's development, objectives and goals for its implementation, promoting its purpose, analyzing results, and creating improvement strategies. Presenters include Martha Kyrillidou (ARL), Mark Cutler (Ascendant Strategy Management Group), Rachel Besara (Florida State University), Michelle Demeter (Florida State University), Mary McConnell (University of Calgary), Nina Servizzi (New York University), Gina Midlik (Case Western Reserve University), and Vivian Lewis (McMaster University).

 
     

New Roles for New Times: Research Library Services for Graduate Students

The report proposes that the growing number, and heterogeneity, of graduate students and programs presents opportunities for research libraries to provide segmented services targeted for students at different stages of their academic and demographic life-cycle.

Through their interviews, Covert-Vail and Collard found an enthusiasm for a broad range of new services, from advanced data manipulation and visualization to softer skills-based instruction in time management and writer’s block. They also report that new configurations of library space, housing aggregated services into research or scholarly commons, for example, can both create and leverage collaborations within the larger institution.

Finally, the authors present different strategies for staffing graduate student services, from dedicated positions and committees to more loosely structured teams comprising subject liaisons, technologists, data librarians, and others, who work together to deliver a suite of complex solutions to meet the needs of graduate students in research institutions.

 pdf nrnt-grad-roles-20dec12.pdf

 
 

SPEC Kit 333: Art & Artifact Management (December 2012)

SPEC Kit 333 explores the scale and scope of art and artifact materials held by ARL member libraries, which tools and techniques they currently use to manage these collections, including those used by library staff only and those used to make information about these collections available to the public, and if there is evidence of a convergence of library, archive, and museum practices in the management of these collections. It includes collection development policies, guidelines for arranging materials, and examples of how art and artifact collections are described.

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 333 on the ARL Digital Publications website.

 
 

A Rational System for Funding Scholarly Monographs: A White Paper Prepared for the AAU-ARL Task Force on Scholarly Communication

This white paper was commissioned by the Association of American Universities (AAU) and Association of Research Libraries (ARL) joint Task Force on Scholarly Communication to explore the inability of a market model to adequately support research publication based solely on scholarly merit and to identify projects through which AAU-ARL members might constructively intercede. The paper was prepared for the task force in November 2012 by Raym Crow of the Chain Bridge Group.

 pdfaau-arl-white-paper-rational-system-for-funding-scholarly-monographs-2012.pdf

 
 

Methods for Aligning HR into Institutional Goals

Brinley Franklin, Vice Provost, University Libraries, University of Connecticut

Vivian Lewis, Acting University Librarian, McMaster University

Elizabeth Mengel, Associate Director for Scholarly Resources and Special Collections, the Sheridan Libraries, Johns Hopkins University

pdf 2012-hrsym-pres-franklin-lewis-mengel.pdf

 
   
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