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Free SPEC Survey Webcast on Collection Assessment—Register by October 5

spec-kit-352-coverThe Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is offering a series of free webcasts that present the findings from the latest SPEC surveys and allow webcast participants to discuss trends with the survey authors. A 45-minute webcast will follow the publication of each SPEC Kit in 2016.

The next webcast in this series will cover the Collection Assessment survey (SPEC Kit 352), which explores how collection assessment methods, measures, and practices are currently employed and how the results are used at ARL member libraries.

The Collection Assessment webcast will review survey findings reported by ARL member libraries in May 2016. The survey authors will:

  • provide a snapshot of collection assessment activities undertaken by ARL member libraries;
  • describe the methods and tools used to evaluate or assess collections;
  • detail the extent of human resources involved in gathering and analyzing data about their collections; and
  • review some of the challenges and recommended changes elicited from respondents.

The webcast will also include a discussion of promising trends and conclude with a question-and-answer session. Read the freely available SPEC Kit 352 in advance and have your questions ready.

Webcast Details and Registration

Title: Collection Assessment 

Presenters: Karen R. Harker and Janette Klein, University of North Texas 

Date: Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Time: 1:00–1:45 p.m. eastern daylight time

Cost: Free for all

Registration: Register online by Wednesday, October 5.


About the Association of Research Libraries

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 124 research libraries in the US and Canada. ARL’s 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/.

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