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SPEC Kit 342: Next-Gen Learning Spaces (September 2014)

This SPEC Kit explores the configuration and uses of learning spaces in ARL libraries, the developments and transformations that have occurred over the past 10 years, and future plans for learning spaces to determine where they are on a continuum between first-generation information commons and “next-gen” spaces. The publication covers five main areas related to learning spaces:
  • What kinds of learning spaces currently exist
  • How these spaces have changed since their inception
  • Effects these spaces have had on other library operations
  • Instruction, programming, and collaboration that take place in the learning spaces
  • Current assessment methods for learning spaces and changes that have been made or are planned based on the results of these evaluations

This SPEC Kit includes examples of learning spaces and instruction spaces; floor plans and maps; marketing for spaces, programs, and instruction; space-use policies and procedures; job descriptions and organization charts; and planning and assessment documents.This publication is available for purchase in both print and online versions.

Download the spec-kit-purchase-options-2014.pdf for complete pricing and purchase options information.

Link to the online SPEC Kit 342 on the ARL Digital Publications website.

 
 

SPEC Kit 341: Digital Collections Assessment and Outreach (August 2014)

This SPEC Kit investigates what methods ARL member libraries use to maintain the relevancy of their locally curated digital library collections, and to continue to sustain, grow, capture return on investment, and enhance existing resources through outreach and assessment. The publication also explores current practices for integrating digital resources into the research, teaching, and learning environment. This SPEC Kit includes examples of digital project selection criteria, outreach and assessment guides, assessment reports, marketing plans, lesson plans, job descriptions, and works created with material from digital collections.

 This publication is available for purchase in both print and online versions. Download the spec-kit-purchase-options-2014.pdf for complete pricing and purchase options information.

Link to the online SPEC Kit 341 on the ARL Digital Publications website.

 
 

SPEC Kit 340: Open Source Software (July 2014)

This SPEC Kit investigated ARL member libraries’ adoption and/or development of open source software (OSS) for functions such as ILS, discovery layer, electronic resource management, inter-library loan, digital asset management, institutional repository, course reserve, streaming media, study room scheduler, digital preservation, publishing, floor maps, data warehouse, or other library-related purposes. It explored research libraries’ policies and practices on open sourcing their code; the frequency with which research libraries contribute to open source projects; whether research libraries are reluctant to make their code openly available; and the most common benefits and challenges encountered when research libraries open source their code. This SPEC Kit includes examples of OSS contributor agreements, licenses, copyright notices, job descriptions, and organization charts.

This publication is available for purchase in both print and online versions. Download the spec-kit-purchase-options-2014.pdf for complete pricing and purchase options information.

Link to the online SPEC Kit 340 on the ARL Digital Publications website.

 
   

SPEC Kit 339: Innovation and R&D (December 2013)

This SPEC Kit investigates the current state of both innovation and R&D in research library organizations. It examines what outward-facing commitments libraries have made to innovation and R&D, and what foundations are in place to support these activities. It asked who is involved in innovative activities, how libraries organize themselves to create, support, and sustain innovation, and how they measure the resulting outcomes. It also collected data on which research libraries support R&D, at what level, for what purposes, and how these activities are organized, funded, and assessed. The SPEC Kit includes examples of strategic plans and other documents that describe library support for innovation and research and development activities, organization charts, descriptions of research awards, and job descriptions of staff responsible for innovation and R&D.

This publication is available for purchase in both print and online versions. Download the spec-kit-purchase-options-2013.pdf  for complete pricing and purchase options information.

Link to the online SPEC Kit 339 on the ARL Digital Publications website.

 
 

Analyzing Age and Race/Ethnicity Demographics webcast

This webcast, recorded November 5, 2013, focuses on the enormous staffing changes occurring in research libraries, in terms of both demographics and demand for skills. The presenters are Mark Puente, director of diversity and leadership programs at the Association of Research Libraries, and Stanley Wilder, university librarian at the University of North Carolina Charlotte.

This is the last in a series of four webcasts illustrating effective uses of data from the ARL Annual Salary Survey, which reports salaries for more than 12,000 professional positions in ARL libraries in the United States and Canada.

 
 

Research Library Issues, no. 283 (2013): Special Issue on Mainstreaming Special Collections

Research Library Issues (RLI) no. 283 is a special issue on aligning, integrating, and mainstreaming special collections into broader library operations, guest edited by ARL visiting program officer Lisa Carter of the Ohio State University.

RLI 283 includes:

 
 

SPEC Kit 337: Print Retention Decision Making (October 2013)

This SPEC Kit examines research libraries’ print retention decision making strategies related to storage of materials in three different types of facilities or circumstances: on-site, staff-only shelving, remote shelving, and collaborative retention agreements. The survey also examined the decision making and practices surrounding the deaccession of library material. For each retention or deaccession strategy, the survey includes questions on the on-going or project-based nature of the work, the involvement of stakeholders, the selection process and criteria for materials to be retained or deaccessioned, the communication strategy with internal and external audiences, and the responses from the libraries’ internal and external audiences to these endeavors. The SPEC Kit includes examples of collection management policies, on-site, off-site, and collaborative shelving strategies, last copy agreements, and procedures for retrieving materials from storage.

This publication is available for purchase in both print and online versions. Download the spec-kit-purchase-options-2013.pdf  for complete pricing and purchase options information.

Link to the online SPEC Kit 337 on the ARL Digital Publications website.

 
 

SPEC Kit 336: Responsible Conduct of Research Training (September 2013)

SPEC Kit 336 explores research libraries’ participation in institutional efforts to train faculty, staff, students, and other researchers in the principles of responsible conduct of research (RCR) and ethical research practices. The survey includes questions on the institution’s training activities, on training roles currently undertaken by librarians, and on librarians’ willingness to expand instruction into the arena of responsible conduct of research. The SPEC Kit includes examples of RCR websites, citation management guides, and RCR workshop and tutorial materials, and information about academic integrity and plagiarism, using copyrighted materials, data management, and research animal welfare.

This publication is available for purchase in both print and online versions. Download the spec-kit-purchase-options-2013.pdf  for complete pricing and purchase options information.

Link to the online SPEC Kit 336 on the ARL Digital Publications website.

 
 

Using ARL Salary Data to Establish and Maintain an Equitable Salary Structure for Faculty Librarians webcast

In this webcast, recorded September 10, 2013, Brian Keith of the University of Florida Libraries explains how his institution used data from the ARL Salary Survey to implement an internally and externally equitable salary structure for faculty librarians. He is introduced by Judy Ruttenberg of ARL, who provides an overview of the Transforming Research Libraries program.

This is the third in a series of four webcasts illustrating effective uses of data from the ARL Annual Salary Survey, which reports salaries for more than 12,000 professional positions in ARL libraries in the United States and Canada.

 
 
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