ARL has released Innovation and R&D, SPEC Kit 339, which investigates the current state of both innovation and research and development (R&D) in research library organizations. This SPEC Kit examines what outward-facing commitments libraries have made to innovation and R&D, and what foundations are in place to support these activities. The SPEC survey asked who is involved in innovative activities; how libraries organize themselves to create, support, and sustain innovation; and how they measure the resulting outcomes. The survey 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.
This SPEC Kit includes examples of strategic plans and other documents that describe library support for innovation and R&D activities, organization charts, descriptions of research awards, and job descriptions of staff responsible for innovation and R&D.
SPEC Kit 339, Innovation and R&D
Lisa German and Beth Sandore Namachchivaya
December 2013 • 192 pp.
SPEC Kit 339
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