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Data & Analytics

ARL provides data and analytics on research library practices, effectiveness, and impact. The Research and Analytics program aligns ARL’s assessment work with the goals and needs of the Association’s members. The program’s focus on the impact and outcomes of ARL libraries and archives drives and informs data collection and analytics protocols, information dissemination practices, and library assessment.

Key Accomplishments in 2018

ARL Releases Annual Salary Survey, ARL Statistics, SPEC Kits, Research Library Issues on Demographics

The Association issued the ARL Annual Salary Survey 2016–2017 and ARL Statistics 2015–2016 publications in July. The Salary Survey analyzes salary data on more than 15,500 professional staff working in the 124 ARL member libraries during 2016–2017. The ARL Statistics, ARL Academic Law Library Statistics, and ARL Academic Health Sciences Library Statistics present information describing the collections, staffing, expenditures, and service activities of the Association’s 124 member libraries in 2015–2016. The Assessment program published four SPEC Kits this year: Accessibility and Universal Design (358), Library Development (359), Learning Analytics (360), and Outreach and Engagement (361). And in Research Library Issues (RLI) no. 295, Stanley Wilder (Louisiana State) illustrates recent demographic changes in the professional population of ARL institutions.

ARL Develops Research Library Impact Framework, Launches Pilot Project and Practice Brief Process

This year the ARL Assessment Committee developed a Research Library Impact Framework, a living document to be regularly updated and reprioritized with feedback from the ARL community. The framework will serve as the foundation for the ARL research agenda. In November, ARL sent member representatives a call for expressions of interest in leading and/or participating in a Research Library Impact pilot project or in submitting a practice brief. Each pilot project will be an original research study designed to address the research questions identified in the framework. A practice brief is a short document designed to support library professionals with research-based information as they improve their library assessment work.

Library Assessment Conference 2018 Attracts 600 Participants

The seventh biennial Library Assessment Conference: Building Effective, Sustainable, Practical Assessment convened in Houston, Texas, in December. This event advances the growing library assessment community through presentations, workshops, and informal engagement. This year’s conference was co-sponsored by ARL and the University of Washington Libraries. The University of Houston Libraries and Texas A&M University Libraries hosted the event.