The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has released Library Development, SPEC Kit 359, which gathers information to better understand the supporting structures and resources (personnel, financial, and material) and the activities and expectations associated with library development efforts at ARL member libraries.
This SPEC survey retained some elements of the similar 2006 study for longitudinal comparison of the pre-recession environment and the current, post-recession environment. The 2018 survey included new elements to more broadly depict the current role of library development, including “friend-raising” (efforts intended to generate committed and supportive relationships with outside parties and entities), communication to stakeholders of library value added, and stories and/or descriptive measures provided in these communication efforts. The survey also examined the role of advisory boards in the fund-raising process. Since many academic libraries are either currently or soon will be engaged in a capital campaign, or renovation of an old library, or construction of a new library, the survey also examined the complexities of these common endeavors.
This SPEC Kit includes examples of organizational charts, position descriptions, documents on fund-raising goal setting and development board and friends governance, gift policies, capital campaign literature, and statements on intellectual freedom, inclusion, and diversity.
SPEC Kit 359, Library Development
Brian W. Keith, Joseph A. Salem Jr., and Kurt Cumiskey
July 2018 • 178 pp.
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