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ARL Profiles: Research Libraries 2010

This report includes a thorough content analysis of narrative descriptions of research libraries at the end of the first decade of the 21st century. The profile analysis has engaged qualitative methods to describe research libraries that complement the annual quantitative ARL Statistics®. The contextual information provided in this report documents the importance of the public good research libraries provide in an increasingly globalized environment by making their services more readily available; they are becoming an integral part not only of the physical but also the virtual academic experience in addition to setting standards and exploring best practices with national and international visibility, among other things.

A PDF of the report is available here pdf arl-profiles-report-2010.pdf

Seven other PDFs of appendices, examples, and additional material are also on this website.

Print copies of the report are available for $20.00 plus shipping & handling.

 
       

Living the Future: Organizational Performance Assessment

Organizational performance assessment is a practice-based framework that builds on the synergy between planning and assessment, and results in the discernment of impact and value. It promotes a set of practices that enable the library to effectively integrate planning, strategy, performance, assessment, and organizational development in order to advance the parent institution’s mission. This paper discusses some foundations of organizational performance assessment, useful practices, and examples from libraries that are―living the future.

pdf bowlby-organizational-performance-assessment-5-31-11.pdf

 
 

Overview of the ARL/DLF E-Science Institute

The E-Science Institute is designed to help research libraries develop a strategic) agenda for e-research support, with a particular focus on the sciences. The Institute consists of a series of interactive modules that take small teams of individuals from research libraries through a six-month process to strengthen and advance their e-research support strategy.

pdf arl-dlf-escience-inst-overview-apr11.pdf

 
 

Questions from the NRNT Digital Curation and Preservation Webcast

These questions were asked during the April 7, 2011, webcast "New Roles for Research Libraries: Digital Curation for Preservation," but were left unanswered due to time constraints. The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) asked the webcast panel and the report authors to develop written responses to the unanswered questions in an effort to deepen webcast participants' understanding of the topic.

pdf nrnt_dc_webcast_qanda_apr07.pdf

 
 
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