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SPEC Survey Webcast on Supporting Digital Scholarship—Register by June 15

spec-kit-350-coverThe Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is offering a series of webcasts that present the findings from the latest SPEC surveys and allow webcast participants to discuss trends with the survey authors. A 45-minute webcast will follow the publication of each SPEC Kit in 2016.

The next webcast in this series will cover the Supporting Digital Scholarship survey (SPEC Kit 350), which explores the types of support libraries offer researchers, how the individuals involved in digital scholarship activities are positioned within the library organization, their range of responsibilities, collaboration with partners inside and outside the library, how support for digitial scholarhip activities is funded, and how it is assessed, among other questions.

The Supporting Digital Scholarship webcast will review survey findings reported by ARL member libraries in January 2016. The survey author will:

  • provide an overview of support for digital scholarship activities in ARL member libraries;
  • discuss the roles of library staff and faculty who do this work;
  • talk about how staff are organized and how support is often distributed across the institution; and
  • review recommendations and present a glimpse into future roles in supporting digital scholarship.

The webcast will also include a discussion of promising trends and conclude with a question-and-answer session.

Read the freely available executive summary of the survey results in advance and have your questions ready.

Webcast Details and Registration

Title: Supporting Digital Scholarship
Presenter: Rikk Mulligan, ARL Program Officer for Scholarly Publishing and ACLS Public Fellow
Date: Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Time: 1:00–1:45 p.m. eastern daylight time
Cost: Free for 2016 SPEC Kit subscribers. $25 (USD) for all others.
Registration: Register online by Wednesday, June 15.


About the Association of Research Libraries

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 124 research libraries in the US and Canada. ARL’s 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/.

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