Martha Kyrillidou has announced that, after a 22-year career at ARL, she will resign effective December 31, 2015, to serve as a research associate at the University of Illinois iSchool and to teach and consult in library strategy, assessment, data analysis, and research and development.
In her years at ARL, Martha led and played a critical role in the statistics and assessment programs, shifting the focus of assessment from merely input and output measures to outcomes and impacts. She was a co-principal investigator on the LibQUAL+ grant that established this protocol as the gold standard in customer research and strengthened ARL’s influence as a powerful force across the globe. Martha spearheaded the development of StatsQUAL with the suite of services including MINES for Libraries, ClimateQUAL, DigiQUAL, LibValue, and ARL Statistics in addition to LibQUAL+. She built internal capacity for data collection and analysis, starting with the ARL Statistics and ARL Annual Salary Survey, and helped member libraries understand trends in services, collections, facilities, and personnel. She has published, presented, and led training; served as a co-investigator and contributor to a variety of grants; and co-chaired five biennial Library Assessment Conferences.
ARL appreciates Martha’s many contributions to the research library community—especially her key role in creating a culture of assessent in libraries—and wishes her all the best in her new endeavors.