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Learning Analytics, SPEC Kit 360, Published by ARL

Learning Analytics, SPEC Kit 360

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has released Learning Analytics, SPEC Kit 360, which examines current practices, policies, and ethical issues around libraries and learning analytics. This SPEC Kit explores how ARL member institutions are navigating the balance between gathering and managing data in support of learning analytics initiatives and attending to the profession’s ethics commitments. To these ends, the publication seeks to answer these broad questions:

  • How are research libraries planning for, adopting, and participating in learning analytics initiatives? 
  • What mechanisms do they use to maintain data security and privacy? 
  • What ethical issues do they encounter when participating in learning analytics initiatives? 
  • How do they negotiate and resolve those issues? 

This SPEC Kit includes examples of library privacy statements and policies, institutional privacy policies, and data security policies.

Publication Details

SPEC Kit 360, Learning Analytics 

Michael R. Perry, Kristin A. Briney, Abigail Goben, Andrew Asher, Kyle M. L. Jones, M. Brooke Robertshaw, and Dorothea Salo

September 2018 • 158 pp.

Online Edition

SPEC Kits on the ARL Digital Publications platform are open access and freely available to all readers.

Read/download SPEC Kit 360.

ISBN 978-1-59407-999-3

Print Edition

Print copies of SPEC Kit 360 are available for purchase.

ISBN 978-1-59407-998-6 • $40 ARL members/$50 all others

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2018 print subscription, four issues (358–361), shipping included (additional postage may apply outside North America) • ISSN 0160-3582 • $225 ARL members/$300 all others.

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About the Association of Research Libraries

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 125 research libraries in Canada and the US whose mission is to advance research, learning, and scholarly communication. The Association fosters the open exchange of ideas and expertise, promotes equity and diversity, and pursues advocacy and public policy efforts that reflect the values of the library, scholarly, and higher education communities. ARL forges partnerships and catalyzes the collective efforts of research libraries to enable knowledge creation and to achieve enduring and barrier-free access to information. ARL is on the web at ARL.org.

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