Washington, DC—The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has published issue 278 of Research Library Issues(RLI), which unveils a new streamlined look for this publication. This issue of RLI features strategies for managing time from Shirley K. Baker, recently retired from Washington University in St. Louis. Her insights stem from years of experience and address the critical balance of multiple priorities in a library director’s life.
Also in this issue, several authors discuss the value of the ARL 2030 Scenarios in strategic planning. Jennifer Church-Duran and Deborah Ludwig from the University of Kansas (KU) present a review of the ARL scenarios and how they can be used effectively to engage library staff in discussions about future services and programs. They follow this introduction by describing how the scenarios created a foundation for the KU Libraries’ strategic plan and influenced their contributions to the university’s campus plan.
The ARL 2030 Scenarios come together with the balanced scorecard in an article by library staff at Johns Hopkins University and McMaster University. Kathryn Ball and Vivian Lewis from McMaster, and Margaret Burri and Elizabeth Mengel from Johns Hopkins, along with Raynna Bowlby, consultant to ARL Statistics and Assessment, describe the integration of these two planning processes and their value in refreshing existing strategic plans.
The complete table of contents with links to the articles follows:
Scenario Planning: Developing a Strategic Agenda for Organizational Alignment
Deborah Ludwig and Jennifer Church-Duran
Bringing Scenario Planning Home to KU
Jennifer Church-Duran and Deborah Ludwig
The ARL Balanced Scorecard Initiative Meets the ARL 2030 Scenarios
Kathryn Ball, Raynna Bowlby, Margaret Burri, Vivian Lewis, and Elizabeth Mengel
Research Library Issues, no. 278 (March 2012) is freely available from ARL Digital Publications.
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 126 research libraries in the US and Canada. Its 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/.